Thursday, Feb. 14

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

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.

Karate and self-defense for ages 5-12, 3-4 p.m. Thursdays through March 7. Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Call for fees: 540-687-6375.

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

Valentine’s Ball, a re-creation of a 1920a social event, with dancing, food and drink. Black tie attire is encouraged. 7-10 p.m., Morven Park Estate, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. $60 per person. 703-777-2414 or www.morvenpark.org.

Friday, Feb. 15

Children’s Nature Book Club, for ages 3-5. Nature-themed book and activities, including a nature walk and games. Sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Audubon Naturalist Society. 10-11:30 a.m. Fridays through March 15. Rust Nature Sanctuary, 802 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. $3. 540-338-6528 or pdaley@loudounwildlife.org.

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

Mardi Gras carnival, children’s games, crafts, music and food with a raffle and a silent auction. A benefit for the community center’s preschool. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Adult admission, $2; age 2 and older “play all night ticket,” $5. 571-258-3500 or www.mardigrascarnival.org.

“Chocolates Galore and More” fundraiser, desserts and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and caterers, with dancing and champagne. A benefit for the Loudoun County YMCA’s Building Bridges program. 7-11 p.m., National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Pl., Lansdowne. $75; reserved seating, $100. 703-777-9622 or www.chocolatesgalore.org.

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.

“The Mikado,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, presented by the Loudoun Lyric Opera. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $22; seniors,$17; students, $12. 540-338-7973.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Indoor yard sale, clothing, toys, housewares, tools, books, furniture, baked goods and pet-care items. A benefit for Loudoun 4H (the Leaps and Squeaks Rabbit and Cavy Club). 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. 540-882-4575.

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 www.loudounfarmersmarkets.org.

Purcellville community market, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., It’s Bazaar, 143 N. 21st St., Purcellville. 703-967-0431 or www.loudounfarms.org.

Loudoun Grown Expo, local exhibitors, including wineries, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks and other rural businesses. 2-6 p.m., Historic Bush Tabernacle, 250 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville. 540-751-2350 or www.loudoungrownexpo.com.

Winter Talks at Oatlands, “The Enslaved Community of President James Monroe,” a presentation by local historian Wynne Saffer and Oatlands Director of Education and Programming Lori Kimball. 2 p.m., Oatlands Plantation Carriage House, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. Free. 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.org.

Date Night for Parents, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Feb. 23. Volunteers provide entertainment for children, scavenger hunts. Community Church, 19790 Ashburn Rd., Ashburn. Free; registration required. 571-209-5000, Ext. 320, or 504-343-8451.

Lucketts Bluegrass, music by the Lost and Found. Food sold. 7 p.m., Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $15. 703-771-5281 or www.luckettsbluegrass.org.

Bluemont country dance, with instruction, sponsored by the Bluemont Concert Series. Workshop at 7:30 p.m. Dance begins at 8 p.m. Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro. $10; Bluemont Friends, students and seniors, $7. 540-955-8186, www.bluemont.org or info@bluemont.org.

Game Club dance, music by Shock Wave.. 8 p.m.-midnight, Lovettsville Game Protective Association, 16 S. Berlin Pike. $10. 540-822-5956 or www.lovettsvillegameclub.org.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy program, “Why Natives, Why Now?” a presentation by Janet Davis on the benefits of befriending butterflies, beckoning birds and pampering pollinators through the cultivation of native plants in the garden. 2 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Free; registration required. www.loudounwildlife.org or agarvey@loudounwildlife.org.

Monday, Feb. 18

Toastmasters Club, NOVA Dawn Breakers. 7:30-8:30 a.m., Eggspectation restaurant, 1609 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. 703-717-1667 or gambhir01@gmail.com.

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.

Tai chi for adults, slow-movement exercises that aim to blend mind, spirit and body. 10-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 and March 4. Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. 540-687-6375.

Mah-jongg, Chinese tile game. Mondays and Thursdays at noon, 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. Nonmembers, $2. 571-258-3400.

Marine Corps League meeting, for Marines of all ages, sponsored by Loudoun Detachment 1205. 7 p.m., American Legion Post, 112 N. 21st St., Purcellville. www.loudounmarines.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

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

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

Start Your Own Business, seminar sponsored by Loudoun Small Business Development Center. 6-8:30 p.m., George Washington University Virginia Campus, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn. $15; online registration, $10. 703-430-7222 or www.loudounsbdc.org.

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, Feb. 20

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.

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.

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

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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