JBM-HH summer activities heating up, pools to open soon
May 20, 2013
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Families looking for free, fun-filled entertainment on Saturday evenings are invited to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation "Movies under the Moon."
"For the first year, outdoor movies will be shown at Spates Community Club's patio deck," said Todd Hopkins, recreational specialist and special events coordinator with DFMWR. Spates Community Club is located at 214 McNair Road on the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH.
"Holding movie nights at Spates allows everyone to see six additional movies this season, as well as another location to see movies," he added.
The first movie night is scheduled Saturday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra" will be shown. Families are encouraged to bring outdoor chairs and blankets for movie viewing.
"There will be picnic tables and chairs available on a first-come, first-available basis, but those are limited," Hopkins said.
Additional Saturday night movies at Spates include: June 8 - "Transformers," 9 p.m.; June 29 - "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," 9 p.m.; July 13 in partnership with the USO "Movie on the Lawn" series - "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," 9 p.m. with door prizes and refreshments available from the USO; Aug. 3 - "Grease," 8:30 p.m.; and Sept. 13 - "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," 7:30 p.m.
"We'll also feature the 'Dive-In Movies' series again this summer at the Fort Myer Officers Club 50-yard pool at 214 Jackson Avenue on JBM-HH," said Hopkins. The movies can be watched while floating in the pool on a raft, inner tube or sitting on the pool deck so bring a flotation device, blanket or a portable chair.
"These movies will also be shown on Saturday nights," he said. "In the past, we've had movies on Friday nights, but parents had kids going to bed early before scheduled early morning sporting events on Saturdays. The feedback was families had nothing to do on Saturday nights, so we switched to Saturday movie nights."
The 'Dive-In Movies' begin June 22 at 9 p.m. with "The Great Outdoors." On July 6 at 9 p.m. the movie will be "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"; July 27 at 8:45 p.m. it's "Summer Rental;" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift," concludes the series Aug. 17 at 8:45 p.m.
"The weather call will be about 4 p.m. the days movies are scheduled. If a movie has to be cancelled due to rain or heavy winds, we do not reschedule the movie," said Hopkins. "Anyone can call 540-939-1045 to check for cancellations," said Hopkins.
"It's fun to see families come out and enjoy themselves. We average about 60 people at these movie nights in the past, but we have had as many as 100 people attend," he added.
Hopkins said due to budget restrictions, the Fort Myer community pool will be closed again this year.
"The 50-yard swimming pool at the Fort Myer Officers Club will be closed for emergency repairs May 20 through June 8. This closing will allow us to replace the pool wall and reset the tiling around the 50-yard pool," said Hopkins. "During this time, our 25-meter, figure-eight and wading pools will be operational daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, May 25." For additional information contact Christina Darensbourg at 703-696-0299 or 703-939-1022 or Hopkins at 703-696-0594 or 703-939-1045.
Private and group swim lessons will be available as well as water aerobics; stroke-and-turn, and lifeguard training. For information, phone the pool office at 703-522-5932 or email your contact information to Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will forward your information to the aquatic instructors. "Our last event at the officers club pool will be the annual Doggie Dip Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. until noon," Hopkins said.
For information on the pool and club membership, contact the officers club membership office at 703-524-7000/0200.
In addition to the movies and pools, Hopkins said FMWR also sponsors fun runs as well as the Army Ten-Miler qualifier races for those who are trying out for the Fort Myer teams. There are two Army Ten-Miler qualifier races scheduled June 28 and July 26 for active duty military only.
"We have 40 slots that service members are eligible to compete for on our team," said Hopkins. "We look for males who can qualify for an average of 60 to 70 minutes and females for 70 to 85 minutes for 10 miles."
The Army Ten-Miler is Oct. 20.
There is also a fun run in support of Women's Equality Day planned with the JBM-HH Equal Opportunity Office scheduled for Aug. 23.
For more information on these events, and to register for the races, go to http://www.jbmhhfmwr.com.