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Mardi Gras and More at DPR in March

Friday, March 4, 2011
DPR celebrates Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, and spring programs this month.

DPR celebrates Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, and spring programs this month.

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

(Washington, DC) - This March, 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 March. 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

March 1, 2011
DPR 2011 Adult Spring Registration Begins
Anacostia Fitness Center, 1800 Anacostia Drive, SE
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Ages: 18 and up
DPR’S 2011 Adult Sports offer the following leagues: Men’s Slow Pitch, Coed 5-Men and 5-Women, Coed 7-Men and 3-Women, Men’s DC Sunday Fast Pitch and Flag Football (Coed, Men and Women). Each team is guaranteed 10 games and top teams will advance to a Citywide Tournament. For more information, call Luna Harrison, Adult Sports Manager at (202) 316-4249.

March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2011
DMV Corporate Basketball League
Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th Street, NE
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Ages: 18 and up
The DMV Corporate Basketball League is 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

March 8th and March 22nd
Healthy Cooking Workshops
Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th Street, NE
Time: 4:00- 5:00pm
Students from GW’s ISCOPES team help lead youth nutrition education classes through cooking lessons, based around what can be grown in the garden. Lessons center on why fresh fruits and vegetables are good for the body, as well as the myriad environmental benefits of eating fresh local produce. For more information, call Kelly Melsted at (202) 555-1234.

SENIOR SERVICE DIVISION

March 24, 2011
A Celebration of Women in the Arts
Hillcrest Recreation Center, 3100 Denver Street, SE
Time: 11am – 12pm
Ages: 50 and up
Hillcrest Recreation Center presents Dancing Through The Ages, a Master Dance & Movement Class for Seniors immediately followed by a Solo Performance Tribute to Aretha Franklin. This event is free but registration is required. For more information, call Sue Wynn at (202) 645-9200.

SOUTHEAST TENNIS AND LEARNING CENTER

March 5, 2011
“Campus Kids Day”/ University of the District of Columbia vs Post University
Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Time: 4:00pm – 8pm
Ages: 13 – Up
The youth will have the opportunity to see a competitive collegiate tennis match. For more information, call Jeri Ingram at (202) 645-6242.

March 11, 12, 13, 2011
“Spring Bling” Tennis Tournament
Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Time: 5pm – 9pm/ 9am – 4pm/9am – 12pm
Ages: 6 – 18
This will be an opportunity for youth of the area to experience tournament play. For more information, call Yvonne Ruffin/Keely S. Alexander/Jeri Ingram/ Alvin Fludd at (202) 645-6242.

RECREATION SERVICES 

March 1, 2011
Adult Kickball
Benning Park Recreation Center, 5100 Southern Avenue, SE
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Ages: 18 and up
Adult coach Brian from Rosedale will conduct an adult kickball team / tournament for any adult that’s up for the challenge. For more information, call Demetrius Denson at (202) 341-6765.

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011
Game Nights
Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, NW
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Ages: 6 and up
Participants will engage in a variety of games including card games, board games, etc. Come and choose a table! For more information, call Pamela Pugh at (202)671-4794.

March 9, 2011
Stroke Education Workshop
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Ages: 21 and up
This workshop will provide free health education about stroke. In addition to helping participants identify ways to prevent stroke, they will learn how to identify stroke symptoms and act in time to receive emergency treatments. This workshop is very interactive, prizes will be given away and there will be light refreshments. For more information, call Tiffany Johnson, Site Manager at (202) 576-9238.

March 10, 2011
Friends of Guy Mason Silent Auction
Hosted by the Savoy Suites Hotel
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Join your neighbors for food, music and silent auction. For more information, call Caryl King at (202) 282-2204 or Meg Markham (202) 337-6716.

March 11, 2011
St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Hardy Recreation Center, 4500 Q Street, NW
Time: 4:30pm – 6pm
Ages: 5 and up
Participants will wear green clothing and take part in arts & crafts, play games. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Rodney Brown at (202) 282-2190.

March 11, 2011
Violence Prevention Seminar
Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street NW
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Ages: 13 and up
The series Public Safety and Gun Violence Prevention "A Global Problem...A Global Solution" seminars continue. This highlights the results of gun violence and bad choices and alternatives. For more information, call Curtis Mozie at (202)671-4794.

March 12, 2011
Spring Craft Making:
Washington Home & Community Hospices, 3720 Upton Street NW
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Participants will assist residents with spring craft making and also listen to a piano recital. For more information, call Belinda Gee at (202) 282-2199.

March 14, 2011
March Madness Bracketology 101
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Time: 12:30pm – 7pm
All Ages
You are the professor and the student at this school! Test your college basketball knowledge and/or luck to predict what team will win the big dance. The participant whose bracket is most accurate will be awarded a prize and earn the right to be called a “Bracketologist.” For more information, call Tiffany Johnson, Site Manager at (202) 576-9238.

March 14 – 15, 2011
Fit to Live City Wide Spelling Bee
Takoma Community Center, 300 Van Buren Street, NW
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Ages: 5 – 18
Open to all participants that want to show their spelling skills. For more information, call Al Cook, Site Manager at (202) 576-7068.

March 15, 2011
March Madness
Joseph H. Cole Recreation Center, 1299 Neal Street, NE
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm
All Ages
Participants will play college basketball on various game systems, while enjoying light refreshments. For more information, call Andre Pressey at (202) 442-9262.

March 17, 2011
St. Patrick's Art & Movie Day
Kalorama Recreation Center, 1875 Columbia Road, NW
Time: 4pm – 8:30pm
All Ages
Participants will do art work with shamrocks & Leprechauns. We will also enjoy a current PG rated Movie. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call John Borges, Site Manager at (202) 673-7606.

March 17, 2011
KGL Green Bling Party
King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N Street, SW
Time: 6pm – 7:45pm
Ages: 6 – 12
We're celebrating the Luck 'O the Irish with shiny green accessories and plenty of sweets and treats. For more information, call King Greenleaf staff at (202) 645-7454.

March 17, 2011
Stoddert Green Day
Stoddert Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert Street, NW
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Ages: 5 - 12
Afterschool program participants will wear as much green clothing as possible in celebration on St. Patrick’s Day. For more information, call Ricky Davenport at (202) 299-3324.

March 17, 2011
Green Thumb Day
Benning Park Recreation Center, 5100 Southern Avenue, SE
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm
Ages: 9 – 13
Each child would paint a flower pot, put soil and seeds in it, and take care of them on a daily basis. For more information, call Woody Ward at (202) 341-6765.

March 17, 2011
Wear Green and Clean Day
Palisades Recreation Center, 5200 Sherrier Place, NW
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
All Ages
Participants will wear green clothing and help clean up the debris from the park area. For more information, call Justin Rouse at (202) 282-2186.

March 18, 2011
Diamond Youth Movement Underground & Just Girls
Langdon Park Recreation Center, 2901 20th Street, NE
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
All Ages
Langdon Park Just Girls will be performing an act. The premise is to show different phases of customer service, the funny things, the touching things and the down right OMG things that we all go through. For more information, call T-Jai Farmer, Site Manager at (202) 576-6595.

March 19, 2011
Women in Service Day
Emery Recreation Center, 5801 Georgia Avenue, NW
Time: 1pm – 10pm
In honor of Women's History Month, Young Ladies on the Rise participants throughout the District of Columbia will come together for a girl’s summit. The young ladies will engage in empowering workshops related to self esteem, confidence, health, community service, physical fitness and beauty. There will also be a live dance performance, keynote address, and information center. For more information, call Tiffany Johnson at (202) 576-9238.

March 20, 2011
Beatification Day
Benning Park Recreation Center, 5100 Southern Avenue, SE
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Ages: 9 – 13
Children will plant flowers in front of facility in the flower beds, and clean up around the building. For more information, call Woody Ward at (202) 341-6765.

March 23, 2011
Kiddie Soccer
Volta Park Recreation Center, 3400 Volta Place NW
Time: 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Ages: 3 – 5
These youngsters will be introduced to simply a fun, but abbreviated day of
Soccer skills. They will participate in passing, dribbling and scoring on goal. They will also be engaged in relay and sprint races. Fruit refreshment will be served. For more information, call CM Anderson, Supervisory Recreation Specialist at (202) 645-0501.

March 25, 2011
Afternoon Access Half Day Play Day
Lafayette Recreation Center, 5900 33rd Street, NW
Time: 12:30pm – 6pm
Ages: 5 – 10
Afternoon Access participants will take part in a half day of fun, including a trip to the movies, sports, arts and crafts and refreshments. For more information, call Rachael PremDas at (202) 282-2206.

March 25, 2011
NCAA March Madness Wii Tournament
Stead Recreation Center, 1625 P Street, NW
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Ages: 10 – 17
Participants will choose theory favorite NCAA Basketball team and compete in a double elimination tournament. For more information, call Vincent E. Hill at (202) 673-4465.

March 26, 2011
Tree Planting
Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th Street, NE
Time: 9am – 12pm
All Ages
Please join the Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers, Casey Trees, Councilman Tommy Wells and the staff of the Sherwood Recreation Center for the planting of 19 trees on the park grounds of Sherwood. Coffee, bagels and light lunch provided. Volunteers are welcome! For more information, call Raphael Marshall, Site Manager at (202) 698-3075.

March 26, 2011
Teen Night Out at Arundel Mills Mall
Marvin Gaye/Watts Recreation Center, 6201 Banks Place, NE
Time: 5-11:00 pm
Ages 12-18
Youth will enjoy an evening of movies, shopping, and dining. For more information, call Duwayne Glover at 202/727-5432.

March 30, 2011
Kite Flying
Ridge Road Recreation Center, 800 Ridge Road, SE
Time: 4-6:00 pm
All Ages
Youth will build kites and then engage in a kite flying contest. For more information, call Sonny Hicks at 202/645-0502.