Thursday, Nov. 7

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, a nonprofit organization serving six local homeless shelters. Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through Dec. 5. Drop off donations at 4109 27th Ave., Temple Hills or Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 4915 St. Barnabas Rd., Temple Hills. 301-423-7851.

Holiday food drive, drop off canned goods or non-perishable food items to benefit families in need. 7:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 15, Charles Herbert Flowers High School, 1000 Ardwick-Ardmore Rd., Springdale. 301-636-8000 x324.

Book sale, the American Association of University Women Anne Arundel County Branch hosts its annual book sale to benefit education and training for women. Pre-sale 8-10 a.m. ($10 entrance fee); regular sale 10 a.m.-7 p.m Thursday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Festival at Pasadena Shopping Center, 8151-D Ritchie Hwy, Pasadena. 410-647-7041 or 410-431-7166 or aauwmd-annearundelcounty

Beginners computer class, three sessions, learn basic skills and create an e-mail account. 9:15 a.m. Thursdays Nov. 7-21 and 9:15 a.m. Saturdays Nov. 9-23, Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free, registration required. 301-817-3750.

Computer basics, learn computer terms, how to use mouse and keyboard and work with Windows. 9:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

Horse training, age 5 and older, learn how to interact and communicate with a horse or pony. 10-11 a.m., Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, non-residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $3. Reservations required. 301-249-7077.

European story time, ages 3-5, enjoy stories from Italy and France. 11:15 a.m., Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Honoring Our Veterans concert, the Bowie Senior Choraleers perform patriotic musical selections; light refreshments served. 12:30 p.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr. Free, RSVP. 301-262-6200.

Legal aid and counseling, members of the nonprofit firm Maryland Legal Aid will hold individual 20-minute sessions. 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

Friday, Nov. 8

Central Asian dance camp, a weekend-long camp teaching a variety of dance styles, including Uzbek Bukharan, classical Persian and Afghan. Friday-Sunday, call or check online for class schedule. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. Free-$45 per class. Weekend pass $325. 301-699-1819 or

“Slithering snakes,” ages 5-6, explore nature through hikes and hands-on activities. 10-11:30 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $3. 301-699-2456.

Autism benefit concert, gospel concert by Elder James N. Flowers Jr. and Family to benefit summer camp fund of D.C. Chapter of the Autism Society of America. Flowers is pastor of the Shining Star Freewill Baptist Church in Seat Pleasant. 6:30 p.m., District Heights Municipal Center, 2000 Marbury Dr., District Heights. Free, donations welcome. 202-561-5300 or

“Battle Tested,” age 18 and older, a two-day conference to train, strengthen and challenge men to fight for their families. Attendees will hear from NFL greats Ray Lewis and Michael Irvin and ESPN broadcaster Chris Broussard as they share their stories and strategies to realize dreams and goals. Sponsored by Mighty Men of Valor. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, 600 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro. $89; groups of 10 or more $80; on-site $99. Registration required. 800-773-6011 or www.

High school fall concert, performances by the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Men’s Ensemble and Gospel Choir. 7:30 p.m., Eleanor Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 7601 Hanover Pkwy, Greenbelt. Free. 301-661-9699.

“See How They Run,” Philip King’s comedy about the comings and goings of an American actor and actress, maids, clergymen and a bishop at a British clergy house. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., through Nov. 30 and Nov. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m., Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. $17; seniors, students and military $14; 12 and under $12. 301-441-8770.

University of Maryland Wind Orchestra performs Stravinsky’s “Circus Polka,” Thomas Ades’s “Living Toys,” Constant Lambert’s “Mr. Bear Squash-you-all-flat” and Handel’s “Music for Royal Fireworks.” 8 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $25, seniors $20, students $10. 301-405-2787.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Red Cross blood drive, sponsored by American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. Donors must be healthy, at least 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr., Bowie. Appointments suggested. 800-733-2767.

Go-to-college fair, meet representatives from over 100 colleges and universities; financial aid seminars, scholarship raffles and computer giveaway. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Rd., Fort Washington. Free, registration required. 301-749-4160.

Green craft fair, crafts for kids, and vendors selling items made from recycled, organic or sustainable materials. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-218-6702.

Story time in Paris, snacks, songs and stories in French and English. 10:30 a.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. Free. 301-776-6790.

Winter coat giveaway, pick up gently used winter coats. Noon-5 p.m., Upper Room Church, 78 Ritchie Rd., Capitol Heights. Free. 240-274-2279.

Crochet and knitting class, for all ages, bring materials and learn techniques or practice your skills. 12:30 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

Ham and oyster dinner, an all-you-can-eat dinner with silent auction and bake sale. 1-6 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal/Anglican Church, 14111 Oak Grove Rd., Upper Marlboro. $20, seniors $18, ages 6-12 $12, families of 5 or more $75. 301-249-5001.

Hyattsville chess club, learn how to play chess or checkers with peers.
1 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd. Free. 301-985-4690.

Lego mania, ages 6-9, stories and Lego playtime. 2:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

Connect-the-Dots Dance Company, classical ballet performance by the D.C.-based nonprofit dance troupe. 3:30 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Community spaghetti dinner, with spaghetti, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. 4-6 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. $10 offering suggested. 301-449-5758.

Glenn Dale “Smorgasbord,” home-cooked meals with turkey and dressing, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese and desserts. White elephant sale with handmade Christmas decorations. Proceeds benefit the church’s general fund. 4-6:30 p.m., Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd. $10; ages 6-12 $5; 5 and under, free. 301-262-2299.

Sunday, Nov. 10

Maryland animals program, learn about wildlife found at the refuge and the Echoes of Nature program. 1-2 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Clarinet concert, Robert DiLutis, a University of Maryland music professor, is joined by colleagues in a performance of Poulenc’s Sonata for Two Clarinets, Mozart’s Clarinet Trio in E-flat, Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat and Milhaud’s Sonata for Oboe, Flute, Clarinet and Piano. 8 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, U-Md., Route 193 and Stadium Dr., College Park. Free. 301-405-2787.

Monday, Nov. 11

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

The Pearl Project, for girls 11-17, ongoing support program to introduce and cultivate interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Participants learn reflective problem-solving and creative and critical thinking skills. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Seat Pleasant Activity Center, 5720 Addison Rd., Seat Pleasant. Free. 301-773-6685.

Laurel theater auditions, six men and six women needed for the upcoming comedy production of “45 Seconds from Broadway.” Actors should bring head shots and résumé and be prepared for cold readings from the script. 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Free. 301-617-9906.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Children’s museum story time, age 3 and younger, a reading of “In the Small, Small Pond” by Denise Fleming. 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., National Children’s Museum, 151 St. George Blvd., National Harbor. Free with paid admission: $10, age 65 and older $8, 1 and under, free. 301-392-2400.

Beavers: Makers of the Marsh, ages 8-10, learn about nature’s builders and their role in wetlands. 10:30-11:30 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Oxon Hill book talk, a discussion of Steffan Piper’s “Greyhound.” 2 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.

Afternoon tea book discussion, Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks. 2:30 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

African American history lecture, historian C.R. Gibbs leads a presentation titled, “The African Presence: Around the World, Past & Present.” 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

Diamond Foundation public meeting, learn about scholarships available for African American males in Prince George’s County. 7-8:30 p.m., Woodstream Church, 9800 Lottsford Rd., Mitchellville. Free, registration required. 301-787-7558 or

Bowie history lecture, presentation titled, “The United States Marine Corps: Past and Present.” 7:30 p.m., Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. Free, reservations required. 301-809-3089.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

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.

Book discussion, librarian leads a talk about Téa Obrecht’s “The Tiger’s Wife.” 2 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. Free. 301-817-3750.

Résumé workshop, bring information to create one, and a flash drive for storage. 6 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900. Bowie book discussion, a librarian leads a talk about Stephen King’s “11/22/63.” 7:15 p.m., Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-262-7000.

Oxon Hill crochet class, for teens and adults, learn basics. 6:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. 301-839-2400.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett


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