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<lst>Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 19

<cal2>Bilingual Story Times. Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, hosts Barbara Davila and Spanish bilingual story times at 4 p.m. Recommended for all ages. 703-444-3228.

Movie Night. Ashburn Library, 433316 Hay Road, 7 p.m. For all ages. See "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey," rated G. Bring pillows, blankets and snack. 703-737-8100.

Dance Dance Revolution Night Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg. In honor of Teen Read Week, get active at your library with a DDR marathon, 6-8 p.m. For teens, ages 12-18. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 20

<cal2>Rummage Sale. 68th Annual Hospital Rummage Sale, Morven Park, Tutt Lane, Leesburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes antiques, furniture, books, clothing, designer fashions, holiday items, toys, and linens. Bid on silent auction gifts. Call 703-771-2985 or visit www.ladiesboard.org.

Movie Night. See "Monsoon Wedding," rated R. Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, 6:30 p.m. Recommended for adults. Bring a favorite snack, drinks provided. Call 703-737-8105 or visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Halloween Time Fun. Ages 6-9. Create a spooky story, play games and make a spider web and Halloween craft. $14 per child. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Call 703-444-1275.

National Rock and Roll Library Tour. Featuring High Strung at the "After Hours" Teen Center at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 7 p.m. Call 703-444-3228 or visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 21

<cal2>Rummage Sale. 68th Annual Hospital Rummage Sale, Morven Park, Tutt Lane, Leesburg, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes antiques, furniture, books, clothing, designer fashions, holiday items, toys, and linens. Bid on silent auction gifts. Call 703-771-2985 or visit www.ladiesboard.org.

Artist Show and Sale. Banshee Reeks nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Local wood turning artist George Carrigan's one-man show A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Call 703-669-0316 or visit www.bansheereeks.org.

Farm Tour. Fall Farm Color Tour Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free self-guided tour of Loudoun County farms, vineyards and orchards. Many participants offering special activities. Farm tour information and brochures downloadable from www.loudounfarms.org or call 703-777-0426 or e-mail ahiggins@loudoun.gov.

October Wine Days. Tarara Winery. Includes live music and October wine specials all weekend long. Rain or shine. The winery is open, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the music plays, from 1-5 p.m. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, 703-771-7100 or www.tarara.com.

Spooktacular. All ages. Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg, 3-5 p.m. Includes hay rides, face painting, costume contest and midway booths. $5. call 703-771-5913.

Howl-O-Ween. All ages. Sterling Annex, 1115 W. Church Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in conjunction with the Animal Shelter. Includes pet microchipping, pet parade, pet costume contest and a "tricks-for treats" talent show. Bring leash/carrier. $5. Call 703-430-6673.

Walk for Education. The Loudoun-Northern Virginia Chapter 1578 of Phi Delta Kappa is sponsoring the PDK International Walk for Education, a fund-raiser for local scholarships. At Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the senior terrace in the rear of school; walk will begin at 9 a.m. Refreshments will be provided for participants before and after the walk. Free official T-shirts are awarded to participants who contribute $50 or more. Visit the Web site, www.loudounpdk1578.org.

Researching Census Records. LaVonne Markham and Jinx Hartung will present Online Census Research about teach techniques for successfully researching census records online and Humor in Genealogy, which covers entries from records genealogists routinely use in their research. 1-3 p.m., at the Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg. Register in advance by calling 703-737-7195.

Gold Cup. The 69th International Gold Cup, at Great Meadow near The Plains, Va., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Includes Jack Russell terrier races, Navy Seals Parachute Team and seven sanctioned steeplechase races. General admission car passes for one vehicle with six occupants, $55 in advance, $65 week of race. Children 12 and under free with an adult. Visit www.vagoldcup.org.

Author Discussion. Megan Nicolay, author of "Generation T," will demonstrate how to recycle a T-shirt into many other useful things. Attendees must bring a T-shirt. Recommended for ages 12-18. Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, 11 a.m.; Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., 3 p.m.

StarLab Planetarium: Night Sky with the Science Museum of Virginia. Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Includes visiting a portable planetarium, learning about Greek mythology and constellations, discussing planetary motion, phase of the moon and tides. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Advanced registration required by Oct. 18, call 703-444-3228, Ext. 309. Six sessions, attend only one: 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Demonstration Garden. The public is invited to visit the Master Gardener Volunteer Demonstration Garden as one of the stops on the Loudoun Farm Color Tour. Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to answer gardening questions, will have scarecrows on display and will have supplies for children to make their own scarecrow to take home. The Demonstration Garden is located in Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg. Call Debbie Dillion, 703-777-0373.

Symphony Performance. Loudoun Symphony Orchestra performs "Inspiration," featuring guest pianist Brian Ganz. At Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Road, S.W., Leesburg. 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.

Yoga Benefit. Living with Cancer All Day Yoga Benefit, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Anahata Center for Yoga & Wellness, 112 South St., S.E., Leesburg. Free yoga classes on the hour, including beginner, class for cancer patients, meditation, vinyasa, children, couples/partners yoga, gentle, yin/yang, etc. Donations requested and all proceeds go to The Brad Kaminsky Foundation for brain tumor research. Call 703-771-0006 or visit www.experienceanahatayoga.com.

Choir Roundup. All ages are invited for master rehearsals led by guest conductors, Pamela N. Potts and Mitzi Allegra, from 3:30-7 p.m. Children's, middle school and high school/adult choruses. Day concludes with supper and "Grand Finale" mini-concert at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. Call 703-777-4912.

1918: A Living History Program on World War I & The Home Front. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Morven Park, Leesburg. Join Gov. 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. A new exhibit of an original WWI uniform and soldiers' personal items is included. Visit www.morvenpark.org or call 703-777-6034. Adults $5, children $1. Meet at Coach House Visitor Center.

Horses Family Day and Volunteer Fair. Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes interactive programs for young riders and volunteer information from local equine organizations. At noon, new exhibit opening highlighting Loudoun's Kentucky Derby winner, genuine Risk. Free to Farm Tour participants. Call 703-421-5322.

Rededication of Aldie Mill. A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the transfer of Aldie Mill, 39401 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and kick off of the annual Aldie Harvest Festival. Includes grain grinding demonstrations, blacksmith forging and the Waterford Cloggers will be featured at the Aldie Harvest Festival, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Traditional crafts, music, food, antiques, collectibles and children's activities throughout the village along with a dose of Civil War history. Contact Mark Riddell at 703-359-4603, or e-mail MRiddell@NVRPA.org.

Loudoun Symphonic Winds. 7:30 p.m., Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Place in Leesburg. A $5 donation per adult or $10 donation per family is requested. Call Anne Hennessey at 703-777-7985. Visit www.lcbandinc.org.

Craft "Bonanza" Day. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, 12-4 p.m. and make crafts. Recommended for teens ages 12-18. Call 703-777-0323 or visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Planets of Food, Fun and Folklore. Ages 7-up. Walk through the park to discover nature's diversity and the importance of planets. $5 per person. Children under 13 must be accompanied by adult. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. To register, call 703-444-1275.

Lanville Open House. All ages. Guided tour through the house, built between 1170s-1900s. Children must be accompanied by adult. Free. No registration required. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Farm Tour. Fall Farm Color Tour Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free, self-guided tour of Loudoun County farms, vineyards and orchards. Many participants offering special activities. Farm tour information and brochures downloadable from www.loudounfarms.org or call 703-777-0426 or e-mail ahiggins@loudoun.gov.

Apple Festival. 2nd Annual Apple Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Features local apple farmers and homemade products, demonstrations of historic orchard tools, cider making and "Virginia Apples for Flavor: The Story of Hill High Orchards." Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. 703-421-5322. Free to Farm our participants.

October Wine Days. Tarara Winery. Includes live music and October wine specials all weekend long. Rain or shine. The winery is open, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the music plays, from 1-5 p.m. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, 703-771-7100 or www.tarara.com.

Horses Family Day and Volunteer Fair. Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes interactive programs for young riders and volunteer information from local equine organizations. At noon, new exhibit opening highlighting Loudoun's Kentucky Derby winner, genuine Risk. Free to Farm Tour participants. Call 703-421-5322.

Demonstration Garden. The public is invited to visit the Master Gardener Volunteer Demonstration Garden as one of the stops on the Loudoun Farm Color Tour. Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to answer gardening questions, will have scarecrows on display and will have supplies for children to make their own scarecrow to take home. The Demonstration Garden is located in Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg. Call Debbie Dillion, 703-777-0373.

Symphony Performance. Loudoun Symphony Orchestra performs "Inspiration," featuring guest pianist Brian Ganz. At Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road, S.E., Leesburg, 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.

Charity Concert. Independent record label Falling Mountain Music will present a concert to benefit the Project Warmth of the EveryDay Angels Foundation, doors open at 6:30 p.m., music at 7 p.m., at the Arcola United Methodist Church, 24757 Evergreen Mills Road. Cost of admission is a gently used coat or blanket plus a nonperishable canned good. Visit http://www.fallingmountain.com.

Travel through Time in the Winmill Carriage Collection. 1 and 3 p.m., Morven Park, Leesburg. 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 or call 703-777-6034. Adults $5, children $1. Meet at Coach House Visitor Center.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 23

<cal2>Book Program. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, for trivia and games based on the final book in "Series of Unfortunate Events" series, 4 p.m. Ages 8-11. Advance registration required. Call 703-771-5624.

Crafty Fall Fun. Ages 3-5. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Use acorns, pinecones, seeds. $10.50 per child. 9:30-11 a.m.; 12:30-2 p.m. Call 703-444-1275.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 24

<cal2>Halloween Spooktacular with Mad Science. Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place. Potomac Falls, 4 p.m. See bubbling potions, wicked brews, smoking cauldrons and special effects. Recommended for ages 4-12. Call 703-444-3228.

Nature Buddies. Age 2. Theme: fall leaves. Toddlers bring an adult buddy to explore the sights, smells, sounds and textures of nature, indoor and out. No unregistered siblings. $3.50 per child. 9:45-10:15 a.m. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

Nature Explorers. Ages 3-4. Preschoolers and adults explore the park together. Look for tracks, listen to birds, search for frogs while focusing on monthly themes. No unregistered siblings. $7 per child. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 25

<cal2>Author Talk and Book Signing. David Lillard, author, will join Beth Erickson, director of marketing communications of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Inc., to talk about his new book, "Journey Through Hallowed Ground: A Travel Guide." 7 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.

Library Concert. Too Human will perform jazzy, bluesy originals and jazz standards from the American Songbook. For all ages. Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 7 p.m.

Library 101 for Homeschoolers. Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., 2-4 p.m., part one of two. Learn to use the Dewey Decimal System, to do limit searches on the LCPL catalog, to search for the library's newest databases and e-books, to find homework Web sites. Recommended for parents and children ages 7 and up. Advanced registration required, call 703-430-9500.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 26

<cal2>Library 101 for Homeschoolers. Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., 2-4 p.m., part two of two. Learn to use the Dewey Decimal System, to do limit searches on the LCPL catalog, to search for the library's newest databases and e-books, to find homework Web sites. Recommended for parents and children ages 7 and up. Advanced registration required, call 703-430-9500.

Tales of the Trails: A Halloween Adventure. Includes nighttime, guided trail walk, hay ride, campfire stories. Ages 6 and up. Preregistration recommended, tours every half hour from 6-8:30 p.m.; early tours, 6-7 p.m., appropriate for younger children. Children under 12 and younger must be accompanied by adult. County residents $5, nonresidents $7.50. Rain date Oct. 28. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

Teen Book Club at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 4:30 p.m. For this month's book club the book will be "Dark Pond" by Joseph Bruchac. Stop by the Youth Services Desk to pick a copy of the book. For ages 12-18. Advance registration required by Oct. 23. Call 703-444-3228 Ext. 309. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Spooktacular Origami. Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 4 p.m. Lean how to make Halloween decorations. Materials will be provided. For ages 7 and up. Advance registration required by Oct. 23. Call 703-444-3228, Ext. 309. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 27

<cal2>Art Auction. Auction fund-raiser hosted by the Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation, at Thomas Birkby House, 109 Loudoun St., S.W., Leesburg, from 6-10 p.m. "An Evening for Art's Sake," features both silent and live auction items including fine art paintings, specialty items and gifts. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Ticket holders may preview all auction items between 6-7 p.m., bidding on silent auction items will take place between 7-9 p.m., the live auction will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and advance registration is recommended. All proceeds benefit the Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation a 501c3 organization. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-5498.

Halloween Party. Sterling Annex, 1115 W. Church Road, 7-8 p.m. Ages 4-10. Bring flashlight for a candy hunt, decorate bag to gather candy and play a prize walk game. $10. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673.

Flashlight Candy Hunt. Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Bring a flashlight and trick-or-treat bag to gather goodies in the dark. Ages 2-3, 6-6:30 p.m.; ages 4-6, 6:45-7:15 p.m.; ages 7-10, 7:30-8 p.m. $5. Call 703-430-9480.

Hauntings 2006. The Loudoun Museum will present its 15th annual spirited walking tours of haunted sites in downtown Leesburg. Tours will begin every 15 minutes from the Leesburg Town Hall, from 6-10 p.m. Advance ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for Loudoun Museum members; $20 at the door Tours are not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Call the museum at 703-777-7427 or e-mail bfriedmann@loudounmuseum.org. The Loudoun Museum is located at 16 Loudoun St., S.W. in downtown Leesburg.

Vigil. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Leesburg United Methodist Church, 107 West Market St. Includes speakers discussing the impact of family violence, how people can get involved in combating family violence, a pledge ribbon ceremony and a symbolic candle lighting. The event is being organized by the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coordinating Council of Loudoun County. The Council includes representatives of Arcola United Methodist Church, FAITH Social Services, LAWS, Loudoun County government, and the Zonta Club of Loudoun County. Visit www.notinourhomes.org.

Antique Auction. 2nd Annual Antique and Collectible Auction to benefit the Homeless in Loudoun County. Preview, from 3-5 p.m.; auction starts at 5 p.m. Food will be available. Auction held at the Good Shepherd Alliance thrift store, 20291 Davenport Drive, Sterling. Call Mary, 703-444-5956. Visit www.loudounhomeless.org to view the catalog of items.

Tales of the Trails: A Halloween Adventure. Includes nighttime, guided trail walk, hay ride, campfire stories. Ages 6 and up. Preregistration recommended, tours every half hour from 6-8:30 p.m.; early tours, 6-7 p.m., appropriate for younger children. Children under 12 and younger must be accompanied by adult. County residents $5, nonresidents $7.50. Rain date Oct. 28. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Call 703-444-1275.

Teen Murder Mystery Night. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, 6 p.m. For teens, ages 12-18. Register prior to the program, 703-771-5624.

Origami Program. Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, 3:30 p.m. This session will introduce the basics of origami. For ages 8-11. Advance registration required by Oct. 19. Call 703-737-8105. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.