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

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 12

<cal2>Rewriting History. 4 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Many important historical events could have turned out differently if only one little thing had been changed. Come explore all of the possibilities. Recommended for ages 9-11. Advance registration required. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-737-8100.

Wee Got the Beat. 11:30 a.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Feel the beat and discover the joys of music with Beth Barbaro, a board certified music therapist. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 13

<cal2>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. Cost: $7 members, $9 nonmembers, includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

Senior Forum. 1 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Members of the Board of Supervisors will be on hand to discuss senior-related issues. Members invited to come for lunch at noon, sign up required. Call 703-430-2397.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 14

<cal2>Museum Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to the Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C. Includes tour of the former home and gardens of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Bring lunch or purchase at the museum. Cost: $17 members, $19 nonmembers, includes transportation and admission. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

After-Hours Teen Center. 7-10 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Inlcudes games and music. For middle-schoolers. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us for events.\

From Swann’s Castle to Governor’s Mansion: Exploring an Old Southern Estate. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. Learn Morven Park’s history from 19th century plantation to early 20th century hunt country estate and working farm. Includes guided tours include exhibits, carriage collection, Confederate huts and outdoor walk around property. Cost: adults $5, children $1. Call 703-777-6034 or visit www.morvenpark.org. Meet at Coach House Visitors Center.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 15

<cal2>Bluemont Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Route 734, Snickersville Turnpike. Country fair including crafts, local art, demonstrations, music, 10K and fun run, children's fair, animals, food, and more; no pets permitted. Cost: $5 adults, children under 12 free; free parking. Call 540-554-2367 or visit www.bluemontfair.com.

Summer Concert. 6-9:30 p.m., Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg. Includes live entertainment, wine and food. Cost: $10 per person, 12 and under are free. Visit www.tarara.com or call 703-771-7100.

Game Day. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Collecting donations of working video games, DVDs and gaming systems such as Game Boy, Leapster, DS, Game Cube, Playstation, etc., with any necessary wires for patients to use at Children’s Hospital.

Virginia Wine Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Morven Park Equestrian Center, 41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg. The 32nd annual Virginia Wine Festival includes premier wine and gourmet show. Cost: $20 per person in advance, $25 per person at the gate. Call 703-823-1868 or visit http://www.virginiawinefestival.org.

Vintage Wine and Cars. 12:30-5 p.m., Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, 38906 Mt. Gilead Road, Leesburg. The Early Ford V8 Club of Northern Virginia will be at the vineyards with classic model cars. Special tasting of Willowcroft archive wines. View cars from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: free for car viewing, $7 per person tasting fee. Call 703-777-8161 or visit http://www.willowcroftwine.com.

Awakening Music Festival. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. The fourth annual music festival will present Christian music and entertainemnt. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door and free for children under 6.

Harvest Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Breaux Vineyards, 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville. Harvest Festival and Lobster Feast, includes wine tasting, live music, crafters and vineyard tours, plus children's entertainment. Reservations for lobster required. Cost: $15 adults, $10 for children over 6 and designated drivers. Call 800-492-9961.

Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Road, Sterling. The 2007 Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival, includes more than 100 vendors. In addition, enjoy historic house tours, entertainers, a children's hands-on craft area, demonstrations by local crafters and shaded picnic area and pavilions. Free. Call 571-258-3700 or visit www.loudoun.gov/prcs/parks/claude.htm.

Bollywood Dancing. 2 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Presentation of Indian dancing and culture with the Cham Cham Payal Bajey dance troupe. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Language for the Eye. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Cascades Library. Learn about sound and the human ear, American Sign Language and how technology is used by both deaf and hearing people to communicate. Recommended for all ages. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Plant Exchange. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. Plants must be labeled and potted or bagged in a leak-proof container. Registration begins at 10 a.m., the exchange starts at 10:30 a.m. Call the museum at 571-258-3800 to register.

Rummage Sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Includes sporting goods, children’s clothes, toys and games, kitchen items and more. Call 703-430-2203.

Butterflies and Dragonflies. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for one of its free, family butterfly and dragonfly walks. Contact Andy Rabin at stylurus@gmail.com.

Birding the Appalachian Trail and Hawk Watch. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Hike along the Appalachian Trail in search of migrants in the morning. At 11 a.m., meet up with Liam McGranaghan, an experienced falconer, licensed bander of raptors and educator at the Snickers Gap Hawk Watch. Bring a lunch and a chair. Meet at 8 a.m. at Snickers Gap Hawk Watch to carpool to hike location or join LWC at 11 a.m. at Snickers Gap. Contact Joe Coleman at jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org or 540-554-2542.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 16

<cal2>Bluemont Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Route 734, Snickersville Turnpike. See Sept. 15 item for more details.

Virginia Wine Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Morven Park Equestrian Center, 41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg. See Sept. 15 listing for more information.

Science. 2 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Sputnik and the Dawn of the Space Age. Learn how history changed Oct. 4, 1957, when the Societ Union successfully launched Sputnik I and the start of the space race began. Recommended for teens and adults. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Travel through Time in the Winmill Carriage Collection. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, 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. Cost: adults $5, children $1. Call 703-777-6034 or visit www.morvenpark.org. Meet at Coach House Visitors Center.

Loudoun Amphibian Celebration. 12-2 p.m., Rust Sanctuary, Leesburg. Amphibian monitors share experiences from the field, look at photographs and discuss ideas about how to make the program even better. Potluck lunch. Register online at www.loudounwildlife.org/SignUp.htm or contact Nicole Hamilton at nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org or 540-882-9638.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 17

<cal2>Bat World. 4 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Learn all the facts and habitats of bats with Leslie Sturgis of Bat World Northern Virginia. See live bats. Recommended for the family. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

From Swann’s Castle to Governor’s Mansion: Exploring an Old Southern Estate. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. Learn Morven Park’s history from 19th century plantation to early 20th century hunt country estate and working farm. Includes guided tours include exhibits, carriage collection, Confederate huts and outdoor walk around property. Cost: adults $5, children $1. Call 703-777-6034 or visit www.morvenpark.org. Meet at Coach House Visitors Center.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 18

<cal2>Me and My World. 4 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Learn about pirating on the high seas in preparation for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19. Recommended for ages 4-6. Advance registration required at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-430-9500.

Dog Adopting. 4 p.m., Rust Temporary Library, 34 D Catoctin Circle. October is adopt a shelter dog month. Find out what is involved in adopting a dog: the care, maintenance and time involved. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Advance registration required at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-777-0323.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 19

<cal2>Wool Gathering. 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Come and join a knitting circle. Bring your own needles and yarn. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Senior Program. 10:45 a.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Cathy Hurley presents Family Love Letters. Free. Call 703-430-2397.

Senior Movie. 1:30 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. See "Wild Hogs," starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and Tichina Arnold. Rated PG-13, running time 99 minutes. Cost: $2 and includes popcorn and soda. Call 703-430-2397.

Music Together. 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Bring children and join Maddy O’Neill-Dean for songs, instrument play, movement and dance for children newborn through 5 years. Advance registration required at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-737-8100.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 20

<cal2>It's a Bling Thing 7 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Cascades. Make your own jewelry to wear. Recommended for ages 12-18. Advance registration required. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-444-3228.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 21

<cal2>After-Hours Teen Center. 7-10 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Includes games and music. For high-schoolers. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us for events.

Remodeling and Home Décor Show. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center. The Remodeling & Home Decor Show will showcase 20 Loudoun County companies providing the latest home improvement products and services. Cost: $10 for adults, $3 for children, 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Visit CapitalHomeShow.com.

International Day of Peace. 3 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Make a bracelet and a pinwheel while listening to stories and songs. Recommended for ages 5-8. Advance registration required, register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-737-8100.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 22

<cal2>Remodeling and Home Décor Show. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center. See Sept. 21 listing for more information.

Great Grape Wine Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tarara Vineyard and Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg. Includes wines, grape-stomping competitions, craft and food vendors, children’s Grape Escape, you-pick apples, wagon rides and live music. Cost: $15 per person at gate, $10 per person online when purchased Sept. 19, fee includes wine tasting. Call 703-771-1000 or visit www.tarara.com.

Father-Daughter Dance. 7-9 p.m., Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road. "This Magic Moment" father-daughter dance, features disc jockey, refreshments. Cost: $15 per couple, formal attire optional. Call 703-771-5281.

Living History Encampment. Day break-4 p.m., Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Route 15 Bypass north. Includes military drills from the Civil War era, firing demonstrations, bugle calls and chance to ask questions of the volunteer re-enactors. Saturday special events: 10 a.m., unveiling and dedication of 20 historical markers, two interpretive trails and monument to the 8th Virginia Infantry; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., interpretive tours. Call 703-737-7800 or visit www.NVRPA.org.

Mini Golf Tournament. 8:30 a.m., registration and continental breakfast; 9:30 p.m., tee time, Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling. The 2nd Annual Algonkian Miniature Golf Classic, a qualifying tournament for the $10,000 purse Harris Cup National Miniature Golf Tournament in Clarks Summit, Penn. Consists of two rounds. Advanced registration is recommended, call 703-4450-4655. Cost: $10 per person. Prizes awarded.

<cal1>Sunday, Sept. 23

<cal2>Science. 2 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Sputnik and the Dawn of the Space Age. Learn how history changed Oct. 4, 1957, when the Societ Union successfully launched Sputnik I and the start of the space race began. Recommended for teens and adults. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Remodeling and Home Décor Show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center. See Sept. 21 listing for more information.

Great Grape Wine Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tarara Vineyard and Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg. See Sept. 22 listing for more information.

Sunday Matinee. 1-3 p.m., Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, 38906 Mt. Gilead Road, Leesburg. See "Sideways." Includes popcorn and wine for tasting. Reservations suggested. Cost: $10 per person. Call 703-777-8161 or visit http://www.willowcroftwine.com.

Living History Encampment. Day break-4 p.m., Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Route 15 Bypass north. Sunday special events: 2 p.m., interpretive tour. See Sept. 22 item for more details. Call 703-737-7800 or visit www.NVRPA.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 25

<cal2>Monuments Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, U.S. Air Force and Iwo Jima memorials. Bring lunch. Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers, includes transportation and memorials. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 26

<cal2>Waffle Breakfast. 9-10:30 a.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Includes Belgian waffles, choice of fruit topping, bacon or sausage, juice and coffee. Cost: $3. Open to the public. Call 703-430-2397.

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. Cost: $7 members, $9 nonmembers, includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

Let Your Children Tell. 7 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. "Let Your Children Tell" is a theater documentary about the Holocaust that follows the lives of young people from Austria, Hungary and The Netherlands through their diaries entries as they write of the way in which the edicts, laws and horrific deeds of the Nazis of Germany’s Third Reich affected their lives. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 27

<cal2>Museum Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to the Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C. Includes tour of the former home and gardens of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Bring lunch or purchase at the museum. Cost: $17 members, $19 nonmembers, includes transportation and admission. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 28

<cal2>After-Hours Teen Center. 7-10 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Includes games and music. For middle-schoolers. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us for events.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 29

<cal2>Summer Concert. 6-9:30 p.m., Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg. Includes live entertainment, wine and food. Cost: $10 per person, 12 and under are free. Visit www.tarara.com or call 703-771-7100.

Hunt County Fall Antiques Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Morven Park International Equestrian Center, 793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg. Genuine antiques dealers will offer 18th-20th century American and Continental, formal and country furniture and accessories. Held in the Swiss American arena and under tents. Includes food, wine tastings, live music. Cost: $10 per person. Call 703-779-2800 or visit http://www.dfshows.com.

Ballet. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling. Loudoun Ballet Company presents "Deep in the Forest." There will be an opportunity for young audience members to meet the costumed performers after each performance. Call 703-771-8074 or visit www.loudounballet.org.

Katrina Fund-raiser. Seating and silent auction begin 5:30 p.m., Ashburn Presbyterian Church. 2nd Annual Hurricane Katrina Fund-raiser. Includes a silent auction, sale of Corinthian Bells Wind Chimes and a New Orleans themed dinner with live music followed by a pie auction. All proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to help with its rebuilding efforts in Biloxi, Miss. Cost: $20 in advance, $12 for children under 12 years and $25 at the door, $15 for children under 12 years. To make a donation or purchase tickets, call Ashburn Presbyterian Church at 703-729-2012.

Barktoberfest. Noon-6 p.m., Melodee Music outdoor amphitheater, 46077 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling. Friends of Homeless Animals' 5th Annual Barktoberfest, Music and Pet Lovers Festival. Includes live music, games for children and pets, silent auction, vendors and exhibitors. Free, donations accepted. Pets welcome, see Web site for details. Rain date Sept. 30, noon-6 p.m. Visit www.Barktoberfest.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 30

<cal2>Theater Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to see "Dream Girls," at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Baltimore, Md. Cost: $51 members, $53 nonmembers, includes transportation, show, buffet lunch and tip. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

Genealogy Program. 2 p.m., Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Eric Grundset talks about the digital genealogical research system on the Daughters of the American Revolution Web site. Free, but reservations encouraged. Call 703-737-7195.

Science. 2 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Sputnik and the Dawn of the Space Age. Learn how history changed Oct. 4, 1957, when the Societ Union successfully launched Sputnik I and the start of the space race began. Recommended for teens and adults. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Hunt County Fall Antiques Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Morven Park International Equestrian Center, 793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg. See Sept. 29 listing for more information.

Ballet. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Potomac Falls High School, Sterling. See Sept. 29 listing for more information.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Wool Gathering. 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Come and join a knitting circle. Bring your own needles and yarn. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 5

<cal2>250th Anniversary Celebration. 6-9 p.m., offered by the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office in the historic Old Courthouse at the corner of King and Market streets, Leesburg. "Loudoun Records Start in the Courthouse." Visit www.loudoun.gov/clerk or call 703-777-0270.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 6

<cal2>Columbus Day Parade. 10 a.m., Sterling Park. The 26th annual Columbus Day parade sponsored by the Good Samaritan Council 6175, Knights of Columbus. Forms at Park View High School, then marches down Laurel Avenue to Sterling Boulevard to Holly Avenue to the Knights of Columbus barn.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 10

<cal2>Benefit Auction. Embassy Suites Dulles North. Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association's second annual benefit auction, Cruisin' the Caribbean-Steel Drums for Scholarship Funds. Cost: $25 per person, includes food and drinks, live band, live and silent auction. Benefits the association's scholarship fund. Call 703-771-2170.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 11

<cal2>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. Cost: $7 members, $9 nonmembers, includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 13

<cal2>Fall Craft Show. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Free admission and open to the public. Interested vendors, call Erik Onate, 703-430-2397, Ext. 123.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 14

<cal2>Open House. 1-4 p.m., Ashburn Fire and Rescue, 20688 Ashburn Road. Includes refreshments and entertainment. Free. Call 703-729-0006.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 15

<cal2>Skyline Drive Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take trip to Shenandoah National Park to view the fall colors along Skyline Drive. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers, includes transportation; park admission $8 per person or free with Golden Age or Access Passport. Pack lunch or purchase at Elkwallow Wayside. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 18

<cal2>Skyline Drive Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take trip to Shenandoah National Park to view the fall colors along Skyline Drive. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers, includes transportation; park admission $8 per person or free with Golden Age or Access Passport. Pack lunch or purchase at Elkwallow Wayside. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 20

<cal2>Collection Event. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling. Household hazardous waste collection event. Open to county residents only. Free. Visit www.loudoun.gov/oswm/hhw.htm for list of acceptable items or call 703-777-0187.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 21

<cal2>Theater Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to see "Dream Girls," at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Baltimore, Md. Cost: $51 members, $53 nonmembers, includes transportation, show, buffet lunch and tip. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Museums Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Natural History, Gallery of Art, American Indian, U.S. Botanical gardens, air and Space and African Art/Freer/Hirshhorn/Sackler museums. Lunch on own. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers, includes transportation with free admission. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 24

<cal2>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. Cost: $7 members, $9 nonmembers, includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

Wool Gathering. 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Come and join a knitting circle. Bring your own needles and yarn. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 31

<cal2>Halloween Dance Party. 2-4 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. 8th annual Halloween Party/Dance, includes prizes for costume contest, disc jockey Sky Dantinne, light refreshments and transportation afterwards. Cost: $2 per member, $4 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 2

<cal2>250th Anniversary Celebration. 6-9 p.m., offered by the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office in the historic Old Courthouse at the corner of King and Market streets, Leesburg. "Appreciation for Loudoun’s Veterans." Visit www.loudoun.gov/clerk or call 703-777-0270.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 3

<cal2>Museums Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery or visit the Spy Museum on own, cost about $15. Lunch on own. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers, includes transportation with free admission to art museum. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 8

<cal2>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. Cost: $7 members, $9 nonmembers, includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Monday/Nov. 12

<cal2>Museum Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Quantco, to visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Lunch on own at museum. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers, includes transportation with free admission. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 14

<cal2>Museums Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Natural History, Gallery of Art, American Indian, U.S. Botanical gardens, air and Space and African Art/Freer/Hirshhorn/Sackler museums. Lunch on own. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers, includes transportation with free admission. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 16

<cal2>Shopping Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Boyd's Bear Country, Gettysburg, Pa. Includes shopping at Boyd's and downtown Gettysburg. Lunch on own. Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers, includes transportation. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 28

<cal2>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. Cost: $7 members, $9 nonmembers, includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Monday/Dec. 10

<cal2>Holiday Lights Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to view the Pageant of Peace and visit the Mormon Temple grounds and visitors center. Lunch on own. Cost: $21 members, $23 nonmembers, includes transportation with free admission. Dinner on own at Union Station. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 13

<cal2>Holiday Lights Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to view the Pageant of Peace and visit the Mormon Temple grounds and visitors center. Lunch on own. Cost: $21 members, $23 nonmembers, includes transportation with free admission. Dinner on own at Union Station. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.