Arts and Crafts

GLORIES HATS WORKSHOP, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Ongoing community workshop to make Glories Hats for pediatric patients at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. Sponsored by area Lutheran churches and United Lithograph. Community service hours validated for student participants. All ages welcome. 703-506-1415 or www.glorieshappyhats.org.

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. Tuesday, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Paint, draw or photograph. For information, call 540-338-5803.

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.

Children

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.

TRIVIA EVENT, "Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events," ages 8 and older, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Refreshments. Register. Free. 540-338-7235.

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

35TH PURCELLVILLE HERITAGE ANTIQUES SHOW, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Purcellville Skating Pavilion, 250 S. Nursery Ave. Benefits St. Francis DeSales Parish. $5. 540-338-5025 or www.pvilleskating.com.

BASKET BINGO, Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m., bingo at 7, Loudoun County Fairgrounds, Sykes Hall Building, Dry Mill Road, Leesburg. Benefits Loudoun County Fairgrounds barn raising. 540-338-6967.

BETWEEN THE HILLS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, 10 a.m. Saturday, Neersville Fire Department, Route 671. Free. 540-668-6896.

HAM AND TURKEY DINNER, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 13, Lucketts Volunteer Fire Company, 42367 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Turkey, ham, green beans, coleslaw, sauerkraut, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, hot rolls, dessert, tea and coffee. Benefits the fire company. $10, adults; $5, ages 10 and younger. 703-777-9344.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 14, Founders Hall beside Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department, 20688 Ashburn Rd. Pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee. $5, ages 60 and older; $6, ages 9-59; $3, ages 3-8; free, 2 and younger. 703-729-2103.

BASKET BINGO, Nov. 14, Round Hill Fire Department, Route 719 north. Doors open at 1 p.m., bingo at 2. $20. Benefits Upper Loudoun Youth Football League. 540-338-1930.

LOUDOUN EDUCATION ALLIANCE OF PARENTS, "Can Every Child Succeed?" closing the achievement gap and update of the impacts of "No Child Left Behind" legislation, 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.

COMMUNITY GANG FORUM, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling. Members of the Gang Response Intervention Team (GRIT) and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Gang Intelligence Unit will make a formal presentation to be followed by a question-and-answer session. Free. 703-777-0303.

STEP UP AND LISTEN TO YOUTH, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Lansdowne Conference Center, 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Leesburg. Loudoun Youth Initiative, high school students, community leaders, government agency representatives, school officials and business leaders have been selected for the symposium. The public is invited. Register. Free. 703-737-8424.

LOUDOUN HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM EXHIBIT, "Valley Apples," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through 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, Festivals and Bazaars

CRAFTS FAIR, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Broad Run High School, 21670 Ashburn Rd., Ashburn. More than 100 vendors, raffle, door prizes and food concessions. Sponsored by the Broad Run High School Parent-Teacher Organization. Free. 703-729-2005.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND INDOOR YARD SALE, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Heritage Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 122 Morven Park Rd. NW, Leesburg. Benefits the resident activity fund. Free. 703-777-8700.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS AND FAMILY FUN FAIR, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Crafts, moon bounce, rock climbing wall, face painting, tie-dying, bake sale food vendors. Benefits Loudoun Valley Community Center music and physical education programs, scholarships and financial aid to families in need of preschool or day care in western Loudoun. Free. 540-338-4122.

Gardening

LOUDOUN COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS, 7 p.m. tonight, Loudoun Extension Office, 30-B Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg. Keith Lilly on "Nature's Dyestuffs." Learn about natural dyeing and colors that can be obtained from plant materials. Free. 703-771-5838.

History

HIDDEN DISCOVERY HIKE, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Guided walk led by historian Steve Meserve. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register. $3.50. 703-444-1275.

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

LIVE AT THE LIBRARY, 2 p.m. Sunday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. "Disturbance of the Inner Ear" with author Joyce Hackett. The Catoctin Quartet will perform before and after the program. Free. 703-777-0541.

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.

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.

Miscellaneous

LOUDOUN TOASTMASTERS, reunion meeting, 7-9:15 p.m. today, National Conference Center, Upper Belmont Place in Lansdowne. Previous and current members and interested guests are welcome. Public speaking group. Free. 703-724-4295 or www.geocities.com/loudountm/.

COUNTRYSIDE WOMEN'S CLUB, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12, Countryside pool meeting room, Algonkian Parkway. Author, Ted Mason. New members welcome. 703-724-9479.

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

TIPS ON WRITING THE COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY, 7 p.m. Monday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Robert Otten of Marymount University. Register by tomorrow. Free. 703-737-8100.

NARFE LUNCHEON, Loudoun Chapter 1133, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Red Apple Buffet, 962 Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg. Reg Jones will speak about the Federal Employees Health Benefits program for 2005. Active and retired federal workers and spouses are welcome. 703-723-0942.

HOW TO DEVELOP A FINANCIAL PLAN FOR COLLEGE, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Open to the public. Free. 703-450-2571.

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.

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.

LUCKETTS BLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $12. Doors open 6 p.m. Music by Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers and David Davis and the Warrior River Boys. 703-771-5281 or www.luckettscommunitycenter.org.

MARIMBA CONCERT, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Latin American and Afro-Cuban rhythms, featuring Rebecca Kite and Orlando Cotto. Artists-in-Residence program sponsored by the Lucketts Community Center Advisory Board. Refreshments. Child care available. Free. 703-771-5281.

LOUDOUN SYMPHONY CONNOISSEURS' CONCERT AND DESSERT RECEPTION, 8 p.m. Nov. 13, St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. SW, Leesburg. $20, advance; $25, at the door. Tickets available at the visitors center in Leesburg, Melodee Music in Sterling or by calling 703-771-8287.

CELTIC HARP AND SONG CONCERT, family entertainment, 2 p.m. Sunday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Musician, Germaine Connolly. Free. 540-338-7235.

Nature

OWL PROWL, teenagers and adults, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Rust Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Look for owls and learn about their habits. Register. $10, members; $14, nonmembers. 703-669-0000.

LOVELY LEAVES, ages 4 and older with an adult, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Rust Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Discover why leaves change color and search for wildlife. Register. $6, members; $9, nonmembers. 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.

Sports

And Recreation

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.

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Lincoln Elementary School, 18048 Lincoln Rd., Purcellville. 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.

Theater

THEATER WORKSHOPS, 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct., Leesburg, and 5:30-7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Fun theater improvisation and movement exercises performed by VSA arts Virginia-Loudoun County. Taught by Alice Power and Ben Shoenberger. Register. Free. 540-338-7973.

SEVEN SHORT COMEDIES, by David Ives, 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling. $5. 703-444-8035.

STERLING PLAYMAKERS AUDITIONS, "Comedy Tonight," 7-9 p.m. tomorrow and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Bring sheet music for a comic piece, and be prepared to sing it with characterization. 703-437-6117 or www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

STERLING PLAYMAKERS, "Charlotte's Web," Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-21, Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave. Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. $10, adults; $7, ages 11 and younger. 703-437-6117 or www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

AURORA STUDIOS THEATRE, "Little Women," Nov. 12-14, Nov. 19-21 and Nov. 26-28, Old Stone School, Route 9, Hillsboro. Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Advance: $12, adults; $10, seniors and ages 12 and younger. At the door: $15; $12. 540-668-6779 or www.storyroot.com.

VSA THEATER AUDITIONS, "Twelve Dancing Princesses," 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Actors of all ages and skill levels. 540-338-7973.

Veterans Day

"HONORING HOMETOWN HEROES," 7 p.m. next Thursday, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Community event prepared by staff and students. Free. 540-338-6800, Ext. 59.

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM, 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Join veterans of different war eras in discussions and presentations. Bring memorabilia you would like to display and share. Open to the public. Free. 703-430-2397.

Yard and Rummage Sales

RUMMAGE SALE, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Middleburg Fire Department, 910 W. Washington St. Clothing, house wares and furniture. Benefits the Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Free. 540-687-6430.

INDOOR FLEA MARKET AND BOOK SWAP, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd., Sterling. Book swap from 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your adult and children's books to trade. Free. 703-430-6673.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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