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Community Ledger for July 25, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 11:00PM July 24th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

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, July 24, 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

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 hoops camp: men, women, Youths

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

1-2-3 Magic Parenting Class

Learn to discipline your children without yelling at 1-2-3 Magic, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Escape Zone on McChord Field. 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” Saturday. 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, today 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 253-967-7471.

HSO Homebuyer Education Workshop

Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9:30 p.m.(Must attend both nights for a total of 7 hours 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.

Lakewood Asian Film festival Aug. 1-3

The entertainment starts Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Both the entertainment and the films are free to the public. Popcorn and concession stand items will be available for purchase. The Playhouse is air conditioned and parking is also free.

The film fest runs through Aug. 3. Saturday’s film is the spellbinding Chinese classic “To Live” the pre-show will start at 7 p.m. and the movie at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s pre-show starts at 2 p.m. and the movie starts at 2:30 p.m. All seating is on a first-come basis. All films are sub-titled except “All We Could Carry.” For additional details, call the Lakewood Playhouse Box Office at 253-588-0144 or go to

McChord Golf Challenge Aug. 1

Win the Wing Commander’s Cup at Team McChord’s Golf Challenge Aug. 1 at Eagles Pride Golf Course south of JBLM. Monday is the deadline entry. Scramble format; $90 per player entry fee. There will be 4-person teams (Individuals to be paired. Handicap & Non-Handicap Divisions available. Awards go to top three teams in each division. Dinner and raffle following the tournament. For more information and to register, contact Capt. Matt Lund at or 540-239-7215.

Military Spouse Employment Info

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.

Anniversary for chaplains corps

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.

McChord PWOC ‘Run on Faith’ & events

Looking for a place to share your faith, exercise, and let your kids play? Come join the McChord PWOC summer “Run on Faith” & Playgroup Events. Every Thursday we meet at Cascade Village Park at 10 a.m. We start off with a devotion and then run/jog/walk. We encourage you to bring your kids and pets. The playgroup starts after the run at 11a.m. It alternates parks around McChord:

Thursday - Carter Lake Pond

Aug. 7 & 14- Olympic Grove

Aug. 21 & 28- Cascade Village


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.

Fun Fair salutes

military Family

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.

Register for R.A.D. Self-Defense

Register for the upcoming RAD classes 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.

Free neighborhood workshops

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.

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

WSU vs. Rutgers Tailgate /Game

“We Serve Too!”, a nonprofit whose mission it is to honor the sacrifices made by military families, invites service members (Active, Guard and Reserve) and their families (150 total) to watch the Washington State University vs. Rutgers University season opening football game at CenturyLink Field. Game is Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. RSVP with Christopher Nason, assistant director, at to reserve tickets. You will receive information from Nason about where to pick up tickets on JBLM.

refractive surgery Appts 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

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: 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 and parents, 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. 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 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.

Fire Evacuation Coordinator training

Regulation require a fire evacuation coordinator be assigned by unit commanders on memorandums and trained by the JBLM Fire Prevention Office. Training is conducted the first and third Wednesday of each month, Building 2014 on Lewis Main at 9 a.m. Bring two copies of the memorandums when you attend the training. Question? Contact the Fire Prevention office at 253-966-7156.

Lightning safety Tips and warnings

Outside: If you can hear thunder, you are in striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter right away. Don’t go under trees for shelter, there is no place outside that is safe from lightning. Wait at least 30 minutes from last clap of thunder to leave shelter. Turn off computers, stay of anything that will put you in direct contact with electric or plumbing. Do not wash your hands, bathe or do dishes during a storm.

Certified JBLM Lifeguards needed

Are you a certified lifeguard and need a job? Visit to apply for a position at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Questions? Call Kimbro Pool at 253-967-5026.

rent a plot at new McChord garden

If you live or work at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and want your own garden, you can rent a garden plot at the new McChord Field Community Garden. Plots are 4-by-10 feet and cost $25 per season to rent. For rental information, call Adventures Unlimited at 253-982-2206.

Summer sunset menu at bistro

Make a splash at the Bistro with the restaurant’s new Summer Sunset menu. Specials are available Fridays and Saturdays from 4–8 p.m. Order appetizers , fresh garden and soup offerings, special entrées and light desserts.

The Bistro at Russell Landing is located at the end of American Lake Avenue at JBLM-Lewis North. For more information, call 253-964-2813.


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).