Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
Vacation Bible School

Washington D.C. NW: Vacation Bible School will be held Monday through Friday, July 10-14 from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The theme will be “Glow for Jesus, Let your Light Shine.” These sessions are for children and adults. Dinner will be served each night. Join us for study, crafts, music and fun. All are welcome to attend. Canaan Baptist Church, 1607 Monroe St. NW. Call the church office at 202-234-5330. Free.

Lorton, Va.: Monday through Friday, July 10-14, 9 a.m. to noon classes: “Hero Central.” Through the study of Bible stories, child-focused music, snacks, recreation and crafts, the students will discover their strength in God. Three-year-olds through fifth-graders are admitted to the week-long program free of charge. All are welcome. Register in person on Monday morning at Historic Pohick Episcopal Church, 9301 Richmond Hwy., Lorton, Va., on U.S. Route 1 between Telegraph Road and Pohick Road. 703-339-6572 or Free.

Alexandria: “Brave Art Camp.” For girls ages 9 to 12. Classes will be held on Monday through Thursday, July 17-21, from 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.

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 Volunteers are still needed. Oakton Church of the Brethren, 10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna, Va. 703-281-4411. Email $30 per child, $50 family maximum, free for children of program volunteers.

Burke, Va.: Monday through Friday, August 7-11. 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. “Hero Central.” Openings still exist for children in Kindergarten through the rising 4th grade. Volunteers are cheerfully welcome. 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 Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Pkwy., Burke, Va. 703-250-6100. $20, no refunds given.


Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.: “The Little Princess” matinee. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. 703-765-6555. Free.

Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.: All are welcome to tour the monastery’s beautiful gardens and learn about its plants, architecture, history and shrines at 11 and noon every Saturday. Tours will be led by guides from the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. Franciscan Monastery, Visitor Center, 1400 Quincy St. NE. 202-526-6800. Free.

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 (by the Rev. Andrew K. Barnett at 10 a.m.), readings, prayers and musical offerings (performed by the choirs of St. Luke’s and St. Mary’s, of Birmingham, Al.). 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 and July 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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. Free.

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Rev. Jide Macaulay, founder of House of Rainbow, will discuss LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Queer) and their experiences in the United Kingdom and several African countries. All are invited to stay for lunch with old and new Foundry friends after the 11:15 a.m. service. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. 202-332-4010. Lunch, $5, larger contributions are welcome.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: The 24th Bach Festival at Grace Church. Francine Maté, Director of the festival and organ, will lead soprano Soo Young Chrisfield, flutist Irvin Peterson, violinists Regino Madrid and Foster Wang, and cellist Charlie Powers in a program of works that include J.S. Bach’s “Ich habe genug,” BWV 82a, solo organ works and 2 Mozart church sonatas. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in Georgetown. 202-333-7100. $25, $10 students with valid identification.

Sunday, 6 p.m.: Organ recital. Organist Marina Omelchenko, of Moscow, 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 202-526-8300, Ext. 120. Free-will offering.

Mondays, 9 to 9:45 a.m.; Wednesdays, 4 to 4:45 p.m.: Senior strength and stretch. Wellness coordinator Judy Jurkowski teaches exercises — to music — to improve strength and range of motion. Handheld weights are offered for resistance. A chair is used for seated and standing support. The class is geared to healthy seniors and those with joint, mobility or balance problems. Doctor’s approval is required. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. 703-765-6555, ext. 626, or

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Summer Volunteer Opportunity. Bethesda churches, St. Columba’s, St. Dunstan’s churches and Church of the Redeemer will partner with each other in this summer’s Water Ministry Program. Water Ministry operates out of St. Columba’s Church in Tenleytown. The program allows homeless men and women to have a shower, do laundry and have lunch four days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to check participants in, do laundry, schedule and monitor showers, set up lunchroom, make and serve a simple sandwich and fruit lunch, and clean up. Four volunteers are needed each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This program has recently extended itself to the whole year. All are welcome to sign up for whatever period suits your schedule. Please email Penny Ray, St. Columba’s Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119.

Mondays, 7 to 8 p.m.: Every Monday, join us at our wonderful outdoor Labyrinth walks. Bring a family member or a friend or promise to meet a new one before or after your walk. Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. 301-229-3770. Free.

Monday, 7:30 p.m.: The 24th Bach Festival at Grace Church. Francine Maté, director of the festival and organ, will lead The Madrid Quartet’s violinists Regino Madrid and Foster Wang, violist Sarah Hart and cellist Charlie Powers in a program of works that include portions of Art of Fugue of J.S. Bach, and fugues by Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, and Piazzolla. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in Georgetown. 202-333-7100. $25, $10 students with valid identification with ID.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Pianist Helene Papadopoulos will perform J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” 12:10 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: The 24th Bach Festival at Grace Church. Organist Ronald Stolk will perform works by J.S. Bach and improvisation on a given theme. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in Georgetown. 202-333-7100. $25, $10 students with valid identification.

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