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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD

Celebrate

ARMED FORCES DAY Pages 14–17

MOTHER’S DAY fun, gifts & tips

Pages 6, 11, 12–13, 21 & 34 EVENTS & TIPS FOR NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS & SPORTS MONTH Pages 22 & 35

May 2018

MORALE, WELFARE & RECREATION GUIDE


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FOCUS

IN THIS ISSUE FOOD & FUN 4 Satisfy your craving for fun

Director, Family & MWR William E. Harvey

Dine, dance, relax, play, golf, bowl and save with all our new events and specials this month.

Marketing director Kimberly Perrenot

FEATURE

Editor/writer, layout & design Patti Jeffrey

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Contributors Jackie Kelly, Charissa Lizama, Kaweka Stoney Contributing photographers Scott Hansen, Emiliano Hernandez, JBLM Public Affairs, Lional Kam, Charissa Lizama, MWR Marketing staff, ODR staff For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, off-base businesses, call Angela Frasier at 253-966-2256. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style. Photo submissions, accompanied by a release from the photographer and the Family/individual are also accepted. Send full-resolution (1–4 MB) jpgs to kimberly@JBLMmwr.com. The editor reserves the right to use photos for any future Focus publication in print and online without restrictions. Photos may be resized for magazine formats. Photographer will be given credit. The JBLM “FOCUS” is an unofficial monthly information source. Activities described herein, which are open to authorized patrons and, where applicable, guests, are subject to change; contact the activity for confirmation. Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent Family & MWR, Joint Base Lewis-McChord or any U.S. government entity. The use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a commercial sponsor or other organization does not constitute U.S. government endorsement. Visit us at JBLMmwr.com or fb.com/JBLMmwr.

Come out to McChord Field for military re-enactments, displays and tours, carnival rides, entertainment, food and fun.

ADVENTURES 18 Experience whitewater rafting Find your whitewater river adventure at various locales on trips with the outdoor recreation crew.

SPORTS & FITNESS 22 Celebrate fitness this month See what we have in store for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

YOUTH 26 CYS contributes to bright futures Hillside Youth Center announces the Military Youth of the Year winner. Plus, join spring sports.

MILITARY & FAMILY 32 Stay connected with DPFR Find out how you can improve your wellbeing while living the military life.

LIBRARIES

42 Explore new worlds Discover new activities, make new friends and expand your world through JBLM library events.

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What MWR means to me Our resolve at MWR is to improve your morale, look out for your welfare and give you ways to recreate. Each month, we’re looking at what this means to people who participate in MWR activities and events.

KAWEKA STONEY works for the Outdoor Recreation program as a recreation assistant. He specializes in leading outdoor photography and multi-day trips and treks.

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Throughout my 22 years in the military, I utilized the many different programs offered by MWR, from checking out books in the library to catching a movie in the post theater. I always enjoyed the fact that there was something to do no matter where I was stationed. After my retirement from the Army, I started my new job as a recreation assistant with the Outdoor Recreation program at JBLM. This is truly a fantastic job because we get to take the military community on amazing trips throughout the Pacific Northwest, but also, we're able to provide specialized coping outlets to Service members. One such program that Outdoor Recreation is the proponent for is Warrior Adventure Quest, an Army training tool designed to introduce activities that serve as alternates to aberrant behaviors often associated with accidents involving recently redeployed Soldiers. WAQ combines a high-adventure activity, such as rafting or rock climbing, with a leader-led after-action debrief to help Service members move on after deployments. In addition, Outdoor Recreation provides recreational program support for at-risk Service members in the Armed Forces Substance Abuse Program and briefings on recreational activities for Service members in the Traumatic Brain Injury program. At the heart of what MWR means to me is a series of programs and support for military members, Families, retirees and civilians that not only provide relaxation and recreation but also resiliency.

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FOCUS Food & Fun

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Satisfy your craving for good food, great times Pubs & brews at JBLM McChord Pub offers relaxation Come over the McChord Pub to relax after your workweek every Friday! Enjoy programs on four overhead TVs and music channels, and challenge your friends to a game of darts or poker. Order appetizers from the pub menu to go along with your favorite drinks. Hours are 4–8:30 p.m. Fridays only. The pub is inside the Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581.

Sam Adams offers new, wider variety Your evenings are better-tasting with new Samuel Adams Brewhouse crafted brews and hard cider! • Try Sam Adams ‘76 — the perfect union of a lager and ale, giving you a craft beer with the flavor of an ale and the refreshment and crisp finish of a lager. • Sample Sam Adams New England IPA, a hazy, medium-bodied brew featuring a big punch of citrus juiciness.

• Check out the new Angry Orchard Rosé hard cider, made with rare, red flesh apples from France, adding an irresistible rosy blush and apple-forward taste with a refreshing dry finish (similar to semi-dry wine). • Order the limited-release seasonal Summer Ale — a golden, hazy and thirst-quenching American wheat ale with a bright citrus note.

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 30, 5–7 p.m. for a free member appreciation dinner. Bring a Family member or guest and they pay only $5. Club-member bingo is each Friday. Cards go on sale at 5 p.m.; the first game starts at 5:30. The cover-all game starts at 6 for a chance to win $850–$1,195! Questions? Call 253-982-5581. The Club’s located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

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Save with food specials Order the ‘Hump Challenge’ The hefty 6-pound burrito “Hump Challenge” is back Wednesdays at Habañero Mexican Grill — order between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you can eat it in 45 minutes or less, it’s on the house (a $19.95 value)! Habañero is at Whispering Firs Golf Course, 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field.

Try new kids’ menu & lunch special Bring the kids to Samuel Adams Brewhouse at Eagles Pride — it’s Family-friendly! Order right-sized meals they’ll like, such as chicken tenders, corn dog, grilled cheese sandwich and all-beef patty sliders, all with fries. Drinks include soda with a refill, juice and milk. Purchase a half-sandwich and salad for yourself in May for $7.95 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Sam Adams at Eagles Pride is just off I-5 at Exit 116.

Celebrate Mom with fun events Parent-Son Dance is here! Enjoy a fun-filled evening at the Club at McChord Field’s Parent-Son Dance Friday, May 4 from 6–9 p.m. with appetizers, cake, punch, coffee and tea and DJ dancing. Dress up like your favorite Lego superheroes for photo ops and games. Reservations and prepayment are required by Wednesday, May 2; the cost is $20 per pair and $8 per additional son. For reservations, call 253-982-5581/0718. No walk-ins allowed at the door. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

Take Mom out to tasty brunch Does Mom have a lot on her plate? Let us dish up something she’ll really like at the annual Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 13 at the Club at McChord Field.

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The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, country-style fried potatoes, French toast, carved baron of beef, roast pork loin, chicken, glazed ham, baked macaroni and cheese, fresh veggies, cheese and fruit displays, a cold seafood display and assorted 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.


Discount tickets for you Purchase all-inclusive Rainiers tickets Like hometown baseball? Want to enjoy games in style? Purchase your Tacoma Rainiers 2018 home-game Summit Club tickets from Lesiure Travel Services! The tickets cost $40 each and include: • All-inclusive beer, wine, soda, water and ballpark snacks. • Box seats in the first 10 rows. • Reserved VIP parking. • Access to Summit Club, Home Plate Porch and Base Camp Grille. Drop by today to pick up your tickets at 2272 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main (inside Bowl Arena Lanes). See hours for LTS (and the annex at McChord Field) at JBLMmwr.com. For more details, call 253-967-3085.

Pick up poker points Win big with fun game

Bowling’s fun for everyone Sign up for monthly bowling tourney Bowl Arena Lanes’ Team No-Tap Saturday tournaments are going strong! Check in at noon and begin play at 12:30. Sign up for the May 12 tourney at the front counter or call 253-967-4661. Next month’s tournament is June 9. Bowl Arena Lanes is at Lewis Main at 2272 Liggett Ave.

Coming this summer, you’ll have a month to pick up a special punch card and get a different punch at various MWR checkpoints, plus several community businesses to fill your card. At the end of the month, trade your card in for playing cards at a Player’s Party, and see if you have a winning hand. The more punches you receive, the more playing cards you get! The top prize is over $1,000 in cash and prizes, and the top 20 players win prizes. Find complete details at JBLMmwr.com and fb.com/JBLMmwr in coming months.

POSTPONED

Bring everyone to cosmic bowling Every Saturday evening, bowl two hours of cosmic blacklight bowling at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center for only $12 per person, including shoe rental. Sounders Lanes is at 737 Jackson Blvd, McChord Field. For more details, call 253-982-5954.

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Liven up your week with play Play at the Warrior Zone Want a place to hang out after work or on weekends? Join in on friendly Warrior Zone competitions each week: • Eight-ball pool and Texas Hold ‘Em Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. • Super Smash Bros. Fridays at 9. • Trading card game night Fridays at 9. • Anime night Saturdays at 8. • PlayStation VR Sundays from 4–10 p.m. Also come in and watch UFC fights, eSports, boxing, movies in the theater, plus pool tourneys, board games, shuffleboard and more.

The Warrior Zone is open to ages 18 and older and is on the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-477-5756.

Trivia for grown-ups Make Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM your hangout with great food and fun, including major sporting events on big-screen TVs. Bring a friend or two to relax after work — choose from a whole line-up of brews on tap! Be sure to come out Friday nights from 7–9 May 4 and 18 and play to win at Trivia Night. Teams can be up to four people; prizes are awarded to the top two teams of the night. Sam Adams JBLM is at 2400 Bitar Ave. (at Division) at Lewis Main.

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Patrons at the Warrior Zone can watch live-action sports, such as UFC fights, from the patio or indoors in the dining or main areas. The patio offers heat, cover from rain, a gas firepit and lots of seating for eating and conversing.

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Have fun at crafty new events & classes

Clip-‘n-Save Coupons Tear off these coupons and bring them in during May for great savings!

Sign up youth for free Kids’ Kraft Your child can bring home a creepy or cute alien made at the Arts & Crafts Center’s free Kids’ Kraft! The class meets Friday, May 25 starting at 3:30 p.m. (class lasts until 5). For class details, call 253-982-6721. Limited seating is available; students must preregister.

Enjoy adult arts, crafts & wine evening class Your Arts & Crafts Center invites adults to a new evening class Friday, May 25, 6–8:30. Bring your friends and meet new ones while you create beautiful string art, paint a canvas or decorate a piece of ceramic for firing. The cost is $30 per person, which includes art supplies, snacks, door prizes and one glass of wine (beer available by request at registration). Preregistration is required at JBLMmwrRegistration.com. Call 253-982-6721 if you need more information.

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2-for-1 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 May 1–31, 2018.

Create a unique gift for Mom Mother’s Day is this month! Did you know that your Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field can special-order gifts? 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. Create a beautiful Mother’s Day card as you learn calligraphy with this month’s free calligraphy class. Simply call to preregister and bring in the coupon at right! Grab a friend and save on a sewing class when you clip the two-for-one coupon — call to arrange a convenient time. You’ll come away with a completed project you can give as a gift or keep to show off! Call 253-982-6723 for the embroidery, engraving and sales store. For the frame shop, call 253-982-6718.

FREE Calligraphy 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, 2018.

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Enter Fort Lewis Amateur Enter the 60th Annual Fort Lewis Amateur at Eagles Pride Golf Course now! The event is May 5–6 with a 7:30 a.m. tee. The cost is $145 for this individual stroke play tourney.

Enjoy Wine, Nine & Dine event Sign up for a fun evening of wine sampling, nine-hole golf and dinner at Eagles Pride Golf Course Thursday, May 10. Pay $90 per couple for your green fees, cart, dinner and wine sampling (for ages 21 and older). Advance registration is required: call 253-967-6522.

Get in on golf scrambles Friday CG Golf Scrambles are back! Enter as a four-person team or be placed on a team. Scramble shotgun starts are at 1 p.m.: • May 11 and Sept. 7 at Whispering Firs Golf Course. • June 8, Aug. 10 and Oct. 12 at Eagles Pride. The cost is $35 per person and includes your green fee and cart rental.

Buy gifts at pro shop sales Both pro shops are having a Mother’s Day sale on all women’s equipment and apparel May 11–13. Get Mom something she’ll use while you get savings! During Memorial Day weekend May 26–28, select items are on sale.

Families can save on spring golf Introduce your Family to the game of golf while having fun! A Family of four can golf nine holes at either golf course weekends after 2 p.m. for $30, which includes carts, rental clubs, range balls, hot dogs and fountain drinks for four. Youth must be age 15 or younger.

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Have fun with May specials Take advantage of these May specials: • Mothers receive free green fees Sunday, May 13. Women with a prepaid green fee card receive a free power cart rental. • All active duty military pay the twilight rate for green fees all day Saturday, May 19. • Enjoy $17 green fees up to 8 a.m. Mondays–Fridays at Whispering Firs and Mondays–Thursdays at Eagles Pride during May (cannot be used with the JBLM Golf Pass). • Get a bucket of pro shop range balls, brat or hot dog and beer or soda for only $11 at Whispering Firs or Eagles Pride (limit one per day). Specials can’t be combined or used for tourneys and outings.

Two-for-one savings Purchase a two-for-one golf pass at Whispering Firs for $50. The cost includes two rounds of 18-hole golf, a cart and bucket of range balls. The pass is good Mondays–Thursdays; it cannot be combined with outings, tournaments or other golf specials.

Enter Hole-in-Fun contest The same day you golf at Whispering Firs or Eagles Pride, enter the Hole-in-Fun contest for $1. If you make a hole-in-one on hole 5 at Whispering Firs or hole 14 at Eagles Pride, you win the jackpot (a gift certificate equal to the amount of the fund)!

Did you know? • Annual green fee cards are for sale at Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses! • Get your game ready for summer with individual golf lessons from our resident pros. • Book a room for your private party, luncheon, special function or reception at either golf course. Call the pro shop for information. • Gift certificates make a great present for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or just because!

Save with golf combo Get in on the May golf combo — your green fee, a shared cart and $6 food voucher is $35 for active duty ranks E1–E5, $41 for E6 and above, DOD personnel and retirees and $46 for the public. The offer’s good anytime Monday–Friday and after noon weekends and holidays (cannot be combined with other offers, tournaments or outings).

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For more information If you have a question or need more details, call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124. Eagles Pride is off I-5 at Exit 116. Whispering Firs is located at McChord Field, 895 Lincoln Blvd.

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Experience Armed Forces Day By Patti Jeffrey eats of hilariously screaming youngsters rotate through the air at dizzying speeds on carnival rides. Savory smells of sizzling, juicy burgers, hot dogs and other favorites lure customers to line up at fair-food trailers. Kids smile and pose for their parents’ and friends’ photos in front of imposing military vehicles while waiting for their turn to climb aboard. The variety of sights, sounds and smells tugs at our emotions at the annual Armed Forces Day at JBLM — being celebrated Saturday, May 19 at McChord Field. Military buffs look forward to learning about wartime artifacts, reveling in camaraderie, sharing stories and teaching their youngsters about living history. Families gather to entertain their youngsters, visit with friends, enjoy the day and celebrate their place in the military community. Veterans of wars and conflicts visit to reminisce, honor their comrades and perhaps share parts of their stories, still fresh in their minds. All are there to honor our Service members who continue to carry on the legacy and promise of our hard-won freedoms.

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“Armed Forces Day is a unique opportunity for our Service members, Families and the local community to celebrate who we are and what we do. It’s a great time to come out, have fun and see the equipment and aircraft that JBLM deploys around the world.” – Lt. Col. M. Ben McKenzie, Commander, 627th Force Support Squadron; Deputy Director, DPFR & DFMWR

What is Armed Forces Day? Back in 1949, the separate branches of our military were unified under one entity — the newly established Department of Defense. A single-day observance of all five military branches was announced by the Secretary of Defense. We celebrate Armed Forces Day to thank our military members for their service to our country. Continued on next page.

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In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, President Harry S. Truman stated: “Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea and air defense.” It’s still true today.

JBLM continues annual tradition with a new location Armed Forces Day is a chance to showcase military history and the current mission of JBLM, while reaching out to both educate and entertain the surrounding communities. JBLM hosts its celebration yearly, drawing approximately 20,000 participants from around the region. This year will mark the first time Armed Forces Day is being held at McChord Field. An official Volksmarch ushers in the day, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Two routes, a 5K and a 10K, take you around McChord Airfield, Holiday Park and the fishing pond. With the change in locale comes more variety in static displays. Participants will be able to tour C-17s, a C-130, AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, the historic military air museum aircraft at Heritage Hill, Strkyers, an M777 Howitzer and other military medical, tactical, combat engineering, ordnance disposal and rocket launcher vehicles and displays. “Armed Forces Day is a unique opportunity for our Service members, Families and the local community to celebrate who we are and what we do. It’s a great time to come out, have fun and see the equipment and aircraft that

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JBLM deploys around the world,” says Lt. Col. M. Ben McKenzie, Commander, 627th Force Support Squadron; Deputy Director, DPFR & DFMWR. Along with touring military static displays and historic re-enactors, you and your Families will see roving entertainers, scale a rock wall, visit a petting zoo, bounce, slide and make your way through obstacle courses on inflatables, play-fight with foam swords, buy eats and treats from various food and craft vendors, enjoy carnival rides and much more. Free entertainment includes live laser tag, Blitz, the Seahawks mascot, a comic juggler, caricaturist, magician, strolling puppet show, stilt walker and clown balloon artists. For complete information, a schedule of events, directions and a map, visit JBLMArmedForcesDay.com.

What to expect McChord Field is opening the gates to the public from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The general public must use the North (commercial) Gate and will be shuttled to Heritage Hill, display areas, carnival rides and vendor booths. Valid DOD ID card holders can use other gates. No pets will be allowed except registered service animals. Admission, parking, military displays, historical re-enactments and athletic events are free. Carnival rides, food and crafts are available for purchase. For a map showing where parking, shuttle stops, events and activities are located, visit JBLMArmedForcesDay.com.


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Above: Col. (Ret.) Bill Cathey, of Kerrville, Texas, and his wife Kay, tour Heritage Hill at McChord Field. Below: Re-enactors show off an antique cannon at Armed Forces Day.

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FOCUS Adventures

Climb aboard for whitewater rafting season By Alisha Bator nter the season of whitewater — the season in Washington that brings boat fanatics from near and far, adjusting their frames, organizing new dry bags and prepping for our rivers to surge. The snow has been melting and is starting its course through the mountains, continuing to carve powerful, winding shapes into the landscape. Boaters have been watching the water levels and readying themselves for the months of charging through the rapid walls and surfing the waves pouring through the rocky river beds.

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Rushing waters call for adventures Rivers are powerful forces of nature that one must never underestimate. They are the blood of the earth, coursing through its veins to nourish and heal. Many humans are innately drawn to the water, feeling a sense of place in the world when they are near it. Now, try to be on it — navigating through the currents, steering your boat and charging over the massive water features that are colliding with the rocks beneath you. To boat a river is to feel both in control and out of it at the same time, for the water will never stop moving and has the final say — we just have to make smart choices to enjoy the incredible playground it provides. Continued on next page.

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This area boasts hundreds of glacial-fed rivers that kayakers, paddleboarders and rafters chase year-round, but as it starts to change into the summer season, the water will continue to rise, and the rapids will go from small and technical to towering and fast. That’s where we come in! As a group of adrenaline junkies, we scour the world to find adventures that fuel our fire — and then we bring them to you.

Where to find your river adventure Try your hand at our beloved Wenatchee River that winds you on a playful and diverse route through the Washington apple orchards and rolling hills at the edge of the Cascades, or maybe the gentle terrain of the Nisqually on some paddleboards. Then there are the mighty Skykomish and

White Salmon rivers, complete with waterfalls, giant boulders, trenched-out walls and lush, green landscapes for some of our bigger thrillseekers. Finally, spend five days exploring the massive canyon of the Owyhee River in Oregon. This trip will have you camping on sandy shores at the base of 300-foot walls, cooking meals while the sun sets over the sparkling water and waking up to it warming up your tent after it has made its slow crawl down the valley. These are experiences you won’t want to miss! For a descriptive list and costs of our whitewater rafting trips and the five-day Owyhee River rafting trip, visit JBLMmwrRegistration.com. We also can create custom trips for groups! Email us at JBLMAdventureTrips@gmail.com for info.

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With this trip list, you can plan your epic outdoor adventure trips for May and June! Join JBLM’s outdoor adventure guides for making memories of a lifetime. Trip details and registration are available at JBLMmwrRegistration.com. Outdoor adventure

Date

Cost

Saturday, May 5

Whitewater raft the Nisqually

$55

Saturday, May 5

Photography 101

$45

Sunday, May 6

First aid essentials seminar (NAC)

Free

Sunday, May 6

Foss Harbor SUP

$45

May 12–13

Wilderness first aid

$175

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day rafting

$65

Tuesday, May 15

Kayak skills class

$35

Thursday, May 17

Camp cooking seminar

Free

Sunday, May 20

Whitewater raft the Skykomish

$120

Sunday, May 20

Coal Miner Trail mountain biking

$100

May 25–28

Palouse area photography

$850

Saturday, May 26

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

$65

Sunday, May 27

Yoga guide seminar

Free

Saturday, June 2

Cutts Island kayak

$65

Saturday, June 2

Photography 101

$45

Sunday, June 3

Whitewater raft the Skykomish

$120

Sunday, June 3

Photo composition workshop

$45

Friday, June 8

After-work paddle

$45

Saturday, June 9

Olympic coast camping seminar (NAC)

Free

Sunday, June 10

Full-moon hike

$50

June 14–16

Bike the San Juan Islands

$695

Saturday, June 16

Smartphone photography

$45

Sunday, June 17

Father’s Day bungee jump

$165

Tuesday, June 19

Kayak skills class

$35

Thursday, June 21

Paddle-camping seminar (NAC)

Free

Friday, June 22

After-work paddle

$45

Saturday, June 23

Whitewater raft Wentachee River

$65

Saturday, June 23

Astrophotography

$85

Saturday, June 30

Moonlight hike

$50

June 30–July 3

San Juan Island kayak

$995

Trip destinations and costs subject to change. Preregistration required.

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FOCUS Sports & Fitness

Celebrate fitness & sports month with us Have fun with fitness

Enter spring sports

Strong B.A.N.D.S. celebrates fitness month

Join Commander’s Cup softball

In recognition of national Physical Fitness and Sports Month, JBLM is participating in the annual Strong B.A.N.D.S. campaign. Meant to bring awareness to the many ways everyone can be physically active, the campaign encourages different MWR facilities to make activities fun and inviting. The campaign name includes components for optimal health — Strong Balance, Activity, Nutrition, Determination and Strength. Participate in the following JBLM activities and trips during May: • JBLM’s annual Down & Dirty 5K Mud Run and Obstacle Course (details at right). • JBLM libraries’ StoryWalk (see page 48 for complete details). • Advanced sea kayaking skills trip and whitewater rafting trip through the Outdoor Recreation program (see pages 18–21 for inspiration and a trip list). For fitness tips, nutritional info and recipes, visit ArmyMWR.com/StrongBANDS.

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Compete in JBLM’s Commander’s Cup softball teams! Attend an informational meeting Wednesday, May 30 at Nelson Recreation Center at noon or Thursday, May 31 at the McChord Fitness Center at noon. League play starts June 11. A championship tournament meeting is being held Friday, July 27 at Cowan Stadium at noon for coaches of qualifying teams. Commander’s Cup sports are open to JBLM’s active duty Service members ages 18 and older. Call 253-967-1195 for details or visit JBLMmwr.com.

Get in on fun runs Down & Dirty Mud Run Register now for the 2018 JBLM Down & Dirty 5K Fun Run. Full of lots of muddy obstacles, the run is Saturday, May 12 at Soldiers Field House at 3236 2nd Division Dr. (at Handrich) at Lewis Main. Continued on page 24.


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Sign up the kids and wear your superhero best for lots of muddy fun! (Ages 14 and younger must run with an adult.) Race bib pickup begins at 9 a.m. for three heats starting at 11 a.m., 11:30 and noon. Late registration ends Wednesday, May 9 at 11:59 p.m. The entry fee is $25 for DOD ID card holders and $35 for no military affiliation. Find the registration link at JBLMmwr.com. Questions on the race? Call 253-967-7311.

Join Sound to Narrows Military Run Active duty military personnel assigned to JBLM are invited to sign up for the 2018 Sound to Narrows Military Run Saturday, June 9. Find details at JBLMmwr.com/races.

Earn Fitness Challenge points for races Join the JBLM Fitness Challenge that promotes a healthy lifestyle while encouraging you to join eligible MWR programs, such as races, throughout the year. Whenever you sign up for a race, you receive points toward prizes — the more you participate, the more prizes you earn: • Gold-level participation is 850–1,000 points. • Silver-level participation is 700–849 points. • Bronze-level participation is 500–699 points. A grand-prize drawing for each level will be held in a capstone event.

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Look for announcements for upcoming races at fb.com/JBLMSportsFitnessAquatics and at JBLMmwr.com.

Get ready to compete in bodybuilding show Enter Bodybuilding Championship Are you into bodybuilding? Want to enter the world of competition? Start training now for the 2018 JBLM Bodybuilding Championship Saturday, Aug. 11! Individuals need to enter the competition by Friday, July 27. DOD ID card holders pay a $25 entry fee for all classes; non-DOD ID card holders pay $35. Categories are: • Women — bikini, figure and women's physique. • Men — body building, physique and classic physique.

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Weight classes are: • Women — lightweight (up to 125 pounds), Middleweight (125–140 pounds), heavyweight (over 140 pounds). • Men — lightweight (under 165.25 pounds), middleweight (165.25–187.25 pounds), heavyweight (over 187.25 pounds). Registration is open to the JBLM community; entry forms are available online at JBLMmwr.com and at JBLM sports and fitness centers. Questions? For more information, call 253-967-5776.


Stay fit & trim Fit in a quality workout You have plenty of opportunities to get in shape at your choice of six fitness centers, a fitness annex, three pools and an outdoor

athletic complex. Find your groove this month with a variety of workouts shown below! Check out updates on classes at fb.com/JBLMSportsFitnessAquatics.

Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center

2022 Liggett Ave. & Division • Lewis Main • 253-967-5975 Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Indoor Cycling

Connected Warrior Yoga*

6:45 a.m.

9 a.m.

Step Circuit

Cardio Circuit

COMMIT Dance Fitness*

Cardio Circuit

10 a.m.

MixxedFit

Yoga*

STRONG

Yoga*

Yoga

Zumba

Zumba Toning*

11:30 a.m.

Zumba*

Zumba

STRONG

Yoga

4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Saturday

Yoga

Yoga

Zumba*

Zumba*

McChord Annex Sports & Fitness Center 726 5th St., McChord Field • 253-982-6700

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

7–7:45 a.m.

Bootcamp

Noon–1 p.m.

Friday

Bootcamp

Cycling Circuit

Bootcamp

TRX

4:45–5:45

MixxedFit

Indoor Cycling

Kickboxing

Zumba

Indoor Cycling*

5:45–6:45

Yoga

Core & More

MixxedFit

RIPPED

Mixxed Fit

Saturday

Wilson Sports & Fitness Center

11596 D St. & 41st Division, Lewis Nroth • 253-967-7471 Time 6:30–7:30 a.m.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Indoor Cycling

10:15–11:15

Zumba

11:15–12:15

Mixxed Fit *Class is taught by a volunteer and is subject to cancellation without notice.

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FOCUS Youth

JBLM’s youth programs contribute to bright futures By Charissa Lizama illside Youth Center/Teen Zone is proud to present Katie Wilton as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State's Military Youth of the Year award winner. Katie says, “The opportunities and experiences my club has provided me are invaluable. It is a fact that I would not be who I am today if I had never discovered my youth center. Attending my youth center has opened my eyes to the smaller things in life, and taught me to appreciate all the opportunities I have been provided in life and the people I have met.” Katie received a $5,000 scholarship, along with a laptop computer. She's now going on to the regional-level competition. Charissa Lizama, Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone assistant director, says, “I'm ecstatic about Katie winning — it was a great experience for her. I have to say that to hear each youth’s story makes me feel proud of them and honored to be part of this BGCA Youth of the Year event.”

H “Attending my youth center has opened my eyes to the smaller things in life, and taught me to appreciate all the opportunities I have been provided in life and the people I have met.”

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How Youth of the Year is chosen The Youth of the Year program is designed to promote and recognize service to the club and community, academic performance and contributions to Family. Military youth at JBLM can work toward applying for Military Youth of the Year. Youth in grades 6–12 must be a member for at least one year at Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone, affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. (Parents can sign up their youth for free at Parent Central Services or at Hillside.) Hillside structures programs that involve leadership clubs, Career Launch, SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood, fine arts and many more fun activities. Qualifying youth need to be involved in club programs and activities that provide them with peer-to-peer social and leadership skills. For more information on youth programs and activities or how to join, call Hillside at 253-967-4441.

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Enroll in youth sports

Play to Learn

Stay active with flag football, cheerleading & soccer

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

Enroll your youth ages 5–15 for flag football and cheerleading through Monday, May 21 at JBLMcysRegistration.com ($55 per youth for each sport). Enrollment is open May 1–July 31 for fall soccer for ages 5–15 ($55 per youth) and bumblebee soccer for ages 3–4 ($25 per child; no games). Youth must be registered with CYS and have a current sports physical on file to enroll in sports at JBLMcysRegistration.com. Call 253-967-2405 for additional details.

British Soccer Camp Enrollment is open at ChallengerSports.com for British Soccer Camp for ages 3–16. Camps will be run July 16–20 at Lewis Main and Aug. 13–17 at McChord Field. Prices and times are listed for each camp on the website.

Summer sports camps coming up Look for upcoming sports camps this summer in soccer, flag football, volleyball, cycling and tennis. More details will be available at fb.com/cys and at JBLMcysRegistration.com. Questions? Call 253-967-2405 for more information.

Be a coach We need your enthusiasm for youth sports Share your love of sports with JBLM youth as a volunteer sports coach. Youth Sports provides training and offers sports fee vouchers. A background check is required. For more information, stop by the Youth Sports office at 2295 S. 12th St. at Lewis Main. The office is open 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays. Questions? Call 253-967-2405.

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma brings “Play to Learn” fun to Escape Zone and Raindrops & Rainbows parent-and-child play centers 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 2: May flowers. • May 9: Butterflies. • May 16: Day at the beach. Escape Zone is located at McChord Field, 841 Fairway Rd. (off Lincoln Boulevard). Call 253-982-8590 for more information. Raindrops & Rainbows is at 8179 American Lake Blvd. at Lewis North. Call 253-966-4802 for details.

More SKIES fun coming Summer camps just around the bend Summer is right around the corner and it’s nearly time to make plans for fun summer adventures! SKIESUnlimited will offer weeklong adventures, as well as our regular ongoing classes. Summer fun includes dance, karate, gymnastics, boxing and art experiences that allow you to spend time with your Family and have classes your students enjoy! Keep an eye on JBLMcysRegistration.com for specific class information with SKIES for summer fun!

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FOCUS Military & Family

Stay connected with DPFR Attend Retiree Appreciation Day Retirees are part of our community

Questions on classes and briefings? Call 253-967-7166 or visit JBLMafcs.check appointments.com. For more details, call the phone number listed or “like” us on Facebook.

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Are you a retiree? Come out to JBLM’s Retiree Appreciation Day Friday, May 18 at American Lake Conference Center (Lewis North) from 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. The First Corps commander will open the day with comments and interact with attendees. Retirees from all branches are invited and encouraged to attend and interact with various vendors and representatives: • Madigan retiree health fair representatives. • Staff Judge Advocate. • ID Cards/DEERS for updates. • Vehicle Registration. • Veterans Affairs. Register at JBLM-retiree-appreciation-2018.eventbrite.com. If you have an issue or comment that you'd like to present to the RSO Council, call 253-966-5884. The Retirement Services Office at JBLM keeps retired Service members and their Families informed of changes to their retirement rights, benefits and privileges, plus fosters positive relationships and provides opportunities for retirees to stay connected with the military.

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Join multicultural workshops & events Calling all foreign-born spouses! The multicultural spouse forum is a great way to meet other spouses, learn about your legal rights as a military spouse, find out the many resources available to you and join in on cooking demonstrations. Attend one or all of the following: • Learn about your legal rights and resources offered to you Fridays, May 11 and Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. at the AFCS classroom in Waller Hall (2140 Liggett, Lewis Main). Register at JBLMafcs.checkappointments.com; call 253-967-3633 for more information. • Learn how to make foods from other countries while tasting the food prepared. Our next cooking demonstration will be Friday, July 13, 11 a.m. at the Family Resource Center (4274 Idaho Ave, Lewis Main). • Do you have questions or concerns about obtaining your U.S. citizenship? United

States Citizenship & Immigration Service officers come to Relocation/AFCS Waller Hall once every other month to assist ID card holders with immigration and naturalization. Also find out how we can expediently process your application for U.S. citizenship or get an extension of your Green Card (Permanent Resident Card). You must make an appointment at JBLMafcs.checkappointments.com (under Appointments, USCIS Immigration). Call 1-800-375-5283 to speak to an officer. Visit USCIS.gov for more information. • Know the resources available to you as a DOD ID card holder. Attend the USCIS Workshop at AFCS-McChord the second Thursday of every month, 2–3 p.m. Register at JBLMafcs.checkappointments.com (under General Classes & Activities) or call 253-982-2695. No USCIS officer will be at this workshop.

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JBLM college graduation Join us at grad ceremony If you’re completing a degree before Friday, Aug. 31, you’re invited to attend our annual joint college graduation ceremony Friday, May 11, 1 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College (Sharon McGavick Student Center & Conference Facility), where we’ll recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Service members, Family members, veterans and civilians who have completed a program (certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s level of education). For more information, call 253-967-2208 or 253-967-2203.

FOCUS Tip of the Month Manage your superpowers Named after the Greek fertility goddess, Maia, May is the month to honor and celebrate the joys and challenges of motherhood. However, motherhood (and parenting) isn’t all May flowers — sometimes moms need new strategies to manage their superpowers at the end of the day. At the FOCUS program, we teach moms (and dads, too!) fun and useful skills to energize the heart and to make time for muchneeded self-care. FOCUS is at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue), Room 331. For more information, call 253-966-6390 or email JBLM@focusproject. org. Also visit focusproject.org or fb.com/FOCUSresiliencytraining.

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EAP Tip of the Month Wellness & increased physical activity Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your stress, risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and some types of cancer. Yet, most people don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity. During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, let’s consider moving toward action. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults: • Aim for two hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes walking fast, dancing, swimming and raking leaves. • Do muscle-strengthening activities — like lifting weights or using exercise bands — at

least two days a week. • Physical activity is for everyone. No matter what shape you’re in, you can find activities that work for you and your individual needs. The JBLM Army Wellness Center is at 2022 Liggett Ave. (at Division) and is a free resource available to DOD ID card holders. Skilled staff help individuals build and sustain good health. Some of the services offered are: • Health assessment review. • Physical fitness. • Healthy nutrition. • Stress management. • General wellness education. To learn more about this topic or seek support, stop by to see the EAP Team at 2008B N. 3rd (at Pendleton Avenue), Room 114 or call 253-732-2214.

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Be on the lookout for the 2018 JBLM Housing Survey Participate in the HQDA Housing Resident Survey for a chance to win great prizes, including

ONE MONTH FREE RENT!

Surveys are being sent directly to your email by Thursday, April 26. Changed your email? Update your phone number and email address by emailing your local district office.

The survey takes 5 minutes to complete and you could win big! Get extra chances to win prizes by attending participating community events! Visit fb.com/lewismcchord.communities for details.

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EFMP fun & games Gearing up for summer activities We’re inviting all Exceptional Family Member Program parents and adults to come enjoy a complimentary lunch, mocktails, chair massage, drawings and giveaways, plus learn about Family fun routine activities from "summer cruise directors" at our EFMP Cruise to Summer event Wednesday, May 16, 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. Registration opens Tuesday, May 1 — register at efmpcruise.eventbrite.com (child care is available). Also, join us in the USO Heroes Suite Thursday, June 28 and Sunday, July 15 when the Tacoma Rainiers play the Fresno Grizzlies on home field! Tacoma Rainiers is a Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The USO Heroes Suite offers complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Registration opens Thursday, June 14 at https://goo.gl/R68ppH. Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian

Gold Star Families Survivor Outreach Services Open House Survivor Outreach Services invites Gold Star Families to our open house Tuesday, May 1 at our new location in Waller Hall, next to Official Travel, at 2140 Liggett Ave. (Lewis Main). SOS is providing light refreshments, along with a tour of the new location. Waller Hall offers easy access to support services such as VA, Retirement Services and ID Cards/ DEERS. Register to attend at sos-open-house1may2018.eventbrite.com; see our Facebook page at fb.com/SOSWAState for more details. We’ll continue to deliver the best customer service to all of you — our amazing Gold Star Families. Feel free to contact us for assistance at 253-966-5047 or 253-967-3672.

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Check out our events & classes! DPFR classes and events are free — take advantage of as many as you can to develop your career, improve your relationships,

develop more resiliency and less stress, relate well with your children and spouse, train for leadership, prepare for the future, take control of your finances and much more!

Event

Date

For details

Ready to Rent

Mondays

253-967-1453

SSA Disability Brief

Mondays

253-966-8433

Vocational Rehab and Employment

Mondays

253-966-8433

Overseas Briefing

Mondays

253-967-3633

GoArmyEd Portal 101 Class

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays

253-967-7295

Accessing Higher Education Workshop

Mondays & Thursdays

253-967-3258

My Army Benefits Briefing

Tuesdays

253-966-8433

Toddler and Young Child Play Group (12–36 months)

Tuesdays

253-967-5901

WDVA State Veterans' Benefits Brief

Wednesdays

253-966-8433

Local College Field Trip

Wednesdays

253-967-3258

Job Fair Success Workshop

Wednesday, May 2

253-982-WORK

Volunteer Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon

Tuesday, May 8

253-967-2324

Key Contact Training (evening)

Tuesday, May 15

253-967-8430

JBLM Newcomers Orientation

Tuesday, May 15

253-967-3628, 253-982-2695

Financially Fit

Wednesday, May 16

253-967-1453

Résumé 101

Thursday, May 17

253-982-9675

Re-Entry Workshop

Thursday, May 17

253-967-3633

Rest and Renew

Thursday, May 17

253-966-8433

Federal Résumé

Friday, May 18

253-966-8433

It Takes Two

Monday, May 21

253-967-5901

Pre-Deployment Workshops

Monday, May 21

253-967-8430

Everyone Ready Management Training

Tuesday, May 22

253-967-2324

Thanking Volunteers Creatively

Tuesday, May 22

253-967-2324

Defense Installation Messaging System Training

Tuesday, May 22

253-982-2695

Interview Ready

Tuesday, May 22

253-966-8433

Smooth Move Workshop — All

Wednesday, May 23

253-982-2695

FRG Leadership Training

May 23 & 24

253-967-8430

Key Spouse Supplemental

Thursday, May 24

253-982-2695

EAP Supervisor Training

Thursday, May 24

253-732-2214

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Event

Date

For details

Thrift Savings Plan

Thursday, May 24

253-967-1453

Overseas Briefing — Smooth Move Workshop

Thursday, May 24

253-982-2695

Honor the Fallen Memorial Day, jointly with JBLM

Monday, May 28

253-966-5047

Résumé 101

Friday, June 1

253-966-8433

Reintegration (Reunion) for Family Members

Monday, June 4

253-967-8430

Care Team Training (evening)

Tuesday, June 5

253-967-8430

Unit Intro Managers' Training

Tuesday, June 5

253-982-2695

Federal Résumé

Tuesday, June 5

253-966-8433

EAP Civilian Training

Wednesday, June 6

253-732-2214

Understanding AER Policies and Procedures

Wednesday, June 6

253-967-1453

ACT Men

June 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27, July 2

253-967-5901

Interview Ready

Thursday, June 7

253-982-9675

Credit Reports and Credit Repair

Thursday, June 7

253-967-1453

Volunteer Orientation Training

Thursday, June 7

253-967-2324

Key Contact Training (day)

Thursday, June 7

253-967-8430

Re-Entry Workshop

Thursday, June 7

253-967-3633

Relationship Reboot

Monday, June 11

253-967-5901

Alaska Briefing

Monday, June 11

253-967-3633

Let's Cook!

Monday, June 11

253-966-8433

Key Contact Training (evening)

Tuesday, June 12

253-967-8430

Infant Massage

June 12 & 19

253-967-5901

Car Buying

Wednesday, June 13

253-967-1453

Family Readiness Liaison Training

Wednesday, June 13

253-967-8430

The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, June 14

253-982-9675

Financially Fit

Thursday, June 14

253-967-1453

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Workshop

Thursday, June 14

253-982-2695

FRG Leadership Training (3 evenings)

June 14, 21 & 28

253-967-8430

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For more classes and briefings, call 253-967-7166 or visit JBLMafcs.checkappointments.com. For details, call the number listed, visit the event calendar at JBLMmwr.com or “like” us at fb.com/JBLMafcs.

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FOCUS Libraries

Explore new worlds right here at home McChord Library McChord Library is at 851 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field; 253-982-3454. Grandstaff Library is at 2109 N. 10th (on Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main; 253-967-5889. Book Patch Library is located inside Grandstaff; 253-967-5533. All activities are free with no need to register unless otherwise noted.

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Attend teen book club McChord Library and Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone present our Teen Book Club! Teens are invited to participate the first Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. This month we’ll discuss “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky May 2. The book “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson will be available for checkout for the June 6 discussion. Transportation is available from Hillside Youth Center if you’re registered with CYS and Hillside. For more information on registering with Hillside, call 253-967-4441. If you don’t need a ride, CYS registration is not required.

Computer, internet & email basics classes Would you like to learn useful beginner computer skills? Designed for people with little to no experience using computers, our classes teach you the skills needed to help you accomplish tasks such as navigating the internet, searching for websites and creating and using email. Registration is required for: • Computer and Internet Basics May 7–8, noon–2 p.m. • Getting the Most Out of Email Friday, May 11, noon–2 p.m. Call 253-982-3454 to register today!

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Healthcare Made Easy.

US Family Health Plan is a TRICARE Prime® option. It is sponsored by the Department of Defense. Military families can get same day urgent care appointments at a USFHP network clinic. If you are active-duty family or retired military, you can enroll in USFHP.

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Find Out More: Call 1 (866) 750-1658. Or go to USFHPbenefits.org. Civilian Providers • Free for Active-Duty Families Same Cost as TRICARE Prime for Retirees Your Own Primary Care Doctor • Close to Home and Base 44 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus May 2018 Pediatricians for Your Kids


Join Novel Navigators book club Like to discuss current books? Join the Novel Navigators book discussion group for adults that meets the second Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. This month’s meeting is May 9 to discuss "Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir” by Katie Hafner. A limited number of copies are available; register in person at the McChord Library to receive a copy.

See what Kids’ Book Club is all about Youth in grades 3–5 can join us at our monthly Kids’ Book Club. Read fun books and meet fun people! The Kids’ Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month. This month, we meet at May 16 at 4 p.m. to discuss “Among the Hidden” by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Hour of Code Come join us the third Friday of every other month starting this month for Hour of Code™! Kids ages 8 and older will learn beginner coding concepts to create their own unique projects that will stretch the imagination and provide hours of fun! No experience necessary. Computers will be provided Friday, May 18, 4–5 p.m. Registration is required and begins Friday, May 4. Register at JBLMmwr.com/libraries or call 253-982-3454.

SKIESUnlimited storytime Join us Thursday, May 24 at 3 p.m. for a very special storytime with SKIESUnlimited! We'll be exploring stories through singing, dancing and instruments!

Grandstaff & Book Patch libraries Get STEAMed Come participate in Grandstaff Library’s free STEAM Makerspace program with science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Participants can uncover interests by making, producing, solving, creating, collaborating and thinking with projects each month. Classes are held the first Friday of the month from 6–7:30 p.m. The May 4 project is Drones for ages 14 and older.

Toddler time is fun time Parents and caregivers of toddlers — come join us for a rhythmic, musical story as we sing, dance, wiggle and giggle, plus much more Tuesdays, May 8 and 22 at 10:30 a.m.

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Craft, create & conversate Girls ages 6–10 can come “Craft, Create & Conversate” at Book Patch Library once monthly on Fridays! Have fun at “Float like a Butterfly” May 11.

Join sensory-friendly storytime Families are invited to Book Patch Library Wednesdays, May 16 at 1 p.m. for a free sensory-friendly storytime with song, dance, music and a craft in a soothing environment.

Snack & chat for kids Kids in grades 3–6 can check out a book from the monthly book club display at Book Patch Library — each month explores a new and exciting type of book. After you read the book, we’ll meet, greet, snack and chat! This month, we’ll meet Friday, May 18, 6–7:30 p.m. to discuss action and adventure.

Enjoy read-along club Bring your kindergarten- to second-grade students to listen to and read along with books at Teeny-Weeny Read-Along Book Club. This month’s club meets Thursday, May 24, 6–7 p.m. Also enjoy activities, crafts, snacks and teeny-weeny prizes!

BYOU teen girls’ club Spend a girl-fueled power hour of creativity and awesome nosh at the new Be Your Own You girls’ club Friday, May 25, 6–7:30 p.m. when we’ll explore marble ink art.

Host your meeting at Grandstaff Host your next meeting, conference, training class or videoconference at Grandstaff Library's conference room for free! Holding up to 25 people, the room is equipped with an LCD projector, white board, 52-inch HD TV and free WiFi. The room's available weekdays from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. for hourly to multiday reservations. Call 253-967-5889 for your reservation.

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Joint library programs StoryWalk at the Library Join Book Patch and McChord libraries as we celebrate Strong B.A.N.D.S. (details on page 22) with StoryWalk®. StoryWalk combines two of our favorite activities — reading and taking a walk. Each StoryWalk will begin outside each library. Simply follow along the trail reading the pages of some of our favorite books at each stop along the way. Stop by either the McChord or Book Patch libraries any time in May to learn where the trail starts in your area. 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.

Children’s storytime is fun Bring your prereaders to Book Patch Library Wednesdays for a storytime with crafts and activities at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or McChord Library Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Build at Lego clubs Calling all master builders! Kids ages 3 and older can get creative at JBLM libraries Lego

clubs at 4 p.m. the first Friday of the month at McChord Library (May 4) and the second Friday of the month at Grandstaff Library (May 11). We provide the Lego bricks, and you provide the imagination! Registration is recommended for McChord Library on the library’s calendar of events at JBLMmwr.com/libraries starting one week prior. (No registration is needed at Grandstaff.)

Get job training with Microsoft Military Program Staff members from the Pierce County Public Library are at McChord and Grandstaff libraries the fourth Wednesday of each month at noon to explain the benefits of the Microsoft Military Program. Pierce County Library staff members are also available from 11 a.m.–noon and 12:30– 1:30 p.m. to answer individual questions. Once you enroll in this free program, you can take Microsoft certification tests for the office specialist and technical assistant certifications. Tests are free and study materials are available. For more information, email mmp@pcls.us.

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May 2018 JBLM MWR e-Focus  

Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR events and activities for May 2018

May 2018 JBLM MWR e-Focus  

Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR events and activities for May 2018