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6 Try a new dining experience MWR offers a large variety of menu items at our eateries — try something new today!

fun 8 Come on & get happy!

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Join contests to show off your best, get artsy and creative, join fun sports for everyone and win big at games.

feature 12 How renovations benefit you Facility closure? You can expect it to reopen with better services for you. Find out what’s in the works for 2017.

adventures 14 Head to the snow Make the most of winter recreation with backcountry skiing, snowshoeing & mountain climbing.

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sports, fitness & aquatics 20 Make fitness a resolution Personal fitness is easy with so many choices on base — sample aerobics classes at the fitness fair, sign up for sports, swim, weight train and more.

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youth 24 Start the year with fun Have fun this year learning and playing with SKIESUnlimited, parent-and-child play centers, youth sports and free skill-building classes.

military & Family readiness 26 Let AFCS lend a hand Find opportunities and challenges with higher education, budgeting, parenting, job searches and so much more with AFCS.

26 Photos: Patti Jeffrey (6 & 10); Cindy Arnold (24)

FROM THE COVER Resolution: Have more fun, be healthy, be happy

libraries 30 Learn something new for free Your JBLM libraries offer speciality clubs and free workshops for all ages — let them spark a new interest this month.

JBLM Family and MWR has the programs you need to reach your 2017 goals! Experience new things and places with Outdoor Recreation, get fit with Sports, Fitness & Aquatics, meet new people at special events and more.

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Happy New Year from JBLM Family and MWR!

FOCUS JBLM Family & MWR

Happy New Year from JBLM Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation! We have great events and programs to help you get the new year off to a great start. If one of your resolutions is to get healthy and fit, you don’t want to miss the Fitness

Director, Family & MWR William E. Harvey Creative director Promotions director

Toby Bartley Kelly Wetzel

Resolution Fair Saturday, Jan. 7 at Wilson Sports & Fitness Center at Lewis North. You

Editor & graphic designer

can try out fitness classes and meet with expert vendors from 9–11:30 a.m. Plus, if

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you’re one of the first 200 to join us at the event, you’ll take home a T-shirt. For more

Contributors Jessica Gomez and Jackie Kelly

information, turn to page 20. We all wish we had more time to have fun with Family and friends. You find the time in your busy schedule, and we have lots of ways for you to fill it! Choose from winter adventure trips with the Outdoor Recreation program (there are many international trips on the schedule, too!), intramural sports, a quick, tasty bite to eat, bowling or golf — the options are endless. This issue also has ideas on how to strengthen relationships and improve communication, as well as a schedule of classes for financial matters, military knowledge and career-building. Let’s make 2017 a great year — healthy, happy and fun!

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

Kimberly Rowe Patti Jeffrey

Contributing photographers Cindy Arnold, Patti Jeffrey, Scott Hansen and Kaweka Stoney For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, off-base businesses, call Angela Frasier at 253-966-2256. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style. Photo submissions, accompanied by a release from the photographer and the Family/individual are also accepted. Send full-resolution (1–4 MB) jpgs to kimberly.rowe@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/JBLMFamilyMWR.

Keep warm and save energy by: • Covering drafty windows using insulating drapes and/or plastic sheeting. • Keep your doors & windows closed. • Clean heating ducts & registers. • Replace your furnace filter.

• Use a programmable thermostat to turn down the heat when the house in unoccupied. • Wear warm clothing. • In government buildings at JBLM, personal heaters are prohibited per AR 420-1.

Help save taxpayer dollars and stop energy waste! If you see it, let us know: 253-219-2394.

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Good times, great food at bowling centers You’ll find all your favorites and more at the Strike Zones at McChord Field’s Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center and Lewis Main’s Bowl Arena Lanes! Share a 16-inch pizza with the gang at Bowl Arena Lanes or a 14-inch pizza at Sounders Lanes (prices vary). Add your own toppings for a custom pizza. On a budget? Order the 7-inch flatbread pizza with one topping for about a third to a quarter of the cost. If you’re watching calories, you’ll find a grilled chicken breast, house or side salad or veggie pizza enticing. Try the Strike Zone’s Wednesday specials at Sounders Lanes. Buy a whole cheese, pepperoni or sausage pizza for only $10 or a corn dog and fries for only $2.50 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Also find weekday specials, such as the patty melt, Swedish meatballs, beef stroganoff, chicken bulgogi and more! Sounders Lanes is at 737 Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field. At Bowl Arena Lanes’ Strike Zone, sample the daily meal deals — sandwich,

New café opens for lunch The Club at McChord Field’s new café will soon be open for lunch from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. weekdays! The fresh new look and brand-new menu feature a huge salad bar full of healthy and tasty items along with the soup of the day, plus a new pasta bar. Order hot meals from the café and your favorite sandwiches, too. Menu items include Italian, Cuban, Mediterranean, hoagie and chicken sandwiches and a variety of grilled beef, chicken and barbecued chicken burgers (all served with fries). The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. Call 253-982-5581 for more information.

soup and a fountain drink — plus a hefty choice of burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, starters and sides. Bowl Arena Lanes is at 2772 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main.

Try Habañero’s fresh menu!

Sam Adams treats you to dinner

ing Firs Golf Course has delicious menu

Come on over to Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM for dinner — it’s the only sitdown dinner at JBLM! Thursdays–Mondays, enjoy appetizers, salads, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and more. Relax with a cold Sam Adams specialty brew and get discounts with happy hour specials from 4–6 p.m. Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. For more details, call 253-964-2012.

items for breakfast and lunch. You can

The Club appreciates its members

ings for only $5.75. Try a wrap with the

Club members, you’re being appreciated at a free luncheon at the Club at McChord Field Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Family members and guests can also attend for $5 each. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Sample daily flavors, specials at Battle Bean The Battle Beans at Lewis Main feature tasty January weekday specials: • Mondays start with mocha madness with $1.50 off any size order of dark chocolate mocha. • Tuesdays, receive a free flavor upgrade on your favorite coffee drink. • Wednesdays, rev up your energy with one free espresso shot in your order. • Thursdays are “macchin’ me crazy” — receive $1.50 off any size caramel macchiato. • Fridays, grab a $1 pastry with your purchase of any specialty drink. The Stone Ed Battle Bean is located at 6242 Colorado Ave. and opens at 7:30 a.m. weekdays. The Drive-Thru Battle Bean is at the

corner of 12th Street and Liggett Avenue and is open 7 a.m.–noon weekdays.

Habañero Mexican Grill at Whisper-

even pick up breakfast on the way to work by ordering ahead! Mornings offer your choice of bacon, sausage, chorizo or ham breakfast bowls with hash browns, SOS, cheese and an egg for only $4.50. If you prefer a lighter lunch, order lunch wraps, light-size burritos and quesadillas. The wraps feature chicken Caesar, ham or turkey jalapeño club fillnew house-made chips or onion rings. For more new menu items, visit JBLMmwr.com. Habañero is located at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field.

Enjoy food specials with events at the Warrior Zone You know that food and fun make for a great time, and the Warrior Zone delivers! • Enjoy happy hour weekdays from 5–7 p.m. Draft beer pitchers are $2 off, and a draft beer cup or bottled beer are each $1 off. Also get in on daily food specials. • The first five people to sign up for any gaming tourney receive $2 off a meal in the Zone. • Help the Warrior Zone celebrate its fifth anniversary with free slices of cake Sunday, Jan. 29. • Take advantage of food specials during the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 29. Get $2 off a 12-inch Five-O flatbread pizza and buy a Hawaiian pulled pork sandwich with fries for $5.50. The Warrior Zone is located on the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North. Call the Zone at 253-477-5835/33. JBLMmwr.com

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Contests show off your best Homebrewers can compete for ‘Best of JBLM’ & ‘Best of DOD’ If you’re into making homebrew, start your mash and get ready to enter your best batches into the 2017 JBLM homebrew competition for bragging rights — Best of JBLM or Best of DOD. Military competitors who identify themselves at registration also have a chance at the Commander’s Cup award. Online registration is open Jan. 1– Feb. 1 at wahomebrewers.org/mcchord. Competition is only open to beer (ciders and meads will not be judged). The fee is $7 per entry. Entries will be judged by certified experts Friday, Feb. 3. Winners will be announced at Brewfest Friday, Feb. 10. Event organizers are encouraging homebrewers to provide samples at Brewfest, where winners will be announced and awarded prizes and medals. The event is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition, hosted by JBLM MWR and Homebrewers of Puget Sound.

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Call 253-967-5776 for more information, or visit JBLMmwr.com/brewfest.

Enter your best photos in Army Digital Photo Contest Enter your best photos by Tuesday, Jan. 31 into the Army’s annual Digital Photography Contest. You could see your photo online in the contest’s gallery as a winner! Enter as an active duty military member, Family member, retiree or DOD civilian. Seven categories are available: animals, design elements, digital darkroom, military life, nature and landscape, people and still life. Categories include both color and monochrome photos. Enter up to three photos per category. Cash prizes will be awarded for each division and category. First place is $300, second place is $200 and third place is $100. To enter and for rules, visit http://www. armymwr.com/digital-photo.aspx. Also be sure to follow the Army Family and MWR Program’s Facebook and Twitter pages to check out the latest submissions on #PhotoFriday.

Get artsy & creative Join in art & wine event You don’t need to be an artist to light up your creativity — join in the fun at the Wine and Canvas Night at the Club at McChord Field. The event is from Unfortunately, event 6–8:30 p.m. Friday,this Jan. 13.has Artbeen supplies, canceled. Stay tuned for upcoming light appetizers and your first glass of dates for Winein andthe Canvas Night. wine are included cost. Wine choices are white zinfandel, chardonnay or cabernet. Seating is limited, prepayment is required and you must be age 21 or older to attend. For reservations and payment, call 253-982-5581. The cost is $30 per person; Club members receive a $3 discount for each admission. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

Have crazy fun with your own photo booth pics Have fun taking your own funky and funny photo booth pictures — a new addition at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center! Pay only $5 for two classic four-photo strips (your choice of color, black and white or sepia) or a 4-by-6-inch photo. Sounders Lanes is at 737 Jackson Blvd.


I-5 Exit 116. Whispering Firs is at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field.

Bring everyone to cosmic bowling Every Saturday from 5:30–11 p.m., bowl two hours of Cosmic Blacklight Bowling at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center for only $12 per person, including shoe rental. Sounders Lanes is located at McChord Field at 737 Jackson Blvd. For more details, call 253-982-5954. For other weekly specials, visit JBLMmwr.com/bowling.

Play big, win big! Retiree Bingo Night at the Club Retirees, come out to the Club at McChord Field Friday, Jan. 20 for a special Retiree Bingo Night! Bingo cards are being sold from 5–7 p.m. and the first at McChord Field. Call 253-982-5954 for more details.

Fun sports for everyone Sign up for Bowl Arena Lanes’ monthly bowling tournament 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 Jan. 14 tourney at the front counter or call 253-967-4661. The next tournament is Feb. 11. Bowl Arena Lanes is located at Lewis Main at 2272 Liggett Ave.

Play at a discount at JBLM golf courses! Like to golf year-round at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs golf courses? Purchase a $59 Fall/Winter Golf Pass! The pass includes your first round of golf with 50 percent off green fees seven days a week for future rounds. The pass is good through Tuesday, Feb. 28. For more information, call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124. Eagles Pride is located off

Club members win big! Retired USAF Captain Timothy Thornton and his wife, Sandra Orock, were excited to win the Football Frenzy NFL Contest at the Club at McChord Field. They went to the New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos game at the New Orleans Superdome in November and sat at the Plaza Club level (a value of more than $600). They regularly participate in events offered at JBLM and the Club. They say, “We’re grateful to be winners of these tickets, and say ‘thank you’ to the sponsors and others who made this promotion possible.”

game starts at 6 p.m. You don’t need to be a Club member to play on retiree night, but be sure to ask about Club membership for exclusive Club member events you can attend each month, plus other Club events and meals that have discounted admissions. For more details, call 253-982-5581. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

Enter Xbox Gears of War 4 tourney Active duty Service members, grab your buddies and sign up for the Xbox Gears of War 4 tourney at the Warrior Zone Jan. 20–21. Sign up solo or as teams of up to five. The first 100 gamers get free food! Prizes for each member of the winning team include a championship shirt, Xbox One S console and Gears of War 4 game. Second-place winners each receive a Gears of War 4 game. The top five-member team from JBLM will play online against teams at other installations to compete for the title, “Army MWR Gaming Championship series: Gears of War 4 Champion,” thousands of dollars of giveaways and a trophy! For more details, call 253-477-5756. The WZ is at the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North.

Club staff

Enjoy the big game with food & fun The big game is Sunday, Feb. 5 — watch it on big screens at the Warrior Zone or Samuel Adams JBLM! With 55 big screens and two projector screens at the WZ, you see all the action no matter where you sit — even on the heated, covered outdoor patio. Enjoy food specials, half-time games and more. The WZ is at 11592 17th and D St. at Lewis North. Call 253-477-5756 for details. At Sam Adams, order up your favorite football snacks while you watch on the big screen from the comfort of a booth, while you’re playing pool or at the bar. Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-964-2012. JBLMmwr.com

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Start out the new year in a fresh way by learning a creative skill at your Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field! Take a class in basic sculpting, knitting, quilting, picture framing, book binding, basket weaving, drawing, glass mosaic or sewing (use the coupons below and bring a friend to beginning picture framing and drawing classes!). Also sign up for a wine-and-canvas painting class with your friends for a great time creating, chatting and relaxing (see page 8). Try the hottest new art class — Zentangle — a form of artistic meditation creating specific abstract patterned black-andwhite drawings on square paper tiles. The creative options are up to you! Also register for brand-new classes offered this month: • Family birthday reminder sign class meets Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. • Basics of wire sculpture also meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. • Kids’ Kraft meets Friday, Jan. 27 beginning at 3:30 p.m. (class lasts until 5 p.m.). Bring in your kiddos to create cardboard critters — it’s only $2 for each child. For class details, call 253-982-6723. Limited seating is available; students must preregister and prepay. Do you know where to get perfect prints of all your digital photos? Try the photo kiosk inside the Arts & Crafts Center. Bring in your camera disks or

smartphones to download and print your favorites. Prints start at only 28¢ each! Photos are a great idea for your own photo calendars for the new year, Valentine’s Day cards, collages and more — especially since you can print up to 8-by-10 inches. You can even download all your photos onto a CD for just $2 or videos for just $3. Choose from a variety of greeting card templates, too! After you print out your photos, get them beautifully custom-framed in time for Valentine’s Day, such as Family portraits, awesome landscapes and more. Looking for unique PCS and retirement gifts? Stop by the Arts & Crafts Center this month and order a custom laserengraved plaque. Bring in your design ideas and the experts will help you create a custom thank-you gift. Need to save time and hassle? Order multiple items to have on hand for gifts. Leave space to add a small engraved plate to personalize the item. Here’s a great gift idea that’s also a keepsake — order framed prints with space for co-workers to sign or write personal notes to the recipient. For more gift ideas, call the Arts & Crafts Center at 253-982-6723 (for engraving and embroidery). For the frame shop, call 253-982-6718. The Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. and is open weekdays and the first and third Saturdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Center January Clip ‘n Save Coupons 50% Off Picture-Framing Class (discount applies to instruction only)

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New classes meeting in January include a Family birthday reminder sign (top), basics of wire sculpture and a special Kids’ Kraft cardboard critters class (middle). Experts can help you with your creative projects — call or stop by to ask for ideas.

Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Jan. 1–31, 2017.

50% Off Basic Drawing Class (discount applies to instruction only)

Limit one coupon per customer per class. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Jan. 1–31, 2017.

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The Club at McChord Field opened a remodeled section of the facility that includes a spacious cafĂŠ, two conference rooms and a pub. The HVAC system , floors and restrooms were also upgraded. Patti Jeffrey

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MORE GOOD THINGS & GOOD TIMES ARE HEADING YOUR WAY by Patti Jeffrey

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hether you’re new to JBLM or have been here for years, you’ve most likely visited Family & MWR services, recreational facilities and business operations that help improve your quality of life. We’re not content to merely make these available to you — we continuously search for ways to add more enjoyment and satisfaction to your experience at our facilities.

Year to year, capital improvement projects are scoped out and prioritized based on need and quality of life for everyone at JBLM. Whenever there’s a closure, you can expect the facility to reopen with a better way to deliver the services on which you rely. For instance, Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM at Lewis Main opened to great reviews and has brought you up-close performances with several celebrity musicians. The Club at McChord Field recently reopened with a brand-new dining experience, new conference spaces and complete entertainment system in the neighboring pub. Whispering Firs Golf Course debuted a new outdoor kitchen and dining area for parties, and Nelson Recreation Center offers a new covered pavilion and barbecue area with full-length basketball courts and sand volleyball courts for unit picnics.

We’ve now turned fields (behind the child Whenever there’s the corner into a new development centers) a closure, you can year and anticipate are getting a new scorecompletion of current board, bleachers, dugouts expect the facility and new improvements and irrigation systems to reopen with a that directly benefit for green grass and great better way to you: playing all summer. • A new Samuel Adams deliver the services • The summertime Brewhouse is now reopening of Sheridan on which you rely. Sports & Fitness Center being constructed at Eagles Pride Golf will offer a new fully Course. The newly modernized space functional fitness section and updated will offer stained concrete floors with locker rooms with separate sauna four roll-up doors that open onto the rooms for men and women. outdoor patio on warm days. A twoMore projects have been targeted to sided fireplace will be accessible from begin in the summer months this year, both indoor and outdoor dining areas. including: An adjoining state-of-the-art confer• A new rental cabin at American Lake ence room will accommodate both Outdoor Recreation. The new cabin business meetings and private parties. will create a spacious lakehouse feel — Expect the new Sam Adams to open in a big plus for large parties who come late spring or early summer. for Family gatherings at American Lake • The Northwest Adventure Center is Conference Center. undergoing major improvements for • A new splash park at JBLM North’s outdoor sports enthusiasts. Once the Summer Cove, in addition to the picnic store reopens in late spring, you’ll see a area and playgrounds that already much larger retail space, wider selecentertain JBLM Families. tion of clothing, new sales center for • A new fenced youth soccer and football long guns, archery and fishing and new field with an irrigation system at Lewis outdoor gas fire pit in the picnic area Main. across from the front entrance. The • Beautification of the Warrior Zone’s entire facility will sport a fresh, new outdoor area and new pavers to confeel and better customer service flow. nect the gazebo and parking lot area to • By June, Eagles Pride Golf Course will the patio. have a redesign on holes 14 and 15 to Family and MWR is everywhere you create a more player-friendly environare on base, and we’re here to provide ment with quicker flow-through for you with the same quality of life you’ve golfers. given to our country through your • The four McChord Field youth sports service. JBLMmwr.com

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shred, climb, trek & explore with Outdoor Recreation! This winter, fit in some alpine climbing, snowboarding, camping, tubing and more. Check out the following trip listings and register for your winter adventure today at JBLMmwrRegistration.com.

Alpine Club meeting

Climbers are invited to the Alpine Club meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. The activity and meeting location differ each month. Members, check out JBLMalpineclub. blogspot.com for details. (Free)

Avalanche awareness day trip

If you travel in the backcountry in winter conditions, then the statistical probability of encountering an avalanche jumps dramatically. Indeed, every single person who spends time in the mountains in a winter context will encounter avalanche terrain and avalanche conditions. Saturday, Jan. 21 is an instructional day on skis or a snowboard to learn all about avalanche awareness. Ground transportation, backcountry ski or split snowboard, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and airbag included. Minimum age: 18. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($95)

Backcountry ski Paradise

Winter is here and Mount Rainier National Park is an exceptional backcountry area where you can choose the terrain based on your skill. Whether it’s open glades, steep drops or wide open chutes, Rainier has it. For the more confident skiers or boarders, nearby peaks offer a great ride on true alpine terrain. Let the Outdoor Recreation program

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guides lead you on an adventure Sunday, Jan. 22. Ground transportation, backcountry ski or split snowboard, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and airbag included. Skiing will be either at Reflection Lake or in the Paradise area depending on snow levels. Minimum age: 16 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($95)

Bella Donna intro to backcountry skiing Whether you want to get into skiing or want to take the plunge into the backcountry with your skills, this Saturday, Feb. 11 class is for you! This ladies-only educational day will teach you everything — how to set up your ski kit, how to engage the avalanche float bags and how to perfect your turns in deep powder. Get away from the lift lines and learn how to earn your turns anywhere the snow falls. Minimum age: 16. ($95)

Basic alpine climbing course

During this course Feb. 4–5, you’ll receive handson climbing and climber’s safety training This program is designed for the beginner or intermediate climber and serves as a prerequisite for many of the Outdoor Recreation program’s basic-level climbs. For a full trip description, see page 17. Continued on page 16.


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Chocolate and wine tour

Garmisch extravaganza

chocolate lovers and wine connoisseurs!

the Outdoor Recreation program to

Head to the Olympics Sunday, Feb. 12

the magical Bavarian Alps Feb. 5–12!

for a delicious trip. Each winery will

There’s nothing quite like these moun-

pair a sumptuous chocolate fare with

tains as they crawl across Europe. This

exploring the amazing local markets. Minimum age: 12 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Preregistration is required before Sunday, Jan. 15. ($3,800)

a remarkable red wine, and we’ll stop

will quickly be a trip you will never

for lunch in Port Angeles. Minimum

forget! Stay five nights at the Edelweiss

Ice climbing at Lake Louise, Canada

age: 21. Price includes transportation,

Resort at the base of the mighty Zug-

event admission, a variety of wine

spitze Mountain. Take the gondola

samples and a commemorative glass.

up to the top of the glacier to see five

Depart from the Northwest Adventure

different countries on a clear day. Ad-

Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. or

ditional options include tickets to ski

McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited

the Classic Valley, a bus to Disney’s in-

at 7:15. Preregistration is required before

spired Newschwanstein Castle, hiking

Wednesday, Feb. 8. ($80)

the Partnachklamm River Gorge and

Calling all

Come with

Outdoor adventure

Date

Cost

Details

Avalanche awareness day trip

Saturday, Jan. 21

$95

Minimum age: 18

Mountain day at White Pass

Saturday, Jan. 21

$115

Snowshoe: $45; transport only: $35

Sea kayak skills class

Saturday, Jan. 21

$25

Minimum age: 12

Backcountry ski Paradise

Sunday, Jan. 22

$95

Minimum age: 16

Snowshoe Hurricane Ridge

Sunday, Jan. 22

Winter SUP

Sunday, Jan. 22

$65

Minimum age: 12

Moonlight snowshoe

Saturday, Jan. 28

$55

Minimum age: 12

Timelapse photography

Saturday, Jan. 28

$45

Minimum age: 12

Snowmobile-accessed backcountry skiing

Sunday, Jan. 29

$165

Minimum age: 16

Snowshoe Reflection Lake

Sunday, Jan. 29

$55

Minimum age: 12

Alpine Club meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 1

FREE

Basic alpine climbing course

Feb. 4–5

$250

Field weekend, Feb. 11–12. Minimum age: 18

skiing or want to take the plunge into

Olympic National Park photography

Feb. 4–5

$175

Minimum age: 16

the backcountry with your skills, this

Introduction to backcountry skiing

Saturday, Feb. 4

$95

Minimum age: 16

class is for you. Saturday, Feb. 4 is an

Mountain Day at White Pass

Saturday, Feb. 4

$115

Snowshoe: $45; transport only: $35

educational day that will teach you

Garmisch extravaganza

Feb. 5–12

$3,800

Minimum age: 12

everything from how to set up your ski

Snowshoe Reflection Lake

Sunday, Feb. 5

$55

Minimum age: 12

kit and how to engage the avalanche

Winter SUP

Sunday, Feb. 5

$65

Minimum age: 12

float bags to perfecting your turns in

Bella Donna intro to backcountry skiing

Saturday, Feb. 11

$95

Minimum age: 16

deep powder. Get away from the lift

Mountain bike Duthie Hill

Saturday, Feb. 11

$45

Minimum age: 14

lines and learn how to earn your turns

Sea kayak Hope Island

Saturday, Feb. 11

$60

Minimum age: 12

anywhere the snow falls. Minimum age:

Chocolate and wine tour

Sunday, Feb. 12

$80

Minimum age: 21

16. ($95)

Photography 101

Sunday, Feb. 12

$45

Minimum age: 12

Moonlight snowshoe

Snowmobile-accessed backcountry skiing

Sunday, Feb. 12

$175

Minimum age: 16

the Snoqualmie Pass trails by the light

Snow tubing

Sunday, Feb. 12

$45

Ages 6–12: $25; ages 0–5: $5

of the moon Saturday, Jan. 28. Gear,

Ice climbing at Lake Louise, Canada

Feb. 16–20

$925

Minimum age: 18

guide, instruction and transportation

Minimum age: 12

Especially accommodates exceptional needs

Popular with Families

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Introduction to backcountry skiing Whether you’re wanting to get into

Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule are subject to change without notice. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Gear and transportation are included unless otherwise stated. Register via WebTrac (visit JBLMmwrRegistration.com) or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Confirm pick-up locations and times upon registration. Group rates and private trips are available; call for details. We’ll visit FRG meetings or unit functions to tell you about the great recreation and adventure options in the area. For more information, call 253-967-6263 or visit JBLMmwr.com.

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The Canadian Rockies offers world-class waterfall ice climbing near Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Canmore and Kananaskis Country. Whether you’re an experienced ice climber looking for a new challenge or a beginner looking for a lesson, the Outdoor Recreation program can set you up to fully experience this exhilarating winter sport! Head across the border for an adventure Feb. 16–20. With five days to explore the amazing Lake Louise area, you’ll have the chance to climb in some extraordinary mountain terrain. The group will stay in the city hostel in the center of the town of Lake Louise. After a great day of climbing, you can relax your night away with this ski town’s amazing night life. Boasting several excellent dance spots and quaint pubs, you’re sure to have a blast. Minimum age: 18. ($925)

Snowshoe on

provided. Difficulty: beginner; distance: 1.5 miles; elevation gain: 50 feet; time: 2 hours. Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at


Lewis North at 5:30 p.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 5:45. ($55)

Mountain bike Duthie Hill

Experience

the thrill of mountain biking Saturday, Feb. 11! The Outdoor Recreation experts will start by: • Addressing proper bike fit and making any necessary adjustments to your bike. • Demonstrating riding techniques to include body and pedal position, shiftnavigating minor obstacles on the trail. • Discussing the importance of communication skills and mountain biking trail etiquette with the aim of keeping multi-use trails open and safe for everyone. Then, you’ll get to practice all these new skills on a great trail ride. Minimum age: 14 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($45)

Mountain Day at White Pass Head off the beaten path to White Pass Saturdays, Jan. 21 and Feb. 4! This beautiful mountain town ski resort is your getaway from work. For skiers or boarders, transportation, gear, two-hour lesson and full mountain lift ticket are included. You can also go snowshoeing; snowshoeing gear and guide are provided. Call or come in to ask about cross-country skiing. Depart from McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 5:45 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 6. (ski/ snowboard: $115; snowshoe: $45; transportation only: $35) Olympic National Park photography Photograph the ruggedly beautiful coastline and tranquil rain forest of Olympic National Park Feb. 4–5. This workshop involves trail hiking (some with a couple hundred feet elevation change) to arrive at certain shooting locations, while other shooting loca-

BASIC ALPINE CLIMBING COURSE

ing, braking, climbing, descending and

Kaweka Stoney

During this course, you’ll receive hands-on climbing and climber’s safety training in Washington’s glorious Cascade Range. Unlike Rainier, the Cascades is part of a huge mountain range with scores of peaks topping 8,000 feet, upwards of 400 glaciers and countless permanent snowfields. This program is designed for the beginner or intermediate climber who wishes to develop strong fundamental skills in all aspects of snow and glacier climbing, as well as rock climbing. The course serves as a prerequisite for many of the Outdoor Recreation program’s basic-level climbs and is a stepping stone to more technically difficult mountains, including Denali. This course has served as a springboard to many climbing careers, including numerous Everest summiteers and has developed a foundation of skills for hundreds of independent climbers. Taught over the course of two weekends, the first half is classroom-based skill sessions Feb. 4–5. The following weekend (Feb. 11–12) is an overnight field skills practice. Minimum age: 18. ($250)

tions will be a short walk from the parking lot. The trail hiking may be deemed vigorous activity or medium activity based upon your condition. Trail hiking surfaces and those beyond the parking lot are generally uneven, so hiking boots are recommended. The longer trails range between 1–2 miles each way, and hiking is included on both days, sometimes twice a day. Be

prepared for possible temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather, and be aware that mornings can be very chilly. Minimum age: 16 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Camping gear (except for sleeping bag) is included. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($175) Continued on page 19. JBLMmwr.com

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Photography 101

This is the perfect

training session for anyone looking to learn the fundamentals of photography, whether you’re a new photographer needing to learn the basics or a seasoned shooter wanting to brush up on the world of digital. This Sunday, Feb. 12 class puts all students on firm ground for advancing their photography. Learn the basic principles including camera settings, depth of field, exposure, focus and composition. Minimum age: 12 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. Location subject to change due to renovation. ($45)

Sea kayak Hope Island Head out Saturday, Feb. 11 for a nice paddle and walk around Hope Island’s beaches and tide pools. Hope Island offers visitors the chance to see wildlife such as bald eagles, harbor seals and starfish. Paddle distance: approximately 6 miles. Minimum age 12. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. ($60) Sea kayak skills class

Outdoor Recre-

has the best snow because it’s not easily accessible to others and almost all of the best snowboard videos are filmed in the backcountry. Join Outdoor Recreation for a mega-fueled snowmobiling adventure Sundays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 12, where you can get dropped off at the top of a hill, shred it on skis or snowboard, then hop back on and do it all over again. Simply put — sledding and boarding is rad! Ground transportation, snowmobile, backcountry ski or split snowboard, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and airbag included. Must have some have resort skiing abilities. Minimum age: 16. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($165)

west Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8:30 a.m. ($55)

Snow tubing

Travel to one of Washington’s best tubing hills for a day in the snow Sunday, Feb. 12. Dress warmly and get ready to go for a wild ride! Tubing is a blast for all ages, so bring the entire Family. Snow tubes and transportation are provided. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9:15. ($45; ages 6–12: $25; ages 0–5: $5)

Timelapse Photography A timelapse video essentially compresses time into a smaller space, creating some entertaining

Snowshoe Hurricane Ridge

and evocative results. In this Saturday,

ricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

techniques and concepts involved in

Whether you’re an expert or a first-timer, Huris one of the most spectacular places to snowshoe in Washington state. On clear days, you’ll be treated to bird’s-eye views of Mount Olympus in all her winter splendor. Check it out with the Outdoor Recreation program Sunday, Jan. 22. Minimum age: 12 (younger than 18 must be

Jan. 28 workshop, you’ll learn the tools, creating great timelapse videos from still captures. Learn how to choose the right equipment, get the right settings for your camera and compose shots in a way that will be easy to work with later. Plus, you’ll work on a series of timelapse projects of both fast-moving and slow-moving

ation offers five levels of two-hour kayak

accompanied by an adult). Depart from

subjects, as well as one where the camera

skills classes.

the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7:30 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventure Unlimited at 7:45. ($65)

era, tripod and extra batteries. Minimum

• Level one: proper paddling techniques and how to buddy-rescue. • Level two: edging maneuvers and selfrescue. • Level three: recovery techniques and muscle memory exercises for the roll. • Level four: multiday kayak trip prep and t-rescue. • Level five: the roll. The next sea kayak skills class is Saturday, Jan. 21. Start at any time and master as many levels as you’d like! Meet at Kimbro Pool inside McVeigh Sports & Fitness Cen-

Snowshoe Reflection Lake What better way to combat cabin fever in winter than with a trip to Mount Rainier National Park for some snowshoeing? Sundays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, you’ll get a welcome dose of alpine elixir — fresh cold air, powdery snow and snowy peaks in every direction. The trek to Reflection and Louise lakes is a quintessential Mount Rainier snowshoeing experience. The bright, flat expanse of

itself is moving. Please bring your camage: 12. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. Location subject to change due to renovations. ($45)

Winter SUP

If you think paddling stops as summer ends, think again! Paddle the many waterways of Washington and take in the beauty Sundays, Jan. 22 and Feb. 5. When nobody else is on the water, you have a lot of room for yourself and your thoughts. The wildlife in and around the

snow and ice-covered mountain lakes and

water come back in full force, making

subalpine meadows offer opportunities

paddling in the winter simply beautiful.

Snowmobile-accessed backcountry skiing Backcountry skiing/snowboarding

for romping. You’ll enjoy the stupendous

Equipment — board, paddle, PFD and

views of the mountain, the Tatoosh Range

insulated wetsuit — is included. Mini-

refers to areas not covered by a resort or lifts, including terrain reached by hiking, split-boarding, touring or sledding (snowmobile). The backcountry usually

and the south end of the Mazama Ridge

mum age: 12 (younger than 18 must be

beckoning you to follow. Minimum age:

accompanied by an adult). Depart from

12 (younger than 18 must be accompa-

the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis

nied by an adult). Depart from the North-

North at 9 a.m. ($65)

ter at 7:30 p.m. Minimum age: 12 ($25)

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focus | sports, fitness & aquatics

It’s the year to get fit! GOAL: Get healthy! PLAN: Take advantage of JBLM Sports, Fitness & Aquatics facilities & programs. ACTION: Visit Fitness Resolution Fair & take free fitness classes three times a week.

fitness resolution fair Make this year a fit year!

Join Sports, Fitness & Aquatics at the 2017 Fitness Resolution Fair! If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more and be healthy, you don’t want to miss this event Saturday, Jan. 7 at Wilson Sports & Fitness Center. From 9–11:30 a.m., you’re invited to participate in sample fitness classes and visit with health vendors (where you can be entered to win prizes)! The first 200 to attend will receive a free LifeFitness T-shirt. Wilson Sports & Fitness Center is located at 11596 D Street (at 41st Division Drive), Lewis North.

commander’s cup basketball

Don’t miss the chance to earn points in the Commander’s Cup! Commander’s Cup basketball is open

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to active duty JBLM Service members. Representative meetings are Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center and Thursday, Jan. 5 at noon at McChord Fitness Center. The season begins Tuesday, Jan. 17, and the Commander’s Cup League Championship is March 13–16. For more information, visit JBLMmwr.com/intramural or call Intramural Sports at 253-967-4768. Nelson Recreation Center is located at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main. McChord Fitness Center is located at McChord Field, 729 5th St.

open women’s basketball

Register now for women’s hoops Open women’s basketball season begins Saturday, Jan. 21. The sign-up meeting is Thursday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center; play is open to JBLM DOD

ID card holders 18 and older. The cost to register is $20 per player. The league tournament is Feb. 25–26. For more information, visit JBLMmwr.com/intramural or call Intramural Sports at 253-967-4768. Nelson Recreation Center is located at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main.

commander’s cup bowling Season begins Feb. 8!

The representative meeting for Commander’s Cup bowling is Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. at Bowl Arena Lanes. The season begins Wednesday, Feb. 8, with the Commander’s Cup League Championship Wednesday, April 5. It’s open to active duty JBLM Service members. For additional information, visit JBLMmwr.com/intramural or call Intramural Sports at 253-967-4768. Bowl Arena Lanes is located at Lewis Main, 2272 Liggett Ave.


JBLM Sports, Fitness & Aquatics offers a variety of free fitness classes, functional fitness rooms & more!

Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center | 2022 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main (253-967-5975)

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday Wellbeats: Indoor Cycling

6:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Gentle Yoga

Step Circuit

Circuit

Zumba

Yoga

Zumba

Zumba

Yoga

Yoga

Zumba Toning

Zumba

Wellbeats: Indoor Cycling

Wellbeats: Indoor Cycling

3:30 p.m.

Zumba

4:30 p.m.

Cardio Kickboxing

5:30 p.m.

Zumba

Zumba

Wellbeats: Circuit

Yin Yoga

Zumba

McChord Fitness Center Annex | 726 5th St. at McChord Field (253-982-6700)

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Bootcamp

Cycling Circuit

Bootcamp

TRX

4:45–5:45 p.m.

Zumba

Kickboxing

Zumba

Beliraq

Kickboxing

5:45–6:45 p.m.

MixxedFit

Core & More

MixxedFit

TRX

MixxedFit

7–7:45 a.m.

Bootcamp

noon–1 p.m.

Friday

1–2 p.m.

Soldiers Field House | 3236 Handrich at 2nd Division Drive (253-967-4771)

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Indoor Cycling

6:45 a.m.

Thursday

Friday

Indoor Cycling

McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center |2160 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main (253-967-5869)

Time 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Crossfit

Crossfit

Crossfit

Crossfit

Crossfit

Wilson Family Health & Fitness Center | 11596 D St. at Lewis North (253-967-7471)

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Saturday

10:15–10:45 a.m.

Zumba Tone

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Zumba Indoor Cycling

5:30–6:30 p.m. 6–7 p.m.

Zumba

Indoor Cycling

Zumba

Schedule is current as of time of printing. Visit JBLMmwr.com/fitness for the latest information.

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Committed to excellence We thank Paul Gierczynski for 31 years of service to JBLM Paul Gierczynski was first employed as an intermittent custodial worker at McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center, Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Branch, in June 1985 working only minimal hours. The following January, he was converted to a regular full-time custodial worker. In April 2000, Gierczynski was promoted to his current position as a Recreation Assistant. He has worked under the supervision of at least six facility managers at McVeigh and continues to provide excellent service to both Service members and the JBLM community. You’ll see Gierczynski working annual special events to include Special Olympics of Washington, Armed Forces Day and Freedom Fest, as well as at other Sports Branch race activities due to his volunteer commitment to the installation. Throughout his tenure, Gierczynski has received numerous certificates of appreciation for his outstanding performance and contributions between 1985–2016. We share with pride his commitment to excellence during his 31 years of service to his country as a civil servant with the JBLM Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. JBLMmwr.com

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Winter Weather

UPDATE

For patients

For Team Madigan

Keep checking the Madigan and JBLM Facebook and Twitter pages for the most current information regarding potential delays or closures.

We do not follow the same operational curtailment guidance as JBLM or McChord Field due to our 24/7 patient care mission.

We will notify you through social media, the Madigan website and automated phone calls if your scheduled appointment will be affected due to the weather. Unless you are notified otherwise, consider your appointment still booked.

If there is an authorized curtailment for Madigan, you will be notified (whether by social media, E-Notify , email, Madigan website, and the Madigan Weather Hotline). If you are NOT notified, consider us business as usual and report for duty at your scheduled time and place, OR make arrangements with your immediate supervisors.

Unless we notify you otherwise, all clinics and departments at Madigan will remain open during the normal hours of operation or special hours during the holidays.

In the event there is an authorized curtailment, all essential personnel must still report to work; check with your immediate supervisor to determine if you are mission essential or non-essential.

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focus | youth

Dance, play, JBLM Child ring in the new year with skies With new opportunities in dance, yoga & more, the ‘SKIES’ the limit!

What better time to introduce something new than at the dawn of a new year? You may already know that Child & Youth Services offers dance, gymnastics, karate and boxing through the SKIESUnlimited program. Now, dance classes are being expanded and there’s more — yoga and theater — on the class calendar!

For the dancers in your life SKIESUnlimited is offering some great new opportunities in the school of dance, with new opportunities rolling out this month! The studio holds classes for ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and tap. And, it’s never too early to plan — all classes will begin preparing now for the spring recital!

Join the Performance Dance Company Do you have a dancer who just loves to perform? Auditions will be held for the Performance Dance Company Wednesday, Jan. 25 at SKIESUnlimited for ages 6–18. Dancers cast in this group will perform at events at JBLM throughout the year.

Yoga classes available for all ages Looking for a way to balance and center? Starting next month, SKIESUnlimited will offer yoga classes! Parent-and-me yoga is open to children ages 18 months–5 years and their parents. Yoga for youth is open to ages 6–18 — parents are also welcome and encouraged to participate.

Take the stage with theater classes

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Also starting next month, SKIESUnlimited is offering theater for ages 6–13 Wednesdays from 4–5 p.m. Auditions for the spring production and children’s festival called “Once Upon a Time” are Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5– 6:30 p.m. Performers ages 6–13 are invited to attend and asked to perform a monologue or a short story. For additional information, call 253-966-3539.


learn & have fun with & Youth Services Find out more about SKIES at open house Looking for a way to find out more? Come to the “I Love SKIES” Open House Friday, Feb. 3, 4–6 p.m. Wear red and join us for prizes, snacks, community partner booths, games and class demonstrations at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. To view schedules and costs and to enroll for SKIES classes, auditions and open houses go to WebTrac today: JBLMcyssRegistration.com.

• March 29, Things that Go. Escape Zone is located at McChord Field, 841 Fairway Rd. and Raindrops & Rainbows is located at Lewis North, 8197 American Lake Ave.

youth soccer

Soccer enrollment is open to ages 3–15 — sign up today! Enrollment is underway for bumblebee soccer and youth soccer. Recreational in

play to learn

Join the Children’s Museum of Tacoma for fun at Raindrops & Rainbows, Escape Zone Join the Children’s Museum of Tacoma at Raindrops & Rainbows

nature, the sports teach youth the fundamentals of the game and the importance of teamwork — all while having fun! For ages 3–4, the cost is $20, while ages 5–15 is $55. Enrollment is open through Friday, Jan. 20. To enroll for youth sports, visit

Parent and Child Play Center and Escape

JBLMcyssRegistration.com. You must be

Zone select Wednesdays this winter for

registered with CYS. To complete a Family

Play to Learn! The fun is 10–11:30 a.m. at

registration, call 253-966-CYSS for a reg-

Escape Zone, and 1:30–3 p.m. at Rain-

istration appointment. For sports-related

drops & Rainbows.

questions, call the Youth Sports Office at

Play to Learn is a free program for

253-967-2405.

youth ages 6 and younger and their parents, grandparents, friends, Family and neighbors. Come by for activities, songs and group circle time! Upcoming dates and themes are: • Jan. 4, Polar Pals.

family child care

Become a Family Child Care provider for JBLM youth As a Family Child Care provider with

• Jan. 11, All About the Alphabet.

Child & Youth Services, you care for

• Jan. 25, Healthy Bodies.

JBLM children in your JBLM home. While

• Feb. 1, Dinosaurs.

making a difference in their lives and

• Feb. 8, Love Notes.

providing an in-home child care option

• Feb. 15, Community Helpers.

for military Families, you could earn up

• March 1, Dr. Seuss.

to $2,000 per month. CYS offers training,

• March 8, Bugs.

too! The next FCC provider orientation is

• March 15, Going Green.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 with classes Jan. 23, 24,

• March 22, Dental Health.

26, 27, 30 and 31 from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Applications are available at the FCC office, 2013B N. 3rd St. (room 125) at Lewis Main. For details, call 253-967-3039.

babysitting course Become a certified babysitter

Learn basic care, safety, first aid, CPR and more Jan. 19–21 in the free babysitting course at Hillside Youth Center. Registered youth ages 12 1/2 and older may enroll; you must be at least 13 years old to babysit. Upon completion of the course, you may opt to have your name placed on the certified list of babysitters. To reserve your seat, call 253-967-4441. Hillside Youth Center is located at Lewis Main, 6397 Garcia Blvd.

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focus | military & Family readiness

a new year brings new fun Let Armed Forces Community Service at JBLM lend a guiding hand for communication and parenting, finances and education.

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opportunities & challenges bring 2017 into focus

Reflect, celebrate & prepare in the new year With the holidays wrapping up and 2017 kicking off a new year, Families and couples may be facing different transitions. Some Families may need to focus on getting back into the routine of school with their children, while others are adjusting to returning from travel or having guests in their home for the holidays. Couples may be newly married or thinking about ways to celebrate an anniversary. Others may be preparing for an upcoming deployment or extended training exercise. And some may be looking at 2017 as the year to set some new goals and make some healthy changes in their lifestyle. With any change that occurs for a Family, couple or individual Family member, it’s important for the entire Family unit to have skills and tools in order to manage through the transition. The FOCUS program is a great place to strengthen and expand a Family or couple’s skills in being able to effectively handle any type of change. FOCUS offers 6–8 confidential sessions at Familyfriendly hours to: • Highlight current strengths. • Build practical tools around areas of communication, managing emotions, problem-solving and setting goals. Sessions are fun, interactive and free! If you want to start 2017 off with a strong, resilient Family, contact the FOCUS Program! FOCUS is located at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. For additional informa-

tion, call 253-966-6390 or email JBLM@ focusproject.org. You may also visit FOCUS online at FocusProject.org or fb.com/ FOCUSresiliencytraining.

continue once your child turns 18? Do you have questions about your TRICARE benefits? Certain milestones can affect benefits, and it’s important to know and plan ahead.

education fair

Go back to school or prepare for your next career You’re invited to an education fair with Armed Forces Community Service Wednesday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Service Member and Family Assistance Center! Learn about education programs, colleges, training opportunities and more. Prepare for your next career and speak with representatives from local area and online colleges and universities, technical and

Meet the experts Wednesday, Jan. 11, 9–11:30 a.m. at the AFCS Family Resource Center. Reserve your slot for the class by Tuesday, Jan. 3 at JBLMafcs. checkappointments.com (under Classes & Activities, SOS). If you need assistance or additional information, contact the AFCS Survivor Outreach Services Financial Counselor at tina.l.mann6.civ@mail. mil or 253-967-3672. The FRC is located at 4274 Idaho Ave., Lewis Main.

trade schools, apprenticeship programs and vocational programs. Operation War-fighter will also have representatives from federal agencies present to discuss internship opportunities. For more information or to register to attend, visit JBLM-afcs-sfac-ed-fair.eventbrite. com. Registration is requested but not required. The education fair is open to the entire JBLM Community! The SFAC is located at 9059 Gardner Loop, Lewis Main). For details, call 253-966-8433 or 253-967-6916.

survivor outreach services

Enroll in Milestone Benefit Class The Survivor Outreach Services program’s financial counselor invites Survivors to a Milestone Benefit Class. Are you wondering if certain benefits will

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Select AFCS events

Date

Details

Ready to Rent

Mondays

253-967-1453

Overseas Briefing

Mondays

253-967-3633

Toddler & Young Child Play Group (ages 1–3)

Tuesdays

253-967-5901

Baby Play Group

Thursdays

253-967-5901

First Duty Station Officer PFR Brief

Thursdays

253-967-1453

Grow! Parenting for 5–8 year olds

Tuesdays, Jan. 3–31

253-967-5901

ACT Women

Tu/Th, Jan. 3–26

253-967-5901

ACT Men

M/W, Jan. 4–Feb. 1

253-967-5901

123 Magic

Thursdays, Jan. 5–26

253-967-5901

Army as a Second Language

Wednesday, Jan. 18

253-967-2382

Dine and Dial

Wednesday, Jan. 18

253-967-3672

EAP Supervisor Training

Wednesday, Jan. 18

253-966-4597

Financially Fit

Wednesday, Jan. 18

253-967-1453

My Army Benefits Briefing

Wednesday, Jan. 18

253-966-8433

Smooth Move Workshop (general)

Wednesday, Jan. 18

253-982-2695

Treasurer Training (evening)

Wednesday, Jan. 18

253-967-8430

AFFAP Steering Committee

Thursday, Jan. 19

253-967-3689

Re-entry Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 19

253-967-3633

The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, Jan. 19

253-982-WORK

Basic Tax Preparation

Thursday, Jan. 19

253-967-1453

Alaska Brief

Monday, Jan. 23

253-982-2695

Career Development (Part I)

Tuesday, Jan. 24

253-967-2382

Key Caller Training

Tuesday, Jan. 24

253-967-8430

Prime for Life

Tuesday, Jan. 24

253-968-1414

Smoothing the Way (Part I)

Wednesday, Jan. 25

253-967-2382

Thrift Savings Plan

Wednesday, Jan. 25

253-967-1453

Smooth Move Workshop (overseas)

Thursday, Jan. 26

253-982-2695

Career Development Part II)

Tuesday, Jan. 31

253-967-2382

Financially Fit

Wednesday, Feb. 1

253-967-1453

JBLM Community Update

Wednesday, Feb. 1

253-967-9496

Job Fair Success Workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 1

253-982-WORK

Smoothing the Way (Part II)

Wednesday, Feb. 1

253-967-2382

Understanding AER Policies & Procedures

Wednesday, Feb. 1

253-967-1453

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies

T/Th, Feb. 2–21

253-967-5901

ACE–SI T4T

Thursday, Feb. 2

253-477-3811

Basic Tax Preparation

Thursday, Feb. 2

253-967-1453

Interview-Ready Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 2

253-982-WORK

Select AFCS events

Date

Details

Re-entry Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 2

253-967-3633

FRG Leadership Training (evening)

Thursdays, Feb. 9–23

253-967-8430

Baby Boot Camp

Saturday, Feb. 4

253-967-5901

Military Knowledge Course

Feb. 9–10

253-967-2382

ACT Men

M/W, Feb. 6–March 6

253-967-5901

Basics of Investing

Thursday, Feb. 9

253-967-1453

Alaska Brief

Monday, Feb. 6

253-982-2695

Key Caller Training

Thursday, Feb. 9

253-967-8430

RAD Self-Defense Training

Feb. 6–10

253-967-2072

Résumé 101

Thursday, Feb. 9

253-982-WORK

Unit Prevention Leader Certification

Monday, Feb. 6

253-967-1415

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 9

253-982-2695

EAP Supervisor Training

Tuesday, Feb. 7

253-966-4597

International Spouse Orientation

Friday, Feb. 10

253-967-3633

Prime for Life

Tuesday, Feb. 7

253-967-1414

Did You Hear What I Think I Said?

Tuesday, Feb. 14

253-967-2382

Family Foundations — Postnatal Series

Wednesdays, Feb. 8–22

253-967-5901

Home-Buying Basics

Tuesday, Feb. 14

253-967-1453

Career Development (Part I)

Wednesday, Feb. 8

253-967-2382

Understanding Money/Credit

Wednesday, Feb. 8

253-967-1453

For additional AFCS classes and briefings available (including those at Yakima, call 253-967-7166 or visit JBLMafcs.checkappointments.com. For details, call the phone number listed, visit the event calendar at JBLMmwr.com or “like” us at fb.com/JBLMafcs.

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Great books & events at JBLM libraries NEW THIS MONTH!

storytime with the red cross

crochet basics

Book Patch, along with the American Red Cross, invites youth ages 4–12 to Book Patch Library Wednesday, Jan. 25 for “Passport to Preparedness.” Held at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., this special storytime teaches youth how to respond and take action if a natural disaster occurs in their communities. It covers house fires, earthquakes, lightning storms, floods, snowstorms and how to build a disaster supply kit. No registration is required. For more information, call 253-967-5533.

Now’s your chance to learn to crochet! This four-part weekly class is in McChord Library’s conference room at 4:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 3. You must be at least 12 years old. Register on the “Calendar of Events” pages at JBLMmwr.com/ libraries and at 253-982-3454.

Youth learn how to respond, take action in natural disasters

fiction-writing workshop

Join local author to get started on your writing Join local author Elizabeth Wrenn for a fiction writing workshop at McChord Library Friday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. Bring a pen and your favorite fiction book. No previous experience is necessary, but registration is required (opens Friday, Jan. 27 at the “Calendar of Events” pages at JBLMmwr.com/libraries and at 253-982-3454).

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Learn to crochet like grandma

teen advisers

Calling teens to McChord Library Want a voice in what happens at McChord Library? The Teen Advisory Committee is looking for you!


and your children provide the imagination. To reserve your space (space is limited), visit the library’s “Calendar of Events” page at JBLMmwr.com or call 253-982-3454.

microsoft open lab

Set your résumé apart from the rest Service members and their Families can earn free Microsoft Certification at McChord Library beginning Monday, Jan. 9! Join Pierce County Library System staff on Mondays in the new year, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. to get enrolled, study up on Microsoft and learn more about the program. The Microsoft Open Lab program is designed to be flexible for your learning needs — staff can assist you with learning plans and you can certify when you’re ready. For additional information, email openlab@ pcls.us.

help kids get fit with literature

Yoga storytime mixes books & fitness You’re invited to Book Patch Library

girls’ club

Head to Book Patch to ‘Craft, Create and Conversate’ You’re invited to Craft, Create and Conversate at Book Patch Library’s Girls Club. For ages 8–15, the club meets Friday, Jan. 13, 6–7:30 p.m. This month’s theme is “Ring in the New Year ­— Bring on the Bling!” No registration is required. For more information, call 253-967-5533.

art + storytime = endless fun

Get creative with ‘Color, Line & Storytime’ Kiddos! You’re invited to Book Patch Library for a fun, creative program called Color, Line & Storytime! Join art teacher extraordinaire Lilly Sherwood Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The program offers hands-on instruction designed to explore color, line, shape, texture and pattern to encourage selfexpression and creativity. Registration is not required. Plus, next month’s event is Feb. 1. For additional information, call 253-967-5533.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 for yoga storytime at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required. This monthly event is The Teen Advisory Committee is a motivated and dedicated group that discusses everything from books to events and programs. The next committee meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. For additional information, call 253-982-3454.

Lego club

sensory storytime

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Books come alive at Book Patch

McChord! For details, call 253-967-5533.

Book Patch Library, together with Child & Youth Services program SKIESUnlimited, offers sensory-friendly storytime Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. Explore sights, sounds, smells and tastes with crafts as books come alive through song, dance and music. For details, call 253-967-5533.

join the book club

Join McChord Library’s ‘Novel Navigators’ Come to McChord Library Wednesday, Jan. 11 to discuss “The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War

Get creative at McChord Library

and Survival” by Louise Murphy. “Novel

McChord Library hosts Lego Club the first Friday of every month at 4 p.m. Bring your youngsters to create and build to their hearts’ content! The next workshop is Jan. 6. The library provides the Lego bricks

Navigators,” the book discussion group for adults, meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Register in person to receive a copy (limited number available). For additional information, call 253-982-3454.

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

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