ONBOARD PAX RIVER:

Mentoring Month Event

1 p.m. Jan. 27

NAVAIR’s national virtual Mentoring Month event will feature a keynote address by Creativity Strategist Dr. Natalie Nixon, who will share her insight on how NAVAIR can use creativity to enable future-friendly transformation, while navigating uncertain terrain. The winners of the fiscal year 2021 Mentor of the Year Awards will also be recognized at this event. To register, visit NAVAIR University.

NLDP Applications Due Feb. 14

Applications for the NAVAIR Leadership Development Program are due by Feb. 14 via https://myteam.navair.navy.mil/corpapps/dpt. NLDP is a three-year program designed to develop civilian and military members into senior leaders. For more information, email nldp_pax@navy.mil.

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:

Maritime Performance Series —

Diane Daly

7 p.m. Jan. 28

Calvert Marine Museum

Diane Daly is a vocalist of moody contrasts and evocative depth. Certainly, one who cannot be pigeonholed into one particular style. Diane has spent her career exploring a world of music from the strictest classical solos to avant-garde cabaret. Performance is in the museum’s Harms Gallery starting at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. with beer and wine for sale. Tickets are $20 online at bit.ly/MaritimeConcerts, and $25 at the door.

Expanded Eligibility for

COVID-19 Boosters

Age 12 and older now eligible

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has updated the eligibility criteria for local COVID-19 vaccine clinics in accordance with updated authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All individuals 12 years of age and older are now eligible for a booster dose after completion of primary vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, a third additional primary series dose will now be available for immunocompromised children 5 through 11 years of age.

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 nonprofit 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

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. 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.