South Charlotte

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Sardis Road

Bilingual play: Upper School students in Providence Day School's Spanish Conversation, Composition and Theater Class will present "Yo Hablo Americano," a bilingual play 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 and 2 p.m. Jan. 8 in the John Noblitt Black Box Theater in the fine arts building. The play will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles projected above the stage. Cost is $5 at the door. Details: Jennifer Howe, 704-887-6001.

Downtown Matthews

Fresh produce: The Matthews Winter Farmers Market will be on Trade Street from 8-10 a.m. Jan. 15 and Jan. 29.

South Charlotte

Family portraits for Armed Forces: While many deployed men and women are home for the holidays, N.C.-based is offering free family portraits by professional photographers. For appointments: The organization needs volunteers.

Monroe Road

"Pennies for Peace": East Mecklenburg High is raising money for "Pennies for Peace," a charity that builds schools in Central Asia to promote peace through education. A penny buys a pencil in Pakistan, and in a region where terrorist organizations recruit the uneducated, pencils can help the young start a new life. Students are encouraged to bring pocket change and bills to homeroom each Wednesday. The homeroom at each grade level that raises the most money will get breakfast in January. Details: