International dinner: Harrison United Methodist Church will host an international Thanksgiving dinner 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the church, 15008 Lancaster Highway. The event will put a spin on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner by featuring international dishes and fellowship. Details: E-mail Pastor Tim Webster at email@example.com .
Choral concert: Providence Baptist Church will host the choral concert "Simple Gifts at Thanksgiving" 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the church, 4921 Randolph Road. The concert is the opening of the 56th season of the Carolina Voices and will include musical performances by Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble, Providence Baptist Church's Chamber Choir and the Festival Singers. Tickets are $15. Details: www.carolinavoices.com.
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Painting fundraiser: The Civic and Cultural Arts Center will hold the "Paint Till You Drop" benefit 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at 316 Main St., Pineville. The CCAC will provide the art supplies and participants will paint into the early morning hours. The event will include a pizza banquet. Tickets are $100 and proceeds will go to the CCAC. Details: www.ccacpinevilleorg.
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