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





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Savor holiday specials and goodies; have a blast in your spare time; explore Eagles Pride Golf Course’s wildlife areas

Prepare for parenting challenges with ACS workshops; send kids to winter camps; enroll in arts, music and sports

Have fun on the slopes; rent winter gear for outings; get outdoors on floats, rides, tubes, bungees and more

Easy ways to stay in shape all winter; get in on a wide variety of fitness classes; look for the new JBLM Wellness Center

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Winter sunrises are spectacular at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, highlighting the natural beauty of the mountains. Even when it’s cloudy, downhill and cross-country skiers, snowboarders and snow lovers of all ages head to the hills. Find out how to get out there starting on page 22.


Save big by knowing when to get deals; enter the JBLM library winter reading program; attend library open houses

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Choose your winter bliss

If you think you need to spend winter indoors, think again. We have bunches of outdoor trips, treks and tours just waiting for you to explore with us. As an added bonus, pull out the center section for MWR deals and specials all month!


Savings & fun for you this holiday season The holiday season’s in full swing — you’re busy, cold and having fun. We’re excited to bring to you a calendar full of ways to relax, stay warm ... and have even more fun. Our first-ever “Holi-daily Deals” section includes savings on golf gear and at the driving range, coffee at Battle Bean’s AFC Arena location and much more! The four-page section is at the center of the magazine, so pull it out and keep it handy — you’re sure to save a few bucks and can find a few ways to win great prizes, too. This issue also includes information about some of our great annual holiday events. Attend JBLM’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 6 (page 9) and CYS Services’ Holiday Fest Saturday, Dec. 15 (page 20). Plus, a holiday tree lighting ceremony at McChord Field is Monday, Dec. 3. Find more seasonal events (and last-minute gift ideas from the Arts & Crafts Center) on the Food & fun pages and adventure trips beginning on page 22. You’re invited to ring in the New Year with us at Sounders Lanes. To celebrate on East Coast time at this Family-friendly event, buy your tickets before they sell out. See page 9 for details. After you’ve attended one of our events or visited any of our facilities, take a few minutes to share your thoughts with me at Wishing you a safe and happy New Year!

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM


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Editor & graphic designer Writer/graphic designer

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Contributors Cindy Arnold, Ryki Carlson, Lynn Larson and David Wienecke Contributing photographers Ursula Buford, Dana Conrad, Emiliano Hernandez, Patti Jeffrey and Eric Turnbow Send submissions to For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, off-base businesses should contact Carly Michael at 253-966-2256 or 253-324-0562. The JBLM “FOCUS” is an unofficial information source published monthly. All activities described herein, which are open to authorized patrons and, where applicable, guests, are subject to change; contact the activity for confirmation. Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent FMWR, Joint Base Lewis-McChord or any U.S. government entity. The use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a commercial sponsor or other organization does not constitute U.S. government endorsement. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style.

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Satisfy your sweet tooth We all want a little more sweetness in our day. Who wouldn’t go for dessert at least once or twice a week? Right now, satisfy your sweet tooth for less with AFC Arena Battle Bean’s 12-oz. candy cane mocha — only $3. If you prefer, find smooth fruit-flavored bliss with an assortment of Italian soda flavors topped with whipped cream. Also find other favorite beverages, such as caramel macchiato or hot caramel

cider, at your Battle Bean locations. Need a delicious pick-me-up after lunch? For only $2, order an 8-oz. latte or mocha from noon–2 p.m. weekdays at AFC Arena Battle Bean. If you like ice cream, you’ll love gelato! Savor a variety of gelato flavors at The Bistro at Russell Landing. If you’re not sure which flavor you want, ask for a sample or two! For more dining locations and menus, visit

Enjoy breakfast with Santa Yep, Santa likes company for breakfast and is inviting everyone over to the McChord Club/Community Center Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Seating is limited; get your tickets before Wednesday, Dec. 12. The cost is $9 for ages 10 and older, $6 for ages 3–9 and free for ages 2 and younger. Call 253-982-0718 for more ticket information.

Sample the new Bistro menu and specials The Bistro at Russell Landing has jazzed up the menu to keep you coming back for more! The new menu features more pasta, specialty sandwiches, burgers and flatbread pizzas — plus steak, pork chop, salmon and chicken dinner entrees. A full bar selection is available, too. The Bistro also introduces its new “App Hours” each Friday from 3–6 p.m. Order appetizer specials, such as crispy ravioli or asparagus fritti, plus wine-by-the-glass specials. Bring in your Family for the new Kids’ Pizza Special each Friday and Saturday evening — get a $2 kids’ pizza with each adult meal purchase. Also try the new fish ‘n chips and clam chowder lunch special every Friday. Need a stocking stuffer or small gift? Stop by and pick up a Bistro gift certificate worth $5, $10 or $25. Left: Air Force personnel enjoyed a banquet at The Bistro at Russell Landing last December. Above right: Diners take advantage of AFC Arena’s Battle Bean Café lunch specials. The café also caters office functions and meetings at your location.


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Call 253-964-2813 for more information. The Bistro at Russell Landing is located at 8981 American Lake Ave. at Lewis North.

Habañero offers half off If you haven’t yet experienced Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course, come on over for huge freshly made burritos, tacos, salads, soups and more. Grab a friend and get started with a new lunchtime offer — buy one lunch and get the second lunch (of equal or lesser value) half off every Monday and Wednesday (beverage not included).

MWR eateries cater your parties! Want to throw a big private party but don’t know where to turn at JBLM? Start with your choice of caterers: The Bistro at Russell Landing caters in-house for parties up to 80 people. The staff will work with you to ensure the best experience and highest-quality food and beverages. Call 253-964-2813 to get started. The Bistro is located at 8981 American Lake Ave. at Lewis North. Habañero Mexican Grill is available for luncheons and special functions. They can serve groups from 10–100 in-house. Call 253-982-3271 and ask for the catering manager. Habañero is located at Whispering Firs Golf Course, 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field.

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The McChord Club is happy to cater your parties with a full professional catering staff and attention to every detail. Call the catering manager at 253-982-5581 for complete details and menus. The club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

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Club Member Appreciation Dinner. Free for members; $5 for Family members 2-for-1 Steak Night for members only; $14.95 for two complete steak dinners Member-only special: Two meals for the price of one in Globemaster Grill Globemaster Grill Hump Day special: Burgers, fries and soda. $4 club members, $5 nonmembers Unlimited Taco Bar. $3 club members; $6 nonmembers Dining room open for dinner: Prime rib, salmon, chicken, pasta, burgers, children’s menu


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Plan on holiday tours through Leisure Travel Services Want to see holiday magic? Plan now to take a motorcoach trip with Leisure Travel Services from Lewis Main to Leavenworth for the Christmas Lighting Festival Saturdays, Dec. 1 and 15. You’ll leave at 7:30 a.m., in plenty of time to see the opening parade at noon. See St. Nicholas, buy roasted chestnuts, try downhill sledding in the park and listen to music throughout the day. At dusk, the entire village lights up to the tune of “Silent Night.” The return trip drops you off by 9:30–10 p.m. The trip costs $40 per person. (Children ages 5 and younger aren’t recommended due to the long ride and 14-hour day.) Call or visit LTS for details on the

Cinderella Duck Tour or Holiday Lights Duck Tour in Seattle and Mount Rainier Railroad holiday specials. Visit their webpage for holiday dinner cruises aboard harbor tour boats in Tacoma and Seattle. See Victoria or Vancouver, B.C., during the holidays with Clipper holiday specials also offered online. In Victoria, see the Butchart Gardens lit up for the holidays, or tour the German Christkindlmarkt and go ice skating in Vancouver. For details about tours and tickets, visit and read the current price list. For more information, call 253-967-3085 or drop by LTS at AFC Arena on Liggett Avenue at Lewis Main.

Find gifts at Holiday Craft Bazaar Look for that perfect handmade gift or stocking stuffers from local crafters at the McChord Community Center’s Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Choose from jewelry, toys, clothing, baby and children’s items, home decor, kitchen and much more! The community center is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-0718. 8

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Buy personalized gifts for less at Arts & Crafts Center Come in to your Arts & Crafts Center for December-only holiday specials: • Holiday ceramic ornaments. Pay only $7 for two ornaments Dec. 1–13; four designs are available. • Personalized lasered wooden ornaments for $7 each Dec. 10–14. • Four names for the price of three embroidered on Christmas stockings or Santa hats that you bring in Dec. 1–15. Order custom framing by Friday, Dec. 7 to guarantee latest pick-up by Friday, Dec. 21. All other custom orders

are guaranteed by Friday, Dec. 21 when you order by Friday, Dec. 13. Call 253-982-6726 for more details. The Arts & Crafts Center is open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays and is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd.

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Attend tree lighting ceremony and free reception at Lewis Main Enjoy the annual tree lighting ceremony Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. featuring a performance by The Graceland Music Review. A free reception opens afterward at AFC Arena with

Family activities until 6:30 p.m. The ceremony is at 2022 Liggett Ave. (in front of Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center) at Lewis Main. Look for the arrival of a very special guest from the North Pole!

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Sounders Lanes Ring in the new year on East Coast time with your friends and Family at Sounders Lanes Bowling Center’s annual New Year’s Eve party. For $14 per person, you get glow-inthe-dark bowling, pizza, party favors, sparkling cider and chances to win door prizes.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and bowling begins at 7 p.m. Buy your tickets now before they’re all gone! Call Sounders Lanes at 253-982-5954.

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The free LOL Comedy Tour returns with Josh Blue! Everyone age 18 and older is invited to the Army LOL Comedy Tour Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. with Josh Blue, winner of “Last Comic Standing.” He’s joined by the GIs of Comedy, veterans who “still serve — one joke at a time.” Free seating is first-come, first-served at Nelson Recreation Center, 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main.

are a minimum of 10 percent off. • Play on Friday, Dec. 7 and get the Pearl Harbor Day special — $7 greens fee, $7 cart rental, $7 club rental and $7 lunch special at Habañero Mexican Grill. • Active duty personnel and Families get the “Rainy Day on the Range” two-for-one range balls all month. For more information, call the pro shop at 253-982-4927.

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Want entertainment more nights of the week? Come out to Heroes Sports Lounge inside Cascade Community Center at Lewis Main. December is dancin’ with fun: • Enjoy deejay dancing and karaoke Fridays and Saturdays (except Saturday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 28). • Sundays, watch NFL Sunday Ticket football starting at 9:30 a.m. • Tuesdays (except Dec. 25), play bar bingo for prizes — it’s free to play! For more info, call 253-964-0331.

Whispering Firs has year-end specials, tournament and more Drop by Whispering Firs Golf Course at McChord Field for sales, specials and a December tourney: • Enter the Skins Tournament Saturday, Dec. 1. The cost is $12 plus greens fee; tee-off is at 8 a.m. • The Pro Shop Holiday Sale continues through Sunday, Dec. 23. All items

You’re invited to enter Sounders Lanes Bowling Center monthly NinePin No-Tap Team Tournament at McChord Field Saturday, Dec. 8. Check in at noon. Reserve your spot now; call 253-982-5954.

Watch UFC 155 action at no charge See UFC 155 fights at no charge at Heroes Sports Lounge inside Cascade Community Center Saturday, Dec. 29 on the new 92-inch screen. Enter to win cool UFC prizes, which will be announced afterward. Fights begin at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. Cascade Community Center is located at 2400 Bitar and S. Division; ages 18 and older only. If you’re at Lewis North, the Warrior Zone also shows UFC fights at no charge. It’s located at the corner of 17th and D streets; call 253-477-5756 for more details.

See free weekend movies Visit the McChord Field Theater for free movies at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. The theater is located at 742 Jackson Blvd., a straight drive in from the main gate. Choose your movies from the December movie schedule online at

Play day or night at Warrior Zone Step inside the Warrior Zone at Lewis North, and you’re stepping into a world of recreation. You have access to 40 Internet computers, 32 Alienware gaming computers and 53 HD TVs, 16 of which are dedicated to PlayStation and Xbox — and that’s just for starters. Watch free hi-def movies in the theater room, get in on pool tourneys, catch UFC fights at no charge, play shuffleboard, dine at the Zone and buy gaming accessories at the Gear Zone. The Warrior Zone on the corner of 17th and D streets. Call 253-477-5756 for more information.

Scoop up bowling gear at pro shop sale Find your favorite bowling gear and accessories at Sounders Lanes’ pro shop sale going on all month! Get socks, towels, gloves, shoes, balls, bags and more — come on in today! Also ask about special orders. For more info, call 253-982-5954.


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By Patti Jeffrey and David Wienecke


agles Pride Golf Course has

earned the prestigious Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program certification. With the Audubon certification, you’re assured a superb golf course experience with an extended focus on protecting the environment. The certification was given in recognition of the JBLM golf course’s extraordinary care of the environment. Certification categories include Environmental Planning, Water Quality Management, Water Conservation, Wildlife Habitat Management, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, and Outreach and Education. Eagles Pride is the second Army course out of four DoD courses to earn the certification. Eagles Pride wants you to know about the exciting things they’re doing to protect and preserve the natural environment enjoyed by golfers. “Every day we show our commitment to environmental stewardship by following the primary goal of ‘Do No Harm.’ Everything we do is aimed at protecting and improving the environment,” says David Wienecke, part of the conservation team and ­EMS plan manager. For example, since summer, Eagles Pride has reduced waste sent to the 12

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landfill by 80 percent by recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal (aluminum and ferrous metal), waste oil, antifreeze and tires. Next spring, the golf course invites both golfers and non-golfers on wildlife and bird walks to see firsthand the diversity of wildlife, including more than 55 birds, mammals and other animal species, 40 tree and shrub species and 28 herbaceous plant species found on 431 acres. The clubhouse will display a map overview of the entire golf course, including wildlife areas. As you cover the course, you’ll see informational signs identifying tree and wildlife species, wetlands and areas that are being restored, plus historical points of interest. You’ll be encouraged to help identify and record any wildlife you come across in your golf course experiences. More than half the acreage is native Douglas Fir-Hemlock forestland, and five water basins cover the area. The golf course is less than a half-mile from the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and Nisqually estuary, making Eagles Pride both a natural habitat area and a wildlife corridor. Golfers have reported seeing deer, coyotes, rabbits, red-legged frogs, bald eagles, red-tail hawks and other wildlife.

The golf course is planning 49 projects in the next three to six years to improve environmental health and golf course quality, including: • Reducing chemical use in maintaining turf health. • Removing invasive species. • Recycling storm debris. • Routinely testing water quality of the water basins on the property to monitor storm and irrigation water runoff. • Reducing irrigation water even more than the current 20-percent reduction by installing on-site water-measuring stations. • Expanding vegetation buffer zones around lakes to filter and protect water quality. • Expanding wildlife habitat while reducing energy, pollution, labor and fuel needed to maintain it. • Taking part in a jointly sponsored research project with Washington State University, JBLM’s Directorate of Public Works and Directorate of Family & MWR to assess and measure soil microbiology and determine if composting can work to increase turf health and reduce disease. Look for continuing developments in future issues of Focus magazine and by visiting Eagles Pride Golf Course.


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Make music with SKIESUnlimited, join the    The SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy offers classes for youth of all ages. Whether your youngster is interested in sports, art, theatre or music, there’s something to try with SKIESUnlimited. Beginning this month, a class (or group of classes) will be highlighted to help you learn about the classes, instructors and the SKIESUnlimited program. This month, learn more about music instructor Tarana Graceland. Graceland has been sharing his love of music with JBLM youth through guitar and songwriting classes, among other options. And now, music is a Family affair with SKIESUnlimited!

A class for the entire Family Since being added to the curriculum with SKIESUnlimited, music classes have been popular, registration often filling up quickly. “We’ve continued to design and develop new programs while the existing ones move out into the community and the classes become filled,” said Graceland. 14

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Enter into the scene: the Family Traditions Song Program™ class, which gets Families into the mix. New this month, the Family-centered program makes music fun for all ages. Families will identify their core values, priorities and concerns and work together to create a song with these things in mind. Even deployed parents can take part in the Family music song! Deployed parents are given “homework” to do and when they return, everything’s put together for the Family to experience.

Classes for children of all ages Join Tarana and SKIESUnlimited for the exciting music options — sign up now for January’s Family Music, piano, songwriting, singing and guitar classes. See box at right for registration details. There’s even more available with SKIESUnlimited — the sky’s the limit. Choose from boxing and karate, a variety of dance classes, art and theater. New classes are always being added. Plus, SKIESUnlimited is expanding to

new locations. Dance and art are now at North Fort Outback (8587 American Lake Blvd. at Lewis North), and the McChord Club/Community Center (700 Barnes Blvd.) hosts dance, gymnastics and music. — Cindy Arnold

Register today with CYSS! Sign up your Family with Child, Youth & School Services today for access to great programs and events. Registration is free and easy! To complete your annual registration, stop by a Parent Central Services location — 2295 12th St. (at Bitar Ave.) at Lewis Main or 578 Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field. To find out what you need to bring with you — shot records, ID card, etc. — go to for a registration checklist. Once registered with CYS Services, you can sign up for hourly care, sports and SKIESUnlimited classes online with WebTrac.





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$1 off bar food order Heroes Sports Lounge

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4 Stop by Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center for a $1-off coupon for lunch at Cascade

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   team with youth sports Visit for complete class listings and register on WebTrac. Sign-up is on a monthly basis; sign up by Friday, Dec. 28 for January classes.

Sports for all ages, abilities CYS Services hosts sports for youth of all ages and ability levels. Recreational in nature, the sports teams strive to teach youth the fundamentals and importance of teamwork. Plus, they’ll have fun and make new friends. If your player has advanced skills and aspirations, check with the Youth Sports Office for information about opportunities in the surrounding communities. Special Olympics Basketball registration is open now! Hurry to sign up your players by Friday, Dec. 14. It’s open to players ages 8–18 with or without special needs. Registration is $50. Bumblebee Soccer begins in February, but registration starts this month! Stop by Parent Central Services (or sign up with WebTrac if you’re

already registered with CYS Services) beginning Monday, Dec. 3. The cost is $20, and Bumblebee Soccer is open to ages 3–4. Registration ends Feb. 1. Soccer is $55 and open to players ages 5–15. See Bumblebee Soccer for registration dates. Start Smart Camp will introduce tots ages 3–4 to sports and can help improve coordination and motor skills. Sign up by Monday, Dec. 17 for the three-day camp (Dec. 18–20, 10–11:30 a.m.). The cost is $20. Volleyball Camp is open to players ages 9–18 and is Dec. 20–21 (12:30–2:30 p.m.). The cost is $25, and registration closes Wednesday, Dec. 19. Flag Football Camp is also Dec. 20–21 (3–5 p.m.) and open to ages 5–18. Sign up by Wednesday, Dec. 19. All camps are at 2295 12th St. (at Bitar Ave. at Lewis Main). For more information, call 253-966-CYSS. There’s always a need for volunteer coaches; call for information.


Family & the homefront

Events, awards for JBLM youth

The Teen Zone is hosting these great events this month: Girls-Only Lock-in Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 a.m. (middle school/teen event) Middle School Holiday Dance Friday, Dec. 7, 7–9 p.m. Guys-Only Lock-in Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7 a.m. (ages 13–18) Shopping at Southcenter Mall Get some holiday shopping done with friends Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1:45 –6:30 p.m. (middle school/teen trip) Holiday Fest Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2–5 p.m. Children through 6th grade and their Families are invited for cookie decorating, snowman crafts, games, prizes and snowflake making. Plus, meet Miss Washington! High School Holiday Dance Friday, Dec. 21, 8–10 p.m. Movie Night Watch a movie with friends Friday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. (middle school/teen event) You must be registered with CYS Services to participate. Call 253-967-4441 for more information. Youth of the Year Stayed tuned for information. Details will be at soon! 20

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Congratulations to JBLM youth for their first-place finish in the Army Festival of the Arts Competition!

Courtesy photos

Raja Drah, Kathleen Ballweber, Sojournah Channel and Jasmine Meredith (from left) and submitted a winning video in the competition’s Youth Digital Arts category. The four youth wrote “The Fanny Pack” and created a music video and dance. With help from Teen Zone staffers, they submitted their video and were awarded for their outstanding project, earning the most likes on YouTube than any other video. To check out their winning video, visit and click on Youth Digital Competition. The competition was established to recognize and encourage distinguished achievement in entertainment and recreation programming and productions.

School age & middle school winter camps CYS Services is hosting three oneweek camps for youth during the school holiday break. The camps are fee-based and available at three locations: Cascade SAS (2404 Bitar Ave. at Lewis Main), McChord SAS (3032 Dogwood St. at McChord Field) and Hillside Youth Center–Teen Zone (6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main). Camps are Dec. 17–21, Dec. 24–28 and Dec. 31–Jan. 4. School-age camps are 6 a.m.–6 p.m., and middle school camps are 5:30–11:30 a.m. Enrollment begins Monday, Dec. 3 at Parent Central Services (see page 14 for details). Fees are

based on total Family income. If you’re already enrolled in a before- and/or after-school program, you do not need to make arrangements. For information, call Cascade SAS (253-967-6710), McChord SAS (253-982-2203) or Hillside (253-967-4441).

Home school activity days Families are invited to Home School Activity Days — four monthly sessions at Hillside Youth Center–Teen Zone from noon–2 p.m. for students ages 6–18. A first-time orientation is Monday, Dec. 3 and this month’s sessions are Tuesday, Dec. 4, Thursday, Dec. 6, Tuesday, Dec. 11 and Thursday, Dec. 13. For details, call 253-967-4441.


Channel your inner Supermom with ACS W

   e’ve all had moments when we wish we had an extra set of arms, a little more patience, the magic words to make our little ones feel better about missing Daddy. Such is the life of many a military spouse. We’re skilled jugglers, expert multitaskers and thrive on busy schedules. We love a challenge and live for adventure. Army Community Service knows it can be challenging and the experts want to be there when you need it. Offering education and assistance in a variety of areas, ACS’ Family Advocacy Program hosts classes for parents — first-time parents, parents of toddlers, teens and every age in between. And who couldn’t use a little advice now and then?

Classes for all parents ScreamFree Institute is hosting Date Night for married and dating couples. This seminar is open to everyone but specifically targets Service Members who’ve recently returned from deployment and their spouses. Dinner and childcare will be provided as you learn valuable relationship strategies Wednesday, Dec. 12. Join us at the McChord

With Army Community Service, learn tips and tricks to be the best parent you can be. You may not always feel like Supermom, but rest assured that your kids probably think you are!

Club/Community Center at 5:30 p.m. For details, call 253-967-5901. Additional classes include CrossRoads for Parenting & Divorce, Families in Action: Active Parenting of Teens (a class for parents and teens), Active Parenting for Step-Families and Family Anger Control Training.

Classes for parents of youngsters The New Parent Support Program offers classes including Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers & Preschoolers, 1–2–3 Magic, Becoming Parents Program Workshop and Stress-free Parenting (open to Supermoms and Superdads); plus classes just for Dad — The 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad and Dr. Dad. For more details or to register for these ACS classes, call 253-967-5901. For a complete schedule and class descriptions, go to

Classes for the entire community If your Service Member is preparing to deploy or if you’re readying to welcome home your Service Member, check out the free classes offered by the Mobilization & Deployment Office. There are also classes to learn how to help your children cope with the separation. For dates and details, check the event calendar at

Celebrate and learn with AFTB Army Family Team Building is celebrating its 18th birthday Friday, Dec. 14 and you’re invited to the party! Enjoy cake, refreshments and photos with Santa at the ACS Annex 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Learn about the AFTB program and upcoming classes. To register for upcoming classes, where you’ll learn everything from Army acronyms to leadership skills, call 253-967-AFTB.



Head to the slopes


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    for some


in the


he snow’s in the mountains and it’s time to hit the slopes with JBLM’s Outdoor Recreation Program. The experienced guides are leading ski-n-snowboard trips to Crystal Mountain (hosting Military Appreciation Day Jan. 2), White Pass and more.

Lift tickets aren’t included in the trip packages, but you can purchase them at — look for the “Lift Tickets and Military Deals” button on the ODR pages. For more snow-covered options, try cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing or sign up for a winter survival camping trip. Other Family-friendly seasonal options include ZooLights at Point Defiance and snowtubing. Read on to find trip descriptions and details on how you can sign up for the adventure trips that appeal to you.

Bald eagle float trip Many people will

Cross-country ski Lake Easton What

Horseback riding Head to Elbe, a town

never get to see the majestic bald eagle in its natural habitat, but you have a chance to see up to 200 Saturday, Jan. 12. Travel to an area that has one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the Lower 48. Board a large, stable raft for a float down the docile Skagit River. ($55)

do you get when you combine short, groomed trails, rolling hills and beautiful views? A great Family-friendly day of cross-country skiing at Lake Easton Sunday, Dec. 23. Gear and instruction are provided (you’ll be fitted for your gear after signing up for the trip). Difficulty: moderate; time: 3 hours; distance: 5 miles. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

on the outskirts of Mount Rainier National Park, for a two-hour guided afternoon horseback ride. Bring the Family out Sunday, Jan. 6 for a great trip! No experience is necessary for you to participate in this trip. Minimum age: 7 ($80)

Bungee jumping If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this is the trip for you! Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country — it’s 20 stories high — Saturday, Dec. 29. The trip fee includes two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt, not to mention bragging rights. Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($135)

Cross-country ski Keechelus Lake Join us for a great day in the snow-filled Cascades Saturday, Jan. 5. Ski along Keechelus Lake near Snoqualmie Pass! Gear and instruction are provided (you’ll be fitted for your gear before the trip). Difficulty: easy; distance: 5 miles; time: 3 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

Military Appreciation Day at Crystal Don’t miss the chance to ski or ride Crystal Mountain for half-price! Crystal is celebrating the military Wednesday, Jan. 2. Gear is provided; you’ll be fitted for your gear after you sign up. Lift tickets aren’t included but should be purchased at the mountain. ($40. Have your own gear? Pay just $20 for transportation) Continued on page 25.



HAVE A BALL WITH OUTDOOR FUN TRIPS and get all the winter gear you need to venture out on your own. Your winter equipment headquarters Before you head into the great outdoors, stop by the Northwest Adventure Center and Adventures Unlimited for your outdoor equipment needs. Both locations stock gear to have you skiing, snowboarding or camping in “snow time.” Downhill ski, cross-country ski and snowboard packages are available for checkout, or you can select individual items you need (board, skis, poles and boots). Snowshoes are also available for rent. Choose from daily, three-day or weekly rates. Do you have a group that’s heading to the mountain? Group ski/snowboard checkout rates are available; restrictions apply. The Northwest Adventure Center also offers maintenance services for skis and snowboards. Get your gear tuned up before heading to the slopes. Choose from camping accessories, tents, trailers, fishing equipment and more at Adventures Unlimited at McChord Field. All equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to for complete equipment lists, prices, rules and locations.


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Continued from page 23.

Moonlight snowshoe Snoqualmie Pass Head to the Snoqualmie Pass area and snowshoe in the moonlight along Gold Creek Friday, Dec. 28. Dress warmly because you won’t see the sun on this trip. Difficulty: beginner; distance: 1.5 miles; elevation gain: 50 feet; time: 2 hours ($30)

Ski-n-snowboard at Crystal Tired of the winter rain? Head for the snow — spend the day at Crystal Mountain Saturday, Dec. 22. Gear is provided; you’ll be fitted after you sign up for the trip. Lift tickets aren’t provided but may be purchased online at JBLMmwr. com (see page 23 for details). ($40. Have your own gear? Pay just $20)

Ski-n-snowboard Mission Ridge Travel across the mountains to central Washington for to ski at the beautiful Mission Ridge Ski Resort Saturday, Jan. 12. You’ll be fitted for your gear after sign up. ($55; transportation only is $35) Outdoor adventure trip


off the beaten path to White Pass for a day on the slopes Sunday, Dec. 30. Fee includes lift ticket and gear. Sign up for a lesson at no extra charge. ($95; transportation only is $20)

Snowmobile the Cascades For a funfilled winter experience, check out this snowmobiling trip through the Cascade Mountains! You’ll find action, beauty and excitement Sunday, Jan. 13. Snowmobile, helmet, boots, gloves and snowsuit are provided. Dress in layers. Minimum age to drive: 16 ($160 to drive; adult passengers: $125; passengers 15 and younger: $75)

Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin Join us for an adventurous trek through great snow, varied terrain and a web of trails in a shadowy old-growth forest Sunday, Dec. 23. You’ll be able to pause for an occasional break to take pictures and observe the views of the surrounding peaks — what a beautiful winter wonderland. Difficulty: easy; distance: 4 Cost

ZooLights at Point Defiance Zoo

Saturday, Dec. 22


Ages 0–2: $10

Saturday, Dec. 22


Transportation only: $20

Cross-country ski Lake Easton

Sunday, Dec. 23


Minimum age: 12

Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin

Sunday, Dec. 23


Minimum age: 12

Moonlight snowshoe Snoqualmie Pass

Friday, Dec. 28


Bungee jumping

Saturday, Dec. 29


Minimum weight: 90 lbs.

Snowshoe Hurricane Ridge

Saturday, Dec. 29


Minimum age: 12

Ski-n-snowboard White Pass

Sunday, Dec. 30


Visit Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market

Sunday, Dec. 30


Ages 4–12: $25; 3 & younger: $5

Military Appreciation Day at Crystal

Wednesday, Jan. 2


Transportation only: $20

Cross-country ski Keechelus Lake

Saturday, Jan. 5


Minimum age: 12

Winter survival camping trip

Saturday, Jan. 5–6


Minimum age: 18

Horseback riding

Sunday, Jan. 6


Minimum age: 7

Ski-n-snowboard at Mission Ridge

Saturday, Jan. 12


Transportation only: $35

Bald eagle float trip

Saturday, Jan. 12


Snowmobile the Cascades

Sunday, Jan. 13


See description for passenger pricing

Snow tubing

Sunday, Jan. 13


Ages 6–12: $25; 5 & younger: $5

Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice. Gear and transportation included unless otherwise stated. Register through WebTrac (visit or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Confirm pick-up locations upon registration for the trips. Group rates and private trips are available; call for details. We’ll visit FRG meetings or unit functions to tell you about all of the great recreation and adventure options in the area. More info: 253-967-6263 •

Especially accommodates people with exceptional needs

Snowshoe Hurricane Ridge Discover the beauty of the Olympic Mountain Range on snowshoeing trails that offer something for everybody. Join us Saturday, Dec. 29. Minimum age: 12 ($60) Snow tubing Travel to one of the great tubing hills in Washington for a day in the snow Thursday, Jan. 13. Dress warmly, and get ready to go for a wild ride! Tubing is a blast for all ages. Snow tubes are provided. ($35; ages 6–12: $25; 0–5: $5) Visit Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market Visit two Seattle hotspots Sunday, Dec. 30 — Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market. The aquarium is filled with local exhibits and amazing things to see and touch, and the Market has an assortment of unique food and stores. Cost includes aquarium admission. ($35; ages 4–12: $25; 0–3: $5)

ZooLights at Point Defiance Zoo Stroll the exhibits as the Point Defiance Zoo comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Animal encounters include the Rocky Shores, Arctic Tundra, Red Wolves and Asian Forest Sanctuary. Warm up with hot chocolate, shop for gifts or just enjoy the beautiful decorations Sunday, Dec. 22. ($20; ages 0–2: $10)


Ski-n-snowboard at Crystal

miles. Elevation gain: 2,300 feet; time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

Popular with Families

Winter survival camping trip Head to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park for an overnight trip to learn the basics of trip preparation, winter travel, shelter construction, survival basics, back-country cooking and leave-notrace camping. The trip is Jan. 5–6. Fee includes winter camping class (mandatory; Jan. 2 at the Northwest Adventure Center), group gear (excluding sleeping bag), park entrance and two camp meals. Minimum age: 18 ($75)


Feelin’ good

Finding time to exercise during Plus, quick & easy ways By Lynn Larson, Army Wellness Center Nurse Educator


s another year comes to an end, we’ll celebrate with parties, goodies and holiday dinners. Trying to keep fit or lose some extra pounds can be a challenge. Here are some of my favorite tips to keep you on track.

Eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner. There are two reasons this philosophy works. First, you expend the majority of your energy during the day, which is when your body needs calories. Second, you go home feeling satisfied, not hungry (so it’s much easier to control your eating). Make yourself a small dinner or snack. If you still want more, slice an apple and mix some PB2, a great alternative to peanut butter. It’s a peanut powder you mix with water — and it tastes just like peanut better. PB2 has 45 calories for 2 tablespoons instead of 200 calories for regular peanut butter! It’s sold in the Commissary next to the peanut butter.

Drink, drink, drink! I’m not talking eggnog! The more fluids you drink, the fuller you’ll feel. Avoid diet drinks so you don’t stimulate your craving for sweets. An easy way to put more water into your day is to cut a lemon, lime or pineapple wedge and muddle it with a wooden spoon in the bottom of your pitcher. Fill the pitcher with ice and water. You can refill the pitcher several times with water and still taste a light flavoring of fruit. You can also drink tea — look for one with no artificial sweeteners and try it both hot and cold. I like Market Spice Tea, which has no calories and a cinnamon-sweet flavor. Store your tea in the freezer to keep it from turning bitter.

Avoid processed and fast foods. Increase your intake of whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. Keep a ratio of 20 percent fruits to 80 percent vegetables. Try this for a great hot dish: slice Enlist a workout buddy — your spouse or a friend — to get exercising. Wear layers and get outside on a crisp winter day, head to the indoor track at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center or try a free fitness class (see the schedules at right).


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a busy time of year  to avoid the holiday pounds tomatoes, zucchini or other vegetables and spray with an olive oil spray. Roll the veggies in whole wheat bread crumbs and place in a glass baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake at 425 degrees for 10–20 minutes.

Enjoy soup. Soup is both nutritious and increases your fluid intake. There are many healthy and inexpensive (and often easy!) recipes for low-calorie soups — find them online, in cookbooks and via smartphone apps. As it helps suppress your appetite, consider enjoying a big bowl before heading out to a holiday gathering. It’ll keep you full and warm.

Exercise! Many individuals in the MicroFit

program simply walk. Take a brisk walk outside, or check out the indoor track at the recently remodeled Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center at Lewis Main. Another great way to get exercising? Make a date at the gym with your sweetie or best friend; hit the cardio equipment or lift weights together or try a fitness class — they’re free, fun and the schedules are listed below. You’ll have fun, keep control of your weight and feel great. Enjoy the holidays. And remember, January is just around the corner — get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions! Larson, RN BSN MA, works at the Army Wellness Center at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center. For more information, call 253-966-3757. For information about the McChord Field Health and Wellness Center, which offers personalized services including tobacco cessation, relaxation techniques and wellness education, call 253-982-6947.

Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center Time






6:45 a.m.

Indoor Cycling

A.M. Jump Start

Indoor Cycling

A.M. Jump Start

Indoor Cycling

9 a.m.

Indoor Cycling

Total Body Toning

Indoor Cycling

Total Body Toning

Indoor Cycling

10 a.m.






11:30 a.m.

Hips, Butts& Guts

Cardio Kickboxing

Step Aerobics

Cardio Kickboxing

3:30 p.m.

Indoor Cycling

8 a.m.

Indoor Cycling

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

Indoor Cycling

Indoor Cycling Zumba

Indoor Cycling

Indoor Cycling

Indoor Cycling Zumba


6 p.m.


ABS-olutely * Boot Camp Express *

* Classes are 30 minutes. Check at for the most up-to-date schedule of free fitness classes. Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center is located at 2022 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main (253-967-5975)

McChord Family Health & Fitness Center Time






11 a.m.







Boot Camp

Boot Camp


Cardio Tone

5 p.m.


Cardio Tone



6 p.m.



Check online at for the most up-to-date schedule of free fitness classes. The McChord Fitness Center Annex is located at 726 5th St. at McChord Field (253-982-6700/2393)

Coming next year: new JBLM Wellness Center With a projected grand opening of early 2013, the JBLM Wellness Center will be housed in Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center, 2022 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. As an integral part of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program, the Wellness Center will offer state-of-the-art personalized fitness and wellness services to facilitate resiliency and healthy lifestyles at JBLM. (For more information about the CSFFP, visit and select the September issue.) New "Human Performance Labs" will provide personalized cardiovascular fitness testing and health screenings. Each client will receive personal health coaching, fitness evaluations, exercise prescriptions, running shoe assessments, metabolic analysis, direct VO2 max testing, indirect calorimetry, stress reduction through biofeedback and health/prevention education. The Personal Wellness Profile and Group Lifestyle Balance Programs are inclusive of each individual's personal fitness and nutrition goals. Screenings for and reviews of cholesterol, diabetes, weight management, tobacco cessation and high blood pressure will be available. Plus, trainers are available to clients who have been assessed by the Wellness Center programs. Classes will include tobacco cessation, stress management, relaxation techniques, wellness education, injury prevention, cardiovascular health, HIV/ STD awareness, nutrition and the use of dietary and nutritional supplements. The Wellness Center also runs the Civilian Fitness Program and MicroFit. For details, go to


Learning & earning

Save big bucks by shopping





A month-by-month guide to smart shopping for purchases big & small By Ryki Carlson, Financial Readiness Program


  t’s the smart shopper who knows that timing is everything when looking to save money. Everyone knows that holiday gift wrap goes on sale after Christmas, but what about everything else? Here’s a monthly guide to purchasing:

January: major appliances (such as washer and dryers), bicycles, calendars, carpet and flooring, furniture, linens and bedding, office furniture, business suits, men’s shirts, video games, hot water heater, holiday gift wrap, holiday cards, lingerie, shoes, outdoor gear, digital cameras and frames, computers, toys and real estate. Even wedding halls and wedding dresses are on sale since this is the slowest wedding month of the year.

February: bicycles, boats, home theaters, video games, art supplies, used cars, lamps, chocolate after the 15th, toys, TVs, carpet, jewelry, perfume sets, major appliances, airline tickets, winter getaways, new cars, tools, digital cameras and storm windows

March: China, flatware, gardening tools, children’s shoes and clothes, ice skates, luggage, winter clothing, shoes, 28

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frozen food (it’s National Frozen Food Month), baby items, men’s shirts and ties, boats and ski equipment

April: women’s shoes, dresses, cook-

August: computers, school supplies, swimsuits, dehumidifiers, flip flops, lawn mowers, swing sets, car batteries, patio furniture, beach toys, large outdoor toys, coolers, barbecue grills, kid’s clothes, camping gear, linens, storage containers and mufflers

ware, electronics, office furniture at the end of the month, snow blowers, televisions, vacuum cleaners, boots, used cars, car accessories, fabric, ski equipment, auto parts, laptops, kitchen essentials, cruises, fabric, sneakers and hosiery

September: China, flatware, patio

May: cookware, electronics, small kitchen appliances, mattresses and box springs, party supplies, vacuum cleaners, bathrobes, luggage, outdoor furniture, area rugs, spring clothing, paint, summer sports equipment, vacation trips, electronics, laptops, flat screen TVs, party supplies and tires

October: gas grills, air conditioners,

June: champagne, gym memberships, power tools, building materials, museum tickets, housewares (prime wedding season), dishware, exercise equipment and men’s clothing July: Broadway tickets, gardening tools, household paint, computers, furniture, diamond rings, condiments, swimsuits, sandals, beach towels, barbecue grills (after July 4th) and business suits

furniture, wine, cars (current year’s model), garden equipment, summer clothing, lawn mowers, laptops, landscaping plants, trees, appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines, holiday airfare and lamps large home appliances, new cars, jeans, women’s coats, fishing equipment, summer sports equipment, shrubs, trees, spring bulbs, cookware, fans, toys, furniture, mattresses, recliners, wine and cars (last year’s models)

November: cookware, gas grills, small kitchen appliances, RVs, blankets, boys’ coats, shoes, home improvement supplies, men’s shirts, candy (leftover from Halloween), wedding dresses (Nov. 15– Dec. 24), HDTV and home theatre equipment (Nov. 15–Jan. 31), aluminum foil, plastic wrap and fall clothing

all year long

ASK THE MONEY EXPERTS are the advantages of Q: What investing in our Roth TSP?




December: champagne, cookware, tools, small household appliances, cars (current year models) and TVs Knowing when to buy can save you hundreds of dollars. Remember that good things and better prices come to those who wait. For more tips from the Financial Readiness Program, register for an upcoming class or schedule an appointment with a financial counselor. Call Army Community Service at 253-967-1453 or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695 for details.

The greatest benefits of your Roth TSP or a Roth IRA are the tax-free compounding and the tax-free income in retirement. The Roth account must be held for at least five years and you must be 59 ½ years old when withdrawing the capital gains. However, your contributions can be withdrawn at any time without penalty or taxes since you already paid the income taxes on them. There are several factors to determine whether the Roth is your best option. These factors include age, investment return, current tax bracket and retirement tax bracket. Generally the younger you are and the higher the rate of return expected, the better the Roth option looks. The higher your retirement income is likely to be, the greater advantage of the Roth. Additionally, money from a Roth account is not subject to taxes upon withdrawal and doesn’t count in determining whether any of your Social Security benefits will be taxable.


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Cozy up with a good book C vi he de c k os o , t ut oo !

Stop by the JBLM libraries for a Holiday Open House, Winter Reading Program & more

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There’s SNOW better time to read!

Go to a JBLM library to check out a great read Whether you’re looking for a new Family favorite to read during the holidays, the latest New York Times bestseller to enjoy or need to work on a college term paper, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at McChord, Grandstaff and Book Patch libraries. If you have a military ID, you have a library card! For a complete list of services, go to

Holiday Open Houses Join Family & MWR and JBLM libraries for refreshments, music, giveaways and holiday cheer from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Grandstaff Library Wednesday, Dec. 12 2109 N. 10th St. at Pendleton Ave. at Lewis Main

McChord Field Library Thursday, Dec. 13 851 Lincoln Blvd. (ground floor)


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The Winter Reading Program is upon us! What is the Winter Reading Program you ask? It’s JBLM Libraries’ annual leisurely reading program aimed at children of all ages who like to receive prizes simply for reading. It’s fun, fantastic and, most importantly, free! If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late! Visit a JBLM library to pick up a reading log to keep track of the books you read. Return it by Friday, Jan. 4 to receive a prize!

Earn your degree faster with CLEP Find out about the CLEP process and learn valuable test-taking strategies at the CLEP Fair — an event aimed to help you learn how you can earn your degree faster! Join the McChord Library and the McChord

Education Center at the CLEP Fair Tuesday, Dec. 4 at noon. You’ll also find resources available to help you prepare for CLEP tests. Registration is required; call 253-982-3454.

Lunch, discussion with International Relations Forum Join Dr. Tammy Esteves, assistant professor at Troy University, for the upcoming International Relations Forum. Bring a brown bag lunch and learn about “The Emerging Field of Crisis Informatics: Dealing with Crises in a Networked World.” Presented by the Grandstaff and McChord libraries, the forums are Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Grandstaff Library and Thursday, Dec. 13 at McChord Library. Both are from noon–1 p.m. The International Relations Forum is a quarterly series.

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for December 2012