Concerts BATTLE OF THE BANDS -- 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Seven local bands compete, with ice skating during the show. Skatequest, 5180 Dale Blvd., Dale City. $5 admission includes skate rental. 703-730-8423 or

A NIGHT OF POWER METAL -- 7 p.m. Saturday. Twisted Tower Dire, Forotten Realm and Arc of Descent. Spotlight, 13678 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Woodbridge. $9. 703-494-9349.

Dancing ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING -- 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. No partner necessary; instruction provided. Ben Lomond Manor House, 10311 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4218.

Exhibitions "ART HISTORY MYSTERIES" -- 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 5. A pop culture exhibition that turns household objects into art and adapts some of art history's themes. Fourth floor gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, 15200 Neabsco Mills Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-878-5797.

MANASSAS-WARRENTON CAMERA CLUB -- Club members exhibit their photographs during store hours, through Nov. 30 at Borders Books & Music, 2904 Prince William Pkwy., Woodbridge; and through September with new photographs every month at Jamie's General Bean, 5967 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville. Free. 703-369-0293.

NANCY HERSCH INGRAM -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 25. Paintings and prints by the contemporary artist. Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9415 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

ERNST AND BISHOP -- 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, through Dec. 2. "Magic Woods" features photographs by David Ernst and turned wood by Steve Bishop. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

VIRGINIA HERITAGE -- library hours, through Nov. 30. Virginia landscapes and historical scenes by members of the Prince William Art Society are displayed at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4500 or 703-792-4524 (TTY).

TAYLOR SINE -- 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. today and Monday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow. 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

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 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

MASON TAILSPINNER -- 4 p.m. today. A regional storyteller tells "Amazing Escapes: True or False?" inviting children to guess which stories are true. Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free; tickets required. 703-361-8211 or 703-361-7572 (TTY).

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).

"WINNIE THE POOH" -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Center for the Arts' Pied Piper Theatre opens its season with a musical comedy based on the children's classic by A.A. Milne. Join Christopher Robin on an enchanted visit to the forest to meet Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and Eeyore. Osbourn Park High School, 8909 Euclid Ave., Manassas. $7 in advance; $8 at the door. Season tickets, $18 for three shows. 703-330-2787.

MAGIC WINDOW -- 10 a.m. Saturday. Storytelling by Frank D'Aquila. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $6. 703-792-4218.

Lectures and Literature

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB -- 7 p.m. today. Discuss "Dying to Get Published," by Judy Fitzwater, with the Third Thursday Thrillers. Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-494-8126 or 703-494-8129 (TTY).


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

Sports and Recreation

LEGACY OF THE CCC -- 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Join a park ranger on a two-mile hike to examine the craftsmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Reservations required. Prince William Forest Park, Interstate 95 Exit 150B, Triangle. Park entrance, $5 a car. 703-221-7181.

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.


"DAMN YANKEES" -- 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31. A musical fantasy 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


FAMILY CRAFT PROGRAM -- 7 p.m. today. Make turkey jinglers. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Prince William. Free; tickets required. 703-792-4800 or 703-792-4876 (TTY).

SLEIGH RIDES -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends and weekdays by appointment, through March 1. Admission includes a ride in a one horse open sleigh (no snow needed) or pony ride, hayride, snow tunnel slide hill, fun tunnels, rope swing, live Nativity scene petting farm, river hikes, hot cocoa, cookies and a bonfire. Old Mine Ranch, 17504 Mine Rd., Dumfries. $5. 703-441-1382 or

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.

Plan Ahead

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- 8 p.m. some weekdays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 29-Dec. 22. Vpstart Crow brings out the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in Charles Dickens's seasonal classic. Cramer Center for the Arts, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $18; students and seniors, $15. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for children. 703-365-0240 or

-- 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.