Prince George’s County community calendar, April 12 to 19, 2012

Thursday, April 12

Girls’ pajama jam, for girls ages 11 to 16, self-esteem workshops, team building, rap sessions, fashion show, beauty tips, photo shoot and karaoke. 7 a.m. Thursday and Friday, Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights. $15; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $17. Registration required. 301-736-5355.

School House Rock Live! a production by TheatreBam of Chicago. 10:15 a.m. and noon Thursday and Friday. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $6. 301-277-1710.

Preschoolers’ nature program, “All About Otters,” with stories, games and crafts projects. 10:30-11:30 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, donations welcome; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Seniors spa day, back massages, hand massages and mini-manicures. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. $20; registration required. 301-206-3355.

Maryland archaeology history program, a presentation on the variety of technology in the state’s earliest mills. 7 p.m., Laurel Municipal Pool Complex, Ninth and Main streets. Free. 301-725-7975 or www.laurelmuseum.org.

Victims’ Rights Awards, a fundraising event to honor victims of crimes, those who have served them, volunteers and partners. Sponsored by the Community Advocates for Family and Youth. 7-10 p.m., Glenn Dale Golf Club, 11501 Old Prospect Hill Rd., Glenn Dale. $35; reservations required. 301-390-4092 or www.cafy2012awards.eventbrite.com.

Sharon Thomas Experience Band, a lively R&B performance. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. $5. 301-206-3355.

Friday, April 13

Veterans’ career services day, career-related sessions, job and internship fair for military veterans. Dress in business professional attire, lunch available. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Colony Ballroom, Campus Drive, University of Maryland, College Park. Free to military veterans, registration required. 301-405-4076 or https://umd-csm.symplicity.com/events/VETS2012.

“All that jazz” outdoor concert, for age 60 and older, bring a lawn chair and/or blanket and enjoy live jazz from Nancy Paris Hines. 12:30-2 p.m., Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Rd., Camp Springs. $5; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $6. 301-449-0490.

Meteor shower science program, get a glimpse of the annual Lyrid meteor shower and discover where meteors originate. 7:30 p.m., Howard Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. Free with center admission: $5; students and seniors, $2; children $3, children age 3 and younger, free. 301-918-8750.

Rock-and-roll reunion, hear and share your stories of growing up with rock-and-roll at teen dances at the Hyattsville Armory and Bladensburg Fire Hall. Hosted by author Mark Opsasnick and filmmaker Jeff Krulik. Sponsored by the College Park Arts Exchange. 7:30 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-927-3013 or info@cpae.org.

Shared dance showcase, Deep Vision Dance Co. and Withhart.Dance.Projects highlight the complexity of human nature in this multimedia performance. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. $20; students and seniors, $15; youth, $10. 301-699-1819.

Saturday, April 14

Beltsville plant sale, shop perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetables, herbs and more. Sponsored by the Beltsville Garden Club. 8 a.m.-noon, High Point High School, 3601 Powder Mill Rd. Free. 301-937-1539 or www.beltsvillegardenclub.org.

Birding for the blind, a hands-on exploration of the outdoors for visually impaired people age 8 and older. 8-11 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, donations welcome, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Early childhood conference, for directors, teachers, caregivers and parents of infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children. Includes training, breakfast, lunch, keynote addresses, vendors, door prizes and more. Presented by the Prince George’s County Early Childhood Interagency. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School, 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro. $90, registration required. 301-431-6220, www.pginteragency.org or car3.cunningham@pgcps.org.

Asphalt Angels car show, view an array of specialty, classic and designer cars. 9 a.m.-noon, Glory Days, parking lot, 15505 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Spectators free. Participant registration, $15. Buddy Burness, show chairman, at 443-812-3184 or www.asphaltangelsofmd.org.

Boating safety course, for age 12 and older, a two-part course to become a certified powerboat operator; eight hours of classroom time and a final exam. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $25; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $30. Reservations required. 301-779-0371.

Children’s consignment sale, shop spring and summer clothing, shoes, toys, books and baby equipment. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Christ Church Parish, 600 Farmington Rd., Accokeek. Free. 301-292-5633 or kmc00@hotmail.com.

Big tree hike, measure trees and record data for the forest ecology study; learn how trees benefit the forest ecosystem. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Free with sanctuary admission: $5; seniors and age 17 and younger, $3. Reservations required. 410-741-9330.

Spring plant walk, a guided hike to discover early plants. Field guide, water and magnifying glass recommended. 10 a.m.-noon, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Sustainable gardening class, for age 18 and older, focusing on organic, chemical-free gardening practices. 10-11:30 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $5; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $6. Reservations required. 301-218-6702.

Fort Washington kite day, create, decorate and fly your own kite. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. $5; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $6. 301-292-9191.

University Park computer classes, learn basic skills. Sponsored by On Our Own of Prince George’s County. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 6513 Queens Chapel Rd., University Park. Free, registration requested. Frances Kemper, administrative assistant, 301-699-8939.

Soup and science program, enjoy a variety of homemade soups and watch a presentation on the fascinating life of the Monarch butterfly. Noon-3 p.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Free with sanctuary admission: $5; seniors and age 17 and younger, $3. Reservations required. 410-741-9330.

“Inspiration to Flight” arts program, explore how human beings have imagined flight in song, story and art. 1 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with museum admission: $4; seniors, $3; age 18 and younger, $2. Registration required. 301-864-6029.

Bowie green expo, a family event offering green products and services; vendors and mobile blood collection unit from Anne Arundel Medical Center. Sponsored by the Bowie Lions Club, the City of Bowie and the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. 1-4 p.m., Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenill Dr. Free. 301-262-6200 or www.bowiegreenexpo.org.

“Macbeth, presented by the Shakespeare Factory Players. 1 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Donations welcome. Reservations required. 301-927-3013 or info@cpae.org.

Turtle exploration, an interactive program to learn about the different species of turtles that live in our region. 2 p.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free, registration required. 301-888-1410.

Bonnet tea party, wear your favorite bonnet, hat or sombrero and enjoy a variety of teas. Prizes awarded. 2:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. $27.50, reservations required. 301-377-7817.

“Stayin Alive” old-school party, pull out those old bell bottoms, tie-dyed shirts, go-go boots, and headbands and dance as the Due Process band plays hits of the ’70s and ’80s. Includes dinner and dessert buffet. Proceeds will benefit Children at Mooseheart and the Seniors at Moosehaven. Dinner, 6-7:30 p.m. Music, 8 p.m.-midnight, College Park Moose Lodge, 3700 Metzerott Rd., College Park. At door, $18; advance purchase, $15. 301-935-5525.

Mini golf trip, ages 13 to 17 are invited to travel to Virginia to play miniature golf. 6-10 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills. $10. 301-505-0876.

Chesapeake Chorale concert, the Chamber Singers presents “Amazing Grace,” a program of traditional hymns and spirituals. 8 p.m., Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Dr., Bowie.$15; students, seniors and military, $12. 410-721-5422 or www.chesapeakechorale.org.

Sunday, April 15

Girl Scouts anniversary celebration, in recognition of the Girl Scouts of America’s 100th year as well as Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Greenbelt Community Center, lawn, 15 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-507-6582.

Greenbelt artists studio tour, view the home studios of artists whose work has displayed at the cafe. Reception and awards ceremony in the evening. Tour, 2-5 p.m. Reception, 7-9 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Monday, April 16

Joshua’s Helping Heart softball tournament, registration required by Monday for your team in the fundraising tournament to benefit the Children’s National Medical Center. Food and beer available for purchase. Must bring own softballs. Event scheduled April 21 and 22, NASA/Goddard Fields, 9472 Beaver Dam Rd., Greenbelt. $275. Nicole, 240-417-5168; Tommy, 240-320-6073; JHTT@comcast.net; or www.facebook.com/people/Joshuas-Helping-Heart/100000281836059.

Stories with Ranger Steph, for age 5 and younger, stories, songs and activities in honor of Earth Day. 9-10 a.m., Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free.

Shakespeare Theater auditions, teenagers entering grades eight to 12 are invited to audition for the theater’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” scheduled for June 29 to July 15. Bring résumé and come prepared with 20 to 30 lines of any Shakespeare monologue. Also needed are teens interested in costuming, light/sound design and operation, stage managers, set construction and publicity. 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906 or maureenrogers@gmail.com.

Summer acting job opportunity, teenagers age 16 and older who love to act, dance and sing are invited to audition for the Teen Performance Ensemble and the Prince George’s Children’s Theater. Selected actors will perform one-act live musical theater productions for children at playgrounds and camps across the Washington area. Auditions 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at two locations: Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington; and North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., Brentwood. Free. 301-446-3232.

Jazz: Orville Sanders band, for age 60 and older. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. $5; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $6. 301-206-3355.

Tuesday, April 17

Greenbelt anniversary program, scholars and University of Maryland faculty members lecture about Greenbelt’s development in celebration of its 75th anniversary. 7:30 p.m., Greenbelt Community Center, Room 201, 15 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-507-6582.

Wednesday, April 18

Technology assistance program, for age 60 and older, get help using and programming your cellphone, iPad or tablet, camera or other gadgets. 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 25, Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Rd., Camp Springs. $10; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $12. 301-449-0490.

Biomedical competition, high school students from across the Washington area present their findings of an in-school project in which they researched the mission and career opportunities for one of the 27 National Institutes of Health, wrote a research paper, prepared a brochure, Web page and postal board display. Prizes awarded. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. 6-9 p.m., Greenbelt Marriott Hotel, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt. Free. Irene Rogers at 301-925-9350.

“The Interrupters” movie premiere, the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Sponsored by the Prince George’s Harlem Remembrance Foundation and the Harlem Renaissance Festival. 6:30 p.m., Beltway Plaza, Academy 8 Theater, 6000 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. Free, first come, until theater is full. 301-345-1500 or http://kartemquin.com/films/the-interrupters.

Purple Line public meeting, discuss proposed development around the Riverdale Park station. Sponsored by the Prince George’s County Planning Department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Candlelight room, 5700 St. Bernard Dr., Riverdale.Free. Bill Washburn, M-NCPPC Project Coordinator, at 301-952-3166 or william.washburn@ppd.mncppc.org.

Laurel history lecture, for age 12 and older, historian Glenn Williams compares and contrasts the national defense policies of the presidential administrations of Washington, Adams and Madison. 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-377-7817.

Thursday, April 19

Homeschooler’s science workshop, for ages 8 to 12, take a tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and learn about earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science and technology development. Bring a bagged lunch to enjoy at Lake Artemesia, followed by a short nature hike. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $14; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $17. Reservations required. 301-699-2456.

Milkshake, the children’s rock-and-roll duo perform. 9:30 and 11 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $3. 301-277-1710.

School open house, tours for parents of students in grades K-12, meet teachers and administrators. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Clinton Christian School, 6707 Woodyard Rd., Upper Marlboro.Free. 301-599-9600.

NARFE 1747 chapter meeting, a representative from the Bowie Police Department will offer safety tips to senior citizens at this meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association; new members welcome. 10 a.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr. Free. Dorothy Campbell at 301-464-6372.

Senior lunch trip, for age 60 and older, travel to Chesapeake Beach to enjoy lunch at Rod & Reel seafood restaurant. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Rd., Camp Springs. $10; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $12. Transportation only. Reservations required. 301-449-0490.

Largo bingo, play bingo to relieve stress prior to final exams. Prizes awarded. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Bladen Hall, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853.

Baysox game and “Irish beer” dinner, fare at the Diamond View restaurant includes Irish beef stew, shepherd’s pie and orange-glazed salmon, followed by a baseball game with the Erie SeaWolves. Buffet starts at 6 p.m.; game time, 7:05 p.m., Bowie Baysox, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. $44; tickets must be purchased by 3 p.m. Monday. 301-464-4881 or www.baysox.com.

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. 6 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.

Catholic high school fair, for seventh- and eighth-grade students and their families, learn about high schools in the archdiocese through exhibits, admission directors and current students. 6-8 p.m., Greenbelt Marriott Hotel, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt. Free, registration required. Wendi Williams, wwilliams@adw.org or http://site.adw.org/school-profiles-and-links.

“Inglourious Basterds,” film starring Brad Pitt. Rated R. Food and games. 6-9 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with museum admission: $4; seniors, $3; age 18 and younger, $2. 301-864-6029.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

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