For Children

"NUTCRACKER" TEA -- 4 and 7 p.m. tomorrow. Clara and her friends from the Manassas Dance Company's production of "The Nutcracker" visit at tea time. Victorian Tea Room and Bakery, 9413 Battle St., Manassas. $36; children, $26. Reservations required. 703-257-1811.

FRIDAY FLICKS -- 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Movies based on books for children 3-7. Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.


BALLROOM DANCING -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday. A short lesson followed by music, food and dancing. Kellar Theater at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. $10. 703-330-2787.


"SUNLIT DAYS" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday through Dec. 31. Paintings in oil and watercolor by Marcia Toepfer show how the sun colors the landscapes during seasonal changes. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

"THE SPIRIT OF ART" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Jan. 2. Watercolor paintings, etchings, photography, pottery, bead-woven jewelry and other artwork created by 14 Washington area artists will be on display. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

"LANDSCAPES OF THE IMAGINATION" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 22. Paintings by Pat Dixon. ArtBeat Gallery, 9407 Main St., Manassas. Free. 703-365-8558 or

"TEXTURES CONTAINED" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Monday. Etchings by Patricia Smith and turned-wood items by Patrick O'Brien. Smith's etchings use nature themes and soft colors; O'Brien adorns boxes with ornamental turnings and crafts wooden bowls and vases. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-494-0584.

"SIMPLE PLEASURES" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday. Suzanne Jepson's acrylic paintings capture such pleasures as an afternoon in the garden and a leisurely walk in the woods. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

"LES BELLES COULEURS" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 17. Impressionist paintings by Roland Richardson, who takes his inspiration from the colors of the Caribbean. Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787.

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


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


"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


HOLIDAY ART WORKSHOPS -- 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 17. Create a mirror using mosaic tiles. For children 10 and older, 1-3 p.m.; for adults, 3:30-5 p.m. Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. $60, supply fee of $15 or more depending on tiles; registration required. 703-330-2787 or

AUDITIONS -- 7-10 tonight, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Castaways Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for its February production of Neil Simon's "Rumors." Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. 703-508-5418 or

CRAFT SHOW -- 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. The 16th annual Christmasfest Craft Show features more than 70 crafters, plus food and door prizes. Dale City Recreation Center, 14300 Minnieville Rd., Dale City. Free. 703-670-7112.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION -- 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. An afternoon of food, music and entertainment for senior citizens, sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College. NVCC, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free; reservations for the luncheon required. 703-257-6610.

Coming Attractions

HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR -- 1-5 p.m. Dec. 11. The Woman's Club of Manassas presents its annual tour of four Manassas homes decorated for the season. $15; day of the tours, $20. 703-401-7609.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA -- 7-10:30 a.m. Dec. 10. The Park West Lions Club hosts a pancake breakfast to benefit local children's charities. At its community center, 8620 Sunnygate Dr., Manassas. In advance, $6; children 6-12, $3; 5 and younger, free. At the door, $7.50; children 6-12, $3.50; 5 and younger, free. 703-392-0077.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS -- The New Dominion Choraliers perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Gar-Field Senior High School, 14000 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge. $10; $students, $5; children 6 and younger, $1 or a can of food for ACTS; senior citizens, free. 703-843-6915. The Woodbridge Community Choir performs at 8 p.m. Dec. 9, Forest Park High School, 15721 Spriggs Rd., Dumfries, and 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Our Lady of Angels Parish Hall, 13752 Marys Way, Woodbridge. Free. 571-277-2734.

"DRACULA" -- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The Drama Department of Northern Virginia Community College presents Bram Stoker's classic tale. Colgan Theater, NVCC, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. $5. 703-257-6595.

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