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CALENDAR: Week of Dec. 22

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Advent, Christmas chapel schedule

Christmas Eve Mass,

Sunday, 5 p.m. at Midnight Sun Chapel

Protestant Christmas Eve,

Sunday, 5 p.m. at Arctic Warrior Chapel

Christmas Day Mass,

Monday, 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.


Singles bowling

Head to the Polar Bowl for single service members’ bowling from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Free games and shoes for singles; all branches welcome. 

For information, call 753-7467.


Santa Day at Hillberg

Come to Hillberg Ski Area dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer and get a free lift ticket. 

For information, call 552-4838.


Christmas Day meal

The Iditarod Dining Facility offers this special holiday meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pricing varies by food options chosen. 

For more information, call 552-3114.

Tuesday – Dec. 29

Winter Break camps

Illa School Age Center offers camps with winter crafts, ice fishing, and indoor recreation. 

For information, call 382-2514.

Wednesday – Dec. 29

Snow Camp

Hillberg Ski Area offers this youth camp for ages 6 to 13 daily from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring a variety of activities. For more information, call 552-4838.


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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