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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 at www.ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.

For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602.

NEWS & EVENTS

National Night Out Aug. 7
The Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services and Picerne Military Housing are partnering to bring the 29th annual National Night Out to the post community on Aug. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. on McGlachlin Parade Field, rain or shine.

Beginning at 5 p.m., an hourlong parade of emergency vehicles will travel through Fort Meade's residential neighborhoods.

The Fort Meade Department of Fire and Emergency Services, most recently named the Army's Small Fire Department of the Year, will participate in a variety of activities at the event that includes police demonstrations, inflatables, a boot camp obstacle course, laser tag, face painting, raffles and child identification services.

Free hot dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes will be provided.

SAVE Award
This year's contest for the Securing Americans Value and Efficiency Award will be held through Tuesday.

The winner will present his or her idea to President Barack Obama.

The president established the SAVE Award in 2009 to seek cost-cutting ideas directly from federal employees.

Over the past three years, federal employees have submitted more than 75,000 ideas, which have made an impact.

Agencies are saving hundreds of millions of dollars, rooting out redundancy and waste, and making government more efficient, effective and accountable.

Submit your innovative idea at whitehouse.gov./save-award.

Islamic prayer room
The Islamic prayer room at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road will be open Mondays to Fridays for Dhuhr prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Prayers begin at 1:15 p.m.

For more information, call Chad Jones at 301-677-1301.

ACS birthday
Celebrate the Army Community Service birthday on Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Lanes.

Free bowling and shoes will be offered to the first 250 people. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded.

The event also will feature birthday cake and information about ACS programs.

For more information, call 301-677-5590.

704th MI change of command
Col. Karen H. Gibson will relinquish command of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade to Col. Anthony R. Hale in a change of command ceremony Tuesday at 9 a.m. on McGlachlin Parade Field.

In inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Pavilion.

Kimbrough early closure
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center will close Aug. 10 at noon so the staff may participate in Organization Day activities.

Bagger-licensing hours
Bagger-licensing renewals for the Fort Meade Commissary will be issued Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office at 4409 Llewellyn Ave.

Those who come to the office outside of this block of time will be able to leave their information. Badges will be issued as time permits.

SNCO Induction Ceremony
Meade Top III will present the 2012 Air Force SNCO Induction Ceremony on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at the BWI Hilton Hotel in Linthicum Heights.

Tickets are $45. Child care will be available.

For more information, call Master Sgt. Lazarus Brown at 301-677-0051 or Master Sgt. Matthew Cook at 443-479-9983.

Car seat check
The Fort Meade Fire Department and State of Maryland will host a free car seat check on Aug. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Demps Visitor Control Center parking lot at the intersection of Route 175 and Reese Road.

No appointment necessary.

To ensure proper fit, bring the vehicle and car seat owner's manuals and the child that will be using the seat.

For more information, call 301-677-5577.

Summer Concert Series
The U.S. Army Field Band will present its annual Summer Concert Series every Saturday in August at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park.

Admission is free; no tickets required.

* Aug. 4: The Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus, featuring symphonic and choral selections: The 65-member instrumental ensemble will be joined by the 29-member Soldiers' Chorus to perform Broadway show tunes, opera, Americana and classical works.

* Aug. 11: Jazz Ambassadors, America's Big Band, will perform a mix of big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, Dixieland and patriotic selections.

* Aug. 18: The Volunteers, Army's premier touring pop/rock band, will perform a blend of popular American music, including rock 'n' roll, pop and country.

* Aug. 25, combined concert featuring all four performing components

In the event of inclement weather, the first three concerts will be canceled and not rescheduled. The final concert will be performed at McGill Training Center and will feature a variety of selections from The Volunteers.

For more information or up-to-date inclement weather information, visit ArmyFieldBand.com.

VTF products
The Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Facility at 2018 Annapolis Road is undergoing renovations through August.

Through July 27, VTF will only sell pet products through its side entrance while the front entrance and clinic are under construction.

VTF will resume seeing patients on July 30.

For medical emergencies, see your nearest civilian veterinarian. The closest military vet clinics are:

* Andrews Air Force Base VT, at 240-857-2651

* Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall VTF, Va., at 703-696-3604

* Fort Belvoir VTF, Va., at 703-805-4336

For more information, call 301-677-1300.

EFMP presentation
The Exceptional Family Member Program will present the program "Tricare, Other Benefits, and Autism Safety" on Aug. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Army Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave.

Lt. Col Scott Campbell's presentation will feature a discussion on autism, dollar limits for ABA therapy under Tricare ECHO, an autism ABA demonstration, safety precautions and tips on community involvement.

Registration is required. The event is open to service members and civilians.

For more information, email theresa.r.strawhecker.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-7836.

Karaoke Night
The 11th Frame Lounge at the Lanes hosts free Karaoke Night on the third Thursday of the month.

The next event will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. The public is invited.

For more information, call 301-677-5541.

Dance parties
Club Meade is sponsoring several dance events.

Special menus will be available. There is no cover charge.

* Chicago Steppin', Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight.

Free dance lessons will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m.

* Country - Top 40 Night, July 27, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

For more information, call 301-677-6969.

Deck Party
The Lanes will sponsor a Deck Party on July 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The free event will feature games, prizes and music. A special food and drink menu will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 301-677-5541.

Talent show auditions
Auditions will be conducted Aug. 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 13 and 15 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at McGill Training Center for the annual "Fort Meade's Got Talent" show.

Contestants must participate in auditions to be selected for the finals.

The talent show will be presented Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

To register, call 301-677-7552.

EDUCATION

Relationship enrichment workshop
"Learning How To Love," a marriage and relationship enrichment workshop for couples and singles, will be held July 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.

The workshop, hosted by the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program, will feature marriage coaches, authors and speakers.

Topics will include: "Things that can harm your marriage," "Understanding the key differences," "How to communicate better," "Recovering from hurt and pain," and "Affair-proofing your marriage."

To register or for more information, call ACS at 301-677-5590 or 301-677-4357.

Bible 101 lecture
The Gospel Congregation at Fort Meade is sponsoring a Bible 101 lecture series addressing some of the fundamentals of the Bible on July 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. and July 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.

Chaplain (Maj.) Dean Darroux, director of pastoral ministries, will address the following issues: "How to read the Bible with a 1st-century perspective," "The formation of the Cannon of Scripture," "The effects of early Christological controversies on the text of the New Testament," "How infallible is the Bible when its authors were fallible?" and "How do we understand scriptural authority?"

To register, call Paula Henry at 410-951-8744 or 410-951-8803.

Childbirth ed classes
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center is offering childbirth education classes Aug. 2 and 3, focusing on what to expect during labor and how to cope.

Classes are free and open to all active-duty service members, their beneficiaries and DoD civilians.

To enroll, call Public Health Nursing at 301-677-8435.

Parenting workshop
The Scream Free Parenting workshop, "Five Truths Every Parent Needs to Know," will be held Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center.

Join Hal Runkel, author of "Scream Free Parenting," to learn about his scream-free approach to parenting and principles to help you stay calm and connected with your children.

Free child care is provided for children registered with Child, Youth and School Services.

Advance registration is required by calling 301-677-3617 or emailing rikki.l.ford.ctr@us.army.mil.

Joint Financial Readiness Classes
Joint Financial Readiness Classes are being offered at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.

Classes are open to active-duty and retired service members, Reservists and members of the National Guard (on duty), family members with identification cards and DoD civilians.

* Developing Your Spending Plan: Today, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

To register, call ACS at 301-677-5590 or the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-677-9014.

Career, financial classes
The Fleet and Family Support Center offers free classes at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave., to DoD identification cardholders, including active-duty service members, retirees and their family members, DoD civilian employees and contractors.

Registration is required for each class.

* Career Exploration: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon: Using various assessment tools and techniques, learn about your personality preferences, values and interests and how to use them for achieving personal and professional success.

* Get Ready! Employment Orientation: July 26, 9 a.m. to noon: Learn about job readiness resources available through Fort Meade's Employment Readiness Programs and Anne Arundel Workforce Development's Kick Start Program, including websites, classes, job listings, employment support groups and a tour of the resource center.

* DTAP (Disability Transition Assistance Program): July 30, 9 a.m. to noon, for those medically separating or retiring.

* Medical records review: Have your medical records reviewed by Mr. Thornton of AMVETS. Appointment required at 301-677-9017.

For more information, call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.

MFTB courses
Army Community Service and Army Family Team Building are offering Family Team Building classes at Potomac Place and Meuse Forest neighborhood centers.

* "Grow Skills for Military Life," Level 2, on Aug. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* Instructors Course, MFTB instructor training, Sept. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bring a brown bag lunch.

Registration is required. Limited child care is available.

To register or for more information, call 301-677-5590 or email amber.e.rustad@us.army.mil or pia.s.morales.civ@mail.mil.

YOUTH

Storytime
The Medal of Honor Memorial Library offers pre-kindergarten Storytime on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11 a.m.

* Thursday: " Don't be a Square," about shapes

* July 26: "Beach Party," about the beach and ocean

For more information, call 301-677-5522.

Drama Camp
Summer SKIES is offering PROPS Drama Camp for grades one to 12 from Monday through July 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost is $40 and includes breakfast, snack and a T-shirt.

Performances will be July 28 at 3 and 5:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 301-677-1196.

Sky Vacation Bible School
Sky Vacation Bible School will be held Aug. 6 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.

The free program is for children ages 4 years old through fifth grade.

VBS features games, crafts, music and adventures. Snacks and lunch are included.

Registration is limited to the first 200 children. Registration tables will be set up until Monday at the Chapel Center and the Main Post Chapel.

Volunteers are needed to sign up immediately.

For more information, call 301-677-0386 or 301-677-6038.

Summer reading program
Children of all ages are invited to the Medal of Honor Memorial Library to register for this year's "Reading Is So Delicious" summer reading program that ends Aug. 25.

Participants will receive a reading log and a goodie bag.

A summer reading program event, Mad Science of Central Maryland, will be held Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at Burba Cottage.

For more information, call 301-677-5522.

RECREATION

Out & About
* The 31st annual Artscape will be held Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street, Baltimore.

America's largest free arts festival features a full schedule of performing arts, including live concerts on three outdoor stages, dance, opera, theater, street theatre and classical music performances; fine arts and crafts in the Artists' Market; art cars; film; and food and beverages for purchase throughout the site.

Children's activities include a Storytelling Corner, crafts projects and workshops at the Cohen Plaza. Gamescape showcases videogames and the creative people who make them.

For a complete schedule, visit www.artscape.org or call 1-877-BALTIMORE.

* The Bowie Baysox will sponsor the Baysox Family Campout on Aug. 3 at Prince George's Stadium after the Baysox take on the Trenton Thunder at 7:05 p.m.

A fireworks show will be presented following the game.

Those who purchased the camping ticket pack will head onto the field to set up camping gear and view a family movie.

Tickets for the campout are $10 and include a box seat ticket to the game. Families also may purchase food voucher options for $5.50 per voucher or $7.75. Participants must pre-register for tent space at the time of their ticket order.

Staked tents, grills, open flames and cooking equipment are prohibited.

Tickets can be ordered online at www.baysoxshop.com or by calling Chris Rogers at 301-464-4813.

* The Bowie Baysox will sponsor a pregame children's concert featuring the Rocknoceros on Aug. 4 at 4:15 p.m. before the team takes on the Trenton Thunder at 6:35 p.m.

After the game, a fireworks show will be presented. Fans also can meet and get autographs from former players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League." Children may run the bases.

Tickets for the concert are $12 in advance or $14 the day of the concert and include a general admission seat for the game.

Tickets can be ordered by calling 301-464-4865 or online at www.baysox.com.

* The Blue Star Museums program is offering free admission for all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve service members and their dependents through Labor Day. More than 1,800 museums are registered. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums or dodlive.mil/index.php/2012/06/blue-star-museums-all-summer-long.

MEETINGS
* Retired Enlisted Association meets the third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. The next meeting is tonight. For more information, visit trea.org or call Mary Gray, the local president, at 410-916-5385 or Arthur R. Cooper, national president, at 443-336-1230.

* Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting is Sunday. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127.

* Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Monday. Free child care will be provided on site.

For more information, call Rikki Ford, Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617 or email rikki.l.ford.ctr@us.army.mil.

* Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Roost, 9827 Love Road. The next meeting is Wednesday. For more information, call 443-534-5170 or visit afsa254.org.

* Spouse PTSD Support Group meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.

The support group, sponsored by Behavioral Health Care Service, the Religious Support Office and the Army Substance Abuse Program, is for spouses whose loved ones are exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. Learn valuable tools and resources to understand PTSD and how to cope.

To join or for more information, call 301-677-8870.

* Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op meets Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900 Reece Road. For more information, call Laura Edens at 443-510-4715 or email ftmeadehomeschooling@verizon.net.

* 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 Kimberly Smith at pack377_cc@yahoo.com.

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