Thursday 21 PAT GOSS'S AUTO WORKSHOP, the TV and radio personality will talk about basic maintenance and repairs; for ages 15 and older. 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.

Friday 22

BRANDYWINE BASKETBALL SHOOT, for ages 6-12, a free-throw contest in three categories: ages 6-8, ages 9-10 and ages 11-12. Trophies awarded. 3:45-5:45 p.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden Westwood Rd., Brandywine. Free; preregistration required. 301-888-1500.

COLLEGE PARK MOVIE, for all ages. "The Final Flight," with Diane Keaton as Amelia Earhart. 11 a.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday, College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with regular museum admission of $4; seniors, $3; ages 2-18, $2; ages 1 and younger, free. 301-864-6029.

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.

RADIO-CONTROLLED BOAT RACING, bring your own radio-controlled watercraft; prizes awarded for fastest competitor and most original design. For ages 6 and older. 7-8:30 p.m., Glenarden/Theresa Banks Complex, pool, 8615-A McLain Ave., Glenarden. $4; ages 6-17, $3; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $5; ages 6-17, $4. 301-772-5515.

UPPER MARLBORO HIKING, search for local wetland plants and nocturnal animals and their habitats; wear weather-appropriate clothing. For ages 8 and older; children ages 8-15 must be accompanied by an adult. 7-8:30 p.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2. Preregistration required. 301-218-6702.

Saturday 23 COLLEGE PARK FARMERS MARKET, vegetables, fruit, plants and more, sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 7 a.m.-noon, Ellen Linson Swimming Pool, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park. Free. 301-277-3717.

FORT WASHINGTON PUPPETRY, for ages 12 and younger, bring a sock to create a hand puppet, then watch the Blue Sky Puppet Theater perform "Pigs Talking Turkey." 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. $5; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $6. 301-248-4404.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS AUTHOR EVENT, Michelle Y. Green discusses "A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson." 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

HYATTSVILLE AUTHOR EVENT, Jay Wood will read from her new novel, "Cement Rainbow." 3 p.m., Karibu Books, Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East-West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

COMMUNITY CENTER POTTERY SALE, functional stoneware pottery created by local artisans. Sponsored by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Langley Park. Free admission. 301-445-4508.

MOUNT RAINIER CRAFT WORKSHOP, for adults, make a floral, fruit and nut Thanksgiving centerpiece; materials provided. 2-4 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $6; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $7. 301-927-2163.

SENIORS THANKSGIVING DINNER, for ages 55 and older, a traditional turkey dinner, with trimmings. Noon-3 p.m., Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Dr., Marlow Heights. Free; reservations required. 301-423-0505.

Sunday 24 HYATTSVILLE RUN AND WALK, for adults, compete in the Corridor Classic 8k run and two-mile walk, through neighborhoods within Hyattsville and University Park. Prizes will be awarded in several categories; there will be music and food after the race. All proceeds benefit Prince George's County Special Olympics. Sponsored by Hyattsville Recreation Department and Outback Steakhouse. Registration, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 23, Outback Steakhouse, 3500 East-West Hwy., Hyattsville. Race begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, Prince George's Plaza parking lot, 3500 East-West Hwy., Hyattsville. $30. 301-985-5027 or www.corridorclassic.org.

SENIORS THANKSGIVING DINNER, for ages 55 and older, the 28th annual Seat Pleasant Recreation Council's dinner. 3-6 p.m., Greendale Center, 311 68th Pl., Seat Pleasant. Free; reservations required. 301-386-5525.

Monday 25 BELTSVILLE STRATEGY GAMES CLUB, for all ages, learn to play chess, Go and other games of strategy. 7-9 p.m. on the first, second and fourth Mondays of each month, Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-315-8297.

CAMP SPRINGS PING-PONG CLUB, for seniors, open play. 1 p.m., Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-0490.

COLLEGE PARK ICE-SKATING CAMP, for ages 6-12, skating lessons and other activities. 9 a.m.-4:30 Monday through Nov. 29, Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park. $25 per day; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $30 per day. Preregistration required. 301-277-3717.

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.

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.

MARLOW HEIGHTS CRAFT CLASS, for ages 11 and younger, make holiday place mats and centerpieces; materials provided. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Dr., Marlow Heights. $1; preregistration required. 301-423-0505.

Tuesday 26 CLINTON CHESS CLUB, for players ages 8 and older, all skill levels. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

LANGLEY PARK SOCCER CLINIC, for ages 5-11, learn basic soccer skills. 6 p.m., Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Langley Park. $2; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. Preregistration required. 301-445-4508.

LANDOVER GYMNASTICS WORKSHOP, for ages 18 months-18 years. First-come, first-served registration begins at 11 a.m.; the workshop is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $3. 301-583-2400.

LAUREL BOOK DISCUSSION, Laura Hillenbrand's "Seabiscuit." 7:30 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

TAKOMA PARK KNITTING GROUP, for ages 10 and older, knitting and crocheting, for all experience levels. 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Savory Cafe{acute}, 7071 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 202-269-3247.

-- Compiled by Barbara Hinton

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