Thursday 6

NATIONAL ARCHIVES BOOK TALK, Smithsonian research associate Patricia O. Afable discusses "Japanese Pioneers in the Northern Philippine Highlands: A Centennial Tribute, 1903-2003," edited by Afable, about Japanese laborers, artisans, farmers and entrepreneurs who built Baguio City, a highland resort in the Philippines, in the early 20th century. 11 a.m., National Archives, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free; driver's license or other photo ID required for admission. 202-208-7345.

PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING, a discussion of the role of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and a demonstration by PEPCO representatives of how emergency responders handle a live electrical line; sponsored by the Prince George's Municipal Association and the Montgomery County Municipal Association. 7:30-9 p.m., Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, 4500 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park. Free. 301-864-8666.

BOWIE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Walter Mosley reads from his 10th Easy Rawlins novel, "Cinnamon Kiss," about a Los Angeles private investigator who accepts a dangerous assignment in order to raise $35,000 quickly to pay for specialized medical treatment for his daughter. 6:30 p.m., Karibu Bookstore, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

Saturday 8

FRIENDS OF THE LARGO-KETTERING LIBRARY, meeting to discuss fundraising, volunteering and special projects. 10:30 a.m., Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

COLONIAL HISTORY CELBRATION, a look at 18th-century life, with hands-on activities including candle-dipping, wool-spinning and embroidering, and demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking and cooking. Also, music, dancing, games and live animals. Rain or shine; sponsored by the Accokeek Foundation. Noon-4 p.m., National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $2. 301-283-2113 or

INTRODUCTION TO COOKING, for ages 2-6. 2-4 p.m., Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. $8; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $9. Registration required. 301-333-6561.

BOWIE BOOK WORKSHOP, Vanessa Craddock, author of "The Promise Box," discusses self-publishing do's and don'ts. 5 p.m., Karibu Bookstore, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

Sunday 9

BOWIE KIDS CRAFTS WORKSHOP, for ages 6-12. 1-3 p.m., South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. $5; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $6. Registration required. 301-249-1622.

Monday 10

COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS, for ages 18 and older, hands-on instruction. 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 or

HILLCREST HEIGHTS CHESS CLUB, for all ages and skill levels, with instructor Paul Yates. 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

PHOTO-BOOK PUBLISHING TALK, a discussion of how to self-publish a photography book, plus a meeting of the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 16510 Mount Oak Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-464-4212 or

THEATER AUDITIONS, cold readings from a script for roles in "Miracle on 34th Street"; parts available for 13 men, four women and seven children. Performance dates are Dec. 8-11 at the Prince George's Publick Playhouse; sponsored by the Prince George's Little Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, New Carrollton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy., New Carrollton. Free. 301-470-4297 or e-mail

Tuesday 11

UPPER MARLBORO BOOK DISCUSSION, for home-schooled students ages 13-18, Alan Paton's "Cry, the Beloved Country." 2 p.m., Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-627-9330.

FARMERS MARKET, seasonal fruits and vegetables. 2-6 p.m., Queens Chapel Town Center, rear parking lot, Queens Chapel Road and Hamilton Street, Hyattsville. 301-627-0977.

EVENING STORY TIME, for ages 3-6. 7 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-2400.

Wednesday 12

LAUREL BIRD WALK, for ages 16 and older; binoculars and field guides recommended. 8-10 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road (between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197), Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

SENIOR CENTER BIRTHDAY PARTY, for people 60 and older, a celebration for those born in September and October, with cake, punch, music and line-dancing. 10 a.m.-noon, Langley Park Senior Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Langley Park. Free. 301-408-4343.

Thursday 13

PETER PAN CLUB, for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult, flying stories, pedal planes, crafts and games. 10:30 a.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 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.

RIVERDALE AREA FARMERS MARKET, fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, eggs, jams, baskets and honey. 3-7 p.m., Riverdale Park Town Center, Queensbury Road and Rhode Island Avenue, Riverdale Park. 301-927-6381.

LIBRARY BOARD MEETING, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System Board of Library Trustees. 8 p.m., Administrative Offices, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-699-3500.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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