These are some of the activities scheduled this week in commemoration of Black History Month, which continues through February:

Performances

"MAGNIFICENT FOLKS AND Other Such Tales," storytelling by Diane Macklin for ages 8 and up, Saturday at 2. Free. Ross Boddy Recreation Center, 18529 Brooke Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-258-4044.

"FREEDOM'S CHILDREN" -- the story of Ruby Bridges, who as a 6-year-old in 1960 helped to integrate her New Orleans public school, through Feb. 28. Wednesday and Thursday at 10 and 11:30. Intended for ages 5 through 12. $5, under age 12 $4. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

Talks, Etc.

INTERACTIVE POETRY Workshop for children by author Hope Lynne Price, Saturday at 1. Free. Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. 240-777-0020.

OPEN HOUSE AND TOURS of seven WPA-era murals, Saturday 1 to 3. Free. D.C. Recorder of Deeds Building, 515 D St. NW. 202-955-5616.

FASHION SHOW profiling African American designer-dressmakers, Saturday at 2. Free. Shirlington Library, 2786 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6546 or 703-228-6328.

"CONSIDERABLE FORCE: THE Slaves of Gunston Hall," Sunday 9:30 to 5, guided tour, living history portrayals, children's activities. $8, seniors $7, ages 6 to 18 $4, under 6 free. Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Rd., Lorton. 703-550-9220.

"GENERATIONS: THE TIES THAT BIND" -- address by Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy, Tuesday at 2. Free. Bisdorf Building, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-845-6304.

"A PORTRAIT OF BESSIE HEAD" by senior lecturer Constance Smith, Thursday at 12:30 and 3:30. Free. Combs Hall, Mary Washington College, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg. 540-654-1545.

Exhibitions

"ART BY AFRICAN-AMERICANS in the Nation's Capital Since 1970," through Feb. 14. Peck Art Building, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-251-7655.

"AFRICAN AMERICANS WORKING in the Seams: An Initial Photographic View Into the African American Coal Culture of Southern Illinois," from Monday through Feb. 28. Department of the Interior, 18th and C streets NW. 202-208-2565.

"SOARING ABOVE SETBACKS: African Americans in the Space Program," from Monday through Feb. 28. Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. 410-777-2218.

"AFRICAN AMERICAN IMAGES BY Avis Fleming," from Thursday through March 31. Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. 703-838-4356.