Fall 2010 Masthead 2
Week of October 11, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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A special note
The Baden Flea Market
Power of Warmth Blanket Drive
Ice skate at Wells Rink
The Fall Festival of Fun
Passport to (children's) Fitness
Montpelier's Classical Recital Series
15th Annual Jug Bay Run for Wildlife
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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. Sign up to sell your wares at Baden's Flea Market. Enjoy ice skating, attend a festival and a concert, and participate in a special fitness program. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation Marketing Team
An important note for SMARTlink customers
SMARTlink logoWe will be upgrading the SMARTlink registration software to improve our customer experience. As such, all SMARTlink registration services (online, via telephone, and at M-NCPPC facilities) will be unavailable beginning at 6 pm on Tuesday, October 12. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and expect all services to return to normal operation on the morning of Wednesday, October 13. Thank you for your understanding.
Clean more, make more
flea marketTime to clean out your garage, closets, basements and attics! Turn your excess items into instant cash by selling your unwanted items at the Baden Flea Market, scheduled for Saturday, November 6, from 8 am-2 pm. Reservations to rent vendor tables are being taken now through November 1. On November 6, vendors may begin setting up at 7 am in the multipurpose room of Baden Elementary School. Admission for shoppers is FREE!  Vendor table fees are $15/table for residents and $18/table for non-residents. Please call staff at 301-888-1500 to reserve a table.
Help those in need more
blanketsOakcrest Community Center is holding its Power of Warmth Blanket Drive through November 5. Please donate a new or gently-used blanket; your donations will be given to Forestville Health and Rehabilitation Center and Shepherd's Cove Shelter to cover those in need with blankets of love! You may drop off blankets during business hours at any of the following sites: Oakcrest Community Center (Capitol Heights), Seat Pleasant Activity Center, Lake Arbor Community Center (Mitchellville), Langley Park Community Center (Hyattsville), Upper Marlboro Community Center, Central Area Office in Watkins Regional Park, Peppermill Community Center (Landover), William Hall Academy (Capitol Heights), South Bowie Community Center, and M-NCPPC offices on the 1st and 4th floors at 7833 Walker Drive in Greenbelt. Your donations are greatly appreciated. For additional information call 301-736-5355.  
Ice skate more
ice skatersHerbert Wells Ice Rink (College Park) is open to the public for the new winter rink season!  On Friday, October 15, skate at our SUPER SAVER from 3:15 -5:15 pm for only $4. (Fee includes admission and skate rental.) Then join us Friday night for DJSK8 Night from 9-11 pm. (Admission and skate rental $6). Public skate sessions will be held on Saturday, October 16 from 2:30-4:30 pm and Saturday Night Lights from 8-10 pm; admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children, $2 for skate rental. On Sunday, October 17 at Family Skate session (1:30-3:30 pm) two children will be admitted FREE with a paying adult. (Note: Skate rental's not included.) Come skate with us and celebrate the start of a great season!  For more information call 301-277-3717.
Attend fall festivals more
boy with pumpkinThe Fall Festival of Fun will be held on Sunday, October 17, from 1-3 pm at Billingsley Manor (Upper Marlboro). Join us for games, fall arts & crafts and pumpkin painting. (Bring your own pumpkin or purchase one of ours!) We'll provide the art supplies, you provide the creativity. There'll also be a costume contest, prizes, refreshments and food. This program is designed for those ages 12 & under. Registration and payment are required by Wednesday, October 13. Note: Please do not use your GPS for location information; instead, call for driving directions. The fee is $3/person. For registration, payment and driving directions call 301-627-0730 or 301-839-7782.
Introduce your children to fun fitness activities more
gymnastics girlThe Sportsplex Booster Club is sponsoring a special program, Passport to Fitness, on Saturday, October 16 from 3:30-6:30 pm at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex (Landover). To help raise awareness about the childhood obesity epidemic and promote exercise for healthier children, fun, fitness activities for youth will be conducted. Everyone's invited. Admission is $6 for the first child in a family, $4/person for all other children in a family, and FREE for parents. Enjoy active participation and lots of fun. Raffles (for Redskins tickets and more), vendors and the sale of Rita's slushies are also on the agenda. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children's National Medical Center. Events will be held in the gymnastics venue. For more information call 301-257-5145 or 301-233-6112.
Listen to beautiful music more
triple delightThe Montpelier Arts Center (Laurel) Classical Recital series is underway. All recitals are Sundays at 3 pm. This week's recital, on Sunday, October 17, features the "Triple Delight" piano trio - Li Ly Chang on piano, Igor Yuzefovich on violin and Pei Lu on cello. The final concert of the series, on Sunday October 24, will feature young mezzo soprano, Abigail Fischer, in a program of songs from Germany, England and Italy. The accomplished opera singer promises songs from the "light and even silly to the more serious and emotional." Fischer, who will be accompanied by pianist Kimball Gallagher, notes that "We've constructed this recital to be varied and fun." For reservations, call the center at 301-377-7800. Recitals are free with a suggested donation of $5/person.
Run and walk for wildlife more
The M-NCPPC Park Rangers are hosting the Fifteenth Annual Jug Bay 10K/5K Run for Wildlife and 3K Fun Walk on Saturday, November 6 at Patuxent River Park. Proceeds from the run and walk will directly support projects, research and education in the Patuxent River watershed. People of all ages are welcome to sign up. The course takes participants along the banks of the Patuxent River and across a 1,000-foot bridge through a wetland area.

USATF Certified Course: MD07001RT(10K)/MD07002RT(5K). Get all the details (including on line and mail-in registration options) here.
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