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. today, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Rd. Free. 703-729-2012 or

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

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.

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.


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


"PURR-FECT PAIRS" PARTIES, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday 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, which allows anyone who adopts a cat from the shelter in August to adopt a companion cat for free. 703-777-0406.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR PREVENTION EDUCATION, 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.


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. today-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 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


DOG DAYS SUNFLOWER AND PEACH FESTIVAL, 9 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont. Two days of events dedicated to entertaining dogs and other members of the family, including pet portraits, canine carnival, canine fashion show, cooking demonstrations and hayrides to peach orchard. Food for sale. Dogs must be on leashes and have proof of rabies vaccinations. Drinking water and scooping bags will be provided. $6 a person. 540-554-2073.

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.


PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, "The Art of Serving Tea," noon Aug. 26. Call for location. Free. 540-338-0950.

MASTER GARDENERS GARDEN PARTY, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, 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 CLINIC, 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 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.

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. Wednesday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Guided family hike along park trails. Register. $3.50. 703-444-1275.


And Literature

TEEN BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB, ages 11-13, 1 p.m. tomorrow and ages 14-17, 1 p.m. Aug. 26. Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Includes lunch, a copy of the book being read and drawing for gift certificate. Books are "The House of the Scorpion" for those 11-13 and "Rebecca" for those 14-17. Free. Registration required. 703-737-8100.

FAMILY BOOK DISCUSSION, ages 9 and older, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Books discussed are from the Virginia Young Readers Program list. 703-771-5624.


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

HOMEOWNERSHIP 101, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and next Thursday, Town of Leesburg safety center, 65 Plaza St. NE. Includes budgeting, credit, working with real estate agents, the mortgage process and settlement. Attendance at both sessions is required. Register. Free. 703-777-0389 or

AMATEUR RADIO, 8:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. 540-338-2584 or

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, Director of Special Operations at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Amber Alert Coordinator. RSVP. Membership facilitated at the door. $20 members; $25. 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


MOVIE NIGHT FOR ADULTS, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. "Hotel Rwanda." Bring a snack. Free. 703-737-8100.

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


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

LOUDOUN SYMPHONIC WINDS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE, musicians with skills on percussion, French horn, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, euphonium, baritone saxophone and trumpet are needed. Audition not required. Rehearsals are 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 6, Park View High School band room, 400 W. Laurel Ave., Sterling. 540-668-6234 or

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

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 Pan Masters steel orchestra. $5; Bluemont Friends and seniors, $4; 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

SUMMER NIGHTS AT RASPBERRY PLAIN, 7-11 p.m. tomorrow, Raspberry Plain, 16500 Agape Lane, Leesburg. Music by Derek James and opener Casey Shea. No alcohol or tobacco. Benefits Loudoun Youth Inc. $10; free with student ID. 703-304-6083.

ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 27, Town Green, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. Summer concert series with Larry Thomas Duo. 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 KC and the Sunshine Band. Rain or shine. All food and beverages must be purchased on site. Shoes and shirts required. No pets. $15; in advance, $12; 12 and younger, free. 703-728-9500 or


HIKE AND LUNCH, 11 a.m. Monday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. A summer nature walk led by a naturalist. Bring a picnic lunch. $3.50 a person; free for children 2 and younger. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so registration is recommended. Cancelled if it rains. 703-444-1275.

BUSY BEAVERS, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Learn how beavers make their homes, find their food and live in the water. $10.25 a child. 703-444-1275.

BACKPACK AND SNACK, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. next Thursday. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Hike the wilds of the park to look for and learn about birds, bugs, mammals and more. Listen to a nature story sitting among the trees. Bring water and a snack for the trail. $10.25 a child. 703-444-1275.

BUGS GALORE, 6 p.m. Friday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Become an entomologist for the evening. Bring a wide-mouth jar to catch and release insects. Children must be accompanied by adults. Space is limited so registration is recommended. Cancelled if it rains. $3.50 a person. 703-444-1275.

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.

BUTTERFLY AND DRAGONFLY 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.

MYSTERIOUS CREATURES, 3 p.m. Sunday, 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. Register. Free. 540-554-2542.


HAPPY DAYS DANCE, 2-4 p.m. today, 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.

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.

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Faith Chapel, 14188 Chapel Lane, Lucketts; 7 a.m. Sunday, meet at Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison streets, Leesburg, for the C&O Canal run and picnic. 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. 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. $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.


FRANKLIN PARK SUMMER THEATER SEASON, "The Tempest," 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 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. tomorrow and Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday, Oatlands Carriage House, Oatlands Plantation, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Advance, $12; at door, $15; students, $10. 703-777-3174 or

MIDDLEBURG PLAYERS, "Oliver," 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 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

AURORA STUDIO THEATRE AUDITIONS, "Arsenic and Old Lace," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town 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

"THE FANTASTIKS," 7 p.m. Wednesday, next Thursday and Aug. 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.

NVCC AUDITIONS, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 26 and 12-2 p.m. Aug. 27, Waddell Theater of the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Auditions for fall production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Callbacks 12-2 p.m. Aug. 28. 703-948-7701.

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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