Prince George’s County community calendar, Feb. 28-March 7, 2013

February 27, 2013
Thursday, Feb. 28

Black Like Me, a discussion about intra-racial racism among African Americans, including the history of social clubs, bleaching syndrome and examples of discrimination practices. 7 p.m., Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville. Free. 301-454-1450.

College Park adult book club, discuss a book you recently read. Bring a list of books that you would like the group to read next month. 7-9 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month, College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave. 301-474-8044 or www.cpcommunitylibrary.com.

Friday, March 1

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 cpneedlearts@earthlink.net.

“Cafe Groove,” dance crews compete in this annual, teen-only contest. 7-10 p.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $3. 301-277-1710.

3-on-3 soccer tournament, for ages 10-17. 7-10 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.

Beltsville rim ball, for ages 10-17, play as a team in this newer version of the classic game of handball. 7-10 p.m., Vansville Community Center, 6813 Ammendale Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-6621.

Peanut butter lover’s day, for ages 10-17, make peanut butter cup milkshakes and other treats. 7-10 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-6613.

A Streetcar Named Desire,” Tennessee Williams’s celebrated play set in New Orleans, staged by Tantallon Company. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $15, seniors and students $10, opening night two tickets for $7.50. 301-203-6070.

Saturday, March 2

Free tax preparation, for county residents with basic income tax returns and maximum household incomes of $51,000. Bring W2 and 1099 forms, Social Security statements and other tax documents; receive free electronic filing of state and federal returns. Sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. By appointment only 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-583-5254 or academic.pgcc.edu/cfc.

Jug Bay bird walk, for age 12 and over, learn how to identify birds at the sanctuary by sight and sound. 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Free with paid admission: $5; seniors and age 17 and under, $3. Registration required. 410-741-9330.

Dr. Seuss’s birthday party, celebrate the 109th birthday of the noted children’s author with stories, performances, crafts and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., National Children’s Museum, 151 St. George Blvd., National Harbor. Free. 301-392-2400.

Outdoor adventures, for ages 8-12, travel to Wheaton Regional Park to hike and visit natural and historical sites. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $3, registration required. 301-927-2163.

Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration, readings and related activities. Noon-2 p.m., College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-474-8044 or www.cpcommunitylibrary.com.

Crochet and knitting basics, for age 13 and older, bring your own materials and learn how to knit. 1 p.m. Saturdays, through March 16, Mount Rainier Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainier. Free. 301-864-8937.

Black history program, learn about Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license in the United States. 2 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with museum admission: $4; seniors, $3; age 18 and under, $2. 301-864-6029.

Upper Marlboro nature program, learn about the life cycle of native white-tail deer and efforts being made to control their population. 2-3 p.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-888-1410.

College Park bingo, to benefit the Miss College Park Scholarship Fund and Lodge activities. Prizes include Coach leather products including handbags, totes and wallets. 6 p.m., College Park Moose Lodge, 3700 Metzerott Rd. $25 for 20 games. 301-935-5525 or 240-421-1187.

March Madness basketball competition, for ages 10-17, play a 3-on-3 tournament against peers; winning team will then compete against staff. 7-10 p.m., Berwyn Heights Elementary School, Community Center, 6200 Pontiac St., Berwyn Heights. Free. 240-684-6210.

Wii dance-off, for ages 10-17, show off your talents. 7-10 p.m., Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum. Free. 301-853-2005.

Sunday, March 3

Nature tracking, for ages 8-10, an interactive program to follow tracks, traces and scat clues of animals at the refuge. 2-3:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland auditions, ages 9 and older can audition for the company’s Summer Intensive and Choreographic Institute and other positions. Women should dress in black leotard and pink tights; men in white shirt and black tights. Ages 9-12, 3-4:30 p.m., ages 13-16, 5-6:30 p.m., age 16 and older, noon-2:30 p.m. Arrive one hour prior to audition to register; auditions also held March 10. Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Merritt Annex, 1981 Moreland Pkwy., Building 4A, Bay 4, Annapolis. $25, registration required. 410-263-8289 or www.balletmaryland.org.

Monday, March 4

Hyattsville children’s storytime, a librarian reads a book for ages 9-23 months 10:15 a.m., ages 2-3 11 a.m. Mondays, Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-985-4690.

Red” film screening, for age 60 and older, the 2010 action comedy about a retired CIA agent who gathers his old team after his life is threatened; with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren. 11 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $2. 301-277-1710.

College Park game night, bring your favorite game or play one at the library. 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Spauldings Library, College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave., 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750 or www.cpcommunitylibrary.com.

Financial planning workshop, for age 18 and older, discuss the basic concepts of personal financial planning, including current financial status, income and future goals. 7-9 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $5, registration required. 301-203-6070.

Tuesday, March 5

Small-business seminar, for small- and minority-business owners, learn how to submit bids to a Prince George’s County Request for Proposal. Sponsored by the Prince George’s County Minority Business Development Division. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1400 McCormick Dr., Conference Room 308, Largo. Free, registration required. Denise Roberts at 301-883-6480 or www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sddd.

Business management lecture, Marlon Harrison, vice president at Motiva Enterprises, shares his business management experience in the oil and gas industry. 9:30 a.m., Prince George’s Community College, Accokeek Hall Room 300, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853.

Bop ’Til You Drop, the fourth annual dance-a-thon celebrates music and movement. 10:15-11:45 a.m. and 1:45-3:15 p.m., H. Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center, 8801 Ritchie Dr. Capitol Heights. Free. 301-808-8100.

Beltsville family game night, play video and board games. 6 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd. Free. 301-937-0294.

Homework help, for students in grades 3-7. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays during the school year, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 240-461-5330 or stjohnsbroadcreek.org.

Meet Rosie the Riveter, learn about the women who went to work in U.S. factories, mills and shipyards during World War II. 7 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

Writer’s group, a biweekly meeting to get help with writing assignments, or brainstorm ideas. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-474-8044 or www.cpcommunitylibrary.com.

Wednesday, March 6

New Carrollton tax assistance, certified professionals from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will help prepare taxes for low-income and senior residents. Bring last year’s return, all W2 and 1099 documents. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free, appointment only. 301-422-6180.

College Park story time, for ages 18 months-4 years. 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-474-8044 or www.cpcommunitylibrary.com.

Laurel storytime, a librarian reads fun stories. Age 12 months and under 10:30 a.m., age 12-23 months 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Free. 301-776-6790.

Mount Rainier storytime, for ages 3-5, stories, songs and other activities. 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Mount Rainier Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-864-8937.

Beltsville tea party, for ages 10-17, practice etiquette techniques and enjoy tea. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Vansville Community Center, 6813 Ammendale Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-6621.

Genealogical Society program, a short business meeting and a presentation by Tom Shawker on “Research at the Library of Congress.” New members welcome. 7 p.m., New Carrollton City Hall, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy., New Carrollton. Free. 301-262-2063 or www.rootsweb.ancestry.com.

Thursday, March 7

“A Legacy of Change: Excellence Unleashed!” Camille O. Cosby, producer, educator, and philanthropist, and Johnnetta B. Cole, director of director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, moderate a panel discussion on academic excellence in the black community and the characteristics that contribute to success. Prince George’s Community College, Hallam Theatre, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free, tickets required. 301-322-0853 or www.missiontix.com/events/product/16381/legacy-of-change-excellence-unleashed.

Winter water bird survey, for age 18 and older, help count geese, harriers, eagles, herons and a variety of ducks. Bring binoculars, field guide and spotting scope. 7:30-9:30 a.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Free. 410-741-9330.

Hillcrest Heights computer lesson, learn basic computer skills, including how to use a mouse, keyboard and Windows programs. 9:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

Homeschooler’s science program, for ages 5-6, hands-on nature activities, stories and presentations. Classes meet once a month from 10-11 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $14; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $17. 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. Free. 301-459-3375.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

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