American Legion to observe Veterans Day in Old Bowie
American Legion, Disney-Bell Post 66, is scheduled to start its annual Veterans Day services at 11 a.m. today in Veterans Park at 12700 9th Street in Old Bowie.
Elected officials and other speakers are expected to attend the laying of wreaths in a ceremony to honor veterans. If it rains, the ceremony will take place at the post at 9605 Old Laurel-Bowie Road in Bowie.
In addition, Post 66 plans to host a comedy night on Saturday to raise money for the start of its local Wounded Warrior fundraising effort. The national Wounded Warrior Project's mission is to honor and help those in the military who incurred physical or psychological, service-connected wounds, injuries or illnesses on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show featuring host Irwin Loring and comedians Kelly Terranova and Marcus Brown is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.
Tickets are $15 and available at the post, which is open seven days a week from noon until 10 or 11 p.m., or at the door. For more information, call 301-464-9814 or go to http://alpost66.org.
City Hall closed today
in honor of Veterans Day
Bowie city offices and the Bowie Senior Center are closed today, and the city will not be picking up refuse or recycling items in observance of Veterans Day.
Knitters needed to make afghans for soldiers
The Handmade Afghans Project based in suburban Maryland is close to completing 5,000 hand-made afghans for those wounded in the military, and members of the project have committed to crocheting and knitting an additional 2,000 afghans for wounded troops in 2011.
The afghans will be distributed to military service people in hospitals and transition units in the United States and abroad. Volunteers are needed to help knit or crochet rectangles that will be assembled by volunteers who use a crochet stitch to piece them together.
For more information, go to http://rectangle6x9.org or e-mail Rectangle6x9@comcast.net. New members will be accepted until Jan. 2.
County students take third in national youth golf tournament
A team of four young golfers from Prince George's County took third place in the Golf Channel Invitational Tournament for The First Tee, held the weekend of Oct. 31 in St. Augustine, Fla.
First Tee is a nonprofit organization with 198 chapters nationwide that encourages young people to learn golf. The Prince George's County Chapter of First Tee was one of 21 chapters selected to participate in the tournament.
Golfers Alex Stewart, 17, of Bowie; John Hulede, 14, and Stephen Washington, 15, both of Mitchellville; and Ryan Artis, 15, of Upper Marlboro were chosen for the county's team based on their performance on golf teams at their respective high schools.
Ed Artis, the executive director of the county's First Tee chapter, said that in addition to practicing with their school teams, the young men also spent three weekends working with a local professional golfer on their technique.
"I feel ecstatic about [how the team did]," he said. "This is just beyond my dreams for the First Tee program Prince George's County, to have our kids compete with the small group that went there."
Bowie's advisory education committee recognized Judy Goldberg-Strassler, a guidance counselor at Yorktown Elementary, as September's teacher of the month for September at the Nov. 1 City Council meeting.
Goldberg-Strassler has created school-wide awareness of the importance of conflict resolution, written grants to bring special programs to the school, helped raise money for children in Haiti and hosted lunch in her office, where Lunch Bunch students eat, play games and talk about books they have read.
Recognized as teacher of the month for October was Maria Smith, a kindergarten teacher at Whitehall Elementary. Cheron Cooper, the parent who nominated Smith, described her as creative, energetic and thoughtful and a teacher who fosters confidence in her students. Learning the alphabet in her class is fun, including doing the Tiggy Tiger Dance as a way to learn the letter T, Cooper said.
Teachers selected for the program receive a certificate, a $100 U.S. savings bond from BB&T bank and lunch for two from Main Street Catering.
Bowie State stages play
about breast cancer
Bowie State University Theatre plans to showcase performances of "Faces: Shades of Survival," a play about friends battling breast cancer, written and directed by playwright Odell B. Ruffin of Greenbelt.
The play is about four black women and how they deal with challenges in their relationships, careers, and mental and emotional health.
The performances begin at 8 p.m. today through Sunday, with a performance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, in the Samuel L. Myers Auditorium in the Martin Luther King Jr. Communications Art Center.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, faculty, seniors and staff, and $3 for children.
Contact the box office at 301-860-3765, email@example.com or go to www.bowiestate.edu.
Free flu shots scheduled
for non-public school children
The Prince George's County Health Department is giving out free flu mist vaccinations to home-schooled, parochial and private school students who reside in the county from 4 to 7 p.m. at the following Shoppers Food Warehouse locations: Nov. 16 at 4720 Cherry Hill Road in College Park; and Nov. 18 at 3831 Bladensburg Road in Brentwood.
It will cost $26.99 per person for residents older than 18 to receive an injection of flu vaccine from Shoppers pharmacy staff. Residents can receive a shot at the sixth annual Holiday Food and Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Landover's Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex at 8001 Sheriff Road. Call Cynthia Baker at 301-883-7802 for more information.
New art at Bowie City Hall
Exhibiting art and photographs in the entrance area and along the walls at Bowie City Hall through the end of November are students from Heather Hills Elementary School and members of the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club.
The Bowie-Crofton Camera Club traces its roots back to the "Bowie Photo Club" which was formed in the late 1960s. Currently the club has over 150 members who exhibit regularly in the metro area.
Call Annette Esterheld, arts specialist, at 301-575-5601 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Firefighters visit Chapel Forge Early Childhood Center
Firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and rescue personnel visited Chapel Forge Early Childhood Center in late October to help students learn about being safe and dialing 911. Students at the Bowie school were also invited to explore ambulances and a fire truck and interact with firefighters dressed in their gear.
Earlier in the month students also participated in a multicultural parade, a way to highlight what students had been learning about different cultures.
Local residents complete military basic training
Army National Guard Pvt. Dion L. Ellis recently graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo.
Ellis is the son of Tony L. Spruill of Bowie and Tessa M. Ellis of Virginia Beach, Va. He graduated in 2009 from Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach.
The training included basic military training, which included instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.
He also completed advanced individual training, completing military police specialist course to learn the skills needed to provide combat area support, conduct battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations and law and order operations.
Army Pfc. Nicole J. De Bearn, the daughter of Marc De Bearn of Mitchellville, recently completed basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, De Bearn studied the Army's mission and was trained in the Army history, values and traditions, physical fitness, first aid and weapons use, among other things.
Navy Seaman Alonzo Freeman, the son of Joann and Charles Freeman of Mitchellville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Freeman completed training activities, which included classroom study and practical instruction of naval customs, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety, among other things. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
Freeman is a 2008 graduate of Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale.
Michelle J. Nicholson, the daughter of Lagena M. Nicholson of Lanham, recently completed the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash.
The 32-day training gives the cadets training in military life, administration and logistical support.
After completing of the course, the ROTC program and graduating from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve.
Nicholson is a 2006 graduate of DuVal High School in Lanham.
Bowie-based nonprofit asks for change
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, is asking the community to collect change for breast cancer.
Interested persons should contact All Shades of Pink for a coin purse.
Once the coin purse is full of change, donations can be made in the amount of change collected by check, money order or an online donation at www.allshadesofpink.org.
The money will benefit families fighting breast cancer.
The campaign ends Dec. 15.
To request a coin purse, call 301-356-4688 or e-mail email@example.com.