It is recommended that readers call ahead to confirm that programs have not been canceled or otherwise changed since press time because of recent events.


NOVA/MANASSAS COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA -- 8 p.m. Nov. 2. Guest conductor James A. Villani leads the orchestra in a program of works by Beethoven, Mozart, Johann Strauss Jr., Richard Strauss and Virgil Thomson. Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd., Manassas. $8; seniors, $5; children and students, free. 703-369-5318 or 703-590-9669.


HALLOWEEN BALLROOM DANCE -- 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday. A disc jockey plays fox trot, swing and more. Costumes encouraged. For ages 18 and older. Dale City Recreation Center, 14300 Minnieville Rd. $10. 703-670-7112.


TAYLOR SINE -- 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, starting Monday through Nov. 25; reception 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 6. Paintings and drawings by a former student in the advanced studio art classes. Colgan Hall, first-floor exhibit space, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532 or

COWDRILL AND HILLIS -- 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, through Nov. 4. "Simple Gifts" features porcelain vases, bottles, pitchers and other vessels by David Cowdrill, and watercolors by Catherine Hillis. Cowdrill's works are created on a potter's wheel, finished in pastel glazes and sometimes hand-painted or embossed with natural items such as shells. Hillis also prefers pastels for her paintings, in which she strives to recapture simple but perfect moments in fairy tale gardens and impressionistic landscapes. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

MANASSAS-WARRENTON CAMERA CLUB -- 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Members show their works at Jaime's General Bean, Shoppers Foods Shopping Center, 5967 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville. Free. 540-439-0566 or

MARIAN JACKSON -- 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, ends Monday. Acrylic paintings by a student in the advanced studio art classes. Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

STE. FELIX'S NEW LOCATION -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, through Nov. 1. The first exhibition in the gallery's new location features 15 local artists and artisans working in oil, acrylics, watercolor, pastel, photography, fabric assemblage, jewelry, fused glass and art glass. Ste. Felix Galerie, 312-A Poplar Alley, Occoquan. Free. 703-670-2674.

FREEDOM MUSEUM -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays. The museum chronicles U.S. military history in the 20th century through pictures, memorabilia, interactive displays and a collection of military vehicles. Manassas Regional Airport, 10400 Terminal Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-393-0660 or 877-393-0660.

MANASSAS MUSEUM -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Two videos, "A Place of Passages" and "A Community at War," accompany the museum's permanent collection of Native American, Colonial, railroad, Civil War and local-history artifacts. 9101 Prince William St., Old Town Manassas. $3; seniors and children 6-17, $2; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873.

BUG BOX -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. This insect zoo displays up to 35 live species at any given time. There are hundreds of specimens (dead bugs) lining the hallways, an exhibit on household pests such as termites and ants, live snakes, lizards and a frog pond. Children get an information packet, an insect ring and a puzzle with admission. Bug Box, 12505 Dillingham Sq., Woodbridge. Adults, free; children 2-14, $2. 703-551-0071.

For Children

ONCE UPON A THURSDAY -- 10:30 a.m. today. Children of all ages are invited for stories, songs and finger plays. Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-494-8126 or 703-494-8129 (TTY).

TOTALLY TERRIFIC THURSDAYS -- 3 p.m. today. Children 6-12 will share scary stories and make a "boo mobile." Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free; tickets required. 703-494-8126 or 703-494-8129 (TTY).

SHENANIGANS -- 3:30 p.m. today. Make a paper pumpkin. Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free; tickets required. 703-361-8211 or 703-361-7572 (TTY).

FREAKY FRIDAY -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow. Children 12 and younger trick-or-treat through Old Town Manassas with treasure maps for games and goodies. There will be a costume contest and party afterward with face painting and fortune-telling. Meet at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St., Manassas. Free. 703-361-6599.

MAGIC WINDOW-10 a.m. Saturday. "The Mystery of the Muffin Man," performed by Ritchie Porter. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $6. 703-792-4218.

BODY IN THE LIBRARY -- 7 p.m. Monday. Middle and high school students are invited to follow the clues in a murder mystery, then enjoy treats. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Prince William. Free. 703-792-4800 or 703-792-4876 (TTY).

PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARTY -- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. next Thursday. Make Halloween crafts and take-home treats. Registration is required. Dale City Recreation Center, 14300 Minnieville Rd. $6. 703-670-7112.

PARADE OF COSTUMES -- 1 p.m. next Thursday. Children 3-6 and their caregivers can show off their costumes and listen to a story. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Prince William. Free; tickets required. 703-792-4800 or 703-792-4876 (TTY).


FRIDAY FLICKS -- 10:30 a.m. Friday. "Boo to You!" for children 3-7. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Prince William. Free. 703-792-4800.

"THE HORROR OF DRACULA" -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. The movie, which stars Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, will be followed by shorts of Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4500 or 703-792-4524 (TTY).

Sports and Recreation

HAUNTED MINI-GOLF -- 7-10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Play mini-golf in a Halloween themed wooded environment with glow-in-the-dark balls and cups. Lake Ridge Golf Course, 12350 Cotton Mill Dr., Woodbridge. Participants, $5; spectators, $2. 703-494-5564.

PADDLE OUT -- 10 a.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays, through October. Leesylvania State Park offers weekend canoe tours along Powells Creek, a tidal tributary of the Potomac River watershed. Spot a beaver, osprey, bald eagle or a blue heron. A guide will discuss the history and wildlife of the area. Reservations required. Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. $9; groups of four or more, $6 each. 703-583-6904.

SPRING BABIES -- 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through Nov 1. Old Mine Ranch shows off this year's spring babies: ponies, goat kids, lambs, ducklings, chicks, bunnies and even a baby llama. The ranch also offers daily Jack Russell terrier races, hikes, hayrides, mine tunnel slides, rope swings, pony rides and picnic areas. Old Mine Ranch, 17504 Mine Rd., Dumfries. $5. 703-441-1382.

URBAN FISHING -- 7:30 a.m.-dusk daily. Fish for bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Bring your Virginia freshwater fishing license (people 16 and older). Locust Shade Park, 4701 Locust Shade Dr., Triangle. Free. 703-221-8579.

PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK -- dawn-dusk daily (park), 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (visitor's center). The center's eclectic exhibit features displays on spy training during World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps, cemeteries on park property, pyrite mines, bird calls and a "touching table." Videos are available on topics such as beavers and owls. Orienteering and nature hikes can be arranged for groups. Prince William Forest Park, Interstate 95 Exit 150B, Triangle. Free. 703-221-7181.


"THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Jamie Lockhart, the "Bandit of the Woods," goes courting in the late 1700s in Mississippi. His budding romance with the beautiful Rosamund, however, runs into trouble in the form of mistaken identity, a scheming stepmother and a pair of thieving brothers. Prince William Little Theatre presents a musical comedy based on the novella by Eudora Welty, with music by Robert Waldman. Jennie Dean Elementary School, 9601 Prince William St., Manassas. $12; students and seniors, $10. 703-330-7796 or

"THE FOREIGNER" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 3. Vpstart Crow presents a play by Larry Shue, about two Europeans on vacation in Georgia. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $18; students and seniors, $15. 703-365-0240.

"DAMN YANKEES" -- 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31. A musical about the year the Washington Senators won the pennant; a buffet dinner precedes the show. Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Route 1 off Interstate 95, Woodbridge. Saturdays, $34.95; other days, $32.95; children 10 and younger, $17. 703-550-7384, 703-494-6311 or


LEESYLVANIA HAUNTED HALLOWEEN -- 6-8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Park tours are led by costumed actors. There will also be cookies, punch and a campfire. Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. $2; families, $6. 703-670-0372.

HAUNTINGS AT LIBERIA HOUSE -- 6 p.m. Saturday. The Manassas Museum presents Victorian mourning rituals and tales of previous inhabitants. Advance ticket purchase is required. Liberia House, Mathis Avenue, Manassas. $10. 703-792-1873.

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL -- noon-4 p.m. Sunday. An autumn festival featuringscarecrow building, a pumpkin patch, cider and popcorn. Ben Lomond Manor House, 10311 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. $10 per family. 703-367-7872.

DUMFRIES FALL FESTIVAL-1 p.m. Saturday. Dumfries hosts a haunted house and pumpkin carving and costume contests. Merchant Park, Duke and Cameron streets. Free. 703-221-3400, Ext. 133.

CHINN PARK BIRTHDAY -- 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Stop by for a slice of birthday cake as the library celebrates its 11th year. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Prince William. 703-792-4800 or 703-792-4876 (TTY).

MARINE TOURS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Take a self-guided tour through 1920s hangars and relive a century of the Marine Corps air ground team's activity. Marine Corps Air Ground Museum, 2014 Anderson Ave., Quantico. Free. 703-784-2606.

-- Compiled by Carrie Donovan

Prince William Extra entertainment calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos -- noting date, time, address, cost and phone number -- to Carrie Donovan, Prince William Entertainment Calendar, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. You also may e-mail announcements to or fax them to 202-334-5417. Deadline is 14 days before publication.