Community News and Notes – April 13, 2017

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The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar.

Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website and the Fort Meade Facebook page.

New way to submit announcements

Community members can advertise their upcoming event, meeting or class on the Soundoff! community announcements page by visiting and clicking on the Public Affairs Office tab and calling the listed phone number or emailing

Requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the event, meeting or class.


VCC hours

 Operating hours at the Demps Visitor Control Center are Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 902 Reece Road.

The VCC is closed weekends and from 7 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of each month for training.

All individuals who do not have a DoD-issued identification card must go to the VCC for a day pass.

Visit the VCC at least 10 business days in advance to apply for a long-term access pass.

Visitors who arrive on post when the VCC is closed must be escorted on post by an authorized DoD cardholder. This includes weekends and federal holidays.

For more information, call the VCC at 301-677-1064 or visit the Fort Meade Facebook page for announcements on temporary changes to operating hours.

Kimbrough/TRICARE Education Outreach

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center and TRICARE will conduct a Community Education Outreach Event on April 25 at 10 a.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.

The discussion topic is: TRICARE and Medicare Turning 65, TRICARE for Life.

New museum exhibit

The Fort Meade Museum, located at 4674 Griffin Ave., has opened a special section on the 100th anniversary of Fort Meade. See Page 10 for more.

For more information, call 301-677-6966.

Earth Day

Fort Meade’s Earth Day celebration is April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pavilion, immediately following the Commander’s Call at 9 a.m.

More than 50 exhibits will be displayed. New exhibits are welcome.

For more information, call 301-677-9185 or email

MOWW luncheon

The General George G. Meade Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars will hold its next monthly luncheon on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Club Meade.

The luncheon is open to the public.

This month’s meeting has two themes: Honoring Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets from Meade High School and other local high schools, and commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid that took place on April 18, 1942.

Two short videos about the raid will be shown following lunch.

Cost for luncheon buffet is $16.

The Military Order of the World Wars is an apolitical veterans service organization for officers of all the uniformed services — active, former and retired.

For more information, email

Parents’ Night Out

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month and the Month of the Military Child, the Fort Meade Child Development Center IV will host Parents’ Night Out on Friday from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

CDC IV is located at 2410 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

The evening of free child care is open to parents with children ages 6 weeks to 10 years old.

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Children who are not currently registered with Child and Youth Services, must be registered before the event at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road.

For more information or to register, call 301-677-7823.

Military Spouse Job Fair

The Fort Meade Military Spouse Job Fair will be held April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.

The event is open to all DoD ID cardholders: military spouses, active-duty service members, retirees, Reservists, members of the National Guard, DoD civilian employees and contractors.

The job fair will feature a free Resume Review and Preparation Service. Professional advisers will provide a personal “Three-Minute Review” of resumes, answer questions and offer advice.

The job fair is sponsored by the DLLR Anne Arundel American Job Center, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, Fleet and Family Support Center, and the Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Registration is encouraged. 

Attending employers include Anne Arundel County Police, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Center, Baltimore Market Marriott Hotels, Booz Allen Hamilton, Children’s World Learning Center, Johns Hopkins Health System, Maryland Live Casino & Hotel, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Maryland Transit Administration, Prince George’s County Office of the Sherrif, Ruppert Landscape, Starbucks, Towson University, Verizon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Treasury-Bureau of Fiscal Service.

For more information, email Karol Yox at or call 301-677-9014; contact RoseLee Atangana at or call 301-677-5590; or email Kish Hamilton at

Relaxation Station

The Military Spouse Appreciation Relaxation Station will be offered April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.

All military spouses are welcome.

The event, held in conjunction with the Military Job Fair, features: installation senior spouses’ Meet & Greet; Relaxation Station with seated massages; free barbecue lunch; and door prizes.

For more information, call 301-677-5590.

Women’s Business Conference

Marriott International, Nordstrom, the Small Business Administration and Morgan State University will prepare military women to become entrepreneurs at the 4th Annual Maryland Military & Veteran Women Business Conference on April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Plaza Building, 100 NM. Gay St., Baltimore.

The one-day seminar will provide intensive training on finance, marketing, technology, leadership development and healthy living.

Service members, veterans, spouses, military dependents and retirees are encouraged to attend.

Admission is free for individuals with proof of military status.

The Baltimore City Police Department will be on hand to recruit potential officers.

The conference is supported by the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs and is open to the public.

For more information, contact Andrea Jackson at or call 410-347-7758, or visit

Volksmarch in Laurel

A Volksmarch and Montpelier Festival will be held April 29 at 10 a.m. at the Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel.

The 5K and 10K walking trails are on natural surfaces through the grounds of Montpelier and sidewalks of the surrounding residential area. Trails include Montpelier Mansion, the Montpelier Arts Center and Dinosaur Museum Park.

Walks begin between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and finish by 4 p.m. They are held in conjunction with the Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts.

Cost is free for military families, courtesy of the Freestate Happy Wanderers.

The mansion will be open for touring from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Vendors of food, including gourmet pies and craft beers, and of herb plants, flowers and crafts are expected.

A formal tea service in the mansion will be offered for $14.

Find more information or purchase timed tickets for the tea service online

Walk-in attorney consultations

The Fort Meade Legal Assistance Division of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides walk-in attorney consultations on Tuesdays beginning at 8 a.m.

Each consultation slot is 30 minutes.

Clients may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment if the 30-minute consult time is insufficient to address all legal issues.

Consults will not be provided for domestic relations matters, wills or other estate planning documents.

The number of walk-in slots are limited.

To be scheduled for a walk-in consultation, visit the Legal Assistance Division, located at 4217 Morrison St., Suite 120, at 8 a.m. Tuesdays.

For more information, call the Legal Assistance Division at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.

Child care providers needed

Family child care providers are needed.

Providers will receive training including: activity organization, USDA-approved meal planning, designing learning environments, child development and becoming infant/child/adult first aid & CPR certified.

For more information, call the Family Child Care office at 301-677-1160.

Tax preparation services

Free income tax preparation services are offered through Tuesday at the Fort Meade Joint Installation Tax Center at 4217 Roberts Ave.

Free tax preparation and e-filing are provided for active-duty service members, retirees and dependents with valid ID.

Eligible patrons may schedule an appointment by calling 301-677-9366.

Flea Market

Fort Meade’s indoor Flea Market opens May 6 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Pavilion.

Admission is free and is open to patrons with access to the installation.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Post Thrift Shop’s monthly Saturday Sale at its new location across from the Pavilion.

Vendor spaces are limited. Each 8-foot by 8-foot space includes one table and two chairs. An additional table costs $5.

Vendor space cost $15 in advance through May 3.

Registration at the door costs $20.

Non DoD cardholders must preregister by April 20. Preregistration will authorize entry onto the installation.

To reserve a space, call 301-677-3579.

Easter brunch at Club Meade

Reserve early for Club Meade’s annual Easter Sunday Brunch on Sunday.

Seating times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Cost is $24.95 for members and $28.95 for non-members.

Cost for member children ages 4 to 10 is $12. Cost for non-member children is $14.

Brunch features fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and assorted salads, an omelet station and a Belgian waffle station, carving station, breakfast and lunch foods, and desserts.

For reservations, call 301-677-6969 or go to

Military Hero nominations

The Bowie Baysox is seeking Military Hero nominations to be used in the Military Heroes Card Set that will be given during Military Heroes Appreciation Night at the July 21 game.

Fans living in the area who know active-duty or retired service members are encouraged to fill out the nomination form on

All nominations must be submitted by April 21 at 5 p.m.

During Military Heroes Appreciation Night, the Baysox will distribute a 20-30 card set to the first 1,000 fans ages 18 and older featuring active and retired members of the armed forces received through the nomination process.

The cards will feature photographs and information about their military careers. The Baysox will honor these veterans and/or their families in special ceremonies before and during the game.

The Baysox staff will randomly select 20 to 30 nominations to be included in the Military Heroes Card Set.

Military Heroes (or their families/relatives) who are included in the Baseball Card Set will be invited to attend the Bowie Baysox game on July 21 at 7:05 p.m. to take part in ceremonies before and during the game. Each selected nominee will receive four box seat tickets to the game.

For more information, email nomination form can be found online.

Genealogy program

The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society is conducting the program, “Social Media and Genealogy,” tonight from 7-9:30 p.m. at Severna Park United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall in the back of the church), 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park.

Guest speaker is Carol Kostakos Petranek, co-director of the Washington, D.C., Family History Center. She is also a citizen archivist at the National Archives, and volunteers on the Civil War Widow’s Pension Project and as a genealogy aid in the research room.

Petranek is also the volunteer coordinator for a FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records.

For more information about the meeting or AAGS, go online or call the Kuethe Library at 410-760-9679.

Genealogy and DNA

The Anne Arundel Geological Society is sponsoring the program, “DNA and Unknown Parentage: An Adoption Case Study” on May 4 from 6-9:15 p.m. at Café Mezzanotte, 760 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

Dinner is at 7 p.m. Program begins at 8 p.m.

Cost is $35. Registration deadline is April 27.

Steven Parker, a library media specialist in Montgomery County, will demonstrate how to use DNA in conjunction with traditional genealogy to research unknown parentage cases. Parker uses the search for his own birth parents as a case study to show how DNA can provide new clues when tackling unknown parentage.

To sign up online using PayPal or a credit card, click on the “Add to Cart” button on the society’s website.

To register by mail, visit the website for a registration form to mail.

Find more information online.

Vehicle storage lot

A new storage lot is now available with 50 spaces for vehicles and trailers at the corner of Simonds Street and O’Brien Road.

Vehicles and trailers must be less than 21 feet. Only one vehicle or trailer per space.

For more information and pricing, call Outdoor Recreation at 301-677-3810.

Wing It Thursdays

The Brass Lounge at Club Meade offers wings for 50 cents every Thursday night from 4-8 p.m.

Dine-in only, no carryout.

For more information, call 301-677-6969.

Brass Lounge

The Brass Lounge is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Club Meade.

An assortment of beverages and appetizers are available.

Music and television entertainment will be provided.

The Brass Lounge is open to all ranks and services, military and civilians.

Find more information online.

Thrift Shop hours

The Post Thrift Shop, located at 392 Llewellyn Ave., is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Consignments are taken by appointment only.

For more information, call 410-672-3575.

Vehicle resale lot

Sell or buy all types of vehicles at the resale lot on Rock Avenue.

To place a vehicle on the lot, stop by Outdoor Recreation at 2300 Wilson St.

For more information, call 301-677-3810.

Freedom Inn open to post employees

The Freedom Inn Dining Facility, located at 8502 Simonds St., is open to all active-duty service members, military retirees, DoD civilian employees, contractors, and Department of the Army security guards and firefighters on Monday through Friday.

Active-duty service members on Basic Allowance for Subsistence are also authorized for meals on the weekend. Family members of military personnel may purchase meals on weekdays if accompanied by the service member.

All other categories of customers may purchase meals as the garrison commander deems appropriate. These categories include youth groups, MEPS candidates, civilian dignitaries, guests and other visitors.

Service members with a meal card will continue to have priority over cash-paying customers.

For more information, call 301-677-5503.

Open Mic Night

Show off your talents at Open Mic Night every Saturday from 6-11 p.m. at The Lounge at The Lanes.

Sing your favorite song or perform music, stand-up comedy, poetry or magic.

Youths under the age of 18 are permitted in The Lounge until 9 p.m. All youths must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For more information, call 301-677-5541.


SES seminar

Senior Executive Service: Tips for Application Success Seminar will be offered May 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.

SES is a corps of approximately 7,000 men and women who administer public programs at the top levels of federal government. Positions are primarily managerial and supervisory.

SES application packages are complex and often require professional assistance. A key but difficult requirement is to write hard-hitting Executive Core Qualifications.

The director, Corporate Recruitment and Outreach, U.S. Energy Department will provide tips on how to navigate the challenging SES application process.

ACE training

Civilian training for Ask, Care, Escort will be held April 25 from 9-11 a.m. at the Post Theater.

ACE, which provides educational training on suicide awareness, is designed to help inform individuals on possible signs and symptoms of a person at risk for suicide.

For reservations, email Delissa Greene at or call 301-677-2506 by April 20.

Domestic Violence Intervention Training

The Fort Meade Domestic Violence Intervention Training will be held May 8-12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

Training is open to Family Advocacy and law enforcement personnel (military and civilian), chaplains and social workers.

All branches are welcome.

Class offers three criminal justice upper-level college credits and 42 CEC’s for law enforcement personnel only.

Uniform is ACU.

To register, call 301-677-4117 or email

Financial, Employment Readiness

Joint Services offers workshops and briefings by Army Community Service at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave., and the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center at 2212 Chisholm Ave., unless otherwise noted.

The free classes are open to active-duty service members and family members, DoD civilian employees and retirees.

Registration is required for each class.


TGPS (Transition, Goals, Plans, Services) Five-Day Workshop: Monday to April 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC

Pre-Deployment Brief: Friday or April 21, 9 a.m., ACS

Retiree Brief: Monday, 8-11:30 a.m., FFSC

Sponsorship Training: Wednesday, 2-3:30 p.m., FFSC

Navy Family Orientation: Today, 5-7 p.m., FFSC

Pre-Deployment Brief: April 27, 10 a.m., FFSC


Home Buying: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park Center, 2567 Hartel St.

Learn about credit reports, the mortgage process, the appraisal process, and many useful tools to become a more educated consumer.

First-Term Financial Readiness: April 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC

This eight-hour Foundation of Financial Readiness course is required for all first-term service members.

Basics of Investing: April 25, 9 a.m. to noon, FFSC


Social Media For Job Seekers: Today, 9 a.m. to noon, McGill Training

Salary Negotiation: Tuesday, 9 a.m .to noon, McGill Training Center

How To Work A Job Fair: April 20, 9 a.m. to noon, McGill Training Center

Life Skills

Time Management: Tuesday, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

Register online or call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or ACS at 301-677-5590.


Fishing poles on loan

The Anne Arundel County Public Library, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, is loaning fishing poles for public use.

Fishing poles can only be checked out and returned to the Mountain Road Community Library, located at 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

Participants will learn about important fishing ethics; practice knot-tying and casting; and create a fish-print bandana.

An informational flyer with license information and local fishing holes also will be distributed.

Fishing poles are checked out for two weeks. A fine of $1 per day will be assessed if returned late.

Borrowers must have an Anne Arundel County Public Library card and assume all responsibility of the fishing pole and accessories.

The library will not be held liable for any injury due to the fishing pole. Any fishing pole not returned will result in a replacement fee of $15.

Fishing poles cannot be returned in the book drop, or left outside the library. There will be a $5 fee for fishing poles not returned to the circulation desk.

Find more information online or call 410-222-7371.


Easter Egg Hunt

Omega Psi Phi and Youth Services will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Youth Center.

The event is free to the military community and open to children ages 12 and younger.

Youngsters should bring their own egg hunt basket.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.

Entertainment industry workshop

Military Brats Talent Agency will present a workshop on “The Creative Path: How to Navigate the Entertainment Industry” on April 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Ateba Gaines, a military spouse and mother, is the founder of Military Brats Talent Agency and has partnered with SAG-AFTRA to present the workshop that will provide children and their parents with information about SAG-AFTRA including its history, benefits of membership, eligibility requirements and how to join.

Join Cynthia Williams, regional education and outreach liaison from the Los Angeles SAG-AFTRA office, plus local staff, SAG-AFTRA members and other entertainment industry professionals will participate in the iinteractive discussion about navigating the entertainment industry. The presentation and panel discussion will be followed by Q &A.

The event is free to military families and service members.

Light refreshments will be served.

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voice-over artists and other entertainment and media professionals.

For more information, call Ateba Gaines at 240-786-2344 or email

Mother Son Ball

“A Knight with Mom” Mother & Son Ball will be held May 6 from 5-8:30 p.m. at Club Meade.

The event will feature a special guest from Medieval Times, food, a magic show, crafts, photos and dancing.

Formal attire is required.

Tickets cost $50 per mother/son and $20 for each additional son.

Tickets are available for purchase at Club Meade. Limited tickets available.

For more information, call 301-677-6969 or go to visit

Internet safety

The Youth Center is offering a class on internet safety on April 26 at 4:15 p.m.

Learn about the dangers of social media, phone apps and friending. Session will be presented by Army Community Service.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.

Teen Center events

The Fort Meade Teen Center is offering the following activities in April:

Mini Workout: Tuesday and April 25, 2:30 p.m.

Maya workshop: Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of game creation in the Maya program.

Resume Workshop: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Managing Your Finances Workshop: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Learn how to balance finances, save money, pay bills and have spending money.

Smash Bros. Tournament: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Movies on the Lawn: April 21, 7 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of movies and snacks outdoors.

Capture The Flag: April 24, 5 p.m.

Month of the Military Child “Youth of the Year” Presentation Celebration Dinner: April 21, 6 p.m.

Movies on the Lawn: April 21, 7 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of movies and snacks outdoors.

Do It Yourself Lotion Lab: April 24, 4 p.m.

Discover the process of making your own lotion.

Capture the Flag: April 24, 5 p.m.

Kickball: April 27, 2:30 p.m.

Bring spare clothes for this messy and competitive fun.

Operation Megaphone: April 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The annual, worldwide military event connects military youth around the world to discuss key issues that affect them.

The Youth Center will host a “Lock-In” filled with activities and food with the theme “Living Healthy; Commit to Being Fit!”

Event is open to all Fort Meade youth and teens.

Cost is $15 for members of Child and Youth Services and $20 for non-members.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Month of Military Child at Youth Center

Several Month of the Military Child events will be held at the Fort Meade Youth Center.

Spirit Days: Friday and April 21

Friday: Camo Day – Wear camouflage gear.

April 21: Patriotic Day – Wear red, white or blue.

Cupcake Decorating: April 21, 5:30 p.m.

Cake-Cutting Ceremony: April 27, 4 p.m.

The ceremony ends the Month of the Military Child celebration. The cake will be cut by the youngest and eldest youths at the center, followed by a special presentation by the Torch Club.

Operation Megaphone: April 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.

Dance classes

Child and Youth Services offers dance classes to children ages 3 and older on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at the Youth Center.

Cost is $45 and up, depending on age of the child and class.

All participants must be registered through Child and Youth Services.

To register, call 301-677-1149.

Romp ‘n Stomp

Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup for children ages 5 and younger and their parents meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Youth Center gym at 909 Ernie Pyle St.

For more information, call 301-677-4118.

A-Z playgroup

Children ages 4 and younger are invited to the weekly playgroup A-Z Come Play With Me that is held every Monday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Family Advocacy Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

Interactive activities are designed to assist parents in learning developmentally appropriate play techniques to help children improve their social, cognitive and motor skills.

Space is limited. Registration is required for each session.

For more information, call 301-677-7823.


Better Opportunities for Single Service Members is offering a hiking trip to all single service members to the Annapolis Rock portion of the Appalachian Trail on May 13 at 8 a.m.

Cost is $20 and includes transportation. Only 15 spaces are available.

For more information, call Spc. Derek Young at 301-677-6868 or email

Ho’ike Hawaiian Music, Dance and Cultural Presentation is May 13 at 1 p.m. at the Michael E. Newman Performing Arts Center, Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg.

Tickets cost $15 for ages 12 and older. Tickets at the door cost $20. Cost for children ages 6-11, students, service members and seniors ages 65 and older are $10. Children ages 5 and younger attend free.

For more information, email or call 301-257-6730.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” through June 11. Upcoming shows are “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Dreamgirls” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Discounted tickets are available at Leisure Travel Services. For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354 or Toby’s at 410-730-8311.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Farewell Circus Tour will be in Baltimore April 21-23 and April 28-30 at the Royal Farms Arena. Discounted tickets at Leisure Travel Services cost $25. LTS cost for the 1 p.m. performance on April 23 is $21. For more information or tickets, call LTS at 301-677-7354.

Leisure Travel Services offers its next monthly bus trips to New York City on Saturday and May 20 at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.


Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. Children welcome. The next meeting is Monday.

The group is for families experiencing an upcoming or current deployment, or the service members who have recently returned from deployment. For more information, call 301-677-7823.

Daddy & Me interactive playgroup for fathers with children ages 2-4 meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5-6 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The next meeting is Monday.

Space is limited. Registration is required for each session. For more information, call 301-677-4118.

Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting is Tuesday. For more information, call Betty Jones, 410-992-1123.

The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) Fort Meade chapter meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Odenton Volunteer Firehouse Training room, 1425 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting is Tuesday.

For more information, visit or call Grant Goods, the local chapter president, at 443-742-4318 or Otis Whitaker Sr., chapter secretary, at 443-306-1104.

Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the third Wednesday of every month from 3-4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Airman Leadership School, 8470 Zimborski Ave. The next meeting is Wednesday. Find more information online or call 831-521-9251. 

Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Wednesday. For more information, email Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, club vice president, at

Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is April 20 from 1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the America Building, River Conference Room, third floor.

Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID is required for base access. Men without a military ID should call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least four business days prior to the event for base access.

For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email

Enlisted Spouses’ Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Potomac Place Community Center, 4998 Second Corps Blvd. Location and time subject to change. The next meeting is April 20 at 6:30 p.m. For child care during ESC functions, email

For information, call 301-908-3773.

Moms of Multiples Group meets every first and third Thursday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The next meeting is April 20.

Group topics include sharing, sibling integration, time management, schedules and positive discipline. For more information, call 301-677-4118.

Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. Children welcome. The next meeting is April 24. For more information, call 301-677-7823.

Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3-4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is April 24.

For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590.

Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Religious Support Office, is held the first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club Meade.

The next prayer breakfast is May 4.

There is no cost for the buffet. Donations are optional. Menu features eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, grits, Danish pastries and fruit.

All Fort Meade employees, civilian and military personnel, and family members are invited.

For more information, call 301-677-6703.

Sip and Share, hosted by the Exceptional Family Member Program, meets the first Thursday of every month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Fort Meade USO, 8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road. The next get-together is May 4. Share stories to encourage and inform each other about resources available in the local community.

For more information or to register, call 301-677-4779.

Fort Meade First Class Petty Officer Association meets the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. at The Lanes. The next meeting is May 4. All first class petty officers are invited. For more information, call PO1 Jennifer Wonch at 410-854-2763.

Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building.

The next meeting is May 4. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

For more information, call Charisma Wooten at 240-568-6055.

Glen Burnie Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7 p.m. at the Glen Burnie North County Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is May 4.

Find more information online or call 443-883-1429.

Kritikos Toastmasters Club meets the first three Mondays of every month at 6:15 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting is May 4.

The club offers an opportunity to service members and civilian residents in the Fort Meade community to improve their public speaking skills in a supportive environment.

Find more information online or call 410-305-9190.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County offers a free support group for families with a loved one suffering from mental illness on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The next meeting is May 4. Find more information online.

Fort Meade First Class Petty Officer Association meets the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. at The Lanes. The next meeting is May 4. All first class petty officers are invited. For more information, call PO1 Jennifer Wonch at 410-854-2763.

Glen Burnie NARFE Chapter 1519 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 7436 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.

The next meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees is May 9.

The speaker is Anne Healy from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, who will discuss health care changes.

Federal employees and retirees who are members of NARFE are welcome. For more information, call Barbara Jacobs at 410-969-5980.

Fort Meade E9 Association meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting is May 12. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership.

Find more information online.

Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is May 13. Active-duty, Reserve and retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For more information, call 443-604-2474 or 410-768-6288.

Couples Communication meets 2:30-3:30 p.m. every Monday at the Family Advocacy Program Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

The session is aimed at helping couples develop tools to enhance their relationship, gain problem-solving strategies, and create a long-lasting relationship. For more information, call 301-677-4118.

Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10, to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.

For more information, email

Boy Scout Troop 377 meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. For more information, refer to the troop’s Facebook page or call 443-542-0545.

Catholic Women of the Chapel meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. for fellowship, prayer and Bible study in the Main Post Chapel, 4419 Llewellyn Ave.

For more information, email

Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2-3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family violence.

Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117.

Parenting With A Purpose, for parents of children of all ages, meets 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Family Advocacy Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

To register, call 301-677-4118 or email

Protestant Women of the Chapel invites the community to join in fellowship while learning together through interactive Bible study. The PWOC meets 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For more information, call 301-677-6703.

Moms Walking Group , sponsored by Parent Support, meets Thursdays from 8:30-9:15 a.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. To register, call 301-677-3617.

Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays at the Rascon Building, 2481 Llewellyn Ave.

The project is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings.

For more information, call Larry Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email

American Legion Post 276 is open to veterans and active-duty service members at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is 4-6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every month.

Membership discounts are offered for active-duty military.

Find more information online or call 410-969-8028.

Odenton Masonic Center , located at 1206 Stehlik Drive, invites the community, local military, fire/emergency services and local businesses to enjoy its breakfast and specialty dinners.

The center offers an “all-you-can-eat” breakfast every second Sunday from 7-11 a.m.

Specialty dinners are held the third Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Menus can be found online.

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