The First Congregational Church will host Java and Jazz Friday, July 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Curtis Hall, 8 Church St. The event will feature the piano virtuosity of Cliff Young, local music teacher and the church’s music minister.

Although it is no Starbucks, the event will offer gourmet coffee (plus decaf and tea) and homebaked goodies that the national chain cannot match. In addition to the jazz, attendees will be treated to classical, modern and original pieces. Admission is by donation, with proceeds benefiting the church’s Deacons’ Fund, which provides assistance to local individuals in need.

Young is well known throughout the Midcoast. He was a member of the fondly-remembered group Tree by Leaf; teaches music; and is in demand as a pianist for many private events around the area. He lists as his influences Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Billy Joel and Scott Joplin, as well as gospel music.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or