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All community activities are subject to cancellation or rescheduling. Call prior to attending to verify dates and times. Submissions for Community Briefs are due by noon on Fridays. E-mail to: crawleyj@emh1.ftmeade.army.mil or fax to 410-799-5911.

Back to school blast held on Devers Lawn

Fort Meade MWR and AAFES is hosting a Moonlight Movie Night with a free outdoor movie and "back to school blast" event beginning at 8 p.m. Aug. 27 on Devers Lawn which is located at the corner of Mapes Road and Cooper Avenue.

Bring a blanket or beach chairs and celebrate the last weekend before school starts. MWR will provide pre-movie music and prize drawings begin at 8 p.m.

The event is open to the entire community to enjoy. The featured movie will be Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat" and will begin at 8:45 p.m.

The rain date is Aug. 28 at the same time. For further information call Jamie Cole at 677-6111.

MWR sponsors community job fair

The Fort Meade MWR and Marketing Division invites everyone to a community job fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Club Meade.

Admission is free and it is open to all job seekers. There will be free seminars held throughout the day and an on-site convenience business center. Meet employers and bring your resume.

Come early and stay for lunch at Club Meade. For details about the job fair, call 677-2988.

Women's Equality Day Aug. 26 at Club Meade

The Federal Women's Program Committee will sponsor Women's Equality Day 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 at Club Meade.

The guest speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. Andrea Marks of Headquarters Battalion. The theme will be "Pursuing Our Path to Full Equality."The cost is $11. No purchases at the door.

To purchase tickets, call Jean Mundell at the Equal Employment Opportunity Office here at 677-3660.

Kimbrough makes changes to health line

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center is changing its health information line.

The Health Care Information Line (HCIL), a nurse advice service provided by Sierra Military Health Services, Inc. for TRICARE members in the TRICARE North Region, will no longer be in service after Aug. 31.

The HCIL is a 24-hour per day service that can be accessed by calling 1-800-308-3518. Beneficiaries who call this number speak to registered nurses who provide them health and wellness information to determine non-emergency or self-care treatment.

On Sept. 1, Health Net Federal Services, the new managed care support contractor for TRICARE North Region, will discontinue the type of HCIL service provided by Sierra, and instead provide access to the HCIL Audio Health Library.

The Audio Health Library includes more than 450 prerecorded topics for self care and health issues concerning children, women, men and seniors. The Audio Health Library can be reached, beginning Sept 1., by calling 1-877-TRICARE (874-2273).

Male chorus performs Sunday at chapel center

The Argonne Hills Chapel Center Collective Protestant Gospel Service "CC Carroll Male Chorus" will hold its first anniversary program 3 p.m. Sunday at the chapel center.

The program will feature several male chorus groups, food and fellowship. Come out and support the chorus and hear God's song of Zion.

Argonne Hills Chapel Center is located at Building 7100, Rockenbach Road at Grandea Avenue.

For more information, call Kenneth Threatt at 410-590-5895.

Romp 'N' Stomp has summer hours

The Romp 'N' Stomp playgroup is operating on a summer schedule through Aug. 31. The group meets 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Child and Youth Services gym in Building 909, on the corner of Reece and Ernie Pyle roads.

For more information, call Army Community Service at 677-5590.

ACS offers Babese Boot Camp for new parents

Army Community Service's Family Advocacy Program (FAP) will offer a Babese Boot Camp for all expectant or new mothers and fathers.

The boot camp will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 24.

Topics include infant care and development, health and nutrition, maternal nutrition and shaken baby syndrome. Babese Boot Camp will be held at Army Community Service, Building 4217, Roberts Avenue. Both the workshop and boot camp are free. Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, call 677-5590.

EFMP meets monthly at neighborhood center

The Exceptional Family Member Program's Lunch and Learn series meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. The group meets at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Boulevard here.

For more information, call at Army Community service at 677-5590.

School holds YMCA summer fun club

Manor View Elementary School sponsors a YMCA Summer Fun Club or children ages 5-12 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The school is located at 2900 MacArthur Road on Fort Meade.

Each week club members explore, discover and pursue new hobbies while making new friends. This indoor and outdoor program includes arts, crafts, cooking, science experiments, songs, reading games, nature hikes, sports and much more.

For more information, call 410-760-4363.

Officers' Wives' Club seeking new members

The Fort Meade Officers' Wives' Club (OWC) is recruiting new members for the 2004-2005 season.

If you are a spouse of an officer (active duty, warrant, reserve or retired) or of a Department of Defense civilian (GS-9 or above) you are eligible.

The OWC offers a variety of community, social and volunteer activities throughout the year. All proceeds from its various fund-raisers are given back to the community through scholarships and donations to the community and military oriented organizations.

In addition to organizing fund-raisers, the OWC meets several times each month for numerous clubs and get-togethers such as: BUNKO, scrapbooking, the Gourmet Food Club, the Day Trippers Club, monthly luncheons and much more.

The monthly luncheons are held the third Wednesday of every month at Club Meade. The menu choices, luncheon activities and guest speakers vary. Certified on-site child care with advance registration is available for a small fee.

Annual membership dues are $25, which includes a subscription to the OWC monthly newsletter.

For membership information, call Lianne Roberts at 301-464-5498; for luncheon reservations, call Debbie Hovatter at 410-305-0236.

Flea market will be held monthly at thrift shop

The Enlisted Spouses Club (ESC) sponsors a monthly flea market the first Saturday of each month, weather permitting. The next flea market will be held on Sept. 4.

The flea markets will be held at the parking lot of the Fort Meade Thrift Shop, Building T-2206, at the corner of Chisholm Avenue and 1st Street.

The cost is $5 per space and equal to a parking space. Reservations are not required. The ESC will not provide tables.

A military identification card is not required to rent a space, however, you must have an ID card or sticker to access Fort Meade. For safety precautions, no vehicles will be permitted on the lot during flea market hours.

Vendors are asked not to sell food or drinks.

For more information, call 410-674-2049.

Thrift Shop open for consignments, sales

The Fort Meade Thrift Shop is located in Building T-2206, at Chisholm Avenue and 1st Street. It is a resale shop that is run by the Enlisted Spouses Club (ESC).

The Thrift Shop's hours of operation are: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and the first Saturday of the month 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Consignments will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are no consignments on Wednesdays, except by appointment or with PCS orders.

The Thrift Shop is open to the public but only ID card holders may make consignments. Items can be on consignment for 60 days. If not sold or reclaimed, those items become shop property and are reduced in price.

The Thrift Shop accepts donations during business hours only. Items should be placed in a sealed, plastic bag. Please limit clothing donations to seasonal items.

The Thrift Shop also holds a bag day sale on the first Saturday of most months, except holidays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shoppers may fill large paper bags with selected items for $2 per bag.

The shop no long accepts large items such as furniture, exercise equipment, computers, large toys or suitcases.

The Thrift Shop also is in need of volunteers. Baby-sitting is paid for volunteers needing child care.

For more information on the Thrift Shop or volunteering, call 410-672-3575.

Enlisted Spouses' Club seeks new members

The Enlisted Spouses' Club (ESC) is open to both male and female spouses of enlisted personnel of all ranks and branches of military service, including reserve and retired.

The ESC manages the Post Thrift Shop and uses profits to grant scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college students. Donations are also made to the local community. Baby-sitting for meetings and volunteering is reimbursable. The membership fee is $1 per month.

A college student who is the son or daughter of an active club member is eligible to receive a scholarship in the spring of each year.

Meetings are held 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in Building T4 (the old Rod and Gun Club) across Route 32 on post. Use the Pet Care Center's parking lot on Magazine Road.

ESC representatives welcome spouses of enlisted personnel at the Abrams Hall guest house 10:30 a.m. to noon every other Wednesday.

The ESC members share personal and professional knowledge of the area and post activities. Everyone, including children, are invited to meet in the guest house lobby to learn more about Fort Meade.

For ESC membership information, call 410-674-7830.

Volunteers needed for invasive plant removal

Fort Meade in partnership with the Maryland Native Plant Society and Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club sponsors an invasive plant removal project here.

The event is held 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at various work sites on the installation.

People of all ages, backgrounds and interests are invited to spend a day outdoors, hand-pulling some non-native weed populations while learning about the differences between native and non-native plants and helping to preserve the health and native wildlife of the natural areas here.

Volunteers receive a short training session in the identification of, removal and control techniques for non-native invasive plants.

Help remove Japanese stilt grass, English ivy, garlic mustard, tree of heaven, multiflora rose, crown vetch, Japanese honeysuckle, common privet, phragmites and Asiatic tearthumb.

Bring gloves, hand tools, lunch and water. Long sleeve shirts and pants are recommended.

To volunteer, contact Don Marquardt at 677-9185 or e-mail marquardtd@ emh1.ftmeade.army.mil.

Red Course offers health and safety courses

The Central Maryland Red Cross is conducting registration fro CPR, first-aid and other safety courses next month at several locations in Anne Arundel County.

The locations are: American Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road in Edgewater; United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park; John Wesley United Methodist Church, 6922 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie; and Stanton Community Center, 92 West Washington St., Annapolis.

Participants must register and pay in advance.

*Adult CPR will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 7 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at the American Red Cross in Edgewater. It also will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at United Methodist Church in Severna Park. The fee is $37.

A four-hour course, Adult CPR deals with victims age 8 and older. The course covers cardiac and breathing emergency skills including performing rescue breathing, cleaning an obstructed airway and performing one-rescuer CPR.

*Adult, Infant and Child CPR will be offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 at the American Red Cross in Edgewater. The fee is $42.

*First Aid Basics will be offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Severna Park. The fee is $35.

The four-hour course trains participants to identify and care for victims of illness and sudden injuries. They will learn to control bleeding, minimize the effects of shock, and care for musculoskeletal injuries and sudden illness due to poisoning and heat and cold-related emergencies. The course does not include Adult CPR.

*Adult CPR and First Aid Basics will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the American Red Cross in Edgewater and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at United Methodist Church in Severna Park. The fee is $42.

* Infant and Child CPR will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 4 at United Methodist Church in Severna Park and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Stanton Community Center in Annapolis. The fee is $37.

* Infant and Child CPR and First Aid will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at United Methodist Church in Severna Park and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stanton Community Center in Annapolis. The fee is $42.

For more information, call 410-624-2070 or 1-800-787-8002. The Web site is www.redcross-cmd.org.

National Native American museum opens Sept. 21

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will open its doors on Sept. 21.

It is the first national museum to present exhibitions from a native point of view, often using their words in the labels. The museum's opening festivities commence with a morning procession of more than 7,000 Native Americans in traditional regalia, followed by a dedication ceremony at noon on the National Mall.

The museum is located on independence Avenue near the National Air and Space Museum. Admission is free, but timed passes are required.

Visit www.americanindian.si.edu or call 866-400-6624 for more information.

Meade Area Garden Club seeks members

The Meade Area Garden Club conducts its monthly meetings at 10 a.m. on the third Friday of every month at the Jessup Community Hall, Route 175 and Wiggly Avenue in Jessup, Md. Meetings are held during the months of September through May.

All military and civilian members of the community are welcome to join. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice, join the club and have fun.

Dues are $20 per year and include a monthly newsletter, monthly meetings and special discounts to members on trips and at the Greenhouse for volunteers.

The club offers not only informative programs on gardening, plants, flower arranging, landscaping and more, but also refreshments, the opportunity to meet new people, and the chance to volunteer at the Greenhouse for the fall and spring sales.

The Meade Are Garden Club also sponsor trips to local areas of interest and bus trips to more distant locations including the Philadelphia Flower Show in March.

For more information, call Membership Chairman Pat Loosararian at 410-519-6443 or President Missy Duncan, at 301-490-8796.

State fair begins Aug. 27 in Timonium

The 123rd Maryland State Fair, which offers a variety of livestock and horse shows, midway rides, thoroughbred horse racing, arts and crafts and home arts exhibits, runs from Aug. 27 through Sept. 6, at the Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County.

Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Early risers are welcome to attend livestock and horse shows at 9 a.m. Exhibit halls are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Midway opens at 10 a.m. on weekends and at noon on weekdays.

General fair admission is $6 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free.

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