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Community Ledger, Feb. 21

Published: 12:05PM February 20th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays and DONSAs (days of no scheduled activities)

April 18 — DONSA
May 23 — DONSA

May 26 — Memorial Day

July 4 — Independence Day

July 7 — DONSA

Aug. 29 — DONSA

Sept. 1 — Labor Day

DES provides speed trap details for week ahead

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

Today


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.

Monday


4-6 a.m.

Elm Road, Railroad Ave., Perimeter Ave.

7-9 a.m.

Blaine Ave., 5th Street, Eagle Circle

2-4 p.m.

Garcia Blvd., Magnolia Blvd., Blaine Ave.

Tuesday


4-6 a.m.

North Gate Rd., East Dr.,

6:30-8:30 a.m.

Main St.,Vancouver Ave., Pendleton Blvd.

2-4 p.m.

Collier Ave., Evergreen, Hillside

Wednesday


4-6 a.m.

Transmission Line Rd., Jackson Ave.

6:30-8:30 a.m.

Blaine Ave., 5th Street, Eagle Circle

2-4p.m.

Railroad Ave., Stryker Ave., Fort Lewis Cemetery Road

Thursday


4-6 a.m.

East Gate Dr. 4th Division Dr.

6:30-8:30 a.m.

Bitar Ave., Stryker Ave., S. Division St.

2-4 p.m.

Blaine Ave., 5th Street

Feb. 28


4-6 a.m.

North Gate Rd., East Gate 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.

Taste best area brews at McChord today

Sample the best in local microbrews and home-crafted brews at JBLM’s annual Brewfest today 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 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 Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pick-up locations: single service members, Carey Theater; married service members and families, Jensen Family Health and 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 through March 17.

Forms are available at the Family Resource Center, online at www.jblmmwr.com or by emailing lori.j.parker2.civ@mail.mil. 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.

Pendleton gate near Pet Bde. now open

The Pendleton Gate will be 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.

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 Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; call 253-967-2382.

Register for youth aquatics, track & field

Special Olympics aquatics and track & field is open to ages 8-18 with and without special needs. Sign up through March 21 for $55 per child. The track season begins March 11, aquatics March 10, both run 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 JBLMmwr.com under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2977.

Supersize at McChord Commissary club

The Defense Commissary Agency is testing a new club store format, the first of its kind in the continental U.S., at the McChord Commissary beginning March 7. Shoppers will choose among club packs and oversized packages of meat, produce, dairy and frozen foods, as well as regular groceries and supplies from new racks, new freezers and refrigerators at the back of the store. The rest of the commissary will stay intact with normally sized items. The only membership card shoppers require is a military ID.

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 Saturday 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 jhhandjnh@aol.com.

Fire prevention class required for unit reps

The JBLM Fire Prevention Office reminds all commanders and directors they are required by AR 420-1 to establish and maintain fire prevention programs in their organizations. The FPO provides certification training. Building managers and evacuation coordinators appointed by commanders must attend classes before assuming their duties. Classes are taught on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. in Building 2014. Contact the JBLM Fire Prevention Office at 966-7156.

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.

Op: baby shower preps expecting dads, moms

New or expecting moms and dads are invited to Operation: Baby Shower at the McChord Club/Community Center March 15 from 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The free event includes door prizes, games, eats and treats, mocktail bar, nursing lounge, a Wii Fit tournament for dads and more. Call 982-0718.

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 Thursday and Feb. 28. Time/ location TBD. For more information on the Blackhills Football Club go to http://blackhillsfc.org.

Money management strategies available

Military Saves Week is an annual event and runs Monday to March 1. Join us Tuesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 through Sunday

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 Sunday. 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. 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.

Enter the Shamrock ‘n Run; stout optional

Have “Rock ‘n Run” fun at the 5K/10K Shamrock ‘n Run March 15 at the MWR Fest Tent at Lewis Main with prerace Irish and popular music with deejay Chrissy Williams. After the race, participants with running bibs get a free authentic Irish banger sausage on a bun. Additional bangers and Irish stout will be available for purchase.

Find complete details and register online at JBLMmwr.com/races.

CYSS youth flag football and cheerleading

Register March 3 through April 25 for CYS Services’ flag football and cheerleading for youth ages 5 to 15. The parents’ meeting is May 8.

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.

Register for youth fitness program

Register through Tuesday for CYS Services Get Fit, Be Strong running and fitness program for youth ages 8 to 15. The cost is $35 per youth. The parents’ meeting is Feb. 28. 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 CYSS.

If you’re already registered with CYSS, sign up for the running and fitness program at JBLMcyssRegistration.com. For more information, call CYS Services at 967-2977.

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 JBLMmwr.com 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 facebook.com/jblmacs.