COMING EVENTS

CRAFT SHOP

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Silver Spring is holding an open house for its Fig Tree Craft Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The shop will sell the wares of more than 65 community artisans, featuring such items as stained glass, wood crafts, floral arrangements, baskets, pottery and afghans. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The church is at 818 University Blvd. West. For more information, call 301-593-3161.

USED BOOK SALE AND BAZAAR

Sandy Spring Friends Meeting is holding its annual used book sale and bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The bazaar will feature collectibles and plants and be held at the Community House, 17801 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring. For more information, call 301-570-4761.

CRAFT BAZAAR

The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring is sponsoring a craft bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Items for sale include crafts, Christmas decorations, homemade baked goods, gourmet food and quality used items. Santa's workshop will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. for children who want to make crafts and watch videos. The workshop costs $2 an hour. Free parking will be available. The church is at 12247 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 301-388-0466.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR

St. Mary's Church of Rockville is holding its 25th annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. In addition to a $1,000 raffle prize, several one-of-a-kind craft items will be raffled. Used books, stitchery, wreaths, flowers, baked goods and a selection of attic treasures will be sold. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is at 520 Veirs Mill Rd. For more information, call 301-460-5913.

CONCERT FOR GILCHRIST

St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Bethesda is hosting "The Last Mozart" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert will celebrate the life and work of Charles Gilchrist, a longtime community activist and former Montgomery County executive. Mozart's final symphony, No. 41 in C major, the "Jupiter Symphony," and his last composition, "Requiem," will be performed.

Choirs from Christ Episcopal Church and Washington Street United Methodist Church in Alexandria will perform with St. Luke's choir and the orchestra. A donation of $10 per adult is requested.

The church is at Old Georgetown Road and Cheshire Lane. For more information, call 301-530-1800.

CRAFT SHOW

The St. Andrew Apostle Parents' Association is holding a craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Fifty artisans will be on hand, and a bake sale and raffles will be held. The event will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle School, 11602 Kemp Mill Rd., Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-649-3555.

UNDERSTANDING RELIGION SERIES

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church of Kensington is holding a series of classes from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Sundays focusing on understanding among religious groups. On Sunday, Bahijah Abdus-Salaam, a writer on Muslim-Jewish issues, will teach a course on Islam and the role of women. A course about Muslims and Christians will be taught by Theodore Rosche, a retired professor of theology, on Nov. 28. The church is at 10123 Connecticut Ave. For more information, call 301-949-2900.

JEWISH-CHRISTIAN SERVICE

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church of Bethesda is holding its 12th annual service of Thanksgiving with Bethesda Jewish Congregation at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. The topic of the sermon, by the Rev. Susan Andrews and Rabbi Reeve Brenner, will be "Is This the Beginning of the End? A Look at Future Times." Music will be performed by the church's hand-bell choir and the choirs of both congregations, singing in Hebrew and English. A brunch will be held after the service. The church is at 6601 Bradley Blvd. For more information, call 301-365-2850.

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Trinity Lutheran Church of Bethesda is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its sanctuary with a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday. Trinity's choir will be joined by the choir of neighboring St. Mark Presbyterian Church and professional brass players. Anthems, hymns and organ music will be performed. A reception will follow. The church is at 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. For more information, call 301-881-7275.

BENEFIT RECITAL

Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville is hosting a recital to benefit the Interfaith Housing Coalition, a nonprofit group of churches that focuses on homeless issues, at 4 p.m. Sunday. Celtic harpist Sue Richards and cellist Fred Lieder will perform. Admission is $10 per person and $20 per family. The church is at 501 Mannakee St. For more information, call 301-762-7666 or visit the church's Web site, www.uucr.org.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

St. Steven Lutheran Church of Silver Spring will celebrate the beginning of the Advent season with a Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28. The lighting will be accompanied by Christmas carols. Dessert and hot beverages will be served in the church afterward. Activities such as craft-making are planned for adults and children. The church is at 11612 New Hampshire Ave. For more information, call 301-622-1273.

ISRAEL EXPERIENCE FOR TEENS

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Israel Quest and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington are sponsoring an Israel fair for teenagers and their parents from 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 11. The program will offer information on visiting Israel and Israel Quest's financial assistance programs for young visitors. Israel Quest is a community service arm of the federation that assists Jewish teenagers in developing their identity.

Young people will be able to speak with trip planners, meet others who have recently returned from Israel and tour Israel via the Internet. An RSVP must be received by Dec. 3. The free event will take place at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. For more information, call 301-230-7275, Ext. 1.

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