Cabin Branch Quilters Learn English Piecing Technique

The Cabin Branch Quilters will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Bethel United Methodist Church. Local quilter JoAnn Dowd will demonstrate English piecing. Fee is $2 for non-members. Call 878-2742.

Tips for Selling in Today's Economy The National Association of Sales Professionals Manassas Network Group meets at 8 a.m. the fourth Friday of every month at the Holiday Inn off Route 234.

Tomorrow's meeting will focus on how to sell to today's more cautious business buyers. For reservations, call 330-0550.

Manassas Starts Plastic Recycling Effort Manassas residents can recycle plastic milk jugs and plastic soda bottles by dropping them into the metal bins at the Public Works building on Public Works Road. The new program is an addition to the city's year-old curbside pickup program of glass, newspapers and aluminum. Call 257-8200.

Carol Hickman Paintings on Display Watercolors by Carol Hickman are on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through January at the Center for the Arts in Old Town Manassas. The award-winning artist paints realistic flowers and fruit and teaches classes in her Warrenton studio. Call 330-ARTS.

Incentives, Help for Land Conservation Local farmers and landowners can increase land productivity and protect local waterways by enrolling in the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practice Cost-Share Program. The program attempts to reduce the amount of topsoil, excess nutrients and pesticides that run off agricultural land into local streams, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.

The program offers monetary assistance to landowners who agree to implement good conservation practices. The Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District will accept applications through Jan. 31. Call 361-1710.

Short Courses for Job Hunters, Others Before you can forget those New Year's resolutions, Northern Virginia Community College's Woodbridge campus is sponsoring self-improvement workshops in February.

The free one-day workshops include re'sume' writing, goal setting, getting a job, study skills, job interviewing, career decision-making and participatory management. Call 878-5760.

Pr. William Players Do 'Steel Magnolias' The Prince William Little Theater has moved to Linton Hall School on Route 619, off Nokesville Road east of Manassas. The group will perform "Steel Magnolias" at 8 p.m. the first, second and fourth weekends of February. Call 361-0787.

February Trips for the 60-Up Traveler The Prince William Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring Bluebird Bus Tours to residents 60 and older through March.

February trips are to Constitution Hall for a concert by the Air Force Band, tours of the Supreme Court, The Washington Post and the National Geographic Society, the Ice Capades, Washington Flower & Garden Show and the Lazy Susan Dinner Theater to see Agatha Christie's "Spiders Web." Call 335-6402.