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Community Ledger for July 18, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 04:35PM July 17th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Come to the 2014 CBRN ball July 18 at American Lake

The 2014 Pacific Northwest Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Ball will be celebrated at the American Lake Conference Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord today at 5 pm. Tickets are on sale now for $40. Contact Capt. Kristy Moore at 253-477-1726 or Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Adams at 253-477-1724.

Sesame Street show returning to JBLM

The “Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families” is coming to Joint Base Lewis-McChord today and tomorrow with a show about making friends in new places. Choose from four free performances at the Evergreen Theater at Lewis Main.Shows are at 3 and 6 p.m. both days; doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Seating is first-come, first-served; no tickets needed. The theater is located at 3405 2nd Division.

9th annual Down and Dirty Mud Run

Wear your superhero costume for the 9th Annual JBLM Down and Dirty 5K Mud Run. Full of lots of muddy obstacles, the run is tomorrow at Soldiers Field House at Lewis Main. Register by Thursday to get a race T-shirt. Find online registration, course map and details at

“R.A.D.” Self-Defense Classes

Register for the upcoming RAD classes Saturday and tomorrow (must attend both classes) or Aug. 9 & 16 (must attend both classes to complete training) taught by a nationally certified R.A.D. instructor. Class runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at CYSS Parent Central Services. This is a hands-on defense training for women 13 years and older. Call 253-967-5901 to register or for more information.

Team building for resilience

Whether you’re a seasoned military spouse or new to the JBLM community, Armed Forces Team Building offers numerous classes to help you improve your military knowledge, personal growth and leadership skills. Call 253-967-2382 for more information or to register for an upcoming class, which include Growth & Leadership Module “Meetings and More Meetings,” Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, or Personal Growth and Resiliency, Monday-Wednesday, 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Family Readiness Group Training

It’s PCS season and many family readiness group volunteers are changing. Make sure you have the latest tools and rules and register for FRG Leadership Training Green-Suit Style, Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Classes held at the Family Resource Center on Lewis Main. Call 253-967-9496 to register.

Free Seattle Pro-Am Men’s Basketball games

Join the Seattle Pro-Am Men’s Summer Basketball League every Saturday and Sunday through August (except Aug. 23-24) at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Seattle Pacific University Royal Brougham Pavilion. This league is a competitive men’s basketball league featuring current and former NBA, international, minor league, and collegiate players from and in the Seattle area. Ages 17 and under are free with IDs, ages 18 and older are $5, senior citizens are free, and military personnel are free with Military IDs.

2014 PLU Basketball camp for men and women Youth

Women’s camp:

July 28-31 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Grades 5-12; $150

Men’s camp:

Aug. 4-7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ages 8-15; $175

There is also a $35 military discount. Players will be instructed on how to improve their shooting, passing, and offensive skills, as well as rebounding, and defensive fundamentals. Will also feature daily individual and team shooting contests and games, awards, evaluation report card for each player. Fee includes PLU T-shirt and lunch each day. PLU players will be camp counselors

For more information, contact assistant coach Marc Callero at 206-384-2435

FRG Forum leads to bunco royalty

We’re inviting all FRG advisers, leaders and family readiness support assistants to attend the next FRG ForumTuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center for Bunco (a dice game) and pizza. Come and play. Find out who will be crowned King or Queen of Bunco. The FRC is located at 4274 Idaho Ave. and 9th Division on Lewis Main. RSVP to 253-967-9496.

1-2-3 Magic Parenting Class

Learn to discipline your children without yelling at 1-2-3 Magic, Tuesday, Thursday and July 29 and 31, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Escape Zone on McChord Field. Call 253-967-5901 to register or for more information.

Calling all FRG Advisors for Pizza

Join us for the Bunco and Pizza FRG Forum, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center on Lewis Main. Come one, come all and find out who will be crowned the king or queen of Bunco! To RSVP, call 253-967-9496.

Free food at special military event

The Landing at Hawks Prairie shopping center will play host to a special event open to all military families from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday to honor the commitment of and sacrifices made by the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. All service members and their families are welcome for an afternoon of free hot dogs and refreshments, face painting, giveaways including coupons from center tenants, and children’s games and activities. Event will be near LA Fitness/Red Robin Plaza in the shopping center; located at 1200 Galaxy Drive N.E., Lacey.

Free neighborhood workshops with the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is holding free children’s art workshops, “Enrichment to Go!” in JBLM housing neighborhoods. Workshops last one hour and are limited to 25 children on a first-come, first-served basis. Thursday and Aug. 21, they will be at Discovery Village, 60100 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and at Olympic Grove Housing, 3209 Maple St. at McChord Field, from 1-2 p.m. Aug. 7, they will be at Clarksdale Housing, 2503 S. 8th St. at Lewis Main from 10:30-11:30 and at Greenwood Housing, 5517 N. 4th St. at Lewis Main from 1-2 p.m. The Enrichment to Go! Program brings the museum’s signature group visit experience to local neighborhoods. The program is ideal for children from pre-K to 3rd grade. Workshop themes include line art, permanent pen color science or Oobleck. No registration is required for the workshops. For more information, call 253-967-6395 or email

Domestic Violence Chat Thursday at Nelson Rec Center

Domestic Violence Chat, Thursday, 1-2 p.m., Nelson Rec. Center Playground/Picnic Pavilion (Lewis Main). Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for discussions to raise domestic violence awareness. Call 253-967-5901 to register or for more information.

Free movies at Shoreline Park

Everyone’s invited to Shoreline Park for free monthly outdoor movies on Saturdays. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets starting at dusk — around 8:30–9 p.m. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is on July 26. Wear holiday outfits and bring cameras for photos with Santa. Chill out Aug. 23 with “Frozen.” Concessions are available for cash. Shoreline Park is at the end of Shoreline Beach Road on Lewis North.

Attend free Krav Maga Seminar July 25

Join Tsahi Shemesh, United States Director of International Krav Maga, and his team for a Krav Maga seminar at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center, JBLM Lewis North, July 25 from 2- 6 p.m. In this martial art self-defense seminar, you’ll learn defenses against chokes and grabs, daily situations and weapon disarming. All experience levels are welcome. For more information, call 967-7471.

Homebuyer Education Workshop

July 29-30, 6-9:30 p.m.(Must attend both nights for a total of 7 hrs training). This workshop is designed specifically for active duty service members and their spouses, as well as prior service personnel with VA loan eligibility. Classes are conducted in the main auditorium (1st floor) Stone Education Center (Building 6242; Colorado Avenue, Lewis Main). RSVP required-contact the JBLM Housing Services Office at 253-967-3581.

Military Spouse Employment Information Session

Spouses/caregivers are invited to meet and greet with DOD Staff in preparation for the Hiring Heroes Career Fair AFCS Annex, Bldg. 2166, on the corner of 12th and Liggett Ave. , JBLM. Fair is Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn about: spouse/veteran preference, federal hiring process, federal employment opportunities and more. For more information contact or 571-372-2124.

Chaplain Corps Anniversary celebration

Join the I Corps and JBLM Religions Support Teams in celebrating 239 years; event is being held Aug. 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Russell Landing on Lewis North. E-7 and above, and civilians, please bring side dish (potato salad, baked beans, pasta salad, etc.) and E-4 and below please bring chips and dip. RSVP with your dish and number attending by July 30. Contact Sgt. Corey at Seating will be available under the pavilion but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs.

SGM Association golf tournament

The annual Sergeants Major Association Charity Golf Tournament is Aug. 8 at Eagles Pride Golf Course. Four-person scramble starts at 1 p.m. Open to military and civilian participants. Cost $75 per golfer; only $35 for E4 and below. Limited to 36 teams. Call 254-383-3879 or email to register or for more information.

Military Family Fun Fair

A fair to salute the military family and thank service members for their service with free pony rides, u-fish goldfish, house of donuts, golf, 9-hole miniature petting zoo, giveaways, crafts and more. This free event is Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Family School, 2606 Carpenter Rd, in Lacey. Parking is at Thurston County Fairgrounds. RSVP at

WSU vs. Rutgers Tailgate Party AND Game

“We Serve Too!”, a nonprofit whose mission it is to honor the sacrifices made by military families, invites service members and their families (150 total) to watch the Washington State University vs. Rutgers University season opening football game at CenturyLink Field. Service members and family members are invited to a pre-game tailgate party. Food and beverages provided. Game is Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. RSVP with Christopher Nason, assistant director, at to reserve tickets. You will receive tickets at the tailgate party outside of Centurylink.

Refractive surgery appointments at Madigan

Service members may be eligible for vision correction surgery free of charge at the Madigan Army Medical Center Refractive Surgery Center. Appointments are available now for medically eligible service members. Commander’s authorization required. Service members cannot deploy or go to the field for training for 30 days following Lasik procedures, or 90 days following PRK. Call 253-968-5516 for more information and pre-appointment forms.

Help for military homeowners with “Hope Now”

JBLM has partnered with “Hope Now” in recent years to bring mortgage refinancing and foreclosure prevention information to military homeowners assigned to JBLM. For information, contact the JBLM Housing Services Office, 253-966-4141, or visit

JBLM SHARP office open for one-stop service

The JBLM Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention office is open. The program offers an avenue for sexual assult reporting, sexual harassment complaints and advocacy services for military and family members over 18. The SHARP office provides training for military units, work sections and family readiness groups. All conversations with SHARP personnel are confidential. For information, contact Michael Thomas, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, at 253-967-2072 or The 24/7 SHARP Hotline is 253-389-8469.

Help beautify your community

Paint Tacoma Beautiful is seeking volunteers for several summer projects — preferably teams of 10 to 15 people each, now through August. The goal is to complete exterior painting of 50 homes of low-income families in the Tacoma-Pierce County area. For more information, visit or call 253-426-1516.

Sign up for summer reading program

All ages are invited to sign up for the JBLM Libraries’ summer reading program, “Paws to Read.” Activities are planned for children andparents, preteens, teens and adults through July. Everyone completing the program will be invited to a celebration. Register now at the McChord Library or Book Patch Library inside Grandstaff Library. For more information, call the McChord Library at 253-982-3454 or Book Patch Library at 253-967-5533.

Housing services hours change

Due to manpower reductions, the Housing Services Office customer service hours of operation are now Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hours of operation the fourth Thursday of every month are 8 a.m.-noon. Customers are advised that service wait times could exceed 20 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. hours due to reduced staffing. We regret the inconvenience. Questions may be directed to the HSO Branch Chief at 253-966-4141.

Got a question about a prescribed fire?

It is the start of the prescribed fire season. For questions about prescribed fires, call 253-328-1332. There is a new cell number dedicated for JBLM: 253-328-1332. To report smoke intrusions or nuisance smoke, call 253-912-2049.

Call John Richardson, JBLM Fish and Wildlife, at 253-966-6447.

Claims against the state

Claims against SrA Zachary Certain, Emergency Management Flight, 627th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, deceased 1 January 2014, or his estate need to contact 1st Lt Christopher Paek, 627 Civil Engineer Squadron, Summary Court Officer at 627 CES/982-2249).