Beth Torah Congregation invites the public to a Purim carnival and open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Activities include a moon bounce, pony rides, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, carnival games, live music, theatrical performances and more. Tickets for activities are 50 cents each; wear a costume and receive five free tickets. Beth Torah Congregation is at 6700 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Call 301-927-5525 or visit the Web site

The Community Ministry of Prince George's County offers several programs for community 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 them 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:

The Knights of Columbus St. Pius X Council 4076 presents a St. Patrick's Day dinner-dance, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, featuring corned beef and cabbage, bread, salad, coffee, tea, cash bar and dancing. Admission is $9 for adults; $5 for children ages 6 to 12. The council is at 3611 Stewart Rd., Forestville. Call 301-735-2509.

Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold a choral Lenten worship service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Wisconsin Kammerchor (chamber choir) of Concordia University will perform sacred music by Nystedt, Pachelbel and Brahms. The event is free and open to the public. The church is at 13611 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Call 301-776-7670.

Union Bethel A.M.E. Church will hold a men's prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday. The church is at 6810 Floral Park Rd., Brandywine. Call 301-372-6036.

-- Barbara Hinton

If you have an item for Religion Notes, please let us know. Send e-mail to; fax to 301-952-1397; or write to Religion Notes, Prince George's Extra, The Washington Post, 14402 Old Mill Rd., Suite 201, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772.