The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia will hold a "Hanukkah Extravaganza" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event will include arts and crafts, games, entertainment, a latke and dessert bar and children's activities. The center is at 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. For information, call 703-323-0880.

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer will hold a reception at 7 p.m. on Sunday to celebrate the publication of "That We May Have Life: Themes for Christian Living" by the Rev. George W. Evans. The book, which consists of sermons given at the church, will be available for sale. The church is at 1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. For information, call 703-356-3346 or visit

Mount Tabor Catholic house of prayer and retreat center will hold a fireside chat at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with spiritual counselor Kathleen Kelmelis. The subject will be "Finding Yourself in the Nativity Scene." The center is at 2363 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna. For information, call 703-476-1446.

Congregation Beth Emeth will host a Hanukkah party from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 18. The event will include arts and crafts, games, balloon artists, performances by singer Sally Heckelman and magician Jack Julius, a Hanukkah play and a children's gift shop. The congregation meets at 12523 Lawyers Rd., Herndon. For information, call 703-323-0880.

The Dominican Retreat will hold a holiday open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 18. The event will include refreshments, music, a visit from Santa and tours of the Retreat House. The house is at 7103 Old Dominion Dr., McLean. For information, call 703-356-4243 or visit

St. John's United Methodist Church will hold a community singalong of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Child care will be available and a reception will follow. The church is at 5312 Backlick Rd., Springfield. For information, call 703-256-6655.

Providence Presbyterian Church will hold a candlelight service for quiet contemplation from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19. The event will include readings and music interspersed with periods of silence. The church is at 9019 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. For information, call 703-978-9078.

St. Luke's United Methodist Church will hold a living Nativity from 4 to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. A 5 p.m. service for children and an 8 p.m. family service of carols also are scheduled. The church is at 7628 Leesburg Pike (Route 7) in the Falls Church area. For information, call 703-893-9220.

The First Baptist Church of Springfield's holiday schedule includes candlelight Christmas Eve services at 6 and 8 p.m. and a Christmas Day service at 10:30 a.m. The church is at 7300 Gary St. For information, call 703-451-1500 or visit

St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church's Christmas Eve services will be at 5 and 10:30 p.m. The Christmas Day service will be at 11 a.m. The church is at 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. For information, call 703-739-6104.

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