Vacation Bible School

Alexandria: “Brave Art Camp.” For girls ages 9 to 12. Classes will be Monday to Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m. Some openings still exist for volunteers. Registration is $25 per student and includes a T-shirt, art supplies and snacks. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. 703-765-6555. aldersgate.net.

Vienna, Va.: Monday through Friday, July 31 through Aug. 4, 9:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Maker Fun Factory . . . Created by God . . . Built for a Purpose.” All children, from age 3 through the sixth grade, are welcome to join. Please register online at oaktonbrethren.org. Volunteers are still needed. Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna, Va. 703-281-4411. Email office@oaktonbrethren.org. $30 per child, $50 family maximum, free for children of program volunteers.

Burke, Va.: Monday through Friday, Aug. 7-11. 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. “Hero Central.” Openings still exist for children in kindergarten through the rising fourth grade. Volunteers are welcomed. Children attending the program should wear comfortable sneakers or closed-toe shoes and leave all toys, special items and electronic devices at home. Your child will be escorted to the classes between 8:45 and 9 a.m. daily and will be dismissed to an adult with a photo ID. No exceptions. Helpful information including registration forms can be found at burkeumc.org/index.html. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Pkwy., Burke, Va. 703-250-6100. burkeumc.org. $20, no refunds given.


Saturday, 2 p.m. and Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Cathedral gargoyle tours. Docents show slides of the building’s whimsical and sometimes fierce stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour. Binoculars are recommended; cameras and your imagination are welcome. Washington National Cathedral, seventh floor auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $22, ages 10-12, students, seniors and military $18, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200. nationalcathedral.org.

Saturday through Aug. 1: Christ the King Lutheran Church, Reston’s Crossroads and Kids R First are partnering with one another to help needy kids as they head back to school this fall. We are asking for donations of backpacks in the following sizes: 20-inches high by 14-inches wide by 7-inches deep; junior high school backpack size: 18-inches high by 13-inches wide by 6-inches; elementary school backpack size: 16-inches high by 12-inches wide by 5-inches deep. We cannot accept backpacks with wheels or corporate logos. We are also in need of $25 Payless gift cards that will be used to provide these needy children with a new pair of shoes for school. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Va. Questions, 703-759-6808. gflutheran.org.

Sunday, 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m.: Washington National Cathedral invites everyone to move into its summer schedule that goes through and includes the Labor Day weekend. The 8 and 10 a.m. services will include the Holy Eucharist, a sermon, readings, prayers and musical offerings. Following the worship services will be “John in July! The Fourth Gospel.” No, there is no fourth cycle for the Gospel of John. If you come, facilitator Harvey Bale will explain. This Sunday starts at noon. All are welcome, with or without a brown-bag lunch. A choral evensong concludes the day’s events at 4 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. cathedral.org. Free.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Doug Hallward-Driemeier, an attorney whose arguments helped persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage in 2015 is this week’s featured preacher at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ. The church is at 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington, Va. 703-538-4886.

Sunday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Multicultural concert in celebration of the diversity of music heard in the Washington area. Hindustani violinist Nistha Raj; Palestinian American family band, Foty Fusion; Caribbean steel pan player Josanne Francis; and Grammy nominated beat box/ukulele player Christylez Bacon will perform original music and cultural fusions. Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW. Free, but donations of money are needed to support a food pantry.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: March on Washington Film Festival. The Gathering Place: Creating a Shared Religious Activism. As a follow-up to last year’s discussion on “What the White Church Must Do,” this year’s panel will focus on creating a shared religious activism among interfaith and interracial movements. Why is a shared activism necessary, where is this kind of action already happening and what will it take to strengthen and sustain individuals and institutions in interfaith movements for justice? Join Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Diocese of Washington; the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Washington National Cathedral; Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Sayyid M. Syeed, Islamic Society of North America; Dennis Wiley, the Black Church Center and Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, for an inspiring and challenging conversation as one of many steps toward building a shared religious activism. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. cathedral.org. Free, registration and tickets required: bit.ly/filmfestival_tickets.

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: The 24th Bach Festival at Grace Church. Grace Church member Larry Molinaro and tenor Joseph Regan will sing the melodies on which the organ pieces from J.S. Bach’s “Clavier-Ubung III” are based. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in Georgetown. 202-333-7100. $25, $10 students with valid identification.

Sunday, 6 p.m.: Organ recital. Organist Benjamin Prairie, of the District, will perform in this summer’s organ recital series, through Aug. 27. All are welcome. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free parking. Email muslit@bnsic.org. 202-526-8300, Ext. 120. Freewill offering.

Tuesday, 12:10-1 p.m.: Clarinetist Adam Ebert and pianist Raffi Kasparian will perform music by Mozart and the charming “Five Bagatelles” by Gerald Finzi. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. epiphanydc.org. $10.

Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.: Fish fry. Tilapia or whiting will be served with side dishes including string beans, coleslaw, choice of hush puppies or corn bread, choice of assorted desserts and a beverage. Carryout orders will be available. Trinity Church, 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro, Md. trinityec@verizon.net. 301-627-2636. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-12, free for 5 and younger.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Organ Fireworks Concert and Ice Cream Social. Redeemer organist Christopher Betts will perform a program of popular music using our DiGennaro-Hart pipe organ. This year’s program will include Henri Mulet’s “Carillon-Sortie,” J.S. Bach’s “Little” Fugue in G minor, Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” and music by Handel, Charpentier, Dvorak, Franck and Bossi. All are welcome to attend. Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda, Md. Admission and ice cream are free, but a freewill offering will be taken. 301-229-3770.

July 22, 7:30 to 9 p.m.: Youthcue National Honor Choir Concert. One hundred and fifty of the finest high school singers in North America will perform with members of the local professional symphony orchestra. This San Antonio-based, multidenominational nonprofit organization is dedicated to the advancement of church and school youth choirs across North America. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. cathedral.org. Free.


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