Arts and Crafts

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.

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.

Bazaars, Bake Sales, Craft Fairs and Yard Sales

HOLIDAY BAZAAR, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. next Thursday, Inova Loudoun Hospital atrium, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Crafts, baked goods, gifts, jewelry, raffle items, "white elephant" and used books. Sponsored by hospital volunteers. Free. 703-858-6469.

CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 10, Old Stone School, Route 9, Hillsboro. Sponsored by the Hillsboro Community Association. Free. 540-668-6331.


ORNAMENTS AND CARDS, ages 4-7, 4-5 p.m. Tuesday; ages 8 and older Wednesday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Register. $7; $4 supply fee. 703-430-6673.

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.

AFTER-HOURS TEEN CENTER, sixth- through 12th-graders, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 30, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Movies, games, crafts and refreshments. Free. 703-444-3228.

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


HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Thursday and Dec. 2, C.S. Monroe Technology Center, 715 Childrens Center Rd. SW, Leesburg. Poinsettias, holiday plants, wreaths, roping greens, potted evergreens and floral arrangements will be sold. Refreshments. Admission free. Photos with Santa for $5. 703-771-6560.

SANTA'S SECRET WORKSHOP, 4-7 p.m. next Thursday, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Children of all ages can shop for their families. Most items cost $10 or less. Food will be sold. 540-822-5284.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, 8-10 a.m. Dec. 3, Middleburg Elementary School, 101 N. Madison St. Egg strata, sausage, pancakes, fruit and bagels. Adults $6; children $3. Photos with Santa. Children can make holiday purchases at the Santa Shop. 703-771-6680.

CHRISTMAS IN MIDDLEBURG, Dec. 3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. craft show at the Middleburg Community Center, Washington Street, and open-air art show and sale on Madison Street; 11 a.m., the Middleburg Hunt rides through Middleburg; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., hayrides from the Pink Box Visitor's Center; 3 p.m., Christmas parade. Free. 540-687-8888.

LOUDOUN CHORALE HOLIDAY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, St. David's Episcopal Church, 43600 Russell Branch Pkwy., Ashburn; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg; and 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Bethany United Methodist Church, 100 W. Main St., Purcellville. Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria in D Major and a selection of holiday carols. $10; $8 for seniors; $5 for ages 12 through college; 11 and younger free. 703-729-8972 or

ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 4, Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Pl., Leesburg. Sponsored by St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church. Instead of a fruitcake, honor friends and family with donations to Loudoun charities. More than 30 gift choices costing $10 to $75. Ready-to-give gift cards with descriptions of gifts and charitable organizations. Music, refreshments and a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 703-779-3616 or

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT, 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Foxcroft School, Englehard Gymnasium, Route 626, four miles north of Middleburg. Visit from Santa Claus will follow the program. Free. 540-687-5555.

LOUDOUN BALLET, "The Nutcracker," 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and Dec. 17; 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, Briar Woods High School, 22525 Belmont Ridge Rd., Ashburn. Adults $15; 60 and older and 12 and younger $12. $20 at the door. 703-771-8074.

HANDEL'S MESSIAH PART I, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd. Free. 703-430-6455.


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.


LOUDOUN BALLET FUNDRAISER, black-tie gala, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, the National Conference Center (formerly the Xerox Conference Center), West Belmont Place, Lansdowne. Dancers, musicians, refreshments, open bar and desserts. $125 per person. 703-777-5347.

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.


PAINTINGS FROM RECENT RUSSIAN MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS, paintings by Yuri Gorbachev, Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Exhibit will be on display through Sunday. Free. 540-687-6986.

LOUDOUN SKETCH CLUB SHOW AND SALE, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Sunday, 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 Sunday. Free. 703-777-5498.

CONTEMPORARY METAL SCULPTURES, by Brian Kirk, Northern Virginia Community College, Waddell Art Gallery, 1000 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Through Dec. 16. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. next Thursday. Free. 540-554-2363.

"LANDSCAPES OF WESTERN LOUDOUN," by Dave Levinson, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2 and noon-3 p.m. Dec. 3, Photoworks, upstairs, King and Loudoun streets, Leesburg. Free. 703-777-4002.

"AT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS," 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 31, Round Hill Arts Center, 6 W. Loudoun St. Artwork, ornaments, African textiles, lampwork, jewelry, sculptures, fiber arts and pottery. Open house, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3. Art activities for children, refreshments, folk music. Free. 540-338-5050 or


PURCELLVILLE GARDEN CLUB, noon Dec. 9. Program will feature holiday designs for home decor. Free. Call for location. 540-338-0950.


OATLANDS CHRISTMAS 2005: REMINISCENT OF WWII MEMORIES, tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Music from the big-band era and interpretive guides in period costumes including U.S. military uniforms from WWII. $10; seniors $9; ages 6-16 $7; 5 and younger free. Candlelight tours, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Adults $12; ages 6-16 $8; 5 and younger free. 703-777-3174 or

HISTORY OF THE HORSE IN LOUDOUN COUNTY, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 3, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Tack and gear will be on display. A talk by Steven Miller of the Loudoun Horse Association and the Lovettsville Historical Society. Register. Free. 703-737-7195.

Lectures, Discussions

And Literature

LIFEBOOKS DISCUSSION, in celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 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. Free. Registration required. 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

CURATOR'S CHOICE, "The X-35B Joint Strike Fighter," with Dik Daso, aeronautics 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

BOOK SIGNING, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 2, Leesburg Bookstore, 13 Wirt St. SW. "Christmas Angel Book, " with Deidre J. Fogg. Free. 571-258-0012.

DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. "An American Biography" by Marc Leepson. Register. Free. 703-737-7195.

ART LECTURE SERIES, 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. "Pottery" with Richard Busch. Free. 540-687-5730.


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

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. tomorrow, 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

MUSIC AND DANCE OF THE ANDES, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Sully Elementary School, 300 Circle Dr., Sterling. Music by Yarawi and dance by Alma Boliviana. Interactive program for all ages. Benefits Sully's discovery park and the science park and playground to be built at the school. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. $8; ages 1 and younger, free. 703-444-9484.

LUCKETTS BLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments available. Music by Shiloh Ridge and Tom Mindte and the Patuxent Partners. 703-771-5281 or

MUSICAL PROGRAM, "Ensemble a la Carte," woodwind chamber group, 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Congregation Sha'are Shalom, 19357 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg. $10 in advance; $15. Wine and cheese reception after the concert. 703-669-4588 or


BEGINNER BIRD WALK, 8-9 a.m. Dec. 10, Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Sanctuary, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. Register. Free. 703-669-0000.

BIRDING BANSHEE, 8 a.m. Dec. 10, 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.

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.

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

ASHBURN FARM RUN, 10K, 5K and 2K, 8:15 a.m. today, Crossroads United Methodist Church, corner of Crossroads Drive and Ashburn Farm Parkway, Ashburn Farm. $30; $25; $15. Prizes and refreshments. Benefits the Humble Place mission, an orphanage and school in Uganda founded by Crossroads United Methodist Church. 703-729-5100 or

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Market Station, Loudoun and Harrison streets, Leesburg, to carpool for a Purcellville-to-Leesburg run; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Round Hill Elementary School, 17115 Evening Star Dr. 703-779-0078 or

SAMPLE YOGA CLASS, 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 3, Anahata Center for Yoga and Wellness, 112 South St. SE, Leesburg (Market Station). New students only. Register. Free. 703-771-0006.

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.


"THE SECRET GARDEN," 7:30 p.m. tomorrow; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Presented by the Pickwick Players. Advance, $10 adults; $8. At the door, $15; $10. 703-729-5788.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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