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National Theatre Trip: Angela Lansbury in ‘Blithe Spirit’
Nature Hike: Home School at Watkins Nature Center
Live Animal Show at Watkins Nature Center
Family Hike at Watkins Nature Center
Creature Feature: All About Reptiles
Creature Feature: All About Raptors
Colonial Dinner at Darnall's Chance House Museum
Nature Crafting at Watkins Nature Center
2015 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Championship -- Tickets on sale now!
Black History & Beyond!
Highland Tea at Darnall’s Chance
The 25th Annual Mineral, Jewelry, & Fossil Show
CELEBRATION! Black History Month 2015
Weekend FUN in Southern Prince George’s County
Don’t Venture Onto the Ice
Department of Parks and Recreation is Searching for Centenarians
Unmapped Exhibition
“Seniors on Stage” Auditions
Winter Fun at Watkins Nature Center
Department of Parks and Recreation Deer Management Program Announcement
MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AMONG “BEST OF THE BEST” WITH CAPRA REACCREDITATION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FEBRUARY 25, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: SUSAN WORTHINGTON, 301-218-6745; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

National Theatre Trip: Angela Lansbury in ‘Blithe Spirit’

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Angela Lansbury brings her Tony Award-winning performance in Noel Coward’s smash hit ‘Blithe Spirit’ to the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. This Broadway comedy follows Charles Condomine (Charles Edwards), who, while researching for a new novel, hires a medium (Lansbury) to perform a séance, which unexpectedly summons the ghost of his dead wife. Hilarity ensues.

Brunch is included before the show at nearby Chef Geoff’s. Cost of the course also includes transportation and front mezzanine seating for the 2 p.m. showing.

This course is for adults ages 18 and older, and will cost $160.00 for residents and $192.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1627250.

Where:
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.
For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Nature Hike: Home School at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Join a park naturalist to hike for fitness and fun. The day will start with stretching followed by a hike throughout the park, learning about nature and animals along the way. Each hike will focus on a different theme. Please bring a refillable water bottle, binoculars, a small backpack and comfortable shoes. Dress appropriately for that day’s weather.

This course is for ages 8 to 12, and will cost $4.00 for residents and $5.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605436.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605437.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605438.


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Live Animal Show at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – This is your chance to meet the animals that live at the Watkins Nature Center. A park naturalist will handle and let you get an up-close view of our resident reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey.

This course is for participants ages 2 and older, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605430.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605431.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605432.


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Family Hike at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – As the winter freeze begins to defrost, bring your family to Watkins Nature Center for a hike with a naturalist. A park naturalist from the nature center will guide you in a hike through the surrounding woods, helping you enjoy the sights and sounds of the great outdoors.

This course is for participants ages 4 and older, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, March 7, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605428.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605429.


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Creature Feature: All About Reptiles

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – If your child is a reptile fanatic, this is the event to attend. Our park naturalists will give an up-close look at Watkins Nature Center’s reptiles. Participants will learn about local and exotic reptiles, and the differences between reptiles and amphibians. Guests will also get the opportunity to see lizards, turtles and snakes up close, and will also get to pet most of the creatures.

This course is for participants ages 2 and older, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, March 21, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605425.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605426.


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Creature Feature: All About Raptors

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Have you ever wanted to meet a bird of prey up close? This is your chance. Our park naturalists will give an up-close look at Watkins Nature Center’s raptors, including falcons, hawks and owls. Participants will learn about the biology of birds of prey. The birds will be brought out of their habitats for an up-close view. Parents and/or adult chaperones of children attending must also be registered for this course.

This course is for participants ages 3 and older, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605424.

Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: MEGHAN DECKER, 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Colonial Dinner at Darnall's Chance House Museum

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – If you’d like to experience Maryland dining as it was during the mid-18th century, look no further than Darnall’s Chance House Museum.

Located in Upper Marlboro, Darnall’s Chance House Museum will host a tavern dinner on Saturday, March 14 where guests will enjoy colonial food and spirits. Following the meal, the Ship’s Company will sing sea shanties and tavern songs from that period.

The event is only for people ages 18 and older. Spaces are limited. Advance reservations and payment are required.

What: Colonial Tavern Dinner
When: Saturday, March 14 from 7-9PM
Where: 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Cost: Residents: $40.00. Non-residents: $48.00

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Nature Crafting at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Join us at Watkins Nature Center for a day of nature crafting. Each course will be geared towards a different animal. Children will be read an animal-related story, after which the children will meet the animal and then make a craft inspired by that animal.

This course is for participants 2 to 10 years old, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605433.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605434
Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode # 1605435


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 19, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-7900; TTY: 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

2015 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Championship -- Tickets on sale now!
at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Prince George’s County, MD Conference & Visitors Bureau are delighted to host the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Championship. The 9-game tournament will be held at The Show Place Arena (14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772) and will feature games from Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15. The tournament winner will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

With comfortable seating for 4,000 spectators, ample FREE parking, a variety of concessions, and staff dedicated to customer service, The Show Place Arena is a great venue in which fans will enjoy exciting, competitive basketball games. Support your favorite CAA team, or cheer for outstanding student-athletes on the women’s basketball teams from the College of Charleston, University of Delaware, Drexel University, Elon University, Hofstra University, James Madison University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Northeastern University, Towson University, and the College of William and Mary.

Purchase a ticket book for all 9 games, or buy a single session, day pass. Ticket prices are as follows:

Ticket books for all 9 games: $40
Single Session Tickets (One all-day pass):

$15 for adults (18-61)
$7 for youth (ages 3-17)
$7 for seniors (ages 62+)
$6.50/person in groups of 10 or more (must be purchased at Show Place Arena)
$5.50 for CAA students with ID (must be purchased at Show Place Arena)

Military Discount: Military personnel may get $5 off adult tickets; up to four tickets with ID (must be purchased at Show Place Arena)

For information about additional special discounts and promotions visit www.pgparks.com.

Tickets are on sale now! You may purchase tickets at TicketMaster outlets, through TicketMaster phone charge (202-397-SEAT, 410-547-SEAT, 703573-SEAT), online at www.ticketmaster.com and at The Show Place Arena box office. Please note: Group tickets, CAA student tickets, and military personnel discount tickets are only available at The Show Place Arena box office. Adult, youth , senior and ticket books for all 8 games may be purchased everywhere.

Game schedule is as follows:
Thursday, March 12 – Opening Round
Game 1, 12 Noon
Seed 8 vs. Seed 9

Game 2, 2:30 pm
Seed 7 vs. Seed 10

Friday, March 13 – Quarterfinal Games
Game 3, 12 Noon
Winner of Game 1 vs. Seed 1

Game 4, 2:30 pm
Seed 4 vs. Seed 5

Game 5, 5 pm
Winner of Game 2 vs. Seed 2

Game 6, 7:30 pm
Seed 3 vs. Seed 6

Saturday, March 14 – Semifinal Games
Game 7, 1pm
Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Game 8, 3:30 pm
Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6

Sunday, March 15, Championship Game
Game 9, 1 pm
Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8


Everyone will enjoy this family-friendly event featuring outstanding, competitive student-athletes. Prince George’s County Maryland, located adjacent to Washington, D.C., offers great places to stay, to dine and to visit while you’re here. Log onto visitprincegeorges.com and pgparks.com to explore some of the exciting places to go and things to do when you come to the 2014 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship in Upper Marlboro! Get the latest news about all these great teams at www.caasports.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 12, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-749-4169; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Black History & Beyond!
Featuring Michael Eric Dyson

Fort Washington, MD – “Black History & Beyond!” celebrates the strength and resilience of the African American community. The event will feature the dynamic Michael Eric Dyson as the keynote speaker, musical performance by Kevin LeVar and engaging breakout workshops- Finding Yourself In The Movement; Embracing Your Past, Present & Future; The Awesome Power of US! The afternoon concludes with a light reception.

This FREE event will allow patrons to experience the inspirational words of Mr. Dyson, academic and author from Georgetown University. They will have the opportunity to engage professors, local artists and law enforcement in the breakout sessions, which are designed to connect civil rights movements of the past with what we as a community are currently experiencing. The program is designed to educate, uplift and empower the community.

WHAT: Black History & Beyond!
WHEN: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2– 4 PM
WHERE: Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

FREE; All Ages Welcome


For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 6, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Highland Tea at Darnall’s Chance

Upper Marlboro, MD – Celebrate Darnall's Chance's Scottish heritage and partake in a cozy winter afternoon tea. Enjoy the tastes and sounds of Scotland.

WHAT: Highland Tea
WHERE: Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2 – 3PM


The fee for this event is $23/residents and $28/non-residents (ages 18 and over please).

Capacity is limited; advance reservations and payment required. For more information, or to reserve your space at this event, call 301-952-8010 or email darnallschance@pgparks.com.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 27, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-297-4575; TTY: 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

The 25th Annual Mineral, Jewelry, & Fossil Show
at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro

Upper Marlboro, MD – Need a rock this Valentine’s Day? You can visit the displays of fossils, minerals, geodes, and other material related to the earth sciences on Saturday, February 14 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD. Exhibitors and vendors will be selling minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, crystals, meteorites, jewelry findings, and tools.

There will be free demonstrations of jewelry arts, gold panning, flint-knapping, and a fluorescent rock display. Crafts for children will include a mini-mine and fossil making. Scouts can earn achievements in geology (e.g. Cub Scout Belt Loops, Boy Scout Merit Badges). Door prizes will be awarded every 1/2 hour.

WHAT: 25th Annual Mineral, Jewelry, & Fossil Show
WHEN: Saturday, February, 14, from 10AM - 5PM
WHERE: The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Cost: $5


For more information, please visit, www.smrmc.org.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 26, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

CELEBRATION! Black History Month 2015
M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Cultural Events & Community Calendar

Riverdale, MD - This year’s exhibition, Glancing Back & Looking Forward: 100 Years of African American Culture and History in Prince George’s County, Maryland, features information about the lives of selected Prince Georgians who had a variety of occupations and community roles. Through photographs, artifacts, and excerpts from interviews, Glancing Back and Looking Forward will convey the personal stories of participants and highlight the ways in which they were and still are a part of history in Prince George’s County over the past century.

Black History Month Opening Exhibit and Reception
Exhibit: Sunday, January 18 – Saturday, February 28
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 1, 12noon –2 pm
Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel 20708


For a full listing of programming around the County all month long, please visit 2015 Black History Month Event Calendar

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 20, 2015
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Weekend FUN in Southern Prince George’s County

Fort Washington, MD – Find something to enjoy for you and the family in southern Prince George’s County. For more events not listed here, please visit Event Calendar

Hit the buzzer, spin the wheel, guess the price and win! Food, fun, and prizes!
WHAT: Big Game Night
WHEN: Friday, January 30, 2015 from 7PM - 9:30PM
WHERE: Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744


This is a free event for youth with a MNCPPC ID card (ages 12-17)
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FREE Health and Fitness information, Health Screenings, Fitness Demonstrations, and activities for the entire family!
WHAT: Allentown Splash Park 1st Annual Health Fair
WHEN: Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9AM - 2PM
WHERE: Allentown Splash Tennis and Fitness Park, 7210 Allentown Road, Ft. Washington, MD 20774


For more information, please call 301-449-1295 or visit Things_To_Do/Allentown_Splash__Tennis_and_Fitness_Park
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Join more than 20 FIRST Lego Leagues (FLL) as they compete to participate in the state FLL Championship. Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $20 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts FIRST for students in grades 4-8.

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

WHAT: Maryland First Lego League Robotics Competition
WHEN: Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9AM - 5PM
WHERE: Southern Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Rd., Ft. Washington, MD 20744 FREE


To learn more about FIRST call 301-749-4167 or, go to www.mdfirst.org.


The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 12, 2015
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272 - or -
M-NCPPC Park Police Captain, Harvey R. Baker
MOBILE: 240-876-6361

Don’t Venture Onto the Ice
Community Advisory from the Department of Parks and Recreation

Riverdale, MD – The recent cold temperatures may give the appearance that the water is iced over and frozen. It is not! Citizens should not venture onto an ice covered body of water for any reason during the winter months. Without special equipment, human beings who fall into water with sub-freezing temperatures will survive only about 15 minutes. Ice on Maryland waterways rarely freezes evenly and solidly for a variety of reasons, including temperature fluctuations beneath the surface and the presence of contaminants in the water, which can prevent freezing.

Do not go onto the ice. If you are with someone who falls through the ice, do not go onto the ice to help them! Instead:

Call 911 immediately!

Mark the spot with a hat or a piece of clothing, so that if the victim becomes submerged rescuers have a point of reference. Time is of the essence with this sort of rescue.

Then, reach or throw. If the victim is near enough to shore to reach a ladder, tree branch or pole, extend one of these toward them as quickly as possible and pull them to safety. Throw them a rope or a flotation device, if possible. Again, do not leave the shore and venture into the water or onto the ice.

If the victim can crawl out of the water and onto the ice, have them roll away from the crack and crawl on their belly to shore. Staying low distributes the body’s weight on the ice and helps reduce the risk of the ice cracking.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 5, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Department of Parks and Recreation is Searching for Centenarians
M-NCPPC Wants to Celebrate Seniors 90 Years and Older

Landover, MD – The M-NCPPC, Dept. of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is looking for County residents who are ages 90 and older to invite them to a special Centenarian Celebration being held in May. Special recognition will be given to Centenarians – residents who are 100 years old and older.

We need your help identifying Prince George’s County residents ages 90 & older. If you know someone who resides in the county, and is 90 years old or older (as of January 1, 2015), please share the information with us. Your help is greatly appreciated! Please forward this information to us no later than February 27, 2015 by ONE of the means listed below:

(a) Send an e-mail to Centenarian@pgparks.com (subject: Centenarian); OR

(b) Complete the form (see back of flyer) and mail it to: Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707, Attn: Centenarian Coordinator.


For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 30, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-277-2863; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Unmapped Exhibition

Hyattsville, MD – Unmapped is a three-person, mixed-media exhibition that explores phenomena of the natural world in contrast with fast-moving society appearing at the Brentwood Arts Exchange from January 12 – February 28, 2015.

People often speak of taking a journey through art. In our environment of overloaded information it is more common to process stimuli quickly rather than to consider it deeply. The importance of everyday investigation is often lost. Artists Pat Goslee, Ellyn Weiss, and Sally Resnik Rockriver each use art as a method of discovery, responding to forms and materials then building on them to mine for visual possibilities. The artists will be available for discussion at a reception on Saturday, January 17, 2015, from 5-8 p.m.

Whether it’s finding the balance in giving up control to a chemical reaction, investigating material properties, or the conscious act of constructing energetic movement through paint, all three artists make provocative statements about the way that meaning is created through the interaction of process with form. Together, their exhibition invites us to open up to things we don’t know, things that aren’t written first then repeated as art, where our paradigms don’t fit, areas “Unmapped.”

WHAT: Unmapped Exhibition
WHEN: Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WHERE: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722


The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's component of the Gateway Arts Center, a public-private partnership that serves as an anchor for Prince George's County Gateway Arts District. Dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts, the Brentwood Arts Exchange features a contemporary art gallery displaying diverse exhibitions, a Craft Store promoting local artisans, and a dynamic arts learning classroom/workshop.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 24, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3400; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

“Seniors on Stage” Auditions
Share Your Talent With Us

Landover, MD – Calling all Prince George’s County Seniors 60 & better who would like to audition to be a part of a very special springtime “Seniors on Stage” show. The show is designed to showcase some of the County’s very talented seniors while providing inspiration and joy to others. It is highly recommended your song selections be up tempo (i.e. show tunes, pop tunes, golden oldies from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, etc.).

Audition dates: Wednesday, January, 14 and Thursday, January, 15, 2015

Audition location: The Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover

For audition guidelines and to register to audition, please call 301-446-3400.


Auditions will be scheduled every 15 minutes.

The “Seniors on Stage” show will be performed with a “live” band to accompany the performers. Mandatory practices will be scheduled (at least 5 times) on Monday afternoons prior to dress rehearsal and show day.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 5, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6712
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Winter Fun at Watkins Nature Center

Puppet Shows
Enjoy seasonal-themed puppet shows.
Registration required.
Resident Cost: $2 Non-resident Cost: $3
Friday, December 26, 2014 from 2 – 2:45PM SMARTlink #: 1571968
Friday, January 16, 2015 from 2 – 2:30PM SMARTlink #: 1571969
Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10 – 10:45AM SMARTlink #: 1571970
Ages 2 -10yrs

Nature Crafts
Participants will enjoy hands-on nature craft activities.
Registration required.
Resident Cost: $2 Non-resident Cost: $3
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10 – 11AM SMARTlink #: 1571877
Friday, January 17, 2015 from 10 – 11AM SMARTlink #: 1571877
Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10 – 11AM SMARTlink #: 1571878

Ages 2 -10yrs

Explore Animal Tracks
Search for animals by using clues such as footprints, scat and chewings, and make a plaster cast of a track. Registration required. SMARTlink #: 1571967
Resident Cost: $2 Non-resident Cost: $3
Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 10 - 11:30AM
Ages 5 -12yrs

Family Discovery Hike
Take a hike! Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Registration required SMARTlink #: 1571871
Resident Cost: $2 Non-resident Cost: $3
Friday, February 13, 2015 from 2 – 3PM
Ages 4yrs. and up

Animal Show: Animals in Water
Meet the nature center's live animals including reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey.
Registration required SMARTlink #: 1571873
Resident Cost: $2 Non-resident Cost: $3
Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 10 - 11AM
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10 - 11AM

Ages 2yrs. and up

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 4, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Department of Parks and Recreation Deer Management Program Announcement

Riverdale, MD - Beginning in January 2015, the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting nighttime sharpshooting efforts to reduce the local deer populations at select parks. These efforts will utilize specially trained Maryland- National Capital Park Police officers to reduce the deer herd at three parks:
- Enterprise Golf Course in Mitchellville, MD
- Henson Creek Steam Valley Park (Oxon Hill Rd to Temple Hill Rd) in Fort Washington, MD
- Oxon Hill Manor in Fort Washington, MD

Sharpshooting activities will take place at night from January 1 through March 31, 2015. Parks are closed to the public from sunset to sunrise. On-site signage will be placed at each of these parks to remind the public of the sharpshooting activities. Public safety is the program’s top priority.

Much of the Prince George’s County suburban landscape offers ideal deer habitat that provides an abundance of food sources, no natural predators, and limited hunting opportunities. The combination of these factors has contributed to an overpopulation of deer throughout much of the area.

Deer population reductions are needed to address the problems associated with too many deer. These problems can include forest ecology degradation, deer-vehicle collisions, concerns about Lyme Disease, landscape/property damage, agriculture damage, and poor herd health. A reduction in the local deer herds will help alleviate these problems in those immediate areas.

All harvested deer will be donated to local food banks to help feed those in need.
Public comments on the sharpshooting program will be accepted until December 1. To comment, please visit www.pgparks.com/Deer_Management.

In addition to the new sharpshooting program, the Department has traditionally allowed recreational deer hunting in select rural parks, since 1986. In partnership with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, there are currently three parks that allow archery deer hunting: Aquasco Farm, Patuxent River Park-Billingsley, and Gardner Road Park. These parks are multi-use and are still open to the public during the hunting season. For more information, go to dnr.maryland.gov.

For more information about the deer management program, please visit www.pgparks.com or email DeerManagement@pgparks.com. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 17, 2014
Prince George’s Parks and Recreation: KIRA CALM LEWIS
301-704-5272; KiraCalmLewis@pgparks.com
Montgomery Parks: MELISSA CHOTINER
301-650-2866; Melissa.Chotiner@MontgomeryParks.org


MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AMONG “BEST OF THE BEST” WITH CAPRA REACCREDITATION

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) was reaccredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, receiving the maximum score in every available category, during the National Parks and Recreation Association Congress 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. Charged with providing high quality services and experiences, park and recreation agencies across the United States turn to CAPRA Accreditation as a credible and efficient means of achieving these goals, while providing assurance to the public that the agency meets national standards of best practice. CAPRA accredits departments and agencies that provide park and recreation programs and services. Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and regional authorities, councils of government, schools, and military installations.

“The Commission is extremely honored and privileged on behalf of the 1.8 million residents we serve in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and on behalf of our talented and creative staff members and unselfish volunteers” said M-NCPPC Chairman Elizabeth M. Hewlett. “In partnership with our actively engaged citizens, M-NCPPC has worked diligently throughout our 85-plus year history to successfully deliver outstanding, affordable parks and recreation opportunities and experiences for all.”

“I am so proud of the amazing work of our dedicated Parks and Recreation staff,” said M-NCPPC Vice-Chairman Casey Anderson. “We are known for our superb parks system across the region. This reaccreditation proves that, and we will continue to preserve and sustain this valuable resource.”

“It is an honor to serve the community at the highest level and be recognized for that service by the CAPRA organization,” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. “The quality of our staff and the delivery and availability of our programs and facilities to the community continue to be our highest priority.”

Established in 1927 by State law to acquire, develop and maintain park land and open space, and to plan for the orderly development of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, M-NCPPC has grown and evolved to keep pace with the growth and diversity of the bi-county area it serves. Under direction of its Montgomery County Department of Parks and Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Commission today maintains more than 57,000 acres of parkland and open space, operates more than 200 recreational facilities, and attracts more than 25 million visitors each year.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org/capra.

For more information about The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, visit mncppc.org. And, for more information about the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks.

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