VETERANS DAY

Observances in our area include:

* The fifth annual Veterans Day program, "Honoring Hometown Heroes," at Loudoun Valley High School, a community event prepared by staff and students. 7 p.m. today, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Free. 540-338-6800, Ext. 59.

* A Veterans Day concert, performed by the eighth-grade band at River Bend Middle School, 7 p.m. today, 46240 Algonkian Pkwy., Sterling. Free. 703-444-7574.

* Wreath-laying and flag-raising observance at the Fauquier Veterans Memorial, 11 a.m. today, Hospital Hill, Warrenton. Free.

THE CAPITOL HOLIDAY TREE

The first Virginia tree to become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree stops in Leesburg on Sunday en route to Washington. Residents can see it 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-7019 or www.capitolholidaytree2004.org.

"CHARLOTTE'S WEB"

Sterling Playmakers perform E.B. White's classic story of Wilbur the pig whose life is saved by a little girl and a clever spider. Tomorrow-Sunday, 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, 11 and younger. 703-437-6117 or www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

From left, Jerry Garegnani, Ashley Kinney, Barbara Knight and Sam McCrea in "Charlotte's Web"; shows at Sterling Middle School this weekend.