For Children

"COLORS" -- 9 a.m. Tuesday. An educational program for children ages 2-5. Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $10; registration required. 703-368-1873.

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.


BALLROOM DANCING -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday. A short lesson followed by music, food and dancing. Kellar Theater at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. $10. 703-330-2787.


"ISRAEL WITH ARTIST'S EYES" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Saturday through Oct. 16. Photographs and artwork by five artists who were inspired by a journey to Israel. Creative Brush Studio, 9082 Center St., Manassas. Free. 703-335-8005.

"PAINTING CONSTRUCTIONS' -- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 24. Local artist Marian Jackson displays her acrylic paintings. Jackson creates three-dimensional art by attaching objects to her paintings that are relevant to their subjects. Northern Virginia Community College, Colgan Hall Exhibit Space, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

"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. 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. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 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 Monday. 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.

"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. 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. 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


REMEMBERING THE OSS -- 7 p.m. Saturdays in October. A series of lectures commemorates the 60th anniversary of the disbanding of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), highlighting Prince William Forest Park's role as a training camp during World War II. Open house of the camp, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Camp Orenda Mess Hall, Cabin Camp 3, Prince William Forest Park, Interstate 95, Exit 150-B, Triangle. Free. 703-221-7181 or

Coming Attractions

CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. The Manassas Community Chorale performs popular favorites, including "As Time Goes By" and "Rock Around the Clock." Manassas Baptist Church, 8800 Sudley Rd., Manassas. $6; children 12 and younger, $3. 703-368-0883.

FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9. The seventh annual festival includes reenactments, a fly-by, performances by the Liberty Belles, vintage aircraft and military vehicles on display. Manassas Regional Airport, 10400 Terminal Rd., Manassas. $12; $6 children 10 and younger. 703-393-0660.

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