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Freedom from Poverty Community Celebration 

When: Thu., July 8, 2-7 p.m. 2010
Price: Free
ccharitiescs.org/cycling-for-change

Surely we can all agree that in your typical community celebration, any mime team is the slam-dunk headliner. But at Catholic Charities' Freedom from Poverty Community Celebration, Vista Grande Baptist Church's "Silent Voices" face some stiff competition: A Bristol beer garden, Ranch Foods Direct meats, a social services fair and performances by the Jake Loggins Band and Shawn Mullins, whose Grammy-nominated "Lullaby" single belies his interest in social justice. Plus, local Catholic Charities CEO Jason Christensen will drop in with his fellow Cycling for Change riders, as part of their coast-to-coast trek. Attending this America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive) gathering is free, but most of the money you spend (and all you donate) will go to the Marian House Soup Kitchen. For more on this and related events, visit ccharitiescs.org/c4c. — Kirk Woundy

Also on the calendar:

Go online right now to search for Prayers for Atheists, and you'll find readers of National Catholic Register praying for Christopher Hitchens. But you'll also find the Rhode Island hip-hop punk band whose self-titled debut EP comes out later this month on Strange Famous Records (home to 2Mex and Sage Francis). Inspired by both Bad Brains and Public Enemy, PFA's music is highly political and fairly feverish. Also, to their credit, they have a song called "Tom Delay" that opens with a recitation of Was (Not Was)' "Dad, I'm in Jail." So really, what's not to like? Services begin at 7:30 with an $8 tithing ($10 at the door) at the church of the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). — Bill Forman

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