Help for Matthews: Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, is launching its second annual Matthews Matters on Nov. 5. At 8:30 a.m., more than 650 church members will spread out across the town to work on various projects. Carmel Baptist outreach pastor Rob Kelly says, "We are here to serve."
Sidewalk sale: Local artists will sell their creations Nov. 5 outside Fastframe. The sale, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. will feature pottery, painting, photography, collage, paper filigree and woodworks at 1813-400 Matthews Township Parkway. 704-845-4017; www.fastframematthews.com.
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Help for hospice: Charlotte artists Anne H. Neilson and Robert Langford will present "Strokes of Compassion," an exhibition of new works, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at 220 East Blvd. They will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to Presbyterian Hospice & Palliative Care: www.presbyterian.org/hospice; www.anneneilsonfineart.com.
Historic village: Step back in history next weekend at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village at 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road. "The Last Campfire" will take place 7 p.m. Friday as Generals Lee and Longstreet huddle to discuss strategy for their battle at Chancellorsville. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, visitors can view the memorabilia, watch re-enactors and listen to three World War II veterans. Free. 704-573-0726; www.minthillhistory.com.
New festival site: ScanFest, an annual event sponsored by SAGA of the Carolinas, celebrates Christmas traditions from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This year the festival will move to Carolina Courts, a sports complex at 7120 Stinson Hartis Road in Indian Trail. The free event, which will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5, will include cultural exhibits, food and activities from Scandinavian countries. www.scandinavianconnection.org.