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Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El University: Courses include Reconstructionist Judaism, Making Your Passover Seder Meaningful, and Jewish Tools for Building a Successful Marriage. Feb. 1, 8 and 15. www.beth-el.com/RSVP.
Comparative religion series: "One God? Yours or Mine ... A Provocative Look at the Concept of God." 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Marcy Braverman Goldstein of the department of religious studies at UNC Charlotte will discuss "Hinduism: A Scholar's Perspective" on Feb. 14. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948.
St. Stephen United Methodist
Career ministry group: Matthew Cicco and Bryon Grogan lead Ministry at Work, a faith-based group for the unemployed to exchange job search ideas. Open to people of any religious affiliation. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824 (CQ); www.ststephenumc.net.
St. John's Episcopal
Job hunters' group: Expert speakers provide job search tips, résumé reviews, interview coaching and networking opportunities. No fees or registration. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. 1623 Carmel Road. www.saintjohns-charlotte.org.
Shepherd's Center South
Book club: Peggy LeCount will facilitate a discussion of "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. Please read selection prior to the meeting. The club meets from 10-11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Feb. 14 at The Ivey, 6030 Park South Drive, 704-541-0100.
Art exhibit: "Translations" features the works of Joana Wardell, Karen Simpson and Shug Lockett. Feb. 4-29 in the church gallery. 1412 Providence Road. 704-333-0378.
Shepherd's Center East
Valentine tea fundraiser: Authentic English tea with violin music by Verd Anna Cunningham. Reservations required. $25. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at St. Stephen United Methodist, 6800 Sardis Road. Reservations by Feb. 9: 704-338-1511.
The Shepherd's Center of Charlotte
Lunch and Learn: Leslie McIver will discuss online banking. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Emeritus at Eastover, 3610 Randolph Road.
Defensive driving class: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Trinity Presbyterian, 3115 Providence Road. $12 for AARP members. www.shepherdscharlotte.org.
Central Church of God
Coffee break: Noel Bouché will present "Strategies for Living a Pure Life in a Sexualized Culture." Those in the counseling field invited for networking. 9-11 a.m. Feb. 9. 5500 Randolph Road. Refreshments provided. Reservations: 704-365-6112.
Preschool registration: The Calvary Child Development Center offers weekday programs for children 6 months through 5 years. Registration open for 2012-13 school year. www.calvarycdc.com.
Spring sports registration: CHAMP soccer, flag football, T-ball, baseball and karate. Program emphasizes sportsmanship, Christian character development and athletic skills. Practices begin Feb. 27. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.champsportsinfo.com.
St. Gabriel Catholic
Gardening class: Master Gardener Don Rosenberg will explain how to plant and manage an organic garden. $10 per session. 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 15. 3016 Providence Road. www.stgabrielchurch.org.
Health seminar: Physical therapist and orthopedic specialist Rick St. George will present monthly sessions. Free. St. George will discuss leg and back pain at 7 p.m. Feb. 13. 4418 Rea Road. 704-759-9939.