“Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War,” an exhibit, on loan from the George Eastman House, examining the role of photography in the war. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Jan. 6, Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $5; seniors and children, $4; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873.
“Currency in Conflict,” an exhibit, on loan from the American Numismatic Association Museum, examining the role of money in the Civil War. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Feb. 3, Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $5; seniors and children, $4; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873.
“Symbolic,” an exhibit featuring bronze and silver jewelry by Sherry Chaples of Springfield, carved eggshells by Tina Kannapel of Fairfax and photography and digital painting by David and Jane Ernst of Springfield. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily, through Dec. 3, Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.
“Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan,” a series of 35 photographs by Stephen Dupont who was embedded with a Marine platoon in 2009. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. Free. 877-635-1775.
“Remembering Those Blue Mountains” exhibit, watercolors by Marcia Weidler. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 2, Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.
Chanticleer Christmas, the ensemble presents a holiday program featuring Gregorian chant, motets, revered sacred works, traditional English and European carols, American folk hymns, contemporary music and more. 4 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $24-$48. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.
“In Retrospect,” works by Cedric Baker. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 13. Artist reception: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787 or www.center-for-the-arts.org.
Brit Lit book club, a discussion of “Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and Her Court” by Robert Hardman. 1 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.
Prince William Community Band, rehearsal, for musicians 19 and older, no auditions necessary. 7:30 p.m., Saunders Middle School, 13557 Spriggs Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-791-4119 or www.pwcb.org.
Woodbridge Community Choir, members rehearse for their Christmas concert season. No auditions required. Registration, 7 p.m.; rehearsal, 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Covenant, 15008 Cloverdale Ave., Dale City. $30 membership fee. 703-491-1820 or www.woodbridgecommunitychoir.org.
Writers of children’s literature, new group members welcome to share their writings and offer encouragement and constructive criticism. 7 p.m., Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4530.
NOVA Novel Book Club, participants discuss “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman. 7:30 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.
English Conversation Club, new speakers of English practice their skills. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.
Lake Ridge Toastmasters Club, an open house for Lake Ridge Club 8913. 7:30 p.m., Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr. $62 membership fee. 703-491-3020.
Spanish chat, bring lunch and practice speaking the language. Noon-2 p.m., Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-361-8211.
North of 50 Lunch ’n’ Learn, for age 50 and older, learn about historical Brentsville. Bring lunch. Beverages and dessert provided. 12:30 p.m., Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free, registration required. 703-792-4530.
“Miracle on 34th Street,” students from middle school’s music and drama programs perform the holiday play. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Gainesville Middle School, 8001 Limestone Dr., Gainesville. $7; seniors and students, $6. $1 discount with a new, unwrapped toy. 703-753-2997.
“Treasure Island” auditions, actors ages 8-18 audition for Pied Piper Theatre’s February musical production by appointment. Friday-Saturday, Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787 or www.center-for-the-arts.org.
City of Manassas tree lighting, Santa arrives by VRE train. Includes carols and live music, hayrides and museum admission. 5:30-8 p.m., Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St. Free. 703-368-1873 or www.manassasmuseum.org.
Filmmaking discussion, with a panel including local filmmakers Paul Awad, Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, Kathryn O’Sullivan and John Poague. 6:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, 15200 Neabsco Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-878-5665.
Habitat For Humanity family selection orientation, a meeting about how Habitat for Humanity selects families to participate in its program and how to apply. 7-8:30 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd., Manassas. Free, registration required. 703-369-6708.
Jazz 4 Justice concert, The music and legal communities in Prince William County have partnered to present this concert by the Mason Jazz Ensemble, led by Jim Carroll, director of jazz studies at George Mason University.This concert features music by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway and others. Proceeds from the evening will fund the Prince William County Bar Foundation’s law-related education and service projects and will help provide scholarships to students in CMU’s School of Music. 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $20; seniors and students,$15. 703-993-7759.
Arts and crafts fundraiser, sponsored by the school’s parent-teacher organization. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mary Williams Elementary School, 3100 Panther Pride Dr., Dumfries. Free; vendor space, $25. 703-445-8376.
Manassas Christmas Parade, a procession of floats, marching bands, animated characters and Santa Claus travel down Mathis Avenue and into Old Town. 10 a.m., Old Town Manassas, Center Street. Free. 703-369-9030 or www.gmchristmasparade.org.
Ryan Buckle: The Science You Can Sing To, a children’s concert featuring science demonstrations. 10:30 a.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.
Santa arrives, sponsored by the Occoquan Merchants Association, Santa travels to Occoquan by boat. Noon, Mamie Davis Park, Mill Street. Free. 703-491-1918.
Christmas tree lighting, 5-7 p.m., Dumfries Town Hall, 17755 Main St., Dumfries. Free. 703-221-3400, Ext. 144.
Prince William Community Band, a traditional holiday concert. 7 p.m., Freedom High School, 15201 Neabsco Mills Rd., Woodbridge. Free. www.pwcb.org.
Nothin’ Fancy, a bluegrass and holiday-themed concert by the award-winning band. 7:30 p.m., Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church, 9350 Main St., Manassas. $20. 703-732-1000 or www.bruu.org.
Dailey & Vincent: A Bluegrass Christmas, 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $32-$48. 703-993-7759.
Woodbridge Community Choir, a holiday concert featuring traditional and contemporary carols. 8 p.m., Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-491-1820 or www.woodbridgecommunitychoir.org.
— Compiled by Sarah Lane