Thursday, Feb. 7

Homeschoolers science program, for ages 5-6, hands-on nature activities, stories, discussions and presentations. Classes meet once a month from 10-11 a.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $14; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $17. 301-699-2456.

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.

African American history play, depicting experiences during the civil rights movement. 6-8 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Rd., Fort Washington. $2, nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $3 . 301-839-9597.

Friday, Feb. 8

Girls science program, for ages 10-17, learn how to make crystals using sugar and water; participate in an experiment on light sources and growing cycles for flowers. 4-5 p.m., North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Free. 301-864-0756.

Berwyn Heights 5-on-5 basketball tournament, for ages 10-17, compete for prizes. 7-10 p.m., Berwyn Heights Community Center, 6200 Pontiac St. Free. 240-684-6210.

Cheer, dance and step show, step teams from across the Washington area perform in celebration of Black History Month. 7-9 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-839-9597.

Chinese New Year celebration, for ages 5-10, celebrate the Year of the Snake by making snake or dragon crafts. 7-8 p.m., Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum. Free. 301-853-2005.

Cookie-making workshop, for ages 13-17, bake and decorate Valentine’s Day cookies. 7-10 p.m., Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-248-4404.

Hyattsville crafts, for ages 10-17, decorate a T-shirt. 7-10 p.m., Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr. Free. 301-445-4508.

Valentine card workshop, for ages 10-17, staff from the Park Police Division will be on hand to meet participants while they make Valentine’s Day cards. 7-10 p.m., Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg. Free. 301-277-2124.

Skywatchers of Africa, a family-friendly science program to learn how astronomy plays a role in African culture, traditions and ceremonies. 7:30 p.m., Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. Free with paid admission: $4; students and seniors, $2; age 3 and younger, free. 301-918-8750.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Valentine gala dinner dance, for age 21 and older, a performance by the Stone Pleasure Band and DJ Larry Hicks. Sponsored by the African American Democratic Club of Charles County. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Miss Motley’s Cafe in the Bel Alton High School, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. $25, couples $45. 301-392-9794 or www.belaltonalumnicdc.org.

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 tax documents; receive 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. 301-583-5254 or academic.pgcc.edu/cfc.

Microsoft Word workshop, learn how to use the 2007 version of the program. 9:15 a.m. Saturday and Feb. 16, Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free, registration required. 301-868-9200.

African Americans in the War of 1812, a discussion and presentation about the role African Americans played in the War of 1812 and the Battle of Bladensburg. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and Feb. 23, Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-779-0371.

Puppet show, for ages 2-10, enjoy a seasonal puppet shows and meet live animals. 10-11 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, nonresidents, $3, reservations required. 301-699-2456.

Seed and garden sale, shop vegetable, herb and flower seeds, as well as, gardening books, baked goods and more. Hosted by the Hyattsville Horticulture Society. Proceeds will benefit local community gardening projects. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St. Free. 301-927-1774.

Social media how-to, learn how to search for jobs using social media. 10:30 a.m. Another session offered March 9, Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

Winter discovery hike, for ages 5-7, a guided hike to learn about animals that don’t hibernate in the winter. 10:30 a.m.-noon, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Clinton campfire, for age 2 and older, enjoy a nature program and roast marshmallows. Roasting sticks and marshmallows will be provided. You may bring your own hot dogs and drinks if you like. 1-2:30 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $3, nonresidents $4, registration required. 301-297-4575.

College Park genealogy workshop, local genealogist Violetta Sharps Jones shares techniques and resources to trace family genealogy, and discusses her family’s journey to Lakeland. 1-3 p.m., College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave. Free. 301-441-2647.

Veterans appreciation program, to honor local veterans who have served our country. 1-3 p.m., Cedar Heights Community Center, 1200 Glen Willow Dr., Seat Pleasant. Free. 301-773-8881.

Accokeek chess club, for all skill levels. 2 p.m. Saturday and March 9, Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Rd. Free. 301-292-2880.

Bowie “Read to Rover” program, for ages 7-10, take a favorite book — or choose one from the stacks — to read to a trained therapy dog. 2 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

Children’s drawing lesson, for ages 8-11, draw your favorite animals, cartoon characters and more. 2-4 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free, registration required. 301-985-4690.

Civil War presentation, Nicholas Picerno, chairman emeritus of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, lectures on the railroad and war experiences of Gen. George Nye as he guarded the B&O Railroad during the Civil War. Sponsored by the Laurel Historical Society. 2 p.m., Laurel Municipal Pool Room, Ninth & Main Streets. Free. 301-725-7975. www.laurelhistoricalsociety.org.

Finding Your War of 1812 Ancestors, genealogist Marie Varrelman leads a lecture on how to search records at the National Archives. 3 p.m., Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. Free. 301-809-3089.

Black History Month dance show, poetry and a performance by Farafina Kan Junior African Dance Troupe. 4-7 p.m., Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave. Free. 301-277-2124.

Salsa lesson, learn basic steps and dance to Latin music. 4-5:30 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. $20 for series. 301-927-3013.

Temple Hills gospel celebration, performances by local church choirs and dancers in celebration of Black History Month. 6-8 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills. Free. 301-505-0897.

Xtreme Teens shopping trip, for ages 13-17, travel to St. Charles Town Center in Waldorf. 7-10 p.m., Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr, Clinton. Free. 301-297-4648.

Sweetheart dance, for ages 13-17. 7-10 p.m., Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-248-4404.

College Park dance show, choreographer Shannon Dooling performs with special guests, Philadelphia’s New Street Dance Company and local group New Chicago Youth Co. 7:30 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free, donations welcome. 301-927-3013 or www.cpae.org.

Pre-Valentine’s Day dance, for age 18 and older, featuring DJ Lady D, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and more. 8 p.m.-midnight, Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden. $10, tickets available at door. 301-772-3151.

DC Glassworks open house, glass-blowing demonstrations, food, beer and a performance by singer-songwriter Chris Lind. 3-8 p.m. 5346 46th Ave., Hyattsville. Free. 301-927-8271. www.dcglassworks.com.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Chinese New Year performance, for age 3 and older, Yuli Wang and Andy Clement perform traditional Chinese music. 3 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free, donations welcome. 301-927-3013 or www.cpae.org.

Monday, Feb. 11

Youth public speaking lessons, for ages 4-9, practice speaking with others by sharing about what you’ve read recently. 3 p.m. Mondays, Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro. Free, registration required. 301-627-9330.

Girls Self Expression club, for ages 6-17, express yourself through dance, spoken word and/or art projects. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-567-6033.

Valentine’s story time, for ages 2-7, hear “I Love You” stories and make a craft. 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

Beltsville book talk, a librarian leads a discussion about Alexander McCall Smith’s “The Good Husband of Zebra Drive.” 7 p.m., Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd. Free. 301-937-0294.

African American skits, local teens perform works celebrating the African American experience. 7:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Foreign policy discussion, a librarian leads a discussion on Burma and Southeast Asia. Presented by the Foreign Policy Association. 5:30 a.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

Valentine’s Jingo Bingo, for age 60 and older, play a special holiday version; prizes awarded. 1-2 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. Free. 301-408-4343.

UMUC information session, learn about undergraduate and graduate programs, apply for admission, speak with representatives from student accounts and financial aid. 4-7 p.m., University of Maryland University College, Academic Center at Largo, 1616 McCormick Dr., Largo. Free, registration required. 800-888-8682, www.umuc.edu or enroll@umuc.edu.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, an all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, eggs, country sausage, applesauce and beverages. 5-7 p.m., Christ Church Parish, 600 Farmington Rd., Accokeek. Adults $9; ages 6-12, $5; under 6, free. 301-292-5633 or accokeekchurch.org/Welcome.html.

Black history lecture, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses ancient African empires. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

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 stjohnsbroadcreek.org.

Knitting and crocheting workshop, for ages 13 and older. all skill levels welcome. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

Annabella Sneed: Indentured Servant, Carolyn Murphy from the Historic Annapolis Organization discusses the life of Annabella Sneed, an 18th-century indentured servant, giving a glimpse at the lives of those who worked under harsh conditions to secure passage to the colonies. 7:30 p.m., Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. Free. 301-809-3089.

Birding in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, marine biologist Gail Mackiernan discusses her birding experiences in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and the various species found in their protected wildlife area. Sponsored by Patuxent Bird Club and Prince George’s Audubon Society. 7:30 p.m., College Park Airport Annex, 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Free. 301-262-5148 or www.pgaudubon.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

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, all W2 and 1099 forms and other related documents. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free, appointment only. 301-422-6180.

Wild about wolves, for ages 8-10, learn where these predators live and how they survive. 10:30-11:30 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free; registration required, donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Nature Explorers workshop, for home-schooled students ages 10-14, experience nature through stories, discussion and hands-on activities. 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $20; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $24. Reservations required. 301-699-2456.

African Americans in the U.S. Navy, Joseph Reidy, vice provost and history professor at Howard University, will discuss African American sailors and their experiences during the Civil War. Lunch provided. 2-3:30 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. $5, reservations required. 301-377-7800.

Tween Scene program, for ages 10 and older, crafts, stories, games and other activities. 4 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.

Youth reading program, for ages 8-12, practice reading skills with games and other activities. Girls only 4 p.m., boys only 4:30 p.m. Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

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. Wednesdays through Feb. 20, Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. 301-583-2400.

Bowie book talk, join a discussion of “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. 7:15 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

Accokeek book discussion, a librarian leads a talk about Julie Otsuka’s “When the Emperor Was Divine.” 7:30 p.m., Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Rd. Free. 301-292-2880.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Bladensburg computer lessons, 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.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

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