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Celebrating Black History Month, a guide to cultural events and community events in Prince George's County, Maryland.


<ul><li><p>M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince Georges County</p><p>Cultural Events andCommunity Events Calendar</p><p>Black HistoryMonth</p><p>Celebrating-</p></li><li><p>Celebrate and honor African American heritage duringBlack History Month this February with the M-NCPPC Department ofParks and Recreation. From performances to history lessons to festivals, there areplenty of exciting events and activities planned throughout Prince Georges County.</p><p>To register for any of the programs listed in this brochure, call the facility sitedirectly (for TTY service, call 301-699-2544).</p><p>For the latest information on Black History Month happenings, visithttp://blackhistory.pgparks.com beginning Monday, January 3.</p><p>Thursday, Jan. 13-Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 am-5 pm, Daily</p><p>BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITIONThe First 100 Years:The City of Glenarden, 1910 - 2010This exhibit documents the history of the City of Glenarden over the past 100 years. Fromsoapbox derbies and sandlot baseball games to Mardi Gras celebrations, residents of thetown played together and in the process became like family as Glenarden grew from atown to a city.Montpelier Arts Center9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel 20708301-377-7800</p><p>Sunday, Feb. 6, 2-4 pm</p><p>Black History Month OpeningReception &amp; ExhibitionView this years exhibit The First 100 Years: The City of Glenarden, 1910 2010 whichdocuments the history of the City of Glenarden over the past 100 years. See the unveilingof the 2011 Black History Month poster designed by art students from DuVal High Schoolwith assistance from art teacher Laurie Hunt and resident artist Charles Sessoms.All ages; FREEReservations are required for the reception (limited space available).Montpelier Arts Center9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel 20708301-352-4860</p><p>Glenarden 500 winners circle, ca. 1970.Courtesy of Edward and Florid Brown</p><p>Glenardens Girls Softball Team, 1976.Courtesy of Edward and Florid Brown</p></li><li><p>Monday, Jan. 17-Saturday, Mar. 12Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30 am-9:45 pm;Fridays, 8:30 am-4:45 pm; &amp; Saturdays,10 am-3:45 pmArtists Reception: Saturday, Jan. 22, 5-7 pm</p><p>Biannual Fine ArtExhibit: BlackAbstractionWhat comes to mind when you think ofabstract art? Too often, we think of abstract artas just expressively rendered colors and geo-metric shapes on flat canvas, but it encom-passes a range of styles from naturalistic tononobjective. In this exhibition curated byJarvis DuBois, Black Artists of DC takes on theconcept of abstract art in the 21st century. Thegoal is to explore the many dimensions, layers,mediums and possibilities of abstract art.All ages; FREEArts/Harmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070</p><p>Tuesday, Jan. 18Monday, Feb. 288:30 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday andduring events</p><p>Printing the BlackExperienceView prints from three African Americanprintmakers who used disparate styles toaddress roots, culture and community.All ages; FREEPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd.,Cheverly 20784301-277-1710</p><p>Saturday, Jan. 22-Saturday, Feb. 26</p><p>Snapshots: A Pictureof HistoryDiscover the rich African American historyof Prince Georges County by competing inthis countywide photo scavenger hunt.Receive clues via e-mail and use your bestsleuthing skills to figure out which AfricanAmerican heritage site you need to visit.Then, go to the site to take photos and answera trivia questionget the question right, andyou will receive the next clue. The first personto finish the hunt wins a $100 prize pack!To register, or for more information, pleasecall 301-249-7200 Mondays through Fridays(9 am-5 pm). Be sure to visitwww.pgxtremeteens.com for updates.Ages 10-17; FREE</p><p>Saturday, Jan. 22, 7-10 pm (Part I)Saturday, Jan. 29, 7-10 pm (Part II)Saturday, Feb. 5, 7-10 pm (Part III)Saturday, Feb. 12, 7-10 pm (Part IV)Saturday, Feb. 19, 3-5 pm (viewing)</p><p>3D Art Sculpturein Four PartsCommemorate a part of black history byhelping construct a 3D sculpture to celebratethe city of Glenarden. Viewing of the finishedsculpture is scheduled from 3-5 pm on Feb. 19.Ages 10-17; FREE w/M-NCPPC IDUpper Marlboro Community Center5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd.,Upper Marlboro 20772301-627-2828</p><p>Saturday, Jan. 29, 1-3 pm</p><p>Winter on the PlantationThrough hands-on activities, experience thewinter chores and pastimes of Montpeliersenslaved residents. Activities include huntinggames, food preservation, weaving, sewing andcandle making (weather permitting).</p><p>Fee: $5/person;FREE/ages 4 &amp; underMontpelier Mansion9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel 20708301-377-7817</p></li><li><p>Tuesdays &amp; Fridays in Feb., 9 am-3 pm</p><p>One Womans LastingLegacy: Henrietta LacksThis exhibit honors the legacy of Ms. HenriettaLacks, a black tobacco farmer from southernVirginia who had cervical cancer when she was30. Read about her extraordinary life, herstruggles and how she left a legacy thatchanged modern medicine. Please call for driv-ing directions.All ages; FREEBillingsley House Museum6900 Green Landing Rd.,Upper Marlboro 20772301-627-0730, 301-839-7782</p><p>Tuesday, Feb. 1Saturday, Apr. 9Mondays-Fridays, 10 am-8 pm, andSaturdays, 10 am-6 pmArtists Reception: Friday, Feb. 11, 5-8 pm</p><p>Resonant Forms:An Exhibition Featuringthe Artworks of AlonzoDavis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Frank SmithAmong the important centers of AfricanAmerican culture, Prince Georges County andthe surrounding region long have been hometo nationally prominent artists. In celebratinga wealth of culture, the Brentwood Arts Ex-</p><p>change has partnered withthe Prince Georges AfricanAmerican Museum andCultural Center to host ajoint exhibition across twogalleries within the GatewayArts Center. Featuring art-work by Alonzo Davis,Martha Jackson-Jarvis andFrank Smith, Gallery 110will focus on</p><p>two-dimensional artworks by these artists,while the Brentwood Arts Exchange will focuson their sculpture and mixed media artworks.Coinciding with the Gateway Arts Centersone-year anniversary, this powerhouseexhibition should not be missed.All ages; FREEBrentwood Arts Exchangeat Gateway Arts Center3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood 20722301-277-2863</p><p>Tuesday, Feb. 1, 10:15 am &amp; 12 noonWednesday, Feb. 2, 10:15 am &amp; 12 noon</p><p>The Life &amp; Times of FannieLou HamerJoin thedaughter of aMississippisharecropperon her jour-ney to be-coming acivil rightsactivist. Thisproduction by the Touring Theatre of NorthCarolina is a true testament to the life andtimes of African Americans.Tickets: $6/person; $5/person/groups of 15Publick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710</p><p>Tuesday, Feb. 1, 7-8 pm</p><p>Africas Gifts to AmericaJoin us as C. R. Gibbs, a renowned historianof the African Diaspora, speaks on some ofAfricas greatest contributions to America.C. R. Gibbs has co-authored six books and is afrequent national and international historicallecturer.Ages 10 &amp; up; FREEOakcrest Community Center1300 Capitol Heights Blvd.Capitol Heights 20743301-736-5355</p><p>Wednesdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 &amp; 23, 2-4:30 pm</p><p>Black History Month FilmFestivalEnjoy groundbreaking and socially consciousblack cinema from the 1950s through the newmillennium. Featured films include CarmenJones (1954), A Raisin in the Sun (1961),Malcolm X (1992), and Remember theTitans (2000).All ages; FREEHuntington Community Center13022 8th St., Bowie 20720301-464-3725</p></li><li><p>Friday, Feb. 4, 3:30 pm</p><p>The Art of AfricanStorytellingSince ancient times, storytelling in theAfrican culture has been a way of passingon traditions and beliefs from onegeneration to the next. Bring your familyfor a night of century-old tribal talesexpressed through song and dance.Audience participation is stronglyencouraged.All ages; FREEBeltsville Community Center3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville 20705301-937-6613</p><p>Fridays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 &amp; 25, 12 noon-2 pm</p><p>Black Movie CinemaJoin us on Fridays throughout February towatch a movie celebrating black history.Please call for movie titles.All ages; FREEKentland Community Center2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover 20785301-386-2278</p><p>Fridays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 &amp; 25, 1 &amp; 3 pm</p><p>Enslaved Women ofDarnalls ChanceJoin us for a tour that focuses on the AfricanAmerican women who lived and worked atDarnalls Chance with a special emphasis onthe Bentley family of Upper Marlborough.Reservations not required.All ages; FREEDarnalls Chance House Museum14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr.Upper Marlboro 20772301-952-8010</p><p>Friday, Feb. 4, 7- 9 pm</p><p>Black History JeopardyGet ready to test your knowledge of BlackHistory with an interactive version of the hitgame show. DJ O will be our game showhost. Prizes will be awarded to the champion!Ages 10 &amp; up; FREEBladensburg Community Center4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg 20710301-277-2124</p><p>Friday, Feb. 4, 7-9 pm</p><p>Hitting Your WayThrough History:Exploring theNegro LeaguesRelive history with theentire family! Familieswill be given a baseballscorecard to use as theygather interesting factswhile exploring the richhistory of the NegroBaseball Leagues.All ages; FREEOakcrest Community Center1300 Capitol Heights Blvd.Capitol Heights 20743301-736-5355</p><p>Saturday, Feb. 5, 8 am-2 pm</p><p>National Great BlacksIn Wax Museum ExcursionOn this visit to Baltimore, well tour thehistoric Blacks InWaxMuseum. Explore thepast during the Colonial period and learnabout the magnificence of Africa. Enjoylunch at a nearby restaurant (on your own).A continental breakfast will be provided.Ages 10 &amp; up (Ages 17 &amp; under must beaccompanied by an adult.)Fee: $35/person (includes continentalbreakfast, transportation &amp; admission)Prince Georges Sports &amp; Learning Complex8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover 20785301-583-2582</p></li><li><p>Saturdays, Feb. 5 &amp; 12, 10:30 am-12 noon</p><p>Highlights from Africa Ceramic WorkshopsExplore the African continent as you createclay sculptures of various African animals,mold symbols and motifs reflecting the Ghanaheritage and build figurative sculptures thatrepresent Nigeria. Space is limited. Reserva-tions are required by Feb. 2.Ages 6 &amp; up; FREELangley Park Community Center1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville 20783301-445-4508</p><p>Saturday, Feb. 5, 11 am-2 pm</p><p>African Mask WorkshopListen to African music and learn aboutvarious African cultures while making masks.Ages 6-12Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6Potomac Landing Community Center12500 Fort Washington Rd.Fort Washington 20744301-292-9191</p><p>Saturday, Feb. 5, 1-2 pm</p><p>ZomemaAfricanDanceEnsembleExperience the talentedenergies of this interna-tionally acclaimed en-semble. This high energyshow features excitingrhythms, colorful attire,and masterful choreog-</p><p>raphy by Nigerian native Becky Umeh.All ages; FREENorth Brentwood Community Center4012 Webster St.North Brentwood 20722301-864-0756</p><p>Saturday, Feb. 5, 1:30-3 pm</p><p>Lions of Industry,Mothers of InventionUnknown history is revealed as we learn aboutthe giants of African American business andinnovation. Do you know about the amazingghost story of hair care entrepreneur MadameC.J. Walker? What about the paintings of agri-cultural chemist GeorgeWashington Carver,who made over 300 products from the peanut?Or the hilarious antics of George Crum, the in-ventor of the potato chip? Host Booker T.Washington mixes media and audience partici-pation as he brings these champions to life.This event is hosted by Stephen Decatur andTemple Hills community centers.All ages; FREEStephen Decatur Community Center8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton 20735301-297-4648</p><p>Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 pm</p><p>Concert: Night AtThe Cotton Club Harlem RenaissanceOrchestra</p><p>Break out thetuxedos andput yourdancin shoeson! Join us fora gala eveningof music anddancing withthe renownedHarlem</p><p>Renaissance Orchestra. With its mission torevive the music of the Big Band Era and topreserve the music in its living form, theHarlem Renaissance Orchestra givesrecognition to great musical creators,including Count Basie, Duke Ellington,Pops Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman,Lucky Millinder, Earl Fatha Hines, BillyEckstine, Lionel Hampton and many others.All agesTickets: $35/personArts/Harmony Hall Regional Center10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington 20744301-203-6070</p></li><li><p>Saturday, Feb. 5 &amp; Saturday, Feb. 19, 7-10 pm</p><p>Basketball Film FestivalWere honoring G. Van Standifer, anAfrican American man wholeft a remarkable legacy inthe town of Glenardenwith the creation of theMidnight BasketballLeague (MBL). These filmsfocus on the MBL and howit has helped keep young men off the streetsand decrease drug-linked crime in thesmall town.All ages; FREENorth Brentwood Community Center4012 Webster St., North Brentwood 20722301-864-0756</p><p>Tuesday, Feb. 8, 3 pm</p><p>Anansegrommaof Ghana</p><p>Celebrate with theroyal elders andmusicians of a typicalWest African village.Native Ghanaians offeran exciting and memo-rable performance oftraditional music,storytelling and dance.</p><p>All ages; FREEVansville Community Center6813 Ammendale Rd., Beltsville 20708301-937-6621</p><p>Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm (snow date: Feb. 22)</p><p>Had On and TookWith Her: Dress ofAfrican Americans inthe Federal EraCostume historian AnnWass presents anillustrated lecture describing dress of both en-slaved and free African Americans in the early19th century.Fee: $5/person; $2.50/studentRiversdale House Museum4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park 20737301-864-0420</p><p>Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 9-11, 3 pm</p><p>A Peek into thePastSoap Box DerbyRacingLearn aboutthe history ofthe GravityGrand Prixand why morethan a millionkids haveparticipated in racing homemade, enginelesscars down an inclined street. Each day will bededicated to learning about soap box derbyracing. On the first day, well cover the historyand watch a short movie. On the second day,well build mini-soap box cars, and on the finalday, well race them and crown a champion.Ages 6 &amp; up; FREEPatuxent Community Center4410 Bishopmill Dr., Upper Marlboro 20772301-780-7577</p><p>Wednesday, Feb. 9, 3:30-4:30 pm</p><p>SmithsonianDiscovery Theaters:Black DiamondBarnstorm across America with legend andhost Satchel Paige, one of our nation's fore-most athletes and philosophers, in this tunefulhit about baseball's Negro Leagues. Feel thespirit and passion of baseball, and the struggleof civil rights through the portrayal of baseballgreats Fleet Walker, Andrew "Rube" Foster,Jackie Robinson and Spitfire Josh Gibson;don't miss this essential chapter in sportshistory. Kids Care participants are invited toattend.Ages 5-12; FREEWilliam Beanes Community Center5108 Dianna Dr., Suitland 20746301-568-7719</p></li><li><p>Thursday, Feb. 10, 10:15 am</p><p>Tiny Tots Thursday:African Heritage Dancersand DrummersA special performance is planned to introduceyoung children to African culture.Tickets: $3/personPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710</p><p>Thursday, Feb. 10, 12 noon</p><p>Platinum Live:African Heritage Dancersand DrummersWashingtons renowned company has somefun planned for a special Black History Monthcelebration for seniors.Ages 60 &amp; upTickets: $3/personPublick Playhouse5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly 20784301-277-1710</p><p>Thursday, Feb. 10, 3-4:30 pm</p><p>Negro League Legendswith Dwayne Renal SimsJoin us for a short film and a discussion ofNegro Leagues history with Dwayne RenalSims and other notable legends from theNegro League Legends Hall of Fame.Participants will be able to take picturesand get players autographs.Ages 8 &amp; up; FREELake Arbor Community Center10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitche...</p></li></ul>