Thursday 27

SURRATT HOUSE MUSEUM, tours of the Civil War-era home of the Surratts, who were linked to the intrigue surrounding the Lincoln assassination. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. $3; seniors, $2; ages 5-18, $1; ages 4 and younger, free. 301-868-1121.

HYATTSVILLE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Faith Adiele presents her book "Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun." 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 3500 East-West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

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

Friday 28

MITCHELLVILLE MAY DAY, for ages 6-12, an obstacle course, homerun derby, layup competition, balloon toss and other activities. 2:30-5:30 p.m., Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. 301-333-6561.

BOWIE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Rahkeem Wilburn presents his book "Lost in Atlanta," co-written with Dean McCrary. 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 15624 Emeral Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

Saturday 29

LAUREL BIRDING, for ages 16 and older, a birding basics two-day program covering bird identification, habitats and equipment. 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday; 8:15-10:30 a.m. Sunday. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

FORESTVILLE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Thomas Long presents his novel "A Thug's Life." 1 p.m., Karibu Books, 3289-B Donnell Dr., Forestville. Free. 301-736-6170.

HYATTSVILLE AUTHOR EVENT, for adults, Debra Clayton presents her novel "Rap Superstar." 1 p.m., Karibu Books, 3500 East-West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

BRENTWOOD SENIOR PROM, for ages 55 and older, a dance in the tradition of a high school prom. Appropriate attire requested; light refreshments served. 3-8 p.m., North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Free; reservations required. 301-864-0756.

Tuesday 1

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 2

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.

BELTSVILLE LIBRARY MEETING, the Beltsville Friends of the Library discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 7 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

GREENBELT LIBRARY MEETING, the Greenbelt Friends of the Library discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

-- Compiled by BARBARA HINTON

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