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Lakewood YMCA Playground Build Day March 21

The Lakewood Family YMCA is looking for volunteers to help build its new community playground from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 21.

This is a community led playground project to provide the children of Lakewood a safe place to play.

No skills are required, just your heart and hard working hands to move materials, assemble the play equipment, construct lumber projects, and painting. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Childcare (for ages 6 months to 12 years) and meals provided.

Register at meetup.com/we-are-lakewood. For more information contact Tauna Shoemaker at (253) 460-8933 or

Council Hears South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Action Plan

On Monday, March 9, Program Manager Tiffany Speir of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership gave the Lakewood City Council an update on the SSCMP’s 2015-2016 work plan.

The work plan reflects the expansion of the SSMCP to include all military presence in the South Sound, as well as the signification reductions in deployments. More than 8,500 service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are expected to transition off active duty in 2015, and further drawdowns lie in the future. The work plan also looks to increase the participation of the private sector in the SSMCP.

For those who might not know, SSMCP is an innovative and flexible partnership uniquely positioned to provide regional leadership to bridge military and civilian communities. It is hosted by the City of Lakewood.

The SSMCP’s 2015-2016 Work Plan is broken into seven tasks, according to Monday’s presentation:

  • Complete the ongoing JBLM Joint Land Use Study & begin implementation efforts
  • Monitor and Support Transportation Improvement Efforts in JBLM Corridor
  • Enhance and Expand Regional SSMCP Coordination & Participation
  • Improve Outside Knowledge of Military’s Direct and Indirect Impact on Region and State and Vice Versa
  • Participate and Advocate in State Level Activities
  • Conduct Periodic JBLM Community Survey, Circulate Results
  • Support Active Duty, Veteran and Military Family Workforce Development, Health and Social Services

In 2015, SSMCP expects to deliver the completed Joint Land Use Study, several new events, improve its communication programs and increase in the size and diversity of its membership. The SSCMP also aims to begin work on the Active Duty/Civilian Employee Needs & Preferences Survey. The results should be complete in 2016.

For more information about the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, visit ssmcp.org .

Leave Your Old Flame Behind-–Get Paid to Scrap Your Old Wood Stove

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has received limited grant funding and is offering up to $350 to Pierce County residents who recycle old, but working wood stoves. Previously, this incentive had only been available to residents living within Pierce County's designated Smoke Reduction Zone. Now this opportunity applies to any resident of the greater Pierce County area. However, the offer is limited to the first 100 qualified applicants who live outside the Smoke Reduction Zone. Applicants must include a photo of their old wood stove or insert.

Eligible devices include wood stoves and fireplace inserts. They must be in working order but can be installed or un-installed, and be of any age.

Indoor barrel stoves and trash burners are not eligible for the reward.

To see if you qualify and for more information, contact the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at (206) 343-8800, or visit their website .

Lakewood City Manager Appoints Mike Zaro as Interim Police Chief

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield has announced the appointment of Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro as Interim Police Chief effective April 7, 2015.

The appointment follows the announcement from Police Chief Bret Farrar that he is retiring after 27 years in law enforcement, the last six years as Police Chief of the Lakewood Police Department.

Zaro, who has more than 20 years in law enforcement, has been with the Lakewood Police Department since its inception in 2004. He has served as Lakewood's Assistant Chief since 2008.

"Mike Zaro has served as the City’s Assistant Police Chief since 2008 and is the ideal person to lead the police department during the upcoming transition," Caulfield said. "His background and command experience make him well-qualified to serve in the interim police chief role."

Caulfield added about Zaro: "I appreciate his willingness to take on this task. I look forward to working with Assistant Chied Zaro to continue providing high quality public safety services to our City."

Caulfield said the City will begin a search for a permanent police chief in the coming weeks.

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 3/9/15

The Lakewood Senior Activity Center, located at 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, keeps a busy schedule. After all, the LSAC exists to promote healthy minds and bodies by providing recreation and social opportunities for older adults. Courses for fitness, art, writing and even computer literacy run for weeks. Day to day, there are plenty of other events freely open to the public, or with only a couple days’ advance.

Call the mainline at (253) 798-4090 to RSVP for events.

Monday, March 9

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Oil Painting for Fun, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12:30 pm.-3:30 p.m.
  • Beginners to experienced artists will find Carol’s class to be a relaxed non-structured classroom environment. All skill levels welcome!
  • Mondays, March 9-June 1
  • Course is divided into morning and afternoon classes for convenience
  • Members: $56 Non-members: $62
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3  
  • Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Learn basic and advanced steps, techniques and choreography.
  • Mondays, March 9-April 13
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $7
  • Yoga Stretch Concepts, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
  • Traditional yoga poses with a mix of Tai Chi and Pilates, with alternatives to accommodate mobility issues.
  • Mondays, March 9-April 13
  • Members: $28 Non-members: $41 Drop-in: $6

Tuesday, March 10

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • A combination of Latin dance and low impact aerobic exercise for older adults with a little cha cha cha! Try it!
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 26
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Improve your core strength, balance and posture. Class includes warm up, muscle-specific and abdominal exercises, and stretching.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 26
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Men’s Coffee Hour, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Enjoy conversation and a great cup of coffee in a fellowship time for men.
  • The second and third Tuesday of every month.
  • Free!
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays
  • Free!

Wednesday, March 11

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • SAIL Class(Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3  
  • Welcome Wednesday and Dessert of the Month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Come explore new adventures at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center! We invite you to experience all the wonderful classes, events and programs that we offer at the Activity Center at Welcome Wednesday. Narrows Glen will provide delicious treats for the occasion.
  • The second Wednesday of each month
  • Free!

Thursday, March 12

  • Zumba Gold, 9 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
  • A combination of Latin dance and low impact aerobic exercise for older adults with a little cha cha cha! Try it!
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 26
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5
  • Stretch and Strengthen, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Improve your core strength, balance and posture. Class includes warm up, muscle-specific and abdominal exercises, and stretching.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 26
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $5

Friday, March 13

  • Fit Happens, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Instructor Judi Floyd incorporates fun choreography with low impact aerobics and light weights.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Fitness & Fun 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Enjoy this total body conditioning class that will help strengthen both your cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3
  • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • This computer lab is open for use by older adults who would like to practice what they have learned in classes, work on special projets and get hands-on experiencing using the computer. Volunteers are available each month to share information and answer questions.
  • Fridays
  • Free!
  • SAIL Class (Stay Active and Independent for Life), 10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun hour of exercise that includes light aerobics and strength training, while focusing on balance, coordination and falls-prevention.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Feb. 18-March 27
  • Members: $32 Non-members: $37 Drop-in: $3