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73rd ANNUAL LOUDOUN COUNTY FAIR. Sunday, July 27-Saturday, Aug. 2, 4-9 p.m., Loudoun County Fairgrounds, Dry Mill Road, Leesburg. The public is invited to the annual country fair. Includes a carnival, children's activities, educational demonstrations and more. Cost: $10 per adult per day, $25 per adult per week, $5 per child per day, $10 per child per week, free for children under 5, free for senior on senior day, and free for children under 15 on Thursday. Call 703-777-3835 or http://www.LoudounCountyFair.com.

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/July 23

<cal2>1960s FILMS. 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Watch "Repulsion," just one of several films from the 1960s that the Ashburn Library will be showing on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Recommended for adults; admission is free. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us for a complete listing of future movie showings.

MYSTERY, MAGIC AND JUGGLING. 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. See July 21 item for details.

FROGSHACKLE OPEN HOUSE. 1-3 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. All ages. Discover a treasure trove of objects from nature. Free. 571-258-3700.

LANESVILLE OPEN HOUSE. 1- 3 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. All ages. Discover the history of this National Register of Historic Places listed property. Free. 571-258-3700.

<cal1>Thursday/July 24

<cal2>TWILIGHT TUNES CONCERT SERIES. 7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church back lawn, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. Music by the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet plus guest pianist Amy LaCivita featuring Broadway tunes from Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more. Take a chair or blanket. Food available for purchase. Concert will be indoors in the event of rain. Free; donations accepted for the pipe organ fund. 703-777-4912.

LEGO ROBOTICS. 6-8 p.m., Loudoun County Extension Office, 30B Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Construct a robot out of Legos and learn how to program it. Ages 12-18. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or 703-777-0323.

SOLVING CRIMES. 7 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Join in for a presentation by the staff of the Sheriff’s Department. Learn the who, what, where, when and why of solving crimes. Recommended for ages 12-18. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

CRIME CAPER. 2 p.m., at Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Examine the evidence, read accounts from witnesses and suspects, then solve the mystery. Recommended for ages 8-11. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-430-9500.

FOSSIL FUN. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Rust Library, 34D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Learn how the Miocene Sea changed over time to become the Chesapeake Bay and how the remains of those ancient creatures can be found as fossils. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-777-0690.

<cal1>Friday/July 25

<cal2>FURRY FRIDAY. 5-7 p.m., Sterling Community Center, 20 Enterprise St., Sterling. Once a month, animals from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter will be at the Sterling Community. Bring the whole family for a real "happy hour" with animals looking for new homes. Visit www.loudoun.gov/animals.

BRAWL TOURNAMENT. 6 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. Battle other gamers on Nintendo Wii to become the "Super Smash Bros. Champion." For ages 5 and up. Cost: $5. To register, call 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov by July 23.

JAZZ ON THE POTOMAC. 5:30-10 p.m., Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge Parkway, Lansdowne. Features Collaboration. Enjoy summer foods prepared by the culinary team. Call 703-729-8400 or visit http://www.lansdowneresort.com.

OPEN SKATE NIGHT. 5-7 p.m., Douglass Community Center Hockey Rink, 405 E. Market St., Leesburg. Bring skates or Rollerblades for a night of skating on a huge outdoor rink. Cost: $1 per person. Call 703-771-5913.

BABY SIGNS. 10:30 a.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. A story time playgroup with BeeBo, the Baby Signs Bear. Read stories, sing songs and learn some signs based on themes. Recommended for ages 6 months-3 years with parent/caregiver. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

TEEN MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT. 6-8 p.m., at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Follow the clues and figure out who done it. Pizza and soda available. Recommended for ages 12-18. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100, Ext. 4.

BOOGER BOGGLER and Other Mysteries of the Human Body. 2:30 p.m., at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Find out a lot of body mysteries, make a yucky craft to take home. Recommended for ages 4-6. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-2426.

<cal1>Saturday/July 26

<cal2>ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN. 7-9 p.m., at the Leesburg Town Green, 25 West Market St., Leesburg. Featuring Cherry People. Free, visit www.acousticonthegreen.com.

BUTTERFLY WALK, 1 p.m., Blue Ridge Center, 11611 Harpers Ferry Road, Neersville. Join a butterfly walk and tour of a 7-acre organic farm. A potluck picnic lunch will follow, either outside on picnic tables or inside an open barn, depending on the weather. Detailed directions can be found at www.blueridgecenter.org. Contact Linda Burchfiel at 703-506-4310 or larva@attglobal.net.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. 6-9:30 p.m., Tarara Vineyard and Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg. Tarara’s Sounds of Summer Series presents The Freddie Long Band. Cost: $15 per person, free for children 6 and under. Advance discounted tickets available online. Call 703-771-7100, Ext. 233 or visit www.tarara.com.

<cal1>Sunday/July 27

<cal2>BLUEMONT CONCERT SERIES. 7 p.m., lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg. Features Pan Masters: Caribbean steel band. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and a picnic to enjoy before the show. Cost: $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, $2 for children 12 and under; proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-In-Education program in area schools. Contact the Bluemont office at 540-338-4640 or www.bluemont.org.

POOCH PARADE. Registration, 11 a.m.; judging and awards, 12:15 p.m.; demonstrations, 2:15 p.m., Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, 20688 Ashburn Road. Categories include best trick, best costume, most obedient and cutest. Includes door prizes, vendors, ambulance and truck tours, demonstrations by working dogs, food for purchase. Cost: parade registration, in advance $6 for first category, $2 each additional category; at door $8 and $3. All dogs must be leashed, have dog license and rabies vaccine tags and must be with owner at all times.

INTRODUCTION TO INSECTS. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Rust Nature Sanctuary. Get to know a vital part of nature — insects. Search for insects at Rust to learn how to identify them and how they help make the natural world work. For adults and older children; RSVP 703-737-0021. Free.

<cal1>Monday/July 28

<cal2>STORIES WITH A TWIST. 11 a.m., Loudoun County Extension Office Program Room, 30B Catoctin Circle (for Rust Library); 2:30 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls; 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Listen to Barbara Spilman Lawson’s unforgettable and extraordinary stories and songs, presented in her own unique and hilarious manner. All ages. Free, limited tickets will be available, starting half an hour before the performance. Extension Office, 703-777-0690; Cascades, 703-444-3228; Ashburn, 703-737-8100.

<cal1>Tuesday/July 29

<cal2>SOLVING CRIMES. 2 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. See July 24 item for details.

ESL CONVERSATION GROUP. ESL Conversation Group. 7-9 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. The English Conversation Group is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. This is not a class, but an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture and have fun. Only English will be spoken and all levels are welcome. Recommended for adults. Visit http://library.loudoun.gov.

FRAIDY KAT. 2 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Solve the mystery of who is the Fraidy Kat with the evidence and clues given. Ages 8-11. Register online at

http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-444-3228.

LOST. 4-5 p.m., Rust at Catoctin Library, 34D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Find the missing pieces from the secret chest that’s been buried for over 500 years in a scavenger hunt. Ages 9-11. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-777-0690.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 30

<cal2>ARCHAEOLOGY DAY. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. All ages. Help screen, wash and sort artifacts behind the Lanesville House in Claude Moore Park’s Historic District. Free. 571-258-3700.

STORIES WITH A TWIST. 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Listen to Barbara Spilman Lawson’s unforgettable and extraordinary stories and songs, presented in her own unique and hilarious manner. All ages. Free, limited tickets will be available, starting half an hour before the performance. 703-430-9500.

1960s FILMS. 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Watch "Dr. Blowup," just one of several films from the 1960s that the Ashburn Library will be showing on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Recommended for adults; admission is free. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us for a complete listing of future movie showings.

<cal1>Thursday/July 31

<cal2>TWILIGHT TUNES. 7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. Music by the Phoenix Swing Band. Bring a chair or blanket, food available for purchase. Concert will be indoors in the event of rain. Free; donations accepted for the pipe organ fund. Call 703-777-4912.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 1

<cal2>TODDLER ONE & TWO. 11 a.m., Rust @ Catoctin Library, 34D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Includes stories, rhymes and movement; parachute play for toddlers. Recommended for ages 12 -24 months with parent or caregiver. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-777-0690.

C IS FOR CRIME CAPER! 5:30 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. A crime has been committed at the library, follow the clues to rescue a special work of art. Ages 7-11. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100.

STORY TIME MATINEE: The Mysterious Tadpole. 2 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Louis’ uncle has given him a tadpole for his birthday. As he watches the tadpole grow, it soon becomes clear that it is not turning into an ordinary frog. Ages 3-6. 703-737-8100.

JAZZ ON THE POTOMAC. 5:30-10 p.m., Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge Parkway, Lansdowne. Features Sharon Thomas Experience. Enjoy summer foods prepared by the culinary team. Call 703-729-8400 or visit http://www.lansdowneresort.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 2

<cal2>ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN. 7-9 p.m., at the Leesburg Town Green, 25 West Market St., Leesburg. Featuring Michael Sheppard. Free, visit www.acousticonthegreen.com.

NYC TRIP. 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Bus departs from and returns to Stein Mart, 1021 Edwards Ferry Road, N.E., Leesburg. Travel by luxury motor coach to New York City. Cost: $60 per person; individuals under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Must register at the Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg; call 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 3

<cal2>MONTHLY BREAKFAST. 8 a.m.-noon, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 20688 Ashburn Road. Breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy and biscuits, hash browns, coffee and juices. Features monthly themes and Kids Activity Corner; apparatus bay area is open to children of all ages. Cost: adults $6, ages 3-8 $4, under 3 free and seniors $5. Call 703-729-0006.

BLUEMONT CONCERT SERIES. 7 p.m., lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg. Features Holmes Brothers: Gospel and blues. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and a picnic to enjoy before the show. Cost: $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, $2 for children 12 and under; proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-In-Education program in area schools. Contact the Bluemont office at 540-338-4640 or www.bluemont.org.

SUMMER MUSIC FEST. 5 p.m., Belmont Country Cub, 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn. The Loudoun Summer Music Fest presents KC and The Sunshine Band. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Cost: $17 in advance, $20 at the gate, children under 6 free. Call 703-327-9096 or visit www.liveatbelmont.com.

RUMMAGE SALE. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Congregation Sha'are Shalom, 19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg. All items will be marked down to half-price after 1 p.m. Call Congregation Sha'are Shalom at 703-737-6500 visit www.sha-areshalom.org/.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 4

<cal2>MYSTERIOUS REPTILES ALIVE! 11 a.m., Loudoun County Extension Office Program Room, 30B Catoctin Circle (for Rust Library); 2:30 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030, Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls; 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Discover the mysteries of reptiles in this live animal presentation. All ages. Limited, free tickets will be available starting half an hour before the performance. Extension Office, 703-777-0690; Cascades, 703-444-3228; Ashburn, 703-737-8100.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 5

<cal2>BEACH JEWELRY MAKING. 2-4 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Make jewelry items out of shells and found objects. All supplies provided. No previous jewelry making experience necessary. Ages 12-18. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100, Ext. 4.

RIBBITING TALES and Facts about Slimy Frogs! 2 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Alonso Abugattas, a naturalist with Arlington County will share facts and stories about frogs includes live frogs to see and touch. All ages. Limited, free tickets are available at the library starting half an hour before the program. 703-444-3228.

MOVIE AT THE LIBRARY. 2 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Watch "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" on the library’s big screen. For teens. Limited, free tickets available at the library starting half an hour before the program. 703-430-9500.

ESL CONVERSATION GROUP. ESL Conversation Group. 7-9 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. The English Conversation Group is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. This is not a class, but an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture and have fun. Only English will be spoken and all levels are welcome. Recommended for adults. Visit http://library.loudoun.gov.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 6

<cal2>MYSTERIOUS REPTILES ALIVE! 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St, Sterling. Discover the mysteries of reptiles in this live animal presentation. All ages. Limited, free tickets will be available starting half an hour before the performance. 703-430-9500.

1960s FILMS. 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Watch "Rosemary’s Baby," just one of several films from the 1960s that the Ashburn Library will be showing on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Recommended for adults; admission is free. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us for a complete listing of future movie showings.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 7

<cal2>MISTER DON. 2 p.m., Loudoun County Extension Office, 30B Catoctin Circle (for Rust @ Catoctin Library). Join Mr. Don for an interactive children’s music program, includes sing alongs, motion songs, marching and dancing. Ages 4 and up. Limited, free tickets are available half an hour before the performance. 703-777-0690

SECRET CODES and Ciphers. 2 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Learn about some famous codes, how to write and decipher codes, make invisible ink and more. Ages 8-12. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-430-9500.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 8

<cal2>TODDLER ONE & TWO. 11 a.m., Rust @ Catoctin Library, 34D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Includes stories, rhymes and movement; parachute play for toddlers. Recommended for ages 12 -24 months with parent or caregiver. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-777-0690.

JAZZ ON THE POTOMAC. 5:30-10 p.m., Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge Parkway, Lansdowne. Features Double Digit. Enjoy summer foods prepared by the culinary team. Call 703-729-8400 or visit http://www.lansdowneresort.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 9

<cal2>BOOK SWAPS. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Bring adult and children’s books to trade; books on tape or compact disc, music CDs, VHS and DVD movies and books and magazines in large print are needed also. Call 571-258-3500.

LAFAYETTE DAY. Temple Hall Farm Regional Park in Leesburg. Includes historical re-enactors, horse drawn farm tours, tours of the Temple Hall manor house and free refreshments. Free. Visit www.nvrpa.org.

PAS DE DUEX CUP CHALLENGE. 5-8 p.m., Morven Park International Equestrian Center, 41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg. All proceeds benefit the programs and services at equestrian center. Includes dressage and pas de duex competition, exhibitions, demonstrations and vendors. Cost: adult general admission $25, children 12 and under $5. Visit www.morvenpark.org.

ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN. 7-9 p.m., at the Leesburg Town Green, 25 West Market St., Leesburg. Featuring Gary Smallwood. Free, visit www.acousticonthegreen.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 10

<cal2>BLUEMONT CONCERT SERIES. 7 p.m., lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg. Features Robin & Linda Williams: country folk. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and a picnic to enjoy before the show. Cost: $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, $2 for children 12 and under; proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-In-Education program in area schools. Contact the Bluemont office at 540-338-4640 or www.bluemont.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 12

<cal2>ESL CONVERSATION GROUP. ESL Conversation Group. 7-9 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. The English Conversation Group is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. This is not a class, but an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture and have fun. Only English will be spoken and all levels are welcome. Recommended for adults. Visit http://library.loudoun.gov.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 14

<cal2>LEGO ROBOTICS. 6-8 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Construct a robot out of Legos and learn how to program it. Ages 12-18. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or 703-444-3228.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 16

<cal2>ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN. 7-9 p.m., at the Leesburg Town Green, 25 West Market St., Leesburg. Featuring Luke Brindley. Free, visit www.acousticonthegreen.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 17

<cal2>BLUEMONT CONCERT SERIES. 7 p.m., lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg. Features The Woodshedders: gypsy swing. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and a picnic to enjoy before the show. Cost: $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, $2 for children 12 and under; proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-In-Education program in area schools. Contact the Bluemont office at 540-338-4640 or www.bluemont.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 19

<cal2>COFFEEHOUSE. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rust Library, 34D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. It’s game night at the Coffeehouse Catoctin Style. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Visit http://library.loudoun.gov.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 22

<cal2>FURRY FRIDAY. 5-7 p.m., Sterling Community Center, 20 Enterprise St., Sterling. Once a month, animals from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter will be at the Sterling Community. Bring the whole family for a real "happy hour" with animals looking for new homes. Visit www.loudoun.gov/animals.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 23

<cal2>ACOUSTIC ON THE GREEN. 7-9 p.m., at the Leesburg Town Green, 25 West Market St., Leesburg. Featuring Jennifer Daniels. Free, visit www.acousticonthegreen.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 24

<cal2>BLUEMONT CONCERT SERIES. 7 p.m., lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg. Features The Taters: new old-time honky tonk. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and a picnic to enjoy before the show. Cost: $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, $2 for children 12 and under; proceeds go to support Bluemont’s year-round Artist-In-Education program in area schools. Contact the Bluemont office at 540-338-4640 or www.bluemont.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 7

<cal2>MONTHLY BREAKFAST. 8 a.m.-noon, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 20688 Ashburn Road. Breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy and biscuits, hash browns, coffee and juices. Features monthly themes and Kids Activity Corner; apparatus bay area is open to children of all ages. Cost: adults $6, ages 3-8 $4, under 3 free and seniors $5. Call 703-729-0006.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 8

<cal2>GOLF CLASSIC. The 2008 National Capital Golf Classic, at the Golf Club at Lansdowne, 44050 Woodbridge Parkway, Lansdowne. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society's to fight prostate cancer and supports research programs in the National Capital Region. For tickets or corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Beth Sartwelle at 202-483-2600 or beth.sartwelle@cancer.org. Single-player sponsorship begins at $1,750. Visit www.NationalCapitalGolfClassic.com.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 26

<cal2>FURRY FRIDAY. 5-7 p.m., Sterling Community Center, 20 Enterprise St., Sterling. Once a month, animals from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter will be at the Sterling Community. Bring the whole family for a real "happy hour" with animals looking for new homes. Visit www.loudoun.gov/animals.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 27

<cal2>LURE OF LOUDOUN GALA. 6:30 p.m., River Creek Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. The Loudoun Museum is hosting the second Lure of Loudoun Gala. A cocktail reception kicks off the night, followed by dinner and dancing. Individual tickets are $200 and sponsor opportunities range from $1,000-$10,000. For tickets, call the Museum at 703-777-7427 or e-mail bfriedmann@loudounmuseum.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 5

<cal2>MONTHLY BREAKFAST. 8 a.m.-noon, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 20688 Ashburn Road. Breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy and biscuits, hash browns, coffee and juices. Features monthly themes and Kids Activity Corner; apparatus bay area is open to children of all ages. Cost: adults $6, ages 3-8 $4, under 3 free and seniors $5. Call 703-729-0006.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 24

<cal2>FURRY FRIDAY. 5-7 p.m., Sterling Community Center, 20 Enterprise St., Sterling. Once a month, animals from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter will be at the Sterling Community. Bring the whole family for a real "happy hour" with animals looking for new homes. Visit www.loudoun.gov/animals.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 2

<cal2>MONTHLY BREAKFAST. 8 a.m.-noon, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 20688 Ashburn Road. Breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy and biscuits, hash browns, coffee and juices. Features monthly themes and Kids Activity Corner; apparatus bay area is open to children of all ages. Cost: adults $6, ages 3-8 $4, under 3 free and seniors $5. Call 703-729-0006.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 14

<cal2>FURRY FRIDAY. 5-7 p.m., Sterling Community Center, 20 Enterprise St., Sterling. Once a month, animals from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter will be at the Sterling Community. Bring the whole family for a real "happy hour" with animals looking for new homes. Visit www.loudoun.gov/animals.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 7

<cal2>MONTHLY BREAKFAST. 8 a.m.-noon, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 20688 Ashburn Road. Breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy and biscuits, hash browns, coffee and juices. Features monthly themes and Kids Activity Corner; apparatus bay area is open to children of all ages. Cost: adults $6, ages 3-8 $4, under 3 free and seniors $5. Call 703-729-0006.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 12

<cal2>FURRY FRIDAY. 5-7 p.m., Sterling Community Center, 20 Enterprise St., Sterling. Once a month, animals from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter will be at the Sterling Community. Bring the whole family for a real "happy hour" with animals looking for new homes. Visit www.loudoun.gov/animals.