Thursday, Dec. 12

Internet basics workshop, learn how to do a search. 9:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

New Carrollton book talk, a librarian leads a discussion of Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski’s “Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny.” 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free. 301-459-6900.

Winter bird buddies, ages 3-4, stories, crafts and outdoor exploration. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

A Holiday Celebration, Bowie Senior Chorale performs two holiday concerts. Thursday, 1 p.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr.; Friday, 7:30 p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd. Thursday show $2 or donate an item to the Bowie Food Pantry; Friday show $6. 301-809-2300.

Bipolar support group, for those affected by the mood disorder. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Dec. 26, Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Rd., Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-725-4300.

Friday, Dec. 13

Laurel hospital book sale, shop hardcover and paperbacks of all types. Proceeds will benefit the capital equipment fund. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Laurel Regional Hospital, J.R. Jones room, 7300 Van Dusen Rd. Free, RSVP requested. Connie Houchens, 410-867-7927.

Gingerbread House contest and show, a display of edible gingerbread houses. Visitors can vote for their favorite to win the Viewer’s Choice award. Enter a raffle for a chance to win American Girl Doll Caroline Abbott (tickets $1 each). Noon-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $1, age 4 and younger free. 301-952-8010 or

Holiday tea, enjoy finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries and loose-leaf teas served on fine china. Price includes self-guided tours of the mansion. 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. $29, reservations required. 301-377-7817.

Fort Washington winter dance, ages 6-12, holiday music, dance and songs. 2:30-5:30 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-839-9597.

Terrible Teddy planetarium program, bring a teddy bear and enjoy the story of Teddy, who longs to ride with Santa on his sleigh but is too big. Follow his adventure to return to the North Pole. Arrive early to take pictures in Santa’s chair. 7 p.m., Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. Free. 301-918-8750 or

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, based on the Christmas Eve tradition of King’s College in Cambridge, the 12th annual festival features performances by the University’s Women’s and Men’s choruses and the Maryland State Boychoir. 8 p.m., University of Maryland Memorial Chapel, Regents and Chapel drives, College Park. $15; seniors $10; students $5. 301-314-9866 or

Saturday, Dec. 14

Book sale and blood donations, Parole Rotary Books for International Goodwill Project hosts this sale of new and used items featuring over 80,000 books. Eligible visitors are also encouraged to donate blood at the Anne Arundel Medical Center bloodmobile. Donors will receive a coupon for a free book. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Capital Gazette building, 2000 Capital Dr., Annapolis. Fill a grocery bag for $30 or pay $1.50 for hardbacks, $1 for trade paperbacks and 50 cents for pocket paperbacks. 410-293-6865 or

Sincerely Santa, ages 3-5, drop off letters to Santa. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.

Town hall meeting, Maryland State Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-District 22) gives a legislative update. Dr. Kevin Maxwell, chief executive officer of Prince George’s County Schools and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks will also share information with the community. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Lamont Elementary School, 7101 Good Luck Rd, New Carrollton. Free. 240-391-8154 or

How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” enjoy snacks and drinks while watching the film. 10-11 a.m., P&G Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt. Free. 301-474-9744.

College Park holiday bazaar, shop jewelry, scarves, household items, baked goods, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Embry AME Church, 5101 Lakeland Rd., College Park. 301-474-7503.

Fun with Santa, games, moon bounces, face painting, music, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 10 a.m.-noon, City of Bowie Gymnasium, 4100 Northview Dr., Bowie. $3 or Toys for Tots donation. 301-809-2388.

KinderKristmas, ages 2-10, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy Christmas stories and crafts, and take a self-guided tour of the decorated historic mansion. 10 a.m.-noon, Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. Free. 301-809-3089.

Merkle holiday open house, crafts, hiking, live animals, hot drinks, cookies and other goodies. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-888-1410.

Temple Hill holiday bazaar, shop holiday gift items. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Rd., Temple Hills. 301-894-6616.

Winter fitness open house, preview fitness classes available at the center such as hip- hop dance, yoga, Pilates, karate, chair exercises and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., North Forestville Community Center, 2311 Ritchie Rd., Forestville. Free. 301-350-8660.

Intro to PowerPoint, learn how to create a slide show presentation using the Microsoft software. 10:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

’Tis the Season, meet Father Christmas and learn how Maryland families celebrated the holiday season in the past. Cider punch and cookies served. Noon-4 p.m., Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. $3. 301-868-1121.

Evangel Christmas Celebration, gospel stars Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, the Winans and Tamela Mann, plus Ledisi and more star in the annual holiday show featuring more than 200 live animals, a laser light show and more. Noon, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 21; 5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 15 and 22. Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. $65; age 4-12 $55; age 3 and under, free. Groups of 25 or more $60. VIP, $65-$85. 301-249-9400 or

Harbor holiday market, shop handmade ornaments and decorations, specialty foods and more. Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Jan. 5, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427.

Santa’s little helper’s workshop, catered lunch, live performance, holiday crafts and stories, and pictures with Santa (additional fee). Noon-3 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Adults $10, children $7. 301-583-2400.

The Year Without a Santa Claus,” a screening of the 1974 animated film where Santa decides to take a year off after he wakes up with a bad cold and believes that everyone has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas; snacks and drinks served. 1 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-1993.

Clinton family campfire, age 2 and older, roast marshmallows by the outdoor campfire. 1-2:30 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $3. 301-297-4575.

Intro to Microsoft Excel, learn how to navigate and select cells, add worksheets, use headers and footers, and more. 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

Sugar and ice holiday social, age 6 and older, enjoy outdoor ice-skating, hot chocolate, apple cider, crafts, games and more. 2-6 p.m., Upper Marlboro Community Center, 5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd., Upper Marlboro. $5. 301-627-2828.

Laurel holiday house tour, a tour of historic homes and buildings in and around Laurel, including a haunted farmhouse and a self-guided tour of the museum. 2-6 p.m. Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel. In advance $15, day of tour $18. 301-725-7975,

Deck the halls holiday party, age 60 and older, help decorate the center’s halls; live entertainment and caroling, refreshments and more. 3-5 p.m., Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Rd., Fort Washington. $2. 301-749-4160.

Dinner and a movie film series, watch “Monsoon Wedding,” about a wealthy Indian family and their plans for their daughter’s arranged marriage during monsoon season. Indian fare will be available at 6 p.m., immediately followed by the film. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. $30, film only $15. Tickets must be purchase by noon Friday. 301-377-7800 or

Holiday hayrides, take a hayride through the Winter Festival of Lights, then warm up by the fireplace with cider; meet live animals in the nature center. 7-8:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 28, Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $5, reservations required. 301-249-7077.

Speed Shifter concert, the high-octane classic rock band performs. 7-11 p.m., American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St., Laurel. Free. 301-725-2302.

Sunday, Dec. 15

Children’s Christmas party, arts, crafts, reindeer games and Santa. 1-3 p.m., American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St., Laurel. Free. 301-725-2302.

Snakes uncoiled, a naturalist leads this program to learn the importance of snakes and the myths about them. Meet a live snake. 2-3 p.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-888-1410.

Shacky chic boutique, sip eggnog and shop handmade wares by female artisans. 3-6 p.m., Venus Theatre, 21 C St., Laurel. Admission, free. 202-236-4078.

University of Maryland Chamber Singers, the choir performs Christmas music. 3 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $25; seniors, $20; students, $10. 301-405-2787.

“The Snow Show,” Bob Brown Puppets present this children’s show with Santa and his friends Tigger, Panda Bear and Ted E. Bear. 7-8 p.m., Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-953-7882.

Chesapeake Chorale’s holiday concert, the group performs traditional Christmas carols and music, including Vivaldi’s “Magnificat.” 7:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1800 Seton Dr., Crofton. $15; seniors and military, $12; children, free. 410-721-5422 or

Monday, Dec. 16

Stories with Ranger Steph, a holiday-themed storytime with crafts, carols and farm animals. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-1176 or

A Christmas Coffee, bring your own coffee mug and enjoy coffee and talk about Christmas. 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 23, Upper Room Church, 78 Ritchie Rd., Capitol Heights. Free, RSVP required. 240-274-2279.

Reel and Meal, watch the documentary film “War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State,” about four individuals who felt compelled to disclose illegal acts by the government. The screening will be followed by discussion with journalist Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Phil Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Sponsored by the Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition. 7 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Free, vegan dinner available for $13. 301-474-5642.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Home(school) for the holidays, home-schooled families are invited to explore traditions from holidays past and present. 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. Free, reservations required. 301-809-3089.

Oxon Hill book talk, a discussion about John Muller’s “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia.” 6:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.

Black literature talk, a librarian leads a talk about Uwem Akpan’s “Say You’re One of Them.” 7 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

The Great Gatsby” book talk, a librarian leads a discussion about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. 7:30 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Holiday stories and crafts, 10:30-11:15 a.m., College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. Free, RSVP requested. 301-474-8044.

Boys and girls read, ages 8-12, share favorite books and practice reading in boy and girl groups. 4 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

Holidays in the heritage area, celebrate the upcoming 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with the Prince George’s County Historical Society. Enjoy food, fun and history discussions. 6:30 p.m., Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. Free. 301-220-0330.

Intro to Microsoft Word 2010, workshop for beginners. 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett


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