Thursday 20

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

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.

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

Friday 21

CLINTON NATURE EVENT, for ages 3 and older, a park naturalist leads a walk to look for nocturnal wetland creatures. 6:30-8 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2. Preregistration 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.

Saturday 22

WRIGHT BROTHERS MUSICAL, for all ages, an ensemble from the Baltimore Museum of Industry presents a musical performance inspired by the lives of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright. 7 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $7. 301-864-6029.

ACCOKEEK NATURE EVENT, a guided Bluebird Trail hike to observe bluebirds and learn how to attract them to your back yard. Bring binoculars and a camera; rain or shine. For all ages, but not appropriate for children in strollers. 2-4 p.m., National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $2. 301-283-2113 or www.accokeek.org.

BLADENSBURG ORIENTEERING, for children 8-12 accompanied by an adult, learn about orienteering using basic map and compass skills to follow a course through a nature park. 10 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.

BOWIE AUTHOR EVENT, for all ages, Eloise Greenfield presents her new children's book, "Honey I Love and Other Love Poems." 2 p.m., Karibu Books, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

FORT WASHINGTON NATURE EVENT, displays of rocks, jewelry, minerals, fossils, live insects and raptors. Also, scrimshaw, beading and wire-wrapping demonstrations. Sponsored by the Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club and Clearwater Nature Center. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Ages 12 to adult, $2; ages 4 to 11, $1; ages 3 and younger, free. 301-297-4575.

BABY-ITEMS SALE, used baby clothes, toys and furniture, plus homemade baked goods and a stroller raffle. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Langley Park. Free. 301-445-4508.

KITE FESTIVAL TRIP, for ages 6-12, bring a kite and fly it in the Smithsonian Kite Festival on the Mall in Washington; transportation and lunch provided. 9 a.m., depart from and return to Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Dr., Marlow Heights. $4; reservations required. 301-888-1500.

LANHAM HAND-DANCING, for adults of all skill levels, a hand-dance social led by instructor Priscilla Wiley, light refreshments, alcohol-free, sponsored by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. $8; couples, $15; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $10 and $18. 301-552-1093.

LAUREL BIRDING PROGRAM, for ages 16 and older, discussions and walking tours. Learn about the basics of birding, including identification, habitats and equipment; wear appropriate clothing. 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:15-10:30 a.m. Sunday, National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887 or patuxent.fws.gov.

MOUNT RAINIER DANCE WORKOUT, for ages 16 and older, registration opens for eight sessions beginning March 29; dance to Latin, African and Caribbean music. 10-11:15 a.m. Saturdays, for eight weeks, Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $40; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $45; preregistration required. 301-927-2163.

OXON HILL HISTORY EVENT, for all ages, "Women's Work on the Farm," learn how to milk a cow, feed chickens and churn butter into cream; plus, a wagon ride through the park. Sponsored by the National Park Service. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Farm, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-1176.

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.

SUITLAND FLAG FOOTBALL, for ages 6-14, learn about basic skills and position play. 1-3 p.m., William Beanes Community Center, 5108 Dianna Dr., Suitland. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2. Preregistration required. 301-568-7718.

Sunday 23

LAUREL NATURE WALK, for ages 16 and older, a guided walk through a nature refuge to look for the first signs of spring plants, such as skunk cabbage and spice bush. 9-11 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

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.

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Monday 24

BOWIE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, photographer Glen Allison presents his novel, "The Journey From Kamakura, Penis Gourds and Moscow Muggings." 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-809-1552.

BOWIE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Michael Eric Dyson presents his book "Why I Love Black Women." 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

BOWIE-CROFTON CAMERA CLUB, for adults, a how-to session about printers, slides and electronic slide shows. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 and Mount Oak Road, Bowie. Free. 301-464-4212 or bowiecroftoncameraclub.homestead.com.

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 25

CRYPTOLOGIC MUSEUM TRIP, for seniors, visit the National Security Agency's Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade to learn how the government enciphers and deciphers secret codes. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., depart from and return to Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. $15; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $18. Reservations required. 301-352-8983.

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.

BLACK FEMALE WRITERS TALK, Washington historian C.R. Gibbs presents "20th Century Black Female Writers," part of the library's 14th annual spring lecture series. 7 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

ANNE TYLER BOOK DISCUSSION, Anne Tyler's "Back When We Were Grownups." 7:30 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

LAUREL ROLLER SKATING, for ages 5-12, includes light refreshments; skates provided. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. $4; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $5. 301-953-7882.

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

Wednesday 26

C.S. LEWIS BOOK DISCUSSION, C.S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity." 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-809-1552.

DISTRICT HEIGHTS BOOK TALK, Yolanda Young's "On Our Way to Beautiful." 7:30 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. 301-817-3750.

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 TAX HELP, for low-income taxpayers, volunteers from Community Tax Aid 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., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

Thursday 27

HYATTSVILLE AUTHOR EVENT, Raymond Winbush presents his new book, "Should America Pay: Slavery and the Raging Debate Over Reparations." 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

COLLEGE PARK PETER PAN CLUB, aviation-based activities for children 3-5, accompanied by an adult. 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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