In Brief December 4, 2015

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Dorm dwellers party

Luke Air Force Base dorm residents are invited to a dorm dwellers holiday party 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Club Five Six. There will be free food, video game contests and prizes.

Home-buying seminar

The 56th Force Support Squadron Housing Management Office and Airmen and Family Readiness Center will be conducting a home-buying seminar 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the A&FRC for active-duty military members, retirees and their families. There will be information on the VA loan program and an AFRC representative will answer questions related to home buying. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call Rodney Marks at 623-856-7643. No realtors or financial institutions.

Luke Experience

Luke Experience is performing two one-act plays at 7 p.m today, after Holiday Magic, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the base theater. “Final Dress Rehearsal” and “A Seussified Christmas Carol” are both rated PG for all audiences. There is no charge. For more information, call Lacey Quattlebaum at 623-856-9949.

Deployed family dinner

The deployed family dinner is 6 p.m. Thursday in the Luke Community Chapel. Games, gifts, holiday dinner and a special appearance by Santa are included. To RSVP by Dec. 7 or for more information, call 623-856-6211.

Holiday magic street closure

Eagle Street from Bong Lane west to Jerstad Lane will be closed 3 to 11 p.m. today for the Holiday Magic festivities.

Road closures

The following road closures will be in effect due to an electrical underground project.

• Jerstad Lane will be closed Monday through Wednesday between Gillespie Drive and Mitchell Street.

• Jerstad Lane will be closed Wednesday to Dec. 11 between Mitchell and Eagle streets.

Holiday gift wrap program

The Annual Community Gift Wrap Program is now through Dec. 24. Organizations on base can raise funds by wrapping gifts at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. Supplies are provided. For more information, call 623-
935-2671, ext. 211 or email tamiro@aafes.com.

Forging Sabre exercise

Luke Air Force Base will host Forging Sabre, an exercise involving members of the Republic of Singapore armed forces now
through Dec. 14. The exercise includes night and weekend flying operations at Luke AFB and the Barry M. Goldwater Range complex. The areas around Luke and the BMGR may experience more noise than usual as a result of the increased air activity and types of aircraft involved. There will be an  increased military presence with military movements along Highway 85 south of Gila Bend as military position themselves within the Barry M. Goldwater range. For more information, call Kiley Dougherty at 623-856-7991 or Maj. Matthew Hasson at 623-856-5997.

Tax volunteers wanted

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is looking for volunteers to assist individuals and families in preparing tax returns for the upcoming 2016 tax season Jan. 25 through April 14. No prior tax experience is required. Once certified, volunteers will be asked to work at least four hours per week in the tax center. Services are provided free of charge. Volunteer opportunities include a tax center coordinator, who is responsible for running the daily operations of the tax center. The coordinator is at the site every day it’s open for the entire tax season, schedules volunteers to be at the VITA site and contacts volunteers weekly to confirm their availability for assigned hours, assists with filing tax returns, answers tax-related questions and manages flow of taxpayers according to site operational procedures. Also needed are tax preparers who are responsible for providing tax return preparation services to eligible taxpayers at the tax center. The tax preparer prepares basic 1040 tax returns and related schedules, interviews taxpayers to determine all income, deductions and allowable credits are claimed and answers tax-related questions. There are additional support roles available. For more information, call Capt. Jheremy Perkins at 623-856-6901, or email jheremy.perkins.1@us.af.mil.

Bryant Fitness Center, annex hours

The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center has begun renovations. Access to the facility and exercise equipment will be limited during the renovation. Hours of operation are 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. Annex hours are 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Equipment will be moved to make room for the work. The weight and racquetball rooms will be closed first and then the cardio rooms. Restrooms and showers will be closed. Temporary showers and restrooms will be provided outside the center. Access to the facility is through the north and east doors until further notice. Parking will be near the softball field and Bldg. 750. Flight medicine parking lots are off limits. Fitness testing is in Bldg. 850. Check in at the fitness assessment cell office to complete the abdominal circumference measurement. The remainder of the test will be performed at the Combat Fitness Center. For more information regarding the PT test, call Senior Airman Philemon Sehne at 623-856-2471. For updates on construction changes, call 623-856-6241 and speak with a supervisor.

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