June 2013 Events

My prime focus for this summer’s weekends  is to Zumba my way through Prince George’s County with other county residents, friends, and family.  But in between Zumba beats, I’m also taking the time to enjoy some of the other great events and happenings in the county.  Please email me to have your event added and know that I’ll continue adding as throughout the month.
Paige Has Hope Paige Has Hope is having a Jewelry show and sale this Sunday June ndst, 3pm-6pm in Suitland at BeUnique Body Works, 4919 Suitland Road.  I’ve been to her shows before and you can get some great pieces for some really great prices.  I enjoy being able to browse, shop, and not be pressured, which is precisely the kind of environment provided by Paige Has Hope.  If you have any questions, contact them at (202) 412-1463.  Preview jewelry styles at the store’s Facebook page HERE.
BowiefestSaturday June 1st is Bowiefest.  A celebration of the best of Bowie with food, music, arts & crafts, vendors and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie.  FREE to the public!!  Enjoy entertainment on two stages, featuring Bowie’s own Belle Aires Twirlers, Dance Expressions, as well as The Electric Company rocking the stage. Rides, games, and activities make a day at Bowiefest complete. Enjoy the moon bounces, rock walls and petting zoos, and pony rides. Bowiefest staple, Reptile World with Michael Shwedick, will again be on the amphitheater stage. Bands of Bowie, Polaris, The Blue Bridge Band , and the Good Time Band will all be performing.  Check out the craft tables and the Business Expo which is organized and operated by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Kelly Pierce at the Chamber at 301-262-0920 or kelly@bowiechamber.org.
Area non-profits will also be providing information about their organization’s services. For more information about Bowiefest, please email mcorley@cityofbowie.org or call 301-809-3078/301-464-3725. www.cityofbowie.org.

Grill, Grapes and JazzTaking place Thursday June 6th is an event that is very special to me because I’ll be a celebrity judge at the grilling competition portion!  “Grill, Grapes, & Jazz” Charity Grill Off, Wine/Beer Tasting and Silent Auction is sponsored by Prince George’s County business leaders the HR Source.  There will be a culinary competition that involves some professional chefs and my seasoned palette awaits!  Registration is $65 and well worth it.  The event is being held at the Historic Oxon Hill Manor, 5:30p-9:30p.  Live jazz, international wines/beers, and the proceeds help to support 5 local nonprofits (Girls, IncJobs, Housing & RecoveryMission of Love CharitiesStreet SenseA Wider Circle)  that serve vulnerable populations in our communities.  I’m so excited about participating.  Visit The HR Source’s web site HERE for tickets.  
Capitol Heights, MDThe second weekend in June is the celebration of Capitol Heights founding, Capitol Heights Day. Geez, that’s going to be a busy weekend for me.  The festivities start with an award dinner on Thursday, June 6th; I won’t be able to attend because I’m a celebrity judge at Grill, Grapes, & Jazz. Friday June 7th at 6pm there’s a gospel concert at 1101 Brooke Road Park featuring local churches and residents. Saturday, June 8th is the official Capitol Heights Day Parade which starts at 10am in the parking area of the Capitol Heights Metro Station on Davey Street and ends at Brooke Road Park.  For more information, contact Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth at (301) 336-0626 or email her at townadministrator@capitolheightsmd.com
Juneteenth 2013 Celebration, Saturday, June 15th, 11:30a-5:00pm (rain or shine) at Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.  This is PGCo’s Parks and Recreation’s 6th annual  Juneteenth Celebration and it’s a FREE family event open to the public.
JuneteenthJuneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  The Prince George’s County Juneteenth Celebration offers culturally inspired dance and musical performances including traditional African dance with contemporary military movements by Taritibu Youth Association, urban dance moves by Savage X.  A variety of musical selections by Nolan Williams and the Voices of Inspiration, Upton Blues Band, Black Notes, Sudden M Pac and Mainouna Youssef will stir the soul.  From 8:30 am-4 pm the Watkins Nature Center will again host the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. and their partners who have planned a series of exciting lectures and workshops on African American genealogy and history. Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. To register for genealogical workshops visit http://pgcm.aahgs.org/juneteenth, or call Carolyn Rowe at 301 292-2751 or Jane Thomas at 301-292-1207. The Uhuru Quilters Guild will also host an African American Quilt exhibit.
Health FairPrince George’s County Council Member Karen Toles, District 7 will host a Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday, June 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm, at Iverson Mall, 3737 Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, Maryland.  Come take part in Zumba class, breast cancer awareness presentations, moon bounce fun, get information on fitness programs and juvenile health and fitness education and free health screenings
Beer Bourbon BarbequeSaturday and Sunday June 14th& 15th, the National Harbor is having a Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival.
Unlimited Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table and tent to tent. There are 40 Bourbons and 60 Beers on Tap. Enjoy, but please drink responsibly.
BBQ Galore! Enjoy the great barbeque selection – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and any fixin’ you could imagine. We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low.
Enjoy Seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters from the Deep South.  Listen To Live Rock & Blues Music and great Bluegrass on The Main Stage. Enjoy the Great Contests on the Main Stage: DC’s BBQ Bean Eating Competition and the Daisy Dukes & Boots Contest. Browse Cool Exhibits of Brewerania, Hot sauces, bbq accessories, and even a cigar tent for all guests.  Tickets are almost gone and must be purchased onsite!  Available tickets are $25, $45, & $75.

fireworksJune 15th, Saturday, Lake Arbor Community Day, 1399 Golf Course Drive, Mitchellville, MD, from noon to dusk.
Enjoy a fun-filled day of planned activities for both children and adults including a variety of food vendors, arts and craft vendors, health experts, a vendor bazaar, pony rides, live performances to include singers, dancers, bands (gospel, jazz, hip-hop , R&B and blues), open swimming pool and a grande finale display of fireworks!  Sponsored by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission and LAFI.
Nicole Mullen MauretteNicole C. Mullen and Maurette Brown Clark are in concert Saturday, June 22nd at the Woodstream Church, 9800 Lottsford Road, Mitchelville, MD.  Tickets are $20.  I love their Music.  The church is celebrating their 30 year anniversary with a series of events, this being one.  Purchase tickets at their website HERE.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.
The Boulevard‘s Wind Down Thursdays returns with their outdoor concert event.  The concerts take place near the restaurant row and this month the features are:
June 20th – X Factor
June 27th – Precious Joubert and Sound of the City
See the flyer HERE for all guests through August.
Soul In MotionSunday, June 23, 6-7:30 pm, FREE Sunday evening performances by Soul In Motion Energetic West African Drumming as the sun sets over this unique urban watershed. ,
Location: Bladensburg Waterfront Park
4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710
Contact: 301-779-0371; TTY 301-699-2544
Wednesday June 26th 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  marks the Third Annual Golfing for Education Tournament to Benefit Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS, Inc.  The Tournament is being held at the Woodmore Country Club Golf Course; I’m told it’s quite snazzy.
Golfing for EducationThe Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization committed to surpassing last year’s fundraising goal of $150,000. Proceeds from the tournament will support scholarships and other education-related programs that benefit PGCPS students.  “Fundraisers like this golf tournament are critical because of the growing need for scholarships, which makes higher education more affordable for our students,” says Thomas H. Graham, Honorary Co-Chair and member of the Excellence in Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. “I’m honored to be a part of an organization that supports Maryland students.”
 Distinguished guests include Former Washington Redskins running back Brian Mitchell, who will be acting as Celebrity Host. Pat Lawson Muse of NBC 4 will be the banquet emcee.  To register, visit www1.pgcps.org/golfingforeducation. For more information contact Yvonne Lowe at Yvonne@yloweevents.com or301-850-4273.
Music NotesWind Down Thursdays is back at The Boulevard.  Performances take place near Restaurant Row from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and run throughout June, July, and August.  This month’s remaining performance is June 27th, Precious Joubert and Sound of the City.  See Flyer HERE for full schedule.
Get Kids Movin 1Get Kids Movin’ fitness tour is this Sunday, June 30th from 1 to 5 p.m. at National Harbor, MD.  Get Kids Movin’, presented by Sports Zone Elite and Think Brown INK, is an interactive afternoon of youth in music, fitness, entertainment, health and arts-related activities, all designed to aid in the fight against childhood obesity.  The tour was inspired by the work of 10-year-old recording artist and philanthropist Chi Chi Monet who makes positive songs for youth. Event hosts include Miss DC USA Candiace Dillard and Entertainment Correspondent Elle Marie. Registration is free at getkidsmovin.com.
Event Schedule:
 Music by DJ Beauty and the Beatz starting at 1pm
1pm – Kickoff Discussion, “The 7 Lessons I learned for Sports” with Najeema Washington of Escape Cube City
1:15pm – Zumba with Kena Hodges of Zumba Fitness
1:45pm – Dramatic Performance by Dreams Work Inc., youth
2:00pm – Performance by Beans-n-Frank entertainment puppet duo
2:15pm – Fitness Session with MyoFlex Fit
2:30pm – Healthy Eating and Cooking Demonstration with Kitchen Cray
3:00pm – Fitness with Nike Trainer Deanna Jefferson of Fab Body Factory
4:00pm – Kasaxe workout with Azuka Bom
4:20pm – Chi Chi Monet Performance
 4:30pm – Kids Fashion Show presented by Sports Zone



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