Thursday, Dec. 13

Temple Hills toy drive, bring a new toy to donate to So Others Might Eat family shelter. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Dec. 19, Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills. Free. 301-505-0897.

Bladensburg computer class, learn basic skills. 10 a.m., Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-927-4916.

“Annie Jr.,” students from Gaywood Elementary stage the musical. 6 p.m., Gaywood Elementary School, 6701 97th Ave., Lanham. $4, children $2. 301-918-8730.

Board of Education meeting, the community is invited to a leadership profile meeting for selecting the county’s next superintendent. 7 p.m., Sasscer Administration Building, Boardroom, 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro. Free. 301 952-6115 or

Friday, Dec. 14

Small fry nature program, for ages 3-4, enjoy a nature-themed story, craft, game and/or hike. 10-11 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $3. 301-699-2456.

Discount shopping trip, for age 60 and older, take a bus trip to Value Village and Dollar Tree. Lunch on your own at Old Country Buffet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. $10. 301-408-4343.

Xtreme Teens shopping trip, for ages 13-17, travel to Arundel Mills Mall for holiday shopping. 7-11 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills. Free with youth identification. 301-505-0897.

“Rudolf Flu,” Santa’s reindeer are sick and it is up to Santa’s dog Sirius to find a solution. A tour of the night sky follows the presentation. 7:30 p.m., Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. $5, $3 students and seniors, 3 and younger, free. 301-918-8750.

College Park book and photography clubs, discuss “Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark,” by Jane Fletcher Geniesse, and then discuss and share your love for photography with others. 7:30 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-927-3013 or

Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony, help light a big menorah for Hannukkah, followed by Shabbat dinner and services. 7:30 p.m., Oseh Shalom, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel. Free. 301-498-5151.

“Annie,” stage performance of the award-winning musical. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 22, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. $18, $15 seniors. 301-617-9906.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Bowie bird walk, for all experience levels, hosted by the Prince George’s Audubon Society; a half-day walk to view resident and migrating woodland and field birds and waterfowl; take waterproof footwear and binoculars. Meet at parking lot. 7:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month, Governor Bridge Natural Area, 7600 Governor Bridge Rd. Free. 410-765-6482.

Clinton holiday parade, Santa leads the parade with the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department. Sponsored by the community center and the North Clinton Citizens Association. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr. Free. 301-297-4648.

Oxon Hill school bazaar, shop for clothes, food, toys and more. 8 a.m.-noon, Potomac High School, 5211 Boydell Ave., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-702-3900.

Warming Hearts coat drive, donate new or gently used, clean coats, gloves and scarves to support local children and families affected by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Glory Days, 15505 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-442-4973.

College Park arts drop-in, for ages 3-8, make holiday wrapping paper. 10 a.m.-noon, College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave. Free, donations welcome. 301-441-2647 or

Holiday arts workshop, create wrapping paper. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-927-3013.

Animal photos with Santa, pet owners are invited to bring their best friends to have their picture taken with Santa. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility, 3750 Brown Station Rd., Upper Marlboro. $10 for 4x6 photo in folder or $20 for CD with multiple images. 301-780-7200 or

Holiday card workshop, make unique greeting cards and other items with artist Aaron Springer. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park. Free. 301-441-2647.

Oxon Hill mother-daughter book club, read and discuss a variety of books together. 11 a.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.

Upper Marlboro Christmas play, the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Music and Arts Ministries Department presents “The Uncut Coming of Christ,” an original play that depicts a modern twist on the birth of Jesus. Noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, 3600 Brightseat Rd., Landover. 301-773-3600 or

Mount Rainier crochet class, bring your own materials and learn basic techniques. 1 p.m., Mount Rainier Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-864-8937.

Beltsville winter stories, for age 7 and older, stories about the season. 2 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd. Free. 301-937-0294.

Greenbelt Read to Rover program, for ages 6-11, take a favorite book or choose one from the stacks to read to a trained therapy dog. 2 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. Free, registration required. 301-345-5800.

Hansel and Gretel tea party, for age 5 and older, listen to the classic story and enjoy tea and dessert. 2 p.m., Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $12; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $15. Registration required. 301-952-8010.

Clinton tennis clinic, for ages 12-18, learn to play or sharpen your skills. 4-6 p.m., Cosca Tennis Bubble, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-6462.

College Park holiday dinner dance, live music, dancing and turkey breast dinner with dessert. Dress code is casual chic — no jeans. Dinner from 6-7:30 p.m., music and dance. 6-10:30 p.m., College Park Moose Lodge, 3700 Metzerott Rd. $15, couples $25. 301-935-5525.

Category 5 Wind Ensemble Concert, 7 p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-805-9566.

Holiday concert and variety show, includes holiday music, skits and dramatic readings. 7-9 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. $6. 301-292-9191 or

Hyattsville spades tournament, for ages 10-17, play the card game and compete in teams of two. 7-10 p.m., Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr. Free with youth identification. 301-445-4508.

Sunday, Dec. 16

“A Festival of Carols,” presented by the Aldersgate Choir and soloists with organ, piano and brass. Performance followed directly by worship service. 10:50 a.m., University United Methodist Church, 3621 Campus Dr., College Park. Free. 301-422-1400 or

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

Holiday lights concerts, presented by the Greenbelt Concert Band. 3 p.m. Sunday at Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., and 7:30 p.m. Monday at Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-552-1444 or

Monday, Dec. 17

Stories with Ranger Steph, for age 5 and younger, make a bird feeder to take home, listen to stories and songs, and other activities. 9-10 a.m., Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-1176.

Jingo Bingo, play a special holiday version; prizes awarded. 1-2 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. 301-408-4343.

Accokeek homeschooler’s program, learn about money through books and games. 2:30 p.m., Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Rd. Free, registration requested. 301-292-2880.

Youth mentoring program, high school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in the C.H.I.L.L. mentoring program to help get prepared for college and other higher education. Sponsored by Howard University and M-NCPPC. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 31, Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.

Bowie play auditions, two women and eight men are needed for the upcoming production of “In The Heat of the Night,” based on the novel by John Ball. Come prepared for cold readings from the script. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr. Free. 301-832-4819 or

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Accokeek teen book talk, for ages 13-17, a discussion about Stephen Crane’s “The Red Badge of Courage.” 2:30 p.m., Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Rd. Free. 301-292-2880.

Black literature discussion, a librarian leads a talk about Lola Shoneyin’s “Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.” 7 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

Gift wrap party, for age 16 and older, bring your holiday gifts and wrapping supplies and have fun wrapping. Share techniques or swap paper. 7-9:30 p.m., Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum. Free. 301-853-2005.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Holiday breakfast and dancing, continental breakfast, music and line dancing. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. $4. 301-408-4343.

Largo food distribution, bring your own bags and pick up groceries. 4-6 p.m., Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Capital Centre Boulevard and Arena Drive. Free. 301-386-2278.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Landover food pantry for the needy, bring bags and pick up groceries. 9 a.m., Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave. Free. 301-386-2278.

“The Magic Toy Shop,” Bob Brown Puppets holiday show. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $4, $3 children. 301-277-1710.

Bladensburg computer lessons, learn how to create an e-mail account. 10 a.m., Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-927-4916.

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 Ballew Avenue, Berwyn Heights. Free. 301-459-3375.

Brandywine food distribution, bring your own bags and pick up groceries. 4-7 p.m., Gwynn Park High School, parking lot, 13800 Brandywine Rd. Free. 301-386-2278.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah


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