Trinity Episcopal Church, 2217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, will hold a Treasure Hunt Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Clothing, household goods and children's books will be for sale. Free. Call 703-920-7077 or visit

Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Ave., Alexandria, will hold courses for people who are curious about Christianity at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 15. Dinner will be included with every class. The program is free and open to all. For more information, call 703-549-2088.

Tadeusz 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. Friday and Saturday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1914 N. Randolph St., Arlington. The cost is $20 per person, $30 per couple. For more information, visit

Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington, will host a program on "Eating Healthy, Living Longer" with Clara Schneider, author of "The Disease Prevention Cookbook." Her talk on prevention and management of disease will focus on diabetes in seniors. The program, which is free and open to all, begins at 1:15 p.m. today. A worship service will be held at noon and a hot lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. for $4. For more information, call 703-465-0341.

Bel Cantanti opera company will perform "La fille du regiment" (The Daughter of the Regiment) by Gaetano Donizetti at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. Tickets are $30. For information, call 202-237-1506.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, will hold a consignment sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Items for sale include children's clothing, toys, books and maternity gear. Unsold merchandise will be donated to charity. Call 703-528-3731.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Rd., Alexandria, will hold a flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There will also be a bake sale and moon bounce and sandwiches for sale. Proceeds go to local outreach projects. For more information, call 703-549-5500.

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington will hold a Mass to honor law enforcement and public safety officers at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington. A reception will follow. Visit

Traveling Shabbat Singles will hold a service at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Dr., Alexandria, followed by a social. For directions, call 703-998-6460; for other information, call 301-610-5397. Free.

The Arlington Catholic Diocesan Peace and Justice Commission will hold its second annual conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, 3304 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. The theme is "From Private Faith to Public Voice: Hope in the Future." Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. by Bishop Paul S. Loverde. The program is $10, including lunch, and is open to all. For more information and registration, call 703-841-3831 or e-mail

Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Rd., Alexandria, will hold a blessing of the animals at 9 a.m. Oct. 1. The Rev. Scott Davis will bless each pet, and each owner will receive a personalized certificate and commemorative magnet. An outdoor pancake breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, call 703-549-5500.

The Marquis Trio, featuring pianist Diana Winter Pyles, clarinetist Jean-Francois Bescond and cellist Jan Timbers, will present a hurricane relief concert starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. Admission is free, but free-will donations for the relief effort will be accepted. For information, call 703-527-2621.

The Jewish Information and Referral Service offers a list of synagogues and other venues that offer low-cost or free tickets to upcoming High Holiday services in the region, including Arlington and Alexandria. For more information, call 703-978-3910 or visit

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