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Community Ledger, July 19

Published: 01:10PM July 18th, 2013


The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSA) are planned:
• Aug. 30, DONSA

• Sept. 2, Labor Day

• Oct. 11, DONSA

• Oct. 14, Columbus Day (observed)

• Nov. 8, DONSA

McChord ID card hours adjusted

Customer service on McChord Field will not process passports and ID cards on Fridays from today through Sept. 30, due to civilian furloughs. Only CAC card emergencies for active-duty service members will be processed on Fridays.

Register for Scream-free parenting event

Parents are invited to attend a free “Scream-Free Parenting” event, 9-11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Lewis North Fort Chapel, 11621 South Drive and 12th Street.

The event features a principle-based approach from the Scream Free Parenting Institute to help parents revolutionize how they parent their children. Free childcare will be provided for the first 100 registrants.

Register by Aug. 2 by calling 253-967-5901.

Attend the Soldier Show

The 2013 United States Soldier Show will be held at the Evergreen Theater on Aug. 21. There are two performances: at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Ready and Resilient.” The shows are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, call 253-967-5776.

Get in on the Bistro’s July specials

Try these 5 to 9 p.m. specials during July:
Thursdays, get two specialty 12-inch pizzas, Caesar salad for two and a pitcher of soda (with a free refill) for $20.

Fridays, two specialty pasta dishes for $20 includes side salad or soup for two.

Try two specialty burgers Saturdays, with fries and a nonalcoholic beverage for $15.

The Bistro at Russell Landing is located at the marina on American Lake at Lewis North. Call 253-964-2813 to order ahead.

Northwest Guardian goes interactive

Join the community dialogue. Answer our “Straight Talk” question on A4, and send your best photo of life on the installation tor “JBLM Snapshots.” Send submissions to

Sign up for Sounders FC camp

Register now for a special youth Sounders FC Summer Camp July 29 to Aug. 2 at Cowan Stadium, JBLM Lewis Main.

The camp is designed for beginners to intermediates ages 4 to 15.

Register through where you’ll find costs, times and registration forms.

The camp encourages good technical habits and decision making while promoting a healthy and fun lifestyle.

A Sounders FC player will be on hand to sign autographs and talk with the youth.

Buy or sell at McChord garage sale

Come buy or sell home treasures at the next McChord Community Center Garage sale Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot across from the Exchange and Firestone Tires.

Spaces are free for sellers; arrive early and bring your own table.

For more information, call the McChord Community Center at 253-982-0718.

Lancer reunion

The 2013 Lancer reunion will be held Sept. 20 to 22 on JBLM.

Spend time together visiting the old stomping ground Joint Base Lewis - McChord and reconnect with former battle buddies and their families.

For more information, call Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Mercado at 253-968-7734.

Participate in Seafair celebration

Seafair Torchlight Parade & Fun Run will be held July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Seattle Center.

Receive 20 percent military discount on registration when using promo code: TLRMILDIS13. Indicate what service you represent when you register. The Seafair Torchlight Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the service with the most runners. Seafair Weekend featuring Albert Lee Cup Hydroplane Race and Boeing Air Show Aug. 3 and 4 at Seattle’s Genesee Park on Lake Washington. Watch the fast race boats, spectacular Patriots Jets performing over water and wakeboarders showing off tricks and jumps, all while enjoying food, music, festival activities, beer gardens, zip line, waterslide and more! For more info, go to

Register for Fitness Boot Camp

Not fit? Looking to get in shape? Join Jensen Family Health and 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. The three-per-week classes are currently full. For information on future sessions, check with Jensen’s front desk or call 253-967-5975.

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.

Get involved in 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.

For more information, call the McChord Library at 253-982-3454 or Book Patch Library at 253-967-5533.

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 call 253-966-6446.

Compete in Deuces Wild triathlon

JBLM Sports & Fitness presents the Deuces Wild Triathlons July 20 and Aug. 17. Swim, bike and run your way to glory as you compete for the coveted crown. The Saturday triathlon is a sprint distance and the Aug.17 triathlon is an Olympic distance. Both are at Shoreline Park on American Lake and on trails at Lewis North. Entry categories are elite, age group or relay team.

Register online at For more information, call 253-967-4768.

Force Protection conditions posted

Force protection conditions for Joint Base Lewis-McChord are now posted on the JBLM public website at This will allow commanders to keep their Soldiers, Airmen, DOD civilians and family members aware of the current FPCON to raise security awareness.

Join the Military Service Parade

The Military Service Parade in Tacoma will spotlight notable active duty and retired military personnel Aug. 24, and feature marching units, community floats, high school bands, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and JRTC units, veteran organizations, motorcycle units and veterans groups. Details at or call Steve James at 253-840-4194.

Put down that cell

Law Enforcement personnel are issuing district court violation notices for using cell phones while driving on JBLM.This will require the violator to pay a $75 fine or go to court to argue before the magistrate judge. Those who opt to continue using cell phones while driving must use a hands-free device to avoid a ticket. Repeat offenders risk losing installation driving privileges.

Perform on open mic night

Like to perform?

The Warrior Zone at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Lewis North features open mic night on the patio Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

This is your chance if you’re dying to share your drop-dead rendition of “Billie Jean” or “Born in the ¨USA,” perform stand-up comedy, read poetry and more. For more information, call 253-477-5756.

Golf scrambles are back

The 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 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.

EAP now at McChord Field

The Employee Assistance Program is now available at JBLM McChord Field, at 555 Barnes Blvd (CE Building).

The EAP is a free, confidential information, referral and consultation service for adult living issues available to DOD civilian employees, retired military personnel, and family members of active duty service members and retirees. For class schedules, to schedule an appointment, or for more information email or call 253-982-5815.

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 information.

Ages 18 and older only.

Join Parent Advisory Committee

Parents are invited to get involved with Child, Youth & School Services.

Attend a Parent Advisory Committee meeting to share your ideas with CYSS staffers and management, and work together to improve child and youth programs at JBLM for your family and others.

Attend Thursday’s nut-free brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Parent Central Services. We are located in Building 2295, 12th & Bitar at JBLM Lewis Main. KOS child care is available. For details, call 253-966-CYSS.

Recycle more, smaller items

To achieve JBLM’s goal of net zero waste by 2020, installation recycling centers expanded the variety of commodities accepted. For details, check the website at The JBLM Lewis Main Recycle Center no longer accepts excess or oversized garbage from on-base residents. Residents can request curbside bulk pick-up of oversized or excess garbage by emailing or contacting their Equity Residential housing representative.

Jensen features new equipment

The newly remodeled Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center features state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor track and new CYSS hourly care center inside. Jensen is at 2022 Liggett Ave. on JBLM Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5975.

Heroes Lounge changes hours

Heroes Lounge inside Cascade Community Center is open Wednesdays for free bar bingo with food purchase, Thursdays and Fridays in the afternoon and evening, and Saturdays starting at 8 p.m. (if a UFC fight is airing, doors open early).

It is closed Sundays through Tuesdays until football season begins.

Night Firing notice

3 ORD BN will be training with demolitions – C4, in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Artillery Impact Area Saturday from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.; Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. through July 26, 5:30 p.m. Range 74 will be used.

Free massage for vets

Olympia health clinic is offering free chiropractic and massage therapy to service members and veterans within the first year of their redeployment.

For details or appointments, call 360-350-0539.

Enjoy Free movie at the beach

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Shoreline Park at JBLM-Lewis North for a free outdoor cinema July 27 at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.). The theme is “Christmas in July” with Christmas music, special guest Santa Claus and the movie, “Elf.” For more information and weather updates, call the Aquatics director at 253-967-9210.

Post office open on Lewis North

The 593rd Sustainment Brigade and 22nd Human Resources Company have teamed to offer full postal services to units, service members and families on JBLM Lewis North. The Lewis North satellite post office in Building 12324 at 19th Street and 32nd Division Drive, is open to everyone with JBLM access.

Items for sale include stamps and money orders; standard post office supplies including flat rate boxes, express envelopes and customs forms.

The satellite post office accepts delivery of all categories. Both cash or credit cards are accepted.

Open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed weekends, DONSAs and federal holidays.

For information, call 253-967-5094.

Dance lessons for 1940-era big band music

From 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, the Savoy Swing Club will be offering free dance lessons at the Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Ave, North, Seattle. Feel free to partake and/or show them your talent and let the dancing begin!

The big band, Route 66, will be playing 1940s music including “Thanks for the Memories” and our very own USO Show Troupe from New York will be joining them on stage.

For more information, call 253-477-5756.

Learn Crochet

Fall is on the way. Help your family prepare for colder weather by learning to make your own hats and scarves at the McChord library.

Classes are every Thursday starting Aug. 22 through Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m. Open to patrons 12 and older. Supplies will be provided.

For more information call 253-982-3454.

Enjoy Free Concert

There is a Military Appreciation Benefit show with local artists on Aug. 2 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle.

All proceeds will go to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Military ID card holders get in free!

Salmon for Soldiers

Participate in the first annual Salmon for Soldiers Aug. 10 at the Everett Marina at the Port of Everett Boat Launch, starting at 6 a.m. Check in and boat assignments at 6 a.m.; 173rd Airborne Association presents the American Flag at 6:30 a.m.; fishing starts at 7 a.m.; BBQ and raffle at 3 p.m.

For additional information call 425-330-0415.