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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: stephanie.santos@us.army.mil or fax to 410-799-5911.

Meade High School Indoor Community Yard Sale

The Meade High School PTSA will sponsor its third annual Indoor Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30 at the school gym on Route 175. The fee is $1. Children under 12 attend free.

Space tables are available. The cost is $15 per table.

For more information, call 301 -776-5701.

Garden Club trip to Mount Vernon scheduled

The Meade Area Garden Club will sponsor a trip to Mount Vernon May 2. The bus will leave Ridgeview Shopping Center on Route 175 at 9:15 a.m. and return 5:15 p.m.

The cost is $55 for club members and $60 for non- members. The fee includes bus transportation, a self-guided tour of the house and guided tour of the gardens, and a three-course lunch at Mount Vernon

Reservations are due April 15. For more information, call Beverly Durana at 410-551-2263.

Thrift Shop Sale Day next month

The Fort Meade Thrift Shop will sponsor a sale day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 at the Post Thrift Shop at First and Chisholm Avenue. All profits go back to the Fort Meade community.

For more information, call 410-672-3575.

Plant leftovers available to organizations

The Post Beautification Committee of the Meade Area Garden Club is offering plants left over from its Greenhouse Spring Plant Sale to units and organizations on post for free.

The Meade Area Garden Club Greenhouse is accepting written requests for indoor/outdoor plants from April 21 through May 5. Send written requests with unit, organization or barracks on official stationary, which includes building number to: Fort Meade Area Post Garden Club Greenhouse, P. O. Box 156, Fort Meade, MD 20755.

Requests also may be dropped off at the Greenhouse on Rock Avenue next to Pool #4 between Taylor Avenue and Leonard Wood Avenue during the Spring Plant Sale. The sale will be held from April 21 to 23; April 28 to 30; and May 5 to 7. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Indicate the size of the plot, sun or shade, and type of annuals or bedding perennials desired. Plants will be available before noon May 9 at the greenhouse.

To learn more, call Missy Duncan, Garden Club President at 301-490-8796 or Francis Thompson, post beautification chairman, at 410-551-2730.

Ushers Anniversary to be celebrated at chapel

The Collective Protestant Gospel Service Usher Board Ministry will celebrate its 28th Ushers Anniversary at 3:30 p.m. April 17 at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road at Fort Meade.

Rev. Roosevelt Favor Jr., of Life and Faith Ministries in Odenton, will speak.

Members of the military, retirees, civilians and their families from the surrounding communities are invited. For more information, call 301-677-3792.

Earth Day celebrations this month

A variety of activities will be held at Fort Meade in recognition of Earth Day.

> Stream Clean-Up will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 16 and 30. Volunteers can join a stream-side, trash pick up. The streams running through Fort Meade are tributaries to the Little Patuxent River that flows into the Patuxent River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. Participation helps restore the aesthetics and water quality of the Bay's watershed.

The cleanup events, part of Fort Meade's efforts to celebrate Earth Day, are carried out in conjunction with the statewide annual Patuxent River Spring Clean Up.

For more information or to register, call Project Coordinator Donald Marquardt, Fort Meade Environmental Management Office, at 301-677-9185 or by e-mail at donald.marquardt@us.army.mil.

> A groceries project will be held 2 to 3 p.m. April 22 at the Commissary. "Celebrity" baggers include Installation Commander Col. John W. Ives.

About 800 grocery bags were decorated by students from Child Development Centers I, II, III, Youth Services and School Age Services with environmental messages about "reduce, reuse and recycle," and wildlife conservation. The commissary will donate a $25 gift card to each school that participated in the groceries project.

> The Directorate of Public Works will provide flowering, deciduous shade and evergreen trees for planting and care by registered participants for spring planting. Trees are 4 to 8-feet-tall and weigh up to 40 pounds.

Trees may be planted on your building grounds, common areas or any other adopted areas within Fort Meade once approved by the Agronomist. Participants must be willing to irrigate each tree once a week with two gallons of water to the root ball area, and care for the trees as indicated in the planting and care instructions.

To register for trees, contact Angelo Colianni, Environmental Agronomist at the DPW Environmental Management Office at (301) 677-9179; send a fax to (301) 677-9001; or e- mail coliannia@emh1.ftmeade.army.mil.

For more information, call 301 -776-5701.

Blacks in Government seeking new members

Blacks in Government (BIG) at Fort Meade will hold a membership drive from 1:30 to 2: 30 p.m. April 21 at McGill Activity Center, Bldg. 8452. The group meets every third Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at McGill.

Blacks in Government is a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to discuss issues of mutual concern and to address workplace and community problems. If you are concerned about equality, excellence and opportunity in government, you should consider BIG.

For information call Roderick Washington at 301-677-5074 or Jeffrey Brown at 301-677-6506.

Literacy Council sponsors catered gathering

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council will sponsor a catered social April 15th to thank volunteers, welcome students and invite members of the public interested in becoming tutors to learn more about the literacy council.

The get- together will include a presentation by young adult author Lara M. Zeises, author of "Contents Under Pressure," "Bringing Up the Bones," and the upcoming "Anyone But You."

The public is welcome to attend but registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 410 -269-4419 or e-mail literacy@toadmail.com. For more information about the literacy council, visit www.icanread.org.

Officers Wives' Club April luncheon

The Fort Meade Officers Wives' Club will sponsor its April luncheon "Bingo!" April 20 at Club Meade. The social begins at 10:30 a.m.

The luncheon will host a membership appreciation theme and is only open to members. For reservations, call Debbie Hovatter at 410-305-0236 or e-mail garyhovatter2@comcast.net.

Child care is limited to a first-come, first-serve basis. For child care reservations, call Jenny Hay at 410-305 -0351.

Reservations deadline is April 14.

Membership is open to spouses of an officer - active duty, warrant, reserve or retired - or DOD employees GS-9 and above. For membership information, contact Lianne Roberts at membership@fortmeadeowc.org.

Youth activities for April feature sports, dance, art

Child and Youth Services (CYS) will offer several activities for April.

> Artful Expressions for grades six to 12 will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The program is free to CYS card holders and $2 for guests. Activities include: acrylic painting on April 19 and charcoal drawing on April 26.

> "Teens vs. Middle School" video game tournaments for grades six to 12 will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The program is free.

Game dates are: "Challengers' Choice"/game cube system April 20; "Challenger's Choice"/Xbox system April 27.

> Basketball clinics for grades six to 12 will be held at 6 p.m. Thursdays. The program is free.

> Spanish club for grades six to 12 will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. The program is free. Participants will learn about the different Spanish-speaking cultures and cook a food from one of the countries during one of the meetings.

> "Spring Fling Dance" for grades four to eight will be from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 15. The cost is $3 for CYS card holders and $5 for guests. All youths must present proof of age. Current top 40 hits will be played and requests will be taken by the DJ. The snack bar will be open. Parent chaperones are needed to assist.

> "Basketball Challenges & Pizza Party" for grades six to eight will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 29. The cost is $2 for CYS card holders and $3 for guests. The event will feature a basketball game and relays using skills taught at the CYS April Basketball Clinics.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.

"Korean Girls' Night Out" features women's health care

A "Korean Girls' Night Out" will be held for Anne Arundel County women age 40 and older from 6 to 9 p.m. April 17 at Q's Restaurant, 7487-9 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.

The free program will feature dinner, a brief representation on women's breast health, time to talk with women's health care professionals and breast cancer survivors, exhibits and door prizes.

Speakers will include Dr. Song Suck Chung, a gynecologist, and Dr. Yong Joo Lee, a hematologist-oncologist at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore.

"Girls Night Out" is sponsored by the Breast Center of Anne Arundel Medical Center, Harbor Hospital, North Arundel Hospital, the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, Community Action Agency, Owensville Primary Care and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

Registration is limited to women age 40 and older who live in Anne Arundel County. To register and for more information, call 410-222 -4415.

New Tot Time Activities program

Army Community Service Family Advocacy will sponsor "Tot Time Activities and Crafts," a new adult/preschool program.

Tot Time will offer one craft/activity each month in two locations at four different times:

> April 27 from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Potomac Place Community Center.

> April 15 from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Meuse Forest Community Center. Space is limited; registration is required. Call 301-677-5590.

Thrift Shop consignments

The Fort Meade Thrift Shop is a resale shop operated by the Enlisted Spouses' Club in Building T-2206 at Chisholm Avenue and 1st Avenue.

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 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shop is closed on federal holidays.

Consignments are taken from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Consignments will be taken Wednesdays by special appointment or with PCS orders.

The Thrift Shop is open to the public, but only ID card holders may make consignments. Items may be on consignment for 60 days.

For more information or to volunteer, call 410 -672-3575.

Post Library offers Story Time activity

The Post Library hosts Story Time 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., every other Tuesday for preschoolers ages 2-5 in Building 4418, Llewellyn Avenue.

Children can make crafts, sing songs and hear stories.

> April 19: "Love to Hear the Birdies Go Tweet, Tweet, Tweet."

> May 3: "Moms are Great!"

> May 17: "Buggy for Books"

> May 31: "Flower Power"

> June 14: "Proud of the Red, White and Blue"

Library hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

For more information, call 301-677-5522/ 4509.

Sigma Phi Psi seeks new members

The Sigma Phi Psi, Inc. military sorority is seeking professional women who are either active duty, reserve or retired military.

The sorority is America's first Greek Letter sorority established by and for the United States Armed Forces Women. It is a sorority of leaders and intelligent women who believe in helping the community.

For more information, call 1-888-781-1072 or visit www.SigmaPhiPsi.org.

Spring plant sale at Greenhouse

The Meade Area Garden Club Plant Sale at the Greenhouse on Rock Avenue will be held from April 21 to 23, April 28 to 30 and May 5 to 7.

Hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

MOMS Club open house and playgroup in April

The MOMS Club of Odenton invites at-home mothers to its "Open House and Playgroup" from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 13 in the Piney Orchard Community Center.

Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

The MOMS Club of Odenton is open to mothers in Fort Meade, Odenton, Crofton, Severn and Gambrills. The chapter sponsors two weekly playgroups, park play days, outings for mothers and their children, monthly MOMS night out, monthly meetings with speakers and babysitting co-ops.

Call 410-519-8407 or visit www.momsclubofodenton.com.

Officers Wives' Club seeks 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: Bunco, scrapbooking, the Gourmet Food Club, the Day Trippers Club, monthly luncheons and much more.

Certified on-site childcare 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.

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