St. Barnabas Episcopal Church invites everyone to join festivities for the feast day of Saint Barnabas. A dessert reception begins at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Storytellers Charlotte Blake Alston from Philadelphia, Corinne Stavish from Southfield, Mich., and Barbara McBride-Smith from Tulsa will entertain at 8:30 p.m. The cost for these two events is $15. At 10 a.m. Saturday vendors will offer goods of many kinds. Children's activities and games are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and pony rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. North Carolina-style barbecued pork and chicken sandwiches will be offered at noon. The storytellers will return for an hour of tales at 1 p.m., and local amateur storytellers will offer their favorites from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
The Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. will feature vocal and organ music in English, Spanish and African languages, including that of Zimbabwe. Storytellers will read from the Bible, and a story sermon will be presented by the Rev. Sherrill Page. A picnic on the church grounds is scheduled about 11:30 a.m. Attendance at the service and picnic is free. The church is at 5203 St. Barnabas Rd., Temple Hills. Call 301-894-9100.
Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church is hosting "Cafe Florian Open Mic" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The free sharing of music, poetry and muses takes place the second Saturday of each month. Performances may include folk music, original musical compositions, classical piano pieces, Spanish guitar playing, songs with sign language interpretation and poetry readings. Arrive early to sign up to perform. Refreshments will be available. The church is at 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Call 301-856-2573 or visit the Web site, www.dmuuc.org.
Uniting Sisters, an outreach ministry of Sister's Keepers, invites the public to attend its luncheon and program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Speakers will include Lonise Bias, a motivational speaker and the mother of Len Bias, a basketball star who died of a cocaine overdose, and Jay Bias, who was killed in a drive-by shooting. Also speaking will be Sister Paulette Holloway, a teacher and missionary who is the director of Bethany Christian Services, an adoption agency in Maryland; Dorothy White, an evangelist from Copperas Cove, Tex.; and Willette O. Wright, a member of the ministerial staff of From the Heart Ministries in Clinton. The program costs $40. Call 301-870-9899.
The Prince George's and Montgomery County chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will hold their annual meeting next Thursday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church. The topic is "Politics and Civil Liberties of Same Sex Marriage." Dan Furmansky, executive director of Equality Maryland, will discuss the political ramifications of same sex-marriage. Don Haines, from the National Capital Area office of the ACLU, will address the civil liberties aspects of the marriages. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. A reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 8 p.m. The program is free; the dinner costs $25, or $20 if paid in advance. Reservations are required. The church is at 3215 Powder Mill Rd., Adelphi. Call 301-572-5065 or 301-320-5083.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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