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, rubber-stamped Christmas and birthday cards, 7-9 p.m. next Thursday, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Rd. Free. 703-729-2012 or www.ashburnpresbyterian.org.

CARRY-ALL BASKET WORKSHOP, 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Aug. 27, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Register. $28, county residents; $42, nonresidents. $15 supply fee. 703-430-6673.

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 www.glorieshappyhats.org.

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. 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. www.asg.org.

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.

Bingo

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.

Business

BUSINESS SEMINAR, "Make Your Mark: Top Five Things to Know About Building Your Business Brand," 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Jen Sterling, founder of Hinge Inc.. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Free. Register. 703-430-7222.

HOW TO GET A BUSINESS LOAN, "Understand the Bank Perspective on a Loan Request," 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd. NW, Leesburg. Bill Byers, vice president and team leader of commercial lending at Middleburg Bank's Ashburn office. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Free. Register. 703-430-7222.

Children

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.

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

"PURR-FECT PAIRS" PARTIES, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31, Loudoun County Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike. The parties are being held in conjunction with the animal shelter's Purr-fect Pairs Program, in which anyone who adopts a cat from the shelter in August can adopt a companion cat free. Music and free refreshments. 703-777-0406. www.loudoun.gov/animals.

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. Sept. 2, Historic Leesburg. Visit art galleries, specialty stores and antique shops. Free. 703-725-8167.

AUGUST COURT DAYS, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 20-21, King and Market streets, Leesburg. Colonial reenactors, militia, frontiersmen, mock trials, music, crafts, children's activities, food. Ages 11 and older, $5; ages 5-10, $2; ages 4 and younger, free. Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association, 800-752-6118.

Dance

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.

Exhibits

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.

"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 www.nsl.org.

Fairs

LUCKETTS FAIR, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27-28, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Crafts, demonstrations, entertainment, pie contest, fresh produce contest, children's activities, food, hand-churned ice cream. No pets or alcohol. Rain or shine. $5; 5 and younger, free. 703-771-5281.

Gardening

PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, "The Art of Serving Tea," noon Aug. 26. Call for location. Free. 540-33-0950.

MASTER GARDENERS GARDEN PARTY, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 20, demonstration garden, Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Educational program followed by hands-on activity. Turf talk and tomato tasting. Free. 703-771-5150.

MASTER GARDENER PLANT CLINICS, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Cascades HomeGrown Farmers Market, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 8 a.m.-noon, Aug. 20, 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 or www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org.

History

MOSBY'S MEN AT HOME IN LOUDOUN, ages 12 and older, Saturday. Depart 9 a.m., Claude Moore Park Visitor Center, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling, return 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Historian Steve Meserve. Lunch available for $5 or bring a bag lunch. Register. $45. 703-444-1275.

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.

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.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE, 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Room LW 116, Sterling. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground's Executive Director, Cate Magennis Wyatt, will discuss "The Journey Past, Present and Future." Free. 540-882-4929 or www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/preserve or www.hallowedground.org.

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE, 7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 540-822-4480.

"WHAT HISTORY HAPPENED HERE?" 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 24, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Guided family hike along park trails. Register. $3.50. 703-444-1275.

Lectures

And Literature

BOOK SIGNING, 11 a.m. Saturday, Taylorstown Community Store, 13068 Taylorstown Rd., Lovettsville. "From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of the Presidents and Their Retreats" by Kenneth T. Walsh. Free. 540-822-9340.

Miscellaneous

CURATOR'S CHOICE, "The Hawker Hurricane, Britain's 'Other' WWII Fighter," with museum aeronautics specialist Christopher Moore. Noon-12:15 p.m. next Thursday, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Free. 202-633-4629 or www.nasm.si.edu.

HOMEOWNERSHIP 101, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and 25, Leesburg safety center, 65 Plaza St. NE. Budgeting, credit, working with real estate agents, mortgage process and settlement. Attendance at both sessions is required. Register. Free. 703-777-0389 or www.loudoun.gov/housing.

"WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS," 14 and older, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 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, maps and compasses, wild turkey and deer hunting, archery and other shooting sports, fly and pond fishing, and canoeing. Register. $45. 703-777-6527 or www.lcwito.loudouniwla.org.

SUPPORTING EASTERN LOUDOUN FAMILIES, 7:30-9 p.m. fourth Mondays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Coalition dedicated to keeping the community safe and drug-free. Eastern Loudoun residents welcome. Free. 703-771-6428.

LOUDOUN CRIME COMMISSION BREAKFAST, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Aug. 30, National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Pl., Lansdowne. Robert Hoever of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. RSVP. $25; $20, members. 703-729-9277.

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 www.eslim.org.

Movies

TEEN MOVIE MATINEE, "Spider-Man" and "Spider-Man 2," double feature, 3 p.m. today, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Free. 703-737-8100.

THURSDAY MOVIES, all ages, 2 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 25, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Bring popcorn, a beverage and a blanket. Free. 703-444-3228.

Music

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 www.roundhillarts.org.

BLUEMONT CONCERT SERIES, 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 Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group. $5; Bluemont Friends and seniors, $4; ages 5 and younger, $2. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. Food will be sold. No pets, alcohol or smoking. 703-777-6306 or www.bluemont.org.

TEEN CONCERT AT RASPBERRY PLAIN, 7-11 p.m. Aug. 19, Raspberry Plain, 16500 Agape Lane, Leesburg. Music by Derek James and opener Casey Shea. No alcohol or tobacco. Benefits Loudoun Youth Inc. In advance, $10; at door, $15. 703-304-6083.

ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Town Green, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. Summer concert series with Flint Hollow. 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 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Rain or shine. All food and beverages must be purchased on site. Shoes and shirts required. No pets. $15; in advance, $12; ages 12 and younger, free. 703-728-9500 or www.liveatbelmont.com.

Nature

END OF SUMMER CAMPFIRE, all ages, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Nature stories, games and activities. Toast marshmallows (provided). Children must be accompanied by an adult. 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.

BATTY FOR BATS, all ages, 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Rd., Sterling. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Canceled if rain. Register. $3.50 703-444-1275.

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.

BUTTERFLY AND DRAGONFLY WALK, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 20, 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.

MYSTERIOUS CREATURES, 3 p.m. Aug. 21, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Rd., Leesburg. Field trip to explore different creatures at work pollinating flowers, setting traps for other insects, excavating homes, hunting on the wing or using camouflage to escape detection. Cliff Fairweather of the Audubon Naturalist Society. Register. Free. 540-554-2542.

NATURE WALK AND NATIVE AMERICAN DISPLAY, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Rd., Sterling. Community event. Child care available for ages 2 and younger; reserve by Sunday. Free. 703-430-2203 or www.galileeumc.org.

Seniors

HAPPY DAYS DANCE, 2-4 p.m. next Thursday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Pull out your saddle shoes and poodle skirts and dance to tunes of the '50s with DJ Sky Dantinne. Free. Root beer floats, $1. 703-430-2397.

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

Sports

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.

SOCCER TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER, 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville. Sponsored by Jaime Moreno and D.C. United to benefit the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides scholarships for local athletes. Silent auction. Free. 703-966-2739.

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Starbucks, 531 E. Market St., Leesburg, for run east on the W&OD trail; 7 a.m. Sunday, meet at Tuscarora Creek Park, off Lawson Rd., Leesburg. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

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 www.srrunners.org.

BEGINNER CARRIAGE DRIVING LESSONS, 6 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 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. One session, $40. 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.

Theater

STERLING PLAYMAKERS, "Annie," 8 p.m. tomorrow, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Pkwy. $12, reserved; $10 general admission. 703-437-6117 or www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

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

LEESBURG THEATRE COMPANY, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," 8 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 19-20; 6 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 21, Oatlands Carriage House, Oatlands Plantation, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Advance, $12; at door, $15; students, $10. 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.org.

MIDDLEBURG PLAYERS, "Oliver," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-20 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20-21, Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center, the Hill School, 130 S. Madison St., Middleburg. Advance tickets, adults, $15, children, $12; at door, adults, $20, children, $15. 703-327-6742 or www.middleburgplayers.com.

AURORA STUDIO THEATRE AUDITIONS, "Arsenic and Old Lace," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 20 and 1-4 p.m. Aug. 21, Old Stone School, 37098 Charlestown Pike, Hillsboro. One-minute monologue. Be prepared for cold readings. Show dates are Oct. 14-30. Call for a 10-minute appointment. 540-668-6779 or info@aurorastudiotheatre.org.

"THE FANTASTICKS," 7 p.m. Aug. 24-26, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Performed by middle and high school age summer workshop actors. $5, adults; $3, students; $12, family. 540-338-7973.

Yard Sales,

Flea Markets

BRIAR PATCH PARK YARD SALE, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 20, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Benefits park upkeep. Free. 703-430-9480.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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