Summer 10 Masthead
Week of July 12, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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Baseball extravaganza
Hip-Hop Poetry Choir
Safe Summer pool parties
Family Fun Day
The Lanham Arts Infusion
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Parks and Recreation live more, play more logoGreetings!

Park and Recreation Month continues! The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has lots for everyone to enjoy here in Prince George's County. Attend Family Fun Day, a needleart show, a hip hop poetry choir performance, a jazz concert, or a baseball clinic. Enjoy swimming to beat the heat. Live more, play more at the park and recreation facilities in your community.
Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation Marketing Team
Batter up more
baseball gloveFind out all about baseball at the 2010 Baseball Extravaganza - The Potter Bus Tour at Bowie Baysox Stadium on Wednesday, July 14. Youth ages 8-12 may attend a FREE clinic from 10 am-2 pm; youth ages 13 & up may attend a FREE clinic from 1-3 pm. Bring your baseball equipment (glove, bat and shoes) for active participation. To register, or for more information call 301-446-6800. A baseball panel discussion for parents, coaches and fans will be held from 2-3:30 pm. Then you can enjoy two great games. The preliminary game (13-u, Prince George's County vs. Southern MD counties) begins at 4 pm. The Tour Game (15-u, Prince George's County vs. Potter's Tour Team) begins at 7:30 pm. Game tickets are $5/person (FREE for ages 6 & under).
Jazz up your Thursday morning more
violinThe Susan Jones Jazz Trio will give a FREE, outdoor performance for seniors (ages 60 & better) on Thursday morning, July 15. Come on out to Snow Hill Manor for the 10:30 am concert and put a little delight into your day. Advanced registration is requested. Please call staff at 301-725-6037 or 301-249-2004 to let them know to expect you. Visit and look for the entry that reads "Attend summer concerts more" to read about the FREE live jazz, soul, and bluegrass concerts, Shakespeare in the Parks productions and more at sites throughout Prince George's County from now until August.
Be wowed by exquisite needleart more
needleartThe 15th Annual Needleart Show at Montpelier Mansion, sponsored by Stitching Pretty of Laurel, will be held from Saturday, July 17 through Sunday, July 30, 11 am-4 pm daily. Visitors are invited to vote for the "People's Choice" Award. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 16, 3-7 pm and be one of the first to see our popular annual needleart exhibit. Light refreshments will be served. Fees (for the opening reception and the exhibit) are $6/adults, $5/seniors, $3/children. For more information call 301-377-7817.

See Hip Hop Poetry Choir more
teen singerExpressions Talk Up, Not Down 2010 presents the 4th Annual Hip Hop Poetry Choir on Friday, July 16 at 7 pm at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. This FREE show features teen participants in the Expressions 2010 Poetry Residency Camp at the Patuxent River 4-H Center. Guest artists including The Poetry Man, Phoenix, Sistah Joy, Queen Gyre and Sanjo Jendayi will also perform. Tickets are not required. For more information call 301-446-3237.
Attend a pool party more
teen poolSafe Summer is making a splash this summer, hosting the biggest late-night pool parties in Prince George's County. Young people (ages 12-17) are invited to join us Saturday, July 17 from 8-11 pm for one of three, mid-summer pool parties: Swag Splash at Allentown Sports & Fitness Pool, Summer Splashback at The Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, and Carnival at the Crest at Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Park. Admission is FREE. Come enjoy music from the hottest DJ's, free food and lots of prizes. Safe Summer sites will provide free transportation to and from the centers for their area-specific event. Call a Safe Summer site near you for information.
Have lots of family fun more
montpelier family fun dayEveryone's invited to Family Fun Day at Montpelier Mansion on Sunday, July 18 from 4-6 pm. Explore the beautiful grounds, play games, do a craft, dress up in old-fashioned clothes, and take a tour. What a nice way to spend a summer evening. Visitors are welcome to have a picnic dinner on the grounds, but please have a "rain plan" as there are no indoor eating facilities at Montpelier. This event is FREE! Canned food accepted for donation to local food banks. For information call 301-377-7817.

Stay cool in the heat and humidity more
hamilton poolWhat a great time to enjoy a cool, relaxing swim! M-NCPPC operates swimming pools throughout Prince George's County. Visit pools with slides, tipping buckets, lily pad crossings or spray features. You can even make a reservation to host a birthday party at one of the pools. Click here for plenty of information about aquatics programs and facilities available to you. For more information call 301-446-6800.
Enjoy cultural resources more
SaxaphoneThe first Lanham Arts Infusion family celebration, featuring The Billy Taylor Jazzmobile from New York City, will be held on Saturday, July 24, from 2-8 pm at Lanham Sports Park (7700 Good Luck Road). This event brings the community, art and music lovers together. Live, world-class entertainment will be showcased. Art exhibitions, a kids pavilion, arts, crafts and food will be available. The Jazzmobile will stage music demonstrations for attendees during the day, which will then be highlighted with evening performances by the great Winard Harper Sextet, Marcus Mitchell Project, and Shawn Allen.  Admission is FREE! For more information call 301-227-1402.
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