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Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
How 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 Press Center tab.
Once you are in the Fort Meade Press Center, click on PA services, story or promotion request and electronic inquiry form.
Inquiry forms should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the event, meeting or class.
NEWS & EVENTS
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.
MLK Day observance
The Fort Meade garrison’s Dr. Martin Luther King Day holiday observance is today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 York Road.
This year’s theme is “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off.”
The observance, hosted by the garrison’s Equal Opportunity Office, will feature the Largo High School Choir of Upper Marlboro.
To honor King’s legacy of service to others, organizations will be available to offer volunteer opportunities.
Voncile Farmer, Fort Meade’s Volunteer Corps Program manager, and Diane Sancilio, director of volunteer services for Hospice of the Chesapeake, will talk about volunteer opportunities within the Fort Meade community and at the nonprofit organization.
For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Derrick Chambers, senior Equal Opportunity adviser, at 301-677-6687.
Fort Meade will conduct a Restoration Advisory Board meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott at 2700 Hercules Road, Annapolis Junction.
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.
The public and media are invited to attend.
Community members interested in learning more about the restoration program or who want to 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.
Walk-in legal consultations
The Fort Meade Legal Assistance Division of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate will provide walk-in attorney consultations on Tuesday mornings in January beginning at 8 a.m. at 4217 Morrison St., Suite 120.
Each consultation slot is 30 minutes.
Clients may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment if the 30-minute consult time is insufficient to address all legal issues, which is likely for domestic relations matters.
If you are seeking a child support calculation, bring current pay statements for yourself and your spouse as well as monthly child care costs.
The 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 on Tuesday mornings to be scheduled for a walk-in consultation.
Available dates and times:
Tuesday, 8 a.m. to noon. Last consultation begins at 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to noon. Last consultation begins at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call the Legal Assistance Division at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.
Tax preparation services
Beginning Monday, free income tax preparation services will be offered at the Fort Meade Joint Installation Tax Center at 4217 Morrison St.
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.
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving military shoppers the opportunity to win one of 10 shopping sprees.
The Big Game Party sweepstakes will award a $100 Exchange gift card to 10 shoppers worldwide.
Today is the final day for authorized shoppers ages 18 and older to enter. No purchase is necessary.
A winner will be announced around Jan. 26.
To enter, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes.
Army Community Service will now host 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: Wednesday and Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.
For more information, call 301-677-4107.
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 meade.armymwr.com.
Each month through April, Leisure Travel Services will offer customer appreciation prize drawings.
Patrons must enter each month to be eligible to win.
January: Win a trip for two to spend the day in New York City
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.
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.
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.
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.
TGPS Workshop (Transition, Goals, Plan, Success): Monday to Jan. 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 6-10, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC
Retiree Brief: Feb. 6, 8-11:30 a.m., FFSC
Pre-Deployment Brief: Feb. 9, 10-11:30 a.m., FFSC
Sponsorship Training: Feb. 22, 8-9:30 a.m., FFSC
Time Management: Today, 9-11 a.m., FFSC
Stress Management: Feb. 7, 9-11 a.m., FFSC
Build Healthy Relationships: Feb. 21, 9-11 a.m., FFSC
Basics of Investing: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS
First Term Financial Readiness (online): Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ACS
Career Exploration: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, FFSC
Boots To Business: Wednesday and Jan. 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC
Ten Steps To A Federal Job: Jan. 31, 9 a.m toon, FFSC
Resume Workshop: Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS
Ten Steps To A Federal Job: Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS
To register, call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or ACS at 301-677-5590, or visit fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com.
The Anne Arundel County Library offers numerous programs at the Odenton and Severn libraries.
Odenton Regional Library: Today, 7 p.m.
Do you enjoy manga or anime? Join fellow enthusiasts every third Thursday of the month.
Participate in fun activities and games, and the opportunity to swap manga.
Club is for ages 11-17.
For more information call 410-222-6277.
Build and Play
Severn Community Library: Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
Come for brick-snapping fun! Design and build your own fantastic creations.
Library will supply the Legos. Do not bring your own. Bricks must stay at the library.
For more information, call 410-222-6280.
Odenton Regional Library: Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Play chess and learn from other players.
Club is for all ages and skill levels.
For more information call 410-222-6277.
Odenton Regional Library: Feb. 2 at 6:30p.m.
Help make lap blankets and hats for Anne Arundel Medical Center patients.
Beginners are welcome.
Bring size 7 or 8 needles if you have them.
For more information, visit http://www.aacpl.net/events/charity-knitting-92300.
Solving the Enigma
Odenton Regional Library: Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
Learn about the history of the famous German World War II cipher machine and how it was solved by the Allies.
The event is sponsored by the National Cryptological Museum.
For more information, visit http://www.aacpl.net/events/solving-enigma-92355.
Microsoft Excel II
Odenton Regional Library: Feb. 11 from 1-3 p.m.
Session includes subtotals, conditional formatting, sorti techniques and more.
Registration begins Jan. 28.
Prerequisite: Excel 1 or one-on-one computer training: Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.
Registration begins begins Feb. 7.
For more information, visit http://www.aacpl.net/events/microsoft-excel-ii-92421.
Job Seeker Skills: Resume Writing
Severn Community Library: Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
Learn the basics of creating an effective resume.
Registration is required and begins Feb. 1.
To register, call 410-222-6280.
For more information, visit http://www.aacpl.net/events/job-seeker-skills-resume-writing-92529.
Teen Center activities
The Teen Center offers the following events in January:
Cardio Kickboxing: Today, 2 p.m.
Lyric Battle: Today, 5 p.m.
Football Movie & Take Out: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Chocolate Cake Bake-off: Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m.
Writer’s Block — Reverse: Jan. 31, 4 p.m.
For more information, call 301-677-6054.
Youth Center events
The Youth Center offers several events in January:
Movie & Wings Night: Friday, 5 p.m.
Winter Lock-In: Jan. 27, 8:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Have A Heart: Art Day: Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 301-677-1437.
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.
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.
Out & About
Orioles FanFest will be held Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and youths ages 14 and younger.
The annual event features giveaways, clubhouse tours, autograph and photo stations, clinics for children, and appearances by Orioles players and coaches. For more information, go to orioles.com/fanfest.
Polar Bear Plunge will be held Jan. 28 at 1 and 3 p.m. at Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Parkway, Annapolis. Plungers take a quick dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland.
Participants must pledge or pay $75 and will receive a commemorative 21st Annual Plunge sweatshirt. Pee Wee and Family Plunge is Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Cost is $50.
For more information, go to plungemd.com.
The Military Plunge on Jan. 27 is dedicated to service members. For more information and registration, visit www.plungemd.com-military.com.
Baltimore Boat Show will be held Jan. 26-28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. The annual event features exhibits, seminars, sales and children’s activities. Admission for adults is $14 and free for youths ages 15 and younger with paid adult admission. For more information, visit baltimoreboatshow.com.
“Disney On Ice: Dream Big” will be presented at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Discounted tickets are available at Leisure Travel Services for the following dates: Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 11 at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and Feb. 12 at noon and 4 p.m. Cost at LTS is $24. For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354.
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 shenyun.com, or call 888-974-3698 or the Hippodrome at 800-982-2787.
Leisure Travel Services offers its next monthly bus trip to New York City on Jan. 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cost is $60. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.
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 today 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moms of Multiples Group meets every first and third Thursday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The next meeting is today. Group topics include sharing, sibling integration, time management, schedules and positive discipline. For more information, call 301-677-4118.
Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. Children welcome. The next meeting is today.
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.
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 tonight at 6:30 p.m. For child care during ESC functions, email membership@FtMeadeESC.
For information, call 301-908-3773.
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.
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. 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 Feb. 2. All first class petty officers are invited. 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. 2. 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. 2. 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. 2. 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. 6.
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. Next meeting is Feb. 6.
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. 10. 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. 11. 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. 14.
The speaker is Anne Healy from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, who will discuss health care changes.
For more information, call Barbara Jacobs at 410-969-5980.
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.