Arts and Crafts

KNITTING/CROCHETING, 10 a.m.-noon Fridays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 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. Group seeks donations of crochet hooks, sizes F through J, and four-ply acrylic yarn. Free. 703-430-2397.

BEGINNERS KNITTING, 10-11:30 a.m. four consecutive Saturdays beginning this week, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Bring worsted-weight yarn and eight- to 14-inch knitting needles, a metal or plastic yard needle, and scissors. Register. $36, residents; $54, nonresidents. 703-430-6673.

MIXED-MEDIA EXPRESSIVE DRAWING FOR TEENS, 14 and older, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, May 18-June 22, Round Hill Arts Center, 6 W. Loudoun St. Instructor Karen Bladegroen. Register. Five weeks, $100; six weeks, $120. 540-338-5050 or www.roundhillarts.org.

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

HAND BUILDING IN CLAY, grades 4-8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 19-June 23, Round Hill Arts Center, 6 W. Loudoun St. Instructor Judy Carlisle. Register. Five weeks, $115; six weeks, $135. 540-338-5050.

AMERICAN SEWING GUILD, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. second Wednesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-444-1936. 10 a.m.-noon first Fridays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Group will not meet June-August. 703-369-2856; Open to anyone with an interest in sewing. www.asg.org.

LOVETTSVILLE NEEDLEWORK, 7-9 p.m., third Wednesdays, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Learn to cross-stitch, crochet, knit and do needlepoint. $2 drop-in fee. Register. 540-822-5284.

EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA, 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Trinity Presbyterian Church at Dranesville Road and Park Avenue, Herndon. Oatlands chapter serving Loudoun and Fairfax counties. 703-858-1490.

Bingo

Arcola, basket bingo fundraiser for Arcola Community Center, Saturday, Arcola Fire Department, 24300 Gum Springs Rd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. Adult only. $20. 703-327-3318.

Business

"START YOUR BUSINESS," 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Presentation by Caroline Mansi and Terry Corle. Open discussion will follow the presentation to address specific questions. Register. Space is limited. Free. 703-430-7222.

Children

MOMS' MORNING OUT, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Thursdays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Enjoy a morning with your child, or use the time to run errands. $35 for five sessions. Register. 703-771-5913.

MOTHER GOOSE LIVE, puppet show, ages 2-6, 4 p.m. today, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-771-5624.

SING-A-LONG, all ages, 4 p.m. today, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

PRESCHOOL PROM, "Luau Theme," 6-7 p.m. tomorrow, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 School St., Purcellville. Bring your hula skirt. Refreshments. $3. 540-338-4122.

PARK PALS, ages 3-6. 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Explore the park and enjoy animals and plants. Learn about them through games and activities. Register. $9. 703-444-1275.

HABITAT HUNT, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. May 24, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Look for habitats in the forest, meadow and ponds. Learn about them through crafts and games. Register. $9. 703-444-1275.

Community

SPRING FLING GALA FUNDRAISER, 6:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Leesburg. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Live swing orchestra. Benefits the Loudoun Free Clinic. Black tie, white tie (top hat and tails optional). $150. 703-779-5412 or www.loudounfreeclinic.org. PURCELLVILLE HERITAGE DAY, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, downtown Purcellville. 5K fun and fun walk, 8:30 a.m.; olde timers' roundtable at the train station, 7 p.m. Craft vendors, entertainment, police, fire and rescue displays, health fair and amusement rides. Free. Rain or shine. 540-338-9336.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Hunter Oaks Farm, 4.5 miles south of Purcellville on Route 690. Sponsored by Roszell Chapel United Methodist Church. Free; will offering to benefit the building fund. 540-338-5861.

LOUDOUN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, 2 p.m. Sunday, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. Refreshments, exhibits, art panel unveiling, musical entertainment and video presentations. Free. 703-771-6580.

OPEN HOUSE, all ages, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, 20688 Ashburn Rd. Children can learn how to call 911 and earn a T-shirt. Fire truck rides, EMS helicopter visit, refreshments. Free. 703-724-4848.

Dance

BLUE RIDGE THUNDER CLOGGERS, 11 and older and adults, beginner lessons, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, in converted barn near Purcellville. Call for directions and cost. 540-882-4917.

SOCIAL/BALLROOM, "Latin Potpourri," Level 2, 7-8 p.m.; "triple swing," 8-9 p.m. Thursdays beginning May 27, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Registration. $30, four sessions. 703-406-7894.

OLD-TIME COUNTRY, 8 p.m., beginner workshop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Purcellville Skating Rink, 250 Nursery Ave. Bluemont. Old-time country dance featuring music by Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes and figure caller Gaye Fifer. Friendly atmosphere for new and experienced dancers. Families and singles; homemade potluck refreshments encouraged. $7; $5, Bluemont friends, students and seniors. 703-777-6306 or www.bluemont.org.

Gardening

HORTICULTURAL LECTURE, "Repotting Orchids," 10 a.m. today, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Register. $15; $10, Friends of Oatlands.

PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, May 27. Visit historic Dumbarton Oaks in Washington. Call for details. 540-338-0950.

GOOSE CREEK HERB GUILD, 9:30 a.m. third Tuesdays, Oatlands Carriage House, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Free. 703-627-2664.

Lectures and Literature

READING AND DISCUSSION, "The Midwife's Tale" by Gretchen Moran Laskas, adults, 7 p.m. today, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Free. 703-777-0368.

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE, "Walter Jeffords Collection," 7 p.m. next Thursday, National Sporting Library, 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg. Hugh Hildesley, executive vice president, Sotheby's. Register. Free. 540-687-6542, Ext. 15.

LECTURE, "What Is So Special About Foxhounds and Hunting?" 6 p.m. May 28, National Sporting Library, 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg. Daphne Wood, president of the Masters of Foxhounds Association. Register. Free. 540-687-6542, Ext. 15.

BOOK SALE, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. Teddy the Clown will be on hand to entertain children with balloon bending at 11 a.m. Free. 540-687-5730.

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BOOK DISCUSSION, ages 9 and older, "The Magic Circle" by Donna Jo Napoli, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light St. Register and receive a free copy of the book. 540-822-5824.

BOOK DISCUSSION AND SIGNING, "Old Plantations and Historic Homes Around Middleburg, Virginia," 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Final Draft Booksellers, 192 N. 21st St., Suite 200, Purcellville. Audrey Windsor Bergner, author. Refreshments. Free. 540-338-8238.

NEEDLEWORK LECTURE, "The Quaker Girl in Loudoun County, Her Life and Her Needlework," 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Betty Flemming, needlework lecturer and author, founder of the Loudoun Sampler Guild. Free. 703-737-7195.

USBORNE BOOK FAIR, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24-27, Lovettsville Elementary School, 49 S. Loudoun St. All age groups and interests in paperback and hardback. Cost varies. 703-771-6700.

Miscellaneous

AGRICULTURAL AWARENESS DAY, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. tomorrow, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21544 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. Educational event featuring truck and tractor displays, farm animals, straw maze, games and agricultural demonstrations. Free. 703-421-5322.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Loudoun residents. Free. 703-777-0187.

AMATEUR RADIO, 8:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 607 W. Market St., Leesburg. 540-338-2584 or www.k4lrg.org.

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP, female residents of Loudoun County and their daughters ages 13 and older, 7-10 p.m. May 25, Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, 45299 Research Pl., Ashburn. Wear gym-style clothing and athletic shoes. Register. Free. 703-7777-0407.

LEESBURG COMPOSITE SQUADRON OF CIVIL AIR PATROL, adult members at 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, cadet members at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Leesburg National Guard Armory, 41905 Loudoun Center Pl. Anyone interested in aviation and search and rescue is welcome. Free. 703-464-7356 or www.leesburgcap.org.

Music

LOUDOUN SYMPHONY, "American Idyll," 8 p.m. Saturday, Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn. Mark Allen McCoy, music director and conductor. David Stambler, saxophone. Advance, $15; children, $7; at the door, $18; $8. 703-771-8287 or www.loudounsymphony.org.

Nature

LOUDOUN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY, "The Chesapeake Bay, A National Natural Treasure," 7 p.m. Tuesday, Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Nature Sanctuary, 802 Children's Center Rd. SW, Leesburg. Refreshments. Free. 540-554-2542 or www.loudounwildlife.org.

Seniors

LOUDOUN COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS' DAY, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," 55 and older, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21, JR's Festival Lakes, Fort Evans Road, Leesburg. Old-fashioned barbecue lunch, photo opportunities with a Frederick Keys baseball player, baseball bingo and dancing to the Twang Masters. Sponsored by Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging. Register. $6. 703-777-0257.

AARP'S DRIVER SAFETY CLASS, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 26 and 28, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Participants must attend both sessions. Volunteer Gene Schmidt. Register. $10. 703-430-2397.

Sports and Recreation

DULLES DAYBREAK DASHERS KICKOFF, 9-10 a.m. today, lower level, center court, Dulles Town Center, Routes 28 and 7, Sterling. Indoor walking and fitness program which allows exercising at any pace or schedule. Kickoff celebration offers blood pressure screenings, prizes and more. Receive health and wellness materials and information on indoor walking hours, seminars and workshops. Free. 703-404-7100 .

LOUDOUN WALKING AND VOLKSSPORT CLUB, 7:30-8:30 p.m. next Thursday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Free. 703-737-2175

ROAD RUNNERS, 9 a.m. Saturday, meet at Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison streets, Leesburg, to carpool to Purcellville; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Picnic Woods Road, Lovettsville. Breakfast after the run. Call for directions. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

Trips

LONGWOOD GARDENS, Tuesday. Depart 7:30 a.m., Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville, for trip to Philadelphia via Virginia Coach motorcoach. Register. $36. 540-338-7603.

Theater

"INTO THE WOODS," musical, 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday, Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. $5. 703-771-6580.

"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" AUDITIONS, ages 8-18, 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday, Loudoun Senior Center, 221060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Information and registration, 703-437-6117 or www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

"FOOTLOOSE," teen romance written by Dean Pitchford, 7:30 p.m. May 21-23; 2 p.m. May 22, Potomas Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Pkwy. $7. 703-444-7542.

"SNOW WHITE," presented by VSA Arts of Virginia-Loudoun County, 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Harmony Intermediate School, 38174 W. Colonial Hwy., Hamilton; 7 p.m. May 22 and 2 p.m. May 23, Harper Park Middle School, 701 Potomac Station Dr. NE, Leesburg. $5; 2 and younger, free; $18, family. 540-338-7973.

Yard Sales and

Flea Markets

LEESBURG YARD SALE, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 22, Foxridge Drive and Deer Path Avenue. Information, call Property Management People Inc., 703-771-9355.

PURCELLVILLE YARD SALE, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Bethany United Methodist Church lawn, 100 W. Main St., Purcellville. Clothing, appliances, furniture, tools, household items, books, toys and exercise equipment. Food available for purchase. Free. 540-338-7648.

PURCELLVILLE YARD SALE, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 School St., Purcellville. Sponsored by the advisory board to benefit the community center. Free. 540-338-9174.

STERLING YARD SALE, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Briar Patch Park, 1500 N. Sterling Blvd. Sponsored by the Sterling Community Center Advisory Board to benefit upkeep and improvements at the park. Rain date, May 22. Free. 703-715-6220.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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