2014-04-24 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

USSVI Meeting

The United States Submarine Veterans Inc. Rhode Island Base will hold its monthly meeting at the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation building, 6854 Post Rd., North Kingstown, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. All qualified submariners are invited whether members or not. For further information, call Jack Hunter at 401- 849-7282.

NHCNE Early Closing

Personnel utilizing Naval Health Clinic New England should be advised that the facility will secure at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 9, for a change of command ceremony. Morning appointments will be for sick call and acute care only. All hands should plan to utilize pharmacy and laboratory services before or after May 9.

Boots on the Ground

The Boots on the Ground Fun Run/Walk will be held on Wednesday, May 7. This three-mile run/1.5-mile walk is open to active duty personnel, retirees, reservists, eligible family members and DoD employees and starts at noon at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female finishers, and there will be door prizes and refreshments after the race. Sign up at the Chafee Fitness Center. For more information, call Anthony at 401-841-7354 or email anthony. vento@navy.mil.

Veterans Breakfast

The seventh annual Veterans Breakfast and Resource Fair, sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, will be held Saturday, May 3, from 9-11 a.m. at Schofield Armory, 705 New London Ave., Cranston. The free event is open to veterans and their families. Reserve at 401-453-5294. The agenda includes opportunities to meet with Sen. Whitehouse; a presentation by Jeanne LaFazia, chief judge, Rhode Island Veterans Treatment Court; and an update from Operation Stand Down. Resource tables and representatives from federal agencies relating to veteran employment, Veterans Administration benefits and claims, and other information resources will be available.

The Interstate Compact and Schools

The Military Spouses of Newport will host a meeting with school liaison Janet McCarthy on Monday, May 5, to discuss the Interstate Compact and how it serves your children. Families with children in school and who may be moving soon can learn how to maximize school opportunities despite frequent moves.

The group will meet 6-8 p.m. at the Seaview Lanes Bowling Center, bldg. 656, and hold a monthly general membership meeting prior to the presentation. Contact socials@milspousenewport.org for more information.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, May 1 at noon, with Andrew C. A. Jampoler presenting on “Congo: The Miserable Expeditions and Dreadful Death of Lt. Emory Taunt, USN” at noon. This is the true story of a young naval officer tasked to explore the Congo River in May 1885 and report on opportunities for American business interests. The trip, which had started out with such great promise and hope for wealth, ended with bankruptcy, disgrace, and, ultimately, Taunt’s death. Award-winning author Jampoler retraced Taunt’s 1,400 mile expedition in an outboard motorboat to better understand what happened to the lieutenant.

The Eight Bells series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve and arrange for base access, call 401-841-7276 at least one work day prior to event.

Spouse Event

Military Spouses of Newport will head to the Drink and Dabble traveling art party on Thursday, May 8, 6:30-9 p.m. No experience is necessary and artist Charlie Hall will offer step-by-step instructions. The event will be held upstairs at Aquidneck Pizza, 27 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. The cost is $30 for club members, $40 for non-members, and all materials will be provided. Register at milspousenewport.org.

Choristers Concert

The Newport Navy Choristers will present the annual “Proudly We Sing” concert at St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown, on Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Newport Navy League. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children, and there is a maximum of $20 for a family of four. There will be a preconcert reception at 6 p.m. For more information, call 401-847-9414 or visit newportnavychoristers.org.

O’ Club Mother’s Day Brunch

Enjoy Mother’s Day brunch at the Officers’ Club on Sunday, May 11. Traditional favorites will be served and all hands with base access are eligible to attend. Seatings are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and advance ticketing is required. Tickets are available at the Officers’ Club between 9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. The cost is $32 for adults, $15.50 for children ages 8-12, and $9.50 for ages 4-7. Children 3 and under are free but do require a ticket. Call 401-841-1442 for more information.

Blood Drive

The Rhode Island Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be outside the Navy Operational Support Center Newport on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

SNA 5K By The Bay

The Surface Navy Association’s annual 5K By The Bay run will be held Friday, May 16, at 5 p.m. The USATF-certified course draws runners from across New England for the scenic race around the naval station. Trophies will be awarded to the first male and female runners and best overall team, and medals will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. For more information or to register, visit sna5k.org.

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