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On Faith: Free fair-trade chocolate testing in time for Valentine’s Day

You can enjoy chocolate that will make you feel as good as it tastes!

One World Market, a nonprofit store on Ninth Street, is holding a free chocolate tasting from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Twenty kinds of Fair Trade chocolate will be featured.

One World Market has served the Durham area for 22 years, tracing its beginning to a group of women at Watts Street Baptist Church who first sold products in the church basement. Its mission is to alleviate poverty in developing countries and to do so by offering artisans a marketplace to sell their crafts and products.

The prevalence of child slave labor in mainstream chocolates is often overlooked.

Fair Trade certification ensures that farmers receive a fair price, allows farmers to invest in techniques that bring out the flavors of the region and strictly prohibits slave and child labor.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this tasting event has something for all chocolate lovers. From the purist who might enjoy the 85 percent cacao bar from Panama, to the adventurer looking for something exotic like salt and pepper chocolate from the Dominican Republic, the chocolate selection at One World Market is vast.

Other flavors include caramel toffee, white chocolate, strawberry and dark chocolate raspberry, to name a few.

A mostly volunteer staff at the store will also be on hand to show customers an eclectic selection of jewelry, accessories, décor items and crafts from 60 different countries.

During the chocolate tasting, staff will also answer questions about the origin of the chocolates and the principles of Fair Trade.

Collegiate choir

The Collegiate Choir from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., will present a free concert at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St., on Monday, March 9.

The 7:30 p.m. concert is one of nine appearances the choir will make during its 2015 spring concert tour. Its itinerary includes performances in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland and Ohio as well as North Carolina.

The 44-voice choir is composed of student musicians representing the School of Music and other areas of the university. Its performances include the finest sacred and secular choral music spanning six centuries and a variety of languages.

This year's tour program includes literature from the Renaissance, Early American and contemporary eras.

The second half of the program will begin with the world premiere performance of “Arise My Dove,” a three-movement work by British composer Philip Lawson. The final section of the program will include “Scherzo” by Lars Edlund, “Musicians Wrestle Everywhere” by Elliott Carter, “The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus and “Salmo de Alabanza” by Andrew Rindfleisch.

Hunger Walk

First Presbyterian Church will host two open house events for CROP Hunger Walk team captains to pick up posters, DVDs, brochures and hunger education materials to prepare for Durham's 41st Annual CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, March 22.

The events are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The new “drop-in” format was designed to give team captains flexibility in getting materials as well as providing the individual attention they might need as they gear up for North Carolina's oldest walk-a-thon. Durham’s walk has been dubbed the “Granddaddy of Walk-a-thons.”

First Presbyterian is located at 305 E. Main St., across the street from the Main Library. Parking at the church is available for team captains.

For more information call Sybil Henderson, recruitment chair, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 919-682-1484.

“Sacred Sound”

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough will present a free screening of “Sacred Sound,”a documentary film being produced by parishioner Robin Arcus, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.8.

“Sacred Sound” focuses on one summer week when 50 ordinary American girls learn to sing extraordinary music in the manner of the great British cathedral choirs. They rise willingly at dawn to march through morning mist to sit on hard pews for the sake of offering themselves to God through music and beyond.

Told primarily through two choristers, these young people take to heart the words of the Mass as not mere words, but the means by which humans relate to heaven. They carry the torch of sacred traditions nearly lost in the world today. These choristers sing not simply to preserve this music for museum archives, but as something made alive and relevant through the very breath of their being.

St. Matthew’s is located at 210 St. Mary's Road.

Contact Flo Johnston at fjohnston314@gmail.com or call 910-361-4135.