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6 New digs, new fun Discover good food and great brews at the new Sam Adams at Eagles Pride; sign up for Breakfast with Santa.

fun 8 ‘Tis the season for fun! Celebrate the holidays at Winterfest, rent Santa for your party, ring in New Year’s Eve with the Family at Sounders Lanes and much more.


feature 10 Are you winter-proofed? Tips for protecting yourself and your passengers from winter travel dangers.

sports, fitness & aquatics 12 The fun’s in the run



Dress up in your holiday attire for the Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Romp; try out aerobics classes.

outdoor recreation 14 Are you playing it safe? Learn how to play outdoors safely in a winter wonderland; visit JBLM’s winter sports center for ski and snowboard rental bargains.


youth 20 Magic’s in the air Celebrate Winterfest with your Family, make “The Nutcracker” a tradition, enroll in winter break camps and more.

military & Family readiness 26 Taking the holidays in stride Learn how to manage holiday stress; build new traditions and treasure the old.



32 Read away the holiday break Earn prizes when you enter the Winter Reading Program; attend yule ball and open houses.

Photos: Patti Jeffrey (6); Kaweka Stoney (14)

FROM THE COVER Celebrate the start of winter with us Attend the free Family Winterfest — a new event that includes the youth program’s seasonal favorite party. Also look forward to a lot more holiday magic with MWR. Read all about these events and more!


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Happy holidays from the Family & MWR team

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December marks the start of winter and a new season of fun. Celebrate the holidays with us while you enjoy Family and friends with good cheer. We also look forward to many good things in the new year! One of those good things is the opening of the second Samuel Adams Brewhouse at JBLM. Sam Adams at Eagles Pride Golf Course is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drop in Thursdays–Mondays and enjoy a meal beside the fireplace. See details on page 6. Everyone’s invited to our winter celebrations — Winterfest, SKIESUnlimited’s performance of “The Nutcracker,” international spouses’ holiday potluck, JBLM libraries’ Wizarding Yule Ball, holiday storytime pajama party, Noon Year’s Eve party and Sounders Lanes’ Family New Year’s Eve celebration. We appreciate your feedback when you attend an event or visit our facilities. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions at Happy holidays from all of us at Family and MWR.

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

Director, Family & MWR William E. Harvey Marketing director Editor/writer

Kimberly Rowe

Patti Jeffrey

Layout & design Toby Bartley, Emiliano Hernandez, Patti Jeffrey Contributors Robert W. Conrad, Janine Dorsey, Patti Jeffrey, Jackie Kelly Contributing photographers JBLM Public Affairs, Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian, Patti Jeffrey, MWR Staff, Kaweka Stoney 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 kimberly@ 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 LewisMcChord 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. Visit us at or

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Samuel Adams Brewhouse at Eagles Pride T

he long-awaited arrival of a new high-quality bar and grill at Eagles

Pride Golf Course has a happy ending — and a great beginning! The brand-new Samuel Adams Brew-

and fill up with two-handed burgers, grilled sandwiches and more. Reuben, pastrami, French dip, grilled chicken and club sandwiches are each

house at Eagles Pride has opened to rave

loaded with fresh ingredients and

reviews for tasty meals and an awesome

include kettle chips or pub fries.

atmosphere and scenery. Best of all, it’s it’s open to the public

Mouth-watering burgers include the Big Sam with your favorite toppers (plus

lagers and brews. Want to try out the new digs? Come on out to Eagles Pride Golf Course on your way home, on the weekend or when you bring the gang to lunch!

Conference rooms can host large & small parties The conference rooms at Eagles Pride

Thursdays–Mondays for breakfast, lunch

Sam Adams’ honey Rebel IPA barbecue

are available for private functions, from

and dinner.

sauce!) and the Liberty Melt with melted

wedding receptions and retirement

Swiss and caramelized onions on grilled

parties to unit or group meetings.

The menu offers generous portions of Sam Adams specialties and pairings with its on-tap brews.

rye. Vegetarians can order the Liberty Melt

Book your event for groups up to 160 and enjoy gorgeous golf-course views, a

veggie burger, green salads, tater tots,

huge fireplace, new decor and plenty of

wings, a grand nacho platter, pita with

the Grande Nacho platter, the spinach-

room for seating and socializing. Call

artichoke and spinach dip and seasoned

artichoke dip with toasted pita, fries

253-964-2789 for more details. Sam

house-made tater tots with dipping

and, of course, all of Sam Adams’ famous

Adams Eagles Pride is off I-5 Exit 116.

For instance, lunch starters feature


sauce. Order fresh Cobb or Caesar salads,

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$5 cover).

Battle Bean drinks warm you up

Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and

When you want a hot, delicious pickme-up drink for those cold mornings, think “Battle Bean coffee.” Drop by the Stone Education Center Battle Bean weekdays for gingerbread latte, candy-cane frap, eggnog latte and peppermint mocha coffee drink specials. Stone Ed Battle Bean is located at 6242 Colorado Ave. at Lewis Main and is open regular hours now through Friday, Dec. 15. Holiday hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m. from Dec. 18–Jan. 2, excluding federal holidays.

Division at Lewis Main. For more details, call 253-964-2012.

Enjoy food specials with events at the Warrior Zone You know that food and fun make for a great time, and the Warrior Zone provides plenty of both! • Come in for free hot cocoa and cookies Monday, Dec. 25 — the staff’s way of wishing you a happy holiday. • Order a hot, fresh waffle breakfast with chicken, bacon or sausage for $5.50 Sundays to go with your NFL viewing. • Saturdays and Sundays, try our mimosas and bloody Marys for $5.50 each. • Fill up on the Tailgate Sampler Platter — four wings, nachos, a piping hot large pretzel with cheese and cheese quesadilla for $12.50. • Warm up with yummy holiday coffee drinks and beverages — peppermint mocha, sugar cookie frap, eggnog latte

now open!

and white chocolate hot cocoa. • Check out our Caribbean Jerk and Bluemoon Barbecue Sauce wing flavors of the month, plus pizza, wrap and sub Patti Jeffrey

specials! The Warrior Zone is on the corner of

Pair up food & fun Sam Adams JBLM treats you well Grab a friend or two and come over to Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM for the evening! Enjoy hearty appetizers, salads, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and more. Relax with a Sam Adams specialty brew and get discounts with happy hour specials! Also come out for other events: • Friday, Dec. 8 from 6–10 p.m., wear your ugliest sweater for prizes, plus enjoy giveaways, live DJ music and holiday drink specials. • Watch UFC 218 Saturday, Dec. 2 and UFC 219 Saturday, Dec. 30 (each has a

17th and D streets at Lewis North. Call the Zone at 253-477-5835/33.

The Club appreciates its members Club members, you’re being appreciated at a free luncheon at the Club at McChord Field Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Family members and guests can also attend for $5 each. Also get in on bingo and happy hour snacks starting at 5 p.m. Fridays. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

McChord Pub open Fridays Drop by the McChord Pub Fridays from 4–8:30 p.m. for darts, TV, drinks and fun. The pub’s inside the Club at

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa Santa’s looking forward to having company for breakfast Saturday, Dec. 16! He invites you and your Family to join him for Breakfast with Santa at the Club at McChord Field from 10 a.m.–noon. Also bring your camera for a photo with Santa and take home a holiday craft with help from the Arts & Crafts Center. The cost is $13 for ages 10 and older, $10 for ages 3–9 and $2 for ages 2 and younger. Advanced purchase is required; register online at The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd.

McChord Field and is open for everyone!


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‘Tis the season for fun

Celebrate the holidays with parties Winterfest is free for everyone Kick off the new season with Winterfest — a celebration, party and festival wrapped into one! The entire community is welcome to come out to American Lake Conference Center Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. The festival includes games, makeand-take crafts and cookie decorating,

pick up your tree! ALCC is at 8085 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North.

Rent a Santa for your parties Santa’s always busy this time of year,

Ring in the New Year with Family Enjoy New Year’s Eve with your friends and Family at Sounders Lanes and ring in 2017 on East Coast time. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and bowling starts at 7. The party includes pizza, finger foods and veggies, the laser maze, party favors,

but he’s never too busy to make a per-

a glass of sparkling cider to ring in the

sonal appearance — for a small fee.

new year and door prizes.

Arrange for Santa and his assistant elf

The cost per person is $25; you must

face painting, door prizes, giveaways,

to visit your home, office or unit and

purchase your tickets in advance (lim-

refreshments, entertainment and much

squadron parties from Dec. 1–19.

ited to 72 people). Get your spaces saved

more merry winter fun. Trees for Troops will be in the parking lot giving away free trees to all valid ID cardholders and Families with ranks E-5 and below on a first-come, first-served


basis. Just find a parking spot and go

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Rental fees are $25 for a 15-minute ho-

early; this popular party sells out fast!

ho-ho, $50 for a half-hour visit or $75 for

For more information and tickets, call

an entire hour of jolliness.


Call 253-967-5636 to arrange your special time with Santa.

Sounders Lanes is at McChord Field at 737 Jackson Blvd.

Give unique keepsake gifts Create custom holiday gifts! Giving gifts couldn’t be easier when you place orders through the Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field! You can order: • Personalized wooden or porcelain ornaments. • Laser-engraved text or emblems on your own glass tree ornaments. • A photo pillowcase, mug, puzzle, mouse pad, night light or T-shirt. • Custom embroidery or engraving on your own Christmas stocking, towel set, baby blanket and keepsake (use this month’s coupon below). • Custom matting and framing of your Family photos or artwork. The last day to order custom picture framing and embroidery without a rush fee is Friday, Dec. 8. The last day to order custom engraving without a rush fee is Friday, Dec. 15. Projects ordered after Dec. 15 may not be completed before Monday, Dec. 25. The Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. Call 253-982-6723 (for engraving and embroidery) and 253-967-6718 (for framing).

Arts & Crafts opens new ceramics studio Your Arts & Crafts Center is offering a new “paint-n-go” ceramics studio! Dabble in underglazes and acrylic paints, then leave your item for firing and pick up your finished piece the following week! The studio is open from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. beginning Friday, Dec. 1 (with clean-up at 4:30 p.m.). You can reserve the studio for ceramics parties, kids’ craft parties or a friends’ day out by calling ahead. Call 253-982-6726/6718 for more

You can afford winter golf Get in on golf sale of the year Start your holiday shopping early for big savings on golf merchandise at Whispering Firs’ and Eagles Pride’s annual holiday sale starting Friday, Dec. 1! The sale extends through Saturday, Dec. 23 with a minimum of 10 percent off everything (excluding PING 400 Series). The more you spend, the more chances you have to win when you pull a candy cane off the tree! Also get a chance to win door prizes while you sample free holiday treats.

The $59 JBLM Fall/Winter Golf Pass keeps you in the game Like to golf year-round at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs golf courses? Buy a $59 Fall/Winter Golf Pass! The pass includes your first round of golf and 25 percent off green fees until 11 a.m. and 50 percent off after 11 a.m. seven days a week for future rounds (excludes tournaments and other green fee specials). The pass is good through Saturday, March 31, 2018 at JBLM.

Take advantage of golf specials Save big and stay in practice with December golf specials at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs golf courses: • Everyone receives a $7 green fee, $7 cart rental and $7 club rental after 11 a.m. on Pearl Harbor Day, Thursday, Dec. 7. • All green fees are $10 after 10 a.m. Mondays at Eagles Pride and Wednesdays at Whispering Firs. • Receive two-for-one green fees Wednesdays all day at Eagles Pride and Thursdays all day at Whispering Firs (discount is based on 18-hole play). • For only $11, get a bucket of range balls, brat or hot dog and domestic draft or fountain soda (limit one per day; must purchase balls in pro shop). • Ask about our daily golf combo with food voucher in the pro shop! (Specials cannot be combined with other specials or used for outings/tournaments.) For more information, call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124. Eagles Pride is located off I-5 Exit 116. Whispering Firs is located at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field.

Arts & Crafts Center December Clip ‘n Save Coupons Buy 1, get 1 stocking embroidery free! Applies to embroidery only. Customer brings stockings. Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Dec. 1–31, 2017.

Free Knitting Class

(discount applies to instruction only) Limit one coupon per customer per class. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Dec. 1–31, 2017.

information or stop by 1121 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field • 1121 Barnes Blvd. • 253-982-6726


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by Patti Jeffrey


on’t be caught in the cold when it comes to vehicle safety this winter. The seasoned experts at your Auto Centers at Lewis Main and McChord are ready to help you get your vehicle in good shape for cold weather. Here are quick tips on how to winterize your vehicle and be prepared for winter travel. • It’s critical to check your fluids no matter what season it is. Make sure your vehicle has adequate antifreeze, even if it’s not being used. Your engine block is in danger of freezing and cracking (an expensive repair) without antifreeze to protect it. Use all-season oil, which won’t get thick in colder temperatures. Most new cars use 5W/20 or 5W/30. Check to see if your windshield washer is formulated for winter temperatures. Even window-washing solutions have some antifreeze to prevent your windshield from icing up. Remember to check your transmission and brake fluid levels before you go on any trip. • Check your wiper blades to see if they


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are proper for winter use. Some blades can freeze and become rigid rather than remain flexible. • Make certain your tire pressure is adjusted for cold weather. Tire pressures are naturally higher in warm temperatures and lower in cold temperatures. Underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Also check your spare tire for proper air pressure and ensure that you have a jack and tools needed to change the tire in case of a flat. • Speaking of tires, buy good all-season tires that wear well in both summer and winter. • Get your battery and battery cables serviced. You wouldn’t want to get stuck somewhere in freezing weather for any length of time. • Carry an organizer in your vehicle with these essentials: De-icing fluid, quart of oil, quart of transmission fluid, jug of 50/50 mix of antifreeze, bottle of brake fluid, emergency flares, paper towels, portable air pump, windshield scraper, booster cables and a distress flag. Also carry snow chains or cables, portable shovel and tow chain or rope if traveling in cold conditions or over passes. If you ever need help, you’ll have the supplies on hand to quickly get your

vehicle back on the road. Each person in your vehicle should bring extra warm clothing, medication for 1–2 days, extra water and nourishing snacks. Also carry a first-aid kit, pocket knife, duct tape, flashlight and emergency blankets.

Need somewhere warm and dry to winterize your car? Rent a stall at one of your Auto Centers! For a small fee, you can rent bays and lifts that vary according to function at each location. For instance, you can use a drive-on lift for changing oil easily, arm lifts for changing and rotating tires and rotary lifts for better access. Most stalls are equipped with their own tool box.

Learn how to perform car care Changing your own oil and fluids and lubing your vehicle saves you a lot of money — learn how at your Auto Centers. The McChord Auto Center even has a Lube and Oil Change class and a Car Check-Up class; just call to make an appointment! Call the Lewis Main Auto Center at 253-967-3728 or the McChord Auto Center at 253-982-7226 for more information.

Auto Centers December Clip ‘n Save Coupon

Rent a Lift Bay for the price of a Flat Bay (Save $2 per hour) Auto Center at Lewis Main • 4043 West Way • 253-967-3728 Auto Center at McChord Field • 1120 Barnes Blvd. • 253-982-7226 Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Dec. 1–31, 2017.


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Enter your Family in the annual Jingle Bell Jog & Reindeer Romp; try out a few aerobics classes

Staying fit & trim Fit in a quality workout at one of JBLM’s five-star fitness centers You have plenty of opportunities to work off those extra holiday calories at your choice of six fitness centers, a fitness annex, three pools and an outdoor athletic complex at Lewis North. Find your groove this month with a variety of workouts!

Join the JBLM Jingle Bell Jog Sign up online through Wednesday, Dec. 6 for the annual JBLM Jingle Bell Jog Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Wilson Sports & Fitness Center at Lewis North. Choose from a 5K run or the Family and children’s 1K Reindeer Romp. The 1K starts at 9:30 a.m.; the 5K starts at 10. Race bib pickup is from 7–9:30. The fun runs include an ugliest Christmas sweater contest, prizes, giveaways and finisher medals. Follow the link at Late registration ends Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 11:59 p.m. with no T-shirt guarantee. DOD ID cardholders pay $15 for the 1K or $25 for the 5K; all others pay $20 for the 1K or $30 for the 5K. Day-of-race registration is $20 for the 1K or $30 for the 5K for DOD ID cardholders, and $25 for the 1K or $35 for the 5K for all others. No T-shirts will be available.

Take the JBLM Fitness Challenge To promote participation in Family & MWR fitness activities and a healthy lifestyle in our community, you’re invited to join the JBLM Fitness Challenge! Earn points by participating in fun runs as you work toward gold, silver or bronze status and the chance to win prizes. Find the fitness challenge link when you sign up for a run online!

JBLM Fitness Class SCHEDULE Effective date: 10/03/2017 Time 6:45 AM 9 AM 10 AM 11:30 AM 4:30 PM 5:30 PM







Yoga Bootcamp *Zumba

*Connected Warrior Yoga Cardio Circuit *Yoga Zumba

*COMMIT Dance Fitness STRONG

Cardio Circuit *Yoga Zumba

TRX Indoor Cycling Yoga *Zumba Toning


Mixxed Fit

*These classes are volunteer taught and are subject to cancellation in the event of an emergency.

Time 7–7:45 AM NOON–1 PM 4:45–5:45 PM 5:45–6:45 PM

Yoga *Zumba

2022 Liggett Ave. & Division JBLM Lewis Main 253-967-5975

6:30–7:30 AM 10:15–11:15 AM 11:15–12:15 AM 4:30–5:30 PM 6:00–7:00 PM







Bootcamp Bootcamp Kickboxing MixxedFit

Cycling Circuit RIPPED Zumba

Bootcamp Kickboxing MixxedFit


Indoor Cycling

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


*COMMIT Dance Fitness

Hours of Operation: Mon–Fri 6:30 a.m.–7 p.m. DONSA 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Closed on Holidays

Mixxed Fit

Hours of Operation: Mon–Fri 5:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat & Sun/Hol/Family Days closed





Indoor Cycling

*Indoor Cycling

*These classes are volunteer taught and are subject to cancellation in the event of an emergency.




Indoor Cycling

Zumba Mixxed Fit

Indoor Cycling

11596 D St. & 41st Div. JBLM Lewis North 253- 967-7471

Hours Of Operation: Mon–Fri 5 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat & Sun/ Hol/DONSA 10 a.m.–6 p.m.





Functional Fitness Class

2160 Liggett Ave. JBLM Lewis Main 253- 967-5869



Functional Fitness Class

Functional Fitness Class


Hours Of Operation: Mon–Fri 5 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat & Sun/ Hol/DONSA 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Visit our web site at

Check out our facebook page at

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focus | adventures

Playing in a winter wonderland Know Before you go!

By Robert Wade Conrad


he mountains are calling and you want to go. The opportunity to be in the winter wonderland that is the Pacific Northwest is at your fingertips! All you have to do is bring out your smartphone or log onto your computer and you have all the information you need to go safely into the winter wilderness. Before you go, check the websites listed at the end of the article and download the apps to make sure you know when, where and how to have some fun in the snow. My favorite place to check before I head outside is Washington Trails Association. This organization boasts the largest volunteer trail maintenance program and one of the most compre-


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hensive websites and apps to get up-todate information about where you want to go. You can search snowshoeing and it will list the best places for snowshoeing. If you want to take your dog, it’s easy to filter those hikes, as well. The best thing are the trip reports. Userupdated reports describe trail conditions, how long it took to complete the hike, what they saw and even pictures of what you’ll see when you go. This is a must before every outdoor trip. This app

has saved me from many disappointing days outside. Also, this is an amazing way to connect with a community of outdoor enthusiasts. If you need more specific information on where to ski and snowboard, web cams with snow reports are available for you to look at before you decide where to go. For instance, has them all in one location. Each ski resort has its own page and app. If you’re going to buy a season pass or your loyalties are with

the other companies that run tours. Just make sure you’re trained or you’re with someone who has avalanche safety training. Regardless of what you want to do in the snow, it’s best to know what you are getting into before you go on your adventure. Getting to your winter recreation spot can be difficult. Washington State Department of Transportation has live information with weather reports and webcams so you can prepare for whatever winter wants to throw at you.

Check before you go to pick the best route. Snow might be hitting Stevens Pass, but Snoqualmie is clear. When it’s time to drive home, that weather system might have pushed down to Snoqualmie, so going back over Stevens Pass is the best option. That’s why it’s a good idea to download the app and check before you head out into the wilderness. For more information on how to prepare your vehicle for winter driving, turn to page 10.

Check out these websites and download the apps to your favorites: • Washington Trails Association: • WTA app: • Washington State Department of Transportation mountain pass info: • WSDOT app: • Washington State Parks Sno-Parks: • Sno-Parks app: • Ski resort webcams and snow reports: • Ski reports app: • Mount Rainier National Park: • Mount Rainier webcams: • Mount Rainier maps:

/SeeYouOutsideJBLM Photos: Kaweka Stoney

one resort, those are easy to find. If you want to go sledding or snow tubing, there are options in the national parks or Washington State Sno-Parks. These locations are open when the weather permits, so it’s best to check the website or call the hotline to find out the current information. Snow parks are also the gateway to the most amazing snowmobile trails. If you don’t have your own snowmobile, you can go on a trip with us or one of

Some people don’t want to put on chains or purchase the snow equipment needed to safely go outside. If that someone is you, we have you covered! From snowshoeing to backcountry skiing, snow tubing to snowmobiling, we have a variety of adventures that can get you outside and teach you how to make the most of this winter wonderland.

Just email or check out our trip offerings on RecTrac or at to find out what we have to offer. If what you want to do is not listed in our regular trips and adventures, email us and we can put something together for you. Our goal is for you to be safe and have a wonderful winter in Washington!


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Playing in a winter wonderland Adventures Unlimited is your winter sports center!


Beginner Ski Package (includes skis/boots/poles/jacket/bib/helmet) Beginner Snowboard Package (includes board/boots/jacket/bib/helmet) Downhill Ski Package (includes skis/boots/poles) Cross-Country Ski Package (includes skis/boots/poles) Snowboard Package (w/ board/boots) Skis (downhill or cross-country) Ski Boots (downhill or cross-country) Ski Poles (downhill or cross-country) Snowboard (without boots) Snowboard Boots Snowshoes (without poles) Snow Tubes Jacket/Pants (individual) Helmet

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All packages include damage waiver. We are not responsible for changes in weather or road conditions (no refunds). Skis are professionally waxed prior to issue. Ski & Snowboard Maintenance Ski Tune-Up (includes sharpening, rust removal, lubrication, P-Tex and hot wax) $26 Snowboard Tune-Up (includes sharpening, rust removal, P-Tex and hot wax) $26 Ski/Snowboard Hot Wax $15 Quick Wax $5 Ski Binding Removal $16 Mount Ski Binding $26 Adjust Bindings $11 Torque Testing $11 P-Tex Bottom Repair starts at $11 Rust Removal $9 Sharpen/Edge $11 Speed Wax $11 Adventures Unlimited is at 739 Battery Rd., McChord Field. Open Mondays–Sundays from 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Call 253-982-2206/2303.

With this trip list, you can plan your epic outdoor adventure trips for December! Join JBLM’s outdoor adventure guides for making memories of a lifetime. Trip details and registration are available at Yoga for hikers Victoria, B.C. overnighter Seminar on Snowboard/Ski Tuning Seminar on Winter Travel Photography 101 Seattle night photography Rattlesnake hike/snowshoe Yoga for bikers Snowshoe Hurricane Ridge Seminar on Beginner Yoga Techniques Snowshoe Snow Lake Snowmobiling Snowmobile-access backcountry skiing Kayak skills class Portland shopping trip Backcountry skiing Snowshoe June Lake Holiday yoga New Year’s resolution: Intro to backcountry skiing Moonlight snowshoe hike

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focus | youth

Join CYS and let the fun times begin! much more merry winter fun. ALCC is at 8085 NCO Beach Rd.

Celebrate the season at WinterFest Bring the Family for free fun Kick off the new season with Winterfest — a celebration, party and festival wrapped into one! The entire community is welcome to come out to American Lake Conference Center at Lewis North Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The festival includes carnival games, make-and-take crafts and cookie decorating, face painting, door prizes, vendor giveaways, treats, entertainment and

Enroll in winter sports Sign up now for winter break camps! Youth sports are recreational and inclusive of all youth who want to learn the fundamentals and have fun. Enrollment is open through Tuesday, Dec. 19 for Start Smart and Volleyball camps, and through Tuesday, Dec. 26 for Flag Football Camp — sign up now to keep ‘em busy later! • Start Smart Camp introduces youth ages 3–4 to the fundamentals of team-building while they have lots of fun. The cost is $25 per child from Dec. 20–22.

• Volleyball Camp is open to ages 9–18; the camp meets Dec. 20–22 and costs $35 per youth. • Flag Football Camp meets Dec. 27–29 and is open to ages 9–18. The cost is $35 per youth. Youth must be registered with CYS and have a current sports physical to enroll at For additional information, call 253-967-2405.

Soccer season is nearly here Introduce your youngsters to the sport of soccer, or help them improve their skills. Bumblebee soccer enrollment for ages 3–4 is Dec. 1–Jan. 18 for $25 per child. Soccer enrollment for ages 5–15 is also Dec. 1–Jan. 18 and costs $55 per youth. The parent meeting for both age groups is Saturday, Feb. 10 and the season begins Monday, Feb. 12 for both. Youth must be registered with CYS and have a current sports physical to enroll at For additional information, call 253-967-2405.

Get involved as a volunteer coach Share your love of sports with JBLM youth as a volunteer sports coach. Youth Sports provides the training and offers sports fee vouchers. A background check is required. Stop by the Youth Sports office at 2295 S. 12th St. at Lewis Main to pick up your application or call 253-967-2405.


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Teen Zone wants you! Teen Zone celebrates you with fun events Come and enjoy the fun at Hillside Teen Center! We have free events planned just for you: • Friday, Dec. 1 is our Hail and Farewell for arriving and departing Families. Your entire Family is invited to dinner provided from Cooking Club recipes. Come support our teens! • Friday, Dec. 8, come out to play

including verifying with parents for

ries together, puzzles, discovery, games,

permission, to get you registered.

learning and much more.

Hillside Teen Zone is located at

Raindrops & Rainbows is located at

6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. Call

8197 American Lake Ave. For more infor-

253-967-4441 for more information.

mation, call 253-966-4802. Escape Zone is at 841 Fairway Rd. (off

Come play inside on cold days Parent-and-child play centers are fun & free Get out of the house with your little

Lincoln Boulevard). Call 253-982-8590 for more details.

SKIES classes are fun Discover natural artists Bring out the Picasso in your child at

basketball and enjoy movies and other

ones on rainy, cold weekdays and come

activities throughout the center at Late

meet other parents and kiddos at Rain-

Night. Middle school/teen kids can

drops & Rainbows at Lewis North or

for parent-and-me fun, toddlers,

bring a friend!

Escape Zone at McChord Field.

preschool and school-age artists.

The Teen Zone is open to middle

The centers offer young Families a

SKIESUnlimited! Art classes are available

Students learn art history from around

school and teen youth who are reg-

place to participate in a variety of

the world, as well as experimenting with

istered with CYS. Not registered yet?

activities for ages birth–5 years in a

different artistic mediums, such as paint,

Find a friend who’s registered and tag

clean, bright, cheerful and friendly

crafts, pencil and sculpting. Register at

along on a one-time guest pass. Fill out


an application if you like what you see. The Teen Zone does all the paperwork,

Organized activities include arts and crafts, sensory stimulation, reading sto-

SKIES is at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. For details, call 253-966-3539.

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SKIESUnlimited welcomes you to the full production of “The Nutcracker” ballet in its second year at JBLM’s Evergreen Theater Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. With a cast of more than 60 children and adults, the SKIES dance, art, theater and gymnastics departments will ring in the holiday season in theatrical fashion. Tickets are $5 per person and are available now at Leisure Travel Services, located at 2272 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main (inside Bowl Arena Lanes). Set to the timeless score of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, this holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl and the magic of Christmas Eve. The main part of Clara (played by Dacy Emmons, age 8) is joined by her friends and their Families

for a Christmas party full of dancing, gifts and magic. The adult cast dances and acts alongside their children during the party scene before the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer (played by active duty Soldier, Bob Nadeau) makes an appearance that thrills the children with life-size mechanical dolls and extravagant gifts. But the most special gift is reserved for his goddaughter, Clara — a gorgeous nutcracker-Soldier doll. As the party ends, Uncle Drosselmeyer casts the best spell of all and brings Clara’s beloved nutcracker to life. The Nutcracker (played by Johnathan Keyes, age 10) saves Clara with his battalion of toy soldiers from some very naughty mice and the mischievous Mouse King (Played by Ms. Mel, dance

instructor at SKIES). He then takes her on an adventure into the Pine Forest where they dance with the Snow Queen (played by Sarah Moore age, age 14) and the snowflakes. These dancing snowflakes sparkle and shine on stage all in white as they frolic about the forest. Afterward, they travel to the Land of Sweets ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy (played by Abbey Moorehead, dance instructor at SKIES). There, Clara and the Nutcracker are treated to a variety of dances, from Waltzing Flowers in shimmering green-and-pink tutus to the audience-favorite Russian Dancer (played by Liberty Moore). A special treat is Mother Ginger (played by Ms. Denise, SKIES gymnastics coach) as her clowns parade about the stage and dazzle audiences with their gymnastics tricks.

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Let AFCS help you navigate the holidays & plan for good things in 2018

Join us for celebrations!

EFMP Holiday events

Multicultural Spouse Holiday Potluck Luncheon

EFMP supports military Families with special health and educational needs

The AFCS Relocation Readiness Program invites all foreign-born military spouses to attend this year’s Multicultural Spouse Holiday Potluck Luncheon Friday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Family Resource Center (4274 Idaho Ave. and 9th Division Drive, Lewis Main). Spouses, you’re invited to bring a dish from your country to share with the group. In addition to meeting new friends, you’ll also learn about available resources. Register at (under Classes & Activities, Relocation International Spouse Classes & Activities) or call 253-967-3628 for information.

AFFTB birthday celebration & classes Join Armed Forces Family Team Building to celebrate their 23rd birthday Friday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Lewis Main Commissary. Stop by for some cake and class information. AFFTB also has new à la carte classes to offer in 2018! You’ll be able to pick which class you would like us to teach, and we’ll work with you on when and where. Register for classes at (under AFCS Classes & Activities, AFFTB & AFFAP Classes). For more information on classes or volunteering, call 253-967-2382.

Fallen Heroes’ Memorial tree decorating potluck Survivor Outreach Services invites survivors and their Families to come out Saturday, Dec. 2 from 3–6 p.m. to put your loved one’s picture (passport size) and information on an ornament for our Christmas tree. The Christmas tree will be displayed at Waller Hall for everyone to see. Bring your favorite holiday dish for the potluck while you socialize with other Families. We also will have a photo booth and hot chocolate bar. Register for this event at If you have any questions, call 253-966-5047 or 253-967-3672.

Join EFMP Friday, Dec. 8 for the free EFMP Winter Shindig! Space is limited and registration is required at We’ll be decorating cookies, building marshmallow igloos and, for those interested in a special guest from the North Pole, enjoying a visit (which also provides a short wait and a quiet space). Take advantage of the opportunity to socialize monthly with EFMP Parents Connect, with others who “get it” by EFMP parents for all EFMP parents. We know it’s hard to be everything. Please make the time to take care of yourself. EFMP Parents Connect meets the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at CARES. For more information or assistance with EFMP, call 253-967-7166.

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EAP Tip of the Month Managing holiday stress in the workplace The holidays can be a time for fun, togetherness, appreciation — and sometimes, stress. We all have different ways we celebrate; however, we also experience stressors that can be projected to love ones, co-workers and even the barista at our favorite coffee shop. The office environment is not immune to holiday stressors, so here are few quick and simple tips to manage the seasonal/holiday stressors in the workplace and beyond. • Plan: Create both a personal and work calendar for the holiday period that accounts for time off, office celebrations and reduction in staff. This can help with the management of daily taskers, customer service and possible unexpected situations that may present during this time. Planning provides the framework to manage potential stressful situations. • Keep it simple: By simplifying our lives, we can be more realistic about commitment challenges during this time of year. Expectations during the holiday seasons can be stressful. Setting realistic and manageable goals can not only reduce stress but allow for a more enjoyable and meaningful time. • Take care: Stress has physical and mental symptoms that can affect our personal and work life. We can do a few things to manage stress by adapting simple habits, such as deep breathing, short meditation and brisk walks to relieve stress immediately. The National Center for Telehealth & Technology created a mobile application that allows users to monitor and track emotional health. To download the free portable T2 Mood Tracker, visit or download directly from The EAP team wishes you and your Families a healthy and balanced holiday season. We invite you to stop by to see us at 2008B N. 3rd & Pendleton, Room 114 at Lewis Main or call 253-732-2214 if you would like assistance with any adult living situation that may be impacting your personal or work life.

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FOCUS tip of the month Building new traditions, remembering the old The holidays are often a busy, cheerful time spent with friends and Family. It’s a time to reminisce about the Family traditions we grew up with. Family traditions or rituals are important in building a sense of Family closeness and cohesion. Traditions can be big or small, such as taking a special trip, always watching a particular movie, baking cookies together and sending holiday cards. Whatever it is, make sure the entire Family is included and build special memories for years to come. At FOCUS, we help Families and couples identify other ways they can build closeness and cohesion. Don’t just get by, get stronger! The FOCUS program works with Families just like yours to teach skills that help you be more successful and make the most of seasonal changes. FOCUS is located at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. For more information, call 253-966-6390 or email Also visit or

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Overseas Briefing



Toddler & Young Child Play Group (12–36 months)



Baby Play Group (0-–12 months)



Ready to Rent

Mondays (2018)


WDVA State Veterans’ Benefits Brief

Mondays (2018)


SSA Disability Brief

Mondays (2018)


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Mondays (2018)


My Army Benefits Briefing

Tuesdays (2018)


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RAD Self-Defense Classes

Dec. 14–15


The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, Dec. 21


Smooth Move Workshop

Wednesday, Dec. 27

(253) 982-2695

Smooth Move Workshop — Overseas

Thursday, Dec. 28


Understanding AER Policies and Procedures

Wednesday, Jan. 3


Electronic-Sponsorship Application & Training (E-SAT) Next Step

Wednesday, Jan. 3

(253) 982-2695


Thursday, Jan. 4


Re-Entry Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 4


Volunteer Orientation & VMIS OPOC Training

Thursday, Jan. 4


Checking Account Maintenance Refresher

Friday, Jan. 5



Jan 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, Feb. 5


RAD Self-Defense Classes

Jan. 8–12


Scream-Free Marriage

Jan. 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29


Let’s Cook!

Monday, Jan. 8


Reintegration for Family members

Monday, Jan. 8


24/7 Dad

Tuesdays, 9 & 16


ACT Women

Jan 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1


Grow! Parenting for ages 5–10

Jan. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23


Military Knowledge

Tuesday, Jan. 9


Résumé 101

Tuesday, Jan. 9



Tuesday, Jan. 9


JBLM Community Update

Wednesday, Jan. 10


Financially Fit

Thursday, Jan. 11


The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, Jan. 11


United States Citizenship & Immigration Services Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 11


For more AFCS classes and briefings (including Yakima), call 253-967-7166 or visit For details, call the number listed, visit the event calendar at or “like” us at



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show you a variety of ways to make small changes that will equal huge results in your finances and your journey of becoming financially fit! You work hard for your money and shouldn’t have to sacrifice all the small luxuries in life. The trick is just figuring out a way to get results and meet your budget. For example, if you drink two lattes a day at $5 each, that adds up to $300 a month! A simple solution would be to locate the type of coffee that you like to drink at your local grocery store and make the small effort to brew that delicious cup of coffee at home. If you drink more than one cup in the morning, purchase a washable container and bring a coffee maker to work. You

may also choose to brew and contribute to the community coffee pot in your work area. Either of these small steps can save you approximately $280 a month and allow you to drink enjoyable coffee! Now that this one behavior change is saving you $280 a month, you have some choices to make. Do you spend it on those new shoes that you have been eyeing online? Well, you could do that. Or you could take that $280 and place it as an extra payment on a credit card that you’ve been avoiding paying off. This will likely save you hundreds or even thousands in interest! If you have no credit card debt, you could deposit it into your emergency savings account to get to that $5,000 goal. Maybe you’ve

been diligent and already have an emergency and reserve savings set up, but one of your goals is to travel to Hawaii. Place those savings in your goal account and you’re one step closer to saying “aloha”! Making small changes will have huge financial rewards. Will it be painful to do? Maybe, but I promise you — being financially fit feels fantastic! It makes you confident in your finances, provides the means for you to achieve your goals and dreams and takes an amazing amount of stress off your shoulders. So, what are you waiting for? Book your appointment today at AFCS! To book an appointment with an AFCS financial counselor, visit or call 253-967-1453.


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Discover how your JBLM libraries brighten up your world We love to celebrate how reading expands your creativity, knowledge & enjoyment of the holidays!

Winter Reading Program kicks off JBLM libraries invite everyone to sign up Stay busy during the winter school break by signing up for the Winter Reading Program, “Chill Out With a Cool Book,” starting Friday, Dec. 1. Read through Tuesday, Jan. 2 to win prizes. Drop by the McChord or Book Patch library to register and learn how to earn your prize!

It’s a party! Open houses for the holidays Come out to JBLM libraries’ holiday open houses from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. for a jolly good time and free refreshments. Grandstaff Library’s open house is Wednesday, Dec. 13 and McChord Library’s open house is Thursday, Dec. 14.

Calling all wizards for a Yule Ball The witches and wizards of McChord Library request the pleasure of your company at our Wizarding Yule Ball at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. This holiday event, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world of Harry Potter, will include a sorting hat ceremony,


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tabletop quidditch and much more! Dress robes are welcome, but not required. This event is open to ages 5 and older. Refreshments and fun for all will be provided.

Wear your pjs to special storytime Who’s young at heart enough to wear their comfy pajamas at McChord Library? Everyone can when you join us for our holiday storytime Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. (after the library closes). Kiddos and parents can sip hot cocoa and snuggle with stuffed animals while listening to holiday favorites next to the Christmas tree. A super-secret holiday guest is due to make an appearance, too!

Cupcakes & Canvas with kids The Arts & Crafts Center’s wine and canvas events have been so popular that

they’ve planned a special painting event for parents and kiddos. Sign up online for the Cupcakes and Canvas event at Grandstaff Library Friday, Dec. 22 from 5:30–8 p.m. Adults and kids ages 8 and older can enjoy cupcakes and snacks while each of you paint a canvas. You’ll be shown how to paint stepby-step, so even beginners can have fun and success! The cost is $20 per person; register at (under Wine & Canvas). For more information, call 253-982-6726/6718.

Ring in the New Year early Friday, Dec. 29 at 11:30 a.m., bring your kids ages 1–5 to McChord Library’s Noon Year’s Eve party and count down the end of the old year while you ring in the new!

Buy your favorites at book sales Find new treasures at used book sales Your JBLM libraries are having used book sales from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. in December. Get in on Grandstaff Library’s sale Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 14. McChord Library’s sale runs Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Select from books for adults, teens and kids, as well as DVDs, music CDs and more. Most items are priced at $2 or less!

Read & discuss Inviting all teens Teens are invited to a peer book club at McChord Library! Maximize your reading experience by talking about current teen novels with others your age. This month’s club meets Wednesday, Dec. 6 to talk about “Going Bovine” by Libba Bray. The Teen Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month from 4:30– 5:30 p.m. Get ready for the Jan. 3 meeting by checking out “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. Transportation will be available from Hillside Teen Zone for teens registered with CYS and Teen Zone (if you want to register, call 253-967-4441). If you don’t need a ride to McChord Library, CYS registration isn’t required. Continued on page 35.


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Snack & chat for kids Kids in grades 3–5 can check out a book from the monthly book club display at Book Patch Library — each month explores a new and exciting type of book. After you read the book, we’ll meet, greet, snack and chat! This month, we’ll meet Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6–7:30 p.m. to discuss humor. No registration is needed.

Enjoy Novel Navigators book club Like to discuss books? Join McChord Library’s Novel Navigators! This adult discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at McChord Library at 4:30 p.m. The Dec. 13 discussion is about “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Check out the new book starting Dec. 13 to read in time for the Jan. 10 discussion about “The Martian” by Andy Weir. Registration is required in person.

A limited number of copies are available at the circulation desk.

This month’s club is Dec. 1. Come on in

Youngsters learn reading is fun

Make cute holiday cards

Bring your kindergarten to secondgrade youngsters to listen to and read along with Book Patch Library books Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Also enjoy activities, crafts, snacks and teeny-weeny prizes. No registration is needed.

and let the fun begin!

Get crafty with homemade cards to send out during the holidays. Adults ages 18 and older are invited to Grandstaff Library Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. to create holiday cards. Also enjoy confectioneries and punch. No registration is

Attend fun Kids’ Book Club

needed, just drop in!

Youth in grades 3–5 are invited to join McChord Library’s monthly Kids’ Book Club Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. Read fun books, meet fun people! Parents, bring your children by the McChord Library now to register and get a copy of this month’s book, “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle.

Build a new world at Lego Club

Get creative!

of every month at 4 p.m. and the second

Ozbot helps kids learn coding Bring your kiddos to Book Patch Library Friday, Dec. 1, 6–7:30 p.m. for a new Ozbot Coding Kids’ Club! This tiny robot is designed for children to learn basic coding in an fun and easy way. This drop-in club meets the first Friday of the month.

Kids ages 3 and older can get creative with Lego Club at McChord Library the first Friday Friday at Grandstaff Library at 4 p.m. We provide Lego bricks and you provide the imagination. Space is limited; register on the library’s Calendar of Events at

Make friends at Girls’ Club night Girls ages 7–15 can “Come Craft, Create & Conversate” at Book Patch Library! Get in on Dazzle and Delight Night Friday, Dec. 15 from 6–7:30 p.m. No registration is required.

McChord Library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field; 253-982-3454. Grandstaff Library is located at 2109 N. 10th (on Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main; 253-967-5889. Book Patch Library is located inside Grandstaff; 253-967-5533.


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