FREE RETREAT

"Becoming a Contemplative in Action," a free retreat led by Edward McCormack, will begin at 8:30 a.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. 410-381-9365.

CONFESSION LECTURE

"What's New About Confession?" a lecture by the Rev. Bart A. Karwacki, will begin at 9:30 a.m. today at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Rd., Ellicott City. Admission is $20. 410-531-2800.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR

"Elves' Workshop," a holiday bazaar featuring baked goods and crafts, will begin at 10 a.m. today at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222.

FRANCE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

"Bazaar de Noel," a holiday event sponsored by the French-Speaking Protestant Church of Washington, will begin at 10 a.m. today at Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 301-320-3955.

FILIPINO CHOIRS

"Paskong Pinoy: A Philippine Christmas Concert," a performance featuring local Filipino choirs, will begin at 5:30 p.m. today at Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Rd. NE. Admission by donation. 202-635-5400.

BOOK SIGNING, DISCUSSION

A signing and discussion of Debra Band's new book, "The Song of Songs: The Honeybee in the Garden," will begin at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase. 301-589-3880.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

"Circles Within Circles: Jewish Time Frames," a free photography and poetry exhibit, will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Sixth and I Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.

GOSPEL CHOIR

A performance by the Coppin State University Gospel Choir will begin at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Brightwood Park United Methodist Church, 744 Jefferson St. NW. Admission is $12.50. 202-723-5298.

PHILHARMONIC PERFORMANCE

A performance by the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the NOVA Community Chorus will begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Admission is $10, free for 17 and under. 703-799-8229.

HANDEL SINGALONG

A free community singalong of Handel's "Messiah" featuring soprano Amy Lauritzen, alto Chana Colley, tenor Jesse Holt and bass Bryan Jackson will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. John's Lane, Ellicott City. 410-465-9679.

FILM SCREENING

A screening of Ed Askinazi's "A Synagogue on Broome Street" will begin at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater of the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Admission is $10. 202-777-3249.

FREE LECTURE

"Catholic Women in a Changing Church," a free lecture by Michele Dillon, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Life Cycle Institute Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5445.

-- Timothy Wilson

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