2nd Annual Romance, Wine & Chocolate

By : Alex Storer
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You are cordially invited to a magical evening at Alafaya Branch Library’s 2nd Annual Romance, Wine & Chocolate author event. Meet several notable romance writers including our featured speakers Karen Hawkins and Kristin Harmel. Complimentary wine and chocolate samples will be served. Plus, gift sets filled with books and swag will be given away! This special after-hours event is not one to be missed. Registration is required. To register, visit rwc2017.eventbrite.com. A very special thank you to our donors Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Farris & Fosters Famous Chocolate Factory. Thank you to our partner Lorelei’s Lit Lair. To learn more about our featured authors, visit ocls.info/romance-wine-chocolate-2017. Ages 21 and up.

Editor’s Desk 07.02.15

By : Billy Manes
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BillyManesCapGood afternoon and welcome to my gracious drawing room.

I’m not certain who is or who isn’t aware of my past journalistic ridiculousness in Central Florida, because the wind blows and the rain falls and we all have our own lives to pin ourselves to. I am aware, however, that if you are reading this, we have a common purpose: love.

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Christian artist Ray Boltz discusses small town upbringing, coming out and his upcoming concert at Venice MCC

By : Krista DiTucci
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The Venice MCC certainly has a history worth celebrating. On Feb. 19, 1995, Rev. Sherry Kennedy founded the church after Venice and Port Charlotte residents faced increased difficulty in traveling to the Manatee County MCC every week. Rev. Kennedy helped organize the first meeting, at which 78 members were present—a denominational record.

Twenty years later, the congregation will celebrate a milestone with a weekend long celebration that includes a performance by out Christian performer Ray Boltz. on Saturday, Feb. 28.

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