Computer basics, a beginner’s course. 9:15 a.m. Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free, registration required. 301-817-3750.
Internet basics, learn how to search the Internet. 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. 301-630-4900.
Bladensburg computer class, for beginners of all ages, learn how to use the mouse, work with Windows and other basic skills. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Free, registration required. 301-927-4916.
New Carrollton book discussion, a librarian leads a talk about John Grisham’s “The Confession.” 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd.
District Heights story time, for ages 2-5 with caregivers. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.
Nature tots: leaping lily pads, for ages 3-4, discover the world of frogs through stories, songs and an outdoor hike. 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.
Friday, April 12
Charlestown Raceway trip, for age 60 and older, travel to West Virginia to shop and watch horse races. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. $30; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $36. Registration required. 301-408-4343
Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Implementation Committee, a public meeting of the group that oversees the implementation of recommendations of the Naval Bases Washington Joint Land Use Study. 9-11 a.m. M-NCPPC Lakeside Offices, 14422 Old Mill Road, Upper Marlboro. 301-952-3412 or www.pgplanning.org.
“Sparkle,” movie screening for age 60 and older, Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks star in the remake of the 1976 film. Popcorn and refreshments served. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Dr., Marlow Heights. Free. 301-423-0505.
Xtreme Teens vs. Dream Team, sporting event for ages 10-17, take on police officers from the University of Maryland, Prince George’s County and the M-NCPPC Park Police. 7-10 p.m., College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park. Free. 301-441-2647.
Chillum sports night, for ages 10-17, relay races, kickball, and a game of 9-ball. 7-10 p.m., Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Rd. Free. 301-853-2005.
Origami workshop, for ages 10-17, learn about the traditional Japanese art of paper folding and make your own. 7-10 p.m., North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Free. 301-864-0756.
Planetarium program, learn about Tycho Brahe, the Danish astronomer and alchemist, and how his life journey impacted modern science. 7 p.m., Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. Free with paid admission: $5; students and seniors, $3; age 3 and younger, free. 301-918-8750.
Tween dodgeball, for ages 10-17. 7-10 p.m., Berwyn Heights Elementary School, Community Center, 6200 Pontiac St., Berwyn Heights. Free. 240-684-6210.
Xtreme Teens ice cream social, for ages 10-17. 8-10 p.m., Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-7882.
Saturday, April 13
French/English story time, families welcome. 10:30 a.m. Pick up free tickets at the children’s desk. Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.
Sunrise/sunset photography workshop, gather one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset to shoot photos with different light levels. At 10 a.m., take a short hike to photograph amphibians and salamanders, then stay for an informal photo workshop. Bring your own lunch. 5:30 a.m.-1 hour after sunset, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $20, registration required. 410-741-9330.
Computer software class, learn how to use Microsoft Word 2007. 9:15 a.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free, registration required. 301-868-9200.
Job hunt assistance, use the Career Transitions database to choose a career, prepare a résumé, search for jobs and more. 9:15 a.m. Saturdays, through May 11, Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.
Fishing lesson, for beginners, learn how to bait, hook and cast your line. Age 16 and older must have valid Maryland non-tidal fishing license, which can be purchased at outdoor sporting stores. Bring water, bug spray, hat and sunglasses. 10 a.m.-noon, Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free, registration required. 301-888-1410.
Spring plant walk, a naturalist leads a walk to discover ephemerals. 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.
TOMS sole party, the shoe company hosts an event to bring awareness to health issues facing children who do not have access to shoes. Walk without shoes on various terrains and sign the pledge wall. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 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.
SAT prep course, a six-week class to prepare for the test. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays through May 11, Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free, registration required. 301-336-4044.
Mom and Me program, for mothers with daughters age 12 and younger, pampering, crafts, tea and snacks. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. $5, registration required. 301-888-1500.
Gardening workshop, learn the best plants for year-round color. 11 a.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.
Kite crafts, create, decorate and fly kites. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-292-9191.
Crochet and knit session, for all ages, bring your own materials and practice or learn how to knit. 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.
Dog’s Best Friend, an educational program to teach children about responsible dog ownership. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Italian Greyhound Club of Central Maryland. 1 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.
Anacostia Hours members meeting, new members welcome. 1-3 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. Free. Nick Williams at 301-277-5318 or 443-722-0528 or email@example.com.
Hyattsville checkers club, play chess or checkers with friends. 1 p.m. Saturdays, Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-985-4690.
Laurel chess club, learn to play or improve your game. 1 p.m. Saturdays, Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Free. 301-776-6790.
Becoming an American Citizen, Deneice Kennedy, community relations officer, explains the naturalization process to become a U.S. citizen. 2 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free, registration required. 301-868-9200.
Container gardening, learn how to grow vegetables in pots. 2 p.m., South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Road, Bowie. Free. 301-850-0475.
Girls archery, for girls ages 10-17, learn the basic skills. 4-5 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.
Clinton spaghetti supper, enjoy a dinner of spaghetti, bread, salad, beverage and dessert. 5-7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Everyone eats. $10 suggested donation welcome. Children free. 301-868-1330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Miss Austen Regrets,” a screening of the PBS production, inspired by the life and writings of Jane Austen. 6 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. $15 with dinner, advance purchase required. 301-377-7800.
A trip to Dave & Buster’s, for ages 10-17. 6-9:30 p.m., Berwyn Heights Elementary School, Community Center, 6200 Pontiac St., Berwyn Heights. $20, signed permission slip required. 240-684-6210.
Clinton chess, for ages 13-17, learn how to play or practice skills. 7-10 p.m., Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton. Free. 301-297-4648.
Outdoor nature hike, for ages 10-17. 7-10 p.m., Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. Free. 301-445-4508.
Recycled art workshop, make artwork to be displayed at the center. 7-10 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-6613.
Table tennis tournament, for ages 10-17, play against friends. 7-10 p.m., Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum. Free. 301-853-2005.
Workplace readiness program, for ages 10-17, tips on how to conduct yourself in a business atmosphere. 7-10 p.m., Columbia Park Community Center, 1901 Kent Village Dr., Landover. Free. 301-341-3749.
Chesapeake Chorale, the Chamber Singers hold a concert saluting Mother Nature. Meet representatives from local environmental nonprofit organizations. 8 p.m., Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Dr., Bowie. $15; seniors, students and military, $12. or www.chesapeakechorale.org.
Hand dance social, for age 18 and older, light refreshments served. 8 p.m.-midnight, Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills. In advance: $10; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $12. At door: $15; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $18. 301-505-0897.
Merkle star party, the Astronomy Club of Southern Maryland host this monthly event to observe star clusters and nebulae in the night sky using telescopes. 8-10 p.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free, registration required. 301-888-1410.
Sunday, April 14
Laurel all-you-can-eat breakfast, a buffet sponsored by the American Legion riders. 8-11 a.m., American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St., Laurel. $7, ages 6-10 $5; age 5 and under free with paying adult. 301-725-2302 or laurelpost60.org/alr60/contact.html.
Sunday Gospel Brunch trip, travel to the Howard Theatre in the District to enjoy brunch and music from the Harlem Gospel Choir. Noon-4 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. $68; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $82. Registration required. 301-408-4343.
Cash bingo, proceeds will benefit Laurel Little League. 1 p.m., American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St., Laurel. In advance $20, at door $25. 301-717-4960 or email@example.com.
Whooping crane tour, for age 14 and older, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Patuxent Wildlife Research facility. 2-3:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-497-5887.
Baysox Capitals Day, the home team takes on the Akron Aeros; also featured is an appearance by Washington Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson. 2:05 p.m., Bowie Baysox Stadium, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. $7-$15. 301-653-6139.
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. 301-927-3013.
Monday, April 15
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., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-1176 or nps.gov/oxhi.
Basketball open gym, for girls ages 10-17. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.
University of Maryland Chamber Music Showcase, Students perform repertoire for strings, woodwinds, brass and piano. 5:30 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Free. 301-405-2787.
Tavern games night, play 18th-century tavern games with staff from the Montpelier Mansion. 6:30-8 p.m., Maryland City at Russett Branch library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel. Free. 301-725-2390.
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.
Temple Hills kids club, for ages 5-7, crafts, stories and other activities. 7 p.m. Mondays, Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.
Bowie-Crofton camera club meeting, a slideshow presentation by members. New members and visitors welcome. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Mount Oak Road and Route 301, Bowie. Free. 301-604-7772 or www.b-ccc.org.
Spanish conversation club, practice speaking Spanish in a friendly atmosphere. 7:30 p.m. Mondays through June 24, Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.
Tuesday, April 16
Spiders nature program, discover the webby world of spiders and their role in nature. 1-2:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-497-5887.
Teen book talk, for ages 13-17, discuss Suzanne F. Staples’ “Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind.” 2:30 p.m., Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Rd., Accokeek. Free. 301-292-2880.
Boys reading program, for those in grades 3-4, practice reading skills with games and other activities. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.
Bowie chess club, learn to play or improve your skills. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.
Upper Marlboro chess club, learn how to play or improve your game. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St. Free. 301-627-9330.
Black literature discussion, a librarian leads a talk about Jacqueline E. Luckett’s “Passing Love.” 6:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.
African American history lecture, historian Rosemary E. Reed-Miller gives a presentation on African women in fashion, from the 1800s to today. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.
Bowie Writer’s Group meeting, for authors of all genres, published or not, bring your work to be critiqued. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.
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.
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.
English speaking club, practice speaking English with people from diverse backgrounds. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.
Wednesday, April 17
Career and internship fair, dress professionally and meet employers seeking interns, part- and full-time employees. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bowie State University, McKeldin Gym, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-860-3704.
Kids day at the museum, storytelling, activities, crafts and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Billingsley Manor, 6900 Green Landing Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-627-0730.
College Park story time, for ages 18 months to 4. 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.
Nature Explorers workshop, for home-school students ages 10-14, experience nature through stories, discussion and hands-on activities. 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $20; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $24. Reservations required. 301-699-2456.
New Carrollton story time, for age 10 and older, crafts, games, stories and more. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free. 301-459-6900.
Oxon Hill crochet class, for teens and adults, learn the basics. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.
“The Invisible War,” a screening of the documentary about rape within the U.S. military. Hosted by the Anne Arundel County Branch of the American Association of University Women. 7 p.m., Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Rd., Severna Park. Free, donations welcome.
“A Stolen Life: A Memoir,” a guided discussion about Jaycee Dugard’s book. 7:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.
— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah
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