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Community Ledger, June 7

Published: 12:38PM June 6th, 2013


The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSA) are planned:

• July 4, Independence Day

• July 5, DONSA

• Aug. 30, DONSA

• Sept. 2, Labor Day

• Oct. 11, DONSA

• Oct. 14, Columbus Day (observed)

Get free online tutoring, an online education assistance service, is offering help to children in military families at no cost.

Funded by the Department of Defense, the online tutoring company allows students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12th to receive help in 20 core subjects in math, science, social studies and English. Access is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in an anonymous chat room setting with one of the company’s 2,500 certified tutors.

The chat room is complete with an interactive whiteboard, the ability to upload and share files as well as a web browser for necessary research. For more information, visit Perform on open mic night

Like to perform? The Warrior Zone at JBLM-Lewis North features open mic night on the patio Mondays at 6:30 p.m. starting Monday. Sing, perform comedy, read poetry and more.

For more information, call 253-477-5756.

Dueling Pianos show at AFC Arena

The free Army Entertainment Dueling Piano show comes to the AFC Arena 2275 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main on June 14 at 7 p.m. No tickets are needed.

Eat dinner while you’re being entertained! The menu features barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches with coleslaw and potato salad for $7.25, and three Korean chicken tacos topped with spicy kimchee with a side of sweet pickled Daikon radish for $7.25. A cash bar is also available.

Dance with Dad at McChord Club

Join other dads and daughters at the McChord Club and Community Center’s annual Father-Daughter Dance June 15 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The evening includes deejay dancing, light hors d’oeuvres, dessert, fruit punch, a craft project, photo with Dad, and prizes for the best-dressed couples.

Advanced ticket purchase is required.

The cost is $18 per couple; $8 for each additional daughter.

Call 253-982-0718 for sign-up details.

No CYSS registration is necessary.

Participate in Virtual Town Hall

Connect with the JBLM community at the next JBLM virtual Town Hall on June 18, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

The JBLM command team and subject matter experts from around the base will be on-hand to listen to community member concerns and answer questions about installation services at JBLM - live, on Facebook.

To participate - “like” the JBLM Facebook page at Shortly before the town hall, we’ll share a link where Facebook users can post their questions.

Not on Facebook? Email your questions to and we’ll post them for you during the town hall.

Enter inaugural Salmon Run

Sign up now for the first McChord Field Salmon Run 12K/5K. Register by noon, Tuesday, to guarantee your T-shirt for the run. The June 15 event includes music from the Blackberry Bushes String Band, a salmon bake and door prizes, outdoor adventure trips and race gear.

Visit to sign up. The cost is $15 for military-affiliated runners (race only) and $25 for runners with no military affiliation (race only).

Add $5 to each category for day-of-race registration. Registration for the free youth quarter-mile Chum Run is on race day.

For an additional cost, salmon meals may also be ordered online by Tuesday at noon when you register for the race. A limited number of meals will be available for purchase on race day.

Warrior Leader Course Graduation

The Henry H. Lind NCO Academy is proud to announce the graduation of the Warrior Leader Course Class 007-13, today 1:30 p.m. at Carey Theater, Lewis Main. For information, call 253-967-7650.

Outdoor Expo for military sportsmen

JBLM Lewis Main Exchange and more than 50 hunting and fishing guides, vendors and outdoor experts will host an outdoor expo for service members June 22 in the Exchange parking lot.

The Outdoor Expo, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., will allow service members to mingle with locals who share enjoyment of outdoor activities in the Northwest. Expo attendees are invited to free seminars given by 17 local hunting and fishing experts to chat, share information and develop contacts.

Representatives from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Project Healing Waters, along more than 20 outdoor products manufacturers, guide services and vendors will have booths set up to answer questions and discuss their products.

The JBLM Outdoor Expo is open to all active duty, reserve, National Guard, military retiree and family members who have access to the installation.

Attend bodybuilding championship

Attend the 2013 JBLM Bodybuilding Championship June 15 at Nelson Recreation Center at JBLM Lewis Main. The championship features men’s and women’s open weight classes, men’s masters and physique and women’s figure.

Guest appearances include national-level competitor and 2010 Emerald Cup overall champ Joe Derousie, and national competitor Gerri Deach-Davis.

The evening show begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $5 at the door; ages 15 and under are admitted free. Pre-judging starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 253-967-5869.p.m. No tickets are needed.

Join JBLM intramural softball

The new intramural softball season begins June 17 for unit, co-ed and women’s teams.

For more details, call 253-967-4768 or email

New hours at the Exchanges

The hours of operation for the Exchanges on both JBLM Lewis Main and McChord Field have changed. The McChord Exchange, is now open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Lewis Main Exchange will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Direct questions to Patrick McGhee, JBLM Army & Air Force Exchange Service General Manager at 253-964-5955 or 5956.

Power Steam Plant Closed

The McChord Field Central Steam Plant will shutdown 1 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday. The following facilities served with steam heat, steam-heated domestic hot water, and/or process steam will be affected: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 12, 22, 100, 160, 166, 180, 181, 186, 187, 301, 304, 308, 315, 328, 341, 423, 546, 565, 566, 567, 572, 574, 702, 707, 708, 710, 717, 726, 729, 735, 737, 738, 742, 745, 746, 757, 774. 778, 1119, 1120, 1122, 1147, 1148, 1149, 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1160, 1164, 1165, 1166, 1167, 1169, 1170, 1174, 1175, 1178, 1179, 1183, 1405, 1419, and 1422. Hot water should be available for most of the day Saturday.

The annual shutdown is necessary to perform required maintenance on the plant equipment and distribution system that can only be done while the system is out of service. We are sorry for any inconvenience to our customers. For questions call 1st Lt. Rebecca Gehrman, 253-982-5597 - DPW O&M Manager North, McChord Field.

Meet to form Army Golf Cup team

The annual Rainier Golf Cup challenge scheduled for June 21 to 23 is a modified Ryder Cup format with 40 members from the Army competing against the Navy and Air Force teams.

Army golfers are invited to attend a meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Eagles Pride Golf Course to discuss the format and set up qualifying rounds to select the Army team. Call 253-967-6522 for more details.

Compete in women’s rugby 7s

All Army Sports is adding women’s rugby 7s to its calendar starting this year. The deadline for applications for athletes and coaches is Saturday. The competition is July 17 to 21 in Denver.

For application criteria and to apply visit

Participants could be selected to represent the Army in armed forces sports championships, national and international competitions.

Golf scrambles are back

CG’s Payday Scrambles are back at Whispering Firs and Eagles Pride golf courses.

If you’re an ID cardholder, you and your friends can enter five-person scrambles on the following Fridays with a 1 p.m. shotgun start: Aug. 2 at Whispering Firs; today and Sept. 6 at Eagles Pride. The cost is $30 per person and includes your greens fee, cart rental and a chance to win prizes. You can enter as a team or be placed on a team if you enter individually.

The entry deadline is the Wednesday prior to the date. For more information, call Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927 or Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522.

Earn up to $2K a month

Looking for a fun, rewarding job? Become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of military children and their families.

FCC providers earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies, and receive free child care while in training and free resources for your business.

Learn about FCC at the July 9 orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the FCC office in building 2013B.

Full-day training classes meet weekdays following the orientation. FCC will provide free child care during the training classes. For more information, call the FCC office at 253-967-3039.

Register for Fitness Boot Camp

Not fit? Looking to get in shape? Join Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center’s free Fitness Boot Camp shape-up program. The class is limited to 20 participants and is designed for less-fit individuals who want a jump-start to a new fitness program.

Classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 1-Aug. 9. For sign-up info, check with Jensen’s front desk or call 253-967-5975.

Sign up for summer reading

All ages are invited to sign up for the JBLM Libraries’ summer reading program. Activities are planned for children and their parents, plus preteens, teens and adults throughout the summer.

Register at the McChord Library or Book Patch Library inside Grandstaff Library starting June 17. For more information, call the McChord Library at 253-982-3454 or Book Patch Library at 253-967-5533.

Watch outdoor movie

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the McChord Club lawn June 21 at dusk to watch a free outdoor movie, “Transylvania.”

For more details or weather updates, call the McChord Community Center at 253-982-0718.

Play at the Warrior Zone

There’s plenty to do at the Warrior Zone at Lewis North. Catch all the college and pro hoops in the Warrior Zone on your choice among 53 TVs. Tuesdays – play in eight-ball tourneys; Wednesdays – get in on Texas Hold ‘em and table games; find Xbox challenges Thursdays and see free movies in the theater room.

The Warrior Zone is at the corner of 17th and D streets. Call 253-477-5756 for more info. Open to ages 18 and older only.

JBLM sustainable forests certified

Most of JBLM’s forested lands have been certified since 2002 as a sustainable forestry operation by the nonprofit Forest Stewardship Council ( JBLM was the first federal ownership in the U.S. to receive certification, demonstrating the installation’s commitment to forest management practices that consider environmental, economic, and social benefits and impacts in the context of military training. Certification lasts five years.

The first installation recertification came in 2007 and the second in 2012, which lasts until 2017. For information, visit or 253-966-6446.