April 11 Masthead
Week of April 11, 2011
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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Abraham Lincoln, Mary Surratt and U.S. history
A community health fair
The 19th annual Multi-Period Living History Encampment
Family Golf Time Special at Henson Creek
Mother Goose Tea
The Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts
Make May festive
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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has lots for everyone to enjoy here in Prince George's County. Experience history at the Surratt House Museum and the 19th annual Multi-Period Living History Encampment. Attend a health fair, a Mother Goose tea, and The Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts. Enjoy some quality family time playing golf at Henson Creek Golf Course. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

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The Surratt House Museum and
The Conspirators
conspiratorThe Conspirator, a new film directed by Robert Redford, will be opening in theaters nationwide starting April 15. The movie focuses on the trial of Mary Surratt, who was convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln's assassin. After you see the film, save your ticket stub, bring it to the Surratt House Museum and receive a FREE tour of the museum - one FREE tour per theater ticket stub - good through December 1, 2011. Learn some fascinating history and find out how this local woman and her farmhouse are infamously connected to the Lincoln assassination. Read more about this unique historic site in Clinton here.
Focus on total body health
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Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex in Laurel is hosting a FREE Community Interactive Health Fair on Saturday, April 16, from 10 am-2 pm. Come ready to participate in FREE health screenings, triathlon and walk/run training, fitness programs, tennis, swimming (bring your swim suit), classes, children's activities and more. People of all ages will have fun and learn how to improve their overall health. This health fair is sponsored by M-NCPPC and the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. For more information call staff at 301-362-6060.
It's just about time for history to come to life
soilder cartoonsMarching Thru Time, the 19th annual Multi-Period Living History Encampment, will be held on the grounds of Marietta House Museum  (Glenn Dale) on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 11 am-5 pm each day. This FREE event features re-enactors from 1st c. Romans through 20th c. World War II, period merchants and a food vendor. FREE parking is available at Glenn Dale Community Center, with continuous shuttle service to the event. For more information call 301-464-5291.
Family Time Golf Special at Henson Creek Golf Course 
Henson Golf CourseWhat can make quality family time even better? Mix it with fun, healthy recreation and a special discount! Henson Creek Golf Course (Fort Washington) is introducing its 2011 Family Golf Time Special. Beginning Saturday, April 16, after 1 pm on Saturdays, and after 4 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, greens fees for junior golfers (ages 7-17) are only $5 when accompanied by a paying adult golfer age 18+. What a great way for family members of all ages to enjoy a terrific game, a great course, and fun times! (Please note: holiday dates are excluded from this special rate.) For more information call 301-567-4646.
A special event for fairy tale fans
nursery rhymeChildren ages 6 & up are invited to Darnall's Chance House Museum in Upper Marlboro for a Mother Goose Tea on Saturday, April 16 at 2 pm. The program will feature characters from children's nursery rhymes, flavored teas, delicious desserts, and nursery rhyme-inspired fun! Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.v Fees are $12/resident and $15/non-resident. You must register for this program via SMARTlink (Activity #435864). Need help using this registration system? Call staff at 301-699-CALL(2255) for assistance.
Herbs, tea, the arts and more
herbs tea penThe Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts, on the beautiful grounds of Montpelier Mansion and Arts Center in Laurel, takes place on Saturday, April 30 from 10 am-4 pm. Admission is FREE. This year's theme is "teas of the world." Vendors with crafts, gourmet food, garden accessories, herbs and plants will be there. Enjoy workshops, lectures and live entertainment including an authentic Chinese lion dance, an African choir, Indian dance and more. Mansion tours, open art studios, tea in the mansion, a "teas of the world" tea tasting and hands-on art and history activities for all ages will also be held. There'll be talks and demos on silhouette making, vegetable gardening, herbal skin care, kite making, basket making and more. Festival sponsors include the Friends of Montpelier, Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, and Grand Rental Events. For more information, call 301-377-7817. 
April showers bring May festivals

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What's on your family's calendar for May? Many wonderful family festivals are scheduled for everyone's enjoyment including the following:
  • Hillcrest/Marlow Heights Community Day - Saturday, May 7, 9 am-3 pm at Hillcrest Heights Comm. Ctr.
  • The 35th annual Marlborough Day - Saturday, May 7, 10 am-5 pm on Main St. and Governor Oden Bowie Rd. (Upper Marlboro)
  • The 12th annual Harlem Renaissance Festival - Saturday, May 7, 10 am-7 pm at Kentland Comm. Ctr.
  • Seat Pleasant Day - Saturday, May 7,11 am-7 pm at Goodwin Park
  • Palmer Park Day - Saturday, May 14, 12 noon- 4 pm at Palmer Park Comm. Ctr.
  • Birchwood City/Clearview Community Day - Saturday, May 21, 9 am- 5 pm at Birchwood City Comm. Building
  • Festival of Nations - Sunday, May 22, 12 noon- 5 pm at Tucker Road Athletic Complex in Fort Washington. For more information visit www.pgparks.com.
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