ED WILEY JR. -- 8 p.m. Friday. Jazz. Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 12826 Laurel Bowie Rd., Laurel. $20. 301-953-1993 .
RICHARD PAYNE TRIO -- 4 p.m. Saturday. Jazz, classical, gospel. Prince George's Community College, Queen Anne Building, Hallam Theatre, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. $25; students $15. 301-322-0157.
ARTS AND CRAFTS -- 11 a.m. Saturday. Children ages 6-12 make and decorate crafts. Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. $7; nonresidents, $9. Registration, 301-352-8983.
NATURE CRAFTS -- 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday. Hands-on activity for ages 3-7. Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $2; nonresidents $3. Registration, 301-779-0371.
OPEN GYMNASTICS WORKSHOP -- 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, for children ages 18 months-14 years with an adult. Use of gymnastics equipment. Maximum of three children per one adult. Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. 301-583-2400 or www.pgsportsandlearn.com.
FAITH RINGGOLD -- 5 p.m. Wednesday. The artist and writer presents "Jazz Stories." University of Maryland, Tawes Theater, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. Free. Reservations required. 301-405-2763.
K'WAN -- 7 p.m. Thursday. The author discusses his novel, "Hoodlum." Borders, 931A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo. Free. 301-499-2173.
TANANARIVE DUE -- 2 p.m. Saturday. The bestselling author reads her novel, "Joplin's Ghost." Karibu Books, The Mall at Prince George's, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.
"SLANGUAGE" -- 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Theatrical troupe Universes performs fused free verse poetry, hip-hop and jazz. Clarice Smith Center, Kogod Theatre, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. $26; seniors ,$24; students, $8. 301-405-2787.
"EXTREMITIES" -- Through Oct. 8. The Hard Bargain Players present William Mastrosimone's play. Hard Bargain Farm, 2001 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $12, seniors and students $10. 301-392-9901 http://www.hbplayers.org/05_extremities.html.
UPPER MARLBORO BOAT TOUR -- 2-3 p.m. Sunday. An educational river-ecology tour on board the Otter. Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. Registration, 301-627-6074.
BOWIE LINE DANCE CLASS -- 8:45-9:45 p.m., Tuesday. Beginners 16 and older learn nightclub line dances. South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. $5; nonresidents $6. Registration, 301-249-1622.
LAUREL BIRD WALK -- 7:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, for ages 16 and older, a guided tour with short walks to identify birds in several refuge habitats; field guides and binoculars recommended. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free. Registration, 301-497-5887.
SAHOMI NAKA -- Opens Monday. Through Oct. 29. Prints by the artist. Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Resident Artist Gallery, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.
"TAKING NOTES" -- Opens Monday. Through Nov. 19. Jazz-inspired three-dimensional glass sculptures by Stevens Jay Carter. Harmony Hall Regional Center, Art Gallery, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.
"MAMA CAN SING, PAPA CAN BLOW" -- Opens Wednesday, reception at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 10. Story quilts, paintings, drawings and prints by Faith Ringgold, from her "Jazz Stories 2004" series. University of Maryland, The Art Gallery, 2nd Floor Atrium, 1202 Art-Sociology Building, College Park. Free. 301-405-2763.
ALONZO DAVIS -- Through Oct. 28. Mixed-media bamboo sculptures. Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Library Gallery, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.
SUITLANDFEST 2005 -- 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Parade departs at 9 a.m. from Mount Ararat Baptist Church Outreach Center, 4809 Suitland Rd., Suitland. The festival will include a health fair, live performances by local musicians (jazz, gospel, hip-hop and go-go), a blood drive, basketball tournament, car show, pony rides, visits by community and government leaders, clowns and food and crafts vendors. Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville. Admission is free; fees for concessions. 301-735-1144.
HARVEST ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Acoustic folk, jazz and blues by Suzan Jones, Mike Elosh, Philosophers Tones, Rain Crow, the Zack Sweeny Blues Band, Nick Annis and Watermelon Sugar, Zoe Mulford, Doug Allen Wilcox, Sho Sho, the Gliders, and James Rhordon. Lawn chairs welcome. Roosevelt Center, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Free; refreshments for sale. 301-474-5642.
CAPITAL BOOKFEST -- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Readings, signings, storytelling and panel discussions by more than 100 national and local authors and reporters. Also, a children's book workshop, a teen poetry slam hosted by Etan Thomas, a fashion show and live jazz. At the parking lot behind Borders Books & Music, Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Lottsford Road and Arena Drive, Largo. Free. 301-552-7300 or www.capitalbookfest.com.
BOWIE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Performers include the White Thunder Indian Drum and the Lyman Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Also, international food and craft vendors and children's activities. Admission is free; refreshments will be sold. Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie. 301-809-3078 or www.cityofbowie.org.
COLONIAL GAMING NIGHT -- 7:30 -- 10 p.m. Colonial reenactors will serve as dealers while guests play both original and modern forms of 18th-century games of chance. An authentic Colonial buffet supper will be served. Proceeds will be used to purchase period furnishings and decorations for the Darnall's Chance House Museum. Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $45; reservations required. 301-952-8010.
-- Compiled by
AND LISA MARTIN
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