World Refugee Day Commemoration

Each year the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force hosts a local event to commemorate World Refugee Day.
This is one day set aside internationally to recognize the courage and resilience of refugees.

This year’s local event will be held on June 16th at 1:00pm at Pinellas Technical College located at 901 34th Street South in St. Petersburg.

The event will begin at 1:00pm with a networking time in the lobby area featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres from the PTC Culinary Arts Department and live music from Lakewood High School’s 54th Ave Jazz Combo.

At 2:00pm a short program will be held in the main auditorium featuring Al Ruechel of Bay News 9 as the Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Kriseman of St Petersburg providing opening remarks and a Dance of Hope by refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A brief awards ceremony will also recognize 5 former refugees/immigrants who have distinguished themselves by giving back to our refugee population in our community through our “Making a World of Difference” awards. These awards highlight the fact that our community is stronger and more welcoming because of the former refugees/immigrants who invest their time and resources here by giving back.

Finally, a citizenship ceremony will be held with 30 former refugees becoming U.S. citizens. The keynote speaker will be Sandra Grudic, a Pinellas County high school teacher, former refugee from Bosnia and current volunteer for refugees in our community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Doug Haskitt at HASKITTD@pcsb.org

World Refugee Day Celebration:

“Yesterday, Refugees–

Today, Americans”

When:   June 16, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Pinellas Technical College, 901 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33711. From 34th Street South, go westbound on 11th Ave. S. (across from Gibb’s High School), go past the Commercial Trucking Training Area on your right, and take your 2nd right into our Main Parking Lot. The Main Entrance and Reception Area will be on the north side of the Main Parking Lot in the center of the building.

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Christmas Caroling photos


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Photos by Janet Blair

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Instrumental summer music

This past Sunday, Jeff Wells and Hilton performed a setting of My Staff it is an Oaken Staff. Jeff played tenor recorder. Here’s a couple of snapshots, courtesy of Yoko Nogami, of their performance.

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Next week, August 21st, Marg Radens will be playing Handel’s Menuett and Gavotte as special music for the service.

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Lunch Bunch having fun

Most Sundays, the lunch bunch goes somewhere for lunch after the service. Everyone is welcome to join in. Here they are at Tom & Chee a couple Sundays ago.
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Left to Right…
Preston, Bill, Don, Ruth, Jeff, Hilton, Carol
Yoko is taking the photo.
Just look for Don or Ruth to ask where they’re eating that Sunday!

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Lakewood UCC at 2016 Gay Pride

Below are pictures from the Vigil, the Interfaith service, Rays Pride Night, the wonderful pre-parade party hosted by Earl Waters and Ron Spivak at their new home, the parade starting at dusk and on into the night, and the UCC booth at the street fair the next day. Thanks to Melanie Moore, Janet Blair, Sue Sherwood, and Colleen Coughenour for their photos. Click on any thumbnail for larger image.

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Lakewood UCC participation in Florida Orchestra Sing Out! Concert

Sing Out! Concert with the Florida Orchestra last night at the Mahaffey Theater. Community Chorus members from LUCC included Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, Jim Andrews, Claire Stiles, Jeff Wells, and Kim Wells. This was the first sing along concert sponsored by the Florida Orchestra.
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Spectacular Sunday Celebrations 2016 kickoff

Lakewood UCC kicked off Sunday Celebrations 2016 with unprecedented festivity! The hosts for the monthly potluck on the last Sunday of the month were Preston Poe and Yoko Nogami. Since Preston’s birthday was in January, Preston and Yoko invited some of their other friends to help celebrate at Sunday Celebrations. There were over 65 people happily filling the Fellowship Hall enjoying food, fellowship, and, oh yes, entertainment. Hilton Jones played some ragtime favorites. Jeff Wells added some Bob Dylan. And the nationally famous folk music singer/songwriter, Roy Book Binder, offered several tunes to cap off the event! The pictures below capture some of the fun and conviviality enjoyed at January’s Sunday Celebrations!

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Above photos by Yoko Nogami

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Christmas Caroling to the Homeless of St. Petersburg Sponsored by Celebrate Outreach

1443532958Dear friends and colleagues,

I am looking forward to my very favorite holiday event and want to invite you to join me in the “Still No Room in the Inn” Christmas Caroling Walk.

This is a quarter century old tradition in downtown St. Petersburg ( I think I participated in 23!) People of all ages, professions, economic conditions, and religious beliefs carol together, united by the belief that everyone should have safe, decent, affordable housing.

For all details:

http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/christmas-caroling.html

Blessings,
Mary Ann Holtz
http://celebrateoutreach.org

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Great review for Colleen Coughenour in play

Excerpts from the Curtain Call
By LEE CLARK ZUMPE
Article published on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

“West Coast Players delivers dark, witty, unnerving social drama”

“Directed by Linda Woodruff Weir, West Coast Players’ production of “A Delicate Balance” finds its own perfect balance between dark comedy and drama.

‘Sometimes Edward Albee’s work is difficult to understand, is tough to sit through, but somehow you end up admiring the brilliance of his words, the wonderful dialogue he writes for these very off-putting characters,” Weir writes in her notes. “We absolutely admire Albee’s work and have enjoyed bringing these amazing and tragic figures to life. I realize this is Edward Albee, but this play is really funny, too.’

Weir is right, and her cast captures the cynical humor of this play perfectly.”

“Tom Costello and Colleen Coughenour play Tobias and Agnes. Coughenour is brutally domineering – though all that tyranny is uttered on a voice that is deceivingly calm and unruffled. Her insults and slights are eloquently articulated…Costello and Coughenour both manage to convey the most important aspect of their characters: Agnes and Tobias have a developed a kind of existential paralysis.”

For full review see TBN Weekly.

Opening FRIDAY!

A DELICATE BALANCE
by Edward Albee

September 25 – October 11, 2015

 

In Albee’s Pulitzer Prize (1967) and Tony Award-Winning Drama(1996), forces collide bringing doubt, recrimination, and ultimately solace, to the “delicate balance” of Agnes and Tobias’ world.

A Delicate Balance stars Sadra Bostick, Tom Costello, Colleen Coughnour, Janice Creneti, Alicia Jiracek, and Dennis Winchester and is directed by Linda Weir.

Agnes and Tobias, a well-off, middle-aged couple, have their complacency shattered when friends Harry and Edna appear on their doorstep, claiming a nameless fear has driven them from their home.   This household, already teetering from the “willful” drinking of Agnes’ sister, is further upset by the return of the couple’s daughter seeking sanctuary from her fourth failed marriage.

Performances are Sept 25 – Oct 11, 2015.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm.
Sunday matinees at 2 pm.Tickets are $19.  Student Discount Tickets are $15.
Group Discounts available for parties of 10 or more.

Purchase Your Tickets Today!

West Coast Players Theatre
21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765.

Directions to the theatre can be found at www.wcplayers.org.

 

Copyright © 2015 West Coast Players, Inc., All rights reserved.
Theatre lovers who choose to accept our occasional mailings often receive special offers and important information.Our mailing address is:

West Coast Players, Inc.
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Colleen Coughenour stars in A Delicate Balance–opening Friday

Opening FRIDAY!

A DELICATE BALANCE
by Edward Albee

September 25 – October 11, 2015

 

 

In Albee’s Pulitzer Prize (1967) and Tony Award-Winning Drama(1996), forces collide bringing doubt, recrimination, and ultimately solace, to the “delicate balance” of Agnes and Tobias’ world.

A Delicate Balance stars Sadra Bostick, Tom Costello, Colleen Coughnour, Janice Creneti, Alicia Jiracek, and Dennis Winchester and is directed by Linda Weir.

Agnes and Tobias, a well-off, middle-aged couple, have their complacency shattered when friends Harry and Edna appear on their doorstep, claiming a nameless fear has driven them from their home.   This household, already teetering from the “willful” drinking of Agnes’ sister, is further upset by the return of the couple’s daughter seeking sanctuary from her fourth failed marriage.

Performances are Sept 25 – Oct 11, 2015.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm.
Sunday matinees at 2 pm.Tickets are $19.  Student Discount Tickets are $15.
Group Discounts available for parties of 10 or more.

 

West Coast Players Theatre
21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765.

Directions to the theatre can be found at www.wcplayers.org.

 

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Copyright © 2015 West Coast Players, Inc., All rights reserved.
Theatre lovers who choose to accept our occasional mailings often receive special offers and important information.

Our mailing address is:

West Coast Players, Inc.

PO Box 5022

Clearwater, FL 33758-5022

 

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LUCC helps Helen Nims celebrate her 100th birthday!

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Graduation Celebration Pictures

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After the service on June 7th, there was a graduation celebration for Zoe Blair Andrews and Olivia Gibson. Below is a slideshow of pictures from that luncheon.

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More photos of Sunken Gardens tour

Photos by Lucille Sarbeck Ruga and Kim Wells.

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Bill Ryland leads special tour of Sunken Gardens for Lakewood

Bill Ryland lead a special tour of Sunken Gardens for Lakewood United Church of Christ. There were about 20 people in attendance and the tour was slightly more than two hours long. Bill’s command of the subject, the history of the gardens and the myriad plants growing there, was very impressive.

photos by Melanie Moore and Hilton Jones

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Colleen Coughenour directed play April 18 through May 4, 2014 at West Coast Players

Winner! 1982 American Theatre Critics Association Award, Best Regional Play

Now is the time to buy tickets for what will be an evening of phenomenal performances!
Do not miss this opportunity to join these nine celebrated actresses as they bring Jane Martin’s “idiosyncratic characters who amuse, move and frighten, always speaking
from the depths of their souls” to the West Coat Players stage.
 This remarkable cast and director has a total of 38 Lary/STAR awards between them.  Prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey! 
The cast of Jane Martin’s Talking With
(in order of appearance)
Donna Donnelly
Susan Demers
Margee Sapowsky
Kimen Mitchell
Janice Creneti
Susan O’Gara
Tara Fuller
Nonie White
Linda Weir
Colleen Coughenour, Director

This production marks the debut of another event: the long-awaited installation of our comfortable new theatre seats.  You will not believe the transformation!

 

April 18 through May 4, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Sunday matinees at 2 pm
Tickets: $17
Groups 10+: $15

All seating is reserved.

Click here to buy your tickets now! 

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

For Box Office call 727 437-2363 

 


 

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Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s “Change Your Mind Day”

Change Your Mind Day – Tampa Bay – April 12, 2014

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
  •  to 
  • 2525 Philippe parkway, Safety Harbor, FL (map)

     

    Banner at Shelter #1: Buddhist Peace Fellowship

  • Change Your Mind Day Tampa Bay 2014

    An annual gathering of friends of Buddha’s teachings.

    Sharing ideas, practices and experiences.

    Change Your Mind Day Tampa Bay is an opportunity for people interested in Buddhism to meet and interact. Buddhist teachings have much to offer. By working together, we can better alleviate suffering.

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    When: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10 am to 3 pm (arrive & leave at any time)

    Where:
    Shelter #1
    Philippe Park
    2525 Philippe Pkwy,
    Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    What:
    Presentations and conversations about Buddhism.
    Pot-luck vegetarian lunch.
    Free books and other literature.
    Buddhist art and music.

    Who: Anyone interested in Buddhism

    Cost: No charge or obligation

    Sponsored by: Buddhist Peace Fellowship of Tampa Bay (www.bpf-tampabay.org).

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    Schedule:
    10:00 : 108 bells (Clear Water Zen)

    10:10 : Pali chanting by Ven Saddhasara of Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery

    10:15 : Discussion session on Meditation:

    Gene Healy, AP, DOM   “Approaching the Dharma: From Yoga to Mindfulness, to Zen.” (10:15 to 10:30 Presentation, 10:30 to 10:45 Q&A)

    Buddhist Global Relief Work (10:45-11:15 )

    Rev. Frank Tedesco, Ph.D., Buddhist Chaplaincy/Pastoral Work (11:15-11:45)

    11:45-1:15 : pot-luck vegetarian lunch, followed by entertainment and activities, including music, bathing the baby Buddha, and walking meditation.

    1:15-2:00 : Panel and Discussion: Emptiness Teachings

    Essay by Susan Kahn, An Introduction to Buddhist Wisdom

    2:00-2:45 Discussion session: What Buddhism means to me and why am I a Buddhist? This is an open discussion to get to know each other. We will sit around in a circle on chairs or cushions. Tom will moderate.

    2:45-3:00 : Closing ceremony : chanting and 108 bells

    The morning session will start with three 15-minute meditation sessions. For each, the presenter will briefly describe their group and tradition, and then give a short guided introduction to a meditation technique.

    In the afternoon session, panelists will address questions such as: How can Buddhists better reach out to people not actively involved in Buddhism? How can Buddhist groups better help those who already are involved? Are there needs and populations that are not being served?

    In both the morning and afternoon, after the program we will have a general discussion, welcoming comments and questions from anyone who would like to speak.

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    We look forward to:

    * Volunteers to help provide lunch-time entertainment (music, dance, poetry, mindful movement, etc).
    * Volunteers to help with the event on April 12, including lunch and tea coordinators.
    * Groups to offer free literature, information, art exhibits, etc.
    (unfortunately, Parks Department rules prohibit sales or soliciting of donations)
    * Volunteers to help staff the BPF literature table.
    * Updated literature from local groups for the BPF literature table — please bring it on April 12 or email to arrange mailing or pickup.

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Bookclub

The Bookclub will meet, 4-25, at 12:30 in the church fellowship hall, please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided by Mary Stokes. The book is Please Look After Mom, By Kyung-Sook Shin. It is a story of a familial dilemma in South Korea and also experienced throughout the World.

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Slideshow of all Skyway Market opening day photos

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