Thursday, Jan. 5

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. 6 p.m., meet at the parking lot for the Luther Goldman Birding Trail, Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Ruatan Street and Berwyn Road, Berwyn Heights. Free. 301-459-3375.

Chesapeake Bay waterbirds course, four weeks of classes about coastal waterfowl populations, followed by Jan. 28 and 29 field trips to Blackwater and Chincoteague wildlife refuges. 7-9 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 12, 19 and 26, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $75, registration required. 410-741-9330.

Friday, Jan. 6

College Park Needle Arts Society, crafters meet to 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

Temple Hills sleepover, for girls ages 8 to 18, a night full of rap sessions, workshops, makeovers, music, food and more. 6:30 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hills Rd. $8, registration required. 301-894-6616.

Al-Anon, for family and friends of alcoholics. 7 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Rd. Free. 301-497-7914 or

Youth jazz cafe, for ages 12 to 18, a celebration of musical history. 7:30 p.m., Kentland-Columbia Park Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. $3. 301-386-2278.

“Cinderella” ballet, a performance by the Russian National Ballet. 8 p.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $20; $15, seniors, students and group rate. 301-277-1710.

“Elvis Returns!” Jed Duvall portrays the King of Rock ’n’ Roll as he was in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. $15. 301-617-9906, Ext. 2, or

Saturday, Jan. 7

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

“New You for the New Year,” dental exams for the entire family, plus snacks and other refreshments. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., the Dental Group office, 6200 Baltimore Ave., Suite 200, Riverdale Park. Free, appointments required. 301-864-5200 or

Cabochon craft project, for age 18 or older, learn the basics of gem cutting; use diamond saws, grinders and polishing equipment. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $30, registration required. 301-297-4575.

“Three Kings Day” celebration, for age 10 or younger, celebrate with music and refreshments, with an emphasis on Hispanic traditions. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave. Free. 301-277-2124. 301-445-4512.

French-English storytime, for age 6 or younger, stories and songs in English and French; pick up a free ticket no more than 30 minutes prior to 10:30 a.m. show. Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. 301-839-2400.

“Zumba with Lee,” an introductory exercise workshop. 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. $30 for series of classes, registration required. 301-927-3013.

College readiness workshops, for teens, staff from Prince George’s Community College lead a presentation including programs of study, available services and financial aid. Noon Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

Wellness Day program, presentations on reiki, yoga, acupuncture and more. Noon-4 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. Free. 301-699-1819.

Mandalas art workshop, a focus on Buddhist and Hindu traditions. 1-4 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. $10, reservations required. 301-927-3013.

Art-exhibit reception, for “Thirst,” an installation by J.J. McCracken. 5:30-8 p.m., 39th Street Gallery, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. Free. 301-864-3860 or

Xtreme Teens: 3-on-3 basketball, a “shootout” for ages 13 to 17. 7-10 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Free with youth identification. 301-567-6033.

Sunday, Jan. 8

“Greenbelt Artful Afternoon,” Bel Cantanti Opera performs a sneak preview of an upcoming show (music by Mozart) and a public art dedication of “Faces of Greenbelt,” a ceramic tile panel. With a mayoral presentation, crafts, drawing for prizes and more. 1-4 p.m., Greenbelt Community Center, Art Gallery, 15 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-397-2208 or

Fabric arts: Natural dyes demonstration, for age 13 or older, members of the Clearwater Nature Center Natural Dye Group demonstrate the use of plants and other natural materials. 1-4 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. Free, registration recommended. 301-297-4575.

Art-exhibit opening, for “All Hung,” a collection of works by artists in the metropolitan area. Reception, 2-4 p.m.; exhibit continues through Jan. 25. Montpelier Art Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-377-7800.

Monday, Jan. 9

Day school open house, for preschoolers through eighth-graders. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School, 11902 Daisy Lane, Glenn Dale; lower school, 13106 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-262-5355 or

Performing arts program, for ages 12 to 17, an eight-week course to help participants work out social issues through theater, art, dance and music. 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights. $40. 301-736-5355.

Knitting and crocheting workshops, work on projects in a group setting. 7 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Film for seniors: “What If . . .,” the 2010 Dallas Jenkins film about a man who leaves his ministry and girlfriend to pursue a big-business opportunity, starring Kevin Sorbo and John Ratzenberger. 11 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $2, for age 60 or older. 301-277-1710.

Teen game night, for ages 11 to 18, video and board games. 6:15 p.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Lanham. Free. 301-772-5477.

Crochet and knitting basics, for age 13 or older, bring your own materials and learn how to knit. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Free. 301-776-6790.

“All About Ospreys,” hosted by the Prince George’s Audubon Society and the Patuxent Bird Club, naturalist Greg Kearns shares his photographs and a video about the Chesapeake Bay fish-hawk. 7:30 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr. Free. 301-262-5148 or

Concert: College Park Youth Choir and Vocetti, a reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Old Parish House, College Park Arts Exchange, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-927-3013.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Job searching through the Internet, set up a free e-mail account. 9 a.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. 301-839-2400.

Double C duo pianists, Rosanne Conway and Barbara Cackler perform classical works for two and four hands. 2 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $15. 301-203-6070.

Nighttime playgroup, for age 3 or younger with a caregiver, learn strategies that enhance a child’s skills in all areas of development. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

Purple Line development workshop, a public meeting on the five proposed Metro stations, hosted by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd. 301-952-3166.

Stieg Larsson books discussion, a talk about “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” 7:15 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

Thursday, Jan. 12

NASA Goddard Space Center tour, for age 50 or older. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., meet the bus at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. $10. 301-206-3350.

Nature Tots: “Awesome Possum,” a naturalist discusses hanging upside down, kangaroo-like pouches and more. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Donations welcome, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Archives program, “Finding Opportunities: The Negro Division of the National Youth Administration During the Great Depression,” a presentation by Jametta Davis on the work of the NYA and Mary McLeod Bethune. 10:45 a.m., National Archives, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free. 202-357-5000.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer
and Jillian S. Sowah

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