Ann Marie Sharratt, executive director of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, will speak at 1:15 p.m. today at Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington, to mark Veterans Day. Free; a worship service will be held at noon. A hot lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. for $4. For more information, call 703-465-0341.

Washington Street United Methodist Church, 115 S. Washington St., Alexandria, will hold its annual bazaar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will feature antiques, books, records, baked goods and holiday items. For more information, call 703-836-4324.

First Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Vermont St. (off Carlin Springs Road, near Ballston Mall) will host an alternative Christmas market from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday to benefit local and international charities. Jewelry, Christmas ornaments, coffee and household items will be sold. For more information, call 703-527-4766 or visit Also at the church, the Metropolitan Chorus, accompanied by an organ and string ensemble, will perform the Advent portion of the "Messiah" at 5 p.m. Dec. 3. The public is invited to sing along; scores will be available for purchase or to rent. Admission is free; donations of money and nonperishable food for a community meals program will be accepted. For more information, call 703-933-2500.

Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St., Arlington, will host an alternative Christmas gift market from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Goods made by rural artisans in developing countries will be sold. For more information, call 703-536-5600.

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

Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, is seeking high school female singers to join the Hildegaard Choir. The choir, conducted by Philip Cave, performs music from the medieval to modern eras. 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.

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

James Smith will play the piano at a free 45-minute concert at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. The performance is part of a series held the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 703-525-8286.

The Fairfax Choral Society will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at St. Thomas More Cathedral, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington. A reception will follow. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more information, call 703-524-2815.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will hold its annual Super Sunday fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11. Volunteers are needed to gather at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax, to make phone calls for donations to help people locally and worldwide, including in Israel. For more information, call 301-348-7350.

Faith Lutheran Church, 3313 Arlington Blvd., will hold its annual craft fair and bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will feature antiques, collectibles, artwork, jewelry, plants and other items. A hot lunch and baked goods will be available. For more information, call 703-525-9283.

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