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Floris United Methodist Church 18th Annual Chocolate Festival and Silent Auction. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon. Proceeds benefit the church’s Student Ministry mission trips and the Help Hungry Kids Backpack ministries at Hutchison and McNair elementary schools. Games, a silent auction, food, raffles, card making and chocolate. 703-793-0026 or

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon, will host a Teacher Training Day, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. Christian educator Sharon Ely Pearson will offer two sessions: An Engaging Lesson Plan in which participants will learn how to use their current curriculum to make it more engaging to the learner, and Trends in Christian Formation that will explore what the future may look like. A number of workshops will also be offered by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Pre-registration is required. $35 per person, including lunch. or 703-742-6694.

St. Timothy’s Youth Group and parents will host a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Feast on pancakes, French-toast sticks, ham, applesauce, coffee, apple juice and milk. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Group’s mission trip to Dungannon, VA in August. Tickets are $14 per family and $8 per adult, and may be purchased at the door. Leftover food will be donated to the Emily Rucker Community Shelter.

Ash Wednesday Services will be at 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. All are welcome to attend. All services will include Holy Communion, and the 7:30 p.m. service will also include a sermon.

The Hazak Active Retirees Chapter of Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Road in Herndon, present author Ron Arens at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Arens is the author of ‘The Jews of Sing Sing,’ the true story of Jewish gangsters from the late 1800s through the 1950s, and the Jewish community’s response.The CBE Hazak Chapter presents a program the third Tuesday of the month from Sept.-June, providing area Jewish seniors with a time to socialize and learn. Programs are free to Hazak members, $3 for guests. Call 703-860-4515 ext. 127.

Congregation Beth Emeth’s Annual Purim Carnival will be 12-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28 at12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon. Special start time for preschoolers only at 11:30 a.m. Carnival games, food and raffle prizes. Fun for the whole family; non-members are welcome. or 703-860-4515, ext. 101.

Knitters needed the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 7 p.m., at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. The church's Shawl Ministry is offering free knitting instruction while providing shawls, blankets and other knitted items for people in need. No cost and yarn can be provided. E-mail or visit the Pastoral Care page at

Nondenominational Christian businessmen meet for prayer, Biblical discussion and fellowship every Friday, at 7 a.m., at Anita’s, 1051 Elden St., Herndon and every Thursday at noon at 555 Grove St., Suite 200, Herndon. Call 703-795-1257.

Adult Sunday school will be held every Sunday, at 9:30 a.m., at the Washington Plaza Baptist Church at Lake Anne Village Center. The group is studying the Gospel of Mark. Services follow every Sunday at 11 a.m.