Thursday, Oct. 3

Bowie networking, a business open house to meet local companies, counselors and business-service providers. 7:30-10 a.m., Bowie State University, Bowie Business Innovation Center, Center for Business, Suite 2312, 14000 Jericho Park Rd. RSVP required. 301-353-1550 or

Queenstown golf tournament fundraiser, the 11th annual golf tournament will help support programs and services offered by Hospice of the Chesapeake. Price includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch, awards banquet and prizes. 9 a.m., Queenstown Harbor Lake and River Courses, 310 Links Lane, Queenstown. $300, registration required, or

Temple Hills computer basics, learn basic computer terms, how to use a 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.

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

Forestville food drive, “Friends helping Friends,” bring non-perishable food items for donation to a local food bank. Through Nov. 16, North Forestville Community Center, 2311 Ritchie Rd., Forestville. 301-350-8660.

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. 301-509-2212 or

Seat Pleasant farmers market,4-7 p.m., 6001 Addison Rd. at Eads Street, Seat Pleasant. 301-324-2470 or

Friday, Oct. 4

“Monarch Migration,” a puppet show for all ages. 10 and 11 a.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Unity Thunder car club, a family-friendly car show featuring classic, custom, street rod and muscle cars. 6-9 p.m., The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, rear parking lot, Capital Centre Boulevard and Arena Drive, Largo. Free. 301-324-0514.

Family campfire, for age 2 and older, roast marshmallows and enjoy stories by the campfire, then meet live animals. 7-8:30 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $3, reservations required.

Family Feud night, for ages 13-17, play a game of Family Feud on the Wii. 7-10 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-567-6033.

Landover “Empowered & On the Move,” a two-day conference for women of all ages featuring panel discussions, poets and music. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, 3600 Brightseat Rd., Landover. $45, ages 11-17 $10; ages 2-10 $10; groups 10 or more $40. Registration required. 301-773-3600 or

Saturday, Oct. 5

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., 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 or

Glenn Dale flea market, shop toys, plants, books, handmade crafts, baked goods and more. Proceeds will benefit the general fund. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-390-6640.

Jug Bay bird walk, for age 12 and over, learn how to identify birds 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.

Largo community expo, children’s activities, Zumba party, vendor showcase, food samples, live music and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Capital Centre Boulevard and Arena Drive, Largo. Free. 301-324-0514 or

Upper Marlboro discovery hike, for age 4 and older, a naturalist leads a hike to look for seasonal wildlife and plant life. 10-11 a.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $2, reservations required.

Clinton live animal show, for age 2 and older, touch a snake, turtle, toad or other live animals that live at the center. 10-11 a.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $2, SMARTlink registration encouraged. 301-297-4575.

Laurel wonders of wetlands, a workshop for teachers and educators about the region’s wetlands that can be used for environmental and life science curricula. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. $15, registration required. 301-497-5887.

Intro to PowerPoint, learn how to use the software to create slide-show presentations. 10:30 a.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free, registration required. 301-630-4900.

Suitland Fest, the 15th annual family festival will have a moon bounce, skate mobile, health screenings, live entertainment, vendors, gospel concert, basketball tournament and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville. Free. 301-736-3518.

Riverdale Park Day, an open house and fire prevention event for children, with games, moon bounce, pony rides, live music, food and more. Noon-5 p.m., Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department, 4714 Queensbury Rd., Riverside Park. Free. 301-883-7707.

Psychologist/author talk, developmental psychologist Peter Gray discusses his new book, “Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self Reliant, and Better Students for Life,” which urges children to take care of their own education. 1 p.m., Fairhaven School, 17900 Queen Anne Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-240-8060 or

Clinton blessing of the animals, bring a leashed pet or stuffed animal for the annual ceremony. 1:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Free. 301-449-5758 or

Laurel chess club, for age 13 and older, learn to play or improve skills. 1:30 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Free. 301-776-6790.

Read to Rover, for ages 7-10, take a favorite book — or choose one from the stacks — to read to a trained therapy dog. 2 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.

Game of words, ages 13-17 are invited to debate current issues. 7-10 p.m., Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-749-4160.

Good Luck Daytona 500, for ages 10-17, race to the finish line in this Xtreme Teens program. 7-10 p.m., Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Free. 301-552-1093.

Sunday, Oct. 6

Laurel bird walk, a guided hike to search for refuge 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. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Montpelier Mansion’s grand reopening, the historic site’s celebration will offer free tours, hands-on activities and more. Visitors can meet the restoration team and learn about archeological findings. Noon-4 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-377-7817.

The sweet and savory apple, members of the Kitchen Guild prepare 19th- century recipes using produce from the garden and orchard. Noon, Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. Free. 301-864-0420.

Greenbelt puppets, bluegrass, quilts and adornments, the Artful Afternoon program continues with shadow puppetry, marionettes and more, with live bluegrass music by members Rattlesnake Hill. Participants also can make jewelry, bookmarks and other accessories in a fiber art workshop, enter a raffle and view art exhibits in the gallery. 1-4 p.m., Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-397-2208 or

Roaming raccoons in Laurel, for ages 5-7, discover the world of these mysterious animals. 2-3:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free, registration required. Donations welcome. 301-497-5887.

Laurel night hike, for age 5 and older, a guided walk to look and listen for nocturnal animals. 6:15-7:45 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, Oct. 7

Accokeek botany study group, learn about major plant families, botany terminology and identification skills using the text, “Botany in a Day,” by Thomas Elpel. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $95, registration required. 301-763-4600.

Introduction to financial planning, for age 18 and older, a question-and-answer workshop to discuss basic concepts of financial planning. 7-9 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $5, registration required. 301-203-6070.

Bowie-Crofton photo competition, the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club hosts this open photo competition. Bring any shot of anywhere, taken at any time. New members welcome. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 16510 Mount Oak Rd., Bowie. Free. 410-827-3369 or

Purse Strings for My Girlfriends, drop off gently used purses and handbags, hygiene products for teenage girls and women in need. Sponsored by My Girlfriend’s House Inc., a local nonprofit organization. Through Oct. 31, My Girlfriend’s House, 9244 East Hampton Dr., Suite 621, Capitol Heights. 301-560-0506 or

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Parkinson’s support group, 10:30 a.m., Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-497-8746.

Mount Rainier rock village, a social gathering for ages 13-17 to make music and practice putting. 3-6 p.m., Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. Free. 301-927-2163.

Hyattsville speaking English club, practice speaking English with people from diverse backgrounds. 7:30 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Birding trip to Cumberland Valley, for age 18 and older, take a bus trip to watch for hawk migrations at Waggoner’s Gap. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $20, non-residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $24. Registration required. 301-699-2456.

History Keepers internship program, those interested in exhibition design, collections and inventory management, documentary film and multimedia are invited to learn about and apply for this paid internship. Sponsored by Prince George’s Community College and the African American Museum, with funding by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 10:30 a.m., Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, Gallery 110, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Gallery 110, Brentwood. RSVP required. 301-209-0592 or

MFA Thesis Concert: Visible Seams, Erin Crawley-Woods performs an original work inspired by the films of Busby Berkeley. 6:30 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett


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