Bowie puppet show Kidsinger Jim and his barnyard friends present a puppet show and hoedown. Proceeds and diaper donations will benefit the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry and MOMS International Mother-to-Mother Fund. 10 a.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-464-2515. www.northbowiemoms.org. $5 or box of diaper donation.
Break Into Spring Fun A celebration of the season with nature activities, 17th-century-style gaming, Native American crafts and plantation tours. Thursday-Friday at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990. www.stmaryscity.org. $10, seniors $9, students $6, age 5 and younger free.
“A Spring Serenade: An Evening of Song” Bowie State University’s Community Jazz Ensemble and the Madrigal Singers perform as part of the Spring Arts Festival. The festival, which includes theater, art exhibitions and musical performances, runs through April 24. 7-9 p.m. Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Recital hall, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3753. www.bowiestate.edu. Free.
“Freedom Bound” lecture series Costumed reenactor Vincent Legget portrays Charles Ball, a Maryland-born black man who was sold into slavery in the Deep South and escaped back to Maryland, where he fought in the War of 1812. Ball is known for writing about his experience in the book “The Life and Adventures of Charles Ball.” Guided tours of the “Freedom Bound” exhibit at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Lecture 7:30-9 p.m. Historic Annapolis Museum, 99 Main St., Annapolis. 41 0-268-7601. www.annapolis.org. Free, reservations required.
“Time Capsule: 1944” Mark the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day as the U.S. Marine band “The President’s Own” performs a tribute to popular music of 1944. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 202-433-4011. 301-805-9566. www.marineband.marines.mil. Free.
WES Group: Het Heru Productions The Germantown-based band performs smooth jazz and R&B as part of the “Something to Wine About” spring concert series. Admission includes wine and heavy hors d’oeurves. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. 301-341-7439. www.pgelegantsettings.com. $30, residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $25. Reservations required.
“An Evening With Sonia Sanchez” The renowned poet and activist will discuss her literary works, share her experiences and take questions as part of the Global Woman Project Lecture Series. The lecture will focus on topics from her book, “Shake Loose My Skin.” 6 p.m. Bowie State University, Samuel Myers Auditorium, Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts Center, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3684. www.bowiestate.edu. Free.
“Hero: The Rock Opera” A musical rendition of the Gospel of John with rock, hip-hop, rap, reggae, dance and more. Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. South Potomac Church, 4915 Crain Hwy., White Plains. 301-392-5730. www.southpotomac.org. $15.
BAY-CSS Walk, Run & Roll The second annual family fitness event will benefit people with disabilities in Maryland. 7 a.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City. Brandy Blackstone at 443-336-7588. www.baycss.org/walk.html. In advance $20, day of event $25, age 12 and younger free. Registration required.
“Eagles, Earth Day and Sotterley” Celebrate Earth Day with a birding expedition and outdoor exploration. 8-11 a.m. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2280. www.sotterley.org. Free, RSVP required.
Greenbelt’s annual egg hunt Mandy the Clown will perform her “Crazy Fun Juggling Show” with a dance party after the hunt. 10-11 a.m. Buddy Attick Park, 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt. 301-397-2200. www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts. Free.
Aqua egg hunt Jump in the pool and search for hidden eggs. For ages 3-12 with adult supervision; age 5 and younger must stay within arm’s reach. Noon-1 p.m. Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatics Center, 8615-A McLain Ave., Lanham. 301-772-5515, 301-218-6768. www.pgparks.com. $4, registration required.
Kids Capital Spring Fling Join Louie’s Kids Club for the annual spring egg hunt. Children age 12 and younger are invited to become members and search for prize-filled eggs throughout the stadium. Then, stay and watch the Baysox take on the Akron Rubber Ducks. Hunt begins at noon, game at 2:05 p.m. Bowie Baysox Stadium, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-653-6139. www.baysox.com. $7-$17.
“The Man Who Planted Trees” A screening of Frédéric Back’s Oscar-winning animated short film about a young man who hikes alone through the French Alps and runs out of water in a secluded area. Snacks and refreshments served. 1 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“Die Fledermaus” The Maryland Opera Studio performs the beloved operetta. 7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $25, students $10.
Korean Percussion Ensemble Guest musicians and University of Maryland music students perform Samulnori, a traditional form of Korean percussion. 7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
Mezmerize Band featuring Paul Wills and Alicia Williams The band plays old-school R&B, smooth jazz, funk and Top 40 hits. Must be 21 or older. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $12. Dinner available for purchase.
“Insta-Artist: Snap It. Send It. Show It.” Smartphone users can submit their best cellphone photos that are both visually stunning and representative of everyday life. Through June 1. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $5, seniors $4, youths $3, age 5 and younger free.
Hippity Hop Bunny Bash Kick off spring with games, entertainment, the Easter Bunny and a hunt for the golden egg. For age 12 and younger. 1-3 p.m. Cosca Regional Park, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. 301-868-6462. www.pgparks.com. $5, reservations required.
New Music at Maryland Student singers and instrumentalists perform new works composed by other University of Maryland students. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
Framewerk Band The band performs R&B, jazz, blues, soul and neo-soul as part of the “Harlem Nights” concert series.
6-8 p.m. J’Ollie’s Restaurant and Bar, 9023 Annapolis Rd., Lanham. 301-918-8418, www.pghrf.org. Free.
CSM Latin Music Festival The college’s Latin ensemble, Ritmo Caché, performs. 7:30 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 443-550-6000. www.csmd.edu/arts. In advance $5, day of festival $7.
“In the Hall of the Mountain King” The UMD Repertoire Orchestra performs selections from Grieg’s “Peer Gynt,” including “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and “Morning Mood,” in its final concert of the year. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
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3Mark the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day as the U.S. Marine band “The President’s Own” performs a tribute to popular music of 1944. Thursday at 7:30-8:30 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 202-433-4011. 301-805-9566. www.marineband.marines.mil. Free.