Community News & Notes – May 4, 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 at, on the Fort Meade website at and the Fort Meade Facebook page at

New way to submit announcements

Community members can advertise their upcoming event, meeting or class on the  community announcements page by visiting and clicking on the Public Affairs Office tab and calling the listed phone number or emailing

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


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.

100th Anniversary Gala

Fort Meade will celebrate its 100th Anniversary Gala on June 17 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at Club Meade.

Tickets are on sale at Club Meade. They cost $45 for ranks E-4 and below; $85 for DoD cardholders; and $100 for general admission.

For more information, go to

Community Job Fair

The Fort Meade Community Job Fair will be held May 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

The free event is open to all job seekers.

The job fair will host more than 60 employers and companies. Bring plenty of resumes.

In addition, the event will include a “Resume Doctor Service,” which provides free resume evaluation and preparation assistance.

Free Sign Language interpreter service is also available.

A shuttle bus will transport attendees from the Visitor Control Center parking lot directly to the entrance of Club Meade and back to the VCC.

For a complete list of employers and other information, go to

Steel drum concert

The Meade High School steel drum band will host jazz percussionist Victor Provost in concert on May 12 at 7 p.m. at Meade High, 1100 Clark Road.

The concert is open to the public.

Provost will teach a steel drum clinic with the high school students for several days leading up to the concert.

Tickets can be reserved online.

Tickets cost $7 for regular seating and $10 for VIP seating in the first seven rows of the center section.

Cost for one VIP seat and a Caribbean dinner with Victor Provost and the band one hour before the show is $25. Twenty-five seats are available.

For more information, email

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is May 19.

Pit stops are open to registered bikers between 7 and 9:30 a.m. They generally include giveaways and free breakfast.

Participants will receive a free T-shirt if they register ahead of time and arrive at the pit stop where they are registered.

Biking to work provides riders a solid workout. Biking every day can lead to a healthy heart and can decrease stress.

For more information, call Tabitha Ernst, Rideshare coordinator for the Office of Planning and Zoning-Transportation Division in Anne Arundel County, at 410-222-7762 or email

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 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.

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.

Lt. Dan Band performing

Lt. Dan Band, featuring actor and musician Gary Sinise, will perform live in concert on May 18 from 7-9 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field.

In inclement weather, the concert will be at the Fort Meade Pavilion.

Sponsored by the USO, the concert also will feature a guest performance by Stolen Silver.

This free event is open to DoD ID cardholders and their families.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. Food trucks also will be available.

Service animals only are allowed. Pets are not permitted.

For more information, go to

Parents’ Night Out

In recognition of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Parents’ Night Out will be held May 12 from 6:30-10 p.m. at Child Development Center IV located at 2410 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

The evening of child care is free to military spouses.

Parents’ Night Out is open to parents of infants and children through age 11 who are registered with Child and Youth Services.

Space is limited. Registration is open until Monday at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road.

Parents’ Night Out also will be held June 16 and July 21 from 6:30-10 p.m.

Registration will be open May 17 to June 3 and from June 19 to July 3.

Cost is $20 per child and is nonrefundable.

For more information or to register, call 301-677-7823.

Military Spouse Appreciation at Club Meade

Club Meade is offering a Military Spouse Appreciation event on Wednesday.

Military spouses with ID will receive one two-person meal at no charge.

The number of free meals is limited; order early. Additional portions are available for purchase.

The menu features: beef burgundy with egg noodles, glazed carrots, salad and rolls.

For more information, call 301-677-6969.

Walk-in attorney consultations

The Fort Meade Legal Assistance Division of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides walk-in attorney consultations on Tuesdays beginning at 8 a.m.

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.

Consults will not be provided for domestic relations matters, wills or other estate planning documents.

The number of walk-in slots are limited.

To be scheduled for a walk-in consultation, visit the Legal Assistance Division, located at 4217 Morrison St., Suite 120, at 8 a.m. Tuesdays.

For more information, call the Legal Assistance Division at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.

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.

Flea Market

Fort Meade’s indoor Flea Market is Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at the Pavilion.

Admission is free and is open to patrons with access to the installation.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Post Thrift Shop’s monthly Saturday Sale at its new location across from the Pavilion.

Vendor spaces are limited. Each 8-foot by 8-foot space includes one table and two chairs. An additional table costs $5.

Registration at the door costs $20.

For more information, call 301-677-3579.

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.

Memorial Day Service

The Mid-Atlantic Branch of the 2nd Indianhead Division Association will host a Memorial Day Service on May 29 from 11 a.m. to about noon at the 2nd Division Monument near 17th Street Northwest and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Arrive 10 minutes before the start of the ceremony for seating.

For more information, call Alan “A.J.” Fojt at 703-330-1965 or email


Women Warriors Writing Workshop

The Women Warriors Writing Workshop is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the USO Warrior and Family Center, 5940 9th St., at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Lunch will be provided.

ON POINT Women Warriors Writing Workshops are organized and led by women military veterans and family members who are successfully published authors, professional speakers, and academically qualified writing instructors.

Workshops are open to all female service and family members, veterans and caretakers.

Featured presenters include best-selling female authors and military veterans Mary Doyle, Tracy Crow, Carol Barkalow, Jerri Bell, Paula Broadwell and Laura Westley.

The stories of our military sisters are an important part of American history. The goal of ON POINT organizers is to empower more women with how-to skills for owning, writing, and publishing authentic experiences as part of American history.

Tracy Crow is the founder/director of On Point Seminars & Workshops, a program affiliated with the nonprofit, Think Broader Foundation.

To register, sign up through and search Women Warrior’s Writing Workshop.

Domestic Violence Intervention Training

The Fort Meade Domestic Violence Intervention Training will be held Monday through May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

Training is open to Family Advocacy and law enforcement personnel (military and civilian), chaplains and social workers.

All branches are welcome.

Class offers three criminal justice upper-level college credits and 42 CEC’s for law enforcement personnel only.

Uniform is ACU.

To register, call 301-677-4117 or email

Military Spouse Preparation Series

Military Spouse Appreciation Preparation Series offers the following classes at Patriot Ridge Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd.

Military Spouse Education Assistance: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Military Spouse Employment: May 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Military Spouse Recruitment: Leveraging Military Spouse Talent: May 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.


Pre-Deployment Brief: Today, 10 a.m., FFSC

TGPS(Transition, Goals, Plans, Success) Workshops: May 15-19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC

TGPS Two-Day Workshop: Career Technical Training: May 24-25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC

Joint Services Retiree Brief: Monday, 8-11:30 a.m., FFSC

Pre-Deployment Brief: May 11, 10-11:30 a.m., FFSC

Pre-Separation Brief: May 11, 9-11:30 a.m., FFSC

Navy Family Orientation: June 15, 5-7 p.m., FFSC


Marriage & Money: Today, 9 a.m., ACS

Banking Basics: Tuesday, 9 a.m., ACS

Car Buying: May 16, 9 a.m., ACS

Credit Management: May 23, 9 a.m., ACS

Financial Readiness: May 23, 8 a.m., ACS/online


Ten Steps to a Federal Job: May 23, 9 a.m., FFSC and June 8, 8 a.m., ACS

Social Media for Job Seekers: June 13, 9 a.m., ACS

Salary Negotiation: June 20, 9 a.m., ACS

Life Skills

Stress Management: Today, 9 a.m., FFSC

Anger Management: Tuesday, 9 a.m., FFSC

Sponsorship Training: Wednesday, 8 a.m., FFSC

Build Healthy Relationships: May 23, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

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


‘Star Wars’ celebration

Anne Arundel County Public Library will join “Star Wars” fans in celebrating the popular film series:

Severn Community Library: “Star Wars: May the 4th Be With You” — Today at 4 p.m. at 2624 Annapolis Road

Hear stories and participate in themed activities.

For more information, call 410- 846-5364 or visit

Mother’s Day gifts

Children will be able to take home a handmade card or gift for someone special this Mother’s Day at any of four events across the Anne Arundel County Public Library system.

Annapolis: Super Mom! Celebrate their love with stories, crafts and dancing.

Tuesday, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

May 11, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Broadneck: Make an LED Mother’s Day Card

Saturday, 3 p.m.

Eastport-Annapolis Neck: Mother’s Day Storytime and make a gift

May 13, 2 p.m.

Odenton: Mother’s Day Crafts

May 13, 1 p.m.

Riviera Beach: Mother’s Day Craft

May 13, 11 a.m.

For more information, visit

Borrow fishing poles

The Anne Arundel County Public Library, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, is loaning fishing poles for public use.

Fishing poles can only be checked out and returned to the Mountain Road Community Library in Pasadena, located at 4730 Mountain Road.

Participants will learn about important fishing ethics; practice knot-tying and casting; and create a fish-print bandana.

Fishing poles are checked out for two weeks. A fine of $1 per day will be assessed if returned late.

Borrowers must have an Anne Arundel County Public Library card and assume all responsibility of the fishing pole and accessories.

For more information, call 410-222-7371 or visit


Mother & Son Ball

“A Knight with Mom” Mother & Son Ball will be held Saturday from 5-8:30 p.m. at Club Meade.

The event will feature a special guest from Medieval Times, food, a magic show, crafts, photos and dancing.

Formal attire is required.

Tickets cost $50 per mother/son and $20 for each additional son.

Tickets are available for purchase at Club Meade. Limited tickets available.

For more information, call 301-677-6969 or go to visit

Teen Center events

The Fort Meade Teen Center is offering the following activities:

Career mapping Workshop: Today, 4 p.m.

Karaoke Night: Friday, 7 p.m.

College Application Workshop: Tuesday, 3 p.m.

Kickball: Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Managing Your Finances: May 11, 5 p.m.

Movies on the Lawn: May 12, 7 p.m.

Mini-Cardio Workout: May 16, 3 p.m.

Comic Jeopardy: May 17, 3 p.m.

Smash Bros. Tournament: May 17, 5 p.m.

Resume Workshop: May 17, 6 p.m.

Water Balloon Battle: May 23, 3 p.m.

Midnight Basketball: May 26, 8 p.m.

Cost is $2 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Youth Center events

The Fort Meade Youth Center is offering several activities in May:

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: Friday, 4 p.m.

The fiesta will feature Mexican-inspired food, music and games.

Mother’s Appreciation Soiree: May 12, 6 p.m.

Families are invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served.

BGCA Clubs Graduation: May 19, 6 p.m.

The graduation is free to club participants and their families. Refreshments will be provided.

Movies and Burgers: May 26, 6:30 p.m.

Bring a friend and blankets. Hamburgers will be provided during the movie.

Cost is $45 for members and $7 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.

SKIES Programs

SKIES is offering a variety of programs for youths:

Driver’s Education: June 5-16, 3-6:15 p.m.

Registration is required by May 25. Class is open to teens ages 15 and 9 months to 18 years old.

<FZ,2,0,103><z_sym_square_bullet>Taekwondo is offered for ages 4-17 Tuesdays and Thursdays.

<z_sym_square_bullet>Boxing classes are offered Mondays and Fridays for ages 5-9 at 5 p.m.; ages 10-12 at 6 p.m.; and ages 13 and older at 7 p.m.

Guitar lessons for ages 6-18 are offered Wednesdays or Fridays from 4-7:30 p.m.

Piano lessons are offered for ages 6-18 Mondays or Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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


Better Opportunities for Single Service Members is offering a hiking trip to all single service members to the Annapolis Rock portion of the Appalachian Trail on May 13 at 8 a.m.

Cost is $20 and includes transportation. Only 15 spaces are available.

For more information, call Spc. Derek Young at 301-677-6868 or email

Ho’ike Hawaiian Music, Dance and Cultural Presentation is May 13 at 1 p.m. at the Michael E. Newman Performing Arts Center, Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg.

Tickets cost $15 for ages 12 and older. Tickets at the door cost $20. Cost for children ages 6-11, students, service members and seniors ages 65 and older are $10. Children ages 5 and younger attend free.

For more information, email or call 301-257-6730.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” through June 11. Upcoming shows are “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Dreamgirls” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Discounted tickets are available at Leisure Travel Services. For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354 or Toby’s at 410-730-8311.

Leisure Travel Services offers its next monthly bus trips to New York City on May 20 at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.


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 today.

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.

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 today. 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.

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 today. 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 today.

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

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 tonight. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

For more information, call Charisma Wooten at 240-568-6055.

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 tonight.

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 or call 410-305-9190.

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 tonight.

For more information, go to 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 tonight. For more information, visit

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.

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

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 May 12. 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

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 May 13. 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.

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 May 15.

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 May 15.

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

Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting is May 16. 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 May 16.

For more information, visit 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 May 17. For more information, call 831-521-9251 or go to

Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is May 17. For more information, email Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, club vice president, at

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 May 18 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

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 May 18 at 6:30 p.m. For child care during ESC functions, email

For information, call 301-908-3773.

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEVS survey

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is starting this month.

This survey is of crucial importance not only to Army but also to your command, installation and unit.

FEVS is an annual survey that measures employees’ perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions that characterize successful organizations are present in their agency.

The survey results provide valuable insight for agency leaders into the strengths and challenges of the agency in ensuring it has an effective civilian workforce.

The survey is issued by the Office of Personnel Management and contains multiple choice responses. The survey itself takes only 20 minutes to complete, but provides Army leadership with insight into the culture and environment of its civilian workforce.

Results are reported to leaders at all levels down to the unit level. This is great for leaders and employees because it allows decision makers across the Army to see how their specific organization is doing, and they can influence change within their own organization. The survey respondents will remain completely anonymous.

The President’s Management Agenda set a goal for all federal agencies to have 67 percent positive responses to the Employee Engagement Index. In 2016, the Army scored 64.3 percent.

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is just one of many avenues that the Army fostering engagement with its employees.

For more engagement opportunities, visit (CAC Enabled):

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