Thursday, Oct. 4

19th Annual Pumpkin Sale, features pumpkins grown in New Mexico, crafts, baked goods, candy, apple crisps, gourds, Indian corn and cornstalks; benefiting Alexandria’s charities. Starts Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and continues daily through Oct. 31. Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Rd. Free. 703-370-6555.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Arlington Presbyterian’s blessing of the animals, bring pets to the side garden of the church. 2-4 p.m., Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike, Arlington. 703-920-5660.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Rock Spring blessing of the animals, all household pets are invited. 3 p.m., Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. 703-538-4886.

St. George’s blessing of the animals, followed by a doggie happy hour. 4 p.m., St. George’s Episcopal Church, (Nelson Street lawn, between Fairfax Dr. and N. Ninth St., 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. 703-525-8286 or

St. John’s animal blessing, bring pets on a leash, in carriers or a picture. 5 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 415 S. Lexington St., Arlington. 703-671-6834.

Monday, Oct. 8

Meditation and Buddhism Introductory Class, taught by Buddhist teacher Chris Jamison, with a question-and-answer session. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, Arlington Branch, The Griffin Center, 3800 Fairfax Dr., Suite 5, Arlington. $12. 202-986-2257 or

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Divine Mercy Cenacle, study of the Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Diary of Saint Faustina. 10 a.m., St. Mary’s Lyceum, 313 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-836-4100.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

St. George’s Labyrinth walk, 6-7:30 p.m., St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. 703-525-8286 or

St. George’s Taize prayer service, 7:30 p.m., St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. 703-525-8286 or

Thursday, Oct. 11

Faith, Food and Fellowship, featuring a noon service including organist J. Reilly Lewis; followed by lunch ($5), 12:30 p.m.; and a program by former Arlington Director of Development Tom Parker discussing Arlington’s 50-year transition to a nationally acclaimed “smart growth” community. 1-1:45 p.m., Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574 or

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus



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