Community News & Notes – January 18, 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.RAB meeting

The next Fort Meade Environmental Restoration Advisory Board meeting is today at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 2700 Hercules Road, Annapolis Junction.

Community members are invited to attend.

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

Topics for this meeting include updates on the legacy BRAC program.

Members of the public who would like to learn more about the program or become a RAB member are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 301-677-7999 or visit http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/directorates/dpw/environment (click on RAB link).

 

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.

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.

 

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 Shaida.s.farid2.civ@mail.mil 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.

 

Parents Night Out

Child and Youth Services will host Parents Night Out on Friday 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 required. Space is limited.

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

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.

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.

 

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.

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 Christopher.r.logas.civ@mail.mil.

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

 

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 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 Briefs: Friday at 9:30 a.m., ACS
  • R.E.A.L. Family Readiness Leader: Jan. 26 at 9 a.m., ACS

Financial

  • First Term Financial Readiness (online class): Jan. 30 at 8 a.m., ACS
  • Basics of Investing: Jan. 30 at 9 a.m., ACS

Blended Retirement System

  • Monday, Tuesday and Jan. 29 from 9-11 a.m. at ACS

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

YOUTH

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 ends Feb. 16.

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.

January sessions are: Tuesday and Jan. 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.

LIBRARY

 

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

 

  • Teen Writers Club

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road: Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

Teens and tweens ages 11-17 will explore the craft of writing with the help of a volunteer from the Maryland Writers’ Association. A completed permission form is required for new attendees.

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

  • Speed Date with a Book

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road: Feb. 6 at 5 p.m.

Special Event: Teens

Drop in to check out new books for teens and enjoy refreshments. No required reading.

  • Microsoft Excel II

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road: Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.

Includes subtotals, conditional formatting and sorting techniques.

Prerequisite: Proficiency in Excel I or one-on-one computer training.

Registration is required.

  • Adulting 101: Tips for Teens

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road: Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

Basic Car Maintenance

Preventive car maintenance allows for lower repair costs and extends the life of your car. Join us as county mechanic Bryan Stubbins gives tips and teaches how to keep your car running at optimal conditions.

“What’s Fake News?”

Join Ryan O’Grady, librarian at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland State Library Resource Center in understanding the role, value and power of information.

This workshop provides strategies for evaluating information sources, spotting fake news, and recommendations that you can use for yourself and with your friends and family.

  • The Conversation Project

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road: Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Special Event: Adults

It’s not easy to talk about how you want your end-of-life experience to play out. This program will help you get your thoughts together so that you can have this important conversation with your loved ones, before a crisis occurs.

Registration is recommended.

  • Talk Saves Lives

Severn Community Library, 2624 Annapolis Road: Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Special Event: Adults

Talk Saves Lives is a 30-minute introduction to suicide prevention. The community-based presentation covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide.

This program will be presented by Kat Olbrich, Maryland area director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Registration is required.

  • Master Gardeners Seed Swap

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road: Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Special Event: Adults

The Master Gardeners of Anne Arundel County will present the 3rd Annual Seed Swap. Come with or without seeds.

Take home seeds of your choosing along with goodie bags and door prizes.

  • Build a Bullet Journal

Severn Community Library, 2624 Annapolis Road: Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.

Special Event: Teens

Your new bullet journal can be used for lists, planning and booklogs.

  • Bienvenidos Amigos: Welcome to Spain!

Severn Community Library, 2624 Annapolis Road: Jan. 31 at 5 p.m.

Special Event: Families

Experience music, food, language and traditional Spanish culture.

  • Computer & Internet

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road

One-on-one training

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.

  • Storybook Movies

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road.

Special Event: Preschoolers

Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy short films of popular children’s picture books and make a craft during this 30-minute program.

  • Paws to Read

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road.

Special Event: Kids

Feb. 3 at 10 a.m.

Children in elementary school can improve their reading skills while enjoying the rapt attention of canine tutors. Call the branch to schedule an appointment.

Registration is required.

  • Poetry Club

Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road.

Special Event: Teens

Feb. 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Using different styles, write your own original poetry and share your finished creations.

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

RECREATION

Repticon Baltimore Reptile & Exotic Animal Show is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the 4-H/Home Arts Building at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium.

The show features thousands of reptiles from around the world, live animal presentations, a venomous reptile display, and pets and pet products on sale.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and younger are free.

For more information, call 863-268-4273, email info@repticon.com or go to repticon.com.

Maryland Polar Bear Plunge is Jan. 25-27 at Sandy Point State Park to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. To plunge, individuals must pledge $75 or more.

Warm up before and after the plunge in the Rams Head Ice Lodge with live music and drinks in the heated tent. For more information, go to www.somd.org.

Shen Yun, a classical Chinese dance and music company, will perform Jan. 26-28 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore.

Showtimes are: Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. Tickets range from $80-$180.

For more information, call 888-907-4697.

Orioles FanFest is Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Doors open at 10 a.m. for season plan members.

Join O’s fans for a daylong baseball celebration with player appearances, Kids’ Press Conferences, Q&A sessions, games, autographs and memorabilia.

Tickets cost $12 for adults; $6 for children ages 14 and younger; and $6 for seniors ages 60 and older. For more information, go to https://www.mlb.com/orioles/fans/fanfestorioles.

Ski Weekend Trip, offered by Better Opportunities for Single Service Members, is Saturday and Sunday. For more information, either see your unit BOSS representative, call 301-677-6868, email boss.ftmeade@gmail.com or visit meade.armymwr.com.

The 17th World Of Pets Expo is Jan. 26-Jan. 28 from 2-6 p.m. in the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium.

Show Hours are Jan. 26 from 2-8 p.m., Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The expo features shows, activities, workshops and seminars addressing unique pet needs, food and nutrition, behavior and more, all offered by pet and animal experts.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are free.

For more information, call 1-800-882-9894, email info@worldofpets.org or go to www.worldofpets.org.

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 boss.ftmeade@gmail.com or visit meade.armymwr.com.

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.

MEETINGS

Enlisted Spouses’ Club meets the third Thursday of the month. The next meeting is tonight 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, 2920 Jessup Road. Donna Farnsworth will present the program “China Gardens” and will discuss decorating the garden with leftover or broken china.

Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required.

In inclement weather, the Meade Area Garden Club follows the school closing information for Anne Arundel County. If county schools are closed or opening late, the meeting will be canceled. If schools are open but icy conditions are present, call Sharon Durney at 410-761-5019 to confirm that the meeting will be held .

Annual membership is $20. Guests may attend one meeting to check out the club before being 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.

Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. Children welcome. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call 301-677-7823.

Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3-4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday.

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

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 Jan. 30.

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

The Fort Meade Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club’s next luncheon meeting is Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade.

The Meade High School Steel Drum Band will perform.

Cost of the buffet luncheon is $20. Reservations are required by Feb. 1 at noon.

RSVP reservations must now be made by calling Debbie Alexander at 703-328-8242 or by email at incsinc2014@gmail.com.

There is no change for reservations for those on the permanent list, but cancellations must be made by noon on Feb. 1 to Debbie Alexander at 703-328-8242 or by email at incsinc2014@gmail.com.

Regular membership in the ROWC is extended to spouses, widows and widowers of retired officers and to retired officers of all military branches.

Associate membership may be extended to adult caregivers and relatives of the household, OSC members, DoD employees who retired at the grade of GS-9 or GGD-9 and above, to local government retirees of the equivalent professional rank as the DoD members, and to veterans who served as officers in the military but separated from the service before retirement.

Membership dues are currently $25 per year. Members may bring guests to the luncheons, which are held on the first Tuesday of each month except June, July, August and January.

For more information, call Audrey Rothstein, ROWC president, at 443-454-7974.

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 Feb. 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 Feb. 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 Feb. 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 Feb. 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 Feb. 1.

For more information, visit namiaac.org.

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. 5. 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 Feb. 5.

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.

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 Feb. 5.

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.

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 Feb. 9.

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

For more information, go to e9association.org.

Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is Feb. 10.

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.

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 Feb. 13.

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

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 Feb. 15.

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.

 

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 Feb. 20. 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 Feb. 20.

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 Feb. 21. 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 Feb. 21. For more information, email Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, club vice president, at aaron.a.barfield.mil@mail.mil.

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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