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6 Celebrate events deliciously! From Cinco de Mayo specials to Mother’s Day Brunch, we’ve got you covered!

fun 10 Have a blast at JBLM May is crammed full of special events for you to come out and enjoy at JBLM!

feature 14 Set out on new adventures


Have a craving for a new adventure but don’t know where to start? Let ODR help!

adventures 16 Enjoy the outdoors this spring Want more adventure in your life? Try a basic scuba course to get your certification, hunter education, whitewater rafting and more.

18 Get great deals



Come on out to the NAC’s Open House & Sidewalk Sale to see what’s new!

sports, fitness & aquatics 22 Enter the Mud Run & register for sports


Have a muddy good time at the annual Mud Run and sign up for open league volleyball and basketball.

youth 26 May brings out the fun JBLM youth have lots of sports, dance, karate and more to keep them active and motivated. Also see who won Washington Military Youth of the Year!

military & Family readiness 28 Engage, learn and thrive with classes, workshops & more

16 Photos: Patti Jeffrey (6), Lional Kam (10 ), Ingrid Barrentine/Northwest Guardian (18) and JBLM PAO (16)

FROM THE COVER Saluting 100 years

Cover photo by Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian

The annual Armed Forces Day celebration is Saturday, May 20 at Cowan and Memorial stadiums. Join us to celebrate 100 years and check out “living military history,” battle reenactments, entertainment, fair food and more. See details on page 9.

Find a job, become acclimated to the military, enter a mascot design contest, voice your opinion to improve JBLM and much more with free classes and events.

libraries 32 Free events for everyone Your base libraries offer free events all month — from StoryWalk® and Lego Club to adults book clubs and meeting children’s’ book author Bonny Becker.


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A salute to 100 years of Camp Lewis at Armed Forces Day


This month is home to Armed Forces Day, a day JBLM’s patriotism shines bright.

Director, Family & MWR William E. Harvey

At Family & MWR, we strive to provide fun activities, special events, child care and

Creative director

more for Service members and their Families. While you serve your country, we’re on

Promotions director

the homefront doing our best to provide top-quality morale, welfare and recreation

Editor & graphic designer

opportunities — after all, it’s in our name.

Writer/graphic designer

You may have noticed the Camp Lewis Centennial logo in our magazine (above) and online. Later this year, Camp Lewis — later renamed Fort Lewis and now Joint Base Lewis-McChord — is celebrating 100 years of preserving freedom from the Pacific Northwest. With Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 20, you’ll have an opportunity to see “living military history” with reenactor groups representing military eras of the past and current JBLM unit displays with today’s military vehicles and weapons. Join us at Cowan and Memorial stadiums from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. For event details, visit Join us online — click on “Social Media” at to find the facility and program pages that interest you. We’ll keep you up to date on events and more. And, as always, customer feedback is a valuable tool that helps us provide top-rate service and programs for the JBLM community. Share your thoughts at

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

Toby Bartley Kelly Wetzel Kimberly Rowe Patti Jeffrey

Contributors Jackie Kelly and Joycelyn Key Contributing photographers Ingrid Barrentine, Scott Hansen, Patti Jeffrey, Lional Kam, JBLM PAO, Marketing staff and Outdoor Recreation program 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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• “May the Fourth” specials include Yoda Soda — 16 ounces of apple or blue raspberry for $2, Vader Tators with cheese, bacon and onions for $6 and Jar Jar Links, spicy or mild, for

From enjoying a brew and appetizer with friends to bringing the Family to Mother’s Day Brunch, we’ve got you covered!

$3.50; add cheese and onions for an extra dollar. • At UFC 211 Saturday, May 13, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, get a chicken satay meal fresh off the grill for $8.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us Choose your hangout for Cinco de Mayo specials and fun No matter where you are at JBLM, come out to party with us Friday, May 5: • The Warrior Zone at Lewis North offers dinner on the patio starting at 8 p.m. — a freshly grilled carne asada meal for $11 includes steak, drunken beans and Spanish rice. Order three chicken or beef street tacos for $5, three chicken taquitos for $4 or chips and salsa for $3. (Also take salsa and bachata dance lessons from 7–8!) • Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM offers chips and salsa and margarita specials starting at 4 p.m. • Enjoy food and drink specials at the McChord Pub from 4–10 p.m. inside the Club at McChord Field. • Habañero Mexican Grill is also celebrating with food and beverage specials from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Check out under dining for locations.

Mother’s Day treat Take Mom out to tasty brunch Does Mom have a lot on her plate? Let us dish up something she’ll really Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Morgan and Staff Sgt. Heather Hart enjoy friends at Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM, with cold brews and Sam Adams’ new Classic Wings, plus carrots, celery and dip.

like at the annual Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 14 at the Club at McChord Field. The menu includes breakfast omelets, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, waffles and hash browns; main course prime rib, chicken, salmon, red potatoes, vegetables and salads; plus cheese and fruit displays, a cold seafood display and assorted pastries and desserts. Champagne and wine are available for purchase. Seating is at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The cost is $28.95 for ages 13 and older, $14.95 for ages 4–12, and free for ages 3 and younger. Club members receive a $2 discount. Reservations are required; save your seats now by calling 253-982-5581. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

The meal includes two skewers, rice and cucumber salad. Also order two chicken satays for $3, three deep-fried spring rolls for $3.50, beef or chickenfried rice for $4, stir-fried veggies for $2 and chow mein noodles for $3. • Wednesdays at poker night, try macho nachos for $6, jalapeño poppers for $6.50 and loaded fries for $4.50. • Bingo night specials include a chicken or beef taco quesadilla for $8, queso dip and chips for $4 and a taco pizza for $8. A purchase of $5 or more of food and beverages gets you more bingo cards. • Take the stage on Open Mic/Karaoke Night and get $1 off a $5 or more food or drink purchase. The Zone is on the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-477-5835.

Order tasty May specials Habañero serves up tortas Come out to Habañero Mexican Grill weekdays and order a torta beef, chicken or pork sandwich special, served Mondays and Wednesdays! During May, buy one and get the second torta half-off! Habañero is at Whispering Firs Golf Course, 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. Questions? Call 253-982-4035.

Club member perks Celebrate being a member Join the Club at McChord Field and enjoy monthly freebies and perks. (Pick up an application from the Club office and become a member this month!) Drop by Wednesday, May 31, 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. for a free member appreciation luncheon. Bring a Family member or guest and they pay only $5. Club-member bingo is each Friday.

The Zone has your tastes in mind

Cards go on sale at 5 p.m.; the first game

Looking for fun with your food? The Zone inside the Warrior Zone is preparing your favorites this month:

starts at 5:30. The cover-all game starts at 6 for a chance to win $850–$1,195! Questions? Call 253-982-5581.


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Celebrating the

JBLM Centennial

A salute to 100 years

SATURDAY, MAY 20 • 10AM–6PM COWAN & MEMORIAL STADIUMS Free aDmission • KiDs’ Activities • Military Displays • Historical Reenactments • Fair FooD • Roving Entertainment • Volksmarch • Petting Zoo • Bounce Houses • Carnival Open to the public! Take I-5, Exit 119

Scott Hansen No federal endorsement of sponsors implied

Armed Forces Bank


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Lional Kam

Attend Mother-Son Dance Enjoy a fun-filled evening at the Club at McChord Field’s annual Mother-Son Dance Friday, May 5 from 6–9 with deejay music, fun and dancing, plus appetizers, punch and free photos. Reservations are required; the cost is $20 per couple and $8 per additional son. Dress is semi-formal. No walk-ins allowed at the door. Call 253-982-5581 for reservations. Payment is required prior to the event.

Bowl Arena Lanes is located at Lewis Main, 2272 Liggett Ave. For more information, call 253-967-4661.

Enjoy Armed Forces Day Experience the 2017 Centennial Armed Forces Day activities at Lewis Main Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. at Cowan and Memorial stadiums. See military equipment, encampments and displays from ancient Romans through WWII, and enjoy carnival

Enjoy Nine, Wine & Dine

rides, roving entertainers, a volksmarch,

Sign up for a fun golf evening of wine sampling, nine-hole golf and dinner at Whispering Firs Golf Course Thursday, May 11 from 5–10 p.m. Pay $90 per couple for your green fees, cart, dinner and wine sampling (for ages 21 and older). Advance registration is required; call 253-982-2124. Whispering Firs is at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field.

plus your favorite fair foods and vendor

Enter Bowl Arena Lanes’ no-tap team tournaments Have fun competing with other teams at Bowl Arena Lanes’ doubles no-tap team tourneys Saturdays, May 20 and June 10. Check in at noon; play begins at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per twoperson team. Pictured left: You’ll meet some crazy characters at Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 20 at Cowan and Memorial stadiums. Everyone’s invited to the free event from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. For complete details, visit

giveaways. The day’s events are open to the general public; use I-5 Exit 119 for entrance. DOD ID cardholders can use any open gate. Visit for the complete schedule.

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 Friday, May 26 from 6–8:30 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center (please arrive 15

Spring hours for bowling centers JBLM bowling centers are now operating on spring/summer hours. Bowl Arena Lanes is open Sunday from 1–7 p.m., Monday–Thursday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. For more

minutes prior to start time). Beginners can ask for instruction and examples of completed paintings will be on display. Art supplies, light appetizers and your first glass of wine are included in the cost. Seating is limited, prepayment is required and you must be age 21 or older to attend. For reservations and payment, call 253-982-6726/6718. The cost is $30 per person. Nelson Rec is at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main.

Outdoor water play open Shoreline Park, Summer Cove and the spray park are opening Memorial Day weekend! The Russell Landing Marina is already open for boat and kayak rentals and fishing. The spray park is located at Freedom Park (across from Bowl Arena Lanes on Liggett Avenue). Shoreline Park and beach, Summer Cove and the marina are all located at Lewis North. Find details at JBLMmwr. com under Community Updates. Continued on page 12.

information, call 253-967-4661. Sounders Lanes’ hours are Tuesday– Thursday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. and Saturday from noon– 9 p.m. Sounders Lanes is closed Sunday and Monday. Call 253-982-5954 for more details.


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Enter May golf tourneys Improve your competitive play with fun tourneys at JBLM golf courses. Both Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs have tourneys and events lined up for you: • 59th Annual Ft. Lewis Amateur is May 6–7 at Eagles Pride. Format is individual stroke play. The cost is $145. • Nine, wine and dine Thursday, May 11 at Whispering Firs’ couples event. For $90 per couple, receive your green fees, cart, dinner and wine sampling. Call the pro shop for more information. • Brand-new J & M Classic is Friday, May 19 at Whispering Firs that includes a barbecue, cart, nine holes and prizes. The two-person, three-club scramble tees off at 5 p.m. Enter by Friday, May 12 for $50 per person. • CG Golf Scramble at Whispering Firs Thursday, May 25 with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The four-person scramble costs $35 per person (includes cart).

For entry details, call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124.

Have fun & save with golf specials Both JBLM golf courses — Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs — celebrate you with special rates on upcoming holidays and weekdays: • Moms receive free green fees on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14. Mothers with advanced green fees receive a free power cart rental. • On Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 20, all active duty military Service members receive twilight green fees all day. Also enter an allday Skins Game and KP Contest for $10 per player (excludes tournament play). • Mother’s Day and Memorial Day pro shop sales offer you great savings on in-stock items. May 12–14, all women’s equipment and apparel is on sale. Select items are on sale May 26–29. • The new $18 green fee walking rate is

available Monday–Friday, from golf course opening–7:30 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Specials cannot be combined with other specials or used for tournaments or outings. For more details, call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124.

Enjoy fresh talent at Open Mic & Karaoke Nights at the WZ Celebrate Open Mic and Karaoke Night at the Warrior Zone the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Entertain your friends on stage with music, comedy or the spoken word and come back for more! Also purchase food and drink specials (see page 7). The WZ is open to ages 18 and older. Call 253-477-5756 for additional information. The WZ is located on the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North.

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Specialist Justin Cepeda performs an acoustic song at Open Mic Night at Warrior Zone at Lewis North.

It’s also the only place at JBLM for a sitdown dinner with a tasty menu and 16 brews on tap. Come out for: • Bingo from 7–9 p.m. Wednesdays, May 3 and 17. • Bunco from 6–10 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Buy-in is $10. • Trivia Night with prizes from 7–9 p.m. Friday, May 12. • Free karaoke from 6–10 p.m. Saturday, May 20. • Toss-up Tuesdays from 4–10 p.m. Guess correctly on a coin toss to win $1 off your first drink. Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. Questions? Call 253-964-2012 or visit samueladams for additional information.

ite drinks. Hours are 4–9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and UTA Saturdays (May 6). The pub is inside the Club at McChord

The Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field. For descriptions of other classes, visit

Field, 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Create a unique gift for Mom Mother’s Day is this month! Did you

Arts & Crafts Center Clip ‘n Save Coupons

know that your Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field can special-order gifts and awards? If you don’t see what you like at the gift store, ask to see a catalog of special-order items. Most arrive the next business day at no extra shipping cost.

Free Zentangle 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 May 1–31, 2017.

Also save on Zentangle and pictureframing classes when you bring in the coupons. You’re invited to sign up your kiddos

McChord Pub offers relaxation

for a special Mother’s Day Kids’ Craft

Stop in the McChord Pub to relax after work. Enjoy programs on four overhead TVs and music channels, and challenge your friends to a game of darts or poker. Order appetizers,

Friday, May 12 from 3:30–5 p.m. Create

chili and hearty sandwiches from the

engraving and sales store. For the frame

pub menu to go along with your favor-

shop, call 253-982-6718.

a Mother’s Day card for only $2 per child. Students must preregister and prepay.

Free Picture-Framing 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 May 1–31, 2017.

Call 253-982-6723 for the embroidery,

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


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ave a craving for new adventure but don’t know where to start? Let the experts at the Outdoor Recreation Program help find you new ways to explore the world both near and far!

In the past few years, the ODR program has intentionally pushed the limits to new horizons on outdoor exploration and fun for just about every age, skill level and interest. The program planners keep their ears open to customer input for new trips, which keeps the program both relevant and current for the JBLM community. They even plan custom trips for groups within the customer’s budget. “If a group wants to plan a trip with us, we can find the best and least expensive ways to make it totally enjoyable,” says Kaweka Stoney, program guide. Within the past year or two, the program has begun to offer international travel for mountain climbing, photography, skiing, outdoor yoga and adventure in other countries. The ODR staff takes care of all the logistics for the trips and helps each participant know how to prepare for their international adventure. “We offer lower prices for these trips than what you’d find elsewhere,” Photos: MWR & ODR staff


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says Kaweka. “We take our own equipment and make folks aware of the option of military flights, which are a lot less expensive than commercial flights.”

Specialty trips introduce beginners to outdoor activities If you haven’t been exposed to a particular type of outdoor activity, such as rock climbing, scuba diving or kayaking, the ODR staff can teach you the basics and help you step up to the next level, if you wish. “Bella Donna” trips designed just for women allow new friendships to develop in a relaxing and therapeutic atmosphere, such as backcountry skiing, outdoor yoga, paddleboarding and river adventures. Take up rock climbing or alpine climbing with the experts, who will work with you to gradually improve your skill level all the way to the summit. Try your hand at fishing on a lake at JBLM. Get fishing tips from the folks at the Northwest Adventure Center or Russell Landing Marina while you rent gear and watercraft. Learn how to hunt at JBLM. The next hunter safety courses at the Recreational Shotgun Shooting Complex meet daily May 15–19 and June 12–16. Classes fill fast — register for a May class at https://

Get up-close and personal encounters on the waters of Puget Sound with kayaking and scuba. Kayak trips are wildly popular during the warm months and are planned with beginners in mind. Each trip takes advantage of the tides so you can easily paddle to popular spots around the local waters. Scuba classes begin in an indoor pool to familiarize you with equipment and help you become comfortable learning and performing tasks underwater. Only when you master the tasks you learn in the pool will you be introduced to open water. After you pass skills tests on open water, you’ll be guided on an underwater tour that will introduce you to all the beautiful wildlife that exists below. Learn how to ride an ATV with the ATV RiderCourse™, a program designed by the ATV Safety Institute. The course provides a fast-paced, half-day handson training session which includes ride inspection, starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding and more. You’ll also learn about protective gear, local regulations, places to ride and environmental concerns. The Adventures section starting on page 16 offers even more ideas for new experiences. For trip information, call the Northwest Adventure Center at 253-967-6263.

Customer comments about ODR trips Customers regularly leave comments on the Interactive Customer Evaluation website run by the DOD at Here are several recent comments: “The new mountaineering program is incredible. The new staff is overflowing with useful information and their ability to answer even the most naive questions in such a respectable way is evidence of their professionalism.” “I took the Basic Mountaineering Course… Safety and education are clearly very important to John and the rest of the staff.” “I have always wanted to learn to kayak. The [basic kayaking course] was very well run… They were supportive and encouraging for all the students and did an excellent job of teaching us basic skills! “My wife and I both recently participated in the four-day San Juan kayak trip… We both had a phenomenal time and were extremely impressed by our guide’s competence, knowledge and expertise. It was quite obvious that every aspect of the trip was meticulously planned and considered.”


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Head to the water with JBLM Go on a wild whitewater adventure with expert guides By Patti Jeffrey

While scuba dives are a tourist attraction in the tropics, they’re also a main part of Pacific Northwest culture. Puget Sound waters are rated among the best for dives in the United States. If you’re intrigued to see what’s below, you have exclusive access to a unique scuba dive school right here at JBLM. Consistently receiving a five-star rating from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the Northwest Adventure Center is the only scuba dive center that belongs to the Department of Defense. Read more about the PADI philosophy at right. Classes cost about a third of what the rest of the region has to offer in scuba dive training, and the dive center only takes ID cardholders as students. Scuba classes are so popular at the dive center that they typically fill up months in advance; more than 400 students a year are certified.

Waiting to exhale? In the beginner-level course, scuba instructors teach classroom basics to students, then let the students get used to scuba equipment in an indoor pool. “The impulse is to hold your breath when you submerge for the first time,” says Israel Ortiz, scuba program manager. “We help you overcome that urge and teach you to relax and get used to breathing easily underwater.” After students complete the week-long evening classes, they are introduced to the Puget Sound on four dives over a


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Outdoor Recreation and head to Russell Landing Marina

weekend. In the 10- to 20-foot dives, an instructor takes the students to see underwater life, such as bottom fish, eels, starfish, sea anemones, octopi and harbor seals. “They get really excited to be out in the Puget Sound,” Ortiz says. Once students pass dive certification, they can take their certification anywhere in the world throughout their lives. Certified students also have the opportunity to participate in weekly social dives, boat dives or dive trips. One bit of advice from Ortiz: If you find that you like regular diving — twice a month or more — try to take the rescue diving course to be more confident when diving in different scuba groups.

PADI divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted. Education: Under the guidance of your professional PADI Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills. PADI Instructors are trained and held to diving’s highest standards, backed up by a solid, proactive quality management system. Performance-Based Learning: You progress at your own pace as you demonstrate mastery of specific performance requirements. Educational Materials: Credentialed instructional designers use state-of-the-art technology and learning theories to create PADI materials with you, the student diver, in mind. Independent study materials, available in a variety of media allow you to learn in a way that works for you. Educational Standards: All PADI programs, from entry-level through instructor training, fall under strict educational standards monitored worldwide for consistency and quality. Continuing Diver Education: The fun and enjoyment of being a confident scuba diver is fueled by continuing to improve your scuba skills. Each PADI course builds on the previous one, teaching you skills and techniques when you’re ready to learn them. PADI specialty courses let you explore specific dive interests. Professional-level courses let you live the scuba diving lifestyle by becoming a divemaster or scuba instructor. College Credit and Vocational Training: You may be able to earn college credit for certain PADI courses, or receive vocational training recognition toward national certificates.

Who can take courses? DOD ID cardholders ages 15 and older can sign up for classes. A maximum of eight students are allowed for each course. Basic open-water classes cost $240, including a book and rental gear. Other classes include deep-water diving (more than 60 ft.), rescue, advanced, navigation, refresher and courses that train students to become master divers and instructors. Divers who wish to hunt underwater (for ling cod or shellfish, for example) need a fishing and/or shellfish license along with their certification. For more information and a class schedule, visit under the Northwest Adventure Center’s Scuba Dive Center, or call 253-967-3405.

Scuba class schedule Open Water




May 1–7

May 25–28

June 27

June 28–July 1

May 8–14

July 27–30

Professional level & specialties as arranged. Cost $240 — Open water, includes book & equipment; Monday–Friday, 6–10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. $250 — Advanced, includes books & equipment $250 — Rescue, includes books & equipment


$150 — Specialties, includes equipment; books sold separately $150 — Refresher $80 — Emergency First Response $75 — Discover local area dive, equipment rental is extra Call — Professional-level training Activities Bandito Boat Dives as announced: one tank, $45; two tanks, $80 Dive trips per interest & availability


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Your outdoor adventure & equ

Adventures Unlimited & Northwest Adventure Center ha

THE OPEN HOUSE & SIDEWALK SALE at the Northwest Adventure Center is Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. Bring the entire Family for free fun activities, a sidewalk sale and a sneak peek at the store remodel. Activities include a giant inflatable dart board, a bird watch by the water and making paw prints with plaster. As we transition new equipment rentals into the program, some used rental equipment will be for sale (boats, trailers, ATVs and more). Plus, some awesome new store items will be available for sale, including spring apparel from The North Face and KUHL and Osprey backpacks. Check out the yard sale for great deals! If you have items to sell in the sidewalk sale, secure your spot early for $12 per table by calling 253-967-8282.

Photo by Ingrid Barrentine/Northwest Guardian

Hunter education

Russell Landing Marina and the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North.

comfortable no matter what the conditions. Our team of river guides is now

Stay tuned for information on upcom-

seven strong. With four of us certified

ing fishing clinics. The marina is located

in swift-water rescue, you have no need

hunter safety education May 15–19 and

at 8981 American Lake Ave. The NAC is

to worry on your river adventure. With

June 12–16. Students must be able to par-

located at 8050 NCO Beach Rd. For hours,

more than 4,000 hours on the river

ticipate in class discussion, read, write

call 253-967-2510. Fishing licenses may be

combined, our goal is to take you on

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 details, call 253-967-7056.

purchased at the marina or at the NAC.

the adventure of a lifetime while pro-

Take required hunter safety class The Shotgun Shooting Complex hosts

Fishing BAIT & tackle

Heading to American Lake to fish? Need fishing bait or tackle? Head to


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viding the safest experience possible.

wild whitewater

Sign up today for a whitewater rafting adventure Don’t be concerned about cold water

With all of our rivers, we can run private adventures that suit the needs of your Family, friends, unit or special event. If you have any questions about the scheduled river adventures or

— we just acquired fleece-lined NRS

private river adventures designed to fit

wetsuits. We also have a selection of

your needs, email JBLMadventuretrips@

fleece-lined wetsuit jackets so you can be

uipment rental headquarters

as everything you need for spring & summer recreation

equipment rentals

Everything you need to get out & experience the beautiful Pacific Northwest

McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited Camping Accessories


Whether you want to get out on the water or the open road, the JBLM Outdoor Recreation program is your adventure headquarters. Both Adventures Unlimited at McChord Field and the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North have all the equipment rentals you need for spring and summer. Rent travel trailers, camping equipment (both car and backpacking), stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, fishing boats and speed boats. Russell Landing Marina has water equipment rentals, including pontoons. Plus, check out the sales store at Adventures Unlimited. From now through Saturday, May 13, all merchandise at Adventures Unlimited is 15 percent off. At the annual Open House, don’t miss the sidewalk sale with lots of last season’s gear available for purchase. For more about the annual Open House, see left.

Includes sleeping pads and sleeping bags, cook kits and backpacks.


Camping Tents Backpack Tent (2–person)


Backpack Tent (3–person)


Dome Tent (2–3 person)


Dome Tent (3–4 person)


Dome Tent (4–5 person)


Dome Tent (6–person)


Campers, Trailers & Services• 16’ Amerilite Travel Trailer


Self-Contained Camper Trailers (19’ & 22’)


Pop-Up Camper*


Utility Trailer (open 5x8)*


Enclosed Utility Trailer (6x10)*


Enclosed Utility Trailer (6x12)*


Enclosed Utility Trailer (7x14)*


Generator 3550 watt


*Towing equipment not provided with the trailer. Towing equipment can be rented: Stinger & Ball is $5/day flat rate. Adapters are $2/day flat rate. Boats with Motors 18’ Hewescraft Sportsman w/115 HP


17’ Lund ProSport w/115 HP


16’ Lund w/25 HP


Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis Main

15’ Skiff w/25 HP


Camping Equipment

14.5’ Alumacraft w/25 HP


Backpack, internal/external


6 HP Outboard Motor


Camp stove, two-burner*


9.9 HP Outboard Motor


Folding cot


Ice chest, 48-qt


All motorboats come with trailer and required safety equipment; PFDs, distress signals, fire extinguishers, oar, and a fuel cell as is.

Ice chest, 72-qt.


Ice chest, 164-qt.


Lantern, battery


Foam sleeping pad


Picnic jug, 5-gal.


Space heater, catalytic/cooker


Tent, four-person


Tent, six-person



Prices subject to change without notice. Additional equipment available for rent. For a complete list, visit or Northwest Adventure Center at 8050 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North. For details, call 253-967-8282.

Boats without Motors Necky Kayak


Nantucket Kayak


Sit-on-Top Kayak


Kayak Double Person


Canoe (14’ & 16’)


Kayak/Canoe Trailer


12’ Rowboat (car top)


Fishing Equipment and Aquatic Sports Equipment & Accessories are also available for rent. Prices subject to change without notice. For a complete equipment rental list, visit or Adventures Unlimited at 739 Battery Rd. at McChord Field. For details, call 253-982-2206.


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annual Mud Run

Meet Big Al at Soldiers Field House

Alan Johnson, also known as “Big Al,” is dubbed the smiling face of Soldiers Field House, coming to work with a pep in his step and a smile on his face every day. Serving the JBLM community for more than 30 years, he’s an instrumental part of the Family & MWR team. Al started his career at the MWR Recycling Center in 1986. “Working on the installation is the best,” states Johnson. “I love working with the Soldiers, talking to the retirees and making everyone proud of the work I do.” The enthusiasm Al had when he first stepped on the job hasn’t changed over the decades. He’s known as a team player who’s quick to roll up his sleeves and lend a helping hand. “Big Al is an instrumental asset to our facility,” states Gregory Hopper, Soldiers Field House Assistant Manager. “Beyond the work he performs around the facility, he brings a smile to everyone’s face with his happy demeanor and great attitude.” It’s rare to find someone who loves their job as much as Al, and he plans on working for Family & MWR for many years to come. “Being able to work on JBLM and coming to work every day is the best feeling,” says Johnson. Next time you’re at Soldiers Field House, look for the smiling face and say hello to Big Al.

Plus, Commander’s Cup sports, open sports and other great events

Down & Dirty Mud Run Register now for the annual muddy race

The 2017 5K Mud Run is Saturday, May 13 at Soldiers Field House. Be ready to get covered in mud in one of three heats — 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Register at by Tuesday, May 2 at 11:59 p.m. for the best pricing and to guarantee a race T-shirt in your requested size. Late registration ends Wednesday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. (T-shirt size is not guaranteed), and there is day-of-race sign-up. See chart below for details. Race-day packet pick-up starts at 7 a.m. Those 14 and younger must run with an adult. For more information, visit or call Intramural Sports Office at 253-967-4768.

Triple Threat Triathlon Series Compete in three local sprint triathlons

The Triple Threat Series is back! Register today at for all three sprint triathlons. Space is limited to the first 200. The three races are: • Black Hills Triathlon Sunday, June 25. • Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon Saturday, July 8. • Pacific Pathways Triathlon Saturday, Aug. 19 at JBLM. Upon completion of all three triathlons, Triple Threat participants will be entered into a grand prize drawing, as

well as receive a Triple Threat Series medal. Triathletes also receive T-shirts and finisher’s medals at each triathlon. For more information on the August JBLM triathlon, visit

Open Volleyball

Volleyball season starts soon The coach’s meeting for open volleyball is Wednesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center. The season begins Saturday, June 17 and runs through the league tournament Saturday, July 29. Sign up at the meeting for $300 per team. Players without teams are encouraged to attend the meeting for team placement. All JBLM community ID cardholders at least 18 years old are invited to play open volleyball. Nelson Recreation Center is located at Lewis Main, 3168 2nd Division Dr. For additional information, visit JBLMmwr. com/intramural or call 253-967-4768.

Open Basketball Register now for hoops

If you’re interested in playing basketball, sign up at the coach’s meeting Wednesday, May 17 at Nelson Continued on the next page.

2017 5K Mud Run registration & pricing

Early registration (until Tuesday, May 2, 11:59 p.m.) T-shirt size guaranteed

Late registration until Wednesday, May 10, 11:59 p.m.) T-shirt size not guaranteed

Day-of-race registration onsite No T-shirt

5K Military/DOD ID card




5K No DOD ID card





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Continued from the previous page. Recreation Center at 6 p.m. The season runs Saturday, June 17 through the league tournament July 29–30. The cost is $300 per team; players without teams are encouraged to attend the meeting for team placement. Open basketball is open to JBLM community ID cardholders ages 18 and older. Nelson Recreation Center is located at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main. For details, visit or call 253-967-4768.

Commander’s Cup Golf Units register for golf!

The representative meeting for Commander’s Cup Golf is Wednesday, May 24 at Whispering Firs Golf Course at noon. The season begins Monday, June 5 and runs through the Commander’s Cup League Championship Monday,


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Aug. 7. Whispering Firs is located at McChord Field, 895 Lincoln Blvd.

Free fitness classes

Commander’s Cup softball

From bootcamp to Zumba, free classes are offered at McChord Annex, Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center and Wilson and McVeigh sports & fitness centers. For a complete schedule, visit

Sign up for softball season The representative meetings for Commander’s Cup Softball are Wednesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center and Thursday, June 1 at McChord Fitness Center at noon. The season begins Monday, June 12 and runs through the Commander’s Cup League Championship July 31–Aug. 3. Nelson Rec is located at Lewis Main, 3168 2nd Division Dr. McChord Fitness Center is located at 729 5th St. Commander’s Cup sports are open to active duty Service members assigned to JBLM. For details, visit or call Intramural Sports at 253-967-4768.

Getting fit is fun with classes

getting fit with fido

Race with Rocky, Choco & Harley In partnership with Public Health Command Fort Lewis, Sports, Fitness & Aquatics is hosting Getting Fit with Fido Saturday, June 24. The 5K fun run starts at 9 a.m. at the MWR Fest Tent. Pricing and registration are at races. In addition to the run, get helpful information for man’s best friend on rabies awareness and dog bite prevention.


focus | youth

Sports, classes & lots of

fun with CYS

pitch, hit & run

Baseball skills competition is back at JBLM! Pitch, Hit & Run is a free baseball skills competition open to ages 7–14. It’s May 2–3 at Lewis Main and McChord Field ball fields. Focusing on the areas of pitching, hitting and base running, it’s from 5–7 p.m. Registration is on site; be sure to bring your child’s birth certificate for age verification. For additional information, call Youth Sports at 253-967-2405.

‘play to learn’

Fun with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma! The Children’s Museum of Tacoma brings “Play to Learn” fun to Escape Zone and Raindrops & Rainbows Parent and Child Play Center select Wednesdays this spring! The fun is from 10 –11:30 a.m. at Escape Zone, and 1:30 –3 p.m. at Raindrops & Rainbows. Play to Learn is a free program for youth ages 6 and younger and their parents, grandparents, friends, Family and neighbors. Come by for activities, songs and group circle time! Upcoming dates and themes are: • May 3: May Flowers. • May 10: Butterflies. • May 17: A Day at the Beach. Escape Zone is located at McChord Field, 841 Fairway Rd. and Raindrops & Rainbows is located at Lewis North, 8197 American Lake Ave. Stop by for parent-and-me fun today!


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Karate, boxing, yoga & more

SKIESUnlimited offers classes for all ages, opportunity to teach Through the SKIESUnlimited program, youth ages 6 months–18 years can enroll in karate, boxing, yoga, dance and gymnastics. To sign up for May classes, call SKIES at 253-966-3539. Enrollment for June classes runs online through Friday, May 26. Visit for class schedules. Plus, SKIES is looking for contractors to share their passion with JBLM youth. If you’re interested in teaching dance, art, music or more, call 253-966-3539.

game and the importance of teamwork. Enroll now through Saturday, May 20 for flag football and cheerleading. Plus, enrollment opens this month for: • • • • • • • • • •

GFBS Cycling for ages 8–15. SOWA Softball for ages 8–18. SOWA Golf for ages 8–18. Fall Soccer for ages 3–15. The First Tee Golf Camps for ages 7–18. The First Tee Lil’ Drivers Camp for ages 5–6. Parent-Caddy Golf Jamboree for ages 5–18 and parents. GFBS Archery Camps for ages 8–15. Tennis Camp for ages 7–15. Start Smart Camp for ages 3–4. Find prices, details and enrollment at

Babysitting class

Get certified to babysit at JBLM Sign up for the May 18–20 Certified Babysitting Class for teens at Hillside Youth Center. Learn basic care, developmental ages and stages, safety, first aid, CPR and more. The class is for ages 12 and older (you must be at least 13 to babysit). Enrollment is required and teens must be registered with CYS. To reserve your teen’s seat, call 253-967-4441. Hillside is located at 6397 Garcia Blvd., Lewis Main.

YOUTH Sports

Get-active, have-fun options for young athletes Team sports with Child & Youth Services are recreational in nature — JBLM youth will learn the fundamentals of the

save the date

SKIES open house & performance Join SKIESUnlimited Saturday, June 10 for an afternoon of fun! The open house from noon–2 p.m. includes student demonstrations and opportunities to meet instructors, a book giveaway with Book Patch Library, arts and crafts activities and a free hot dog lunch from the USO. Following the open house is a performance of “Once Upon a Time” at Evergreen Theater from 4–6 p.m. Evergreen Theater is located at Lewis Main, 3405 2nd Division Dr. For more information, call 253-966-3539.

/JBLMcys and the Focus magazine for information on summer camp registration!

Congrats to JBLM youth Nyah Hall for earning title of ‘Washington Military Youth of the Year!’ Nyah Hall, member of the Hillside Youth Center and Clover Park High School sophomore, won the title of 2017–2018 Washington State Military Youth of the Year! This summer, she’ll compete to become the Pacific Region Military Youth of the Year with military youth from installations across the Pacific region. “Nyah’s made us all so proud!” says Joycelyn Key from Hillside Youth Center. “She did an incredible job representing JBLM at the Washington state competition, and I have no doubt she will do the same at the regional level.” The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor presented in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. The program honors awe-inspiring young people on the path to great futures and encourages youth to lead, succeed and inspire. “I’m honored to represent Joint Base Lewis-McChord as Washington State’s Military Youth of the Year,” says Nyah, daughter to an active duty Air Force father at McChord Field CYS trainer mother. “My Boys and Girls Club of America-affiliated youth center has been a safe haven for me and other military youth. It’s shaped me into the flamboyant, responsible and confident young women that I am today. My life has been greatly impacted by the wonderful programs offered at Hillside Youth Center such as Smart Girls, Keystone, Money Matters, Power Hour and Career Launch. I know that I have the skills necessary to have a successful life.” Before being awarded the title, Nyah spent two days in Seattle participating in exciting activities, getting to know her fellow Washington state YOYs and preparing for the competition. She also traveled to Olympia to meet Governor Jay Inslee and other legislative officials in Olympia, met Bobby Wagner at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center and went to the Space Needle for speech practice. Nyah and the other youth candidates for Washington Youth of the Year met the judges — representatives from Google, Qualcomm, KeyBank, local business professionals and BGCA alumni — before giving speeches and completing four 15-minute interviews. After being judged on essays, speech performance, interviews and overall quality of their application, Nyah was announced as the Washington State’s Military Youth of the Year! “From the first day I met Nyah five years ago, I knew there was something special about her,” Joycelyn says. “She just radiates positivity and has a charming personality and a very infectious laugh. She’s always helpful, acts as a role model for her peers and is an all-around amazing youth. It’s been such a joy watching Nyah transform from a shy, giggly girl to a confident, poised young woman.” We’re extremely proud of Nyah’s accomplishments and can’t wait for her to represent JBLM and Washington’s other military installations at regionals! About Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington The Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington exist to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. It focuses on five core program areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts and sports/fitness/recreation. Currently, more than 75,000 Washington state youth in grades K–12 are served through annual membership and more than 63,000 youth through community outreach. There are programs currently offered at 144 separate locations, including Clubhouses, native lands, public housing, schools and community centers.

Courtesy photos

From top to bottom: Nyah receiving her JBLM YOY award at the Governor's mansion. Nyah with the other Washington Youth of the Year candidates. Nyah with Seattle Seahawks Bobby Wagner at the training facility in Renton. Nyah receiving her scholarship award after winning Washington Military Youth of the Year. Nyah with the amazing staff from Hillside Youth Center.


focus | military & Family readiness

let afcs help you with employment, finances & making a difference in the jblm community

Job Fair success program

Employment Readiness Program prepares you for job fair season Spring and summer are the seasons for job fairs! Are you ready to tackle the maze of job fairs this season and find a great job? Come to the AFCS Job Fair Success Workshop Thursday, May 4 from 9–11 a.m. and find out! The Employment Readiness Program staffers will guide you through: • Navigating a job fair. • Presenting yourself to employers and standing out in a crowd. • What to bring. • Writing a job fair résumé. • Dressing for success. • Other tips and tricks. Also, check out our other upcoming classes on résumés, federal résumés, interviewing and more. Call us to inquire about our upcoming new


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LinkedIn classes. Register at JBLMafcs.checkappointments. com (under Classes & Activities, Employment). Questions? Call 253-982-WORK.

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

Milestone benefits

May 4 from 9 a.m.–noon at the Family Resource Center (4274 Idaho Ave., Lewis

Survivors are invited to meet with financial counselors

Main). Reserve your slot by Tuesday,

AFCS Survivor Outreach Services financial counselors invite survivors for a Milestone Benefit Class. Are you wondering if certain benefits will con-

com. If you need assistance registering,

May 2 at JBLMafcs.checkappointments. email or call 253-967-3672. Continued on page 30.

Resiliency tip of the month TEND TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP — We’ve made it through the April showers, and now it’s time for the first rays of sunshine and those lovely May flowers! Did you know, that just like a flower garden, relationships need rain, sunshine and attention, too? One way to spread some “sunshine” is to let your spouse know that you appreciate the love, care and uniqueness they bring to your garden. Try leaving little notes of affection or thanks for your spouse to find around the house or car: “You make me so happy.” “What a GREAT dad you are!” “You’re my best friend,” “I miss you when I’m away.” At the FOCUS program, we have a ton of ideas of how to show love, gratitude and support for each other in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Don’t just get by, get stronger! Give FOCUS a call for more information. FOCUS is located at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. For more information, call 253-966-6390 or email JBLM@ You may also visit FOCUS online at or

Select AFCS events



Ready to Rent



Overseas Briefing



Let’s Cook

2nd & 4th Mondays


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



Military Caregiver PEER Forum

2nd Wednesday


Baby Play Group




Saturday, May 13


EAP Civilian Training

May 15 & 17


SGLI & Family SGLI Insurance Conversion

May 15 & 17


AFFTB Concept Block: Social Media Safety

Tuesday, May 16


FRG Leader Training

May 17–18


AFFTB Concept Block: Smoothing the Way

May 17 & 24


Financially Fit

May 17 & June 7


Re-Entry Workshop

May 18 & June 1


AFCS Training/AFCS closes 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 18


Estate Planning

Thursday, May 18


The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, May 18


Teen Financial Cents

Saturday, May 20


Five Love Languages

Monday, May 22


Key Caller Training

May 23 & June 8


Treasurer Training (evening)

May 23 & June 13


AFFTB Concept Block: I Married a Service member... Now What?

Tuesday, May 23


FRG 101

Tuesday, May 23


JBLM Newcomers Orientation

Tuesday, May 23

253-967-3633/ 253-982-2695

Thrift Savings Plan

Wednesday, May 24


Key Spouse Supplemental

Thursday, May 25


Honor the Fallen: Memorial Day (with JBLM)

Monday, May 29


AFFTB Concept Block: Army as a Second Language

Tuesday, May 30


Thanking Volunteers Creatively

Tuesday, May 30


AFFTB Concept Block: Career Development

May 31 & June 7


Interview Ready Workshop

Thursday, June 1


AFFAP Steering Committee

Thursday, June 1


Retiree Health Fair

Friday, June 2


Understanding AER Policies & Procedures

Wednesday, June 7


Company Command Team Spouse Seminar

June 8–9


Credit Reports/Repair

Thursday, June 8


Résumé 101

Thursday, June 8


Volunteer Orientation & VMIS OPOC Training

Thursday, June 8


Spouses Out on the Town — Seattle

Tuesday, June 13


AFFTB Concept Block: Did You Hear What I Think I Said?

Wednesday, June 14


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



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Multicultural events Join Relocation Readiness for great events

Calling all foreign-born spouses! Learn about your legal rights and resources Fridays, May 12 and Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. at the AFCS Classroom in Waller Hall. Register at JBLMafcs.checkappointments. com; call 253-967-3633 for information. Waller Hall is located at Lewis Main, 2140 Liggett Ave. Do you have questions or concerns about obtaining your U.S. citizenship? USCIS officers come to Relocation/ AFCS Waller Hall on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month to

Help make our military way of life better!

assist ID card holders with immigra-

Take part in the Armed Forces Family Action Plan focus group Friday, May 12.

tion/naturalization. Appointments are required and may be made online at (under


Appointments, USCIS Immigration). To speak to an officer call, 1-800-767-1833 or go to for more information. Additionally, the USCIS Workshop is held at AFCS-McChord the second Thursday of the month from 2–3 p.m. Attend to find out how to contact the

USCIS to expediently process your application for U.S. citizenship and know the resources available to you as a mili-

tary spouse. To register, go to JBLMafcs. (under General Classes & Activities), call 253-982-2695,

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Graham 253-875-6599 Lakewood 253-584-2250 Olympia/Lacey 360-459-1333

or e-mail USCIS officers will not be at the AFCS-McChord workshops. The AFCS multicultural spouse forum is a great way to meet other spouses, learn about your legal rights as a military spouse, find out about the many resources available to you and to join cooking demonstrations. The next cooking demonstration will be Friday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at the Family Resource Center (Lewis Main at 4274 Idaho Ave.). It’s a great way to learn how to make foods from other countries while tasting the food pre-

Forces Family Action Plan Focus Group Friday, May 12 from 9 a.m.–

Outreach Services). For additional information, call 253-967-3672.

2 p.m. at the Family Resource Center (4274 Idaho Ave, Lewis Main). AFFAP provides the avenue to let senior leadership know what works, what doesn’t — and what you think will fix it. Sign up at For additional information, call 253-967-3689.

Ready & resilient

Enter the mascot design contest! The I Corps Ready and Resilient Team needs your help designing the perfect mascot! All members of the JBLM community are invited to submit designs. All creative avenues of design — free-hand

Estate planning

This workshop is for everyone — young and old!


AFCS Survivor Outreach Services

drawing, graphic design, etc. — are welcome. Please, no trademarked material. The contest winner will receive a prize and recognition by the Senior I Corps

invites to you to an estate-planning

Commander Community Health Promo-

class open to the JBLM community.

tion Council Wednesday, July 26.

Estate planning is for everyone, not just for retired people. Everyone has

Email your submission no later than Thursday, May 25 to usarmy.JBLM.

Join our focus group to make a difference in our military quality of life

an estate — it’s comprised of every-


thing you own. It’s important to plan

mil. You may also submit in person to

ahead to ensure all your affairs are in

the I Corps Ready and Resilient Team

Want to voice your issues and recommendations on how to positively affect change of current programs, policies and quality of life within the military community? Here’s your chance to help make our military community and way of life better! Volunteer to participate in the Armed


located at the I Corps Building 2026-

Raise your voice for change

Come to the workshop to learn about wills and trusts Thursday, May 18 from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center at Lewis Main (4274 Idaho Ave.). Register at JBLMafcs. (under AFCS Classes & Activities, Survivor

ness hours. Include your full name, telephone number and email address with design submission. For additional information, call 253-477-0372 or send an email to the address above. #RUR2


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Celebrate books, creativity & learning with storytimes, book clubs & more fun events

Kids come celebrate STRONG B.A.N.D.S. with a



Walk or jump or skip or hop as you read from page Summer Reading Program coming soon! Registration starts Monday, June 12. to page; enjoy the story as you go and when Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus finished May 2017 you’re come in and see what you win.

take a ‘storywalk’ Celebrate Strong B.A.N.D.S.

Join Book Patch and McChord libraries to celebrate Strong B.A.N.D.S. with a StoryWalk.® StoryWalk combines two of our favorite activities — reading and taking a walk. Each StoryWalk begins outside near each library. Follow along the trail, reading the pages of some of our favorite books at each stop. Drop by either library in May to learn where the trail starts in your area. Book Patch and McChord libraries are both open weekdays 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

WWI Book Club

Lego Club

son to receive a copy (limited number available). For more information, call 253-982-3454.

McChord Library hosts Lego Club Friday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Bring your youngsters to create and build to their hearts’ content! The library provides the Lego bricks and your children provide the imagination. Held on the first Friday of every month, reserve your space (space is limited), visit the library’s “Calendar of Events” page at or call 253-982-3454.

Sensory Storytime

Building blocks are the foundation of fun

Yoga Storytime

It’s time to get fit with literature! You’re invited to Book Patch Library Wednesday, May 10 for yoga storytime at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required. This monthly event is brought to you by WarriorOne Lewis-McChord. For addi-

Learn about the war that changed the world

tional information, call 253-967-5533.

Commemorate the centennial of the U.S. entering WWI with the Remember WWI project. JBLM libraries are hosting a quarterly book club through December 2018. In May, “A Sailor of Austria” by John Biggins will be discussed at McChord Library Tuesday, May 16 at noon. A limited number of copies is available at JBLM libraries, and additional copies may be downloaded as an e-book. No registration required. For additional information, call 253-982-3454.

Join the teen advisory committee McChord Library is looking for motivated teens Want a voice in what happens at

Book Patch Library, together with Child & Youth Services program SKIESUnlimited, offers sensory-friendly storytime Wednesday, May 17 at 3 p.m. Explore sights, sounds, smells and tastes with crafts as books come alive through song, dance and music. For more information, call 253-967-5533.

Craft, Create & Conversate

Join the Girls’ Club at Book Patch Library for crafting fun You’re invited to Craft, Create and Conversate at Book Patch Library’s Girls Club. For ages 8–15, the club meets Friday, May 19, 6–7:30 p.m. This month’s theme is “Zen Weaving.” No registration is required. For more information, call 253-967-5533. Book Patch is located at 2109 N. 10th St. inside Grandstaff Library at Lewis Main.

McChord Library? Join the Teen Advisory Committee, a dedicated group of motivated teens who discuss everything from books to events and programs. The next Teen Advisory Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 3 at 4 p.m. For more information,

Storytime + art

call 253-982-3454.

You’re invited to Book Patch Library for Color, Line & Storytime with art teacher Lilly Sherwood Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The hands-on program offers instruction designed to encourage self-expression and creativity. Registration is not required. For details, call 253-967-5533.

Join McChord Library’s book club

Find hands-on fun at Color, Line & Storytime

Explore sights & sounds as books come alive

‘Novel Navigators’ Come to McChord Library Wednesday, May 10 to discuss “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. “Novel Navigators,” the book discussion group for adults, meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Register in per-

author meet-&greet

Meet best-selling author Bonny Becker at Book Patch! Kids, come meet Bonny Becker, the author of 15 children’s books, including the best-selling “Mouse and Bear” picture books at a special storytime at Book Patch Library Wednesday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. The first in the series, “A Visitor for Bear,” was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award and the SCBWI Golden Kite. Her latest book is “The Christmas Crocodile” with Caldecott-winning illustrator David Small. No registration required.


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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus May 2017

2017 HQDA Housing Survey TAKE 5!

The 2017 HQDA Housing Survey is on its way! Let us know by May 15 how well LewisMcChord Communities is meeting your needs and expectations as our resident. Look for the survey via email April 27. It takes 5 minutes to complete and you could win big! The grand prize is ONE MONTH FREE RENT!

Attend our RESIDENT EVENTS for your chance at additional BONUS DRAWINGS of prizes!


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FULL SERVICE MORTGAGE LOANS Purchase Refinance Home Equity Loans HELOC VA, FHA, USDA and Conventional Loans

Contact our mortgage specialist to learn more. | 253.964.3113 or 866.968.7128 Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus May 2017

May 2017 JBLM MWR e-Focus  

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

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