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Trick or Treat Halloween ACS Volunteer Services Thanksgiving Calendar of Events October │ November
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Calendar of Events December │ January
Child & Youth Services Cleland Ice and Inline Rinks Happy Holidays & Happy New Year
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Trick or Treat! Do you have your Halloween costume picked out yet for this year? If not, now is the time to do it! Fort Bragg Family and MWR has multiple opportunities for you to show off your costume. All of our events are open to everyone.
pm at the Family Readiness Group Center on Pope Army Air Field. Want even more candy? After all, you can never have enough, right? Throckmorton Library will host its 2nd Annual Monster Bash Trunk or Treat on October 29th from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
Escape Room hosted by Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers
Do you have what it takes to escape our spooky Halloweenthemed escape room in time? If you think you do, get your Family and friends together to experience a fun-filled evening with the BOSS Team and ESCAPE! The BOSS Building (located on Gruber Road) is being turned into an escape room with clues and hints; will you be able to find them? This live escape game adventure will be the spooktacular highlight of your week! The Escape Room is open to everyone ages 12 years and older. Come test your skills on October 27th from 5 – 8 pm. No registration required. This is a free event.
Trunk or Treat
Calling all ghouls and goblins, witches and werewolves, super heroes and evil villains. We want to treat you!!! No tricks here! Wear your favorite costume and come out for a trunkload of candy! The Exceptional Family Member and New Parent Support Programs will host a fun Trunk or Treat on October 28th from 4 – 5 page 1
How brave are you? Be ready to be scared at the 2nd Annual Haunted Trail! Can you make it all the way through the woods behind McKellar’s Lodge? McKellar’s Lodge will be converted to a frightful site on October 28th and 29th for the Haunted Trail. In addition to the frightful trail, you can enjoy food and beverages, bouncy houses and movies! The event is open to everyone from 7 – 10 pm, however it is recommended that children be 12 years of age and older to walk the trail.
Join us for our on-ice Halloween party for all ages at Cleland Ice Rink. This holiday skating party is full of fun and excitement and all things Halloween! Special ice Halloween performance followed by ice skating and on-ice games to include limbo, relay race, cake skate, and an obstacle course! Join us outside at the inline rink for Halloween beverages and cotton candy. The Spooky Skatetacular is on October 29th from 6:30 pm – 9 pm and is open to everyone for only $5 per person.
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ACS Volunteer Services Connects Motivated Individuals with Great Opportunities By: Audra Satterlee ACS Marketing Specialist
Are you interested in volunteering? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Wanting to enhance your skill set to help you compete for your dream job? Get started with the Fort Bragg Army Community Service Volunteer Services today! We connect individuals with passion and enthusiasm to great opportunities that match their interests, both on and off post! Volunteering within your community is not only a great way to help connect with new friends while doing something fun and rewarding, it’s also an effective way to network professionally and gain marketable skills to help you when looking for a new job or trying for a promotion. Soldiers can even use these volunteer hours to earn promotion points toward their next rank, by receiving the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM), which is worth up to 15-promotion points.
volunteers to help with a wide variety of tasks. We staff races and fun runs that need volunteers to help register attendees, set up water stations, and even greet runners at the finish line with snacks and plenty of cheer! There are tree planting events and environmental clean-ups needing responsible adults to help. We match animal lovers with horse stables and farms needing assistance with trails and special events; athletes with youth coaching opportunities; medical field volunteers with the Red Cross to possibly volunteer at the hospital and surrounding clinics; builders with Habitat for Humanity, and numerous other amazing opportunities through which to grow and enjoy your time giving back to the community. “Our Fort Bragg volunteers are the best,” says Alice Stephens, Volunteer Coordinator with ACS Volunteer Services. “Once they start volunteering through our office, they are always calling or stopping by to see if there is anything they can do! Some go on to get full-time jobs, or eventually leave the area, but they always reach back out or stop by for a surprise visit to let us know how they are doing and how much they miss Fort Bragg.” So whether you’re new to the area and looking to make new friends, have a passion for working with others, looking to enhance your skills for your resume or the possibility of a promotion, or whether you’re just looking for something fun and rewarding to do - check out the Volunteer Opportunities Calendar found at www. bragg.armymwr.com/happenings/bragg-champion-volunteeropportunities (or the QR code)!
Having the desire to give back to your community through volunteering is one thing, but knowing where to look to volunteer can be a little more complicated. That’s where we come in! “Our volunteers are not just volunteers,” says Stephens. “They are Check out the Volunteer Opportunities Calendar, conveniently our Family and we truly appreciate each and every one of them. linked to the MWR website at www.bragg.armymwr.com/ Our volunteers are priceless!” happenings/bragg-champion-volunteer-opportunities. Reputable organizations, from both on and off post, coordinate efforts to find Use the QR Code for a full list of available professional and motivated volunteers to help with their needs. volunteer opportunities on Fort Bragg. The calendar is full of great events and organizations looking for page 3
What a special time of year it is! During the month of November, we spend time saying thank you! We start the month with a special thank you to all of our Veterans for all you have done and continue to do for our great country. A few short weeks later we gather with Family and friends to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for and reflect on the past year. In addition to giving thanks, the Thanksgiving holiday is synonymous with food! Who does not love the amazing spread you get on the fourth Thursday of November every year? While the turkey may be the center piece, it is the all the sides and desserts that draw everyone in from table to table. Fort Bragg Family and MWR is here to help you with this part of your gathering so you can focus on decorations, drinks, the parade and a football game or two. The Annual Tough Turkey Golf Tournament returns to Stryker on Saturday, November 19th. All participants will receive a free ham or turkey! A small token of our appreciation to you. Enjoy a round of golf with friends and save some money by walking away with your free turkey. Space is limited so reserve your spot early! page 5
Calling all Single Soldiers! The Annual BOSS Thanksgiving returns this year on Thursday, November 17th at Iron Mike Conference Center. Enjoy games, prizes and of course, a Thanksgiving meal! Soldiers must have a voucher to attend the event. Contact the BOSS Office or your unit representative for more information. While one of the most amazing parts of Thanksgiving is the food, one of the worst parts is cleaning up the mess! Everyone wants to enjoy the great meal, but no one wants to do the piles and piles of pots, pans and bowls that are left over. Iron Mike Conference Center can make this part of the holiday disappear! Thank you, Iron Mike! Order your holiday meals ready to go so all you have to do is warm them up! Each meal includes a fully cooked ham or turkey, three side items, a dessert and sweet tea. Meals are available for 6-8 people for only $150 and 13-15 people for only $225. Order your meal beginning November 16th by calling 910.907.2582. From the entire Fort Bragg Family and MWR Family, Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for all you do and for allowing us to be a part of your life!
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CG Payday Scramble @ Ryder Golf Course Father Daughter Ball @ Iron Mike Conference Center
Columbus Day 123 Paint @ Throckmorton Library Open Mic/Karaoke Night @ Smoke Bomb Grille Intro to Clay Shooting @ Clay Target Center Adult Coloring @ Throckmorton Library Family and MWR Block Party @ Linden Oaks Ukulele Jamboree @ Throckmorton Library Family and MWR Community Expo @ Iron Mike Conference Center Family and MWR Hiring Event @ Tolson Youth Center Escape Room: Halloween Edition @ BOSS Building EFMP and NSP Trunk or Treat @ Family Readiness Group Center Haunted Trail @ McKellar’s Lodge
Trunk or Treat Monster Bash @ Throckmorton Library Super Saturday BINGO @ All American Bingo Spooky Skatetacular @ Cleland Ice Rink Haunted Trail @ McKellar’s Lodge
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Sew What @ Throckmorton Library CG Payday Scramble @ Stryker Golf Course MWR Toy Drive Softball Tournament [register NLT November 2
Fort Bragg 10 Miler 123 Paint @ Throckmorton Library Marvel Trivia Night @ Smoke Bomb Grille
Happy Veteran’s Day! Tough Turkey Shoot @ Stryker Golf Course BOSS Thanksgiving @ Iron Mike Conference Center S.T.E.A.M. @ Throckmorton Library Intro to Clay Shooting @ Clay Target Center 12 Hour Frenzy @ Fort Bragg Auto Skills Family and MWR Block Party @ Tolson Youth Center Adult Coloring @ Throckmorton Library
Happy Thanksgiving! Ukulele Jamboree @ Throckmorton Library
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Family of the Year @ Main Post Chapel Trees for Troops @ Smith Lake Holiday Tree Lighting @ Main Post Parade Field Sew What @ Throckmorton Library 123 Paint @ Throckmorton Library Intro to Clay Shooting @ Clay Target Center Adult Coloring @ Throckmorton Library S.T.E.A.M. @ Throckmorton Library
Christmas Day New Year’s Eve
Super Saturday BINGO @ All American Bingo New Year’s Eve Bowling @ Dragon Lanes
New Year’s Day
Polar Bear Plunge @ Smith Lake Vintage Game Night @ Throckmorton Library
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Combat Cross Country @ Smith Lake Ukulele Jamboree @ Throckmorton Library
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answer for you! FCC provides quality home based care in government owned and leased housing on post for children 4 weeks to 12 years old. All FCC providers are vetted and certified. Providers must complete background checks and regular home inspections as well as ongoing professional development training. Do you live and work off-post? Access to on-post CYS childcare may not be an option for you and your Family. If so, the Army Fee Assistance program may be the answer. This program offers assistance to offset higher costs of off-post care for eligible Families. The Army Fee Assistance program is offered for eligible off-post providers.
Child & Youth Services Are you new to Fort Bragg? Maybe you have been here for a while but you recently had a baby or going back to work? Fort Bragg Child and Youth Services has a variety of childcare options that fit your needs – regardless of the age of your children. CYS provides programs and services for children of eligible military and civilian Families. Fort Bragg has ten full time Child Development Centers which are on-post child care centers. These centers are convenient to work and home and offer trained, qualified caregivers. All CDCs are nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The CDCs are available for up to 12 hours per day for children 6 weeks through Kindergarten. The children at our centers enjoy large playgrounds, state-of-the-art early childhood equipment, and USDA approved breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Our School Age Programs offer care for your school age children before and after school, seasonal and holiday breaks and school closures. One of our favorite times of the year is the summer! Our summer camp offers children in Kindergarten through 5th grade the opportunity to spend the summer months with kids their age enjoying a full day of activities. Middle School and Teens are not forgotten! Fort Bragg has two youth centers offering a variety of age appropriate activities, events and programs. As our military youth transition into high school and beyond, we are here to help prepare them to enter the workforce and explore career opportunities they may be interested in pursuing. Let us help you find the right option for you and your family – on and off post! Contact Fort Bragg Parent Central Services at 910.396.8110.
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View our CYS page for details about everything CYS.
Cleland Ice and Inline Skating Rinks are a favorite spot for many on Fort Bragg. If you have not been, now is the time to go! Cleland is the only ice rink within a 60-mile radius that provides yearround ice skating. From lessons to open skate, Cleland offers programming everyone can enjoy regardless of age or skills on skates!
Looking for a unique location for your child’s next birthday party? Why not schedule it at Cleland? Birthday party reservations include the party room and free skate admission for the birthday boy or girl and up to 20 friends. Decorate the room with your child’s theme and watch them enjoy a birthday they are sure to never forget!
Learn to Skate classes are offered multiple times throughout the year. The classes are taught by highly skilled and qualified instructors in a safe and secure setting. Our program not only provides each skater with skill development but is also jam packed with excitement. Classes are grouped by age and skill level and meet once weekly. Private figure skating lessons are available for all age groups and taught by professional Learn to Skate USA certified instructors.
Looking for something different to do for team building? Consider Broomball or Sled Hockey at Cleland for a fun and exhilarating alternative team building option. Broomball and Sled Hockey focuses on Unit cohesion, physical fitness and resiliency.
Cleland offers a variety of opportunities for hockey players to hone in on their skills. Skate and Shoot open hockey sessions are available for all hockey players ages 8 and older. Youth and Adult Stick Times are also on the calendar every month. Check out our monthly calendar at bragg.armymwr.com to start fine tuning your skills. page 13
Have we peaked your interest? Want to check it out but don’t have your own skates? That’s ok! We offer rental skates during our open skate sessions. What are you waiting for? Grab your jacket (it is an ice rink after all) and head over today!
View our Cleland Ice and Inline Skating Rinks page for more details on programs and times.
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The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and soon it will be December! Houses will be brightly lit in festive colors and become winter wonderlands. The magic of the holiday season begins at the beginning of December for Family and MWR. We cannot wait to spend this time of year with each and every one of you. Throughout the year, Families across the installation spend countless hours volunteering at their schools, in the churches and with their units. Volunteers are a key and essential part of Army life! At the end of each year, Army Community Service’s Installation Volunteer Program recognizes these Families for their amazing contributions. The 2022 Family of the Year nominations are accepted at ACS. The Family of the Year will be announced at a special ceremony on December 1st. Watch our Facebook page to find out who is this year’s Fort Bragg Family of the Year. Lights! Santa! Hot cocoa and cookies! Food, activities and more! During the month of December, that can only mean one thing – the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting! This year’s event is certain to page 15
be one to remember. The fun moves to Saturday, December 3rd at the Main Post Parade Field. Bring the whole Family out to ring in the start of the holiday season with the lighting of the tree by newly announced 2022 Family of the Year. This Family friendly event is open to everyone! Every year the Christmas Spirit Foundation and FedEx bring hundreds of real Christmas trees to Fort Bragg for our Soldiers and Families. These gorgeous trees are free for Active Duty Soldiers (E-6 and below). For more information about Trees for Troops and on how to get your free tree, visit bragg.armymwr.com. Just like for Thanksgiving, Iron Mike Conference Center has Holiday Meals to Go available for purchase. Orders for Holiday meals can be made beginning November 30th. Call 910.907.2582 to reserve your meal! We look forward to celebrating with you this month! We hope you have an amazing holiday season and are able to spend time with your Family and friends.