Military Matters: Upcoming Events
Briefings will take place as follows:
* Civil affairs – 10 a.m. Nov. 15 and at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 16.
* Psychological operations – 9 a.m. Nov. 15 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 16.
* Warrant officer – 3 p.m. Nov 15 and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 16.
Civil affairs, psychological operations, warrant officer briefings will take place at the Special Forces Recruiting Station, 1003 Nash Blvd. Explosive ordnance disposal briefings will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 in the 63rd Ordnance Battalion classroom, 1770 Restore Hope Dr. For more information on the programs, visit www.bragg.army.mil/SORB. 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. 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. Volunteer Ceremony Rescheduled The Volunteer of the Month ceremony, originally scheduled for November 15, has been rescheduled to November 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Commons. 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” to celebrate the military who have arrived home from Afghanistan in time for the holidays and to enjoy the holiday season with those getting ready to leave for Afghanistan in 2013. The event features free food and beverages (beer, wine, soda, and coffee), and free entertainment from the band “Splash” & the Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills! The three major units deploying in 2013 will each be presented a USO MEGS (Mobile Entertainment Gaming System) to take with them. “Home for the Holidays” is open to Active Duty/Guard Military Members and their families, ages 18 and up. Barracks Shuttle Bus runs from 1830-2400. Snowmobile Safety Class -9 a.m., Parks & Rec This class is held at Parks and Recreation training area. Rider safety courses are required to use the snowmobiles owned by Family and MWR on scheduled trips. Patrons must be 18 years of age or older and have proper ID to attend this class. Please wear or bring boots, gloves, and appropriate outer wear. Maximum class size is 55. Cost per person is $5. Registration is required. Additional classes can be scheduled by units on a time-available basis. Contact: Rich Cole, 772-4010. Teen Midnight Sports -8 p.m.-Midnight, Youth Center Teens in grades 6 – 12 are invited to the Youth Center to enjoy a pick-up game of basketball and play until midnight. Snacks and drinks are included in this event. Cost is $3 for YC Members and $5 for non-members. Youth Center Membership is free. Call Steve Ferguson at 772-6719 for more information. November 17 North Country Spouses Club Craft & Antique Fair -10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monti Physical Fitness Center, Conway Rd., Fort Drum -Admission: $5 -Volunteers Needed!! Get a jump on your Black Friday shopping at the 22nd Annual Craft and Antique Fair, sponsored by the North Country Spouses Club and Volunteer Support Fund. The Craft Fair is the ideal place to find unique gifts and home décor! Kids Craft While You Shop: Volunteer Support Fund Holiday Helpers will supervise children ages 3-12 while you shop. One hour limit & $3.00 craft fee. Santa arrives at 11 a.m., and will be available for pictures until 3 p.m. You can purchase a 3x5 for $5. For more information, please contact Alison Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org BOSS 5K Fun Run -8 a.m., Magrath Sports Complex This Run starts at Magrath Sports Complex and will follow a 5K course. Run is open to active duty military assigned/attached to Fort Drum, Family members, retirees, reservists, and DOD civilians employed on Fort Drum. Runners can register at race site starting at 7:30 am the day of the event until the beginning of the race at 8 am. Your dog is welcome to run with your but you must bring their NYS registration and leash if you bring your four legged friend. Call Michelle Roden at 772-7807 for more information. 2012 Turkey Bowl Football Tournament -9 a.m. This tournament will be conducted on the Magrath Sports Complex sports field or Monti Physical Fitness Center sports field depending on amount of teams signed up to participate. This tournament 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. Team rosters are due to the Sports Office, Bldg. M430A, by 4:30 pm on November 14. Information: Contact Diane Sykes, 772-6663. 2012 Individual Bowling Tournament -1 p.m., Pine Plains Bowling Center This tournament will be conducted at Pine Plains Bowling Center and 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. Registrations for this tournament are due to the Sports Office, Bldg. M430A, by 4:30 pm on November 16. Call Diane Sykes at 772-6663 for more information. Teen Bowling -3 p.m.-6 p.m., Pine Plains Bowling Center Teens in grades 6 - 12 can enjoy bowling at Pine Plains Bowling Center with their friends. Cost is $5 each and registration for this trip is required. For more information, call Steve Ferguson at 772-6719. November 19 Budget and Account Management Class -9 a.m.-Noon, ACS The budget is your foundation for success with money. Add to the budgeting a good understanding of account management and you will be unstoppable! Learn the basics of developing your own budget and making your money work for you, instead of you always working for the money. Part of managing the account is keeping track of what you spend and where. We will show you tips, tricks, and “secrets” of the trade at this comprehensive class designed for adults of all ages. This class is held at ACS. Information: Call Judee Kelley at 772-5196. 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. BOSS Movie Night -8 p.m.-Midnight Get out of the barracks to watch a free movie with friends and enjoy the comfortable BOSS Center at either Jack T. Sweet Complex or Nash Boulevard. Free popcorn will be offered while the movie plays. Call Michelle Roden at 772-7807 for more information. November 20 Winter Driving & Snow Thrower Operation Classes -November 20 and December 4 & 18 -Winter Driving: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m. -Snow Thrower: 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Command Safety Office to conduct winter driving, snow thrower classes
The Fort Drum Command Safety Office, Bldg. M-10281, will conduct winter driving and snow thrower operation classes for Soldiers, Family Members and Department of the Army civilian employees.
Winter driving classes will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 and 18. Snow thrower operation classes will be offered from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 20, and Dec. 4 and 18. For more information or to register, call 772-9026 / 0310. Note: Unit / organization classes are by appointment only. Homemade Christmas Club -9 a.m.-Noon., ACS Stretch your 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. Anger Management -1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ACS Family Advocacy Program offers a session on how best to keep anger from escalating in negative ways. For more information, call Daniel Reed at 772-4244. 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 21 Trip to NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Parade -November 21-23 -Bus leaves from Parks and Recreation at 6 a.m. Wednesday The cost for trip is $150 for adults and $75 for children on 10. Price includes transportation and two night lodging at the Holiday Inn Express on Staten Island. Trip is limited to 38 persons, sign up NLT 7 November. For more information contact Parks and Recreation. Call 772-8222 for more information. Job Club: Negotiating Job Offers -9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Army Community Service A monthly meeting for job-seekers to network. A different employment related topic is presented at each meeting. Call 772-9611 for more information. Cope With Hope -10 a.m.-Noon, Army Community Service Call 772-6357 for more information. November 22 – Thanksgiving Day BOSS Home for the Holidays -11 a.m.-11 p.m., Nash Blvd. BOSS Center BOSS invites you to feel at Home for the Holidays at the Nash Blvd BOSS Center when they open their doors to an old fashioned Thanksgiving. To start off the Thanksgiving Holiday, BOSS will host a fun game of flag football in their side yard starting at Noon. Once the game is over come inside to warm up by watching the football games. Roasted turkey with all of the traditional side dishes will be offered starting at 2pm. Along with the great meal watch the football games on their many big screen TVs. Available will be gaming, billiards, and Cyber Café for keeping in touch with friends and family. The BOSS center is your home away from home throughout the holidays. Shuttle service will be provided from Jack T Sweet BOSS Center to Nash Blvd from 11am to 10pm. Call Michelle Roden at 772-7807 for more information. November 23 Black Friday Shopping at the Fort Drum Exchange -Doors open at 4 a.m. Military shoppers can come early and gobble up the savings as the Fort Drum Exchange will open its doors at 4 a.m. Nov. 23 for “Black Friday” sales. “From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving,” said Ken Limtiaco, Fort Drum Exchange general manager. The Fort Drum Exchange will pass out take-a-tickets for the most popular “door buster” items, as well as bounce back coupons that can be used throughout the weekend that add value and excitement to this year’s event. For more information, shoppers may call the Fort Drum Exchange at 773-0061. 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. Black Friday Bowling Special -3 p.m.-11 p.m., Pine Plains Bowling Center The Pine Plains Bowling Center will be open this year on Black Friday. Cost is $2.00 per game plus shoe rental. Cosmic Bowling will be offered from 6 – 10pm. Groups of 15 or more can call and make lane reservations for the hourly rate of $18.00 per lane/per hour w/ shoes included. Celebrate Black Friday away from the crowds at Pine Plains Bowling Center. For more information, call Cindy Fleming at 772-6601. November 24 Teen Karaoke -5 p.m.-7 p.m., Youth Center Youth in grades 6-12 singing their favorite songs. Cost is free. Call 772-6719 for more information. 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.
Clothing Drive for Soldiers
-Drive Runs Through November 29, Massena American Legion
Post 79 of the American Legion is currently holding a clothing drive to benefit Fort Drum soldiers and their families. The clothes will be used to help families that have moved from the south and are in need of winter clothing. The drive will run until November 29. Clothing may be dropped off at the American Legion Hall, E. Orvis St., Massena
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 26 Homemade Christmas Club -9 a.m.-Noon., ACS Stretch your 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.
November 27 DRUM Family Welcome Tour -9:30 a.m.-2 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. Conflict Resolution -1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. This class will assist you in learning effective ways to diffuse, avoid, and resolve conflicts with others. This free class is presented by ACS Family Advocacy Program. Call Dani’el Reed at 772-4244 for more information. Military Family Appreciation Family Night -5 p.m.-8 p.m., The Commons A special Family Night is planned to celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month. A Pizza and Pasta Buffet will be offered at a cost of $7 for adults and $4 for children 8 years of age and younger. Carnival activities will be featured and each family in attendance can enter for a chance to win an Xbox 360 as this special evening‟s door prize. For information, call Lori Starr at 772-2933 or Cindy Romig at 772-6222.
November 28 Infant Massage Class -9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Monument Ridge Community Center ACS Family Advocacy Program facilitates this weekly session each Wednesday. Infant massage uses touch to enhance the expression of love, caring and respect to aid in the bonding process. Call 772-0593 for more information.
November 29 Automobile Repair Class -5 p.m., Auto Skills Center These classes are held each Thursday with a different area covered each week. This week offers a Welding Class which is mandatory in order to be permitted to use the welding equipment at this facility. Information: Contact Mike Graveline, 772-5785. BOSS Gaming Tournament -7 p.m. Madden NFL 13 will be played at Jack T Sweet BOSS Center. This center has gaming systems, controllers, and big screen HD TVs. All we need is you! Compete against the best gamers on Fort Drum while playing the newest games. Winners receive prize money. Open to Active Duty Soldiers and Spouses only. Call Michelle Roden at 772-7807 for information. Trip to see “Ron White: They Call Me Tater Salad” at Turning Stone -Leaves Parks & Rec at 5 p.m. This trip will depart from Parks and Recreation and arrive at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY in plenty of time to check in and then enjoy this comedy show at 8 pm. Cost for this overnight trip is $100 per person and includes, bus transportation, lodging, and show admission. For more information, call Mark Schnittenger at 772-8222. November 30 Homemade Christmas Club -9 a.m.-Noon., ACS Stretch your 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. Snowmobile Safety Class -9 a.m. Rider safety courses are required to use the snowmobiles owned by Family and MWR. Class attendees must be 18 years of age or older and have proper ID. Please wear or bring boots, gloves, and appropriate outer wear when attending this class. Maximum class size is 55. Class cost per person is $5 and registration is required. Additional classes can be scheduled by units on a time-available basis. Call Rich Cole at 772-4010 for information.
Dress a Turkey Contest Entry Deadline -McEwen Library -Voting begins Dec. 3 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.