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.

CRAFT CLASS, origami gift tags, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Rd. Free. 703-729-2012 or

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 KNITTERS, 6:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, 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. Tuesdays, Round Hill Center, 20 High St., Round Hill. Paint, draw or photograph. 540-338-5803.

WATERFORD QUILTERS, 10 a.m. the second Wednesdays, St. Francis de Sales 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. second Wednesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-444-1936. Open to anyone with an interest in sewing.

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.

EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA, 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Trinity Presbyterian Church at Dranesville Road and Park Avenue, Herndon. Oatlands chapter, serving Loudoun and Fairfax counties. 703-858-1490.


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.


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.


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.


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.

PARASOLS, FANS AND FLIRTATIONS, through Sept. 1, Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St., Leesburg. Learn about the history of the fan and parasol from 3000 B.C. 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.

"DOG DAYS OF SUMMER AND CATS TOO," Monday-Friday during business hours, through Sept. 8, Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., Leesburg. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee. Free. 703-771-5034.

"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

"SOMETHING HOT," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday beginning Wednesday, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Exhibit will be juried on Saturday by Lisa Semerad. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 5. Free. 703-777-5498.


MASTER GARDENER MEETING, 7 p.m. next Thursday, Gardens of Delight, 40602 Charles Town Pike, Paeonian Springs. Andrea Watson, "Designing a Sustainable Landscape," 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.

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

ONE BOOK-ONE COMMUNITY, "Witness" by Karen Hesse. Copies will be available at all Loudoun County public libraries beginning Tuesday. Call your local branch.

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, "The Saturn V Instrument Unit," noon-12:15 p.m. next Thursday, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Paul Ceruzzi, curator, space history. Free. 202-633-4629 or

SUMMER THUNDER CRUISE-IN CAR SHOW, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Valley High School parking lot, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Sponsored by the western Loudoun Optimist Club to benefit scholarships for automotive students at C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg. The Loudoun Valley High School Athletic Club will sell food. Book signing by Ken Gross, author of "Hot Rod Milestones." Raffles. Rain date Aug. 6. Free.

LOUDOUN COUNTY SURPLUS STORE, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 14 Cardinal Park Dr., Suite 106, Leesburg. Computers, desks, chairs and unclaimed items confiscated by the Sheriff's Office. Costs vary. 703-737-8856 or

DOG DAYS OF AUGUST, noon-5 p.m. Aug. 6, Madison Street, Middleburg. Afternoon of activities for people and their pets. Demonstrations, dog-training tips, animal care advice and a bite prevention talk. Pet portrait artists will have examples of their work. Contests, doggie ice cream, dog biscuits, a pet psychic and a face painter. Free. 540-687-8727.

"WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS," 14 and older, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 13, Loudoun County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, 19237 Mountain Springs Lane, Leesburg. Program was developed by the National Wild Turkey Federation to offer women an opportunity to gain hands-on skills in the outdoors. Topics include outdoor photography, bird watching, outdoor survival skills, map and compass, wild turkey and deer hunting, archery and other shooting sports, fly and pond fishing, and canoeing. Register by Monday. $45. 703-777-6527 or

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.


TEEN MOVIE MATINEE, "Hitch," 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.

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

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


MASTER SINGERS OF VIRGINIA AUDITIONS, a cappella 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. tomorrow, 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, a nearby indoor location will be posted at the concert site. Music by Last Train Home. 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 John McCutcheon. Bluemont Multicultural Festival, 6 p.m. at the park. Tickets for the festival and concerts are $5; $4, Bluemont Friends and seniors; $2, 5 and younger. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. Food will be sold. No pets, alcohol or smoking. 703-777-6306 or

SUMMER NIGHTS AT RASPBERRY PLAIN, 7-11 p.m. Aug. 5, Raspberry Plain, 16500 Agape Lane, Leesburg. Music by the Travis Rocco Band and opener Ross Copperman. No alcohol or tobacco. Benefits Loudoun Youth, Inc. $10 advance; $15 at the door. 703-304-6083.

ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Town Green, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. Summer concert series with Stan and LeeAnne. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. In bad weather, the show will be 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 Gin Blossoms. 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


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.

FAMILY BIRD WALK, all ages, 10 a.m. Saturday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Rd., Sterling. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring binoculars and water. Canceled by rain. Register. Free. 703-444-1275.

LOUDOUN COUNTY BUTTERFLY COUNT, 9 a.m. Aug. 6, centered in the Waterford area. No experience necessary. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. Register. Call for directions. Free. 540-882-4839 or

VULTURES IN OUR MIDST, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Rust Nature Sanctuary, 802 Children's Center Rd., Leesburg. "The Hopes of Snakes and Other Tales From the Urban Landscape." Author Lisa Couturier and wildlife rehabilator Mattie Libre. Free. RSVP 703-737-0021.


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.

MOVIE, POPCORN AND SODA, "Coach Carter," 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. $2. 703-430-2397.


And Recreation

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Market Station, Harrison and Loudoun streets, Leesburg, to carpool for the Purcellville-to-Leesburg run; 7 a.m. Sunday, meet at Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg, for the Taylorstown run. 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

BEGINNER CARRIAGE DRIVING LESSONS, 6 p.m. Wednesday, and Aug. 10, 17 and 31, Morven Park Equestrian Center, Tutt Lane, off Route 15 north of Leesburg. Learn about harnessing, driving bits, ground driving, reinsmanship, carriage and cart types, and proper attire. Register. $40 session; $150 all sessions. 703-751-5717.

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.


FRANKLIN PARK SUMMER THEATER SEASON, "The Tempest," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6, 12 and 13, and 19 and 20; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 14 and 21, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Performed by international, regional and local actors. $18, adults; $15, students and seniors. 540-338-7973.

Yard Sales,

Flea Markets

RUMMAGE SALE, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sha'are Shalom Synagogue, 19357 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg. Furniture, household items, toys, children's items and clothing. Free. 703-724-1582.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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