Thursday, Dec. 6

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

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, age 55 and older. 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. $1; center members, free. 703-430-2397.

Holiday tea, traditional English tea served in the dining room of a manor. 2 p.m., George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor, 217 Edwards Ferry Rd, Leesburg. $30; reservations required. 703-777-1301 or

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

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

Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, age 10 and older. 7-8 p.m., Converted Barn, routes 287 and 9, Purcellville. $25 per month. 540-882-4917 or

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

Friday, Dec. 7

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

Children’s Nature Book Club, for children 3-6 accompanied by a parent or caregiver. A short hike and nature-themed music, art and crafts. Hosted by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Audubon Naturalist Society. 10-11:30 a.m. Fridays through Dec. 14. Rust Sanctuary, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. $3. Registration required. 540-338-6528.

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

Pre-parade lantern-making workshop, age 3 and older. Make a lantern for the Lovettsville Lantern Parade. Workshop starts at 6:30 p.m.; parade starts at 7:30 p.m. Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. $8. 540-822-5284.

“Once Upon a Christmas Carol,” a musical version of Charles Dickens’s classic tale, by Run Rabbit Run Theatre. 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15; 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 16. Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $16-$20; seniors, $12-$15; age 12 and younger, $10-$12. 540-668-6779 or

“Rockin’ With Rudolph and Friends,” age 8 and older accompanied by a parent. Dancing, crafts and a visit from Santa. 7 p.m., Ida Lee Park and Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Ages 3-8, $16; age 2 and younger, $10. 703-777-1368 or

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.

Theater: “Visit to the North Pole,” Dick and Jane visit the Claus family and help defend Santa’s workshop from the evil Ice Witch. A Sterling Playmakers production. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave. $7. or 703-437-6117.

Theater: “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” Meredith Willson’s musical about a rags-to-riches survivor of theTitanic. A Pickwick Players production. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Pl., Leesburg. $12; seniors and children, $10. 703-577-8968 or

Saturday, Dec. 8

Birding at Banshee, monthly bird walk. Sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Friends of Banshee Reeks. Take binoculars. 8 a.m., Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg. Free. 540-554-2542 or

Holiday craft fair, including jewelry, pottery, candles, decorations, spa items, wooden toys and fabric sculpture. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro. Admission, free. 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

Leesburg Christmas parade, begins at King Street and Ida Lee Drive and ends at Fairfax Street. 10 a.m. 703-777-1368 or

Purcellville community market, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 130 E. Main St. (old Town office). 703-967-0431 or

Super Science Saturdays: “The Wright Brothers,” demonstrations, a speaker and hands-on activities at the Air and Space Museum. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. $15 per vehicle. 202-633-1000 or

Hillsboro historic homes tour, four 18th- and 19th-century homes decorated for the holidays. The Chorus of the Old Dominion will perform. Noon-6 p.m.; candlelight tours begin at 3 p.m. Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro. $20; in advance, $15. 540-668-6192 or

Purcellville Christmas parade, starts at noon at the train station on 21st Street and ends at Loudoun Valley High School on Maple Avenue. 540-338-7421 or

“Tea with Marguerite,” as portrayed by actress Phoebe Rist, Marguerite Davis will host visitors for a formal tea, and will discuss her life in the 1920s as the “first lady of Virginia.” 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, Morven Park Estate, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. $25. 703-777-2414 or

“The Nutcracker,” performed by the Loudoun Ballet Company. 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 15; 4:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 16. Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Pkwy., Sterling. $25 (in advance, $22); age 12 and younger and seniors, $17. 571-442-4238 or

“Treasures of the Season” reception, winter-scene oil paintings by Martha Lechner Spak. 3-6 p.m., Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Free. 540-687-6986.

Spaghetti dinner with Santa,after a tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at the town park. Take Toys for Tots and nonperishable food items for local food banks. 5:30-7 p.m., Round Hill Fire Department, 4 Main St., Round Hill. $5; age11 and younger, $3. 540-338-7982.

Lucketts bluegrass, Springfield Exit and the Stevens Family perform. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks sold. Doors open at 6 p.m.; music begins at 7 p.m. Lucketts Elementary School, 14550 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg. $15. 703-771-5281 or

“Festival of Lessons and Carols,” the Master Singers of Virginia, directed by Erik Reid Jones. 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St., Leesburg. $20; seniors and students, $15. 703-829-6782 or

Sunday, Dec. 9

Celtic jam session, refreshments can be purchased from Hill High Orchard. 1-4 p.m., Round Hill Arts Center, 35246 Harry F. Byrd Hwy., Round Hill. $5, donation. 540-338-5022 or

Holiday open house, tours of the historic home of Gen. George C. Marshall. 1-5 p.m., George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor, 217 Edwards Ferry Rd, Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1301.

History program, Stephen Budiansky on his book “Perilous Fight: America’s Intrepid War With Britain on the High Seas, 1812-1815.” 2 p.m., Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-7195.

Dance Academy of Loudoun’s “Nutcracker,”4:30 p.m., Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling. $15; age 12 and younger, $12. 703-443-1093 or

Monday, Dec. 10

Toastmasters Club, NOVA Dawn Breakers. 7:30-8:30 a.m., Eggspectation restaurant, 1609 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. 703-608-2286 or

Sewing and “stitch-in,” for beginners. Take sewing, knitting, needlepoint or crochet projects. Machines provided. 9-11:45 a.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. Free. 703-737-8039.

Mah-jongg, Chinese tile game. Noon, Mondays and Thursdays, Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. 703-737-8039.

Sterling Rotary Club meeting, 12:30 p.m., Logan’s Roadhouse, 46321 McClellan Way, Sterling. 703-401-4509.

Line dance, for people 55 and older, led by Carolyn Bledsoe. 2-3 p.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. $2, nonmembers. 571-258-3400.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Rotary Club of Leesburg Daybreak, 7:30 a.m., Tuscarora Mill restaurant, 203 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. 703-622-4320 or

DAR holiday luncheon and auction, hosted by the Ketoctin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Open to any woman interested in learning more about the DAR. Take baked goods, candies, homemade jellies, holiday greens and other goodies for the auction, which will benefit the scholarship fund. 11 a.m., River Creek Country Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. 540-882-3596. Reservations required.

Party bridge, 1-4 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. Free. 703-737-8039.

Chess club, for all ages and skill levels. 5-9 p.m., Starbucks, 531 E. Market St,, Leesburg. $1. 703-779-

Holiday caroling, for all ages. Hot chocolate will be served afterward. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Free. 540-338-4122.

Potluck dinner and white elephant bingo, take a covered dish for six to eight people and a white elephant gift, wrapped or in a gift bag. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. Free. 703-737-8039.

Gamers Union for teens with Asperger’s, monthly program for teens and their caregivers. 6 p.m. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-0323 or Registration required.

Bluegrass and folk jam, open to musicians of all skill levels. 7-8:30 p.m., Morningside House,
316 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. Free. 571-237-2888.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Leesburg Senior Center bingo, advanced game, 9 a.m. Wednesdays; slower bingo, 12:30 p.m. Fridays, Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. 703-737-8039.

Book discussion, Call for titles. 10 a.m., Leesburg Senior Center,
102 North St. 703-737-8039.

Waterford Quilters, new members are welcome. 10 a.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 37018 Glendale St., Purcellville. Free. 703-777-9229.

Middleburg duplicate bridge, open game. 12:30 p.m., Middleburg United Methodist Church, 15 W. Washington St. $5. 540-687-5093.

Preschool play drop-in, play equipment provided in the gym. Parental supervision required. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $1. 703-771-5913.

Ashburn Toastmasters, for those interested in developing leadership skills. 7:15 p.m., Broadlands Community Center, 43008 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. 703-795-9324 or

Thursday, Dec. 13

Lunch with Santa, for all ages, a meal and a holiday-themed craft, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Douglass Community Center, 405 E. Market St., Leesburg. Register. $10. 703-771-5913.

“Ask an Expert,” a presentation by an Air and Space Museum staff member. 12:30 p.m., Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. 202-633-1000.

Goose Creek Ruggers, rug-hooking guild. Call for location. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. 540-338-6264.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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