Thursday 13

NEW CARROLLTON BOOK DISCUSSION, Ken Follett's novel "The Hammer of Eden." 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

DISTRICT HEIGHTS BOOK DISCUSSION, Rosamunde Pilcher's novel "Winter Solstice." 2 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

BOWIE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Lolita Files presents her novel "Tastes Like Chicken." 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

BOWIE BOOK DISCUSSION, Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird." 7:15 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

HYATTSVILLE CHESS CLUB, for all ages and skill levels. 7 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Friday 14

LANDOVER SWIM CLINIC, for ages 6 and older, water safety instructors teach basic strokes. 6-7:30 p.m., Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. 301-583-2400.

BOWIE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Lisa Price presents her biography, "Success Never Smelled So Sweet: How I Followed My Nose and Found My Passion," written with Hilary Beard. 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

CLINTON CAMPFIRE, for ages 2 and older, nature stories and a marshmallow roast. 7:30-9 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2. Registration required. 301-297-4575.

Saturday 15

BLADENSBURG BIRDING, for beginning and advanced birders of all ages; ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. A naturalist leads a walk to locate and identify woodland and water birds along the Anacostia River; binoculars provided. 8-10 a.m., Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $2; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. Registration required. 301-779-0371.

BLADENSBURG BOATING-SAFETY COURSE, to earn a Maryland Boating Safety Education certificate, required of all powerboat operators born on or after July 1, 1972. The course covers emergency equipment, aids to navigation, personal flotation devices and other safety issues. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $25; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $30. Registration required. 301-779-0371.

LAUREL BUTTERFLY EVENT, for ages 10 and older, a guided three-mile hike to learn about butterflies and their role in the ecosystem, and to identify species common to Maryland. Field guides recommended; bring water and dress appropriately. 9 a.m.-noon, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

UPPER MARLBORO CONSERVATION CLUB, students interested in nature and the outdoors can earn high school service learning hours working with park rangers on conservation projects throughout Prince George's County. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Park Ranger Office, 14955 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Free; registration required. 301-627-7755.

LAUREL NATURE FESTIVAL, the 12th annual International Migratory Bird Day, rain or shine. Activities will include a live bird display, naturalist-led bird hikes, tram tours, craft activities, a puppet show, two screenings of the documentary "Winged Migration" and a display of winning artwork from the Maryland Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free. 301-497-5763.

NEW CARROLLTON BOOK TALK, Percival Everett's novel "Erasure." 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

GLENARDEN LIBRARY MEETING, the Glenarden Friends of the Library discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 10:30 a.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

TAKOMA PARK ECOLOGY EVENT, tours of a renewable energy home with a corn-burning fireplace, solar panels, low-energy refrigerator, hybrid and biodiesel vehicles and a tofu-powered lawn mower. Also, a discussion of landscaping with native plants and sales of energy-efficient light bulbs. Sponsored by Chesapeake Action Network. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 7125 Willow Ave., Takoma Park. Admission, free. 301-270-3722.

ACCOKEEK COLONIAL HISTORY EVENT, a celebration of 18th-century Colonial life, with hands-on activities including candle-dipping, wool-spinning and embroidering; and demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking and cooking. Rain or shine; sponsored by the Accokeek Foundation. Noon-4 p.m., National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Ages 17 and older, 50 cents; ages 16 and younger, $2. 301-283-2113 or www.accokeek.org.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS BOOK TALK, Rosamunde Pilcher's novel "Winter Solstice." 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

Sunday 16

GREENBELT VEHICLE DISPLAY, more than 80 antique and classic Cadillacs on display, inside and outside. Rain or shine; sponsored by the Cadillac LaSalle Club, Potomac Region. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Capitol Cadillac Company, 6500 Capitol Dr., Greenbelt. Free. 703-368-2367.

LAUREL NATURE EVENT, for ages 5-7, an interactive program about frogs, turtles and snakes through stories, songs and a short hike. 1-2:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 17

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.

BOWIE-CROFTON CAMERA CLUB TALK, for adults, a discussion about macro and close-up photo techniques, and a club meeting. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 and Mount Oak Road, Bowie. Free. 301-464-4212.

Tuesday 18

BELTSVILLE BOOK TALK, Pearl S. Buck's novel "The Good Earth." 10:30 a.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

BOWIE BABY-SITTING WORKSHOP, for ages 13-19, first aid and fire safety, and how to use books, puppets, toys games crafts and music. Sponsored by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. 4:30-6 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free; registration required. 301-262-7000.

CLINTON BOOK DISCUSSION, Andrea Smith's novel "Friday Nights at Honeybees." 6:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

ADOPTION INFORMATION SESSION, success stories and challenges faced by families who have adopted older African American children; sponsored by Adoptions Together. 7-8:30 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 202-628-7420.

GLENARDEN CHESS CLUB, for all ages and skill levels. 7 p.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

LARGO-KETTERING CHESS CLUB, beginners, 7 p.m.; advanced beginners, 7:45 p.m. Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Wednesday 19

LAUREL BIRDING, for ages 16 and older, a guided tour to identify birds in several refuge habitats; field guides and binoculars recommended. 8:15-11 a.m. May 19, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

HYATTSVILLE BOOK TALK, Ann Patchett's novel "Bel Canto." 10:30 a.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

GREENBELT BOOK TALK, Yann Martel's novel "Life of Pi." 2 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS CHESS CLUB, for all ages and skill levels. 5 p.m., Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

NEW CARROLLTON BABY-SITTING CLASS, for ages 13-19, first aid and fire safety, and how to use books, puppets, toys games crafts and music. Sponsored by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. 5:30-7 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION WORKSHOP, for ages 15 and older; bring a copy of your resume for review. Program includes how to prepare for a job interview and what to wear. 7 p.m., Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Langley Park. Free. 301-445-4508.

CLINTON BOOK DISCUSSION, Sena Jeter Naslund's novel "Ahab's Wife or, The Star-Gazer." 7:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

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

LAUREL HISTORY LECTURE, for ages 10 and older, James W. Cheevers, senior curator and associate director of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, discusses the history of the U.S. Naval Academy. 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel. Free. 301-953-1376.

Thursday 20

NEW CARROLLTON AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin presents her book "The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream." 7 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

-- Compiled by BARBARA HINTON

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