Bowie Center Advances

Plans for the $90 million Bowie New Town Center were approved unanimously Thursday by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The 94-acre site eventually will include about 850,000 square feet of retail space, including Sears and Hecht's as its anchors and casual clothing retailer Old Navy. The County Council is likely to review the plans and give its final approval, and ground could be broken as soon as the end of February, according to Gary Wagner, the commission's coordinator for the project.

Technology Showcase

The Fifth Annual Maryland Technology Showcase will be today and tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center. Prince George's Community College and the Prince George's County Economic Development Corp. are among the 500 exhibitors expected. For more information or directions to the event, visit the Web site at www.mdtechshowcase.com.

Networking Breakfast

The Greater Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a power networking breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Great Room in Savage Mill. For more information, call 301-725-4000.

Concert Series

Prince George's Plaza is sponsoring a weekly Thursday holiday concert series. The series started last Thursday and runs through Christmas. The performances will include jazz, gospel and group singing. For more information, call 301-559-8844.

Holiday Mixer, Auction

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce and Citizens National Bank are sponsoring a Holiday Mixer and Silent Auction on Dec. 15. The event will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Florian Hall, at the corner of Route 197 and Old Jericho Park Road, just past the entrance of Bowie State University. Reservations are required, and the cost is $15.

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