Religion Almanac, a roundup of local religious events open to the public, is published weekly in Faith & Values. Deadline for news releases is noon Monday for the Saturday edition. Send them to Faith & Values, Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206, fax them to 745-7097 or e-mail to


New Christmas Shop: The Congregational United Church of Christ Thrift Store’s new Christmas Shop is now open at 5324 26th St. W. , Bradenton. Hours: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday- Friday and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday. It is full of Christmas tree stands, ornaments, lights, table decor, linens, mugs, tapes, linens, and clothing. Information: 739-1018.

Talley Trio concert: Talley Trio is set to perform in concert 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. An offering will be taken. A covered dish dinner follows the concert. For more information, call 756-6942

Choir Festival: The 200-voice Community Choir Festival to benefit Family Promise of Manatee County is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. A free-will offering will be taken in lieu of tickets. Information: 794-6229.

Jazz Trio: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple St., Sarasota presents the Jazz Trio of Johnny Moore on drums, Dominic Mancini on bass and Charlie Prawdzik on piano at new concert times of 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Special guest Bob Switzer will sit in on trumpet. There is no admission, but an offering will be taken. For more information, call 955-0935.

Concert: The Madrigal Singers from Riverview High School will perform at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. The program will also be a potluck dinner in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, call 355-4729.

Dedication: Dedication of a Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, by the children, youth and parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 6600 Pennsylvania Ave., Sarasota. The shrine is located in front of the Faith Formation Center, facing Ninth Street East/Pennsylvania Avenue.

Nursery open: In the spirit of Christmas, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, will open its nursery to Bradenton’s children for a one-time Christmas gift to the community. Parents who need a baby sitter for an hour or two are invited to call 792-3497 for a reservation. The nursery will be 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, for children ages 6 months to 5 years of age. Due to limited size, a maximum of 10 children can be accommodated at one time. Advance reservations can be made by calling 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 9.

Benefit performance: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will host a benefit performance of the Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 11. Donations are $10 at the door. For more information, call (941) 746-0067.

Pot luck dinner: Temple Beth El’s annual Hanukkah pot luck dinner/family menorah lighting is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. For more information, call 755-4900.

Drive-thru Nativity: The First Assembly of God in Bradenton, 1820 53rd Ave. W., will present a drive-thru live Nativity and living Christmas cards 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10-13. There will be colorful costumes, live animals and music. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more information, call 756-7331 or visit

Christmas Drive: The annual Christmas Drive Through is set at Braden River United Methodist Church 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12. The public is invited to see and hear special Christmas messages at each station from the comfort of their car. The church is located at the corner of Caruso Road and Morgan Johnson.

Concert: Cortez Road Baptist Church, 4411 100th St. W, welcomes The Sunshine State Quartet for Christmas and Southern Gospel Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. This group returns to share their rare blend of voices in a variety of traditional and contemporary selections. For more information, call 792-3279 or 761-9233.

Bethlehem Walk: Roser Memorial Community Church has its Bethlehem Walk 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The public is invited to sing and walk with the sheep, goats and other live animals, come in biblical costume or select one at the church, to hear the Christmas story at the stable, and to stay for cookies and hot chocolate. For more information, call 778-0414.

Experience Bethlehem: Come experience Bethlehem the day Jesus was born at Dakin Dairy Farms, then seek and find your way through the corn maze to find the new baby Jesus 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. Donations will benefit Esther’s Place at Harvest Tabernacle in Sarasota for desperate mothers with children seeking to be restored and reestablished within the community. Go to for more information.

Hanukkah party: Six local Jewish organizations will present a Hanukkah party for interfaith families in Sarasota-Manatee 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Bounce U, 1925 Northgate Blvd., Sarasota. The event is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, ORT America, AJC, the Jewish Genealogical Society, and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

For more information or to RSVP, contact co-chair Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 379-1997 or There is a charge of $5 per family for RSVPs received by Dec. 9; at-the-door admission is $15 per family.