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Department of Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule for Labor Day
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
Turn Art, Computers, Technology and Sport into Animated Videos
John Bull Roast
Concert Series and Wine Tasting
Department of Parks and Recreation Promotes Staycation
Tucker Road Your Health and Wellness Destination!
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
Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military
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
Discover the Suitland Bog
Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors - Outdoor Art Contest


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 27, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Department of Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule for Labor Day

Greenbelt, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will operate on the following schedule this Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014:

Indoor Pool Complexes CLOSED
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.

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 – August 11, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-749-4167; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Turn Art, Computers, Technology and Sport into Animated Videos

Fort Washington, MD – What do art, computers, technology, and sports all have in common? They are all FUN! Come participate in this new innovative program and learn how to use traditional comic storyboards to create computer generated sport strips and animated videos. FREE for children ages 8 to 13 year old. Pre-registration through SMARTlink is required and is limited to the first 75 participants. Register in person at Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex or on the web.

WHAT: Marvel (A.C.T.S.) Art, Computers, Technology, and Sports

WHEN: Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 9AM to 4:30PM

WHERE: Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Rd, Fort Washington, MD 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 6, 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

John Bull Roast

Riverdale Park, MD - In late August, the British soldier John Bulls marched on DC. They camped on the road for a night before heading to Bladensburg, where they crossed the river. On Friday, August 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, meet the camping British troops at Riversdale while enjoying pit beef and all the fixings from Bill’s Backyard BBQ. Listen to tunes by the Homespun Ceilidh Band. You may even dance with a British soldier! This is a picnic, so bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Tickets are $20 for residents of Prince George’s & Montgomery Counties; $24 for non-residents. Advance payment is required by August 18, and space is limited, so don’t delay! Ticket price includes one beverage and additional ones will be available for sale while supplies last. Click here to register.

Riversdale, a National Historic Landmark, is located at 4811 Riverdale Road in the town of Riverdale Park, Maryland 20737. This facility is owned and operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

WHAT: John Bull Roast

WHEN: Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:30PM - 8:30PM

WHERE: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737

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 5, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-249-2004; TTY: 301-446-6802
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Concert Series and Wine Tasting
Featuring Marcus Johnson

Riverdale, MD - Enjoy two summer concerts and wine tasting featuring local musician Marcus Johnson and Flo Wine at Newton White Mansion on Wednesday, August 20th and Oxon Hill Manor on Wednesday, September 17th. Pre-happy hour begins at 6 p.m. and concert starts at 7 p.m. Ticket price is $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents includes wine tasting, refreshments and live concert. Reservations required.

WHAT: Concert Series w/ Marcus Johnson

TIME: 7PM to 9PM (for both performances)

WHEN & WHERE:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Rd, Mitchellville 20721

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from
Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill 20745

Cash bar is also available. Make your reservation(s) today.

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 4, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Department of Parks and Recreation Promotes Staycation

Riverdale, MD - This summer, if they’re not leaving town during time off from work and school, residents are encouraged to enjoy a Staycation, with the Parks and Recreation Department the way they would anywhere else on vacation.

Parks and Recreation has “resort style” amenities right here…. like indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, fitness centers, golf, horseback riding and walking trails, water recreation, performing arts, museums and opportunities to just relax and enjoy nature.

The Department has award winning recreation and park facilities right in or near your community. And, you can save time and money with youth, senior and resident discounts on activities and facilities.

Parks and Recreation will feature local amenities all month long on social media Facebook/pgparks,
Youtube/pgparksandrecreation and Twitter/pgparks.

And, we invite the community to use #PGParksStaycation to let us know how they are spending their Staycation with Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation.

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 5, 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 Sunday, August 24. Increase your overall physical fitness and improve balance with free Ice Skating Lessons from 2-3 pm, available for all ages. Or, participate in public ice skating from 1-3 p.m. free admission and $2 skate rental for all.

Join us for the Golf Clinic from 2-4 p.m. to improve hand/eye coordination and stimulate your mind. Pay half price for a bucket of balls and enjoy the Driving Range from 2-4 p.m. at Henson Creek Golf Course, 1641 Tucker Road, Fort Washington, for ages 18 & up. And, for those looking to improve health and flexibility, Yoga in the Parks for ages 13 & up from 3-3:45 p.m. held at the Tucker Road Athletic Complex, 1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington.

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: Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 2PM - 4PM

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 – 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 – June 19, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military

Clinton, MD – In honor of our armed forces, Surratt House Museum is offering free tours to active and retired service members through Labor Day. Take a history tour to find out what life was like for our Civil War ancestors.
Tours are given Wednesday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Up to five immediate dependents admitted free with a service member.

WHAT: Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military Tours

WHEN: Wednesdays - Fridays from 11AM - 3PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM - 4PM

WHERE: 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735

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 – 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 18, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Discover the Suitland Bog

Suitland, MD - Join a Department of Parks and Recreation Park Ranger and discover the uniqueness of the Suitland Bog, a rare example of a hillside magnolia bog in Prince George's County. This bog is now a unique wetland within the Washington Metropolitan Area. Guided tours of the wetlands will be conducted once a month into the Fall. Register through Smart Link or call the Park Ranger Office at 301-627-7755.
Tour dates are scheduled for Saturdays, 10AM – 2PM (weather permitting):
• May 17, 2014
• June 7, 204
• July 5, 2014
• August 2, 2014
• September, 13, 2014

Located at: The 6000 block of Suitland Road, Suitland, MD 20747

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, see 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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