Exciting April in PGCo

There are a cool few things going on in the County this month.  If you know of more, holla, and I’ll add them.  As you know, my main goal is to stay within PGCo over the weekend.  Now I can grab some decent frozen yogurt, catch up on the latest fitness moves and fashions, and take in a film screening (see post) or an oratory competition, all within county lines.

Sweet Frog Frozen YogurtThursday, April 4th there is a Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt opening at the Woodmore Towne Center, 9300 Woodmore Center Drive, Suite 507.  Yay!  I know it might not seem like much to some but every business that takes up residence in PGCo is appreciated.  Well, not every business.  I took a gander at their yogurt flavors and was happy to see they also offer a “no sugar added” selection.  Yes, Ceemac is in the throws of cutting back sugar, and yes, it sucks.

PGCSIFOn Wednesday, April 17th Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) will host a breakfast workshop – Small but Powerful: Tips and Tools for Start-ups and Social Entrepreneurs at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville with guest facilitator Kimberly O’Neil.  PGCSIF is keen to invest in and inspire start-up non-profit and social enterprise leaders within the county. 
Kimberly O’Neil has a hybrid background – local government, philanthropy, and business – and will offer practical steps for getting started, collaboration, and fund-raising. Kimberly knows our community quite well, is a former City Manager of Glenarden, and worked in the DC/Metro area in various capacities. The registration fee is $15. Please be sure to invite your various networks, colleagues, and students.
Registration for the event is $15.  Registration at Eventbrite  
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Forestville High SchoolApril 27th is Forestville Community Day.  Sponsored by Forestville High School’s Parent Teacher Student Association, the 2013  Forestville Flea Market & Community Day Extravaganza, will include student participation and demonstrations by students from area educational institutions, entertainment, a children’s corner with a moon bounce, vendors, a food court, and much more.  Bring the entire family.  Onsite Parking will be available. Offsite street parking in the neighborhood.
Contact: forestvilleptsa@yahoo.com
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Speak Oratory CompetitionThink you have the next Martin, Malcom, Barack, or Jakes in your midst?  Get them registered for SPEAK! 2013 Oratory Competition, being held April 27th at the CPBBC/Excellence Christian School, 9010 Old Frank Tippett Road, 1:00p to 4:00p.   Speak! Oratory Competition is open to public, private and home-school students in grades 2nd-12th and college students who attend institutions in DC, MD, VA and PA.  Winning Orators (1st, 2nd and 3rd place at each level) earn a monetary award.  Tickets are $11.54 to attend and $27. 34 to register for the competition. For more information, email: speakspeakspeak2013@gmail.com  or call: 1-800-SPEAK30; Facebook page – SPEAK! MD Oratory League, Inc.
Important dates to remember:
 March 16th – REGISTRATION BEGINS – spaces limited
April 20th – SPEAK! Workshop/Rehearsal for registered competititors
April 27th – SPEAK! 2013 Oratory Competition 
Levels of Competitors
Elementary School – Grades 2-5
Middle School – Grades 6-8
High School – Grades 9-12
College – Students currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college or vocational school

Dallas Black Dance TheatreDallas Black Dance Theatre will be at the Publick Playhouse (5445 Landover Road Cheverly, MD 20784 301-277-1710) from April Wednesday April 24th to Sunday April 28th, for a series of performances and workshops that culminate with Saturday April 27th’sPerformance. The internationally renowned modern dance company has planned a special program in celebration of their 10th anniversary in residence at the Publick Playhouse.  To purchase tickets, phone Publick Playhouse with credit card purchases or visit the box office Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm and two hours before every performance.

Workshops: Wednesday April 24th 7:30pm-9pm-Modern Dance; Thursday April 25th, 7:30pm-9pm-Liturgical Dance
These two workshops give area dancers the opportunity to train with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre company for the evening. (For advanced dance students only)
Tickets: $15/workshop (No observers)

Platinum Matinee Series for Seniors 60 years old & better
Thursday April 25th at 12 noon / Friday, April 26th at 11 am
Tickets: $7/person;$6/person groups of 15 or more
Lecture and Dance Demonstration
Thursday, April 25, 10:15 am Tickets: $7/person;$6/person groups of 15 or more
Friday April 26th at 8pm, Saturday April 27th at 8pm, Sunday April 28th at 4pm.
Tickets: $25/person
$20/DancePass holders, seniors, students & groups of 15 or more
Maryland Day Logo
The University of Maryland is celebrating 15 years of Maryland Day.  The campus opens its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine) – offering more than 400 free events, free parking, free on-campus transportation, and many food choices.  The university is divided into six specific areas: Ag Day Avenue, Arts Alley, Biz and Society Hill, Science and Tech Way, Sports and Rec Row and Terp Town Center.  To see full details of performances and logistics, visit the web site HERE.  Below are highlights.
• Tour the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel – survive a blast in the Wind Tunnel and learn how it’s used in aerodynamic studies.
• Visit the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for a day full of activities including the Hip-Hop Orchestra in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
• Enjoy a Maryland Day 2013 original at the Dairy – The Fearless ice cream – Tahitian vanilla ice cream studded with cacao nibs, swirled with caramel and accented with spicy Thai mango and red hot pepper melba.
• Try your hand at being a TV weathercaster in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Knight Hall. Sponsored by WUSA-9, take away a DVD of your performance.
• The School of Public Health will offer free health checks in front of Comcast Center.
• Enjoy the Maryland Equestrian Club horse show at the campus farm, get gardening tips and more on Ag Day Avenue.
• Under the Big Top Tent enjoy the Maryland Drum Line with the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band, breakdancing, tango and more.
• Take a tour of the human brain – in 3D in the Big Top on McKeldin Mall.
• Don’t miss the kids’ carnival on McKeldin Mall, including a moon bounce and much more.
• Enjoy the international cooking demonstration on Hornbake Plaza and don’t miss the Fearless Ideas cooking segments hosted by ABC2 (WMAR-TV).
• Alumni are welcomed back to campus with events at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.

pgcc Music Festival
Prince George’s County Community College is having a Caribbean Music Festival, Saturday, April 27th at the Largo campus, from 12-6 p.m. The event will feature artists Baby Cham, Shady Baby, God’s Illa, Black Boo and a host of DJs.  Local craft artists and food vendors will offer sales, and there will be various children’s activities.
FREE to the public.



Comments (2)

I’m not a big fan of Sweet Frog’s but I do like menchies over on Campus Way.

Thank you for sharing these community events. Good to see viable options for April within the Prince George’s County border!

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