Arts and Crafts

SUMI-E PAINTING WORKSHOP, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24-25, Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Nellie Chao will demonstrate and provide hands-on instruction in Chinese brush painting, calligraphy in ink, making strokes and painting Chinese characters and flowers. $130, includes brushes and supplies. 703-777-8043 or www.loudounacademy.org.

TWO PIE BASKET WORKSHOP, 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Annex Community Center, 1115 W. Church Rd., $28. Registration required. Adults only. $28 for Loudoun residents and $42 for non-residents. $15 supply fee. Bring a towel, large bucket, tape measure, awl or pick, scissors and spring-type clothespins.

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

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

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.

Bingo

STERLING KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, basket bingo, 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. games begin, Sept. 23, 401 W. Holly Ave. Benefits NOVA Cool Cats (ice hockey for children with disabilities). $20, 20 games. 703-729-5777.

Business

BUSINESS SEMINAR, "How to Start Your Business," 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. With Terry Corle, a marketing and insurance specialist. 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. today, 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

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.

BARKTOBERFEST, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 46077 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling. The Friends of Homeless Animals presents a day of music and games, and cats and dogs will be available for adoption. Free, but donations accepted. 703-450-7318 or visit www.barktoberfest.org.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn. Loudoun County residents. Free. 703-777-0187 or www.loudoun.gov/oswm.

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

LOVETTSVILLE OKTOBERFEST, Sept. 23-25, Town of Lovettsville. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, German dinner, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $7. Bluegrass music 7-10 p.m. Light Street and Broad Way. Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24, pancake breakfast, volksmarch, bicycle ride, entertainment, art show and sale, book sale, demonstrations, puppet show, food vendors throughout town. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25, community worship service, potluck and musical entertainment, main tent, Light Street and Broad Way. 540-822-5284.

"UNDER THE HARVEST MOON," dinner, dance and auction, 7-11 p.m. Sept. 24, Purcellville Skating Rink, 250 S. Nursery Ave. Benefits C.O.P.E. Teen Center. $15 a person, must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available at Final Draft Booksellers and the Purcellville Marketplace or by calling 703-409-6085.

"DENIM AND DIAMONDS," barn dance, dinner and auction, 5:30-10 p.m. Sept. 24, Great Country Farms, off Route 734, Bluemont. Benefits Loudoun Community Free Clinic. $75 a ticket. 703-779-5412.

Exhibits

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

ART AT THE STATION, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Purcellville Train Station, North 21st Street. Local artists in all media will display and sell their work in a gallery setting. Free. 540-668-6716 or www.loudounsbest.com.

DRAWINGS, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday beginning Monday-Oct. 14, Waddell Art Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Manon Cleary works from photos to create drawings in graphite and pencil. Free. 703-450-2500.

"ANIMALS IN ART," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tomorrow, National Sporting Library, 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg. Oil paintings represent a variety of racing scenes, domestic and wild animals, including horses, hunting dogs and farm animals, plus lions, tigers and foxes. Free. 540-687-6542 or www.nsl.org.

Gardening

GARDEN SEMINAR, 11 a.m. Oct. 8, Oatlands Carriage House, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. "Forcing Bulbs and Branches," presented by Carol Sherman. $12; $10, Friends of Oatlands members. Register. 703-777-3174.

MASTER GARDENER HYPERTUFA WORKSHOP, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, 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 CLINIC, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, 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.

Lectures, Discussions

And Literature

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. today, 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. next Thursday, 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.

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Monty Roberts, "The Man Who Listens to Horses." Free. 703-777-0541.

Miscellaneous

COUNTRYSIDE WOMEN'S CLUB, new member coffee, 10 a.m.-noon next Thursday. Call Heather Balletto for directions. 703-421-4194.

OLD DOMINION AKC DOG SHOW, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Morven Park Equestrian Center, Tutt Lane, off Route 15 north of Leesburg. Dogs compete in conformation, rally and obedience. Vendors with dog supplies, equipment, gifts and products. Bring a lawn chair. $3 parking. 703-406-2474 or www.odkc.org.

AMATEUR RADIO, 8:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. 540-338-2584 or www.k4lrg.org.

NORTH CAROLINA-STYLE BARBECUE, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Rockspring Farm, Loudoun Street, Leesburg. Benefits Helping Hands, Doctors Overseas and the work they offer people in underserved locations in the world. $50. 703-430-1992.

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.

Movies

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, all ages, 7 p.m. next Thursday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. "Sword in the Stone." Bring a pillow, blanket and snack. Free. 703-737-8100.

Nature

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.

SNAKES AND AMPHIBIANS, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Rust Nature Sanctuary, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Free. 540-554-2542.

Seniors

SENIOR TAX RELIEF SEMINAR, 2 p.m. next Thursday, Purcellville Town Hall, 130 E. Main St. Loudoun County Commissioner of Revenue Bob Wertz Jr. will present the program. Free. 703-737-8557.

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.

Sports

And Recreation

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr.; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Mike and Tammy's in Waterford. Call for directions. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

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 www.srrunners.org.

SEE MOMMY RUN, 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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 www.SeeMommyRun.com.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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