Thursday 8

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.

Friday 9

COLLEGE PARK NEEDLE ARTS, 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.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS STORY TIME, senior citizens read and tell stories to children 6-12 in a program designed to promote literacy and bridge the gap between their age groups. 1-3 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-505-0896.

LANDOVER GYMNASTICS WORKSHOP, for ages 11/2 -14, accompanied by an adult, basic techniques of jumping, swinging and bouncing. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, Classroom 272B, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $4 per child with accompanying adult. 301-583-2400.

AIR MUSEUM MOVIE, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971), starring Angela Lansbury, about a mail-order apprentice witch and her encounter with three young refugees from London during World War II. Popcorn and lemonade served. 2 p.m., 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.

Saturday 10

UPPER MARLBORO SPEEDHORSE EVENT, beginning, intermediate and advanced barrel racers compete for cash prizes and trophy buckles. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Prince George's Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-952-7999.

BLADENSBURG KAYAKING LESSONS, paddling skills for children 10 and older, accompanied by an adult; kayaks, paddles and life jackets provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and July 31, Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $25; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $30. 301-779-0371.

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.

Sunday 11

LAUREL BIRD WALK, for ages 16 and older; binoculars and field guides recommended. 7-8:30 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 12

COLLEGE PARK LAP SWIMMING, swim, jog or walk laps. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 6-8 a.m., Ellen Linson Swimming Pool, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, $4. 301-277-3717.

CHILDREN'S BEE PROGRAM, for ages 3-4, a park ranger discusses how bees help provide us with flowers and food. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 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.

AVIATION MUSEUM MOVIE, "Memphis Belle" (1990), starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and John Lithgow, about a World War II B-17 bomber crew's final and most dangerous mission over Germany. Popcorn and lemonade served. 2 p.m., 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.

"PRINCESS DIARIES" SCREENING AND BOOK TALK, 2001 movie starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, about a clumsy teenager who learns she is a princess in a small European country. A discussion of the Meg Cabot novel follows. 7 p.m., Surratts Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Tuesday 13

AVIATION MUSEUM WORKSHOP, aviation-themed crafts. Noon-4 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with regular museum admission: $4; seniors, $3; ages 2-18, $2; ages 1 and younger, free. 301-864-6029.

SONGS OF AFRICA, soprano Devonna Rowe performs. 2 p.m. Tuesday and July 27, Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-627-9330.

CARIBBEAN MUSIC, Goombay performs multilingual songs on keyboard and percussion instruments. 2 p.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

ADVENTURE FILM AND BOOK TALK, Alexandre Dumas's "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002), starring James Caviezel as Edmund Dantes, about an honest sailor who is wrongly and deliberately imprisoned,. A discussion of the book follows. 3:30 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

MARGARET BRENT PORTRAYAL, actress Mary Ann Jung portrays the English-born woman who was born into a wealthy family, acquired substantial acreage in St. Mary's County, became a lawyer and later handled the affairs of Gov. Leonard Calvert after his death. 7 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

BOWIE CONCERT, Cantare performs. 7 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

Wednesday 14

REPTILES AT THE LIBRARY, representatives from Reptile World display live, large and gentle reptiles. 10:30 a.m., Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Free. 301-927-4916.

SONGS OF AFRICA, soprano Devonna Rowe performs. 2 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, the Rainbow Company performs "Puss in Boots," an interactive production. 2 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS GOES CARIBBEAN, Goombay performs multilingual songs on keyboard and percussion instruments. 2 p.m., Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

COLLEGE PARK WAR MOVIE, "Dam Busters" (1955), starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave, about the British weapon used to smash dams in Germany's industrial Ruhr Valley, 2 p.m. Wednesday; "Tuskegee Airmen" (1995), with Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Andre Braugher, in the true story of the African American fliers who broke the Air Force racial color barrier during World War II, 2 p.m. July 15. Popcorn and lemonade served at each film. 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.

"SEABISCUIT" SCREENING AND BOOK TALK, Tobey Maguire stars in the 2003 fact-based movie about a jockey and a horse who triumph against adversity. A discussion of the Laura Hillenbrand book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" will follow. 6:30 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd.. New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

ADVENTURE FILM AND BOOK TALK, "Whale Rider" (2003), about a young girl who challenges her tribal group for a leadership position. A discussion of the Witi Ihimaera novel follows. 7 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

Thursday 15

JUGGLING, MUSIC AND POETRY, duo performers Nick Newlin and Joanne Flynn perform the Nicolo Whimsey Show, a Renaissance-style entertainment. 10:30 a.m., Baden Library, 13603 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. Free. 301-888-1152.

NEW CARROLLTON MUSIC, soprano Devonna Rowe performs international music. 2 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

CARIBBEAN CONCERT, Goombay performs multilingual songs on keyboard and percussion instruments. 7 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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