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.
Feb. 16 - Army DONSA
Feb. 19 - George Washington’s birthday
March 30 - Army DONSA
April 2 - Army DONSA
May 25 - Army DONSA
May 28 - Memorial Day
June 14 - Army DONSA
June 15 - Army DONSA
NAC SKI SHOP NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Gear up for skiing, snowboarding and all your mountain snow adventures with JBLM’s Outdoor Recreation Program. The Northwest Adventure Center has opened its ski shop for equipment rentals and clothing and outfitting purchases. The NAC is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., located at 8050 NCO Beach Road on Lewis North. Call 253-967-7744 for more information.
FREE OPERATION BABY SHOWER
New or expecting moms and dads are invited to JBLM’s Operation Baby Shower at American Lake Conference Center Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event includes door prizes, baby shower games, refreshments, educational and pampering products, presentations and more. For more information, call 253-982-6726/967-6772.
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 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 Tuesday 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.
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.
HARRISON PREP TO HOST INFO BRIEFING
Military families with youth going into sixth through 10th grades in the fall 2018 school year are invited to attend a parent information briefing with the principal from Harrison Prep Academy Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parent Central Services’ gymnasium at 2295 S. 12th St. at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-7195. The event is hosted by JBLM School Support.
ARMY DIGITAL PHOTO CONTEST
Enter your best photos now-Jan. 31 into the Army’s annual Digital Photography Contest. You could see your photo online in the contest’s gallery as a winner. Enter as an active-duty military member, family member, retiree or Department of Defense civilian. Seven categories are available: animals, design elements, digital darkroom, military life, nature and landscape, people and still life. Categories include both color and monochrome photos. Enter up to three photos per category. Cash prizes will be awarded for each division and category. First place is $300, second place is $200 and third place is $100. To enter and for rules, visit armymwr.com/digital-photo.aspx.
ATTEND GROUNDHOG DAY PARTY FEB. 2
Early spring? More winter? Only Punxsutawney Phil knows for sure. Either way, celebrate at the McChord Pub’s inaugural Groundhog Day party Feb. 2 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Play trivia and other games with food and drink specials. You don’t need to be a Club member to attend the party, so invite your co-workers and friends. The pub is located inside the McChord Club at 700 Barnes Blvd.
SPIRITUAL TALK AT GRANDSTAFF
Award-winning author and internationally recognized spiritual medium Jeffrey Marks, joined by Washington State Ghost Society president Dave King, reveal what Modern Spirit research has uncovered about those who have surpassed the confines of the physical body and our three-dimensional reality Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. The talk is for ages 18 and older; no registration is needed. Call Grandstaff Library at 253-967-5889 for more information.
DISNEY MILITARY SALUTE KICKOFF
Are you a military family planning a Disney vacation? Buy special 2018 Disney Military Salutes tickets starting now at Leisure Travel Services on Lewis Main inside Bowl Arena Lanes at 2272 Liggett Ave. Also plan on attending the kick-off event Feb. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at LTS with two free games of bowling, refreshments and door prizes. Purchase your Disney vacation tickets while at the event. For more information, call 253-967-3085.
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 Feb. 7. 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.
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 Feb. 14 to discuss “A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick. 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.
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 Feb. 15.
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 “The Watson’s Go to Birmingham - 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis for the Feb. 21 book club meeting. McChord Library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-3454.
24/7 DAD CLASS FOR FATHERS
Join a class for dads, “24/7 Dad,” where fathers support fathers. Learn how to become a better father, and receive support from other dads who understand the day-to-day struggle of raising children. Classes take place on the second and third Tuesdays, every other month from 10 a.m. to noon at the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Raptor Resilience Center, 3204 Second Division Drive on Lewis Main. Next classes are March 13 and 20. Online registration is available by visiting jblmafcs.checkappointments.com, or call 253-967-5901 to register via phone. 253-967-6416.
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.
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. 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 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 to reduce , call 253-219-2394. The goal is to improve efficiency, eliminate waste and save money.