The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has lots for everyone to enjoy here in Prince George's County. Donate a new hat, scarf or gloves for a great cause. See the 2012 Black History Month exhibit. Reserve a picnic area for later in the year. Sign up for the Building Block and the Mis Quince Años programs. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.
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|Help others this week|
|Glassmanor Community Center is holding a winter clothing drive this week. Please bring hats, gloves and scarves to the center for donation to children throughout the Oxon Hill community. Items should be new and suitable for youth ages 5-17. For more information call staff at 301-567-6033. Thanks for helping!|
|See a very special Black History Month exhibit more|
|Montpelier Arts Center (Laurel) is hosting this year's FREE Black History Month exhibit, The First 100 Years: The City of Glenarden, 1910-2010, through Saturday, February 26 from 10 am-5 pm daily. This exhibit documents the history of the City of Glenarden for the past 100 years. At soapbox derbies, sandlot baseball games and Mardi Gras celebrations, residents played together and became like a family as Glenarden grew from a town to a city. If you'd like to attend the FREE reception for this exhibit that will be held on Sunday, February 6 at 2 pm, please call 301-627-2270 to reserve your spot|
|Plan ahead for picnics more|
|Thinking about having a family picnic or corporate picnic later this year at Cosca Regional Park, at Watkins Regional Park or at an open shelter in a park near you? Reservations for these M-NCPPC picnic venues in Prince George's County will be taken beginning Tuesday, February 1 at 8:30 am. Please call the Park Permits Office at 301-699-2400 to make a reservation (note: you'll need a verified SMARTlink account to do so).|
|Sign up for great training more|
|The FREE Building Block Training Program assists teens (13-17) as they venture into the world of employment and volunteering. The program features four different "blocks," which combine great activities and valuable lessons to help youth give back to the community, fulfill student service learning requirements and learn important work skills. Registration begins online on February 1; youth may register for one, two, three or all four blocks. Those who attend all four blocks will receive an awesome gift at the end of the trainings. Student service learning hours will be awarded for each completed training session. Read more here.|
|Make your dreams come true more |
Young ladies ages 13 to 15 are invited to sign up for the Mis Quince Años program! Participants will enjoy self-improvement and college preparation workshops, and will prepare for a magnificent Quinceañera celebration in the spring! Read more here
|Enjoy great jazz more|
Café Grove, a coffee house for youth ages 12-18, will be held at Marlow Heights Community Center on Friday, February 4. In addition to having an open mic and a visual arts contest with cash prizes, Suitland High School's Jazz Ensemble will give a live performance. The fee ($3/person) includes refreshments. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm. For more information call staff at 301-446-3232.