For Children

"COLORS" -- 9 a.m. Tuesday. An educational program for ages 2-5. Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $10; registration required. 703-368-1873.

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

Dance

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

Exhibitions

DIANA KERNS -- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, through Sept. 26. The Gainesville artist displays her acrylic paintings. Artist's reception, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Colgan Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

NATURE STUDIES -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, through Sept. 15. Nature inspires art created by Carolyn Brookhart and Rosemary Luckett, whose works include prints, collage and sculpture. Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

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

"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 www.manassasmuseum.org.

"WINDOWS" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 30. Paintings, photographs, hand-beaded jewelry and sculptures by local artists. An artists reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9. ArtBeat Gallery, 9407 Main St., Manassas. Free. 703-365-8558, www.artbeatgallery.org.

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 www.manassasmuseum.org.

Recreation

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 www.oldmineranch.net.

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 www.nps.gov/prwi.

Theater

"THAT DAY IN SEPTEMBER" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Sept. 17. Zemfira Stage presents a story about a man's ordeal during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack in New York City and how it changes his life. Manassas Church of the Brethren, 10047 Nokesville Rd., Manassas. Donations suggested for admission. 703-318-0619 or www.zemfirastage.com.

"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 www.lazysusan.com.

Miscellaneous

REHEARSALS -- 7 p.m. Monday and Sept. 12. Singers are invited to join the New Dominion Choraliers and rehearse for its concerts in December. Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 14806 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge. Registration fee, $30. 703-843-6915.

Coming Attractions

CRAFT FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9-11. The 25th annual fall Manassas Sugarloaf Craft Festival, with more than 300 exhibitors. Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas. $7; children 12 and younger, free. 800-210-9900 or www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

SIDEWALK SALE -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10. Merchants, including those selling home furnishings, food and art, will set up their wares along the streets of historic Old Town Manassas. 703-361-6599.

CYCLE CHALLENGE FUNDRAISER -- 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 11. The Chopawamsic Cycle Challenge, an off-road bike ride in Prince William Forest Park, will benefit the park and its preservation efforts and maintenance. Prince William Forest Park, Interstate 95, Exit 150-B, Triangle. $25; includes breakfast, lunch, a T-shirt and raffle. 703-551-0734 or www.fpwfp.org.

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