Upcoming events at McConnell Air Force Base

Composed by our friends at the 22nd Force Support Squadron.

The Buzz: Get crafty this month– quilts, floral arranging, and parent/child sewing classes enrolling now!  

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Information, Tickets and Travel Office

Hurry….Harlem Globetrotter tickets are GOING FAST at ITT!!

The spectacular shooting of the Harlem Globetrotters is coming to Intrust Bank Areana, and YOU can watch it all for a discounted price when you go through ITT! Watch the trick shots, daring dribbling, and all-around AMAZING  baskets on Saturday, 4 Feb. at 4 p.m.  Tickets and prices are below.  ITT customers are exempt from the convenience and handling charges, so you’ll save between $10-$23 PER TICKET when you purchase from ITT!  The last day to purchase tickets is Monday, 30 January, so drop by ITT in the Dole Center (located next to the Fitness Center) today!  For more information, call (316) 759-4070.

Ticket Prices (Please note that ITT customers are EXEMPT from the convenience charge, which will save between $10-$23 per ticket!):

*          Sec. 109, Rows K-P:  $23

*          Sec. 126, Rows B-K:  $28

*          Sec. 105, Rows K-P:  $36

*          Sec. 104, Rows K-P:  $48


Pre-Order Your Valentine’s Day bouquet from ITT and save!!

Take care of your honey and save some money! Shop for your Valentine’s Day flowers at the Information, Tickets, and Travel office and have our talented florist custom-make a beautiful arrangement for you for less than you would pay off base!  Plus, you can stack the savings this month at ITT!  If you pre-order your Valentine’s Day flowers before 30 January, you’ll receive $5 off your arrangement!  Hurry over to ITT, located in the Dole Center right next to the Fitness Center, and show your sweetheart your love today!  For more information, call ITT at 759-6007.


Cirque du Soleil comes to Wichita….Get your tickets now!

Immerse yourself in the mystic and wonder of Cirque du Soleil’s “Toruk: The First Flight,” coming to Intrust Bank Arena this January!  ITT has discounted tickets for the Friday, 27 Jan. show at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday, 29 Jan. show at 5 p.m.  Tickets are only $45 and are first-come, first-serve.  Stop by the ITT office in the Dole Center (next to the Fitness Center), or call ITT at 759-6007.


1/2 Priced Fridays are back at ITT!

Need a beautiful floral arrangement? Buy on Friday and save at ITT!  Every Friday, ALL plants and flowers in the case are 50% off!  So, stop by ITT in the Dole Center (right next to the Fitness Center), and bring a smile to your loved one’s face!


Arts & Crafts

TODAY is the deadline to register for Baubles and Beads Quilt Class & our Floral Arranging Class!

Have you always wanted to quilt? Or, do you need a brush-up on your skills?  Then our Baubles and Beads quilting class is for you!  This Basic Quilting class will teach participants how to cut fabric and measure fabric, learn how to work the sewing machines, create your quilt blocks, and assemble and finish the quilt!  Baubles and Beads is a four-session class at $20 per session, and we will meet from 5 – 8 p.m. on the following dates:  12 January, 9 February, 9 March, and 6 April.  By the last session, you will have completed the quilt!  The deadline to register is TODAY, 11 Jan.  For additional information and to see a picture of the quilt we will be making, go here:  http://www.refuelmcconnell.com/event/baubles-and-beads-quilt-class/2017-01-12/

Learn how to arrange flowers like the pros at the Arts & Crafts Center’s Floral Arranging class! On Tuesday, January 17 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., learn basic flower arranging skills from an instructor as we complete a special project, “A Bird’s Eye View of Winter.” All supplies are provided by the instructor.  The cost is $25 per person, and you must be at least 16 years old to take the class.  Please register no later than Wednesday, 11 January.  For information on how to register AND to see a picture of our project, click here:  http://www.refuelmcconnell.com/event/floral-arranging/


Enjoy extended hours at the Auto Body Shop during Moonlight Mechanic!

Fit some auto work into your busy schedule during Moonlight Mechanic! The Auto Shop will extend their hours to 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on 21 Jan so you have time to get that car work done!  Stop by and utilize our equipment, including hydraulic lifts and flat stalls, a wheel alignment machine, tire changer, wheel balancer, brake lathe, fully equipped tool boxes for each stall, a paint booth and many of the specialty tools needed for your auto repairs.  Mandatory certification is required to use some equipment.  The Auto Shop staff is available to certify and advise customers.  No reservations are needed to take advantage of Moonlight Mechanic, so stop by on 21 Jan!  For more information, call the Auto Shop at 759-4084.


Learn how to assemble your own fruit bouquet during our Edible Arrangements class!

Do you love edible bouquets, but hate paying their hefty price tags? Learn how to create one yourself at our Edible Arrangement class, Saturday, 4 February from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.!  Students will learn how to cut and assemble fruit in order to create fun, beautiful, and absolutely tasty fruit bouquets!  The cost of the class is $25 per person, and the instructor will provide all supplies.  No previous experience is needed, but you must be at least 10 years old to take the class.  Please register no later than Wednesday, 1 February by calling the Arts & Crafts Center at 759-4084.


Make matching aprons with your daughter (and even one for her doll!) during February’s Simply Sewing!

You AND your child can learn to sew at the Arts & Crafts Center’s Simply Sewing! On Saturday, 11 February from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., children ages 10 and over can join a parent in making matching parent/child aprons while learning the basics of sewing techniques and how to use a sewing machine with a skilled instructor.  The cost of the class is $30 per parent/child couple, and a supply list will be provided at signup.  There will be a limited number of sewing machines to use at the Arts & Crafts Center, or you can bring your own.  Time allowing, parents and children are also welcome to make a matching doll apron with leftover fabric.  Please sign up by Wednesday, 8 February by calling the Arts & Crafts Center at 759-4084.


Community Center

No Matinee Monday on 16 Jan.

Monday Matinees in the Breakaway Room are taking a break until 23 January due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. On Monday, 23 January, we will be showing Everest at 11 a.m.  Moviegoers can grab a combo meal from Twisters Cafe and bring it into the show, or bring your own snacks!  For more information, contact the Community Center at (316) 759-4330.

Upcoming Matinee Monday Movies:

*          23 January:  Everest

*          30 January:  Focus


THE BFG is coming to Movie Night Madness!

Grab your frobscottle and head down to the Base Theater for Movie Night Madness, Friday, 13 January at 7 p.m.! Next month’s movie is The BFG.  The BFG, which stands for “Big Friendly Giant,” is based off of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name and tells the story of an orphan girl named Sophie who meets the world’s one friendly giant, the BFG.  The BFG, who catches good dreams and blows them into children’s rooms while they are sleeping, teams up with Sophie to capture all of the other giants before they can hurt people.  Enjoy this whimsical movie with your choice of a small popcorn, drink, or candy, FREE with your $1 admission!  For more information, contact the Community Center at (316) 759-4330.


Adult Coloring in the Breakaway Room

There is no problem in life that can’t be improved with a fresh box of crayons and a coloring sheet! De-stress while creating a beautiful masterpiece during our Adult Coloring sessions, every Wednesday in January at 11 a.m. in the Dole Center Breakaway Room.  We’ll provide the colors and paper– just bring yourself!  This event is free for all.  For more information, contact the Community Center at (316) 759-4267.


Grab your paddles– Quartermania is here!

Paddle up and join us on Friday, 20 Jan. for Quartermania, our exciting live-action bidding event! Purchase your numbered paddles for $2 each or 3 for $5 at the door of the Dole Center Ballroom starting at 6 p.m. (the more paddles you have, the more chances you have to win)! When the game starts at 7 p.m., explore the room of prizes and decide which ones you want to bid on. Each prize you choose requires a bid match of 1-4 quarters. Once all bids are placed, a number is randomly-chosen for each prize. If the randomly-chosen number matches your paddle number AND you bid on the prize, YOU WIN IT! Vendors include home décor, makeup, jewelry, gift cards and more. Interested in being a vendor? Vendor registration is $15 for a 6 ft. table and two chairs (additional tables are $5 each) and must be submitted at least five days prior to the event. For details, call the Community Center at 759-4267.


Karaoke Night is coming to the Breakaway!

Everything is better with Karaoke! On Thursday, 19 January at 5 p.m., sing your heart out in the Dole Center Breakaway Room with FREE karaoke!  So, grab your friends and head out for some harmonious fun!


Celebrate National Belly Laugh Day with a FREE showing of Daddy’s Home!

Happy National Belly Laugh Day! To celebrate, we’re going to have a side-stitching celebration complete with a FREE movie in the Dole Center Breakaway Room!  Join us Tuesday, 24 Jan. at 5 p.m. to watch Daddy’s Home, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.  Bring your own snacks or purchase a combo meal from Twisters Cafe to eat during the movie.  For more information, call the Community Center at (316) 759-4267.


Make Mug Lasagna & Cheesecake at our Microwave Cooking Class!

Do you love delicious meals, but you don’t need to make an entire entree? We have a solution for you!  On Thursday, 26 January at 6 p.m., join us in the Dole Center Breakaway Room (behind Tanker Tavern) for a special Microwave Cooking Class!  We’ll be cooking up some delicious mug lasagna and mug cheesecake to take your dinner to a whole new level.  We’ll supply the food– just bring yourself!  The cost is $5, and you must sign up by 24 January.  To register, call the Community Center at (316) 759-4267.


Youth Center

MLK Essay Contest– Now Accepting Entries

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Take the first step and honor one of the most influential people in American history by entering the Youth Center’s MLK Essay Challenge. From  now through 31 January, students ages 9 – 18 are asked to write an essay on the topic, “What do you think Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy meant to Americans?”  Essay must be 1,000 words and typed in 12 pt., Times New Roman font.  A panel of judges will read essay submissions, and the winning essay writer will receive a gift certificate.  Essays MUST be turned in to the Youth Center by Tuesday, 31 January.  For more information, call the Youth Center at (316) 759-4070.


The FINAL Deadline to Purchase Wichita Sports Forum tickets is 12 January!!

HIGH FLYING FUN IS COMING YOUR WAY! Team McConnell will have Wichita Sports Forum all to ourselves for a SPECIAL overnight lock-in! On Friday, 13 January at 10:30 p.m., Wichita Sports Forum will close down to the general public and open ONLY to Team McConnell (that means EVERYONE– active duty, retirees, DOD civilian, Reserves, Guard and their families!). Join us for an amazing night of trampoline jumping, basketball, sand and court volleyball and soccer! Plus, fight for your squadron pride, or simply have fun with a group of friends, by entering one of several sports tournaments that we will offer throughout the night. The cost is $10 per person for ages 4 and up, and your admission includes a $7 food voucher, free! Please note that children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and children ages 6 and under must be monitored by an adult at all times. While this event will end Saturday, 14 January at 6 a.m., please note that you can come-and-go as you please during that time. You must purchase tickets at the Youth Center by Thursday, 12 January.  For information on how to register, click here:  http://www.refuelmcconnell.com/event/fit-families-lock-in-at-wichita-sports-forum/

Sports Tournaments during the Lock-In:

*          Basketball: 5-person teams

*          Basketball:  3-person teams

*          Volleyball, Hardwood Court:  6-person teams

*          Volleyball, Sand:  4-person teams

*          Soccer:  6-person teams


We need YOUR input at the Youth Center Q&A Forum!

Do you have a question for Youth Center staff? Is there a program you’d like to see in the future? Or, do you have a suggestion for improvement? We want to hear YOUR thoughts at the Youth Center Q & A Forum, Wednesday, 11 January from 5 – 6 p.m. at the Youth Center. Ask questions, make suggestions and help us design youth programs that excite your children! For more information, call the Youth Center at (316) 759-4070.


Become King or Queen of the Court at the Youth Center’s 3 vs. 3 Teen Basketball Tourney!

Eat, sleep, hoop, repeat, and become legendary in the 3 vs. 3 Teen Basketball Tournament, Friday, 20 Jan.! Teens ages 13 – 18 can dribble to glory at the Youth Center from 6 – 10 p.m..  During this elimination tournament, the games are 15 minutes each OR whoever scores 15 points first.  The cost is $15 per team, and bottled water will be provided.  Please register by Friday, 13 January by calling the Youth Center at (316) 759-4070.


Club McConnell

Have big fun watching the big game at our Super Sunday Celebration at Tanker Tavern!!

Get in the zone and find your route here…watch the big game with us during our Super Sunday Celebration at Tanker Tavern! On Sunday, 5 February starting at 4 p.m., bring the whole family for an exciting day filled with games, food, fun, prizes, and of course, football!  No tailgating party is complete without corn hole and ladder toss, so challenge your friends and see if you can score some shuckers and sliders.  Then, move into the Tavern and watch your tastebuds do a touchdown dance as you enjoy our dual-threat food and drink specials while you watch the Big Game!  We’ll be giving away a lot of prizes throughout the night, so score big all while having a great time!  For more information, please call (316) 759-6002.


The GIs of Comedy are coming to McConnell!

We’re on a mission to make you laugh at a FREE Comedy Show starring the world-famous GIs of Comedy! On Thursday, 23 February at 7:00 p.m., join us in the Dole Center Ballroom for a side-splitting evening with Army veteran Thom Tran, Air Force veteran Walter Campbell and Navy veteran PJ Walsh.  You must be at least 18 years old to attend due to adult material.  Admission is free– just show up and enjoy!  To read more about the comedians, go to www.gisofcomedy.com.  For information about the show, call the Club at (316) 759-6002.


NAF Jobs

NAF has several positions now open. To view the most updated job listings, or to apply, go to http://www.nafjobs.org

*          Food Service Worker, Bowling Center ($8.78/hr.)

*          Laborer, The Club ($9.55/hr.)

*          Food Service Worker, Bowling ($8.78/hr.)

*          Bartender, The Club ($11.11/hr.)

*          Guest Services Representative, Lodging ($9.00/hr.)

*          Child and Youth Program Assistant, Youth Programs ($11.30 – $13.84/hr.)

*          Bartender Supervisor, The Club ($13.06/hr.)

*          Small Engine Mechanic, Outdoor Recreation ($13.35/hr.)

*          Marine Engine Mechanic, Outdoor Recreation ($14.80/hr.)

*          Wood Crafter Instructor, Arts & Crafts ($14.80/hr)

*          Recreation Aid, Outdoor Recreation ($8.50/hr.)

*          Recreation Aid (Life Guard), Fitness Center ($9.73/hr.)

*          Child and Youth Program Assistant, Child Development Center  ($11.30 – $13.84/hr.)

*          Cook, Bowling Center ($10.42/hr.)\

*          Automotive Mechanic Helper, Arts & Crafts Center ($11.11/hr.)

*          Computer Clerk, Resource Management ($13-$18/hr.)

*          Recreation Aid (Life Guard), Outdoor Recreation ($9.73/hr. – $11)

*          Recreation Aid, Community Center ($8.00/hr.)


Fitness Center

Test your strength at the Strong Man Competition!

Hey, mighty men and women of McConnell! Test your strength at the Fitness Center’s Strong Man Competition!  On Friday, 13 January from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., join us in the weight room where participants will attempt three lifts:  bench, squat and deadlift.  For each lift, the participant will be given three attempts.  The highest weight of the three attempts will count as the participant’s score in that lift, and the winner will be determined by adding together the totals for each of the three lifts to find the highest combined score.  There will be a male and female category.


NEW Functional Fitness Class at the Fitness Center!

Do you want to build strength and endurance? Try out the Fitness Center’s NEW Functional Fitness class!  Workouts will feature anaerobic, aerobic, high intensity interval training and circuit training into your routine, helping you reach peak performance, improve the way you look, and decrease the chance of injuries.  This class is free and takes place every Monday from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Fitness Center’s MMA Room.  For more information, call the Fitness Center at (316) 759-4010.


No hot water in the Fitness Center 9 – 13 Jan

From 9-13 January, the hot water boiler will undergo replacement in the Fitness Center.  As a result, there will be no hot water in the Fitness Center’s showers during this timeframe.  We apologize for any inconvenience.



Story Time at the Library

Story time at the Library continues on Tuesday, 17 January with “Peace” week! We’ll read books about Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., and then we’ll make some friendly little snakes to pet and love!  Story time is ideal for children ages 3 -5 and runs from 10 – 11 a.m.   This program is free.  For more information, call the Library at 759-4207/4243

Upcoming Story Time Themes/Crafts:

*          17 Jan.:  “Peace”/ Friendly Little Snakes

*          24 Jan.:  “Science”/Bird & Squirrel Feeder

*          31 Jan.:  “Bubbles”/ Paint Bubble Wrap and Blow Bubbles


Family Game Night comes to L.I.F.T.!

We have a “Monopoly” on fun at this month’s L.I.F.T. (Libraries Involving Families Together). On Thursday, 12 January from 6 – 7 p.m., gather up your family because you have a “Ticket to Ride” over to the Youth Center for Family Game Night!  Did someone tell you that you needed to sign up?  “Balderdash!”– simply stop by and say, “Guess Who?”  All our families get in free to enjoy this fun “Operation”!  For more information, call the Library at 759-4207/4243.


Patron Appreciation Day at the Library!

We love our patrons, and we want to show it on Thursday, 19 January during the Library’s Patron Appreciation Day! From 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., come to the Library for cocoa, muffins and free gifts while supplies last.  For more information, call the Library at 759-4207/4243.


Make your own pebble light jar during Craftaholics!

Make a Pinterest-perfect project at Craftaholics, hosted by the Library! Join us Friday, 27 January from 5 – 6:30 p.m. as we make beautiful pebble light jars to brighten up any space!  This program is free, but you must sign up at least two days prior to the event by calling the Library at 759-4207/4243 to ensure we have enough supplies for everyone!  Not ready for the fun to end?  Stay around after Craftaholics for PageTurners, where we will be discussing the book, “The Martian” by Andy Weir and watching the major motion picture starring Matt Damon.


We’re bringing home “The Martian” during PageTurners!

Looking for a book club with a twist? Join us on Friday, 27 January at 6:30 p.m. for PageTurners, hosted by the McConnell AFB Library!  This month, we’ll be discussing the book “The Martian” by Andy Weir.  After our discussion, we’ll watch the movie starring Matt Damon and enjoy a potluck snack (this month’s potluck theme is potato dishes, so bring your best taters to share!).  This event is free.  For more information, call the Library at 759-4207/4243.  Don’t forget….you can come early at 5 p.m. and make a pebble light jar at Craftaholics!


Family Child Care

Family Child Care Providers Needed!

The Family Child Care (FCC) Program has openings for Family Child Care Providers who are willing to provide regular full time, part time or hourly child care and child care for special needs children.

Expanded Child Care Programs such a Home Community Care, Deployment Care, and the Air Force Aid PCS program are additional opportunities available for FCC providers. If you are an Active Duty Spouse or a retired military spouse and want to learn more about the business of child care in your home, contact the Family Child Care Office at 759-4222 or come to the office that is located in the Child Development Center.


Outdoor Recreation Closure Dates:

Due to POS training Outdoor Recreation will be closed the following dates:

Monday 23 January – Friday, 27 January

Monday 20 February – Friday, 24 February


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