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Treat Mom to brunches; learn a new hobby or skill the fun way; get discounts on golf; play at May events

Get freebies during Military Spouse Appreciation Week; visit new JBLM parks; find support for new parents

Get in on outdoor fun through biking, kayaking, fishing, rafting, hiking, shopping, park trips & much more

Join Strong B.A.N.D.S. with fitness, reading, swimming, sports & recreational activities in May

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The Williams Family waits at the McChord Field flightline for their loved one’s return from an 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron deployment. All military spouses receive freebies during Military Spouse Appreciation Week May 6–10. See page 18 for details.


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Armed Forces Day’s still going strong! Join us Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. for Armed Forces Day at Cowan and Memorial stadiums at JBLM-Lewis Main! You’ll find military re-enactments and displays, rugby and football games, craft sales, carnival rides, Radio Disney live entertainment, Volksmarch and much more! For more details, see pages 8 and 25.


It’s time for the annual Armed Forces Day celebration at JBLM! Armed Forces Day is a time to salute our military members — both veterans and those currently serving our nation — and educate the community about the military. Through historical re-enactments and modern-day military displays, you’ll learn a lot. Plus, with roving and stage entertainment, rides and food, you’ll have fun, too. The celebration is Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Turn to page 8 for details and public-access information. Also this month: • Mother’s Day Brunch is offered at two locations: McChord Club and The Bistro at Russell Landing. Turn to page 7 for details. • Military Spouse Appreciation Week is May 6–10. In honor of the support and service JBLM spouses provide, you’re invited to a week’s worth of events just for you. Find the details on page 18. • It’s time to get fit! Pick a fitness activity, make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and register for the upcoming Salmon Run (page 26). And, please remember to share your MWR experiences with me. Take a few minutes to send your thoughts at William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM


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re you disappointed with fast-food joints where you get a half-hearted version of what’s shown on commercials? You’ll never get a bad version of food when you dine with us at an MWR eatery! Take the Warrior Zone at Lewis North, for instance. Get freshly prepared food that not only caters to hefty appetites but is served fast and fresh. We’re talking bulgogi, Thai chicken, chicken chipotle and Middle Eastern wraps; gourmet salads and sandwiches; tapas quesadillas, wings, sliders and pizzas. All for less than 8 bucks; most from $4–$5, easy on your wallet. Another favorite at Lewis North is The Bistro at Russell Landing at the end of American Lake Boulevard. The menu’s loaded with favorites, and dinner’s always a great experience (especially when it’s warm enough to dine on the patio overlooking the lake). Think stacked-high sandwiches, gourmet pizzas you can’t find anywhere else, house pasta specialties and thick, juicy burgers. Dinner’s a date with sassy salmon, sizzling steak, Porterhouse pork chop and chicken Parmesan entrees. Did we mention to save room for dreamy desserts? Even if you just drop Dine at the Warrior Zone at Lewis North for hearty, meat-stuffed sandwiches, wraps, salads, quesadillas, burgers, chicken, wings, sliders and more! Pictured are the Lebanese vegetarian flatbread pizza, chicken chipotle wrap, red hot chicken sandwich and our own Zap brand energy drink.

by for gelato scoops, you’re in for a real treat not found at any fast-food joint. Now, here’s a real crowd-pleaser — Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course at McChord Field. Order freshly made tacos, huge burritos, ensaladas and more for a superb dining experience in a relaxing and scenic dining area. Sit out on the side patio and watch golfers on sunny days! Find more of our quick-service diners — such as Globemaster Grill, Cascade Community Center, Battle Bean Café and Café Lancelatte — on our website at under Dining and Coffee Shops.

Treat Mom to a special brunch Take Mom out to the annual favorite Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 12 at the McChord Club or at the Bistro at Russell Landing. The McChord Club’s brunch is from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and costs $24.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $14.95 for ages 6–10 and $5 for ages 5 and younger. Club members receive a $2 discount for each meal. Call 253-982-5581 for reservations. The Bistro’s brunch begins at 10 a.m. and costs $24.95 for adults, $11.95 for ages 4–12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Reserve your place through WebTrac at or call 253-964-2813.

• Friday, May 31, get two complete steak dinners for the price of one from 5–8 p.m. The cost is $18.95. • Two meals for the price of one every Tuesday in Globemaster Grill from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. • Free food in Globemaster Grill every Friday from 5–6 p.m. Want to know how to become a member? Call 253-982-5581 for information and an application form, or visit Membership is open to all JBLM personnel. Other monthly specials are for everyone, even if you’re not a club member, including the all-you-can-eat German buffet Thursday, May 23 from 5–8 p.m. (Reservations required; call 253-982-5581.) For other weekly specials or special events, visit

McChord Club loves its members Check out the McChord Club’s exclusive club member specials this month: • Wednesday, May 29, you’re invited to a free member appreciation luncheon from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Family members cost $5.


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Look at all the fun May’s Warrior Zone’s throwing three parties May 4! The Warrior Zone is rolling three parties into one day-long event on Saturday, May 4. Come for one or all three: • Become a thoroughbred racing fan at the Kentucky Derby party starting at 2 p.m. Have fun with derby activities, feast on smothered fried chicken, black-eyed peas, cornbread and more and sip mint juleps or sweet tea while you watch the race on the regal grounds of Churchill Downs® starting at 3:25 p.m. • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (a day early) with a special taco bar and margaritas starting at 6 p.m. • While you’re snacking on tacos, watch the mega-fight between eight-time, five-division world champ Floyd “Money” Mayweather and six-time, fourdivision world champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. The broadcast is from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The parties are for ages 18 and older. You must be age 21 and older to consume alcoholic beverages. The Warrior Zone is at Lewis North on the corner of 17th and D streets. Call 253-477-5756 for more details. 8

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entrance. Visit for the complete schedule or call 253-477-4299.

Stay in form with fun summer bowling leagues

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Enjoy Armed Forces Day Experience the 2013 Armed Forces Day activities at Lewis Main Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cowan and Memorial stadiums. See military equipment, encampments and displays from ancient Romans through WWII, and enjoy carnival rides, roving entertainers, stage show entertainment, food and fun. Radio Disney AM 1250 Seattle is on stage from noon–2 p.m. for Radio Disney LIVE! powered by New DOLE Fruit Squish’ems. Be part of activities, dancing, music and more, plus don’t miss a special Q&A and meet & greet with Billy Unger from Disney XD’s “Lab Rats.” In addition, Carey Theater is showing “Zero Dark Thirty” at 3 and 7 p.m. The day’s events are open to the general public; use I-5, exit 119 for

Keep your game top-notch by playing on a fun summer bowling league for both youth and adults! Sounders Lanes is now forming two leagues: • The adult Summer Scratch League meets on Thursdays beginning May 9. • The Adult/Junior Doubles League meets on Tuesdays starting May 14. Call Sounders Lanes at 253-982-5954 for sign-up details.

Come on out to Youth Fun Days at Sounders Lanes Do your kids groan about nothing to do on the weekend? Get out and have fun with the debut of Sounders Lanes’ Youth Fun Day Saturday, May 11. Youth get two hours of bowling and rental shoes for only $5 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. every Saturday during the summer through Labor Day weekend. Starting Sunday, May 12, Sounders Lanes is switching to summer hours. It will be open Tuesdays–Saturdays and closed Sundays and Mondays.

bringing you! Call 253-982-5954 for more information.

Watch free weekend movies at McChord Theater Speaking of getting out on the weekend, watch free movies at the McChord Theater Saturdays at 4 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Visit under McChord Theater to see what’s playing. The theater’s located at 1120 Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field. Concessions are available for purchase inside the lobby.

Get free name embroidery Your consolidated Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field invites you to come get your name embroidered for free on any shirt or jacket you bring in May 13–17! The offer is limited to one garment per customer. Due to budget cuts, the Arts & Crafts Center is now open Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more details, call 253-982-6723.

Enter Arts & Crafts contest You’ve worked on some amazing creative projects, now let your artistic pride shine! Enter your works through June 30 in

the 2012 Army Arts and Crafts Contest to compete for cash prizes. Complete an online entry form and submit a digital photo or two showing your: • Ceramics • Digital art • Drawing • Fiber or textiles • Glass • Metals/Jewelry • Mixed media • Painting • Woodwork Find the rules at You must have an Army Knowledge Online account login and password. Submissions are open to active duty personnel, National Guard, Reserve, Family members, military retirees and DoD civilians. For more details, visit artsandcrafts or call your JBLM Arts & Crafts Center at 253-982-6723.

Show off your pet at ‘Pawrade’ Win gift cards for first, second and third place for your pooch’s best trick or best costume in McChord Community Center’s Pet Pawrade

Saturday, May 11. Owners and pets are invited to congregate at McChord on the field across from the Exchange/Firestone from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy inflatables and the kids’ coloring corner. Also get in on drawings and see a military working dog demo. Call 253-982-0718 for more details.

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


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It’s here and a lot of it in more than 1200 homes built by Freestone over the past 20 years. These livable homes cover more than 2.5 million square feet of built-in extras, filled with billions extras of extra touches, one home at a time. Now, that’s liveability you can live with in a home you can be proud of for many years.

Golf scrambles are back! CG’s Payday Scrambles are back at Whispering Firs and Eagles Pride golf courses. If you’re an ID cardholder, you and your friends can enter five-person scrambles on the following Fridays with a 1 p.m. shotgun start: • May 3 and Aug. 2 at Whispering Firs • June 7 and Sept. 6 at Eagles Pride The cost is $30 per person and includes your greens fee, cart rental and a chance to win prizes. You can enter as a team or be placed on a team if you enter individually. The entry deadline is the Wednesday prior to the date. For more information, call Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927 or Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522.

Try for hole-in-one to win pot Perfect your game with Whispering Firs Golf Course’s daily Hole-in-One Pot tournament during May. Try to win the pot — paid in the form of a tourney certificate — with your hole in one for only 50¢ a round; tee time is 7 a.m. Call 253-982-4927 for sign-up details.

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Want to learn how to golf without intimidation? Learn the easy way with Link Up 2 Golf for adults at Whispering Firs Golf Course. Group lessons cost only $99 per person for evening instruction during the week from 5:30–7:30.

All lessons are taught by Whispering Firs’ student-centered Life Master LPGA professional. The first group session meets Monday through Thursday, May 20–23. Lessons continue throughout the summer. Call the pro shop at 253-982-4927 for registration details and full schedule.

Take advantage of specials at Whispering Firs Find your choice of golf specials and sales at Whispering Firs during May: • Armed Forces Day twilight greens fees for all military golfers on Saturday, May 18, plus all-day Skins Game and KPs pay only $10 per player. • Moms receive free greens fees on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. Mothers with advanced greens fees receive a free power cart rental. • All women’s equipment and apparel are on sale May 10–12, and select pro shop items are on sale May 24–27.

For more info, call the pro shop at 253-982-4927.

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

Questions? Call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927.

Improve your swing with individual lessons Perfect your swing with individual golf lessons to improve on and modify techniques, then practice your new techniques at the driving range. Individual golf lessons are available at Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses with one of our PGA- and LPGA-certified golf pros. Call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927 today to set up your lesson and you’ll be on the way to a better golf game. If you want to practice at a covered driving range at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs, range balls are available on site or may be purchased at either pro shop for additional savings. Also ask about rental clubs!


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iscover more to do both indoors and out with us this spring. Now’s a great time to learn a new skill while you’re at it! For instance, sign up for kayak or scuba lessons if you want to make friends with Puget Sound waters (and beyond). Or explore trails you never knew could be so fun on a mountain bike or a backpacking trip. The Outdoor Recreation program offers outings in all these areas: Introduction to mountain biking is an instructional guided ride designed for beginners. You spend the day learning the basics, while getting plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. Bike, helmet, gloves and transportation are provided. Backpacking 101 classes broaden your backpacking knowledge with help from the staffers at Northwest Adventure Center. Topics include proper clothing, gear, ABCs of packing and food supplies. Would you like to try crabbing? Sign up for a fun crabbing trip to Westport this summer with the ODR crew. All you need is a fishing license and a bucket with a lid for your catch! Did you know you can fish and hunt right here at JBLM? Get great fishing tips from the folks at the Northwest Adventure Center while you find the perfect fishing spots on base or on fishing trips with ODR. You can even rent fishing gear and boats and buy bait from Russell Landing Marina. The next hunting course at the NAC’s Skeet Range is June 17–21 from

6–9 p.m. Classes fill fast — register at The cost is $10 per student (nonrefundable) on the first night of class (Monday). Call 253-967-7056 (Skeet Range) or 253-967-6263 (NAC Info Desk) for more information. 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. For class details and dates, call the NAC at 253-967-6263 or the Scuba Diving Center at 253-967-3405. The Adventures section starting on page 20 offers even more ideas for new experiences. Love to frame and hang some of the scenic photos you’ve taken but hate the expense? Get the knack of matting and framing at your consolidated Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field to save you both time and money. The Arts & Crafts Center staff teaches you how to choose and use mats with frames, master basic cuts, cut glass,

piece together frames and add backing. The class is offered Tuesdays from 1–4 p.m. The fee is $30; materials are an additional charge. Bring in a 5-by-7inch print to frame. Call 253-982-6718 for registration details. With all the summer travel you’re planning to get to favorite destinations, you don’t have time to schedule ahead for maintenance. Become less dependent on auto dealers when you need an oil change or lube and filter. Learn to replace them and maintain your vehicle with hands-on classes at your MWR Auto Centers. At the McChord Auto Center: • Learn to perform a standard preventive check-up. One session is $20 plus supplies. • Learn to change the oil and lube your vehicle. One session is $25 plus supplies. • If you suspect something’s going wrong, save considerable cash by making an appointment for a complete engine diagnostic. The problem can be pinpointed and you’ll get free advice on how to fix it for the best price. Call 253-982-7226 for a class or engine diagnostic appointment. If you’re into fixing cars, you have plenty of company at the Lewis Auto Center. The facilities include equipment to help you rebuild engines, repair and repaint dents and scratches, change tires, and much more. Call 253-967-3728 for more details. Looking for children’s learning activities? Turn the page!


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g n i g n i Sw h g u o r th spring Fun programs to get you outside from spring into summer with Child, Youth & School Services Round the bases with Pitch, Hit & Run program, youth baseball CYS Services Sports is proud to announce the return of Pepsi’s Pitch, Hit & Run program. Teaching baseball fundamentals to youth ages 7–14, this clinic is free to JBLM youth. The events are May 15–16 at McChord Field’s youth fields and May 22–23 at Lewis Main’s youth athletic fields from 5–7 p.m. Registration is onsite; just bring birth certificate for proof of age. Plus, registration for summer baseball and lil’ batters begins May 1 and runs through June 14. The cost for play-

ers ages 5–15 is $60, while the cost for preschoolers ages 3–4 in the lil’ batters program is $20. For details, call the Youth Sports Office at 253-967-2405.

Run for the end zone & cheer them on as they go for a touchdown Registration for flag football and cheerleading is well under way, and there’s still time to sign up! Open to youth ages 5–15 for $55, the flag football and cheerleading season runs June 10–July 19. ­­ Sign up with WebTrac or at Parent Central Services. Call 253-967-2405 for details.

Teens, learn about the environment while making a difference The Student Conservation Association has a great opportunity — a­­­pply now to join a Base to Base Trail Crew at Mount Rainier National Park, where you’ll work on trail-building and habitat-restoration projects and gain skills, environmental knowledge, personal growth and career-opportunity information. If you’re interested in joining the program and following in the footsteps of the JBLM youth who participated last year, visit and click on Base to Base Camp.


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Summer sports camp fun Registration opens Wednesday, May 1 for the following youth sports summer camps and events: • Tennis, Wednesdays July 17 through Aug. 21 from 10–11:30 a.m.; $35 • First Tee golf camp at Eagles Pride Golf Course, Tuesdays starting June 25 for eight weeks from 2–3:30 p.m.; $40 • First Tee golf camps at Whispering Firs, Thursdays starting June 27 for eight weeks from 2–3:30 p.m.; $40 • Youth Golf Parent Caddy Tournament at Eagles Pride Golf Course Aug. 20 at 9:30 a.m.; $20

Mentor young athletes Looking for a way to spend time with your kids or make a difference in the lives of young people? Share your love of sports with them — become a volunteer youth sports coach. Sports fee vouchers are available. Background checks and training is required. For more information, call the Youth Sports Office at 253-967-2405.

Three steps for quick-and-easy sports (& more) sign up 1

Register your Family with Child, Youth & School Services at Parent Central (to make it go as smoothly as possibly, download the registration checklist from central.html to get the necessary documents in order, and consider making an appointment). Registration must be completed annually.


Set up an account with WebTrac at (click on the yellow WebTrac button).


Check schedules and sign up your kids for sports, plus SKIESUnlimited classes (for details, see page 15), hourly care and more — all from your home computer or smartphone.

New parks provide opportunities for good times, good views You probably know Shoreline Park and Russell Landing Marina as great places for recreation opportunities at Lewis North. At Shoreline Park, you can swim, play and rent canoes. At Russell Landing Marina, you can launch a boat, fish, play at the playground, rent a pavilion for a party and grab a bite to eat at The Bistro at Russell Landing (see page 7 for more information about the Bistro’s Mother’s Day Brunch). Soon, these two summer hot spots you know and love will be even better! “A lot of time and thought has gone into the project. It’s been fun. We think it’s a great place for JBLM Families to enjoy,” says Scott Ballentine, MWR project manager. A new lakeside trail gives you gorgeous views of American Lake, connecting Shoreline Park to Russell Landing Marina and continuing to Summer Cove.

Photos: Scott Ballentine

The trails provide a great opportunity to get your Family outside close to home. Stop at the new gazebo on the point and take in the views — and snap a few pictures for Grandma and Grandpa — as you walk to Shoreline Park for a summer swim (check at for details about the start of summer hours). Walking from Russell Landing Marina toward Summer Cove Park brings you to a spot perfect for enjoyable lunches out of the office and play-

dates alike. There are new picnic tables throughout the park that overlook the lake, as well as a picnic area on the sandy beach. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it lakeside, or call the Bistro at 253-964-2813 for to-go lunch. Summer Cove is also the site of the largest (and newest) playground at JBLM. Additional improvements include landscaping, irrigation and historical signage. Stay tuned to the Focus and for updated information.


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Make music with SKIES & Disney stars Sign up for music classes with SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy and enjoy dancing, activities and more with Disney at Armed Forces Day. Strike a new chord with SKIESUnlimited’s guitar classes Spring has sprung, and with it comes the sweet sounds of success! Tarana and the music instructors at SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy are adding more classes and opportunities for young musicians to learn to play guitar and piano, fine-tune vocal skills and improve self-esteem. Tarana says, “The goal is to have fun as we grab a guitar” and learn how to play and write songs using basic chords. From the sounds of it, the goal’s been met. “I’m most excited to play the guitar. It’s my favorite instrument!” exclaims 11-year-old Vartan. “I’ve never played an instrument before. I’m most excited about learning something new,” seconds Alyssa, 13. If she becomes a famous musician, she says she’ll pay off her mom’s mortgage and buy a house on the beach. If your child’s interested in learning to play guitar, sign up for a music class Photos from top: Cindy Arnold; courtesy photo

Above: Learn to read music, write songs and play chords with SKIESUnlimited’s music instructors Julie and Tarana. Left: Join Radio Disney AM 1250 Seattle and star Billy Unger at Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 18.

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with SKIESUnlimited. Class schedules for music, art, sports and more are available on WebTrac at cys.htm. Registration for June classes runs May 1–23. You must be registered with CYS Services; see the green box on page 14 for registration details. The SKIESUnlimited team looks forward to seeing new and returning students as they expand their horizons and build confidence.

Disney star Billy Unger to attend JBLM Armed Forces Day Radio Disney AM 1250 Seattle will be at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 18 from noon–2 p.m. for Radio Disney LIVE! powered by New DOLE Fruit Squish’ems. Don’t miss activities, dancing, music and more and be there for a special Q&A and meet & greet with Billy Unger from Disney XD’s “Lab Rats.” Plus, don’t miss the usual fun for all ages at AFD — historical and modernday military displays, on-stage entertainment, rides and games, food and more. See page 8 for event information or visit for an event schedule.

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ershika Maple has been named Military Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and is set to receive a college scholarship and vie for a regional title this summer.

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Selected among three outstanding military youth, Jershika Maple from JBLM has been named the Washington State Boys & Girls Clubs Military Youth of the Year. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As the new teen representative for all BGCA-affiliated youth programs in the state, she’ll receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation.

The gala dinner, attended by local Youth of the Year winners from across the state, is the culmination of months of hard work, community service and speech and essay preparation. The dinner is the finale of a two-day Youth of the Year event that started in Olympia at the Governor’s Mansion Wednesday, March 27. After meeting with Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, youth traveled to Seattle. At the lunch reception the next day at Bell Harbor, local winners competed and shared their personal stories among board, staff, community leaders, their Families and peers. “Getting nominated for Youth of the Year is such an honor, but winning state?! There are no words for how proud we are of Jershika and her state victory. She’s a fabulous example of a youth who is willing to give her time and soul to help others and improve the youth centers and life for our teens and younger children in and out of CYSS programs,” says Emmy Niemczyk, JBLM Teen Zone director.

“She’s ... willing to give her time and soul to help others and improve the youth centers and life for our teens and younger children.” — Emmy Niemczyk, Teen Zone director

Jershika is known for her bubbly personality, exceptional singing voice and willingness to help a friend. “Jershika Maple and all Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that BGCA-affiliated youth centers across the country are fulfilling their mission of inspiring and enabling young people to be great,” says Jim Clark, president and CEO, BGCA. In July, Jershika will compete against other BGCA military-affiliated state winners within the Pacific Region. If named Military Regional winner for the Pacific Region, she’ll be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship. She would then move on to the National Military Youth of the Year competition and will be one of six Military Regional winners to compete in Washington, D.C., in September.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington exist to inspire and enable 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. For information about getting involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs at JBLM, call the Teen Zone at 253-967-4441 or McChord Youth Center at 253-982-2203.

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Family & the homefront

Celebrate military spouses & new parents Army Community Service is hosting fun, educational events this month — from freebies to valuable information JBLM salutes military spouses with a week of freebies, specials Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated every year on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Military spouses are honored at U.S. military installations worldwide. Military Spouse Appreciation Day was established by President Ronald Reagan by Proclamation 5184 on April 17, 1984 and is reinforced each year by a Presidential Proclamation. This year's Military Spouse Appreciation Week is May 6–10. Specials offered in celebration and honor of our JBLM military spouses are: • Free slice of cheesecake with purchase of lunch at Cascade Community Center May 6–10. Cascade Community Center is located at 2400 Bitar

Ave. at Lewis Main. • Free cup of coffee of the day with purchase of muffin at Battle Bean Coffee Shops May 7–9. Find locations at • Two free games of bowling, including shoe rental, is offered at Bowl Arena Lanes and Sounders Lanes Tuesday, May 7. Bowl Arena Lanes is located at 2272 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main; Sounders Lanes is at 737 Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field. • Discounted golf clinics are available at Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses May 8–10. Clinics begin at 11 a.m. Sign up for a 30-minute golf clinic with nine holes of golf for $20 per person (up to four spouses per clinic). Register by calling the Eagles Pride Pro Shop at 253-967-6522 or the Whispering

Firs Pro Shop at 253-982-2124. • Cookie social Thursday, May 9 from 1–2:30 p.m. at Waller Hall, 2140 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. • Complimentary breakfast Friday, May 10 at the Lewis-Main Exchange Food Court, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Support & education from the New Parent Support Program The New Parent Support Program hosts a variety of classes for new and expecting parents. As part of the Family Advocacy Program, the NPSP is a professional team of social workers and registered nurses who provide free, in-home parenting support and educational services to JBLM Families with children through age 3. The program helps parents learn to cope with stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions

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Expecting couples — and Families with young children — at JBLM are invited to learn more about the New Parent Support Program, a valuable resource. As part of Family Advocacy Program, the New Parent Support Program provides free in-home visits and classroom education to Families with children through age 3. Plus, check out Baby Play Group at Raindrops & Rainbows Parent and Child Play Center every Thursday from 1–2:30 p.m. Call 253-967-5901 for more information.

and the everyday demands of parenthood. The Stress-Free Parenting workshop is just one example of the many educational and support opportunities available. If you feel overwhelmed or find parenting stressful, sign up for StressFree Parenting. The curriculum includes: • Mindfulness skills that help decrease the stresses of parenting. • Mindfulness skills that will help enrich your day-to-day Family life. • Valuable resources and information. Registration is required. To sign up or for program details, call 253-967-5901. For more information about what the NPSP and Family Advocacy can do for you, visit

Learn about American culture, customs The International Spouse Orientation is designed to help foreign-born service members and spouses understand American customs and culture. The next quarterly event is Wednesday, June 5 from 1–4 p.m. at the Army Community Service Office at Waller Hall (2140 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main). For details, call 253-967-3633.

Hearts Apart Mother’s Day The Hearts Apart for Waiting Families Support Group is hosting an event to honor our mothers. Join us Wednesday, May 8 from 6–8 p.m. at the Army Community Service Relocation Program

Office, 2140 Liggett Ave. (Waller Hall). This outreach program is for active duty military Families with Servicemembers on unaccompanied tour, extended temporary duty or field training exercise. Support services are provided for Families living on- and off-base. Members are required to be listed with ACS. If you’re eligible and want to be part of the Hearts Apart Services for Waiting Families, call 253-967-3633 to register and to find out more information. For up-to-date information on all things Army Community Service at JBLM, become a fan at





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Experience.     Enjoy. Take a peaceful kayak to Hope Island, visit the Emerald City for a  sightseeing tour and hit the rapids for some whitewater fun. The opportunities are practically endless. Check out these upcoming adventures and find the right one for you. Ape Cave adventure Travel to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere Saturday, June 1. Go deep into the underside of a 2,000-year-old lava flow to climb over volcanic formations. In this subterranean environment, the average year-round temperature is a constant 45 degrees, so dress appropriately. Difficulty: easy; distance: 3 miles; elevation gain: 250 feet. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

Armed Forces Day Join the Outdoor Recreation program Saturday, May 18 at Armed Forces Day at Lewis Main. Talk to outdoor adventure guides and try out the climbing wall. For event details, see page 8.

ATV adventure in Capitol Forest Join us for an exciting ride through 91,650acre Capitol Forest Saturday, June 15. You’ll learn the basics of safe ATV riding while taking a guided ride through the miles of trails Capitol Forest has to offer. Transportation, ATV, helmet and goggles are provided. Difficulty: beginner; distance: 15+ miles; ride time: 3–4 hours. Minimum age: 16 ($125) Bungee jumping Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country —

it’s a full 20 stories high! If adrenaline is what you crave, you won’t be disappointed Saturday, May 18. Fee includes two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt (bragging rights are free). Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($135)

Explore Victoria, B.C. Hop on the ferry and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C., Sunday, June 16. Downtown Victoria has everything from antique shops to artisan chocolate shops. You may also stop in at the Royal B.C. Museum or watch a thrilling IMAX film. The trip fee includes walk-on round-trip ferry ticket. A passport is required. ($100; ages 5–11: $85; ages 0–4: $55)

Heybrook Lookout hike Short and sweet and a tad bit steep, the hike to the restored Heybrook Lookout makes for a great day trip! Scan the scenic Skykomish Valley from the lookout’s lofty 67-foot high balcony, relish the rugged beauty of Ragged Ridge and stand impressed by Mount Index’s imposing facade. Join us Saturday, June 1. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 2.6 miles; elevation gain: 850 feet; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 7 ($45) Hike Tolmie Peak Tolmie Peak is a day hiker’s special, and you can try it Satur-

day, June 8. It’s just the right distance and offers the right touch of outdoor magic — an old fire lookout cabin still stands atop the ridge knoll west of the true summit of Tolmie Peak. We might still find a volunteer at the lookout cabin. Once there, we’ll take the time to have lunch and, if open, check out the historic old work room. Difficulty: Moderate; distance: 7.5 miles; elevation gain: 1,100 feet; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

Hope Island kayak Join us Sunday, June 9 for a paddle and walk around Hope Island’s beaches and tide pools. Home to wildlife, the island offers the chance to see bald eagles, harbor seals and starfish. Paddle distance: approximately 6 miles. Minimum age: 15 ($40)

Mountain bike Capitol Forest If you have a mountain bike but aren’t sure where to ride it, head out with us Sunday, June 9. We’ll head to Capitol Forest near Olympia, home to hundreds of miles of some of the best mountain biking trails in the state. This trip is a great chance to meet other bikers and start riding again. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 10 miles; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($35) Continued on next page.



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Visit Seattle Sunday, June 2 with the Outdoor Recreation Program.

Mountain bike single-track skills class

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If you’ve always wanted to go mountain biking, this is the trip for you! Come out Sunday, May 19 for an instructional guide designed for beginners looking to try something new. You’ll spend the day learning the basics, while getting plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. Bike, helmet, gloves and transportation are provided in the trip cost. Location will be determined based on conditions. Difficulty: easy; distance: 5–6 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($35)

Trek on Sunday, May 26. The 723-acre park is home to more than 200 North American animals, a lake, trails and beautiful natural exhibits. You’ll see bighorn sheep, caribou, beavers and grizzly bears from the 55-minute tram tour. Enjoy hands-on experiences in the Discovery Center and Baker Research Cabin, or have lunch at the Fir Bough Café. ($40; ages 5–12: $35; ages 0–4: $20)

Nisqually inflatable kayak trip Explore this local treasure from an exciting-but-easy-to-paddle inflatable kayak Saturday, June 8. ($45)

Seattle outlets and Tulalip Casino This Sunday, May 19 trip is for the serious bargain hunter! Spend the day shopping at the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall in Marysville at stores such as Oakley, Burberry, Calvin Klein and Chico’s. If you get tired of shopping,

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Bungee jumping

Saturday, May 18


Minimum weight: 90 lbs.

Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 18

Mountain biking single-track skills class

Sunday, May 19


Seattle outlets and Tulalip Casino

Sunday, May 19


Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

Saturday, May 25


Westport bottom fishing

Saturday, May 25


Northwest Trek

Sunday, May 26


Snoqualmie inflatable kayak trip

Sunday, May 26


Ape Cave adventure

Saturday, June 1


Minimum age: 12

Heybrook Lookout hike

Saturday, June 1


Minimum age: 7

Woodland Park Zoo family day

Saturday, June 1


Ages 3–12: $28; ages 0–2: $15

Visit Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks

Sunday, June 2


Ages 3–12: $35; ages 0–2: $30

Nisqually inflatable kayak trip

Saturday, June 8


Sol Duc Hot Springs

Saturday, June 8


Ages: 4–12: $40; ages 0–3: $25

Hike Tolmie Peak

Saturday, June 8


Minimum age: 12

Mountain bike Capitol Forest

Sunday, June 9


Minimum age: 12

Hope Island day kayak

Sunday, June 9


Minimum age: 15

ATV adventure Capitol Forest

Saturday, June 15


Minimum age: 16

Waterfall tour

Saturday, June 15


Ages 5–12: $40; ages 0–4: $15

Explore Victoria, B.C.

Sunday, June 16


Ages 5–11: $85; ages 0–4: $55; passport req’d

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

Sunday, June 16


Minimum age: 12

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Minimum age: 12

Ages 5–12: $35; ages 0–4: $20

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

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a short walk takes you to the Tulalip Resort Casino. Fee includes round-trip transportation. ($35)

Snoqualmie inflatable kayak trip Go on an exciting inflatable kayak trip in the North Bend area Sunday, May 26. This easy-to-paddle trip puts in at Twin Falls and follows the Snoqualmie River to the town of North Bend. ($50)

Sol Duc Hot Springs Take a soak at the Sol Duc Hot Springs in the Olympic National Forest Saturday, June 8. The pools — three mineral hot spring soaking pools and the freshwater pool — vary in temperature, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for relaxing in. Each mineral pool is drained and cleaned nightly for health and safety. ($50; ages 4–12: $40; ages 0–3: $25) Visit Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks You haven’t seen Seattle until you’ve seen it from a Duck! Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on a land-and-water tour of the Emerald City Sunday, June 2. From aboard amphibious World War II–vehicles, you’ll see downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and Fremont before splashing into Lake Union for a spectacular view of the city skyline, luxurious yachts and Sleepless in Seattle houseboats. You’ll have time to walk around Pike Place Market for some wonderful shopping and great food, too. ($45; ages 3–12: $35; ages 0–2: $30)

Waterfall tour Explore the greatest

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concentration of waterfalls in the continental U.S. Saturday, June 15. Traveling along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which has an abundance of small waterfalls viewable from the road, we’ll stop at at least five major waterfalls to include the world famous Multnomah Falls (it plunges more than 620 feet from its origins). We’ll break for lunch in Hood River, Ore. Trip fee includes round-trip transportation. ($65; ages 5–12: $40; ages 0–4: $15)

a trip (or two!) down the beautiful Wenatchee River. There are two opportunities for this whitewater challenge — Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, June 16. We’ll put in near the Bavarian town of Leavenworth and paddle through the many exciting class-III rapids. No rafting experience is necessary. Minimum age: 12 ($65; group discounts available)

Westport bottom fishing Get out on the open water and start hauling in fish Saturday, May 25. Take a chartered boat trip out of Westport where the rockfish are always plentiful and lingcod are real fighters. Dress in layers and bring lunch, snacks and rain gear. ($130)

Woodland Park Zoo family day Head to the Woodland Park Zoo with your Family Saturday, June 1. Lions and tigers and bears aren’t the only things you’ll see during this interactive zoo experience. You’re sure to love the Zoomazium, just one of the award-winning exhibits Woodland Park Zoo has to offer. ($35; ages 3–12: $28; ages 0–2: $15)

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Whether you’re a regular at a JBLM Sports & Fitness Center, an outdoor enthusiast, reader, bowler, swimmer or skater, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with STRONG B.A.N.D.S. 1

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library or participate in a recreation activity. Recreation opportunities include outdoor trips with the Northwest Adventure Center (turn to page 20 for a schedule), bowling and golf (turn to the Food & fun pages for details), rollerskating/blading, skateboarding at the pavilion, running at the outdoor track, walking or riding your bike. For more information about fitness

Participate in any number of activities at JBLM Sports & Fitness Centers,

opportunities, call 253-967-2604.

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JBLM Soccer Championship

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with McChord Field’s top team and you could win big, too. The game to determine the 2013 Installation Champion is Wednesday, May 22 at Cowan Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Door prizes include gift cards, soccer gear and four tickets to a Sounders home game.

Register now for the Salmon Run The first-ever McChord Field Salmon Run 12K/5K is Saturday, June 15! The event includes a race for the finish line, music from the Blackberry Bushes String Band and a salmon bake. You could win great door prizes! Door prizes will be awarded throughout the salmon bake and include whalewatching tour, whitewater rafting and

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fly fishing trips with the Outdoor Recreation Program. Other prizes include race gear and gift cards. Race-day information The 12K course loops around the airfield with the start and finish lines at the track near the McChord Club/ Community Center. The 5K route is an out-and-back run. Additionally, there is a quarter-mile Chum Run for youth of all ages (free day-of-race sign-up only). The race-day timeline is: 8–9:45 a.m. — Packet pick-up 9:45–10 a.m. — Pre-race briefing 10 a.m. — Race start 10:30 a.m. — Music from Blackberry Bushes String Band 11:30 a.m. — Free Kids’ Chum Run 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Music from Blackberry Bushes String Band How to register To register, visit To guarantee a race T-shirt, register by noon Tuesday, June 4. The cost is $15 for military-affiliated runners (race only) and $25 for runners with no military affiliation (race only). Add $5 to each category for day-of-race registration. If you want a salmon meal, order one by noon Tuesday, June 4 when

you register for the race. An adult plate includes salmon, rice and pineapple coleslaw for $10. A child plate is $6 and features salmon nuggets, rice and pineapple coleslaw. Patrons may purchase more than one meal during registration. A limited number of meals will be available for purchase on race day for $12 ($8 for child’s plate). Awards The top three finishers in each age group will receive a medal, and every youth in the Chum Run will receive a finisher’s medal.

Softball season starts soon

eligible for youth sports. For more information, visit and navigate to the Intramural Sports page under Recreation or call 253-967-4768.

More great events coming soon! The JBLM Bodybuilding Championship is Saturday, June 15 at Nelson Recreation Center. Tickets are $5 at the door. If you want to enter the competition, visit to download an entry form or pick one up at any JBLM fitness center. Signup is $25. The JBLM Mud Run is Saturday, June 29 at Soldiers Field House. Stay tuned for details.

With intramural softball season starting next month, you’re invited to an information session Tuesday, May 14 at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center or McChord Fitness Center at 2 p.m. If you’re interested in forming a men’s, women’s or co-ed team, be sure to attend.

Sign up for intramural golf Dust off your clubs because Intramural Golf begins next month. All matches are conducted under current USGA rules except as amended by the Sports Office. All golfers will be charged $8 per match (paid to the golf club on the night of the unit’s match). All matches will consist of nine holes of match play with a best ball, two-person scramble format. If you intend to register a team, don’t miss the information sessions Tuesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at Eagles Pride Golf Course or Whispering Firs Golf Course. Intramural sports are open to DoD ID card holders who aren’t otherwise


Learning & earning

Put your feet up, read & enjoy JBLM libraries have the books & magazines you want to read — free! By Cindy Spano, JBLM Reference Librarian


f you love magazines, the JBLM Library System has a treat for you! The library now offers more than 480 digital copies of your favorite magazines accessible on your computer, tablet or mobile device! The free online magazine service, Zinio, offers the exact same full-color material you get in print (including advertisements), plus other useful features like an interactive table of contents so you can quickly jump to a particular article within a magazine. What’s even more exciting is magazine issues are available any-


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time you want to read them. The JBLM Libraries’ Zinio collection includes magazines covering all broad subject areas, including titles such as Consumer Reports, Car & Driver, Good

The free online magazine service, Zinio, offers the exact same full-color material you get in print — for free! Housekeeping, Forbes, Comics & Gaming Magazine, Kitchen and Baths, US Weekly, ESPN Magazine and Esquire. To access the magazines, users must

have a current JBLM Library account and a PIN for accessing the library’s online resources. Both can be obtained by stopping by a JBLM library. Once those are established, it’s as simple as creating a Zinio account and registering for the magazines you want to read. The library provides helpful handouts that include FAQs regarding specific instructions for certain devices. Additional information about the JBLM Library’s Zinio collection is available at Free magazine subscriptions. What could be better than that?! Start reading your favorite magazines in digital format today!

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Celebrate Children’s Book Week

More free events at your libraries

Children’s Book Week is May 12–18 and the JBLM libraries have some fun activities planned! Family storytime at Book Patch Library (inside Grandstaff Library at Lewis Main) is Wednesday May 15 at 10:30 a.m. and will be hosted by local author Autumn Joiner who will read from her newly published book “Mama Received Her Wings.” Any newly registered children will receive a prize at Book Patch Library.

The McChord Library offers a number of free events — educational, fun or a combination of both. Check out the upcoming events below to see what’s on the schedule for this month. CLEP Fair Join McChord Library and McChord Education Center for a CLEP Fair Tuesday, May 7 at noon. Learn about the CLEP process, which can help you earn your degree faster, take home valuable test-taking strategy information and find out about resources available to prepare you for the tests. Registration is required and is going on now. Visit JBLMmwr. com/libraries and click on “Calendar of Events” or call 253-982-3454. Funerals and Finances Learn what you can do now to financially help your Family when the last thing they want to think about is money. Funerals and Finances is Wednesday May 22 at noon. Crochet Basics Interested in learning to crochet? The crochet group meets every Monday from 5–6:30 p.m. in the conference room. Bring your project, start a new one or get advice from the experts. Everyone is welcome — novices, experts and every level of experience in between.

Paws to Read McChord Library, located at McChord Field, will have Family storytime Thursday May 16 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. McChord Library will also have a special storytime Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. The Reading Education Assistance Dogs will offer children the opportunity to explore the human-animal bond while reading aloud to specially trained dogs. Permission slips will be available at the event. For additional information, call 253-982-3454.

New reads at Book Patch Library Stop by the Book Patch Library for new books! Our new book collection is always growing — we’re constantly adding picture books, chapter books, first readers and more to the shelves every month! You can find them on the New Book shelf where they’ll be for three months. Catch them while you can!

Teen volunteer opportunity Does your teen need volunteer hours for school and like working with chil-

dren and making crafts? Book Patch is looking for teens to volunteer for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Call 253-967-5533 to schedule an interview. Teens interested in volunteering at McChord Library, call 253-982-3454.

Summer Reading Program coming soon! The Summer Reading Program is approaching fast! This year’s theme is “Have Book Will Travel.” That means lots of planes, trains and automobiles taking us to Paris, Egypt and even outer space! Registration begins Monday, June 17, and the program runs through Friday, Aug. 2. Register early to receive an official Summer Reading T-shirt. There are limited quantities available, so don’t wait! As always, storytime with a fun craft is offered at Book Patch Library Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and the McChord Library Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. During the SRP, there are even more activities to get excited about! Have fun with crafts and games at the McChord Library Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and at Book Patch Thursdays from 1–3 p.m. Additionally, the McChord Library’s teen program is Tuesdays at 3 p.m., and participants can expect a hair-raising good time! Don’t miss out on the fun this summer! For more information, call the Book Patch Library at 253-967-5533 or the McChord Library at 253-982-3454.


Learning & earning

Save money by improving your financial know-how By Eugene A. Woods, AFC Personal Financial Counselor, ACS/Financial Readiness Specialist


s a consumer, financial literacy is an important factor in improving our basic understanding of how to handle money and make smart decisions concerning personal finances. Increasing your financial knowledge and learning better money management techniques provides the opportunity to save up to hundreds of dollars each month — thousands of dollars per year. Regardless of your age, take a few minutes a day to improve your basic financial management skills to become better educated on consumer matters, improve your awareness of the bottomline figures before signing documents and, most importantly, implement preventive measures to help you avoid the pitfalls of predatory practices (predatory practices include payday loans, car title loans, rent-to-own shops or high-interest rate loans with no-down payments required. It can also include some businesses that sell services such as insurance and investments). Many experts agree that increased financial literacy empowers you to make

smart financial decisions — understand your credit report, learn to maintain a monthly budget and educate yourself. Understanding your credit report and how your credit score is determined can increase your financial literacy. A higher credit score may save thousands of dollars in interest. For example, if Consumer A has a current credit score of 720, Consumer A could possibly qualify for a $15,000 auto loan at an APR of 6%. If Consumer B has a current credit score of 620, Consumer B could possibly qualify for an APR of 18% or higher. The difference in the credit score could cause Consumer B to pay $5,454.56 more in interest alone for the same timeframe as Consumer A. Learning to maintain a monthly budget and tracking your monthly expenses also improves financial literacy. Small purchases on weekdays can add up to be more than one large purchase on a weekend. Most large purchases are planned but small purchases are often taken for granted. Tracking when, what and where you spend keeps you in

charge of your finances. Being conscious of the amount of money spent and what type of spender you are (debit/ credit card spender or cash only) may provide a safety net from overspending. Educating yourself will improve your financial well-being, overall morale and financial success. Review your credit report at least once a year and maintain awareness of your consumer rights. Tracking your daily and monthly expenditures provides a tool for preventive measures to stay in line with your overall goals. For more information or assistance in obtaining and reviewing credit reports, developing a budget or learning money management techniques, call Army Community Service at 253-967-1453 or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695 to schedule an appointment or register for an upcoming class. Improve your overall financial situation today!

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