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Community Ledger: March 2, 2018

Published: 03:21PM March 1st, 2018

SCHEDULED HOLIDAYS AND FAMILY DAYS

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.

March 30 - Army DONSA

April 2 - Army DONSA

May 25 - Army DONSA

May 28 - Memorial Day

June 14 - Army DONSA

June 15 - Army DONSA

July 4 - Independence Day

July 5 - Army DONSA

Aug. 3 - Army DONSA

Aug. 6 - Army DONSA

Aug. 31 - Army DONSA

Sept. 3 - Labor Day

Oct. 5 - Army DONSA

Oct. 8 - Columbus Day

MARCH MADNESS READING MANIA

Prereaders, early readers and chapter readers, stop by Book Patch Library this month to check out some crazy-cool books. Every time you check out books, you’ll be entered into a weekly raffle. Prereaders and early readers need to check out 10 books or more and chapter readers three books or more. Two winners will be notified each Friday in March. Grandstaff and Book Patch libraries are at 2109 N. 10th Street on Pendleton Avenue on Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5889.

MEET KNUFFLE BUNNY PLAYERS

Families with children ages 3 to 8 are invited to a special meet and greet, super-duper craft-tastic storytime Saturday at 1 p.m. at Book Patch Library. The special guest is Knuffle Bunny, presented by the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Grandstaff and Book Patch libraries are located at 2109 N. 10th Street on Pendleton Avenue on Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5889.

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

New base housing residents are required to take a Family Housing Fire Safety class when they sign up for quarters at the Lewis-McChord Communities housing office. New residents will view a DVD at the housing office and digitally sign acknowledging viewing the presentation to ensure one-stop acceptance of quarters. For more information, call 253-966-7164.

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. Two copies of commander-signed memorandums are required for admittance to the class. Next class is scheduled for Wednesday. 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.

KIDS LEARN

DISASTER SAFETY

Families with children ages 4 to 8 can join Book Patch Library Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. as a staff member from the American Red Cross introduces your children to natural disaster preparedness and home fire safety. You’ll learn through a fun and engaging storytime with the instructor reading “No Dragons for Tea,” as well as through other short activities. Grandstaff and Book Patch libraries are at 2109 N. 10th Street on Pendleton Avenue on Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5889.

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 second Thursday of every month. Social time begins at 4:30 p.m. and official business at 5 p.m. Next meeting is scheduled to take place Thursday.

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.

JOIN MCCHORD FIELD LIBRARY BOOK CLUB

The McChord Library’s Novel Navigators is an adult discussion group for book lovers that meets the second Wednesday of each month at the McChord Field Library at 4:30 p.m. The next meeting is March 14 to discuss “The Walk” by Richard Paul Evans. 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.

POTATOES CAN FUEL YOUR HEALTH

How many ways do you use potatoes? March is National Nutrition Month, so join the dietitians from Madigan’s Nutrition Care Division as they read Tomie DePaola’s classic book “Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato: an Irish Folktale,” talk about how potatoes can help fuel an active lifestyle and demonstrate making and using potato stamps to decorate cards.

• Book Patch Library: March 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

• McChord Library: March 22 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Grandstaff and Book Patch libraries are located at 2109 N. 10th on Pendleton Avenue on Lewis Main; 253-967-5889. McChord Library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982- 3454.

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 March 20 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 Field 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 Field Library now to register and get a copy of this month’s book. Check out “Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins for the March 21 book club meeting. The library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-3454.

BRING THE FAMILY TO FREE EASTER DASH

Everyone at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is invited to the annual Easter Dash, a free egg hunt at Cowan Stadium March 31. Bring your own baskets for each child. Also look for a surprise visit from the Easter bunny. Special needs youth with parents can collect eggs at noon. Ages 3 and younger can collect eggs at 12:30 p.m., ages 4 to 7 at 1 and ages 8 to 12 at 1:30. All youth receive a free goody bag. Cowan Stadium is located at 2170 Bitar Ave. at 12th Street on Lewis Main.

JBLM VOLUNTEER FAIR SET FOR APRIL 4

Attend the JBLM Volunteer Fair April 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd., and meet organizations who have volunteer opportunities available on JBLM. For more information visit jblm-volunteer-fair-2018.eventbrite.com or call 253-967-2324. Registration is not required.

RESERVE TENTS, CABIN RENTALS ONLINE

Warm weather is on the way. Want to make reservations for tent camping, the travel camp or cabins at Lewis North? It’s now easier with online reservations. Reserve your place now at JBLMmwr Registration.com. Here’s how:

• Sign in or create an account if you don’t have one yet.

• Click on Outdoor Recreation under Family and MWR programs.

• Click on Northwest Adventure Center on Lewis North, then click which type of reservation you’d like to make — tent camping, travel camps or cabins — and follow the instructions at each window or field.

For more information, call 253-967- 7744. Make your reservations for McChord Field’s Holiday Park by phone or in person. Call 253-982- 2206 for more information.

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.

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. You can 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.

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. Scheduled classes include sculpture, painting, drawing, book binding, knitting, sewing, quilting, Zentangle, matting/framing and more creative ideas. 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.