Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington, offers a service, a hot meal and fellowship at noon the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Meals are $4. A staff member from Virginia Cooperative Extension will discuss "De-Clutter Your House" at 1:15 p.m. today; and County Board Chairman Paul Ferguson will give an Arlington County update at 1:15 p.m. March 8. For more information, call 703-465-0341 or visit
The Mount Olivet Players will present the comedy "Charley's Aunt" at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Performances are 7:30 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Tickets are free, and reservations are required. Donations are accepted to support Habitat for Humanity and the Jeremiah Project. Dinner is available before the Saturday performance at 6 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-527-3934 or visit
Our Savior Lutheran School, 825 S. Taylor St., Arlington, will have an open house for prospective students and their parents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Sessions include tours and meetings with teachers. For more information, call 703-892-4846.
The spring concert by Cantor Rochelle Helzner, Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey and guest artist Zalman Mlotek of the National Yiddish Theatre will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Dr., Alexandria. Tickets are $25; students, $18. The hazzan will lead a singalong for ages newborn to 3 years, their parents and caregivers at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. For more information and registration, call 703-998-6460.
A discussion of articles by Wendell Berry and James Mulligan on food, economy and environment, led by Penelope Jones, will be offered between services, 10:30-11:10 a.m. Sunday, at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1132 N. Ivanhoe St., Arlington. For more information, call 703-532-7850.
St. George's Episcopal Churchis offering an "In Search of the Holy" lecture series, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays through March 27. There will be a light supper, presentation, question-and-answer session, and short prayer service. Lectures will be about: "How Holy People Spend Their Money," by the Rev. Loren Mead, Tuesday; "How Scripture Informs the Lives of Those Who Read It," by the Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams of Virginia Theological Seminary, March 6; "How God Communicates With Us Through Prayer," by the Rev. Martin Smith, March 13; "How Holy People Spend Their Lives in Relation to Helping Others," by Mary Getz of the Office of Government Relations for the Episcopal Church, March 20; and "How Holy People Work Together to Combat Global Apartheid," by Evelyn Sallah of Africa Action, March 27. For more information, call 703-525-8286 or visit
Convergence, a Creative Community of Faith, 1809 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, will have a book club discussion on "The Secret Message of Jesus" by Brian McLaren at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 703-998-6260 or visit
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, will host a discussion on "Protecting Human Rights in Guatemala and Beyond," by Sister Alice Zachman of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 703-237-3046 or visit
The Countertop Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. March 2 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St., Alexandria. Tickets are $25; students, $15. For more information, call 703-549-5072.
Yorktown High School Madrigals will have a concert at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, at 4 p.m. March 4. A freewill offering will be collected. For more information, call 703-532-5991.
Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, will have a Purim carnival, noon to 2 p.m. March 4. There will be food, games, prizes, a moon bounce, raffle tickets and a children's parade, sponsored by the congregation's brotherhood. Lunch, $5; per game, 50 cents. For more information, call 703-780-0545 or 703-323-6931.
The Northern Virginia chapter of the Virginia Society for Human Life meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church's parish hall, 1427 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. For more information, call 703-299-8756.
Choirs of the Old Presbyterian Meeting Houseand Alfred Street Baptist Churchwith narrator James Thomas will perform at 4 p.m. March 4 at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. A freewill offering will be collected for the Northern Virginia chapter of Habitat for Humanity. 703-549-6670,
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlingtonwill offer "Forums for the Family" workshops by counseling professionals at the Cathedral School of St. Thomas More, 105 N. Thomas St., Arlington. The following free sessions will be on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.: "Teenage Substance Abuse: What Parents Should Know," March 15; "ADHD: Signs, Symptoms and Management," April 19; and "Stress, Relief and Relaxation," May 10. For more information, call 703-841-2531 or visit
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS
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