START YOUR OWN BUSINESS, 6-8:30 p.m. July 18, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. With Kerstin Haefele-Gordon, a small-business specialist, and Terry Corle, a marketing and insurance specialist. Register. Free. 703-430-7222.


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. Register. 703-771-5913.

LOUDOUN CAMP FIRE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, for children in elementary school, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Ashburn. Learn to work together and appreciate similarities and differences. Take part in community service projects, outdoor activities and regular group meetings. Call for location. $17; $49, families. Special financial circumstances will be considered. 703-737-7807.


COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR PREVENTION EDUCATION (COPE), 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Western Loudoun residents welcome. Free. 540-338-4860.

LEESBURG'S FIRST FRIDAY, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 5, historic Leesburg. Visit art galleries, specialty stores and antiques shops. Free. 703-725-8167.


LOUDOUN HERITAGE FARM MUSEUM EXHIBIT, "Valley Apples," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday at the museum, Claude Moore Park, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, ages 2-12; free, 1 and younger. 703-421-5322 or

MONOTYPE PRINTS, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, July 11-Aug. 5, Waddell Art Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Free. 703-450-2627.


MASTER GARDENERS PLANT CLINICS, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Cascades HomeGrown Farmers Market, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling, and 8 a.m.-noon July 16, Leesburg HomeGrown Farmers Market, Virginia Village Shopping Center, off Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Bring pest insects or plant problems for diagnosis and control recommendations. Free. 703-771-5150.


INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM, "Cavaliers, Courage and Coffee: The Night Belonged to Mosby," 8 p.m. Saturday. Series of vignettes scattered throughout the village of Atoka, four miles west of Middleburg on Route 713. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes. Meet at the Rector House. People will be available to direct parking. Groups of more than 10 should call ahead. Free. 540-687-6681.

"IN THE BEGINNING: LOUDOUN COUNTY," July 16. Depart 9 a.m., Claude Moore Park visitors center, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling; return 5 p.m. Visit Dranesville and Ball's Bluff battlefields with historian Steve Meserve. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch available for $5, or bring your own. Register. $45. 703-444-1275.

FAMILY FUN DAY, "Blue-Gray Sunny Day," 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. Hands-on activities including artifact exploration, crafts, storytelling, old-fashioned games, Civil War music and "period" photos. Learn about Civil War medicine and surgery and plant a medicinal herb to take home. Free. 703-777-7427.

CHILDREN'S CIVIL WAR CAMP, ages 8-14, 9 a.m.-noon July 18-22, Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Plantation Lane, six miles south of Leesburg, off Route 15. Learn about life during the Civil War, including the life of a soldier on the home front, soldiers' attire, period money, enlistment papers, tin whistles, jaw harps and crafts. Sponsored by the 8th Virginia Infantry and Oatlands. $150, includes all materials, food, music, a battlefield tour and Civil War items to take home daily. Register. 703-771-3915 or

WALKING TOURS OF HISTORIC LEESBURG, one-hour guided tour through September. Reservations required. $10; $7, Loudoun Museum members; free, 12 and younger. 703-777-7427.


And Literature

USED-BOOK SALE, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Taylorstown Store, 13068 Taylorstown Rd., Lovettsville. Free admission. 540-822-9340.


CURATOR'S CHOICE, "Kosmos 936 Artificial Gravity Experiment Package," noon-12:15 p.m. today, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Cathleen Lewis, curator, space history division. Free. 202-633-4629 or

AMATEUR RADIO, 8:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. 540-338-2584 or

BOARD GAMES FOR TEENS, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Bring your favorite game and challenge your peers. Snacks and soda provided. Free. 703-777-0323.

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP, for female residents of Loudoun County and their daughters ages 13 and older, 7-10 p.m. July 27, Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, 45299 Research Pl., Ashburn. Wear gym-style clothing and athletic shoes. Register. Free. 703-777-0407.

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


TEEN MOVIE MATINEE, "Hero," 3 p.m. today, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Free. 703-737-8100.

THURSDAY MOVIES, all ages, 2 p.m. today and each Thursday through Aug. 25, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 212030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Bring popcorn, a beverage and a blanket. Free. 703-444-3228.

SUMMER CINEMA FOR TEENS, "Pirates of the Caribbean," 2 p.m. Monday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-771-5624.

"ADVENTURES IN MOVIE-VILLE," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," all ages, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Bring pillows, blankets and snacks. Free. 703-737-8100.

TUESDAY TEEN MOVIES, "Two Weeks Notice," 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Bring your own snacks. Free. 540-338-7235.


MASTER SINGERS OF VIRGINIA AUDITIONS, a capella choral ensemble in Northern Virginia with concentration in 20th- and 21st-century choral music. Three concert programs each season. Call for appointment. 571-213-6306 or

BLUEGRASS/FOLK JAM, 6-11 p.m. last Fridays, Round Hill Arts Center, Old Furniture Factory, 6 W. Loudoun St. Public encouraged to participate. Food and beverages for sale. Free; donations appreciated. 540-338-5050 or

BLUEMONT CONCERT SERIES, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, South Madison Street, downtown Middleburg. If it rains, concerts will be held at a nearby indoor location posted at the concert site. Music by Special Ed and the Shortbus.

Also, 7 p.m. Sunday, Freedom Park, Evergreen Mill Road and Tolbert Lane, Leesburg. Rain location is Smart's Mill Middle School, 850 N. King St. Music by Howard Levy, Paul Reisler and A Thousand Questions.

Tickets for the concerts are $5; $4, Bluemont Friends and seniors; $2, 5 and younger. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. Food available for purchase. No pets, alcohol or smoking. 703-777-6306 or

ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Town Green, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. Summer concert series with Rob Limon. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. In bad weather, the show will be held next door at Market Street Coffee. Free. 703-777-7305.


OWL CAMPFIRE, all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Learn about owls through games and activities. Canceled by rain. Register. $3.50. 703-444-1275.

BIRDING AT THE BLUE RIDGE CENTER, fourth Saturdays, Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Route 671 (Harpers Ferry Road). Meet at 8 a.m., Neersville Volunteer Fire Station, Route 671. Free. 540-554-2542.

BIRDING BANSHEE, 8 a.m. Saturday, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Rd., Leesburg. Bring binoculars if you have them. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Friends of Banshee Reeks. Free. 540-554-2542.

BUTTERFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES WALK, 10 a.m.-noon July 16, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Rd., Leesburg. Bring binoculars if you have them. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Friends of Banshee Reeks. Free. 540-554-2542.


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.

LOUDOUN HUNT WEST TRAIL RIDE, open to all, 9 a.m. Saturday, Morven Park, Leesburg. Jumping and non-jumping groups. Potluck picnic. $20. Directions, 540-338-6562.

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg; 7 a.m. Sunday, meet at Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison streets. 703-779-0078 or

VESTALS GAP WALKING CLUB, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, meet outside the Claude Moore Park visitors center, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd. Register. Free. 703-444-1275.

Yard Sales,

Flea Markets

FLEA MARKET AND BOOK SWAP, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Book swap, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. 703-430-6673.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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