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Community Ledger, Dec. 6

Published: 12:58PM December 5th, 2013

EFMP Holiday Concert

EFMP families are invited to the 4th Annual EFMP Holiday Concert, Thursday, 3-5 p.m. at the Lewis Chapel North Activity Center. Cookies and coffee served following the concert. For more information, call 253-967-9705.

Celebrate AFTB’s Birthday

Help celebrate AFTB’s 19th birthday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at ACS Waller Hall. Call 253 -967-2382 for details.

ACS office Closures

All JBLM ACS locations will be closed Thursday starting at 2:30 p.m. for quarterly training. For emergency assistance, call Army Emergency Relief at 253-967-9852 or Air Force Aid Society at 253-982-2636.

Enjoy libraries’ holiday open houses

Grandstaff Library is hosting a Holiday Open House Wednesday and the McChord Library is hosting an Open House Thursday. The entire community is invited to both events from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, music and a chance to win a giveaway and meet your librarians and library staffs. For more information, call 253-967-5889 or 253-982-3454.

Attend breakfast with Santa

Lacey Park and Recreation invites you to enjoy a meal and holiday entertainment with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 14, 9-11 a.m., Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Avenue SE. For more information, call 360-491-0857.

Participate in photography event

All men of African diasporal descent in the Northwest are invited to submit a photograph by Dec. 15. Images will be reviewed by the curatorial team and selections will be printed and exhibited at Photo Center NW concurrent with “Question Bridge: Black Males” for January 16 through March 8, 2014. Digital files should be emailed to seen@pcnw.org with “Seen” in the subject line. For guidelines and information, visit www.questionbridge.com.

Dance, run and win at reindeer dash

Get ready for the JBLM Santa’s 5K and 10K Reindeer Dash Saturday 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 JBLMmwr.com/races.

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.

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.

Hold your office party at the ALCC

Plan your party Tuesday 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.

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.

Teen Zone family holiday fest

The Teen Zone inside Hillside Youth Center at Lewis Main invites the JBLM community to a free Holiday Fest Dec. 14, 2 - 5 p.m. Enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider, making crafts and snowflakes and playing games for prizes. For more information, call 253-967-4441.

Enjoy neon New Year’s Eve at American Lake

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the American Lake Conference Center, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. The party includes an ‘80s costume contest, hors d’oeuvres. midnight toast and breakfast buffet. Purchase your tickets before Dec. 20 for $45 per couple or $22 per person.

After Dec. 20, tickets are $50 per couple and $25 per person. Call 253-964-1209 for reservations and tickets.

JBLM AFAP conference

The JBLM AFAP Conference will be held Jan. 7 - 9. Deadine for issue submission is Dec. 6. Submit your issues at http://www.jblmmwr.com/acs_afap.html. For more information, call 253-967-3689.

Female basketball players needed

JBLM Intramural Sports is looking for female basketball players to take on Fairchild Air Force Base in an Exhibition Tournament on Feb. 8 at Soldiers Field House. Qualified volunteer coaches are also needed. If interested, attend the Dec. 19 meeting at 1 p.m. at Soldiers Field House, 3236 2nd Division and Handrich. For more information, contact the JBLM Intramural Sports Office at 253-967-4768.

Register for youth spring soccer

Register now through Jan. 31 for CYS Services spring soccer and bumblebee soccer for youth ages 3 to 18. The parents’ meeting is Feb. 22.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, Bldg. 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 JBLMmwr.com under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services 253-967-2977.

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. Homebrewers compete for ‘best of JLBM’

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 JBLMmwr.com/brewfest. For more information, call 253-967-5776.

Find discounts at holiday golf pro shop sales

Save 10 percent with Whispering Firs’ annual Holiday Sale through Dec. 23 (excluding PING). Select pro shop items are up to 50 percent off. Eagles Pride Golf Course Pro Shop sale lasts through 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 January 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 Tuesday 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.

New website supports Soldier innovation

The U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force recently launched ArmyCoCreate.com, 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 www.ref.army.mil or contact the REF Operation Center at usarmy.belvoir.hqda.mbx.ref-ops-center@mail.mil.

Domestic Violence Conference

The Domestic Violence Conference takes place today 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.

New website offers help to parents

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 www.militaryparenting.org.

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 JBLMmwr.com under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2977.

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 today from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.

For information and tickets visit lewiscommunityspousesclub.org/tour-of-homes.

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 michael.d.thomas23.civ@mail.mil.

The 24/7 SHARP Hotline is 253-389-8469.

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.

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.

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 chasemilitary.com/airforce — select McChord as your installation. For additional details, call 253-982-5581.