Trinity Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro is holding its annual thrift sale with clothing, luggage, sports equipment, small appliances, toys and homemade baked goods from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The church is at 14519 Church St., Upper Marlboro. Call 301-627-2636.
The Health and Wellness Ministry at Greater Mount Nebo AME Church invites adults and children to its fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Glaucoma screenings will be conducted, and representatives from George Washington University Medical Center will take blood pressure readings, perform blood glucose screenings and discuss the hospital's program for women's heart health and stroke rehabilitation services.
Members of the Prince George's County fire department will address fire safety issues for children and adults. The county Health Department will provide information on its outreach program for colorectal health and on children's health issues, including the importance of immunizations. The Sheriff's Office will bring equipment to take children's fingerprints. Staff members from Howard University Hospital will speak about the importance of minority participation in tissue- and organ-donor programs and register those interested in becoming donors.
Cheryl Duncan of Children's Hospital will focus on childhood diabetes and obesity. Chef Mike Herbert and nutritionist Allison Hendershot will conduct a cooking demonstration for those on low-sodium and other specialized diets. Jazzercise representative Melissa Gardiner will demonstrate light forms of exercise for children and adults. Cindy Schelhorn will talk about the Alzheimer's Association's Safe Return program for wanderers. The Rev. Roslyn Williams will address HIV-AIDS testing and community resources. Seated massages, manicures and pedicures will also be offered. Door prizes from area merchants will be awarded. The church is at 1001 Old Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. The event is free. Call 301-249-7545.
Spoken Word International, a local Christian communications ministry, is hosting a mother-son banquet from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Speakers will focus on the community's growing concerns over the proliferation of guns and gang violence. The event is being held at the Andrews Officers' Club on Andrews Air Force Base. Tickets are $35; ages 10-21, $20; ages 3-9, $15; ages 2 and younger, free. Call Dawn Smith at 301-248-7477.
St. John's Episcopal Church Broad Creek in Fort Washington is adjusting its August worship service schedule. The Rev. Mitzi Noble will be the guest celebrant at 9 a.m. Sunday and on Aug. 22. The Sunday school program will remain closed in August. Parishioners are asked to bring nonperishables to the Sunday service, the Saturday morning food pantry or to the church office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Those in need may pick up food at the pantry from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Items are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. During August, the church also accepts fresh vegetables for its food bank operation. The historic church is at 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Call 301-248-4290.
St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Laurel is hosting the Samuel Chapel Male Chorus from Elizabeth City, N.C., in a performance of gospel music at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 601 Eighth St., Laurel. Call 301-776-8885.
Reid Temple AME Church will hold its vacation Bible school for children and adults from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Aug. 13. This year's Bible-based theme is "Jesus helps power you up!" The church is at 6705 Good Luck Rd. in Lanham. Regular Sunday worship services are at 7:15, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Call 301-220-0661.
Concordia Lutheran School is enrolling children ages 3-10 in its summer day-camp program. The sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, from Monday through Aug. 20. Care before and after camp is also available, from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Children in the camp program will attend enrichment classes in a variety of subjects, participate in crafts and games, and have the opportunity to go on field trips. The fee for a two-week session is $240 and includes morning and afternoon snacks and milk. The children should bring lunch. The camp is at 3799 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Call 301-927-0266.
Spirit of Christ Baptist Church's summer camp program will continue from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 20. The camp offers one session for girls and boys ages 4-10, a program for girls 11 and older, and a program for boys 11 and older. The children will be able to swim; play Ping-Pong and basketball; and go on field trips to movies, an aquarium, a bowling alley and a roller-skating rink. Arts and crafts, Bible study, and sewing and cooking classes are also part of the curriculum. A one-week session for ages 4 to 10 is $80; for ages 11 and older, $50. Children should bring their own lunch, but a morning and afternoon snack will be provided. The church is at 8005 Cryden Way in Forestville. Call 301-967-1911.
Grace Baptist Church will host a free educational support group meeting for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and their family members and friends. The group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12 at the church, 7210 Race Track Rd., Bowie. Call 301-978-9855.
Bethel Deliverance Outreach Ministries invites the men of the community to attend its fourth annual men's conference at noon on Aug. 20 and 21. This year's theme is "Empowering Men to Take Their Rightful Place in the Kingdom of God." The conference will be held at the Apple Grove Elementary School, 7400 Bellefield Ave., Fort Washington. Call 240-462-1694.
Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Music Workshop 2004 will be held Aug. 20-22. Ulysses G. Moye II will direct the event. All are welcome to attend. The cost is $25; ages 60 and older and 15 and younger, $20. The church hosts Sunday school activities at 10 a.m. and a regular worship service at 11 a.m. A Bible study group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. All are welcome. The church is at 4444 Branch Ave., Temple Hills. Call 301-702-0100.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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