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.


"TIMING IS EVERYTHING" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 31. This exhibition by six members of the Manassas Clay art cooperative will showcase a variety of decorative and functional pottery. A reception for the artists will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

"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 held 1-3 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.

"ALONG THE POTOMAC" -- 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. 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 Monday. 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

"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 or

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


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

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


"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


AUDITIONS -- 2:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Manassas Dance Company is holding auditions for dancers of all levels for its December production of "The Nutcracker." 9004 Mathis Ave., Manassas. 703-257-1811.

Coming Attractions

FALL JUBILEE -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1. The 23rd annual Manassas Fall Jubilee features music, exhibitions, crafts and food throughout the streets of Old Town Manassas. The Prince William Community Band will perform at 10:30 a.m. at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion. Free. 703-361-6599.

"CLUE: THE MUSICAL" -- Noon Oct. 1, 2, 8 and 9. The cast of the Young People's Theatre performs a musical production based on the murder-mystery board game. Miss Scarlet, Mr. Green, Col. Mustard and other colorful characters solve a murder with help from the audience. Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Route 1 off Interstate 95, Woodbridge. Advance tickets, $12, includes lunch; at the door, $14; show only, $8. Reservations suggested. 703-768-7723 or

BENEFIT CONCERT -- 7 p.m. Oct. 1. This fundraiser for affordable and safe housing for county residents includes a performance from the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra along with wine and food. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 15695 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge. $15, $12 students and people 60 and older. 703-451-4510.

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