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Religion events from around the Washington area

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market is open, offering locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The men’s ministry of the Christ Church parish will host a fish fry with sides. Carryout dinners will be available. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. or 301-868-1330.

Saturdays, 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

Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m.: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church annual Strawberry Festival will feature fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, picnic food, baked goods, jewelry and plants. Activities for all ages, including live entertainment, a moon bounce, field games, face painting, scavenger hunt and tours of historic Rock Creek Cemetery. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. Free. 202-726-2080 or www.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: An ensemble of volunteer musicians, members of the Latter Day Saints, will perform a program of Broadway hits. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet will perform “Sort of Greek,” a program of works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, Pedro Iturralde and others. Guest pianist Amy LaCivita will join the quartet. Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna. Free. 703-281-4411 or

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: The 18th Street Singers will perform “Into the Great Beyond,” a program of ethereal music written by contemporary composers, including Tarik O’Regan, Ola Gjeilo and Eric Whitacre. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. $20; in advance, $15. or 202-701-5522.

Sunday, 10:10 to 11 a.m.: Canon Vicar Jan Naylor Cope, leader of the Washington National Cathedral worshiping community and representative of Dean Hall in his absence, will discuss the comprehensive programs she oversees in community life, pastoral care, stewardship, hospitality and congregational worship. Washington National Cathedral, South Transept, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 2 p.m., Thursday, 6 p.m.: Gargoyle tours. Docents will show slides of whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques and lead an outdoor tour of them. Binoculars and cameras are welcome. Washington National Cathedral, main entrance welcome desk, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; 12 and younger, $6, reservations recommended. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday 2 p.m.: Showing of “Not My Life,” a film about human trafficking. All are welcome. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-256-8330.

Sunday 3 p.m.: Pianists Faith Giajo, Michelle Richardson, Haley Vaseghi and Mauricio Fernández Picado perform an all-Chopin program. Reception follows. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-462-6734. www.

Sunday 7 p.m.: Philippine concert pianist Raul Sunico performs music for a mid-summer night. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: “Cathedral sings!” Music Director J. Reilly Lewis leads Brahms’s “A German Requiem,” with guest organist Todd Fickley. Singers of all abilities are welcome to participate. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10 includes score rental. 202-537-2228 or .

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour for ages 11 and older. Look at 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 .

Monday, 5:30 p.m.: Vacation Bible School: “Jesus Family Reunion – Remix.” Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by classes at 6:15 p.m. Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St. NW. Free. 202-232-4288.

Mondays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.: Yoga instructor Kirsten Norris leads weekly sessions. Please bring a mat. Pilgrim Church UCC’s social hall, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. The Rev. Jessie Lowry, 877-792-8479.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Bible study. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-966-5144. .

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. .

Monday, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.: Gen Kelsang Varahi, an ordained Buddhist nun, will teach “A New You” in a series exploring meditations and teachings to help participants feel more connected to the world and enable them to fulfill their potential for goodness. The hour-long classes include teaching, guided meditation and a question-and-answer session. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, Friendship Terrace (3rd Floor Lounge), 4201 Butterworth Pl. NW. 202-986-2257.

Tuesdays and Thurdays through August 28: Washington National Cathedral has extended summer hours — until 8 p.m. — on most Tuesdays and Thursdays. The exhibits “Though the Earth Be Moved,” a look at the impact of the 2011 earthquake on the cathedral, and “Gothic Resilience,” cathedral photographs by Colin Winterbottom, will be on view on the seventh floor observation gallery, where you may also enjoy views of the Washington area. All are welcome at the 5:30 p.m. choral evensong or evening prayer services. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Adults, $6; military, students, seniors and age 12 and younger, $3. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 to 10 a.m.: Senior Fit, an exercise class for ages 55 and older to build strength, fitness and cardiovascular health. Required physician consent form available at the Info Center or by visiting the Web site. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. Call Marilee at 301-384-4394 or go to

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.: Strength and Balance, led by Tonya Walton, a full-body strength and balance class that incorporates light weights and floor work with a mat, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Sessions go through Aug. 1. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Call for price. 202-364-7602.

Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent-led “spirituality reflections” tour explores stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone. The tours offer stories, 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 .

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Philip Cave will direct a performance by Magnificat, one of the Britain’s premier early music vocal ensembles. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday, 6 to 8:45 p.m.: An evening of contemplative practice will be held. Guest musician Ron Warren and Karen Rugg will provide a musical accompaniment. In the Bishop’s Garden, tai chi master Nick Gracenin will explain and share the joy of this system that fosters a deep and abiding calm. He will teach simple qigong and tai chi movements that can be practiced at home to improve balance, coordination and relaxation. Visitors are welcome to walk the labyrinth from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesdays, 7 to 8:15 p.m.: Zumba classes. Christ Church Chaptico, Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. $6 per class, or get a punch card that charges $5 per visit. Lisa Martoni, 240-925-4153.

Tuesdays through June 24, 7 p.m.: Jan Genevro will facilitate a discussion of “Made for Goodness, and Why This Makes All the Difference,” a book by Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu. Answers questions about suffering, joy, faith, freedom and God’s love for us. It is an expression of Archbishop Tutu’s conviction that goodness will triumph and an invitation to readers to see themselves through God’s eyes. Washington National Cathedral, N-4 (take the North Tower elevator to the fourth floor), Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free; reservations required. 202-537-6200 or

Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 1, 11 a.m.: Carolyn Gichner leads six weeks of a total-body workout for active seniors. Bring a mat and light weights. Sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $60 for a one-day-per-week class; $100 for a two-days-per-week class. 202-364-7602.

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks, plus a traditional English tea and scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. Washington National Cathedral, docent station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, or

Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.: “Watermelon Wednesdays.” A new and cool program designed for families with children age 7 and younger. Watermelon will be served on the front lawn, along with a story or two and songs with a slice of Judaism. Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Free.

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Weekly Bible study. Calvary Episcopal Church, 509 I St. NE. Free.

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: Open prayer service. Communion follows. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151. .

Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: “Pearls of Wisdom,” a program that relates advice from the hearts and experiences of great masters in Buddhism. Plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early so that you may ring the bell to be admitted. Latecomers not admitted. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Rd. NW. $12; seniors, students and the unemployed, $6. 202-986-2257.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Cathedral Dean Gary Hall will lead a discussion of “NW,” Zadie Smith’s novel. Bratenahl House, 3525 Woodley Rd. NW. Sponsored by Washington National Cathedral. Free; registration at required. 202-537-6200 or

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Pipe organist Stephen Kalnoske will perform works by William Walton, Ned Rorem, Maurice Duruflé and J.S. Bach and one of his own compositions. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.: Fish fry: fried whiting or tilapia with green beans, cole slaw, bread, beverage and dessert. Trinity Church Hall, 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro. $10; ages 11 and younger, $5. 301-627-2636.

Friday, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ will host a young adult happy hour to encourage new friendships and socializing. Bring a dish to share with others. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 877-792-8479.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: The prize-winning Swedish choir Olaus Petri Vocalis, a 16-member a cappella ensemble, will perform works by J.S. Bach, Palestrina, Herbert Howells and Swedish composers in the church’s stained-glass-ornamented church nave. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915
N. Oakland St., Arlington. Suggested donation, $20. 703-525-8286. The group will also sing the 11:15 a.m. service June 29 at Washington National Cathedral.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: The 18th Annual YouthCUE Nation’s Capital Festival of Youth Choirs will feature works composed by Mack Wilberg, Craig Courtney, Allen Pote and others. The concert features a combined choir of 150 youths from 10 choirs from six states and five Christian denominations, accompanied by a full orchestra. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.

June 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Health fair. IDEA Public Charter School hosts presentations by the National Women’s Health Network, National Capital Poison Center, American Red Cross, Providence Hospital, George Washington University Hospital and other citywide health organizations. Sponsored by the United Methodist Men of Randall Memorial United Methodist Church. IDEA Public Charter School, 1027 45th St. NE. Free. 202-604-8220.

June 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: “A Christian’s Assurance of God’s Eternal Protection,” a conference for adults and youth who desire to know God’s will and purpose for their lives. Includes continental breakfast and lunch. First Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church, 602 N St. NW. Free. Register: 202-289-4480 or fax 202-289-4595.

June 28, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 11:15 a.m.: Cathedral tower climb and gargoyle walk. Climb the 333 steps to the dizzying heights of the bell ringing chamber in the great central tower of Washington National Cathedral, 300 feet above the ground, listen to a peal bell demonstration by the Washington Ringing Society and a carillon presentation by Edward Nassor, continue with a walk along the exterior walkway between the west towers to view the many gargoyles and grotesques, including Gargoyle Gutter Gait and the closest proximity to the Darth Vader grotesque. 9:45, 10:15, 10:45 and 11:15 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, St. Joseph Chapel on the lower level, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30; reservations strongly encouraged. 202-537-6200 or

June 28, 1 and 7 p.m.: “Tambourine to Glory.” The Seawright for Bishop 2016 Campaign and Unity Fund Foundation will perform a musical play based on the Langston Hughes novel about two woman who establish a storefront church to make money. Pam DeVeaux, the episcopal supervisor of the Second Episcopal District of the AME Church, will be the special guest artist. Friendly High School, Janella Moore Auditorium, 10000 Allentown Rd., Fort Washington. $25 to $40. Free parking. 301-265-1816 or 301-455-7183.

June 28, 5 p.m.: John P. Kee and New Life Concert; Sherri Funn and other guest artists will perform. Concert proceeds will be used in campaign to fight the legalization of drugs in Washington. Bible Way Temple, 1100 New Jersey Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-0700.

June 28, 6 to 10 p.m.: “Sweet White — Jazzy Night Affair.” The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Council of Shiloh Baptist hosts an evening of jazz with Lori Williams and Friends. Guests are encouraged to wear their best summer white attire. Desserts and more will be served. Proceeds will go to the HBCU Council scholarship fund. Henry C. Gregory III Family Life Center, rooftop, 1510 Ninth St. NW. $45; register by Wednesday. 202-232-4288.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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