CHINESE BRUSH PAINTINGS -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, through May 15. The Ste. Felix Galerie displays Chinese brush paintings by Hsi-Mei Yates. Yates, who teaches Oriental watercolor in Fredericksburg, has worked for the China Art Company, which is known for its fine, hand-painted ceramics. Ste. Felix Galerie, 312-A Poplar Alley, Occoquan. Free. 703-490-4477 or www.stefelixgalerie.com.

"MELINDA HARLEMAN: NEW DIRECTIONS" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through May 4. Harleman creates designs on traditional and handmade papers using pastels and colored pencils. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

"TRADITIONS REVISITED" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, April 8 through May 5. Porcelain and stoneware by local artist David Cowdrill, including a collection of vases, bottles, pitchers and other vessels fashioned on his potter's wheel. Also, Danette Bishop showcases her quilt creations, which are made with contemporary fabrics and metallic or rayon threads. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

"A DIFFERENT VIEW" -- 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays through April 28. Paintings by adult students at the Art Workshop, a Dutch school for artists with mental disabilities. This collection is part of an exchange program between educators from the Virginia Community College System and their counterparts in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. Colgan Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 702-257-6532.

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 artifacts. 9101 Prince William St., Old Town Manassas. $3; seniors and children 6-17, $2; 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.

"CANDY FACTORY FIRST" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday. A juried art show offering a variety of mediums, including etchings, collages, graphite and photography created by local artists. Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

For Children

WEDNESDAY WONDERS -- 4 p.m. Wednesday. Children 3-8 share stories and sing songs. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.

SATURDAY STORY TIME -- 11 a.m. Saturday. Children of all ages. Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4500.

ANIMAL ANTICS -- 1-3 p.m. today. Meet baby animals from the Leesburg Animal Park Petting Zoo. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free; tickets required. 703-792-4800.


"LYSISTRATA" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The Drama Club of the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College performs the classic Greek anti-war comedy by Aristophanes. The production is part of the Lysistrata Project, a global peace statement conducted by worldwide theater groups, and is recommended for mature audiences. NVCC, 15200 Neabsco Mills Rd., Woodbridge. Donations of $3-$5 suggested. 703-878-5750 or www.nvcc.edu.

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 displays include 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.


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


MODEL RAILROAD CLINICS -- 11 a.m. Saturday. Learn about realistic wood fence construction and weathering. Hosted by the Prince William Model Railroad Club. Rip Track Train Store, 2885 PS Business Ctr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-878-0692 or 703-590-6901.

Plan Ahead

SPRING FLING -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24. Dance students of the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts program at Woodbridge Senior High School will present a performance to celebrate National Dance Week. The program, directed by Nany Gross, will feature a variety of dance works. Woodbridge Senior High School, 3001 Old Bridge Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-497-8147.

"INTO THE WOODS" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Drama and orchestra students perform the Stephen Sondheim musical. Gar-Field Senior High School, 14000 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge. $7. 703-730-7005.

-- Compiled by Camille Ross

Prince William Extra entertainment calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos-noting date, time, address, cost and phone number-to Camille Ross, Prince William Entertainment Calendar, The Washington Post, 9420 Battle Street, Manassas, Va., 20110. You also may e-mail announcements to rossc@washpost.com or fax them to 703-392-1406. Deadline is 14 days before publication.