Author Anne Lamott speaks in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE - Author Anne Lamott, who offers funny and self-revealing musings on everything from writing to prayer, will be in Charlotte to speak at Christ Episcopal Church.

The event will be part of a tour promoting her new book, "Stitches: A Handbook of Meaning, Hope and Repair," which explores how we find peace after devastating events in our lives. 

Other Lamott titles include “Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith” and “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” as well as seven novels, such as “Rosie” and “Crooked Little Heart.”

Lamott will speak at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10, at All Saints’ Hall at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road. Tickets costs $25 for the lecture and audience Q&A, but that cost includes a copy of her new book. She'll sign books at 3:30 p.m.

Register online at There's no deadline for registering, but the event could sell out before Nov. 10. On the day of her talk, present your ticket and pick up a book, starting at 1:30 p.m.


St. Mark collects toys, coats

HUNTERSVILLE – St. Mark Catholic Church will sponsor a toy, coat and blanket drive to serve people in need at St. Mark and in the surrounding area. Last year’s event served more than 100 families.   

The drive will be held Nov. 4 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Mark, 14740 Stumptown Road.

Drop off gently used coats, toys and blankets in Parish Hall before and after all Masses Nov. 2 and 3. Especially needed are children’s and toddler’s coats. Spanish-speaking adult volunteers are also needed to help with the event. Call Stephanie Panizza at 704-895-6341 to volunteer.


Grace Covenant provides holiday help for divorced people

CORNELIUS – People who are divorced or separated can get help for the upcoming holidays and find new reasons to enjoy the holidays again. The “Surviving the Holidays” event at Grace Covenant Church features DivorceCare’s 40-minute video filled with practical tips.

There will also be group discussion, and you will receive a holiday survival guide.

DivorceCare is a ministry throughout the United States and Canada, with many groups meeting internationally. DivorceCare groups meet weekly at local churches to help people face the challenges of divorce and move toward rebuilding their lives. Each DivorceCare session features a video seminar taught by experts, followed by support group discussions.

The “Surviving the Holidays” event will be held 6:45-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11, at Grace Covenant’s Cornelius Campus in the Tribe Room 201, 14740 Stumptown Road. Register at


Enjoy organ concert at DCPC

DAVIDSON – Six organists have invited a guest instrumentalist to perform with them at Davidson College Presbyterian Church's Organ at Davidson series.

Among the offerings are selections for clarinet and organ, piccolo and organ, oboe and organ, and baroque violin with a portable chamber organ. The most unusual feature is an organ/piano transcription of music from the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird,” arranged by the performer. Organists are Guild members Katie Ann McCarty, Nancy Watson, Murray Summerville, Suzanne Fairbairn, Maureen Howell and Nathaniel Gumbs.

Organ at Davidson programs begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the sanctuary, 100 N. Main St. The event is free, with donations in support of future programs encouraged. A meet-the-artist reception follows the recital. For the full 2013-14 schedule, visit and click on “music.”

The Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists co-sponsored the event.


The Marketplace sale benefits Southwest Kenyan initiatives

CORNELIUS –  Buying small gifts such as handmade scarves, jewelry and children’s toys can help The Kilgoris Project provide education and medical care to children in Southwest Kenya year-round.

The Marketplace will take place 5-9 p.m. Nov. 1 and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Kadi Fit in the Oak Street Mill, 19274 Oak St.

In addition to handmade gifts from Kenya, the Marketplace will feature 15 local artists displaying and selling their work. On Nov. 2, the event will feature live music, children’s activities and food trucks.

The Kilgoris Project operates five schools, helping to educate more than 600 students. Students also receive well-child checks, and access to nutritious meals and hand-washing stations at school.

Journey Church in Huntersville and Kadi Fit in Cornelius are co-sponsoring the event.


Bethel Presbyterian hosts trunk-or-treating

CORNELIUS – Bethel Presbyterian Church will host its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at 19920 Bethel Church Road.

The free event includes live music from Three-Thirds, a hot-dog dinner, hayrides, bounce castles, games, prizes and candy.

Children can come in their favorite costumes and parade through the decorated cars to truck-or-treat in a safe environment.  Arrive by 4:50 p.m. to participate in the trunk-decorating contest. 

Details: 704-892-0546.


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