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SHRED DAY Spanaway Branch

Harborstone Credit Union (136 167th St. S, Spanaway)

April 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until truck is full) Event is open to the community.

Bring up to three grocery bags of sensitive documents to be shredded, free of charge!

We will also be collecting nonperishable food items for local food banks, as well as canned or bagged pet food to donate to local animal shelters.


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food & fun 6 Jump-start your fun with us!


Food and fun go naturally together, and March is crammed full of events with food specials. Get in on your choice of fun!

adventures 12 Step out into the wide world Travel the world with ODR for epic fun, hit the rapids with whitewater rafting, learn all about Kokanee fishing on American Lake and much more.


sports, fitness & aquatics 18 Find your sport in a league Sign up for open league sports such as softball, volleyball and flag football, plus enter Shamrock n’ Run for Family fun.

youth 20 Keep ‘em busy during break



Register your kids for Spring Break sports camps, fun activities, field trips, a retreat or a teen lock-in; learn about life through boxing, learn to manage money, prep for college and become a certified babysitter.

military & Family readiness


24 You can make a difference You can make a difference in your community by contributing to relief funds and getting involved with your FRG. Plus, strengthen your relationships with free lifeimprovement courses.

libraries 28 ‘Get into’ your library Win prizes for checking out books, build, interact, craft, party, learn yoga, join book clubs and much more at your base libraries.

feature 30 Join special WWI Army centennial book club


Read intriguing war stories by attending a new book club that marks the 100th year of our involvement in World War I, part of JBLM Centennial events this year.

Photo: Patti Jeffrey (30 )

FROM THE COVER Cover photo by Lional Kam Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with Family & MWR Turn to page 8 to find the St. Paddy’s Day party for you — there are three options! Plus, flip to page 18 for details on registering for the Shamrock n’ Run, which is bigger and better than ever and features bounce houses for kiddos and a beer garden for 21+.


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Join the WWI book club at JBLM libraries, run in the Shamrock ‘n Run

JBLM Family & MWR St. Paddy’s Day is just around the corner, and with it comes many ways to celebrate

Director, Family & MWR William E. Harvey

with Family and MWR! Choose from the Shamrock n’ Run with intramural races and

Creative director

St. Patrick’s Day parties at our club and restaurants. The Shamrock ‘n’ Run is Saturday,

Promotions director

March 11 at the MWR Fest Tent. This year’s event is bigger than ever, and you’ll find

Editor & graphic designer

all the details on page 18. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Sam Adams Brewhouse JBLM,

Writer/graphic designer

the Warrior Zone and the McChord Pub. Each location offers specials for Friday,

Contributors Rick DeChaineau and Jackie Kelly

March 17. This month also brings the bracket challenge to Sam Adams. Turn to page 8 for all the details and pick your party spot. JBLM libraries are kicking off the Armywide initiative of a World War I book club. Held quarterly at McChord and Grandstaff libraries as “brown bag lunch” sessions for the next 18 months, the book club features titles that discuss why the U.S. joined the war, nursing the injured and effects on veterans. For more information on this 100th anniversary commemoration book club, turn to page 30. After stopping by our St. Paddy’s Day parties or visiting one of our locations for a workout, quick bite to eat or hobby, please take a few minutes to share your experience with me at Customer feedback is a valuable tool that helps us provide top-rate service and programs for the JBLM community.

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

Toby Bartley Kelly Wetzel Kimberly Rowe Patti Jeffrey

Contributing photographers Ingrid Barrentine, Ursula Buford, John Dorman, Emiliano Hernandez, Patti Jeffrey, Lional Kam, Dean Siemon, Kaweka Stoney & JBLM Public Affairs 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


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JUMP-START YOUR FUN WITH MARCH SPECIALS & EVENTS Food & Fun pair up Warrior Zone’s got the goods Food and fun go naturally together at the Warrior Zone at Lewis North! During UFC 209 Saturday, March 4, order grilled patio specials. Starting Tuesday, March 14, grab specials during college basketball games: • Crisp potato skins are loaded with melted cheddar and green onions, served with salsa and sour cream. Each order is $8.50. • For $6.50, order jalapeño poppers stuffed with cream cheese and served with ranch dressing. • Get an 18-piece wing special for $20 with your choice of sauce and served with celery sticks and ranch dressing. Come out for happy hour specials weekdays from 5–7 p.m. Take $2 off beer pitchers and $1 off a pint of beer. Also watch for daily food specials. The WZ is open to ages 18 and older. For more information, call 253-967-5636. The WZ is on the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North.

Habañero treats you right Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course treats you to March specials: • During college basketball games, get $2 off beer pitchers and 20 percent off all appetizers. • Buy one regularly priced burrito and get the second burrito half price Mondays and Wednesdays. • Thursdays, buy three ground beef tacos

and a soda for only $6.50. Habañero is at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. Call 253-9824035 for more information.

Club offers dining, events & more The Club at McChord Field invites you to lunch, monthly dinners and clubmember events: • Club members can enjoy a free luncheon Wednesday, March 29 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Family members and guests pay only $5 per person. • Everyone at JBLM can take advantage of the biggest salad bar on base, plus delicious pasta made-to-order, sand-

Clubbing & Pubbing

wiches and soup of the day, whether you’re a Club member or not. The

Enjoy fresh talent at Warrior Zone’s Open Mic & Karaoke Nights

McChord Grill is open weekdays from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Place your order to-go or enjoy your lunch in a light-filled, spacious dining area. • Enjoy a date night or Family dinner at the Club from 5–7 p.m. the last Friday of the month (March 31 is this month’s dinner). Club members save $1 per meal. No reservations are needed! • Club members, come out to try your luck with bingo every Friday! Cards

go on sale at 5 p.m. and the first game starts at 5:30. The cover-all game, with the chance of winning the jackpot ($850–$1,195), starts at 6. Bingo nights are for Club members and their guests only. • Looking for a venue to hold your luncheon, celebration, birthday or hail and farewell? If you guarantee a minimum of 20 guests purchasing lunch at the McChord Grill, you can book a private room for free! Call the Club for more details. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Celebrate the return of Open Mic Night at the Warrior Zone the first and second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. starting March 2. Entertain your friends on stage and come back for more! Karaoke Night debuts the first and third Saturdays of the month starting March 4 at 6 p.m. Have fun belting out Continued on the next page.

MARCH Clip ‘n’ Save COUPON

Take $1 off lunch at the McChord Grill 700 Barnes Blvd. inside the Club at McChord Field

Weekdays from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Offer good March 1–31, 2017; no cash value. One coupon per customer.


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your favorite tunes with your buddies, hosted by DJ Rae. The WZ is open to ages 18 and older. For more information, call 253-477-5756. The WZ is on the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North.

Sam Adams bracket challenge Enter Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM’s free March Bracket Challenge! Come in and pick up a 2017 bracket now through Monday, March 13. You have until 7 p.m. March 13 to submit a completed bracket for a chance to win a pair of Powerbeats 3 wireless headphones from Beats by Dre. The person who has the most game wins throughout the entire tournament wins the headphones. The limit is one bracket submission per person. The winner will be notified Thursday, April 6. Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-964-2012.

McChord Pub now open Stop in the new 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, chili and hearty sandwiches from the pub menu to go along with your favorite drinks. Hours are 4–9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and UTA Saturdays. The pub is inside the Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd. Call 253-982-5581 for more information.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Sam Adams No blarney here! Enjoy a green beer for St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 17. From 3 p.m. to closing, wear green and receive $1 off any Sam Adams draft beer. The featured cocktail is “Angry Irishman.” Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave.


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and Division at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-964-2012.

Wear green to the Warrior Zone You’re Irish for a day at the Warrior Zone when you come decked out in green for the St. Patrick’s Day party Friday night, March 17. Order green beer and fill up on the specialty of the house — Shepherd’s pie, stuffed with ground beef, mashed potatoes and veggies, served piping hot for $5.50 a serving. The WZ is open to ages 18 and older. For more information, call 253-477-5756. The WZ is on the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North.

Come to pub on St. Paddy’s Day The McChord Pub is living it up with a St. Patrick’s Day party with food and drink specials Friday, March 17. It might be your lucky day if you deck out in green — take part in the special drawing and see what you win! The McChord Pub is at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd. Call 253-982-5581 for more information.

Miss Oktoberfest? Attend Volksfest! If you love the fun and festivities of Oktoberfest and wish we’d celebrate spring the same way, then you’re in luck! Come out to Volksfest at the Club

at McChord Field Wednesday, April 5 from 5–7 p.m. You’ll be treated to an authentic, delicious German buffet cooked by our own German cooks, along with oompah music. Purchase German beer on tap and Riesling (for those preferring wine). Prost! The cost is $22.95 for ages 11 and older, $12.95 for ages 4–10 and free for ages 3 and younger. Reservations are required; call 253-982-5581. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

Home improvement Auto center expands hours If you’ve wanted to see more business hours available at the McChord Auto Center, here’s your chance! The auto center is open Sundays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. during a 90-day trial period that ends Sunday, May 7. Do-it-yourselfers can rent stalls and lifts in the fully equipped heated facility. Change your oil, fluids and tires, work on your engines and tune up your vehicles, plus take classes in vehicle maintenance when you schedule a time for personal instruction. For rental and class costs or for more information, visit or call 253-982-7226. The auto center is at 1120 Barnes Blvd.

Sell home & yard treasures at Spring Flea Market One person’s trash is another one’s treasure at the annual Spring Flea Market in the MWR Fest Tent Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Clean out your closet, garage or attic, rent tables or spaces and sell your gently used items for cash! The cost for two tables, spaces or a combination is $26. For three spaces, tables or a combination, pay $30. Each additional table or space is $6. For more information on renting your sale area, email specialevents@ or call 253-967-6772. The MWR Fest Tent is at Lewis Main at 2200 Liggett Ave.

Club member scholarship program accepting applications Need money for college? The Air Force Club Scholarship Program is accepting applications for 2017. Members of the Club at McChord Field and their Family members are encouraged to apply with

Pamper yourself with a manicure Get a manicure while you sip a martini at the Club at McChord Field’s Manicure and Martini event Friday, March 10 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The cost Unfortunately this event has receive is $25 per person. Club members been canceled. Stay tuned for a $2 discountafor each admission. The future event at cost includes a basic manicure and your first martini. This event is for ages 21 /JBLMFamilyMWR and older only. Reservations and prepayment required; call 253-982-0718. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

Artsy Smarts Paint a canvas in art & wine event You don’t need to be an artist to join in the fun at the Wine and Canvas Night at the Club at McChord Field. The event is from 6–8:30 p.m. Friday, March 24. Art supplies, light appetizers and your first glass of wine are included in the cost. Continued on the next page.

a five-minute video. Applications and prompts are available at myairforcelife. com/clubs or the Club office. A total of six scholarships will be awarded. Apply starting Wednesday, March 1. Deadline is

Arts & Crafts Center Clip ‘n Save Coupons

Friday, May 12. Not a Club member? Pick up an application for the AF Club Card at the Club. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Pampering parties Attend Operation Baby Shower

50% Off Sewing Class

(discount applies to instruction only) Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good March 1–31, 2017.

New or expecting parents are invited to JBLM’s Operation Baby Shower at American Lake Conference Center Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The free event offers door prizes, baby shower games, snacks, educational and pampering products and more. ALCC is

Free Acrylic Canvas Painting Class

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

at 8085 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North. For more details, call 253-982-0718.

Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field 1121 Barnes Blvd. • 253-982-6726


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Seating is limited, prepayment is required and you must be age 21 or older to attend. For reservations and payment, call 253-982-5581. The cost is $30 per person; Club members receive a $3 discount for each admission. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

Put Arts & Crafts Center on your must-do list Your Arts & Crafts Center offers you a location to jump-start creative new projects and get help on matting and framing your prints and art, plus teaches you how to do crafts, arts and more. Register for brand-new classes offered this month:

Try our new menu items starting in March! K Samuel Adams Classic Wings Our new house specialty! Six jumbo wings tossed in your choice of Buffalo sauce, Rebel IPA BBQ sauce or sweet chili sauce. Served with celery and carrot sticks and ranch dressing for dipping.


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• Learn how to make soap in a oneday workshop Saturday, March 4 or Wednesday, March 22 at 1 p.m. The class includes basic instruction and a kit to make several bars of botanical soap. • Sign up for the ABCs of scrapbooking! The six-session course teaches you four scrapbooking techniques that you can use in your own scrapbooks. • Kids’ Kraft meets Friday, March 10 beginning at 3:30 p.m. (class lasts until 5). Bring in your kiddos to create a St. Patrick’s Day pot ‘o’ gold or a shamrock person — it’s only $2 per craft for each child. • Have you always wanted to dress up your fingernails but can’t afford salon prices? Learn how to apply the ombré

effect, toothpick swirls and marbleizing just like the pros. The workshop meets Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. Also sign up for discounted March classes by clipping the coupons on page 9. Call to arrange a time and date for: • A two-session sewing class. Learn to use a sewing machine and make a project you can use at home. • Painting with acrylics. Learn brush strokes and application techniques on a canvas. For class details, call 253-982-6723. Limited seating is available; students must preregister and prepay. The Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. and is open weekdays and the first and third Saturdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

K Chicken Chipotle Wrap K CBR Flatbread Our own garlic ranch sauce topped with mozzarella, chicken, bacon & red onion, finished with diced tomatoes.

K Ham & Bacon Wrap Ham & bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato & ranch dressing, wrapped in a garlic & herb tortilla.

K French Fries

Roasted chicken, shredded mozzarella, lettuce & tomato drizzled in ancho chipotle sauce & wrapped in a garlic & herb tortilla.

New hours starting March 1: Tuesdays–Thursdays 4–10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays 4 p.m.–midnight 2400 Bitar Ave. & Division at Lewis Main

GET IN THE SWING OF SPRING! The season’s starting back up with March tournaments, golf specials, customer appreciation week and the annual pass sale! Try your swing In Tombstone Tourney

buy regularly priced in-stock pro shop items.

Enter a fun Tombstone Tourney Saturday, March 11 at Whispering Firs Golf Course. Pay $12 plus your green fee for this stroke play competition teeing off at 7:30 a.m. Call the pro shop for entry; 253-982-2124.

• Pay twilight green fees all day

You’re being celebrated!

Chance to win big with annual Spring Break

If you’re a golfer at JBLM, you’re gonna love Whispering Firs’ and Eagles Pride’s March Madness Customer Appreciation Week from March 6–10. Save with a different special each day: • Get unlimited golf with all-day green fees on Monday — $10 for ranks E1–E5; all others pay $15. • Receive 10 percent off lunch in Habañero Mexican Grill Tuesday. At Eagles Pride, get two-for-one green fees Tuesday — receive one complimentary green fee when a second of equal or great value is purchased. • Wednesday, get the same two-for-one green fee special at Whispering Firs. At Eagles Pride, save 20 percent when you

Thursday. • Power carts are half-price on Friday. Specials can’t be combined with other specials and may not be used for tournaments or outings.

Did you know? • Annual green fee cards are available for sale starting Monday, March 20. • If you wear green Friday, March 17, you can save green on select items in either pro shop for the St. Patrick’s Day sale! • You can improve your swing by taking individual golf lessons from our WPGA instructor.

Enter Whispering Firs’ annual Spring Break competition — limited to the first 12 golfers to sign up — for a chance to win a prepaid annual green fee card! The entry fee is $100 per golfer for the March 25 and 26 competition. For entry details, check with the pro shop at 253-982-2124.

Save with golf combo Get in on the weekday golf combo — your green fee, a shared cart and a hot dog is $31 for ranks E1–E5 and $34 for E6 and above. Offer is good Monday– Friday (cannot be combined with other offers, tournaments or outings).

JBLM GOLF COURSES Pro shops are open daily • Take individual golf lessons with resident pros • Gift certificates available Eagles Pride Golf Course Located off I-5 Exit 116 253-967-6522 • Open to the public

Whispering Firs Golf Course 895 Lincoln Blvd., McChord Field 253-982-2124

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Trips of a lifetime In your own backyard, across the state and around the world Take a trip with jblm’s outdoor recreation experts — passport required Travel the world for epic adventures of a lifetime!

Grab your gear and hit the world with JBLM Outdoor Recreation’s international trips. The mission of outdoor recreation is to get people outdoors, and it’s our passion. We can take you to all the places you’ve always wanted to go and do the activities that you love. Whether you’re interested in an active adventure, a photography-focused excursion or simply a journey, we have the trips for you. Choose from a wide variety of activities from mountaineering to skiing to photography. Each trip is a unique experience and will have different inclusions. The typical trip includes lodging, airfare, meals, transportation and all necessary equipment. We strive to offer quality trips at a reasonable cost to our guests. Upcoming trips include: • April 1–9: Pucon, Chile, helicopter/volcano bungee jump. • April 3–8: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, yoga retreat. • April 4–28: Everest base camp trek. • May 10–29: Denali, Alaska, summit attempt. • June 7–26: Denali, Alaska, summit attempt. • July 3–Aug. 5: Dolomites, Italy, Via Ferrata. • Aug. 23–30: New Zealand, skiing and photography. • Sept. 6–25: Alpamayo, Peru, summit attempt. • Sept. 8–18: Krabi, Thailand, rock climbing. • Oct. 15–20: Reykjavik, Iceland, photography. • Nov. 7–15: Peru/Galapagos, Machu Picchu cultural trip. • Dec. 7–13: Garmisch, Germany, Christmas markets/Krampus. Continued on page 15.

John Dorman

International trips are available with Outdoor Recreation. Pictured from left, Argentina, Denali and Germany.


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ing the Wenatchee run and spending the night, the next day we’ll gear up and spend about three hours on the river, exploding through some of the best whitewater in the state of Washington. You’ll face such rapids as Hurricane, Jolly Green Giant and the Mother Lode. In the legendary Black Canyon, you’ll want to paddle hard to avoid the fearsome Black Hole! Enjoy the dry climate and arid hillsides of the lower Methow Valley, floating along between the whitewater highlights.

Kaweka Stoney

whitewater rafting

The river trip starts off with class-III rapid “Top Drop,” which will give you just a

FIshing 101

Learn to fish for Kokanee on American Lake

little taste of the whitewater action still to

Come and learn the secrets to catching kokanee at “Kokanee Fishing 101,” a

Washington is filled with whitewaterrafting rivers ranging from easy/beginner class-I float trips to intermediate/advanced class-V adventures. Join us this spring and summer to the waves! Some of the great trips lined up for this upcoming year include:

come. Paddling through the basalt-walled

workshop for fishing on American Lake

gorge, you may find yourself thinking,

Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. at Russell

“Is there possibly a more beautiful place?”

Landing Marina. Owner of Kokabow

You’ll then navigate through “Stairstep

Tackle, Alan Greenhalgh, will share

rapid,” “Grasshopper rapid,” “Corkscrew

the tricks of the trade on how to catch

rapid” and “Waterspout rapid,” none of

kokanee. The workshop will cover what

which seem to ever disappoint. Don’t wor-

works, how to set up the line, trolling

Wenatchee River

ry, the trip isn’t over yet! Class-V Husum

techniques and so much more. There is

Falls is an optional exhilarating 10-foot waterfall toward the end of the trip and is guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

a $5 registration free. The first 15 people

Skykomish River

for one session on a fishing pontoon.

The Skykomish River is the ultimate class-V whitewater rafting experience in Washington state. Only an hour outside of Seattle, you’ll find intense whitewater action mixed with amazing scenery comparable to Patagonia. The crystal clear water of the “Sky” flows around housesized boulders creating unique and challenging rapids. The Skykomish is known best for class-V “Boulder Drop rapid” — the longest and most challenging rapid in Washington. “Boulder Drop” isn’t the only rapid you’ll experience on this

Call 253-967-2510 to register. The Marina

beautiful stretch. We’ll paddle through

participate in class discussion, read, write

“Railroad rapid,” “Deja Vu rapid,” “Lunch

and pass a written exam, shoot a 20-GA shotgun and pass a field safety course. Individuals must register online with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information, call 253-967-7056.

Hit the rapids — both mild & wild

Snow melt and high river flows make for an exciting spring on the beautiful Wenatchee River. Known best for its playful wave trains and exciting rapids like “Drunkards Drop,” “Rodeo-hole” and “Snowblind,” this river rafting adventure will have you begging for more at the take-out. The rapids and beauty are not the only things that bring thousands of river enthusiasts out every year. The warm weather and sunshine are both key contenders in why this river is the most popular whitewater trip in the state.

White Salmon River In the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, you’ll find the wild and scenic stretch of the White Salmon River. This now freeflowing river offers nonstop whitewater action and clear glacier melt from Mount Adams. Starting your rafting experience

hole rapid” and “Aquagasm rapid.”

in the town of BZ Corner, it won’t take

Wenatchee River/Methow Overnighter

long for you to get hooked on the excite-

Trips are the perfect way to get a double dose of whitewater action. After complet-

ment and beauty of this magical river.

to register for the workshop will be entered into a drawing for a free rental

is located at 8981 American Lake Ave., Lewis North. Presented by Russell Landing Marina and Kokabow.

Hunter education Take required hunter safety course

The Outdoor Recreation Shotgun Shooting Complex is hosting hunter safety education April 3–7, May 15–19 and June 12–16. Students must be able to


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Only R ain Down the Drain 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, please remember —

only rain down the drain.

Fact: Water runoff picks up harmful substances from parking lots, roofs, streets and sidewalks. Fact: These pollutants flow directly into our creeks, rivers and lakes without any treatment. Fact: They can contaminate drinking water, foul waterways and beaches, close shellfish beds and kill fish and other animals. /SustainableJBLM

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Stay active with races, and free fun fitness open league volleyball Don’t miss open league volleyball sign-up meeting The sign-up meeting for open women’s volleyball is Wednesday, March 1, 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center. The cost is $20 per player. Members of the JBLM community 18 and older with valid DOD ID are eligible to play.

shamrock ‘n’ run

Annual event includes run, bounce houses & more fun! There’s still time to register for the Shamrock ‘n’ Run 5K and 1K race Saturday, March 11 at the MWR Fest Tent! This year’s event is more fun than ever with costume contests, giveaways, bounce houses, popcorn and cotton candy machines and a beer garden. The 1K begins at 11 a.m., followed by the 5K at 11:30. Late registration

is open until Wednesday, March 8 at 11:59 p.m. Pricing and details are at Public must possess valid photo ID in accordance with the Real ID Act.

representative meetings — Wednesday, March 22 at Nelson Recreation Center at 6 p.m. or Thursday, March 23 at McChord Fitness Center at noon. The season begins Monday, April 10, with the league championship May 22–25. Open

cc volleyball

to active duty Service members attached

Open league and Commander’s Cup volleyball start soon The representative meetings for Commander’s Cup volleyball are Wednesday, March 8, 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center and Thursday, March 9 at noon at McChord Fitness Center. Commander’s Cup is open to active duty JBLM Service members.

to JBLM only.

open leagues

Spring softball, flag football are open to 18 & older Open spring softball runs Saturday, April 1 through the league tournament Saturday, May 6. The sign-up meeting is Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. at Nelson

commander’s cup soccer

Representatives meet March 22 If you’re interested in playing Commander’s Cup soccer, attend one of the

Recreation Center. The cost to register is $250 per team; recreational, competitive and women’s leagues. Open flag football runs Thursday, April 13, with a tournament May 18–20. To sign up, go to Nelson Recreation Center Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. The

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intramural sports     classes For more information on Intramural Sports, call 253-967-4768 or visit Nelson Recreation Center is located at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main and McChord Fitness Center is located at 729 5th St.

cost to register is $300 per team. Players without teams are encouraged to attend coaches meetings for placement. Open league sports are open to members of the JBLM community at least 18 years old with valid DOD ID.

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Indoor Cycling Kickboxing MixxedFit

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Hours of Operation: Mon–Fri 5:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat & Sun/Hol/Family Days closed




6:30–7:30 AM 10:15–11:15 AM 11:30–12:30 AM 5:30–6:30 PM 6–7 PM

Indoor Cycling






Indoor Cycling

Indoor Cycling

Indoor Cycling

11596 D St. & 41st Div. JBLM Lewis North 253- 967-7471

Zumba Mixxed Fit

Strength Circuit

Hours Of Operation: Mon–Fri 5 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat & Sun/ Hol/DONSA 10 a.m.–6 p.m.







5:30–6:30 PM

Functional Fitness Class

Functional Fitness Class

Functional Fitness Class

Functional Fitness Class

Functional Fitness Class

2160 Liggett Ave. JBLM Lewis Main 253- 967-5869

Visit our web site at


Hours Of Operation: Mon–Fri 5 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat & Sun/ Hol/DONSA 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Check out our facebook page at

Making a splash in Family & MWR aquatics With positivity & professionalism, Bruce Antonowicz keeps aquatics programs running As the days get sunnier and temperatures rise, we’ll once again see the familiar scene of lifeguards perched high on their chairs at Lewis North’s Shoreline Park. A face that Courtesy photo may not be familiar is Bruce Antonowicz, Aquatics Program manager and the man behind the scenes who keeps our pools running smoothly all year long. Being a long-term member of the JBLM Family & MWR team, Antonowicz started his career fresh out of high school in July 1991 as a summer lifeguard. He quickly progressed into a water safety instructor position. Motivated by his experience as a WSI, Antonowicz continued to take trainings and technical courses to further his aquatics career. Within three years, his hard work paid off as he was selected as a training instructor and JBLM Swim Team Coach. Today, Antonowicz oversees all indoor and outdoor pools to include Kimbro Pool, Soldier Field House Pool, McChord Outdoor Pool and, during the summer months, Shoreline beachfront. “Bruce brings a level of positivity and professionalism to a very demanding field,” says Aaron Jones, Sports Director. “His vast knowledge of his program and standards really sets him apart.” Antonowicz is a prime example of a JBLM Family & MWR employee who’s making a splash in our community daily.


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Turn to Child & Youth Services for Spring Break fun for all ages If you’re looking for a way for your children to stay active, busy and have fun during Spring Break, look no further! Choose from Spring Break sports camps with Youth Sports, full-day Spring Break Camp for school-age students and fun educational programming with the Middle School/Teen Program.

spring break sports camps Stay active during Spring Break with CYS sports

Youth Sports offers Spring Break sports camps for ages 3–18. Camps are April 3–5 at Youth Sports, 2295 S. 12th St. at Lewis Main. Enrollment runs March 1–April 2 for the following: • Start Smart Camp Ages 3–4 will learn the fundamentals, as well as the importance of teamwork. The cost is $25; 10–11 a.m. • CYS Soccer Camp Ages 5–15 are invited to enroll for $35. This three-day camp is 12:30–2 p.m. • Flag Football Camp Youth ages 8–18 will have fun at this camp, which is 2:30–4 p.m. The cost is $35.

school-age fun

Fun with 4-H and more at LNSAC Lewis North School Age Center is hosting fun Spring Break activities for elementary school students. Partnering with


the 4-H Club Showcase Thursday, April 6

with the Outdoor Recreation program

showcase and demonstrate the skills and

Tuesday, April 4, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The cost

projects they’ve learned during the last

is $25 per person, and space is limited.

eight weeks. LNSAC is located at Lewis North, 8584 American Lake Ave. For more information, call 253-966-7166.

leadership retreat Build communication, discuss military teen concerns Hillside Youth Center is hosting a leadership retreat Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Focus on communication, team-building and self-esteem, and participate in a focus group to discuss issues teens have related to the military lifestyle. Brunch is provided. Details: 253-967-4441.

middle-school teen program College & career prep, fun at Hillside Youth Center

During Spring Break, April 3–7, Hill-

Youth Sports, the LNSAC is hosting the

side Youth Center opens at 11:30 a.m. for

annual March basketball tournament for

middle school and high school students.

youth. Additionally, the LNSAC is hosting

Registered teens are invited to:

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• Snow tubing adventure Go tubing

providing 4-H youth an opportunity to

• Spring Break Fabulous Friday Don’t miss out on a teen barbecue, complete with fun, games and a movie. Additional upcoming events include: • Megaphone Lock-in Teens from all branches of service created Operation Megaphone as a vehicle to unite military teens and combat the issues faced by military teens. This year’s lock-in is Friday, April 28, 7 p.m. through Saturday, April 29 at 7 a.m. If you’re not yet a member of Hillside Youth Center or are new to JBLM, stop by to check out the facility and the programs — college and career prep (more on the facing page), sports, computer lab and more. Like what you see and fill out an application at the center. Parents, Hillside Youth Center staff will confirm with you before the application is processed. Hillside Youth Center is located at 6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-4441.


14 25 750

Age requirement (by April 7) to participate in the Youth Employment Program. More information coming soon. Number of new members we’d like to join the college and career center at Hillside Youth Center.

Teens employed and/or trained since 2009.

Ursula Buford

‘Money Matters’ Make it Count program teaches teens important financial lessons


he Middle School/Teen Program at Hillside Youth Center is a great place for your teens to prep for college or a career. Teens talk about professionalism, job searching, writing résumés, interview skills and dressing for success. They learn about professionalism and talk about workplace safety. With the Money Matters: Make it Count program, “teens learn financial literacy at the very time when they most need to develop these skills,” says Dwon Jackson, manager of the HIRED and Summer Employment Program. This Boys & Girls Club of America program provides a “remarkable opportunity to provide a rich understanding of how to make wise decisions that will thoroughly impact our members’ lives,” Jackson says. Run through a partnership with BGCA, Money Matters teaches teens about financial stability, needs versus wants, budgeting, future goals and more. Topics include: • Budgeting and living within your means. • Saving and investing: put your money to work. • Planning for college: college as an investment.

• Credit and debt: protect your future. • Entrepreneurship: making it on your own. Money Matters not only teaches teens valuable financial lessons, it also opens up scholarship opportunities. BGCA members and alumni may qualify for scholarships to attend the college of their choice. Many different kinds of scholarships exist, and eligibility requirements can vary based upon a member’s cumulative GPA, SAT/ACT scores and course performance. One example of a dedicated scholarship opportunity is Schwab’s Money Matters Scholarship. BGCA members are eligible to apply for one of 10 available $1,000 scholarships and qualify for one $5,000 scholarship. Eligibility is based upon a teen’s ability to effectively communicate how participating in the Money Matters program has impacted their life, helped them gain new financial skills and assisted in planning for their future. For more information on the Money Matters program and scholarship opportunities and requirements, call Dwon Jackson at 253-967-4694/4441. Hillside Youth Center is located at Lewis Main, 6397 Garcia Blvd.


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Boxing teaches JBLM youth about life

Dean Siemon


pend time in a boxing ring, and you’ll learn that muscle and coach off- and on-base since 1997. mind, movement and breathing are all connected. It’s Coach Spry found that boxing was helpful for him to stay language the human body speaks without ever saying a word. focused and out of trouble. “I come from a pretty rough neighNot only does boxing emphasize the importance of language, borhood in California. If it helped a person like myself, it can it teaches valuable life lessons. Students learn accountability, help others. Boxing teaches students to be accountable, responresponsibility and reliability. Students learn to make eye contact sible and reliable,” Spry says. with people as they respectfully engage in conversation. Spry helps his students gain confidence, teaching them to Proof in action? On a typical afternoon at believe in themselves. He also teaches the SKIESUnlimited, boxing students stand in line importance of communication, bringing Boxing teaches students outside their classroom ready to greet their students the basic skills so they can learn to be accountable, teacher — with eye contact — with a chorus to articulate, allowing themselves and of “good afternoon” and “hello, sir.” They’re responsible and reliable. others to understand exactly what they’re reminded to make eye contact when speaksaying. Spry hopes to teach SKIESUnlimited ing and say “excuse me” when needed. Language is very important students to “to think on their feet with the littlest amount of to their teacher in day-to-day interactions, as well as in his class. effort.” He emphasizes it takes “practice, practice, practice!” Their teacher, Coach Lydell Spry, has an extensive background If your child is looking for a new class to “practice,” and you in Olympic-style boxing, having started boxing at the age of 13 wouldn’t mind them fine-tuning manners along the way, enroll in Los Angeles. He boxed for 1.5 years before playing football them in the SKIESUnlimited Boxing Academy. Coach Spry will through high school and college. He returned to boxing at age be waiting with a smile, inspiring language and a lot of heart. 20 upon entering the Army. After assignments in the states and Register at Children must be registered overseas, he landed in Washington where he’s been a boxing with CYS to enroll in SKIESUnlimited classes.


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babysitting class

Get certified to babysit at JBLM Sign up for the March 16–18 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

ages 5–6 may enroll in The First Tee Lil’ Drivers for $25. It’s Thursdays, April 27–June 1 at Eagles Pride Golf Course, 4:14–5:15 p.m. Enrollment for golf closes two days prior to the start of each camp. • Spring baseball Enroll through Sunday, March 19 for $55. Open to ages 5–15, the season runs April 10–June 3. • Lil’ Batters Enroll through Sunday,

get involved with cys Share your love of sports, talent with JBLM youth

Youth Sports is looking for volunteer coaches to lead JBLM youth in seasonal sports. Sports fee vouchers are available; background checks and training are required. For more information, stop by the Youth Sports Office at 2295 S. 12th St. at Lewis Main.

must be registered with CYS. To reserve

March 19 for $25. Open to ages 3–4,

your teen’s seat, call 253-967-4441. Hill-

the season runs April 10–May 20.

Additionally, SKIESUnlimited is search-

• Special Olympics Aquatics Enroll

ing for new contractors/subcontractors for

side is at 6397 Garcia Blvd., Lewis Main.

Spring sports

Enroll now for archery, baseball, Special Olympics and more

youth with or without special needs

karate, dance, gymnastics, tumbling, art,

ages 8–18 through Monday, March 20

baton twirling and more! Now’s the time

for $55. The season runs March 21–

to get involved with a great program!

April 30.

“I’ve been with SKIES for 10 years, and

• Special Olympics Track & Field

during that time, I’ve seen the program

Youth Sports offers seasonal team sports that are recreational in nature. The

Enroll youth ages 8–18 (with or without

make a profound impact on our com-

special needs) for $55 through Monday,

munity. Parents have told me that having

goal is to teach JBLM youth the funda-

March 20. The season runs March 21–

an enrichment opportunity like SKIES

mentals of the game and the importance

April 30.

is very meaningful for their Family,”

of teamwork. Enroll for the following at

Coming next month, enrollment for

says SKIESUnlimited co-program director,

flag football and cheerleading.

Cindy Arnold. “They love having a place

Wednesday, March 1 for the following:

they can trust to cultivate their children’s

• Get Fit, Be Strong Archery Enroll through Thursday, April 13 for $50; open to youth ages 8–15. The season runs April 17–May 25. • The First Tee Golf offers two camps for ages 7–18 — Tuesdays, April 25–May 30 at Eagles Pride Golf Course and Thursdays, April 27–June 1 at Whispering Firs Golf Course. Each camp is from 4:15–5:45 p.m. and $35. Additionally,

Armed Forces kids run

talents and interests.” Enrollment starts

Children like SKIES because it’s fun and

Register for free and help set a record-breaking attendance!

they meet new friends. Instructors love it

The Armed Forces Kids Run is Saturday, April 15 at Cowan Stadium for ages 5–16. Enroll March 1–31. Entry forms are available at Youth Sports and The race starts at 9 a.m. Day-of-race registration is on site starting at 8 a.m.

community while sharing with children

because they’re able to give back to the an activity they’re passionate about. If you want to make a difference and are interested in teaching JBLM youth, email Cindy Arnold SKIESUnlimited at


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With Armed Forces Community Service,

you can make a difference

in community well-being, your marriage, your spouses’s unit & more


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contribute to military nonprofits

Service members supporting each other with AER & AFAF The Army Emergency Relief Campaign is in full swing! The campaign kick-off event was held last month, and there’s still time to participate. Each year, JBLM participates in the AER Campaign to educate Soldiers on what AER does, and give them the opportunity to contribute so AER can continue to be “Soldiers Helping Soldiers.” AER is a private nonprofit organization to relieve distress of Soldiers and their Families via financial assistance (to eligible patrons) in the form of interest-free loans and grants in support of a variety of needs. AER also provides college scholarships to military spouses and dependent children. You’re invited to participate — visit or call 253-967-9852 for more information. Likewise for JBLM Airmen, the Air Force Aid Society is a private nonprofit organization established to support the mission of the Air Force by relieving financial distress of Airman and their Families, assisting with educational goals and improving quality of life through proactive programs. The AFAS is one of four affiliates of the Air Force Assistance Fund. The annual AFAF Campaign, which runs within the Air Force, includes solicitation on behalf of the Society. Air Force members are encouraged to contribute through payroll deduction/allotment. This annual campaign supports the “Airmen helping Airmen” philosophy on which AFAS was founded. The campaign runs early March through mid-May each year at Air Force installations around the world. Air Force members interested in participating in this year’s campaign should contact their unit AFAF campaign managers. More information can be found at and or by calling Armed Forces Community Service–McChord at 253-982-2695.

improve well-being & work performance

The Employee Assistance Program provides consulting & referrals JBLM AFCS SAP Employee Assistance Program is available for civilian employees and their Families, retirees and their Families and active duty dependents at least 18 years old (with an active ID card). The EAP mission is to assist individuals by consulting, referring to other services and offering short-term counseling in dealing with issues that are affecting their work performance and well-being in general. Register for EAP training at JBLMafcs. (under AFCS Classes & Activities, Substance Abuse Prevention). The JBLM AFCS EAP program is located at 2008 N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue), Lewis Main and is open weekdays 8 a.m.–3 p.m. For additional information, call 253-966-4597/3551, 253-967-1422 or 253-968-6761.


EFMP event is Friday, March 24 The Exceptional Family Member Program invites EFMP-enrolled Families and retirees with Family members who have special needs to HERO-CON Friday, March 24 at SKIESUnlimited. Enter a new world featuring live performances and role-play through anime, fairies and everything sci-fi via martial arts, storytelling, dance and magic. Choose from two tours: 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 and register at JBLM-efmp-hero-con. Call 253-967-9097 or email for details. SKIES is at 6398 Garcia Blvd., Lewis Main.

strengthen your marriage

Get a lifelong connection with ‘ScreamFree Marriage’ workshop ScreamFree Marriage class is not about screaming or yelling. This class is about teaching couples how to embrace their separate selves as a profound vehicle for strengthening a marriage. Through the bestselling “ScreamFree Parenting,” Hal Runkel showed thousands of parents how keeping their cool can revolutionize their Family life. In “ScreamFree Marriage,” Runkel shows couples how learning to stay calm in the face of common marital conflicts is the key to creating and enjoying a deep, lifelong connection. Every committed couple strives to hold on to the marriage they envisioned back when they first said “I do” — before the end of the honeymoon phase, before kids, mortgages, health crises and all life’s inescapable issues. But the truth is, conflict is unavoidable. It’s impossible for two people to see every single thing, face every issue and experience every situation in exactly the same way. What results are couples screaming at each other — sometimes literally yelling out loud, sometimes shutting themselves down and shutting their partners out and sometimes avoiding the issue altogether — none of which leads to the passionate, intimate connection we all crave. Learn radical new concepts about marriage and how to embrace this inevitable conflict as a profound vehicle for strengthening a marriage. Rather than just a source of pain and disagreement, these “Fires of Commitment,” as Runkel describes them, can actually be the exact experience needed to grow couples into new levels of maturity and intimacy. By simply learning the ScreamFree formula of “calming down, growing up and getting closer,” you can cross through these fires and end up with a closer and more passionate marriage.

Learn a whole new fresh approach to marriage Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20 from noon–2 p.m. (bring your lunch!). Childcare coupons are available. Call 253-967-5901 or register at

resiliency tip of the month

Talking as a Family during transitions helps manage change Winter’s almost over, and it’s time to transition into spring! Not only is the weather transitioning, military Families also face many transitions. Hold a Family meeting to allow each Family member to share their feelings, ask questions and be an active participant in any upcoming transition. Come into FOCUS to learn more about Family meetings and other tools for managing change. Don’t just get by, get stronger! FOCUS is located at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. For additional information, call 253-966-6390 or email You may also visit FOCUS online at or

get involved with your frg

Training prepares you to serve The AFCS Mobilization & Deployment Office offers training for members of Family Readiness Groups at JBLM. To reserve your seat in the classes below, visit • Treasurer Training, Thursday, March 16 (day), Wednesday, March 29 (evening) or Tuesday, April 4 (evening). • Key Caller Training, Tuesday, March 21 or Monday, April 10. • FRG Leadership Training, Thursdays, April 13, 20 and 27 (evening).


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Tuesday, April 11, A Step Beyond…Volunteer Management 2.0 training at the Family Resource Center (4274 Idaho Ave. at Lewis) from 9 a.m.–noon. Provides advance information and enhances your knowledge on volunteer management. Register at Wednesday, April 12, Volunteer Fair at Nelson Recreation Center (3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis-Main) from 9 a.m.–noon. Monday, April 24, Cookie Social at Waller Hall (2140 Liggett Ave. at Lewis-Main) from 1–2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, Free bowling Enjoy two free games of bowling, including shoes, for all volunteers at the Bowl Arena Lanes (2272 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main) and Sounders Lanes (737 Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field) Friday, April 28, Cookie Social at McChord Field Commissary from 12–1:30 p.m.

volunteer of the year

Lewis Main) or email to the IVC office. For additional information and/or to receive a copy of the nomination form, call 253-967-2324.

The JBLM Installation Volunteer Office is accepting nominations for the Volunteer of the Year award through Monday, March 20. Categories for Volunteer of the Year are community, retiree, Family, active duty and adult. To nominate an individual or Family, describe in detail (in 750 words or less), the volunteer’s or Family’s 2016 accomplishments, the impact to the organization/community and why the nominated individual or Family should be recognized with the honor. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel independently, and selections will be announced at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Thursday, May 11, noon–1:30 p.m. at the Club at McChord Field. Nominations must be accompanied by a completed nomination form and must be submitted no later than Monday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. To submit, hand-carry to the Family Resource Center at 4274 Idaho Ave. (at 9th Division Dr. at

say ‘thank you’

Nominate a hard-working person or Family for the JBLM honor


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Learn to creatively thank the hard-working volunteers in your organization Do you struggle to find an affordable, yet creative way to thank your volunteers? Join AFCS for the quarterly “Thanking Your Volunteers Creatively” workshop Tuesday, May 30, 6:30– 7:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center. Each workshop participant will be able to make up to 10 of the same item to recognize their organization’s volunteers. All supplies are provided. The workshop is limited to one person per organization/battalion/squadron, for a total of 10 participants. Register for this workshop and other volunteer trainings online at JBLMafcs. (under General Classes & Activities, Volunteer) or call 253-967-2324 for information. The FRC is located at 4274 Idaho Ave., Lewis Main.

Select AFCS events



Ready to Rent



Overseas Briefing



Let’s Cook!

2nd & 4th Mondays


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



Baby Play Group



First Duty Station Officer PFR Brief



JBLM Newcomers Orientation

Tuesday, March 14

253-967-3633/ 253-982-2695

AFFTB Concept Block: Relationship Building

March 15 & March 21


Financially Fit

Wednesday, March 15


Re-Entry Workshop

March 16 & April 6


The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, March 16


Rest & Renew

Thursday, March 16


Alaska Brief

March 20 & April 3


Prime for Life

March 21 & April 4


Identity Theft & Consumer Awareness

Tuesday, March 21


Thrift Savings Plan

Wednesday, March 22


EFMP Hero-Con

Friday, March 24


By Rick DeChaineau, AFC® CFP®, AFCS FRP Financial Counselor

Dating Basics

Monday, March 27


Do you use a smartphone? How about social media? If so, today’s thieves, crooks and rapscallions (look it up!) are seeking ways to rip you off! A variety of scams reach people through Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms, promising to pay hundreds — even thousands — of dollars if you help them cash checks. They’ll ask for your account number so they can remotely deposit the check. They won’t tell you the check is no good, and you will ultimately be held accountable for the money they withdraw before the check bounces. There are a number of variations on this theme but all involve giving someone access to your bank account. Another rip-off is based on work-at-home jobs. Some are aimed at getting an up-front fee from you (for registration or training) for a job that doesn’t really exist. Others — and they may include an up-front fee as well — are just ways to get your personal and banking information. You could “work” for the company for a couple of weeks and then be asked for your bank account info so they can set up a direct deposit. They then access your account to steal your money! They may also use your personal information to steal your identity and open bogus credit card and loan accounts in your name. Be smart. Check things out before sharing your information! Learn more about making smart financial decisions from Financial Readiness program counselors. Schedule an appointment with an FRP counselor at

Car-Buying Workshop

Thursday, March 30


Gold Star Spouse’s Day

Saturday, April 1


Grow! Parenting for 5–8 year olds

Mondays, April 3–May 1


123 Magic

Tuesdays, April 4–25


Launching Hope

Tue/Thu, April 4–18


ScreamFree Marriage

Tue/Thu, April 4–20


Mission Resource Expo

Tuesday, April 4


Money & Divorce

Tuesday, April 4


Money & Marriage

Tuesday, April 4



Mon/Wed, April 5–May 1


AFFTB Concept Block: Don’t Forget About You

Wednesdays, April 5 & 12


Financially Fit

Wednesday, April 5


Military Caregiver PEER Forum

Wednesday, April 5


Understanding AER Policies & Procedures

Wednesday, April 5


Basics of Investing

Thursday, April 6


Child Abuse Prevention Month — Awareness event during Kids Fest

Thursday, April 6

Debt Management

Thursday, April 6


Interview-Ready Workshop

Thursday, April 6


VMIS Organization POC Training

Thursday, April 6


Volunteer Orientation Training

Thursday, April 6


International Spouse Cooking Demo

Tuesday, April 7


Insurance Basics

Wednesday, April 12


JBLM Community Update

Wednesday, April 12


Military Knowledge Class

April 13 & 14


Financial Life Cycles

Thursday, April 13


Résumé 101

Thursday, April 13


Beware, Scam Alert!


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


focus | libraries

Storytime events, parties & book read to win

Check out books for chance to win

for a fun, creative program called

in what happens at McChord Library.

Color, Line & Storytime! Join art

The Teen Advisory Committee is a motivated and dedicated group that discusses everything from books to events and programs. The next Teen Advisory Committee meeting is Wednesday, March 1 at 4 p.m. For more information, call 253-982-3454.

teacher extraordinaire Lilly Sherwood

Prereaders, early readers and chapter

March 1 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The

readers, stop by Book Patch Library this

program offers hands-on instruction

month! Check out books to be entered

designed to explore color, line, shape,

into a weekly drawing. Prereaders and

texture and pattern to encourage self-

early readers must check out 10 books

expression and creativity. Registration

or more; chapter readers must check out

is not required. While this event is usu-

three books or more. Two winners will be

ally held on the first Wednesday of the

notified every Friday. For more informa-

month, next month’s event is April 26.

tion, call 253-967-5533.

For details, call 253-967-5533.

get creative at book calling all teens to mcchord library patch library Color, Line & Storytime event is hands-on & fun!

Join Teen Advisory Committee

You’re invited to Book Patch Library

looking for teens who want a voice

The Teen Advisory Committee is

happy birthday, dr seuss

You would not, should not miss a party like this! We’re having a party, that’s truer than true. We want to celebrate and party with you! You would not, could not, should not miss, a Seussical birthday party quite like this! March is the month, the

At your fingertips—civilian doctors for active duty families. By US Family Health Plan. USFHP, a TRICARE Prime® option, partners with high-quality medical groups in your area to give military families more healthcare choices. • Find doctors near your home for every member of your family—children and adults • Get a same-day appointment for urgent care • Choose from a wide network of civilian doctors and clinics • Go to civilian hospitals whenever your family needs hospital care, including surgery and childbirth • Choose from a wide network of civilian doctors off-post It’s easy to sign up—and get access right away to civilian doctors close to home.

Call 1 (866) 418-7346 or visit today!

TRICARE is a registered trademark of the Department of Defense. Defense Health Agency. All rights reserved.


To find a doctor that ‘s right for you visit and click on “Find a primary care provider”.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus March 2017

clubs bring fun to JBLM libraries 2nd is the date, from 4–5 p.m., we will celebrate! We will have storytime, snacks and a game or two. The only ingredient missing is YOU! Ages 3 and older are invited to attend so come to party and bring a friend! For more information, call 253-982-3454.

lego club

Building-block fun at McChord Library McChord Library hosts Lego Club the first Friday of every month at 4 p.m. Bring your youngsters to create and build to their hearts’ content! The next workshop is March 3. The library provides the Lego bricks and your children provide the imagination. To reserve your space (space is limited), visit the library’s “Calendar of Events” page at or call 253-982-3454.

yoga storytime Get fit with literature

You’re invited to Book Patch Library Wednesday, March 8 for yoga storytime at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required. This monthly event is brought to you by WarriorOne LewisMcChord! For additional information, call 253-967-5533.

‘novel navigators’

Join McChord Library’s book club Come to McChord Library Wednesday, March 8 to discuss “When I’m Gone” by Emily Bleeker. “Novel Navigators,” the book discussion group for adults, meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Register in person to receive a copy (limited number available). For additional information, call 253-982-3454.

JBLM Public Affairs

nutrition storytime

and tastes with crafts as books come

Come hear the story of “Strega Nona” by Tomie dePaola and her magical pasta pot, along with other books that feature something from the wonderful world of foods. After the stories, get crafty making a pasta bracelet, necklace or collage. Storytime provided by the MAMC Nutrition Care Division. Join us at McChord Library, Thursday, March 9 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and at Book Patch Library, Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

‘craft, create & conversate’

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with the libraries

sensory storytime

Interactive storybook fun at Book Patch Library Book Patch Library, together with Child & Youth Services program SKIESUnlimited, offers sensory-friendly storytime Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. Explore sights, sounds, smells

alive through song, dance and music. For details, call 253-967-5533.

Join Book Patch’s Girls Club You’re invited to Craft, Create and Conversate at Book Patch Library’s Girls Club. For ages 8–15, the club meets Friday, March 17, 6–7:30 p.m. This month’s theme is “Instead of Crochet, Let’s Macrame... A Beautiful Gem Necklace.” No registration is required. Call 253-967-5533 for details. For more information on the WWI book club and a complete list of titles for the series, turn to page 30.

• 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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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus March 2017

Patti Jeffrey

Learning about the war that changed the world JBLM libraries invite the community to attend a new book club marking the 100th year of our involvement in World War I, part of JBLM Centennial events this year by Patti Jeffrey


he world we know was shaped through a major world reordering — a “war to end all wars”— that shook human powers to their cores. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. involvement in World War I, plus the establishment of Camp Lewis. The American Expeditionary Forces, formed in 1917 in Europe in the midst of WWI, represents the beginnings of the 21st-century Army. Libraries and institutions across the U.S. are marking the centennial of our involvement in WWI through a number of events. JBLM libraries, along with other Army DOD libraries, are forming book clubs to discuss and remember this especially crucial time in our history. The Army Library Program has chosen a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles to read and discuss. Starting this month, McChord and Grandstaff libraries are hosting quarterly “brown bag” lunchtime meetings for the next 18 months. McChord Library technician Ashley Littleton, who runs the current book club, says, “With the new book club, we’ll be learning why we entered the war, stories about nursing the injured, about brothers-in-arms, about the effects of war on veterans, stories that give you a more comprehensive view of how battles were fought and won and how the war shaped us as a nation.” Featured books explore how WWI was

started, why Europe went to war, the draft, why the U.S. went to war, famous battles, the public’s response with food rationing and Victory Gardens, propaganda, modern warfare technology, chemical warfare, internment camps, war reporting, treaties, isolationism, the Armistice and how the war shaped countries and reordered the world. Each quarter’s featured book will be available for check-out as an e-book or as limited print books, available at the reception desk for book club participants. “People come to book clubs to learn about stories and traditions,” Littleton says. “Sometimes those traditions are baffling to the younger generation who don’t know how blessed we are by modern technology. We forget how far technology has come since WWI, even though the U.S. military had the most advanced technology of its kind back then. But Soldiers didn’t have contact with Families back home like we do now. They had to rely only on overseas letters to stay in touch with Families, and the world seemed a much bigger place. Those who fought developed special kinships that lasted throughout their lives because they had to rely on each other for survival in the trenches.” Littleton expresses hope that a variety of ages, from veterans to young spouses, will take part in the new book club. “We’re all equal here at book club,” she says, “and every person’s viewpoint is as valuable as the next. We all leave with

more understanding and appreciation than when we came in.” The WWI book club is open to all adults, including retirees and veterans. No registration is required. The book club meets at noon, so feel free to bring your lunch with you. Here’s the schedule: • “The Sleepwalkers” by Christopher Clark Tuesday, March 21 at McChord and Wednesday, March 22 at Grandstaff. • “A Sailor of Austria” by John Biggins at McChord Tuesday, May 16. • “Regeneration” by Pat Barker at McChord Tuesday Aug. 15. • “Daughters of Mars” by Thomas Keneally at Grandstaff Tuesday, Nov. 7. • “Storm of Steel” by Ernst Jünger at McChord Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. • “The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East” by Eugene Rogan at Grandstaff Tuesday, May 8, 2018. • “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne” by Douglas V. Mastriano at McChord Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. • “Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour” by Joseph E. Persico at Grandstaff Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. • “Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World” by Margaret MacMillan at McChord Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 and at Grandstaff Wednesday, Dec. 12. For more information, call Grandstaff Library at 253-967-5889 or McChord Library at 253-982-3454.

Ashley Littleton at McChord Library is leading the new WWI book club, along with Kristin Ferguson at Grandstaff Library. Featured are several book club choices. As part of her first display, Littleton is stringing 673 red poppy cut-outs together to hang in McChord Library. Each poppy represents 75,000 military and civilian lives lost during WWI. Look for more WWI-themed displays throughout the next 18 months.


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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for March 2017

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for March 2017