Go down to the general store in the rural heartland of Virginia. The small, historic town of Clifton will have its 18th annual Clifton Day on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Planned events are a tailgate antiques sale, an art show, demonstrations of colonial hand crafts, turn of the century music from a bandwagon, and a wide variety of food, plants and wares for sale from quaint area restaurants to shops.

There will be a parking fee. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Rain date is Oct. 20. For directions and further information, call 703-631-1081 in the late afternoon or early evening.

*The Virginia Consortium of Quilters (VCQ) will sponsor a "Quilter's Event" at the Midtown Holiday Inn, 3200 Broad St., Richmond on Nov. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will provide quilters and quilt lovers with information on the art, craft and history of quiltmaking in Virginia. Talks on "Originally Designed Quilts," "Quilting for Christmas," and a demonstration of "Framing Quilted Items" will be offered. The event will conclude with a "show and tell" of quilted items by participants.

Admission to all events is $15 for VCQ members and $20 for nonmembers, which includes a buffet luncheon. The registration deadline is Oct. 25. For a registration form, send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Ann Shibut, 804 Derby Dr., Richmond, VA 23229.

*The Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Centerstage" fund raiser gala will be Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight at Alexandria's new Radisson Mark Plaza Hotel.

The evening will include musical entertainment from the WRC 980 Orchestra with Tom Cunningham directing, Washington media personalities and a silent auction of art and memorabilia. All proceeds from the fund raiser will be donated to local MDA patients and families.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, chaired by Jerry Lewis, is a voluntary national health agency, which combines the efforts of scientists and concerned citizens to conquer neuromuscular diseases that affect hundreds of thousands of Americans. For further information, call program coordinator Lynn Schab at 703-823-1115.