Arts and Crafts

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 INDOOR SESSIONS, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Paint, draw or photograph. For information, call 540-338-5803.


PUMPKIN FUN, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 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 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. Monday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Stories, songs and games. Free. Register by tomorrow. 703-777-0323.


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

FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, "From Construction to Opportunity," 12:30 p.m. next Thursday, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct. SE, Leesburg. Free. 703-771-5156.

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.

LOUDOUN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER HOMECOMING FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun County Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pk., Waterford. Homecoming king and queen contest for pets, bark-like-a-dog contest for humans, dog obedience training demonstrations, dog trick show, reptile show, face-painting, pet adoptions, shelter tours, Loudoun County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit demonstration. Free. Participants can sign up for the contest by calling 703-737-8045 or

AUTUMN TOUR, vintage homes and historic places, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday, 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, whose body was found in 2002. Food, beverages, entertainment. $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Dulles Town Center Management Office. 240-393-3151.

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

LEESBURG EXECUTIVE AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 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.

PHILOMONT HISTORIC HOME TOUR, ages 12 and older, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Transportation provided by the Philomont Community Center, 36592 Jeb Stuart Rd. Call for information. $15. Register. 540-338-5882.

BALCH ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Balch Library downstairs meeting room, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Willis Van Devanter, appraiser of books and works of art, chief buyer for the Paul Mellon Collection from 1957-1973 and former acting curator of Graphic Arts at Princeton University will give verbal appraisals of books, maps, prints, manuscripts and small objects. No weapons or dolls. $5, per item. Cash or check only. Benefits Thomas Balch Library preservation and conservation of archival materials. 703-737-7195.

VENDOR NIGHT, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, 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


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

SALSA, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesday-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.

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.

Fairs and Festivals

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

CRAFT FAIR, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 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.


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

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


FLASHLIGHT CANDY HUNT, ages 2-10, 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Gather goodies in the dark. Bring a flashlight, costume and trick-or-treat bag. Call for schedule of age groups. $5. Register. 703-430-9480.

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION, all ages, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Ghoulish dinner, games, entertainment for ages 3-13, refreshments. $5. 540-822-5284.

PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARTY, ages 2-6, 7-8 p.m. Oct. 29, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. $5. Register. 540-338-4122.

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.

SPOOKTACULAR, all ages, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Enjoy a hayride, have your face painted, enter a costume contest or try your luck at the midway booths. $5. 703-771-5913.

THE BLACK KITTY HALLOWEEN HAPPENING, ages 1-6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Crafts, games, snacks and a trick-or-treat hunt. $7. Register. 703-771-5281.

ARCOLA'S HAUNTED HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL, all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30, Arcola Community Center, 24244 Gum Spring Rd. Games, rides, food, prizes. Haunted Candy Run from noon-2 p.m. Free. 703-327-3111.

DOUGLASS COMMUNITY CENTER'S HALLOWEEN FLOAT, all ages, 1-9 p.m. Oct. 30, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Help make the community center's float for the Leesburg parade. Free. 703-771-5913.

HOT DOG IT'S HALLOWEEN, all ages, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Games, treats, parade of costumes and a hayride. $3. Register. 540-687-6375.

PANCAKES AND PUMPKINS, all ages, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 30, Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville. All-you-can eat pancake breakfast followed by a Halloween candy hunt throughout the park. Pony rides, carnival games, children's crafts, hay-maze and pumpkin-carving contest. $5; ages 1 and younger, free. 540-338-7603.

LEESBURG HALLOWEEN PARADE, Oct. 31. Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Ida Lee Park and travels along King Street, ending at Safeway. Wear your costume and collect candy. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Leesburg. Free. 703-771-1484.

HALLOWEEN CUISINE FOR TEENS, ages 14 and older, 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

HALLOWEEN TREASURE HUNT, ages 4 and older, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sterling community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. $8. Register. 703-430-6673.

TALES OF THE TRAILS: A HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE, ages 6 and older, Wednesday. Forty-five minute walks scheduled from 6:10 to 8:55 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Hear scary stories along the trails and then roast marshmallows. Adults must accompany children. Rain date is Oct. 28. $5. Register. 703-444-1275.

Lectures And Literature

TEEN MYSTERY NIGHT, 5 p.m. tomorrow, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. It's dark and after-hours and there's a body in the library. Who will solve this mystery? Register. Free. 703-771-5624.

READING AND BOOK SIGNING, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Purcellville Train Station, North 21st Street (next to Magnolias Restaurant). "The Magellan House," stories by John Rolfe Gardiner. Free. 540-338-8238.

READINGS, "Hauntings and Happenings of Loudoun," 7 p.m. Monday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Erika Castillo, director of education at the Loudoun Museum, will read from Frank Raflo's book and will share legends and lore of Loudoun County. Free. 703-777-4228, Ext. 309.

ANIME EVENINGS, 6 p.m. Wednesday, 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. today, National Conference Center, Upper Belmont Place in Lansdowne. Public speaking group. Free. 703-724-4295 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.

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY SAFE BOATING COURSE, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Leesburg Police Department, 65 Plaza St. SE. $30, in advance; $35, day of class. Both sessions are required. 703-430-4816.


FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHT, ages 12-18, "Van Helsing," on the big screen, 7 p.m. tomorrow, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Bring your favorite snack. Drinks provided. Free. 703-737-8100.


LUCKETTS BLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $12. Doors open 6 p.m. Music by Code Blue and the Jeanette Williams Band. 703-771-5281 or

LOUDOUN SYMPHONIC WINDS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 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

BENEFIT CONCERT, Saturday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m., the Old School, Fairfax and High streets, Waterford. Guitarist, Barry Charlton; Allen Kitselman, Mike Jewell and Hugh McGuire formerly of Genghis Angus; the Furnace Mountain Band. Benefits restoration of the Taylorstown historic store. $15. 540-822-5169 or

WATERFORD CONCERT SERIES, 4 p.m. Sunday, the Old School, Fairfax and High streets. Music by Gervase de Peyer and Michael Adcock. Benefits restoration of the Old School. $20, in advance; $22, at the door. Free guided walking tour of the village for concert ticket holders beginning at 2 p.m. on the steps of the Old School. 540-882-3018 or


TREE IDENTIFICATION, teenagers and adults, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Rust Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Lecture and hike to learn about leaf, twig, fruit and bark characteristics that help identify common native trees. $10, members; $14, nonmembers. 703-669-0000. 703-669-0000.

FAMILY BIRD WALK, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Explore meadows, woods and wetlands with a park volunteer. Bring binoculars if you have them. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Canceled by rain. Free. 703-444-1275.

BATS! BATS! BATS!, ages 6-10, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Learn about bat houses and habitats and see local bats up close. Hands-on activities. Audubon naturalist Tammy Schwab. Free. 703-444-3228.

GAGGLES OF CANADA GEESE, all ages, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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.


HALLOWEEN PARTY-DANCE, 2-4:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Music by deejay Sky Dantinne. Wear your favorite costume. Refreshments. Transportation available. $2, members by Oct. 28; $4, day of event for everyone. 703-430-2397.

SENIOR CELEBRATION, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd. Dinner, fun and music. All seniors of the community are invited to attend. Free. 703-430-6455.


And Recreation

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Tuscarora Creek Park, off Lawson Road, Leesburg; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at the Unison Store on Unison Road. 703-779-0078 or

LOUDOUN WALKING AND VOLKSSPORT CLUB, Saturday. Start walk between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and finish by 4 p.m., Tarara Winery, Route 662, north of Leesburg. Food available. 703-737-2175. GOLF TOURNAMENT, 10 a.m. Monday, Belmont Country Club, Ashburn. Benefits Dominion Academy and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. $150, includes breakfast, lunch, contests and prizes. 703-737-0157.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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