Thursday 1

NEW CARROLLTON MIME SHOW, 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.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS ADVENTURE FILM, James Caviezel as Edmund Dantes in Alexandre Dumas's "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002), 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.

Friday 2

COLLEGE PARK NEEDLE ARTS WORKSHOP, an informal weekly gathering to work on quilting, knitting, embroidery and counted cross-stitch; sponsored by the College Park Needle Arts Society. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-277-9630.

BOWIE BOOK EVENT, poet Jeff Haskins performs poems from his book "Heavy on My Mind: Freedom Through Poetic Verse." 6:30 p.m., Karibu Books, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

Saturday 3

UPPER MARLBORO KAYAKING, for ages 12 and older, explore tidal wetlands of the Patuxent River on a guided kayak trip. 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.

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.

Monday 5

PATUXENT RIVER DAY CAMP, for ages 6-11, arts and crafts, water and nature activities, includes lunch and a snack. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-July 9, Patuxent River 4-H Center, 18405 Queen Anne Rd., Upper Marlboro. $175. 301-390-7259.

Tuesday 6

MOUNT RAINIER TENNIS CLASSES, for ages 6-12, rules and basic techniques of the sport. 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 26, Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. Free to residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties. Registration required. 301-927-2163.

COLLEGE PARK AVIATION EVENT, create an aviation-themed craft. Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays, through July 27, College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $4; seniors, $3; ages 2-18, $2; ages 1 and younger, free. 301-864-6029.

DISTRICT HEIGHTS MAGICAL SCIENCE, representatives from the Maryland Science Center demonstrate chemistry with things that fizz, foam and flash. 1 p.m., Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

UPPER MARLBORO PUPPET SHOW, the Blue Sky Puppet Theater performs "Jester's Box." 2 p.m., Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-627-9330.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS STORIES, Liana Asim tells tales from around the world. 2 p.m., Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

BRANDYWINE MARGARET BRENT PORTAYAL, actress Mary Ann Jung portrays Margaret Brent, an English-born woman who was born into a wealthy family, acquired substantial acreage in St. Mary's County, become an attorney and later handled the affairs of Governor Leonard Calvert after the governor's death. 4 p.m., Baden Library, 13603 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. Free. 301-888-1152.

Wednesday 7

GLENARDEN PUPPET SHOW, the Kaydee Puppets perform "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." 2 p.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pky., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

CLINTON MAGIC SHOW, Michael Chamberlin performs sleights of hand and more. 2 p.m., Surratts Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

HYATTSVILLE LATINO MUSIC, Cantare performs a concert. 2 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

BOWIE AFRICAN CULTURE PROGRAM, native Ghanaians Kofi Denis and Kwame Ansah-Brew perform African dances, tell stories and more. 2 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

NEW CARROLLTON PUPPET SHOW, the Blue Sky Puppet Theater performs "Jester's Box." 2 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd.. New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

MOVIE AND BOOK DISCUSSION, "Seabiscuit" (2003), based on a true story about a jockey and a horse who triumph against adversity; plus a discussion of the Laura Hillenbrand novel "Seabiscuit: An American Legend." 6:30 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

DISTRICT HEIGHTS NOVEL DISCUSSION, Parry Brown's "Fannin' the Flames," about the challenges that a company of African American firefighters faces when a trickster, possibly from within their own unit, tries to sabotage them. 7 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

LARGO ADVENTURE FILM, "Whale Rider" (2003), about a young girl who challenges her tribal group for a leadership position; plus a discussion of the Witi Ihimaera novel "The Whale Rider." 7 p.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Thursday 8

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

MOUNT RAINIER NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 3-5, a talk about the creatures who live in wetlands. 1-2 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2. Registration required. 301-927-2163.

BELTSVILLE PUPPET SHOW, Susan Wall's Carousel Puppets. 2 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

LARGO MAGICAL SCIENCE, representatives from the Maryland Science Center demonstrate chemistry with things that fizz, foam and flash. 1 p.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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