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Saturday, 8 a.m.: Meet the Very Rev. Gary R. Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, and a contingent of marchers from there and from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington for a commemorative March on Washington from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market is open for the season, offering locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or­ourlocalbounty.

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital performed by Cathedral Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.: Jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter performs in a smoke- and alcohol-free zone. Sweet and savory items available with complimentary coffee and tea. Bring a non-perishable food item or slightly used coat to help those in need. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave NW. $10; seniors, $7; age 12 and younger, free. 202-966-5144 or or .

Sunday, 9:30 and 11 a.m.: School-age children may take their backpacks to church for the “Blessing of the Book Bags.” Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394 or

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: In “Let Freedom Ring,” hear the voice of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in an audio recording of his last sermon, preached from the Canterbury Pulpit of the Washington National Cathedral, followed by a conversation with the Rev. Michael McBride, national director of PICO Lifelines to Healing, and cathedral dean Gary R. Hall. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 2 p.m., and Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Cathedral gargoyle tour features a docent showing slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour. Take binoculars and a camera. Meet at the welcome desk, adjacent to the underground parking elevators, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10; age 12 and younger, $5. 202-537-6200 or www.

Sunday 2-4 p.m.: The annual ice cream social for new and prospective members will feature educational opportunities, a tour of the facility, a chance to meet members of the clergy and lay leaders and, of course, an opportunity to enjoy some ice cream at this Reform congregation of 520 families. Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston. 703-437-7733 or e-mail

Sunday 6 p.m.: Organist Benjamin LaPrairie performs. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free-will offering. 202-526-8300, Ext. 120 or

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. Climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Bring a camera. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or .

Monday, 7 p.m.: “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith,” a screening of a seven-session DVD program, with theologians and progressive thinkers. The discussion will celebrate the communion of science and faith and explore the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Rothenberg Hall, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free. 703-532-6617 or e-mail .

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Classical organist Grace Kim performs Franz Liszt’s fantasy “Ad nos, ad salutarem.” Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday, 6-8:45 p.m.: “Cathedral Crossroads,” a program to tap into inner healing ability and promote mind-body wellness through contemplative practice and labyrinth walking. Mind-body specialist Lynne Shaner teaches and demonstrates mind-body wellness techniques to help you shed stress and open up to your best self. Meet in Bethlehem Chapel. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Grief Care Ministry offers support after the loss of a loved one. Sessions continue through Oct. 29. Church of the Redeemer, 19425 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-926-0967.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Come and play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

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. 202-966-5144 or

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, the library, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or

Friday, 12:15 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Julie Vidrick Evans performs works by Vincent Persichetti, Seth Bingham, George Thalben-Ball and J. S. Bach. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 7-9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.

Next Saturday, 9 a.m.: Members of the 20s & 30s Club are seeking volunteers to join them in sorting and packing food collected for the Capital Area Food Bank. Transportation is available. Capital Area Food Bank, 4900 Puerto Rico Ave. NE. Free. Send e-mail to Ryan Zalaskus at 20sand30s@

Next Saturday, 11 a.m.: Lio Kuok Man conducts the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra and violinist Hoi Yan Lok in an all-Mozart program. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-489-8383 or e-mail

Next Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.: Holy Transfiguration Church will host its 20th annual Middle Eastern Food Festival. There will be homemade authentic Middle Eastern food and pastries, beer and wine, live music and dancing, church tours, vendors and children’s activities. A roast lamb dinner will be served Saturday from 6-9 p.m. and all day Sunday. Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 8501 Lewinsville Rd., McLean. Admission and parking, free. 703-734-9566 or visit

Next Sunday, 10 a.m.: The “Blessing of the Backpacks.” Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

Send event name, dates, times, exact address, prices and a publishable telephone number at least one week before our Saturday publication day to Religion Events, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071; or e-mail


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