Carolina Community Theatre
Open casting call: Auditions for new children's television series "Avenue C ... The Creative Community." Several featured performance roles available for ages 8-13. Auditioners must all sing and act. Some adult roles also available. 1-3:30 p.m. May 15, Ultimate Life Church, 377 Carowinds Blvd., Suite 124. www.avenueCshow.com .
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
African-American leadership conference: "Revisiting the House of God" with Dr. William Pannell of Fuller Theological Seminary and Dr. Rick Gray of Asbury Theological Seminary. Free; open to the public. Advance registration required. Lunch provided. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13. 14542 Choate Circle. 704-527-9909 (CQ); firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hickory Grove United Methodist
Saturday night service: More praise and worship time than just on Sunday mornings. "In the Grove," informal time of music and testimony led by church's contemporary band, Therapy. Fellowship with light refreshments afterward. 7 p.m. May 15. 6401 Hickory Grove Road. 704-537-4686; www.hickorygroveumc.com .
St. Stephen's AME Zion, Gastonia
130th anniversary celebration: Theme: "Celebrate the Past, Affirm the Present and Prepare for the Future." 9 and 11 a.m. May 16. Dinner after 11 a.m. service. 201 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. 704-861-2004.
Happy Trails Cowboy Church
Professional rodeo: Bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, country gospel singing, more. Portion of proceeds to benefit church. $15 at the gate; children under 6 free. H&H Indoor Arena, 311 Ned Herman Road, Taylorsville. Gates open at 5 p.m. May 14 and 15. www.djmc.com/happytrailscowboychurch.
Statesville Christian Women's Club
Luncheon: "Flowers in Bloom" luncheon with speaker Linda McDaniels, music by Connie Dellinger, more. $10. 11 a.m. May 17, Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center St., Statesville. Reservations due May 12: 704-546-7972.
Lake Norman Baptist, Huntersville
Indoor yard sale: All proceeds go to benevolence ministry to assist needy families. 7 a.m.-noon May 15. 7921 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. 704-892-0143; www.lakenormanbaptist.com.
Metrolina Christian Chamber of Commerce
Networking luncheon: Roundtable discussion "How Does the New Health Care Bill Affect Your Small Business and Family?" 11:30 a.m. May 11, Texas Land & Cattle, 7779 Lyles Lane, Concord. Register at www.metrolinachristianchamber.org.
Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius
Missions fair: Booths, displays of ministries, activities for children. Boy Scout Troop 10 to grill hot dogs and burgers to help with an Eagle Scout project. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 16, lawn.
Cornelius concert series: Mick and the Ultras perform 1 p.m. May 16. Free. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.
New Beginnings Moravian, Huntersville
Community safety fair: Presentations on Internet safety, preventing identity theft, emergency preparedness. Exhibits on gun safety, driving, medication, fire, poison, more. All ages welcome. 9 a.m.-noon May 22. 201 Seagle St., Huntersville. 704-992-2003.