What is the Federal Register? Jim Hemphill of the National Archives discusses the mysteries of the Federal Register system and introduces “Federal Register 2.0,” devoted to plain-language explanations. 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free; driver’s license or other photo ID required for admission. 301-837-2100.
Board of education meeting, 7:05 p.m., Sasscer Administration Building, 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro. Free. 301 952-6115 or www1.pgcps.org/board.
College Park Needle Arts Society, work on quilting, knitting, embroidery and counted cross-stitch projects. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-277-9630 or email@example.com.
Roaming raccoons, for ages 5-7, a look at the world of these mysterious masked mammals as they roam the neighborhood. 2-3:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free; registration required, donations welcome. 301-497-5887.
Glow-in-the-dark volleyball, for girls ages 8-15. 5-7 p.m., North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Free. 301-864-0756.
Cookie decorating fun, for ages 10-17, enjoy hot chocolate and design a cookie. 7-10 p.m., North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Free. 301-864-0756.
Fort Washington video gaming, for ages girls 13-17. 7-10 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-839-9597.
Fort Washington youth jam, for ages 10-17, celebrate 2013 to music from a live DJ. 7-10 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-292-9191.
Hyattsville football, for ages 10-17, showcase your skills in a friendly game. 7-10 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.
Waterfowl art workshop, for ages 12-18, draw or paint wildlife art using live models. Bring a bag lunch. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, donations welcome. Registration required. 301-497-5887.
All about raptors, for ages 8-10, learn how owls, hawks and falcons hunt their prey. 10-11 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2. 301-699-2456.
Hyattsville soccer clinic, for ages 10-14, learn basic techniques such as shooting, passing, trapping and various field positions. 11 a.m.-noon, Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.
Arts open house, learn about programs and classes offered through the College Park Arts Exchange. 12:30-3 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free, donations welcome. 301-927-3013 or www.cpae.org.
Marshmallows by campfire, for age 2 and older, enjoy marshmallows or bring hot dogs to cook by the fire. 1-2:30 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $3. 301-297-4575.
Clinton spaghetti supper, enjoy a dinner of spaghetti, bread, salad, beverage and dessert. 4-6 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. A $10 suggested donation is welcome. Children free. 301-868-1330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whack the pinata, for ages 10-17, take a swing at a pinata stuffed with goodies. 7-10 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-6613.
Hyattsville roller skating, for girls ages 10-17, travel to Laurel Skate for a fun night out. 7-10 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. $6. 301-864-1611.
Monopoly tournament, for ages 10-17. 7-10 p.m., Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg. Free. 301-277-2124.
D.E.A.R. book drive, drop off new or gently used books to benefit youth ages 5-17 in the Drop Everything and Read program. Various Prince George’s County community centers accept books daily. Visit the Web site for locations. 9 a.m. Sundays-Mondays, through Jan. 28, 301-445-4500 or www.pgparks.com.
Camera club meeting, a discussion of techniques for the upcoming competition focusing on travel photography. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Mount Oak Road and Route 301, Bowie. 410-827-3369 or www.b-ccc.org.
“Good Deeds” screening, for age 60 and older, watch the Tyler Perry romantic film about a rich businessman who finds love with a struggling single mother. 11 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $2. 301-277-1710.
Foreign currency discussion, a librarian leads a seminar on the future of the euro. Presented by the Foreign Policy Association. 7:30 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.
Snow tubing party, for ages 10-17, travel to Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, VA for a fun day of snow tubing. 3-10 p.m. Jan. 18. Mount Rainier Nature & Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $30, registration required by Jan. 16. 301-927-2163.
Brandywine rollerskate party, for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Must have signed permission slip. 3:30 p.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. $5. 301-888-1500.
Cheverly folk tales, Grey Seal Puppets presents three folk tale favorites, “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “The Frog Prince.” 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $3, adults $4. 301-277-1710.
NARFE 1747 chapter meeting, Diane Polangin of Total Tax Service, discusses how to file your 2012 federal and Maryland income tax returns. Hosted by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association; new members welcome. 10 a.m., Bowie Senior Center, rooms 2 and 3, 14900 Health Center Dr., Bowie. Free. Contact Dorothy Campbell at 301-464-6372.
Preschool story time, for ages 3-4, listen to “The Hat” and “The Mitten” by Jan Brett, then make a snowy craft. 10:30-11:30 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, donations welcome. Registration required. 301-497-5887.
Upper Marlboro puppet show, for ages 2-10, meet a live animal and watch a seasonal-themed puppet show. 2-3 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2. 301-699-2456.
Berwyn Heights bird walk, hosted by the Prince George’s Audubon Society, habitats include open water, wetlands, forests and meadows, with sighting opportunities for woodland and field songbirds, waterfowl and raptors. 3 p.m., meet at the parking lot for the Luther Goldman Birding Trail, Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Berwyn Road and Ballew Avenue, Berwyn Heights. Free. 301-459-3375.
Family science night, a hands-on program to learn how scientists experiment and collect data in order to prove a hypothesis. 6-8:30 p.m., Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. Free. Contact David Mozurkewich at 301-918-8750 or email@example.com for more information.
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