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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.
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 beginning Monday.
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! online at ftmeadesoundoff.com.
The Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program hosts January Employer Day today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center.
All qualified candidates will be interviewed with possible contingent hiring offers onsite.
Bring copies of your resume.
Participating employers include NSA Guidance & Information; Fort Meade Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; 704th Military Intelligence Brigade; 55th Signal Company; Defense Information School; and the 902nd Military Intelligence Group.
For more information, call SFL-TAP at 301-677-9871.
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 from 8 a.m. to noon at 4217 Roberts Ave., Suite 120.
Each consultation slot is 30 minutes. Last consultation begins at 11:30 a.m.
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.
All interested parties should come to the Legal Assistance Division on Tuesday to be scheduled for a walk-in consultation.
For more information, call the Legal Assistance Division at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.
Tax preparation services
Free income tax preparation services will be 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.
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: Wednesday and Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.
For more information, call 301-677-4107.
Enjoy dancing on Latin Night on Friday 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Jim David will present “The ABC’s of Self-Care” on Feb. 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the America Building, Room 2525 and at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital via video teleconference in the Oaks Pavilion, first floor, Room 332.
The program is open to the public.
Military ID is required for base access to Walter Reed.
For those without a military ID, 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 email@example.com.
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): 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
Stress Management: Feb. 7, 9-11 a.m., FFSC
Build Healthy Relationships: Feb. 21, 9-11 a.m., FFSC
Ten Steps To A Federal Job: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, 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
Social Media For Job Seekers: Feb. 14, 9-11 a.m., ACS
Interviewing Skills: Feb. 21, 9-11 a.m., ACS
Salary Negotiations: Feb. 23, 9-11 a.m., 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.
Intro to 3D Print Design Workshop
Odenton Regional Library: Monday, 6-8:30 p.m.
Learn to design and print a 3D object using Tinkercad, a free, online 3D program.
Before attending, participants must register for a Tinkercad account at tinkercad.com.
Space is limited.
For more information, call 410-222-6277, or visit ttp://www.aacpl.net/events/intro-3d-print-design-workshop-92229.
Coloring for Adults
Odenton Regional Library: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Explore your inner artist as you indulge in adults-only coloring. Supplies provided.
For more information, call 410-222-6277 or visit http://www.aacpl.net/events/coloring-adults-92249.
FAFSA Completion Night
Odenton Regional Library: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with a financial-aid specialist from Anne Arundel Community College.
Registration is required.
For more information, call 410-222-6277 or visit http://www.aacpl.net/events/fafsa-completion-night-92280.
Music & Movement
Odenton Regional Library: Wednesday, 6:30-7 p.m.
This high-energy program is for children under 6 years old and their accompanying families.
For more information, call 410-222-6277 or visit http://www.aacpl.net/events/music-movement-92277.
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.
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 Feb. 7.
For more information, visit http://www.aacpl.net/events/microsoft-excel-ii-92421.
Teen Center activities
The Teen Center offers the following events in January:
Chocolate Cake Bake-off: Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day and put your culinary skills to the test.
Each cake will be judged by a panel of judges.
Writer’s Block — Reverse: Tuesday, 4 p.m.
For more information, call 301-677-6054.
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.
Youth Center events
The Youth Center offers several events for grades six to eight in January:
Winter Lock-In: Friday, 8:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.
The lock-in will feature a scavenger hunt, trivia games and sporting competitions.
Concessions will be provided.
Cost is $7. Space is limited.
A permission slip is required. Participants must be registered with Child and Youth Services.
For more information, call 301-677-1437.
Have A Heart: Art Day: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 301-677-1437.
Out & About
Orioles FanFest will be held Saturday 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 Saturday 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 Saturday at 11 a.m. Cost is $50.
For more information, go to plungemd.com.
The Military Plunge on Friday is dedicated to service members. For more information and registration, visit www.plungemd.com-military.com.
Baltimore Boat Show will be held today, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 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.
“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 Saturday 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.
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 Feb. 2. 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 Feb. 2.
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.
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.
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. 2.
For more information, go to http://glenburnie.toastmastersclubs.org/ 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 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.
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. 13. 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 Feb. 13. 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 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.
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. 15. 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. 15. For more information, email Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, club vice president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email email@example.com.
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.
For information, call 301-908-3773.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.