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Community Ledger, Nov. 22

Published: 03:46PM November 21st, 2013

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.

JBLM dfac Thanksgiving hours

JBLM main: HHB, I CORPS, Bldg. 2026C, Pendleton Ave., Nov. 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., closed Nov. 28 - 30; 16th CAB, Bldg. 3279, 2nd Division & Kyle Street, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., closed Nov. 28 - 30; 4-2 SBCT, Bldg. 3420, 3rd Division & Mastin Ave., Nov. 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., closed Nov. 28 - 30; 3/2 SBCT, Bldg. 3757, Stryker Ave. & Railroad Ave., Nov. 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nov. 28, open, non-holiday meal; Consolidated DFAC, Bldg. 9129, Mill Park Ave., Nov. 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., closed Nov. 28 - 30; JBLM north: 2/2 SBCT, Bldg. B11575, 41st Division & C Streets, Nov. 27, 11 a..m. - 2 p.m., Nov. 28, open, non-holiday meal; 17th Fires/555 Engr, Bldg. P12638, 14th & D Streets, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., closed Nov 28 - 30. McChord Field: Olympic DFAC, Bldg. 548, 116th Squadron & Outer Drive, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Flight Kitchen, Bldg. 1419, McChord Airfield, open 24 hrs. a day.

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Eve service

An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service will be held on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel on JBLM Lewis Main. Refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall following service.

Black Friday deals, the NV 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.

Looking for a few Texas A&M Aggies

Charlie Holt, Texas A&M Class of ‘71, is looking for three Soldiers he met Oct. 27 at Duke’s Chowder House, who graduated from his alma mater in 2012 and 2013. He and his wife wish to invite them to Thanksgiving dinner. Mr. Holt said, “they’ll know who they are” when they read this message. If you are one of these three Aggies, contact the Northwest Guardian at 253-477-0182/0183 for Holt’s contact information.

Attend holiday tree lighting & reception

Enjoy Lewis Main’s annual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 5 with a free reception at the AFC Arena, 2275 Liggett Ave. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. in front of Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center at 2022 Liggett Ave.

Enjoy annual Christmas concert

The Lewis Main Protestant Choir offers a Christmas Cantata, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lewis Main Chapel.

Join JBLM Hannukah party

Join the final night of Hannukah celebration, Dec. 4, Bldg. 2002. Please RSVP at or call 253-389-8067.

JBLM golf course recognized

Whispering Firs Golf Course at JBLM has achieved the designation as a “Certified Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. David Wienecke led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International.

Hold your office party at the ALCC

Plan your party for Dec. 10 at American Lake Conference Center anytime from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The ALCC Office Party Holiday Buffet offers hot and cold buffet items fresh from the kitchen, plus festive cupcakes, cookies and cakes hand-crafted by in-house pastry chefs.

The menu includes hot sliced turkey, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, curried pumpkin bisque, mini salad bar, sliced fruits and coffee and tea service.

You’ll be seated as a group in a festive setting. The cost is $13 per person, limited to parties of 30 or fewer.

Reservations are required; call 253-964-1209.

Enter army digital photo contest

Enter your best photos by Nov. 30 into the Army’s annual Digital Photo Contest.

Enter in one of two divisions: Active Duty Military & Family members/Retirees/Civilians.

Choose from seven categories: People, Military Life, Nature/Landscapes, Animals, Still Life, Design Elements and Digital Darkroom.

Cash prizes will be awarded for each division and category.

Submit your entries online at

Find full details at

Homebrewers compete for ‘Best of JBLM’

If you’re into making home brew, get ready to enter your best batches into the 2014 JBLM home brew competition. Registration begins Jan. 10. Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 8 and judged by certified experts Feb. 16.

Event organizers are encouraging home brewers to both compete and provide samples at Brewfest Feb. 21, where winners will be awarded prizes and medals. Find registration forms online at For more information, call 253-967-5776.

Find discounts at holiday golf pro shop sales

Save 10 percent with Whispering Firs’ annual Holiday Sale Dec. 1–23 (excluding PING). Select pro shop items are up to 50 percent off. Eagles Pride Golf Course Pro Shop sale lasts Nov. 29-Dec. 31 and includes: 30–50 percent off irons; 50 percent off drivers; 15 percent off bags, shoes and wedges.

Spend $75 and pick a candy cane off the holiday tree for a free gift. Free gifts include putters, wedges, gloves, grips, balls and more. Whispering Firs is at McChord Field at 895 Lincoln Blvd. Eagles Pride is located off Exit 116 on I-5 near DuPont. Questions? Call Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927 or Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522.

Mrs. JBLM 2014 will compete in Bellevue

Jamie Johnson has been selected as Mrs. Joint Base Lewis-McChord 2014. Johnson will represent JBLM at the televised Mrs. Washington America Pageant Jan. 18, 2014, 5 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Theater in Bellevue, Wash. Johnson’s platform is bringing attention and awareness to Veteran PTSD. For more information, call 915-929-3735.

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 Saturday 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 Saturday. 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.

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.

Symphony date night

It’s Date Night at the Seattle Symphony Saturday 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 email

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 Nov. 23 - 24 for Installation activities.For more details, call 253-967-9803.