Thursday, Nov. 29

Gobble, Gobble nature program, for ages 3-4, learn about turkeys through songs, stories and crafts. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, donations welcome, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Friday, Nov. 30

Bowie holiday bazaar, shop for new or homemade items. 9 a.m.-noon, Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr. Free. 301-262-6200.

Laurel Historical Society holiday open house, Laurel Garden Club’s hand-decorated wreaths and holiday ornaments for sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Laurel Museum, 817 Main St. Free. 301-725-7975.

Art opening reception, view and meet county resident Ulysses Marshall’s newest exhibit, “Paper Dolls: Poetic Responses to the Artwork of Ulysses Marshall.” 6:30 p.m., Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, Gallery 110, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. Free, RSVP. Tracey Jones at 301-809-0440, Ext. 111 or

Tantallon Community Players, a production of the classic Charles Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol.” 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 9, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $15, $12 students and seniors. 301-203-6070 or

“Annie,” a performance of the hit musical produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22, 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. $18; military and seniors $15. 301-617-9906 or

Saturday, Dec. 1

Bowie bird walk, Prince George’s Audubon Society members lead a walk in the Fran Uhler Natural Area; waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. 7:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month, meet at the end of Lemons Bridge Road, next to the Bowie State University campus, 10300 Lemons Bridge Rd. Free. 410-765-6482.

Upper Marlboro holiday bazaar, shop clothing, pottery, jewelry, dolls, ornaments and more. Sponsored by the Mount Ephraim Women’s Ministry. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mount Ephraim Baptist Church, 610 Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-808-1584 or

Way2Go college workshop, for students in grades 6-10, receive information on applying and paying for college. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., University of Maryland University College, 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi. Free. 301-445-2756 or

Mount Rainier holiday craft sale, shop items made by local artists. Cash or check only. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd. Free. 301-864-1746.

Wildlife holiday bazaar, shop gifts, browse a bake sale and children’s crafts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887.

Mount Rainier crochet class, bring your own materials and learn basic techniques. 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 15, Mount Rainier Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave. Free. 301-864-8937.

Clinton reading program, for ages 7-10, children may increase their confidence in reading by doing it with specially trained therapy dogs. 2 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd. Free. 301-868-9200.

Wreath-making workshop, bring items from home and make a personal wreath. Basic materials provided. 3-6 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. $15, registration required. 301-927-3013.

Forestville gospel concert and dinner, for the homeless, hungry and those in need, a performance from gospel groups the Thorpe Singers, Anthony Little, the Gaskin Brothers, Highly Anointed, Upper Room International Choir and others. Dinner served. 6-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Upper Room International Church, 7500 Marlboro Pike. Free. Barbara McEachern at 240-274-2279.

Bowie State’s Goodloe celebration, University President Mickey Burnim will be the featured speaker at the annual reception to benefit the Goodloe Memorial Scholarship Fund at the university. 6:30 p.m., Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1540C Pointer Ridge Pl. Free, donations requested. 240-475-2111 or

Brother Sun concert, the trio of Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor perform a fusion of folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz and rock music. Proceeds will benefit the synagogue’s music and arts fund. 7:30 p.m., Oseh Shalom, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel. $18, family $54. 301-498-5151 or

Sunday, Dec. 2

Birding field trip, the Patuxent Bird Club hosts a trip to look for migrating waterfowl and other early-winter birds. 7:30 a.m. Meet at the boardwalk parking lot, Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Free. Dave Mozurkewich at 301-459-3375 or

Honors chamber music recital, Specially selected students perform. 3 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Free. 301-405-2787.

Bowie tree lighting ceremony, featuring a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling outdoors, music by the Christian Community Presbyterian Church Bell Choir and tours. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Bowie Food Pantry. 7 p.m., Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr. Admission, free. 301-809-3078.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” a screening of the 1946 classic holiday film, plus a chance to play a trivia game beforehand. 7 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church, 4201 Guilford Dr., College Park. Free. 240-264-7924.

Monday, Dec. 3

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, Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.

African American holiday cooking program, learn about traditional dishes made during the holidays. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

Bowie writer’s group, for adult authors of all genres, bring copies of your work for group feedback; new members welcome. 7 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

Crochet and knitting basics, a class for age 13 and older, bring your own materials. 7 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Laurel family gaming, play board games and enjoy light snacks. 7 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Free. 301-776-6790.

Laurel theater auditions, 12 men, seven women and children ages 12-18 are needed to audition for the upcoming production, “The Teahouse of the August Moon,” by John Patrick. The play will run Feb. 1-24. 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Free. 301-617-9906 or

Bowie-Crofton camera club competition, bring your best “framed” shot to compete or help judge. Photos may be framed by shooting them through a doorway, window, arch, alleyway or other method. Participate in the competition or just view pictures. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Mount Oak Road and Route 301, Bowie. Free. 301-604-7772 or

Greenbelt theater auditions, men and women ages 21-72 are invited to audition for the upcoming production “Superior Donuts.” Come prepared for cold readings from the script. 7:30-10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway. Free. 301-441-8770 or

Play reading and discussion, a reading of “Play Ball,” the story of a youth targeted by anti-gay bullying who committed suicide; discussion follows. 7:30 p.m., Bowie State University, main stage, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3704.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

African American cooking traditions, discuss traditional recipes of the past and present. 7 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-262-7000.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

New Carrollton tween scene, for age 10 and older, participate in a variety of crafts, games and literature activities. 4 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free. 301-459-6900.

Genealogical Society program, a short business meeting followed by a presentation by Vernon Skinner discussing the probate process. New members welcome. 7 p.m., New Carrollton City Hall, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy., New Carrollton. Free. 301-262-2063 or

Winter Big Band Showcase, students from the Jazz Ensemble, Lab Jazz band and University Jazz band perform classic and contemporary works. 7:30 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $10-$30. 301-405-2787.

Thursday, Dec. 6

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.

Youth literacy event, for ages 2-10, learn how to use the Early Literacy Station. 4 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah


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