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On-Post Activities Mar 17 – last day to turn-in your JBLM volunteer nomination. Anyone can nominate a volunteer for the Volunteer of the Year 2014 award. In order to be nominated, volunteer should be registered with VMIS (, Active Duty members must be stationed in JBLM, primary volunteer service must be with organizaqtions on JBLM from Jan 1-Dec 31 2013 and previous volunteer of the year winners may be nominated but cannot be chosen as Volunteer of the Year. To get your nomination form, email your request to or go to Mar. 19, 10-2pm – Passport to Travel, at the AFC Arena (at the Skating Rink near the Bowling Alley). Get information from vendors and travel professionals at the Leisure and Travel Services for your next vacation, or get ideas & tips about planning your next trip. Flier Mar 25, 9:30-12:30pm – Join the Newcomers Bus Tour. You don’t need to be a newcomer to join. It’s a good way to learn your way around JBLM. FREE childcare is available. Call 253-967-3633 for details. Separate tour for Single SMs and for Married SMs with Families. See flier for more details Apr 7-11 – Volunteer Appreciation Week. Various appreciation events will be provided across JBLM to include: Apr. 7 Cookie Social @ Waller Hall, 102:30pm Apr. 8 Two free games of bowling (includes shoe rental) for all volunteers at the Bowl Arena Apr. 9 Cookie Social at the Thrift Shop, Lewis Main, 11:30am-1pm Apr.11 Cookie Social at McChord Commissary, 1-2:30pm Free BINGO at the Family Resource Center To join the Bingo game, call 253-967-9496 by Apr. 9 See flier for more details.

Inside this issue On-Post Activities …… Pg 1 Kids & Teens …………. Pg 2 Summer Camps……… Pg 2 Training, Education & Employment …………...Pg 3 Off-Post Activities…….. Pg 4 Contact Us: FRG Contact: New in the unit? Email us your Name and Soldier’s info. and we will help you connect to your FRG at Military Family Life Counselor

Tel: 253-363-6978 Email: FREE confidential counseling, for individual, couples, or families. Apr 26, 9-1pm – Spring Flea Market, AFC Arena and MWR Fest Tent. Vendors, cost is $24-for two (2) 6ft tables or spaces. Call (253) 967-6772 Flier May 17, 10-6pm – Armed Forces Day, Cowan Memorial Stadium. July 4, 12-10pm- Freedom Fest, Cowan Memorial Stadium. Call (253) 9676772 if you’re interested to fundraise. The afternoon session (1-3pm) is still available for the Appreciating Him & Her eventthis event. If you want to participate, register right away at

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Kids and Teens Mar 20, 11:30-12:30pm- Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, at the Parent Central Services, 2295 12th St. and Bitar Avenue, Lewis Main. map Get involved with CYS Services. Share your ideas by attending at this meeting. Bring your own nut-free brown bag lunch. Call (253) 967-3056/3830.

camps in the South Sound! Featuring 25+ camp providers and an interactive room with kid friendly activities. (253) 404-3939. FREE at Mar 25, 11am – Clarkmoor CDC Ribbon cutting. Mar 28 – deadline to register for the Spring Youth Baseball. Open to ages 5-15 for $60 and ages 3-4 Lil’Batters for $20. Download registration form from

Mar 21 – Special Olympics Aquatics and Track in Field deadline to register. Open to ages 8-18 with or Apr 25 – deadline to register for without special needs. Call flag football and (253) 966-CYSS. Flier cheerleading for youth ages 5-15. For more CYSS Spring Mar 22, 12-4pm – Meet & Greet 2014 Youth Sports the Frozen Disney Schedules, go to: Princesses Elsa & Ana at your Lewis Main /pdf/cyss/2014/Spring%20 Exchange. Flier sports%202014_CYSS.pdf Mar 22, 10-1pm – Summer Camp Apr 26 – Armed Forces KidsRun. Fair. Get information on See flier for more details. sign-ups for summer

Attention to all military kiddos, K-8th grade to submit your artwork for the JBLM Military Child poster contest. Submit by March 28th. Click on the flier for submission details or call (253-982-2695.Winners will be announced at the Kids Fest on April 3rd.

Summer Camps for Military Families Military Family Camp – registration starts April 1st. This affordable Military Family Camp (priority is given to Single parent and families of deployed/redeployed Soldiers. Located at the beautiful Malibu Club in the Canadian Royal Fjords . Passports are required. Camp rates are based on rank which usually ranges from $50-$150 per entire week of high adventure, inclusive of transportation, meals, lodging and fun activities. Will accommodate approximately 30 JBLM families, so make sure you apply early. Available dates for 2014: August 17-23 and August 23-29 Adventure Camps for Military Teens ages 14-18 yrs old – FREE including transportation. Watch out for the 2014-2015 camp schedule to be released soon. Check out their FB page to get up to date info at July 13-18, 2014 - Operation Purple Camp, Ellensburg, WA – Open to ages 8-10 years old. Events include archery, inner tubing, sports fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, military themed programs, camp fires, etc. For more info go to: Family Retreat – there are only 2 locations for 2014, NC and WY.


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March is Women’s History Month and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Don’t forget to join the Spouse Buzz Workshop on March 27th at the American Lake Conference Center. This is a fun workshop with lunch included and is completely FREE for military spouses. Click here for more info.

Training, Education & Employment Mar 19, 9-12:30pm – Managing Your Super Power’s Workshop, Waller Hall AFCS Classroom. (253) 967-3544 for info. Flier Mar 20 & 28 – Get Certified in First Aid and CPR, an 8-hour FREE Course. See flier for details.

Apr 8, 5-6:30pm – “Launching Hope and Scream FREE Parenting”. As shown on NBC’s Today Show, learn how to stop raising kids and start preparing your teens for adulthood. Dinner is included and is followed by session of ScreamFree Marriage. First 100 attendees will receive free books/DVDs. Registration is required. (253)-967-2324/9496 Flier

Mar 22, 9-3pm – R.A.D. Physical Self Defense Class. Learn realistic self-defense tactics for women 13yrs old & older. Comprehensive women-only Family Advocacy Program –helps strengthen Family course. See flier for more details. relationships using education, information Mar 25, 2-3pm –EFMP Working FOCUS Group. Join and referral. Staff with licensed Social the JBLM EFMP group in their global effort in Workers, Nurses and Social Service tackling Professionals. Includes New Parent Support and Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy. Mar 27, 10-2pm – Spouse Buzz Workshop, American Services are FREE! (253) 967-5901 to see class Lake Conference Center, Lewis North. FREE, offerings for 2014, see Flier lunch is provided. Learn tips on how to build your “happily ever after” military life. Flier Mar 27, 9-11am – Prepare for an effective interview; includes mock interviews, recording (optional) and feedback on each interview to help you improve. Provided by the AFCS Employment Program. Spouse employment orientation is open every Wednesdays from 9-10:30am. Flier Mar 31-Apr 4 – Lifeguard Training Certification. Class location: Kimbro Pool, Liggett Avenue, JBLM-Lewis Main (map) Call 253-967-9210 for info. Apr 2, 9-10am – Volunteer Orientation Training. Learn about utilizing the online registration process, required forms, Q & A on volunteering. Flier

Armed Forces Team Building – helps you adopt to, and enjoy military lifestyle. It provides the knowledge and self-confidence to take on responsibility for yourself and your family. Help you find resources available to the military community. Here are their class schedules for March and April. Flier Mar 26-27, 9:15-3pm – Command Team Spouse Seminar. Learn the responsibilities of a command team spouse. Apr 1-2, 9:15-3pm – Military Knowledge. Recommended to spouses who are new to the military life. Learn military acronyms, military customs and traditions, and more.


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Off-Post Activities Mar 29, 11-4pm – Military Appreciation Day and Informational Fair, Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Entertainment, children’s activities, mini bootcamp for kids, door prizes for military personnel, free food and drinks, & centerstage performers. Flier

Washington Major festivals / events Apr. 5- Daffodil Parade Schedules

Mar 29, 8:30-9:30pm – Earth Hour. The City of Lacey is joining with communities around the world in support of the Earth Hour. Businesses and residents in cities and towns world-wide are switching their lights off for one hour to show concern for the environment. Mar 29 – Soggy Doggy 5K, Fort Steilacoom Park. A fun day for you and your best friend, with dog friendly routes (either 5K or 1mile) and other fun activities for the whole family. Fee includes one pet registration, t-shirt, and pet bandana. Visit for more info. or call (253) 983-7887.

Tacoma-10:15am Puyallup – 12:45pm Sumner – 2:30pm Orting – 5:00pm Click on the names to open link… Mar. 29 – Capital Food & Wine Festival, Lacey Apr 25-26 – Spring Arts Walk

Apr 5, 10am – April Fools Dash in Tacoma. This dash involves unexpected fun and goofy obstacles and fitness challenges throughout the course. Be ready to run, hop, sing, crawl, draw and more as you and your family get fit and laugh your way through. For fees and details, go to:

April 26 – Procession of the Species, Olympia

Apr 5 – after the April Fools Dash, bring the entire family to FREE activities to play in a bouncy house, climb the rock wall, create arts & crafts, face painting & more.

May 17 – Olympia Boatswap & Chowder Challenge

April 26 – Dragon Boat Festival May 10-11 Wooden Boat Festival

Apr 19, 11-4pm – Sewing to Sowing – Experience springtime in the 1950s at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Visit with the Fort’s gardeners and help sow seeds, learn hand sewing and see demonstrations on the world’s earliest sewing machines. Admission: $5-$8, kids 4 and under are free. Apr (TBD) – Lacey Family Fish-in, Woodland Creek Community Park. Fee $5 per kids ages 5 to 14 (includes a rod and reel). This day fun is designed to encourage fishing as a family activity. Volunteers will be on hand with tips for catching the big ones. Go to Apr 26, 6pm – Join the 12th Annual Salute to Our Armed Forces, at the Seattle Rainier’s Stadium Flier May 17-18 – Lacey Spring Fun Fair at the Saint Martin’s University grounds. Two days of fun for families and FREE kidsworld activities and entertainment. May 31 – Zombie 5K Apocalypse, sponsored by Captain Meriwether Lewis (AUSA) Lakewood Chapter. Registration includes 1-yr new and renewing AUSA membership. Register at See Flier for details.


Prepared by: Mary Belcher, FRSA

USO Northwest and the Broadway Center for Performing Arts (Tacoma) offering FREE Tickets to the following:

Caladh Nua, Rialto Theater

Mar 16, 7:30pm – request ticket to two (2) per name. Preview Show Get Tickets!

See Me Naked, Studio 3 Mar 20, 7:30pm Three (3) Mar 21, 7:30pm date Mar 22, 7:30pm options Limit to 2 tickets/name Preview Show Get Tickets!

(253) 477-3020

CSH Update -12Mar2014  

This family update is to provide Soldiers and Families of 47th CSH with information on events, activities, benefits and opportunities availa...

CSH Update -12Mar2014  

This family update is to provide Soldiers and Families of 47th CSH with information on events, activities, benefits and opportunities availa...