Thursday, Feb. 14

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

Senior red hat social, for age 60 and older, wear your best red hat to celebrate Valentine’s Day with live entertainment and refreshments. Noon-2 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. Free. 301-408-4343.

Continuing Carter G. Woodson’s Dream, Kaba Hiawatha Kamene, a.k.a. Booker T. Coleman, leads a discussion examining the role of culture in the curriculum of African-centered education. 1-3 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Largo Student Center Conference Room 2, 301 Largo Rd. Free. 301-322-0853.

Fort Washington Valentine’s Day dance, for ages 6-12, party with friends. 2:30-5:30 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-839-9597.

Friday, Feb. 15

Business networking breakfast, food, fellowship and a chance to network. Sponsored by the Catholic Business Network of Prince George’s County. 7:30-9 a.m., Country Club at Woodmore, 12320 Pleasant Prospect Rd., Mitchellville. $30; members, $20. RSVP. 202-656-1804 or

College Park Needle Arts Society, work on quilting, knitting, embroidery and counted cross-stitch projects. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-277-9630 or

Stream ecology hike, for age 12 and older, help sort and identify aquatic insects. Dress for the weather and the likelihood of getting wet. 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday-Saturday, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Free with paid admission: $5; seniors and age 17 and under, $3. Reservations required. 410-741-9330.

Laurel book sale, shop new and used books, DVDs and recorded books for adults, teens and children. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

Upper Marlboro discovery hike, for age 2 and older, a guided hike to examine wildlife and plant life. 2-3 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, reservations required. 301-699-2456.

Winter farm market and indoor market to shop late-season produce grown at the ecosystem farm. 3:30-6:30 p.m., through Feb. 22, Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Free. 301-283-2113.

Geico family night, a monthly event featuring hands-on, themed activities and programs for children. 5-8 p.m., National Children’s Museum, 151 St. George Blvd., National Harbor. Free. 301-392-2400.

Passion for Fashion Project, for ages 10-17, help plan the May fashion show and learn how to belly dance. 7-10 p.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. Free. 301-888-1500.

Xtreme Teens craft workshop, for ages 10-17, bring a glass jar to make into a vase and decorate it. 7-10 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd. Free. 301-937-6613.

Xtreme Teens pizza party, for ages 10-17. 7-10 p.m., Berwyn Heights Elementary School, Community Center, 6200 Pontiac St., Berwyn Heights. Free. 240-684-6210.

Art and Poetry Explosion!, celebrate Black History Month; listen and share your vision of the past, present and future through open mike poetry and readings. 7-9 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. 301-583-2400.

College Park Valentine’s celebration, for ages 10-17, music, snacks and games. 7-10 p.m., College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave. Free. 301-441-2647.

Landover Valentine party, for ages 10-17, music, karaoke, food and more. 7-10 p.m., Kentland Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. Free. 301-386-2278.

College Park book club, discuss Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.” 7:30 p.m. and the third Friday of each month, Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-927-3013.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Free tax preparation, for county residents with basic income tax returns and maximum household incomes of $51,000. Bring W2 and 1099 forms, Social Security statements and other relevant documents. Free electronic filing of state and federal returns. Sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. By appointment only 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-583-5254 or

Introduction to Microsoft Word, learn how to use the program. 9:15 a.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free, registration required. 301-868-9200.

Great Backyard Bird Count, a naturalist leads a walk to count bird species at the 16th annual event. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free; registration required, donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Community Day Breakfast, Men Aiming Higher hosts its fourth annual event honoring members, mentees and community leaders. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville. $30, registration requested. 301-249-2004 or

Master acting class, actor John Amos leads a workshop for aspiring actors. 10 a.m.-noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $30, registration required. 301-277-1710.

Nature hike, for age 8 and older, an outdoor hike to explore plants and animals that survive the winter. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $5; seniors and age 17 and under, $3. Reservations required.

Lego competition, watch members of the Patriot Institute’s Patro-Tech Science Club compete to build and program a robot using Legos. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-860-3704.

Upper Marlboro nature crafts, for ages 2-10, meet a live animal, enjoy a story and make a craft. 10-11 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, reservations required. 301-699-2456.

Live animal show, for age 2 and older, learn about the first African American zoologist and the mating habits of animals. Noon-1 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. $2. 301-927-2163.

Children’s nature hike, for age 6 and older, search for animal tracks, tree holes, beaver chew and more. 1-2:30 p.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $5; seniors and age 17 and under, $3. Reservations required. 410-741-9330.

Crochet and knitting basics, for age 13 and older, bring your own materials and learn the craft. 1 p.m., Mount Rainier Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainier. Free. 301-864-8937.

Music history, learn about the evolution of African American music. 1-3 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl. Free. 301-927-2163.

Clinton chess club, learn to play or improve your skills. 2 p.m. Saturdays, Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd. Free. 301-868-9200.

Lego mania program, for ages 6-9, play with Legos and read stories. 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, through March 16, Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.

Black history gospel tribute and bazaar, celebrate black history through music, poetry, sports and dance. Shop jewelry, clothing, African art, fragrances and more. 3-6:30 p.m., William Beanes Community Center, 5108 Dianna Dr., Suitland. Free. 301-568-7719.

Black Musical Explosion, community members perform contemporary and traditional selections. 7-9 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-292-9191.

Indoor soccer tournament, for ages 10-17. 7-10 p.m., Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg. Free. 301-277-2124.

Valentine’s after-party, for ages 10-17, dancing, candy and fun. 7-10 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.

Buffet dinner trip, for ages 10-17, travel to Laurel to enjoy a buffet dinner at Teppanyaki Grill. 7:30-9:45 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. $20, reservations required. 301-937-6613.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Dreamgirls,” the 2006 film starring Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. 5 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. Free, RSVP. 301-699-1819.

Monday, Feb. 18

Stories with Ranger Steph, for age 5 and under, stories, songs and other activities about nature. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays, Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-1176 or

AARP defensive driving course, for age 50 and older, learn how to avoid driving hazards and qualify for insurance premium discounts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. Registration required. 240-603-2950.

Hyattsville children’s storytime, a librarian reads a book for ages 9-23 months, 10:15 a.m. ages 2-3, 11 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-985-4690.

Bowie-Crofton camera club meeting, photographer William Petruzzo speaks on portrait photography and how to make images authentic and meaningful. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Mount Oak Road and Route 301, Bowie. Free. 301-604-7772 or

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Xtreme Teens rock village, for ages 10-17, learn how to play drums, tambourines, conga drums and develop microphone skills. 3-6 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. Free. 301-927-2163.

Mis Quince Anos, for ages 14-15, a 10-week workshop to learn etiquette, dance, health and fitness and other traditions in preparation for the spring Quinceanera celebration. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. $75; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $84. Registration required. 301-445-4508.

Board of Education public hearing, the public is invited to share budget suggestions and priorities for the 2013-14 school year. Must register by 4:30 p.m. the day of the hearing to speak for three minutes. 7 p.m., Sasscer Administration Building, Board Room, 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro. 301-952-6115.

Homework help, for students in grades 3-7. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays during the school year, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 240-461-5330 or

Foreign policy discussion, a librarian leads a discussion about humanitarian intervention. Presented by the Foreign Policy Association. 7:30 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

New Carrollton tax assistance, certified professionals from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will help prepare taxes for low-income and senior residents. Bring last year’s return and all W2 and 1099 income documents. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free, by appointment only. 301-422-6180.

Laurel storytime, a librarian reads fun stories. Age 12 months and under 10:30 a.m., age 12-23 months 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Free. 301-776-6790.

Mount Rainier storytime, for ages 3-5, stories, songs and other activities. 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Mount Rainier Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-864-8937.

All That Jazz, Live music in celebration of Black History Month. Noon-1 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Largo Student Center dining hall, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853.

A Living History Portrayal of Charles Ball, Vince Leggett, oral historian and founder of Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, portrays Charles Ball, an African American born into slavery in Calvert County. Learn how he escaped and returned to Maryland to fight in the War of 1812. Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council. 1-2:30 p.m., University of Maryland, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall, Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane, College Park. Free. Christine Garcia at 301-314-7552 or

African American documentaries, for age 17 and older, watch documentaries and speeches on the Civil War, World War II, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall and others. 6-9 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. 301-583-2400.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Hillcrest Heights computer class, create and learn how to use a Yahoo e-mail account. 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

History of racism, Frances Cress Welsing, psychiatrist and author of “The Isis Papers,” leads a discussion about the history of racism and whether it still exists today. 1-3 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Largo Student Center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0965.

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.

Red Tails,” watch the 2012 film about the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, the first African American pilots to fly for the U.S. military. 7-10 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with museum admission: $4; seniors, $3; age 18 and under, $2. 301-864-6029.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah


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