Prince George’s County events, Sept. 12 to 18, 2013

September 11, 2013
Thursday, Sept. 12

Jim West’s Dinosaurs, West uses puppets and music to introduce kids to dinosaurs. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $4. 301-277-1710 or arts.pgparks.com.

Horse care program, for age 5 and older, learn basic requirements for owning and caring for a horse or pony. 10-11 a.m., Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, reservations required. 301-249-7077.

Community spaghetti dinner, shop the thrift shop and enjoy spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks and dessert. 5-7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. $10 free-will offering suggested. 301-449-5758 or christchurchclinton@verizon.net.

Capital Improvement Program public meeting, the County Board of Education invites the community to meet schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell and discuss priorities for improving schools, renovations and new construction. 6 p.m. Sasscer Administration Building, 14021 School Lane, Upper Marlboro. Free, must register by 3:30 p.m. in order to speak. 301-952-6115.

Laurel potluck picnic, bring food and drinks for a family-style picnic and tour of the museum’s current exhibition, “Stationed in Laurel: Our Civil War Story,” which runs through December. 6:30 p.m., Laurel Museum, 817 Main St. Free. 301-725-7975 or www.laurelhistoricalsociety.org.

Friday, Sept. 13

Small Fry club, for ages 3-4, stories, crafts, games and hikes to learn about invertebrates. 10-11 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $3. 301-699-2456.

Dairy and butter-making, for age 5 and older, watch a demonstration to learn about basic care and physical features of dairy cows and the products they produce. 10:15-11 a.m., Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, reservations required. 301-249-7077.

42,” for age 55 and older, enjoy popcorn and watch the film based on the life of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Dr., Marlow Heights. Free; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $3. 301-423-0505.

BayCSS golf tournament Bay Community Support Services hosts its eighth annual golf tournament to benefit people with disabilities. 7 a.m. Compass Pointe Golf Course, 9010 Fort Smallwood Rd., Pasadena. Brandy Blackstone at 443-336-7588. blackstoneb@baycss.org. www.baycss.org. $130, registration required.

Saturday, Sept. 14

John Wilkes Booth escape route tours, a 12-hour narrated bus tour that follows the trail President Lincoln’s assassin took from Ford’s Theatre in the District to Port Royal, Va. 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. $85, reservations required. 301-868-1121.

People and pooch hike, for age 18 and older, bring a leashed dog and enjoy a guided trail hike. 10-11:30 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free, reservations required. 301-699-2456.

Wild, wonderful wolves, for ages 5-7, learn about the lives and characteristics of wolves. 11 a.m.-noon, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Civil War on the home front, members of the Atlantic Guard Soldiers Aid Society interpret the lives of Civil War civilians. Noon-4 p.m., Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. Free, reservations required. 301-809-3089.

Bumper cars on ice, for age 6 and older and 5 and younger with an adult. 1-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Tucker Road Ice Rink, 1770 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. Residents: age 18 and older, $5; ages 6-17, $4. Nonresidents: age 18 and older, $6; ages 6-17, $5. 301-248-2508.

Cub Scout badge workshop, for ages 9-13, a naturalist leads a class of indoor/outdoor activities to achieve the Forester badge. 1-3 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $4, reservations required. 301-699-2456.

DIY art workshop, for age 11 and older, decorate a shoe and T-shirt using a variety of materials. 1 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, reservations required. 301-630-4900.

Laurel chess club, for age 13 and older, learn to play or improve skills. 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Free. 301-776-6790.

Country western dinner dance, enjoy barbecue ribs, baked beans, potato salad, corn bread and apple crisp, then dance to live music by Country Memories. Dinner 6-7:30 p.m., music 8 p.m.-midnight, College Park Moose Lodge, 3700 Metzerott Rd., College Park. In advance. $25; at the door, $30.

Family skate night, skate to popular music; skates provided. 7-9 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. $2. 301-292-9191.

Lakeland Heritage Weekend, a celebration of the historic community with a basketball game Saturday at 7 p.m. and community worship service and “Poet for Trayvon” arts competition awards ceremony Sunday at 11 am. College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park. 301-441-2647, www.lakelandchp.com or lakelandhistory@yahoo.com.

Sunday, Sept. 15

Farm animal petting zoo, shop the farmers market and meet live animals. 8 a.m.-noon, Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, Parking lot, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-805-9566.

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.

Herp search, a park ranger leads a hunt 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, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Nature hike, for ages 8-10, a naturalist leads a hike to explore the outdoors, smell flowers and pick up bugs. 1-2:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Weed Warrior work day, help clear trees and remove invasive English ivy vines. 2-4:30 p.m., Whitemarsh Park, 6300 Crain Hwy., Bowie. Free. 301-809-3043 or www.cityofbowie.org/weedwarriors.

Rusticway Chamber Group, the group of Washington musicians performs romantic classical masterpieces. 6:30 p.m., Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. $15, students $5. 301-449-4308 or www.dmuuc.org.

Night hike, for age 5 and older, a guided walk to look and listen for nocturnal animals. 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. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Monday, Sept. 16

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

ArtLab mom’s club, for ages 3-5 and their parents, a lightly guided session to make art, toys, costumes and new friends. 10 a.m.-noon, Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Free. 410-326-4640.

“It’s Not All on the Wall! Art at Belair Mansion,” Pam Williams, director of City Museums, discusses the various types of art work at the mansion. 10:30 a.m., Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. Free. 301-809-3089.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Kids kaboose, for age 10 and younger, stories, tours, a craft and “train-spotting” (the Amtrak line runs nearby). 10:30 a.m., Bowie Train Station Museum, 8614 Chestnut Ave., Bowie. Free. 301-809-3089.

Lilies of the Field,” for age 60 and older, screening of the 1963 film starring Sidney Poitier. 11 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. Free. 301-277-1710, arts.pgparks.com or jenna.ward@pgparks.com.

Age is no barrier to having fun, for age 60 and older, a discussion on how to get more enjoyment in one’s older years. 5:45-7 p.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr., Bowie. Free. 301-262-6200.

Secondary education night, meet representatives from area high schools and learn about their curricula and extracurricular activities. 7-8:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School, 11902 Daisy Lane, Glenn Dale. Free. 301-262-5355.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Preschool art and story time, for ages 4-6, learn basic art elements, styles and history through books, games and art projects. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. $12, registration required. 410-326-4640.

Planting and the use of herbs, for age 5 and older, learn how make herb pots and boxes for home use. 2-3 p.m., Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $3, reservations required. 301-249-7077.

Super fantastic Lego fun time!, ages 6-12 can build unique creations. 4:30 p.m. Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

Girls jewelry-making class, for ages 5-18, make necklaces, bracelets and more. 6-7:30 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. $5; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $7. 301-864-1611.

Oxon Hill crochet class, for teens and adults, learn basics. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.

History lecture, for age 12 and older, co-author David Taylor discusses his book, “The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy.” 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-377-7817.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett

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