Thursday 10

CLINTON STORY TIME, for ages 1-3, with a caregiver. 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

LARGO STORY TIME, for ages 3-5. 11 a.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

NEW CARROLLTON STORY TIME, for ages 11/2-2. 11 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free. 301-459-6900.

MOUNT RAINIER NATURE PROGRAM, ages 3-5 will learn about six-legged creatures. 1-2 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2. Registration required. 301-927-2163.

HYATTSVILLE CHESS CLUB, for all ages, instructor Ted Fagan teaches the basics and helps players with experience brush up on their strategies. 7 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-985-4690.

BOWIE BOOK DISCUSSION, Ha Jin's "Waiting," a novel about a Chinese army doctor trapped in an arranged marriage. 7:15 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

HYATTSVILLE LIBRARY MEETING, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System's Board of Library Trustees meets. 8 p.m., Administrative Office, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-699-3500.

Friday 11

HYATTSVILLE BOOK TALK, trial lawyer Marjorie Nightingale discusses her book "Help Me Before I Go Crazy: Adventures From a Working Mother's Life," true stories about a woman trying to juggle a busy professional career and a family life. 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

LANHAM PLANETARIUM PROGRAM, for ages 12 and older, Apollo 5 pilot Al Worden discusses his flight to the moon, the work and training required for the mission and the emotional experience of seeing the moon and the Earth from space. 7:30 p.m., Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. $4; seniors and ages 18 and younger, $2. 301-918-8750.

Saturday 12

CROOM BIKE RIDE, rides of 24, 46 or 62 miles, sponsored by the Oxon Hill Bike and Trail Club. Registration, 7-9 a.m., Merkel Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor's Center, 11704 Fenno Rd., Croom. $12; registration required. 301-567-0089.

CHEVERLY DAY, the Cicada Crunch 5K Run for the Cure and a 2K walk, with proceeds benefiting the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer; Bowie Baysox mascot Louie from Bowie at the East-West softball game; live music by Sounds of 1Luv and other groups; the James Wand Secret Agent Magic Show in the gymnasium; an arts festival, pony rides, a moon bounce, carnival games, a karaoke booth, basketball tournament and more. Food and beverages available for purchase, and a fireworks display ends the festivities. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Cheverly Community Center, 6401 Forest Rd. Admission, free; 5K run, $15; 2K walk, $12; rides and games, 50 cents-$2. 301-386-3782 or visit the Web at www.cheverlyday.com.

NEW CARROLLTON BOOK DISCUSSION, Chester B. Hime's "Cotton Comes to Harlem." Also, previews of books chosen for future discussions. 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

FORT WASHINGTON CONGRESSIONAL TALK, U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) discusses issues of concern to county residents and pending legislative issues. 10-11:30 a.m., Potomac Knolls Community Center, 1101 Aragona Blvd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-474-0119.

LARGO LIBRARY MEETING, the Friends of the Largo-Kettering Library discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 10:30 a.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

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

NEW CARROLLTON STORY TIME, for ages 3-7. 10:30 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free. 301-459-6900.

BOWIE BOOK TALK, Ombassa Sophera discusses her book "Soul Journey to Truth." 1 p.m., Karibu Bookstore, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

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.

LAUREL BUG WALK, for ages 5-7, a guided hike to look for insects, plus stories and crafts. 3-4 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

TEEN COFFEEHOUSE, for ages 13-17, an open microphone for singers, poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers and comedians. Proceeds benefit wildlife protection. 7-10 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $5; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $6. Reservations required. 301-297-4575.

LAUREL NIGHT HIKE, for all ages, a guided hike to look and listen for owls, frogs, bats, bugs and other creatures. 8-9:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Sunday 13

LAUREL NATURE WALK, a guided hike to look for birds in several refuge habitats; field guides and binoculars recommended. 8-10 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 16 and older, a discussion about the role of wildflowers in the ecosystem and methods of identifying them. Bring a field guide, water and a magnifying glass. 9-11 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 14

CLINTON MEDICARE TALK, for seniors, U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) discusses a recently enacted prescription drug law. 1-2:30 p.m., Bradford Oaks Nursing Center, 7520 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-474-0119.

LARGO BOOK DISCUSSION, a discussion of Sue Monk Kidd's novel "The Secret Life of Bees," about a 14-year-old girl in Georgia who accidentally shoots and kills her mother then searches for clues about her character. 1:30 p.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Tuesday 15

BELTSVILLE BOOK GROUP, a discussion of books to be discussed in the 2004-2005 season. 10:30 a.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd. Free. 301-937-0294.

CLINTON BOOK DISCUSSION, Christopher Chambers's novel "A Prayer for Deliverance: An Angela Bivens Thriller." 6:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Wednesday 16

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. Wednesday and June 17, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

HYATTSVILLE MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION, Alexander McCall Smith's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," a novel about the first female detective in Botswana. 10:30 a.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-345-5800.

GREENBELT BOOK TALK, a discussion about Leif Enger's novel "Peace Like a River," about a family's search for a son who kills two schoolyard bullies after they break into the family's house. 2 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-345-5800.

DISTRICT HEIGHTS BOOK DISCUSSION, Kimberla Lawson Roby's "A Taste of Reality: A Novel," about a black woman's struggle with racism in the workplace. 7:30 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

CLINTON BOOK DISCUSSION, Alice Sebold's novel "The Lovely Bones," about the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, who tells her story from heaven as she watches her grieving family and friends and a hard-working police detective. 7:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Thursday 17

BOWIE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Nicole Bailey-Williams reads from her novel "Floating," about a young biracial woman who tries to learn the secrets of her past. 6:30 p.m., Karibu Bookstore, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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