The memorial of St. Blaise, a blessing of throats, will take place during 5 p.m. Mass Feb. 3 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sonora.

St. Blaise saved the life of a boy who was choking on a fish bone, stated a press release. He is now the patron saint of all who have diseases and injuries of the throat.

For more information, call (209) 532-7139.

The church is at 127 Jackson St.

Unity Spiritual Center in Twain Harte will hold a Month of Love Italian Dinner Feb. 10.

Dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. at the center, 23191 Mark Twain Drive.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, and children eat for free.

Reservations are required by calling (209) 677-3928 or emailing unitymotherlode@sbcglobal.net .

The First Congregational Church in Murphys will hold its seventh annual Heavenly Chocolate Festival Feb. 10 at the church.

The festival will feature more than 60 chocolate exhibitors and a chocolate fountain, where thos attending can blend flavors. Hot and cold beverages will be offered, as well as wine by the glass.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $5 for children younger than 8. Tickets can be purchased by calling (209) 728-3141 or at the door. The church is at 509 Algiers St., in Murphys.

The annual Chocolate Lovers’ Hoedown, a community dance and dinner, will be held Feb. 10 in the Manzanita Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

The event, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tuolumne County, will include chocolate items suitable for Valentine’s Day gifts, including homemade truffles.

A buffet dinner catered by chef Dave Ingram will include “cowboy caviar,” barbecued pork loin with chocolate-fig sauce, “wranglers’” salad and cake for dessert.

Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Dance caller Rachel Phillips, of Groveland, will call a hoedown that will include circles, triplets, contras, lines and squares. No experience or partners are necessary.

Cost to attend the event, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m., is $30 per person of $100 for four. Tickets can be purchased at Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center in East Sonora or at Schnoog’s in the Timberhills Shopping Center in Sonora.

For more information call (209) 962-0805.

The Mother Lode Jewish Community will celebrate Tu B’Shvat (Jewish Arbor Day) on Feb. 11.

Tu B’Shvat, also known as the “New Year for Trees,” is considered the Jewish Arbor Day, stated press release. Rabbi Andra Greenwald will conduct a Seder service, then those gathered will partake in a potluck meal and plant a few trees. This will be an informal, festive gathering, taking place at a member’s home in Murphys. The Seder is scheduled for 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon and tree planting at 1 p.m.

The MLJC will have a number of events in late February and March: a Hamentashen Baking gathering from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28; the annual Purim Party (with an out of this world theme) on March 3 in Murphys; and a Passover Seder March 31 in Sonora. There will also be several prep gatherings tied to the Passover event.

For more information or to register for any of the above events, call (209) 533-1650, email motherlodejc@yahoo.com or go online to motherlodejewishcommunity.org. There is no charge for the Tu B’Shvat, Hamentashen or Purim events.

Anyone wishing to donate can drop off items between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. and noon Sundays at the church, 13880 Joshua Way in East Sonora.

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