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Matthews Presbyterian

Book discussion: "A Home on the Field," by Paul Cuadros. Please read the selections before meetings. Dr. Cesar Carhuachin, coordinator for Latino Ministries of Charlotte Presbytery, and the Rev. Rafael Hernandez, pastor of Spanish Mission of Indian Trail, join the Rev. Emily Owen to lead discussion. 7 p.m. Aug. 1 and 8, room 206. 207 W. John St., Matthews. 704-847-4094;

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 30. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. 704-544-0404;

St. John Neumann Catholic

Family game night: Friendly competition, prizes, fun. Pizza, snacks, desserts, drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. July 30. 8451 Idlewild Road.

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.

Pritchard Memorial Baptist

Concert: N.C. Baptist All-State Youth Choir to perform 10:30 a.m. July 24. 1117 South Blvd.

St. Martin's Episcopal

Benefit concert: Duo Little Windows presents "Cheers for Ears." Traditional gospel, Irish, Appalachian music. Free. Donations go toward buying hearing aids for people of Honduras. 5-6:15 p.m. July 24. 1510 E. 7th St.

Temple Beth El & Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Lecture: Seventh Schloss summer lecture: Drs. Alexa Royden and Rafi Danziger on "The Revolutions and Evolution of the Middle East and Their Impact on Israel." Shabbat summer services 6 p.m. July 29, followed by dinner and lecture. Dinner reservations required. $10. 5101 Providence Road. 704-749-3070;

Shepherd's Center East

Coffee chat: Guest speaker Tommy Tomlinson. $10 includes breakfast. Proceeds benefit senior services and programs. 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 28, Wilora Lake Lodge, 6053 Wilora Lake Road. Register at 704-338-1511.

St. Peter's Catholic

Gay/lesbian mass: Diocesan Ministry for Gay and Lesbian Catholics to celebrate its 15th annual Mass for gay and lesbian Catholics and their friends and families. The Rev. David Brzoska to preside. Reception afterward. 7 p.m. July 27. 507 S. Tryon St. 704-332-2901;

Shiloh Institutional Baptist

Fitness sessions: Fitness walks, Zumba classes, Body Gospel on rotating basis. 10 a.m. Saturdays. 2400 Greenland Ave. 704-393-2065.

First Baptist

Guest speaker: Dr. Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, to speak 6:30 p.m. July 25. 301 S. Davidson St. 704-375-1446.