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Pleasant Hill Baptist

Fitness challenge: Citywide "Biggest Loser" challenge. Cash prizes for churches and individuals who lose the highest percentage of body weight. Jan. 22-May 5. Register at

Fitness classes: Exercise and nutrition classes. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

St. Peter's Catholic

Kennedy Lecture: Brother Gus Consolmagno, SJ, will present "Astronomy and the Search for God." Free admission, parking. 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 28. 507 S. Tryon St. Register at

Shepherd's Center East

Classes for senior adults: Adventures in Learning winter session topics include Bible study, history, more. $25. Lunch available for $6 per day. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 2 at Central United Methodist, 6030 Albemarle Road. Register by Jan. 25.

Coffee chat: David Gwilt will discuss his radio program for senior adults. $10. Proceeds go to services provided by Shepherd's Center East. 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 26 at Wilora Lake Lodge, 6053 Wilora Lake Road. Register by Jan. 23. 704-338-1511.

Calvary Church

Support groups: GriefShare, DivorceCare, First Place 4 Health, more. 7 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 30. Child care available for ages 1-8. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at

St. John Neumann Catholic

Education series: Father Steve Hoyt will present on St. Francis at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Classes meet in room 7 of the education wing. Free.

Service: East Charlotte Partnership Initiative invites the Charlotte-area Christian community to come together for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service. Minister Christina Lee of New Beginnings Church in Matthews will be the speaker. Fellowship and refreshments after. 7 p.m. Jan. 26. 8451 Idlewild Road.