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Thursday, Dec. 20

Christmas at Oatlands, includes displays of vintage toys and dolls, and historic and handcrafted decorations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30, Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. $12, seniors, $10; ages 6 to 16, $8; age 5 and younger, free. 703-777-3174 or

Rotary Club of Ashburn, noon,
1757 Golf Club, 45120 Waxpool Rd., Dulles. 703-969-3070 or

Pinochle, 12:30 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. 703-737-8039.

Poker, 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. $1; center members, free. 703-430-2397.

Chess Club, for all ages and ability levels. 6-9 p.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. $2, nonmembers. 571-258-3400 or

Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, age 10 and older. 7-8 p.m., Converted Barn, routes 287 and 9, Purcellville. $25 per month.

Sterling Ruritan Club bingo, benefits local charities. 7 p.m.,
183 Ruritan Rd., Sterling. 703-444-6039.

Friday, Dec. 21

Crochet club, 9 a.m.-noon, Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. Free. 703-737-8039.

Knitting and crocheting, 10 a.m.-noon, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Free. 703-430-2397.

Seniors holiday party, a dinner will be followed by a Christmas-themed comedy directed by Mary Long of the Big Bad Drama Company. Noon-2 p.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. Free. 571-258-3400.

“Christmas Cookies and Fireside Tales,” a gathering around a fireplace to hear Christmas stories, told by StageCoach Theatre Company’s Laura J. Bobrow. 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and next Sunday. Oatlands Plantation Carriage House, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. $10; ages 2 to 12, $8. 703-777-3174.

After-hours teen center, for ages 12-18. Teens must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian on file. 7-10 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Free. 703-444-3228.

Winter solstice celebration, a program of music, with a story that celebrates the return of longer days. 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, 22135 Davis Dr., Suite 104, Sterling. Free. 703-406-3068 or

Improvisational theater, the performance troupe Last Ham Standing takes suggestions from the audience to create comic scenes. 8 p.m., Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $12; students, $10; children, $8. 540-338-7973 or

Saturday, Dec. 22

Birding at Blue Ridge, 8 a.m., meet at the visitor center., Blue Ridge Center for Environment Stewardship, 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville. 540-554-2542, or

Leesburg winter market, sponsored by the Loudoun Valley HomeGrown Markets Association. 9 a.m.-noon, Catoctin Circle (Virginia Village Shopping Center). 540-454-8089 or

Purcellville community market, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., It’s Bazaar, 143 N. 21st St. (across from Magnolias restaurant). 703-967-0431 or

Sunday, Dec. 23

“Las Posadas” holiday pageant, program for all ages. Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn is reenacted in Latin American tradition. 10:30 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, 22135 Davis Dr. Free. 703-406-3068 or

Thursday, Dec. 27

“Home for the Holidays,” celebrate the winter break with crafts, games, stories and hot cocoa. Take a cookbook to swap and create an old-fashioned recipe book. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. $5 (includes admission to the museum); seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3. or 571-258-3800.

Winter hike and hunt, for all ages. Study clues to find hidden treasures. Hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows afterward. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-2:30 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Rd., Sterling. $5. 571-258-3700.

Friday, Dec. 28

Christmas bird count of Central Loudoun, join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy members as they participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual census. Beginners are teamed with experienced birders. 540-554-2542, or

Bluegrass, Celtic and folk music jam, a benefit for Genesis International; food and beverages sold. 6 p.m.-midnight, Old Furniture Factory, 6 W. Loudoun St., Round Hill. $5, suggested donation. 540-338-5050 or

Monday, Dec. 31

“Ringing in Hope” road races, a 10K, a 5K and a 1K fun-run/walk; proceeds benefit local charities. Registration, 10:30 a.m.; runs begin at 12:30 p.m. Brambleton Town Center, 42385 Ryan Rd. 10K, $35; 5K, $30; 1K, $12 (age 12 and younger, free). 703-779-7534 or

“Jump for the New Year” children’s party, for ages 2-10, with a moon bounce, games and a “ball drop.” 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. $7; registration required. 703-430-9480.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

REHAU Rotary Resolution Race, a 10K run and a 4K fun-run/walk; proceeds benefit local charities. Strollers, pets, skates and headphones are prohibited among the runners. Entertainment and refreshments after the race. 10:20 a.m., Ida Lee Park and Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. 10K, $35; 4K, $28. 571-209-9585, 703-304-5440 or

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Leesburg Kiwanis Club, new members are welcome. 6:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Lightfoot restaurant, 13 N. King St., Leesburg. 703-737-2175.

Thursday, Jan. 3

Trash Into Treasure (Composting 101), gardening presentation by Debra Maes, sponsored by the Loudoun County Master Gardener program. 7 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. or 703-777-0373.

Ashburn Area Woman’s Club, 7 p.m., Broadlands Community Center, 43008 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. Free. 703-795-2887, or

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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