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NEWS & EVENTS
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.
Women’s History Month event
Fort Meade’s 2017 Women’s History Month observance, hosted by the USAG Equal Opportunity Office and the Defense Media Activity, will be held March 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.”
Scheduled guest speakers are retired Col. Pat Jernigan, retired Col. Wendy Messick and Lisa Szymanski.
The Fort Meade community is encouraged to come out and support this program, and take an active role in leading the charge to support diversity, equality, inclusion and cross cultural/ gender awareness.
For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Derrick Chambers at 301-677-6687 or Angela Smith at 301-222-6642.
Walk-in attorney consultations
The Fort Meade Legal Assistance Division of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides walk-in attorney consultations on Tuesdays beginning at 8 a.m.
Each consultation slot is 30 minutes.
Clients may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment if the 30-minute consult time is insufficient to address all legal issues.
Consults will not be provided for domestic relations matters, wills or other estate planning documents.
The number of walk-in slots are limited.
To be scheduled for a walk-in consultation, visit the Legal Assistance Division, located at 4217 Morrison St., Suite 120, at 8 a.m. Tuesdays.
For more information, call the Legal Assistance Division at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.
Army Community Service will host a Joint Services seminar with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Baltimore.
United States of America Citizenship Appointments will be held March 9 from 4:30-6 p.m. at ACS, 830 Chisholm Ave.
The free seminar is open to service members, retirees, DoD civilian employees and their family members.
Preregistration is required.
Appointments are scheduled in 15-minute increments. The final appointment is at 5:45 p.m.
Bring the following to your appointment:
Letters received from USCIS Office
Forms to be completed
Questions regarding green cards, passports, citizenship and other issues.
For more information, call 301-677-5590 or go online.
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 their website 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Find complete program information and application requirements online.
For more information about the program, contact Jim Oman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-272-9470.
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 email@example.com or call 410-222-6473, ext. 31.
Military Saves Week
Fort Meade Military Saves Week runs through Friday.
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.
- Getting Out Of Debt: Today, 9-11 a.m.
- Car Buying: Friday, 9-11 a.m.
Registration is required.
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.
- TGPS (Transition, Goals, Plans, Services) Five-Day Workshops: Monday to March 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
- Dollars & Sense: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, ACS
- Topics include basic budgeting, financial goals and priorities, saving and investing, and managing your credit.
- Women Building Wealth: Wednesday, 9-11 a.m., ACS
- Banking Basics: March 14, 9-11 a.m., ACS
- Gambling Awareness: March 21, 9-11 a.m., ACS
This eight-hour Foundation of Financial Readiness course is required for all first-term service members.
- 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
- Stress Management: Today, 9-11 a.m., FFSC
- Anger Management: March 9, 9-11 a.m., FFSC
Register online or call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or ACS at 301-677-5590.
The Anne Arundel County Library offers numerous programs at the Odenton Regional Library located at 1325 Annapolis Road and the Severn Community Library located at 2624 Annapolis Road.
Charity Knitting: Today, 6:30 p.m. at Odenton Regional Library
- Help make lap blankets and hats for hospital patients. Beginners are welcome.
- Bring size 7 or 8 needles if you have them.
- For more information, call 410-222-6277.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss: Today, 7 p.m. at Severn Community Library
- The children’s event features stories, songs and crafts.
- For more information, call 410-222-6280.
Teen Center events
The Fort Meade Teen Center offers the following activity:
- Etiquette Class: Today and March 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 3 p.m.
- Acting 101: Monday, 4 p.m.
- Teens will learn various introductory exercises to improve their acting techniques.
- Paint & Snack: Tuesday and March 14, 21 and 28 at 3:30 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.
For more information, call 301-677-6054.
Youth Center events
The Youth Center is offering the following events:
Dr. Seuss Day: Today, 2 p.m.
Movie & Nachos Night: Friday, 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.
- 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 Executives@MeadeRodandGun.org.
The event is divided into three age groups: 3-6, 7-11 and 12-15.
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.
For more information, email John Parks, Meade Rod and Gun Club president, at President@MeadeRodandGun.org or visit their website.
Out & About
BOSS is sponsoring a New York City trip for single service members on March 18 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes transportation. Only 15 spaces are available.
Trip includes visits to the 9/11 Memorial, Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. For more information, call Spc. Derek Young at 301-677-6868.
DC Big Flea & Antiques Market opens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va.
Admission costs $10. The event features over 700 booths. For more information, go to the bigfleamarket.com or call 757-961-3988.
Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show will be held this weekend and next at Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Hours are: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and March 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and March 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Former White House chief florist Laura Dowling will share tips for beautiful floral arrangements and will host live seminars the first weekend of the show.
Features include: improvement exhibits, craft show, orchid show (second weekend), wine tasting, seminars, bouquets giveaway every hour, and a petting zoo.
Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $3 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6 years old. On March 10, all tickets are $5.
Admission is free for active-duty military, police and fire employees with ID. Admission to the Maryland Spring Craft Show is $6.
Find more information online or call 410-863-1180.
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.
Leisure Travel Services offers its next monthly bus trip to New York City on 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 Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Club Meade.
Reservations, or cancellations if you are on the permanent reservation list, must be received by today at 5 p.m.
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. For reservations, call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082.
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.
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 Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will hold its next luncheon meeting today 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 speak about 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.
Fort Meade First Class Petty Officer Association meets the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. at The Lanes. The next meeting is today. All first class petty officers are invited. For more information, call PO1 Jennifer Wonch at 410-854-2763.
Sip and Share, hosted by the Exceptional Family Member Program, meets the first Thursday of every month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Fort Meade USO, 8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road. The next get-together is today. Share stories to encourage and inform each other about resources available in the local community.
For more information or to register, call 301-677-4779.
Moms of Multiples Group meets every first and third Thursday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The next meeting is today. Group topics include sharing, sibling integration, time management, schedules and positive discipline. For more information, call 301-677-4118.
Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building.
The next meeting is tonight. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.
For more information, call Charisma Wooten at 240-568-6055.
Glen Burnie Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7 p.m. at the Glen Burnie North County Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is tonight.
For more information, 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 tonight. 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 Monday. 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 Monday.
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 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 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.
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 March 13.
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 March 13. For more information, call 301-677-7823.