Community News and Notes – March 30, 2017

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 ftmeade.army.mil and clicking on the Public Affairs Office tab and calling the listed phone number or emailing larry.whitley.civ@mail.mil.

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

NEWS & EVENTS

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.

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Hospice of the Chesapeake will host the Third Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration today from 4-8 p.m. at Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive in Greenbelt.

The event will highlight the state of Maryland’s legislated commitment to Vietnam-era veterans across the state.

Tickets are free for all Vietnam veterans and one guest, as well as two guests of the family of a deceased veteran.

It is important for each person to register and have his or her own ticket.

The Hospice of the Chesapeake expects hundreds to attend this year

Doors open at 4 p.m. for a meet and greet. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages (cash bar) will be served at 4:30 p.m.

Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Register online.

Blood drive

The Fort Meade blood drive is Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.

Schedule your appointment online at militarydonor.com. Use sponsor code FtMeade.

Walk-ins are welcome.

New museum exhibit

The Fort Meade Museum, located at 4674 Griffin Ave., will open a special section on the 100th anniversary of Fort Meade.

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 suzanne.m.kopich.civ@mail.mil.

Recycling Contest

The Directorate of Public Works and Fort Meade Recycling Partners will host a recycling contest starting Monday through Friday April 14 at Garrison occupied buildings.

To win, fill up your building’s recycling containers with recyclables from the workplace only. The winning group of the contest will be announced during Commander’s Call on April 20 at the Earth Day event. There will be a prize for the winning building. We need everyone’s help to make Fort Meade a top recycler in the Army. And remember, reduce, reuse, recycle!

For more information, call Maribeth Gravunder at 301-677-9855.

Building evacuation training

The Fort Meade Fire Prevention Office will conduct Building Evacuation Coordinator training April 11 at 9 a.m. at Smallwood Hall, Building 4650.

This training is a requirement for all building evacuation coordinators per FGGM 420-7, the Directorate of Emergency Services Installation Fire Regulation.

If your building does not have a BEC, one must be appointed and attend this training.

Coordinators will be given the roles and responsibilities of the position, as well as required documents and materials.

Only 80 seats are available for this training, but there will be other session in the near future.

Units and organizations should inform the fire inspector who will be attending.

For more information, call Shaun M. Bagley, fire inspector, at 301-677-3417 or email shaun.m.bagley.civ@mail.mil.

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 delissa.r.rodgersgreene.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-2506 by April 20.

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, Navy Information Operations Command Maryland Fleet and Family Support Center, and the Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Registration is encouraged online

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 karol.yox@navy.mil or call 301-677-9014; email Kish Hamilton at kish.s.hamilton.civ@mail.mil or RoseLee Atangana at roselee.d.bovellatangana.civ@mail.mil or 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.

Find more information online or contact Andrea Jackson at ajackson@dpngroup.net or call 410-347-7758.

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.

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.

Tax preparation services

Free income tax preparation services are offered through April 18 at the Fort Meade Joint Installation Tax Center at 4217 Roberts Ave.

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

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

Prize drawing

Each month through April, Leisure Travel Services offers customer appreciation prize drawings.

Patrons must enter each month to be eligible to win. No purchase is necessary.

Winners are drawn on the last day of the month.

April: Win four tickets (two adults and two children) to Medieval Times in Arundel Mills.

Tickets are available to these attractions at Leisure Travel Services.

For more information, call 301-677-7354.

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 April 16.

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 includes hand-carved ham, roast beef and roasted leg of lamb with mint sauce.

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, fruit-stuffed pancakes, French toast, sausage links, bacon, hash brown casserole, grits, biscuits with sausage gravy, bagels, muffins and pastries.

Cold items include chilled steamed shrimp, poached salmon, chicken salad, pasta salad, seafood salad, macaroni salad and deviled eggs.

Lunch features seafood Newburg, lemon rosemary chicken, ribs, mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, corn pudding and desserts.

For reservations, call 301-677-6969 or go to meade.armymwr.com.

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

VA Resource Fair

The 2017 Veterans Resource Fair is Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

All military veterans are invited.

The event provides local veterans with the opportunity to meet with more than 35 businesses and nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing services, support and jobs to veterans.

Guest speakers are Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Tom Glenn, author and Howard County veteran who served in signals intelligence.

The resource fair is sponsored by the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families.

For more information, call Lisa Terry at 410-313-0821 or email lbterry@howardcountymd.gov.

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.

EDUCATION

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.

Military

TGPS (Transition, Goals, Plans, Services) Five-Day Workshops: Monday to April 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 17-21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC

Pre-Deployment Brief: April 7 or 21, 9 a.m., ACS

Retiree Brief: April 10, 8-11:30 a.m., FFSC

Sponsorship Training: April 12, 2-3:30 p.m., FFSC

Boots to Business (Small Business Administration): Career Technical Training: April 12-13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC

Navy Family Orientation: April 13, 5-7 p.m., FFSC

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

Financial

Dollars & Sense: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park Center, 2567 Hartel St.

Thrift Savings Plan: April 11, 9 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park Center, 2567 Hartel St.

Home Buying: April 18, 9 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park Center, 2567 Hartel St.

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

Employment

Resume Workshop: April 6, 9 a.m. to noon, McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.

Ten Steps To A Federal Job: April 11, 9 a.m. to noon, McGill Training Center

Social Media For Job Seekers: April 13, 9 a.m. to noon, McGill Training

Salary Negotiation: April 18, 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

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

Anger Management: April 6, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

Sponsorship Training: April 12, 2-3:30 p.m, FFSC

Time Management: April 18, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

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

‘Discover Meade’

Meade High School will host its annual “Discover Meade” informational expo Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Meade High.

Through displays, presentations and demonstrations, parents and students are invited to learn about the various groups, clubs, programs and subject areas Meade has to offer.

Parents will learn about Meade’s International Baccalaureate Programme, Advancement Via Individual Determination program and the Homeland Security program.

For more information, email Joseph DeSilva at discovermeade@gmail.com.

LIBRARY

Anne Arundel County Public Library is offering several programs at the Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton.

Paws To Read: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Children can practice their reading skills with a furry friend. To reserve a time slot, call 410-222-6277.

Author Visit: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Local author Laura Kamoie will discuss her novel, “America’s First Daughter,” the saga of Martha Jefferson Randolph, eldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson.

A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the discussion.

Charity Knitting: April 6, 6:30 p.m.

Help make lap blankets and hats for hospital patients. Beginners are welcome. Bring size 7 or 8 needles, if you have them.

Art in Our Schools Reception: Today, 6 p.m.

Young artists from local elementary schools and their families are invited to celebrate their art on display in the county libraries.

For more information, call 410-222-6277.

For a complete listing of library programs and events, including a schedule of early literacy events, see the latest issue of Library Happenings! online.

Library hosts celebration of Fort Meade

Anne Arundel County Public Library is hosting the second of a two-part series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fort Meade.

Retired Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy, who retired as Fort Meade’s garrison commander in 2008, will speak on “Camp Meade & the Great War” on April 8 at 2 p.m. at the Odenton Regional Library

The event focuses on the creation of Camp Meade and World War I’s direct impact on the region.

McCreedy, who has a doctorate in American history, is the senior director of cyber development for the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Find more information about library events and programs online.

Genealogy program

The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society is conducting the program, “Social Media and Genealogy,” on April 6 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. The program begins at 8 p.m.

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.

Steven is a library media specialist in Montgomery County who has spent over 30 years researching adoption and tracing unknown parentage. His interest in genealogy began as a result of his own search for his birth parents. With the advent of DNA.

Cost is $35. Registration deadline is April 27.

To sign up online using PayPal or a credit card, click on the “Add to Cart” button on the society’s website. If you are paying for more than one dinner, adjust the number in your shopping cart.

If you have any special needs, add “special instructions to the seller” where indicated on the “Review Your Information” page at checkout.

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

Find more information online

YOUTH

Teen Center events

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

  • Paint Your Pet’s Portrait: Monday, 4:30 p.m.
  • Mini Workout: Tuesday and April 18 and 25, 2:30 p.m.
  • Comic Jeopardy: Wednesday, 3 p.m.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Wednesday, 5 p.m.
  • Maya workshop: April 18, 2:30 p.m.
  • Resume Workshop: April 18, 6 p.m.
  • Manage Finances: April 19, 5 p.m.
  • Smash Bros. Tournament: April 19, 5 p.m.
  • Capture The Flag: April 24, 5 p.m.
  • Operation Megaphone: April 28, 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Brunch with Easter Bunny

Brunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

Families can enjoy a buffet brunch, a bunny workshop with activities, and photos with the Easter Bunny.

Cost is $17.50 for ages 11 and older, $9 for children ages 4-10 and free for ages 3 and younger.

Tickets are required and are available on a first come-first served basis at the Youth Center, 909 Ernie Pyle St.

Menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham carving station, home fries, French toast, green beans, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, salad bar, fruit salad, miniature desserts, and ice cream and assorted toppings.

All youths will receive a gift from the Easter Bunny and a photo keepsake.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.

Month of Military Child at Teen Center

Month of the Military Child events will be held at the Fort Meade Teen Center on April 7 and April 21.

Events on April 7:

  • Volleyball Tournament: 5 p.m.
  • Teen & Parent Ice Cream Social: 6 p.m.
  • Karaoke Night: 7 p.m.
  • Easter Egg Flashlight Hunt: 8 p.m.
  • Events on April 21:
  • “Youth of the Year” presentation and dinner: 6 p.m.
  • “Month of the Military Child” cake-cutting: 6 p.m.
  • Movies on the Lawn: 7 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Youth Center events

The Youth Center offers a variety activities this month:

  • Spring Camp: April 10-17
  • Internet Safety: April 26, 4:15 p.m.
  • Operation Megaphone: April 28, 7 p.m.
    • For more information, call 301-677-1437.
  • Month of Military Child at Youth Center
  • Month of the Military Child events will be held at the Fort Meade Youth Center.
  • Boot Camp Obstacle Course: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
  • Family Movie Night: April 7, 4:30 p.m.
  • Spirit Days: April 7, 14 and 21
  • Cupcake Decorating: April 21, 4:30 p.m.
  • Cake Cutting: April 27, 4 p.m.

Youth Fishing Rodeo

The Spring Youth Fishing Rodeo is April 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burba Lake.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Burba Lake Cottage.

The free event is open to the public.

All non-DoD cardholders require preregistration to access entry to the installation.

For preregistration information, email Executives@MeadeRodandGun.org.

The event is divided into three age groups: 3-6, 7-11 and 12-15.

Prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m. Medals will be awarded in each age group.

Trophies will be awarded for largest fish (open to all age groups) and smallest fish (for only the 3-6 age group).

Bait (corn) will be provided. A limited number of fishing gear will be available for purchase, but participants are asked to bring their own.

Find more information online or email John Parks, Meade Rod and Gun Club president, at President@MeadeRodandGun.org.

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.

RECREATION

Better Opportunities for Single Service Members is offering two trips that are open to all single service members.

The BOSS trip to Harper’s Ferry is April 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost is $20 and includes transportation. Only 45 spaces are available.

The BOSS hiking trip to the Annapolis Rock portion of the Appalachian Trail is 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 boss.ftmeade@gmail.com.

The Bowie Baysox’s 18th annual Free Family FunFest is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium, rain or shine.

The event features free children’s rides, games, music and activities.

The Baysox 2017 home opener is April 13 against the Harrisburg Senators at 6:35 p.m. Ticket plans are available online

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 trip to New York City on April 18 and May 20 at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.

MEETINGS

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.

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 Monday.

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.

Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will hold its next luncheon meeting on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Club Meade.

Cost of luncheon is $18. Reservations are required by today at noon. Call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082.

The program, “Spring into Summer,” will feature fashions from the Exchange modeled by ROWC members.

For more information, call Lianne Roberts, ROWC president, at 301-464-5498.

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 April 6. All first class petty officers are invited. For more information, call PO1 Jennifer Wonch at 410-854-2763.

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 April 6.

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.

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 6.

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

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 April 6.

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

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 April 6.

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.

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 April 6. All first class petty officers are invited. For more information, call PO1 Jennifer Wonch at 410-854-2763.

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 April 6. 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.

Find more information online.

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 April 6. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

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

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 April 6. 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 April 8. 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.

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 10. 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 10.

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

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 April 11.

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 April 14. 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.

Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting is April 18. 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 April 18.

For more information, visit trea.org 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 April 19. 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 April 19. For more information, email Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, club vice president, at aaron.a.barfield.mil@mail.mil.

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 jane.l.hudak.ctr@mail.mil.

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 membership@FtMeadeESC.org.

For information, call 301-908-3773.

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 pack377_cc@yahoo.com.

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 ftmeadecwoc@gmail.com.

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 colaina.townsend.ctr@mail.mil.

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 thecarptman@msn.com.

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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