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.

CROP TILL YOU DROP, scrapbook event, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct., Leesburg. Lear how to create calendar pages, use punches and other tools of the trade. Door prizes. Benefits Douglass Community Center Advisory Board. $25, includes lunch, snacks and drinks. Materials will be available for purchase. Register. 703-771-5913.

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.


OH DEER! ages 4 and older with an adult, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, 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 and 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. Monday and 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.


HOT JAZZ FOR A COOL NIGHT, 7:30-9 p.m. next Thursday, Tarara Winery, Route 662, Lucketts. Funding-raising event to benefit Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers. Wine-tasting, silent auction and musical entertainment. $45. 703-779-8617.

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. Pumpkin-chucking demonstrations 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The trebuchet hurling machine design dates to ancient times and is a favorite for launching pumpkins sending them as far as 1,150 feet. $7, ages 12 and older; $5, ages 6-11; free, 5 and younger. 703-777-9732 or

PURCELLVILLE TOWNWIDE YARD SALE, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, throughout the town. Free. For directions, call Town Hall. 540-338-7421.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn. Loudoun County residents only. 703-777-0187 or

EQUINE RESCUE LEAGUE OPEN HOUSE, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Churchland Farm, south of Leesburg on Route 621. Pony rides, parade of horses, used tack sale, raffles, yard and bake sale. Funds raised are used to feed resident horses and provide veterinary, farrier and dental care to the animals. Do not bring pets. Free. 703-771-1240 or

AUTUMN TOUR, vintage homes and historic places, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23 throughout Purcellville. Stamped admittance brochures with self-guided maps will be sold at the Gazebo on North 21st Street beginning at 9:30 a.m. Benefits the Purcellville Preservation Association. $15. 540-338-3874.

SILENT AUCTION, 8-11 p.m. Oct. 23, Dulles Town Center Courtyard by Marriott , Routes 7 and 28, Sterling. Hosted by local businesses to raise money for a reward fund to help get information about the murder of Erica Heather Smith. Food, beverages, entertainment. $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Dulles Town Center Management Office. 240-393-3151.

LEESBURG EXECUTIVE AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23, Sycolin Road, Leesburg. Airport businesses will be open, aircraft on display, First Flight rides available flown by Leesburg-based flight schools for a moderate cost. Rain date Oct. 24. Free. 703-346-4857.

VENDOR NIGHT, 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church St. One-stop shopping for all your gift-giving needs. Sponsored by the Loudoun-Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club. Free. 703-715-6669 or


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

OLD-TIME COUNTRY, 8-11 p.m., beginner workshop at 7:30, Saturday, Purcellville Skating Rink, 250 Nursery Ave. Bluemont. Old-time country dances feature bands, figure callers and friendly atmosphere for new and experienced dancers. Families, singles and homemade potluck refreshments encouraged. $7; $5, Bluemont friends, students and seniors. 703-777-6306 or

SALSA, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 26-Nov. 23, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Instructor, Bambi Nieto. $30, members; $35, nonmembers. 703-430-2397.


COACHING ART EXHIBITION, 1-4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday through Oct. 29, National Sporting Library, 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg. Free. 540-687-6542.

LOUDOUN HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM EXHIBIT, "Valley Apples," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 15-July 9 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.

Fairs and Festivals

AUTUMN IN HILLSBORO, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, the Old Stone School, Route 9. Music, face-painting, pumpkins, apples, flea market, alpacas and llamas. Learn parlor games and dances from the cast of the upcoming production of "Little Women" from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Donations are welcome to help cover the cost of the Fourth of July fireworks. 540-668-6779 or

ALDIE HARVEST FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 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 SHOW AND BAKE SALE, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-430-2397.


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

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


PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST, family night, 5:30-7 p.m.; middle and high school students, 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 29, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Pumpkins, carving tools and candles provided. Prizes awarded. $10. Pizza dinner available, $5. Register by Oct. 22. 703-771-5913.

HALLOWEEN CUISINE FOR TEENS, ages 11-13, 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday. 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


DEED RESEARCH, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Thomas Balch Library, downstairs meeting room, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Wynne Saffer, author and local historian, will use a case study to demonstrate. Free. 703-737-7195.

Lectures And Literature

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

WATERFORD FOUNDATION GEORGE BENTLEY LECTURE SERIES, 4 p.m. Sunday, the Old School, Fairfax and High Streets, Waterford. Filmmaker Ronald F. Maxwell is the guest speaker. Book-signing and a reception will follow. Open to the public. Free. 540-882-3018 or

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

TEEN COFFEEHOUSE CAFE, ages 12-18, 6 p.m. Tuesday, 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.


LOUDOUN TOASTMASTERS, 7:15-9:15 p.m. next Thursday, National Conference Center, Upper Belmont Place in Lansdowne. Public speaking group. Free. 703-724-4295 or

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

GIRLS CLUB, ages 13 and older with and without disabilities, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Aurora School, behind Food Lion, 205 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Sponsored by Larc in partnership with ECHO and the Girl Scouts of Loudoun. Club is designed to promote equal opportunities for all girls to come together, share experiences, develop friendships and have a good time. Guest speakers from the community and diverse activities including community outings. Free. RSVP. 803-777-1939.

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

ADULT FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS, 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays Oct. 18-Nov. 22, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Register. $63. 703-430-6673.

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

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.

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP, residents of Loudoun County and their daughters ages 13 and older, 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, 45299 Research Pl., Ashburn. Wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Free. 703-777-0407.

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

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


FRIDAY MOVIES, all ages, 4 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 15, Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. "Monsters, Inc." Free. 703-430-9500.


LUCKETTS BLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $12. Doors open 6 p.m. Music by the Country Gentlemen. Special memorial concert to honor Charlie Waller. 703-771-5281 or

LOUDOUN SYMPHONY, "Masterworks," 8 p.m. Oct. 23, Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg and 3 p.m. Oct. 24, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Violin virtuoso Judith Ingolfsson in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, the "Russian and Ludmilla" Overture by Glinka and Symphony No. 1 in C Minor by Brahms. Pre-concert talk with Diana Hollander of 103.5 WGMS radio, 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Advance, $15, adults; $7, children; at the door, $18, adults; $8, children. 703-771-8287.

LOUDOUN SYMPHONIC WINDS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Eagle Ridge Middle School, 42901 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. Music and dance featuring Tchaikovsky's Entry Music from Swan Lake, selections from Robert Russell Bennett's Suite of Old American Dances and a tribute to Glen Miller. $5, person; $10, family. 703-777-7985 or


GAGGLES OF CANADA GEESE, all ages, 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Meet some geese at the pond and learn interesting facts about how they work together. Goose games and history of the pond included. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Canceled by rain. Register. Free. 703-444-1275.

BEGINNER BIRD WALKS, older children and adults, 8 a.m. Saturday, 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. Tuesday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Hands-on center with many objects including animals and plants from this area. Make animal tracks in the sand. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 703-444-1275.


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. $36, 12 sessions. 540-338-4122.


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

FUNDRAISING-CORPORATE GOLF TOURNAMENT SEMINAR, tomorrow, River Creek Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. Registration, 8:30-9 a.m.; presentation, 9 a.m.-noon followed by a question-and-answer session and lunch. Community service project to help organizations plan for their fundraising events. Register. 703-779-2022.

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison Streets, Leesburg; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Woodlea Manor Clubhouse, Hague Drive, off Route 15 south of Leesburg. 703-779-0078 or

ANTIQUE CARRIAGE SHOW, coach presentations, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 23, Upperville Colt and Horse Show Grounds, Route 50. Featuring more than 30 coaches with drivers, groomsmen and ladies and gentlemen dressed to the nines. See the teams of horses that pull these historic vehicles. $10, parking. Benefits the National Sporting Library in Middleburg. 540-687-6542.

GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Goose Creek Golf Club, 43001 Golf Club Rd., Leesburg. Prizes. Sponsored by Loudoun Douglass Alumni to benefit scholarship funds and community outreach. $85; $340, team. 703-777-8270.


"THE CRUCIBLE," 7:30 p.m. next Thursday and Oct. 22, Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg. $7, adults; $5, students. 703-669-1400.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER, 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Presented by Murder Mystery Weekend Inc.; catering by Back Street Cafe. Register. $75, per person. 540-687-6373.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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