March 11 Masthead
Week of March 14, 2011
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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Explore College Park Aviation Museum
A jazz workshop with Lafayette Gilchrist
The 9th Annual World Dance Showcase
Summer Playgrounds and Xtreme Teen Centers
The Surratt House Museum
Visit your parks for plenty of fun
Women Entrepreneur Showcase
Great meeting sites
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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 a magnificent dance performance. Visit the Surratt House Museum and College Park Aviation Museum to learn some fascinating local history. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

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Head "Wright" to College Park Aviation Museum for a great family experience
College Park Aviation Museum exhibitsCollege Park Aviation Museum is a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that features animatronics and interactive exhibits that tell the story of College Park Airport - the "World's Oldest Continuously Operating Airport."  The museum highlights many significant aviation achievements that have occurred since Wilbur Wright taught the first military aviators to fly. Click here to learn more about this exciting museum and to see a calendar of special museum activities coming up.
Attend a jazz workshop
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Jazz pianist Lafayette Gilchrist will give a FREE workshop at Montpelier Arts Center (Laurel) on Friday, March 18 at 4 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for the jazz enthusiast or budding jazz pianist. Mr. Gilchrist will talk about how he developed his own style of playing within the broader context of both jazz piano styles and history, and he will illustrate this theme by playing selected pieces. For more information, call or email the arts center at [email protected] or 301-377-7800 or 410-792-0664.


Enjoy an amazing dance performance
korean drummersThe Prince George's Publick Playhouse (Cheverly) is hosting the 9th Annual World Dance Showcase on Saturday, March 19 at 8 pm. The evening's lineup includes Alma Boliviana, DC Casineros, Jayantika Dance Company, Kalinka Dance Ensemble, Washington Korean Dance Company and Xuejuan Dance Studio. These performers will display their rich dance heritage and beautiful, traditional costumes. Tickets are $12/person; $10/students, seniors, groups of 15 or more and Dance Pass holders. For more information call 301-277-1710.
Plan your summer fun
summer funSummer playground programs and Summer Xtreme Teen Centers will be conducted at neighborhood locations throughout the county Mondays-Fridays between June 27 and August 5. Summer playground programs are for Prince George's County residents ages 6-12, and Xtreme Teen Center programs are for residents ages 13-17. Registration for both programs begins at 9 am on April 1. Read more here so that you have all the information you need to register.
Visit the Surratt House Museum before you see The Conspirator
conspiratorThe Conspirator, a new film directed by Robert Redford, will be distributed for theatrical release next month. The movie focuses on the trial of Mary Surratt, who was convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln's assassin. Before you go to the movie, be sure to visit and tour the Surratt House Museum to learn some fascinating history and find out how this local farmhouse is infamously connected to the Lincoln assassination. Read more here about this unique historic site in Clinton.
Live more, play more at parks throughout the county
Patuxent River Park bridgeApril 8 is officially Visit a Park Day.  There's plenty for everyone to enjoy at M-NCPPC parks throughout Prince George's County. Take a walk, ride a bicycle, fly a kite, or playball.. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, walking your dog, having a picnic, and more. Visit and click on the bar on the right side of the page that says Find a Park.  You'll be able to search by park name, zip code, or park amenities to find a park for your family's outing.
Be part of the Women Entrepreneur Showcase
women entrepreneur showcaseIn honor of Women's History Month, Marlow Heights Community Center is hosting a Women Entrepreneur Showcase on Saturday, March 26, from 11 am-3 pm. Would you like to be a vendor at this event?  We're looking for female entrepreneurs, business owners and crafters.  If you are interested in learning more about vendor opportunities, please contact Ms. Harris Moore at 301-505-0896.
Host memorable meetings at sites throughout the county
business riversdaleLooking for a great place to hold a meeting for your company, business or organization? Consider a beautiful historic site in Prince George's County! Click here to read more and take a photo tour of these interesting, elegant venues.
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 [email protected].
Have a great week!
The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation