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FOOD & FUN

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FAMILY & THE HOMEFRONT

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ADVENTURES

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FEELIN’ GOOD

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LEARNING & EARNING

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Restock your good-time inventory; reconnect by eating out together; what to do when spring fever hits

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Services and agencies help make Families stronger; attend Easter eggstravaganzas; sign up for youth sports

Enjoy annual NAC Open House and Yard Sale; tour a brewery and festivals, go fishing, kayaking, biking and more

Train now for spring and summer races — Superheroes, Sound to Narrows, Triple Threat; nourish your body

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JBLM Libraries celebrate National Library Week with treats and giveaways; how car insurance rates are set

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Celebrate JBLM youth, spring with fun events In honor of Month of the Military Child, you’re invited to celebrate Kids’ Fest (page 15; find details for free bowling on page 6), learn more about the Family Covenant in action at JBLM (page 12) and take advantage of April savings with the Outdoor Recreation Program. Plus, parent education opportunities and tips are on page 14. This month also brings Easter events — take your kids to one of the Easter egg hunts at JBLM and dine out for brunch — the start of great golf savings (page 7) and free Battle Bean coffee (page 11). Celebrate Earth Day with an entire week of events; see page 8. In bringing you more recreation options, we’re proud to announce that construction of the JBLM Skate Plaza at AFC Commons is complete. Check out the details on page 16. Another exciting announcement: Pitbull will be in concert at JBLM next month. Turn to page 30 for the event details and stay tuned to JBLMmwr.com. As always, I’d like to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to share your experiences with Family and MWR — visit http://ice.disa.mil. Sincerely, William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

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Monday, April 16: Volunteer at the Community Garden 10 a.m.–3 p.m. with a free barbecue. Call 253-967-5776 to volunteer. Tuesday, April 17: See educational displays and exhibits at the McChord Commissary, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: See educational displays and exhibits at the Lewis Main Exchange, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19: Solo Point Beach Clean-Up Day, 2 p.m. with a volunteer barbecue until 5 p.m. Call 253-982-0718 to volunteer. JBLM Earth Day Events are a Public Works & MWR joint partnership.

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Bowling’s fun Free bowling at Kids’ Fest Join in on free Family bowling at Bowl Arena Lanes at Lewis Main as part of the 2012 Kids’ Fest at AFC Arena, Thursday, April 5 from 1–4:30 p.m. See page 15 for festival details.

Spring/summer leagues give you extras Think bowling at McChord Field’s Sounders Lanes slows down for summer? Nope, the push is on now to sign up for the spring/summer leagues of your choice, with room for both adults and juniors. Look what’s in store for you: • Starting May 11, mix-or-match four-person adult teams meet Fridays for the nine-pin no-tap league. Play three games for $11 per person. • Starting May 15, adults and/or high school youth meet Tuesday evenings for the nine-pin no-tap bowling league. Play three games for $7 per person. • Thursdays are the Trios Scratch Mix or Match League — three-person adult teams play four games for $15 per person. League play begins May 17. As a bonus, all league members can bowl three free games every day through Aug. 31 with a league free bowling pass. Spring/summer leagues start at 6:30 p.m. To sign up or for more information, either call Sounders Lanes at 253-982-5954 or visit the front desk during business hours.

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Sounders Lanes Bowling Center invites you to enter the 7th Annual Northwest Military Masters Saturday, April 21. One in four bowlers wins cash, and first place garners $1,000 and entry in the 2012 USBC Masters or USBC Senior Masters (based on 30 or more entries). Pick up your entry form at the front counter or download it from JBLMmwr.com. The entry fee is $100 if paid by Saturday, April 14. The tournament is open to active duty, retired military, current DoD employees and all spouses. All entrants must be USBC members. For more details, call 253-982-5954.

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Bowl in Nine-Pin No-Tap Tourney Keep your game sharp! Compete in Sounders Lanes’ monthly Nine-Pin No-Tap Tournament series Saturday, April 14. Check in at noon. Reserve your spot now by calling 253-982-5954.

Pizza-bowling combo a deal Drop by Bowl Arena Lanes (Lewis Main) any Wednesday for all-you-caneat pizza and bowling for only $9 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Prepay to guarantee your lane. (Shoes are not included.) Call 253-967-4661.

Fridays are Thunder Alley Sounders Lanes features Thunder Alley with black lights and music from 8 p.m.–midnight every Friday. Call 253-982-5954 to reserve your lane.

Get golfin’ Save with $35 golf special Whether you’re golfing at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs Golf Course, you’ll be treated to the same $35 weekday special now through October. Pay only $35 for greens fees and a shared cart, and you’ll also get an $8 food voucher for the golf course eatery at either Lacey Creek Café or Habañero

Enter Whispering Firs April tournaments Mexican Grill. You can save up to $21! For more information or for tee times, call Eagles Pride (Lewis) at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs (McChord) at 253-982-4927.

Additional discount combo at Whispering Firs If you prefer a light snack instead of an $8 lunch, get in on Whispering Firs’ April combo — $30 includes greens fee, a half cart and a hot dog weekdays, excluding holidays and tournaments.

Fine-tune your game — Whispering Firs has two tournaments to enter in April: • Sunday, April 1, enter the Hole-inOne Pot for 50¢ a round. Golfers who get a hole-in-one get a gift certificate equal to the pot total. Tee is 7 a.m. • Saturday, April 7, Match Up with the Masters for $10 plus greens fees with stroke play and blind draw for pro. Tee time is 7 a.m. Call the pro shop for more information at 253-982-4927.

WANT MORE WILD ACTION? Get in on adventure trips this spring with whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, bungee jumping, sea kayaking and fishing!

Turn to the Adventures section for all the details to make it happen now!

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Get in on home games with LTS Get your favorite local sports tickets at Leisure Travel Services (Lewis Main): • Limited Sounders FC soccer tickets are still on sale. • Fifty Seattle Mariners field seat tickets are available for the April 13 opening game. Tickets are $47 each. Ask about other home game tickets. • Pick up your tickets for the 10th Annual Salute to Armed Forces event Saturday, April 21; Seattle Mariners play the Chicago White Sox. Choose from $32 terrace club seats, $27 field seats or $13 view reserved seats. For more information, call LTS at 253-967-3085.

• Wednesday, April 18 drop by the Exchange at Lewis Main for educational displays, giveaways and exhibits from 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. • Thursday, April 19, meet at the McChord Community Center parking lot for a ride on a shuttle to clean

Watch free ‘Twilight’ movie marathon Miss your favorite “Twilight” movies? Watch them all again April 2–5 at the McChord Movie Theater starting at 4 p.m. Monday, April 2 features “Twilight,” Tuesday, April 3 is “New Moon,” Wednesday, April 4 shows “Eclipse” and Thursday, April 5 is “Breaking Dawn, Part 1.” The theater is in Bldg. 1120 next door to Sounders Lanes Bowling Center.

Discover your world at Earth Day events Get involved with Earth Day 2012 events at JBLM! Volunteer or find informative displays at the following events: • Monday, April 16 volunteer at the Community Garden from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and take a break with a free barbecue. • Tuesday, April 17, see educational displays and exhibits with giveaways at the McChord Commissary from 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

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up Solo Point beach at 2 p.m. with a volunteer barbecue until 5 p.m. Sign up by calling 253-982-0718 or, if you know the way there, meet at the beach. For more details on Earth Day events, call 253-967-5776.

Goodbye, pain and stress — hello, relaxation Did you know that JBLM has two licensed massage therapists, one operating at the McChord Fitness Center Annex and the other at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center (Lewis North)? Make an appointment to help you reduce pain from a muscle injury, relax stressed muscles or just to feel better: • For McChord, call 206-396-1467. • For Lewis, call 253-224-1110. Gift certificates are also available from either LMT.

April pick-an-egg discount with framing order Need to custom mat and frame a favorite picture or give a gift? Your Arts & Crafts Centers at JBLM are offering 5–20 percent off labor fees when you place a custom framing order April 2–7. Just come in and pick an egg out of the basket to learn how much you save. Combine the extra discount with the already-low matting and framing costs (and no tax), and both you and the gift recipient will have something to smile about. This offer is good at both the Lewis Main (253-967-5001) and McChord (253-982-6726) Arts & Crafts Centers.

Work creatively with wood Sign up for Friday or Saturday woodworking at McChord Field Arts & Crafts Center’s wood shop. The shop features seven work tables (hourly fee), two table saws, three band saws, two scroll saws, a radial arm saw for crosscutting, two drill presses, a sliding compound miter saw, two wood lathes, three planers, safety equipment and more.

If it’s your first time to visit, you’ll take a mandatory safety brief either Friday at 11 a.m. or Saturday at 9 a.m. The staff is ready to assist you with your projects, or you can request to learn woodworking techniques. Classes include face plate turning, spindle turning, basic box building and table saw, scroll saw and biscuit jointer techniques. Call 253-982-6726 to register for woodworking classes the first week of the month.

Learn to mat and frame Save both time and money on custom matting by learning how to do it yourself at your JBLM Arts & Crafts Centers! Units/squadrons that present monthly awards can even designate a member or two to mat and frame the awards for only a DIY rental fee. Sign up for a class today: • Beginning Matting & Framing at McChord: Fee $60, includes materials. Choice of three images provided. Available upon request: Shadow Box, $60 for two hours, materials are extra. One-on-One Framing Class, $60 for two hours, materials are provided. • Beginning Matting & Framing at Lewis: Wednesdays, 1–4:30 p.m., $30, materials extra. Students must preregister for all classes. Call Lewis Arts & Crafts Center at 253-967-5001 or McChord Arts & Crafts Center at 253-982-6726.

To stock up on more leisure-time ideas, read the Family & Homefront, Adventures and Feelin’ Good sections.

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o matter how wonderful your Family or roomies are at home, everyone needs to go out for a meal together every so often. Eating together is the glue that makes working or living together stick together much more nicely. Some MWR dining spots cater to adults, but many MWR eateries are also kid-friendly, with food and menus that consider children’s appetites. For instance, the McChord Club has a children’s menu with puzzles and mazes to help keep little hands busy. The club also holds a Family night out on Wednesdays with an all-you-can-eat 10

Taco Bar from 4:30–6 p.m. Another child-friendly natural is Battle Bean coffee bar and grill at AFC Arena — a perfect combo with skating right outside the eatery. Families like to come out on weekends for inexpensive skating combined with lunch or dinner. Battle Bean offers a variety of food to share among the kids, including 16-inch pizzas, nachos with cheese and chili cheese, hot dogs, polish sausages, pretzels and stuffed pretzels. Sweets include pastries, muffins and cookies. Groups also get a kick out of bowling. Bowl Arena Lanes is across from the skate arena, with plenty of large tables

for snacking and dining. Children have plenty to choose from on the menu, including grilled cheese sandwiches, quarter-pound hamburgers, hot dogs, pizzas, tuna sandwiches, corn dogs, chicken tenders, onion rings and much more. If you’re at McChord, Sounders Lanes Bowling Center offers chicken strips, tuna, egg salad, ham and cheese and turkey and grilled cheese sandwiches, and ice cream cones or cups, plus pizzas, corn dogs and hot dogs. For full menus and prices, visit JBLMmwr.com under dining or bowling. Make time for a Family or friends night out and enjoy being together!

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Administrative assistants get discount lunch It’s Administrative Professionals Day Wednesday, April 25. Bring your office pro to lunch at Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course at McChord, and save 15 percent off their lunch.

Reserve your place for Easter Brunch Bring the Family to Easter Sunday Brunch April 8 at the McChord Club or The Bistro at Russell Landing! At the club, reservations are being taken for seating from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. A special egg hunt for children ages 1–10 starts at noon. The cost is $19.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $10.95 for children ages 6–10 and $4 for children ages 5 and younger. Club members receive a $2 discount per admission and their children ages 5 and younger get in free. Reservations are required; call 253-982-5581/2795. At the Bistro, Easter brunch is served from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and costs $15.50 for adults, $6.50 for ages 3–12 and free for ages 2 and younger. Reservations are recommended; call 253-964-2813.

German buffet is monthly favorite Who can resist an all-you-can-eat German buffet? Spend Thursday, April 19, 5–9 p.m. at the McChord Club savoring her specialities, such as schnitzel and bratwurst. The cost is $14.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 4–10. Reservations are required; call 253-982-5581/2795.

Globemaster Grill offers variety weekdays If you’re in the McChord neighborhood, drop by Globemaster Grill for: • Wednesday’s “Hump Day” lunch special: Burgers, fries and soda is $4 for club members, $5 for nonmembers. Served from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. • Wednesday night’s All-You-Can-Eat Taco Bar, 4:30–6 p.m. $3 for club members, $6 for nonmembers. Want to become a club member and start getting in on free and discounted meals and events? Ask for an application at the club office or visit afclubs.net.

Savor fresh lunches at Lewis North Whether you have time to savor a sit-down lunch or just a few minutes to pick it up and go, check out our diners at Lewis North! The Bistro at Russell Landing offers gourmet sandwiches, pizzas, soups and salads, plus tasty pasta dishes. Dine outside on the patio overlooking American Lake or call the Bistro ahead for curbside service at 253-964-2813. If you haven’t yet visited the Warrior Zone, try coming in for a quick lunch! The diner offers richly laden sandwich wraps, rice and meat bowls, pizzas, chicken salads, flatbread and panini sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers and sliders. The Warrior Zone is located next to Wilson Sports and Fitness Center on 17th

and D St. Parking is across the street. For full menus, visit JBLMmwr.com under dining.

Heroes Lounge loves nightlife Lunches are always great at Cascade Community Center at Lewis Main, and Heroes Lounges is great for its nightlife. Drop by Saturday nights at 6 p.m. for a variety of entertainment, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. for free bar bingo, Thursday nights to sign up for Beirut Tourneys at 7 p.m. and Finally Fridays! with cheap eats at 5 p.m. and karaoke starting at 8:30 p.m. For more details, visit JBLMmwr.com.

High-5 it and save Did you know that Thursday, April 19 is International High-5 Day? To celebrate, all you need to do is high5 the cashier at Cascade Community Center at Lewis Main to get a patty melt, fries and a soda for only $5!

Battle Bean and breakfast are everywhere you are! Battle Bean coffee locations are conveniently located throughout JBLM — check out the newest Battle Bean inside the Warrior Zone (where grilled breakfast sandwiches are also available). Three other locations serve Battle Bean coffee specialties and pick-up hot or cold breakfasts: • At Lewis Main, choose from AFC Arena or Stone Education Center. • At McChord Field, try Café Lancelatte in Bldg. 100 where the customer service mall is located.

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While American Lake Community Center is closed for renovation, the McChord Club is happy to cater your parties. Call the catering manager at 253-982-5581 for more information.

Buy a breakfast sandwich at the Warrior Zone and get a free drip coffee Monday–Friday, 6–8 a.m. with this coupon; limit one per customer. Good April 1–30, 2012. No cash value

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Special feature on the Month of the Military Child

By Patti Jeffrey

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f you are a part of a military Family with children ages 11 and younger, they will have only known a country at war, multiple deployments, ongoing world conflict and a suppressed economy. Many Families would be distressed with such a reality. Our military Families not only live it, but try to rise above it every day. The Army recognized this fact back in spring of 2007 after deciding that its Families needed to be honored and recognized with a capital “F. ” However, that symbol of recognition needed real programming behind it if Families were to feel supported. The support began to pour in with the signing of the first Army Family Covenant that October.

Honor followed by commitment “It struck me that the best wasn’t good enough,” now-former Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said when he announced the covenant during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting in October 2007. “We have not, until this point, treated Families as the readiness issue that they are. “Never before in the history of our Army have we asked so much of our Families,” said Gen. Casey. “They are serving side-by-side with our Soldiers, enduring their hardships, providing the unconditional love and support that truly make our Army strong.” Monies began to be committed to building and remodeling childcare centers, funding more Family, health and recreation services, developing more educational and resiliency programs and finding more employment for spouses.

Commitment expands to all JBLM military Families The Army Family Covenant had hit the ground running when an entirely new population was mixed in with the newly formed Joint Base LewisMcChord in 2010. Last spring, senior joint base leaders decided together to recommit the Family covenant and expand support to the Air Force and other service members serving at JBLM, including around 60,000 Family members with about 17,000 children. Among improvements for all military Families: • New and renovated privatized housing at JBLM • New childcare centers built while others are renovated: The Lewis North Youth Activity Center CDC Annex added 80 additional spaces to the Pre-K program. Beachwood CDC reopened in December; other CDCs under renovations are Clarkmoor and Madigan. They will boast lower teacher-to-student ratio and multi-age rooms for stable classroom experiences with the same teacher. • Creating Parent Central one-stop childcare service locations at McChord and Lewis, and realigning childcare at McChord • A new youth center at Hillside • New healthcare providers hired for Soldiers and their Families • Family Readiness Support Assistants at the battalion level • Improved behavioral health services • Improving respite care for Families with exceptional-needs members • Free resiliency and skill-building classes for Families

• Military Family Life Consultants that provide free, confidential individual and Family counseling • Free camps to help children cope with adversity and master life skills • Substantially increased funding for Survivor Outreach Services, CYS Services, new parent support, military spouse employment program, Strong Bonds, Wounded Warriors Sports program and others • And most recently, the addition of a 14,000-square-foot skate plaza with night-time lighting to the AFC Commons that includes a water park, playground, picnic area and more. See page 16 for skate plaza details. A lot of work still needs to be done, and it’s an ongoing effort to determine and meet Families’ ongoing needs. But JBLM leaders are fully engaged and committed to carrying out the precious and special covenant made to better the lives of our military children.

Did you know?

April was designated the Month of the Military Child in 1983 by the Secretary of Defense to acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions our military children make for the combined corps. Military children’s services need to play a central role in fostering readiness and enhancing the quality of their lives. Some better-known military offspring are singer Christina Aguilera (her dad served in the Army), actor Robert Duval (his dad served in the Navy) and actor Blair Underwood (his dad served in the Air Force). It takes a special kind of child to be a military child — that’s who we are celebrating and honoring this month! Turn to the following page for information on special programs and activities for military children to take part in. JBLMmwr.com

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By Sandi Vest, LICSW Child and Family Assistance Center Outreach Social Worker

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  or the past 10 years, our Service members and their Families have endured multiple lengthy deployments. There are 1.7 million children in military Families today, and approximately 1 million of those children have experienced a parental deployment. Many have grown up with a parent missing for a substantial portion of their lives. JBLM has many services and agencies available to help military children throughout the deployment cycle and beyond. Army Community Service offers classes and referrals that benefit the entire community. The Family Advocacy and New Parent Support programs offer many informative parenting classes as well as home visits for new parents with children ages 3 and under. Military Family Life Consultants are master’s-level therapists who can provide confidential, short-term solution-focused counseling. They’re at ACS, embedded in brigades, at local schools and in child development centers. For more information, call the ACS front desk at 253-967-7166. The Child and Family Assistance Center at Madigan is available for medical and behavioral health care for children and spouses and marital therapy for couples. No referral is needed and walk-in hours are available. For more information, call 253-968-4843. For elementary-age children who go to school at JBLM, the School Behavioral Health Program is available with embedded Madigan behavioral healthcare providers in the schools. Services are plentiful and readily available for JBLM Families. If you’d like assistance in deciding the first step that’s right for

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Celebrating your military child! Check out the inspiration listings below. We hope they help strengthen the bonds with your children. Visit JBLMmwr.com/army_comm_service for a complete list of ideas for the entire month! April 1

Celebrate your children and have a great Sunday together! It’s Month of the Military Child, Child Abuse Prevention Month and Autism Awareness Month. April 2

you and your Family, call the ACS Information and Referral Office at 253-967-7166. And, as the celebration of the Month of the Military Child begins, remember to thank a military child and celebrate them for their service. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Events & activities for JBLM’s children & parents The celebration of the Month of the Military Child kicks off with the 20th annual Kids’ Fest Thursday, April 5. Kids will love handson learning activities, games, music and prizes, and they’re guaranteed to learn a lot about animals, trees and camping. This free event is at AFC Arena at Lewis Main from 1–4:30 p.m. with a theme of “Into the Woods.” For details, visit JBLMmwr.com or call 253-477-4299.

Parent University arms JBLM parents with valuable information Friday, April 13. This free event will provide experience and great sense from a national expert on child rearing, Dr. Matthew Johnson, author of the book Positive Parenting with a Plan. According to his bio, Johnson uses his professional background, real-life parenting experience, and great sense of humor to write an informative, entertaining book.

Read a fairy tale to your child at bedtime. It’s Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday. April 3

Sign up for a free parenting class. Call ACS at 253-967-7166 or the Child and Family Assistance Center at 253-982-4843. April 7

Take the day off and spend time with your child. It’s No Housework Day. April 8

Make dinner together and enjoy a Family meal. April 9

“If you are not under control, then you cannot be in charge.” Think about this statement by Hal Runkel, author of ScreamFree Parenting.

Becoming Parents is an eight-session workshop held at the Escape

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Zone at McChord Field. The workshop is April 14, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays April 18 through May 30, 3–5:30 p.m. For more information, call 253-967-7166.

Concentrate on your child’s positive behaviors and individual strengths today.

Military Kids Give Back poster contest and food drive is a joint

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agency-sponsored celebration during the Month of the Military Child. Look for information at Kids’ Fest on how to enter the poster contest, and check at your child’s JBLM school for food drive details.

Take a nature walk with your Family. It’s Earth Day.

Hey, JBLM volunteers! We’re celebrating you! National Volunteer Week is all about the more than 3,000 hardworking volunteers at JBLM who contributed more than 150,000 hours to the community last year. Volunteers, you’re invited to enjoy two free games of bowling at Bowl Arena or Sounders Lanes Tuesday, April 17, and free BINGO Thursday, April 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Cascade Community Center (register by April 16 to 253-967-9496). For dates and locations of the cookie socials, visit JBLMmwr.com or call 253-967-2324.

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Have a Northwest picnic ... indoors!

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Did you know that the local schools can help support your child through a deployment or redeployment? Be sure to inform your child’s school if your Family is going through one. April 29

Do something that rejuvenates you as a parent. April 30

Think about the standards of integrity you have. Ensure those standards and values are reflected in your parenting. It’s National Honesty Day. — Submitted by Sandi Vest

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katers at JBLM have a new place to call home — the JBLM Skate Plaza at the AFC Commons. Whether your style of skating is street, vert or flat, the skate plaza has something to offer skaters of all levels in a fun, yet safe, environment. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is proudly one of the first military installations to have a skate plaza. The plaza has taken the natural element of street skating and put it in a dedicated location for all ages to enjoy. It’s more than just a park, explains Dan Dillabaugh, who helped spearhead the design of the park. “It’s something completely different than what you’d see around the area.

“We took elements of a skate park and combined them with elements of street skating ... turning it into a skate plaza.” From the sculpture of Mount Rainier at the center of the plaza to the rails and ramps throughout, everything in the plaza is not only skateable, it’s visually appealing. With the opening of the skate plaza, the AFC Commons is truly a one-stop fun shop for the entire Family. “It’s a big deal thanks to the Family factor,” says Janet Foster, the manager of Bowl Arena Lanes who oversees AFC Commons. Everyone can stay and play as a Family, she says. “By setting up an environment for teens to hang out, all Families can truly be together” at AFC Commons, echoes

Dillabaugh. “The little ones can splash at the splash park with their parents, and the older kids want to come along because they can skate there, too.” There’s also an ADA-certified playground, benches and grassy areas for play or picnicking. It should be noted that the skate plaza — while a Family-friendly location — is open to everyone, whether you’re a 7-year-old wanting to skate like big brother, a teen or a service member. With a Battle Bean coffee shop and Bowl Arena Lanes also in the AFC Commons area, it really is a hotspot for all ages. McChord Field’s skate park is also open to skaters of all ages. Flip some tricks on the ramps any day of the week — it’s open when school lets out until 6 p.m. It’s

1. The JBLM Skate Plaza, pictured during construction last month, features elements of street skating combined with those of a skate park. 2. The adjacent picnic areas will be a hit during warmer weather. 3. The AFC Commons also includes a playground and splash park.

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across the street from the McChord Youth Center, Bldg. 3032 Dogwood St.

About the JBLM Skate Plaza Dillabaugh, who’s currently the acting director at the North Fort Youth Center, is no stranger to skate parks. The skate plaza here is his third skate project, having designed his first at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., as a young teen. He was later hired as a recreation aide there, and the park was rebuilt in 2007 with the help of the youth who skated at the park. When he was tasked by Child, Youth and School Services to come up with ideas for the space that would bring JBLM youth a free, low-maintenance recreation option, he immediately thought of skateboarding. Dillabaugh got a focus group of JBLM youth together to see what they thought of the idea, and it was met with a chorus of “Yes’s!” What’s so special about this skate park is that it was built especially for our installation. You won’t see these skateable elements anywhere else, Dillabaugh says. From the Mount Rainier Gap, a pyramid-style launch ramp, to the bronze skate plaza sign, each feature was custom-made for JBLM by Spohn Ranch Park designers. The work

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to turn their design into reality was completed by Centennial Construction Company. The skate plaza is currently open from dawn to dusk and has lights for safer skating, says Foster. So what are you waiting for? Grab your board and head to the skate plaza! If you don’t know how to ride but want to learn, chances are you’ll pick up a few tricks and skills from the skaters at the park.

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From Easter egg hunts to youth sports, there’s

Easter

-stravaganza! Meet the Easter Bunny A fun-filled Easter egg hunt hosted by the McChord Community Center and McChord Youth Center is Saturday, April 7. Children of all ages will enjoy searching for candy-filled eggs, posing for pictures with the Easter Bunny and winning cool prizes. The fun begins at 10 a.m. on the McChord Community Center lawn. Age groups for the egg hunt are 4 and younger, 5–7 and 8 and older. For more information, call 253-982-0817. Inset photos by Lional Ram

Race to fill your baskets! You could win great prizes at the free Easter Dash Sunday, April 8 at Cowan and Memorial stadiums. This free event is hosted by the JBLM BOSS Team. Kids 3 and younger hunt at 1 p.m., ages 4–7 at 2 p.m. and 8 and older at 3 p.m. For details, call 253-967-5636.

More Easter fun The Waiting Families Support Group’s Easter egg hunt is Wednesday, April 4, 2:30–4 p.m. at the Family Resource Center. For details, call 253-967-3633. For more Easter options, see the Food & fun section. 18

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Visit JBLMmwr.com/cys for registration information today!

 a lot of fun for your military child this month! Youth sports options abound America’s Armed Forces Kids Run is Saturday, April 21 at Cowan Stadium. The run is free and open to youth ages 5–16. Entry forms are at JBLMmwr.com. The Pepsi Pitch, Hit & Run baseball clinic is back at JBLM! This free event is for ages 7–14 Tuesday, April 24 at Lewis Main and Wednesday, April 25 at McChord Field; both are 5–7 p.m. Registration is at the youth sports fields on the day of the event; please bring birth certificate. Youth can also participate in seasonal sports offered by Child, Youth & School Services. Registration for flag football, cheerleading and summer sports camps begins Tuesday, May 1.

Parents can get involved as a coach and earn household credits. To coach or assist, a background check and coach’s certification training are mandatory. For more information on youth sports and coaching, call 253-967-2405.

Parent-and-me fun with SKIES What better way to celebrate the Month of the Military Child than by taking a parent-and-me class?! Enroll today for art and dancing. Other classes for older youth (sans parents) include hip-hop, jazz and ballet for dancers of all levels starting as young as 3 (starting ages may be older for some classes). Upcoming classes also include

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gymnastics, theater, karate, fencing and piano. For a full schedule and to register, log on to WebTrac at JBLMmwr. com/cys. WebTrac access is available to Families already registered with CYS Services. Enrollment is on a monthly basis, so sign up today!

Enroll in part-day preschool Youngsters can socialize with other tots and get a start on learning! Now available at the McChord CYSS Gateway Center, part-day preschool is open to children ages 3–5. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. For more information, call 253-966-CYSS or 253-982-1001.

Your commitment to serve our country is as meaningful to us as it is to you. CTU is proud to offer support designed specifically for current and veteran military personnel and their families. Experience programs and benefits where you can: • Transfer in credit for military training* • Save with our military tuition rate** • Take advantage of military education benefits and prior learning assessment

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Love Family time on weekends but looking for some-

thing new to do? Why not sign up everyone for an adventure trip? You’ll get quality time together doing something fun (and possibly new). There are plenty of Family-friendly trips this month! Two trips for all ages are highlighted at right, but you’ll find even more on the following pages. Adventures such as horseback riding are open to youth as young as 7, and the options expand even more for youth 12 and older. To take advantage of the Month of the Military Child savings — available for April trips only — military Families must sign up in person at the Northwest Adventure Center, Bldg. 8050 NCO Beach Road at Lewis North. Regular registration may be done any time online at JBLMmwr.com with WebTrac. For additional information, call 253-967-6263.

Crab Festival

Westport Crab Fest Learn how to catch, identify and cook crabs during the World Class Crab Races, Derby and Feed Saturday, April 21. You may have a chance to catch the $500 crab! You can join in the festival events, which include crab races, crab dinner (while supplies last) and more. Gear, transportation and bait included; entrance fees to activities and dinner aren’t included. Required fishing licenses are available at the Northwest Adventure Center. ($30)

Visit Seattle outlets and Tulalip Casino If you’re looking for great deals and discount prices, this trip is for you! Go shopping at Seattle Premium Outlet Mall in Marysville Saturday, April 28. Bargain hunters will love shopping at stores that include Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach and Chico’s. If you get tired of shopping, a short walk will bring you to Tulalip Resort Casino. Trip fee includes round-trip transportation. ($35; ages 6–12: $25; 0–5: $15)

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after work out on the water. Paddle through calm waters close to home Wednesday, May 9. This trip is great for beginners as well as more experienced paddlers. Fee includes transportation, equipment and guide. Minimum age: 12 ($20)

what you crave, you won’t be disappointed Sunday, April 29! Join the Outdoor Recreation Program and head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country! A full 20 stories high, the private bridge is nestled in a green forest above a sparkling river. The trip fee includes transportation, two jumps and a T-shirt to prove you did it (plus, you’ll have bragging rights!). Will you do it? Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($135)

ferry and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C. You can easily navigate the city on foot — downtown has everything from antique shops to artisan chocolate shops. You can also stop in at the Royal B.C. Museum or watch a thrilling IMAX® film. The trip is Sunday, May 6; the fee includes walkon round-trip ferry ticket and transportation to and from Port Angeles. Passport is required. ($90; ages 5–11: $70; 0–4: $55)

Armed Forces Day Volksmarch This annual event is Saturday, May 19. Stay tuned for details! Check out next month’s issue or visit us online at JBLMmwr.com.

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BIKING AND HIKING — Go take a hike ... with the Outdoor Recreation Program! This month’s trips popular hiking destinations in the state! If mountain biking’s more your thing, there are plenty right, for a quick rundown of upcoming options. Choose the trip that interests you, then visit quick and easy. See you outside!

Hike Mount Si Mount Si is one of the most popular hikes in Washington! Hit the trail Saturday, April 28. The route to the summit meanders through several ecosystems and provides views of more than 3,000 feet down to the valley and I-90, as well as out to the Olympic Mountains and Seattle. This is a strenuous 8-mile round-trip hike. Fee includes transportation and a guide. ($30)

Horseback riding Head to Elbe, a town located on the outskirts of Mount Rainier National Park, for a two-hour guided afternoon horseback ride. No experience is necessary. Bring the entire Family along for a great day Saturday, May 12. Minimum age: 7 ($80)

Hunter safety education course Learn the safe handling of hunt-

ing equipment, the importance of wildlife management and much more at the hunter safety education course. Held Monday, May 14 through Saturday, May 19, this course is mandatory in order to hunt in the state of Washington. Register with the state at http:// my.register-ed.com. Payment will be made at the first class. All sessions must be attended for certification and are scheduled at the JBLM Skeet Range as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 6–9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.–noon. ($10)

Introduction to mountain biking Spend the day learning the basics of mountain biking while getting plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. This trip is an instructional guided ride designed

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include a hike to Mount Si, one of the most of options coming up. Check out the calendar, JBLMmwr.com and sign up with WebTrac. It’s

just for beginners. Join us on the trails Sunday, April 22 or Saturday, May 5. Bike, helmet, gloves and transportation are provided. Minimum age: 12 ($30)

Introduction to sea kayaking Interested in kayaking but want to learn the basics or refresh your rusty skills? Join the Outdoor Recreation Program for a safe and fun start to sea kayaking! The Sunday, May 6 clinic will include instruction on strokes, turns, equipment and launching/landing. You’ll also get a chance to practice your skills on a paddle around American Lake at Lewis North. This class will get you started with the proper techniques and build a solid foundation so you may enjoy kayaking for years to come. Fee includes equipment and instruction. Minimum age: 12 ($35) Continued on next page.

Outdoor adventure trip

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Cost

Details

Leavenworth Ale Festival

Saturday, April 21

$55

Minimum age: 21

Westport Crab Fest

Saturday, April 21

$30

Westport bottom fishing

Sunday, April 22

$130

Introduction to mountain biking

Sunday, April 22

$30

Hike Mount Si

Saturday, April 28

$30

Mountain bike Tahuya Ramble

Saturday, April 28

$40

Visit Seattle outlets and Tulalip Casino

Saturday, April 28

$35

Bungee jumping

Sunday, April 29

$135

Minimum weight: 90 lbs

Whitewater rafting

Sunday, April 29

$65

Minimum age: 12

Minimum age: 12

Minimum age: 12

Introduction to mountain biking

Saturday, May 5

$30

Minimum age: 12

Seattle brewery tour

Saturday, May 5

$70

Minimum age: 21

Explore Victoria, B.C.

Sunday, May 6

$90

Ages 5–11: $70; 0–4: $55 Passport required

Introduction to sea kayaking

Sunday, May 6

$35

Minimum age: 12

After-work paddle

Wednesday, May 9

$20

Minimum age: 12

Outdoor Recreation Annual Open House

Saturday, May 12

FREE

Horseback riding

Saturday, May 12

$80

Minimum age: 7

Leavenworth Maifest

Sunday, May 13

$55

Ages 6–12: $45; 0–5: $15

Whitewater rafting

Sunday, May 13

$65

Minimum age: 12

Hunter safety education course

May 14–19

$10

See page 24 for details.

Armed Forces Day Volksmarch

Saturday, May 19

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Fun, fantastic deals at annual Open House The Northwest Adventure Center is hosting an Open House and Yard Sale Saturday, May 12! Stop by the NAC, Bldg. 8050 NCO Beach Road at Lewis North for fun, great deals and recreation information. Outdoor recreation groups from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the local community will be onsite to tell you all about the opportunities available to you in the area. Plus, the Northwest Adventure Center will be selling used gear at excellent rates and offering great discounts in the retail store and scuba shop. There will be a climbing wall and a trout pond for the kids, plus a great view of American Lake and great deals on gear. Come on out for a day of fun at the Northwest Adventure Center! The event is free. For more information, call 253-967-6263.

While you’re at the Open House and Yard Sale, check out the lakeside cabins! Nestled in a quiet corner of Lewis North, cabins feature views of American Lake and kitchenettes and are perfect for a weekend getaway — without having to travel far. Choose from one-, two- and three-bedroom cabins or a studio layout; all offer full kitchenettes (stove, oven, microwave, pots and pans and table service for four), basic cable, phones with local access, showers and full bathrooms. Coinoperated laundry facilities are nearby. Reservations are taken up to 90 days in advance, and cabins can be rented for as little as $60 per night! Take a virtual tour at JBLMmwr.com under the Northwest Adventure Center pages (Recreation) or call 253-967-7744 to make a reservation.

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Leavenworth Ale Festival Head to Leavenworth to celebrate “An Ale of a Party!” Once a year, 22 breweries from around the world gather in Leavenworth to pour samples of their brews, while food vendors and popular bands entertain their thirsty guests. Head across the state to Leavenworth Saturday, April 21. Trip fee includes transportation. Minimum age: 21 ($55)

Leavenworth Maifest Tap your toes to oompah music at Leavenworth’s Maifest Sunday, May 13. Experience the Grand Parade, live entertainment and traditional German dancing, including the Maipole Dance. Stroll through the Bavarian Village of Flowers, visit Art in the Park and see all the great shops and restaurants the town has to offer. ($55; ages 6–12: $45; 0–5: $15)

Mountain bike Tahuya Ramble Check out this exciting trail that’s

perfect for beginning riders who want something a little more challenging. Hit the trails for twowheeled action Saturday, April 28. Tahuya Ramble offers a maze of twisting single-track trails through mud, water and sand. Come ready to get wet and dirty by the end of the ride! Gloves, helmet and transportation are provided. Distance: 14.3 miles; time: 3 hours; difficulty: beginner/moderate, elevation gain: 50 feet. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

Outdoor Recreation Annual Open House The Outdoor Recreation Program is holding an open house and yard sale Saturday, May 12. Get great deals, learn something new and have fun. See page 23 for details on this free event at Lewis North.

Seattle brewery tour Time to wake up your taste buds with one of the best things to do in Seattle! That’s right, it’s

time for a Seattle brewery tour. You’ve seen all the other sights, now it’s time to try something new Saturday, May 5. Price includes transportation and brewery tours. Minimum age: 21 ($70)

Westport bottom fishing Are you ready to get out on the open water and start hauling in fish? Head out on a chartered boat trip out of Westport Sunday, April 22. The rockfish and lingcod are always plentiful! ($130)

Whitewater rafting Take a trip down the beautiful Wenatchee River. Put in near the unique Bavarian town of Leavenworth, and paddle through the many exciting class-III rapids. Choose from two trips: Sunday, April 29 or Sunday, May 13 (or sign up for both!). Gear, wetsuit, paddle shoes, gloves, instruction and transportation are included. Minimum age: 12 ($65; groups of 20 or more are just $55 per person) JBLMmwr.com

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Feelin’ good

Getting fit at JBLM Race for the finish line and learn about nutrition

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ike to run? The Sports and Aquatics Branch has several upcoming events for you! Trying to improve your overall physical health? Register for a fun run and make it your next fitness goal.

Run for superhero nurses Nurses advocate, lead and care — which makes them heroes ... maybe even superheroes. Dress in your favorite superhero costume, lace up your running shoes and come out for a run in celebration of National Nurses Week. Start your morning off in a healthy way with a 5K run or 2K walk Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 a.m. at the JBLM Ammunition Depot. This free run is brought to you by Family and MWR’s Sports & Aquatics Branch and the Madigan Healthcare System. Come on out and thank JBLM nurses for their dedication to military healthcare beneficiaries worldwide. Register online JBLMmwr.com or call 253-967-4768 for more information.

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in the Northwest! This is the race that will determine who’s the best Super Squad Unit, the best Regular Unit and the best Mega Unit team in the Northwest. Run the 12K course — complete with straightaway, curves and a mean hill at the end Saturday, June 9. All military units are eligible to enter. For additional information, call 253-967-4768 or visit JBLMmwr.com.

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Triple Threat Triathlon Start training now for this summer’s Triple Threat Triathlon Series. The races are at Shoreline Park on American Lake Saturdays, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. The 250-meter swim (a half-mile) is followed by a 15-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. Register as elite, in an age group or as a relay team (one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner). Go to JBLMmwr.com for more information.

Get paid to work out at JBLM You can receive three hours of administrative leave each week to get in shape at an installation gym. If

you’re a civilian employee at JBLM, all you have to do is enroll in the Civilian Fitness Program! Enroll and download a program packet at https://ft.lewis.army. mil. For details, call 253-967-5122.

Nutrition’s role in getting active Metabolism is the energy required to maintain vital body functions such as respiration, temperature regulation and blood pressure at rest. We use the word loosely to mean how our body burns calories. It’s important to distinguish the use of calories for resting and what’s used for extended physical activity (such as riding a stationary bike or doing a 3-mile run). If you’re a regular gym-goer, a longdistance runner or just love to exercise, you may know the importance nutrition plays in your physical activity. The body needs fuel, especially to make muscles work and provide energy. The simplest form of energy for physical activity is glucose. Glucose comes from carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables, as well as the most well-known carb source, starches. An ideal supply comes from whole grains and dark green, red or

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orange fruits and vegetables. Generally, your carbohydrate recommendation is based on your caloric needs for weight and activity — usually about 45 to 60 percent of calories. To keep your glucose levels up throughout the day, it’s recommended to spread your carb intake throughout the day. As you prepare for a long period of exercise, plan your eating schedule. A person who exercises 60–90 minutes per day needs 5–12 grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight daily. This usually means including a carbohydrate and a protein within 15 to 30 minutes prior to the exercise and again within a half-hour after exercise. Good options include a hard-boiled egg and fruit, an 8-ounce fruit smoothie made with skim milk or string cheese and 12 crackers. Any of these will give you enough glucose and protein to improve endurance and repair muscle exercise. There isn’t a pill or supplement you can substitute for real nutrient-rich foods. Give your body the proper nutrients to function at its optimum, and it’ll reward you with strength and endurance. — Anna Betancourt, MS, Registered Dietician; HAWC, McChord Fitness Annex

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More than 580 people raced in last month’s St. Patty’s Day Run. This year’s event brought the community more than just a race — there was live Irish music, food and drinks, making it an event for everyone, not just runners. Congratulations to everyone who crossed the finish line! The overall winners of the 5K were Shannon Swords (18:17) and 11-year-old Mia Mercer (21:50). The winners of the 10K were Steven Hanson (37:47) and Sabine Pullins (39:39). You can view complete results online and see a calendar of upcoming races at JBLMmwr.com. If you want to race in the next JBLM run — the run in honor of National Nurses Week, details on facing page — start training now! JBLM fitness centers have stateof-the-art equipment and free classes to get you going. Need a point in the right direction or motivation to stick to your training schedule? Enlist the services of a fitness trainer (it’s free!). Visit JBLMmwr.com for more information.

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Learning & earning

Celebrate Celebrate National Library JBLM Libraries Week

ational Library Week will be observed April 8-14 with the theme You belong @ your library.® First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries — school, public, academic and special — participate. National Library Workers Day, April 10, is a day for staff, patrons and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.”

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with your child or other loved ones. Take advantage of the free access to books and computers, homework Permission slips are available at the help, assistance with resumes and library, and registration is open! job searches, accurate financial Andadult don’t forgetcourses, about the weekly information, education support for Newevents Americans, reading — CDs, story time is ThursDVDs and much more. Don’t forget days at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. your librarian is information smart and can help you find the right answer at your library.

Next time you’re at Grandstaff Library, stop by Book Patch’s “new book” shelf, where new titles live for three months. New books are always being added, so check out one today! Reading is so delicious! You’re invited to celebrate Children’s Book Week May 7–13. Stop by anytime www.Cookies, ala.org cakes and pies, oh my! www.atyourlibrary.org The Summer Reading Program is just that week to make a bookmark — and around the corner! Fun crafts and stodon’t forget to stay for Family story ries will make your mouth water with time Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. There’s more, too, so stop by Book Patch to pick reading excitement! Stay tuned to the Focus and JBLMmwr.com for details. up a calendar for a list of events.

Bring your device to McChord Library Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. or Grandstaff Library Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 253-967-5889 (Grandstaff) or 253-982-3454 (McChord). Learn how to crochet with Crochet Basics Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m. at the McChord Library. Materials provided. Plus, in honor of National Library Week, JBLM library staffers recommend:

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There’s more at your libraries

In honor of Children’s Book Week, kids are invited to McChord Library to explore the human–animal bond while reading aloud to specially trained dogs (reading education assistance dogs). The event is Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m.

Find out what your e-reader can do when you team up with the library! Come to the “e-reader Basics” workshops to learn how to search the library catalog for e-books, check out books, download and transfer titles and troubleshoot.

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• Joy for Beginners, Erica Bauermeister • A Knight in Shining Armor, Jude Deveraux • Home Front, Kristin Hannah • The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, Erik Larson • A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin • Code Talker, Chester Nez • “In the Footsteps of the Apostles,” Andrew Todhunter (National Geographic March 2012)

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CAR INSURANCE 101

Making sense of your insurance premium By Ryki Carlson, JBLM Financial Counselor

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 ar insurance protects against financial loss in the event of a car accident, theft or other unforeseen occurrence, yet drivers tend to be a bit mystified as to how exactly a car insurance premium is calculated. An insurance company determines how much to charge by looking at rating factors. Insurers in Washington can base rates on the following factors: • Your age and gender Accident rates tend to vary considerably according to age and gender, which is why insurance premiums do as well. • Marital status Insurance companies must consider domestic partnerships the same as married couples for rate purposes. • Vehicle type Usually the more expensive the vehicle, the higher the premium. Additionally, because sports cars and high-performance cars are involved in more accidents, cost more to repair and are stolen more often, they cost more to insure. • Location Population density, autotheft rates and accidents are categorized by ZIP code. This is why insurers weigh your geographical location heavily. Populous areas and those with high crime rates tend to have higher insurance rates because of the resultant traffic and theft.

• Driving record and claims history The number of accidents and violations you’ve had, usually in the last few years, impacts your premium. Plus, if you’ve made numerous claims, typically within the last five years, your rates will reflect that risk. • Driving patterns How much you drive your car per day will affect your insurance premium; the more a vehicle is driven, the more likely it is that you will have an accident. • Credit score Insurers may use your credit history to determine your rates since it has been found that how promptly you’ve paid your bills in the past also impacts your statistical likelihood of an accident and making a claim. If your credit insurance score causes you to pay a higher rate, the insurer must tell you what factors caused that increase. Understanding how your rates are computed gives you the opportunity to change some of these factors and make informed decisions. When shopping for auto insurance, take the time to shop around for the best deal. If you’re in the market for a new car, consider pairing the information above with tips from the Car-Buying Workshop offered by the Financial Readiness Program. For details, call 253-967-1453. JBLMmwr.com

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