Community News & Notes – November 9, 2017

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

Look for additional community events at, 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 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.

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.

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.

Commissary nutritional tours

During National Diabetes Month, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center will offer multiple grocery tours at the Fort Meade Commissary on Tuesday, Wednesday and Nov. 16 at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

To participate, call Nancy Reed at 301-677-8043.

Society of 3d Infantry Division to celebrate its centennial

OP International, Society of the 3d Infantry Division will host a wreath ceremony on Nov. 28 in honor of the Division’s 100th birthday at the 3ID monument in Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

The program includes a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 10:15 a.m. and a wreath ceremony at the 3ID monument at 10:30 a.m. The event also features a tour of ANC graves of some of prominent Marne Soldiers such as Maj. Gen. Joseph T. Dickman, the division’s first commander.

The ceremony will conclude with a luncheon in the Campaign Room of the Fort Myer club.

Cost of lunch is $21.

During lunch, 3ID-themed presentations will include updates on centennial commemoration plans by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the World War I Centennial Commission, and the Center of Military History.

For more information, email Tim Stoy at or call 703-912-4218.


ASIST classes cancelled

The Army Substance Abuse Program has cancelled all Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training classes until further notice while new trainers are certified.

For more information, call Samson Robinson, ASAP prevention coordinator, at 301-677-7983.


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.

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.

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

For information, call 301-677-7999 or visit and click on the RAB link.

Native American Indian Heritage Month Observance

The 2017 National Native American Indian Heritage Month Observance is today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center. 8452 Zimborski Ave.

The keynote speaker is Anthonette “Doll” Alexander.

The free event is open to the public and will feature food samplings and refreshments.

All Fort Meade service members and civilian employees are encouraged to attend with supervisory approval and without charge to annual leave. Administrative leave is authorized.

For more information, call Staff Sgt. Toure at 301-677-8706 or Sgt. 1st Class Ferguson at 301-677-6687.

STEM Night at the Museum

Celebrate Maryland STEM Night at the Museum today from 6-8 p.m. at the National Cryptologic Museum, 8289 Colony Seven Road, Annapolis Junction.

Activities are geared to ages 10 and older. Admission is free.

The event will feature games, crafts and demonstrations on how to use science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Maneuver through space by taking command of a miniature satellite.
  • Escape from handcuffs using math.
  • Extract forensic evidence from a criminal’s mobile device.
  • Solve a Cryptogram.
  • Use math to stop a terrorist attacker.
  • Unlock secrets of rock formations and learn what geologists do.
  • Hunt dinosaurs — with math.
  • Learn about microelectronics in everyday devices.
  • Build your own cable and connect it to devices.
  • Help keep a shipment of weapons technology from falling into the hands of a rogue nation.
  • Solve cryptologic puzzles, win prizes, take guided tours.
  • Participate in cool crafts and scavenger hunts.

The Maryland STEM Festival runs through Nov. 12 with events all over the state.

For information, call 301-688-5436 or go to

Family Appreciation Week

A variety of activities will be held during Military Family Appreciation Week:

  • Free aerobics classes: Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Gaffney Fitness Center
  • Free chicken wings at Brass Lounge: Today from 4-8 p.m. at Club Meade, while supplies last. No takeout.
  • Win a $500 Under Armour gift card: Friday through Nov. 30 at Army Community Service: Active-duty ID cardholders only, one entry per person per day.
  • Free cosmic bowling and hot dogs: Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at The Lanes: For active-duty service members, retirees and military families, while supplies last. Retirees are limited to two free games.
  • Free Parents Night Out: Nov. 17

Registration ends Friday. Open only to children registered at Child and Youth Services. Space is limited. Call 301-677-1149.

For more information, go to

Free admission to Colonial Williamsburg for service members

Colonial Williamsburg honors service to America on Veterans Day weekend, Friday to Monday, with free single-day admission for all active-duty military guests, Reservists, National Guard members, veterans, retirees and their dependents.

The “Honoring Service to America” ticket program is again made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation, whose mission is to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families.

Free “Honoring Service to America” admission tickets are available year-round to active-duty service members, Reservists and National Guard members.

For more information, go to or call 855-296-6627.

Howard County celebrates veterans

Howard County honors veterans on Veterans Day and throughout November and December with programs to celebrate the men and women who have served and continue to serve.

  • Veterans Day Waffle Bar: Today at 9:30 a.m. at Bain 50+ Center. Event is free.
  • Howard County Commission for Veterans and Military Families meeting: Tonight at 7 p.m. at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
  • Howard Community College Honors Veteran Students and Staff: Friday from 10-11 a.m. at Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center
  • Columbia Association Veteran’s Celebration: Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Columbia Lakefront
  • Veterans Eat Free at Mission BBQ: Friday: Standard opening at 11 a.m. Anthem ceremony is at noon.

World War II veterans eat free, like any day of the year. Free sandwiches and cake for veterans all day.

  • Donations Day at Columbia Yoga Center to benefit veterans: Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Parkridge Plaza Building. 8950 Route 108, Suite 109, Columbia

All proceeds benefit Warriors at Ease, whose mission is to train teachers to provide yoga and meditation services to military service members, veterans and their families worldwide.

  • Gold Star Memorial Rededication: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Old Town Ellicott City

The Howard County Garden Club installed and dedicated the Blue Star Memorial in May 2013. During the flood in Ellicott City in July 2016, the boulder and plaque were washed away. The plaque was found and returned about six weeks later. The rededication will take place in front of the Tourism Building. A reception will follow inside. All are invited.

  • St. Paul’s Catholic Church Veteran Memorial service followed by a “military version” chow-line luncheon at Old Town Ellicott City: Saturday at 11:11 a.m.

Veterans Day is observed every year on Nov. 11. The observance was originally called “Armistice Day” when warring parties during World War I agreed to stop fighting in 1918 on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

  • Veterans Day Parade in historic Ellicott City: Saturday at 1 p.m.
  • Veterans Day/Marine Corps Birthday Celebration: Sunday from 5:30-10:30 p.m. at VFW Post 7472 in Ellicott City.

For ticket information, email

  • “Made With Love” Hat and Scarf Collection Drive: Daily through Wednesday

Knit or crochet a hat or scarf for a deployed service member.

  • Leadership Howard County hosts Mission BBQ: Supporting Those Who Serve, luncheon and gift drive: Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Meeting House

Mission BBQ founder Bill Krause will share his story of building a business that honors and supports military service members, veterans and first responders.

The annual gift drive will support Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with donations of gift cards and other items for families of service members.

  • Symphony of Lights Military Appreciation Days: Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. in Columbia

Cost is $10 per vehicle with valid military ID. Not valid with other discounts.

  • Wreaths Across America: Dec. 16 at noon at St. John Lutheran Church, 6004 Waterloo Road, Columbia and Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Marriottsville

For more information, call Lisa B. Terry, Office of Veterans and Military Families, Department of Community Resources and Services, at 410-313-6400 or email or visit


Veterans Job Fair

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

The free event is open to all job seekers: veterans and non-veterans, service members and civilians.

More than 65 employers will be in attendance. Bring plenty of resumes.

Candidates with security clearance are strongly encouraged to attend.

The “Resume Doctors” will provide free resume evaluation and preparation assistance. American Sign Language interpreters will be available at no charge.

A shuttle bus will transport job seekers from the Visitor Control Center adjacent to the Reece Road gate to the front door of Club Meade and back.

For a complete list of employers, go to and click on “Job Fair.”


‘Almost, Maine’ at Meade High

The Meade High School Drama Club will present “Almost, Maine” Nov. 16-18 at 7 p.m.

The nearly two-hour play by John Cariani features nine short scenes that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

Tickets cost $10 at the door.

For more information, email Kevin Koperski at

Holiday Gift Sale

The Fort Meade Holiday Gift Sale is Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade.

The event, presented by MWR Special Events, is open to the entire Fort Meade community.

More than 60 vendors will participate. Purchase unique gifts and holiday items from a range of cottage businesses.

Pick up lunch from seven different food vendors.

A shuttle service will be available between Club Meade and the Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Media Activity, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center and other facilities.

For more information, call 301-677-3579 or go to

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Club Meade’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet is Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Club Meade is open to all ranks and services, military and civilians. Membership is not required.

Cost is $24.95 for members; $12 for ages 4-10; and $28.95 for nonmembers. Children ages 3 and under are free.

Reservations are strongly recommended.

A $50 deposit for groups of eight people or more is required. Fee is refundable if canceled by Nov. 17.

For reservations, call 301-677-6969.

Garden Club trip

The Meade Area Garden Club is sponsoring a trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., on Nov. 29.

The gardens will be decorated for the holiday season. Holiday plants and decorated Christmas trees will be on display in the conservatory.

After dark, colorful lights and waters in one of the fountains “dance” to Christmas music coordinated to a light display.

The bus departs at 12:45 p.m. from the Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road, and returns at 9 p.m.

Cost is $50 for Meade Area Garden Club members and $55 for non-members, and includes transportation and admission to the gardens.

Deadline for paid reservations is Nov. 17. No refunds after that date.

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

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 or 301-677-3938; or Karen Bartholet at 301-677-8993 or

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

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

Kimbrough extends hours

To better serve its customers, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center will implement a pilot program to extend its hours of operation for routine appointments and health care services.

Kimbrough’s operating hours will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday’s hours remain the same: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services with extended hours include:

  • Primary Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • Radiology

The Kimbrough ACC Central appointment line is 301-677-8800.


Auto Skills Center’s new hours

The Auto Skills Center, located at 6530 Taylor Ave., will now operate with new, ongoing operating hours on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday hours remain the same: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-5542.

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 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


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.


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.


Workshops, briefings

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.


  • Transition, Goals, Plans Success (TGPS) five-day workshops: Monday to Nov. 17 at 8 a.m., FFSC
  • Pre-Separation Brief: Dec. 14 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Pre-Deployment Briefs: Today at 10 a.m., FFSC; Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m., ACS; and Dec. 6 at 10 a.m., FFSC
  • Joint Services Retiree Brief: Dec. 11 at 8 a.m., FFSC
  • Transition, Goals, Plans Success (TGPS) two-day workshops: Assessing Higher Education: Dec. 13-14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • Resume Workshop: Dec. 5 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Ten Steps to a Federal Job Workshop: Nov. 21 at 8 a.m., FFSC and Dec. 7 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Working a Job Fair: Tuesday at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Career Exploration: Nov. 28 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Social Media for Jobs: Dec. 12 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Interviewing Skills: Dec. 14 at 9 a.m., ACS


  • Dollars & Sense: Dec. 5 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Dollars & Sense (virtual class): Tuesday4 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Banking Basics: Tuesday at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Car Buying: Nov. 21 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Financial Readiness (online class): Nov. 28 at 8 a.m., ACS
  • Planning for Holidays: Nov. 28 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Blended Retirement (virtual class): Nov. 30 at 1 p.m., ACS
  • Thrift Savings Plan/Blended Retirement: Dec. 12 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Home Buying: Dec. 19 at 9 a.m., ACS

    Life Skills

  • Stress Management: Dec. 5 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Anger Management:  Dec. 7 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Healthy Relationships: Nov. 16 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Effective Communication: Dec. 12 at 8 a.m., FFSC
  • Budgeting For Baby: Dec. 15 at 11 a.m., FFSC (Navy and Marine Corps personnel only)


  • Newcomers Orientation: Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m., ACS
  • Sponsorship Training: Today at 9 a.m., ACS and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m., FFSC

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

Financial Readiness Virtual Classes

Army Community Service at Fort Meade and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will offer Financial Readiness Virtual Classes, which are open to active-duty service members, retirees, DoD civilians and installation contractors.

The free classes include:

  • Dollars & Sense: Tuesday, 9-10 a.m.
  • Blended Retirement System: Nov. 30, 1-2 p.m.

Registration is required.

To register, visit or the Fort Meade Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave., or Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, Va.

For more information, call ACS at Fort Meade at 301-677-5590 or ACS at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall at 703-696-3510.


Middle School-Teen Center activities and events

A variety of activities will be held at the Middle School/Teen Center, 3102 MacArthur Road.

Activities are free for members and $2 for nonmembers.

  • Today: 2 vs. 2 Basketball Tournament at 4:30 p.m. Sign up to compete in one of many brackets.
  • Today: Poetry Slam at 5 p.m. Perform personal poetry with or without music.
  • Friday: Pie-Eating Contest at 5 p.m.
  • Friday: Studio Ghibli Night at 7 p.m. Explore Japanese culture through film and snacks.
  • Monday: Writer’s Block session at 4 p.m. Perform something affecting humanity.
  • Wednesday: Super Smash Bros. 4 Tournament at 4:30 p.m. Sign up to compete.
  • Nov. 16: Zumba: “Turn up the heat” at 6 p.m. Bring a change of clothes, water and a towel.
  • Nov. 17: Family Dinner Night from 6-8 p.m. Event will feature food, family fitness challenges, video game contests, arts and crafts, and a “Family Feud” game.
  • Nov. 20: Super Smash Bros. Jeopardy at 6 p.m., featuring a game of trivia about your favorite characters
  • Nov. 21: Racing/Driving Challenge at 5 p.m., featuring auto-sports challenges and trivia
  • Middle School-Teen Winter Dance: Dec. 15 from 8 p.m. to midnight

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Story Time

“Story Time With Condi and Shea” is today from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Library at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 Second Corps Blvd.

Story Time is for special needs children from infancy and older with autism and other developmental delays.

The program is offered the second Thursday of each month.

Registration is required.

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

Driver’s education

SKIES Unlimited offers a driver’s education class Oct. 16-27 from 3-6:15 p.m.

The class is for ages 15 years old and 9 months to 18 years old.

Registration is required by Monday.

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

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.


Native American History Month events

Anne Arundel County Public Library will offer a series of events to mark November as Native American History Month.

Navajo Code Talkers

Learn how the U.S. military took advantage of the unique languages of Native Americans to secure voice communications in World War II.

  • Nov. 27 at 6 p.m., Glen Burnie Library

The Time Traveling Kids: Native American Storytime for Preschoolers

Stories and hands-on activities sponsored by the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum:

  • Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Severna Park Library
  • Nov. 27 at 11 a.m., Severn Library
  • Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m., Annapolis Library

Milan-A Story of Acceptance, Spirituality and Reverence (for adults)

Learn about the historic significance of native LGBT leaders and the importance of the spiritual way of the Two-Spirit society.

  • Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Brooklyn Park Library

Këntkatàm (Let’s Dance)

Cultural dance lesson by Piscataway dancers:

  • Nov. 18 at 11 a.m., Odenton Library

For more information, go to

Teen Service Projects

The Severn Community Library is hosting a monthly Teen Service Project Program for ages 11 to 17.

Care Packages for the Homeless is Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at the library, 2624 Annapolis Road.

Make a care package to be donated to a local homeless shelter.

Registration is not required. For more information, call 410-222-6280.


Medieval Times trip, sponsored by Better Opportunities for Single Service Members, is Nov. 17. The event is open to all single service members. To register, go to For more information, call Sgt. Kiyanna Hamamura at 301-677-6868 or email

West Arundel Creative Arts will present a new show by mentalist Alain Wu on Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. at the WACA Center for the Arts, 1788 Dorsey Road in Hanover.

Tickets cost $30 for VIP seating; $20 for general admission; and $15 for service members and children ages 12 and younger.

Tickets are available online at

Symphony of Lights, a drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video, opens from Nov. 18 to Jan. 1 in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

Drive-throughs take place Tuesdays through Sundays beginning Nov. 21 through Jan. 1. On Tuesdays through Fridays, drive-throughs are from 6:30 to 10 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, they run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Symphony of Lights will be closed to drive-throughs on Mondays, except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and closed Dec. 31.

Pre-purchased tickets cost $20 per car except on Saturdays when they cost $25.

Tickets can be purchased online to reserve a date and time. Tickets cost an additional $5 at the entrance.

In addition, Symphony of Lights will present a series of special events:

• Dazzle Dash kicks off Symphony of Lights Nov. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will offer a 1-mile walk-through starting at 5 p.m. as well as children’s activities, food, music, entertainment and giveaways. Dazzle Dash costs $25 per person in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Children 4 and younger are free.

• Twinkling Tots offers children and families a stroll through the lights on Dec. Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Children in strollers and wagons are welcome. Twinkling Tots costs $10 per person in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Children 4 and younger are free.

• Tail Lights gives dogs and their owners a chance to walk through the lights Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Pets can participate in a best-dressed contest judged for creativity and holiday spirit. The event costs $10 per person in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Children 4 and younger are free.

• Midnight at 7 offers a family-friendly New Year’s Eve featuring a walk through the lights and fireworks set to a soundtrack on Dec. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. with walk-throughs ending at 7:30 p.m.

Midnight at 7 will also include DJ music, party favors, face painting and food for purchase from local vendors. The event costs $15 per person in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Children 4 and younger are free.

• Military appreciation nights, presented Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, offer members of the military $10 off the cost of tickets to the drive-throughs. Active-duty, Reserve and retired service members with government-issued IDs and their dependents qualify for military nights.

For more information, call 410-740-7666 or visit

Christmas Spectacular Trip is Dec. 7 at Radio City Musical Hall in New York City featuring the Rockettes. Performance begins at 2 p.m. Reserve tickets with Leisure Travel Services. Cost is $175 and includes transportation and admission. For more information, 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.

Leisure Travel Services offers its next bus trips to New York City on Dec. 23 at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.


Fort Meade E9 Association meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting is Friday.

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

For more information, go to

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

Active-duty, Reserve and retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited.

For more information, call 443-604-2474 or 410-768-6288.

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.

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 Monday.

The club offers an opportunity to service members and civilian residents in the Fort Meade community to improve their public speaking skills in a supportive environment.

For more information, go to or call 410-305-9190.

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.

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

Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the third Wednesday of every month from 3-4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Airman Leadership School, 8470 Zimborski Ave. The next meeting is Wednesday. For more information, call 831-521-9251 or go to

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

Enlisted Spouses’ Club meets the third Thursday of the month. The next meeting is Nov. 16 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

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 Nov. 16.

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

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 Nov. 16.

Group topics include sharing, sibling integration, time management, schedules and positive discipline.

For more information, call 301-677-4118.

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 Nov. 16.

For more information, go to or call 443-883-1429.

Meade Area Garden Club will meet Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community Hall located at the corner of Route 175 and Wigley Avenue.

Kim Wasson, a floral designer, will demonstrate how to professionally decorate holiday trees.Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required. Annual membership is $20. You may attend one meeting before you are required to join.

Following the meeting, the club will sponsor a free workshop on “Holiday Wreath Making.” Attendees may stay to help finish decorating the tree, which will be donated to a worthy organization.

Advance reservations are required.

For more information about the workshop, including a list of materials to bring, call Sharon Durney, club president, at 410-761-5019. For club information, call Durney or Jennifer Garcia, membership chair, at 443-685-3133.

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 Nov. 20. 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 Nov. 20.

The group is for families experiencing an upcoming or current deployment, or the service members who have recently returned from deployment.

For more information, call 301-677-7823.

Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting is Nov. 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 Odenton Volunteer Firehouse Training room, 1425 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting is Nov. 21.

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.

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 Nov. 28.

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

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 Dec. 7.

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 Dec. 7.

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 Dec. 7. 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 Dec. 7. 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 Dec. 7.

For more information, visit






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

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