Spring Children's Consignment Sale - Accokeek, MD

There will be a Clothing and Toy Consignment sale this Saturday in Accokeek.  Christ Church doesn't sit too far off 210 in Accokeek.  The flier says there will be children's summer and spring clothing which includes shoes, toys, book, baby gear, etc...  

When:  Saturday, April 5th 
9am - 2pm

Where:  Christ Church Parish Hall
600 Farmington Road
Accokeek, MD  20607


MD 210/Indian Head Highway improvements planned

Construction is planned for late 2015 to begin improvements to 210/Indian Head Highway, the main thoroughfare of Fort Washington.  210 has experienced an increase in traffic due to development in the area as well as additional commuters from Waldorf and other southern points.  Traffic is at its heaviest in the mornings heading northbound and southbound in the evenings though compared peak traffic times on 95 and 66 - it's manageable!  

Plans to eliminate some of the lights on 210 have been approved for quite some time but lacked funding. You  can see the full schedule and plan at the MD State Highway website.

The quick breakdown is that they will be removing the first light (Wilson Bridge Dr.) and second light (Kirby Hill/Livingston Rd.) and creating a fly-over so traffic isn't simultaneously stopped and merging when exiting 495 onto 210 south -- all with the hopes of easing the initial congestion many of us feel when entering and exiting 210 during busy rush hour times.  

Work is expected to take 3 years to complete and I'm guessing the construction will continue to head southbound so we are looking at years of construction - all with the goal of an easier passage down 210.  We are also hoping they will add bus lanes or additional mass transit options as well. 


Homegrown Coffeehouse - Accokeek, MD

Last winter, my husband and I took our children to the Homegrown Coffeehouse at the National Colonial Farm in Accokeek.  It's not far from our house and it was a great way to spend an inexpensive but very entertaining evening with our family.  Local artists perform and the talent that is here in the area is just amazing.  We really enjoyed the music and our kids were entertained because it was such a small venue which made it more personal and intimate.  They sold light fare - soup, bread, cheese plates, desserts, coffee and tea.  You can also BYOB.

Unfortunately, we haven't made it to another show this year but I just saw they have an upcoming event on:

April 26 th
6 - 10pm

Doors open at 6pm and admission is $12 (I think kids were $5 but they gave us a deal because we had 3).  Light fare is offered for $7 between 6 and 7:30pm.  We didn't eat when we went but I remember the food went fast so if you're planning on eating, get there early.

The artists for April are Lynn Hollyfield with Carey Creed, Steve Wolf and Jimmy Brink.  It's a great time and a special treat to have something like this here locally.  Try to check it out!

Located at 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD  20607.  For more information:  240.305.0876


MD Science Center annual membership

There is currently a deal on Living Social offering an annual membership to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore for only $62 (normally $125).  

Great way to get the kids involved in hands-on science activities.  Just wanted to share!

MSC hours are:
Mon: closed
Tues - Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 10am - 6pm
Sun: 11am - 5pm


Maryland Day

Tuesday, March 25th is Maryland Day.  Accokeek library is holding an education program where you can go learn about the early history of Maryland presented by Kenneth Bryson, author of Images of America, Accokeek.  No registration required and all ages welcome.  

When:  Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 4:00pm

Where:  Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD

Who:  Everyone


26th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

photo courtesy of AFF
The Potomac River Watershed cleanup is an annual event held by the Alice Ferguson Foundation which is located in Accokeek, MD.  They have removed over 6 million pounds of trash from the Potomac since 1989, with the help of volunteers.  The volunteers in this are CRITICAL!  And don't worry, not everyone is literally in the water but we are cleaning up areas alongside the water also.

Jump in and help out this year while meeting your neighbors on Saturday, April 5th between 9am - 12pm. 
You'll make a huge difference in the community and you'll still have most of your Saturday free!  

Our community leads a cleanup site and they make it extra fun by having coffee and donuts for the participants in the morning and  also a BBQ afterward.  Again, a great way to fellowship with your neighbors and community.

For information on how to volunteer, lead a cleanup site or sponsor the event, go to the Cleanup homepage or call 202.973.8203


PG County Public Schools CEO speaking in the community

Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell will speak at the Greater Accokeek Civic Association meeting to discuss his future plans and answer any questions you may have regarding the schools.

When:  March 5, 2014 at 7:30pm

Where:  Accokeek Volunteer Fire Company 
             16111 Livingston Road, Accokeek, MD

Who:  Everyone welcome!



LEGO club - Accokeek Library

A new LEGO club is starting at the Accokeek Library next week where the kids will be given a weekly theme-based challenge and the chance to show off their creations.  Details are:

Where:  Accokeek Library, Accokeek, MD

When:  1st Monday of each month at 4pm for a 1 hour program

Who:  designed for ages 5-10 but other ages are welcome

Upcoming dates :

March 3, 2014 
April 7, 2014
May 5, 2014
June 2, 2014


Tanger Outlets Opening THIS Friday...11.22.13

Tanger Outlets at National Harbor has its Grand Opening this Friday at 9am. 
Print out a 20% coupon if you plan on visiting this weekend!


Farmers Market - Last Day of the Season - Wednesday, 10.23.2013

A comment posted on our Freedom Manor Farmers Market post reminds us of the Last Day for the season: TOMORROW - Wednesday, October 23rd from 2pm - 7pm

There is also a Winter Coat drive where all coats will be donated to Mission of Love charities.

"Come join us for food, jazz, vendors and live entertainment.
 Donate a clean warm coat for our 5th Annual Mr. Winter Coat Drive. All Coats will be donated to the Mission of Love Charities.
Connecting The Community - One Wednesday at a time!"


Dig Into Reading - Summer Reading Program at Accokeek Library

All PG County libraries participate in the Summer Reading Program but are participating in the Accokeek branch because it's closest to us.  You register and get a Reading Log where you keep track of the books you read each month.  After your child has read 5 books, they get return their Log and get to choose a fun prize each month.  They have prizes for all ages but in June, my children chose the FREE ticket to the Imagination Stage in Bethesda for a showing of Peter Pan and Wendy.  They also have Orioles tickets, Glow bracelets and small toys for the little ones. 
Summer Reading Lists are available and they have fun programs planned throughout the summer for children ages 5 - 12.  Last week we participated in a program sponsored by Hard Bargain Farms "Down on the Farm' where they had a rooster and bunny present for the kids to pet while they spoke on what farms produce (with lots of examples).  It was very hands-on and the speaker was very engaging with the kids.   
The next few sessions have themes regarding Colonial and Medieval Times which were homeschool topics for us this past year.  If they are as good as the Hard Bargain program, it will be a fun, FREE afternoon.


Fort Washington Farmers Market - Wednesdays 2-7pm

I am so excited to find there is a Farmers Market here in Fort Washington!  Freedom's Farmers' Market is located at 10905 Livingston Road in Fort Washington, right in the heart of the Broad Creek Historic District. 

courtesy of FFM

Since 2011 Freedom Manor has hosted a Farmers Market from May through October on Wednesday's from 2pm until 7pm.  They offer fresh fruits and veggies, barbecue and local artisans sell the handmade jewelry, arts and crafts. 

Farmers and Vendors
  • Millers Farm
  • Valencia’s Produce
  • Tender Ribs
  • Cynthia Nwokeken (blankets and scarves)
  • Beaded Baubles (Jewelry)
  • Custom Jewelry by SandyC
  • Save Your Heart Ministries
  • Childcare Management Solutions (Training)
  • Knowledge Learning Solutions (Online Training)
The market is located on Livingston Road which runs parallel to 210 so if you don't travel the 'side roads', I bet this gem is easily missed by many. 

Contact is Amina Jones Law at 301.203.0619 or farmersmarket@freedommanor.com


Summer Movie Express - $1 Movie Days

This summer we are looking for fun ways to enjoy the summer without a lot of added expense.  I have come across a few fun items that are a inexpensive so I wanted to pass them along.  First up is the Summer Movie Express which may be a good fit considering all the rain we have been having.

Regal Entertainment Group offers the Summer Movie Express for 9 weeks during the summer where they offer 'family-friendly' movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am for only $1 per child.  You can go to the site to find a theatre in your area.