Arts and Crafts

KNITTING, READING PATTERNS AND CROCHET CLASSES, 18 and older, Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Call for dates and times. $45 a class. 703-777-1368.

KNITTING/CROCHETING, 10 a.m.-noon Fridays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. County-sponsored. Make items for families at the homeless shelter, Northern Virginia Ronald McDonald House, Loudoun Hospital Center, long-term care unit at Loudoun Hospital and for the Hug an Afghan program. Offers a homemade afghan to any child 18 or younger within the United States who has lost a parent or sibling. Group seeks donations of crochet hooks, sizes F through J, and four-ply acrylic yarn. Free. 703-430-2397.

GACK AND YACK CRAFTS, ages 14 and older, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, 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.

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.

WATERFORD QUILTERS, 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month, St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church, 37700 St. Francis Ct., Purcellville. New members welcome. Free. 703-327-2482.

AMERICAN SEWING GUILD, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-444-1936. Open to anyone with an interest in sewing. www.asg.org.

LOVETTSVILLE NEEDLEWORK, 7-9 p.m., third Wednesdays, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Learn to cross-stitch, crochet, knit and do needlepoint. $2 drop-in fee. Register. 540-822-5284.

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.

Children

MOMS' MORNING OUT, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Thursdays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Enjoy a morning with your child, or use the time to run errands. $35 for five sessions. Registration. 703-771-5913.

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

OH DEER! ages 4 and older with an adult, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 16, Rust Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Learn how to use tracks, traces and other signs to find out about habits and habitats of this graceful creature. Register. $6, members; $9, nonmembers. 703-669-0000.

PUMPKIN FUN, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 25 or Oct. 26, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Learn about pumpkins and other fruits and seeds that are found in the park in fall. Play pumpkin games. Register. $10.25, 703-444-1275.

TREE MAGIC, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 18 or Oct. 25, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Enjoy the fall colors and learn how trees live and grow. Take a hike and play a tree game. Register. $10.25. 703-444-1275.

TALES FROM THE PUMPKIN PATCH, ages 5-7, 4 p.m. Oct. 25, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Stories, songs, and games. Free. Register by Oct. 22. 703-777-0323.

LOUDOUN CAMP FIRE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, children in elementary school, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays 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.

MOM AND ME OPEN GYM, ages 6 months-3 years, 10-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Play and meet new friends. Free. 540-687-6375.

Community

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR PREVENTION EDUCATION (COPE), 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Western Loudoun community residents are welcome. Free. 703-771-6428.

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 maze 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, 5 and younger. 703-777-9732 or www.cornfieldmaze.com.

PURCELLVILLE TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 16, throughout the town. Free. For directions, call Town Hall. 540-338-7421.

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

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Founders Hall beside Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department, 20688 Ashburn Rd. Pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits, gravy, juices, coffee. $5, ages 60 and older; $6, ages 9-59; $3, ages 3-8; free, 2 and younger. 703-729-2103.

HUNT COUNTRY CLASSIC BRITISH CAR SHOW, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Willoughby Farm, Rock Hill Mill Road, Middleburg. Look for signs as you travel west of Middleburg on Route 50. Entertainment, hayrides, clowns, bagpipers and pub food. Silent auction to benefit Middleburg Humane Society. $3, per vehicle. 703-933-0811 or www.mgcarclubdc.com

FRANKLIN PARK ARTS CENTER OPEN HOUSE, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23, Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville. Demonstrations by the Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild, display of handspun and hand-woven items. Free. 540-338-7973.

OATLANDS ANTIQUES SHOW, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 16 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. $9, includes admission to Oatlands mansion and gardens. 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.org.

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

Cooking

HALLOWEEN CUISINE FOR TEENS, ages 11-13, 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 19. Ages 14 and older, 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 26, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Make haunted pizza with witches' brew and bony fingers on the side. Register. $15. 703-430-6673

Dance

BLUE RIDGE THUNDER CLOGGERS, ages 11 and older, beginner lessons, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays in a converted barn near Purcellville. Call for directions and cost. 540-882-4917.

SOCIAL/BALLROOM, big band era, level one, 7-8 p.m.; tango workshop, 8-9 p.m. Thursdays beginning next week, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Registration $30 for four sessions. 703-406-7894.

JAZZ AND COMPANY DANCE PERFORMANCE, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Harmony Intermediate School, 38174 W. Colonial Hwy. Benefits the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center. $5; $15, per family. 540-338-7973.

Exhibits

"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, "Valley Apples," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 15-July 9, 2005 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, tomorrow, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Carmen Howell, artist. Free. Call for hours. 703-777-5498.

Fairs and Festivals

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

EQUI-FEST, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. SaturdaySouthern States Loudoun County Coop., 261 N. 21st St., Purcellville. Family fun and equine related activities. Seminars, exhibits, food, sales and door prizes. Free. 540-338-7136.

ALDIE HARVEST FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16, Route 50, one mile west of Gilberts Corner. Crafts, games for children, demonstrations, music and food. Tour the restored historic Aldie Mill. Free admission. $5 parking to support local churches. 202-497-7655.

CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 23, Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave. Free. 703-444-0444.

CRAFT FAIR, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23, Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Rd. SE, Leesburg. Crafters, food and bake sale. Bring a canned good to donate to Interfaith Relief. 703-737-7989.

Gardening

LECTURE AND GARDEN DEMONSTRATIONS, "Fall Arrangements for Holiday Tables" by Linda Weiner, 10 a.m. Oct. 21, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. $10, Friends of Oatlands; $15. 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.org.

PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, Oct. 22. Peter Beahl of the Pruning School. Call for time and location. Free. 540-668-6701.

GOOSE CREEK HERB GUILD, 9:30 a.m. third Tuesdays, Oatlands Carriage House, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Free. 703-627-2664.

History

CONFERENCE ON THE ART OF COMMAND IN THE CIVIL WAR, "1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign," Friday-Sunday, 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.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION, "African American Horsemen in Loudoun County," 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Banneker Elementary School, 35231 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg. Panelists will recall and discuss their contributions. Presented by the Black History Committee and Friends of the Thomas Balch Library. Free. 703-737-7195.

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE, 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 540-822-4480.

Lectures

And Literature

TEENS OF STERLING, ages 12 and older, 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Bring your ideas, get involved and explore new books. Free. 703-430-9500.

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 16, Final Draft Booksellers, 192 North 21st St., Purcellville. "Cup of Comfort for Sisters" by Bobbi Carducci. Free. 540-338-8238.

VIRGINIA YOUNG READER'S BOOK CLUB, ages 8 and older, 7 p.m. fourth Mondays through April, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Book discussions, games and refreshments. Register. Free. 703-737-8105.

FAMILY BOOK DISCUSSIONS, "Five Children and It" by Edith Nesbit, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Register. Free. 703-771-5624.

COLLECTIBLE BOOKS FOR SALE, 10-a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Includes Little Golden books, autographed, first edition, out of print, vintage and gift-quality books. Cost varies. 703-430-9500.

TEEN COFFEEHOUSE CAFE, ages 12-18, 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. All scary stories and horrid haikus welcome. Mic is open to share your favorite poetry, songs and stories. Refreshments. Free. 703-771-5624.

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. today, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Free. 703-450-2571.

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

COUNTRYSIDE WOMEN'S CLUB FALL LUNCHEON, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15, Hidden Creek Country Club, Reston. Entertainment by "The Gotta Dance Group." Prizes. Call for reservations and cost. 703-444-3035.

AMATEUR RADIO, 8:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 607 W. Market St., Leesburg. 540-338-2584 or www.k4lrg.org.

LEESBURG WALKING TOUR, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Meet in front of the Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. Tours last about one hour. $5; $2.50 museum members; free, ages 9 and younger. "African-American Tour," abbreviated version of the regular walking tour, 7 p.m. first Fridays. Led by local historian Mary Randolph. Free. 703-777-7427 or www.loudounmuseum.org.

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.

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.

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY OPEN HOUSE, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Learn about the Loudoun Veterinary Technology Program, tours, door prizes, activities for children, information booths and displays. Local veterinary experts will be on site to answer questions. Free. 703-450-2509.

NARFE LUNCHEON, Loudoun chapter 1133, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Mountain Gate Restaurant, Thurmont. Active and retired federal workers and spouses are welcome. Call for information. 703-723-0942.

ENGLISH CLASSES, sponsored by English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries program. $15, processing charge at registration. Scholarships available. Baby-sitting at some locations. For information in English, Spanish, Korean or Vietnamese, call 703-841-0292 or www.eslim.org.

Movies

MOVIES, all ages, "Herbie Goes Bananas," 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.

CONCERT, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, along Royal Street, Leesburg (behind Penny Lane). Cathy Ponton King will be performing. Free. 703-777-8675.

LUCKETTS BLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $12. Doors open 6 p.m. Music by Mark Templeton and New Vision/Shiloh Ridge. 703-771-5281 or www.luckettscommunitycenter.org.

SHENANDOAH COFFEEHOUSE SERIES, Saturday. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8 p.m., Universalist Church of Loudoun, 20460 Gleedsville Rd., Leesburg. Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Jennie Avila and percussionist and drum maker, Stephen Wright. $10. 703-737-7644 or www.shenandoahacoustics.com/scs.

Nature

WONDERFUL "WORM SAFARI", all ages, , 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Discover these wigglers and learn how they respond to light and why it so hard to pull them out of their holes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register. Free. 703-444-1275.

BEGINNER BIRD WALKS, older children and adults, 8 a.m. 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.

FROGSHACKLE NATURE CENTER, all ages, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Hands-on center with many objects including animals and plants that live and grow in this area. Make animal tracks in the sand. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 703-444-1275.

Seniors

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 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.

VAN METRE 5-MILE RUN, Saturday, Hillside Park, Waxpool Road, Broadlands. Registration 7:30-8 a.m. Five-mile run at 8:35 a.m., kids run for fun and one-mile run-walk at 8:30 a.m. Prizes. Benefits Children's Hospital. Adults, $25; 12 and younger, $5. 703-425-2600, Ext. 254 or www.thevanmetre5milerun.com

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Loudoun County High School. 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Philomont Community Center, 36592 Jeb Stuart Rd. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

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.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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