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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Community College Hosts International Film Festival

The fourth annual Heritage Film Festival will feature free screenings of independent films and videos by local, national and international artists tomorrow through Saturday at Prince George's Community College. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. in the Rennie Forum, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. A mix of experimental, comedy, documentary, animation, narrative and romance films will be shown. Student films and a panel discussion will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, with some of the filmmakers present. Closing ceremonies will be at 7 p.m. Highlights include experimental films by Riverdale filmmaker Chris Lynn and an award-winning documentary on cowboy music by Greenbelt filmmaker Susan Gervasi. The festival is presented by In Visible Colors, PGCC's Liberal Arts Division and other supporters. For information, visit, or e-mail

Coffeehouse Caters To Teens Through Poetry

Cafe Groove, a coffeehouse for teens, will feature poet and author Kwame Alexander, an open mic, visual arts contest and the first look at a poetry book created by Xtreme Teens members from the Temple Hills Community Center. Transportation will be provided from the Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd. in Brandywine, at a cost of $5 for county residents or $6 for nonresidents, which includes admission. Admission at the door is $1. A coffeehouse event for teens will be held every first Friday. For information, call 301-454-1459 or 301-894-6616.

Novelist Hosts Writing Workshop in Mt. Rainier

Author Sheilah Vance will lead a writing workshop on relationships Saturday at Artmosphere Cafe in Mount Rainier. Vance, author of the novel "Land Mines," will guide the session, "You're not the Fool: Reframing April Fool's Day by Writing (and Rewriting) Relationship Stories and Moving On." Participants are asked to bring a journal or paper to write about feelings associated with challenging relationships. A purchase of the $15 novel serves as admission to the workshop, scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at 3311 Rhode Island Ave. Vance is a graduate of Howard University and Georgetown University Law Center and is executive director of the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity in the District. For information, call 301-927-2233.

-- Compiled by AKEYA DICKSON

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