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Good eats and special programs all over the base.

Holiday events for youth, plus education and resources.

Experience the best of the Northwest with trips, travel and outdoor fun.

Feeling fit and staying strong with volunteer instructors.

Get busy—prepare for winter, check out JBLM libraries.

We’re listening—here’s what you’ve been saying!

FROM THE COVER Looking for ways to enjoy the Pacific Northwest winter? Family and MWR has programs, events and trips to keep you busy (and warm)! For information on indoor and outdoor winter fun, turn to page 12 of the FOOD & FUN section. Plus, there are holiday events and adventure trips included on nearly every page!



Winter fun Family & MWR style! Another Pacific Northwest winter is upon us, and Family & MWR has plenty of ways for you to enjoy the colder weather and stay warm. Thrive this winter with food, fun, friends and family; see page 12 for a holiday survival guide. There’s a Holiday Fest with CYS Services (page 15), snow-centered adventures trips (page 18) and much more! Plus, the JBLM BOSS Team can schedule a Santa visit to your home or office (page 8)! There are many more special programs and events on the pages of this issue and online at Visit the event calendar for a quick monthly overview. As always, your comments are important to us and help us improve services and facilities available to you. I invite you to share your feedback at Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season. Sincerely,

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

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Creative director Toby Bartley Promotions director

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Editor/graphic designer Graphic designer

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Patti Jeffrey

Contributing photographers Thomas Barwick, Ursula Buford, Minerva Hohaia, Song Jordan and Jordan Radke For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, please contact: Carly Michael at 253-966-2256 or 253-203-8088. Submissions: 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 FMWR, 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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Dine with a view at the Bistro at Russell Landing Cold winter days seem a little warmer with a lakeside lunch at the Bistro at Russell Landing. Offering both lunch and dinner, the menu includes a variety of sandwiches, salads, pizza, desserts and more. If you don’t have time to sit and eat your lunch, call ahead for a quick pick up or curbside service, available during the week. Additionally, dinner is served Friday and Saturday. For reservations or take out, call 253-964-2813. The Bistro is located at Lewis North and is available for unit and family readiness group functions Monday through Thursday after 2 p.m. To see the complete menu, that includes a variety of gelato flavors, plus operating hours, visit

Start your day at Madigan Café Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a menu of tasty, piping-hot options awaits you at Madigan Café. Open at 7 a.m., the café is also open for lunch until 1 p.m. during the week. For more information, call 253-964-4054. Looking for a place for your next party? Book it with us and have a blast at Madigan Café! Call 253-964-1209 for party information and reservations.

Heroes Sports Lounge is the place to be! Draft deals, cheap eats and karaoke at Finally Friday! Start your weekend off right with draft deals, cheap eats and karaoke at Finally Friday! End your workweek with your friends and coworkers with the weekly celebration at Heroes Sports Lounge from 4 to 9 p.m.

Big-screen pigskin action Then head back to Heroes each Sunday—doors open at 10 a.m.—to catch the pigskin action on the big screen. You’ll never have to miss a regular-season game! Grab your football-loving friends and enjoy hot eats and cold drinks each week. For more information, call 253-964-0331.

Bowl Arena Lanes Grab a bite to eat while bowling on your lunch hour—or any time—at the snack bar at Bowl Arena Lanes. The menu offers hot, quick eats such as pizza and nachos and much more. 6

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entertainment at a variety of locations.

Give Two-Fer Tuesday at the Globemaster Grill Buy one lunch and beverage and get the second lunch and beverage (of equal or lesser value) FREE at the McChord Club. Valid on Tuesdays only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2-for-1 Steak Night at McChord Club It’s 2-for-1 Steak Night for club members Friday, Dec. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McChord Club. The cost is $14.95 for two steak dinners, and kids’ meals are available for ages 10 and younger. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Wing First Friday at McChord Field

Battle Bean Holiday Roast this season & a gift for yourself!


Buy a 1-lb. bag of Battle Bean’s Candy Cane, Frosty’s Favorite or Mistletoe Java flavored coffee and receive a coupon for yourself!

Great food, door prizes and entertainment await you Friday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. Join the club for FREE entry, three months’ FREE dues and two FREE lunches. Open to all active duty, Reserve and civilian employee of JBLM. Free for club members; nonmembers pay $5.

For every pound of Holiday Roast you purchase through Dec. 10, receive a coupon good for $2 off lunch at the AFC Arena’s Battle Bean Café.

Membership Appreciation Luncheon

Make your purchase Dec. 11–23, and receive a coupon for $5 off dinner at the Bistro at Russell Landing.

McChord Field Club celebrates its members Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free for members and $5 for family members. For details, call 253-982-5581.

Check out the McChord Field Pub & Deli Watch your favorite ballgames on the giant screen TV. Enjoy 13 beers on tap, pool tables, air hockey, darts, horseshoe pit and volleyball. The McChord Field Pub & Deli is located in Building 1146. For more information, call 253-982-7500.

Offer good only at the AFC Arena and Stone Education Center Battle Bean locations.


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Get in the holiday spirit with family, friends & MWR Santa visits

Ho ho ho! Invite the jolly old elf himself to visit your home during the holidays! The BOSS Team can schedule your visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! The couple from the North Pole will come to your home, office or unit/organization to spread holiday cheer. Visits are available Dec. 1–24. • 15-min visit: $25 • 30-min visit: $50 • 1-hour visit: $75 Each visit includes one stocking and one Polaroid photo. Additional stockings and photos are $2 each. For more information or to schedule your Santa visit, call the BOSS Team at 253-967-5636.

Holiday tree lighting Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring a musical performance by La Clips 6 and a special visitor. Join JBLM Thursday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in front of I Corps Headquarters (Building 2025 at Lewis Main). Then kick off the opening of Santa Land with a reception at Fire Station 101 on West Way by the DuPont Gate at 5 p.m. Santa Land offers prize drawings, holiday crafts, games and, of course, an opportunity to meet Santa. Santa Land will be open Thursday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. A photographer will be on site. For more information, call 253-967-5776.

Family & MWR holiday hours This holiday season, many of the JBLM Family and MWR services may have reduced hours. Call ahead and save a trip—phone numbers are on page 30 of this issue. 8

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GET AWAY FROM IT ALL Take a trip & get active, creative

Tap into your creativity at Arts & Crafts Air Force artists are invited to enter their works in the annual AF digital gallery display. There are multiple categories for preteens to adults for art and photography. All participants receive a commemorative coin. The entry deadline is Jan. 15. For more information, call the McChord Arts & Crafts Center at 253-982-6725.

Matting and framing

Winter getaways and entertainment from Leisure Travel Services Purchase tickets to the best shows in the area at Leisure Travel Services. As an authorized TicketMaster location, LTS has tickets* for seasonal events, concerts, comedy shows, sporting events and more. Get tickets to see the Washington State Cougars host the University of Washington Huskies in the Apple Cup, the Black Crowes, the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker and much more. You can even get help planning your next vacation, no matter where in the world you want to go. Stop by LTS in the AFC Arena (Building 2275) at Lewis

Gain hands-on experience in the beginning matting and framing class at the McChord Field Arts & Crafts Center. The $60 fee includes materials and your choice of three images. Additional framing classes include shadow box ($60 for two hours of instruction; materials extra) and a one-on-one framing class ($60 for two hours of personal instruction; materials provided). You’re also invited to learn the art of matting and framing at the Lewis location—call 253-967-5001 for details. Additionally, the professionals can frame your favorite photos and artwork to make a beautiful addition to your living room or office walls.

Main today. For more information, call 253-967-3085.

* Tickets subject to availability.

Adult piano lessons Sign up for lessons at the McChord Community Center. Sessions are Mondays and Tuesdays beginning at 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per half-hour lesson. For more information, call 253-982-0718/0719 or e-mail

Melody Fox Air Force Exhibit Gallery

Show your talent in digital gallery

Belly dancing Learn the art of belly dancing Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $40 per six lessons; classes begin Jan. 5.

A massage is a great gift! Treat yourself or a loved one to a massage with a licensed massage therapist at JBLM. Available by appointment only; McChord Field: call 206-396-1467; Lewis Main: call 253-224-1110.


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Ring in the New Year & have fun all year long!

New Year’s Eve Family Fun at Sounders Lanes

Bowl till the ball drops—ring in the New Year at Sounders Lanes at McChord Field! JBLM bowling centers also offer year-round fun, league opportunities, a place for your next party and more.

Skate and blade at AFC Arena Lace up your skates, and roll around the rink at AFC Arena’s adult skate night. R&B and old school jams are playing every Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. The cost is $3.50 to skate or $4.50 to blade. Additionally, AFC Arena is open for recreational skating—youth skate, stroller and tot skate, military/DoD employee lunch skate, lessons and more. For complete hours of operation, visit The AFC Arena is located in Building 2275, next to Bowl Arena Lanes at Lewis Main.

BOSS DD van If you need a safe, no-questions-asked ride from Heroes Sports Lounge—or another on-base club—call the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers’ Designated Driver Van. Volunteer Soldiers drive the van on Friday and Saturday nights between barracks/onbase housing and on-base clubs from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. If you need a ride, call 253-208-9169. To volunteer with the DD Van and to find out other ways to get involved with BOSS, call 253-967-5636. 10

UFC on the big screen

If you like mixed martial arts, combatives or a good fight, the next big UFC matchup is Saturday, Dec. 11. The doors at Heroes Sports Lounge and Nelson Recreation Center open at 6 p.m. and UFC 124 starts at 7. Watch the undercard fights before the big matchup. For more information, call 253-964-0331.

Celebrate the New Year as its rung in from New York City—watch the ball drop on the big screen TVs at Sounders Lanes. The whole family will have a great evening at McChord Field Friday, Dec. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; glow-in-the-dark bowling begins at 7 p.m. Enjoy pizza, party favors, prizes, soda, sparkling cider and more! The cost is $13 per person. Reservations are required; call 253-982-5954.

Bowl, eat & party at Bowl Arena Lanes Swing by Bowl Arena Lanes at Lewis Main each Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for all-you-can-eat pizza and bowling for just $9 (shoes not included)! Prepay to guarantee your lane! Bowl Arena also offers Xtreme Bowling Fridays and Saturdays, and league opportunities for bowlers of all ages and levels. For more information, call 253-967-4661. Strike it big with your child and celebrate his or her next birthday at Bowl Arena Lanes! Party rooms and packages are available. For information, visit

MWR at your fingertips with WebTrac & TeleTrac Get a tee time, rent equipment, pay your child care bill and register for adventure trips and sports races online! Get your account started for Eagles Pride Golf Course, Northwest Adventure Center, Parent Central Services or JBLM fitness centers—go to and click on Web Trac/Online Registration.

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The golf is great at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

EAGLES PRIDE Save big at the Holiday Sale GOLF COURSE Get great golf gear at great prices— and maybe something free—at the Pro Shop at Eagles Pride. Now through the year’s end, the Pro Shop is offering discounts on top-of-the-line merchandise with the Holiday Sale. Purchase something from the Pro Shop for yourself or someone on your list, and you’ll have a chance to get something free when you pick a candy cane off the holiday tree. Candy canes are worth merchan-

dise and rounds of golf! For details and restrictions, inquire at the Pro Shop.

Perfect your swing Improve your golf game with a visit to the driving range (covered and heated for winter) or a lesson taught by a certified golf professional. Eagles Pride has two professionals on staff—one certified with the PGA and the other with the World Golf Association and the Korea Golf Association. To schedule


at JBLM an individual and group lesson, call 253-967-6522. Don’t forget to sign up for WebTrac at to make scheduling your next tee time even easier! Once registered, you can schedule from your computer or the automated line 253-967-GOLF.

Skins Tournament at McChord

Whispering Firs Golf Specials

Habañero Mexican Grill

Enter the Skins Tournament Sunday, Dec. 5. There’s an 8 a.m. tee, and the cost is $12 plus greens fees. For more information, call 253-982-4927.

• Super twilight greens all month. The cost is $7.50 carts/golfer.

• Special Taco Thursdays: Three ground beef tacos and fountain soda for $4.50.

Christmas Sale Enjoy 10 percent off and more at the Pro Shop Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special orders accepted through Dec. 11 with sale prices. Select items on sale through Dec. 23.

• Pearl Harbor Day is Tuesday, Dec. 7. $7 green fees, $7 cart rental, $7 club rental and $7 lunch specials. • Rainy day at the range 2–4–1 range balls Specials may not be used for tournaments, outings or combined with other specials.

• Habañero Mexican Grill is available for luncheons and special functions for groups of 10 to 100 this holiday season. For details, please call 253-982-3271.

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 hen you want to keep the family occupied during school break, entertain out-of-towners or just get out of the house, no matter what your budget, Family & MWR activities have something great for you.

Let’s talk freebies You don’t even need a budget to have fun around JBLM! Find free activities such as: • Free children’s storytime at Book Patch Library Wednesdays and Saturdays, and McChord Field Library Thursdays. • Free weekend movies at the McChord Field base theater. • Free WiFi, Internet and game room at the McChord Field Surf Spot and Nelson Recreation Center. For youth, find free Wii, XBox and PS3 gaming at the McChord Field Library and Grandstaff Library at Lewis Main. • Free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum or Children’s Museum of Tacoma with your family. All you need is a valid JBLM library card. Simply check out the Art Access Pass or the Play Pass from a JBLM library with your library card. Present the pass to the Tacoma Art Museum or Children’s Museum for up to four free admissions.

Hours of fun for less than $10 Enjoy indoor rock wall climbing for $5 each at Adventures Unlimited when the kids are out of school. For a couple of hours, the staff will provide climbing shoes, harnesses, ropes and a belayer to supervise climbs. Call Adventures Unlimited at 253-982-2206 to let them know you’re coming! Go to the movies for $8 each—or less—with discount Regal Cinema tick12

ets from Adventures Unlimited. With the premiere discount movie pass for $8, you can see movies the minute they’re released. The $7.50 Regal Cinema Super Value ticket allows you to see movies 10 days after they hit the theater.

Bowling Center at McChord Field. Also check out $1.50 Wednesdays!

Something for everyone

• Roller skate and roller blade at AFC Arena’s skating rink. Skate any time on Wednesdays for only $1 per person. Skating on Friday is $2 for ages 15 and younger and $3 for ages 16 and older.

Haven’t found what you want yet? Here’s even more inexpensive fun: • Get your friends together for Thunder Alley glow-in-the-dark bowling Friday or Saturday nights at Sounders Lanes

• Rent just about any gear from Outdoor Rec for your own outdoor fun, including innertubing or snowshoeing in the mountains, softball, volleyball, badminton and other game

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Holiday gift giving’s made easier with Family & MWR


W  R makes gift giving easier—only a couple minutes’ drive on your lunch break and you can pick up a wide array of inexpensive, unique presents right here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Buy holiday coffee roast, get dollars off

Know someone who appreciates good coffee? Give yourself a gift, as well when you buy a pound of Battle Bean’s Holiday Roast flavored coffee. With your purchase through Dec. 10, you’ll receive a coupon for $2 off lunch at the AFC Arena Battle Bean. From Dec. 11–23, you’ll receive a coupon for $5 off dinner at the Bistro at Russell Landing. The offers are good only at AFC Arena and Stone Education Center Battle Bean locations.

Arts and Crafts Centers turn into holiday shops

Order personalized and unique gifts from the Arts and Crafts Centers at Lewis Main and McChord Field. Both offer personalized photo and laser engraving and embroidery on just about anything you bring in—T-shirts, tote bags, tree skirts, holiday stockings, coffee mugs, mats for framing—the sky’s the limit. McChord Field Arts and Crafts Center also offers pewter ornaments featuring Northwest wildlife, aircraft, Mount Rainier and JBLM; pen and pencil sets; in-stock pillowcases, mugs, T-shirts or night lights printed with your favorite photos; and customized aluminum tankards. For more information, call Lewis Main Arts and Crafts at 253-967-5001 or McChord Field Arts and Crafts at 253-982-6726.

Get stocking stuffers for winter sports nuts

Buy a gift for the winter sports enthusiast from the Northwest Adventure Center’s retail shop. Spend as little or as much as you want—from sunglasses and gloves for stocking stuffers to snowtubes and snowboard gear and clothing. The NAC also features a full range of hunting, fishing, kayaking, archery and scuba gear and accessories. Call 253-967-8282 for more information.

Think out of the box for gift giving

equipment, and a full selection of winter sports gear and clothing. • Buy discount tickets at Leisure Travel Services at AFC Arena for entertaining your out-of-town guests. For instance, the Seattle CityPass includes the Seattle Aquarium, Space Needle, Pacific Science Center and IMAX Theater, Experience Music Project and more.

Can’t think of a clever or new idea for those hard-to-please relatives or friends? Here are some ideas no one else can duplicate: • Ever thought of giving a new passion or skill to someone? You can do it with prepaid golf, scuba, belly dance, skating, piano or car care lessons—all from Family & MWR activities such as the McChord Field Community Center, golf courses, auto centers, outdoor recreation and youth programs. • Get a car makeover with professional auto detailing at the McChord Field Auto Center. Call 253-982-7226 for an appointment. • Spend less on new bowling balls, bags and shoes with Sounders Lanes annual pro shop sale all month. Also stock up on socks, towels and other bowling accessories. Call the front desk at 253-982-5954 for more information.

Mark down your interests, then visit for full details and phone numbers—and go have fun!

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Holiday Celebrate the holidays with CYS Services! Fun awaits you at the Holiday Fest! All ages are invited to enjoy ornament painting, cookie decorating and arts and crafts—make snowmen crafts, gift bags and snowflakes. Warm up with free hot chocolate and apple cider. The winter-themed fun is Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Teen Zone, Building 2295 at Lewis Main, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 253-967-4441.

McChord Field Youth Center holiday celebrations Holiday Bazaar

Light gazing

Enjoy a few hours of free gift wrapping, pictures with Santa and a holiday treat! The fun is Saturday, Dec. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Visit the largest Northwest holiday drive-through light display in Spanaway Lake Park! Join the McChord Field Youth Center Thursday, Dec. 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Birthday Bash at McChord

Tacoma Rescue Mission


Music Maker

Celebrate this month’s birthdays Friday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the youth center. Enjoy dessert, play games and have “happy birthday” sung to you!

McChord teens, you’re invited to serve the community as you serve dinner! Join us at the Tacoma Rescue Mission Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Read a different book each month and add books to your personal library collection! Join us every Tuesday at the McChord Youth Center from 4 to 5 p.m.

Using a variety of instruments, Create and explore music at the McChord Youth Center. Pre-teens meet Mondays and teens meet Fridays; both from 4 to 5 p.m.

Bill pay & registration made easy. Convenience is just a click away! Parents, you can now sign up for auto debit. No more writing checks or waiting in line to pay your child care bill. How convenient! Ask for the AutoDebit Authorization Form today at the front desk where your child(ren) receive care, or download the form online at

While you’re online, register for WebTrac and you’ll have easy online access to CYS Services. Register, make payments and hourly care reservations and reprint receipts, your annual statement for income taxes, health assessments and sports physicals. Additionally, parents can print

out monthly calendars showing all CYS Services activities for your child; request placement on the child care/ school-age care waiting list; and submit comments or questions directly to CYS Services. For questions regarding WebTrac, call Parent Central Services at 253-966-CYSS.

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& special events for JBLM youth

Experience, develop, grow and excel with EDGE! Participate in art, fitness, life skills and adventure activities with cuttingedge out-of-school opportunities. EDGE! is open to youth ages 6–18 who are registered with CYS Services. EDGE! classes are held at the Hillside SKIESUnlimited Building at Lewis Main, Building 6398 (except where otherwise noted). For more information, call 253-967-5265. Time Management and Organization: Get the tools to help you succeed and find a way so you can fit it all into your busy schedules. Classes are held Mondays. Money Now: Learn to make your money work for you in a fun and interactive environment. Sports Performance: Learn how to get more out of workouts and play better in this class Tuesday class. Paintball for Beginners: Are you an adrenaline junky? Head to the Adventure Zone Fridays for an hour of paintball.

The ‘SKIES’ the limit with Youth Academy Learn, explore and have a great time—sign up for instructional classes with the SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy. The program offers ground-breaking instruction in academics, life skills, arts and sports for infants through teens. Prepare for the SAT and get involved with the Science Club, and don’t forget that SKIESUnlimited hosts youth birthday parties! Ongoing opportunities include

dance, boxing, gymnastics and karate. For a complete schedule, visit

Youth Sports Get active in the New Year with upcoming sports! CYS Services has a number of sports and activities so you can learn the fundamentals while having fun in these recreation leagues. Bump Set Spike Volleyball Camp: Open to players ages 9–15, registration for this camp is Dec. 1–20. The cost is $20, and the three-day camp is Dec. 20–23 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Bumblebee Soccer: Open to preschool athletes ages 3–4, registration is Dec. 1 through Jan. 14. The cost is $20 and practices and games are in February and March. Soccer: Youth ages 5–15 can register from Dec. 1 through Jan. 14 for $55. Practices and games are in February and March.

Youth coaching opportunities Whether you’re a parent or other JBLM community member interested in coaching youth sports, call 253-966-CYSS. There are a variety of volunteer positions available throughout the year. Household credits are available. For more information, stop by the CYS Services Sports Office, Building 2295, or call 253-966-CYSS.

Register your children for Child, Youth & School Services programs and activities at Parent Central Services (Building 2295 at Lewis Main or Building 100 at McChord Field). Prefer to register online? Just visit to get started with WebTrac.

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Fun, education & support for So The Airman & Family Readiness Center and Army Community Service are here for you & yours

Special programs and resources are at your disposal. The Escape Zone at McChord Field, and weekly Pla together. Workshops and learning materials are available on a variety of topics from finances to parent

The Escape Zone is open weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Stop by Building 841 on Fairway Road at McChord Field for the fun events listed below. For more information and holiday hours, call 253-982-8590.

for a complete schedule. For more information, call 253-982-2695.

• Tree ornament/Christmas village, Wednesday, Dec. 1

Computer workshops Become proficient with computer programs with the following classes: Microsoft Windows Vista Thursday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Star photo frame, Friday, Dec. 3


Fun for parents and children at the Escape Zone

• Messy Mondays, Mondays, Dec. 6 & 13

Learn, build friendships and have fun at the Escape Zone! Offering parents and their children ages 5 and younger a place to learn and play together, daily activities include learning shapes, colors, letters and the joy of hands-on crafts. This parent and child activity center is a place for you to meet other parents and build a support system, and both new and seasoned parents can learn from guest speakers and parent resources.

• Decorate a Christmas tree, Friday, Dec. 10

• Holiday cards, Wednesday, Dec. 8

• Santa door hanger/ABCs, Monday, Dec. 13 • Make a wreath, Wednesday, Dec. 15

TAP workshop Prepare for civilian life—learn about job searching, benefits and more. Tuesday, Dec. 7 through Thursday, Dec. 9

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Beginner Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Wednesday, Dec. 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

• Gingerbread cookies, Friday, Dec. 17

Get prepared with seminars at Army Community Service

Free workshops at McChord Field

Don’t let the holiday season get the best of you. Relax with your youngsters at weekly PlayMorning events, or take a stress management class. Army Community Service has

The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosts educational workshops for the JBLM community. Check out these highlights, and visit

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Capt. Ryan Reichert & daughter Lauren

ayMorning events at Lewis Main, provide parents and children opportunities to learn and play ting and much more.

resources and workshops to help you with all situations: deployments, reunions and everything in between. Details and a full schedule are at

Army Family Team Building, Level I Learn about the Army’s mission and culture—from acronyms and the chain of command to benefits and resources. Dec. 8–9 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

PlayMorning Parents and children will enjoy this opportunity to have fun and learn together. Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Stress management class Get a better understanding about stress, its impact on health and readiness and how to use stress management tools effectively. To schedule a class, call 253-967-3769.

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Don’t let the winter weather keep you inside! The Northwest Adventure Center’s calendar is full of ways to get you outside in the white stuff. You’ll have so much fun—donning your cold-weather gear, of course—that you’ll stay warm.

Outdoor adventure trip


Sign up now for an adventure in the snow today and see for yourself. This month’s snow-filled adventure trips include the following:

Cut your own Christmas tree Look for and cut down your perfect



tree with the Black Hill as your scenic backdrop. The search is half the fun Saturday, Dec. 11. Enjoy free horsedrawn carriage rides. Trees will be transported back to your pickup location only. (Transportation: $10; ages 13–16: $5; ages 12 and younger: free. Price does not include tree; tree prices vary based on type and size). • Northwest Adventure Center pickup: noon • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 12:15 p.m.

Pike Place/Pike Brewery Tour

Saturday, Dec. 4


Indoor rock climbing

Saturday, Dec. 4


St. Nicholas wine tour

Sunday, Dec. 5


Visit the Sound Spirits Vodka Distillery

Sunday, Dec. 5


Hike through Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, Dec. 5


Ages 4–12: $10; 0–3: free

Moonlight snowshoe Gold Creek Go on an adventurous trek through great snow, varied terrain and a web of trails. This four-mile hike is Thursday, Dec. 30. Difficulty: moderate; minimum age: 12. ($30)

Seattle Winter Beer Fest

Saturday, Dec. 11


Fest tickets: $25 at the door

Cut your own Christmas tree

Saturday, Dec. 11


Ages 13–16: $5; 0–12: free Trees extra

Winter survival class

Saturday, Dec. 11


Minimum age: 12

Visit Seattle outlet mall/casino

Sunday, Dec. 12


• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 7 a.m. • No Adventures Unlimited pickup

Snowshoe Paradise

Sunday, Dec. 12


Minimum age: 10

Ski & snowboard Crystal Mountain

Horseback riding

Sunday, Dec. 12


Minimum age: 7

Spend the day at Crystal Mountain

Bella Donna evening of wine & cheese

Wednesday, Dec. 15


The Lights of Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 18


Ski & snowboard Mission Ridge

Saturday, Dec. 18


Younger than 18: $5

Bungee jumping

Saturday, Dec. 18


Minimum weight/age: 90 lbs/16

Snowshoe at Reflection Lake

Sunday, Dec. 19


Minimum age: 16

Point Defiance Zoolights

Sunday, Dec. 19


Younger than 3: free

Ski & snowboard at Crystal Mountain

Sunday, Dec. 26


Have your own gear: $16; lift tickets:

Fantasy Lights tour

Sunday, Dec. 26


One free child/paying adult; $5/addtl child

Tubing at the Summit

Thursday, Dec. 30


Ages 6–12: $28; 5 & younger: $16

Moonlight snowshoe Gold Creek

Thursday, Dec. 30


Minimum age: 12

Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice. Register through WebTrac (visit or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Group rates/private trips available. We’ll visit your next FRG meeting or unit function. For more information, call 253-967-6263. This trip especially accommodates people with exceptional needs


Popular family trip

Ladies-only trip

Must be 21 years old

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Join Northwest Adventure Center guides outside

Sunday, Dec. 26! Transportation and gear are provided. Lift tickets may be purchased at ($32; have your own gear: only $16) • Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 7 a.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 7:15 a.m.

Ski & snowboard Mission Ridge Hit the slopes of Mission Ridge Ski and Snowboard Resort. Visit the state’s most distinctive winter playground Saturday, Dec. 18. Package includes transportation and lift ticket. ($85) • Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 6 a.m. • No Adventures Unlimited pickup

Snowshoe Paradise Explore the winter wonderland of Mount Rainier’s Glacier Vista. This three-mile hike is Sunday, Dec. 12. Guide, gear, instruction and transportation provided. Difficulty: easy; minimum age: 10 ($30)

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 9 a.m. • No Adventures Unlimited pickup

Snowshoe at Reflection Lake The trail from Narada Falls takes you through a beautiful winter forest. Come on this trip Sunday, Dec. 19. Package includes guide, gear, instruction and transportation. Difficulty: more difficult; minimum age: 16. ($30) • Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 9:30 a.m. • No Adventures Unlimited pickup

Tubing at the Summit Dress warm, and get ready to go for a wild ride! Travel to the tubing hill at the Summit at Snoqualmie Thursday, Dec. 30. ($31; ages 6–12: $28; ages 5 and younger: $16) • Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 9 a.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 9:15 a.m.

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Amiia Coffey is excited to bring her passion for the outdoors to you! She enjoys sharing her love of nature with military spouses at JBLM on exciting Bella Donna (ladies-only) adventures. With years of outdoor experience and extensive knowledge, Coffey feels more comfortable on a mountain or in the water than on flat land. Coffey has a psychology degree from Central Michigan University and served in the Navy.

Adventure guide Bradley Hinton Brad Hinton has loved the outdoors his entire life and enjoys sharing his experiences with others. He’s worked to maintain hiking trails in the Olympic Peninsula and has driven tour buses throughout the state of Alaska. Hinton graduated with a degree in Outdoor Recreation from Central Washington University.

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Center for great times in the snow! Swoosh and make snow angels and fond memories.

Adventure guide Amiia Coffey

Adventure guide Erika Storbeck Erika Storbeck is a member of the Washington Air National Guard, is married to an Army Combat Medic and spent her childhood as the ultimate military brat with her Air Force mother and Army father. Storbeck graduated with a degree in environmental science from the University of Washington and attended National Outdoor Leadership School. She has kayaked in Alaska, backcountry skied in Wyoming and canyoneered in Utah. Her favorite place is the North Cascades.

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winter fun

Whether you prefer an outdoor trip that’s mild or wild, JBLM adventure guides will safely lead you to fun destinations in the Evergreen state.

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Jordan Radke / The Lights of Christmas boasts more than a million twinkling lights, live music, Polar Express train rides and much more. Get in the holiday spirit and visit the magical winter wonderland Saturday, Dec. 18 with the Northwest Adventure Center.

Seasonal favorites

The Lights of Christmas

Point Defiance Zoolights

Enter the magical world of animation and imagination with thousands of sparkling lights. See bears flying kites, penguins sliding down an igloo and reindeer leaping over the car Sunday, Dec. 26 at the 14th Annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park. ($10 per adult/one free child; $5 for each additional child)

Take in the holiday glow of more than a million Christmas lights in a magical winter wonderland. Visit Stanwood’s Lights of Christmas Saturday, Dec. 18, and enjoy live music, theater, crafts, pony rides, a petting farm and Polar Express Train rides. Do some last-minute holiday shopping, listen to carolers, attend dinner theater and visit with Santa Claus or Bruce the Spruce, the talking Christmas tree. ($15; youth younger than 18: $5) transportation only)

Don’t miss this wild holiday light display with more than a half-million lights. Enjoy shopping, entertainment and animal visits as the zoo comes alive Sunday, Dec. 19. ($10; ages 0–2: free; transportation only).

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 2:30 p.m. • There is no Adventures Unlimited pickup.

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 3:30 p.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 3:45 p.m.

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 9 a.m. • There is no Adventures Unlimited pickup.

These winter-themed trips are perfect for all ages. Bundle up and enjoy the Pacific Northwest in a new light!

Fantasy Lights tour


• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 5 p.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 5:15 p.m.

Winter survival class Learn about snow shelters, fire craft and take home a starter survival kit Saturday, Dec. 11. Minimum age: 12.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus • December 2010

Your adventure starts here! Outdoor Recreation provides services to Soldiers, Airmen, family members and sponsored friends.



Adventure programs! • Unit & FRG trips • Sea kayaking • Hiking • Mountain biking • White-water rafting • Fishing • Bungee jumping • Skiing • Snowboarding • Snowshoeing and many more!

Family-friendly fun for all

In a city near you

CLINICS Hunting, fishing, camping, crabbing and more

These popular family trips are great for creating memories and having fun!

You don’t have to travel far from home to have fun with the Northwest Adventure Center!

Travel Camp Lakeside rental cabins, RV campground with full hookups, tent sites

Hike Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Travel along the Ring Dike Loop trail through the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Bring your camera for the photo opportunities you’ll find during the two-mile hike Sunday, Dec. 5. ($20; children ages 4–12: $10; ages 0–3 hike for free) • Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 9 a.m. • There is no Adventures Unlimited pickup

Horseback riding Head to the outskirts of Mount Rainier for a guided afternoon horseback ride Sunday, Dec. 12. Minimum age: 7 ($70)

Bungee jumping If adrenaline is what you crave, you will not be disappointed! Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country—20 stories high—Saturday, Dec. 18! Package includes transportation, two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt. Minimum weight/age: 90 lbs./16. ($125) • Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 9 a.m. • There is no Adventures Unlimited pickup.

Visit Seattle outlet mall/casino

Climb at the Warehouse Rock Gym Saturday, Dec. 4. Climbing gear and transportation are included; no experience necessary for this trip. ($20)

This trip is for the serious holiday bargain shopper! Head to the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall Sunday, Dec. 12 for a day of shopping at stores such as Burberry, Coach and Chico’s. If you get tired of shopping, a short walk brings you to Tulalip Resort and Casino. Trip fee includes round-trip transportation. ($20)

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: noon • There is no Adventures Unlimited pickup.

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 9 a.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 9:15 a.m.

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 9:30 a.m. • There is no Adventures Unlimited pickup.

Indoor rock climbing

OUTDOOR STORE Guns and ammo, fishing, camping, boats, books, shooting accessories, reloading, knives, backpacking Paintball Walk-ons and reservations welcome SCUBA Five-Star PADI-certified, year-round classes, rental and sales, free social dives Shooting Range Skeet/Trap Range, Rifle/Pistol Range, reloading and ammo ShorEline Park Swimming beach, picnic pavilions Russell Landing Marina Boat launch, rentals, picnic pavilions

We’re here for you. Outdoor Recreation provides services to Soldiers, Airmen, family members and sponsored friends. JBLM-Lewis North, Building 8050 and JBLM-McChord Field, Building 739 Stop by or call us today! Information/ Rental 967-7744/8282

Skeet Range 967-7056

Adventure Programs 967-6263

Russell Landing Marina 967-2510

Adventures Unlimited 982-2206

Paintball Activities 912-8000

Rifle Range 967-9803

Scuba 967-3405

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Have fun in (or out of) the snow Winter equipment hot spot Have a snowboard or skis? Get them tuned up before hitting the slopes! Additionally, winter sports equipment is available for rent at Adventures Unlimited at McChord Field and the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Visit for details.

Expecting out-of-town company for the holidays and don’t have room? JBLM has two RV parks for your guests (RVs are available for rent)—McChord Field’s Holiday Park, a nine-acre area that includes FamCamp, the pavilion and a private scouting area and the lakeside campground at Lewis North. Additionally, lakeside cabins are also available for rent adjacent to the Lewis North campground. For more information and reservations, call Adventures Unlimited at 253-982-2206 or the NAC at 253-967-7744.

Leisure Travel Services Whether you want to enjoy a weekend winter getaway or head somewhere without the snow, the professionals at Leisure Travel Services can help plan your trip. Stop by the AFC Arena, Building 2275 at Lewis Main, and start planning your vacation. For more information, call 253-967-3085.

Sporting clays fun shoot Test your skills at the monthly sporting clays fun shoot! The Saturday, Dec. 4 event is at 10:30 a.m. at the Shotgun Shooting Complex (Lewis Main); sign up begins at 10. For more information, call 253-967-7056.


Grab your girlfriends and treat yourselves to an extravagant evening at a local winery. Enjoy a ladies-only wine tasting Wednesday, Dec. 15 with the Northwest Adventure Center.

Adults-only fun Explore the sights and tastes of local breweries, vineyards and more!

Bella Donna evening of wine and cheese Indulge in a night of extravagant wine tasting and cheese pairings at Washington’s oldest and most-acclaimed winery. Visit Chateau Ste. Michelle Wednesday, Dec. 15. ($50; includes transportation and entry)

St. Nicholas Wine tour Woodinville Wine Country’s St. Nicholas tour is a perfect opportunity to stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste wines from Woodinville wineries Sunday, Dec. 5. ($75; includes transportation and entry) • Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 9 a.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 9:15 a.m.

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 2:30 p.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 2:45 p.m.

Pike Place/Pike Brewery Tour Take on the “Pike Sampler” at the Pike Brewery Saturday, Dec. 4. This is a mustsee when visiting the world-famous Pike Place Market! ($35; includes transportation and entry) • Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 10 a.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 10:15 a.m.

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A place for your holiday guests to stay at JBLM

Seattle Winter Beer Fest

Visit the Sound Spirits Vodka Distillery

Featuring a variety of seasonal beers from more than 30 Washington brewers, the annual Winter Beer Festival is Saturday, Dec. 11. ($10; transportation only. Tickets, which include tasting cup and six beer tokens, are $25 at the door; cash only)

Visit the Ebb & Flow Distillery Sunday, Dec. 5 to learn about the art of creating a drink with Washington barley and pure water from the Cascades. Vodka, gin and whiskey are available to sample and purchase. ($30 for transportation only)

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 11:30 a.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 11:45 a.m.

• Northwest Adventure Center pickup: 11:30 a.m. • Adventures Unlimited pickup: 11:45 a.m.

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Feelin’ good

Volunteers mak fitness program By Patti Jeffrey


Hip-hop aerobics instructor Sgt. Noah Carr (above) and Zumba instructor Rachael Wilson are just two of 42 volunteers who teach instructional classes at JBLM sports and fitness centers. Photos by Ursula Buford


When you want to look for an aerobics class at Lewis Main, you have a wealth of choices for your interests and schedule—thanks to volunteer instructors. The bulk of classes are taught by volunteers at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center (while Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center undergoes renovations), Soldiers Field House and Keeler Sports and Fitness Center. Volunteers lead classes 34 hours a week at Wilson, three hours a week at Soldiers Field House and two hours weekly at Keeler. Eileen Kelley assists Ronald Raymond in preparing volunteers for instruction at Wilson. “If volunteers need help with fitness certification, we give them opportunities to practice teaching along with an instructor, holding practice classes and working on timing and music,” she says. Volunteers have the opportunity to sign up for certification of their hours to work toward awards and recognition. For instance, volunteers were recently recognized at an awards ceremony at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center (see right). “Our volunteers like to


Our volunteers like to give

give back to the community,” Kelley says. “They may start out by building up community service hours as part of yoga certification, for example, then stay on because they enjoy volunteering so much. Others want to gain teaching experience or just simply enjoy doing it.” The variety of classes and instructors offer something for everyone. Jensen offers low-impact and high or low intensity in a variety of workouts: • Indoor cycling • Zumba, Latin dance and hip-hop aerobics • Body toning with abs, hips and gluts • Basic, intermediate and power yoga

A grateful salute to 42 JBLM v In a recent ceremony, 42 volunteer instructors were celebrated for their service and received the Army Volunteer Corps pin. The following also received the I Corps Volunteer Pin for contributing at least 50 hours: Davida Braun, Fara Buss, Sgt. Noah Carr, Krishelle Currier, Giovanni DeRosa, Heather DesChene, Lt. Col. Spencer Dickens, Nicole Flory, Tanja Homas, Master Sgt. Marvin Howard, First Lt. Janet Kargar, Aaron Lucas, Dorothy Lucas, Maj. Karrie Marton, Myrium McCray, Patricia Peraza, Spec. Stephanie Pitcher, Susette Joana Reddick, Luis Rosariomora, Akiko Stefanovich,

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus • December 2010

ke JBLM m robust


e back to the community.

Stay warm with winter races & sports 11th Annual Army vs. Navy Flag Football Game Cheer on your Army team as JBLM Soldiers go up against the Navy’s Kitsap Peninsula players! The 11th annual matchup is Friday, Dec. 3 at Lewis-Main’s Cowan Stadium. The tailgate party begins at noon, and kick-off is at 2 p.m. BOSS will sell $1 beers.

Your local Tricare/ United Concordia office, providing dental care for all ages!

• Cardio kickboxing and Kung Fu • Step aerobics and multi-step, total body aerobics and toning Soldiers Field House offers indoor cycle classes Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m., and Keeler offers Zumba Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. If you’d like to explore becoming a volunteer fitness class instructor, call 253-966-7660 or 253-967-7471. Renovations at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center are underway. Nurse educators, fitness trainers, classes, gait analysis services, childcare and massage therapy are relocating to Wilson Sports and Fitness Center by Monday, Dec. 6. Look for updates at

volunteer fitness instructors

Santa Shuffle & Reindeer Dash Race to the finish line with Santa, his elves and some reindeer! Head to Eagles Pride Golf Course Saturday, Dec. 11 for the Santa Shuffle and Reindeer Dash. Perfect for families and runners of all ages, the Santa Shuffle offers both 5K and 10K distances, and the Reindeer Dash is a 2K run for youth ages 6–14. Don your Santa hat or reindeer antlers and head for the start line! The race begins at 9 a.m. Register online at JBLMmwr. com by noon Wednesday, Dec. 8, and entry is free! There is no day-of-race registration. The first 100 pre-registered runners who arrive for packet pickup (7:30 to 8:45 a.m.) will receive a free race T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group. For more information, call 253-967-4768.

Intramural bowling Lavoyn Taylor, Daniela Valencia, Heather Way and Miki York For volunteering more than 500 hours, Miki York and Akiko Stefanovich each received a Memorandum of Appreciation from Mr. Harvey, the Director of Family and MWR, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Garrison Commander Col. Brittain.

Starting soon—intramural bowling at Bowl Arena Lanes. Stay away from the gutters, and you may just striiike out! Discuss the format and rules for the upcoming intramural league at the Tuesday, Dec. 14 unit representatives meeting. Join Sports & Fitness at Bowl Arena Lanes at 2 p.m. League play begins in January.


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Learning & earning

Winterizing your ride Simple preventive measures can increase your safety, while helping your vehicle maintain its performance. By Ryki Carlson, JBLM Financial Counselor


Cooler temperatures signal that it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your vehicle. Cold temperatures cause your engine to work harder while snow and ice limit your vehicle’s traction.

Good visibility is essential to safe driving. Take the time to inspect your wipers

and fill your wiper fluid. If your wipers are leaving streaks on your windshield or the rubber is cracking, replace them. If your vehicle is parked outside at night, raise your wipers to prevent them from freezing to the windshield.

Ensure your battery is in good shape. A thorough inspection of the cables, fluid levels and terminals can prevent you from being stranded. If your battery is more than three years old, consider having it tested.

Check your cooling system for cracks, leaks and contamination from oil or grease. Ensure your antifreeze mixture is correct. For most vehicles, the cooling

Stop by JBLM auto centers to winterize your vehicle & have it serviced McChord Field Auto Center Bldg. 1120 253-982-7226 • Complete engine diagnostics by appointment • Free 16-point maintenance inspection by appointment for deployed spouses (bring in a copy of orders); no parts or supplies.

Ensure your car has the right engine oil. As the temperature drops, engine oil

• Car check-up: One session costs $20 plus supplies. Learn to do a standard preventive check-up to save unnecessary expenses.

thickens, making it harder for your engine to start. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.

• Lube and oil change class: One session costs $25 plus supplies.

Consider switching to winter tires if you drive consistently in slippery conditions.

• Used Car Lemon-Aid: Buying a used car? Call to schedule a safety inspection. You’ll get the lowdown for $35.

system should be flushed every two years (check your owner’s manual) to keep corrosion from building up in the system.

Winter tires are designed to grip snow and ice for maximum traction. If you stay with all-season tires, invest in a set of chains or cables during snowy weather.

Easy-to-do prep steps Preventing freeze-ups can be as simple as lubricating your door and trunk locks with a silicone spray or door-lock lubricant. Additionally, invest in an emergency kit for your car; for a checklist, visit

• The used car sales lot is located behind the Commissary, and space is available on a payper-week basis. For pricing, call 253-982-6726. Lewis Main Auto Crafts Center and Body & Paint Shop Bldg. 4033, 253-967-3728 Bldg. 4081, 253-967-4793 Stop by this location to work on your vehicle or schedule professional auto services such as painting, minor body and fender repair, wheel alignment, engine analysis, machine work and computer wheel balancing. Professional mechanics are available for information and guidance.


For hours and pricing, visit

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus • December 2010 2010

Cozy up with a good book from JBLM libraries Children’s libraries celebrate winter! Show your child the love of reading—sign up for the Winter Reading Program at Book Patch Library. Keep track of the books your children read and enjoy (or the time they’re read to), and they’ll receive prizes when the program ends Jan. 7. Registration is ongoing. Enjoy stories, holiday activities and more at special storytimes for kids and families! • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Book Patch

Check out a children’s book or a best-selling title for yourself today!

• Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at McChord Field (for ages 2–8; however all ages are welcome) • Saturdays at 2 p.m. at Book Patch

Checking out books is easier than ever All you need is your military ID card, and you can easily check out New York Times bestsellers, access resource materials online and much more! Visit a JBLM library (locations on page 30) for details today.

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Ensure the events and activities you enjoy with Family & MWR are continued and improved

Be the “Voice of the Customer” By Curtis Atkinson, JBLM Customer Service Officer

Interactive Customer Evaluation As the New Year approaches, take the time to thank all who have supported you during the past year. Your “Voice of the Customer” ensures the special events and activities you have enjoyed are continued and improved and gives JBLM employees a special thanks. Family and MWR hosts a number of programs and activities during the holiday season and throughout the year. Check out the event calendar at to ensure you don’t miss anything. After you attend these events, let your hosts know about your experience. Share your praise or suggestions through the Interactive Customer Evaluation system. ICE is accessible at and Army One Stop kiosks across JBLM-Lewis. The more feedback you provide, the better JBLM facilities and staff can serve you.

Were you satisfied with the service? Did it meet your needs?

Army library. The collection of educational DVDs at Grandstaff particularly impressed me, and I have made good use of it. I hope that ... this collection is kept available to the military personnel and families who benefit so much from these resources.” Your voice makes a difference— your comments are sent straight to managers and command.

Here, positive comments are highlighted, but every comment is reviewed, and concerns receive prompt action to bring a positive resolution.

Recreation & sports Arts & Crafts Center, McChord Field “The staff was outstanding. I need a rush order that they were able to fulfill. I was very pleased with their service.” Sports & fitness centers “Nelva is great; she always has a positive and competent attitude.” Libraries “The Lewis Library System is awesome. It has the best collection of books, DVDs and audio books that I’ve seen at an

Find Lewis-McChord MWR on Facebook Get up-to-date information on discounts, giveaways and upcoming events on the Lewis-McChord MWR Facebook page. The site is also a great place to ask questions and connect with other MWR patrons. Lewis-McChord MWR asked: What do you think about the Joint Base Lewis-McChord libraries? “I think they’re a great resource for Soldiers and families.” —Diane H.


“I love Book Patch! The ladies are so helpful, and storytime is awesome, too!” —Melissa S. “The kids section at Crittenberger is awesome. There need to be more kidappropriate PS3 games.” —Jamie O. Song Jordan

McChord Field and Book Patch libraries offer weekly storytime events, and the Winter Reading Program is going on now at Book Patch. For more information see page 27, and for a complete list of library services, go to

“I love the staff at Grandstaff Library. They are always friendly, patient and helpful!” —Tammy G.

“McChord Field has the best staff, and storytimes are awesome! ... My kids love it there!” —Samantha S.

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR phone guide



MWR facility

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Phone number

family & the homefront

253-982-2695 Airman & Family Readiness Bldg. 552 M 253-967-7166 Army Community Service Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-9852 Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall Army Emergency Relief 1-877-272-7337 (For after-hours emergencies, call the Red Cross) 253-967-3689 Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. Army Family Action Plan 253-967-4458 Army Family Covenant Arena Bldg. 2275 Liggett Ave. 253-967-2382 Army Family Team Building Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. 253-967-2324 Bldg. 4274 Idaho St. Army Volunteer Corps Beachwood Child Dev. Ctr Bldg.8300 American LakeAve. Closed for renovations Before- & after-school care Bldg. 560 M 253-982-9056 Clarkmoor Child Dev. Center Bldg. 2095 Bitar Ave. 253-967-2300 Clarkmoor Hourly Care Center Bldg. 2094 Bitar Ave. 253-966-2490 CYS Parent Central Services Bldg. 2295 12th & Bitar 253-966-CYSS M Bldg. 100 annex location 253-966-CYSS Domestic violence helpline Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. 253-966-SAFE Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave DSHS 253-966-9419 Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave Employment Readiness 253-967-3538 Exceptional Family Mbr Prgm Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-9704 Family Advocacy Program Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. 253-967-6618 Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. Family Child Care 253-967-3039 Bldg. 4274 Idaho St. Family Events & Prgms 253-966-7935 M Adventures Unlimited 253-982-2206 Bldg. 739 Bldg. 4274 Idaho St. Family Resource Center 253-967-9496 Evergreen Inn 253-982-5613 Bldg. 1147 M Immigration & Naturalization Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-3633 Leisure Travel Services 253-967-3085 AFC Arena, Bldg. 2275 Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall Information & Referral 253-967-6399 Lodging/Rainier Inn 253-967-2815 Bldg. 2111 N Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall Loan Closet 253-967-3635 Northwest Adventure Center Bldg. 8050 NCO Beach Rd. 253-967-8282 Madigan Child Dev. Center Bldg. 6995 Jackson Ave. 253-967-2800 Equipment rental & sales 253-967-8282 M Madigan Infant/Toddler Center Bldg. 6993 Jackson Ave. 253-968-7924 Holiday Park 253-982-5488 McChord Field Child Dev. Center Bldg. 578, 580 M 253-982-4901/4166 Outdoor adventures 253-967-6263 Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. Military Family Life Consultants 253-495-8425 Scuba diving center 253-967-3405 253-967-9916 Mobilization & Deployment Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. Travel camp, cabin rental, storage lot reservations 253-967-7744 253-967-7409 New Parent Support Prgm Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. Paintball reservations 253-912-8000 North Fort Child Dev. Center Bldg.8589American LakeAve. N 253-966-8901 Rifle & Pistol Range 253-967-9803 Range 15 North Fort Part-Day Programs Bldg.8587American LakeAve. N 253-966-9715 Russell Landing Marina 253-967-2510 American Lake Rd. N Bldg.8584American LakeAve. N 253-966-7166 North Fort Youth Center Shoreline Park Beach Road N 253-967-2510 Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-968-7199 Outreach Program Skeet & Trap Range Bldg. 3969 2nd Div. Range Rd. 253-967-7056 N Bldg. 8197 American Lake Dr. 253-966-4802 Raindrops & Rainbows Bldg. 3236 2nd Div & Handrich 253-967-2604 Sports Admin. Office Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-3628 Relocation Readiness Prgm Cowan & Memorial stadiums Bldg. 2170 Bitar Ave. & 12th St. 253-967-2912 Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-7195 School Liaison Office Bldg. 2170 Bitar Ave. & 12th St. 253-967-4768 Intramural sports 253-967-3583 Sexual Assault Prevention/Response Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. 253-967-1254 Bldg. 2022 Liggett Ave. & Div. Jensen child care Bldg. 2021C Liggett Ave. Soldier & Family Asst. Center 253-966-2564/3747 253-967-5975 Bldg. 2022 Liggett Ave. & Div. Jensen Family Health & Fitness Bldg. 4274 Idaho St. Survivor Outreach Services 253-967-7501 253-967-6808 Keeler Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 9993 Garfield St. Bldg. 2295 12th & Bitar Teen Zone 253-967-4441 253-967-6652 Keeler Sports & Fitness Center Keeler Pool Bldg. 9037 Gardner Loop Warrior Child Dev. Center 253-968-5656 253-982-5666 McChord Field Fitness Center Bldg. 729 M Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. WIC 253-966-4956 253-982-2807 Bldg. 736 M McChord Field Pool M Bldg. 3032 Youth programs 253-982-2203 253-967-5869 McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 2160 Liggett Ave. Bldg. 2295 12th & Bitar Youth sports 253-967-2405 McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center 253-967-5026 Kimbro Pool 253-967-5533 Bldg. 2109 N. 10th St. Book Patch Library 253-967-7311 Sheridan Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 3759 Stryker Ave. 253-967-2824 Bldg. 3271 2nd Div. Dr Crittenberger Library Bldg. 3236 2nd Div. & Handrich 253-967-4771 Soldiers Field House 253-967-3525 Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall Financial Readiness 253-967-5390 Soldiers Field House Pool Soldiers Field House 253-967-5889 Bldg. 2109 N. 10th St. Grandstaff Library Wilson Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 11596, D St. & 41st Div. N 253-967-7471 253-968-2707 MAMC, Room G-94-6 Madigan education counsel. Customer Svc Mgmt System https://ice.disa. mil 253-477-1072 253-982-9900 Bldg. 851 M McChord Field Ed Center Facilities are on JBLM-Lewis Main unless otherwise indicated. M 253-982-3454 Bldg. 851 McChord Field Library Lewis North McChord Field N M Call for hours and details. For more information and up-to-date listings, visit 253-967-7174 Bldg. 6242 Colorado Ave. Stone Education Center Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus • December 2010 253-964-1209 Arts & Crafts Center Bldg. 5038 Pendleton Ave. 253-967-5001 253-982-6726 Bldg. 1121 M Auto Skills Center Bldg. 4043 inside DuPont Gate 253-967-3728 253-982-7226 Bldg. 1120 M Battle Bean coffee shops AFC Arena, Bldg. 2275 253-964-8837 253-282-5522 Lewis North Trailer N 253-964-8152 Stone Education Center Bistro at Russell Landing Bldg.8981American LakeAve. N 253-964-2813 BOSS Program 253-967-5636 Bldg. 3168 2nd Division Dr. Bowl Arena 253-967-4661 Bldg. 2272 Liggett Ave. Cascade Community Center Bldg. 2400 Bitar Ave. 253-964-0331 Eagles Pride Golf Course Off I-5, Exit 116 253-967-6522 Five Star Catering 253-982-8175 Bldg. 700 M Madigan Café 253-964-4054 Bldg. 9903 Old MAMC McChord Field Club 253-982-5581 Bldg. 700 M Nelson Recreation Center Bldg. 3168 2nd Division Dr. 253-967-2539 Sounders Lanes 253-982-5954 Bldg. 737 M Special Events Office 253-967-5776 Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. Whispering Firs Golf Course Bldg. 895 M 253-982-4927 American Lake Community Center Bldg.8085 American Lake Ave. N

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