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.
April 23 - Army DONSA
May 25 - Army DONSA
May 28 - Memorial Day
June 15 - Army DONSA
June 18 - Army DONSA
June 29 - Army DONSA
July 3 - Army DONSA
July 4 - Independence Day
July 5 - AF Family Day
Aug. 3 - Army DONSA
Aug. 6 - Army DONSA
Aug. 31 - Army DONSA
Sept. 3 - Labor Day
EXPERIENCE THRILLS AT VARIETY SHOW
Adults ages 18 and older are invited to the Amazing Johnathan’s Big Bang Variety Show Saturday at 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center. The show, brought to you by Army Entertainment, stars the Amazing Johnathan, magician-comedian and performer. The evening will be hosted by comedian Key Lewis and features a Cirque-style acrobatic team Duo Enchantment and contortionist Anna Brown. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $10 or $15 per couple and are available at JBLMmwrRegistration.com. Nelson Recreation Center is located at 3168 Second Division Drive on Lewis Main. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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 “El Deafo” by Cece Bell for the Wednesday book club meeting. The library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-3454.
I CORPS RETIREMENT CEREMONY THURSDAY
The I Corps monthly retirement ceremony is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Carey Theater on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Anyone with access to JBLM is welcome to attend and watch.
SIGN UP YOUTH FOR FREE KIDS’ KRAFT
Your child can bring home a hand-print craft made at the Arts and Crafts Center’s Kids’ Kraft April 20 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.
IT’S FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Bring the entire family to Book Patch Library’s free movie night and refreshments April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring blankets, pillows and camp chairs to make yourselves comfortable for the family-style feature. Grandstaff and Book Patch libraries are located at 2109 N. 10th on Pendleton Avenue at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5889.
SELL TREASURES AT SPRING FLEA MARKET
One person’s trash is another one’s treasure at the annual Spring Flea Market in Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clean out your closet, garage or attic so you can rent tables or spaces and sell your gently used items for cash. The cost for two tables, spaces or a combination is $26. For three spaces, tables or a combination, pay $30. Each additional table or space is $6. For more information on renting your sale area, email specialevents@JBLMmwr.com or call 253-967-6772. The Fest Tent is located at 2200 Liggett Ave. on Lewis Main.
ATTEND HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO APRIL 26
Attend the McChord Field Fitness Center’s free Health and Wellness Expo April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McChord Fitness Center Annex, located at 726 Fifth St. The comprehensive expo gives patrons an opportunity to explore numerous health and wellness services and products, talk to experts one-on-one and learn more. Various agencies will have an opportunity to educate the patrons about significant health matters, products and services.
MISS OKTOBERFEST? ATTEND VOLKSFEST!
If you love the fun and festivities of Oktoberfest and wish we’d celebrate spring the same way, then you’re in luck. Come out to Volksfest at the Club at McChord Field April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. You’ll be treated to an authentic, delicious German buffet with a live oompah band, German beer on tap and riesling, for those preferring wine. The cost is $21.95 for ages 11 and older, $11.95 for ages 4 to 10 and free for ages 3 and younger. Club members save $2. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. Reservations are required; call 253-982-5581.
JOIN IN WINE AND CANVAS EVENT
Set your creativity free and join in the fun at the Wine and Canvas event at Nelson Recreation Center April 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Art supplies, light appetizers and your first glass of wine are included in the cost, plus you’ll get a chance to win a door prize. You’ll get instruction if you’re a beginner, and can see samples of completed paintings for inspiration. Seating is limited, and you must be age 21 or older to attend. Prepayment is required; register at JBLMmwrRegistration.com. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 253-982- 6726/6718.
NEW BYOU TEEN GIRLS’ CLUB
Spend a girl-fueled power hour of creativity and awesome nosh at the new Be Your Own You girls’ club April 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Grandstaff Library. We’ll experiment with fluid painting. We’ll explore marble art May 25. Grandstaff and Book Patch libraries are located at 2109 N. 10th on Pendleton Avenue at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5889.
ENJOY READ-ALONG CLUB AT LIBRARY
Bring your kindergarten- to second-grade students to listen to and read along with books at Teeny-Weeny Read-Along Book Club. This month’s club meets April 26 at 6 p.m. Also enjoy activities, crafts, snacks and teeny-weeny prizes. Grandstaff and Book Patch libraries are at 2109 N. 10th on Pendleton Avenue at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5889.
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.
information, call 253-966-3939 or visit GOLewisMcChord.com.
MOVING RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE
Automated Housing Referral Network, sponsored by the Department of Defense, 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 the monthly club. The Arts and Crafts Center is 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 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 energy waste, call or text 253-219-2394. The goal of the hotline is to improve energy efficiency, eliminate energy waste and save money.
LEARN THE BASICS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Do your kids, grandkids or friends wish you could join them online? Would you like to keep in touch with receive photos and messages more often? The Arts and Crafts Center offers a new social media class for beginners, on-demand, to teach you how to establish, use and maintain an email account and introduce you to use Facebook. The cost for the class is $5. The Arts and Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-6726/6718.