Thursday 21

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

BOWIE SENIORS BIRTHDAY PARTY, October birthday celebration and singalong, for ages 55 and older. 12:30 p.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr., Bowie. Free. 301-809-2300 or www.bowieseniors.org.

ONLINE HOMEWORK HELP, for students in grades 4-12, individual help online from tutors in math, science, social studies and English. Tutors are teachers, university professors and graduate school students. 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.

GREENBELT AMERICAN LEGION MEETING, Maryland State Police Superintendent Thomas E. Hutchins discusses the role of state, county and municipal police in homeland security. 7 p.m., American Legion, Greenbelt Post 136, 6900 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-0136.

Friday 22

COLLEGE PARK NEEDLE ARTS, an informal 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.

Saturday 23

FORT WASHINGTON RUN-WALK EVENT, for all ages, rain or shine, a 5K run or a one-mile walk on an asphalt trail through Henson Creek Stream Valley Park; there will be water stations along the route, plus health screenings. Refreshments will be sold. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to benefit the Self Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) Food Network. Registration, 7 a.m.; run starts, 8 a.m.; walk starts, 9 a.m. Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. $10. 301-248-4404.

UPPER MARLBORO RUN-WALK EVENT, for all ages, rain or shine, a 5K run or a one-mile walk, with water stations along the route and an awards ceremony honoring the top three male and female finishers. Proceeds will benefit an emergency fund for crime victims. Sponsored by Reaching Objectives Through Joint Actions and the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office. Check-in and registration, 7:45 a.m.; warm-up, 8:30 a.m.; start, 9 a.m. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Registration required; $20 in advance, $15 on race day. Call 301-952-3801 or register online at www.pgcvictimsfundrun.net.

FOOD AND CLOTHING DRIVE, non-perishable food items and clean, usable clothing sought for local charities and shelters. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., front lobby, Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. Free. 301-352-8983.

COLLEGE PARK HALLOWEEN PARTY, for all ages, games, prizes and a costume contest. 10 a.m.-noon, Duval Field, 9200 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. The rain site is College Park Youth Services Center, 4912 Nantucket Rd., College Park. Free. 301-345-4425.

FEDERAL HEALTH BENEFITS TALK, a discussion about the 2005 federal health benefits open enrollment season, at a meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1747. 1 p.m., Bowie City Hall, 2514 Kenhill Dr., Room 204, Bowie. Free. 301-464-6372.

LARGO BENEFIT CONCERT, the Richard Payne Trio will perform classical, jazz and gospel music; sponsored by the Prince Community College, Karibu Book Stores, the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel and others to benefit the Prince George's Foundation for Music and Education Advancement's scholarship awards fund. 4 p.m., Prince George's Community College, Queen Anne Auditorium, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. $25; students $15. 301-779-5151.

Sunday 24

LAUREL FALL BRIDAL EVENT, florists, photographers, planners, cake bakers and other wedding-related vendors. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Noon-4 p.m., Snow Hill Manor, 13301 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-725-6037.

Monday 25

LANGLEY PARK HALLOWEEN BINGO, for ages 60 and older. 12:30 p.m., Langley Park Senior Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Langley Park. Free. 301-408-4343.

LANDOVER COMPUTER CLASSES, PART II, for ages 18 and older who have completed Microsoft (MS) Windows and MS Word and Excel software applications. First session, 9 a.m.-noon Monday and Wednesday; second session, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 10. Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Either session, $50; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $60. Reservations required. 301-583-2430.

LANHAM BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by Doctors Community Hospital, Greenbelt Lion's Club and the American Red Cross. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Doctors Community Hospital, 8118 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Reservations required. 301-552-8060.

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.

Tuesday 26

LARGO CHESS CLASS, for all ages, with instructor Guy Charity. 7 p.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

TAKOMA PARK KNITTING GROUP, for ages 10 and older, all experience levels, knitting and crocheting. 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Savory Cafe, 7071 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-587-7174.

BELTSVILLE HALLOWEEN EVENT, for all ages, a Halloween costume parade and other activities, sponsored by the Beltsville Friends of the Library. 7 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

BOWIE HALLOWEEN PUPPET SHOW, for all ages, Steven's Puppets presents "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," sponsored by the Bowie Friends of the Library. 7 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

Wednesday 27

BOWIE SENIORS MASSAGES, ages 55 and older, head, foot, back and neck massages. 11 a.m.-noon, Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr., Bowie. Free, reservations required. 301-809-2300 or www.bowieseniors.org.

LAUREL 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., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-439-2900 or www.adoptionstogether.org.

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.

Thursday 28

GREENBELT STORY TIME, for ages 3-5, limited to 20 children. 10:30 a.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-345-5800.

COLLEGE PARK PETER PAN CLUB, for ages 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.

LARGO STORY TIME, for ages 3-5. 11 a.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

BOWIE SENIORS DANCE, for ages 55 and older. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr., Bowie. $2; free with donation of cake or cookies to share. 301-809-2300 or www.bowieseniors.org.

LANDOVER HOMEWORK TUTORING, for ages 5-13, a personal instructor will provide math, reading, grammar or writing tutoring. homework-based, in a small group setting. 4-4:45 or 5-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 28-Nov. 11, Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $33; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $40. Reservations required. 301-583-2430.

MITCHELLVILLE AWARDS EVENT, the Lake Arbor Foundation will recognize community service volunteers and announce the 2004 Lake Arbor student scholarship recipients; light refreshments. 7 p.m., the Arbor Room, 1399 Golf Course Dr., Mitchellville. Free; reservations required by Oct. 21. 301-336-5135.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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