"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 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. 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

"RUMPLESTILTSKIN" -- 11:30 a.m. Friday. Bob Brown Puppets presents the classic tale as part of the summer entertainment programs sponsored by the Prince William Park Authority. Locust Shade Park Amphitheater, 4701 Locust Shade Dr., Triangle. $3 children 2 and older. 703-221-8579 or www.pwcparks.org.

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.

Lectures and Literature

LANDSCAPE DESIGN SEMINAR -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Garden Club of Lake Ridge sponsors this program on how to create a well-designed landscape plan. Canterbury Woods, 12184 Chaucer Lane, Woodbridge. Free. 703-491-2154, ext. 112.

"ALL DAY ART" -- 9 a.m. Saturday. The Center for the Arts offers two classes in folk art painting and watercolor techniques. $100 and $150, registration required. Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. 703-330-2787 or www.center-for-the-arts.com.


BACKSTAGE MYSTERIES -- 7 p.m. today. "House of Fear." Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free; registration requested. 703-792-4500.


And Sports

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 Saturday. 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.

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.


YOUTH ORCHESTRAS AUDITIONS -- 3:30-9 p.m., Monday and Tuesday. The Youth Orchestras of Prince William will hold auditions by appointment at Woodbridge Middle School, 2201 York Dr., Woodbridge. Call 703-590-7083 for appointments.

YOUTH CHORALE AUDITIONS -- Saturday by appointment only. The Woodbridge Youth Chorale is looking for singers in grades 4-8 to audition at Woodbridge Senior High School, 3001 Old Bridge Rd., Woodbridge. Call 703-730-0759, e-mail woodbridgeyouthchorale@comcast.net or visit www.pwcweb.com/wyc.

Plan Ahead

"HAWAIIAN HARMONIES" -- 7:30 p.m. May 28 and 29. The Westminstrel Show Choir performs. Westminster at Lake Ridge Retirement Community, 12191 Clipper Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-490-0854, Ext. 343.

-- Compiled by CAMILLE ROSS

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