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.

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

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, "Maximize Earnings Through Pricing and Profitability Analysis," 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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. next Thursday, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. With Giovanni Cozzarelli, executive director of the 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. tomorrow, historic downtown 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.

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


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," Sunday, Harper Park Middle School, 701 Potomac Station Dr. NE, Leesburg. Call for times and information. 703-771-1522 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.


STUDENT ART SHOW, opening reception, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Medlin Art Gallery, 2 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg. Exhibition of originals by students of artist-instructor Margaret Meade. The exhibit will run through Sept. 17. Free. 703-771-8696.

"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

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

"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

FALL FESTIVAL, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 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


PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, membership tea, 2 p.m. Sept. 23, Purcellville Library, Robey Room, 220 E. Main St. Learn about the club's activities. Floral arrangements by members will be on display. Free. 540-338-0950.

GARDEN SEMINAR, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oatlands Carriage House, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. "Growing Iris Throughout the Year," presented by Ginny Spoon. $12; $10, Friends of Oatlands members. Register. 703-777-3174.

MASTER GARDENER HYPERTUFA WORKSHOP, 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 17, Demonstration Garden, Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Learn how to create Hypertufa containers. Wear old clothing and bring work gloves. Hypertufa containers resemble antique stone but are made from cement, peat moss and perlite. $5, materials. 703-771-5150.

MASTER GARDENERS PLANT CLINICS, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, HomeGrown Farmers Market, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling, and 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 17, HomeGrown Farmers Market, Virginia Village Shopping Center, off Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Bring insect or plant problems for diagnosis, ask gardening questions or learn about the master gardener volunteer program. Free. 703-771-5150.


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.

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

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

Lectures, Discussions

And Literature

LECTURE, "Tea and Pedagog," 2:30 p.m. today, 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.

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. next Thursday, Lovettsville Library, 12 N. Light St. Series is dedicated to increasing awareness of human rights issues through the medium of the documentary. Free. 540-822-5824.

BOOK SIGNING, 7 p.m. Sept. 22, National Sporting Library, 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg. "The Sporting Art of Franklin B. Voss" by Peter Winants. Free. Reservations suggested. 540-687-6542, Ext. 15.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK DISCUSSION, 9 and older, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lovettsville Library, 12 N. Light St. "Witness" by Karen Hesse. Receive a free copy of the book when you register. 540-822-5824.

BOOK SIGNING, 11 a.m. Saturday, Taylorstown Store, 13068 Taylorstown Rd., Lovettsville. "A Little Short of Boats: The Fights at Ball's Bluff and Edward's Ferry, October 1-22, 1861: A History and Tour Guide" by James Morgan. Free. 540-822-9340.

BOOK SIGNING, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, 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

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. "Flag: An American Biography" with Marc Leepson. Free. 540-338-8238.


CURATOR'S CHOICE, "Amazing Space: Filling the McDonnell Space Hangar," 12:30-12:45 p.m. next Thursday, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Jennifer Skomer, space history division. Free. 202-633-4629 or

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

AFTER-HOURS TEEN CENTER, grades 6-12, 7-10 p.m. Fridays 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. tomorrow, Parkway Pool meeting room, Algonkian Parkway, Sterling. Clarence Ashley, author of "CIA SpyMaster." Free. 703-444-3035.

LOUDOUN COUNTY 4-H OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB COOK-OUT, ages 9-18, 5 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun County Fairgrounds, Dry Mill Road, Leesburg. Come with your parents and find out about the club and activities. Free. RSVP. 540-338-3298.

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

DOG SWIM, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Lovettsville Community Pool, 57 Broad Way. Pool will be closed to the public but open for a dog swim. Frisbees and balls welcome. All dogs must have Loudoun County licenses. $7. 540-822-5284.

LUCKETTS CAR SHOW, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Antique and classic cars, flea market, food and bluegrass music by Leon Morris and Associates. Rain or shine. $5; $3, seniors; free, 11 and younger. Benefits the Loudoun-Douglass Alumni Association scholarship fund. 703-771-5281.

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.

NARFE LUNCHEON MEETING, Loudoun Chapter 1133, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thoroughbred Grill and Brewing Company, Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. The future of the chapter will be discussed. Active and retired federal workers and spouses welcome. Cost varies. 703-726-2818.

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. Day and evening classes. For information in English, Spanish, Korean or Vietnamese, call 703-841-0292 or


SATURDAY MORNING MOVIE, all ages, 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. "Shark Tale." Refreshments provided. Free. 540-338-7235.

MONDAY MORNING MOVIE FOR MOMMIES, 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tally Ho Theatre, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg. Lights are kept up higher and the sound is turned down to provide a baby-friendly environment. $2. Current listings, call 703-669-8662 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

ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Town Green, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. Summer concert series with Jon Carroll. 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, Saturday, 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 LECTURE SERIES, three-part series on natural attractions. The first session, "Wild Bees on Tame Plants -- Insects Gardeners Should Love," with T'ai Roulston, 2 p.m. Saturday, Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. Free. 540-687-5730.

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.

MAGNIFICENT MONARCHS, ages 6-8, 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Learn about butterflies and explore them up close. Register. $10.25. 703-444-1275.


END OF SUMMER COOK-OUT, 4:30-7 p.m. tomorrow, 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.

SQUARE DANCE DEMONSTRATION, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 29, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Butch Adams, choreographer and caller for the Capital Callers, a Washington area exhibition team. Free. 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.

MOVEMENT WITH KATY, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 20, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct., first floor, Leesburg. Mixture of dance, tai chi, stretching and yoga. Wear comfortable clothing and exercise shoes. Free. 703-737-8039.

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.

Sept. 11

REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Freedom Park, Evergreen Mill Road and Tolbert Lane, Leesburg. The Town of Leesburg will light a memorial flame, and the Leesburg Police Department's color guard will present colors. Memorial flame will remain lighted until 8 p.m. to allow people time to pay tribute. The mayor and the director of parks and recreation will unveil three state trees representing Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York in memory of the lives lost there on Sept. 11, 2001. Free. 703-737-7157.

SEPT. 11 REMEMBRANCE, "Seconds of Silence," 10-10:50 a.m. Sunday, 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.


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 Woodlea Manor pool house, Hague Drive, off Route 15 south of Leesburg; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Tuscarora Creek Park, off Lawson Road, Leesburg. 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

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.


STERLING PLAYMAKERS AUDITIONS, "Macbeth," 7 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. Saturday, 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

Yard Sales,

Flea Markets

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

CHILD AND INFANT CLOTHING, TOYS AND EQUIPMENT SALE, 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Bargains on Halloween and Christmas outfits as well as winter outerwear. Sponsored by Loudoun-Fairax Mothers of Multiples Club. Free. 703-715-6669 or

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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