Kickoff events for Memorial Day weekend
ALL ABOUT "THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER." A National Park Service ranger discusses the tune and lyrics and how the song evolved into the national anthem., 12:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, C&O Canal Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
BOWIE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE. The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performs, with the Prince George's County Police Pipe Band, Bowie High School marching band, Dragon Dance and Lion Dance teams, and more, 11 a.m. Saturday, begins at Bowie High School Annex, 3021 Belair Dr. Free. 301-809-3078 or http:/
CITY OF ROCKVILLE HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS FESTIVAL. The three-day event features activities for children, a "green" festival, live music, a Taste of Rockville, and an arts-and-crafts show. Soul Asylum, an alternative rock band, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by a parade. 1-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Rockville Town Center, between Rockville Pike and North Washington Street, Beall Avenue and East Jefferson Street. Free. 240-314-8620 or http:/
"HOMEFRONT STREET CARS" EXHIBIT. A short wartime film featuring the characters Tilly the Trolley and Billy the Bus illustrates how the Capital Transit Company responded to World War II. Plus, there's a special exhibit, "Homefront Street Cars," and "Ten Seconds to Go," produced by Kansas City Public Service. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday, National Capital Trolley Museum, Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Colesville. Admission, $4. 301-384-6088 or http:/
MARLOW HEIGHTS COOKOUT. Fun for ages 10-17, with games, food and music, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Dr., Marlow Heights. $1; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. 301-423-0505.
PARADE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL. The Middletown Arts and Activities Council is the host for a children's parade around the park, plus a "Chalk Walk," patriotic music, face painting, balloon animals by Cecil the Clown and free ice cream. Active and retired uniformed military personnel are encouraged to march in the parade at 11 a.m. Bring items that can be donated to our military overseas. Visit the Web site for a list of needed items. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Middletown Park, 7628 Coblentz Rd. Free. 301-694-1646 or http:/
U.S. NAVY MEMORIAL PROGRAMS. Members of Rolling Thunder arrive at the memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony, 11 a.m.; rock band Watch for Waves performs, 11:30 a.m.; and the Black Creek Gourd Society performs a Navajo dance ceremony, 1 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-2300 or http:/
-- Compiled by Lisa Bolton, Jillian Sowah and Gerri Marmer