Fall 2010 Masthead 2
Week of September 20, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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Active Aging Week programs
Between Fences exhibit
Family Health & Fitness Day
Envision Prince George's
Clearwater Nature Center's Nature Fair
The 18th Annual Bluebird Blues Festival
Join a year-round swim team
Article Volunteer counters wanted
The Park/Community Volunteer Academy
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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. It's Active Aging Week; those ages 60 & better are invited to join us for a variety of fun, health activities. Attend a magnificent exhibit, a nature fair and a blues festival. Join a year-round swim team. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation Marketing Team
Celebrate Active Aging Week more
seniors golf at Paint BranchIn celebration of International Active Aging Week, ladies and gentlemen ages 60 & better are invited out for fun. Between Monday, September 20 and Friday, September 24, more than 20 terrific activities (including tai chi, aerobics, line dancing, tennis, golf, swimming, and a live musical concert) will be held at M-NCPPC sites throughout Prince George's County. The FREE Silver Sneakers Walk, Pedal or Paddle Event (at beautiful Lake Artemesia, on Monday, September 20, 9 am-12 noon) is the kickoff program. Walk around the lake, pedal around the lake on a tandem or three-wheel bicycle, or kayak on the lake. No reservations needed. One lucky individual will win a $100 gift card for participating in Active Aging Week activities; the more activities you participate in, the better your chances of winning! Click hereto read about the programs.
Visit extraordinary exhibitions more
between fences logoBetween Fences is a special, FREE exhibition on display Monday, September 20 through Sunday, November 7, 11 am-4 pm daily, at Montpelier Mansion. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution's Museums on Main Street program. Through selected artifacts, photographs and illustrations, Between Fences explores the multiple meanings behind fences. Montpelier Mansion, in partnership with the Laurel Historical Society and Museum, has created a companion exhibit, Barriers and Gateways: The Immigrant Experience, and supporting programs about the metaphorical boundaries faced by immigrants throughout history. FREE events will be held throughout the exhibition. See a play, enjoy children's programs, attend a "dinner and a movie" event, join a book club, attend lectures and more, all related to our immigrant heritage. Click here for a complete schedule of programs, or call 301-377-7817.
Bring the vision to life more
Envision Prince George'sThousands of Prince Georgians answered the call to help create a brighter future for their communities, schools, businesses, and local neighborhoods through Envision Prince George's. You spoke. Now is your time to act. You are invited to attend the first meeting of the Envision Prince George's Implementation Coordinating Council on Wednesday, September 22, 6:30 pm, at the Prince George's Ballroom (Landover). You'll learn about Community Action Teams formed to achieve results around 14 priority goals outlined in the Envision Prince George's Action Agenda. Anyone interested in the future direction of the county can join the Implementation Coordinating Council. Make sure the time and energy Prince Georgians put into creating the vision results in the changes you want to see; please get involved. RSVP to let us know you'll attend; call 301-952-3594 by Tuesday, September 21. Download a copy of the Envision Prince George'sAction Agenda and get more information here.
Engage in fun, family activities more
family fitness dayEveryone's invited to the Wells-Linson Complex on Saturday, September 25 from 9 am-1 pm to celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day! Run or walk, go for a bicycle ride along a trail, play games, and get information about living a healthy lifestyle. Just drop by; no registration is needed and admission is FREE. Enjoy fitness activities, health screenings, moon bounce, face painting, bicycle rentals, a farmers market, music & more. Also enjoy College Park Cares Kids Run, 5K Race and Fun Walk. Visit www.collegeparkcares.com for detailed information including run/race/walk fee and registration options. For information call 301-446-6800.
Frequent nature fairs more
frog on a rockClearwater Nature Center's Nature Fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 25 from 11 am-4 pm. Enjoy fun activities including animal shows, nature games, crafts, educational presentations, and performances by "Billy B," the Natural Science Song & Dance Man. This nature fair is for people of all ages. Admission is FREE and most activities are free. There are nominal fees for some games and for food. For more information call 301-297-4575.
Bask in great blues music more
music notesIt's time for the 18th Annual Bluebird Blues Festival. Join us on Sunday, September 26 from 1-6 pm at Prince George's Community College. Enjoy foot stompin' blues music, delicious food, children's activities, a blues workshop and more!  Admission is FREE!  For more information call 301-322-0853 or visit www.pgcc.edu.
Compete with PRIDE more
swimmer swimming the butterfly strokeWish you could've competed with the Prince George's PRIDE swim team this summer? Good news!  PRIDE is beginning a year-round program for the first time and youth ages 6-17 are invited to register. PRIDE will train between September, 2010 and May, 2011 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6-7 pm, and Sundays from 1-3 pm at the Robert I. Bickford Natatorium at Prince George's Community College. The team plans to compete in meets beginning in January, 2011! Register through SMARTlink or contact Coach Darius at [email protected]for more information!
Live more, play more, count more
park pavillionContinue supporting 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. Volunteers, ages 18 & up, are being recruited as counters for the Space Use Project to identify how spaces and rooms in designated M-NCPPC buildings throughout the county are being used. At 10 am, 2 pm and 8 pm each day from September 26 to October 2, and October 3, 2010 to October 9, counters will count and document the number of patrons using every room in an assigned facility. Volunteers who successfully complete the entire assignment on time will receive a gift card incentive. To sign up to volunteer, click here. For information call 301-864-6957.
Attend informative academy classes more
The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George's County Division, is hosting a FREE, seven-week Park/Community Volunteer Academy for those ages 18 & up. Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 7-9:30 pm; they begin on September 29 and conclude on November 10. Classes will be held at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex and topics include park rules and regulations, criminal law, traffic law, crime scene management, drug and gang awareness, community outreach programs and CPR (optional). If you would like to attend please contact Officer Gregory Ford at 301-446-6866. At the completion of the academy, participants will receive a certificate and an opportunity to join our Park Police Volunteer Association.
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