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Prince George’s County community calendar, Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2013

Thursday, Jan. 31

Largo children’s story time, a librarian reads a book for ages 2-3 10:15 a.m., ages 3-5 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane. Free. 301-336-4044.

The life cycle of classified national security information, Neil Carmichael, director of the indexing and declassification division at the National Archives, discusses the process from creation to declassification. 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free; driver’s license or other photo ID required for admission. 202-357-5000.

Square dance lessons,learn how to dance with the Good Luck Squares, sponsored by the New Carrollton ReCouncil. Another session on Feb. 7. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Robert Frost Elementary School, 6419 85th Ave., New Carrollton. Free. 301-552-1576.

Friday, Feb. 1

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

Ghana culture workshop, learn about traditional West African culture through stories, music, dance and games. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-567-6033.

Clinton nature group, for children ages 4-6 who are schooled at home, a monthly natural science workshop where participants meet live animals and explore artifacts; nature hikes, multimedia presentations, discussions and more. 2-3:30 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $14; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $17. 301-297-4575.

Minute to Win it! for ages 10-17, complete games and challenges within a minute for prizes. 7-10 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Free. 301-937-6613.

Black history film festival, schedule features“Red Tails” Friday, 7 p.m., “A Soldier’s Story” Feb. 6 at 11 a.m., “Buffalo Soldiers” Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., and “Glory” Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. Friday shows for ages 13-17, Wednesday matinees for age 60 and older but open to public. Huntington Community Center, 13022 Eighth St., Bowie. Free. 301-464-3725.

Bladensburg card night, for ages 10-17, play spades, tonk, speed and more. 7-10 p.m., Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave. Free. 301-277-2124.

Hip-hop night in Hyattsville, for ages 10-17, learn dance moves. 7-10 p.m., Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr. Free. 301-445-4508.

Kids vs. cops basketball game, for ages 10-17, play a friendly game against officers from University of Maryland, Prince George’s County and M-NCPPC Park Police. 7-10 p.m., College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park. Free. 301-441-2647.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Largo 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 and 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. Free. 301-583-5254 or

Jug Bay bird walk, for age 12 and over, learn how to identify birds at the sanctuary by sight and sound. 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Free with paid admission: $5; seniors and age 17 and under, $3. Registration required. 410-741-9330.

Bilingual college information workshop, Spanish-speaking counselors will lead a workshop for students in grades 6-12 and their parents. Receive assistance filling out the application for federal student aid, get information on applying for college and more. Sponsored by the Prince George’s County Public Schools International Student Counseling Office and the University of Maryland. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., University of Maryland, Union Gallery, Stamp Student Union, College Park. Free, registration required. 301-445-8460 or

Student financial aid, one-on-one assistance completing the free application for federal student aid; talk to financial aid professionals about financial aid resources and how to apply, get information regarding statewide student services, admission requirements and more. Sponsored by Prince George’s Community College and College Goal Sunday Maryland. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Bladen Hall, Room 102, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-386-7571.

Live animal show, for age 2 and older, meet reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey. 10-11 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, nature center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2. 301-699-2456.

Winter bugs program, for ages 8-10, learn the ways butterflies, mosquitoes, wasps and other bugs survive in winter. 10-11:30 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free; registration required, donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Becoming a Citizen Scientist workshop, learn how scientists track bird populations and movement; learn how to identify native birds. 2-3:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free; registration required, donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

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

Glenarden black history program, experience juke joints of the 1920s and ’30’s with live jazz, swing and more. 5-8 p.m., Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Ave. Free. 301-772-3151.

Battle of the Sexes, for ages 10-17, a girls vs. boys game of tug-of-war. 7-10 p.m., Columbia Park Community Center, 1901 Kent Village Dr., Landover. Free. 301-341-3749.

Clinton 3-on-3 basketball, for ages 13-17. 7-10 p.m., Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr. Free. 301-297-4648.

Sunday, Feb. 3

Artful Afternoon in Greenbelt, a family-friendly no-sew quilt-block workshop. Make a quilt block from fabric scraps, tour the museum and visit the studio. Materials will be provided. 1-4 p.m., Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-397-2208 or

Monday, Feb. 4

Library of Congress trip, for age 60 and older, tour the historic government building and then lunch on your own. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Langley Park Senior Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. $12, nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $15. Registration required. 301-408-4343.

Linganore’s Wine and Roses, registration deadline for the winery’s second annual Valentine’s Day celebration. Sample wine paired with Wockenfuss chocolates and tour the wine-making facility. Must be 21 and older. Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 14-17 at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy. $25 per couple. 410-795-6432 or

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

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Chinese acrobats workshop, members of the Peking Acrobats lead a workshop accompanied by traditional Chinese instruments. 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, 10:15 a.m. and noon Wednesday. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $8, groups of 15 or more $6. 301-277-1710.

Mount Rainier music program, for ages 10-17, learn how to play the drums, tambourine, congas, and other stage skills. 3-6 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl. Free. 301-927-2163.

African Americans and the Civil War, for ages 6-13, Hari Jones, assistant director and curator of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum, discusses the roles blacks played in the Civil War and the effort to end slavery. 4 p.m., Berwyn Heights Elementary School, Community Center, 6200 Pontiac St., Berwyn Heights. Free. 240-684-6210.

Beltsville family game night, play video and board games. 6 p.m. Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. Free. 301-937-0294.

Hyattsville dance and skate, for ages 10-17, skate to music in the gym. 6-7 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 6

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 income documents. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 10. New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free, appointment only. 301-422-6180.

Laurel story time, a librarian reads stories for newborns to 12 months (with caregiver) 10:30 a.m., age 12-23 months 11:15 a.m., ages 3-6, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Free. 301-776-6790.

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

Affordable Care Act information meeting, for nonprofit organizations, learn how to benefit from the legislation. Sponsored by the Human Services Coalition of Prince George’s County. Noon-2 p.m., Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Groundhog kids program, for ages 5-7, discover how groundhogs, also known as whistle pigs, can help predict weather. 1-2:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free; registration required, donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Black history movie, watch the 1984 film, “A Soldier’s Story,” about racism and loyalty of blacks in the military during World War II. 3 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Free. 301-937-6613.

African American documentaries, for age 17 and older, watch documentaries and speeches on the Civil War, World War II, 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.

Poetry talk, with Brother Yao “Hoke” Glover. 7 p.m., Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, Gallery 110, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. Free. 301-209-0592.

Youth black history program, celebrate Black History Month with poetry, song and dance. 7 p.m. Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

Thursday, Feb. 7

African American history tour, take a bus to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and other landmarks; lunch on your own at local restaurants. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $5; age 3 and under free. Fee includes transportation only. 301-583-2400.

Homeschooler’s 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 Regional Park, 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. Free. 301-459-3375.

Civil rights movement play, a theatrical interpretation of the plight of black leaders during the civil rights movement. 6-8 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Rd., Fort Washington. $2. 301-839-9597.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah


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