BADI ASSAD -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Brazilian guitarist and vocalist performs her blend of world music. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. $30. 301-405-2787.

RONNIE WELLS AND THE RON ELLISTON QUINTET -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Jazz vocals and piano. Montpelier Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. $20. 301-953-1993.

For Children

NATURE PROGRAM -- 2-3:30 p.m. tomorrow. Nature-themed activities for ages 4-6, including stories, hikes and crafts. Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $3. 301-297-4575.

DROP-IN ART CLASSES -- 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 7. For children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd. $1 per hour per child. 301-397-2208.


And Literature

OPEN MIKE NIGHT -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. Share or listen to literary works. Borders, 4420 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-352-5560.

FREDERICK L. HARGROVE -- 2 p.m. Saturday. The local author signs "All That Glitters Is Not Gold." Borders, Boulevard at the Capital Centre, 931-A Capital Centre Blvd., Largo. Free. 301-499-2173.

WALT WHITMAN: POET OF DEMOCRACY -- 2 p.m. Sunday. Carrol Peterson of the Maryland Humanities Council portrays the American poet and discusses Whitman's views on poetry and politics during the 1800s. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-1121.


"EXTREMITIES" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. 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 or

"JANE EYRE" -- Opens next Thursday; runs through Oct. 22. The University of Maryland's Department of Theatre presents an adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte novel. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. $21; seniors, $19; students, $8. 301-405-2787.


And Exercise

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. Reservations, 301-627-6074.

CHESAPEAKE BAY CRITICAL-AREA DRIVING TOUR -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Self-guided, four-mile driving tour includes interpretive stops, an observation tower and a timber bridge over wetlands. Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-627-6074.


MASON-DIXON RUG HOOKING EXHIBITION -- Today through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Modern and traditional hooked rugs, including landscapes, portraits and abstracts. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel. Free. 301-953-1376.

"TAKING NOTES" -- Reception Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Through Nov. 19. Jazz-inspired three-dimensional glass sculptures by Stevens Jay Carter. Harmony Hall Regional Center, Main Art Gallery, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.

ALONZO DAVIS -- Through Oct. 28. Mixed-media bamboo sculptures. Montpelier Arts Center, Library Gallery, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

SAHOMI NAKA -- Through Oct. 29. Prints by the artist. Montpelier Arts Center, Resident Artist Gallery, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

"MAMA CAN SING, PAPA CAN BLOW" -- 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.


VARIETY DANCE -- 8-11 p.m. tomorrow. The Laurel Friendship club presents its monthly dance, featuring contemporary, big band, ballroom, Latin, swing and country music. Phelps Center, Eighth and Montgomery streets, Laurel. $2.99. 301-937-2896.

CRAFT SHOW AND BAZAAR -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. A silent auction; handcrafted Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items; antiques; arts and crafts; a bake sale; raffles; a produce stand; and vendors. Sponsored by Our Lady of Mattaponi Youth Retreat and Conference Center, 11000 Mattaponi Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-952-9074.

FALL FESTIVAL -- Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Performances by the Jubilee Band, Grupo Latino and Bleu Lights, appearances by Smokey the Bear and Woodsey Owl, hayrides, face painting, games and refreshments. Rain date is Sunday. Greenbelt Park, 6565 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-344-3944.

GREENBELT FALL FEST -- 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Entertainment by Honky Tonk Confidential and "Kidsinger Jim" Hossick, moon bounce, face painting, hayrides, train rides, pumpkin carving, scarecrow-making and food vendors. Sponsored by the Greenbelt Recreation Department. Schrom Hills Park, 6915 Hanover Pkwy., Greenbelt. Free admission; $1 for some activities. 301-552-2004.


CRIME VICTIMS' FUND RUN/WALK -- 9 a.m. Oct. 15. The third annual 5K run and one-mile walk, an awards ceremony and a post-race party with refreshments and music. Sponsored by the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center and the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office. Watkins Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $25; advance, $20. 301-952-3801 or

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