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On base:

Holiday gate hours

Nov. 23

Gates One and Two will have two inbound lanes open from 6-8:30 a.m. with one Sentry per lane Nov. 23. The Webster Outlying Field back gate is closed Nov. 23. Outbound lanes, Gate Three and the Webster Outlying Field main gate will have normal operations Nov. 23.

Open Season Health Benefits Fair

Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Building 1489 lobby

Representatives from several benefits carriers will answer questions prior to the Health Benefits Open Season, slated for Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. For more information, contact Cristina Rodriguez at Cristina.Rodrigueznavy.mil or 301-342-4032.

Holiday Safety Standdown

Tuesday and Wednesday,

8-11 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Center Stage Theater

An American Sign Language Interpreter is at the Nov. 7 morning session. Event is mandatory for all Naval District Washington personnel. All base personnel are highly encouraged to attend. Featuring: Holiday fire safety, winter driving and car preparation, using the Travel Risk Planning System, driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence, distracted driving, financial planning, and stress and suicide awareness.

Military Child of the Year nominations

Due by Dec. 15

Operation Homefront is accepting nominations for Military Child of the Year. This award recognizes military children who demonstrate resilience, leadership and achievement. One child from each branch of service is selected for the award and receives $5,000 and a laptop. Nominations may be made by parents, family members, teachers, counselors, coaches, community and church leaders, neighbors and others. For more information or to nominate a child, visit http://MilitaryChildoftheYear.org.

Burger Burn at building 2185

Tuesdays until Nov. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Building 2185 lobby

Hot dog or hamburger meal, $5; hamburger, $3; hot dog, $1.50; drinks and chips, $1. All meals include chips and a drink. Proceeds go to the annual NAS Patuxent River Holiday Party.

Disability Employment Awareness, Wounded Warrior Care Month Event

Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

River's Edge Catering and Conference Center

Keynote speakers, Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft, a former Navy flight and clinical psychologist, and Dr. Richard Pimentel, a Vietnam War veteran, will address the theme, "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?" Kraft is now a consultant for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps combat stress control programs and works with active-duty military with post-traumatic stress disorder. Pimentel is a nationally known expert on disability education and attitude change. Cost is $10. Register at www.eventsbot.com/events/eb87435394. For special accommodations or more information, contact Johnny Clark at 301-342-6674 or Kathy Finkbeiner at 301-342-6671.

Toys-for-Tots Marksmanship Competition

Dec. 13 and 14, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Indoor pistol range

Individuals and Teams can now enter for the the Sixth Annual Charity Marksmanship Competition. A $15 donation or equivalent in new, unwrapped toys lets you test your shooting skills while helping the Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots Campaign. Just bring a donation and the desire to help a good cause, everything else is supplied. Trophies and bragging rights go to the winning individual and team. Event is sponsored by the NAS Patuxent River Public Safety range personnel. Register at http://prtoys4totscharityshoot.e ventbrite.com/# . For more information, contact William Plath at plathsverizon.net, or Mary Picard at mary.picardverizon.net.

General election absentee ballots

Absentee ballot requests are available at www. FVAP.gov, click on Get Started and the Register to vote/Request absentee ballot. Once the form is complete, print it out and send it to the local election office. Those who have already applied for an absentee ballot but haven't received a State ballot yet, use a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot as a back-up ballot by visiting www. FVAP.gov, click on Get Started and the Get my Ballot Now to complete the FWAB. For information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or need help with the absentee voting process, contact FVAP at votefvap.gov or call 800-438-8683.

CFC features Employee Express

New to the Combined Federal Campaign this year is "Employee Express," a feature that allows employees to make electronic donations. This is not mandatory for CFC pledges; employees can still use the paper contribution forms. For more information, visit the St. Mary's County CFC website, www.StMar ysCountyCFC.org, or contact Doreen Talbott at Doreen.Talbottnavy.mil or 301-995-3810. Naval Air systems Command employees should contact Patricia Ridgell at Patricia.Ridgellnavy.mil or 301-757-6604.

Clinic and Pharmacy hours change

The Clinic is now open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays; and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. The Pharmacy is now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Nicole Quinn at 301-995-4980.

New legal assistance hours

The legal office is open from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and closed on Fridays. The legal office is located in building 409 on the second floor. While there is not a permanent JAG on station, appointments are available via phone. For more information or legal assistance, contact Legalman 1st Class Tanika McFadden at 301-342-1934/7510. The Naval District Washington and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling offices are available for face-to-face support. For more information, call NDW at 202-685-5569 or JBAB at 202-767-7588/7599.

Wings Over America scholarships

Family members of Navy service members in Naval Aviationofficer and enlisted, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceasedcan now apply for a Wings Over America scholarship. For more information and to apply, visit www.WingsOverAmerica.us.

ID/CAC card appointment

Save time by making an appointment for ID card services and DEERS updates at https://rapidsappointments.dmdc.osd.mil. Separate appointments should be made for each person receiving an ID/CAC Card. A five-minute grace period for appointments is in place. If more than five minutes late, customer will be serviced as a walk-in. If unable to keep an appointment, cancel the appointment as early as possible.

Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMP is a DoD program addressing the special needs of NAS Pax River military families. Service members with an Exceptional Family Member with special needs, such as a medical or educational disability, should enroll in EFMP so the Navy can do its part in caring for any EFM needs. For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911.

Clinical counseling

Fleet and Family Support Center Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family by addressing the stressors facing today's military: family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves. Make an appointment by calling 202-685-6019.

Financial counseling

The Personal Financial Educator at the Fleet and Family Support Center can help families work towards managing finances, resolve financial problems and reach long-term goals such as getting an education, buying a home and planning for retirement. These counseling services are available for active-duty and retired military and their family members. Make an appointment by contacting Jim Walsh at 301-342-5442.

Disabled American Veterans representative

Appointments to meet with a Disabled American Veterans representative can be made by calling the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911.

Free classified advertisements

Having a yard sale? Have something sitting at Auto Rama? Trying to get your house rented or sell it? Did you know military service members can advertise in the Tester classifieds for free? For more information or to have your announcement advertised, call Comprint Inc., at 301-670-2503. Tell them you want it in the Tester.

Off base:

'The Lion in Winter' auditions

Nov. 15, 7 p.m. and Nov. 17, 10 a.m.

Three Notch Theatre

The Newtowne Players announce open auditions for their upcoming production of "The Lion in Winter," by James Goldman, with shows slated for March 8-24. For more information, visit www.NewtownePlayers.org.

Guaranteed Ride Home expands to St. Mary's

Guaranteed Ride Home is a service offered by Commuter Connections to provide people who regularly commute by carpool, vanpool, bike or transit, a free ride home in the event of an emergency. It offers commuters a free and reliable ride, up to four times per year, to get home early for unexpected emergencies or to get home late because of unscheduled overtime. For more information, visit www.commuterconnections.org.

St. Mary's School Improvement Teams

Quarterly, call for times

Each St. Mary's County public school has a School Improvement Team of staff, parents and occasionally students, who meet quarterly for national, state, local education information and to address school-related concerns. Additionally, many school-based and programmatic decisions are made. Parents interested in participating should check their child's school website or contact the school's principal.

Volunteer opportunities:

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots

for Calvert County

Nov. 1, 8 a.m. until done

Distribute donation boxes and put up donation signs. Contact Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry Kepich at 301-379-1557.

Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 11, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Set up and tear down tables, chairs and stage, man road blocks and satellite parking lots, direct traffic or escort VIPs. Contact Maria Fleming at maria.fleming2verizon.net, 301-475-9791 or 240-421-9089.

Read to Carver Elementary students

Nov. 13-16

Read to a classroom or two at Carver Elementary during American Education Week. Volunteers can start as early as 8:30 a.m. or as late as 1:30 p.m. Contact Lisa McCoy at LrMccoysmcps.org or 301-863-4076 by Wednesday.

Big Brother, Big Sister at Green Holly Elementary

Tuesdays, 11:35 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

"Bigs in School" volunteers spend one hour a week at lunchtime in a one-to-one relationship with a student in grades 2-5. A case manager from Big Brothers Big Sisters is on site to coordinate activities, academics, and enforce behavioral standards if needed. Sessions include a variety of activities such as self-esteem building, social skill development and academic assistance. Contact Kaylee McVerry at 301-290-3060.

St. Mary's County public service

The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County needs volunteers for various boards, committees and commissions. Applications are available able at www.StMarysmd.com, click on Boards and Commissions, or by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1320.