Community News and Notes – February 23, 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 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.

Black History Month

The Fort Meade military community and the Defense Information Systems Agency will host the garrison’s Black History Month observance today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave.

The guest speaker is Dr. Toya Corbett, dean of students at North Carolina Central University.

The topic is “Crisis in Black Education.” Corbett will address some of the measures being taken to address the crisis.

Food samplings will be served.

The annual event is open to the public. All Fort Meade community service members and civilian employees are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call Cary A. Marshall at 301-225-3030 or Sgt. 1st Class Derrick Chambers, garrison senior enlisted adviser at the Equal Opportunity Office, at 301-677-6687.

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 Tuesdays beginning at 8 a.m.

Each consultation slot is 30 minutes.

Clients may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment if the 30-minute consult time is insufficient to address all legal issues.

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

The number of walk-in slots are limited.

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

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

Freedom Inn celebrates Black History Month

The Freedom Inn Dining Facility will provide a special meal today to commemorate Black History Month.

All service members, retirees, DoD civilian employees and contractors are welcome.

Cost for lunch is $5.55.

Hours are 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for active-duty service members, and 12:15-12:45 p.m. for civilians.

The menu features barbecue ribs, fried fish, baked chicken, candied yams, collard greens, stewed tomatoes, steamed cabbage, dirty rice, white rice and cornbread as well as pinto bean soup and chicken tortilla soup.

Dessert includes bread pudding, rice pudding, apple pie and coconut cake.

For more information, call 301-677-3926 or 301-677-6838.

Technical Job Fair

The Fort Meade Technical Job Fair will be held March 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

The free event is open to all job seekers.

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

Candidates with security clearance are encouraged to attend.

A “resume doctor” will provide free resume evaluation and preparation assistance.

A shuttle bus will take job seekers from the Visitor Control Center at 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.

Tax preparation services

Free income tax preparation services are offered through April 18 at the Fort Meade Joint Installation Tax Center at 4217 Roberts Ave.

Free tax preparation and e-filing will be provided for active-duty service members, retirees and dependents who are valid ID cardholders.

Eligible patrons may schedule an appointment by calling 301-677-9366.

Newcomers Orientation

Army Community Service hosts the Newcomers Orientation briefing every other week.

During the months of May through September, which are considered high peak for service members undergoing a PCS move, the briefing will be held every week.

This will assist in eliminating a backlog and will provide a smooth transition for service members experiencing a PCS move.

Newcomers Orientation briefings are currently scheduled for the following dates: April 5 and April 19. Other dates: May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21 and June 28.

For more information, call 301-677-4107.

Latin Night

Enjoy dancing at Latin Night on Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight at Club Meade.

A variety of music will be playing including salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, house and reggaetown.

The event will feature food and beverage specials. No cover charge.

Latin Nights are held the last Friday of each month.

For more information, call 301-677-6969.

Mardi Gras Brunch

A Mardi Gras Brunch will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade.

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Creole-inspired brunch buffet to the smooth sounds of the six-piece jazz ensemble 4ThaGruv.

The menu will feature: quiche, beignet, baked French toast, biscuits and gravy, hash brown casserole, chicken and andouille gumbo, fried oysters, seafood jambalaya, fried chicken, red beans and rice, a salad bar and assorted desserts.

Tickets cost $30 for nonmembers and $27 for members.

Tickets are available at Club Meade. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

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

Baysox national anthem auditions

The Bowie Baysox will host live auditions on March 18 at Prince George’s Stadium to sing the national anthem before a 2017 Baysox home game.

Stadium gates open for registration at 9 a.m. Auditions begin at 9:30 a.m.

The team has a live performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before all 70 home games.

Registration is required.

No word sheets are allowed to be used during the audition. All auditions must be done in person. No CDs, cassettes or videos are accepted for review.

The auditions are open to any individual or small group that is interested. Instrumentalists are permitted.

Large church or school groups interested in performing the national anthem at a game should call the Baysox at 301-464-4880.

The Baysox 2017 home-opener is April 14 against the Harrisburg Senators at 6:35 p.m.

Ticket plans are available online.

Prize drawing

Each month through April, Leisure Travel Services offers customer appreciation prize drawings.

Patrons must enter each month to be eligible to win. No purchase is necessary.

Winners are drawn on the last day of the month.

February: Win four tickets (two adults and two children) to the National Aquarium in Baltimore or two tickets to Cinemark Movie Theatre.

March: Win four tickets (two adults and two children) to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore or the B&O Railroad Museum.

April: Win four tickets (two adults and two children) to Medieval Times in Arundel Mills.

Tickets are available to these attractions at Leisure Travel Services.

For more information, call 301-677-7354.

Flea Market

Fort Meade’s indoor Flea Market opens May 6 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Pavilion.

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

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

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

Vendor space cost $15 in advance through May 3.

Registration at the door costs $20.

Non DoD cardholders must preregister by April 20. Preregistration will authorize entry onto the installation.

To reserve a space, call 301-677-3579.

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.

Philadelphia Flower Show

The Meade Area Garden Club is sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 13.

This year’s theme, “Holland – Flowering the World,” focuses on diverse gardens featuring canals and bridges, plants and flowers, and colorful flowering bulbs from the Netherlands.

Numerous garden-themed vendors will sell a large variety of products.

The bus will leave at 8:45 a.m. from the Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road, Jessup, and return by 6 p.m.

Cost of trip, which includes transportation and admission to the show, is $66 for Meade Area Garden Club members and $71 for nonmembers.

Reservations are required, along with payment for the trip.

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

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 civilians, contractors, and Department of the Army security guards and firefighters on Monday through Friday.

Active-duty service members on Basic Allowance for Subsistence are also authorized for meals on the weekend. Family members of military personnel may purchase meals on weekdays if accompanied by the service member.

All other categories of customers may purchase meals as the garrison commander deems appropriate. These categories include youth groups, MEPS candidates, civilian dignitaries, guests and other visitors.

Service members with a meal card will continue to have priority over cash-paying customers.

For more information, call 301-677-5503.

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.


Family Education Day

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club is hosting Family Education Day for the Fort Meade community on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Park Neighborhood Center.

OSC members whose children have received scholarships will walk family members through the process of researching and applying for college scholarships and grants.

They also will discuss the process after a child is awarded a scholarship or grant.

For reservations, email or call 410-570-7942.

Senior Service College Fellowship

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is accepting applications for the 2017-18 SSCF program through March 23.

The SSCF program is a 10-month educational opportunity conducted under the auspices of the Defense Acquisition University at Aberdeen Proving Ground; Huntsville, Ala.; and Warren, Mich.

The fellowship is open to permanent Department of the Army acquisition civilians in grades GS-14/15 or broadband equivalents.

Non-Army personnel may apply and must submit their applications in accordance with the Army DACM process.

Complete program information and application requirements can be found online.

For more information about the program, contact Jim Oman at by email at or call 410-272-9470.

Judges needed

Judges are needed for the Solley Elementary Science Fair on March 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the school at 7608 Solley Road in Glen Burnie.

See what Solley students are investigating and creating in science and STEM classes.

Refreshments will be provided for all judges.

Arrive at 8 a.m., noon or 4 p.m. to learn how to judge. Spend 1.5 hours evaluating projects using a rubric.

You will meet with other judges and select your top three projects for each grade.

For more information, email or call 410-222-6473, ext. 31.

Field Sanitation Team training at Fort Belvoir

The Environmental Health section of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Va., is enrolling students for the Field Sanitation Team certification course.

The course will be held from Monday to March 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Building 710.

The 40 hours of classroom instructions and hands-on practicum reinforce preventive medicine concepts that protect war fighters from disease and non-battle injuries (such as waterborne and foodborne illnesses, vector-borne diseases and toxic industrial materials).

Paragraph 1-7 of AR 40-5 directs appointment of a Field Sanitation Team for all company-sized units.

To reserve a seat, email the Environmental Health office at

Military Saves Week

Fort Meade Military Saves Week is Monday to March 3.

Army Community Service is offering a variety of free classes, which are open to DoD ID cardholders, at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave., unless otherwise noted.

Home Buying: Monday, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS

Thrift Savings Plan/Blended Retirement System: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, Post Theatre

Thrift Savings Plan/Blended Retirement System: Wednesday, 1-4 p.m., Post Theatre

Getting Out Of Debt: March 2, 9-11 a.m., ACS

Car Buying: March 3, 9-11 a.m., ACS

Registration is required for each class.

Register online.

For more information, call ACS at 301-677-5590.

Financial, Employment Readiness

Joint Services offers workshops and briefings by Army Community Service at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave., and the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center at 2212 Chisholm Ave., unless otherwise noted.

The free classes are open to active-duty service members and family members, DoD civilian employees and retirees.

Registration is required for each class.


Joint Pre-Deployment Brief: Friday, 9:30-11 a.m., ACS

TGPS (Transition, Goals, Plans, Services) Five-Day Workshops: March 6-10 and March 20-24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., FFSC

Retiree Brief: March 13, 8-11:30 a.m., FFSC

Sponsorship Training: March 15, 2-3:30 p.m., FFSC

Joint Pre-Deployment Brief: March 16, 9-11:30 a.m.

Pre-Separation Brief: March 16, 9-11:30 a.m., FFSC

TGPS (Transition, Goals, Plans, Services) Two-Day Workshops: Assessing Higher Education: March 29-30, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., FFSC


First-Term Financial Readiness (online course): Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS

This eight-hour Foundation of Financial Readiness course is required for all first-term service members.

TSP/Blended Retirement: Wednesday, 1-4 p.m., Post Theatre

Getting Out Of Debt: March 2, 9-11 a.m., ACS

Car Buying: March 3, 9-11 a.m., ACS

Dollars & Sense: March 7, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS

Topics include basic budgeting, financial goals and priorities, saving and investing, and managing your credit.

Women Building Wealth: March 8, 9-11 a.m., ACS

Banking Basics: March 14, 9-11 a.m., ACS

Gambling Awareness: March 21, 9-11 a.m., ACS

Budget For Baby (Navy/Marine Corps personnel only): March 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., FFSC

First-Term Financial Readiness: March 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ACS


Salary Negotiations: Today, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS

Job Search Strategies: March 14, 9 a.m. to noon, FFSC

Ten Steps To A Federal Job: March 28, 9 a.m. to noon, FFSC

Life Skills

Stress Management: March 2, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

Anger Management: March 9, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

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

‘Pillars of Strength’ scholarship

The University of Maryland University College offers the “Pillars of Strength” scholarship program to volunteer caregivers of injured service members.

The scholarship is designed to honor the exceptional sacrifices and extraordinary commitment of these exemplary individuals.

The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and fees.

Application deadline is Tuesday.

To review the eligibility criteria and apply, visit the website.


Library to raise adoption awareness

The Annapolis Regional Library is hosting a traveling photo exhibit of children in foster care called The Heart Gallery, presented by Adoptions Together.

This project is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for permanent families for children who are in the custody of the Maryland Department of Human Resources and are available for adoption.

The exhibit, at the Annapolis Regional Library, will help to boost the chances for adoption of 20 foster children whose photos will be on display until Tuesday.

The Crofton Community Library will host the exhibit during April.

The exhibit uses acclaimed photographers from the local area to shine a light on the child’s warmth and individuality that are usually invisible in the typical shots that accompany the children’s files once they have entered the foster care system.

For more information, visit the Heart Gallery website.


Teen Center events

The Fort Meade Teen Center offers the following activity:

Paint & Snack: Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Teens will be led by an instructor to learn to paint their own portraits or landscapes while enjoying snacks and appetizers.

Etiquette Class: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 3 p.m.

Acting 101: March 6, 4 p.m.

Teens will learn various introductory exercises to improve their acting techniques.

Paint & Snack: March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 3:30 p.m.

Mudbox Workshop: March 7, 3 p.m.

Comic Day: March 9, 5 p.m. Bring and share.

Race Day 10-Miler: March 10, 6 p.m.

Smash Bros. Tournament: March 15, 5 p.m.

Shamrock Rock party: March 17, 8 p.m.

Kickball: March 23, 8 p.m.

Acting Improv: March 27, 2:30 p.m.

Ping-Pong Tournament: March 29, 4 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Youth Center events

The Youth Center is offering the following events:

Torch Club Sweetheart Party: Today, 6 p.m.

Black History Monologue: Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Youths will deliver monologues depicting historical figures. Parents are welcome.

Dr. Seuss Day: March 2, 2 p.m.

Movie & Nachos Night: March 3, 5:30-9 p.m.

Enjoy a family-friendly movie with your loved ones. The nacho bar will be open.

Cost is $5 for registered Child and Youth Service members and $7 for nonmembers.

St. Patrick’s Day: March 15, 3 p.m.

Midnight March Madness: March 24, 9 p.m.

Scavenger Month: March 28, 4 p.m.

Minute To Win It: March 29, 2 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.

Youth Fishing Rodeo

The Spring Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held April 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burba Lake.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Burba Lake Cottage.

The free event is open to the public.

All non-DoD cardholders require pre-registration to access entry to the installation.

For preregistration information, email

The event is divided into three age groups: 3-6, 7-11 and 12-15.

Fish weigh-ins is from 8 a.m. to noon.

Food will be available for sale all day. Families are encouraged to enjoy lunch from noon to 1 p.m. in Burba Lake Cottage.

Prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m.

Medals will be awarded in each age group for first, second and third place.

Trophies will be awarded for largest fish (open to all age groups) and smallest fish (for only the 3-6 age group).

Bait (corn) will be provided. A limited number of fishing gear will be available for purchase, but participants are asked to bring their own.

Maryland fishing regulations will be in effect.

For more information, email John Parks, Meade Rod and Gun Club president, at or visit the website.

Dance classes

Child and Youth Services offers dance classes to children ages 3 and older on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at the Youth Center.

Cost is $45 and up, depending on age of the child and class.

All participants must be registered through Child and Youth Services.

To register, call 301-677-1149.

Romp ’n Stomp

Romp ’n Stomp playgroup for children ages 5 and younger and their parents meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Youth Center gym at 909 Ernie Pyle St.

For more information, call 301-677-4118.

A-Z playgroup

Children ages 4 and younger are invited to the weekly playgroup A-Z Come Play With Me that is held every Monday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Family Advocacy Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

Interactive activities are designed to assist parents in learning developmentally appropriate play techniques to help children improve their social, cognitive and motor skills.

Space is limited. Registration is required for each session.

For more information, call 301-677-7823.


Out & About

Maryland RV Show will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium.

Motor homes on display include mini, low profile, van campers, conversion vans, conventional travel trailers, and folding campers (pop-ups). Hundreds of exhibits cover campgrounds, travel destinations and accessory products.

Advanced online tickets cost $8 for adults. Gate tickets cost $10 for adults. Weekend pass costs $15. Children under 12 attend free. Veterans Fridays: Free admission with military identification.

Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 410-561-7323

Harlem Globetrotters will perform March 25 at 2 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Discounted tickets at Leisure Travel Services cost $27, $32 and $48. For more information or tickets, go to LTS at 6530B York Road or call LTS at 301-677-7354.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be in Baltimore on April 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at the Royal Farms Arena. Discounted tickets at Leisure Travel Services cost $25. For more information or tickets, go to LTS at 6530B York Road or call LTS at 301-677-7354.

“Show Boat” is presented through March 19 at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods, Columbia. “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented March 23-June 11. Discounted tickets are offered by Leisure Travel Services located at 6530B York Road. For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354.

Leisure Travel Services offers its next monthly bus trips to New York City on Saturday and March 18 at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.


Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club’s next luncheon meeting is March 7 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the event will feature Kate Campbell Stevenson in her one-woman show, “Women: Back to the Future.”

In her performance, Campbell brings to life historical American women such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Marion Anderson through music, monologue, clever costumes and makeup.

Cost of luncheon is $18. Reservations, or cancellations if you are on the permanent reservation list, must be received by March 2 at 5 p.m.

For reservations, call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082.

Regular membership is extended to spouses, widows and widowers of retired officers and to retired officers of all service branches.

Annual membership dues are $25. Members may bring guests to the luncheons, which are held on the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, call Lianne Roberts, ROWC president, at 301-464-5498.

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.

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.

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 March 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 March 2. All first class petty officers are invited. For more information, call PO1 Jennifer Wonch at 410-854-2763.

Fort Meade Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will hold its next luncheon meeting on March 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the All-American Steak House, 1502 Annapolis Road, Odenton.

Guest speaker is retired Navy Capt. Jim Gourley, who will discuss volunteer opportunities with the American Red Cross and brief the results of his recent missionary trip to Zimbabwe.

The meeting is open to the public. You do not need to be member. Seating is limited. For reservations, call T. Wayne Hobbs at 410-799-8331.

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 March 2. Share stories to encourage and inform each other about resources available in the local community. For more information or to register, call 301-677-4779.

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 March 2. Group topics include sharing, sibling integration, time management, schedules and positive discipline. For more information, call 301-677-4118.

Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building.

The next meeting is March 2. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

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

Glen Burnie Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7 p.m. at the Glen Burnie North County Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is March 2.

For more information, visit the website or call 443-883-1429.

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

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 March 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.

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 March 6.

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

Kritikos Toastmasters Club meets the first three Mondays of every month at 6:15 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. Next meeting is March 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 the Kritikos Toastmasters Club website or call 410-305-9190.

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

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 March 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 March 14.

The speaker is Anne Healy from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, who will discuss health care changes.

Federal employees and retirees who are members of NARFE are welcome to attend.

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

Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is March 16 from 1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the America Building, River Conference Room, third floor.

Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID is required for base access. Men without a military ID should call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least four business days prior to the event for base access.

For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email

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 March 16 at 6:30 p.m.For child care during ESC functions, email

For information, call 301-908-3773.

Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting is March 21. For more information, call Betty Jones, 410-992-1123.

The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) Fort Meade chapter meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next meeting is March 21.

For more information, visit or call Charles Green, the local chapter president, at 443-610-4252 or Otis Whitaker Sr., chapter secretary, at 443-306-1104.

Couples Communication meets 2:30-3:30 p.m. every Monday at the Family Advocacy Program Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

The session is aimed at helping couples develop tools to enhance their relationship, gain problem-solving strategies, and create a long-lasting relationship. For more information, call 301-677-4118.

Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10, to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.

For more information, email

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, email Larry Vawter, program leader, at or call 443-535-5074.

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 the website.

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 online.

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