Cookies and Goodies Needed Chili Festival – November 19th, 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 office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 or the R&W in Bldg. 10, CRC 1N-2582 on November 19th 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, November 18th.

Join BJ’s Wholesale Club in Time for the Holidays! 

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

2015 Family Caregiver Day Fair & Expo at the NIH Clinical Center

Come to the Caregiver Information Fair & Expo, part of the 6th Annual NIH Clinical Center Caregiver Day, on Tuesday, November 17th from 11am – 2pm on the 7th floor of the Hatfield Clinical Research Center in Bldg. 10.  NIH Clinical Center departments and outside exhibitors will offer resources for family caregivers.  For program details or info on this event, visit

33rd Annual Turkey Chase

The Turkey is Training.  Are You?  Every Thanksgiving Day for the past 32 years, thousands of runners have gathered in Bethesda to run in the Turkey Chase in support of the YMCA Youth and Family Services, YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and the B-CC Rotary Club Foundation.  Online registration is available by visiting  Join in the fun and participate in the 10km Run, 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk or the 50 Meter Tot Trot.  What better way to begin your family day filled with turkey than starting it with a walk!  Volunteers are also needed for this event.  You can register to volunteer online as well.

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 and get started with a simple application of just two health questions.

2015 Mobile Mammography Screening

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make three visits to NIH for our 2015 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:  Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Building 45 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 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

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, November 9th
Monday, December 7th
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 for reasonable accommodation needs.

NIH Philharmonia Orchestra Concert

The NIH Philharmonia concert schedule is now underway.  After a successful opening concert, the orchestra will be performing “The Emperor” on Saturday, Dec. 5th at St. Elizabeth Church in Rockville (917 Montrose Rd. between Rockville Pike and I-270).  The concert includes Beethoven – Piano Concerto no. 5 (Emperor), Matthew Van Hoose – piano soloist, and Brahms – Symphony no. 4.  Most members of the orchestra work at NIH, NASA, FDA and other government agencies.  For further info, check the orchestra’s website

NIH Chamber Singers Holiday Concerts

Join the NIH Chamber Singers as they sing a variety of holiday tunes in several styles.  The first concert takes place from 12pm – 1pm on Wednesday, December 9th in the NIH Bldg. 10 CRC Atrium.  The second concert takes place from 3pm – 4pm on Saturday, December 12th at Marilyn J. Praisner/Fairland Library (14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD).  The final concert takes place from 1:30pm – 2:30pm Sunday, December 13th at North Chevy Chase Christian Church.  The concerts are free and open to everyone.  The NIH Chamber Singers is currently recruiting tenors and basses. If you have experience singing in choirs and would like to audition, please contact Jill Koshiol at

The NIH Community Orchestra & Chorus Present “Winter Dreams”

Come enjoy “Winter Dreams,” presented by the NIH Community Orchestra and Chorus in association with The East Avenue Ensemble of Chevy Chase.  The concert will take place Sunday, December 13th at 4pm at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland.  This one-time only performance will feature timeless orchestral and choral music, including several selections from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, Bizet’s L’arlesienne Suite No. 1, Shaw’s Many Moods of Christmas choruses from Handel’s Messiah, and more.  This is the 20th year of the Orchestra’s performance of a holiday concert.  The performance is sponsored by the NIH R&W and the NIH Charities.  There are no tickets however donations are welcome to benefit the NIH charities.  Parking is free.  For more info visit

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 and Facebook at  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

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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