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Friendship Circle

Community event: The Rolling Rabbis, three rabbis cycling cross-country to raise awareness for children with special needs, visit Charlotte. Bring your own bike. 10 a.m. July 17, Lubavitch Educational Center, 6619 Sardis Road. www.Bike4Friendship.com.

First Baptist

Guest speaker: Allan Blume, editor in chief of "Biblical Recorder," to speak 6:30 p.m. July 18. 301 S. Davidson St. 704-375-1446.

Newell Baptist

Vacation Bible school: "Big Apple Adventure." Ages 3 and older. Community welcome. Meals included; parents invited to supper June 22. 6-8:40 p.m. July 17-22. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.

St. Peter Catholic

Gay/lesbian Mass: Diocesan Ministry for Gay and Lesbian Catholics celebrates 15th annual Mass for gay and lesbian Catholics, their friends, families. The Rev. David Brzoska presides. Reception afterward. 7 p.m. July 27. 507 S. Tryon St. 704-332-2901; www.stpeterscatholic.org/gay_lesbian_ministry.

Torrence Grove AME Zion

Musical program: "Ministers: Delivering the Gospel in Song." Ten ministers will sing. 6 p.m. July 23. 1200 Torrence Grove Church Road. Details: Ada Gaston, 704-536-8313.

Northside Church of Christ

Auditions: Try out for drama club's play "I Gotta Tell God," which explores Christian interaction throughout African-American history. Adults and youth age 14 and up. 4435 East W.T. Harris Blvd. Times and directions: rdolphus@yahoo.com.

Calvary United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: "Shake It Up Café: Where Kids Carry Out God's Recipe." 6-8 p.m. July 25-27. Meals and snacks each evening. 512 West Blvd. 704-333-3388.

Exodus Foundation

Volunteer orientation: Learn how to mentor people who have criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 6-7 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month, Mount Carmel Baptist, 7237 Tuckaseegee Road, and 10-11 a.m. fourth Saturday, St. Paul Baptist, 1401 Allen St.

Career networking: Group for people with criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. fourth Saturday, St. Paul Baptist. www.exodusfoundation.org.

Missionaries of the Poor & St. Peter Catholic

Concert: "Praise Him!" Caribbean music with the Rev. Ho Lung and Friends. Proceeds go to women's crisis center in Jamaica. Suggested donation: $20 for adults, $10 for children. 2 and 7 p.m. July 16; 4 p.m. July 17. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-999-6354; www.missionariesofthepoor.org.

Motivations Ministries

"Exalt!" talent show: Top 15 Christian singers perform 7-10 p.m. Aug. 5, Halton Theatre, Central Piedmont Community College. $20-$25. Group discounts available. Part of proceeds to help those with catastrophic medical bills. www.MotivationsMinistries.org.

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; www.prosperitychurch.org .

Lake Norman Jewish Congregation

Kabbalat Shabbat services: 7 p.m. July 22, Fair View United Methodist, 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. Children's services at 6:40 p.m. www.lakenormanjc.org.

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