May 16 Masthead
Week of May 16, 2011
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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FREE fitness programs
FREE aquatics programs
An informative discussion about go-go's & gangs
Preserve woodlands
The Festival of Nations offers fun for everyone
Watch Prince George's County Planning Board hearings
Find out what's cooking at the Beltway BBQ Showdown
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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 parks and recreation facilities in your community. Cool down and  enjoy FREE aquatics programs. Empower yourself by joining us at information sessions. Help us preserve our environment. Mark your calendars for the Festival of Nations and the Beltway BBQ Showdown. Watch our Planning Board's public hearings LIVE from your computer. Explore the park system and enjoy the social healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation Marketing Team
FREE fitness programs this month
fitness class with resistance band Eat well, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In celebration of 2011 National Fitness Month, the Department of Parks and Recreation invites Prince George's County families to take part in FREE fitness activities throughout May. Fitness activities will be hosted at M-NCPPC parks and recreation venues throughout the county. Activities offered include scenic walks, a Double-Dutch clinic, strength training, ZUMBA, kayaking, and health screenings. Flip through our online brochure and find new ways to get fit, manage stress, or learn a new sport! Click here, look for the entry that says National Fitness Month Free Fitness Program Booklet, and you can read through the list of events.
What will YOU do during National Water Safety Month?
inside pool swimming lessonsIn observance of "National Water Safety Month," the Department of Parks & Recreation is hosting several FREE water safety events this month. These FREE programs include an interactive aquatics education session, water safety programs, introductory swim lessons, a shallow water aerobics program, a learn-to-swim workshop and more. Programs are being conducted at aquatics facilities throughout the county. For detailed information, read more here.
Learn about go-go's and gangs from Park Police
gogo gangsParents are invited to attend an informative discussion about gangs and go-go's at Session 3 of the Parent X-Change series. Experts will discuss the culture of gangs and go-go music in Prince George's County. Parents may attend this FREE discussion on Thursday, May 19 from 7-9 pm at Kettering Middle School (65 Herrington Drive, Upper Marlboro 20772). For more information call staff at 301-446-6866.
Got woodlands?
treesThe Prince George's County Planning Department, in partnership with Forestry for the Bay, the Bay Bank, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a workshop for citizens with woodlands on their property. This event will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 8:45 am-3 pm at the Schmidt Center (18501 Aquasco Road, Brandywine, 20613). Additional information, including directions, registration and fees is available here.
Celebrate Prince George's County's diverse cultures
festival of nations african americanJoin us for the 2011 Festival of Nations to celebrate the cultural diversity of Prince George's County! Stop by Tucker Road Athletic Complex (1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington) on Sunday May 22 between 12 noon and 5 pm (rain or shine) for this terrific event. International food, crafts, customs and traditions will be featured. Enjoy performances, visual and performing arts, games, vendors, displays, exhibits, craft sales, and an exciting interactive children's area with character artists drawing, moon bounces and more. Admission is FREE; nominal fees charged for some activities and concessions. For information call 301-203-6000.

Stay informed more easily
planning boardWeekly public hearings of the Prince George's County Planning Board can now be watched and heard LIVE online. If you are interested in viewing and/or listening to the hearing proceedings, you may access this service through the M-NCPPC Prince George's County Planning Department.
Mmmmm...  can you smell what's cooking?
Beltway BBQ ShowdownWho doesn't love a day filled with family fun, great food and live blues entertainment!? Join us on Saturday, June 4, from 12 noon-5 pm at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro for the Beltway BBQ Showdown. The Kansas City Barbeque Society will highlight the art of barbequing in Prince George's County. Come meet a few east coast BBQ competitors, vote in the "people's choice" sauce contest and also purchase and taste top quality BBQ from competitors. Enjoy an exciting interactive children's play area, games and a moon bounce. Admission is FREE; nominal fees charged for some activities and merchandise vending. For more information call 301-627-2828.
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