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Meet Miss America

Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, is at NAS Patuxent River today, 11 a.m. - noon. Meet her (and get your picture taken, to prove it) at the Library parking lot at the corner of Cedar Point and Tate Roads. First 500 military in uniform get a hot dog, too. Brought to you by the USO.

Women's History Month Banquet

"Women's Education - Women's Empowerment" is the theme of this year's St. Mary's County Commission for Women annual dinner banquet, set for March 22 at 6 p.m., at the Dr. James Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown.

SMHEC Open House

The public is invited to the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center Open House, March 22, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Step up your career, improve your salary, achieve a new job, or succeed in the transition from military to civilian. More than 34,000 students have enrolled in university classes at SMHEC in more than 90 academic programs including doctorate, masters, and upper-level bachelor's. For information, go to www.smhec.org or call 301-737-2500.

I.A. Homecoming

Come support our troops and their families on March 29. Parade begins at 4:35 p.m.; ceremony begins at 5 p.m.; at the Moffett Building Atrium.

NMCRS Golf Tournament

The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the John Glenn Scholarship Fund will take place on April 20; shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at the Cedar Point Golf Course. $60 per player, $260 per team. Registration ends April 16; call 301-342-4739 for information.

Women's Business Roundtable

Women in business are invited to the Women's Business Roundtable on March 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus in Room C201, 22950 Hollywood Road. Fee of $20 per person includes catering from Chesapeake Cuisine. The topic for March is "Peer to Peer Lending." This is an open forum where women business owners and women in the workplace can network and learn from each other. Everyone in attendance has an opportunity to speak about their business. To register and pay in advance,0020 contact Linda Craven at 301-475-4200, ext. 1687 or email Lindacrcsmd.edu, or Lynda McDonald at 301-934-7583.

Retirement Strategies

The Office on Aging along with Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement presents A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Retirement "Catch Up" Strategies on March 22, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center. The seminar is free and for informational purposes only. You will not hear a sales pitch. Learn ways to catch up on your savings and improve your retirement prospects. To register call Calvert County Office on Aging at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.

Hazardous Waste Collection Day

The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Division of Solid Waste, is hosting a household hazardous waste collection day on March 24, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mt. Hope Community Center at 104 Pushaw Station Road in Sunderland. Calvert County residents may safely dispose of hazardous substances free of charge. During the collection day, a licensed contractor will collect household hazardous waste for proper disposal. Proof of Calvert County residency is required. Commercial businesses are prohibited. For information, call 410-326-0210 or visit www.co.cal.md.us for a list of materials accepted.

Request Absentee Ballots for the Presidential Primary Election

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail, fax, or email for the 2012 Presidential Primary Election is March 27. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot. A voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot must request an absentee ballot in writing and sign the request. An application can be printed from the State Board of Elections' website at www.elections.state.md.us/voting/absentee.html or requested by telephone, in writing, or in person at the St. Mary's Board of Elections. To request an absentee ballot application from the St. Mary's Board of Elections, call 301-475-7844 ext. 1100 or visit the office at 41650 Tudor Hall Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Solid Curtain still in play

Exercise Solid Curtain runs through Saturday. Expect lines at entry control points to be long, so please be patient. Most base activities will be affected by the exercise. For more details, read www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=344099842295805.

Volunteer at the Tester

Help make the Tester a better publication for NAS Patuxant River; volunteer opportunities are available. Call us at 301-757-6748 or stop by our office in Building 409, second deck.

Transportation survey

NAVFAC Washington is conducting an "All Hands" Transportation Improvement Survey through March 30, to better understand commuting patterns to and from the installation and gate functionality during peak hours. The data will help frame transportation requirements and solutions. All responses will remain anonymous and confidential. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes or less to complete at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N99BZ9B. For information, contact Nancy Vigna, NAS Patuxent River Community Planner at 301-757-4833 or nancy.vignanavy.mil or Kristin Michael, IPT Blue Team Lead at 202-685-3268 or kristin.michaelnavy.mil.

Tired of AtHoc pop-ups?

Personnel who have not yet signed up for the AtHoc early warning system receive an alert each morning and evening from Chief Wolf, encouraging them to sign up. If you receive those alerts, you can make them stop: sign on for weather and other emergency information through the AtHoc system. When the pop-up prompts you to Acknowledge and Show More Information, click on it and follow the link for a quick, step-by-step process to get emergency warnings through your email or phone.

Military Spouse Fellowship

The FINRA Foundation Spouse Fellowship Program provides military spouse recipients with the education and training needed to earn the Accredited Financial CounselorR designation. Applications are accepted online at www.MilitaryFamily.org/FINRAFellowship by midnight EST March 31.

Navigating NAVAIR

Join us April 4, 10 a.m.- noon. Vice Adm. David Architzel, Toni Meier, Garry Newton, and Pierre Thuot will share highlights from their careers and the positive impact mentoring had on their success at the River's Edge Catering and Conference Center, with VTC to all NAVAIR sites. For registration and details, visit https://mynavair.navair.navy.mil/careerdevelopment, click on Navigating NAVAIR.

Easter Egg Hunt

The base chapel's annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chapel Annex. Children will participate according to age groups: 0-4 yrs, 5-7 yrs, 8-11 yrs, 12-15 yrs, and 16 yrs & up. There will be a bouncy castle and prizes for special eggs found, face painting and Easter egg dyeing. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served. Contact Religious Program Specialist Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas J. Harrald at 301-342-3811 for information.