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FOCUS JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD

February 2018

MORALE, WELFARE & RECREATION GUIDE

DISCOVER YOUR OUTDOOR PASSION

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IN THIS ISSUE FOOD & FUN 6 Savor meal specials & events

Director, Family & MWR William E. Harvey Marketing director Kimberly Rowe Editor/writer Patti Jeffrey Layout & design Patti Jeffrey Contributors Brad Hinton, Jackie Kelly, Norma Melo Contributing photographers Patti Jeffrey, Pamela Obenchain 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.

Try new monthly specials at our eateries; watch the big game with us; let us help you with your child's birthday party.

ADVENTURES 16 Discover your outdoor passion Tips on kayaking the San Juans; learn to kayak with ODR; plan your next group outdoor adventure trip with us.

SPORTS & FITNESS 20 Have fun while staying fit Enter the 2018 ShamROCKin' Run; compete in Commander's Cup soccer; stay fit with free classes.

LIBRARIES

24 Enjoy fun for everyone Check out new clubs and classes at your JBLM libraries; celebrate Pirate and Dr. Suess days; attend Fright Night.

YOUTH 30 Run to where the fun is at CYS Join Play to Learn; enroll in spring sports; attend Extreme Night Out; help your child prepare for kindergarten.

FEATURE 36 Anti-bullying awareness sets in 'Be a Buddy, Not a Bully' grass-roots campaign starts at McChord SAS.

MILITARY & FAMILY 40 DPFR gives back to you Receive all you need for a successful military and Family life while at JBLM.

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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’ll look at what this means to people who participate in MWR activities and events.

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WILLIAM E. HARVEY is the director of Family & MWR. He oversees the direction and management of more than 80 MWR facilities at JBLM.

ur marketing and front office staff members at MWR headquarters receive a lot of phone calls asking for “the MWR.” Whenever someone wants to speak with “MWR,” what they’re really asking for is someone to help them find discount tickets to Disneyland, rent a canopy for an outdoor party, enroll their child in youth sports, volunteer on base, get more details on an event, organize a unit party, obtain a hunting license and much more. When we help connect them to the service they need, we’re actually connecting them with the heart of MWR, a large network of services that provide community support and quality of life for everyone at JBLM. MWR — Morale, Welfare & Recreation — consists of sports and physical fitness centers, food and beverage outlets, community service programs, child development, youth activities, entertainment, travel and leisure. We’re here to contribute to the retention, readiness, mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of our troops and military Families. This lively network of services, activities and resources not only supports active duty Service members and their Families, but also retirees, civilians, Reserve, National Guard — in short, everyone living, working and playing at JBLM. So, the next time you think of calling “the MWR,” you’re actually calling on a wide umbrella of services that help prepare you to thrive in military life. For a look at all MWR operations at JBLM, visit JBLMmwr.com. Plus, download a free JBLM MWR app (Android or Apple), which also lists major upcoming events.

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

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FOCUS Food & Fun

“First, we eat. Then, we do everything else.” –M.F.K. Fisher Patti Jeffrey

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Smile! You have lots of fun to enjoy this month Celebrate Groundhog Day at the McChord Pub Early spring? More winter? Only Punxsutawney Phil knows for sure! Either way, celebrate at the McChord Pub’s Groundhog Day party Friday, Feb. 2 from 4–8:30 p.m. Play trivia and other games with food and drink specials. You don’t need to be a Club member to attend the party, so invite your co-workers and friends! The pub’s inside the Club at McChord Field at 700 Barnes Blvd.

Savor McChord Grill February special, member luncheon If you haven’t been at the McChord Grill for a while, drop in weekdays from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. for the new February special — a tasty Reuben on rye with fries and a beverage for $8.50 every Wednesday. The grill also boasts a huge salad bar, pasta made to order, fresh grilled burgers and sandwiches with fries. You don’t need to be a member to eat at the grill, so bring along your office buddies! The grill’s inside the Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd. Remember, if you’re a Club member, be sure to attend the Club’s member appreciation luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. It’s free for members and only $5 for Family members and guests.

Enjoy more of Habañero for less While you’re at Whispering Firs Golf Course, get in on February Habañero Mexican Grill specials: • Buy one lunch burrito and get the second burrito half-off Monday and Wednesday. • Tuesday and Thursday until 2 p.m., buy a cheese quesadilla, soup of the day and fountain drink for $7.50. • Habañero is also available for special luncheons and functions with a private room. We can serve groups from 10–100. Habañero is at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. Call 253-982-3271 for more information.

Dine at Sam Adams at Eagles Pride If you haven't yet tried the tasty menu at the new Samuel Adams Brewhouse at Eagles Pride, now's a great time to come on over for breakfast, lunch or after work. Along with the regular menu, sample our February special — a club sandwich, cup of chili, chips and a fountain drink for $8.95 Thursdays and Fridays until 2 p.m. For the full menu and hours of operation, visit JBLMmwr.com/eagles_pride/sam_adams. Sam Adams EP is conveniently located off I-5 at Exit 116 and is open to the public. Continued on next page.

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Party indoors with fun activities Kids love active fun wherever there’s a party, so party it up at Bowl Arena Lanes or Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center! You can purchase bowling party packages and reserve a private area for your party. The basic package comes with two games of bowling, rental shoes, unlimited cups of soda and an ice cream cup for each person, plus three free games of bowling for the birthday boy or girl on their next visit, place settings and balloons. Each bowling center can provide bumpers in your lane upon request. At Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center, you also have the option for a laser-game package. It includes your own table in the indoor play area and one hour of activity with bowling or the laser maze. Want more to eat? You’re allowed to bring in your own birthday cake, but other food needs to be ordered from the Strike Zone, so consider ordering special food-option party packages. For more information, call Bowl Arena Lanes at 253-967-4661 or Sounders Lanes at 253-982-5954.

Need party equipment? We’ve got it all! If you have somewhere you want your party but don’t have enough chairs, tables, games or other equipment — no worries! We’ve got you covered for all your party equipment needs with inexpensive rentals from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North or Adventures Unlimited at McChord Field. For more information on equipment rentals, call the NAC at 253-967-7744 or Adventures Unlimited at 253-982-2206. Availability can vary, so check out both locations for your specific party needs.

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WATCH THE BIG GAME HERE! Liven up your week at Sam Adams JBLM Make Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM your hangout with great food and fun, including major sporting events on big-screen TVs. Bring a friend or two to relax after work — choose from 16 brews on tap! Sam Adams JBLM is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main.

Get in on Texas Hold ‘Em tourney Enter a 10-week Texas Hold ‘Em tournament Wednesdays through March 28 at the Warrior Zone. The tourney continues each week with registration at 6 p.m. and play at 6:30. Pay a $7 entry fee each week and earn points for a spot in the finals. First-place winners from each week, along with the top 30 ranking players, can compete in the finals. All monies taken in will be paid out at the finals April 4. The Warrior Zone is at the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North. Entry is for ages 18 and older. For more details, call 253-477-5756.

Save with Disney Military Salutes at free event Are you a military Family planning a Disney vacation? Buy special 2018 Disney Military Salutes tickets starting now at Leisure Travel Services at Lewis Main inside Bowl Arena Lanes. Also plan on attending a Kick-Off Event Saturday, Feb. 3 from noon–4 p.m. at LTS with two free games of bowling, refreshments and door prizes. You also can purchase your Disney vacation tickets while at the event. LTS is at 2272 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. For more details, call 253-967-3085. Continued on next page.

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uper Sunday is Feb. 4 — watch the game on a big screen with friends, food and fun! Choose from these JBLM locations to see the game: 1. The Warrior Zone at Lewis North at 17th and D streets, open to ages 18 and older. Call 253-477-5756 for details. 2. Samuel Adams Brewhouse at Eagles Pride, open to the public, located off I-5 at Exit 116. Call 253-324-8644 for more information. Bring the Family in for a meal or your buddies for brews and eats. 3. Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM food and beverages are available for purchase (Family-friendly until 6 p.m.). Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. (at Division) at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-964-2012. 4. Whispering Firs Golf Course at 895 Lincoln Blvd., McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-2124. 5. Nelson Recreation Center at 3168 2nd Division Dr., Lewis Main. Open to ages 18 and older.

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Patti Jeffrey

Golf your way into spring Everyone can afford to golf with offseason discounts! Like to golf year-round at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs golf courses? Find February discounts at either location: • Get in on the Valentine’s Day Sale Wednesday, Feb. 14. Select items are on sale (Whispering Firs’ pro shop only). • Also on Valentine’s Day, receive two-for-one green fees for you and your sweetie after 10 a.m. at both golf courses. • Take advantage of the February special that includes your green fee, a shared cart and a $6 food voucher. The cost is $22 for ranks E-1–E-5, $27 for ranks E-6 and above, DOD personnel and retirees and $32 for the general public. The special is available all month. • February golf deal — all green fees are $10 after 10 a.m. Mondays at Eagles Pride and

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Wednesdays at Whispering Firs. • Two-for-One green fees are available Wednesdays at Eagles Pride and Thursdays at Whispering Firs. • Get a bucket, brat and beverage for $11 at either golf course in February. The bucket of range balls must be purchased at the pro shop, limit one special per day. • Enter the daily hole-in-fun! For $1, you’ll win a gift certificate equal to the prize fund if you make a hole-in-one on hole 14 at Eagles Pride or hole 5 at Whispering Firs. • Tune up your game with individualized lessons from our resident experts. Three lessons cost $99, available through Wednesday, Feb. 28. Specials or discount passes may not be used for outings, tourneys, holidays or combined with other specials. Looking ahead, get ready for the 13th Annual Spring Break coming to both golf courses in March. Call the pro shops for more details.


Pamela Obenchain

For more information, 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 located at McChord Field, 895 Lincoln Blvd.

For more details, call 253-967-4661. Bowl Arena Lanes is at 2272 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main.

Bowl for fun, competition

The Bowl Arena Lanes Team No-Tap Saturday tournaments are going strong! Check in at noon and begin play at 12:30. Sign up for the Feb. 10 tourney at the front counter or call 253-967-4661. The next tournament is March 10. Bowl Arena Lanes is located at Lewis Main at 2272 Liggett Ave.

Enter Northwest Military Masters Bowl Arena Lanes invites you to enter the 12th Annual Northwest Military Masters Bowling Tournament Saturday, April 21. One in four bowlers wins cash, and first place garners $1,000 (based on 36 entries). The entry fee is $100 per bowler. Entry forms are available now at the front counter or download your entry form at JBLMmwr.com/bowling. The tournament is open to active duty, retired military, current DOD employees and all spouses. All entrants must be USBC members.

Sign up for the Bowl Arena Lanes monthly bowling tournament

Bring everyone to cosmic bowling Every Saturday evening, bowl two hours of Cosmic Blacklight Bowling at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center for only $12 per person, including shoe rental. Sounders Lanes is at 737 Jackson Blvd, McChord Field. For more details, call 253-982-5954.

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Let Arts & Crafts light up your life Paint a canvas in art & wine event

Your Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field. For administration, call 253-982-6726. For engraving, embroidery and the sales store, call 253-982-6723. For the frame shop, call 253-982-6718. The center is open weekdays and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

You don’t need to be an artist to join in the fun at the Arts & Crafts Center's Wine and Canvas Night. The event is from 6–8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at Nelson Recreation Center. Art supplies, light appetizers and your first glass of wine are included in the cost. Seating is limited, prepayment is required and you must be age 21 or older to attend. For reservations and payment, call 253-982-6726 or sign up at JBLMmwrRegistration.com. The cost is $30 per person. Nelson Rec is located at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main.

Sign youth up for Kids' Kraft Your child can bring home a cool sea creature made at the Arts & Crafts Center’s Kids’ Kraft! The class meets Friday, Feb. 16 starting at 3:30 p.m. (class lasts until 5). For class details, call 253-982-6723. Limited seating is available; students must preregister.

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

Adults, come craft with new evening classes Your Arts & Crafts Center is now offering new evening classes for ages 18 and older Friday nights from 5–6:30 p.m. Bring your friends and meet new ones while you create projects each month. • Guys will like the DIY and Brew Club Feb. 9 where you can use the Auto Shop next door to bend and shape a wrench. Then, come back to the studio and assemble a bottle opener while you enjoy a brew (ages 21 and older only). • Enjoy a glass of wine while you decorate an empty wine bottle Feb. 16. Use the decorated bottle as a bud vase or a decorative piece for your shelves or mantel.

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Patti Jeffrey

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FOCUS Adventures

By Brad Hinton reat views, abundant wildlife and enough solitude to relax — exploring the San Juan Islands gives you a chance to reconnect and redefine your passions in life. With more than 128 named islands and countless others, it’s no wonder that this magical area is one of the most picturesque places on the West Coast. Many people take the ferry to the four main islands (San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw), but by kayak, the places to visit are endless. The San Juan Islands are a giant maze of channels, bays and inlets that provide a unique experience no matter where you are. Most paddle times on the water range anywhere from two–four hours for a day excursion to four–six hours on an expedition camping trip. It all depends on individual desires. Many try to plan a break every one–two hours to get out and stretch. On large tide cycles, the water

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Kayaking the floods or ebbs the area very quickly causing strong currents. For the beginner paddler, these swift currents can be an unwanted surprise. For the intermediate paddler, these fast-flowing currents can be a great asset for long-distance travel. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy wildlife viewing on your trip. The strong tides bring a fresh supply of food and nutrients that support the local ecosystem, from small sea grasses and algae to the most dramatic resident — the orca whale. However, don’t leave your camp for too long — you may be visited by an unexpected camp and food robber, the raccoon. Done paddling for the day? Imagine pulling up to a private beach, unloading your kayak and setting up camp right there next to the water. There are no city lights, no cars, no phones, absolutely nothing but nature to entertain you. You can spend the time relaxing and


San Juans is a real trip enjoying your time on the water or partake on another adventure exploring the miles of trails that many of the islands have to offer. Some trails may take you to a lighthouse; other trails guide you to a private spot overlooking the water. It’s these experiences and many more that have everyone falling in love with the San Juans and coming back year after year. Don’t forget that sometimes the best way to relax on a private beach is a simple nap. Falling asleep to a gentle wind on a warm day while listening to the waves break over the shoreline puts you in perfect bliss. Every good paddler needs to be prepared and have the tools for success. The U.S. Coast Guard requires paddlers to carry an approved floatation device, a sound and visual signaling device and navigational lights (for nighttime paddling). Beyond the Coast Guard requirements, we

recommend having additional items to aid in navigation, communication and flip rescue. Some of these recommended items include (but are not limited to) a compass, marine charts, a GPS, tide and current charts and a marine radio. Plan on including little extras that can make your trip amazing. For example, I suggest you bring a book or e-reader loaded with books, a hammock and plenty of snacks. You have all the gear, but do you have the education? The Northwest Adventure Center offers classes to make your travels safer, such as kayak rescue (both buddy and self in deep water), kayak navigation and chart reading, planning and packing for your trip. For more information on preparing for a trip or letting us plan your trip, email us at JBLMadventuretrips@gmail.com. Continued on next page.

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Learn the sport of sea kayaking With all the salt water surrounding us, it’s natural to want to get out there and explore the area. Learn how to sea kayak with Outdoor Recreation’s sea kayak program. We offer five levels of kayak skills classes at various times of the year (see list at right).

You’ll learn these new skills at an indoor pool. Start any time and master as many levels as you like before you head out on kayak trips in the spring. If you already know how to kayak, join us on trips throughout the Puget Sound waters in the months to come. Check out trip descriptions at JBLMmwrRegistration.com.

Come to us for all your winter sports rentals! We have two locations to serve you — WINTER EQUIPMENT RENTALS the Northwest Adventure Center (8050 NCO Beach Rd., Lewis 2018 North, 253-967-7744) and Adventures Unlimited (739 Battery Rd., McChord Field, 253-982-2206). ADVENTURES UNLIMITED NORTHWEST ADVENTURE CENTER EQUIPMENT RENTAL CENTER 253-967-7744

EQUIPMENT RENTAL CENTER 253-982-2206/2303

Daily 3-Day Beginner Ski Package (includes skis/boots/poles/jacket/bib/helmet)* $45 – Beginner Snowboard Package (includes board/boots/jacket/bib/helmet)* $45 – Downhill Ski Package (includes skis/boots/poles) $35 $70 Cross-Country Ski Package (includes skis/boots/poles)* $28 $56 Snowboard Package (w/ board/boots) $35 $70 Skis (downhill or cross-country) $25 $50 Ski Boots (downhill or cross-country) $15 $30 Ski Poles (downhill or cross-country) $8 $16 Snowboard (without boots) $28 $36 Snowboard Boots $15 $30 Snowshoes (without poles) $18 $36 Snow Tubes* $12 – Jacket/Pants (individual)* $8 – Helmet $5 – All packages include damage waiver. We are not responsible for changes in weather or road conditions (no refunds). Skis are professionally waxed prior to issue.

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Ski & Snowboard Maintenance Ski Tune-Up (includes sharpening, rust removal, lubrication, P-Tex and hot wax) $26 Snowboard Tune-Up (includes sharpening, rust removal, P-Tex and hot wax) $26 Ski/Snowboard Hot Wax $15 Ski Binding Removal $16 Mount Ski Binding $26 Adjust Bindings $11 Torque Testing $11 P-Tex Bottom Repair starts at $11 Rust Removal $9 Sharpen/Edge $11 Speed Wax $11 *Only offered at Adventures Unlimited.

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With this trip list, you can plan your epic outdoor adventure trips for February and March! Join JBLM’s outdoor adventure guides for making memories of a lifetime. Trip details and registration are available at JBLMmwrRegistration.com.

Event

Date

Cost

Photography 101

Saturday, Feb. 10

$45

Red wine and chocolate tour

Saturday, Feb. 10

$85

Ladies’ day out: Introduction to backcountry skiing

Saturday, Feb. 10

$110

Snowmobile-access backcountry skiing

Sunday, Feb. 11

$185

Seattle night photography

Sunday, Feb. 11

$65

Snowshoe Hurricane Ridge

Friday, Feb. 16

$90

Oregon overnight ski trip

Feb. 16–19

$1,000

Backcountry skiing

Saturday, Feb. 17

$110

White Pass cross-country skiing

Sunday, Feb. 18

$70

Snowmobiling

Sunday, Feb. 18

$185

Seminar on the solo female traveler

Sunday, Feb. 18

free

Kayak skills class

Tuesday, Feb. 20

$35

Yoga for snowshoers

Friday, Feb. 23

$17

Mount St. Helens winter summit

Saturday, Feb. 24

$110

Photoshop 101

Saturday, Feb. 24

$45

Backcountry skiing

Saturday, Feb. 24

$110

Advanced Photoshop

Sunday, Feb. 25

$45

Mountain biking

Sunday, Feb. 25

$35

Moonlight snowshoe

Friday, March 2

$50

Snowshoe Snow Lake

Saturday, March 3

$65

Snow tubing

Sunday, March 4

$45

Cross-country ski Lake Easton

Sunday, March 4

$65

Yoga for skiers

Friday, March 9

$17

Photography 101

Saturday, March 10

$45

Backcountry skiing

Saturday, March 10

$110

Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin

Sunday, March 11

$65

Seattle photo excursion

Sunday, March 11

$65

Snowmobiling

Sunday, March 11

$185

Snowmobile-access backcountry skiing

Sunday, March 11

$185

Waterfall tour

Saturday, March 17

$70

Cross-country ski Keechelus Lake

Saturday, March 17

$65

Seminar on Women in the Woods

Saturday, March 17

free

Introduction to backcountry skiing

Sunday, March 18

$110

Pedals and Pints

Sunday, March 18

$60

Kayak skills class

Tuesday, March 20

$35

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Ready, set...

Enter 2018 ShamROCKin’ Run for fun The entire Family can have fun at the 2018 5K ShamROCKin’ Run Saturday, March 10 at the MWR Fest Tent at Lewis Main. Packet pick-up is from 8:30–9:30 a.m. The kids’ 1K run starts at 10; the 5K starts at 10:30 and more festivities start after the run. Enter a costume contest at 9:30, get in on giveaways at noon and enjoy grilled bangers from noon–1 p.m. A beer garden for ages 21 and older is also available. Find the link to registration details at JBLMmwr.com/races. Register early for the best pricing and guaranteed T-shirt size! Call 253-967-7990 for more details.

Compete in Commander’s Cup Outdoor soccer JBLM’s Commander’s Cup outdoor soccer league play begins Monday, March 12. Attend an informational meeting Wednesday, Feb. 21 at noon at Nelson Recreation Center or Thursday, Feb. 22 at noon at the McChord

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Fitness Center. Submit your letter of intent by Wednesday, March 7. Open to active duty Service members at JBLM. Questions? Call 253-967-9210 or visit JBLMmwr.com/intramural.


Go for the goal! Staying fit & trim Fit in a quality workout at one of JBLM’s five-star fitness centers You have plenty of opportunities to get in shape in time for swimsuit season at your choice of six fitness centers, a fitness annex, three pools and an outdoor athletic complex at Lewis North. Find your groove this month with a variety of workouts!

Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center

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

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Indoor Cycling

Saturday

Connected Warrior Yoga*

6:45 a.m.

9 a.m.

Step Circuit

Cardio Circuit

COMMIT Dance Fitness*

Cardio Circuit

10 a.m.

Bootcamp

Yoga*

STRONG

Yoga*

Yoga

Zumba

Zumba Toning*

11:30 a.m.

Zumba*

Zumba

4:30 p.m.

Yoga

5:30 p.m.

STRONG

Yoga

Zumba*

Yoga COMMIT Dance Fitness*

Zumba*

McChord Annex Sports & Fitness Center 726 5th St., McChord Field • 253-982-6700

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7–7:45 a.m.

Bootcamp

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Noon–1 p.m.

Bootcamp

Cycling Circuit

Bootcamp

TRX

Indoor Cycling

4:45–5:45 p.m.

MixxedFit

RIPPED

Kickboxing

Zumba

Indoor Cycling*

5:45–6:45 p.m.

Yoga

Zumba

MixxedFit

RIPPED

Mixxed Fit

Saturday

Wilson Sports & Fitness Center

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

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Zumba

11:15–12:15 a.m.

Mixxed Fit

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

Check out our Facebook page for updates on classes at fb.com/JBLMSportsFitnessAquatics. For more information on hours, sports, aquatics, races, the volunteer program and more, visit JBLMmwr.com/fitness.

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Check out what’s new at your JBLM libraries McChord Library Create with Lego Club Kids ages 3 and older can be creative master builders with our Legos at the monthly Lego Club! Register at JBLMmwr.com/libraries for the Friday, Feb. 2 club at 4 p.m.

Book club exclusively for teens We’re inviting teens ages 11–17 to maximize their reading experience by talking with other teens about what they’ve read. This month, we’ll discuss “The Giver” by Lois Lowry Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green will be available for check-out for the Wednesday, March 7 discussion. If you’re registered with CYS and the Teen Zone, you’ll get transportation from Hillside Teen Zone (for registration details, call 253-967-4441). If you don’t need a ride, you don’t need to register.

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Have fun at Novel Navigators Join the Novel Navigators book club if you love to talk about what you’ve read! This adult discussion group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. The Feb. 14 meeting is about “A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick. Check out the next selection after the meeting for the next discussion. A limited number of copies are available at the front desk.

Take computer & internet basics class Would you like to learn useful beginner computer skills? Register for a free class to learn the skills needed to help you accomplish tasks, such as: • Navigating the internet. • Searching for websites. • Creating and using email. Call 253-982-3454 to sign up and join us for this two-part class Monday, Feb. 12 and Wednesday, Feb. 14 from noon–2 p.m. Continued on next page.


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Dream in STEAM Club Calling all youth ages 8 and older who want to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics! Join the new Dream in STEAM Club and learn how to design, build, problem-solve, create and expand your knowledge in engaging activities every other month starting Friday, Feb. 16 from 4–6 p.m. This month, enter into a world of unlimited imagination with K’NEX — register at JBLMmwr.com/libraries on the calendar of events or call 253-982-3454.

Be a pirate for a day Ahoy there, Matey! All aboard for swashbucklin’ fun at McChord Library’s Pirate Day Saturday, Feb. 17, 1–2:30 p.m. We need a hardy crew to help us celebrate, search for lost treasures, snatch some grub and even walk the plank. Wear yer best piratey get-up and arrive in time to set sail toward fun! All ages are welcome.

Join the Kids’ Book Club

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.

Youth in grades 3–5 can join us at our monthly Kids’ Book Club where we read and discuss popular juvenile fiction books. Check out “The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis and come to the Wednesday, Feb. 21 meeting at 4 p.m.

Check into Microsoft Military Program Staff from the Pierce County Public Library are at McChord and Grandstaff libraries the fourth Wednesday of each month at noon to explain the benefits of the Microsoft Military Program. Pierce County Library staff are also available from 11 a.m.–noon and 12:30–1:30 p.m. to answer individual questions. Once you enroll in this free program, you can take Microsoft certification tests for the office specialist and technical assistant certifications. Tests are free and study materials are available. For more information, email mmp@pcls.us.

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Grandstaff Library Grandstaff gets STEAMed Come participate in Grandstaff Library’s free STEAM Makerspace program featuring science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Participants can uncover interests by making, producing, solving, creating, collaborating and thinking with projects each month. Classes are held the first Friday of the month from 6–7:30 p.m. Projects include: • Dash and Dot Feb. 2 for ages 6 and older. • Makey-Makey March 2 for ages 6 and older. • Ozobot April 6 for ages 6 and older. • Drones May 4 for ages 14 and older. Call 253-967-5533 for more information.

Spiritual talk at Grandstaff Award-winning author and internationally recognized spiritual medium Jeffrey Marks, joined by Washington State Ghost Society president Dave King, reveal what Modern Spirit research has uncovered about those who have surpassed the confines of the physical body and our three-dimensional reality Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. The talk is for mature audiences only; no registration is needed.

Join kids’ Lego Club at Grandstaff Kids love to build upon their imagination with Lego sets. Join others ages 3 and older at the new Lego Club at Grandstaff the second Friday of each month starting at 4 p.m. We provide the Legos! Registration is required one week prior — sign up by Friday, Feb. 2 for the Feb. 9 club. Also sign up for the March 9 event. Registration is at the “Calendar of Events” page at JBLMmwr.com/libraries. Continued on next page.

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Book Patch Library Craft, create & conversate Girls ages 7–15 can “Come Craft, Create & Conversate” at Book Patch Library once monthly on Fridays! Have fun at “Heat-Sensitive Changing Slime” night Feb. 9. Here’s what’s being planned for the months ahead: • Shimmer, Glimmer & Glitter March 16. • Mixed Media Wearable Art April 13. • Float like a Butterfly May 11.

Toddler time is fun time Parents and caregivers of toddlers — come join us for a rhythmatic, musical story as we sing, dance, wiggle and giggle, plus much more Tuesdays, Feb. 13 and 27 at 10:30 a.m. No registration is needed.

Snack & chat for kids Kids in grades 3–6 can check out a book from the monthly book club display at Book Patch Library — each month explores a new and exciting type of book. After you read the book, we’ll meet, greet, snack and chat! This month, we’ll meet Friday, Feb. 16 from 6–7:30 p.m. to discuss science

fiction. No registration is needed; just drop in!

Join sensory-friendly storytime Families are invited to Book Patch Library Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. for a free sensory-friendly storytime with song, dance, music and a craft in a soothing environment. No registration is needed.

Join read-along club Bring your kindergarten- to second-grade students to listen to and read along with our books at Teeny-Weeny Read-Along Book Club. This month’s club meets Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Also enjoy activities, crafts, snacks and teeny-weeny prizes! No registration is required.

Teens get a fright night Teens ages 11–17 can come watch a horror movie with snacks Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Book Patch Library. No registration is needed.

Find Tiny the Teddy Parents with kiddos ages 3–12, when you visit Book Patch Library in February, try to find Tiny the Teddy Bear. Tiny loves to read and is hiding somewhere in the library. He moves to a new location every night. If you can find him, you win a tiny sweet treat! MWR Library staff

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Presenting the winner of the student soloist competition.

Winter

Celebration featuring

Rhapsody in Blue Duane Hulbert is also playing Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise The program will include music by Shostakovich, Johan de Meij, Elgar, Barber, Bernstein and more.

February 24, 2018 7:30 PM Pantages Theater Students 18 and under

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Duane Hulbert

Contact the Box Office

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www.TacomaConcertBand.org Conductor & Music Director

Robert Musser’s Retirement Season

For Tickets, Call the Box Office:

253-591-5894 or 1-800-291-7593 Tickets from $18, discounts for seniors, and military personnel. Students 18 and under admitted FREE.

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FOCUS Youth

Run to where Join Play to Learn activities at JBLM

Attend daddy-daughter ballet class

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma brings “Play to Learn” fun to Escape Zone and Raindrops & Rainbows parent-and-child play centers Wednesdays. The fun is from 10–11:30 a.m. at Escape Zone and 1:30–3 p.m. at Raindrops & Rainbows. Play to Learn is a free program for youth ages 6 and younger and their parents, grandparents, friends, Family and neighbors. Come by for activities, songs and group circle time! Upcoming dates are Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Escape Zone is located at McChord Field, 841 Fairway Rd. (off Lincoln Boulevard). Call 253-982-8590 for more information. Raindrops & Rainbows is at Lewis North, 8179 American Lake Blvd. Call 253-966-4802 for details.

Sign up now for SKIESUnlimited’s DaddyDaughter Sweetheart Ballet Class and Tea Party Friday, Feb. 9 from 5–7 p.m. Girls ages 3–16 will have fun dancing, taking photos in the photo booth, making crafts to take home and sampling sweets. SKIES is at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main.

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Night out for kids gives parents night off Take your children to Extreme Night Out at SKIESUnlimited and take the night off for yourselves! Saturday, Feb. 10, bring your kids ages 6–18 to SKIES for a night of fun and challenges. They'll enjoy ninja courses, timed challenges, mat mazes, prizes, a pizza party and more. Two time slots are available — 4–6:30 and 6:30–9. Each child costs $15; enroll at


the fun is at CYS JBLMcysRegistration.com. SKIES is at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main.

Enroll in spring youth sports Sign up your youth ages 8–18 starting Thursday, Feb. 1 for Special Olympics aquatics, soccer skills and track and field sports at JBLMcysRegistration.com ($50 per youth for each sport). Enrollment is also open Feb. 5–March 19 for spring baseball for ages 5–15. The fee is $55 per youth. Spring baseball enrollment for Lil’ Batters (no games) is Feb. 5–March 19 for ages 3–4. The cost is $25 per child. Youth must be registered with CYS and have a current sports physical on file to enroll in sports at JBLMcysRegistration.com. Call 253-967-2405 for additional details.

Kids enjoy sport camps & clinics Also enroll your youth for upcoming camps and clinics for spring break and beyond: • Start Smart, CYS Soccer and Flag Football camp enrollments are Feb. 27–March 27 for these April 2–4 spring break camps. The cost is $35 per youth for each soccer and football camp, and $25 per youth for the Start Smart camp. • Coming up, The First Tee Golf Camps 1 and 2 and The First Tee Lil’ Drivers enrollments are March 1–April 25. Call 253-967-2405 for more information.

Look forward to kids’ run The 2018 Armed Forces Kids’ Run sign-up is March 1–31; registration forms and drop-off boxes will be available at CYS Sports and both commissary locations.

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Start a home child care business with FCC 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 children and their Families. FCC providers earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies and receive free resources for your business. Learn about FCC at the Tuesday, Feb. 27 orientation from 6–8 p.m. at the FCC office (no children at the orientation due to space/discussion topics). Full-day training classes follow the orientation. The FCC Office is at 2013B 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main. Questions? Call 253-967-3039.

Come see what boxing’s all about SKIESUnlimited invites Families with youth ages 5–17 to a free Boxing Open House Thursday, March 1 from 3:30–5 p.m. Learn what boxing is all about — skills include effective listening, following directions, developing discipline, self-control and more. Watch boxing demonstrations, try it out and win a prize! SKIES is at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main.

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Kindergarten readiness: Help your child prepare By Norma M. Melo, Ed.M, CAGS Ed., MATS, School Support Specialist indergarten readiness might be more important than you think. Find out how you can encourage your child’s development and school success. Your child is old enough to start kindergarten, but is he or she ready? Recognize the factors that might affect your child’s kindergarten readiness and what you can do to help him or her succeed in school.

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Why is kindergarten readiness important? Kindergarten marks the start of a child’s formal education. A child’s first school experiences can influence the way she relates to others for the rest of life. For example, success or failure at this stage can affect a child’s well-being, self-esteem and motivation. As a result, it’s important to make sure that when your child begins school he is developmentally ready to learn and participate in classroom activities.

How can I tell if my child is ready for kindergarten? Most schools use cutoff dates — deadlines by which a child must be a certain age — to determine who’s eligible for a kindergarten class. Typically, a child must be age 5 before entering kindergarten. Age, however, isn’t the only way to measure a child’s kindergarten readiness.

When trying to determine if your child is ready for kindergarten, don’t worry about whether or not she has mastered specific skills. Instead, consider her readiness to learn. How well is your child able to communicate and listen? Is your child able to get along with other children and adults? Use your own intuition as a parent and consult your child’s doctor, preschool teacher and any other child care providers for useful, objective information about your child’s development and readiness for school. Keep in mind that some schools also require children to take a teacher-administered kindergarten readiness test to evaluate their abilities relative to other children of the same age. Not all educators believe these individual, in-class readiness tests for kindergarten students are an appropriate use of time and resources.

Are there benefits to delaying a child’s enrollment in kindergarten? Some parents choose to delay a child’s entrance into kindergarten, believing that a child can gain an advantage in academics, athletics or social settings by being older than average for his grade. This is also common among boys who have birthdays near the cutoff date — with parents believing their child needs more time to mature. However, research suggests that children who are old enough for kindergarten but postpone enrollment for one year don’t perform Continued on next page.

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…Children who are old enough for kindergarten but postpone enrollment for one year don’t perform any better … In addition, other studies show that a child who is old for his grade is at a higher risk of behavior problems during adolescence.

any better than children who enter at the usual age — particularly if the child remains in an environment where readiness wasn’t being fostered. In addition, other studies show that a child who is old for his grade is at a higher risk of behavior problems during adolescence.

What can I do to help my child succeed in kindergarten? You can take many steps to help your child prepare for kindergarten. For example: Keep your child healthy. Ensure that your child eats healthy foods, gets plenty of sleep and receives routine medical checkups. Before the start of kindergarten, make sure your child has had a recent physical exam and is up to date on immunizations. Develop routines. Choose regular times for your child to eat, play and sleep each day. This will help your child know what to expect and what’s expected from him at school. Encourage the development of basic skills. Work with your child to help her recognize letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Read, rhyme and play games with your child. Make reading a daily Family activity. Rhyming and playing with your child are also important for his or her development. Don’t rely on computer programs that teach your child to read. Reading benefits your child most when it’s a shared, interactive experience. An e-book offers as much benefit as a print book — as long as you and your child read it together. Expose your child to learning experiences. Look for opportunities to broaden your child’s horizons, such as preschool. Take your child to the museum or enroll her in community art or science programs.

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Encourage socialization. Promote your child’s social development by signing him up for group activities and inviting friends to go on outings. Encourage your child to share, express feelings, practice taking turns and follow simple one- or two-step directions. Talk about kindergarten. Build excitement and lessen the anxiety by explaining what your child’s routine might be like in kindergarten. Many schools offer an open house before the school year starts. Make it a priority to attend with your child and show your enthusiasm. If your child’s school doesn’t offer this type of orientation event, call the school to schedule another visit.

If you’re a parent who will have a kindergarten student beginning school next school year (August–September 2018), watch for Kindergarten Readiness Workshops to help you with registration requirements of your local school district or call the School Support Services office at 253-967-7195.

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‘Be a Buddy, Not a Bully’ is born at McChord SAS By Patti Jeffrey Many children tease others as part of sibling or schoolyard rivalries. Children being teased often tease back as part of normal play, and it ends when they grow tired of it or one of them says to stop. For some, however, teasing someone may turn into picking on them and the intimidation begins to define the relationship. If this happens, the child being intimidated or bullied begins to show signs of distress and needs help.

The problem needs addressing What can kids do when they encounter others who try to intimidate or bully them? That’s what McChord School Age Services is addressing. “We were having a lot of issues with certain fourth- and fifth-graders feeling bullied by a classmate,” says Cassie Baker, McChord SAS Child & Youth Program Assistant. “It began at school and was being carried here after school.” “We’ve seen the bullying aspect,” says Andre Parker, McChord SAS CYPA. “It’s a typical time in these kids’ lives when they’re trying to choose friends.”

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Brainstorming a solution Ms. Cassie and Mr. Andre sat down and started a dialogue with several of their fourthand fifth-graders. They met with other staff members to inform them of what they saw going on and what several children in their care had told them. The discussions quickly led to a collaborative campaign between the older youth and staff at McChord SAS called “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully.” Ms. Cassie and Mr. Andre asked several older children to help spread the word around the building by drawing posters and talking to the younger children in their classrooms about the campaign. Ten-year-old Heidi and 11-year-old Skylar are helping spread the campaign. Heidi says, “I didn’t like how people were being rude to me. I walked away and ignored them. This started at school and was brought here. I told them to please stop, so they ignore me now and I just ignore them.” Skylar says, “I haven’t been bullied, but some kids have been rude to me. Sometimes Continued on next page.


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I would walk away and other times I talked to the teacher. They weren’t treating us as normal kids. Afterward, they said they were sorry and we forgave them. I now know that they weren’t angry at us. They were just angry.” Ms. Cassie adds, “Sometimes it can be stressful with schoolwork and other things and that’s why they’re angry or frustrated and take it out on others. Our fourth- and fifth-graders are going through changes. It’s hard for them to deal with their emotions, so we’re working on communication. Part of getting resolution to feeling hurt is sitting down, taking a deep breath and talking about it.”

The results are making a difference “We’re putting some of the more reserved kids in positions of leadership to teach them how to be more assertive,” Mr. Andre says. “We let them talk to the other kids and they report what they see back to us.” Ms. Cassie says, “It was easy to get the older group on board and help the younger groups.” “I like to draw — that’s what makes me happy,” says Heidi, when asked about her anti-bullying poster she put up in the hallway for first- and second-graders to see. “I now tell others to ignore bullies who think they’re in charge. I used to do that with my younger siblings because, well, they’re annoying, but I don’t do that anymore.” Skylar says, “Ms. Cassie asked us to help, that we needed to figure something out. We needed to start this at the top with the big kids. This is a way we can help with the littler kids.”

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“[The older kids] take emotions out in a physical way,” Mr. Andre says. “We’re finding different ways to help avoid bullying. One way is to integrate them into a new group and do teambuilding exercises where they have to come together and work with someone new on the team. We try to find solutions so they can gradually work their way back to other kids. That’s where we see positive changes and we let the parent be aware of those changes.”

The buddy, not a bully youth collaborative These are some solutions that the youth and staff came up with: • To help others feel important, listen to everyone’s ideas. • To help others feel included, treat peers and staff kindly. • To help others feel respected, don’t criticize or put others down. • To help others feel happy, be positive and include everyone. • To help others feel safe, check in daily with each other. How do we deal with conflict? • Talk it out with a trusted adult. • Walk away. • Don’t include other outsiders. • Take a breather; participate in a calming activity (i.e., listen to music, draw, have alone time to cool down).

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Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness (formerly AFCS and DHR) ensures you receive all you need for a successful military and Family life in the Armed Forces — and after.

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DPFR gives back to you! Military Saves Week is Feb. 26–March 3. Are you Savings-Ready? It’s the New Year — how are your finances? While our finances impact us every day, busy schedules can make it difficult to step back and ensure things are on track. Join JBLM Directorate of Personnel & Family Readiness/Armed Forces Community Service for one or more of the Military Saves Week classes Feb. 26–March 3. For more information about these classes, call 253-967-1453. To view and register for JBLM Military Saves Week events and classes, visit JBLM-military-saves-week-2018.eventbrite. com. Sign up for the Military Saves Week challenge at MilitarySaves.org. For more JBLM AFCS Financial Readiness Classes or to schedule an appointment with a financial counselor, visit JBLMfrp.checkappointments.com.

Nominate your Volunteer of the Year The JBLM Installation Volunteer Office is accepting nominations for the Volunteer of the Year award beginning Tuesday, Feb. 19. Categories for Volunteer of the Year are community, retiree, Family, active duty and adult.

To be eligible: • The volunteer must be registered with the Volunteer Management Information System at MyArmyOneSource.com (exception, Community Volunteer of the Year nominations). • Active duty members must be stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. • Primary volunteer service must be with organization(s) at JBLM during the 2017 calendar year (exception, primary volunteer service will be off JBLM for Community Volunteer of the Year). Category descriptions: • Adult Volunteer of the Year: JBLM volunteers who are spouses of active duty members and all civilian volunteers. • Active duty Volunteer of the Year: JBLM volunteers who are an active duty Service member stationed at JBLM. • Retiree Volunteer of the Year: JBLM Volunteer must be a retired Service member, spouse of a retired Service member or retired from a civilian job. • Family of the Year: Nominations must include the impact and contributions that each Family member makes as a volunteer at JBLM. Continued on next page.

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DPFR gives back to you!

• Community Volunteer of the Year: Nominations are for volunteers who contribute the majority of their volunteer service to communities/organizations outside of JBLM. To nominate an individual or Family, describe in detail (in no more than 750 words), the volunteer’s or Family’s accomplishments, the impact of their accomplishments to the organization/community and why the nominated individual or Family should be recognized as Volunteer/Family of the Year. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel independently, and selections will be announced at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 10, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Club at McChord Field. Nominations must be accompanied with a completed nomination form and may be hand-

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carried to the Family Resource Center (4274 Idaho Ave. at 9th Division Dr., Lewis Main) or emailed to the IVC office by 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 19. For additional information and/or to receive a copy of the nomination form, call 253-967-2324.

Hiring our Heroes Military Spouse Program Career Event is Feb. 21–22 JBLM Service members, spouses and veterans are invited to attend the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Program Networking Reception Wednesday, Feb. 21 (7–9 p.m.) and Hiring Fair Thursday, Feb. 22 (10 a.m.–1 p.m.) at American Lake Conference Center. Network with vetted employers, community leaders, senior military spouses


and other job seekers. Gain valuable insight on career-planning and how to stand out as a candidate. Discover flexible jobs from a wide array of industries and skill levels. Don’t miss out on the resume help and free professional headshots! Register at HiringOurHeroes.org/events. For more details, call 253-982-WORK. ALCC is located at 8085 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North.

Attend AER Campaign kick-off event JBLM invites you to the annual AER Campaign kick-off event “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own” Friday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. at Carey Theater at Lewis Main. Learn about the range of assistance AER can provide to Soldiers (financial assistance, scholarships for spouse and/or dependent

children). Register at JBLM-aer-campaignkickoff-2018.eventbrite.com. The Army Emergency Relief annual campaign officially runs from March 1–May 15. The intent of the campaign is to ensure every Soldier understands the types of assistance AER can provide and also gives them the opportunity to contribute. The Army-wide campaign goal of $12 million has been established by AER in order to provide the same level of assistance realized in past years. AER is supported by voluntary contributions from active duty and retired Soldiers during the Army's AER Campaign. Contributions to AER are fully deductible under section 170(b) (1)(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. AER is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the code. Continued on page 45.

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FOCUS Program Tip of the Month Build closeness, strengthen your love relationships Valentine’s Day is around the corner and many turn attention to their relationships. Having a Valentine’s Day date night can be fun, but don’t forget to connect in small ways throughout the year. Try writing down several date nights ideas on popsicle sticks and putting them in a jar. Throughout the year, use them to always have a new date night idea. The Families OverComing Under Stress program helps couples identify many ways to build closeness and strengthen their relationships. Don’t just get by, get stronger! Contact FOCUS today and to schedule your fun and personalized training sessions.  FOCUS is at Lewis Main, 2013B N. 3rd St., Room 331. For more information, call 253-966-6390, email JBLM@focusproject.org and visit us at focusproject.org or fb.com/FOCUSresiliencytraining.

EAP Tip of the Month The multigenerational workforce & work culture As we move through the 21st century, surprisingly the same proverbial question surfaces in the workplace. “Who demonstrates the greatest work ethic — is it Baby Boomers, Gen X or Millennials?” Well, the answer is “Yes!” It’s not one or the other. Actually, the follow-up response is closely aligned with having an understanding as to how a cohort is motivated in functional work culture. Across the lifespan, overgeneralizations have yielded the following opinion: Baby Boomers demonstrate longevity and strong commitment to a company. Generation X prefers independence and are energized via autonomy. Millennials define their work as more information-based, displaying loyalty to their own career path. Although, if we look close enough, we can see these overt signs in every generation. It’s when we grow to understand our co-workers’ worldview and see life through their lens of value that we begin to understand their approach to work and work relationships. Research points to the fact that it is often work style, preference or habit and stereotypes that actually impede productivity; it’s not individual work performance itself. Communication, healthy curiosity, awareness, flexibility and empathy are key in the learning of work and culture. These are all skills we can learn and enhance! We introduce to you the T2 app: Moving Forward (t2health.dcoe.mil/programs/movingforward) as a resourceful tool in lowering stress levels, problem-solving and more as you move forward in this relearning process. As we may spend the majority of our waking hours with the people at our workplace, this could be a huge investment. Of course, no one said it would be easy, but it will definitely be worth it. If you would like to learn more about this topic, stop by to see us at 2008B N. 3rd, Room 114 (between Liggett Avenue and Pendleton) or contact us at 253-732-2214. Continued on page 47.

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We care about our EFMP Families Connect at Exceptional Family Member Program workshops & events Take advantage of free Individualized Education Program/504 clinics offered by DPFR (AFCS) EFMP and PAVE for all EFMP Families in one-on-one 45-minute sessions Thursday, Feb. 8, hosted by CYS School Support Services at JBLM CARES. Families will have an opportunity to send their documents and concerns ahead for advocates to review and make best use of time in working through current concerns or planning for next aging-up transition (such as preparing for high school or post-secondary education as it relates to IEP/504). Registration is required at JBLM-efmp-iep-504-clinics. eventbrite.com. EFMP Parents Connect is an opportunity to socialize monthly with others who “get it” by EFMP parents for all EFMP parents. We know it’s hard to be everything — please make the time to take care of yourself. Join us at CARES the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 17. For more information, call 253-967-7166. Continued on page 49.

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Check out our events & classes! DPFR classes and events are free — take advantage of as many as you can to develop your career, improve your relationships,

develop more resiliency and less stress, relate well with your children and spouse, train for leadership, prepare for the future, take control of your finances and much more!

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WDVA State Veterans’ Benefits Brief

Mondays

253-966-8433

SSA Disability Brief

Mondays

253-966-8433

Vocational Rehab and Employment

Mondays

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Overseas Briefing

Mondays

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GoArmyEd Portal 101 class

Mon., Thur., Fri.

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Accessing Higher Education Workshop

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My Army Benefits Briefing

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Toddler & Young Child Play Group (12-36 mo)

Tuesdays

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Local College Field Trip

Wednesdays

253-967-3258

Baby Play Group (0-12 mo)

Thursdays

253-967-5901

Mom to Mom, and Dads Too! (6 weeks-6 mos)

Fridays

253-967-5901

Résumé 101

Thursday, Feb. 15

253-982-9675

Credit Reports/Repair

Thursday, Feb. 15

253-967-1453

Re-Entry Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 15

253-967-3633

Funds Custodian Training (Evening)

Tuesday, Feb. 20

253-967-8430

Financially Fit

Wednesday, Feb. 21

253-967-1453

Overseas Briefing — Smooth Move Workshop — Overseas

Thursday, Feb. 22

253-982-2695

AER Campaign Kickoff

Friday, Feb. 23

253-967-9787

Interview Ready

Friday, Feb. 23

253-966-8433

Key Spouse Supplemental Trainimg

Saturday, Feb. 24

253-982-2695

R.A.D. Physical Self-Defense Classes

Feb. 24-25

253-967-2072

It Takes Two

Monday, Feb. 26

253-967-5901

Pre-Deployment Workshops

Monday, Feb. 26

253-967-8430

Let’s Cook!

Monday, Feb. 26

253-966-8433

Military Saves Week

Feb. 26-March 3

253-967-1453

Defense Installation Messaging System Training

Tuesday, Feb. 27

253-982-2695

Thanking Volunteers Creatively

Tuesday, Feb. 27

253-967-2324

JBLM Newcomers Orientation

Tuesday, Feb. 27

253-967-3633; 253-982-2695

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Smooth Move Workshop — All

Wednesday, Feb. 28

253-982-2695

Interview Ready

Thursday, March 1

253-982-9675

Volunteer Orientation & VMIS OPOC Training

Thursday, March 1

253-967-2324

Key Contact Training (day)

Thursday, March 1

253-967-8430

Re-Entry Workshop

Thursday, March 1

253-967-3633

Estate Planning Class

Thursday, March 1

253-967-3672

Personal Finance Info/Resource Table

Friday, March 2

253-967-1453

Reintegration (Reunion) for Family Members

Monday, March 5

253-967-8430

Unit INTRO Managers’ Training

Tuesday, March 6

253-982-2695

Care Team Training (evening)

Tuesday, March 6

253-967-8430

Military Knowledge

Tuesday, March 6

253-967-2382

Résumé 101

Tuesday, March 6

253-966-8433

ACT Women

March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

253-967-5901

Understanding AER Policies & Procedures

Wednesday, March 7

253-967-1453

FRG for Command Team

Wednesday, March 7

253-967-8430

The Complete Federal Resume

Thursday, March 8

253-982-9675

Financially Fit

Thursday, March 8

253-967-1453

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Workshop

Thursday, March 8

253-982-2695

Checking Account Maintenance Refresher

Thursday, March 8

253-967-1453

Funds Custodian Training (Daytime)

Friday, March 9

253-967-8430

Alaska Briefing

Monday, March 12

253-967-3633

ACT Men

Mar 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, Apr 2, 4

253-967-5901

Let’s Cook!

Monday, March 12

253-966-8433

SSDI Lab

Tuesday, March 13

253-966-8433

Key Contact Training (evening)

Tuesday, March 13

253-967-8430

EAP Civilian Training

Wednesday, March 14

253-732-2214

FRG Leadership Training

March 14-15

253-967-8430

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