Arts and Crafts

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT SIGNING, 11 a.m. Saturday, Taylorstown General Store, 13068 Taylorstown Rd., Lovettsville. Artist Debbie Rodeffer will sign her hand-painted 2005 Taylorstown Store holiday ornaments. Benefits renovation of the historic store. Free. 540-822-9340.

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.

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.

Bazaars, Craft Fairs and Yard Sales

CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Free. 540-338-4122.

HANUKKAH BAZAAR, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Sha'are Shalom, 19357 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg (across from Heritage High School). Books, Judaic art, toys, jewelry, home decor, cosmetics and kitchen utensils. Free. 703-737-6500.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND INDOOR YARD SALE, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19, Heritage Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 122 Morven Park Rd. NW, Leesburg. Benefits the resident activity fund. Free. 703-777-8700.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Free. 540-822-5284.

CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19, Sully Elementary School, 300 Circle Dr., Sterling. Benefits the proposed Sully science park and playground. Free. 703-787-8931.

CRAFT FAIR, Nov. 19, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 11791 Mountain Rd., Lovettsville. Doors open at 10 a.m., live auction at 3 p.m. Handcrafted gifts, furniture, baked goods. Accessible to the disabled. Free. 540-822-4164.


LUCKETTS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, "Holiday Basket Bingo," Route 662, eight miles north of Leesburg. Doors open at 6 p.m. Nov. 18, bingo begins at 7:15. Raffles and door prizes. Food available for purchase. Sponsored by Lucketts Elementary School PTA. $20 for 24 games. Child care is available at the Lucketts Community Center for ages 3-12 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. $10 per child. Call for reservations. 703-771-5281.

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.

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


BACKPACK AND SNACK, ages 3-5, 9:30-11 a.m. today, 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.

NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK, "Flights of Fancy," stories for ages 3-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Nov. 19, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Hands-on activity after the story. Free. 202-633-4629 or

PUT ON YOUR WINTER COAT, 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, singing and outdoor exploration. Register. $10.25. 703-444-1275.

LIVE AT THE LIBRARY, "Amadeus, the Traveling Dog," 4 p.m. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Outdoor adventure to learn about snakes. Register. $10.25.

CHRISTMAS GIFT WORKSHOP, ages 4-10, 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 19, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Register. $14; $6 supply fee. 703-430-6673.

TRICKY TRACKS, ages 3-5, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Nov. 21, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Be a nature detective. Follow tracks, find feathers and seek burrows to investigate animals of the park. Register. $10.25. 703-444-1275.

MUSIC TOGETHER, for babies and other children up to age 4, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Family-oriented music and movement class. Instructor Katherine Satterfield. Register. Free. 703-771-5624.

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), Purcellville Skating Rink, 250 S. Nursery Ave. Activities include basketball, video games and air hockey. Transportation available. Free. 540-338-5025 or

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.


ELIMINATING BUTTON-PUSHING AND RESTORING PEACE BETWEEN PARENTS AND TEENS, 7 p.m. Monday, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. John P. Walker leads discussion about how to find a balance between love and limits, and how to develop strategies to reduce tension. Refreshments. Free. 703-777-0541.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19, Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg. Loudoun County residents only. Free. 703-777-0187 or

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.


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. 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

DANCE FOR SINGLES, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Christian Fellowship Church, 21673 Beaumeade Cir., Ashburn. Free. 571-217-8720.


OIL PAINTING EXHIBIT, "Patterns in the Land," Round Hill Arts Center, 6 W. Loudoun St. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Paintings by Ann McKay. Free. 540-338-5050 or

"AN EVENING FOR ART'S SAKE," 6-10 p.m. tomorrow, Thomas Birkby House, 109 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. Silent and live auctions. Cocktails and refreshments. Benefits the Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation. Reservations recommended. Space is limited. $50. 703-777-5498 or

PAINTINGS FROM RECENT RUSSIAN MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS, meet artist Yuri Gorbachev, 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, the Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Exhibit runs through Nov. 27. Free. RSVP. 540-687-6986.

SILENT AUCTION AND ART EXHIBITION, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Area Agency on Aging, 215 Depot Ct. SE, Leesburg. Sponsored by the Junior Woman's Club of Loudoun to benefit Camp Easter Seals, Healthy Babies Project and Hurricane Katrina relief work. Free. 703-669-6500.

LOUDOUN SKETCH CLUB SHOW AND SALE, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Nov. 27, Hillsborough Winery, 36716 Charles Town Pike. Free. 540-338-5803 or

TEMPEST SERIES, paintings by Robert Vander Zee, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Exhibit will be on display through Nov. 27. Free. 703-777-5498.


PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, noon tomorrow. Gail Harris will create arrangements for the holidays. Call for location. Free. 540-338-0950.


THOMAS BALCH HISTORY AWARDS, 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 03-737-7195

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

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION, 1 p.m. Saturday, Final Draft Booksellers, 192 North 21st St., Purcellville. "Hot Rod Milestones" by Ken Gross. Free. 540-338-8238.

GEORGE E. BENTLEY LECTURE SERIES, 4 p.m. Sunday, Waterford Old School, Fairfax and High streets. "Our Father's War, Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation" with author Tom Mathews. Book signing and reception after the program. Free. Weather permitting, free guided walking tour of the historic village at 2 p.m. Meet at the Old School. 540-882-3018 or

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, Ashburn Library, 703-737-8105; Nov. 30, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 703-444-3228, Ext. 309. Programs begin at 7 p.m. Registration required. Call your local library.

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION, 1 p.m. Nov. 19, Final Draft Booksellers, 192 N. 21st St., Purcellville. "Rockin' With Porch Memories" with editor and designer Claire Kincannon. Free. 540-338-8238.


COUNTRYSIDE WOMEN'S CLUB, 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Parkway Pool meeting room, Algonkian Parkway, Sterling. Speaker will be Jina Leigh Ames, antiques dealer and past president of the American Antiques and Arts Association of Northern Virginia. Free. 703-444-3035.

RAISE THE BAY, the Loudoun Foundation's fundraiser for the Project Virginia Cares reconstruction efforts in Bay St. Louis, Miss. 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Several Bay St. Louis officials will be present. Gulf-style cuisine, wine and beer, silent auction and music from the Potomac Jazz Club and the Killa Sharks. 16500 Agape Lane, Leesburg. $125. 703-771-8893, 240-483-7557 or

CURATOR'S CHOICE, "The Space Shuttle Launch-Entry Suit," with Valerie Neal, space history division. 12:30-12:45 p.m. next Thursday, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Free. 202-633-4629 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

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

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


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 Scott Brannon Band and Big Country Bluegrass. 703-771-5281 or

EXIT 245 CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Pkwy., Potomac Falls. Male a cappella group from James Madison University. Refreshments and CDs available for purchase. $2; students and children, free. 703-444-7542 or

LOUDOUN SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA, "English Fare," 4 p.m. Nov. 19, Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg. Conductor Mark Allen McCoy. Free. 703-771-8287.


FROGSHACKLE NATURE CENTER OPEN HOUSE, all ages, 2:30 p.m. today, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 703-444-1275.

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

BIRDING BANSHEE, 8 a.m. Saturday, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Rd., Leesburg. Bring binoculars if you have them. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Friends of Banshee Reeks. Free. 540-554-2542.

BEGINNER BIRD WALK, 8-9 a.m. Saturday, Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Sanctuary, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Register. Free. 703-669-0000.

NATURAL HISTORY OF OWLS SLIDE SHOW, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Illustrated slide show by Paul Engman. Show covers field identification techniques, the history of owls, and where and how to find them. Sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Free. 540-554-2542.


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

MOVIE, POPCORN AND SODA, "Bewitched," 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. $2. 703-430-2397.

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.


And Recreation

TURKEY TROT 5K, Saturday, meet at the Purcellville Train Depot, 21st Street. Registration 7 a.m., race begins at 8 a.m. Benefits the Loudoun Valley Community Center Advisory Board and its music and physical education programs and scholarships. $25. 540-338-0413 or register online at

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Starbucks, 531 E. Market St., Leesburg to run east on the W&OD trail; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. 703-779-0078 or

MORVEN PARK STEEPLECHASE RACES, Saturday, Morven Park Equestrian Center, Tutt Lane, off Route 15, north of Leesburg. Gates open 11 a.m., post time 12:30 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

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.

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.


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

"ONCE ON THIS ISLAND," 7 p.m. next Thursday and Nov. 18-19, Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Pl., Leesburg. $5 in advance; $7 at the door. 703-669-1450.

"THE SECRET GARDEN," 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 18-19 and Nov. 25-26; 2 p.m. Nov. 19 and Nov. 26. Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Presented by the Pickwick Players. In advance, $10 for adults; $8. At the door, $15; $10. 703-729-5788.

Veterans Day

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM, 1:30-3 p.m. today, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Discussion and presentations. Open to the public. Free. 703-430-2397.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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