WINTER CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. today. Music by the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Concert Band 2. Eleanor Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 7601 Hanover Pkwy., Greenbelt. Free. 301-513-5400, Ext. 300.

KARELIAN FOLK MUSIC ENSEMBLE -- 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Russian and Finnish folk. Harmony Hall Regional Center, Art Gallery, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-203-6070.

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; nonresidents $4. 301-297-4575.

ARTS AND CRAFTS -- 11 a.m.-noon Saturday. For ages 6-12. Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. $9; residents, $7. 301-352-8983.

"SANTA FLY-IN" -- Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Children make holiday arts and crafts while waiting for Santa to arrive via helicopter. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $4; seniors, $3; ages 2-18, $2; ages 1 and younger, free. 301-864-6029.

GYMNASTICS WORKSHOP -- 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday. For ages 14 and younger with an adult. Instruction for exercises using gymnastic equipment. Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free; maximum of three children per adult. 301-583-2400 or

"BON APPETOTS" -- 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Children 2-6 make treats and crafts. Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. $9; residents, $8. 301-333-6561.


And Literature

OPEN MIKE -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Participants share original poetry and free verse. Spauldings Branch library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

NASA LECTURE SERIES -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. Laurie Leshin will present her talk, "Mars Rocks!" Part of the "Making of a Scientist: Images and Reality" public lecture series about women in space and science. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Visitor Center Auditorium, 8800 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-286-2893.


"COLOR AND CURVES" -- Opens Saturday, through Dec. 31. 2-4 p.m. Sunday, reception. Bead-accented jewelry by Karen Mesinger Miller. Montpelier Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

PATUXENT ART LEAGUE OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION -- Opens Sunday, reception 2-4 p.m. Through Dec. 28. Multimedia works by regional artists; 15th annual exhibition. Montpelier Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE -- Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Resident artists studios will be open for a holiday sale. Montpelier Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

BILL SUWOROFF -- Opens Monday, through Jan. 14. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 10, reception. Furniture and stick and branch wall hung sculptures. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.

"MAMA CAN SING, PAPA CAN BLOW" -- Through Dec. 10. Story quilts, paintings, drawings and prints by Faith Ringgold, from her Jazz Stories 2004 series. Second-floor atrium art gallery, 1202 Art-Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park. Free. 301-405-2763.

"BOUNDARIES: CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE" -- Through Dec. 22. Landscapes by Karey Kessler, Isabel Manalo, Jiha Moon and Christine Buckton Tillman. Union Gallery, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, Campus Drive, College Park. Free. 301-314-8493.

BREON GILLERAN -- Through Dec. 28. Steel sculptures by the artist. Montpelier Arts Center, Library Gallery, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

"REDISCOVERING EARLY FLIGHT THROUGH A LENS: PHOTOGRAPHING THE WRIGHT EXPERIENCE" -- Through Dec. 31. Photographs of Wright brothers gliders and powered machines under construction, in testing and in flight, by Paul Glenshaw. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free. 301-864-6029.

"DYNAMIC SPACES" -- Through Jan. 8. Painting, collage and assemblage by Larry Chappelear. Arts Program Gallery, University of Maryland University College, 3501 University Blvd. E, Adelphi. Free. 301-985-7937.


And Exercise

ICE SKATING -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays with a DJ; 1-3 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Saturdays. General skating session for all ages and skill levels. Tucker Road Ice Rink 1770 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. $4; nonresidents $5. $2 for skate rental. 301-265-1525.

PICKUP ICE HOCKEY -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. Sundays. For ages 18 and older. Full equipment including facemask or shield required; sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park. $9; nonresidents $11. 301-277-3717.

DROP-IN WATER AEROBICS -- 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Swimming skills not required. Glenarden/Theresa Banks Complex, 8615-A McLain Ave., Glenarden. $6; nonresidents $7. 301-772-5515.


GREENBELT ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Exhibition and sale of original photographic prints, stained glass, sewn crafts, pottery, jewelry and more; refreshments available. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, holiday concert. Sponsored by the Greenbelt Department of Recreation. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-397-2208.

"WINTER'S EVE" -- 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Live holiday music, tours of a seasonally decorated 18th-century farmhouse and outdoor kitchen pathways, cookies, popcorn, hot cranberry tea and carols. Sponsored by the Accokeek Foundation; rain or shine. National Colonial Farm, Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Free. 301-283-2113.

GAMES FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers will teach and play board games including Taboo, Cranium, Wits & Wagers, Cluzzle and Ticket to Ride. Also, children's activities and prizes. Sponsored by the YMCA, the University of Maryland and North Star Games. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park. Free. 301-313-0448.

ANNUAL OLD TOWN BOWIE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL -- Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Holiday celebration with music, entertainment and antique shopping. Ninth Street and Chestnut Avenue, Bowie. Free. 301-809-3047 or


"A CHRISTMAS CAROL -- A STORY IN ONE ACT" -- Opens Friday. Through Dec. 11. Bowie High School presents Cora Wilson Greenwood's adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. $8; seniors and students $3. 301-805-2857.

"ANNE OF GREEN GABLES" -- Through Dec. 18. Presented by Laurel Mill Playhouse. 508 Main St., Laurel. $12.50, seniors and students $10. 301-617-9906.

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