Thursday 20

CLINTON VALENTINE DISPLAY, "The Golden Age of Valentines," with more than 75 antique cards and memorabilia dating from the 1840s. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. $3; seniors, $2; ages 5-18, $1; ages 4 and younger, free. 301-868-1121.

COLLEGE PARK ICE SKATING, for ages 18 and older, skating and socializing during the Adult Night Special, 8-10 p.m. Thursdays; for all ages, noon-2 p.m. weekdays. Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park. Adult Night Special admission, $5; skate rental, $4; noontime admission, $3. Includes skates. 301-277-3717.

LAUREL CREAM TEA, for ages 18 and older, tea with scones, and a tour of the house and grounds of historic Montpelier mansion; transportation provided. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., meet at Mount Rainer Nature/Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainer. $25; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $26. Reservations required. 301-927-2163.

LANHAM BLACK HISTORY TALK, George Circling Eagle, a storyteller of African American and Native American descent, tells stories of black explorers, cowboys, American Indians and women pioneers. 12:30 p.m., Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Free. 301-552-1093.

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.

NEW CARROLLTON LIBRARY MEETING, learn about fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 7 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

AFRICAN DRUMMING PROGRAM, Moziah Saleem plays 15 different African drums, demonstrating their tones; participants may practice traditional African communication techniques, including call-and-response with drums. 7 p.m., Maryland City at Russett branch library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel. Free. 301-725-2390.

Friday 21

BLACK HISTORY EVENT, a live performance of modern dance, gospel music and colorful costumes. 7-9 p.m., Kettering/Largo Community Center, 431 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-390-8390.

COLLEGE PARK AVIATION FILM, for all ages, "The Great Waldo Pepper" (1975), starring Robert Redford as a pilot who missed flying in World War I. Includes popcorn and lemonade. 11 a.m., 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.

FORT WASHINGTON LITTLE LEAGUE, for ages 5-16, registration for the upcoming season. Those registering must reside in Camp Springs, Clinton, Fort Washington, Morningside, Oxon Hill, Temple Hills or Andrews Air Force Base, and must have a copy of a birth certificate and proof of residency. 6-7:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, St. John's Episcopal Church, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-567-9799 or e-mail fwll@email.com.

LAUREL BLACK HISTORY, for ages 6-12, storyteller Paul Hill combines music, life experiences and historical anecdotes to offer encouragement to children. 8:30 a.m., Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-7882.

TEA AT A MANSION, for ages 10 and older, a tea with scones, cream and jam, sandwiches and specialty desserts, served in an historic mansion; sponsored by the Little Teapot at Montpelier. 3 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9401 Montpelier Dr., Laurel. $18; reservations and advance payment required. 301-498-8486.

Saturday 22

BASEBALL COACHING CLINIC, for adults, the baseball coaching staff of Bishop McNamara High School teaches hitting, fielding, pitching and base-running fundamentals. Also, coaching tips and information on organizing practices; sponsored by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Prince George's County Boys and Girls Club. Registration, 8:30 a.m. Saturday; clinic, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Bishop McNamara High School, Fine Arts and Athletic Center, 6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville. $35; preregistration required. 301-918-8100 or www.pgparks.com.

BELTSVILLE HISTORY EVENT, learn about the ancient city of Cush, the Hebrews of Ethiopia and the Orthodox Christian Church; also, artifacts and pictures of ancient ruins. 7 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. $2; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3; reservations required. 301-937-6613.

BLADENSBURG SCIENCE EVENT, for children ages 8-12 accompanied by an adult, learn about basic principles of physics and simple machines, and create a toy car powered by a person's breath. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $2; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. Preregistration required. 301-779-0371.

BOATING SAFETY COURSE, for ages 12 and older, the two-day Maryland Boating Safety Course is required for powerboat operators, and includes eight hours of classroom work and a final exam. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. $25; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $30. Advance payment and registration required. 301-627-6074.

BOWIE DANCE WORKSHOP, for ages 18 and older, learn how to do current nightclub line dances. Noon-2 p.m., South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. $5; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $6. 301-249-1622.

CLINTON PREHISTORY EVENT, for ages 3 and older, learn about paleontology and dinosaurs that lived in the area now known as Maryland , and see live birds and reptiles. 1-3:30 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $2. 301-297-4575.

DINOSAUR EVENT, learn about the lore of dinosaurs and ancient creatures found in the area now known as Maryland, and watch shark videos and a show about other animals that are links to the past. 1-4 p.m., Watkins Nature Center, 401 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. Preregistration required. 301-218-6702.

GLENARDEN BLACK HISTORY LUNCH, a hot dog lunch with chips and drinks, and a black history magic show. For all ages; children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 12:30-2 p.m., Glenarden/Theresa Banks Complex, 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden. $5; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $6. Reservations required by today. 301-772-3151.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS BLACK HISTORY, musicians and dancers perform traditional compositions and dance routines depicting the heritage of African Americans. 7-9 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-505-0896.

NEW CARROLLTON BOOK TALK, Langston Hughes's "The Ways of White Folks," a black literature discussion. 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

CHILD-CARE PROGRAM, for adults and children 5 and younger, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, child-development specialists discuss speech and language development, movement and play, early literacy and nutrition. Also, information about library resources available to parents or caregivers. Sponsored by New Carrollton Library's children's department. 10:30 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free; preregistration required. 301-459-6900.

OXON HILL FASHION SHOW, displays of current urban wear with cultural performances between shows; a black history event. 7-9 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. $2; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. 301-567-6033.

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.

UPPER MARLBORO CULTURAL EVENT, for all ages, Ssuuna, a native of Uganda, performs traditional and contemporary Ugandan songs and dances, tells stories, and presents games and Ugandan costumes. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Upper Marlboro Community Center, 5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free; reservations required. 301-627-2828.

UPPER MARLBORO RAPTORS EVENT, for all ages, a naturalist displays and discusses live raptors, including owls, hawks and kestrels. 11 a.m.-noon, Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-218-6702.

Sunday 23

FINANCE WORKSHOP FOR TEENS, learn an effective hands-on approach to basic money management strategies; for ages 13-17. 3-4 p.m., Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $5; reservations required. 301-583-2430.

LAUREL ART SLIDE LECTURE, "Glass, Artists and the Factory," presented by Ted Sawyer, director of research and education at Bullseye Glass Co. 2 p.m., Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free; reservations required. 301-953-1993.

RIVERDALE DROP-IN SOCCER, for players ages 5-18 of all skill levels, sets of 15-minute games with four-to-five player teams of four on small fields; sponsored by the Northern County Soccer Alliance and the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association. 2-4 p.m., Field of Dreams, 4704 Tuckerman St., Riverdale; during inclement weather, meet at Riverdale Boys and Girls Club, 6403 51st St., Riverdale. Three months, $10. 301-277-2242, 301-779-8620, or send an e-mail to NCSA@juno.com.

Monday 24

BOWIE-CROFTON CAMERA CLUB, for adults interested in photography, learn about PhotoShop image manipulation and composites. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 south and Mount Oak Road, Bowie. Free. 301-464-4212.

FORT WASHINGTON FINANCE SEMINAR, for ages 18 and older, learn about the basics of estate-planning, tax law and long-term care insurance issues; sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 7-9 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2; reservations required. 301-203-6040.

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 TAX HELP, for low-income taxpayers, experienced volunteers from Community Tax Aid will help fill out tax returns for individuals with annual incomes of less than $22,000; for two people making less than $31,000; or more than two people making less than $34,000. 6-8 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

Tuesday 25

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.

LANDOVER BLACK HISTORY EVENT, for all ages, the Rough Riders present the history of African American cowboys and cowgirls; western paraphernalia available for purchase. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. 301-583-2670.

LAUREL BOOK DISCUSSION, J. California Cooper's "Wake of the Wind." 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 people of all experience levels. 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Savory Cafe, 7071 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 202-269-3247.

Wednesday 26

GLENARDEN CHESS CLUB, for beginning and intermediate-level players ages 6-12. 2:30 p.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free; preregistration required. 301-772-5477.

NEW CARROLLTON BOOK TALK, for ages 12-17, Avi's "Something Upstairs." 4:30 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

Thursday 27

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE TOUR, for ages 18 and older, a narrated cultural journey through historic Fredericksburg. See the city dock, Kenmore Plantation and Shiloh Church, and learn about their significance in black history. Includes lunch at Smythe's Cottage and Tavern. 7:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m., depart from Bowie Community Center, 3209 Stonybrook Dr., Bowie, or Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. $55; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $66. Reservations required. 301-218-6700.

BANNEKER PORTRAYAL, for ages 5-12, actor Bob Smith portrays Colonial citizen Benjamin Banneker, an African American mathematician, astronomer and inventor. 4-5 p.m., South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. Free. 301-249-1622.

COLLEGE PARK PETER PAN CLUB, aviation-based activities for children 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.

NEW CARROLLTON AUTHOR EVENT, Jewell Parker Rhodes reads from her book, "Douglass's Women." 7 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

-- Compiled by Barbara Hinton

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