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Week of January 31, 2011
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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One Woman's Lasting Legacy: Henrietta Lacks
Africa's gifts to America
Zomema African Dance Ensemble
Seeking Prince Georgians ages 90 & better
Maryland: A House Divided
Pony rides & hayrides
2011 Summer camps, playgrounds & teen centers
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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. Enjoy art, history, dance, exhibits, lectures, pony rides and hayrides. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

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Be "wowed" by art more
picture frame 2Stop by Prince George's Plaza Community Center (Hyattsville) during operating hours to see "Reflections," an art exhibit featuring works by local Hyattsville artists. This exhibit showcases works that reflect diversity, texture, winter, cold, and struggle, and runs through Saturday, February 26. For more information call staff at 301-864-1611.
Experience powerful exhibits more
billingsley house museumBillingsley House Museum is hosting a powerful exhibit, One Woman's Lasting Legacy: Henrietta Lacks, throughout February. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am-3 pm. Ms. Lacks, a black tobacco farmer from southern Virginia, was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 30. Learn about her extraordinary life, her struggles, and the legacy she left that changed modern medicine. Please call staff at 301-627-0730 for driving directions to this venue.
Learn about Africa's gifts to America more
black history coverNoted historian, lecturer and author C.R. Gibbs will speak about some of Africa's greatest contributions to America. Those ages 10 & up are invited to attend this FREE presentation at Oakcrest Community Center (Capitol Heights) on Tuesday, February 1 at 7 pm. C.R. Gibbs is an expert on subjects relating to the African Diaspora and is a renowned historian. For information call 301-736-5355.
Enjoy extraordinary dance performances more
zomema africa danceZomema African Dance Ensemble will give a FREE performance at North Brentwood Community Center on Saturday, February 5 at 1 pm. The high-energy show will feature exciting rhythms, colorful attire, and masterful choreography by Nigerian native Becky Umeh. People of all ages are invited to attend and will enjoy the beautiful performance. For information call 301-864-0756.
Help us celebrate Prince George's County's centenarians more
seeking centernariansThe Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation is collecting information about county residents who are ages 90 & older. Special recognition will be given to centenarians  - residents 100 years old & older - at the Centenarian Event in spring. We need your help identifying Prince George's County residents ages 90 & above. If you know a county resident who will be 90 years old or older as of December 31, 2011 (county residents born on or before December 31, 1921), please share the information with us here. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Explore Maryland's fascinating history more
Surratt House facadeThe Surratt House Museum (Clinton) commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a focus on Maryland's controversial role in one of the most dramatic events in national history. See the exhibit Maryland: A House Divided, Thursdays - Sundays through December. The exhibit is for all ages, and it is FREE to view. For information, call 301-868-1121 or click here.

Ride a pony or take a group hayride more
winter watkins regional parkDid you know that Old Maryland Farm (Upper Marlboro) offers pony rides and group hayrides even during the winter months? Winter pony rides are offered on Saturdays, from 11-11:45 am. The fee is $3/rider and rides are available for those ages 2 & up (weight limit is 145 lbs).  Winter hayrides are available for groups of 10 or more. The fee is $1/person. Call 301-218-6770 for information and reservations.

Think summer more
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Take a sneak peek at the 2011 Summer Camps, Playgrounds & Teen Centers Brochure! Visit and click on the 2011 Summer Camps Brochure you'll see on the left side of the homepage! Day camp registration for Prince George's County residents begins February 26. for more information call 301-699-CALL(2255).

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