Arts and Crafts

BEGINNING KNITTING, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Bob Kelly of Hunt Country Yarns in Middleburg will instruct how to knit a sweater. Register. $90, plus supply fee. 540-687-5129.

THE BUSINESS OF ART, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Fall workshop with artist Joseph Trigiani geared toward artists who need to learn the business basics of art. Topics will include marketing and promotion, client relations, networking, gallery representation, showmanship and attracting commissions. $30. 703-777-8043 to register.

LOUDOUN KNITTERS, 6:30-9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. New members welcome. Free. 703-771-1383.

LOUDOUN SKETCH CLUB OUTDOOR SESSIONS, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through September at various locations. Paint, draw or photograph. For information, call 540-338-5803.

EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA, 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Trinity Presbyterian Church at Dranesville Road and Park Avenue, Herndon. Oatlands chapter serving Loudoun and Fairfax counties. 703-858-1490.

DRAW-IN, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 2, Smithsonian Naturalist Center, 741 Miller Dr. SE, Leesburg. Artists and naturalists over 10 are encouraged to try their hand at drawing objects from the center's large and diverse collection of natural history specimens. Bring your own art supplies. Professional illustrators wil be on hand for help. 703-779-9712 or 1-800-729-7725.

Children

LOUDOUN CAMP FIRE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, children in elementary school, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, 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. Children and adult volunteers are welcome regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity. Call for location. $17; $49, families. Special financial circumstances will be considered. 703-737-7807.

BORN TO READ STORY TIME, babies up to 24 months and their caregivers, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 6, Lovettsville Library, 12 N. Light St. Free. 540-822-5824.

Community

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION, update of the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan, 7 p.m. today, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Sponsored by Loudoun County and the Town of Purcellville. Free. 703-737-8856 or www.loudoun.gov/compplan/purcellville.htm

BASKET BINGO, 7-10 p.m. tomorrow, 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. tomorrow, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Bring a dish and meet your neighbors.

CARVER SCHOOL RESTORATION CELEBRATION, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Local musicians, playground for children, cookout lunch. Sponsored by Friends of the Carver Center, which will be used as a senior center and for adult day-care programs when it opens in summer 2005. Free. $4, lunch. 540-338-7160.

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

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

LOUDOUN GIRL SCOUTS VOLUNTEER'S MEETING, ages 18-30, 7 p.m. Tuesday, 107 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg. Enjoy pizza and soda and learn about volunteering to lead troops and assist with activities Free. 703-777-5644.

TONY AND NIK FOUNDATION, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Broadlands Community Center, 43004 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. Organizational meeting for foundation to support performing arts in Loudoun high schools. 703-723-1012.

Dance

SWING, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays beginning today, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Register. $80 for eight sessions. 703-771-5281.

CHAM CHAM PAYAL BAJEY INDIAN DANCE SCHOOL, all ages, 2 p.m. Saturday, 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.

"PETER AND THE WOLF," 2 and 4 p.m. Oct. 2-3, Farmwell Middle School, 44281 Gloucester Parkway, Ashburn. Loudoun Ballet company's production of a young boy's forest adventure. $16. 703-771-8074.

Exhibits

LOUDOUN HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM EXHIBIT, "Orchard Grass: The Big Story About a Small Seed," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 4, at the museum, Claude Moore Park, Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, ages 2-12; free, 1 and younger. 703-421-5322.

PAINTING, SCULPTURES AND DRAWING, through Oct. 8, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Carmen Howell, artist. Free. Call for hours. 703-777-5498.

ART EXHIBIT, "Autumn Sojourn," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through September, Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Oil paintings by Gerald Hennesy featuring pastoral landscapes, woodland views and beauty of the Virginia countryside. Free. 540-687-6986.

Fairs and Festivals

APPLE FEST, 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church and Open Arms Christian Child Development Center, 43115 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. Children's games, food, puppet shows, face painting, exhibits, bake sale and vendors. Free. 703-729-9114.

FALL FESTIVAL, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 2, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, music, wagon and pony rides, nature displays and more. $5 suggested parking donation. Use Loudoun Park Lane entrance and park at Farm Museum or Sportsplex lots. 703-444-1275.

Gardening

LECTURE AND GARDEN DEMONSTRATIONS, "Creating a Bird Habitat in Your Garden" by Peter Deahl, 10 a.m. today, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. $10, Friends of Oatlands; $15. 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.org.

PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, tomorrow. Trip to the historic gardens and home of Tudor Place in Washington. Call for information. 540-338-0950.

History

PLANNING FOR SUCCESSFUL RESEARCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 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 then move on to Virginia information found at state and national levels. Bring a bag lunch and beverage. Preregister. Free. 703-737-7195.

Lectures

And Literature

ANIMAL RIGHTS, 7 tonight, National Sporting Library, 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg. Lecture by retired Lt. Col. Dennis Foster, executive director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association. Free, but seating is limited. Register at 540-687-6542.

STORYTELLING PROGRAM, 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Storytelling workshop recommended for anyone who works with young people. Participants will learn how to use storytelling as a teaching tool across the curriculum. 7 p.m., family concert, featuring storytelling by Spanish-English performer and author Antonio Sacre. Registration required for workshop. 703-737-8879.

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

ONE BOOK -- ONE COMMUNITY, 2 p.m., Sunday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd., Holocaust expert Michael Berenbaum will show and discuss the HBO film "Conspiracy," which recreates the 1942 Wannsee Conference in which Nazi and SS officers gathered in Berlin to discuss the Final Solution. Part of the One Book -- One Community reading project that encourages all Loudoun residents to read the same book, "The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness," by Simon Wiesenthal. 703-777-0541.

FILM DISCUSSION, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Producer Jerry Holsopple will screen and discuss the ABC-TV film "Journey Toward Forgiveness." Free. 703-777-0323.

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

LIBRARY TOUR, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Purcellville Library,220 E. Main St. For children over 6. Register by Tuesday. 540-338-7235.

ANIME EVENINGS, 6 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 27, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. View the latest manga and anime available at the library. Bring your own favorites to watch, read and share. Drawing, discussion and Japanese candy. Recommended ages 12-18. Registration required. 703-771-5624.

Miscellaneous

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

PARENTS' HOMEWORK SURVIVAL GUIDE, 7 p.m. Monday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Through interactive demonstrations, parents will be introduced to the library's online databases that are specifically designed for elementary school children and learn how to help children search online encyclopedias, almanacs and periodicals and even find science experiments. Registration required by tomorrow. 703-771-5624.

EASTERN LOUDOUN COMMUNITY COALITION, 7:30-9 p.m. last Monday of the month, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-771-6428.

Movies

"A TIME TO RIDE," 7 p.m. film, 8 p.m. discussion, Wednesday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Film and discussion about the cross-country bicycle ride of married lesbian grandmothers. 703-431-0882.

TAKE ME OUT TO THE MOVIES, "Little Big League," gates open 7:30 p.m., movie 8-10 p.m. tomorrow, Claude Moore Park Sportsplex, field 3, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Bring a blanket and picnic 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. Saturday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Refreshments. Free. 540-338-7235.

Music

BLUEGRASS/FOLK JAM, 6:30-11 p.m. last Friday, Round Hill Arts Center, Old Furniture Factory, 6 W. Loudoun St. Musicians, children and public encouraged to participate. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free. Donations appreciated. 540-338-5050 or www.roundhillarts.org.

LULLABY CONCERT, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl. Sterling. Come dressed in your pajamas for stories and music including a flautist. Recommended for children 2-6. 703-444-3228 ext. 309.

Nature

BIRDING THE BLUE RIDGE CENTER, 8 a.m. Saturday. 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

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

NORTHERN VIRGINIA SENIOR OLYMPICS REGISTRATION, age 50 and older, participate in a series of recreational and athletic events. Competition throughout the Northern Virginia area through Sept. 30. $7.50, one event. $1, additional events. Forms are available at senior centers. 703-771-5156 or www.novaseniorolympics.com.

FOREVER FIT, 9-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., ages 55 and older, sponsored by Loudoun County YMCA and Loudoun Healthcare Inc. Walking, marching, strengthening exercises, stretching and relaxation. $2. 703-777-9622.

ARMCHAIR EXERCISE, 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Loudoun Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct. SE, Leesburg. Free. 703-771-5156.

POKER, 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 55 and older. Free, center members; $1, nonmembers. 703-430-2397.

FEELIN' GOOD EXERCISE, 8-8:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. County-sponsored, for senior adults, low-impact exercise. $36, 12 sessions. 540-338-4122.

Sports

And Recreation

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 www.msandyou.org.

DROP-IN BASKETBALL, Elementary students, 3-5:30 p.m. Fridays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $1. 703-771-5913. Women, 8:30-10 p.m. Fridays, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. $2. 703-430-9480. Also 5-7 p.m. Fridays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $2. 703-771-5913.

DROP-IN OPEN GYM FOR HOME-SCHOOLERS, ages 10-17, noon-2 p.m. Fridays, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $1. 540-822-5284. First-graders and older, noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays.

CACHE AND DASH, all ages, 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, 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.

13th ANNUAL MIDDLEBURG HORSE TRIALS, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 25-26, Glenwood Park, one mile north of the traffic light in Middleburg on Foxcroft Road. Riders of the 245 entered horses include Kim Stevenson, who won the individual Silver Medal in eventing at the Athens Olympic Games. Dressage and show-jumping phases 7:40 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Cross-country 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. 540-687-5449.

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at 4-H Fairgrounds, Dry Mill Road, Leesburg; 8 a.m. Sunday, LAWS 5K or half marathon. Call for information. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

LOUDOUN WALKING AND VOLKSSPORT WALK, Saturday. 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.

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 www.loudounroadrunners.org or www.runwashington.com or at the 4-H Fairgrounds on Sept 25 or 26. 703-391-1490.

SOUTH RIDING RUNNING CLUB, 7 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Weekly runs also forming. Distances vary, and all paces are welcome. 703-585-3028 or srrunningclub@yahoo.com.

MIDDLEBURG WALKING CLUB, adults, 9:30 a.m. Mondays, meet at the Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Register. Free. 540-687-6375.

Theater

STERLING PLAYMAKERS, "A Star Is Dead" by Terry Nelson DiMurro, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Murder-mystery dinner theater production produced by Mark Humphrey and directed by Kathy Bleutge. Reservations required. $25, included appetizers, buffet dinner and murder mystery. 703-430-2397.

NOVA AUDITIONS, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Waddell Theater, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Hwy., Sterling. The College Community Theater at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College hold auditions for "La Bete," the parody of Moliere's plays by David Hirson. Auditions are open to all adults, and readings are from the script. Six men and four women are needed, and additional non-speaking parts might be cast. "La Bete" will be performed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 5-20. 703-675-0371 or 703-450-2648.

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

Yard Sales

FALL KID'S STUFF SALE, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Clothing, sports equipment, furniture, toys and videos. 703-430-6673.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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