Bliss Happenings September 7, 2017

Bliss Briefs: (El Paso, Texas, Sept. 7, 2017) 

Deployed Spouse Support Group: A support group for spouses of deployed Soldiers is from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the installation chaplain’s office at 448 Pershing Road. Build friendships, discuss relevant topics and receive encouragement during the deployment. For more information, contact Hannah Nielsen at 261-3282.

Office closure: The Fort Bliss Legal Assistance and Claims Offices, located on the first floor of Bldg. 113 on Pershing Road, will be closed from 1-4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 during a unit function, and will reopen at 9 a.m. Sept. 18.

Tuition assistance: Sept. 15 (until 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time) is the last day for Soldiers to request tuition assistance for classes that begin on or before Sept. 30, due to the Army’s fiscal year close-out. There will be no exceptions. Soldiers will be able to enroll in FY2017 classes after Sept. 15 using the self-pay functionality to pay for enrollments out-of-pocket. HQ ACES will not flip any self-funded classes to TA funded classes Soldiers register for after Sept. 15 with a start date between Sept. 16-30. This does not impact requests for courses starting on or after Oct. 1 (FY2018 enrollments). Contact your school for additional information.

ICE comments: Use your voice and tell us how we are doing. Fort Bliss has an outlet available so you can let us know how we are doing. That outlet is the Interactive Customer Evaluation program and it is available online at http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=435. This is a tool we use to help us improve the services provided to you. It can be used for negative and positive comments. You can remain anonymous or you can list your contact information. Listing your contact information allows us to provide you feedback on your questions. So be sure to use your voice and let us know how we are doing. Good or bad, we appreciate your input.

Job Fair: RecruitMilitary is hosting a job fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. The event will feature more than 100 job opportunities in management, sales, logistics, engineering and more. See event attendee list at http://rmvets.com/FortBliss_Exhibitors_0917. 513-683-5020.

Legal clinic for parents: Military and family law attorneys and representatives from the Attorney General’s Office will discuss common questions and concerns during a free legal clinic for military parents from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Army Community Service, 2494 Ricker Road. The attorneys and representatives, however, cannot represent attendees or give legal advice. Child care provided at the Main CDS for attendees; children must be registered with CYSS. Registration information at http://www.blissmwr.com/centralregistration/. 568-7141

Stop smoking: If you are ready to quit smoking, call the Fort Bliss Tobacco Cessation Program at 742-1343 to enroll in classes. The classes are at the Soldier Family Care Center and Mendoza Clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. This class is free to DOD civilian employees of William Beaumont Army Medical Center, active-duty personnel and their spouses and retirees who are Tricare beneficiaries. There are four sessions to complete the program and each session is one hour and a half long.

Fire Marshal Training: Fire marshal training is from 9-10 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Bldg. 11240, Staff Sgt. Sims St. No appointment necessary. Open to all Fort Bliss employees, military or civilian. 744-8194 or 744-8195

Veterinary Treatment Facility: The Fort Bliss Veterinary Treatment Facility offers appointments Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pet owners can schedule wellness exams, microchip implantation, heartworm tests, nail trims, recheck exams, inoculations against rabies, distemper (parvo) and Bordetella, sick calls and feline leukemia tests. The facility is located at Bldg. 6077 Carter Road, past Desert Strike Lanes. 742-2266

FMWR

Brushstrokes: Join the Mickelsen Community Library from 2-5 p.m. Saturday for a social art class. This month’s theme is “NYC Skyline.” Next month, Oct. 21, the theme will be “Halloween Hill.” The class is open to DOD ID cardholders ages 10 and older. Registration is required. Space is limited to 10. Cost: $15, including supplies and instruction. 568-6156

Credit Repair: Have you recently reviewed your credit score? Thinking about buying a car or home in the near future but not sure how your credit is postured to get you the best terms? Then it’s time to take the Credit Repair Class at Army Community Service, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss, from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Dinner on a Dime: Learn to make tasty meals that won’t break the bank. Whether you have a new budget or you are looking for ways to save more money, the kitchen is a great place to start. If you are committed to cooking more efficiently, then you probably already know that eating at home, rather than at a restaurant, saves money. Class is at the Family Resilience Center, Bldg. 250 Club Road, at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 and 28. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Right Arm Night: Fort Bliss, are you ready for free appetizers and great drink specials? If so, stop by the Pershing Pub from 4-9 p.m. Sept.15 during Right Arm Night. This is a great event to unwind after a long week. 781-6809

Planning and Budgeting: Struggling to find a way to balance your expenses with your income? Don’t let your finances run your life. It’s time to set up a budget you can live with and build a plan to financial freedom. Class is at Army Community Service, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss, from 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 15. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Yappy Hour: It’s Yappy Hour time at the Samuel Adams Pub Patio from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 22. Come out and enjoy delicious burgers and drinks available for purchase at the pub. There will be yummy snacks for your four-legged friends. This month’s theme is Disney Tails. Dress up your magical pup because the best dressed wins a prize. 569-7294

Banking and Money Management: Did you know that all banking institutions are not all equal? Discover how to find the right bank for you. Learn to protect your money. Discover unique military banking benefits. It’s the matter of your money. Class is at Army Community Service, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss, from 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 20. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Car Buying, the Smart Way: Learn the best time to buy a car. Discover all auto finance options. Identify what costs to consider as a part of car ownership. Review internet tools and resource guides. Class is at Army Community Service, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss, from 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 22. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Paint N’ Pour: The Library After Hours presents: Paint N’ Pour a social painting class. Get together with friends and come paint an acrylic masterpiece in a staff-led class from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 22 and Oct. 13 at Mickelsen Community Library. This month’s theme is “Catchin’ Fireflies.” Cost: $20, including supplies, instruction and one glass of wine. Wear appropriate clothing for painting. Space is limited to 12 participants, so hurry and reserve your spot. Payment is due when you place reservations, cash only. It is open to DOD ID cardholders, 21 and older. 568-1902

Doggy Swim Day: Friendly, up-to-date vaccinated pups are welcome to enjoy an afternoon of fun in the sun. Proof of vaccinations need to be shown at time of entrance, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Community Pool. The fee is $2 per dog; pet parents are free. For safety reasons children ages 5 and younger are not allowed at the event. Ages 18 and older are allowed in the pool. 569-7294

Intro to Pyrography: Join Mickelsen Community Library from 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 23 in the MakerSpace room for Intro to Pyrography (wood burning). Participants will learn new techniques using various wood burning tools, express themselves through creative wood burning, and gain familiarity with the art form. A small practice piece of wood and a designated craft item will be provided to each attendee. This month’s piece will be a rolling pin. The fee is $5 cash, payable to the library. Registration is required, payment reserves your spot and limited to five participants who are 18 and older. All participants must go over a safety orientation with staff prior to using the wood burning tools. 568-6156

First-Time Home Buyer: You have saved, saved and saved. This is what you have been waiting for, to purchase a new home for you and your family. Don’t know where to start? Are you confused on the entire process? Do you need help in finding a home that suits your family’s needs? Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Class is at Army Community Service, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss, from 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 26. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call CYS at 568-4374 to make a reservation.

Bunco Bliss: It’s time to play Bunco Bliss. Come by and play at the Pershing Pub from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 and enjoy snacks, prizes and drinks. Reservations are recommended, tickets are $15. It’s open to the public, ages 18 and older. 781-6809

TSP, The New Blended Retirement: Are you ready to make a decision for your financial future? BRS or Legacy System? Learn to understand the components, rules and timeline of the Blended Retirement system. Class will be held at Army Community Service, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss, from 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 29. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Prep Your Home for Rent or Sale: Come to Army Community Service and listen to someone who knows on how to manage property. Class is at ACS, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss, from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 17. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Spouse Information Exchange: Spouses, learn what Fort Bliss has to offer at the Spouse Information Exchange from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Family Resilience Center, 250 Club Road. Topics include school, housing, medical, local attractions and more. Registration is required. To register visit www.bliss.armymwr.com; search “Info. Exchange.” 569-5500

Auto Crafts Safety Orientation: The Auto Craft Center offers safety orientation classes every Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. This is a mandatory safety orientation for use of the facility for automotive do-it-yourself projects. Open to DOD ID cardholders only. 568-7280

Pershing Pub: The Pershing Pub is a great place to gather at the end of a long week. Open every Friday at 4 p.m. (except training holidays). Enjoy weekly drink specials and free snacks. 568-6272

Unit Book Kits: Are you part of a unit going into the field or deploying soon? If so, you can stop by the Mickelsen Community Library and pick up book kits for free. The kits contain a selection of popular fiction and nonfiction paperback items. 568-1902

Go Youth

Children’s art competition: El Paso County and El Paso County Fair Association are adding a juried art exhibition for children 16 and younger. The exhibit will provide young artists to present their work in a traditional fair style. Ribbons and rosettes will be awarded in each division. The two categories will be art (any medium) and photography (color and black and white), broken into divisions based on age. The work will be on display during the El Paso County Fair at the El Paso County Coliseum Sept. 21-24. Work accepted from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Sept. 15. asouth@epcounty.com or 771-2380

Builder’s Club: Join us for the Builder’s Club Sept. 30 at Mickelsen Community Library and create with your imagination. There will be sessions available from 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m., and supplies will be provided. One session per child (between the ages of 2-12). Parent or guardian must be present. 568-6156

Fort Bliss Youth Bowling League: Do your children love to bowl? Sign them up for the Fort Bliss Youth Bowling league at Desert Strike Lanes. There are tournament and scholarship opportunities available. The league will be at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday at DSL. This is a sanctioned USBC Youth League, and the fee is $10 for membership. Cost: $10 per week for league lineage and prize fund. 568-6272

School Age Book Club: The School Age Book Club is designed for children ages 7-12. A staff member will read for part of the time and the children will read aloud from 4-5 p.m. every Wednesday at Mickelsen Community Library. 568-6156

Teen Book Club: The Teen Book Club meets at 4 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Mickelsen Community Library. There will be a discussion, debate and reading from current and popular young adult books for students ages 13-18. 568-6156

Paws for Reading: Do you have a school-aged child who struggles with reading? Come to the Mickelsen Community Library from 4-5 p.m. every first and third Wednesday of the month and join Paws for Reading. Children will have the opportunity to read to a certified therapy dog to improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Parents must register for a time slot (roughly 15 minutes, or more if slots are available) on the children’s side of the library. Registration will occur the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum of four slots. Parents must remain at the library during the program. Free. 568-6156

Child Range Orientation: This is a one-hour firearm safety course required for children ages 6-17 to accompany parents or guardians on Rod and Gun Club live-fire ranges, and it will take place at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. It is open to the public. Free. 568-5426

SKIESUnlimited: SKIESUnlimited offers a variety of fun and educational programs geared for children of all ages and talent levels. Music classes such as piano, voice, guitar and drums are available. SKIES also has a variety of art, sports, driver’s training, and babysitting courses just to name a few. Call our team today at 568-5544. All students must be enrolled with CYS Services Parent Central. Call 568-4374 to set up an appointment. Class registration opens from the 20th of the month prior to the seventh of the month in which you are enrolling. www.bliss.armymwr.com

Babysitting Course: The SKIESUnlimited babysitting curriculum is designed to help middle school and teenage youth learn what it takes to be a responsible, caring, trustworthy and competent babysitter. Students will receive first aid and CPR training on a Saturday. They will learn about child development, nutrition and the business of babysitting. Students will get ideas about how to entertain children and some tools of the trade. The course is open to children ages 12 and older and costs: $10. Registration is required and can be done at SKIESUnlimited. You must be registered with parent central. Registration for classes opens from the 20th of the month prior to the seventh day of the month the class begins. 568-5544

Community

Preparedness Expo 2017: The City of El Paso Department of Public Health wants you to be prepared, so attend this expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza. This free expo will teach you how to protect yourself and your property from disease outbreaks, thunderstorms, power outages,severe winds, fires, floods, extreme heat and winter storms. 212-6524

Korean War Veterans: The Korean War Veterans Association, Col. Joseph C. Rodriguez (MoH) Chapter 249, will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Seamons VFW Post 812, 2400 Davis Seamons Road (turn right at entrance to McKelligon Canyon). Elections will be held. If you served in the military in Korea from 1945 to the present, or served in the military between 1950 through 1955, you could be eligible to join the association. 581-4725

Free movies: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo will provide free tickets Friday-Sept. 14 for active duty and retired U.S. military personnel, firefighters, police officers and EMS plus one guest at any screening. First Responder and Military Appreciation Week is timed to coincide with the nation’s annual observance of Patriot Day, a national day of service and remembrance held on Sept. 11 of each year. Must show ID. 861-0446

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park: The Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in Alamogordo, N.M., will be temporarily closed beginning Sunday so officials can rehabilitate a well at the park. Officials expect the work to be done by Sept. 16, but the work could take longer, so call first to confirm. (575) 437-8284

Team RWB El Paso: Team Red, White and Blue El Paso will hold a 9/11 Moving Tribute from 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park, 5301 Salem Dr. Team RWB members, along with others in the community, will run or walk with the flag from sun up to sun down. 227-8177

El Paso Holocaust Museum: The museum will hold its next installment of, “Speak Out: A Time and Place for Action,” called “Rebirth, A Discussion on Immigration,” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the museum, 715 N. Oregon. The discussion will focus on local immigration historically and contemporarily. RSVP to Jamie Flores at 351-0048 or jamie@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.

POW/MIA observance: The Roy Benavidez-Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc., will hold a national POW/MIA recognition day observance at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at the association’s headquarters at 2608 Fort Blvd. Free. 240-8104

ROWC fashion show: The Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will host their annual Fall Fashion Show Luncheon at noon Sept. 19 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, East Fort Bliss. Dress Barn will provide the fashions, and door prizes will be awarded. Guests welcome. Cost: $22 per person and tables of eight available for reservation. Reservations are required by Sept. 15 with a check for $22 payable to ROWC and mailed to 867 Dulce Tierra Drive, El Paso, 79912. 852-9151

El Paso Chopin Festival: The festival features three concerts in September and October at the National Memorial Theater, 800 S. San Marcial, El Paso. Ning An will perform on Sept. 23; Mei-Ting Sun will perform Oct. 7 and El Paso’s own Lucy Scarbrough will perform Oct. 21. Ages 6 and up are welcome. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. The lobby opens at 6 p.m. and the theater opens at 6:30 p.m. Free (donations appreciated).

Discover El Paso: The Discover El Paso Association will hold its annual awards presentation luncheon at the El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Road, Sept. 26. The event will recognize members of the community who have provided exemplary service for the community. Call 598-6376 to make a reservation no later than Sept. 20.

Lunch for business owners: NFIB/Texas, the state’s largest small business advocacy association, will host the annual free Learn@Lunch series around the state of Texas that will feature legislative updates on state and federal issues impacting business, workers’ compensation information, workplace safety and other business resources. The one in El Paso is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 27 at the El Paso Marriott, 1600 Airway Blvd. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LearnAtLunch2017.

MOAA: The El Paso Military Officers Association of America, in conjunction with the Fort Bliss Retiree Advisory Council, will hold a Pre-Retiree Appreciation Day reception and dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Underwood Golf Course. Brooke Goldberg, deputy director of government relations, MOAA, will be the keynote speaker. Members and guests of the following organizations are invited: El Paso Chapter MOAA, Desert Sun Chapter 30, Society of Military Widows, Military Order of World Wars, Gold Star Wives of America. Reservations are required by Sept. 22. Cost: $25 per person. Mail check payable to: MOAA, El Paso Chapter, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 6144, Fort Bliss, TX, 79906-1044. Online reservations at: http://elpasomoaa.org/calendar_day.asp?date=9/25/2015&event=227. For more information, call Col. Bob Pitt at 533-5111 or Lt. Col. Bill Moore at 842-9650.

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta: The 13th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Tom Mays Park in the Franklin Mountains. The event will celebrate the natural wonders of the Franklin Mountains with demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths. 240-3311

Dia de la Hispanidad Gala: The ninth annual Dia de la Hispanidad Gala Dinner is at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Coronado Country Club. Billed as an “international foodie’s paradise,” the dinner will also feature La Emi Arte Flamenco and other entertainment. Cost: $150 for nonmembers and $125 for members. Tickets available at www.border-heritage.com. 274-9563

2018 Army OCS Alumni Association Reunion: The U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association 2018 Reunion is March 25-29, 2018, in Columbus, Ga. The association represents all Army officers commissioned through any OCS, regardless of previous locations or branch affiliation. The reunion will be conducted at the Columbus Marriott Hotel, 800 Front Avenue, Columbus, Ga., 31901. 1-706-324-1800. Refer to the OCS web site at https://www.ocsalumni.org for information updates or contact Nancy Ionoff, (813) 917-4309.

Free Training: El Paso Community College is offering free Microsoft training to veterans and military spouses. The 15-week course will lead to certifications in many areas. Daycare, transportation and job placement assistance is available to eligible participants. 831-7785

Tactical and Tech Day: The Fort Bliss Tactical and Tech Day is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. To fill out a technology suggestion form, visit http://www.ncsi.com/docs/technology-suggestion-form.pdf. To see a list of exhibiting companies or register, visit www.federalevents.com/fortbliss.

AAFES

Exchange Scholarship: Authorized Exchange shoppers in grades 6-12 with a 2.5 or higher GPA can enter to win one of four $5,000 scholarships courtesy of Unilever. Students can enter by submitting an essay in English of 500 words or less explaining why their community and involvement in community service projects is important to them. Entry forms can be obtained at the Exchange or at ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes. The essay and entry form must be postmarked by Sept. 14 and mailed to: AAFES Rewards of Caring Scholarship Contest, P.O. Box 7873, Melville, N.Y., 11775-7837.

Rockstar Carnival Cruise: The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is offering shoppers the chance to set sail on a Carnival Cruise for two during the Rockstar Carnival Cruise sweepstakes. Authorized shoppers worldwide can enter at shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes through Sept. 30. http://bit.ly/2gJThMK.