Berwyn Baptist Church hosts First Place, a Christ-centered weight management program. Meetings will be held in the church's Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. each Tuesday, with an orientation meeting scheduled for April 15. The materials fee for the program is $90; there is no fee to attend the sessions. The church is at 4720 Cherokee Rd., College Park. Call Sandy Ward, 301-474-3239 or 301-937-0364.

Bethany Community Church, a nondenominational faith community, recently dedicated a new 25,000-square-foot sanctuary and ministry center in West Laurel. On 24 acres overlooking a pond, woods and historic log cabin, the center features multimedia capability in multiple conference rooms, a private chapel, a library and a multipurpose room with a special resonating floor that allows the deaf to enjoy musical worship. The church is at 15720 Riding Stable Rd., Laurel. Call 301-549-1200 or visit

Beth Torah Congregation will host a talk by Baghdad native Joyce Schaul, "Jews From Arab Lands," 8 p.m. Friday. The talk is free; all are welcome. Beth Torah is at 6700 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Call 301-927-5525.

Nevey Shalom's "Cinema Nevey" presents the classic Hollywood biography of Al Jolson, "The Jolson Story," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The movie will be followed by dessert featuring assorted fruit pies, ice cream, coffee and tea. Tickets are $7.50 per person; reservations are limited. Call 301-262-9020.

Oseh Shalom Congregation offers a three-part workshop, "Jewish Spirituality and Food Issues," 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday and April 13 and 27. The workshop, led by Rabbi Gary S. Fink and physician Karen Meckler, will introduce ways that Jewish spiritual tradition can support those who struggle with food issues. Oseh Shalom Congregation is at 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel. Call 301-498-5151.

Oxon Hill United Methodist Church will host a fish fry, noon to 6 p.m. April 12. Fish sandwiches and dinners with side dishes and desserts will be offered along with homemade specialty items that may be purchased separately. Sandwiches, $3; full dinner, $5.75; dine-in or carryout. The church is at 6400 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. Call 301-839-4748.

St. Bernard's Catholic Church will hold a fish fry, noon to 6 p.m. April 11. Platters and sandwiches will be available. Call 301-277-1001.

Temple Solel presents a lecture by Rabbi David Forman and a discussion of his book "Jewish Schizophrenia in the Land of Israel," 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. The lecture is open to the public; $5 admission includes refreshments. The temple is at 2901 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. For reservations call 301-249-2424.

University United Methodist Church invites the public to a musical presentation by the Aldersgate Choir, performing a Lenten cantata, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, during the regular worship service. The church is at 3621 Campus Dr., College Park. Call 301-422-1400.

Women in Fellowship announce their annual Spring Retreat, April 17 to 19, at Sandy Cove Chesapeake Lodge in North East, Maryland. The program, "Believing God for the Impossible," will feature workshops and guest speakers including V. Michele Jackson of Hope Christian Church speaking on women's challenges in the new millennium. For more information call 301-736-7498.

-- Barbara Hinton

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