Prince William County community events, Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2012

October 28, 2012
Sunday, Oct. 28

“Moments in Time,” oil paintings by Lydia Jechorek. Thursday-Saturday, Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117.

“Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan,” 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. 877-635-1775.

“Collecting the Civil War,” artifacts from private and museum collections. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Oct. 28, Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $5; seniors and children, $4; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873.

Old Mine Ranch Pumpkin Patch, pony and hay rides, a moonbounce, petting farm and slides. Children receive one small pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday-Thursday, Old Mine Ranch, 17504 Mine Rd, Dumfries. $6, children $8. 703-441-1382 or www.oldmineranch.net.

Here Lieth the Body, the Prince William County home, decked out as it would be for a funeral circa 1757, provides the backdrop for stories of duels and other deadly occurrences that continue to leave their mark on the property. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rippon Lodge, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge.$7.

“Fall 4 Fur” animal shelter adopt-a-thon, the 30-hour event includes pet adoption promotions, free spay/neuter services for adopted pets, demonstrations, grooming clinics, contests and children’s activities. 4 p.m., Prince William County Animal Shelter, 14807 Bristow Rd., Manassas. 703-792-6465 or www.pwcgov.org/animalshelter.

Monday, Oct. 29

Brit Lit book club, a discussion of “The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story” by Susan Hill. 1 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

NOVA Novel Book Club, participants discuss “Farishta” by Pat McArdle, Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. 703-792-4800.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

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. 703-792-4800.

Military Appreciation Day, refreshments, giveaways and representatives from Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Survivors Education Benefit Program and other organizations. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, first floor atrium, 15200 Neabsco Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-878-5748.

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.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Spanish chat, bring lunch and practice speaking Spanish. Noon-2 p.m., Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-361-8211.

“Bus Stop,” NOVA Woodbridge Theatre Group presents the William Inge play. 3 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 10, Northern Virginia Community College, 15200 Neabsco Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-878-5750.

Dracula, Prince of Darkness,” the 1966 movie starring Christopher Lee. 7 p.m., Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4530.

Friday, Nov. 2

“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. 703-330-2787 or www.center-for-the-arts.org.

Fall Gallery Walk, artists’ receptions and musicians at shops throughout Old Town. 6-9:30 p.m., Old Town Manassas, Center Street, Manassas. Free. 703-361-6599 or www.visitmanassas.org.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Holiday Craft Show and Bake Sale, hosted by the Women of Dumfries United Methodist Church. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Dumfries United Methodist Church, 3890 Cameron St. Free. 703-221-7440.

Potomac River blockade history tour, on a pontoon boat, a historian discusses the significance of the Confederates’ blockade along the Potomac during the Civil War. Lunch is included. Sponsored by the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. $30, reservations required. 703-792-4754.

“Dancing in the Wings,” in a ballet-themed play, directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, a girl named Sassy dreams of becoming a star ballerina. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 18, Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $15 in advance, $17 at the door; $10 in advance/$12 at the door for students and seniors. 703-993-7759.

ACTS of Kindness Silent Auction, the 19th annual event features more than 100 items and benefits Action in the Community Through Service. 6:30-9 p.m., Prince William Association of Realtors, 4545 Daisy Reid Ave., Woodbridge. Call for ticket information. 703-441-8606, Ext. 213.

Manassas Symphony Orchestra, “Festa Italiana” features music from and about the great cultural impact of Italy, including Tschaikowsky’s “Capriccio Italien", Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite 1", Robert Wendel’s “Viva Puccini,” and Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 4.” 7:30 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $12-$18, children and students free. 703-993-7759 or www.manassassymphony.org.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane

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