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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:54 AM

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INTERFAITH CELEBRATION: The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Lutheran King Jr. Interfaith Celebration will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Mount Calvary Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4902 N. 40th St., Tampa. The program is free and open to the public, and will include choir presentations, musical performances, speakers from multiple denominations and an awards presentation to Leon Russell, winner of the 2013 Robert Saunders Award. For information, call (813) 901-0535.

MASQUERADE BALL FUNDRAISER: The 23{+r}{+d} annual Lincoln-Douglass Ball, a formal event that celebrates the interracial friendship between President Abraham Lincoln and social reformer-writer Frederick Douglass, will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Embassy Suites Tampa-USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa. This masquerade ball includes a glamorous evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing, and will benefit Cornerstone Kids Inc., a nonprofit after-school program for inner-city kids. The program is an outreach ministry of St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church in Tampa. Tickets cost $65 person; $650 for a table of 10. For information, call (813) 293-1284 or visit www.cornerstonekids.org

PASTORAL RETREAT: "Sustenance for the Journey," a retreat for pastors, will be from Jan. 23 to 30 at Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center, 1920 Streetman Drive, Lithia. The Rev. Kathleen Weller, director of Peace River Spirituality Center, is the speaker and director of this event, which will focus on spiritual disciplines and ways in which we commune with God. It includes time for prayer, reflection, keynote and small group sessions. Cost is $120 and will include two nights' lodging and seven meals. For information, call (813) 685-4224 or visit www.cedarkirk.org

LEADERSHIP SERIES: Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 29 at a special luncheon program at the Franciscan Center, 3010 Perry Ave., Tampa. This is part of the center's Leadership Series, and will include comments from Castor on the challenges she faces and how she uses spirituality during times of concern. Seating is limited; cost is $35 for lunch. For information, call (813) 229-2695 or visit www.franciscancentertampa.org/calendar.htm

CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN PRESENTATION: Christian music artist Clay Crosse and his wife Renee will give a message and their personal testimonies 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., Lutz. The event is free. For information, call (813) 264-1515.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING FORUM: First Baptist Church of Tampa, 302 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, will sponsor a free public forum on human trafficking from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29. Several speakers will give presentations on this crime and give suggestions on how to help stop it. For information, call (813) 541-2144 or email kelly_pruett@verizon.net

YOUTH CONFERENCE: The Tampa Bay Celebration of Life Rally will include a free youth conference from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Suncoast Cathedral, 2300 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Special guests include Masters Commission USA, the SEU Band and WTIS Christian talk show host Pete O'Shea. For information, visit the Facebook page of the Celebration of Life Tampa Bay 2013. Seating is limited.

FREE MOVIE: Faith Outreach Center, 7607 Sheldon Road, Tampa, presents a free showing of the movie "October Baby" at 6 p.m. Sunday. Nursery is provided. For information, call (813) 887-3354.

SINULOG FESTIVAL: St. Paul Catholic Church, 12708 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, and the Santo Nino Shrine USA, celebrate Holy Eucharist in observance of the 25th Fiesta and Sinulog Fiesta, in honor of Senor Santo Niño, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The festival is a public prayer ritual dance to the tune of drumbeats, and will include a High Mass, procession and food. For information, call (831) 961-3023.

OVERCOMING GRIEF: Hope Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Park Road, Plant City, will sponsor a GriefShare series beginning 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, to run every Tuesday for 13 weeks. The seminar and support group will include videos and group discussions. For information, call (813) 752-4622.

CATHOLIC SPEAKER: Speaker-musician Cooper Ray will give a free public presentation sharing his Catholic faith through story, humor and audience participation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Academy of Holy Names, 3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, in the Brady Center North. Babysitting will be provided for AHN families. For information, call (813) 839-5371, ext. 264.

FINDING BALANCE: Sister Cathy Cahill will lead a mini retreat on "Balance in Our Lives" from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Franciscan Center, 3010 N. Perry Ave., Tampa. The program includes a presentation, time for quiet, discussion, dinner and prayer. Fee is $30; $35 after Monday.To register, call (813) 229-2695 or email info@franciscancentertampa.org


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