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TIAA-CREF Financial Education Seminar
TIAA-CREF will hold a Financial Education Seminar covering the Roth 403(b) today. The seminar will be held at 3 p.m. in Wilson Hall in the CURIA II conference room located on the 2nd floor, southwest corner of the building. Since the seminar takes place during working hours, you will need your supervisor's consent to attend.

Butts & Guts class begins Jan. 25
Tired of doing the same basic crunches and sit-ups? This strength training workout will focus on increasing flexibility and strengthening the abdominal area. Participants learn a variety of exercises designed to increase core strength that will benefit activities of daily living. This class is suitable for any level of fitness. The class is available from noon-12:45 p.m. on Mondays from Jan. 25 - March 15. Classes are held in the Recreation Facility exercise room. Gym membership is not required. The class costs $53/person. For more info call x5427.

Benefits update
If you enrolled in the Healthcare FSA for 2009, and re-enrolled for 2010, your debit card has been updated with your 2010 election. Information on using the debit card is on the FSA benefits Web page. If you enrolled in the Healthcare FSA for the first time in 2010, you will receive a debit card to use for eligible expenses. Get information on eligible expenses. Read the latest Benefits Bulletins.

On-site housing for summer 2010 - now taking requests
The Fermilab Housing Office is now taking requests for houses, apartments and dormitory rooms for the summer. Please submit your request for reservations to the Housing Office by Monday, March 8. Requests can be made for any period and need not commence on any particular date. Contact the Housing Office at (630)840-3777 or housing@fnal.gov. Individual housing requests can be made by using our online form. Requests for multiple housing units are best handled by direct e-mail to housing@fnal.gov.

Jim Wendt and Ray Hren are retiring
After 42 years Jim Wendt and Ray Hren are retiring. Please join us in saying goodbye at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 at Orchard Valley Restaurant, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. Please contact Karoline at x3317, or Larry at x4386 for more information.

Fermi Mac Users' Group meeting - today
The FermiLab Mac Users' Group will host their January meeting at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 in the Racetrack WH7 Cross Over). The group will discuss the next meeting, central OSX support, a Service Desk update, a 10.6 certification update, the new VPN client roll out and more. All Mac users are welcome. Get more information about the FermiLab Mac Users' Meeting.

Lunch & Learn about glaucoma - Jan. 21
A Lunch and Learn seminar about Glaucoma will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 in Curia II. Dr. Ben Castillo will give a presentation on glaucoma, also known as the silent disease. For more information contact the Recreation Department at x5427.

TIAA-CREF financial education seminar - Jan. 22
TIAA-CREF will hold a Financial Education Seminar covering the Roth 403(b)that has been added for the benefit of Fermilab employees at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. The seminar will take place in Wilson Hall's Curia II conference room located on the second floor, south west corner of the building. Since the seminar takes place during work hours, you will need your supervisor's consent to attend. You will also need to enroll with TIAA-CREF by calling Anne Lowery at (312) 345-5633. If applicable, you may also invite your spouse to attend.

BLAST! The Movie: intro, film and Q&A - Feb. 19
Don't miss this ground-breaking documentary by Paul Devlin about his brother's experiment in Arctic Sweden. BLAST -Balloon-borne, Large Aperture, Sub-millimeter Telescope. BLAST is designed to gather information on how our universe evolved by collecting the very faint sub-milimeter light from thousands of the earliest galaxies ever detected. To see these celestial births, the telescope must go through a risky launch on a NASA high-altitude balloon and float above the atmosphere for several days before it lands in Arctic Canada. Pre-film talk w/Mark @ 7:30 p.m., film at 8 p.m., Q&A w/Paul & Mark Devlin.

Muntu African Dance Theatre - Feb. 6
Fermilab's Arts and Lecture Series will host Muntu African Dance Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Feb. 6. Muntu Dance Theatre researches and performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. A colorful and dynamic company, Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. African drumming helps to make the Muntu experience unique. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for individuals 18 and under. For more information, visit the Fermilab Art Series Web site or contact the ticket office at (630) 840-2787.

"Evolution in the 21st Century" - Jan. 22
The Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series will host "Evolution in the 21st Century," a lecture on genomic change in evolution, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Ideas about evolution were first formulated before biology and genetics developed into the sophisticated sciences they are today. Molecular biology has had a profound impact on our understanding of how organisms are related to each other and how they change over time. Genome sequencing reveals the evolutionary record as it remains in the DNA of living organisms and constitutes a test of theories about how evolution has occurred. Join Dr. James Shapiro of Univ. of Chicago. HIs view is that genomic change in evolution occurs by a complex but non-random process of "natural genetic engineering." For more information, visit the Fermilab Art Series Web site or contact the ticket office at (630) 840-2787.

Tai Chi For Health begins Jan. 21
Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise for those who want to improve balance, range of motion, flexibility, core strength, increase energy or lower blood pressure. It emphasizes core work and posture to ease lower back pain and relieve tension in shoulders. Highly beneficial for anyone, including those with Arthritis, Diabetes, Joint Pain, Weight Issues, stress or post Physical Therapy. Thurs., Jan. 21 - Apr. 1 (no class March 4), 4:45-5:30 p.m., Users Center Music Rm. Fee: $65. Try Tai Chi for free Jan. 14 same time & place. For more info call x5427. More information

International folk dancing, Thursdays at Kuhn Village Barn
International Folk Dancing meets every week on Thursday from 7:30 - 10 p.m. at Kuhn Village Barn. There are dances for children and teaching early in the evening and request dancing later on. Newcomers are always welcome. More info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or e-mail folkdance@fnal.gov.

Scottish Country dancing Tuesdays at Kuhn Village Barn
Silk and Thistle Scottish Country Dancing meets every week on Tuesday from 7:30 - 10 p.m. at Kuhn Village Barn. The group is taught by Doug Jensen. Most dances are walked through and newcomers are always welcome. More info at 630-840-8194 or 630-584-0825 or e-mail folkdance@fnal.gov.

English country dancing Feb. 7, with live music
English country dancing will meet on Sunday, February 7, at Kuhn Village Barn. The afternoon starts with dances for experienced dancers at 1 p.m., and dances for everyone from 2-5 p.m. There will be live music by Old Fezziwig's Band and a potluck supper afterwards. Newcomers are always welcome. To get on an e-mail reminder list, or for more information, contact folkdance@fnal.gov or 630-584-0825.

Romanian/Fusion Dance workshop Jan. 28 at Kuhn Village Barn
Fermilab International Folk Dancing will host Daniel Sandu, an internationally known teacher of Romanian dance, and his special fusion of percussive dance and Balkan Roma (gypsy) styles, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Kuhn Village Barn. Suggested donations are $8 for adults and $4 for teens. For more information on Daniel Sandu check this Web site, and for workshop info, e-mail folkdance@fnal.gov or call 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194.

Applications accepted for awards in URA Visiting Scholars program
Universities Research Association, Inc. (URA) has announced a deadline of Feb. 19 for the submission of applications for the spring 2010 cycle of awards in the URA Visiting Scholars Program at Fermilab. Successful applicants will be notified at the end of March. These awards provide financial support for faculty and students from URA's 87 member universities to work at Fermilab for periods of up to one year. URA makes two rounds of awards each year, in the spring and fall. The application deadline for the fall 2010 cycle will be in August. Successful applicants will be notified in September. Visit the URA Visiting Scholars Web site for more information.

Argentine Tango at Fermilab through Jan. 25
Argentine Tango through Jan. 25. Our new tango series will consist of three classes, which will start Jan. 11. If you would like to sign up, please send an e-mail to Pamela Noyes at noyes@fnal.gov. Eduardo Villalba will teach the next series of classes. Classes run each Monday through Jan. 25 in Ramsey Auditorium. Class set costs $45 per person or $18 per class - Pay first day of class. Basic I & II: 7-8 p.m. - Practice prior to class - 6:30 p.m., Intermediate/Advanced: 8-9 p.m. For more information please visit http://bss.fnal.gov/tango.pdf

Atrium events - book through Office of Communication
Due to the overwhelming and often overlapping events in the Wilson Hall atrium, a new scheduling system has been implemented. A new conference room, DIR WH Atrium, has been added to the list of available spaces. You can view the space on Directorate Conference Rooms http://www-dir.fnal.gov/meetingmaker/DirConfRoomsEvents.htm for planning purposes, but only Barb Kronkow, x6633, in the Office of Communication can book events in this space. Facilities Request Forms will still be required.

2010 standard mileage reimbursement rate
The Internal Revenue Service and the General Services Administration have issued the 2010 standard mileage reimbursement rate for non Government owned vehicles. It is 50 cents per mile, effective January 01, 2010. For more information please visit http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentId=9646&contentType=GSA_BASIC

Fermilab Natural Areas newsletter
Fermilab Natural Areas (FNA) will distribute an electronic newsletter beginning in January 2010. The inaugural edition will contain wrap-ups of important events from 2009 that took place in the natural areas on the site. There is also information about FNA, including how you can get involved, and links to natural area experts and the FNA Website and Blog. If you would like to be included on the mailing list, submit your name and email to fermilabnaturalareas@gmail.com.

Fermilab Management Practices Seminar beginning Feb. 11
The Professional Development Office has scheduled the winter session of "Fermilab Management Practices" beginning in February. To enroll, please visit http://wdrs.fnal.gov/train-dev/index.html

Elder Care: Where do I begin? Interactive seminar
Wednesday, January 20, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room One West, speaker Ginny Stack, MS, LCPC. Final seminar in a 3-part series on Elder Care. Following up on "The Sandwich Generation: Caring for the Caregiver," presented during Fall 2009, we're now focused on evaluating whether your aging parents/loved ones are in need of assistance,and if so, how you can step in this is a interactive session. For information contact Kathy Johnson at kjohnson@fnal.gov.

Fermilab Family Open House Feb. 21
Fermilab's annual Family Open House will be held on Sunday, February 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, and to register or sign up for tours, please visit http://ed.fnal.gov/ffse_new/openhouse/


Python Programming class offered Feb. 24-26
Learn the basics of Python programming and become proficient enough to apply the language for day to day tasks. For more information or to enroll, please visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=3647

FRA Scholarship 2010
The application period is now open for the 2010 FRA Scholarship for children of regular, full-time employees at Fermilab. View http://wdrs.fnal.gov/elr/FRA_scholarship.html for more details and application materials. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2010.

East gate began closing 1-5 a.m. Jan. 5
On Tuesday, Jan. 5, Fermilab will start closing the east gate at night from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Personnel called in during those hours to work on emergency repairs will be provided access. All other employees and users who wish to enter the site between 1 and 5 a.m. will need to use the main entrance on Pine Street. As the laboratory gains experience with emergency repair access during the night, Fermilab management will modify the procedures as necessary. For more information about the new gate, please read the articles published in Fermilab Today on Sept. 24 and Sept. 29.

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