Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, the region's largest private social-services provider, will host its annual gala fundraiser at the Hilton Washington Hotel and Towers on Saturday. The black-tie benefit is the largest fundraising event of the year, and will include dinner, dancing, cocktails, an auction, a raffle to win a 2003 Mustang convertible and an appearance by Ray Charles, who has won 15 Grammy awards. Tickets are available for $300 per person. Call 202-772-4392.

The Community Ministry of Prince George's County offers several programs for residents. The Answer Center is an information and referral program for social services throughout the county. The Community Place Cafe, at First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, serves free hot lunches to homeless and low-income people and offers mental health, legal and employment services as well as information and referrals. The Patricia E. Brown Sharing Fund is a revolving loan program designed to help families avoid eviction and utility cutoff. The Step Up program provides housing and employment counseling and referrals for homeless and other at-risk individuals to help in their transition to a stable lifestyle. Warm Nights is a rotating emergency shelter that serves meals and provides beds each winter to homeless people, and provides transportation, employment assistance, and medical and mental health services. Call 301-499-2319 or visit the ministry's Web site at

The Young Adult Ministry of Ebenezer AME Church invites adults ages 18 to 39 to a one-day conference focusing on health, finances, relationships and more, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Guest panelists from the health, finance and religious sectors will be featured. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. The church is at 7707 Allentown Rd., Fort Washington. To register, contact L. Brown, 301-856-2761.

Hemingway Memorial AME Church hosts its annual Sweetheart Revival, 8 p.m. Feb. 12 to 14. The Rev. Qismat Alim, pastor of Hemingway Temple AME Church in Cherry Hill, will be guest speaker. Bible study will be held each evening from 7 to 7:45 p.m. The public is invited. The church is at 6330 Gateway Blvd., District Heights. Call 301-568-9127.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church presents a free musical recital featuring organist Erik Meyer playing selections by J.S. Bach, Franck, Locklair and Reubke, 4 p.m. Sunday. A reception will follow. The church is at 6905 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. Call 301-345-5111 between 9 a.m. and noon.

St. Bernard's Catholic Church invites the public to a basket bingo, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for lunch, drinks and snacks. Advance tickets are $10; $12 at the door. The church is at 5811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale. Call 301-277-1001.

-- Barbara Hinton

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