Newsletter 2017-12-01T20:09:17+00:00

Christmas Revels 2017

The Washington Revels 35th annual production journeys to Trois-Rivières, a charming town in southern Québec.  In the late December chill, the glow of hearth fires warms the spirits of the villagers as they prepare for the time of celebration–le temps des Fêtes!  The timber business is thriving and the Hudson’s Bay Company is paying good money for beaver pelts.  A group of young men prepares to leave home to seek profit and adventure—to be voyageurs.  They paddle a huge canoe across rivers and lakes, deep into the wild Canadian woods, singing as they go.  This energetic Québécois winter celebration features carols, wild dancing, and foot-stomping instrumentals, blending old French traditions with New World ingenuity.  Be prepared for a deal with the devil and a ride in a flying canoe!  Through music, dance, and drama, each year Revels draws on traditions and rituals from a different land, people, and era — medieval, Elizabethan, and Victorian English, French, Russian, Roma (Gypsy), African-American, Nordic, American Appalachian, Native American, Renaissance Italian, Québécois, medieval Andalusian (Sephardic, Arabic and Spanish), southern Balkan (Bulgarian, Greek and Thracian Turkish), Irish, and more.  Join the cast of over 100, ages 8 – 85, as they journey to the Northlands for this one-of-a-kind evening of seasonal celebration and merriment.  The Revels will perform Saturdays, Dec. 9th and 16th (2pm & 7:30pm), Sunday, Dec. 10th (2pm), Friday, Dec. 15th (7:30pm), and Sunday, Dec. 17th (1pm & 5pm) at the GW Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.  Purchase tickets at

Show Your Love for The Children’s Inn at the 7th Annual A WINNter Affair

Hosted by the Young Ambassadors Council (YAC), A WINNter Affair raises critical funds to support The Inn’s mission of providing hope and healing to seriously ill children and their families coming to the NIH seeking medical treatment.  Join us from 8pm to midnight on February 24, 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building for a fun evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to provide relief, support, and strength to families journeying into the unknown.  SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR NIH EMPLOYEES: Government employees may purchase tickets to A WINNter Affair at a special, discounted rate of $65 – simply register using a “.gov” or “.mil” email address when you sign up.  We hope to see you on February 24th for a fun night out to support a worthy cause!  For more info, contact Julie Ofrecio at or 301-594-1625.  Tickets can be purchased at

Time to Replace Your Smoke Alarms Update to Maryland’s Smoke Alarm Law

Maryland’s new smoke alarm law requires the replacement of all BATTERY-ONLY operated smoke alarms with units powered by sealed-in, 10-year long-life batteries.  All smoke alarms have expiration dates. Both hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten years. If your smoke alarm has not been replaced since 2006, it’s time!  Smoke alarms are required to be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home including basements (finished or unfinished).  For homes constructed since 1994, smoke alarms have been required inside all sleeping rooms.  For maximum protection, fire officials recommend installing smoke alarms in sleeping rooms regardless of the year of construction. Homeowners have until January 1, 2018 to comply with the new law.  Any Montgomery County homeowner requiring more info or requesting that Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service perform a free home safety check, including a check of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, can do so by visiting or calling 311.  For more info regarding this state law visit and

R&W Looking for New Notary Public Willing to Assist NIH Employees

Are you a notary public? The R&W is looking for employees to add to our list of notaries to better serve the NIH Community. If you’d like to offer your services, free of charge, contact David Browne at with your contact information and a copy of your notary certificate. To become a notary public visit

Think You Can’t Buy LIFE Insurance? Try This Nationwide Insurance Product

Do you have diabetes, cancer, heart issues or are you overweight?  No problem!  This policy is open to anyone up to 80 years of age, no medical exam required, and rates never increase.  Policies range from $10,000 – $50,000, with limited benefits during the first 2 years.  If interested, call Lydia Umlandt at 301-474-4111 x2134 or email and get started with a simple application of just two health questions.

NIH R&W Montgomery Aquatic Center (MAC) Corporate Membership

Eligibility for MAC Corporate Memberships apply to any NIH staff member who has both a valid NIH ID badge, current NIH email address, and a current R&W membership. This offer doesn’t extend to family members. MAC memberships under this promotion are $150 (savings of over $200), paid by check or cashier’s check. This group membership provides R&W members with full access to the MAC, ONLY. The MAC is located at 5900 Executive Blvd; North Bethesda, MD. To join NIH employee can sign up for their membership directly at the MAC. You must present your NIH ID badge, as well as a copy of your R&W membership registration. We suggest purchasing your R&W membership online and taking a copy of the confirmation to the MAC. Call the MAC at 240-777-8070 if you have questions about swim schedules, swim hours, classes, etc. This opportunity is not part of any official federal fitness program, so neither R&W, NIH, nor any other part of DHHS can take responsibility for injuries or related problems that may develop as a result of using this facility.  Use of the MAC must also be on employee’s personal time only. Neither R&W, NIH more broadly, nor DHHS is necessarily endorsing the MAC.  Before increasing your current level of physical activity, consult with your physician.  The need for medical guidance also applies to the use of saunas and whirlpools, since some medical conditions or effects of certain medications could be worsened by sudden changes in body temperature and/or fluid levels.

AlertNIH The Official Emergency Communication Service for the National Institutes of Health

NIH public safety, human resources, public affairs, and facilities representatives, with support from senior leadership, have developed an emergency communication service called AlertNIH.  During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, NIH public safety officials will use AlertNIH to send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to employees’ government-owned communication devices. Employees have the ability to opt-in to receive these updates on their personal devices too.  In order to enroll your personal device, log in to the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) and scroll to the bottom of your profile to the section titled “AlertNIH.”  Click the “Edit” button and select the personal devices you wish to receive updates on. NIH employees are also strongly encouraged to update their NED profiles.  AlertNIH has established a presence on several social media platforms and can be found on Twitter at and Facebook at  For questions on the AlertNIH service, please contact the Office of Research Services, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination at 301-496-1985 or visit

Camp Fantastic – Special Love, Inc.

Children with cancer have to grow up much too fast.  They feel different from other children and many miss out on activities that healthy children experience daily.  This was the reason Special Love was created.  Special Love programs, including Camp Fantastic, offer children with cancer the chance to jump, play, explore, laugh, swim and make friends through a community of support, made up of patients, family, and staff who know and understand the trials and triumphs of battling childhood cancer.  We need your contributions to assist Special Love in their mission. Be a phantom camper by giving a donation.  Enjoy camp without the bugs, sunburn or snoring counselors!  Here’s how you can help. $25 sends a hug to camp $75 sends a child to camp for the day $125 feeds a child for a week $250 sends a child to camp for a weekend $400 sends a family to camp for a weekend $650 sends a child to camp for the week Donations are tax deductible.  Make checks payable to the R&W Foundation and send to R&W, Bldg. 31 Rm. B1W30.  Together we can make a difference in the life of a child with cancer.

Al-Anon Provides Help for Those Involved with Substance Abuse

Al-Anon, an organization for family members of people with alcohol abuse, now welcomes family members of individuals with narcotic abuse problems to attend weekly group meetings.  Al-Anon holds two weekly group meetings; Mondays and Thursdays at noon in Building 31, Room 1B50

Are You Looking to Save Some Money?

Start saving today with a very special discount on car insurance from GEICO!  Go to or call 1-800-368-2734, to complete a simple, no-obligation rate quote.  Mention your R&W membership to see how much you could save.   Every time a member of R & W completes a unique quote for auto insurance, GEICO supports R&W’s programs and initiatives.