Celebrating Purim

Purim parties will be held Sunday at:

* Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, 2-4 p.m. Wear costumes for reading of the Megillah. Homemade hamantaschen, beverages and games. For location and to RSVP, call 703-391-8669 or e-mail Chaverim18@aol.com.

* Loudoun Jewish Congregation, 2-4 p.m., 10-C Cardinal Park Dr. SE, Leesburg. There will be face-painting, crafts, games, prizes for best children's costumes and raffles for prizes including dinners at local restaurants. Homemade hamantaschen. A donation of $3 per child is suggested.

On Monday, a Megillah will be held at 7 p.m. Children of all ages can hear the story of Purim dressed in costumes and bring groggers for a night of fun and noise.

Unitarian Services

On Sunday, the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will contemplate the April 1 return of the Rev. Roberta Finkelstein from a five-month sabbatical.

The service March 23 will be led by the congregation's youth. The youth group will sponsor a panel discussion, "Ask a Teen," in which members of the audience can ask questions about teenage life, such as peer pressure, decision-making, conflict resolution and uncertainties about the future. Live and recorded music by the UUS Youth Group.

On March 30, the Rev. Bob Hughes's sermon will be "Cheatin' Hearts: Theology of Country Music," and he will lead reflection on country music and its place in our culture.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. at Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. For more information, call 703-406-3068 or see www.uusterling.org.

Advice for Daily Living

Sterling United Methodist Church's Fireside Cafe presents "So What's the Point?" on March 22, featuring local Christian singer/songwriter Sharon Dennis and former police officer Lee Fletcher, who will discuss how John 15:4-5 applies to peoples' lives.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and dinner. Nursery provided for children under 2. Donations accepted. 304 East Church Rd., just off Sterling Boulevard to the east. 703-430-6455.

St. David's Concert Series

"Chamber Music of the Ages," the next concert in a series at St. David's Episcopal Church, will be held at 3 p.m. March 23 and feature chamber ensembles of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

"Music of the Masters" on May 4 focuses on Mozart and Schubert.

All concerts are in the church sanctuary at 19917 Ashburn Rd., just off Route 7 in Ashburn. Suggested donation at the door is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For information, call 703-729-0570 or visit www.stdavidsashburn.org.

Dinner and a Movie

A family dinner and movie night is planned March 29 at Loudoun Jewish Congregation, 10-C Cardinal Park Dr. SE, Leesburg. Cheese pizza will be served at 6 p.m., and "ET" will be shown on a big screen at 7. Snacks, popcorn, desserts and drinks provided. A $10 donation per family is suggested. RSVP to Sherri Hodies, 703-729-5509.

-- Compiled by Leslie Shepherd

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