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Week of May 17, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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Enjoy a history lecture
Roller skate on Friday nights
Participate in a baseball clinic
It's time for Pirate Fest
Celebrate Palmer Park Day
Learn about the Make a Splash initiative
June features some great programs
Safe Summer
Explore our website
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Envision Prince George's
Parks and Recreation logoGreetings!

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has lots for everyone to enjoy here in Prince George's County. Live more, play more at the park and recreation facilities in your community. Attend a lecture, a baseball clinic, Pirate Fest, or the Palmer Park Day festivities. Enjoy roller skating at Wells Ice Rink. Find out about some great, FREE aquatics opportunities. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation Marketing Team
Attend great lectures more
gemsMontpelier Mansion is hosting a FREE spring history lecture, Gems of Endearment, for people ages 12 & over on Wednesday, May 19, at 7:30 pm. This lecture features master gemologist and appraiser Lynne Loube who will speak about the jewelry of George and Martha Washington. Ms. Loube has been an appraiser for over thirty years, and is one of the leading experts on the Washington jewelry. This talk is sure to give you a clearer and more detailed picture of America's first couple. No reservations required. Delicious refreshments will be served. For more information call 301-377-7817.
Roll on more
roller skatesEnjoy roller skating at Wells Ice Rink on Friday nights from 8-11 pm. The fee ($6/resident; $7/non-resident) includes admission and skate rental and the venue features lights and a DJ. You can rent roller skates or in-line skates - your choice! No reservations needed; just drop by for fun. If you're planning a party, consider hosting it at Wells Ice Rink. The fee ($180/resident; $200/non-resident) includes a room, tables & chairs, DJ, plus admission and skate rental for 20. Party set up starts at 7:30 pm; clean up must be complete by 11 pm. For information, call 301-277-3717.
Enjoy America's favorite pastime more
baseballBoys & girls ages 7-15 are invited to attend a FREE baseball clinic at Bowie High School (15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie) on Saturday, May 22 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Bring your glove, bat and shoes and have a great time participating. The clinic will be conducted by former major league players and local high school coaches. To register, call 301-446-6800 or just come by and register in-person the day of the clinic. For more information, call 301-446-6828.
Live the pirate's life more
Pirate FlagEver dreamed about life on the high seas in the 18th century? Why did sailors swab the deck? Did they really walk the plank? Come to Pirate Fest on Saturday, May 22, from 11 am-4 pm on the grounds of Darnall's Chance House Museum. Featured at this event are swashbuckling reenactors, hands-on children's activities, live music, food, a children's pirate costume contest, a treasure hunt, and more for wannabe pirates and landlubbers alike. The fee is $5/person; FREE/ages 4 & under. No pets allowed. For information call 301-952-8010.
Attend community festivities more
moonbounceSaturday, May 22 is Palmer Park Day! The fun begins with a parade at 11 am at Matthew Henson Elementary School (7910 Scott Road, Landover). From 12 noon-4 pm enjoy games, prizes, a moon bounce and plenty of fun at Palmer Park Community Center. Admission is FREE; nominal fees charged for some activities. For more information call 301-773-5665.

Learn water safety and swimming skills more
Make A Splash LogoThe Department of Parks & Recreation has joined forces with USA Swimming Foundation's "Make a Splash" initiative to offer FREE Water Safety & Swim Lessons to Prince George's County youth ages 6-17 who have a FREE M-NCPPC Youth ID card. The program offers four (4) FREE Water Safety & Swim Lessons designed to increase awareness about safety in, on, and around water and to promote drowning prevention. The four "Make a Splash" sites include Allentown Fitness & Splash Park (Fort Washington), Fairland Aquatic Center (Laurel), Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex (Landover), and Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool (Chillum). Registration for the program begins May 31. Register through SMARTlink; click browse, click aquatics, select the location of your choice, and click on the Water Safety course you're interested in, based on participant's age and skill level.
Make note of upcoming events more
bbq logoWhat's on your calendar for June? Be sure to leave time to attend two great programs at Watkins Regional Park next month. The 2010 Beltway BBQ Showdown will be held at the park on Saturday, June 5 and the Juneteenth celebration will take place at the park on Saturday, June 19. The Beltway BBQ Showdown (12 noon- 5 pm) will feature great food, live blues music, a car show, children's activities and lots of fun. The Juneteenth celebration (12 noon-5 pm) will include live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, genealogy sessions, food and fun for the whole family. Read more about these great programs at www.pgparks.com.
Enjoy late nights more
safe summer logoFrom June 25 to August 21, M-NCPPC will extend facility hours from 10 pm to midnight at 24 sites to provide young people ages 12-24 throughout Prince George's County with FREE late-night activities and events. Safe Summer is an initiative to keep youth and neighborhoods in the county safe by providing positive late-night alternatives during those homework-free summer months. Activities at Safe Summer locations include laser tag, Nintendo Wii competitions, basketball leagues, movie nights, and pool parties-just to name a few. For more information about Safe Summer, or to find an extended-hours facility in your neighborhood, visit www.pgxtremeteens.com.
Browse our award-winning website more
gold medal awardThe www.pgparks.com website was honored last month with the Gold Award by the League of American Communication Professionals. Our site competed against more than 325 entries in the 2009 Spotlight Awards competition and earned a near perfect score of 98 out of 100. If you haven't logged on to www.pgparks.comlately, be sure to visit our acclaimed site soon!
There's always something good going on in Prince George's County. Browse www.pgparks.com 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