English teacher set to premiere film in Bowie on Saturday
A 20-minute film, "One Chance," about a teacher who helps a 16-year-old high school girl is scheduled to premier at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The event is free, and doors open at 6 p.m.
Written by Joy Cheriel Brown of Landover, who teaches English at Central High School, the film is about a mistake that the teenager makes and the support she receives from a teacher.
It is based on an essay written by one her students when she first began teaching two years ago.
"Kids don't always understand that there are teachers who do care," said Brown, who wrote her first screenplay at age 10 and later studied filmmaking at Howard University.
Brown said she made the movie with producers Dwayne Brown (no relation), director of the television resources office at Prince George's County public schools, and Dia Hancock, who also studied filmmaking at Howard.
They were able to do it with a $2,000 grant from the Drum Foundation, affiliated with Verizon, she said.
Brown said she also plans to speak at the screening about her idea of starting a nonprofit to teach young people about filmmaking.
"I had a dream to make movies, but I didn't get a mentor until I went to Howard," Brown said.
Cyclists eat, drink for free at Bowie pit stops Friday
Anyone who opts to commute to work or school on bicycles on Bike to Work Day on Friday can stop along the way for food and fun at two locations in Bowie: the Bowie Town Center food court and Huntington fire station on 9th Street.
Bike to Work Day is a free regional event and open to all area commuters. Food, drinks and raffle prizes are available from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the two Bowie pit stops.
Bowie, participating for the eighth year, hosts two of the six pit stops in Prince George's County. The others are in College Park, Oxon Hill and two in Hyattsville.
Last year, 28 people, including several people who work for MedAssurant, Bowie's largest private employer, stopped at the Town Center pit stop, according to City Manager David Deutsch.
A total of 15 people stopped at the Old Bowie Town pit stop.
Bike to Work Day in Bowie is a way to not only encourage bicycling to improve health and decrease pollution but to also educate people about the city's trail network.
For more information, go to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association website at www.waba.org or contact Bowie planner Frank Stevens at 301-809-3053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pointer Ridge swim club schedules open house
The Pointer Ridge Swim and Racquet Club plans to hold a yard sale and an open house from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. An open house continues until 3 p.m.
There will be refreshments for sale starting at noon, as well as tours of the facility all day.
If it rains on Saturday, the events are planned from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The cost to rent a space to sell items at the yard sale is $15. You must bring your own table. The club is located at 16505 Poole Lane.
For more information, email Tanya Rowe at email@example.com or call 301-717-5136.
Goodloe holds meeting
of gay support group
The first meeting of a new Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays support group is set to run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bowie.
PFLAG plans to offer separate groups for ages 13 to 18 and for ages 18 and older. The groups are led by trained facilitators, and confidentiality is maintained.
The meetings are a chance to ask questions, share concerns and learn more about what it means to be a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person in today's society.
The church is located at 1540C Pointer Ridge Place. The meetings are scheduled for the third Friday of every month.
For more information, email the Goodloe facilitators at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.goodloeuu.org.
Maryland football coach to speak at breakfast
The Catholic Business Network of Prince George's County is set to hold its monthly networking breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Country Club at Woodmore, 1230 Pleasant Prospect, in Mitchellville on Friday.
Speaking at the breakfast will be Ralph Friedgen, former head football coach at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Coach Friedgen will talk about how his faith and values have made him a better coach and role model.
The cost is $20 for members and $30 for guests. To reserve a place, call 202-656-1804.
Upper Marlboro church offering health screenings
First Baptist Church of Glenarden is offering free basic health screenings during its 18th annual Health Expo and Blood Drive on June 11 at the church's worship center in Upper Marlboro.
In addition to health screenings, First Baptist is offering classes and demonstrations, a blood drive, activities for children and seniors, and health talks and workshops on topics such as healthy cooking, diabetes, nutrition and heart disease.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 600 Watkins Park Drive. Contact the church at 301-773-3600 or email@example.com, or visit www.fbcglenarden.org for more information regarding the screenings.
Watch county planning meetings from home
The Prince George's County Planning Board is now airing its weekly public hearings live online.
Visit the county planning department's website at www.pgplanning.org to watch the board meetings, which are held most Thursdays at the County Administration building in Upper Marlboro. The site also contains links to the board's meeting agendas and staff reports for individual cases.
"Making our proceedings available online to a wider audience helps to ensure that our public meetings are open and available to all," said board Chairman Samuel J. Parker Jr. in a statement. "Web streaming will also provide a way for those who are interested in a particular item, but unable to attend the hearing in person, to follow the discussion and decisions in real time."
Contact the board's Public Affairs Office with any questions, concerns or difficulties in accessing the web streaming service at webteam@
mncppc.org or 301-952-4314.