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, Inova Loudoun Hospital and its long-term care unit, and for the Hug an Afghan program, which offers a homemade afghan to anyone 18 or younger in 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.

OATLANDS ART SHOW AND SALE, "Four Seasons of Oatlands," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 21, Oatlands Plantation Carriage House, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Proceeds from the art sale benefit Oatlands. Free. 703-777-3174.

GLORIES HATS WORKSHOP, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Ongoing community workshop to make Glories Happy 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

LOUDOUN SKETCH CLUB INDOOR SESSIONS, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Round Hill Center, 20 High St., Round Hill. Paint, draw or photograph. For information: 540-338-5803.

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.


ROUND HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, Route 719 North. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo begins at 6:45. Thursdays. Smoke-free. Accessible to disabled. 540-338-7982.

STERLING RURITAN CLUB, 183 Ruritan Rd., 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Benefits local charities. 703-444-6039.

LEESBURG SENIOR CENTER, 215 Depot Ct. SE. Advanced bingo, 9 a.m. Wednesdays; slower bingo, 12:30 p.m. Fridays. 703-737-8039.


START YOUR OWN BUSINESS, 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, 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.

MOM AND ME OPEN GYM, ages 6 months to 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 ORGANIZATION FOR PREVENTION EDUCATION (COPE), 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Western Loudoun residents welcome. Free. 540-338-4860.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg. Loudoun County residents. Free. 703-777-0187 or

SUMMER FAMILY JAMBOREE, community event, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Hamilton Park off Colonial Highway. Entertainment, antique cars, hayrides, games, refreshments. Each family will have a chance to win four tickets to the Veggie Tales Rockin Tour appearance at the Patriot Center July 28. Free. For information, call Hamilton Baptist Church, 540-338-7979.


BLUE RIDGE THUNDER CLOGGERS, age 11 and older, beginner lessons, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays in a converted barn near Purcellville. Call for directions and cost. 540-882-4917.

DANCE FOR SINGLES, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Christian Fellowship Church, 21673 Beaumeade Cir., Ashburn. Learn the latest line dances. All levels. Free. 571-217-8720.


PARASOLS, FANS AND FLIRTATIONS, through Sept. 1, Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St., Leesburg. Learn about the history of the fan and parasol from 3000 BC through the 20th century. Call for hours and cost. Eric Larson, 703-777-7427.

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

"ANIMALS IN ART," 1-4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday through Sept. 16, National Sporting Library, 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg. Oil paintings represent a variety of facing scenes, domestic and wild animals including horses, hunting dogs and farm animals, plus lions, tigers and foxes. Free. 540-687-6542 or


PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, noon July 22. Call for location. Free. 540-338-0950.

MASTER GARDENERS PLANT CLINICS, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, 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.

MASTER GARDENERS GARDEN PARTY, 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, demonstration garden, Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Educational program followed by hands-on activity. Free. 703-771-5150.


INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM, "Cavaliers, Courage and Coffee: The Night Belonged to Mosby," 8 p.m. Aug. 13. 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," Saturday. 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.

CHILDREN'S CIVIL WAR CAMP, ages 8-14, 9 a.m.-noon Monday-July 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

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 and autographed, first-edition, out-of-print, vintage and gift-quality books. 703-430-9500.


CURATOR'S CHOICE, "Evolution of the Bell Helicopter," noon-12:15 p.m. next Thursday, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Roger Connor, curator, aeronautics 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

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP, for female residents of Loudoun County and their daughters 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.

ASHBURN TOASTMASTERS, 7 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. For those interested in developing communication, leadership and presentation skills. Free. 703-729-0450.

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, "National Treasure," 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, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Bring popcorn, a beverage and a blanket. Free. 703-444-3228.

SUMMER CINEMA FOR TEENS, "The Village," 7 p.m. July 20, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-771-5624.

"ADVENTURES IN MOVIE-VILLE," "Shark Tale," all ages, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Bring pillows, blankets and snacks. Free. 703-737-8100.

TUESDAY TEEN MOVIES, "13 Going on 30," 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

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

Also, 7 p.m. Sunday, Evergreen Mill Elementary School, 491 Evergreen Mill Rd. SE, Leesburg. (Concert returns to Freedom Park in Leesburg next week.) Rain location is Smart's Mill Middle School, 850 N. King St. Music by Mary Ann Redmond Band.

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 Jake Phillips. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. In bad weather, the show will be held next door at Market Street Coffee. Free. 703-777-7305.

LOUDOUN SUMMER MUSIC FEST, Sunday, Belmont Country Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn. Opening act 6:15 p.m.; headliner 7:30 p.m. Music by Kansas. Rain or shine. All food and beverages must be purchased on-site. Shoes and shirts required. No pets. $15; 12 and younger, free; $12 in advance. 703-728-9500 or


OH DEER, all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult, 6:30 p.m. July 23, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Learn about deer through a deer survival game, a discussion and a hike through their habitat. 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.

BUTTERFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES WALK, 10 a.m.-noon 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.


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.

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

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 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.

LOUDOUN HUNT WEST TRAIL RIDE, open to all, 9 a.m. July 23, Dobson's Gate, 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 Starbucks, 531 E. Market St., Leesburg. 703-779-0078 or

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

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

BRIAR PATCH PARK YARD SALE, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Benefits park upkeep. Free. 703-430-9480.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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