Military Matters: Upcoming Events

If you know of an event that should be added to the Military Matters calendar, please email Katie Alexander at

November 6
Employment 101
-9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., ACS
Learn the basics of searching and applying for a job. Learn how to conduct a job search, write your resume & cover letter and ace an interview with employment readiness. This class is held at Army Community Service. Call Amanda Thompson at 772-9611 for more information.

DRUM Welcome Tour
-9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy a narrated tour of Fort Drum and the surrounding community. Bring a lunch or purchase one. Children Welcome! Reservations required. Call to reserve your seat(s). Presented by Relocation Readiness. Information: Contact Scarlett Sharkey, 772-6553.

Stress Management
-1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
ACS Family Advocacy Program offers a session on how best to cope and deal with stress. Call Martila Seals at 772-0593 for more information.

November 7
AUSA Veteran's Day Breakfast
-8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., The Commons
-RSVP by November 2

The Association of the United States Army, Northern New York-Fort Drum chapter, cordially invites you to the Veteran's Day Breakfast at the Commons on November 7. Please take this opportunity to honor our Veterans. The program will feature key note speaker Mary Carstensen, Col. Retired, Senior Adviser to to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ticket prices are $10. Checks may be payable to AUSA. Please RSVP by November 2, 2012. Contact: Kyle Halpin, 788-4042 ext. 6921,

Cope With Hope
-10 a.m.-Noon, Army Community Service
Call 772-6357 for more information.

November 8
First-Time Home Buyers Class
-9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Buying your first home can be confusing and intimidating. ACS Financial Readiness helps Soldiers and Military Families learn about best practices and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of first time home buying. Call Judee Kelly at 772-5196 for more information.
Federal Employment Workshop
-9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Navigating the process of applying for Federal Employment can be confusing. ACS Family Employment Readiness presents procedures and tips for applying for Federal Employment. For more information, call Amanda Thompson at 772-9611.

Homemade Christmas Club
-Noon-4 p.m., ACS
Stretch you holiday gift budget by giving handmade gifts created by you! ACS Information and Referral office is hosting several crafting sessions at ACS to help you create personal gifts this season. This session will feature Glass Etching. Please call ahead to find out what supplies you may be required to bring. Contact: Virginia Cooper, 772-6799.

Troop Self-Help Staff Offers Training on Carpentry Tools
-9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
-Every Tuesday and Thursday

The Troop Self-Help Service Center, 2150 Nash Blvd., hosts classes from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, except federal and training holidays. The staff will offer training on various carpentry tools (table saws, routers, planers, etc.). Individuals who complete the training and demonstrate the ability to operate the tools safely will receive a Public Works Operator / Safety Card for use in the Troop Self-Help Center. Upon receiving a PW Operator / Safety Card, unit repair and upkeep personnel will be able to initiate troop self-help projects. Use of the Troop Self Help Center equipment is restricted to unit projects only.  Units that require additional information may call the Troop Self-Help Service Center at 772-6072.

Page Turners Book Club Meeting
-7 p.m.-9 p.m., McEwen Library
Join the McEwen Library staff in reading and lively discussions about selected books. Refreshments will be served. Future reading selections will be chosen at this meeting. Call 772-9099 for more information.

November 9
Couples Communication
-9 a.m.-Noon, ACS
In this Couples Communication workshop at ACS, you and your partner learn practical and effective talking and listening skills for better decision-making, conflict resolution, and anger management. Develop strategies for better communication with your partner. Call Martila Seals at 772-0593 for more information.
Military Resilience Training: Module I
-9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Mobilization and Deployment offer training at ACS for Master Resilience to better understand the dynamics of fitness, increase resilience and enhance performance by developing the five dimensions of strength such as the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and Family growth. For more information call Jennifer Eichner at 772-2848.

New Youth Center Grand Opening
-3:45 p.m.
You are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting of the new Youth Center on Chapel Drive. Take a tour of the facility, observe and participate in teen activities, and enjoy refreshments. Teens in grades 6 – 12 are especially encouraged to participate in this event and are asked to arrive by 3:30 P.M. then invited to stay for the FREE YC Grand Opening all night party featuring Reball, Rock Climbing, Basketball and other tournaments, food and fun! This party will continue until midnight! Permission slips are required and must be submitted by November 7. Information: Call Steve Ferguson, 772-6719.

BOSS “Chick Flick” Movie Night
-8 p.m.
Visit either the Nash Boulevard or the Jack T. Sweet BOSS facilities to enjoy a romantic comedy or tear-jerker. Hey! You KNOW you love them! This fun evening includes a movie and free popcorn. Call Michelle Roden at 772-7807 for more information.

Preschool Children's Storytime
-10 a.m.-11 a.m., McEwen Library
Preschoolers are welcome to come and listen to stories read aloud to them and participate in crafts and special activities. Volunteers are needed to read for this popular program. Call 772-9099.

Indoor Paintball
-6 p.m.-9 p.m., Youth Center
Cost for members: $5; Cost for non-members: $10. Information: Contact Steve Ferguson, 772-6719.

November 10
Saturday Hourly Care
-10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Memorial CDC – 10745 Enduring Freedom Blvd.
Saturday hourly care is available for all children registered with CYSS. Space is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and reservations can be made by calling (315) 772-7103. Cost: $4/hour per child. Families with Army Family Covenant free deployment hours may use those.

2012 Fort Drum Basketball Championships
-9:30 a.m., Monti Gym
This event is conducted at Monti Physical Fitness Center gymnasium and is open to active duty military assigned/attached to Fort Drum, Family members 19 years and older, retirees, reservists, and DoD civilians employed on Fort Drum. Sign-up at the Sports Office, Bldg. M430A, by 4:30 pm November 7. Call Diane Sykes at 772-6663 for information.

Meet the Author: Kathy Tabor-Montgomery
-1:30 p.m., McEwen Library
Kathy Taber-Montgomery will read and sign her book “We Live In A Zoo”, which tells the story of a young boy‟s view of learning to share with and relate to multiple siblings, and furry and finned family members. Ms. Taber- Montgomery is a military spouse who lives in Adams, NY and works on Fort Drum. This is her first book! She will have copies available for sale. For more information, call Allen Goudie at 772-9099.

Teen Skate Jam
-3 p.m.-6 p.m., Youth Center Skate Park
Teens in grades 6 - 12 can enjoy the Youth Center Indoor Skate Park with their skateboards, quad or inline skates. Cost is $3.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members. School ID Card is required. Call Steve Ferguson at 772-6719 for more information.

November 11-Veterans Day
BOSS Chili Cook-Off
-2 p.m.-4 p.m., BOSS Center
Cook up your best chili recipe and come have fun at the First Annual BOSS Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, November 11 at 2 pm at the BOSS Facility, 2190 Nash Boulevard. If you are not a cook, but enjoy good food, you are invited to help judge this contest to find out who makes the best chili. Prizes will be awarded to the winning chili cook. Categories will include Best Decorated Booth, Most Unusual Recipe, and a “People’s Choice” Award. A surprise guest judge will also be present. Stay at the BOSS center to enjoy Sunday Football while you tuck into Fort Drum’s best chili. Call BOSS at 772-7807 for more information. Call 772-7807 for details.

Dress a Turkey Contest
-November 1-December 15, McEwen Library
Dress up or color our cartoon turkey! For all ages. Entries will be displayed in the library and contest winners decided by popular vote. Entry forms and complete rules will be available in the library beginning Nov. 1. Entries accepted Nov. 1 – 30; winners decided by popular vote Dec. 3-15. Entry forms will be available in the library. For more information, call Allen Goudie at 772-9099.

November 12 – Veterans Day Observed
Teen Career Club
-4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Youth Center
Teens in grades 6 - 12 will meet each Monday and Wednesday to explore and learn about different potential careers. Call 772-6719 for more information.

November 13
English for Speakers of Other Languages Class
-9 a.m.-Noon, Army Community Service
ACS Relocation Office offers this class every Tuesday and Thursday for Military Family Members who wish to improve speaking the English language. Call Scarlett Sharkey at 772-6566 for more information.

Family Night at the Commons
-Every Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Spend the evening out with the kids at the Winner’s Circle. Each week there is a special fun activity for the children to participate in. The Pizza and Pasta Buffet is sure to meet anyone's appetite. $7 for adults and $4 for children 8 and under. Each week a different themed entertainment is provided for family fun.  For information, call Cindy Romig at 772-6222.

November 14
Learn to Live Gluten Free
-1 p.m.-3 p.m., McEwen Library
“Learn to Live Gluten Free” with Katherine Robertson (RN, MSN) November is Gluten Free Awareness Month. Learn about getting gluten out of your diet, and what to look for on labels. Call 772-9099 for more information.

November 16
USO Home for the Holidays
-7 p.m.-11:30 p.m., The Commons
Join the USO Fort Drum at the Commons for “Home for the Holidays”. The event features free food and beverages (beer, wine, soda, and coffee), and free entertainment from the band “Splash”
( & the Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders! “Home for the Holidays” is open to Active Duty Members and their families, ages 18 and up. Barracks Shuttle Bus runs from 1830-2400.