Coming Events Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria will present "Shabbat Across America," a dinner and Kolot Shabbat (all-music Shabbat eve service) on March 7. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and the Kolot Shabbat is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $6 for children younger than 13. The temple is at 3830 Seminary Rd.

For more information or to register, call 703-453-0450 or e-mail dsmithcohen@cox.net by Tuesday.

Church of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Arlington will present an organ concert at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Organist Erica Johnson will perform. The church is at 2666 Military Rd. A reception will follow. The free concert is open to the public. For more information, call 703-524-4115.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Arlington will begin a free five-week lecture series at 6:30 p.m. March 10. The series, "Faith, Character and Community," will include lectures from speakers such as Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), author Michael Novak and Washington Post staff writer Len Shapiro.

The evening will begin with a community supper. The church is at 2609 N. Glebe Rd. For more information or to register, call 703-527-6800.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington will present a discussion of Buddhism at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

The featured speaker will be Chit Tharnthong, a World Bank retiree and Thai monk. Tharnthong will discuss the origins of Buddhism and differences between Eastern and Western cultures.

The event is free and open to the public. The church is at 4444 Arlington Blvd. For more information, call 703-892-2565.

St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church in Alexandria will hold a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and evening prayer at 7 p.m. Tuesday. On Ash Wednesday, there will be morning prayer and the "imposition of ashes" at 7:30 a.m., followed by Communion and the imposition of ashes at noon and 7:30 p.m. The church is at 402 E. Monroe Ave. For more information, call 703-683-3343.

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