Thursday 7

DOG PARK, for Prince George's and Montgomery county residents, a fenced area for dogs to exercise and socialize without leashes. Dawn to dusk daily, Acredale Community Park, 4300 Metzerott Rd., College Park. Annual fees: $40 for the first dog, $30 each for other dogs in the same household. 301-445-4500 or www.cpdogpark.org, or write to College Park Dog Park Association, P.O. Box 764, College Park, Md. 20740.

HOMEWORK HELP, for students in grades 4-12, individual help from tutors in math, science, social studies and English; tutors are teachers, university professors and graduate school students. Also, information about online homework help. 2 p.m.-midnight daily; Spanish-speaking tutors in math and science, 2-10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays. Available at all branches of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System and via the library's Web site, www.pgcmls.info.

NEW CARROLLTON BOOK TALK, a children's book discussion for adults, Anton Ferreira's novel "Zulu Dog." 7:30 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

Friday 8

HYATTSVILLE GAMES AND MOVIE, sponsored by the City of Hyattsville, the Prince George's Arts Council and others. A moon bounce, face-painting, crafts and games, 6 p.m. "Shrek 2" (2004) will be shown at 7 p.m.; bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Hot dogs, popcorn, soda and other refreshments will be sold. Heurich Park, Ager Road and Nicholson Street. Free. 301-985-5020.

LANHAM PLANETARIUM PROGRAM, the positions of comets discovered by astronomer Charles Messier. 7:30 p.m., Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. $4; seniors and ages 6-18, $2. 301-918-8750.

Saturday 9

GREENBELT GARDENING TALK, "Planting for Year-Round Color." Master gardeners discuss fall gardens and help diagnose problems. Also, a question-and-answer session; bring fresh 3- to 4-inch samples with foliage from your plants for evaluation. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-345-5800.

HYATTSVILLE STORY TIME, for ages 3-6, in English and Spanish. 10:30 a.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

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

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

BOWIE FIRE PREVENTION EVENT, the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad's 20th annual Fire Prevention Day and Open House, with displays of firetrucks and other public safety vehicles, information on residential sprinklers and fire extinguishers, and firefighting, ambulance and helicopter rescue demonstrations. Refreshments will be sold. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Freestate Mall Fire Station, 15454 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-809-0122 or www.bowievfd.org.

SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES FOR WOMEN, for ages 16 and older, basic techniques and strategies of self defense. 12-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30, Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. $30; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $36. Registration required. 301-333-6561.

HISPANIC HERITAGE PROGRAM, music, games and dance highlighting Hispanic history; light refreshments. 1-4 p.m., Glenn Dale Community Center 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. Free; reservations required by Oct. 7. 301-352-8983.

Monday 11

EXERCISE AND SWIMMING FOR SENIORS, for ages 60 and older, use of a fitness center and swimming pool. 8 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $8. Pool only for nonresidents, $5. 301-583-2400.

LARGO BOOK DISCUSSION, Elizabeth Berg's novel "Open House." 1:30 p.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

FORT WASHINGTON SCRABBLE GROUP, for all skill levels, how to improve your strategy. 6:45 p.m., Sipp'ss Cafe, 10707 Indian Head Hwy., Fort Washington. Free. 301-868-6360.

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.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS LIBRARY MEETING, the Hillcrest Heights Friends of the Library discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 7 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. Free. 301-630-4900.

Tuesday 12

LANGLEY PARK BRIDGE GAMES, for ages 60 and older. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays, Langley Park Senior Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Langley Park. Free. 301-408-4343.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS STORY TIME, for ages 2-5. 10:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St. Free. 301-630-4900.

IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION, for ages 18 and older, a representative of the Federal Trade Commission discusses how to minimize the risk of identity theft and what to do if it occurs. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free; registration required. 301-583-2430 or www.pgsportsandlearn.com.

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

Wednesday 13

LANGLEY PARK BINGO, for ages 60 and older. 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, Langley Park Senior Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Langley Park. Free admission, 10 cents per card. 301-408-4343.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS CHESS CLUB, for all ages and experience levels, with instructor Ted Fagan. 5 p.m., Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

BELTSVILLE LIBRARY MEETING, the Beltsville Friends of the Library discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 7 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

Thursday 14

HILLCREST HEIGHTS STORY TIME, for ages 2-5. 10:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St. Free. 301-630-4900.

GLENARDEN STORY TIME, for ages 2-5. 10:30 a.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

HYATTSVILLE CHESS CLUB, for all ages, learn tips. 7 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

BOWIE ADOPTION WORKSHOP, representatives from Adoptions Together discuss the process for adopting a black child age 8 or older and support services that are available. Adoptive parents must be residents of Maryland, Virginia or the District. 7-8:30 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

To Submit an Item

E-mail: pgextra@washpost.com

Fax: 301-618-1780

Mail: Community Events, The Washington Post, 9500 Arena Dr., Suite 400, Largo, Md. 20774.

Details: Announcements are accepted on a space-available basis from public and nonprofit organizations only and must be received at least 14 days before the Thursday publication date. Include event name, dates, times, exact address, prices and a publishable contact phone number.