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The MOMS Club of Ashburn Farm is holding an open house Thursday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m., at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Includes information about the club, meet members, hear a representative from Discovery Toys discuss the topic,

"Give your Child the Edge: Learn how developing a balanced diet of play will teach your child those important life skills they need to be a successful adult." Call 703-980-3519 or e-mail

The Loudoun Arts Council will hold its annual general membership meeting at Lightfoot Restaurant, 11 North King St., Leesburg, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 19. Guest speaker is Milton Herd president of Herd Planning & Design. A member of the Loudoun County Design Cabinet, Herd will speak on the role of the arts in helping planners, policy makers and builders create a sense of community. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Call 703-777-7838 or

The Loudoun County 4-H is starting a new 4-H horse club. Learn new things, develop new skills, travel to new places, make new friends. A horse is not required to be a member of this club. Ages 5-19 are welcome to join. The first meeting for this club will be Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Call Kim Rupp at 703-443-1839 or the Loudoun County Extension Office at 703-771-5837.

The Loudoun County Branch NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Saturday, Oct. 21, reception begins 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m., The National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Place, Lansdowne. Keynote speaker, Angela Ciccolo, deputy general counsel for NAACP. $60 per person. Call 703-779-2990, e-mail or visit

Walkers, joggers, and runners are invited to Tarara Winery for the Loudoun Walking and Volkssport Club's sixth annual walk in the vineyards Saturday, Oct. 21. Start any time between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is free, and no advance reservations are needed. Wine tasting and grilled bratwurst at the finish. Contact Bob Wright at 703-737-2175 or

Nonfiction book club, Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, 4 p.m., Oct. 23. Discuss "It's Disgusting and We Ate It!" learn food facts from around the world. Recommended for ages 6-9. Advanced registration required by Oct. 20, call 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

The Virginia Readers' Choice primary book club, Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Read Epossumondas," by Coleen Salley and "Manana Iguana," by Ann Whitford Paul in October. Learn about the authors and illustrators of the books and do activities. In the spring, VRC Primary book club participants who read at least four of the 2006-2007 selections will vote for their favorite and the votes will be submitted to the Virginia State Reading Association. Recommended for children in grades kindergarten-second grade. Advance registration required, call 703-737-8105.