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Darkness into Light: The Countertop Ensemble, a chamber chorus of eight singers, will present a concert at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 7:30 p.m. today. The concert’s theme is “From Darkness into Light,” and will include choral music spanning four centuries. Tickets: adults $10; children $3, available at 941-747-3709 and at the door. Information: http://www.christchurchswfla.org/music.html.
Temple events: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, has announced several upcoming special events:
n “Tot Shabbat” will celebrate “Birthday of the Trees” 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11. Free. Information: 941-379-1997.
n Daddy Daughter Dance is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Admission: $30 at the door. Information: 941-379-1997.
Sunday music: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, presents “Music for Sunday Afternoon” 3 p.m. Feb. 12, featuring the Chancel Choir by Grace Praise Band, the Chime Choir and more. Public invited.
Jazz worship service: Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will be having its traditional annual Jazz Worship Service 10 a.m. Feb. 12 featuring Al Hixon and his band with the theme of “God Bless America.” Information: 941-383-6491.
Valentine’s concert: Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, will have its 3rd Annual Spring/Valentine’s Day Concert 1 p.m. Feb. 12. The concert features piano and organ by Minister of Music Charlie Harnish, piano duets with Dianne Frincke, and vocal selections performed by Robin Kumm. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door, or by calling 941-755-3256. Proceeds go to funding the church’s new sound and projection system. Information: www.HopeLutheranFL.com.
Gospel concert: The Whisnants are set to perform in concert 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.
Musical Sunday: Music for a Sunday afternoon is set for 3 p.m. Feb. 12 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Taking part will be the Chancel Choir, By Grace Praise Band, and the Chime Choir. Information: 941-753-9365.
Bradenton Vineyard forming: A Vineyard group affiliated with the St. Petersburg Vineyard has begun meeting in Manatee County. They are hosting a corporate “Second Sunday” gathering 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at The Front, 6802 14th St. W., Bradenton. All who are looking for a church home are invited. Information: Chip at 941-749-3125.
Jazz Trio: First United Methodist Church of Sarasota, 104 S. Pineapple St., will host a free performance of its Jazz Trio 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 12. The lineup includes Dominic Mancini on bass, Tommy Goodman on piano, Terry Myers on saxophone and clarinet, and Henry Gettman on drums. Information: 941-955-0935.
Black history: In celebration of the Feast of Absalom Jones and African-American History Month, the Rev. Canon Jesse Anderson Jr. will be the guest preacher at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, at the 7:30, 9, and 11 a.m. worship services Feb. 12. Information: 941-955-4263.
Valentine entertainment: Valentine’s Day dinner is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at First United Methodist Church, 330 11th Ave. W. ,Palmetto The community is invited to come and hear “Styln”, an award winning quartet “Toast of Tampa,” and Sweet Adelines. Donation: $8 for dinner and entertainment. Information: 941-722-1812.
Oscar themed event: National Council of Jewish Women Sarasota-Manatee Section presents “Afternoon of Music at the Oscars” 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Sip champagne and indulge in delicious desserts as Erin Whitney sings Oscar winning tunes. RSVP: 941-342-1855. Tickets: No cost. Gently used paperback books to send to our soldiers in Afghanistan are welcome.
Jewish jokes: Temple Emanu-El will sponsor a free evening of Jewish comedy 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Fresh Start Café, 630 South Orange Ave. in Burns Court. Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman will retell classic and new Jewish jokes in an outdoor, cabaret-style setting. Information: 941-379-1997.
Woody Wright to perform: The Breakfast Club presents Woody Wright, a featured soloist on the Gaither Homecoming Series, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. Also featured will be the Bontrager Family. Continental breakfast included. A $10 donation is requested. Information: 941-727-538-9889.
Worship Explosion: Mount Raymond Full Gospel Church, 2410 Fourth Ave. E., Palmetto, presents a 2012 Praise and Worship Explosion 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and continuing 11 a.m. Feb. 18 and 4 p.m. Feb. 19. Information: Tarnisha Cliatt at 941-518-2746.
Spaghetti dinner: Ellenton United Methodist Women will hold a spaghetti dinner 4:30 - 7 p.m. Feb. 17 for $6 per person. Advance tickets may be reserved by calling dinner chairperson Kay Nettles at 941-729-6814. Serving will be at the Christian Life Center at 3607 U.S. Hwy. 301 N. Proceeds will go toward mission projects.
Church Mardi Gras: St. Frances X. Cabrini Catholic Church, 121th Ave. and 69th Street East, Parrish, will host Mardi Gras Festival 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 18. Public invited for ethnic food, drinks, music, games, rides, silent auction, vendors and more. Free parking and free admission. There will be armbands and tickets for sale at the event for food, drinks, games and rides. ATM available.
Country gospel concert: Jesse and Deb Garrett will present a country gospel concert 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. A free will offering will be taken. Information: 941-746-0101.
Block party: Current Community Church will have a free block party 2-5 p.m. Feb. 19 at Summerfield Community Park, 6310 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Planned: Games, bouncy house, barbecue, snacks, and an awesome sense of community. Everyone is welcome. Information: www.currentcommunitychurch.org.
Dixieland music: Barbary Coast Dixieland Band is set to perform 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at First Methodist Church, 602 11th St. W., Bradenton. Plenty of parking. Free-will offering will be accepted. Information: 941-747-4406.
Sacred music: In its concert to be presented 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, 2050 Oak Street, the choral ensemble dedicated to performing sacred music will explore how composers from different eras have treated the same traditional sacred text. A pre-concert talk by Conductor Robert Parrish is set for 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 at www.musicasacracantorum.org, or at the door.
Ash Wednesday: Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. Hwy. 301 N., Ellenton, will hold the monthly pot luck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Ash Wednesday services will be held in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. There will be no Bible study on that date. Information: 941-729-6802.
Talking about Newtown: Willie Shaw, will speak on growing up in Newtown, and the community’s history 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at a meeting of Presbyterian Women of Northminster at 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided. Information: 941-355-4729.
.Benefit fashion show: Annual fashion show presented by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Ladies Philoptochos and Sax Fifth Avenue Off 5th is set for 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Michael’s on East. Donation: $40. Proceeds to benefit The Womens Resource Center Scholarship Fund and the St. Barbara Philoptochos charitable organizations. Information: 941-355-2616.
Chabad fundraiser: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch is planning An Evening of Treasures, a gala auction and cocktail party to help raise funds for the Chabad Jewish Center 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at Fete Catering and Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Planned: raffles, silent and live auctions on travel packages, jewelry, Disney tickets, golf packages, and more. This year’s event is special and crucial since Chabad will be moving on March 1 to its new permanent location on 5712 Lorraine Road. For ticket or sponsorship information: www.chabadofbradenton.com/auction or call 941-752-3030.
Manatee Religious Services: Sheriff Brad Steube will be guest speaker at the 18th annual Manatee Religious Services celebration banquet 6:30 p.m. March 8 at Riverhouse Reef and Grill, Palmetto, 995 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Tickets are $50 each. Tables are available for $400. Menu includes prime rib, fish or vegetarian. RSVP to 941-752-4850 by March 1.
Women’s Connection luncheon: Bradenton Christian Women’s Connection will meet at 11 a.m. March 9 for a luncheon at Bradenton Country Club, 4646 9th Ave W., Bradenton. Theme: “Lions and Lambs” with speaker Jo Ayers. Cost: $15. Reservations by March 7 to Linda at 941-750-8786.
Women & Wisdom: Chabad of Bradenton’s Women & Wisdom course is set for 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays at Chabad Jewish Center in Lakewood Ranch. Semester two runs from April 19 to May 21. Friday night dinner will take place March 23 and will be open to the community. Ladies from Women & Wisdom will share insights they’ve learned to dinner attendees. Reservations: 941-752-3030.
Caregiver/family support: A caregiver/family support group meeting is set 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Joseph Church, 3100 26th Street W., Bradenton. Information: Marianne Ridgell of Home Instead Senior Care at 941-739-3050.
Aglow International/Bradenton Aglow: meets 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at First Assembly of God, 1820 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
The Altar: 116 46th St. NW., Bradenton, a start-up Assembly of God congregation in Bradenton, meets 7 p.m. Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Sundays with Pastors John and Gene McIntyre. Information: 941-748-5265.
Baha’i Faith of Manatee County: has a “Prayers For Peace” gathering every Monday morning at the home of Shirley Mather, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at 505 30th Ave. W. Bradenton. All are invited. Information: 941-741-4922.
Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue: holds Shabbat Service at 11 a.m. Saturdays with Hebrew and English Liturgy and Torah service followed by Kiddush and Oneg. Classes for children ages 7-12 are also offered. Services at Peridia Office Park, 3911 Golf Park Loop, No. 104, Bradenton. Information: 941-730-2136.
Bread of Life Mission Inc.: is in need of houses, mobile homes, land, buildings, cars, vans, trucks and/or monetary gifts to assist and help get people off the streets. Information: 941-575-4440.
Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation: Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation, led by Pastor Daniel Rosales, holds Spanish language services at 10 a.m. Sundays in the classroom of Northminster Presbyterian Church USA, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. The congregation has resumed its 7:30 p.m. Thursday Bible study.
Chabad of Bradenton: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays at Chabad of Bradenton, Suite 101, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, led by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. Chabad holds Talmud Classes 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $45. Torah Studies are held 9 a.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-752-3030.
Christ Community Church: 1803 57th Ave. W., Bradenton with Rev. David Carter as pastor has Sunday morning fellowship at 10 a.m., worship service at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prayer service at 7 p.m. Information: 941-755-6162.
Christ Episcopal Church thrift shop: is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 401 42nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4906.
Church of Light Healing Center: 10115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, has services 11 a.m. Sundays. Information: 941-795-5683.
Church of the Trinity: 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, southern Manatee County, has a traditional Sunday service 9:15 a.m. Sundays and a contemporary service with children’s sermon at 11 a.m. Taize Service is held 6 p.m. the second Sunday of each month.
Congregation Ner Tamid: Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School for children ages 4-14 meets 9 a.m. Sundays by appointment, at Lakeside Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. Adult bar and bat mitzvah classes also are offered. Friday night Shabbat services, which are open to the public, are held twice a month. Information: 941-755-1231.
Congregational United Church of Christ: The Congregational United Church of Christ Thrift Store, 5324 26th St. W., Bradenton, has expanded its store in Saddle Creek Plaza. A new furniture annex and expanded book store has been added. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-739-1018.
Also, a Transitions Support Group meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday at Congregational United Church of Christ to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, job, health or struggled with addictions or depression. A free-will offering is taken. Information: 941-739-7103 or 941-309 -0200.
Ellenton United Methodist Church: 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month. Adult Sunday School classes are at 9:45 a.m. Sundays in the Fellowship Hall, led by Pastor Bruce Ebert. Methodist Men meet 8:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month. A potluck dinner is held 5:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. Information: 941-729-6802.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church: Prayer & Share is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the library at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 941-792-3497.
Faith Bible Church: Bible Study is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Faith Bible Church, 1511 Morgan Johnson Road, East Manatee. Preschool program available. Evening class: 6:55 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. School-age program available. Information: 941-722-0940.
Faith United Church of Christ: 4850 State Road 64 E., has worship and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
First Congregational United Church of Christ: 1030 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, holds classes on keeping your balance 10 a.m. Mondays, taught by nurse Julie Pennella. Information: 941-953-7044.
Full Gospel Tabernacle: The church has a community sing the last Saturday of each month at 2903 11th St. Court E. Information: 941-746-3634 or 941-748-8102.
Gulf Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes: conducts a tennis program for tots to teens (ages 4-18). All programs will be held at the Tennis Center at Palm-Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way. The programs are geared to develop/enhance tennis skills as well as provide spiritual development. Information: 941-539-6083.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop: 5858 44th Ave. E., East Manatee, is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Information: 941-745-1663.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-727-3789.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: Our Daily Bread/Project 5000 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, is collecting grocery bags filled with unbreakable containers to feed local families. Each bag will feed a family of four for two days or a family of two for four days. Also, the Quilters and Crafty Ladies meet 3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to make lap robes and quilts for the needy in Manatee County. Experience quilting is not necessary, just willing hands. Information: 941-753-9365.
Longboat Island Chapel: As part of its Aging in Paradise Resource Center, which addresses the issues of aging, introduces its memory loss support group to the communities of Sarasota and Manatee. The group meets 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every other Wednesday. Information: 941-383-6491.
Manatee County Meditation Group: meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-915-1454.
Manatee Spiritual Center: The Beyond Sunday Conversation Group, meets 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday at the Manatee Spiritual Center, 1327 U.S. 301 N., Palmetto. The center also has an ongoing study group on the book “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” that meets 10 a.m. alternate Thursdays followed by lunch out and fellowship. Information: 941-531-3879.
My Father’s House Church: 7215 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Youth Bible study for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Sundays. The thrift store is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 941-776-9016.
Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, has changed to its Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. with a coffee hour following. Tuesday Bible studies continue in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Chris Carlson. Times are 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening if their new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Very Rev. Archbishop Jacob J. K. Longacre was appointed first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by making an appointment with the pastor at 941-954-0330.
Our Lady of the Angels: Grief support groups meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-752-6770.
Palmetto First Baptist Church: 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-7795.
Parrish United Methodist Church: LifeM.A.P., a Bible study group, meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Parrish United Methodist Church, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Sunday worship times are 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. The church’s thrift cottage is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12140 69th St. E., Parrish. Information: 941-776-1539.
Peace Presbyterian Church: a congregation of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., has moved to a new location in Lakewood Ranch: the Manatee Board of Realtors building, 10910 Technology Drive. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. Information: 941-753-7778.
Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting is at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3139 57th St., Sarasota. nformation: 941-358-5759 or visit http//sarasota.quaker.org.
Revelation Ministries: “Prayer Time” at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-726-3464.
Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups are now forming at 1608 14th St. W. For a schedule, call 748-6835. Contemplative-prayer groups meets at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. A Spanish Bible study and prayer and rosary group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 941-748-6835 or 941-795-0130.
Temple Beth El: a reform congregation, conducts Erev Shabbat Services at 7:30 p.m. every Friday evening and Shabbat Services with Torah study at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning at 4200 32nd St. W. The temple also conducts religious school classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Tuesday afternoons by Rabbi Harold F, Caminker and Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov. For more information, call 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
Temple Beth Israel: The Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Israel collects donations for the Bill Galvano One Stop Center. Needed: funding for medication, socks, mosquito repellent, toilet articles and soap, shoes, jeans, baby diapers and formula, reading glasses and bicycles. Donations can be given directly to the One Stop Center, 701 17th Ave. W., or dropped off at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Temple Emanu-El: Under the direction of its Social Action Committee, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, continues its food drive for those in Sarasota-Manatee who go hungry. Nonperishable boxed and canned foods may be placed in a marked bin in the Temple lobby during business hours and before and after Shabbat worship services. All donations benefit the kosher food pantry at Jewish Family and Children’s Services or All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 941-966-9561.
Trinity United Methodist Church: 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, weekly Bible study on the book of Romans, will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 941-737-3704.
Vessels Unto Honour Ministries: has moved to 3517 15th St. E., Bradenton, Sunday worship service is held at noon and Life Enrichment service is held 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Wildfire Ministries Bible study classes: will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton.
Zen Zone: American Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Demo is teaching meditation 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday at the Zen Zone, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Natures Way, Suite 217, Lakewood Ranch. The class consists of a guided meditation, a short talk and an opportunity for questions and answers. Each talk is part of a series, yet is self-contained. This means participants can drop in at any time. Cost: $10 per class ($5 for students/seniors). For more information, call 941-373-1600 or e-mail info@MeditationInSarasota.org.