Community News and Notes – March 16, 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 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.

Exchange facilities shifts hours

As a result of limited staffing due to the federal hiring freeze, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is reducing hours of operation at the following restaurants on Fort Meade:

Burger King

  • Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Domino’s Pizza

  • Monday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Charley’s Grilled Subs

  • Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boston Market

  • Monday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We are working very hard to maintain operations throughout the duration of the hiring freeze by increasing part-time employees’ hours,” Exchange General Manager Joanne Cahalan said.

“We will continue to shift resources to maintain services during peak hours. We look forward to resuming regular hours as soon as possible.”

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.

RAB meeting

Fort Meade will conduct a Restoration Advisory Board meeting tonight at 7 at the Courtyard Marriott, 2700 Hercules Road, Annapolis Junction.

RAB meetings are held to keep the public informed of Fort Meade’s environmental cleanup and restoration program, and provide opportunities for public involvement and open discussion.

Major topics for this meeting include annual updates on various long-term monitoring sites.

Members of the public and the media are invited.

Community members who would like to learn more about the restoration program or become a RAB member are encouraged to attend.

Find more information online or call 301-677-7999.

Right Arm Night

Bring your right arm service member, co-worker or employee to Club Meade for a fun evening of free food, music, dancing, prizes and camaraderie for Joint Services Right Arm NIght today from 4-6 p.m.

Beverages are available for purchase. The free event is open to all ranks and all services, military or civilian.

To reserve a table, call 301-677-6969.

Technical Job Fair

The Fort Meade Technical Job Fair is Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

The free event is open to all job seekers.

More than 65 employers are expected. Bring resumes.

Candidates with security clearance are encouraged to attend.

A “resume doctor” will provide free resume evaluation and preparation assistance.

A shuttle bus will take job seekers from the Visitor Control Center at the Reece Road gate to the front door of Club Meade and back.

For a complete list of employers, go to and click on Job Fair.

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 who are valid ID cardholders.

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.

  • March: Win four tickets (two adults and two children) to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore or the B&O Railroad Museum.
  • 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.

VA Resource Fair

The 2017 Veterans Resource Fair will be held April from 5-8 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

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.

All military veterans are invited.

Guest speakers are Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Tom Glenn, author and Howard County veteran who served in signals intelligence. He worked with AIDS patients, helping the homeless and caring for hospice patients.

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


EFMP advocacy workshop

The Exceptional Family Member Program offers a workshop to help parents learn to be effective advocates for their exceptional child.

The workshop, “Transition,” will be held Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at Potomac Place Community Center, 998 Second Corps Blvd.

For more information, call 301-677- 5590 or visit

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 Workshops: Monday to March 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., FFSC
  • Joint Pre-Deployment Brief: Today, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Pre-Separation Brief: Today, 9-11:30 a.m., FFSC
  • TGPS (Transition, Goals, Plans, Services) Two-Day Workshops: Assessing Higher Education: March 29-30, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. FFSC


  • Budget For Baby (Navy/Marine Corps personnel only): March 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., FFSC
  • First-Term Financial Readiness: March 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ACS
    • This eight-hour Foundation of Financial Readiness course is required for all first-term service members.


  • Ten Steps To A Federal Job: March 28, 9 a.m. to noon, FFSC
    • Register online or call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or ACS at 301-677-5590.


The Anne Arundel County Library offers numerous programs at the Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road.

Microsoft Excel III: Today, 6-8 p.m.

Start with the basics of creating formulas and work your way up by practicing some frequently used functions including PMT, IF, CONCATENATE and VLOOKUP.

Prerequisite: Excel II or one-on-one computer training. Registration is required.

Maryland Trivia: Monday, 6 p.m.

Celebrate Maryland’s 383rd birthday with a fun, Maryland-themed trivia game.

Introduction to HTML5 and CSS: Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Class offers an introduction to building a website using a combination of HTML5, and CSS3.

Prerequisites: Must have a strong understanding of the computer, the windows operating system and Microsoft Word, and be proficient in keyboarding.

This is a three-session class. Registrants must attend all three sessions.

For more information, call the Odenon Library at 410-222-6277.

Anne Arundel County Public Library is also offering events to mark Women’s History Month.

Events include a series celebrating outstanding Hispanic women at the Annapolis Regional Library.

On April 4 at 6:30 p.m., the program will focus on the accomplishments of local Hispanic women who have enhanced the quality of life in the community.

The series finale on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. features advice from successful Hispanic women.

Other events include:

Culture Queen: Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Broadneck Community Library, 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis

Family event features African, calypso, jazz and hip-hop beats.

For more information, call 410-222-1905.

Hands of Harmony Sign Language Concert: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Crofton Community Library, 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton

For more information, call 410-222-7915

Women’s History Month Storytime: Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Glen Burnie Regional Library, 1010 Eastway

Listen to stories about amazing women, sing fun songs and enjoy making a craft with guest Kari Maltz of the Anne Arundel County Commission for Women.

For more information, call 410-222-6270.

Women’s Movie Night: Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis

The movie “McFarland, USA,” a sports drama movie, is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Snacks and door prizes will be provided.

The program is in partnership with Georgetown East and Tyler Heights Elementary Hispanic Moms’ Groups, organized by AACPS bilingual facilitators.

For more information, call 410-222-1770.

Courageous Maryland Women: March 25 at 1 p.m. at Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton

Join authors Katherine Kenny and Eleanore Randrup for a look into the lives of notable women from the state.

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! or visit the website.

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.

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


Teen Center events

The Fort Meade Teen Center offers the following activity:

Etiquette Class: Today and March 23 and March 30 at 3 p.m.

Paint & Snack: Tuesday and March 28 at 3:30 p.m.

Shamrock Rock Party: Friday at 8 p.m.

The St. Patrick’s Day-themed dance party features food and music. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for guests.

Kickball: March 23, 8 p.m.

Midnight Basketball Madness: March 24, 8 p.m.

Event is free for members, and $2 for nonmembers.

Acting Improv: March 27, 2:30 p.m.

Ping-Pong Tournament: March 29, 4 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Youth Center events

The Youth Center offers a variety activities this month:

Midnight March Madness: March 24, 9 p.m. to midnight

Enjoy an evening of of basketball games. Cost is $2 for nonmembers and free for all CYS members.

Women’s Month Scavenger Hunt: March 28, 4-5 p.m.

Participants will learn fun facts about important women in history while competing.

Minute To Win It: March 29, 2 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.


Out & About

BOSS is sponsoring a New York City trip for single service members Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes transportation.

Trip includes visits to the 9/11 Memorial, Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. For more information, call Spc. Derek Young at 301-677-6868.

Harlem Globetrotters will perform March 25 at 2 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Discounted tickets at Leisure Travel Services cost $27, $32 and $48. For more information or tickets, go to LTS at 6530B York Road or call LTS at 301-677-7354.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be in Baltimore April 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at the Royal Farms Arena. Discounted tickets at Leisure Travel Services cost $25. 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 Saturday at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.


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 today 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 today at 6:30 p.m. For child care during ESC functions, email membership@FtMeadeESC.

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 today.

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 today.

For more information, visit the website or call 443-883-1429.

Meade Area Garden Club will meet Friday at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road, Jessup.

Maria Price-Nowakowski of Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm in Severn will present a program on roses. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required.

The club features nine informative and fun programs throughout the year plus trips, activities relating to gardening, and a bake sale in the fall. Annual membership is $20.  In inclement weather, the meeting will be canceled if Anne Arundel County Public Schools are closed or opening late.

For more information, call Jennifer Garcia, membership chair, at 443-949-8348, or Sharon Durney, club president, at 410-761-5019.

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.

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 March 27.

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

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 March 27. For more information, call 301-677-7823.

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.  For more information, call PO1 Jennifer Wonch at 410-854-2763.

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