Prince George’s community calendar, March 29 to April 5, 2012

March 29, 2012
Thursday, March 29

QuestFest theater festival, two-week event in various Washington area venues featuring performers using movement, gesture and digital media to tell stories. Co-sponsored by Gallaudet University in Washington. Joe’s Movement Emporium will host “Balloonacy” at 10 a.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.questfest.org for information on prices and other shows at Joe’s and other venues, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819.

Beltsville boys overnight party, for ages 10 to 15, stay up all night playing sports and games; with educational workshops. 7 a.m. Thursday and Friday, Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. $5, registration required. 301-937-6613.

Beltsville computer class, the basics of the Internet. 9:10 a.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd. Free. 301-937-0294.

1940 Census, discussed by archivists Constance Potter and Diane Petro. 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free; photo ID required. 202-357-5000.

Seniors “Groove Cafe,” for age 60 or older, for poets, storytellers and others. Noon-2 p.m., Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Rd., Camp Springs. $3; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $5. 301-449-0490.

New Deal Cafe open mike, music, poetry or comedy. 7-9 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Student dance showcase, featuring troupes from across the county. 7 p.m., Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School, 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro. $10; students, $5. 301-952-6000 or www1.pgcps.org.

Senior center blues concert, by the Bill Thomas Blues Band. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. $5. 301-206-3355.

Theater: “Symphonie Fantastique,” featuring puppetry, black light, overhead projections and air bubbles. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $45; seniors, $40; students and children, $9. 301-405-2787 or www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

Friday, March 30

19th-century tavern night registration, deadline is Friday to register for the 8 p.m. April 14th event featuring 19th-century-style food and entertainment by the Ship’s Company Chanteymen, Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. $22; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $27. 301-864-0420.

Virginia State University student trip, for county students in grades seven to nine, take a guided tour of Virginia State University and Virginia Union University, meet staff members and have lunch on campus; co-sponsored by Prince George’s County Delta Alumnae Foundation. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., bus departs from Kettering Plaza, 10666 Campus Way S., Upper Marlboro. $30, includes transportation and lunch; registration required. 301-736-3250 or hbcu@pgcacdst.org.

Suitland children’s chess tournament, for students in grades four to six. Co-sponsored by the Statistics Club at Virginia Tech. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville. Free, registration required. 540-231-1125 or sccinvitational.weebly.com/index.html.

College Park Needle Arts Society, visitors are invited to work on quilting, knitting, embroidery and counted cross-stitch projects. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-277-9630 or cpneedlearts@earthlink.net.

Technology and Business Career Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Capitol College, McGowan Academic Center, 11301 Springfield Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-369-2800.

Bowie public safety luncheon, to honor Bowie public safety professionals and volunteers. Sponsored by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 4500 Crain Hwy. $40; active duty public safety officers, $25; reservations required. 301-262-0920, www.bowiechamber.org or kelly@bowiechamber.org.

Upper Marlboro fish fry, choice of whiting or tilapia, with green beans, cole slaw, bread, beverage and dessert. 4-7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro. $10; seniors, $8; age 11 or younger, $5. 301-627-2636.

Lanham youth basketball tournament, for ages 10 to 17, five-on-five competition in three age groups. Prizes awarded. 7-10 p.m., Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Free, registration required. 301-552-1093.

Youth Emmit Till program, for ages 13 to 17, watch a movie about Till on a big screen; with refreshments. 7-10 p.m., Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-248-4404.

Landover youth “wings” event, for ages 10 to 17, munch on buffalo wings and socialize. 7-9:30 p.m., Kentland-Columbia Park Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. Free. 301-341-7439.

Hard Swimmin’ Fish band, performance of “rockin’ blues.” 8-11 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Saturday, March 31

Beltsville native plant symposium and sale, landscape architects, authors and gardeners discuss how native plants can inspire creativity in the garden. Plant sale sponsored by Friends of the National Arboretum. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, 10300 Baltimore Ave. Admission, free; registration requested. 202-544-8733 or www.usna.usda.gov.

Mount Rainier computer class, for age 20 or older, learn basics. 9 a.m., Mount Rainier Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-864-8937.

Rain barrel workshop, learn about installation and maintenance of the water-conservation and landscaping device; barrels available for purchase. 9:30-11 a.m., Bowie City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Rd. Free. 301-809-3089.

Brandywine bunny crafts, for age 6 or younger, snacks, crafts and egg hunt. 10 a.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. $5. 301-888-1500.

Children’s College Park arts workshop, for ages 3 to 8, with art specialist Aaron Springer. 10 a.m.-noon, Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-927-3013.

“Mr. Bunny’s Magic Show” in Beltsville, for age 10 or younger, bring a basket and hunt for eggs; with magic show and light refreshments. 10 a.m.-noon, Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd. Free. 301-937-6613.

National Harbor children’s map program, learn how to read a U.S. map and create a map of a town. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, 112 Waterfront St., National Harbor. Free. 301-686-0225.

“Water critters” nature program, for ages 8 to 10, learn about creatures that live in natural pools. 1-2:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free (donations welcome), registration required. 301-497-5887.

Bowie “Edible Books Bake-Off,” for all ages, create a cake representing a book of your choice and bring it to the library for judging. With prizes. 1-4 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

Greenbelt jazz jam session, bring an instrument and join Greg Meyer. 1:30-5 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642 or www.gregmeyermusic.com/galleryservices.

Hyattsville Easter egg hunt, for ages 3 to 12. 2-4 p.m., University Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1520 or www.cucmd.org.

Clinton “tricky wildlife” program, for age 2 or older, learn how a zebra uses its stripes as camouflage and how other animals use deception to survive. 2-3 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $2; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $3. 301-297-4575.

African American genealogy, information on finding female ancestors. 2:30 p.m., Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Travel from Clinton to Laurel for laser tag, for ages 13 to 17, travel by van to Laurel for laser tag. Sponsored by Stephen Decatur Community Center. 6-10 p.m., van departs from the community center, 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton. $7, children must have signed permission slip. 301-297-4648.

The Fabulous Bel Airs, the eight-piece ensemble performs Motown tunes; dinner and dessert served. 6 p.m., College Park Moose Lodge, 3700 Metzerott Rd., College Park. $20, reservations required. 301-935-5525.

“Battle of the Greeks” step teams, college, alumni and youth step teams compete for prize money. Sponsored by the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. 7-11 p.m., Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $20. 301-736-3250, www.showplacearena.com or stepshow@pgcacdst.org.

Crofton Skate Zone trip, for ages 10 to 17. Sponsored by South Bowie Community Center. 7-10 p.m., vehicle leaves from the community center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. $12, includes transportation; children must have a signed permission slip. 301-249-1622.

Marlow Heights kickball, for ages 13 to 17. 7-10 p.m., Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Dr., Temple Hills. Free. 301-423-0505.

Beltsville youth campfire program, for ages 10 to 17, make s’mores. 7-10 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd. Free. 301-937-6613.

Arachne Aerial Arts, acrobatic workshops, private lessons and performances. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. $20; students and seniors, $15; youths, $10. 301-699-1819.

The Keshvar Project, belly dance troupe, with original music and dance. 8-11 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642 or www.keshvarproject.com/.

Laurel “Top Chef Oseh,” wine and samples of food prepared for a cooking competition served; music by a cappella group Kol Sasson. 8 p.m., Oseh Shalom, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel. $15; in advance, $12; additional $5 for wine tasting; reservations requested. 301-498-5151, www.oseh-shalom.org or hillarya26@yahoo.com.

Sunday, April 1

“Fools for April” program, “Shakespeare Massacre: A Clown’s Lament,” a comedic performance by Clown Cabaret; afterward, make clown-inspired crafts. 1-4 p.m., Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 240-542-2057 or www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts.

Greenbelt Mateo Monk concert, world music and reggae. 5-8 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Monday, April 2

College bus tour, for Prince George’s County residents ages 13 to 18, travel to meet representatives of University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Catholic University in Washington. Seniors are advised to bring official, sealed high school transcripts. Lunch included. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., transportation departs from Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $45, registration required. 301-203-6070.

Greenbelt Police Department examination, information on the findings of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which recently examined the Greenbelt Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operation and support services. 6 p.m., Greenbelt Municipal Building, council chambers, 25 Crescent Rd. Free. 240-542-2104 or klawson@greenbeltmd.gov.

Don Walters Americana concert, acoustic music. 7-9 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Youth video graphics workshop, for ages 13 to 17. 7-10 p.m., Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-248-4404.

Tuesday, April 3

Upper Marlboro reptile program, for age 3 or older, meet snakes, lizards and turtles. 2-3 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $3. 301-699-2456.

The Brothers Strum concert, Celtic and American folk music. 7-9 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Wednesday, April 4

Laurel “eggs-travaganza,” for ages 3 to 4, learn about eggs by singing, making crafts and doing other activities. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free (donations welcome), registration required. 301-497-5887.

College Park area development, discussion of proposed development around the College Park-University of Maryland Metro station in connection with the Purple Line development. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Department of Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 6600 Kenilworth Ave., Riverdale. Free. Bill Washburn, 301-952-3166 or william.washburn@ppd.mncppc.org.

Thursday, April 5

Laurel seniors meeting with police, for age 60 or older, Prince George’s County Police Cpl. Kelvin Scruggs discusses the science of solving crimes. 1 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. Free. Beth Evans, 301-490-5679.

Laurel cottontail program, for ages 5 to 7, a program about rabbits. 1-2:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free (donations welcome), registration required. 301-497-5887.

Upper Marlboro nature crafts, for ages 2 to 10, meet an animal and make a craft. 2-3 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $3; reservations required. 301-699-2456.

Berwyn Heights bird walk, habitats include wetlands, forests and meadows, with sighting opportunities for woodland and field songbirds, waterfowl and raptors. Hosted by the Prince George’s Audubon Society. 3 p.m., meet at the parking lot for the Luther Goldman Birding Trail, Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Berwyn Road and Balew Avenue, Berwyn Heights. Free. 301-459-3375.

Bowie Baysox opening night, against the Harrisburg Senators. 7:05 p.m., Bowie Baysox, 4101 NE Crain Hwy. For ticket prices, call 301-805-6000 or visit www.baysox.com.

Marine Band concert in Bowie, 7:30 p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-433-4011 or www.marineband.usmc.mil.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

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