Washington National Cathedral invites you to “Meditation on Mourning,” a Lenten exhibit of sculptures by artist S.B. Woods, who created the figures after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and donated it to the Newtown Foundation after the December 2012 shootings that killed children and adults at a school in Newtown, Conn. The exhibit is open daily during cathedral hours through Thursday. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Saturday, 8 to 10:30 a.m.: An all-you-can-eat community pancake breakfast. Regular and oatmeal pancakes. Proceeds to benefit West River United Methodist Center and St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6.50; 11 and younger, $2; family price, $18. 301-933-7933.
Saturday, 10:15 a.m.-noon: Jewish Mindfulness Gathering. Led by Rabbi Mark Novak and others. Tea will be served. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW (enter from Chevy Chase Parkway next to playground). Free. 202-362-3270. Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m.: “In the Name of Love: A Jazz Poetry Slam.” Join poets from across the region as they compete for prize money. Proceeds benefit Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources (OAR) of Fairfax, whose mission is to rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime by helping offenders and their families. Jazz performed by students from George Mason University School of Music. Refreshments sold. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Dr., Burke. The Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, 703-503-4579. www.accotinkuuc.org.
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Saturday, 2 p.m.: “Thomas Merton and Buddhism.” Abbot James Wiseman, retired professor of theology at Catholic University, discusses the three main lineages of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana (including Zen) and Vajrayana. A discussion and reception follow. St. Anselm’s Abbey, School Auditorium, 4501 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free-will offering. email@example.com or 202-269-2300.
Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.: “Group of Four,” a large-format photography exhibit opens. Works by George L. Smyth, Barry Schmetter, D.B. Stovall and Scott Davis. On view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through May 4. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Fellowship Hall, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-0400. www.rruuc.org.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Catholic University students of musical composition perform new student works. Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5416.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: The Thirteen chamber choir performs baroque and Renaissance music in its final concert of the season. The choir will also perform during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service, collaborating with the Bradley Hills Chancel Choir and Orchestra of the Hills. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Saturday concert: $20; seniors and students, $15. A reception follows. 301-515-6365.
Sunday, 10 a.m.: Easter baskets for infants and toddlers. Easter Basket Project benefits families of infants, 6 weeks to 12 months, and toddlers, 12 to 30 months, in the Bright Beginnings program. Wanted: Supplies, such as diapers and baby wipes; toddler toys and board books; gift cards to grocery, drug or variety stores, denominations of $10 to $25; paper Metro farecards, denominations of $10-$25; and new clothing. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Details: Ellen Spencer, ESpencer@cathedral.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sundays through April 13, 10 a.m.: Special Lenten sermon series based on Adam Hamilton’s book “24 Hours That Changed the World,” about his travels in the Holy Land and elsewhere. The book helps readers experience the final day of Jesus’s life and understand its significance. Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-5225.
Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Lenten Bible study. Cathedral clergy invite you to bring a Bible to follow along with a discussion of the day’s scripture readings, Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-11 and John 4:5-42. Washington National Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 11:15 a.m.: A Bible study group, led by the Rev. Cameron Soulis will focus on the last week of Christ, according to Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23 and John 13-14, 16-19. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, library, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org .
Sunday, 12:45-2 p.m.: Potluck Luncheon. Bring a dish that will feed at least three times the number of people in your group and appropriate serving utensils. Share conversation with the cathedral congregation after the coffee hour. The kitchen will not be available for heating or refrigerating dishes or washing them after the meal. If you do not wish to prepare a dish, consider bringing something prepared at a grocery store or restaurant. If your dish includes possible allergens, please label them as tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy or dairy. Water, coffee and tea will be provided. Volunteers needed. Washington National Cathedral, 7th floor Perry Auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org . 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Sunday 1 to 3 p.m.: “The Underground Railroad,” a dramatic narrative performed by historian Anthony Cohen. The program includes the Howard University Gospel Choir performing songs of the Underground Railroad. A light lunch and dessert included in the ticket price. Proceeds go to college scholarships for minority students. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, RRUUC, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. $30; ages 13-18, $15; families up to two adults and children, $60. www.rruuc.org. 301-229-0400.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.: 31st annual Pysanka workshop and Easter bazaar. Learn how to decorate eggs the traditional Ukrainian way. Detailed audio-visual presentation and personalized instruction. All materials and supplies provided. Registration is from 1 to 2 p.m. The workshop is from 2 to 5 p.m. A traditional Ukrainian luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. until the food is gone. An Easter bazaar with traditional Ukrainian arts and crafts, pysanka kits, how-to books, videos, traditional foods and more will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine, 4250 Harewood Rd. NE. Workshop fee: $20; age 11 and younger, $12. Register: 202-526-3737. www.ucns-holyfamily.org.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: 20th-century American Gothic architecture. A docent-led tour for ages 10 and older. View the Gothic artisanship of carvers, weavers, stained glass artists and others and learn why the building was built in Gothic style, its unique characteristics, purposes and building methods. Washington National Cathedral, Main Entrance Welcome Desk, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16. Reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.: “The Effects of Mass Incarceration.” A public forum on sentencing reform. Panelists Dave Marsden, Nazgol Ghandnoosh and David Rohrer discuss concerns about the U.S. prison population’s being the largest in history. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Dr., Burke. Free. Reverend Scott Sammler-Michael, 703-503-4579 or www.accotinkuuc.org.
Sunday, 3 p.m.: The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic performs Joaqun Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,” Lawrence Rie’s “Sea Surface Full of Clouds,” and Decussy’s “La Mer.” Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635.
Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Potomac Ensemble, a newly formed group of professional singers perform works for five-part choir. The program opens with the “Miserere mei, Deus” by Gregorio Allegri and includes shorter works by William Byrd, Peter Philips, Henry Purcell, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Johann Hermann Schein and Johann Kuhnau. Also two new works by Jay Wilcox and Craig Phillips. A reception follows the concert. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 6509 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. A free-will offering will support Friends of Music and the Arts at St. Andrew’s. Free child care. 703-455-2500.
Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Organist Stefan Kiessling performs works by J.S. Bach and Sigfrid Karg-Elert on the 10,650-pipe great organ. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Sunday, 7 p.m.: Dr. Tracy Radosevic, Dean of Biblical Storytelling and Professor at Wesley Theologicial Seminary, recites the Gospel of Mark from memory, a story appropriate for age 3 and older. Childcare is provided. Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. Free. 202-966-7929.
Sunday, 7 p.m.: Voix de Femmes, a Laurel-based women’s choir, will perform “Stabat Mater,” a powerful 13th century poem set to the music of composer and organist Richard Fitzgerald. The work describes the pain of a mother at the loss of her child. The choir will also sing “Litanies a la Vierge Noire” by Francis Poulenc who, after the death of a close friend, made a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Black Virgin of Rocamadour and was inspired to write this ‘Litany to the Black Virgin’, one of the gems of women’s choral literature. Resurrection Church, 3315 Greencastle Rd., Burtonsville. Donations are appreciated. email@example.com or 301-520-8921.
Sunday, 7 p.m.: “Hymns for the Christian Life.” Irish singer/songwriters and recording artists Keith and Kristyn Getty will perform. Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St., Vienna. $20. Tickets: www.itickets.com or 703-938-9050.
Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Mondays through April 14, 5 to 9 p.m.: Tax-preparation assistance. Sponsored by the AARP Foundation, for seniors and low- to moderate-income taxpayers, including Spanish speakers. Colesville Presbyterian Church, 12800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 240-777-2577, weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, 7 p.m.: Bible study. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-966-5144. www.wesleydc.org.
Most Mondays, 7 p.m.: Sally Jones leads “A Course in Miracles.” Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 to 10 a.m.: Senior Fit, exercise class for age 55 and older to build strength, fitness and cardiovascular health. Required physician consent form available at the Info Center or by visiting www.mystandrew.org. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. Call Marilee, 301-384-4394.
Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent-led “spiritual reflections” tour, exploring stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone. Tours include silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. Tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Obist Meg Owens and organist Jeremy Filsell perform works for the Lenten season by J.S. Bach. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Cherry blossom tour and tea. Hour-long, docent-led highlights tour with emphasis on the blooming cherry trees. Followed by tea in the Pilgrim Gallery. Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30; reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 5:15 p.m.: A Lenten Reflection Series follows the regular 5:15 p.m. Mass. George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow and holder of the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will present “Lent: An Itinerary of Conversion.” All are welcome. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-8300. www.nationalshrine.com/lent.
Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Homework Helpers invites parents or guardians to bring their children in grades one to eight for free tutoring, advice and homework help. St. John’s Church-Broad Creek, St. John’s Bayne Hall, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. Registration: Ruth LaBelle, program director, 240-461-5330 or email@example.com.
Tuesdays 7-9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 14-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing separation or divorce. Vienna Presbyterian Church, Maple Avenue and Park Street, Vienna. Materials cost, $20; scholarships available. Register at 703-938-9050 or Passages@ViennaPres.org or www.viennapres.org.
Wednesday, 5:15 p.m.: The National Shrine will host an evening reflection with the Very Rev. R. Scott Hurd, vicar general of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, on “When Faith Feels Fragile.” Follows the Basilica’s regularly scheduled 5:15 p.m. Mass. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free parking. 202-526-8300. www.nationalshrine.com/lent.
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Weekly Bible study. Calvary Episcopal Church, 509 I St. NE. Free. 202-546-8011.
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: Open prayer service. Communion follows. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org.
Friday, 12:15 to 1p: Organist Victoria Shields performs works by J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Vierne and Stephen Paulus. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m.: Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Third and A streets SE. Free. 202-543-0053.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Classical organist and pianist Jeremy Filsell’s 50th birthday concert. Filsell, Church of the Epiphany’s director of music, performs works by Dupré and Rachmaninov, with soprano Rachel Barham, baritone James Rogers, countertenor Charles Humphries and organist Nigel Potts. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Leo Nestor directs the Catholic University Chamber Choir in a performance of works by Demantius, Vecchi, Brahms, Howells, Murrill, Britten, Lauridsen and Nestor. St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5416.
April 12, 9 a.m. to noon: Easter egg hunt for ages 2 to 12 and a bake sale. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-971-5151.
April 12, 9 a.m.: “Breaths of Prayer” prayer breakfast. Round Oak Missionary Baptist Church, 15812 Good Hope Rd., Silver Spring. Free. Martha Forston, 301-847-1235 or Nathena Briscoe, 240-476-7605.
April 12, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.: “How Jesus Became God.” Bart D. Ehrman, an authority on the New Testament and early Christianity, explores how a low-born man from the backwaters of Galilee became God, what Jesus preached about his own identity, what historians can say about his resurrection and how early Christians developed their understanding of Jesus. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org.
April 12, 8 p.m.: “Great Guitars.” Levine School of Music faculty members Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Peppino D’Agostino perform solos, duets, trios and quartets. A reception follows. The proceeds will benefit the school. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. $25; students and age 17 and younger, $12. 202-347-2635.
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