Saturday and Sunday: Tikvat Israel Congregation will host “Chocolate and Jewish Values: A Fair Trade Experience.” This multicultural program focuses on Central and South American countries where coffee and cacao are major crops and where the Jewish community has had both Sephardic and Ashkenazi influences. Events include a Kabbalat Shabbat service with using Spanish melodies, a talk by Brenda Rosenbaum on growing up Jewish in Guatemala and her launching of the organization Mayan Hands, a screening and discussion of “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” coffee and chocolate desserts, and a bazaar with fair-trade products. Complete schedule on Web site. Tikvat Israel, 2200 Baltimore Rd., Rockville. 301-762-7338 or

Saturday, 8 to 10:30 a.m.: Monthly all-you-can-eat community pancake breakfast featuring pumpkin and regular pancakes. Proceeds benefit the Wesley Theological Seminary and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6.50; $2 age 11 and younger; $18 family price. 301-933-7933.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon: Prince George’s Presbyterian Community Church’s annual prayer breakfast, part of the Women’s Ministry Spiritual Season, focusing on the theme “God Has the Last Say,” with Dawn Brown, Edna Brown and Monica Hunt participating. Martin’s Camelot, 13905 Old Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. $30. Buy tickets after the Sunday 9 a.m. worship at Charles Herbert Flowers High School, 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Rd., Springdale, or call Hunt, 301-537-9584, or Kirsten Hill, 646-344-2631, or e-mail

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: United Methodist Women’s Annual Bazaar offering gently used items. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.

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

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Christmas bazaar with crafts, plants, bake sale, bargain buys and vendors. St. Hugh’s Catholic Church, 135 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Admission, free. Barbara Ford, or 301-306-7900, ext. 222.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Holiday bazaar and yard sale. Mountain View United Methodist Church, 11501 Mountain View Rd., Damascus. Admission, free. 301-253-2264.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Harvest Festival features award-winning barbecue, baked goods, used books, handicrafts, children’s activities and more. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1132 N. Ivanhoe St., Arlington. 703-241-2474 or

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Slavic Food Festival. Popular Eastern European foods, bake sale that includes kolachi and other homemade treats and a raffle. St. Gregory of Nyssa Byzantine Catholic Church, 12420 Old Gunpowder Road Spur, Beltsville. Free admission and parking. 301-552-2434 or

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

Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.: The Upper Room Church holds its 2013 winter coat drive. All sizes for all ages, new or slightly used, are needed for males and females. Upper Room Church, 78 Ritchie Rd., Capital Heights. Free admission and parking. Call Barbara McEachern, 240-274-2279.

Saturday, 3 p.m.: The community choir Mosaic Harmony will perform inspirational music based on the gospel tradition. Proceeds will go to help groups whose work ranges from providing food to the hungry to supporting organ donor and transplant services. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, 22135 Davis Dr., Sterling. Free-will offering. 703-406-3068 or

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church kicks off its Friends of Music Concert Series with composer and Tony nominee Rick Bassett, soprano Jennifer Anderson and baritone Ethan Greene. “Come to the Cabaret” will feature show tunes and jazz compositions by Bassett. Artist reception follows. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. $20; seniors and students, $15. 301-365-2850 or

Saturday, 8 p.m.: A screening of the documentary “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” followed by a discussion led by Ilana Schatz, founder of Fair Trade Judaica. Hot chocolate, coffee and chocolate desserts will be served in a cafe setting. Tikvat Israel Congregation, 2200 Baltimore Rd., Rockville. $18. or 301-762-7338.

Sunday, 9:30 and 11 a.m.: Louise Wilson conducts Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass.” With the Chancel, Seraphim and Youth choirs of Fairlington and pianist Anthony Walker, double bassist Eric Sabo and percussionist Mark Carson. Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-671-4057 or

Sunday, 10 a.m.: The Rev. Fuad Dagher, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Shefa Amr, Israel, discusses “The Living Stones of the Holy Land.” St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Gallery Har Shalom opens its art exhibit “Inspired by Nature,” an exhibit of wood bowls by Phil Brown, ceramics by Rebecca Ravenal, photographs by Jack Rosenberg, watercolors by Madeline Wikler and collages by Patricia Zannie. Reception. Continues through Dec. 21. Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-299-7087.

Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Kol Shalom and the Jewish Theological Seminary present Jewish University for a Day, a celebration of adult Jewish learning with scholars addressing contemporary and historical issues. Kol Shalom, 9110 Darnestown Rd., Rockville. $54. 301-309-9110 or

Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop on the first and third Sundays of each month. Make items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn are available for creating children’s hats, scarves and booties for organizations such as Bright Beginnings, serving homeless children and their families. Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail

Sunday 1:30 p.m.: “20th Century American Gothic,” a docent-led tour exploring the Gothic style and its purposes and building methods. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Concord of Heaven, a program of works by J. S. Bach performed by the Washington Bach Consort. With mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $23 to $65; students, $10; pay-your-age tickets for ages 18 to 38. 202-429-2121 or

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Rev. Dr. Raymond Douglas Massenburg will become the ninth rector in the 140-year history of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He has served the parish as Priest in Charge since November 2011. Massenburg was ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010 and has since served as Assistant Rector at St. Paul and The Redeemer Episcopal Church in the Hyde Park section of Chicago, Illinois. He received his Masters in Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. He also holds a Ph. D. in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a MBA in Business Management and Accounting from Purdue University in Indiana. Along with his wife, Yvonne, the family also has two sons, Raymond and Malcolm. The church is located at 1514 15th St. NW. or 202-667-4394.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Students from the Catholic University School of Music Piano Division will perform chamber music and works for solo piano and piano duet. Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-538.

Sunday, 5:30 p.m.: The choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church and violin, harp and organ accompanists will perform Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.” St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Free. 703-356-4902.

Sunday, 6 p.m.: The Cathedral choirs sing Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” as part of the All Souls’ Day liturgy and to commemorate the faithful departed. The Rev. Canon Gina Campbell preaches. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free-will offering. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m.: The Commonwealth Brass Quintet, Washington Cathedral organist Jeremy Filsell, French horn player Joseph Lovinsky, concert pianists Frank Conlon and David Kosutic, the Arlington Children’s Chorus, a mandolin orchestra and other singers and instrumentalists will perform a concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s disaster relief efforts. First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N. Vermont St., Arlington. Free, donations requested. 703-527-4766 or

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: The music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter and others will be performed at evensong. Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 205 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-948-0122 or

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: The annual concert of remembrance presented by the Schola Cantorum will include a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, whose funeral was held at St Matthew’s Cathedral on Nov. 25, 1963. The centerpiece of the concert will be Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem.” St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Free. 202-587-5141 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 and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Monday, 7:30 p.m.: A Memorial Mass will be held to remember all who have died. Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” will be performed. A reception follows. St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-1380.

Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spirituality reflections” tour that depicts stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in the building’s glass and stone. The tours offer story, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. The tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Faculty members from the Levine School of Music perform a program of music that fuses the genres of sacred singing with folk, blues and percussive elements from around the globe. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday-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

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: 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, 12:10 to 12:45 p.m.: Flutist Bianca Garcia and organist Michael Lodico perform the worl premiere of Stephen Cabell’s “Kokopelliana.” St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Certified instructor Susan Goekler leads tai chi classes to strengthen mind and body. Intermediate students at 7 p.m.; beginners at 7:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5 per class. or 301-449-4308.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Art and spirit coffeehouse with classical cellist Alison Decker and pianist Elspeth Fager performing a variety of classical, jazz and world music; coffee and desserts follow with a question-and-answer session. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-554-3222 or or

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

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Fall Meditation Summit with leaders of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Light refreshments will be served. Kehilat Shalom, 9915 Apple Ridge Rd., Gaithersburg. Donations welcome. 202-212-9800 or

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or

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

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Charles Miller performs Charles Marie Widor’s Allegro, from Organ Symphony No. 6, “Ye Sweet Retreat,” by William Boyce, “Now Thank We All Our God,” by J.S. Bach, Scherzo by Peeters, “Londonderry Air,” arranged by Robert Hebble and Charles Marie Widor’s Tocata, from Organ Symphony No. 5. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 6 to 9:30 p.m.: Grab your cape and secret disguise and head to a “Superhero Shabbat,” a celebration of the comic book superheroes and the Jews who both created and were inspired by them. There will be Superhero themed youth activities, Tot Shabbat at 7 p.m., and a speaker for the evening, Marvin Pinkert, director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland discussing “Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950,” the recent exhibition at the museum. During services at 8, David Boder will talk about “Beyond Superman: What Jews did for Comics and What Comics Did for Jews,” exploring the effects of Jewish identity on the creators of some of our most beloved superheroes. Dinner will be dairy. Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. $12; children, $8; family, $35. Adam Kruger, or 410-531-5115, Ext. 322.

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

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: The Southwest Chamber Music Players, including sopranos Natalie Barrens and Allison Hughes, hornist Brad Tatum, flutist Mary Norris, clarinetists Jerry Schwarz, Nancy Sulfridge, Bernard Arons, Harold Yaffe and Donald Oehler and pianist David Ehrlich perform “The Winds of November,” a selection of works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Spohr, Shostakovich, Schumann, Barber and Mozart. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations appreciated. David Ehrlich, 202-484-6354.

Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.: Nobie Stone, senior scientist (ret), Marshall Space Flight Center. Lectures on “Science and Faith: A Reasonable Answer.” Silver Spring Church of Christ, 100 East Franklin Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-593-9241.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Darnestown Presbyterian Church women host their annual bazaar & café with handmade gifts, jewelry, baked goods, collectibles, Christmas items, paper goods, soaps, antiques and more. Silent auction. Lunch available. Proceeds support mission giving and church youth and women’s programs. Darnestown Presbyterian Church, 15120 Turkey Foot Rd., Darnestown. 301-948-9127.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Give the gift of life. Red Cross blood drive. Pre-register at using sponsor code 05314829 or look for it under zip code 20016 and date November 9. Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-617-4863.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 3p.m.: A Christmas craft bazaar will feature more than 30 crafters and art vendors selling their wares plus the church selling nuts and books and a youth bake sale. Proceeds go to the church’s missions projects. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike. 703-256-8330.

Saturday, Nov. 9, Noon to 5 p.m.: Trinity Episcopal Church invites everyone to its annual fall dinner featuring fried oysters, Southern Maryland stuffed ham, spiced steamed shrimp, fried chicken and sides. Dinner will be served “family style.” Drive-thru carryout service available. Bake and gift shops open. Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477 Trinity Church Rd., St. Mary’s City. $24; ages 6-12, $8; age 5 and younger, free.. 301-862-4597 or email

Sunday, Nov. 9, 1:30 p.m.: Cathedral iconography tour, led by a docent, focuses on the sculpture, stained glass and needlework that pays tribute to many 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

Saturday, Nov. 9, 4 to 6 p.m.: Community spaghetti dinner, with salad, bread, beverage and dessert and a chance to browse the thrift shop until 6 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Suggested donation, $10; children, free. 301-868-1330 or

Saturday, Nov. 9, 4 to 6:30 p.m.: An all-you-can-eat Smorgasbord meal with traditional turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked ham, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, greens, sweet potatoes, corn, sauerkraut and kielbasa, green beans, creative casseraoles, vegetables, fruit and Jello sadals, deviled eggs, rolls, beverages and homemade desserts; white elephant sale; and handmade Christmas decorations, fresh Georgia pecans and more. Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, Good Luck and Springfield roads, Glenn Dale. $10; $5, age 6-12; free, age 5 and younger. 301-262-2299.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 6 to 11 p.m.: Line dance social, refreshments available. St. Thomas More Church, Cedar Room, 4275 Fourth St. SE. $10. Laura, 301-899-8099.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.: The National Philharmonic, led by Piotr Gajewski, 12 professional soloists and the National Philharmonic Chorale performs Janice Hamer and Mary Azrael’s opera “Lost Childhood,” to honor the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, “Night of Broken Glass.” The opera is based on the memoir of Holocaust survivor Yehuda Nir. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerlane Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100 or

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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