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Cookies and Goodies Needed - Chinese New Year – January 21st, 5:30pm

Cookies and goodies are needed for the Clinical Center monthly party!  If you are interested in contributing some goodies for the party please deliver the items to the R&W store in Bldg. 31, Rm. 1W08 on January 21st by noon.  Fran at our Rockledge R&W store will also accept goodies if it’s more convenient to drop off there.  Please deliver to Rockledge I, Rm. 4202 by the end of the day on Wednesday, January 20th.

Join BJ’s Wholesale Club! 

The R&W offers discounted memberships for new and renewing BJ’s Wholesale Club customers!  With over 6,500 items in stores, BJ’s, provides the convenience of finding all you need in one place!  Choose from Inner Circle - one year for $40 (reg. $50) plus bonus three months free or Rewards - one year for $80 (reg. $100), bonus three months free, and earn 2% payback on BJ’s purchases.  For a form email David at browned2@mail.nih.gov

Valentine’s Day Gift Show

The R&W will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Gift Show Thursday, February 11th from 10am – 2pm in the Bldg. 10 South Lobby and FAES Terrace.  At the gift show we plan to have local vendors selling crafts and jewelry, chocolates, and romantic getaway destinations and hotels.  This will be a great opportunity to shop for a loved one just before Valentine’s Day, or just because, or to pick up something nice for yourself.

Think You Can’t Buy LIFE Insurance? Try This Nationwide Insurance Product

Do you have diabetes, cancer, heart issues or are you overweight?  No problem!  This policy is open to anyone up to 80 years of age, no medical exam required, and rates never increase.  Policies range from $10,000 – $50,000, with limited benefits during the first 2 years.  If interested, call Donna Pinkham at 301-623-3115 or email donnap@corriganins.net and get started with a simple application of just two health questions.

2016 Mobile Mammography Screening

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make three visits to NIH for our 2016 Mammography Screening. All NIH employees, their families, contractors, visiting scientists and others associated with NIH are eligible to participate. The screening dates are as follows:  COMING SOON! The van will be on-site from 9:30am - 3:30pm taking prescheduled appointments. Reservations can be made no more than 1 month prior of screening date. Each screening is conducted by a female technologist, and a board certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the images. Appointments should take approximately 20 minutes. Most insurance companies will cover the cost (approx $350) of the screening. To see if your insurance is accepted or to make an appointment, call 202-741-3252. If there is no answer, please leave a message with your name and phone number. The GW Mammovan staff will call you back and schedule your appointment. Please have your insurance card and doctor’s information available when calling to make an appointment. Who is Eligible? Any woman IS eligible if she meets the following:

  • She is age 40 or older
  • She is not pregnant or breast-feeding
  • She does not have breast implants
  • She does not have any prior history of breast problems (patients who need a 6 months follow up must get a Diagnostic mammogram not Screening)
  • She is not having symptoms such as a lump in either breast or unusual breast pain
  • She has a referring physician or doctor of record (Ex. Medical Doctor, OBGYN doctor)
  • She has not had a mammogram within the last 12 months

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this screening should contact the R&W at 301-496-6061 and/or the Federal Relay 1-800-877-8339 or email wassermankt@mail.nih.gov. Requests should be made at least 10 days in advance of the appointment. For more information about mammography, breast cancer, or other types of cancer call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER or see www.nci.nih.gov.

Manchester String Quartet Concerts in Building 10

Please join us for the 27th annual seasonal performance of the Manchester String Quartet.  The concerts are free and begin at 12:30pm in the Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.  Future concert dates include:

Monday, January 11th
Monday, February 1st
Monday, March 14th
Monday, April 4th
Monday, May 16th

This series is made possible by The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES).  Please contact Sharon Greenwell at 301-496-4713 or email sg115f@nih.gov for reasonable accommodation needs.

Bethesda Little Theatre Musical Revue Auditions

Some of Broadway’s greatest musicals are true!  Bethesda Little Theatre announces auditions for its production: “Broadway Bios, an Original Musical Revue.”  Auditions will be January 10th and 11th from 7pm – 9pm at Ingleside, 3050 Military Road, Washington DC.  We will be casting 16-18 singers and 1 non-singing part for a revue focusing on musicals which highlight real people.  Be part of a production where we will meet PT Barnum, Charlie Chaplin, John Adams, Georges Seurat, and many more.  For more info contact BethesdaLittleTheatre@gmail.com or at http://www.fedesp.com/nihblt/html_bltg/html/index/Home.html.

Show Your Love for The Children’s Inn at the 5th Annual A WINNter Affair

On Saturday, February 20, 2016, The Children’s Inn at NIH Young Ambassadors Council will be hosting its 5th Annual A WINNter Affair at The Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Building.  Young professionals throughout the greater Washington Metropolitan Area are invited to shake off the cold and support a great cause.  It is sure to be a fun and festive evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffle and auction prizes and dancing featuring DJ Bigg Slim.  All proceeds support the important mission and programs of The Children’s Inn at NIH.  SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR NIH EMPLOYEES: Government employees may purchase tickets to A WINNter Affair at a special, discounted rate of $65 – simply register using a “.gov” or “.mil” email address when you sign up.  We hope to see you on February 20th for a fun night out to support seriously ill children and their families at the Children’s Inn at NIH!  For more info, contact Julie Ofrecio at juliemae.ofrecio@nih.gov or 301-594-1625.  Tickets can be purchased at www.childrensinn.org/AWINNterAffair.

Mark Your Calendars:  January 27th Summer Camps and Care Outreach Event

Ready or Not, Summer Camp Registration is Right around the Corner!  It may seem like winter is just beginning, but now is the time to begin the journey towards finding a great summer experience for your child.  Finding a summer camp that meets your goals, family’s budget, and child’s interest can be overwhelming.  The NIH Child Care Program has exceptional resources to assist you through the process of finding the right summer program for your family.  Visit our information table January 27th from 11:30pm to 1:30pm in front of the Bldg. 31 Cafeteria to receive resources and info about summer camps and summer care options.  Visit the Summer Care Resource webpage, http://cm.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/Pages/summerCareResources.aspx.  Also there are several fantastic Lunch and Learn Seminars archived for your review:  “How to find a Summer Camp,” “Home Alone,” and “What to do with Your Teen for the Summer.”  These webinars highlight a NEW way to search for camps and resources, navigate your choices, challenges and opportunities that impact your summer planning.  These webinars can be found on the Lunch and Learn Seminar webpage at http://cm.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/Pages/parent_seminars.aspx .  Additional NIH Child Care Programs can assist with Summer Camp: Child Care Resource and Referral, Child Care Subsidy Program, and the NIH Parent Coach.  These programs can be found on the NIH Child Care Website at http://childcare.ors.nih.gov .  We wish you well in your search for summer camps and care. If you need any assistance please feel free to contact the NIH Child Care Program at 301-402-8180.  We are here to assist you.

RESCUE 1 Run 8K Road Race & Kids’ Ambulance Chase Fun Runs May 1, 2016

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (BCCRS) will host its 3rd annual RESCUE 1 Run 8K Road Race Sunday, May 1st, starting at 8am.  Runners will race the rolling USATF- certified 8K course, which begins and ends near the squad’s station at 5020 Battery Lane and takes runners up Old Georgetown Road, onto Beech Avenue, Linden Avenue, and Pooks Hill Road, then down Rockville Pike to finish on Battery Lane.  In addition to the 8K, there will be two Kids’ Ambulance Chase fun runs.  Race day festivities include food, music, a rescue squad open house, a moon-bounce, and a performance by premier DC-area children’s entertainer, the Great Zucchini.  If you’re not a runner – no worries, the rescue squad is also seeking volunteers for the event as well.  All volunteers will receive training, food and beverage during the event as well as a free race t-shirt.  Visit the race website, www.rescue1run.com, for details on registration and volunteering.  While you’re there, be sure to like the race on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you receive the latest news and offers for the event.  All proceeds benefit the BCCRS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides state-of-the-art emergency medical, fire, and rescue services to the Bethesda community and upper Northwest Washington, DC.  The 2016 RESCUE 1 Run 8K is sponsored by the Leonard A. and Linda K. Greenberg Charitable Foundation and Greenhill Realty Company.  The 2016 Kids’ Ambulance Chase Fun Runs are sponsored by Washington Fine Properties.

The NIH Ski & Travel Club is Going to Spain and Portugal in October 2016

The NIH Ski and Travel Club is going to Spain and Portugal October 1 – 16, 2016.  The club will visit Madrid, Salamanca, Seville, Costa Del Sol, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona while in Spain and Porto and Lisbon in Portugal.  Included in the cost of the trip are first class hotels, all air and ground transportation, and 21 meals.  For pricing and info, call Bob Bingaman at 301-788-9802.

NIH R&W Montgomery Aquatic Center (MAC) Corporate Membership

Eligibility for MAC Corporate Memberships apply to any NIH staff member who has both a valid NIH ID badge, current NIH email address, and a current R&W membership. This offer doesn’t extend to family members.  MAC memberships under this promotion are $150 (savings of over $200), paid by check or cashier’s check.  This group membership provides joiners with full access to the MAC, ONLY.  The MAC is located at 5900 Executive Blvd; North Bethesda, MD.  To join NIH employee can sign up for their membership directly at the MAC.  You must present your NIH ID badge, as well as a copy of your R&W membership registration. We suggest purchasing your R&W membership online and taking a copy of the confirmation to the MAC.  Call the MAC at 240-777-8070 if you have questions about swim schedules, swim hours, classes, etc.  This opportunity is not part of any official federal fitness program, so neither R&W, NIH, nor any other part of DHHS can take responsibility for injuries or related problems that may develop as a result of using this facility.  Use of the MAC must also be on employee’s personal time only. Neither R&W, NIH more broadly, nor DHHS is necessarily endorsing the MAC.  Before increasing your current level of physical activity, consult with your physician.  The need for medical guidance also applies to the use of saunas and whirlpools, since some medical conditions or effects of certain medications could be worsened by sudden changes in body temperature and/or fluid levels.

AlertNIH The Official Emergency Communication Service for the National Institutes of Health

NIH public safety, human resources, public affairs, and facilities representatives, with support from senior leadership, have developed an emergency communication service called AlertNIH.  During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, NIH public safety officials will use AlertNIH to send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to employees’ government-owned communication devices. Employees have the ability to opt-in to receive these updates on their personal devices too.  In order to enroll your personal device, log in to the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) and scroll to the bottom of your profile to the section titled “AlertNIH.”  Click the “Edit” button and select the personal devices you wish to receive updates on. NIH employees are also strongly encouraged to update their NED profiles.  AlertNIH has established a presence on several social media platforms and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/alertnih and Facebook at www.facebook.com/alertnih.  For questions on the AlertNIH service, please contact the Office of Research Services, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination at 301-496-1985 or visit http://alert.nih.gov.

Camp Fantastic – Special Love, Inc.

Children with cancer have to grow up much too fast.  They feel different from other children and many miss out on activities that healthy children experience daily.  This was the reason Special Love was created.  Special Love programs, including Camp Fantastic, offer children with cancer the chance to jump, play, explore, laugh, swim and make friends through a community of support, made up of patients, family, and staff who know and understand the trials and triumphs of battling childhood cancer.  We need your contributions to assist Special Love in their mission. Be a phantom camper by giving a donation.  Enjoy camp without the bugs, sunburn or snoring counselors!  Here’s how you can help. $25 sends a hug to camp $75 sends a child to camp for the day $125 feeds a child for a week $250 sends a child to camp for a weekend $400 sends a family to camp for a weekend $650 sends a child to camp for the week Donations are tax deductible.  Make checks payable to the R&W Foundation and send to R&W, Bldg. 31 Rm. B1W30.  Together we can make a difference in the life of a child with cancer.

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