Exhibitions

DREAM WORKS -- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Tuesday through Sept. 27. Todd Messegee displays photographs inspired by images from his dreams. Colgan Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

"A TOUCH OF COLOR" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Monday. Shirley Hales expresses her love of the outdoors in watercolors, and the husband-and-wife team of Jack and Bette Conley displays 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. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Monday. 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 www.loftgallery.org.

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

FAMILY MOVIE -- "Beauty and the Beast." 8 p.m. Friday, Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or www.harrispavilion.com.

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.

Recreation and Sports

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 habitats 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.

Theater

"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 www.lazysusan.com.

Miscellaneous

CRAB GRASS CONTEST -- 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Growers are invited to bring their best samples to the Lawn and Garden Field Day, sponsored by the Prince William County Extension Office. The Teaching Garden, 9535 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow. Free. 703-792-7747.

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

CRAFTS FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 10-12. The 24th annual fall Manassas Sugarloaf Craft Festival, with more than 300 artists. Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas. $7; children 12 and younger, free. 800-210-9900 or www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

-- Compiled by CAMILLE ROSS

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