For Children

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.


"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's 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.

PAINTINGS AND CONSTRUCTIONS -- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, through Monday. 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.

"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 and 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


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

OLD MINE RANCH -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Nov. 15. 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. Entrance, $6; 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


"MOON OVER BUFFALO" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 29; 3 p.m. Sunday. 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 see their performance. This farce, performed by the Prince William Little Theatre, is a combination of three plays, with zany characters and much chaos. George Round Elementary School, 10100 Hastings Dr., Manassas. $12; students, $10; children 12 and younger, $6. 703-330-7796.

"BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE" -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. From Vpstart Crow Productions, a story about a modern-day witch who likes her neighbor but not his fiancee. She casts a spell so he will fall in love with her instead, but the plan goes awry when she, too, falls for him. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $20; students and senior citizens, $15. 703-365-0240 or


HAUNTED GHOST TOURS -- 7-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday, through Oct. 30. Tour two of the county's historic sites and learn their ghostly secrets. Saturday and Sunday, Rippon Lodge, 15500 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge; Oct. 29 and 30, Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10311 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. $5; children, $3. Reservations requested. 703-792-4754.

FALL FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Dumfries and the Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad sponsor this annual festival, with crafts and activities for children. Merchant Park, Duke and Cameron streets, Dumfries. Free. 703-221-3400.

AUTHOR APPEARANCE -- 7 tonight. L.B. Taylor Jr., author of "The Ghosts of Virginia: Volumes I-IX," presents a slide show and discusses the ghosts of the commonwealth. Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. Free; reservations recommended. 703-368-1873.

GALLERY WALK -- 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The annual event takes place throughout the streets of Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

HARVEST FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Family-friendly activities to celebrate fall, including music, food and games, sponsored by the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division. Mary G. Porter Traditional School, 15311 Forest Grove Dr., Woodbridge. $5; children, $3. 703-792-4754.

GHOSTLY LOCK-IN -- 8:30 p.m.-6 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 29. Visitors can spend the night in one of the most haunted houses in Dumfries, sponsored by Historic Dumfries to benefit the Weems-Botts Museum. At the museum, 3944 Cameron St., Dumfries. $75; registration required. 703-221-2218.

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, highlighting Prince William Forest Park's role as a training camp during World War II. 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. 27. The Osbourn Park High School Choral Department performs a fall concert for all ages. Osbourn Park High, 8909 Euclid Ave., Manassas. Free, donations welcome. 703-365-6500.

"DRACULA" -- 7 p.m. Oct. 29, 5 p.m. Oct. 30. The Manassas Dance Company performs Bram Stoker's story, with music performed by Kim Reynolds and his band. Grace Metz Middle School, 9950 Wellington Rd., Manassas. Advance tickets, $23, senior citizens and children, $18; at the door, $25, $20. 703-257-1811.

HAUNTED HIKES -- Old Town Manassas has tours of the town, historical reenactments and mystery stories. Tours are offered every 30 minutes, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 28. Meet at the passenger waiting room at the Manassas Railroad Depot, Battle and Prince William streets. $10; museum associates, $8. 703-257-8264. The Haunted History Hike twists through time on the trails of Leesylvania State Park, with Native American stories told around a bonfire. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, at the park, 2001 Daniel Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. $2; family, $5. 703-583-6904.

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