Community News & Notes – February 15, 2018

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.

 

Flu shots

It’s not too late to get your flu shot!

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center will administer influenza vaccinations at the Fort Meade Commissary today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vaccines are for ages 6 and older ONLY.

Active-duty service members, retirees, and family members (not Prime to USFHP) are eligible.

If you or your family have not had your vaccinations yet, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

 

Pothole repairs

Roads and Grounds will be repairing potholes using cold patches throughout Fort Meade.

All potholes can be reported through the Fort George G. Meade App, which is available from any app store and is available for government phones.

The app allows users to report the pothole directly to the people who can arrange to fix it. You can also report potholes by emailing Nedra.s.beale.civ@mail.mil and alice.m.price10.civ@mail.mil.

When reporting a pothole, provide the following information: location (include street name with the (cross street), photos if possible, size and your contact information.

The Fort George G. Meade App allows you to take photos of the pothole and make it part of your report.

If the pothole is in a housing area, call 1-866-882-8418 or email meade.Maintenance@corvias.com.

If you receive any damage due to a pothole and want to submit a claim, you must provide photos, dates of incident, estimated or cost of repair, and receipts.

All claims should be submitted to Debra.d.greene2.civ@mail.mil at Fort Meade Claims Division. She is located at 4217 Roberts Ave.

Some roads are damaged beyond potholes. The Directorate of Public Works is aware of the road damages and is working to accomplish all needed repairs.

Black History Month event

Fort Meade’s National Black History Month Observance is Wednesday from 11:30-1 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

The event is hosted by Defense Media Activity and the Fort Meade garrison.

The guest speaker is Dr. Betty Moseley-Brown, associate director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women.

For more information, call the Equal Opportunity Office at 301-677-6687.

Auto Skills Center Sunday hours

In response to numerous customer requests, the Automotive Skills Center will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stop by the Auto Skills Center to learn about the services available and the upcoming March “oil changing” classes.

For more information, call 301-677-5542.

Deer cull underway

A deer cull on the installation will continue through March 31.

In a continued effort to reduce Fort Meade’s deer population to acceptable levels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services scheduled the deer cull.

Two USDA marksmen, teamed with a Directorate of Emergency Services representative, are conducting the cull Mondays through Thursdays after dark until approximately 1 a.m.

Shooting zones are directed away from structures, vehicles, equipment and bodies of water and focused on areas defined as having more than one deer.

The objective for this year’s cull is 100 deer.

Like last year, a deer processor will prepare the meat for donation to the Maryland Food Bank.

Tax Center open

The Fort Meade Joint Installation Tax Center will be open through April 17 for tax assistance and electronic filing.

Appointments are recommended. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tax Center is closed daily from noon to 1 p.m.

The office is located on the first floor of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at 4217 Roberts Ave. and Morrison Street. The entrance is on the side of the building that faces the large parking lot.

The JITC is a free, tax-preparation service available to all active-duty service members, retirees and dependents. All clients will be required to show a valid military, dependent or retiree ID.

During inclement weather, the Tax Center will follow the Fort Meade garrison adverse weather status.

Bring the following documents at the time of your appointment:

  • Social Security cards for yourself, spouse and all dependents
  • All income documents including: W-2 for wages; 1099 for interest and miscellaneous income; and stock and mutual fund cost basis and sale price for no more than 10 transactions
  • A check or other document displaying account number and routing symbol for direct deposit to your bank institution

In addition, bring the following documents or other information substantiating tax credits of deductions for:

  • Dependent child care including taxpayer ID or Social Security numbers for child care provider
  • Interest on education loans
  • Itemized expenses
  • Rental income and expenses (for no more than one rental property)
  • 2016 Income Tax Return (if available)
  • Power of attorney if signing for your spouse

For information about services or to schedule an appointment, call the Tax Center at 301-677-9366.

CYS hiring

Fort Meade Child and Youth Services is seeking child care workers for children ages 6 weeks to 18 years old.

Applicants must apply online at usajobs.gov through Feb. 22 and attend the hiring fair on Feb. 28.

Failure to attend the event will result in loss of consideration.

Eligible applicants will be contacted with more information.

Experience is not required. Training will be provided.

Pay ranges from $12.69 to $15.54 per hour. Flexible positions are available.

For additional information, go to the CYS Facebook page at “Meade CYS.” or visit meade.armymwr.com.

Saturday Wellness Clinic

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center offers a Saturday Wellness Clinic on Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Walk-in services; no appointment is needed.

Services include: Laboratory, annual diabetic foot exam, nutrition care, PHA for active-duty service members, Internal Behavioral Health Consultant, clinical pharmacist, health benefits advisor for Tricare/Benefits, and patient advocate.

AIG moved to Fort McNair

The Army Inspector General office at Fort Meade has officially moved its physical presence from its location here to its new location on Fort Leslie J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

The new address is: 31 4th Avenue, Bldg 31, Ft McNair, Washington, D.C. 20319

The website address is http://inspectorgeneral.mdw.army.mil/home.Kimbrough health services

Kimbrough health services

Appointments are required for the following services at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center:

  • Diabetes: Annual follow-up with provider
  • Optometry: Diabetic eye exam
  • Cervical cancer screening

To schedule an appointment, call 301-677-8800.

 

Exchange Pharmacy refill services

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 tricareonline.com.

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

Kimbrough Pharmacy services

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.

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.

Latin Night

Enjoy an evening of dancing at Latin Night on Feb. 23 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.

 

Team Trivia Night

Team Trivia Night is held every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at The Lounge at The Lanes.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Game starts at 7 p.m.

Teams must have a minimum of two people and a maximum of 10. Weekly prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.

For more information, call 301-677-5541.

Stand-Up Live Comedy

Stand-Up Live Comedy will be performed March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brass Lounge at Club Meade.

The show will feature five members of the Veterans Comedy Assault Team, a group of five military veterans who have performed in comedy clubs.

The event is a open to ages 18 and older.

Admission costs $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Purchase tickets at Club Meade.

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

OCS Alumni Reunion

The 2018 U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association Reunion will be held March 25-29 in Columbus, Ga., at the Columbus Marriott Hotel, 800 Front Ave.

The OCS continues to serve as a principal venue for officer accessions for the Army. Graduates include more than 40 Medal of Honor recipients.

Mini-class reunions are also being encouraged.

The event will feature a hospitality room with OCS memorabilia and book signings by noted authors and other OCS graduates.

The reunion will include a Hall of Fame induction ceremony, reception and formal dinner including the presentation of the Patterson Award. In addition, the reunion will include lunch and other interactions with current OCS candidates.

There is an optional tour to the Little Whitehouse/Warm Springs. There will also be demonstrations and briefings at Fort Benning highlighting developments related to the OCS program.

The association represents all Army officers commissioned through any Officer Candidate School, regardless of previous locations or branch affiliation.

Go to the OCS website for registration, itinerary and other information, or call Nancy Ionoff at 813-917-4309.

Office of Veterans and Military Families

The Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families provides guidance, information and access to the more than 20,000 veterans who live in Howard County, as well as their dependents and survivors, and military families.

The OVMF also promotes activities for veterans of all ages and collaborates with other service providers to address more complex issues.

For information regarding VA benefits, contact the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs Veteran Benefit specialist at the Howard County Multiservice Center in Laurel at 410-313-0229.

4th Annual Veterans Resource Fair

The Howard County 4th Annual Veterans Resource Fair is April 10 from 5-8 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center.

More than 50 nonprofits, government agencies (local, state and federal), and veteran service organizations will share resources, programs and services.

The Maryland Department of Labor will bring businesses recruiting veterans for employment.

The event will include breakout sessions The free event is open to the public.

If you are interested in tabling the event, email lbterry@howardcountymd.gov.

Philadelphia Garden Show

The Meade Area Garden Club is sponsoring its annual bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 5.

This year’s theme, “Wonders of Water,” will feature water displays in the garden along with displays of awarding-winning plants and floral displays.

In addition, numerous garden-themed vendors selling a large variety of products.

The bus will leave at 8:45 a.m. from the Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road, and return by 6 p.m.

The cost, which includes the bus and admission, is $65 for Meade Area Garden Club members and $70 for nonmembers.

Reservations are required, along with payment. No refunds after Feb. 16.

For more information or reservations, call Beverly Durana at 410-551-2263.

 

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 Nikki.n.woods2.mil@mail.mil or 301-677-3938; or Karen Bartholet at 301-677-8993 or karen.bartholet.civ@mail.mil.

Patient Family Advisory Council

The Kimbrough Patient Family Advisory Council is a group of beneficiaries and staff who, along with the deputy commander for nursing and the patient advocate, work to improve services, procedures and care.

Kimbrough hosts PFAC on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-2 p.m. in Kimbrough’s third floor Main Conference Room.

The goal of the council is to take feedback directly from patients and apply it to improving the patient experience.

For more information about PFAC, contact Kimbrough Patient and Family Centered Care at Lenora.a.hicks.civ@mail.mil or 301-677-8836.

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 Avene gate is now open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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

 

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.

Military

  • Pre-Deployment Brief: Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at ACS
  • TGPS (Transition, Goals, Plans, Success) Five-Day Workshop: Feb. 26-March 1 at 8 a.m., FFSC
  • Pre-Separation Brief: Feb. 22 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Career Technical Training: Wednesday to Feb. 22 at 8 a.m., FFSC

Financial

  • Blended Retirement System: Feb. 27 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Home Buying: Feb. 26 at 9 a.m., ACS

Life Skills

  • Time Management: Tuesday at 1 p.m., FFSC
  • Building Healthy Relationships: Wednesday at 1 p.m., FFSC

Employment

  • Interviewing Skills: Today at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Salary Negotiation: Feb. 22 at 9 a.m., ACS

Orientation

  • Newcomers Orientation: Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., ACS
  • Sponsorhip Training: Feb. 23 at 8 a.m. at FFSC
  • Navy Family Orientation: Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., FFSC

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

SFL-TAP classes

The Fort Meade Soldier For Life – Transition Assistance Program offers the following classes at McGill Training Center, Classroom 1, unless otherwise noted.

Registration is required.

  • Client Skill Development: Today, from 9-10 a.m.
  • Interview Technique and Salary Negotiations: Today from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Reverse Engineering Your Job Search: Today from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Advance Resume/Job Search Document Preparation: Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Starting a Business: Wednesday & Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Applying for a Federal Job: Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., SFL-TAP Center, basement, 8501 Simonds St.
  • Understanding GI Bill: March 1 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., SFL TAP Center, 8501 Simonds St.
  • Career Technical Training: March 12 -13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Applying for a Federal Job: March 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Marketing Yourself for a Second Career: March 15 at from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Financial & Benefits Education: March 15 from 12:30-3 p.m.
  • Starting a Business Franchise: March 16 from 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Dress for Success: March 16 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Accessing Defense Contractor Jobs: March 20 from 1-3 p.m., SFL-TAP Center, basement, 8501 Simonds St.

To register or for more information, call 301-677-9871.

YOUTH

SKIES Unlimited

SKIES Unlimited offers a Drivers’ Education class for ages 15 and 9 months old to 18 years old Feb. 26-March 9 at 3 p.m.

Registration ends Friday.

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

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.

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.

LIBRARY

Anne Arundel County Public Library offers a variety of programs for adults and children.

Computer & Internet

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road

Work individually with a librarian and learn to access your library account, search the catalog and the internet, navigate electronic databases and set up a free email account.

Individual training in computer basics, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word is also available at the Odenton Regional Library.

To schedule an appointment, call 410-222-6277.

  • eReader One-on-One Training

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road

All devices are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 410-222-6277.

For a complete calendar of events, go to http://www.aacpl.net/events.

RECREATION

Monster Jam is Saturday 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.

Family Day: Celebrating Frederick Douglass: The Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis celebrates its 34th anniversary with guided tours, arts and crafts activities for the family, and snacks on Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 84 Franklin St. For more information, go to bdmuseum.maryland.gov.

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.

MEETINGS

 

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

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 ftmeadeesc.org.

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

Carrie Engels of Valley View Farms will present the program “Succulents: Their Versatile Uses.”

Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required.

Membership is $20 per year. Guests may attend one meeting to check out the club before they are required to join and pay membership dues.

For more information, call Jennifer Garcia, membership chair, at 443-685-3133, 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.

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. in the Lounge located in The Lanes Fort 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.

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 Feb. 26. 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 Feb. 26.

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

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 Feb. 27.

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 March 1.

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 March 1.

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 March 1. 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 March 1. 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 March 1.

For more information, visit namiaac.org.

Fort Meade E9 Association meets the first Sunday of every month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160 at 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie The next meeting is March 4.

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

For more information or a schedule of E9 Association events, go to www.e9association.org.

For information about VFW Post 160, visit http://vfwpost160.webs.com.

 

 

 

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 March 13.

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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