For Children

"CIRCUS ANIMALS" -- 9 a.m. Tuesday. An educational program for children 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 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.


"PURE LUNACY" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 30. Lillian Elkey exhibits her Chinese brush paintings. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

"GOODBYE SUMMER, HELLO FALL" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Nov. 7. Jane Ernst displays photographs, some digitally modified, that capture summer memories. Husband and wife Jack and Bette Conley design and create stained-glass art using colors and textures that reflect a feeling of warmth. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

"ISRAEL WITH ARTIST'S EYES" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, 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 October. This exhibition by six members of the art cooperative Manassas Clay 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.

"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


CLEANING THE OCCOQUAN -- 9 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers will help the Friends of the Occoquan clean the river at any of four locations. Lake Ridge Marina, 12350 Cotton Mill Dr., Lake Ridge; Town Hall, 314 Mill St., Occoquan; Bull Run Marina, 12619 Old Yates Ford Rd., Clifton; and Fountainhead Regional Park, 10875 Hampton Rd., Fairfax Station. 703-624-7124 or

HAUNTED MINI-GOLF -- Halloween-themed games for the family using balls that glow in the dark. $5; spectators, $2. 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 22, Lake Ridge Park Golf Course, 12350 Cotton Mill Dr., Woodbridge, 703-494-5564. 7-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Oct. 14-30, Locust Shade Park, 4701 Locust Shade Dr., Triangle. 703-221-8579.

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


"CLUE: THE MUSICAL" -- Noon on Saturday and Sunday. The Young People's Theatre performs a musical based on the murder-mystery board game. Miss Scarlet, Mr. Green, Col. Mustard and other colorful characters attempt to 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

"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


TASTE OF THE TOWN -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Project Mend-A-House sponsors a social hour and buffet dinner, plus entertainment and prizes. VFW Post 1503, 14631 Minnieville Rd., Dale City. $25; reservations requested. 703-980-0892.

BOOK SIGNING FUNDRAISER -- 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Spend an evening with author Patricia Daly-Lipe and sample a variety of wines at this event to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. Keller Williams Realty, 9366 Main St., Manassas. Free; a portion of each book sale will be donated to the Prince William Chapter of the American Red Cross. 703-530-1100.

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

Coming Attractions

MULTICULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL -- Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 15. Music, food and cultural performances, including a presentation of "Peter and the Wolf," with music by the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra. This second annual event is sponsored by the Prince William County Human Rights Commission, the Prince William County Office on Youth, and the Creative and Performing Arts Center. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. Festival activities, free. Play, $10, $5 children and senior citizens. 703-792-4680.

"MOON OVER BUFFALO" -- 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29; 3 p.m. Oct. 23. Two aging actors on tour in Buffalo in 1953 have one last shot in securing a starring role in a film when director Frank Capra comes to review their performance. This comedic farce is a combination of three plays with zany characters and total chaos. George Round Elementary School, 10100 Hastings Dr., Manassas. $12, $10 students, $6 children 12 and younger. 703-330-7796.

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