Military Matters: Upcoming Events
If you know of an event that should be added to the Military Matters calendar, please email Katie Alexander at email@example.com Annual Holiday Celebration-5 p.m.-7 p.m., The Commons BallroomMilitary Families are invited to The Commons to enjoy Fort Drum‟s Annual Holiday Celebration. The CYSS Choir will sing a selection of Christmas songs. You will also have the opportunity to have a free photo and visit with Santa and each child will receive a toy. You will also be offered dinner of pizza, cookies from Mrs. Claus and her elfin helpers and punch which will be provided to everyone in attendance. Magic and balloon creations by Jason the Entertainer and holiday crafts are offered to children keep everyone in the holiday spirit. This is a highly attended free event with doors opening and activities beginning at 5 pm. Military Family Members who pre-register at www.operationbestwishes.com can participate in Operation Best Wishes where families can record holiday greetings to send to loved ones who are far away. Call Laura Oakes at 772-5370 for more information. AFTB Briefer Training Course-December 4 & 5-9 a.m.-2 p.m.Army Community Service Army Family Team Building offers this course to give tips and information on proper presentation to persons who will be briefing at the January AFAP Conference. For more information, call Kimberly Hill at 772-6710. Stress Management Class-1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., ACSFamily Advocacy Program offers this free session held at Army Community Service on how best to cope and deal with stress. The Holiday season can add to the everyday stresses you may experience. This is a great opportunity to end your stress cycle. You have more control than you might think. Call Danie’l Reed at 772-4244 for more information.]Winter Driving & Snow Thrower Operation Classes-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. Dec. 4 and 18. Snow thrower operation classes will be offered from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 18. For more information or to register, call 772-9026 / 0310. Note: Unit / organization classes are by appointment only. SELF Group Meeting-5 p.m.-8 p.m.The NEW YOU Women's Empowerment group has a new name! SELF encourages Fort Drum Women to live a lifestyle that includes caring for your personal needs and empowerment. Information: Call Sarah Lynch, 772-5374. Briefings on Army Programs for Soldiers to Earn Health Care Credentials-8 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., McEwen LibraryAre you a Soldier who is interested in becoming a health care provider? Do you want a free education while receiving full pay and benefits? The Army has programs to help officers, warrant officers and enlisted Soldiers do just that. Soldiers may learn more about the programs by attending a briefing Wednesday on post. Briefing topics will include: The Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP), the AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP-RN), Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), Masters in Social Work (MSW), and other AMEDD training opportunities. Hour-long briefings will take place at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at McEwen Education Center and Library, 4300 Camp Hale Road. Individual unit briefings can be arranged by contacting Maj. Dawn Orta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-714-4059 or contact Sgt. 1st Class Carmen McDavitt at email@example.com or 1-800-640-9742. Those who can’t attend a briefing may visit the following websites for additional information: www.usarec.army.mil/armypa or https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/621795 or www.goarmyhealthcare.com. Employment 101-9 a.m.-11 a.m.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 The Soldiers and Family Advocacy Program Building P-11042. Additional classes are scheduled on December 6 and 18 and will be held at Army Community Service. For more information, call Amanda Thompson at 772-9611. Middle Year Parenting Class-December 5-7-9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Held at Army Community Service, this class is designed to assist parents with children between 5 & 10. Topics include: development, discipline, handling sibling rivalry, communication skills, establishing family rules, nutrition, and development. Call Danie’l Reed at 772-4244 for more information. FRG Sponsorship Training-3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.Family Readiness Group administrative staff members will learn the regulations and proper procedures when soliciting sponsorship for FRG activities and events. For more information, call Jennifer Eichner at 772-2848. 2012 Volleyball Tournament Registration Deadline-Tournament: December 8, 9:30 a.m., Monti Physical Fitness CenterThis tournament will be conducted at Monti Physical Fitness Center. 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. M-430A by 4:30 pm on December 5. Call Diane Sykes at 772-6663 for more information. EFMP Holiday Bowling Party Registration Deadline-Event: December 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Free bowling and holiday activities for Fort Drum Families registered with the Exceptional Family Member Program. Ability appropriate crafts, games, snacks, and a special visitor will be offered at this event. Reserve a space by calling 772-0819 no later than December 5. For more information, call Sharon Chaple at 772-5476. Fort Drum Holiday Tree Lighting-5 p.m., Main Post ChapelJoin your friends and neighbors at the Fort Drum Main Post Chapel for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy Christmas caroling, the official lighting of the tree and a visit from Santa. Following the ceremony join us in the Youth Center for a reception featuring family activities, cookies, drinks and pictures with Santa. Call Steve Ferguson at 772-6719 for more information. Holiday Ham Buffet Luncheon-11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Winner's CircleThis buffet luncheon will be held in The Winner‟s Circle at the Commons and the menu includes baked honey glazed ham, roasted medley of sweet, russet and red potatoes, glazed baby carrots with pineapple, rolls with butter, bread pudding and beverage for $7.95 per person. Information: Call Cindy Romig, 772-6222. 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. Veterans Outreach Center Grand Opening & Open House-10 a.m.-2 p.m., 247 State Street, WatertownJoin the Mental Health Association in Jefferson County, Inc. for a ceremony and open house to celebrate the grand opening of the new Veterans Outreach Center in Watertown. The center officially opens on December 3, but the Grand Opening celebration has been scheduled for December 7 in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. The new center will be home to a number of programs and services to support military members, veterans, and their families. Among them: the new PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Counseling Program (click here to see our earlier coverage), a Fly Tying Group for combat veterans (click here to view the flyer), and a weekly Military Kids Club (view the flyer). For more information about the center or any of its programs, call Melissa Amos, the Mental Health Association's Military, Veteran and Family Advocate, at (315)788-0970. Homemade Christmas Club-December 7, 14, & 17-Various TimesStretch your holiday gift budget by giving handmade gifts created by you! ACS Information and Referral office is hosting several crafting sessions to help you create personal gifts this season. In an attempt to accommodate as many schedules as possible these sessions have been planned for a different time for each meeting. Please call ahead to find out the meeting time and what supplies you may be required to bring. For more information, call Virginia Cooper at 772-6799. BOSS Chick Flick Movie Night-8 p.m.Need a break from being a tough and ready Soldier? Visit BOSS at Jack T.Sweet or on Nash Boulevard to relax and enjoy a good old fashioned Chick Flick! Free popcorn at the movie compliments of BOSS. Call Michelle Roden at 772-7807 for information. Waterloo Shoppping Outlet Trip-Bus leaves Parks & Rec at 8 a.m.Enjoy a trip to Waterloo Premium Outlet Mall and leave the driving to Parks and Recreation. Cost is $10 per person with the bus leaving Parks and Recreation at 8 am returning to Fort Drum approximately by 6 pm. Contact: Mark Schnittenger, 772-8222. Paddock Mansion Holiday Open House-Begins at 4 p.m.All are invited to a FREE holiday open house in the Paddock Mansion at the Jefferson County Historical Society on Dec. 8, starting at 4 p.m. The Celebration Singers will have everyone singing along to holiday favorites until 5 p.m., when anchor Brian Ashley will be the first featured narrator for the inaugural reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Refreshments will be served. Tom Walker’s vintage model trains will be set circling the decorated Christmas tree on display in the front parlor. The Watertown Model Train Club and Tom Bucci continue to build on the downstairs holiday model train display with new scenery and train track each year. Engineers of all ages are invited to run the New York Central model train sets. For more information, contact the museum at 782-3491. 2012 Volleyball Tournament-9:30 a.m., Monti Physical Fitness CenterThis tournament will be conducted at Monti Physical Fitness Center. 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. M-430A by 4:30 pm on December 5. Call Diane Sykes at 772-6663 for more information. EFMP Holiday Bowling Party-10 a.m.-2 p.m.Free bowling and holiday activities for Fort Drum Families registered with the Exceptional Family Member Program. Ability appropriate crafts, games, snacks, and a special visitor will be offered at this event. Reserve a space by calling 772-0819 no later than December 5. For more information, call Sharon Chaple at 772-5476. Teen Middle School Holiday Dance-7 p.m.-10 p.m., Youth CenterA holiday dance for teens in grades 6 – 8 at the Fort Drum Youth Center featuring snacks, drinks and fun with friends. The cost to attend is $2 for Youth Center Members and $4 for Non-members. Youth Center membership is free. Information: Call Steve Ferguson, 772-6719. Winter Wonderland Weekends at the Zoo-5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.-Each Friday, Saturday, & Sunday through December 30The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park presents Winter Wonderland Weekends! For the second year in a row, businesses from around the North Country have come together to decorate the grounds with holiday lights. On each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of December, the zoo will be open extended hours so that visitors can go “walking in a winter wonderland.” In addition, there will be a variety of activities for people of all ages. Hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments will be available for purchase at the Wildside Café. This event will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on weekends through Dec. 30. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for children 3-12, and free for children younger than 3. Budget Management-9 a.m.The budget and a good understanding of account management is your foundation for financial success. Learn the basics of developing your own budget and making your money work for you. You will learn tips, tricks, and “secrets” of the trade at this comprehensive class designed for all ages. For more information, call Judee Kelly at 772-5196. Resume Writing Start to Finish-9 a.m.-12 p.m., Army Community ServiceThis comprehensive workshop is presented by ACS Employment Readiness to build a complete resume. For more information, call Amanda Thompson at 772-9611. Military Kids Club-5 p.m.-7 p.m., Veterans Outreach Center, Watertown-Every MondayJoin the Mental Health Association in Jefferson County, Inc. for Military Kids Club, Mondays from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the new Veterans Outreach Center, 247 State Street, Watertown. For more information about the Center or any of its programs, call Melissa Amos, the Mental Health Association's Military, Veteran and Family Advocate, at (315)788-0970. Click here to view the flyer.
Scream Free Parenting-9 a.m.-3 p.m., Army Community ServiceMove beyond child-centered, technique-based approaches. The 'Scream Free' way compels you to focus on staying calm and connected with your kids. Call 772-4244 to register. Build Your Own Business-9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Army Community ServiceStaff from the Small Business Development Center of Watertown will help you to understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing & regulations. Call 772-9611 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. SELF Group Meeting-9 a.m.-12 p.m., Army Community ServiceThe NEW YOU Women's Empowerment group has a new name! SELF encourages Fort Drum Women to live a lifestyle that includes caring for your personal needs and empowerment. Information: Call Sarah Lynch, 772-5374. Infant Massage Class-9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Monument Ridge Community CenterACS 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. Build Your Own Business-10 a.m.-11 a.m., Army Community ServiceACS Family Employment Readiness instructs Military Family Members on the necessary needs and basics of creating and running your own business. This free class is held at Army Community Service. Call 772-9611 for more information. Fly Tying Group-5 p.m.-7 p.m., Veterans Outreach Center, Watertown-Second and Fourth Thursdays of Each MonthJoin the Mental Health Association in Jefferson County, Inc. for the Fly Tying group from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the new Veterans Outreach Center, 247 State Street, Watertown. The Fly Tying Group is a skills building program that specifically teaches combat veterans fly tying and fly fishing skills. These skills will build emotional tolerance, relaxation, and mindfulness skills, as well as build social supports for ongoing recovery. All materials and equipment for this group will be provided. The group will also provide opportunities for an occasional guided fishing trip at a local river. Click here to view the flyer. For more information about the Veterans Outreach Center or any of its programs, call (315)788-0970. Trees For Troops Unit DistributionTrees arrive on Fort Drum for acceptance by Command from Fed Ex. Trees for Troops – a program sponsored by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx Corporation – will celebrate by bringing fresh-cut Christmas trees to Fort Drum. Trees will be delivered to Fort Drum on Dec. 13 and will be ready for distribution at S-68, Warehouse Road. Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers will send distribution times for each unit to pick up the trees. To receive a tree contact your unit. English for Speakers of Other Languages Class-9 a.m.-Noon, Army Community ServiceACS Relocation Office offers this free class for Military Family Members who wish to improve speaking the English language. All materials provided. Registration Required! Call 772-6566 for more information. Cookie Exchange-9 a.m.-11 a.m., Army Community ServiceACS Information and Referral invite you to participate in a cookie exchange from 9 - 11 am at ACS on December 14. To reserve a spot call 772-6556 or 772-6557. Parents Alone Support Group-10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Army Community ServiceMeet and network with other single parents. Call 772-4244 for information. Homemade Christmas Club-December 14 & 17Stretch your holiday gift budget by giving handmade gifts created by you! ACS Information and Referral office is hosting several crafting sessions to help you create personal gifts this season. In an attempt to accommodate as many schedules as possible these sessions have been planned for a different time for each meeting. Please call ahead to find out the meeting time and what supplies you may be required to bring. For more information, call Virginia Cooper at 772-6799. BOSS Movie Night-8 p.m.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. BOSS 5K Reindeer Run-Race starts at 9 a.m. at the ACS parking lot Open to active duty military assigned/attached to Fort Drum, Family members, retirees, reservists, and DOD civilians employed on Fort Drum. Register at race site starting at 8:30 am the day of the event until the beginning of the race at 9 am. Dogs are welcome. Please remember to bring your NYS registration and leash if you bring your four-legged friend. Come dressed up for the Holiday Season. Costume winners will include best kid costume, best female costume, best male costume, and best team costume. Race winners will be 1st-3rd place for female and male categories. Join us after the race for hot chocolate and cookies at the ACS building to help warm up. Call 772-7807 for more information. Dress a Snowman Contest-Through January 15, McEwen LibraryThe Library has cartoon snowmen and they are COLD. Please dress him up! For all ages. Entry forms available in the library beginning Dec. 15. Submit entries by Jan. 15, and let our patrons vote for their favorites. Call 772-9099 for information. Dress a Turkey Contest Voting Deadline-McEwen LibraryDress up or color our cartoon turkey! For all ages. Entries will be displayed in the library and contest winners decided by popular vote. Entries accepted Nov. 1 – 30; winners decided by popular vote Dec. 3-15. For more information, call Allen Goudie at 772-9099. 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.