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COMMUNITY CORNER – Ring in holidays at Fort Riley

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | December 15, 2017

     The holiday season is in full swing and there’s no shortage of op­portunities to make memories and celebrate traditions with family and friends around the Flint Hills Region. Here are just a few examples:

DEC. 15

          • 7 p.m. – Free showing of the movie “The Star” at Barlow Theater. Hosted by Fort Riley’s Army Substance Abuse Program.

          • 7:30 p.m. – Free holiday concert at Junction City’s C.L. Hoover Opera House. The 1st Infantry Division Band performs Christmas music including jolly classics and traditional sounds of the season. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

DEC. 16

          • 11 a.m. – Wreaths Across America at the Fort Riley Post Cemetery. Join the Fort Riley, 1st Infantry Division, VFW and Boy Scouts team as we come together – at the same time as 1,200 other locations across the country – to remember and honor our fallen service members.

          • Various times – USO Jolly Days. Visit for a gift-wrap station, hot cocoa bar, DIY cards and coloring station, 3D snowflake-making, sugar cookie decorating and more. Visit fortriley.uso.org/events/69 for a complete listing of dates, times and activities.

          • 7:30 p.m. – Free holiday concert at Junction City’s C.L. Hoover Opera House. The 1st Infantry Division Band performs Christmas music including jolly classics and traditional sounds of the season. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

DEC. 21

          • 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers holiday party at the Warrior Zone. A free event with door prizes, drawings, games and more. A nominal fee will be charged for some activities.

 

DEC. 23

          • 1 and 3 p.m. – Story­time at the USO. Santa will read “`Twas the Night Before Christmas” and each family will receive a recordable story­book. Registration is required.

 

DEC. 24

      Note: For a full list of services, visit www.riley.army.mil/Services/Fort-Riley-Services/Chaplain and click on the “Fort Riley Religious Holiday Event Flier” in the upper-right section of the page.

          • 3 p.m. – Christmas Eve carriage rides at the historic Main Post Chapel. The Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard leads wagon rides and caroling.

          • 4:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Children’s Mass, Victory Chapel.

          • 5:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Kapaun Chapel

          • 6 p.m. – Christmas Eve candlelight service, Main Post Chapel

          • Midnight – Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, St. Mary’s Chapel

          • All day – Holiday movie marathon at the USO.

 

DEC. 25

          • Noon to 6 p.m. – Christ­mas at the USO. Snacks, des­serts, drinks, movies, games and giveaways will be avail­able and all visitors Dec. 24 and 25 receive an entry ticket in the USO holiday giveaway drawing. Call 785-240-5326.

          • 8:45 a.m., Christmas Day Mass, Victory Chapel

          • Noon, Christmas Day Mass, St. Mary’s Chapel

 

ONGOING

      Visit the Fort Riley MWR Facebook page at www.face­book.com/pg/rileymwr/events to learn about their multiple activities, including Child and Youth Services Parent Central Saturday hours, Bubble Gup­pies, Holiday Hoops basketball tournament, Splash Saturdays, library movie night with “The Polar Express,” and Adult Art: Ceramic Reindeer Bag.

      There are plenty of things to see and do outside the gate too. To see what our sur­rounding communities have to offer, visit www.riley.army.mil/Portals/0/Docs/Commu­nity/CommPartner/Outside­GateDEC.pdf.

      Please get out and enjoy the season, safely, with your friends, family members and co-workers this year. Happy Holidays!

      — To comment on this article or to suggest a topic for Community Corner, email usarmy.riley.imcom.mbx.post-newspaper@mail.mil.

 

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