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Natural Introductions
Montpelier Arts Center Presents The Holidays
Opening Reception for Young Artists
Department of Parks and Recreation Presents
Veteran Appreciation Events
Preparing Healthy Holiday Food
4th Annual Winter Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey
‘Teens & Jeans for the Homeless’
American Bravery in Foreign Skies
Department of Parks and Recreation Opens New Community Center in Kentland
Maryland National Capital Park Police Win International Award
Bowie State University partners with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Bowie State University partners with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montpelier Arts Center Presents A Celebration of Art and Music
Volunteer Group Honored by State
Celebrate STEAM Fest 2016
Helicopter and Wind Tunnel Donation
Darnall’s Chance House Museum Presents Halloween Fun
Celebrate STEAM with The Department of Parks & Recreation for Prince George’s County
The Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County Aims to Raise Awareness and Stop the Silence to End Domestic Violence
Building Understanding Meet & Greet with Law Enforcement and First Responders
The Cotillion Class of 2017 Applications are due November 1st
35th Annual Kinderfest
Watkins Nature Center Presents 8th Annual Trash to Treasure: Green Craft Fair
Department of Parks Recreation Events Saturday, September 24
Montpelier Arts Center Presents A Month of Music
Department of Parks and Recreation Celebrates
Department of Parks and Recreation Community Basketball Event
Department of Parks and Recreation Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Department of Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule for Labor Day
Maryland-National Capital Park Police Annual Community Day 2016 at Watkins Regional Park
The Brentwood Arts Exchange Presents Jackie Brown Artist Talks
Mail Call: Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Offers Fascinating Look at Military Mail and Communication
Maryland-National Capital Park Police Appoint New Chief of Prince George’s County Division
New Maryland Law Prohibits Smoking in All M-NCPPC Parks and Facilities Effective June 30
MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION INVITES PUBLIC INPUT ON UPDATES TO PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
Parks and Recreation Announces Enterprise Golf Course Memberships
TicketMaster Outlet at The Show Place Arena Closing


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 23, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Natural Introductions
Connect with the environment at Watkins Nature Center

Upper Marlboro, MD – From animal introductions to nature crafts –this winter season Watkins Nature Center (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774) is connecting Prince George’s County residents to the natural world around them.

WHAT: Creature Feature – All About Raptors
WHEN: 12/10/2016, 1/07/2017 from 10 – 11 AM
COST: Resident - $3; Non-resident - $4

Did you know the word ‘raptor’ means ‘to seize or grasp’ in Latin? Learn more about the powerful birds and their powerful, sharp talons.

WHAT: Farm Craft and a Story
WHEN: 12/15/2016, 1/12/2017, 2/09/2017 from 10 – 11 AM
COST: Resident - $4; Non-resident - $6

Ever wonder about what life is like on a farm? Come out to the Watkins Nature Center for a farm story. Afterwards, enjoy a farm-related craft!

WHAT: Nature Craft
WHEN: 12/17/2016, 2/18/2017 from 10 – 11 AM
COST: Resident - $3; Non-resident - $4

Nature and art you can reach out and touch! Get hands on with nature crafts.

WHAT: Puppet Show
WHEN: 12/23/2016 from 2 – 3 PM, 1/14/2017 from 10 – 11 AM
COST: Resident - $3, Non-resident - $4

Watch a puppet show and then meet a live animal!

WHAT: Meet the Animals
WHEN: 12/24/2016, 1/21/2017, 2/25/2017 from 10 – 11 AM
COST: Resident - $3; Non-resident - $4

Reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey – oh my! You can get close to them all at the Watkins Nature Center.

WHAT: Birds in Watercolor
WHEN: 12/29/2016 from 10:30 AM – 12 noon
COST: Resident - $8, Non-resident - $11

From graceful gliding to bright, colorful feathers – birds can be an easy source of inspiration for artists. Learn more about our feathery friends while also picking up some basic sketching and painting skills.

WHAT: Creature Feature – All About Reptiles
WHEN: 12/31/2016, 1/28/2017 from 10 – 11 AM
COST: Resident - $3, Non-resident - $4

The first reptiles are believed to have evolved around 320 million years ago. We’ve learned a lot about them since then. Deepen your understanding of today’s reptiles at the Watkins Nature Center.

WHAT: Explore Bats
WHEN: 1/26/2017 from 6:30 – 8 PM
COST: Resident - $8, Non-resident - $11

Bats may seem scary, but they play an important role in the local ecosystem. Learn more about how people benefit from bats, and make your very own bat box.

Register for the events online at www.pgparks.com.

Watkins Nature Center offers close up wildlife investigation with its resident live animals, hands on exhibits, interpretive programs, and special events. Live animal displays include insects, amphibians, reptiles, and birds of prey. The nature center also features indoor and outdoor ponds, a songbird feeding area, a butterfly/hummingbird garden, composting area, an outdoor nest box exhibit, and a squirrel gym. Nature hikes, campfires, animal shows, puppet shows, crafts, summer day camps, and other programs attract more than 50,000 visitors each year.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – November 14, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Montpelier Arts Center Presents The Holidays

Laurel, MD – Come celebrate the holidays at the Montpelier Arts Center (9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708.) You’re invited to come out and celebrate the sights and sounds of the season.

Annual Holiday Open House
WHEN: 12/04/2016; 1 – 4 PM
COST: FREE


The holidays are all about time with family, which is why the Montpelier Arts Center is inviting everyone out for a fun holiday celebration. You can tour resident artists’ studios, attend exhibition receptions, shop the pottery sale, enjoy holiday music, and be inspired by art demonstrations.

A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Eric Boyd Trio
WHEN: 12/11/16; 3 – 4:30 PM, 6 – 7 PM
COST: $15


The Eric Byrd Trio adds their own twist to some of the holiday songs you know and love. The ambassadors of jazz borrow from the Peanuts classic ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ to get you in the holiday mood.

The Montpelier Arts Center is located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion. It houses three galleries, artist studios, gas and electric kilns and offers an extensive class and workshop program to the public.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – November 11, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Opening Reception for Young Artists
View the Winning Submissions from the ‘Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor’ Art Contest

Brentwood, MD – Experience the wonder of nature through the eyes of young, local artists for FREE, beginning Saturday, December 3, 2016. The Brentwood Arts Exchange is hosting the opening reception for the third annual ‘Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor’ art contest. More than 1,500 children in Prince George’s County drew upon the beauty of nature to create original art for the contest. The exhibition is open until December 31, and is available for viewing Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 7 PM, Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM – 6 PM.

WHAT: 3rd Annual Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor Art Exhibit
WHEN: Opening Reception - December 3, 2016 from 1 – 4 PM
Exhibit - December 3 – 31, 2016
WHERE: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood MD 20722


The Brentwood Arts Exchange is dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts, and features a contemporary art gallery displaying diverse exhibitions, a Craft Store promoting local artisans, and a dynamic arts learning classroom/workshop. It is a place for people of all ages to meet and learn about art, purchase locally made crafts, and explore new creative talents.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – November 7, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Department of Parks and Recreation Presents
The 30th Annual Winter Festival of Lights

Upper Marlboro, MD – Whether there is snow on the ground or not, you can immerse yourself in a winter wonderland and the holiday spirit at the Winter Festival of Lights (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774). You can even enjoy the beauty of the season as you ride through the dazzling and delightful holiday light show- which features more than a million twinkling lights and one of the tallest trees in the state. Or enjoy a hayride and warm yourself by the fire, enjoy seasonal refreshments, and visit the animals in the Watkins Nature Center.

WHAT: Festival of Lights
WHEN: Friday, November 25, 2016 through Sunday, January 1st, 2017 from 5 – 9:30 PM
COST: Cash only -
Car or van: $5
Multi-visit pass:* $10
Mini-bus or limo:^ $15
Bus**: $25

*This pass is transferable for cars and vans for up to 3 visits.
^A mini-bus seats 13-24 passengers.
**A bus seats 25 or more passengers.
Please note:
Multi-visit passes will be sold nightly at the gate
On December 5, Community Service Providers Appreciation Night, the festival is FREE!
On Christmas Day, the festival is FREE!

WHAT: Festival of Lights Hayrides
WHEN: December 2 – 4, 9 – 11, 16 – 18, 23, 30 – 31, 2016 from 7 – 8:30 PM
COST: $8
RESERVATIONS ONLY. Please call 301-218-6770 for reservations.



The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – November 4, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Veteran Appreciation Events
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation Honors Veterans

Riverdale, MD – Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation honors the service and sacrifice of local veterans. From time on the racquetball court, in the pool, in the weight room, and free rounds of golf – veterans are being treated to FREE or discounted services at many of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s facilities throughout November and December.

Harry S. Truman once said, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” The words are embodied by the spirit and actions of the brave men and women who have fought for our country and freedoms.

Click here for a complete list of which facilities are participating and which services are being offered.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – November 4, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Preparing Healthy Holiday Food
Recipes and demonstrations to keep your loved ones healthy this holiday season

Riverdale, MD – From main dishes to dessert and even drinks – we all know the holidays can be calorie packed. That’s why the Department of Parks and Recreation is offering FREE healthy holiday cooking demonstrations. Guests can learn how to create nutritious and enticing meals like sesame kale and sausage, apple and cranberry stuffing. Guests can also sample the completed dishes and take home the recipes they like. Some of the demonstrations even include dairy free, vegetarian, low sodium, and gluten free options.

WHEN: Saturday, November 19; 11 – 12 noon
WHERE: Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744

WHEN: Tuesday, November 22; 5 - 6 PM
WHERE: Upper Marlboro Community Center, 5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

WHEN: Thursday, December 1; 7 - 8 PM
WHERE: Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sherriff Rd., Landover, MD 20785

WHEN: Tuesday, December 6; 6:15 - 7:15 PM
WHERE: Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham, MD 20706

WHEN: Thursday, December 8; 7 - 8 PM
WHERE: Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale, MD 20769

WHEN: Saturday, December 10; 10:30 - 11:30 AM
WHERE: Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville, MD 20705


No registration is required.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – November 3, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

4th Annual Winter Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey
Helping families in need celebrate the season

Upper Marlboro, MD – Join the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation in giving back to local families in need by participating in our 4th Annual Winter Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey. Your registration fee will give a local family in need a holiday turkey and includes a long-sleeve commemorative t-shirt. The 5K Walk / Run winds through our beautiful and celebrated Winter Festival of Lights, giving you an up-close look at the holiday light show. For more than 30 years, visitors to the annual Winter Festival of Lights have been dazzled by twinkling light displays as they drove through Watkins Regional Park.

WHAT: 4th Annual Winter Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey
WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 6 - 8 PM
WHERE: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, 20772
COST: $30 per person
RESERVATION: Sign up to walk or run the course online through November 17, 2016.



The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – November 1, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

‘Teens & Jeans for the Homeless’
Local teens help those in need

Riverdale, MD – With the holidays coming, local families have a chance to embrace the spirit of the season thanks to the ‘Teens & Jeans for the Homeless’ program. The program asks residents to give back to their communities by taking action against homelessness. From Tuesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 17, local families are encouraged to donate clean, gently worn jeans of all sizes to any Department of Parks and Recreation community center. Donated jeans will be given out to service organizations and shelters throughout the area.

Donations can also be dropped off at the ‘Teens & Jeans Walk-a-thon’ November 19th. The Walk-a-thon is a FREE family friendly event that features activities, live entertainment, and refreshments. Families interested in participating in the Walk-a-thon can pre-register onlineor register the day of the event on site at 10 a.m.

WHAT: Teens & Jeans Walk-a-thon
WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 11 AM – 1 PM
WHERE: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg MD 20710


Teens looking to earn student service learning hours by folding, sorting, and packing the jeans must pre-register for the event online.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 28, 2016
MEDIA CONTACTS: Kira Calm Lewis - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com - or -
Veronica Marshall - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgarks.com
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: Chelsea Dorman 301-864-6029, TTY 301-699-2544

American Bravery in Foreign Skies
The Flyboys featured during a FREE lecture

College Park, MD – American volunteers put their lives on the line – braving fierce gun battles and plummeting out of the sky - to serve their country and the world in 1916. The men, who became known as flyboys, had to cross international lines to do it. They volunteered in a unit called the Lafayette Escadrille to serve in France’s Air Service in the hopes of bringing the United States into World War I.

These brave men’s tales are recounted during a FREE lecture at the College Park Aviation Museum. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 9 at noon as part of the museum’s ongoing Brown Bag Lunch program. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch during this special one-hour talk. The museum provides FREE cookies.

WHAT: Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Lafayette Escadrille
WHEN: Wednesday, November 9 at noon; College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 20740


The lecture is being presented by Mark C. Wilkins, who is an historian, writer and museum professional. He has been the Director and Curator of both the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and the Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society) and has worked for the Smithsonian and Mystic Seaport. He is a published author of books and articles related to maritime and aviation history.

The College Park Aviation Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliations member, is owned and operated by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) which also owns the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world. The museum is one of numerous historic sites and museums operated by the M-NCPPC, Prince George’s County Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural and Historical Resources Division.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 28, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Department of Parks and Recreation Opens New Community Center in Kentland

WHAT: Grand Opening of Kentland Community Center
If you’re looking for an impactful weekend story – you won’t want to miss the grand opening of the Kentland Community Center. The opening represents a culmination of more than two years of work to bring the community new opportunities.

WHEN: Saturday, October 29 beginning at 10 AM.
(This is a rain or shine event)

WHERE: Kentland Community Center (2413 Pinebrook Ave., Landover 20785)
M-NCPPC staff and local elected officials will be on hand for interviews for the event. After the ceremony, there will be a tour of the new 32,000 square foot facility and demonstrations.
The new community center is more inviting due to a new more spacious floor plan than the previous center and is now one of the largest in the county. The facility includes an 8,600 square foot gymnasium with bleacher seating, 2,500 square foot fitness center, teen room, performance room, computer lab, media room, meeting/classroom space, warming kitchen, activity room and additional parking.
The building’s size also allows for more opportunities for community members. New programming opportunities will be offered that were not possible in the old facility due to low ceiling heights or limited room size. The new facility also incorporates state of the art green technology for energy conservation and makes use of natural lighting.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 27, 2016
MEDIA CONTACTS: Kira Calm Lewis - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com - or -
Veronica Marshall - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgarks.com

Maryland National Capital Park Police Win International Award
Honoring Community Policing Initiatives

Riverdale, MD – For the second time in less than 10 years, Maryland National Capital Park Police - Prince George’s County Division receives international acclaim for its community policing initiatives. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) award, sponsored by CISCO, recognizes community policing initiatives that prevent and decrease crime and terrorism through partnerships with the local community.

Maryland National Capital Park Police - Prince George’s County Division Chief Stanley Johnson says, “Thank you to all the hardworking and community oriented Park Police staff. Your commitment to the community policing philosophy is duly recognized and award worthy.”

Award winners were chosen based on their performance in five categories. Additionally, award applicants were screened based on their ability to demonstrate the effectiveness of their community policing initiatives.

IACP Committee Chairman Ronal Serpas says, “Recent events have demonstrated that trust between law enforcement and the community it serves is essential. The agencies we are honoring today have demonstrated how incorporating the community policing philosophy into their mission has built a stronger agency and awarded them with strong and lasting relationships with their communities.”

“Cisco is proud to be a part of the IACP Community Policing Awards and all that it represents. The men and women and public safety organizations honored by this award are the embodiment of best in breed in law enforcement,” said Bob Stanberry, Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for Cisco. “I am honored to support these organizations and am in awe of their determination to make our communities and citizens safer.”

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are tasked with protecting approximately 27,000 acres of park property in Prince George’s County, as well as those who visit and staff M-NCPPC sites. The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division consists of 117 authorized sworn personnel, 29 civilian employees and approximately 40 volunteers.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 27, 2016
MEDIA CONTACTS: Kira Calm Lewis - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com - or -
Damita Chambers 301-860-4311; DChambers@bowiestate.edu

Bowie State University partners with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Agreement Aims to Increase Quality Arts Programming

Riverdale, MD – Bowie State University (BSU) has partnered with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) to expand offerings of quality arts programming for residents of the greater Maryland area at the university’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

This collaborative effort will help establish BSU’s state-of-the-art Fine and Performing Arts Center as an accessible cultural resource within the local community. A broad range of non-academic cultural activities will be jointly developed by Bowie State and M-NCPCC, to include professional performances, master workshops, small-group classes and camps.

“We are very excited about this innovative joint effort with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission,” said BSU Provost Weldon Jackson. “We firmly believe that this initiative will enable us to share the phenomenal resources of Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center through a variety of programs open to more of our neighbors in the region.”

The partnership provides a framework for cooperative development of activities, programming and events that will utilize the main stage and black box theaters, recital hall, movement studio and classrooms throughout the facility. In addition, M-NCPPC will provide a part-time, on-site project manager to support program development and management.

“We wholeheartedly believe this partnership will be mutually beneficial for BSU, M-NCPPC, the greater Washington region and beyond,” said Ronnie Gathers, director of M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to expanding community access to the arts and hosting world-class productions right here in Prince George’s County at Bowie State University.”

The oldest historically black university in Maryland, Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education.

The Fine and Performing Arts Center, a $71 million state-of-the art facility on the campus of Bowie State University, is home to aspiring students and accomplished faculty in art, music and theatre programs. The 123,000 square-foot building includes two theaters, a recital hall and movement studio. Spacious classrooms, laboratories and office suites are strategically placed throughout the building to accommodate various faculty and programs. The facility’s status as an all-Steinway venue adds another signature distinction featuring 10 baby grand pianos and 23 practice pianos.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 27, 2016
MEDIA CONTACTS: Kira Calm Lewis - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com - or -
Damita Chambers 301-860-4311; DChambers@bowiestate.edu

Bowie State University partners with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Agreement Aims to Increase Quality Arts Programming

Riverdale, MD – Bowie State University (BSU) has partnered with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) to expand offerings of quality arts programming for residents of the greater Maryland area at the university’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

This collaborative effort will help establish BSU’s state-of-the-art Fine and Performing Arts Center as an accessible cultural resource within the local community. A broad range of non-academic cultural activities will be jointly developed by Bowie State and M-NCPCC, to include professional performances, master workshops, small-group classes and camps.

“We are very excited about this innovative joint effort with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission,” said BSU Provost Weldon Jackson. “We firmly believe that this initiative will enable us to share the phenomenal resources of Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center through a variety of programs open to more of our neighbors in the region.”

The partnership provides a framework for cooperative development of activities, programming and events that will utilize the main stage and black box theaters, recital hall, movement studio and classrooms throughout the facility. In addition, M-NCPPC will provide a part-time, on-site project manager to support program development and management.

“We wholeheartedly believe this partnership will be mutually beneficial for BSU, M-NCPPC, the greater Washington region and beyond,” said Ronnie Gathers, director of M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to expanding community access to the arts and hosting world-class productions right here in Prince George’s County at Bowie State University.”

The oldest historically black university in Maryland, Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education.

The Fine and Performing Arts Center, a $71 million state-of-the art facility on the campus of Bowie State University, is home to aspiring students and accomplished faculty in art, music and theatre programs. The 123,000 square-foot building includes two theaters, a recital hall and movement studio. Spacious classrooms, laboratories and office suites are strategically placed throughout the building to accommodate various faculty and programs. The facility’s status as an all-Steinway venue adds another signature distinction featuring 10 baby grand pianos and 23 practice pianos.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 20, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Montpelier Arts Center Presents A Celebration of Art and Music

Laurel, MD – New art and musical acts debut this November at Montpelier. From unique takes on old jazz standards, to paintings and photos that capture the spirit of D.C. and the lives of the people who live there – there’s something for everyone!

Smooth Sounds for Seniors Concert: Akua Allrich
WHEN: 11/10/2016; 12 – 1 PM
COST: $12
DC native Akua Allrich’s shows are known to sell out, so make sure to hear her soulful approach to standard jazz tunes at the Montpelier Arts Center November 10th. The vocalist will electrify audiences with jazz, soul, blues, and pan-African music.

Classical Recital: Washington Saxophone Quartet
WHEN: 11/13/2016; 3 – 4 PM
COST: FREE
If you listen to NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ broadcast, you’ve heard WSaxQ before. WSaxQ, or the Washington Saxophone Quartet, is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the United States. The ensemble taps into a rich repertoire, from early music to newly commissioned works, and draws on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background.

Public Reception: Single Lens Reflex-tions Exhibition
WHEN: 11/18/2016; 7 – 9 PM
COST: FREE
See Washington D.C. as artist Bill Crandall does – through a camera lens. Crandall’s project, titled “Fairy Tales from the Fault Lines” captures scenes of the neighborhoods in the nation’s capital away from the monuments. Also showing in the exhibition is a project by Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac, which conveys the tenderness and delicate nature of a young family.

Public Reception: Patricia Phillips Bowden
WHEN: 11/18/2016; 7 – 9 PM
COST: FREE
Craftsmanship, design, and exciting presentation are on display as Patricia Phillips Bowden presents her explorations of art. Bowden’s work includes oil paintings with vibrant color, along with mixed media pieces created with found objects gathered over the years.

Public Reception: “Urban Color” by Susan Stregack and Rollin Fraser
WHEN: 11/18/2016; 7 – 9 PM
COST: FREE
It’s said attention must be paid to Susan Stregack and Rollin Fraser’s work. The photographic pair investigate urban settings, finding and isolating parts of the scenery that they believe represent the whole.

The Montpelier Arts Center is located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion. It houses three galleries, artist studios, gas and electric kilns and offers an extensive class and workshop program to the public.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 20, 2016
MEDIA CONTACTS: Kira Calm Lewis - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com - or -
Veronica Marshall - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgarks.com


Volunteer Group Honored by State
Patuxent River Park Volunteers Presented with Governor’s Service Award

Upper Marlboro, MD – More than 200 local volunteers are honored for their commitment to sharing an important part of Prince George’s County history. Today, the American Indian Village at Patuxent River Park Volunteer Group was awarded The Governor’s Service Award for Exemplary Service – Learning. The award, presented by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, recognizes the significant efforts of community members who have donated their time and effort for the betterment of the state and its people.

Tonya Johnson, the park naturalist who worked closely with the volunteers, says, “I am grateful and honored to receive the Governor’s Service Award. Working with volunteers to complete the American Indian Village was extremely hard work and yet, it is one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life.”

The American Indian Village at Patuxent River Park Volunteer Group spent more than 3,600 hours over 19 months to allow visitors opportunities to experience the history of the Indigenous peoples of Prince George's County, Maryland and the surrounding areas. Volunteers scraped bark from dead trees, harvested grasses and saplings, and built structures with their bare hands to authentically tell the story of the First Peoples of the area and create a park destination (16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772) for people of all ages.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 17, 2016
MEDIA CONTACTS: Kira Calm Lewis - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com - or -
Veronica Marshall - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgarks.com

Celebrate STEAM Fest 2016
With The Department of Parks & Recreation for Prince George’s County

Riverdale, MD – Help make learning relevant, reality based, and interconnected - not to mention fun - for your child by introducing them to STEAM. The Department of Parks and Recreations of Prince George's County is offering an entire week of more than 20 engaging, hands-on, and FREE events to teach students of all ages new ways to interact with science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

The week-long celebration of innovative learning kicks off Saturday, November 5 from 11 - 2 p.m. with the STEAM Festival at Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex (7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744), which features giveaways, games, and demonstrations. Other activities include building computers, learning the chemistry behind cosmetics and creating your own, building chain reactions with Legos, and family challenges.

For details on individual events, visit our STEAM Festival website: http://www.mncppcapps.org/calendar/history/seasonal_events.aspx?searchTerm=STEAM:


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 17, 2016
MEDIA CONTACTS: Kira Calm Lewis - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com - or -
Veronica Marshall - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgarks.com

Helicopter and Wind Tunnel Donation
for the College Park Aviation Museum and Airport

College Park, MD – On a morning where the fog and the sun were competing for dominance in the October sky, a flatbed trailer pulled up in front of the College Park Aviation Museum and Airport Operations Building with a helicopter and a wind tunnel on board– not your typical morning delivery! Thanks to the University of Maryland (UMD) Department of Aerospace - the College Park Aviation Campus has two new educational tools to inspire and teach the next generation of engineers, pilots, ground crew, or museum professionals!

The UMD Department of Aerospace donated an American Sportcopter Ultrasport 496 helicopter to the College Park Aviation Museum and also loaned a wind tunnel. The Ultrasport, a kit helicopter, was first flown in 1995 and required 60 – 100 hours to assemble. The UMD Department of Aerospace program, recently ranked 8th by US News & World Report, is constantly expanding and evolving with lab space always at a premium. “In conversations with museum staff, it seemed like a natural fit for us to donate this helicopter to the aviation museum,” commented Dr. Norman Wereley, the Minta Martin Professor and Department Chair at the Department of Aerospace Engineering. “The Ultrasport was used for fuel studies and was never airworthy. We are pleased to be able to collaborate with the museum and see the helicopter in continued use as an educational tool and now we have additional space on campus to continue our aerospace explorations.”

The wind tunnel is on loan and will be utilized by UMD students as well as the museum’s Education Department. This donation and loan is a win-win according to museum director, Andrea Cochrane Tracey, who said, “This type of community minded approach from the Department of Aerospace is vital for a museum like ours. Thanks to UMD Department of Aerospace’s support, we are now in a position to dramatically enhance the learning activities for the public and in turn, we provide the Aerospace Department with a local resource where students are able to learn about the history of early aviation as well as demonstrate their latest experiments for the public.” Both Werely and Cochrane-Tracey expressed enthusiasm about the collaborative planning efforts underway between their respective institutions to enhance STEM learning for the community.

The College Park Aviation Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliations member, is owned and operated by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) which also owns the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 13, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Darnall’s Chance House Museum Presents Halloween Fun

Upper Marlboro, MD – Who says Halloween is just for kids? Darnall’s Chance House Museum (14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro MD 20772) is offering some spooky and spirited fun for the entire family this Halloween season.

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Campfire
WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 7 – 8:30 PM

COST: $4
For all ages

If roasting marshmallows and sipping cider around a campfire sounds like a perfect fall night for your family, we have the event for you. Not only can kids listen to haunted Halloween tales, they also have a chance to win a prize after hunting for glowing jack o’ lanterns. The rain date for this activity is Sunday, Oct. 23 at 6 PM.

Ales and Spooky Tales at the Tavern
WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 6 – 8 PM

COST: Residents $35; Non-Residents $42
For ages 21 & up

Residents 21 and up can enjoy a Halloween-themed buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres, seasonal brews, and spiced cider. Entertainment is also provided. Reservations and payment are required in advance.

Opened to the public as a historic house museum in 1988, the Department of Parks and Recreation’s, Darnall’s Chance House Museum is dedicated to the interpretation and study of the history and culture of 18th century Prince George's County, Maryland, with special emphasis on the lives of mid-18th-century women.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 13, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-277-2124; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Celebrate STEAM with The Department of Parks & Recreation for Prince George’s County

Riverdale, MD – Thanks to a variety of free events, young learners can follow their passion, curiosity, and creativity and learn more about science, technology, education, art, and math!

STEAM Festival
WHEN: Nov. 5 from 11 – 2 PM at Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex
If there is only one STEAM event you can attend, make it our kickoff event! The STEAM Festival features giveaways, games, and demonstrations.

Get into the Guts of your Computer
WHEN: Nov. 5 from 7 – 10 PM at Bladensburg Comm. Ctr.; Nov.10 from 7 – 10 PM at Kentland Comm. Ctr.; Nov. 11 from 7 to 10 PM at Columbia Park Comm. Ctr.
You could have a budding engineer in your home after this. Children will take apart a computer, learn about its parts, and then reassemble it.

Creative Cosmetics
WHEN: Nov. 5 from 7 – 10 PM at Bladensburg Comm. Ctr., Kentland Comm. Ctr., Deerfield Run Comm. Ctr. & 11 – 1 PM at Columbia Park Comm. Ctr.; Nov. 11 from 4 – 6 PM at Langley Park Comm. Ctr.
You use shampoos, cleansers, and lotions nearly every day – but do you know the chemistry behind the products? Young learners will learn the science behind soap, and how to make their own.

STEAM into History
WHEN: Nov. 6 from 12 – 3 PM and Nov. 10 from 10 – 1 PM at Riversdale House Museum
Learn about 19th century arts and sciences inside a 200-year-old house.

Clean Water Science
WHEN: Nov. 7 from 6 – 8 PM at Bladensburg Comm. Ctr.; Nov. 9 from 6 – 8 PM at Columbia Park Comm. Ctr.
Kids get hands on experience extracting salt from sea water with a simple yet intriguing geophysical science experiment.

Guts, Nuts, and Bolts Masterpiece!
WHEN: Nov. 7 from 6 – 8 PM at the Bladensburg Comm. Ctr.; Nov. 9 from 6 – 8 PM at Kentland & Deerfield Run Comm. Ctrs; Nov. 12 from 6 – 8 PM at Columbia Park Comm. Ctr.
If your child has ever wondered how things work the way they do – this is the event for them. Not only can they disassemble electronics – they can use the pieces to create their own invention!

Lego Chain Reaction Challenge
WHEN: Nov. 8 from 5 – 7 PM at Kentland Comm. Ctr.; Nov. 9 from 5 – 7 PM at Columbia Park Comm. Ctr.; Nov. 11 from 7 – 10 PM at Bladensburg Comm. Ctr. & 4 – 6 PM at Langley Park Comm. Ctr.
With Legos, you can create machines that swing, pivot, roll, life, and drop! Now imagine what happens when you put all of that together.

Ultimate Secret Formula Lab
WHEN: Nov. 8 from 6 – 8 PM at Kentland Comm. Ctr.; Nov. 10 from 6 – 8 PM at Bladensburg & Columbia Park Comm. Ctrs
Kids can explore the secrets of science through more than 40 chemistry experiments inside an amazing lab.

STEAM Family Recycling
WHEN: Nov. 12 from 11 – 1 PM at Kentland & Columbia Park Comm. Ctr.s, 10 – 12 PM at Deerfield Run Comm. Ctr., 2 – 4 PM at Bladensburg Comm. Ctr.
Families work together at stations that test and build their STEM skills.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 10, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

The Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County Aims to Raise Awareness and Stop the Silence to End Domestic Violence

Riverdale, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County is joining the national call to end domestic violence. The physical and emotional abuse between partners or family members is a problem that affects millions of people of all ages, races, and religions. As part of the ‘Purple Light Nights’ program, which aims to remember the victims of domestic violence, support survivors, and spread hope for those still living with abuse, the Department’s headquarters (6600 Kenilworth Ave, Riverdale, MD 20737) will be purple for the entire month of October.

The Maryland – National Capital Park Police in partnership with Dimensions Health System Prince George's Hospital Center are also raising awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sex abuse with the “Shatter the Silence” 5k Walk/Run Watkins Regional Park (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, 20774)

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 7:30 a.m., race begins at 9 a.m.
COST: FREE w/ $10 t-shirt sales on - site.


Because awareness is a tool of prevention, 100% of the proceeds from t-shirt sales, sponsors and donations from the ‘Shatter the Silence’ walk/run will go towards services for victims of rape or sexual assault in Prince George’s County.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. One in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. In the state of Maryland, 21,965 domestic violence crimes were reported to law enforcement agencies in 2015 and 13 children were killed as a result of domestic violence in the same year.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 6, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Building Understanding Meet & Greet with Law Enforcement and First Responders

Riverdale, MD – All good relationships include trust, understanding, and communication. The Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Maryland – National Capital Park Police for Prince George’s County are committed to building strong relationships with the residents they serve – including those within the disability community. Local law enforcement officers and first responders throughout the County are reaching out to families and residents within the disability community to build trust and create understanding at a meet and greet session this Friday, October 7 at the Enterprise Park Police Substation (3002 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, Maryland 20721). Another goal of the meeting is to raise awareness and remove barriers between community members and law enforcement. Families can ask questions and get to know the men and women who have promised to put their safety and security first.

WHAT: Meet & Greet with Law Enforcement & First Responders
WHEN: Friday, October 7, 2016 from 10 – 12:30 PM
WHERE: Park Police Enterprise Substation, 3002 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, Maryland 20721



The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – October 3, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION: 301-446-3400; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS – 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL – 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

The Cotillion Class of 2017 Applications are due November 1st

INSERT LINK NAMERiverdale, MD – Beaus and debs glide across the dance floor, their etiquette and finesse on display. The scene plays out after 16 weeks of workshops, special events, service learning projects, and more – and your teenager can be part of it. Apply to enter the Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County’s Teen Cotillion program. The program promotes leadership skills, career development, and character education. Applications for the Teen Cotillion program are due November 1, 2016. Register online at: http://www.pgxtremeteens.com

M-NCPPC 2017 Teen Cotillion Application Deadline
WHEN: 11/01/2016
COST: $100 if selected



The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – September 26, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6700; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis – 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
Veronica Marshall – 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

35th Annual Kinderfest
A Family Festival at Watkins Regional Park

Upper Marlboro, MD – The first Sunday in October is all about family. Join us for the 35th Annual Kinderfest and be part of a local tradition that gets bigger and better every year. It’s a day focused on children, featuring roving clowns, dancers, singers, carnival games, pony rides and a mini train – to name just a few activities.

35th Annual Kinderfest
WHEN: Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 12 noon – 5 PM
WHERE: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
COST: FREE


Watkins Regional Park features an antique carousel, train, and miniature golf course. The park also includes the Old Maryland Farm, Watkins Tennis Bubble, and Watkins Nature Center.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – September 21, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Watkins Nature Center Presents 8th Annual Trash to Treasure: Green Craft Fair

Upper Marlboro, MD – The colors maybe changing with the season, but you can still see plenty of green this fall. Go green for your holiday shopping this year with the 8th Annual ‘Trash to Treasure: Green Craft Fair.’ Local crafters and artists will have work on display and for sale that was created using at least 50% recycled, organic, fair trade, or sustainably-harvested materials.

WHAT: Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair
WHEN: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 10 – 4 PM
WHERE: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
COST: FREE


Watkins Nature Center offers close up wildlife investigation with its resident live animals, hands on exhibits, interpretive programs, and special events. Live animal displays include insects, amphibians, reptiles, and birds of prey.

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – September 19, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL: 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Department of Parks Recreation Events Saturday, September 24

Riverdale, MD – From tasting your way through history, to an afternoon of rodeo, and a chance to discover your inner artist – there’s something for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Tasting the Past: Chocolate Through Time
WHEN: 2:30 PM, Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park, MD 20737
COST: Resident $12; Non-Resident $16
AUDIENCE: 18 & up
Chocoholics, this is for you! Taste your way through the history of chocolate with food historian Joyce White. Then, learn about chocolate production – from roasting cacao beans to grinding them – in the open hearth kitchen.

Animal Tales (Animales)
WHEN: 2 PM; Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly, MD 20784
COST: FREE
A good time is guaranteed when Latin American singer-storyteller-musician Felix Pitre shares a collection of animal stories and songs celebrating the environment. The audience is encouraged to participate in the readings.

One Maryland One Book Discussion: “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
WHEN: 2 PM, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD 20708
COST: FREE
AUDIENCE: 16 & up
Join us for a discussion of the inspirational book “All American Boys”, which tells the story of two high-schoolers brought together by injustice. The book asks readers to consider difficult questions, such as how do you know you’re doing the right thing?

Baden Block Party
WHEN: 12 – 5 PM, Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine, MD 20603
COST: FREE
Help build the community one block at a time! The block party features music, children’s activities and amusements.

Who’s that Chopper?
WHEN: 11 AM – 4 PM, College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr., College Park MD 20740
COST: FREE
Helicopter pilots and crews share their secrets and stories of the skies. Attendees can also tour College Park Airport’s brand new Operations Building and the museum.

Kid’s Day in the Country
WHEN: 10 AM – 3 PM, Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
COST: FREE
If you’re searching for a family friendly day in the country, look no further. Enjoy living history demonstrations, museum tours, crafts for kids, and hayrides through the park.

Family Fitness Day at South Tech Recreation Center
WHEN: 11 AM – 3 PM, South Tech Recreation Center, 7007 Bock Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744
COST: FREE
Family Zumba will get you into the groove for this event. You can also take part in fitness and cooking demos, health screenings, and a rock climbing wall.

Celebrate Family Fitness at Walker Mill
WHEN: 12 – 3 PM, Walker Mill Regional Park, 8840 Walker Mill Rd., District Heights MD 20747
COST: FREE
A healthy family is a happy family! Make the commitment to the health of your loved ones by participating in a fun walk, chatting with health vendors, and more!

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
WHEN: 1:30 & 7:30 PM, The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro MD 20772
COST: Advance Pricing: Matinee Show
Children/Seniors (Ages 2-12/62+) $18; Adults (Ages 13-61) $23
Day of Show Pricing: Matinee
Children/Seniors $22; Adults $27
Advance Pricing: Evening Show
Children/Seniors $21; Adults $26
Day of Show Pricing: Evening Show
Children/Seniors $26; Adults $31
*Senior tickets can only be purchased at The Show Place Arena Box Office with proper ID.
Box Office Hours are T, W, TH 12 PM- 4 PM
All Tickets are available for purchase on Ticketmaster.com
Dust will fly as cowboys and cowgirls show off their skills at calf roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

Discover: Inner Artist Tour
WHEN: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center, 13820 & 13950 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel MD 20707
COST: $4
The magic of art and performance is at your fingertips, as you tour galleries and concert halls. You can even get creative with artists, and learn what goes on behind the scenes to put on a stage production.

The Battle of Baltimore, Fort McHenry
WHEN: 1 PM, Battle of Bladensburg Visitors Center, Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg MS 20710
COST: FREE
When the British turned their sights on Fort McHenry, there were consequences. Learn about the repercussions of the Battle of Bladensburg.

John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tours
WHEN: 7 AM – 7 PM, Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton MD 20735
COST: $85
AUDIENCE: 12 & up
REGISTRATION: Required by August 12
This is your last chance to follow the trail of President Lincoln's assassin from Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. to his death near Port Royal, Virginia. The bus tour is 12 hours.

The 28th Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition 2016
WHEN: 10 AM – 5 PM, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkird Rd., Laurel MD 20708
COST: FREE
This year’s art exemplifies innovation and reinvention, and includes pieces that engage almost all of your senses! This year’s juror is Sarah Tanguy, curator at ART in Embassies and the US Department of State.

Exhibition: Other Worlds of Imagination and Wonder
WHEN: 10 AM – 4 PM, Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood MD 20722
COST: FREE
Prepare to be immersed in a transformative and revelatory experience. Sculptors incorporate global traditions into their work, creating contemporary art.

Art Exhibit: Latino Artist – Luis Peralta Del Valle
WHEN: 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly, MD 20784
COST: FREE
Consider the story behind the paint, as you view the murals, portraits, and landscapes of award winning artist Luis Peralta Del Valle. His vibrant colors and realistic figures are said to draw viewers into the long traditions of art and also speak to their modern sensibility.

Exhibition: Allen Linder
WHEN: 10 AM – 5 PM, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD 20708
COST: FREE
Allen Linder’s 30 years of sculpting are on display, exposing you to new points of view through his interpretation of form through light and dark values.

Exhibition: Steven Williams
WHEN: 10 AM – 5 PM, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD 20708
COST: FREE
From classic science fiction to found objects, Steven Williams transforms it all into art. His mixed media works are said to meet at the intersection of surrealism and abstraction.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – September 15, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7800; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com –or -
VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Montpelier Arts Center Presents A Month of Music

Laurel, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Montpelier Arts Center (9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708) invites guests to attend its fall music series, which features concerts and exhibitions from a variety of artists and styles. No reservations required.

WHEN: 10/02/2016 from 3 – 4 PM
COST: FREE
Classical Recital Series: Peter Pakhomkin, Guitar


Russian-American guitarist Piotr “Peter” Pakhomkin is one of the most sought-after concert guitarists in his generation. Pakhomkin has showcased his talents across the United States, and has performed internationally as well. Now, he’s bringing his talent to Prince George’s County.

WHEN: 10/07/2016 from 8 – 10 PM
COST: $25
Live! At Montpelier Concert: The Curtis Brothers Quartet

Pianist Zaccai Curtis and Grammy Award-winning bassist Luques Curtis entertain with their style of jazz. Congas and drums finish out the quartet. The group’s sound is influenced by other styles like the blues and swing, and showcases elements of a spicy, hard bop melting pot. Starting at 7, the brothers will talk about how they integrate Afro-Caribbean music into jazz.
FREE pre-show talk.

WHEN: 10/13/2016 from 12 – 1 PM
COST: $12
Smooth Sounds for Seniors Concert: Carly Harvey


Carly Hook’s sound has been compared to Etta James. She combines blues, jazz, soul, Americana, roots and rock styles to create her own off-the-hook contemporary blues style.

WHEN: 10/14/2016 from 8 – 10 PM
COST: $25
Live! At Montpelier Concert: The Michel Nirenberg Quartet


Saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg is on a mission to bring the sounds of Brazil to the United States. Nirenberg’s music builds bridges between classical, samba, choro, and jazz.
From 2 – 3 PM, Nirenberg will demonstrate choro, foro, and maracatu rhythms, and share the excitement found in the dance halls and streets of Brazil.
FREE pre-show talk.

WHEN: 10/21/2016 from 8 – 10 PM
COST: $25
Live! At Montpelier Concert: Terry Marshall & Bridges


From Toronto to Rio de Janeiro, Terry Marshall has delighted audiences with his jazz. Marshall, backed by three talented singers and a solid rhythm section, delivers harmony and groove.

WHEN: 10/28/2016 from 8 – 10 PM
COST: $30
Live! At Montpelier Concert: Cyrille Aimeé

Rising star Cyrille Aimeé brings her and award-winning voice to Prince George’s County. Aimeé’s style is heavily influenced by her love of French gypsy music.

The Montpelier Arts Center is located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion. It houses three galleries, artist studios, gas and electric kilns and offers an extensive class and workshop program to the public.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – September 7, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION: 301-864-5844; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com

Department of Parks and Recreation Celebrates
Grand Opening of College Park Airport Operations Building

Riverdale, MD – Join the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, members of the Prince George’s County Council, the Prince George’s County Planning Board, the City of College Park and other distinguished guests for the much awaited opening of the new College Park Airport Operations Building, this Friday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The new 13,000 square foot building’s design opens up the airfield visually on multiple levels. The ground floor opens up the operations perspective allowing visitors to view aviation operations. The second floor features a multi-purpose room and the observation terrace with a fully adjacent sustainable green roof. Finally, there is the experience of an actual aircraft hangar space which provides scale and proportion. Located adjacent to the College Park Aviation Museum, the new building completes the College Park Aviation Campus a historical, as well as modern and innovative site, that continues to celebrate a field of firsts. A full tour of the campus will be available.

WHAT: College Park Airport Operations Building Grand Opening Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2016 from 10 AM – 1 PM
WHERE: College Park Airport Operations Building, 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740


College Park Airport (KCGS) was established in 1909 after Wilbur Wright came to the field to train two military officers to fly in the government's first aeroplane. The facility is now the world's oldest continually operated airport, and is the site of many significant aviation firsts. College Park Airport, known as the "Field of Firsts," remains an active airport serving the needs of aircraft pilots, and is also a site for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – September 6, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION: 301-441-2647; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com

Department of Parks and Recreation Community Basketball Event
Covered by Big Ten Network

Riverdale, MD – College Park Community Center will host “Dream Team” Basketball Game and, this year’s game will be filmed by The BIG TEN Network! Come to THE basketball game of 2016! Police vs. College Park Xtreme Teens! The feature, which will include game footage and interviews with players and parents, will be shown during UMD's football and basketball seasons. So come out ready to play and impress, get to know your local community officers, enjoy a fantastic modeling Halftime Show, and of course free food & giveaways!

WHAT: College Park Dream Team Basketball Game
WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2016 from 7 – 10 PM
WHERE: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740


This program is a partnership with the Office of Community Engagement of the UMD, area law enforcement departments, Lakeland Community Heritage Project, the College Park community at large, and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. This event allows engagement between youth and mixed law enforcement officers in an exciting game of basketball. Come out to support the teams, enjoy refreshments, socialize, and be part of positive community involvement. View an article about the program.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – September 2, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com

Department of Parks and Recreation Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
35th Annual Hispanic Festival and Other Events Throughout the County

Riverdale, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with family-friendly events throughout the County. National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15. People recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.

Hispanic Pop-Up Kitchen - Taste homemade recipes from a local Latino restaurant and learn how it is made.
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 from 6 - 9PM
For ages 8-12, $40/per child/ non-residents: $48
South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie 20716

Yo Soy Negro: Exploring Afro Latino Heritage and Identity - This program addresses the Afro-Latino population, through music, food and dance, this program celebrates the dynamic heritage and culture of Afro-Latinos in the United States and abroad. It will also include a pop-up exhibit and panel discussion that will focus on this often ignored population and their experiences within Prince George's County.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 from 11AM - 4PM
FREE for all ages
Prince George's Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785; Call; 301-341-5917

35th Annual Hispanic Festival – Bring the family and celebrate the rich heritage of our Hispanic communities! From carnival games, crafts, entertainment, delicious ethnic food and more, there's something for everyone. Bring a friend or neighbor and enjoy the day!
Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 12 noon – 6 PM
Free admission and parking.
Lane Manor Park, 7601 West Park Drive, Adelphi MD 20783

Crafts with a Latino Flair - Create fun and easy crafts from different Latin American cultures and learn about the history of each craft.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 from 10AM - 12PM
FREE for all ages
North Forestville Community Center, 2311 Ritchie Road, Forestville 20747; Call 301-350-8660

Hispanic Heritage Movie Night - Enjoy watching the movie "Tortilla Soup" with family and friends. The movie is about a family trying to keep their close bond in the midst of a crazy world. Enjoy the food preparation scenes and see how important food is to Hispanic culture.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 from 5 - 7PM
FREE for all ages
Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden 20706; Call 301-772-3151

Dancing with Teens Latin Night - Bring your dancing shoes and learn the basic Latin moves with your friends.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 7- 9PM
Free for ages: 13 -17
Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville 20721; Call 301-333-8390

Visit the Calendar of Events to find more options for you and your family.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – August 29, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; 301-704-5272

Department of Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule for Labor Day

Riverdale, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will operate on the following schedule this Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016:

Indoor Pool Complexes OPEN
Outdoor Pool Complexes OPEN
Regional Parks OPEN
Historic Sites/Rentals OPEN
Community Centers and Arts Centers CLOSED
Senior Activity Centers CLOSED
Sports Facilities OPEN


For more details see the full Holiday Schedule.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – August 10, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Maryland-National Capital Park Police Annual Community Day 2016 at Watkins Regional Park

Riverdale, MD – Join the Maryland-National Capital Park Police for the Annual Community Day at Watkins Park, Saturday August 20 from 12 noon - 4 p.m.

FREE food, fun and attraction for the entire family! Bring a lawn chair and/or a blanket and enjoy pony rides, moon bounces, water and laser tag, live music and meet the K-9 and mounted police officers!

WHAT: Maryland-National Capital Park Police Annual Community Day
WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 12:00 noon - 4:00 PM
WHERE: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, 20774.
FREE for all ages.


The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division consists of 117 authorized sworn personnel, 29 civilian employees and approximately 40 volunteers. Title 17, Subtitle 3, Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland provides the authority to enforce Maryland laws and local ordinances, as well as the rules and regulations specific to The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are tasked with protecting approximately 27,000 acres of park property in Prince George’s County, as well as those who visit and staff M-NCPPC sites.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – August 1, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-277-2863; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

The Brentwood Arts Exchange Presents Jackie Brown Artist Talks

Riverdale, MD – Department of Parks and Recreation, Brentwood Arts Exchange presents Jackie Brown Artist Talks on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Ms. Brown’s work is to create imagined biological systems that suggest growth, movement, and expansion. It's often ambiguous as to whether her forms are benign or toxic, and she hopes to suggest mutation, as if systems are melding into new and uncertain growths. While each work is imaginative, the ideas that are central to the work reference real phenomenon, and Brown is increasingly interested in experiments that involve the human manipulation of living systems.

WHAT: Jackie Brown Artist Talks
WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM
WHERE: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20737
Open to all audiences of all ages9/bold)

For more information on this and other events at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, visit: http://buff.ly/1rmHljj
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the public-private partnership Gateway Arts Center, serving 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. In addition to the Brentwood Arts Exchange, the Center is also home to the following: a dozen artists' studios and the Gateway Community Development Corporation’s 39th Street Gallery.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – JULY 11, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Cochrane Tracey, College Park Aviation Museum
301-864-6029 or andrea.tracey@pgparks.com; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Mail Call: Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Offers Fascinating Look at Military Mail and Communication

Riverdale, MD – A name is shouted out, and a parcel is handed through the crowd to its eager recipient—mail call is a moment when the front line and home front connect. Letters, news and packages from home unite families, boost morale and in wartime, elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary.

The traveling version of the National Postal Museum’s permanent exhibition, “Mail Call” explores the history of America’s military postal system, and examines how even in today’s era of instant communication, troops overseas continue to treasure mail delivered from home. Organized and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the exhibition tells the fascinating story of military mail and communication—from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The exhibition will debut Saturday, August 6 at the College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, MD, and remain on view through October 16, 2016, as the final stop on the original 14-city national tour. A special opening reception, with light refreshments, will be held on Saturday, August 13 beginning at 7 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to bring their own letters to read an aloud and guests are invited to bring family letters to share.

Throughout American history, the military and postal service have combined forces to deliver mail under challenging—often extreme—circumstances. But whether it takes place at headquarters or in hostile territory, on a submarine or in the desert, mail call forges a vital link with home.

On the battlefront and at home, mail has long sustained the vital connections between military service members and their family and friends. With compelling documents, photographs, illustrations and audio stations, “Mail Call” celebrates the importance of this correspondence. Visitors can discover how military mail communication has changed throughout history, learn about the armed forces postal system and experience military mail through interesting objects and correspondence both written and recorded on audiotape. The exhibit offers an appreciation of the importance of military mail and the hard work that has gone into connecting service men and women to their government, community and loved ones at home.

To learn more about hours, admission and programs, visit www.CollegeParkAviationMuseum.com or find us on Facebook at The College Park Aviation Museum and the Field of Firsts Foundation or call 301-864-6029.

The College Park Aviation Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliations member, is owned and operated by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) which also owns the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world. The museum is one of numerous historic sites and museums operated by the M-NCPPC, Prince George’s County Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural and Historical Resources Division. To learn more, visit http://history.pgparks.com

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – June 27, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com

Maryland-National Capital Park Police Appoint New Chief of Prince George’s County Division

Riverdale, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division announces the appointment of Stanley (Stan) Johnson to Park Police Commander, effective Sunday, July 3, 2016. He has been serving as Acting Commander since the retirement of former Commander Larry Brownlee.

Johnson began his career with M-NCPPC in 1986 as a Patrol Officer and progressively moved up the ranks, serving in both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. He obtained a wealth of knowledge in law enforcement and community policing, along with command level management experience. Throughout his career, Johnson assumed direct responsibility for every operational component within the Park Police Division, including Patrol Operations, Investigative Operations, Communications, Records Management, Training, Administration, and Special and Technical Operations. He also served as the Park Police public information officer for 16 years, and worked to build excellent relationships that have helped foster a positive image of our Park Police in the community.

“Stan Johnson has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the mission of the Park Police Division through professionalism and service,” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation. “I am confident that he will be successful in this new position and be a role model for his command staff and officers to ensure that our parks and facilities continue to be a safe and secure environment while building partnerships with the communities we serve,” concluded Gathers.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management with a focus in Police Executive Leadership, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. In addition, he has attended the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School (FBI-LEEDS) and New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management (NEILEM) program.

One of Johnson’s major accomplishments has been managing the accreditation process with the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Under his leadership, Johnson managed and coordinated the achievement of five CALEA accreditations by the Prince George’s County Park Police Division. He has served as a CALEA accreditation assessor of other agencies for the past 10 years.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division consists of 117 authorized sworn personnel, 29 civilian employees and approximately 40 volunteers. Title 17, Subtitle 3, Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland provides the authority to enforce Maryland laws and local ordinances, as well as the rules and regulations specific to The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are tasked with protecting approximately 27,000 acres of park property in Prince George’s County, as well as those who visit and staff M-NCPPC sites.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 – June 22, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3300; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING
CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
PHONE: 301-446-3327 or Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com

New Maryland Law Prohibits Smoking in All M-NCPPC Parks and Facilities Effective June 30

Riverdale, MD - A new Maryland law, effective June 30, 2016, requires the adoption of regulations that broadly prohibit smoking of lighted tobacco on property under the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s governance. The regulations will broaden the M-NCPPC’s prohibitions on smoking, use of e-cigarettes, and use of smokeless tobacco in enclosed facilities and vehicles, by expanding the restriction on smoking of lighted tobacco to all outdoor areas.

All smoking of lighted tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, etc.,) is prohibited in M-NCPPC parks and facility grounds located in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The impact of this law is significant; the prohibition on smoking of lighted tobacco applies to all outdoor areas including parking areas, parks, trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, maintenance yards, ball fields, outdoor pools, etc. Smoking areas will no longer be designated in these outdoor areas. Use of lighted tobacco is a violation of regulations required by state law and subject to fines.

The only exemption is the allowance of designated outdoor smoking areas at specifically designated, revenue-generating facilities such as rental venues.

In summary:
• Use of lighted tobacco is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor M-NCPPC facilities/venues and vehicles
• Use of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all M-NCPPC enclosed facilities and vehicles. It may be restricted in certain outdoor areas, as designated by signage.

The new law addresses concerns related to second hand smoke and encourages healthy lifestyles. Not using tobacco products benefits the environment, and also benefits park visitors as well as M-NCPPC staff:
• Ability to play harder and breathe easier! It improves the air quality for those using our parks.
• It reduces the risk of fire.
• Helps the environment thrive! It reduces the impact of litter that harms wildlife, water supply systems and the soil.
• It may motivate residents to quit or reduce their use of tobacco products so they can spend more time walking, jogging, biking or doing yoga in our parks.

Questions regarding the policy may be directed to the M-NCPPC Policy Office at 301-454-1740. A number of resources are available to individuals who want to quit smoking, including Maryland’s 1-800 – Quit - Now.

Signage will be posted in all parks and facilities reminding patrons of the new regulations required by state law and that violations will be subject to fines.

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within Prince George’s County communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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:
June 10, 2016

Media Contacts:
Melissa Chotiner
Media Relations Manager, Montgomery Parks
Melissa.Chotiner@MontgomeryParks.org
O: 301-650-2866 C: 202-351-9063

Kira Calm Lewis
Media Relations Manager, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation
Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com
O: 301-446-3327 C: 301-704-5272

MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION INVITES PUBLIC INPUT ON UPDATES TO PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
Oral, written and online comments to be accepted through July 1, 2016

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks and Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Departments, which are part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are inviting the public to provide input on proposed revisions to the Commission’s Park Rules and Regulations. The Rules and Regulations were last updated in March 2001, and are being revised to better reflect today’s use of the parks, facilities and amenities.

A public meeting about the proposed changes will take place at 7 p.m. on July 7 at:

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road
Laurel, Maryland 20707

A draft of the new rules and regulations is currently available at www.mncppc.org. The public may provide comments and questions at the meeting, or via email at commentonparkrules@mncppc.org, or by mail to:

M-NCPPC
c/o Rules and Regulations Review Committee
6611 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 200
Riverdale, MD 20737

The public input period will end at 5 p.m. on July 1, 2016. Public input will be considered before the Commission enacts new rules and regulations.

“We are updating the rules and regulations to provide greater flexibility in defining the many ways the public can access our parks, facilities and amenities,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “This approach strikes an important balance so that we can make appropriate site-specific decisions.”

Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, said, “Park rules and regulations are put in place to maintain safe and enjoyable recreation experiences in all of our parks and facilities. We are committed to the fair and equitable use of our parks and recreation facilities by all residents and visitors.”
A sampling of the activities covered by the rules and regulations includes:

•Commercial activities in parks such as food truck and merchandise vendors, vendors who post lawn sign advertisements, and unsanctioned “fitness consultants”
•Unpermitted regular use of athletic fields by large groups who may organize via social media
•Use of bicycles on trails

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montgomery Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County are departments of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land and later to operate parks and recreation systems. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems; it is a six-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in parks and recreation management and programming.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-6830; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306 or Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

Parks and Recreation Announces Enterprise Golf Course Memberships

GREENBELT, MD - The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County now offers yearly memberships at the Enterprise Golf Course.

Enterprise Golf Course is the first of our golf sites to offer membership packages. Patrons can purchase their choice of yearly membership in one of three tiers: Gold, Graphite and Silver. The yearly memberships range in price from $675 - $2495. Memberships are valid for a year from the purchase date.

Purchase your membership package at the Enterprise Golf Course Pro Shop. For details on the membership packages visit:
http://www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Sports/Golf/Enterprise_Golf_Course/Memberships

Where: Enterprise Golf Course (2802 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721)
Cost: $675 - $2495



The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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 21, 2016
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-7900; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306 or Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

TicketMaster Outlet at The Show Place Arena Closing
Box Office with Remain Open for Onsite Events

UPPER MARLBORO, MD - The Show Place Arena Box Office will no longer be operating as a Ticketmaster Outlet as of Friday, April 1, 2016. The Box Office will open for events held at The Show Place Arena only on the day of the event at 10 am.

The Show Place Arena Box Office has operated a TicketMaster Outlet for over 20 years. Recently TicketMaster has made the decision to close their outlets.

The Show Place Arena includes a lobby with box office, a concourse, and a basic oval arena. The concourse level has three banquet rooms; the Arena can be viewed from two of them. Private suites of varying sizes also have views into the Arena. Adjacent to the Arena floor on the south side, are dressing rooms/locker rooms and production offices. The Arena décor features burgundy, hunter green and tan, and the theme references the historic Marlboro Race Track that had previously operated on the property.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives to preserve, enhance and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

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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