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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
 
May 8
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.
 
SOS Group Meeting - Bowling
-6 p.m.-8 p.m., Pine Plains Bowling Center
Call Survivor Outreach Services at 772-6357 for information.
 
Stateside PCS Briefings
-Every Tuesday and Thursday
Meet with Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program staff for updates on PCS procedures. Call Amy Kilionski at 772-6566 for more information, including time and location.
 
Clayton Community Band Benefit Concert
-7 p.m., Clayton Opera House
The Clayton Community Band, directed by Gloria Hvizdos Musser, will present “The Jersey Boys meet Ray Charles” as a benefit concert for Hospice of Jefferson County and the Clayton Opera House at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Clayton Opera House. Tickets cost $5 each; any student accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the Opera House Box Office (686-2200) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, online at www.claytonoperahouse.com, or at the door. The Clayton Community Band is the resident ensemble of the Clayton Opera House.
 
May 9
2012 10K Qualifier for the Army 10 Miler
-7 a.m.
-Sign-up by May 8
Conducted at the Magrath Sports Complex and surrounding areas. This 10K run will serve as a qualifier for the Army Ten-Miler to be held in Washington, D.C., on 21 October 2012. Teams will consist of six-person men’s, women’s, mixed, mixed masters, and four individuals; male and female and male and female masters. Open to active duty military assigned/attached to Fort Drum. Sign-up by May 8 at the Sports Office.
 
Spend a Day With Your Soldiers
-Seating is limited. Reservations required.
You are invited by MG Mark Milley, the Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum, to attend "Spend A Day With Your Soldiers" at Fort Drum on 9 May, 2012. This is a day when you will get to walk in their boots and see how they train and live; what kind of weapons they are using and how effective they are; what kind of equipment they have and how it is used; what their food and drink tastes like and how they like it; and most importantly, what they are thinking and doing in preparation for their next deployment. It is an experience that few who have not recently worn the uniform will ever know and one that you in a lifetime will never forget. Seating is limited and on a first come first served basis. For more information on the event, or to reserve a seat, contact Mike Plummer at PLUMMIKE@aol.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or click here.
 
Youth Center Lego Robotics Registration Deadline
-Activities May 21-June 6 on Mondays and Wednesdays.
-Competition June 9
On Mondays and Wednesdays, you can create Lego Robots that can complete tasks. Open to middle schoolers and high schoolers. Call Child, Youth, and School Services at 772-6719 for more information.
 
Competition Archery League
-Wednesdays at 5:30, Parks & Rec
-May 9-August 1
League registration fee: $25 and $10 per weekly shoot. Sign up at FMWR Parks and Recreation, Bldg. P-11115 Iraqi Freedom Drive. Call 772-5169 or 772-8222 for more information.
 
Fort Drum Information and Town Hall Meeting
-6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., The Commons
Find out what’s happening on Fort Drum at this evening meeting held at the Commons. Get up-to-date information directly from agency representatives, and ask questions, express concerns and ideas and get immediate answers. You can also email questions and concerns to drum.townhall@conus.army.mil prior to the meeting or call in live at 772-2101. Call Sarah Lynch at 772-5374 for more information.
 
May 10
JCC Open House for Military Community
-3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
-Jules Center (Building 6), Jefferson Community College, Watertown
Have you been thinking about finishing your degree, earning college credit for military promotion or taking professional development training for career advancement? Opportunity knocks at Jefferson Community College (JCC)! On Thursday, May 10, JCC will hold an open house for active duty soldiers, their spouses and family members, veterans and retirees in the Jules Center Commons (Building 6). Open house walk-in hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Carole A. McCoy, College president, and Brigadier General Kenneth R. Dahl, 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry deputy commanding general for support, will welcome attendees and provide a program overview. Presentations, at 3:30 p.m. and again at 5:00 p.m., will focus on summer programs for students and youth; academic programs and support services; the admission process; financial services; and educational opportunities at Fort Drum.
College representatives and information tables will provide information about: JCC's 30+ career and transfer programs, 6 degrees entirely online and several evening degrees; Opportunities for bachelor's and master's advanced degrees from JCC higher education center partners; Fort Drum McEwen Education Center; Professional training and certifications; Personal growth workshops and summer kids camps; JCC Campus Care – childcare; Student activities and athletics; Health related programs; and Support services for first generation students.
Take advantage of JCC's open house to learn what the College can do for you and your family. For more information, call the JCC admissions office, 786-2200.
 
Fort Drum Technology Expo
-9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the Commons
The 12th Annual Fort Drum Technology Expo will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 10 at the Commons. The expo is open and free to all personnel. For more information, email Federal Direct Access donna@fdaexpo.com or call Diana Mullen at 772-3003.
 
Employment 101 Class
-9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Army Community Service
Learn how to conduct a job search, write your resume and cover letter, and ace an interview. Call 772-9611 for more information.
 
Automotive Class: Basic Electrical
-5 p.m., Automotive Skills Center
-Free Class
Learn to do easy repairs and save money. In this class, you will learn the basic electrical wiring diagrams and different circuits. Must sign up for classes in advance. Contact Mike Graveline at 772-5785.
 
May 11
Military Spouse Appreciation Event
-10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
ACS, in a partnership with Mountain Community Homes and The Exchange plan to honor Military Spouses by offering a free movie at the Fort Drum Multi-Purpose Auditorium (MPA) from 11 am- 2 pm. The MPA doors will open at 10:30 and the movie being shown is “One For The Money” starring Katherine Heigl. After the movie Spouses are invited to an Afternoon Luncheon, Sponsored by Sams Club, at Adirondack Creek Community Center from 2 – 4 p.m. For more information, call Sarah Lynch at 772-5374.
 
Trip to New York City
-Departs May 11 at 7 a.m.
-Return May 13
Parks and Recreation is offering a trip to New York City on Mother’s Day weekend. Your adventure starts with departure at 7 a.m. May 11 and travels to Staten Island for check-in at Naval Lodging. Once you take your luggage to your room, you are on your own to explore the city that never sleeps until the return bus leaves for Fort Drum at 1 p.m. May 13. Cost for this trip is $150 per person, double occupancy; $370 for a family of three; and $440 for a family of four. The cost includes transportation and two nights’ accommodations. Additional funds will be needed for food, excursions and personal purchases. Fort Drum Parks and Recreation welcomes suggestions for trips from patrons. To share your ideas, call 772-8222.
 
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.
 
May 12
ATV Safety Class
-9 a.m. or 1 p.m., Parks & Rec
All patrons must take this four hour class in order to be permitted to operate one of the Family and MWR All Terrain Vehicles. Cost is $5 per person. The class location is in the Parks and Recreation Training Area. Call or visit Parks and Recreation to register. Space is limited.
 
USO Big Band Bash!
-7 p.m., Watertown Elks Lodge
Jump and jive at the USO Fort Drum's Big Band Bash to be held May 12, 2012 at the Watertown Elks Club, Watertown. Tickets are $41 per person in honor of the USO's birthday year-1941! Music will be provided by the Do Good Swing Band and guests will be the USO Liberty Bells. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.
 
Mountaineers Hockey USO Charity Game
-1 p.m., Cicero Twin Rinks (5575 Meltzer Court, Cicero, NY)
-Admission: $5
For more information, visit the Mountaineers' Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mountaineershockey
 
Youth Center Midnight Sports
-8 p.m.-Midnight
Have fun until midnight in the Youth Center Gym. For middle schoolers and high schoolers. Cost: $3 members, $5 non-members
 
May 13
Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
-11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., The Commons
Show Mom you love her by treating her to Mother’s Day brunch at the Commons on Fort Drum. No one does a brunch better than the Commons where Master Chef Gee and his staff create a brunch feast for Mom that will please the whole family! At the Commons you will enjoy assorted pastries, fresh fruit and all of the regular breakfast fare including the commons famous omelet station creating custom omelets to order. A salad bar, side dishes, and a chef’s carving station will be offered along with seafood specialties. Fresh baked breads and rolls, assorted cakes, and pies will help finish the perfect brunch along with a juice station, coffee, and tea included. The cost is at $18.95 per adult and $8.95 for children 8 years and younger. Reservations can be made for the 11 am seating or the 1:30 pm seating by calling the Commons. Contact: Cindy Romig, 772-6222.
 
May 14
Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care Training
-9 a.m.-11 a.m., ACS
This two-hour class held at Army Community Service instructs the procedures to follow as a Respite Care Provider. For more information, call Sharon Chapel at 772-5476.
 
Resume Writing Computer Lab
-9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., ACS
Family Employment Readiness conducts this lab at Army Community Service to assist Military Family Members in learning how to create a resume on a computer. This class is limited to 15 persons. Call Amanda Thompson at 772-9611 for more information.
 
Home Buying Class
-9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
-Call the Financial Readiness Program at 772-5196/8526 for information, including location.
Learn information about home buying, such as how much you should spend, how to negotiate the deal, the closing process, and other tips to make your home buying experience pleasant with no surprises. Preregistration is requested.
 
May 15
Anger Management Class
-1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
-Call the Family Advocacy Program at 772-2279 location and other information
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.
 
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.
 
Stateside PCS Briefings
-Every Tuesday and Thursday
Meet with Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program staff for updates on PCS procedures. Call 772-6566 for more information, including time and location.
 
May 16
Armed Forces Day Luncheon
-Noon, Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown
The Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Armed Forces Day Luncheon on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown, beginning at Noon. The annual event recognizes those serving in our Armed Forces across all branches of the military. Seating for the event is limited. Click here to register.
 
Career Development Seminar: Finding a Job Using Social Networking
-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.
 
2012 Basketball Tournament Registration Deadline
-Tournament: May 19 at 9 a.m.
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. Rosters due to Sports Office by COB May 16. Call 772-6663 for details.
 
May 17
Volunteer of the Month Ceremony
-10:30 a.m.-11 a.m., The Commons
For more information, call the Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator program at 772-2899.
 
Overseas PCS Briefing
Meet with Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program staff for updates on PCS procedures. Call 772-6566 for time and location.
 
Automotive Class: Emissions Class
-5 p.m., Automotive Skills Center
-Free Class
Save time and money when check engine lights appear. This class is mandatory to use the emissions tester. Must sign up for classes in advance. Contact: 772-5785.
 
May 18
In Her Shoes: Living with Domestic Violence
-9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
This simulation activity is used to increase awareness of the struggles that women with abusive partners face. The activity illustrates how domestic violence is a community tragedy, not a private problem, the ups and downs a battered woman faces over the course of many years, and shows how we all have a role in the movement to end domestic violence. Space is limited to 20-30 participants. Please call to register. Contact: Sharmane Delgado, 772-6929.
 
Special Olympics Event Day
-10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pine Plains Plaza
Call the Exceptional Family Member Program for more information: 772-5476.
 
Youth Center Asian Pacific Heritage Celebration
-5:30 p.m- 7 p.m.
-Free
Learn about this exotic culture and enjoy the cuisine of the Asian Pacific people. For middle schoolers and high schoolers. Call Child, Youth & School Services at 772-6719 for more information.
 
2012 Captain & Crew Golf Tournament Registration Deadline
-Tournament: May 19 at 8 a.m., Willowbrook Golf Club, Watertown
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. Sign up at Sports Office by COB May 18. Call 772-6663 for details.
 
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.
 
May 19
Armed Forces Day Parade
-10 a.m., Watertown
The Annual Armed Forces Day Parade will be held Saturday, 19 May 2012 along Washington Street in Watertown beginning at 10 AM. The parade begins at Watertown High School and proceeds north to the reviewing stand in front of the Dulles State Office Building before turning onto Stone Street where the units will disband.
 
The Force is With Us!”
-1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., McEwen Library
Come to the Library for a celebration of the 35th anniversary of STAR WARS. There will be snack, crafts, and games – all with a STAR WARS theme. Dress as your favorite Jedi or Sith, Droid or Wookie, or surprise us! This is destined to be Force-fully good fun. Come in or call the Library for more information: 772-9099.
 
Youth Center Skate Jam
-3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Enjoy the moveable skate park with your inline or quad skates or skateboard. For middle schoolers and high schoolers. Cost: $3 members, $5 non-members
 
2012 Two-Person Captain & Crew Golf Tournament
-8 a.m., Willowbrook Golf Club, Rt. 37, Watertown
-Must sign up at the Sports Office by COB May 18.
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.
 
2012 Basketball Tournament
-9 a.m., Magrath Sports Complex
-Must sign up at the Sports Office by COB May 16.
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.
 
Save the Date:
May 25
Quarterly Veterans Info Day
-9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fort Drum PX
The Fort Drum FMWR Soldier and Family Assistance Center to host a Veterans’ Information Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at the Fort Drum Post Exchange. This Information Day brings together Federal, State and non-profit organizations in one location to provide a face-to-face interaction between Veterans, their Families and Survivors. Anyone who has served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on Active-duty is considered a Veteran and is eligible to receive benefits.
Recent changes in eligibility for entitlements, educational and health, especially for Gulf War and Vietnam-era Veterans, make dissemination of information on services imperative if we as Americans are to honor our debt to our Veterans and their Families. This is a great opportunity for service members to find out about benefits, entitlements and services available to them in an on-the-spot, one-stop information gathering, rather than relying on phone service or having to travel inconvenient distances. Call 772-7781 for more information.
 
May 27
Annual Watchfire Ceremony
-Fire lighting at dusk, State Fairgrounds, Syracuse
-Deadline to drop off flags at Fort Drum Public Affairs Office: May 21
Community members with an American flag no longer fit for display may ensure proper disposal of it by bringing it to the Fort Drum Public Affairs Office, Bldg. 10012, by close of business May 21.
Public Affairs personnel will take the flags to a Memorial Day "Watchfire" that begins at dusk May 27 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
The annual ceremony, sponsored by the Central New York chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, provides citizens an opportunity to properly and respectfully retire unserviceable U.S. flags while also honoring the nation's veterans, including all fallen and/or missing U.S. service members.
 
May 29
2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show
-6 p.m., Magrath Sports Complex Gym
Free admission! Presented by U.S. Army Installation Management Command. Call 772-5370 for information.
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