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Avondale Presbyterian

Celebration weekend: Moon walk, games and music, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 27. Barbecue plates, $10. Candlelight labyrinth walk, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Free breakfast, 8:30 a.m. Church school celebration, 9 a.m. Worship, 10 a.m. 2821 Park Road.

Shepherd's Center East

Adventures in learning: Fall classes include creative writing, backyard gardening, green living, dulcimer, crochet and much more. $25. Classes meet Thursdays starting Sept. 8 at Central United Methodist, 6030 Albemarle Road. Register by Sept. 6. 704-338-1511.

Shiloh Institutional Baptist

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

Pleasant Hill Presbyterian

Guest speaker: Family psychologist, author and Observer columnist John Rosemond presents parenting advice. $15. 7 p.m. Sept. 7. 15000 York Road.

Calvary Church

Evening classes: Twelve new Bible study electives including New Testament Studies, Old Testament Studies and Crown Financial. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 7. Dinner served 5-6:15 p.m. $5 for adults. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at

St. Matthew catholic

Newcomers' program: Susan Miller presents "You're Only the Co-Pilot, So Buckle Up!" Miller will share from her ministry work how Christ is involved in life's transitions. Registration required. 8:30-11 a.m. Sept. 10.

Women's class: Newcomers invited to "Moving On After Moving In" based on Susan Miller's book. Classes start Sept. 7. Morning and evening sessions available. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Pineville United Methodist

English classes: Learn the basics of the English language and improve speaking and writing skills. Open to community. 6-8 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 12 and 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 13. Classes go through May 2012. $40. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. Register at 704-889-2022.

St. Stephen United Methodist

New worship schedule: Beginning Sept. 4, worship and Sunday school times will change. Traditional worship will be at 9 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school for all ages will be at 10:10 a.m. Praise and worship will be at 11:15 a.m. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824;

St. John Neumann Catholic

Discussion session: "Why Do Catholics Do That?" Learn more about the Catholic faith at a question-and-answer session. Coffee and dessert served. All are welcome. 6 p.m. Sept. 11. 8451 Idlewild Road. Details: Karen Polce: