ONBOARD PAX RIVER:

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

“Section 508 Compliance — Using

Microsoft Programs” Online Training

8-11 a.m. Oct. 15 and 22; Nov. 5 and 12

To register, visit https://navairu.navair.navy.mil/ and search for CISL-EVT-FY20329 on Oct. 15; CISL-EVT-FY20330 on Oct. 22; CISL-EVT-FY21000 on Nov. 5; and CISL-EVT-FY21001 on Nov. 12. This introductory course is intended to improve your understanding of information technology accessibility and Section 508 law and help you produce digital content that conforms to the latest revision of Section 508 standards. For more information, contact Nancy Danganan at nancy.danganan@navy.mil.

ASMC Virtual 5 K

Oct. 24-31

American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) Southern Maryland invites you to walk/run/hike/bike. First 100 registered receive a medal. Proceeds benefit ASMC Scholarship Fund. Cost is $30 for ages 12 and older; $25 active ASMC members. Follow us on FB for a chance to win prizes. Search ASMC Fall Virtual 5K on active.com to register.

Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

Closes Oct. 26

Civilian employees are invited to take the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey from now until Oct. 26. This survey is your chance to provide your confidential input on a wide variety of topics, including training, job satisfaction, performance appraisals, work-life programs, management and the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions, call 1-855-OPM-FEVS, or reply to the email invitation.

IN THE COMMUNITY:

LexiCon 2020: Meet Author

Preeti Chhibber

6:30 p.m. Oct. 16

LexiCon returns – virtually. Hear how Preeti Chhibber became a writer, what it’s like to work in publishing, how much she loves Peter Parker & Baby Yoda, and more. Ask Preeti your questions about writing in the Star Wars & Marvel universes. Preeti Chhibber is the author of Spider-Man: Far From Home: Peter and Ned’s Ultimate Travel Journal, Orientation (Marvel: Avengers Assembly #1), A Jedi You Will Be, and short stories in A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark. Register at www.stmalib.org/lexicon to receive the link to the online event taking place Friday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Fossil Day

Oct. 17

Calvert Marine Museum

Be a paleontologist for the day. Learn all you can about fossils found along Calvert Cliffs. Participate in a scavenger hunt filled with fun fossil facts and enjoy a take home craft that allows you to excavate real fossils from matrix. Activities appropriate for ages 4-10. Program included with museum admission.

LexiCon 2020: Video Cosplay Contest

Submit videos between Oct. 16-21

LexiCon returns – virtually. Create a costume celebrating your favorite fandom, then show it off virtually. Submit a short video (maximum 90 seconds) displaying your awesome look, and enter to win prizes and glory. Visit www.stmalib.org/lexicon for all the information. All ages.

50 Miles for 50 Years Virtual Challenge

Calvert Marine Museum

Oct. 18-Nov. 18

On Oct.18, the Calvert Marine Museum turns a whopping 50 years old and to commemorate the event, the community is invited to participate by completing 50 miles of activity at their own pace and at their own place. This could mean walking, running, biking, hiking, swimming, or even skipping. Registration is $25 per person and participants will receive a commemorative sticker of the museum’s otter mascot, ready for exercise, in the mail. All you have to do to participate is register online at calvertmarinemuseum.com/50for50.

Halloween in the Garden

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

Wear your Halloween costume, enjoy low-touch/no-touch fun and games. Pre-packaged treats for kids with a no-touch distribution system. Activities spread out over 30-acre park. DJ music, photo opss, food and drink. No pets, no smoking. Everyone over 5 years must wear a mask. Cost is $5 per person; 2 years and under free. Reserve your timed entry tickets online at annmariegarden.org.

Fall Family Fun Day

Oct. 24

Historic St. Mary’s City

Fun day for the whole family. Guests welcome to come in costume to celebrate the season. All activities included with the cost of admission and may include: Legends and Lore tour at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., which discusses superstitions of the 17th century; corn husk crafts to take home; snap a photo at the selfie station located in the Margaret Brent boxwood garden; and a museum scavenger hunt. Younger guests will receive a goody bag, on their way out, from The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary. Families and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the weather. Attendees will be expected to follow CDC health guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing. General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for youth, and children 5 and younger are free. For more information, about Fall Family Fun Day, contact 240-895-4980 or email Groups@DigsHistory.org.

Desegregation in St. Mary’s County:

Community Conversations on Race

1 p.m. Oct. 26

Join this live online discussion with community members as they talk about their experiences during desegregation. This event is part of Community Conversations on Race, a series of virtual events to engage in conversation and learn from fellow community members. Register at www.stmalib.org to receive the link to the virtual event.

Nutrition Nuggets

4 p.m. Octt. 27

Is online learning leaving your kids on their own for breakfast and lunch? Pop in and join us for a bite-sized snack making session. Learn how to make quick and easy, nutritiously complete meals with just a few simple ingredients and tools. Register at www.stmalib.org to receive the list of ingredients and required tools, as well as a link to the event.

Calvert Marine Museum Special Needs Night

5 – 7 p.m. Oct. 30

Free fun night for families with special needs. The museum will be open exclusively for individuals with special needs and their families or caregivers. Enjoy the exhibits, shop in the store, see a model train set up. Board the Wm. B. Tennison for a 30-minute cruise. Carry out crafts and fossil ID bags are available. Pre-registration required for each individual and proper face coverings required. Register at webtrac.co.cal.md.us and search Activity #170773 and #170774. Register for the Tennison cruise through the Parks & Recreation office directly at 410-535-1600, ext. 8204 or 8205.

Early Voting/Election Day Voting Locations

Check the links below for a complete list of voting locations where residents can vote in-person during early voting – Monday, Oct. 26 to Monday, Nov. 2, including Saturday and Sunday; or on Election Day, Nov. 3. Early voting and Election Day vote centers are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eligible voters may cast their ballots at any authorized voting location within their jurisdiction of residence. A complete list of early voting locations can be found here:

https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/2020%20Early%20Voting%20Centers.pdf.

A complete list of Election Day voting locations can be found here:

https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/PG20_List%20of%20Election%20Day%20Vote%20Centers.xlsx

MD Board of Elections Ballot Drop Box Locations

Once open, the ballot drop boxes will remain open until Election Day, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. Voters can submit their completed mail-in ballots in any drop box located in their jurisdiction of residence. The complete list of ballot drop box locations is available at: https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/PG20_Drop%20Box%20Locations.xlsx

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.

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.