Saturday, 11 a.m.: Fourth of July at Washington Cathedral. Pipe organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley, Washington Symphonic Brass and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters will perform a patriotic program that includes the congregation’s singing of the National Anthem, Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Charles Callaghan’s “Patriotic Rhapsody,” Peter J. Wilhousky’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Michael McCarthy’s arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and other works, radio host Michael Barone narrates. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200.

Saturday, 11 a.m.: A special service will be held in celebration of American Independence featuring patriotic songs, hymns and readings from our diverse and rich American heritage. George Washington’s Bible will be on view after the service. Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-549-1450.

Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.: Historic Pohick Church “First Saturday” tour. The Docent Guild will lead guided tours of the historic church. During the Colonial period, Pohick Church was the congregation of many of our country’s most prominent families, including the Washingtons, Masons and Fairfaxes. Pohick Church, 9301 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. 703-339-6572.

Sunday, 9 a.m.: Adult Bible study continues on the first and third Sundays of the month. A Bible passage will be read, followed by a discussion with questions. Various translations will add to the study value. The Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes, undercroft, 1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-347-8161.

Sunday, 9 a.m.: A youth group for students in grades 6 to 12 meets on the first and third Sundays of each month. Members share their thoughts on anything they wish to discuss, including the possibility of community service activities. The Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes, 12th Street atrium just off the undercroft, 1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-347-8161.

Sunday, 9:30 and 11 a.m.: The Rev. Javier Viera will preach about “A Bold and Fearless Faith,” Ezekiel 2:1-5 and Mark 6:1-13, as part of Foundry’s Outstanding Preacher Series. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. Free. 202-332-4010.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: A service of hymns by Fanny Crosby. Visitors are invited to view George Washington’s Bible following the worship. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop. Join fellow needlers to create items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn provided. Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Mila Michael, 202-537-6200.

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: “Forged in Fire.” Cathedral ironwork tour; docents will show the magic of wrought iron in fantastic creatures, flowers and other creations. Washington National Cathedral, welcome desk at main visitor entrance, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students $16. Reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Organist and harpsichordist Francine Maté, soprano Soo Young Chrisfield, violinist Sheng Wang, violist Eric deWaardt, cellist Charlie Powers, oboist Joe DeLuccio and trumpeter Jeffrey Strong will perform works by J.S. Bach, including Cantata No. 51 and Solo Cello Suite No. 6. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-7100 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. 202-526-8300. Free-will offering.

Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Community Summer Meals Kick-off. Christian music, face painting, moon bounce, nutritious hot food, clothing giveaway and a chance to meet civic and community leaders. The multi-week summer boot camp will be held Mondays through Thursdays through July 30. Paramount Baptist Church, 3924 Fourth St. SE. Free. 202-562-6339.

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, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200.

Mondays, noon: “Brown Bag and Bible.” The Rev. Janice Mynchenberg leads a weekly study of the Gospel of Luke with the help of a commentary by N.T. Wright. Bring your lunch. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-337-9070 or

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Monday night worship services feature a less-formal atmosphere in a somewhat smaller setting. Celebration of Communion, with refreshments following. Child care available. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-384-4394.

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.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Kirsten Norris leads yoga 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.

Monday, 7:30 p.m.: Bach Festival concert. The Teiber Trio’s Sheng Wang, Eric deWaardt and Charlie Powers will perform J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-7100.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 a.m.: Senior Fit, an exercise class for ages 55 and older to build strength, fitness and cardiovascular health. Required physician consent form is 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

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Magnificat sings Monteverdi. Philip Cave will direct his award-winning British early music ensemble in a performance of madrigals and motets by the early baroque master. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m.: “Bridget: Goddess and Saint.” Barb Stiffler will discuss ancient Celtic culture, spirituality and practice as she brings the story of Bridget the Goddess to life and suggests ways of honoring this tradition in your own spirituality and practice. Stiffler will then blend herself with the historical figure of St. Bridget of Kildare, born in 451, elucidating early Christina beliefs. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. Free. 703-503-4579.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour and tea. A docent will lead a tour of the cathedral, its history, architecture and art — plus a traditional English tea and a 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

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: “Just Play,” a documentary about the Palestinian Al-Kamandjati music schools founded by Ramzi Aburedwan, where music is an art of resistance. Following the documentary, Sandy Tolan will read from his new book, “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land,” the story of Ramzi’s childhood in a Palestinian refugee camp and his transformation from a stone-throwing youth to a talented musician. A question-and-answer session with Aburedwan and Tolan follows. The evening will end with a short musical performance by Aburedwan and his DalOuna ensemble. Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Vocalists Lena Seikaly and Laura Choi Stuart and pianist Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez will present American music by composers who have explored questions of faith in the folk, jazz, spiritual and classical traditions of our nation. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Summer evening hours admission: $6; military, students, ages 65 and older and ages 12 and younger, $3. 202-537-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays through August: Washington National Cathedral has announced that it will remain open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout June, July and August. The observation gallery on the seventh floor will be open for viewing the city from above. A visit to the photo exhibit “Though the Earth Be Moved” will give visitors a sense of what the August 2011 earthquake did to the interior and exterior of the cathedral. Colin Winterbottom’s exhibit, “Gothic Resilience,” will be open for viewing. Self-guided tour brochures are available; audio tour is available until 7 p.m. at a discounted price of $5. The building will close at 8 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $6; military, seniors 65 and older and those 12 and younger, $3. 202-537-6200.

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: CancerShare, a faith-based support group for those with cancer, cancer survivors and those who sustain them. Child care available. Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Pky., Burke. Free. 703-250-6100.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Tai chi classes. A certified instructor will teach advanced and intermediate classes in the movement discipline, which may strengthen the mind and body. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5. 301-449-4308.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Bach Festival at Grace Church. Organist Roland Stangier of Essen, Germany, will perform works by J.S. Bach. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-7100.

Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Bible study. A reading and discussion of the Bible readings for the coming Sunday, according to the Revised Common Lectionary. Open to the public. Sponsored by St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. IHOP, 20009 Century Blvd., Germantown. 240-631-2800.

Thursday, Noon: Historian Anthony S. Pitch will discuss his book, “Our Crime Was Being Jewish,” a collection of stories and memories of hundreds of Holocaust survivors. A book signing will follow. National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Thursdays, 4 p.m.: Bible study. The Worship Center, 99 Adams St., Manassas. Free. 571-283-3252.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Halcyon Harmony, with clarinetist Lauren Cook, soprano Susan Kavinski, cellist Lauren Weaver and pianist Brandon Straub, will perform works by Leo Weiner, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. Washington National Cathedral, welcome desk at walk-in visitor entrance, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Summer evening admission: $6; military, students, ages 65 and older and ages 12 and younger, $3. 202-537-6200.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: “21st-Century Bach: Transcriptions for the Modern Classical Guitar. Guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin will perform works that include the Concerto in D Major and the D Minor Partita. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-7100.

Vacation Bible school offerings:

July 6 to 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: The theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School is “Everest: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power.” Age 4 through rising 5th grade are eligible. Activities will include service projects, outdoor games, crafts, snacks, music and Bible stories. Volunteers who can lead groups of 10 children are needed. Contact Jill Meek, or 202-537-7535. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $30 per child. Registration: 202-537-0800.

July 6 to 10, 6 to 8 p.m.: Calvary Episcopal Church’s vacation Bible school starts with dinner at 6 p.m. Children’s programs begin at 6:30 p.m. Companion classes will be offered for parents and grandparents at the same time. The school is open to rising first-graders through rising seventh-graders. The theme is “Teach Me How to Pray.” 509 I St. NE. Free, but space is limited. Information: 202-546-8011.

July 13 to 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Teen Praise Camp. Musicians and singers ages 11 to 18 will praise the Lord with song and learn from masters in the field. Lunch and snacks will be served. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Information: Greg Twombley, 301-384-4394, ext. 223, or $100 per participant. Registration form online: 301-384-4394.

July 20 to 24: The theme of Annandale United Methodist Church’s vacation Bible school is “God’s Camp — Discovering Faith.” The cost is $20, and $10 for a second child per family. Adult volunteers are needed. Contact Becki Stewart at or the church office at 703-256-8330. The church is at 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale.

July 20 to 24, 9 to 11:30 a.m.: Fellowship Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school theme is “To the Edge: Encounter the God of the Universe!” Activities will include a Bible lesson, crafts, snacks and games. Emphasis on missions. The church is at 5936 Rolling Rd., Springfield. Free; registration required: or 703-569-5151.

July 27 to July 31, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Summer music camp for ages 7 to 14. Professional music educators use the Orff-Schulwerk process to teach singing, speaking, movement and play as they explore literature and poetry, singing games, choral music and a variety of percussion instruments. Arts and crafts and outdoor recreation are also included. No prior musical training required. Lunch and a snack are provided. The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. Registration deadline is July 16. Tuition, $375; scholarships available. Questions: Thomas Smith, director of music, at 301-229-3770, ext. 16.

August 3 to 7, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Registration has begun for Camp Hanover Day Camp. The program is hosted by the Church of the Covenant, 666 Military Rd., Arlington. The day camp is open to children who are rising kindergarten to sixth grade. Cost is $220 per child. Scholarships available. Contact Emma Horn at or the church office at 703-524-4115.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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