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Community Ledger, Aug. 9

Published: 12:22PM August 8th, 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

Enjoy Single Service Member Day

Attend single service member day on Aug. 29 at the Warrior Zone at Lewis North. Enjoy a car show competition, tournaments, video games, prizes, live entertainment, food and beverages.

For more information call, 253-967-5636.

Attend Spark Before Dark Zumba party

If you like Zumba, you’ll love Spark Before Dark, a free outdoor fitness Zumba party at JBLM. Gather at Cowan Stadium on Aug. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. to dance until the sun goes down. The party features renowned Zumba instructor, Madalene Aponte, and local instructors from JBLM, Pierce County Parks and Recreation and the YMCA. Glow sticks and necklaces will be handed out while supplies last.

Register at on the aerobics and fitness page by Tuesday to guarantee a T-shirt.

Watch a free movie at the beach

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Shoreline Park at JBLM Lewis North to see “Oz: The Great and Powerful” Aug. 24 at dusk. Showing is free.

Food is available for purchase. For more information, call 253-967-9210.

Enroll students at temporary location

Families new to Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary Schools can enroll new students at the Evergreen Elementary School, 9010 Blaine Ave., on JBLM Lewis Main. New student enrollments will be accepted daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Evergreen Elementary School cafeteria through Aug. 22.

For more information, call Carter Lake Elementary at 253-583-5210 or Hillside Elementary at 253-583-5280.

Served in the Army’s second division?

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who has ever served in the Army’s 2nd ID at any time. For information about the association contact Bob Haynes at , call 224-225-1202, of visit

Visit Museum for half-price

The Museum of Flight offers half-price admission tickets to furloughed civilian employees of JBLM.

Employees may bring a guest through Sept. 30 at the same discounted rate and must present their Department of Defense identification card.

Commissaries resume normal hours

Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules the week of Aug. 18-24 with DOD furloughs curtailed to to six days. Find information about changes to local operating schedules at, Click on the “Locations” tab, then “Alphabetical Listing” to locate the store, and click on “Local Store Information.”

Services for the JBLM Buddhist Community

Join us at the North Fort Chapel every Thursday evening for Buddhist meditation and Dharma talk, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 7 p.m. respectively.

The meditation is focused on control of thought formation for stress reduction and Dharma talk includes The Eight Fold Nobe Path and The Four Noble Truths.

Honor U.S. Army combat infantrymen

A memorial monument honoring the contributions of combat infantrymen will be dedicated on Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. on the memorial walkway at the Tahoma National Cemetery near Covington.

The memorial walkway is located behind the flag pavilion at the cemetery. For more information, call Jacob W. Robinson at 253-565-3329.

McChord ID card hours adjusted

Customer service on McChord Field will not process passports and ID cards on Fridays from today through Aug. 22, 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. on Thursday 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 calling 253-967-5901.

Attend free Soldier Show

The 2013 United States Soldier Show will be held at the Evergreen Theater on Aug. 21. The two performances, at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. are family-style variety shows, professionally choreographed. Video LED technology creates virtual settings throughout the show.

This year’s theme is “Ready and Resilient.”

The shows are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

For recorded information, call 253-477-4299. The Evergreen Theater is located at 3405 2nd Division at Lewis Main.

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 Buy or sell at McChord garage sale

Come buy or sell home treasures at the next McChord Community Center Garage sale Saturday 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.

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 Forc Exchange Service general manager at 253-964-5955 or 5956.

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 Triathlon Aug. 17. Swim, bike and run your way to glory as you compete for the coveted crown. The triathlon is an Olympic distance event and is held 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 Scramble 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 Sept. 6 at Eagles Pride. Shotgun start is 1 p.m.

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 details, 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 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.

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.

Take an advanced motorcycle class

The Joint Base Safety Office is offering additional Experienced Rider and Military Sport Bike Courses. These classes are for those Active Duty personnel who have already taken the Basic Rider Course and need to fulfill the sustainment training requirement or those who would like to brush up on their motorcycle skills.

Classes will be held Monday through Aug 16 and Aug. 19 - 23. Apply at For more information, call 253-966-0632.

Salmon for Soldiers

Participate in the first annual Salmon for Soldiers on Saturday 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.

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.

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.