Concerts WOODBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHOIR -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. A holiday concert. Forest Park High School, 15721 Spriggs Rd, Dumfries. Free. 703-396-1018.

BAND AND CHOIR -- 7 p.m. Saturday. The Prince William Community Band and the Woodbridge High School Concert Choir perform a joint holiday concert. Woodbridge High School auditorium, 3001 Old Bridge Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-730-5333.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA -- 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Dec. 22. Adult and junior choirs from Central Baptist Church perform "Great Day!" by Mosie Lister. Central Baptist Chuch, 13910 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge. Free. Nursery provided. 703-583-1717.

Dance MANASSAS DANCE COMPANY -- 8 p.m. tomorrow, 7 p.m. Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday. A full-length presentation of "The Nutcracker" ballet will be accompanied by musicians from the Prince William Symphony Orchestra. Stonewall Jackson Senior High School, 8860 Rixlew Lane, Manassas. In advance, $18; seniors and children, $14. At the door, $20; seniors and children, $16. 703-257-1811.


NVCC HOLIDAY SHOW -- business hours, through Jan. 17. Students at the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College display their recent drawings and paintings at Manassas City Hall, 9027 Center St., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

NVCC STUDENT WORKS -- 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, through Jan. 19. Paintings and drawings by students. Colgan Hall Exhibit Space, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

MARCIA LYNN TOEPFER -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30. New oil and watercolor paintings of the English countryside are exhibited in "Seasonal Splendor." Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-569-5731.

"A MERRY ARTFUL HOLIDAY" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Jan. 6. A show by 14 Northern Virginia artists features watercolors, pastels, pencil drawings, nontraditional photography, art quilts, glass, stoneware, porcelain, turned wood and silver jewelry. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

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/Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

MANASSAS-WARRENTON CAMERA CLUB -- Club members display their photographs during store hours through September, with new photographs every month at Jamie's General Bean, 5967 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville. Free. 703-369-0293.

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 SHENANIGANS -- 3:30-4:45 p.m. today. Make cards, gift tags and small gifts. Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free; registration required. 703-361-8211 or 703-361-7572 (TTY).

ONCE UPON A THURSDAY -- 10:30 a.m. today. Children of all ages are invited to a program about "Winter Wonderland." Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-494-8126 or 703-494-8129 (TTY).

TOTALLY TERRIFIC THURSDAYS -- 3 p.m. today. A program for children 6-12. Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-494-8126 or 703-494-8129 (TTY).

BOOK BABBLE -- 7 p.m. today. Readers in grades 4-6 are invited to discuss books. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Prince William. Free. 703-792-4800.

KAYDEE PUPPETS -- A puppet show, "Santa's Workshop -- Mortimer Mouse's Very Important Job." 11 a.m. today at Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free, but tickets are required. 703-361-8211 or 703-361-7572 (TTY). Also 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Ben Lomond Community Center, 10501 Copeland Dr., Manassas. Children, $4; parents, free. 703-361-7126.

BAREFOOT PUPPETS -- 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. "Little Red Riding Hood" gets mixed up with "The Gingerbread Man." Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free, but tickets are required. 703-792-4500 or 703-792-4524 (TTY).

MAGIC WINDOW -- 10 a.m. Saturday. "General Foolishness" by Paul Hadfield. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $6. 703-792-4218.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA -- 9 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. For children 10 and younger. One photo with Santa is included. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Dale City Recreation Center, 14300 Minnieville Rd. $6. 703-670-7112.

Lectures and Literature CHARLOTTE MACLEOD -- 7 p.m. today. Discuss comic mysteries by MacLeod, "Rest You Merry" and "The Family Vault." Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4500 or 703-792-4524 (TTY).

TEEN BOOK CLUB -- 7 p.m. today. The monthly club brainstorms about a book review contest and shares reading recommendations. Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4500 or 703-792-4524 (TTY).

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. Discuss "Booked to Die," by John Dunning. Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-494-8126 or 703-494-8129 (TTY).


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

Sports and Recreation

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.

Theater COMEDIA "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The Woodbridge Senior High School Drama Department presents an adaptation of Dickens's play, with actors in multiple roles. Woodbridge Senior High School theater, 3001 Old Bridge Road, Lake Ridge. $5. 703-497-8040.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- 8 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 22. Vpstart Crow summons the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in Charles Dickens's seasonal classic, adapted for the stage by Timothy S. Shaw and directed by Shaw and Brittney Sweeney. Cramer Center for the Arts, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $18; students and seniors, $15. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter. 703-365-0240 or

"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

Miscellaneous PEPPERMINT PONIES -- 7 p.m. today. A family craft program. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Prince William. Free, but tickets are required. 703-792-4800 or 703-792-4876 (TTY).

MODEL TRAINS -- 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Prince William Model Railroad Club presents a modular layout show, including replicas of Prince William County landmarks. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Prince William. Free. 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.

-- 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.