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(Enlarge) Col. Edward C. Rothstein, Garrison Commander

After days of watching the Olympics on television, you're probably thinking it's time to get out of the house and enjoy a few outdoor activities.

Hold on to that thought. Over the next week, there will be several activities on post that I'm sure you do not want to miss.

Summer Concert Series
This weekend marks the opening of the United States Army Field Band's annual Summer Concert Series at Constitution Park. Over the next four weeks, each Saturday beginning at 7 p.m., a free performance will be presented.

On Saturday, The Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus will present symphonic and choral selections. The 65-member instrumental ensemble is joined by the 29-member Soldiers' Chorus and will perform Broadway show tunes, opera, Americana and classical works.

So bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get ready to enjoy the musical ambassadors of the Army. I hope to see many of you there. The concerts are also open to the public, so please invite a friend.

National Night Out
Tuesday's National Night Out is a great opportunity for Fort Meade to promote neighborhood spirit and build partnerships with the garrison's Directorate of Emergency Services.

National Night Out was started in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit crime-prevention organization.

The original idea behind National Night Out was to create an event that would heighten awareness and strengthen community participation in local anticrime efforts.

The first National Night Out featured 400 communities in 23 states, approximately 2.5 million Americans. And since this first event, National Night Out has continued to grow in popularity across the country.

Event organizers expect more than 15,000 communities across the country and more than 37 million people to take part in block parties, cookouts, parades, safety fairs, visits from police and fire officials, and rallies and meetings.

The Fort Meade National Night Out is hosted by the DES and Picerne Military Housing.

Beginning at 5 p.m., I will participate in an hourlong parade of emergency vehicles throughout residential neighborhoods.

Rain or shine, our National Night Out will start at 6 p.m. on McGlachlin Parade Field, where will we will have police demonstrations, a police helicopter landing, inflatables, laser tag, rock wall climbing, child identification services and a host of other activities designed to promote crime prevention, safety and neighborhood camaraderie.

There also will be free hot dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes.

This year's event also features a dog trick contest. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., contestants are invited to work with their dogs to perform their best trick or a variety of tricks.

Each contestant will have three minutes to perform. To participate, each contestant must register at the Pet Care Center tent from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

A panel of three judges will score the overall best trick and announce the winners at the conclusion of the event. For more information, call the Pet Care Center at 301-677-4059.

Meade's Got Talent!
We've all heard of "American Idol," "America's Got Talent" and a number of other reality programs that feature singers, dancers, magicians and other performers of all ages competing for a top prize and the chance to be discovered by a major talent scout.

Next Wednesday, Fort Meade will host its own talent show auditions from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center.

The event, which is sponsored by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is an opportunity to showcase the talents of the Fort Meade community.

In addition to the tryouts, open auditions also will be held Aug. 13 and 15 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The event is open to all ages. Finalists will compete in a show in September.

Fort Meade's Got Talent is a great way to showcase the tremendous talent we have within our post community. I'm look forward to the fall show.

Let's continue to make good decisions this summer. Stay focused on safety.

Have a great week!

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