OILS ON DISPLAY -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, tomorrow through Sept. 25. Oil paintings by local artists. Creative Brush Studio/Gallery, 9082 Center St., Manassas. Free. 703-335-8005.

"ABSTRACTIONS IN NATURE" -- 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through Sept. 25. The Prince William Art Society presents an exhibition by local artists. Northern Virginia Community College, fourth-floor gallery, 15200 Neabsco Mills Rd., Woodbridge. Free. www.pwcweb.com/artsociety.

"FALLING FOR FALL" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 pm. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 3. Watercolor paintings of rural autumn landscapes by Marcia Weidler will be on display. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117 or www.loftgallery.org.

"LAYERS AND EDGES" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Oct. 4. Artist's Undertaking Gallery will feature mixed-media collages by Alice Webb and turned-wood pieces by Patrick O'Brien. Webb's works, based on her photographs, are three-dimensional and whimsical. O'Brien, using a variety of woods, reveals the layers of each in such pieces as bowls, ring stands and Scottish spurtles, which are kitchen stirring implements. 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

DREAM WORKS -- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 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.

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

FRIDAY FLICKS -- 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Movies based on books for children ages 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.


"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.


AUDITIONS -- 2:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Manassas Dance Company is holding auditions for dancers of all levels for its December production of "The Nutcracker." Manassas Dance Company, 9004 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-257-1811.

MODEL RAILROAD SHOW -- 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Prince William Model Railroad Club members run their trains on layouts featuring areas of Prince William County. Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-361-8211.

AUDITIONS -- Friday and Saturday. The Center for the Arts' Pied Piper Theater will hold auditions for children ages 8-18 for its November performance of "The Little Mermaid." Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. By appointment only. 703-330-2787.

MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL -- noon-4 p.m. Saturday. The Prince William Public Library System offers an afternoon of pomp and pageantry, crafts and dancers. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.

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

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY -- 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 18. Volunteers will join employees to improve Prince William Forest Park. Prince William Forest Park, Park Entrance Road, Triangle. Lunch provided; park entrance fees waived. Registration requested. 703-221-2947.

HAYMARKET DAY -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18. This event, co-sponsored by the Gainesville Ruritan Club and the Town of Haymarket, features food, entertainment and a parade. Free. 703-753-2600.

-- Compiled by CAMILLE ROSS

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