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Community Ledger, Feb. 7

Published: 03:09PM February 6th, 2014

Homebrewers: Last day to enter is Saturday

If you’re into making home brew, enter your best batches in the 2014 JBLM home brew competition. Registration closes Saturday. Judged by certified experts will be Feb. 16. Event organizers are encouraging home brewers to 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.

Education Fair offers college information

Learn about furthering your education at the SFAC Education Fair, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Get information from area and online colleges and technical and trade schools. Briefings include Tuition Assistance, GI Bill, GoArmyEd and distance learning; WDVA and AW2 representatives will be available. For more information, call 253-966-8436.

Register for youth aquatics, track & field

Special Olympics track and field is open to ages 8-18 with and without special needs. Sign up now to March 21 for $55 per child. The season runs March 11 to June 1. Youth ages 8-18 with or without special needs can participate in Special Olympics aquatics. Register now through March 21 for $55 per youth. The season runs March 10 to June 1.

Youth can run, jump and throw at track and field practice. Sign them up Feb. 24 to March 21 for $55 per person. Track and field is open to ages 6 to 15. Practice starts March 27.

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.

Stay current online with local services

Stay current with all JBLM Armed Forces Community Service publications.

Several JBLM AFCS programs publish newsletters; stay current with the Employment Readiness Program, EFMP, SFAC and Survivor Outreach Services by visiting

The Mobile Vet Center RV is coming to JBLM

An outreach technician and a readjustment counseling therapist from the Tacoma Veterans Center will park the Mobile Vet Center, a 38-foot recreational vehicle configured as a mobile counseling office, along with its support vehicle at the McChord Exchange, JBLM, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The staff members will answer questions about VA benefits and services, including counseling for military sexual trauma survivors, combat veterans and their families.

Agreements between VA and Department of Defense preclude providing counseling services on-base, but if an Airman or Soldier is in crisis, they can make referrals for appropriate services.

This is the only VA service authorized to treat active duty service members. The technician and therapist work with the Behavioral Health Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center and with embedded unit behavioral health personnel.

The VA main office is at 4916 Center Street, Suite E, Tacoma. The Mobile Vet Center makes regular stops in Yelm, Eatonville, Lacey, Port Orchard, Chehalis, Mossyrock and Tenino. It will be in the Poulsbo-Bainbridge Island area Thursday at the Naval Base Kitsap Exchange.

For details or questions, call K. Mark Buckler, the readjustment counseling therapist at 253-565-7038.

New OER training at Carey Theater

A Human Resources Command Mobile Training Team will conduct information sessions for Army officers affected by upcoming changes to the Officer Evaluation Report. Training for officers who will rate or be rated using using the new OER will be conducted at Carey Theater, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon daily, scheduled as follows:

Monday: 7th Inf. Div., 1st SFG, 2-75 RGR, 160 SOAR

Tuesday: 593 ESC, HHB, I Corps, (and 7th Inf. Div. make-ups)

Wednesday: Madigan, tenant units

Thursday: JBLM HQ, tenant units (and Madigan/tenant unit make-ups)

CYSS orientation and open house Tuesday

Parents who wish to enroll their children in part-day preschool, Strong Beginnings and kindergarten are invited to a Child, Youth & School Services Orientation and Open House Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the McChord CYSS Gateway Center, 560 Lincoln Blvd at McChord Field.

Meet teachers, see classrooms and learn about curriculum. Check out the newly renovated building that houses kindergarten, part-day programs, SKIESUnlimited classes and Parent Central.

For more information, call 982-1563. For registration and wait-list questions, call 966-CYSS.

Calling all sergeants major for this dance

The Pacific Northwest E-9 Ball will be held at the McChord Club and Community Center, April 12, at 6 p.m. For details, call Chief Master Sgt. John Frazier, 982-5817; Chief Master Sgt. Paul Julbes, 982-5196.

All services welcome.

Popeye’s on Lewis Main open until Feb. 23

Construction on Liggett Avenue and 14th Street will ultimately require Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits restaurant to be torn down this summer. It will remain open until Feb. 23, and another Popeye’s is scheduled to open on Lewis North later in the year.

The project will again make 14th Street a connector street from Liggett Avenue to Pendleton Boulevard.

To be a great father, come to Dr. Dad

Whether you’re a new dad or a seasoned one, sign up for “Dr. Dad,” Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 2013 N. 3rd Street and Pendleton (Room 111); call 253-967-5901. This class will increase your fathering skills and confidence, focusing on health and safety.

Meet other parents and interact with your infants and kiddos. Join our weekly “Baby Play Group,” Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m., or “Play Morning,” (for children up to age 6), Fridays, 10-11 a.m. at Raindrops & Rainbows (Lewis North) or 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Escape Zone (McChord Field). Call 253-967-5901.

FAP Family Anger Control Training (FACT) Dates:

Men’s Group: Feb. 10, 12, 19, 24, 26, March 3, 5 (9-11 a.m.)

Women’s Group: March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 (9-11 a.m.)

Both trainings held in Bluilding 2013 N. 3rd St. & Pendleton (Room 102) on Lewis Main. Call 253-967-5901 to register. Attend a Predeployment Workshop, Feb. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. or Reunion Workshop, Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Waller Hall AFCS/ACS Classroom; call 253-967-8430.

Help for families to adapt to deployments

Have you or your spouse recently returned from deployment? Have children ages 4-16? If so, consider joining a focus group in March to help develop ADAPT Online, a parenting program. You can receive $75 for 90 minutes of your time. Learn more:

Youth baseball signups start Monday

Good news for young baseball players. The season is almost here. Register through March 28. Spring baseball is open to youth ages 5 to 15 for $60. Lil’ Batters is open to youngsters ages 3 to 4 for $20. Practices begin April 21 for both. The Lil’ Batters season ends June 5, while spring baseball ends June 14. Parent meetings are April 17 and April 18 for Lil’ Batters and spring baseball, respectively.

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.

Use AFCS employment resources

Thinking of starting a business out of your home? Join our “Home-Based Business Workshops” Monday and Mar. 10, 9 to 11 a.m. On Monday you’ll learn about financial management and what you need to know before starting a business.

The Mar. 10 workshop will help take you from “idea” to profit. Call 253-982-2695 to register. Gain an edge with resume content, design and preparation. Use the STAR technique to translate your aspirations and achievements onto paper. Sign-up for our “Competitive Resume Workshop,” Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon in the AFCS Annex and walk away with a fresh outline or draft resume. Call 253-967-3538 to register.

We’ve changed our name to AFCS

To embrace our joint base culture, JBLM Army Community Service (ACS) has changed its name to Armed Forces Community Service (AFCS). No change to the locations and you can expect the same services; we just have a more military branch-friendly name. It will take time to update all of our program materials, signage, etc., so bear with us. For more information call 253-967-7166 or visit

Join our financial readiness classes

Do you know your net worth or how much you really spend? Join our “Financially Fit” classes on either Wednesday (Waller Hall AFCS Classroom) or Feb. 19 (Service Member & Family Readiness Center), 1-4 p.m. Call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-1453.

Merging you finances and communicating openly about money when you get married can be challenging. Sign-up for our Money & Marriage class Tuesday, 2-3:30 p.m., in the Waller Hall AFCS Classroom; call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-1453.

Do you have enough in savings? Are you investing your money for the future? Join our Investing & Saving class on Wednesday, 9-11 a.m in the Service Member & Family Readiness Center classroom on McChord Field. Call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-1453.Have you prepared for what could happen financially when you or a family member dies? Learn what you can do now to help your family when the last thing they want to think about is money. Register for the Estate Planning class Wednesday, 10:30-noon held at the McChord Library; call 253-967-3672. (This class is courtesy of the AFCS Survivor Outreach Services.)

Treat your Valentine to a special dinner

Where do you want to take your sweetie Feb. 14?

The Bistro at Russell Landing is offering a three-course “Prix Fixe” menu with a complimentary glass of champagne. The menu features appetizers, like lobster bisque with parmesan risotto, fresh pear salad with champagne vinaigrette, or a shrimp cocktail in a garlic butter sauce.

Choose from sophisticated entrees including beef tenderloin à la Diane, salmon Oscar and chicken supreme. Finish your meal with homemade espresso cheesecake or vanilla bean crème brûlée.

Dinner is served from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $35 per person. Reservations are a must; call 964-2813 to make yours.

Order sweets on base for your sweetie

If you are tempting your sweetie with a Valentine’s Day gift package from Battle Bean Café at AFC Arena (2275 Liggett Ave.) or the Stone Education Center Battle Bean (6242 Colorado Ave.) on Lewis Main, your last day to place an order and pay for it is today.

The last day for order pick-ups is Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Battle Bean where you placed your order.

Questions? Call 964-8837.

Learn to paint vets in ‘art of honor’ project

“Art of Honor” is a community project in which family members or service members can honor their favorite veteran by painting that veteran’s portrait during a three-hour workshop.

Seattle artist Sally Brucker and other area artists will help you paint a portrait of your favorite veteran Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., on a 16-inch x 20-inch canvas. The workshop, canvas, brushes and paint are all provided for free. The workshop will be at the Nelson Recreation Center on JBLM Lewis Main (2nd Division and Faith Avenue).

Sally Brucker, founder of “Art of Honor,” has been an art instructor for 13 years. In the fall of 2006 she came up with the idea to honor her Medal of Honor awardee-dad, World War II and Korean War veteran Clarence B. Craft, by painting his portrait.

The “Art of Honor” workshop has 30 openings available for the first 30 RSVPs. Call Sally at 206-760-3797 or email her at to sign up. You’ll need to have a photo or newspaper image of your veteran from any era, in military or civilian clothing.

McChord spouses club scholarships

The McChord Spouses Club is accepting 2014 scholarship applications through March 1.

We offer scholarships to spouses, high school seniors, and older children continuing in college. These awards will be offered to legal dependents of a) active duty Air Force personnel stationed in the local area or on assignment to any unaccompanied remote tour where the family resides in the local area; b) retired Air Force personnel residing in the local area; c) deceased Air Force personnel where the family resides in the local area; d) Air Force reservists and Air National Guard assigned to McChord Field.

For more information, email, stop by the McChord Thrift Shop or call 253-982-2468.

Family readiness group training

FRG Leadership Training, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (an optional food handlers course available for training participants from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the first day of training) in the Family Resource Center; call 253-967-9496. This class provides information, resources and tools for building/maintaining a successful FRG.