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Shop College Park on Small Business Saturday!

Saturday, November 29, 2014 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  With the holiday season upon us now is a great time to purchase goods which suppor local businesses and contribute to College Park’s economic growth and vitality! Don’t forget to take a break from all your shopping to have a meal at a local restaurant as well.

How You Can Participate

Check some of the local and small business listed right here on the Shop College Park website

More information about Small Business Saturday 

Last Downtown Farmers Market of the season!

The 4th year of the College Park Farmers Market comes to a close this Sunday, November 23 from 10am-2pm. Each year the market has offered more vendors and a greater diversity of fresh produces, made to order food and specialty goods. In 2014, we had a rotation of 18 consistent vendors! Come out to support our local vendors one last time before they take a well-deserved winter break. Don’t forget to stock up on your Thanksgiving Day needs.

This Week’s Vendors

Alcoba Coffee
Bill’s Backyard BBQ
Cecilia’s Delight
Gentle Flours
Grandma Vera’s Bakery
Larry’s Produce
Miller Farms
Phil’s Dills Gourmet Pickles
Roy and RT’s Kitchen
True Honey Teas

The 2015 Farmers Market will begin in April. Currently all of our existing vendors plan to return for the 2015 season.

As always, free parking is available in Downtown on Sundays, including the parking garage across from City Hall.

Have comments or suggestions on how to improve the market in 2015?
Please send an email to mstiefvater@collegeparkmd.gov.

 

 

Visit the Farmers Market website

 

College Park Community Foundation Announces 2014 Grant Recipients & Winter Gala

Grant Recipients

In October,    the    College    Park    Community    Foundation    (CPCF)    announced    over    $4,000    in    grants    to   six    non-­‐profit    and service    organizations for    its   2014    grant    cycle.       Compared    to    its    inaugural    grant    cycle    in    2013,    CPCF    received    over    double    the    number    of    applications    and    granting    over    $2,700    above    2013’s    total    grant    amount.

“We’re very    excited    to    have    received    so    many    strong    applications    this    year,    and    are

honored     to   be extending    grants    to   a   wide    range     of    organizations     serving   the   College   Park

community,” said    Richard    Morrison,    Chair    of   CPCF’sBoard    of    Directors.

Please see http://collegeparkfoundation.org/2014/11/04/2014-grant-recipients/ for more information about Grant Recipients

Winter Gala

Awardess will be honored at the College    Park    Community    Foundation’s    annual    Winter    Gala    on    Saturday,    December    13,    2014    at    the    College    Park    Marriott    Hotel    &   Conference    Center.        The    Gala    will   feature    hors    d’oeuvres,    cocktails,    musical    entertainment,    and    a    silent    auction,    highlighting    items    from    local    businesses.

All are    invited    to    attend.    Proceeds    from    the    event    support    CPCF’s    grant-­‐making    and    outreach    activities.    Individual       tickets    for    the    Winter    Gala    are    $45    and    may    be    purchased    online    at cpgala.brownpapertickets.com.

The 2014    Grant    Recipients:

Grantee

Amount

Grant Project

Boy Scout Troop 298 $500 The matching grant funds will leverage scout fundraising activities that support the scouts attending summer day camp in Summer 2015.
The College Park Community Food Bank $1,300 The grant will fund a stipend for an intern to develop better organizational systems, story collecting, messaging, and data gathering, including a volunteer and donor directory, updated website, and developing a data collection tool for the clients they serve.
College Park Community Library $400 College Park Community Library will purchase a library software package that will allow the Community Library to improve their service capacity by being able to track their inventory an electronically check-out/in books.
Cub Scout Pack 298 $500 The matching grant funds will leverage scout fundraising activities that support the scouts attending summer day camp in Summer 2015.
Meals on Wheels of College Park $607 The grant funds an outreach and marketing efforts for clients and volunteers, including a redesigned website and targeted advertising campaigns.
National Museum of Language $700 The grant supports a week-long summer camp at the College Park Community Center, which will provide 60 children with an introduction to a variety of languages, including Chinese, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Japanese.

 

FREE 7TH ANNUAL COLLEGE PARK BLUES FESTIVAL

CPBF

Join the DC Blues Society as they host the 7th Annual College Park Blues Festival on Saturday, November 8th from 6:oopm to 11:30pm at Ritchie Coliseum. Memphis or Bust! The event is a fundraiser to send the DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands winner to Memphis, TN.

The event is free to attend and features several great bands inside the historic sporting venue just off Route 1.

Location

Featuring

  • M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio – acoustic Piedmont Blues
  • DCBS Battle of the Band Winner – The Mojo Priests ‘playing the devil out of the blues’
  • DC Blues Society Band – this “high energy” band plays a mix of danceable Blues tunes with a heavy tip of the hat to typical Blues standards.
  • Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers – Hot combination of Blues and R&B packed with soul!
  • Vendors and raffles and giveaways and more including a chance to win a Guitar at the Festival Raffle. Fender Stratocaster Guitar and case – courtesy of Atomic Music, 11011B Baltimore Ave. (next to Old Line Bistro – former Circuit City), Beltsville, MD 20705, (301) 595-4190  
  • A large dance floor to show off your best moves.

Price Tag

  • Free entry and parking.
  • Food and beverages, including beer and wine, are available for purchase.

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors:

College Park Think-A-Thon

Do you think the Route 1 corridor in College Park needs a facelift?
Do you think College Park is accessible? Do you frequent the local businesses?
What should a new Arts and Culture District along Route 1 look like?
What should it do? What should it have? How would it benefit the community?

Do you believe arts and culture can transform a community?

We want to know your thoughts. Join us for the College Park Think-A-Thon and let your voice be heard. This event is bringing together the larger
College Park community—residents, government officials, arts organizations, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and more—to discuss the role of arts and culture in the redesign of Baltimore Avenue. The College Park Think-A-Thon is a variation of the annual Baltimore Think-A-Thon—a “think and do” event where people come together to imagine and plan the ways in which arts and culture can address the city’s challenges.

Register Here
Registration is free and open to the public through Friday, October 3rd. Join us and let you voice be a part of change in College Park. For questions about the event, please contact arichers@umd.edu.

For further information about this project please visit the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy.

In partnership with the City of College Park.

Battle of Bladensburg Festival: 200 years in the making

Battle of Bladensburg Festival 

 Saturday, August 23rd from 11am- 9:30pm.  Bladensburg Waterfront Park. 

Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the march across Prince George’s County and the Battle of Bladensburg with a day full of reenactments, historical tours, food, and family fun.

The event kicks off at 11am with the dedication of the monument “Undaunted in Battle”  at Monument Park. The ceremony will include a performance from the Marine Band and mixed services color guard.

Afterward, enjoy an afternoon of events  fit for the whole family! Live music begins at 4:15pm and fireworks at 8:45pm. All events are free unless otherwise noted ($).

  • DMV Food Trucks serving ALL DAY! ($)
  • Children’s Activity Area: featuring Blue Sky Puppets, Historic American Games, & more!
  • Arts & Craft Vendors ($)
  • Historic Demonstration Village: Heritage Breed Animals, blacksmithing, spinners, weavers, silhouette cutter, historic clothing, historic goods, apothecary, and more!
  • Community & Information Booths
  • Anacostia River Boat Tours (12pm – 5:30pm)
  • Battlefield Trolley Tours (1pm – 4pm)
  • Wandering Living History Performers including Francis Scott Key, Mrs. Dolley Madison, Dr. William Beanes, Commodore Joshua Barney, and more!
There is no parking (aside from bicycles) at the park. A parking map is available here. Free shuttles will run from the University of Maryland to Bladensburg Waterfront Park from 11am to 9:30pm.

The event is sponsored by the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and the Battle of Bladensburg Task Force and is part of week long celebration. For the full schedule of events please visit: http://undauntedweekend.splashthat.com/

For more about the rich history of Bladensburg’s role in the War of 1812 visit:  http://www.princegeorges1812.org/Bladensburg/

Growing Healthy Families with College Park Farmers Markets

The College Park City Council recently passed a resolution to join the Healthy Eating and Living Cities & Towns Campaign (HEAL) which promotes local government policies that improve access to healthy foods and physical activity. As a HEAL member, our goals include providing city residents with access to nutritious and sustainable food options and promoting the use of food assistance at our farmers markets.

Food assistance programs like SNAP and WIC help grow healthy individuals and families! We are proud to say that all three College Park Farmers Markets have at least one vendor who accepts food assistance for fresh, local and affordable food. Vendors who accept these programs have a sign posted at their tent.

Our Downtown, Hollywood and Paint Branch markets are great places for everyone to shop for seasonal produce and enjoy a family friendly atmosphere, including life sized chess, live music and cooking demonstrations. More information about our markets and vendors accepting food assistance is below.

See you at the Market!

Vendors Accepting SNAP and WIC

Downtown Market: Sunday 10am- 2pm
4500 Knox Rd (free parking in city garage)
Miller Farms

Hollywood: Saturday 9am- 1pm
9801 Rhode Island Ave
Calvert Farm
Pleitez Produce
Tuckey’s Mountain Grown (WIC only)

Paint Branch: Saturday 7am- noon
5211 Paint Branch Pkwy
Miller Farms

Mothers Day 5K Run!

The Prince George’s Running Club will be hosting the first Mothers Day 5K (3.1 mile) race on Sunday , May 11.

The race will begin @ 7:00 am. Start and Finish at the Hollywood Shopping Ctr (9800 Block of Rhode Island Avenue)

There will be Prizes from REI.

Please see the attached flyer for more details to follow. To register please click here .

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Mark Shrodder at shroder_keller@yahoo.com.

Ride 4 Eco

Event: Ride4ECO Fundraiser for ECO City Farms

Event Date: May 3, 2014, 10am-2pm

Location: Cole Fieldhouse at University of Maryland to ECO City Farms, 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, MD  20781

Contact: Susan Shuller, 513-478-2386

 Ride event flyer v4

Ride4ECO to promote sustainable farming, Healthy Eating and Active Living in Prince George’s County 

5 mile fun bike ride to raise funds for a bike stop at ECO City Farms @ Edmonston along the Anacostia River Trail 

Edmonston, MD—On Saturday, May 3rd, residents in Prince George’s County and students of University of Maryland will come together for the Ride4ECO, a fun 5 mile bike ride to raise funds for a bike stop at ECO City Farms in Edmonston along the Anacostia River Trail.  The bike stop will offer interpretive signage, highlighting the story of African American farmers that cultivated the area, directional trail signs, a picnic table, a tire fill station, a water fountain and a bike rack.  “The goal is to connect the farm and urban farming more generally with the imaginations of users of the adjacent Anacostia trail,” says Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, CEO of ECO City Farms.

The Ride4ECO will be held on May 3, 2014 starting at the Cole Fieldhouse at the University of Maryland at 10am.  Riders will ride along the Anacostia River Trail to ECO City Farms in Edmonston at 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, MD  20781 where they can celebrate at a Farm Open House from 12pm-2pm.  The Farm Open House, which features farm tours, healthy snacks, a silent auction and other fun activities is expected to draw more than 200 people.  Attendees can try out ECO’s famous ‘Smoothie Bike’, which allows them to pedal their way to a fruity treat, see how food is grown at ECO City Farms, and taste healthy food samples.

Many neighborhoods in the Port Towns of Prince George’s County, Maryland (Colmar Manor, Edmonston, Cottage City and Bladensburg) are considered to be ‘food deserts’: areas where there is very limited access to fresh and affordable food.  ECO City Farms and Port Towns Community Health Partnership–a collaboration of community residents, organizations and funders–are all working together in the Port Towns to break down the barriers to food access and promote HEALing (healthy eating and active living).

ECO City Farms is a food oasis in an area largely made up of strip malls, car repair shops, fast-food restaurants and processed food minimarts. “More than 70% of residents in the Port Towns are overweight or obese, with health issues, such as diabetes, related to poor eating habits,” notes Morgan-Hubbard. “We are working to make healthy eating an easy choice for all.”

Located in a working class neighborhood on the Anacostia River, in Edmonston, Maryland, ECO City Farms is adjacent to the new Anacostia bike trail.  This trail, which connects Prince George’s County to Washington, DC and Montgomery County, is not only used by recreational bicyclists on the weekends, it is also used as a transportation corridor by people in the Edmonston community.  The bike stop will bring more people to ECO City Farms and orient them to the farming history of the area.  Founded by free blacks who established farms here and prospered, Edmonston has had strong roots in farming since before the war of 1812. This project aims to illuminate and connect riders to the stories of people, past and present, who live and work here.

Ride4ECO needs to raise $5,000 to match a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to construct the bike stop.  This means that every dollar donated generates $2 in support!  Registration for the Ride4ECO and donations can be made at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ride4eco.    However, the Ride4ECO is not just a day-long fundraiser.  It is an opportunity to support a more sustainable and healthy future for the Prince George’s County Community.

A Taste of Spring

The Board of Directors of the College Park Community Foundation invites you to A Taste of Spring, a fundraising event featuring a unique array of beer, wine, and fine food selected by celebrated local chef Ferhat Yalcin.

Sample from a special selection of wine and beer and enjoy the chef’s special menu of appetizers. Connect with friends and neighbors while supporting charitable projects in the College Park community.

The event will also feature a prize raffle and a survey of guests to award the distinction of Best Wine and Best Beer of the evening.

A Taste of Spring is brought to you by the College Park Community Foundation,Fishnet, and the Berwyn District Civic Association.

Individual tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets for $40.

We are also celebrating the successful 2013 change to Maryland law that allowed Fishnet to obtain its license to serve beer and wine, boosting economic development in the historic Berwyn neighborhood. The 21st District delegation to the Maryland General Assembly – Senator Jim Rosapepe and Delegates Barbara FrushJoseline Peña-Melnyk, and Ben Barnes – sponsored this new law.

Business sponsorship information is available, please contact Richard Morrison at rmorrison@collegeparkfoundation.org.

Please note that 50% of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

Thanks to our growing list of event sponsors, including the Clarice Smith Performing Arts CenterPongos Interactive, and Keane Enterprises, who have all joined us asPartnering Sponsors. In addition, our raffle will feature gift cards generously donated by Ledo Restaurant and Hard Times Cafe.