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June 29-July 5 Int'l Gathering of Youth Orchestras. More than 120 young musicians from a dozen countries converge in Ashburn to participate in the sixth annual international Gathering of Youth Orchestras. * A Grand Concert II will be held Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m. at Reston Town Center Pavilion, Reston. Suggested donation: $15/adults, $5/children. Go to www.ymppa.org or call 703-628-2589.

Send announcements to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks prior to event; photos/artwork encouraged. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

<cal1>Mondays in July and August

<cal2>Storytime With Teen Reading Buddies. 2:30 p.m. For children ages 3-6. At Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn.

<cal1>Mondays in July and August

<cal2>Storytime With Teen Reading Buddies. 2:30 p.m. For children ages 3-6. At Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 17

<cal2>Liturgical Poetry. Noon. Brown-bag lunch and Jewish learning topics. Send an email to JewishStudies.Teacher@gmail.com. For more information, call Michael Leavitt at 703.598.2666 or email him at JewishStudies.Teacher@gmail.com.

Baby Sign Language. 11 a.m. Dana Carmichael, certified sign language instructor. A beginning sign language class for babies ages 6 to 24 months with a parent or caregiver. At Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100.

<cal1>Thursday/June 18

<cal2>The Paper Bag Princess. 4 p.m. Listen to a story about Princess Elizabeth and afterwards make a crown and a paper doll. For children ages 6-9. At Ashburn Library, 43316 hay Road, Ashburn.

Galileo Kids. 4 p.m. at Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Children 6-8 can learn about science through activities and more. Free. Visit library.loudoun.gov or 703-430-9500.

Bilingual Story Time. 4 p.m. at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place. Free. For children 2-6. Visit library.loudoun.gov.

Frogshackle Open House. 3-4:30 p.m. Explore the rock box and compare the crystals, turquoise and other minerals. Free. At Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. Call 571-258-3700.

<cal1>Friday/June 19

<cal2>MOMS Club of Sterling. 10:30 a.m. Beth Barbaro will engage children in singing, dancing and games all set to music. At the Cascades Library. Visit www.geocities.com/sterlingmomsclub or email sterlingmomsclub@yahoo.com.

Signorello (Big Band Swing). 7:30-10:30 p.m. Lansdowne Resort’s Free Summer Concert Series – on the Terrace. Executive Chef Jason Lage and the culinary team will be offering a variety of fresh grilled foods. Call 877-509-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

<cal1>Saturday/June 20

<cal2>Great Danes Rescue League. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Meet and Greet Great Danes at Stafford PetSmart, 1160 Stafford Market Place, Stafford.

Free lecture. 1-2:30 p.m. Dr. Edward Robinson – Crime Scene Investigation. The Smithsonian Naturalist Center in Leesburg, 741 Miller Drive SE, Suite G-2, Leesburg. Free. Call 703-779-9712 or 1-800-729-7725.

"Alice in Wonderland." 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Theatre Department (NOVA-Loudoun) hosts McLean High’s production of "Alice in Wonderland." Tickets $10/general, $5/children. Contact Natalie V. Safley nsafley@nvcc.edu or 703-948-7701.

Crime Scene Investigation. 1-2:30 p.m. Edward Robinson, a crime scene investigator, will present an overview of what is really done by CSI. At the Smithsonian Naturalist Center in Leesburg, 741 Miller Drive, SE, Suite G2, Leesburg. Free and open to the public. Call 703-779-9712.

Cajun Fest. Zydeco and Cajun music, authentic Cajun food, ranging from chicken & sausage Jambalaya, Manqué Choux and Muffalettas to Gumbo, BBQ and more. At Breaux Vineyard, with gates opening at 11 am and the festival ends at 6 p.m. (rain or shine). Tickets for adults and children five and over as well as designated drivers are $13 and $9 respectively (in advance) and $15 and $10 at the gate. Tickets are required and advanced reservations are available online at www.breauxvineyards.com/events.

Alpaca Farm Day Event. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Sunset Acres in Berryville. Call 540-955-3529.

<cal1>June 20-21

<cal2>Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. June 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 21 from noon to 5 p.m. Free. Some 49 artists will display their arts and crafts. Paintings, photography, sculpture, glassworks, jewelry, fabric art, artist demonstrations and children's activities. Tour booklets with maps are available at sponsoring sites, tourist information outlets, online at www.wlast.org and by calling 540-338-7973.

<cal1>Monday/June 22

<cal2>Peggy Flynn as Amelia Bedelia. 10:30 a.m. For ages 5-8. At Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls.

Crafts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of the Summer Reading Program with Dora the Explorer. Make passports and enjoy other activities. For all ages. At Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise Street, Sterling.

Reptiles Alive. 2:30 p.m. See frogs, tortoises, lizards and snakes. Learn about their habitats. Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls.

Reptiles Alive. 7 p.m. See frogs, tortoises, lizards and snakes. Learn about their habitats. Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn.

<cal1>Tuesday/June 23

<cal2>Explore Julie's World. 7 p.m. For children ages 7-11, explore the 1970s with American Girl Julie. At Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd, Ashburn. Register online at library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100.

Teen Movie. 2 p.m. "The Dark Knight." Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St, Sterling.

Explore Wild Animals. 11 a.m. See a live mallard duck, snapping turtle, red-haired tarantula and a boa constrictor. For all ages. At Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St.

Explore Wild Animals. 2 p.m. See a live mallard duck, snapping turtle, red-haired tarantula and a boa constrictor. For all ages. Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls.

Explore Wild Animals. 4 p.m. See a live mallard duck, snapping turtle, red-haired tarantula and a boa constrictor. For all ages. Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 24

<cal2>Meet Clifford, The Big Red Dog. 2-4 p.m. Summer Reading Program celebrates favorite book characters. At Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls.

Family Movie Matinee. 3 p.m. At Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. For a listing of programs, go to http://library.loudoun.gov.

Reptiles Alive. 4 p.m. See frogs, tortoises, lizards and snakes. Learn about their habitats. At Sterling Library.

<cal1>Friday/June 26

<cal2>Meet Clifford, The Big Red Dog. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Summer Reading Program celebrates favorite book characters. At Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls.

Make a Shark Tooth Necklace. 1:30 and 3 p.m. Listen to a Hawaiian story and music while making a craft. For ages 6-10. Register online at library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100. At Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn.

Cathy Ponton King (Tough and Tender Blues). 7:30-10:30 p.m. Lansdowne Resort’s Free Summer Concert Series – on the Terrace. Executive Chef Jason Lage and the culinary team will be offering a variety of fresh grilled foods. Call 877-509-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

<cal1>Saturday/June 27

<cal2>Children's Used-Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Great deals on children's books and DVDs. Donations of children’s books and DVDs will be accepted from Wednesday, June 24 to Friday, June 26 during normal library hours. At Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn.

Music Instruction. 1 p.m. A day camp of introductory piano instruction for ages 5-12 with Greg Genter of Piano Xpress. At Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Call 703-444-3228.

Sterling Street Fair. Noon to 4 p.m. At Palmercare Chiropractic, 46169 Westlake Dr., Sterling. A $300 scholarship, sponsored by Palmercare Chiropractic, will be awarded to one of the event's performers. Contact Felicia Owens-Smith of Celebrations Made Simple at 703-401-5318 or by emailing felicia@celebrationsmadesimple.com.

Youth Fest 2009, a celebration of Loudoun Teens. 3-9 p.m. At Belmont Country Club. Live bands and dance teams.

Children’s and teen’s book sale. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ashburn Library 43316 Hay Road. Prices from 50 cents to $2. Used books, videos, music, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and more. Call 703-858-9066.

Sterling Street Fair. Noon to 4 p.m. At Palmercare Chiropractic, 46169 Westlake Drive, Sterling. A $300 scholarship, sponsored by Palmercare Chiropractic, will be awarded to one of the event’s performers. Contact Felicia Owens-Smith of Celebrations Made Simple at 703-401-5318 or by emailing felicia@celebrationsmadesimple.com.

Rummage Sale. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 East Church Road, Sterling. Proceeds benefit the church’s youth and adult summer mission trips. Call 703-430-6455. Web site: www.sterlingumc.org.

YouthFest. 3-9 p.m. Annual outdoor event for teens. At the Belmont Country Club in Ashburn. Live music, entertainment, food, games, a message of making positive choices. Interested groups should contact YAC@loudoun.govor call 703-737-8335.

Radio WOOF. 1 p.m. Storytelling and folk music with Bill Wellington. At Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road.

<cal1>June 27-28

<cal2>Brewfest. Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A celebration of American Beer, featuring 50 breweries, at Morven Park in Leesburg. Go to http://novabrewfest.com/summer/ .

<cal1>Sunday/June 28

<cal2>Celtic and Irish Music. 3 p.m. Free performance features Adrienn Salazar on the violin, Allison Pearson, voice and many more musicians. At Franklin Park Arts Center. Donations to Multiple Sclerosis Society will be gratefully

accepted. Reserve seats at 540-338-7973.

Paws to Read. 2 p.m. What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love to read! Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Register online at http://library.loudoun. or call 703-737-8100.

Rummage Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 East Church Road, Sterling. Proceeds benefit the church’s youth and adult summer mission trips. Call 703-430-6455. Web site: www.sterlingumc.org.

<cal1>Monday/June 29

<cal2>Legos. 6 p.m. Lego Robotics with Mark Vanderlyn. At Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. (703-430-9500).

Rocknoceros. 2:30 p.m. Band that creates cool music for kids. At Cascades Library.

Stuart Mill Farm Llamas. 10 a.m. Learn about the habitat and life cycle of llamas. For all ages. At Cascades Library (parking lot), 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls.

Rocknoceros. 7 p.m. Band that creates cool music for kids. At Ashburn Library.

<cal1>Tuesday/June 30

<cal2>Martial Arts Class. 2 p.m. Class taught by a master from Pro International Martial Arts. At Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Call 703-430-9500.

Video Game Design. 2 p.m. Learn from Pablo Buitrago about the technical skills and software knowledge for careers in video game design. At Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Rd (703-737-8100).

A Food Named "O". Medieval Jester Mark Jaster presents his foolish antics, mute amusements and musical anomalies. 2 p.m. At Cascades Library.

<cal1>Wednesday, July 1

<cal2>Rocknoceros. 4 p.m. Band that creates cool music for kids. At Sterling Library.

Song Circle. 7 p.m. Bring a song you'd like to sing and teach it to the group. For all ages. At Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls.

<cal1>Thursday/July 2

<cal2>Explore Central and South America. Children ages 6-12 are invited to explore different continents through games and activities. Register online at library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-430-9500.

<cal1>Thursdays, July 2 to Aug. 6

<cal2>Games & Activities. 2 p.m. At Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling.

<cal1>Friday/July 3

<cal2>Southern Persuasion (Country). 7:30-10:30 p.m. Lansdowne Resort’s Free Summer Concert Series – on the Terrace. Executive Chef Jason Lage and the culinary team will be offering a variety of fresh grilled foods. Call 877-509-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

<cal1>Thursday/July 9

<cal2>Explore Antarctica: Ice Cream Castles. Children ages 6-12 are invited to explore different continents through games and activities. Register online at library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-430-9500.

<cal1>Friday/July 10

<cal2>Potty Party. 10:30 a.m. Learn a new approach to potty training with certified instructor Dana Carmichael. Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls.

The Jack Diamond and 80s, 90s, and Today. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Lansdowne Resort’s Free Summer Concert Series – on the Terrace. Executive Chef Jason Lage and the culinary team will be offering a variety of fresh grilled foods. Call 877-509-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

<cal1>Saturday/July 11

<cal2>Music Instruction. 1 p.m. A day camp of introductory piano instruction for ages 5-12 with Greg Genter of Piano Xpress. At Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Call 703-444-3228.

Ashburn Classics Meeting. 11:30 a.m. Pasta lunch catered by Andy's in Leesburg. Entertainment provided by the Jackson Singers, an African-American Gospel group. Call 703-858-1313 or 703-858-2941 for reservations.

Ashburn Classics Meeting. 11:30 a.m. Italian Pasta Party at the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department, with catered food by Andy’s of Leesburg. Featuring The Jackson Singers, an African-American Gospel Group. Call 703-858-1313.

<cal1>Monday/July 13

<cal2>Baby Sign Language. 11 a.m. Dana Carmichael, certified sign language instructor. A beginning sign language class for babies ages 6 to 24 months with a parent or caregiver. At Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100.

<cal1>Thursday/July 16

<cal2>Explore Europe: How do you say? Children ages 6-12 are invited to explore different continents through games and activities. Register online at library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-430-9500.

<cal1>Friday/July 17

<cal2>JunkFood (Contemporary). 7:30-10:30 p.m. Lansdowne Resort’s Free Summer Concert Series – on the Terrace. Executive Chef Jason Lage and the culinary team will be offering a variety of fresh grilled foods. Call 877-509-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

<cal1>Sunday/July 19

<cal2>Keep Your Brain Alive. 3 p.m. Learn tips and strategies to keep your brain alive by working crossword puzzles. Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls.

<cal1>Thursday/July 23

<cal2>Explore Asia: A Taste of Korea. Children ages 6-12 are invited to explore different continents through games and activities. Register online at library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-430-9500.

Teen Movie. 2 p.m. "The Incredible Hulk." Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St, Sterling.

<cal1>Friday/July 24

<cal2>Sharon Thomas Experience (Jazz). 7:30-10:30 p.m. Lansdowne Resort’s Free Summer Concert Series – on the Terrace. Executive Chef Jason Lage and the culinary team will be offering a variety of fresh grilled foods. Call 877-509-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

<cal1>Monday/July 27

<cal2>Potty Party. 11 a.m. Learn a new approach to potty training with certified instructor Dana Carmichael. Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn.