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. Participants can make items for families at the homeless shelter, Northern Virginia Ronald McDonald House, Inova Loudoun Hospital and its long-term care unit, and 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.

KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 8, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Bring worsted-weight yarn, 8- to 14-inch knitting needles, a metal or plastic yarn needle and scissors. Register. $30, residents; $45, nonresidents. 703-430-6673.

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 SKETCH CLUB INDOOR SESSIONS, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Round Hill Center, 20 High St., Round Hill. Participants paint, draw or take photos. 540-338-5803.


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.


MOMS' MORNING OUT, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. A chance to enjoy a morning with one's 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. Children can play and make new friends. Free. 540-687-6375.


STERLING BOULEVARD CLEANUP, Saturday. Meet at 8 a.m., Park View High School Recycling Center, 400 W. Laurel Ave., Sterling, to pick up bags for debris collection. Bring work gloves. Rain date is Sunday. 703-430-9480 or

LEESBURG'S FIRST FRIDAY, 6-9 p.m. first Fridays, historic downtown Leesburg. Visit art galleries, specialty stores and antique shops. Free. 703-725-8167.


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, "Deep in the Forest," 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling. $10, adults; $8, 12 and younger and 60 and older. 703-771-8074 or

DANCE FOR SINGLES, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Christian Fellowship Church, 21673 Beaumeade Cir., Ashburn. Participants can learn the latest line dances. All levels. Free. 571-217-8720.


"STORIES FROM THE PAST: PROGRESS VERSUS PRESERVATION," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Paintings by Edward Jefferson Trask. Free. 703-777-5498 or

NEW PAINTINGS, by Steven Adams, Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Artist reception, 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Exhibition will be on display through Oct. 31. Free. RSVP. 540-687-6986.

DRAWINGS, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through 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.

WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, Round Hill Arts Center, 6 W. Loudoun St. Paintings by Charlene Engel. Free. 540-338-5050 or

Fairs and Festivals

FALL FEST FAMILY FUN DAY, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Loudoun Museum garden and grounds, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. Decorate pumpkins, preserve apples, spin wool, shell corn, stuff your own scarecrow (head and straw provided), enjoy the "Oxcart Man" and play old-fashioned games. Free. 703-777-7427.

DULLES DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL AND PLANE PULL, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dulles International Airport behind Cargo Building 5. Follow signs on airport grounds to free parking and shuttle buses to the cargo ramp. Car show, aircraft on display, food, games, children's activities, kids' bus pull and music. Teams donate money to Special Olympics Virginia. Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department. Free. 703-359-4301 or

FALL FESTIVAL, all ages, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Pumpkin painting, scarecrow-making and games. $15. 540-687-6375.

WATERFORD HOMES TOUR AND CRAFTS EXHIBIT, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7-9, Route 662. Food vendors, more than 160 juried craftspeople, Civil War reenactors, demonstrations, music and dance, entertainment and children's activities. Benefits preservation and education work of the Waterford Foundation. $13, in advance; $15, at the gate; 12 and younger, free. 540-882-3018 or

FALL CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 7, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-430-2397.


"WE ARE ALL SMITH ISLANDERS," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Bear's Den, Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont. 703-777-8604; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Sanctuary, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. 703-737-0021. Documentary about the dangers of global warming. Sponsored by Progressive Action League of Loudoun and Audubon Naturalist Society. Free.


PLANT AND BOOK SWAP, all ages, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church St. Free. 703-430-6673.

MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEERS MEETING, 7 p.m. Oct. 6. Loudoun Extension Office, 30-B Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg. Don Dramsted will discuss growing and showing dahlias. Public is invited. Free. 703-771-5150.

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.


WALKING TOURS OF HISTORIC LEESBURG, one-hour guided tour, today and tomorrow. Reservations required. $10; $7, Loudoun Museum members; free, 12 and younger. 703-777-7427.

CLERK'S OFFICE TOUR, "Loudoun County Courthouse Historical Records," 7-9 p.m. Monday. Meet at 6:45 p.m. at Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg, to walk as a group to the courthouse. No one is permitted to enter restricted areas of the clerk's office after 7 p.m. John Fishback, historic records manager for Loudoun County, will lead the tour. Register. Free. 703-737-7195.

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

TRACKING YOUR GENES IN GENEALOGY: DNA TESTING, 11 a.m. Oct. 8, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Thomas H. Shawker, research physician at the National Institutes of Health and chairman of the National Genealogical Society Family Health and Heredity Committee. Register. Free. 703-737-7195.

Lectures, Discussions

And Literature

GUYS READ BOOK CLUB, 8 and older, 7 p.m. tonight, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. "Homer Price" by Robert McCloskey. Books available before program. Register. Free. 703-737-8105.

ONE BOOK/ONE COMMUNITY, "Human Rights Video Project," a six-part series with Robert A. Scharmer Jr., an adjunct professor of economics, human rights and geography at Shepherd University, continues with "Behind the Labels," 7 p.m. tonight, Lovettsville Library, 12 N. Light St. The series is dedicated to increasing awareness of human rights issues through the medium of the documentary. Free. 540-822-5824.


U.S. IMMIGRATION TODAY, 7-8:30 p.m. today, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Rebecca Turner, an immigration lawyer. Information will be presented in English and Spanish. Sponsored by La Voz of Loudoun, a nonprofit group that acts as a conduit among the Hispanic community, government organizations and other groups to promote self-sufficiency through education. Refreshments. Free. 703-777-1417.

AFTERNOON TEA AT OATLANDS, 1 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Dec. 30, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. No tea Saturday. 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.

NORTH CAROLINA-STYLE BARBECUE, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 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.

GIRL SCOUT INFORMATION DAYS, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Learn about Girl Scouting, ask questions and sign up for a troop. Free. 703-771-1063 or 703-217-8958.

4-H OPEN HOUSE, 7 p.m. Monday, Loudoun County Fairgrounds on Dry Mill Road, open to ages 9-19 and their families. Learn about 4-H activities. 703-777-0373.

TECHNICAL ANIMAL RESCUE TRAINING, nationally known FEMA program, Tuesday, Wednesday and next Thursday. The first two days' sessions will be held at Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Dr., Sterling, and will include classroom instruction and hands-on water rescue techniques. The last day will be held at Red Rock Regional Park, Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, and will be an all-day ropes training for ravine type rescues. All classes begin at 8 a.m., will go all day and might include night training. Register. $350. Call Kim Miller or Officer Reever at 703-777-0406.

D.A.R. MEETING, Ketoctin chapter, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. "The Loudoun Connection to the Battle of King Mountain." Free. 540-338-6683.

LOUDOUN PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Speaker Carolyn Koslow, "Ink and Media Used in Giclee Printing." Free. 703-808-3495.

CURATOR'S CHOICE, "Charles A. Lindbergh and Popular Culture," 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. Dominick Pisano, aeronautics division. Free. 202-633-4629 or

LOUDOUN COUNTY GIFTED PARENT GROUP, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. The group serves parents of elementary school students in Ashburn who are interested in gifted education. Free. 703-726-8069.

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


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. For current listings, call 703-669-8662 or


BLUEGRASS/FOLK JAM, 6-11 p.m. tomorrow, 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

WITNESS: THE OPERA, all ages, 2 p.m. Saturday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Presented by staff and students and St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Program is part of Loudoun County public library's One Book/One Community, a project sponsored by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund. Free. 540-338-7235.

LUCKETTS BLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments available. Music by Heather Berry and Virginia-Carolina and Dan Paisley and the Southern Grass. 703-771-5281 or


BIRDING BANSHEE, 8 a.m. Oct. 8, 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.


SQUARE DANCE DEMONSTRATION, 2-4 p.m. today, 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.

MOVEMENT WITH KATY, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 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.


And Recreation

VIRGINIA FALL RACES, Saturday and Sunday, Glenwood Park, Route 626, north of Middleburg. Gates open 11 a.m.; post time 1:30 p.m. Family fun fair 3 p.m. Saturday. $25, general admission. Admits one vehicle and four people. 540-687-5662 or

MORVEN PARK STEEPLECHASE RACES, Oct. 8, Morven Park Equestrian Center, Tutt Lane, off Route 15, north of Leesburg. Gates open 11 a.m., post time 1:30 p.m. Vendors, petting zoo, moon bounce and duck pond in the family fun area. $30 per vehicle in advance; $10 per person race day. 703-777-2414 or

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison streets, Leesburg, for Leesburg 10K loop; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr. 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. 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

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.


"PORCHES," musical by Meredith Bean McMath and Tom Sweitzer, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7-8 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9, the Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center, The Hill School, 130 S. Madison St., Middleburg. $15. 540-687-3761.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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