Community Calendar Inserts

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Our list of events sponsored by local nonprofits, arts organizations and performance venues, occurring between Feb. 14 and March 12, 2024; all information is current as of Feb. 9. For events and meetings organized by the City of Hyattsville, see the Hyattsville Reporter in the newspaper’s centerfold. 

Please send notices of events that will take place between March 13 and April 9 to managingeditor@hyattsvillelife.com by March 7.


Busboys and Poets hosts an open mic for poets every Thursday. $5. 8 to 10 p.m. 5331 Baltimore Ave. 301.779.2787. busboysandpoets.com

Weekly acoustic blues jams, in the Piedmont blues tradition. Listeners welcome! Free. Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. Archie Edwards Blues Foundation, 4502 Hamilton St. acousticblues.com 

Sharpen your drawing skills in a relaxed, informal setting at Hyattsville figure drawing group’s drop-in drawing sessions at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Sessions consist of several short warm-up poses and a single sustained pose for the duration of the session. Bring your own art supplies; drawing boards and chairs provided. $20/session or $75/5-session punch card or $15/session for Pyramid Atlantic members. Tuesdays, 6 to 9 p.m. 4218 Gallatin St. hyattsvillefiguredrawing@gmail.com

Play with, or listen to, the Hyattsville Irish Session, featuring the O’McPub Band, on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Free. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maryland Meadworks, 4700 Rhode Island Ave., Suite Bee. 201.955.9644. marylandmeadworks.com


View Pyramid Atlantic Art Center’s exhibit “Catalunya,” featuring works in colored pulp by Lynn Sures. Through Feb. 18. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4218 Gallatin St. pyramidatlanticartcenter.org. 301.608.9101

Come view “The Genesis Project: Volume 3,” featuring the collaborative work of Erwin Timmers and Ellyn Weiss. Free. Through March 9. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301.277.2863. brentwoodarts@pgparks.com

February 14

Listen to The Grapevine, a spoken word performance for adults and teens, celebrating the timeless art of the story, hosted by storytellers Renée Brachfeld and Tim Livengood. Suggested donation $20. Register at fsgw.org/event-5431719 for this in-person and online event. 7:30 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave. 301.779.2787. busboysandpoets.com

February 16

Gather at Archie’s for guitarist and songwriter Justin Golden’s release party for his new album, “Golden Country.” With an extremely diverse musical palette, Golden aims to bring some new ideas to traditional blues forms. Free. 8 p.m. Archie Edwards Blues Foundation, 4502 Hamilton St. acousticblues.com

February 17

Brentwood Arts Exchange is hosting a two-part artist and curator talk on the current exhibitions, “The Chosen Family” and “The Genesis Project: Volume 3.” Free. 2 to 4 p.m. 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301.277.2863. brentwoodarts@pgparks.com

February 17 & 18

Sweet Honey and the Rock, the iconic, Grammy-nominated, women-led African American vocal ensemble, performs at Publick Playhouse. $40. Purchase tickets through pgparksdirect.com. Saturday 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday 4 to 5:30 p.m. 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301.277.1710

February 18

Author Mark Opsasnick will have a book release party for Orange Brick in Warm Sun: Jim Morrison in DC. The talk and Q&A session will be followed by a reception and a performance by Love Her Meadly, a Hyattsville-based Doors cover band, featuring Jim Groves, Adam Ortiz, Grant O’Brien and Kelly McKenna. Free. 1 p.m. Maryland Meadworks, 4700 Rhode Island Ave., Suite Bee. 201.955.9644. marylandmeadworks.com

Join Ally Theatre Company as they unveil a compelling new play in development, “Cradle and All… ,” created by a collaborative team including actors, activists, individuals impacted by incarceration, improvisers, and director and playwright Sisi Reid of Soul Shine Theater Garden. $20. Purchase tickets at joesmovement.org. 3:30 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mt. Rainier. 301.699.1819

February 23

It’s Shimmy Time! with Sacred Hearts in Motion: Learn the basics of belly dance, drill some fun combos while focusing on technique, and move your hips to an eclectic and high energy playlist. $20. Register at joesmovement.org. 7 to 8 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mt. Rainier. 301.699.1819

Gabby and Nick perform at Streetcar 82 Brewing Co. Free. 7 to 9:30 p.m. 4824 Rhode Island Ave. streetcar82brewing.com

February 24

Come to Black Ink: A Black Artist-centered Open House for this showcase of local Black artists and creatives, particularly printmakers, through art demonstrations, a pop-up market and open studios. Free, although registration at pyramidatlanticartcenter.org is required. Noon to 6 p.m. Pyramid Atlantic, 4218 Gallatin St. 301.608.9101

As part of Route 1 Corridor Conversations, join us to discuss the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Prince George’s County with Dr. Dennis A. Doster, Black history program manager for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. Attendees can join via telephone or Zoom. Free. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Register at hyattsvilleaginginplace.org.

March 2

Come listen to The Snapshirts play at Maryland Meadworks. Free, although tipping the band is encouraged. 7 to 10 p.m. 4700 Rhode Island Ave., Suite Bee. 201.955.9644. marylandmeadworks.com

March 8

Rhizome presents a doubleheader performance: multiinstrumentalist, composer/performer and educator Jamal R. Moore and cellist, composer, arranger, bassist and singer Janel Leppin. $20. Buy tickets through pgparksdirect.com. 8 to 10 p.m. Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301.277.2863

March 11

“Fashion Reimagined” (2022, 100 min.) chronicles fashion designer Amy Powney’s mission to create a sustainable collection from field to finished garment and transform the way we engage with fashion. Free. Register at pgcmls.info/events. 7 to 9 p.m. Hyattsville Branch Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd. 240.455.5451

Your College Park Community Calendar


Fat Tuesday! Celebrate Mardi Gras to the tunes of the Wild Anacostias band and fabulous king cakes (and more!) from Ravenhook Bakehouse. March 13, 7 to 9 p.m. Streetcar 82 Brewery, 4824 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville

Children’s Art Drop-ins. College Park Arts Exchange art drop-ins feature fun, materials-based activities for children age 3-8 (with their caregivers), led by Ian Rogers, a local artist and early childhood educator with 30 years’ experience. Feb. 17. Two sessions: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the College Park Community Center, 5101 Pierce Ave., and 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Road.

Sweet Honey in The Rock. The Grammy-nominated African American ensemble marks Black History Month and 50 years of making music. $40. Feb. 17, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Prince George’s Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Hyattsville. For more information, call 301.277.1710

Cub Corner at the College Park Aviation Museum. Crafting in the gallery for ages 5 and under. Free with museum admission: adults $5, seniors $4, children $2 (1 and under free). Feb. 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr.

Dance Thesis Performance at The Clarice. M.F.A candidates in UMD’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies present their thesis work. Feb. 16 – 18. $25, students $10. Dance Theater, 8270 Alumni Dr. For performance times and tickets, go to tinyurl.com/3ypw4nsr

UMD Faculty Artist Series: Spotlight on the Viola. Kathy Murdock (viola) with Rita Sloan (piano) perform at The Clarice Center for the Performing Arts. Free, tickets not required. Feb. 19, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 8270 Alumni Dr. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/43mt846u

College Park Arts Exchange Virtual Book Club. The club will discuss Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, by Megan Phelps-Roper. Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m. For more information and the Zoom link, email info@cpae.org

Junior Needle Arts Club. Calling all young needle art crafters ages 6 and up! Come and have fun with yarn, thread, hooks, needles and sewing machines (etc.). Bring your own craft (and a guardian). Feb. 23, 6 to 8 p.m. Old Parish House, 7611 Knox Road

Afternoon Aviators at the College Park Aviation Museum. Explore a variety of STEM and aviation-themed sciences with a short lesson and hands-on activity designed for learners ages 8-12. Free with museum admission: adults $5, seniors $4, children $2 (1 and under free). Feb. 24, 1 to 2 p.m. 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr.

Corridor Conversations: The Long Civil Rights Movement in Prince George’s County. Hyattsville Aging in Place (HAP) hosts a virtual discussion with Dr. Dennis A. Doster, Black history program manager for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. Doster will lead participants in a conversation about the county’s civil rights trail. Feb. 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Register to receive the Zoom link at tinyurl.com/3vfnjjtc

Assad at The Clarice. Vocalist and Grammy-Award nominated composer Clarice Assad performs original and classical works, along with favorites by the Beatles, with the UMD Wind Orchestra. $25, students $10. Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Livestreaming online and in-person at Dekelboum Concert Hall, 8270 Alumni Dr. For more information and tickets, go to tinyurl.com/3ws9n9e2

2nd Saturday Lecture: Talking About Methane. University Park resident and UMD professor Russell Dickerson discusses this potent greenhouse gas and how individuals can both press for more research and stricter controls as well as do more, themselves, such as through recycling and composting. March 9, 4 to 6 p.m. Church of the Brethren 4413 Tuckerman St., University Park

College Park Community Library Book Club. The club will discuss Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, by Lisa See, on March 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m. New members welcome! Lower level of the College Park Church of the Nazarene, 9704 Rhode Island Ave. For more information, email Carol Munn at donkinc@msn.com 


Friday Dance Workshops. Join instructor Karen Stewart, of Jessie’s Soul Line Dancers, every Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. for step-by-step instruction and dance along to soul, gospel and pop music. For more information, go to cpae.org

Ballet Classes. Creative dance (ages 3-6), primary dance (ages 5-7), and 8+ children’s classes as well as classes for adults. For class times, registration and fees, go to berwynballetschool.com

Community Meals. Each Tuesday and Thursday, College Park United Methodist Church’s kitchen staff cook healthy and delicious meals for all who are interested. You can reserve meals in advance and also donate a meal. For every meal donated, the church gives a meal to a family in need. Pick up reserved meals at 9601 Rhode Island Ave., between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 301.345.1010

Produce Available Every Third Thursday. Sponsored by Community Connect Calvert Hills. Make your reservation by emailing your contact information (your name, street address, email and phone) to connectporfavor@gmail.com at least one day in advance of distribution. You can register for a duplicate order and share with others in need. Deliveries available to homebound residents. Pickups after 2:30 p.m. at a central location. For more information, or to volunteer to deliver, call 301.864.5267


Berwyn District Civic Association. The next meeting will be virtual only, on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to myberwyn.org 

Calvert Hills Citizens Association. For information about membership and meetings, email the board at calverthillscitizensassn@gmail.com

College Park Estates Civic Association. For membership and meeting information, email Ray Ranker at rayranker@gmail.com

Lakeland Civic Association. For information about membership and meetings, email lakelandcivic@gmail.com

North College Park Community Association. For information about membership, meetings and events, go to myncpca.org

Old Town College Park Civic Association. For more information, email Kathy Bryant at kdbryant20740@gmail.com

West College Park Citizens Association. Membership is open to all residents of West College Park age 18 and over. For more information, email Suchitra Balachandran at cp_woods@yahoo.com

Yarrow Civic Association. Membership is free. For more information, email Wendy Kelley at wendybird85@yahoo.com

Your Laurel Community Calendar

Send your event information to Katie V. Jones at katie@streetcarsuburbs.news


“Miss Evers’ Boys”: Laurel Mill Playhouse presents a play about the Tuskegee syphilis study. Feb. 9-11,16-18, 23-25. Various times. $20. 508 Main St. For more information, call 301.617.9906

Networking Session. The Laurel Board of Trade hosts a virtual online networking session on Feb. 15 at 12:15 p.m. For link, go to laurelboardoftrade.org

Open House at Dinosaur Park. Come search for fossils on Feb.17 and March 2, noon to 4 p.m. 13200 Mid Atlantic Blvd. For more information, call 301.627.1286 or go to dinosaurpark@pgparks.com

AARP Tax Assistance. Free tax preparation services Feb. 14 through April 10 for people ages 50 and older or who cannot afford to pay for services. By appointment only. Laurel Armory, 422 Montgomery St. For more information, call 240.473.2955

Laurel Museum 817 Main Street 301.725.7975

Visions and Voices 1920-1923: The African American Voting Experience in Laurel. Temporary exhibit celebrating the 2023 election of Laurel’s first African American mayor, Keith Sydnor, as well as the highlights and perspectives of other African Americans who ran for office. Feb. 16 through June 16.

It’s All Laurel. An exhibit that looks at the different neighborhoods and communities within and outside Laurel city limits. Through August 2024

Montpelier House Museum 9650 Muirkirk Road 301.377.7817

Free Self-guided Tours. In celebration of Black History Month, free tours Thursdays through Mondays throughout February and March.

Uhuru Quilters Guild Exhibit: Quilts featuring themes of Black history stitched by members of the guild. Through March 31.

Black History Month Book Club. In collaboration with the Savage Branch- Howard County Library System, Montpelier House Museum is featuring “Black Was the Ink,” by Howard University alum Michelle Coles. Club meets Feb. 15, 22 and 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Savage Branch library, 9525 Durness Lane. Go to howardcounty.librarycalendar.com/event

Montpelier Arts Center 9652 Muirkirk Road, 301.377.7800

Jazz Concert. Performing artist, educator, songwriter, producer, actress and radio host Lori Williams performing jazz. March 9 at 8 p.m. 

Brian Micahel Dunn. An exhibit of acrylic paintings and metal work. Through Feb. 25. 

Black History Month Exhibition. Celebrate Black History Month with works by regional artists highlighting the lives, stories and experiences of African Americans. 

Patricia Phillips Bowden. An exhibit on paper and canvas paying homage to Bowden’s Asian heritage. 

Laurel Branch Library 507 7th St., 301.776.6790

Computer Basics. Hands-on experience learning the basics of using a computer. Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

African Storytelling Reimagined with Ada-Ari! African folktales, a dance session and hands-on encounters with artifacts. Feb.21, 5:30 p.m.

Kids Create: Beautiful Blackbird. Hear the story by Ashley Bryan and create your own blackbird art. Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A Foreign Policy Discussion Series. In-depth discussion on the impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Learn about the effect on global security, energy, economics, alliances, defensive reserves and more. March 6, 6 p.m.

Patuxent Research Refuge Programs are free. Some require advance registration, and all may be subject to change or cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. For more information and to register, call 301.497.5887

North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive

Black History Month Interpretive Hike. Explore the tracks, signs, sights and sounds of wildlife at the refuge. Feb. 25, 1 p.m.

South Tract, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop

Eagles. Did you know that Maryland is home to two types of eagles? Learn about these beautiful birds, their habits and habitats through activities and crafts at the Kid’s Discovery Center, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and noon.

Hollingsworth Art Gallery. February’s exhibit showcases acrylic and gouache paintings by Amanda Spaid featuring images of birds and other animals. A reception with the artist is scheduled for Feb. 17, 1 p.m.

Carroll Baldwin Hall 9035 Baltimore St., Savage. 410.294.3561

Third Thursdays: Volunteer Work Nights. Hands-on projects from painting to cleaning and mortar repair. Food provided. 6 to 9 p.m.

Third Sundays: DJ Swing Dances. Hosted by Gottaswing, the event kicks off with a free lesson. 5 to 7:30 p.m. $10

Zumba with Susana Miller. Saturdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Assuage Yoga in the Library. Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Gottaswing Beginning and Intermediate Lessons. Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m.


Bingo at American Legion Post 60. Friday night bingo every week; 23 games with cash prizes; food and drinks for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 7:30. 2 Main St. 301.725.2302

Every Tuesday Bingo. Hosted by the Laurel Senior Friendship Club; free admission; fee for cards. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo starts at noon. Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activities Center, 7120 Contee Rd. 301.206.3380

Friday Food Festival. American Legion Post 60 hosts Friday dinners, with Canteen 60 serving the first and third Friday of the month and P&G Catering on the second and fourth. 5:30 to 8 p.m. 2 Main St. 301.725.2302

Laurel Senior Friendship Club. Meets the second Wednesday of each month; program includes business meeting and musical entertainment or a speaker. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activities Center, 7120 Contee Rd. 301.206.3380

Jim Whitney Toastmasters Club. A Toastmasters International affiliate, the club teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Jan.22, 7 p.m. St. Philips Episcopal Church, 522 Main St. toastmastersclubs.org

MBC Toastmasters Club. Learn communication skills in a supportive environment.Online meetings held the second and fourth Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m. To join, go to  mbctoastmasters@metropolitanbaptist.org


St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Food distributions in partnership with Capital Area Food Bank. Third Sunday of every month; next distribution is Feb. 18 from 9 a.m to noon. Sixth and Prince George sts.

Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services. Food pantry is open by appointment only Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 311 Laurel Ave. To schedule a visit, call 301.776.0442 

Fish of Laurel food pantry, Thursday and Saturday, from 10:15 a.m. to noon, 308 Gorman Ave. By appointment only; call 240.547.9013 

Living Hope Church distributions, Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 613 Montgomery St. For more information, call 301.497.6424

St. Mary of the Mills food pantry, Thursdays, 9 a.m. while supplies last. Kessler Centers. 114 St. Mary’s Pl. Call before you come. 301.725.3080

Gospel Assembly Church food pantry,8740 Cherry Lane, Suite 12. For times, call 301.605.3756