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Community Ledger, Nov. 15

Published: 12:25PM November 14th, 2013

Participate in turkey trot

JBLM Turkey Trot 5K & 10K run/10K inline skate takes place Saturday at the MWR Fest Tent starting at 9 a.m. All participants get a chance to win a $450 gift card.

Celebrate thanksgiving day at JBLM

Bring your friends and family to your choice of Thanksgiving Day feasts at JBLM.

American Lake Conference Center at Lewis North is holding its Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 4–12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Reservations are strongly encouraged; call 253-966-3988.

The Club at McChord Field is hosting its annual buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $22.50 for adults; $21.50 for seniors ages 62 and better; $9.50 for children ages 4–12; and free for children ages 3 and younger.

Club members receive a $2 discount per meal. Call the club at 253-982-5581/2795 for reservations today.

Black Friday deals, the NW adventure center

The Northwest Adventure Center is having a Black Friday Sale the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29. Everything in the store is 10 percent off with select items 15 percent off. The NAC is located at 8050 NCO Beach Road at Lewis North. Call 253-967-8282 for more details.

Dance, run and win at Reindeer Dash

Get ready for the JBLM Santa’s 5K and 10K Reindeer Dash Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. at Eagles Pride Golf Course. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater for a contest with DJ Chrissy Williams. Children can join in the 2K Rudolph Kids’ Fun Run. All participants under age 12 receive a special gift. One lucky participant will win a $500 Great Wolf Lodge gift card. Find race registration details at

See the Christmas lighting festival

Want to see holiday magic? Plan now to take a motorcoach trip with Leisure Travel Services from Lewis Main to the mountain village of Leavenworth for the Christmas Lighting Festival Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14.

You’ll leave from LTS at 7:30 a.m., in plenty of time to see the opening parade at noon. See St. Nicholas, buy roasted chestnuts, try downhill sledding in the park and listen to music throughout the day. At dusk, the entire village lights up to the tune of “Silent Night.” The return trip drops you off by 9:30–10 p.m.

The trip costs $43 per person. (Children ages 5 and younger aren’t recommended due to the long ride and 14-hour day).

For more information, call 253-967-3085 or drop by LTS at AFC Arena on Liggett Avenue at Lewis Main.

Apply for military youth of the year

Pick up packets from Hillside Youth Center or McChord Youth Center for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Military Youth of the Year 2014 representing Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Packets are due back by Dec. 10 and interviews will take place Dec. 16-18.

The winner will be announced Dec. 20.

For more details, call 253-967-4441 or 253-982-2203.

Discounted symphony tickets for veterans

The Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 15th anniversary season with a Nov. 23 concert at Town Hall Seattle — 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street). The program will include Wagner’s Rienzi Overture, Ravel’s La Valse, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

PSSO is extending its student/senior discount ticket prices to veterans and military personnel as it commemorates Veterans Day and celebrates the start of its 15th anniversary this month. In Advance: Students, Seniors, Veterans/Military $5; Adults $8. At the Door: Students, Seniors, Veterans/Military $6; Adults $11 Purchase online:, email or call 323-314-5626.

New website supports soldier innovation

The U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force recently launched, a website that encourages Soldiers to identify tactical challenges and collaborate with innovators and other civilian supporters to design solutions and build prototypes.

The proof-to-concept effort will test the applicability of crowd-powered design processes for the REF mission.

Both current and veteran warfighters are invited to participate in the ArmyCoCreate effort. For more information on the program, visit or contact the REF Operation Center at

Domestic Violence Conference

The Domestic Violence Conference will be held on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lewis-North Chapel, Bldg. 11621, South Drive & 12th Street, JBLM Lewis North. To register or for more information, call 253-967-5940/5901.

Teen AFAP Conference

The Teen AFAP Conference will take place at the Family Resource Center on Nov. 23. For more information, call 253-967-3689.

JBLM AFAP Conference

The JBLM AFAP Conference will be held Jan. 7-9. Deadline for issue submission is Dec. 6. Submit your issues at For more information, call 253-967-3689.

Kick Butts, take names

Come to the McChord Field Theater, Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and participate in the Great American Smokeout event, featuring guest speaker Joanna Cummings.

Use the day to make a plan to quit smoking. Receive fitness and nutrition handouts and find out how fit your lungs are for your age through lung age analysis.

New website offers parents help

Service members who deploy or are otherwise separated from their families due to mission needs now have an online resource allowing them to hone their parenting skills as they reconnect with their children. The website offers comprehensive, free computer-based training on parenting, building strong relationships, while providing ideas for technology-based activities that may aid in reuniting parents and children after deployment. For more information, visit

Free events celebrating veterans

Pacific Lutheran University honors veterans and their families through November with events that recognize their service and sacrifice. Nov. 26, I Corps Jazz Concert 8-9:30 p.m. Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, PLU campus.

Register for Special Olympics basketball

Register through Dec. 13 for CYS Services Special Olympics basketball. The participation fee is $50 for youth ages 8 to 18. The parents’ meeting is Nov. 26; the season ends March 2.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, building 2295, 12th and Bitar. You’ll need a full CYS Services registration on file, a current sports physical, shot record, military, DoD or contractor identity card, and two emergency contacts.

Download and fill out forms from under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2977.

2-75 Ranger conducts two-week exercise

Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will conduct a military training exercise through Nov. 22 at JBLM in the vicinity of Moses Lake, Wash. Units from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., will also be participating. Residents seeking additional information may contact 75th Ranger Regiment officials at 706-545-4260 or 706-604-5114 or email

Attend Army vs. Navy game

The Naval Station in Everett is hosting the 14th annual Army vs. Navy flag football game today.

Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. A tailgate party is planned prior to the game. For more information, call 253-967-4768.

Symphony date night

It’s Date Night at the Seattle Symphony Nov. 23 for couples. For $20 per couple, ride with the McChord Community Center for an evening listening to Casa Patas Flamenco presenting “Templaza.”

Price includes transportation and admission. Limited seats are available; sign up by calling 253-982-0718.

Take a holiday tour of historic homes

Join the Lewis Community Spouses’ Club and visit 20 historic homes in the Broadmoor and Greenwood communities. Tours are Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. For information and tickets visit

JBLM SHARP office now open

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention office is now open to serve the JBLM community.

The program offers an avenue for sexual assult reporting, sexual harassment complaints and advocacy services for military personnel and their family members over the age of 18. The SHARP office provides training for military units, work sections, and family readiness groups.

All conversations with SHARP personnel are confidential. For more information, contact Michael Thomas, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, at 253-967-2072 or The 24/7 SHARP Hotline is 253-389-8469.

Range 15 closures

Range 15 (the rifle and pistol range on East Gate Road) will be closed on the following dates for Installation activities: Nov. 16-17 and 23-24.

For more details, call 253-967-9803.

Commissaries soon to scan ID at checkout

Shoppers at military commissaries will soon have to hand over their DOD ID cards to be scanned at checkout. Defense Commissary Agency officials say the scans will allow them to obtain more data about their customers.

Become a club member and save

Join the Club at McChord Field and save money.

All military branches, families, retirees and DOD personnel are eligible to apply for the Chase card for Club dues.

With the Club card, you’ll save 10 percent off a meal of $7 or more at any MWR eatery, Battle Bean coffee drinks, Outdoor Recreation rentals and trips, JBLM golf pro shop gear and golf cart rentals.

You’ll also get free rental bowling shoes at a JBLM bowling center, a framing class at Arts & Crafts Center (with purchase of supplies) the first hour of Auto Skills bay or lift fees, McChord Field Theater popcorn and a monthly meal at the Club.

Pick up an application at the McChord Club or apply at — select McChord as your installation. For additional details, call 253-982-5581.

Attend JBLM fire prevention open house

Take pictures with Santa and Sparky and enjoy free holiday food, drinks, door prizes, raffles and holiday fire prevention tips.

This event takes place Dec. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fire Station 107, 2014 Pendleton Ave., Lewis Main.

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.

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Eve service

An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service will be held on Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel on JBLM Lewis Main.

Refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall following service.

Enter “you made the grade” sweepstakes

Stop by the manager’s office at either Lewis or McChord Exchanges, present your valid military ID and recent report card showing a B average or better.

Receive a coupon booklet with savings on videos, music, food and more, plus enter to win up to a $2,000 AAFES gift card.

Celebrate American Indian Heritage

The 2013 National American Indian Heritage Month Observance will be held Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carey Theater on JBLM Lewis Main.

For more information, call 253-967-5110.

Participate in art event

As part of the Native American Heritage Month, you are invited to participate in “Healing Experience through Self Expression and Art” event held today, 1:30-4 p.m. at the Seattle’s Veteran’s Hospital or Nov. 25, 8 - 11:30 a.m. at American Lake Veteran’s Hospital Auditorium.

Bring your works of art, drawings, paintings, photography, bead work, song, drums, etc. For more information, call Cathy Davidson, Minority Veterans Program Coordinator at 253-589-4147 (American Lake) or 206-768-5363 (Seattle) or Marty Martinez, Event Curator at 360-943-9537.