Loudoun County community calendar,Feb. 17-24

February 17, 2013
Sunday, Feb. 17

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy program, “Why Natives, Why Now?” A presentation by Janet Davis on using native plants to befriend butterflies, beckon birds and pamper pollinators in home gardens. 2 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free; registration required. www.loudounwildlife.org or agarvey@loudounwildlife.org.

“The Mikado,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, presented by Loudoun Lyric Opera. 3 p.m., Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $22; seniors,$17; students, $12. 540-338-7973.

Monday, Feb. 18

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. Nonmembers, $2. 571-258-3400.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 19

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

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.

“Start Your Own 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.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 20

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 welcome. 6:30 p.m., Lightfoot restaurant, 13 N. King St., Leesburg. 703-737-2175.

Thursday, Feb. 21

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.

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

Friday, Feb. 22

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

Bluegrass, Celtic and folk music jam, benefit for Genesis International; food and beverages sold, including a barbecue dinner catered by Savoir Fare. 6 p.m.-midnight, Old Furniture Factory, 6 W. Loudoun St., Round Hill. $5, suggested donation; children, free. www.theoldfurniturefactory.com or 540-338-5050.

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.

Improv comedy, the performance troupe Last Ham Standing takes suggestions from the audience to improvise 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, Feb. 23

Birding at Blue Ridge, take binoculars. 8 a.m., Blue Ridge Center for Environment Stewardship (visitors center), 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville. Free. 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, Catoctin Circle (Virginia Village Shopping Center). 540-454-8089 or www.loudounfarmersmarkets.org.

Purcellville community market, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., It’s Bazaar, 143 N. 21st St., Purcellville. 703-967-0431 or www.loudounfarms.org.

Frogshackle nature center open house, children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-3 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Rd., Sterling. Free. 571-258-3700.

Heritage area open house, tours of a house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1-3 p.m., Lanesville Heritage Area, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Rd., Sterling. Free. 571-258-3700.

“Fill Your Bowl” gala, a full meal from local sources, with a glass of wine. Guests get to keep their one-of-a-kind bowls. A benefit for the arts center Pottery Studio. 7-10 p.m., Round Hill Arts Center, 35246 Harry F. Byrd Hwy. $25; children, $15. www.roundhillartscenter.org or 540-338-5022.

Lucketts Bluegrass, music by Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys. Food sold. 7 p.m., Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $15. 703-771-5281 or www.luckettsbluegrass.org.

Loudoun Symphonic Winds: “Let’s Dance,” concert featuring “Nilesdance,” by David Holsinger; “Satiric Dances,” by Norman Dello Joio; and “The Blue Danube Waltz,” by Johann Strauss. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Park View High School, 400 W. Laurel Ave., Sterling. $5; family, $10. 703-777-7985 or www.lcbandinc.org.

“Paint the Music,” local musicians and artists “perform” on stage. The paintings will be offered for sale in a silent auction at the end of the show. 8-10 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $15. 540-338-7973 or dan@danfisk.com.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Documentary: “They Closed Our Schools,” screening of a film about how local officials closed the public school system of Prince Edward County, Va., in 1959, in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s desegregation ruling (Brown v. the Board of Education) five years earlier. 2 p.m., Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-7195.

“The Songbirds,” a concert with an Andrews Sisters flair, performed by five area high schools students. A benefit for the Tree of Life Ministries. 3 p.m., Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $5. 540-338-7973 or www.franklinparkartscenter.org.

Author program, a presentation by Tom Ricks, author of “The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.” 3-4:30 p.m., Marshall House, 217 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg. Free; reservations required. 703-777-1301 or events@georgecmarshall.org.

Friends of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield benefit dinner, a presentation by Robert Sutton, chief historian of the National Park Service, on Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker. The commander of Union troops at the battle of Ball’s Bluff, Baker was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Social hour begins at 6 p.m.; dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program. Algonkian Regional Park (The Woodlands), 47001 Fairway Dr., Sterling. $45; reservations required. 703-450-4655 or dhook@nvrpa.org.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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