THURSDAY, SEPT. 14

Coffee and conversation A monthly grief support group to share and learn coping strategies. Thursday 10-11:30 a.m. through Dec. 14. Chesapeake Life Center, 9500 Arena Dr., Suite 250, Largo. 888-501-7977. chesapeakelifecenter.org. Free, registration required.

Arts and crafts for kids A beginner's drawing class for ages 5-12. 3:30 p.m. St Christopher's Church, 8001 Annapolis Rd., New Carrollton. 301-699-3500. pgcmls.info. Free.

Reader's theater Youth ages 5-12 can read scripts and stories out loud. 4 p.m. Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. 301-772-5477. pgcmls.info. Free.

Gateway Community Development meet-and-greet Residents, business leaders and others are invited to meet young professionals from Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia and Macedonia who are part of the Community Solutions Program, an international fellowship program. 6:30 p.m. Gateway Media Arts Lab, 3311 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainer. 301-864-3860. gatewaycdc.org. Free, reservations requested.

Artisans needed Greenbelt seeks artists, authors and nonprofit organizations to participate in the 46th annual "Festival of Lights Juried Art and Craft Fair," scheduled for Dec. 2-3. Exhibitors will sell their own original paintings, prints, photography, clothing, accessories, pottery, wood crafts, musical instruments, personal care products, toys and more. Applications are due by Sept. 29. For information, call 240-542-2060 or visit greenbeltmd.gov/arts. Registration required.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 15

Fish fry Enjoy a menu of fried tilapia or whiting, green beans, coleslaw, corn bread or hush puppies, drink and dessert. 4-7 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 14515 Church St., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-2636. edow.org/trinityuppermarlboro. $5-$10.

Campfire program A discussion about Cold War missile defense systems, nuclear warheads and more. 7:30 p.m. Greenbelt Park, Ranger station, 6565 Greenbelt Rd., 301-344-3944. nps.gov/gree. Free.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 16

Leave no trace A ranger leads this program to build awareness, appreciation and respect for the country's public lands. 9:30 a.m. Greenbelt Park, Ranger station, 6565 Greenbelt Rd. 301-344-3944. nps.gov/gree. Free

Community input forum The Prince George's County Memorial Library System seeks the public's input on its search for a new chief executive. 10 a.m. Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. 301-776-6790. Free.

Back-to-school open house Learn about available programs in music, cooking with math, gardening, sewing, robotics and more. 10 a.m.-noon. Cultural Academy for Excellence, Queens Manor Garden Apartments, 2705 Queens Chapel Rd., Mount Rainier. 240-667-2235. cafeyouth.org. Free.

Cop for a day Hands-on activities to learn about the duties of a police officer. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bowie Town Center, 15606 Emerald Way. 240-544-5700. bowiecopforaday.com. $15, registration required.

Community health fair The inaugural event features medical services and consultations by health-care professionals, CPR training, oral health education and referrals, mental health evaluations, fitness challenges and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Accokeek First Church of God, 15821 Livingston Rd., Accokeek. 301-283-2116.accokeekchog.org. Free.

Computer basics A beginner's class for adults to learn how to use the mouse, keyboard and Internet. 10:30 a.m. Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000. pgcmls.info. Free.

Bibliobop dance party Dance fun for age 5 and younger with caregiver. 10:30 a.m. Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. 301-345-5800. Free.

Reading carnival Reading-themed games, crafts, music, food and more for ages 5-12. 11 a.m. Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. 301-336-4044. pgcmls.info. Free

Writer's group Adults are invited to bring a writing sample and get critiqued. 11 a.m. Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790. pgcmls.info. Free.

1770 Time Warp Experience 18th-century farm life and learn about candle dipping, crop harvesting, and farm animals. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 301-283-2113. accokeekfoundation.org. Free, registration required.

Health fair Bowie hosts screenings, health workshops and more for all ages. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr. 301-844-6510. cityofbowie.org. $29, registration required.

Family dance party Promote health and creativity at this open dance session for ages 5-12. Noon. Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. 301-927-4916. pgcmls.info. Free.

Kid koders A computer coding workshop for children. Noon. Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790. pgcmls.info. Free, registration required.

Crochet workshop Bring own materials and join the circle. 1 p.m. Mount Rainier Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainier. 301-864-8937. pgcmls.info. Free.

Say No to bullying A discussion with parents and students about the dangers of bullying. 1 p.m. Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmont Heights. 301-883-2650. pgcmls.info. Free, registration required.

Needleless HIV testing Results in 20 minutes. Clinic held every third Saturday of the month, 1-3 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Rd., Hyattsville. 301-927-6133. Free.

Laurel chess club Learn to play or improve skills. 1:30 p.m. Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St., Laurel. 301-776-6790. pgcmls.info. Free.

Healthy foods A STEM program for ages 5-12. 2 p.m. Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd., Hyattsville. 301-985-4690. pgcmls.info. Free.

Read to rover Ages 6-11 are invited to practice skills by taking a favorite book — or choose one from the stacks — and read to a trained therapy dog. 2 p.m. Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. 301-345-5800. Free, registration required.

Animal tracks Ages 5-8 can investigate tracks and make crafts. 2 p.m. Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. 301-868-9200. pgcmls.info. Free.

PorchFest Local artists perform music of all genres with food and more. 2-6 p.m. Various venues in Hyattsville. Visit website for exact times and locations. 301-699-5440. preservehyattsville.org. Free.

Luther Goldman bird walk The Prince George's Audubon Society leads this walk through open water, wetlands, wood edge, riparian forest, paved trails and other outdoor habitats. 3 p.m. Luther Goldman Birding Trail, Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Ruatan Street and Berwyn Road, Berwyn Heights. 301-509-5122. pgaudubon.org. Free.

Escape from the library Ages 5-12 can re-create scenes from Chris Grabenstein's book "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library." 3 p.m. Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000. pgcmls.info. Free.

Encounter the underground A worship party featuring performances by the Millennials, SoCreative, Yosef TheSower, and DJ C-Nice. 7-9 p.m. Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 910 Addison Rd. S., Capitol Heights. 301-336-1219. gethsemaneumc.org. Free, registration requested.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17

Master gardening session Members from the Prince George's County Master Gardeners will answer questions. 8 a.m.-noon. Bowie Farmers Market, Bowie High School parking lot, 15200 Annapolis Rd. 301-868-8781. Free.

Volunteer drivers sought The American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers to provide transportation for cancer patients in the Washington-metro area. Call 800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/drive.

MONDAY, SEPT. 18

Spell that word Ages 5-12 can compete in a spelling contest for prizes. 6 p.m. Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. 301-772-5477. pgcmls.info. Free.

Parliamentarian Unit meeting A monthly gathering of the Prince George's County Parliamentarian Unit. Open to the public. 6:45-8:45 p.m. Bowie Library, 15201 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000. Free.

"Meet the Patels" A screening of the documentary comedy about an Indian American man who gets help from his family to find a wife. 7 p.m. University Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville. 301-985-4690. pgcmls.info. Free.

Pura Belpré Book Award story time Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about librarian Pura Belpré and listen to award-winning stories of Latin culture. 7 p.m. South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Rd., Bowie. 301-850-0475. pgcmls.info. Free.

CardioHIT No Excuse Workout leads this outdoor group fitness class for all ages. 7-8 p.m., through Oct. 23. National Harbor, 137 National Plaza. 877-628-5427. nationalharbor.com. Free.

Budget forum The Prince George's County Planning Board hosts a community meeting to discuss a budget for planning, parks and recreation in the county. 7-9 p.m. Department of Parks and Recreation Administration Building Auditorium, 6600 Kenilworth Ave., Riverdale. 301-952-4584. pgplanning.org. Free.

Bowie-Crofton Camera Club Jay Fleming discusses his portfolio and life as a professional photographer. 7:30 p.m. All Saints Lutheran Church, 16510 Mount Oak Rd., Bowie. 410-827-3369. b-ccc.org. Free.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 19

Kids kaboose Stories, tours, a craft and "train-spotting" (the Amtrak line runs nearby) for ages 10 and younger. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Bowie Train Station, 8614 Chestnut Ave. 301-809-3089. cityofbowie.org. Free.

New business workshop Staff members from the Small Business Development Center share tips on how to successfully start a new business. 2 p.m. South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Rd., Bowie. 301-403-8300. pgcmls.info. Free, registration required.

Imagine Mars A hands-on STEM project for ages 5-12 to explore the arts, science and cultural elements of the planet Mars. 4 p.m. Largo-Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. 301-336-4044. pgcmls.info. Free.

Crazy 8's math Students in grades 3-5 can join the after-school math club. 5:30 p.m. Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. 301-345-5800. Free, registration required.

Story explorers Ages 5-12 can participate in stories and craft activates that promote building a better world. 6-7 p.m. Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000. pgcmls.info. Free.

Budget forum The Prince George's County Planning Board hosts a community meeting to discuss a budget for planning, parks and recreation in the county. 7-9 p.m. Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, Multipurpose Room, 7007 Bock Rd., Fort Washington. 301-952-4584. pgplanning.org. Free.

UnChoir Join the pop-up choral as they perform. 7-9:30 p.m. MilkBoy Art House, 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. allisonsings.com/unchoir. Free.

CPAE book club A guided discussion about "Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott," by Joyce Wallace Scott. 7-8:30 p.m. College Park Community Library, Church of the Nazarene, 9704 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. 301-927-3013. cpae.org. Free.

Senior leadership forum Speakers and interactivity activities on health, computer literacy, and services for 60 and older. 11 a.m. Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. 301-630-4900. Free.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

Math fun about time A family STEM program for ages 5-12 to explore time in different increments. 3 p.m. St. Christopher's Church, 8001 Annapolis Rd., New Carrollton. 301-699-3500. pgcmls.info. Free.

Story explorers: Pirates Stories, activities and crafts about pirates. For ages 5-8. 4 p.m. Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. 301-868-9200. pgcmls.info. Free

STEM-tastic Hands-on activities for ages 5-12 that use basic scientific principles. 4:30 p.m. Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. 301-772-5477. pgcmls.info. Free.

College fair Ages 13-18 can meet representatives from higher learning institutions and learn about options for college. 5 p.m. Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Heights. 301-630-4900. Free.

STEM for families Drop in for hands-on experiments and activities in science, technology, engineering and math, for ages 5-12. 5:30 p.m. Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-9330. pgcmls.info. Free.

Family Lego night For all ages. 6 p.m. Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-2400. pgcmls.info. Free.

PreventT2 A licensed dietitian leads this year-long program, approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help those with pre-diabetes prevent or delay the onset of the disease. 7 p.m. Giant Food Store, 7546 Annapolis Rd., Lanham. giantfood.com/diabetes-prevention. Free, registration required.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett

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