Sunday, Oct. 7

“Moments in Time,” oil paintings by Lydia Jechorek. Sundays-Sundays, through Nov. 3, Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Free. 703-490-1117.

“Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan,” a series of 35 photographs by Stephen Dupont, who was embedded with a Marine platoon in 2009. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. Free. 877-635-1775.

“Collecting the Civil War,” artifacts from private and museum collections including a pair of spurs worn by Stonewall Jackson, playing cards and a hymn book. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Oct. 28, Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. $5; seniors and children, $4; children 5 and younger, free. 703-368-1873.

“Just My Imagination” exhibit, cartoonlike works by Karen Sielski. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 4, ArtBeat Gallery, 9407 Main St., Manassas. Free. 703-365-8558.

“Arsenic and Old Lace,” Vpstart Crow stages a comedy in which two elderly ladies become killers. 2 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $20, $15 students and seniors. 703-993-7759.

Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi, Dance and thunderous drumming performances based on traditions passed down for centuries in Burundi culture. 4 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $30, $38, $46. 703-993-7759.

Monday, Oct. 8

“Surface Translations” photo exhibit by Linda Carlson and Karen Rexrode. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 26, Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-330-2787 or

Prince William Community Band, rehearsal, for musicians 19 and older, no auditions necessary. 7:30 p.m., Saunders Middle School, 13557 Spriggs Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-791-4119 or

Woodbridge Community Choir, members rehearse for their Christmas concert season. No auditions required. Registration begins at 7 p.m., Rehearsal begins at 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Covenant, 15008 Cloverdale Ave., Dale City. $30 membership fee. 703-491-1820 or

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Writers of children’s literature, new group members welcome to share their writings and offer encouragement and constructive criticism. 7 p.m., Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4530.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

LifeLong Learning Forum, historian Marc Leepson discusses his biography, “Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General.” 10 a.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Colgan Hall, 6901 Sudley Rd., Manassas. Free. 571-606-0247 or

English Conversation Club, new speakers of English practice their skills. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.

Lake Ridge Toastmasters Club, an open house for Lake Ridge Club 8913. 7:30 p.m., Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Dr. $62 membership fee. 703-491-3020.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Manassas Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, Manassas Farmers Market, Loy E. Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St., and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Parking Lot B, West Street (next to the train station visitors center). 703-361-6599 or

Spanish chat, bring lunch and practice speaking Spanish. Noon-2 p.m., Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-361-8211.

Gainesville Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, The Marque at Heritage Hunt, 13550 Heathcote Blvd., Gainesville. Free. 703-754-7711.

Read to Rover, children ages 6-10 read to a registered therapy dog. 4 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.

Fall Wine Dinner, a five-course dinner sponsored by the Heritage Center. 6:30 p.m., National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. $75. 877-635-1775.

African American Book Group, participants discuss “Homemade Love” by J. California Cooper. 7 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-494-8126.

Dale City Civic Association meeting, 7:30 p.m., Birchdale Recreation Area, 14730 Birchdale Ave., Dale City. Free. 703-670-3291.

Thomas Jefferson Toastmasters Club, regular meeting. 7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 14999 Birchdale Ave., Dale City. $66 annual dues. 703-590-2926.

Toastmasters International, Woodbridge club. 7:30 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 13020 Telegraph Rd., Woodbridge. $39 membership fee. 703-731-2120.

Friday, Oct. 12

Haunted Heights Ghost Walk, listen to ghost tales while touring the Heights area of Dumfries. The 45-minute tours begin on the half-hour and end with hot chocolate and cider by a campfire. First tour starts at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 30. Weems-Botts Annex, 3944 Cameron St., Dumfries. $5, reservations recommended. 703-221-2218.

Haunted Museum Lock-in, spend the night in the second-most-haunted house in Virginia. Drinks and snacks provided. 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Fridays, through Oct. 26, Weems-Botts Annex, 3944 Cameron St., Dumfries. $75, reservations required. 703-221-2218.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Barn Yard Sale, items include clothing, purses, toys, strollers, bikes, books, CDs, DVDs and more. Proceeds benefit homeless women and children. 8 a.m.-noon, Transitional Housing BARN, 9541 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow. Free. 703-369-1325 or

Occoquan Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Occoquan Farmers Market, Mill Street parking lot, next to Route 123 bridge, Occoquan. 703-491-4411.

Yard and Bake Sale, sponsored by the GFFWC Woman’s Club of Manassas, the event will include Christmas items and baked goods. Proceeds benefit local charities. 8 a.m.-noon, Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-365-8604.

Bull Run kayak trip, an historian-led kayak trip sponsored by Manassas National Battlefield Park in partnership with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Kayaks, paddles and life vests provided. The trip will begin at the Stone Bridge, off Rt. 29. 9 a.m., Manassas National Battlefield Park, 6511 Sudley Rd. $30. 703-690-2121.

Flea market fundraiser, proceeds benefit the Haymarket Food Pantry. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., The Marque at Heritage Hunt, 13550 Heathcote Blvd., Gainesville. Free; vendor space, $15. 703-758-2093.

Gardening Class, participants learn about growing a winter salad and preparing the landscape for winter. A children’s program on making applesauce runs concurrently, sponsored by the Environmental and Natural Resources program of the Prince William Cooperative Extension. 9 a.m.-noon, St. Benedict Monastery, Teaching Garden, 9535 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow. Free, registration required. 703-792-7747.

I-Walk for Acts and Family Festival, sponsored by Image Church, the 2.25-mile walk benefits ACTS, followed by a festival featuring live music and refreshments. Registration, 9 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m.; and festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Merchant Park, Cameron Street, Dumfries. Walk: $30, age 26 and older; $20, age 25 and younger. Festival: free. 703-407-7464 or

Alzheimer’s Research fashion show and brunch, sponsored by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1270. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Westminster at Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Dr., Lake Ridge. $30. 703-878-0797.

Housing Event, local housing counselors will be available to discuss foreclosure, underwater mortgages, credit counseling, home buying and safe mortgage practices. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Osbourn High School, 9005 Tudor Lane, Manassas. Free. 703-257-8456.

Public Utilities Day, sponsored by the City of Manassas, the event includes tours of the facility, digger demonstrations, children’s activities and door prizes. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Manassas Utilities and Public Works, 8500 Public Works Dr. Free. 703-257-8276.

Pumpkin Pandemonium, a fall festival sponsored by the Gainesville Ruritan Club featuring hay rides, a petting farm, children’s activities, live music and pumpkins. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Camp William B. Snyder, 6100 Antioch Rd., Haymarket. Free. 703-774-7604 or

149th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station Tours, Local historians lead a tour of the battlefield where General Lee’s last strategic offensive of the Civil War ended. Tours begin on the hour. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, 10708 Bristow Rd., Bristow. Free. 703-366-3049.

Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, local artists, crafters and other vendors as well as live music. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Winery at La Grange, 4970 Antioch Rd., Haymarket. Free. 703-753-9360 or

Family History Day, learn the history of All Hallow’s Eve, play games and have traditional treats. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rippon Lodge, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge. $7. 703-499-9812.

Heritage Festival, Colonial and farming life demonstrations, World War II camp life demonstrations, hands-on activities and live music. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Prince William Forest Park, 18100 Park Headquarters Rd., Triangle. Free; park entrance fee, $5. 703-221-7181.

Paws to Read, children ages 6-10 read to registered therapy dogs. 11 a.m., Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4530.

Stonebridge grand opening, event includes live music, children’s activities, sport and health demonstrations and door prizes. Noon-4 p.m., Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge. Free. 703-476-9377.

Author Diane Light, the psychotherapist and author of “This Way Out: The Power to Change,” discusses Personality Integration Therapy. 2 p.m., Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-792-4800.

Manassas writers group, writers provide comments on one another’s works. 2-4 p.m., Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4500.

Boogie Woogie BowWows, Tucker, a long-haired dachshund, and Sam, a standard poodle, perform “The Wizard of Oz” with their owners Joan and Lynn. 2:30 p.m., Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas. Free, registration required. 703-361-8211.

American Festival Pops Orchestra, Anthony Maiello leads the Orchestra in an interpretation of classical pop music, with guest saxophonist Chris Vadala, guest vocalist Darden Purcell and AFPO’s own concertmaster and guest violinist Peter Wilson. 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $30-$46. 703-993-7759.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane