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The deadline for Soundoff! community information "News and Notes" submissions is Fridays at noon. Submitted information will be included in the two issues prior to the event as space allows. If the event is recurring, information will be included in the two issues prior to the event as space allows. All submissions are posted at the editor's discretion and may be edited for space or grammar.

All ID cardholders and community members may submit information. Product advertising is prohibited. E-mail submissions to melanie.s.casey@us.army.mil. For more information, call 301-677-6806.


Ethics Training scheduled
The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides face-to-face ethics training for all garrison personnel. Upcoming training dates are:

* July 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m.,

* Aug. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.

* Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Mary McCauley at 301-677-9174 or e-mail mary.mccauley@us.army.mil.

SBP premiums tax exempt
Retirees are guaranteed a monthly income for life. But retired pay stops on the date the retiree dies. The Survivor Benefit Plan was created to protect widowed spouses and dependent children from a total loss of the security retired pay provides. With SBP, a retiree's eligible survivors will always receive part of the deceased member's military pay. Service members will have a chance to enroll before retirement.

The monthly premiums deducted from retired pay for the SBP are tax exempt. This substantially reduces a retiree's cost of participation. For more information, call Wanda Sims at 301-677-0202.

Baltimore MEPS conducts change-of-responsibility ceremony
The Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station will conduct a change-of-responsibility ceremony Monday at 10 a.m. at 850 Chisholm Ave. Senior Master Sgt. Todd A. Gleason will relinquish responsibility to Senior Master Sgt. James D. Baker Jr.

Post Thrift Shop summer hours
The Post Thrift Shop is a resale shop offering uniforms, clothing, small appliances, furniture and more. Profits from the shop benefit the Fort Meade community. Hours are as follows:

* Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; consignments accepted from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

* Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; consignments by appointment only.

* First Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fill a bag from the "back room" for $2.

The shop will remain open in August. Members of the public may drop off donations during open hours in sealed containers. Volunteers are always needed. For more information, call 410-672-3575.

Seattle's Best Coffee offered
The Lanes Fort Meade now offers Seattle's Best Coffee and freshly baked muffins daily. The Lanes also features a covered deck space and a regulation volleyball court for patrons.

For more information, call The Lanes at 301-677-5541.

Club Meade offers lunch, entertainment
An all-you-can-eat, 40-item buffet Champagne Brunch is available Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade.

Club lunches are available Tuesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Soup & salad, sandwiches and subs are offered. Eat in or carry out.

A weekday buffet featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet, including a soup and salad bar, dessert table and ice cream, is available Tuesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Club Meade is offering a Mongolian Barbeque July 25, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

The Brass Station Lounge at Club Meade is open every Friday at 4:30 p.m. with music and a cash bar. There is no cover charge.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 301-677-6969.


Indoor flea market slated
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is holding an indoor flea market July 19, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fort Meade Pavilion.

More than 100 vendors will be on hand. The event is open to the public.

To register a table or for more information, visit www.ftmeademwr.com.

Learn Latin dancing
Learn the steps of Salsa and other Latin rhythms while exercising at the same time. Dance to Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia and more.

Free classes are offered the fourth Thursday of each month. The next class is July 24, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center.

For more information, call 410-305-0660.

PWOC hosts Bible study
The Protestant Women of the Chapel invites all ladies to stay connected this summer with a fun and rewarding weekly Bible study beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 6 in the Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. Childcare is provided on site.

Meetings provide a way to grow closer to God while making new friends and keeping in touch with cherished ones. For more information, contact Marian Frankenhauser at 410-882-8803 or e-mail: frankenhauser@comcast.net.

Classes available at Arts & Crafts
The Fort Meade Arts & Crafts Center offers a pencil art drawing class every Thursday for a four-week session.

A Wood Shop Safety class is held every Saturday at 9 a.m. This free, one-session class is mandatory for those wishing to use the woodshop facilities. Every Wednesday is "Stress Release Night." Stop by to paint, create items for the house or make gifts for others. Even if you don't want to make a project, come out and help others with theirs.

For more information, call 301-677-7809.

USO sponsors knitting club
The USO is offering knitting and crocheting Tuesday and July 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the USO Outreach Center, 7007A Baker St. in Midway Commons.

If you would like to knit, bring a skein of solid-colored yarn and a pair of knitting needles size 10 or 10 1/2. Beginner and advanced knitters are welcome.

For more information, call 410-305-0660.


"Meade 411" held monthly
A newcomer's orientation is held the third Friday of each month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is July 18.

This workshop is for newly-arrived spouses to the Fort Meade community. Come out and learn about the installation and community activities, hear guest speakers and share your experiences.

For more information, call ACS at 301-677-5500.

ACS hosts Hearts Apart
The Hearts Apart Deployment Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Army Community Service building. The next meeting is July 22.

Hearts Apart is for families and friends who have a loved one serving away from home.

For more information, call ACS at 301-677-5500.

Parenting classes planned
* "Parenting with a Purpose" meets Wednesdays, beginning July 16, through Aug. 20, 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. This class is an interactive group in which members will learn multiple discipline techniques and parenting skills to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Free childcare is available.

*"Active Parenting of Teens" meets Mondays, beginning July 14, through Aug. 18, 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Teen Center. This class is designed for parents of preteens or teens who want to learn more about enriching parenting skills and effective discipline techniques.

To register, contact Lisa Redmond, Parent Support Program manager, at 301-677-3617 or e-mail lisa.redmond@us.army.mil.

Enlisted Spouses' Club
The Enlisted Spouses' Club will hold its next meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center.

Spouses from all enlisted ranks, male or female, retired or Reserve and from all branches of military service are welcome. Dues are $1 a month.

For more information, call Lana Skief at 410-677-2392.

The Fort Meade E9 Association
The Fort Meade E9 Association will meet Friday at 7 a.m. and every second Friday of the month in the Pin Deck Cafe at The Lanes.

The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service.

For more information, call retired Sgt. Maj. Alan Grossberg at 410-551-7953.


Lego robotics workshop offered
A Lego robotics workshop for children in third to fifth grades will be held July 28 to Aug. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Family Child Care conference room at Child and Youth Services School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road.

The cost is $75. For more information, call 301-677-1105.

Summer reading program events scheduled
The Fort Meade Post Library Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 7. This year's theme is "Hang Out and Read! Go Bananas for Books!" The program is geared for children ages 2 to 14.

This month, the program is also hosting a series of performances:

Today: "The Three (Not So Little) Pigs," staged by the Blue Sky Puppet Theater.

July 17: "The Gizmo Invention Show" by Thirst 'n Howl Musical Productions.

July 24: "The Big Book of Animal Tails" and "Living Places, Living Planet," presented by the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

July 31: "Things that Go Boom" by the Mad Science Program.

All events are held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Potomac Place Neighborhood Center.

For more information, call 301-677-5522 or visit www.ftmeademwr.com.

Upcoming CYS services, classes
* Driver's Education, Friday through July 22 and Aug. 6 to 17 at the Teen Center. Cost is $325. Participants must be 15 years and 9 months to 18 years old. For more information, call 301-677-1196.

* Tae kwon do lessons, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. Classes are available for 3-year-olds: 5 to 5:30 p.m., $35 per month; 4- to 6-year-olds: 5:30 to 6 p.m., $35 per month; and 7- to 18-year-olds: 6 to 7 p.m., $75 per month. For more information, call 301-677-1437.

* Piano lessons, Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Youth Center. Classes last 30 minutes and are for youth ages 5 to 18. Cost is $100 per month. For more information, call 301-677-1437.


School representatives to visit Fort Meade
Old Dominion University: July 23, 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 703-875-0191.

Webster University: July 15, 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Samuel D. Shiplett at 301-420-2256.

Coastline Community College: Today, July 24 and 31. Find out about its Spouse Tuition Assistance Program. For more information, call Glynis Pierre-Louis at 866-833-2850.

Thomas Edison College: July 22. For more information, call Laura Hill at 609-777-5696.

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