Arts and Crafts

DRAW-IN, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 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 will be on hand for help. Free. 703-779-9712 or 1-800-729-7725.

DRAWING WITH RONI, ages 8-16, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 5-19, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Black-and-white drawing techniques. Some figure drawing and color will be introduced. Register. $21. Supply list available at the office. 703-430-6673.

GACK AND YACK CRAFTS, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ages 11-13, Tuesday; ages 14 and older, Oct. 12, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Creep your friends out with brain matter you can play with. Add a couple eye balls or maybe a worm or two. $9. 703-430-6673.

Children

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, "Wind and Clouds," 11 a.m. today, Final Draft Booksellers, 192 North 21st St., Purcellville. Free. 540-338-8238.

MAKE A SCARECROW, all ages, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 8, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Bring panty hose and clothes for your scarecrow. Stuffing provided. Refreshments. $15, family. 540-687-6375.

BATZTRAVAGANZA, bat house workshop, ages 4 and older with an adult, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Rust Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Learn how to build a safe place for bats to live. All supplies included. Register. $30, members; $42, nonmembers. 703-669-0000.

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

Community

CORNFIELD MAIZE, "Welcome Redskins' Joe Gibbs," 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays and Columbus Day, Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, 15789 Temple Hall Lane, Leesburg. The Maize will feature 11 acres of tall corn, cut in the shape of a football field, with the team symbol and a cornstalk-filled portrait of Coach Joe Gibbs. Posted trivia questions will help travelers find their way. $7, ages 12 and older; $5, ages 6-11; free ages 5 and younger. 703-777-9732 or www.cornfieldmaze.com.

ART SHOW AND AUCTION. tomorrow, Knights of Columbus Barn, 401 W. Holly Ave., Sterling. Preview from 7-8 p.m., auction at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Benefits scholarship and charity programs. $10, person; $15, couple. 703-430-1459.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 16, Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn. Loudoun County residents only. 703-777-0187 or www.loudoun.gov/oswm/hhw.htm

HARVEST OF HOPE BARN DANCE, 3-8 p.m. Oct. 10, Great Country Farms Stable, off Route 734, Bluemont. Music by "4 of a Kind", pork barbecue by local hog producer Steven Baker, gourmet fixings served by Round Hill Caterer, Savoir Fare. Thoroughbreds Grill and Brewing will provide beer and Serendipity will provide wine. Country auction with professional auctioneer Clark Carr. Line dancing instruction and demonstrations. Benefits Loudoun Community Free Clinic. $75. 703-779-5412 or www.loudounfreeclinic.org.

LOUDOUN EDUCATION ALLIANCE OF PARENTS, "Does One Size Fit All?" school size, fiscal and educational issues, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn. Refreshments. Public is encourage to attend. Free. 703-729-7699.

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

Dance

"PETER AND THE WOLF," 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Farmwell Middle School, 44281 Gloucester Parkway, Ashburn. Loudoun Ballet company's production of a young boy's forest adventure. $6. 703-771-8074.

Exhibits

SERIES PATINTER BY C.M. DUPRE, 6-9 p.m. tomorrow, The Studio, 17 W. Federal St., Middleburg. John Rolfe Gardiner will be reading from his new collection of short stories, "The Magellan House." Free. 540-687-3131.

"WAR AND RESPITE: THE MARSHALLS AND LOUDOUN COUNTY," examines Gen. George C. Marshall's rise to world leadership; his home, Dodona Manor; his wife, Katherine; and life on the home front of Loudoun county during World War II. Part of America Celebrates the Greatest Generation, a 100-day tribute honoring the World War II generation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through November, Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. $2, adults; $1, seniors, students, teachers; free, veterans, enlisted personnel and ages 9 and younger. 703-777-7427.

LOUDOUN HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM EXHIBIT, "Orchard Grass: The Big Story About a Small Seed," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Monday, 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.

THE ANNE FRANK STORY EXHIBIT, through Oct. 31, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Photos from the Frank family are combined with historical images from the period. Includes entries from Anne Frank's diary. Exhibit is sponsored by the Anne Frank Center USA, Inc. and is funded by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund. Free. Call for library hours. 703-737-8100.

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, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays Oct. 11-Oct. 31, Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Artist reception, 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Free. Special collection of oil paintings by Yuri Gorbachev from exhibitions at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the National Fine Art Museum of the Ukraine, the Russian Museum of Kiev and the Rudana Museum of Bali. 540-687-6986.

Fairs and Festivals

WATERFORD FAIR, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Route 662, Waterford. Home tours, craft exhibits, traditional dance and music, demonstrations, Civil War reenactors, Colonial-era encampments, food. $15, day of event; free, 12 and younger. 540-882-3018 or www.waterfordva.org.

LEESBURG FINE ARTS FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 Loudoun County Courthouse greens, King and Market Streets, Leesburg. Rain date is Sunday. Oct. 3 Musical entertainment and artwork from local and regional artists. Free. 703-737-6779.

ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR AND BAKE SALE, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 9, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct. SE. Free. 703-737-8039.

Gardening

LECTURE AND GARDEN DEMONSTRATIONS, "Forcing Bulbs and Branches" by Carol Sherman, 10 a.m. next Thursday, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. $10, Friends of Oatlands; $15. 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.org.

FALL PLANT SWAP, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center, 1115 W. Church Rd. Bring your extra perennial divisions, herbs, houseplants, and shrubs. Swap the number of plants you bring for those you want to try. Free. 703-430-6673.

MASTER GARDENER, 7 p.m. Monday, Loudoun Extension office, downstairs conference room, 30-B Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg. "The Flora of Virginia Project," scientist, Dr. Marion Lobstein. Free. 703-771-5150.

History

CONFERENCE ON THE ART OF COMMAND IN THE CIVIL WAR, "1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign," Oct. 8-10, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Authors and historians will lecture on various aspects of the 1864 Campaign and guide participants over battlefields at Fishers Hill and Cedar Creek. Sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association. Registration can be made for the entire weekend or just Saturday. Call for information and cost. 540-687-6681 or www.mosbyheritagearea.org.

CLERK'S OFFICE TOUR-HISTORICAL RECORDS, 7-9 p.m. Monday. Meet at 6:45 p.m. at Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg to walk as a group to the clerk's office. John Fishback, Historic Records Manager for Loudoun County will lead the tour. Free. 703-737-7195.

Lectures And Literature

DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING, 2 p.m. Saturday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. "Starting Over: Reinventing Life After 60," author Pat Kellerman. Free. 703-444-3228.

ANIME EVENINGS, 6 p.m. 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

THE ABCs OF ACADEMIC REENTRY FOR WOMEN, 2-3:15 p.m. next Thursday, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Free. 703-450-2571.

LOUDOUN TOASTMASTERS, 7:15-9:15 p.m. next Thursday, National Conference Center, Upper Belmont Place in Lansdowne. Public speaking group. Free. 703-435-5921 or www.geocities.com/loudountm/

LEESBURG COMPOSITE SQUADRON OF CIVIL AIR PATROL, adult members at 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, cadet members at 7 p.m. each Tuesday, Leesburg National Guard Armory, 41905 Loudoun Center Pl. Anyone interested in aviation and search and rescue is welcome. Free. 703-464-7356 or www.leesburgcap.org.

PARTY PLANNING 101, adults, 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Menu planning, recipes, decorating tips and step-by-step instruction. $20, supply fee. 540-687-6375.

Movies

MOVIES, "King Kong," ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Refreshments. Free. 540-338-7235.

Music

LUCKETTS BLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. the Bluegrass Brothers and Michele Nixon and Drive. $12. Doors open 6 p.m. 703-771-5281 or www.luckettscommunitycenter.org.

Nature

BEGINNER BIRD WALKS, older children and adults, 8 a.m. Saturday, and Oct. 16, Rust Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Bring binoculars and a field guide or use those provided. Free. 703-669-0000.

Seniors

COUNTRY WESTERN, 2-4:30 p.m. today, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Music by deejay Sky Dantinne with special guests, The Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers. Refreshments. $4. 703-430-2397.

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.

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION MEMORY WALK, Saturday. Meet at Loudoun Hospital Center, 224 Cornwall St., Leesburg. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m. One-mile and three-mile options. 800-728-9255 or www.ncamemorywalk.kintera.org

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison Streets, Leesburg for 10K loop; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Partlow's Store, Ashburn Road. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

Theater

MIDDLEBURG PLAYERS CHRISTMAS COMEDY AUDITIONS, 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Route 50, Upperville. 540-364-37-48.

Yard Sales and Flea Markets

FLEA MARKET AND BOOK SWAP, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Book swap, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. 703-430-6673.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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