Community News & Notes – September 7, 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 ftmeadesoundoff.com, 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 www.ftmeade.army.mil and clicking on the Public Affairs Office tab and calling the listed phone number or emailing larry.whitley.civ@mail.mil.

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

NEWS & EVENTS

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.

 

TMC-Baltimore needs volunteers

The Mission Continues military veterans outreach group has announced a volunteer opportunity in honor of the lives lost on 9/11.

TMC-Baltimore, one of several “platoons” across the United States, has been working in the local area since 2015 and has focused its outreach efforts on a school and the surrounding community in the Harlem Park West neighborhood of Baltimore.

This year’s 9/11 memorial event is Sept. 9, rain or shine.

The event will bring veterans and service members together to work alongside a local construction company on a variety of projects at the Roots & Branches School.

To learn about TMC-Baltimore volunteer opportunities or for more information, contact Leslie Premo at LPremo@missioncontinues.org or 410-937-8367; or Katie Kilby, at KKilby@missioncontinues.org or call 703.209.4094.

Suicide Prevention Month events

Fort Meade’s Army Substance Abuse Program is sponsoring various Suicide Prevention Month events in September.

  • Guest speaker: Today from 1-3 p.m. at the Post Theater: Andrew O’Brien will talk about the night his world collapsed and the horrible mistake he almost made.
  • Remembrance/Suicide Awareness Run: Friday from 6:30-8 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field
  • ACE (Ask Care Escort) training: Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. at Cavalry Chapel, 8465 Simonds St.
  • Information booth: Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Exchange
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training): Sept. 20-21 at Cavalry Chapel, 8465 Simonds St.

For more information, call Heather McNany at ASAP at 301-677-6558.

Community Job Fair

The Fort Meade Community Job Fair is Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

The event is open to all job-seekers.

Arrive early and anticipate lines at the security gates and job fair.

Bring resumes. Dress for success.

Visit the “Resume Doctor.” Professional advisors will provide a personal, three-minute review of your resume, answer questions and offer advice, at no charge.

An appointment with a sign language interpreter, provided by ASL Interpreter Service, must be scheduled by Friday via email to jerome.duncan@maryland.gov.

If you do not have a DoD ID card to access the post, you must go to the Demps Visitor Control Center, adjacent to the Reece Road gate, and present a photo ID or driver’s license.

A free shuttle service will take patrons to and from the VCC to the front door of Club Meade.

The Community Job Fair is hosted by the Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation; Army Community Service; the Navy Fleet & Family Support Center; and Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program.

For a list of all attending employers or more information, visit meade.armymwr.com or email jerome.duncan@maryland.gov.

 

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.

No classes on Labor Day Monday and Tuesday. No PT today or Sept. 14, 21 and 28.

  • 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
  • Car Seat Safety: Sept. 19
  • PRG: Infant Wellness/Infant Safety and SIDS: Sept. 26

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 Nikki.n.woods2.mil@mail.mil or 301-677-3938; or Karen Bartholet at 301-677-8993 or karen.bartholet.civ@mail.mil.

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.

 

Navy Federal grand opening

The grand opening of Navy Federal Credit Union on Fort Meade is Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. at the former Fort Meade Credit Union building, 4471B Redwood Road.

Guest speakers include Cutler Dawson, CEO of Navy Federal.

For more information, call 888-842-6328.

Hiring commissary baggers

The Fort Meade Commissary is accepting applications for 18 bagger positions.

The positions are open to active-duty military service members; spouses, children and dependents of active-duty military service members; and retirees.

Positions are available for the following weekday and weekend shifts:

  • Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday, 3-9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 2:30-9:30 p.m.

Interviews will be conducted Sept. 25 from 9-11 a.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road, or until all open positions are filled.

All applicants must attend the interview at Club Meade in person and present a valid Military/Dependent Identification Card and a Social Security number.

For more information, call 301-677-5502.

Butterfly Release

Fort Meade’s annual Butterfly Release, in recognition of National Gold Star Mothers and Families Day, is Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Burba Lake in Pavilion #1.

National Gold Star Mothers and Families Day is Sept. 24. The event is observed annually on the last Sunday in September.

National Gold Star Mothers and Families Day recognizes and honors families who have lost a son or daughter serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

For more information, call 301-677-5590.

Women’s Empowerment Networking Expo

The Women’s Empowerment Networking Expo, held in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Potomac Place Community Center, 4998 Second Corps Blvd.

Registration is required.

Seminars and lectures will focus on:

  • Physical health
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Financial readiness
  • Legal entitlements
  • Employment readiness
  • Spiritual empowerment

To register or for more information call 301-677-4118.

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

In anticipation of construction improvements and reduced traffic flow at other Fort Meade access control points, the Llewellyn Avenue gate is now open 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 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 operationtohidu.org or call 301-599-4550.

 

Farmers Market

The Fort Meade Farmers Market is every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pavilion through Sept. 27.

The market is open to all patrons with gate access. Admission and parking are free.

Browse the variety of food trucks and local vendors selling produce, plants, soaps and treats.

Food trucks and vendors may include: Blue Kettle Soapworks, Bullhead Pit Beef, Honey Empanadas, Deja Roux Catering, Greek on the Street, Portside Express, London Chippy, Wanna Pizza This, Wolo Eats, Sweet Tea and Cornbread, Diner on the Go, Dunkin’ Donuts Community Cruiser, Funnel Fare, Gina’s Wish Candles, Great Shoals Winery, Dragonfly Winery, Greer’s Kettle Corn, High Hopes Farm, Kona Ice, Living Essential Oils, Eimaj Italian Ice, Moses Family Jerky and Charka Spiritual Counselor.

For more information, visit meade.armymwr.com.

Parents’ Night Out

Child Development Center IV will host Parents’ Night Out on Sept. 15 from 6:30-10 p.m.

Registration ends Friday.

CDC IV is located at 85th Medical Battalion Avenue.

Child care will be provided for parents with children ages 6 weeks to 11 years old.

Cost is $20 per child (non-refundable). Spaces are limited.

All children must be registered with Child and Youth Services.

For more information, call 301-677-1149 or visit meade.armymwr.com.

Father Daughter Ball

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

Tickets go on sale Sept. 25 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 meade.armymwr.com.

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 meade.armymwr.com.

Spouse Orientation & Tour – Summer Series

Army Community Service is offering a Spouse Orientation & Tour – Summer Series for newly arrived military spouses on Friday and Oct. 13, Nov. 3 and Dec. 8 at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd.

Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are open all spouses new to the community.

Each session is free and features a 90-minute briefing and a 2.5-hour “windshield tour” of Fort Meade, including a stop at the Exchange.

Lunch is at your own expense.

Registration is required at fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com.

‘Crime & Punishment’

Mystery sleuths are invited to “Crime & Punishment: A 1920s Murder Mystery Experience and Dinner” on Sept. 16 at Club Meade.

Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Group rates for 10 or more are available in advance only.

Reservations are encouraged.

Cash bar opens at 5 p.m. and is available throughout the “investigation.”

A buffet dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m.

The “crime” will be re-enacted from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The audience’s help is needed in solving the mystery. Watch for clues and ask questions.

For reservations, call Club Meade at 410-677-6969.

For more information, call 301-677-1156 or 301-677-1149.

Reunion for 2nd Infantry

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time.

This year, the association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the division, which was formed in France during World War I.

The organization’s annual reunion will be held Sept. 13-17 in Arlington, Va.

For information about the association and its annual reunion, email secretary-treasurer Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202, or visit 2ida.org.

Prostate Cancer Guest Speaker Program

The Prostate Cancer Guest Speaker Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will be held today from 7-8:30 p.m.in the America Building, second floor, Room 2525.

Dr. Sean Kern will present the program, “Overview of Surgical Treatment for Prostate Cancer.”

For those without a military ID, call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least four business days prior to the event for base access.

A photo ID will be required at the gate.

For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane.l.hudak.ctr@mail.mil.

 

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 meade.armymwr.com for more details.

Thrift Shop hours

The Post Thrift Shop, located at 392 Llewellyn Ave., is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Consignments are taken by appointment only.

For more information, call 410-672-3575.

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.

Open Mic Night

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.

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.

EDUCATION

Project Management Professional seminar

The Project Management Professional (PMP) Orientation Seminar will be offered Friday from 1-2:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center, Classroom 1.

Military Corps Career Connect provides free industry-driven training and certifications to transitioning service members, spouses of active-duty service members who relocated in the last 48 months, and veterans who separated (not retired) in the last 48 months.

The goal of C3 is to link to employment and also offer work-and-learn opportunities and on-the-job training.

This session, hosted by C3 in conjunction withe Fort Meade Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program, will have representatives from Leidos, Project Management Institute and Inovious Technologies, LLC.

Participants will learn about the PMP certification, hear from PMP certified professionals and learn how to qualify for the exam.

C3 will provide information on free PMP training and certifications.

Register via Eventbrite.

Cultural classes

Army Community Service is offering cultural classes for foreign-born military spouses on Sept. 21 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.

Participants will learn about American customs, culture, food, information on English as a second language, citizenship and visas.

Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, call ACS at 301-677-5590 or visit fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com.

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.

Military

  • Pre-Separation Brief: Today at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Mobilization and Deployment: Pre-Deployment Brief: Friday and Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m.
  • Joint Services Retiree Brief: Sept. 18 at 8 a.m., FFSC
  • Joint Pre-Deployment Brief: Sept. 18 at 8 a.m., FFSC
  • TGPS (Transition, Goals, Planning, Success): Monday through Sept. 15 and Sept. 25-29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC
  • Retiree Brief: Sept. 18, 8-11:30 a.m.
  • Budget For Baby: Sept. 22 at 11 a.m., FFSC (for Marine Corps and Navy only)

Financial

  • Banking Basics: Sept. 12 at 9 a.m., ACS

Topics include: credit unions and banking services, and how to manage, balance and reconcile your bank account.

  • Thrift Savings Plan: Tuesday at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Car-Buying: Sept. 19 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • Getting Out of Debt: Sept. 26 at 9 a.m., ACS
  • First Term Financial Readiness (online class), required for all first-term Soldiers: Sept. 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Employment

  • Resume Workshop: Tuesday at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Ten Steps to a Federal Job: Sept. 19 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Interviewing Skills: Sept. 26 at 9 a.m., FFSC

Life Skills

  • Anger management: Today at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Sponsorship Training: Sept. 14, 9 a.m., ACS
  • Effective Communication: Sept. 18 at 9 a.m., FFSC
  • Cultural Classes: Sept. 21, 4:30-6 p.m., ACS
  • Newcomers Orientation: Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., ACS

To register, call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or ACS at 301-677-5590, or visit fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com.

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:

  • Thrift Savings Plan: Tuesday, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Thrift Savings Plan: Sept. 28, 1-2 p.m.
  • Blended Retirement System: Oct. 10, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • 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 fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com 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.

Citizenship seminar

Army Community Service will host a Joint Services seminar with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Office of Baltimore on Sept. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at ACS, 830 Chisholm Ave.

The free event is open to all service members, retirees, DoD civilian employees, and family members.

Preregistration is required.

Attendees must schedule an appointment, which are scheduled in 15-minute increments.

The last appointment is at 5:45 p.m.

Bring to your appointment supporting documentation; letters from the UCSIS Office; forms to be completed; and any questions regarding Green Cards, passports, citizenship and other issues.

For more information, call 301-677-5590 or visit meade.armymwr.com.

YOUTH

EFMP Story Time

“Story Time With Condi and Shea” will be held Sept. 14 tfrom 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.

Middle School-Teen programs

Activities for are offered in September at the Middle School-Teen Center, 3102 MacArthur Road.

Activities are free for members and $2 for nonmembers.

  • Kick Ball Madness: Today at 3 p.m.
  • Track Day: Monday at 3 p.m.
  • NBA 2K17 Tournament: Wednesday at 5 p.m.
  • Music Composition: Wednesday at 3 p.m.
  • Character Design and Creation: Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.
  • Movies on the Lawn: Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Pirates Day: Sept. 19 at 4 p.m.
  • Rocket League Tournament: Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.
  • Outdoor Poetry Slam: Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
  • Bring and Share Comic Day: Sept. 25 at 4 p.m
  • Top Chef Event: Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.

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 Oct. 9.

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.

RECREATION

 

The 50th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Event features food dishes, local craft beers and wines, interactive cooking demonstrations, beer and oyster tastings, competitions, children’s activities, the traveling Zoo Road Show and fireworks.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission; $10 for service members and seniors with ID; and free for first responders with ID. Onsite parking costs $10. For more information, go to mdseafoodfestival.com.

APG Oktoberfest is Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m; Sept. 29 from 2-9 p.m.; and Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shine Sports Field at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Event is open to the public.

Event features German-inspired food and entertainment; local craft beers; inflatables and games; Car & Bike Show; Centennial 10K Run; volksmarch; and fireworks.

Tickets cost $5 daily or $12 for a three-day pass, and free for children ages 15 and younger.

Photo ID required to enter post. For more information, got to apgmwr.com.

Maryland Renaissance Festival runs through Oct. 22 on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Crownsville Fairgrounds in Annapolis, rain or shine.

For ticket prices or more information, go to marylandrenaissancefestival.com or call 800-296-7304.

Hops & Harvest Festival will be held Sept. 30 at the Columbia Lakefront in two sessions: noon to 4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. More than 50 Maryland breweries and artisans will be featured.

General admission tickets cost $40 in advance, or $50 at the door. Tickets cover entry to one of the two sessions, a souvenir event cup, unlimited tastings, live entertainment and games.

For more information, go to hopsandharvestfest.com or call 443-741-1008.

Dogfest: Walk & Festival: Better Opportunities for Single Service Members needs volunteers for the event on Sept. 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Humane Society. Transportation is free. For information, call 301-677-6868, see your unit BOSS rep or visit meade.armymwr.com.

Night Nation Run 5K and Walk is Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Timonium Fairgrounds. The free trip is sponsored by Better Opportunities for Single Service Members. Only 15 spaces are available. For reservations or more information, call 301-677-6868, see your unit BOSS rep or visit meade.armymwr.com.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia presents “Dreamgirls” through Nov. 12. Discounted tickets are available at Leisure Travel Services. For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354 or Toby’s at 410-730-8311.

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 Baltimore Orioles Sunday home games, 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 Friday, Sept. 16 and Dec. 23 at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.

MEETINGS

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.

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.

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 today. 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 today. 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 today.

For more information, visit namiaac.org.

Moms of Multiples Group meets every first and third Thursday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The next meeting is today.

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

For more information, call 301-677-4118.

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 e9association.org.

Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is 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 1686.toastmastersclubs.org 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.

Meade Area Garden Club will hold its opening Welcome Garden Party on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community Center located at the corner of Route 175 and Wigley Avenue.

Jonathan Bardzik, a cook, author and storyteller, will present the program “Seasons to Taste — At the Market.”

Refreshments will be served, including samples from the demonstration using local, seasonal produce.

No reservations required.

The club features nine programs throughout the year including a trip to the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, activities and workshops relating to gardening, and a bake sale in the fall.

Annual membership is $20. You may attend one meeting before you are required to join.

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

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 Sept. 18. Space is limited. Registration is required for each session. 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 Sept. 18.

For more information, go to http://glenburnie.toastmastersclubs.org or call 443-883-1429.

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 Sept. 18.

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 Sept. 19. 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 Sept. 19.

For more information, visit trea.org 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 Sept. 20. For more information, call 831-521-9251 or go to AFSA254.org.

Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Sept. 20. For more information, email Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, club vice president, at aaron.a.barfield.mil@mail.mil.

Resiliency of Men, sponsored by the Family Advocacy Program, will meet Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at the FAP Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

For more information, call 301-677-4117 or 301-677-4124.

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 Sept. 21.

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 jane.l.hudak.ctr@mail.mil.

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 Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. For child care during ESC functions, email membership@FtMeadeESC.org.

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 pack377_cc@yahoo.com.

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 ftmeadecwoc@gmail.com.

Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2-3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family violence.

Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117.

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 colaina.townsend.ctr@mail.mil.

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 thecarptman@msn.com.

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 americanlegionpost276.org.

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 odentonlodge209.net.

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