FAMILY CONCERT -- 10 a.m. Friday. Children's recording artists Peter and Ellen Allard will perform songs for young and old alike. Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6658.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL -- 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday. With music by the Old Bridge Orchestra. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or


BLAST FROM THE PAST -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Dance the night away with the #9 Dream Beatles Tribute Band and music made famous by the Fab Four. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. $5. 703-361-9800 or


"INTRINSIC AESTHETICS" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, through July 23. Six regional art associations will display a variety of works, including photographs, watercolors, acrylics and oils, in this juried exhibit. Member artists from the associations will bring their best works. Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

"IT'S SIMPLY NATURAL" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m., daily, through July 5. Sepia-toned plant photograms created by photographer Jan Bender are on display, along with basketry made by Virginia Jenkins. Bender's photograms, made without using a camera or film, are arranged on photographic paper. Jenkins uses natural dyes from nuts and flowers to color the cane, reed and sea grass she weaves into unusually shaped baskets. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

NEW ART -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, through July. Four new artists display their works -- watercolors and oils by Margaret Brown and Darlene Kaplan and photography by Glenn Miller and Elizabeth Linares. Ste. Felix Galerie, 312-A Poplar Alley, Occoquan. Free. 703-490-4477 or

"THE TIME IS NOW" -- 11 am.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through July 4. This exhibit by Karen K. Ching features watercolors, pastels and oils. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117 or

"WORD ART" -- 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.

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 youths 6-17, $2; 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873.

For Children

SOUNDS AND STORIES -- Charlie Williams, aka the Noise Guy, tells stories with weird and wacky sound effects. 10:30 a.m. today, Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas, 703-361-8211. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge, 703-792-4800. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, 703-792-4500. Free; registration requested.

CHILDREN'S PUPPET SHOW -- "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" comes alive with a performance by the marionette troupe of Stevens Puppets. 10:30 a.m. today, Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas, 703-361-8211. 2 p.m. today, Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, 703-494-8126. Free; reservations requested.

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.


MOVIES UNDER THE STARS -- 8:30 p.m. Friday. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket. Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center Pavilion, 13025 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-730-1051.


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 take in 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

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.


TEEN COMEDY CAFE -- 7 p.m. Monday. Comedian Charlie Williams performs a show about life in the groovy '70s. For students in middle and high school. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free; registration requested. 703-792-4800.

"EARNESTLY" -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Virginia Shakespeare Company presents "The Importance of Being Earnest," Oscar Wilde's social satire masterpiece, directed by Kerri Seymour. The story centers on two friends during the 1890s in London who unwittingly use the same pseudonym, "Ernest," for their less-than-honorable activities. That leads to a comedy of mistaken identities. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $20; $17 students and senior citizens. 800-955-5566 or

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 oldest 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, 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

Plan Ahead

OUTDOOR CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. July 2. The U.S. Air Force Band and the Singing Sergeants will perform. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or

CELEBRATE AMERICA -- 6-10 p.m. July 4. Music, games, food and fireworks in Old Town Manassas, sponsored by the City of Manassas and Historic Manassas. VRE parking lot, Prince William and Battle streets. Free. 703-361-6599.

-- Compiled by CAMILLE ROSS

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