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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said that the “Remembering the American Civil War” tour at the Washington National Cathedral was at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The tour is actually at 2 p.m. This version has been corrected.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon: “The Winsome Woman” seminar. Counselor, coach and author Leslie Vernick and radio talk show host Cheryl Martin discuss how to change hindering habits and how to confront and speak truth when the timing is right. McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Registration requested. 703-615-6588.

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

Saturday, 7 p.m.: U.S. Army Brass Quintet performs “God Bless America,” “Songs of the Soldier,” “Grand Old Flag” and other favorites. U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”) will perform the third movement of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Free. 7 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-588-0650.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: “Cathedral, Court & Countryside,” an early music festival. Performances by Arco Voce, Armonia Nova, BHB, Ensemble Gaudior, Illuminaire, Modern Musick, the Suspicious Cheese Lords and the Vivaldi Project. Everyone gets a door prize. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, Third and A streets SE. $40; students, $20. 202-543-0053 or

Sunday, 10 a.m.: The annual “Blessing of the Dogs,” will be held. Take your leashed dog. Front steps of National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Cathedral Dean Gary Hall leads a discussion, “Connecting Mission to Vision.” Questions and suggestions from the congregation are welcome. Washington National Cathedral, South Transept, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 11 a.m.: The Rev. Peter Storey, a prominent South African Methodist, will preach on the topic, “Journeying Together to Healing.” Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-347-9620 or

Sunday, 11 a.m.-noon: An art show reception. Show includes photography, monotypes, multimedia works, pastels, oils and acrylics. Works by seasoned artists and beginners. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-0400 or

Sunday, 11 a.m.: Service of song. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 North Capitol St. NE. Free-will offering. 202-723-5330.

Sunday, 2 p.m.: Cathedral docents lead an in-depth tour for ages 10 and older to view windows and carvings that recall the American Civil War and its influence on the nation. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 7 p.m.: Luzerner antorei, a 55-voice youth choir from Switzerland, performs European sacred music from the Renaissance to the present. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-526-6800, Ext. 374, or

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m.: Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows. Climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high. Bring a camera. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

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 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

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 240-498-0119 or

Thursday, 11 a.m.: Cathedral organists Christopher Betts, Benjamin Straley and Jeremy Filsell lead this year’s musical fireworks. The program includes a prelude performed by the Washington Brass, directed by Phil Snedecor, with the U.S. Navy Band’s Sea Chanters. Canon Michael McCarthy hosts the program. Music critic Michael Barone is master of ceremonies. Other music includes Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” the national anthem, a piano and organ duet of the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” William Steffe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” and another march by John Philip Sousa. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, the library, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Potluck and game night for all ages. Bring your favorite games to play with family or friends or use the church’s games. Take a potluck dish for dinner. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or

Next Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon: Labyrinth walk, a medieval Christian prayer practice. All ages and all religious affiliations are welcome. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or

Next Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.: Suburban Juke, a blues ensemble from the University of Maryland, will play at the Davies Blues Jam and Fish Fry. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation is $10 for a large fish fry meal. Families with children are welcome. No charge for playing or listening to music. 301-449-4308 or

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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