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 experienced the death of 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 Saturday, 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 KNITTERS, 6:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. New members welcome. Free. 703-771-1383.

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.

WATERFORD QUILTERS, 10 a.m. second Wednesdays, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 37700 St. Francis Ct., Purcellville. New members welcome. Free. 703-327-2482.

AMERICAN SEWING GUILD, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. second Wednesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-444-1936. Open to anyone with an interest in sewing.


ROUND HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, Route 719 North. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo begins at 6:45. Thursdays. Smoke-free. Accessible to the 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.

LUCKETTS FIRE DEPARTMENT, Route 662. Doors open at 6 p.m., basket bingo begins at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow. Refreshments available. $20, 28 games. 703-777-9344.


MOMS' MORNING OUT, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. A chance to enjoy a morning with your 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.


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, 11 and older, beginner lessons, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays in a converted barn near Purcellville. Call for directions and cost. 540-882-4917.

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.


PAINTING EXHIBIT, by Kurt Schwarz, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and by appointment. Through Oct. 30. Free. 703-777-5498 or

NEW PAINTINGS, by Steven Adams, Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and by appointment. Through Oct. 31. Free. 540-687-6986.

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

OIL PAINTING EXHIBIT, "Patterns in the Land," Round Hill Arts Center, 6 W. Loudoun St. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 12. Artist's reception 7-9 p.m. Oct. 15. Paintings by Ann McKay. Free. 540-338-5050 or

Fairs and Festivals

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

JOSHUA'S HANDS FALL FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 38327 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. Celebration of the change of seasons. Auction; pony, hay and tractor rides; puppets; crafts; games; and food. Free. 540-882-3310 or

CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 14 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15, Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Ornaments, wall hangings, jewelry, wreaths, table decorations and hand-painted glass. Benefits Loudoun Rebuilding Together program. Countryside Quilters will raffle a queen-size quilt to benefit Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, and a bake sale will benefit the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter. Free. 703-430-1022.


"WE ARE ALL SMITH ISLANDERS," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bear's Den, Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont. 703-777-8604; 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, 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.


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

PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, noon Oct. 28. Program on dried flower arrangements and wreaths. Call for location. Free. 540-338-0950.

GARDEN SEMINAR, 11 a.m. Saturday, 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.


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. Saturday, 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

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION, 7 p.m. today, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. "March" by Geraldine Brooks. Free. 540-687-5730.

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 "Promises," 7 p.m. Oct. 22, 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.

LIVE AT THE LIBRARY, 18 and older, 2 p.m. Sunday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Author L.B. Taylor Jr., who writes the "Ghosts of Virginia" series. Free. 703-444-3228.


CURATOR'S CHOICE, "Charles A. Lindbergh and Popular Culture," 12:30-12:45 p.m. today, 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

MAINSTREAM LOUDOUN MEETING, 7 p.m. next Thursday, Market Street Coffee, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg. Learn about preserving religious, personal and intellectual freedom in our community. Free. 703-724-1758 or

AFTERNOON TEA AT OATLANDS, 1 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Dec. 30, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. 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.

LOUDOUN FARM COLOR TOUR, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15-16. Self-guided driving tour to local farms and wineries. See cows and calves, horses, sheep and pigs. Choose apples, pumpkins, flowers and herbs from the fall harvest. Brochures, a map and directions are available at libraries, community centers, the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association and area businesses. Sponsored by Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. Free. 866-771-7697 or

HUNT COUNTRY CLASSIC BRITISH CAR SHOW, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Willoughby Farm, Route 702, 6.5 miles southwest of Middleburg. Entertainment, silent auction, catered lunch, vendors. $5 a vehicle. Lunch cost varies. Call for directions. 540-428-2099,

PURCELLVILLE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON, noon Tuesday, Loudoun Valley Golf and Country Club, West Main Street, Purcellville. John Andrew will talk about bond issues on the November ballot. $10. RSVP. 540-338-6601.

LOUDOUN COUNTY GIFTED PARENT GROUP, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

LOUDOUN HORSE ASSOCIATION, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Purcellville Train Station, 200 N. 21st St. Donna Dennehy, director of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, will discuss the horse industry in Virginia. $5; members free. 540-822-9133.

CANDIDATE FORUM, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. District 32 Del. Richard H. "Dick" Black (R) and David E. Poisson (D) will answer questions presented by Ben Weber of Master Media Group. The audience will be able to ask questions from the floor after the media panel. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County. Free. 703-777-9425 or

N.A.R.F.E. LUNCHEON MEETING, Loudoun Chapter 1133, 11 a.m. Wednesday. Thoroughbred Grill and Brewing Co., Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. The speaker is Bob Simmons. Active and retired federal workers and spouses welcome. Cost varies. 703-726-2818.

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 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. last Fridays at the 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

LUCKETTS BLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments available. Music by Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen. 703-771-5281 or

SHENANDOAH COFFEEHOUSE SERIES, 8 p.m. Saturday. Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, 20460 Gleedsville Rd., Leesburg. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tinsmith performs traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Appalachia. $10. 703-737-7644 or


NATURE LECTURE SERIES. "Raptor Migration," the second session of a three-part series on natural attractions, with Liam McGranaghan, 2 p.m. Saturday, Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. Free. 540-687-5730.

FAMILY STREAM DAY, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Broadlands Community Center and Hillside Park. Guided stream walks, tree planting program, water quality monitoring demonstrations, and games and crafts for children. Call for directions. Sponsored by the Loudoun Watershed Watch. Free. 703-779-9726.

BIRDING BANSHEE, 8 a.m. 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.


FOREVER FIT, 9-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., 55 and older, sponsored by Loudoun County YMCA and Loudoun Healthcare. Walking, marching, strengthening exercises, stretching and relaxation. $2. 703-777-9622.

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

DROP-IN BASKETBALL, Elementary students, 3-5:30 p.m. Fridays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $1. 703-771-5913. Women, 8:30-10 p.m. Fridays, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. $2. 703-430-9480. Also 5-7 p.m. Fridays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $2. 703-771-5913.

DROP-IN GYM FOR HOME-SCHOOLERS, ages 10-17, noon-2 p.m. Fridays, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $1. 540-822-5284. First-graders and older, noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays.

MORVEN PARK STEEPLECHASE RACES, Saturday, 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 a vehicle in advance; $10 a person race day. 703-777-2414 or

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Faith Chapel, 14188 Chapel Lane, Lucketts; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Philomont Community Center, 36592 Jeb Stuart Rd. 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. tomorrow and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center, The Hill School, 130 S. Madison St., Middleburg. $15. 540-687-3761.

"ALICE IN WONDERLAND," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-15 and 2 p.m. Oct. 15-16, Potomac Falls High School. 46400 Algonkian Pkwy. $5. 703-444-7542.

COMEDY NIGHT, "Off the Cuff," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Waddell Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sterling to benefit the Salvation Army and its hurricane relief fund. $10, adults; $5, children. Doors open 7 p.m. 703-444-2660.

"ARSENIC AND OLD LACE," presented by Aurora Studio Theatre, 8 p.m. Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 and 3 p.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 30, Old Stone School Theatre, Route 9, Hillsboro. $12; $10, seniors and 12 and younger. Tickets available at Final Draft Booksellers, Purcellville. 540-668-6779 or

Yard Sale

YARD AND BOOK SALE, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 15, Banneker Elementary School, 35231 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg. Benefits field trips and assemblies at the school. Free. 540-338-6605.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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