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March 24 Meeting To Discuss Community Project at Fort Steilacoom Park

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a community meeting March 24 to discuss options for a new community project at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The meeting - which begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 under the large Rotary Shelter near the park’s playground – will look at creating a potential outdoor performance area or gathering space somewhere at Fort Steilacoom Park. 

The Rotary Club of Lakewood, a longtime service group committed to improving the area, asked City Council to consider this project. The City Council asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to host a community conversation regarding this opportunity. Last year, the Rotary Club explored the idea of building an amphitheater somewhere within the park’s 340 acres, but based on community feedback the Rotary Club went back to the drawing board to consider other options.  

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Dodsworth at (253) 589-2489.

NCCC Cleans Up Wards Lake Park

Volunteers from the AmeriCorps NCCC were hard at work the last three days, March 9-11, clearing ivy and debris from the trail around Wards Lake Park.  

"We're hoping that with this work we're doing will inspire other people in the community to come out here and spend some time keeping up the work we're doing this week," said Melissa Buckingham, Pierce Conservation District Director of Water Quality Improvement and Monitoring. Buckingham worked alongside the NCCC team on the ground this week.

Mounds of ivy have long choked the life out of the native plants and cluttered an otherwise beautiful park. The NCCC team consisted of 10 volunteers. They had done ivy removal on other sites, but the scale of ivy around the Wards Lake trails was new to them. The team performed admirably nonetheless. As of noon on March 11, the trail was an entirely different animal. Wide strips of soil have been opened up for native plantings.

 

You can see the different in the photos from when work began and when the team was finished .

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

Next Week at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 3/16/15

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 16

  • 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  
  • 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 17

  • 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!
  • St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 12 p.m.
  • Calling all lads and lassies! Where you go, and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you. A four leaf clover will bring luck your way…especially if you join us on St. Patrick’s Day. Please RSVP and bring a healthy snack to share!
  • Members: Free! Non-members: $3.28
  • Drop-in Line Dancing, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Every Tuesday
  • Free!

Wednesday, March 18

  • 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  
  • Knotty Knitters, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Meet, mingle and knit! If you have a passion for knitting, join this group of beginners and seasoned knitters. Drop in and learn the basics or share your talent and techniques. Grab your yarn and be knotty for a day!
  • First and third Wednesdays of the month, March 4 and March 18
  • Free!

Thursday, March 19

  • 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
  • Thursday Open Computer Lab, 3 p.m.
  • Learn about general concepts, components and applications such as browsers, navigating and the Internet. Google, Cloud Suites and more.
  • Every third Thursday of the month

Friday, March 20

  • 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 projects 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  

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 .

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