October Events

Seat Pleasant Fall Fun & Fitness Festival is Free for all, A Taste of DC is yours for a price but you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Suitland Community Center and taste some great dishes for FREE, University of Maryland and Bowie State University are having HOMECOMING events this weekend so be mindful as you drive, Job/Career at Prince George's Community College is a good opportunity, New York Times ...

October Events SmallI’m going to do my darndest to keep this events post going for the month of October.  It’s fat season. We all tend to sit our fannies down, turn on the boob-tube and veg out until Spring comes and wakes our jiggly bodies out of a food induced stasis.  This is my effort at letting you know what is going on so we can all get out of the house.  Be sure to send me your events.  But don’t send me everything.  Not everything.  Don’t make me name names. Stay tuned for more weekend friendly happenings.
University of Maryland HomecomingThis is big.  University of Maryland’s Homecoming is this weekend.  That will mean clogged streets and lots of revelry.  Govern yourselves and your traffic routes according.  The university celebrates with a week of events including art exhibits (read:parties), a step show (read: a funky party), theater and music performances (read: parties inside), including the Oct. 18 football game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Saturday- Oct. 19. University of Maryland, Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane, College Park. 800-426-8377. homecoming.umd.edu for ticketing information and event schedules, and homecoming apps.
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Alright BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY!! Their Homecoming begins October 12th and runs through October 19th.  Bowie State Homecoming highlights of this year’s event include an alumni gala, a step show, a parade, a gospel brunch and a football game against the Virginia State University Trojans. Sunday-Oct. 19. Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-4000. www.bowiestate.edu. See website for prices and events.
Seat Pleasant Fall FestivalGoodwyn Park is the site for Seat Pleasant’s Fall Fun & Fitness Festival this Saturday October 11th from 12:30pm-5pm.  There will be health vendors, pumpkin painting, crafts, prizes for the children, entertainment, and food.  This FREE event will be held at Goodwyn Park, 311 68th Place, Seat Pleasant, MD 20743

Taste of DC 2014A Taste of DC is Saturday October 11th and Sunday October 12th.  There’s a major chance it’s going to rain and storm all weekend but hey, I’m no Willard Scott so carry on as you wish.  The event stretches along Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 9th to 12th Street.  Entrances are located at 11th St & E St and at 13th St & E St. All prepurchased tickets must be redeemed at the 11th St entrance. If you are purchasing tickets when you arrive, you can purchase them at either entrance.  How much are tickets? $10 for general admission, 12&under $5, the lil suga-wugas are free.  That general admission ticket only gets you access to the food and live music.  To actually sip and taste from the food trucks and eateries, you must purchase directly from the restaurant at $1-$3 a taste. Beverages cost too: individual tickets: $1.00/ticket, online 25 ticket pack: $20.  There will also be a Ben’s Chili Bowl World Chili Eating Contest which sounds kinda gross but I’m sure a good time will be had by all.  VIP tickets to the Global BBQ, Beer & Bourbon Festival will also get you a general admission ticket to the Taste of DC event. Stella Artois is sponsoring a beer garden where over 50 beers are there for the tasting as long as you have the tickets. Wines, some food trucks, and lots of bands will be in the mix also.  See Taste of DC site HERE.

Hispanic Heritage MonthHispanic Heritage Celebration at Suitland Community Center (5600 Regency Lane, Forestville 20447) on Sunday October 12th, 1-3pm.  There will be delicious food tastings indoors and (gasp) there will be parking.  Celebrate  Hispanic Heritage Month with an interactive celebration of Latin culture for everyone. Taste an assortment of Latin cuisine, with entertainment by Andrés Saguaro, an award-winning singer-songwriter, Andrés performs both classical and popular music, including jazz, salsa, rock and folkloric Latin genres. This event is FREE!!
Legislative Listening SessionsCounty Executive Rushern Baker is holding the second and third legislative listening sessions Thursday October 9th at Oxon Hill High School, 6701 Leyte Dr, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, from 6pm-10pm, and Thursday October 16th, at Flowers High School, 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Rd, Springdale, MD 2077, 6pm-10pm.  An agency open house for each session runs from 6pm to 7pm. The press release says “Your participation and feedback will be used to develop county and state legislative priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session and will be instrumental in shaping how Prince George’s County should respond to the many important budget and policies issues that will arise in 2015 and beyond.”  PGC Blog says come out and let these elected officials know that you demand better schools, better school administration, retail and amenities, high-end transit oriented development (don’t just throw up some cardboard garbage near the many subway stations and rent them for $5 a month), and a move toward lower taxes for individuals and businesses.  In attendance will be Members of the Prince George’s County House & Senate Delegations, Prince George’s County Council Members, Prince George’s County School Board Representatives. If you want to sign up to give remarks, call 301-952-4131, or register online HERE.

Book Club imageBlack Authors and Readers Rock Weekend is being held Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th at Comfort Inn (4500 Crain Highway) in Bowie, MD.  This conference’s goal is to connect authors and readers of color.  The event is sponsored by Real Divas Read Book Club, started in 2012.  Participants include: Naleighna Kai, Orsayor Simmons, Nanette Buchanan, Electa Rome Parks, Earl Sewell, best selling clean fiction author Marian Thomas, Frances Frost, Shelly Ellis, best selling and award winning romance novelist Rochelle Alers, Nina Foxx, Donna Hill, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Christian author and comedienne Pat G’orge Walker, Moderator Harold T. Fisher, broadcast journalist & author, Pamela Samuels Young, Victoria Christopher Murray, Dawn Michelle Hardy, book publicist and literary agent, Donna Hill.   The two day event will include book discussions, book signings, a luncheon, a book expo and workshops.  New York Times best selling author Kimberla Lawson Roby will be the keynote speaker. Please visit www.realdivasread.com to learn more about the event.  Tickets to this event range from $35 to $50 to $75.  The author/vendor tables have sold out and they are anticipating a big crowd so get your tickets now at Eventbrite.  Enjoy yourself in the county and spend some money at the surrounding businesses.  Bowie Town Center is across the street from this hotel.


pgcc job fair 2014PGCC Career and Job Fair at Prince George’s County Community College October 23rd in their student center.  The career/job fair opens to the Prince George’s County public from 12pm-2pm; it opens to PGCC students at 10am and PGCC alumni at 11am.  You MUST REGISTER in order to attend. Free registration HERE.  Business attire is required and please bring copies of your resume.  If you don’t have a resume, the Career Services Center staff in Marlboro Hall-2102 will assistant you with creating or updating your resume.  Check www.pgcc.edu/go/CareerServices for information about workshops and Career Readiness Week events (October 13-17).