Prince George’s County community calendar, Feb. 6-12, 2014

Thursday, Feb. 6

African American history tour, a bus trip to the nation’s capital to visit black history landmarks, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Meridian Hill Park and others. Lunch on your own. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $5, transportation only. 301-583-2400.

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Temple Hills computer basics, a beginner’s course for those new to computers. 9:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

District Heights story time, for ages 2-3. 10:30 a.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

Caribbean immigrants, learn how to use federal records to locate immigrant ancestors from the West Indies, 1890-1930. 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, Lecture Room B, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free; driver’s license or other photo ID required for admission. 301-837-2100.

Berwyn Heights bird walk, members of the Prince George’s Audubon Society and Patuxent Bird Club host this walk through habitats including 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. 301-627-7755.

Bipolar support group, for those suffering from the mental illness. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 6-7:30 p.m., Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Rd., Laurel. Free, RSVP requested. Connie Houchens at 410-867-7927.

Civil Rights author book signing, meet Janis Kearny, author of the civil rights book “Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” Thursday 6-8 p.m. at South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Rd., Bowie. 301-850-0475. And Saturday 1-3 p.m. at Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, Free.

Downloading library eBooks, learn how to download library books onto an e-reader device. 7 p.m., South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Rd., Bowie. Free, registration requested. 301-850-0475.

Friday, Feb. 7

Preschool nature crafts, for ages 3-5, learn about bald eagles through stories and crafts; then create a bird craft. 10-11 a.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $2, registration required. 410-741-9330.

Cupid’s line dance social, for age 18 and older, dress in red and white for an evening of dancing with a live DJ and refreshments. 6-9:30 p.m., Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-749-4160.

Family fit night, activities include inflatable orb racing, basketball drills, jump rope and Hula Hoop dance challenge. 6-8 p.m., Springhill Lake Recreation Center, 6101 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt. Free. 301-397-2212.

Cafe Groove: black history edition, for ages 10-17, Alfred Duncan, member of the go-go band Mambo Sauce, leads a workshop to get hands-on experience with the musical instruments used for go-go music; learn the history behind the music and hear a live performance. After the show, enjoy open-mike poetry and spoken word. 7-10 p.m., Columbia Park Community Center, 1901 Kent Village Dr., Landover. $3. 301-341-3749.

Glory ,” a screening of the 1989 film based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African American unit that fought during the Civil War. 7:30 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-203-6070.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Glenarden intro to computers, a beginner’s course to learn basic computer terms, how to search the Web and other skills. 9:30 a.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy. Free, registration required. 301-772-5477.

Upper Marlboro nature puppet show, for ages 2-10, meet live animals and watch a nature-themed puppet show. 10 a.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, registration required. 301-218-6760.

New Carrollton book talk, a discussion of Ayana Mathis’s “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.” 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free. 301-459-6900.

Preparing for bluebirds, David Gillum leads a slide presentation about the birds and what they eat, nest boxes and monitoring; followed by a short outdoor walk. For age 8 and older. 10 a.m.-noon, Plummer House, Glendening Preserve, 5702 Plummer Lane, Lothian. Free.

Valentine crafts, Julie Western leads this arts workshop to make hand-crafted Valentine cards. 10 a.m.-noon, Historic Annapolis, Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Annapolis. $25, registration required. 410-267-7619 or www.annapolis.org .

Twelve Years a Slave” panel discussion, discuss the book and movie about the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. 11 a.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

African mask workshop, learn about diverse African cultures, listen to music and create a traditional mask. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-292-9191.

Lanham heart healthy lecture, Tasneem Malik, a physician at Metropolitan Medical Specialists in Lanham, leads a presentation about heart diseases and ways to live a healthy lifestyle. 11 a.m., Prince George’s Muslim Association, 9150 Lanham-Severn Rd., Lanham. Free, RSVP required. 301-459-4942, Ext. 1, or mmorgan@pgmamd.org .

Laurel play auditions, actors are invited to audition for “Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party,” scheduled to run April 25-May 18. Bring sheet music or CD and be prepared to sing 16 bars of a Broadway-style song to showcase vocal range. 11 a.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Free. 301-617-9906.

Read with Bella, for ages 6-12, read to the library’s resident beagle to practice skills. Noon-3 p.m., College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. Free. 301-474-8044.

Family campfire, for age 2 and older, roast marshmallows or bring your own items to cook by an open fire. 1-2:30 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $3, registration required. 301-297-4575.

Genealogy workshop, learn how to search for ancestors, organize and preserve genealogy online using FamilySearch Family Tree. 1 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. John's Lane, Ellicott City. Free. 443-539-6566 or md_columbia@ldsmail.net .

Gotham City showdown, for age 6 and older, join or bring a team of two and participate in Batman-themed challenges, games and crafts. 1-4 p.m., Patuxent Community Center, 4410 Bishopmill Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-780-7577.

Quilters trunk show, for age 10 and older, learn quilting patterns and how quilts were used in the Underground Railroad, then make a quilt square. 1 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

Get connected: Skype, learn how to make Internet calls using the software. 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

“Fighting Old Nep: The Food Culture of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders,” a discussion about the culinary history brought from Africa to colonial Maryland. 4 p.m., Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-1121.

Clinton spaghetti dinner, meal includes spaghetti, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. 4-6 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. $10 suggested offering. 301-449-5758.

Landover murder mystery, for ages 10-17, travel to Snow Hill Manor to talk to suspects, find clues and uncover the guilty party. 5-10 p.m., Columbia Park Community Center, 1901 Kent Village Dr., Landover. $5. 301-341-3749.

Glenarden go-go fitness, a high-intensity dance workout to go-go music for age 18 and older. 7-8 p.m., Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Ave. $25 for a six-week session or $5 drop-in. 301-772-3151.

Mitchellville pretty in pink night, for girls ages 10-13, enjoy a night of pampering with manicures, makeup and massages and then strut your stuff on the runway. 7 p.m., Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. Free. 301-333-6561.

Shoot-out basketball, for ages 13-17. 7-10 p.m., Bowie Community Center, 3209 Stonybrook Dr., Bowie. Free. 301-464-1737.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Disaster Aid USA Summit, have brunch and listen to Rafif Jouejati talk about the tragedies related to the Syrian conflict and the Jasmine Tent, a safe haven for women to recover from physical and emotional trauma. Sponsored by the Historic Prince George’s County Rotary Club. 11:30 a.m., Country Club at Woodmore, 12320 Pleasant Prospect Rd., Mitchellville. $50, reservations required. 443-995-0136 or www.disasteraidusa.com .

“Lost and Found Laurel,” an exhibit of memorabilia that offers a nostalgic look back on the city from the 1960s to today, pairing old and new items that explore schools, restaurants, entertainment, libraries and festivals. The exhibit was created in collaboration with Richard Friend, who manages the “Lost Laurel” Facebook page and author of the book, “Lost Laurel: The Book.” Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m., through Dec. 21. Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel. 301-725-7975, www.laurelhistoricalsociety.org . Free.

Animal camouflage, learn how animals hide from predators and watch a live animal demonstrate its skills. 2-3 p.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-888-1410.

Hope support group, for those living with depressive illnesses. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 3-5 p.m. Sundays, St. John’s Catholic Church, Education Center, 8912 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Free, registration requested. Ruth McMenamin at 301-868-6180.

Musical instrument petting zoo, for age 3 and older, hands-on experience with a variety of instruments. 3 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free, donations welcome. 301-927-3013.

Monday, Feb. 10

Young Thurgood ” author reception, a book signing for Larry S. Gibson and his book about Maryland native Thurgood Marshall, a civil rights leader and the first African American associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Gibson, a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, will discuss Marshall’s life and accomplishments, highlight cases from Prince George’s County that aimed at ending racial discrimination. 6 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, art gallery, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.

Blacks in science and medicine, for students in grades 3-5, learn about the contributions made by African American doctors and scientists. 6 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Songs of Freedom, Black history is told through music. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $6. arts.pgparks.com .

AARP Tax Aid, IRS-trained and certified volunteers from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aid program perform free tax filing for low-income and senior taxpayers. Bring a copy of last year’s tax return, all W-2s and 1099 income documents. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free, appointments required. 301-292-2188.

Upper Marlboro story time, for ages 3-5, enjoy books, songs, crafts and finger plays. 11:15 a.m. Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St. Free. 301-627-9330.

Oxon Hill book discussion, a librarian leads a talk about Thomas Howard’s “Page from a Tennessee Journal.” 2 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.

Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.: Activism and Education in Logan Circle, historian Ida Jones leads a presentation about African American history and culture. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

Monitoring the recovery of bald eagles in the lower 48, Wildlife biologist John Sauer and statistician Mark Otto lead this presentation to discuss bald eagles and the efforts made to get them removed from the endangered species list. Sponsored by the Patuxent Bird Club and the Prince George’s Audubon Society. 7:30 p.m., College Park Airport Annex, 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free. 301-262-5148 or www.pgaudubon.org .

Grief support group, for those age 18 and older grieving the death of a loved one. 7:30 p.m., Chesapeake Life Center, 9500 Arena Dr., Suite 240, Largo. Free, registration required. 410-987-2129.

STEAM night, families are invited to come learn and participate in science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities. 7:30 p.m., South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Rd., Bowie. Free, registration required. 301-850-0475.

Spanish conversation club, practice speaking Spanish in a friendly atmosphere. 7:30 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Lanham stroke education meeting, for stroke survivors and caregivers, share experiences and coping techniques; speakers will provide information about prevention and management. 1-3 p.m. second Wednesdays, Doctors Community Hospital, Professional Office Building, first-floor conference room, 8100 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Free, registration required. 301-324-4968.

District Heights book talk, a librarian leads a discussion about Mary Williams’s “The Lost Daughter: A Memoir .” 2 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

Mad Science, for ages 6-11, participate in hands-on, fun experiments using scientific principles. 4 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

How to start a business workshop, learn how to incorporate your business, financial accounting, technology and other checklist items to starting and running a successful business. Sponsored by the People for Change Coalition. 6-8 p.m., Old Line Wine and Spirits, 11011 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville. Free, registration required. 301-772-1552 or www.pfccoalition.org .

Genealogy 101, a seminar to learn how to research family history using online resources found at the library. 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

Glenarden stiletto fitness by Kimberley James, for age 18 and older, wear heels three inches or higher and work out. 6:30-7 p.m., Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Ave. Free. 301-772-3151.

Public budget hearing, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III will host a public meeting to discuss the proposed 2015 county budget. 7 p.m., Laurel High School, Spartan Hall, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel. Free, must register in advance to testify. 301-952-4547 or www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/ExecutiveBranch/Resources/Listening-Sessions/Pages/Registration.aspx .

Bowie book discussion, a librarian leads a talk about Franz Kafka’s “The Trial .” 7:15 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett

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