Arts and Crafts

KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and Dec. 10, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Bring worsted-weight yarns, size 8-14 knitting needles, a yarn needle with a big eye and scissors. Register. $30. 703-430-6673.

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

COUNTRYSIDE QUILTERS, 7:30 first and third Tuesdays, Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Speakers, workshops and charity projects. Free. 703-304-6721.

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.

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. today, Inova Loudoun Hospital atrium, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Crafts, baked goods, gifts, jewelry, raffle items, "white elephant" sale 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.


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.


LANTERN-MAKING WORKSHOP AND GERMAN LANTERN PARADE, ages 3 and older, tomorrow. Workshop 6-7:30 p.m.; parade 7:30-9 p.m. Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $6; includes workshop, supplies and a light supper. If you're participating in the workshop, you may bring your own lantern and take part in the parade. Register. 540-822-5284.

MUSIC TOGETHER, for babies and other children up to age 4, 10:30 a.m. Monday, 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.

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

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.


HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tomorrow, 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. today, 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. Saturday, 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.

PERFORMANCES AND CLOTHING DRIVE, "Warm Clothes From Warm Hearts Inc.," 10 a.m. Saturday, Tally Ho Theatre, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg. Gospel recording artist James Daniels, saxophonist Michael J. Girdy and Company and Youth Theater Troupe. Price of admission is donations of new hats, socks and gloves for men, women and children. Donations will be distributed to shelters in Virginia, Maryland and Washington. 703-904-0359.

CANDY CANE HUNT, ages 2-10, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Dress for the weather and search for candy canes in the ballfield. Special candy with stickers win prizes. Warm up indoors with hot cocoa after the hunt. Register. $5. 703-430-6673.

LUNCH WITH SANTA, all ages, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Photos with Santa, games with prizes and lunch. Register. $5. 703-430-6673.

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK, all ages, 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Candlelight tours of the Lanesville House, hayrides, refreshments, caroling around a campfire, crafts, roasting of marshmallows and performances by the Choir of the Old Dominion. Free. Donations of new mittens, hats and scarves for the "Winter Warmth Tree" are encouraged. Donations go to the Community Holiday Coalition. 703-444-1275.

LOUDOUN CHORALE HOLIDAY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 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

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

STERLING LIONS CLUB CITRUS FRUIT SALE, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 9-11, parking lot at Sterling Wal-Mart, off Nokes Boulevard. Costs vary. 703-430-2898.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL," 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. One-man show adapted for the stage and presented by Gerald Charles Dickens, a great-great-grandson of novelist Charles Dickens. Reservations. $30 in the afternoon; $60 in the evening, with wine reception. 703-777-3174.

SANTA'S HOLIDAY WORKSHOP, grades K-5, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Gift and ornament workshop that kids can attend while parents catch up on shopping and decorating. $25; $15 supply fee. Includes snacks and supper. Register. 703-771-5281.

STERLING PLAYMAKERS, "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10-11, River Bend Middle School, 46240 Algonkian Pkwy., Sterling. $5. 703-437-6117 or

YULETIDE FAMILY FUN DAY, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW., Leesburg. Activities include secret Santa shopping for children, decorating an outdoor nature tree, creating an edible ornament for birds, stringing popcorn, stamping and stenciling gift wrap and bags and meeting St. Nicholas. 703-777-7427.

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.

MASTER SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERTS, Dec. 10, St. James' Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg; Dec. 16, Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, 43115 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn; Dec. 17, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 37018 Glendale St., Purcellville. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. $15 for adults; $12 for students and ages 65 and older. 703-655-7809 or

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 11, Ashburn fire station, 20688 Ashburn Rd. Pancakes, eggs, potatoes, biscuits, sausage gravy, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee. $5 for 60 and older; $7 for ages 9-59; $3.50 for ages 3-8; 2 and younger free. 703-729-2103.

LOUDOUN SYMPHONY, "Gifts of Gold," 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn, and 3 p.m. Dec. 18, Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Rd. SE, Leesburg. Advance, $15 for adults; $7 for students. At the event, $18; $8. Mark Allen McCoy, music director and conductor. Sylvia McClain, harp. 703-771-8287 or

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

GIFT WRAP CENTER AT DULLES TOWN CENTER, noon-8 p.m. daily. Proceeds benefit Every Citizen Has Opportunities and LARC, Loudoun County's nonprofit advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Upper level, Nordstrom wing. Also, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 10 and 17, free gift-wrapping by members of Grace Community Church in Ashburn. A table will be set up in front of Sears, upper level. Routes 7 and 28, Sterling. 703-404-7100.


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.


LOUDOUN BALLET FUNDRAISER, black-tie gala, 7 p.m. tomorrow, 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.


MEDLIN ART GALLERY, 3-7:30 p.m. today, 2 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg. Artist P. Buckley Moss will be personalizing her limited-edition prints, ornaments, originals and specialty items for the holidays. Free. 703-771-8696.

HOLIDAY ART SHOW AND SALE, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Dec. 31, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. Reception to meet the artists, 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. 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. today. Free. 540-554-2363.

"LANDSCAPES OF WESTERN LOUDOUN," by Dave Levinson, 6-9 p.m. tomorrow and noon-3 p.m. Saturday, 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. Saturday. 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, Dec. 10 and 17. Adults $12; ages 6-16 $8; 5 and younger free. 703-777-3174 or

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

Lectures, Discussions

And Literature

CURATOR'S CHOICE, "The X-35B Joint Strike Fighter," with Dik Daso, aeronautics division. 12:30-12:45 p.m. today National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Free. 202-633-4629 or

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

BOOK SWAP, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Bring your adult and children's books to trade for new ones. Free. 703-430-6673.

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION, "Complete Idiot's Guide to the Legacy of Lincoln," with Pam Oldham and Meredith Bean McMath. 1 p.m. Saturday, Final Draft Booksellers, 192 North 21st St., Purcellville. Free. 540-338-8238.

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

LOUDOUN HUMAN SERVICE NETWORK PROGRAM, "Panel Presentation on Middle Eastern Culture," noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. 703-737-8977.

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

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


MUSIC AND DANCE OF THE ANDES, 7 p.m. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 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. Sunday, 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.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS TRIP TO WASHINGTON, next Thursday and Dec. 13. Motor coach transportation will leave Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St. in Purcellville, at 2:30 p.m., Leesburg Wal-Mart, 950 Edwards Ferry Rd. NE, at 3 p.m. and Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl. in Sterling, at 3:30 p.m., returning about 10:30 p.m. Reservations. $16, senior center members; $18, nonmembers. Includes transportation only, with free admission to all sites. Dinner on your own at Union Station. 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

ROAD RUNNERS, 8 a.m. Saturday, meet at Lincoln Elementary School, 18048 Lincoln Rd., Purcellville; 8 a.m. Sunday,meet at Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg for trail cleanup. 703-779-0078 or

SAMPLE YOGA CLASS, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, 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.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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