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WANT LESS WORK & MORE FUN AT THANKSGIVING? LET US PREPARE IT ALL FOR YOU! Page 6 Attend Care Fair, ‘The Nutcracker,’ Winter Shindig & more Pages 8–9, 23 & 27


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family and MWR fun, food, travel & well-being guide

We’re celebrating Month of the Military Family


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6 Holiday meal togetherness Let us help you find the perfect way to spend time with friends and Family this Thanksgiving.

fun 8 Time to be merry Spend time with us at Care Fair, the Big Bang Variety Show, annual tree lighting and more.


sports, fitness & aquatics 12 Dress up for fun runs Join other merry-makers in our annual Turkey Trot and Jingle Bell Jog fun runs.

feature 14 Make the most of winter



Feeling trapped by soggy weather? Follow our tips for breaking free and enjoying it all.

adventures 16 Look at all you can explore Save our special pull-out section for planning your next outdoor adventure both near and far.


youth 22 We play as hard as you do Come join the fun with sports, classes and special events, including “The Nutcracker.”

military & Family readiness 26 Celebrate togetherness AFCS offers you ways to strengthen your Family ties, plus financial, educational and fundraising events and opportunities.

libraries 32 Play, read and create


Want to find fun with other adults, kids or teens for free? There’s so much more going on at your JBLM libraries than you think!

Photos: JBLM Public Affairs (12), Outdoor Recreation staff (16), Scott Hansen (22)

FROM THE COVER Families are special to us!

Cover photo by Ursula Buford

We’re thankful for our military Families and your young sons and daughters who have chosen to serve our country. Celebrate Month of the Military Family with seasonal events and parties throughout this issue.


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The holidays are approaching — are you ready? We’ll help! November’s a special month when we celebrate Month of the Military Family and come together in thankfulness for all we have, including our veterans’ dedication and service. We also anticipate lots of holiday fun, and Family and MWR is planning to keep you busy. Make Thanksgiving less work by joining others at the Club at McChord Field for their annual Thanksgiving buffet or ordering your complete Thanksgiving dinner from the chefs at American Lake Conference Center. Find details on pages 6–7. Holiday fun runs are a tradition at JBLM; join in the fun at the Turkey Trot Saturday, Nov. 18 and Jingle Bell Jog/Reindeer Romp Saturday, Dec. 9. Details are on page 12. Another tradition is joining other Families to watch “The Nutcracker” holiday event (details are on page 23). In celebration of Month of the Military Family, EFMP Families are invited to free sensory-friendly Nutcracker performances and the free Winter Shindig – see page 27 for sign-up details. Other events you’ll want to attend are the annual free Care Fair Saturday, Nov. 4 and a special Big Bang Variety Show Saturday, Nov. 18; see pages 8–9. A big part of living in the Pacific Northwest is enjoying year-round outdoor recreation. In this issue, you’ll find a 6-month list of local and international adventure trips. Pull out the center section and keep the list handy — you might find something new you and your friends can experience this winter! We’re thankful for letting us serve you, your Family and the entire JBLM community. Let us know how we can improve our service by visiting and sending us your feedback.

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family and MWR fun, food, travel & well-being guide

FOCUS JBLM Family & MWR Director, Family & MWR Marketing director Editor/writer

William E. Harvey

Kimberly Rowe

Patti Jeffrey

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

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Thanksgiving q holiday meals bring us



et us provide the feast for you this Thanksgiving so you can concentrate on enjoying your guests! Don’t want to cook for hours or face cleaning up after a big meal? Invite your Family and friends out to Thanksgiving

butter and roasted vegetables. • Caesar salad and spinach salad with

Order homemade Thanksgiving dinners and holiday desserts Order a complete homemade

candied walnuts, dried cranberries and

Thanksgiving dinner from American

blue cheese.

Lake Conference Center! Place your

• Fresh seasonal fruit display.

orders through Monday, Nov. 20 for:

• Smoked salmon with herb cream

• Meal No. 1 that feeds 6–8 guests. You

cheese and bagels.

receive a 15- to 20-pound roasted

at the Club at McChord Field Thursday,

• Assorted breads, rolls and croissants.

whole turkey or a holiday half-ham,

Nov. 23!

• Pumpkin and pecan pies, assorted

home-style stuffing, mashed potatoes,

The buffet includes all your favorites and so much more: • Carved roast turkey breast, gravy and cranberry-orange chutney. • Carved roast baron of beef with au jus

cakes and cheesecakes and apple cob-

steamed green beans, sweet potato


casserole, pumpkin pie, cranberry

• Fruit punch, iced tea, fountain drinks, coffee and tea. The cost is $27.95 for ages 13 and old-

sauce and turkey gravy. The cost is $159.95. • Meal No. 2 that feeds 10–12 guests

er, $13.95 for children ages 4–12 and free

includes both the ham and turkey,

• Honey-glazed baked ham.

for ages 3 and younger. Club members

all sides, vegetables, casseroles and

• Red-skin garlic mashed potatoes,

receive a $2 discount per meal.

dessert, plus an apple pie. The cost is

and horseradish sauce.

sweet potato casserole and traditional stuffing. • Chilled shrimp with cocktail sauce.


• Sautéed asparagus with lemon-garlic

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Seating is at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are required; call the Club at 253-982-5581/2795.

$249.95. • Take-and-bake options that include prepared, seasoned and panned

uncooked menu items. Cooking and

can Lake Conference Center is at Lewis

heating instructions are provided,

North, 8085 NCO Beach Rd.

along with a food thermometer. Meal No. 1 is $139.95 and Meal No. 2 is $229.95. Call 253-964-1209/966-4998 or email for ordering details. Also order homemade holiday desserts a week ahead for parties, meals

Thanksgiving day thank-you Come hang out at the Warrior Zone Thursday, Nov. 23 from 9:30 a.m.–

Also bring your camera for a photo with Santa and take home a holiday craft with help from the Arts & Crafts Center. The cost is $13 for ages 10 and older,

6:30 p.m. for football action and eSports

$10 for ages 3–9 and $2 for ages 2 and


younger. Advanced purchase is required;

Enjoy catered food from the chefs at

or cookie exchanges from American Lake

American Lake Conference Center (it’s

Conference Center!

the staff’s way thanking you).

Choose from freshly made fruit, cream,

at McChord Field from 10 a.m.–noon.

The Warrior Zone is on the corner of

register online at JBLMmwrRegistration. com. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd.

Club members receive free dinner

holiday and pumpkin pies. A variety

17th and D streets and is open to ages 18

Club members are invited to a free

of cookies and assorted cookie platters

and older. Call BOSS at 253-967-5636 for

Member Appreciation Dinner Wednes-

include all your favorites. Homemade

more details.

day, Nov. 29 from 5–7 p.m. Family

candies, flavored fudge platters, cakes, pound cakes and bread pudding are also available.

Sign up for Breakfast with Santa Santa’s looking forward to having

members and guests pay $5. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd. Call 253-982-5581. Not a member? Join today and receive

company for breakfast Saturday, Dec. 16!

discounts from select MWR locations,


He invites you and your Family to join

member-only events, discounts on

or call 253-964-1209/966-4998. Ameri-

him for Breakfast with Santa at the Club

Thanksgiving and other buffets and more.

For the entire selection with prices,


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Time to be merry Go ahead & go all out for fun with us this month! Warrior Zone offers tasty specials You can’t go wrong when you drop by the Warrior Zone for fun! This month, enjoy

Need a day away from everything?

watching football action with food specials. Every time you spend $12, you can enter

JBLM’s Operation Care Fair offers a day

to win a team-of-your-choice jersey or a team swag gift basket at the end of the season.

of free pampering Saturday, Nov. 4 from

Come in for breakfast Sundays for waffles and chicken (or sausage) from 9:30 a.m.–

10 a.m.–2 p.m. at American Lake Confer-

1 p.m. Order the pizza and wing combo during Sunday, Monday and Thursday games. Also try our Buffalo chicken sandwich for $6, toasted cheese sandwich and tomato-

ence Center at Lewis North. Enjoy personal care and specialty

basil soup combo for $5.50, a turkey cranberry melt sandwich for $6.50, teriyaki

products and services offered by vendors,

chicken bowl for $5.50 or teriyaki steak bowl for $6.

plus entertainment and door prizes.

The Warrior Zone is open to ages 18 and older and is located at 11592 17th & D St. at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-477-5756.

Sam Adams makes evenings fun Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM has tons of fun this month: • Football bingo Sundays during the afternoon and evening games with prizes for winners. Try the 12th Fan special — a burger with fries and a Sam Adams draft pint for $12. • Monday Night Madness offers $5 for six wings during the game, plus half-off flatbreads, $2 off Sam Adams pitchers and $1 off Sam Adams pints (not available for booked events in the conference room). • Thursday dice game — each quarter, dice are rolled for a discounted drink special. • Trivia Night with prizes from 7–9 Fridays, Nov. 3 and 17. • UFC 217, Bisping vs. St-Pierre Saturday, Nov. 4 ($5 cover). • Also call about reserving the conference room for small parties and get-togethers. Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-964-2012.


Get pampered at Care Fair

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ALCC is at 8085 NCO Beach Rd. Call the Special Events office at 253-967-6772 for more information.

Experience thrills at Big Bang Variety Show Everyone ages 18 and older is invited to the Amazing Johnathan’s Big Bang Variety Show Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center. The show, brought to you by Army Entertainment stars the Amazing Johnathan, magician-comedian and performer, is hosted by comedian Landry and features a Cirque-style acrobatic team Duo Enchantment and contortionist Vita Radionova.

Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $10 and are available at Nelson Rec is at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Attend annual tree lighting Enjoy Lewis Main’s annual tree light-

Time for gift-giving

ing ceremony Thursday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. The tree lighting is in front of Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center located at 2022 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main. Bring your camera for photos!

Habañero still open while clubhouse gets improvements When you come out to Whispering

Shop now for unique holiday gifts at your Arts & Crafts Center Get a jump on the holiday gift-giving season with unique and crafty items from the Arts & Crafts Center store. Here are some ideas: • Order coffee mugs printed with your favorite photos. • Decorate your tree with pewter ornaments.

Firs Golf Course, you’ll notice improve-

• Take a class to make a Family memento.

ments happening in the clubhouse that

• Custom-frame your Family portrait.

freshen the interior and streamline the kitchen. Habañero Mexican Grill is serving breakfast from a food truck Mondays– Saturdays starting at 7 a.m. with breakfast burritos and sandwiches, SOS on a biscuit, side meats and muffins. Lunch items and snacks, such as turkey, ham and roast beef sandwiches, hot dogs and chips, are available in the pro shop. Habañero is at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. Call 253-982-2124 for more details.

Reserve the McChord Pub for parties, meetings & more Did you know that you can use the McChord Pub for Right Arm events,

• Order engraving on these in-stock items: wine bottle gift box with tools, hip flask, cheese board with cutter, cheese tool set, cutting board or game set (backgammon, chess and cribbage). • Give Arts & Crafts Center gift cards for creative classes of your recipients’ choices.

Call for entries for the 2017 Air Force Art Contest It’s time to show off your art skills, whether you’re a novice or accomplished artist. The 2017 Air Force Art Contest is open to eligible adults and youth ages 6–17 with categories for age groups in a wide variety of 2-D media. Amazon gifts cards will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. Entries are being accepted Nov. 1–30 by submtting high-quality digital photos of your works. To enter and for complete rules and instructions, visit during the contest period.

Arts & Crafts reorganization The Arts & Crafts Center is closed Nov. 13–14 and offers limited service Nov. 15–17 while they reorganize their shop.

Commander’s Calls, Hails and Farewells, Club member parties and other small events? Call the Club at McChord Field

Arts & Crafts Center November Clip ‘n Save Coupons

office and make your reservation today. If you’re not a Club member, join now and start enjoying discounts, memberonly events and much more. Inquire about pub reservations or Club membership at the office or call the Club

50% Off Picture-Framing Class (discount applies to instruction only) Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Nov. 1–30, 2017.

50% Off String-Art Class

(discount applies to instruction only) Limit one coupon per customer per class. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Nov. 1–30, 2017.

at 253-982-5581. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

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


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hink you can’t afford to golf? Think again — seasonal deals make golfing more affordable, and the mild climate keeps our courses open year-round! The $59 JBLM Fall/Winter Golf Pass keeps you in the game Like to golf year-round at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs golf courses? Buy a $59 Fall/Winter Golf Pass! The pass includes your first round of golf and 25 percent off green fees until 11 a.m. and 50 percent off after 11 a.m. seven days a week for future rounds (excludes tournaments and other green fee specials). The pass is good through Saturday, March 31, 2018 at JBLM.

Take advantage of golf specials Save big and stay in practice with November golf specials at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs golf courses at JBLM: • Receive two-for-one green fees Thursdays all day at Whispering Firs and Wednesdays all day at Eagles Pride


tart your holdiay shopping early for big savings on golf merchandise at Whispering Firs’ and Eagles Pride’s annual holiday sale starting Friday, Dec. 1! The sale extends through Saturday, Dec. 23 with a minimum of 10 percent off everything (excluding PING 400 Series). The more you spend, the more chances you have to win when you pull a candy cane off the tree! Also get a chance to win door prizes while you sample free holiday treats. 253-982-2124 (Whispering Firs) • 253-967-6522 (Eagles Pride)

(discount is based on 18-hole play). • All green fees are $10 after 10 a.m. Mondays at Eagles Pride and Wednesdays at Whispering Firs. • Pay for one regularly priced green fee and get the second half off Sundays after 10:30 a.m. at either golf course (the lowest-priced green fee will be discounted). • Active duty and retired military and your Families get two-for-one range balls; two buckets per day limit from either golf course; purchase tokens at the pro shops. • All veterans pay $15 for green fees Saturday, Nov. 11. • Get a green fee, shared cart and a $6

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

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

food voucher special seven days a week! Ranks E1–E5 pay $22, E6 and above pay $27 and DOD, retirees and the public pay $32. • Enter the daily Hole-in-Fun for $1 and win a gift certificate for the prize fund total if you make a hole-in-one on Hole #14! Same-day entry only. (Specials cannot be combined with other specials or used for outings/tournaments.) Want to learn golf or keep in top form? Ask about individual lessons with our resident golf pros!

Have fun in holiday tourney Sign up now for the annual Turkey Shoot golf tourney Saturday, Nov. 11 at Whispering Firs. The cost is $12 plus your green fee for individual stroke play teeing off at 8 a.m.

Vets get discounted gear Looking to save some cash on in-stock equipment, clothing, accessories and gear at our pro shops? If you’re a veteran, drop by Nov. 11–12 to not only get discount golf, but 10 percent off every regularly priced item in the pro shop at either Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs.


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Join the JBLM Turkey Trot Sign up now for the annual JBLM

Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 11:59 p.m. DOD ID

Turkey Trot Saturday, Nov. 18 at the

cardholders pay $10 for the 1K or $20 for

MWR Fest Tent behind Bowl Arena

the 5K; all others pay $15 for the 1K or

Lanes on Liggett Avenue. Choose from

$25 for the 5K.

a 5K run or a 1K Drumstick Dash for

Late registration ends Wednesday,

children. The 1K starts at 9:30 a.m. and

Nov. 15 at 11:59 p.m. with no T-shirt

the 5K begins at 10. Race bib pickup is

guarantee. DOD ID cardholders pay $15

from 7–9:30.

for the 1K or $25 for the 5K; all others

Races include games, a costume contest, prizes and giveaways. Follow the registration link at Early registration


with your T-shirt size guaranteed ends

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pay $20 for the 1K or $30 for the 5K. Day-of-race registration is $20 for the 1K or $30 for the 5K for DOD ID cardholders, and $25 for the 1K or $35 for

the 5K for all others. No T-shirts will be available.

Heads up for the Jingle Bell Jog The annual 5K Jingle Bell Jog and 1K Reindeer Romp is just around the bend Saturday, Dec. 9 at Wilson Sports & Fitness Center. The 1K starts at 9:30 a.m.; the 5K starts at 10 a.m. Early registration ends Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 11:59 p.m.; follow the link at The run includes an ugliest Christmas sweater contest, prizes, giveaways and finisher medals.

MWR staff

Left: Liliana Lopez and Sofia Ruiz approach the finish line together as they near completion of the 5K course of the annual JBLM Turkey Trot outside the MWR Fest Tent. Above: The annual Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Romp is always fun no matter the weather.

Healthcare made easy. Military families can get same day appointments at the Pacific Medical Centers clinics in Puyallup and Lacey. If you are active duty family or retired military, you can enroll in USFHP. Close to home. US Family Health Plan is a Department of Defense sponsored TRICARE PrimeÂŽ option.



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


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Making the most of winter in Washington by Robert W. Conrad

the secret — it’s sunny somewhere else

more adventures are worth pursuing. All

f you’re new to Washington weather, you’ll most likely complain about the amount of rain we get through the winter months — a perfectly normal reaction. Here’s some perspective to help you through.

in the state.

of the mountains have webcams you can


If you’re a water sports or snow sports

When I first moved to Washington, I started to explore all the amazing nature that surrounds us. I started to notice that places would advertise how many sunny days they had a year. With Pierce County only averaging 139 sunny days per year (or 38 percent sun), I can see the attraction to get out of town and visit

check out before you go. Go on one of the many winter adventures with Adventure Programs or head out on your own. Make sure you have the appropriate park pass (Discover, All Agency National or Snow Park), tire chains to fit your vehicle and the 10 essentials. Most of the major ski resorts offer military discounts or military appreciation days. If it’s your first time on skis or a snowboard, make

one of the sunny spots close to home.

fan, you can embrace the rain! Rain in

sure you take a lesson. Many mountains

With smartphones at our fingertips, it’s

offer package deals that include a lift

the valley is usually snow in the moun-

easy to swipe through you favorite spots

ticket, rental package and a lesson at any

tains. A heavy snowpack in the moun-

and find some sun. Just over the moun-

skill level.

tains brings us large river flows in the

tains, you climb toward more than 200

spring and summer months. That stock-

sunny days a year. Up in the San Juan

tains, we want you to be safe. Our Ad-

pile of precipitation gives us our water in

Islands, the average goes up 20 percent.

venture Team will be glad to answer any

the summer to keep us green and satis-

The driest and sunniest town in Western

questions you might have about

fied until next winter. Don’t hate the

Washington is Sequim, the Lavender

taking advantage of the mountains in

rain — learn how to thrive and survive

Capital of North America, which has

the winter. Email any questions to

in any condition. With that perspective

much to offer. Check out their Lavender

and a few winter tips, you’ll be ready to

Festival in July or tour the many winer-

make the most of a Washington winter.

ies in the area. Just remember, it is sunny

Rain, rain, go away It’s a fact — rain tends to stay and never leave our area. This is because


Chasing the sun

somewhere in Washington.

Above it all is snow!

No matter what you do in the moun-

Embrace the weather The last way to survive the rain is to embrace it. Grab an umbrella or a waterproof jacket and enjoy your favorite

Getting above the clouds is another

sunny day adventure in the rain. Most of

we’re in part of the Puget Sound Con-

way to beat the gloomy days. The same

the time, it will stop raining by the time

vergence Zone. It normally hangs out in

mountains that hold the clouds around

you get there or are finished with your

Snohomish County, but is often pushed

our home provide many amazing adven-

day. Remember to dress in layers, avoid

down into Pierce County. The moun-

tures. Snowshoeing (hiking on 10 feet

cotton (it is a negative insulator) and get

tains hold the rainy days over our heads

of snow or more), skiing, snowboarding,

outside no matter what the weather.

for what seems like an eternity. Here’s

cross-country skiing, tubing and many

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See you outside, JBLM!


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Adventure is waiting just outside your door

Look for details at /SeeYouOutsideJBLM Adventure Programs staff


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Ready to experience

the Pacific Northwest — and the world — like never before? Pull out and keep this handy Adventure Programs trip guide for planning your next adventure, both near and far! Plan your awesome outdoor adventures from fall through winter and spring! Trip gear and transportation are included. In some cases, volunteer opportunities are available; ask about add-ons, such as meals for trips. Details and registration are available at

Wilderness First Aid Photography 101 Photoshop workshop Kayak skills class Landscape photo at Hurricane Ridge Cape Flattery hike Yoga for hikers Victoria, B.C. overnighter Seminar on Snowboard/Ski Tuning Seminar on Winter Travel Photography 101 Seattle night photography Rattlesnake hike/snowshoe Yoga for bikers Snowshoe Hurricane Ridge Seminar on Beginner Yoga Techniques Snowshoe Snow Lake Snowmobiling Snowmobile-access backcountry skiing Kayak skills class Portland shopping trip Backcountry skiing Snowshoe June Lake Holiday yoga New Year’s resolution: Intro to backcountry skiing Moonlight snowshoe hike Ladies’ day out backcountry ski/board Photography 101 Snowshoe Carbon River Snowshoe Salmon La Sac Snow tubing Yoga for skiers Snowmobiling Bald Eagle Float Bald Eagle Photo

Nov. 18–19 Saturday, Nov. 18 Sunday, Nov. 19 Tuesday, Nov. 21 Saturday, Nov. 25 Sunday, Nov. 26 Friday, Dec. 1 Dec. 2–3 Sunday, Dec. 3 Saturday, Dec. 9 Saturday, Dec. 9 Sunday, Dec. 10 Sunday, Dec. 10 Friday, Dec. 15 Saturday, Dec. 16 Saturday, Dec. 16 Sunday, Dec. 17 Sunday, Dec. 17 Sunday, Dec. 17 Tuesday, Dec. 19 Friday, Dec. 22 Saturday, Dec. 23 Saturday, Dec. 23 Friday, Dec. 29

$125 $45 $45 $35 $80 $70 $17 $375 free free $45 $65 $65 $17 $90 free $65 $185 $185 $35 $60 $110 $75 $17

Saturday, Dec. 30 Saturday, Dec. 30 Saturday, Jan. 6 Saturday, Jan. 6 Saturday, Jan. 6 Sunday, Jan. 7 Sunday, Jan. 7 Thursday, Jan. 11 Sunday, Jan. 14 Friday, Jan. 12 Friday, Jan. 12

$110 $50 $110 $45 $65 $90 $45 $17 $185 $65 $65

Stevens Pass backcountry ski overnighter Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin Crosscountry ski Lake Easton Introduction to backcountry skiing Seattle night photography Kayak skills class Backcountry skiing Photoshop 101 Cross-country ski Lake Easton Advanced Photoshop Snowmobile-access backcountry skiing Snowmobiling Yoga for snowshoers Backcountry Skiing Wilderness First Aid Mountain biking Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin Snowshoe Hurricane Ridge Seminar on Planning International Trips Seattle photo excursion Introduction to backcountry skiing Yoga for skiers Photography 101 Red wine and chocolate tour Ladies’ day out: Introduction to backcountry skiing Snowmobile-access backcountry skiing Seattle night photography Snowshoe Hurricane Ridge Oregon overnight ski trip Backcountry skiing White Pass cross-country skiing Snowmobiling Seminar on the Solo Female Traveler Kayak skills class

Jan. 12–15 Saturday, Jan. 13 Saturday, Jan. 13 Sunday, Jan. 14 Sunday, Jan. 14 Tuesday, Jan. 16 Saturday, Jan. 20 Saturday, Jan. 20 Sunday, Jan. 21 Sunday, Jan. 21 Sunday, Jan. 21 Sunday, Jan. 21 Friday, Jan. 26 Saturday, Jan. 27 Jan. 27–28 Sunday, Jan. 28 Sunday, Jan. 28 Saturday, Feb. 3 Saturday, Feb. 3 Sunday, Feb. 4 Sunday, Feb. 4 Friday, Feb. 9 Saturday, Feb. 10 Saturday, Feb. 10

$900 $65 $65 $110 $65 $35 $110 $45 $65 $45 $185 $185 $17 $110 $125 $35 $65 $90 free $65 $110 $17 $45 $85

Saturday, Feb. 10 Sunday, Feb. 11 Sunday, Feb. 11 Friday, Feb. 16 Feb. 16–19 Saturday, Feb. 17 Sunday, Feb. 18 Sunday, Feb. 18 Sunday, Feb. 18 Tuesday, Feb. 20

$110 $185 $65 $90 $1,000 $110 $70 $185 free $35

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How often do you ask yourself what's safe to put in your recycling bin? Next time you go to throw something away, get creative and think of ways to reduce waste in the first place! Only paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, jugs & jars, aluminum & tin cans can go into your recycling bin. Check out the Lewis Main or McChord Field recycling centers for additional recycling options! Yard waste & leaves can be taken to the recycling centers on the installation for disposal.

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Yoga for snowshoers Mt. Saint Helens winter summit Photoshop 101 Backcountry skiing Advanced Photoshop Mountain biking Moonlight snowshoe Snowshoe Snow Lake Snow tubing Cross-country ski Lake Easton Yoga for skiers Photography 101 Backcountry skiing Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin Seattle photo excursion Snowmobiling Snowmobile-access backcountry skiing Waterfall tour Cross-country ski Keechelus Lake Seminar on Women in the Woods Introduction to backcountry skiing Peddles and Pints Kayak skills class Spring equinox yoga Explore Victoria, B.C. Snow tubing Snowmobiling Snowmobile-access backcountry skiing Ruby Beach photography Oregon coast photography trip Easter sunrise snowshoe Yoga for hikers Introduction to mountain biking Seminar on Travel Photography Photography 101 Whale watching Backcountry skiing Seminar on Leave No Trace Kayak skills class

Friday, Feb. 23 Saturday, Feb. 24 Saturday, Feb. 24 Saturday, Feb. 24 Sunday, Feb. 25 Sunday, Feb. 25 Friday, March 2 Saturday, March 3 Sunday, March 4 Sunday, March 4 Friday, March 9 Saturday, March 10 Saturday, March 10 Sunday, March 11 Sunday, March 11 Sunday, March 11 Sunday, March 11 Saturday, March 17 Saturday, March 17 Saturday, March 17 Sunday, March 18 Sunday, March 18 Tuesday, March 20 Friday, March 23 Saturday, March 24 Saturday, March 24 Sunday, March 25 Sunday, March 25 Sunday, March 25 March 30–April 2 Sunday, April 1 Friday, April 6 Saturday, April 7 Saturday, April 7 Sunday, April 8 Saturday, April 14 Saturday, April 14 Sunday, April 15 Tuesday, April 17

$17 $110 $45 $110 $45 $35 $50 $65 $45 $65 $17 $45 $110 $65 $65 $185 $185 $70 $65 free $110 $60 $35 $17 $85 $45 $185 $185 $65 $750 $65 $17 $35 free $45 $110 $110 free $35

Check out our Winter Expo & Grand Reopening at the Northwest Adventure Center coming soon! Details will be available at and 18

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Make-yourdream-cometrue wish list: Alpine Club adventures & exotic getaways Look for details at /SeeYouOutsideJBLM

2018 Mountaineering Trips Climbing Trips Date Cost Basic Alpine Climbing Course Classroom.................... Feb. 3–4.............................$125 Winter Expedition Mountaineering Seminar............. Feb. 7–11...........................$900 Basic Alpine Climbing Course Field............................... Feb. 17–18.........................$125 Basic Alpine Climbing Course Classroom.................... March 3–4.........................$125 Intermediate Climbing Course........................................ March 8–11.......................$350 Basic Alpine Climbing Course Field............................... March 17–18.....................$125 Introduction to Ski Mountaineering............................. March 24–25....................$200 Expedition Planning and Logistics................................ Saturday, March 31........$95 Basic Alpine Climbing Course Field............................... April 7–8............................$125 Basic Alpine Climbing Course Field............................... April 21–22.......................$125 Mount Baker Coleman Glacier......................................... June 30–July 3................$750 Mount Olympus Blue Glacier........................................... July 14–17.........................$750 Mount Baker Coleman Glacier......................................... July 26–29.........................$750 Mount Stuart North Ridge (Rock)................................... Aug. 10–12........................$300 South Early Winter Spire (Rock)...................................... Aug. 24–26.......................$300 International/Destination Climbing Chimborazo, Ecuador......................................................... Dec. 9–17..........................$3,400 Everest Base Camp Trek w/round-trip airfare............ April 5–28..........................$4,300 Everest Base Camp Trek wo/round-trip airfare......... April 5–28..........................$3,600 Alaska Denali Expedition................................................... May 7–31...........................$5,000 Alaska Denali Expedition................................................... June 4–26.........................$5,000 Aconcagua, Argentina........................................................ Oct. 1–30...........................$7,700 Interested in mountaineering? Join our free Alpine Club meetings Wednesdays Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7 and April 4. Email for details.

2018 International Trips Winter • Seven-day German Christmas markets, starting at $3,200. • The Frey, Argentina, $3,200. • Chimborazo, Ecuador summit attempt, $2,700. Spring • Nicaragua yoga retreat, $3,200. • Five-day Owyhee River rafting trip, $1,000. • Red Rocks, Nevada climbing, $975. • May and June Denali expedition, $5,000/6,750. • Costa Rica surf/yoga camp, starting at $2,000.

Summer • New Zealand skiing/photography, starting at $5,200. • Five-day learn-as-you-go San Juan Island sea kayak trip, $850. • Seven-day San Juan Island sailing, introduction to cruising. Fall • Ten-day Thailand beach climbing, starting at $3,800. • Ten-day Peru exploration, starting at $4,700. • Aconcagua, Argentina, $7,700. • Iceland photography, $4,000.

Trip destinations and costs subject to change. Guests ages 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adults. Preregistration required. All prices are based on a three-person minimum occupancy. International trip costs are subject to change according to current airfare/permit cost changes. For more information or to obtain registration, email We will register people in the order that the requests are received. Adventure Programs staff


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Find your winter bliss with Adventure Programs Take the worry out of planning a winter adventure. Join Adventure Programs for our many outdoor recreation opportunities from fall and winter into early spring! amount of time. Fly down the hill on an

on your activity level and changes in

inflatable tube and go back to the top

the weather. The base layer (against your

to start the fun all over. Whether you’re

skin) manages moisture; the insulating

equipment?” or the many other ques-

looking for a practice hill for your kids,

layer protects from the cold; the shell

tions you might have had before going

a terrain park to show off your backside

(outer layer) shields you from wind, rain

outdoors, Adventure Programs can take

720 or untouched backcountry, there are

and snow. You simply add or subtract

the guesswork out — all you have to do

plenty of places for you to get out and

layers as needed.

is just show up!

experience the best skiing.

by Kaweka Stoney


f you’ve asked yourself “What pass do I need?” or “Do I have the right

Sign up for a variety of snow trips with us. For instance, snowshoeing gets you out into the wide open on the fresh snow that’s been falling for a little

How to prepare for an outdoor winter excursion with us Unless otherwise specified, all equip-

The best materials for your base layer are made of merino wool, synthetic fabrics or silk. For the middle layer, natural fibers, such as wool and goose down are excellent insulators. Classic fleece, such

exercise and a lot of fun. It’s a great way

ment is provided for each of our trips.

as Polartec or Thermal Pro polyester, and

to introduce young ones to snow sports

All you need is to bring your food, water

other synthetics, such as Thinsulate,

and an activity that people of all ages

and the right clothes.

provide warmth for a variety of condi-

and experience levels can enjoy. One of

The secret to an enjoyable experience

the best ways to enjoy the Washington

outdoors is to dress properly for the con-

the elements and can be waterproof

winter wonderland is by partaking in

ditions. Layering your clothes is a tried

shells, water-resistant shells, soft shells

snowmobiling. You’ll have the chance to

and true way to maximize your comfort

or insulated shells.

see magnificent views, enjoy fresh pow-

in the outdoors. By dressing in layers,

der, and explore a lot of nature in a short

you can make quick adjustments based

tions. The outer layer protects you from

If you have any questions, send us an email at Adventure Programs staff


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CYS plays as hard as you do Come join all the fun with sports, classes, events & more!

Teen Zone’s open! Teen Zone celebrates you with fun events Come and enjoy the fun at Hillside Teen Center! We have new free events planned just for you: • Friday, Nov. 17, join us for a Lock-In from 8 p.m.–8 a.m. with fun activities and team challenges. • Friday, Dec. 1 is our Hail and Farewell for arriving and departing Families. Your entire Family is invited to dinner provided from Cooking Club recipes. Come support our teens! • Friday, Dec. 8, come out to play basketball and enjoy movies and other activities throughout the center at Late Night. Middle school/teen kids can bring a friend! • Saturday, Dec. 16, party out at the

and other fun activities. The Teen Zone is open to middle school and teen youth who are registered with CYS. Not registered yet? Find a friend who’s registered and tag along on a one-time guest pass. Fill out an application if you like what you see. The Teen Zone does all the paperwork, including verifying with parents for permission, to get you registered. Hillside Teen Zone is located at 6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. Call 253-967-4441 for more information.

Sign up for youth sports Enroll youth for Special Olympics basketball & cheerleading Enroll your CYS youth starting Mon-

community Holiday Fest from noon–

day, Nov. 13 for Special Olympics youth

4 p.m. Everyone’s welcome to enjoy

basketball and cheerleading. The partici-

crafts, games, cookies, bounce house

pation fee is $50 for ages 8–18.

The parents’ meeting is Thursday, Dec. 14. Register online at

Sign up now for winter break camps! Enrollment opens Wednesday, Nov. 1 for winter break sports camps — sign up now to keep ‘em busy later! • Start Smart Camp introduces youth ages 3–4 to the fundamentals of team-building while they have lots of fun. The cost is $25 per child from Dec. 20–22. • Volleyball Camp is open to ages 9–18; the camp meets Dec. 20–22 and costs $35 per youth. • Flag Football camp meets Dec. 27–29 and is open to ages 9–18. The cost is $35 per youth. Youth must be registered with CYS and have a current sports physical on file to enroll in sports at JBLMcysRegistration. com. For additional information, call 253-967-2405.

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Get involved as a volunteer coach Share your love of sports with JBLM youth as a volunteer sports coach. Youth Sports provides the training and offers sports fee vouchers. A background check is required. Stop by the Youth Sports office at 2295 S. 12th St. at Lewis Main to pick up your application. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. For more details, call 253-967-2405.

SKIES Holiday event

Discover inner artists

Come out for ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet

SKIESUnlimited! Art classes are available

Join SKIESUnlimited for a holiday event your children will remember forever. JBLM youth will perform the full production of “The Nutcracker” ballet Dec. 8–10 at the Evergreen Theater. Tickets are $5 per seat. Purchase your tickets at Leisure Travel Services, located at 2272 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main.


Bring out the Picasso in your child at for parent-and-me fun, toddlers, preschool and school-age artists. Students learn art history from around the world as well as experimenting with different artistic mediums such as paint, crafts, pencil and sculpting. Register at SKIES is at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. For details, call 253-966-3539.



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Celebrate togetherness with Month of the Military Family! AFCS offers you ways to strengthen your Family ties


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus November 2017


Month of the Military Family Celebrate EFMP Families this holiday season In honor of Month of the Military Family, attend free special performances of the SKIESUnlimited Nutcracker for all EFMP Families at JBLM CARES Friday, Nov. 17. EFMP supports Families with physical and educational disabilities — these performances are shorter in length with smaller audiences for theater production in a sensory-friendly environment. Seating is limited; register now at EFMP Families are also invited Friday, Dec. 8 for the free EFMP Winter Shindig! Registration is required at We’ll be decorating cookies, building marshmallow igloos and, for those interested, a guest from the North Pole will be in to visit those who need a short wait and a quiet space. Take advantage of the opportunity to socialize monthly at EFMP Parents Connect and meet others who “get it” by EFMP parents for all EFMP parents. We know it’s hard to be everything. Please make the time to take care of yourself.

EFMP Parents Connect meets the third Wednesday each month from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at JBLM CARES, 6993 Jackson Ave., Lewis Main. For more information about these EFMP events, call 253-967-7166.

Help baby discover new senses Check out new playgroup! It’s never too early to teach your baby to explore all the senses. Come and join AFCS FAP while we sing songs, dance and play together to help build your baby’s curiosity, strength and body awareness while acquiring a repertoire of songs and exercises that help boost baby’s growing brain and body. The new playgroup — Moms2Moms (and Dads Too!) — is designed for parents with infants ages 6 weeks– 6 months. Join us every Friday from 9:30– 10:30 a.m. at SKIESUnlimited — no registration in needed. Each weekly meeting includes a specific topic and time for free discussion. SKIES is located at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5901. Continued on next page.


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Resiliency Tip of the Month How gratitude helps us November has arrived, and we’re reminded to take stock of all that make us grateful — health, home, Family and love. Sharing gratitude not only feels good, but it builds strength, bonding and resilience in our Families. Sometimes, when we get busy, we forget to acknowledge our blessings (even though we don’t mean to). When you sit down with the Family for the Thanksgiving feast, encourage each Family member to take a turn and list one or two things they are grateful for — you’ll be amazed at the wonderful things your Family has to say! This is an example of a small “Family meeting” where you create a space for members to share thoughts and ideas and connect. At the FOCUS program, we love to teach parents how to hold a “Family meeting” — would you like to know more? Give the FOCUS program a call. Don’t just get by, get stronger! The FOCUS program works with Families just like yours to teach skills that help you be more successful and make the most of seasonal changes. FOCUS is at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. For more information, call 253-966-6390 or email Also visit or

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AFCS Financial Readiness Program helps you manage your money Walk-ins

Do you have a budget? Having issues with your credit report? Are you contributing to and growing your retirement savings? Do you have emergency savings to cover you, if needed? Are you drowning in debt? Take advantage of our Armed Forces Community Service Financial Readiness Program to get your financial house in order! The AFCS FRP offers free classes and one-on-one appointments with certified financial counselors to help you manage your money, improve your financial health, achieve your financial goals and more. To view and register for upcoming classes or schedule your appointment, visit or call 253-967-1453.

AER appointments now available online Need the services of Army Emergency

appointments online at are still welcome. For more information, call 253-967-9852.

Attend education fair Celebrate American Education Week with AFCS & Stone Ed Center! You’re invited to help celebrate American Education Week at the Stone Education Center’s Education Fair Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Held in partnership with AFCS, Service Member and Family Assistance Center is hosting the fair. More than 30 Washington-area schools and support agencies will be on hand to answer questions about their services and products. Meet with representatives from colleges and universities, and prepare for professional development and your next career through education and training. All are welcome! To register to attend, visit

Relief? You can now schedule your AER

appointment online! To help provide

Call 253-966-8433 or 253-967-2126 for

quicker access, JBLM AER is now offering

more details.

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How to listen and respond meaningfully Healthy two-way communication is a sensitive yet valuable skill to adopt. The term itself can come across as some type of walkie-talkie jargon, although, in essence, there is a similarity as it relates to signaling. For example, in old military telecommunications, there was an “encoder” and a “decoder.” The encoder’s job was to send a detailed message with as much clarity as possible to the other person receiving the information. The decoder, or receiver’s role, was to ask as many clarifying questions as required to ensure that the receiver understood the original intent and level of urgency of the message. This communication would go back and forth until a succinct memo could be established to send forward to leadership. Since there are perceptions and misunderstandings in the workplace and personal relationships, having a clear under-

Holiday fundraising opportunity Make money for your club, unit or squadron The McChord Field Exchange holiday gift wrap fundraising opportunity is offered to booster clubs, JBLM private organizations, units/squadrons and

standing is pivotal in communication. Another way to describe this type of healthy two-way expression is “driveway talking.” This is usually addressed to couples when it comes to disagreements, although the same principles apply in every conversation. In driveway talking, we are careful to allow the one person to drive (speak) without interruption. Then it’s our turn. Allowing for equal amounts of dedicated time to listen before responding is key. Each person has an opportunity to share and reflect. As we move forward through the changes in fall and early holiday preparations, working on these skills could serve as assets in every facet of our daily communication. Want more information on this topic? The EAP Team can help. Feel free to stop by to see us at 2008B N. 3rd and Pendleton, Room 114 at Lewis Main or call 253-732-2214.

FRGs/Key Spouses. Gift wrap slots are for six hours each

as well as AFCS-McChord and FRC. A Commander’s Permission Form

daily (9 a.m.–3 p.m. and 3–9 p.m.) from

(included in information packet,

Friday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Dec. 24.

required for FRGs/informal fund organi-

New! Sign-up for this fundraising opportunity is changing to online reservations at

zations) must be completed before wrapping date will be confirmed. Questions? Contact the JBLM Private Organization office at 253-967-9496.

Information packets are available for download at,

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Select AFCS Events



Moms2Moms (and Dads Too!) (6 weeks-6 months)



Overseas Briefing



Baby Play Group (0–12 months)



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



EFMP Parents Connect (Support Group)

Third Wednesday


Concept Block: Don’t Forget About You (Day 1)

Wednesday, Nov. 15


Financially Fit

Wednesday, Nov. 15


Key Caller Training (evening)

Wednesday, Nov. 15


FRG Leadership Training

Nov. 15-16


DOL Transition Assistance Workshop

Nov. 15-17


The Complete Federal Résumé

Thursday, Nov. 16


Resiliency: Bouncing Back and Activating Thoughts Consequences (ATC)

Thursday, Nov. 16


Résumé 101

Friday, Nov. 17


Federal Résumé

Friday, Nov. 17


Concept Block: Don’t Forget About You (Day 2)

Wednesday, Nov. 22


Smooth Move Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 22

(253) 982-2695

It Takes Two

Monday, Nov. 27


Let’s Cook!

Monday, Nov. 27


Thanking Volunteers Creatively

Tuesday, Nov. 28


Concept Block: Social Media Safety

Wednesday, Nov. 29


Key Spouse Supplemental Training

Thursday, Nov. 30


Rest and Renew

Thursday, Nov. 30


Interview Ready

Friday, Dec. 1


JBLM Fallen Heroes Tree Decorating Party

Saturday, Dec. 2


Five Love Languages for Men

Monday, Dec. 4


JBLM Community Update

Wednesday, Dec. 6


Financially Fit

Wednesday, Dec. 6


Thrift Savings Plan

Wednesday, Dec. 6


Interview Ready

Thursday, Dec. 7


Rest and Renew

Thursday, Dec. 7


Car Buying

Thursday, Dec. 7


Résumé 101

Friday, Dec. 8


Federal Résumé

Friday, Dec. 8


Relationship Reboot

Monday, Dec. 11


Let’s Cook!

Monday, Dec. 11


Retirement Planning

Tuesday, Dec. 12


Financially Fit

Wednesday, Dec. 13


Résumé 101

Thursday, Dec. 14


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Workshop

Thursday, Dec. 14


DOL Transition Assistance Workshop

Dec. 13-15


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



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Take part in a McChord library book club

Attend Kids’ Book Club

Inviting all teens

McChord Library’s monthly Kids’ Book

Teens are invited to a peer book club! Maximize your reading experience by talking about current teen novels with others your age. This month’s club meets Wednesday,

Club Wednesday, Nov. 15. Read fun books, meet fun people! Parents, bring

Nov. 1 to talk about “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman

your children by McChord Library now

Alexie. The Teen Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month from

to register and get a copy of this month’s

4:30–5:30 p.m. at McChord Library. Get ready for the Dec. 6 meeting by checking

book, “I Survived the Attacks of Septem-

out “Going Bovine” by Libba Bray.

ber 11, 2001” by Lauren Tarshis. The Kids’

Transportation will be available from Hillside Teen Zone for teens registered with CYS and Teen Zone (if you want to register with Teen Zone, call 253-967-4441). If you don’t need a ride to McChord Library, CYS registration isn’t required.

Remembering World War I through book club Remember the 100th anniversary of the First World War with JBLM libraries’ WWI book club, part of an Army Library initiative. Book discussions are held quarterly at either the Grandstaff or McChord libraries through the end of 2018 — feel free to bring your lunch — no registration is needed. “Daughters of Mars” by Thomas Keneally is being discussed at Grandstaff Library Tuesday, Nov. 7 at noon. A limited number of print copies are now available at the libraries, or copies can be downloaded as E-books to read in time for the meeting. The next meeting will be “Storm of Steel” by Ernst Jünger at McChord Library Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Have fun at Novel Navigators book club Like to discuss books? Join McChord Library’s Novel Navigators! This adult discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at McChord Library at 4:30 p.m. The Nov. 8th meeting is about “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender. Check out the new book starting Wednesday, Nov. 8 to read in time for the Dec. 13 discussion about “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Registration is required in person. A limited number of copies are available at the desk.


Kids in grades 3–5 are invited to join

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Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. Check out “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle for the Dec. 20 book club meeting.

Read At Book Patch Snack & chat for kids Kids in grades 3–5 can check out a book from the monthly book club display — each month explores a new and exciting type of book. After you read the book, we’ll meet, greet, snack and chat! This month, we’ll meet Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6–7:30 p.m. to discuss historical fiction. Friday, Dec. 8’s chat is on humor. No registration is needed.

Sensory-friendly storytime makes world come alive Families are invited to bring youngsters to Book Patch Library Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. for a free sensory-

Read, play, create & learn at your JBLM libraries friendly story-telling time with song,

Ozbot helps kids learn coding

dance, music and a craft in a soothing

Bring your kiddos to Book Patch Library for a new Ozbot Coding Kids’ Club! This tiny little robot is designed for children to learn basic coding in an enormously fun and easy way. The club meets the first Friday of the month from 6–7:30 p.m. — no registration needed. This month’s club is Nov. 3; next month’s is Dec. 1. Come on in and let the fun begin!

environment. No registration is needed.

Youngsters learn reading is fun Bring your kindergarten- to secondgrade students to listen to and read along with our books Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. Also enjoy activities, crafts,

Get creative at Girls’ Club

snacks and teeny-weeny prizes. No

Girls ages 7–15 can “Come Craft, Create & Conversate” at Book Patch Library! Learn what “Sticks and Glue Just for You” can turn into Friday, Nov. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. No registration is required.

registration is needed.

Share dishes at adult cookbook club at Grandstaff Aspiring chefs and cooks, check out a book from Grandstaff’s cookbook display to make a recipe related to the month’s theme. Bring your book and dish to share with the group! Thursday, Nov. 30, bring your side-dish delights and let’s sample and talk from 6–7 p.m. No registration is required.

Play & create for free

Build anything at Lego Club Kids ages 3 and older can get creative with Lego Club at McChord Library. The Lego Club meets the first Friday of every month at 4 p.m. We provide Lego bricks and you provide the imagination. The next available sign-up starts Friday, Nov. 24 for the Dec. 1 club. Space is limited; register on the library’s Calendar of Events at or call 253-982-3454.

Make cute holiday cards Get crafty with homemade cards to send out during the holidays. Adults ages 18 and older are invited to Grandstaff Library Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. to create holiday cards. While you’re busy creating, treat yourself to confectioneries and punch. No registration is needed, just drop in!

Find Tom the Turkey Book Patch Library kids ages 3–12


can help us find Tom the Turkey when you visit us in November! Tom is hiding somewhere and he trots to a new location every night. If you can help us find him, you’ll win a turkey-rific prize!

McChord Library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field; 253-982-3454. Grandstaff Library is located at 2109 N. 10th (on Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main; 253-967-5889. Book Patch Library is located inside Grandstaff; 253-967-5533. 33

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