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Welcome in holiday events; turn gifts into treasures; save big with discount golf; prepare your vehicle for winter.

Find skill-building classes for youth; turn your thanks into giving; get support with military family programs.

Plan a winter getaway; see the lights of the big city or holiday fests; take the first ski/snowboard trip of the season.

Manage your weight through the holiday feasting season; register for fun runs; work out with free fitness classes.

Improve your résumé through volunteer work; sign up the family for JBLM Libraries’ cool winter reading program. Rich Rosenblum

Base runs are always fun, no matter what the season. Enter the Turkey Trot in November and Santa’s Reindeer Dash in December. See page 27 for entry details.


Cover photo: Dustin Linger

Northwesterners play outdoors year round!

If you’re new to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, you’ll soon find that the great outdoors offers something for everyone, no matter what the season. Go fourwheeling, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, hunting, fishing, golfing and more with Family and MWR. Read on for more ideas!


Ready for the holidays? The holiday season is just around the corner. Get into the spirit with events and programs with Family and MWR. The official kick-off of the season is the JBLM Holiday Tree Lighting Wednesday, Dec. 7 (see page 11), and there are plenty of ways to feel jolly before and after. Stay healthy with help from the Sports and Fitness program — eatright tips and Turkey Trot registration information is on page 27. Youth of all ages will love the winter reading program, Reading is Snow Cool! Find information on page 28. Plus, it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping. JBLM Arts & Crafts Centers have unique gifts, so stop by one of the locations and cross some items off your list (page 6). Finally, the holidays are a time when many look for ways they can make a difference in the lives of others. JBLM is lucky to have many volunteers who share their time and talents with us every day. If you’re looking to give back to the community, turn to page 16. Your opinions are valuable, and I’d like to hear from you. Share feedback about your experiences with Family and MWR at Sincerely, William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM


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Contributors Anna Betancourt, Ryki Carlson and Timmy Milligan Contributing photographers Ursula Buford, Ken Dietiker, Patti Jeffrey, Dustin Linger, Vera Pashkevich, Rich Rosenblum and Kimberly Rowe Send submissions to For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, off-base businesses should contact Carly Michael at 253-966-2256 or 253-324-0562. The JBLM “FOCUS” is an unofficial information source published monthly. All 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 FMWR, 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. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style.

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ou don’t need to spend much money to create a memorable gift. Turn a pillowcase into a treasure, chase away the dark with a photo nightlight, carry a keepsake dogtag with you, enclose precious mementos in a shadow box, celebrate a new baby or honor a family member with a custom-made holiday ornament — all at your Arts & Crafts Centers! Gift buying made easy Make your Arts & Crafts Centers your one-stop holiday gift shop! Both locations feature gift items ready for personalizing. At Lewis Main’s Arts & Crafts Center, buy a cap, T-shirt, coffee or travel mug, canvas bag, fold-up blanket or plush pillow ready to make into a personalized gift for the holidays. The McChord shop sells glass mugs, running caps, rosewood pen and pencil sets, coin display racks and enamel lapel pins. If you’ve already bought a present, bring it in for that special personal touch with laser or photo engraving, embroidery or vinyl ornamentation, embossing or framing. Our specialists can help you decide how best to personalize your gift.

Pewter ornaments and gifts make a classy impression Pewter makes a classy holiday gift. The McChord shop features artist Dave Cusenza’s custom pewter ornaments, including a limited-edition Joint Base LewisMcChord ornament featuring the “Iron Mike” Soldier on one side and a C-17 on the other, plus Northwest bird ornaments and a three-dimensional C-17. Cusenza ornaments are limited to those in-stock. Other pewter ornaments representing branches of the military, popular aircraft and more are also available. The McChord shop also stocks a larger selection of pewter pins, key chains and cork-and-pewter bottle toppers.

Save with special offers Get in on November specials at your Arts & Crafts Centers, which include: • Two-for-one framing class: Bring a friend along to learn how to mat and frame and pay for only one student. • Rosewood Pen and Pencil Box Special: Have box laser engraved and get the pen and pencil engraved for free. The special is good Nov. 1–5 at McChord Arts & Crafts only. • Christmas Stocking Special: Bring in two Christmas stockings and get a name embroidered on each one for $10, Nov. 8–12 only. • Vinyl Sticker Savings: Buy a small C-17 or Air Force Logo for $10 at McChord Arts & Crafts. Compared with off-base craft stores, you’ll find that we have more knowledgeable, experienced staff, a variety of services all in one place — and you never pay tax. 6

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Personalize it with colorful embroidery Personalize a variety of presents and holiday decorations with custom fullcolor embroidery. “Bring in a sample of what you want to embroider,” says Lesley Hill, embroidery and engraving specialist at McChord. “We’ll take a look to see if we

can reproduce it. We have an amazing range of color threads, including neon colors and metallics.” Hill says that the heavy-duty embroidery machine can embroider any type of material that will fit in the machine’s hoop, from delicates to super-heavies. “We can embroider Christmas tree skirts, yoga mats, jackets, hair ribbons,

collars, aprons and towels — just bring in the material beforehand if you wish, and we can test a sample to see how it will look,” she says. For a consultation on your custom project, call either Lewis Arts & Crafts at 253-967-5001 or McChord Arts & Crafts at 253-982-6726/6723 to make an appointment.


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Get in on wacky lunch specials While you’re out for lunch, have a little fun with these November specials: Thursday, Nov. 3 is Sandwich Day: Order any sandwich at a Family and MWR eatery and save $1 (includes Bowl Arena Lanes Strike Zone, Sounders Lanes Strike Zone, Café Lancelatte, Cascade Community Center, the Bistro at Russell Landing, Globemaster Grill, AFC Battle Bean and Madigan Café). Thursday, Nov. 10 is Sesame Street Day: Name any Sesame Street character for a free flavor shot at Battle Bean, Buster’s or Café Lancelatte. Hello Day is Monday, Nov. 21: Say “hello” in any language for a free fountain drink with lunch purchase at Globemaster Grill or the Cascade Community Center.

Feast on Thanksgiving dinner at McChord Club Forget about the stress and mess of a large Thanksgiving dinner at home. The McChord Club welcomes you, your family and your friends to the annual Thanksgiving buffet Thursday, Nov. 24. Feast on traditional fixings, including dessert, throughout the early afternoon. Reservations are required; they’re being taken on the hour from 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.; call 253-982-5581. The cost is $18.95 for adults; $17.95 for ages 62 and older; $9.95 for ages 6–10; and $4.50 for ages 5 and younger. Club members receive a $2 discount per meal and their children ages 5 and younger get in free.

Club members get exclusive meals and deals Join the McChord Club to get in on free monthly meals, regular discounts on meals and exclusive bargains. When you join through Dec. 31, you’ll also receive free dues for three months, plus an instant-win scratch-off ticket worth either $5, $10, $25 or $100 — guaranteed! Some of the exclusives to take advantage of during November include: • A Two-for-One Steak Dinner Friday, Nov. 18, 5–8 p.m. Get two complete dinners for only $14.95.

-—————---—— McChord Club November specials —-—--—————Two-fer-Tuesdays 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Two meals for the price of one in Globemaster Grill Wednesdays 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Globemaster Grill Hump Day lunch special: burgers, fries and soda. $4 club members, $5 nonmembers. Wednesdays 4:30–6 p.m. Unlimited Spaghetti Bar. $3 club members, $6 nonmembers Fridays 5–8 p.m. Dining room open for dinner While American Lake Community Center is closed for renovation, the McChord Club is happy to cater your parties. Call the catering manager at 253-982-5581 for more information. 8

• A free Club Member Appreciation Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5–7 p.m. Family members can eat for $5 each. • Free food in Globemaster Grill every Friday from 5–6 p.m. • Member-only bingo Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a jackpot of $800–$1,195. Cards go on sale at 5 p.m. with the early-bird special at 5:30 p.m. Coverall games begin at 6 p.m. For details on how you can become a McChord Club member, call 253-982-5581, drop by the office (Bldg. 700, McChord Field) for an application, or visit afclubs. net online.

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Send Battle Bean coffee to your warrior If your loved one is deployed, Battle Bean Coffee makes a nice addition to the next care package you put together. Whole beans may be purchased at Battle Bean locations at Lewis Main and Lewis North (see page 31) or the Exchange. Proudly roasted at JBLM, Battle Bean Coffee fuels the JBLM community and is available at five locations across the installation: AFC Arena and the Stone Education Center at Lewis Main, Café Lancelatte and Buster’s at McChord Field, plus a quick-stop location at Lewis North. The menu ranges from coffee and custom drinks to snacks and various special items. The AFC Arena location boasts gourmet chocolate and cheesecake — treat yourself to something special while the kids skate around the rink!

Try yummy fall specials Try this month’s special drinks — candy corn, caramel apple cider or pumpkin pie latte — at any location serving Battle Bean Coffee. For a special dessert, order a 12 oz. pumpkin pie latte with a slice of pie for only $5 at the Battle Bean at AFC Arena Nov. 1–23.

Cascade Community Center offers dining, fun and games Come into the Cascade Community Center at Lewis Main, and you’ll find not only weekday lunch specials, but fun in Heroes Lounge. • Drop by for Sunday NFL football from 9:30 a.m.–9 p.m. and Monday Night Football from 4–9 p.m. • Ask for iPlay iWin Bingo Tuesdays from 7–9 p.m., choose your game and try to win cash prizes. • Thursday customers can show up for “Beirut” games from 7–9 p.m. • Unwind at “Finally Friday” at 4 p.m.

with deals on food and drafts, with karaoke later in the evening. The Cascade Community Center is in Bldg. 2400, Bitar and S. Division.

Go Italian at the Bistro Come on out to the Bistro at Russell Landing at Lewis North’s marina for tasty Italian-style pasta dishes, salads, soups, pizza and dinner entrees. Gelato is also served in rich flavors, such as tiramisu. If you’re in a hurry at lunchtime, order ahead for take-out; just call 253-964-2813. Visit for the current lunch and dinner menu.

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Join in on unique trips with McChord Community Center Sign up now for your choice of fun outings in November with the McChord Community Center: • Are you a military family who wants a free afternoon at the museum? Sign up by Monday, Nov. 7 for a ride to downtown Tacoma to see the Tacoma Art Museum Saturday, Nov. 12. Check out what you’ll be seeing by visiting for current exhibits. Call 253-982-0718/0719; only 20 seats are available. • It’s Date Night at the Seattle Symphony Saturday, Nov. 19. Ride for free to see an evening with Leila Josefowicz performing Knussen’s violin concerto. Only 20 seats are avail10

able; sign up by Monday, Nov. 14 by calling 253-982-0718/0719. • Board the “Polar Express” train ride Saturday, Nov. 26. The community center will take you to ride a nonheated train that will pick up Santa and serve cocoa and cookies with singing and entertainment. The cost is $30 per adult and $20 per child. Sign up by Friday, Nov. 18 — only 12 seats are available.

Tops in Blue returns to McChord Join the JBLM community for a free performance by the U.S. Air Force’s Tops in Blue Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Hangar 9 at McChord. From the main gate, turn left at the first light; the hangar is across from the Evergreen Inn. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Enjoy magical tours with Leisure Travel Services Leisure Travel Services at Lewis Main is selling tickets for a Cinderella Duck Tour or Holiday Lights Duck Tour in Seattle, Mount Rainier Railroad holiday specials and holiday dinner cruises aboard harbor tour boats in Tacoma and Seattle. If you want to visit Victoria or Vancouver, B.C., during the holidays, try the Clipper Holiday Specials offered through LTS. In Victoria, see the Butchart Gardens lit up for the holidays, or tour the German Christkindlmarkt and go ice skating in Vancouver. Take the holiday bus from LTS to Leavenworth for the Christmas Lighting Festival Dec. 3 and 17. The trip is

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only $40 per person. For details about tours and tickets, visit LTS at AFC Arena, Liggett Ave at Lewis Main, or call 253-967-3085. For vacation deals, review the current price list under LTS on

Buy gifts at Holiday Craft Bazaar Find that perfect handmade gift from local crafters and artists at the McChord Community Center’s Holiday Bazaar Thursday, Dec. 1 in the McChord Club & Community Center, Bldg. 700. The bazaar lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’d like to sell your homemade items at the bazaar, call 253-9820718/0719 for details.

Rent McChord Theater for parties — it’s less money, more fun Looking for a fun and unique place to hold a birthday party or a unit function? Rent the McChord Field Movie Theater! Entertain your guests with a DVD from the theater list, decorate the lobby and bring in your own food and cake. For an additional fee, guests can pick up popcorn and soda from the concession stand. For more information or to schedule a party, call the McChord Community Center at 253-982-0718/0719.

New Warrior Zone to open The new Warrior Zone set to open at Lewis North has everything a service member could want in a recreational facility — gaming, Internet, movies, billiards, snack bar, patio and more. For ages 18 and older, the Warrior Zone houses game stations with 55inch hi-definition monitors for console gaming, Xbox and PS3 stations that are Internet-ready and LAN-connected for casual play tourneys and challenges, Alienware gaming computers (with the latest games), computers to surf the Internet, WiFi and more. Relax with a game of pool — there are eight tables — or in front of one of many flat-screen TVs throughout the facility. A patio with fire pit and barbecues provides an outdoor setting for your get-togethers. A snack bar offers a variety of food and beverages, including beer. Locally roasted Battle Bean Coffee is proudly served at the Warrior Zone. The Warrior Zone is home to the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members program. To learn more about how you can get involved with BOSS and give back to the community, call 253-967-5636.

Attend tree lighting ceremony and reception at Lewis Main

Come enjoy the annual tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 7 with a free reception afterward. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. at Lewis Main; location to be announced. Look for details at or in the Northwest Guardian.

We’re ready to rent snowboard and ski gear when you’re ready to get out there.

The Outdoor Recreation Program is here for you! We provide services to Soldiers, Airmen, Family members and sponsored friends. We also provide group trips, clinics, camps, rentals, an outdoor store, shooting ranges and more. We’re located in Bldg. 8050, Lewis North & Bldg. 739, McChord Field. Drop in or call us today:

Vera Pashkevich

Information/rental 253-967-7744/8282

Skeet Range 253-967-7056

Adventure Programs 253-967-6263

Russell Landing Marina 253-967-2510

Adventures Unlimited (McChord Field rentals) 253-982-2206/2303 Rifle Range 253-967-9803

Paintball 253-912-8000 Scuba 253-967-3405

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JBLM Golf Save big with discount golf Who says the golf season is over? November’s the best time to take advantage of significant savings at both JBLM golf courses! At Whispering Firs Golf Course: • If you’re a military family of four, you’ll pay only $60 for your greens fees, a power cart and lunch (four hot dogs and four sodas) Sundays after 11 a.m. during November. That’s only $15 per person. • Everyone can save Monday through Friday this month with a $23 special that includes your greens fee, a shared cart and a lunch (hot dog, chips and soda). • On weekends, save with the $28 special that includes your greens fee, a shared cart and a lunch (hot dog, chips and soda). • Every day, twilight golf starts at 11 a.m. (for open play only). Save $6 off the daily rate! Specials cannot be combined with other specials and may not be used for tournaments or outings. At Eagles Pride Golf Course, save big with winter golf rates — military golfers pay just $10 to walk the course with the winter greens fee policy. It’s an additional $10 to ride.

Enter Tombstone/Turkey Shoot Keep your game sharp! Enter Whispering Firs’ individual stroke play Tombstone/ Turkey Shoot Tournament Saturday, Nov. 19. The cost is $12 plus greens fee. Call 253-982-4927 for entry details.

Save with pro shop sales Whispering Firs is giving veterans 10 percent off in-stock regularly priced merchandise in the pro shop on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. Better yet, everyone’s welcome to save a minimum of 15 percent with Whispering Firs’ annual Holiday Sale Saturday, Nov. 26. Come in for door prizes and free hors d’oeuvres. You can even place special orders with the sale price through Wednesday, Nov. 30. Call 253-982-4927 for more details. Get golf merchandise — including all-weather gear — at great prices at Eagles Pride Golf Course’s 3rd Annual Holiday Sale that starts the day after Thanksgiving and lasts through Dec. 31. Call the pro shop at 253-967-6522 for more details. 12

Improve your swing year-round Don’t let the rain and cooler temperatures keep you from hitting the course! Stay warm while improving your swing with the MEGSA PPE — the Most Efficient Golf Swing Attainable and Perfect Practice Equipment. Eagles Pride golf instructors incorporate this “machine” into their teaching and also create an opportunity for students (once they have been “fit” for their settings) to rent time on the machine. The MEGSA was invented by Mike Bender, a national top 10 golf instructor, and is the result of a 13-year project to help golfers of all abilities improve in the shortest amount of time possible. Instead of taking the winter off, take a lesson on the MEGSA and come out in the spring with a new golf swing. Individual and group lessons are also available. Call 253-967-6522 to schedule time on the MEGSA or with a teaching professional.

JBLM Bowling Enjoy holiday bowling savings We know the morning after Thanksgiving, you’re up and out the door early to hit the sales. But after you’re back and rested, come over to Sounders Lanes for a day of savings and fun! From 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, choose which way you want to save: Bowl for only $6.95 per hour per lane, or buy a $1.75 game plus $1.75 shoe rental. Sounders Lanes is in Bldg. 737, Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field.

Enter team tourney Join the team for the monthly NinePin No-Tap Tournament Saturday, Nov. 12 at Sounders Lanes. For details, call 253-982-5954. Find weekly bowling specials at — senior discounts, family bowling, pizza and bowling specials and more!

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be caught in the cold when it comes to vehicle safety this winter. The seasoned experts at your Auto Centers at Lewis Main and McChord are ready to help you get your vehicle in good shape for cold weather. At the McChord Auto Center, Andy Duenas and Thomas Graves are more than willing to answer any of your questions. This month, they’re sharing how you can winterize your vehicle and be prepared for winter travel. It’s critical to check your fluids no matter what season it is. Make sure your vehicle has adequate antifreeze, even if it’s not being used. Your engine block is in danger of freezing and cracking (an expensive repair) without antifreeze to protect it. Use all-season oil, which won’t get thick in colder temperatures. Most new cars use 5W/20 or 5W/30. Check to see if your windshield washer is formulated for winter temperatures. Even window-washing solutions have some antifreeze to prevent your windshield from icing up. Remember to check your transmission and brake fluid levels before you go on any trip. Check your wiper blades to see if they are proper for winter use. Some blades can freeze and become rigid rather than remain flexible. Make certain your tire pressure is adjusted for cold weather. Tire pressures are naturally higher in warm tempera-

tures and lower in cold temperatures. Underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Also check your spare tire for proper air pressure and ensure that you have a jack and tools needed to change the tire in case of a flat. Speaking of tires, buy good all-season tires that wear well in both summer and winter. Get your battery and battery cables serviced. You wouldn’t want to get stuck somewhere in freezing weather for any length of time. Carry an organizer in your vehicle with these essentials: de-icing fluid, quart of oil, quart of transmission fluid, jug of 50/50 mix of antifreeze, bottle of brake fluid, flares, paper towels, portable air pump and a blanket. If you ever need help, you’ll have the supplies on hand to quickly get your vehicle back on the road.

Need somewhere warm and dry to winterize your car? Rent a stall at one of your Auto Centers! For a small fee, you can rent bays and lifts that vary according to function at each location. For instance, you can reserve a driveon lift for changing oil easily, arm lifts for changing and rotating tires and rotary lifts for better access. Each stall has its own tool bay. For more information or a reservation, call the Lewis Main Auto Center

at 253-967-3728 or the McChord Auto Center at 253-982-7226.

Learn how to perform car care Changing your own oil and fluids and lubing your vehicle saves you a lot of money — learn how at your Auto Centers. The McChord Auto Center even has Lube and Oil Change and Car Check-Up classes; just call to make an appointment! Now that your vehicle is prepped for winter, arm yourself with the driving tips on page 21.

Get a FREE 16-point inspection and oil change Is your spouse deployed and you’re wondering when to get an oil change, lube or fluid refill on your vehicle? Make an appointment with the McChord Field Auto Center for a free 16-point inspection. All you need is a copy of your spouses’ orders when you arrive for your appointment. For a free oil change, make an appointment with the Lewis Main Auto Center. You’ll need to provide your own oil and oil filter. For your free inspection, call 253-982-7226 to make an appointment Wednesday through Saturday. For a free oil change, call 253-967-3728 for an appointment Wednesday through Sunday.

Bring in your new windshield wiper blades and we’ll install them for FREE during November.

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g n i n r a e l Sports, fun events and Learning, leadership Fall sports and instructional classes for every interest Register now for Special Olympics basketball. The sport is open to players ages 8–18 with or without special needs. Sign up through WebTrac online at or visit the Parent Central Services location near you. There are two locations, Bldg. 2295 at Lewis Main and Bldg. 100 at McChord Field. The cost is $45; registration ends Nov. 25. Youth must be CYSS-registered and have a current sports physical to participate; call 253-967-2405 for additional requirements. Dance, create, box and learn with the SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy’s instructional classes. Choose from gymnastics, boxing, karate, fencing and various types and levels of dance. You can even take art, science, theater and piano lessons, and there are variety of parent-and-me classes available for tots. SKIES stands for the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills. Find a full calendar and class descriptions at The sports and SKIESUnlimited programs are looking for talented individuals to volunteer with JBLM youth. If you’re interested, call 253-967-2405 (youth sports office) or 253-966-3539 (SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy).

The following events are at the Lewis Main Teen Zone, Bldg. 2295. For more information, call 253-967-4441. And don’t forget there are events just for teens at McChord Field, too. For details, call 253-982-2203 or visit

Take babysitting safety class In just two days, you can earn your babysitting certification. You’re guaranteed to learn a lot of valuable information, including CPR. The training is Friday, Nov. 4, 4–9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Training is open to registered youth 12 and older. Call the Teen Zone for registration.

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If you have a better way that will save money, enhance productivity and remove regulatory and other constraints, submit a suggestion today! Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus • November 2011 Visit (AKO or CAC login) • Call 253-477-1078 for more information.

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 & lots of fun at the Lewis Main Teen Zone Attend a night of performances, high school dance You’re invited to a performance of Can you Hear me Now?, the voice of teens through music, poetry and scripted monologues. Hear from teens in their own words about bullying, deployment, music, sports, abuse and “being me” Friday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lewis Main Teen Zone. Following this community event is a high school dance from 8–11 p.m. (registered youth may bring one guest). Snacks will be provided, and a shuttle will depart the Teen Zone at 10:30 p.m. for those eligible to ride.

Come one, come all! Teens, celebrate this month’s birthdays, meet new youth and say farewell to those moving at the Friday, Nov. 18 Hail and Farewell

plus registration drive event. The fun starts at 3:30 p.m. Bring a firsttime guest to the event — teens can register themselves with CYS Services (parents, we’ll verify everything with you first). Self-registration begins Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Donate items for community drive In celebration of National Family Week, Nov. 21–25, the Teen Zone’s Keystone Club is running a Toy and Food Drive as well as a baby blanket/ formula drive. Drop off items in the donation bins at the Teen Zone by Nov. 21. Youth will take a field trip to donate the items to families and mothers in need in the community. Keystone Club is a leadership club for ages 14–18 who are active in the Teen Zone and the JBLM community. New members are always welcome! Must be registered with CYS Services.

Skate park coming soon! A skate park is in the works at Lewis Main near the splash park adjacent to AFC Arena. The ground-breaking ceremony was in September and the finished project will be 14,000 square feet. Stay tuned to the Focus magazine or for the latest information about the construction project.

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Turn your than By Kimberly Rowe


he holidays are a time of joy and happiness, spent with friends and family. As this year’s holiday season approaches, we often reflect on our lives and count our blessings. A Thanksgiving tradition in my family — and I’m sure many of yours — is to share what we’re thankful for each year. As we sit around the table, we list the reasons why we’re so blessed — family, friends, health, happiness. Even as life throws us curve balls (cancer, deployments, daily stresses), there are still so many reasons to be thankful. I’m challenging myself and everyone in my family this year to something new: find a reason you’re thankful and share it with others in the community. Turn your thanks into giving. You may be one of the many people


Give back to the community in which we all live and work. Volunteer your time and talents. who already finds time in your busy schedule to volunteer during the holidays (and the rest of the year). JBLM couldn’t run the quality programs and services available without the help of generous volunteers from the community who donate thousands of hours each year to make a difference. In 2010 alone, volunteers contributed 145,457 hours at JBLM organizations. The 2011 total is more than 63,000 and growing daily. Volunteers make a better tomorrow today! Learn and develop new skills, network with other professionals and create opportunities for yourself while making a difference in your com-

munity. JBLM has a host of volunteer organizations offering many exciting opportunities. See the box at right for a list of some of the JBLM organizations in need of volunteers. To learn more about volunteering and find out about organizations in need of volunteers, call the Volunteer Corps Program manager at 253-967-2324. Located in the Family Resource Center, Bldg. 9496 at Lewis Main, the volunteer program manager will assist you in finding a place to share your time and talent. The manager also tracks volunteers, monthly hours and hosts the annual base-wide recognition ceremony.

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nks  into giving If you’re looking for ways to help the community this holiday season, consider donating toys, food or baby items to

the Keystone Club’s Donation Drive at the Teen Zone. For more information, turn to page 15.

What are you thankful for? Share with us on Facebook at facebook. com/JBLMFamilyMWR. Your thanks can inspire others to give back.

I’m thankful for:

So I’ll:

the love of reading that I developed as a child

volunteer at a JBLM library

my children

volunteer with Child, Youth and School Services, installation schools or the Boy or Girl Scouts

being a military spouse

volunteer with Army Family Team Building or the Key Spouse Program (Air Force) to help new spouses learn about military life

my deployed servicemember

make care packages for single servicemembers in my spouse’s unit or send extra items in my spouse’s box (check with unit for policy first)

always having food on the table

volunteer at a local soup kitchen

the visit Santa pays to my children each year

make other children’s wishes come true by volunteering at Santa’s Castle

my love of fitness

instruct fitness classes at a JBLM gym


Photos: 1, Ken Dietiker; 2 & 3, Family and MWR Command


Volunteer with the upcoming Winter Reading Program. For details, call 253-967-5533.

If you’re interested 2 in being a volunteer youth coach, call 253-967-2405 (Lewis) or 253-982-3432 (McChord Field). ACS is always looking 3 for volunteers. Upcoming AFTB classes: Level 1, Nov. 8–9 and Level III, Nov. 15–17; both are 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.) To attend or volunteer, call 253-967-AFTB.

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Family & the homefront

Be prepared: find support &      FOR ALL JBLM FAMILIES

Celebrate Military Family Month You’re invited to special events in honor and appreciation of military families at JBLM. • Join us for cookie socials at the McChord Field Exchange Monday, Nov. 28, 1–2 p.m., Teen Zone at Lewis Main Tuesday, Nov. 29, 3–4 p.m. and Waller Hall at Lewis Main Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1–2 p.m. • Get in the holiday spirit at the tree lighting reception, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 5–6 p.m. at AFC Arena. The winners of the Family Treasure Hunt will be announced! • Spouse trip to America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar, Friday, Dec. 2. The trip leaves the Family Resource Center at Lewis Main at 7:30 a.m. and will return at 6 p.m. Beginning Friday, Nov. 18, call 253-967-9496 to reserve your spot. Childcare may be available; call 253-966-CYSS for reservations. Army Community Service and the Airman and Family Readiness Center provide assistance in all aspects of your military life — finances, parenting, deployments and much more. • Need a stress-free break? Stop by the Escape Zone at McChord Field for parent-and-me playtime Monday—Friday, 9 a.m.–noon.

• Want parenting advice? Sign up for a free class with Family Advocacy: 253-967-7409. Find out more at


Be the best parent you can be with free seminars, playgroups

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The Family Advocacy Program offers a variety of parenting seminars and informational workshops. Learn to manage difficult behavior with the popular two-part class 1-2-3 Magic. Plus, there are classes especially for Dads — get new tools for your parent-

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get educated with ACS Navigate the system with the Exceptional Family Member Program


By Timmy Milligan, JBLM EFMP Systems Navigator

o you have an exceptional family member? Are you having difficulty understanding or finding information about your EFM’s diagnosis, needs, medical condition or where to get support? Are you new to the military or this installation, overwhelmed or unsure about available services? Are you confused or uneasy about your child’s Individual Education Program or 504 plan? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need an Exceptional Family Member Program Systems Navigator! Systems Navigators assess your family’s specific needs and offer support in finding and obtaining resources. Their primary role is to guide you through available systems of care to maintain or improve your family’s quality of life. Army Community Service EFMP and the Airman and

ing toolbox with two new classes. Check out Dr. Dad, a two-part class that shows you how to care for your child, whether he’s well, sick, injured or safe. Being the best dad you can be is the most important kind of home improvement you can do for your family. Whether you’re a new dad, single dad or seasoned veteran, you’ll learn valuable insight about yourself and your parenting style with 24/7 Dad. Registration is required for all classes; call 253-967-7409. Visit for a calendar of events and to see more listings. Additionally, the New Parent Support Program offers home visits to military families with children from pregnancy through age 3. Registered nurses and licensed clinical social workers provide education and support on a variety of parenting topics. Whether you want to learn about childhood development, behavior issues, deployment cycle adjust-

Find EFMP on Facebook for events, resources and discussion boards — EFMPjblm.

Family Readiness Center provide information, referral and advocacy for JBLM families. Systems Navigators complement the existing program by working closely with you to prioritize your family’s goals, needs and capabilities. There are four Systems Navigators at the EFMP office at Lewis Main (Waller Hall); one Systems Navigator is available at the AFRC Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The navigators are trained and knowledgeable about the systems of care used by military families with special needs, both on and off the installation. For additional information or referral assistance, call 253-967-9704. Download referral forms at acs_efmp.html. Exceptional families, exceptional service.

ment, community resources or support for military lifestyle and stress, they can help! If you’re interested in scheduling a meeting, call 253-967-7409.

Workshops are held in Bldg. 2166 at Lewis Main. Call 253-967-8430 to register or to schedule training for your FRG. FOR SUPPORT AND INFORMATION


Get ready for deployments, reunions and more Sign up for free seminars from Mobilization and Deployment and get the tools you need for deployments, reunions and everyday military life. Prep yourself and your family for a deployment at the Predeployment Workshop Tuesday, Nov. 8. Learn to help minimize stress, enhance resiliency and ensure the wellbeing of your kids during a deployment. The Children & Deployment Workshop is Monday, Nov. 14. Find out what to expect from your upcoming reunion and how to prepare for the homecoming in the Reunion Workshop Thursday, Nov. 17.

Make connections, find assistance with groups & workshops

Connect, share, learn and grow with the support group for women caring for Warriors with PTSD. For more information, call the SFAC Social Service Coordinator at 253-966-8657. The Waiting Families Support Group is celebrating Thanksgiving with a potluck feast Friday, Nov. 4 from 6–8 p.m. at Lewis Main’s Waller Hall. For details, call 253-967-3633. Members should bring a dish to share. Adapting to a new country and its cultures can be challenging. Start your journey with the Multicultural Workshop, Wednesday, Dec. 7 in ACS Annex Classroom, Bldg. 2166. To register and for more information, call 253-966-6338.

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It’s  time  to get  muddy! Take to the trails and conquer the hills at JBLM’s Off-Road Vehicle Park. By Kimberly Rowe

Last month, I was invited to spend a few hours on an ATV with the Outdoor Recreation Program. The thrill of blazing down the trails with my coworkers was awesome. We completed a certification course, which taught everything from getting familiar with the ATV to basic maneuvers. Then we hit the trails at the ORV Park. After a trip or two around the park, I shifted out of second gear, which tops out at 21 mph, and gained a little confidence. I channeled my tough side to make my husband proud. When it was time to park the ATV for the afternoon, I wanted to keep riding. Next time, maybe I’ll shift into fourth.


lazing down the trails on an ATV is awesome! Before you go out to the Off-Road Vehicle Park on the outskirts of Lewis Main, consider taking a safety introduction course. While it’s not required, it’s very informative and prepares you to face the obstacles you’ll find in the ORV Park or other locations you may ride. Show up to class prepared: wear long sleeves, long pants, boots (must cover and support your ankle) and gloves. If you have your own DOT-certified helmet, feel free to bring it to the course. The course is a mixture of classroom learning (a covered area at the practice



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course) and hands-on training that’ll get you prepared and confident to hit the great outdoors on four fast wheels. In the course, you’ll start by getting familiar with the ATV you’ll be riding. For example, there are two buttons for shifting and three brakes. It’s a four-step process to start: turn the key, flip the ignition switch, ensure the ATV is in neutral and push the ignition button to start. You’ll learn about TREAD and SIPDE, how to make safe turns, maneuver over obstacles and traverse hills. You’ll make U-turns, sudden stops and sharp turns with the guidance of a certified instructor. “I would definitely recommend the

course to anyone who is interested in ATVing, at any skill level. The instructors were experienced, patient and provided great feedback. This was truly an incredible experience!” said Kimmy Grant. At the completion of the training in the classroom and on the instructional course, you’ll be treated to a trail ride that’s sure to leave you wanting to return to the ORV Park. Plus, you’ll have earned your certification card from the ATV Safety Institute. The ORV Park is located outside the Scout’s Out Gate at Lewis Main. All visitors must have a park pass and are required to sign in with the Northwest

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Directions to the JBLM ORV Park The park is located about a mile outside of Scouts Out gate on 2nd Division Range Rd. The gravel parking lot on the left is a staging area for the park. The Scout Outs gate is open only on Saturday & Sunday, but the ORV can be accessed through East Gate Rd. From East Gate, make the first right and follow the road to a fork. Stay right and continue until the staging area comes up on right.

Adventure Center, Bldg. 8050 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North, 253-967-6263, before visiting. It’s for the safety of the riders and it could save you a trip; the park is only open when there’s no activity on the nearby ranges, so call before you go to ensure it’s open. Passes for ATV and dirt bike owners to use the park are just $15 for a day or $75 for a year — a great option for savings if you plan to visit the park more than five times a year. After watching a mandatory safety video, riders will receive their ORV passes. At the ORV Park, only ATVs and dirt bikes are permitted. No vehicles are al-

lowed. Don’t risk it; leave your Jeep or truck in the staging area and head out on an ATV or dirt bike. Need a ride? ATVs are available for rent at the Skeet Range, located near the ORV Park in Bldg. 3969. Rental includes ATV with gas, helmet and optional coveralls. Riders are responsible for all other safety equipment and must comply with park rules. For availability, call 253-967-7056. If you want to explore the great outdoors from the seat of your ATV, check with the NAC for options or search online. Remember to get permission before you ride on private property. Before you

head out of state to ride, be sure to check local laws. Oregon has different laws than Washington, for example, and you want to ensure you’re riding safely and legally no matter where you go. Quick tips for beginning riders: • Ride within your abilities. • Don’t be afraid to stand up. Leaning forward can help you guide your ATV safely to the top of a hill (moving your center of gravity backward helps when going down hills). • Leave a map or location details with a friend before you go riding — and never ride alone.

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Let’s go sightseeing! Visit Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., and more locations with the Outdoor Recreation Program. You’ll find great views on every adventure trip — whether you stick to family-friendly tours or opt for an adrenaline-pumping adventure.



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VISIT THE EMERALD CITY Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market 1

Visit the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market Saturday, Dec. 10. The aquarium is filled with local exhibits and many amazing things to see and touch. You’ll see a visiting harbor seal and the amazing views at left and above. Plus, Pike Place Market has an assortment of unique food and shops for you to try. Cost includes transportation and aquarium admission. ($45; youth: $30; child: $5)

Seattle Winter Beer Festival Head to the annual Winter Beer Festival in Seattle Saturday, Dec. 3. The event features a variety of seasonal beers — dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrelaged gems, spiced, bubbly and roasty brews — by more than 30 Washington breweries. Vintage beer tasting returns with some of Washington’s favorite winter beers from a few years back ready for tasting. Price includes transportation only; tickets are $25 at the door and includes six free tastes. ($20)

TAKE A FERRY RIDE Explore Victoria, B.C. Hop on the ferry 2

and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C. by foot Saturday, Nov. 26. Downtown Victoria has everything from antique shops to artisan chocolate shops. Stop in the Royal B.C. Museum, or watch a thrilling IMAX film. Trip fee includes walk-on round-trip ferry ticket

and transportation to and from Port Angeles. Passport required. ($85; ages 5–11: $70; ages 0–4: $55)

TWO-WHEELED ACTION After-work mountain biking Enjoy an 3

evening of mountain biking through trails at Lewis North Wednesday, Nov. 16. Fee includes equipment and guide. ($20)

Bike the Carbon River Trail Bike through the rain forest of Mount Rainier National Park Saturday, Nov. 26. The trail follows the Carbon River for five miles toward Carbon Glacier. Parts of Carbon River Road were washed out in the November 2006 floods, so bicyclists now share the road with pedestrians (but the road is closed to motor vehicle traffic). Difficulty: easy; distance: 9.2 miles; elevation gain: 600 feet; time: 3 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($30)

Mountain bike Capitol Forest Come out Sunday, Dec. 11 for some of the best mountain biking this side of the Cascades. With 196 miles of trails, the possibilities in Capitol Forest are endless. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 10 miles; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($30)

Check out these other great trips! After-work climb Head to the Edgeworks Gym for an evening climb on the indoor rock wall Wednesdays, Nov. 23 or Dec. 7. Climbing gear, admission and transportation are included. No experience is necessary. ($15)



Ape Cave adventure Travel to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere Sunday, Nov. 20. Hike deep into the underside of a 2,000-year-old lava flow to scramble under and climb over volcanic formations. 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 ($35) Bungee jumping If adrenaline is what you crave, you don’t want to miss this trip! Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump twice off the highest bungee bridge in the country. Join us Sunday, Nov. 27. A full 20 stories high, the private bridge is nestled in a beautiful emerald green forest above a sparkling river. Fee includes transportation, two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club Tshirt. Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($125) Continued on next page.

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Adventures Crabbing at Westport Have a day of fun at Westport Sunday, Nov. 20. Outdoor Recreation Program staffers will teach you how to catch, identify and cook crabs. Gear, transportation and bait included. You’ll need to purchase your fishing license. ($30)

Grand Prix racing Get ready for fast times on the track at the Grand Prix Raceway Wednesday, Dec. 14. Work up an appetite with more than four miles of thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing. Fee includes transportation, lap fee, kart, helmet, head sock and basic driver instruction. Minimum age: 16; minimum height: 5 feet. ($40)

Hike High Rock Lookout This could quite possibly be the best view of

Mount Rainier around. Challenge yourself on this short but steady ascent to an old wooden fire lookout perched atop a massive rock face. Lace up your boots and join us Saturday, Nov. 19— this one shouldn’t be missed. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 3.5 miles; elevation gain: 1,400 feet; time: 4-5 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($30)

Horseback riding Head to Elbe, a town near Mount Rainier National Park, for a two-hour guided afternoon horseback ride Sunday, Dec. 11. No experience is necessary; bring the entire family along for a great day! Minimum age: 7 ($80) Sea kayak Hope Island Travel from Arcadia in the Totten Inlet around Steamboat Island to Hope Island

Outdoor adventure trip




After-work mountain bike

Wednesday, Nov. 16


Hike High Rock Lookout

Saturday, Nov. 19


Visit Leavenworth

Saturday, Nov. 19


Crabbing in Westport

Sunday, Nov. 20


Fishing license required.

Ape Cave adventure

Sunday, Nov. 20


Minimum age: 12

After-work climb

Wednesday, Nov. 23


Bike the Carbon River Trail

Saturday, Nov. 26


Minimum age: 12

Explore Victoria, B.C.

Saturday, Nov. 26


Ages 5–11 $70; ages 0–4: $55; passport required

Sea kayak Hope Island

Sunday, Nov. 27


Bungee jumping

Sunday, Nov. 27


Minimum weight: 90 lbs.

Sunset kayak

Wednesday, Nov. 30


Minimum age: 12

Zoo Lights at Point Defiance

Saturday, Dec. 3


Ages 0–3: free

Seattle Winter Beer Festival

Saturday, Dec. 3


Price includes transportation only.

Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin

Sunday, Dec. 4


Minimum age: 12

Sea kayak Hope Island

Sunday, Dec. 4


Minimum age: 12

After-work climb

Wednesday, Dec. 7


Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market

Saturday, Dec. 10


Ages 4–12: $30; ages: 0–3: $5

Ski-n-snowboard at Crystal

Saturday, Dec. 10


Gear included; transportation only is $20

Horseback riding

Sunday, Dec. 11


Minimum age: 7

Mountain bike Capitol Forest

Sunday, Dec. 11


Minimum age: 12

Grand Prix racing

Wednesday, Dec. 14


Minimum age: 16; minimum height: 5 feet

Minimum age: 12

Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice. Register through WebTrac (visit or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick up locations are the NAC and McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. We’ll visit FRG meetings or unit functions. Youth: ages 4–12; child: 0–3

Especially accommodates people with exceptional needs

Popular with families

Must be at least 21

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Sundays, Nov. 27 or Dec. 4. Eat lunch in the backyard of an old homestead, orchard and former vineyard on the island. Deer and other land wildlife can be seen on the island, and seals have been spotted resting in various areas of the channel. ($40)

First ski trip of the Ski-n-snowboard at Crystal season! Tired of the rain? Head for the snow and spend the day at Crystal Mountain Saturday, Dec. 10! Transportation and gear are provided. Lift tickets may be purchased at ($40; have your own gear, pay just $20)

Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin Head out to a beautiful winter wonderland Sunday, Dec. 4. This adventurous trek through varied terrain trails leads to views of the surrounding peaks. Difficulty: easy; distance: 4 miles; time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

Sunset kayak Enjoy an evening after work paddling through calm waters close to home Wednesday, Nov. 30. This trip is great for beginners as well as more experienced paddlers. Fee includes equipment and guide. Paddling time: 2.5 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($30)

Ditch the winter coat for a week with help from Leisure Travel Services If you’re looking for a change of scenery this winter, leave the gray, cold Pacific Northwest winter behind! Head to Leisure Travel Services in the AFC Arena at Lewis Main and schedule a trip to a warm, sunny destination — or a snow resort, if that’s more your style. The travel professionals can help you book a cruise or a trip to DisneyLand or snow-covered mountains. Stay tuned for information on a spring travel show. For more information, call 253-967-3085.

Visit Leavenworth Travel to the east

Drive safely this winter with tips from Outdoor Recreation

side of the mountains to the beautiful Bavarian town of Leavenworth Saturday, Nov. 19. Shop and unearth imported treasures, or sit down and enjoy wine tasting at one the city’s many wineries. Trip fee includes transportation. ($45)

The guides with the Outdoor Recreation Online at program take to the roads to get you to your adventure trips — no matter what the season. Driving safety is a high priority, and they take extra caution on cold winter days. They’re sharing a few tips with you to help get you ready for winter driving.

Zoo Lights at Point Defiance Take a

• Before traveling, check weather reports for your destination and along your route. Postpone your trip if necessary.

stroll as the Point Defiance Zoo comes aglow with more than a half-million lights Saturday, Dec. 3. Animal exhibits include the Rocky Shores, Arctic Tundra, Red Wolves and Asian Forest Sanctuary. Warm up with hot chocolate, shop for gifts or just enjoy the beautiful decorations. Cost includes transportation and admission. ($10; ages 0–3: free)

Find out how you can get a free Christmas tree this year with the Trees for Troops program.

• Pack an emergency kit; check listings next month for a winter survival class and be prepared in case you find yourself stuck in the snow. • Always wear your seatbelt. • Adjust your speed for the road conditions. Proceed with caution in ice or snow. Whether you plan to head to the ski resorts or stick around town, remember to drive carefully. For tips on getting your ride ready for winter, check out the steps from the professionals at the McChord Auto Center on page 13.

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Feelin’ good

Have your cake   without gaining weight!

With all the events you’ll be attending, extra calories can add up when holiday celebrations revolve around food. With a few tips from a registered dietician at JBLM, you can eat healthy this holiday season. By Anna Betancourt, M.S.

The holidays are the best of times — reuniting with family, traveling and generally changing daily routines and behaviors. We look forward to favorite foods and traditional cakes, pies and desserts, and our regular eating pattern and meal routines are interrupted. There are many invitations and celebrations involving food, and if you haven’t compensated with extra exercise and physical activity, the result from the extra holiday treats is weight gain. This holiday season, be prepared to enjoy all the activities and family events without dreading the scale at the end of it all. Here are some simple strategies to prepare meals and desserts by reducing fats, sugars and overall calories. Traditional holiday dishes made

Make some adjustments to the preparation of your holiday meal favorites, and you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in dessert. Of course, you should stick to your fitness routine to stay fit and healthy.


healthy The start of the holiday season is Thanksgiving. You can still make your traditional Thanksgiving dinner — with a few adjustments, the dishes can be made lower in calories and more nutritious. Desserts can be prepared with less sugar, and/or less butter or oil, without changing its integrity, flavor or appearance. There are lower sugar and lower fat versions of many

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and eat it, too … desserts like cheesecake and pumpkin pie. Pay attention to the recipe and what amounts of sugar it requires. When putting final touches on cake, try a fruit sauce such as blueberries in place of a frosting which is made with sugar and fat. For gravy, prepare a broth the day before with onions, garlic and carrots and the browned turkey neck. Add fresh dill and a sprig of sage, then refrigerate it and skim the fat when you’re ready to make gravy. It’ll be a tasty broth and when you reduce the amount of pan drippings, you have a lower-fat version. If you like premade gravy look for a low fat option. Include more color on your plate Add red fruits and vegetables to your plate for an instant vitamin boost. Dice cooked beets and dried cranberries and add them to the stuffing. This dramatically increases the vitamin A and fiber content. Sweet potatoes are another excellent source of Vitamin A, and they can be baked, or boiled and served with a little brown sugar and sprinkled cinnamon, instead of marshmallows and a stick of butter. Be creative with vegetables. For example, a grilled vegetable medley looks pretty and provides vitamins, minerals, fiber and color to your plate. Vegetable dips are always a favorite, In place of ranch dressing, create a healthier version with low-fat yogurt blended with an herb mix.

Replace this for that When recipes require cheeses and white sauces, use low-fat cheeses and dairy products, which can be an excellent substitute without altering the flavor. Quick tips to help keep the holiday weight gain away On the day of the celebration, eat something early in the day such as fruits and wholegrain crackers, in order avoid feeling too hungry when you sit down to the big meal. To avoid excessive caloric intake, learn to recognize when you’ve eaten enough. You won’t insult the host or hostess if you don’t have seconds, but a good compliment goes a long way. Don’t forget that cocktails pack a caloric punch. Choose the smallest wine glass and use a strategy of sampling and spacing your drinks, which will have you consuming fewer calories and feeling clearheaded. Exercising and physical activity will improve your chances of not gaining weight; the holiday season is a time to be more conscientious about your workout. Invite everyone for a walk after dinner, and make it a good time to catch up. For more information and additional help with healthy eating options, call 253-982-0531. Anna Betancourt, M.S., is a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Health and Wellness Center at McChord Field.

Upcoming sports & fitness events Turkey Trot 10K Run & 5K Walk Gobble gobble! The winners of the Saturday, Nov. 19 race will take home a turkey for their Thanksgiving feasts. Register at Arm wrestling competition Enter the first-ever arm wrestling competition at JBLM. This muscle-flexing event is Saturday, Dec. 3 at Soldiers Field House (Lewis Main). Weigh-ins are 9–10:30 a.m., and the event starts at 11 a.m. Register by Monday, Nov. 21. For details, call 253-967-5869. December race Grab your festive holiday racing duds and sprint to the finish line in Santa’s Reindeer Dash Saturday, Dec. 10. There are three distances: 10K, 5K and 2K. The first 300 runners registered and paid by Nov. 29 are guaranteed race shirts. Sign up at

Getting fit at JBLM Passport to Wellness Work out and participate in the Passport to Wellness program and you can win big in more than one way. You’ll improve your health with regular exercise, may see a positive change when you step on the scale and you could win great prizes, too! Simply pick up a passport at the McChord Fitness Annex or Wilson Sports and Fitness Center, and begin your journey to a healthier you. For more information, visit or Civilian Fitness Program With supervisor approval, you can get paid to work out! For program details and registration, visit mil or call 253-967-5122. Sports and fitness centers Get fit at a JBLM gym with state-of-theart equipment, free instructional classes, free fitness trainer services and much more! Sheridan Sports & Fitness Center at Lewis Main has new hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center will operate with the same hours (visit for details on the reopening).

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Learning & earning

Reading  is snow  cool! This year’s Winter Reading Program theme is Reading is snow cool!, but even before winter and snow arrive, JBLM libraries have programs sure to prove to people of all ages that reading is “snow very cool!” Read on to find out about upcoming events. Then see the box at right for Winter Reading Program registration information.

Have fun with special crafts and Thanksgiving stories Visit Book Patch every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for storytime fun. Stop by a Thanksgiving storytime event Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Plus, Book Patch is hosting a preschool storytime

at the Raindrops and Rainbows Parent and Child Play Center at Lewis North Thursday, Nov. 17 at 9:45 a.m. The McChord Field Library hosts weekly storytimes. Stop by Thursdays (closed federal holidays) at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for stories, crafts and fun.

e-reader Basics Learn how to download e-books and e-audiobooks to your e-book reader, such as a Kindle or a Nook. Library staffers will demonstrate how to search the library catalog for e-books, check them out, download and transfer titles and troubleshoot problems. Bring your laptop or e-reader device to the semi-

nars: Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the McChord Library or Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Grandstaff Library. Both events are at 1 p.m.

Winter reading program Read during the holiday break with the Winter Reading Program at Book Patch Library. Check out great books and keep a list of the ones you finish (or have read to you for youngsters) and you could win prizes ... and find out that reading is “snow cool.” Registration opens Friday, Nov. 25, and the program ends Tuesday, Jan. 3. Please note that Crittenberger Library is closed. Programs and services have been relocated to Grandstaff and McChord libraries.

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Volunteering benefits are priceless By Ryki Carlson, JBLM Financial Counselor


ith the current economy, many people are looking for work or changing careers. Volunteering offers a great opportunity to acquire new skills and training without additional costs. If you’re considering a job change, take time to volunteer in a position similar to your new career choice. Many people volunteer in response to a natural disaster or to help those less fortunate. Although volunteers aren’t paid, giving back to the community offers its own rewards: • Volunteering looks good on college applications — colleges like to see students who demonstrate an investment in both an organization and a community.


• Volunteering gives recent high school and college graduates — who may have little or no job experience — opportunities to develop occupational and people skills. The experience, skills and work performed give

you additional tools to add to your résumé or scholarship packages. • Additionally, it gives insight to fields of interest while making friends and business contacts. This exposure can help focus goals and opens opportunities as well. Regardless of your motivation to volunteer, these opportunities can help you reach your goals. There are many online databases available. To find the fit that’s right for you, search volunteer opportunities or call the Installation Volunteer Coordinator at 253-967-2324 to find a way to volunteer your time and talents at JBLM. Turn back to page 16 for ideas for volunteering during the holidays. The ACS Financial Readiness Office at Waller Hall (Lewis Main) is offering financial counseling on Saturdays, Nov. 5, Dec. 3 and Jan. 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. For more information and a schedule of upcoming free seminars, visit

Q: Why should I buy renter’s insurance?


Renter’s insurance is something every renter should include in their budget. Whether you live in the barracks, an apartment or a rental home, it’ll protect you from losses such as theft and fire. Premiums are usually inexpensive for the vast amount of coverage provided. Policies will help you replace the items that are damaged or stolen, as well as cover medical expenses if someone’s hurt inside your residence. It’s important to get the correct coverage and to have an inventory of all of your items. Experts recommend making a list of items including values and serial numbers. Photograph or videotape each room, ensuring all items of value are clearly visible. When making major purchases, keep receipts and store documentation in a fireproof box, on a digital file with online access or in a safety deposit box. This will ensure your proof of valuables is accessible in the event of a fire or natural disaster. Having renter’s insurance doesn’t just cover your belongings — it provides you additional financial security.

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Airman & Family Readiness Bldg. 552 M 253-982-2695 Army Community Service Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-7166 Army Emergency Relief Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-9852 (For after-hours emergencies, call the Red Cross) 1-877-272-7337 Army Family Action Plan Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. 253-967-3689 Army Family Covenant Arena Bldg. 2275 Liggett Ave. 253-967-4458 Army Family Team Building Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. 253-967-2382 Army Volunteer Corps Bldg. 4274 Idaho St. 253-967-2324 Beachwood Child Dev. Ctr Bldg.8300 American LakeAve. Closed for renovations Cascade SAS Bldg. 2402 Bitar Ave. 253-967-6710 Clarkmoor Child Dev. Center Bldg. 2095 Bitar Ave. 253-967-2300 Clarkmoor Hourly Care Center Bldg. 2094 Bitar Ave. 253-966-2490 CYS Parent Central Services Bldg. 2295 12th & Bitar 253-966-CYSS annex location Bldg. 100 M 253-966-CYSS Domestic violence helpline Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. 253-966-SAFE DSHS Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave 253-966-9419 Employment Readiness Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave 253-967-3538 Exceptional Family Mbr Prgm Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-9704 Family Advocacy Program Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. 253-967-6618 Family Child Care Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. 253-967-3039 Family Events & Prgms Bldg. 4274 Idaho St. 253-966-7935 Family Resource Center Bldg. 4274 Idaho St. 253-967-9496 Adventures Unlimited 253-982-2206 Bldg. 739 M Hillside Child Dev. Ctr Bldg. 6396 Garcia Blvd. 253-477-3130 Evergreen Inn 253-982-5613 Bldg. 1147 M Immigration & Naturalization Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-966-6338 Leisure Travel Services 253-967-3085 AFC Arena, Bldg. 2275 Information & Referral Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-6399 Lodging/Rainier Inn 253-967-2815 Bldg. 2111 Loan Closet Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-3635 Northwest Adventure Center Bldg. 8050 NCO Beach Rd. N 253-967-8282 Madigan Child Dev. Center Bldg. 6995 Jackson Ave. Closed for renovations Equipment rental & sales 253-967-8282 M Madigan Infant/T oddler Center Bldg. 6993 Jackson Ave. 253-968-7924 Holiday Park 253-982-5488 Main PostYouth Ctr Teen Zone Bldg. 2295 12th & Bitar 253-967-4441 Outdoor adventures 253-967-6263 253-982-4901/4166 McChord Field Child Dev. Center Bldg. 578, 580 M Scuba diving center 253-967-3405 253-982-2203 McChord Field Youth Center Bldg. 3032 M Travel camp, cabin rental, storage lot reservations 253-967-7744 M Bldg. 3032 253-982-2203 McChord Field SAS Paintball reservations 253-912-8000 253-495-8425 Military Family Life Consultants Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. Rifle & Pistol Range 253-967-9803 Range 15 253-967-9916 Mobilization & Deployment Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. Russell Landing Marina 253-967-2510 American Lake Rd. N 253-967-7409 New Parent Support Prgm Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. Shoreline Park Beach Road N 253-967-2510 N Bl d g. 8589 Ameri c an Lake Ave. 253-966-8901 North Fort Child Dev. Center Skeet & Trap Range Bldg. 3969 2nd Div. Range Rd. 253-967-7056 North Fort Part-Day Programs Bldg.8587American LakeAve. N 253-966-9715 Sports Admin. Office Bldg. 3236 2nd Div & Handrich 253-967-2604 North Fort Youth Center SAS Bldg.8584American LakeAve. N 253-966-7166 Cowan & Memorial stadiums Bldg. 2170 Bitar Ave. & 12th St. 253-967-2912 Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-968-7199 Outreach Program Intramural sports Bldg. 2170 Bitar Ave. & 12th St. 253-967-4768 Bldg. 8197 American Lake Dr. 253-966-4802 N Raindrops & Rainbows Bldg. 2022 Liggett Ave. & Div. Jensen Family Health & Fitness Closed for renovations 253-967-3628 Relocation Readiness Prgm Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall Keeler Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 9993 Garfield St. Closed for renovations Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-7195 School Liaison Office Keeler Sports & Fitness Center Keeler Pool 253-967-6652 Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. 253-967-3583 Sexual Assault Prevention/Response M Bldg. 729 McChord Fitness Center 253-982-6707 Bldg. 6398 Garcia Blvd. 253-966-3539 SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy McChord Fitness Ctr Annex Bldg. 726 M 253-982-6700/2393 253-966-2564/3747 Soldier & Family Asst. Center Bldg. 2021C Liggett Ave. Bldg. 736 M McChord Pool 253-982-2807 253-967-7501 Survivor Outreach Services Bldg. 4274 Idaho St. 253-967-5869 McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 2160 Liggett Ave. Bldg. 9037 Gardner Loop 253-968-5656 Warrior Child Dev. Center McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center 253-967-5026 Kimbro Pool Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. 253-966-4956 WIC 253-967-7311 Sheridan Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 3759 Stryker Ave. Bldg. 2295 12th & Bitar 253-967-2405 Youth sports Bldg. 3236 2nd Div. & Handrich 253-967-4771 Soldiers Field House Book Patch Library Bldg. 2109 N. 10th St. 253-967-5390 Soldiers Field House Pool Soldiers Field House Financial Readiness Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall Bldg. 11596, D St. & 41st Div. N 253-967-1254 Wilson child care Grandstaff Library Bldg. 2109 N. 10th St. Wilson Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 11596, D St. & 41st Div. N 253-967-7471 McChord Field Library Bldg. 851 M Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus • November 2011 Facilities are on Lewis Main unless otherwise indicated. Call for hours and details. For more information and up-to-date listings, visit N Lewis North M McChord Field 253-964-1209 Arts & Crafts Center Bldg. 5038 Pendleton Ave. 253-967-5001 253-982-6726 Bldg. 1121 M Auto Skills Center Bldg. 4043 inside DuPont Gate 253-967-3728 253-982-7226 Bldg. 1120 M Battle Bean coffee shops AFC Arena, Bldg. 2275 253-964-8837 253-282-5522 Lewis North Trailer N 253-964-8152 Stone Education Center Bistro at Russell Landing Bldg.8981American LakeAve. N 253-964-2813 BOSS Program 253-967-5636 Bldg. 3168 2nd Division Dr. Bowl Arena & Strike Zone Café Bldg. 2272 Liggett Ave. 253-967-4661 Cascade Community Center Bldg. 2400 Bitar Ave. 253-964-0331 Eagles Pride Golf Course Off I-5, Exit 116 253-967-6522 McChord Catering 253-982-8175 Bldg. 700 M Madigan Café 253-964-4054 Bldg. 9903 Old MAMC McChord Field Club 253-982-5581 Bldg. 700 M Nelson Recreation Center Bldg. 3168 2nd Division Dr. 253-967-2539 Sounders Lanes 253-982-5954 Bldg. 737 M Strike Zone Snack Bar 253-982-5372 Bldg. 737 M Special Events Office 253-967-5776 Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. Whispering Firs Golf Course Bldg. 895 M 253-982-4927 American Lake Community Center Bldg.8085 American Lake Ave. N

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for November 2011

November 2011 JBLM MWR e-Focus  

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for November 2011