diana whitepettis: Weekend Events in Prince George's County, MD (June 24-25) - 06/23/17 04:21 PM
 
Weekend Events in Prince George's County, MD
June 24
Erica Rebollar & Friends: 40 and UP!
Joe's Movement Emporium,  Mt. Rainier, MD
Thru July 18
Jill Scott
The Theater at MGM National Harbor,  Oxon Hill, MD
Thru June 25
Mahler's Fourth Symphony
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
The Shops at Iverson Summer Music Series - Kurlou Reggae All Stars
The Shops at Iverson Mall, Temple Hills, MD
A Tribute to Soul Divas
The Publick Playhouse, Hyattsville, MD
June 25
Peter and the Wolf
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
Sunday Sunset Concerts:
The Young Senators Reloaded,  Allen Pond Park, Bowie, MD
The Normal Heart
Theatre in … (3 comments)

diana whitepettis: Sellers, What Makes Your Neighborhood Great? - 06/11/17 03:56 PM
Sellers, What Makes Your Neighborhood Great?
When potential buyers view your home, they are just as interested in the surrounding area as they are in the property itself. So, before putting your home on the market, it's worth thinking about your neighborhood and its key characteristics.
Here's a good way to do that:
Imagine your friends or relatives come to visit from out of town. They may tell you that they like your neighborhood, and want to know what you enjoy most about living there.
How would you answer? 
Would you talk about the friendly neighbors? Would you list the community events? Would you name all the local … (37 comments)

diana whitepettis: Home Inspections - Items That Are Not Deal-Breakers - 06/09/17 07:20 PM
Home Inspections - Items That Are Not Deal-Breakers
After making an offer on a home, you'll enter into a contract. Part of that contract should always include getting a home inspection. It is recommended that any homebuyer make an offer to purchase contingent upon a home inspection. This allows you to withdraw your offer if there are any major issues discovered during an inspection.  More than likely, the home inspector will find problems that need to be fixed before closing. Major foundation issues and significant water damage are at the top of the list of signs to walk away from.
On the other … (3 comments)

diana whitepettis: Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Smoothly - 06/06/17 10:07 AM
Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Smoothly
Summer will be here before we know it. Make sure you and your home stay cool all summer long:
Tip 1: Check your system in advance.
About a month before the weather heats up, turn on your air conditioning and let it run for 30 minutes to see if it is working properly.
Tip 2: Keep the area around your unit clean.
Sweep away any dirt, leaves or debris that may have accumulated around your air conditioning unit. Also, trim back any plants or shrubs to allow proper air flow.
Tip 3: Check for bent condenser fins.
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diana whitepettis: Weekend Events in Prince George's County, MD (June 3rd & 4th) - 06/01/17 07:05 PM
 
Weekend Events in Prince George's County, MD
Saturday, June 3rd
 
Resident Artist Gallery: Lori Ulmer-Hanson
All ages; Free
Montpelier Arts Center,  301-377-7800
7 - 9 p.m.
 
2nd Annual Unity in the Community Festival
All ages; Free
Palmer Park Community Center,  301-773-5665
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Outdoor Skate Party
All ages; Fee: Resident $2, Non-Resident $3
Langley Park Community Center,  301-445-4508
12 noon - 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 4th
 
A Wedding Quilt Tea
Ages 8 & up; Fee: $25 per person
Marietta House Museum,  301-464-5291
1 p.m.
 
Hidden Spaces Tour
Ages 16 & up; Fee: $15 per person; $10/Friends of Montpelier and Active Military
Montpelier Mansion,  301-377-7817
4 p.m.
 
Have a Great Weekend!!!
 
Image from Stuart Miles at freedigitalphotos.net
 
 
 
 
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diana whitepettis: Homeownership for Individuals with Disabilities Program - 06/01/17 06:34 AM
Homeownership for Individuals with Disabilities Program
The Homeownership for Individuals with Disabilities Program is offered through the Maryland Department of Housing and Commu​nity Development and is available statewide.
Eligible Borrowers: One of the borrowers is disabled One of the borrowers is a guardian for an immediate family member who is disabled (regardless of age) who resides with one of the borrowers and is cared for principally by one of the borrowersA "Certificate of Disability" completed by a health, mental health, or disability professional is required. All borrowers must meet program eligibility guidelines and the loan must conform to all underwriting criteria. Cosigners are … (1 comments)

diana whitepettis: Weekend Events in Prince George's County, MD (May 19th - 21st) - 05/19/17 09:05 AM
   Weekend Events in Prince George's County, MD
(May 19th - 21st)
 Friday, May 19
Cyrus Chestnut Trio - Montpelier Mansion, Laurel, MD
  Saturday, May 20 Gary Russell Jr. vs Oscar Escalon - The Theatre at MGM National Harbor, MD  Oxon Hill, MD  Sunday, May 21                                               R. Kelly - The Theatre at MGM National Harbor, MD  Oxon Hill, MD                  Enjoy the Weekend!                                                            
 
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diana whitepettis: Skate Parks in Prince George's County, MD - 05/18/17 08:53 PM
 
Skate Parks in Prince George's County, MD
 
If you enjoy skateboarding, here are some parks to visit.  Remember to wear personal safety equipment at all times.  The parks are open from dawn to dusk.
 
Cosca Skate Park
1100 Thrift Rd.,
Clinton, MD  20735
 
Melrose Skate Park
4666 Rhode Island Ave,
Hyattsville, MD  20781
 
Mount Rainer Skate Park
3700 Block 37th Street and Wells Avenue
Mount Rainer, MD  20712
 
Sunnyside Skate Park
10110 Rhode Island
Beltsville, MD   20705
 
Walker Mill Skate Park
8001 Walker Mill Rd.
District Heights, MD 20747
 
Be Safe and Enjoy Your Skateboarding Experience!
 
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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diana whitepettis: Saturday, May 20th Events in Prince George’s County, MD - 05/16/17 08:50 PM
 Saturday, May 20th Events in Prince George’s County, MD 
5 Forces 5K Run/Walk - 9 a.m.
Register online at pgparks.com e-store or onsite registration at 8 a.m.
All ages
Fee:  $25/ages 16 & up, $15 veterans/active duty, $10/ages 15 & under
Watkins Regional Park, 301-218-6700
 
Street Eats, Acoustic Beats & Craft Beet Festival - 1 - 5 p.m.
Ages: 21 & up (children permitted but not encouraged)
Fee:  Resident $25; Non-Resident $33
Watkins Regional Park, 301-218-6700
 
Concert: The Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute Band - 8 p.m.
All ages
Tickets: $30/person, $25/students & seniors
Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 301-203-6040
 
Just for Kids
 
Big Bubba's Fishing Rodeo - 9 a.m.- 12 noon
Ages: 6-10
Fee: Resident $10/person; Non-Resident $30/person
School … (1 comments)

diana whitepettis: Formal Rental Sites in Prince George's County, MD - 05/14/17 09:02 PM
Formal Rental Sites in Prince George's County, MD
M-NCPPC owns unique sites available for public rental.  If you are hosting weddings, parties, receptions, meetings, or other functions, these are some charming sites throughout the county.
Adelphi Mill, 8402 Riggs Rd., Adelphi, MD 20783 Rental Information - Park Permits (301) 699-2400, Maximum capacity for building: 150 on two levels Billingsley House, 6900 Green Landing Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 (301) 627-0730, Tours: Tuesdays & Fridays, 9 am - 3 pm, one Sunday each month, 1 - 3 pm Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD  20772, (301) 952-8010 … (1 comments)

diana whitepettis: Landscape Design: 20 Mistakes to Avoid - 05/13/17 08:40 PM
             Landscape Design: 20 Mistakes to AvoidEye-catching and beautiful home landscape design is certainly attainable for do-it-yourselfers, but there are some common "misjudgements" that should be avoided if all-around satisfaction is desired. Therefore, below is a list of 20 mistakes to be avoided in home landscape design. The mistakes covered here range from oversights that have practical ramifications to more subtle errors that negatively impact your enjoyment (or even your neighbors' enjoyment) of your home landscape design.
1. Failure to have a plan.
Ideally, it's best to start from scratch, draw a plan for the whole yard, and stick to … (0 comments)

diana whitepettis: Saturday, May 6th Events in Prince George’s County, MD - 04/30/17 08:49 PM
Saturday, May 6th Events in Prince George’s County, MD
 
 
Seat Pleasant Community Day 2017
Seat Pleasant Elementary School
6411 G Street
Capitol Heights, MD
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
Merry Month of May Celebration & Open House
Surratt House Museum
9118 Brandywine Rd.
Clinton, MD
All ages; FREE admission
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Comedy Night: “I Can’t Stop Laughing
Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Rd.
Cheverly, MD
8 p.m.
 
Concert: Secret Society
Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd.
Fort Washington, MD
8 p.m.
 
 
Enjoy these Saturday May 6th Events!!
 
 
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diana whitepettis: Summer is Coming - It's Time to Get in Shape - 04/25/17 06:43 PM
Summer is Coming - It's Time to Get in Shape
 
The key to success is staying motivated.
When summer's on its way, it's easy to say what's the point of getting into shape if you're not already there? Because summer is the best time to get into shape or maintain it, thanks to warm weather, more varied activities and abundant fresh produce. Having a hard time staying motivated?
According to reams of research, boredom is the number one reason people slack off in their exercise routines. Wouldn't it be great if you could make exercise something you not only did on … (8 comments)

diana whitepettis: It's Time for a Garage Sale! - 04/17/17 07:17 AM
 
It's Time for a Garage Sale!
Whether you call it a garage sale, yard sale, tag sale, estate sale, basement sale, or porch sale it’s fun to have and, better yet, have the potential to add substantially to your personal bottom line!  But there are a few steps and guidelines you should follow to give your sale the best possible chance for worthwhile success. Here are some of the most popular tips from garage sale experts, both buyers and sellers alike.
You'll also need to advertise your sale. Signs should be big enough to read while driving by at least 24" by … (2 comments)

diana whitepettis: Cleaning Tips That Save Time and Money - 04/05/17 04:19 PM
Cleaning Tips That Save Time and Money
Spring - a time for new beginnings – has arrived! It's time to air out the winter blahs and let the sun shine in. But there's no need to knock ourselves out or over-spend on cleaning supplies. While reading a Good Housekeeping magazine, I came across some interesting tips offered by the home editors on cleaning every corner of your home without exhausting yourself or your wallet.

One simple solution: No need to spend money on specialized cleaning products. Fill an empty spray bottle with a quart of warm water mixed with four tablespoons … (11 comments)

diana whitepettis: Increasing Your Home's Value - 04/04/17 08:37 PM
Increasing Your Home's Value

Perhaps, your home is probably your single largest investment. While the value of your home is largely determined by such things as location, size, condition and amenities, there are still steps you can take to maximize its worth.
First, you need to evaluate your plans carefully if you're improving your home to put it on the market. Cutting corners could hurt rather than help your prospects, but it’s a balancing act and you don't want to go overboard either. Keep in mind that your home's value should be no more than 20% above the average. For example, … (7 comments)

diana whitepettis: New Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance in Montgomery County, MD - 04/04/17 09:50 AM
New Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program in Montgomery County, MD
 
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is partnering with Montgomery County for a new homebuying initiative through the Maryland Mortgage Program. Called the Montgomery Homeownership Program, the program incentivizes homebuying in Montgomery County by offering a zero-interest loan of up to $40,000 that can be used for down payment or closing cost assistance. The program will run from April 4, 2017, until December 31, 2017, or until funds are expended, whichever occurs first.
 
When purchasing through the Montgomery Homeownership Program, buyers can receive the following incentives:
A deferrable, zero-interest loan equal … (1 comments)

diana whitepettis: Beware of the Last-Minute Deal Wreckers! - 03/26/17 06:35 PM
Beware of the Last-Minute Deal Wreckers!
 
The process of selling a home can have many ups and downs and nothing is more frustrating than to accept an offer only to have the deal crash and burn.  Here are some common situations that can put your deal in danger and some recommendations to help you bring the deal back from a potential nosedive.
 
A title search exposes an open lien on your property.
Open liens, as well as any other problems with the title – must be cleared up before you can close the deal.
Tip:  If the lien in question is covered under your title … (2 comments)

diana whitepettis: Use Your Credit Report to Protect against Identity Theft - 03/22/17 08:55 PM
Use Your Credit Report to Protect against Identity Theft
You probably know something about the problem of identity theft situations in which a con artist uses someone else’s name, social security number or other personal details to make purchases, take out loans, or commit fraud in the name of an innocent victim. But do you know you, with the help of credit reports and credit bureaus, you can help stop or spot the theft of your identity?
 
First, here's why you should care about fighting ID theft. It is, by far, the most common fraud complaint that consumers bring to law enforcement authorities … (4 comments)

diana whitepettis: March Events in Prince George's County, MD - 03/17/17 12:50 PM
March Events in Prince George's County, MD
 
 
Cher
The Theatre at MGM 
National Harbor
Oxon Hill, MD
March 17-21
 
 
Fifth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried 
Teen Exhibition
Montpelier Arts Center
Laurel, MD
Thru March 31
 
 
 
Live! At Montpelier: Thad Wilson Quartet
featuring Kristen Callahan
Montpelier Arts Center
Laurel, MD
March 17
  
Frank McComb
Publick Playhouse
Cheverly, MD
March 18
 
National Wildlife Refuge 
System Birthday Celebration
National Wildlife 
Visitors Center/Patuxent 
Research Refuge
Laurel, MD
March 18
 
 
 
 
Excalibur: The Ballet Theatre of Maryland
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
Bowie, MD
March 19
 
 48th Annual Laurel Art 
Guild Juried Exhibition
Montpelier Arts Center
Laurel, MD
Thru April 2
 
 
 
Nightwatch
Bowie Playhouse
Bowie, MD
Thru March 26
 
Exhibit: Marion Shipman
The Bowie Center 
for the Performing Arts
Bowie, MD
Thru March 31 
 
J'Nell Jordan: Hair Stories
Publick Playhouse
Cheverly, MD
Thru March 19
 
The 25th Annual 
Putnam County 
Spelling Bee
Greenbelt Arts Center
Greentbelt, MD
Thru March 25
 
Have a Great time!!
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