Thursday 16

CAPITOL HEIGHTS SENIORS CLUB, for ages 55 and older. Activities include arts and crafts, refreshments, games, cards, billiards, flea markets, and health and safety lectures. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, John E. Howard Community Center, 4400 Shell St., Capitol Heights. Free. 301-735-3340.

HYATTSVILLE AUTHOR EVENT, U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will discuss her new book, "Fire in My Soul." 6-7 p.m., Karibu Books, Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

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

Friday 17

COLLEGE PARK MOVIE, "Twelve O'Clock High." Gregory Peck stars in the story of the 8th Air Force B-17 bomber groups. With popcorn and lemonade. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday and 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.

REMOTE CONTROL CAR DERBY, for ages 6-15, exhibit your remote-controlled car and show your skills in contests; prizes awarded. 4-6 p.m., William Beanes Community Center, 5108 Diana Dr., Suitland. Free. 301-568-7719.

VIDEO GAMES COMPETITION, for ages 13-17, compete for prizes playing Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 video games. 7-10 p.m., Palmer Park Community Center, 7720 Barlowe Rd., Landover. Free. 301-773-5665.

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.

Saturday 18

FORESTVILLE AUTHOR EVENT, Earl Sewell will present his new novel, "Taken for Granted." 3 p.m., Karibu Books, Forest Village Park Mall, 3289-B Donnell Dr., Forestville. Free. 301-736-8848.

CLINTON REPTILES EVENT, for all ages, learn facts and myths about snakes and other reptiles. 11 a.m.-noon, Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. Free; preregistration required. 301-297-4575.

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

HILLCREST HEIGHTS BOOK TALK, Montel Williams's "A Dozen Ways to Sunday: Stories of Hope and Courage." 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

LARGO BOOK DISCUSSION, Charles Johnson's "King: the Photobiography of Martin Luther King." 11 a.m., 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

MITCHELLVILLE SCRAPBOOK EVENT, for ages 6-12, bring your favorite memorabilia and learn how to preserve them creatively in a scrapbook. 2-4 p.m., Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. $10; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $12. Registration required by Jan. 16. 301-333-6561.

MOUNT RAINIER PUPPET SHOW, the Mount Rainier Puppet Theater performs short presentations of "Little Red Riding Hood," "Only Two Hops" and "Fox Eats the Wash." 11-11:45 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. Free; reservations required. 301-927-2163.

NEW CARROLLTON BOOK TALK, Roger Wilkins's "Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism." 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

PATUXENT RIVER SHORE TOURING, for hikers, cyclists and motorists, self-guided tours with interpretive stops and an observation tower. Learn about natural resources and critical areas of the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River. Hikers and cyclists, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; motorists, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free; preregistration required. 301-627-6074.

Sunday 19 CLINTON CARNIVAL, for all ages, games, contests, entertainment, crafts, demonstrations and more. 1-5 p.m., Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton. $3. 301-297-4648.

LAUREL BIRDING, for ages 16 and older, identify birds in several refuge habitats on a guided walk; field guides and binoculars recommended. 8-10 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 20

ADELPHI SQUARE DANCE, for dancers of all ages and experience levels, traditional square dancing on a large wooden dance floor; sponsored by the Square Roots Dance Learning Center. 8-10 p.m., Adelphi Mill Recreation Center, 8402 Riggs Rd., Adelphi. Free. 301-699-1477.

BOWIE-CROFTON CAMERA CLUB, for adults interested in photography, a presentation of stereo photographic images by Robert and Ronald Leonard, "Sail Down to Australia: The Adventures of Kangaroo Don and the Tasmanian Devil." 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 south and Mount Oak Road, Bowie. Free. 301-464-4212.

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 EVENT, for all ages, celebrate the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the rink; skate rental available or bring your own. Noon-2 p.m., Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park. $3. 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.

Tuesday 21

BELTSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, Orhan Pamuk's "My Name is Red." 10:30 a.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

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

DISTRICT HEIGHTS CHESS CLUB, for players ages 12-17 of all skill levels. 7 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

GLENARDEN BINGO EVENT, for ages 50 and older, play bingo and share memories of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement; light refreshments will be served. Noon-2 p.m., Glenarden/Theresa Banks Complex, 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden. $3; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $4. Reservations required. 301-772-3151.

HYATTSVILLE AUTHOR EVENT, Samuel F. Yette will discuss his book "The Choice: The Issue of Black Survival in America." 6 p.m., Karibu Books, Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

LANDOVER "BOOT CAMP" EXERCISE, for ages 21 and older, a "boot camp"-style exercise seminar; bring a towel and water. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 8-9:30 p.m., Peppermill Community Center, 610 Hill Rd., Landover. $3; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $4. Preregistration required. 301-350-8410.

Wednesday 22

DISTRICT HEIGHTS BOOK TALK, Bernice McFadden's "The Bitter Earth." 7:30 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

NEW CARROLLTON YOUTH BOOK TALK, for ages 12-17, Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun." 4:30 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

Thursday 23

COLLEGE PARK PETER PAN CLUB, aviation-based activities for children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult, including flying stories, pedal planes, crafts and games.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 of $4; seniors, $3; ages 2-18, $2; ages 1 and younger, free. 301-864-6029.

-- Compiled by Barbara Hinton

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