For Children

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


STUDENT ART -- 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, tomorrowthrough Jan. 19. Fine-arts students from Northern Virginia Community College's Manassas campus display their works. Manassas City Hall, 9027 Center St., Manassas. Free. 703-257-6532.

"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. 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

"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


HOLIDAY HAYRIDE -- 5:30 p.m. Saturday. A ride through the neighborhoods of Lake Ridge, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa, sponsored by the Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association. Bring a blanket. Association Headquarters, 12350 Oakwood Dr., Lake Ridge. $4; children, $2. Nonmembers, $5; children, $3. 703-497-7112.

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


"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18. Ebenezer Scrooge is forced to examine his past, present and future in Charles Dickens's classic story, presented by Vpstart Crow Productions Inc. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $20; $15, seniors, students, Manassas and Prince William County employees. 703-365-0240.

"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


"FESTIVAL OF FISTICUFFS" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Stage combat scenes performed by the George Mason University theater department. Kellar Theater, Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. $5 donation requested. 703-330-2787.

HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS -- 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Centerpiece workshop on Saturday, wreath workshop on Sunday. LynnVale Farm and Studio, 4505 Sudley Rd., Gainesville. $45 centerpiece class, $65 wreath class. Registration required. 571-238-4230. 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, gingerbread house workshop. Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. $20 for one adult and child; $5 each additional child; $3.50 supply fee per person. Reservations requested. 703-330-2787.

CRAFTS SHOW -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. More than 120 crafts people; sponsored by the Gar-Field High School Orchestra Boosters. Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-590-8635.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE -- 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday. Holiday tour of the Weems-Botts Museum. Includes seasonal music and visit with Santa. Duke and Cameron streets, Dumfries. Free. 703-221-2218.

Coming Attractions

HANDEL'S "MESSIAH" -- 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Dec. 17. The Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra and Chorus perform Handel's oratorio with professional soloists and vocalists from local choral groups. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 15695 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge. $15; $12 students, seniors. 703-451-4510 or

"THE NUTCRACKER" -- 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 5 p.m. Dec. 18. Manassas Dance Company performs the holiday classic. Stonewall Jackson Senior High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane, Manassas. $23; $18 seniors, children 17 and younger. At the door, $25; $20, seniors, children 17 and younger. 703-257-1811.

CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS -- 11 a.m.-4 pm. Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 18. Ornament-making workshop, lessons in 19th-century holiday traditions and a visit from Santa Claus. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10311 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. $2; $6 per family. 703-792-4060.

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