Ekoji Buddhist Temple will offer a seminar on the fundamentals of Soto Zen Buddhism from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Duncan Williams, an associate professor of East Asian Buddhism and culture at the University of California at Irvine, will be the featured speaker. The temple is at 6500 Lake Haven Lane, Fairfax Station. For information, call 703-239-0583 or visit www.ekoji.org.

Friendship United Methodist Church will hold an Oktoberfest celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will include children's games and attractions, music, food and a reptile exhibit at 2 p.m. The church is at 3527 Gallows Rd. in the Falls Church area. For information, call 703-560-5454.

Truro Episcopal Church will welcome the Intermezzo Choir of Philadelphia for an evening of African American spirituals at 6 p.m. Sunday. A 4:30 p.m. reception and art exhibit, "Anacostia: Place of Spirit," will precede the concert. The church is at 10520 Main St., Fairfax. For information, call 703-273-1300 or visit www.trurochurch.org.

The Dominican Retreat will hold a vespers service in the Taize tradition at 7 p.m. Sunday. The retreat house is at 7103 Old Dominion Dr., McLean.

A wellness day for women will be held at the retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Reservations are required. For information, call 703-356-4243 or visit www.dominicanretreat.org.

Fairfax Church of Christ will host a rally for young people in grades 7 through 12 on Nov. 4-6. The featured speaker will be Jeff Walling, minister for Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte. Registration is $35 before Monday; $45 thereafter. The church is at 3901 Rugby Rd. For information, including a schedule of activities, call 703-631-2100 or visit www.fxcc.org.

Mount Tabor Catholic house of prayer and retreat center will host a fireside chat at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The discussion theme is "Clash of Civilizations or Dialogue of Faith: Where Are Christianity and Islam Headed?" The center is at 2363 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna. For information, call 703-476-1446.

St. Luke's United Methodist Church will hold a pet blessing service at 3 p.m. Oct. 23. Pets of all types (leashed or in carriers) are welcome. The church is at 7628 Leesburg Pike (Route 7) in the Falls Church area. For information, call 703-893-9220.

-- Compiled by

C. WOODROW IRVIN