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Saturday/Nov. 28 Community Canning Event. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The how-to training session will feature locally grown produce. Cost is $10 per person, which includes use of equipment three jars each of the fruit or vegetable processed. At the Giant Food of Ashburn, 43330 Junction Plaza, Ashburn. Reservations are required so call 703-470-7790.

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>Thursday/Nov. 19

<cal2>Money Management Workshop. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. "Keeping a Check on Holiday Spending." Topics to be covered will include "Five Leading Causes of Overspending", "Strategies for Avoiding Debt During the Holidays", "How to Make Your Money Go Further", and to assist with future planning, "Strategies for Getting Out of Debt After The Holidays", and "Tips on Saving For Future Spending". At the Cascades Branch of the Loudoun County Public Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Contact Sharon Suchoski at 703-771-5715.

Member's Meet & Greet. 10 a.m. Sponsored by MOMS Club of Ashburn Village for potential members. The MOMS Club is a group of at-home mothers (including those who work out of their home or part-time) who have fun and support each other through playgroups, field trips, Moms Night Out, and more. Visit http://avmomsclub.50webs.com/ or email ashburnmomsclub@yahoo.com.

Green Business Challenge. 10-11 a.m. The challenge invites businesses to take action within their organizations to conserve energy and reduce greenhouses gases in our region. At the Loudoun County Government Center, Board Room, 1 Harrison Street, S.E., in Leesburg. Call www.loudoun.gov/energy.

<cal1>Nov. 19-21

<cal2>"Macbeth." 7:30 p.m. The play is being performed as a company piece, with actors playing more than one role. At Potomac Falls High School. Cost is $7. Call 571-434-3217.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 20

<cal2>MOPS Meeting. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. At the Community Church, 19790 Ashburn Road, Ashburn. Contact Ashley Saunders- ashley.saunders1@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of Sterling West. 10:30 a.m. Meets at the Cascades Library. Kids can play while moms mingle and find out more about the club, such as playgroups, activities, Moms' night out and more. Go to http://www.momsclubofsterlingva.org/ or email sterlingmomsclub@yahoo.com.

Kaleidoscope Children's Performance Series. 10 a.m. Peter McCory, the One Man Band will be singing and playing his guitar along with other instruments. At Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, in the lower level social hall. For ages 2 and up. Tickets are available in advance for $6.00 or the day of the show for $8.00 for each child. Adults are free. Call 703-777-1368 or visit www.idalee.org.

<cal1>Nov. 19-20

<cal2>Plein Air Workshop. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. With renowned painter Christine Lashley. Participants will follow in the footsteps of master painters, such as Claude Monet and John S. Sargent, and learn how to compose a painting on the spot, and they will discover tricks for simplifying landscape elements and working with composition. Must pre-register. Fee: $85 for one day: $150 for both days. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-703-8043.

<cal1>Nov. 20-21

<cal2>"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Presented by the Pickwick Players. Evenings at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. At River Bend Middle School, 45250 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling. Tickets online are $11/adults, $9/seniors and children, $45/family. Available at www.thepickwickplayers.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 21

<cal2>One-Day Mural Painting Workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn to paint murals for your home or business with Kathi Scholz Fertig. This workshop will concentrate on the different ways to conceptualize and design a mural of your own creation. Cost is $90. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-703-8043.

StarLab Portable Planetarium. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the traveling planetarium from the Science Museum of Virginia. An aerospace educator will lead you on an odyssey to the worlds beyond the Earth. At the Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls.

Woodshedders Perform. 8 p.m. Concert Includes Special Guests Danny Knicely and Foggy Smith. Local acoustic band takes the stage at Franklin Park Arts Center. Tickets are $12/adults, $10/students and seniors. Call 540-338-7973.

7th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard. 5K Race, 1-Mile Fun Run. Begins at 9 a.m. At Ida Lee Park. Pre-registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-Mile Run, plus two cans of food, which will be donated to Loudoun Interfaith Relief's food bank. Registration can be completed on-line at www.active.com. Call 703-777-1368 or visit the Web site at www.idalee.org.

<cal1>Nov. 21-22

<cal2>Treasures for Life Rummage Sale. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale features furniture, household items, clothing, office equipment, books, artwork, electronics, outdoor equipment, toys, and many other items for sale. Sponsored by the IYS Corporation to Support Mothers Against Drunk Driving. At 23465 Rock Haven Way, Suite 125, Dulles. Anyone wishing to arrange for a donation and free pickup of items for the sale may call 703-779-7534. Visit: http://www.TreasuresforLife.net

"Nutcracker In A Shell - All Jazzed Up!" 3 p.m. This shortened version of the classic production includes jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and ballet styles of dance performed by children for children At Broad Run High School in Ashburn. Tickets are $12/adults, $8/seniors and children. Call 703-724-4900 or go to http://www.ipayouth.org.

Christmas at Morven Park. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The living history program will re-create camp life of the 17th Mississippi Regiment in winter quarters. Special drilling and firing demos at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. The soldiers will also share stories of how Christmas was celebrated by the troops, both North and South, during the Civil War. At Historic Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane in Leesburg. Visit www.morvenpark.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 22

<cal2>Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Autumn Chamber Music. 3 p.m. At the Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Cost is Adults $12/10, Seniors $10/8, Youth 18 and under free.

<cal1>Nov. 23-24

<cal2>Give a Gobble Event. Curves of Ashburn will waive the initial service fee for any new member who brings in either a turkey or a $30 contribution, all to be donated to Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Call Kim Beach at Ashburn Curves at 571-223-0123 or ashburncurves@verizon.net.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 28

<cal2>Community Canning Event. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The how-to training session will feature locally grown produce. Cost is $10 per person, which includes use of equipment three jars each of the fruit or vegetable processed. At the Giant Food of Ashburn, 43330 Junction Plaza, Ashburn. Reservations are required so call 703-470-7790.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 5

<cal2>Breakfast With Santa. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Hosted by the Arcola-Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department. At Arcola United Methodist Church, 24757 Evergreen Mills Road, Sterling. Call 703-542-6839.

Preventing Diabetes. 10 a.m. to noon. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed and prevented with healthier habits during the pre-diabetes stage. In these two-hour classes, certified diabetes educators will provide information on physical activity, an improved diet and other positive lifestyle changes that can stall or prevent type 2 diabetes. $50 registration. At the Diabetes Center, Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg. Call 703-750-8800 or go to www.inova.org/healthclasses.

Make Holiday Cards. 10 a.m. to noon. Nature and art come together in this workshop where children will create holiday-themed, original artwork and cards for sending to family and friends. At the Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 South King Street in Historic Leesburg. Cost is $20 plus $10 supply fee. For ages 5-10. Register on-line at www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043.

<cal1>Dec. 5-6

<cal2>Treasures for Life Rummage Sale. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale features furniture, household items, clothing, office equipment, books, artwork, electronics, outdoor equipment, toys, and many other items for sale. Sponsored by the IYS Corporation to Support Mothers Against Drunk Driving. At 23465 Rock Haven Way, Suite 125, Dulles. Anyone wishing to arrange for a donation and free pickup of items for the sale may call 703-779-7534. Visit: http://www.TreasuresforLife.net

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 6

<cal2>Nutcracker Tea Party. 1 p.m. Loudoun Ballet Company performs The Nutcracker Tea Party at River Creek Country Club, 43404 Westchester Square, Leesburg. Children ages 3-12 is $25; adults 13 and up is $35. Performances will be at Park View High School, 400 W. Laurel Ave., Sterling, on Saturday, Dec. 12 and 19, at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m. Call 703-771-8074. Go to www.loudounballet.org/teapartytickets.

Concert. 3 p.m. Ensemble a la Carte, featuring bassoonist Robin Gelman. The group will perform Serenade, opus 14, for seven winds by Julius Roentgen and the Sextet, opus 271, by Carl Reinecke. At Congregation Sha'are Shalom, 19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, across from Heritage High School. Call 703-737-6500 or visit www.sha-areshalom.org.

Birding Hotspots in Loudoun. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join Joe Coleman and Laura Weidner of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy on a daylong search for sparrows, hawks, waterfowl, and other seasonal birds at some of Loudoun County's richest birding destinations. The group will meet at the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg. Registration required. Members (ANS & LWC): $30; Non-members: $42. To register contact ANS at 301-652-9188 x16.

<cal1>Tuesday/Dec. 8

<cal2>Holiday Open House. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also collecting non-perishable food for Loudoun Interfaith Relief. At the Visit Loudoun Office, 112-G South Street, SE, Market Station, Leesburg. Snow Date: Monday, Dec. 14.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 11

<cal2>Battle of the Bands. 6:30 p.m. $3. The Loudoun County Youth Advisory Council and Loudoun Youth Inc. will host the second in a series of Battle of the Band events. All bands that want to play at YouthFest 2010 must compete in a Battle of the Bands event. To be held at AV-COM Visual Arts, 45965 Nokes Blvd. in Sterling. Visit http://www.loudounteens.org or call 703-737-8335.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 10

<cal2>ServSafe Food Sanitation Course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Loudoun Extension Office in Leesburg. Cost is $150, includes text, examination and certification. Call 703-777-0373.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 12

<cal2>Birding Banshee. 8 a.m. Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve for a monthly bird walk. Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

Ashburn Classics Christmas Luncheon. 11 a.m. The Ashburn Classics is a social club for seniors age 50 and over in the Ashburn area. At the Holiday Inn, Leesburg. Reservations are required and entertainment will be provided. Call 703-858-1313.

Master Singers of Virginia. 8 p.m. (7:15 p.m. lecture). Holiday performance from chant to carol. A 34-member a cappella ensemble under the direction of Dr. Erik Jones. Tickets are $18/adults and $15/students/seniors (65+) in advance. Go to www.msva.org or call 703-655-7809. At Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, 43115 Waxpool Road, Ashburn.

Loudoun Symphony Performs. 8 p.m. "Celebrate the Season" features Christmas, Hanukkah and winter music. At Stone Bridge High School, Claibourne Parkway and Hay Road in Ashburn. For tickets, call 703-771-8287 or visit www.loudounsymphony.org

<cal1>Dec. 12-13

<cal2>Treasures for Life Rummage Sale. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale features furniture, household items, clothing, office equipment, books, artwork, electronics, outdoor equipment, toys, and many other items for sale. Sponsored by the IYS Corporation to Support Mothers Against Drunk Driving. At 23465 Rock Haven Way, Suite 125, Dulles. Anyone wishing to arrange for a donation and free pickup of items for the sale may call 703-779-7534. Visit: http://www.TreasuresforLife.net

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 17

<cal2>Member's Meet & Greet. 10 a.m. Sponsored by MOMS Club of Ashburn Village for potential members. The MOMS Club is a group of at-home mothers (including those who work out of their home or part-time) who have fun and support each other through playgroups, field trips, Moms Night Out, and more. Visit http://avmomsclub.50webs.com/ or email ashburnmomsclub@yahoo.com

<cal1>Dec. 20-22

<cal2>"A Christmas Carol." 7 p.m. Presented by Oatlands Carriage House Theater. Cost is $15/adults and $5/children ages 12 and under. To purchase tickets, call 703-777-3174, ext., 110. Call 703-777-3174 or visit www.oatlands.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 27

<cal2>Christmas Bird Count. The count-circle has a 15-mile diameter and covers 177 square miles of Loudoun's countryside: north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn and west to Purcellville. To take part, contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org