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NEWS BRIEFS AND AROUND TOWN

Appointments Needed for

Household Goods Office

Due to COVID-19 precautions, personnel are restricted from walking into Personal Property until further notice. Service members should go to www.move.mil to create their shipment. If assistance is needed, contact this office at 301-757-9666; or reach us via email at paxriverhhg_mailbox@navy.mil. If we are out of the office, or after business hours, contact Customer Service at 855-444-6683.

Cloth Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings must be worn while on base if a six-foot distance cannot be maintained; this includes service members, civilians, guests and families. People entering the NEX or Commissary are required to wear a cloth face covering or mask; otherwise they will be denied entry or asked to leave.

Identity Protection Day

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1

Dept of Aging Bldg., 41780 Baldridge St., Leonardtown

Shredding services and medication collection offered. For more information, contact Community Programs & Outreach Manager Sarah Miller at sarah.miller@stmarysmd.com or 301-475-4200, ext. 71073.

County Libraries

Library buildings are closed to the public, but book drops are open and curbside pickup of holds appointments are available. There are also virtual programs underway. To find out what’s happening at the St. Mary’s County library, visit https://www.stmalib.org/

Barynya: Russian Dance &

Music Virtual Performance

10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 3

Barynya introduces the rich traditions and culture of Russia. Join St. Mary’s County Library for vivid costumes, athletic dances, and lighthearted humor set to lively songs on traditional instruments. Register on www.stmalib.org in order to receive the Zoom link prior to the program.

Virtual Magic Show with Anthony Salazar

10:30-11:15 a.m. Aug. 7

Fantastic illusions with a dash of comedy, juggling, & music. Plus, learn magic tricks you can try at home. Register with an email address to receive the link and instructions to join this online event via Zoom on www.stmalib.org.

Financial Goal Setting and

Planning for Retirement

6-7:45 p.m. Aug. 13

Learn how to set goals and savings plans in preparing financially for retirement and to answer some big questions regarding basic level retirement planning. Register to receive the link to this online event on www.stmalib.org.

Diversity Advisory Teams Open House

Join us Aug. 27 for a virtual open house where attendees will have the opportunity to learn about local Diversity Advisory Team (DAT) initiatives, engage with team members and champions, and learn how they can contribute to building a more inclusive culture at Pax River. Participation on a DAT is limited to military and civilian personnel, but all Pax River teammates are welcome to attend the open house. Register at https://navairu.navair.navy.mil/#events under Event ID CISL-EVT-FY20270.

Social Services Food Hotline

The Department of Social Services has launched a local Food Hotline for residents needing assistance with food supply and can be accessed by calling 240-895-7000. For additional community resources, please visit the St. Mary’s County Government Community Resource map.

St. Clement’s Island Water Taxi

Cruises daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the hour. Walk-ups only, no reservations. Strict social guidelines enforced; passengers must wear masks inside museum and on boat. Call ahead at 301-769-2222 before you visit to check operation status. Extenuating circumstances and weather could cancel trips.

Leonardtown Virtual Programming

Leonardtown is proud to present virtual programming to include a variety of classes, demos, workshops and original shows. The Leonardtown Virtual Artist Showcase; Learn and Share Series; and A&E Feature Presentations will provide the community with a variety of engaging, online content. For more information about the programming, visit www.VisitLeonardtownMD.com or contact brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov.

Enchanted Summer at Annmarie Gardens

All the best parts of Annmarie’s popular Fairy & Gnome Home Festival have been transformed into an amped-up, low- or no-touch, multimedia, daily, outdoor experience of frolicking fairy fun. Use the downloadable map to find all 50 fairy houses hidden in the forest. Along the way, enjoy arts and crafts, and find QR codes to meet our virtual fairyland characters. There’s so much to explore. For details, visit www.annmariegarden.org.

County Call Center, COVID-19

St. Mary’s County Government and St. Mary’s County Health Department have partnered to open an informational call center for local residents needing more information about the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Community members can call the center Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to speak with staff, obtain information about the disease, or get their questions answered at (301) 475-4911.

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. Even if it seems like he or she may be joking or casually venting, remember that people may use humor to hide their pain. 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 (SAPR)

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.

Where’s Gnorman Temporarily Suspended

Gnorman — like many other Pax personnel — is teleworking and will not be hiding in the pages of Tester again until the current COVID-19 situation has returned to normal.