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July 21st – Cookies and Goodies Needed for Patients All-American Party

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 July 21st by noon.  Fran at our Rockledge R&W store (Rockledge I, Rm. 4202) will also accept goodies delivered until the end of the day on Wednesday, July 20th.

July 12th – August 23rd – Interested in Learning How To Sail?

The NIH Sailing Association (NIHSA), an R&W supported club, offers a Sailing Basic Training course for NIH adult employees, contractors, fellows, and NOAA employees.  The summer course will be offered from July 12th – August 23rd.  For details, visit our website at: http://www.nihsail.org/training/.  The in-class sessions are held on the NIH Bethesda campus and the on-board (on the water) sessions are held at Selby Bay on the South River near Edgewater, Md.  Participants must be able to provide or arrange for their own transportation to both the in-class and onboard sessions.  If you are interested in this course, email the NIHSA at nihsabasictraining1@gmail.com for more info.  If you are an experienced sailor and would like to be able to charter the NIHSA boats, please contact us about joining the club and doing a check-out sail.  We are also always looking for experienced volunteers to help with both in-class and on-board instruction.

July 23rd & 24th – 27th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale

Montgomery County will celebrate its agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 27th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale on Sat., July 23rd and Sun., July 24th from 10am – 4pm at farms throughout the county.   This event takes place rain or shine; however, rain may cause some events and activities at the farms to be delayed or cancelled.  The Farm Tour provides people an opportunity to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other local products.  Several farms have hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations and other fun and educational activities for people of all ages.  Spend a day or two in the country petting farm animals or having lunch by a scenic pond.  It’s a great family day outing.  For Farm Tour and Harvest Sale brochures visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AgServices/agfarmtour.html.  For more info call 301-590-2823.

Reiki Class Discounts through Club Frederick

Through the R&W Club Frederick Discount Vendor Agreement with Seven Embers Healing, members receive a $20 discount on all Reiki classes!   

Reiki

2016 Mobile Mammography Screening

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make two 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:

Wed 8/10/16 NIH-Building 10

Wed 11/09/16 NIH-Building 10

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. Reservations for the May screening can be made April 1st through 12pm on May 5thThere is a minimum requirement of 15 participants for the screenings to take place and a maximum of 25 per 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.

Departmental Tennis League Celebrating its 99th Season

The HHS Tennis Team participates in the Departmental Tennis League (DTL) with other federal agencies.  Last year, HHS won its division and we’re looking for new players to field a second team!  Competitive doubles matches at the USTA rating 3.5 to 5.0+ levels are played during the week from 6pm – 8pm,  May – July, at the Rock Creek Tennis Center (16th and Kennedy Streets, NW).  Interested players should complete a brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W5ZVBQB.  Current and former employees, government contractors, spouses, and children of HHS employees 18+ years of age are eligible to participate.

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.

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

New MAC Membership Cycle starting in September

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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