Tax Center Extends Hours for Military Personnel

The Tax Assistance Center here will offer Saturday walk-in hours, 7 a.m. - noon, for active duty service members and their dependents only from March 14 through April 11. Permanent party personnel and students in training are welcome.

The TAC is located in building 5209, 910 20th St., just off Shop Road and adjacent to the Army Women’s Museum. On weekdays, the center is open to all military ID cardholders. Regular hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Walk in assistance is available Tuesday and Thursday.

To schedule appointments, call 804-734-5732 during the TAC’s normal operating hours. Send comments and questions about the TAC to stuart.a.hamm.mil@mail.mil.

Volunteers Needed for Smoke Alarm Project

The American Red Cross is seeking community member volunteers who would like to help with the installation of smoke alarms in Tri-City-area homes.

Conducted annually, the “Sound the Alarm” project benefits families who can’t afford or are physically unable to install smoke detectors. Installation days are scheduled for April 18 and May 2, both from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Volunteers can choose one or both days to help out.

For more information and signup, contact Christy Carneal at 804-731-5682 or christy.carneal@redcross.org.

MacLaughlin Fitness Center Closure Continued Until March 30

Due to unexpected circumstances, MacLaughlin Fitness Center will extend its current closure to reopen March 30. The Strength Performance Center will operate Monday - Friday; 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Clark Fitness Center will operate Monday -Friday; 4:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  All Fort Lee Fitness Centers will go back to normal hours of operation March 30.  For more information, call 804-734-6248.

Gift Cards up for Grabs in March Madness Sweepstakes

Authorized shoppers, age 18 and older, can win a $500 store gift card during the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Unilever NCAA March Madness Sweepstakes through April 2.

A total of 30 prizes will be awarded.

To enter, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes. No purchase is necessary.

The winners will be notified on or about April 15. Honorably discharged veterans with an exchange web account also can enter.

Virginia Observes Women Veterans Week

A Virginia Women Veterans Recognition and Pinning Ceremony is set for March 16, 11 a.m., in the Patrick Henry Building, Capitol Square, Richmond. It is the first event of a week’s worth of activities devoted to women who have served in the armed forces.

The Department of Veterans Services is partnering with several state agencies, including the Virginia Employment Commission, for this third annual observance that coincides with Women’s History Month. Other planned events include exhibits, panel discussions, visits to veteran care facilities and more.

            For more information, visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.

American Red Cross Offers Resiliency Training

Free, hour-long resiliency training sessions are available to all military organizations and veteran and family groups at Fort Lee.

Provided by the American Red Cross, and led by licensed mental-health professionals, the sessions cover topics such as effective communication, stress solutions, identifying depression, connecting with kids, and much more. The agency also offers special modules for youth and teen groups.

For more information and class scheduling, contact Christy Carneal at 804-731-5682 or christy.carneal@redcross.org.