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Sunday, February 2 - Saturday, February 8

Sunday, February 2, 1:30-3:30 pm
Family Movie Matinee
Bring the family for an afternoon viewing of The Wiz! Whether you are reminiscing or seeing it for the first time, you definitely don't want to miss it. Reservations are required by January 31. Children 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 
All ages; FREE
Kentland Community Center
2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover 20785
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

Tuesday, February 4, 2:45 pm & 3:45 pm
Weathering Racism: The Benjamin Banneker Almanacs
Learn about scientist and abolitionist Benjamin Banneker. Study his almanacs and make your own weather instruments. Program conducted by Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site staff.
All ages; FREE
Deerfield Run Community Center
13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708
301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512


Thursday, February 6, 9 am-3 pm
African American History Tour 
Explore some of the greatest landmarks in Washington, D.C., including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Fee includes transportation only.
All ages; $5/person
Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785
301-583-2582; TTY 301-583-2483

Thursday, February 6, 12:30-1:30 pm
Smithsonian Discovery Theater: Bessie and Bill - Black Wings Flying Free
Have you ever wanted to fly? In the newest show from the series "The Greatest Stories Never Told," the hopes and dreams of two African American pioneers of aviation show us that the sky's the limit! Bessie Coleman, a sharecropper's daughter of African American and Cherokee descent, became the first female African American pilot and captured the hearts and imaginations of Americans in the 1920s. Pilot and engineer William Powell set his sights on the sky, wanting to lift others up on wings of success. The determination and pride of these early fliers inspires audiences to aim high and work hard, so they can "fly free," like Bessie and Bill!
All ages; FREE
Glassmanor Community Center
1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill 20745
301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030

Thursday, February 6, 7-8:30 pm
Concert & Exhibition: "History in Black & White"
Celebrate Black History Month with an R&B and jazz concert. In addition, patrons can explore the art exhibit featuring black and white photography by local artists. No reservations required. 
All ages; FREE
Oxon Hill Manor
6901 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill 20745
301-839-7782; TTY 301-446-3802

Friday, February 7, 10:15 am & 12 noon; Saturday, February 8, 8 pm
Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey 
Celebrate Black History Month and the renaissance of artistic expression in post-World War I Harlem in this production that weaves poetry, fiction, art and music. In doing so, it creates a multi-faceted window into a critical point in cultural history. 
All ages
Tickets for Feb. 7 performance: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more
Tickets for Feb. 8 performance: $40/person; $55/person for limited VIP seating, which includes early entrance with a wine & cheese reception
Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784
301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312

Friday, February 7, 3:30-4:30 pm
Hope Boxes 
Nikki Grimes authored Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope prior to President Obama's 2008 election. Join us as we read and discuss the concept of hope--the central theme in Grimes' book-- and then create boxes filled with hopeful messages from the book. Boxes will be displayed in the Center's lobby. Reservations are required by Feb. 6. 
Ages 6-12; FREE
Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center
6210 Sargent Road, Chillum 20782
301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512

Friday, February 7, 7-9 pm
Step, Dance and Cheer Fest 
Step teams, dancers and cheerleaders from local schools, churches and community organizations will perform in celebration of Black History Month.
All ages; Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6
Potomac Landing Community Center
12500 Fort Washington Road, Ft Washington 20744
301-292-9191; TTY 301-203-6030

Friday, February 7, 7-10 pm 
Café Groove: Black History Edition 
Experience the art of Go-Go through an interactive music session. Participate in a workshop by "City Sounds," where you'll be able to create a positive Go-Go song with the help of skilled musicians, and have the opportunity to take the mic for some spoken word.
Ages 10-17; Fee: Resident $3; Non-Resident $5
Columbia Park Community Center
1901 Kent Village Drive, Landover 20785
301-341-3749; TTY 301-445-4512


Saturday, February 8, 10 am-2 pm
African American Jazz History & Lunch 
Take a trip with us to Bohemian Caverns, D.C.’s legendary jazz club, for lunch and a special 2-hour presentation on the history of African American jazz artists, poets and musicians. Choose from a selection of the club’s finest foods on a pre-selected menu set to complement the presentation. You won’t want to miss this! Maximum registration is 30 participants; registration is required by January 31. Participants 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
All ages; Fee: Resident $15; Non-Resident $18
Prince George’s Plaza Community Center 
6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville 20782  
301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512 


Saturday, February 8, 11 am
Master Class: Scene Clinic with Jasmine Guy
Advanced theatre students will have the opportunity to work with actress, director and writer Jasmine Guy. 
Tickets: $20/person; $15/person, if purchased with ticket to Saturday's performance 
Publick Playhouse 
5445 Landover Road, Cheverly 20784 
301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312 


Saturday, February 8, 11 am-5 pm
Dinner and Alvin Ailey
A joint effort of the Bladensburg, Berwyn Heights and College Park Community and Youth Centers, adults are invited to join us for an afternoon of good food and legendary talent in Washington, D.C. Enjoy a visit to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Following the performance, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Transportation departs from Bladensburg Community Center at 11 am. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.pgparks.com and click on the SMARTlink logo.
Ages 21 & up; Fee: Resident $45; Non-Resident $54
Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg 20710  
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512
SMARTlink #1397432 

Saturday, February 8, 1-4 pm
Black History Month Exhibit Trip
Join us on a short trip to Harmony Hall Regional Center to view M-NCPPC’s Black History Month exhibit, which examines selected national events and profiles state and local outcomes. The exhibit, Celebrating Civil Rights Milestones: From Emancipation to Administration in Prince George’s County, 1864-1994, includes the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the election of the first African American county executive. These events and others permanently changed social, educational and political life for African Americans in Prince George’s County. Registration is required by January 31.
All ages; FREE
Berwyn Heights Community Center
6200 Pontiac Street, Berwyn Heights 20740
301-345-2808; TTY 301-445-4512 

Saturday, February 8, 4 pm
Fighting Old Nep: The Food Culture of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders
Trace three centuries of African American culinary history from West and Central African civilizations to colonial Maryland. Join Michael Twitty as he discusses the vast influence of both enslaved and free black people on the cuisine and culture of the New World. Limited seating.
All ages; FREE
Surratt House Museum
9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton 20613
301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544  

Saturday, February 8, 6-8 pm
Black History Gospel Celebration
Join us as we celebrate gospel music’s contribution to black history. Enjoy a lovely evening of singing and dancing from local community church choirs and dancers.
All ages; FREE
Hillcrest Heights Community Center
2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 20748
301-505-0896; TTY 301-203-6030 

Friday, February 7, 6-8 pm
Farafina Kan Youth African Dance Showcase
Enjoy an encore performance by the Farafina Kan Junior African Dance Company. This group of youth, ranging from age 12 to 18, will wow the audience with its traditional West African drumming and dancing performance.
All ages; FREE
Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg 20710
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512 

Saturday, February 8, 6-9:30 pm
History Dinner Theater
Bessie Coleman and Sojourner Truth come back to life in a historical reenactment of their timeline and achievements through history. Enjoy dinner, as well as laughter and engagement in this one-woman show.
All ages; Fee: Resident $8; Non-Resident $10; FREE/ages 5 & under
Temple Hills Community Center
5300 Temple Hills Road, 20748
301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030 

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