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.

"DRAW-IN," ages 10 and older, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5, the Naturalist Center, 741 Miller Dr., Leesburg. Try drawing items from the Smithsonian's collection of natural history and anthropology objects. Professional illustrators will be on hand to give assistance. Bring your own art supplies. Free. 703-779-9712.

CRAFT FAIR, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5, Broad Run High School, 21670 Ashburn Rd. Sponsored by the Broad Run High School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization. Free. 703-729-1039.

CRAFT SALE, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd. Handmade crafts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free. 703-430-6555.

"BEARY FUN," 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Pawsenclaws & Co., Dulles Town Center Mall, second floor, Routes 7 and 28, Sterling. The Potomac Chapter of Hadassah invites you to help make teddy bears to send as holiday gifts to children at Hadassah University Medical Center in Israel. $18, includes one bear with a birth certificate and custom T-shirt. 703-391-8522.

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.

COUNTRYSIDE QUILTERS, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

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.

CALLIGRAPHY CLASS, 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, from this Wednesday through Nov. 23, Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. $115, includes all supplies. Register. 703-777-8043 or

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. today. Free bingo; $3 transportation; donation for lunch for age 60 and older. 540-687-6375.

LOUDOUN 4-H FAIRGROUNDS, Dry Mill Road, Leesburg. Nov. 4. Doors open at 6 p.m., bingo begins at 7 p.m. Benefits Loudoun 4-H Beef and Swine clubs. Refreshments available. $20, advance; $25. 540-338-6967.

LEESBURG SENIOR CENTER, 215 Depot Ct. SE. Advanced bingo, 9 a.m. Wednesdays; slower bingo, 12:30 p.m. Fridays. 703-737-8039.


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

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

HARVEST JAM, preschool-age and elementary-school-age children, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Leesburg Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxbury Hall Rd. Enjoy messy fun with games and candy. Open to the public. Bring an item of canned food or a donation for hurricane relief. 703-777-6850.

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.

FALL NATURE CAMP, ages 6-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7-9, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Activities will be different each day. Bring a snack, water and lunch. Register. $40.50. 703-444-1275.

BACKPACK AND SNACK, ages 3-5, 9:30-11 a.m. Nov. 10, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Hike in the park and discover birds, bugs and mammals. Listen to a nature story while sitting among the trees. Bring water and a snack. Register. $10.25. 703-444-1275.

LIVE AT THE LIBRARY, "Amadeus, the Traveling Dog," 4 p.m. Nov. 15, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Hear a story and learn how to approach a dog. Take turns giving Amadeus a treat and petting him behind the ears or under the chin. Free. 703-777-0541.

SSSSNAKES, ages 6-8, 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 15, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Outdoor adventure to learn about snakes. 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.

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.

UNISON HERITAGE DAY, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 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. Saturday, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Loudoun County residents. Free. 703-777-0187 or

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.


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

INDIAN BOLLYWOOD DANCE, all ages, 4-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 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.


LOUDOUN COUNTY TEACHER ART SHOW, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday through next Thursday, 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 Tuesday. Free. 703-777-0200.

PAINTING EXHIBIT, by Kurt Schwarz, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Saturday. Free. 703-777-5498 or

NEW PAINTINGS, by Steven Adams, Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today-Saturday. 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


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

LOUDOUN MASTER GARDENER INFORMATIONAL SESSION, 7 p.m. Nov. 9, Loudoun Extension Office, 30-B Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg. Learn about the program and the horticulture training that is provided. Free. 703-771-5150.


FAMOUS FOOTSTEPS HIKE, all ages, 9:30-11 a.m. Nov. 5, 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.

FAMILY HISTORY SEMINAR, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 21015 Claiborne Pkwy., Ashburn. Free. 703-737-0040.

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

Lectures, Discussions

And Literature

DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING, 1 p.m. Saturday, Final Draft Booksellers, 192 N. 21st St., Purcellville. "Preparing My Heart For Advent," by Ann Marie Stewart. Free. 540-338-8238.

LIFEBOOKS DISCUSSION, in celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month. Join adoptive mothers Lorna Davis and Mary Coyle to learn about Lifebooks, a teaching tool to help parents and children learn what it means to be adopted. Wednesday, Sterling Library, 703-430-9500; Nov. 9, Lovettsville Library, 540-822-5824; Nov. 16, Ashburn Library, 703-737-8105; Nov. 30, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 703-444-3228, Ext. 309. Programs begin at 7 p.m. Registration is required. Call your local library.

BOOK SIGNING, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 4, Leesburg Bookstore, 13 Wirt St. SW. "The Hunt" by Jan Neuharth. Free. 571-258-0012.

DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. "America's 100 Best Trout Streams," by John Ross. 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 "Well-Founded Fear," 7 p.m. today, 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.

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

HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY, noon-2 p.m. tomorrow, 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. 703-737-8977.

AFTER-HOURS TEEN CENTER, grades 6-12, 7-10 p.m. tomorrow, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Games, movies and pizza. Free. 703-444-3228.

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL DAY, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, the Hill School, 130 S. Madison St., Middleburg. Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers of Washington. Benefits Mosby Heritage Area Association. Lunch available. $5, admission fee includes raffle ticket. $25 per appraised item. 540-687-6681.

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

KETOCTIN CHAPTER D.A.R., informational membership tea, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ketoctin Church, Ketoctin Church Road, Purcellville. Reservations. Free. 703-443-9971.

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 or

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


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 the Satyr Hill Band and the Company Store. 703-771-5281 or

WATERFORD CONCERT SERIES, 4 p.m. Sunday, Waterford Old School, High and Fairfax Streets. Music by Schubert, Chopin and Ginastera. Myriam Avalos, pianist. $20, advance; $22. Free guided walking tour of the historic village departing from the steps at the school at 2 p.m. 540-882-3018 or


IDENTIFYING HAWKS: A CLASS AND FIELD SESSION, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, meet at Bears Den Trail Center, 18393 Blueridge Mountain Rd., Bluemont for a short classroom session and then visit nearby locations where 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.


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.

ACTIVE ADULTS FOCUS MEETING, 11 a.m. Nov. 15, Congregation Sha'are Shalom, 19357 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg. If you are recently retired and looking for daytime activities, come and help to plan this new group. A complimentary lunch will be served. Free. Register. 703-323-0880, Ext. 47.

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


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 Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison Streets, Leesburg to carpool for the Purcellville to Leesburg Run. 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, 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


"ARSENIC AND OLD LACE," presented by Aurora Studio Theatre, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, 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

"ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST," 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday and Nov. 4-5 and 2 p.m. Sunday 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.

"OLIVER," presented by the Hampstead Players, 3 p.m. Saturday, Lovettsville Library, 12 N. Light St. Free. 540-822-5824.

"MACBETH," presented by the Sterling Playmakers, 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 and 11-12; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13, River Bend Middle School, 46240 Algonkian Pkwy., Sterling. Rated PG-13 for violence and supernatural appearances. $10. 703-437-6117 or

Yard Sale, Rummage Sale and Auctions

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE AUCTION, Saturday, 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

RUMMAGE SALE, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5, Middleburg Fire Department, 910 W. Washington St. Benefits the Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Free. 540-687-6430.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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