December 17, 2012
Sunday, Dec. 16

“Once Upon a Christmas Carol,” musical version of the classic story by Charles Dickens, performed by Run Rabbit Run Theatre. 3 p.m., Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $16-$20; seniors, $12-$15; age 12 and younger, $10-$12. 540-668-6779 or www.rrrtheatre.org.

Loudoun Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker,” 4:30 p.m., Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Pkwy., Sterling. $25; in advance, $22; age 12 and younger and seniors, $17. 571-442-4238 or www.loudounballet.org.

Christmas at Oatlands Plantation, displays of vintage toys and dolls, and historic and handcrafted decorations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30. 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. $12; seniors, $10; ages 6 to 16, $8. 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.org.

Drive-through Nativity pageant, “Return to Bethlehem” features 11 scenes. 5-8 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxburg Hall Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-6850 or www.leesburgnazarene.com.

Living Nativity, cookies and hot beverages served. 6-7:30 p.m., Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1380.

Monday, Dec. 17

Toastmasters Club, NOVA Dawn Breakers. 7:30-8:30 a.m., Eggspectation restaurant, 1609 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. 703-717-1667 or gambhir01@gmail.com.

Sewing and “stitch-in,” for beginners. Take sewing, knitting, needlepoint or crochet projects. Machines provided. 9-11:45 a.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. Free. 703-737-8039.

Mah-jongg, Chinese tile game. Mondays and Thursdays at noon, Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. 703-737-8039.

Sterling Rotary Club meeting, 12:30 p.m., Logan’s Roadhouse, 46321 McClellan Way, Sterling. 703-401-4509.

Line dance, for people 55 and older, led by Carolyn Bledsoe. 2-3 p.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. $2, nonmembers. 571-258-3400.

Gingerbread house party, ages 6-12. Build a house to take home and decorate cookies to go with the hot chocolate served at the party. 4-5:30 p.m., Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. $15. 703-430-9480.

Marine Corps League meeting, for Marines of all ages, sponsored by Loudoun Detachment 1205. 7 p.m., American Legion, 112 N. 21st St., Purcellville. www.loudounmarines.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Rotary Club of Leesburg Daybreak, 7:30 a.m., Tuscarora Mill restaurant, 203 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. 703-622-4320 or www.leesburgdaybreak.org.

“Santa Rock” concert, a performance by Rocknoceros. 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $6; registration required. 540-822-5284.

Party bridge, 1-4 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. Free. 703-737-8039.

Poker, 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. $1; center members, free. 703-430-2397.

Chess club, all ages and skill levels. 5-9 p.m., Starbucks, 531 E. Market St., Leesburg. $1. 703-779-0113.

How to start a business, seminar sponsored by the Loudoun Small Business Development Center. 6-8:30 p.m., George Washington University Virginia campus, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn. $15; online registration, $10. 703-430-7222 or www.loudounsbdc.org.

“Drop and Shop” child care, children ages 3-12 will be fed dinner and entertained with games, movies and crafts while their parents shop. 6-9 p.m., Philomont Community Center, 36592 Jeb Stuart Rd. $25. 540-338-5882.

Bluegrass and folk jam, open to all regardless of skill. 7-8:30 p.m., Morningside House, 316 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. Free. 571-237-2888.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Leesburg Senior Center bingo, advanced game, 9 a.m. Wednesdays; slower bingo, 12:30 p.m. Fridays, Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. 703-737-8039.

Middleburg duplicate bridge, open game. 12:30 p.m., Middleburg United Methodist Church, 15 W. Washington St. $5. 540-687-5093.

Preschool play drop-in, play equipment provided in the gym. Parental supervision required. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $1. 703-771-5913.

Leesburg Kiwanis Club, new members are welcome. 6:30 p.m., Lightfoot restaurant, 13 N. King St., Leesburg. 703-737-2175.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Rotary Club of Ashburn, noon,
1757 Golf Club, 45120 Waxpool Rd., Dulles. 703-969-3070 or www.rotaryclubofashburnva.org.

Pinochle, 12:30 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. 703-737-8039.

Chess Club, for all ages and ability levels. 6-9 p.m., Carver Center,
200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. Nonmembers, $2. 571-258-3400 or www.loudoun.gov/carver.

Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, age 10 and older. 7-8 p.m., Converted Barn, routes 287 and 9, Purcellville. $25 per month. 540-882-4917.

Sterling Ruritan Club bingo, benefits local charities. 7 p.m., 183 Ruritan Rd., Sterling. 703-444-6039.

Friday, Dec. 21

Crochet Club, 9 a.m.-noon, Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. Free. 703-737-8039.

Knitting and crocheting, 10 a.m.-noon, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Free. 703-430-2397.

Holiday party, for people 55 and older. A dinner, followed by a Christmas-themed comedy, directed by Mary Long of the Big Bad Drama Company. Noon-2 p.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. Free. 571-258-3400.

“Christmas Cookies and Fireside Tales,” a gathering around the fireplace to hear Christmas stories told by StageCoach Theatre Company’s Laura J. Bobrow. 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and next Sunday. Oatlands Plantation Carriage House, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. $10; ages 2 to 12, $8. 703-777-3174.

After-hours teen center, for ages 12-18. Teens must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian on file. 7-10 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Free. 703-444-3228.

Improvisational theater, the performance troupe Last Ham Standing takes suggestions from the audience to create comic scenes. 8 p.m., Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $12; students, $10; children, $8. 540-338-7973 or www.lastham.com.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Birding at Blue Ridge, 8 a.m., meet at the visitor center., Blue Ridge Center for Environment Stewardship, 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville. 540-554-2542, www.brces.org or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

Leesburg winter market, sponsored by the Loudoun Valley HomeGrown Markets Association. 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Catoctin Circle (Virginia Village Shopping Center). 540-454-8089 or www.loudounfarmersmarkets.org.

Purcellville community market, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturdays, 21st Street, across from Magnolias restaurant. 703-967-0431 or www.loudounfarms.org.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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