Prince George’s County community calendar, March 14 to 21, 2013

March 13, 2013
Thursday, March 14

Nature tots program, for ages 3-4, an interactive program to learn about wind and how it affects wildlife; songs and crafts. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

CAA women’s basketball championship, the 2013 tournament features teams from Delaware, Drexel, George Mason, Hofstra, James Madison, Northeastern, Towson, University of North Carolina at Wilmington and William and Mary. Opening game March 14 at noon. Visit the Web site for full schedule, Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Ticket book for all games $38, opening-round games $6. All other games: $15, seniors and ages 3-17, $7, groups of 15 or more, $6.50. 301-952-7900 or www.caasports.com.

Women’s History Month concert, Jazz and neo-soul singer Julia Nixon performs. 6-9 p.m., Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. $20. 410-721-9081 or www.theashleighgroup.com.

Friday, March 15

Workforce training registration, for Prince George’s County high school juniors and seniors. A summer program focusing on résumés, job-readiness, communication skills, social media and more. Registration ends April 21, Columbia Park Community Center, 1901 Kent Village Dr., Landover. 301-341-3749.

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.

Geico family night, hands-on themed activities and programs for children. 5-8 p.m., National Children’s Museum, 151 St. George Blvd., National Harbor. Free. 301-392-2400.

Flashlight egg hunt, for ages 10-12, bring a flashlight. 6-8 p.m., Kettering-Largo Community Center, 431 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-390-8390.

“Before the Equinox: A Percy Jackson Adventure,” a family science program about the demi-god and son of Poseidon; help him on his quest to navigate through the stars. 7 p.m., Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. $5; seniors, students and military $3; age 3 and under free. 301-918-8750.

Cheerleading workshop, for ages 10-17, learn cheers and chants to perform at basketball games. 7-10 p.m., North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Free. 301-864-0756.

Fuse art night, for ages 10-17, express your artistic talents in this workshop. 7-10 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-6613.

Indoor soccer and hip-hop, for ages 10-17, play a friendly game of soccer, then dance into the night. 7-10 p.m., Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-7882.

St. Patrick’s Day party, for ages 10-17, wear green and enjoy green punch and clover cookies. 7-10 p.m., Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg. Free. 301-277-2124.

College Park book club, discuss “George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I,” by Miranda Carter. 7:30 p.m. and the third Friday of each month, Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-927-3013.

Saturday, March 16

Laurel bird walk, a guided walk to search bird habitats; field guides and binoculars recommended. 8:15-10:15 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Pee Wee basketball, classes for ages 3-4 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and ages 5-6 from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Huntington Community Center, 13022 Eighth St., Bowie. $35; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $42. Registration required. 301-464-3725.

Brandywine egg hunt, for age 5 and under, bring a basket for the egg hunt and enjoy games and crafts; snacks provided. 10 a.m.-noon, Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. $7 per child. 301-888-1500.

Rhythms and Rhymes for Wise Young Minds, David Foreman specializes in “rappercussions,” his own musical blend of spoken word and percussion. 11 a.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. $5. 301-377-7800.

Pee Wee soccer, classes for ages 3-4 from 11:15 a.m. to noon; ages 5-6 from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Huntington North Neighborhood Park, 12501 Duckettown Rd., Bowie.$35; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $42. Registration required. 301-699-2255.

“A Fox’s Tale” puppet show, discover the nighttime world of critters found at the refuge. 1 and 2:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

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

Herp hunt, a park ranger leads a search for reptiles and amphibians; waterproof footwear recommended. 1-2:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free, reservations required. 301-497-5887.

Redskins story time, Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan reads from Verna Aardema’s children’s book “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain.” 1:30-1:45 p.m. and 1:45-2 p.m., National Children’s Museum, 151 St. George Blvd., National Harbor. Free with paid admission: $10, age 65 and older $8, 1 and under free. 301-392-2400.

Lego mania program, for ages 6-9, play with Legos and read stories. 2:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

St. Philip’s gala, dinner, silent auction and raffle to benefit the “Christmas in April Prince George’s County” program. 6:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 522 Main St., Laurel. $40, advance purchase; $45 at the door (limited availability). 301-776-5151 or Sue O'Connor at 410-461-4382.

“Owl Prowl,” for age 10 and older, a guided hike to look and listen for the raptors. 6:45-8:15 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Chillum floor hockey, for ages 10-17, wear your sneakers and play in the gym. 7-10 p.m., Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Rd. Free. 301-853-2005.

Colonial tavern dinner, eat mid-18th-century foods and listen to Ship’s Company sing sea shanties and tavern songs. 7-9 p.m., Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $35; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $42. Reservations required. 301-952-8010.

Field of Firsts Foundation gala, a silent auction, live music, food and refreshments to benefit the Fields of Firsts Foundation and support the aviation museum’s educational programs and exhibits. For age 21 and older. 7 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $15, at the door $20. Reservations required. 301-864-6029.

All about owls, a guided hike to look and listen for owls in their natural habitats; learn about their biology, diet and digestion. 7-9 p.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-888-1410.

Sunday, March 17

Aromatherapy workshop, a certified aromatherapist leads a program on how essential oils can reduce stress and depression, prevent cold and flu, assist in relaxation, and more. Presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution. 1 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.

Holy Trinity open house, for parents of prospective students in preschool through grade 8. Tour the lower and upper schools. 1-3 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School, 11902 Daisy Lane, Glenn Dale. Free. 301-262-5355 or www.htrinity.org.

Monday, March 18

Stories with Ranger Steph, for age 5 and under, stories, songs and other activities about nature. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays, Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-1176 or nps.gov/oxhi.

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

Piano recital, the music department performs works by Beethoven and Ravel. 1-2 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Marlboro Hall, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0965.

Teaching the Provocative (Taboo), an adults-only discussion about the influence of the “anime lolicon” (pornographic art) movement from Japan and the image of the over- sexualized girl in the United States. 3-5 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Accokeek Hall, Room 329, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0965.

Financial investment seminar, for age 18 and older, learn basics about investing in the stock market with investor safety in mind. 7-9 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-203-6070.

Tuesday, March 19

Foreign policy discussion, a librarian leads a discussion about China’s influence and presence in Africa. Presented by the Foreign Policy Association. 6:30 a.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Free. 301-776-6790.

Homework help, for students in grades three to seven, held from 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.

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 20

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 forms. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 10, New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free, appointment only. 301-422-6180.

College Park story time, for ages 18 months to 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 13-23 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.

Thursday, March 21

Hillcrest Heights computer class, create and learn how to use a Yahoo e-mail account. 9:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

Declassification of NATO records, Supervisory Archivist Neil Carmichael discusses the declassification of NATO records in recognition of the agency’s 64th anniversary. 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.

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 Balew Avenue, Berwyn Heights. Free. 301-459-3375.

STEM careers, Shawneequa Callier, assistant professor at George Washington University, speaks on careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 3 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Chesapeake Hall, Room 109, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0965.

Career planning workshop, learn how prior work and life experience can count toward college credit in the Prior Learning Assessment Network. 6-8 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Bladen Hall, Room 133, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0965.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

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