Military Matters: Upcoming Events   If you know of an event that should be added to the Military Matters calendar, please email Katie Alexander at kalexander@wwnytv.net   April: Month of the Military Child April 9 Stalker Awareness -1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., ACS Family Advocacy Program conducts this class in how to deal with too much interest in you by someone. Learn what is not appropriate and how to handle it. Class held at Army Community Service by the Family Advocacy Program. For more information, call Lorilynn Starr at 772-4244.   Newcomer Orientation -Call Relocation Readiness at 772-6566 for time and location Drum Family and Community Connection is welcoming soldiers, families, and DoD civilians to Fort Drum! This program provides valuable information on Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs, family support activities, healthcare, employment information, education opportunities and much more. Discover what Fort Drum has to offer! Children welcome.   Youth Center Karaoke Contest Registration Deadline -Contest date: April 20 Choose your favorite song, grab the mike, have a great time in the spotlight, and have a chance to win a prize. Serious and “just for fun” singers welcome. Register by April 9. Call Child, Youth, and School Services at 772-6719 for more information.   April 10 Coastie the Coast Guard Boat Visits the Library -10 a.m.-11 a.m., McEwen Library Coastie will visit the McEwen Library for story time to talk to kids about water safety. This a free program aimed at preschool and young elementary school age kids. Call Allen Goudie at 772-9099 for more information.   Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group Meeting: IEP Overview -11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Army Community Service Call EFMP at 772-5476 for more information.   For Fathers Only -Three session program: 4/10, 4/12, & 4/26 -11 a.m.-1 p.m. Family Advocacy Program invites Fort Drum Dads to ACS for a free 3 –session program to learn methods to help your child develop a healthy sense of self and security through discipline and a stimulating environment. Some of the topics covered are Ways Dads are Vital, 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers, Effective Discipline Methods, Effective Communication Skills, Age Appropriate Activities, challenges Faced by Military Dads, and Stressors of Long Distance Parenting and Separation. Registrations are required. Call the Family Advocacy Program at 772-5605 for information.   Welcome Tour -9:30 a.m, Most Tuesdays -Tour departs from the Fort Drum Inn Drum Family Welcome Tour is a narrated van tour of Fort Drum and the local community. Call the Relocation Readiness Program at 772-6566 for information.   Conditioning Center Instruction: Cardio -9 a.m. -Fitness Program Offered on a first come-first served basis, with every piece of equipment in the Magrath Conditioning Center covered in the weekly rotation. Call 772-9672/4585 for details.   April 11 AUSA Salutes the “Sherpas” -4 p.m., 1st BCT, 10th Brigade Support Battalion Motor Pool -RSVP by April 4 Join the NNY-Fort Drum Chapter of AUSA on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 as it salutes the outstanding Soldiers and civilians of the 1st BCT, 10th Brigade Support Battalion. The activities will begin at 4:00 PM with refreshments and displays in the motor pool followed by the recognition ceremony at 5:30 PM. The event will be held at the unit's motor pool. Please RSVP by 4 April to Deb Neher or Naomi Petrie at 782-2222. For more information on the event or for directions, click here. All Salute A Unit events are open to the public.   What Do Peeps Read? -4 p.m.-8 p.m., McEwen Library Come to the McEwen Library and create a diorama with PEEPS – take a scene from your favorite book, and recreate it using PEEPS. Then, bring your diorama back on Saturday,APRIL 14th for it to be judged in our “ALL MY PEEPS ARE AT THE LIBRARY” Contest. Please bring with you a shoebox, any special PEEPS, and anything you might want to add to your diorama. We will have some supplies here. Come in or call the Library to register for this event. Call Allen Goudie at 772-9099 for more information.   Career Fair Preparation -9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Army Community Service Call the Employment Readiness Service at 772-9611 for more information. Registration is required.   April 12 BOSS Meeting -1 p.m, BOSS building, T-2190 Units are required to send their BOSS Representatives and newest single soldiers to the bi-monthly meetings at the BOSS building. BOSS is looking for all ideas regarding events or activities that can be presented for Soldiers. Let your voice be heard. For information, call 772-7807.   AA Meeting on Post -Noon-1 p.m. -Tuesdays and Thursdays Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Fellowship Hall of North Riva Ridge Chapel, Bldg. 10030. For details, call Ronald D. Jacob, 772-0035.   Automotive Class: Basic Brakes -5 p.m., Automotive Skills Center -Free Class Learn to do easy repairs and save money. In this class, you will learn the difference between disc brakes and drum brakes and cover the ABS brake system and wheel bearings. Must sign up for classes in advance. Contact Mike Graveline at 772-5785.   April 13 Trip to Washington D.C. -April 13-15, Bus leaves at 7 a.m. Enjoy the nation's capitol with its many museums, monuments and the National Zoo. $130 per person single or couple, $240 one parent with child under 6 year of age, $330 for a family of 3, and $390 for a family of 4. Price includes transportation and 2 night’s accommodations just outside of Washington DC. Registration required. For more information, call Jerod Lajoie at 772-8222.   Month of the Military Child Teen Lock-In -8 p.m.-8 a.m. Youth in grades 7 - 12 spend the night at the Youth Center. The fun includes food, sports, games, music, and more. Cost per person is $10.00. Contact the Youth Center to register, space is limited. Call Steve Ferguson at 772-6719 for more information.
Indoor Paintball at the Youth Center -6 p.m .-9 p.m. Youth 10 – 18 years of age can enjoy paintball inside in the Fort Drum Youth Center’s inflatable arena. Cost is $5 for Youth Center Members and $10 for Non-members. Membership at the Youth Center is free. For more information, call Steve Ferguson at 772-6719.   BOSS Takes You to the Movies -Friday and Saturday nights Boss will supply transportation to and from the REEL TIME Theater on Fort Drum. Soldiers mush call at least one hour prior to the movie time to schedule a pick up. Soldiers being transported in a BOSS vehicle will be given a discounted admission to the movie and a REEL TIME Express Voucher from the EXCHANGE. Rides are available for Friday and Saturday night movies only. Call 772-7807.   April 14 BOSS Texas Hold 'Em Tournament -Noon, Winner's Circle at The Commons -Open to DoD ID card holders and their guests (18 and over) Free poker tournament. $350 in cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Doors open at noon. Call 772-7807 for more information.   2012 4-Person Bowling Tournament -1 p.m., Pine Plains Bowling Center -Rosters can be submitted to the sports office by April 13, or at the bowling center on the day of the tournament Sports tournaments are open to all active-duty military assigned or attached to Fort Drum, family members 19 years and older, and DoD civilians employed on Fort Drum. Call 772-6663 for details.   All My Peeps are in the Library -1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. McEwen Library staff invite you to participate in PEEP races, search for hidden PEEPS in our scavenger hunt, try some PEEPsi, or maybe PEEPza, see all the literary PEEPS in dioramic scenes from favorite books, and judge which one is best. Dress like a PEEP for the day.   April 15-21: Fort Drum Volunteer Appreciation Week April 15 Mountain Community Homes Recycled Art Contest -Entries due by April 21 Join us at our annual Earth Day Celebration with your recycled artwork! We want to see how creative the kids of Mountain Community Homes can be turning old junk into amazing pieces of art. All artwork must be entered in by 10:30am on April 21st at the Adirondack Creek Community Center, along with an entry form and a copy of the directions on how it was made. There will be four winners selected to receive prizes from Old McDonald’s Farm, Aqua Zoo, Thompson Park Zoo and the Sci-Tech Center!   April 16 Resume Writing Computer Lab -9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Army Community Service Call the Employment Readiness Service at 772-9611 for more information. Four seats available. Registration is required.   Tax Assistance Center Offers Free Tax Return Preparation -To schedule an appointment, call 772-6727
The Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center will prepare and electronically file federal and state income tax returns free of charge for active-duty Soldiers, mobilized Reservists on active duty for more than 29 days, retired service members and their Families. The appointment line opens at 1 p.m. each day and remains open until all appointments are filled for the next business day. The TAC is located in Bldg. T-120 at the corner of Lewis and Conway / First Street West. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 772-3735.
  April 17 Anger Management Class -1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. -Call the Family Advocacy Program at 772-2279 for information, including location Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems. Learn ways to control your anger before it controls you with this free class.   Welcome Tour -9:30 a.m, Most Tuesdays -Tour departs from the Fort Drum Inn Drum Family Welcome Tour is a narrated van tour of Fort Drum and the local community. Call the Relocation Readiness Program at 772-6566 for information.   Conditioning Center Instruction: Free Weights -9 a.m. -Fitness Program Offered on a first come-first served basis, with every piece of equipment in the Magrath Conditioning Center covered in the weekly rotation. Call 772-9672/4585 for details.   AA Meeting on Post -Noon-1 p.m. -Tuesdays and Thursdays Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Fellowship Hall of North Riva Ridge Chapel, Bldg. 10030. For details, call Ronald D. Jacob, 772-0035.   April 18 Positive Discipline for Children -10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Army Community Service The Family Advocacy Program provides positive ways to discipline children. For more information call 772-6929.   Cope With Hope -10 a.m.-Noon, ACS Survivor Outreach Program. Call 772-6357 for more information.