Community News and Notes – March 23, 2017

Brunch with the Easter Bunny is April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road. Families can enjoy a buffet brunch, a bunny workshop with activities, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Cost is $17.50 for ages 11 and older, $9 for children ages 4-10, and free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are required and are available on a first come-first served basis at the Youth Center, 909 Ernie Pyle St. Menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham carving station, home fries, French toast, green beans, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, salad bar, fruit salad, miniature desserts, ice cream and assorted toppings, orange juice, coffee and iced tea. All youths will receive a gift from the Easter Bunny and a photo keepsake. For more information, call 301-677-1437. (Photo by Phil Grout)

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.

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Hospice of the Chesapeake will host the Third Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration on March 30 from 4-8 p.m. at Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive in Greenbelt.

The event will highlight the state of Maryland’s legislated commitment to Vietnam-era veterans across the state.

Tickets are free for all Vietnam veterans and one guest, as well as two guests of the family of a deceased veteran.

It is important for each person to register and have his or her own ticket.

The Hospice of the Chesapeake expects hundreds to attend this year

Preregistration will make check-in on March 30 smooth and efficient.

Doors open at 4 p.m. for a meet and greet. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages (cash bar) will be served at 4:30 p.m.

Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Register online.

Earth Day

Fort Meade’s Earth Day celebration is April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pavilion, immediately following the Commander’s Call at 9 a.m.

New exhibits are welcome.

For more information, call 301-677-9185.

Building evacuation training

The Fort Meade Fire Prevention Office will conduct Building Evacuation Coordinator training April 11 at 9 a.m. at Smallwood Hall, Building 4650.

This training is a requirement for all building evacuation coordinators per FGGM 420-7, the Directorate of Emergency Services Installation Fire Regulation.

If your building does not have a BEC, one must be appointed and attend this training.

Coordinators will be given the roles and responsibilities of the position, as well as the required documents and materials.

Only 80 seats are available for this training, but there will be other session in the near future.

Units and organizations should inform the fire inspector who will be attending.

For more information, call Shaun M. Bagley, fire inspector, at 301-677-3417 or email

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.

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.

  • 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.

Easter brunch at Club Meade

Reserve early for Club Meade’s annual Easter Sunday Brunch on April 16.

Seating times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Cost is $24.95 for members and $28.95 for non-members.

Cost for member children ages 4 to 10 is $12. Cost for non-member children is $14.

Brunch features fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and assorted salads, an omelet station and a Belgian waffle station.

Carving station includes hand-carved ham, roast beef and roasted leg of lamb with mint sauce.

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, fruit-stuffed pancakes, French toast, sausage links, bacon, hash brown casserole, grits, biscuits with sausage gravy, bagels, muffins and pastries.

Cold items include chilled steamed shrimp, poached salmon, chicken salad, pasta salad, seafood salad, macaroni salad and deviled eggs.

Lunch features seafood Newburg, lemon rosemary chicken, ribs, mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, glazed carrots and desserts.

Make reservations online or call 301-677-6969.

VA Resource Fair

The 2017 Veterans Resource Fair will be held April 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

All military veterans are invited.

The event provides local veterans with the opportunity to meet with more than 35 businesses and nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing services, support and jobs to veterans.

Guest speakers are Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Tom Glenn, author and Howard County veteran who served in signals intelligence. He has worked with AIDS patients, helping the homeless and caring for hospice patients.

The resource fair is sponsored by the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families.

For more information, call Lisa Terry at 410-313-0821 or email


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) Two-Day Workshops: Assessing Higher Education: Wednesday and March 30, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. FFSC

TGPS (Transition, Goals, Plans, Services) Five-Day Workshops: April 3-7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 17-21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FFSC

Pre-Deployment Brief: April 7 or 21, 9 a.m., ACS

Pre-Deployment Brief: April 27 , 10 a.m., FFSC

Navy Family Orientation: April 13, 5-7 p.m., FFSC


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

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

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

Dollars & Sense: April 4, 9 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park Center, 2567 Hartel St.

Thrift Savings Plan: April 11, 9 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park Center, 2567 Hartel St.

Home Buying: April 18, 9 a.m .to noon, Heritage Park Center, 2567 Hartel St.


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

Resume Workshop: April 6, 9 a.m. to noon, McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.

Ten Steps To A Federal Job: April 11, 9 a.m. to noon, McGill Training Center

Social Media For Job Seekers: April 13, 9 a.m. to noon, McGill Training

Life Skills

Stress Management: April 4, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

Anger Management: April 6, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

Sponsorship Training: April 12, 2-3:30 p.m, FFSC

Time Management: April 18, 9-11 a.m., FFSC

Register online or call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or ACS at 301-677-5590. 


Anne Arundel County Public Library is offering events to mark Women’s History Month.

Courageous Maryland Women: Saturday at 1 p.m. at Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton

Join authors Katherine Kenny and Eleanore Randrup for a look into the lives of notable women from the state.

On April 4 at 6:30 p.m., the program will focus on the accomplishments of local Hispanic women who have enhanced the quality of life in the community.

The series finale on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. features advice from successful Hispanic women.

For more information, call 410-222-6277.

Find a complete listing of library programs and events online, including a schedule of early literacy events, see the latest issue of Library Happenings! 

Library hosts celebrations of Fort Meade

Anne Arundel County Public Library is hosting a two-part series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fort Meade.

Retired Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy, who retired as garrison commander in 2008, will give both presentations.

McCreedy, who has a doctorate in American history, is the senior director of cyber development for the Maryland Department of Commerce.

“Fort Meade’s 100 Years of Service”: Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Severn Community Library

The centennial celebration kicks off with an invitation to learn about doughboys, tanks, prisoners of war, and Fort Meade’s intelligence community.

“Camp Meade & the Great War”: April 8 at 2 p.m. at the Odenton Regional Library

The event focuses on the creation of Camp Meade and World War I’s direct impact on the region.

Find more information about library events and programs online.


Teen Center events

The Fort Meade Teen Center is offering the following activities in March:

  • Etiquette Class: Today and March 30 at 3 p.m.
  • Kickball: Today at 8 p.m.
  • Midnight Basketball Madness: Friday at 8 p.m.
    • Event is free for members, and $2 for nonmembers.
  • Acting Improv: Monday at 2:30 p.m.
  • Paint & Snack: Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
  • Ping-Pong Tournament: Wednesday at 4 p.m.
  • Paint Your Pet’s Portrait: April 3, 4:30 p.m.
  • Mini Workout: April 4, 18 and 25, 2:30 p.m.
  • Comic Jeopardy: April 5, 3 p.m.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: April 5, 5 p.m.
  • Maya workshop: April 18, 2:30 p.m.
  • Resume Workshop: April 18, 6 p.m.
  • Manage Finances: April 19, 5 p.m.
  • Smash Bros. Tournament: April 19, 5 p.m.
  • Capture The Flag: April 24, 5 p.m.
  • Operation Megaphone: April 28, 6:30 p.m.
    • For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Month of Military Child at Teen Center

Month of the Military Child events will be held at the Fort Meade Teen Center on April 7 and April 21.

Events on April 7:

  • Volleyball Tournament: 5 p.m.
  • Teen & Parent Ice Cream Social: 6 p.m.
  • Karaoke Night: 7 p.m.
  • Easter Egg Flashlight Hunt: 8 p.m.

Events on April 21:

  • “Youth of the Year” presentation and dinner: 6 p.m.
  • “Month of the Military Child” cake-cutting: 6 p.m.
  • Movies on the Lawn: 7 p.m.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Youth Center events

The Youth Center offers a variety activities this month:

  • Midnight March Madness: Friday, 9 p.m. to midnight
    • Enjoy an evening of of basketball games. Cost is $2 for nonmembers and free for all CYS members.
  • Women’s Month Scavenger Hunt: Tuesday, 4-5 p.m.
    • Participants will learn fun facts about important women in history while competing.
  • Minute To Win It: Wednesday, 2 p.m.
  • Internet Safety: April 26, 4:15 p.m.
  • Operation Megaphone: April 28, 7 p.m.
  • Spring Camp: April 10-17
    • For more information, call 301-677-1437.

Month of Military Child at Youth Center

Month of the Military Child events will be held at the Fort Meade Youth Center.

  • Boot Camp Obstacle Course: April 5, 4:30 p.m.
  • Family Movie Night: April 7, 4:30 p.m.
  • Spirit Days: April 7, 14 and 21
  • Cupcake Decorating: April 21, 4:30 p.m.
  • Cake Cutting: April 27, 4 p.m.

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.

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.

Find more information online or email John Parks, Meade Rod and Gun Club president, at or visit


Out & About

Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society presents vocalist Jack Ryan on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art Auditorium at 10 Art Museum Drive. General admission is $35. Tickets cost $33 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information, go to or call 410-385-5888.

Better Opportunities for Single Service Members is offering two trips. The trip to Harper’s Ferry is April 15 at 9 a.m. Cost is $20. Only 45 spaces are available.

The hiking trip is May 13 at 8 a.m. Cost is $20. Only 15 spaces are available.

For reservations or more information, call 301-677-6868 or see your unit BOSS representative.

The Bowie Baysox’s 18th annual Free Family FunFest will be held April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium, rain or shine.

The event features free rides and games in Louie’s Kids Park, music and activities on the concourse, and displays from local businesses and organizations.

The event also will feature carnival-style games for children and fire engines and police cruisers, a scavenger hunt and horses from the Maryland National Capital Park Police Mounted Unit.

Single game tickets for the Baysox 2017 season go on sale for the first time at FunFest. This is the first time single game tickets may also be purchased online.

The Baysox 2017 home opener is April 13 against the Harrisburg Senators at 6:35 p.m. Ticket plans are available online

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Farewell Circus Tour will be in Baltimore April 21-23 and April 28-30 at the Royal Farms Arena. Discounted tickets at Leisure Travel Services cost $25. LTS cost for the 1 p.m. performance on April 23 is $21. For more information or tickets, call LTS at 301-677-7354.


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.

Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will hold its next luncheon meeting on April 4 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade.

The program, “Spring into Summer,” will feature fashions from the Exchange modeled by ROWC members.

This annual fashion show also includes custom jewelry to complement the outifits.

Cost of luncheon is $18. Reservations are required by March 30 at noon. 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, but you may join for the rest of the club year through May for half price.

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

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

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 April 3.

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

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 April 6. All first class petty officers are invited. For more information, call PO1 Jennifer Wonch at 410-854-2763.

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 April 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.

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 April 6.

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.

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