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Spring is in Bloom at DPR in April

Monday, April 11, 2011
DPR celebrates Spring with DPR programs this month.

DPR celebrates Spring with DPR programs this month.

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

(Washington, DC) - This April, 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 April. 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

April 2, 2011
DPR Rookies Baseball Program Equipment Drive
Lafayette Recreation Center, 5900 33rd Street, NW
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
All Ages
DPR will be holding an "Equipment Drive" during the Cap City Little League Opening Day Ceremony at Lafayette Recreation on Saturday, April 2nd. For more information, call Tim Kennedy at (202) 247-6144.

April 2, 2011
2011 Spring Youth Basketball Championship
Stoddert Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert Street, NW
Time: 9:30am – 7pm
Ages: 6 – 15
Various ages group will learn fundamental, techniques and healthy competitive skills. For more information, call Toby Strong at (202) 316-2385.

April 30, 2011
DPR Rookie Baseball League Opening Day Ceremony
Taft Recreation Center, 1800 Perry Street, NE
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Ages: 5 – 8
This will be the Opening Day Ceremony for our Rookies Baseball League ages 5-8. All teams are welcome to participate for a day of fun and Tee-ball games. For more information, call Tim Kennedy at (202) 247-6144.

SENIOR SERVICE DIVISION

April 13, 2011
Spring Senior Health Expo
Hillcrest Recreation Center, 3100 Denver Street, SE
Time: 10am – 2pm
Ages: 55 and up
Exhibits dedicated to senior health issues and concerns. Demos-vendors-Screenings-Senior Nutrition Tips. For more information, call Sue Wynn at (202) 645-9202.

April 14, 2011
Hillcrest Senior Bingo
Hillcrest Recreation Center, 3100 Denver Street, SE
Time: 10am – 1pm
Ages: 55 and up
Come out and enjoy a game of bingo. Event is free to register call Sue Wynn at (202) 645-9202.

SOUTHEAST TENNIS AND LEARNING CENTER

April 23, 2011
"Tiny Tots" Easter Bunny Tournament
Southeast Tennis & Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Time: 10am – 12pm
Ages: 3 – 6
The "Tiny Tots" will be having their annual Easter Bunny In-House Tournament. The children will be exposed to competition and the parents get a chance to see how their children are progressing in the program. For more information, call Yvonne Ruffin at (202) 645-6242.

April 23, 2011
USTA Competitive Training Center (CTC)
Southeast Tennis & Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Ages: 14 and under
The primary focus for CTC is to bring together a special group of high performance players and give them the opportunity to train with one another. Participants will trained with the top 14, 12 & under and top 10 & under players in the Greater Washington DC area. For more information, contact Jeri Ingram at (202)645-6221.

April 30, 2011
Battle Against Obesity
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Time: 10am – 1pm
All Ages
Please join USTA/Mid-Atlantic and Coca-Cola for a free, fun-filled day. Kids will learn about the benefits of tennis and healthy lifestyle. This event is free and will address the growing concern of obesity among children in the community. Also, event will feature tennis drills, fun games, Zumba demonstration and prizes; special appearances by the Washington Kastles’ Mascot and special guest. To RSVP, call (703) 556-6120.

RECREATION SERVICES 

April 1, 2011
Deanwood Cheerleading Showcase
Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th Street, NE
Time: 7pm -8:30pm
Ages 5-18
Cheerleaders will perform for the public. For more information, call (202) 671-3077.

April 1, 2011
Friday Night Cinema “Do the Right Thing”
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
6pm - 10pm
Ages: 14 and up
The film “Do the Right Thing” was shot 20 years ago at a time when New York City was experiencing gentrification, diversity and the ups and downs of sensitivity around these issues. The District of Columbia is now facing these same issues in 2011. At some point, the “elephant in the room” has to be addressed. The viewing of “Do the Right Thing” amongst a diverse crowd along with a conversation following will begin the process of accepting and respecting diversity. For more information, call Tiffany Johnson, Site Manager at (202) 576-9238.

April 5, 2011
Job Fair
Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress Street, NE
Time: 10am – 1pm
Ages: 18 and up
Job Fair with Councilmember, Harry Thomas, Jr., Gallaudet University and the ANC’s members. Look for at least 50 residents in the Trinidad area for construction at Gallaudet University. For more information, call Anthony Higginbotham, Site Manager at (202) 727-1293.

April 7 – 8, 2011
Table Tennis Tournament
Brentwood Recreation Center, 2311 14th Street, NE
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Ages: 12 and up
Participants will have an opportunity to show their skills in a table tennis tournament. Double elimination rules will apply. Prizes will be given to the top three winners. Refreshments will be served only to participants. For more information, call Lorenzo Carter at (202) 576-6667.

April 7 - 8, 2011
Table Tennis Tournament
Brentwood Recreation Center, 2311 14th Street, NE
Time: 6pm – 8:15pm
Ages: 12 and up
Participants will have an opportunity to show their skills in a table tennis tournament. Double elimination rules will apply. The top three winners will receive prizes. Refreshments will be served only to the participants. For more information, call Randi Carter, Recreation Specialist at (202) 576-6667.

April 8, 2011
DC One Card Implementation for All Citizens’
Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th Street, NE
Time: 12pm – 9pm
Residents will have an opportunity to obtain a DC One Card. Must bring proper identification includes: DC Driver’s License/Learner’s Permit or DC School ID. For more information, call (202) 671-3077.

April 8, 2011
Violence Prevention Seminar
Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, NW
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Ages: 13 and up
Kennedy will host the continuing series of Public Safety and Gun Violence Prevention seminars "A Global Problem...A Global Solution" and community film showing the results of gun violence and bad choices with Curtis Mozie (DPR & Tale of the Tape), Dave Bowers of No Murders DC, and others. For more information, call Curtis Mozie at (202) 671-4794.

April 11, 2011
Chess "101"
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
All Ages
Do you want to learn how to play chess? Do you want to sharpen your skills? Come learn some great moves from our instructor and be the first to checkmate! For more information, call Tiffany Johnson, Site Manager at (202) 576- 9238.

April 14, 2011
Easter Extravaganza
Kenillworth Recreation Center at Kenilworth Elementary School, 1300 44th Street, NE
Time: 3:15-5pm
Ages: 5 - 12
Participants will engage in an Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, call Doris Grooms at (202) 258-6513.

April 14, 2011
Easter Extravaganza
Kenilworth Recreation Center at Kenilworth Elementary School, 1300 44th Street, NE
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Ages: 13 and up
Participants will dance and participate in a talent showcase. For more information, call Doris Grooms at (202) 258-6513.

April 16, 2011
Deanwood Easter Egg Hunt
Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th Street, NE
Time: 12noon – 1:30pm
Ages: 13 and under
Children will hunt for eggs and play games. For more information, call (202) 671-3077.

April 18 – 22, 2011
Ft. Davis Spring Break Fun Week
Ft. Davis Recreation Center, 1400 41st Street, SE
Time: 11am – 3pm
Ages: 6 – 15 (boys and girls)
Youth will participate in an assortment of fun activities and trips, they will learn more about nature, history, many species of animals, and will be expected to complete a daily journal of their fun week. For more information, call Elijah Fagan at (202) 645-9212.

April 19, 2011
Easter Egg Hunt & Egg Dying Contest
Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Ages: 5 - 8
Children will dye eggs, play game and have an egg dyeing contest. There will be a traditional Easter egg hunt also. Ralph Wright (202) 282-2204.

April 21, 2011
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, NW
Time: 12:30pm – 2pm
Ages: 12 and under
Is your nose as keen as a rabbit's? How many Easter Egg's can you find? Join us for the Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your own basket! For more information, call Oscar Taylor at (202) 671-4794.

April 21, 2011
Spring Eggstravaganza
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Ages: 4 – 13
How many eggs can you find? Join us for our Spring egg hunt. Participants will also engage in arts and crafts and group games. For more information, call Tiffany Johnson, Site Manager at (202) 576-9238.

April 22, 2011
Easter Egg Hunt
Marvin Gaye (Watts) Recreation Center, 6201 Banks Street, NE
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Ages: 12 and under
Youth will participate in Easter Egg Hunt activities. For more information, call Duwayne Glover at (202) 727-5432.

April 23, 2011
Ridge Road Baseball Opening (Wards 7/8)
Ridge Road Recreation Center, 800 Ridge Road, SE
Time: 11am-5pm
Ages: 5-13
Youth will participate in baseball competitions and games. For more information, call
Sonny Hicks at (202) 645-0502.

April 23, 2011
Egg Hunt
Stead Recreation Center Field, 1625 P Street, NW
Time: 11am - 1pm
Ages: 8 and under
Youth will search the field for those special eggs. This event is sponsored by the Lindsay Reishman Real Estate and the DuPont Circle Civic Association. For more information, call Vincent E. Hill at (202) 673-4465.

April 25, 2011
Ward 8 Event/Easter Program
Ft. Greble Recreation Center, MLK, Jr., & Elmira Street, SW
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Ages: 12 and under
Participants will participate in games, fun and excitement. For more information, call Gayle Ward at (202) 645-3980.

April 25, 2011
Benning Park Easter Egg Dye and Hunt
Benning Park Recreation Center, Southern Avenue and Fable Street, SE
Time: 1-3:30 pm
Ages: 12 and under
Youth will participate in Easter Egg Hunt activities. For more information, call
Demetrius Denson at (202) 577-5530.

April 25, 2011
Ridge Road Easter Egg Hunt/Kite Contest
Ridge Road Recreation Center, 800 Ridge Road, SE
Time: 11am-2pm
Ages: 5-13
Youth will participate in Easter Egg Hunt and kite flying activities. For more information, call Sonny Hicks at (202) 645-0502.

April 25, 2011
Easter Celebration
Kalorama Recreation Center, 1875 Columbia Road, NW
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Ages: 5 – 12
Participants will dye & decorate eggs, egg hunt (participants will be put into age groups) & prizes will be awarded. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call at John Borges, Site Manager at (202) 673-7606.

April 25, 2011
Easter Egg Hunt
Friendship Recreation Center, 4500 Van Ness Street, NW
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
All Ages
Children will dye eggs, play game and have an egg dyeing contest. There will be a traditional Easter egg hunt also. For more information, call Enrique Leiva (202) 282-2198.

April 25, 2011
Easter Basket/Egg Hunt
Volta Park Recreation Center, 3400 Volta Place, NW
Time: 4pm – 5:30pm
Ages: 3-12
Participants will design and make their own Easter baskets in preparation for the Easter egg hunt. They will enjoy games and light refreshments. For more, call Shirley Debrow at (202) 645-5668.

April 25, 2011
Rosedale Supreme Teens / Just Girls
Gibbs Elem. School / Rosedale Recreation Center, 500 19th Street, NE
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Ages: 7 – 16
Youth will participate in a spring cleaning of the Rosedale facility inside and outside. Lunch will be provided for those who participate. For more information, call Brian Williams, Site Manager at (202) 258-6149.

April 25, 2011
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Macomb Recreation Center, 3409 Macomb Street, NW
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Ages: 12 and under
Children will dye eggs, play game and hunt for a golden egg and win a prize. There will be a traditional Easter egg hunt also. For more information, call Cleveland Dent at (202) 282-2199.

April 25, 2011
Mother’s Day Gift and Card Making
Palisades Recreation Center, 5200 Sherrier Place, NW
Time: 3:30pm- 4:30pm
Ages: 12 & under
Participants will create gifts as well as cards for mother figures. Justin Rouse (202) 282-2186.

April 25, 2011
Easter Eggstravaganza
Joseph H. Cole Recreation Center, 1299 Neal Street, NE
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Ages: 4 – 13
The participants will take part in relay races, basket making, dyeing eggs and an Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, call Zenobia Moton, Site Manager at (202) 442-9262.

April 25, 2011
Easter Egg Hunt
Hardy Recreation Center, 4500 Q Street, NW
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
All Ages
Children will dye eggs, play game and have an egg dyeing contest. There will be a traditional Easter egg hunt also. Rodney Brown (202) 282-2190.

April 27, 2011
Ridge Road Seniors Kick-Off
Ridge Road Recreation Center, 800 Ridge Road, SE
Time: 12pm – 2pm
All Ages
Ridge Road Seniors will share information about current and future activities for seniors that will be sponsored by the Ridge Road Seniors group. For more information, call (202) 645-3959.

April 30, 2011
“Everyone’s A Winner” Basketball Awards Ceremony
Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10TH Street, NE
Time: 12:30pm – 2pm
Ages: 6-15
Sherwood’s Basketball Teams, Coaches, Parents, Friends and the Community. Celebrate another fun, safe and successful basketball season. For more information, call Raphael Marshall at (202) 698-3075.