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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family and MWR fun, food, travel & well-being guide

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Easter events

• Make brunch reservations • Sign up for Aquatic egg hunt • Bring your baskets to Easter Dash

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• Community bargains • MOMC discount on ODR trips • Fun events for youth • $ tips for kids • Armed Forces Kids Run • Join the JBLM swim team

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Sign up for Easter Brunch; celebrate Habañero’s 10th anniversary; buy $99 Golf Pass; get in on MWR bargains; find treasures at flea market; save cash by “going green”

Sign up for First Tee golf camps, babysitter’s course, Mother & Son Dance, Gold Star Wive’s event and youth fitness; find out about Take Back the Night event, child abuse prevention, Volunteer Appreciation Week, National Library Week, Kids’ Fest, Kids’ Run and Easter Egg Dash

Save money on Family-friendly trips and outings; take scuba courses; visit the Northwest Adventure Center’s Open House & Yard Sale; learn to fish

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Five-year-old Camille Nicole loves both karate and ballet. She’s one of thousands of JBLM children whose parents serve in the military. We honor them and their Families during Month of the Military Child.


Enjoy Aquatic Egg Hunt; join Dolphin swim team or Little Dolphins; get lifeguard training; join Kids Fit pilot program; train for half-marathon; sign up for intramural softball

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April is Month of the Military Child We’re celebrating JBLM youth in recognition of their commitment to and struggles with life in a military Family. With proper support, they become resilient, independent, creative and strong. Read about the programs and events just for them. From the cover: Abigayle, 2, enjoys playing outside, singing, dancing and coloring.


Celebrating our military children at JBLM April is the Month of the Military Child, and we’re celebrating at JBLM! Kids’ Fest Thursday, April 3 is the official kick-start to the month that’s all about our kids. This year’s theme of “Across the Universe” promises out-of-thisworld fun for youth of all ages. Enjoy hands-on activities with SKIESUnlimited, JBLM libraries, the Hands On Children’s Museum, Pacific Science Center and the Museum of Flight. Join Family & MWR, Child, Youth & School Services, Madigan Army Medical Center and more at the festivities, which are from 1–4:30 p.m. at AFC Arena, Bowl Arena Lanes and the MWR Fest Tent at Lewis Main. For more information, turn to page 14. In further celebration of JBLM youth, you’re invited to join us on social media pages for tips, advice and conversation (page 14), get money-wise tips for youth of all ages (page 22) and support Child Abuse Prevention Month (page 18). It’s also a great time for Easter brunch (page 7), going green (page 12) and playing a round of golf at JBLM courses (page 8). Plus, you’re invited to Take Back the Night ® (page 21), an event to end sexual violence. When you visit one of these great events, please take a few minutes to tell me about your experiences and suggestions at

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Editor & graphic designer Writer/graphic designer

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Contributors Bruce Bolding, Mary Cron, Arianne McConchie and Eugene A. Woods Contributing photographers Colin Brooks, Ursula Buford, Ken Dietiker, Emiliano Hernandez, Patti Jeffrey and MWR staff Send submissions to For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, off-base businesses should contact Carly Michael at 253-966-2256 or 253-324-0562. The JBLM “FOCUS” is an unofficial information source published monthly. All activities described herein, which are open to authorized patrons and, where applicable, guests, are subject to change; contact the activity for confirmation. Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent Family & MWR, Joint Base Lewis-McChord or any U.S. government entity. The use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a commercial sponsor or other organization does not constitute U.S. government endorsement. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style.

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Habañero Mexican Grill celebrates its 10th Anniversary Did you know that Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course was the first of its kind in the Air Force? Its concept has even been imitated by other military bases. Since its inception, Habañero has hosted celebrity appearances and catered concerts and regional golf tournaments. Their customers remain loyal and business remains steady. Come into Habañero for its anniversary lunch celebration Wednesday, April 9 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Buy a regular lunch burrito and get a second regular lunch burrito for free! On Administrative Professionals Day Wednesday, April 23, bring your office pro in for 15 percent off their lunch. Want to hold a special luncheon or function? Habañero is available for groups from 10–100. Also ask about off-site catering. For more details, call 253-982-3271. Pictured above: Manager Mike Cortinez serves up the “Hump,” a 6-lb. burrito that’s free if you can eat it yourself in an hour or less. Order it Wednesdays from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.


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New café debuts at McChord Field

Caddy Shack’s open to the public

There’s a new place in town where you can get fresh breakfast burritos, panini sandwiches, soups, salads, cold beverages and made-to-order Battle Bean coffee! You’ll find the new Battle Bean café inside the “Castle’s” customer service mall located at 100 Jackson Blvd. You’ll be greeted by MWR staff and enjoy quick, friendly customer service. So, drop by for your morning coffee, a take-away breakfast or lunch and try out the new menu! More information is available at under coffee shops.

The Caddy Shack Bar & Grill at Eagles Pride Golf Course boasts belly-filling breakfasts and larger-than-life lunches seven days a week. Come in for traditional breakfasts and breakfast burritos, two-fisted burgers and sandwiches, a quarter-pound hot dog, Philly steak sandwich, nachos and other appetizers, plus a full-service bar. Located just off I-5 at Exit 116, stop by for a quick bite or your favorite beverage. Hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.; open until 3:30 p.m. on weekends. Call 253-964-2792 for more info.

Find fresh pastries at Battle Bean

The Club at McChord Field offers weekday specials

Try fresh pastries baked by our pastry chefs at one of two Battle Bean coffee shops at Lewis Main — inside AFC Arena and Stone Education Center. Purchase your choice of delectible treats, such as a muffins, scones, cookies, cupcakes or pound cakes in a variety of flavors. Flavors rotate twice monthly so you can taste an even wider variety. AFC Battle Bean Café is at 2275 Liggett Ave. (call 253-964-8837 for hours); the Stone Education Center Battle Bean is at 6242 Colorado Ave. and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Bistro satisfies your appetite The Bistro at Russell Landing satisfies your cravings for down-home goodness! Come in for the lunch from 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. weekdays for a delicious meal or dessert. Even the appetizers make a meal, from a hefty plate of nachos to Porky’s flat bread. Ask your server about the day’s special — there’s even a special menu for kids. Check out the complete menu at under the Bistro. The Bistro is located at the end of American Lake Blvd. at Lewis North. Call 253-964-2813 for more information.

Are you visiting, working or living at McChord Field? Get in on tasty specials Tuesday–Friday at the Club! • Tuesday, try the fried chicken buffet. • Wednesday’s burger, fries and soda special is only $6. Club members pay $5. • Thursday and Friday, ask about the house-made cook’s special. • Also try the soup of the day, fresh salads, sandwiches and burgers. The dining room offers a full-menu dinner from 5–8 p.m. Fridays. A children’s menu is available for Families. Join the Club at McChord Field today and get member-only exclusives, such as: • Two-for-one lunches each Tuesday. • Free food from 5–6 p.m. on Fridays. • A free member appreciation dinner Wednesday, April 30 from 5–7 p.m. Family members and guests pay $5. • A two-for-one steak dinner Friday, April 25 from 5–8 p.m. for $18.95. Active duty military, Reserves, Guard, retirees, JBLM civilians and Families can join the Club! For membership details, call 253-982-5581 or drop by the Club at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.


ake Sunday, April 20 extra special by taking the entire Family or your friends out to Easter brunch at JBLM! Choose from two

of the buffet. Be sure to bring the kids for this exclusive extra! The cost is $24.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors ages 62 and better, $13.95 for

greens with assorted dressings, caprese salad with a balsamic glaze, dilled cucumber salad and red potato salad. Also featured are cured wild-caught sockeye

locations — the Club at McChord Field or American Lake Conference Center at Lewis North. The Club at McChord Field offers buffet items for every taste. Try madeto-order omelettes, Belgian waffles, roast baron of beef, honey-glazed ham, chicken cordon bleu, chilled shrimp and smoked salmon, classic Caesar salad, macaroni and shrimp salad, assorted fruit, vegetable and cheese trays, assortment of cakes, pies and fruit cobbler and a chocolate fountain with seasonal fruits and marshmallows. And that’s not all — an Easter egg hunt on the Club lawn is included in the price

children ages 6–10 and $5 for children ages 3–5. Children younger than age 3 are admitted free. Club members receive a $2 discount on listed prices. Seating is available 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Reservations are required; call 253-982-5581 or 982-2795. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. American Lake Conference Center is setting out their tastiest Easter fare. The main buffet features garlic mashed potatoes, herb-roasted pork loin with tobacco onions, shrimp and grits, bacon and sausage, French toast casserole, hashbrowned potatoes and a fresh seasonal vegetable medley. Salads include field

salmon sides, gulf shrimp with cocktail sauce, bourbon-glazed and corncob smoked hams and apple-wood smoked sides of beef. Omelettes, eggs and pasta are made to order, and cheese and fruit displays, a chocolate fountain and softserve ice cream top it all off. The cost is $24.95 for adults, $13.95 for children ages 6–10, $5 for children ages 3–5 and free for children younger than age 3. Seating is available from 10 a.m.– noon and from 1–3 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended; call 253-964-1209 for yours. American Lake Conference Center is located at 8085 NCO Beach Rd.


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BLM’s golf courses are warming up for a full swing into golf season. Are you getting ready, as well? You have a choice of incentives to get into your game — the annual $99 Golf Pass and a weekday Golf Combo Special available at both Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses.

Annual $99 Golf Pass Purchase your annual $99 Golf Pass now through Tuesday, Sept. 30. The pass includes your first round of golf with 50 percent off green fees weekdays and 25 percent off green fees weekends and holidays for future rounds (excluding tournaments and specials). Passholders also get discounts on carts, range balls and pro shop clothing.

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cart and an $8 food voucher, available for $35 for ranks E-1 through E-5 and for $39 for E-6s and above, plus guests and civilians — a savings of up to $19! Your voucher can be used at the location you purchased your special through Friday, Oct. 31. Specials and promotions exclude holidays, tournaments and DONSA days and cannot be combined with other specials.

Enter Whispering Firs April tournaments Get in the swing of competition by entering an April tourney at Whispering Firs: • Hole-in-One Pot Tuesday, April 1 — for 50 cents a round, try winning the pot by getting a hole in one. Tee time is 7 a.m. • Match Up with the Masters Saturday, April 12 — pay $10 entry with your green fee for a stroke play and blind draw for the pro. Tee time is 7 a.m. • Beat the Staff Week is April 20–26 —

spring at JBLM! it’s net play starting at 3 p.m. for just your green fee! Call the pro shop at 253-982-4927 for entry details.

The MEGSA was invented by Mike Bender, a national top-10 golf instructor and is the result of a 13-year project to help golfers of all abilities improve in the shortest amount of time possible.

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Get your clubs regripped Eagles Pride’s pro shop offers club

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tice at the driving range.

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Eagles Pride Golf Course has been voted in the top 10 military golf courses by Travel and Leisure magazine. With its impressive design and perfectly groomed layout, this 27-hole championship course features exceptional greens, manicured fairways and forgiving rough with tee boxes designed for all levels of golfers. Whispering Firs Golf Course features 18 holes and 6,646 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.8 and it has a slope rating of 122 on Blue grass. Overall, the golf course is challenging, yet fair, with tree-lined fairways and water hazards on several holes.

Patti Jeffrey

Left: Certified instructor Art Romero shows how to swing through to completion out on the driving range at Whispering Firs.


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Shoppers and sellers alike have filled the MWR Fest Tent and AFC Arena in past years for the annual springtime flea market. It’s a great way to save cash and make cash. This year’s flea market is being held in conjunction with Earth Day weeklong events. For complete information, turn to pages 12–13. MWR staff

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Sign up now for amazing race Out-smart, out-muscle and out-endure your competition to get the first-place prize for the BOSS Amazing Race! Service Members and their Family members ages 18 and older can sign up by Tuesday, April 1 for the Saturday, April 26 competition at Lewis North. Pick your partner for teams of two to compete in mountain biking, kayaking, jet skiing, rock wall climbing, plus a confidence course, food challenge and more! For entry details and costs, call the BOSS office at 253-967-5636.

Sell your used items at Earth Day Flea Market Clean out your closet, garage or attic and get ready to sell your gently used items at the Earth Day Flea Market Saturday, April 26 in conjunction with Earth Day weeklong events (see page 13). From baby clothes to antiques, reserve your spaces or tables now for this popular event inside AFC Arena and the MWR Fest Tent from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. The cost for a 12-foot table or space is $24 and $6 for each additional table or space. Call 253-967-6772 for more information.

Email your plaque and award orders to the Arts & Crafts Center The engraving shop at your Arts & Crafts Center just made ordering plaques and awards much easier! You can now place your engraving orders by email. If you haven’t been to the Arts & Crafts Center before, drop by to look at all the options available. Then the engraving shop can start a folder for you with your choices of plaque designs and references to which sizes and styles you prefer. After you request your order, you’ll be provided a quote that you can pay for

by phone. As an incentive, place an engraving order April 21–25 and receive a 5-percent discount. All orders must be prepaid and the pick-up date is calculated from the date the order has been paid. The engraving email is Engraving. You’ll also find the email link with a catalog of example awards on the Arts & Crafts Center webpage at The Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field. Call 253-982-6723 for more information.

Buy 5¢ mat boards at the frame shop Do you like to decorate and design with matted prints? For the entire month of April, find a selection of 12-by-16-inch or smaller mat boards on sale for only 5¢ a piece at your Arts & Crafts Center’s frame shop. This special does not apply to custom orders. The Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field. Call the frame shop at 253-982-6718 for more details.

Find sports, gaming & more at the Warrior Zone Liven up your evenings and weekends at the Warrior Zone. The fun’s always free, with great good and beverages: • Watch UFC 172 at no charge Saturday, April 26. • Watch the NCAA basketball championships and major league baseball. • Participate in weekly gaming, pool or poker tourneys. • Surf the Internet, watch movies, game on your own, play shuffleboard, check out tabletop games and much more! Call 253-477-5756 for more informa-

tion. The Warrior Zone is located at the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North.

Need college textbooks? Save big! Save cash on textbooks at your MWR Bookstore inside Stone Education Center at Lewis Main. Compare prices and let the bookstore order what you need for less! VA benefits are always welcome. If you’re really strapped for cash, check out the bookstore’s online textbook rentals. You have more than 6 million standard college textbooks from which to choose! All funds for the MWR Bookstore stay at JBLM to enhance programs for Service Members, Families and retirees. The bookstore is at 6242 Colorado Ave., Room B144 and is open from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Monday–Thursday. For more information, call 253-964-8185.

Get in on bowling specials Get in on discounts and deals at Bowl Arena Lanes: • 75¢ games with 75¢ shoe rental for seniors and retirees on Mondays. • Pizza, soft taco and bowling special every first Wednesday of the month. This month’s special is April 2. • All-you-can-eat pizza and bowling every Wednesday from 6:30–8:30 p.m. for only $10. • Look for Kids’ Fest free bowling in the Family & homefront section. For more information, call Bowl Arena Lanes at 253-967-4661.

Watch theater movies for free The McChord Theater has newly released DVDs playing each Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m. — see what’s playing at The theater is located at 1120 Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field.


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by Patti Jeffrey


ant to save some major cash? Live green! Yes,

it’s true — by simply changing a few old habits at a time, your budget can shrink without much effort. Miriam Easley, JBLM sustainability outreach coordinator, gives easy tips on the JBLM Sustainable Facebook page that everyone can start doing right away. She says, “Energy conservation is an easy way to start saving money. Just unplug all those energy ‘vampires’ that aren’t in use. They suck extra money from your monthly bill, such as cell phone chargers and power strips. Change out your light bulbs to LEDs or CFLs — the cost for the life of the bulb is far less than conventional lighting and it saves 12

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on your electrical bill.” Also turn off all appliances, TVs and computers when not in use. Use fewer electric-powered appliances — develop your muscle power instead! Other simple money-savers are to turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, take shorter showers and pour extra water on your plants instead of down the drain. Cut down on your trash bill by taking your recyclables to the JBLM Recycling Centers. Shop in bulk with a friend and split the cost, shop locally at farmer’s markets (you can haggle prices if you wait until the last hours) and plant your own vegetable garden in a raised bed or containers at JBLM community gardens or at home (on-base residents can maintain raised beds or containers in backyards

as long as you restore the backyard to its original condition when you leave). “All these small actions have a cumulative effect both on your wallet and within the community,” says Easley. “Once you make each change a habit, it becomes a lifestyle.” To save on gas and auto repair bills, Easley recommends that you accelerate slowly, keep your tires properly inflated and regularly maintain your vehicle. Visit one of your MWR Auto Centers at Lewis Main or McChord Field to change your oil and fluids, where they can dispose of used oil safely, or bring in your used oil for disposal. Did you know you can take a class on basic car maintenance at the McChord Auto Center? Save more money by doing

it yourself! If you’re a deployed Service Member’s spouse, come in (with your papers) to have your oil changed for free. Here are some more ideas to save your money and the environment: • Looking for a vehicle? Buy a used vehicle at the resale lot at Lewis North or McChord Field.* • Rent your recreational equipment from the Northwest Adventure Center or Adventures Unlimited instead of buying and storing it.* • Need a household item or larger-size clothing for your growing child? Check out the thrift shops at Lewis Main and McChord Field or exchange items with friends. • Instead of buying new games, books and movies, check them out from your JBLM libraries.* • Get more fit by walking everywhere — even in the rain. JBLM has more walkable town centers, including Lewis North and the AFC Commons at Lewis Left: “Fashionistas” at the Flea Market and Re-Use Fashion Show last year got creative in their dresswear. This year’s Earth Day Flea Market is Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the MWR Fest Tent and AFC Arena on Liggett Avenue, Lewis Main.

Main where you can go bowling, roller skating, skateboarding and play on the soft-fall playground. • Rent college textbooks from the MWR bookstore instead of buying them.* • Carpool with someone else when you go out to eat or play. Use the JBLM Shuttle for getting around base, or even walk to your meetings or local activities. For commuting ideas, visit JBLMCommutes. For the Shuttle schedule, visit mil and click on the JBLM Shuttle link. • Learn how to provide the best, safest and most organic life for your new baby at the McChord Library Tuesday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. Register under the library calendar link on the McChord library page at or call 253-982-3454. “Every small thing we do to save both money and the environment is reflected in our continuing quality of life. Everything we put down the drain, on our lawns, in driveways and streets — it all ends up in the Puget Sound waters that we also use for recreation,” Easley says. “It’s a ripple effect — and every drop begins with us.”

Participate in Earth Day weeklong events, including the flea market!


ave fun while you volunteer and attend these JBLM events: • Monday, April 21 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Lewis North Community Garden Work Party; lunch is provided. • Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. McChord Field CDC (580 Lincoln Blvd.) and Madigan CDC (6995 Jackson Ave.) Garden Work Party. • Wednesday, April 23 garden planting with kids from 9:30–11:30 a.m. at Madigan CDC and from 2–4 p.m. at McChord Field CDC. • Thursday, April 24 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. McChord Field Community Garden Work Party; lunch is provided. • Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Earth Day Flea Market at the MWR Fest Tent and AFC Arena at Lewis Main on Liggett Ave. with reuse/recycle exhibitors. Call 253-967-6772 for more details about these activities and how you can volunteer. For more tips on how to save and “go green,” visit For information on recycling and environmental issues, visit *Get all the details at

We asked what our Facebook fans do to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here are some of their answers: along with a used book, and we all look for

… water filter instead of buying disposable

recycle everything that can be, as well as up-

Shelby: I compost, plant my own veggies,

memberships to educational places or cards

water bottles, use cloth napkins, air dry a lot of

cycle clothes and furniture. I also try to buy

toward classes … or send a gift card for a favorite

clothes when I wash them…

used clothing items for my two young children

restaurant. The kids have enjoyed the process as

because it is so much cheaper than purchasing

well — we knit warm hats for the grandparents

new all the time.

and filled a canning jar with homemade disposal

Melonie: We reduced by asking grandpar-

cleaner tabs and a knit dishcloth for great-grand-

Tammy: I use egg cartons to start new flower seedlings. Fonda: Baby food jars for spices. Kimberly Marie: Jars, cans, bottles —

ents and other loved ones to please … invest

ma. Other family members love to go out to eat

everything can be reused around the house.

in experiences or things the kids truly *need*

but have cut that down in their budget, so it’s a

Clean them up, paint them, personalize them

for gift times, instead of “stuff.” It’s taken them

nice treat for them and they don’t have to find a

however you like. They make great gifts and

a little while, because who doesn’t love to

place for more stuff in their house.

add character to your home without being

spoil their grandbabies? But now they send

Cleo: I swap and resell clothing, use cloth


things like warm Christmas jammies, hand-

bags to give gifts, use my cloth bags at the

Zoila: I do laundry every three days to save

made scarves and cross-stitched bookmarks

grocery store, use glass water bottles and a

in electricity because the dryer is already hot.


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Kick off Month of the Military Hands-on fun takes JBLM kids ‘Across the Universe’ Kids’ Fest kicks off JBLM’s celebration of Month of the Military Child. JBLM youth are invited to Kids’ Fest for an out-of-this-world great time! Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about outer space through hands-on activities and crafts with the Hands On Children Museum, Pacific Science Center and the Museum of Flight. Kids’ Fest is Thursday, April 3, 1–4:30 p.m. Activities are located inside AFC Arena and the MWR Fest Tent, plus free bowling will be offered during the event at Bowl Arena Lanes. Join Family & MWR special events, CYSS and the SKIES dance and gymnastics teams, JBLM libraries and Madigan

Army Medical Center, as the winner of the Month of the Military Child poster contest is announced. AFC Arena is at 2275 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5776.

Bring your star to ‘SKIES’ At Kids’ Fest, children will enter a backyard-themed set, complete with tent, pretend fire that flickers, trees, the sound of crickets and five constellations. Participants will be able to gaze at the constellations through props that re-create them visually and morph them into SKIESUnlimited class participants including a dancer, gymnast, karate student, boxer and musician. The constellations represented will be the following: • Lepus for dance • Ara for gymnastics • Orion for karate • Gemini for boxing • Vela for music

Children will also create artwork to take home as they design a constellation. The sky’s the limit on what they can create! This event is designed to help children realize the importance of nature and to experience a sense of adventure for what awaits them in their world, including their immediate surroundings. Honoring military children all month, SKIESUnlimited invites you to “Bring your star to SKIES.” This interactive art, science and literacy experience invites children to explore constellations of the night sky. The “Bring Your Star to SKIES” event was created to craft a connection between self and nature, exploration of science and literacy skills and to celebrate the beauty of artistic self-expression. For your child to take part in experiences like this and many other fun instructional activities, register for SKIES classes today! Visit JBLMcyssRegistration. com for schedule and online enrollment.

Month of the Military Child Why we celebrate: To pay tribute to military children for their commitment, struggles and unconditional support for our troops.


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JBLM youth have been invited to create a poster for the annual Month of the Military Child poster contest. This year’s theme is “My Real Life Hero,” and winners will be announced during Kids’ Fest, Thursday, April 3. In turn, we’d like to celebrate all of our military children as our “Real Life Heroes” in recognition of the contributions they make as their parent(s) serve our nation. Our military children endure a lifestyle to which few others can relate. This lifestyle, coupled with proper support from military programs and communities, can help form resilient, independent, creative and strong children. At JBLM, we support and honor these children. Parents are invited to “like” two of our Facebook pages — and — for tips, advice and resources posted daily during April in celebration of Month of the Military Child.

Child with Kids’ Fest at JBLM

JBLM youth are ready to celebrate the Month of the Military Child.

Photos submitted by JBLM Families


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Fun events for youth of all ages — from Play to Learn with the Children’s Museum Play to Learn is a free collaborative program for parents and their little ones to enjoy at two JBLM locations. Offered at Raindrops & Rainbows Parent and Child Play Center, as well as the

Mother and son dancing fun

Zone, 841 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord

The McChord Community Center is hosting a Mother/Son Dance Friday, May 9 from 6:30–9 p.m. Tickets are $17 per couple (plus $7 for each additional son) and are available for purchase at Leisure Travel Services. LTS is located inside AFC Arena at 2275 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. No CYSS registration is needed. For

Field from 10–11:30 a.m. and Raindrops

more information, call 253-982-0718.

Escape Zone, the program encourages individual play and group time through engaging activities, songs and more. No registration is needed for this dropin program. Upcoming Play to Learn dates are Wednesdays, April 9, 16, 23 & 30 and May 7, 14 & 21. Stop by the Escape

& Rainbows, 8197 American Lake Dr. at Lewis North, from 1:30–3 p.m.

Bring your baskets to the Easter Dash! You could win great prizes at the annual Easter Dash Sunday, April 20 at Cowan Stadium. Run to collect candy and lots of prizes — youth ages 3 and younger will hunt at 1 p.m., ages 4–7 at 2 p.m. and 8 and older at 3 p.m. This free event is hosted by the JBLM


Better Opportunities for Single Service Members team. Cowan Stadium is located at Bitar Avenue and 12th Street at Lewis Main. Call 253-967-5636 for more information.

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Take advantage of the opportunity — join JBLM youth centers Why be a part of the youth center? Fun, food and friends! Plus, it’s free! Join the youth centers at JBLM, and you’ll have access to: • Fun activities and field trips. • Great food. • Leadership opportunities. • College readiness. • Opportunities to meet new friends.

• Fitness programs. • Computer labs and video games. • Basketball tournaments. • Singing groups. • Homework help and much more. There are two locations for middle schoolers and teens to enjoy before- and after-school fun, open recreation and organized activities. Stop by Hillside Youth Center (6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main) or McChord Youth Center (3032 Dogwood St. at McChord Field). For details, call Hillside Youth Center at 253-967-4441 and McChord Youth Center at 253-982-2203.

Get fit with the Youth Fitness Program Youth are encouraged to developed a personalized fitness program with help from the youth fitness experts. The Youth Fitness Program meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:30– 6:30 p.m. at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center. Youth enrolled with CYS Services and who are at least 13 years old are invited to participate. Transportation is provided for youth enrolled in the MST programs.

No federal endorsement implied.

babies to teens & everything in between For more information on how to sign up, call CYSS sports at 253-967-2405. CYSS youth trainers, Salena and Justin, will assist youth in reaching their fitness goals, while providing nutrition information and motivation. Here’s more about the program and the trainers: What experience do the CYSS trainers bring? Salena has three years of experience in child development with an emphasis on middle school–teens, while Justin has three years of experience in physical education and physical fitness. The two are a perfect combination for teaching youth the importance of physical fitness and nutrition. They both continue to take physical fitness trainings to enhance the course; their next training is a TRX course to teach youth how to incorporate this exercise activity into their workout regime. Why is fitness important to youth? Fitness is important to youth because it helps them to accomplish their life and career goals by being in the best physical shape possible. Healthy youth are happy and confident in their physical appearance when they are among their peers. Many overweight teens are teased, and this lowers their self-esteem. Youth who establish a healthy lifestyle in their adolescent years are more likely


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to uphold this lifestyle as adults. What are some nutritional and fitness tips that youth can look forward to learning? Youth will gain knowledge of cool and savvy ways to incorporate technology while accomplishing their goals. Also, youth will meet with a nutrition-

This month we asked: What are some things you do every day to make your military child feel special?

ist weekly to learn how to make healthy alternative food choices that give the same enjoyment as their favorite snacks — like drinking almond milk instead of 2-percent or whole milk. Most youth enjoy sampling the healthy products. Continued on page 19.


"We like to go to the pool together as a family and have fun.” — Tanya “I’m a proud Air Force brat and so are my kids! They know their dad fights for and serves our country, and without men/women like that we couldn’t have the freedoms we do. So in knowing that, they are special!” — Kari “When Dad is home, we try to make every free day count — whether it’s a day curled up at home watching movies, outside enjoying nature or participating in programs offered by MWR and CYS.” —JoyLyn “My kids are ... no different than civilian children. They adapt and overcome in any situation. They don’t need the title.” — Rye Join the conversation at


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days, April 29–June 3 at Eagles Pride Golf Course or on Thursdays, May 1–June 5 at Whispering Firs Golf Course. Both camps meet at 3:45 p.m. Coming early next month — Pitch, Hit & Run! This free event is open to youth ages 7–14. The event is May 6–7 from 5–7 p.m. at Lewis and McChord youth fields. Bring a birth certificate to complete onsite registration. Sign up now for the Armed Forces Kids’ Run. It’s Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. at Cowan Stadium, Lewis Main. Pick up a registration form at the Commissary or Youth Sports Office. The race is open to ages 5–18, and all participants will receive a race T-shirt. Enroll one of three ways: • Visit Parent Central Services at Lewis Main, 2295 12th St. (& Bitar Ave.) • Visit Parent Central Services at McChord Field, 560 Lincoln Blvd.

Calling all youth athletes! CYS Services hosts recreation leagues open to all youth who want to learn the fundamentals of the game and have fun!

• Go online to and register with WebTrac. A full CYSS registration and sports physical current through the entire sea-

Enrollment is open now for flag foot-

son must be on file. For a full registration,

ball and cheerleading. Open to ages 5–15,

bring current shot record, military, DOD

each sport is $55.

or contract ID card, two local emergency

Now’s also the time to sign up for First Tee Golf Camps, which are open to youth ages 7–18. Camps meet Tues-

contacts and sports physical. Save time and schedule a full registration appointment: 253-966-CYSS.

Before you babysit, take this class Become a confident and knowledgeable babysitter with a babysitter certification course. Offered for youth ages 12–18, you’ll learn everything you need to know to confidently provide shortterm care for children of all ages. Curriculum includes First Aid and CPR. To enroll in babysitting classes, call 253-967-4441. Upon completion of the course, youth have the option to have their names placed on a babysitting list to provide care to children of Service Members.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Safety first — get education & support to prevent child abuse


he Family Advocacy Program offers advocacy, education and support services to help you. Across JBLM, there are displays about child abuse prevention. Please look for these displays at Waller Hall, the Service Member & Family Readiness Center and on the first floor of Family & MWR Headquarters. You’ll also find the displays at Kids’ Fest Thursday, April 3 at AFC Arena. The ScreamFree Institute, the organization that ignites hope through the power of calm, will present “Launching Hope,” a brand-new class for parents of teenagers, at the McChord Club Tuesday, April 8. “Launching Hope” will be followed by

a free dinner and a presentation about “ScreamFree Marriage.” Childcare is available; registration is required at 253-967-5901. FAP will be presenting Spider Man, from Marvel Comics, throughout elementary schools in the Clover Park School District April 7–10. Spider Man will discuss bullying prevention for students. Please stay tuned to for assembly dates and times. April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of Families and communities working together to prevent child abuse (


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Armed Forces Community Service JBLM volunteers, we’re celebrating you!

More than 150,000 volunteer hours have been contributed to our community.

At JBLM, there are more than 3,500 volunteers.

There are more than 155 volunteer organizations registered.



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We’re celebrating volunteers at JBLM! Join us for the following events as our way to say thank you. • Monday, April 7: Join us for a cookie social in Waller Hall, 1–2:30 p.m. • Tuesday, April 8: Don’t miss free games and shoe rental at Bowl Arena Lanes. • Wednesday, April 9: Join us for a cookie social at the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop at Lewis Main, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m. • Thursday, April 11: Join us for a cookie social at the McChord Field Commissary, 1–2:30 p.m. Plus, enjoy free bingo at the Family Resource Center at Lewis Main, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Register for bingo by Wednesday, April 9 — call the FRC at 253-967-9496. Save the date for the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. The event is Thursday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Club at McChord Field. RSVP by Friday, April 25. Call 253-967-9496 to RSVP or for more information.

For more information about either event, call 253-967-7501.

Take Back the Night Join JBLM’s first Take Back the Night event Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. and take a stand against sexual violence! Join us for a 1.4-mile candlelight walk to take a stand against sexual violence within the JBLM community. The event starts at the MWR Fest Tent, which is REMEMBER • RESPECT • HONOR located directly behind Bowl Arena Lanes Gold Star Wives Day • April 5th 2014 on Liggett Avenue. Craig Juris, Deputy Prosecutor, Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office will be the guest speaker for this Main, for Survivors. The event is from Gold Star Wives Day & event. Music will be provided by South 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Appreciation Event Puget Sound Community College’s One of the goals of the SOS program Nationally recognized as Gold Star Drama Department. McGruff the Crime is to bring Survivors together in a social Wives Day, Saturday, April 5 is a day Dog, the JBLM DES Crime Prevention environment. This month, SOS will be when the Fallen are honored and their team and other local organizations will hosting a trip to the Broadway Centre Families are shown our appreciation be present during this event, which is for the Performing Arts to attend a for their sacrifices. On this day, JBLM open to all members of the community. production of Drunken Telegraph. Survivor Outreach Services will be holding Take Back the Night seeks to end Survivors are invited Friday, April 11 from a dove release at Memorial Park with light sexual assault, domestic violence, dating 5–10:30 p.m. Transportation and event refreshments at the Survivor Outreach violence, sexual abuse and all other Services Office, 2166 Liggett Ave. at Lewis tickets will be provided. forms of sexual violence across the JBLM community. The goal is to increase awareness and show Select AFCS events Date Event description Phone number that the JBLM community 24/7 Dad April 1, 3, 8 & 10 Improve your parenting skills as a father 253- 967-5901 stands against sexual assault. Military Knowledge Class April 1–2 Class for new military spouses; learn the basics of military life 253-967-AFTB For more information, call Gold Star Wives Day & Appreciation Saturday, April 5 Dove release event with light refreshments following 253-967-7501 the Joint Base SHARP office at Joint Newcomers’ Orientation Tuesday, April 8 Welcome event for Service Members & Families new to 253-967-3628 253-967-2072 or 253-966-4061. Joint Base Lewis-McChord 253-982-2695 ®

Launching Hope

Tuesday, April 8

A ScreamFree class for parents of teenagers; includes dinner



M/W, starting April 9

Family Anger Control Training for men


Financially Fit

April 9, April 23

Learn budget-setting & debt-reduction strategies


Letting Flo Drive

Friday, April 11

An anger and stress management class


Résumé 101

Friday, April 11

How to build an effective resume


Home-based business workshop

Monday, April 14

Learn the basics of starting a business


SFAC Easter basket giveaway

Thursday, April 17

WTB Families are invited to pick up Easter baskets


EFMP Family-friendly movie

Saturday, April 19

Stress-free, sensory-friendly environment


JBLM bus tour

Tuesday, April 22

Join us for a bus tour of your new installation

253-967-3628 253-982-2695

Interviewing basics

Friday, April 25

Prepare for an effective and successful interview


AFTB instructor training

April 28–May 1

Train to become a volunteer instructor


Investing basics & Basics of mutual funds & stocks

Wednesday, April 30

Learn when to save and when to invest


Take Back the Night ®

Wednesday, April 30

Sexual Assault Awareness Month event to take a stand against sexual violence

253-967-2072 253-966-4061

Volunteer lunch & awards ceremony

Thursday, May 1

Annual luncheon & awards ceremony for JBLM volunteers

253-967-9496 (RSVP required)


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For more information, call the phone number listed, visit the event calendar at or “like” us on Facebook at For a complete list of AFCS programs and events, view the JBLM AFCS Program Guide and other AFCS publications at


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Be financially successful by using two major resources By Eugene A. Woods, JBLM Financial Readiness Program Specialist


 o become financially successful, don’t overlook two major resources: time and money. Understanding how to use them wisely is key to building wealth and eliminate debts. To get on the road to financial success, implement one or more of these steps: 1. First, establish financial goals and complete a budget worksheet to assess your financial stability. 2. Pay yourself first: Each time you get paid, place a set amount or allocate a

Learning to be financially savvy begins in childhood In honor of the Month of the Military Child, Mary Cron of the JBLM Financial Readiness Program has put together tips for youth. These lessons will go a long way toward financial independence if practiced early enough: $ Assist in financial goal setting. Develop a plan to pay for activities of interest to your child. $ Use allowance and gift money to start and maintain a savings account. Ten percent of any money received should be placed in the savings account first. $ Talk about the value of money. Only so much comes in, so only so much can be spent   without getting into debt. Money borrowed costs more in the long run due to interest. $ Differentiate between wants and needs. If it’s a want, ownership by the child in purchasing the item will place a higher value on their money (and yours) and the item. $ Encourage them to develop good financial habits now to avoid pitfalls later.

percentage of your pay into building an emergency savings fund. 3. Take advantage of having an automatic deduction from your payroll and put into your 401K, Individual Retirement Account or Thrift Savings Plan each pay period. 4. Seek professional advice from a qualified accredited financial counselor. Next, take steps to implement a plan to help eliminate debts: 1. Always pay your bills on time to avoid any penalties and late fees. 2. Pay more than the minimum payment on credit cards and store cards (revolv-

ing credit) if the balance is not paid in full every month. 3. When possible, keep the revolving credit balances below 30 percent of the credit limit. 4. When making an additional payment to an installment loan, such as an auto loan, bank loan, signature loan or mortgage payment, make sure that the creditor applies the additional amount to the principle of the loan. 5. Avoid any new loans, if possible, and especially avoid payday lenders, rent-to-

own and zero-down, no-interest (only for a certain number of months) loans. Read the fine print before signing. Start today to implement a plan to gain financial success freedom. Take the time to schedule an appointment to talk to a financial counselor. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one appointment, call Armed Forces Community Service at Lewis Main at 253-967-1453 or the Service Member & Family Readiness Center at McChord Field at 253-982-2695.

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‘Lives Change @ Your Library’ Have fun, learn to be green & celebrate National Library Week You’re invited to change your life at your JBLM libraries National Library Week is April 13–19, and you’re invited to see how “Lives Change @ Your Library.” Grandstaff Library will host an open house Wednesday, April 16 and McChord Library Thursday, April 17. Both events are from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Stop in and enjoy refreshments during the Open Houses. See what’s new that can change your life! Storytime fun at JBLM libraries Remember to drop in for storytime at Book Patch Library Wednesday mornings at 10:30 and at McChord Library on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Hope to see you there for stories, crafts and fun! Book Patch is located inside Grandstaff Library at 2109 N. 10th St. at Pendleton Ave. at Lewis Main. McChord Library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. on the ground floor.

How to be a Green Mom Learn how to provide the best, safest and most organic life for your new baby

in the “How to be a Green Mom” workshop. Join us at the McChord Library Tuesday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. To register, go to and click on the “Calendar of Events” button or call 253-982-3454.

Reading Program, “Paws to Read.” We hope to see you there!

Say ‘hi’ to the libraries at Kids’ Fest

vor Outreach Services program. The estate

While you’re at Kids’ Fest Thursday, April 3, be sure to stop by the library booth to discover what’s available at your JBLM library! Not only will we have giveaways and a free craft for kids, but you can also learn about e-Books for kids, online homework assistance, storytime events and our upcoming Summer

Estate Planning Come to the McChord Library and meet with a financial counselor from Armed Forces Community Service’s Surviplanning workshop is Tuesday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m. Get tips to ensure that your heirs get what they should and learn how to minimize your tax liabilities. You’ll also learn how to prepare for the possibility of long-term care and what effects that could have on your estate. Call 253-982-3454 for details.



Be a tourist in your own city — S

ave money on a Family-friendly trip in honor of the Month of the

Military Child. For every trip in April, youth ages 5–12 will receive a $5 discount! You must register in person. What are you waiting for? When checking out the trip listings below, look for the Family-friendly icon — . It’s a great way to celebrate your military child. Advanced scuba course Review the basics of diving and task load you with underwater activities (underwater navigation, deep diving and search-and-recovery to name a few). This class is April 17–20. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum depth of 100 feet. Minimum age: 18 ($240)

Emergency First Responder class Explore and master the techniques of administering First Aid and CPR on everyone from infants to adults. The Emergency First Responder class is Tuesday, April 22. Minimum age: 15 ($80) Hike Mount St. Helens Rim The route to the Mount St. Helens Rim gives hearty hikers a small taste of what alpine climbers experience. The trail stretches high up the side of the mountain toward the upper mountain where alpine climbers play. This route isn’t for everyone since it entails substantial snow travel. If this sounds like fun to you, sign up for this overnight trip that leaves the Northwest Adventure Center 24

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Saturday, May 3. Fee includes guide, Alpine permit, dinner/breakfast and equipment. This is a strenuous 10-mile round-trip hike. Difficulty: very difficult; elevation gain: 5,000 feet. Minimum age: 18 ($140)

Introduction to mountain biking Join us on an instructional ride Sunday, April 27. Learn the basics and get plenty of time to work on your new skills. Bike, helmet, and gloves are provided. Location will be determined based on conditions. Difficulty: easy; distance: 5–6 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($35)

Hike Mount Si Hike one of the most popular trails in Washington with the Outdoor Recreation program on Saturday, April 26. The route to the summit meanders through several ecosystems and provides views of more than 3,000 feet straight 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. Difficulty: very difficult; elevation gain: 3,800 feet. Minimum age: 10 ($45)

Head for the snow and spend the day at Stevens Pass Friday, April 18 for Military Appreciation Day! Stop by the NAC to get fitted for your gear by Thursday, April 17. Transportation and gear are provided; lift tickets are not included but can be purchased at the mountain for half-off (with military ID). ($50; transportation only: $30)

Hope Island day kayak Head out for a

NAC Open House You’re invited to the

paddle and walk around Hope Island’s beaches and tide pools Sunday, April 20. You’ll have the chance to see wildlife such as bald eagles, harbor seals and starfish. Paddle distance: approximately 6 miles. Minimum age: 15 ($40)

annual Open House & Community Yard Sale at the NAC Saturday, May 10. If you have sport, yard and house items you want to get rid of, rent a table to sell your gently loved items. To reserve a table for $10, register and pay at the NAC by

Military Appreciation at Stevens Pass

— bring the entire Family along! Friday, May 9. The Open House event is from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and features a rock climbing wall, demonstrations, stocked “fish pond” for youth and more. Learn about equipment rental and the lakeside cabins and purchase outdoor gear.

Open-water scuba certification The first level of any diver’s education, open-water certification is offered April 28–May 4, May 5–11 and May 12–18. Pick a class, register and earn the card you need to dive anywhere in the world! The goal is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. To take this class, you must be able to swim continuously for 200 yards and tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks You haven’t seen Seattle until you’ve seen it from a Duck! Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on a musical tour of the Emerald City. Amphibious World War-II vehicles will show you Seattle from both land and water Sunday, April 20. You’ll see downtown, Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and funky Fremont before splashing into Lake Union for a spectacular view of the city skyline, luxurious yachts and Sleepless in

Seattle houseboats! You’ll also have time to walk around Pike Place Market. ($45; ages 3–12: $35; ages 0–2: $30)

Rescue scuba course One of the most important courses in recreational diving is the rescue course. Learn to rescue yourself and others, how to recognize equipment failures and build confidence. The class is April 23–26. Minimum age: 15 ($240) Sol Duc Hot Springs Take a soak at the Sol Duc Hot Springs in the Olympic National Forest Sunday, May 11. There are three mineral hot spring soaking pools and one freshwater pool of varying temperatures. ($50; ages 4–12: $40; ages 0–3: $25) Sporting clays competition Join us for this exciting 10-station, 100-target fun shoot Saturday, May 3 at the JBLM Skeet Range. Sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, and is often described as “golf with a shotgun.” Registration begins at 9 a.m.; shooting begins at 10:30. For details, call 253-967-7056. ($35)

Waterfall tour Explore the great concentration of waterfalls in the continental United States Sunday, April 27. We’ll travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which has an abundance of small waterfalls viewable from the road, and stop

at at least five major waterfalls to include the world-famous Multnomah Falls. We’ll stop in Hood River, Ore., for lunch. ($65; ages 5–12: $40; ages 0–4: $15)

Westport bottom fishing Get out on the open water and start hauling in fish Saturday, April 26 on a chartered boat trip out of Westport. Rockfish are always plentiful and lingcod are real fighters! Dress in layers. Bring lunch, snacks and rain gear. Fishing gear is provided. ($130)

Westport Crab Fest Head to the Westport Crab Fest with us Saturday, April 19, and learn to catch, identify and cook crabs during the World Class Crab Races, Derby and Feed. You may have a chance to catch the $500 crab! You’re welcome to join in the festivities, which include crab races and dinner (while supplies last). Gear and bait are included; entrance fees to activities and dinner aren’t. Required fishing licenses are available at the NAC. ($35) Whale watching Early spring provides a unique opportunity to view migratory gray whales in the calm, protected waters of the Puget Sound. Join us on a threehour boat trip Sunday, May 4 for plenty of opportunities to see a variety of wildlife. ($65; ages 13 & younger: $55) Continued on next page.


White Salmon and Wind raft trip This is the perfect combination of rivers for people interested in challenging the class IV-V whitewater of the Wind River (one of the most challenging commercial river rafting runs in the Pacific Northwest) but interested in warming up on a slightly less challenging river first. Join us April 19–20 for two whitewater rafting adventures. Your first day will be spent with a half-day run on the White Salmon River. We’ll camp at the beautiful Timberlake Campgrounds before heading off the following morning for a full day of whitewater action on the Wind River (class III–V). The trip includes transportation, rafting gear, camping equipment and lunch both days. Minimum age: 18 ($250)

unique Bavarian town of Leavenworth and paddle through many exciting class III-rapids. Minimum age: 12 ($65; add $10 for a barbecue meal; ask about private trips for groups and units — groups of 24 or more are just $60 per person.)

Wine and cheese tour Say cheese! Better yet, say local cheese. Enjoy sipping and savoring new wine releases and ciders paired with a variety of cheeses crafted by local artisan creameries on this Saturday, May 3 trip. Price includes transportation, event admission and a commemorative glass. Minimum age: 21 ($75)


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April 17–20


Minimum age: 18

Military Appreciation at Stevens Pass

Friday, April 18


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April 19–20


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Sunday, April 20


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Sunday, April 27


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Saturday, May 3


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Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule are subject to change without notice. Gear and transportation are included unless otherwise stated. Register via WebTrac (visit or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Confirm pick-up locations and times upon registration. Group rates and private trips are available; call for details. We’ll visit FRG meetings or unit functions to tell you about the great recreation and adventure options in the area. For more information, call 253-967-6263 or visit Especially accommodates people with exceptional needs

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Fish Washington: Opportunities for you & your Family Washington has some of the best and most diverse fisheries in the country. Read on for details about trout and warmwater fishing at and around JBLM.

By Bruce Bolding, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


hether you’re an expert or novice when it comes to fishing, there are plenty of species and locations around JBLM that will fit the time and effort you have to spend. Now’s also the perfect time to think about fishing — the weather is better and opening day for lowland lake trout season is Saturday, April 26. One of the most common questions we get asked is, “Where can I go fishing for X, Y or Z?” To answer that and other questions about fishing in the state, check out “Fish Washington,” a searchable database on the WDFW website that allows you to search by county or by species. The species pages also have general information on each fish, where it can be found, fishing tactics and gear tips. There are informational videos that talk about location and fishing technique. Check it out

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at Historically, lowland lake trout is far and away the most popular fishery in Washington, followed by warmwater fish such as bass, perch, catfish, crappie and bluegill. There are lots of places both at JBLM and nearby to catch all these species. For fishing on base, pick up the MWR Fishing Rules pamphlet for specifics.

On-base opportunities include American Lake for trout, Kokanee, bass and perch; Sequalitchew Lake for bass and crappie; Spanaway Lake for panfish; Lewis Lake for bass. Off-base but nearby is Lake Tapps for Tiger Muskie, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch and Crappie; Harts Lake for Channel Catfish; Rapjohn, Silver, Ohop, Clear, Tanwax and Kapow-

See the Mariners and Sounders FC in action with Leisure Travel Services The 12th Annual Salute to Armed Forces is Saturday, April 26 at Safeco Field. The first pitch is at 6:10 p.m. Plus, Sounders FC lower-level tickets are on sale now for $25. If you love baseball or soccer, make sure you get your tickets from Leisure Travel Services. Limited tickets available, so purchase your today! LTS is inside AFC Arena at 2275 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-3085.

sin for trout, bass and panfish. Before you head out, make sure you have a Washington State fishing license. Active duty military stationed in Washington are eligible for resident license fees (e.g., $29.50 for freshwater only). Buy your license at the Northwest Adventure Center, Exchange or off base almost anywhere sporting goods are sold. The NAC also has rods, reels and boats for rent if you don’t have your own. Finally, make sure you know Washington’s regulations by picking up the WDFW Sport Rules pamphlet where you buy your license. There are two basic fishing clinics scheduled for Saturdays, April 5 and 19 at the NAC. The first is open to individuals and Families. The second is for women only. Depending on interest, more clinics may be scheduled throughout the summer. Visit to sign up. Now’s the time to Fish Washington. For more information, stop by the NAC Open House & Community Yard Sale Saturday, May 10, email or call 360-902-8417.


Feelin’ good

We make a healthy lifestyle fun!

The 2nd Annual Aquatic Easter Egg hunt is Saturday, April 19. Wade, swim and splash your way to a basket piled high with goody-filled eggs.

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From an Easter egg hunt in the water to boot camp and more, being healthy is anything but a chore!


You’re invited to an underwater Easter egg hunt

• Ages 9–10, 12:20 or 2 p.m.

You’re invited to find floating and sinking eggs at the 2nd Annual Aquatic Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 19 at Kimbro Pool. Children get to keep their Easter eggs and will receive a goody bag. The child who finds the magic egg will also take home a special prize (there is one magic egg per age group). Preregistration is required for this free event; go to Age groups are: • 6 months–2 years, 11 a.m. or 12:40 p.m. • Ages 3–4, 11:20 a.m. or 1 p.m. • Ages 5–6, 11:40 a.m. or 1:20 p.m. • Ages 7–8, noon or 1:40 p.m.

for swimmers through age 4.

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Parents are required to be in the water Kimbro Indoor Pool will be closed for recreational/lap swimming to accommodate this program. Soldiers Field House indoor pool will be open for fitness training and lap swim from 12:30–3:30 p.m.

Swim like a Dolphin … A JBLM Dolphin, that is! Join the swim team! The team practices Monday–Thursday at Soldiers Field House indoor pool, 6–7:30 p.m. Tryouts are held on a oneon-one basis with one of the coaches. Interested swimmers should call the SFH indoor pool at 253-967-5390 to set up a time. The cost is $75 for three months,

and registration is through CYS Services. This is a USA Swimming team, which requires an annual registration fee of $65 (due upon registering). For those who need a little more instruction, try Little Dolphins. Designed to work with beginners, this class helps develop the skills and strength needed to join the Dolphins. The cost is $20 for six classes, which are held Monday/Wednesday, 4–4:45 p.m. at the indoor pool. Registration for Little Dolphins is completed online at Continued on page 30.

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Feelin’ good Make a splash for safety Calling all aspiring lifeguards! Spring Lifeguard Training is April 7–11 at Kimbro Pool, 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Students must take the pre-test — 300yard swim, two-minute tread without hands and a timed 20-yard brick retrieval. Interested candidates must be at least 15 years old before the last day of the training and should register online at The fee is $50.

Get fit with Fitness Boot Camp Not fit? Looking to get in shape? Join the six-week Fitness Boot Camp program to help get you motivated and get a jump-start on fitness! Boot Camp meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30–10:30 a.m. or 2:30–4:30 p.m. at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center. Upcoming dates include: • April 7–May 19. • June 9– July 25. • Aug. 18–Sept. 26. • Oct. 20–Dec. 1. Classes are limited to 20 participants each and you can register one of two ways — stop by Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center for a registration packet or download forms from Registration opens one month prior to the start of the next program. All participants are required to obtain a Physician’s Release. Return all completed forms to the Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center. Recruits are notified

Operation Kid Fit

Enroll now for this pilot program for kids By Arianne McConchie RDN, CD, MBA, JBLM Health Educator, Armed Forces Wellness Center


amilies at JBLM have a unique opportunity to partake in Operation Kid Fit, a youth obesity pilot program that’s only being offered at four installations this year. OKF is a Family intervention strategy for preventing and managing childhood obesity. The strategy aims to promote children’s development of healthy eating and activity habits, by increasing parents’ believe in success and self-sufficiency in managing children’s weight-related behavior. OKF is a multi-level system of parenting support designed to reduce the prevalence of behavioral and emotional problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents. OKF targets Families with overweight or obese children ages 5–10. This program is a 12-week commitment implemented in a small group setting. The first nine weeks are made up of weekly 90-minute sessions, and the last three weeks are made up of weekly

20-minute individualized phone calls with your OKF facilitator. Parents will gain information and practical strategies for encouraging healthy eating, limiting sedentary activity and increasing physical activity. Parents learn how to facilitate gradual change in their Family’s lifestyle and how to maintain those changes long-term. Session topics include: • Preparing for change. • Understanding nutrition and physical activity. • Using rewards to promote healthy behavior. • Modifying recipes to incorporate healthier choices. • Limiting sedentary behavior. • Understanding food labels. • Playing active games. • Providing healthy meals and snacks. • Using effective strategies to manage problem behavior. This program will be offered to the first 40 Families to enroll. For specific class start dates, times and locations, contact the JBLM OKF Facilitator, Molly Koczarski at 253-982-0531,

via email of their acceptance into the program. Fitness Boot Camp is designed for those new to fitness looking to get fit. However, all fitness levels are welcome to attend. This program is not suitable for those individuals with physical limitations or injuries, as activity may be strenuous at times. For details, call 253-967-5975.

Start training now for the JBLM half-marathon

Are you ready for softball season?

If you need a running goal, start training now for June’s half-marathon and 5K resiliency run. The race is on Saturday, June 21 at 8 a.m. at Russell Landing.

It’s time to gear up for intramural softball season, which begins in June. Interested units/teams are invited to an 30

informational meeting Tuesday, May 13 at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center or Wednesday, May 14 at McChord Fitness Center. Both meetings are at 1 p.m. For more information on intramural sports, call 253-967-4768.

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This year’s course is new and challenging — leading runners to Solo Point and back. The 5K course is Family- and stroller-friendly to Shoreline Park and back. For more information, stay tuned to or call 253-967-4768.


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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for April 2014

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for April 2014