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Calendar, Oct. 15-21

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Meredith Ferdie-Muth presents A Journey to the Coasts of Mozambique, Africa, Oct. 18, at the Smithsonian Naturalist Center in Leesburg.

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Fred Diehl presents The Galapagos and Darwin-150 Years Later, Oct. 25, at the Smithsonian Naturalist Center in Leesburg.

<lst>Send events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454; for additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 15

<cal2>GOLF FUND-RAISER. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, 41601 Raspberry Drive, Leesburg. The Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association Foundation is hosting a charity auction and golf classic fund-raiser. Day includes golf tourney and clinic, silent and live auction and a dinner. Call Wendy Ferrigno at 703-771-2170, Ext. 24 or visit www.LCVAFoundation.org to participate or sponsor.

SENIOR MOVIES. 1:30 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. See "Leatherheads," starring George Clooney and John Krasinski, rated PG-13, 114 minutes. Cost: $2, includes popcorn and soda. Call 703-430-2397.

MEET THE AUTHOR. 7:30 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Teens are invited to hear David Lubar, author and former video-game programmer, discuss his books and the process of writing. Call 703-737-8100.

MIDWEEK BIRD WALK. 8:30-11 a.m., Horsepen Preserve, borders the Potomac River immediately to the west of Algonkian Park. Join Joe Coleman and Linda Sieh for one of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s free midweek walks. Registration required, contact Joe Coleman at jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org or 540-554-2542.

FUN WITH FALL. 3:30-5 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. Children ages 6-10 can join a quest to find the perfect leaf to use in an art project. Cost: $10.50 per child. Call 571-258-3700.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 16

<cal2>BILINGUAL STORY TIME. 4 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. A Spanish and English story time presented by Barbara Davila. Recommended for ages 2-6. Check http://library.loudoun.gov.

RING DING SPIDER DAY. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Children ages 4 and up will make delicious spiders to take home for after dinner desert; chocolate will be used. Cost: $8 with $3 supply fee. Preregistration required, call 571-258-3500.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 17

<cal2>TEEN CENTER. 7-10 p.m., After-Hours Teen Center, Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Features art night. All teens attending the teen center must have a permission slip, signed by a parent or guardian, on file. Download the permission slip at http://library.loudoun.gov go to Teen Scene, Events, Hanging Out Rocks. For high schoolers.

RUMMAGE SALE. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Morven Park’s Equestrian Center in Leesburg. 70th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale benefiting Ladies Board projects and the Ladies Board nursing scholarships. Admission is free during regular sale hours, but the doors will open one hour early Friday only, at 8 a.m., to those with tickets for this Early Bird Hour, which cost $5 per person and are needed for anyone 12 years old or older. Ticket proceeds benefit the Polly Clemens Nursery Fund. Includes silent auction Friday only, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 703-771-2985 or visit www.ladiesboard.org.

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. Guided tours include exhibits, carriage collection, Confederate huts and outdoor walk around property. Cost: adults $5, children $1. Meet at Coach House Visitors Center. Call 703-777-6034.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 18

<cal2>COURT AND MARKET DAYS. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Downtown Leesburg. Celebrate the heritage of Leesburg with artisan demonstrations, re-enactments of court cases from 1750-1825, period entertainment and more. Includes children's activities, food vendors and live entertainment. Contact Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368.

FALL FARM COLOR TOUR. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., locations countywide. Self-guided tour of vineyards, orchards, pick-your-own farms and the Heritage Farm Museum. Sponsored by the Department of Economic Development, visit the Web site, www.LoudounFarms.org, to download a brochure of participating locations and a map.

MUSEUM TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to tour the Newseum; lunch on own. Cost: $26 for members, $28 for nonmembers, includes transportation and admission. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

NOAA OPEN HOUSE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., NOAA's National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office, 43858 Weather Service Road (off Old Ox Road, adjacent to Dulles Airport), Sterling. Includes demonstrations, tours, exhibits, weather balloon launch and more.

RESCUE EVENT. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., PetSmart, 46220 Potomac Run Plaza, Sterling. Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (MAGDRL), one of the largest breed specific rescues in the North East, is hosting a meet and greet. MAGDRL helps find homes for abandoned or homeless Great Danes. MAGDRL will be at the Sterling PetSmart on the third Saturday of every month. Call Sterling PetSmart, 703-444-6500.

RUMMAGE SALE. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Morven Park’s Equestrian Center in Leesburg. See Oct. 17 item for details.

FAMILY STREAM DAY. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Loudoun Water, 44865 Loudoun Water Way, Ashburn. The seventh annual "Exploring Our Streams Day," planned by Loudoun Watershed Watch and co-hosted with the Loudoun Environmental Stewardship Alliance, kicks off with the grand opening of Loudoun Water's new Aquiary, an educational exhibit on water. Rain or shine. Visit http://www.loudounwatershedwatch.org/subitem4_9.html.

ALDIE FESTIVAL. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Village of Aldie, John Mosby Highway, Aldie. This 200-year-old village presents a harvest festival featuring food, entertainment, vendors, crafts, bake sales, grinding and blacksmithing demonstrations and more. Admission free; optional parking donation $5. Call 703-327-4060 or visit www.villageofaldie.com/harvestfest.htm

5K RACE. 9 a.m., Stone Ridge Village Plaza, 42010 Village Center Plaza, Stone Ridge. Run in the third annual Stone Ridge 5K Race for Education. Includes activities and prizes for all ages. Proceeds go to Dulles South public schools. Visit Web site for registration fees, www.stoneridge5k.org.

AVFRC FUND-RAISER. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn. Holiday Shopping Spree, fund-raising event. Includes vendors and free drawings. All proceeds will go to support the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. Contact Tina Hoellerer at 703-342-8177 or tina@ashburnfirerescue.org.

DODGEBALL FUND-RAISER. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at Diamond Sports Training, Sterling. The Help Madeleine Dodge It! Tournament to raise money for Madeleine Baet, 4, of Leesburg, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Anyone can participate, must preregister a team of six-eight players by Oct. 15. Team fees: ages 16 and under $150 per team; ages 17 and older $200 per team. Register by visiting www.helpmadeleinedodgeit.com. Contact Jennifer Mattingly at 703-729-2644 for additional information on the tournament. For additional information on the Baet family, contact Pamela Baet at 540-229-4092.

FIGHTING & FROLICKING: The Civil War Comes to Morven Park. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. Confederate soldiers and local civilians bring the Civil War to life in a recreated encampment from 1861/62. Visit replica log huts and see authentic objects of the time period. Watch demonstrations of musket firing, troops drilling and campfire cooking at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost: $5 per person, $1 per child 6-12, free for children under 6. Call 703-777-6034 or visit http://www.morvenpark.org.

LECTURE SERIES. 1-2:30 p.m., Smithsonian Naturalist Center, 741 Miller Drive, S.E., Suite G-2, Leesburg. Meredith Ferdie-Muth presents A Journey to the Coasts of Mozambique, Africa. Free and open to the public. No children under 10. call the Naturalist Center at 703-779-9712.

AUTHOR VISIT. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St., Leesburg. Author Tim Lewis will read selections from his book, "The Virginiad," original poetry telling the history of the commonwealth. Call 703-777-7427.

BOLLYWOOD DANCE. 3 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Young performers from Cham Cham Payal Bajey International, in traditional Indian-style dress, will demonstrate Bollywood-style dance. All ages. Visit library.loudoun.gov.

LANESVILLE OPEN HOUSE. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. Discover the history of this National Register of Historic Places listed property. Free. Call 571-258-3700.

HALLOWEEN PROGRAM. 7 p.m., Morven Park, 17263 Plantation Planter Lane, Leesburg. Legends from Morven Park includes costumed guides leading a tour around the gardens, grounds and buildings as they share unusual stories from the past and present at this historic site. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Reservations required; call 703-777-6034.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 19

<cal2>FALL FARM COLOR TOUR. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., locations countywide. See Oct. 18 item for details.

NOAA OPEN HOUSE. Noon-5 p.m., NOAA's National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office, 43858 Weather Service Road (off Old Ox Road, adjacent to Dulles Airport), Sterling. See Oct. 18 item for details.

SUNDAY IN THE PRESERVE. 1 p.m., Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, between The Woods Road and Goose Creek. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks for a free informal, family walk around the preserve. Call the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve at 703-669-0316.

TRAVEL THROUGH TIME in the Winmill Carriage Collection. 1-4 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. Meet at Coach House Visitor Center. Visit www.morvenpark.org or call 703-777-6034.

BROTO ROY. 2 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Broto Roy will play the sitar and the tabla. Roy was born into a prominent musical family of Calcutta, India, where his great-grandfather was one of India’s greatest songwriters. All ages. Visit library.loudoun.gov.

HALLOWEEN PROGRAM. 7 p.m., Morven Park, 17263 Plantation Planter Lane, Leesburg. See Oct. 19 item for details.

OPEN HOUSE. 1-4 p.m., Arcola-Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Station, 24300 Gum Springs Road, Sterling. Includes Smoky the Bear, fire engine rides, tours, demonstrations and more. Free. Call 703-327-2222.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 20

<cal2>READER'S THEATRE. 4 p.m., Rust Library, 30 B Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. A Reader's Theatre presentation of the Loudoun County Public Library One Book-One Community selection, "Nothing But the Truth" with professional actors Tim Jons, Stokes Tomlin and Carolyn Christensen.

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. See the Oct. 17 item for details.

ANIMAL TALK. 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. Children ages 3-6 can discover the secret languages of wild animals. Cost: $10.50 per child. Call 571-258-3700.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 21

<cal2>BILINGUAL STORY TIME. 6:30 p.m., Rust Library, 34D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Sing canciones, listen to cuentos and learn rimas in English and Spanish. All ages. Check library.loudoun.gov.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 22

<cal2>CASINO TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Charles Town, W.Va. Includes slots and simulcast horse racing; lunch on own. Cost: $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers, includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

HONORING ECHO. 6:30-8 p.m., Dulles Airport Marriott. The special care planning team of the Washington Group is holding a reception to honor ECHO (Every Citizen Has Opportunities). Theme: Hail to the Redskins and includes drawings. RSVP 703-277-6762 or e-mail boravec@finsvcs.com.

BRAIN PUZZLES. 4 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Bring children ages 9 and up to play creative thinking games and solve brain teasers. Registration required. Sign up online at http://library.loudoun.gov or call 703-430-9500.

AUTHOR READING. 7 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Walter Gavenda, author of "A Guide to Haunted West Virginia," shares stories about the paranormal history of Civil War battlefields. Ages 12 and up. Visit library.loudoun.gov.

<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.

TEEN CENTER. 7-10 p.m., After-Hours Teen Center, Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Features Halloween dance party. All teens attending the teen center must have a permission slip, signed by a parent or guardian, on file. Download the permission slip at http://library.loudoun.gov go to Teen Scene, Events, Hanging Out Rocks. For middle schoolers.

FLASHLIGHT CANDY HUNT/COSTUME CONTEST. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Ages 2-12. Dress in costume and bring a flashlight to gather candy-filled Halloween eggs. Age groups are 2-3, 4-6 and 7-10. Prizes and games. Cost: $10. Call 571-258-3500.

HAUNTINGS 2008. 6-10 p.m., Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. Walking tour of haunted homes and businesses, hosted by Loudoun Museum. Tours leave every 15 minutes from Town Hall. Cost: $20 until Oct. 23; $25 at the door, purchase tickets at the Loudoun Museum, 6 Loudoun St., S.W., Leesburg or call 703-777-7427.

KALEIDOSCOPE SERIES. 10 a.m., Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Drive N.W., Leesburg. The Great Zucchini will perform an interactive comedy/magic show. Ages 2 and up. Cost: $6 in advance for each child with adults free, $8 at the door. Call 703-777-1368 or visit www.idalee.org.

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. Guided tours include exhibits, carriage collection, Confederate huts and outdoor walk around property. Cost: adults $5, children $1. Meet at Coach House Visitors Center. Call 703-777-6034.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 25

<cal2>APPLE FESTIVAL. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. Fourth annual Autumn Apple Festival. Exhibit "Virginia Apples for Flavor: The Story of Hill High Orchards," see historic orchard tools at work, learn how to make cider, visit with local orchardists, browse locally made apple products, meet local farmers and learn about how to buy fresh and shop local. Cost: adults $5 and children $3. Call 571-258-3800.

ANNUAL BONE HUNT & COSTUME EXTRAVAGANZA. 10 a.m.-noon, Douglass Community Center, 405 E. Market St., Leesburg. Have your four-legged friend wear his/her best costume for great photo opportunities. Cost: $3 per dog. Call 703-771-5913.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT. 7-9 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 405 E. Market St., Leesburg. All ages. Enjoy "Wallace and Grommit’s Curse of the Were-Rabbit" on a giant inflatable screen. Free. Call 703-771-5913.

AIR AND SCARE. 4-8 p.m., Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. Discover the strange and spooky side of aviation and space through many activities. Tickets free, $10 for parking. Call 202-633-1000 or visit www.nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy.

DOG SHOW. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. Middleburg Kennel Club will be holding its 25th annual Dog Show with 2,000 dogs from 157 breeds from around the country. Do not bring pets. Cost: $5 parking fee. Visit www.MiddleburgKC.com.

LECTURE SERIES. 1-2:30 p.m., Smithsonian Naturalist Center, 741 Miller Drive, S.E., Suite G-2, Leesburg. Fred Diehl presents The Galapagos and Darwin-150 Years Later. Free and open to the public. No children under 10. call the Naturalist Center at 703-779-9712.

BLUEGRASS MUSIC. 11 a.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. The Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition will perform traditional and contemporary bluegrass. All ages. Visit www.library.loudoun.gov.

DINNER AND AUCTION. 6 p.m., Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Road, Ashburn. A dinner fund-raiser and pie auction to benefit the Good Shepherd Alliance. Includes live music, barbecue dinner, silent auction. Cost: $15 for adults , $7 for children under 12 in advance; $20 for adults, $9 for children under 12 at door. Call 703-729-2012 for reservations.

HAUNTINGS 2008. 6-10 p.m., Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg. See Oct. 24 item for details.

1918: A LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM on World War I and The Home Front. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. Travel back in time to life during the Great War as experienced by World War I-era Virginia Gov. and Mrs. Westmoreland Davis, as portrayed by living history interpreters. Cost: $5 adults, $1 children 6-12, free for children under 6. Call 703-777-6034 or visit http://www.morvenpark.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 26

<cal2>BATTLEFIELD ILLUMINATION. 7-8 p.m., Ball’s Bluff Regional Park, Ball’s Bluff Road, Leesburg. Witness the illumination of Ball's Bluff Battlefield in honor of the soldiers who lost their lives there. Free. Call 703-737-7800 or visit www.NVRPA.org.

HARVEST PARTY. 4 p.m., Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 East Church Road, Sterling. Celebrate the harvest with crafts, games, moon bounce and more. Children should wear their favorite, nonscary costume and bring a supervising adult. Free. Call 703-430-6455 or visit www.sterlingUMC.org.

PUMPKIN PATCH TALES. 2 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Stories, songs, games and a craft with the library’s Teen Council volunteers. Ages 4-7. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Sign up online at library.loudoun.gov or call 703-737-8100.

TRAVEL THROUGH TIME in the Winmill Carriage Collection. 1-4 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. Meet at Coach House Visitor Center. Visit www.morvenpark.org or call 703-777-6034.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 27

<cal2>STORY TIME WITH JABBERU. 11 a.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Foreign language story time, expose children to other languages through interactive stories and songs. Ages 3 and up. Day's selection: Spanish language. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100.

WOOLGATHERING. 6 p.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Bring own stitching project and gather to chat with friends. Ages 12 and up. Call 703-430-9500.

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. See Oct. 24 item for details.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 29

<cal2>BINGO TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Bingo World in Baltimore, Md.; lunch on own or bring bag lunch. Cost: $11 for members, $13 for nonmembers, includes transportation; purchase bingo cards at the door. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

AUTHOR READING. 7 p.m., Rust Library, 34D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Walter Gavenda, author of "A Guide to Haunted West Virginia," shares stories about the paranormal history of Civil War battlefields. Ages 12 and up. Visit library.loudoun.gov.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 30

<cal2>MOVIE NIGHT. 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown" and "Garfield's Halloween Adventure." Bring pillows, blankets and snacks. Visit library.loudoun.gov.

HALLOWEEN PARTY. 2-4 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Costume party includes disc jockey Sky Dantinne, light refreshments and snacks and transportation home. Cost: $3 for members in advance; $5 for nonmembers and at the door. Call 703-430-2397.

HALLOWEEN STORYFEST. 6:30-8 p.m., Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Ages 5 and up. Sit by the campfire’s glow and listen to chilling stories of ghosts. Bring a toasting stick, marshmallows and hot cider provided. Cost: $6. An adult must accompany children. Call 571-258-3700.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 31

<cal2>TEEN CENTER. 7-10 p.m., After-Hours Teen Center, Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Features Halloween dance party. All teens attending the teen center must have a permission slip, signed by a parent or guardian, on file. Download the permission slip at http://library.loudoun.gov go to Teen Scene, Events, Hanging Out Rocks. For high schoolers.

HALLOWEEN PARTY. 2-4 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Includes disc jockey, light refreshments, snacks and transportation. Wear costume. Cost: $3 for members in advance, $5 for nonmembers and at door. Call 703-430-2397.

ZOO TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park; lunch on own or bring bag lunch. Cost: $9 for members, $11 for nonmembers, includes transportation. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 1

<cal2>PAPER MODELERS CONVENTION. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites, Sterling. 11th annual International Paper Modelers' Convention includes displays and opportunity to swap, sell and buy models. Buffet dinner and auction of model kits at 7 p.m. Cost: admission free; table rental $35; buffet dinner and auction $40. Call 703-620-9720.

DRAW-IN. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Smithsonian Naturalist Center, 741 Miller Drive, S.E., Leesburg. Artists and illustrators ages 10 and older can draw objects found in the center’s collection. Bring own art supplies; professional illustrators on hand for advice. Brian Kirk gives a stone carving demonstration at 1:30 p.m. Call 703-779-9712.

<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>Monday/Nov. 3

<cal2>MUSEUM TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Harrisonburg, Va., to visit the Virginia Quilt Museum; lunch on own or bring bag lunch. Cost: $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers, includes transportation and admission. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 6

<cal2>SENIORS TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Gettysburg, Pa., to visit Boyd's Bear Country and tour Eisenhower Farm; lunch on own or bring bag lunch. Cost: $15 for members, $17 for nonmembers, includes transportation, admission and tour. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 8

<cal2>ELVIS TRIBUTE. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, 13869 Park Drive, Herndon. 8th Annual Salute to the King, Elvis tribute dinner show. Includes eight tribute artists. Cost: $55 includes dinner and show. Call 703-478-2900.

<cal1>Monday/Nov. 10

<cal2>SADIE HAWKINS DANCE. 2-4 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place. Cost: $2 for members in advance, $4 for nonmember and at the door. Call 703-430-2397.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 13

<cal2>CASINO TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Charles Town, W.Va. Includes slots and simulcast horse racing; lunch on own. Cost: $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers, includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<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>Saturday/Nov. 15

<cal2>LET'S TALK TURKEY. 10 a.m.-noon, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. Straight talk about the bird and its lore. Hands-on children's activities, stories and games. Free with paid museum admission. Cost: adults $5 and children $3. Call 571-258-3800.

CASINO NIGHT. 6:30-11 p.m., AOL Facility, Ashburn. AOL is hosting a casino night fund-raiser with all monies going to support children and adults with disabilities served by LARC and ECHO. Cost: $80, which includes hors d’oeuvres, $15,000 in play money and two drink tickets. Call 703-777-1939 or e-mail Larclady@aol.com for tickets.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 26

<cal2>CASINO TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Charles Town, W.Va. Includes slots and simulcast horse racing; lunch on own. Cost: $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers, includes transportation and $5 cash back, subject to change. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<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>Wednesday/Dec. 10

<cal2>HOLIDAY LIGHTS TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Washington, D.C., for dinner on own at Union Station, viewing of Pageant of Peace and visit to Mormon Temple Grounds and Visitors Center, including live Nativity scene. Cost: $23 for members, $25 for nonmembers, includes transportation with free admission. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<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.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 14

<cal2>THEATER TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Columbia, Md., to Toby's Dinner Theatre for the production of "A Christmas Carol." Cost: $58 for members, $60 for nonmembers, includes transportation, show, champagne brunch and tip. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<cal1>Monday/Dec. 15

<cal2>HOLIDAY LIGHTS TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Washington, D.C., for dinner on own at Union Station, viewing of Pageant of Peace and visit to Mormon Temple Grounds and Visitors Center, including live Nativity scene. Cost: $23 for members, $25 for nonmembers, includes transportation with free admission. Extensive walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 18

<cal2>THEATER TRIP. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, will take a trip to Columbia, Md., to Toby's Dinner Theatre for the production of "A Christmas Carol." Cost: $58 for members, $60 for nonmembers, includes transportation, show, champagne brunch and tip. Minimum walking. Call 703-430-2397 for departure and return times and locations.