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Oldest County Residents Being Honored At Centenarian Celebration
Department of Parks and Recreation Wins Big at 2015 MRPA Conference
Ustad Shafaat Khan brings East-West fusion to the Publick Playhouse
People and Pups Hike at Watkins Nature Center
‘Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor’ Contest Kicking Off at Watkins Nature Center
Department of Parks and Recreation Receives $30K Grant to Support Local Out-of-School Time Programs
Family Campfire at Watkins Nature Center
Prize Available for Signing Up for a Youth ID
Five Recognized as Certified Park and Recreation Professionals
Puppet Show at Watkins Nature Center
Historical Photo Contest at Darnall’s Chance House Museum
Craft and Story Day at Old Maryland Farm
Brentwood Arts Exchange Celebrates Five Years of a New Way to Experience Art
Nature Hike: Home School at Watkins Nature Center
Live Animal Show at Watkins Nature Center
Nature Crafting at Watkins Nature Center
Department of Parks and Recreation is Searching for Centenarians
“Seniors on Stage” Auditions
MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AMONG “BEST OF THE BEST” WITH CAPRA REACCREDITATION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 27, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313 or 301-446-3327

Oldest County Residents Being Honored At Centenarian Celebration

LAUREL, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its 18th-annual Centenarian Celebration on Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center.

Ten centenarians (people at least 100 years old) will be in attendance. All other invitees are 90 years old or older, and more than 200 people will be attending. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and Prince George’s County Planning Board Chairman Elizabeth Hewlett are expected to be in attendance.

The festivities will have a 1915 theme, with musical guest Tooo Smooth Dudes Band, which will play swing music. There will also be a poem reading by 95-year-old Angela Turner.

When: Friday, May 8, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:
Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd, Laurel, MD 20707

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 – APRIL 23, 2015
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; or 301-446-3327

Department of Parks and Recreation Wins Big at 2015 MRPA Conference

GREENBELT, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation won several awards during the 2015 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) Conference last week, receiving 11 out of a possible 33 awards.

The Department was recognized for excellence in several different categories, including landscape architecture, volunteering, maintenance, innovative programming, marketing and for individual achievements.

“We continue to strive for excellence in our delivery of Parks and Recreation programs, facilities and services,” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. “MRPA’s recognition reinforces the level of effort that our staff provides to the residents of Prince George’s County.”

Steven Carter (Acting Executive Director for the Parks and Recreation Foundation), Leigh Ann Eckenrode (Facility Director at Beltsville Community Center), Emily Lawrence (Central Area Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator), and volunteers Lenora Harper and Bill Walmsley each received individual awards.

Carter won the Recreation and Leisure Services (RALS) Branch Donald Long, Sr., Student Award, given to a student who has achieved academic excellence, and has significantly promoted recreation and leisure service in the community.

Eckenrode was selected as RALS Branch Outstanding Recreation Professional, given to a professional who has given outstanding service to the field of recreation. Eckenrode was nominated for Focus Forward: Young Adult Occupational Program, a 10-week enrichment program for residents ages 16 to 24 which focused on college and career preparation, and social and financial development.

Lawrence, given the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Chairperson’s award, was selected because of her enthusiasm for both TR and MRPA. Lawrence was heavily involved in MRPA’s TR Branch this year, consistently contributing to meetings and pushing the branch in the right direction.

Harper, who volunteers at Kentland Community Center, was awarded the Agency Volunteer Award, given to an individual who demonstrated outstanding service to a recreation agency within the state. Harper organized several service events, including a turkey drive, a Winter Wonderland Extravaganza, a coat drive and the community center’s food bank, all which help needy families.

The Community Volunteer Award, which recognizes leadership in service to community parks within the state, was given to Walmsley, an Adopt-A-Trail volunteer. He has collected more than 1,700 pounds of trash at Folly Branch Stream Valley since 2012..

In addition to the individual awards, the Department received recognition for several programs throughout the County.

The Department won the Landscape Site/American Society of Landscape Architects Award for work designing and building The Woodland Wonderland, a themed playground at Walker Mill Regional Park. The 100 percent custom-designed playground was built using glass fiber reinforced concrete (ensuring it last for decades), is compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, is ecologically friendly and makes children (and adults) feel like they are fully immersed in the surrounding woodland.

The Suitland Civic Association (SCA) won the Volunteer Group/Organization Award, given to a volunteer group within the state which has contributed outstanding service to the parks, recreation and leisure profession. The SCA has collaborated with the Department on various activities, including the Healthy Living and Healthy Eating Trail Walk, a college planning workshop, a community grant writing workshop and an emergency preparedness workshop.

The Department’s environmental recycling program earned the Parks and Resource Conservation Branch Creative Maintenance Award for its composting initiative. The Department’s Maintenance and Development Division creates top soil through an extended process which starts at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, where the crew dredges silt. The silt is then mixed with leaves and plants gathered throughout the County, and manure from the Prince George’s Equestrian Center. The mixture is then composted to create top soil. The soil is used for renovations at the Department’s fields and produces a net savings of between $200 and $250 thousand a year.

The Department won two awards in the RALS Branch Innovative Program category, one for the Club 300 Senior Walking Program and the second for the H.A.V.E.N. program.

Club 300, spearheaded by senior services coordinator Darilyn Marinelli, takes participants on a hypothetical walk across Maryland. Participants can walk wherever they like, tracking their mileage along the way until they reach 300 miles. The program helps seniors maintain a healthy weight, strengthen their bones and prevent various conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

Started by Christy Irving, H.A.V.E.N. (Health and wellness; Arts and culture; Volunteerism and community service; Enrichment; and Nature and conservation) allowed 30 residents between the ages of 10 and 17 to participate in and learn about the five elements of H.A.V.E.N. during this six-week program. Specialists from each element taught the children about their expertise, giving participants well-rounded instruction during the summer months.

In the Therapeutic Recreation Branch Innovative Program category, the Department was recognized for its Community Outreach Event for Law Enforcement, First Responders and the Disability Community. This event was designed to increase disability awareness, to provide sensitivity training with law enforcement and first responders, and to educate the disability community on the roles of law enforcement and first responders.

The Department won the Best Facility Brochure category for the Arts at Montpelier brochure in the Agency Showcase Marketing and Communications awards. The brochure, which details Montpelier’s events for the year, was chosen for its sleek design, strong use of photos and for how informative the material was.

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 – APRIL 22, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-446-3327

Ustad Shafaat Khan brings East-West fusion to the Publick Playhouse

CHEVERLY, MD – The Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts presents acclaimed Indian Musician Ustad Shafaat Khan in a program that includes performances by dancers Sistah Mafalda and Joanna Adamo.

Khan has performed widely in Asia, Europe and the United States, and is rare among Indian musicians in his mastery of three instruments, important to the classical Indian genre. Khan plays the sitar (an instrument in the lute family), the surbahar (a string instrument similar to the Sitar but with a lower range) and the tabla (drum). Although trained in classical Indian music, Khan often performs music that incorporates African rhythms and fuses styles as diverse as western classical, jazz, flamenco and pop/rock. He performed with Stevie Wonder at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and with Ray Charles on German television.

Khan has a long family legacy of musicianship. His great-great grandfather Sahedbad Khan invented the surbahar, and his ancestry traces back as far as the 16th century when the Khans were musicians at the court of the Mughal emperor Akbar. He is the son of the legendary sitar and surbahar maestro Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of the renowned Ustad Vilayat Khan. In tabla, he is the foremost disciple of the widely respected Ustad Ibrahim Khan.

Mafalda T. Bouzy is the founder of The Kuumba Performers, an Afro-American-Caribbean drum and dance troupe based in Philadelphia. Sistah Mafalda has performed and led workshops in west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States, teaching people of all levels and abilities.

When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Admission: $20

For tickets, call 301-277-1710 (tty 301-277-0312) or visit the box office

For more about Maestro Khan, please contact jenna.ward@pgparks.com, 301-277-1710. High-resolution photos are available upon request. Maestro Khan’s website is www.musicalbeats.net

The Publick Playhouse is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. More information is found at arts.pgparks.com under Prince George’s Publick Playhouse.

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 – APRIL 21, 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

People and Pups Hike at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Explore the trails at Watkins Nature Center with your dog during our People and Pups Hike.

A park naturalist will guide you and your pup during a hike on our grounds, taking routes along multiple trails. This free course requires that all dogs are accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older. Dogs must be on a leash, must be people and dog friendly, and owners should bring a water dish for their dog.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605427.

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 – APRIL 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3466; TTY 301-446-3402
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-446-3327

‘Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor’ Contest Kicking Off at Watkins Nature Center

GREENBELT, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation is starting its Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor contest with an art workshop at Watkins Nature Center on Friday, May 1, 2015.

The contest, hosted in partnership with the Get to Know Program, invites children up to 19 years old to use their creativity while submitting original, nature-inspired artwork, poetry, writing, photography, videos or music.

In addition to prizes awarded in the nation-wide contest, the Department will recognize local registrants with cash prizes. Winners will be selected from three age groups: elementary school, middle school and high school. In each category, first prize receives $300, second place $200 and $100 for third place. Poetry will be judged as a separate category with the same cash prizes for the top three entries.

All submissions can be made through the Get to Know Program’s website. Submissions for the national contest will also be entered as submissions for the Department.

Full Contest: May 1, 2015 to November 1, 2015.

Kickoff Event: Friday, May 1, 2015 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Where:
Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

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 – APRIL 16, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-839-7782; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-446-3327

Department of Parks and Recreation Receives $30K Grant to Support Local Out-of-School Time Programs

GREENBELT, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has received a $30,000 grant to support its “Healthy Out-of-School Time” (HOST) food access and nutritional literacy programs. The gift is part of a $2.3 million grant NRPA received from the Walmart Foundation to support out-of-school time programs at 75 park and recreation agencies. The purpose of the grant is to:

• Increase the number of healthy meals children in low-income communities receive through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during out-of-school times;
• Provide evidence-based, age-appropriate nutrition literacy to children that create behavior change by teaching the importance of healthy eating;
• Implement nutrition and physical activity standards that increase access to healthier foods and increase opportunities for physical activity; and
• Promote meal and program efficiencies that will reduce costs, maximize existing resources, decrease food waste, and lead to more sustainable meal programs.

The grant will help the Department to increase access to healthy foods and improve opportunities for physical activity. Parks and Recreation will also receive additional support for meals provided through USDA afterschool and summer feeding programs as well as nutritional literacy materials to help ensure life-long healthy habits for Prince George’s County’s youth.

With the grant, the Department plans to institute a nutritional education curriculum, which will support the Commission’s endeavor to promote healthy lifestyles for youth. The money will be used to buy refrigerators for various sites, water bottles to support our recycling initiatives and gardening supplies, including composters which could provide soil for our community gardens.

The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation already partners with the Family League of Baltimore, the Capital Area Food Bank, the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services and the Prince George’s County Public Schools to support the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. With these partnerships, the Department supplied an estimated 150,000 meals and snacks during out-of-school programs during 2014, ensuring that roughly 6,000 children had meals at more than 70 locations.

This grant supports NRPA’s campaign - Commit to Health - which encourages the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in park and recreation sites across the country. NRPA’s goal is to have at least 2,000 participating sites in five years. Within the first year of the program, 486 sites have pledged to Commit to Health and 51,382 children now have improved access to healthy foods and increased opportunities for physical activity.

According to Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, one in five children in America struggles with hunger. Over 21 million low-income children receive free or reduced meals during the school year to help them meet their daily nutrition needs, but only 3 million of these children are getting these meals during the summer. During summer months, these children may not have access to quality and healthy food to help them grow—making M-NCPPC’s work during out-of-school times that much more critical.

About National Recreation and Park Association
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. Through its network of more than 47,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

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 – APRIL 13, 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 Campfire at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – What better way to spend a summer night than by a campfire while roasting marshmallows? With us, that’s how. Come to Watkins Nature Center for our campfire series. A park naturalist will read a nature story at our outdoor amphitheater as the fire burns. The naturalist will also bring an animal for participants to meet.
This course is for participants 2 and older, and will cost $3.00 for residents and $4.00 for non-residents. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Parents and/or adult chaperones of children attending this course must also be registered for this program. Course listings below:

Friday, May 1, 2015 – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605420.
Friday, May 15, 2015 – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605421.
Friday, May 29, 2015 – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605422.

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 – MARCH 25, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-699-2255; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Prize Available for Signing Up for a Youth ID

GREENBELT, MD – Free access to Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation community centers is available with a free SMARTlink Youth ID, which is available for youth ages six to 17 living in Prince George’s or Montgomery Counties. While registering for summer camps, sign up for a Youth ID. If you sign up for your ID by May 1, you will be entered into a random prize-drawing.

Youth IDs grant access to community centers’ gymnasiums and to attend Xtreme Teen events. For teens ages 13 to 17, the Youth ID also grants free access to the fitness room. Adult supervision is required in fitness rooms for those ages 13 to 15.

The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation has more than 40 community centers which serve the community.

Xtreme Teens, which are available only to those with Youth IDs, hosts programs at our various community centers, providing activities, classes and other fun things to do for teens and pre-teens ages 10 to 17. For more information on Xtreme Teens, visit pgxtremeteens.com.

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 – MARCH 18, 2015
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Five Recognized as Certified Park and Recreation Professionals

GREENBELT, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation seeks excellence from its employees and strives to maintain its reputation as a leader in the industry, and five of its leaders strengthened the department’s already renowned standing by receiving accreditation as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Tara Eggleston (County-wide Aquatics Coordinator), Steve Ellis (Program Specialist for Sports, Health and Wellness Division), Joe O’Neill (Maintenance and Development Division Chief), Wanda Ramos (Central Area Operations Division Chief) and Katrina Williams (Health and Wellness Officer for Sports, Health and Wellness Division) received the certification.

The Prince George’s County Department of Park and Recreation, as part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is an unprecedented five-time national gold medal award winner for excellence in park and recreation management, as awarded by NRPA.

The CPRP certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services professions who meet the eligibility requirements - including a combination of higher education and/or work experience - and who successfully complete the national CPRP examination. The examination tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for parks and recreation. CPRP certifications are valid for a period of two years, and professionals who wish to re-apply are required to complete professional continuing education unit requirements or equivalent academic course work.

Individuals certified as CPRPs meet high standards of education, expertise and experience established in the field for park and recreation professionals, and many agencies recommend or require CPRP certification when hiring for professional positions.

The CPRP program is offered by the National Certification Board in coordination with NRPA and the CPRP Certification Committee.

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 – MARCH 16, 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

Puppet Show at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Come as we transform Watkins Nature Center into a puppeteer’s paradise. The stage will be set for a nature-themed puppet performance, followed by a meet-and-greet with the real-life animals that inspired the show.
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:

Friday, April 3, 2015 – 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605443.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605444.

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 – MARCH 5, 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


Historical Photo Contest at Darnall’s Chance House Museum

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Darnall’s Chance House Museum is hosting a historical photo contest this spring.

The contest focuses on photos of Upper Marlboro prior to 1945. All submissions will be on display at Darnall’s Chance on Fridays and Sundays during June. Winners, five of which will receive a $75 prize, will be announced at the Colonial Picnic at the museum on June 13th.

Contestants have until May 15 to turn in their photos. There is no entry fee.

Darnall’s Chance is open for walk-in tours on Fridays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. It is open of tours by appointment Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772

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 – MARCH 3, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: KELLY KINKADE, 301-218-6770; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Craft and Story Day at Old Maryland Farm

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Join us at Old Maryland Farm to listen to a story and create some art. Children will listen to a story, which a naturalist will read, after which the children will make a craft.

The March 17 course will be St. Patrick’s Day themed. After the story, the kids will decorate a pot and learn about spring-time plants.

On May 7, the kids will learn about planting spring-time vegetables after listening to the story.

This course is for participants 2 to 12 years old, and will cost $4.00 for residents and $5.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Thursday, March 17, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1620707.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1620708.

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 – MARCH 2, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: PHIL DAVIS, 301-277-2863; TTY 301-446-6802
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Brentwood Arts Exchange Celebrates Five Years of a New Way to Experience Art

BRENTWOOD, MD – Six years ago, it would have been easy enough to drive past the building that is now home of the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

The tan, brick building - then a Government Surplus Sales building - had advertisements typical of the Brentwood area: words painted in blue with white outlining on the windows, calling for drivers-by to stop and sell off their old file cabinets and office equipment.

Today, the spacious gallery, one of the anchors of the blooming Arts District Hyattsville, gives the area a much different feel.

On Saturday, March 21, Brentwood Arts Exchange will be hosting its opening reception for its Five-Year Anniversary Exhibition, which runs from March 16 to May 9.

“Five years ago, I would guess most of the region didn’t know that Brentwood, Md., existed. It’s a little town around the edge of D.C. Now, there’s this place called Brentwood Arts Exchange and people come here to see some art,” said Phil Davis, acting director at Brentwood Arts Exchange. “We give artists a space that’s open to really push for what they want. We don’t have a lot of pressure to sell things, like we need you to make paintings in blue because blue sells. You don’t have to worry about that. You can make your art great.”

The anniversary exhibit will feature some of Brentwood Arts Exchange’s favorite artists and pieces over the years.

“Five years seems to have flown by,” said Alan Binstock, whose art will be featured at the exhibit and who has been showing his art there since the inception. “I remember when they just opened and I think it shows how much can happen in a short period of time. … It’s a good showplace for the current arts district and it will be an anchor when we grow into a richer, varied district.”

Brentwood Arts Exchange, which resides in the Gateway Arts Center, has had 32 exhibits over the years. In addition to its store up front and the spacious gallery, there is also a studio in the back where staff teaches art courses.

If you’ve never been to an art exhibit, Phil Davis says don’t let any preconceptions about art shows deter you from attending.

“I think that for people who haven’t been here, one of the things that’s made us unique is we’ve been able, really through the credit of our community, we’ve become an artist destination that is really warm and welcoming,” Davis said. “It’s not a snooty, pretentious art crowd. … You can bring your kids here. There are going to be really accomplished, great art people here. It’s fun for everybody.”

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided at the opening reception.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21, 2015 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Entire Exhibit: March 16, 2015 to May 9, 2015

Where: 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD 20722

Featured artists: Alan Binstock, Alan Linder, Alonzo Davis, Bill Harris, Cianne Fragione, Daniel Brooking, Ellen Baer, Ellyn Weiss, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Joan Belmar, Marcia Wolfson-Ray, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Monica Jahan Bose, Rachel Schmidt, Sally Resnik Rockriver, Shanye Huang, Sherill Anne Gross, and Terry deBardelaben.

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 301-699-2544
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 listen to 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 – 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 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 – 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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