Thursday 29

HYATTSVILLE REPTILE SHOW, representatives from Reptile World display live, large and gentle reptiles. 2 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

RIVERDALE PARK FARMERS MARKET, an open-air market offering vegetables, fruits, honey and other items, sponsored by the Town of Riverdale Park. 3-7 p.m., Riverdale Park Town Center, Queensbury Road and Rhode Island Avenue, Riverdale Park. Free. 301-927-6381.

LARGO BOARD MEETING, Prince George's Community College President Ronald A. Williams conducts the first trustee meeting of the 2004-2005 academic year. 7 p.m., Kent Hall, Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-322-0157.

BOWIE OUTDOOR MOVIE, "The Black Stallion" (1979), starring Kelly Reno and Mickey Rooney, about a boy shipwrecked on an island who befriends a wild horse and later enters it in races. Bring a blanket or chairs; refreshments sold by Friends of the National Ballet. Rain date: Friday evening. Sponsored by the City of Bowie. 8:45 p.m., Robert V. Setera Amphitheater, Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie. Free. 301-809-3068 or e-mail lstern@cityofbowie.org. For weather cancellation information, call 301-262-6200 after 8 p.m. today.

Friday 30

NEEDLE ARTS GROUP, 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.

AVIATION MUSEUM WORKSHOP, a tour of the gallery and a workshop to decorate a plastic-foam flier. Noon-4 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Museum admission: $4; seniors, $3; ages 2-18, $2; ages 1 and younger, free. 301-864-6029.

MOUNT RAINIER CHILDREN'S THEATER, summer camp members demonstrate their acting, dancing and set- and costume-designing skills in a performance of "Sinbad and the Seven Seas." 8 p.m., Joe's Movement Emporium, 3802 34th St., Mount Rainier. $5. 301-699-1819, www.worldartsfocus.org.

Saturday 31

LAUREL BIRDING, for ages 16 and older, a guided hike to look for birds in several refuge habitats. Field guides and binoculars recommended. 7-8:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

GREENBELT YARD SALE, to benefit the 2004 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Roosevelt Center, near Southway and Crescent Road, Greenbelt. Free. 301-910-0050.

CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL, Lorenzo Pace reads from his book "Jalani and the Lock," about his great-grandfather's journey from Africa to the United States; Edwin Fontanez reads from his book "On This Beautiful Island," about the history and traditions of Puerto Rico. Other authors will read from their books in English, Spanish, Swahili, Japanese and American Sign Language. The Multicultural Literary Expo is sponsored by Lessons From Abroad, a Largo-based instructional organization. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000, lessonsfromabroad.com.

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.

FORT WASHINGTON ICED TEA SOCIAL, with light refreshments, for girls ages 13-17 accompanied by a mother or guardian. 4-7 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-292-9191.

Sunday 1

GLENN DALE HORSE EVENT, for ages 5-12, livestock specialist Kelly Kinkade demonstrates proper horse care and grooming on Maxine, an 18-year-old Welsh pony, and helps children create stick race horses. 2-4 p.m., Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. $3; registration required. 301-464-5291.

Monday 2

PATUXENT RIVER DAY CAMP SIGN-UP, for ages 6-11, "Backward and Upside-Down Things," arts and crafts, water and nature activities, plus lunch and a snack. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. Aug. 9-13. Patuxent River 4-H Center, 18405 Queen Anne Rd., Upper Marlboro. $175; registration required by Aug. 2. 301-390-7259.

"MONTE CRISTO" FILM AND BOOK TALK, "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002), starring James Caviezel as Edmund Dantes, about a sailor who is wrongly and deliberately imprisoned. A discussion of the Alexandre Dumas book follows. 6:30 p.m., Surratts Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

LAUREL LIBRARY STORIES, Daria Barbieri tells Hispanic tales. 7 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

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

CHILDREN'S CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST, for ages 5-12, in anticipation of Taste of Summer II, an Aug. 21 festival at the Spauldings Branch Library, where results will be announced. The winner and the runner-up will be notified Aug. 16. Submit an original fairy or folk tale by Aug. 2 with your name, address, phone number and grade, to Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. 301-817-3750.

Tuesday 3

CHEVERLY ANTI-CRIME PROGRAM, "National Night Out," a chance to meet neighbors and local police representatives; light refreshments and children's activities. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Legion Park, Cheverly Avenue at Forest Road, Cheverly. Free. 301-773-8362.

CAMP SPRINGS ANTI-CRIME PROGRAM, "National Night Out," meet local police representatives and Neighborhood Watch members, with light refreshments, pony rides, face-painting and other children's activities. Sponsored by the Camp Springs Civic Association. 7-8:30 p.m., Thurgood Marshall Middle School, 4909 Brinkley Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-9479.

Wednesday 4

LAUREL PUPPET SHOW, "Who's Afraid of the Little Brown Bat?" 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887.

MOVIE AND BOOK TALK, "Seabiscuit" (2003), starring Tobey Maguire, based on the real-life story of a jockey and race horse who triumphed against adversity in the 1930s. A discussion of Laura Hillenbrand's novel "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" will follow. 6:30 p.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Thursday 5

LARGO CARIBBEAN MUSIC, Goombay performs multilingual songs on keyboard and percussion instruments. 2 p.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. 301-336-4044.

COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD 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.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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