Summer 10 Masthead
Week of July 26, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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Extraordinary venues
The ThingamajigŪ Invention Convention
Salsa, everyone?
Take a bike ride
National Dance Day Xplosion
Experience nature
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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. Enjoy a live performance by local teens, incredible dance programs and The ThingamajigŪ Invention Convention. Rent a bicycle and go for a ride along the trails system. Live more, play more at the park and recreation facilities in your community.

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Find a perfect venue for corporate events more
oxon hill exteriorM-NCPPC operates facilities throughout Prince George's County that will meet your needs for great, successful, memorable corporate events. Bring your guests to a well-appointed mansion or manor where staff will arrange for the setup, food, beverages and amenities that will make your meetings and retreats just perfect. Consider Oxon Hill Manor or Newton White Mansion for your next business meeting, retreat or special event. Read more here.
Let your imagination run wild more
Show Place Arena facadeTake flight and let your imaginations soar at the 16th Annual ThingamajigŪ Invention Convention! The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington will host this incredible, FREE event on Thursday, July 29 from 10 am-3 pm at the Prince George's County Equestrian Center/Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. Children ages 5-14 will have the opportunity to participate in exciting, interactive activities and an eco-friendly invention competition. Enjoy the innovative, imaginative fun and very special challenges. To register and/or receive more information, please call 800-473-YMCA or visit
Cut loose more
bootsPrince George's Summer Teen Theatre presents "Footloose," a lively musical about teens, rebellion and dance. Enjoy performances by talented Prince George's County teens. The show will be held at High Point High School in Beltsville on Saturday, July 31 at 8 pm and Sunday, August 1 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children under age 12, and $12 for seniors ages 62 & better. For more information visit
Delight in dance more
Publick Playhouse audienceEngage in something wonderfully different!  SHOEBERT ALLEY GOES SALSA is coming to the Publick Playhouse on Saturday, July 31. The event begins at 6 pm with a one-hour salsa dance lesson, followed by Bio Ritmo's Salsa Machine from Richmond with a two-hour set that invites party goers to dance in the aisles and in the alley beside the theatre. Latin food will also be available at this indoor/outdoor rain-or-shine party. Tickets are $15/person, or gain admission by bringing a NEW pair of shoes & socks for a toddler or school age child. People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call 301-277-1710.
Ride the trails more
bicycle trailBicycles are now available to rent Mondays-Fridays (9 am-6:30 pm), Saturday (9 am-5:30 pm) and Sundays (12 noon-5:30 pm) at the Wells/Linson Complex in College Park. Select from cruisers, mountain bikes, tandems and 3-wheel adapted bicycles! The complex is located along the Anacostia Tributary Trail System which features miles of paved trail for hiking and biking. To learn more call staff at 301-277-3717.
Be part of something BIG more
national dance dayThe Prince George's Sports & Learning Comlex will be hopping on Saturday, July 31 from 6-10 pm for the National Day Day Xplosion program. M-NCPPC will join with the Fox hit television show So You Think You Can Dance in celebrating National Dance Day by bringing a large group of participants together to perform a great, energetic hip-hop dance number. We hope that hundreds of youth will participate in the program. Visit to see video of the routine that'll be performed. Come to the Xplosion on the 31st and be part of the biggest dance performance in Prince George's County!
Nurture nature more
owlClearwater, Mount Rainier and Watkins Nature Centers offer visitors great opportunities to get close to nature. See live animals and nature-themed displays, and enjoy hands-on activities. Learn about reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey. Attend a campfire program, take a guided hike, or learn the art of basket weaving. Read more about great nature center programs and activities here.
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
Have a great week!
The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation