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Department of Parks and Recreation Inauguration Day Schedule - Facilities Open
Department of Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Schedule
STATEMENT ON THE STATUS OF TUCKER ROAD ICE RINK
Department of Parks and Recreation New Year’s Schedule
***MEDIA ADVISORY***Maryland- National Capital Park Police Surprise Local Family with Secret Santa
Department of Parks and Recreation Upcoming Holiday Schedule
GEICO Foundation Supports Midweek Matinee Series at Publick Playhouse for Underserved Students in Prince George’s County
Natural Introductions
Montpelier Arts Center Presents The Holidays
Opening Reception for Young Artists
Department of Parks and Recreation Presents
Preparing Healthy Holiday Food
Veteran Appreciation Events
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
Volunteer Group Honored by State
Montpelier Arts Center Presents A Celebration of Art and Music
Celebrate STEAM Fest 2016
Darnall’s Chance House Museum Presents Halloween Fun
The Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County Aims to Raise Awareness and Stop the Silence to End Domestic Violence
Department of Parks and Recreation Celebrates
Department of Parks and Recreation Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Department of Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule for Labor Day
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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 17, 2017
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 Inauguration Day Schedule - Facilities Open

Riverdale, MD – All Department of Parks and Recreation administrative offices will be closed and all facilities will be open on Friday, January 20, 2017, according to the following schedule:


Friday, January 20, 2017 (Inauguration Day)
Indoor Pool Complexes OPEN
Outdoor Pool Complexes CLOSED
Regional Parks OPEN
Historic Sites/Rentals ONLY CLOSED
Community Centers, Arts Centers and Museums OPEN
Senior Activity Centers CLOSED
Sports Facilities OPEN


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 – January 13, 2017
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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Schedule

Riverdale, MD – All Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will be open on Monday, January 16 according to the following schedule:

Monday, January 16, 2017 (Martin Luther King Day)

Indoor Pool Complexes OPEN
Outdoor Pool Complexes CLOSED
Regional Parks OPEN
Historic Sites/Rentals ONLY CLOSED
Community Centers, Arts Centers and Museums OPEN
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 – January 11, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com

STATEMENT ON THE STATUS OF TUCKER ROAD ICE RINK

INSERT LINK NAMERiverdale, MD - The Tucker Road Ice Rink, an indoor rink in Ft. Washington owned and operated by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Department of Parks and Recreation, is closed due to a significant, 2-alarm fire that took place on Wednesday, January 4. Staff and customers got out of the building safely, with no injuries reported. All programs, classes and other activities at the facility are canceled due to the fire. However, we are allowing the use of existing Tucker Road Ice Rink passes at M-NCPPC’s Wells Ice Rink in College Park during this skating season.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is working with contractors on cleaning and fire restoration efforts. Following evaluation of damages by insurance adjustors and structural engineers, plans will be made for repairs and rebuilding. Part of this assessment will include developing a timeline; no reopening date can be announced now. The expectation is that it will take significant dollars and time before the facility can reopen.

The Department is committed to communicating with local residents and ice rink customers to provide updates during this process.


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 – December 27, 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 New Year’s Schedule

Riverdale, MD – All Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will be open on Saturday, December 31 until 4 p.m. except for rental venues. On Sunday, January 1, 2017 all facilities will be CLOSED for New Year’s Day. Facilities will be open on Monday, January 2 according to the following schedule:

Saturday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve) Facilities CLOSE at 4PM
except RENTALS
Sunday, January 1 (New Year’s Day) ALL FACILITIES CLOSED

Monday, January 2, 2017 (New Year’s Day Observed)
Indoor Pool Complexes OPEN
Outdoor Pool Complexes CLOSED
Regional Parks OPEN
Historic Sites/Rentals ONLY CLOSED
Community Centers, Arts Centers and Museums OPEN
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 – December 21, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or - VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

***MEDIA ADVISORY***Maryland- National Capital Park Police Surprise Local Family with Secret Santa

Photo Op: Maryland- National Capital Park Police and other law enforcement surprise a local family in need with a generous Secret Santa gifts.

Riverdale, MD - The Maryland – National Capital Park Police will be surprising a local family for the holidays with gifts for the entire family, paying on bills, and even a car.

WHAT: M-NC Park Police Play Secret Santa for local family
WHERE: TGI Friday’s at the Boulevard at the Capital Centre, 1101 Shoppers Way, Largo, MD 20774
WHEN: Wednesday, December 21 at 5 PM (Need media to arrive at 4:45 p.m. for staging at 800 Shoppers Way, Largo, MD 20774)

Presentation: Family will be at TGI Friday at the Blvd. at Cap Center at 5pm… Park Police will arrive at 5pm to SURPRISE them with Secret Santa presentation. There will be four police horses as Reindeers, 15 Police on motorcycles, 10 Police Cars, two Fire Trucks with SANTA on TOP!

Officers from the M-NC Park Police with the donations and support from the entire police force have raised more than $5,000 in gifts including tablets for each child, gifts for the parents, gift cards and cash. In addition, the Morris family will have bills paid off with SMECo. (Electric bill), the Department of Parks and Recreation, and a car!

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 – December 14, 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 Upcoming Holiday Schedule

Riverdale, MD – All Department of Parks and Recreation community centers, playgrounds and training facilities in Prince George’s County will be CLOSED on Sunday, December 25, 2016 for Christmas Day and Sunday, January 1, 2017 for New Year’s Day. Facilities will be open on Saturday, December 31 until 4 p.m. except for rental venues.

Sunday, December 25, - ALL FACILITIES CLOSED
Saturday, December 31 (All facilities will close at 4PM)
Indoor Pool Complexes OPEN
Outdoor Pool Complexes CLOSED
Regional Parks OPEN
Historic Sites/Rentals ONLY OPEN
Community Centers and Arts Centers OPEN
Senior Activity Centers OPEN
Sports Facilities OPEN
Sunday, January 1, - ALL FACILITIES CLOSED


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 – December 9, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS - 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL - 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

GEICO Foundation Supports Midweek Matinee Series at Publick Playhouse for Underserved Students in Prince George’s County

Cheverly, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County continues its partnership with GEICO to deliver Midweek Matinee series for 2016-2017, to provide free concerts to underserved youth in Prince George’s County.

The GEICO Philanthropic Foundation gave the Parks and Recreation Foundation a $30,000 grant donation to fund the series, which are available free of charge to students at Title 1 schools in the county who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre.

The Parks and Recreation Foundation helps position the Department of Parks and Recreation to use less of its overall operating budget for projects, services and programs due to donations from individuals, corporations and businesses.

“The Parks and Recreation Foundation is excited to continue the relationship with GEICO which supports and promotes the arts in Prince George’s County,” said Steven Carter, Director of the Parks and Recreation Foundation. “GEICO’s generous annual donation makes it possible for children in the county to experience the wonder of live theater at the Publick Playhouse.”

The GEICO Gecko and GEICO executives will present the Parks and Recreation Foundation with the donation at the Publick Playhouse (5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, MD 20784) at the live showing of “Snow Day” on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. Department of Parks and Recreation executives will be in attendance to celebrate the occasion.

Young audiences will be mesmerized by, “Snow Day,” this dynamic vocal quintet that performs upbeat songs and moving rhythms as they trace the history of a cappella singing (singing without instrumental accompaniment). The performance includes an audience-participation vocal drumming lesson and a demonstration of how to create vocal harmonies.

The Publick Playhouse is owned and operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The Department of Parks and Recreation acquired and began restoration of the Playhouse in 1975. The Playhouse serves as a venue for the performing arts, concerts, dance, theater and community events and is one of the two surviving Art Deco theatres in Prince George’s County.

Call 301-277-1710 for details or visit 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 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

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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 – 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 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 – 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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