The Rev. Earl V. Karl, chaplain of the Arlington County Correctional Facility, will talk about his duties at 1:15 p.m. today at Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. Also, occupational therapist Anne Morris will discuss older-driver safety and demonstrate assistive driving products at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 27 at the church.

Both programs are free; a worship service will be held at noon before each presentation, and a hot lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. for $4. For more information, call 703-465-0341.

Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill will hold a pumpkin sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, through Oct. 31. This annual fundraiser, held at the front yard of the church at 3606 Seminary Rd. in Alexandria, benefits local charities as well as the Navajo Indians of Northern New Mexico, who grow the pumpkins on tribal lands. Pumpkins cost $1-$15; autumn crafts, cornstalks, desserts and other items also will be on sale.

The church is also seeking high school female singers to join the Hildegaard Choir. The choir, conducted by Philip Cave, performs music from the medieval to the modern. Rehearsals are held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the church; church membership is not required. For more information, call 703-370-6555.

Advent Lutheran Church, 2222 S. Arlington Ridge Rd., Arlington, is holding a Hurricane Katrina charity potluck starting at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Donations of toys, toiletries, clothes, books and games will be accepted for underprivileged students at a charter school in New Orleans. Suggested donation is $5 or a covered dish. For more information, call 703-920-2755.

Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, will hold a book and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please call 703-527-2621.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is holding a 10-week therapeutic support group in Arlington for victims of sexual abuse, starting Monday. For more information, call 703-841-2530.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., will host speaker Jenice View at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for an interactive presentation exploring the legacy of the civil rights movement and its relevance to today's issues. The event is free; for more information, call 703-521-1279.

The Metropolitan Chorus will perform Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Mass in E-flat at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Barry S. Hemphill will conduct, and the Columbia Flute Choir also will be featured. General admission tickets are $17; admission is $15 for seniors, youths and members of the military. For more information, call 703-933-2500 or visit

Walker Chapel United Methodist Church, 4102 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, will hold an Oktoberfest sale of clothing, furniture, crafts and other household goods from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Children's activities will also be held. For more information, call 703-538-5200.

Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde will celebrate the 2005 Marriage Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23. The event expresses gratitude for all married couples. Couples married in 1955 and 1980 (celebrating 50 or 25 years of marriage) will be asked to come forward for a solemn renewal of marriage vows; they will receive commemorative certificates and are asked to register at 703-841-2575.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Rd., Alexandria, will host a free organ recital by John Barrow, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, at 3 p.m. Oct. 23. For more information call 703-549-4766.

Buddhist teacher Kelsang Varahi of the Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will hold classes on the text "Eight Steps to Happiness" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Griffin Center, Suite 5, 3800 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Classes include teachings on Buddhism, discussion, guided meditations and refreshments. The fee is $10 per class; for more information, call 202-331-2122 or visit

Amy Smith will play the French horn at a free 45-minute concert starting at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 1 at St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington, part of a series held the first Tuesday of each month. For more information call 703-525-8286.

Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria, will hold a choral evensong service at 5 p.m. Nov. 6. The choir will sing music by composer Thomas Tallis and his student William Byrd in commemoration of Tallis's 500th birthday. For more information, call 703-549-1450.

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