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Community Ledger, Feb. 14

Published: 02:51PM February 13th, 2014

DES provides speed trap details for week ahead

JBLM Directorate of Emergency Services Police are conducting an enhanced traffic enforcement campaign starting Monday through Feb. 28. See the JBLM Community Calendar for times, dates and locations of speed traps:


4-6 a.m.

East Gate Dr., 4th Division Dr.

7-9 a.m.

Blaine Ave. , 5th Street

2-4 p.m.

Garcia Blvd., Magnolia Blvd. Blaine Ave.


4-6 a.m.

Lincoln Rd., Rainier Dr.

7-9 a.m.

Main St., Vancouver Ave.

Pendleton Ave.

2-4 p.m.

Collier Ave., Evergreen Ave.

Hillside Dr.


4-6 a.m.

Transmission Line Rd., Jackson Ave.

6:30-8:30 a.m.

Blaine Ave., 5th Street, Eagle Circle

2-4 p.m.

Railroad Ave., Stryker Ave.,

Fort Lewis Cemetery Road


4-6 a.m.

Elm Road, Railroad Ave.,

Perimeter Ave.

6:30-8:30 a.m.

Bitar Ave., Stryker Ave., South Division St.

2-4 p.m.

Blaine Ave., 5th Street

Feb. 21

4-6 a.m.

North Gate Rd., East Dr.

6:30-8:30 a.m.

North Division St., Idaho Ave.,

Colorado Ave.

2-4 p.m.

Garcia Blvd., Magnolia Blvd., Blaine Ave.

Make your home a scream-free zone

This eight-session class begins March 6 and teaches the proven principles for overcoming the anxieties and stresses of parenting and how to set new patterns of connection and cooperation. You can catch up with the book/workbook if you miss a session. Bring your lunch and learn the proven principles for overcoming the anxieties and stresses of parenting. To register or get more information, call 253-967-5901.

Education fair offers college information

Learn about furthering your education at the SFAC Education Fair, Wednesday, 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.

Taste the region’s best brews at McChord

Sample the best in local microbrews and home-crafted brews at JBLM’s annual Brewfest Feb. 21 at the McChord Club & Community Center starting at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $10 at the door for brew tasting, a light buffet, live bluegrass music and chances to win door prizes throughout the evening. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 967-5776.

Ride the bus for a newcomers tour of JBLM

Ride in comfort, tour the installation and learn your way around (Lewis Main, Lewis North and McChord Field). Join us for the next Bus Tour on Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pick-up locations: single service members is Carey Theater; married service members and families Jensen Fitness Center Parking Lot. The tour is first-come, first-served; call 253-967-3628 or 253-982-2695 for more information.

Nominations open for Volunteer of the Year

Recognize your volunteers’ contributions by nominating them for the JBLM Volunteer of the Year award.

Anyone may nominate a JBLM registered volunteer by completing the Volunteer of the Year nomination form and following the procedures outlined. Nominations will be accepted from Tuesday through March 17.

Forms are available at the Family Resource Center, online at or by emailing Nominations must be typed, and hand-carried to the Family Resource Center at 9th Division Drive and Idaho Avenue, Lewis Main. Categories for Volunteer of the Year are: adult, family, active duty, retiree, and youth (18 and younger). Nominations are for accomplishments, impact and contributions to organizations on JBLM during Calendar Year 2013.

The Volunteer of the Year will be recognized at the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon May 1.

For more information, contact the Installation Volunteer Corps program manager at 253-967-2324.

First sergeant’s spouse seminar needs you

Are you becoming or are you a new first sergeant? Make sure your spouse has the tools he/she needs to support you. Enroll in the First Sergeant Spouse Seminar on Feb. 26–27, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; call 253-967-2382.

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.

Personal growth and Resiliency classes

The Personal Growth & Resiliency Class encourages emerging leadership in community. Learn to cope with challenging situations in this four-day workshop beginning Tuesday. It’s at the Family Resource Center from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. To register, call 253-967-2382.

Kids’ Dental Health Day at South Hill Mall

Pierce County Dental Society invites all to celebrate its 23rd annual Children’s Dental Health Day at Puyallup South Hill Mall Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come for a variety of free dental activities and face painting. Special appearances are scheduled by the Tooth Fairy and Chompy Carrot. For more information, email

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

Pendleton Gate near Pet Bde opens Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, the Pendleton Gate will open 4-6 p.m. weekdays for outbound Lewis Main and Lewis North traffic making a right turn only onto DuPont-Steilacoom Road. The Pendleton Gate is located on Lewis North, near the Pet Brigade.

To access Pendleton Gate: From Lewis North, take Main Street past the Lewis Army Museum, and turn right just before the bend (last right-turn before the Pendleton underpass), and continue past the Pet Brigade to the gate. From Lewis Main, take Pendleton Blvd. through the Pendleton underpass, take the first left, and proceed straight to the gate.

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.

2014 AER Campaign Kickoff at French Theater

Join us for the AER Campaign kickoff on Thursday, from 9 to 10 a.m., French Theater; guest speaker is Guy Shields, a retired Army colonel. AER provides interest-free loans and grants during times of distress, as well as scholarships for spouses, surviving spouses and children. Come out and learn how you can contribute to the welfare of our Soldiers, survivors, retirees and their families. For information, call 253-967-9787.

EFMP family-friendly movie at McChord

EFMP families and any families with younger viewers are invited to the EFMP Family-Friendly Movie, Saturday, at the McChord Theater from noon to 2 p.m. The movie is free and provides a stress-free, open environment. Please feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages; no concessions will be available. For more information, call 253-982-2695.

Class teaches how to relate & communicate

Learn how to communicate effectively with the Healthy Relationships/Healthy Communication Class, Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This lunch-and-learn class is in the Service Member & Family Readiness Center’s conference room on the fourth Friday of every month. Research has shown that there are four patterns of communications that are particularly poisonous to relationships; learn to identify the danger signs and learn tips to avoid negative conflict. Call 253-967-5901 to register.

TCYSA Youth soccer tryouts Feb. 27 and 28

Blackhills Football Club, a premier level soccer club of the Thurston County Youth Soccer Association, will hold tryouts for U16 boys Feb. 27 and 28. Time/ location TBD. For more information on the Blackhills Football Club go to

Money management strategies available

Military Saves Week is an annual event and runs Feb. 24 – Mar. 1. Join us Feb. 25, 1:30-4 p.m., at French Theater for the kickoff. The theme is “Make your Money Work for You.” JBLM commander, Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr. opens for guest speaker Bud Schneeweis, FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

‘Military Saves’ show hits the JBLM road

The Military Saves Week Road Show continues Feb. 26, at the McChord Club & Community Center, and Feb. 28 at Stone Education Center, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The theme is “Avoid Financial Pitfalls.” JBLM AFCS Financial Counselors will be performing skits and providing classes to cover the following topics: Living Above your Means, Car Buying Issues, Predatory Lending (beyond payday loans) and Planning for Retirement.

Popeye’s on Lewis Main open until Feb. 23

Construction on Liggett Avenue and 14th Street will require Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits restaurant to be razed this summer. It will remain open until Feb. 23. Another Popeye’s will 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

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

Take the TRX fitness challenge at Jensen

Get in on the new TRX 90 Fitness Challenge to build strength and improve balance, flexibility and core stability. The free class meets at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center Monday through Friday. Three times are available: 6:30-7:30 a.m., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6:30 p.m.

Jensen is located at 2022 Liggett Ave. at JBLM-Lewis Main. For information, call 967-5975.

Help for families to adapt to deployments

Recently returned from deployment to children 4-16? Join 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; spring baseball ends June 14. Parent meetings: April 17 and 18 for Lil’ Batters and spring ball.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, Building 2295, 12th and Bitar. You’ll need a full CYSS 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.

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). There is no change to the location and you can expect the same services; we just have a more military branch-friendly name. Bear with us while we update all of our program materials.

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” class Wednesday (Service Member & Family Readiness Center), 1-4 p.m. Call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-1453.