In Brief

Retiree Appreciation Day

Retiree Appreciation Day is to acknowledge the service of the veterans in the local metropolitan area, and to inform veterans of the services and activities that are available to them and their dependents. RAD is 8 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Naval Operations Support Center, Bldg. 300, at Luke Air Force Base. (Note: If you are a retiree without a current or valid ID card, you may gain access to this event by obtaining a visitors pass at South Gate Visitor’s Center and new ID cards will be issued at the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) during the day of the event.)

Exchange lay away

Luke AFB Exchange shoppers can start shopping now while keeping gifts away from prying eyes with fee-free layaway from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The Luke Exchange will waive the $3 service fee for items that are placed on layaway and paid for by Dec. 24 including toys and bikes. Purchases of $25 or more are eligible for the layaway plan. A 15-percent deposit is required to hold items.

Vet clinic

The Luke Air Force Base Veterinarian Clinic is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only. Services available are wellness exams, vaccines, sick-call examinations, laboratory services, ultrasound, heart-worm testing, nail trims, euthanasia procedures, prescription medications, over-the-counter products and more. Services not included are X-rays, surgical procedures or dental cleaning procedures. Services are for cats and dogs owned by active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard members, and retirees. For more information, call Sgt. Ivan Alburto at 623-856-6731.

Exchange gift wrap program

Luke AFB volunteer groups can raise money by partnering with AAFES during its annual community gift wrap program. The Exchange sets up tables and provides supplies that can be used to wrap gifts during the busy holiday shopping season in exchange for donations. For more information, call Michele Klein at 623-935-2671, ext. 211.

Flightline feasts

The November flightline feast is 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2 and will be served behind Hangar 914.

Health fair

The 56th Medical Group is hosting Launch Into Health, a health fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Club Five Six. MDG is partnering with TRICARE network providers to share health information. Active-duty service members, family members, and TRICARE beneficiaries who receive medical care from the 56th MDG are invited. Admission is free and includes healthy cooking demos, flu shots, static displays, educational preventive screenings, healthy lifestyle information as well as entertainment for children. Free health screenings will focus on blood pressure, heart rate, height/weight, body fat, fitness and nutrition. Participants can complete a “preflight health checklist” and become eligible to win prizes.

‘Only Tacos’

“Only Tacos” is open, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at the front of the Luke Air Force Base Exchange main entrance serving carne asada and chicken adobada tacos and green chile cream sauce. Taco bowls, gringas and combinations are also served.

Cultural festival

The West Valley Island Cultural Festival is noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Glendale Adult Center at 5970 W. Brown St., Glendale, 85302. The multicultural festival will include live entertainment, a Hawaiian/Tahitian dance competition, prizes and more. Presale or online tickets are $25 per adult, $15 per youth ages 13-19, $10 per child ages 4-12 and children 3 years and under are free. For more information, go to

Toastmasters on base

Toastmasters meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in Bldg. 1150, 3rd Floor Conference Room. Improve communication and leadership skills through friendly, constructive exercises involving prepared and impromptu speaking, and group leadership. Instructional materials are provided. The cost is $20 to join and $7 per month thereafter. For more information, call Lynne Nutter at

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