The following are the scheduled dates for Army’s Day of No Scheduled Activity and Air Force’s Family Days and federal holidays on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Dec. 25 - Christmas Day
Dec. 26 - Army DONSA and Air Force Family Day
Jan. 1 - New Year’s Day
Jan. 2 - Army DONSA
Jan. 12 - Army DONSA
Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday
YOUTH EVENTS AT HILLSIDE CENTER
Hillside Youth Center and Teen Zone has tons of fun events planned for middle school and teen youth in the coming weeks:
• Friday: Enjoy late-night activities for enrolled kids, including basketball and movies throughout the center. Bring a friend.
• Dec. 16: Free community Holiday Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy crafts, games, cookies, a bounce house and more.
Hillside is open to middle school and teen youth who are registered with Child and Youth Services; registration is free. The center is located at 6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-4441.
ARMY, AIR FORCE PCS MOVE WORKSHOPS
Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Armed Forces Community Service hosts a First PCS Move workshop Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. at Waller Hall, 2140 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main, and the second Thursday of each month at the Service Member and Family Readiness Center, 551 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field. For more information, call 253-967-3633 or 253-982-2695. To register, visit jblmafcscheckappointments.com.
JBLM FAMILY HOUSING FIRE SAFETY CLASS
Base housing residents are required to take a Family Housing Fire Safety class within 30 days of moving in to Lewis-McChord Communities. Service member must attend; spouse is welcome and encouraged. Classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. at Bldg. 2014, Fire Station 107 Pendleton on Lewis Main. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; class starts at 1 p.m. Parking is limited, so arrive early.
JOIN MCCHORD FIELD LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
Enjoy discussing books? Join the McChord Library’s Novel Navigators. This adult discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at the McChord Library at 4:30 p.m. The next meeting is Wednesday to discuss “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Registration is required in person. Copies will be available at the circulation desk, 851 Lincoln Blvd., ground floor, on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-3454.
ENJOY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA CLAUS
Santa’s looking forward to having company for breakfast Dec. 16. He invites you and your family to join him for Breakfast with Santa at the Club at McChord Field from 10 a.m. to noon. Also bring your camera for a photo with Santa and take home a holiday craft with help from the Arts and Crafts Center. The cost is $13 for ages 10 and older, $10 for ages 3 to 9 and $2 for ages 2 and younger. Advanced purchase is required; register online at JBLMmwrRegistration.com. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd.
EVERYONE’S INVITED TO WINTERFEST
Kick off the new season with Winterfest — a celebration, party and festival wrapped into one. The entire community is welcome to come out to American Lake Conference Center Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for games, make-and-take crafts and cookie decorating, face painting, door prizes, giveaways, refreshments, entertainment and much more merry winter fun. Trees for Troops will be in the parking lot giving away free trees to all valid ID cardholders and families with ranks E-5 and below on a first-come, first-served basis. Just find a parking spot, and go choose your tree. ALCC is located at 8085 NCO Beach Road on Lewis North.
JBLM NEWCOMERS’ ORIENTATION BRIEF
Joint Base Lewis-McChord has grown and changed over the years. Whether you’re new, returning or just want to learn your way around the base, all service members, civilians and adult family members are invited to attend the Newcomers’ Orientation Dec. 19 at American Lake Conference Center at 8085 NCO Beach Road on Lewis North. Report time for Soldiers and Airmen is 7:30 a.m. Orientation is set to begin at 8 a.m. Complimentary hot breakfast and free on-site child care is available upon request with registration; call 253-966-2977. For more information, call 253-967-3633 or visit jblmafcscheckappointments.com.
ATTEND MONTHLY KIDS’ BOOK CLUB
Kids in grades three to five are invited to join McChord Library’s monthly Kids’ Book Club meeting the third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. Read fun books, meet fun people. Parents, bring your children by the McChord Library now to register and get a copy of this month’s book. Check out “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle for the Dec. 20 book club meeting. McChord Library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-3454.
BUILDING MANAGERS FIRE SAFETY CLASS
All building managers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord are required to take a Building Managers Fire Safety Class. Classes take place on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. in Bldg. 2014 at Fire Station 107 Pendleton on Lewis Main. Next class is scheduled for Dec. 20. Fire Safety Class is limited to the first 25 people. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 253-966-7164.
CLUB MEMBERS GET FREE LUNCHEON
Club members, you’re being appreciated at a free luncheon at the Club at McChord Field Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family members and guests can also attend for $5 each. Also get in on bingo and happy hour snacks starting Fridays at 5 p.m. Not a member? Call and ask how to join for discounts and savings throughout Family and MWR. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.
MCCHORD LIBRARY SCHOOL BREAK FUN
Come out to McChord Library Dec. 20 for board games from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and Playstation VR from 1 to 3:30. On Dec. 21, watch a family-friendly holiday movie double feature starting at 1 p.m. McChord Library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. on the ground floor at McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-3454.
SMA OF NORTHWEST MONTHLY MEETING
The general membership meeting of the Sergeants Major Association of the Northwest meets at Samuel Adams Brewhouse, Bldg. 2400 on South Division Street on the third Thursday of every month. Social time begins at 4:30 p.m. and official business at 5 p.m. Next meeting is Dec. 21.
KIDS’ CUPCAKES AND CANVAS EVENT
The Arts and Crafts Center’s Wine and Canvas events have been so popular that the staff has planned a special painting event for parents and children. Sign up online for the Cupcakes and Canvas event at Grandstaff Library at Lewis Main Dec. 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Adults and kids ages 8 and older can enjoy cupcakes and snacks while each of you paint a canvas. You’ll be shown how to paint step-by-step, so even beginners can have fun. The cost is $20 per person; register at JBLMmwrRegistration.com. For more information, call 253-982-6726/6718.
FREE BIKE RENTALS NOW AVAILABLE
The GO Bike program has expanded availability to include Department of Defense family members ages 18 and older. Now all DOD employees, their family members ages 18 and older and JBLM contract employees can check out a free GO Bike for up to two weeks. Use the bikes to run errands, get to appointments or spend some exercise time outside. Find the GO Bike check-out locations on GOLewisMCChord.com.
FIRE EXTINGUISHER ANNUAL SERVICING
All facility fire extinguishers on base must be recertified and retagged annually. Accomplish this either by contractor via GPC card or hand-carry facility extinguishers to the fire extinguisher shop located at the rear of Bldg. 2014 on Lewis Main. The maximum number of extinguishers one facility manager may rotate a day is 10. For more information, call the fire extinguisher shop at 253-966-2600.
FREE RIDE TO DUPONT WITH GO TRANSIT
Enjoy a free ride out to the City of DuPont with GO Transit Route 1 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. with 20 minute frequencies. Route goes from the City of DuPont to Madigan Army Medical Center. Visit popular DuPont restaurants and coffee shops, take a stroll, run errands, make a connection to Seattle or Tacoma, or access JBLM without driving a car. Common Access Card is required to board at the DuPont stop. For more information, call 253-966-3939 or visit GOLewisMcChord.com.
SCORE THE BEST DEALS ON TEXTBOOKS
The next college quarter starts soon. You don’t have to break the bank on books; let Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Bookstore inside Stone Education Center help you get your books for less. For more information, call the bookstore at 253-964-8185.
MOVING RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE
Automated Housing Referral Network is sponsored by the Department of Defense and is designed to improve the process of securing available housing for relocating military families. Visit ahrn.com. Defense Travel Management Office consolidates, streamlines and centrally manages commercial travel. This single point of contact ensures consistency in the department’s focus, policy and execution, marking a new era in government travel. For more information, visit defensetravel.dod.mil. Defense Personal Property System is a centralized, integrated one-stop source for managing personal property moves. For more information, visit move.mil.
GET CREATIVE AT ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER
Relax, de-stress and learn a new skill at the Arts and Crafts Center on McChord Field. Classes include sculpture, painting, drawing, book binding, knitting, sewing, quilting, Zentangle, matting/framing and more. For current class descriptions and schedules, visit jblmmwr.com/arts_crafts. For more information, call 253-982-6723.
SIGN UP FOR JBLM ALERT NOTIFICATIONS
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Alert Notifications is a free service that allows you to sign up and receive emergency notifications about road closures, severe weather, utility service interruptions and public safety messages from Pierce County and the base. For more information, call 253-966-7526 or visit tinyurl.com/gl5g3sq.
CALL THE ENERGY WASTE HOTLINE
To stop energy waste and save valuable resources, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord base Energy Program has launched the Energy Waste Hotline. The primary objective of this hotline is to collect information about day-burners, incandescent bulbs, damaged fixtures, steam leaks and nonfunctional thermostats, etc. If you notice any opportunity, call or text 253-219-2394. The goal of the hotline is to improve energy efficiency, eliminate energy waste and save money.
THE USE OF SPACE HEATERS ON JBLM
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fire Department is not the authority for the use of space heaters on the base in your work area; the Directorate of Public Works’ Energy Conservation is the OPR for the use of all space heaters on the installation. Contact Eric Waehling at 253-966-1772, firstname.lastname@example.org or Amin Sakhawat at 253-966-9011, email@example.com.