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

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Enjoy new places and menus when dining out at JBLM; relax with summer golfing and bowling

Fill summer days with youth sports, dance, recreation, park and pool play; how to embrace military life

Whichever direction you look, find an adventure there with Outdoor Rec; see federal lands for free

Sign up for the inaugural Salmon Run, Fitness Boot Camp and Bodybuilding Championship

Join the summer reading program for prizes, activities and fun; how to resolve money conflicts peacefully Patti Jeffrey

The soft-fall-zone playground adjacent to the splash park at AFC Commons is a hit with Families. The playground and splash park fully accommodate disabled children, as well. For more details, see page 15.


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Get down and dirty at glorious Mud Runs!

One of our fun traditions at JBLM is dressing in a costume and getting totally down and dirty at the annual Mud Runs. Even if you’re not a regular runner, grab a friend and sign up for the fun! For entry details, turn to page 25.


What do you have planned this summer?

Summertime at JBLM is fun! We have dozens of quality programs and events to keep you busy. Whether you like to relax with a good book, spend time outside or fill your calendar with special events, you’ll find the details in this issue. Check out best-sellers, children’s books, research material and more at your JBLM libraries. While you’re there, sign up for the Summer Reading Program; see page 28 for details. Spend time outside with Child, Youth & School Services sports options (page 12) and the Outdoor Recreation program’s adventure trips and sightseeing tours (page 18). Plus, head to the splash park at Lewis Main, the outdoor pool at McChord Field and American Lake at Lewis North for water-filled fun. Upcoming special events include Dueling Pianos Friday, June 14 (see facing page for details) and Freedom Fest Thursday, July 4 (details on page 9 and 16). Please note that while we remain committed to providing you quality services and programs, hours at some sports and fitness centers, libraries and CYS Services programs are being adjusted. We’ve reviewed the hours and are making changes based on customer usage and recent funding cutbacks. For details, visit And, please remember to share your MWR experiences with me. Take a few minutes to send your thoughts at William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM


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Have you tried the Caddy Shack? Come out and see what’s new and tasty at Eagles Pride Golf Course’s new Caddy Shack Bar & Grill. Get a hot breakfast seven days a week and check out burgers and dogs, grilled and chilled sandwiches and salads, plus extras for appetizers or snacks. The Caddy Shack is open to the public and is off Exit 115 from I-5. For the complete menu, visit Pictured: Morgan Bryers likes the Caddy Shack’s PortaPattie, a honkin’ half-pound of pure ground Portuguese sausage topped with all the goodies, then finished with fresh jalapenos. It’s served with house-made hand-cut ribbon fries.

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e love our hangouts, and we know they’re constantly reinventing themselves to keep us coming back since we get bored with the same ol’-same ol’. Your MWR eateries are constantly improving and reinventing their menus and parties, as well. For instance, the new Caddy Shack Bar & Grill just opened at Eagles Pride Golf Course with an entirely new menu and different twists on old favorites. You’ve also been discovering new selections at The Bistro at Russell Landing, Globemaster Grill and Cascade Community Center. And Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs is always ready to put on a party on site or off with mouth-watering choices, including its 5-pound-challenge burrito! If you haven’t been to one of your MWR eateries for awhile, drop by to check out new menus, new events and even new places to eat!

Warrior Zone invites you to barbecue -a-steak night Are you age 18 and older? Then come on out for the Warrior Zone’s Designer Steak Night Thursday, June 6 from 5–7. Grill a steak of your choice on the huge covered patio while you get a chance to win prizes, plus pick up giveaways. Your meal price varies depending on steak size. The WZ is on the corner of 17th and D Streets at Lewis North. For more details, call 253-477-5756.

German buffet is favorite Who can resist an all-you-can-eat German buffet? Spend Thursday, June 20, 5–9 p.m. at the McChord Club savoring German favorites, such as schnitzel and bratwurst. The cost is $16.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 4–10. Reservations are required; call the club at 253-982-5581/2795.

Cascade’s great for lunch, and Heroes Lounge has nightlife Lunches are totally tasty at Cascade Community Center and Heroes Lounge is great for its nightlife. The monthly menu’s always full of rib-sticking lunch specials — find the current menu at under Cascade Community Center. Also come over for a fully stocked salad bar! Drop by Heroes Lounge inside Cascade Community Center Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. for karaoke and deejay dancing and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for free bar bingo with food or beverage purchase. Cascade’s located at 2400 Bitar Ave. at Lewis Main. Heroes Lounge is just inside the main doors.

Battle Bean and breakfast are everywhere you are! Battle Bean coffee locations are conveniently located throughout JBLM! Three locations serve Battle Bean cof-

fee specialties and pick-up hot or cold breakfasts: • At Lewis Main, choose from AFC Arena or Stone Education Center. • At McChord Field, try Café Lancelatte at 100 Jackson Blvd. where the customer service mall is located. Battle Bean coffee is also served at the Warrior Zone at Lewis North, where it’s freshly roasted for distribution to other locations and sold by the bag. To learn more about Battle Bean and to order coffee beans and products, visit

Eat out at your friendly Strike Zones Like golf courses, bowling centers are inviting not only for patrons but for hungry diners looking for good food at a great price. Both Strike Zones serve lunch, dinner and snacks, such as burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salads, starters and sides. Specials include soups and sandwiches, plus refillable fountain sodas. For complete menus and specials, visit under dining. The Strike Zone Café is inside Bowl Arena Lanes at 2272 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. The Strike Zone Snack Bar is inside Sounders Lanes at 737 Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field.

-——--——--- Exclusive McChord Club Member Specials --—-——-——Wednesday, June 26 5–7 p.m. Member Appreciation Dinner; free for card holders; $5 for Family members Friday, June 28 5–8 p.m. 2-for-1 Steak Night; $18.95 for two people Two-fer Tuesdays 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Two meals for the price of one at Globemaster Grill Fridays 5–6 p.m. Free food in Globemaster Grill The McChord Club is happy to cater your parties. Call the catering manager at 253-982-5581 for more information.


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Enjoy evening of Army Entertainment’s Dueling Pianos show

Youth can design gift mug for Dad’s Day

Make plans now to spend an evening at JBLM for a high-energy, all-request, sing-along, clap-along, rock ‘n roll, comedy piano show where you’re a part of the show, too. The free Army Entertainment Dueling Pianos show comes to AFC Arena at 2275 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. No tickets are needed. Eat dinner while you’re being entertained! The menu features barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches with coleslaw and potato salad for $7.25, and three Korean chicken tacos topped with spicy kimchee with a side of sweet pickled Daikon radish for $7.25. A cash bar is also available. Find more details at

Your consolidated Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field invites Families to come in the week of June 3–7. Children get to draw a design that will be imprinted on a coffee mug to give to Dad for Father’s Day! The cost is $10 per coffee mug. The Arts & Crafts Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call 253-982-6723.

Dance to celebrate the most important man — Dad! Join other dads and daughters at the McChord Community Center’s annual Father-Daughter Dance Saturday, June 15 from 6:30–9 p.m. The evening includes deejay dancing, light hors d’oeuvres, dessert, fruit punch, games, photo with dad and prizes for the best-dressed couples. Advanced ticket purchase is required. The cost is $18 per couple; $8 for each additional daughter. Call 253-982-0718 for sign-up details. 8

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Watch UFC action at no charge Ages 18 and older can catch the bantam-weight champ fight action between Barao and Wineland Saturday, June 15 at one of two locations at JBLM — Heroes Lounge at Lewis Main or the Warrior Zone at Lewis North. Heroes is at 2400 Bitar Ave. at Lewis Main and the WZ is on the corner of 17th and D Streets at Lewis North.

Free outdoor cinema begins The McChord Community Center is launching its free summer monthly outdoor cinema series with “Hotel Transylvania” Friday, June 21 at dusk on the lawn outside the McChord Club/Community Center at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field. The outdoor cinema Friday, July 19 is “Wreck-It Ralph,” and Friday, Aug. 16 is “The Avengers.” Be sure to bring your blankets and

lawn chairs! If you have a question about weather conditions, call the community center at 253-982-0718 before 4 p.m. on the event day.

performing live. The Kids’ World stage includes fun game shows, magic shows and live snakes, lizards and gators. Also look for roving entertainers and giveaways from Freedom Fest sponsors. Find the complete schedule of events at

Enter your ‘baby’ into car show Show off your car, motorcycle or youth bicycle at the Classy Chassis Car Show Thursday, July 4 at Freedom Fest! Check-in is 8 a.m. and the show starts at 10 a.m. Get a chance to win trophies for first, second and third places, People’s Choice and Best of Show. The first 200 to register receive a dash plaque and a goody bag. Preregistration costs $10 per vehicle and is strongly advised by Friday, June 14. Day-of-event registration is $12 at the DuPont gate (exit 119 from I-5). Ages 16 and younger are also invited to register your customized bicycle! Preregistration costs $6 per bike. Dayof-event registration costs $7. Download your registration form from For more details, call 360-458-0856 or the Auto Center manager at 253-967-3728.

Get stuff ready for garage sales The McChord Community Center’s annual summer garage sales are starting soon, so save up some stuff to sell! They’re being held Saturdays, July 13 and Aug. 10 at the parking lot across from the Exchange and Firestone store on Barnes Boulevard at McChord Field from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. It’s free; no registration needed! Call 253-982-0718 for more details.

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Celebrate Independence Day at Cowan and Memorial stadiums Thursday, July 4 at Freedom Fest starting at noon! It’s open to the public and offers a day of fun, food, Classy Chassis Car Show, carnival rides, games, stage entertainment, Taj Mahal stage show headliner and fireworks at dark. The Taj Mahal Trio performs from 6–7:30 p.m. on the main stage. Other stage entertainment lasts from noon– 9 p.m. and includes music from the 50s and 60s, top 40, country, classic rock and some original members from Heart

Get in on a rare opportunity to purchase a first-edition limited-run print of a commissioned painting by fine artist Paul Steucke Sr. The print entitled “Together We Serve,” honors the people who keep JBLM running smoothly each and every day. Representatives in the painting include an Air Force C-17 pilot and Honor Guard, military police with dog, 296th Brigade Support Battalion convoy guard, doctor from Madigan, Stryker driver, Special Ops Servicemembers, NCO and from the past, an Army “doughboy,” WWII pilot and base namesakes Capt. Meriwether Lewis and Col. William McChord. The artist’s hand-numbered prints will be available at the Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field. Two sizes are available — a 22-by-13.5-inch print for $120 and a 15-by-9.25-inch print for $80. Framed options are also available; call 253-982-6718 for more information. Learn more about the artist and his works at

500 words could get you $1,000 & a laptop computer Need some help paying for higher education? If you’re a McChord Club member or Family member, you can apply for the Air Force Services Club Membership Scholarship Program. Write an essay and you could be one of 25 winners to each receive a $1,000 award (electronic fund transfer) and a Dell high-performance laptop. To enter, write a one-page 500-word essay and completely fill out the entry form. The topic this year is: Who or what inspires you to be successful? Why? Pick up your entry form at the McChord Club office or download it from Four entries from the McChord Club will be forwarded. Turn in the completed package to the McChord Club office no later than Monday, July 1. Winners will be personally contacted by the McChord Club and names announced at mid-September. Winning essays will also be posted online. To qualify, you must be accepted by or enrolled in an accredited college or university in the fall of 2013 as a part-time or full-time student. Not yet a club member? Call the McChord Club at 253-982-5581 and find out how to apply.


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Get in on annual Rainier Cup It only happens once a year — the annual Rainier Cup Challenge between Air Force, Army and Navy teams with team match plays. • The competition starts at Whidbey’s Gallery Golf Course Friday, June 21 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. • It continues at Eagles Pride (Lewis Main) Saturday, June 22 with a 1 p.m. shotgun. • The McChord competition at Whispering Firs determines the winners Sunday, June 23 at 8 a.m.

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The $115 per golfer entry fee includes competition, team uniform, tee gifts, range balls, daily KPs, Friday and Saturday meal and Sunday awards banquet. The 40-player teams (36 men; four women) are open to active duty and Family members, Reserve and Family members, National Guard, Coast Guard, DoD civilians and retirees. All golfers need to qualify for the team except for eight captain picks. Qualifier rounds are in early June (one chance to qualify). Each golfer must have current USGA handicap. Join your team now! Call Whispering Firs (McChord) at 253-982-4927 or

Eagles Pride (Lewis) at 253-967-6522 for sign-up details, rules and eligibility.

Whispering Firs offers lots of chances to play Now that golf season is in high swing, enter tournaments this month at Whispering Firs Golf Course: • Match Up with the U.S. Open is Saturday, June 15 with stroke play and blind draw for the pro. The cost is $10 plus your greens fee. • Try your hand at Match Play Monday, June 24 with individual match play. The cost is $20 per player plus the greens fee. • While you’re at Whispering Firs’ pro shop, check out the Father’s Day Sale June 9–16 with select items on sale. For entry details, call 253-982-4927.

Have fun with golf scrambles Get in on CG’s Payday Scrambles at Whispering Firs and Eagles Pride golf courses. If you’re an ID cardholder, you and your friends can enter five-person scrambles on the following Fridays with a 1 p.m. shotgun start: • June 7 and Sept. 6 at Eagles Pride • Aug. 2 at Whispering Firs The cost is $30 per person and includes your greens fee, cart rental and

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Save more with new golf pass New this season is the JBLM Golf Pass, which replaces the popular Monday–Friday special with a seven-daya-week value card and a peak-season option for the avid golfer. Purchase the pass for $99 at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs golf courses; the pass is valid for both courses through October. Pass-holders receive their first game for free; all subsequent rounds have half-price greens fees (excluding tournaments). It also includes twilight rates. How much will you save with a pass? Without a cart, an E1–E5 pass holder can play 18 holes for $9; twilight for $6. An E6 or above golfer pays $12 ($7.50 for twilight) and a DoD civilian pays $13 ($8 for twilight). Add a cart for $15 per person. Questions? Call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at


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a chance to win prizes. You can enter as a team or be placed on a team if you enter individually. The entry deadline is the Wednesday prior to the date. For more information, call Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927 or Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522.

Check out the savings at Bowl Arena Lanes Find everyday bowling specials at Bowl Arena Lanes at Lewis Main: • 75-cent bowling and 75-cent shoe rental for retirees and seniors Mondays from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. All other patrons can bowl for $1.50 per game and receive $1.75 shoe rentals. • All-you-can-eat pizza and bowling for only $9 Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Prepay to guarantee your lane. • Cosmic bowling Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.–close. Call 253-967-4661 for more details.

Saturdays are Youth Fun Days at Sounders Lanes Do your kids groan about nothing to do on the weekend? Get out and have fun with Sounders Lanes’ Youth Fun Day each Saturday. Youth get two hours of bowling and rental shoes for only $5 from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. every Saturday during the summer through Labor Day weekend. Sounders Lanes is open Tuesday through Saturday through the summer. Call 253-982-5954 for more information.




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Summer sports

Fill summer days with youth sports fun CYSS hosts recreation leagues open to all youth who want to learn the fundamentals of the game and have fun! Summer sports options include: • Lil’ batters and summer baseball Register by Friday, June 14. Lil’ batters is open to ages 3–4 for $20, and summer baseball is $60 for ages 5–15. • Special Olympics softball and Special Olympics golf Sign up by Friday, June 28. Special Olympics sports are open to youth ages 8–18 with and without special needs. Softball is $50; golf is $40. Summer camps include: • First Tee golf camp 1 & 2 Camps 12

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are $40, open to ages 5–15 and available at Eagles Pride Golf Course (Tuesdays, June 25–Aug. 13) and Whispering Firs Golf Course (Thursdays, June 27–Aug. 15) • Athletic Training baseball camp Sign up your players ages 5–18 for $20. AT baseball camp is Saturday, June 29 at the CYSS athletic fields.

• Seahawks/Gatorade camp is Tuesday, July 2 from 10 a.m.–noon at GP Fields (note new date). This free event is open to ages 8–14. Sign up at Summer sports camp registration is open until the day before camp starts. Coaches are always needed, and sports fee vouchers are available. Call 253-967-2405 for details.

To sign up for summer sports, sports camps or SKIESUnlimited classes: • Go to; register with WebTrac (look for the yellow button) • Visit the Parent Central Services location near you (2295 12th St. at Lewis Main or 578 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field) You’ll need a full CYSS registration on file and a sports physical current through the entire season. For a full registration, go to Parent Central with current shot record, military, DoD or contract ID card, two local emergency contacts and sports physical.

Sign up your kids for youth sports and SKIESUnlimited classes this summer. Instead of “I’m bored,” you’ll hear laughter and see smiles. Keep your kids active this summer with Child, Youth & School Services.

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Sign up for SKIESUnlimited’s dance, music camps If you’re looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer, how about trying a new instrument, sport or activity? The SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy offers classes for guitar, piano, voice, karate, boxing, gymnastics, art and more. Plus, check out the details on dance camps scheduled for July 8–11. • Ballet Camp is for ages 3–6 for $40. Ballet camp is offered at Hillside SKIES and McChord Youth Center. Choose from two times: 10:15– 11:15 a.m. or 3:30–4:30 p.m. • Mini Hip-hop Camp is for ages 5–7 for $40. Mini hip-hop is offered at

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Hillside SKIES and McChord Youth Center from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • Ballet camp for ages 6–16 is $40. Camps are offered at Hillside SKIES and McChord Youth Center from 4:40–5:40 p.m. • Hip-hop Camp is for ages 8–16 and costs $40. It’s offered at Hillside SKIES and McChord Youth Center from 5:45–6:45 p.m. • Fairy Princess Day is Thursday, July 11 for children ages 3–6. It’s held at Hillside SKIES and McChord Youth

Center from 9–10 a.m. for $25. SKIESUnlimited stands for the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills. The program offers exciting, educational opportunities for youth of all ages, and classes are available at a variety of times and locations to better meet your needs. Sign up for July’s SKIESUnlimited classes by Friday, June 28 (for registration information, see the box on the previous page). For more information, call 253-966-3539.


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Get fit, be strong with the free Youth Fitness Program The Youth Fitness Program at JBLM is open to teens ages 13–18 and is a free opportunity for teens to work on cardio health and strength training. After teens complete the required on-site fitness assessment (with a parent/guardian present), they may work out during program hours — weekdays from 3–7 p.m. at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center, 2022 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. Proper fitness attire is required. The Youth Fitness Program is part of the Get fit, be strong! initiative, which is a special youth sports program designed to help keep children strong and fit as parents protect and serve. Youth Fitness Program participants must be registered with CYS Services; sign-up for the program is ongoing. For more information, call 253-967-2405.

Get involved with JBLM youth centers Middle school and high school students are invited to check out the

youth centers at JBLM — find fun, friends, sports, games and more. Whether you want to shoot some hoops after school, unwind with a game of pool or video games, the Teen Zone and McChord Youth Center are the places to be. The Teen Zone is located inside Hillside Youth Center 6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. McChord Youth Center is located at 3032 Dogwood St. at McChord Field. If you’re registered with CYS Services, stop by and feel free to introduce a friend to the fun at JBLM youth centers! Students in grades 6–12 may complete a self-registration application online or at the youth centers (center staffers will verify the application with parent/ guardian before completing enrollment). Opportunities include before- and after-school recreation, open recreation programs, summer and school vacation camps for middle school students, field trips and more. Before-school and summer activities are paid programs. Programming includes Keystone Club, Torch Club, Power Hour, Work

Force and Technology Center, all of which are designed to teach citizenship, values and leadership and are made possible through partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club of America, 4-H Club, Red Cross, National Alliance for Youth Sports and Character Counts.

Become a youth sponsor Wouldn’t moving be easier if you knew someone at your new location? CYS Services and the School Liaison Office thought so, too! With the Youth Sponsorship Program, your middle school student or teen can make friends and learn about JBLM before ever even stepping foot on base! The program puts new youth in contact with a youth familiar with JBLM — they can email questions and answers and help make the transition easier. The program is a great opportunity to get involved and make new friends! Current JBLM youth can get involved at youth centers at Lewis Main and McChord Field. A sponsor request form and a transition video are available at

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Celebrate summer with a splash, swim or trip to the park Splashing zone at Splash Park If you didn’t make it to the splash park during it’s temporary opening last month for the 80-degree weekend, don’t fret — its now open for the summer! Your little ones and you can splash, swing and play to your hearts’ content. Grab your sunscreen, water and snacks, and head to The Commons at Lewis Main. With a view of Mount Rainier on clear days, the area is adjacent to AFC Arena and Bowl Arena Lanes off Liggett Avenue and houses the splash park, a playground and skate plaza. Plus, with a covered picnic area, you can take a break and enjoy a snack or lunch in the shade. The splash park is open daily through Labor Day from 9:30 a.m. to dusk. The water’s not heated, and no lifeguards are on duty. Cool off on hot days at the splash park! If you’re the first one there or the water’s stopped, touch any of the four red poles to get the fun started. Snacks are available for purchase

at Bowl Arena Lanes and Battle Bean Café, which is inside AFC Arena (check for hours). The Commons is fully wheelchairaccessible, including the playground and swings (there’s also a soft-fall zone). Restrooms are on site, and this is a pet-free area. For more information, call 253-967-4661.

Swimming outside or in at JBLM If you want to swim, take a trip to Shoreline Park at Lewis North, the outdoor pool at McChord Field or an indoor pool at Lewis Main. Shoreline Park is open through Labor Day for swimming (with lifeguards),

paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking and more. It’s a great place for warm-weather fun on a weekday afternoon or the weekend. For pool hours, locations and programming, visit

Run, walk & play at JBLM parks In addition to the park at The Commons, you can swing lakeside at new parks near Russell Landing Marina. If you want to enjoy the view with a nice walk, take to the trails — they connect Shoreline Park to Russell Landing Marina and continue to Summer Cove, JBLM’s newest park. Find details online.

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Family & the homefront

Embrace m By Carissa Kirkpatrick, Army Family Team Building Volunteer Office Manager


   oes the military often leave you feeling confused? Aren’t sure what to wear to the ball or how to address your spouse’s chain of command? Do you sometimes feel that you could use some advice on how to cope with some of the daily challenges that come with being a military Family? Give Army Family Team Building classes a try. The amazing instructors will help you become more knowledgeable about the ins and outs of the military. AFTB was developed by spouses for spouses in the hopes of helping each other cope, enjoy and understand what it is to be a part of the military lifestyle. Here at AFTB, we offer three different levels: military knowledge, personal growth and resiliency and leadership development. Each class offers a unique opportunity for learning and growth. The instructors and classes help us understand how to: • Become more resilient in all areas of your life.

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military life with help from ACS • Effectively communicate. • Know about the many community resources available. • What to expect at/from social functions. • How to develop great meetings and so much more. AFTB helps us in more ways than anyone could imagine. You’ll build friendships that last a lifetime. Volunteers within AFTB are always heard mentioning how many friends they’ve made through the program and in the classroom. Come, join the AFTB Family and be a part of something great! We welcome you and invite you to encourage your Soldier to come as well. These classes are great for everyone! Classes are available throughout the year, and you can register to attend by calling 253-967-9496 or coming in to the Family Resource Center, 4272 Idaho Ave. (at 9th Division Drive). For more information about the classes or having us be a part of your unit’s training or FRG meeting (class or briefings are available), give us a call!

Spouse & teen employment fair Spouses and teens are invited to join employers from JBLM and the surrounding areas at the Employment Prep and Readiness Fair Wednesday, June 5. Held at Parent Central Services at Lewis Main, 2295 12th St., the fair is from 3–6 p.m. Bring your resumé for feedback and learn about interviewing, resumé writing, customer service and finance. The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary tote bag. For more information, call 253-967-3538.

Support, advice for new parents The New Parent Support Program offers free educational and support opportunities, such as the Becoming Parents Program, a research-based parent-education program for couples expecting a baby. The curriculum includes: • Maintaining your couple relationship. • Taking care of yourself. • An “owner’s manual” for your baby. Registration is required. To sign up or for details, call 253-967-5901. The NPSP hosts classes for new and expecting parents. As part of the Fam-

You’re invited to Baby Play Group at Raindrops & Rainbows Parents, caregivers and infants (newborn–12 months of age) are invited to Baby Play Group every Thursday from 1–2:30 p.m. The weekly events are held at Raindrops & Rainbows, 8197 American Lake Ave. at Lewis North, and no registration is necessary. For more information, call 253-967-5901.

ily Advocacy Program, the NPSP is a professional team of social workers and registered nurses providing free, in-home parenting support and educational services to JBLM Families with children through age 3. The program helps parents learn to cope with stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions and the everyday demands of parenthood.

Support for foreign-born spouses In addition to dealing with the stress associated with a normal relocation, foreign-born Family members also face a cultural change, new customs and possibly a new language. You’re invited to attend the ACS International Spouse Orientation Wednesday, June 5 from 1–4 p.m. Adapting to a new country can be a challenge for both you and your Family members, and we encourage you to contact the ACS Relocation Readiness Program if you need assistance with specific issues. Call 253-967-3633 or stop by 2140 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. Additionally, a USCIS Officer will be available at the Relocation Readiness office on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call to schedule an appointment. Free immigration physicals for the I-693 are offered at Madigan Army Medical Center; call 253-968-3830.

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Travel north to Seattle or west to the coast, south to Capitol Forest or east to the Wenatchee River. No matter which direction you travel, your destination is adventure when you go out with the JBLM Outdoor Recreation Program. Paddle the rapids, sail the Pacific, bike the trails and more. Check out the trip listings below and book some weekend fun now!

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Ape Cave adventure Travel to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere Sunday, June 30. Go deep into the underside of a 2,000-yearold lava flow to scramble and climb over and under volcanic formations. In this subterranean environment, the average year-round temperature remains a constant 45 degrees, so dress warmly. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 3 miles; elevation gain: 250 feet. Minimum age 12 ($40)

ATV adventure Join us on this exciting ride through the 91,650 acres of Capitol Forest Saturday, July 13. You’ll

learn the basics of safe ATV riding while riding through miles of trails that Capitol Forest has to offer. Transportation, ATV, helmet and goggles provided. Difficulty: beginner; distance: 15+ miles; ride time: 3–4 hours. Minimum age: 16 ($125)

Bike the Snoqualmie Tunnel Ride through the nearly 2-mile-long Snoqualmie Tunnel Sunday, July 7. From there, we’ll snake our way around the hills and over old train trestles on our way to Rattlesnake Lake. The best part is that it’s all downhill! Trip fee includes guide, transportation, bike, helmet, gloves and headlamp. Difficulty: easy;

distance: 22.5 miles; ride time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($50)

Bungee jumping Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country Sunday, June 23. A full 20 stories high, the spectacular private bridge is nestled in a beautiful emerald green forest above a majestic sparkling river. If adrenaline is what you crave, you won’t be disappointed. Fee includes transportation, two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt. Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($135) Continued on page 21.


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Horseback riding Head to Elbe, a town in the outskirts of Mount Rainier National Park, for a two-hour guided horseback ride Saturday, July 6. No experience is necessary for you to participate in this trip. Bring the entire Family along for a great day! Minimum age: 7 ($80)

Killer whale watching Breathe the fresh island air, take in the scenery and experience the magnificence of the killer whales, bald eagles, seals, birds and more in the beautiful San Juan Islands. On Saturday, July 13, we’ll cruise deep into the territory of the resident killer whale pods. With skilled local naturalists on board, the trip will be fun, exciting and informational. ($120; ages 3–12: $80; ages 0–-2: $40) Mountain biking single-track skills class If you’ve always wanted to give mountain biking a try, join us for this instructional ride Sunday, June 23. It’s designed for beginners to intermediate riders wanting to try something new

or boost skills. Spend the day learning the basics involved in mountain biking and getting plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. The Northwest Adventure Center provides the bike, helmet, gloves and transportation. Location will be determined based on conditions. Difficulty: easy–moderate; distance: 5–8 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks You haven’t seen Seattle until you’ve seen it from a Duck! Travelers of all ages love to Ride the Ducks and you can, too, Sunday, July 7. Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on a tour of the Emerald City from both land and water while aboard an amphibious WWII vehicle. You’ll see downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and funky Fremont before splashing into Lake Union for a spectacular view of the city skyline, luxurious yachts and Sleepless in Seattle

houseboats. We’ll also have time to walk around Pike Place Market for great shopping opportunities and food. ($45, ages: 3–12: $35; ages 0–2: $30)

Sea kayak Ketron Island Paddlers of all levels will love this trip Saturday, June 22. We’ll start at Solo Point and circumnavigate Ketron Island in a few enjoyable hours. Experience the beauty and tranquility of this local treasure while learning or perfecting your paddling technique. Gear, guide, transportation and instruction provided. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

Snoqualmie inflatable kayak Go on an exciting-but-easy-to-paddle inflatable kayak trip Sunday, June 30. Travel to the North Bend area for a paddle that puts in at Twin Falls and follows the Snoqualmie River. Transportation, inflatable kayak, paddle, instruction and guide included. ($50) Continued on next page.


Visit Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market Travel to the Emerald City for a trip to the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market. The aquarium is filled with local exhibits, a visiting harbor seal and many amazing things to see and touch. Pike Place Market has an assortment of unique food and shops for you to try, so join us Saturday, June 22 for a fun day trip. As always, transportation is provided; the trip cost also includes admission to the aquarium. ($40; ages 4–12: $35; ages 0–3: $15)

Westport bottom fishing Are you ready to get out on the open water and start hauling in fish? Join us on a chartered boat trip out of Westport Saturday, June 29. Rockfish are always plentiful, and lingcod are real fighters! Dress in layers, and bring your rain gear, snacks and lunch. Transportation and fishing gear are provided. ($130)

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee Take a trip down the beautiful

Wenatchee River. We’ll travel to the east side of the mountain for a hot day in the sun and put in near the unique Bavarian town of Leavenworth. Paddle through the many exciting class-III rapids on any of these three upcoming trips: Saturday, June 29, Saturday, July 6 or Sunday, July 14. No rafting experience is necessary. Gear, instruction and transportation are included. Minimum age: 14 ($65; add $10 for a barbecue meal. Ask about private trips for groups and units — groups of 24 or more are just $60 per person)

Woodland Park Zoo Family day Spend a day with your Family visiting the award-winning Woodland Park Zoo Sunday, July 14. Lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) aren’t the only animals you’ll see during this interactive zoo experience. You’re sure to love the Zoomazium, just one of the amazing exhibits Woodland Park Zoo has to offer. ($35; ages 4–12: $25; ages 0–2: $15)

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Sea kayak Ketron Island

Saturday, June 22


Minimum age: 12

Visit Seattle Aquarium & Pike Place Market

Saturday, June 22


Ages 4–12: $35; ages 0–3: $15

Bungee jumping

Sunday, June 23


Minimum weight: 90 lbs.

Mountain biking skills class

Sunday, June 23


Minimum age: 12

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

Saturday, June 29


Minimum age: 14

Westport bottom fishing

Saturday, June 29


Snoqualmie inflatable kayak

Sunday, June 30


Ape Cave adventure

Sunday, June 30


Minimum age: 12

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

Saturday, July 6


Minimum age: 14

Horseback riding

Saturday, July 6


Minimum age: 7

Bike the Snoqualmie Tunnel

Sunday, July 7


Minimum age: 12

Visit Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks

Sunday, July 7


Ages 3–12: $35; ages 0–2: $30

ATV adventure Capitol Forest

Saturday, July 13


Minimum age: 16

Killer whale watching

Saturday, July 13


Ages 3–12: $80; ages 0–2: $40

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

Sunday, July 14


Minimum age: 12

Woodland Park Zoo Family day

Sunday, July 14


Ages 4–12: $25; ages 0–2: $15

Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice. Gear and transportation included unless otherwise stated. Lift tickets for ski-n-snowboard trips aren’t included unless otherwise stated. Register through WebTrac (visit or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Confirm pick-up locations upon registration for the trips. Group rates and private trips are available; call for details. We’ll visit FRG meetings or unit functions to tell you about all of the great recreation and adventure options in the area. More info: 253-967-6263 •


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More outdoor fun at JBLM From sporting clay shoots and scuba diving to lakeside cabins, the Outdoor Recreation program has it all!

America the Beautiful See the country’s beautiful recreation areas for free! With the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass Program for the military, you and your Family may visit more than 2,500 recreation areas across the country for free! The Military Pass may be obtained in person at U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facilities. Initiated last year, Servicemembers of all branches and their dependents who present the Interagency Military Pass will receive a fee waiver to USACEmanaged day-use areas (boat launches and swimming areas). Additional information on the Federal Recreation Pass Program is available at Military members and their dependents may also present a Department

of the Defense Identification Card or Common Access Card to receive the day-use fee waiver at USACE-managed day-use areas. In a separate effort, USACE will continue to waive camping fees for active duty military members and their dependents on mid- or post-deployment leave from duty in a hostile fire zone. To qualify for a camping fee waiver, military ID and a copy of mid- or postdeployment (reintegration) leave orders are required. Camping fees are waived on a walkup and space-available basis, as well as for reservations made through the National Recreation Reservation Service call center at 1-877-444-6777. However, fees will not be waived for online reservations made at To read the full announcement, visit

Sign up now for the sporting clays fun shoot Sporting clay fun shoots are held on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The registration fee is $35, and entry forms are at For event or range details, call 253-967-7056. All weapons brought onto JBLM must be registered at Waller Hall in accordance with JBLM 19 0-11. For regulations and restrictions, visit Underwater diving fun The Northwest Adventure Center is home to a five-star PADI-certified scuba shop. To check out the underwater world of the Puget Sound (or wherever your travels take you), sign up to get your open water certification. The next classes are June 3–9 and June 10–16. For details, call 253-967-3405. Book a night away without going far Beautiful cabins are nestled in a quiet corner of American Lake and feature all the amenities you could ask for. Enjoy unobstructed water views, plus fishing, boating and swimming opportunities. For more information or to book your lakeside getaway, call 253-967-8282.


Feelin’ good

Get fit, stay active with JBLM Fitness Boot Camp Shape-Up Program at Jensen Gym Sign up now for Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center’s Fitness Boot Camp Shape-up Program! This six-week program is designed to help motivate you to get in shape. Fitness Boot Camp will run July 1– Aug. 9, meeting Monday, Wednesday and

Friday mornings (times to be determined). Your age, size, shape or lack of fitness ability is not a problem. It’s your dedication and desire to get fit and get in shape that we want. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get in shape with a new fitness program, this is it! Pre-registration is required; packets are available at Jensen Family Health

and Fitness Center, 2022 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. This pilot program is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be screened for eligibility, and those selected will be notified. This program is all about getting physical and will be very strenuous at times. For details, call 253-967-5975.

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gyms & fitness events It’s time to get muddy! The JBLM Sports Branch presents the 8th Annual Down & Dirty Mud Run Series! Get in on two races — Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, Aug. 3. The fun run’s loaded with lots of muddy obstacles, so be prepared to get downright dirty (wear your nicest rags). This race is open to the general pubEmiliano Hernandez

lic— everyone is invited. Kick up the energy level and spirit by dressing according to the theme. The theme for the June race is superheroes; the theme for the August race is cartoon characters. The fee is $15 per race for participants with a DoD ID card and $25 for those with no military affiliation. Registration is at For the June race, sign up by noon Tuesday, June 18 to guarantee a race Tshirt and, if needed, a gate access pass. Online registration continues through noon Thursday, June 27. Add $5 to the above prices for day-of-race signup. All finishers will receive an award, and door prizes will be drawn periodically. Plus, refreshments are available after the race. On the day of the race, packet pick-up is from 8:30–9:45 a.m., with the race briefing immediately following. The race, guaranteed to get you covered in mud, starts at 10 a.m. on the hillside and trails behind Soldiers Field House, 3236 2nd Division & Handrich at Lewis Main. For more information on the 8th annual series, call 253-967-4768.

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day, June 15 event. The event includes a race for the finish line, music from the Blackberry Bushes String Band, a salmon bake and great door prizes (outdoor adventure trips, race gear and more). Visit to sign up. The cost is $15 for military-affiliated runners (race only) and $25 for runners with no military affiliation (race only). Add $5 to each category for day-of-race registration. Registration for the free youth quarter-mile Chum Run is on race day. For an additional cost, salmon meals may also be ordered online by noon Tuesday, June 4 when you register for the race. A limited number of meals will be available for purchase on race day. For race-day and menu details, visit

Watch, enter JBLM Bodybuilding Championship The JBLM Bodybuilding Championship is Saturday, June 15 at Nelson Recreation Center. Registration is $25 and open through Friday, June 14. Visit to download an entry form or pick one up at any JBLM fitness center. Tickets are $5 at the door for spectators.

Hurry — sign up for Salmon Run There’s still time to sign up for the first-ever McChord Field Salmon Run 12K/5K! Register by noon Tuesday, June 4 to guarantee your T-shirt for the Satur-

Bring your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen to the

Sun, Sand & Safety Day at the Beach! The fun is Wednesday, June 26, 9 a.m.–noon at Shoreline Park at Lewis North. Details at or 253-967-9210.


Learning & earning


Building financial compatibility By Arnie Norem, JBLM Financial Readiness Program


hen it comes to money, men and women view it, spend it and invest it very differently. Differing behaviors and beliefs about finances can create conflicts. If left unaddressed, money conflicts can undermine the foundation of relationships. The five most common ways couples disagree about money: 1 Savers versus spenders: Often couples come at the money issue from different philosophical approaches. You may look at the wallet as half empty while your spouse sees it as half full. Compromise becomes an ally — when you have different spending habits, find a reasonable and sensible plan you can both live with. 2 Dueling over debt: Debt causes a loss of freedom and flexibility and can add stress and strain. Partners often have differing perspectives about borrowing money and conflicting views about proper debt use. The first step is acknowledging that you have a debt problem and committing to address the issue. 3 Risk-takers versus security-seekers: Couples make decisions by different sets of rules and guidelines. There are numerous factors that contribute to our willingness or reluctance to take risks, including Family backgrounds and past money experiences, whether successes or

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failures. Viewing your partner’s approach with respect and appreciation and valuing what they bring to the table can surge you ahead financially. 4 Exasperating expectations: Men and women carry into relationships hundreds of expectations, assumptions and beliefs about how things should be done. Will both partners work? Who will pay the bills? Will we have separate or joint accounts? Discuss and explore with your spouse the expectations that you’ve both brought into the relationship. 5 Flying blind: Couples that are simply unfocused and inattentive to their personal finances have difficulty staying on top of money matters. Not knowing how to manage the household finances can sabotage a relationship and create obstacles for long-term goals. If you and your spouse are reckless with money and let your finances become jumbled, you jeopardize your dreams and goals as well as take on unnecessary stress and tension. To build financial compatibility and cooperation, talk through your money issues. You’re in a position to make great decisions, strategically work together and use the strengths each of you has to offer. This involves: Taking the time to talk: Talk is cheap — it’s the silence that’s expensive. Communicating about your money will not only build a stronger bank balance but also a more robust relationship. A commitment to working it out: Conflict management requires patience

and persistence. A lasting relationship results from the ability to resolve the inevitable conflicts. Creative compromising: It’s a key ingredient for the success of any relationship and for the healthy handling of money. Accentuating accountability: When you join forces in pursuit of a shared ambition, the result is powerful. Daring to dream: The best relationships involve people who have a clear vision of the life they’re pursuing together. Human nature and busy lives have a knack for putting off life’s little inconveniences like dealing with your finances. Remember this: Couples who argue most about money often end up with the greatest debt and the smallest savings. The more time you and your partner spend openly discussing your expectations, the easier it will be to understand each other’s needs. For more information, call Army Community Service at 253-967-1453 or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695 to schedule an appointment or register for an upcoming class. References: Palmer, Bethany & Scott. (2005). Cents and Sensibility; How Couples Can Agree About Money. Colorado Springs, Co. Cook Communications Ministries. Yochim, D. (2003). The Motley Fool’s Guide to Couples and Cash, how to handle money with your honey. Alexandria, Va. The Motley Fool Inc.

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Learning & earning

by Patti Jeffrey


ake advantage of the free summer reading program at JBLM libraries — one of the best ways to keep your children’s reading skills in top form while having a blast. In fact, reading benefits everyone — toddlers who are read to by their caretakers, grandparents enjoying books with their grandkids, and even kids reading to their pets. This year, the reading program takes you around the world with the theme, “Have Book ­— Will Travel.” All ages are welcome to register, earn prizes and take part in weekly events — from prereaders to seniors! Registration starts Monday, June 17 at McChord and Book Patch libraries; the program lasts June 24–Aug. 2. 28

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When you sign up, you’ll each receive a program packet, plus a free reading program T-shirt (while supplies last). Everyone gets a progressively bigger prize for each reading log you complete (limit of three prizes). When you complete your reading logs, pick up your prizes at the library where you registered. When you finish the program, you’ll get to attend an end-of-program party that celebrates your accomplishment. The coordinated schedule at JBLM libraries includes: • Free activities at McChord Library Tuesdays at 1 p.m. for youth, 3 p.m. for tweens-to-teens and 5 p.m. for adults starting June 25. • A special children’s summer reading

program storytime and craft at Book Patch Library Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. starting June 27 (in addition to the regular Wednesday storytime at Book Patch). • Free hands-on activities for all summer reading program participants, from prereaders to teens, at Book Patch Library Thursdays from 1–3 p.m. starting June 27.

Read all you want, attend weekly activities for prereaders to adults Any type of reading counts on your reading logs. You can read magazines, textbooks, work-related courses, novels, menus, children’s books and more. It even counts when you read aloud to others — your dog, your grandson or your baby!

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Book Patch’s activities cover the globe If you can come to weekly activities, we guarantee it’ll be fun! For instance, Thursdays at Book Patch, we’ll make Egyptian, European and Asian masks, headdresses, puppets, crowns, hats, flyers that soar through the air and more. We’ll even go on a scavenger hunt and decorate sidewalks with chalk! Drop in whenever you can within the time frame and join in!

McChord stacks fun throughout the day At McChord, prereaders through school-agers can decorate and learn to throw Australian boomerangs, make

flutes and play them, create airplanes and trinket boxes, go on an interactive scavenger hunt, create Russian crafts and much more. Free tickets are available for each event a week beforehand; come pick up yours at the front desk. McChord Library’s tween-teen time includes hands-on, fast-paced team fun, such as a slingshot competition, “ghost busters international” guessing game, physical challenge games and more team challenges. The best part? No parents are allowed, but all the fun you can handle will be there! Adults get your own time at McChord with special speakers Tuesdays at 5 p.m. For instance, the adult program kicks off Tuesday, June 25 with “Getting the Most out of Your Travel Dollars: Spend Less and Get More” with Leisure Travel Services. Other evenings include how to travel around Europe easily, a Latin dance workshop, Antarctica and global warming, plus more. Additionally, each adult will be given a scratch ticket when you register for the summer reading program — exchange your winning ticket for a free book! Questions about the summer reading program? Stop by Book Patch Library inside Grandstaff Library at 2109 N. 10th & Pendleton (Lewis Main) or call 253-967-5533. At McChord, visit the library on the ground floor at 851 Lincoln Blvd. (by the golf course) or call 253-982-3454 for more information.

Learn about the Army’s 238-year life span & celebrate its birthday! Grandstaff Library is helping the U.S. Army celebrate its 238th birthday in June by offering an array of books, audio books, military science books and DVDs relating to this year’s theme “America’s Army: Service to the Nation, Strength for the Future.” Stop in the Grandstaff Library to see what new materials are available to check out for your enjoyment. Grandstaff is at 2109 N 10th & Pendleton (Lewis Main). Questions? Call 253-967-5889.



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AFC Arena


American Lake Conference Center Closed for renovations. Call McChord Club: 253-982-5581.

Updated May 10. Facilities marked with an M are at McChord Field. To our patrons, we've reviewed the hours of operation at many of our MWR facilities and are changing hours based on customer usage and the recent Army funding cutbacks. Beginning June 1st we are adjusting hours of operations for some Sports and Fitness Centers, Libraries and Child and Youth Services programs. Visit for details.



2275 Liggett Ave.

Airman & Family Readiness Ctr 552 Lincoln & Barnes blvds. M Army Child Care inYour Neighborhood

2295 12th St. (at Bitar Ave.)

253-982-2695 253-477-4179/4182

Arts & Crafts Center

1121 Barnes Blvd. M


Army Community Service

2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall)

Battle Bean Coffee Shops

2275 Liggett Ave. (AFC Arena) 253-964-8837 6242 Colorado Ave. (Stone Ed Center) 253-964-8152 11592 17th St. (Warrior Zone) 253-477-5756

Armed Forces Action Plan

4274 Idaho St. (Family Resource Center) 253-967-3689

Army Family Team Building

4274 Idaho St. (Family Resource Center) 253-967-3659

Beachwood Child Dev. Center

8300 American Lake Ave.


Cascade School Age Center

2402 Bitar Ave.


Clarkmoor Child Dev. Center

2095 Bitar Ave. (closed for renovations)


Clarkmoor Hourly Care Center

2094 Bitar Ave.


CYSS Parent Central Services McChord Field location

2295 12th St. (at Bitar Ave.) 578 Lincoln Blvd. M

253-966-CYSS 253-966-CYSS

Domestic violence safeline

Victim advocate available 24/7


Employment Readiness

2166 12th St. (ACS Annex at Liggett Ave.) 253-967-3538


11592 17th St. (Warrior Zone)


The Bistro at Russell Landing

8981 American Lake Ave.


Bowl Arena & Strike Zone Café

2272 Liggett Ave.


Café Lancelatte

100 Jackson Blvd. (Customer Svc Mall) M 253-982-6081

Cascade Community Center

2400 Bitar Ave.


Eagles Pride Golf Course

Off I-5, Exit 116


Globemaster Grill

700 Barnes Blvd. (McChord Club) M


Habañero Mexican Grill

895 Lincoln Blvd. (Whispering Firs GC) M 253-982-3271

Lewis Auto Center

4043 West Way (at Clark Rd.)


McChord Auto Center

1120 B St. M


McChord Catering

700 Barnes Blvd. (McChord Club) M


McChord Club/Community Ctr

700 Barnes Blvd. M


Nelson Recreation Center

3168 2nd Division Dr.


The Pub & Deli

1146 Faraway Rd. M


Sounders Lanes

737 Jackson Blvd. M


Strike Zone Snack Bar

737 Jackson Blvd. M


Special Events Office

2013 N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Ave.)


Warrior Zone

11592 17th St. (at D St.)


Whispering Firs Golf Course

895 Lincoln Blvd. M


Adventures Unlimited Holiday Park

739 Battery Ave. M

Leisure Travel Services

2275 Liggett Ave. (AFC Arena)


Exceptional Family Member Prgm 2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall)


Family Advocacy Program

2013 N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Ave.)


Family Child Care

2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Ave.)


Family Resource Center

4274 Idaho Ave.


Hillside Child Dev. Center

6396 Garcia Blvd.


HIRED! Apprenticeship Program

CYSS Venture Point


Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone

6397 Garcia Blvd.


Immigration & Naturalization

2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall)


Information & Referral

2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall)


Installation Volunteer Corps

4274 Idaho St. (Family Resource Center) 253-967-2324

Jensen Gym Child Dev. Center

2022 Liggett Ave.


Loan Closet

2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall)


253-982-2206 253-982-5488

Madigan Child Dev. Center

6995 Jackson Blvd.



McChord Child Dev. Center

578 & 580 Lincoln Blvd. M

Northwest Adventure Center 8050 NCO Beach Rd. Equipment rental & sales Outdoor adventure trips Scuba diving center Travel camp, cabin rental & stor age lot reservations

253-967-8282 253-967-8282 253-967-6263 253-967-3405 253-967-7744

McChord Youth Center

3032 Dogwood St. M


Mobilization & Deployment

2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall)


New Parent Support Program

2013 N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Ave.)


North Fort Child Dev. Center

8589 American Lake Ave.


Paintball reservations

8587 American Lake Ave.



Madigan Infant/Toddler Center 6993 Jackson Ave.

253-968-7924 253-982-4901/4166


North Fort SKIES Outback

Rifle & Pistol Range

Range 15, East Gate Road


North Fort Youth Activity Center 8584A American Lake Ave.


Russell Landing Marina

8981 American Lake Ave.


North Fort Youth Center (SAS)

8584 American Lake Ave.


Shoreline Park

Shoreline Beach Road


Outreach Program

2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall)


Skeet & Trap Range

3969 2nd Division Range Rd.


Raindrops & Rainbows

8197 American Lake Ave.


Relocation Readiness

2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall)


School Liaison Office

2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall)


SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy

6398 Garcia Blvd.



Sports Admin Office

3236 Handrich Ave. (at 2nd Div. Drive)


Cowan & Memorial stadiums

2170 12th St. (between Bitar & Liggett) 253-967-2912

Intramural sports

2170 12th St. (between Bitar & Liggett) 253-967-4768

Jensen Family Health & Fitness Ctr

2022 Liggett Ave. (at Division)


Keeler Pool

9993 Garfield St.


Kimbro Pool

2161 Liggett Ave.


McChord Fitness Center

729 5th St. M


McChord Fitness Center Annex

726 5th St. M


McChord Outdoor Pool

736 5th St. M


McVeigh Sports & Fitness Ctr

2160 Liggett Ave.


Sheridan Sports & Fitness Ctr

3759 Stryker Ave.

Soldiers Field House Soldiers Field House Pool

Soldier & Family Assistance Ctr 9059 Gardner Loop


Survivor Outreach Services

2166 12th St. (ACS Annex at Liggett Ave.) 253-966-5047

Warrior Child Dev. Center

9037 Gardner Loop


Yakima Training Center CDC

970 Firing Center Rd. (at Yakima TC)


Youth sports

2295 12th St. (at Bitar Ave.)



Army Emergency Relief

2166 12th St. (ACS Annex at Liggett Ave.) 253-967-9852 After-hours emergencies (Red Cross) 1-877-272-7337


Book Patch Children’s Library

2109 N. 10th St. (Grandstaff Library)

3236 Handrich Ave. (at 2nd Div. Dr.)


Financial Readiness

2166 12th St. (ACS Annex at Liggett Ave.) 253-967-9917

3236 Handrich Ave. (at 2nd Div. Dr.)


Grandstaff Library

2109 N. 10th St. (at Pendleton Ave.)



McChord Library

851 Lincoln Blvd. M


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