Circus Coming to Sterling

Lions and tigers and bears! And high-wire acts, and elephants, and clowns will come to Sterling Tuesday and Wednesday with the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus. The circus, sponsored by the Sterling/Herndon Knights of Columbus #6175, will take place at Cascades, the development next to the Loudoun campus of the Northern Virginia Community College on Route 7. Performances will be at 4:30 and 8 p.m. daily. Tickets are $9 for adults, and $4 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets are on sale at the Jamesway, 253 Harry Flood Byrd Hwy. (Route 7) in Sterling. The public is invited to watch a herd of elephants raise the big top from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Admission to the tent-raising is free. Call 777-7504.

Middleburg Classes

The Middleburg Community Center is sponsoring dozens of fall classes for adults and children beginning Tuesday. For a class list and other information, call 687-6375.

Loudoun Library Fund-Raiser

The Loudoun County Library Foundation will hold its annual fund-raising gala from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Whitehall Farm near Bluemont. Youths from the county's four high schools will be honored, and local authors will make presentations. The cost is $20 per person, $35 per couple. Reservations are needed by Wednesday. Call 777-0368.

Sterling Recycling

The Sterling Foundation's recycling committee's next collection date will be Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seneca Ridge Middle School. There will be no collection this weekend. The Park View High School collection site continues to be open daily, and is the foundation's preferred drop-off point for newspapers.

Sky Meadows Schedule

This weekend at Sky Meadows State Park: a display of bird and animal artifacts from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; a campfire from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; a display of 19th-century toys Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; a moonlight walk from 8 to 9 p.m. Sunday and a demonstration of silhouette-making from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday. All events are free; parking is $1.50 on weekends. Call (703) 592-3556.

Lucketts Amateur Talent Night

Home Place Open Mike, an amateur talent night at Lucketts Community Center, is signing up talent for its Sept. 7 show. Call 777-8881.

Oatlands Draft Horse and Mule Day

Oatlands Plantation will sponsor its annual Draft Horse and Mule Day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the plantation on Route 15 between Leesburg and Route 50. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children under 7. Call 777-3174.

Loudoun Business Breakfast

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a breakfast seminar for small businesses from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Leesburg Best Western. The program, which will address employee benefits, is the first of a quarterly series of seminars for small businesses. Admission is $15. Call 777-2176 or 478-1050.

Sterling Teen Programs

The Sterling Community Center and Sterling Annex will sponsor two events for teens next week: a meeting to plan teen programs for grades 6 to 9 at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the community center; and a dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 at the community center. Tickets are $2. Call 430-9480.

Zoning Task Force

The Zoning Ordinance Working Group, a Loudoun County citizens task force appointed by the Board of Supervisors to review the draft zoning ordinance, will present a public briefing about rural and agricultural zoning districts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville. Call 777-0246.