BALLROOM DANCING -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday. A short lesson followed by dancing, music and food. Kellar Theater at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. $10. 703-330-2787,


ICE CREAM SOCIAL -- 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Swingshift performs. 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 see live entertainment at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion. Tables and chairs are provided. West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-361-9800 or


WEAVING AND WATERCOLORS -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Sept. 5. Local artists Bonnie Keyner and Virginia Jenkins exhibit watercolors and basketry at the Artists' Undertaking Gallery. Keyner, who uses traditional watercolor techniques and acrylics, is showing landscape watercolors of Alaska, Australia and Yosemite National Park. Jenkins uses cane, reed and seagrass in her woven baskets, and natural dyes made from nuts and flowers. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

"IMPRESSIONS IN COLOR" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Aug 28. Watercolors and pastels created by artist Karin Sebolka reflect her love of nature and color. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

"CIVIL WAR ESPIONAGE" -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through Nov. 6. How spies such as Rose O'Neal Greenhow and Sarah 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, photographs and sculptures by 20 artists. ArtBeat Gallery, 9407 Main St., Manassas. Free. 703-365-8558,

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 artifacts. 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $3; seniors and youths 6-17, $2; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873 or

For Children

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS -- 8:30 p.m. Friday. The public is invited to bring a blanket and a picnic for a screening of the animated feature "Toy Story." Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center Pavilion, 13025 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-730-1051.

FRIDAY FLICKS -- 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Movies based on books for 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


"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

MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM -- 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13. "Solazo" performs on the lawn of the Manassas Museum as part of the SummerSounds Concert series, sponsored by the museum and the Center for the Arts, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. Free. 703-368-1873.

COUNTY FAIR -- 3-11 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 12-20. Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas. Advance tickets: $10; senior citizens 60 and older and children 3-6, $5; children 2 and younger and active military members, free. At the gate: $15; senior citizens 60 and older and children 3-6, $7; children 2 and younger and active military members, free.

AUDITIONS -- Two theater groups and a dance studio are holding auditions for various upcoming productions. The Castaways Repertory Theatre is holding auditions for their October production of "Ten Little Indians." 7-10 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. 703-508-5418, The Prince William Little Theatre holds audition for their October production of "Moon Over Buffalo." 1-4 p.m. Aug. 13 and 7-9 p.m., Aug 15. Manassas Church of the Brethren, 10047 Nokesville Rd., Manassas. 703-330-7796, The Manassas Dance Company holds auditions for advanced dancers only for its October performance of "Dracula." Noon, Aug. 13, 9004 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-257-1811,

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