Thursday, Nov. 14

Temple Hills Christmas drive, drop off new toys, hats, gloves and gently used winter coats to give as gifts to those in need at The Homeless Outreach Inc., a nonprofit organization serving six local homeless shelters. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through Dec. 5, 4114 27th Ave, Temple Hills, 301-423-6466. Another drop-off at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 4915 St. Barnabas Rd., Temple Hills. 301-423-7851. Carol Leo, 240-475-4219, Kathy Gabrielsen, 301-423-7851 or .

Legislative forecast breakfast, representatives from District 23 lead presentations covering issues that affect Maryland businesses in the upcoming legislative session. Sponsored by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. 8 a.m., T.J. Elliott’s Restaurant, 6814 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Bowie.$45, members $25. RSVP required. 301-262-0920, or

Internet basics class, a workshop on how conduct searches and build skills. 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 about Jussi Adler-Olsen’s “The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel.” 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free. 301-459-6900.

“Gobble, gobble,” ages 3-4, enjoy turkey stories, songs and crafts. 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.

Homeschooler’s nature hike, ages 8-12, a naturalist leads a hike through the park to learn about nature and look for animals. Water bottle, binoculars recommended. 1-3:30 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $4, reservations required. 301-699-2456.

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

Ladies and tea, for girls ages 10-17, enjoy tea and finger foods and then paint an oversized tea cup to take home. 6-8 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free, registration required. 301-864-1611.

Accokeek recreation community meeting, learn about and provide input on recreational programming and facility needs in the city, specifically involving utilization of the new school being built for community recreation during non-school hours. 7-9 p.m., Accokeek Academy, Eugene Burroughs Building (Middle School) Cafeteria, 14600 Berry Rd., Accokeek. Tommi Makila at 240-319-1588 or

Internet for beginners, learn the terminology and build skills. 7 p.m., South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Rd. Free. 301-850-0475.

Knitting and crocheting group, for all skill levels, bring materials. 7 p.m., South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-850-0475.

Meet the author, Brian Jay Jones, author of “Jim Henson: The Biography,” visits University Park, a town where the late Henson spent much of his youth. 7:30 p.m., Riverdale Presbyterian Church, Custis Hall, 6513 Queens Chapel Rd., University Park. Free. 301-220-0330, 301-927-0477 or

Friday, Nov. 15

Holiday food drive, last day to drop off canned goods or nonperishable food items to benefit families in need. 7:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Charles Herbert Flowers High School, 1000 Ardwick-Ardmore Rd., Springdale. 301-636-8000, Ext. 324.

Native American harvest, age 5 and older, learn the history of crops of the Native American culture. 10:15-11 a.m., Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, reservations required. 301-249-7077.

Christmas wonderland bazaar, crafts, pictures with Santa, silent auction, vendors, bake sale and more. 5-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, Maryland City Senior Activity Site, 8402 Brock Bridge Rd., Laurel. 410-792-7982.

Women’s college basketball, watch the Lady Terps play against the defending national champions of UConn. Wear red, arrive early for pre-game face-painting, poster making, glow stick giveaway and more. 6 p.m., University of Maryland Comcast Center, Paint Branch Drive, College Park. $5, tickets must be purchased through . 301-314-7070 or

Men Who Make a Difference, Mentoring to Manhood will host its third annual event to honor community advocates, educators and religious leaders in their communities. 6:15-9:30 p.m., Camelot by Martins, 13905 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro. $75, reservations required. 240-501-8904, or

College Park book club, a discussion of “The Grace of Silence” by Michelle Norris. 7:30 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free, donations welcome. 301-927-3013.

University of Maryland Faculty Dance Concert, teachers present their choreographed works. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dance Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $25; students $10. 301-405-2787.

Saturday, Nov. 16

Bowie bird walk, 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. 7:30 a.m., Governor Bridge Natural Area, parking lot, 7600 Governor Bridge Rd., Bowie. 410-765-6482 or

Community shred event, bring up to five trash bags or boxes of items. Parking lot, Bowie High School, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-809-3043.

Holiday bazaar, shop a variety of vendors. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. Table rental: $15, non-residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $18. 301-888-1500.

Breakfast with Sint Niklaas registration deadline, for the Dec. 7 Belgian-inspired traditional breakfast for ages 3-10. Learn why we hang stockings for the holidays and the history of other traditions celebrated by Rosalie Stier Calvert, mistress of Riversdale in the early 19th century and a Flemish immigrant. 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 7, Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. $10, accompanying adult $7. Nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $12, adult $9. 301-864-0420 or

Positive parenting workshop, child psychologist Elliott B. Jaffa leads a presentation on how to build new appropriate behaviors and eliminate bad ones. 9 a.m.-noon, Maryland International Day School, 2317 Brinkley Rd., Fort Washington. $150 per family. Registration required. 301-567-9101.

Riverdale Park coat drive, drop off clean, gently used coats, gloves and hats to benefit needy residents through Passion and Compassion Ministries. Call for pickup or drop-off items at Riverdale Park Town Hall, 5008 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale Park. 301-927-6381 or

Intro to computers, learn basic computer terms, how Web browsers work and other skills. 9:30 a.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free, registration required. 301-772-5477.

Community arts workshop, help build a big sculpture out of reclaimed trash in celebration of “America Recycles Day.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Davis Hall, 9217 51st Ave., College Park. 301-927-3013 or

Jumpstart! business boot camp, for aspiring business owners, learn how to create a business plan; information on marketing and branding, trade names and more. Sponsored by the Maryland Resource and Training Center Corporation. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. $70, registration required. 301-830-4375 or

Nature crafts, ages 2-10, stories, crafts and live animals. 10-11 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, registration requested. 301-699-2456.

Video game workshop, for all ages. 10 a.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

Intro to Microsoft Excel, learn how to move through and select cells, add worksheets, use headers and footers and more. 10:30 a.m. Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

Way of Food program, a live cooking demonstration of 18th-century-inspired recipes. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Free. 301-283-2113.

Diabetes awareness event, free screenings, education and management tips, product samples, eye care information and giveaways. Sponsored by Doctors Community Hospital’s Joslin Diabetes Center. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Beltway Plaza, 6000 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-552-8118.

NAACP foreclosure town hall, the Prince George’s County NAACP sponsors a community meeting to discuss ending foreclosures in Maryland. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Jericho City of Praise, 8501 Spectrum Dr., Landover. Free. Carmen Johnson, 301-322-8435, or

Crystals and healing workshop, 1-3 p.m., Avalaura’s Healing Center, 9196 Autoville Dr., College Park. $47, price includes crystals, reservations required. 301-458-0335.

Madden tournament, play or watch the game on the big screen. Winner takes home a Thanksgiving basket. 1-5 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. $2, registration required to play. 301-292-9191.

Maryland Legacy Day, Donald K. Creveling, a program manager for M-NCPPC, leads a presentation titled “African American Archaeological Research in Maryland.” Sponsored by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Inc., Prince George’s County Chapter. 1-4 p.m., LDS Family History Center, 3601 Southern Ave., Suitland. Free. Carolyn Rowe, 301-292-2751, or Jane Thomas, 301-292-1207, or

The Three Bears, a hands-on program for ages 5-7 to learn about the different types of bears that live in North America. 1-2:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, students from the Woodstream Academy debate team put on this mock trial. Attendees can join the jury and help render the verdict. 2 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

Hyattsville book talk, a discussion of Jacqueline Kelly’s “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.” 3 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-985-4690.

Field of Firsts Foundation wine and cheese night, age 21 and older, door prizes and live jazz by Black Coffee Jazz Combo. Proceeds will benefit educational programs and exhibits at the aviation museum. 7-9 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door, and “buy three, get one free,” $60. 301-864-6029, www. or

Line dance social, age 18 and older. 8 p.m.-midnight, Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. $10; nonresidents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $12. Reservations required. 301-292-9191.

Friends helping friends food drive, last day to donate nonperishable food items for a local food bank. North Forestville Community Center, 2311 Ritchie Rd., Forestville. 301-350-8660.

Financial wellness workshop, learn strategies to reduce debt, increase assets and save for retirement. Sponsored by the PTAs of Crossland High, Thurgood Marshall Middle and Allenwood Elementary schools. 10 a.m.-noon Thurgood Marshall Middle School. 4909 Brinkley Rd., Temple Hills. Free, RSVP required. 301-785-0150.

Sunday, Nov. 17

Laurel bird walk, a guided walk to search bird habitats; field guides and binoculars recommended. 8:15-10:15 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Chanukah Bazaar, local artisans offer glass art, scrapbooks and keepsakes, Judaica and Chanukah gifts and supplies and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Temple Solel, 2901 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. Free.

College Park farmers market, last day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., College Park City Hall, 4500 Knox Rd. Michael Stiefvater, 240-487-3543, Phil Miller, 301-399-5485 or

“Adopted-For the Life of Me,” a screening of the documentary that follows a 52-year-old adoptee as he embarks on a journey to find his birth mother. Followed by discussion with adoption reformers. 10:30 a.m., Mishkan Torah Synagogue, 10 Ridge Rd., Greenbelt. Free, donations welcome. 301-892-0402.

Owl prowl, age 10 and older, a guided walk to look and listen for nocturnal animals. 4:30-6 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Monday, Nov. 18

Hygiene toiletry drive, bring personal care items, such as toothpaste, soap, lip balm, lotion and deodorant to benefit young women living in foster care. Sponsored by A Legacy Left Behind. Drop off items Monday through Saturday at Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. or Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-938-5752 or

Suit and tie drive, donate used, dry-cleaned suits for young men ages 12-24. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. through Dec. 31, Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Dr., Marlow Heights. 301-423-0505.

The Lesser Blessed,” a screening of the independent film about rural teenagers who learn lessons about life, love and racial tensions. A discussion follows with local filmmaker Miriam Machado-Jones. 6:45 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Meet the author, Gus Russo discusses his book, “Live By the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK” and shares what he learned during his research. 7 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

Bowie-Crofton camera club program, photographer Kay Chermush leads a program titled “An Outsider’s Vision: The Camera as a Way In.” New members welcome. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 16510 Mount Oak Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-604-7772 or

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Bowie blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. Donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. 2-7 p.m., City of Bowie Gymnasium, 4100 Northview Dr., Bowie. Appointments welcome. 800-73-2767 or

Book talk, a librarian leads a discussion of Susan Fales-Hill’s “Imperfect Bliss.” 6:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Black literature discussion, a librarian leads a talk about Jamaica Kincaid’s “Lucy.” 6:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

“The Scramble for Africa in the 21st Century,” a talk by historian C.R. Gibbs on the African diaspora. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

Bowie Advisory Planning Board, a public hearing on a proposed Wal-Mart store on the west side of US 301 at Mill Branch Road. 7-9 p.m., Bowie City Hall, Council chambers, 15901 Excalibur Rd. 301-809-3047.

College Park book club, discussion of “A Week in Winter” by Maeve Binchy. 7-8:30 p.m., College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-474-8044.

Greenbelt book discussion, a librarian leads a talk about Jennifer Chiaverini’s “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.” 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-345-5800.

Mentors open house, 100 Black Men of Prince George’s County, a mentoring organization, hosts this event for prospective members. Learn about programs and ways to help county youth. 7-8:30 p.m. Keller Williams Realty, 9710 Apollo Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 240-535-3346, or

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Bird walk, age 16 and older, a guided hike of bird habitats. Field guides and binoculars recommended. 8-10:30 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Gymnastics workshop, age 12 and younger with guardian. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $6. 301-583-2400.

All about turkeys, age 5 and older, learn the history of the bird. 2-3 p.m., Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, reservations required. 301-218-6770.

Sleep apnea support group, for those diagnosed with sleep disorders and their family members. Participants can share experiences, treatment and tips. 6:30-8 p.m., Doctors Community Hospital, Northing Building fifth floor, 8100 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Free. 301-324-4968.

Riverdale community workshop, an overview of the College Park-Riverdale Park Transit District Development Plan. 7-9 p.m., Parks and Recreation Building Auditorium, 6600 Kenilworth Ave., Riverdale. Free, must register in advance in order to testify. 301-952-3171.

Book discussion,Defending Jacob” by William Landay. 7:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Meet Mary Pickersgill, a costumed reenactor portrays the woman who created the flag that inspired the “Star Spangled Banner.” 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-377-7817.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett


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