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Week of May 31, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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Instant Recess® - Let's Move
Make a Splash
BBQ fun
National Trails Day
Explore Rome
Get involved
Youth hoops leagues
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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. Enjoy a free workout, learn water safety and swimming skills, take a hike, explore Rome, sign up for a summer basketball league, or come out and experience some great tasting BBQ. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation Marketing Team
Work out more
Let's MoveExercise, get in shape, and live a healthy lifestyle for FREE! As part of our new Instant Recess® - Let's Move initiative, we are encouraging Prince George's County residents ages 18 & over to visit any M-NCPPC community center or sports complex in the county and enjoy FREE use of the fitness equipment. This opportunity is only valid during Instant Recess® - Let's Move days and times. For more information or to get started now, visit us online

Learn to swim safely more
Make a SplashThe Department of Parks & Recreation has joined forces with the USA Swimming Foundation's "Make a Splash" initiative to offer FREE water safety & swim lessons to youth ages 6-17 in Prince George's County this summer. There are four "Make a Splash" sites including Allentown Fitness & Splash Park (Fort Washington), Fairland Aquatic Center (Laurel), Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex (Landover), and Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool (Chillum). Classes will be offered in two, 4-week sessions on Friday evenings beginning June 18 and July 23.   Participants must have an M-NCPPC Youth ID to register for this program. Registration begins May 31. Visit your local community center or swimming pool to register. Learn more »

Enjoy BBQ more
Beltway BBQ ShowdownWe're serving up twice the fun this year with two days of great tasting BBQ. On Friday, June 4 from 7 - 10 pm, check out what our teens are dishing out at the first-ever Xtreme Teens BBQ Grill Off. Visit www.pgxtremeteens.com for entertainment and activity highlights. Then on Saturday, June 5 from 12 noon to 5 pm come watch teams from up and down the east coast compete in the 4th Annual Beltway BBQ Showdown for bragging rights and a cash prize for the best tasting BBQ. Entertainment includes performances by blues groups, a classic car show, and games, face painting and crafts for the children. Both events are FREE, with minor charges for some activities, and will take place at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, MD. For more information, call 301-627-2828.

Connect with nature more
National Trails DaySaturday, June 5 marks the 18th Annual National Trails Day, a long-standing celebration of America's magnificent trail system. National Trails Day is sponsored by the American Hiking Society, a national organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America's hiking trails. Take this opportunity to get outdoors and experience beautiful, natural areas of Prince George's County. Participate in a guided nature hike, bicycle tour, birding hike or kayak trip around the county. If you can't join us for a National Trails Day event, M-NCPPC maintains approximately 40 miles of paved and natural surface trails throughout the county that you can explore on your own. Learn more »

Explore Rome more
Riversdale House MuseumEarly 19th century America was greatly influenced by the classical world. Come to Riversdale House Museum on Saturday, June 5, 10 am & Sunday, June 6, 12 noon to celebrate ancient Rome. Enjoy battle demonstrations by Legion XX on the lawn and neoclassical pastimes inside the museum. Admission ($5/person; $3/student) includes all activities. All ages welcome. For more information, call 301-864-0420.

Get involved more
Envision logoOn June 11, 2010, join fellow Prince Georgians at the Envision Prince George's Economic Outlook Forum for the unveiling and launch of the Vision, Goals, and Action Agenda, which was developed by stakeholders during the  21st Century Town Meeting. This meeting will give residents a chance to discuss best practices to help bring the Vision for Prince George's County's future to life. Guest Speakers include: Alaina Beverly, Associate Director, White House Office of Urban Affairs; Shyam Kannan, LEED®AP, Vice President-Director of Research & Development, RCLCO Real Estate Advisors; and John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation. Registration is $25 and includes parking, continental breakfast, program, and lunch. Register today to ensure space availability. Visit www.envisionprincegeorges.org to download registration forms and for payment information.

Dribble and shoot more
Youth basketball leagueHave fun, play ball! Join the Co-ed In-House Basketball Summer League. No prior competitive basketball skills necessary. Summer leagues are being offered for youth ages 8-10 and 11-14, and will start on June 12 (12 weeks) at Beltsville Community Center. Online registration is available through SMARTlink. Ages 8-10 should register using barcode 242815; ages 11-14 use barcode 242864. Fees are $60/resident and $72/non-resident. For more information, call Beltsville Community Center at 301-937-6613.

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 help4smartlink@pgparks.com.
Have a great week!
The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation