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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.

FMLA and FTL Policy Updates
On 10/28/09, as part of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was amended to expand exigency and military caregiver leave. View the updated policy at http://wdrs.fnal.gov/policies/policy/fmla.html. Contact the Benefits Office at http://wdrs.fnal.gov/benefits/phone.html. With the conversion of exempt employees to Fermilab Time and Labor System, we have updated the Time Recording policy at http://wdrs.fnal.gov/policies/policy/timesheet.html. For more details on FTL, visit the Finance homepage at http://finance.fnal.gov/index.html.

Prescription Eyewear Technician – Location Change
Please be advised that the contracted on-site eyewear technician will be moving to a new location beginning Wednesday, November 25. This service will now be located on the Ground Floor in the ES&H Training Room next to the East side entrance - directly across from duplicating. This is also the area where the blood drive is located. Please contact the ES&H Section at x5811 if you have any questions.

Lederman Science Center holiday hours
Christmas & New Years: CLOSED December 21-26 and December 31 - January 1, 2010, OPEN December 28-30 and January 2, 2010. Check the Education Office website for more information on closures http://ed.fnal.gov or call x8258.

International folk dancing meets Dec. 10, 17, then not till Jan 7
International Folk Dancing will be held Thursday Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, but will be canceled for the holidays and resume Jan. 7, 2010. The group meets Thursdays 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 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 x8194 or email folkdance@fnal.gov for more information please visit http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkdance/

Free Introductory Martial Arts Classes - Dec. 14 and 16
On December 14 and 16, the Kyuki-do Martial Arts class will be free to all who wish to try and are willing to sign waivers. You will be taught basic warm up exercises, stretches, and basic kicks, punches, and movement. You will also learn some basic self defense. There will be demos of more advanced technique. Why learn a martial art? One answer is that it’s a great aerobic exercise that over a period of time teaches you a skill. Another answer would be that along with the exercise you learn self-discipline, control, balance, movement, self-confidence, respect, and comradery.

Register for Quigg Symposium Dec. 14-15
In honor of Fermilab theorist Chris Quigg’s 65th birthday, the Fermilab Theory Group will host a symposium titled “Minute Particulars & Hidden Symmetries,” on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14-15. More information is available here: http://theory.fnal.gov/mphs/. Anyone interested in attending the symposium or symposium banquet can access registration information here: http://theory.fnal.gov/mphs/register.html.

Free Martial Arts Classes - Dec. 14 & 16
Come try out martial arts next week on December 14 & 16 for free. The class starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts an hour. The class meets in the aerobic room at the recreation center, come early and wear comfortable clothes you can workout in. If you have any questions, call x8863 or email worthel@fnal.gov. The next six-week session begins on Monday, January 4.

Scottish country dancing will meet every Tuesday through December
Silk and Thistle Scottish Country Dancing will be held every Tuesday evening through December without any holiday break.The group meets weekly starting at 7:30 p.m. at Kuhn Village Barn and is taught by Doug Jensen. Newcomers are always welcome. More info at x8194 or (630)584-0825 or email folkdance@fnal.gov for more information please visit http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/scottishdance/

Inaugural potluck party - Dec. 16
Enjoy Fermilab's inaugural potluck party from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Between 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fermilab current and retired employees, users, contractors, funding agency employees and their families and friends will gather in the Wilson Hall atrium to enjoy a variety of cultural cuisine. Please bring an appetizer, main dish or dessert to share. Foods representing your ethnicity or culture will be appreciated, but are not required. The lab will provide non-alcoholic beverages. Entertainment, including songs and skits, will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. More information at http://www.fnal.gov/directorate/Annual-Party/.

Fermilab Blood Drive December 15 and 16
Fermilab Blood Drive December 15 and 16. Fermilab will host a Heartland Blood Centers blood drive Dec 15, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Dec 16, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Wilson Hall Ground Floor NE Training Room. Donors will receive a Hoodie sweatshirt. Please schedule appointments via the Web or by calling Diana at x3771 or Margie at x5680. (Whole blood times are flexable but please sign up for a count - DRC's should arrive timely). For more information please visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/esh_home_page.html. The August drive collected 102 units of blood. Thanks on behalf of the recipients.

Tell Us About Your Take 5 Moment by Dec. 16
We are asking employees to "Tell Us About Your Take 5 Moment". Share a time when taking five minutes to think about what you were doing was a good decision. Use this Web form: http://www.fnal.gov/pub/takefive/challenge-form.html. On Dec. 16, at the laboratory-wide potluck party, we will randomly choose five entrants and award each of them a Fermilab fleece sweatshirt.

FermiLab Mac Users' Group Meeting - Dec. 16
FermiLab Mac users will hold their monthly group meeting on Wednesday, December 16 at 2:15 p.m. Location is WH Racetrack (WH7 Cross Over). All Mac users are welcome. Please join us to discuss; Central OSX Support, TuneITUp Campaign Overview and Results, QMX What it is, What it does and What it is not, SMS Data Collection Demo, OSX 10.6 Certification Time Line, Open Discussion. All Mac users are welcome. For more information please visit http://indico.fnal.gov/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=2945.

Fermilab December Payroll Information
Due to the upcoming Holidays, weekly time sheets for week ending 12/20/09 are due in Payroll by 10:00 a.m on 12/17. Pay date will be 12/23, for week ending 12/27 timesheets are due in Payroll by 10:00 a.m on 12/21. Revisions for w/e 12/20 are also due. Pay date will be 12/30. Monthly paid employees will be paid on 12/30. The payroll department will be closed the following dates: December 24, 25, 31 and 1/1/10.

Sign up for spring Science Adventures classes
The Education Office's spring Science Adventures classes, for children in grades K-10, can now be viewed on our web page at http://ed.fnal.gov/sciadv. For more information call Andrea at x8258 or email edreg@fnal.gov.

English Country Dancing - Jan. 3
English country dancing will meet on Sunday, Jan. 3, 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. The session will focus on dances for the upcoming Ball weekend with Earl Gaddis and Karen Axelrod (see http://rscds.org under "events"). Newcomers are always welcome. English dancing will continue through the winter on the first Sunday of the month, with live music by Old Fezziwig's Band on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. For more information, contact folkdance@fnal.gov or 630-584-0825

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

Give the Gift of Movies
Discount movie tickets make great stocking stuffers! The Recreation Department has discounted movie tickets for AMC and Goodrich Quality Theaters. Goodrich Theater tickets are $7. AMC anytime tickets are $8 and 2 week restricted tickets are $7. For more information call x5427 or visit http://wdrs.fnal.gov/recreation/convenience.html.

Chicago Blackhawks Discount Tickets
Discount tickets are available to Fermilab employees for select Blackhawk games. Click on the attached link https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=blackhawks&o=3375006&g=168 to purchase tickets, use special offer code - FNAL. For more information call the Recreation Dept. at x2548.

Argentine Tango at Fermilab through Dec. 9
Our new series of 5 tango classes starts Wed., Nov 4, if you would like to sign up, please send an e-mail to Pamela Noyes, at noyes@fnal.gov . Outstanding Chicago tango dancers, Daniel Noce and Ramona Nita will teach the next series of classes. Class schedule Nov. 4, 11, 18 and Dec. 2 and 9 in Ramsey Auditorium. No Class Nov. 25. Class set, $75.00 per person or $18.00 per class - Pay first day of class. Basic I & II: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Practice prior to class - 6:30 p.m., Intermediate/Advanced: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information please visit http://bss.fnal.gov/tango.pdf .

Weight Watchers at Work Program - Dec. 2
Free informational meeting on December 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wilson Hall 15W Aquarium. Learn more about this 8 week program of Weight Watchers onsite meetings beginning December 9 - February 10 (no meetings December 23 or 30). If interested, sign up and pre-pay at the December 2 meeting with 2 easy payments of $48.00. For more information call the Recreation Dept. at x5427 or visit http://wdrs.fnal.gov/recreation/wellness.html.

Wilson Hall Stocking Stuffer Holiday Sale - Dec. 9-10
It's that time of the year again! The Education Office is hosting its annual holiday sale in Wilson Hall December 9 & 10, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. We will be outside One West. Come get your Fermilab apparel and science toys! Cash, Visa and Mastercard will be accepted. Call Andrea at x8259 for more information.

Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Employees (GLOBE) at Fermilab - informational meeting Dec. 10
The Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Employees (GLOBE) at Fermilab group is hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m. in the Piano Room at the Users' Center. The GLOBE Employee Resource Group was formed earlier this year under the auspices of the laboratory’s Diversity Council. Join us to learn more about what this group is doing and how you can participate. Refreshments will be served.

Gallery Talk by Peter Olson - Dec. 11
Peter Olson will give a gallery talk about his exhibition "Dissimulation" on December 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wilson Hall, 2nd floor, Art Gallery. The artist reception is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on December 11. Any questions contact Georgia Schwender at georgia@fnal.gov. For more information please visit http://www.fnal.gov/pub/Art_Gallery/index.html. Both are free and open to the public.

Barn Dance Dec. 13
The Fermilab Folk Club presents a Barn Dance on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kuhn Village Barn with music by the Screaming Laundry Hawks and calling by Rachel Shapiro. Everyone is welcome. Admission is $6. Children under 12 are free, and 12 to 18 year olds and people over 65 are $3. Check here for more information and directions.

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