Fall 2010 Masthead 2
Week of October 18, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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American Indian Festival
Youth ice hockey
Programs at Montpelier Mansion
The Great Jack-O'-Lantern Campfire
A Celebration of American Dance - Ailey II
Halloween Carnival of Fun
Halloween trip to Kings Dominion
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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. Attend the American Indian Festival. Sign your children up for ice hockey. See Ailey II perform a magnificent dance program. Enjoy Halloween fun! Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation Marketing Team
Experience Native American Indian culture more
American Indian FestivalThe 2nd annual "American Indian Festival" will be held (rain or shine) on Saturday, October 23, from 10 am-4 pm at Patuxent River Park (Upper Marlboro). Admission and activities are FREE. Experience Native American Indian culture and heritage. Enjoy museum quality exhibits, hands-on demos, traditional Indian music, dance performances, storytelling, primitive life skills, flint knapping, tool making, bow making, live bald eagle and hawk appearance, archery contests (with prizes) and more. Arrive by 10:30 and watch a tipi erected. Try Indian tacos and traditional fry bread. Many activities count towards merit badge requirements, IP's and "try-its" for scouts. Nominal fees for food, vendor sales, and raffle tickets (for a collectible "Pendleton" Storyteller blanket and an Indian-style flute). For information call 301-297-4575 or 301-627-6074.
Score a hat trick more
ice hockeyYouth ice hockey teams are now forming at Herbert Wells Ice Rink (College Park). This program, for boys and girls ages 6-16, is designed to enhance skating and hockey skills, and teach participants team concepts. It runs from October - late March, with sessions held on weekends. Limited travel to games is required. A $50 deposit is due at time of registration and the balance is due on or before December 1. The fees below do not include the USA Hockey registration fee of $30. Register for a team according to age group. Mites (ages 6-8): barcode # 309765; Squirts (ages 9-10): barcode # 309816; Pee Wees (ages 11-12): barcode # 317364; or Bantam/Midgets (ages 13-16): barcode # 317365. Fees for the 5-month program are $350/resident;$420/non-resident. For more information contact staff at 301-277-3717.
Share stories about your heritage more
montpelier mansionFamilies are invited to a FREE program at Montpelier Mansion. Show-and-Tell Me About Your Heritage will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 11 am-4 pm. Listen to and share stories about our homes and heritage. You can also bring items from your or your ancestor's homeland, such as clothing, recipes, books, etc., and share their significance. Be sure to see the two FREE historic exhibits on display at Montpelier Mansion while you're there. Between Fences, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, explores ways fences can be divisive, unifying, real, imagined, functional or symbolic. Barriers and Gateways: The Immigrant Experience, a companion exhibit, explores the immigrant experience of local families, neighbors and communities. For more information call 301-377-7817.  
See incredible, hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns more
pumpkinDarnall's Chance House Museum is hosting The Great Jack-O'-Lantern Campfire on Saturday, October 23 at 7 pm on the museum grounds. Everyone's invited to enjoy a dazzling display of dozens of hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns, a fall campfire, popcorn, hot cider, roasting marshmallows, listening to haunted tales and having fortunes told. Kids can hunt for glowing jack-o'-lanterns; they just may win a prize! The fee is $2/person (cash only) and reservations are not needed. Please note: in the event of rain, the program will be held on Sunday, October 24 at 6 pm. For information call 301-952-8010.
Attend amazing dance performances more
aileyAiley II, the second dance company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is performing at the Publick Playhouse on Sunday, October 24 at 4 pm.  This troupe merges the spirit and energy of some of America's brightest young dancers with the vision of leading and emerging choreographers. This program, A Celebration of American Dance, features ballets set to dynamic and poignant music, including traditional spirituals, gospel and blues. Tickets are $25/person and may be purchased at the Publick Playhouse. Call 301-277-1711 for information.
Celebrate Halloween more
halloween nightCalling all ghosts and goblins, princesses and superheroes... It's nearly time for some special, spooky fun!  The Halloween Carnival of Fun will be held at the Prince George's Ballroom on Saturday, October 30 from 12 noon-3 pm. Children ages 12 & under are invited to put on their  Halloween costumes and come by to enjoy fall-themed arts and crafts, a costume contest and pumpkin painting. (Bring your own pumpkin or you may purchase one of ours!) There'll be lots of food and fun. Registration and payment ($3/person) are due by Wednesday, October 27. Please call staff at 301-341-7439 for information and reservations.
Have howling, haunted fun more
Xtreme Teens logoThe Xtreme Teens program is taking a "Haunted Trip & Travel Xscape" to Kings Dominion on Saturday, October 30; teens ages 13-17 are invited to join in on the fun. Fees are $40/person (with M-NCPPC Youth ID) and $50/person (without the ID). The price includes transportation on a coach bus and admission to the park to ride thrilling rollercoasters, visit the Scare Zones and experience nine haunted mazes. No costumes are allowed on the trip. Register at any M-NCPPC community center for program #376614. Participants will be picked up from Kettering/Largo/Perrywood Community Center at 10 am, and will return to the center at about 10 pm. For more information, call 301-446-3416.
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 help4smartlink@pgparks.com.
Have a great week!
The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation