Hyattsville Happenings: March 3-5

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The PGCPS Countywide Student Art Exhibit runs through March 6 at the Mall at Prince Georges. Photo courtesy of PGAHC

Need plans for the weekend? We’ve got you covered. Hyattsville is a happenin’ place.

All Weekend:

PGCPS Countywide Student Art Exhibit: Limited time only! Don’t miss this amazing exhibit created by Prince George’s County Public School students! Over 1,500 pieces of art will be on display from students K-12 throughout the mall. Exhibit ends March 6.

Friday, March 3: 

Storytime Pop-Up: Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more at this innovative collaboration between PGCMLS & Mt. Rainier’s organic juice & smoothie joint. Ages 0-5 years old. Free. 10 a.m., The Waterhole, 4004 34th St., Mt. Rainier

Ageless Grace: A seated exercise class, set to great music. Free. 10-11 a.m., each Wednesday and Friday through February, Hyattsville Municipal Building

Toddler Time at Artworks: Open studio time for toddlers and their accompanying adults. Even the youngest children can explore a variety of age-appropriate art materials in a safe, fun environment. Shoe Tying Board: Start getting your kids excited about tying shoes by creating a “shoe tying” board to take home, and practice developing their fine motor skills. Toddlers will decorate their boards with collage and drawings. $9, 10 a.m.-noon, Art Works Now

Coffee Cupping: The weekly coffee cuppings are a great way to learn more about coffee, broaden your understanding of origins, flavors, aromas, enhance your palate, and try a wide variety of coffees in one sitting. We love to share our passion for coffee and this very relaxed setting creates a great environment for anyone to learn, question, and experiment in. Free, 1 p.m., Vigilante Coffee

Magic: The Gathering Club: Come cast spells and battle wizards in our favorite fantasy card game. Bring your own cards or use the ones we have here. All experience levels welcome, from never-played to expert. Free. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Hyattsville Branch Library

Parents’ Night Out: Enjoy some time out while your kids enjoy some time in at Art Works. They will have an evening filled with a special art activity — just keep swimming paintings — and finish the night with a pizza dinner and the movie “Finding Dory.” Ages 3-12. $20. 5-9 p.m., Art Works Now

What to do?  Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond: Art that unifies, uplifts, resists … with artwork by The Monument Quilt Project, Andrea Noel, Camilla Schaeffer, Victoria Sgarro, Juliana Vallejo, Amelia Vercauteren, Shatiea Blount of Eye In Me Life Coaching and Consulting, and DC2StandingRock. The evening will include hands-on art projects led by Andrea Noel and Juliana Vallejo. $5. 7-10 p.m., ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry Street, Mt. Rainier

Sarah Fridrich on the Chickering Grand Piano: Maryland native and UMD alumni songwriter Sarah Fridrich performs original songs on the grand piano. Sarah’s songwriting evokes a little Joni Mitchell with a big piano sound. She has played at the Riverdale Farmer’s Market and Busboys and Poets. $15 cover. Light refreshments available. 8-9:30 p.m., Robert Harper Books

Saturday, March 4:

Downsizing — Options We Can Live With: Have just too much stuff? Want to simplify? See the task as overwhelming? Have a parent who is moving? The program, sponsored by Hyattsville Aging in Place (HAP), promises to help get you started! Questions? Call 301-887-3101. Free. Coffee & conversation 9am-9:30 a.m., with program to follow. Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St.

Build a Rain Gauge: A hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a rain gauge house, so you and your budding scientist can measure the rain dropped by spring storms. Once the gauge is built, your child can paint their project to personalize it. Free, while supplies last. 9 a.m.-noon, Home Depot, Hyattsville

Chinese/English Storytime: Children’s stories, rhymes, songs and fingerplays in Chinese and English. Free. 10:15-10:45 a.m., Hyattsville Branch Library

Thoughts on Shifting the Gaze: Poet-in-Residence/Associate Professor M. Nzadi Keita, Ph.D., will facilitate an intimate, intergenerational discussion of black femininity, perspective, and transformation based on the David C. Driskell Center’s exhibition Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze. This exhibition explores how African American female artists turn their gaze on themselves and on other women. Free for members, $25 for non-members. Noon-3 p.m., Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center, 4519 Rhode Island Ave.

Crochet Workshop: Join in for an afternoon of crocheting! If possible, please bring your own materials due to limited supplies. No experience required. All ages. Free. 1-2 p.m., Mount Rainier Branch Library, 3409 Rhode Island Ave.

Acoustic Blues Jam: For nearly 50 years, Archie’s Barbershop in Northeast Washington, DC, was the place to be on Saturday afternoons when musicians gathered for an informal acoustic blues jam. After the Barbershop building was sold in 2008, the foundation and weekly jams moved to an historic building associated with the railroad in Riverdale. Musicians of all skill levels are welcome to join in, and many music-lovers stop by just to listen. Besides being a good time for everyone, Saturdays at the Barbershop allow the young to learn from the old and the Piedmont blues tradition to be passed down to the next generation. 1-4 p.m., Archie’s Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale Park

Project R.E.D Benefit Concert/Fundraiser Gala: An incredible night of music and giving, honoring those in the community who illustrate The Respect Yourself Project mission to create awareness and lifestyle changes as it relates to HIV, heart disease and diabetes. Performances by ASCAP/BMI recording artist DARREN and YouTube sensation singer/songwriter Caleb Hacker. Live concert, red carpet photography, reception with catering by Henry’s Soul Cafe, hors d’ oeuvre and dessert buffet. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. 6-9 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd.

Sunday, March 5:

Linda Harris Just Jazz on Sunday: Linda Harris, the stellar Jazz vocalist, presents her group’s debut, accompanied by stellar keyboardist Felipe Paccagnella on the Chickering Grand Piano. $15 cover. Refreshments available. Free coffee and tea. 2-4 p.m., Robert Harper Books

Irish Fest: St. Jerome Academy is hosting a family-friendly celebration of all things Irish! There will be corned beef and all the fixings, Irish dance, and pub songs, plus glitter tattoos and decorate-a-cupcake stations for the kiddos! Free; donations accepted. 2-6 p.m., St. Jerome Academy, Gold Room

Riversdale Chamber Music Society: Hear the US Army String Quartet interpret the theme “Styles.” The chamber concert is presented in conjunction with UMD’s School of Music and the US Army String Quartet. Be sure to stay and enjoy a reception with the musicians after the performance. All ages welcome. Free. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Riversdale House Museum

Cocktails and Conversations: Looking to mingle and meet new people while enjoying a cocktail? New to the city and want to try a new place to hangout or just want a chill spot to hang out with your friends and loved ones? Relax, mingle and enjoy great conversation while enjoying a special cocktail. The first two drinks will be $1 off each, with proof of your Eventbrite ticket. 4-8 p.m., Trinity Grill, 3010 Hamilton St.

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