AFRICAN CATHOLIC CELEBRATION

A free event celebrating African Catholics will begin at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Camillus School, 1600 St. Camillus Dr., Silver Spring. 301-853-4579.

BOOK DISCUSSION

A free book reading and discussion featuring Renita Weems and her latest work, "What Matters Most," will begin at noon today at Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W St. SE. 202-678-8822.

BUDDHIST SEMINAR

"The Power of Faith," a seminar by Gen Kelsang Varahi, will begin at 12:30 p.m. today at Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1426 21st St. NW. Admission is $25, $15 for students and seniors. 202-331-2122.

ART FESTIVAL AND AUCTION

An art festival and silent auction will begin at 1 p.m. today at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th St. NW. Admission is $10. 202-829-2773.

IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE TALK

Peggy Gish, a member of Christian Peacemaker Team, will discuss her accounts of Iraqi prisoner abuse at 7 tonight at Dranesville Church of the Brethren, 11500 Leesburg Pike, Herndon. 703-430-7872.

'WOMEN OF JERUSALEM' DISCUSSION

"Women of Jerusalem: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision," a free interfaith panel discussion, will begin at 7:30 tonight at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. 410-461-2040.

CHOIR CONCERT

Performances by the Palestrina Choir will begin at 8 tonight at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 313 Second St. SE, and 4 p.m. tomorrow at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Admission is $20. 703-519-1961.

CATHEDRAL GARGOYLE TOUR

A gargoyle tour will begin at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Admission is $5. 202-537-5700.

TRUMPET PERFORMANCE

A free performance featuring trumpeter Chris Gekker will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Rd., Alexandria. 703-549-4766.

ST. MARY'S CITY LECTURE

"An Update on St. Mary's City," a free lecture sponsored by the Catholic Historical Society of Washington featuring Henry Miller, will begin at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-667-5876.

'SPIRITUALITY AND GRACE' TALK

"Spirituality and Grace," a free lecture by the Rev. Thomas Martin, will begin at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Washington Theological Union, 6896 Laurel St. NW. 202-726-8800.

JEWISH MYSTICISM LECTURE

"Kabbalah: Secrets of Ancient Jewish Mysticism," a lecture by Robin Margolis, will begin at 6:15 p.m. Monday at First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. Admission is $35. 202-797-5102.

BOOK DISCUSSION AND SIGNING

A free book discussion and signing of Claude Anshin Thomas's "At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey From War to Peace" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW. 202-332-5266.

LECTURE ON FEMALE PROPHETS

A free lecture on women prophets by the Rev. Christopher Begg will begin at noon Wednesday at Catholic Charities, 924 G St. NW. 202-347-2713.

DISCUSSION OF POLITICS AND CATHOLICS

"Is It Possible to Be a Member of a Political Party and a Faithful Member of the Catholic Church?" a free lecture by Joan Rosenhauer and Kathleen Curran, will begin at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthew's Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-347-3215.

SERVICE FOR CHILDREN AND THE POOR

An interfaith service for children and the poor sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 866-274-9654.

-- Timothy Wilson

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