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DPR is Making History in February

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
DPR celebrates Black History Month, Valentines Day, and winter sports this month

Winter sports, activities and more are happening this month at DPR

DPR Contact: John A. Stokes, (202) 288-7275
DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647

(Washington, DC) This February, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is filled with opportunities for fun! Review the list of highlighted events below, and remember this is only a glimpse of the many activities and programs you can find at DPR throughout February. More information about DPR events and programs can be found everyday by visiting a DC Department of Parks and Recreation center, by contacting DPR at (202) 673-7647 or on DPR's website: DPR.DC.GOV.

Throughout the year the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) offers an exciting variety of programs, classes, and special events. Listed below are just some of the many activities offered this month by DPR. For more information on these or other events, visit any DPR center.

ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

February 18, 2011
DPR Kidz Softball Retreat
Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center, 501 Riggs Road, NE
Time: 9am – 4pm
Ages: 6 – 15
This is a softball clinic for girls ages 6-15. The purpose of the clinic will be to stimulate interest for our upcoming spring softball league and provide instruction on the fundamental skills of the sport. For more information, call Tim Kennedy at (202) 247-6144.

February 28, 2011
DPR Kidz Softball Retreat
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave, NE
Time: 9am – 4pm
Ages: 6-15
The purpose of the clinic will be to stimulate interest for our upcoming spring softball league and provide instruction on the fundamental skills of the sport. For more information, call Tim Kennedy at (202) 247-6144.

February 6 – May 8, 2011
DMV Corporate Basketball League
Location: Various
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Ages: 18 and up
The DMV Corporate Basketball League will be made up of teams from DC, Maryland and Virginia representing postal, police, fire, governmental agencies, and other businesses, firms and companies employees. For more information, call Luna Harrison, Adult Sports Manager at (202) 316-4249.

ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION

February 1 - March 1, 2011
DC Urban Beekeeping Workshop
Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th Street, NE
Time: 6:30pm – 8pm (Tuesdays)
Ages: 18 and up
Learn all about the interesting life of honey bees, their importance as pollinators and be prepared to join the existing DC beekeeping community at one of our urban hives. Students will leave ready to tend and inspect the hives, and can look forward to learning the methods for constructing a hive, harvesting bee product, extracting honey, disease control, and preparing the hives for winter. Pre- registration is required.
All interested registrant’s need to submit the preliminary course questionnaire.

After all the questionnaires have been submitted and reviewed you will receive a notice of your admittance. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this course, we are looking for truly committed and interested individuals to take the course. Thank you for your time and interest in the wonders of urban beekeeping. For more information, contact Kelly Anne Melsted at [email protected].

SOUTHEAST TENNIS AND LEARNING CENTER

February 12 & 25, 2011
Blacks In Wax
Kennedy Center/Southeast Tennis Learning Center, 701 Mississipi Avenue, SE
Time: 5pm/12pm/5pm; 7pm/2pm/7pm
All Ages
The youth of Southeast Tennis and Learning Center pay tribute in February for Black History Month to those who've paved the way living and deceased. The first date, February 12, 2011, will have select performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The second date, February 25, 2011, will include two performances. The matinee performance is open to area schools and senior adults. The second performance will be open to the public. For more information, call Donna Stewart at (202)386-4723.

February 19 – 21, 2011
USTA/MAS Challenger #1 L2 NL5 Girls 14's
Southeast Tennis & Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Time: 6pm/8am/9am; 9pm/8pm/12pm
This tournament is sponsored by USTA. It is the Girls 14's Challenger event. Top junior (girls) will be competing from the Mid-Atlantic Region. For more information, call Lynn Duventree at (202)256-3891.

RECREATION SERVICES 

February 1 - 28, 2011
Young Men of Distinction Can Drive for St. Jude Children Center
Harry L. Thomas Sr., Community Service Center, 1908 North Capitol NW
Time: 12:30pm - 8pm
Ages: 6 – 18
Youth will be collecting can food to help support the youth of St. Jude with there food drive. For more information, call Ernest Kinard, Recreation Specialist at (202) 576-5642.

February 2, 9, 16, 2011
Wednesday Night Game Nights
Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, NW
Time: 4pm and 6pm; 6pm and 8pm (both Friday)
All Ages (4pm show); 13 and up (6pm show)
Participants will participate in a variety of board and card games. For more information call Pamela Pugh at (202)671-4794.

February 8, 2011
Black History Trivia
Marvin Gaye Recreation Center, 6201 Banks Place, NE
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Ages: 12 – 16
Participants will be engaged in answering Black History Trivia questions and participating in a famous people in Black History ID game. For more information, call Levon Staggs at (202) 744-2512.

February 8, 2011
Black History Program
Douglass Recreation Center, 2100 Stanton Terrace, SE
Time: 6pm – 8pm
This program will be a tribute to the late, Dorothy I. Heights. For more information, call Barbara Jones, Site Manager at (202) 645-3980.

February 9, 2011
BET Trivial Movies*Shows*Music
Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th Street, NE
Time: 5-7PM
Ages: 8-15
Black History Challenge, youth will compete for prizes in the subject matter of movies, shows and music. For more information, call Stephanie Foster at (202) 698-3075.

February 9 – 10, 2011
Build -A- Museum
Rosedale Recreation Center located at Gibbs Elem School, 500 19th Street, NE
Time: 4pm- 6:30pm
Ages: 6 – 13
Staff and youth will create a Black history Museum with articles/news clippings and pictures of Famous Black Americans. For more information, call Brian Williams, Site Manager at (202) 258-6149.

February 11, 2011
Just Girls Financial Education Workshop
Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress Street, NE
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Ages: 6 – 18
TD Bank will conduct a workshop on financial education. As part of a classroom presentation, there trained Bank Instructor’s will teach topics such as:

  • the barter system and the history of money
  • the importance of saving
  • how to create a budget
  • understanding checking and ATM transactions
  • basic principles of investing

With teacher-written lesson plans that were developed in accordance with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards, they will take the students on an exciting journey through the world of banking and finance. For more information, call Tameka Borges, Recreation Specialist at (202) 576-5642.

February 11, 2011
Valentine’s Day
Langdon Park Recreation Center, 2901 20th Street, NE
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Ages: 13 and under
Kids will enjoy a Valentine’s Day party with food, music and fun. For more information, call T-Jai Farmer, Site Manager at (202) 576-6595.

February 11, 2011
Valentine's Card Making
Stead Recreation Center, 1625 P Street, NW
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm
Ages: 13 and under
Participants will be able to design valentine's cards for their family. For more information, call Michele Moore, Recreation Assistant at (202) 673-4465.

February 11, 2011
Senior Valentine Luncheon
North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson St. NE
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Ages: 55 and up
Community seniors will come together in a fun filled atmosphere for some light refreshments and dancing to the latest line dancing music. For more information, call Joe Clark, Site Manager at (202) 541-3526.

February 11, 2011
Afternoon Access Valentine's Day Celebration
Lafayette Recreation Center, 5900 33rd Street, NW
Time: 3:30pm – 5pm
Ages: 5 and up
Participants in the Afternoon Access Program will take part in arts & crafts, card exchange and light refreshments. For more information, call Rachael PremDas at (202) 282-2206.

February 11, 2011
Valentines Day Dance
Watkins Recreation Center, 420 12th Street, SE
Time: 4:30pm – 7pm
Ages: 5 – 13
Watkins Recreation Center will have a Valentines Day Dance for youth ages 5-13. Attire: Red & White attire. For more information, call Brian Cobbs, Site Manager at (202) 724-4468.

February 11, 2011
Valentines Day Celebration & Heart to Heart Nutrition Workshop
Lamond Recreation Center 20 Tuckerman St. N.E.
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Ages: 6-13
Afternoon Access and The Fit to Live Project participants will participate in a Nutrition workshop “Heart To Heart” and have a Valentines Celebration, making Valentine’s cards and have light refreshments. For more information, call Kim Campbell at 202-576-9541.

February 11, 2011
Youth Valentine Sock Hop
North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson St. NE
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Ages: 7 – 12
Youth between the ages of 7-12 will come together in a fun filled atmosphere for some light refreshments and compete in the latest dances. For more information, call Joe Clark, Site Manager at (202) 541-3526.

February 11, 2011
Valentine's Day Celebration
Marie H. Reed Recreation Center, 2200 Champlain Street, NW
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Ages: 13 and under
Participants will make Valentine's Day cards. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Julia Joel at (202) 673-7768.

February 11 & 18, 2011
TOTAL IMPACT: Black History Movie Nights
Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, NW
Time: 4pm and 6pm; 6pm and 8pm (both Friday)
All Ages (4pm show); 14 and up (6pm show)
Participants will watch a movie that has impacted Black History. For more information, call Curtis Mozie or Rochelle Bradshaw at (202)671-4794.

February 12, 2011
"A Tribute to Black Music"
Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Time: 1pm - 4pm
All Ages
Participate will enjoy a tribute to Black music featuring local community musicians. For more information, call Ralph Wright at (202) 282-2204.

February 14, 2011
Valentine's Day Celebration
Kalorama Recreation Center, 1875 Columbia Road, NW
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Ages: 13 and under
Participants will create special Valentine's Day cards & craft projects for family and friends. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call John Borges, Site Manager at (202) 673-7606.

February 14, 2011
Valentine Social
Palisades Recreation Center, 5200 Sherrier Place, NW
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Ages: All Ages
Participants will create gifts as well as cards for their loved ones. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Justin Rouse at (202) 282-2186.

February 14, 2011
Valentine Social: "What Do I Love?"
Macomb Recreation Center, 3409 Macomb Street, NW
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Ages: 6 – 12
Children will participate in a writing exercise expressing their thoughts about the people and things that they love. Arts and crafts Valentine's Day card making projects. Light refreshment will be served. For more information, call Belinda Gee at (202) 282-2199 .

February 14, 2011
Red and White Valentines Day Dance
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Time: 4:30pm – 6pm
Ages: 12 and under
Youth will enjoy music, dance, fun, games and refreshments. For more information, call Tiffany Johnson, Site Manager at (202) 576-9238.

February 14, 2011
Valentine Social
Macomb Recreation Center, 3409 Macomb Street, NW
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Ages: 12 and under
Participants and visitors will enjoy Valentine craft making, music and refreshments. There will also be an inactive discussion about love. For more information, call Belinda Gee at (202) 282-2199.

February 14, 2011
Parkview Red & White Dinner
Parkview Recreation Center, 693 Otis Place N.E.
Time: 6pm – 8pm
All Ages
Dinner will be served, in a red & White Décor In observance of Saint Valentine Day For more information, call Zakiya Brown , Site Manager at (202) 576-5750.

February 14, 2011
Valentine's Day Dance
Stoddert Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert Street, NW
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm
Ages: 12 and under
Dance off Contest! First, second and three prizes, good music and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Cleveland Dent at (202) 299-3324.

February 14, 2011
Valentine's Card Exchange
Volta Park, 3400 Volta Place NW
Time: 4pm – 5:30pm
All Ages
Youth and parents will construct and exchange valentine cards. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Shirley Debrow at (202) 645-5668.

February 16, 2011
Black History Pot luck and Movie
Barry Farm Recreation Center, 1230 Sumner Road, SE
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Ages: 6 – 12
Staff will host a potluck, followed by a "Black Movie.” All children must register with the staff by February 11, 2011 to participate. For more information, call Swandea Johnson-Denson & Michael Taylor at (202) 730-0572.

February 16, 2011
Poetry/Slam
Arboretum Recreation Center, 2412 Rand Place, NE
Time: 6pm – 8pm
All Ages
The Arboretum community will have a Black History Month Poetry Slam. The staff will get our kids familiar with importance of African Americans in world history. For more information, call Donald Perritt/Jean Mason at (202) 673-4507.

February 17, 2011
TOTAL IMPACT: Table Tennis Mini-Tournament
Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, NW
Time: 1pm – 8pm
Ages: 18 and up
Table Tennis one-day Mini-Tournament with excerpts of how African American tennis players impacted history! Sign up early! For more information, call Oscar Taylor at (202) 671-4794.

February 17, 2011
Ward 3 Black History Jeopardy Contest
Stoddert Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert Street, NW
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ages: 12 and under
Teams from ward 3 centers will participate in the Black History Jeopardy Contest, 1st, 2nd and 3rd trophies will be awarded to teams. For more information, call
Cleveland Dent at (202) 299-3324.

February 17, 2011
Ward 3 Black History Jeopardy Contest
Stoddert Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert Street, NW
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ages: 12 and under
Teams of 3 will participate in a Jeopardy style contest of answering a series of Black History questions. For more information, call Ricky Davenport at (202) 299-3326.

February 18, 2011
Black History Quiz Bowl
Stead Recreation Center, 1625 P Street, NW
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Ages: 14 and under
Get ready to test your knowledge of Black History. For more information, call Vincent E. Hill at (202) 673-4465.

February 18, 2011
Black History/Play
King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N Street, SW
Time: 5pm – 7:30pm
Ages: 7 – 13
King Greenleaf will setting up stations of famous black historian. Once someone enteres their station and hit the button they will speak on what person they have also dress up like that individual. For more information, call Henry T. Moton IV, Site Manager at (202) 645-7454.

February 20, 2011
Mid Atlantic Open Championship
Alltel Pavilion @ Stuart C Siegel Center VCU, 1200 West Broad Street, Richmond, Va
Time: 8am - 4pm
Ages: 18 and under
The Cougar Competitive Cheer program at Harry L. Thomas Sr. Community Service Center teams will compete against other recreation teams to maintain there undefeated champion’s titles. There will be 5 teams ages 6 & under, 10 &under, 12 & under, 18 & under and parent team. For more information, call Tameka Borges, Recreation Specialist
(202) 576-5642.

February 23, 2011
Black History Jeopardy
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Ages: 8 - 18
Do you know your Black History facts? Test your skills by playing this trivia style intergenerational game. For more information, call Tiffany Johnson, Site Manager at (202) 576-9238.

February 24, 2011
Black History Program
Kelly Miller Recreation Center, 4900 Brooks Street, NE
Time: 6pm – 8pm
All Ages
A Black History Month event where we travel through a time line of Black Historical events to capture moments in time. We will have stage acts, readings, exhibits, etc. Relevant to the 1800 to present. For more information, call Khidhar Abdulshakur, Recreation Services at (202) 645-9202.

February 24,2011
Ping Pong & Foosball one-day Mini-Tournament Competition
Parkview Recreation Center, 693 Otis Place N.E.
Time: 5:30pm - 8pm.
All ages
Sign up early! For more information, call JaMar Goodall (202) 576-5750.

February 25, 2011
"TOTAL IMPACT - A Journey through Black History"
Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, NW
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
All Ages
TOTAL IMPACT evening journeying through Black History that is sure to leave you in awe! Students and adults are wax figures that COME ALIVE representing figures from our history. Students present a fashion show and depict Blacks that impacted fashion history. Live entertainment and more! See you there! For more information, Pamela Pugh at (202) 671-4794.

February 25, 2011
Just Girls
Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Road, NE
Time: 6:30pm
Ages: 6 – 14
Just Girls at Harry Thomas will have a skit and action of then and now Black History tribute program. The participants will act out some of the struggles then forming into the future of what’s now along with singing and dancing to spirituals.

For information on how to support or contribute to the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, please contact DPR's Office of Partnerships and Development at (202) 258-6021 or [email protected].