PRESCHOOL SOCK HOP, 6-7 p.m. tomorrow, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Refreshments. Photo opportunities for parents. $3. 540-338-4122.

LOUDOUN CAMP FIRE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, children in elementary school, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 29 in Ashburn. Learn to work together and appreciate similarities and differences in a positive way. Take part in community service projects, outdoor activities and regular group meetings. Call for location. $17; $49, families. Special financial circumstances will be considered. 703-737-7807.


PUBLIC INPUT SESSION, update of the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan, 7 p.m. next Thursday, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Sponsored by Loudoun County and the Town of Purcellville. Free. 703-737-8856 or

OKTOBERFEST DINNER AND SWING DANCE, all ages, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $5, dinner; $3, children; $8, dance; $15, couple. 540-822-5284.

BASKET BINGO, 7-10 p.m. Sept. 24, Blue Ridge Middle School, 551 East A. St., Purcellville. Win baskets and pottery by Longaberger. Doors open at 6 p.m. $20. Call Philomont Community Center. 540-338-5882.

COMMUNITY POT LUCK DINNER, all ages, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 24, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Bring a dish and meet your neighbors.

FAMILY FESTIVAL SERIES, "Where's My Mummy?" adults and ages 9 and older, 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Learn about ancient Egyptian mythology, how to wrap a mummy and hieroglyphics. Free. Tickets required; can be picked up half-hour before the program. 703-430-9500.

4K-9 WALK AND SWIM, 9-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Dogs and owners walk around Ashburn Lake and then the dogs will be able to jump into the pool to cool off. Dogs will receive finishing medals, treats, food samples and bandanas. Dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccination and county dog license. Bring waste bags to pick up after pets. Vendors and demonstrations by a canine search-and-rescue team. Register. $10 a dog. Benefits local animal rescue groups. Call for directions. 703-729-0700.

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW AND FLEA MARKET, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 25, Mt. Hope Baptist Church, south of Dulles Greenway on Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn. Children's games, storytelling, bake sale, food and gospel music by J.P. Miller of Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Free. 703-777-6695.

OATLANDS BRIDAL SHOW AND EXPO, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oatlands, six miles south of Leesburg on Route 15. Wedding fashions, sites, caterers, jewelers, limousine companies, carriage rental company, hotels, inns, restaurants, florists, photographers and tents. Fashion show sponsored by Cartier Bridal of Winchester at noon and 2 p.m. $10, includes admission to mansion and gardens. 703-777-3174.

LUCKETTS ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC AUTO SHOW, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $5; $3, seniors; free, 11 and younger. 703-771-5281.

CIVITAN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, 5-7 p.m. Monday, St. James Episcopal Church 14 Cornwall St., Leesburg. Fellowship and pizza followed by a short presentation about Civitan, a nonprofit service organization with an emphasis on helping those with developmental disabilities. Free. 240-217-1190.


FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE, all ages, 7-9 p.m. tomorrow, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Refreshments, dancing and photos. Register. $15 a couple. 540-687-6375.

CHAM CHAM PAYAL BAJEY INDIAN DANCE SCHOOL, all ages, 2 p.m. Sept. 25, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Instructor Vanita Kumar and her students will demonstrate Indian Bollywood dances and show how they relate to Indian culture. Free. 703-737-8105.


STUDENT ART SHOW, Medlin Art Gallery, 2 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg. Exhibit will showcase works in charcoal, watercolor, pencil, acrylics and oil. Students range from 6 years old to adults. Exhibit will be on display day, tomorrow and Saturday. Free. 703-771-8696.

ART EXHIBIT, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. today-Sunday, Waddell Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy. Works created by the art faculty at the college. Free. 703-450-2509.

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


And Festivals

DULLES DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Washington Dulles International Airport Cargo Ramp, off Route 28. Features the annual plane pull, a tug of war between human and machine, aircraft and police and fire equipment displays, airport snow removal and large equipment display, moon bounce, games, ball crawl and inflatable slides. Follow signs at the airport for "Dulles Day -- Plane Pull Parking." Free. 703-417-8370.


LECTURE AND GARDEN DEMONSTRATIONS, "Fall Pruning, Favorite Tools and Protecting Your Plantings from Deer" by Dan Bauer from The Care of Trees, 10 a.m. today, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. $10, Friends of Oatlands; $15. 703-777-3174 or

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


LANESVILLE ORDINARY, 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Lanesville Heritage Area, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Open House at the house built between the late 1770s and early 1900s and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house has been owned by only two families, Free. 703-444-1275.

PLANNING FOR SUCCESSFUL RESEARCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 25, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Marty Hiatt, governor for the Virginia Genealogical Society and editor and publisher of Northern Virginia Genealogy, will discuss settlement and migration in the Northern Neck and other topics. Bring a bag lunch and beverage. Register. Free. 703-737-7195.

RESTORING AMERICA'S TREASURES-DODONA MANOR, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Anne Horstman, a visiting lecturer on historic preservation, will discuss restoration of Dodona Manor. Free. 703-737-7195.


And Literature

ONE BOOK-ONE COMMUNITY, 7 p.m. tomorrow, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Human rights advocate Harry Wu will speak about his life and dedication to justice and tolerance around the world. Free. 703-777-0323.

STORYTELLING WORKSHOP, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Workshop for adults, "The Wisdom and Wonder of Folktales." Registration required. 703-737-8879. 2 p.m. "One World of Stories," family concert blending music, folk guitar, poetry, prose and song.

LOVETTSVILLE BOOK SALE, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25, Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light St. Family entertainment by musician Sue Trainor at 1 p.m. Free. 540-822-5824.

ONE BOOK-ONE COMMUNITY, reading and discussion program and Readers Theatre program. "The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness," by Simon Wiesenthal, will be featured. Book discussions: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Reader's Theatre: 7 p.m. Monday, Rust Library; 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. Copies of the book are available at all Loudoun library branches. Sponsored by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund. Free. Call your local library.

VIRGINIA YOUNG READERS BOOK CLUB, ages 8 and older, 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. "Saffy's Angel" by Hilary McKay. Register. Free. 703-737-8105.

"ON CONFLICT, DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY-A CONVERSATION," presented by African spiritual teacher Sobonfu Some and sound healer Toby Christensen, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-444-3228.


COUNTRYSIDE WOMEN'S CLUB, new neighbor coffee, Sept. 24. Call for time and location. 703-444-7170.

FOOD SAFETY COURSE, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 28, Loudoun Extension Office, 30-B Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg. Register. $104, includes text, examination and certification. 703-777-0373.


TAKE ME OUT TO THE MOVIES, "Little Big League," gates open 7:30 p.m., movie 8-10 p.m. Sept. 24, Claude Moore Park Sportsplex, Field 3, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Bring a blanket and food or purchase a snack. If it rains, movie will be shown at pavilion 2. $4; $12, family of four or more. 703-444-1275.

SATURDAY MOVIES, "Charlotte's Web," all ages, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Refreshments. Free. 540-338-7235.


BATTLE OF THE BANDS, ages 13 and older, 6:30-11 p.m. tomorrow, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Refreshment. Bands must register. $5. 540-338-5882.

BARKTOBERFEST FUNDRAISER, noon- 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Melodee Music outdoor amphitheater, 46077 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling. Music festival, raffles, silent auction, food, musical instrument petting zoo and games. Meet canines and felines available for adoption. Sponsored by Friends of Homeless Animals and Melodee Music. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Rain date is Oct. 10. $5, suggested donation optional. 703-450-4667 or


BUTTERFLIES AT BANSHEE, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, The Woods Road, south of Leesburg. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Friends of Banshee Reeks for butterfly walk. Bring binoculars. 540-554-2542 or

BIRDING THE BLUE RIDGE CENTER, 8 a.m. Sept. 25. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Meet at Neersville Volunteer Fire Station, Route 671. Free. 540-554-2542.


SENIORS NIGHT OUT, 5-7 p.m. today, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Dinner, singing and dancing. $2, members; $4, nonmembers. 540-687-6375.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA SENIOR OLYMPICS HORSESHOES, 1 p.m. next Thursday, Potomack Lakes Sportsplex, Sterling. Free. 703-771-5156.


And Recreation

LOUDOUN WALKING CLUB, 7:30-8:30 p.m. today, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Paul McCray, manager of the W&OD trail. Free. 703-737-2175. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 25 three or six miles in and around Lovettsville. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23, Tarara Winery.

RUN FOR THE SHELTER, 8 a.m. Sept. 26, 10th annual LAWS run to raise money for Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter. Race begins at 4-H Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Rd. One race is a half-marathon (13.1 miles); the other is a 5K. Register on line at or or at the 4-H Fairgrounds on Sept 25 or 26. 703-391-1490.

FREDDIE MAC MS LONGEST DAY OF GOLF, throughout September and October, Loudoun Golf and Country Club, Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club and the Golf Club of Virginia at Beacon Hill will donate greens fees for participants to play throughout the day at their courses on designated weekdays. Participants commit to raising money by collecting pledges for holes played or flat donations. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 202-296-5363 or

CACHE AND DASH, all ages, 8:30-11 a.m. Sept. 25, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Geocachers and GPS owners, here is your chance to hike and search for hidden treasure and compete for prizes. Rain or shine. You do not need to own a GPS to participate. Free. Register. 703-444-1275.

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Woodlea Manor pool house, Hague Drive, Leesburg; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Tammy and Mike's in Waterford. Call for directions. 703-779-0078 or

LOUDOUN WALKING AND VOLKSSPORT WALK, Sept. 25, begin between 8 a.m.-noon and finish by 3 p.m., Lovettsville. Route follows old country roads and ends going through the town Oktoberfest which features crafts, German food and beer. Call for information. 703-737-2175.

VESTALS GAP WALKING CLUB, 18 and older, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Register. Free. 703-444-1275.


GROWING STAGE AUDITIONS, by appointment, Sept. 28 and 29, one-minute monologue, for fall production of "A Christmas Carol." Harper Park Middle School, 701 Potomac Station Dr., Leesburg. 540-338-5367.


CRUISE TO ST. MICHAELS, Saturday. Depart 8 a.m., Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Return 8 p.m. Travel by bus to Chesapeake Beach where you will cruise aboard a 55-foot motor yacht, the Bounty Hunter. Spend the day shopping, exploring or visiting the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Register. $50, includes bus and yacht transportation. Lunch and dinner on your own. 540-822-5284.

Yard Sales

HILLSBORO YARD SALE, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Old Stone School, Route 9. Books, linens, exercise equipment, toys, clothes, antiques and household items. Rain or shine. Sponsored by the Hillsboro Community Association and Hillsboro Elementary PTA. 540-668-6779 or

CHILDREN'S AND INFANT'S CLOTHING, TOYS AND EQUIPMENT SALE, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Sponsored by Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples. Free. 703-715-6669 or

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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