The Gesher Jewish Day School of Northern Virginia recently broke ground on a school building to anchor a 47-acre campus on Shirley Gate Road in Fairfax. When completed next year, the building will house a library, technology center, gymnasium, stage, cafeteria, kitchen, science center and classrooms. For more information, call 703-978-9789.

United Christian Parish of Reston is collecting laptop computers and music keyboards for young people in Rwanda. The Rev. Kaberuka Jupa, a visiting Rwandan pastor, will take the items when he returns to Rwanda in October. The parish worships at 11508 North Shore Dr. For more information, call 703-620-3065 or visit

Oakton United Methodist Church will hold a fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Crafts and goods for early holiday shopping will be available. The church is at 2951 Chain Bridge Rd. For more information, call 703-938-1233 or visit

Wellspring United Church of Christ of Centreville will sponsor a jazz vespers and jam session as a benefit for Hurricane Katrina evacuees at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Alan Blaylock Quartet with vocalist Christina Crerar will be the featured performers. The benefit will be held at 14088-C Sullyfield Cir., Chantilly. For more information, call 703-257-4111.

Washington Plaza Baptist Church will hold a blessing of animals at 11 a.m. Oct. 8. Dogs should be leashed and cats and other small animals brought in appropriate carriers. The church is at 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston. For more information, call 703-471-5225.

Community Chapel for Wholistic Healing will sponsor a fall fair from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 8. The event will include psychic readings, massage and reflexology sessions and crystal, jewelry and candle vendors. The fair will be at the Friends Meeting House, 660 Spring St., Herndon.

The Church of the Good Shepherd will hold a Christian writers workshop on Nov. 12. Deadline for registration is Oct. 31. The church is at 2351 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna. For more information, including a schedule of events, call 703-281-3987 or visit

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church's Hispanic radio program "Jesus Esta Vivo," will celebrate the end of the Eucharist year with a series of worship events on Oct. 1 and 2. The programs will be held at J.E.B. Stuart High School, 3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-824-9216 or visit

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, through its Jewish information and referral service, offers a listing of synagogues and other venues that provide low-cost or free tickets to upcoming Jewish High Holidays services. For more information, call 703-978-3910.

The First Baptist Church of Vienna held its homecoming on Sept. 18. The event featured talks by guest ministers, music and a

performance of the play "The

Prodigal Child." The church is at 450 Orchard St. NW, Vienna.

-- Compiled by C. WOODROW IRVIN

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