ICE CREAM SOCIAL -- 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Entertainment by the Bull Run Cloggers. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or


"A TOUCH OF COLOR" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Sept. 6. Shirley Hales expresses her love of the outdoors in her watercolors, and the husband-and-wife team of Jack and Bette Conley display stained-glass works. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

"UNDER BLUE" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, through Sept. 8. Display of oil and acrylic paintings. Chuck Glover uses cultural icons, and Charles Leake takes his cues from bucolic country living. Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

"LETTERS HOME RFD" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Sept. 6. Inspired by letters sent from faraway places, Denise Shamoun Phalan's exhibition displays miniature paintings on the backs of envelopes, which are mounted between glass with a portion of the letters protruding from the open edge. 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

"FINDING NEMO" -- 8 p.m. Friday. This animated movie will be shown at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or

FRIDAY FLICKS -- 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Movies based on books for ages 3-7. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.

Recreation and Sports

CHESS TOURNAMENT -- 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Second annual event, including demonstrations by a chess expert, open to players of all levels and USCF-sanctioned for serious competitors. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. $35 USCF matches, $8 fun matches. 703-361-9800 or

5K RUN -- 7 a.m. Saturday. The roads and trails of Locust Shade Park are the setting for one of the toughest runs in the county. Locust Shade Park, 4701 Locust Shade Dr., Triangle. Advance registration, $11; day of the race, $13. 703-221-8579.


"THE SPITFIRE GRILL" -- 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday through Oct. 31. A musical about a young woman with a past who tries to change her future in a small town. 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


BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP -- 1-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants will create a hearth basket. Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Woodbridge. $45; $18 supply fee. Registration required. 703-330-2787.

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 see 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 tunnels. Also, a hayride and a Jack Russell terrier race. Bring a lunch and have a 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 such subjects 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.

Plan Ahead

MAGIC SHOW -- 11 a.m. Aug. 19. Magician Paul Krendl performs a show for all ages. Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free; reservations requested. 703-361-8211.

THEATER AUDITIONS -- 2-4 p.m. Aug. 21, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23. Rooftop Productions will hold open auditions for its October production of "Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. 703-330-2787.

-- Compiled by CAMILLE ROSS

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