Thursday 24

LARGO LIBRARY PUPPET SHOW, the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre performs "The Three Not So Little Pigs." 2 p.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

BRANDYWINE KARATE CLASS, a 10-week program, Thursdays through Aug. 26. Ages 5-12, 7-8 p.m.; age 13 and older, 8-9:30 p.m. Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden Westwood Rd., Brandywine. Youth fee, $40; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $48; adult fee, $50; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $60. 301-888-1500.

HYATTSVILLE CHESS CLUB, Ted Fagan instructs players of all ages and skill levels. 7 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Friday 25

GLENN DALE STORY TIME, ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult, will learn a verse and make handprints. 9-10 a.m., Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. $2; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. Registration required. 301-352-8983.

ANIMAL TRACKING, a park ranger teaches children ages 6-12 how to identify animals by the signs they leave. 10-11:30 a.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $3; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $4. 301-297-4575.

UPPER MARLBORO BOAT TOUR, for age 6 and older, a sunset cruise on the Patuxent River on a pontoon. 6-8 p.m., Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. $3; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $4. Registration required. 301-627-6074.

AUTHORS APPEARANCE, Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant read from their novel, "Better Than I Know Myself," about three college freshmen who forge an unlikely friendship. 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

Saturday 26

USED BOOK SALE, for readers of all ages. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd.. New Carrollton. Admission, free. 301-459-6900.

DANCE WORKOUT, for ages 16 and older, exercise with Latin, African and Caribbean dance styles. 10-11:15 a.m., Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $6; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $7. Registration required. 301-927-2163.

HYATTSVILLE BOOK READING, A. Van Jordan reads from his book "Macnolia: Poems," a true story about a 13-year-old black girl who advanced to national spelling bee finals in 1936. 2 p.m. Karibu Books, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

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.

BOWIE BOOK TALK, Lamar D. Shields discusses his book "10 Steps Out of Puberty: A Teen's Guide to Successful Living." 5 p.m., Karibu Bookstore, Bowie Town Center Mall, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

HYATTSVILLE BOOK TALK, Ingrid Sturgis and Yanick Rice Lamb discuss the book "Aunties: Thirty-Five Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother," a collection edited by Sturgis of works by writers including Lamb, journalists, poets, artists, novelists and others from diverse cultural backgrounds. 5 p.m., Karibu Books, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

Sunday 27

BOWIE KIDS CRAFTS WORKSHOP, ages 6-12 create crafts and socialize. 1-3 p.m., South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. $5; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $6. Registration required. 301-249-1622.

LAUREL NATURE DETECTIVES PROGRAM, for ages 8-10, a park ranger discusses clues to the presence of animals. 1-2 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 28

SONGS FROM AFRICA, a concert by soprano Devonna Rowe. 10:30 a.m., Baden Library, 13603 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. Free. 301-888-1152.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS CHESS CLUB, Paul Yates instructs players of all ages and skill levels. 7 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

LAUREL REPTILES PROGRAM, for ages 6-12, representatives from Reptile World discuss and display snakes and other creatures. 7 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

LANDOVER PRE-ALGEBRA CLASS, fractions, decimals, equations and other math functions. 7-8:30 p.m. June 28-July 1, Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, Classroom 272B, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $30; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $36. Reservations required by June 25. 301-583-2430.

Tuesday 29

BLADENSBURG MIME PERFORMANCE, for ages 6-12, Mark Jaster performs "Piccolo's Trunk." 10:30 a.m., Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Free. 301-927-4916.

GLENARDEN LIBRARY PUPPET SHOW, the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre performs "The Three Not So Little Pigs." 2 p.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

Wednesday 30

UPPER MARLBORO HORSE SHOW, Morgan horse riders compete in indoor and outdoor rings. 8 a.m. June 30-July 3, Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-952-7999.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS CHESS CLUB, for beginning and intermediate-level players, ages 13 and older, with instructor Ted Fagan. 5 p.m., Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

BLADENSBURG CANOE TOUR, for all ages, children ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. A park naturalist leads a tour looking for wildlife; life jackets, paddles and canoes provided. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $10; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $12. Registration required. 301-779-0371.

BELTSVILLE MYSTERY FILM, "Holes" (2003), starring Sigourney Weaver, about a boy who is punished for a crime he did not commit and lands in a juvenile correctional facility headed by a wicked female warden. 7 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

"THE PRINCESS DIARIES," 2001 movie starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, about a clumsy American teenager who turns out to be a princess in a small European country. A discussion of the Meg Cabot novel follows. 7 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd.. New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

Thursday 1

NEW CARROLLTON MIME PERFORMANCE, for ages 6-12, Mark Jaster performs "Piccolo's Trunk." 2 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd.. New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

CLINTON ADVENTURE FILM, "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002), starring James Caviezel as Edmund Dantes in Alexandre Dumas's story about an honest sailor who is wrongly and deliberately imprisoned; a discussion of the book follows. 4:30 p.m., Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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