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Calvary Church

Equip seminars: "Making Joy a Habit," 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in Room 222. "Caring for Aging Parents," 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in room 232. Free. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at

Temple Beth El and St. Peter's Catholic

Interfaith dialogue: "Marriage: Requirements and Rituals." Please bring your favorite beverage and a snack or dessert to share. All are welcome. 5 p.m. Jan. 9. 507 S. Tryon St. RSVP 704-362-2724 or 704-365-3313.

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: "Sex, Women and Religion." 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 22. Sally McMillan of Myers Park Baptist will offer the Christian perspective on Jan. 11 at the Sam Lerner Center for the Cultural Arts at Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Road.

Matthews Missionary Baptist

Service: The church celebrates its one-year anniversary. Guest preacher Dr. Casey Kimbrough of Mount Carmel Baptist. 3 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. E. 704-494-9490.

Carmel Presbyterian

Book study: Learn sustainable ways to alleviate poverty in discussion of "When Helping Hurts." 9 a.m. Sundays starting Jan. 9. 2048 Carmel Road.

St. John's Episcopal

Contemporary service: 11:15 a.m. Sundays in the parish hall. 1623 Carmel Road.

Shepherd's Center South

Book club: Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, will facilitate a discussion of Wallace Stegner's "Angle of Repose." Please read the selection prior to the meeting. 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at The Ivey, 6030 Park South Drive. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month. 704-541-0100.

Computer classes: "Introduction to Computers." $50. 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Jan. 13-March 3. "Desktop Darkroom: Digital Photography and Editing." $30. 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 1 and 8. 7245 City View Drive.

Classes for seniors: The winter session of "Adventures in Learning" meets 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23. $30 in advance; $32 at the door. Lunch available for $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Classes meet at St. Stephen United Methodist, 6800 Sardis Road. Registration and class descriptions at