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Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: “Cathedral Flower Mart 2013,” a celebration of the United States. Performances by choirs, dancers, jazz bands, an orchestra, barber shop quartet and more, plus a puppet show and central tower climb, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; plant sales, floral and horticultural displays, food, white elephant booth, plus activities for children, including rides on the antique carousel. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free; tower climb, $10; other rides, minimal fee. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.: Cathedral Voices, the cathedral’s adult volunteer choir, presents a program of choral classics, including Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb,” and “Te Deum in C.” Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 6-11 p.m.: Spring Fiesta-Latin Dance Party with live music by the Music Magic Trio, a buffet dinner and children’s activities. Proceeds support El Salvador University Scholarship Fund. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. $35; youths, $15; families and patrons, $100; 12 and younger, free. 301-229-0400 or

Sunday 10 a.m.: Stuart Bowen, an American lawyer who serves as the special inspector general for Iraq Reconstruction, discusses his mission of ensuring effective oversight of the $63 billion appropriated for Iraq’s relief and reconstruction. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Joseph Alonso, the head stonemason at Washington National Cathedral; Jim Shepherd, director of preservation and facilities; and Andrew Hullinger, senior director for finance and administration discuss the progress of the restoration since the August 2011 earthquake, including the latest inspections of the building’s flying buttresses along the apse and the rolling scaffolding that will be erected above the netting in the nave to inspect the 100-foot-high vaulted ceiling. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 10:25 a.m.: Georgetown University Law School professor Jonathan Ladd discusses media polarization and mistrust in modern U.S. politics. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-0400.

Sunday, 11 a.m.: A historic, colonial Anglican Service of Morning Prayer will be led by the Rev. Lee Massey, a colonial Rector of Pohick Church, as portrayed by the Rev. Thomas Costa and using the Order for Morning Prayer from the 1662 English Book of Common Prayer. The service is as George Mason and other founders of our nation observed. Part of “The Revolution at Gunston Hall: Raid on the Potomac” event on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Rd., Mason Neck. 703-550-9220 or

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour: “Service and Sacrifice,” for ages 10 and older. Docents discuss iconography in the building’s sculpture, stained glass and needlework that recalls significant events in our nation’s history and honors those who have served and sacrificed for their country. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 2-4 p.m.: In “Speaking with Love,” Joan Orgon Coolidge leads an interactive workshop on the impact of our communication and conflict styles on our relationships. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10215 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. Free. 703-503-4579.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: The Marquis Ensemble performs works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Astor Piazzolla and others. A reception with the musicians follows. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free admission and parking. 202-363-4900.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Cellist Barbara Brown and pianist David Chapman perform sonatas by Beethoven, Poulenc and Rachmaninoff. A reception follows. Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, 3215 Powder Mill Rd., Adelphi. Donations appreciated. 301-937-3666 or

Sunday 5 p.m.: The Beau Soir Ensemble performs works by Debussy, Philip Glass, Ian Krouse, Carrie Rose, J. S. Bach Villa-Lobos and Ravel. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free-will offering. 202-441-7678.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: Choral evensong, with works by Stanford, Aston, Tallis and Delong, will be sung by the boys’ and girls’ choirs. A party with Moon Bounces, the District Taco truck and more follow on the lawn. St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. Arlington. Free. 703-525-8286 or .

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Norwegian organist Ines Maidre performs a piece by Peeter Suda and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 7 p.m.: Screening of “Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence,” a documentary by filmmaker David Barnhart that explores the effects of a single shooting on a survivor, his or her family, the surrounding community and society. St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda. Free. 301-530-8142.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: The Washington Bach Consort, led by J. Reilly Lewis, performs works by J.S. Bach, including an organ piece performed by William Neil. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral tour and tea. Docents lead an hour-long tour, discussing the Gothic building’s highlights in architecture and art and other media, followed by a traditional English tea. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30. 202-537-5581 or

Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: The United Methodist Men host an indoor/outdoor yard sale and boutique. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Heavener Hall, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. 301-933-7933.

Friday 6:45 p.m.:The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs music that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of all people within an interfaith collaboration. Cash bar and snacks open the evening. A reception with chorus members follows the performance. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, 22135 Davis Dr., Sterling. Suggested donation, $10 per person; $20 per family. or 703-406-3068.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: “Breaking the Silence: Finding Your Voice,” a concert that aims to raise awareness of the issues of abuse, bullying and mental illness through music, videos, poetry and prose. The choir and band of Unity of Fairfax perform songs about healing, including “Seize the Day.” Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. Suggested donation, $15. or 703-281-1767.

Next Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m.: The Colla Voce Youth Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble performing with professional mentors and guest soloists Colleen Daly, soprano, Monica Soto-Gil, mezzo-soprano, and Kenneth Kellogg, bass, perform “Requiem,” an original pastiche with music by Faure, Verdi, Mozart, Bizet, Schubert and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Lutheran Church of Saint Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. $20; students and seniors, $15. 301-384-4394.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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