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.

SCRAPBOOKING, "Crop Till You Drop," 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct., Leesburg. Fundraising event to benefit the Douglass Community Center Advisory Board. Learn about using stamps, punches and other tools. Door prizes and a silent auction. $30, includes individual table and light snacks. Fee does not include any scrapbooking materials. Boxed lunch available from Tuck In Cafe for $7. Register. 703-771-5913.

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 www.glorieshappyhats.org.

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.

COUNTRYSIDE QUILTERS, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-723-6716.

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. www.asg.org.

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.

Bingo

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.

Children

YOUNG AT ART, ages 4-7, 4-5 p.m. today; ages 8 and older, 4-5 p.m. next Thursday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Bake and decorate Halloween cookies. Register. $7; $4 supply fee. 703-430-6673.

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- eighth-graders) and 9:30-11 p.m. (ninth-12th-graders), Purcellville Skating Rink, 250 S. Nursery Ave. Activities include basketball, video games and air hockey. Transportation available. Free. 540-338-5025 or info@pvilleskating.com.

BATTY FOR BATS, ages 3-5, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Monday and Oct. 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.

DECORATE HALLOWEEN CAKES, activity for ages 8 and older, 4-4:45 p.m. Monday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Register. $5.50; $3 supply fee. 703-430-6673.

UNDER A ROTTING LOG, 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. Investigate creatures that live under piles of leaves and in rotting logs and learn how they help nature. Register. $10.25. 703-444-1275.

GHOSTLY FOOTPRINTS, ages 4-5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Make a Halloween craft and hear a story. Register. $8. 703-430-6673.

SHIVERY TALES, ages 6 and older, "Stories Around the Campfire," 6 p.m. Wednesday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Costume optional. Bring a pre-carved pumpkin and take a chance on winning a prize for the smallest, scariest or most creative pumpkin. Pumpkins need to be dropped off for judging no later than 6:15 p.m. Roast marshmallows after the program. Rain date is next Thursday. Register. $5. 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

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.

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.

WINTER COAT DRIVE, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sam's Club Warehouse parking lot, 45425 Dulles Crossing Plaza, Sterling. Clean and gently-worn coats. Sponsored by the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees. Benefits Washington metropolitan area shelters. Free. 703-867-7561.

UNISON HERITAGE DAY, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Bloomfield and Unison Roads. Pony, donkey and carriage rides, pig roast, Virginia food and wine, bluegrass music, silent and live auctions, history displays and Halloween costume contests and prizes for children. Sponsored by the Unison Preservation Society. $20, advance; $25, at the door; ages 12 and younger, free. 540-554-2474.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 29, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn. Loudoun County Residents. Free. 703-777-0187 or www.loudoun.gov/oswm.

SUPPORTING EASTERN LOUDOUN FAMILIES (SELF), 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.

Dance

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. third Saturdays through May, 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 www.bluemont.org.

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.

Exhibits

LOUDOUN COUNTY TEACHER ART SHOW, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 3, George Washington University Virginia campus, Gallery Lounge, 20101 Academic Way., Ashburn. Free. 703-726-3650.

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.

ART AT THE TRAIN STATION, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Purcellville Train Station, 200 N. 21st Street, one block north of Main Street. Local artists working in all media will display and sell their original work. Free. 540-668-6716 or www.loudounsbest.com.

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 www.gallery222.com.

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.

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. Paintings by Ann McKay. Free. 540-338-5050 or www.roundhillarts.org.

Gardening

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

History

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

FAMOUS FOOTSTEPS HIKE, all ages, 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 29, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Retrace historic journeys through the park and visit the Lanesville Ordinary and post office. Ages 4 and older will receive a stamped "Time Travelers Passport." Register. Space is limited. $3.50; 2 and younger, free. 703-444-1275.

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

THE JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Cate Magennis Wyatt, executive director of the Journey Through Hallowed Grounds. Register. Free. 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. Saturday, 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.

Miscellaneous

CURATOR'S CHOICE, "The 1936 Goddard Rocket," by Frank Winter of the space history division. 12:30-12:45 p.m. today, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Free. 202-633-4629 or www.nasm.si.edu.

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 www.oatlands.org.

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

HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY, noon-2 p.m. Oct. 28, Aspen Room, 906 Trailview Blvd., Leesburg. The Loudoun Human Service Network is a coalition of community organizations working through advocacy and collaboration to ensure availability and access to human services for Loudoun County residents. Bring a dish to share. Beverages provided. RSVP at 703-737-8977.

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

FAMILY LAW SEMINAR, conducted by attorney Rachel L. Virk. 9-11:30 a.m. second Saturdays, Cascades Office Center, 21135 Whitfield Pl., Suite 207, Sterling. Register. Free. 703-444-3355.

AMATEUR RADIO, 8:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. 540-338-2584 or www.k4lrg.org.

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 www.eslim.org.

Movies

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 www.tallyhotheatre.com.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, "Casper," 7 p.m. today, 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. Monday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Refreshments. Free. 540-338-7235.

Music

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 www.roundhillarts.org.

LUCKETTS BLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments available. Music by Lonesome Highway and Patent Pending. 703-771-5281 or www.luckettscommunitycenter.org.

Nature

"THE WILD WORLD OF WEATHER," ages 13 and older, 2 p.m. Saturday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. NBC News 4 meteorologist Tom Kierein. Question-and-answer session will follow the program. Free. 703-444-3228.

IDENTIFYING HAWKS: A CLASS AND FIELD SESSION, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29, meet at Bears Den Trail Center, 18393 Blueridge Mountain Rd., Bluemont for a short classroom session and then visit nearby locations where several different hawks are likely to be seen. Bring a bag lunch. Sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Bears Den Trail Center. Liam McGranaghan, a falconer, licensed bander of raptors and educator will describe finding and identifying hawks. $15; members $10. 540-554-2542.

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.

Seniors

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. Saturday, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd. Food and fellowship for all seniors of the community. Free. 703-430-6455 or www.sterlingumc.org.

Sports

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.

WALK-A-THON, Saturday. Registration at 8 a.m., walk at 9:30 a.m., Douglass School Pavilion, Sycolin Road and East Market Street, Leesburg. Sponsored by the Good Shepherd Alliance and the Fannie Mae Foundation to benefit the homeless in Northern Virginia. $25; 24 and younger $15.Each walker receives a long-sleeve T-shirt. 703-433-2631 or www.loudounhomeless.org.

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Tuscarora Creek Park, off Lawson Road, Leesburg; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Unison Store, Bloomfield and Unison Roads. 703-779-0078 or www.loudounroadrunners.org.

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 www.srrunners.org.

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 www.SeeMommyRun.com.

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, 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 www.morvenpark.org.

Theater

"ARSENIC AND OLD LACE," presented by Aurora Studio Theatre, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and Oct. 28-29 and 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 30, Old Stone School Theatre, Route 9, Hillsboro. $12; $10, seniors and 12 and younger. Tickets available at Final Draft Booksellers, Purcellville. Elderberry Wine Festival, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Windham Winery, north of Hillsboro on Mountain Road. Wine-tasting, cheeses, music and a ticket in preferred seating at that night's performance. Benefits the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter. $40. 540-668-6779 or www.aurorastudiotheatre.org.

"ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-29 and Nov. 4-5 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, Waddell Theater, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Mature audiences only. $10; $8 students and seniors. 703-450-2551.

Yard Sale, Rummage Sale and Auctions

67TH ANNUAL HOSPITAL RUMMAGE SALE, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 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 www.ladiesboard.org.

CASINO NIGHT AND SILENT AUCTION, 7 p.m. Saturday, The Lakes, 44078 Cheltenham Cir., Ashburn. Sponsored by Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation. $25, includes light refreshments, desserts, coffee and teas and $20,000 in casino play money. $15, without casino money. 703-729-4629.

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE AUCTION, Oct. 29, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Station 1, 215 Loudoun St. SW. Preview at 9 a.m., auction begins at 10 a.m. Food available from the Leesburg Ladies Fire Auxiliary. Sponsored by the Good Shepherd Alliance Thrift Store to benefit the homeless in Loudoun County. Free. 703-444-5956 or www.loudounhomeless.org.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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