Thursday 14 COLLEGE PARK PETER PAN CLUB, for children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult. Aviation stories, pedal planes, crafts, games and more. 10:30 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with regular museum admission, $4; seniors, $3; ages 2-18, $2; ages 1 and younger, free. 301-864-6029.

LAUREL BRIDGE CLUB, for seniors, all skill levels. Noon Thursdays and Tuesdays, Phelps Senior Center, 701 Montgomery St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6166.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS AUTHOR EVENT, Ernie Paniccioli discusses his new book, "Who Shot Ya? Three Decades of Hip-Hop Photography." 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-899-3730.

SQUARE DANCING, for couples, singles or groups, dance and learn basic skills; no experience necessary. Sponsored by the Good Luck Squares, a program of the New Carrollton Recreation Council. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Robert Frost Elementary School, 6419 85th Ave., New Carrollton. Free. 301-699-1477.

Friday 15 CLINTON NATURE HIKE, led by a park naturalist. Learn about bats and beavers and their nocturnal habits. 6:30-8 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2. Reservations required. 301-297-4575.

LANDOVER PERSONAL COMPUTING, for ages 12 and older, use Microsoft 2000 or browse the Internet on a drop-in basis. 6-9 p.m., Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, Classroom 272B, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $2 per visit; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. 301-583-2400 or www.pgsportsandlearn.com.

UPPER MARLBORO HAYRIDE, tour an educational farm and see ponies, ducks, llamas, goats and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $1. 301-218-6770.

Saturday 16 BOWIE BASKETBALL CONTEST, for ages 4-11, shoot as many baskets as possible in two minutes; awards given to top two winners in each age category. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Bowie Community Center, 3209 Stonybrook Dr., Bowie. $2; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. Preregistration required. 301-464-1737.

COLLEGE PARK AVIATION EVENT, examine the turbine-powered MD520N helicopter used by the Prince George's police aviation department. Learn about police aviation missions, including thermal-imaging photography, electronic stolen-auto recovery systems and the powerful Nightsun searchlight. Hot dogs, popcorn and other refreshments. 10 a.m.-noon, College Park Airport, 1909 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free admission. 301-864-5844.

FORT WASHINGTON BAZAAR, shop for hand-made holiday crafts. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 For Washington Rd., Fort Washington. Free admission. 301-292-9191.

SPAGHETTI DINNER AND BAKE SALE, to benefit the Patuxent River 4-H Center's educational and camping programs. 4:30-8 p.m., 4-H Center, 18405 Queen Anne Rd., Upper Marlboro. $6.50; ages 4-12, $3; ages 3 and younger, free. 301-390-7259.

GLENARDEN LIBRARY MEETING, learn about fundraising, volunteering and special projects from the Glenarden Friends of the Library. 10 a.m., at the library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. 301-772-5477.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS BOOK TALK, Hannah Crafts's "The Bondwoman's Narrative." 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS FASHION, the fifth annual "Senior Fashion Extravaganza," including fashions especially for seniors, sponsored by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 4-7 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Hillcrest Heights. $10. 301-505-0896.

HYATTSVILLE STORY TIME, for ages 3-6, told in English and Spanish. 10:30 a.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

LARGO BOOK DISCUSSION, Stephen L. Carter's "The Emperor of Ocean Park," part of the library's black literature series. 11 a.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

MOUNT RAINIER PUPPET SHOW, "Where Are the Animals?" explains hibernation and migration habits. 11-11:45 a.m., Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. Free; reservations required. 301-927-2163.

MOUNT RAINIER TEA PARTY, specialty teas and fancy cookies. 2-4 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $3; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $4. Reservations required. 301-927-2163.

NEW CARROLLTON AUTHOR TALK, Donna Hemans discusses her novel, "River Woman." Part of the library's black literature series. 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

SURRATT HOUSE MUSEUM, tour the home of Mary Surratt, executed as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. Free admission. The gift shop features holiday sale items. 301-868-1121.

UPPER MARLBORO HIKE, join a park naturalist for a hike through woods and marsh to view local wildlife and foliage. 10 a.m.-noon, Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2. Preregistration required. 301-627-6074.

UPPER MARLBORO RAPTOR EVENT, featuring live birds of prey, including kestrels, owls and hawks. 1-2 p.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-218-6702.

Sunday 17 LAUREL BIRDING, for ages 16 and older, identify birds in several refuge habitats on a guided van tour with short walks; field guides and binoculars recommended. 6:30-9:30 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 18 BOWIE AUTHOR EVENT, former jazz musician, Tuskegee Airman and Prince George's County school teacher Leroy A. Battle discusses his autobiography, "Easier Said." 7:30 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 4420 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-352-5560.

BOWIE MATH SAT COURSE, for high school juniors and seniors, prepare for the exam. 8-9:30 p.m. Mondays for six consecutive weeks, South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. $225; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $270. Preregistration required. 301-249-1622.

CLINTON BOOK DISCUSSION, Margaret Johnson-Hodge's "Some Sunday," part of the library's black literature series. 6:30 p.m., 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

CLINTON CRAFT SESSION, for ages 13 and older, create a Thanksgiving centerpiece; materials provided. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton. $5; preregistration required. 301-297-4648.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS CHESS CLUB, for players of all ages and skill levels. 7 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS LIBRARY MEETING, learn about fundraising, volunteering and special projects from the Friends of the Hillcrest Heights Library. 10 a.m., at the library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. 301-630-4900.

LARGO BOOK DISCUSSION, Reynolds Price's "Noble Norfleet." 1:30 p.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

SPECIAL DELIVERY TO SANTA, write a letter to Santa Claus and receive a personal reply. Letters must be hand-delivered and received by Dec. 18; include a return address. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Free. 301-864-0756.

UPPER MARLBORO BOOK TALK, Liza Dalby's "The Tale of Murasaki." 7 p.m., Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-627-9330.

Tuesday 19 BELTSVILLE BOOK TALK, Oliver Sacks's "Uncle Tungsten." 10:30 a.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

BOWIE LIBRARY MEETING, learn about fundraising, volunteering and special projects from the Friends of the Bowie Library. 7 p.m., at the library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-262-7000.

Wednesday 20 CLINTON BOOK DISCUSSION, John Bayley's "Iris and Her Friends." 7:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

GREENBELT BOOK DISCUSSION, Joseph Ellis's "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation." 2 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

HYATTSVILLE BOOK TALK, Steve Martin's "Shop Girl." 10:30 a.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Thursday 21 PAT GOSS'S AUTO WORKSHOP, for ages 15 and older, the TV and radio personality will talk about basic maintenance and repairs. Sponsored by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 7-9 p.m., Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. $5; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $6. Preregistration required. 301-552-1093.

BOWIE AUTHOR EVENT, Valerie Wilson Wesley discusses her new novel, "Always True to You in My Fashion." 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

NEW CARROLLTON LIBRARY MEETING, learn about fundraising, volunteering and special projects from the New Carrollton Friends of the Library. 7 p.m., at the library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. 301-459-6900.

-- Compiled by Barbara Hinton

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