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Community Ledger, Feb. 28

Published: 10:38AM February 28th, 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 final day

JBLM Directorate of Emergency Services personnel are conducting an enhanced traffic enforcement campaign through today. 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 Ave.

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

March 7
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.

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 McchordSpousesClubScholarship@gmail.com, stop by the McChord Thrift Shop or call 253-982-2468.

Apply for a Family Member Scholarship

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is accepting 2014 scholarship applications through March 26. Download applications at fortlewisscholarship.com. Applicants are encouraged to use the faster fill-in form.

Family members of active duty Soldiers, retirees and surviving family members are eligible to receive scholarships without regard to the income level of the family or the rank of the service member. The applicant remains anonymous until the process is complete.

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund typically awards more than $30,000 per year, which comes from charitable donations from many sources. Applications are judged on a variety of criteria including but not limited to essay response, grades, community involvement and leadership.

For questions about the scholarship, inquire at ftlewisfamilyscholarship@hotmail.com.

Before-/after-school child care spaces

Child care spaces are available now for pre-toddler, toddler, preschool and kindergarten age groups, as well as before- and after-school care and in youth centers for middle schoolers and teens.

The nationally accredited, regularly inspected centers typically cost $2 to $3 per hour less than off-base facilities. Multiple child discounts are available.

For additional information, call 253-966-CYSS (2977).

Make your home a scream-free zone

This eight-session class begins Thursday 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.

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.

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.

Co-op preschool offers military discounts

Steilacoom Cooperative Preschool, serving JBLM, DuPont, Steilacoom, Lakewood and the surrounding communities, invites parents to monthly open houses. The nonprofit preschool follows the cooperative school model in which parents and teachers work side by side. Parent participation and fundraising make tuition more affordable.

The school offers 25 percent tuition discounts to active duty military parents.

Open houses are scheduled every month; stop by to meet the teacher, see the classroom, play with classmates and chat with parents. The next open houses are scheduled for March 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., April 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and May 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 8601 104th St. SW, Lakewood, Wash., 98498.

Visit the school’s website, Facebook page or call 253-905-6009.

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.

Annual ammunition amnesty day coming

It’s the annual JBLM ammunition amnesty day, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the C-5A mock-up on East Gate Road. No questions asked, no penalty, no paperwork required. Amnesty items can be turned in weekdays during normal duty hours at the JBLM Ammunition Supply Point or any amnesty points on base. Prior coordination is recommended for .50-caliber ammunition or above. Call 967-5800/2400.

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, today, 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 end today

Blackhills Football Club, a premier level soccer club of the Thurston County Youth Soccer Association, will hold tryouts for U16 boys today. For information on the time and location, as well as the Blackhills Football Club, go to http://blackhillsfc.org.

Come to Dr. Dad session to be a great father

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: 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.

Enter 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 flag football, cheerleading for kids

Register Monday 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 today. 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.