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JBLM community update for March 2016

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Officials from Joint Base Lewis-McChord briefed the community as part of their regular community outreach. The following are yesterday's highlights.


Readers of all ages can take part in activities during the month of March: all month at the Book Patch in the JBLM Main Library (2109 N. 10th and Pendleton), readers can read books and be entered into a raffle. On March 9 at 3:30 p.m. (and again on April 13, May 11, and June 8) at the Book Patch, young readers can get fit with books doing "Storytime Yoga" with Tonja Phillips, a teacher with WarriorOne Lewis-McChord.  Get more information at 253.967.5533. The adult reader can head to the McChord Library (851 Lincoln Boulevard) to join The Novel Navigators adult book discussion group March 9 at 4:30 p.m., to discuss Kate Atkinson's novel Life After Life.  Registration is required; call 253.982.3454.

Parents of fast-growing fashionistas can bring gently used clothing to any JBLM Youth Center before April 30, and get an all-access pass for the Hillside Youth Center's Clothing Swap June 3.  Call 253.967.4441 for more information.

An indulgent evening of Manicures and Martinis are in store for registrants ages 21 and over at the Club at McChord (700 Barnes Boulevard) March 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $23 for club members, $25 for non-members; pre-payment is required.  Call 253.982.5581 or go to for more details.

Go for green at the Shamrock & Run March 12 at noon at the MWR Fest Tent located off of Liggett and South 12th Street. Late registration goes to March 9, and costs $20 for JBLM community members or $30 for those with no affiliation; T-shirt size is not guaranteed.  Day-of registration is $30 for JBLM community members; entrants to the 5K race will receive a custom pint glass, a lucky gold coin, and a bowl of traditional Irish stew.  Costumed runners will be eligible to receive prizes for Best Leprechaun, Most Traditional and Tricked Out Stroller.  After the race, buy a Guinness and enjoy the activities like selfie booths, games and more.

Green thumbs can take part in community gardening on JBLM Main and McChord Field for $25 per year for a 4x10 foot garden plot; previous gardeners can sign up now, whereas new customers can sign up on March 15.  Call 253.967.7744, or 253.967.8282 Lewis North, or 253.982.2206 McChord Field.

From Housing:

Surveys for on-base housing will be e-mailed between April 14 and May 15.  These surveys are to assess the strengths and needs of on-base communities; respondents have a chance to receive one of 14 $100 Amazon gift cards or one of two $500 gift cards.  Check to ensure the correct information is on file, and for more information.

From BOSS:

Families or individuals with performing skills can audition for JBLM's Got Talent on March 12 at the Nelson Recreation Center (3168 2nd Division Drive) at 1 p.m. for a chance to perform in the April 9th talent show.  Call 253.967.5636 for more information.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) for the BOSS Easter Dash at Cowan Stadium Sunday, March 27.  This free event starts at noon for children with special needs and their parents, followed by ages 3 and younger at 1 p.m., 4-7 at 2 p.m. and 8-12 at 3 p.m. Individuals who would like to be part of the fun as a volunteer can visit the BOSS office before March 14 to sign up.

From Army Emergency Relief:

Scholarship money is available from the AER scholarship program through; applications can be submitted now through May.  Additionally, there's a Ft. Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund accepting applications through March 25 that's merit-based for three categories: students transtioning from high school to college, spouses who don't have degrees, and spouses continuing their educations. Go to for more information.

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