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North Mecklenburg Community Chorus
Concert: The chorus will perform "The Glory of Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Huntersville Presbyterian, 201 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Mallard Creek Presbyterian, 1600 W. Mallard Creek Church Road. Free and open to the public. www.northmeckcommunitychorus.org.
St. Mark Catholic
Teaching mass: Msgr. Richard Bellow will walk participants through the symphony of rituals and symbols of the Mass, unveiling both the mysteries and meaning that guide our transformation as people of Christ. This plans to be a wonderful evening for all those who would like to develop their understanding of our sacred mass as well as those new to understanding the richness of our faith. Appropriate for teens and adults; childcare available by reservation. 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Church tour, 6:30 p.m. 14749 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. 704-577-3408.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Community nativity festival: View over 225 nativity scenes from around the world, enjoy Christmas music with nightly caroling, and dress in nativity costumes to reenact the Holy Night. Costumes provided. Visitors will receive a free copy of "Mr. Krueger's Christmas." Especially invited are girl scout troops, youth groups and nursing home groups. Free. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5. 7032 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville. www.nativityfestival.wordpress.com.
Lake Forest Church
Christmas village toy store: The church recently collected more than 830 new toys and 200 hats and mittens in support of the store, where low-income families are provided an opportunity to purchase Christmas presents at a greatly reduced cost.
Lake Forest is partnering with other Charlotte-area churches in support of the store, which will be open from Dec. 17-19 at Warehouse 242, 2307 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Proceeds go toward collegiate scholarships for inner-city youth and sponsoring a summer camp for homeless children.
For more information, store hours and volunteer opportunities, call 1-877-310-8697 or go to www.christmasvillagetoystore.com.
Huntersville United Methodist
Christmas concert: "Let's Have a Christmas Celebration!" All-time favorites and many surprises. 3 p.m. Dec. 5. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1156.
Holy Spirit Catholic
Craft fair: Over 30 area crafters. Light breakfast and lunch available for purchase. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5. 537 N. C. 16 N., Denver. www.holyspiritnc.org; 704-483-6448.
Lake Norman Jewish Congregation
Hanukkah celebration: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Crafts, performances by religious school, catered dinner, more. Register by Dec. 5. www.lakenormanjc.org; 704-987-9980.
Beth Shalom of Lake Norman
Hanukkah party: 6th annual celebration will include free refreshments, Hanukkah crafts and children's art projects, music and more. The highlight of this year's celebration will be the lighting of the Beth Shalom Menorah, Lake Norman's only outdoor menorah. Free and open to the public. Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Mooresville Town Square, located on the corner of Brawley School Road and Williamson Road. www.bslkn.org.
Davidson College Presbyterian
Christmas item sale: Purchase giftsfrom Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets items made by artisans from 36 countries. Available during Christmas in Davidson, Dec. 3-5, and at the church on the morning of Dec. 6. A portion of sales go to the church's global missions.
Christmas handbell concert: The church handbell choir, accompanied by a local flute choir, will perform Christmas favorites and more. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
Service: Special service of healing and wholeness, 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in Lingle Chapel.
Traditional Christmas pageant: Youth and children's choir will bring the story of Christ's birth to life. Child care available for children 2 and under. Bring soup, sandwich or dessert and join us for supper following the service. Donations of nonperishable food items will be taken for needy families in the community. 5 p.m. Dec. 20. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-5641; www.dcpc.org.