MISSION FAIR PERFORMANCE

A free mission fair featuring "Taking the First Step," a dramatization by the Rev. Lavern B. Hicks and puppeteer India Tucker, will begin at 8 a.m. today at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 901 Third St. NW. 202-842-3411.

PROGRAM ON BEATING ADVERSITY

"Kefuffle-Busting: Celebrating When Everything Goes Wrong," a workshop sponsored by Well-Springs East featuring Pat Kinnamon, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Dorsey Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 6951 Dorsey Rd., Elkridge. 410-796-2276.

LEVINE SCHOOL CONCERT

A free performance by the Levine School of Music Treble Choir is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Westover Baptist Church, 1125 N. Patrick Henry Dr., Arlington. 703-237-8292.

CATHEDRAL CONCERT

"The Joy of Christmas," a concert featuring the Cathedral Choral Society, will begin at 4 p.m. today and tomorrow and at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Tickets are $15 to $48. 202-537-5527.

CHRISTMAS PLAY

"Incident Near Bethlehem," a free theatrical production featuring the Fools for Christ Production Company, will begin at 7:30 p.m. today and 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at Bush Hill Presbyterian Church, 4916 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-1171.

CHOIR BENEFIT CONCERT

A benefit performance by the Metro-Praiz Choir will begin at 5:30 p.m. today at Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6307 Riggs Rd., Hyattsville. An offering will be accepted. 301-853-2224.

CHRISTMAS THEATRICS

"A Christmas Story," a theatrical production sponsored by Harvest One-Way Church, will begin at 6 p.m. today at the A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. An offering will be accepted. 703-492-9199.

CAROL SINGALONG

A community carol singalong is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-9070.

CHORAL CONCERT

Vocal ensemble Voices XXI will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Rd., Hyattsville, and 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. An offering will be accepted. 301-927-6133.

RENAISSANCE MUSIC

"A Victoria Christmas," a concert featuring the Palestrina Choir and the music of Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luisa de Victoria, will begin at 8 p.m. today at St. Columba's Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Admission is $20, $10 for seniors and students. 202-363-4119.

'MESSIAH' PERFORMANCE

The choral ensemble Voce will perform Handel's "Messiah" at 8 p.m. today at St. John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Rd., Reston. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and $45 per family. 703-277-7772.

ALTERNATIVE GIFTS

An alternative gift market will begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW. 202-338-1644.

INTERFAITH HOLIDAY CONCERT

"Light Up the Night: A Christmas/Chanukah Celebration," a concert featuring the National Men's Chorus, will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. Admission is $15, $7.50 for students. 202-244-7191.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

"Hallelujah, Christ is Born," a concert featuring local soloists and instrumental ensembles, will begin at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. An offering will be accepted. 202-581-1500.

'MESSIAH' PERFORMANCE

"A Joyous Musical Celebration," a free performance of excerpts from Handel's "Messiah," will begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1225 R St. NW. 202-238-5000.

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT

A Christmas candlelight concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow at Salem Baptist Church, 917 N St. NW. An offering will be accepted. 202-232-4294.

CHOIRS AND DANCERS

"The Noise We Make," a free concert featuring choirs and praise dancers, will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Bethel Assembly of God, 9001 Vollmerhausen Rd., Savage. 301-498-3344.

SERVICE FOR PEACE

The sixth annual peace service commemorating the battle of Dranesville in 1861 will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Dranesville Church of the Brethren, 11500 Leesburg Pike, Herndon. 703-430-7872.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

A free Christmas concert featuring solo, choral and hand bell performances will begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13611 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. 301-776-7670.

BRASS CONCERT

A free performance by the Mount Vernon Brass Consort is set for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 12700 Hall Shop Rd., Highland. 301-854-2304.

CHRISTMAS LECTURE

"Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive," a free lecture by the Rev. Stephen Ryan, will begin at noon Tuesday at Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-347-2713.

MULTICULTURAL SERVICE

"Making Room for Christmas," a multicultural service of song and prayer, will begin at noon Wednesday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202-628-4317.

GERMAN HOLIDAY MARKET

"Christkindlmarkt," a German-style Christmas market featuring baked goods and holiday gifts, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at College Park United Methodist Church, 9301 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. 301-345-1010.

CHRISTMAS IN MOTOWN

"Motown Holiday Musical," a concert featuring performances of classic R&B Christmas songs, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W St. SE. Admission is $10. 202-678-8822.

-- Timothy Wilson

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