Community News & Notes – December 21, 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, 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.

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.

Reduced VCC hours

The Demps Visitor Control Center will operate under reduced hours during the holiday season.

The VCC will be closed Friday through Monday and Dec. 29-Jan. 1.

The VCC will operate with adjusted hours Tuesday through Dec. 28 and Jan. 2-5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-1064.

Holiday gate closings

The access control points at Rockenbach Road and Llewellyn Avenue will be closed Friday through Monday and Dec. 29-Jan. 1.

For more information, call the Visitor Control Center at 301-677-1064.

Facebook town hall

The Fort Meade garrison will conduct its next Facebook town hall on Jan. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office.

Share your thoughts, concerns and questions with the garrison staff online at


Exchange Pharmacy refill services

Beginning Jan. 2, the Exchange Pharmacy will provide refills only.

Refill services are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed weekends and federal holidays.

Allow 72 hours for all refill requests that are called in or are on

Valid military identification is required for all prescription pick-up.

Kimbrough Pharmacy services

Beginning Jan. 2, all new and renewal prescriptions will be processed at the Kimbrough Pharmacy at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center.

New prescriptions include electronic, faxed and hard-copy prescriptions.

Kimbrough Pharmacy hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The pharmacy is closed weekends and federal holidays.

Valid military identification is required for all prescription pick-up.


Exchange extends holiday return policy

To make gift giving easier, the Army & Air Force Exchange service is extending its return policy for items purchased from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24.

The Exchange’s standard policy allows returns anywhere from up to 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange policy extends these terms through Jan. 31, 2018.

Refunds with sales receipts are processed as forms of payment (cash for cash, credit for credit card). Refunds without sales receipts receive an Exchange gift card.

For more information about the extended refund policy, visit customer service.

Tax Center seeks volunteers

The Fort Meade Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is seeking full-time and part-time volunteers to work as tax preparers or administrative personnel at the Joint Installation Tax Center from January through April.

No tax experience is necessary. All required training will be conducted on Fort Meade from Jan. 19 through Jan. 26.

This is an opportunity to build your resume, gain experience in tax preparation, and develop customer service skills.

Above all, this is your opportunity to support your community by providing free electronic filing of federal and state income tax returns for service members, retirees and dependents from all military branches.

For more information, contact the Tax Center officer in charge, attorney Shaida S. Farid, at or 301-677-9086.


Diabetes services at Kimbrough

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center offers individual and group appointments for treating diabetes by its registered dietitian and certified diabetes educators.

Appointments are available daily.

Kimbrough also offers monthly classes on Diabetes Self-Management Education.

Among the topics are: healthy eating, being active, problem-solving, coping and monitoring, taking medications, and reducing risks.

Additional topics include in-depth prevention of complications, sick-day management and foot care.

All participants will have the opportunity to develop a diabetes support plan and management goals.

Individuals with diabetes do not require a referral for an appointment.

To schedule an appointment with the Nutrition Clinic, call the appointment line at 301-677-8800.


ASIST classes canceled

The Army Substance Abuse Program has cancelled all Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training classes until further notice while new trainers are certified.

For more information, call Samson Robinson, ASAP prevention coordinator, at 301-677-7983.


Parents Night Out

Child and Youth Services will host Parents Night Out on Jan. 19 from 6:30-10 p.m. at Child Development Center IV, Building 2410, 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

Child care is open to CYS-registered children ages 6 weeks to 11 years old.

Registration is open from Jan. 1-12. Space is limited.

For more information, call 301-677-1149 or visit

New Year’s Eve parties

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Lanes.

Join the fun at The Lanes at Fort Meade on Dec. 31 for a fun-filled night of bowling, pizza, soda, party favors and games.

  • Family Party, 5-8 p.m.
  • Prime Time Party, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Reservations are required.

For more information, call 301-677-5541.

Walk-in attorney consultations

The Fort Meade Legal Assistance Division of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate will provide walk-in attorney consultations on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m.

A follow-up appointment on a different day may be scheduled if the brief, walk-in consult time is insufficient to address all legal issues, which is likely for domestic relations matters.

Clients seeking a child support calculation should bring current pay statements for themselves and the spouse as well as monthly child care cost figures.

Consults will not be provided for wills or other estate planning documents.

The number of walk-in slots are limited. All interested parties should come to the Legal Assistance Division, located at 4217 Morrison St., Suite 120 on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. to be scheduled for a walk-in consultation.

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

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 and Murphy Field House.

Registration is required.

  • Pregnancy PT education classes: Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. in the Preventive Medicine Conference Room, Building T-2472, 5th Street.
  • PRG: Aerobics RM: Wednesdays and Fridays, Murphy
  • PP: Aerobics RM: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Murphy
  • PRG: Pool PT: Mondays, Gaffney
  • PRG: Fetal Development, Tuesday

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 or 301-677-3938; or Karen Bartholet at 301-677-8993 or

Join Kimbrough Patient Family Advisory Council

Help make a difference by joining Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center’s Patient Family Advisory Council.

The PFAC meets monthly on the third Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. in Kimbrough’s main conference room located on the third floor.

Each of the patient and family-member advisors represent a diverse patient group and provide a unique insight of different genders, ages, incomes and geographic locations.

The information from personal outpatient experiences will contribute directly to Kimbrough’s overall success.

To join, email Kimbrough’s Patient/Family Centered Care department at

To sign up or for more information, call 301-677-8261.

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 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.


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/ Mapes Road entrance closed

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

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.”

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 or call 301-599-4550.

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

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 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.


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.


Preschool Open House

Part-Day Preschool Open House is Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. at School Age Center I at 1900 Reece Road.

Learn about the services and activities provided in the new program.

For more information, call 301-677-1149/1156/1618 or visit Parent Central Services.

Joint Services classes

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.


  • Pre-Deployment Briefs: Friday and Jan. 5 & 19 at 9:30 a.m., ACS
  • R.E.A.L. Family Readiness Leader: Jan. 26 at 9 a.m., ACS


  • First Term Financial Readiness (online class): Dec. 26 and Jan. 30 at 8 a.m., ACS
  • Dollars & Sense: Jan. 9 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Banking Basics: Jan. 16 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Basics of Investing: Jan. 30 at 9 a.m., ACS


  • Newcomer’s Orientation: Jan. 3 and 17 at 8:30 a.m., ACS
  • Sponsorship Training: Jan. 11 at 9 a.m., ACS

Blended Retirement System

  • Jan. 8, 22, 23 and 29 from 9-11 a.m. at ACS

To register, call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or ACS at 301-677-5590, or visit


Ugly Sweater Party

An Ugly Sweater Party for middle-schoolers and teens will be held Friday at 5 p.m. at the Youth Center.

The party is free for members and $2 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 301-677-6054 or visit


SKIES Unlimited

SKIES Unlimited offers several classes:

  • Drivers’ Education for ages 15 and 9 months old to 18 years old: Feb. 26-March 9 at 3 p.m.

Registration is open from Jan. 1-Feb. 16.

  • Dance Combo classes for ages 5-7 and for age 8
  • Hip-hop dance classes for ages 6-10

Registration ends Dec. 30.

  • Tumbling/Cheernastics for ages 2-3, age 4 and ages 5-8

For more information, call 301-677-1196 or 301-677-1437.

Story Time

“Story Time With Condi and Shea” is Jan. 11 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Library at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 Second Corps Blvd.

Story Time is for special needs children from infancy and older with autism and other developmental delays.

The program is offered the second Thursday of each month.

Registration is required.

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

Babease Bootcamp

Babease Bootcamp will be offered Jan. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

Learn about development, care, nutrition and budgeting.

Enrichment books and diaper bags will be provided.

For more information, call Army Community Service at 301-677-5590 or visit

Romp ‘n Stomp

Romp ‘n’ Stomp playgroup meets Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon through June 12 at SAC II at 909 Ernie Pyle St.

January sessions are: Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Romp ‘n’ Stomp is offered when Anne Arundel County Public Schools are in session.

Parents meet and support one another while their children, ages 0-5, make new friends and play together.

For more information, call the Family Advocacy Program at 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.


Winter Happenings

Anne Arundel County Public Library is celebrating the holiday season with numerous free events.

  • Holiday Preschool: Today at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Crofton Library, 1681 Riedel Road

Enjoy holiday songs, rhymes and books with your toddler during this seasonal special.

  • Family Gingerbread Day: Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Severn Community Library, 2624 Annapolis Road

Decorate gingerbread houses as a family. Registration is required.

  • Family Game Night: Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena

Spend a relaxing evening with your friends and family for board and card games. Bring your favorite game or use one of the library’s. Snacks will be provided.

  • Olaf’s Winter Beach Party: Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Regional Library, 1010 Eastway

Beat the winter blues and come to the beach party for crafts, games and music. Don’t forget your flip-flops and sunglasses!

For more information, visit


Christmas Village in Baltimore, a German Christmas market, is open through Christmas Eve at the Inner Harbor, 501 Light St. Hours are: Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, go to

ICE!, an indoor winter wonderland, is open until Jan. 1 at the National Harbor at 201 Waterfront St. Hours vary by day.

ICE! features a walk-through holiday attraction kept at a chilly 9 degrees; two million pounds of ice sculptures hand-carved by 35 artisans from China; four ice slides; and ice sculptures depicting the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Tickets cost $24 for children and $32 for adults.

Active-duty service members, military retirees and their families can save up to 20 percent. Tickets must be purchased at the box office. Valid ID must be presented.

For tickets, visit or call 301-965-4000.

Symphony of Lights, a drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video, opens from Saturday to Jan. 1 in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

Drive-throughs take place Tuesdays through Sundays through Jan. 1. On Tuesdays through Fridays, drive-throughs are from 6:30 to 10 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, they run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Symphony of Lights will be closed to drive-throughs on Mondays, except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and closed Dec. 31.

Pre-purchased tickets cost $20 per car except on Saturdays when they cost $25.

Tickets can be purchased online to reserve a date and time. Tickets cost an additional $5 at the entrance.

In addition, Symphony of Lights will present a series of special events:

• Midnight at 7 offers a family-friendly New Year’s Eve featuring a walk through the lights and fireworks set to a soundtrack on Dec. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. with walk-throughs ending at 7:30 p.m.

Midnight at 7 will also include DJ music, party favors, face painting and food for purchase from local vendors. The event costs $15 per person in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Children 4 and younger are free.

For more information, call 410-740-7666 or visit

Sights & Sounds of the Holidays trip to New York City is Saturday at 7 a.m. through Leisure Travel Services.

Cost is $65.

View holiday displays, go shopping, ice skate in Rockefeller Plaza or take a carriage ride around Central Park.

Plan your itinerary. For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354.

Ski Weekend Trip, offered by Better Opportunities for Single Service Members, is Jan. 20-21. For more information, either see your unit BOSS representative, call 301-677-6868, email or visit

Toby’s Dinner Theatre presents “Miracle on 34th Street” through Jan. 7 at 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia. For tickets, call the box office at 410-730-8311.

Super Bowl Party for single service members is Feb. 4 at the Fort Meade USO Center and is free to all single service members.

For more information, see your unit BOSS representative, call 301-677-6868, email or visit

Disney On Ice: “Frozen” is Feb. 3 at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

Tickets cost $24. For tickets, go to Leisure Travel Services or call call LTS at 301-677-7354.

Monster Jam is Feb. 17 at 1 or 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

Tickets cost $24. For tickets, go to Leisure Travel Services or call call LTS at 301-677-7354.

Discounted tickets are available at Leisure Travel Services to 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.


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 today.

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 the month. The next meeting is today at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 Second Corps Blvd.

Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

The Fort Meade ESC is a diverse group of spouses from all branches and phases of life, representing a variety of skills, talents, abilities and interests.

The organization promotes social and cultural activities for its members, and supports worthwhile services and community welfare projects with an emphasis on the Fort Meade military community.

For information, visit

Exceptional Family Member Adult Support Group is held the last Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at the Exchange Food Court.

The next meeting is Tuesday.

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

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 Jan. 4.

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

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

For more information, call 301-677-6703.

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 Jan. 4.

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 Jan. 4. 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 Jan. 4. 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 Jan. 4.

For more information, visit

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 Jan. 8. 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 Jan. 8.

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 Jan. 8.

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 or call 410-305-9190.

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 Jan. 9.

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 Jan. 12.

The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership.

For more information, go to

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 Jan. 13.

Active-duty, Reserve and retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited.

For more information, call 443-604-2474 or 410-768-6288.

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 Jan. 15. Space is limited. Registration is required for each session. 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 Jan. 15.

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.


Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. in the Lounge located in The Lanes Fort Meade. The next meeting is Jan. 16. 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 Jan. 16.

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

Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the third Wednesday of every month from 3-4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Airman Leadership School, 8470 Zimborski Ave. The next meeting is Jan. 17. For more information, call 831-521-9251 or go to

Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Jan. 17. For more information, email Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, club vice president, at



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

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

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

For more information, email

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

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

For more information, email

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

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

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

To register, call 301-677-4118 or email

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

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

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

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

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

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

Membership discounts are offered for active-duty military. For more information, call 410-969-8028 or visit

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

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