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Camp Springs Elks Lodge

Affordable Overnight Summer Camp

The Camp Springs Elks Lodge is a proud sponsor of the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia State Association project Elks Camp Barrett located in Davidsonville, Md.  The cost is only $200 for a weekly overnight session.  Parents may apply and review the camp endeavors at

Over the past eight years, the Camp Springs Elks Lodge have shared this special time with more than 300 youth from our community.  Upcoming sessions began 23 June and the last session ends Thursday 25 July.

JROTC Most Outstanding Cadet Awardees

During the month of May, the Camp Springs Elks Lodge awarded the most outstanding cadet award to Airforce Cadet Major Jay Arias of Potomac HS, Airforce Cadet Mueez Peleowo of Oxon Hill HS, and Navy Cadet Seaman Emily Villacorta of Friendly HS.  This award reflects their success in maintaining the highest levels of leadership and Americanism in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and reflects highly upon the schools they represent.



PJ’s Coffee to Open Its Doors in Camp Springs: A Story of Dedication, Military Service, and Community

PJ's Coffee: Camp Springs

CAMP SPRINGS, Md. (June 3, 2024)—The aroma of freshly brewed coffee will soon grace the streets of Camp Springs as James and Anita, a dynamic couple deeply rooted in service and community engagement, prepare to unveil the grand opening of their newest venture, PJ’s Coffee.

James and Anita, residents of Southern Maryland, bring with them a wealth of experience and a shared passion for fostering community connections. With two teenage sons, one attending the University of Maryland and the other proudly serving in the United States Air Force, the couple embodies a commitment to family, service, and excellence.

Anita’s distinguished career of nearly 28 years with the Social Security Administration (SSA) speaks volumes about her dedication and leadership. Rising through the ranks from a teleservice representative to senior staff positions across various regions and headquarters, Anita’s journey is marked by her unwavering work ethic and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Her accolades include prestigious awards such as the Commissioner’s Citation Award and the Nextgov Award, showcasing her exceptional contributions to SSA’s mission.

Complementing Anita’s stellar career is James’s remarkable service as a retired, disabled military veteran with 22 years in the United States Air Force. Stationed across diverse locations globally and serving multiple deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism, James’s commitment to duty and excellence is evident. Transitioning from military service to a civilian role as an Information Technology Specialist, James continued to excel, earning accolades like the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Their decision to open PJ’s Coffee in Camp Springs is rooted in their desire to not only offer premium coffee but also to become integral members of the local community. “Camp Springs holds a special place in our hearts,” says Anita. “We see it as more than just a location for our coffee shop; it’s a vibrant community with boundless potential.”

With a vision to enrich the Camp Springs community, James and Anita are committed to incorporating various initiatives, including hosting and attending charity events, volunteering for community service, and initiating an employee engagement program to foster team cohesion and personal growth. Additionally, they plan to host local competitions, partner with organizations to support social causes, participate in fundraisers, mentor aspiring entrepreneurs, and offer discounts to nonprofits, military personnel, teachers, and public servants.

“We envision PJ’s Coffee as not just a place to grab your morning cup of joe, but as a hub for connection, support, and positive change in Camp Springs,” says James. “We’re excited to embark on this journey and look forward to serving and empowering our community.”

PJ’s Coffee’s grand opening in Camp Springs is slated for a Summer opening, and the entire community is invited to join in the celebration.

Since its inception in 1978, PJ’s Coffee has set out to show that its coffee is the best in the business. Founded by Phyllis Jordan, a pioneer in the coffee industry, and owned and operated by New Orleans natives and brothers Paul, Steven, and Scott Ballard since 2008, the company has stuck true to that mission and its New Orleans roots.  For more information, visit or follow PJ’s Coffee on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.





Summer Programs at Marietta House Museum

Marietta House Museum

Summer Writer’s Workshops at Marietta House Museum

This summer two Writer’s Workshops are offered by The Write Women Bookfest partnering with Marietta House Museum and the Prince George’s County Historical Society.  The workshops at Marietta House Museum will put you on the path to becoming a published author!

Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Heather Brooks will present “A Day Retreat for Women Writers: Manifesting an Author’s Life” Participants will learn how to work past imposter syndrome, find your writing tribe, and live a writerly life.

Sunday, July 21, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Heather Brooks and Cardyn Brooks will present “Make Your Idea into a Manuscript: A Workshop for First Time Authors”.  Participants will learn how to turn their book ideas into book manuscripts. Heather and Cardyn will lead participants through the first steps of creating a manuscript for publication and including traditional and self-publishing pathways.

Heather Brooks is an author and founder of The Write Women Book Fest and founder of The Write Women Network. Cardyn Brooks is an award-winning author and outreach coordinator for The Write Women Book Fest, and a book reviewer.

For each presentation, please bring a notebook or laptop, and a packed lunch. Light snacks will be provided. $20/person. Ages 18 and up. Please register at this direct link:  

For more information, please call 30-464-5291 or email Marietta House Museum is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD, 20769 and is a property of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 


Celebrate the 11th Annual “Wine & Jazz at Marietta” on Saturday, August 3, 2–7pm. (Rain date Aug. 10)

Please join us for a leisurely day on the grounds of Marietta House Museum! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Listen to local popular artists AJQ Plus 1 Jazz Ensemble, and The Lovejoy Group.  Local vendors will be onsite with food trucks, artwork, and crafts.

This year, romance authors will be featured! The attending authors are: K.M. Bishop, Cardyn Brooks, Heather Brooks, Erin P. T. Canning, B. K. Lockamy, Calliope Parrish, Maria Secoy, and Mary K. Tilghman. Visit their booths and purchase a signed copy of their books!

Artists to visit at the event include members of the local spinning and knitting guilds, woodcarver Bill Walmsley, and painter Cheryl Kennedy.  Stroll through the booths of local Maryland wineries and sample their delicious wines: Cove Point Winery, Misfit Winery, and more. Tours of the historic house will be available at posted times throughout the day.

Free parking on-site. Ages 21 and up. $10 per person. Please register in advance at this direct link: Cash only at the door.

For more information, please call 301-464-5291 or email  Marietta House Museum is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD. 20769 and is a property of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.



New Grief Workshops Reach Out to Spanish-Speakers and Black Women

Hospice of the Chesapeake

PASADENA, Md. (June 10, 2024)—Chesapeake Life Center offers creative workshops that appeal to our communities’ diverse population to help adults to find a path to healing from loss. Here are the workshops that are planned through September.

• Bereavement Workshop for Spanish-Speakers—This workshop is tailored to Spanish-speaking grievers. It is open to all who have experienced a loss due to death and use Spanish as their primary language. Group members will gather to share grief experiences and coping strategies, while honoring lost loved ones through small acts of remembrance. The workshop will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the center’s offices at 9500 Medical Center Drive, Suite 250, Largo, Maryland. The cost is free.

• Sistas in Solace: The Journey of Healing for Black Women—Grief can be a challenging and isolating experience, especially for Black women who often navigate unique cultural, familial, and societal expectations. Join this safe and welcoming workshop to learn about the grief process, share stories about your loved ones, find comfort, and connect over the healing journey. The workshop will meet from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the center’s offices in Largo. The cost is $15.

• Loss of Parent or Parental Figure Group—This workshop provides space for those grieving the loss of a parent or parental figure to come together to feel supported in their grief. Groups offer participants an opportunity to share their feelings, obtain support from their peers and a licensed counselor, and participate in activities designed to aid with the grief process. The workshop will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Maryland. The cost is free.

Registration is required for all programs and can be completed by calling 888-501-7077 or emailing Visit for a complete listing of in-person and virtual groups and workshops for adults and children.


M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County Announces
Shakespeare in the Parks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Local Parks


Riverdale, Md. (June 7, 2024)—Join the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County this summer as Shakespeare in the Parks tours a professional and family-friendly production across Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, making the joy of theater accessible to all. The Department is proud to announce the Summer 2024 tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by newly appointed Artistic Director Randy Snight.

The 90-minute production is a delightful comedy weaving together the stories of four young lovers, amateur actresses, and mischievous fairies. Set in an enchanted forest near the fictional town of Athens, Maryland, the play explores themes of love, illusion, and the unpredictable nature of desire. Bring your lawn chair, a picnic, and enjoy the Bard under the stars.

Sunday, June 23–Sunday, July 14, 2024. FREE for all ages. For full schedule list, visit This program is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council ( 

With over 28,000 acres of parkland, trails, athletic fields, playgrounds and more, the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County provides an award-winning park system through progressive, quality, innovative leadership and a commitment to its community and environment. The Department delivers first-class recreational activities and programs for people of all ages and ability levels. It strives to improve the quality of life for residents in Prince George’s County and the communities in which they live, work, and raise families. The Department’s Formula 2040 Plan establishes a framework that will assure the Department can meet future parks and recreation programmatic and facility needs, fulfilling its mission to determine the combination of land, facilities and programs that will provide appropriate experiences for Prince Georgians in the future. Visit


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