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Mis Quince Años Open House and Expo 2015
Winter Fun at Watkins Nature Center
Visit M-NCPPC’s 28th Annual Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park
Creature Features at Watkins Nature Center
The Holidays at Montpelier
Weekend Fun Events on Saturday, December 6, 2014
Holiday Hayrides at Watkins Regional Park
Teens and Jeans for the Homeless Walk-a-thon
Department of Parks and Recreation Deer Management Program Announcement
MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AMONG “BEST OF THE BEST” WITH CAPRA REACCREDITATION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 17, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-445-4508; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Mis Quince Años Open House and Expo 2015

Chillum, MD – Young ladies and their families and friends are invited to attend the FREE Mis Quince Años Open House and Expo on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 6:30pm-8:30pm to learn about this extraordinary 12-week program.
Se invita a las damas jóvenes y sus familias y amigos a asistir a la LIBRE Mis Quinces Casa Abierta y Expo el Viernes, 16 de enero 2015 de 6:30-8:30 de la noche a aprender acerca de este extraordinario programa de 12 semanas.

WHAT: Mis Quince Años Open House 2015
WHEN: Friday, January 16, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30PM
WHERE: Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, MD 20782

Audience: Teens and their parents

Se habla español.

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

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

Winter Fun at Watkins Nature Center

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

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

Ages 2 -10yrs

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

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

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

Ages 2yrs. and up

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 24, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-699-2456; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Visit M-NCPPC’s 28th Annual Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park

Upper Marlboro, MD— Start a family tradition or continue a great one by visiting M-NCPCC’s 28th Annual Winter Festival of Lights in Prince George’s County. This spectacular holiday drive-through event features more than one million twinkling lights, a 52-foot tree, and many new displays. Make a difference this season, too, by bringing canned goods for donation to local food banks.

WHAT: 28th Annual Winter Festival of Lights

WHERE: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774

WHEN: Friday, November 28, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 5-9:30PM (nightly)


COST: (cash only)
$5/car or van
$10/multi-visit, transferable ticket booklet for cars and vans (3 visits)
$15/mini-bus or limo (seats 13 to 24)
$25/bus (seats 25 or more)
FREE on December 25!

For more information, please call 301-699-2456; TTY 301-218-6768 or visit www.pgparks.com/Festival_of_Lights.htm.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 18, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6712
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Creature Features at Watkins Nature Center

Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Nature Center, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Resident Cost: $ 2; Non-resident Cost: $3

Creature Feature: All About Reptiles (Ages 2 & up)
Come meet and learn about the center's live reptiles.
WHEN: Sunday, December 14, from 10AM - 11AM

Creature Feature: All About Raptors (Ages 3 & up)
Meet and learn about raptors, including hawks and owls.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 23 from 2 PM - 3PM
Saturday, January 10, from 10AM - 11AM
Saturday, January 31, from 10AM - 11AM


For more information and reservations, call 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6712.

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


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 17, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

The Holidays at Montpelier
Come, Shop and Enjoy

Laurel, MD – Montpelier Historic Site, would like to invite the community to come enjoy the holiday season. The Third Annual Ornament Emporium features original, handmade ornaments by juried artists. Shop for unique gifts, from December 8 – 23 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closed Wednesdays). The mansion will be decorated in traditional holiday greens. Great place to bring out of town guests.

And, on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13, warm up your winter evenings with festive music, lovely candlelight and traditional holiday greens. Hear the story of this beautiful 18th century home, as local garden clubs display their decorating skills throughout the house. Area performers entertain nightly. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $3 adults; $1 children ages 6 – 17 and free for ages 5 and under. Special for Laurel residents! If your zip code is 20708, get one free adult or child admission with the purchase of two adult tickets!

Montpelier Historic Site, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 13, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Weekend Fun Events on Saturday, December 6, 2014
With the Department of Parks and Recreation

Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor Art Exhibition 2014
You’re invited to The Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex’s, Learning Center Gallery for the FREE opening reception celebrating the second annual “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor” Art Contest. The national contest is an initiative created by the Get to Know Program.
Over 1,500 children in Prince George’s County participated in the program and the exhibition will feature their artwork. Participants were urged to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Much of the work created was the result of artists working with participants during The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation’s summer camps and playground programs. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
FREE
WHEN: 1PM - 4PM
WHERE: Learning Gallery at Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 20785


For more information call, 301-446-3466 or TTY: 301-446-3401.

University of Maryland Holiday Community Concert
Come to College Park Community Center and enjoy listening to some holiday compositions performed by University of Maryland students. Light refreshments will be served.

FREE
WHEN: 4PM – 5PM
WHERE: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740


For more information call, 301-441-2647 or TTY: 301-445-4512

Breakfast with Sint Niklaas
Do you know where the tradition of hanging stockings comes from? Learn about this and other traditions as the Flemish forerunner of our modern-day Santa Claus. Sint Niklaas, makes his annual visit to Riversdale. The gift-giving, kindly bishop will arrive for breakfast at Riversdale to visit with children, ages 3 to 10, that will receive a gift and, along with their parents, are invited to enjoy a Belgian-inspired breakfast as he makes his rounds.

Registration is $10 per child and $7 per attending adult for residents of Prince George’s & Montgomery Counties and $12 per child and $9 per attending adult for non-residents. Advance reservations are required by November 16th. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Register early to ensure a spot! Riversdale celebrates this holiday in honor of Rosalie Stier Calvert, mistress of Riversdale in the early 19th century and a Flemish immigrant, who kept her homeland customs alive for her children.

WHEN: 9AM seating and 11AM seating
WHERE: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737


For more information or to make reservations call, 301-864-0420 or TTY: 301-699-2544.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 12, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Holiday Hayrides at Watkins Regional Park

Upper Marlboro, MD – Enjoy a hayride through the Festival of Lights and a visit to Watkins Nature Center. Warm up by the fire, enjoy refreshments, see the live animals and visit the gift shop.
Cost: $5

WHAT: Holiday Hayrides

WHEN: December: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 from 7PM - 8:30PM

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


Ages 2 and up

For more information and to register, call 301-218-6702.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 7, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-408-4335; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Teens and Jeans for the Homeless Walk-a-thon

Bladensburg, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation is empowering teens to take action against homelessness by collecting jeans on-site at the walk-a-thon to distribute to shelters and community organizations. Bring the whole family for FREE live entertainment and refreshments. You can also donate from November 1- 20 at any Parks and Recreation community center in Prince George's County. Learn more by visiting by visiting www.pgparks.com.

WHAT: Teens and Jeans for the Homeless Walk-a-thon

WHEN: Saturday, November 22 from 11AM - 2PM

WHERE: Bladensburg Waterfront, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710


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

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

Department of Parks and Recreation Deer Management Program Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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