ONBOARD PAX RIVER:

Commissary Closed Thanksgiving

The Pax River Commissary will be open Monday, Nov. 23, during Thanksgiving week, but will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. Normal hours resume Friday, Nov. 27.

Virtual Command Financial Specialist Training

Interested in becoming a Command Financial Specialist? The next class at Pax River will be held online from noon to 4 p.m. on the following dates (must attend all sessions): Dec. 1, 2, 3 and Dec. 8, 9, 10. For more information, or to register, contact Personal Financial Manager Leigh Brownell at leigh.brownell.ctr@navy.mil or 301-342-5442.

JLDP Application Seminars

Dec. 3 and 16

Two national Journey Leadership Development Program (JLDP) application seminars will be held virtually via CVR on Dec. 3 and Dec. 16. Register at https://navairu.navair.navy.mil and search for course number CISL-LDP-0123. JLDP is a NAVAIR-wide program designed to develop both civilian and military members into senior leaders. Applications will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 30, 2021.

Federal Benefits Open Season

Through Dec. 14

The 2020 federal benefits open season (for the 2021 plan year) runs through Dec. 14, 2020. During this time, federal employees can enroll in or change their elections for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program and the Thrift Savings Plan. Use the GRB Platform or contact the Benefits Line to make elections.

Combined Federal Campaign Underway

Through Jan. 15, 2021

The official workplace giving program of the federal government is underway, and personnel can donate money or volunteer hours online at https://cbacfc.givecfc.org. For more information, or questions, contact FC1 Jessica Barreto Mora at Jessica.barretomorra@navy.mil or (424) 240-3770; or email Sharon Cenate at Sharon.cenate@navy.mil.

NEX Offers Fee Free Layaway

NEX customers will pay no fees on newly opened layaways. More information on the NEX layaway policy can be found at https://www.mynavyexchange.com/nex/customer-service/store-policies.

NEX Holiday Return Policy

NEX customers can make post-holiday returns at any location worldwide through Jan. 23, 2021. This extended holiday return policy applies to original purchases made between Oct. 8 – Dec. 10, 2020, at any NEX or through myNavyExchange.com

NMCRS Home Education Assistance Loan

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) COVID-19 Rapid Response Loan was increased to $1,500 and Home Education Assistance for Family Members is considered an eligible expense. This category is in response to the impact of modified school learning plans from COVID-19. Assistance is available with verified expenses (computer, internet, supplies, workbooks, tutoring) for dependent children, Kindergarten through 12th grade and dependent fulltime college students up to age 23. For more information or to make an appointment to apply for assistance, contact the Patuxent River NMCRS Office at 301-342-4739.

On-Demand Tutoring and Homework Help

Tutor.com/military is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members, civilian personnel and their dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need, anywhere they have an Internet connection. To learn more, visit Tutor.com/military

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.

Drinking Fountains Reminder

Just a reminder, NAS Patuxent River Safety Department is securing the drinking spout portion of water fountains to comply with COVID-19 mitigation requirements. Water fountains with bottle fillers are still usable unless otherwise noted.

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.

IN THE COMMUNITY:

Fossil Club Meeting & Public Lecture

2 p.m. & 2:30 p.m., Nov. 21

Quarterly meeting of the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club at 2 p.m., followed by a public lecture at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Kay Behrensmeyer of the Smithsonian Institution’s Department of Paleobiology will speak on her work on Taphonomy; how a fossil becomes a fossil, with amazing stories from the fossil record. The title of her talk is: Stories in Death, Destruction, and Fossil Preservation from the Bones of Amboseli Park, Kenya. The meeting and lecture will be virtually presented via Zoom and there is no charge to participate. Find the link to attend on Facebook or by visiting calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Teen Gaming: Among Us

5-6 p.m., Nov. 21

There’s an Imposter Among Us! Don’t be sus. Can you and the other crewmates complete tasks before you’re thwarted by the Impostor? Join us in the 4 — 10 co-op online game of Among Us! We’ll use Zoom to voice chat during our Emergency Meetings, so register on www.stmalib.org. The game is free to download on Android and iOS devices or $5 if you want to play on steam and will need to be downloaded prior to the program. You must register with your email address in order to receive a link to participate. The link will be sent to your email approximately one day before the program. You will need a device with audio and an internet connection to join. Intended for participants ages 13-18.

Outdoor Storytime at Pax River Naval Air Museum

10:30-11 a.m. Nov. 21

Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities for children with their adult caregivers outside on the Flight Line. Siblings welcome; no registration required. Participants should bring blankets or chairs for comfort, and follow social distancing practices. Museum entry fee will be waived for children 10 years and under attending the storytime, and offered at a reduced price of $3 to adults. Masks encouraged during the outdoor storytime, and required to enter the museum buildings. This event will be cancelled in bad weather. If in doubt, check with the county library or museum to confirm the event is still on.

Crafty Creations : DIY Holiday Ornament

2 p.m. Dec. 4

Follow along as we create a holiday ornament. Learn how to make your own beautiful holiday ornament from home. This video will premiere on the St. Mary’s County Library Facebook page.

St. Clement’s Island Museum Holiday Open House

Noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 6

38370 Point Breeze Rd., Colton’s Point

Enjoy the opening of the St. Clement’s Island Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit 2020 inside the museum with take-home kids’ activities, music, take-home refreshments and much more. Guests must wear masks while in the museum building, and social distancing guidelines are encouraged outside family units. Free admission and activities available for visitors of all ages.

St. Clement’s Island Museum

Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit

Noon to 4 p.m., beginning Dec. 1

38370 Point Breeze Rd., Colton’s Point

Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, classic trains, and other retro toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)

Annmarie Ornament Show & Sale

Now underway

The Ornament Show & Sale is a juried show that features hand-crafted ornaments by more than 20 regional artists. The ornaments are beautifully hung on trees displayed in the Main Gallery of the Arts Building. Visitors shop off the trees and take their purchases to the Gift Shop. The show kicks off before Thanksgiving and runs through early January. During Garden In Lights, the show is open late.

Annmarie Garden in Lights

5-9 p.m. Nightly Nov. 27-Jan. 1, 2021

Annmarie Sculpture Garden &Arts Center

Our award-winning holiday light show is getting a makeover in light of COVID-19 guidelines. Everything is going outside to keep everyone safe, including admissions, the holiday market, charming photos ops, food and drink, and of course, the light show! Bundle up for a magical holiday experience. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.annmariegarden.org. Closed Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 24, and 25.

Christmas in Leonardtown Virtual Holiday

Starting 3 p.m. Dec. 12

Enjoy festive holiday performances, Holiday Shopping Showcase & Craft Fair, storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus, virtual tree lighting, and much more. Tune in at www.visitleonardtownmd.com/christmas or at the Town of Leonardtown Facebook page.

County Health Department COVID-19 Testing

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri

Leonardtown and Lexington Park

COVID-19 Testing will continue to be provided by St. Mary’s County Health Department without an appointment. Visit www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing for more information. SMCHD patients will receive notice of COVID-19 test results via phone call, positive or negative. COVID-19 test results may also be accessed online by individuals who have insurance at: www.mdlab.com. Uninsured patients can request printed copies of test results from SMCHD by phone or email.

Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine Clinics

Various dates, times

For ages 3-18 years

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is partnering with St. Mary’s County Public Schools to offer free drive-thru flu vaccine clinics for children (ages 3 – 18 years) at various locations. Children must be residents of St. Mary’s County though they do not need to be enrolled in the public school system. Advance registration is required. To find a clinic or register, visit www.marylandvax.org

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.

Volunteers Sought for Boards, Commissions and Committees

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s Board of County is calling all citizens interested in volunteering their time to the community by serving on various Boards, Commissions and Committees. Detailed descriptions of the various boards and membership applications are available on the County’s website at https://www.stmarysmd.com/boards/. All applications must include a resume and be submitted no later than Nov. 13.

County Libraries

Due to the current COVID-19 surge locally, curbside service will continue uninterrupted, but library buildings are closed for in-person visits. May be open for appointment-only computer, printer and fax use. For more information, visit https://www.stmalib.org.

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.

Local Information on COVID-19

For information and local updates relating to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please visit the St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website at: http://www.smchd.org/coronavirus/ or call (301) 475-4330.