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Come out and support the Community Service Area 23 Leadership Council – CSA23 LC ‘s Toy Drive on Saturday December 9th, 2017 from 10am-2pm at the Dutch Village Farmers Market.

NEW toys or Gift Cards are being collected for kids age range 2-10 years old. Toy will be donated to the Mission of Love Charities organization for distribution. For more info contact

Gingerbread House Contest and Show

Get ready for the 18th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Show sponsored by Darnall’s Chance House Museum! Entries will be on display from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, December 10, 2017.

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Adult Division: individual adult; age 17 years & up

Child Division: individual child; age 8- 16 years

Family Division: group of 3-7 people with 1 adult; 1 child minimum; no age requirement

The Gingerbread House Committee will award the following prize money and ribbons:

Adult Division Prizes

Child & Family Division Prizes

1st Place Adult Division – $100 1st Place Child Division – $75
2nd Place Adult Division – $75 2nd Place Child Division – $50
3rd Place Adult Division – $50 3rd Place Child Division – $25

In addition to prize money, the Darnall’s Chance Gingerbread Committee will award ribbons for 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place in each division.

Viewer’s Choice Awards

The Viewer’s Choice Awards are selected by viewer voting and each winning entry will receive $200.

2015 Adult Winner Reindeer Barn 2015 Child Winner Gingerbread House 2013 Adult Winner Reindeer Barn
2016 Adult Division
Anita Guit
Viewer’s Choice Award

“Grandma’s House”

2016 Child Division
Emmet Frederick
Viewer’s Choice Award

“Sankety Head Lighthouse”

2016 Family Division
Malenab Family
Viewer’s Choice Award

“Sesame Street ”

The Town of Upper Marlboro Police Department wishes everyone a Happy Halloween and encourages Trick-or Treaters to follow the below tips to ensure a safe Halloween night! If you need assistance while Trick or Treating don’t hesitate to call 911!



The Great Jack O’ Lantern Campfire

Bask in the warmth of a Fall campfire, roast marshmallows, and enjoy popcorn and hot cider. Listen to haunted Halloween tales, and see a dazzling display of hand-carved illuminated jack o’ lanterns at Darnall’s Chance!

Saturday October 21, 2017 7pm-8:30pm

No reservations required.
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Location: Darnall’s Chance House Museum
14800 Governor Oden Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Contact: 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544

Rain date: Sunday, October 23 at 6 pm.

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.

2017 National School Bus Safety Week: October 16-20, 2017 and the theme is “# STOP ON RED!” The theme of National School Bus Safety Week is derived from the Poster Contest the year before

The Town of Upper Marlboro Police will have Officers stationed at School Bus stops to ensure drivers heed the bus “Stop” signs when loading and unloading students. 

School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of our nation’s students, and is the
direct link between a neighborhood and the classroom. More than 25 million children ride the yellow
bus every school day, and National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students,
parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront. Here are tips to
keep our children safe at the bus stop:
Getting Ready for School
• Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t
drop things along the way.
• Encourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by
• Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due,
ideally at least five minutes early. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous.
Walking to the Bus Stop
• Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups. There is safety
in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
• Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk stay out
of the street. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to
the edge of the road as you can.
• Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at
drive -ways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child
knows you are looking left, right and left.
At the Bus Stop
• Have children wait in a location where the driver can see them while driving down the street.
Try to avoid waiting in a house or car.
• Do not let children play in the street. Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the
street is also dangerous.
Getting On and Off the Bus
• Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it
up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.
• Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.
• If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be
dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that
they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.
Mobile Devices Cell phones and other electronic devices are often permitted on the school bus as long as:
• They are in backpacks or other holders, keeping hands free to use handrails while boarding
and departing the bus.
• Sound is muted or headphones, ear buds or similar devices are used.
• Content does not violate the law or school district policy and procedures.
• Use does not create a distraction for the driver.

Fredrick Douglas High School will be hosting their annual Homecoming Day parade this Saturday October 14, 2017 in Downtown Upper Marlboro. All are welcome to attend!

Please be aware of possible traffic delays/road closures during the parade.

Volunteers must be of adult age.

Call the Museum to volunteer (or just get more info) 301-952-8010

Join the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff in the Town of Upper Marlboro to help raise awareness and a unified voice against domestic violence.

4th Annual Maryland “Purple Light Nights” Lighting Ceremony


Monday, October 2, 2017

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

at the County Administration Building (PONDSIDE)
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Pick Up Your FREE Purple Light Bulb @ 6:30 p.m.


The Town of Upper Marlboro is participating in the Maryland “Day to Serve” 2017. Day to serve is all about community service and volunteering.

What: Schoolhouse Pond Clean Up Event

When: 10am to 2pm on Saturday September 30th

Where: School House Pond 14100 Governor Oden Bowie Drive Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

The Park Rangers will provide kayaks, gloves, trash sticks, bags.  We just need to provide the PEOPLE POWER! Schoolhouse Pond is a Town Icon.  It is used by many of our residents as well as those who work at the CAB, Courthouse and local businesses.  So let’s show our community pride and lend a hand to keep this pond looking great!

Volunteers are needed! You can sign up in advance by contacting the Town Hall at 301-627-6905 or email

Day to Serve is a unique annual initiative that transcends politics and religious differences. It unites people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the shared goal of helping those in need and improving the communities where we live. It is a movement started in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and D.C. to motivate people to get involved in service events each year.