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Calendar, March 19-25

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/March 19

<cal2>Hunt for Peter Cottontail's Egg. Noon-1:30 p.m., Arcola Community Center, 24328 Goshen Road, Aldie. Ages 2 1/2-6. Includes potographs with Peter Cottontail, pizza and juice for lunch, and egg hunt. Cost: $20. Call 703-327-3111.

Eggstravaganza. 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap, Sterling. Ages 2-10. Includes hands-on displays and egg hunt by age groups. Rain date March 20. Cost: $5. Ages 2, 10:15 a.m.; ages 3-4, 10:45 a.m.; ages 5-6, 11:15 a.m. and ages 7-10, 11:45 a.m. Call 571-258-3700.

Wool Gathering. 4 p.m., 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Join the library’s knitting circle. Satisfy that inkling to learn how to knit, pick up some pointers if you already knit, chat with like-minded people. Just bring your own needles and yarn. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Senior Movie. 1:30 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place. See "Michael Clayton," starring George Clooney, rated R. Cost: $2 includes popcorn and soda. Call 703-430-2397.

Bunny Bonanza. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. Includes a session about responsible pet ownership featuring members of local animal organizations. There will be live animals, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Cost: $5 per adult, $4 per senior and $3 for children under 12. Visit http://heritagefarmmuseum.org.

Nature Walk. 8:30-11 a.m., Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy on a mid-week, general nature walk. Bring binoculars. Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

<cal1>Thursday/March 20

<cal2>Movie Night. 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Join the library for movies on the library’s big screen. Bring pillows and blankets to get comfy. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Movie. 2 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Bring your own snacks and enjoy "Aladdin" on the library’s big screen. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Big Bird’s Birthday Bash. 4 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Come and celebrate another year of everyone’s favorite big, yellow bird with games and activities. Recommended for ages 4-6. Advance registration is required. Sign up online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-737-8105.

Bilingual Story Time. 4 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. All are welcome to this fun-filled bilingual story time presented by Barbara Davila in her most animated voice. Recommended for ages 2-6. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Ice/Decorate Easter Cakes. 4-5 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Ages 4 and up. Make a cake into bunnies or eggs to take home. Cost: $8 plus $4 supplies fee. Call 571-258-3500.

<cal1>Friday/March 21

<cal2>After Hours Teen Center. 7-10 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. High-school students can enjoy a gamer’s night. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Spring Break Movie. 2 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Join the library for a movie on the library’s big screen. Bring your pillows and blankets to get comfy. The movie will be "Everyone’s Hero," rated G. Recommended for all ages. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Ready, Set, Easter Baskets. 10-10:45 a.m., Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Ages 3-5. Decorate own Easter basket. Cost: $5. Call 703-430-9480.

<cal1>Saturday/March 22

<cal2>Bollywood Dance. 4 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. The Ashburn Library will host a dance and fashion show of Indian Bollywood. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 East Church Road, Sterling. A community Easter egg hunt and carnival. Rain or shine. Free admission. Call the church office at 703-430-6455 or visit www.sterlingumc.org.

Birding. 8 a.m., Blue Ridge Center, Harpers Ferry Road, Harpers Ferry. On the fourth Saturday of each month the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy leads a free bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Meet at the Neersville Volunteer Fire Station on Route 671 at 8 a.m. Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

Easter Egg Hunt. 2 p.m., Leesburg Animal Park, 19720 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg. Join the 14th annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will be there for pictures and to award finders of Golden Eggs with special prizes. Visit www.LeesburgAnimalPark.com or call 703-433-0002.

Animal Signs. 1-2:30 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. All ages. Hike in search of animal signs and clues and the animals that left them. Cost: $4. Call to register, 571-258-3700.

Bluegrass Series. Doors open 6 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m., Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road. A Country Gentleman Tribute with Bill Yates and Friends. Refreshments available at the snack bar. Cost: $13. Call 703-771-5281.

Spring Fling. 12-2 p.m., Countryside Parkway Meeting Room. Includes pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, caricatures, egg dying, crafts, jelly bean counting contest. Goodie bags, snacks and drinks provided.

<cal1>Sunday/March 23

<cal2>Easter Egg Hunt. 2 p.m., Leesburg Animal Park, 19720 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg. See March 22 listing for more information.

<cal1>Monday/March 24

<cal2>What Do Animals Eat for Lunch? 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Ages 3-6. Search for nature's foods. Cost: $10.50. Call 571-258-3700.

<cal1>Tuesday/March 25

<cal2>Salamander Hunt. 3:30-5 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Ages 6-8. Search for salamanders and other creatures. Cost: $10.50. Call 571-258-3700.

Bingo Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Bingo World in Baltimore, Md. Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers, includes transportation. Purchase bingo cards at the door; purchase or bring lunch. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

Dinner and a Movie. 5 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place. Potluck dinner followed by "The Quiet Man," starring John Wayne. $2 for popcorn and soda during the movie. Call 703-430-2397.

<cal1>Wednesday/March 26

<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.

Super Hero Party. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Claude Moore Recreation Center, 46105 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Ages 3-5. Come dressed as favorite super hero. Includes snack and movie. Cost: $7. Call 571-258-3600.

Author Discussion. 12 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling. English professor Frances Gray will discuss "Eternal Encounters: Blackness in the White Mind" at the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College, in room LR 256. Contact Bev Blois, 703-450-2503 or bblois@nvcc.edu.

<cal1>Thursday/March 27

<cal2>What Do Animals Eat for Lunch? 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Ages 3-6. Search for nature's foods. Cost: $10.50. Call 571-258-3700.

Silly Songs and Stories. 4 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. A "Silly Songs and Stories" celebration includes songs, stories and Dr. Seuss readings. Recommended for ages four and up. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Friday/March 28

<cal2>After Hours Teen Center. 7-10 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Middle-school can enjoy a gamer’s night. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Nature Explorers. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Ages 3-4. Discover the outdoors with a grown-up friend. Cost: $7. Theme: Terrific Tadpoles. Call 571-258-3700.

Mom's Morning Out. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Ages 2-5. Children make crafts, play games and have fun with friends. Children must be toilet trained; bring small snack. Cost: $10. Call 703-430-9480.

<cal1>Saturday/March 29

<cal2>War Encampment. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap, Sterling. All ages. Re-enactment of the 2nd Virginia Regiment Encampmet during the Revolutionary War. Cost: $3. Call 571-258-3700.

Bug Me. 10-11:30 a.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Ages 3-7. Find out what makes a bug, a bug, sing songs, do crafts. Cost: $4. Call to register, 571-258-3700.

Sounds of Spring Twilight Hike and Campfire. 7-9 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. All ages. Search for night callers, hear stories and toast marshmallows. Cost: $5. Call to register, 571-258-3700.

<cal1>Sunday/March 30

<cal2>World of Words. 2 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Ashburn Library will be hosting an afternoon of Spanish stories and songs presented by Lillian Carrasco. Recommended for children ages 4-7. Register at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or call 703-737-8100.

<cal1>Monday/March 31

<cal2>Fantasic Frogs. 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Ages 3-6. Look for frogs' eggs, tadpoles and frogs. Cost: $10.50. Call 571-258-3700.

<cal1>Tuesday/April 1

<cal2>April Fool's Luncheon. 11 a.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place. Silly hats, fake beards, oversized glasses and other unusual apparel encouraged. Includes prizes. Lunch donation requested, sign up with regular lunch sign up sheet. Call 703-430-2397.

April Fool’s Funfest. 4 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Includes crazy stories and songs, as well as general fooling. Recommended for ages 4-7. Advance registration is required. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us, or call 703-737-8100.

April Fool’s Celebration. 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise Road, Sterling. Includes stories and activities, as well as information on the origins of the holiday. Recommended for ages 6-10. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 2

<cal2>Senior Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the cherry blossoms. Bring bag lunch. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers, includes transportation. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

Ugly Duckling Day. 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise Road, Sterling. Includes readings of Hans Christian Anderson’s stories, as well as games, contests and crafts. Advance registration is required. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or call 703-430-9500.

<cal1>Thursday/April 3

<cal2>Library Travelers. 3:30 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. An afternoon of folktales and crafts from around the world. Recommended for ages 7-11. Advance registration is required. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or call 703-737-8105.

<cal1>Friday/April 4

<cal2>Toddler One and Two. 11 a.m., Rust Library, 34 D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Includes stories, rhymes and movement. Parachute play for toddlers on the go. Recommended for ages 12-24 months with parent/caregiver.

Easter Bunny Lunch. 10 a.m., Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. Have lunch with the Easter Bunny and make a craft to take home. Photos may be taken. Price is $5 per child. Parents are free. Call 703-771-5913.

<cal1>Sunday/April 6

<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>Wednesday/April 9

<cal2>Wool Gathering. 4 p.m., 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Join the library’s knitting circle. Satisfy that inkling to learn how to knit, pick up some pointers if you already knit, chat with like-minded people. Just bring your own needles and yarn. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Senior Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the cherry blossoms. Bring bag lunch. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers, includes transportation. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Thursday/April 10

<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>Friday/April 11

<cal2>Baby Signs. 10:30 a.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. A story time playgroup with BeeBo, the Baby Signs Bear. Read stories, sing songs and learn some signs. Recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years with parent/caregiver. Advance registration required. Sign up online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

<cal1>Saturday/April 12

<cal2>Theater Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip see "Driving Miss Daisy" at the Wayside Theatre in Strasburg, Va. Cost: $51 members, $53 nonmembers, includes transportation, show, buffet lunch, tax and tip. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

Book Swap. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Claude Moore Community Center holds monthly book swaps throughout the year. Bring your adult and children’s books to trade for something new to enjoy. Call 571-258-3500.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 16

<cal2>Wool Gathering. 4 p.m., 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Join the library’s knitting circle. Satisfy that inkling to learn how to knit, pick up some pointers if you already knit, chat with like-minded people. Just bring your own needles and yarn. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Theater Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip see "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Toby's Dinner Theater in Baltimore, Md. Cost: $50 members, $52 nonmembers, includes transportation, show, buffet lunch and tip. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure/return times and locations.

<cal1>Thursday/April 17

<cal2>Bilingual Story Time. 4 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. All are welcome to this fun-filled bilingual story time presented by Barbara Davila in her most animated voice. Recommended for ages 2-6. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Friday/April 18

<cal2>Toddler One and Two. 11 a.m., Rust Library, 34 D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Includes stories, rhymes and movement. Parachute play for toddlers on the go. Recommended for ages 12-24 months with parent/caregiver.

Spring Fling Luncheon. Noon, Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place. Includes fashion show, theme flower power. Participants encouraged to wear bright floral patterns or clothing reminiscent of the '60s "mod" style. Lunch donation requested, sign up with regular lunch sign up sheet. Call 703-430-2397.

<cal1>Saturday/April 19

<cal2>Vocal Performance. 3:30-5 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place. Brydon Brett and the Brett Family Singers of Branson perform. For ages 18 and up. Cost: $5 per person through RecTrac plus a $5 donation at the door for Brett, includes beverages and snacks. Call 703-430-2397.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 23

<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/April 28

<cal2>Zoo Trip. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Bring bag lunch or 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>Sunday/May 4

<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>Thursday/May 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>Saturday/May 10

<cal2>Book Swap. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Claude Moore Community Center holds monthly book swaps throughout the year. Bring your adult and children’s books to trade for something new to enjoy. Call 571-258-3500.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 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>Sunday/June 1

<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>Saturday/June 14

<cal2>Book Swap. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Claude Moore Community Center holds monthly book swaps throughout the year. Bring your adult and children’s books to trade for something new to enjoy. Call 571-258-3500.

<cal1>Sunday/July 13

<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>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.

<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>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>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>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.