"WORDART" -- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, through Aug. 22. Paintings and digital transparencies combined with poetry. Artists: Kyle Fisher, Zoie Craft, M.T. Gallagher and Patty Gulledge. Colgan Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

"TEXTURES OF LIFE" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through June 7. Artists' Undertaking Gallery features etchings by Patricia Smith and bead woven jewelry by Carol Holmes. Smith's work is inspired by art history, and she uses a combination of intaglio printing, collage and color transfer. Holmes uses glass beads and gemstone chips to create her handmade jewelry. 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

"A DAY IN THE COUNTRY" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, through May 28. Oil and watercolor paintings by Marcia Toepfer, her third one-woman show at Loft Gallery. Toepfer, a member of the Art League in Alexandria, paints scenes from country gardens and garden cottages to reflect the peaceful surroundings outside the Beltway. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

"MOMENTS" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-5 pm. Saturday and Wednesday, through June 7. An exhibition by photographer Margaret Thomas, the first female staff photographer hired by The Washington Post. Thomas has been documenting the people of Prince William County through her photos since 1998. Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

"LIFE IN A RAILROAD TOWN" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through June 6. The Manassas Museum presents photos, uniforms, documents and a video about railroads from pre-Civil War days to the early 20th century. Visitors can learn about Morse code and send telegraphs. 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $3. 703-368-1873.

FREEDOM MUSEUM -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. The museum chronicles U.S. military history through pictures, memorabilia, interactive displays and vehicles. Manassas Regional Airport, 10400 Terminal Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-393-0660 or 877-393-0660.

MANASSAS MUSEUM -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 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., Manassas. $3; seniors and ages 6-17, $2; 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873.

For Children

FRIDAY FLICKS -- 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Movies based on books for children 3-7. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.

ONCE UPON A THURSDAY -- 10:30 a.m. today, for children of all ages. Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free; registration requested. 703-494-8216.

Lectures and Literature

HYPERTUFA WORKSHOP -- 100 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. A master gardener will teach how to make rock-like containers suitable for bonsai pots and slabs for plantings. Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery (behind Linton Hall School), 9535 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow. $25; registration required. 703-792-7747.


BACKSTAGE MYSTERIES -- 7 tonight. "Murder in the Music Hall." Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free; registration requested. 703-792-4500.


And Sports

BASEBALL CAMP OUT -- 7 p.m. Saturday. Watch the Potomac Cannons play the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, see a fireworks display after the game and then pitch a tent in the park for the night. Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. $9, gates open at 5:30 p.m. Call 301-924-0330 for regulations.

LUNCH AT THE PAVILION -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through August. Bring a bag lunch or purchase a box lunch from area restaurants and enjoy live entertainment at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion. Tables and chairs are provided. West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or www.harrispavilion.com.

OLD MINE RANCH -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Wild West fun: ponies, a petting farm, hiking trails, rope swings and fun tunnels. Also, a hayride and a Jack Russell terrier race. Bring a lunch and picnic in the pavilions. Old Mine Ranch, 17504 Mine Rd., Dumfries. $5. 703-441-1382.

PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK -- Dawn-dusk daily (park), 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (visitors center). Topics of the center's eclectic displays include spy training during World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps, cemeteries on park property, pyrite mines, birdcalls and a touching table. Videos are available on subjects such as beavers and owls. Orienteering and nature hikes can be arranged for groups. Prince William Forest Park, Interstate 95 Exit 150-B, Triangle. Free. 703-221-7181.


"KILLING DANTE" -- Fridays and Saturdays, through May 22; 3 p.m. Sunday. When a billionaire trades his everyday routine for the bohemian life of an artist, surprises abound that affect his family, friends and all those around him. Prince William Little Theatre presents this comedy by Shannon Michal and Jan Henson Dow. 8 p.m. George C. Round Elementary School, 10100 Hastings Dr., Manassas. $12, $10 senior citizens and students. 703-330-7796 or www.pwlt.org.

DOUBLE BILL -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Castaways Repertory Theatre presents "Laundry & Bourbon" and "Lone Star," two raucous comedies. Meet three Texas gals and their husbands as they sip bourbon, gossip and tell tall tales in these two one-act plays that depict life in a small Texas town in the early 1970s. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. $12; military, senior citizens, students and Prince William County employees, $8. 703-508-5418 or www.castawaystheatre.org.

MARRIAGE TIMES SEVEN -- 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, through July 11 . "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is a stage adaptation of a popular MGM movie musical. When the eldest of seven brothers brings home a bride, his siblings decide they, too, need wives. They round up six women and bring them to their cabin in the woods, only to learn some much-needed lessons about life and love. Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Route 1, off Interstate 95, Woodbridge. Saturdays, $36.95; other days, $34.95. Children 11-15, $30; children 10 and younger, $20. 703-550-7384 or www.lazysusan.com.

Plan Ahead

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE -- 2 p.m., May 23. Performances by the percussion section of the Prince William Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players. Refreshments will be served; audience members can meet the performers after the concert. Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-361-8211.

TORCHLIGHT TOUR OF MAYFIELD FORT -- 6-9 p.m. May 22. The Manassas Museum sponsors a living history program with Civil War reenactors. The fort is the last remaining earthwork fortification built by Confederate troops in 1861. 8401 Quarry Rd., Manassas. $10, $5 children, group rates available; reservations required. 703-368-1873.

BARBERSHOP CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. May 22. The Bull Run Troubadours perform barbershop music in a benefit concert. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1400 G St., Woodbridge. Free, donations accepted. 703-743-5867.

-- Compiled by CAMILLE ROSS

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