County councilwoman selected for state leadership post
Prince George's County Councilwoman Ingrid Turner (D-Dist. 4) of Bowie was recently selected by the Maryland Association of Counties Board of Directors to serve as the treasurer for the 2011 legislative year.
"I'm excited about the opportunity ... and I look to continue to serve not only my constituents but now the state of Maryland," Turner said. "I'm hoping to be able to do even more for Prince George's County."
Turner, who was elected to the position by the association's board of directors, will serve as treasurer until January, when the next election is held. She is running for re-election to her seat on the County Council.
"Councilmember Turner has proven herself to be a good partner during her years of service on the MACo board of directors," said David Craig, MACo president and Harford County executive, in a statement. "I look forward to extending that partnership as we work as association officers. She will be an excellent leader for MACo."
The MACo is an Annapolis-based nonprofit organization that advocates for county issues at the state level.
Landover Hills man graduates from New York college
Larry William Cook of Landover Hills recently received his bachelor's degree in nursing from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Tonight is back-to-school night for two Lanham-area schools
Seabrook Elementary School, at 6001 Seabrook Road in Seabrook, and Kettering Middle School, at 65 Herrington Drive in Kettering, are having their back to school nights at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
Largo High graduate earns master's degree
Army Col. John T. Owens III, an imagery analyst with 25 years of military service, recently graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, Pa., and earned a master's degree in strategic studies. The college is the Army's senior educational institution.
Owens is the son of John T. and Grace M. Owens of Bowie and the son-in-law of Joseph and Barbara Howard of Capitol Heights. He is a 1981 graduate of Largo High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1985 from Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Flowers High student completes science program
Jasmyn Rudd, a senior at Springdale's Charles H. Flowers High School, completed the National Science Foundation Summer Academy at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.
Rudd completed a five-week program held June through July that included field trips such as to the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island and workshops on note-taking and memorization skills.
Cheverly Community Market coming this Saturday
The Cheverly Community Market is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday outside the Cheverly Community Center at 6401 Forest Road.
The following vendors will be coming to the Cheverly Community Market this season: Al Pong's Orchard in Fulton; C&E Farms in Glenn Dale; Caprikorn Farms in Gapland; Circle C Oyster in Ranch Ridge; Cookies to Cocktails LLC of Cheverly; Eve's Cheese in Worton; Fat Earth in Glen Burnie; Firehook Bakery in Washington, D.C.; Golden Leaf Farms of Brandywine; Martha's Jams of Cheverly; Moctec Enterprises of Hyattsville; Mystic Water Soap of College Park; Rebert Farms in Gettysburg, Pa.; Rose Fennell Pottery of Cheverly; New Starts Farm in the District; Pax River Alpacas of Upper Marlboro; Shlagel Farms in Waldorf; Simple Pleasures Ice Cream of Bowie; and Simply Sausage of Landover.
Visit www.cheverlycommunitymarket.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes geared toward diabetics in Capitol Heights
The Oakcrest Community Center plans to give free health classes to residents who want to prevent or maintain their diabetes.
The classes are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at the community center at 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd. The classes will focus on proper nutrition and exercise. Call 301-736-5355 for more information.
Emergency preparedness seminar coming to Glenarden
The Glenarden American Legion Post 275 is planning its Emergency Preparedness Month Program for 7:30 p.m. Monday at its headquarters at 8201 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway.
Topics of discussion include building emergency supply kits and creating a family emergency plan. Call 1-800-BE-READY or visit www.ready.gov for more information.
Pregnancy tests, prenatal services offered at centers
Information, free pregnancy tests and prenatal navigation services, sponsored by Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute Inc., will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in Baden Hall, room 132, at Prince George's Community College at 301 Largo Road in Largo; from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Walker Mill Health Center at 1458 Addison Road in Capitol Heights; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Suitland Health and Wellness Medical Center at 5001 Silver Hill Road in Suitland.
Call 240-550-8607 or e-mail email@example.com.
Open house scheduled for county's animal shelter
There is a community open house planned for the Animal Services Facility in Upper Marlboro from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the facility at 3750 Brown Station Road. Residents can attend free pet ownership seminars and learn about pet adoption. Call Linda Lowe at 301-883-5952 for more information or to schedule a tour of the shelter.
Sorority sponsors college tours for county youths
The Prince George's County Alumnae Chapter of the Capitol Heights-based Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is sponsoring a college tour of Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., and Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va., for Prince George's County seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders Oct. 15.
The tour offers students the opportunity to see the campuses, talk to admissions officers and students and learn about scholarships and when to apply for admission, among other things.
The cost is $25 and includes bus transportation, breakfast, campus tours and lunch.
The 50 seats are limited to Prince George's County residents.
The sorority is also sponsoring a tour of historically black colleges and universities Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.
The tour is open to all high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a 2.0 grade-point average. The cost is $500 per person and includes round-trip transportation on a motor coach, hotel lodging and 12 meals. A deposit of $250 is due by Sept. 30.
Students will visit Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C., North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C., Claflin University and South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., and Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College in Atlanta.
Download the application at www.pgcacdst.org.
For questions or information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-350-5660.
Area organization hosting open house for girls' mentoring program
Valuable Blessings Inc. and the town of Capitol Heights are holding the "Daughters with a Purpose" open house for a mentoring program for girls from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at 1 Capitol Heights Blvd. in Capitol Heights.
The program, which is year-round, begins Sept. 25.
The program is for girls ages 4 to 17. Junior mentors ages 14 to 19 are needed. The program aims to mentor and teach girls to embrace themselves.
The cost is $20 per month.
For information or to enroll, call Valencia Davis at 301-917-5391 or e-mail email@example.com.
Largo college hosts annual Bluebird Blues Festival
Prince George's Community College in Largo is hosting the 18th annual Bluebird Blues Festival from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the college at 301 Largo Road in Largo.
Clarence Carter, the event's headliner, will perform on the main stage in front of the Novak Field House.
Other main stage performers are Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy, Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings and Tom Larsen Band.
The free festival has live entertainment, children's activities, music workshops, food and crafts.
Call 301-322-0853 or visit www.pgcc.edu.
5K run/walk at Watkins Regional Park
The 15th annual For the Health of It 5K run/walk is at 9 a.m. Sept. 25 at Watkins Regional Park at 301 Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro. The event is sponsored by the Ivy Community Charities of Prince George's County Inc. and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Iota Gamma Omega Chapter.
To register, visit www.iccpgc.org.
The cost is $40 for participants; or $15 for children in grades seven to 12 and $10 for children in kindergarten through grade six.
Event proceeds will benefit organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the Bowie-based nonprofit All Shades of Pink, a Bowie-based nonprofit organization that assists women and their families diagnosed with breast cancer with resource referrals, non-medical advice and/or emergency financial assistance during their treatment period.