Thursday 14

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, Ted Fagan teachers beginners the basics and helps experienced players with their strategies. 7 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-985-4690.

LAUREL MILLS HISTORY TALK, "Mill History and Mill Archaeology in Maryland," about historic mills in Laurel and Ellicott City, on the Patapsco and Patuxent rivers. A historian and archaeologist will discuss how the mill industry created Laurel and other communities; sponsored by the Laurel Historical Society and the Maryland Humanities Council. 7:30 p.m., Laurel Pool Club House, Ninth and Main streets, Laurel. Free. 301-725-7975.

Friday 15

GLENN DALE CHILDREN'S EVENT, for ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult, crafts and stories. 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.

GREENBELT BASKET BINGO, bingo, raffles and door prizes; refreshments will be sold. Proceeds to benefit the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. Doors open at 6 p.m.; games begin at 7 p.m. Greenbelt American Legion, 6900 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. $20; $18 in advance. 301-910-0050.

Saturday 16

PORT TOWNS PADDLESPORT REGATTA, for scullers, canoeists and kayakers of all ages and abilities, more than 30 events, including a two-mile course and a short slalom course on a scenic area of the Anacostia River, from the National Arboretum to Bladensburg Waterfront Park; participants get a free T-shirt. Parking and launching facilities available; bring watercraft and gear. Sponsored by the Anacostia Watershed Society. 9-11 a.m., Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $15 per kayak; $30 per canoe. Registration required. 301-699-6204 or

FORT WASHINGTON WALK-RUN EVENT, run a mile or walk 4.2 or 2.1 miles; sponsored by Hearts on the Mend Inc. and Building Families Inc. to help victims of domestic violence. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Henson Creek Trail, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. $20; $15 in advance. 301-292-4683 or

COLLEGE PARK SCHOOL FAIR, games, prizes and sales of toys, books, organic produce and other food. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friends Community School, 4601 Calvert Rd., College Park. Free. 301-699-6086.

LAUREL WILDLIFE FESTIVAL, for all ages, an open house with live animals, research displays, tram tours and children's crafts, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Wildlife Visitor Center, the 65th anniversary of the Patuxent Research Refuge and the 125th anniversary of the U. S. Geological Survey. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; anniversary ceremony, 10:30 a.m. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free. 301-497-5763 or

ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL, seventh annual Queen Anne Day, with arts and crafts displays, live music, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a maze, pony rides and hayrides, sponsored by the Patuxent River Civic Association. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Patuxent River 4-H Center, 18405 Queen Anne Rd., Upper Marlboro. $2 per car. 301-249-9761.

GREENBELT PARK FALL FESTIVAL, music performances by Charles Fund, Grupo Latino Continental, the Moonlighters and Blue Lights. Also, face-painting, hayrides, games and a visit from Smokey the Bear. Noon-5 p.m., Greenbelt National Park, 6565 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. Free. Rain date, Oct. 23. 301-344-3944.

GLENN DALE PUMPKIN PARTY, ages 6-10, accompanied by an adult, decorate a pumpkin from the center's pumpkin patch and create arts and crafts. Also, a costume contest, refreshments and treats. 1-3 p.m., Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. $7; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $9. Registration required. 301-352-8983.

FORT WASHINGTON COMMUNITY DAY, displays and demonstrations by representatives of the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, the county library system and other county agencies. Also, a moon bounce, softball, volleyball, health screenings, free gun locks and child fingerprinting, door prizes, talent contests, and vendors. Food from local restaurants will be sold. Sponsored by the Tantallon North Area Civic Association. 2-6 p.m.; rain date, Sunday. Tantallon North Neighborhood Park, 11951 Autumnwood Lane, Fort Washington. Free. 301-292-5099.

SENIORS SOCIAL EVENT, for ages 55 and older, a fashion and talent show with a disc jockey; light refreshments. 4-7 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Hillcrest Heights. $12; $10 in advance. 301-505-0896.

Sunday 17

LAUREL CERAMICS WORKSHOP, for ages 6 and older, each with an adult, basic hand-building and pottery-wheel skills, decoration and glazing techniques. 3-5:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. $40; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $49. Registration required. 301-953-1993.

CLINTON BEGINNER TENNIS, indoor tennis for ages 18 and older. 4-5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 21, Cosca Tennis Bubble, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $54; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $65. Registration required. 301-868-6462.

Monday 18

COMPUTER CLASS FOR BEGINNERS, for ages 18 and older, hands-on instruction in the basics of personal computer use. 9 a.m.-noon Monday and Wednesday, Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $50; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $60. Registration required. 301-583-2430.

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.

PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASS, for ages 18 and older. 7-8:15 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-292-9191.

Tuesday 19

CLINTON NATURE EVENT, for ages 2-6, live reptiles, birds of prey and other creatures. 1-2 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2. Registration required. 301-297-4575.

GREENBELT ADOPTION WORKSHOP, information about adopting an older African American child, sponsored by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System and Adoptions Together. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-439-2900.

BOWIE LIBRARY MEETING, the Bowie Friends of the Library discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 7 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

Wednesday 20

ACCOKEEK EMERGENCY RESPONSE TALK, Wayne McBride, deputy director, Prince George's Public Safety Communications, will discuss the guidelines used by the communications department for dispatching emergency personnel. Annual meeting of the Indian Head Highway Area Action Council. 7 p.m., Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Rd., Accokeek. There will be a tour of the new library at 6:15 p.m. Free. 301-839-4764.

IRON MINING HISTORY LECTURE, for ages 10 and older, Susan Dieffenbach discusses the Cornwall Iron Furnace in Pennsylvania, a survivor of the early American iron industry. 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel. Free. 301-953-1376.

Thursday 21

HILLCREST HEIGHTS STORY TIME, for ages 3-5. 10:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St. Free. 301-630-4900.

BELTSVILLE INTERNET CLASS, for people 60 and older who can use a mouse, how to surf the Internet and set up an e-mail account. 11 a.m.-noon Thursdays through Nov. 11, Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. $15; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $18. 301-937-6613.

INSURANCE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TALK, Julia Wright of Blue Cross-Blue Shield will discuss changes to federal insurance programs for 2005, and Jeffrey Gray of the Prince George's State's Attorney Office will discuss domestic violence in the home. A meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Southern Prince George's County Chapter 1260. 1 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-735-6169.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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