Congregation Agudas Achim, at 2908 Valley Dr. in Alexandria, is holding a Kabbalat Shabbat Service in its Sukkah courtyard at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, followed by dinner. The informal worship service will feature music and singing. Dinner, $18; reservations required. Also on Aug. 5, the monthly Shehecheyanu service for families will be held at 7:30 p.m. 703-998-6460.

Wilson Boulevard Christian Church, at 3850 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, is holding vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15-19. The theme is "Serengeti Trek." Children ages 2-11 can make crafts, go on daily expeditions, play games and collect items for an children's school in Africa as a mission project. Call 703-527-2210 for an application.

Messiah Lutheran Church, 6510 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria, is holding a vacation Bible school, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 15-19. Children ages 3 to 10 can enjoy Bible stories, music, crafts, snacks and games during the "Davey and Goliath Circus Spectacular." Call 703-765-5003 or e-mail messiahlutheran6510@msn.com for more information.

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