COMING EVENTS

CHRISTMAS GREENHOUSE

The Women of Transfiguration Episcopal Church, in Silver Spring, are opening a Christmas greenhouse from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Hundreds of poinsettias, wreaths and garlands will be for sale as well as handcrafted Christmas ornaments, raffle items, award-winning jellies and jams and baked goods. On Saturday, Santa Claus will be available for children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the church, 13925 New Hampshire Ave. For more information, call 301-384-6264.

BREAKFAST

The Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County is holding a breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. tomorrow. The topic will be "Looking at Christ Within Us." The speaker, Pat Doane, of Ephesians Life Ministries, also will address how to include Christian principles in business practices. The cost is $8 for members of the network and $12 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. The breakfast will be at On the Border restaurant, 1488 Rockville Pike. For more information, call 301-654-2655.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, in Sunshine, is presenting a Victorian Christmas from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Santa will be on site for the children. Crafts and baked goods will be on sale, and a Christmas country breakfast buffet will be available. The cost for the buffet is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Because the church is also a collection site for donations to North Carolina flood victims, the public is encouraged to bring cleaning supplies to donate. The church is at 22222 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 301-774-9330.

COOKIE SALE

Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, of Potomac, is holding its 11th Annual Holiday Cookie Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Cookies from different countries, including ethnic, traditional, seasonal and gourmet varieties, will be available. There also will be a door prize and complimentary Russian tea.

The event will take place at the church, 10201 Democracy Blvd. For more information, call 301-299-5120.

NOEL FEST

Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, of Silver Spring, is holding a Noel Fest and also opening Santa's Secret Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Sale items will include handicrafts, baked goods and religious-oriented items. Santa's Secret Shop (for children only) will provide wrapping for $2 for each gift purchased. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available. Musical performances will be held in the chapel.

The event will take place at the church, 14500 Layhill Rd. For more information, call 301-598-0000.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

St. Peter's Church, of Olney, is holding its annual Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The bazaar will feature handmade ornaments, a poinsettia sale, baked goods and raffles. Snacks will be available. Admission and parking are free. The church is at 2900 Sandy Spring Rd. For more information, call 301-924-3774.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET/CRAFT SALE

New Hope Presbyterian Church, in Olney, is holding its ninth Annual Alternative Gift Market and Third World Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Crafts from artisans from Third World countries will be featured. Shoppers will receive ready-to-mail holiday cards with a description of the gifts they purchased. The event will take place at the church, 17930 Bowie Mill Rd. For more information, call 301-987-8989.

HANDEL'S MESSIAH

Millian Memorial United Methodist Church, of Rockville, is co-host of a presentation of "Handel's Messiah" with Ashton United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The combined choirs of four churches will perform with the accompaniment of an organ and an eight-piece string ensemble. Admission is free.

Saturday's performance will take place at Ashton United Methodist Church, 17314 New Hampshire Ave. Sunday's performance will be at Millian Church, 13016 Parkland Dr. For more information, call 301-946-2500.

ADVENT SERVICE

The Chancel Choir of Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ is presenting the annual service of Lessons and Carols for Advent at 7 p.m. Sunday. Contributions will be collected to benefit Life Pieces to Masterpieces, a charity that offers experience in the arts to boys from the inner city. The public is invited to attend. The church is at 1 Westmoreland Circle. For more information, call 301-229-7768.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET

Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Wheaton is opening an alternative gift market from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The shop, which also will be open Dec. 12 and 19, will benefit local and world charities. A holiday card for the person in whose name the gift is made will be given to the purchaser. Prices vary. The church is at 2206 Briggs Rd. For more information, call 301-384-8457.

COMMUNITY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

B'nai Shalom Congregation, of Olney, is having a community holiday celebration at 7 p.m. Sunday. The congregation's youth choir and the choruses from Refuge Church of Christ, in Olney, and the D.C. Jewish Community Center will perform. Traditional Hanukah melodies will be a part of the program, as well as candle-lighting festivities. Admission is $5.

The congregation and the community center also will be featured as part of the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free. The congregation is at 18401 Burtfield Dr. The Kennedy Center is at 2700 F St. NW, in the District. For more information, call 301-774-0879.

HANUKAH CELEBRATION

Zemer Chai, Washington's Jewish community chorus, will present "In Those Days--At This Time: A Hanukah Feast of Song and Story" at 8 p.m. Dec. 9. The chorus will be joined by Jewish storyteller and author Peninnah Schram. The cost for the event is $36 for reserved seating, $18 at the door and $15 in advance.

The event will take place at Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd., in Rockville. For more information, call 301-460-9633.

FESTIVAL OF CAROLS

Fourth Presbyterian Church, of Bethesda, will hold a festival of carols at 8 p.m. Dec. 10. The church's sanctuary, youth and contemporary choirs will perform with a 30-piece orchestra. Admission is free. The church is at 5500 River Rd. For more information, call 301-320-3434, Ext. 209.

ADVENT JOURNEY

Grace Episcopal Church, of Silver Spring, will explore the birth of Jesus through guided meditation, journalizing and storytelling at 9 a.m. Dec. 11. The day will conclude at 1 p.m. with a biblical storytelling sampler, including the birth narratives of John the Baptist and Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. The cost is $7.50 and includes lunch. Reservations are required. The church is at 9115 Grace Church Rd. To register or for more information, call 301-585-3515.

COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES

Potomac Methodist Church will present "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11. This program is the next in a series of community concerts and will feature the Washington Vocal Artists and the group Orchestra, directed by Rosemary Dyer. Admission is free. The church is at 9908 South Glen Rd., in Potomac. For more information, call 301-299-9383 or 301-505-DIVA.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

The Church of Christ at Manor Woods, in Rockville, will present a musical celebration of Christmas titled "Sounds of the Season" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. The church's adult, teenagers, children's and hand bell choirs will perform with an instrumental ensemble of more than 100 people. Child care for children 2 years old and younger will be provided. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken.

The event will take place at the church, 5300 Norbeck Rd. For more information, call 301-460-3550 or send e-mail to ccmw01@aol.com.

'MESSIAH' SING-ALONG

The Washington D.C. Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor a "Messiah" sing-along at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. The program will consist of an orchestra, soloists and audience participation. Interested singers and musicians as well as the general public are invited to attend. Admission is free. The event will take place at the chapel of the Washington D.C. Stake Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Dr., in Kensington. For more information, call 301-942-0103.

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