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Compiled by Erica Batten
Charlotte Torah Center
Series: Rabbi Chanoch Oppenheim will lead “High Holiday Series for People Who Aren’t High on the Holidays.”
Enjoy the holidays by coming to dynamic, interactive classes and learn how these days are an opportunity to get to know yourself and your world. Free; donations gratefully accepted. 7 p.m. Oct. 1 and 6. The topic on Oct. 1, Yom Kippur, is “The Door’s Open But the Ride Ain’t Free.” 5668 International Drive, Suite 5A. www.charlottetorahcenter.com.
Matthews United Methodist
Community event: Enjoy music and new friends while eight food truck vendors offer a variety of summertime foods and 16 flavors of hand-scooped ice cream. Cash and credit accepted. Noon-3 p.m. Sept. 28 in the church parking lot. 801 S. Trade St. www.801south.org.
Park Road Baptist
Public forum: “From Headline to Heart: Conversations on Matters of Faith” will host the Rev. George Cook, pastor of Greater Mount Sinai Baptist, Dr. Patrick Graham, president of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, and Darnell Brame, a recent graduate of N.C. A&T State University. The three generations of African-American men will reflect on “Anger and Apathy: What is the Correct Response to Ferguson?” Dialogue with audience included. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the community center. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Please call for dinner reservations only by noon Sept. 30. 3900 Park Road. 704-523-5717.
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Service at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 24.
Rosh Hashanah services: Day One morning service, 9 a.m. Sept. 25. Kavanah service, 10:30 a.m. Tashlich at 12:45 p.m. Special needs and evening services at 6:15 p.m. Day Two morning service, 9 a.m. Sept. 26. Rock Ha-Shanah service, 10:30 a.m. Children’s, youth and family services also available. 4901 Providence Road. Ticket and parking information at 704-362-2796. Complete High Holy Days schedule at www.templeisraelnc.org.
Special event: Food trucks and live music. Roaming Fork, K. O. Food Truck and Southern Cake Queen; music by Carolina In-Laws. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 25 in the front parking lot. 3115 Providence Road. 704-366-3554; www.trinitypreschurch.org.
The Maronite Mission of Charlotte
Lebanese festival: Annual festival featuring entertainment, exquisite Lebanese food and sweets, raffle, children’s activities, more. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 27 at St. Matthew Catholic, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. www.facebook.com/MaroniteMissionofCharlotte.
Wesley United Methodist
Guest speaker: Church member Glenn Parker will talk to the United Methodist Women about his business and personal experiences while living in the Middle East. He recently worked in Doha, Qatar, and he and his wife have lived in various locations in the Middle East. 10 a.m. Sept. 27. 3715 Rea Road. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.
Pritchard Memorial Baptist
Arts academy: South End Fine Arts Academy at Pritchard will offer private and group lessons for all ages in voice, musical instruments, and a variety of dance styles. Lessons by appointment only, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. www.pritchardmemorial.com/finearts/home.
Free coffee: Drive through for coffee, doughnuts and chicken biscuits. 7:30-9 a.m. Sept. 26.
Indoor yard sale: Clothing, shoes, jewelry, books, games, furniture, holiday items, more. Proceeds go to missions. Please enter at the upper parking lot across from the YMCA. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 27. 1117 South Blvd. www.pritchardmemorial.com.
China Grove AME Zion, Pineville
Annual campfire service: The Charlotte District Lay Council will host the annual service with guest speaker the Rev. Henrico White, pastor of Weeping Willow AME Zion. In preparation to live victoriously in the new conference year, we will cast into the flames paper inscribed with past hindrances. 5 p.m. Sept. 28. 9401 China Grove Church Road, Pineville. www.chinagroveamezion.org.
Consignment sale: Fall and winter children’s and maternity clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, much more. Proceeds benefit the Sardis Weekday School. 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 27. Early bird shopping, 7-8 a.m. Half-price sale, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Now accepting consignors and volunteers. 6100 Sardis Road. www.sardis.org.
Sharon United Methodist
Sermon series: “What’s Your Story?” series will conclude Sept. 28 with “A Time Such as This.” Services are at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays.
Conference: Authors Jack Hansen and Jerry Haas will present “Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement.” Those who are recently retired or contemplating retirement are invited to explore the transitions, opportunities, and challenges of the move toward retirement. $40 per person; $50 per couple. Lunch and book included. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 4. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166. Register at www.sharonumc.org.
Pineville United Methodist
Animal blessing service: Bring your well-controlled pet for a blessing by senior pastor Tom Stinson-Wesley. 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Alzheimer’s walk: The Alzheimer’s Support Group is sponsoring a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Please join us to walk or donate. 10 a.m. Sept. 27 in Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. Registration at 9 a.m. act.alz.org/charlotte.
Myers Park Baptist
Meeting: The Faith Communicators, an informal network of nonprofit communications and marketing people, meets the fourth Friday of each month for networking and a program on some aspect of public relations. Light breakfast served. Free. 10 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819; email@example.com.
Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and learn to relax. Space limited. $10 per class. 3:30 and 5 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Please call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831; www.sardisbaptistcharlotte.org.
St. Matthew Catholic
St. Peregrine service: Healing prayer service for those suffering with cancer and other diseases. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 27 at Arlington Baptist, 9801 Arlington Church Road, Mint Hill. www.cbcc.us.