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

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.: 21st Annual Middle Eastern Food Festival. Homemade Middle Eastern food including Kibbee, chicken kebabs, falafel, hummus and stuffed grape leaves, pastries, beer and wine, live music and dancing, vendors, church tour and children’s activities. Backgammon and chess played, moon bounce, face painting and more. Holy Transfiguration Church, 8501 Lewinsville Rd., Mclean. Free admission and parking. 703-734-9566.

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

Daily through Thursdays, Sept. 18: Washington National Cathedral invites everyone to view its current exhibits: “The Great War: Faith & Compassion on the Front Lines,” a 14-panel painting installation that tells the story of the World War I British heroine Edith Cavell (1865–1915), “Though the Earth Be Moved,” a look at the impact of the 2011 earthquake on the Cathedral, and “Gothic Resilience,” an exhibit of Cathedral photographs by Colin Winterbottom will be on view on the 7th floor observation gallery where you may also enjoy scenic views or the Washington, D.C. area. 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

Sundays, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.: Bible study will focus on the Gospel of Matthew, the primary source for Gospel readings at Sunday worship this year. The historic, religious, cultural and political situations of the community in which Matthew lived will be discussed. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. Free. 301-884-3451.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Blessing of the Backpacks. Bring your backpack to receive a blessing for a wonderful school year. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: The Rev. Roger J. Gench will preach on the topic of “Brass Knuckles.” New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. 202-393-3700.

Sunday, 10:45 a.m.: Summer mission report. The young people who traveled to Belize and West Virginia this summer will discuss their experiences and show photographs and video of the things they accomplished. National Presbyterian Church, Stone Hall, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-537-0800.

Sunday, 11:15 a.m.: Cathedral Voices, Washington National Cathedral’s volunteer adult choir, invites like-minded amateur singers to a schedule a short, informal audition. The group sings at the 9 a.m. Sunday service and rehearses every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. It provides choral music for Advent Lessons and Carols, Bethlehem simulcast Christmas service and the Easter Vigil. The choir also performs annual concerts at Flower Mart and sang recently at the National Gallery of Art. Washington National Cathedral, rear of the nave near the coffee and refreshments table, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 6 p.m.: Organist Peter Latona will perform. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Upper Church, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free-will offering. 202-526-8300.

Sunday, 6 p.m.: Celtic Evensong and Communion. The worship will feature Celtic music, candlelight and quiet time for centering. Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. Free. 703-356-3312.

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: YouthCUE concert. The San Antonio-based multidenominational nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of church and school youth choirs across North America will perform under the batons of group founder Randy Edwards and Paul Neal, director of choral activities at Valdosta State University in Georgia. The program will feature works by Handel, Rutter, Dan Goeller and Mack Wilberg. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: Enjoy a singalong of music from a Disney film and a movie screening under the stars. Annandale United Methodist Church, back parking lot, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-256-8330.

Most Mondays, 10 a.m., and Thursdays, 11 a.m.: “Yoga in the Yard.” No class on Labor Day. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555.

Monday, noon to 5 p.m.: Labor Day supper. All-you-can-eat fried chicken, country ham, homemade potato salad, homemade cole slaw, succotash, other vegetables and relishes will be served in the church or packaged for carryout. Desserts and beverages will be available for purchase. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Piney Parish, 4535 Piney Church Rd., Waldorf, Md. $20; ages 5-12, $8; ages 4 and younger, free. 301-645-5000.

Monday, 7 p.m.: A course in miracles that helps one “undo the past in the present and thus release the future.” Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308.

Monday, 7 to 8 p.m.: Labyrinth walks accompanied by recorded or live contemplative music will be held at the Deborah Carolyn Howell memorial just outside the church. A Taize service and healing rite follows at 7:30 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-3770.

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 information 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

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.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 above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesdays, 11 a.m.: Bible study group. Truro Anglican Church undercroft, 10520 Main St., Fairfax City. Free. 703-273-1300.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Rising musical star Ismar Gomes performs works by Sibelius, Ligeti and Prokofiev. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

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

Wednesdays, noon and 7:30 p.m.: Bible study based on the Alan B. Stringfellow book “Through the Bible in One Year: A 52-Lesson Introduction to the 66 Books of the Bible.” First A.M.E. Church of Gaithersburg, 17620 Washington Grove Lane, Gaithersburg. Free. 240-632-9760.

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: 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. .

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Tai chi classes. Certified instructor will teach the movement discipline that may strengthen the mind and body. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5. 301-449-4308.

Wednesdays, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.: Flaunt Fitness, a 45-minute program for women led by Lisa Martoni. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. $6 per class. 301-884-3451.

Thursdays, 9 a.m.: Yoga class. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico, Md. Call for details. 301-301-884-3451.

Thursdays, 9:30a.m.: Yoga instructor Kirsten Norris leads weekly sessions. Bring a mat. Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ, Social Hall, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Suggested donation, $5 to $10. The Rev. Jessie Lowry, 877-792-8479.

Thursday, 12:30 p.m.: “Creative Aging Network (CAN),” an evolving group that meets monthly for discussions related to the ever-changing concepts of 60+ life in modern society invites the community to bring a brown bag lunch and get involved with the group’s activities. Joe Burnett is the featured speaker. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Free. 202-363-4119.

Thursday, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: “Music on the Lawn” features a performance of swinging mainstream jazz by Larry Brown Jazz. Take a picnic supper and a blanket or lawn chair. Grounds open at 5:30. Volunteers are still needed. Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Donations appreciated. 202-333-7100 or

Thursday, 3 p.m.: Close-up tour: Earthquake. Docents will lead a tour of the damage done in the magnitude-5.8 earthquake that struck the Gothic stone cathedral on Aug. 23, 2011. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; $16 for children, senior, military and students. 202-537-6200 or

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Pipe organ concert, classical organist Charles Pugh will perform works by J.S. Bach, Louis Vierne, José Lidon, Edward Elgar and Eugene Gigout. 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. The church is handicap accessible. Trinity Church Hall, 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro. $10; seniors, $8; ages 11 and younger, $5. 301-627-2636.

Friday, 6 p.m.: Frozen shabbat and dinner. A celebration of winter while the weather is still summer-like and breakfast may be eaten at the dinner hour. A tot Shabbat service, frozen youth activities and an adult program on the Jews and culture of Norway led by a Cultural Minister from the Norwegian Embassy. Rabbi Susan Grossman will speak about “The Frozen Chosen: Jews in Frozen Lands” during the main service. Refreshments will be served after services. Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Dinner, $10; age 12 and younger, $7; family of 4, $30. 410-531-5115.

September 6, 8 to 10:30 a.m.: Pancake breakfast. All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring gingerbread and regular pancakes. Proceeds be given to the Family Discovery Weekend at the West River United Methodist Center, the St. Paul’s music program and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6.50; $2 for age 11 and younger; $18 family maximum. 301-933-7933.

Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to noon: A labyrinth walk, a medieval Christian prayer practice. All ages and religious affiliations are welcome. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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