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Sept. 2

Holistic Health Network Meeting:

A special “Blessing of the Hands” observance open to anyone who works with their hands, particularly those who care for others with their hands. 6:30 p.m. Chapel of Presbyterian Hospital, 200 Hawthorne Lane. Free. 704-542-7040;

Holistic Health Network Meeting:

Peggy Wells, RN, ND, a naturopath and owner of Be Well Naturally in Matthews, gives a talk titled “So Why Can't I Heal?” about finding and treating contributing factors in disease. Wells will share her experiences in bridging the worlds of Western and complementary medicine to find and treat the contributing factors of disease, such as toxins, allergies, hormonal imbalances or stuck emotions. 7 p.m. Bobcat Room of Presbyterian Hospital, 200 Hawthorne Lane. Free. 704-542-7040; http://

Sept. 4

Free Mental Illness Family Education Class:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Charlotte) will offer a 12-week Family-to-Family Education Class. The class is for family members of those who suffer from depression (unipolar), manic depression (bipolar), schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and other neurobiological brain illnesses. Advance registration is required and the class is limited to 20 participants. 6:30-9 p.m. Central United Methodist Church, 6030 Albemarle Road. Free. To register, call Sarah Shaw at 704-535-7510.

Treating ADHD and Autism with Homeopathy:

Dr. Michael Smith, naturopathic physician with Carolinas Natural Health Center, will discuss homeopathy, a natural alternative to stimulants. 7 p.m. Matthews Branch Library, Matthews Town Center, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews. Free. 704-416-5000;

Sept. 6

Big Shot Saturday:

Free immunization program for school-age children in Mecklenburg County. Parents must bring a form of identification and their child's recent shot records. Immunizations given on a first-come, first-served basis. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Also, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 13. Mecklenburg County Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Road. Free. 704-336-6500; www.charmeck .org/departments/health+ department/home.htm.