Candlemas will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 127 Jackson St., Sonora at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

The candles blessed during Candlemas will be used for a special blessing of throats during Masses on Sunday, Feb. 3, the memorial of St. Blaise. St. Blaise saved the life of a boy who was choking on a fish bone. He is now the patron saint of all who have diseases and injuries of the throat.

Call (209) 532-7139 for information.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tuolumne County will meet on 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Tuolumne County Emergency Services Building, 18444 Striker Court, off Tuolumne Road.

There are seven principles and six sources of faith forming the backbone of Unitarian Universalism, stated a press release. This week, UUFTC member Mike Strange, speaking on “The Mathematics of Infinity,” will present MIT prodigy Jeremy England’s physics theory for the origin of life — how matter tends to tap energy, aligning and rearranging into increasingly complex forms in order to tap and dissipate more energy. He will also present the Mandelbrot fractal geometry, which helps us understand complex patterns in natural systems. Both theories support the Seventh Unitarian Universalist principle, that of the interconnectedness of all existence.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets in Sonora on the first and third Sundays and in Douglas Flat on the second and fourth Sundays. All are welcome.

For more information, go online to, or call 533-8883.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tuolumne County will hold its annual Chocolate Lovers’ Hoedown Friday, Feb. 8, at the Sonora Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive in Sonora.

A live auction will include chocolate goodies and other items suitable for Valentine’s Day gifts. Sauces by Chef Dave will be available for purchase.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., and the $35 per person cost will include a buffet dinner and appetizers.

Tickets can be purchased at The Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center in East Sonora, or by calling (209) 962-0805.

The First Congregational Church in Murphys will hold its eighth annual Heavenly Chocolate Festival Feb. 9 at the church.

The festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and will offer unlimited tasting of about 70 different chocolate creations and an opportunity to buy them. Wine tasting also will be offered

Tickets cost $12 per person.

The church is at the corner of Church and Algiers streets, one block from the Murphys Hotel.

The Sonora United Methodist Chur`ch holds candlelight, meditative services based on the Taize worship model on the second and fourth Thursday evenings. This month’s services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 28.

Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence and spiritual readings. There is no preaching.

The church is at 90 Yaney Ave., in Sonora, diagonally across the street from the Tuolumne County Courthouse. Parking is behind the church on Upper Sunset Avenue. Call (209) 532-4850 for information.