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Long Creek

Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe will meet with residents in the department's North Division service area from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 6230 Beatties Ford Road.

Brookshire Boulevard

A qualifying round for the “American Legion Idol” singing contest and benefit will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at American Legion Post 353, 5651 Brookshire Blvd. Entertainers, singers and groups are invited. There will be four qualifying rounds, four elimination rounds and a final round.

The show is a tribute to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to those who helped during recovery and cleanup. It also is a benefit for Post 353 special programs, which support troops, veterans and wounded soldiers.

A recording of the show will be forwarded to those serving in various military branches.

The contest fee is $10. General admission is $5. Details:; 704-644-7800.


CATS will update plans for the LYNX Purple Line at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Derita Presbyterian Church, 2230 W. Sugar Creek Road.

West Boulevard

The Stratford Richardson YMCA plans a free “Celebration of Friends” health and wellness event noon-4p.m. Saturday at the Y, 1946 West Blvd., with music, a food court and family activities.

It will start at with hip-hop aerobics at noon. The Lady Bulls from Johnson C. Smith University will lead a girls' basketball clinic at 1:30 p.m. Adults can try a water aerobics class.

More than 35 health and wellness agencies will be on hand, and the first 200 participants can get a free diabetes screening.

Detail: 704-716-4817.

Hidden Valley

The Hidden Valley Parade and Festival will start at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The lineup will be at 9 a.m. at Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church, 700 W. Sugar Creek Road. The festival will be start at 11 a.m. at Hidden Valley Elementary School, 5100 Snow White Lane. Music, children's games, food and voter registration are planned.

Details: Linda Butler, 704-965-5658 or 704-598-3988.

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