Thursday, Jan. 26

Bowie “State of the City” breakfast, a presentation by Mayor G. Frederick Robinson, followed by a question-and-answer session. Sponsored by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. 7:30 a.m., Bowie Golf and Country Club, 7420 Laurel-Bowie Rd. $40; members, $25. Reservations required. 301-262-0920 or

Seniors shop-and-lunch trip, travel to the area’s largest Dollar Tree, then dine at the Old Country Buffet. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. $5 (transportation fee); registration required. 301-408-4343.

Genealogy research program, presentation by Timothy K. Nenninger on military records as a source of unexpected information. 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, Research Center, 8601 Adelphi Rd. Free. 202-357-5000.

Friday, Jan. 27

Farming workshop, learn how to extend the farming season through the use of high tunnels. Lunch and instructional materials provided. Dress for outdoors; boots recommended. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Free; registration required. 301-283-2113.

Open mike at the cafe, students are invited to showcase their talents. 4-7 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Student Center Room B, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853.

“Dr. King Trivia” challenge, for ages 13 to 17. 7-10 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Free with youth identification. 301-567-6033.

Teen etiquette lesson, for ages 13 to 17, practice table etiquette for the upcoming Valentine’s Day social. 7-10 p.m., Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Dr., Temple Hills. Free with youth identification. 301-423-0505.

Theater: Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, members of the troupe perform sword-swallowing, fire-eating, glass-walking and other extreme stunts, along with music and magic. 8 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. $15; students and seniors, $12. 301-699-1819 or

Saturday, Jan. 28

Adult computer classes, introductory keyboard Internet instruction. 9 a.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Lanham. Free; registration required. 301-772-5477.

Foreclosure-prevention workshop, hosted by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mount Ennon Baptist Church, 9832 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 410-962-4436 or

Capitol College open house, for prospective undergraduate students. Tour the campus, learn about degree programs, meet with faculty. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Capitol College, 11301 Springfield Rd., Laurel. Free; reservations required. 301-369-2800 or

Latino education meeting, an overview of schools and support systems serving the Latino community. Sponsored by the University of Maryland Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Stamp Student Union, and the Northwestern High School PTSA. 10 a.m.-noon at the high school, 7000 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-314-8342 or

Children’s art-appreciation lesson, a presentation on Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, 112 Waterfront St., National Harbor. Free. 301-686-0225.

Chess/Checkers Club, for all ages, learn to play or play better. 1 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-985-4690.

Montpelier history program, hands-on activities focusing on the slaves who worked at Montpelier. 1 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. $5; reservations susggested. 301-377-7817.

“Roaming Raccoons” workshop, for ages 5 to 7, a look at the world of these mysterious masked mammals. 2-3:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Donations welcome; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Xtreme Teens capture-the-flag event, for ages 13 to 17. 7-10 p.m., Upper Marlboro Community Center, 5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd. Free with youth identification. 301-627-2828.

Golden Corral dinner trip, for ages 10 to 17, transportation to the all-you-can-eat buffet. 7-10 p.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. Free ride; bring cash for dinner. 301-888-1500.

“Eureka” puppet show, staged by Nana Projects. 8 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. $20; students and seniors, $15. 301-699-1819.

Theater: “Laughing So Hard So I Won’t Cry,” a musical comedy show featuring H. ReneéBaker, Del Harrison and Timmy Hall. 8 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $30; in advance, $25. 301-203-6070 or

“The Fabulous Hubcaps,” beer, wine and/or soda served; bring your own snacks. 1-4 p.m., St. Vincent Pallotti High School, 113 St. Mary’s Pl., Laurel. $35. 301-221-9444 or

Sunday, Jan. 29

School open house, for parents and prospective pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students. 1-3 p.m., St. Pius X Regional School, 14710 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-262-0203.

Mitchellville bridal show, meet with florists, photographers, bakers and coordinators. 1-4 p.m., Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville. $5. 301-249-2004.

Six Flags America auditions, for prospective dancers, stunt performers, specialty actors and character performers. Bring résumé, head shot and a one-minute monologue or two-minute dance routine. Apply at Auditions will be held: 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 4, 11 and 12, Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-1500, Ext. 3268.

Monday, Jan. 30

Hypnotism show, Chris Jones helps audience members do their best animal imitations and revisit their childhoods. Noon-2 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Student Center Room B, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853.

Documentary: Babies,” a screening of the film that follows the lives of four newborns in four different environments. 7 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-985-4690.

Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, a presentation on copyrighting images. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Mount Oak Road and Route 301, Bowie. Free. 301-604-7772 or

Tuesday, Jan. 31

“Animals in Winter” program, for ages 2 to 4, an overview of which animals hibernate and how others stay warm. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, 112 Waterfront St., National Harbor. Free. 301-686-0225.

Minority-run businesses seminar, learn about merchant services that can increase revenue and save time. Those with recent merchant statements will receive one-on-one evaluations. 2:30-5:30 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free; registration required. 301-883-6480 or

“Family Gaming Daze,” play video and board games. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd. Free. 301-937-0294.

Foreign policy discussion, a presentation on promoting democracy around the world. 7:30 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Documentary: Hidden Colors ,” a film that explores why the contributions of African and aboriginal peoples largely have been ignored in history books. Noon-2 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Student Center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0899.

Fort Washington food drive, drop off nonperishable foods to be donated to the Salvation Army. 2-10 p.m. daily, Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. 301-292-9191.

Oxon Hill crafts, for ages 13 to 18. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.

Black History Month movie, for age 18 and older, a screening of “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” based on Alex Haley’s novel. Light refreshments served. 6-9 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. 301-583-2400.

Genealogical society program, a short business meeting and a presentation by Heather Olsen on “Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Place of Origin.” 7 p.m., New Carrollton City Hall, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy. Free. 301-474-2427.

Thursday, Feb. 2

School open house, register for the Feb. 12 program for prospective preschool and kindergarten students. Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School, 11902 Daisy Lane, Glenn Dale. 301-262-5355 or

Theater: “Fancy Nancy” and others, performers from Theatre Works USA stage musical renditions of popular children’s books, including “Fancy Nancy,” “Baby Mouse the Musical” and “Duck for President.” 9:30 and 11 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $5. 301-277-1710.

Valentines for veterans event, for age 50 or older, create cards to mail to active-duty service members overseas. 10 a.m.-noon, Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-206-3355.

Groundhog Day program, for ages 5 to 7, learn about groundhogs — also known as whistle pigs — and how they predict the weather. 10:30 a.m.-noon, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Donations welcome; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Archives history event, “Within These Walls: Contraband Hospital and the African Americans Who Served There,” a presentation by Jill L. Newmark of the National Library of Medicine. 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, Lecture Room B, 8601 Adelphi Rd. Free. 202-357-5000.

Berwyn Heights bird walk, hosted by the Prince George’s Audubon Society; habitats include open water, wetlands, forests and meadows, with sighting opportunities for woodland and field songbirds, waterfowl and raptors. 3 p.m., meet at the parking lot for the Luther Goldman Birding Trail, Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Berwyn Road and Balew Ave., Berwyn Heights. Free. 301-459-3375.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

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