Arts and Crafts

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.

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.

LOVETTSVILLE NEEDLEWORK, 7-9 p.m., third Wednesdays, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Teaches cross-stitch, crochet, knitting and needlepoint. $2 drop-in fee. Register. 540-822-5284.

EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA, 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Trinity Presbyterian Church at Dranesville Road and Park Avenue, Herndon. Oatlands chapter, serving Loudoun and Fairfax counties. 703-858-1490.

KNITTING, READING PATTERNS AND CROCHET CLASSES, for those 18 and older, Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Call for dates and times. $45 a class. 703-777-1368.


ROUND HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, Route 719 North. Doors open at 5 p.m. Thursdays, bingo begins at 6:45. 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.

MIDDLEBURG COMMUNITY CENTER, seniors, 300 W. Washington St. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27. Free bingo; $3 transportation; donation for lunch for age 60 and older. 540-687-6375.

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 your child or use the time to run errands. $35 for five sessions. Register. 703-771-5913.

PURCELLVILLE TEEN CENTER, Fridays, 7-9 p.m. (sixth- through eighth-graders) and 9:30-11 p.m. (ninth- through 12th-graders). Activities include basketball, video games and air hockey. Purcellville Skating Rink, 250 S. Nursery Ave. Transportation available. Free. 540-338-5025 or

FALL COLORS, ages 3-5, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Monday and next Thursday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Stories, art, singing and exploring outdoors. Register. $10.25. 703-444-1275.

BATTY FOR BATS, ages 3-5, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 24 and 27, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Visit a make-believe bat cave and feel what it's like to have wings and find your way around with sound. Register. $10.25. 703-444-1275.

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.


COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR PREVENTION EDUCATION (COPE), 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Western Loudoun residents welcome. Free. 540-454-3974.

SUPPORTING EASTERN LOUDOUN FAMILIES, 7:30-9 p.m. fourth Mondays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Coalition dedicated to keeping the community safe and drug-free. Eastern Loudoun residents welcome. Free. 703-771-6428.


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.

OLD-TIME COUNTRY, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, beginner workshop at 7:30, Purcellville Skating Rink, 250 Nursery Ave., Bluemont. Old-time country dances feature bands, figure callers and friendly atmosphere for new and experienced dancers. Families and singles welcome; homemade potluck refreshments encouraged. $7; $5 for Bluemont friends, students and seniors. 703-777-6306 or

INDIAN BOLLYWOOD DANCE, 4-4:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Dance instructor Vanita Kumar and her students. Free. 703-723-9584.

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


LEESBURG FINE ARTS FESTIVAL, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun and King streets, Leesburg. Juried arts competition and sale will feature work by area artists. Children's art will be displayed at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 S. King St. Music, refreshments and a mural painting project hosted at the Potomac Gallery, King Street. Sponsored by the Town of Leesburg and Leesburg Crossroads Inc. Free. 703-737-7084 or

ART EXHIBIT, by Octavia Frazier, Ann Noel, Elaine Nunnally, Edith Symes and Harold Symes, Loudoun County Government Center, first floor, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. During business hours, through Nov. 1. Free. 703-777-0200.

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. today and tomorrow. 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. Saturday. Paintings by Ann McKay. Free. 540-338-5050 or

Fairs and Festivals

CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 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.

AUTUMN APPLE FESTIVAL, "Virginia Apples for Flavor: The Story of Hill High Orchards," noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. Pie auction and bake-off competition, cider press demonstrations, apple tasting, interactive exhibits and entertainment. $5; $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 2-12. 703-421-5322 or


"WE ARE ALL SMITH ISLANDERS," 7:30 p.m. today, Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Sanctuary, 802 Children's 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.


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. "Holiday Arrangements," presented by Linda Weiner. $12; $10, Friends of Oatlands members. To register, call 703-777-3174.


BEGINNING GENEALOGICAL METHODS AND SOURCES, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Marty Hiatt, editor of Northern Virginia Genealogy. $10. To register, call 703-737-7195.

Lectures, Discussions

And Literature

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.


MAINSTREAM LOUDOUN MEETING, 7 p.m. today, 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

COUNTRYSIDE WOMEN'S CLUB LUNCHEON, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21, Hidden Creek Country Club. Daniel Gear, Indian storyteller, dancer and singer. Call for reservations, menu and directions. $25. 703-391-7159.

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.

LEESBURG VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY OPEN HOUSE, "2005 Fire Prevention Week," 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Station 20, 61 Plaza St. Demonstrations, safety information, fire engine rides. Free. 703-771-9103 or

CASINO NIGHT, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Cocktails and light refreshments. Benefits the community center. $50 per person. To register, call 540-687-6373.

EQUINE RESCUE LEAGUE FALL OPEN HOUSE, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Churchland Farm, Route 621 south of Leesburg. Learn about the league's rescue, rehabilitation and adoption programs. Pony rides, parade of horses, used-tack sale, yard and bake sale and raffles. Fundraiser to feed resident horses and provide veterinary, farrier and dental care to the animals. Free admission and parking. 703-771-1240 or

LOUDOUN VOLUNTEER FAIR, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 22, Algonkian Elementary School, 20196 Carter Ct., Sterling. Free. 703-777-0113.

AMATEUR RADIO, 8:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. 540-338-2584 or

LOUDOUN PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB, 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Speakers, field trips, workshops and exhibitions. Free. 703-808-3495.

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


TEEN MOVIE NIGHT, "Say Anything," 7 p.m. tomorrow, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Beverages provided. Bring snacks. Free. 703-737-8100.

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

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, "Casper," 7 p.m. next Thursday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Bring your pillows, blankets and snacks. Free. 703-737-8100.

MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES, ages 13-18, "The Stepford Wives," 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Refreshments. Free. 540-338-7235.


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 Clyde Bowling and the Southern Bluegrass Boys and Don Rigsby and Midnight Call. 703-771-5281 or


SUNDAY IN THE PRESERVE, 2 p.m. Sunday, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Rd., Leesburg. Family walk around the preserve. Phil Daley, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Friends of Banshee Reeks. Free. 540-554-2542.

NATURE FOR TODDLERS, ages 2-3 with an adult, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Sanctuary, 802 Children's Center Rd., Leesburg. Craft, hike and story. Register. $7 per child for members; $5 additional sibling. $10, $7 nonmembers. 703-669-0000.

NATURE LECTURE SERIES. "East Evergreens for Landscaping and Decorating," the third session in a three-part series on natural attractions, with Mary Olien, 2 p.m. Nov. 12, Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. Free. 540-687-5730.

BIRDING AT THE BLUE RIDGE CENTER, fourth Saturdays, Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Route 671 (Harpers Ferry Road). Meet at 8 a.m., Neersville Volunteer Fire Station, Route 671. 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.

SENIOR LUNCHEON, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd. Food and fellowship for all seniors of the community. Free. 703-430-6455 or


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.

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Bluemont. Call for directions; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Starbucks, 531 E. Market St., Leesburg. 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.

MORVEN PARK STEEPLECHASE RACES, Nov. 12 (postponed from 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


"ALICE IN WONDERLAND," 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Potomac Falls High School. 46400 Algonkian Pkwy. $5. 703-444-7542.

COMEDY NIGHT, "Off the Cuff," 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 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. tomorrow and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 28-29 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 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 and Rummage Sale

PURCELLVILLE TAG SALE, 8 a.m. Saturday. Townwide yard sale and flea market. Each official location has a "tag sale" sign. Look for yellow "more sales" signs for directions. Maps are available online or at the Town Hall. Free. 540-338-7421 or

YARD SALE TO BENEFIT KATRINA VICTIMS, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sugarland Run Community Center, 200 Green Field Ct. Sponsored by Christian Women Circle and Sugarland Run Community Activity Committee. Free. 703-406-4685.

67TH ANNUAL HOSPITAL RUMMAGE SALE, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 22, Morven Park International Equestrian Center, Tutt Lane, off Route 15 north of Leesburg. Sponsored by the Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital. Free. 703-771-2985 or

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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