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6 Dine al fresco Where to enjoy your meal outdoors when you dine with MWR.

fun 8 Get creative Find your inner artist with the Arts & Crafts Center’s fun events and classes.

10 Great events & games


From bingo and trivia to a low-country boil, you don’t want to miss these events!

adventures 12 Wild & mild adventures How much do you want to get from your outdoor adventures? Go from crazy wild to gentle and mild on a variety of trips.




18 Camp & hike the easy way with your kiddos Tips for making the leap into Family life out in the wild.

sports, fitness & aquatics


20 Enter Freedom Run & triathlon Enter the 10-miler, 5K or 1K Freedom Run, Pacific Pathways Triathlon, plus upcoming intramural sports.

youth 22 Stay active with summer classes & sports Summer programs are still going on strong with league sports, camps, SKIESUnlimited classes and much more.

military & Family readiness

27 Photos: Lional Kam (8), Scott Hansen (21), Emiliano Hernandez (27)

FROM THE COVER Cover photo by Piper Moore Summer fun keeps on coming! It seems to be an all-American season with the Gold Star Youth event, Freedom Fest, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, the second-annual Freedom Run honoring those who serve and many more events, sports and activities on the following pages.

28 Boost resilience & positive thinking with tips & free classes AFCS offers you the chance to live life more fully right here, right now. Take advantage of free counseling, tips, events and classes.

libraries 34 Find free fun at your libraries Come on out for free movies, Summer Reading Program events and the adult book club, plus learn about the solar eclipse.


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Turn to Family & MWR for a summer of unforgettable fun at JBLM


We’re kicking off this month with a two-day celebration! Join us Monday, July 3 for

Director, Family & MWR William E. Harvey

the Classy Chassis Car Show & Carnival and Tuesday, July 4 for Freedom Fest, which

Creative director

features one of the best fireworks shows in the South Puget Sound. Monday’s event

Promotions director

features hometown games and carnival rides, food, fun, stage entertainment and

Editor & graphic designer

more and is open to DOD ID cardholders and their sponsored guests. Tuesday’s event

Writer/graphic designer

is open to the public and includes stage entertainment, food, fun and fireworks. For

Contributors Jackie Kelly

event information, visit Also this month, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band perform in a free concert Saturday, July 15 at Memorial Stadium at Lewis Main. Concert details are on page 27. Register today for Run, Forest Run — it’s a fun run that could earn you a logo T-shirt and box of chocolates (details on page 14). The race finishes at the stadium for the concert, a perfect way to celebrate your finish. Getting outside in the Pacific Northwest summer weather is a great way to spend quality time with your Family. This month’s feature spotlights ways to explore the outdoors with your children, making memories to last a lifetime.

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

Toby Bartley Kelly Wetzel Kimberly Rowe Patti Jeffrey

Contributing photographers Scott Hansen, Emiliano Hernandez, Patti Jeffrey, Lional Kam and Piper Moore 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 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 or

CORRECTION: The Freedom Fest photo on page 11 of the June FOCUS was taken by Jessica E. Gomez.

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Water conser vat ion at JBLM

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As JBLM and surrounding communities continue to grow, the demand for water increases, along with the need for conservation. To ensure a sustainable supply exists for present and future training needs at JBLM, here’s a quick guide. RESIDENTIAL: 10 minutes a day per irrigation location/zone or sprinkler head Level 1: Houses with even numbers water on even days; houses with odd numbers water on odd days Level 2: Even house numbers water on Wednesday/Saturday; odd house numbers water Thursday/Sunday Level 3: Outside water use is not allowed General landscape and turf-non-pride areas: 10 minutes a day per irrigation location/zone or sprinkler head Level 1: Water every 3rd day (optimum) Level 2: Water every 4th day (deficit) Level 3: Every 7th day (survival) Pride areas, sports fields, golf course and parade fields have specific guidance based on the turf type, irrigation system and intensity of use. As of press time June 21, JBLM is at Conservation Level 1.


tuck inside all day? Catch a few rays and fresh air at lunchtime, after work and at special fo od-n-fun events and enjoy your dining experience outdoors! Dine al fresco at a number of MWR eateries and soak in the freshness of summer. We also have some new dining experiences planned this month that you won’t want to miss.

Sam Adams plans patio fun & games Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM offers a private patio to enjoy the long summer evenings. Order your meal and beverage and relax outside Tuesdays–Saturdays through Aug. 31. Celebrate the “dog days” of summer on the patio at “Yappy Hour” from 6– 8 p.m. Thursdays, July 20, Aug. 10 and Sept. 7. Yes, this really is for the dogs — bring your dog on a leash for treats


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(you’ll get a treat, too!), dog-oriented games and prizes. Want more patio fun at Sam Adams? Come on out Friday, July 21 from 5– 8 p.m. for a festive patio luau with music, great food and games! Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. For more details, call 253-964-2012.

Habañero offers hot flavors, serene scenery Haven’t been to Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course for a while? The menu now features more items, such as beef, chicken or pork torta sandwiches served with crispy tots, and chicken wings, chicken burgers, chicken tenders and pizza! During July, save 15 percent on your pizza order with the purchase of a beverage, or buy one pizza and get the second half-off. Bring your order out onto the spacious patio that overlooks the greens or on the

deck that faces the putting green. For a fun evening outdoors, enter the Nine, Wine & Dine event Friday, July 21. for $90 per couple. You’ll get a barbecue dinner and wine sampling on the patio along with your green fees, cart and nine-hole golfing. For entry details, call the pro shop at 253-982-2124. Habañero is at 895 Lincoln Blvd. inside the clubhouse at McChord Field.

Party on the patio at the Warrior Zone The Warrior Zone boasts a large patio with plenty of seating for your orders from the Zone seven days a week. Enjoy patio events with dining specials, such as bingo and karaoke nights’ three-piece chicken tenders and fries with dipping sauce for $6.50, and Saturday, July 29’s UFC action with a wings and nacho special, plus grilled favorites. Also order a chocolate, strawberry or vanilla ice cream cup for $1.50, and a 24-ounce home-brewed sweet iced tea

with a free refill for $2.40. The Warrior Zone is on the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-477-5756.

Order take-out and enjoy kids’ water fun Ordering your choice of snacks, full meals and cold drinks is easy and convenient when you’re outdoors at Freedom Park’s splash pad and playground or the McChord outdoor pool. Set up your picnic table at either location and go grab your meals! Bowl Arena Lanes’ Strike Zone is located across the parking lot from the splash park and playground at Lewis Main. And Sounders Lanes’ Strike Zone is just across the street from the McChord pool. For hours of operation of water fun, visit and look for Freedom Park and Aquatics. To see menus of all these facilities and more, visit under dining, lounges and coffee shops.


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ake advantage of all the creative services at your fingertips at your Arts & Crafts Center. Here are ideas for July fun and gifts: • Sign up your kids for a free Kids’ Kraft painting project Friday, July 21. • Take a two-part basic drawing class — use this month’s coupon to receive free instruction (doesn’t include materials). • Learn the meditative art of Zentangle — it’s simple and easy to learn. Bring the coupon for free instruction. • Sign up for the Wine and Canvas event at Nelson Recreation Center Friday,


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July 28. Beginners get instructions for the painting you choose from various samples. Arts supplies, appetizers and your first glass of wine are included in the $30 cost. Prepayment is required; call 253-982-6726/6718 or register through Webtrac at • Order custom-framed Family photos as keepsakes or for gifts. • Use the 3D printing service in the engraving shop for unique projects. • Enter the Army Arts and Crafts contest for cash prizes and see your work in an online gallery. Visit https://cloud.mwr. for categories, rules and to submit photos of your entries July 5–Aug. 31. • Check out the Arts & Crafts Center’s selection of printable items for fullcolor prints on baby bibs, coffee cups, T-shirts and much more at a fraction of the cost of silk screening. Look through the catalogs at a huge selection of apparel and accessories for your orders or bring in your own items. Call 253-982-6723 for more information. The Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

The fun never ends with July events, summer specials & good times at JBLM

Freedom Fest is here!

Free 2-Part Drawing Class (discount applies to instruction only) Learn basic drawing techniques Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good July 1–31, 2017.

Free Zentangle Class

(discount applies to instruction only) Create a beautiful meditative drawing Limit one coupon per customer per class. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good July 1–31, 2017.

Celebrate Independence Day both Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 at JBLM’s Freedom Fest! The festivities are at Cowan and Memorial stadiums starting at noon Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday. This year, Monday is open only to JBLM Service members, your Families, military retirees, other valid DOD ID cardholders and sponsored guests. Judge which rides you like best at the Classy Chassis car show 10 a.m.–noon, purchase tickets for carnival rides, play games, enjoy fair foods, laugh at roving entertainers, and hear the AC/DC tribute band, “Hell’s Belles,” and “Unified Culture” reggae band live on stage. Tuesday is open to the general public. Enjoy carnival rides, games, food, roving entertainers, live disco, country and R&B bands on stage, Kids’ World magic, games and stage entertainment and the biggest fireworks show in the South Puget Sound. Find the complete schedule of events for both days at

Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band entertain live at JBLM If you like good ‘ol American rock ‘n roll mixed with hits from every genre, you’ll love the good-time, hand-clapping, crowd-pleasing music you’ll hear at the free Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band concert live at Memorial Stadium Saturday, July 15 starting at 6 p.m. Bring the entire crew for the Familyfriendly concert honoring Service members and their loved ones as part of the 2017 USO tour. Come early with your lawn chairs for this amazing evening. Food is available for purchase on site. Memorial Stadium is located off Liggett Avenue between Bowl Arena Lanes and Carey Theater at Lewis Main.

Single Service members invited to block party All JBLM single Service members are invited to JBLM’s free Single Service Member Day Block Party Wednesday, July 19 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. based from Continued on page 10.


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• July patio parties (see pages 6 and 7). Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. Questions? Call 253-964-2012 or visit samueladams.

McChord Pub offers fun & games Stop in the McChord Pub to relax after work. Enjoy programs on four overhead TVs and music channels, and challenge your friends to a game of darts or poker. Order appetizers, wings, fries, poppers and sampler platter menu to go along with your favorite drinks. Hours are 4–9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and UTA Saturdays (July 8). Patrons enjoy a pick-up game of spades at the Warrior Zone.

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The pub is inside the Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Continued from page 9. the Warrior Zone at 17th and D streets at Lewis North. The day features: • A car, truck and motorcycle show; register at 8 a.m. for best car, motorcycle and 4x4 truck, plus best sound. • Free goody bag for the first 2,000 participants. • Three-on-three basketball tourney and fitness competitions for groups and individuals. • Eating contest with pies, watermelons and hot dogs. • Indoor gaming tourney. • Food and beverages available for purchase. • Music, karaoke, prize drawings and more! For more information, call BOSS headquarters at 253-967-5636. Volunteers are also needed; if you want to help out, show up July 19 at 5:30 a.m. at the Warrior Zone.


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Enjoy specials at favorite hangouts

Celebrate being a member

Make Sam Adams your place

and become a member this month!)

Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM has a ton of fun lined up for you this month. Come on over for: • Adult-themed Bingo from 7–9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 5 and 19. • UFC 213, Nunes vs. Shevchenko, 6– 10 p.m. Saturday, July 8 ($5 cover). • Trivia Night with prizes from 7–9. Friday, July 14 and 28. • Heads-or-Tails Tuesdays from 4– 10 p.m. Guess correctly on a coin toss to win $1 off your first drink. • Open Mic and Karaoke Night the first and third Thursdays. • Not Your Nana’s Bingo the second and fourth Thursdays with adult humor. Every $5 you spend, you receive an extra bingo card to try to win awesome prizes and food vouchers.

Join the Club at McChord Field and enjoy monthly freebies and perks. (Pick up an application from the Club office Drop by Wednesday, July 26, 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. for a free member appreciation luncheon. Bring a Family member or guest and they pay only $5. Club-member bingo is each Friday. Cards go on sale at 5 p.m.; the first game starts at 5:30. The cover-all game starts at 6 for a chance to win $850–$1,195! Questions? Call 253-982-5581. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd.

Low country boil’s on! Y’all come out to the Low Country Boil Friday, July 28 at the Club at McChord Field from 5–7:30 p.m. Enjoy succulent shrimp, savory sausage, fresh corn on the cob and new potatoes served with bread — and be sure to leave room for dessert! Also order

drink specials to go with this downhome meal. The cost is $42 per couple or $22 per person; reservations are required by calling 253-982-5581. The Club’s at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

Enjoy Zone dining specials Try all the July food and drink specials at the Warrior Zone while you catch all the fun action indoors and on the patio: • Order the archetype of a thin-crust pizza pie, a pizza margherita adorned in the colors of the Italian flag: green basil, white mozzarella and red fresh tomatoes with a balsamic glaze. This 12-inch delight is $7.95. • Keep it light and tasty with a 12-inch pesto pizza with a base of pesto sauce, topped with mozzarella and seasonings for $6.95. • Try out the new salads, sandwiches and wraps on the menu — spinach cranberry walnut salad, chicken Caesar salad, Greek salad, spicy Italian wrap and more. • Get discount draft pitchers, cups or bottles during happy hour weekdays from 5–7 p.m. Call 253-477-5833 for additional information. The WZ is on the corner of N. 17th & D streets at Lewis North. Ages 18 and older only can enter.

Golf for fun & competition Enter July golf tourneys Improve your competitive play with fun tourneys at JBLM golf courses. Both Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs have tourneys and events lined up for you:

• Improve your competitive game by entering the Whispering Firs Cup series July 8 and 22, Aug. 5 and 26 and Sept. 9. The championship is Sept. 16. You must participate in four events to qualify for the championship. Buy-in is $15 plus green fee for the threegross, three-net play per division. • Compete in the JBLM Golf Championship Saturday, July 15 at Whispering Firs, which continues Sunday, July 16 at Eagles Pride. The individual stroke play championship tourney is $60 plus your green fee. • Enter Eagles Pride’s Horse Race Wednesday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. with a two-person alternate shot format. The cost is $20, which includes your green fee and cart. • Match Up with the Open Saturday, July 22 at Whispering Firs for only $12 plus your green fee. • CG Golf Scramble Thursday, July 27 at Whispering Firs with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The four-person scramble costs $35 per person (includes cart). For entry details on any tournament,

call Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124 or Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522.

Get in on golf specials Take advantage of July golf specials at both Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses: • All equipment and apparel are 15 percent off (excluding 2017 PING clubs) for Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs pro shops’ Fourth of July sale from July 1–4. • Monday–Friday, get in on the $20 weekday walking rate from pro shop opening–7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. • Grab a bargain at JBLM golf courses with the golf combo (green fee, a shared cart and a $6 food voucher). Prices vary according to days and ranks; call the pro shop for details. Specials cannot be combined with other specials or used for tournaments or outings. For more details, call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124.


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is the perfect time to Adventure Center & whitewater rafting Brave the rapids, ranging from mild to wild

Washington state is filled with whitewater rafting rivers ranging from beginner-level (Class I) to intermediate and advanced (Class V). Whatever experience you want, our river trips reliably deliver thrills! The Wenatchee River is the state’s most popular whitewater rafting river for excitement and reliable weather. Some of the most notorious rapids are Boulder Bend, Rock ‘n Roll, Gorilla Falls, Drunkard’s Drop and Snowblind. The south fork of the Skykomish River is the ultimate in adventurous whitewater rafting combined with incredible scenery. Flowing around housesized boulders, the Skykomish delivers unique and challenging rapids such as Railroad, Lunch Hole, Cable Drop and the infamous Class V Boulder Drop, one of the longest and hardest rapids in the state. The White Salmon River is located about an hour and a half from Portland, Ore., and alternates between heartpounding whitewater and gorgeous views of the boulder-strewn river and basalt-walled gorge. The highlight of this trip for most adventurers is the notorious (but optional) Class V Husum

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Falls. Find the full schedule of whitewater rafting trips and online registration at You may also preregister over the phone or in person — 253-967-6263 — stop by the Northwest Adventure Center weekdays from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or Adventures Unlim-

get outside with the Northwest  Adventures Unlimited ited weekdays from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m.–noon and Sunday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. If you prefer, the expert guides at the Outdoor Recreation program can run a custom unit/group trip or private trip for your group on a different day than our regularly scheduled trips. The NAC is located at Lewis North, 8050 NCO Beach Rd. Adventures Unlimited is located at McChord Field, 739 Battery Rd.

If you have five or more people, we can run a private trip for your group on a different day. Choose your adventure: • Introductory to advanced single-track instruction. • Easy road rides. • Scenic rides through the mountains, San Juan Islands and Skagit County tulip fields. • Custom unit/group trips (mountain biking makes for a great PT workout!).

mountain biking

Alpine Club

Whether you enjoy casual road rides or downhill trail riding, the Outdoor Recreation program has a cycling trip for everyone. Our trips are designed to teach you the skills that you wish to learn, as well as sight-seeing opportunities around the Pacific Northwest. We provide helmets, gloves and mountain bikes for all of our rides, but if you have your own and wish to bring it along, that’s not a problem. Trip schedules are listed online at and SeeYouOutsideJBLM for the latest updates and news. Register at or by calling 253-967-6263. You may also stop by the Northwest Adventure Center (8050 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North) or Adventures Unlimited (739 Battery Rd. at McChord Field) to register. The NAC is open weekdays from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Adventures Unlimited is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m.–noon and Sunday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Join the Alpine Club today and have access to early registration for all trips, including Mount Rainier climbs! Alpine Club staff members are highly trained and experienced in ski, rock, ice and alpine mountaineering trips. With monthly meetings and professional talks, we’ll help you get outside and start enjoying the great Northwest mountain wilderness. If you don’t see a climb you want to go on, ask us about planning a custom trip to suit your needs. Member benefits include early registration for summit attempts, emails about upcoming events, invites to movies and to hear the pros give talks, connections with partners and organizations, access to our expert guides for trip planning and access to reducedprice name-brand mountain climbing gear. Call 253-967-6263 or stop by the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North, 8050 NCO Beach Rd.

Head out on a two-wheeled adventure

Join today for early climb registration

Compete in JBLM’s monthly sporting clays Register now for July 1 event Join the Outdoor Recreation program at the JBLM Skeet Range on the first Saturday of the month for a sporting clays competition! This is a 10-station, 100-target fun shoot. Sporting clays simulates the unpredictabilit​y of live-quarry shooting and is often described as “golf with a shotgun.” Registration begins at 9 a.m. and costs $35 per person. Shooting begins at 10:30. For more information, call 253-967-7056. The Skeet Range is located at 3969 2nd Division Range Rd. at Lewis Main.

Rent everything you need for your next adventure Gear available at two locations Heading outside for an adventure with Family or friends? Rent the gear you need — from tents and grills to boats and trailers — from the Outdoor Recreation program. Equipment is available at both the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North and Adventures Unlimited at McChord Field. For a full list of rental equipment and prices, visit For details, call 253-967-8282 or 253-982-2206.



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In conjunction with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band free concert starting at 6PM

JBLM 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, July 15

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Western Washington Traveling Skeet League 2017 Schedule Months

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Participants may eliminate two shoots for any reason or eliminate the two lowest scores out of ten. The Skeet League splits dates between McChord’s Sportsman’s Club and JBLM’s Skeet & Trap Range at Lewis Main. A maximum of 50 shooters allowed to register per event.

All levels welcome — no membership required. Great quality & value: $16 per week (targets & lunch included)! Participate in at least 8 of 10 shoots to be eligible for the grand prize (a free six-month shooting pass).

Last Name: First Name: Address:

Phone (with area code): Email: DOB: If age 17 or younger, a parent/guardian signature is required. Are you currently a registered shooter? (circle one): Yes

No Class:


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Persons wishing to shoot together must submit their entry forms together. Five-person squads are preferred. Starting times are on a rotating basis and will be assigned. Entry forms must be submitted prior to shooting with the league. Shooters 17 years or younger are required to have a parent/guardian signature to participate in the league. You may not participate without a signature. Parent/Guardian Signature: Parent/Guardian (Print Name): Scan and email completed entry form to: If pass is needed to enter JBLM, send email two weeks prior to event.


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by Patti Jeffrey


ou’re into the summer months and want to enjoy more outdoor fun with the kiddos than just taking them to spray parks and playgrounds. You’re on a limited budget, but wish you could have a mini-getaway that’s also great fun for your youngsters. Why not take them on a wilderness adventure that they’ll never forget! Leave behind the TV, electronic games and everyday distractions for a completely natural outdoor experience in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Getting started on your nature experience Get started by deciding what you want to do — for instance, take a day hike, camp somewhere close overnight or go on a car tour with short nature stop-nwalks in the mountains or at the ocean. You’ll want to talk about your expectations for your outing — will trails or campsites be kid-friendly? Will you allow them to take their electronic games for entertainment on a campout? Or will you want to “rough it” overnight with tent camping, board games and active outdoor games?


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If it will be your first experience in the wilderness with your youngsters, the best way to introduce them is to start small and let them get comfortable on wilderness trails or camping overnight.

Day hike locations are plentiful The list for easy kid-friendly day hikes is endless for this region, but some noteworthy hikes are just outside JBLM. For instance, the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge has an amazing boardwalk and level nature paths for people of any ability to explore the tidal basin. Priest Point State Park offers forested trails that lead to beach-combing fun in the South Puget Sound. Point Defiance Park in North Tacoma is sprinkled with forested trails, beachfront walks and scenic vistas overlooking the Narrows. Other nearby hikes include Millersylvania State Park’s Deep Lake, Capitol State Forest’s Porter Falls and Tolmie State Park, a saltwater shoreline park. If you want to venture further out, find easy mountain forest trails around the region at Also locate hikes by region at parks. The regional maps show all the parks in that region, and clicking on a specific park gives you all the details.

Camping overnight’s a blast Even if you don’t own any tents, sleeping bags or camp gear for camping overnight, there’s no need to buy equipment — rent your supplies from Outdoor Recreation! The Northwest Adventure Center and Adventures Unlimited can supply you with everything you need for your campsite. Visit the Community Update page at under Outdoor Recreation rentals for lists or call either location for advice. Since most campsites are heavily reserved on summer weekends, try reserving a spot midweek. If it’s your first time out, look into camping overnight at the NAC’s tent campsites at Lewis North or at Holiday Park’s campsites at McChord Field.

Traveling to your nature spot You’ll need permits for most sites, but having an interagency federal pass or a Discover Pass should cover most state and national park areas. All active duty military members can snag a free annual pass to national parks (an $80 value!).

Get your pass at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee by showing your military ID. Each Family member will also be able to obtain their own pass even if the Service member is deployed or if they are traveling separately.

common for adventurous kids outdoors. Establish rules for your children when you’re hiking so no one gets lost (see comments below) and remember trail etiquette (leave no trash or waste behind, let other hikers pass and don’t take anything from the woods).

Most of all, have fun and enjoy bonding closer as a Family on your outdoor adventures! Thanks to outdoor recreation specialists Kaweka Stoney and Brad Hinton and to our Facebook contributors for sharing their expertise and experiences.

Also remember that if you’re traveling anywhere by ferry, reservations are a must during summer months.

Keep everyone safe! Prepare not only for the weather, but for the worst kind of weather — just in case a quick weather shift appears and you need a rain flap over your tent and tarp over your campsite, rain gear and extra warm clothes. Always dress in layers on a hike and bring extra food and water, sun protection, a map and compass (or GPS receiver), flashlight, multiuse tool and duct tape for quick repairs to a shoe, torn backpack or torn clothing. Include a waterproof tarp for emergency shelter in a downpour. Also bring a first aid kit on your hike — scrapes, cuts, bites and rashes are

What experienced parents recommend (source: Loop trails rated for kids are the most fun for everyone. By the time the kids get tired, you’re already past the halfway point, so you might as well keep going! We also enjoy trails that have a fun rest spot to eat lunch — the summit of a mountain or a fun waterfall or beach can be unforgettable. They need to stay where they can look back and see us.  If they can’t see us, they need to stop and wait. They need to stop when we call their name. And they need to stay on the trail. Family camping can be great if you are prepared to stay warm enough — the Northwest nights get cold no matter how hot the days are! Good sleeping bags and warm sleeping clothes are a must. –Piper M.

Never let your children out of your sight. –Amanda W. Bring water and layer! –Mindy F. M. Get them their own stuff to carry, a water bottle with snacks that are just for them. (I carry a little extra for them in my bag because mine eat/drink a lot). Interact with games, stories, songs or just talk. We usually make a list of things we might see while out and cross them off if we do. My kids also have pocket book guides for plants, insects and animals. Plan to take your time and enjoy the trip. Stop when they find something interesting — or when you do. Explain to each other why and encourage them in what they like about the trail or to finish what they’ve started. –Pamela S.


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pacific pathways Triathlon

register at today! Find deadlines and pricing information online.

Swim, bike & run at Lewis North Register now for the Pacific Pathways Triathlon Saturday, Aug. 19. The swim starts in American Lake, with the bike and run courses winding through the streets of Lewis North. The race consists of a 500meter swim, a 14-mile bike and a 5K run. There are limited spots available, so


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commander’s cup paintball

Sign up for the paintball tourney! The Commander’s Cup paintball tournament is Saturday, Aug. 12. If you’re interested in participating, attend the

representative meeting Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center. The cost is $75 per team to be paid at the representative meeting. Tournament-day showtime is 8:30 a.m., and the tournament begins at 9. Commander’s Cup sports are open to active duty Service members attached to JBLM only. For details, visit JBLMmwr. com/intramural or call 253-967-4768. Nelson Recreation Center is located at Lewis Main, 3168 2nd Division Dr.

Run for freedom in 10-miler, 5K or 1K HONOR THOSE WHO SERVE & HAVE SERVED

Register today for the Freedom Run

The 2017 Freedom Run is Saturday, July 22 at the MWR Fest Tent. Choose from the 10-miler (starting at 5 p.m.), the 1K (5:15) and the 5K (5:30). Register at and join us to honor those who wear — and have worn — a U.S. military uniform. See the chart below for pricing details and registration deadlines. Active duty participants in the 10-miler have an opportunity to qualify for the Army Ten Miler team. Race bib pick-up starts at 3 p.m. For more information, visit or call the Intramural Sports Office at 253-967-4768. Early registration (until Monday, July 10, 11:59 p.m.) T-shirt size guaranteed

Late registration until Wednesday, July 19, 11:59 p.m.) T-shirt not guaranteed

Day-of-race registration onsite No T-shirt


DOD ID: $25 No DOD ID: $35

DOD ID: $30 No DOD ID: $40

DOD ID:$$35 No DOD ID: $45


DOD ID: $20 No DOD ID: $25

DOD ID: $25 No DOD ID: $30

DOD ID: $30 No DOD ID: $35


DOD ID: $10 No DOD ID: $15

DOD ID: $15 No DOD ID: $20

DOD ID: $20 No DOD ID: $25

2017 Freedom Run registration & pricing

Find a schedule of free fitness classes at:


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COmmander’s cup flag football Participate with your unit!

Don’t miss the representative meeting for Commander’s Cup flag football Wednesday, July 26, 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center and Thursday, July 27, noon at McChord Fitness Center. The season runs Aug. 14 through the Commander’s Cup Tournament Oct. 2–5.


Commander’s Cup flag football is open to active duty Service members attached to JBLM only. For details, visit intramural or call 253-967-4768. Nelson Recreation Center is located at Lewis Main, 3168 2nd Division Dr. McChord Fitness Center is located at 729 5th St.

Open fall softball

Don’t miss the fall softball season If you want to play fall softball, attend

the sign-up meeting at Nelson Recreation Center Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m. There are recreational, competitive and women’s leagues for $250 per team. Players without teams are encouraged to attend the meeting for team placement. All JBLM ID cardholders at least 18 years old are eligible to play in open sports leagues. The season begins Saturday, Aug. 26, with the league tournament Saturday, Oct. 7. Details: intramural or 253-967-4768.


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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus July 2017

Fun with SKIES & youth sports this summer with Child & Youth Services

karate, boxing, dance & more For summer fun, look to the SKIES program!

Along with regular monthly classes in boxing, dance, gymnastics, karate, music and theater, SKIESUnlimited is also offering fun summertime activities: • Dance Classes will continue throughout the summer with a new schedule of classes in July and August. Join us for our Summer Workshops Thursdays that include art, dance and free giveaways! Themes include: Under the Sea, We Love Nature, Hollywood, Pirates, Mad Scientists and more! ($55) • Gymnastics It’s never too early to get ready for a new school year! July 17–20 from noon–3 p.m., SKIES is offering a fun-filled gymnastics workshop for students ages 6–18! Have fun learning new tricks at this back-to-school themed event. All campers will receive a backpack, school supplies, fun “homework” and a graduation ceremony. Camp fee includes July gymnastics class tuition! ($150) And, don’t forget, we also offer our regular ongoing gymnastics classes! • My Big Messy Art Want your young artists to get messy without you having to clean up the mess? Enroll them

in Messy Art Camp running July 24– 27 from 12:30–2 p.m. We’ll be painting with our hands, feet, splatterpainting and more! Dress for mess! ($70) • Theater Do you have a budding acting star at home or a child who just wants to explore theater fun? Enroll them in mini theater workshops July 17–18 or Aug. 21–22, 2–3 p.m. They’ll enjoy theater games, improv and more! ($40) For class schedules and to enroll, visit SKIESUnlimited is located at 6398 Garcia Blvd., Lewis Main. For additional information, call 253-966-3539.

Babysitting class

Get certified to babysit at JBLM Sign up for the July 20–22 Certified Babysitting Class for teens at Hillside Youth Center. Learn basic care, developmental ages and stages, safety, first aid, CPR and more. The class is for ages 12 and older (you must be at least 13 to babysit). Enrollment is required and teens must be registered with CYS. Call 253-967-4441 to reserve your teen’s seat. Hillside is located at 6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. Continued on page 25.


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School Physicals

Call the TRICARE Regional Appointment Line to book a school physical appointment with your child’s primary care provider.

1-800-404-4506 Check with your child’s school for specific requirements and bring the forms with you to the appointment. If your child has recently had a physical and only needs the forms completed, please contact your clinic for specific instructions. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

madigan Army Medical Center


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summer programming Enroll now for daytime fun!

There’s still time to enroll your school-age and middle-school/teen youth in summer programming with Child & Youth Services. Enrollment is weekly during summer vacation and based on total Family income. For enrollment and details, call 253-966-2977. For weekly theme information, visit


‘the nutcracker’ in july

It’s never too early to start planning for this holiday favorite We’re just a few short months away from auditions for the SKIESUnlimited 2017 production of “The Nutcracker.” Auditions are Sept. 4–7 for ages 5 and older at SKIESUnlimited at Lewis Main, 6398 Garcia Blvd. Parents are invited to audition, too! Enroll for auditions at

Summer food program

Sports & activities Sign up now for summer sports fun! CYS Youth Sports offers seasonal sports and sports camps for youth of all interests and abilities. Check out the chart below for details on how to keep your kiddos active this summer with youth sports. Enroll at Must be CYS-registered. To schedule an appointment to complete your Family’s CYS registration, call 253-966-2977.


Enrollment Dates

Ages & Cost

Parent Meeting

Season Runs

Fall Soccer

through July 31

5–15; $55

Aug. 19

Aug. 21–Oct. 21

Bumblebee Soccer

through July 31

3–4; $25

Aug. 19

Aug. 21–Oct. 14


Enrollment Dates

Ages & Cost


Time & Location

Sumner Basketball Clinic

through July 13

7–15; FREE

July 14

10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Youth Sports Lewis Main

British Soccer Camp

challengersports. com

3–16; online

Lewis, July 18–22 McChord, Aug. 15–19

Times online | Lewis & McChord Youth Sports Fields

Tennis Camp

through July 6

7–15; $40

July 24–27

10–11 a.m. | Youth Sports Lewis Main

Parent Caddy Golf Jam

through Aug. 8

5–18; $20

Aug. 16

9:30 a.m. | Eagles Pride Golf Course

Get Fit, Be Strong Archery 2

through Aug. 3

8–15; $40

Aug. 7–10

9:30–11 a.m. | Youth Sports Lewis Main

Get Fit, Be Strong Archery 3

through Aug. 3

8–15; $40

Aug. 7–10

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Youth Sports Lewis Main

Available at a CYS center near you Through the Simplified Summer Food Program, meals are available for children (ages 18 and younger) registered and enrolled in school-age or middle school/ teen summer programming. Children who are members of Washington Basic Food households, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families assistance units or households receiving Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations benefits are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits at eligible program sites (enrolled summer programs or residential summer camps). Other children are eligible on a Family-income basis. For more eligibility details, visit JBLMcys.


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focus | military & Family readiness

Preparing for military From free workshops & financial counseling to education fairs and transition assistance, Armed Forces Community Service is here to help

serving you at Lewis north

Visit us at our new location inside Hawk Transition Center As you may know, Army Community Service houses many of the Army’s Family support programs. At JBLM, ACS was renamed Armed Forces Community Service to embrace our joint-base culture and recognize all branches we serve. AFCS has several locations across JBLM and Employment, Financial Readiness and Community Information Services are now available at Hawk Transition Center, 11577 C St. at Lewis North. For AFCS program information, you can stop into Waller Hall (Lewis Main, 2140 Liggett Ave.), AFCS-McChord (551 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field) and at Yakima Training Center (Bldg., 271, B St. & 4th Ave). For information about AFCS, call 253-967-7166 or 253-982-2695 (509-577-3114 at Yakima).

transition assistance for ill, injured or wounded warriors Let the SFAC guide you to long-term life success

The AFCS Service Member & Family Assistance Center provides individualized and coordinated services to Service members and their Families. We specialize in developing long-term life success for personnel transitioning out of the


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military who are ill, injured or wounded. Visit us for an intake appointment, and we’ll assess your needs, setting you up for services such as: • Social security disability insurance. • State veterans benefits. • Disability claims. • Résumé and job search skills. • Financial assessments. • Military records review. Follow us at this July to find out more about the SFAC! Visit to register for an upcoming event/class or to make an appointment with an SFAC staff member. For more information or assistance, call 253-966-8433.

education fair

Learn to prepare for your next career, go back to school You’re invited to the AFCS and Stone Education Center Summer Education Fair Thursday, Aug. 17 from 10:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. at the Madigan Army Medical Center Medical Mall’s ground floor (9040 Jackson Ave., Lewis Main). Learn about education programs, colleges, universities, training opportunities and more. Prepare for your next career, and speak with representatives from local area universities, online colleges and technical schools. For details, call 253-967-2126 or 253-966-8433. This education fair is open to the JBLM community. Continued on the next page. Continued from page 29.

life & beyond


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guidance for stressful times

Confidential counseling for relationships, parenting & stress Is life causing you stress? Are you experiencing relationship difficulties? Make an appointment with a JBLM AFCS Military and Family Life Counselor. MFLCs are licensed professionals who provide short-term, solution-focused counseling anonymously and confidentially. Services are free for active duty Service members and their Families. They offer counseling on topics such as relationship issues and re-establishing intimacy, stress and coping strategies, deployment and reintegration, communication, anger management/conflict resolution and parenting skills. To make an appointment or for more information, call 253-329-6632.

Currently, AER has teamed up with the Army Criminal Investigation Command, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other prevention organizations to investigate the scam and identify the culprits. In the meantime, AER headquarters developed a plan to reduce the incidents of these fraudulent checks. AER clients who receive a check are informed to cash or deposit valid AER checks at their banking institution. Those who deposit the check through mobile apps will have a 24-hour hold. This period allows time for AER to validate the check. Once checks are authenticated, they will clear as normal. AER officers have alternative processes to follow for emergency leave cases. If you stay vigilant, you don’t have to be a victim. The tips below are ways to keep from being fooled by scam artists: • AER does not ask Soldiers, retirees or their Families for a login and password for their online banking

buyer beware!

What you need to know to avoid this check scam A new scam involving the use of fraudulent checks and mobile deposit apps to gain access to bank accounts of Service members and their Families has surfaced, according to a memo recently released by Army Emergency Relief. AER headquarters in Arlington, Va., recently reported that a check scam has compromised users’ bank account information. It also said that the scam specifically targets Soldiers, retirees and military Family members. According to AER, scammers forge counterfeit AER checks and offer Soldiers opportunities to “earn some easy money.” When affected parties provide scammers with their bank account information, scammers deposit the fraudulent checks in different banks through mobile depositing apps. Incidents of forgery and illicit bank access have occurred since early December 2016 and have affected various banks.


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sites. If anyone asks you for this information because they need help depositing funds from an AER assistance application, do not share it and contact your local authorities immediately. • Never give your bank account information to anyone promising to help you earn easy money or who tells you they need your help cashing a check because they’re out of the country, too busy, etc. Scam artists are obtaining other people’s banking information and withdrawing funds from their accounts. • Be careful about accepting checks — even cashier’s checks — from people you don’t know. Call the bank listed on the check to make sure the check is genuine and never use the funds before the check clears. • Never accept a check for more than you’re due with the request to send the overpayment to a third party. Beware of “easy money” scams, and always safeguard your personal banking

information. For additional information or if you need AER assistance, call 253-967-9852.

gold star youth

An event to honor child and youth survivors Gold Star Families are invited to Sounders Lanes Saturday, July 1, noon– 2 p.m. In addition to bowling, there will be activities and food, all for free. To reserve your spot, visit JBLM-goldstar-child-youth-bowling-event-july-2017. This event is brought to you by the JBLM AFCS Survivor Outreach Services program. The program provides support and brings survivors — adults, children and youth — together. For more information about this event, program or resources, call 253-966-5047, 253-966-3672 or 253-967-7501. Sounders Lanes is located at 737 Jackson Blvd., McChord Field.

practice mindfulness

Tip of the month from Employee Assistance Program To stay in the present, one must practice mindfulness. The benefits of awareness with acceptance may help you manage many negative factors that can impact your health, emotional well-being and relationships. The practice of awareness with acceptance is a form of mindfulness that focuses and guides you to embrace, learn and release experiences in the present. In the words of Elsa from the movie Frozen, “Let it go.” Let go with purpose and resolution. These are a few of the benefits of practicing awareness with acceptances: • Ability to act consciously instead of reacting to people and events. • Ability to redirect negative thoughts and emphasize positive ones. • Behaving positively instead of creating obstacles/drama. • Enjoying positive interpersonal relationships. • Being your best self. Exercising mindfulness can start you on a path of reducing stress, increasing healthier interpersonal relationships and creating a positive outlook in general. Should you wish to speak with someone about decreasing stress and increasing mindfulness, please stop by to see the Employee Assistance Program at Lewis Main, 2008B N. 3rd St., room 114. To reach a member of the EAP team, call 253-732-2214.

Select AFCS events



Overseas Briefing



Ready to Rent



SHARP Annual Training (green dot overview)



Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment



WDVA State Veterans’ Benefits & SSA Disability Brief



SHARP Annual Training (policy & procedure)



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



Military Caregiver PEER Forum



Baby Play Group



Healing & The Voice: Poetry Workshops

Thursdays, July 6–20


Predeployment Workshops

Monday, July 17


Identity Theft & Consumer Awareness

Tuesday, July 18


JBLM Newcomers Orientation

Tuesday, July 18

253-967-3633/ 253-982-2695

Financially Fit

July 19 & Aug. 2


Treasurer Training (evening)

Wednesday, July 19



Wednesday, July 19


Re-Entry Workshop

July 20 & Aug. 3


FRG 101 for Commanders & 1SGs

Thursday, July 20


The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, July 20


Key Spouse Initial Training

Saturday, July 22


Alaska Briefing

July 24 & Aug. 7


Key Caller Training (evening)

Tuesday, July 25


Thrift Savings Plan

Wednesday, July 26


Resiliency & Hope Academy

July 17–21


DOL Transition Assistance Workshop

July 26–28


FRG Leadership Training

July 26–27


EAP Civilian Training

Thursday, July 27


Financial Life Cycles

Thursday, July 27


Job Fair Success Workshop

Wednesday, Aug. 2


Understanding AER Policies & Procedures

Wednesday, Aug. 2


Credit Reports & Credit Repair

Thursday, Aug. 3


Interview-Ready Workshop

Thursday, Aug. 3


Transition Overview & MOS Crosswalk

Thursday, Aug. 3


Volunteer Orientation Training

Thursday, Aug. 3


Baby Boot Camp

Saturday ,Aug. 5


Active Parenting for Stepfamilies

T/Th, Aug. 8–24


Checking Account Maintenance Refresher

Tuesday, Aug. 8


JBLM Community Update

Tuesday, Aug. 8



M/W, Aug. 7–30


Financial Planning for Transition

Wednesday, Aug. 9


FRG Leadership Training (evening)

Thursdays, Aug. 10–24


Key Caller Training (day)

Thursday, Aug. 10


Résumé 101

Thursday, Aug. 10


International Spouse Orientation

Friday, Aug. 11


For more AFCS classes and briefings (including Yakima), call 253-967-7166 or visit For details, call the number listed, visit the event calendar at or “like” us at



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Armed Forces Family Team building

JBLM Child supervision guidelines When is your child old enough to stay home alone?

Build personal and professional skills with free AFFTB workshops If you’re new to the military lifestyle, AFCS Armed Forces Family Team Building has classes to help you adapt to, understand and enjoy your new lifestyle. If you’ve been in for a while, AFFTB classes can help you improve your personal skills, learn how to support your spouse’s leadership role or to enhance your leadership skills. Tell us what you need, when you want it and where, and we’ll provide the training. AFFTB is located inside the Family Resource Center at 4274 Idaho Ave. at 9th Division at Lewis Main. If you’d like to learn more, stop by today or call 253-967-2832. Visit JBLMafcs. to register for classes.

Don’t leave your child alone. It sounds like a no-brainer, but the realities of military life — summer break, deployments, moves and other disruptions to your routine — make it hard to ensure your children are always supervised. JBLM has specific guidelines for military Families living on base. If you need more information, call the AFCS Family Advocacy Program at 253-967-5901. The following chart is a useful guideline for parents and other caregivers to help keep your kids safe. Age of Child

Level of Supervision

Length of Time

0–9 years

Direct supervision

At all times

10–11 years

Monitored care

2 consecutive house

11–12 years


4 consecutive hours

13–15 years


6 consecutive hours

AFFTB Concept Block


Don’t Forget About You (Day 1)

Tuesday, July 18

Building Your Dream Team (Day 2)

Wednesday, July 19

Don’t Forget About You (Day 2)

Thursday, July 20

Social Media Safety

Tuesday, July 25

Don’t Forget About You (Day 1)

Wednesday, July 26

Guidelines for babysitting

I Married a Service member... Now What?

Thursday, July 27

Age of Sitter


Army as a Second Language

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Don’t Forget About You (Day 2)

Wednesday, Aug. 2

12 years

May babysit other children 1–11 years old for up to 3 hours without adult supervision.

Smoothing the Way (Day 1)

Thursday, Aug. 3

13–14 years

Smoothing the Way (Day 2)

Tuesday, Aug. 8

May babysit other children 0–11 years old for up to 3 hours without adult supervision.

Social Media Safety

Wednesday, Aug. 9

15–17 years

May babysit other children 0–11 years old (not overnight).

Career Development (Day 1)

Thursday, Aug. 10


May babysit other children of all ages overnight or for extended periods of time (TDY, parents on vacation, deployment, etc.)

16–17 years Self-care 10 consecutive hours Direct supervision: Adult supervision on a regular basis during out-of-school hours during parental duty day. After age 3, an adult must have line-of-sight monitoring ability to be able to respond immediately if needed. Monitored care: An adult is aware of child’s location and activities during out of school hours. An emergency contact is available at all times. Self-care: Parents must assess child’s ability to be in self-care.

For details on AFFTB Concept Blocks, call 253-967-2382. For more AFCS classes, see page 33.

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Make time for YOU resiliency tip of the month

Keep your cool and take time for you Let the summer celebrations begin! The warm weather of July is upon us, which often means a busy schedule of Family gatherings, barbecues and celebrations. Sometimes, a busy schedule can be overwhelming. We can lose our cool, causing those fun times to become frustrating ones! One way to keep your cool during a busy schedule is to take time for yourself — even just a few minutes can make a difference. Schedule a 10-minute break (or however long you can spare) to take a walk, read a book, stretch and take a deep breath. The Families OverComing Under Stress office — known as FOCUS — ­ teaches a variety of useful skills that can help you recharge your batteries and maintain your cool. Don’t just get by, get stronger! FOCUS is located at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. For details, call 253-966-6390, email or visit and


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Family-friendly fun at your JBLM   libraries

Theater thursdays

Family-friendly fun at McChord Library In need of some Family-friendly entertainment this summer? McChord Library is hosting a movie every Thursday afternoon through Aug. 25! Showtime is 4 p.m. Fresh popcorn will be provided, and we’re showing a new movie every week, so check the library for weekly feature films.

Join the Book Club

‘Novel Navigators’ is at McChord Library every month

Building blocks are fun Kids ages 3 and older are invited to McChord Library to get creative with Lego Club! The group meets the first Friday of every month at 4 p.m. This next meeting is July 7. Space is limited, so register today on the library’s “Calendar of Events” page at or call 253-982-3454. Registration opens one week prior to each event. The library will provide the Lego bricks and you provide the imagination.


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Be a part of the Summer Reading Program at JBLM libraries

July 12 to discuss “Truck: A Love Story”

Families, there’s still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Program! It runs

by Michael Perry. “Novel Navigators,”

through Friday, July 28, and you can reg-

the book discussion group for adults,

ister online or in person at JBLM libraries.

Come to McChord Library Wednesday,

meets monthly on the second Wednes-

Once registered, go to the library you

day at 4:30 p.m. Register in person to

registered under to collect your T-shirt,

receive a copy (limited number avail-

reading log and calendar of events.

able). For additional information, call 253-982-3454.

lego club

‘reading by design’

the great american eclipse

Learn about this once-in-a-lifetime event at McChord Library The first total solar eclipse to cross the United States in nearly a century

Prizes are awarded for every 10 hours read. Any type of reading counts, including e-books, training materials, reading to a child, textbooks, newspapers, even audio books. Once you’ve read 30 hours, you’ve completed the program and are invited to a finale event. McChord Library’s finale is Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m., and the Book Patch/Grandstaff finale is Thursday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. Book Patch hosts storytime Wednes-

happens next month! Learn about this

days at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and a Sum-

once-in-a-lifetime event from Master Sgt.

mer Reading Program event Thursdays

Rector of the Tacoma Astronomical Soci-

at 1 p.m.

ety. Come to McChord Library Wednesday, July 19 at noon.

McChord Library hosts storytime Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Summer

Reading Program events are on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. for youth and 3 p.m. for teens. New this year — Book Bingo for adults! All adults who register for SRP at McChord and Grandstaff libraries may also participate in Book Bingo. Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line to enter a drawing for one of several gift baskets. Complete all 25 squares to enter a drawing for the grand prize of a flat-screen TV. Book Patch Library youth and teen events, Thursdays at 1 p.m.: July 6: Earth Heroes — Build a Better World. Join in on the fun with Pierce County Environmental Education as you go on an adventure through an obstacle course that will give kiddos the power and knowledge to reuse, help the earth and save energy and water! This event is geared for ages 5 and older. July 13: Reptile Isle. Meet Zoologist Don Riggs as he introduces you to

July 20: Pacific Science Center’s Volts & Jolts. At this Volts & Jolts presentation, you’ll see electricity illuminated in a series of shocking experiments! Pacific Science Center invites you to explore the properties of electricity with their hair-raising Van de Graaff Generator and Tesla Coil. July 27: Sub-Zero Ice Cream. Don’t miss this yummy show that teaches children a real-world application of science by demonstrating how liquid nitrogen can be harnessed to freeze fresh ingredients into ice cream. Then try some delicious creations! McChord Library youth events, Tuesdays at 1 p.m.: July 11: Author and pup meet-andgreet. Alexandra Day, author of “Good Dog Carl,” will be joining us to talk about writing books. She’ll be bringing her dog Carl with her! We’ll have copies

of her books for sale and a book signing. July 18: Ooey Gooey Science. Ever wonder if those science experiments that you hear about really work? Does Diet Coke really explode when candy is poured into it? What happens when glue is mixed with borax soap? These questions and more will be explored. July 25: Flying Gizmos presented by the Museum of Flight. This fun program is designed to help participants discover the science and history of flight through the use of flying toys and models. The toy collection includes a flapping-winged bird, kites, parachutes, gliders, stomp rockets and many others. McChord Library teen events, Tuesdays at 3 p.m.: • July 11: Catapult-building contest. • July 18: Book blackout poetry. • July 25: Escape the Room, STEAM edition.

some awesome scaly reptiles. Don Riggs intrigues and educates his audience and provides a hands-on component at the end of the show!

• 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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