ICE CREAM SOCIAL -- 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday. 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, 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 gets his inspiration from 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. Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Paintings and digital transparencies are 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

MAGIC SHOW -- 11 a.m. today. Magician Paul Krendl performs for all ages. Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-361-8211.

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

COUNTY FAIR -- 3-11 p.m. today and tomorrow; noon-midnight Saturday. The annual Prince William County Fair features exhibitions, performances, rides and many other activities. Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas. Advance tickets: $10; 60 and older and children 3-6, $5. At the gate: $14; 60 and older and children 3-6, $7. Children 2 and younger and active military members, free. 703-368-0173.

CANOE TOURS -- 10 a.m. Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, through September. A guide leads a scenic tour along Powells Creek to see the natural habitat of beavers, ospreys, bald eagles and other animals living along this tributary of the Potomac River. Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. $9; $6 per person for groups of four or more ; reservations required. 703-583-6904.


"THE SPITFIRE GRILL" -- 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 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


"DRACULA" AUDITIONS -- 7:30-10 p.m. today, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The Castaways Repertory Theatre is casting for its October and November performance of "Dracula." Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. 703-508-5418 or www.castawaystheatre.

THEATER AUDITIONS -- 2-4 p.m. Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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.

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. Visitors can 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

"SUMMERSOUNDS" -- 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. The Washington Scottish Pipe Band performs on the lawn of the Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2782.

LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND -- 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27-29. The 142nd anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas will be celebrated with programs featuring cavalry and infantry demonstrations and guided battlefield tours. Manassas National Battlefield Park, Visitors Center, 6511 Sudley Rd., Manassas. $3 admission to the park. 703-361-1339.

-- Compiled by CAMILLE ROSS

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