Community News & Notes – October 19, 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.

Register now for Meade’s 100th Anniversary Descendants Picnic

Join us for the Descendants and Friends of Fort George G. Meade Picnic on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Epiphany Episcopal Chapel and Church House, 1419 Odenton Road in Odenton.

The event is hosted by the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council.

The picnic is a chance for all those who have a history with the 100-year-old installation to be a part of the centennial celebration. From the days of Camp Meade in 1917 to today, Fort Meade has had a continual impact on the surrounding communities and is the largest employer in the state of Maryland.

Enjoy activities for adults and children alike, all focused on the history of Fort Meade.

Fort Meade leadership will be on hand as community members recognize those whose land became Camp Meade in 1917.

“From Saddles to Cyberspace,” if you’ve been part of the evolution of Fort Meade into the nation’s center for information, intelligence and cyber operations, you are encouraged to attend.

Register for the free event at

Death notice

Air Force Capt. Nathaniel Veals regretfully announces the death of Tech Sgt. Curtis Johnson.

Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of Johnson, should contact Veals, Summary Court Officer, at 443-902-7010.

Kimbrough town hall

Col. Christopher R. Martin, deputy commander for Clinical Services at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, will conduct a town hall meeting on Oct. 26 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Kimbrough Lab Reception Area.

The purpose of this forum is to disseminate information and answer questions regarding Kimbrough services.

All interested personnel are invited.


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.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, several free events and programs will be held throughout October.

  • Zumba Class: Oct. 27 at 12:10 p.m. at Gaffney Fitness Center
  • “Walking Away” 1-mile walk: Oct. 28 at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion
  • “The Five Love Languages”: Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

Registration is required.

Right Arm Night today

Bring your right arm to Joint Services Right Arm Night today at 4 p.m. at Club Meade.

The event will feature free food, iced tea and lemonade, music and dancing. Other beverages must be purchased.

Reserve all unit tables at 301-677-6969. For information, visit

Flu shots

Influenza vaccinations will be administered Oct. 30-Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.

For more information, call 301-677-8435.

ESC ‘Goodies for Goblins’

The Enlisted Spouses’ Club is collecting candy to provide a Halloween treat for single service members on post.

To help, go to the USO, the Post Thrift Shop or any community center and deposit bags of candy in the collection box.

If you know single service members who would like to participate or for more information, email

Find the Fort Meade ESC on social media or visit


Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon

The Fort Meade Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club and other organizations are sponsoring the Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon on Nov. 4 at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

Check-in and socializing begin at 9:45 a.m. The program will start at 10:30 a.m.

Cost of the luncheon is $30. Seating is limited.

Reservations are required by Monday. Walk-ins are not allowed.

Co-sponsors include the Association of the U.S. Army, the Enlisted Spouses’ Club, the Military Officers Association of America, the Military Order of the World Wars, the Officers’ Spouses’ Club and the Retired Enlisted Association.

The keynote speaker is George W. Owings III, Maryland secretary of Veterans Affairs.

A choral group will provide a patriotic musical tribute.

For more information or reservation forms, call co-chairpersons Lianne Roberts at 301-464-5498 or Althea Freeman at 410-451-9709.

Father Daughter Ball

“Sweet Celebrations” Father Daughter Ball will be held Oct. 21 from 5-8:30 p.m. at Club Meade.

Tickets are on sale now at Club Meade. Seating is limited.

Cost is $50 per father/daughter and $20 for each additional daughter.

Formal attire is required.

Doors open at 5 p.m.

A buffet dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Menu includes roast beef, roasted pork lin with cornbread stuffing, mac & cheese, mini desserts and an ice-cream station with 15 toppings.

The magic show is from 6:30-7 p.m. Dancing is from 7-8:30 p.m.

Crafts tables are available from 5-8:30 p.m.

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

ROWC trip to Radio City

The Fort Meade Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Nov. 15 to see the “Christmas Spectacular” starring the Rockettes.

Show-stopping numbers include the legendary “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

Tickets are available for the 2 p.m. show with orchestra seats.

The bus will leave at 8 a.m. from the Demps Visitor Control Center parking lot and return to the same location at 10 p.m.

Upon arrival to New York, the group will visit Rockefeller Center and St Patrick’s Cathedral. A packed lunch will be provided.

After the show, the bus will stop at a famous New York deli for dinner at your own expense.

The price of $115 includes deluxe coach, orchestra ticket and packed lunch. Or, for those who would prefer to travel to New York to shop or sightsee, the cost is $52 for the bus and snacks only.

Reservations for Radio City tickets are required by Nov. 6. Seats on the bus can be reserved up until the departure date of Nov. 15.

For reservations or more information, email Pat Hagerty at or call 410-768-2076.

Veterans Job Fair

The Fort Meade Veterans Job Fair will be held Nov. 15 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.”

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.

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

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


Parents Night Out

Child and Youth Services will host Parents Night Out on Friday from 6:30-10 p.m. at Child Development Center IV, Building 2410, 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

Child care is open to all CYS-registered children ages 6 weeks to 11 years old.

The non-refundable cost is $25 per child. Spaces are limited.

Registration runs through Friday at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road.

For more information, call 301-677-1149 or visit

Flute and harp recital

The U.S. Army Field Band’s Chamber Music ensemble will perform a free flute and harp recital on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. at Altholton Adventist Church, 6520 Martin Road, Columbia.

Staff Sgts. Jennifer Zhou and Grace Bauson will present 20th-century works for flute and harp, including music by celebrated American musicians Lowell Liebermann and Charles Rochester Young; World War I French naval officer and composer Jean Cras; and Astor Piazzolla, master of the classical tango.

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 Five-Day Workshops: Monday to Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. at FFSC
  • Pre-Deployment Briefs: Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. at ACS and Oct. 26 at 10 a.m., FFSC


  • Basics of Investing: Tuesday at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Financial Readiness (online course): Tuesday at 8 a.m., ACS
  • Basics of Investing (virtual class): Oct. 26 at 1 p.m., ACS

Life Skills

  • Family Resiliency Training: Saturday at 11 a.m., ACS
  • Newcomers Orientation: Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ACS

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:

  • Basics of Investing: Oct. 26, 1-2 p.m.
  • Dollars & Sense: Nov. 14 , 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

The Middle School/Teen Center is offering events at Building 3102.

  • 2 vs. 2 Basketball Tournament: Today at 4:30 p.m. Register to compete in one of many brackets.
  • “Drop the Beat!” Today at 5 p.m. Compete to be the best DJ and MC combo.
  • Frightfest Lock-in: Friday at 6 p.m. Event includes a trip to Six Flags Frightfest and a ghostly lock-in with more surprises.
  • Writer’s Block: “Fearless”: Wednesday at 5 p.m. Event features aspiring writers and spoken word performers.
  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Bring treat bags, costumes and Halloween spirit.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

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.


Story Time

“Story Time With Condi and Shea” is Nov. 9 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.

STEM events

Anne Arundel County Public Library is offering events marking the third annual county STEM festival. The festival celebrates the importance of science, technology, engineering and math in everyday life.

  • Science of Dragon Boating at the Annapolis Library on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Reality Showcase at the Westfield Annapolis Mall: Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.
  • STEM Day at the Glen Burnie Regional Library: Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Event features hands on activities.

  • The Science of Sound at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts: Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.
  • Science Night at Anne Arundel Community College: Nov. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Dozens of other STEM-related events will be held in October and November at the library’s 15 branches.

The festival is a program of the larger Maryland STEM Festival, which takes place Oct. 31 to Nov. 12.

For a complete list of the nearly 50 STEM events at AACPL, visit

Teen Service Projects

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

The event will meet one Saturday per month through November from 2-4 p.m. in the teen area/meeting room at the library, 2624 Annapolis Road.

Teens will be eligible for two hours of service learning.

The first hour will focus on a fun leadership activity. The second hour will be dedicated to that month’s project.

Attend one program or all three. Registration is not required.

  • Animal Shelter Donations: Saturday at 2 p.m.

Make fleece blankets to be donated to the local animal shelter.

  • Care Packages for the Homeless: Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

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

For more information, call the library at 410-222-6280





Ginger Bread House Creation Party, hosted by Better Opportunities for Single Service Members, is today from 2:30-4 p.m. The event is open all military services.

Participants will make and decorate centerpieces for the Father-Daughter Ball.

For more information, call 301-677-6868, visit your BOSS representative or visit


West Arundel Creative Arts will present a new show by mentalist Alain Wu on Nov. 11 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

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 space early 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.


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

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 today.

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 today.

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

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

Bruce Peterjohn, of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, will present a program on hummingbirds.

Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required.

Annual membership costs $20 and is extended to anyone in the community interested in gardening.

You may attend one meeting before you are required to join.

After the meeting, the club will sponsor a workshop on “Making Your Own Bonsai.”

Cost of workshop is $55 and includes materials and instruction. Advance reservations are required.

Call Maureen Chandler at 410-330-6112 about the workshop.

For more information about the club, call Jennifer Garcia, membership chair, at 443-685-3133, or Sharon Durney, club president, at 410-761-5019.

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

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

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

Exceptional Family Member Adult Support Group is held the last Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at the Exchange Food Court.

The next meeting is Oct. 31.

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 Nov. 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 Nov. 2.

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 Nov. 2. 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 Nov. 2. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County offers a free support group for families with a loved one suffering from mental illness on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The next meeting is Nov. 2.

For more information, visit

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 Nov. 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 or call 410-305-9190.

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. 6. 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. 6.

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.

Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club’s next luncheon meeting is Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. This month’s program, “War on the Home Front,” focuses on the big three industries in Baltimore — steel, ships and aircraft, which locally employed over 100,000 people in the 1940s.

Along with the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the ROWC will look back at the history of how these industries and citizens were transformed during World War II.

Cost of the luncheon is $20. Reservations are required by Nov. 2 at noon. Call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082.

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

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

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

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 Nov. 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

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 Nov. 11.

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

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

Glen Burnie NARFE Chapter 1519 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 7436 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.

The next meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees is Nov. 14.

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 Nov. 15. 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 Nov. 15. For more information, email Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, club vice president, at



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.




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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