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Check off having fun on JBLM

Northwest Guardian

Published: 11:00PM July 24th, 2014

There’s plenty to do on Joint Base Lewis-McChord throughout the week and into the weekend for families and singles.

Enjoy pool time, competitive gaming, dining specials and kid-friendly entertainments, without ever having to go out the gates. Bowl Arena Lanes has been hosting an all-you-can-eat pizza and bowling event every Wednesday for more than 10 years.

Manager Janet Foster said it isn’t always a packed house, but seems to be a popular event — and she hopes even more so now that they are offering all-you-can-eat soft-tacos, instead of pizza, on the first Wednesday of every month. “We do have a lot of (Family Readiness Groups) take advantage of the prices and use it as their FRG night,” she said.

The event is $10, plus the price of shoes, and free for children five and under, who are accompanied by a paid adult. If bowling is not for you, check out the Northwest Adventure Center, which hosts trips and classes — from kayaking and whitewater rafting, to fishing and camping. Prices, times and trip lengths vary by event. For more information and to see what’s coming up next visit,

Single service members can also find numerous events just for them at the Warrior Zone. Weekly karaoke, Xbox tournaments, barbecues and special events are hosted — like the upcoming Single Service Member Day Party Aug. 7. Many of these events include free entry, just leaving service members responsible for the cost of their food or drinks.

If you aren’t a single service member, there are still plenty of special events coming up around JBLM. Watch free movies and celebrate Christmas in July with a showing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” July 26 or watch “Frozen” Aug. 23 at Shoreline Beach Park. Celebrate summer with a Polynesian Luau at The Club on McChord Field for $12.95 per child, 4 to 13, and $26.95 per adult.

If golf is your sport, bring your own team of five or meet new people as an individual at the Playday Golf Scramble at Whispering Firs Aug. 1 for $30 per person.

THINGS TO DO MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS Water Exercises Get active in a low-impact environment three days a week. n Soldier Field House Indoor Pool n Cost: Free n 9 a.m. - high-intensity water exercises n 10 a.m. - low-intensity water exercises n Visit to sign up

TUESDAYS 8-ball Tournament Warrior Zone n D Street, JBLM North n Open to those 18 and over

WEDNESDAYS All-you-can-eat pizza and bowling — with an option for soft tacos on the first Wednesday of each month. n Bowl Arena Lanes n Building 2272 n Cost: $10 per person, plus the cost of shoe rental. Children five under are free with paid adult. n 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. n Call 253-967-4661 for more info

Hump Day at Globemaster Grill n McChord Club 700 Barnes BLvd. n Cost: Burger, fries and a drink - $6 Club members - $5

$1 Skate Day n Skating Rink n AFC Arena Building 2275 Liggett Ave. n Cost: $1 for skates and an additional $1 for roller blades Regular prices are $3.50 for kids and $4.50 for adults

Texas Hold’Em and Table Games n Warrior Zone n D Street, JBLM North n Open to those 18 and over

THURSDAY Xbox Challenge n Warrior Zone n D Street, JBLM North n Open to those 18 and over

Open Mic and Karaoke Night n Warrior Zone’s patio n D Street, JBLM North n Cost: Free n Share your talents from 7 to 10 p.m. In D cardholders, civilians and family welcome.

Quilts for Kids Help make quilts for kids dealing with deployed parents in an activity that has been making simple six-hour quilts since 2007. n Grandstaff Library, Bldg 2109 n 4 to 6 p.m. Call 253-967-5889 for more info.

FRIDAYS Social hour with snacks, bar games and club-card drawings. n Enlisted Heritage Room and Red Baron Lounge, McChord Field

SATURDAYS Free Movies at McChord Theater n 4 and 7 p.m. n Concessions available for cash only. n

Coming Up Xmas movies at the beach n Shoreline Beach Park n 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. n Cost: Free n July 26: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” n Aug. 23: “Frozen

Aug. 1 Playday Golf Scramble Join in a five-person scramble for those with ID cards. n Whispering Firs Golf Course n Noon n Cost: $30 per person, including cart rental and greens fees. n For more information, call 360-982-2124

Aug. 7 Single Service Member DayBlock Party Single service members, geo-bachelors and their plus-ones welcome n 18 and over only. n Warrior Zone n 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aug. 15 Polynesian Luau The Club at McChord Field n Dinner starts at 6 p.m. n Cost: Kids under 3 - free Kids 4 to 13 - $12.95 Adults - $26.95 n Call 253-982-5581 for info.