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CALENDAR: Week of Dec. 15

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Advent, Christmas chapel schedule

Christmas Eve Mass,

Dec. 24, 5 p.m. at Midnight Sun Chapel

Protestant Christmas Eve,

Dec. 24, 5 p.m. at Arctic Warrior Chapel

Christmas Day Mass,

 Dec. 25, 11 a.m. at Arctic Warrior Chapel

Solemnity of Mary Mass,

Jan. 1, 11 a.m at Arctic Warrior Chapel

Through Jan. 12

Youth soccer registration 

Youth soccer for ages 5 to 15 starts Feb. 5; register now. For information, call 384-2514.

Through December

Elmendorf pool closure

The Elmendorf Fitness Center pool is closed for maintenance; for information, call 552-5353.

Singles Skeet

Single service members can visit the Skeet, Trap and Archery range for free ammunition and shooting. For information, call 384-1480.

Dorm/Barracks at Hillberg

Hillberg Ski Area offers free lift tickets and rentals every Thursday for those who live in the dorms or barracks. For information, call 552-4838.

Snow Sports School

Youth Programs and Hillberg Ski Area offer deals on transportation, rentals, lessons and tickets. 

For more information, call 384-2514.


Paws to Read

Children in grades K through 5 are invited to the JBER Library to read to a service dog from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call 384-1640.

Ping Pong tournament

Head to the Warrior Zone for this competition starting at 2 p.m. and win prizes. For information, call 384-9006.

Bowling with Santa

Meet Santa at the Polar Bowl from noon to 2 p.m. and get a special treat as well as deals on games. For information, call 753-7467.

Saturday and Sunday

Dog sledding

Hillberg Ski Area offers the chance to feel the thrill of mushing from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 552-4838.


Nine-pin no-tap tourney

Head to the Polar Bowl for this competition, including a turkey for the first bowler to get three consecutive strikes. Signups start at 4 p.m. 

For information, call 753-7467.


Winter Fest

Hillberg Ski Area hosts JBER’s annual holiday festivities from noon to 6 p.m., with ice fishing, snow machining, and free skiing and tubing. Don’t miss out on reindeer, Santa pictures or the gingerbread houses, either. 

For information, call 552-4838, or see page 3.

Holiday cookie swap

Bring your favorite treats and a recipe for exchange to Building 600’s Room A37 from 6 to 8 p.m. All children who attend will get a stocking from a special guest. For information, call 384-1515.


Christmas Towne

Get into the holiday spirit every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 24 at Christmas Towne off Camp Gorsuch Road in Chugiak. Cocoa, cookies, holiday lights, and all the sights and smells of the season run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, visit

Surprize Squad 

Through March, Jay Bear and his squad will be giving away cash and gift cards; just look for the people in yellow T-shirts. For information, visit

Civil Air Patrol

Adult members of the Civil Air Patrol meet at the Aero Club Hangar the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Cadets meet every Saturday. For information, call 350-7951.

Science club

Each Thursday, youth are invited to the JBER Library to experiment and think about science subjects from 6:30 to 7 p.m. For information, call  the library at 384-1640.

Library Story Times

The JBER Library hosts Story Times Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30 to 7 p.m.; Toddler story time is Wednesdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. 

For more information, call 384-1640.

Model railroading

The Military Society of Model Railroad Engineers meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Saturday in the basement of Matanuska Hall. 

Anyone interested in model railroading is invited. 

They host an open house every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For information, call 552-4353, or visit

Wildlife Education Center

Learn more about Alaska’s wildlife and natural resources at this free on-base museum,

with interactive displays for kids. The center, at Building 8481, is open Mondays through Fridays, from noon to 4 p.m., subject to museum personnel availability. 

For more information, call 552-0310.

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