For Children

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.

Exhibitions

"THE ARTIST'S PALETTE" -- 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 15. Artist's reception and raffle will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 15. A collection of oval palettes by regional artists will be on display at Northern Virginia Community College. The palettes were donated by the artists for a raffle at an artist's reception; some will be available for purchase. NVCC, 15200 Neabsco Mills Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-257-6658.

GARDEN VIEWS -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 2. The gardens of Mount Vernon and River Farm Estates provide inspiration for artist Jan E. Moffatt in her exhibition "Along the Potomac." Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

DRAWINGS AND POTTERY -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Oct. 3. Charles Ott displays ink and acrylic drawings inspired by nature; David Cowdrill shows pottery with three-dimensional designs that use bright colors to offset background glazes. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

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. Colgan Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

"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. tomorrow. 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. tomorrow and Saturday. 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

OLD WORLD FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. A day of ethnic food, music, crafts and entertainment. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Free. 703-491-1998.

Coming Attractions

THOROUGHFARE GAP OBSERVANCE -- Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 25. A commemoration of the anniversary of the 1862 Civil War engagement. Historians will present information about the battle, historical societies will have exhibitions, and food and wine will be sold. Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve, 17405 Beverley Mill Dr., Broad Run. $5. 703-753-2631.

AUDITIONS -- 2:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 24. The Manassas Dance Company is holding auditions for dancers of all levels for its December production of "The Nutcracker." 9004 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-357-1811.

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