St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2609 N. Glebe Rd. in Arlington, will host a concert at 5 p.m. Saturday with soprano Sequina DuBose, countertenor Andrew Gray, tenor Brian Minnick, bass Matthew Presson and accompanist Gregory Hooker. Admission is free, and free parking will be available at 26th Street at North Glebe Road. For more information, call 703-527-6800.

Washington Street United Methodist Church, 115 S. Washington St. in Alexandria, will host several 30-minute organ concerts at the Festival of the Arts in Old Town. Church organist Tom Bailey will perform Saturday at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-836-8407.

A concert by vocalist Jackie H. Lewis will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 S. Alfred St. in Alexandria. Poet Al Hall will read poetry in commemoration of Sept. 11, 2001. The performance is free, but an offering will be accepted to benefit Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. For information, call Juanita Patience Moss at 703-780-7882.

Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Dr., Alexandria, is holding a membership barbecue from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday. No charge for new or prospective families; for others, $5 per adult, $3 per child and $18 maximum per family. For information or to RSVP, call 703-998-6460.

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will hold Buddhist meditation classes at the Tower Villas Office Courtyard, 3800 Fairfax Dr., Suite 5, in Arlington from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 15. No experience is required. Fee is $10 per class or $30 for four classes; monthly memberships available. (There will be no class Oct. 6, Nov. 24, Dec. 22, Dec. 29 or Jan. 5.) For information, call 202-331-2122.

Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Theology on Tap series at Whitlow's on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington. Also, Tadeuz Pacholczyk, director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, will discuss Catholic teachings on stem-cell research and other medical moral issues from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1914 N. Randolph St. in Arlington. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple by next Thursday, or $20 per person, $30 per couple at the door. For information, visit

Bel Cantati opera company will present "La Fille du Regiment" by Gaetano Donizetti at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. in Arlington. Tickets are $30. For information, call 202-237-1506.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane in Arlington, is holding a consignment sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 24. Items will include children's clothing, toys, books and maternity gear. Unsold merchandise will be donated to charity. For information, call 703-528-3731.

The Marquis Trio, featuring pianist Diana Winter Pyles, clarinetist Jean-Francois Bescond and cellist Jan Timbers, will perform at 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane in Arlington. Admission is free. For information, call 703-527-2621.

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