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FOCUS JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD

February 2020

MORALE, WELFARE & RECREATION GUIDE

Ward off cabin fever!

Places for outdoor & indoor play Details on pages 16–19

Chill out with Wine & Jazz Festival Pages 6–7 Enter 2020 Shamrockin’ Run Page 20 Seek whitewater challenges for thrilling rewards Pages 26–28 The fight to be Bully Proof Pages 36–37


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Director, Family & MWR Venicia Morse Marketing director Kimberly Perrenot Editor/writer Patti Jeffrey Layout & design Patti Jeffrey Contributors Lizzie Hoscheit, Ki’Oriandra Moses, Kelley Thomas, Ryan Yates Contributing photographers Brenda Camren, Larissa Garduno, Emiliano Hernandez, Patti Jeffrey, Lional Kam, Leadbox, Crystal Mendiola, Venicia Morse 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.

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Good times wait for you Chill out at Wine & Jazz Festival, see the big game at parties, dance away the night, save on meals, practice your swing for spring and much more!

FEATURE 16 Ward off cabin fever Here are some tips for outdoor and indoor play that keep your family active!

SPORTS & FITNESS 20 Join races, team sports Enter Shamrockin’ Run, intramural and Commander’s Cup sports; fit in a quality workout; see what’s coming up!

ADVENTURES 26 Seek whitewater thrills Sign up for whitewater guide training to lead adventures or seek your own. Also see upcoming trips and skeet shoots.

YOUTH 32 Learn, play & find friends Join us in new events, workout warriors, team sports and FCC training! Also read about the new Bully Proof initiative.

LIBRARIES

38 Our place is yours! Find engaging fun, activities and clubs this month at your JBLM libraries!

MILITARY & FAMILY 46 Ramp up your success Communicate how you care; ice skate with other families; nominate volunteers for awards; learn how to get a Veteran Health ID card; check out classes. JBLMmwr.com

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

KELLEY THOMAS is McChord Club’s business operations manager. She has worked in MWR for 18 years.

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Aloha! I first started working for MWR as a chef overseas in Germany. I loved the opportunities that were available to me as an MWR employee utilizing travel and leisure activities, fitness and recreation programs and community events held on the bases throughout Europe. What started as a 13-month tour working, traveling and living a culinary adventure has turned in to an 18-year career. Working for MWR resorts overseas was my first opportunity to work with Service members and their families and was a true joy bringing smiles and excellent customer service to those who came to the resorts. Just a few months into my contract, 9/11 struck. My culinary adventure now had a new perspective and purpose, “Serving Those Who Serve.” Being able to offer joy and respite to Service members and their families in those difficult times brought a new life purpose. After 8 years overseas, I moved my family back home to the Hawaiian Islands and started a new chapter with MWR in the Child and Youth Services division. My daughter enrolled in the child care and school-age programs, and leadership supported my career change and desire to go back to school for more career growth within MWR. Working for CYS gave me a greater understanding of military families and the daily needs and challenges our military children face. I felt fortunate to work within an organization that cares and takes time to support our military families with excellence and understanding. I transitioned to JBLM as a technology lab associate for the school-age program at McChord Field. Working with CYS at JBLM gave me first-hand experiences working with Air Force families and eventually led me back to my culinary roots. As manager at McChord Club, I’m loving every moment being back planning events, conjuring up culinary delights and still serving those who serve! I look forward to this next chapter with MWR and being able to continue with the excellent opportunities that are available to myself and my family.

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ome enjoy the evening at the Wine & Jazz Festival Saturday, Feb. 15 at McChord Club. Make it a date and invite your friends for live jazz, wine tasting and more, 5–9 p.m. Jazz musician Brandon Willis is playing 5–7, and saxophonist/singer Maureese Itson is taking the stage 7–9. Reserve your places early for this popular event! The Club is offering preordered wine-tasting appetizer platters that complement and enhance the wines you’ll be tasting. Order

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your platter now and share the cost with your friends. Each platter is meant to be shared between two guests. Platter 1 costs $20 and features prosciutto and mozzarella skewers, Brie, pear and walnut crostini, drunken grapes with goat cheese, mixed nuts with herbed sea salt, dried fruits and antipasti olives. Platter 2 costs $35 and features everything on platter 1, plus peppered salami and soppressata and tomato and pepperoni puffs with crispy basil.


FOOD, JAZZ & FRIENDS Platter 3 costs $40 and is the ultimate charcutterie board. It includes assorted cheeses and meats all arranged with complementary jams, garnishes, olives, nuts, dried and fresh fruits with an assortment of crackers, crostini, breads and spreads. Splurge for a take-home wine basket for $55 that includes your choice of bottled wine (red, white, rosé or sparkling) and a specialized basket of meats, cheeses, spreads, fruits and accompaniments created by our chef — it’s sure to please!

Make your reservations by calling 253-584-1373 during weekday business hours or email specialevents@JBLMmwr.com. General admission is $18 per person (for ages 21 and older only). Club members pay $15. Admission includes three 1-ounce tastings and a souvenir wine glass (pay separately for additional wine by the bottle or glass). The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field. Pictured is a sample of all the platter options that pair nicely with your wine samples.

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Have fun at your Super Sunday parties See the big game here Super Sunday is Feb. 2 — watch the big game on a big screen with friends, food and fun! Choose from these locations at JBLM: 1. Warrior Zone at Lewis North on the corner of 17th and D streets, open to ages 18 and older. Drop in for the game and stay for the party! Also get in on the Madden 20 eSports tourney at 11 a.m. (sign up at 10) and take advantage of game food and drink specials. Call 253-477-5756 for details. 2. Nelson Recreation Center. You’re invited to a family-friendly party, open to all ages! Doors open at 2 p.m. Nelson Rec is located at 3168 2nd Division Dr., Lewis Main. 3. Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade at Lewis Main. Doors open at 2 p.m.; event begins at 3:30 with drawings every quarter, plus food and beverage specials. Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave., Lewis Main. Visit JBLMmwr.com for more details.

Play at the Pub McChord Pub offers fun events Check out McChord Pub’s Thursday Fly-By Wing Night with wing specials featuring five different flavors and sizes! You also can order burgers, appetizers and specials. Growlers are available, plus a discounted fillup if you bring your own. Everyone’s invited to drop by 4–6 for Friday night happy hour with food and drink specials. Also stop by to play darts Thursday and Friday nights and watch monthly UFC fights with food and drink specials. McChord Pub is inside McChord Club at 700 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field.

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Win at games for prizes Trivia’s fun at Sam Adams Cascade Make Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade your hangout with great food and fun, including major sporting events on big-screen TVs. Come on in and play to win at Friday trivia games Feb. 7 and 28, 7–9 p.m.! Teams can be up to four people; prizes are awarded to the top two teams. Sam Adams Cascade is at 2400 Bitar Ave., Lewis Main.


favorite hangout Watch the fights Catch UFC 247 action Watch UFC 247 Saturday, Feb. 8. Entry is for ages 18 and older at these locations: • At McChord Pub, order food and cold beverages. Everyone’s welcome (no membership is required), and there’s no cover charge. • At Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade, order appetizers, drinks and meals. Cover is $5 per person. • At Warrior Zone, order up food and drink specials while you enjoy the fights inside or on the heated, covered patio. There’s no cover charge. Visit JBLMmwr.com for location details.

Dance away the night Latin Night includes dance lessons Ages 18 and older can get Latin dance lessons at Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade Saturday, Feb. 15 at a Valentine-themed Latin Night! Come out for authentic food and drink specials. Dance lessons are 7:30–8:30 and DJ music is until 11. No cover! See you at 2400 Bitar Ave., Lewis Main.

Enter Texas Hold ‘Em Enter a 10-week Texas Hold ‘Em tournament at Warrior Zone, open to ages 18 and older. The tourney continues each Wednesday with registration at 6 p.m. and play at 6:30. Pay a $7 entry fee each week and earn points for the finals. All monies taken in will be paid out at the final April 8. Weekly winners receive a $50 Visa gift card. The first-place winner from each week, along with the top 30 ranking player, will compete in the finals. Questions? Call 253-477-5756.

Eat & bowl All-you-can-eat and bowl Looking for inexpensive fun for the family or with friends? Get in on all-you-can-eat pizza and two hours of bowling for $10 or four hours of bowling for $13 the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Bowl Arena Lanes, 4:30–8:30 p.m. (doesn’t include shoe rentals). The first Wednesday also includes soft tacos! Bowl Arena is at 2272 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. Call 253-967-4661 for more details. JBLMmwr.com

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Pictured: Are you eating vegetarian? No problem! HabaĂąero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course offers fresh and delicious vegetarian options on a number of menu items. See the complete menu at JBLMmwr.com under dining. Emiliano Hernandez 10 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus February 2020


Like to eat out?

Save with meal specials

You’ll love Habañero specials

The Club appreciates it members

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

Club members, you’re being appreciated at a free luncheon at McChord Club Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family members can dine for $5 each. No reservations needed. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Try the Hump challenge The hefty 6-pound burrito “Hump Challenge” is back Tuesdays–Fridays at Habañero Mexican Grill — order from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you can eat it in an hour or less, it’s on the house (a $22 value)! Habañero is located at 895 Lincoln Blvd., McChord Field.

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

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

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Share your love of creativity Bring in your coupon to try a new class Want to learn a new skill at a discount? Ask your friends to join you and sign up for a class that teaches you how to scrapbook or a beginning class in matting and framing. Be sure to clip and bring in the coupons (to the right) for super discounts to get you started in your new hobby!

each month. You’ll meet for four classes Thursdays, 1:30–3 p.m. This month’s theme is “Nature” with an emphasis on pattern, contrast, light, shadow, rhythm and repetition. The cost in February is $50 for supplies and instruction; call 253-982-6721 for more information and to register.

New silk-screen service

Unwind with facilitated art

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

Kids’ Kraft classes are free Join us for free Friday Kids’ Kraft classes in February! Your child can bring home a snail created with newspaper Feb. 7 and a cute sheep made of yarn Feb. 21! The class meets starting at 3:30 p.m. (class lasts until 5). Registration is free — call 253-982-6721 to reserve your spaces, since seating is limited.

Homeschool classes in art Homeschoolers ages 8–18 can receive expert instruction in art with a different theme

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The Arts & Crafts Center’s facilitated Resiliency Through Art program is available to those who may need a space to unwind due to the stresses of everyday life or to simply explore art materials without thinking about the end-result. The free class is open to everyone and meets Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Preregistration is required; call 253-982-6721.

Learn new types of arts & crafts Start a new hobby and create gifts for your family and friends, plus handmade treasures! Ask about our classes in basic sewing, book and scrapbook making, glass mosaics, quilting, knitting, crochet, sculpture, basket weaving, canvas painting, Zentangle, paper crafts and more.

Top right: A dad and his young son explored painting a valentine at Kids’ Kraft last year.


Sign youth up for Kids’ Kraft Join us for free Friday Kids’ Kraft classes in February! Your child can bring home a snail created with newspaper Feb. 1 and a cute sheep made of yarn Feb. 15! The class meets starting at 3:30 p.m. (class lasts until 5). For class details, call 253-982-6723. Limited seating is available; students must preregister.

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

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Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person at time of payment. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Feb. 1–29, 2020.

Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person at time of payment. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Feb. 1–29, 2020.

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Practice your

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ome out to Eagle’s Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses for a variety of off-season discounts and favorites this month. The winter course at Eagle’s Pride may be played even during cold, frosty days! Look at these specials just for you: • Dewsweeper discounts are available from golf course opening to 9 a.m. with $18 green fees. Add a cart for $12 per rider!

Eagle’s Pride is located off I-5 Exit 116. Call 253-967-6522 for the pro shop. Whispering Firs is at 895 Lincoln Blvd., McChord Field. Call 253-982-2124 for the pro shop.

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• Discounted green fees are available Wednesdays at Whispering Firs for $10 and Thursdays at Eagle’s Pride for $12. • Two-for-one green fees based on 18-hole play are good all day Tuesdays at Eagle’s Pride and Thursdays at Whispering Firs. • Two-for-one range buckets are available Mondays and Wednesdays at Eagle’s Pride and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Whispering Firs. You must purchase your tokens in the pro

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swing for spring

Did you know? • Book individual golf lessons from our resident pro to improve your swing. MWR Marketing staff

shop; limit of two buckets per day. • Super Sundays — Get two green fees and an 18-hole shared golf cart for $55 at Whispering Firs 10:30 a.m.–noon, and for $60 at Eagle’s Pride 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. (must have two players). • Hole in Fun — Enter the contest on the same day you golf! For $1, you can win the prize fund (a gift certificate equal to the amount in the fund) if you make a hole in one on any par 3 at Whispering Firs and Eagle’s Pride. Specials cannot be combined with other specials or used for tournaments or outings. Looking ahead, the 15th annual Spring Break is coming in March. Call 253-967-6522 for more details and to sign up for this popular tourney!

• Rent a room for your private party, luncheon, special function or reception at either golf course. Call the pro shop for information. • Gift certificates make a great present for office parties, birthdays and retirements!

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Ward off cabin fever with plenty of By Patti Jeffrey etting “cabin fever” yet? No need to feel stuck in your home with energetic tots, youngsters or teens when there’s so much play we offer for outdoor and indoor fun! Check out these ideas to get out of the house.

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Outdoor rentals If you crave snow fun, you don’t need to spend a lot of money at the slopes. How about renting a tube from the Northwest Adventure Center or Adventures Unlimited for $15 per day (or $24 for the weekend)? Take off for any snowy hill along Snoqualmie or White passes and spend the day sliding downhill. Also rent snowshoes, snow jackets and pants or cross-country ski gear if you want to traverse snowy mountainscapes.

Recreational outdoor trips If you don’t like to drive in snow, sign up for one of the Outdoor Recreation program’s winter trips with a driver, guide and all rental equipment. You can enjoy the company of like-minded Continued on next page. JBLMmwr.com

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adventurers in the Cascades — beginners are welcome to join the fun! See the upcoming list of winter trips on page 29. If you’d like to plan a private trip, ODR rents vans to go places you’ve yet to explore! The crew is offering a private cross-country ski trip to Snoqualmie Pass in February for $45 per person, based on a 10-person trip. The cost includes skis, poles, shoes, instruction and driver. Email JBLMadventuretrips@gmail.com if you’re interested in this trip or if you want to organize your own private trip.

Parent-and-child play centers Got tots? An easy trip out of the house for fun play and distraction is at JBLM’s parentand-child play centers. Raindrops & Rainbows at Lewis North provides play activities centered on different

Below: While parents visit after a yummy lunch at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center, the kids can play to their hearts’ content on the indoor playground. Sounders Lanes is also a great place for kids’ birthday parties with your choice of birthday bowling packages.

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themes and age groups in every part of the building, such as science, puppetry, construction, animal kingdom, library and computer learning games, water and sand tubs, art, exercise and specialized classes in infant massage, music with dance, new parent support and Play to Learn programming. Outside, a fenced-in playground and garden area captures youngsters’ interests. Escape Zone at McChord Field also is a great place to play with your tots, as well as form new friendships with other parents. Planned activities include coloring, finger painting, play dough, drawing, fun with rhythms and sounds, sand play and more. Large playrooms offer tumble play, soft toys, musical fun and much more. Outside in a fenced, covered courtyard, a soft fall zone makes outdoor play more comfortable.

Sounders Lanes indoor playground Grab a friend, gather your kids and stop in for lunch or a snack at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center. While you’re chatting or relaxing, let your kiddos run their extra energy out on


the indoor playground! The large room is convenient for parents and fun for your kiddos. As a bonus, if you have children who want to bowl, buy a combo and take your lunch receipt to the rental counter for a free game of bowling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays (shoe rentals aren’t included).

Arts & Crafts Center’s Kids’ Krafts Did you know you can bring your youngsters to the Arts & Crafts Center for free Kids’ Kraft classes twice a month? It’s easy to reserve your seats and stop in for creative fun that you make and take home. See page 12 for the new crafts planned for February.

Library storytimes & clubs When you or your kiddos don’t know what you want to do, you’ll find plenty of ideas at your base libraries! You can come in for family games, video games, children’s libraries, storytimes with arts and crafts, kids’ craft and reading clubs, special events and so much more! Make the library your second home — see

what’s happening this month on pages 38–43.

Swim indoors all winter Work all your major muscle groups at Soldiers Field House Pool located at Lewis Main at 3236 2nd Division Dr. (at Handrich). Recreational and lap swims, plus adult swim lessons, are available throughout the week. See the full schedule at JBLMsfa.com. Parent-and-tot swim lessons also are offered at Soldiers Field House Pool Tuesday and Thursday mornings for $10 per month for tots 6 months to 3 years old. To register, visit JBLMmwrRegistration.com. Call 253-967-5390 for more information.

For more information For complete information about all these programs and more, visit JBLMmwr.com and look under these dropdowns: Recreation, CYS (for Raindrops & Rainbows), Outdoor Rec, Sports & Fitness (for aquatics), Arts & Crafts, DPFR (for Escape Zone) and More (for library events and information). Also follow us at fb.com/JBLMmwr for the latest events, notices and happenings!

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Join races, team sports Enter first race of 2020 Enter 2020 Shamrockin’ 5K for fun The entire family can have fun at the 2020 Shamrockin’ 5K and Leprechaun 1K Saturday, March 21! We’re giving you a rockin’ good time with music, costume contests and fun, plus a party with food, drinks and revelry featuring everything Irish after the race. Come join the fun, wear your over-the-top Irish spirit and rock out with us! Find the link to registration details at JBLMraces.com. For race updates, visit us at fb.com/SportsFitnessAquatics. Register early for the best pricing and guaranteed T-shirts. The first 350 to register for the 5K receive stew and a beverage or brew!

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Sign up for intramural sports Compete in Commander’s Cup bowling Open to active duty Service members at JBLM, the 2019 JBLM Commander’s Cup bowling season starts Thursday, Feb. 20. Unit entry deadline is Thursday, Feb. 6. The top four teams will compete in the championship. For more information, call 253-967-6420 or visit JBLMsfa.com.

Join Commander’s Cup basketball Are you active duty military assigned to JBLM and like to play basketball competitively? Plan to attend one of the Commander’s Cup basketball informational coaches’ meetings Monday, Feb. 3: • At noon at the Intramural Sports office, 2170 Bitar Ave., Lewis Main. • At 1:30 p.m. at McChord Fitness Center, 729 5th St., McChord Field. The deadline to sign up is Monday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. The league begins Monday, Feb. 24. For more details, call 253-967-6420.

Enter soccer tourney Join the 2020 Open Outdoor Soccer Tournament! Round-robin games will be played Thursdays and Fridays throughout March with results seeding a two-day final tourney April 2–3. The informational meeting will take place at the Intramural Sports Office at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The deadline to sign up and pay is Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. A minimum of six teams must sign up by the deadline for the tournament to be played.

All events subject to change without notice. Visit JBLMsfa.com for updated details.

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Sign-ups are open to active duty military, Army and Air Force Reserve and National Guard Service members assigned to JBLM, family members ages 18 and older and all DOD civilians. Questions? Call the Intramural Sports office at 253-967-6420 or visit JBLMsfa.com.

Lifeguard opportunities Train to be a lifeguard JBLM Aquatics is offering a free American Red Cross Blended Learning lifeguard certification course Feb. 14–16 and Feb. 24–27 at Keeler Pool, located at 9993 Garfield St. at Lewis Main. Students must be at least age 15 and pass a pretest (a 300-meter swim utilizing the front crawl or breaststroke, a two-minute legs-only tread and a timed underwater brick retrieval, along with eight hours of precourse online training). The course takes about seven hours and classes are subject to cancellation two weeks in advance if there is low enrollment. Interested? Call 253-967-5390 to schedule your pretest.

Become a lifeguard Want to join the team as a lifeguard at JBLM? Come to the JBLM Lifeguard Fair Friday, Feb. 21, 3:30–6 p.m. Bring swim gear (to demonstrate swimming abilities), your résumé and copies of certificates. Tentative job offers may be given on the same day if you have your U.S. passport, birth certificate or certification of naturalization papers and your Social Security card. For more information, call 253-967-5390.

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Fit in a quality workout at your choice of fitness centers Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center Start time

Monday

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

Wednesday

Thursday

9 a.m.

Cardio Circuit MixxedFit

Yoga*

Step Circuit

Cardio Kickboxing

11:30 a.m.

Zumba*

Zumba*

4:30 p.m.

Yoga RIPPED

Yoga

Zumba*

McChord Annex Sports & Fitness Center Start time

Monday

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

10 a.m.

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Yoga

11 a.m. Noon

Saturday

Indoor Cycling

11 a.m.

5:30 p.m.

Friday

Connected Warrior Yoga*

6:45 a.m.

10 a.m.

Tuesday

Cardio Kickboxing Bootcamp

2 p.m.

Bootcamp

4:45 p.m.

Cardio Kickboxing

5:45 p.m.

Yoga

Zumba*

Cardio Kickboxing

MixxedFit

RIPPED

Core & More

MixxedFit

Core & More

MixxedFit

Soldiers Field House & Pool Start time

Monday

7:30 a.m.

Tuesday

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

9 a.m.

Water Aerobics

9:30 a.m.

Stroller Time*

10 a.m.

Water Aerobics

Friday

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

5:30 p.m.

Saturday

Spin*

Wilson Sports & Fitness Center Start time

Thursday

Spin*

Monday

Tuesday

6:45 a.m.

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

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Indoor Cycling*

10:15 a.m.

MixxedFit

11:30 a.m.

Zumba

6 p.m.

Stick Fighting

McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center Start time

Monday

Tuesday

6 p.m.

Tai Chi*

Tai Chi*

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

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Tai Chi*

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lan on spending some time with us getting in shape while having fun. Take a look at the intramural sports and races calendar below and make plans now for a year of fitness! We offer a variety of runs that range from

stroller- and kid-friendly courses to 10-milers. Sign up for as many runs as you can. The next fun run celebrates the Irish in all of us with the Saturday, March 21 Shamrockin’ Run! Find more details for races at JBLMraces.com and for sports at JBLMsfa.com.

February

Commander’s Cup basketball Open outdoor soccer tournament

Monday, Feb. 3* Thursday, Feb. 13*

March

Shamrockin’ 5K & Leprechaun 1K Commander’s cup golf Commander’s cup outdoor soccer

Saturday, March 21 Wednesday, March 25* Monday, March 30*

April

Open flag football tournament Awareness Run Commander’s Cup Ten-Miler qualifier Open spring softball tournament

Thursday, April 2* Saturday, April 4 Friday, April 10 Thursday, April 23*

May

Down & Dirty Mud Run

Saturday, May 9

June

Commander’s Cup softball Open sand volleyball tournament Sound to Narrows 12K military run Open kickball

Monday, June 1* Thursday, June 4* Saturday, June 13 Thursday, June 18*

July

Freedom Run 10-mile/5K/1K Commander’s Cup flag football Open 3-on-3 basketball tournament

Saturday, July 18 Monday, July 27* Thursday, July 30*

August

Open fall softball

Thursday, Aug. 20*

September

Beat the Director Commander’s Cup indoor soccer

Saturday, Sept. 12 Monday, Sept. 14*

October

Commander’s Cup 5K championship Commander’s Cup swim championship Zombie Apocalypse 5K/ Not-So-Scary 1K

Friday, Oct. 2 Tuesday, Oct. 13* Saturday, Oct. 17

November

Turkey Trot 10K/5K/Drumstick Dash 1K Open holiday basketball tournament

Saturday, Nov. 14 Monday, Nov. 23*

December

Ugly Sweater 5K/Rudolph Red-Nosed 1K

Saturday, Dec. 5

*Informational/coaches meeting. Sports will begin two weeks after meeting.

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

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

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

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FOCUS Adventures

Seek whitewater challenges for thrilling rewards By Ryan Yates, ODR programmer “We could barely hear each other shouting over the roar of the river. The water tumbled through a labyrinth of boulders, crashing against the rocks and pouring over drops into surging piles of recirculating water known as ‘holes.’ Though it looked at first like there was no way to get a raft through the rapid, a path began to emerge as we examined it. “By positioning the raft on a jet of current here and using the cushion of water upstream of one of the boulders there, we would be able to guide our rafts through the chaos and out the other side. We returned to the rafts, determined to put our skills and our plan to the test.”

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unning rivers is an intense and rewarding experience. For many people, a guided trip down one of Washington’s many whitewater rivers is the highlight of their summer. Washington’s whitewater guides get to experience this throughout the state’s rafting season, along with the added satisfaction of sharing the beauty and thrills offered by our rivers with those who don’t have the experience or equipment to safely run them on their own. Starting in April, the Outdoor Recreation program is offering whitewater guide training for those interested in river guiding and also for those who want to learn to run rivers on their own. The training will be led by Brent Roth, Ryan Yates and Brad Hinton, all American Canoe Association-certified whitewater rafting instructors. Training lasts a week with classroom instruction and on-river portions on the Nisqually and Sauk rivers. Participants will learn a variety of new skills vital to running rivers. On-shore instruction teaches students the proper way to rig rafts for a Continued on page 28.

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paddle crew, how to load a trailer and how to prepare rafting crews for hazards found in swift-water environments. Basic paddle strokes, calm-water maneuvering and flip recovery will be taught in a pool prior to the first day on the river. Once on the river, students will be taught how to maneuver the rafts in changing currents. They’ll learn how to identify hydraulic features, how those features can affect a raft and which features should be avoided. The final day of training features a “river olympics” where teams of students will compete in a series of challenges designed to test the skills they learned throughout the week. Students will be on their own in the rafts, with the instructors acting as outside observers.

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Graduates of the training may be given the opportunity to guide on ODR rafting trips. Whitewater guide training runs April 27– May 1. It’s open to active duty, retirees, family members and DOD civilians. Interested participants can sign up at the Northwest Adventure Center or Adventures Unlimited. “The downstream tube of the raft briefly sank almost to the water’s surface as it swung into the safety of the eddy below the churning rapid. With adrenaline coursing through our veins, the seven of us raised our paddles, cheering and whooping as the plastic blades mimicked an oversized high-five. “Feelings of thrill and satisfaction mixed together as we looked back upstream, knowing we had been up to the challenge the river had offered.”


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

Date

Activity

Cost

Saturday, Feb. 1

Photography 101

$45

Saturday, Feb. 1

Snowshoe Nisqually Vista

$55

Sunday, Feb. 2

Paradise snow day

$55

Thursday, Feb. 6

Alpine course begins*

$450

Saturday, Feb. 8

Snowshoe Nisqually Vista

$55

Saturday, Feb. 8

Cape Flattery hike

$75

Saturdays, Feb. 8 & 15

Chocolate & wine tour

$85

Saturday, Feb. 15

Snow tubing

$40

Sunday, Feb. 16

Explore Victoria, B.C.

$110 ages 12+ $95 ages 5–11 $70 ages 0–4

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Kayak skills class

$40

Feb. 22–23

Wilderness first aid

$125

Sunday, Feb. 23

Snowmobiling

$250 single + $100/passenger

Saturday, Feb. 29

June Lake snowshoe

$65

Sunday, March 1

Photography 101

$45

Saturday, March 7

Moonlight snowshoe

$65

Saturday, March 7

MoPop

$50

Sunday, March 8

Composition workshop

$45

Saturday, March 14

Reflection Lake snowshoe

$55

Sunday, March 15

Waterfall tour

$65

Sunday, March 15

Salt Creek tidepools

$TBD

Tuesday, March 17

Kayak skills class

$40

Saturday, March 21

Whale watching

$100 18+, $80 3–17, $25 0–2

Sunday, March 22

June Lake snowshoe

$65

Saturday, March 28

Hurricane Ridge Snowshoe

$65

Sunday, March 29

Snowmobiling

$250 single + $100/passenger

*Alpine Climbing Course Feb. 6 Lecture 1 Feb. 20 Lecture 2 March 5 Lecture 3

March 19 Lecture 4 April 2 Lecture 5 April 22 Lecture 6 April 18–19 Overnight May 2 Rock Climbing

Kids’ Climbing Club Thursdays; $125 for 12-week session or $12/class at Adventures Unlimited

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

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JBLM 100 TARGET Park inside Scouts Out Gate & walk out to the range, or travel from East Gate Road through the training area.

For more info, call 253-967-7056. Come out for monthly Saturday shoots: Feb. 15 Feb. 22 March 14

April 18 May 30 June 20

July 18 Aug. 15 Sept. 19

Oct. 17 & 24 Nov. 14 Dec. 19

Register 9AM–12:15PM; • Shooting starts 10:30AM Entry fee: $35 for nonregistered shooters; $42 for registered shooters.

Range hours: Wednesdays–Sundays 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Unit shoots available on request on Fridays. Retail store & firearms transfers Wednesdays–Sundays 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Note: All guns being brought onto any part of JBLM must be registered at Waller Hall in accordance with JBLM 190-11. New gun registration form can be acquired by accessing installation link http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/des/le_veh_ registration.htm and filling out HJB FORM 816-1 2014. Type or print legibly all information and read back side of the form (DO NOT BRING FIREARMS INSIDE THE BUILDING). Visitor Center personnel will provide further direction and guidance to complete the registration process. Personnel are responsible for ensuring that guns being transported are NOT LOADED and in a soft or hard gun case. Ammunition will be stored separately and all items will be located out of arm’s reach (e.g., trunk, back seat, etc). Individuals having guns are to go directly to the firing range and are restricted FROM STOPPING AT INSTALLATION FACILITIES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Lewis Exchange, Gas Station, etc.

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FOCUS Youth

Youth learn how to prepare and serve meals at Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone. The center offers a multitude of special-interest clubs, leisure activities, college preparedness and leadership programs. Crystal Mendiola 32 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus February 2020


Learn, play & make friends with CYS H

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

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illside Youth Center/Teen Zone is an open-rec program available at no cost to youth in grades 6–12 for recreational, academic and social opportunities. All youth must be registered with CYS and the Teen Zone. Stop by and check out the variety of programs and after-school clubs! Registered youth are invited to these February events: • We’re planning an Escape Room trip for Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend. You’ll need a permission slip! • Friday, Feb. 7, 5–6 p.m., send a card of kindness! • Wednesday, Feb. 12, try the Gumball Day Challenge, 5–6 p.m. • Disguise yourself for our Masquerade Party Saturday, Feb. 29, 6–9 p.m. We’re celebrating this special leap year with music, dancing and door prizes! • We’re hosting a free 14-hour certified babysitting course for teens Feb. 24–28, 4–6:30 p.m. The course includes basic care, developmental ages and stages, safety, first aid, CPR and more. Students must be registered with CYS and at least age 13 to babysit on base. Advanced registration is required; call 253-967-4441 for more information. • New to JBLM or leaving? On the last Friday of the month, join us for our hail-and-farewell activities. Sorry, we’re closed Friday, Feb. 14 for a training day. We’re located at 6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. Call us at 253-967-4441 for more information or a tour.

Get into functional fitness programing Youth Sports and the Teen Zone have teamed up to present Workout Warriors! Take on the Iron Palace exercise room Mondays through Thursdays, 3:15–4 p.m. A Teen Zone staff member will take children over to the Youth Sports exercise gym for a 45-minute workout with our CYS fitness professionals. Dress for your workout! JBLMmwr.com

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Children’s Museum of Tacoma offers fun at parent-and-child play centers Children’s Museum of Tacoma brings “Play to Learn” fun to Escape Zone and Raindrops & Rainbows parent-and-child play centers Wednesdays this school year. Play to Learn is a free program for youth ages 6 and younger and their parents, grandparents, neighbors, family and friends who nurture children ages 6 and younger. Thematic curriculum invites individual play, fun group activities, songs, and a whole-group circle time for children and adults to enjoy together. Just drop in — no registration needed. The fun takes place 10–11:30 a.m. at Escape Zone and 1:30–3 p.m. at Raindrops & Rainbows. Upcoming dates are: • Feb. 5 — Community helpers. • Feb. 12 — Love notes. • Feb. 26 — Dr. Suess/Read Across America. Escape Zone is at 841 Fairway Rd. at McChord Field. Raindrops & Rainbows is at 8197 American Lake Dr., Lewis North.

Build a home child care career Looking for a fun and rewarding home business? If you live on base at JBLM, become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of military families. FCC providers can earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies and receive free business resources. You can also take your business with you to your next duty station. Learn about FCC at the Tuesday, Feb. 11 orientation, 6–8 p.m. at the FCC office (no children allowed at the orientation due to space/discussion topics). Full-day training classes will meet weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. following the orientation. All classes are required for FCC certification. The FCC Office is at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main. Questions? Call 253-967-3039.

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Enroll in recreational fun with CYS Join a sports team Join in the fun of winter sports camps and activities with CYS! CYS Sports hosts recreation leagues that are inclusive of all youth who want to learn the fundamentals of the game and have fun. To register your family, you’ll need: 1. A full CYS registration on file. 2. A sports physical that’s current through the entire sports season (updated annually). For a full CYS registration, please bring your current shot record, military, DOD or contractor ID card, three local emergency contacts and a sports physical. For more enrollment information, call Parent Central Services at 253-966-2977. Call Youth Sports office at 253-967-2405 for questions about youth sports.

Take gymnastics and karate Enroll your youth now in karate and gymnastics classes! Enrollment is ongoing throughout the year on a monthly basis (youth must have full enrollment in CYS first). Class registration, including cost and age details, are at JBLMcysRegistration.com. Both classes take place at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. Questions? Call 253-966-2977.

Become a coach We need your energy for youth sports Share your love of sports with JBLM youth as a volunteer sports coach. Youth Sports provides training and offers sports fee vouchers. A background check is required. For more information, stop by the Youth Sports office at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. The office is open 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays. Questions? Call 253-967-2405.


Spring/summer sports leagues League Sport

Registration

Ages

Cost

Parent Meeting

Practices Begin

Season Ends

Special Olympics Aquatics

Through Feb. 24

8–18

$60

Tuesday, March 3

Tuesday, March 3

Thursday, May 14

Special Olympics Track & Field

Through Feb. 24

8–18

$60

Tuesday, March 10

Tuesday, March 10

Thursday, May 14

Baseball

Feb. 1– March 12

5–12

$65

Friday, March 27

Monday, April 6

Saturday, June 6

Lil’ Batters Baseball (no games)

Feb. 1– March 12

3–4

$35

Thursday, March 26

Monday, April 6

Thursday, May 14

Soccer

May 1–July 30

5–12

$65

Saturday, Aug. 15

Monday, Aug. 17

Saturday, Oct. 17

Bumblebee Soccer

May 1–July 30

3–4

$35

Saturday, Aug. 15

Monday, Aug. 17

Saturday, Oct. 3

Spring/summer sports camps & activities Camp

Registration

Age

Cost

Starts

Time/Location

Funky Fit Sports Development

Feb. 14– March 26

3–4

$35

March 30–April 1

10–11 a.m.

Funky Fit Soccer

Feb. 14– March 26

5–15

$35

March 30–April 1

12:30–2 p.m.

Baseball

Feb. 14– March 26

5–15

$35

March 30–April 2

10 a.m.–noon, ages 5–8; 1–3 p.m., ages 9–15

Flag Football

Feb. 14– March 26

8–18

$35

March 31–April 2

2:30–4 p.m.; Cowan Stadium

The First Tee Golf Camp 1

March 2– April 16

7–18

$40

Tuesdays, April 21– May 26

4–5:30 p.m.; Eagles Pride Golf Course

The First Tee Golf Camp 2

March 2–April 16

7–18

$40

Thursdays, April 23– May 28

4–5:30 p.m.; Whispering Firs Golf Course

Lil’ Drivers Golf Camp

March 2–April 16

5–6

$25

Wednesdays, April 22–May 27

4–5 p.m.; Eagles Pride Golf Course

Pitch, Hit & Run

Youth baseball fields

7–14

Free

May 5–6

5–7 p.m. at practice fields

Armed Forces Kids’ Run

Feb. 18–March 20; sign-up forms at Youth Sports Office

5–16

Free

Run is Saturday, April 11; packet pick-up April 6–9

9–10:30 a.m. at Cowan Stadium; late entry 8 a.m.

British Soccer Camp

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3–16

Costs online

July 13–17 at Lewis Main; Aug. 10–14 at McChord Field

Times online

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The fight to be Bully Proof By Lizzie Hoscheit JBLM youth, Christian Ashford, has been making local and national headlines in the past year regarding the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Military Youth of the Year competition that took place last August. It all started when he first heard about the competition — he admitted that the prize initially drew him in, but he could never have been prepared for the impact that the experi-

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ence would have on his life. Christian decided to make teen bullying the main focus of his platform after a younger peer told him about how he had been a victim of bullying. This conversation struck a chord with Christian because he says he had also been a victim of bullying when he was younger. He’s taken great strides in his Bully Proof initiative by creating Bully Boxes, which are discreet boxes with cards you can fill out de-


scribing the situation where bullying occurred. The boxes are located out of plain sight so the person submitting the form can remain anonymous. This encourages kids to speak up in writing if they’re afraid to do so verbally. One of these locations is in Hillside Youth Center/ Teen Zone. The directors, along with Christian, have noticed the difference the boxes are making. Christian says, “The information kids submit is able to help supervisors know what to look for, address the situation and deal with it accordingly.” Christian takes time to speak at local Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as several elementary schools, about bullying and what students can do to stop it. Along with Bully Boxes, Christian created a Bully Proof Survival Kit that’s handed out to all of the students where he speaks. These survival kits contain candy with witty sayings such as, “Be a ‘Lifesaver.’ Report bullying!” They also contain a card for students to write down any bullying they endured or witnessed, as well as an informational card with resources to help end bullying. One of those resources are Christian’s own website he created — ChristianAshford.com — to expand his outreach. The website also provides personal information along with his mission and how you can help the cause. As for the future, Christian has big plans for his Bully Proof initiative — he aims to have Bully Boxes distributed nationwide to Boys &

Girls Clubs and schools. He spoke about all the hard work that goes into it, from putting together all of the boxes to contacting schools and Boys & Girls Clubs to “sell” his Bully Box. He says, “While it’s hard work, it’s worth every bit even if it only helps one person.” Christian also has big plans for himself. He’s starting the last semester of his senior year of high school. He’ll be receiving his acceptance to West Point in February and plans to join the military and Aviation Branch. He’s excited to become the first pilot in his family, and says it was growing up in a military family and finding such a strong community here at JBLM and other bases where they’ve lived that led him to want to join the military. He plans for his Bully Proof initiative’s future as well as his own to grow together through volunteer work and continuing to reach out to Boys & Girls Clubs and schools. Christian also has a new project on the horizon. Spending the last four years in the Pacific Northwest, he has increasingly noticed the issue of homelessness. Seeing the impact his anti-bullying initiative has, he wants to expand his reach to the homeless community as well. He’s planning on organizing a statewide fundraiser for homeless youth and their families. He plans to make care packages with all of the essentials, such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, as well as blankets. Christian represents the best of JBLM’s youth fighting to make a change in our community. JBLMmwr.com

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FOCUS Libraries

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Our place is your place at JBLM libraries Come in & feel right at home with all our activities!

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

Read ‘Books with Bogan’

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

Kids can spend time reading their favorite book to a reading assistance dog at Book Patch Library’s “Books with Bogan.” Bogan’s visiting 3:30–4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 13 and 27. By providing quiet comfort, the trained dog transforms into a supportive reading buddy and trusted friend in a safe and welcoming space. Call 253-967-5533 to reserve your spot. Bogan’s waiting to hear from you!

Dream in STEAM Calling youth who want to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics! Join McChord Library’s Dream in STEAM and learn how to design, build, problem-solve, create and expand your knowledge in engaging activities every other month! This month, we meet Friday, Feb. 21 starting at 4 p.m. and enter into a world of unlimited imagination. The program is geared toward ages 8 and older (ages 6–7 also can participate with a parent or guardian). Registration is required at JBLMlibraries.com or call McChord Library at 253-982-3454. JBLMmwr.com

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‘Gamers Guild’ for families Want a night out for free fun? Visit Grandstaff Library the fourth Friday of each month to play board games, cards and video games! This month, drop in Feb. 28, 4:30–6 p.m. for fun with retro video games. No registration is needed.

Registration is required for McChord Library at JBLMlibraries.com starting one week prior, or call 253-982-3454. No registration is needed at Book Patch.

Club activities for boys & girls

In honor of Rainier Elementary School, we’re displaying artwork created by their students at Book Patch Library! Families can stop by and see the fantastic creations these students have shared with us — tell other family members to come see the display! Thank you, Rainier Elementary, for sharing!

Book Patch Library invites you to monthly clubs with fun activities to help build confidence, creativity and friendships 4–5 p.m.: • SuperGirls Club meets the second Tuesday of the month. Girls ages 7–11 can join us Feb. 11 for game night! • Mudspots & Robots Boys Club is open to boys of all ages the third Tuesday of the month. Create and reinvent with our curiosity set cubelets Feb. 18!

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Extra library perks

Teen Filmmakers Production Crew

Check out free wi-fi hotspots

Youth ages 11 and older can join the McChord Teen Film Production Crew at McChord Library! We meet Mondays at 4 p.m. to learn the art of filmmaking and creating our own independent short films step by step. Just drop in!

On the go or planning a vacation and need internet connectivity? Check out a free wi-fi hotspot with your library card or place one on hold and we’ll email you when it’s ready for pickup. Each checkout is limited to one week with no renewals. Stop by today!

Create at BYOU teen girls’ club

Book a tech expert for free

Spend a girl-fueled power hour of creativity and awesome nosh at the Be Your Own You teen girls’ club 4–5 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Book Patch Library. This month, we’ll meet Feb. 4 to paint conversation rock hearts!

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

It’s Rainier Elementary Month

Build at Lego clubs Calling all master builders! Kids ages 3 and older can get creative at JBLM libraries Lego clubs at 4 p.m. the first Friday of the month at McChord Library (Feb. 7) and the second Friday of the month (this month, it’s Thursday, Feb. 13) at Book Patch Library. We provide the Lego sets, and you provide the imagination!

Right: Youngsters are offered a variety of choices of what to create at Lego clubs at McChord and Book Patch libraries.

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FAMILY & ADULT

Children’s books, crafts, activities & more See what Kids’ Book Club is all about Youth in grades 3–5 can join us at McChord Library’s monthly Kids’ Book Club the third Wednesday of the month to read fun books and meet fun people! We’ll meet Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. to discuss “Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream” by Jenny Han. Check out a copy from the front desk!

Music & movement storytime Youngsters ages 3–5 can join McChord Library the last Friday of the month for a fullbody experience while building early literacy skills and healthy bodies! This month, we’ll meet Friday, Feb. 28 starting at 10:30 a.m. Music and Movement Story Time includes stories, singing, dancing and fun (be sure to dress in comfortable clothes). Space is limited; registration is required and begins one week prior at JBLMlibraries.com.

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Enjoy storytimes at Book Patch Book Patch Library offers two weekly reading events! Come join us for: • Kinder-Ready Storytime that meets 10:30–11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, developing essential skills to prepare children ages 3–5 for kindergarten.


READING FUN

Join adult book clubs Take part in Novel Navigators book club Join the Novel Navigators book discussion group for adults that meets the second Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. at McChord Library. This month’s meeting is Feb. 12 to discuss “The Shoemaker’s Wife,” by Adriana Trigiani. A limited number of copies are available; register in person to receive a copy. Check out next month’s selection in time for our March 11 meeting.

Attend Afterthought book club • An all-ages family storytime and craft that meets 3:30–4:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

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

Come to Grandstaff Library on the third Monday of every month for our Afterthought adult book club. We’re exploring books from all genres and discovering new books to enjoy in this all-inclusive book club. Check out your book (ask at the front desk) and plan to join us Feb. 17, 5:30–7 p.m. in the conference room to discuss “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. JBLMmwr.com

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FOCUS Military & Family

NAVIGATE THROUGH THE YEAR WITH DPFR Communicate your caring With February comes thoughts of Cupid, hearts and all things love! This month, get inspired to spread love and support for others every day, all year round. The way we communicate with others is one way to show support and build strong connections. Try using “I statements” to show your appreciation for those special people in your life. Come learn more about skills the Families OverComing Under Stress program uses to help families celebrate their love and joy. Don’t just get by, get stronger! Drop in and see us! FOCUS is located at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. Call 253-966-6390 for more information or email JBLM@focusproject.org. You also may visit online at FocusProject.org or fb.com/FOCUSresiliencytraining.

Ice skate with families Come celebrate the winter season with the JBLM Exceptional Family Member Program and Service Member & Family Assistance Center Friday, Feb. 21 at Sprinkler Recreation Center. You can ice skate (with or without ice walkers) or watch with other families during our private ice arena rental for the hour to ensure less crowding.

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Admission, skate rentals and ice walkers are complimentary, courtesy of our sponsors. Wheelchairs are allowed directly on the ice. (Fun fact: The tires are made from same material as their zamboni!) Reserve your spot at JBLM-efmp-sfacskate2020.eventbrite.com.

Nominate volunteers The JBLM Installation Volunteer Office is accepting nominations for the Volunteer of the Year award beginning Monday, Feb. 17. Categories for Volunteer of the Year are community, retiree, family, active duty and adult. To be eligible: • 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 2019 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 active duty Service members 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. • 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 Ceremony 1–2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at American Lake Conference Center. Nominations must be submitted online at cognitoforms.com/DPFR1/JBLMVolunteerOf TheYear2020NominationForm no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 16. For additional information, call 253-967-2324.

How to get a Veteran Health ID card Good news for eligible veterans! The new Veteran Health Identification Card gives eligible veterans access to certain on-base privileges, such as certain MWR facilities, AAFES retail stores and commissaries. Authorized caregivers are also eligible (please note: The JBLM DEERS/ID Cards office doesn’t issue these cards). Veterans should visit va.gov/health-care/ get-health-id-card for more information on eligibility, plus instructions on obtaining a VHIC if qualifications are met. JBLM has implemented a policy to issue an AIE badge to the spouse of an individual in possession of a VHIC. The spouse is required to present a marriage license or certificate and be escorted by the VHIC cardholder to receive the badge. After a mandatory security vetting, approved spouses will receive a one-day pass to Waller Hall. There, a pass will be issued through Thursday, Dec. 31 or the VHIC expiration date, whichever is earlier. The spouse must still be accompanied by the VHIC cardholder at all times at JBLM, and the badge doesn’t authorize shopping or facility use privileges. If you have questions about this process, please contact the JBLM DEERS/ID Cards office at 253-967-5065. JBLMmwr.com

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

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

Event

Date

For details

Overseas Briefing

Mondays

253-967-6338/2590

Toddler Play Group

Tuesdays

253-967-5901

Toddler Mindfulness

First & third Tuesdays

253-967-5901

Talk and Play

Wednesdays

253-967-5901

Baby Play Group

Thursdays

253-967-5901

Playmorning Play Group

Fridays

253-967-5901

Career Skills Program Brief

Mondays

253-966-8166

SFRG Funds Custodian (evening)

Tuesday, Feb. 18

253-967-3397

Résumé 101

Thursday, Feb. 20

253-477-9675

Reentry Briefing

Thursdays, Feb. 20, March 5

253-967-6338/2590

SFRG Leadership Training Sessions 1–3

Thursdays, Feb. 13, 20 & 27 (must complete all three)

253-967-3397

EFMP & SFAC Ice Skating Party

Friday, Feb. 21

253-967-7166

Predeployment Workshop

Monday, Feb. 24

253- 967-3397

LinkedIn 360

Thursday, Feb. 27

253-477-9675

Alaska Briefing

Monday, March 2

253-967-6338/2590

What to Expect Before Marriage

March 2 & 4

253-967-5901

Hawaii Briefing

Tuesday, March 3

253-967-6338/2590

#Adulting

March 3, 5, 10, 12

253-967-5901

Smooth Move Workshop

Tuesday, March 3

253-967-4605

Volunteer Orientation Training

Thursday, March 5

253-967-2324

VMIS Organization Point of Contact

Thursday, March 5

253-967-2324

The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, March 12

253-477-9675

EFMP & SFAC Bingo Party

Friday, March 13

253-967-7166

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

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