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On base or off, there’s something for Mom this weekend

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:07PM May 8th, 2014

Mother’s Day events are happening at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, whether you plan to stay on base or explore the surrounding community.

If you’re looking to stay close to home, JBLM starts the celebration with its annual Mother-Son Dance at the McChord Club and Community Center today. The dance welcomes sons of all ages to bring their mothers to dance, but Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials said the event is geared toward children.

Sons should dress in semi-formal attire. MWR will provide light snacks and games, but suggests bringing your own camera.

Tickets are $17 per couple and $7 per son after that. You can get your tickets at Leisure Travel Services, 2275 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main.

The annual Mother’s Day Brunch will be at two locations starting at 10 a.m. this year, said administrative assistant David Lamb with the American Lake Conference Center. The center will play host alongside the McChord Club.

“We haven’t been open for the last couple of years for Mother’s Day,” Lamb said. “We’ve got a gorgeous view of the lake.”

The center recently completed its renovations, Lamb said, so it’s fully ready to accept up to 1,200 guests.

Customers will have their names at reserved seats in the Eagle View and Pine View rooms. Each room now has a wide view of the lake.

The menu is hefty and just under $25 per adult. Salads, seafood, carved meats, eggs or pasta to order and a main buffet await, no matter what meal of the day you want.

Children ages 6 to 10 are $13.95, 3- to 5-year-olds are $5. Children 2 and younger are free.

Lamb said American Lake still is taking reservations “down to the last minute,” but asked that people call 964-1209 as soon as possible.

Off-base, JBLM’s Bettie Brigade will be rolling up in the Rainy City Roller Dolls’ grill Saturday at the Centralia Rollerdome, 216 W. Maple St. Moms pay just $6.

The annual train trip from Elbie to Mount Rainier is set for Mother’s Day itself. The $45 tickets (less for military) include a flower and goodie bag. Seating is limited, so call 888-STEAM11 or go to to make a reservation.

ROLLER DERBY: Watch JBLM’s Bettie Brigade take on the Rainy City Roller Dolls of Centralia starting at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Centralia Rollerdrome, 216 W. Maple St. $10 for advance tickets; $12 at the door. Kids 10 and younger get in free. Moms get a special half-off discount at the door. Go to for tickets.

DANCE DANCE: The Mother-Son Dance will be at the McChord Club and Community Center 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 9. Tickets are $17 per couple and $7 per additional son. Get tickets at Leisure Travel Services, 2275 Liggett Ave.

BOUNTIFUL BRUNCH: Take Mom to the annual Mother’s Day Brunch starting at 10 a.m. May 11 at the American Lake Conference Center, Lewis North; or the McChord Club and Community Center, McChord Field. $24.95 for adults, $13.95 for ages 6 to 10, $5 for ages 3 to 5 and free for 2 and younger. McChord Club members get a $2 discount for each meal. Call 964-1209 (American Lake) or 982-5581 (McChord) for reservations.

MOTHER OF A MOUNTAIN: Take a fun day trip from Elbie to Mount Rainier and enjoy a relaxing steam train ride through the forested foothills starting at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. May 11. Tickets include a flower for mom and a goody bag filled with tasty treats to savor along the ride. Seating is limited. $45 per person, with discounts for military, seniors and youth. Place your reservations today by calling 888-STEAM-11 or go to

ANIMALS: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is holding a half-price Moms’ Day, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Adults $12.50-$17; Youths $10.50-$13; Tots $6.25-$8.75; Kids 2 and younger are free. 253-591-5337,

LET HER RELAX ... : Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce Spring Wine Walk 5 p.m. May 10, Downtown Enumclaw, Cole St, Enumclaw. $25-$30. 360-825-7666,

... OR GET LOOSE: Gig Harbor Beer Festival noon-7 p.m. May 10, Uptown Gig Harbor, 4701 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor. $20,