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October 1st- Post Wide yard Sales
October 10th – Columbus Day – Community Offices Closed
October 21st- Fallapalooza
October 31st- Halloween
It’s a very important date! Join us Friday, October 21st at the Colyer-Forsyth Community Center from 3-6pm for our Free Annual Fallapalooza Extravaganza. Take a fall down a rabbit hole into Wonderland in our scare free Fun House.
Alice, Hatter, and many other characters will be waiting for you. They would love to see you and your family in costume. Free food will be provided. This year we will have Apple Cider, Kettle Corn, Hot Dogs, and more. Entertainment will be provided by Ventriloquist Kevin Horner. There will be activities, games and prizes. You’d be bonkers to miss this fun filled afternoon with us!
The only certain thing for a military family is uncertainty. Throughout your life as a military family, you live in several neighborhoods and watch neighbors come and go. Building a sense of community is an essential part of military life especially when other family members can be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Strong communities are a place where your family can feel safe, supported and thrive. Here are seven tips to help you build a sense of community in your neighborhood: Read more…
- Coordinate a neighborhood potluck or block party. It is important to know your neighbors and what better way to break the ice than the casual, laid-back setting of a party. If you don’t have time to plan the party yourself, try to get everyone involved in the planning process. Check out http://www.perfectpotluck.com/ to help organize the dishes. Consider planning activities and games for neighbors of all ages and suggest everyone bring a few printouts of their recipes for a recipe swap. Don’t forget to share contact information. Oh yeah, before everyone leaves, plan the next get together! If you are looking for a party location, residents at Corvias installations can host parties at their community centers. Check with your Community Office about how long the band can play and whether you can use that turkey fryer.
- Organize a meal team. Neighbors come and go, get sick, have babies, lose loved ones and face other trying situations. One way to show community support is to provide a meal for a neighbor during those hectic or trying times. To assist with scheduling meals there are several resources available, including http://www.takethemameal.com/, to help show neighbors you care.
- Establish a Bunco or game night. Bunco is all the rage right now. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials. If Bunco is not your thing, lawn games such as pickle ball, corn hole, bocce ball and ladder golf are fun ways to get the competitive juices flowing. If childcare is a challenge, have all the parents with kids chip in for a sitter or take kid sitting shifts. Neighborhood game nights are a great way to get everyone together and you can’t beat the commute.
- Pay it forward. A great way to keep your neighbors guessing and having fun is to pay it forward. You can begin a quarterly tradition of leaving a themed basket on someone’s porch with instructions to pay it forward to another neighbor. This does not have to be an expensive act of kindness; the dollar store is a great place to start. You can find a bunch of ideas to get started on Pinterest. Don’t forget to leave some type of sign for the door showing the house has been gifted, so others are included in the fun.
- Little Free Library. Got books? If you have a great collection of books just sitting around the house, start a Little Free Library. These “boxes full of books” are popping up everywhere and it’s an awe-inspiring way for neighbors to share literature. The idea is simple: take a book and leave a book. Cookbooks, magazines, children’s books, the possibilities are endless. My kiddos and I love visiting the one in our community. We never know what we will find. Check with your Community Office to make sure it is okay to start one in your neighborhood.
- Find common ground. We all have something in common. Whether it is kids, pets, cars, hobbies or sports. Discovering what you have in common with your neighbors is a great way to start building a community.
- Attend events in your community. Local and on-post organizations are always hosting events. To stay up-to-date on events in your community, visit local area websites and Facebook pages. Check out your installations online calendar or newsletter to find out about events in your community, like our upcoming Fallapalooza and many other complimentary, resident events held throughout the year.
Fort Riley post wide yard sales will take place on Saturday, October 1st from 8-12 pm rain or shine. Food and beverage sales must be in accordance with FR Reg 210-7 Commercial Solicitation on Fort Riley, AR 30-22 Army Food Program, and Field Sanitation AR 71-32. One sign may be used to advertise a yard sale. This sign will be placed in front of the residential unit only. Other signs, indicating direction and location of sale are prohibited.
Trick-or-Treating on post is Oct. 31 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it is also an important time to be vigilant for safety hazards. Some safety tips for Halloween are:
- Costumes should be short enough so they don't cause your child to trip and fall
- Add some reflective tape to the costume or bag your child is using to carry candy, or choose a costume made of bright material that is visible in the dark
- Masks should fit securely and allow your child to see well
- If using face paint, make sure it is nontoxic and hypoallergenic
- Children should be well supervised by an adult when trick-or-treating
- Carry a flashlight
- Follow rules of the road
- Stick to the sidewalk.
- Prepare your home for trick-or-treaters by removing obstacles
- Provide treats that are individually wrapped
- Artificial lights and candles are a safer alternative to real candles with a flame that can pose a fire hazard when lighting a Jack-O-Lantern
More and more people each year are getting in to the Halloween spirit by placing spooky decorations in and around their home. Corvias Military Living encourages families to join in the fun, but asks all residents to please follow the rules associated with decorating for the holiday. There are a few friendly reminders that we ask you keep in mind before you begin decorating.
- Please make sure all decorations placed on the home are done so in a safe manner. Take every precaution to ensure none of the decorations pose a fire threat to you or your neighbor’s home. This also includes ensuring all emergency personal and vehicles have access to your home should there be an emergency. All decorations placed in or around the home must have the Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL) approval.
- No decoration should be placed on the roof of your home. Many times the nails, along with the extra weight of the decorations, can cause damage to the roof resulting in leaks. If you are hanging outdoor lights, please use approved plastic clips to attach the lights to the roof line.
- Finally, all decorations should be removed from the exterior of the homes within two weeks after the holiday. This provides everyone ample time to take down their decorations and store them.
If you have any questions regarding the policy on decorations please refer to policy 2-18 of your Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded 20 educational grants totaling $100,000 to the spouses of active-duty service members. This year’s grant recipients represent 9 Army and Air Force installations across the United States. The names of the outstanding spouses who received the awards at Fort Riley follow:
Fort Riley, Kansas
Kelly Damor is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Kansas State University and her dream is to open an orphanage, school, and free medical clinic in India. Her husband is Sgt. Nerendra K. Damor of the U.S. Army.
Barbara Jovanov is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Ottawa University-Kansas City and she plans to specialize in special education working with children with special needs. She has volunteered in her military community as the leader of her Family Readiness Group and with Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Her husband is Sgt. Milorad Jovanov of the U.S. Army.
Martrisha Rodriguez is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She plans to work in an inner-city women’s crisis center or in a female correctional facility and is passionate about working with primary and secondary school-aged students to teach preventative curriculum about abuse and violence. She has volunteered many hours as an advocate for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Her husband is Sgt. Antonio Cordero Rodriquez of the U.S. Army.
Gabrielle Tellis is pursuing a PhD in Health Services from Walden University and is passionate about working to establish and improve health care initiatives for military veterans and their families. She has volunteered many hours with her Family Readiness Group and in minority leadership and mentoring programs. Her husband is Spc. Zaid A. Adams of the U.S. Army.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteer opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service to their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
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