Arts and Crafts

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.

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.

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. Open to anyone with an interest in sewing. Free. 703-444-1936.

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.

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.


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.


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

HOLIDAY CAMP, ages 5-10, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 27-30, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Indoor and outdoor activities. Bring a packed lunch with beverage. Afternoon snack provided. Register. $120. 703-430-6673.

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.


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

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL," 4 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 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. tomorrow, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Gift and ornament workshop that children 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. tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, River Bend Middle School, 46240 Algonkian Pkwy., Sterling. $5. 703-437-6117 or

A CHRISTMAS EVENT TO REMEMBER, Saturday, Main Street and areas within walking distance, Purcellville. 7:30-10 a.m., breakfast at Town Hall with Santa. Tickets required. $4 for adults; $2.50 for ages 10 and younger. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., secret Santa at the Train Station, storytelling at the Purcellville Library, children's ornament workshops at the Town Hall and Valley Turf, bake sale. 11 a.m., dog, horse, carriage and kids' parade, train display, musical entertainment and tree lighting with carols by the Loudoun County Chamber Singers. Free. 540-338-3874.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Philomont Fire Department, 36560 Jeb Stuart Rd. Eggs, bacon, pancakes, muffins and fruit. $6 for ages 13 and older; $4 for ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. Register. 540-338-5882.

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

YULETIDE FAMILY FUN DAY, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 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. Free. 703-777-7427.

HOLIDAY HANGOUT, ages 3-8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Parents can take time for holiday shopping and errands while children watch "Finding Nemo," make crafts, play games and eat pizza. $40. Register. 540-338-4122.

"NUTCRACKER IN A SHELL -- ALL JAZZED UP," 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Broad Run High School, 21670 Ashburn Rd., Ashburn. Children's holiday celebration presented by the Institute of Performing Arts for Youth in residence at Creative Dance Center. $10 for adults; $6 for ages 3-10 and 55 and older. 703-724-4900.

LOUDOUN CHORALE HOLIDAY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Bethany United Methodist Church, 100 W. Main St., Purcellville. Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria in D and a selection of holiday carols. $10; $8 for seniors; $5 for students ages 12 and up; 11 and younger free. 703-729-8974 or

MASTER SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERTS, Saturday, 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 Sunday, 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.

MUSIC FOR THE HOLIDAYS, featuring the Shenandoah Virtuosi String Quartet, 2 p.m. Sunday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Free. 540-338-7235.

LOUDOUN SYMPHONIC WINDS CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 3 p.m. Sunday, Our Lady of Hope School, 46633 Algonkian Pkwy., Potomac Falls. Guest conductor Ben Fritz. Suggested donation: $5 for adults; $10 for family. 703-777-7985 or

CHRISTMAS CONCERT BY 60 YOUTH, 5 p.m. Sunday, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. Groups performing include the Shenandoah Conservatory Community Arts program, high school girls from Top of Virginia Choir and middle school members of the Blue Ridge Choristers. Reception after the concert. Free-will offering. 703-777-4912.

SANTA'S COMING TO HAMILTON, 5-10 p.m. Dec. 16-18. Santa will be riding around town on the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department's truck. Listen for the Christmas music, sirens and air horns. Free. 540-338-6001.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Make gifts and ornaments, visit with Santa and eat pizza. Register. $10. $5 for pizza. 703-771-5913.

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. In 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. 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.


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.

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.

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.


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

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.


HOLIDAY ART SHOW AND SALE, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 31, Gallery 222, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. 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. Free. 540-554-2363.

"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. Free. 540-338-5050 or


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

MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEERS, applications accepted through Dec. 21 for those interested in becoming Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardener volunteers. Orientation meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 4, Loudoun Cooperative Extension office, 30-B Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg. Call for application information. Free. 703-777-0373.


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. 17. Adults $12; ages 6-16 $8; 5 and younger free. 703-777-3174 or

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

CURATOR'S CHOICE, "The Apollo Lunar Spacesuit and Equipment," with Amanda Young, space 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

ART LECTURE SERIES, "Pottery" with Richard Busch, 2 p.m. tomorrow, 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

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL, 6:30-7:30 p.m. next Thursday, in front of the Loudoun County Courthouse, King and Market streets, Leesburg. Monthly vigil to remember those killed and wounded in the Iraq war and to call for an end to the war. Free. 540-338-1227 or

LOUDOUN HORSE ASSOCIATION MEETING, holiday mixer, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Lucia Farm, Route 287, Lovettsville. Anyone interested in horses is welcome. Free. 540-822-9133 or

NARFE LUNCHEON, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Thoroughbred Grill and Brewing, Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Active and retired federal workers and spouses are welcome. Bring gifts for the Loudoun Long Term Care Facility and nonperishable food for Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Cost for lunch varies. 703-726-2818.

FAMILY LAW SEMINAR, conducted by lawyer 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 Shaw Brothers with Pete Milano and the Bluegrass Brothers. 703-771-5281 or

BLUEGRASS/FOLK JAM, 6-11 p.m. last Fridays at 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


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

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.

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.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS TRIP TO WASHINGTON, today and Tuesday. Bus transportation will leave Loudoun Valley Community Center at 2:30 p.m., Leesburg Wal-Mart at 3 p.m. and Loudoun Senior Center 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.

CHRISTMAS EVE LUNCHEON, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 24, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Ham and turkey provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. $2 for senior center members; $4 for nonmembers. No tickets sold after Dec. 20. 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 Philomont Community Center, 36592 Jeb Stuart Rd.; 8 a.m. Sunday, meet at Hamilton playground, off East Colonial Highway. 703-779-0078 or

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.

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.

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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