Community News & Notes – February 9, 2017

The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar.

Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website and the Fort Meade Facebook page.

New way to submit announcements

Community members can advertise their upcoming event, meeting or class on the Soundoff! community announcements page by visiting ftmeade.army.mil and clicking on the Public Affairs Office tab and calling the listed phone number or emailing larry.whitley.civ@mail.mil.

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

NEWS & EVENTS

VCC hours

Operating hours at the Demps Visitor Control Center are Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 902 Reece Road.

The VCC is closed weekends and from 7 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of each month for training.

All individuals who do not have a DoD-issued identification card must go to the VCC for a day pass.

Visit the VCC at least 10 business days in advance to apply for a long-term access pass.

Visitors who arrive on post when the VCC is closed must be escorted on post by an authorized DoD cardholder. This includes weekends and federal holidays.

For more information, call the VCC at 301-677-1064 or visit the Fort Meade Facebook page for announcements on temporary changes to operating hours.

Post, USDA set to begin deer cull

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 has scheduled an additional deer cull on the installation.

The target goal for a herd is approximately 12 to 18 deer per square mile. Fort Meade’s population is currently measured at 32 deer per square mile.

Overpopulation is detrimental to the deer and the installation.

According to the Fort Meade Environmental Division, damage to forest regeneration and impacts to landscaping caused by the deer are evident throughout Fort Meade.

In addition, despite slow speeds on post, deer-related vehicle accidents are still an issue on the installation, causing safety concerns.

There were 13 deer-related traffic collisions reported to the Directorate of Emergency Services on Fort Meade in 2014; 14 in 2015; and 14 in 2016.

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

For more information, go to Soundoff!

Black History Month

The Fort Meade military community and the Defense Information Systems Agency will host the garrison’s Black History Month observance on Feb. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave.

The guest speaker is Toya Corbett, dean of students at North Carolina Central University.

The topic is “Crisis in Black Education.” Corbett will address some of the measures being taken to address the crisis.

Food samplings will be served.

The annual event is open to the public. All Fort Meade community service members and civilian employees are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call Cary A. Marshall at 301-225-3030 or Sgt. 1st Class Derrick Chambers, garrison senior enlisted adviser at the Equal Opportunity Office, at 301-677-6687.

USO survey Operation Calibration

USO-Metro centers are participating in Operation Calibration, a needs assessment survey, through Feb. 15.

USO-Metro wants to know what you think about the programs and services the USO provides at Fort Meade.

To take the survey here. Select “Fort Meade.”

Tax preparation services

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

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

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

Newcomers Orientation

Army Community Service hosts the Newcomers Orientation briefing every other week.

During the months of May through September, which are considered high peak for service members undergoing a PCS move, the briefing will be held every week.

This will assist in eliminating a backlog and will provide a smooth transition for service members experiencing a PCS move.

Newcomers Orientation briefings are currently scheduled for the following dates: Feb. 22, April 5 and April 19. Other dates: May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21 and June 28.

For more information, call 301-677-4107.

R&B Night

Enjoy R&B Night on Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight at Club Meade.

A variety of R&B music will be playing.

The event also will feature food and beverage specials. No cover charge.

For more information, call 301-677-6969.

Latin Night

Enjoy dancing on Latin Night on Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Club Meade.

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

The event will feature food and beverage specials. No cover charge.

Latin Nights are held the last Friday of each month.

For more information, call 301-677-6969.

Mardi Gras Brunch

A Mardi Gras Brunch will be held Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade.

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Creole-inspired brunch buffet to the smooth sounds of the six-piece jazz ensemble 4ThaGruv.

The menu will feature: quiche, beignet, baked French toast, biscuits and gravy, hash brown casserole, chicken and andouille gumbo, fried oysters, seafood jambalaya, fried chicken, red beans and rice, a salad bar and assorted desserts.

Tickets cost $30 for nonmembers and $27 for members.

Tickets are available at Club Meade. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

For more information, call 301-677-6969 or visit the Fort Meade website.

Baysox national anthem auditions

The Bowie Baysox will host live auditions on March 18 at Prince George’s Stadium to sing the national anthem before a 2017 Baysox home game.

Stadium gates open for registration at 9 a.m. Auditions begin at 9:30 a.m.

The team has a live performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before all 70 home games.

Registration is required.

No word sheets are allowed to be used during the audition. All auditions must be done in person. No CD’s, cassettes or videos are accepted for review.

The auditions are open to any individual or small group that is interested. Instrumentalists are permitted.

Large church or school groups interested in performing the national anthem at a game should call the Baysox at 301-464-4880.

The Baysox 2017 home-opener is April 14 against the Harrisburg Senators at 6:35 p.m.

Ticket plans are available the Bowie Baysox website.

Prize drawing

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

Patrons must enter each month to be eligible to win.

February: Win four tickets (two adults and two children) to the National Aquarium in Baltimore or two tickets to Cinemark Movie Theatre.

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

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

For more information, call 301-677-7354.

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 the Brass Lounge website for more details.

Relationship workshop

The Family Advocacy Program will offer a Relationship Enhancement Workshop focusing on the “Five Love Languages” on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Family Advocacy, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

For more information, call 301-677-4118.

Philadelphia Flower Show

The Meade Area Garden Club is sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 13.

This year’s theme, “Holland – Flowering the World,” focuses on diverse gardens featuring canals and bridges, plants and flowers, and colorful flowering bulbs from the Netherlands.

Numerous garden-themed vendors will sell a large variety of products.

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

Cost of trip, which includes transportation and admission to the show, is $66 for Meade Area Garden Club members and $71 for nonmembers.

Reservations are required, along with payment for the trip. No refunds after Feb. 24.

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

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 civilians, 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.

Show off your talents at Open Mic Night every Saturday from 6-11 p.m. at The Lounge at The Lanes.

Sing your favorite song or perform music, stand-up comedy, poetry or magic.

Youths under the age of 18 are permitted in The Lounge until 9 p.m. All youths must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For more information, call 301-677-5541.

EDUCATION

‘Pillars of Strength’ scholarship

The University of Maryland University College offers the “Pillars of Strength” scholarship program to volunteer caregivers of injured service members.

The scholarship is designed to honor the exceptional sacrifices and extraordinary commitment of these exemplary individuals.

The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and fees.

Application deadline is Feb. 28.

To review the eligibility criteria and apply, go to the ‘Pillars of Strength’ website.

Field Sanitation Team training at Fort Belvoir

The Environmental Health section of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Va., is enrolling students for the Field Sanitation Team certification course.

The course will be held Feb. 27 to March 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Building 710.

The 40 hours of classroom instructions and hands-on practicum reinforce preventive medicine concepts that protect war fighters from disease and non-battle injuries (such as waterborne and foodborne illnesses, vector-borne diseases and toxic industrial materials).

Paragraph 1-7 of AR 40-5 directs appointment of a Field Sanitation Team for all company-sized units.

To reserve a seat, email the Environmental Health office.

Military Saves Week

Fort Meade Military Saves Week is Feb. 27 to March 3.

Army Community Service is offering a variety of free classes, which are open to ID cardholders, at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave., unless otherwise noted.

Home Buying: Feb. 27, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS

Thrift Savings Plan/Blended Retirement System: Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to noon, Post Theatre

Thrift Savings Plan/Blended Retirement System: March 1, 1-4 p.m., Post Theatre

Getting Out Of Debt: March 2, 9-11 a.m., ACS

Car Buying: March 3, 9-11 a.m., ACS

Registration is required for each class.

To register, visit their website.

For more information, call ACS at 301-677-5590.

Financial, Employment Readiness

Joint Services offers workshops and briefings by Army Community Service at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave., and the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center at 2212 Chisholm Ave., unless otherwise noted.

The free classes are open to active-duty service members and family members, DoD civilian employees and retirees.

Registration is required for each class.

Military

Joint Pre-Deployment Brief: Today, 10-11:30 a.m., FFSC; and Feb. 24, 9:30-11 a.m.

TGPS Workshop (Transition, Goals, Plan, Success): Monday to Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC

Newcomer’s Orientation: Feb. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., ACS

Sponsorship Training: Today, 9-10:30 a.m., ACS; and Feb. 22, 8:30-9:30 a.m., FFSC

Family Resiliency Training, Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, ACS

FRG Leader Basic Course: Friday, 11 a.m. to noon, ACS

Financial

Thrift Savings Plan: Tuesday, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

TSP/Blended Retirement: Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS

1st Term Financial Readiness: Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS

Budget For Baby (Navy/Marine Corps personnel only):

March 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., FFSC

Life Skills

Anger Management: Feb. 16, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

Build Healthy Relationships: Feb. 21, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

Employment

Ten Steps To A Federal Job: Today, 9-11:30 a.m., ACS

Social Media For Job Seekers: Tuesday, 9-11:30 a.m., ACS

Interviewing Skills: Feb. 21, 9-11:30 a.m., ACS

Salary Negotiations: Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS

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

LIBRARY

The Anne Arundel County Library offers numerous programs at the Odenton Regional Library located at 1325 Annapolis Road and the Severn Community Library located at 2624 Annapolis Road.

Microsoft Excel II

Odenton Regional Library: Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Session includes subtotals, conditional formatting, sorti techniques and more.

Registration is required.

Prerequisite: Excel 1 or one-on-one computer training: Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

Registration begins Tuesday.

For more information, visit the Odenton Regional Library website.

Jeffrey Weatherford, illustrator and spoken word artist

Odenton Regional Library

Monday, 7 p.m.

Weatherford, a children’s book illustrator and poet, will share his biography, explain and demonstrate the tools of the illustrator’s trade, and will perform a spoken word piece at the end of his presentation.

For more information, go the Odenton Regional Library website or call 410-222-6277.

Job Seeker Skills: Resume Writing

Severn Community Library: Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating an effective resume.

Registration is required.

To register, call 410-222-6280.

For more information, visit their website.

Job Hunting Workshop

Odenton Regional Library

Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

Learn to use the library resources to help you find a job, and write an effective resume and cover letter.

Registration is required and begins Saturday.

To register, call the branch at 410-222-6277.

For more information, go visit the Odenton Regional Library website.

Library to raise adoption awareness

Over the next four weeks, the Annapolis Regional Library is hosting a traveling photo exhibit of children in foster care called The Heart Gallery, presented by Adoptions Together.

This project is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for permanent families for children who are in the custody of the Maryland Department of Human Resources and are available for adoption.

The exhibit, at the Annapolis Regional Library, will help to boost the chances for adoption of 20 foster children whose photos will be on display until Feb. 28.

The Crofton Community Library will host the exhibit during the month of April.

The exhibit uses acclaimed photographers from the local area to shine a light on the child’s warmth and individuality that are usually invisible in the typical shots that accompany the children’s files once they have entered the foster care system.

In the region, around 1,200 children, ranging from infants to teens, are awaiting adoption. Nationally, almost 428,000 children are in foster care. Each year, 20,000 young people turn 18 and age out of foster care, often without the resources or permanent connections needed to make a successful transition to young adulthood.

For more information, visit the Heart Gallery website.

YOUTH

Driver’s Education

A certified Teen Driver’s Education Course will be offered Feb. 27 to March 10 from 3-6:15 p.m. at the Teen Center.

Cost is $320 and includes 30 hours of classroom education and six hours of behind-the-wheel training.

Prior to enrolling, participants must register with Child and Youth Services at Parent Central Services.

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

Teen Center events

The Fort Meade Teen Center offers the following activities in February:

Paint & Snack: Tuesday and Tuesday, and Feb. 21 and 28 at 5 p.m.

Teens will be led by an instructor to learn to paint their own portraits or landscapes while enjoying snacks and appetizers.

Valentine Cupcake Creation Contest: Today, 4 p.m.

Valentine’s Day-themed cupcakes will be judged by a mystery panel.

Cardio-Kickboxing: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Classic Game Tournament: Feb. 22, 5 p.m.

Tournament features competitive retro-gaming in Donkey Kong, Galactica, Space Invaders and Pac-Man.

Smash Bros. Jeopardy!: Feb. 24, 6 p.m.

Teens answer trivia questions based on the popular TV show and fighting video games.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Youth Center events

The Youth Center is offering the following events in February:

Movie & Pizza Night: Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Youths and their families are invited.

Torch Club Sweetheart Party: Feb. 16, 6 p.m.

Black History Monologue: Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m.

Youths will deliver monologues depicting many historical figures.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.

Dance classes

Child and Youth Services offers dance classes to children ages 3 and older on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at the Youth Center.

Cost is $45 and up, depending on age of the child and class.

All participants must be registered through Child and Youth Services.

To register, call 301-677-1149.

Romp ’n Stomp

Romp ’n Stomp playgroup for children ages 5 and younger and their parents meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Youth Center gym at 909 Ernie Pyle St.

For more information, call 301-677-4118.

A-Z playgroup

Children ages 4 and younger are invited to the weekly playgroup A-Z Come Play With Me that is held every Monday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Family Advocacy Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

Interactive activities are designed to assist parents in learning developmentally appropriate play techniques to help children improve their social, cognitive and motor skills.

Space is limited. Registration is required for each session.

For more information, call 301-677-7823.

RECREATION

Out & About

Motor Trend International Auto Show will be held today through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center. 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. Hours are: Today, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $12 for ages 13 and older; $8 for seniors ages 62 and older today and Friday, and $10 on Saturday and Sunday. Cost for service members with DoD identification is $8. Children ages 12 and younger attend free.

For more information, email or go to the Auto Show website.

Shen Yun Performing Arts will present classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance, and story-based dance with orchestral accompaniment on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m., Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore. Tickets start at $80. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Shen Yun Performing Arts website, or call 888-974-3698 or the Hippodrome at 800-982-2787.

“Show Boat” is presented through March 19 at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods, Columbia. Discounted tickets to the musical are offered by Leisure Travel Services located at 6530B York Road. For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354.

Leisure Travel Services offers its next monthly bus trip to New York City on Feb. 25 at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.

MEETINGS

Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s next monthly luncheon meeting, Mardi Gras Bingo, is Feb. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heritage Park Community Center.

Reservations are required by today.

Cost is $18. Food will be catered by Ethel’s Creole Kitchen.

For reservations, send an email.

Kritikos Toastmasters Club meets the first three Mondays of every month at 6:15 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. 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 the Kritikos Toastmasters Club website or call 410-305-9190.

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 the Fort Meade E9 Association website.

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.

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.

Single Parent Support Group meets every 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.

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 Tuesday.

The speaker is Anne Healy from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, who will discuss health care changes.

Federal employees and retirees who are members of NARFE are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Barbara Jacobs at 410-969-5980.

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.

Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is Feb. 16 from 1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the America Building, River Conference Room, third floor.

Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID is required for base access. Men without a military ID should call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least four business days prior to the event for base access.

For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or send an email.

Enlisted Spouses’ Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Potomac Place Community Center, 4998 Second Corps Blvd. Location and time subject to change. The next meeting is Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. For child care during ESC functions, email membership@ftmeadeesc.org

For information, call 301-908-3773.

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 Feb. 20.

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 Feb. 20.

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

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 2. Share stories to encourage and inform each other about resources available in the local community. For more information or to register, call 301-677-4779.

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 2. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call Charisma Wooten at 240-568-6055.

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 Feb. 16.

For more information, go to the Glen Burnie Toastmasters Club website or call 443-883-1429.

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 2. For more information, visit their website.

Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting is Feb. 21. 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 Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next meeting is Feb. 21.

For more information, visit trea.org or call Charles Green, the local chapter president, at 443-610-4252 or Otis Whitaker Sr., chapter secretary, at 443-306-1104.

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 2.

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

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 March 2. Group topics include sharing, sibling integration, time management, schedules and positive discipline. For more information, call 301-677-4118.

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 www.facebook.com/bsa377 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 the American Legion Post 276 website.

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 online.

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