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First Baptist, Matthews

Women's fitness classes: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. $3 per class. 185 S. Trade St., Matthews.

Dilworth United Methodist

Zumba fitness classes: All ability levels welcome. $3 per class. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Register before class. 605 East Boulevard. 704-333-4173.

Central United Methodist

National Night Out: In partnership, Kellogg Center, YMCA, Weed and Seed and other community service organizations and groups to offer fun, information, fellowship, games, free hot dogs and drinks. 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 2. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.

Newell Baptist

Musical program: Singing Men of America to present traditional hymns, contemporary and patriotic music. Led by the Rev. Jerry Thomas. 6 p.m. July 31. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.

Calvary United Methodist

Service: Scripture, song, worship and praise with musical guests Jason and Terri Hilliard. 11 a.m. July 31. 512 West Blvd. 704-333-3388.

Kilgo United Methodist

Service: Ecuador missionaries share stories. 10 a.m. July 31. 2121 Belvedere Ave.

Motivations Ministries

"Exalt!" talent show: Christian singers perform 7-10 p.m. Aug. 5 at Halton Theatre, UNC Charlotte. Judges and audience to vote winner from top 15. Tickets $20-$25. Group discounts available. Proceeds help those with catastrophic medical bills.

Torrence Grove AME Zion

Cook-Off: Entries of meats, vegetables, desserts compete. $25 to enter. Plates available for $10 each. 1 p.m. Aug. 6. 1200 Torrence Grove Church Road. To participate, call Tony Turner at 704-604-0635.

Taste and See International Ministries

Gospel festival: "Jesus in the Park" gospel festival. Music, dancing, prizes, more. 2-6 p.m. Aug. 6, Marshall Park.

First Baptist

Guest speaker: Dr. Don Wilton, senior pastor of First Baptist, Spartanburg, S.C., to speak 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1. 301 S. Davidson St. 704-375-1446.

Durham Memorial Baptist

Vacation Bible school: "Big Apple Adventure." Stories, music, games, food, more. All ages. 9:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 31 and 6 p.m. Aug. 1-4. 1601 Toddville Road. 704-392-5346;

Advent Lutheran

Vacation Bible school: Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 1-5. 8840 University City Blvd. 704-549-1555.

Sugar Creek Presbyterian

Workshops: "Rekindling the Lost Arts" meets monthly to share activities such as bread making, quilting, needlepoint, gardening, canning, knitting. Open to all women ages 15 and older. 3-5 p.m. first Saturday of each month. 101 W. Sugar Creek Road. 704-596-4466.

Prosperity Presbyterian

Vacation Bible school: "The Egypt File: Decoding the Mystery of Life." Age 3 through fifth grade. Free. Parents' session on the authority of the Bible in a scientific age. 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 7-12. 5533 Prosperity Church Road. 704-875-1182;

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, Conover

Vacation Bible school: "SonSurf Beach Bash." Age 3 through fifth grade. Magic show kickoff 4:45 p.m. July 31. Bible school sessions 6-8 p.m. Aug. 1-4. Dinner 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1-4. Closing cookout and celebration 6-8 p.m. Aug. 5. 217 2nd Ave. N. E., Conover. Register at

Church of the Master United Church of Christ, Hickory

Vacation Bible school: "Shake It Up Café: Where Kids Carry Out God's Recipe." 6-8 p.m. Aug. 1-4. Family night, 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. 2230 29th Ave. Drive N.E., Hickory. 828-256-2274.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley

Service: Andrew McKnight presents "Earth Day, Every Day" in story and song. 11 a.m. July 31. 833 5th St. S.E., Hickory.

Mount Olive Lutheran, Newton

Service: Seventh Sunday of Pentecost divine service. Sermon "Bread in a Desolate Place," based on Matthew 14. 10 a.m. July 31. 2103 Mount Olive Church Road, Newton. 828-464-2407.

Redeemer Lutheran, Catawba

Vacation Bible school: "Big Jungle Adventure." 6-8 p.m. July 31-Aug. 4.

Community breakfast: Eggs, toast, grits, gravy, sausage, more. $6 per plate. 200 S. Main St., Catawba. 828-241-2371;