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<lst>A Richmond Wrap-Up meeting will be held Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington. Legislators from Northern Virginia will discuss how well the General Assembly responded to social justice and human service needs facing Virginia and to answer questions. Free at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Benedict Hall, located at 3304 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. Contact SALT (Social Action Linking Together) coordinator, John Horejsi at jhorejsi@cox.net or visit the SALT web site at www.S-A-L-T.org. For directions call St. Charles at 703-527-5500.

Saint Ann Catholic Church, 5312 North 10th St., Arlington, hosts talks discussing how the teachings of the gospels inform current events. The talks will be on the following dates:

* March 29: Becoming a Contagious Christian;

* April 19: Seasons of Prayer, with the Rev. Raymond Studzinki.

Call 703-528-6276 or visit www.rc.net/arlington/stann.

"Preserving the Legacy," a program of the black spiritual and expressions of black voices in poetry and word, by contralto Juanita Wallace Jackson, which was rescheduled from Feb. 12 to Sunday, April 2. The program is at 4 p.m. at Cherrydale United Methodist Church. Free. Donations accepted. Call 703-527-2621.

Tuesday-evening dialogue at St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N Oakland St., Arlington. A light supper from 6:30-7 p.m. will be followed by discussion. The evening will close with a short prayer service from 8-8:15 p.m. Call 703-525-8286 or visit www.saintgeorgeschurch.org. Speakers are:

April 4: "Radical Church." The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, one of the oldest and largest dioceses in the Episcopal Church. Bishop Lee will be speaking about his vision for the church.

April 11: "Living Radically." The Rev. Ron Crocker, Rector of St. George's since 1997, will help put it all together into the story of individuals in the community.

Candlelight Evening Prayer. Advent Lutheran Church, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Evening prayer with meditations on the Lenten disciplines of praying, learning, alms-giving and fasting. Call 703-521-7010.

The choir of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in North Arlington is joining with Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria on Palm Sunday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m. in a performance of Mozart's "Requiem," during a Service of Christ's Passion at 2:30 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 2701 Cameron Mills Road, in Alexandria. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. Call 703-549-4766, or go to www.wpc-alex.org.

St. John's Episcopal Church will hold its annual Spring Tea on Saturday, May 6, from 1-3 p.m. in the church's undercroft. Enjoy sandwiches, scrumptious desserts, fine teas and a complimentary glass of champagne. Admission is $20. St. John's Episcopal Church is located at 415 S. Lexington Street, Arlington. Call 703-671-6834.

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers ongoing classes in Buddhist philosophy and meditation at The Griffin Center, 3800 Fairfax Drive, Suite 5 on Monday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. $10 fee per class. Contact 202-331-2122 or visit info@meditation-dc.org.

Buddhist Meditation Classes. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Griffin Center, Tower Villas, Suite 5, 3800 Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Local Buddhist teacher Kelsang Varahi will teach a series of classes on the text "Eight Steps to Happiness," which teaches about the Buddhist way of loving kindness. The classes include guided meditations, a Buddhism teaching, Q&A/discussion and refreshments. Cost is $10/class. Call 202-331-2122 or www.meditation-dc.org.

Shabbat Services are held at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Newman, 4301 Seminary Road, Alexandria, each Friday at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat morning services begin Saturdays at 10 a.m. Services are followed by a sit-down Kiddush. Call 703-370-2774 or visit www.chabadalexandria.org

The progressive NOVA Catholic Community holds Mass on Sundays from September through mid-May at 10:15 a.m. at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, and Memorial Day weekend through September at 9:30 a.m. at Lacey Woods Park Pavilion, George Mason Drive and Washington Boulevard. Call 703-852-7907 or visit nova.novacommunity.org.

Faith, Food and Fellowship. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., offers a twice-monthly Thursday noon service for the Arlington community, with one half-hour of spiritual nourishment and one half-hour of physical nourishment. On the second and fourth Thursdays, a worship service is held in the sanctuary at noon, and a hot lunch is serviced at 12:30 p.m. for a donation of $4. A time of fellowship follows from 1:15-2 p.m. with programs geared mostly to senior citizens. J. Reilly Lewis, CUMC's music director and director of the National Cathedral Choral Society, arranges for guest soloists at each service. Call 703-527-8574.