Arts and CraftsGOOSE CREEK RUGGERS,6:30-8:45 p.m. second Thursday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Visitors welcome. Free. 703-709-6446. KNITTING/CROCHETING,10 a.m.-noon Fridays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. County-sponsored. Free. 703-430-2397.

OPEN STUDIO, drawing sessions with live models, 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 S. King St., Leesburg. $12. 703-777-8043.

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 patients at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. Sponsored by area Lutheran churches and United Lithograph. Community service hours validated for students. All ages. 703-506-1415 or

COUNTRYSIDE QUILTERS,7:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays and occasional fifth 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Open to anyone with an interest in sewing. Free. 703-444-1936.

LOVETTSVILLE NEEDLEWORK, 7-9 p.m., third Wednesday, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Instruction in 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 Wednesday, Trinity Presbyterian Church, at Dranesville Road and Park Avenue, Herndon. Oatlands chapter, serving Loudoun and Fairfax. 703-858-1490.

BingoSTERLING RURITAN CLUB, 183 Ruritan Rd., 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Benefits local charities. 703-444-6039.

STERLING KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL,Knights of Columbus Barn, 401 W. Holly Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tuesdays; bingo at 7:30. Smoke-free. Benefits charities. 703-430-6789.

LEESBURG SENIOR CENTER,215 Depot Ct. SE. Advanced bingo, 9 a.m. Wednesdays; slower bingo, 12:30 p.m. Fridays. 703-737-8039.

Black History MonthLOUDOUN'S FORGOTTEN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY,"African American and German Heritage in the Loudoun Valley: Communities, Conflicts and Cosmologies," 7 p.m. tomorrow, Ida Lee Recreation Center, Social Hall C, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Presented by Christopher C. Fennell. Sponsored by the Loudoun Museum. Members, students and seniors, free; general admission, $5. 703-777-7427 or AFRICAN AMERICAN PIONEERS IN AVIATION,10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Talk with local Tuskegee Airmen, the famous African American pioneers who achieved success through determination and perseverance. Free. 202-633-4629 or

AFRICANS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY,2 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Presented by Michael F. Plunkett. Free. 703-737-7195.

BusinessSTART A BUSINESS, a seminar, 6-8:30 p.m. today, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd. NW, Leesburg; 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. next Thursday, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Sponsored by Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Register. Free. 703-430-7222.

"WEB MARKETING: TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG?"a seminar, 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd. NW, Leesburg. Sponsored by Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Free. Register. 703-430-7222.

ChildrenMOM'S MORNING OUT,10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Mothers can spend the morning with a child or run errands. $35 for five sessions. Register. 703-771-5913. LUNCH BUNCH,ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays and Wednesdays, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Crafts, outdoor and indoor play. Each child should have a packed lunch that does not need to be refrigerated or heated. Class follows Loudoun County public schools' schedule. $5 per hour drop-in fee. 703-430-6673.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS,8:30-10 p.m. Fridays, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. For sixth- through 12th-graders. Activities include basketball, football, board games and movies. Transportation available. Sponsored by Douglass Community Center; Leesburg Police Department; Leesburg Parks and Recreation; and Loudoun Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. Free. 703-771-5913 or

PURCELLVILLE TEEN CENTER,Fridays 7-9 p.m. for sixth- through eighth-graders and 9:30-11 p.m. for 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. Free. 540-687-6375.

CommunitySPAGHETTI DINNER,all ages, 6-7:30 p.m. today, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Register. $6. 540-822-5284.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOR PREVENTION EDUCATION,7:30 p.m. third Thursday, 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 Friday, historic downtown Leesburg. Visit art galleries, specialty stores and dealers in antiques. Free. 703-725-8167.

SUPPORTING EASTERN LOUDOUN FAMILIES,7:30-9 p.m. fourth Monday, Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Coalition dedicated to keeping the community safe and drug free. Eastern Loudoun residents welcome. Free. 703-430-9590.

NEERSVILLE COMMUNITY LUNCH,noon-2 p.m. second Wednesday, Neersville fire and rescue station, Route 671. Hosted by Loudoun County career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel. Technician Phil Abruzzese creates the menus and coordinates cooking. Desserts are made by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Neersville fire station. Donations accepted. For information or to volunteer, call Karen McQuaid at 703-777-0568.

DanceOLD-TIME COUNTRY, 8-11 p.m. third Saturdays through May, beginner workshop at 7:30; Purcellville Skating Rink, 250 S. Nursery Ave. Old-time country dances feature bands, callers and a friendly atmosphere for new and experienced dancers. Families and singles welcome; homemade potluck refreshments encouraged. $8; $6 for Bluemont friends, students and seniors. 703-777-6306 or BLUE RIDGE THUNDER CLOGGERS,for ages 10 and older, beginner lessons, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays beginning next Thursday in a converted barn at the intersection of Routes 9 and 287. Purcellville. $25, per month. 540-882-4917 or

Farmers MarketsWINTER MARKET,10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Virginia Village Shopping Center, Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Sponsored by the Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Association. 703-777-0426 or

GardeningMASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER EDUCATIONAL MEETING,7 p.m. next Thursday, Loudoun Extension Office, 30-B Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg. "The Allure of Orchids" with Leslie Blischak. Free. 703-771-5838 or HistoryCIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE,7:30 p.m. second Tuesday, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 540-822-4480.

Literature, Lectures And Discussions YOUNG WRITERS OF WESTERN LOUDOUN,10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Speaker David Williams. Free. 540-338-5335, or MOSBY HERITAGE AREA ASSOCIATION LECTURE SERIES,"Give Us a Farmer Governor: Westmoreland Davis, Agriculture and Virginia Politics in the Early 20th Century," Sunday, Morven Park visitors center, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. Presented by Tracy Gillespie. Both programs begin at 3 p.m. Free. 540-687-6681 or

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION,7 p.m. March 1, the National Sporting Library, 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg. "With Brush and Bridle: Richard Newton Jr., Artist and Equestrian" by John J. Head. Free. RSVP. 540-687-6542, Ext. 12, or

Miscellaneous19TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATES GALORE AND MORE,7-11 p.m. tomorrow, Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Leesburg. Professional food critics and guests will sample and judge desserts and heavy hors d'oeuvres from local caterers and restaurants. Silent auctions, champagne and dancing to Nightmusic. YMCA fundraiser supports Building Bridges, which helps low-income Loudoun families send their children to summer camp, after-school programs, and sports and field trips. $50; $55 at the door. 703-777-9622.

POLISH-AMERICAN DINNER AND DANCE,Saturday, Knights of Columbus Barn, 401 W. Holly Ave., Sterling. 7 p.m. dinner includes stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, pierogies, sauerkraut, salad and refreshments. 8:30-11:30 p.m., dancing to the music of the Joe Shelko band. Benefits the Good Samaritan Council scholarship and local charities. $50 per couple. 703-430-6519.

SAT ESSAY WORKSHOP,3 p.m. March 3, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. Presented by Robert Otten, professor of English, Marymount University. Free; registration required. 703-737-8100, Ext. 4.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF LOUDOUN COUNTY MEMBERSHIP MEETING,7 p.m. March 5, Leesburg Public Safety Center, 65 Plaza St. Meeting will include elections of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the 2007-09 term. Free. 703-777-2912 or

CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY,7-9:30 p.m. on 11 consecutive Wednesdays beginning March 14, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, 39 Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg. Firearms training session will be at the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office firearms range off Route 50 in the Chantilly area. Training is open to Loudoun residents 18 and older. Enrollment is limited. Register. Free. 703-777-0407.

AMATEUR RADIO,8:30 a.m. third Saturday, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. 540-338-2584 or

ESL COMPUTER BASICS,9 a.m. first and third Tuesdays, Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Recommended for speakers of English as a second language. Register. Free. 703-430-9500.

ASHBURN RURITAN CLUB,7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd. 866-670-5984 or

ASHBURN-STERLING MASONIC LODGE,6:45 p.m. second Tuesday, 43881 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. Dinner meeting. Free. 703-868-7896.

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

LEESBURG SHRINE CLUB,6:30 p.m. second Wednesday, Johnson's Charcoal Beef House Restaurant, 401 E. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 540-668-6161 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 the English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries program. $15 processing charge at registration. Scholarships available. Child care at some locations. Day and evening classes. For information in English, Spanish, Korean or Vietnamese, call 703-841-0292 or visit

Movies and Films "CRAZYLIKE A FOX,"7:15 p.m. March 2, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Feature-length film shot almost entirely in Loudoun. Displays by Loudoun County conservation and land-use groups. Discussions after the film by writer-director Richard Squires. Presented by the Catoctin Council. Free. 540-242-3215. MusicBARBERSHOP HARMONY SOCIETY, the Chorus of the Old Dominion, Loudoun County chapter, 7:30-10 p.m. Thursdays, Leesburg United Methodist Church, 107 W. Market St. Men interested in joining the chorus and guests are welcome. Free. 540-338-1201.

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

PIANO ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL,7:30 p.m. Saturday, Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn. About 230 students from elementary to high school and 19 teachers will participate. Students on strings and woodwinds will join pianists for some selections. Free; donations accepted. 540-882-4071.

LUCKETTSBLUEGRASS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments available. Music by Dan Paisley and the Southern Grass and Flyin Blind Bluegrass. $12. 703-771-5281 or

MASTER SINGERS OF VIRGINIA, 8 p.m. Saturday, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 37018 Glendale St., Purcellville. Lecture at 7:15 p.m.; 7 p.m. Sunday, Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, 43115 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. Lecture at 6:15 p.m. Rachmaninoff's "Vespers" will be performed in Russian with English subtitles projected onto a screen. $15; seniors 65 and older and students, $12. 703-655-7809 or

LUCKETTS COMMUNITY BAND,all ages, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays. All instruments. No auditions. Call for location. Free. 703-669-2963.

NatureBIRDING AT THE BLUE RIDGE CENTER,Saturday, 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. SEARCH FOR BIRDS OF PREY,2:30 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Nature Sanctuary, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg, then drive the back roads of Loudoun to find and identify hawks and owls. Free; register. 540-554-2747 or

PROJECT WILD AND PROJECT WILD AQUATIC,environmental education program, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. Hands-on workshop for educators and Scout and youth leaders on teaching about wildlife and environmental issues through games, art and group activities. Participants receive books, information and other resources as well as a guide to activities. Free. Register. 571-258-3704 or

SeniorsMARDI GRAS LUNCHEON,11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Dress in purple, green or gold, and wear a mask. Beads and music provided, and a Creole dish will be served. Register. Donation. 703-430-2397.

LINE DANCE,1 p.m. Wednesdays, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct. SE. 703-737-8039.

FEELIN' GOOD EXERCISE, 8-8:45 a.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. County-sponsored, for seniors; low impact; 12 sessions for $36. 540-338-4122.

POKER, 1:30-4 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. For 55 and older. Free for center members; $1, nonmembers. 703-430-2397.

BRIDGE,1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct. SE. Free. 703-737-8039.

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. Free. 703-737-8039.

LINE DANCE,1 p.m. Wednesdays, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct. SE. Free. 703-737-8039.

GRATITUDE-SHARING CIRCLE,1 p.m. Wednesdays, Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Ct. SE. Bring a notebook and pen. Free. 703-737-8039.

Sports And RecreationSEE MOMMY RUN,9-9:45 a.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, 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

DROP-IN GYM FOR HOME-SCHOOLERS, ages 10-17, noon-2 p.m. Fridays. First-graders and older, noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays. Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $1. 540-822-5284.

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

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.

TheaterSTERLING PLAYMAKERS,"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave. $10. 703-437-6117 or SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JUNIOR,6:30 p.m. next Thursday, 7 p.m. March 2 and 2 p.m. March 3, Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School, 800 N. King St., Leesburg. Sponsored by Reid Elementary School PTA. $4; $5 at the door. 703-443-6707.

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