ONBOARD PAX RIVER:

Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

Closes Dec. 3

Federal employees onboard as of April 2021 will receive an email invitation from the Office of Personnel Management with the subject line, “2021 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey,” directing them to take the voluntary, confidential survey. The OPM FEVS is employees’ chance to share their perceptions of whether — and to what extent — conditions that characterize successful organizations are present in their agency. The ultimate goal of the survey is to provide agencies with information to build strengths and improve challenge areas.

Federal Benefits Open Season

Through Dec. 13

During open season, for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program for 2022, employees can enroll, change plans, change plan options, change enrollment type or cancel coverage. They can also reenroll or newly enroll in the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program for 2022. For more information, visit https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/open-season

NAVAIR Commander’s Awards

Nominations

Due by Dec. 17

These awards recognize individuals and teams for outstanding achievement in speed of capability, affordability and availability. Winners in 10 categories will be recognized at a ceremony March 31, 2022. For more information, visit https://myteam.navair.navy.mil/corpapps/HATT/Pages/awards.aspx

White House Christmas Ornament for Sale

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., M-F

Customized Creations, Bldg. #652

Pick-up your 2021 White House Christmas ornament now on sale at Customized Creations, while supplies last. Cost is $25.

Civilian Employee Assistance Program

The Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program (DON CEAP) provides a wide range of free, confidential services to employees and their families. Employees can access services 24/7 through the DONCEAP by phone 1-844-DONCEAP (1-844-366-2327), TTY 1-800-635-2883, or https://magellanascend.com/.

Suicide Prevention Note

Noticed a friend posting thoughts about suicide on social media? Take the post seriously. Reach out to your friend and ask if he or she is considering suicide. Share contact information for resources such as a chaplain, trusted leader, or Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-TALK, Option 1; text 838255 from a mobile device; or visit www.militarycrisisline.net.)

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

If you are a victim or know of someone who may be suffering in silence, reach out to NAS Pax River SAPR VA Watch Bill for confidential assistance: 24/7 at 301- 481-1057. You may also contact the DoD Safe Helpline for assistance: www.safehelpline.org. Call: 877- 995-5247, Text: 5-5247 inside the U.S.; 202- 470-5546 outside the U.S.

IN THE COMMUNITY:

Holiday Sip ‘n Shop

Nov. 12 and 13

St. John’s School, Hollywood

This year’s two-day event features local crafters and vendors, pictures with Santa, bake sale, hot dog sale, raffle, and wine by the glass. Friday, Nov. 12, hours are from 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Local Makerspace Open House

1-5 p.m. Nov. 14

PaxSpace Inc.

44180 Airport View Drive, Hollywood

The public is invited to the fall open house of Southern Maryland’s only community based, member-run makerspace. Members will be on hand to answer questions, highlight various tools and work areas throughout the shop, and showcase some projects made at PaxSpace. To ensure everyone’s safety and health during the open house, please bring a mask and wear it while inside PaxSpace. For more information, visit www.paxspace.org or email info@paxspace.org.

Keeping Deer Out of Your Garden

6-7 p.m. Nov. 16

St. Mary’s County Libraries

In this virtual presentation, Master Gardener Mariah Dean will discuss ways to deter deer from your garden using deer resistant plants, exclusion tactics, and types of fencing. Register on www.stmalib.org to receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day before the event.

Can I build my own airplane?

6 p.m. Nov. 16

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 478 will present a workshop on building your own airplane. There will be a presentation on aircraft homebuilding, a panel of chapter members conducting a ‘show & tell’ and sharing their experience, airplane parts fabricated by EAA Chapter, and discussions on the process of building your own airplane. Open to the public. Please contact Paul at 480-440-1691 or paul.gambacorta@gmail.com with your desire to attend.

St. Mary’s Fort : With Dr. Travis Parno

3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 17

St. Mary’s County Libraries

Join us in welcoming archaeologist Dr. Travis Parno as he discusses his archaeological findings at St. Mary’s Fort. Parno has over 15 years of experience excavating and researching historic sites in Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Bermuda. In addition to overseeing the Department of Research and Collections at St. Mary’s College, he runs Historic St. Mary’s City’s annual Field School in Historical Archaeology, the country’s longest-running program of its kind. Register on www.stmalib.org to receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day before the event.

Veterans Day Author Talk

with Wayne Karlin

6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 19

Honor our war veterans by exploring their experiences through the work of local author and USMC Vietnam War veteran, Wayne Karlin. Karlin’s work includes both fiction and non-fiction books as well as film and radio productions. Join our virtual interview as we talk with him about his journey in Vietnam, his experiences working with Vietnamese authors and artists following the war, and his career as a professor of languages and literature for over thirty years with the College of Southern Maryland. Register on www.stmalib.org to receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day before the event.

Volunteers Sought for Boards,

Commissions and Committee

Apply by Nov. 19

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County invite interested citizens to volunteer their time to the community by serving on various Boards, Committees and Commissions. The county’s website provides detailed descriptions of the various boards and the membership application at https://www.stmarysmd.com/boards/. Applications must include a resume and be submitted no later than Nov. 19.

COVID-19 ‘Vax Fests’ for Kids/Families

Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 and Dec. 12

Great Mills High

COVID-19 vaccine will be available through a seated indoor clinic for children ages 5-11 (appointments, masks, and parental consent required). These events will also include outdoor activities and games, magic performed by comedy illusionist Reggie Rice, face painting, food trucks, community organization information tables, and an “Ask a Doc” booth for parents.To schedule an appointment or for additional event details, please visit smchd.org/vax-fest.

Annmarie Garden in Lights

5-9 p.m. nightly, Nov. 26 – Jan. 1

Closed some evenings; timed-entry tickets required

The grounds of Annmarie Sculpture Garden are transformed into an outdoor twinkling wonderland that will transport you and your family to an enchanted world of glowing light sculptures and wondrous light installations. Discover wild animals, wintery wonderlands, musical holiday scenes, deep sea treasures, magical creatures, glowing trees, and so much more! Masks and social distancing required. Get tickets at www.annmariegarden.org.

Retro Christmas at Piney Point Lighthouse

Museum

Noon to 4 p.m. Daily, Nov. 28-Jan. 2

Enjoy tours of a family friendly unique retro holiday exhibit inside the museum and keeper’s quarters. Find more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/918296605768128. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Free Assistance with VA Claims

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Habitat for Humanity Building

St. Mary’s Square Shopping Center

Did you receive an injury while on active duty or do you have a service-connected disability? Are you filing a disability claim through the Veterans Administration (VA)? The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is here to assist you with filing these claims at no cost to you. The men and women of DAV, disabled veterans themselves, are trained volunteers who can help ensure you are using the proper forms, have the proper documents you will need, and can advise you on common mistakes to avoid when filing a claim. Our space is located toward the rear of the Habitat for Humanity building on the left side. Stop by between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. any Wednesday to see if we can be of assistance to you. No appointment necessary.

Patuxent River Officers’ Spouses’ Club

The Patuxent River Officers’ Spouses’ Club (PROSC) is a non-profit organization, social group, and support network whose members are spouses of active-duty military, retired, reserve, veteran, and international officers who come together to learn from each other, form lasting friendships, and support our local community. Contact paxosc.org@gmail.com. Learn more at www.facebook.com/groups/PROSC.

Local COVID-19 Testing and Information

Information on local COVID-19 testing is available at: www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing. For local COVID-19 updates, information and data, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at (301) 475-4330.

COVID-19 vaccinations available

for age 12 and older

For information, or to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, visit smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine or call the SMCHD COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4330. Please review the allergy guidance and the FAQs for SMCHD COVID-19 Vaccination prior to registering for a vaccine appointment. Pre-registration is available for those who are waiting to become eligible for their initial or booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. For local COVID-19 updates, information, and data visit smchd.org/coronavirus.

County Text-to-911 Messaging

The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services Text-to-911 emergency notification system is available statewide, and provides an additional way for residents to reach emergency services. To use the service, enter 911 in the “to” line of a text message, include a brief message describing your location, the emergency and type of service needed, and hit send. 911 dispatchers will respond and gather additional information as needed and dispatch appropriate emergency responders.