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back to school Pages 31–32; 45



Have fun at: Aloha Luau Page 6

Summer’s End Flea Market Page 7

GO Transit is free! GO Lewis-McChord provides convenient, affordable transportation options. • Ride to meetings, shopping, dining, parks and playgrounds, rec centers, Madigan, McChord Air Terminal and more. • Connects to Sound Transit and Pierce Transit for travel to DuPont, Lakewood, Tacoma, Seattle and Sea-Tac airport and more. • Runs weekdays and weekends. • More than 80 stops around JBLM with 20-minute frequencies.



Interim Director, Family & MWR Venicia Morse Marketing director Kimberly Perrenot Editor/writer Patti Jeffrey Layout & design Patti Jeffrey Contributors Brittany Catanzaro, Siri McHugo, Leslie Thomas, Antoinette Walker Contributing photographers Ursula Buford, Brittany Catanzaro, JBLM Public Affairs, Patti Jeffrey For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, off-base businesses, call Angela Frasier at 253-966-2256. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style. Photo submissions, accompanied by a release from the photographer and the Family/individual are also accepted. Send full-resolution (1–4 MB) jpgs to The editor reserves the right to use photos for any future Focus publication in print and online without restrictions. Photos may be resized for magazine formats. Photographer will be given credit. The JBLM “FOCUS” is an unofficial monthly information source. 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.

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Chill out with us Get in on weekly barbecues, a free outdoor movie, luau dinner with music and dancers, flea market, theater performance, esports, kids’ crafts and more.

FEATURE 16 Welcome to JBLM! New here? Get acquainted with all we offer and make yourself at home.

SPORTS & FITNESS 20 Challenging yourself can be fun Enter a softball tourney, compete in Commander’s Cup soccer, join fitness classes and look ahead to zombie run.

ADVENTURES 24 Outdoor rock climbing, your style Learn rock climbing with versatile techniques; sign up for group adventures.

YOUTH 30 Get prepped for back to school Ease into new routines now for happier kids when school starts; tips and ideas for enjoying the last month of summer.


36 Experience the joy of reading Join adult books clubs, plus new Family storytimes and kids’ clubs!

MILITARY & FAMILY 44 Ease your transitions Get practical help overcoming stress; attend adult student block party; learn how to advance your career; attend Gold Star Family event.


What MWR means to me Our resolve at MWR is to improve your morale, look out for your welfare and give you ways to recreate. Each month, we’re looking at what this means to people who participate in MWR activities and events.

SIRI McHUGO is a customer service representative at Leisure Travel Services.


To me, MWR means support, compassion, empathy and affordability. As an active duty Air Force spouse of over 19 years, MWR has helped our family tremendously. Both of my children have been blessed with many affordable, and often free, youth programs. We’ve also attended many special events here at JBLM. During my husband’s numerous deployments, we received such great services, including free child care hours through Child & Youth Services. That alone helps relieve some of the stressors that come with deployments. I’ve been employed with JBLM MWR since October 2015. I started in the fitness centers and eventually landed a permanent position with Leisure Travel Services. I’ve learned so much and am enjoying my experience as an MWR employee. I love assisting our customers and seeing them leave our office happy and excited for their vacations. MWR programs have played such an important role in the military community and their Families. Not only am I proud to be an MWR employee but also the recipient of their services as well. To the military Families out there who might not know about the services and programs that MWR has to offer, please take advantage of these great opportunities while you have the chance!

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Northwest Colonial Festival August 8-11, 2019

March with the Redcoats Join in an 18th Century Dance Ask George about the Cherry Tree Harvest Lavender with Martha Hand-mill Heritage Grains Text on a Printing Press Weave on a Loom Take Selfies with Colonials See an 18th Century Makeover Meet Thomas Jefferson Visit the Colonial Camp Play in the Kids’ Village

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Hot out? Chill out with us! Come out for McChord Pub’s weekly barbecue Want to join us for a barbecue dinner Thursday or Friday evenings in August? McChord Pub is hosting a weekly Grill & Chill on its patio from 5 to 10 for $9.55 and up. Order your choice of New York or rib-eye steak, fresh fish or free-range chicken. Each meal comes with a grilled fresh vegetable, a small salad and a roll, with your choice of garlic mashed potatoes, a baked potato or rice. A children’s menu is also available. Call 253-982-5581 for more information. The pub is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

Free Family outdoor movie If you like free entertainment, come on out to watch the original “Toy Story” (1995) on the lawn at McChord Club Friday night, Aug. 10! Set up your lawn chairs, blankets and pillows CANCELED due to and have fun with Family activities and crafts starting at 7; the rain forecast movie begins at 9. Food and beverages (plus beer and wine for ages 21 and older) are available for purchase on site. The movie is at 700 Barnes Blvd.


Enjoy Hawaiian luau Say “aloha” to fun times and good food with the return of McChord Club’s Aloha Luau. Enjoy Polynesian dancers, live slack-key guitar music and a sumptuous luau buffet Saturday, Aug. 24, 5–8 p.m. in the Club ballroom. The cost is $26 for ages 14 and older, $12.95 for ages 4–13 and free for ages 3 and younger. Club card members pay $21 per person. Advance reservations are required by calling 253-982-5581 weekdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The Club at is 700 Barnes Blvd.

Try Sam Adams specials Round up the gang and head to Samuel Adams Brewhouse at Eagles Pride — it’s open to the public! Purchase a club half-sandwich and side

salad weekdays in August for $7.95 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Happy hour is Sunday through Thursday, 3–5 p.m. with $1 off Sam Adams drafts. Sam Adams at Eagles Pride is just off I-5 at Exit 116.

Kids bowl free this summer! Bowl Arena Lanes and Sounders Lanes are excited to be taking part in the summer program “Kids Bowl Free” for DOD ID card holders and their sponsored guests. Register your children ages 17 and younger for a free bowling pass (two free games of bowling a day) at either location. Rental shoes are not included. To register, visit, click on your choice of either Bowl Arena

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Lanes or Sounders Lanes and fill out the registration form. Your coupon notification will be sent directly to your email to print out and redeem. Bowl Arena Lanes is at 2272 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main. Sounders Lanes is located at 737 Jackson Blvd., McChord Field.

tables or a combination, pay $30. Each additional table or space is $5. For more details on renting a sale area, email or call 253-967-6772. The MWR Fest Tent is at 2200 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main.

Bring everyone to cosmic bowling or lunch & bowl

The Club appreciates it members

Every Saturday evening from 6 to 9, bowl two hours of cosmic blacklight bowling at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center for only $12 per person, including shoe rental. The evening features black lights, flashing strobes and great music and fun! Come in for lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and get a free game of bowling — just buy a lunch combo at Strike Zone Snack Bar, then show your receipt at the front desk (shoe rental not included). Sounders Lanes is at 737 Jackson Blvd., McChord Field. Call 253-982-5954 for details.

Watch UFC 241 with us Watch UFC 241 Saturday night, Aug. 17. Entry is for ages 18 and older. Choose your spot at these locations: • Order food and brew specials during happy hour (5–7) at McChord Pub (inside McChord Club). Everyone’s welcome and there’s no cover charge. • At Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade, take advantage of food and drink specials. Cover is $5 per person. • At Warrior Zone, order up food and drink specials while you enjoy the fights. There’s no cover charge.

Sell & buy used treasures at flea market One person’s trash is another one’s treasure at Summer’s End Flea Market in the MWR Fest Tent Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Find what you’ve been looking for! Want to sell? The cost for two tables, spaces or a combination is $26. For three spaces,

Club members — you’re being appreciated at a free luncheon at McChord Club Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family members and guests can also attend for $5 each. No reservations are needed. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Arts in the Armed Forces is performing at JBLM Arts In The Armed Forces is coming to JBLM Thursday, Aug. 8 at Nelson Recreation Center (3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main). AITAF, founded by Adam Driver, a Marine Corps veteran (better known as Kylo Ren from “Star Wars”), is a nonprofit organization that brings arts performances to Service members and their Families worldwide. Actors Jeremy Bobb (“Jessica Jones,” “Russian Doll,” “Escape at Dannemora”), Francois Battiste (“Ten Days in the Valley”) and and Tracee Chimo (“Orange is the New Black”) are reading “Lobby Hero” starting at 6 p.m. Afterward, they’ll interact with the audience in a Q & A session. Entry is first-come, first-served (ages 18 and older). Pizza and beverage tickets will be handed to the first 100 in the door starting at 5.



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This day’s just for you Single Service Member Day’s a blast All JBLM single Service members are invited to JBLM’s free Single Service Member Day Thursday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Warrior Zone, Lewis North. The day features: • A car show (call 253-967-5636 for entry). • Dodgeball, basketball (3 v 3) and football (5 v 5). • Carnival games, water pong, a pool tourney and esports (Super Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat and Mario Kart) with prizes. • Painting and art displays. • Karaoke and live DJ entertainment. • Food and beverages available for purchase. Call BOSS headquarters at 253-967-5636 for more information. Warrior Zone is located at 11592 17th St. at Lewis North.

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ctive duty Service members have your pick of esports tourneys at Warrior Zone. All events are live-streamed at twitch. tv/JBLMWarriorZone/events. Check out these upcoming events!

JBLM Warrior Zone Majors The 2019 JBLM Warrior Zone Majors feature externally produced, live-streamed tournaments. Registration is limited to the first 64 players per event. Enter in time for the next in the tournament series Saturday, Sept. 28, featuring Madden NFL20. During each event, participants receive free food and drink, event

swag and a chance to win gaming gear and VISA gift cards.

Warrior Zone esports Enter your choice of locally produced esports tourneys once a month Saturdays at Warrior Zone: FIFA 19 Aug. 24, Madden 20 Sept. 28 and more to come. Prize packages are valued at $200 for first place and $100 for second place.

For more details Find registration details and rules for upcoming tournaments at or Call 253-477-5756 for details.


We’re keeping golf fun for all Compete in golf scrambles all season Enjoy Friday CG Golf Scrambles at Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses! They’re open to all DOD ID card holders. Enter as a four-person team or be placed on a team. Scramble shotgun starts are: • Aug. 9 at Eagles Pride at 1 p.m. • Sept. 20 at Whispering Firs at 1 p.m. • Oct. 18 at Eagles Pride at noon. The cost is $35 per person and includes your green fee and cart rental. Call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124 to enter by the Thursday prior to each date.

Enter Club Championship Enter the Whispering Firs Club Championship Aug. 24–25. The individual stroke play event starts Saturday with a 7:30 a.m. tee and continues Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $65 plus your green fee. Get your entry form at either pro shop and return it a week before. To enter, call the pro shop at 253-982-2124.

Save with August specials Take advantage of these August specials: • Dog Days of Summer sale Aug. 23–31. Receive a minimum of 15% off regularly priced in-stock merchandise (excludes 2019 PING clubs). • Srixon golf special: Tee off anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays for a $20 green fee and receive a sleeve of Srixon


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soft-feel golf balls (add a cart for $12 per rider). No substitutions. • Dewsweeper discount $19 green fees are available weekdays up to 8 a.m. • Hole in Fun — Enter the contest on the same day you golf! For $1, you can win the prize fund (a gift certificate equal to the amount in the fund) if you make a hole in one on any par 3 at either golf course. • Bucket, Bite & Bev — Get a bucket of range balls, deli sandwich or hot dog and domestic draft or soda for $11 (limit one per day; must purchase range balls in pro shop). • Golf Combo — Save with a combo of green fees, a shared cart and a $6 food voucher weekdays and after noon weekends and holidays. Active duty personnel ranks E-1 to E-5 pay $36, ranks E-6 and above, DOD personnel and retirees pay $43, and the general public pays $48. • Family golf special — Introduce your Family to the game of golf while having fun! A Family of four can golf nine holes at either golf course weekends after 2 p.m. for $40, which includes carts, rental clubs, range balls, hot dogs or snacks and fountain drinks for four. Valid for youth ages 6–15. Specials can’t be combined or used for tourneys and outings.

For more information Questions? Call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124. Eagles Pride is off I-5 Exit 116. Whispering Firs is at 895 Lincoln Blvd., McChord Field.


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Kids’ Kraft classes are free Families are invited to come to the Arts & Crafts Center for free Friday afternoon Kids’ Kraft classes twice a month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Have fun painting rocks Aug. 2, and create a cool sand castle Aug. 16. Registration is free — call 253-982-6721 to reserve your spaces, since seating is limited.

Paint a canvas in art & wine event You don’t need to be an artist to join in the fun at the Arts & Crafts Center’s Wine and Canvas Night. You’ll get step-by-step instruction and inspirational examples of completed paintings. The event is 5:45–8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at McChord Club. Art supplies, light appetizers and your first glass of wine are included in the $35 cost. Seating is limited, prepayment is required, and you must be age 21 or older to attend. For reservations and payment, call 253-982-6721 or sign up at The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.


Homeschool classes available Homeschoolers ages 8–18 can receive expert instruction in art with a different theme each month. You’ll meet for four classes Thursdays, 1:30–3 p.m. in August. This month’s theme is “Through the Grapevine” with a focus on pattern, contrast, light and shadow and rhythm and repetition. The monthly cost is $50 for supplies and instruction. Art classes are also available for younger students; call 253-982-6721 for more information and to register.

Your Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

For embroidery, engraving and the sales store, call 253-982-6723. For the frame shop, call 253-982-6718. For class information, call 253-982-6721. The center is open weekdays and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Custom screen printing coming soon Be on the lookout for our new screen print shop — get your T-shirts customized for any gathering, event or personalization!

Arts & Crafts Center Clip ‘n Save Coupons 50% Off Picture-Framing Class

50% Off Afternoon Craft Class

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Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person at time of payment. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Aug. 1–31, 2019.

Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person at time of payment. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Aug. 1–31, 2019.

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We asked what you loved about us, and we received an avalanche of answers! Thanks, and we love serving you, too! Thankful that you bring Families together and provide us with experiences we never normally would have. Memories last a lifetime. Christina R. I love how there are so many different things that we can do, really Family-oriented, giving out info that people might not know about! MWR brings Family together. Stephy A. I love all the information shared (especially through the Facebook page) and how it is always up to date. The replying on the messages for any questions is quick, too! The events held are also very enjoyable — my kids love when we go to them. Jade K. I love that you guys share what’s happening on base. Whenever I’ve gone in about questions, they’re always so kind. Stormy M. I love the outreach you do to keep the people who live here involved. You create community and belonging! All while offering up great advice and ideas for our Families. Thanks so much! Jennifer H. I love everything about JBLM MWR, but the swim lessons are my favorite. The teachers are wonderful, the lessons are affordable and everything is overall enjoyable! Shannon M. I look for opportunities to celebrate everything, and all the events held by JBLM MWR makes that really easy to do all year long. I love going to these events and having fun with my Family and the rest of the military community. Kelsey A. I love all the events around base! They help me get out of the house when my hus-


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band is gone, and I make a lot of new friends. Kat S.

I love the info and events. Cristi H. I love the opportunities to explore the amazing nature, activities and communities around JBLM. I really feel encouraged by MWR to learn more and do more. Nicole M.

We love JBLM MWR! We especially love the fun activities and the reading programs at the libraries. Ashley G. I love that you do awesome little prizes like this! Francesca W. Awesome activities and friendly staff. Vickie G.H.

All the fun Family activities you guys have! Also love when you guys have drawings to win free or discount tickets! Jolene B.

We love all the community support and programs you’ve provided for us. Especially for kids! Jonette A.

You guys keep us up to date on events happening in the area and at JBLM! Meaghan W.

Information is always up-to-date about JBLM and we love going to the events that are held. My kids love all the sports. Jennifer H.

We love how Family-oriented all the activities are. My kids love going to all the events, and I like that there are activities for just the grownups, too. Kortney T-S.

As a single Service member, I appreciate the Warrior Zone and the other facilities that MWR supports. Jin L.

Awesome activities and friendly staffs. Lala P. I love all the different programs and facilities available to our whole Family from health and wellness to recreation. Joan C. We love the bounce houses and exploring the JBLM fire truck! Cassandra L-L. I love the Family events! Getting out together is [rare] where the whole Family can tag along. Jenifer A. I love that you have Family events… Amber S. I love all the activities and programs that you guys do for Families. Jeremy B. I love the library and the events for Families! Brandee H-S.

Fourth of July event was pretty fun. I also like having free access to the gyms. Robyn V. Really love all the info shared about things going on and Seahawks tickets drawing every year. Appreciate the staff at JBLM locations; always helpful and friendly. Chelle B. The events for Families are amazing. My Family definitely appreciates these as it allows us to get out of the house and spend time together. Discounted tickets for Disneyland and Universal studios are also fantastic. The savings are great when having to buy for the whole Family. It’s the only way we can afford to go. Thank you! Katelin B. Discount tickets! Carole F. I love Freedom Fest, a good time for friends and Family to celebrate the holiday. Sarah A.

We love taking the kids to all the different events. Sarena M. I love all the activities for kids! Brittany C.

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to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a big base with a lot of services! We’ll help you get to know who we are and how we can help you settle in. One of the very first things Services members are required to do is attend the JBLM Newcomers’ Orientation to learn about all the services and activities that connect you to your new community. If you’re a spouse, please attend! You’ll learn the ins and outs of JBLM in one sitting, but even more, you can make connections right away with the people who can help you most! Even if you missed your spouse’s orientation, you can attend the next one, held monthly at American Lake Conference Center. Upcoming dates are Tuesdays, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Child care is available onsite after you register your youth by calling 253-966-2977. If you’re staying at an on-base hotel, ask for the free shuttle to the orientation.

Base services that support you If you’re a mom or dad, MWR services you can use right away are child care, before- and after-school care, free activities for parents and preschoolers, Family recreation, youth sports, fun extracurricular classes at youth centers and the Teen Zone, library services and a host of other resources. Read about current activities in the Youth and Libraries sections of this issue, and take some time to explore all we offer. If you’re a single Service member, BOSS is here to better acquaint you with JBLM. Here, both Soldiers and Airmen go on fun trips, volunteer for events (earn promotion points!) and plan new events together. Call BOSS headquarters at 253-967-5636 for more details. JBLM’s Directorate of Personnel & Family Readiness offers comprehensive resources to assist everyone here. They help you with your résumé and interview skills, Family life, relationship-building, child-rearing, finances, car or house buying and much more! See what they have to offer, including free workshops and classes, in the Military & Family section starting on page 44.

Take time for fun & exploration

For fun events & activities, visit JBLMmwr and look at our events list!

MWR also offers indoor and outdoor recreation, including group adventure trips, bowling, golf, open sports leagues, races and fun runs, free concerts and events, discount tickets and vacations. Read the Food & Fun, Sports & Fitness and Adventures sections to see what we’re doing this month. Tear off and keep the following pages for a quick reference guide of all our MWR services and activities.



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2022 Liggett Ave & Div LM 967-5975 McCHORD FITNESS CENTER 729 5th St MF 982-6707 McCHORD FITNESS CENTER ANNEX 726 5th St MF 982-6700 McVEIGH SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER 2160 Liggett Ave LM 967-5869 SHERIDAN SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER 3759 Stryker Ave LM 967-3797/4467 SOLDIERS FIELD HOUSE 3236 2nd Div & Handrich LM 967-4771 WILSON SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER 11596 D St & 41st Div LN 967-7471 INTRAMURAL SPORTS OFFICE 2170 Bitar & 12th LM 967-6420 ––––––––––––––– A QUA TI C S

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KIMBRO POOL 2161 Liggett Ave LM 967-5026 McCHORD FIELD OUTDOOR POOL (open summer hours only) 736 5th St MF 982-2807 SOLDIERS FIELD HOUSE POOL 3236 2nd Div & Handrich LM 967-5390 –––––––––––– ARTS & CRA F T S –––––––––––– McCHORD ARTS & CRAFTS CENTER 1121 Barnes Blvd MF Engraving/Embroidery/Sales Store 982-6723 Frame Shop 982-6718 Ceramics & classes 982-6721 –––––––––––––––––– A U T O


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GRANDSTAFF MEMORIAL 2109 N 10th & Pendleton LM 967-5889 BOOK PATCH CHILDREN’S LIBRARY (inside Grandstaff) 2109 N 10th & Pendleton LM 967-5533 McCHORD LIBRARY 851 Lincoln Blvd, Ground Floor MF 982-3454


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FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER 4274 Idaho Ave & 9th Division LM 967-9496 DPFR-SERVICE MEMBER & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER (SFAC) 9059 Gardner Loop Rd LM 966-8433 STONE EDUCATION CENTER 6242 Colorado Ave LM 967-7174 HAWK TRANSITION CENTER 11577 41st Division Dr LN

Community Information Services 477-4744 Financial Readiness Program 967-7020 Employment Readiness (for Spouses) 967-2906 SFL-TAP 967-3258 DPFR-McCHORD 100 Jackson Blvd MF 982-2695 SFL-TAP 982-1114 ESCAPE ZONE 841 Fairway Rd & Lincoln Blvd MF 982-8590

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AMERICAN LAKE CONFERENCE CENTER 8085 NCO Beach Rd LN 966-4998/3987 BATTLE BEAN at STONE EDUCATION CENTER 6242 Colorado Ave LM 964-8152 BATTLE BEAN at McCHORD FIELD 100 Jackson Blvd MF 982-6081 HABAÑERO MEXICAN GRILL at WHISPERING FIRS GOLF COURSE 895 Lincoln Blvd MF 982-3271 SAMUEL ADAMS BREWHOUSE at EAGLES PRIDE GOLF COURSE Located off I-5, Exit 116 324-8644 SAMUEL ADAMS BREWHOUSE CASCADE 2400 Bitar Ave & Division LM 964-2012 McCHORD CLUB 700 Barnes Blvd MF 982-5581/2795 Catering Office 982-8175

THE ZONE at THE WARRIOR ZONE 11592 D St & 17th LN 477-5835/5833 –––––––––––– G OLF CO U RS ES –––––––––––– EAGLES PRIDE GOLF COURSE Located off I-5, Exit 116 967-6522 WHISPERING FIRS GOLF COURSE 895 Lincoln Blvd MF 982-2124 ––––––––– O TH ER BU S INES S ES ––––––––– MWR BOOK STORE at STONE EDUCATION CENTER 6242 Colorado Ave, Rm B144 LM 964-8185

NAF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 2013 N 3rd St, Rm 311 LM 967-8386 MWR MARKETING & ADVERTISING 2013B N 3rd St, Rm 117 LM 967-5200 CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS 2013B N 3rd St, Rm 131 LM 967-7942/966-2256



PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS 2013 N 3rd St, Rm 320 LM 967-5356 NAF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 2013 N 3rd St, Rm 324 LM 967-4336 SUPPLY 2057 Crary Ave LM 967-3991 MWR – GSA FLEET 2057 Crary Ave LM 966-3342 FACILITIES MAINTENANCE 2058 Crary Ave LM 967-5403 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 2013 N 3rd St LM Manager 966-6117 CYMS 967-6276 Network 477-0012 RecTrac 967-8370 Software/Applications 966-5526 Systems 967-6419

OTHER ACTIVITIES CPAC-NAF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE 2015 4th & Pendleton Ave, Rm B008 LM Chief 966-1442 Job Info (USA Staffing) 967-7776 YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER From JBLM Lewis Phone 509-577-3201

OTHER BUSINESSES LEWIS MAIN LODGING 2107 Utah Ave LM 967-5051/2815 McCHORD FIELD LODGING 1147 Barnes Blvd MF 982-5613 PAINTBALL INC. 4535 Vancouver Rd LN 912-8000 THE BISTRO BBQ 8981 American Lake Ave LN 964-9641 THE PET BRIGADE 0497 Pendleton Ave LN 912-4898 Download the JBLM 360 smartphone app on Andriod or iPhone. Event info, GPS directions & more! JBLMmwr #exploreJBLM Updated July 12, 2019


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Challenge yourself in fun fitness events Sign up for intramurals Join open fall softball tourney Join the new three-day open fall softball tournament! Attend an informational meeting Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Intramural Sports office at Lewis Main. The tournament will begin with round-robins Sept. 26–27. The championship singleelimination tournament will be on Saturday, Sept. 28. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. (the $75 team fee is not due until Monday, Sept. 16 by 3 p.m.). A minimum of eight teams are required to sign up, with a maximum of 16 teams. Sign-ups are firstcome, first-served. The tournament is open to JBLM community DOD ID card holders ages 18 and older. Questions? Call 253-966-1156 or visit for more information.

Compete in Commander’s Cup indoor soccer Join JBLM’s Commander’s Cup indoor soccer league play! Attend the informational meeting Monday, Sept. 9 at noon at the Intramural Sports office at Lewis Main or at 1:30 p.m. at McChord Fitness Center at

McChord Field (coaches only need to attend one of the meetings). League play begins Monday, Sept. 30 and meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Each team will be separated into four divisions; the top four from each division will compete in the championship to determine the league winner. Commander’s Cup sports are only open to active duty Service members assigned at JBLM ages 18 and older. Teams are unitrestricted. Sign up by Monday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. Questions? Call 253-966-1156 or visit The Intramural Sports Office is located at 2170 Bitar Ave., inside Cowan Stadium. McChord Fitness Center is at 729 5th St.

Zombie Apocalypse Run returns They swarm again in early October Thought you saw the last of the zombies? Not at JBLM! They return Saturday, Oct. 5 to stalk you at the JBLM Zombie Apocalypse Run! Watch for upcoming registration details at



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MWR staff

Fit in a quality workout You have plenty of opportunities to get in shape at your choice of fitness centers, indoor

pools and an outdoor athletic complex. Check out updates on classes at JBLMSportsFitnessAquatics.

Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center Start time



6:45 a.m.


9 a.m.

2022 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main • 253-967-5975 Thursday


Connected Warrior Yoga*

Indoor Cycling*


Cardio Circuit

Step Circuit Yoga*

Head-toToe Weight Training

Cardio Kickboxing

Zumba Toning

10 a.m.



11:30 a.m.


Cardio Kickboxing



4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.




McChord Annex Sports & Fitness Center Start time




4:45 p.m.

Cardio Kickboxing

5:45 p.m.



Intro to Hula*


726 5th St., McChord Field • 253-982-6700






Cardio Kickboxing



Core & More


Core & More


Soldiers Field House & Pool







7:30 a.m.






9 a.m.

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

10 a.m.

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Wilson Sports & Fitness Center Monday

6:45 a.m. 9:30 a.m.


236 Handrich Ave., Lewis Main • 253-967-4771

Start time

Start time



11596 D St. & 41st Division, Lewis North • 253-967-7471






Spin* Indoor Cycling

10:15 a.m.


11:30 a.m.


McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center Start time 6 p.m.



2160 Ligget Ave., Lewis Main • 253-967-5869 Wednesday




Tai Chi* *Class is taught by a volunteer and is subject to cancellation without notice. **Video-led.


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By Brittany Catanzaro f you’ve been climbing at indoor rock climbing gyms and want to take it to the next level, transition to climbing outdoors with an experienced guide through the Outdoor Recreation program! Climbing trips are a great option for beginners, with opportunities to learn the basics of the sport. I joined one of the trips and, even though I lacked experience with climbing, I still had a blast while the instructor guided me and encouraged me to climb. I had so much fun climbing outside with an awesome group of people I’d just met. The day before our rock-climbing trip, we met as a group at Adventures Unlimited to understand the fundamentals of sport climbing with an emphasis on how to properly belay. We also met our wonderful instructor, Berndt Bittlingmaier, who has been climbing for 20 years and has the knowledge and experience to instruct people to climb. I also met the others going on the trip; we all had good laughs and were excited to go climbing the next day.


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During the meeting, we each received quality climbing gear to use on our trip — harness, helmet, two pairs of climbing shoes, carabiners, gloves, ropes and assisted breaking devices — all essential equipment for sport climbing outdoors. The next morning, we met at Adventures Unlimited and rode in ODR’s van (transportation for these trips is included in the cost). We headed to Mount Erie, located south of Anacortes. Mount Erie is a spectacular sport-climbing location with gorgeous views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains, one of the most stunning views from rock-climbing walls in Washington. It features three main climbing walls: Powerline Wall, The Snag Buttress and Summit Wall. We had perfect, warm weather with beautiful partly cloudy skies, a cool breeze and clear views of the lakes and islands. We started the trip at the summit of Mount Erie on top of Summit Wall. While looking down at the stunning views, we all stared in awe at vast views of the surrounding lakes, islands and Puget Sound. After Berndt set up the anchors and tossed the ropes down Summit Wall, we hiked and scrambled down a rocky path to get to the base of the wall. It was a short scramble but so fun using all your limbs to climb down as we followed each other like ducks in a line. Once we arrived at the base of Summit Wall, we were all eager to start climbing. Each of us scanned the giant wall, determining which route would be the best to climb. While taking turns, we set up belays and performed safety checks, and some of the group began climbing. The rest

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of us cheered them on. We were all having a great time, enjoying the camaraderie. While climbing the routes, I found you can choose your adventure by determining how high you feel comfortable climbing to, and the type of route and speed, from easy to difficult. After we were satisfied with climbing Summit Wall, Berndt showed us the way to Powerline Wall. On the way to Powerline Wall, we had some more fun scrambling the rocky path. We were having a truly fun time as we climbed up and down rocky paths to make our way there. Soon, we were at the top of Powerline Wall where Berndt set up the anchors for us to start climbing. We all headed down to the base of the wall and each took turns climbing up a few different routes that Berndt had set up for us. We also had a great time laughing and talking with each other. We spent a few hours at Powerline until we were all satisfied with our climbs and decided it was time to end the trip and head home. Important takeaways from the trip: 1. Learn the techniques to climb without a guide and feel confident with the techniques. 2. While climbing, develop trust with yourself, partners and gear, which are important in order to build confidence while climbing. This was definitely a successful trip and I would love to do it again! See the next page for more climbing trips. Questions? Email



SATURDAY, AUG. 10 Find fantastic deals on in-stock recreational outdoor gear, clothing & accessories at the NAC 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 8050 NCO Beach Rd., Lewis North Call 253-967-7744 for more information.


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Outdoor Recreation program group trips With this trip list, you can plan your epic outdoor adventure trips for summer and early fall! Join JBLM’s outdoor adventure guides for making memories of a lifetime. Trip details and sign-ups are available at:


Climbing trip costs and prerequisites may vary. For more information, email

AUGUST Saturday, Aug. 3

Mount St. Helens astrophotography


Sunday, Aug. 4

Alpine rock climbing at Snoqualmie Pass


Friday, Aug. 9

After-work paddle


Saturday, Aug. 10

Photography 101


Saturday, Aug. 10

Introduction to sea kayaking on Puget Sound


Sunday, Aug. 11

Photoshop editing


Thursday, Aug. 15

Full-moon kayak


Saturday, Aug. 17

Full-moon hike


Tuesday, Aug. 20

Kayak skills class


Friday, Aug. 23

After-work paddle


Aug. 23–25

Glacier Peak climb


Saturday, Aug. 24

Waterfall photography


Sunday, Aug. 25

Cape Flattery hike


Aug. 30–Sept. 1

Smith Rocks climb


Aug. 30–Sept. 2

Four-day San Juan Islands kayak


Sunday, Sept. 1

Photography 101


Sunday, Sept. 8

Whale watching


Sept. 13–15

Smith Rocks climb*


Saturday, Sept. 14

Leavenworth Fall Wine Walk


Saturday, Sept. 21

Explore Victoria, B.C.


Sunday, Sept. 22

Fall photography


Sunday, Sept. 22

Crag climbing night at North Bend


Saturday, Sept. 28

Olympic Peninsula astrophotography



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Get ready now for back-to-school changes & routines Parent Central Services is at 2295 S. 12th St. (at Bitar Avenue), Lewis Main; call 253-966-2977 for an appointment. Family Child Care is at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue), Lewis Main; 253-967-3039. Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone is at 6397 Garcia Blvd., Lewis Main; 253-967-4441. Youth Sports is at 6398 Garcia Blvd., Lewis Main; 253-967-2405. Visit under CYS for more information.


By Antoinette Walker, JBLM School Liaison Officer hether you’re ready to send the kids back to school or tearing up just thinking about the day your kindergartner begins their academic career, your job is to help guide your kids to success and prep them so they’re excited for the start of school. Advance preparation will help your children have happier beginnings and positive anticipation to the school year. Here are ways to be prepared and increase the excitement and anticipation for the start of the upcoming school year: • Purchase supplies. Your school should provide you with a list of supplies each student will need to have or contribute to the classroom at the beginning of the year. Incorporate your children in this shopping trip, and let them make the choices for their school supplies. • Find a new backpack and lunch box. Picking out a new backpack and lunch box for the school year is exciting and something kids look forward to each year. Giving them a choice in picking out new items is fun but also gives them something to look forward to using on the first day of school and during the year. • Get bedtimes and wake-up times back on track. Two weeks before school starts, begin setting bedtimes incrementally earlier. Start by putting your kids to bed 15 minutes early for several nights, increase it to 30 minutes and so on, until your kids are back to typical school night bedtimes several


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days before the start of school. In the mornings, begin setting the alarms in order to get your kids back in the habit of waking up with enough time to get dressed, eat breakfast and get out the door in time for school. • Create a dedicated homework station. Set up a homework station in your house where your kids can drop their backpacks, grab a snack and do homework once they get home. Having a dedicated space where you can help and assist is best. Try to limit distractions such as placing a homework station near toys or windows that overlook the neighborhood where kids may be playing and can easily distract from finishing homework in a reasonable amount of time. • Make a lunch plan. Meal plan for school

lunches by asking your children’s food preferences. If your child plans to have a hot lunch a few days a week and take their lunch box on the other days, consider looking over the menu for the month and letting them pick out the days they’ll eat hot lunch. • Dream up a last-ditch bucket list. The end of summer and start of school can easily sneak up on you before you get all your bucket list items checked off. Make a “last week of fun” list to cross off a handful of lastminute trips, adventures, outings, special treats and time with friends. (See inspirational ideas on right page.) When your kids feel like they’re wrapping up summer and they’ve finished it on a high note, they’ll feel ready to start school.

Build a home business in child care

News of note

Earn money & help JBLM Families If you live at JBLM, become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of military children and their Families. FCC providers earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies and receive free business resources. You can also take your business with you to your next duty station. Learn about FCC at the Tuesday, Aug. 27 orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the FCC office (no children allowed at the orientation due to space/discussion topics). Full-day training classes will meet weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. following the orientation. All classes are required for FCC certification. The FCC Office is at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-3039.


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Youth Sports office has new location The Youth Sports office is now located at the newly remodeled CYS Sports & Fitness building (formerly SKIES) at 6398 Garcia Blvd., Lewis Main. It’s housed between Hillside Elementary School and Hillside Youth Center/ Teen Zone. Questions? Call 253-967-2405.

Youth sports Sign up for Parent Caddy Golf Jam Sign up CYS-enrolled youth through Monday, Aug. 19 for the Parent Caddy Golf Jam Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Whispering Firs Golf Course. It’s open to ages 5–18 and their caddy (a parent or guardian). The cost is $20 per youth. Enroll at For other current openings for youth sports, see the list at

Enjoy the last days of summer vacation H

ere’s a list of great ways to spend the last days of summer with your Family. Use our list or make your own using the ideas you like here. Cross off an item from your list each day in August and create a month of fun memories!

1. Visit a new park (how about Summer Cove playground and splash park?). 2. Go on a scavenger hunt. 3. Blow bubbles. 4. Swim at McChord Pool. 5. Make and fly paper airplanes. 6. Chill with an iced beverage from Battle Bean coffee, available at Stone Education Center at Lewis Main or Building 100 at McChord Field. 7. Pick flowers and put them in a vase. 8. Invite friends over to build an obstacle course in your backyard. 9. Run through the sprinkler. 10. Go bowling at Bowl Arena Lanes or Sounders Lanes (call and ask about the Kids Bowl Free summer program before you go). 11. Have a water balloon fight. 12. Go berry picking. 13. Visit the Lewis Army Museum to learn about the history of the area. 14. Draw with sidewalk chalk (and play a game or two of hopscotch).

15. Camp in your backyard. 16. Go star gazing. 17. Make a bird feeder. 18. Create a fun craft to take home from the Arts & Crafts Center’s Kids’ Kraft (see pages 12–13 for classes). 19. Tour a fire station. 20. Attend a book club at a JBLM library (see pages 36–41 for a list of meetings). 21. Go to the beach. 22. Make sock puppets. 23. Go fishing. 24. Take photos of your favorite places around the area. 25. Find some big, smooth rocks and have fun painting them. 26. Watch the sun set at the beach. 27. Finger paint. 28. Go on a nature walk. 29. Eat breakfast for dinner. 30. Write a story about your favorite things to do. 31. Take a hike (sign up with the Outdoor Recreation program; see page 29).


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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Work with a dedicated team Get hired with Morale, Welfare & Recreation and become part of a dedicated team that serves Families, Service members, civilians and retirees who visit, work, live and play at JBLM. Child & Youth Services is currently looking for program assistants for before- and afterschool programming and child care. Other positions include lifeguards, a variety of food service workers, food and beverage attendants, cooks, recreation assistants, recreational aids, custodial workers and more.

Perks for working at JBLM When you come on board, you’ll receive the benefits of working at JBLM: • Free on-the-job early childhood education training that can be used for college credit and job advancement (CYS positions). • Free use of fully equipped sports and fitness centers and pools, including free aerobics and fitness classes. • Full access to leisure activities (bowling, golf, American Lake recreation, skate parks, beachside picnic areas, on-base dining, special events and festivals). • Discount tickets to popular attractions across the U.S., movies, sports and more. • Inexpensive recreational rentals for camping, hiking, snow sports, water fun, parties, sports, RV traveling and other outdoor recreation. • Access to guided group trips and other outdoor adventures through the outdoor recreation program.

• Access to outdoor recreation areas (skeet and trap range, ATV course, marina, Shoreline Park and on-base cabin rentals and travel camps). • Full use of self-help auto centers, arts and crafts center, recreation centers, used-car buy-and-sell lots, library programs, parentand-child play centers and more. • Regular full-time and part-time employees also receive retirement benefits, health benefits and vacation and sick leave.

LOOK FOR UPCOMING JOB FAIR ANNOUNCEMENTS on Facebook and at CYS & BOD Job Fairs are held at Eagles Pride Golf Course, off I-5 at Exit 116 — open to the public! Aquatics Job Fairs are held at one of our on-base pools. Bring your Social Security card and birth certificate or passport and names and phones of four references. Submit two paper applications at the job fair.



FOCUS Libraries


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Experience the joy of reading Book clubs for adults Take part in Novel Navigators book club Like to discuss current books? Join the Novel Navigators book discussion group for adults that meets the second Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. at McChord Library. This month’s meeting is Aug. 14 to discuss “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. A limited number of copies are available; register in person at McChord Library to receive a copy. Check out next month’s selection in time for our Sept. 11 meeting.

Attend ‘Afterthought’ book club Come to Grandstaff Library on the fourth Thursday of every month for an adult book club called “Afterthought.” We’re exploring books from all genres and discovering new books to enjoy in this allinclusive book club. Plan to join us Aug. 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the conference room to discuss “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult.

McChord Library is at 851 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field; 253-982-3454. Grandstaff Library is at 2109 N. 10th (on Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main; 253-967-5889. Book Patch Library is located inside Grandstaff; 253-967-5533. All activities are free with no need to register unless otherwise noted.



Family reading fun Bring kiddos to free storytime Bring your prereaders to McChord Library Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a storytime with free crafts and activities.

Enjoy new storytimes at Book Patch Book Patch Library is introducing two new monthly reading events! Come join us for: • Kinder-Ready Storytime that meets every Tuesday, 10:30–11:30 a.m., developing essential skills to prepare children ages 3–5 for kindergarten. • A Family storytime that meets each Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and is open to all ages.

See what Kids’ Book Club is all about Youth in grades 3–5 can join us at McChord Library’s monthly Kids’ Book Club. Read fun books and meet fun people! The Kids’ Book Club meets Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. to discuss “BFG” by Roald Dahl. Check out a copy from the front desk!

Join us for Yoga Storytime Ages 3–5 can come join other youngsters at McChord Library for a full-body experience building early literacy skills and healthy bodies at the same time! Yoga Storytime includes stories, stretches, movement activities and breathing and relaxation exercises (dress in comfortable clothes). We meet the last Friday of every month starting at 10:30 a.m. This month, we’ll meet Aug. 30. Yoga mats are provided; space is limited. Registration is required at and begins one week prior.


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Grandstaff & Book Patch libraries events New clubs for boys & girls Book Patch Library invites you to all-new monthly clubs with fun activities to help build confidence, creativity and friendships: • SuperGirls Club meets the second Tuesday (Aug. 13) from 4 to 5 p.m. Girls ages 7–10 can join in on hands-on activities. • Mudspots & Robots Boys Club is open to boys of all ages for engaging activities the third Tuesday (Aug. 20) from 4 to 5 p.m.

‘Gamers Guild’ for Families

McChord Library events

Join McChord Library’s Dream in STEAM Club and learn how to design, build, problemsolve, create and expand your knowledge in engaging activities every other month. This month, we meet Friday, Aug. 16 from 4–6 p.m. and enter into a world of unlimited imagination. Registration’s required starting Friday, Aug. 2 at or call 253-982-3454.

Dream in STEAM Club

Check out our new craft crates

Calling all Families with youth ages 6 and older who want to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics!

Want to try out a new craft? Come into our design studio and choose from a variety of crafts when you check out one of McChord

Want a night out of free fun? Visit Grandstaff Library the fourth Friday of each month to play board games, cards and video games! This month, drop in Aug. 23 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to play Mahjong. No registration is needed.

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Library’s free craft crates — bath bombs, cake decorating, crocheting, knitting, bead weaving and making chain-mail! Stop by this week to check out a new craft!

Book a tech expert for free Are you puzzled by new devices, downloads and software? Get one-on-one help with your technology questions at the McChord Library. We’re here to: • Assist you with digital resources, such as library’s e-books or audiobooks. • Help you get familiarized with your phone, laptop or tablet. • Help you better learn your software. Book a one-hour session with a tech expert at McChord Library to get started! Tech help is offered Mondays at 3 p.m., Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays at 2 p.m. Call McChord Library at 253-982-3454 for more information and to make an appointment.

Joint library activities Build at Lego clubs Calling all master builders! Kids ages 3 and older can get creative at JBLM libraries Lego clubs at 4 p.m. the first Friday of the month at McChord Library (Aug. 2) and the second Friday of the month (resuming Sept. 13) at Book Patch Library. We provide the Lego sets, and you provide the imagination! Registration is required for McChord Library at starting one week prior, or call 253-982-3454. No registration is needed at Book Patch.

Play board games with friends Have a blast playing with an entire collection of board games available at your JBLM libraries. Stop by any location to see the impressive game collections.

Experience fun & wonder Experience Wonderglobe magic & tales Can a world globe morph into a yo-yo, Brazilian tortoise play a flute or giant wooden puppets spring to life before your eyes? When you attend an enchanting afternoon with Wonderglobe, everything seems possible! Join us at McChord Library Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. for a multicultural whirl of stories and toys! Toymaker Rick Hartman will transport you on an unforgettable journey of the imagination that inspires, instructs and entertains. All ages are welcome and no registration is needed — just show up!


Madigan’s Best

Over the last 15 years, residents graduating from Madigan Army Medical Center’s general surgery residency program have passed the exam for board certification on their first attempt at a nation-topping rate of 97.6 percent. “If you get an 89 percentile in the nation, you’re in the bottom quarter of Madigan in our annual in-training exam. That’s unheard of in any program. In any other program, you get an 89 percentile in the nation, you are doing very well,” Lt. Col. (Dr.) Vance Sohn, the residency program director and chief of general surgery.

You Deserve The Best, We Have The Best: #MadigansBest!

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Ease your transition into a new season FOCUS program helps Families problem-solve

Questions on classes and briefings? Call 253-967-7166 or visit For more details, call the phone number listed or “like” us on Facebook.

Have you seen all the back-to-school commercials yet? It might feel like we just finished school, but it’s never too early to plan for getting back into the swing of a new school year. What kind of transitions or changes are the hardest for your children? Perhaps they’re older and need a new schedule or routine because they’ve outgrown the old one? At the Families OverComing Under Stress program, we teach Families how to problem-solve and set goals, so your Family can enjoy the end of summer and head strongly into the new school year! Call the FOCUS program today for more information. Don’t just get by, get prepared and be strong! FOCUS is located at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. Call 253-966-6390 for more information, or email You may also visit online at or

We appreciate our students JBLMdpfr

Stone Education Center will be hosting its annual Student Appreciation Block Party and you’re invited! Come join us at the Stone Education Center parking lot Thursday, Aug. 15 anytime from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy games and activities for all ages and a free lunch provided by USO. Celebrate your academic achievements and bring your friends and Family! Questions? Call Stone Ed at 253-967-2208/7295 for more information. We look forward seeing you there!



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Get your business done with us CP29 Roadshow is coming to JBLM If you’re an Army civilian employee, gain insight into how to advance your career and better support servicewide Army readiness! The Career Program 29 Roadshow is coming to JBLM Wednesday, Aug. 14, offering 9–11 morning and a 1–3 afternoon sessions. One of 31 Army civilian career programs, CP-29 aims to provide an ongoing learning environment that empowers innovative and adaptive installation management professionals through training, education and experience. Professionals from other career programs are welcome to attend the sessions. Register to attend at CareerProgram29Roadshow.

Book your FRG meetings at Family Resource Center Reservations for the Family Resource Center will open Monday, Sept. 9. The FRC, located at 4274 Idaho Ave at Lewis Main, is a historic building dedicated to supporting Soldier & Family Readiness Groups, unit trainings, change of command receptions, promotion ceremonies and more. FY 20 recurring reservations will be available for October 2019 through September 2020

(excluding December, which is set aside for holiday parties). Single (non-recurring) reservations are also welcome. Holiday party reservations for December will open Monday, Oct. 21. FRC reservations can be made online at The FRC staff can be contacted at 253-967-9496/2324.

Two forms of ID now required for CAC card or DEERS Personnel coming to the ID Cards/DEERS section must provide two forms of personal identification to allow us to issue Common Access Cards or update DEERS. The new Defense Manpower Data Center policy specifies, “Expired identification is no longer acceptable to be used as a primary or secondary form of identification. This includes identification cards and driver’s licenses from states that allow members of the military and their Family members to retain their licenses after they expire.” For a list of acceptable ID, visit https://www. Acceptable_Documents.pdf. Questions? Call the ID Cards/DEERS Chief at 253-967-7888.

Honor Gold Star Families Gold Star Families invited to free event Sunday, Sept. 29 is nationally recognized as Gold Star Mother’s and Family Recognition Day, created to bring Gold Star Mothers, Fathers and Families together to talk about their journeys and how their Families have been impacted due to the loss of their child. DPFR’s Survivor Outreach Services is recognizing Gold Star Mothers and Families at a free event Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Washington Army National Guard Aviation Readiness Center (by Stone Education Center

at 6224 2nd Division Dr., Lewis Main). We’re partnering with SOS coordinator Sarah Vargo at Camp Murray to provide Families a tour of the aviation center and enjoy conversations, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. To attend, sign up at The Survivor Outreach Services program provides support and brings Survivors together. Join us to honor our Fallen. For more information about this event, program or resources, call 253-966-5047.


Check out our events & classes DPFR classes and events are free — take advantage of as many as you can! For more classes and briefings, call us at


253-967-7166 or visit For details, call the number listed, visit the event calendar at or “like” us at



For details

Overseas Briefing



Career Skills Brief



Toddler Play Group



Toddler Mindfulness

First & third Tuesdays


Talk & Play



Hawk Hiring & Career Events

Wednesdays & Fridays


Baby Play Group



Infant Massage

Tuesdays, Aug. 13 & 20


FRG Leadership (evening)

Thursdays, Aug. 15, 22 & 29


Newcomers Orientation

Tuesday, Aug. 20


FRG Funds Custodian

Tuesday, Aug. 20


LinkedIn 360

Thursday, Aug. 22


Hawaii Briefing

Tuesday, Sept. 3


Smooth Move Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 3



Sept. 3, 5, 10 & 12


Volunteer Orientation Training

Thursday, Sept. 5


Volunteer Management Information System Organizational Point of Contact Training

Thursday, Sept. 5


The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, Sept. 5


Reentry Briefing

Thursday, Sept. 5


Key Contact (day)

Monday, Sept. 9


Alaska Briefing

Monday, Sept. 9


1-2-3 Magic

Sept. 9, 11, 16 & 18



Sept. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30; Oct. 2


Predeployment Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 10


ACT Women

Sept. 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26; Oct. 1 & 3


24/7 Dad

Tuesday, Sept. 10 & 17


Financially Fit

Wednesday, Sept. 11


Résumé 101

Thursday, Sept. 12


Employee Assistance Program: Supervisor Training

Thursday, Sept. 12


SFRG Funds Custodian (day)

Friday, Sept. 13


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus August 2019

Profile for Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR Marketing

August 2019 JBLM MWR e-Focus  

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for August 2019

August 2019 JBLM MWR e-Focus  

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for August 2019