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MARDI GRAS DINNER AND DANCE, call for reservations for event 8 p.m.-midnight March 1, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Music by Fabulous Belairs. Costumes and masks optional. To benefit Middleburg Community Center. Couple, $80; single, $45. Includes dinner, dessert, wine and beer. Cash bar available for mixed drinks. 540-687-6373.

URBAN TREE CARE WORKSHOP, for tree care workers, landscape professionals, municipality officials and others interested in tree issues today, Feb. 27 and March 6, Rust Sanctuary, 804 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. $75, includes materials and lunch. To register, call 703-777-0373.

GENERAL STORE VISIT, ages 3-6, visit farm museum general store and post office, 9:30 a.m. today, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Make a craft and write a postcard to send to a friend. Registration. $6. 703-421-5322.

LOUDOUN WALKING CLUB, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-737-2175.

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

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OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT IN THE GYM, grades 1-5, 9 p.m.-8 a.m., Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Bring your sleeping bag and pitch your tent. Snacks and breakfast provided. Registration. $15. 540-822-5284.

NATURE BUDDIES: FROSTY DAYS, age 2 with an adult, 10-10:30 a.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. No older siblings. Registration. $3. 703-444-1275.

SOCIAL/BALLROOM DANCE, New Millennium, level 1, 7-8 p.m.; Latin Potpourri, level 1, 8 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Registration. $30, four sessions. 703-406-7894.

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.

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SEARCHING FOR BIRDS OF PREY, 2 p.m. Meet at Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Sanctuary, 804 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Drive back roads of Loudoun County to find and identify hawks and owls. Sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Audubon Naturalist Society, Registration. 540-554-2542.

LOVETTSVILLE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND OPEN HOUSE, all ages, with stories, musician Peter McCory, Wildlife Center of Virginia presentation, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lovettsville Library, 12 N. Light St. 540-822-5824.

BASKET MAKING CLASS, with Nancy Jewell, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Class, $18; supply fee, $20. 703-771-5281.

INDOOR WINTER CARNIVAL, all ages, with games, food, moon bounce, miniature golf, cookie decorating, face-painting and dragon hide-n-slide, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sterling Elementary School, 200 W. Church Rd. Snow date is March. 703-444-7450.

PUPPET SHOW, WINTER CARNIVAL, all ages, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. $6. 703-444-9426.

FLUTE FEST, Linda Cybert performs and conducts class for all levels, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Melodee Music, 46077 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling. Free. Call to reserve a seat. 703-450-4667.

DECORATIVE PAINTING, workshops 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22-23, Franklin Park Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Bring a piece of furniture and transform it from drab to fab. Supplies included. $70, per weekend. To register, call 540-338-7973.

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

ROAD RUNNERS, "Purcellville to Leesburg," meet at 8 a.m., Market Station, Harrison and Loudoun streets, Leesburg. Carpool. 703-737-6642 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

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.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GROUNDBREAKING,2 p.m., Church Street and Route 287, Lovettsville. Refreshments and music afterward, Lovettsville Game Protective Association, Route 287. A formal recognition programs will begin at 2:30 p.m. 703-777-7884.

ON THE EDGE OF RUSSIA, "A Peace Corps Volunteer Speaks About Her Time in the Far East," with Ashley Martin, adults, 2 p.m., Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Preregister. 540-338-7235.

VIEWING/DISCUSSION SERIES, adults, "Presidents, Politics and Power: American Presidents Who Shaped the 20th Century," with Harry Butowsky, 2 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Sponsored by Irwin Uran Gift Fund. 703-777-0323.

LOUDOUN CHORALE REHEARSAL, "Tenebrae Responses for Holy Saturday" by Don Carlo Gesualdo and "Musikalische Exequien" by Heinrich Schutz, 6 p.m. Sundays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St. New members welcome. Call Jean Demyttenaere, 540-554-8594.

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.

ROAD RUNNERS, "Thomas Mill Run," meet at 1 p.m., Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

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ANIMAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Monday or next Thursday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Look for animal homes and try to make a home like one you see. Registration. $9. 703-444-1275.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse," by Erdrich, 7 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-777-0690.

TEEN BOOK CLUB, ages 12 and older, "Tuck Everlasting," by Natalie Babbitt, 5 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. 703-430-9500.

TAX HELP, sponsored by county Area Agency on Aging, 55 and older, volunteers help with preparation of 1040, 1040-A and 1040-EZ forms and state and local forms. Open through April 10: 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Board of Supervisors' Satellite Office, 21641 Ridgetop Cir., Sterling, and Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St.; 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, South Riding Town Hall; 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Purcellville Library; 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, Area Agency on Aging Office, Leesburg. Volunteers available 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8 and 22, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. For an appointment, call 703-777-0257.

DANCE AEROBICS, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sully Elementary School, 300 Circle Dr., Sterling. $55, 12 sessions. 703-430-9480.

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.

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LOUDOUN KNITTERS,new members welcome, 6:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-771-1383.

FLOWER ESSENCES, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gardens of Delight, Route 9, Paeonian Springs (next to Waterford Texaco). $45. 540-882-9113.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, 7-9 p.m. each Tuesday-Wednesday through April 30, Ashburn United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr. Child care available. $15, course. 703-819-0846.

MARTIAL ARTS ACHIEVEMENT, 8 and older, call to register for classes 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and every other Friday, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $55 monthly. 703-443-2582.

ASHBURN-STERLING TOASTMASTERS, 7-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl. 703-858-5440.

BINGO, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Knights of Columbus barn, 401 W. Holly Ave., Sterling. 703-430-6789. Seniors Bingo, sponsored by Sterling Rotary Club, 7 p.m., Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. $1. 703-430-4397.

KIWANIS OF GOOSE CREEK, 7 a.m. Tuesdays, Johnson's Charcoal Beef House, 401 E. Market St., Leesburg. 703-777-5020.

KIWANIS OF LEESBURG, 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Lightfoot Restaurant, 13 N. King St., Leesburg. 703-777-1614.

ROTARY OF LEESBURG, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, breakfast meeting, Tuscarora Mill restaurant, 203 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. 703-777-2253.

WEIGHT TRAINING, ages 12-18, 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Arcola Community Center, 24244 Gum Spring Rd. Six sessions, $30. 703-327-3111.

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HANDS-ON CHILDREN'S AREA, ages 3-6, visit the farm museum's hands-on area and pretend to be a farmer, milk a lifelike cow, collect eggs and dress up in overalls and a straw hat, 9:30 a.m., Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Registration $6. 703-421-5322.

READER'S THEATER, "A Chance to Act," ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Wednesdays through April 16, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Children receive a script, pick an acting role and read aloud. Simple backdrops, costumes and props. New play performed each week. Preregister. 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

IN-LINE SKATING, bring skates. 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Arcola Community Center, 24244 Gum Spring Rd. $2 a session. 703-327-3111.

DROP-IN BASKETBALL, 7:45-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. $2. 540-338-4122.

LEESBURG HOST LIONS, 6 p.m. social gathering, 6:30 p.m. dinner, first and third Wednesdays, Laurel Brigade Inn, West Market Street, Leesburg. 703-777-2309.

AEROBIC KICKBOXING, 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Care available for children ages 2-5 at minimal charge. Classes, $25 a month. To register, 703-430-9480.

-- Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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