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Colonial Tavern Dinner at Darnall’s Chance
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!
Upcoming Fall Fun in Southern Prince George's County
Riversdale Chamber Music Society Presents: Riversdale Woodwind Trio
Fall Fun at Watkins Nature Center
Fall into FUN at Watkins Regional Park
iTech Robotic Program
Nature Crafts at Watkins Nature Center
Nature Hikes for Homeschoolers at Watkins Nature Center
Nature Hikes for Seniors at Watkins Nature Center
Fall Teas at Montpelier Mansion Historic Site
Tasting the Past: Herbal Infusions
Girl Scout Leaders Recreation Training
M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation are World Record Breakers
***** MEDIA ADVISORY *****College Park Airport Operations Building Groundbreaking
Steve Williams Exhibition at the Montpelier Arts Center
Festival Hispano 2014 a celebrarse en el Parque Lane Manor, Condado de Prince George’s
33rd Annual Hispanic Festival
Tucker Road Your Health and Wellness Destination!
Caribbean Party on the Patio
Grandparents' Day Tours at Riversdale
Out of the Attic Appraisal Fair
10 Things Every Young Man Should Know
*** MEDIA ADVISORY *** “Undaunted in Battle” Monument Unveiled
Parks and Recreation Tips for Beating the Heat Staying Cool While Out in the Parks
YOGA IN THE PARKS -- Free Yoga Classes with the Department of Parks and Recreation
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Announced as Finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Competes for prestigious honor in the parks and recreation profession
Join Club 300 - Senior Walking Rewards Program
Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors - Outdoor Art Contest


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 17, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Colonial Tavern Dinner at Darnall’s Chance

Upper Marlboro, MD - Be our guest as we recreate the atmosphere and flavor of a mid-18th century tavern dinner in Upper Marlboro. Enjoy colonial food and spirits. Following dinner, listen to Ship’s Company sing sea chanties and tavern songs of the period.

Capacity is limited; reservations and payment required in advance. Ages 18 and up.

WHAT: Colonial Tavern Dinner

WHERE: Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 7 - 9PM

COST: Residents $40/Non-residents $48

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 – September 17, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!
at Riversdale House Museum

Riverdale Park, MD - For one day only, Riversdale will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. On Saturday, September 27, from 1 -3 p.m., Riversdale House Museum will open its doors FREE of charge along with more than 1,400 other participating venues for the 8th Annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program emulates the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.- based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available to download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

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 – September 15, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Upcoming Fall Fun in Southern Prince George's County

Greenbelt, MD – There’s lots going on this upcoming fall at the Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County. Here are a few events for Saturday, September 27 in the southern area to peak your interest. Enjoy!

Celebrate Baden Day(all ages) - Family Fun Community Day. Enjoy mechanical rides, carnival like games, face painting, moon bounce, train and vendors!
Saturday, September 27: 12 noon – 5PM
Baden Community Center
13601 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613
FREE

Operation 007: Blokes in Black (ages 5 – 13) - Flatten out your suit, adjust your tie, and stroll in for our 1st annual super spy event. Music, crafts, dancing, dinner, etiquette, and games. All participants must be in semi-formal attire to participate.
Saturday, September 27: 3 – 7PM
Patuxent Community Center
4410 Bishopmill Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(Resident Cost: $5 /Non-resident Cost: $6)
For more information call 301-627-2828.

Hand Dance Social (ages 18 and up) - Come spend a lovely evening of dancing and socializing at the Hillcrest Heights Hand Dance Social. Refreshments will be served. Let’s dance all night!!!
Saturday, September 27: 8PM - 12 midnight
Hillcrest Heights Community Center
2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills, MD 20748
($10/person for resident; $12/Person for non-residents - at the door: $15/person for resident: $18/person for non-residents)
For more information call 301-505-0896.

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 – September 15, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Riversdale Chamber Music Society Presents: Riversdale Woodwind Trio

Riverdale Park, MD - The Fall Concert Series begins on Sunday, September 28, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and will feature the Riversdale Woodwind Trio with special guest Carmen Balthrop, a voice faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Music.

The Riversdale Chamber Music Society is the University of Maryland’s newest classical chamber music organization. The society celebrates the connection between the University of Maryland and the Riversdale House Museum, where the University’s founder, Charles Benedict Calvert, was born in 1808.

Its mission is to provide a diverse chamber music experience by featuring University of Maryland, School of Music students and faculty, as well as collaborations with musicians from military and local ensembles in the region.

Concerts are FREE. Make it an afternoon at Riversdale (4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737) with a tour of the historic home prior to performances. Tour admission is $3adults/$2 seniors/$1students/FREE for children 4 and under and tours begin at the Visitor Center at 12:15, 12:45, and 1:15 p.m.

For information on classes and activities offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation, see www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 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

Fall Fun at Watkins Nature Center

Upper Marlboro, MD – The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation Watkins Park Nature Center located inside Watkins Regional Park at 301 Watkins Park Road in Upper Marlboro will be hosting family- friendly events the entire fall season and invite the community to come out and enjoy! Reservations required.

Puppet Show (ages 2-10) - Enjoy seasonal-themed puppet shows.
Friday, September 26: 2 - 2:45PM
Friday, October 17: 2 – 2:45PM
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

Creature Feature (ages 2 and up)
Saturday, September 27: 10 -11AM – Reptiles: Meet and learn about the center’s live reptiles.
Wednesday, November 26: 2 -3PM - Meet and learn about raptors, including hawks and owls.
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

Campfire (ages 2 and up) - Enjoy nature tales and roasted marshmallows. Bring hot dogs if you like. Patrons will be notified of weather-related cancellations.
Friday, October 3: 7 – 8:30PM
(Resident Cost: $3/Non-resident Cost: $4)

Discovery Hike (ages 4 and up) - Take a hike! Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Saturday, October 4: 10 – 11AM
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

Small Fry Club (ages 3 - 4) - Stories, games, and crafts for little ones.
Friday, October 10: 10 -11AM – “Animal Adaptations”
Friday, November 14: 10 -11AM – “Invertebrates”
(Resident Cost: $3/Non-resident Cost: $4)

Birding Trip to Cumberland (ages 18 and up) - Join a naturalist for a trip to Waggoner’s Gap to watch the hawk migration. Located on the north side of the Cumberland Valley, this area has been used for hawk watching and counting for many years. (No refunds unless trip is cancelled, or spot is resold. The trip coordinator must approve and process all refunds. Trip depends on sufficient registration; specific registration deadlines may apply.)
Wednesday, October 15: 7AM – 8PM
(Resident Cost: $20/Non-resident Cost: $24)

Live Animal Shows (ages 2 and up) – Meet the nature center’s live animals including reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey.
Saturday, October 25: 10 -11AM
Tuesday, November 11: 2 - 3PM
Saturday, November 29: 10 -11AM
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

Fall Colors Hike (ages 4 and up) - Take a hike with a park naturalist and learn to identify trees. Stop by the exhibit hall and see live animals and birds of prey.
Saturday, November 1: 10 -11AM
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

For more information about programs at Watkins Nature Center call 301-218-6702.

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 – September 12, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6700; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272


Fall into FUN at Watkins Regional Park

Upper Marlboro, MD – Bring your family and friends and celebrate Fall at Watkins Regional Park! Ride the train and meander through the woods to see fall leaves. Play a round of mini golf. Visit the animals at Old Maryland Farm. Horse around on the carousel. Take a hayride. Stop by the Nature Center to create a fall craft and enjoy popcorn.

Note: All activities are subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled due to inclement weather. No advance sales.

Cost: $5 for Prince George’s County resident; Cost $6 for non-residents.

WHERE: Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20744

WHEN: Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1 - 4PM


For more information, please call 301-218-6700.

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 – September 11, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-249-7200; TTY 301-249-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272


iTech Robotic Program

Capitol Heights, MD - This FREE program will provide, boys ages 10-12, cross curricular opportunities in technology, engineering, and math. It will allow for creativity in design and enables students to explore the world of engineering’s complex control systems. The key learning targets are: brainstorming solutions, teamwork-listening to others with understanding and empathy, work with gear ratio, persistence, metacognition - thinking about how they think.
Reservation are required.

WHERE: Oakcrest Community Center Address, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd, Capitol
Heights, MD 20743
WHEN: Saturdays from 10:30 AM- 12:00 Noon
September 27; October 4, 11, 18; and November 1, 8 and 15.

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 – September 11, 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

Nature Crafts at Watkins Nature Center

Upper Marlboro, MD – Participants ages, 2-10 years old, will enjoy hands-on nature craft activities.

Reservations required. Cost: $2 for Prince George’s County resident; Cost $3 for non-residents.
Watkins Park Nature Center (Inside Watkins Regional Park)
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20744

Saturday, September 20, from 11a.m. – 12 noon

Sunday, October 2611, from 11a.m. – 12 noon

Saturday, November 15, from 11a.m. – 12 noon

For more information on the Nature Center, please call 301-218-6702.

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 – September 11, 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

Nature Hikes for Homeschoolers at Watkins Nature Center

Upper Marlboro, MD – Join a Park Naturalist and hike for fitness and fun. Start out with stretches and then hike throughout the park, learning about nature and animals as we go. We will focus on a different theme each hike. Please bring a refillable water bottle, binoculars, a small backpack, and comfortable shoes. Dress for the weather. Ages 8-12 years old.
Reservations required. Cost: $4 for Prince George’s County resident; Cost $5 for non-residents.

Watkins Park Nature Center (Inside Watkins Regional Park)
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20744

Thursday, September 25, from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 23, from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 11, from 1 – 3:30 p.m.


For more information on the Nature Center or the hikes, please call 301-218-6702.

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 – September 11, 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

Nature Hikes for Seniors at Watkins Nature Center

Upper Marlboro, MD – Attention Seniors! Join a naturalist on a hike looking for wildlife and local plant life throughout the fall. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Reservations required. Cost: $2 for Prince George’s County resident; Cost $3 for non-residents.

Watkins Park Nature Center (Inside Watkins Regional Park)
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20744

Tuesday, September 23, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 28, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the Nature Center or the hike, please call 301-218-6702.

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 – September 10, 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

Fall Teas at Montpelier Mansion Historic Site

Laurel, MD - Ladies and gentlemen (ages 18 and up) are cordially invited to enjoy elegant tea events which feature unique themes at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708, one of the finest examples of 18th century Georgian architecture in Maryland. Each one includes a seasonal, prix fixe menu of fine finger sandwiches, scrumptious cakes and pastries, buttery scones and your choice of quality loose leaf teas, served on imported English china and tiered silver stands this fall. Tea will be served in Montpelier’s elegant East Wing.

Fees per tea (including gratuity and self-guided history tour of Montpelier) are $29/person; $25/Friends of Montpelier members. Reservations and advance payment required.

The Masquerade Tea, Saturday, October 12 at 1:30 p.m. Costumes or masks encouraged but not required. Prizes will be awarded.

The Needleart Tea, Saturday, November 15 at 1:30 p.m., arrive early for free admission to Needleart 2014, Montpelier’s annual exhibit of exquisite stitched art, sponsored by Stitching Pretty of Laurel. And, bring your current needle art project to share, show off, or get advice on from fellow tea-goers.

For information and reservations call 301-377-7817 or TTY 301-699-2544.

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 – September 10, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Tasting the Past: Herbal Infusions

Riverdale Park, MD – Oil and vinegar bars are all the rage with foodies, but did you know that flavoring vinegars has a long history? Spend the afternoon with the Riversdale Kitchen Guild while sampling popular blends from the 19th century and learn how to make your own at home.

Tasting the Past takes place on Saturday, September 20, at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and $12 for non-residents and registration is required by September 12.
Riversdale, a historic house museum of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is located at 4811 Riverdale Road in the town of Riverdale Park, Maryland. Call or email Riversdale@pgparks.com for more information.

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 – September 9, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3416; TTY 301-446-3302
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Girl Scout Leaders Recreation Training
Learn New Ways to Get the Girls Recreating

Hyattsville, MD - On Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m., M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation will host an arts event at Brentwood Arts Exchange for Girl Scout leaders and other adult volunteers. This event will introduce the adult volunteers to the Department’s Girl Scouts Excited About Recreation patch, just one part of its larger Girls Excited About Recreation (G. E. A. R.) initiative. While earning the patch, girls will be challenged to complete 10 activities that will introduce them to the variety of facilities, programs and parks that the Department provides throughout Prince George’s County. During the event on September 27, adult volunteers who lead or support Girl Scouts and troops will have a chance to do some of the art-themed activities that girls can do on the way to earning the patch.

“We’ve planned a fun afternoon at a great facility. Troop leaders can come out and try some of the activities, first-hand, that they can do with their Girl Scouts,” shares Lori Smith, the Department’s G. E. A. R. Initiative Coordinator. “We’re hoping that the leaders will be so excited about what they see and do that they will bring their girls back to Brentwood Arts Exchange or be motivated to explore one of our other facilities and its programs.”

The event is free but adult volunteers must register at www.pgparks.com. For additional information, call 301-446-3416. Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722.

This patch is part of the Department’s ongoing Girls Excited About Recreation initiative. The mission of the Girls Excited About Recreation initiative is to evolve park and recreation service delivery to engage and empower young girls. Its purpose is to foster the critical connections that will help girls transition and grow into healthy, productive adults, and to fulfill their recreational needs.

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 – September 9, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation are World Record Breakers

Greenbelt, MD - It’s official - the M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation joined forces with the nation's top water safety and training organizations to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. This June, waterparks, pools and aquatic facilities around the globe hosted local WLSL lessons simultaneously in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Children participated in the event at our Allentown Splash Park, Fairland Aquatics Complex, Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool, Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, and Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatics Center.

After all the tallies were complete, the 2014 Guinness World Record (GWR) for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson was 36,564 participants from 22 countries around the globe. That’s AMAZING – five years – five Guinness World Records and spreading the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™!

Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and many different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.

Since the first record attempt in 2010, more than 120,000 individuals have participated in WLSL events and millions and millions of individuals have learned about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning.

M-NCPPC offers both summer time and year-round swimming opportunities throughout Prince George's County. We have swimming lessons for children and adults, life guard training, swim teams and aquatic safety classes; browse the schedule and sign up using SMARTlink.

Mark your calendars, next year’s WLSL date is June 18, 2015!

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 – September 5, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

***** MEDIA ADVISORY *****College Park Airport Operations Building Groundbreaking
The History of College Park Aviation Continues

College Park, MD - On Tuesday, September 9, at 10 a.m., the Prince George's County Executive, the Prince George's County Council and the Prince George's County Planning Board of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and a host of community supporters will celebrate the groundbreaking of the new College Park Airport Operations Building.

The College Park Airport has operated continuously as an airport since the Wright Brothers and the U.S. Army arrived at the field in 1909 to train the first pilots to fly the U.S. government’s first airplane. A new addition to this historic airport facility will be the College Park Airport Operations Building. This new space is partially funded by a grant from the Maryland Aviation Administration.

The new Operations Building will replace the current terminal space which is currently operating out of a portable classroom structure. The proposed two-story Operations Building is approximately 12,000 square feet in size and provides a variety of spaces for pilots, passengers, and other patrons who frequent the facility.

The main level of the new building will include a pilot/passenger waiting area, pilot flight briefing room, dedicated space for airport management, meeting space for transient flight crews, and kitchenette facilities. The second floor will include a general purpose room to be used for pilot training seminars, provide meeting space for a variety of airport-affiliated aviation groups and organizations, be available for aviation lectures and programs, as well as museum educational & recreational programming. The upper level will also have an open air “green” mezzanine overlooking the runway and provide a pleasant location for “airplane watching” – a time honored activity at the historic College Park Airport.

The building will also have recognition space for the state of Maryland’s Aviation Hall of Fame, which will recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the aviation field.

The facility will be designed to complement the architecture of the existing College Park Aviation Museum. It will continue to provide the public with an in-depth look at the operations of a professionally run airport and its aircraft. With an estimated cost of $4.5 million, completion of the new Operations Building is anticipated for early 2016.

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 – September 4, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-3329
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Steve Williams Exhibition at the Montpelier Arts Center

Laurel, MD - Using acrylic paint, found objects, and images on masonite or hardboard, Steven Williams constructs paintings that draw from surrealism and abstraction. By including elements of surprise into these works, he hopes to inject humor rather than a relentless descent into the shadow side of human life. His latest works are on display in the Resident Artist Gallery throughout September 2014.

WHAT: Steve Williams Exhibition

WHEN: September 2014

WHERE: The Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708

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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PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA 3 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2014
PARA INFORMACION: 301-408-4335; TTY 301-445-4512
RELACIONES PÚBLICAS Y MERCADEO: KIRA CALM LEWIS
301-446-3327; 301-704-5272

Festival Hispano 2014 a celebrarse en el Parque Lane Manor, Condado de Prince George’s

Adelphi, MD – Ven a celebrar la rica herencia de nuestras comunidades hispanas/latinas. Disfrute de juegos de carnaval, artes manuales, música, entretenimiento, deliciosas comida típicas, visite mesas informativas, exposiciones, artesanías para la venta, pintura de cara, paseos en pony y mucho más!

El Festival Hispano 2014 se celebrará en el Parque Lane Park Manor, 7601 West Park Drive & University Blvd., Adelphi, MD 20783, (al lado de la piscina y cerca de la Universidad de Maryland), el domingo, 21 de septiembre de 12 del mediodía a 6 de la tarde. La entrada es GRATIS.

Servicio de transportación gratuito al parque, comenzando a las 11:30am, cada 30 minutos desde el estacionamiento de la Escuela Elemental Langley McCormick, 8201 15th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20783 y estacionamiento de la Escuela Elemental Rosa Parks, 6111 Ager Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Para información, llame al 301-408-4335 o 301-408-4341.

Para más información sobre las clases y actividades ofrecidas por el Departamento de Parques y Recreación, visite la página de internet www.pgparks.com y a través de la redes sociales en facebook.com/pgparks y twitter.com/pgparks.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 3, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-408-4335; TTY 301-445-4512
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

33rd Annual Hispanic Festival

Adelphi, MD - Come celebrate the rich heritage of our Latino communities. Enjoy typical carnival games, authentic arts and crafts from Guatemala, music, entertainment, including authentic dancers directly from Guatemala and Ecuador, and delicious food. Visit informational tables, and see exhibitions, and crafts for sale. And, for the children, there will be face painting, pony rides and much more! The Festival will be held in the Lane Manor Park, 7601 West Park Drive and University Blvd., Adelphi, 20783, (beside the pool and near the University of Maryland), Sunday, September 21, from noon to 6 p.m. The event is FREE.

WHERE: Lane Manor Park, 7601 West Park Drive and University Blvd., Adelphi, 20783

WHEN: Sunday, September 21, from noon to 6 p.m.

Free transportation service to the park, beginning at 11:30 a.m., every 30 minutes from the parking lot of the Langley McCormick Elementary School at, 8201 15th Avenue, Hyattsville, 20783 and parking at the Rosa Parks Elementary School, 6111 Ager Road, Hyattsville, 20782.

For more information about the festival, call 301-408-4335 or 301-408-4341.

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 – August 26, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-203-6000; TTY: 301-203-6030
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Tucker Road Your Health and Wellness Destination!

Fort Washington, MD - Join us for activities that emphasize healthy living on Saturday, September 13. From 10 a.m. – noon, enjoy a Healthy Cooking demonstration and learn to prepare healthy meals from or blood pressure screenings for ages 13 & up to teach you what the numbers mean to help improve your health. Try Yoga in the Parks for ages 13 & up from 11 -11:45 a.m. to your improve health and flexibility.

Visit www.pgparks.com for a full schedule of activities in the Tucker Road Health and Wellness Zone. Activities are free unless otherwise noted and will take place rain or shine.

WHAT: Tucker Road Your Health and Wellness Destination!

WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10AM - 12PM

WHERE: Tucker Road Athletic Complex, 1770 Tucker Rd Fort Washington 20744


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 – August 25, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-341-7439; TTY 301-446-6802
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Caribbean Party on the Patio

Landover, MD – Join us as we say 'so long' to summer with a Caribbean Party on the Patio. Enjoy heavy Caribbean-inspired hors d'oeuvres, tropical drinks and sangria, while partying under the stars with one of the best bands in the metropolitan area, "Let It Flow."

WHAT: Caribbean Party on the Patio

WHEN: Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 7PM -11PM

WHERE: Prince George's Ballroom Patio, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD 20785


For ages 21 & up. Reservations required. Cost for Prince George’s County residents is $25 for non-residents $30.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 26, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272


Grandparents' Day Tours at Riversdale

Riverdale Park, MD - Make memories with your grandparents this year, during National Grandparents’ Day on Sunday, September 7 at Riversdale. Only two of Rosalie Stier Calvert’s nine children were born before her parents returned to Europe. Mrs. Calvert reassured her father her children would remember him, noting her daughter Caroline’s “memories of you are too strong for her to forget you.”

All grandparents enjoy a FREE tour with the purchase of a paid admission, from 12:15 - 3:15 pm. The offer is limited to one free tour per paid admission. Admission is $3 adults/$2 seniors/ $1 students/ FREE for children 4 & under. Tours begin at the Visitor Center and depart every half hour. The last tour departs at 3:15 pm.

Riversdale, a historic house museum of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is located at 4811 Riverdale Road in the town of Riverdale Park, Maryland. Call or email Riversdale@pgparks.com for more information.

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 – August 26, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Out of the Attic Appraisal Fair

Riverdale Park, MD – What’s in your attic? Have you ever wondered how much your antiques are worth? Or, perhaps you want to learn more about a family heirloom. Now is your chance! On Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. - noon, experts from Weschler’s & Son, Inc., appraisers and auctioneers of Washington, DC, will be at Riversdale House Museum to tell guests about the history of items and provide an estimated value. Bring up to four items of furniture, decorative arts, silver, Asian works, fine art, rugs, jewelry, watches, and U.S. coins to the museum for this fun and informational event.

WHAT: Out of the Attic Appraisal Fair
WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 AM - 12 PM
WHERE: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737


Registration and payment are required by September 8. The cost is $10 per item for Riversdale Historical Society members and $15 for non-members. All proceeds benefit the Riversdale Historical Society, a 501(c)3 volunteer organization, whose mission is to preserve the cultural heritage of Riversdale and maintain the house as an historic museum.

Riversdale, a historic house museum of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is located at 4811 Riverdale Road in the town of Riverdale Park, Maryland. Call or email Riversdale@pgparks.com for more information.

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 – August 20, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3409; TTY: 301-446-3402
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

10 Things Every Young Man Should Know

Capital Heights, MD – As young men transition from adolescence to adulthood, they will need to learn a few basic life skills such as "How to maintain a car," "How to handle finances," and "How to cook a meal," and a few other key things. Through mentoring, the program will seek to deter and possibly eliminate destructive behaviors that young men engage in due to lack of guidance, direction, or even boredom.

WHAT: 10 Things Every Young Man Should Know mentoring sessions

WHEN: Beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014 From 6:30PM to 9:00PM

WHERE: Oakcrest Community Center 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd Capital Heights, MD 20743

Registration required SMARTlink #1555217.


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 – August 21, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

*** MEDIA ADVISORY *** “Undaunted in Battle” Monument Unveiled
Parks and Recreation’s Weekend Commemoration of the War of 1812

Bladensburg, MD – This weekend, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, join the Department of Parks and Recreation as we celebrate Prince George's County’s role during the War of 1812. Learn how the Battle of Bladensburg occurred exactly 200 years ago, this weekend and lead to our nation’s anthem!

WHAT: “Undaunted in Battle” Monument Unveiling and Festival

WHEN: Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 11AM

WHERE: 4100 Baltimore Avenue and Upshur Street, Bladensburg, MD and Bladensburg Waterfront Park


On Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, attend a dedication of the new "Undaunted in Battle" monument with the Marine Band, Sea Services Color Guard, dignitaries, and wreath laying. From noon until 6 p.m., join the heritage festival with activities, historic demonstration, encampments, a Writers' Roundtable, artists, DC food trucks, tours, and more. At 3 p.m. witness the Battle of Bladensburg reenactment. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. see the Stacy Brooks Band and Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides perform, followed by a "Handshake of Peace" between Prince George's County and an official Canadian delegation. A giant fireworks show starts at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, go "Beyond the Battle" with open houses, a trolley tour, boat rides, and the "Bladensburg Races 5K" at 8 a.m.

For more details, visit the Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center webpage at www.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 – July 2, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Parks and Recreation Tips for Beating the Heat Staying Cool While Out in the Parks

Riverdale, MD – Parks and Recreation is encouraging residents to get out and stay active during the summer months and especially during the ‘Out Is In’ campaign for Park and Recreation Month. However, we want everyone to stay healthy and safe, in the heat, while they enjoy the great outdoors. We’ve gathered a few tips to keep in mind while you are out enjoying the parks and trails.

• Hydration is key! – Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and hydrate at frequent intervals to prevent maximum thirst.
o Drink cool – not cold water to prevent a sensation similar to brain freeze in your body.
• Wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
• Stay wet – Keep spray bottles of water around and spritz face and wrist to stay cool. You can also go for a swim or run through sprinklers at many of our facilities.
oWet a bandanna, place a few ice cubes down the center, diagonally, roll it up and tie it around your neck.
• Dress strategically – Wear white or light colors, especially on your feet.
• Eat cold foods – Ice cream, snow cones, popsicles, frozen fruit.
o Stay away from salty snacks such as chips – strip the body of natural sodium and fluids.
• Be aware of the signs of heatstroke
oStrong, rapid pulse
oElevated body temp
oExcessive thirst
oHot, dry skin
oDilated pupils
oDizziness
oNausea and vomiting
oHeadaches
oConfusion
oSeizures
• Be safe and have fun!
For a list of Cooling Centers or 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 – July 2, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-6800; TTY 301-446-6802
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

YOGA IN THE PARKS -- Free Yoga Classes with the Department of Parks and Recreation

Riverdale, MD - Join us for FREE outdoor yoga classes in the parks! Learn basic yoga techniques and how to free your mind, body, and spirit in this popular fitness activity for all ages. Yoga can be modified to suit all levels of fitness and has the ability to lower blood pressure, increase strength and flexibility, energize your body and calm your mind.

Grab your water bottle, towel or yoga mat, and feel free to attend any of the classes at multiple M-NCPPC venues throughout Prince George’s County:

Tuesdays, July 1 - September 2, 2014, 9 - 10 am
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774

Wednesdays, July 2 - September 3, 2014, 7- 8 pm
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710

Saturdays, July 5 - September 6, 2014, 8:30 -9:30 am
Good Luck Community Center
8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham 20706

Saturdays, July 5 - September 6, 2014, 9-10 am
Lake Artemesia Natural Area
8200 55th Avenue, Berwyn Heights 20740

Mondays, July 7- September 1, 2014, 6-7 pm
Oxon Hill Manor
6901 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill 20745

Saturdays, July 12, August 9, September 13 & October 11, 11 am - 12 noon; Sundays, July 27, August 24, September 28 & October 26, 3-4 pm; Saturdays, August 16, 23, 30 & September 6, 9-10 am
Tucker Road Athletic Complex
1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744

If unsure about a class being cancelled due to inclement weather, please call the weather line at 301-927-0822.

For more on Yoga in the Park or 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 – May 27, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Announced as Finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Competes for prestigious honor in the parks and recreation profession

Riverdale, MD – The Maryland- National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) was announced as a finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is an unprecedented five-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management, competing with the top park and recreation agencies in the nation and winning this award on five separate occasions, most recently in 2003.

“We are proud of the joint award submission of Prince George's and Montgomery counties’ parks, recreation and planning systems,” says Ronnie Gathers, Director, M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County. “The fact that we have been named a finalist in this year’s competition speaks to the benefits of M-NCPPC’s commitment to outstanding parks and recreation opportunities and experiences for all the residents in the bi-county region,” Gathers continued.

The M-NCPPC administers a park system of more than 52,000 acres. It is composed of stream valley parks, large regional parks, neighborhood parks and park-school recreation areas. Since 1927, the M-NCPPC facilities, programs and responsibilities have continued to evolve and expand to keep pace with the needs of the community. From the responsibility for the entire public recreation program in Prince George's County, to building and strengthening ongoing regional business partnerships, the M-NCPPC has continued to plan, fund and deliver quality, innovative programs, facilities and services for nearly a century.

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of residents, staff and elected officials. M-NCPPC joins three other finalists in the Class I competition including Chicago Park District, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation in Georgia, and Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities in Arizona. Class I is the largest population class that will compete for grand honors this year. The winner will be announced in October at the National Recreation and Park Association Congress.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation communities and one for state park systems.

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks. For more information, visit www.aapra.org.

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.

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 14, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3400; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Join Club 300 - Senior Walking Rewards Program

Landover, MD – Seniors, lift your mood, move your feet and make this summer memorable - one mile at a time! Join Club 300, a FREE senior walking program to encourage seniors to get healthier by walking more.

You can choose where and when you walk – inside, outside, or even on a treadmill! You could virtually walk the 300 miles from Ocean City to Cumberland, Maryland. Seniors can earn Club 300 rewards for every 100 miles you walk! Walking helps to maintain a healthy weight, improves balance and coordination and helps strengthen your bones.

Register online at www.pgparks.com/Club300.htm and pick up your Club 300 packet at Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 21 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. Your packet will include a Club 300 t-shirt, a pedometer, trail maps, a walking log, and a list of our Club 300 group walks.

For more information, call the Special Programs Division at 301-446-3400.
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 – April 15, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3466; TTY 301-446-3401
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors - Outdoor Art Contest

Upper Marlboro, MD – M-NCPPC and the Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors Foundation are pleased to partner for the second year in presenting the Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor Art Contest. The contest begins on May 1 and ends on November 1, 2014 and is open to youth up to 19 years old.

The Prince George’s County launch will take place on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Watkins Nature Center (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.) The morning session, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., is reserved for school field trips. The center will be open to the general public to participate in the program from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Local artists will be onsite to work with attendees.

Youth are asked to get outdoors and interpret their outdoor experiences using any art form. So, whether their outdoor experience begins with a single tree in a backyard, neighborhood, regional park or a national forest, the contest offers youth the opportunity to connect with, create and celebrate their local biodiversity.

For information on classes and activities offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation, see www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks.
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