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Community Ledger: May 4, 2018

Published: 01:56PM May 3rd, 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.

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

Oct. 5 - Army DONSA

Oct. 8 - Columbus Day

Nov. 9 - Army DONSA

Nov. 12 - Veterans Day

RESERVE SPOTS FOR PARENT-SON DANCE

Enjoy a fun-filled evening at the Club at McChord Field’s Parent-Son Dance Friday 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.

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.

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 Wednesday to discuss “Mother Daughter Me, a Memoir” by Katie Hafner. 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 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 Thursday.

CALLING ALL CUB AND BOY SCOUTS ALUMNI

If you have ever been involved with Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts, join Pacific Harbors Council for an alumni gathering at the Lewis North Chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord May 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food will be provided by the USO. Come see the exciting, new activities going on in scouting and connect with other current and former scouts and leaders.

VISIT NAC OPEN HOUSE AND YARD SALE

Bring the entire family to the Open House and Sidewalk Sale at the Northwest Adventure Center May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for free rock wall climbing, inflatable games and bounce castle, information on upcoming outdoor adventures and trips and cabin rental viewing. The retail store features 20 percent off merchandise. Check out the yard sale for great deals. If you have items to sell in the sidewalk sale, secure your spot early by calling 253-967-7744. The NAC is located at 8085 NCO Beach Road on Lewis North.

CATCH UFC ACTION AT THE CLUB MAY 12

Watch the UFC fights live on big screens at the Club at McChord Field. Doors open at 4 p.m. and everyone’s welcome, and there’s no cover charge. UFC 224 is May 12 and UFC 225 is June 9 at 7 p.m. in the McChord Pub. Club members get exclusive food deals and prize drawings during the fight. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

TAKE MOM OUT FOR A TASTY BRUNCH

The annual Mother’s Day Brunch is scheduled to take place May 13 at the Club at McChord Field. Menu includes eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, French toast, carved baron of beef, roast pork loin, chicken, glazed ham, baked macaroni and cheese, fresh veggies, cheese and fruit displays, cold seafood and assorted desserts. Seating is at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The cost is $28.95 for ages 13 and older, $14.95 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Club members receive a $2 discount. Reservations are required; call 253-982-5581. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

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 Joint Base, all service members, civilians and adult family members are invited to attend the Newcomers’ Orientation May 15 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 Building 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 to take place May 16. 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 “Among the Hidden” by Margaret Peterson Haddix for the May 16 book club meeting. The library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-3454.

EFMP CRUISE TO SUMMER LUNCHEON

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Exceptional Family Member Program invites all EFMP parents to come and enjoy a complimentary lunch, mocktails, chair massage and giveaways May 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eagles Pride Golf Course while they learn about family fun activities from “summer cruise directors.” Complimentary child care is available. Registration is required; visit tinyurl.com/ya3m8r3q. For more information, call 253-967-7166.

APPRECIATION DAY FOR RETIREES MAY 18

Regardless of your age or former branch of service, attend the Retiree Appreciation Day May 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Lake Conference Center, located at 8085 NCO Beach Road on Lewis North. Health fair, legal services, ID cards and more than 60 agencies, including survivor groups, veterans’ service organizations, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration, will be available to serve you. To register, visit jblm-retiree-appreciation-2018.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 253-966-5884.

MONTHLY RETIREMENT CEREMONIES ON JBLM

The JBLM monthly retirement ceremony will take place at Carey Theater at 2 p.m. on the following dates: May 18, June 22 and July 20. Retirement ceremonies will not take place on Watkins Field this summer. If you are planning to retire and would like to participate, please call 253-477-1105. Anyone with access to JBLM is welcome to attend and support the retirees.

ENJOY ARMED FORCES DAY MAY 19

Experience the 2018 Armed Forces Day open house at McChord Field May 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Heritage Hill. Participate in a Volksmarch starting at 9 a.m. Enjoy and explore military static displays and on-board visits, living history displays, carnival rides, bounce houses, petting zoo, climbing wall and roving entertainers, plus your favorite fair foods and vendors. The day’s events are open to the general public; use McChord Field’s commercial North Gate for entrance. Department of Defense ID cardholders can use any open gate. Pets are prohibited; only registered service animals will be allowed. Visit JBLMArmedForcesDay.com for the complete schedule.

PARENT-DAUGHTER DANCE SET FOR JUNE 1

Enjoy a fun-filled evening at the Club at McChord Field’s Parent-Daughter Dance June 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. with appetizers, cake, punch, coffee and tea and DJ dancing. Reservations and prepayment are required; the cost is $20 per pair and $8 per additional daughter. Dress as your favorite princess for this event. For reservations, call 253-982- 5581/0718. Payment is required prior to the event. No walk-ins allowed at the door.

1968 MARINE PLATOON REUNION JULY 12

The 1968 “Evergreen State Platoon/Platoon 3041,” a special Marine Corps State of Washington recruit unit that went through boot camp together, is hosting its 50th Anniversary Reunion July 12 in Olympia. It was under the Capitol’s Dome that 80 young volunteers from Washington met and were sworn-in into the U.S. Marine Corps. Three events are planned; the first is a ceremony in the Capitol’s Rotunda to which current state dignitaries have been invited to attend. The second, held immediately afterward at the nearby outdoor Washington Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will honor the six Platoon 3041 Marines killed in Vietnam. The final event is an informal banquet for platoon members, families and invited guests. Platoon members should call Dan Kirkman at 206-383-9018.

RESERVE TENTS, CABIN RENTALS ONLINE

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.

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.