Arts and Crafts

SPINNING, 3 p.m. Sept. 10, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. The Collie Club of Maryland is presenting a demonstration of spinning collie hair into yarn by Leesburg spinner and weaver Catherine Dodds. Meet club members and learn about the collie breed. Refreshments. Free. 540-338-5782 or www.collieclubofmaryland.com.

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

CRAFT CLASS, bean bag snowmen, 4-6 p.m. Sept. 18, Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Rd. Free. 703-729-2012 or www.ashburnpresbyterian.org.

Business

BUSINESS SEMINAR, "Start Your Business," 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today, 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.

BUSINESS SEMINAR, "Maximize Earnings Through Pricing and Profitability Analysis," 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. With William Cardine, owner of WJC Accounting Services and an auditor for the state. Sponsored by Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Free. Register. 703-430-7222.

BUSINESS SEMINAR, "How to Start Your Business," presented in Spanish, 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. With Giovanni Cozzarelli, executive director of the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Free. Register. 703-430-7222.

Community

LEESBURG'S FIRST FRIDAY, 6-9 p.m. tomorrow, historic Leesburg. Visit art galleries, specialty stores and antique shops. Free. 703-725-8167.

JOB FAIR, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 12, Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, 45020 Aviation Dr., Dulles. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Free. 703-777-2176.

Exhibits

"STORIES FROM THE PAST: PROGRESS VERSUS PRESERVATION," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Oct. 1, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Paintings by Edward Jefferson Trask. Free. 703-777-5498 or www.gallery222.com.

WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, through 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 www.roundhillarts.org.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, "Three Seasons," 6-9 p.m. tomorrow and noon-3 p.m. Saturday, 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 next Thursday, County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., Leesburg. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee. Free. 703-771-5034.

Fairs and Festivals

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.

ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10, Claude Moore Park, Lanesville historic area, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. More than 100 vendors offering handmade items. Face-painting and sand art for children; music and food. Rain or shine. $5, 12 and older; $4, seniors 60 and older; free, 11 and younger. 703-444-1275.

BLUEMONT FAIR, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17-18, Snickersville Turnpike, off Route 7, Bluemont. Crafts, demonstrations, living-history encampment, music, 10K race, children's fair, rock-climbing wall, llamas, alpacas, quilt display, food, fresh and dried flowers, antiques, wine tasting, historic slide show, bee keepers, model trains, farmers market, and pie-baking and pickle-making contests. Rain or shine. No pets. $5, adults; 11 and younger, free. 540-554-2367 or www.bluemontfair.com.

History

VIEWING AND DISCUSSION, "The Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History," 2 p.m. Sept. 11, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Historian Harry Butowsky. Free. 703-777-0323.

Lectures

And Literature

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

LECTURE, "Tea and Pedagog," 2:30 p.m. next Thursday, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, Waddell Building, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Presentation on India and globalization led by Ajitava Raychaudhuri. Free. 703-450-2503.

BOOK SIGNING, 3-5 p.m. Sept. 10, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. "Rockin' With Porch Memories," oral histories collected by students of Loudoun Valley High School. Meet residents who participated in the project. Books for sale. Benefits the student scholarship fund. RSVP. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, children. 703-421-5322 or www.loudounfarmmuseum.org.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY, "Human Rights Video Project," six-part series with Robert A. Scharmer Jr., adjunct professor of economics, human rights and geography, Shepherd University. First session, "Books Not Bars" and "Going to School," 7 p.m. Sept. 15, Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light St. Series is dedicated to increasing awareness of human rights issues through the medium of documentary. Free. 540-822-5824.

Miscellaneous

CURATOR'S CHOICE, "Pitts S-1C Special," 12:30-12:45 p.m. today, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Dorothy Cochrane, aeronautics division. Free. 202-633-4629 or www.nasm.si.edu.

AFTERNOON TEA AT OATLANDS, 1 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, next Thursday-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 www.oatlands.org.

AFTER-HOURS TEEN CENTER, grades 6-12, 7-10 p.m. Fridays beginning tomorrow, through Oct. 28, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Games, movies and pizza. Free. 703-444-3228.

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.

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

Music

ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Town Green, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. Summer concert series with Jenny Boyle. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. In bad weather, the show will be next door at Market Street Coffee. Free. 703-777-7305.

LOUDOUN SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS, Sept. 10, St. James' Episcopal Church, Cornwall Street, Leesburg. Requirements are a short solo, scales up to five flats and five sharps, and sight reading. Bring your own instrument. Open to all string, woodwind, brass and percussionists ages 10 to 18 who have had at least two years of private instruction or have played in a school band or orchestra program for two years. Tuition for 2005-06 is $300 per student payable in two installments. A limited number of scholarships are available. Call for an appointment. 703-771-8287.

Nature

BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES AND WILDFLOWERS, 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, 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.

Seniors

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.

Sept. 11

SEPT. 11 REMEMBRANCE, "Seconds of Silence," 10-10:50 a.m. Sept. 11, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Rd., Leesburg. A time to reflect, meditate and remember in silence without formal presentations or ceremonies. Free. 703-669-0136.

Sports

And Recreation

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg for the W&OD trail clean-up; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Starbucks, 531 E. Market St., Leesburg. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

Theater

STERLING PLAYMAKERS AUDITIONS, "Macbeth," 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 1 p.m. Sept. 10, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Bring a prepared one-minute dramatic Shakespearean monologue or reading. Auditions include cold readings and a demonstration of stage combat potential. Parental guidance is advised because of the play's violence and supernatural overtones. 703-437-6117 or www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

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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