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Week of February 1, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
Audition for a Teen Vocal Showcase
Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers
See The African Dance Ensemble perform
Check out summer camps, playgrounds and Xtreme Teen Centers
Discuss the NAACP
Attend the opening reception & exhibition for Black History Month
Parks and Recreation logo Greetings!


The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has lots to enjoy here in Prince George's County this week. Schedule an audition for the 2010 Xtreme Teens Rising Stars Vocal Showcase.  Attend a presentation by the Buffalo Soldiers. See the African Dance Ensemble perform.  Come to the Black History Month opening reception & exhibition. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation Marketing Team
 Schedule your singing audition
Rising Star logo Ladies and gentlemen ages 10-17 who are residents of Prince George's County are cordially invited to audition for the 2010 Xtreme Teens Rising Stars Vocal Showcase. Both soloists and musical groups are welcome to audition. Those who make the cut will have the opportunity to perform in the Showcase at Kay Theatre (University of Maryland) on Saturday, May 15 and compete for prizes ranging from $250-$1,000. Click here to find out about audition dates, times, locations and more so you can schedule your audition and start practicing!  For more information call 301-864-1611; Spanish Line 301-445-4509.
Powerful presentations by the Buffalo Soldiers
Buffalo SoilderEnjoy a presentation by members of the Buffalo Soldiers, 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association. This FREE program will be held at Tucker Road Community Center on Wednesday, February 3 from 10-11:30 am, and is for guests ages 55 & over. Learn about history and this unique African American military experience. For more information call staff at 301-248-4404.
The Buffalo Soldiers will also speak at Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center on Friday, February 5 from 6-8 pm. All ages are welcome to attend; reservations are required. Please call staff at 301-853-2005 to reserve your spot for the Rollingcrest-Chillum presentation.
The African Dance Ensemble is at the Publick Playhouse 
african dance ensembleSee Chuck Davis' high energy dance troupe from North Carolina celebrate African heritage at the Prince George's Publick Playhouse. This internationally acclaimed group features dramatic staging, exciting rhythms and choreography, and colorful costumes. On Thursday, February 4 (10:15 am) and Friday, February 5 (10:15 am & 12 noon) enjoy the African American Dance Ensemble lecture/demo. Tickets are $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more. Intermediate/advanced African dance master classes for adults will be offered on Thursday, February 4 (6:30-8 pm) with the troupe. The fee is $10/person and advanced registration is required. On Friday, February 5, teens (ages 13-17) are invited to the Playhouse for a Teen Movement Workshop from 6:30-8 pm. It's FREE with an M-NCPPC Youth ID card and $10 for all others. Advanced registration is required. On Saturday, February 6, the African Dance Ensemble will perform at the Playhouse at 8 pm. Tickets are $20/person, or $15 for DancePass holders. For information and tickets call 301-277-1710.

Summer camps, playgrounds and Xtreme Teen Centers
There are so many summer camps, playgrounds and teen centers to choose from, you may wish to start planning now. Visit and click on the SMARTlink logo to view listings, descriptions and registration information about summer camps, playgrounds and teen centers. Make note of these important registration dates:
  • Saturday, February 27: Summer camp registration begins at 9 am for Prince George's County residents;
  • Monday, March 1: Summer camp mail-in registrations for Prince George's County residents will be opened beginning at 9 am;
  • Saturday, March 6: Summer camp registration for non-Prince George's County residents begins at 9 am; and
  • Thursday, April 1: Registration for Summer Playgrounds and Summer Xtreme Teen Centers begins at 9 am.
The Impact of the NAACP
Naacp logoBowie Community Center is hosting a forum titled "The Impact of the NAACP - What if it did not Exist?" Come out to this FREE discussion and learn about the nation's oldest, largest, and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. We'll be posing the question: What would this country be like if the NAACP had not been formed? Share your views at this forum scheduled for Saturday, February 6, from 2-3:30 pm. For more information call staff at 301-464-1737.

Black History Month Opening Reception & Exhibition
black history honor rollHonor Roll of Excellence: Prince George's County Schools Named for African Americans
The Prince George's County School System has recognized the legacy of numerous African Americans by naming schools in their honor. In this year's Black History Month Exhibition, M-NCPPC highlights the lives and accomplishments of these extraordinary Americans. See the unveiling of the 2010 Black History Month poster designed by students from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt at this opening reception and exhibition, scheduled at Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center on Sunday, February 7 from 2-4 pm. All ages are welcome and the program is FREE; reservations are required. Please call 301-699-2255 to make your reservation.

There's always something good going on in Prince George's County. Browse to find out what's happening and where. Sign up for classes and activities using the SMARTlink system. Or check out information on parks and trails, community centers, nature centers, sports and arts facilities, and more.
Questions?  Contact our Customer Service Help Desk at 301-699-CALL(2255) or e-mail [email protected].
Have a great week!
The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation