Summer 10 Masthead
Week of June 28, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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Go for a family grand slam
You are cordially invited to volunteer
Safe Summer programs have begun
Music in the parks
Community flea market
Great summer opportunities
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Parks and Recreation live more, play more 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. Go to a baseball game. Volunteer and help with the Parks & Recreation: 2010 and Beyond initiative. Sign your children up for a summer playground, summer day camp or Xtreme Teen Center program. Make late nights, great nights at a Safe Summer site. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

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Take 'em out to the ballgame more
baseballNothing says summer quite like a fun, family outing to the ballpark. Prince George's Stadium in Bowie is home to the Bowie Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles' Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League. The Baysox have a 7-game home stand from Monday, June 28 through Sunday, July 4. Enjoy great baseball, Louie (the lovable mascot), special promotions and tasty ballpark food. For game schedules, ticket prices and all the details, visit

Volunteer for interesting tasks more
heronWe'd love your continued help with the Parks & Recreation: 2010 and Beyond - the community needs assessment project that helps identify needs for recreation programs, parks, trails, and open space in Prince George's County. As part of this initiative, volunteers, ages 18 & up, are being recruited to work as "counters" for the Space Use Project. This will help staff better understand how space and rooms at M-NCPPC community centers, senior activity centers, nature centers and historic sites throughout the county are being used. At 10 am, 2 pm and 8 pm each day from July 11 to July 24, "counters" will count and document the number of patrons using rooms in an assigned facility. Volunteers who successfully complete the entire assignment on time will receive a gift card incentive. We greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer. For information call 301-864-6957.To sign up to volunteer, click here.
Make late nights great nights more
safe summer logoThe Safe Summer program has something for everyone (ages 12-24)! Young ladies, for instance, are invited to participate in enriching social activities including Hillcrest Heights Community Center's "Girl Power" program and/or Glassmanor Community Center's "Social Butterflies" program. Here, they'll have opportunities to participate in workshops geared towards topics they deal with at school, at home and with peers, as well as to enjoy fun, recreational activities. To learn more about these programs or other Safe Summer late-night activities, visit Twenty-four (24) Safe Summer sites throughout Prince George's County are open from 10 pm to midnight this summer; find a facility near you!
Share immigrant experiences more
between fences logoThis fall, Montpelier Mansion will host Between Fences, a traveling exhibit that's part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Museums on Main Street" initiative. As a host site for this extraordinary exhibit, staff is creating a companion exhibit based on fences, boundaries and barriers. Working with the Laurel Museum, Montpelier Mansion has chosen to examine the invisible, yet real, barriers faced by immigrants and forced migrants. This companion exhibit "Barriers and Gateways: The Immigrant Experience in Laurel, Maryland" will explore the challenges and successes of local families, neighbors and communities. We encourage you to get involved in this wonderful project. If you have stories to share about your family's immigrant experience in the greater Laurel area, past or present, please contact us in one of the following ways: Click hereto fill out a form; contact Holly Burnham at 301-377-7817; OR email Montpelier Mansion at [email protected], and put Between Fences in the subject line.
Play more, lots more
day camp kidsSummer playgrounds, summer day camps, and summer Xtreme Teen Centers offer lots of great activities for youth. Read more here so you can register your children for programs that'll make summer 2010 loads of fun.
Learn to swim safely more
inside pool swimming lessonsThe 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.  Spaces are still available for both sessions!  Visit your local M-NCPPC community center or swimming pool to sign up today!  Learn more here.

Next month, savor Shakespeare more
shakespeareThat which we call a rose... Parting is such sweet sorrow... You kiss by th' book...
Come hear some of Shakespeare's most beloved words spoken with a freshness and honesty unmatched in any other theatre. In this truly "edge-of-your-seat" performance, you'll experience the joy and heartbreak of Romeo and Juliet with all the immediacy of the first - because it is the first time! Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a FREE performance in park of your choice - performances will be held Wednesday, July 21, Thursday, July 22, Friday, July 23, Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25 at different sites! Call 301-446-3232 or click here to download the brochure.
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