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.

BOWIE BOOK DISCUSSION, James Loewen's "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong." 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-809-1552.

CAPITOL HEIGHTS SENIORS CLUB, for ages 55 and older, arts and crafts, refreshments, cards, games, 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. Weekday admission: $3, includes skates. 301-277-3717.

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.

Friday 28

HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR, the 1813 home of Gabriel Duvall, former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Federal and Victorian decor and family heirlooms, photographs and documents. For ages 4 and older; not appropriate for children in strollers. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays; noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. $3; seniors, $2; ages 4-18, $1. 301-464-5291.

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 29

BELTSVILLE CRAFT CLASS, for ages 16 and older, make a grapevine wreath decorated with spring flowers; materials provided. 9-11 a.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. $15; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $18. Preregistration required. 301-937-6613.

BOATING SAFETY COURSE, for ages 12 and older, the two-day Maryland Boating Safety Course, required for powerboat operators, with 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. today and March 30, Patuxent River Park 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. $25; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $30. Advance registration and payment required. 301-627-6074.

BOWIE AUTHOR EVENT, Angela Brown presents her book, "Awakening Women." 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-809-1552.

BOWIE CHILDREN'S CARNIVAL, for ages 3-5, accompanied by a parent. Games, clowns and face-painting. Noon-4 p.m., South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. Children, free; adults, $3. 301-249-1622.

COLONIAL TAVERN DINNER, for adults, authentic tavern food and wine, information about tavern customs and period music performed by Ship's Company. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $55; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $65. Reservations and advance payment required. 301-952-8010.

WILDLIFE ARTS AND CRAFTS, the 14th annual Patuxent Wildlife Art Show and Sale, with more than 50 artists displaying wildlife paintings, photographs, sculptures, woodcarvings, pottery and jewelry. Activities include wildlife tram tours, a Maryland migratory game bird design contest, a Maryland bear stamp design contest, live animals on display and wildlife-related children's activities. Sponsored by Friends of the Patuxent. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today and March 30, National Wildlife Visitor Center, Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. admission, free. 301-497-5789 or www.friendspwrc.org.

PATUXENT RIVER CLEANUP, for ages 18 and older, help clean up Jug Bay on the Patuxent. Sign up for canoe, kayak or pontoon duty; wear old clothes and shoes. 9 a.m.-noon, Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free; preregistration required. 301-627-6074.

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.

SEAT PLEASANT TREASURE HUNT, for ages 8-12, a "Pirates' Treasure Hunt," with a map to follow. 1-3 p.m., Seat Pleasant Activity Center, 5720 Addison Rd., Seat Pleasant. $4; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $5. Preregistration required. 301-773-6685.

Sunday 30

RIVERDALE DROP-IN SOCCER, for players ages 5-18, 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 31

BELTSVILLE STRATEGY GAMES, for all ages, learn how to play chess, Go and other games of strategy. 7-9:15 p.m. the first, second and fourth Mondays of each month, Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-315-8297.

BOWIE-CROFTON CAMERA CLUB, learn how to hand-color black-and-white photos. 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 all ages and skill levels. 7 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

Tuesday 1

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

DISTRICT HEIGHTS AFRICAN HISTORY TALK, Washington historian C.R. Gibbs presents "African Beginnings of Humanity and the Origins of Race," part of the14th annual spring lecture series on African history and culture. 7 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

Wednesday 2

BELTSVILLE LIBRARY MEETING, learn about fundraising, volunteering and special projects from the Beltsville Friends of the Library. 6:50 p.m., at the library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS, learn about benefits and services. Counselors help prepare and file claims. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., DAV Chapter Home, 8205 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Bowie. Free. 410-230-4440.

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 3

HYATTSVILLE BOOK TALK, Adriana Trigiani's "Big Stone Gap." 7:30 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

-- Compiled by Barbara Hinton

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