2013-10-17 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Milspouse Newport Events

The Military Spouses of Newport will host two upcoming social events. The club will host a family fun event at Escobar’s Corn Maze in Portsmouth on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4 p.m. Adults (12+) $7, kids 5-11 $5, and under 5 are free. Bring a small treat to share. Register at milspousenewport.org.

The next MilspouseNewport Night Out will be a no-host dinner at The Fifth Element on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The monthly gathering is great for those looking to meet new people and try new restaurants. Register at milspousenewport.org.

Volunteers Wanted

American Legion Post 18 is seeking volunteers to help bring a bit of Halloween fun to residents of the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol on Saturday, Oct. 26 at a Halloween-themed bingo party. Volunteers will socialize with the residents and help play games and are encouraged to wear black and orange. Muster at 480 Metacom Ave. at 1 p.m.; games start at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Christine Haywood at 401- 556-5940.

Army Halloween Event

The 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion Family Readiness Group will host “Trunk or Treating” on Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino U.S. Army Reserve Center, 1390 Simonpietri Drive, at Naval Station Newport. Participants should decorate the trunks of their vehicles in the spirit of Halloween and provide candy for the children. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated vehicles. Arrive between 5 and 5:30 p.m. “Trunk or Treating” will start at 6 p.m.

Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail at the Carr Point Recreation Area on Defense Highway, Oct. 19, from 6-9 p.m. features a spooky trail through the woods, entertainment, concession tents, and arts and crafts tables. For more information, call MWR at 401-841-3127. Open to active duty personnel, retirees, reservists, eligible family members, DoD employees and contractors with base access.

Reserve Gala Reception

Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., president of the Naval War College, will be the special guest of the R.I. Department of Reserve Officers Association at their welcome gala reception on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Atlantic Beach Club. For reservations and more information go to riroa.org or call 401- 533-8404.

Heather Abbott to Speak

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott is scheduled to speak at the base’s observance of Disability Employment Awareness Month on Friday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. in Weakley Hall at Surface Warfare Officers School. The event is open to anyone with routine base access.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum remains closed during the government shutdown. The Eight Bells Lecture Series events have been canceled and will be rescheduled when operations resume.

Military Parents at Pell

The Pell Elementary School is looking to form a military parents group to draw on the combined expertise of the military families to make Pell a better place for all students and as military-friendly as possible. Check with the school to see how you can get involved. Call 401-842-1900 x20105 for more information.

WaterFire to Salute Veterans

The inaugural WaterFire Salute to Veterans will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Providence and will be the state’s largest community wide celebration of veterans. This is a full WaterFire event lighting and will be solely devoted to honoring veterans and all U.S. military personnel and their families. The opening ceremony at the State House steps begins at 3:30 p.m. with featured speakers U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., president of the U.S. Naval War College, and Adj. Gen. Kevin McBride, R.I. Commanding General.

Starting at 4:35 p.m., a 100-veteran torch procession will head from the State House to Waterplace basin, culminating with a 100-veteran ring of fire torch spectacle. Veterans from across generations representing the five branches of the armed forces will surround the basin during the presentation of the colors and the playing of the national anthem by the Navy Band Northeast.

Retirees Activities

The Retired Activities Office, in bldg. 690, is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m.-noon. The office is staffed by volunteers and is open to retired military, spouses, next of kin, and retired federal employees, including military members in the process of retiring. Call 401-841- 3030 for more information.

Couples Night at the O’Club

The Officers’ Club will host its next Couples Night on Friday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m. The special “date night” includes a five-course dinner with live entertainment. Reservations and entree pre-order required; call the club at 401-841-1442.

Local WWII and Korean War Veterans Sought

American Legion Post 18 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5390 and their auxiliaries hope to identify all living Aquidneck Island residents who served in WWII and/ or the Korean War. The posts will honor the “Greatest Generation” at a ceremony to be held on Monday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. at the Portsmouth Town Hall. The veteran or a family member should call Carolyn Evans-Carbury at 401-683-9375 or e-mail ripost18legion@aol.com.

Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccine is now available at Naval Health Clinic New England, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at the immunizations clinic. FluMist nasal spray (for those ages 2-49) and vaccine injections are available.

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