Arts and Crafts

KNITTING, READING PATTERNS AND CROCHET CLASSES, 18 and older, Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Call for dates and times. $45 a class. 703-777-1368.

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 United States 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.

KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS, 13-adult, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 24-31, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Bring a skein of worsted-weight yarn in your choice of color, size 8 14-inch long knitting needles, a yarn needle with big eye and scissors. $31. Register. 703-430-6673.

FOUR SEASONS OF OATLANDS ART SHOW AND SALE, through Aug. 22, Oatlands Carriage House, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Call for information. 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.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.

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. 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.

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.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT, ages 5-12, 6-10 p.m. tomorrow, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Outdoor games and cookout. Registration. $20. 540-687-6375.

MOM AND ME OPEN GYM, ages 6 months-3 years, 10-11:15 a.m. ongoing Wednesdays, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Play and meet new friends. Free. 540-687-6375.

Community

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR PREVENTION EDUCATION (COPE), 7 p.m. today, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Western Loudoun community residents are welcome. Free. 703-771-6428.

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION, "Oak Hill Development in Round Hill," 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Citizens can provide input regarding the proffers, which include a county swimming facility. Free. 703-777-0343.

CASINO NIGHT, ages 18 and older, 6-9 p.m. tomorrow, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. refreshments. $12. 703-430-2397.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR, for the Towns of Hamilton and Purcellville, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15 Reid St., Hamilton. Speakers, booth and information tables. 703-905-3693.

W&OD TRAIL'S 30TH BIRTHDAY PARTY, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24, trail mile marker 39, Paeonian Springs. Music, refreshments, railroad and trail history video and slide presentations, safety programs, gifts, prizes and inflatable slide and obstacle course. Sponsored by Friends of the W&OD trail and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Free. 703-729-0596 or www.nvrpa.org.

EVENING OF POLO, "High Goals for Children," July 31. Gates open, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. game begins, Chetwood Park, The Plains. Face-painting, pony rides, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Market Salamander. Sponsored by the Good Shepherd Alliance and Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Seager to benefit homeless children in our area. $45, adults; $15, ages 11 and younger. RSVP by July 23. 703-777-5079 or www.loudounhomeless.org.

Dance

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

SOCIAL/BALLROOM, salsa-mambo workshop, 7-8 p.m.; new millennium style dancing, 8-9 p.m. Thursdays beginning July 29, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Registration. $30, four sessions. 703-406-7894.

Exhibits

"FROM THE SEA," abstract oil and mixed-media paintings on wood panel and canvas by Jessie Pollock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through July 31, Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Free. 540-687-6986.

"ART IN BLOOM," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through July 31, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Artwork by Loudoun artists complemented with flower arrangements by Loudoun floral designers. Free. 703-777-5498.

"WAR AND RESPITE: THE MARSHALLS AND LOUDOUN COUNTY," examines Gen. George C. Marshall's rise to world leadership; his home, Dodona Manor; his wife, Katherine; and life on the home front of Loudoun county during World War II. Part of America Celebrates the Greatest Generation, a 100-day tribute honoring the World War II generation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through November, Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. $2, adults; $1, seniors, students, teachers; free, veterans, enlisted personnel and ages 9 and younger. 703-777-7427.

LOUDOUN HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM EXHIBIT, "Orchard Grass: The Big Story About a Small Seed," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 4, at the museum, Claude Moore Park, Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, ages 2-12; free, 1 and younger. 703-421-5322.

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. Free. 703-726-3650.

Fairs

69TH ANNUAL LOUDOUN COUNTY FAIR, 5-10 p.m. July 26, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. July 26-31, Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17564 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. Carnival rides, rodeo, livestock auction, contests, competitions, cloggers, music, food, children's activities, pet show and awards ceremony. Weekly pass: $15, adults; $7, ages 6-12; free, 5 and younger. Daily: $7, adults; $4, ages 6-12; free, 5 and younger. 703-777-3835.

Films

"HEALING AND THE MIND," film and discussion series created by Bill Moyers and moderated by John Grauerholz, 2 p.m. Sunday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-8655.

Gardening

FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATION AND WORKSHOP, 5 p.m. next Thursday, Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Association Purcellville Market, corner of 21st and 23rd streets (across from Magnolia's Restaurant). Sally Bolton from Middleburg Corner Garden will use market flowers to create arrangement. Free. 540-338-4830.

PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, 1 p.m. July 23. Guests and new members welcome. Call for location. Free. 540-338-0950.

GARDEN PARTY, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Guided tours and speakers. Becky Phillips will show how to make your own garden cobblestones. Free. 703-771-5150.

PLANT CLINIC, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Leesburg Farmers Market, Virginia Village Shopping Center, off Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Master Gardeners will answer questions and diagnose plant and insect problems. Bring samples. Free. 703-771-5150.

History

MORVEN PARK TOUR, 2 p.m. Sunday and July 25, Morven Park Mansion, off Old Waterford Road, north of Leesburg. Architectural history and restoration tour focusing on the evolution of the mansion over its 250-year history. $5; $1, ages 6-12. Reservations recommended. 703-777-6034.

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE, 7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 540-822-4480.

Language

SPANISH CAMP, ages 6 and older, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondaythrough July 23, Sterling Annex Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Explore language, foods and crafts. Register. $60; $10, supply fee. 703-430-6673.

FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS, adults, 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays beginning July 26, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. $62. Register. 703-430-6673.

Library

BOARD GAMES, ages 12-18, 4-6 p.m. today and next Thursday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Bring your favorite game and challenge your peers. Snack and soda provided. Free. 703-771-5624.

LORD OF THE RINGS GAME DAY II, ages 12-18, 3 p.m. tomorrow, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

OUTRAGEOUS BOOKMAKING, ages 12-18, 2 p.m. July 23, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg and 3 p.m. Aug. 2, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Program on the ancient art of Asian paper folding. Learn how to assemble a book. Free. Register. Call your local library.

BOOKWORM CLUB, ages 6-8, 3 p.m. Wednesdays in July and August, Lovettsville Library, 12 N. Light St. Stories, games, drama and food. Register. Free. 540-822-5824.

Lectures

And Literature

COLLECTIBLE BOOKS FOR SALE, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Includes Little Golden books, autographed, first edition, out of print, vintage and gift-quality books. Cost varies. 703-430-9500.

Miscellaneous

SINGLES OF STERLING, family picnic, 1 p.m. July 24, Algonkian Park, 47001 Fairway Dr., Sterling. Single parents are welcome to bring their children. Games, soda and lemonade provided. No alcohol allowed in the park. Bring a picnic. RSVP by July 23. Free. 703-444-5534.

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

LEESBURG WALKING TOUR, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Meet in front of Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. Tours last about one hour. $5; $2.50 museum members; free, ages 9 and younger. 703-777-7427 or www.loudounmuseum.org.

EASTERN LOUDOUN COMMUNITY COALITION, 7:30-9 p.m. last Monday of the month, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-771-6428.

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.

ENGLISH CLASSES, sponsored by English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries program. $15, processing charge at registration. Scholarships available. Baby-sitting at some locations. For information in English, Spanish, Korean or Vietnamese, call 703-841-0292 or www.eslim.org.

Movies

THURSDAY MOVIES, all ages, 2 p.m. Thursdays in July and August, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Bring snacks and beverages. Call for title. Free. 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

THURSDAY MOVIES, all ages, 2 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 12, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Bring snacks and beverages. Call for title. Free. 540-338-7235.

TEEN MOVIE MATINEES, ages 12-18, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," 3 p.m. today and "Ocean's Eleven" next Thursday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Free. 703-737-8105.

TEEN MOVIE MATINEES, ages 12-18, 3 p.m. July 26 and Aug. 2 and 9, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Bring snacks and beverages. Call for title. Free. 540-338-7235.

ONCE UPON A MOVIE, all ages, 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 and Aug. 3, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Bring your own blanket, pillow and snacks. Call for titles. Free. 703-737-8100.

SUMMER CINEMA, ages 12-18, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 10, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Refreshments. Free. Call for titles. 703-771-5624.

Music

BLUEGRASS/FOLK JAM, 6:30-11 p.m. last Friday of the month, Round Hill Arts Center, Old Furniture Factory, 6 W. Loudoun St. Musicians, children and public encouraged to participate. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free. Donations appreciated. 540-338-5050 or www.roundhillarts.org.

ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Town Hall Green, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. If it rains, Market Street Coffee, next to the Tally Ho movie theater. Stanley and LeAnn, an acoustic rock duo. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. No pets or alcohol. Free. 703-771-2170.

BLUEMONT CONCERT SERIES, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, South Madison Street, downtown Middleburg. If it rains, Middleburg Elementary School, 101 N. Madison St. $5; $3, Bluemont Friends and seniors; $1, ages 5 and younger. Mambo Combo, five member Latin and Caribbean band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. Food available for purchase. Door prizes. No pets, alcohol or smoking. 703-777-6303 or www.bluemont.org.

BLUEGRASS CONCERT, David Via and Corn Tornado, Saturday, doors open at 7 p.m., concert starts at 8, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Food available for purchase. $10, advance; $12, at the door. 703-771-5281.

BLUEMONT SUMMER CONCERTS, 7 p.m. Sunday, Loudoun County Courthouse lawn, King and Market streets, Leesburg. If it rains, J.L. Simpson Middle School, 490 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg. $5; $3, Bluemont Friends and seniors; $1, ages 5 and younger. Chris Norman Ensemble, Celtic flute and bagpipe music. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food available for purchase. No pets, alcohol or smoking. 703-777-6306 or www.bluemont.org.

Nature

BANTER ON BATS, all ages, 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Discussion, bat game and hike to see these evening predators as the sun sets. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register. $3.50. 703-444-1275.

FROGSHACKLE NATURE CENTER OPEN HOUSE, all ages, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Hands-on nature center, make animal tracks in the sand. Children must be accompanied by an adults. Free. 703-444-1275.

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

DROP-IN BASKETBALL, elementary students, 3-5:30 p.m. Fridays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $1. 703-771-5913. Women, 8:30-10 p.m. Fridays, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. $2. 703-430-9480. Also 5-7 p.m. Fridays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $2. 703-771-5913.

DROP-IN OPEN GYM FOR HOME-SCHOOLERS, ages 10-17, noon-2 p.m. Fridays, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $1. 540-822-5284. First-graders and older, noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays.

ROAD RUNNERS, 9 a.m. Saturday, meet at Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr.; 7 a.m. Sunday, meet at Starbucks, 531 E. Market St., Leesburg for run on W&OD. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

Trips

ATLANTIC CITY, Aug. 7. Depart 7 a.m. from the old Kmart parking lot, East Market Street, Leesburg; return at 11 p.m. Bring the family and spend a day at the beach or enjoy the casinos. $42, transportation only. Space is limited. Register. 703-771-5913.

Theater

GROWING STAGE SUMMER CAMP PERFORMANCE, "How to Eat Like a Child," 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. tomorrow, J.L. Simpson Middle School, 490 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg. Musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child. Free. 540-338-5367 or www.growingstage.org

NOT JUST SHAKESPEARE, "The Comedy of Errors," 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, and July 23-24, Market Station lower deck area, Harrison and Loudoun streets, Leesburg. $15, adults; $10, students and seniors. 703-858-4812.

MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP LUAU DINNER THEATRE, "Overflowing Love," July 30. 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. dinner, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Rd. Performed by middle and high school youth. Advance tickets, $11, adult; $5, ages 11 and younger. At the door, $13, adult; $7, ages 11 and younger. Child care provided. 703-729-2012 or www.ashburnpresbyterian.org.

STERLING PLAYMAKERS, "Guys and Dolls," musical fable of Broadway, 8 p.m. July 30-31, August 6-7, 13-14 and 2 p.m. Aug. 1, 8 and 15, Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Pkwy. $10, general admission. 703-437-6117 or www.sterlingplaymakers.com

WHEATFIELD THEATRE, "Bully! The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt," 2 p.m. Saturday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-0323.

THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, "Complete Works of William Shakespeare," 7 p.m. July 25, Tally Ho Theatre, West Market Street, Leesburg. Matt Campbell, Solomon Landerman and Adam Shatarsky will be performing. Audience participation. Not recommended for ages 4 or younger. $22, adults; $18, senior citizens and students 17 and younger. 703-431-2188 or www.justaddwaterandstir.com.

Yard Sales

And Flea Markets

STERLING YARD SALE, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Briar Patch Park, 1500 N. Sterling Blvd. Benefits upkeep and improvements at the park. Rain date, July 24. Free. 703-715-6220.

NEERSVILLE FLEA MARKET-CRAFT FAIR, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Neersville Fire Station, Route 671. Food available for purchase. Sponsored by the Neersville Auxiliary. Rain date, July 31. $10, table rental. 540-668-7005 or www.betweenthehills.org.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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