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Graduating high school seniors residing in or near Great Falls are invited to apply for two Alexander DeFilippis Scholarships being offered this spring. The Women's Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls is awarding college scholarships to young men and women who "have served their community with their time and talent."

Membership in St. Catherine of Siena Parish is not required. All college-bound seniors who are local residents (Great Falls, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, McLean, Sterling, Potomac Falls and/or registered parishioners) will be considered.

The selection process will place major emphasis on the student's development of Christian character and demonstrated service to others by involvement in school, church or community projects. The student must also have a 2.5 or higher overall high school grade point average.

Two scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded due to the generous community support for the St. Catherine of Siena Women's Association fashion show, luncheon and auction held at Riverbend Country Club.

Scholarship packages are available in the St. Catherine of Siena Parish office at 1020 Springvale Road, Great Falls. The deadline for submission of applications is May 15, 2004.

The Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia sponsors a Pet Blessing Festival at Providence Park, West Drive in Fairfax City, on Saturday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. In addition to the blessing ceremony, the festival features a memento photo booth, Saint Francis medals for the blessed pets and representatives from animal rescue organizations. For those whose pets may be overwhelmed by attending this event "in person," and for those whose pets have passed on, participants may bring a photograph for a memorial blessing. All dogs must be kept on a short leash; all other animals must be transported in a carrier or cage. Owners are asked to sign a “hold harmless” waiver in case of accident or injury to their animals and to confirm that their animals are current on their vaccinations. Open to the public. For details call 703-691-0930.

Chabad at Tysons hosts Shabbat educational services at 1503 Lincoln Center Court, in the Club House of the Fountains of McLean, across from Freddie Mac. Saturday morning service starts at 9:30 a.m.; Torah discussion at 10:30 a.m., followed by a sit-down Kiddush. Thursday night features a Kabbalah class. Call 703-356-3451, or e-mail ChabadTysons@aol.com, for more information.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington sponsors the 21st annual Walk for Life on Sunday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at Paul VI High School in Fairfax. Check-in and on-site registration begin at 10 a.m. Registration is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $40 for a family of four. Participants receive a T-shirt and a complimentary lunch. Register online at http://www.ccda.net (select special events) or call 703-425-0100 for a registration form. The walk is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) long. Awards are presented to the group with the largest number of youth walkers, the largest number of adult walkers and the greatest amount of contributions. Participants are encouraged to collect contributions (not pledges). Contribution checks are to be made out to Catholic Charities, are tax deductible and may be turned in May 2 at the time of check-in or mailed to Catholic Charities, 200 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA, 22203. The walk will take place rain or shine.

Body & Soul is a high/low impact aerobic workout, kick boxing, strength training, Pilates all in one exercise session to the latest in contemporary Christian music. There are several local church locations to choose from.

McLean Bible Church conducts classes on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:45-11:15 a.m. Call Mary Ward at 703-830-2478 for more information. Child care is offered. Classes are also offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Call Tricia Van Ryn at 703-876-0558.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church offers a Fit over 50 version on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:30 a.m. The church is located at 2589 Chain Bridge Road. Call Lynn Mostellar at 703-698-8624.

Korean Central Presbyterian Church (English Ministry), 8526 Amanda Place, Vienna hosts a Women's Conference on Saturday, May 1, at 9:30 a.m. Cindy Easley from Immanuel Bible Church will be speaking. Registration fee is $30. Call Rose Cha 703-449-1182 or KCPC EM 703-698-8141.

Emmaus United Church of Christ offers an hour of quiet spiritual renewal as the focus for a weekly ecumenical group that meets at Emmaus United Church of Christ every Wednesday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Led by JoAn Post, participants are gently guided through a time of centering, meditation and prayer. It is open to people of all faiths and requires no previous experience, only sincere desire. Emmaus is located at 900 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna. Call 703-281-9309 for more information

Vienna Baptist Church offers numerous Christian worship, education, music and mission opportunities. Each Sunday begins with a high-energy VBPraise service at 8:45 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., providing different programs to people of all ages. The traditional liturgical worship service takes place at 11 a.m. The church is located at 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. For more information, call 703-281-4400 or visit www.vbc-va.org.

St. Athanasius Lutheran Church at 114 Kingsley Road in Vienna, is a new mission congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, offering traditional, conservative worship in accordance with the historic liturgy of the church. The current Sunday schedule includes Bible study and Sunday school for all ages at 4 p.m. and worship at 5 p.m. A Lutheran book club is also offered twice a month. A midweek Bible study meets twice a month. Call 703-455-4003 for more information.

Faith Baptist Church, located at 301 Center St. S., Vienna, offers Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. for all ages, 11 a.m. worship, and Bible Study on Sunday at 6 p.m. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., The Awana children's club for fourth- through sixth-graders takes place during the school year. Nursery school is provided for all services. The preschool and kindergarten program uses the abeka curriculum and serves ages 3, 4 and 5. Visit the Web site at www.FaithBaptistVienna.org or e-mail Faith@tidalwave.net. Call the church at 703-938-9688.

A program using music, drumming, movement, song and prayer seeks to bring communities together as part of everyday life. The dances are cross-cultural using sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from many faith traditions. Efforts are to promote peace and integration within individuals and groups. There are no performers or audience and no experience is necessary. Donations are accepted. The group meets the second Saturday evening each month, September-June, 7:30-10 p.m., at Unity of Fairfax (original sanctuary), 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton.

Contact Kathryn at 703-573-1236/ SpiralRose@aol.com. For further information on the worldwide Dance Net- work, visit www.DancesOfUniversal Peace.org.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church has a full range of education, music, worship and outreach programs. Traditional worship is at 8 and 11 a.m., in the rich Lutheran tradition of liturgical song mixed with music of the masters, spirituals and contemporary Christian music. Contemporary worship is at 9:30 a.m., with fresh liturgical song and contemporary Christian music led by Revelation. Christian education for all ages is 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon. Christian education is available for everyone from preschoolers through adults. Classes are always open to newcomers.

Join Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation and Vienna Presbyterian Church host a joint service on "Healing Power of the Psalms" June 6, 7-8:30 p.m., at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. N.E., Vienna. Child care is available by reservation only, 48 hours in advance, by calling 703-938-9050, extension 151.