West Laurel Recreation Council

P.O. Box 598, Laurel, Maryland 20707
*** New phone number 301-317-0917 (WLRC)***

"your voice for educational and recreational activities
for children and adults in West Laurel"

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Next Meeting
Calendar of Activities (always up to date)
Events Sponsored
Volunteers Needed
Community Building
Officers & Members (updated 7/31/09)
Recreation Classes (select location Bond Mill, Scotchtown, West Laurel Community Building

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The West Laurel Recreation Council (WLRC) is a self-supporting group of interested volunteers, offering various educational, social, and recreational programs to the citizens of West Laurel.  All the great Rec. Council activities and events happen because someone in the neighborhood "makes it happen."  We get lots of good publicity, some administrative support, and can borrow equipment from the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC), but most staffing is provided by neighborhood volunteers.

There are lots more fun activities and events that are waiting for YOU to volunteer.  Come join the WLRC and we'll help turn your ideas into something fun or educational for West Laurel kids, teens, singles, parents, or seniors.  You can help year-round or just for the specific event/activity that interest you.  You can also help behind the scenes from your home without having to attend WLRC meetings.  For more information on some specific needs, click on Volunteer Opportunities.

Most of our funding comes from the classes we offer in the West Laurel Community Building.  97% of each dollar collected goes into programs for the Community. Annually, the Council plans, finances and/or sponsors approximately 25 programs for the young and old of West Laurel. We sponsor several programs at Bond Mill & Scotchtown Elementary Schools.  Programs for children and adults at the West Laurel Community Building and recreational programs meeting the needs of all, at several locations. Over 3100 children and adults attended Council Programs in 1998.

The Council meets monthly except during June thru August at the West Laurel Community Building. The public is invited to attend each meeting.  If you would like to join in on the fun of our Council, please stop by our next meeting. Call Kim Passmore at 301-725-3157 for the date and time.

Next Meeting

Recreation Council meetings are scheduled for the  4th Monday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Community Building.  The Rec Council doesn't during the summer from June thru August.

The West Laurel Recreation Council would like to invite everyone to attend their meeting.  Come and bring ideas on programs and events you would like to see the Rec. Council work on this year.  We are always looking for interested volunteers.

If you would like to teach a class or workshop, we would like to hear your ideas.  Call Kim Passmore at 301-725-3157 for more information.

Events Sponsored by the WLRC

bullet Adult's Night Out -- Enjoy dinner and a show with other adults in the neighborhood.  Group rates at locations like Toby's Dinner Theater.  For more information about coming programs, see the Calendar of Activities or contact Kathy McKay 410-792-4968.
bullet Family Swim Night -- Fairland Aquatics Center usually the 1st or 2nd Friday in February 6-9 PM  A chance to swim laps, sit in the hot tub, or play with the kids in the training pool.
bullet Spring Egg Hunt -- W.L. Comm. Bldg, usually the Saturday at the start of PG County school's spring break, Don't come late as it doesn't take long for the field to be cleared.  Children's outdoor games and activities are planned.  If you would like to help out,   please call Kim Passmore at 301-725-3157.
bullet Ice Cream Social -- W.L. Comm. Bldg, usually the 2nd Friday in June, 7-8:30 PM Start the summer by enjoying ice cream sundaes with neighbors and friends on the lawn at the WL Community Building.  Bike parade for the children.  Free, but donations appreciated to defray costs.
bullet Annual Community Picnic -- W.L. Comm. Bldg, usually the 3rd Saturday in September, 12-4 PM --  Stop by the West Laurel Community building and join your neighbors for a family picnic.   The Rec. Council is providing the burgers & dogs, paper goods, drinks, & condiments.  We ask you to bring a side-dish or dessert to share.   There will be games for the kids and fun for all.
bullet Winter Holiday Party -- W.L. Comm. Bldg, usually the 2nd Friday, December, 7-9 PM  Enjoy the season with music, a sing-a-long, making crafts, and a visit from Santa Claus.  Come early and help decorate our tree.  The Rec. Council will provide soft drinks.  We ask you to bring finger food to snack on.  Those who wish may bring an un-wrapped children's gift to be distributed by Laurel Advocacy & Referral Service (LARS).
bullet Cultural arts at Bond Mill and Scotchtown Hills Elementary Schools.   The Council sponsors two shows at each school on a date to be announced in the school bulletins.
bullet Craft Days -- Valentines, Mothers/Fathers Day
bullet Valentine Stamping Fun --  Come Join Us to Make Your Own Valentines Using Rubber Stamps- Pretty or Funny- You Decide!  This workshop for kids ages 6 - 12 years old will be held at the WL community building. Parents are welcome to stay and assist their children. Call Jean Staats at 301-604-8550 to sign up. There is no charge.  If teens are interested in embossing cards, call Jean at the above number. The Rec. Council would like to thank Jean for offering to hold this class. If it is well attended, she may hold more.
bullet Pitch & Putt -- GunPowder Golf Club,  Here's a chance for the family to practice together or introduce young golfers to the sport.
bullet Tea for Two, Mother & Me - W. L. Community Building usually Saturday before Mother's Day, 2-4 PM.   ... for 8-12 year old girls and their mother/special person.  Reservations required as seating is limited. $8/pair.  Call Jean Staats (301) 604-8550 or Lenora Dernoga (301) 3286 for details or to register.
bullet Breakfast with Dad - ...for guys only, time with their Dad/special person for 6-11 year old boys as they prepare and eat breakfast together.  Reservations required as seating is limited.  Fee to be determined.  Call Jean Staats (301) 604-8550 for details.
bullet Volks March
bullet Laurel "Rag Tag" Band
bullet Recreation Classes Fall, Winter, Spring 
bullet Locations: Bond Mill & Scotchtown Hills Elementary Schools & the West Laurel Community Building
bullet Summer Playground

Some Events Proposed by the WLRC

bullet Parent's Information Exchange -- come hear experts in the field of parenting & child development and network with others neighborhood parents. For more information or to suggest topics/speakers, contact Rush Kester 301-490-1310
bullet Red Cross First Aid, CPR, & Babysitter's Training
bullet Family "Jam Session" (a chance for family members to dust off their instruments, show off their talent or learn to play simple musical instruments, or just have fun watching or listening to others "jam")
bullet Call Chuck Lavin at 301-490-8996 if you would like to be notified when a Beginning Italian class for adults will be held.
bullet Monthly Saturday Morning Seminars (We're looking for topics you're interested in or someone to make arrangements, and prepare a schedule of talks).
bullet Three-On-Three Basketball Tournament (We're looking for someone to organize a fun event for West Laurel players).
bullet Bi-Monthly Multi-Culture Children Programs (Come tell children about your cultural heritage or organize the program)
bullet We'd love to hear your ideas too!

Let someone on the WLRC know if you like these ideas or have others we should consider.

West Laurel Community Building

Opened in 1994, this building is owned and maintained by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).  It is located at the intersection of Brooklyn Bridge and Bond Mill Roads.  It consist of a foyer and two large rooms. Room A is 1,700 square feet and has a capacity of 240.  It has a microwave oven, refrigerator and sink, ten long tables and 100 chairs.  This room is available to the public for rental through the Park Permit Office at 301-699-.  The cost is: Monday thru Thursday/$50.00 for six hours; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays/$100.00 for six hours. Room B is 1,300 square feet, holds 160, and is equipped with a microwave oven, regular electric range and oven, refrigerator, sink, tables, and chairs.  Room B is available for use by the West Laurel Recreation Council, West Laurel Civic Association and other non-profit organizations by calling the M-NCPPC Regional Manager, Dee Dee Sisson or Karen   Arnold, 301-953-2199.

West Laurel Community Building

Officers and Other Contacts

President Kim Passmore 301-725-3157
Vice President


Secretary Rush Kester 301-490-1310
Treasurer Betty Mannas 301-953-2503


Member Milika Sams
Member Kathy McKay 410-792-4968           (Adults Night Out)
Member Jean Staats 301-604-8550


Family Sports Fun Day




301-776-3687 (Director "Rag Tag" Band)
Webmaster Rush Kester 301-490-1310
M-NCPPC Rep for West Laurel Craig Newell

for B-side reservations

301-953-1186 (fax)
Community Center
301-937-8115 (fax)
Deerfield Run
Community Center
301-953-1186 (fax)
M-NCPPC Permits

for A-Side Rental

301- (fax)
Park Police Dispatch 301-459-9088

Other Links

West Laurel Civic Association
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Prince George's County Parks and Recreation
Prince George's County Recreation

Comments, suggestions, and submissions should be directed to
Rush Kester at rwkester@aol.com or 301-490-1310

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