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FOCUS JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD

December 2019

MORALE, WELFARE & RECREATION GUIDE

Get merry at

WINTERFEST Details on page 6

Here’s what to do during winter break Pages 16–17

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa Page 6 Run for fun at the Ugly Sweater 5K & Rudolph Red-Nosed 1K Page 20 Winter snow sports fans are smart to get avalanche-saavy Pages 24–26


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IN THIS ISSUE FOOD & FUN 4

Director, Family & MWR Venicia Morse Marketing director Kimberly Perrenot Editor/writer Patti Jeffrey Layout & design Patti Jeffrey Contributors Norma Martinez-Melo, Leslie Thomas, Gloria Tomczewski Contributing photographers Mallory Adams, Brenda Camren, Kelsey Ferguson, Lional Kam, Patti Jeffrey, Jessica Muschek 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@JBLMmwr.com. The editor reserves the right to use photos for any future Focus publication in print and online without restrictions. Photos may be resized for magazine formats. Photographer will be given credit. The JBLM “FOCUS” is an unofficial monthly information source. Activities described herein, which are open to authorized patrons and, where applicable, guests, are subject to change; contact the activity for confirmation. Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent Family & MWR, Joint Base Lewis-McChord or any U.S. government entity. The use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a commercial sponsor or other organization does not constitute U.S. government endorsement.

Visit us at JBLMmwr.com or fb.com/JBLMmwr.

Cover photo: Patti Jeffrey

Take part in festivities Attend tree lighting, Winterfest, Breakfast with Santa, Latin Night, Wing Night, Ladies’ Night, Kids’ Kraft and more!

FEATURE 16 Kids on winter break? Here are some places to take the kids for a few hours of fun and recreation.

SPORTS & FITNESS 20 Enjoy merry fun & fitness Enter Ugly Sweater 5K and Rudolf RedNosed 1K, Commander’s Cup volleyball and bowling; enjoy free fitness classes.

ADVENTURES 24 Get avalanche-saavy Before you head out to ski, snowshoe or hike, learn about avalanche dangers. Plus, shoot skeet and trap Thursday nights.

YOUTH 28 We’re always on the go! Join other teens and preteens for field trips, games, clubs and fun. New to JBLM or leaving? Get useful transition tips!

LIBRARIES

36 Cozy up with winter reading Join the Winter Reading Program and earn prizes; enjoy Yule Ball, open house, pajama storytime, Noon Year’s Eve and more!

MILITARY & FAMILY 46 Get more out the holidays Let DPFR help you manage holiday stress; how to get Family conversations started; sign up for free classes.

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

GLORIA TOMCZEWSKI is MWR’s Special Events manager. She has worked as part of MWR for 20 years.

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I grew up as an Army kid and married an Army Service member. As a military Family, my kids have been active in youth sports through Child & Youth Services and took swimming lessons through the Sports, Fitness & Aquatics program. We’ve always gone to the big events, such as Fourth of July festivals. I didn’t realize until much later that MWR organizes these and so much more for the installation. Now that I’ve been working for MWR for 20 years, I understand how much research, behind-the-scenes organization, effort and long hours go into every MWR event. My first event was assisting with a play called “A Christmas Carol” as a stage manager. I loved being part of that event, and I realized that working with MWR Special Events was going to be an exciting and fulfilling career choice. My favorite event is Kids’ Fest in recognition of April’s Month of the Military Child. Because the theme changes every year, it gives us a chance to explore new ideas and be creative. Every big event directly supports our military Families in their current needs. As an example, when so many Service members were deployed years ago, we created new events that helped spouses unwind and lower their stress levels. You may see events come and go, but most have benefited and are benefiting our community when they’re most needed. Each event we undertake seems like a tornado behind the scenes, but in the end, what we present brings smiles to community members’ faces and creates new memories being made and cherished. And that’s very cool — it’s what’s so rewarding about my job. I love working with military Families!

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Save on lift & stall fees!

UGLY SWEATER DAY at MWR Auto Centers Friday, Dec. 20 Wear an ugly sweater & get an hour of shop time rental at half-price! Lift: $16 $8 • Flat: $12 $6 Auto Center at Lewis Main 4043 West Way • 253-967-3728 Auto Center at McChord Field 1120 Barnes Blvd. • 253-982-7226 3


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Take part in holiday festivals & fun Attend tree lighting Guess who’s showing up for a surprise visit? Santa will bring in the holiday season at the Lewis Main Tree Lighting ceremony Monday, Dec. 2 starting at 3:30 p.m. with live holiday music from America’s First Corps Band. Gather outside Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center at 2022 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main for the fun!

Save your seats for Leavenworth trip See some holiday magic! Take a motorcoach trip with Leisure Travel Services from Lewis Main to the mountain village of Leavenworth for the Christmas Lighting Festival Saturday, Dec. 7. The cost is $50 per passenger (not available for ages 4 and younger due to the long ride and 15-hour day). Register now at JBLMmwrRegistration.com or at LTS inside Bowl Arena Lanes. For more details, call 253-967-3085.

Hop on board for group trips to Leavenworth Want to create a magical holiday memory with your Family and friends? Spend the day in Leavenworth, and let us do the driving! The Outdoor Recreation program offers a private van rental with a driver for $400 per day. Vans fit up to 14 people. For details, email JBLMadventuretrips@gmail.com.

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Winterfest combines excitement with fun run & Trees for Troops You’re invited to Winterfest at the MWR Fest Tent Saturday, Dec. 7, 3–7 p.m., located at 2200 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main. Purchase yummy food and beverages, and enjoy free games, crafts, entertainment and more merry fun. This year, Winterfest is being celebrated in conjunction with the Ugly Sweater 5K and Rudolph Red-Nosed 1K fun run starting at 5 p.m. Race details are at JBLMraces.com. Trees for Troops is giving away free freshly cut Christmas trees, first-come, first-served, to all active duty personnel up to E-5 and their Families that day along with the festivities! Watch for more details at JBLMmwr.com and fb.com/JBLMmwr.

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa Santa’s looking forward to having company for breakfast Saturday, Dec. 14! He invites you and your Family to join him at McChord Club from 10 a.m. to noon. 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. Reservations are required; call the Club at 253-584-1371. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd.


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Latin Night includes dance lessons Ages 18 and older can get Latin dance lessons at Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade Saturday, Dec. 7 at Latin Night! Come out for authentic food and drink specials. Dance lessons are 7:30–8:30, free photos with Santa are 8:30–9:30 and DJ music is until 11. Wear your ugly sweater to win a $100 or $50 gift card in our ugly sweater contest. No cover! See you here at 2400 Bitar Ave. (at Division Street), Lewis Main.

Catch UFC 245 action Watch UFC 245 Saturday, Dec. 14. Entry is for ages 18 and older at these locations: • Starting at 5 p.m. at McChord Pub (inside McChord Club), order food and cold beverages. Everyone’s welcome (no membership is required), and there’s no cover charge. • At Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade, choose your place at a table or bar seat and order appetizers, drinks and meals. Cover is $5 per person. • At Warrior Zone, order up food and drink specials while you enjoy the fights inside or on the heated, covered patio. There’s no cover charge. Visit JBLMmwr.com for location details.

McChord Pub offers new events McChord Pub is offering more service, specials and fun in December! Check out our new Thursday Fly-By Wing Night with wing specials featuring five different flavors and sizes! You also can order burgers, appetizers and specials. Growlers are available, plus a discounted fillup if you bring your own. We’re open 4–10 p.m. and are showing football on all screens.

Can’t stay but want some great food? Place your order to-go with curbside service Thursdays by calling 253-584-1371 and pay by credit card. We’ll bring your order out to you! Fridays, Dec. 6, 13 and 27, 6–10 p.m. are Ladies’ Night Out! Spend the evening away from holiday stress and relax with your friends with food and drink specials, prize giveaways, karaoke and holiday activities. Everyone’s invited to drop by 4–6 p.m. for Friday night happy hour with food and drink specials. McChord Pub is inside McChord Club, located at 700 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field.

Watch football at Sam Adams Come on over to Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade Thursday nights for football on big screens, as well as Saturday college games. While you’re here, enjoy 16 brews on tap, game food, pool and more. Purchase pitchers during Thursday games with your appetizers and meals! Sam Adams Cascade is at 2400 Bitar Ave. (at Division Street), Lewis Main. For a list of the current hours, visit JBLMmwr.com.

Warrior Zone treats you to football fun While you’re watching football at Warrior Zone, purchase food and drink specials from the Zone and get in on weekly football picks for prizes at the end of the season! Also come in for Sunday and Monday football specials all season, whether you watch on the big screen, overhead TVs in the Zone or outdoors on the heated, covered patio (we open a half-hour early on Sundays). Warrior Zone is on the corner of N. 17th and D streets at Lewis North (open to ages 18 and older). Questions? Call 253-477-5756.

Left: Patrons at McChord Pub enjoy food and drink specials while watching monthly UFC fights. The pub’s open to everyone at JBLM and offers seasonal and year-round events. The pub’s inside McChord Club at 700 Barnes Blvd.

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Savor meal specials Like Mexican food? You’ll love these specials Take advantage of your craving for fresh, tasty Mexican-style meals with these specials going on now at Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course: • Mondays, get $5 margaritas and a dollar off Mexican beer. • Tuesdays, come in for a taco and drink combo for $8. • Savor a meat quesadilla and beverage combo for $8 Wednesdays. • Receive a free soft drink with your meal purchase over $8 each Thursday. • Fridays, get free chips and salsa with the purchase of over $8 on food. • Every weekend, receive 20% off your total meal purchase when you show your round of golf receipt from the pro shop. (Same day only; doesn’t apply to alcohol.) Habañero is located at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. Questions? Call the pro shop at 253-982-2124.

The Club appreciates it members Club members, you’re being appreciated at a free dinner at McChord Club Wednesday,

Dec. 18, 5–7 p.m. Family members and guests can also attend for $5 each. No reservations are needed. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Try Sam Adams specials Round up the gang and head to Samuel Adams Brewhouse at Eagles Pride — it’s open to the public! In December, receive a coupon for 15% off your next visit at Eagles Pride Sam Adams when you purchase a meal (not valid on alcohol; expires Tuesday, March 31). Sam Adams at Eagles Pride is located off I-5 Exit 116. See more details at JBLMmwr.com.

Enjoy lunch & bowl Come over to Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center for lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and get a free game of bowling — just buy a lunch combo at Strike Zone Snack Bar, then show your receipt at the front desk (shoe rental not included). Sounders Lanes is at 737 Jackson Blvd, McChord Field. Call 253-982-5954 for more details.

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and look at our events list! Left: Come on out to Samuel Adams Brewhouse at Eagles Pride Golf Course for lunch. It’s open to the public, so invite your friends to meet you here! Be sure to get your coupon for 15% off your next visit while you’re enjoying the food, cozy atmosphere and scenery.

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Check out the Arts & Crafts Center’s new silk-screening service for reunions, fundraisers and more, plus gifts and prizes! Patti Jeffrey

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Arts & Crafts Center Clip ‘n Save Coupons 50% Off Sewing Class

50% Off Drawing Class

(Applies to instruction only)

(For instruction in perspective drawing)

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

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

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Create unique gifts for holidays Create your gifts with us

Kids’ Kraft classes are free

Order in early December to get unique and crafty items in time for the holidays! Here are some ideas: • Order coffee mugs printed with your favorite photos. • Make a colorful ceramic plate with your child’s handprints on it for parents or grandparents to hang on the wall or for display. • Decorate your tree with pewter ornaments. • Take a class to make a Family memento. • Custom-frame your Family portrait. • Order engraving on these in-stock items: wine bottle gift box with tools, hip flask, cheese board with cutter, cheese tool set, barbecue tools, pizza board, cutting board and a backgammon, chess and cribbage game set. • Let us embroider your names on a set of hand towels, a jacket, shirt and more. Call or drop by to ask about creating your customized gifts.

Families are invited to come to the Arts & Crafts Center for free Friday afternoon Kids’ Kraft classes twice a month, 3:30–5 p.m. Make an impression using clay Dec. 6 and create egg-carton snowmen Dec. 20. Registration is free — call 253-982-6721 to reserve your spaces, since seating is limited.

New silk-screen service Come in and check out our new silk-screen service! We use modern print techniques for your T-shirts for groups, reunions, events and more. Let us help you design your logos or send us your image files to silk-screen.

Homeschool classes in art Homeschoolers ages 8–18 can receive expert instruction in art with a different theme each month. You’ll meet for three classes Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 1:30–3 p.m. This month’s theme is “Like Herding Cats” with a focus on edge, distortion, figure, form, mosaics and collage. The cost in December is $37.50 for supplies and instruction; call 253-982-6721 for more information and to register.

Create beautiful ceramics Drop in and try out our “paint-&-go” ceramics studio. The studio is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and the first and third Saturday of the month (clean up at 4:30). You also can reserve the studio for ceramics parties, kids’ craft parties or a friends’ day out by calling ahead!

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Give golf gifts & save Get in on pro shop sale for gift-giving Start shopping for gifts, including for yourself! Get in on Whispering Firs and Eagles Pride golf courses’ annual holiday Candy Cane Sale through Tuesday, Dec. 24. Pick a candy cane off the tree and you’ll find bargains with in-stock items at a minimum of 10% off, plus door prizes and holiday treats. The more you spend, the more you save! All sales items exclude PING G 410 series and special orders.

Take advantage of December specials Save when you golf in December with these specials: • 11/11 special — Your green fee is only $11 after 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in December. • Two-for-one range buckets are available Tuesdays and Thursdays (limit two buckets per day; must be purchased in the pro shop). • Hole in Fun — Enter the contest on the same day you golf! For $1, you can win the prize fund (a gift certificate equal to the amount in the fund) if you make a hole in one on any par 3 at either golf course. • Super Sundays — Get two green fees and an 18-hole shared cart for $55 11 a.m.–noon Sundays at Whispering Firs (must have two players). At Eagles Pride, save with twilight green fees after 11 a.m. Specials can’t be combined or used for tourneys and outings.

Did you know? • Book individual golf lessons from our resident pro to improve your swing. • Rent a room for your private party, luncheon, special function or reception at either golf course. Call the pro shop for information. • Gift certificates make a great present for office parties, birthdays, retirements and the holidays!

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

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Here’s what to do during winter break By Patti Jeffrey our kids are getting out of school on winter break —yay! Right? Well, if you’re at home trying to find ways to keep them from crawling up the walls with their enthusiasm, we can help! Here are some places to take them for a few hours for fun and recreation.

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Sounders Lanes offers Family fun Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays and offers playtime fun for all ages! Grab a bite to eat at Strike Zone Snack Bar and spend playtime in the Family fun room with a full-sized indoor playground and softland area, Laser Maze and ample seating for Families to relax, chat and play. When you order a lunch combo, you also get a free game of bowling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Just show your food receipt at the rental desk. Shoe rentals are only $2.75 per pair. For extra fun, come out Saturday evenings for cosmic bowling with black lights, flashing strobes and great music, which lasts 6–9. You receive two hours of bowling and shoe rental for $12 per person. Sounder Lanes is located at 737 Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field. Call 253-982-5954 for more information.

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Climb new indoor rock wall The best way to occupy the kiddos is letting them get their energy out all they want. No matter the weather, they’ll have a blast when you bring them over to climb the walls — literally — at Adventures Unlimited! The new rock wall spans the entire front area with multiple belay stations. Anyone can drop in during business hours and climb to their heart’s content. Rock wall climbing is free for active duty Service members and their Families and $5 per person for civilians, retirees and nonmilitary patrons. Equipment rentals are $3 per item for climbing shoes (for adult sizes), harness and chalk bag (or you can bring your own). Kids only need a harness. Adventures Unlimited is at 739 Battery Rd. at McChord Field. It’s open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 253-982-2303.

Make crafts & paint ceramics Did you know you and your kids can make free art projects at the Arts & Crafts Center twice a month? Friday afternoon Kids’ Kraft classes meet 3:30–5 p.m. with new projects to enjoy creating! Registration is free — see


class and project details on page 13. Also enjoy the “paint-&-go” ceramics studio where you and your kids can each select a ceramics piece, large or small, to paint. Once they’re fired in the kiln, you can pick up your finished pieces to bring home and enjoy! Details are on page 13.

Reading Program. Join now and rack up reading hours to earn prizes by the end of winter break! Also come on out for free library book clubs for youth, boys’ and girls’ activity clubs, gaming stations, board games and much more! See details starting on page 37.

Join winter reading fun

Hillside Youth Center/ Teen Zone offers an openrecreation program for youth in grades 6–12. Their schedule is crammed full of

Your JBLM libraries have something fun up their sleeves with the “Hibernate with a Good Book!” Winter

Youth Center/Teen Zone

exciting and fun parties, field trips, indoor play, plus weekly clubs during winter break and beyond! If your youth isn’t yet registered, find someone who’s registered and let them tag along for a visit to experience the fun. It’s easy to register and start taking part in all the activities they have to offer. See pages 29–30 for more information. For more places and opportunities that offer recreational fun through MWR, visit JBLMmwr.com.

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

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

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

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

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FOCUS Sports & Fitness

Make your merry way to fitness & fun Warm up with fun run Brrrr — it’s cold outside, so we’re heating up Joint Base Lewis-McChord with the Ugly Sweater 5K and Rudolph RedNosed 1K Saturday, Dec. 7 starting at 5 p.m. at the MWR Fest Tent, 2200 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. The fun run is part of JBLM’s annual Winterfest that starts at 3 p.m. — see all the details on page 6. Participate in our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater contest for a chance to win an awesome prize! All participants receive a glow necklace, and all finishers get a custom medal. All DOD ID card holders pay $25 for the 5K; $10 for the 1K. Those without a DOD ID card pay $30 for the 5K; $15 for the 1K. Race details and registration link are at JBLMraces.com. Prerace packet pick-up is Friday, Dec. 6, 3–6 p.m. at Sam Adams Cascade, 2400 Bitar Ave. (at Division Street), Lewis Main. Race day packet pick-up is 2:30–4:30 p.m. in the MWR Fest Tent. The Rudolph Red-Nosed 1K starts at 5 p.m., and the Ugly Sweater 5K starts at 5:15 p.m. The Ugly Sweater Contest is at 6:15 p.m. See you at Winterfest!

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Become a lifeguard

Join the 2020 Fitness Resolution Fair

Want to train as a lifeguard at JBLM? Free lifeguard training is Dec. 9–12 and Dec. 21–23 at Keeler Pool. A pretest, required prior to enrollment, can be scheduled by calling 253-967-5390. A Lifeguard Job Fair will follow Friday, Dec. 27, 1:30–4 p.m. at Soldiers Field House Pool. Bring swim gear (to demonstrate swimming abilities), your résumé and copies of certificates. Tentative job offers may be given on the same day!

Want to get a sample of the variety of free on-base aerobics classes, complete with giveaways and a chance to win prizes? Come out for the 2020 Fitness Resolution Fair Saturday, Jan. 11 at Wilson Sports & Fitness Center, 9–11:30 a.m. The first 200 in the door receive a free T-shirt! Sample your choice of half-hour cardio kickboxing, Tabata-RIPPED, yoga and spin classes. Wilson is at 11596 D St. (at 41st Division Drive), Lewis North. Questions? Call 253-967-5975 or visit JBLMsfa.com.

Enter Commander’s Cup volleyball JBLM’s Commander’s Cup volleyball starts soon — attend the informational meeting Friday, Jan. 10 at noon at Wilson Sports & Fitness Center’s basketball courts (located at 11596 D St. (at 41st Division Drive) at Lewis North or at 1 p.m. at McChord Fitness Center (729 5th St. at McChord Field). The league meets 6–9 Tuesday nights starting Jan. 28. Each team will be separated into four divisions, and the top four from each division will compete in the championship to determine the league winner. Active duty Service members at JBLM can apply; unit entry deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Compete in Commander’s Cup bowling Open to active duty Service members at JBLM, the 2019 JBLM Commander’s Cup bowling season starts Thursday, Feb. 20. Attend a representative meeting Thursday, Jan. 30 at noon at Bowl Arena Lanes. Unit entry deadline is Thursday, Feb. 6. The top four teams will compete in the championship. Bowl Arena Lanes is at Lewis Main at 2272 Liggett Ave. For more information, call 253-967-6420 or visit JBLMsfa.com.

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Fit in a quality workout

pools and an outdoor athletic complex.

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

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Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center Start time

Monday

Tuesday

6:45 a.m.

Connected Warrior Yoga*

9 a.m.

Cardio Circuit

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

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Step Circuit

10 a.m.

MixxedFit

Yoga*

Bootcamp

Yoga*

Head-toToe Weight Training

11:30 a.m.

Tabata

Cardio Kickboxing

Zumba*

Cardio Kickboxing

Zumba*

3:30 p.m.

Indoor Cycling*

4:30 p.m.

Ballet*

5:30 p.m.

RIPPED

Yoga

Yoga

Zumba*

McChord Annex Sports & Fitness Center Start time

Monday

Noon

Bootcamp

Tuesday

4:45 p.m.

Cardio Kickboxing

Zumba*

5:45 p.m.

Yoga

Core & More

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cardio Kickboxing

MixxedFit

RIPPED

MixxedFit

Core & More

MixxedFit

Monday

7:30 a.m.

Saturday

Bootcamp

Soldiers Field House & Pool Start time

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

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

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Spin**

9 a.m.

Water Aerobics

9:30 a.m.

Stroller time*

10 a.m.

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

5:30 p.m.

Spin*

Wilson Sports & Fitness Center Start time

Monday

Tuesday

6:45 a.m.

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

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Indoor Cycling

10:15 a.m.

MixxedFit

11:30 a.m.

Zumba

McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center Start time

Monday

6 p.m.

Taijiquan/ Tai Chi*

Tuesday

2160 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main • 253-967-5869

Wednesday

Thursday

Taijiquan/ Tai Chi*

Taijiquan/ Tai Chi*

Friday

Saturday

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

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Winter snow sports fans are smart to get avalanche-saavy By Patti Jeffrey inter snow is invitingly magical, entertaining and beautiful for those who want to cross-country ski, snowboard and snowshoe. It’s also devastatingly deadly. Our mountains are within easy driving distance and are inviting for winter sports enthusiasts, but going out without knowledge of avalanche dangers is like walking down a rural roadway without looking for the occasional, fast-moving traffic. Winter snowpacks in the mountains are, to say the least, complicated. Gentle snowfalls that began in early October this year have already frozen, unfrozen and refrozen, and each layer of snow has a different recipe — some snow is grainy, some fluffy, some sleet-like. The way snowpacks grow is much like the way you stack and take out Jenga blocks. There’s a tipping point at which any snowpack above you may suddenly fail due to what’s going on in its many layers, and you don’t want to be in the way of its mighty power! That’s why the Outdoor Recreation Program, in partnership with the Northwest Avalanche Center, invites you to learn about avalanche country at free clinics Monday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6–8:30 p.m. at Adventures Unlimited. “Since the majority of fatal avalanche incidents involves one person in a party of adventurers, it’s important that all members in a group recreating during the winter are able to recog-

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nize avalanche terrain and know the snow forecast,” says Berndt Bittlingmaier, ODR programmer and Northwest Avalanche Center instructor. “The clinic gives you tools to manage avalanche hazards and uncovers human decision-making pitfalls in backcountry travel.” Topics include avalanche terrain recognition, awareness of how weather affects avalanche hazards and snowpack instability and more.

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buried obstacles that can catch your skis or snowboard and make you tumble — a new layer of fluffy snow may look fine, but can hide debris just underneath the layer. You’ll need to learn how to make your way carefully around these obstacles. As cities in the Pacific Northwest continue to expand in population, it’s a given that you’ll see more people venture into snow country for outdoor winter recreation, using many of the same trails that have been popular during warmer seasons. If you’re one of those people, you’ll need to be well-equipped with knowledge along with your gear. “Come learn about avalanche safety gear, and check out the new rock climbing wall at Adventures Unlimited while you’re here,” Berndt advises. “We’ll also provide information on more training opportunities. Get the info, get the training and go have fun in the winter!”

If you’re new to our region, knowing how to recognize and navigate around hazardous snowpacks involves keeping up to date on what’s currently happening to the snowpacks in the area you’re planning to venture. The Northwest Avalanche Center recommends using maps, guidebooks and photos to gather information about your destination (in particular, the leeward side of high ridges that are most likely to have higher snow Berndt Bittlingmaier, ODR drifts). The center offers For more information programmer and Northwest resources, recent observaFor more information on Avalanche Center instructor tions and current conditions the avalanche clinics, email at its website, along with information on its JBLMalpineclub@gmail.com. The clinics are blog on what you can expect when you venat 739 Battery Rd. at McChord Field. ture into avalanche-mapped regions. For more information on additional avaFor instance, few people know about thinly lanche safety and training, check out nwac.us.

“It’s important that all members in a group recreating during the winter are able to recognize avalanche terrain and know the snow forecast.”

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Join JBLM’s outdoor experts on adventures of a lifetime! Find all-new trips, high adventures and classes with details and registration at JBLMmwrRegistration.com. Gear and transportation are included on all trips.

Date

Activity

Cost

Sunday, Dec. 8

Explore Victoria, B.C.

$110

Sunday, Dec. 8

Photography 101

$40

Dec. 14–15

Wilderness first aid

$125

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Kayak skills class

$35

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Intro to rock climbing

$25

Saturday, Dec. 21

Mountain bike excursion

$50

Saturday, Dec. 21

Women wine tasting

$50

Sunday, Dec. 22

Seattle night photography

$50

Saturday, Dec. 28

Snowshoe excursion

$55

Saturday, Dec. 28

Geocaching

$45

Sunday, Dec. 29

Wallace Falls hike

$55

Thursday, Jan. 2

Kids’ climbing club

$125 for 12week session or $12/class

Saturday, Jan. 4

Reflection Lake snowshoe

$55

Saturday, Jan. 4

Intro to mountain biking

$35

Sunday, Jan. 5

Photography 101

$40

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Intro to rock climbing

$25

Thursday, Jan. 9

Kids’ climbing club

$12/class

Saturday, Jan. 11

Intro to backcountry ski

$145

Saturday, Jan. 11

Chocolate tour

$30

Sunday, Jan. 12

Moonlight snowshoe

$65

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Alpine course orientation

Free

Thursday, Jan. 16

Kids’ climbing club

$12/class

Saturday, Jan. 18

Intro to backcountry ski

$145

Sunday, Jan. 19

June Lake snowshoe

$65

Sunday, Jan. 19

Tubing

$40

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Kayak skills class

$35

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Avalanche awareness

Free

Saturday, Jan. 25

Reflection Lake snowshoe

$55

Sunday, Jan. 26

Snowmobile

$250 single + $100/passenger

Come out for Thursday nights skeet, trap & five-stand JBLM Skeet & Trap Range brings you Thursday Night Skeet, Trap and five-stand every Thursday through February until 7 p.m. As the sun goes down, we’ll turn on the lights so you can come out after work to shoot and get to know our team. New and experienced shooters are welcome to join in this unique shooting experience. Bring your own equipment or come as you are; shotguns are available for rent. Ammo and needed shooting supplies are also available for purchase. While you’re here, meet our instructors and ask about private lessons! You’re required to register your firearms before bringing them on base. Find information on JBLM ranges and a link for firearms registration at https://jblm.armymwr.com/ programs/ranges. The Skeet & Trap Range is at 3969 2nd Division Range Rd. Call 253-967-7056 for more information.

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FOCUS Youth

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

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illside Youth Center/Teen Zone is an open-rec program available at no cost to youth in grades 6–12 for recreational, academic and social opportunities. All youth must be registered with CYS and the Teen Zone. Stop by and check out the variety of programs and after-school clubs! You’re invited to these December events: • Tuesday, Dec. 3 is World Trick Shot Day 3–4:30 p.m. with pool, basketball, soccer, Frisbee golf and street hockey challenges. • Saturday, Dec. 7, we’re going on a field trip with ice skating, bumper cars and a light show! The cost is $10 per person. • Dec. 9–13 is National Wreaths Week. The youth will be making wreaths for a military wreath-laying service project 5– 6 p.m. each day. • Saturday, Dec. 14, enjoy a movie field trip to watch “Jumanji: The Next Level” for $5 per youth. • Friday, Dec. 20 is Ugly Sweater Day with fun activities for all 6–8 p.m. Also join our weekday youth clubs: • Mondays at 5 p.m., Career Launch job skills training with junior staff meets. • Tuesdays, join the Young Men’s or Lyricism clubs at 4:30. • Wednesdays, the Keystone Leadership Club and Torch Club meet at 4:30. • Thursdays, join the Triple Play or Smart Girls club at 4:30. • On alternating and select Fridays, we offer a number of opportunities to join in the fun with Friday Frenzies, Open Mic Night, Cooking Club, Student Store, staff vs. youth games, anime and movies. Call us for what’s happening on a particular Friday night. • New to JBLM or leaving? On the last Friday of the month, join us for our Hail and Farewell activities. Continued on next page.

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Get a free ride Need a ride to Hillside Youth center/Teen Zone for all their amazing activities and fun? Call 253-967-4441 before 2 p.m. to schedule a shuttle pickup or drop-off or reserve your ride the day before. Each youth must have your swipe card daily to ride and attend our program: • We have daily pick-ups at Pioneer Middle School. • Steilacoom High School students may ride bus #7 to Pioneer MS, and then ride our bus. • Mann Middle School bus #660 drops off in front of our building daily. • Woodbrook Middle School, Lakes High School and Harrison Prep have local dropoffs near our building. We also provide daily pickup and evening drop-off services at Lewis Main, Lewis North, Old and New Madigan and McChord Field. Please call in before 2 p.m. to request a pickup or reserve your ride the day before. Not registered yet? Find a friend who’s registered and tag along on a one-time pass. If you like what you see, fill out an application. We’ll do all the work, including verifying with parents for permission, to get you registered. We’re located at 6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. Call us at 253-967-4441 for more information or a tour.

Sign up for youth sports Enroll monthly in ongoing youth karate and gymnastics classes at the beginning of each month! Gymnastics enrollment is open, and karate enrollment starts this month. Both sports take place at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. Also enroll in flag football and cheerleading through Thursday, Jan. 23 for ages 5–12 ($65/ child per sport). Questions? Call 253-967-2405. Class registration, including cost and age details, are at JBLMcysRegistration.com.

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Children’s Museum of Tacoma offers fun at parent-and-child play centers Children’s Museum of Tacoma brings “Play to Learn” fun to Escape Zone and Raindrops & Rainbows parent-and-child play centers Wednesdays this school year. Play to Learn is a free program for youth ages 6 and younger and their parents, grandparents, neighbors, Family and friends who nurture children ages 6 and younger. Thematic curriculum invites individual play, fun group activities, songs, and a whole-group circle time for children and adults to enjoy together. Just drop in — no registration needed. The fun takes place 10–11:30 a.m. at Escape Zone and 1:30–3 p.m. at Raindrops & Rainbows. Upcoming dates are: • Dec. 4 — introducing outer space. • Dec. 11 — learn about dental health. Escape Zone is at 841 Fairway Rd. at McChord Field. Raindrops & Rainbows is at 8197 American Lake Dr., Lewis North.

Build a home child care career Looking for a fun and rewarding home business? If you live on base at JBLM, become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of military Families. FCC providers can earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies and receive free business resources. You also can take your business with you to your next duty station. Learn about FCC at the Tuesday, Dec. 3 orientation, 6–8 p.m. at the FCC office (no children allowed at the orientation due to space/discussion topics). Full-day training classes will meet weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. following the orientation. All classes are required for FCC certification. The FCC Office is at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main. Questions? Call 253-967-3039.

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Transition tips for departing or arriving students By Norma Martinez-Melo, JBLM School Liaison Officer oving in the middle of the year can be difficult if you’re a student in the middle of a semester and haven’t completed the requirements for your course work. This is what we hear often from military Families when they arrive during the winter break or spring break. Here are some practical preparation tips that can be completed prior to you withdrawing from your school.

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Leaving the area If you’re leaving JBLM, let us help you with your school-age children’s transition. Contact the JBLM School Liaison Office by phone or email, or drop by our office at Parent Central Services to get your questions answered. • Get information about the new installation and the schools near that installation, along with a checklist of things you should take with you. • Receive information on connecting with a youth sponsor at the new installation before you get there. They can answer questions you may have about schools and the base. The key is to give your school teachers and counselors time to help prepare you for the move. You can prepare some things ahead of time: • Make an appointment to see your counselor to review your records — it’s better to be prepared and know what you have to do than to arrive at the new school and not be prepared. • Ask about finishing the coursework ahead of your departure — this can work if you have less than a month from the end of the semester to the day you leave. This may require some Continued on page 35.

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online learning or additional coursework to be able to test out prior to leaving. Note that many schools may have problems with this if there are more than four weeks left in the semester. • If you’re taking AP classes, see about being able to finish the course online or check with the receiving state about whether or not this is available for incoming transfers. It’s difficult to say goodbye to what is familiar and what you know, but it can be exciting to be able to start again at a new place and discover what’s available and to make the most of that. These types of skills provide you an opportunity to practice resiliency, enabling you to be better and stronger with change. If you look at it closely, this transition is preparing you to become an adult, adaptable and flexible enough to make the best of any situation.

If you’re just arriving Let the School Liaison Officer know you are here — we can help you get into a district school. Get a youth sponsor who can help you maneuver all the things you want to know about JBLM and schools locally. You can email us to get started. Regardless of whether you’re leaving or arriving at JBLM, remember to bring the school name, address and telephone number of the school you just left.

Our contact information Contact the JBLM School Liaison Office at 253-967-7195 or email us at usarmy.jblm. imcom-fmwrc.mbx.slo@mail.mil. You also can come by our office at Parent Central Services, 2295 12th St. (at Bitar Street), Lewis Main.

Connect with Youth Sponsorship Program Getting ready to PCS? You can get to know your new installation before you move! New here and wondering what there is to do? Get connected with Youth Sponsorship! The CYS Youth Sponsorship Program is peer outreach designed to help incoming youth make a smooth transition from their previous installation to the new installation and community. A sponsor is an experienced, energetic youth who provides regular outreach with new students through welcome packets, face-to-face communication and email. Peer sponsors communicate information about school resources, provide encouragement and support, develop trust, provide appropriate referrals and are a point of contact within the Youth Sponsorship Program, including Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone, community activities and events and so much more! Are you a youth who excels at creativity, problem-solving and patience with a desire to help and serve others? Join our team and become a sponsor and a leader in your community! To request a youth sponsor or apply to become a sponsor, contact School Support Services at 2295 S. 12th St., Lewis Main, or call 253-967-7195. You also can call Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone at 253-967-4441.

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Cozy up with winter library magic Winter Reading Program Read for fun & prizes When winter winds howl, warm up with a good book and join our Winter Reading Program, “Hibernate with a Good Book!” The reading program runs Dec. 2—Jan. 3 for youth from age 2 to eight grade. Stop by either Book Patch or McChord libraries to sign up, get your reading log and earn your prizes (adults can read to prereaders and enter the books on your log). You’ll also receive a bookmark and a reading challenge in your packet. So, don your favorite puffy jacket and fuzzy mittens and head out to join us now!

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

You’re invited to holiday open house Grandstaff and Book Patch Libraries invite you to our Family Holiday Open House and Ornament Event Friday, Dec. 20! Come in and celebrate the holiday season with refreshments, a Grinch ornament decorating time 2–3:30 p.m. and a visit from Santa 4–5, including pictures with Santa!

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Celebrate National Cookie Day with us Stop by Book Patch Library Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4:30–5 p.m. to decorate your own cookie, then enjoy it! We’ll provide the cookies and decorating materials.

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. 14. Continued on next page.

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This holiday event, open to ages 5 and older, is inspired by J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world of Harry Potter, and includes a sorting hat ceremony, tabletop quidditch, refreshments and much more! Dress robes are allowed, but not required. If you’d like to come early, we’ll be screening the movie “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” beginning at 2:30. See you all at the ball!

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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 pajama storytime Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. (after the library closes). Kiddos and parents can sip hot cocoa and snuggle with your favorite stuffed animal while listening to holiday favorites next to the Christmas tree. Also look forward to a special movie by


McChord Library’s Teen Film Production Crew, along with an appearance by a super-secret holiday guest!

Kids’ Super Smash Bros. tourney In partnership with Warrior Zone, join Grandstaff Library Saturday, Dec. 21 for a kids-only Super Smash Bros. tournament, open to ages 12 and younger. Registration for this free events begins at 10 a.m. and participants must

be present to play. Prizes will be awarded to the top three players! Teens ages 13–17 will get their own chance to compete Saturday, Jan. 4!

Ring in the New Year early 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 celebrate the new Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 11:30 a.m.

Last year, McChord Library’s staff members stepped into the wizarding world of Harry Potter and prepared for their many guests at the annual Wizarding Yule Ball. This year, the party takes place Saturday, Dec. 14.

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Kinder-Ready Storytime at Book Patch Library for ages 3–5 helps prepare children for kindergarten with stories and crafts.

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FAMILY READING FUN Enjoy story programs Read ‘Books with Bogan’ Kids can spend time reading their favorite book to a reading assistance dog at Book Patch Library’s “Books with Bogan.” Bogan’s here 3:30–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. (He’s usually here twice a month, but he’ll be spending the holidays with his Family.) By providing quiet comfort, trained dogs transform into supportive reading buddies and trusted friends in a safe and welcoming space. Call 253-967-5533 to reserve your spot.

Bring the Family to bilingual storytime

Attend Afterthought book club Come to Grandstaff Library on the third Monday of every month for our Afterthought adult book club. We’re exploring books from all genres and discovering new books to enjoy in this all-inclusive book club. We’re meeting Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. for a book exchange — bring a copy of your favorite book and get someone else’s in return! Also enjoy free refreshments with us!

Reading & fun See what Kids’ Book Club is all about

Want to enrich your language skills? Come to McChord Library and enjoy a SpanishEnglish bilingual storytime on the second Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. (immediately after the regular storytime). This month, we’re meeting Dec. 12.

Youth in grades 3–5 can join us at McChord Library’s monthly Kids’ Book Club the third Wednesday of the month to read fun books and meet fun people! We’ll meet Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. to discuss “The Adventures of Beanboy” by Lisa Harkrader. Check out a copy from the front desk!

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Enjoy storytimes at Book Patch

Take part in Novel Navigators book club Join the Novel Navigators book discussion group for adults that meets the second Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. at McChord Library. This month’s meeting is Dec. 11 to discuss “Conquistadora” by Esmeralda Santiago. A limited number of copies are available; register in person to receive a copy. Check out next month’s selection in time for our Jan. 8 meeting.

Book Patch Library offers two weekly reading events! Come join us for: • Kinder-Ready Storytime that meets every Tuesday, 10:30–11:30 a.m., developing essential skills to prepare children ages 3–5 for kindergarten. • An all-ages Family storytime and craft that meets 3:30–4:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

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

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Enjoy activities at McChord Library

Find fun at Grandstaff & Book Patch libraries

Teen Filmmakers Production Crew

Find Sven, get a prize

Youth ages 11 and older can join the McChord Teen Film Production Crew at McChord Library! We meet Mondays at 4 p.m. to learn the art of filmmaking and creating our own independent short films step by step. Just drop in! Note: We won’t meet Dec. 23 or 30 due to the holidays.

When you visit Book Patch Library in December, kids ages 3–12 can help us find Find Sven the reindeer. He hides somewhere in the library to read a book and moves to a new location each night. If you can find him, you’ll win a prize from our treasure box!

Dream in STEAM Club Calling youth who want to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics! Join McChord Library’s Dream in STEAM Club and learn how to design, build, problem-solve, create and expand your knowledge in engaging activities the third Friday of every other month! This month, we meet Dec. 20 from 4–6 p.m. and enter into a world of unlimited imagination. The program is geared toward ages 8 and older (ages 6–7 also can participate with a parent or guardian). Registration is required starting Friday, Dec. 6 at JBLMlibraries.com or call McChord Library at 253-982-3454.

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

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Create at BYOU teen girls’ club Spend a girl-fueled power hour of creativity and awesome nosh at the Be Your Own You teen girls’ club 4–5 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. This month, we’ll meet Dec. 3 to create a personalized candle teacup and saucer you can give as a gift or keep for yourself!

Fun clubs for boys & girls Book Patch Library invites you to monthly clubs with fun activities to help build confidence, creativity and friendships 4–5 p.m.: • SuperGirls Club meets the second Tuesday of the month. Girls ages 7–11 can join us Dec. 10 to create a unique nail polish ornament! • Mudspots & Robots Boys Club is open to boys of all ages the third Tuesday of the month. Create and have fun with a jungle bell Lego maze Dec. 17!

Get STEAMed Ages 6 and older can participate in Grandstaff Library’s free STEAM Makerspace program with science, technology, engineering, arts and math. We meet 4–5 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Dec. 5, join us and create an amazing 3D snowflake! Participants can uncover interests by making, producing, solving, creating, collaborating and thinking with projects.

Gamers Guild’ for Families Want a night out of free fun for all ages? Visit Grandstaff Library the fourth Friday of each


month for games! Drop in Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. and find out about the world of Pathfinder Dungeons and Dragons! We’ll explain the game before we run a mini-campaign.

Joint library activities Build at Lego clubs Calling all master builders! Kids ages 3 and older can get creative at JBLM libraries Lego clubs at 4 p.m. the first Friday of the month (Dec. 6) at McChord Library and Thursday, Dec. 12 at Book Patch Library (normally the second Friday).

We provide the Lego sets, and you provide the imagination! Registration is required for McChord Library at JBLMlibraries.com starting one week prior, or call 253-982-3454. No registration is needed at Book Patch Library.

Play board games with friends Kids and adults can have a blast playing with an entire collection of board games available at your JBLM libraries. Bring your friends and make new ones as you set up cool games to play after school. Stop by any location to see the impressive game collections.

Lego clubs at both libraries are fun for parents and kids who build all kinds of imaginative creations. All materials are provided for endless fun! Brenda Camren

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FOCUS Military & Family

ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH DPFR RESOURCES Managing holiday stress

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he 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 onto love ones, co-workers and people we encounter daily. 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

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walks that can relieve stress immediately. The Employee Assistance Program team wishes you and your Family a healthy and balanced holiday season. We invite you to stop by to see us at 2008B N. 3rd (at Pendleton Avenue), Room 114 at Lewis Main or call us at 253-732-2214 if you would like assistance with any adult living situation that may be impacting your personal or work life.

Getting conversations started

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ecember is here and the holidays are fast approaching! It can be easy to get caught up in the shopping rush, so remember to take notice of those around you and your loved ones. Family traditions and rituals can be a great way to share memories, love and laughter with one another, making the holidays especially meaningful. Finding it difficult to strike up a conversation with all the holiday stress? Visit the Families OverComing Under Stress program to learn how you can use conversation cards to get the ball rolling! 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. Call 253-966-6390 for more information, or email JBLM@focusproject.org. You may also visit online at FocusProject.org or fb.com/FOCUSresiliencytraining.

Renewing your CAC or ID card

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f you need to renew your CAC or ID card, here are a few steps to make it easier: When you arrive at the CAC/ID Card Section in Room 101 at Waller Hall, you must present two forms of valid ID by both the sponsor and the Family member (if over age 18). One must be a picture ID, the other can be a Social Security card, birth certificate, passport, driver’s license or state ID card.

If you’re enrolling a child for the first time, a birth certificate and original Social Security card are required. As a reminder, a driver’s license is only valid as a source of personal identity as long as the driver’s license hasn’t expired. Some states allow the driver’s license to be valid after expiration if they are part of the military, but at that point, that’s all it is — a driver’s license, no longer a valid source of personal identification for ID or CAC card purposes. For a list of acceptable ID, visit https://www. cac.mil/Portals/53/Documents/List_of_ Acceptable_Documents.pdf. Questions? Call the ID Cards/DEERS Chief at 253-967-7888.

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Check out our events & classes

253-967-7166. For details, call the number listed, visit the event calendar at JBLMmwr.com or “like” us at fb.com/JBLMdpfr.

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

Event

Date

For details

Overseas Briefing

Mondays

253-967-6338/2590

Career Skills Brief

Mondays

253-966-8116

Toddler Play Group

Tuesdays

253-967-5901

Toddler Mindfulness

First & third Tuesdays

253-967-5901

Talk and Play

Wednesdays

253-967-5901

Hawk Hiring & Career Events

Wednesdays & Fridays

253-967-5599

Baby Play Group

Thursdays

253-967-5901

JBLM Newcomers Orientation

Tuesday, Dec. 17

253-967-2590

LinkedIn 360

Tuesday, Dec. 17

253-477-9675

Résumé 101

Thursday, Dec. 19

253-477-9675

Reentry Briefing

Thursdays, Dec. 19 & Jan. 2

253-967-3633/2590

Preretirement Briefing

Thursday, Dec. 19

253-966-5883

Alaska Briefing

Monday, Jan. 6

253-967-6338/2590

Healthy Communication

Monday, Jan. 6

253-967-5901

SFRG Key Contact (day)

Monday, Jan. 6

253-967-3397

ACT Men (Anger Management)

Jan. 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27 & 29; Feb. 3

253-967-5901

1-2-3 Magic (Parenting)

Jan. 6, 8, 13 & 15

253-967-5901

Hawaii Briefing

Tuesday, Jan. 7

253-967-6338/2590

Within Our Reach

Jan. 7, 9, 14 & 16

253-967-5901

ACT Women (Anger Management)

Jan. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30

253-967-5901

Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce

Wednesday, Jan. 8

253-967-5901

SFRG Funds Custodian

Wednesday, Jan. 8

253-967-3397

Volunteer Orientation Training

Thursday, Jan. 9

253-967-2324

VMIS Organizational Point of Contact Training

Thursday, Jan. 9

253-967-2324

The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, Jan 9

253-477-9675

CARE Team Training (day)

Monday, Jan. 13

253-967-3397

24/7 Dad

Tuesdays, Jan. 14 & 21

253-967-5901

Wednesday, Jan. 15

253-967-3397

Soldier & Family Readiness Liaison SFRL

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

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

December 2019 JBLM MWR e-Focus  

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