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Barn Dance - April 12
The Fermilab Folk Club presents a Barn Dance on Sunday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kuhn Village Barn with music by the Common Taters and calling by Meg Dedolph. Everyone is welcome. You don't need to know anything, just come and have fun! Admission is $6, children under 12 are free, 12 to 18 year olds and people over 65 are $3. More info and directions at http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkclub/

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn
International folk dancing is held every Thursday evening, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Kuhn Village Barn. Newcomers are always welcome. There is instruction and dances for children and newer dancers early in the evening and request dancing later on. Many of the dances are lines and circles, with no partners needed. The session will end with cross-step waltz practice to keep up skills from recent workshops. The group dances year-round, moving to Ramsey Auditorium in the summer. To get on the list, or for more information email folkdance@fnal.gov or check http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkdance/ or call 630-584-0825 or 630- 840-8194

English country dancing this Sunday, April 12, at Kuhn Barn
English country dancing will be held this Sunday, April 12, at Kuhn Village Barn. The program starts with dances for experienced dancers at 1 p.m., and dances for everyone from 2 to 5 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome to join this social and accessible sort of dancing. We will dance to beautiful recorded music. Next month's dance, on May 24, will feature live music by Old Fezziwig's Band. The group meets monthly, year-round. For more information, the summer's schedule or to get on an email reminder list, contact folkdance@fnal.gov or 630-584-0825 or visit http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkdance/english/.

Budker Seminar 4/13/15
Please join us at 5:00 pm in the User's Center on Monday, April 13 for the Budker Seminar. Liyang Ye from North Carolina State University will be the speaker. Free pizza and beverages will be served. Talk Title: "Quench characteristics and microscopic degradation mechanisms of Ag-sheathed Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox round wire for high-field magnet application".

Discounted tickets for Creation's Birthday by Hasan Padamsee
Fermilab employees enjoy a 30% discount on tickets to see "Creation's Birthday" by Hasan Padamsee at the Athenaeum Theatre. Enjoy the story of the legendary battle between astronomer Edwin Hubble and the scientific icon Albert Einstein. How did a boxing champ, war-hero, Rhodes scholar, and upstart astronomer gang up with a moonshine-peddling janitor (Milton Humason) to discover our expanding universe? And how did Hubble and his Jesuit priest-ally (Father George Lemaitre) use the expanding universe to expose the greatest blunder of the greatest scientist? Use code FERMI or follow this link to purchase tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/940206/prm/FERMI. Box office 773-935-6875.

Glacier tax prep access codes
This is a reminder to any Fermilab sponsored visa holders that access codes for Glacier Tax Prep software will be available until April 15, 2015. Please email the visa office to request an access code if you will be using Glacier Tax Prep to file your taxes. visaoffice@fnal.gov.

MS Excel 2013: Introduction on April 28 and 30, two half day A.M. or P.M.
This training is for those who are new to Excel and/or spreadsheets and those wishing to understand proper spreadsheet building concepts, basic formula building, and formatting. For more information and to enroll visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=9080

MS Word 2013: Introduction on May 5 and 7, two half days A.M. or P.M.
This training is for individuals comfortable with the Windows environment who need to learn the basics of Word 2013. For more information and to enroll visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=9079

Performance Review training for managers/supervisors on August 4, 5 and 6
This training is for Managers and Supervisors who conduct performance reviews. Learn the elements of an effective performance review; Learn how to prepare for an interactive performance review discussion; Practice communication skills that encourage two-way communication; Practice the steps of conducting a performance review discussion; Practice handling difficult situations. For more information and to enroll visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=3711

GCC power outages April 7 and 8
The Core Computing Division will be carrying out required maintenance at the Grid Computing Center (GCC) which will require two extended power outages. See https://fermi.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0011575 for outage times and a list of affected services.

Players needed for 2015 Fermilab co-ed softball league
Several teams in the 2015 Fermilab co-ed softball league are looking for both male and female players. Games are played once a week in the Village on either Wednesday or Thursday from the beginning of May through early September, followed by a double-elimination playoff. Come out for the fun! No experience necessary. Contact league rep Chris Greer at cgreer@fnal.gov.

Mac OS X security patches to be enabled on Tuesday, March 31
On Tuesday, March 31, starting at 7 a.m., the Core Computing Division will enable several OS X updates for Mac computers running OS X Yosemite (10.10). Alerts announcing the availability of the security updates for a manual installation will appear on your screen. You can install these updates at a time that is convenient for you. These updates will require a restart. If you do not install the updates at this time, the automatic installation will begin on Tuesday, April 28

Indoor Soccer
Indoor Soccer is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Sundays from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Gym at the Village. Gym membership is required. Please contact O'Sheg Oshinowo at Oshinowo@fnal.gov for more information.

Managing Conflict (am only) on June 10
This class is for individuals who want to boost their conflict management skills. Learn to accept and manage conflict more effectively. Upon completing this half day class, you will be able to identify your default conflict management style, how to capitalize on various conflict management styles, accept conflict as an inevitable part of all work situations, be aware of the positive and negative byproducts of conflict on the job, understand how to establish a cooperative atmosphere in which to resolve conflicts as they arise, and learn and practice a step-by-step collaborative approach to resolving conflict http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=1865

Fermilab Village Easter Egg Hunt April 8, with RSVP by April 1
All Fermilab children are invited to NALWO-Playgroup's Fermilab Village Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday, April 8, at 5 p.m. Check in is at the Music Room of the Users' Center by 5 p.m. sharp. There will be age-specific activities starting right after 5 p.m. Attendees should bring healthy snacks for sharing and an Easter basket to fill. Please RSVP BY APRIL 1 to Michaela Zalesakova at firomichala@hotmail.com. Flyer at http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/nalwo/easter2015.pdf

Fermilab Board Game Guild
The Fermilab Board Game Guild meets every Tuesday at the User's Center from 6:00 PM to 10::PM. Everyone is welcome, and no connection with Fermilab is required. Board games playes include, but are not limited to, Puerto Rico, Ticket To Ride, Seven Wonders, Stone Age, Attica, Alhambra, Citadels, and many more. Attendance for the full four hours is not required. Come and go as you please. Any questions, e-mail wmtan@fnal.gov

MAC OS X security updates Tues., March 24
On Tues., March 24 from 7 a.m. the Core Computing Division is enabling OS X security updates for Mac computers running OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), Mavericks (10.9.5), and Yosemite (10.10.2). An alert will prompt installation or you can select "Software Update" in the Apple menu; no restart is required. If you do not install manually now, automatic install will start on Tuesday, April 14. If you experience any issues, please submit a Service Desk ticket.

Nominations for Employee Advisory Group due April 17
Nominations are now being accepted for new members to serve on the EAG. The committee meets once per month and is regularly joined by several members of the senior management team. Fermilab benefits from the EAG's formal recommendations, which come after the EAG studies a topic, as well as the extensive discussions of complex issues. Nomination forms are available online http://www.fnal.gov/faw/EAG/nomination_form.html or in the Office of Communication on the atrium level of Wilson Hall. More information about the EAG is available on the EAG website http://www.fnal.gov/faw/EAG/index.html.

2014 FSA Deadline is April 30
Employees with a 2014 Healthcare or Dependent Care Reimbursement Account must spend the remaining balance by the end of the plan year. Healthcare expenses to be reimbursed with the 2014 Health Care Reimbursement Accounts must be incurred by March 15, 2015. 2014 Dependent Care expenses must be incurred by December 31, 2014. Claims for both types of accounts must be submitted to the plan administrator, Payflex, by April 30, 2015. Employees submit flexible spending claims to PayFlex online at www.healthhub.com or via fax.

Interpersonal Communication Skills course - May 20
This course is for employees that would like to increase awareness of their communication skills and personality type. It will help the participant develop the skills for more productive work relationships. For more information and to enroll please visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=2865