OILS ON DISPLAY -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 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. 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. Artists' 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 stirring implements for the kitchen. 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 ages 3-7. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.


And Sports

CANOE TOURS -- 10 a.m. Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays. 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. Through September. 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.


MARIACHI ESTRELLAS -- 2 p.m. Saturday. A performance in celebration of Mexican independence and Hispanic culture. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free; registration requested. 703-792-4800.

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

OLD MINE RANCH -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Wild West fun includes 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

CHILI COOKOFF -- 10 a.m. Sept. 25. The public is invited to watch the cooking and taste the entries as the Bull Run Cloggers and J.P. McDermott and his Western Bop Band perform. Free. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. 703-361-9800 or www.harrispavilion.com.

THOROUGHFARE GAP OBSERVANCE -- noon-5 p.m. Sept. 26. Commemorate the anniversary of this 1862 Civil War engagement. Historians will present information about the battle, and local historical societies will have exhibitions. Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve, 17405 Beverley Mill Dr., Broad Run. $5. 703-753-2631.

OCCOQUAN CRAFTS FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26. Historic Occoquan hosts its annual fall arts and crafts show, featuring more than 350 juried artists and crafters. Free; $3 shuttle bus service available. 703-491-2168.

FALL BIKE RIDE -- 9 a.m. Sept. 25. The annual countryside bike tour begins in Nokesville and winds through Prince William County. Participants get a fruit and bagel brunch, plus a T-shirt after the ride. Nokesville Community Park, 12560 Aden Rd., Nokesville. $17 in advance, $22 on the day of the event. 703-221-8579.

-- Compiled by CAMILLE ROSS

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