Arts and Crafts

INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR, "Flower Power," 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 7, Round Hill Arts Center, 6 W. Loudoun St. Instructor Katherine Hillis. $50, plus materials. Register. 540-338-5050.

PAINTING MINIATURES IN WATERCOLOR, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 14, Round Hill Arts Center, 6 W. Loudoun St. Watercolor or drawing experience recommended. $50, plus materials. Register. 540-338-5050.

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.

Children

STORY TIME, "Cats," 11 a.m. today, Final Draft Books, 192 N. 21st St., Suite 200, Purcellville. Free. 540-338-8238.

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT, ages 5-12, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 13, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Dinner, outdoor games and a swim party. $20. Register. 540-687-6375.

DAY ON THE ROAD, International Spy Museum in Washington, Aug. 9. Depart 9 a.m., Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Return 4 p.m. Bring lunch, beverages and extra money for souvenirs. $40, includes transportation and admission fees. Register. 540-687-6375.

ART CAMP, ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 9-13, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. $100, includes all materials and supplies. Register. 540-687-6375.

KIDSMART SAFETY CAMP, first through fifth grades, Aug. 23-27. Learn about personal, fire, animal and wildlife, firearms and bicycle safety. Sponsored by Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Services, Animal Care and Control and the NRA Eddie Eagle Program. Pick up applications and additional information at Leesburg Police Department, 65 Plaza St. NE. 703-771-4564.

SUMMER HUMP DAY, ages 5-12, 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Play water games with your friends. $12. Register. 540-687-6375.

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

Community

BETWEEN THE HILLS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, 10 a.m. Saturday, Neersville Fire Station, Harpers Ferry Road. Free. 540-668-6896.

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

FAMILY-PET PHOTO SHOOT FUNDRAISER, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department, 20688 Ashburn Rd. Pick up photos 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the same location. Donations. 703-729-0006.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 8, 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.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Residents in Purcellville are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. Crime and drug prevention event. Free. 540-338-7422, Ext. 27.

Dance

SOCIAL/BALLROOM, salsa-mambo workshop, 7-8 p.m.; new millennium-style dancing, 8-9 p.m. Thursdays beginning today, 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. today through Saturday, Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Free. 540-687-6986.

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

LOUDOUN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENT ARTISTS EXHIBIT, "Summer in the Arts," 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, tomorrow through Sept. 23, George Washington University's Virginia campus, Gallery Lounge, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn. Artist recognition reception, 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Free. 703-726-3650.

MIXED MEDIA DRAWINGS, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Friday through Aug. 6, Waddell Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Artwork by Jay Orbeck, former professor of fine arts at the college. Free. 703-450-2509.

JURIED ART SHOW, "Something Hot," Aug. 4-28, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 6. Free. Call for hours. 703-777-5498.

Gardening

GARDEN PARTY, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 21. Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Guided tours and speakers. Free. 703-771-5150.

History

HISTORIC PRESERVATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE, 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, Room 116, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Free. 703-450-2509 or www.nvcc.edu//loudoun/preserve.

Library

CREATIVE WRITING AND BOOKMAKING WORKSHOP, ages 9-12, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Draft a story during the first session and revise, illustrate and publish at the second session. Register. Free. 703-737-8105.

STORIES BY HAND, ages 4 and older. Experience a land of kings, dragons, queens and castles and learn signs through stories and songs of magic with Kathy MacMillan. Monday: 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; and 6 and 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Tuesday: 11 a.m., Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St.; 2 and 3 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg; and 7 p.m., Lovettsville Library, 12 N. Light St. Wednesday: 1 p.m., Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St.; and 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Free. Tickets are required and can be picked up one-half hour before the program. Call your local library.

AFRICAN FOLK TALE PUPPET SHOW, "Barefoot Puppets," all ages. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. Tickets are required and can be picked up one-half hour before the program. 703-444-3228.

TOURNAMENT OF GAMES, ages 9 and older, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Free. 703-430-9500.

SUSAN WALL'S CAROUSEL PUPPETS, "Folk Tales," ages 4 and older, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Free. Tickets are required and may be picked up one-half hour before the program. 703-737-8100.

LOST BOOKS TREASURE HUNT, ages 7-11, 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Register. Free. 540-338-7235.

Miscellaneous

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 the Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. Tours last about one hour. $5; $2.50 museum members; free, ages 9 and younger. "African-American Tour," abbreviated version of the regular walking tour, 7 p.m. first Fridays. Led by local historian Mary Randolph. Free. 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. each Tuesday, 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.

Movies

THURSDAY MOVIES, all ages, 2 p.m. today and Thursdays in 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, "The Princess Bride," 3 p.m. today and "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" next Thursday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Free. 703-737-8105.

TEEN MOVIE MATINEES, ages 12-18, 3 p.m. Monday and Aug. 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, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Bring your own blanket, pillow and snacks. Call for titles. Free. 703-737-8100.

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. Music by Naked Blue. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. No pets or alcohol. Free. 703-771-2170.

BLUEMONT CONCERT SERIES, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, S. 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. Mary Ann Redmond Band, soulful rhythm and blues. 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.

"HANSEL AND GRETEL," all ages, 7 p.m. Saturday, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. Music and dance from the children's opera. Children's chorus and dance troupe from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will perform. Benefits Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers. Donations. 703-779-8617 or www.LVCaregivers.org.

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. Robin and Linda Williams, Virginia-based folk and bluegrass duo. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food available for purchase. No pets, alcohol or smoking. 703-777-6306 or www.bluemont.org.

LOUDOUN SUMMER MUSIC FEST, Sunday, gates open 5 p.m., concert at 6 p.m., Belmont Country Club, 43880 Russell Branch Pkwy., Ashburn. $10, adults; free, ages 12 and younger. Music by Gin Blossoms. Face-painting, children's activities. No food, drink or coolers; food and drink will be available for purchase. Sponsored by AOL, the Loudoun Foundation and Belmont Country Club to benefit local charities. 703-726-4343 or www.summermusicfest.net.

THE FABULOUS HUBCAPS, 6 p.m. Aug. 8, Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr, Purcellville. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. $5. 540-338-7973.

LOUDOUN SYMPHONIC WINDS CONCERT, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 Broad Way. Free. 703-777-7985.

Nature

MAKE ART FROM NATURE, ages 6-10, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 17, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Register. $20.25. 703-444-1275.

WOODLAND DETECTIVES, ages 6-10, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 25, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Investigate life in the forest. Hike and use binoculars and magnifiers to examine nature. Register. $20.25. 703-444-1275.

Seniors

SECRET AUCTION, 2 p.m. Aug. 26, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Bid on wrapped items after auctioneer Ike Swart gives hints about what is in the package. Benefits ongoing projects and needs at the center. Open to the public. Free. 703-430-2397.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA SENIOR OLYMPICS REGISTRATION, age 50 and older, participate in a series of recreational and athletic events. Competition throughout the Northern Virginia area Sept. 15-30. $7.50, one event. $1, additional events. Forms are available at senior centers. 703-771-5156 or www.novaseniorolympics.com.

ICE CREAM SUNDAES, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 11, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. $2, members until Aug. 10; $4, day of event for everyone. 703-430-2397.

Sports And Recreation

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Market Station to carpool to locations on the W&OD.; 7 a.m. Sunday, meet at Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg for Taylorstown run. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS, ages 14 and older, Aug. 14, Izaak Walton League, 19237 Mountain Springs Lane, Leesburg. Learn about pond fishing, fly-fishing, outdoor survival skills, map and compass, wild turkey and deer hunting, canoeing, archery and shooting sports. Speaker, Melinda Gable, executive director of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. Sponsored by the John S. Mosby Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Loudoun County Chapter of Izaak Walton League of America. $45, includes lunch and educational materials. Register. 703-777-6527 or www.lcwito.loudouniwla.org

YMCA 16TH ANNUAL 10K-20K, 8:15 a.m. Aug. 8, Market Station, Harrison and Loudoun streets, Leesburg. Free run for kids after the start of the race. Benefits children, families and individuals in Loudoun County through Building Bridges, the YMCA's financial aid and scholarship program. $20, 10K; $25, 20K. 703-777-9622 or www.signmeupsports.com/24123.

Theater

GROWING STAGE SUMMER CAMP PERFORMANCES, "Zombie Prom," 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. tomorrow, Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg; "How to Eat Like a Child," 7 p.m. next Thursday and 1 p.m. Aug. 6, Seneca Ridge Middle School, 98 Seneca Ridge Dr., Sterling. Free. 540-338-5367 or www.growingstage.org

OFF THE CUFF, all ages, local improv and sketch comedy group, 8 p.m. tomorrow, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Limited seating. $5. 703-430-6673 or www.otcproductions.com.

Yard Sales And Flea Markets

HAMILTON RUMMAGE SALE, 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Hillbrook Farm, 18055 Harmony Church Rd., Hamilton. Quality items for the equestrian, barn, home, kids, lawn and garden. Food catered by Hog Wild BBQ. Sponsored by Loudoun Hunt West. Partial proceeds to benefit Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation. Free. 540-338-4031.

STERLING FLEA MARKET AND BOOK SWAP, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 7, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Bring in your adult and children's books to trade at book swap at 10 a.m. Free. 703-430-6673.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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