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Religion Notes: Pet blessings and musical events in October

The Rev. Angela Cortiñas blesses a dog at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

    St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church will host a new and improved pet blessing at 11 a.m. Oct. 7 on the front lawn of the church, at 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton.
    The event will feature a short service, music and a special blessing of pets by clergy. Following the blessing, the church will host a community block party in the parking lot featuring a reptile show, food trucks, worship music, face painting and arts and crafts.
    All pets are welcome. For more information, call 395-8285 or visit

St. Gregory's season opener

    The 2017-18 concert series at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton kicks off with acclaimed organist Timothy Brumfield improvising a live organ score for the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Individual show tickets ($30) and season subscriptions ($99) are available online.
    Subscriptions feature three additional shows: The Amadeus Trio on Jan. 14, Wycliffe Gordon on Feb. 11 and Talise Trevigne on March 2. Visit

Weekend music fest
    Congregation B’nai Israel, an inclusive Reform congregation in Boca Raton, welcomes the Nefesh Mountain bluegrass band to headline a weekend music festival Oct. 13 and 14 at the synagogue, 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton.
    Founded by a husband and wife team, Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, the band has developed a fresh blend of soul and bluegrass with a distinctly Jewish flavor. It’s difficult to imagine an Appalachian mountain cabin with a Jewish band picking on the front porch, and Old Testament tunes replacing familiar gospel, but Bluegrass Today called the band’s music a “highly effective blend of these two spheres.”
    At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, the band performs at a “Shabbat Experience” with the CBI clergy.
    At 7 p.m. Oct. 14, doors open for a reception featuring music from the Shade Tree Pickers, followed by a concert from Nefesh. Premium reserved tickets including the dessert reception are $118. Reserved seats are $54. General admission is $36 and student admission is $20.
    Also planned is a performance for children by Zasloff in her role as Mama Doni, at 2 p.m. Oct. 15. Arrive early for pre-concert fun with Miss Susan. Tickets are $18 adults, $10 for ages 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call 241-8118.    
Advent’s Octoberfest
    Advent Lutheran Church, 300 E. Yamato Road, Boca Raton, will host an Octoberfest celebration for ages 21 and older from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21 in the church’s Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to this salute to German culture. Enjoy German food, craft beer and lively German music guaranteed to get toes tapping. Tickets are $20. Cash bar. For more information, call 395-3632 or visit

‘Music’ returns to St. Paul’s
    The Music at St. Paul’s concerts return with a special performance by the Trillium Piano Trio at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the church, 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.
    The Trillium Piano Trio features award-winning pianist Yoko Sata Kothari, violinist Ruby Berland and cellist Susannah Kelly. The program is Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49; Claude Debussy’s Piano Trio in G Major, L. 3; and Franz Schubert’s Sonatensatz in B-flat Major, D. 28. Arrive early for a conversation with Kothari and St. Paul’s Music Ministry Director Dr. Paul Cienniwa at 2:30. Tickets are $20 for adults and are available at the door. Admission is free for ages 18 and younger. For more info, visit

October meetings
    Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation & God meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 (and the third Thursday of the month) at Barrel of Monks, 1141 S. Rogers Circle, No. 5, Boca Raton (and also the first Tuesday of the month at Biergarten, 309 Via de Palmas, No. 90, Boca Raton). Conversation, fellowship, open discussion. 395-1244;
    The Islamic Center of Boca Raton hosts a monthly open house from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month, at 3480 NW Fifth Ave., Boca Raton. No reservations are needed. Drop in and meet your Muslim neighbors, take a tour of the mosque, ask questions and enjoy some snacks and refreshments. For more information, call 395-7221 or visit

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