Thursday 27

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP, call to register for workshop 7-10 p.m. April 15, Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, 45299 Research Pl., Ashburn. Participants learn basic self-defense techniques through instruction, demonstration and practice. Class open to Loudoun County female residents and their daughters 13 and older. 703-777-0407.

NEW YORK CITY, call to register for trip departing 6:30 a.m. May 24, Douglass Community Center, 607 E. Market St., Leesburg, returning 11:30 p.m. May 25. $165, includes bus transportation, guided city tour and double occupancy at Milford Plaza hotel in midtown Manhattan. 703-771-5913.

SPRING BREAK THEATER CAMPS, call to register for Earth Day or theater camp auditions April 14-18, Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, Purcellville. 540-338-7973.

SOCIAL/BALLROOM DANCE, call to register for classes beginning April 3. Big band era, level 1, 7-8 p.m.; salsa/mambo workshop, 8-9 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $30, four weeks. 703-406-7894.

CALL FOR MODELS, Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center and American Girl Fashion Show Committee seek female models for fashion show Saturday-Sunday at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. 703-443-1787 or www.speechhearing.org.

LEESBURG SAFETY CENTER TOUR, ages 4-10, 1-2 p.m. today. Meet at Leesburg Safety Center, Plaza Street. $3. For information and registration, call 703-777-1368.

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. today, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Learn about what animals eat and how they find it. Registration. 703-444-1275.

"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 28

BASKET BINGO, doors open 5:30 p.m., games 7-10 p.m., Blue Ridge Middle School, 551 E. A St., Purcellville. Sponsored by Philomont Community Center. Food available. Advance, $20; at the door, $25. 540-338-5882.

BASKET AND POTTERY BINGO, doors open 5 p.m., games 6:30 p.m., Ball's Bluff Elementary School, 821 Battlefield Pkwy., Leesburg. To benefit school library. Food available. Advance, $15; at the door, $20. 703-777-1928.

KNITTING/CROCHETING, county-sponsored. 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.

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 29

WALK FOR HABITAT, registration 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. John's Parish Center, 101 Oakcrest Manor Dr. NE, Leesburg, finish walk by 4 p.m. Cookout in parking lot 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Three- and six-mile routes through historic Leesburg. Sponsored by Loudoun Habitat for Humanity and Loudoun Walking and Volkssport Club. Collect pledges or donations to help Loudoun Habitat build its next house in Lovettsville. 703-737-2175.

CLOTHING, TOY AND EQUIPMENT SALE, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Loudoun-Fairfax Mothers of Multiples. 703-715-6669.

LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOOK COLLECTION, used hardbacks and paperbacks in good condition, cassettes, CDs, videos and records accepted, 9 a.m.-noon, Rose Hill Manor, 42140 Raspberry Plain Lane, north of Leesburg off Route 15. 703-779-2252.

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

ROAD RUNNERS, meet at 8 a.m., Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr. 703-737-6642 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

Sunday 30

BIRD WALK, 9 and older, 8-10 a.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Bring binoculars and water bottle. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Canceled by rain. Free. Registration required. 703-444-1275.

AFRICAN AMERICANS: MIDDLEBURG IN RETROSPECT, panel discussion with longtime Middleburg area residents, 3-5 p.m., The Hill School, Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center, 130 South Madison St., Middleburg. Sponsored by Black History Committee of Friends of Thomas Balch Library. 703-737-7195.

GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE ADOPTION, noon-3 p.m. PetSmart, 46220 Potomac Run Plaza, Sterling. 703-435-2840 or www.shepherdrescue.org.

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

Monday 31

EARTH AND SKY, ages 3-6, games and crafts, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Monday or next Thursday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Registration. $9, one session. 703-444-1275.

TAX HELP, 55 and older, sponsored by county Area Agency on Aging, 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. Saturday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. For appointment, 703-777-0257.

Tuesday 1

GROWING STAGE AUDITIONS, "West Side Story," 5-8 p.m. April 1, Blue Ridge Middle School, Purcellville, and 5-8 p.m. April 2, Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn. Prepare to dance and sing 16 bars of a memorized musical theatre song not from "West Side Story." Four adult men and 35 teenagers needed. Show June 26-July 6. For an appointment, call 540-338-5367.

TEEN POET TREE, ages 12-18, during April, bring a poem you have written and add it the tree, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

YOU NEED A COW, ages 3-5, 9:30 a.m., Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Learn about products come from cow's milk. Help to make fresh butter and taste it. Registration. $6. 703-421-5322.

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.

Wednesday 2

LIVE AT THE LIBRARY, "Winter Run: Stories of an Enchanted Boyhood," with author Robert Ashcom, 7 p.m., Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. 540-687-5730.

MYSTERY CLUB, ages 6-10, "Detection," 7-8 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Preregister. 703-777-0323.

ANYTHING GOES QUILTING, bring bag lunch and quilting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. first Wednesdays, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St., 540-687-5759.

READER'S THEATER, ages 8-12, "A Chance to Act," 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 weekly. Preregister. 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

-- Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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