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.

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

LOUDOUN NEEDLEWORK EXHIBITION, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3-18, Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. Sponsored by the Loudoun Sampler Guild. Raffle, white elephant offerings and vendors. $3. 703-777-2947.

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. today, 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.

BUSINESS SEMINAR, "Start Your Business," 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling, and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. next Thursday, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Giovanni Cozzarelli will lead participants through essential steps for starting a small business. Terry Corle will give 21 marketing tips and discuss what types of insurance are needed. Discussion period follows presentation. 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.

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 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.

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE, 3-8 p.m. Sept. 17, Buchanan Hall, 8549 John Mosby Hwy., Upperville. Music, food, festivities. Free. 540-592-3455.


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.

LOUDOUN BALLET COMPANY AUDITIONS, "The Nutcracker," Sept. 11, Harper Park Middle School, 701 Potomac Station Dr. NE, Leesburg. Call for times and information. 703-771-1552 or

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.


"STORIES FROM THE PAST: PROGRESS VERSUS PRESERVATION," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday beginning next Thursday through Oct. 1, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Paintings by Edward Jefferson Trask. Free. 703-777-5498 or

WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, next Thursday-Sept. 30, Round Hill Arts Center, 6 W. Loudoun St. Paintings by Charlene Engel. Artists reception, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10. Free. 540-338-5050 or

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, "Three Seasons," 6-9 p.m. Sept. 2 and noon-3 p.m. Sept. 3, Photoworks, upstairs at King and Loudoun streets, Leesburg. Photographs of Colorado, Virginia and Montana by Steve Cromer. Free. 703-777-4002.

"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

Fairs and Festivals

FAMILY FEST, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dulles Town Center, Routes 7 and 28, Sterling. Health, safety, nutrition education and community awareness. Free. 703-779-2694.

FALL FESTIVAL, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 10, Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 43987 John Mosby Hwy., Chantilly. Food, bake sale, silent auction, children's activities, Lions Club sight and hearing van, music, crafts and classic car show. Rain date Sept. 17. Free. 703-327-4461.


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


LANESVILLE ORDINARY OPEN HOUSE, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Guided tour of house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Lanesville Heritage Area. Free. 703-444-1275.

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.


And Literature

TEEN BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB, ages 14-17, 1 p.m. tomorrow, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Includes lunch, a copy of the book being read and drawing for gift certificate. Book is "Rebecca." Free. Registration required. 703-737-8100.

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 2, Leesburg Bookstore, 13 Wirt St. SW. "Saving Monticello" with Marc Leepson. Free. 571-258-0012.


AFTERNOON TEA AT OATLANDS, 1 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-Dec. 30, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. No teas Sept. 17 or 24. All delicacies are from Savoir Fare Catering. Reservations. $19.95. 703-777-3174 or

COUNTRYSIDE WOMEN'S CLUB, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9, Parkway Pool meeting room, Algonkian Parkway, Sterling. Clarence Ashley, author of "CIA SpyMaster." Free. 703-444-3035.

FUNDRAISING AUCTION, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Ashburn Ice House, 21595 Smiths Switch Rd. Sponsored by Dulles Town Center and local businesses to raise money for a reward fund to assist in solving the murder of Erica Heather Smith. $10, includes auction number, rental skates, food and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at the Dulles Town Center Management Office or by calling 240-393-3151.

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

STERLING CLASSIC CAR SHOW, Sept. 4. Gates open 10 a.m., opening ceremony 11 a.m., awards ceremony 3 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Rain date Sept. 5. $3; 11 and younger and people with disabilities, free. 703-430-9188 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. Tuesday, 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.

D.A.R. POTLUCK LUNCHEON AND MEETING, Ketoctin chapter, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-443-9971.

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


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


MUSIC TOGETHER, newborn to age 5, 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Songs, rhythmic chants, movement and instrument play with Maddy O'Neill-Dean, director of Music Together. Free. Tickets are required and can be picked up 30 minutes before the program. 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

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

THE PHANTOM TAKES LOUDOUN, 7 p.m. Saturday, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Cris Groenendaal performs songs from Broadway productions he has starred in, including "Phantom of the Opera," "Sweeney Todd" and "Sunday in the Park with George." Benefits Franklin Park Summer Theater. $35, adults; $31, seniors and students. 540-338-7973 or

ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, 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 Eddie Money. 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. 703-726-8867 or

LOUDOUN CHORALE, rehearsals 5:30 p.m. Sundays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St. Tenor and baritone-bass singers interested in joining the 65-member chorale are welcome. Participants pay membership dues and cost of music. 703-729-8972 or


BACKPACK AND SNACK, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. today, 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.

END OF SUMMER CAMPFIRE, all ages, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 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.

BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES AND WILDFLOWERS, 8:30-11 a.m. Sept. 3, Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Route 671 (Harpers Ferry Road). Meet at 8:30 a.m., Neersville Volunteer Fire Station, Route 671. Three-mile nature walk. Potomac Valley Audubon Society and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Free. 540-554-2542.


END OF SUMMER COOK-OUT, 4:30-7 p.m. Sept. 9, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Pork barbecue, chicken, beans, coleslaw, rolls and drinks. Bring a dessert to share. Open to the public. $7 members in advance; $9 nonmembers and at the door. 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 Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison streets, Leesburg, for 10K loop; 7 a.m. Sunday, meet at Market Station to carpool for Purcellville-to-Leesburg 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

SEE MOMMY RUN, 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, W&OD trail behind Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd. SW, Leesburg. Most mothers push children in strollers. Free. 703-777-5845 or

BEGINNER CARRIAGE DRIVING LESSONS, 6 p.m. Wednesday, 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.


"THE FANTASTICKS," 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, 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.

NOVA AUDITIONS, 7-9 p.m. tomorrow and noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Waddell Theater of the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling. Auditions for fall production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Callbacks noon-2 p.m. Sunday. 703-948-7701.

STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP, 1-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Kevin Robertson, director of the Sterling Swordplayers, will show participants how fights on stage and screen are done safely. The workshop will be helpful to those planning to audition for the Sterling Playmakers' fall production of "Macbeth." Register. $5. 703-430-6969.

Yard Sales,

Flea Markets

YARD SALE, 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 10, Roszell Chapel United Methodist Church, Route 734, Philomont. Free. Donations and pick-up, call 540-338-5861.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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