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35th Annual Kinderfest: Canceled
35th Annual Kinderfest
Surratt House Museum Presents When Words Fail, Music Speaks
Watkins Nature Center Presents 8th Annual Trash to Treasure: Green Craft Fair
Montpelier Arts Center Presents ¡Celebración Hispana!
Department of Parks Recreation Events Saturday, September 24
Montpelier Arts Center Presents Live! At Montpelier Concert: Bohemian Caverns All Star Band
Montpelier Arts Center Presents A Month of Music
Department of Parks and Recreation Celebrates
Department of Parks and Recreation Community Basketball Event
Department of Parks and Recreation Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Department of Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule for Labor Day
Flying High at Arbor Terrace Senior Living
Maryland-National Capital Park Police Annual Community Day 2016 at Watkins Regional Park
The Brentwood Arts Exchange Presents Jackie Brown Artist Talks
From Belles to Battleaxes: Women of Civil War Richmond
Mail Call: Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Offers Fascinating Look at Military Mail and Communication
Department of Parks and Recreation I Spy Events
Xtreme Teens Hosts 10th Annual Hip Hop Poetry Choir
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
Old Maryland Farm Presents Animal and Insect Demonstrations, Care and Family Friendly Education all Summer Long
Watkins Nature Center Presents Family Friendly Activities all Summer Long Creature Features, Nature Crafts, Nature Hikes and Live Animal Shows
Summer Concerts, Performances & Movies 2016 Presented by the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation
MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION INVITES PUBLIC INPUT ON UPDATES TO PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
Prince George's Department of Parks and Recreation's presents Safe Summer Teen Fest and the Safe Summer Program
Opening Reception: Between the Real & Imagined and Artist Talk featuring Carol Barsha
The Department of Parks and Recreation Montpelier Arts Center Presents Spatial Interpretation: 35th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition and Reception
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation and Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation Wants Your Input on Trails
Parks and Recreation Announces Enterprise Golf Course Memberships
TicketMaster Outlet at The Show Place Arena Closing


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 29, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6700; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS – 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL – 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

35th Annual Kinderfest: Canceled
Wet weather cancels family themed event

Upper Marlboro, MD – The 35th Annual Kinderfest, which was scheduled for this Sunday, October 2nd, has been canceled due to weather concerns. The persistent rainfall has made the grounds at Watkins Regional Park muddy and unsafe for the festival. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

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

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

35th Annual Kinderfest
A Family Festival at Watkins Regional Park

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

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


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


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

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

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Riverdale, MD – If the American Civil War had a soundtrack, what would it sound like? Listen as the Susquehanna Travelers play music from the era that reflects the range of emotions experienced by Americans during the Civil War. Because seating is limited, you’re asked to arrive early.

(bold)WHAT: When Words Fail, Music Speaks
WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 4 – 5 PM
WHERE: Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735
COST: FREE (/bold)

The mission of the Surratt House Museum is to foster an appreciation for the history and culture of 19th-century Maryland and Prince George’s County. The museum provides resources for research into the impact of a tumultuous period of our national history, from 1840 to 1865, with special emphasis on the study of the people and events surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Surratt House Museum Presents When Words Fail, Music Speaks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 22, 2016
PROGRAM CONTACT: 301-868-1121; TTY: 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –
VERONICA MARSHALL: 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 20, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7800; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com –or -
VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com

Montpelier Arts Center Presents ¡Celebración Hispana!

Laurel, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Montpelier Arts Center invites guests to attend its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration! The free celebration engages the entire family, through activities such as creating your own Guatemalan worry doll and decorating sugar cubes to make a necklace inspired by Cuba.

WHAT: ¡Celebración Hispana!
WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 11 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708


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


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

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

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

Department of Parks Recreation Events Saturday, September 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 16, 2016
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 Live! At Montpelier Concert: Bohemian Caverns All Star Band

Laurel, MD – Bohemian Caverns, Washington D.C.’s legendary jazz club, may be closed – but the music lives on. The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Montpelier Arts Center invites guests to attend its Bohemian Caverns All Star Band event. Prepare yourself for a night of jazz, featuring Allyn Johnson on piano, Michael Bowie on bass, Carroll Dashiell II on drums, Kenny Rittenhouse on trumpet, and Tedd Baker on the saxophone.

WHAT: Live! At Montpelier Concert: Bohemian Caverns All Star Band
WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2016 from 8 – 10 PM
WHERE: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708

COST: $25; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

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


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

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

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

Montpelier Arts Center Presents A Month of Music

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Department of Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule for Labor Day

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

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


For more details see the full Holiday Schedule.


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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 10, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com
PROGRAM CONTACT: Joy Ridgely, Engagement Director
301.486.1590; jridgely@arborcompany.com

Flying High at Arbor Terrace Senior Living
Dream Flights for Senior Veterans at the Historic College Park Airport

Time: 9:30 a.m. (first flight begins) **Best time for photo opportunities
Date: Thursday, August 11
Place: College Park Airport, 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A small group of seniors from Arbor Terrace Senior Living in Lanham, Maryland will live out their dreams when they take to the skies in a vintage Stearman airplane, at the historic College Park Airport, on Thursday, August 11. The five veterans, who range in age from 70 to 97, will receive Dream Flights from the Ageless Aviation Dream Foundation as part of an outing planned for Arbor Terraces residents.

The event is part of the Engaged Living Program at Arbor Terrace which provides educational programs, trips and experiences designed to enrich the health and spirit of each resident. Participating residents also will have a guided tour of the College Park Aviation Museum and lunch.

“We’re always planning wonderful programs for our residents, but this is probably one of the most exciting events we’ve put together so far, said Joy Ridgely, Engagement Director for Arbor Terrace Senior Living. “Our residents are really looking forward to the trip and I can’t wait to see them climb into the open-cockpit of a 1940s Boeing Stearman for their Dream Flight.”
Ridgely and Kris Pollack, Regional Engagement Director for The Arbor Company, will accompany the group.

“Flight is the thing dreams are made of and we are delighted to host this group of veterans and be part of them fulfilling life longs dreams of aviation,” said Andrea Cochrane Tracey, Museum Director, College Park Aviation Museum.

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 pilots from across the country, and is also a site for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts. The airport was purchased by the Maryland-National Capitol Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in 1973 and operates as one of the gateway airports to Washington, DC and Prince George’s County. For more information about the College Park Airport and the College Park Aviation Museum please visit: http://www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com.

Arbor Terrace Senior Living offers exceptional senior living services and care, including assisted living and memory care, to meet the needs of its residents. In addition to luxurious accommodations, the community offers a full array of amenities and activities that allow residents to engage in opportunities as much or as little as they desire. Arbor Terrace is part of The Arbor Company, which operates nearly 30 senior living communities in 11 states.

The event is made possible through The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, which fulfills its mission of “giving back to those who have given” by providing Dream Flight experiences with experienced pilots. The program is provided free of charge to seniors and military veterans living in senior housing communities. Since 2011, The Foundation has provided over 1,000 Dream Flights to seniors and veterans in 31 states.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

The Brentwood Arts Exchange Presents Jackie Brown Artist Talks

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

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

For more information on this and other events at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, visit: http://buff.ly/1rmHljj
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the public-private partnership Gateway Arts Center, serving as an anchor for Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts, the Brentwood Arts Exchange features a contemporary art gallery displaying diverse exhibitions, a Craft Store promoting local artisans, and a dynamic arts learning classroom/workshop. In addition to the Brentwood Arts Exchange, the Center is also home to the following: a dozen artists' studios and the Gateway Community Development Corporation’s 39th Street Gallery.


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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 21, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

From Belles to Battleaxes: Women of Civil War Richmond
Presented by Surratt House Museum

Riverdale, MD – Join us at the Department of Parks and Recreation, Surratt House Museum, as Kelly Hancock, Education Program Coordinator at the Museum of the Confederacy, shares the stories of the daring spies, devoted nurses, star-crossed lovers, and captivating socialites of Civil War Richmond. These women from across the South all ended up in the capital of the Confederacy.

WHAT: From Belles to Battleaxes: Women of Civil War Richmond

WHEN: Saturday, August 13, from 4-5 p.m.

WHERE: Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735


FREE. Space is limited, arrive early!

Originally built as a middle-class farm house for John and Mary Surratt in 1852, the Surratt House is infamously connected to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. During the crucial decade before the Civil War, the house served as a tavern and hostelry, a post office, and a polling place. During the War, it was a safe house in the Confederate underground system which flourished in Southern Maryland. Today, the museum presents a variety of programs and events, recapturing the history of the mid-19th century life and focusing on the fascinating web of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy and the involvement of the Surratt 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 – JULY 11, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Cochrane Tracey, College Park Aviation Museum
301-864-6029 or andrea.tracey@pgparks.com; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 6, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544
MEDIA CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Department of Parks and Recreation I Spy Events
Children Explore Historic Spy Tactics

Riverdale, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation presents “I Spy,” back by popular demand! Kids, try their hand at NEW secret missions and spying techniques used by the Continental Army and spy rings during the Revolutionary War. They learn how the Americans fooled the British Army with ruses and other tricks! And, they see if they can ‘outwit the enemy!’ Hands-on activities for children ages 6-12.

WHAT: I Spy
WHEN: Wednesdays: 07/20; 07/27; 08/03; 08/10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and;
Thursdays: 07/21; 07/28; 08/04; 08/11; 08/17; 08/18 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Governors Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Children MUST be able to read and write. Families of 7 or more must call ahead. FREE Wednesdays & Thursdays from July 20 through August 18.

Opened to the public as a historic house museum in 1988, 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. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The National Underground Railroad: Network to Freedom Trail, and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. For more details visit: Darnall's Chance House Museum


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 28, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3466; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Xtreme Teens Hosts 10th Annual Hip Hop Poetry Choir

Riverdale, MD – Department of Parks and Recreation Xtreme Teens program is hosting A FREE performance featuring the poetry created by the participants of the 9th Annual Expressions: Talk Up, Not Down 2016 poetry camp. 35 County youth spent a week working with master poets learning to use poetry as a positive tool of expression. The poets: Neville Adams, Christopher Fields, Desire Johnson, Sekeithia Johnson, Karin Wilkinson, Sistah Joy visual artists Pierre Dennis and Lillian Shaw spent the week working with the youth teaching them how to use their voice for positive expression. The poems created by the youth provide a unique look into the modern teen who is dealing with many issues associated with growing up in the 21st Century.

WHAT: 10th Annual Hip Hop Poetry Choir
WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
WHERE: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD 20715
Open to all


The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to providing positive recreation activities to youth, families and the community as a whole. Xtreme Teens is all about pushing the limits of traditional recreation. It’s about being able to express yourself, explore something new, make new friends and most of all — have fun! Xtreme Teens provides programs, classes, facilities and other fun things to do for teens ages 13-17 and pre-teens 10-12.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 20, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6770; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Old Maryland Farm Presents Animal and Insect Demonstrations, Care and Family Friendly Education all Summer Long

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation, Old Maryland Farm wants you to learn all about the animals, insects and the garden this summer. There’s plenty to do and lots to learn and love on The Old Maryland Farm.

Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Resident Cost: $4 Non-resident Cost: $5
Audience: 5 & up
Reservations required, call 301-218-6770.


WHEN: 06/30/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Basic Horse Care
- What care do horses require? Join us to learn just some of the basics you need to know to care for a horse. Feeding, training and health care will be discussed and animal demonstrations will take place.

WHEN: 07/07/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Rabbit Care
- Is a rabbit the right pet for you? Come to this informative program and find out. Rabbit husbandry, handling and disorders will be discussed. Guests will have an opportunity to interact with the Old Maryland Farm rabbits and ask questions.

WHEN: 07/14/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Gardening and Composting at Old Maryland Farm
- Learn what to plant in a mid-summer garden for your fall harvest and participate in a hands-on take home planting project. Learn about composting your spring plant waste to produce rich garden soil for next year’s garden.

WHEN: 07/21/2016 from 2- 3 PM
ABC's of Honey Bees
- Did you ever wonder about the amazing honeybee? Learn about these industrious insects. How they pollinate crops, produce honey, and live in a social society.

WHEN: 07/28/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Butterflies and Monarch Way Station Workshop
- Learn about different types of butterflies and how to attract them. Plant and take home a plant so that you too can attract these winged wonders. Learn how to take part in special butterfly conservation projects, Monarch way stations, habitat monitoring, and tagging here at the Old Maryland Farm and at home.

WHEN: 08/04/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Sheep Wool and Farming
- Learn origins, characteristics and requirements for farming sheep and wool. Discover the manner in which wool is harvested. Learn the process that raw wool and lanolin takes in order to become the products that we use.

WHEN: 08/11/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Learn About Livestock
- Take a guided tour through the farm and learn the origins of various farm animals, their characteristics and habits. Learn the beneficial role farm animals have in the lives of people.


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 17, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Watkins Nature Center Presents Family Friendly Activities all Summer Long Creature Features, Nature Crafts, Nature Hikes and Live Animal Shows

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation, Watkins Nature Center is providing family friendly entertainment all summer long. Meet and learn about the center’s live birds of prey, live reptiles close, discovery nature hikes and nature crafts! There’s plenty to do and lots to learn and love about nature.

Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Resident Cost: $3 Non-resident Cost: $4 (unless otherwise specified)
Reservations required, please call 301-218-6702


WHEN: 06/25/2016 from 9:30 – 11 AM
Explore Insects - Take a short hike and explore the world of insects. Learn about their life cycles and how they can be harmful or helpful.
Audience: ages 5 -13
Resident Cost: $4 Non-resident Cost: $6

WHEN: 07/05/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Creature Feature: All About Reptiles
- Meet and learn about the center’s live Reptiles. Meet these scaly creatures up close and pet some of them!
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 07/06/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Nature Craft
- Enjoy a hands-on nature craft activity, meet a live animal, and enjoy a story.
Audience: ages 2-10

WHEN: 07/07/2016 from 2 – 2:45 PM
Puppet Show
- Enjoy seasonal-themed puppet shows and meet a live animal
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 07/08/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Creature Feature: All About Raptors
- Meet and learn about the center’s live birds of prey. See these creatures up close and personal.
Audience: 3 & up

WHEN: 07/09/2016 from 10-11 AM
Family Discovery Hike
- Take a hike with a naturalist! Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Audience: 4 & up

WHEN:07/20/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Nature Craft
- Enjoy a hands-on nature craft activity, meet a live animal, and enjoy a story.
Audience: ages 2-10

WHEN: 07/21/2016 from 2 – 2:45 PM
Puppet Show
- Enjoy seasonal-themed puppet shows and meet a live animal
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 07/23/2016 from 10 - 11:00 AM
Live Animal Show
- Meet the nature center’s live animals including insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey.
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 07/30/2016 from 10 - 11:00 AM
Creature Feature: All About Reptiles Event
- Meet and learn about the center’s live Reptiles. Meet these scaly creatures up close and pet some of them!
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 08/06/2016 from 10 – 11 AM
Nature Craft
- Enjoy a hands-on nature craft activity, meet a live animal, and enjoy a story.
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN:08/13/2016 from 10 - 11:00 AM
Creature Feature: All About Raptors
- Meet and learn about the center’s live birds of prey. See these creatures up close and personal.
Audience: 3 & up

WHEN: 08/20/2016 from 10-11 AM
Family Discovery Hike
- Take a hike with a naturalist! Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Audience: 4 & up

WHEN: 08/27/2016 from 10 - 11:00 AM
Live Animal Show
- Meet the nature center’s live animals including insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey.
Audience: 2 & up


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 13, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3300; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Summer Concerts, Performances & Movies 2016 Presented by the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation

Riverdale, MD - The parks are alive with the sounds of music and drama. Enjoy a variety of summer evening concerts including, jazz, rock ‘n roll, country, soul, hip-hop, and blues music at parks throughout Prince George’s County. For up-to-date information about summer concerts and movies, visit: www.pgparks.com and click on Calendar of Events. Grab a blanket or lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner and bring your family and friends to relax and enjoy hot fun in the summertime!

Arts at the Waterfront
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710
Join us for FREE Sunday evening performances as the sun sets over this unique urban watershed.
Sunday, July 3, 6–7:30 pm
The Brian Cunningham Project (Jazz, R&B)
Sunday, July 10, 6–7:30 pm
Dr. S.O. Feelgood Music Man (Blues, Soul)
Sunday, July 17, 6–7:30 pm
The Uncle Devin Show (Children, Family, Educational)
Sunday, July 24, 6–7:30 pm
U.S. Navy Band, County Current (Country, Bluegrass)
Sunday, July 31, 6–7:30 pm
Trio Caliente (Latin, Flamenco)

Concerts in the Park! On the Green at Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a FREE concert on the Green at beautiful Watkins Regional Park.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Thursday, June 23, 7 – 8:30 pm
Joe Falero & the DC Latin All Stars - Award winning Latin Salsa will get you up and moving!
Thursday, June 30, 7– 8:30 pm
Vinyl Groove - A multi-talented vocal group that sings the best R&B dance music from the 70s including Motown, Philly, and Classic Disco.
Thursday, July 7, 7– 8:30 pm
Coniece Washington - Experience a jazz vocalist and recording artist who captivates her audience with distinctive sultry stylings.
Thursday, July 14, 7:30–9:30 pm

Shakespeare in the Park presents Twelfth Night
Thursday, July 21, 7–8:30 pm
Kelly Bell Band - Voted “Best Blues Band” in the Mid-Atlantic region 12 years in a row and among the most genre-expanding acts on today’s blues scene.
Thursday, July 28, 7–8:30 pm
Junkyard Saints - A DC/Baltimore-based band with full horn section performing its own brand of New Orleans-style party music, blending funk, swing, Latin, R&B, with a splash of zydeco to round out the mix.
Thursday, August 4, 7–8:30 pm
Moonshine Society - Roots rock, blues, and old school R&B in a style guaranteed to keep audiences dancing.

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, presents Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks 2016 Twelfth Night
“If music be the food of love, play on,” says Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Shipwrecks, mistaken identity, and a character by the name of Sir Toby Belch round out the adventure, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Relax under the stars and enjoy Shakespeare’s poetry and song with your family. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a FREE performance in your favorite park! For more information call 301-446-3232 or visit arts.pgparks.com.
Thursday, July 7 & Friday, July 8, 7:30 pm
Magruder Park, 40th Avenue & Hamilton Street, Hyattsville 20782
Rain location: City of Hyattsville, Multipurpose Room, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville 20781
Saturday, July 9, 7:30 pm
Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 20748
Rain location: Hillcrest Heights, Community Center Gym
Sunday, July 10, 3 pm
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie 20715
Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 pm
Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale 20737
Rain location: Riverdale, Elementary School, 5006 Riverdale Road, Riverdale 20737
Thursday, July 14, 7:30 pm
Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
Rain location: Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center
431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
Friday, July 15, 7:30 pm
Montpelier Mansion Grounds*, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708
Rain location: Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708
Saturday, July 16, 7:30 pm
Fairwood Community Park, 12390 Annapolis Road, Bowie 20720
Rain location: Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte 193), Glenn Dale 20769
Sunday, July 17, 3 pm
Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744
*This performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.

Jazz on the Lawn
Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park 20737
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and enjoy FREE performances by some of the area’s top jazz musicians. In the event of rain, concerts will be moved inside the mansion. These concerts are supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the town of Riverdale Park.
Wednesday, June 22, 7 pm
Daraja Ensemble
Wednesday, July 6, 7 pm
Seth Kibel Quartet
Wednesday, July 20, 7 pm
TBA
Wednesday, August 3, 7 pm
Stacy Brooks Quintet
Wednesday, August 17, 7 pm
Gina de Simone & the Moaners

Summer Concerts at Fairwood Community Park
Fairwood Community Park, 12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie 20720
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a FREE performance in your community park! All ages; FREE
Sunday, June 12, 7:30 pm
Let It Flow Band
Saturday, July 16, 7:30 pm
Twelfth Night
Sunday, August 14, 7:30 pm
David Bach and Band

Jazz at Lake Artemesia
Lake Artemesia, 55th Avenue & Berwyn Road, Berwyn Heights 20740
Rain location: Berwyn Heights Senior Center, 8603 57th Ave., Berwyn Heights 20740
Thursday, July 7, 6–8 pm
Susan Jones Jazz Quartet featuring Jan Knutson - Bring a blanket or a chair, a picnic and sit back to enjoy or dance to some of your jazz favorites. This quartet features swinging jazz violin music peppered with a Latin flavor, along with grooving guitar, bass and drums. Also featured will be 17-year old guitar phenomena Jan Knutson.

38th Annual Montpelier Summer Concert Series
Montpelier Mansion Grounds, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708
M-NCPPC and The South Laurel Recreation Council invite you to bring a friend, picnic, blanket and/or chair to enjoy a variety of FREE performances on the west lawn of the mansion grounds. For a taste of theater, attend an evening of Prince George’s Summer Shakespeare Festival’s production of Twelfth Night. People of all ages will enjoy these FREE concerts and performances.
Friday, June 24, 7:30–9:30 pm
Gary and the Groove: Rock ’n Roll
Friday, July 8, 7:30–9:30 pm
Split2nd Band: Popular Music
Friday, July 15, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Twelfth Night
Friday, July 22, 7:30–9:30 pm
BlueTrain: Progressive Bluegrass
Friday, August 5, 7:30–9:30 pm
The Winstons: Motown, Oldies, Soul

Beltsville Community Center Summer Concerts
Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville 20705
M-NCPPC & the Beltsville Recreation Council invite you to bring your family and friends to enjoy FREE musical performances. Concerts begin at 7 pm. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit comfortably!
Saturday, June 25, 7 pm
The NoWhere Men Like to dance? Love that Motown sound, the great horn bands of the 60s and 70s & from Earth, Wind, & Fire, The Four Tops, Chicago & Stevie Wonder, then you’ll love The NoWhere Men.
Saturday, July 16, 7 pm
The New Romanos - Established more than 50 years ago, the band has built a reputation for mixing the songs you grew up dancing to with today’s hits.

Oxon Hill Manor’s Summer Concert Series
Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill, Oxon Hill 20745
Enjoy evenings of music and intimacy at historic Oxon Hill Manor. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets or sit on patio chairs and relax while overlooking the beautiful views of the Potomac River and National Harbor. Catered food can be purchased for your enjoyment. Please RSVP by calling or sending an email to ohmanor@pgparks.com.
Tuesday, July 12, 6:30–9 pm

Summer Jazz—Relax and Release…
18 & up; Fee: $5/person
Tuesday, August 16, 6:30–9 pm
Reggae and Rum - Rum sips will be provided with additional rum available for purchase.
21 & up; Fee: $10/person

For a complete and downloadable version of the full Summer Performances & Movies 2016 schedule, visit:http://buff.ly/1WLLbAm


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

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

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For immediate release:
June 10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JUNE 8, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3437; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Prince George's Department of Parks and Recreation's presents Safe Summer Teen Fest and the Safe Summer Program

GREENBELT, MD- Kick off the summer season in style with the Safe Summer Teen Fest and the Safe Summer program!

At Teen Fest, teens ages 13-17 will enjoy various activities including basketball, swimming, art, live entertainment, and more. Safe Summer Teen Fest is a free event and will take place at Allentown Splash, Tennis, and Fitness Park on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

What's hot? Safe Summer! This program for participants ages 12-24 provides a late night safe haven for individuals to have fun trying recreational activities. Safe Summer runs at various M-NCPPC sites from Friday, June 24 - Saturday, August 13, 2016. Hours and ages vary by location.

For more information, visit www.pgxtremeteens.com.

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Teen Fest); Friday, June 24 - Saturday, August 13, 2016 (Safe Summer program)
Where: Allentown Splash, Tennis, and Fitness Park (7210 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744) (Teen Fest); Various sites (Safe Summer program)
Cost: Free
Ages: 13-17 (Teen Fest); 12-24 (Safe Summer programs)
Reservations: Register in SMARTlink using barcode number 1656165 (Teen Fest)


The Department of Parks and Recreation's Xtreme Teens program is designed with teens in mind. The program offers a variety of activities from sports, girls-only programming, arts, and workshops, among others.

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 – May 26, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-277-2863; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
OFFICE: 301-446-3306; Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

Opening Reception: Between the Real & Imagined and Artist Talk featuring Carol Barsha

BRENTWOOD, MD – Explore the exhibition Between the Real & the Imagined or attend an artist talk featuring Carol Barsha at the Brentwood Arts Exchange during the month of June.

Between the Real & the Imagined explores the interpretation of nature in imaginary and fantastical forms. This two-person exhibition features colorful paintings by Carol Barsha and sculptural biomorphic installations by Jackie Brown. It uses imagination, observation, and invention to transport us to a place where things we recognize as nature blur seamlessly into places we know aren’t real.

The Artist Talk features Carol Barsha discussing her vast body of work with the audience. Studying this method since the 1970s, her work consists of closely observed studies from nature that, once distilled, undergo a transformation into larger-than-life versions of themselves. Barsha’s goal is to explore the exquisite beauty of simple and complex structures in the visual world.

Attend the public reception of Between the Real & Imagined on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Return to the Center for the Artist Talk on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Both events are free and no reservations are required.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016, 5-8 p.m. (Reception); Saturday, June 25, 2016, 2-3 p.m. (Artist Talk)
Where: Brentwood Arts Center (3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD 20737)
Cost: Free


The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the public-private partnership Gateway Arts Center, serving as an anchor for Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts, the Brentwood Arts Exchange features a contemporary art gallery displaying diverse exhibitions, a Craft Store promoting local artisans, and a dynamic arts learning classroom/workshop. In addition to the Brentwood Arts Exchange, the Center is also home to the following: a dozen artists' studios and the Gateway Community Development Corporation’s 39th Street Gallery.


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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 26, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7800; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
OFFICE: 301-446-3306; Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

The Department of Parks and Recreation Montpelier Arts Center Presents Spatial Interpretation: 35th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition and Reception

LAUREL, MD – Traverse the realm of installation art in Montpelier Arts Center at Spatial Interpretation, the 35th Annual Invitational Sculpture Reception and Exhibition, created by four Maryland artists.

Leah Cooper draws in a non-traditional way that brings attention to three-dimensional art by highlighting lines and shapes created by shadows. Rob Hackett uses mixed media forms sketched into three dimensions by responding to a wall or space used as a drawing board.

Elizabeth Kendall, a ceramicist, defines space with the conversation between her hands and clay. Working with synthetic materials, Nara Park often uses plastic packaging boxes as building material to create walls and spaces in relation to the permanence of technology versus natural resources.

Attend the public reception of Spatial Interpretation on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Return to the Center for the exhibition from Friday, June 10 - Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both events are free and no reservations are required.

When: Friday, June 10, 2016, 7-9 p.m. (Reception); Friday, June 10 - Sunday, July 31, 2016, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Exhibition)
Where: Montpelier Arts Center (9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708)
Cost: Free


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 – May 24, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306 or anita.pesses@pgparks.com

Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation and Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military

Riverdale, MD – In honor of our armed forces, the Department of Parks and Recreation is offering free tours to active service members from Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, through Labor Day, September 5. Six of the historic house museums of Prince George's County will be offering free tours to active members of the military, current military ID is required, and up to five dependents.

Participating museums include: Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Darnall's Chance in Upper Marlboro, Marietta in Glenn Dale, Riversdale Mansion in Riverdale Park, College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, and Montpelier Mansion in Laurel.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Find out more at: 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 – May 18, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3309; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306 or Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation Wants Your Input on Trails

Riverdale, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks and Recreation is building more trails! The Trails Master Plan for Prince George’s County will plan a +500 trail system for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Help us create the best trail system for Prince George’s County by joining us for a presentation and discussion on the preliminary recommendations in the Draft Trails Master Plan on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentation is from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Rd., Hyattsville, MD 20785
To download the Draft Trails Master Plan, provide comments on the plan or learn more about the project, visit: www.pgparks.com/TrailsMasterPlan.html.
The Trails Master Plan Vision: “Creating a trail system that provides all residents and visitors with access to nature, recreation, and daily destinations; enriching the economy, promoting sustainability; and increasing opportunities for health.”
• Be with friends and family
• Stay healthy
• Enjoy nature
• Walk to school
• Commute to work
• Visit parks
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.


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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 13, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-6830; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306 or Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

Parks and Recreation Announces Enterprise Golf Course Memberships

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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