Prince George’s County community calendar, Nov. 1 to 8, 2012

November 1, 2012
Thursday, Nov. 1

“Mrs. Doubtfire,” Robin Williams and Sally Field star in the comedy about a father going through a bitter divorce, who disguises himself as a nanny in order to spend time with his kids. 10 a.m.-noon, Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-206-3355.

Microsoft Word program, learn the basics. 1 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.

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

Riverdale Park farmers market,3-7 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 15, Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park. Free. Jim Coleman at 301-586-5973 or www.rpfarmersmarket.org.

Military appreciation craft and vendor fair, a showcase of crafts and other items from military spouses and personnel. Discounts for those with military identification or CAC cards. 4-8 p.m., Lincoln Military Housing Community Center, 21967 Cuddihy Rd., Patuxent River. Free. 240-895-0380 or prcraftfair@gmail.com.

Youth literacy event, for ages 2-10, learn how to use the Early Literacy Station. 4 p.m. Thursdays, Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

Friday, Nov. 2

Landover food pantry for the needy, bring your own bags and pick up groceries. 9 a.m. Fridays, Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. Free. 301-386-2278.

Seat Pleasant food distribution, bring your own bags and pick up groceries. 1-3 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month and 8 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Fridays of each month, Seat Pleasant Community Center, 6195 Central Ave.Free. 301-386-2278.

Xtreme Teens ping pong tournament, for ages 10-17, find a partner and play on a table or Wii. 7-10 p.m., Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum. Free with youth identification. 301-853-2005.

Laurel variety dance, for age 50 and older, dance and socialize to music from DJ Jay. Snacks and soft drinks served. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. $3. 301-206-3355.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Civil War history seminar, The Anne Arundel County Historical Society leads a presentation, “Peace Within Thy Borders; Nursing the wounded and nurturing the lost,” about the role of doctoring thousands of sick and injured soldiers and prisoners of war during the Civil War. Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Hwy. S., Glen Burnie. $25, registration required. 410-760-9679.

Bowie bird walk, Prince George’s Audubon Society members lead a walk in the Fran Uhler Natural Area, waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. 7:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month, meet at the end of Lemons Bridge Road, next to the Bowie State University campus, Fran Uhler Natural Area, 10300 Lemons Bridge Rd. Free. 410-765-6482.

Community association conference, State Delegate Aisha Braveboy hosts the fifth annual information workshop for homeowners, condominium, cooperative and civic associations., which will include breakout sessions, network lunch, and vendors. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Largo student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free, registration required. 410-841-3707 or 301-858-3707 or www.5pgccac.eventbrite.com.

Jug Bay bird walk, for age 12 and older, a guided walk to explore bird habitats. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. 8-11 a.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Free with paid admission: $5; seniors and age 17 and under, $3. Reservations required.

Fort Washington food drive, drop off canned or packaged non-perishable food items. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Mondays-Thursdays, through Nov. 17, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.

Laurel tram tour, a 45-minute guided tour through wildlife habitats of the refuge. 9-10 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. $4. 301-497-5887.

Upper Marlboro jewelry-making, for ages 6-10. 10 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887.

Early childhood education program, for ages 3-5 and their parents/guardians, activities include music, movement, arts and crafts, stories and more about African American history and culture. 10:30-11:45 a.m., Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. $5 per child. RSVP. 301-209-0592 or ccompton@pgaamcc.org.

Handmade on Hamilton, an international festival featuring crafts, food and music from around the world; children’s activities and more. Noon-7 p.m., Hamilton Street, between Ager and Queens Chapel Roads, Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-5000 or www.hyattsville.org.

Mount Rainier crochet class, bring your own materials and learn basic techniques. 1 p.m. Saturdays, Mount Rainier Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-864-8937.

Short Dragon Code, part of the Kids Euro Fest, this interactive theatre, music and puppet show from Greece is about a wise dragon and crocodile family that discover a chest with hidden secretes. 1 p.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. Free, registration required. 301-277-1710.

Reading program, for ages 7-10, children may increase their confidence in reading by doing it with specially trained therapy dogs. 2 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Science project lab, for ages 6-12, learn how to do a successful science fair project. 2 p.m., Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Volleyball, for ages 10-17. 7-10 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-292-9191.

Wii dance, for ages 10-17, play Wii Dance 3. 7-10 p.m., North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Free with youth identification. 301-864-0756.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Laurel bird walk, a guided hike to search for birds in their 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.

Dance expo, local dancers of all ages perform, sampler classes, create your own felted beads with resident artist Russ Little, raffle and more. 1-5 p.m., Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greeenbelt. Free. 301-397-2208.

Animals and weather, for ages 8-10, discover how animals adapt to survive the winter months. 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.

Owl Prowl, for age 10 and older, a guided hike to look and listen for owls. 4:30-6 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday, Nov. 5

Youth mentoring program, high school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in the C.H.I.L.L. mentoring program to get prepared for college and other higher education. Sponsored by Howard University and M-NCPPC. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.

Bowie writer’s group, for adult authors of all genres, bring copies of your work for group feedback; new members welcome. 7 p.m. Mondays, Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

Crochet and knitting basics, for age 13 and older, bring your own materials and learn how to knit and crochet. 7 p.m. Mondays, Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Financial planning workshop, Kimberley Gebelein of American Bank teaches how to design and use a budget and the importance of having one. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free, registration required. 301-345-5800.

Family gaming, play board games and enjoy light snacks. 7 p.m. Mondays, Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

Landover tumbling workshop, for ages 8-18, learn how or improve your tumbling skills. 8:30-9:30 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $12, registration required. 301-583-2400.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Live animal show, for age 2 and older, meet reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey. 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.

Black history lecture, historian C. R. Gibbs leads a presentation about Afro-Latinos. 7 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Accokeek homeschooler’s program, for home-schooled children in grades K-8, experience colonial life on a small tobacco farm in the mid-18th century by trying your hands at chores including tending to farm animals, crops and gardens. 10 a.m.-noon, The Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Rd. $5; age 2 and under, free. 301-283-2113.

New Carrollton ’tween scene, for age 10 and older, participate in a variety of crafts, games, literature activities. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free. 301-459-6900.

Genealogical Society program, a short business meeting and a presentation by Claire Bettag titled “Library of Congress Resources: Manuscripts Division.” New members welcome. 7 p.m., New Carrollton City Hall, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy., New Carrollton. Free. 301-474-2427.

Book talk, a librarian leads a discussion about John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” 7:15 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

“Needleart” exhibit and lecture, Patty Yergey, designer and expert on reproduction and preservation of antique samplers, will discuss the stitching exhibit. 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-377-7817.

Thursday, Nov. 8

Bladensburg computer class, learn basic skills. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-927-4916.

Natural history foray, for age 16 and older, a guided hike to explore the changing colors of flora and fauna and spot critter habitats. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 10, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, donations welcome. Registration required. 301-497-5887.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

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