Community News & Notes – August 10, 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 at ftmeadesoundoff.com, 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 www.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.

Bike pass renewal

Bike passes to enter Fort Meade must be renewed.

Old cards will no longer be accepted.

To allow more passes to be issued in a shorter time, the Demps Visitor Control Center will issue the new passes.

The VCC will receive applications, review IDs and issue cards to authorized users.

VCC operating hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Riders can access the Pepper Road vehicle gate during operating hours by showing their DoD ID to the NSA police officer on duty.

Pepper Road is located on the southeast side of the installation, near Route 32 and Baldwin and Odenton roads.

For more information, call the VCC at 301-677-1064 or Joseph Shinskie, chief of Physical Security at the Directorate of Emergency Services, at 301-677-6618.

 

P3T Program for service members

The Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training Program (P3T), for pregnant or postpartum service members within six months of delivery, is offered at Gaffney Fitness Center.

  • Pregnancy PT: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30-7:30 a.m.
  • Postpartum PT: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m.
  • Pregnancy PT education classes: Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. in the Preventive Medicine Trailer, Building T-2472, 5th Street.

Registration is required.

P3T is an Armywide and mandatory special-conditioning physical fitness and education program that will assist the pregnant and postpartum Soldier to:

  • Maintain fitness during pregnancy.
  • Reduce physical discomforts during pregnancy.
  • Boost morale and reduce stress.
  • Enhance a Soldier’s ability to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test and meet AR 600-9 body composition standards.
  • Provide an easier transition to unit physical readiness training.

To enroll in the Pregnancy Postpartum PT Program, contact Staff Sgt. Nikki Woods at Nikki.n.woods2.mil@mail.mil or 301-677-3938; or Karen Bartholet at 301-677-8993 or karen.bartholet.civ@mail.mil.

Kimbrough extends hours

To better serve its customers, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center will implement a pilot program to extend its hours of operation for routine appointments and health care services.

Kimbrough’s new operating hours will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday’s hours remain the same: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services with extended hours include:

  • Primary Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • Radiology

The Kimbrough ACC Central appointment line is 301-677-8800.

 

Field Band Alumni Concert

The U.S. Army Field Band’s Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus Annual Alumni Concert is Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park at English and Upton avenues.

In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, this concert will include returning alumni from across the United States.

The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with a cannon from the 3rd Infantry Presidential Salute Battery.

Tickets are not required.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a folding chair or blanket for seating. All visitors should enter Fort Meade via the Reece Road Access Control Point gate at Route 175 and Reece Road.

For updates on inclement weather, check Soundoff! online, the Fort Meade App and the Field Band social media sites.

In the event of inclement weather, this performance will be canceled.

Follow the U.S. Army Field Band at https://www.facebook.com/FieldBand/.

For more information, call 301-677-6586 or email usarmyfieldband@mail.mil.

OSC Super Sign-Up

The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club Super Sign-Up is Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 2nd Corps Boulevard.

For more information, call 815-501-7589.

Auto Skills Center’s new hours

The Auto Skills Center, located at 6530 Taylor Ave., will now operate with new, ongoing operating hours on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday hours remain the same: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-5542.

Llewellyn gate now open

In anticipation of construction improvements and reduced traffic flow at other Fort Meade access control points, the Llewellyn Avenue gate is now open 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

As construction progresses on other ACPs, the Llewellyn gate hours will be extended.

Rockenbach Road repair work ongoing

A Fort Meade contractor has begun road repairs along Rockenbach Road.

Initially, Fort Meade officials say, these repairs will not impact traffic lanes and will be limited to roadway shoulder repairs.

Drivers should exercise additional caution when traveling on Rockenbach, north of Cooper Avenue.

Barriers have been put in place. Work on removing the existing road shoulder has begun.

Traffic lanes will not be closed for shoulder repair work, which will be done on the north side shoulder first. Once both shoulders are complete, construction workers will begin to resurface the driving lanes.

Officials are finalizing the sequencing of the travel lane repairs with the contractor.

“We are working with the contractor to limit travel lane closures to overnight periods,” an official said. “When the sequencing is agreed upon, we will share information.

“The entire project — shoulders and travel lanes — is scheduled to take about eight weeks, depending on weather.”

Latin Night

Enjoy an evening of dancing at Latin Night on Aug. 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Club Meade.

A variety of music will be playing including salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, house and Reggaetown.

Food and beverage specials are available. No cover charge.

Latin Night is held the last Friday of each month. For more information, call 301-677-6969.

SARC Tea

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response organization on Fort Meade is sponsoring a tea on Aug. 24 from 5-7 p.m. at the Fleet and Family Support Center, 2212 Chisholm Ave.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9014.

Arts and Crafts Contest

Share your best arts and crafts with Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation and you could win prizes and Armywide recognition.

The 2017 Army Arts and Crafts Contest has categories for ceramic, digital arts, fiber, class, mixed media, wood, drawing, painting, metal and more.

Contest ends Aug. 31.

For eligibility requirements and submission instructions, visit https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and -services/arts-and-crafts/2017-arts-crafts -contest/.

Retreats for vets, service members

Melwood Veterans Services offers retreats for veterans and active-duty service members who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and anxiety and depression related to military service including MST survivors.

Operation Tohidu retreats are offered at no cost to the participants including travel.

(Tohidu is a Cherokee term for peace of mind, body and spirit.)

For more information or to apply online, go to operationtohidu.org or call 301-599-4550.

Summer giveaways, prizes

Visit Outdoor Recreation or the Arts & Crafts Center to enter to win prizes.

Prizes include a Fort Meade 100th anniversary gift pack that includes two mugs and coasters, one coin, a lapel pin and an alder wood desk clock, or a $125 gift certificate for custom framing from Arts & Crafts.

Visit Outdoor Recreation and enter to win a one-day use of a 16-foot boat or one-day use of a moon bounce.

No purchase is necessary, but you must apply in person.

For more information, visit meade.armymwr.com.

Farmers Market

The Fort Meade Farmers Market is every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pavilion through Sept. 27.

The market is open to all patrons with gate access. Admission and parking are free.

Special events will be featured in August:

  • Wednesday: “Color Me A Picture Day”
  • Aug. 30: Outdoor Recreation displays

The markets will continue every Wednesday through Sept. 27.

Browse the variety of food trucks and local vendors selling produce, plants, soaps and treats.

Food trucks and vendors may include: Blue Kettle Soapworks, Bullhead Pit Beef, Honey Empanadas, Deja Roux Catering, Greek on the Street, Portside Express, London Chippy, Wanna Pizza This, Wolo Eats, Sweet Tea and Cornbread, Diner on the Go, Dunkin’ Donuts Community Cruiser, Funnel Fare, Gina’s Wish Candles, Great Shoals Winery, Dragonfly Winery, Greer’s Kettle Corn, High Hopes Farm, Kona Ice, Living Essential Oils, Eimaj Italian Ice, Moses Family Jerky and Charka Spiritual Counselor.

For more information, visit meade.armymwr.com.

Parents’ Night Out

Child Development Center IV will host Parents’ Night Out on Aug. 18 and Sept. 15 from 6:30-10 p.m.

Registration for the Aug. 18 event is required by Friday.

Registration for the Sept. 15 event is Aug. 21 to Sept. 1.

CDC IV is located at 85th Medical Battalion Avenue.

Child care will be provided for parents with children ages 6 weeks to 11 years old.

Cost is $20 per child (non-refundable). Spaces are limited.

All children must be registered with Child and Youth Services.

For more information, call 301-677-1149 or visit meade.armymwr.com.

Father Daughter Ball

“Sweet Celebrations” Father Daughter Ball will be held Oct. 21 from 5-8:30 p.m. at Club Meade.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 25 at Club Meade. Seating is limited.

Cost is $50 per father/daughter and $20 for each additional daughter.

Formal attire is required.

Doors open at 5 p.m.

A buffet dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Menu includes roast beef, roasted pork lin with cornbread stuffing, mac & cheese, mini desserts and an ice-cream station with 15 toppings.

The magic show is from 6:30-7 p.m. Dancing is from 7-8:30 p.m.

Crafts tables are available from 5-8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-6969 or visit meade.armymwr.com.

100th anniversary memorabilia

The Arts and Crafts Center sells memorabilia commemorating Fort Meade’s 100th anniversary.

Custom items include: coffee mugs, lapel pins, coins, key chains and wine glasses.

For more information, visit meade.armymwr.com.

Spouse Orientation & Tour – Summer Series

Army Community Service is offering a Spouse Orientation & Tour – Summer Series for newly arrived military spouses on Friday and Aug. 25 at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd.

Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are open all spouses new to the community.

Each session is free and features a 90-minute briefing and a 2.5-hour “windshield tour” of Fort Meade, including a stop at the Exchange.

Lunch is at your own expense.

Registration is required at fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com.

‘Crime & Punishment’

Mystery sleuths are invited to “Crime & Punishment: A 1920s Murder Mystery Experience and Dinner” on Sept. 16 at Club Meade.

Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Group rates for 10 or more are available in advance only.

Reservations are encouraged.

Cash bar opens at 5 p.m. and is available throughout the “investigation.”

A buffet dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m.

The “crime” will be re-enacted from 6:30-8:30 p.m.,

The audience’s help is needed in solving the mystery. Watch for clues and ask questions.

For reservations, call Club Meade at 410-677-6969.

For more information, call 301-677-1156 or 301-677-1149.

Reunion for 2nd Infantry

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time.

This year, the association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the division, which was formed in France during World War I.

The organization’s annual reunion will be held Sept. 13-17 in Arlington, Va.

For information about the association and its annual reunion, email secretary-treasurer Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202, or visit 2ida.org.

Prostate Cancer Guest Speaker Program

The Prostate Cancer Guest Speaker Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will be held today from 7-8:30 p.m.in the America Building, second floor, Room 2525.

Dr. Sean Kern will present the program, “Overview of Surgical Treatment for Prostate Cancer.”

For those without a military ID, call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least four business days prior to the event for base access.

A photo ID will be required at the gate.

For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane.l.hudak.ctr@mail.mil.

MPT’s ‘Salute to Veterans’

As part of Maryland Public Television’s continuing commitment to honor and support the region’s military veterans, the station’s “State Circle” program has introduced a new segment, “Salute to Veterans.”

Its purpose is to recognize veterans and veterans organizations making a difference in their communities and to share their stories.

A new segment will air each month.

State Circle, part of MPT’s Public Square programming block, can be seen Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

The next segment, scheduled to air later this month, highlights a Maryland chapter of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. The group participates in motorcycle-related events and donates funds to veteran care facilities and charities.

Initial segments this summer featured the Frostburg State University’s Student Veterans’ Service and its efforts to help veterans earn a college degree, and John J. “Jack” Farley III, a disabled Vietnam veteran and retired U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims judge who has defied the odds to make a difference in fellow veterans’ lives.

MPT launched its veterans initiative in 2012 with “MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans,” to recognize and thank the region’s men and women who served in the military during the Vietnam era. Highlights included the three-hour MPT documentary “Maryland Vietnam War Stories” and “LZ Maryland,” a two-day public event that drew more than 16,000 veterans and guests to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in June 2016.

MPT is also a commemorative partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, a program of the Department of Defense.

Maryland Tax-Free Week

Maryland’s Tax-Free Week is back and stores are offering savings and back-to-school style, with extended hours to make the most of the week’s extra-special savings.

Tax-Free Week is Aug. 13 to Aug. 19.

Tax-Free Week allows customers to save on a variety of back-to-school items for students of all ages.

Several local stores are offering additional fun with children’s entertainment and giveaways during Maryland’s Tax-Free Week.

For more information, visit the Maryland Comptroller website at comptroller.marylandtaxes.com/Public_Services/Agency_Information/Office_of_the_ Comptroller/Comptroller_Initiatives/Shop_Maryland_Tax-free_Week.

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.

For more information, go to meade.armymwr.com for more details.

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.

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.

EDUCATION

Workshops, briefings

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

  • Mobilization and Deployment: Aug. 18 at 9:30 a.m., ACS
  • Transition, Goals, Plans, Success Five-Day Workshop: Aug. 21-25 at 8 a.m., FFSC
  • Joint Services Retiree Brief: Monday and Sept. 18 at 8 a.m., FFSC
  • Joint Pre-Deployment Brief: Monday and Sept. 18 at 8 a.m., FFSC
  • Navy Family Orientation: Aug. 17, 5 p.m., FFSC
  • Pre-Separation Brief: Aug. 24 and Sept. 21 at 10 a.m., FFSC
  • Family Readiness Group training: Aug. 25 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Family Resiliency Training: Aug. 25 at 11 a.m., ACS
  • Budget For Baby: Sept. 22 at 11 a.m., FFSC (for Marine Corps and Navy only)

Financial

  • Dollars & Sense: Sept. 5 at 9 a.m., AC
  • Home Buying: Tuesday at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Financial Readiness (online course): Aug. 22 at 8 a.m., ACS
  • Credit Management: Aug. 22 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Newcomers Orientations: Every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., ACS
  • Navy Family Orientation: Aug. 17 at 5 p.m., FFSC
  • Banking Basics: Sept. 12 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Car Buying: Sept. 19 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Getting Out of Debt: Sept. 26 at 9 a.m., ACS

Employment

  • Resume Workshop: Sept. 12 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Ten Steps to a Federal Job: Today at 8 a.m., ACS and Sept. 19 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Social Media for Job Seekers:  Tuesday at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Salary Negotiation: Aug. 17 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • How To Work A Job Fair: Aug. 22 at 8 a.m., ACS
  • Career Technical Training: Aug. 30-31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC
  • Interviewing Skills: Sept. 26 at 9 a.m., FFSC

Life Skills

  • Stress Management: Sept. 5 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Anger management: Sept. 7 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Navy Family Orientation: Aug. 17 at 5 p.m., FFSC
  • Healthy Relationships: Aug. 17 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Navy Family Orientation: Aug. 17 at 5 p.m., FFSC
  • Effective Communication: Sept. 18 at 9 a.m., FFSC

To register, call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or ACS at 301-677-5590, or visit fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com.

Citizenship seminar

Army Community Service will host a Joint Services seminar with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Office of Baltimore on Sept. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at ACS, 830 Chisholm Ave.

The free event is open to all service members, retirees, DoD civilian employees, and family members.

Preregistration is required.

Attendees must schedule an appointment, which are scheduled in 15-minute increments.

The last appointment is at 5:45 p.m.

Bring to your appointment supporting documentation; letters from the UCSIS Office; forms to be completed; and any questions regarding Green Cards, passports, citizenship and other issues.

For more information, call 301-677-5590 or visit meade.armymwr.com.

Functional Academic Skills Training

The Fort Meade Army Education Center offers the Functional Academic Skills Training class for Soldiers seeking to improve their General Technical score.

Registration Memorandums are available now.

  • Class 10553 meets Sept. 11-29

For more information, call the Army Education Center at 301-677-6421.

LIBRARY

Anne Arundel County Public Library offers several programs at the Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road and the Severn Community Library, 2624 Annapolis Road.

  • Preschool Storytime

Severn: Mondays at 11 a.m. and Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.

Odenton: Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult, can build early literacy skills through engaging books, songs and activities.

For a complete listing of events, visit http://www.aacpl.net/events.

YOUTH

CYS open house

Child and Youth Services will sponsor an open house Aug. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the School Age Care Center II, 909 Ernie Pyle St.

Learn about programs at SAC I and II, and the new programs at the combined Middle School and Teen Center.

For more information, call 301-677-1156 or 301-677-1149.

School Age Care Center II moving

Beginning Sept. 5, the School Age Care Center II will be located at 909 Ernie Pyle St. (the former Youth Center).

School Age Care Center II will offer before- and after-school care programs and activities at the joined Middle School and Teen Center.

  • SAC I will offer will offer before- and after-school care for students attending West Meade Early Education Center, Meade Heights Elementary School and Seven Oaks Elementary School.
  • SAC II will offer before- and after-school care care for students attending Manor View and Pershing Hill elementary schools.

Beginning Sept. 5, SAC II will be located at 909 Ernie Pyle St. (the former Youth Center).

CYS, SAC I and SAC II, and the Middle School-Teen Youth Center are open to children of all ranks and services.

The open house will provide information on their services and programs.

For more information, call 301-677-1156 or 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

72nd Annual Howard County Fair runs through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship.

Admission costs $5 for ages 10 and older, and $2 for ages 62 and older. Children under 10 attend free.

Daily events: amusement rides and games, “Kids and Critters” barn, pig races, bingo hall, pony rides, agricultural displays, farm produce and music bands.

For an events schedule, visit howardcountyfair.org. For more information, call 410-442-1022.

Maryland State Fair runs Aug. 24-Sept. 4 at the Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium.

  • Livestock and horse shows: Daily starting at 9 a.m.
  • Main Midway Hours: Saturdays through Sundays & Labor Day Monday from 10 a.m. to closing, and weekdays from noon to closing
  • Kiddie Land Rides: Saturdays through Sundays & Labor Day Monday from 10 a.m. to closing, and weekdays from noon to closing

Admission costs $8 for adults; $6 for seniors ages 62 and older; $3 for children ages 6 to 11; and free for ages 5 and younger. Rides are not included. Rides are individually priced.

Tickets are required for concerts held in the Racetrack Infield.

Ride tickets cost $1 each; each ride uses approximately three to six ride tickets. Discount ticket sheets cost $45 for 50 rides.

Advance discounts for admission, rides and food must be purchased by Aug. 18.

Preview Night is Aug. 24 from 5-11 p.m. when Midway rides, games and food stands will be open.

For more information, call 410-252-0200 or visit marylandstatefair.com.

Baltimore Art, Antique and Jewelry Show is Aug. 24-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St.

Hours: Aug. 24, noon-8 p.m.; Aug. 25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $20.

For more information, call 561-822-5440 or visit www.BaltimoreSummerShow.com.

 

 

Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” through Aug. 27 and “Dreamgirls” from Aug. 31 to Nov. 12.Discounted tickets are available at Leisure Travel Services. For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354 or Toby’s at 410-730-8311.

 

Discounted tickets are available at Leisure Travel Services to Baltimore Orioles Sunday home games, movie theaters, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Colonial Williamsburg and other historical sites, and amusement parks. To get tickets, go to LTS at 6530 B York Ave.

Leisure Travel Services offers its next bus trips to New York City on Friday, Sept. 16 and Dec. 23 at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.

MEETINGS

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 Friday.

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.

For more information, go to e9association.org.

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 Saturday.

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 Monday. 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 Monday.

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

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.

For more information, go to 1686.toastmastersclubs.org or call 410-305-9190.

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 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 Wednesday. For more information, call 831-521-9251 or go to AFSA254.org.

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 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 from 1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the America Building, River Conference Room, third floor.

The next meeting is Aug. 17.

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 Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. For child care during ESC functions, email membership@FtMeadeESC.org.

For information, call 301-908-3773.

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, go to http://glenburnie.toastmastersclubs.org or call 443-883-1429.

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.

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 Aug. 21.

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 Aug. 21. Space is limited. Registration is required for each session. For more information, call 301-677-4118.

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 Sept. 7.

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 Sept. 7.

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 Sept. 7. Share stories to inform each other about resources available in the local community.

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

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 Sept. 7. 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 Sept. 7.

For more information, visit namiaac.org.

 

 

 

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 Sept. 12.

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

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. For more information, call 410-969-8028 or visit americanlegionpost276.org.

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 at odentonlodge209.net.

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