ICE CREAM SOCIAL -- 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Local musicians perform. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or

LUNCH AT THE PAVILION -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through August. The public is invited to bring a lunch or purchase a box lunch from area restaurants and take in live entertainment at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion. Tables and chairs provided. West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or


"CIVIL WAR ESPIONAGE" -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through Nov. 6. How spies such as Rose Greenhow and Emma Edmonds passed information to their superiors during the Civil War and how telegraphs, signal flags and hot air balloons were used. Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $3; seniors and youths 6-17, $2; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873 or

"AMERICA: PAST AND PRESENT" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through August. Paintings, photography and sculptures by 20 artists. ArtBeat Gallery, 9407 Main St., Manassas. Free. 703-365-8558,

"IN THE GARDEN" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Monday. Art inspired by gardens and created by 14 area artists. The exhibition includes watercolors, etchings, fused glass, basketry and stained glass. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

"IMAGES OF HOPE" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Watercolor paintings by Marni Maree depict the beauty of Haiti. Proceeds from sales will go toward repairs at a Haitian church that inspired some of Maree's paintings. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

BRUSHWORKS AND BRONZES -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow, 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Jack and Judy Witt display "Goshen, Lessons From the River," a collection of watercolors and wall bronzes. Center for the Arts Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

FREEDOM MUSEUM -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. The museum chronicles U.S. military history through pictures, memorabilia, interactive displays and vehicles. From May through September, the Manassas-Warrenton Camera Club presents a photography exhibition. Manassas Regional Airport, 10400 Terminal Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-393-0660 or 877-393-0660.

MANASSAS MUSEUM -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Two videos, "A Place of Passages" and "A Community at War," accompany the museum's permanent collection of Native American, Colonial, railroad, Civil War and local history artifacts. 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $3; seniors and youths 6-17, $2; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873 or

For Children

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT -- 8 p.m. tomorrow, Walt Disney's "Dumbo." Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or

FRIDAY FLICKS -- 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Movies based on books for children ages 3-7. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge, 703-792-4800; Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas, 703-361-8211. Free.


And Sports

OLD MINE RANCH -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ponies, a petting farm, hiking trails, rope swings, tunnels, hayrides, Ducky Downs racetrack, panning for gold and gem mining. Old Mine Ranch, 17504 Mine Rd., Dumfries. $5 entrance fee; additional fees for gold panning and gem mining. 703-441-1382 or

PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK -- Park open dawn to dusk daily; visitors center, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Topics of the center's eclectic displays include spy training during World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps, cemeteries on park property, pyrite mines and birdcalls. Videos are available on such subjects as beavers and owls. Orienteering and nature hikes can be arranged for groups. Prince William Forest Park, Interstate 95, Exit 150-B, Triangle. Free. 703-221-7181 or


"OF MICE AND MEN" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Vpstart Crow Productions presents John Steinbeck's drama about two alienated farm laborers who drift from job to job in Depression-era California in search of a place to call home. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $20; students and senior citizens, $15. 703-365-8350,

"SOMETHING'S AFOOT" -- 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 16. This murder-mystery musical spoofs Agatha Christie whodunits. Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Route 1, off Interstate 95, Woodbridge. Saturdays, $36.95; other days, $34.95. Children 11-15, $30; children 10 and younger, $20. 703-550-7384 or

Coming Attractions

HERITAGE FESTIVAL -- noon-6 p.m. Aug. 8. Music, a health fair, job expo and ethnic food, sponsored by the African-American Foundation. Grace Metz Middle School, 9700 Fairview Ave., Manassas. Free; canned foods for local charities welcome. 703-369-2475.

FABULOUS FILMS OF 1955 -- 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Classic movie fans are invited to bring a picnic and a blanket for a showing of "To Catch a Thief," starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. On the lawn of the Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. Free. 703-368-1873.

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