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Weekend Planner: Jazz Ensemble, Blankets of Hope

Patch rounded up some things to do around Bowie and nearby areas for the weekend of Jan. 27-29.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Bowie Patch found a few ideas listed on the events calendar.

Make suggestions by leaving a comment to let us know what you're up to this weekend. Add your own event to the calendar here.

U.S. Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble

When/Where: 7:30-9 p.m. Friday at

Why Go? The Commodores are the Navy's jazz ensemble, a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. Expect to hear jazz, "big band," popular and patriotic music.

Cost: Free, no tickets required (doors open at 6:30 p.m)

When/Where: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at and 1 to 5 p.m. at

Why Go? This is the sixth annual Blankets of Hope marathon where volunteers make no-sew fleece blankets to be distributed to injured and sick U.S. soldiers. Last year, 200 volunteers reportedly came together to make 366 blankets.

Cost: Free, some supplies provided but you may also bring your own: 2 yards of printed fleece and 2 yards of a coordinating solid fleece, scissors and a ruler

Note: Donations also accepted and checks payable to "Soldiers Angels" can be mailed to Lisa Dodson at 12305 Chalford Ln., Bowie, MD 20715

When/Where: 1 p.m. Sunday at

Why Go? This is an opportunity to tour the school and visit information booths providing details about the application process along with school-sponsored organizations and clubs.

Cost: Free

When/Where: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Bowie Playhouse at  

Why Go? This is the last weekend of the show—reviews have been good, and this murder mystery offers a fun departure from comedies and musicals.

Cost: $17 for adults; $12 for age 62 and older and students; group rates more than 10 available

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