Thursday 3

GREENBELT TEDDY BEAR PICNIC, for ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult. Stories and activities about bears. 10:30 a.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

GLENARDEN STORY TIME, for ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

HYATTSVILLE BOOK TALK, Victor LaValle's novel "The Ecstatic," about a 318-pound Cornell-educated schizophrenic who tells his family's story. 7:30 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Friday 4

BOWIE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, David Haynes reads from his novel "The Full Matilda," about a maiden aunt and the men in her life. 6:30 p.m., Karibu Bookstore, Bowie Town Center Mall, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

GREENBELT BASKET BINGO, door prizes, raffles and more, in a non-smoking environment. Refreshments will be sold. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. $20; advance, $15. 301-982-2312 or 301-910-0050.

Saturday 5

BOWIE BIRD WALK, for ages 6 and older, members of the Prince George's Audubon Society lead a leisurely walk through the forested flood plain of the Patuxent River. 7:30-10:30 a.m.; meet at the gate at the end of Lemons Bridge Road, near Bowie State University, Bowie. Free. 301-627-6074.

UPPER MARLBORO KAYAKING, for ages 12 and older, a guided kayak trip to explore the tidal wetlands of the Patuxent River; no experience necessary. Bring sun block, a hat and drinking water. 9 a.m.-noon, Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. $15; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $18. Registration required. 301-627-6074.

FAIRMOUNT LIBRARY MEETING, the Friends of the Fairmount Heights Library discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 10:30 a.m., Fairmont Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmont Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS LIBRARY MEETING, the Friends of the Hillcrest Heights Library discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 10:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

LARGO STORY TIME, for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

UPPER MARLBORO BOAT TOUR, an educational river-ecology tour on board the Otter. 2-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Patuxent River Park 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free; registration required. 301-627-6074.

CLINTON COFFEEHOUSE, for ages 17 and older, open microphone for singers, poets, storytellers, musicians, comedians and dancers; refreshments will be sold. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 7-9:30 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, Cosca Regional Park, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $5; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $6. Registration required. 301-297-4575.

Monday 7

HILLCREST HEIGHTS CHESS CLUB, for all ages, tips from instructor Paul Yates. 7 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

Tuesday 8

GLENARDEN CHESS CLUB, instructor Steve Johnson teaches the basics of the game and the skills for improving your current game. 7 p.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

LARGO CHESS CLUB, for all ages and skill levels. Beginners, 7 p.m.; advanced, 7:45 p.m. Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

BOWIE BOOK DISCUSSION, Ha Jin's "Waiting," a novel about love and politics. 7:15 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

Wednesday 9

DISTRICT HEIGHTS BOOK TALK, Antwone Fisher's "Finding Fish: A Memoir," about a man whose prison birth put him on a path of struggle until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and turned himself around. 2 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

HYATTSVILLE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Fortune magazine writer Cora Daniels reads from her book "Black Power, Inc: The New Voice of Success," about the world of corporate America as seen by black executives. 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

BELTSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, Ernest Hemingway's novel "A Farewell to Arms," about the wartime love of a young American for a British nurse. 7:30 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

Thursday 10

NEW CARROLLTON BOOK DISCUSSION, a preview of the titles that will be chosen for the library's public discussions next season. 10:30 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

COLLEGE PARK PETER PAN CLUB, for ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult. Aviation-based activities, including flying stories, pedal planes, crafts, games and more. 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.

POLITICAL WRITER IN BOWIE, Donna Brazile discusses her book "Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics," a memoir from the woman who became Al Gore's campaign manager in 1999. 6:30 p.m., Karibu Bookstore, Bowie Town Center Mall, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

HYATTSVILLE CHESS CLUB, for all ages, tips from instructor Ted Fagan. 7 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

BOWIE BOOK DISCUSSION, Ha Jin's "Waiting," a novel about love and politics. 7:15 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

NEW CARROLLTON LIBRARY MEETING, a meeting of the Prince George's County Library Board of Trustees. 8 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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