Concerts

TAMARA WELLONS -- 5 p.m. Saturday. The singer-songwriter combines rhythm and blues, soul and jazz in a performance of standards and her own compositions. Karibu Books, Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. 301-559-1140.

DONALD MANILDI -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The pianist performs as part of the benefit concert for the Neil Ratliff Fund. (Ratliff was head of the University of Maryland Music Library and the International Piano Archives at Maryland.) Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. Free. 301-405-2787.

For Children

PETER PAN CLUB -- 10:30 a.m.-noon today, for ages 3-5. Aviation stories, crafts, games and museum exploration. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with museum admission: $4; seniors, $3; ages 18 and younger, $2. 301-864-6029.

MOUNT RAINIER PUPPET THEATER -- 11 a.m. Saturday. The company performs "The Lost Fish," about a young fish that learns all about underwater creatures. Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. Free. 301-927-2163.

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC -- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. A celebration of the 101st anniversary of the teddy bear, with crafts, food, a show and pontoon boats. Bring lunch and a teddy bear. Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg, but reservations required. Free. 301-779-0371.

Theater

"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through May 29. The Metropolitan Ebony Theatre presents a Caribbean-flavored version of Shakespeare's comedy. Queen Anne Fine Arts Building, Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-322-0444.

"BLACK EYED SUSAN" -- 7:45 tomorrow and Saturday and 3:15 Sunday. The New Old Theater Company performs Douglas Jerrold's nautical drama by candlelight on the lawn, with musical accompaniment. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale. $20. 301-864-0420.

ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION -- 2 p.m. Saturday. Hawaiian dance by the Na Wahine Lawakua I Ka Hula group and dances by the Philippine American Cultural Arts Society. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-203-6040.

Lectures and Literature

CARL HANCOCK RUX -- 6:30 p.m. today. The author-musician will read from his new book, "Asphalt," the story of a Parisian disc jockey who struggles in post-apocalyptic New York. Karibu Books, Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. 301-559-1140.

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON -- 6:30 today. The author discusses his new biography, "Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves & Demons of Marvin Gaye." Karibu Books, Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

WRITING WORKSHOP -- 6:30 tomorrow. Kwame Alexander, author of "Do the Write Thing," leads a workshop on writing and publishing books. Karibu Books, Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

ELLIOTT LIGHT -- 1 p.m. Saturday. The mystery author will discuss his new book, "Chain Thinking: A Shep Harrington Small Town Mystery." Barnes & Noble, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-809-9097.

TWO AUTHORS -- 1 p.m. Saturday. T.C. Matthews discusses "The Cradle Robbers: Class Act" and Linda Dominique Grosvenor presents her book "The Hamptons." Karibu Books, Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. 301-559-1140. At 4 p.m. at Karibu Books, Forest Village Park Mall, 3289 B Donnell Dr., Forestville. 301-736-6170.

LORI BRYANT WOOLRIDGE -- 2 p.m. Saturday. The author of "Hitts and Mrs." reads selections from her new romantic novel. Karibu Books, Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

KAREN SIPLIN -- 2 p.m. Sunday. The author of "Such a Girl" is the guest at a meeting of the Anothergoodidea African American Book Club. Barnes & Noble, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-809-9097.

FRANCES RAY -- 6:30 Wednesday. The romance novelist discusses her latest, "Like the First Time." Karibu Books, Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. 301-559-1140. Karibu Books, Forest Village Park Mall, 3289 B Donnell Dr., Forestville. 301-736-6170.

BARBARA SIMONS AND ROSEMARY KLEIN -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Baltimore poets from the Meanest Gallery headline the Poet Connection's open-mike poetry night. Barnes & Noble, 15455 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-809-9097.

"WOMEN IN SPORTS 1923-1953: PLAY DAY TO ELITE COMPETITION" -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Joan Hult, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, is a sports historian who has published several books on the topic. Greenbelt Museum, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-507-6582.

Sports and Recreation

DEEP-WATER WALKING -- 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Pool workout for ages 18 and older. Glenarden/Theresa Banks Complex, 8615-A McLain Ave., Glenarden. $6. 301-772-5515.

OPEN SWIM -- 6-8 p.m. tomorrow. Open swim for all ages. Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. 301-583-2400.

CANOE LESSONS -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, for ages 10 and older. Certified instructor teaches paddling skills. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Bring a bag lunch. Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $30. Reservations, 301-779-0371.

AFRICAN/CARIBBEAN DANCE WORKOUT -- 10-11:15 a.m. Saturdays. An intense workout for ages 16 and older. Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $7. 301-927-2163.

Exhibitions

TOM BLOCK -- Through May 27. Paintings on wood, inspired by the writings of the 14th-century mystic Meister Eckhart. Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

ELLEN SMITH -- Through May 31. Digital ink-jet prints exploring the intersection of contemporary America and Smith's ancestral Jewish village in Poland in the 1890s. New Deal Cafe, Roosevelt Center at Southway and Crescent Road, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642

HSIN-HSI CHEN -- Through June 12. Pencil and mixed media on paper constructions. Main Gallery, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6040.

"GETTING OUT THE VOTE: THE POLITICAL SCENE IN THE 1800s" -- Through November. Political memorabilia. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. Admission $3, seniors $2, ages 5-18 $1. 301-868-1121.

"PLEASE BE SEATED" -- Ongoing. 19th-century chairs, sofas, stools and benches from the Riversdale House Museum's permanent collection. 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale. Admission $3, seniors $2, ages 5-18 $1. 301-864-0420.

"SSS . . . WHEN THE IRON WAS HOT: AFRICAN-AMERICAN IRONWORKERS IN LAUREL/MUIRKIRK 1730-1930" -- Through March 2005. Exhibition examines the contribution of black ironworkers in Laurel. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Admission $3, seniors $2, ages 5-18 $1. 301-953-1376.

RADIO PREMIUMS -- Ongoing. Memorabilia related to radio serials of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, including "Radio Orphan Annie," "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" and "Captain Midnight." Radio-Television Museum, 2608 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-390-1020.

"THE FORGOTTEN WAR REMEMBERED: AMERICA AND THE KOREAN WAR" -- Ongoing. Includes 20 photographs chronicling the war, from growing tension during the late 1940s through signing of the armistice in 1953. National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-713-6800.

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