Anacostia Boat Race

To Aid River Group

The annual Anacostia Port Towns Paddlesport Regatta will be held Saturday. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; the regatta will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Tax-deductible race fees of $15 per kayak and $30 per canoe will go to the river revitalization work of the Anacostia Watershed Society. For more information, visit www.anacostiaws.org or call 301-699-6204 to register.

Laurel Fire Department

To Hold Open House

The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, with music, games, displays, safety demonstrations, refreshments, videos, fire safety fun bags and displays covering the department's history of more than 100 years. There will also be a 1928 fire engine on the lower level of the department's museum. The fire station is at 7411 Cherry Lane, Laurel. Call 301-776-3600 or go to www.laurelvfd.org.

Neighborhood Crime

Watch Groups to Meet

Prince George's County Council member Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Bowie) will hold a second meeting of neighborhood crime watch groups at 7 p.m. Monday. Topics for discussion include public safety and the proposed county "adequate public facilities" test. There will also be a discussion of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Public Safety Master Plan, and fire and police grants.

Maj.Vincent C. Gay, commander of county police District II, will update the group on issues discussed in April. Homeowners and civic associations are encouraged to send a representative. The meeting will be at the South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. Those planning to attend should call 301-952-3094 to allow for adequate seating.

Input Sought on Budget

For Parks, Recreation

The Prince George's County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will hold a public forum to solicit comments on the commission's budget for planning, parks and recreation in Prince George's County for the fiscal year that will begin July 1. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington.

Individuals or representatives of community organizations who wish to speak can register by calling 301-952-4584 or TTY 301-952-3796. Written comments will also be accepted until the close of business Oct. 29 and can be mailed to Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Chairman, Prince George's County Planning Board, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772. Comments may also be faxed to 301-952-5074 or sent via the commission's Web site at www.mncppc.org.

For special assistance, including large print materials, listening devices or sign-language interpretation, call 301-952-4314 or TTY 301-952-3796.

Indian Head Group to Host

Meeting With 911 Official

The Indian Head Highway Area Action Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The guest speaker is Wayne McBride, deputy director of Public Safety Communications, which handles 911 calls. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting will be held at the Accokeek library at 15773 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. The public is invited.

Bay Organization Seeks

Nominees for Awards

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is accepting nominations for its 2004-05 awards program, which recognizes the contributions of Maryland teachers, students and volunteers to the restoration and protection of the bay and its rivers. For descriptions and information about the awards, including selection criteria and the application process, go to www.chesapeakebaytrust.org and click on the link for "2004-2005 CBT Awards Program & Nomination Information," or call 410-974-2941. All materials must be received no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Vehicle Dealers Donate

CPR Training Equipment

The Maryland New Car and Truck Dealers Association has donated four CPR training units to the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. Instructors from the department provide CPR training to county government employees, who are taught how to recognize potential cardiac emergencies and how to give immediate, life-saving care.

'Gorgeous' Day Needs

Volunteer Planters

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) will join county residents Saturday for the second annual Gorgeous Prince George's Day, which was created to help beautify the county. Volunteers will plant trees, shrubs and flowers in public areas. Free plant material and landscape design assistance will be available. High school students who participate in the program will receive credit for community service.

Volunteers should plan to bring work gloves and drinking water and wear suitable waterproof or water-resistant shoes. To find out where plantings will take place, go to www.goprincegeorgescounty.com or call 301-952-4491.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER