December 23, 2012
Sunday, Dec. 23

“Las Posadas” holiday pageant, for all ages. Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn is reenacted in the Latin American tradition. 10:30 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, 22135 Davis Dr. Free. 703-406-3068 or uusterling.org.

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 27

“Home for the Holidays,” celebrate the winter break with crafts, games, stories and hot cocoa. Take a cookbook to swap and create an old-fashioned recipe book. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. $5 (includes admission to the museum); seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3. www.heritagefarmmuseum.org or 571-258-3800.

Winter hike and hunt, for all ages. Study clues to find hidden treasures. Hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows afterward. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-2:30 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Rd., Sterling. $5. 571-258-3700

Friday, Dec. 28

Christmas bird count of Central Loudoun, join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy members as they participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual census. Beginners are teamed with experienced birders. 540-554-2542, www.loudounwildlife.org or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

Bluegrass, Celtic and folk music jam, a benefit for Genesis International; food and beverages will be available for purchase. 6 p.m.-midnight, Old Furniture Factory, 6 W. Loudoun St., Round Hill. $5, suggested donation. www.theoldfurniturefactory.com or 540-338-5050.

Saturday, Dec. 29

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

Purcellville community market, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., It's Bazaar, 143 N. 21st Street (across from Magnolias restaurant). 703-967-0431 or www.loudounfarms.org.

Monday, Dec. 31

“Ringing in Hope” road races, a 10K, a 5K and a 1K fun-run/walk; proceeds benefit local charities. Registration, 10:30 a.m.; runs begin at 12:30 p.m. Brambleton Town Center, 42385 Ryan Rd. 10K, $35; 5K, $30; 1K, $12 (age 12 and younger, free). 703-779-7534 or www.ringinginhope.com.

“Jump for the New Year” children’s party, for children ages 2-10, featuring a moon bounce, games and a “ball drop” to welcome the new year. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. $7; registration required. 703-430-9480.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

REHAU Rotary Resolution Race, a 10K run and a 4K fun-run/walk, with proceeds benefiting local charitable groups. Strollers, pets, skates and headphones will not be allowed among the runners. The races will be followed by entertainment and refreshments. 10:20 a.m., Ida Lee Park and Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. 10K, $35; 4K, $28. 571-209-9585, 703-304-5440 or www.resolutionrace.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

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

Thursday, Jan. 3

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

Trash Into Treasure (Composting 101), gardening presentation by Debra Maes, sponsored by the Loudoun County Master Gardener program. 7 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org or 703-777-0373.

Ashburn Area Woman’s Club, 7 p.m., Broadlands Community Center, 43008 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. Free. 703-795-2887, www.gfwc.org or AshburnAreaWC@gmail.com.

Friday, Jan. 4

“Old Time Music With Attitude,” with the Hot Seats, Acoustin Burgoo and Jake and the Burtones, three bands with Loudoun roots. 7:30 p.m. Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $15; in advance, $10. 540-338-7973.

Saturday, Jan. 5

“Pausing to Remember the Emancipation Proclamation,” with reading of the proclamation by the Rev. Reginald Early, president of the Loudoun branch of the NAACP, at the carriage house at 4 p.m., followed by a procession to the mansion by lantern light. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. Free. 703-777-3174.

Blues, folk and swing concert, Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders perform. 8 p.m., Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $15; seniors and students, $12. 540-338-7973 or www.franklinparkartscenter.org.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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