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Community Ledger: March 23, 2018

Published: 10:36AM March 27th, 2018

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

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.

SIGN YOUTH UP FOR FREE KIDS’ KRAFT

Your child can bring home a poetic word art project made at the Arts and Crafts Center’s Kids’ Kraft Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Limited seating is available; students must preregister. The Arts and Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982- 6721/6718.

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.

BRING THE FAMILY TO FREE EASTER DASH

Everyone at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is invited to attend the annual Easter Dash, a free egg hunt at Cowan Stadium scheduled for 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. Children ages 3 and younger can collect eggs at 12:30 p.m., ages 4 to 7 at 1 p.m. and ages 8 to 12 at 1:30 p.m. All youth will 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.

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 April 4. 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.

ENJOY FREE KIDS’ FEST SET FOR APRIL 5

JBLM’s Kids’ Fest kicks off the celebration of Month of the Military Child April 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent and Bowl Arena Lanes at Lewis Main. Enjoy hands-on activities, exhibits, displays, interactive games, free bowling and entertainment. The Fest Tent is located next to Bowl Arena Lanes at 2200 Liggett Ave.

RHC-P PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT APRIL 9

Regional Health Command-Pacific invites the Joint Base Lewis-McChord medical community to attend a professional development session April 9 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at American Lake Conference Center. Featured speakers are John Nance, author of “Why Hospitals Should Fly,” and Kathleen Bartholomew. The topic of their presentation is, “What now? A dynamic and cutting-edge program for healthcare leaders and physicians.” Materials for the session (optional/not required) may be purchased at the following link: http://store.secondriverhealthcare.com. Select the title, “Why Hospital’s Should Fly.” To preregister, call 253-967-8027.

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 set for April 12.

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 April 17 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.

RESERVE SPOTS FOR PARENT-SON DANCE

Enjoy a fun-filled evening at the Club at McChord Field’s Parent-Son Dance May 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. with appetizers, cake, punch, coffee, tea and DJ dancing. Reservations and prepayment are required; the cost is $20 per pair and $8 per additional son. For reservations, call 253-982-5581/0718. Payment is required prior to the event; no walk-ins allowed at the door.

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? 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. For more information, call 253-982-2206.

SOS MOVES OFFICE TO WALLER HALL

Survivor Outreach Services moved from its former location to Waller Hall, 2140 Liggett Ave. It is now colocated with other support services in Waller Hall to better serve all Gold Star families. Check out the new space near Official Travel. SOS is committed to serving families of the fallen. When you call, you will be connected to a dedicated person who will guide you through available agencies and help you get the benefits and support you need. Save the date for an open house May 1. For more information, call 1-866-963-2538 or visit fb.com/SOSWAState.

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.

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 a car. For more information, call 253-966-3939 or visit GOLewisMcChord.com.

MOVING RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE

Automated Housing Referral Network 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.

JOIN THE MONTHLY SCRAPBOOKING CLUB

If you’re into scrapbooking and want to socialize with others, check out this monthly club, located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-6721/6718.

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 from Pierce County and the base. For more information, call 253-966-7526 or visit tinyurl.com/gl5g3sq.

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.

CALL THE ENERGY WASTE HOTLINE

To stop energy waste and save valuable resources, the 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 energy waste, call or text 253-219-2394.