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<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 1

<cal2>Teen Craft. Red Scarf Drive with knitter LaDonna Snellbaker, 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Make knitted scarves that will be donated to the Orphan Foundation of America's Red Scarf Project, which are sent to college-bound foster youth throughout the country. Completed scarves will be collected and mailed in December. New to knitting, bring bamboo needles and worsted weight yarn, Lyon brand woolease. Bring red yard. Recommended for ages 12-18. Advance registration required, call 703-737-8100, Ext. 4.

Senior Movie. Watch "The Lake House," starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, 1:30 p.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Rated PG. Admission $2, includes popcorn and soda. Call 703-430-2397.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 2

<cal2>Board Game Night. Pick a favorite game and spend a few hours playing while listening to music and munching on snacks provided by the library, Ashburn Library, 703-444-3228, 7 p.m. Recommended for ages 12-18. Call 703-737-8100, Ext. 4. Visit http://www.lcpl.lib.va.us/.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 3

<cal2>"Inherit the Wind." Presented by The College Community Theater at the Waddell Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12, $10 seniors and students. Call 703-948-7701. Visit www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/waddelltheater/cct.

Bingo. The Lucketts Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a basket bingo to benefit the fire department, doors open, 6:30 p.m.; bingo starts, 7:15 p.m. The cost is $20. Contact luckettsbingo10@yahoo.com or the firehouse at 703-777-9344.

Indian Hindi Story Time. Tales of Panchtantra and Chandamama by Vanita Kumar and Nirupama Tandon at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Recommended for children ages 3-8. Call 703-737-8100.

Senior Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Arlington National Cemetery. Visit Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and the Kennedy graves. Late lunch at Clyde's in Tysons. Price $12 per member, $14 nonmembers and includes transportation and Tourmobile at cemetery. Moderate walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 4

<cal2>Lewis and Clark-After the Expedition. Annie Hulen, a collateral descendant of Meriwether Lewis, past president of The Meriwether Society Inc., and a member of the Ketoctin Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, will talk about the aftermath of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 1-3 p.m., at the Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg. Register in advance by calling 703-737-7195.

Craft Fair. Ashburn Farm Association will be holding a craft fair, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Windmill Community Center, 21400 Windmill Drive, Ashburn. Artists will have handmade jewelry, quilts, scarves, rugs, paintings, wreaths, and other gift ideas. Everyone welcome. Call 703-729-6680 or e-mail ayoung@afhoa.net.

"Inherit the Wind" Presented by The College Community Theater at the Waddell Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12, $10 seniors and students. Call 703-948-7701. Visit www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/waddelltheater/cct.

1918: A Living History Program on World War I & The Home Front, Morven Park, Leesburg, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join Governor and Mrs. Westmoreland Davis as they relate events in Loudoun County and Virginia during the "Great War," including Liberty Bond drives and Virginia's contributions to the war effort. Visit http://www.morvenpark.org. Adults $5, Children $1. Meet at Coach House Visitor Center. Call 703-777-6034.

Pumpkinville. Celebrating sports. Wear a team jersey and receive free dessert certificate for Coastal Flats restaurant in Northern Virginia. Located at 19270 James Monroe Highway, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 703-433-0002.

Indian Classical Bharatanatyam Dance. Celebrate with Sheela Ramanath and her students as they perform the traditional Indian classical Bharatanatyam Dance of Southern India, at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 2 p.m. Recommended for the whole family. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

History Encampment. Troops from Companies F and I of the 8th Virginia regiment of the Army of the Confederacy will create a living history encampment at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Interpretive tours of the battlefield that witnessed the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 1861 will be available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be a candlelight tour held at 5 p.m. Call 703-737-7800.

Casino Night. Oatlands will hold a "Raise the Stakes! Country Western Casino Night," from 6:30-10:30 p.m., at the plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg. Includes food, live music, casino games, prizes. Proceeds benefit Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. Cost $65 per person. Visit www.oatlands.org or call 703-777-3174.

Bluegrass Concerts. Two bluegrass bands, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys/Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers, will play at the Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road. Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are sold at the door; refreshments available at the snack bar. Call 703-771-5281.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 5

<cal2>Fairfield Plantation-Window to the Past. David Brown will discuss the history of Fairfield, also known as Carter’s Creek, the 17th and 18th century ancestral home of one of colonial Virginia’s largest land holding and politically influential families, the Burwells. 2-4 p.m., at the Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg. Register in advance by calling 703-737-7195.

Pancake Breakfast. The monthly pancake breakfasts at your Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Ashburn Road, Ashburn. Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee. Adults $6, seniors $5 , children $4, under 3 free. Contact AVFRD 703-729-0006.

"Inherit the Wind." Presented by The College Community Theater at the Waddell Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, 2 p.m. Tickets $12, $10 seniors and students. Call 703-948-7701. Visit www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/waddelltheater/cct.

"Travel through Time" in the Winmill Carriage Collection, Morven Park, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Take a guided tour through a collection of 19th century horse-drawn vehicles, including coaches, sleighs, carts, buggies, and a hearse from the 1800s. Visit www.morvenpark.org. Adults $5, Children $1. Meet at Coach House Visitor Center. Call 703-777-6034.

Pumpkinville. Celebrating sports. Wear a team jersey and receive free dessert certificate for Coastal Flats restaurant in Northern Virginia. Located at 19270 James Monroe Highway, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 703-433-0002.

History Encampment. Troops from Companies F and I of the 8th Virginia regiment of the Army of the Confederacy will create a living history encampment at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Interpretive tours of the battlefield that witnessed the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 1861 will be available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be a candlelight tour held at 5 p.m. Call 703-737-7800.

<cal1>Monday/Nov. 6

<cal2>Teen Reading Buddies. Children ages 3-6 are invited to listen to stories read by the library's teen reading buddies at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 2-4 p.m. Call the library at 703-444-3228, Ext. 309. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Pumpkinville. Celebrating sports. Wear a team jersey and receive free dessert certificate for Coastal Flats restaurant in Northern Virginia. Located at 19270 James Monroe Highway, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6.50. Call 703-433-0002.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 7

<cal2>Dining with Dinosaurs. Ages 4-10. Sterling Annex, 1115 W. Church Road, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. bring lunch and a drink and eat among dinosaurs. Look for fossils and dinosaur eggs. $5. Call 703-4300-6673.

Movie. "The Wild" will be screened at the Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 12 p.m. Call 703-444-3228, Ext. 309. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Teen Reading Buddies. Children ages 3-6 are invited to listen to stories read by the library's teen reading buddies at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 2-4 p.m. Call the library at 703-444-3228, Ext. 309. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Pumpkinville. Celebrating sports. Wear a team jersey and receive free dessert certificate for Coastal Flats restaurant in Northern Virginia. Located at 19270 James Monroe Highway, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6.50. Call 703-433-0002.

More Than Moccasins. Examine reproduction artifacts of Powhatan Indian culture at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, 4 p.m. Recommended for children ages 8-11. Advanced registration required, call 703-737-8105. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 8

<cal2>Veteran's Day Celebration. Join veterans of different war era in discussions and presentations, from 1:30-3 p.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Open to the public; free. Call 703-430-2397.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 9

<cal2>Banquet and Auction. Loudoun County Friends of NRA Annual Banquet and Auction, doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m., at the Carradoc Hall, Holiday Inn, 1500 East Market St., Leesburg. Buy tickets at Loudoun Guns, 302-F Industrial Court, S.E., Leesburg or call 703-267-1654. Tickets cost $40 each or $70 per couple. All net proceeds benefit The NRA Foundation, with half allocated to fund projects within Virginia. Visit www.nrafoundation.org/friends.

Romeo and Juliet. Potomac Falls High School's drama department presents "Romeo and Juliet," 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, and seating can be reserved by calling 703-444-7542, Ext. 37. Located at 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls.

Casino Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Charles Town, W.Va. Includes slots and simulcast horse racing. Lunch on own. Price $7 per member, $9 nonmembers and includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 10

<cal2>"Inherit the Wind." Presented by The College Community Theater at the Waddell Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12, $10 seniors and students. Call 703-948-7701. Visit www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/waddelltheater/cct.

Thanksgiving Dance Social. The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department is holding a "Thanksgiving Dance Social," 7-10 p.m., at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. The standard $10 entrance fee will be waived when participants bring a donation of nonperishable goods. Call 703-777-1368 or visit http://www.idalee.org to register. Reference code 206226a.

Romeo and Juliet. Potomac Falls High School's drama department presents "Romeo and Juliet," 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, and seating can be reserved by calling 703-444-7542, Ext. 37. Located at 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 11

<cal2>Fall Barrel Tasting. Taste Tarara Winery's barrel-aged wines and vertical flights with the wine maker in Tarara’s 6,000-square-foot cave. Hors d’oeuvres and live music. Prepaid reservations required. 7-11 p.m. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, 703-771-7100 or www.tarara.com.

"Inherit the Wind." Presented by The College Community Theater at the Waddell Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12, $10 seniors and students. Call 703-948-7701. Visit www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/waddelltheater/cct.

Book Swap. Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, from 10 a.m.-noon. Free. November is two-for-one month, for each adult or children's book traded choose two to take home. Includes books on tape, movies and compact discs as well. Call 703-430-673.

Getting Ready for the Cold. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For ages 5 and up. Explore winter wildlife survival in a walk along the trails. Children under 13 must be accompanied by adult. Cost $5 per person. Call 703-444-1275 to register.

Romeo and Juliet. Potomac Falls High School's drama department presents "Romeo and Juliet," 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, and seating can be reserved by calling 703-444-7542, Ext. 37. Located at 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls.

Turkey Trot 5K. At the Purcellville Train Station, race begins at 8:30 a.m. Fund-raiser to benefit the Advisory Board of the Loudoun Valley Community Center. Registration before Nov. 1 is $25, $5 late fee. To sign up, go to www.signmeupsports.com or pick up a registration form at the community center. On-site registration is Friday, Nov. 10, from 5-7 p.m., and race day at 7 a.m., at the Train Station.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 12

<cal2>History Awards. Commissioners of Thomas Balch Library will present the 14th annual Thomas Balch Library History Awards, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to preserving Loudoun’s past through collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing, and long-time commitment to local history organizations. 1-3 p.m. For information on nominating individuals, contact the library manager at 703-737-7195.

"Inherit the Wind." Presented by The College Community Theater at the Waddell Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, 2 p.m. Tickets $12, $10 seniors and students. Call 703-948-7701. Visit www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/waddelltheater/cct.

Basket Bingo. At the Loudoun County Fairgrounds. Doors open at noon, bingo begins at 1 p.m. All proceeds to benefit the Loudoun 4H Beef and Swine Clubs. $20 for 20 games. Special games, raffles and refreshments available. Call 540-338-6967 to reserve a seat.

Romeo and Juliet. Potomac Falls High School's drama department presents "Romeo and Juliet," 2 p.m. Tickets are $5, and seating can be reserved by calling 703-444-7542, Ext. 37. Located at 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls.

<cal1>Monday/Nov. 13

<cal2>Claude Moore Park 123s. For ages 3-5. Count objects while hiking in the woods and meadows, sing a counting song. Cost $10.50 per person. 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

Frogshackle Open House. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Theme, deer. Hands-on experience at the nature house. For all ages; children must be accompanied by adult. Free. Call 703-444-1275.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 14

<cal2>Microscope Magic. For ages 6-9, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling, 3:30-5 p.m. Use a microscope to discover the smaller things in nature. Cost $10.50 per child. Call 703-444-1275.

Claude Moore Park 123s. For ages 3-5. Count objects while hiking in the woods and meadows, sing a counting song. Cost $10.50 per person. 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 17

<cal2>The First Thanksgiving Story by Glee Mania with Sue Cournoyer. Beat the drums, shake the rainsticks and sing songs with Native American Indian children in costume. Learn how they lived off the land and made everything they needed. See how the pilgrims dressed and listen to the sounds of their ship crossing the dangerous ocean. 10 a.m., Ida Lee Park Recreation Center in Leesburg. Tickets in advance are $5 per child with accompanying adults free; at the door are $8 per child with accompanying adults free. Call 703-777-1368 or visit www.idalee.org.

Nature Adventures. Ages 2-3. Discover the outdoors with a grown up pal. No unregistered siblings. 9:45-10:45 a.m. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Cost $7 per child. Call 703-444-1275.

Toddler Treks. Ages 1-2. Join other parents and their children on a hike. No unregistered siblings. Cost $5.25 per child. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 18

<cal2>Basket Distribution. LINK Thanksgiving food basket and winter coat distribution, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Christ the Redeemer Catholic in Sterling and Trinity Presbyterian in Herndon. Coats will be distributed at Sterling United Methodist Church during the same hours. Contact Mark Gunderman, 703-367-7410.

Auction/Dinner. The Spirit Club is holding its 3rd Annual Auction/Dinner at Belmont Country Club, 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Loudoun County Special Olympics on behalf of the All-Star Legacy Special Olympic team. A donation of $35, $45 at the door, includes dinner, dessert and two drinks. E-mail SpiritClubCorp@aol.com.

Lanesville Open House. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Guided tour through the National Register of Historic Places property. Children must be accompanied by adult. Free. No registration required. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

Ready for Turkey Day Hike. Ages 7 and up. Take a brisk walk around the park. Bring water. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost $5 per person. 10 a.m.-noon. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

It's Not Winter Yet Campfire. All ages. Share Native American stories, songs, games around a campfire. Dress warmly. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7-9 p.m. Cost $5 per person. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 19

<cal2>The Scottish Highlands: Europe’s Last Wilderness. Margaret Morton will present The Highlands — what and where they are, geographic description of land and its people, will focus on some of the main aspects of its history. 2-4 p.m., at the Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg. Register in advance by calling 703-737-7195.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 23

<cal2>Thanksgiving Buffet. Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg. Time to be determined. Adults, $54.95; children 6-12 $27.95; children 5 and under $6.75, Call 703-729-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 24

<cal2>Holiday Jazz. At Tarara Winery. Includes live music, holiday treats, wine and gift shop specials. The winery is open, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the music plays, from 12-4 p.m. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, 703-771-7100 or www.tarara.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 25

<cal2>Holiday Jazz. At Tarara Winery. Includes live music, holiday treats, wine and gift shop specials. The winery is open, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the music plays, from 12-4 p.m. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, 703-771-7100 or www.tarara.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 26

<cal2>Holiday Jazz. At Tarara Winery. Includes live music, holiday treats, wine and gift shop specials. The winery is open, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the music plays, from 12-4 p.m. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, 703-771-7100 or www.tarara.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 2

<cal2>Holiday Jazz. At Tarara Winery. Includes live music, holiday treats, wine and gift shop specials. The winery is open, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the music plays, from 12-4 p.m. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, 703-771-7100 or www.tarara.com.

Holiday in the Park. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap, Sterling, 3:30-6 p.m. All ages. Includes hay rides, crafts, roasting marshmallows and more. Free. Call 703-444-1275.

Candy Cane Hunt and Lunch with Santa. Sterling Annex, 1115 W. Church Road, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages 2-10. Go on a candy cane hunt, have lunch and pictures with Santa, play games and win prizes. $10, $2 for parent lunch only. Call 703-430-6673.

Lunch with Santa. Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg. Have lunch at the Riverside Hearth and have your picture taken with Santa and his elf; enjoy Lansdowne's holiday decorations and spirit. Adults $32.95; children 6-12 $16.50; children 5 and under $6.75. Call 703-729-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

Youth Orchestra Performance. The Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra gives a free performance, 4 p.m., at Harper Park Middle School, 701 Potomac Station Drive, N.E., Leesburg. Call 703-771-8287, fax 703-771-8211, or e-mail info@loudounsymphony.org.

House Concert. AtLantis House Concerts presents Jody Marshall & Friends, 7:30 p.m., in Broadlands. Suggested donation $15 per person. Reservations required, call 571-333-7222 or e-mail HouseConcerts@Lantis.us.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 3

<cal2>Author Talk and Book Signing. Carole Herrick will speak about her research for, and recent publication on, the War of 1812. The focus of this program is her publication, "August 24, 1814." 2-4 p.m., at the Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg. Register in advance by calling 703-737-7195. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Pancake Breakfast. The monthly pancake breakfasts at your Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Ashburn Road, Ashburn. Santa will be at breakfast. Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee. Adults $6, seniors $5 , children $4, under 3 free. Contact AVFRD 703-729-0006.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 6

<cal2>Teen Craft. Red Scarf Drive with knitter LaDonna Snellbaker, 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Make knitted scarves that will be donated to the Orphan Foundation of America's Red Scarf Project, which are sent to college-bound foster youth throughout the country. Completed scarves will be collected and mailed in December. New to knitting, bring bamboo needles and worsted weight yarn, Lyon brand woolease. Bring red yard. Recommended for ages 12-18. Advance registration required, call 703-737-8100, Ext. 4.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 7

<cal2>Author Discussion. Lois Lowry, author of "The Giver," will be at the Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 7 p.m. Call 703-444-3228.

Board Game Night. Pick a favorite game and spend a few hours playing while listening to music and munching on snacks provided by the library, Ashburn Library, 703-444-3228, 7 p.m. Recommended for ages 12-18. Call 703-737-8100, Ext. 4. Visit http://www.lcpl.lib.va.us/.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 9

<cal2>Santa Ride. Santa will ride through Ashburn on a fire truck, 6-9 p.m. Contact Dan Davidson at 703-729-0006.

Holiday Jazz. At Tarara Winery. Includes live music, holiday treats, wine and gift shop specials. The winery is open, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the music plays, from 12-4 p.m. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, 703-771-7100 or www.tarara.com.

Lunch with Santa. Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg. Have lunch at the Riverside Hearth and have your picture taken with Santa and his elf; enjoy Lansdowne's holiday decorations and spirit. Adults $32.95; children 6-12 $16.50; children 5 and under $6.75. Call 703-729-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

Gingerbread House Decorating. Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge parkway, Leesburg. Assemble a gingerbread house and decorate it to take home. Decorations provided. tickets $68 per house/two people, $10 per extra guest. Time to be determined. Call 703-729-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

Yuletide Fun Day. Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St., S.W., Leesburg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hear music, create ornaments, decorate special wrapping paper and bags, and help decorate the annual nature tree in the garden. Learn about customs, foods and stories from the past. Free admission. Call 703-777-7427 or visit www.loudounmuseum.org.

Master Singers. The Master Singers of Virginia perform "A Ceremony of Carols," at St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Crowell St., Leesburg, 8 p.m. Includes performance by candlelight, special poetry readings of Longfellow and Maya Angelou. $18 for adults, $12 for seniors/children. Call 703-655-7809 or visit www.msva.org.

Nutcracker in a Shell-All Jazzed Up. A shortened version of the Nutcracker, includes jazz, lyrical dance, tap and ballet and will be performed by children for children. At 3 p.m., at Freedom High School, 25450 Riding Center Drive, South Riding. Tickets adults $10, children ages 3-10, $6, seniors 55 and older $6, with children 2 and under free. Tickets available on the Web site or at the Ashburn and Chantilly Creative Dance Center Studios. Contact Margaret Otto at 703-724-4900 or Ginny Frye at 703-378-1800 or visit www.cdcdance.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 10

<cal2>Master Singers. The Master Singers of Virginia perform "A Ceremony of Carols," at Our Savior's Way Lutheran, 43115 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, 7 p.m. Includes performance by candlelight, special poetry readings of Longfellow and Maya Angelou. $18 for adults, $12 for seniors/children. Call 703-655-7809 or visit www.msva.org.

Nutcracker in a Shell-All Jazzed Up. A shortened version of the Nutcracker, includes jazz, lyrical dance, tap and ballet and will be performed by children for children. At 3 p.m., at Freedom High School, 25450 Riding Center Drive, South Riding. Tickets adults $10, children ages 3-10, $6, seniors 55 and older $6, with children 2 and under free. Tickets available on the Web site or at the Ashburn and Chantilly Creative Dance Center Studios. Contact Margaret Otto at 703-724-4900 or Ginny Frye at 703-378-1800 or visit www.cdcdance.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 16

<cal2>Holiday Jazz. At Tarara Winery. Includes live music, holiday treats, wine and gift shop specials. The winery is open, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the music plays, from 12-4 p.m. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, 703-771-7100 or www.tarara.com.

Basket Distribution. LINK Christmas food basket distribution, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Christ the Redeemer Catholic in Sterling and Trinity Presbyterian in Herndon. Contact Mark Gunderman, 703-367-7410.

Gingerbread House Decorating. Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge parkway, Leesburg. Assemble a gingerbread house and decorate it to take home. Decorations provided. tickets $68 per house/two people, $10 per extra guest. Time to be determined. Call 703-729-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

Lunch with Santa. Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg. Have lunch at the Riverside Hearth and have your picture taken with Santa and his elf; enjoy Lansdowne's holiday decorations and spirit. Adults $32.95; children 6-12 $16.50; children 5 and under $6.75. Call 703-729-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

Symphony Performance. Loudoun Symphony Orchestra performs "Polar Express," featuring soprano Marlissa Eaton. At Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn. A lecture takes place at 7 p.m., string workshop at 7:30 p.m. and performance at 8 p.m. Advanced tickets $15 adults, $7 child/student, through college; at the door $18 adults, $8 child/student. Call 703-771-8287, fax 703-771-8211, or e-mail info@loudounsymphony.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 17

<cal2>Symphony Performance. Loudoun Symphony Orchestra performs "Polar Express," featuring soprano Marlissa Eaton. At Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Road, S.W., 3 p.m. Advanced tickets $15 adults, $7 child/student, through college; at the door $18 adults, $8 child/student. Call 703-771-8287, fax 703-771-8211, or e-mail info@loudounsymphony.org.

<cal1>Monday/Dec. 18

<cal2>Toy Distribution. LINK Holiday toy distribution, 6-9 p.m., at Herndon United Methodist in Herndon. Contact Mark Gunderman, 703-367-7410.

<cal1>Tuesday/Dec. 19

<cal2>Toy Distribution. LINK Holiday toy distribution, 6-9 p.m., at Herndon United Methodist in Herndon. Contact Mark Gunderman, 703-367-7410.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 31

<cal2>First Night. First Night Leesburg will have more than 100 performances at 20 indoor locations in downtown Leesburg, all within walking distance of one another. Enjoy jazz, classical music, puppet shows, bluegrass, folk music, magicians, and much more. Concludes at midnight with a traditional Grand Illumination gathering on the courthouse green. Performances, 6-11:45 p.m., illumination, 11:45 p.m.-midnight. Ticket prices to be determined. Call 703-777-6306 or visit www.bluemont.org.