For Children

"COLORS" -- 9 a.m. Tuesday. An educational program for ages 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 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.


TRAVEL PHOTOS -- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, through Nov. 28. Photographer and reporter Bennie Scarton Jr. displays photographs from South America, Canada, Alaska and other places. Colgan Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

"PURE LUNACY" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 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.

"TIMING IS EVERYTHING" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, 1-5 p.m. Saturday. 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. today, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 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-Sunday, 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


"TEN LITTLE INDIANS" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. Saturday, through Nov. 5. The Castaways Repertory Theatre performs Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery. Ten strangers, brought together on a remote island by an unknown host, begin to die, one by one. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. $14; senior citizens, students, military and Prince William County employees, $11; matinee, $10. 703-508-5418.

"YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 5. Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang contemplate life in this musical, Rooftop Production's season opener. Kellar Theater, Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. $15; students and senior citizens, $12. 703-330-2787 or

"THE SOUND OF MUSIC" -- 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 31. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical is based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp Family Singers. 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

"MOON OVER BUFFALO" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. 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.


HAUNTED GHOST TOURS -- 7-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can tour one of the county's most historic sites and learn its ghostly secrets. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10311 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. $5; children, $3. Reservations requested. 703-792-4754.

FALL HAPPENINGS -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. A Taste of Lake Ridge and a fall festival welcome the season. The family events include games, contests, samples from local restaurants and a spooky playground, sponsored by the Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association. At the association's headquarters, 12350 Oakwood Dr., Lake Ridge. Free; 50-cent food tickets available in advance. 703-497-7112.

GHOSTLY LOCK-IN -- 8:30 p.m.-6 a.m. tomorrow and Saturday. 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.

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. tomorrow. 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. tomorrow and Saturday, at the park, 2001 Daniel Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. $2; family, $5. 703-583-6904.

REMEMBERING THE OSS -- 7 p.m. Saturday. 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

HOLIDAY ART SHOW -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6. The Prince William Art Society hosts a show with fine arts and crafts by local artists for sale. Montclair Property Owners Association building, 3561 Waterway Dr., Dumfries. Free. 703-590-1437 or

FALL FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 5. Family activities, sponsored by the Philip Michael Pennington School PTO. At the school, 9305 Stonewall Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-335-0994.

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL -- 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 5. A variety of events, from a pancake breakfast to an evening chocolate buffet, with many chocolate-theme activities in between. Local businesses and organizations, along with the Manassas Recreation and Parks Department, are the sponsors. The breakfast starts at 8 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 9676 Wellington Rd., Manassas. The evening buffet is at the Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. All other events are at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion, West and Center streets, Old Town Manassas. Activities vary in cost; some require reservations. 703-257-8237 or

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