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, long-term care unit at Loudoun Hospital and for the Hug An Afghan program. Offers a homemade afghan to any child 18 or younger within the U.S. who has lost a parent or sibling. Group seeks donations of crochet hooks, sizes F through J, and four-ply acrylic yarn. Free. 703-430-2397.

ALDIE MILL ART SHOW AND SALE, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June, Aldie Mill, Route 50. Juried art work, demonstrations. Free. 703-327-9777.

INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR, adults, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday and June 12 or June 16 and 23, Rust Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Children's Center Rd., Leesburg. Register. $30, members; $42, nonmembers.

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.

LOUDOUN SKETCH CLUB OUTDOOR SESSIONS, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through September at various locations. Paint, draw or photograph. Call for information. 540-338-5803.

WATERFORD QUILTERS, 10 a.m. second Wednesdays, St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church, 37700 St. Francis Ct., Purcellville. New members welcome. Free. 703-327-2482.

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. Registration. 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

BASKET BINGO, Loudoun County Fairgrounds Barn Raising Fund Benefit, Sunday, Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. Doors open 1 p.m.; bingo begins 2 p.m. Limited seating. Reservations. $20, in advance; $25, at the door. 540-338-6967.

Business

"START YOUR BUSINESS," 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Presentations by Caroline Mansi and Terry Corle. Open discussion period. Register. 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. Registration. 703-771-5913.

KID'S FISHING DERBY, ages 6-16, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Claude Moore Park's two fishing ponds, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Staff will be available to give fishing advice. Prizes. Register. Free. 703-444-1275.

STORYTIME IN SPANISH, ages 3-6, 2 p.m. Saturday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-771-5624.

HELLO PONY, ages 2-6, 10-11 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, June 11 or 14, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Stonelea Farm will offer pony rides, pony grooming and a souvenir. An adult must accompany each child. Register. $25, per class. 540-687-6375.

Community

LOUDOUN LITERACY COUNCIL FUNDRAISING EVENT, 7-10 p.m. tomorrow, Tarara Winery, Route 662, north of Leesburg. Wine-tasting, music, cave tours, silent auction. Reservations. $45, person; $75, couple. 703-777-2205.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL, 6-7:30 p.m. June 11, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Ice cream and all the fixings. Register. $5, family. 703-430-6673.

MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN, Saturday. 9 a.m. registration, Leesburg Police Department, 65 Plaza St.; 9:30 a.m. police motorcycle escort departs. Complimentary breakfast and lunch. Door prizes. Benefits the Virginia Special Olympics. Rain date is Sunday. Call for cost. 703-771-4503.

HAMILTON DAY, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Colonial Highway. 5K race, parade, games for children, fire truck rides, art and quilt show, literature and map sale, music, food. Free. 540-338-4361.

BETWEEN THE HILLS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, membership breakfast, 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Neersville Fire Station, Route 671. $20, breakfast and annual dues for a family; $5, breakfast only. 540-668-6896.

CARNIVAL, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Forest Ridge Elementary School, 46245 Forest Ridge Dr., Sterling. Moon bounce, spin art, cake walk, dunk tank, games, contests, prizes, fire truck visit, food. Game tickets available at the door. Free. 703-437-4055.

WEDDING TEA AND VINTAGE BRIDAL FASHION SHOW, 1-4 p.m. June 12, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. Reservations. $15, adults; $12, seniors; $7, ages 11-15. 703-771-4887.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, 1-5 p.m. June 12, Christ Church, 14861 New Valley Church Rd., Leesburg. Ice cream, shortcakes, strawberries. Cost varies. 703-771-2196.

LAND TRUST OF VIRGINIA GARDEN PARTY FUNDRAISER, 4:30-8 p.m. Sunday, Llangollen Estate, Upperville. Refreshments, music. RSVP. $35. 540-687-8441.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION, retirement of Meadowland principal, Dennis Young, open house, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Meadowland Elementary School, 729 Sugarland Run Dr., Sterling. Come share a memory. Free. 703-421-9669.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 a.m.-noon June 13, Founders Hall beside Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department, 20688 Ashburn Rd. Pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits, gravy, juices, coffee. $5, ages 60 and older; $6, ages 9-59; $3, ages 3-8; free, 2 and younger. 703-729-2103.

Exhibits

"ART IN BLOOM," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sunday through July 31, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Artwork by Loudoun artists complemented with flower arrangements by Loudoun floral designers. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Friday. Free. 703-777-5498.LOUDOUN MUSEUM EXHIBIT, "Contemporary Expressions of Fiber Arts," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday through June 30, Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. Opening reception with members of the Waterford Weavers Guild, 6-9 p.m. Friday. Free. 703-777-7427 or www.loudounmuseum.org.

LOUDOUN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENT ARTISTS EXHIBIT, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays through July 29, George Washington University's Virginia campus, Gallery Lounge, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn. Artist recognition reception, 7-8:30 p.m. today. Free. RSVP reception. 703-726-3650.

Films

FILM AND DISCUSSION, "Airpower and the Normandy Invasion," 2 p.m. Sunday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Meet Ralph Minker, pilot of 38 missions in his B-17G bomber, the Blue Hen Chick. Harry Butowsky, professor of history, George Mason University and Research Historian, the National Park Service will lead the program. Free. 703-777-0368.

Gardening

HORTICULTURAL LECTURE, "Traditional Arrangements With Peonies," by Emma Kelly, 10 a.m. today; Creative Container Plantings" by Jackie Ellis, next Thursday, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Register. $15; $10, Friends of Oatlands. 703-777-3174.

History

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE, "A Fresh Look at Ball's Bluff," by Jim Morgan, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 540-822-4480.

Lectures and Literature

ROMANCE WRITING AND PUBLISHING, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Panel discussion with authors Tracee Lydia Garner and Rena Finney. Free. 703-737-8655.

BOOK DISCUSSION, author Walter Boyne, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Final Draft Books, 192 N. 21st St., Suite 200, Purcellville. Free. 540-338-8238.

BOOK DISCUSSION, "Frighten the Horses," a Rusty Coulter mystery, author Kurth Sprague, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. Free. 540-687-5730.

Miscellaneous

HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOPS, 1-9 p.m. tomorrow, Believers Baptist Church-Leesburg Christian School, 21336 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg. For home school families and those interested in learning more about home schooling. Free. 703-777-4220.

END OF SCHOOL POOL PARTY, ages 13-18, 8-11 p.m. June 11, Sterling Park Golf, Swim and Tennis Club, 333 S. Sterling Blvd. Swim, listen to DJ Sky and dance. Sponsored by the Sterling Community Center. Register. $4. 703-430-9480.

JOY OF JOURNALS WRITING CLASS, 18 and older, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Learn writing tips and information about different types of journals. Register. $14. 703-777-1368.

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES, ages 16 and older, 7-8 p.m. Mondays June 7-July 26, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Register. $55, eight classes. 540-687-6375.

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.

NARFE ANNUAL PICNIC, Loudoun chapter 1133, 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Fox Ridge Park pavilion, Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Bring a side dish or dessert. Chapter will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. Active and retired federal employees and their spouses are invited. Free. 703-723-0942.

Music

EVENING OF BLUES, 4 p.m. Saturday, Penny Lane back yard, 109 S. King St., Leesburg. Cathy Ponton King, blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, Mike Lessin, Jim Robeson, Bill Starks and Bob Berberich. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free. 703-771-1984.

WATERFORD FOUNDATION CONCERT SERIES, presenting winners of the Levine School of Music competitions in concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Waterford Old School, High and Fairfax Streets. Free guided walking tour of the historic village at 2 p.m. Meet at the Old School. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic for after the concert. Adults: $20, in advance; $22, at the door; ages 18 and younger: $10, in advance; $12, at the door. 540-882-3018 or www.waterfordva.org.

MASTER SINGERS OF VIRGINIA AUDITIONS, 28 member choral ensemble directed by Reik Reid Jones. Performs three major concerts each season as well as programs throughout Northern Virginia and DC. Call by Monday to schedule a time. 571-213-6306.

Nature

INTRODUCTION TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, teens-adults with basic knowledge and camera with changeable lenses, 7:30-9:30 p.m. next Thursday, June 10 and 1-3:30 p.m. June 12, Rust Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Children's Center Rd., Leesburg. Lecture and outdoor field session. $22, members; $31, nonmembers. Register. 703-669-0000.

BLUE RIDGE CENTER BIOBLITZ, 3 p.m. tomorrow -3 p.m. Saturday, Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville. Scientists and naturalists participate in a 24-hour biological survey of living things found on the 900 acres. Public is invited for the final tally and other bioblitz-related activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. 540-668-7640.

Seniors

FOREVER FIT, 9-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., ages 55 and older, sponsored by Loudoun County YMCA and Loudoun Healthcare Inc. Walking, marching, strengthening exercises, stretching and relaxation. $2. 703-777-9622.

ARMCHAIR EXERCISE, 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Loudoun Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct. SE, Leesburg. Free. 703-771-5156.

POKER, 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 55 and older. Free, center members; $1, nonmembers. 703-430-2397.

FEELIN' GOOD EXERCISE, 8-8:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. County-sponsored, for senior adults, low-impact exercise. $36, 12 sessions. 540-338-4122.

Sports and Recreation

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Rd., Leesburg. Wander the trails on your own or with a guide. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 703-669-0316.

ROAD RUNNERS, 9 a.m. Saturday, meet at Mike and Tami's in Waterford. Call for directions; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

UPPERVILLE COLT AND HORSE SHOW, June 7-13, horse show grounds, Route 50, Upperville. Gates open 8 a.m. daily. Benefits local charities. Food available for purchase. $10; ages 11 and younger accompanied by an adult, free. 540-253-5760 or www.upperville.com.

Theater

"BELMONT RIDGE SALUTES THE USO," 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and June 11-12; 2 p.m. Sunday, Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Pl., Leesburg. Dance, patriotic music and skits. More than 70 children will take on the personality of a movie star from the 1940's. Show is directed and created by Martha Lynch. $5. Veterans or active military who show up wearing any part of their uniform will receive $1 off the ticket price. 703-669-1450.

Yard Sales And Flea Markets

MIDDLEBURG RUMMAGE SALE, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Middleburg Fire Department, 910 W. Washington St. Benefits Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Free. 540-687-6430.

STERLING FLEA MARKET, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 22135 Davis Dr. Free. 703-406-3068.

STERLING FLEA MARKET, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Rain or shine. Free. 703-430-2397.

STERLING FLEA MARKET AND BOOK SWAP, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Free book swap, 10 a.m.-noon. 703-430-6673.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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