Thursday 26 SKI TRIP, call to register for trip to White Tail on Jan. 21 for county middle and high school students. Depart 6:30 a.m. from Leesburg, Ashburn and Purcellville locations, return 6 p.m. Cost varies depending on package. 703-771-5913.

WATERFORD COTILLION, call to register for six-week course in January and February. One class is for fourth- to sixth-graders, another for sixth- to eighth-graders. Program focuses on social etiquette, including first impressions, table manners, communication skills and confidence building. The cotillion is directed by Jon D. Williams Cotillions, established in 1949 to instruct young people in the art of dance and social etiquette. $160. 540-882-9090.

GARDEN: SPRING TO FALL, SUN AND SHADE, call to register for program 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 18 or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Karen Rexrode of Windy Hill Plant Farm shares knowledge of perennials. Meet at Gardens of Delight, Clark and Walker Building, Route 9, Paeonian Springs, next to Waterford Texaco. $45. 540-882-9113.

SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT, call to register for pageant Jan. 11 at Harper Park Middle School. 703-771-5913.

PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW, 55 and older, call to register for three-day, two-night trip March 6-8. Sponsored by Loudoun County Senior Center and its advisory board. Seats limited. Members, $230; nonmembers, $250. Includes transportation, double occupancy at Ramada Inn with continental breakfasts, ticket to flower show, one dinner, two shows, Amish area tour with guide and two country-style lunches. 703-430-2397.

SOCIAL/BALLROOM DANCE, call to register for classes beginning Jan. 10. Big band era, level 1, 7-8 p.m.; swing workshop, 8 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $30, four sessions. 703-406-7894.

LOUDOUN ACADEMY OF THE ARTS, call to register for classes beginning Jan. 6. Portrait painting, black-and-white darkroom basics and tile making new for adults. New classes for children include puppetry and art classes for home-schoolers. Repeat classes for adults and children featuring drawing, sculpture, watercolor, oil, acrylics, calligraphy and landscape painting, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. 703-777-8043.

ROAD RUNNERS, trail runs, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. Bring water. 703-771-6927.

BINGO, benefits local charities, 7:30 p.m., Sterling Ruritan Club, 183 Ruritan Rd. 703-444-6039.

"MOM'S MORNING OUT," enjoy a morning with your child or use the time to run errands. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $35 for five sessions. Registration required. 703-771-5913.

SENIOR CENTER POKER, 55 and older, 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Center members, free; nonmembers, $1. 703-430-2397.

ROUND HILL SMOKE-FREE BINGO, sponsored by Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department, doors open at 5 p.m., early-bird games 6:45 p.m., at the department, Route 719 North. Accessible to disabled.

Friday 27 KNITTING/CROCHETING, county-sponsored, with Judy Hayes. Make items for families at the homeless shelter, Northern Virginia Ronald McDonald House, Loudoun Hospital Center and long-term care unit at Loudoun Hospital, 10 a.m.-noon Fridays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Group seeks donations of crochet hooks, sizes F through J, and four-ply acrylic yarn. 703-430-2397.

BODY SCULPTING, 10-11 a.m. Fridays, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Care available for ages 2-5 at a minimal charge. Classes, $25 a month. To register, 703-430-9480.

DROP-IN OPEN GYM FOR HOME-SCHOOLERS, ages 10-17, noon-2 p.m. Fridays, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $1. 540-822-5284. First-graders and older, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays.

DROP-IN BASKETBALL, elementary students, 3-5:30 p.m. Fridays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $1. 703-771-5913. Women, 8:30-10 p.m. Fridays, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. $2. 703-430-9480. Also 5-7 p.m. Fridays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $2. 703-771-5913.

Saturday 28 MIDDLEBURG STORY TIME, ages 4-6, each Saturday, 10 a.m., Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. 540-687-5730.

ROAD RUNNERS, meet at 8 a.m., Tuscarora Creek Park near Cool Spring Elementary, Leesburg. 703-737-6642 or

LUCKETTS RURITAN TRASH, RECYCLING, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Lucketts Elementary School, 14550 James Monroe Hwy. Donation of $3 per household requested. 703-777-8544.

HILLSBORO RURITAN TRASH DROP-OFF, to benefit schools and rescue squads, 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. $1 per sealed bag, 30-gallon maximum. 540-668-6749.

Sunday 29 BIRD COUNT, join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and participant in the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count. Count circle's 15-mile diameter covers 177 square miles of Loudoun countryside -- north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn and west to Purcellville. For information, call Joe Coleman, 540-554-2542, or visit

J. PLUNKY BRANCH AND ONENESS CONCERT, music for mind, body and soul, 2 p.m. Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Sponsored by Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Free. 703-444-3228.

ROAD RUNNERS, "Purcellville to Leesburg Run," meet at 8 a.m., Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison streets, Leesburg, to carpool. 703-779-0078 or

ONE-ON-ONE INTERNET, classes, 7-8:30 p.m. Sundays and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 7-9 p.m. Mondays and 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg; call for times and dates at Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. and Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Free.

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SKETCH CLUB, still-life workshop, teaching videos, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first and third Mondays, bring bag lunch, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. 540-338-2103.

SENIOR CENTER DUPLICATE BRIDGE, 55 and older, sanctioned game, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays; 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Center members, free; nonmembers, $1. 703-430-2397.

RECYCLING DROP-OFF, newspapers, glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel food and beverage cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and paperboard. 8 a.m.-dusk Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Park View High School, 400 W. Laurel Ave., Sterling. 703-771-5318.

FEELIN' GOOD EXERCISE, county-sponsored, for senior adults, low-impact exercise, 8-8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. $36, 12 sessions. 540-338-4122.

DANCE AND TONE, all ages, improve endurance and strength with 30 minutes of choreographed exercise and 30 minutes of floor work. Sponsored by Loudoun County YMCA. 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, 13266 Taylorstown Rd., Taylorstown; 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Hillsboro's Old Stone School, Route 9. Child care available. Fees based on number of classes signed up for each week. 703-777-9622.

FOREVER FIT EXERCISE, 55 and older, sponsored by Loudoun County YMCA and Loudoun Healthcare Inc. Walking, marching, strengthening exercises, and stretching and relaxation. 9-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St. $2. 703-777-9622.

-- Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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