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

OCTOBER 2011 •

Family & MWR is hosting lots of zebra-friendly events!


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Save with wacky lunch deals; join the club and get free meals; see UFC fights at no charge; get free ride home.

Find fall fun and parties for families and tips for keeping your closest relationships healthy.

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Discover the Pacific Northwest while you hike, bike, camp and tour from mountains to waters.

Splash into fitness; attend Passport to Wellness event; see winners of JBLM Half-Marathon.

Participate in Teen Read Week activities; discover new books for all ages; “just say no” to impulse shopping.

Kimberly Rowe

Above photos: Fall festivities are for young and old, families and singles. The McChord Youth Center is bringing back Boo Bash (page 28); look for a bounty of outdoor events at the Northwest Adventure Center (pages 20–24).


Cover photo: Piper Moore; inset photo: Lional Kam

Welcome to a harvest full of fun times!

Family & MWR offers a bounty of events, from Oktoberfest at the first of the month to your choice of fall fests and Halloween-themed trips and parties as October wraps up. As you flip through the pages, think of all the memories you’ll be making at the MWR events you attend!


Falling into fun The craziness of the new school year is probably starting to wear off — hopefully in the coming months, you and your family will find yourselves happily immersed in homework, after-school activities and fun weekends with friends. If you love to get scared, take a walk in Shoreline Park at the annual Theatrical Nightmare (there’s a not-so-scary time for kids, too). At the end of this month, your family may hit the streets for trick-or-treating; make it a safe night with the tips on page 15. For those of you with kids, Child, Youth and School Services has a number of options if you’re looking to introduce them to new sports and activities. Check out page 14 for seasonal events and fall sports. Additionally, we know it’s sometimes hard to find family time, so ACS is making it easier for you. Two upcoming events — Make a Difference Day and the annual Family Treasure Hunt — get you together for fun and to make a difference in our community. Even more, Family Advocacy has ways to make your relationship and family stronger (page 18). 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


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR Director, Family & MWR

William E. Harvey

Creative director Toby Bartley Promotions director

Kelly Wetzel

Editor & graphic designer Writer/graphic designer

Kimberly Rowe Patti Jeffrey

Contributing photographers Ursula Buford, Emiliano Hernandez, Lional Kam, Patti Jeffrey, Piper Moore, David Poe, Kimberly Rowe and Northwest Trek 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 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. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style.

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Food & fun

Like to eat out? Find your favorite foods at Save with Thursday themed meal deals Grab Thursday lunches out at JBLM eateries for some wacky deals: • Oct. 6 is “Mad Hatter Day” — bring your favorite hat into Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course at McChord Field and save $1 off a burrito. • Oct. 27 is “Cranky Co-Worker Day” — Buy a lunch and get another lunch for half-price at the Cascade Community Center at Lewis Main, Building 2400, Bitar and South Division. • Nov. 3 is “Eat a Sandwich Day” — buy any sandwich at any MWR eatery for $1 off.

Join the club for free dining, instant cash It pays even more to become a member of the McChord Club Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. You’ll pay nothing for dues for three months, plus get in on free meals and events. You’ll also get an instant-win scratch ticket for $5, $10, $25 or even $100 cash.


Here’s what to expect when you join the club at McChord Field: • Free food for members on Fridays in Globemaster Grill from 5–6 p.m. While you’re there, play Club Member Bingo starting at 5 p.m. with an $800– $1,195 jackpot (members can play on Wednesdays and Thursdays, too). • An exclusive free monthly member appreciation luncheon or dinner. You get in free and your family members pay only $5. This month’s appreciation luncheon is Tuesday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. • A monthly two-for-one steak dinner for club members only — pay only $14.95 for two dinners! This month’s deal is Friday, Oct. 28, 5–8 p.m. • Discounts galore! For instance, pay only $4 for a burger, fries and a soda with the Wednesday “Hump Day” lunch in Globemaster Grill. Nonmembers pay $5. Also pay only $3 for Wednesday Night Unlimited Taco Bar, 4:30–6 p.m. Nonmembers pay $6.

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MWR dining spots at JBLM! For an application, drop by the club office in Building 700 at McChord Field or call 253-982-5581. Also visit AFclubs. net to see what else Air Force Clubs offer, such as yearly family member school scholarships.

Cascade Community Center offers dining, fun and games Come into Cascade Community Center at Lewis Main, and you’ll find not only tasty lunches during the week, but fun times 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. And “Finally Friday” is a great way to unwind after your work week with draft deals and inexpensive food starting at 4 p.m., with karaoke later in the evening. Cascade Community Center is in Building 2400, Bitar and S. Division.

UFC 136 and 137 televised at Heroes Lounge Find twice the UFC action at no charge this month at Heroes Lounge inside Cascade Community Center. UFC 136 is Saturday, Oct. 8 and UFC 137 is Saturday, Oct. 29. The fights begin at 6 p.m.; doors open early. For more information, call 253-964-0331.

Get free ride back to barracks Remember, if you want a no-questions-asked free ride back to your barracks or dorms from Heroes Lounge, Bowl Arena Lanes or any other MWR club or bowling center at JBLM, simply call the BOSS designated driver van

Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights from 9 p.m.–3 a.m. at 253-208-9169.

Oktoberfest feasts feature your favorite German foods The McChord Club is putting out all your favorites at the Oktoberfest German Buffet Friday, Oct. 14 from 5–8 p.m. A limited menu is also offered. Call 253-982-5581 for more details. The German buffet at American Lake Community Center has been moved to Saturday, Oct. 1 at Oktoberfest in the MWR Fest Tent, next to Bowl Arena Lanes on Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. Visit the Fest Tent any time from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. for traditional German food and brew, plus entertainment.

Eat at the Bistro for a scenic ‘lake break’ Autumn is spectacular at American Lake, and the Bistro at Russell Landing (Lewis North) is the best place to take in the scenery while you eat lunch. Come out and try our tasty Italianstyle pasta dishes, salads, soups and pizza. The Bistro also serves yummy gelato in special flavors, such as tiramisu. If you’re in a hurry, call ahead for take-out at 253-964-2813. Visit for the current menu and notices about upcoming specials and entertainment.

Book your unit, squadron or FRG holiday party now Looking for a great place to book your unit, squadron or FRG holiday party? Call the McChord Club at 253-982-5581 and ask for the catering manager to help you arrange the best party ever! The club is taking reservations while American Lake Community Center is undergoing renovations.

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f you’ve enjoyed a made-to-order coffee drink from Battle Bean at Lewis Main or Lewis North, or from Café Lancelatte and Buster’s at McChord Field, or even sipped coffee from Globemaster Grill — then you know you’ve experienced a unique roast. What is Battle Bean and what makes it so unique? The beans are freshly roasted right here at Joint Base LewisMcChord for a smooth, light flavor.

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Fresh roast means fresh flavor Curtis Black, Battle Bean’s “roast master” for more than 10 years, is a guy who thrives on coffee. He’s succeeded in developing a roast quite different from the other coffees sold on base. He describes it as a smooth, light roast rather than dark, oily or bitter. He says, “Roasting coffee beans is more of an art than a science. I can tell how long to roast them by the smell, the temperature and the looks. Once you get the beans the way you want, it’s easy to duplicate.” Under his watchful eye, every batch of Battle Bean is evenly roasted for the smoothest flavor in a state-of-the-art roaster using infrared heat. You’re invited to watch the roasting process. Curtis Black will be happy to advise you on the merits of each coffee varietal and let you take home a sample. For an appointment, call 253-964-2489.


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A customer picks up her made-to-order Battle Bean coffee at the Battle Bean inside AFC Arena. Beans are freshly roasted in a state-of-the-art roaster using infrared heat, rather than open flames that tend to unevenly heat and burn beans.

Battle Bean carries a variety of roasts from nine different beans, plus about 12 flavored coffee roasts. Purchase your own beans from the Exchange or Battle Bean locations at Lewis Main and Lewis North. You’ll also find merchandise, such as travel mugs and accessories, at the Lewis Main Battle Bean. To order roasted beans and Battle Bean merchandise, visit under coffee shops and click on the Battle Bean website.

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Golf Courses

Whispering Firs Golf Course loves the fall! See what savings you can find this month: • If you and your buddies are morning people, get in on the Early Bird Special from 7–9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A group of three receives $15 greens fees; pay on the turn. • Mondays through Thursdays, golf with the lunch bunch at Whispering Firs from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Military personnel pay $18 greens fees; civilians pay $22. • Sunday is family day! Children ages 12 and younger play free with a paid adult after 11 a.m. • Get a lunch and cart when you golf Mondays through Thursdays until 1 p.m. for $32. (Specials are for open play only, no holidays or outings.) Also enter the Two-Person Best Ball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8. The cost is $12 per two-person team plus greens fees. Tee time is 8 a.m. For more information, call Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927.

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hitting a bucket of range balls. Range balls are available at the driving range or may be purchased at the pro shop for additional savings. Call 253-967-6522 for more information.

Schedule tee times online Schedule your next tee time faster with WebTrac! Once you’ve registered online at (click on WebTrac/ Online Registration), you can also rent outdoor equipment, pay your child care bill, sign up and pay for adventure trips and register for sports and fitness events.

Bowling Centers Get your thrills at Bowl Arena and Sounders Lanes Stop by Bowl Arena Lanes at Lewis Main or Sounders Lanes at McChord Field for various weekly specials. Retirees can enjoy 75-cent games and 75-cent shoes while other patrons can bowl for $1.50 per game (plus shoe rental). Try $9 all-you-can-eat pizza and bowling from 6:30– 8:30 p.m., Thunder Alley lights and music, and Xtreme Bowling. Find details by visiting under recreation, bowling. For more information, call Bowl Arena Lanes at

The driving range at Eagles Pride Golf Course provides lights and heat, so the October weather can’t keep you from

253-967-4661 or Sounders Lanes at 253-982-5954. Even if you’re not bowling, drop in anytime for hot, quick eats such as nachos and pizza from the snack bars.

Below: Staff Sgt. Jerrod Carstensen enjoys a made-to-order burrito at Habañero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course at McChord Field. For those who are extra-hungry or want a challenge, Habañero offers a free 6-pound burrito every Wednesday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. to those who can eat it by themselves in 45 minutes. The regular price is $14.95.

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Learn to make chocolate-dipped truffles If you love chocolate, your payoff is double-dipped with a cooking class Tuesday, Oct. 4. The community center is taking you to the French Hen Bistro in Lakewood to learn how to make chocolate-dipped truffles from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Sign up by Oct. 1; call the community center at 253-982-0718/0719. The $12 cost includes transportation and class fee.

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Join other soccer fans for a trip to the Saturday, Oct. 15 Sounders FC home game in Seattle. The van leaves the community center parking lot at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game. The $35 cost includes transportation and admission. Sign up no later than Oct. 12. Remember your soccer scarf!

Help clean up Morey Pond Make our little corner of the world a bit better in the Air Force’s “Live Green” Event Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 2–4 p.m. The community center will take volunteers to Morey Pond at McChord Field to clean up the water and grounds. Volunteers will be provided waders, gloves, snacks and water, plus cleaning equipment. Meet at the community center for a ride to Morey Pond; no sign-up required.

Arts & Crafts Centers We have arts and crafts contest winners! Out of 491 entries into this year’s Army Arts & Crafts Contest, JBLM has a second-place winner and two honorable mention winners. Kelly Bishop received second place in the novice all-entries metals and jewelry category for her handmade military jewelry entry. Capt. Heather Garcia received

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an honorable mention in the novice all-entries digital art (nonphotography) category for her piece entitled “Which Way.” Crystal Sandoval won honorable mention in the accomplished waterbased painting category for “Mama’s Love.” Congratulations to each winner! Remember to submit your digital photography entries online at https:// through Sunday, Oct. 16. Winners from the 2011 Army Photography Contest will be announced at a later date.

Learn how to mat and frame Save money by knowing how to mat and frame your own prints, photos and more. Your Arts & Crafts Centers teach you how to choose and use mats with frames, master basic cuts, cut glass, piece together frames and add backing. You’ll find individual, hands-on instruction with projects you get to take home at Lewis Main and McChord Field. The class at Lewis Main is offered Wednesdays from 1–4:30 p.m. The class fee $30; materials are an additional charge. McChord Field offers its class on Saturdays from 9–11 a.m. The fee is $60,

which includes materials. Also find refresher and additional framing classes at McChord, including shadow box design. Students must preregister for classes by calling Lewis Main at 253-967-5001 or McChord Field at 253-982-6726.

Place orders for pre-holiday gift specials at Arts & Crafts Centers Your Arts & Crafts Centers want you to get a jump on the holidays with discount custom gifts. Take advantage of these exclusive October specials: • Come in with family photos for custom framing. Place a custom frame order Oct. 18–29 and have your family name added to the mat for free! • Bring in a set of stemware Oct. 1–8 for engraving; get four glasses engraved for the price of three when you use the same design — only $12. • Want to put a favorite photo on a coffee mug? Turn it into a gift Oct. 15–22 for only $12. • Also check out clearance prices on 11-by-14-inch or smaller mats during October, while supplies last. Call 253-982-6726 (McChord) or 253967-5001 (Lewis) for more information on these specials and other gift ideas.

Tops in Blue returns for free performance Join the JBLM community for a free evening of song, dance and performance by the U.S. Air Force’s Tops in Blue Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Hangar 9 at McChord Field. The 2011 tour, “Rhythm Nation,” brings to life the music of America from the early 1900s through today. It features the swingin’ jazz of Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday, the great rock n’ roll sounds of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, the cool Motown R&B of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, hits by J-Lo and Michael Franti, some inspirational country sounds and much more!

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ike all Halloween surprises, there are bad jokes and good jokes, icky frights and funny  frights. We’re giving you maximum exposure to the best fright nights and fun surprises at events and parties for everyone at JBLM. So, come on and pick your pleasure!

Ride on the Pumpkin Train What fun you’ll have the evening of Saturday, Oct. 22 when you hop aboard a car behind a vintage 1916 logging locomotive for a Pumpkin Train Ride! Dress in costumes for a prize contest within three age groups a half-hour before you board the train. Children will receive a small pumpkin and treat bag. Only 12 seats are available; sign up by Oct. 15. The $15 per person cost includes transportation and admission. Call the McChord Community Center at 253-982-0718/0719 for sign-up details.

Attend a murder mystery Help find out “who dunnit” on the Chehalis-Centralia’s Murder Mystery Dinner Train ride Sunday, Oct. 23. While you feast on a prime rib, baked salmon or chicken cordon bleu dinner, you play the detective with clues and entertainment. The cost is $62 for adults and $30 for children, which includes transportation,


admission, dinner (ages 10 and younger receive a children’s meal) and dessert. Sign up with the McChord Community Center by Oct. 15; only 12 seats are available. Call 253-982-0718/0719.

to take part in the production are always welcome before the event begins. If you’re interested in acting like a monster, contact BOSS at 253-967-5636.

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Party on at the Cascade Community Center’s free Halloween Bash in Heroes Lounge Friday, Oct. 28 starting at 8 p.m. Get free snacks, participate in contests and win prizes. Wear your costumes for extra fun. Patrons must be ages 18 and older. For more details, call 253-964-0331. The Cascade Community Center is located at Lewis Main in building 2400, Bitar and South Division.

Enter into the Theatrical Nightmare’s “A Walk in the Dark at Shoreline Park,” a live Halloween event produced by the Nelson Recreation Center and BOSS. “A Walk in the Dark” greets you at Shoreline Park at Lewis North Friday, Saturday and Monday, Oct. 28, 29 and 31 from 7–9 p.m. A not-so-scary time for younger children is Saturday from 4–6 p.m. The Theatrical Nightmare is described as interactive horror theater where spectators become part of the show. You get disoriented, you get terrified, you become part of the play. Visit for previews. The event isn’t intended for young children, except on Saturday from 4–6 p.m. during the not-so-scary show where actors take off their scary masks. Due to the large number of people going through the event, safety is paramount and emergency exits are available throughout the exhibits. Guests are always led through the show by guides, and personnel who are trained in first aid are on site. The cost is $10 for ages 13 and older, $7 for ages 12 and younger and $2 for the not-so-scary walk. Actors and volunteers who would like

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Children’s ‘Fright Night’ is fun The McChord Library presents Ghoulish Fun Fright Night for children Friday, Oct. 28 with free food, games and prizes. The party is from 6–8 p.m. for ages 6–12. Be sure to wear your best costumes! Advance registration is required; call 253-982-3454.

Learn to hunt ghosts, if you dare Are you bold enough to hunt for ghosts? Learn how at the McChord Library’s “Ghost Hunting 101” Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. You’ll learn what really goes bump in the night, what EMF and EVP stand for and how they’re different, plus more. Students must preregister; go online to under libraries, click on the McChord Library calendar under the date to register or call 253-982-3454 for more details.

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Photo Left: You never know what will crawl out from the grave, from under the bed or around the playground in the Theatrical Nightmare’s “A Walk in the Dark at Shoreline Park.” Scenes from horror movies are recreated for everyone’s entertainment pleasure. Visit for previews. Photo by Lional Kam

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A day of family-friendly fall fun Start your afternoon at the McChord Field Youth Center’s annual Boo Bash from 1–4 p.m., and then visit the Harvest Fest at Lewis Main’s Teen Zone from 4–7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kids through 5th grade — and parents, too — will have a blast with games, food and seasonal activities.

Bounce around at the Boo Bash For those kids who plan to trick-ortreat, get decked out in your costumes two days early and participate in the costume contest at the Boo Bash at McChord Field. You’ll also enjoy games and prizes, plus caramel apples and popcorn. Jump around in the inflatable bounce house and participate in other fun events. For more information on this annual event, call 253-982-2203.

Whether you dress up or not, you’re sure to enjoy games, prizes and seasonal fun! Jump on inflatable toys and devour a tasty caramel apple at McChord Field’s Boo Bash. Then head to the Harvest Fest at Lewis Main to traipse through the pumpkin patch and have your face painted. Staff photos

Play games, win prizes at Harvest Fest Superheroes, princesses and bumblebees — as well as those not in costume — are invited to the Harvest Fest and Costume Show–n–Share. Whether or not you’re dressed up, you’ll have a blast walking through the pumpkin patch and visiting game booths for great prizes. Enjoy face painting, crafts and candy bags, and pose for fun photos with your friends and family. The fun is in the Teen Zone gymnasium. For details, call 253-967-4441. 14

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Tips to make this Halloween full of treats Make trick-or-treating safe

While Halloween may be a fun time for kids, it can be a stressful time for parents. With help from the Department of Emergency Services and tips from the National Crime Prevention Council, you can rest assured your event will be a good time for all. Youth at JBLM are invited to trick-or-treat on Halloween from 6–8 p.m., and the Department of Emergency Services will have patrols and traffic enforcement in all JBLM housing areas during this time.

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Making safe costumes

• Costumes should be flame-retardant so that little ones aren’t in danger near candlelit jacko-lanterns • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night • Consider using makeup instead of a mask — masks can obstruct your child’s eyesight • Encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes • Make sure your kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes. While you’re trick-or-treating, If you see law enforcement at JBLM, ask for a glow bracelet — they’re free while supplies last Unhaunt your neighborhood

• Welcome trick-or-treaters at your home by turning on outside lights • Remove objects in your yard that might present a hazard to trick-or-treaters • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your local police department • Drive slowly all evening

The Outdoor Recreation Program is here for you!

We provide services to Soldiers, Airmen, family members & sponsored friends. We also provide FRG, unit & squadron trips, clinics, camps, rentals, outdoor store, shooting ranges & more. We’re located in Bldg. 8050, Lewis North & Bldg. 739, McChord Field. Drop in or call us today: A trick-or-treating alternative: Consider hosting a costume party at your home for your friends and their friends instead. With treats, games and music, your party will be fang-tastic fun!

Information/rental 253-967-7744/8282

Skeet Range 253-967-7056

Adventure Programs 253-967-6263

Russell Landing Marina 253-967-2510

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

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Fun for JBLM youth and quality Get active, get smart with Child, Youth & School Services!


ids and teens have plenty of after-school and weekend activity options with Child, Youth and School Services. Additionally, if you’re looking for family fun, ACS is holding two events that create the perfect opportunities you’ve been looking for.

Hands-on learning with SKIESUnlimited Learn to dance, tumble and play piano with the SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy. Offering instructional classes in the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills, classes also include karate, fencing and art. Check out the schedule at and sign up for a parent-and-me class with your tot or register your older child in something that piques her interest.

He shoots ... he scores! Sign up for fall sports Preschoolers ages 3–4 will love Little Dribblers ($20), and youth 5–15 can play basketball or choose cheerleading ($55 each). Registration ends Oct. 21; see box at left for details. More youth sports coming soon include Special Olympics basketball and a variety of sports camps.

Out-of-school fun for students

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Youth centers and the Teen Zone offer after-school hangouts for students, where they can work on homework, unwind with friends in a safe environment and have fun. Activities include partnerships with Boys and Girls Club of America, computers, game room and more. Youth 6–18 are invited to experience, develop, grow and excel through EDGE! activities such as art, fitness, life skills and adventures. For details, call 253-967-5265. Additionally, the HIRED is designed to give students 15–18 experiences within distinct career paths to help them make decisions about their futures and life after high school. For details, call 253-967-4694.

Registration for CYS Services is easy and free! Not yet registered with CYS Services? There’s no annual registration fee! After registering, your kids will be able to go to events at youth centers and the Teen Zone, plus play team sports and take cutting-edge classes (fees associated with some activities). For more information and registration requirements, call 253-966-CYSS. If you’re already registered, you can sign up for sports, instructional classes and more online! Simply visit and click on the WebTrac link. Once you’re signed up with WebTrac, you can practically manage your family’s CYSS business from your computer. You can print out child care receipts, send comments and questions to managers and much more. Registration and sports/class sign ups may also be completed at a Parent Central Services location: Bldg. 2295, 12th St. & Bitar Ave. at Lewis Main or Bldg. 100, Col. Joe Jackson Blvd. at McChord Field.


Parent involvement Share your talents as a SKIESUnlimited instructor or youth sports coach (details at Care for military youth as a family child care provider and earn up to $2,000 a month. The next FCC orientation is Nov. 8. For more information, call 253-967-3039.

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Education & support from ACS Support group for women caring for Warriors with PTSD Connect, share, learn and grow. For more information, call the SFAC Social Service Coordinator at 253-966-8657.

time for families

Multicultural workshop Adapting to a new country can be challenging, and Relocation Readiness is here to help — attend the Dec. 7 Multicultural Workshop; call 253-966-6338.

Take the family on a treasure hunt

Share your community spirit and pride in JBLM and enlist your family, friends or coworkers to come together and make a difference. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans have answered the call to action on Make a Difference Day. You may adopt a project from the community list available at the Installation Volunteer Corps office or register your own. Make a difference Saturday, Oct. 22. Everyone can participate, so find a need in your community and use the power of Make a Difference Day to make it happen. For more information, call 253-967-2324.

The 6th Annual Family Treasure Hunt is next month in celebration of Military Family Month. You’ll have three weeks to find 75 items, photos and answers to trivia questions on your treasure hunt list. Registration opens Oct. 15; pick up a form from the Family Resource Center at Lewis Main or download from Forms must be handcarried to the FRC by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The eight families who find the most items will be eligible for prizes, and the treasure hunt winners will be announced at the JBLM Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony reception. For more information, call 253-967-2324.

Waiting Families Support Group is open to families of active duty service members on unaccompanied tours, extended TDY or field duty. For details on upcoming meetings, call 253-967-3633/6338. Deployment & reunion workshops Get the tools you need to help you prepare for a deployment Wednesday, Oct. 12 or Tuesday, Nov. 8. Learn how to make the homecoming process successful for everyone Wednesday, Oct. 26 or Thursday, Nov. 17. For details, call 253-967-8430. Exceptional Family Member Program Families with special needs will find referral, educational and community services with EFMP. For event and support group information, call 253-967-9704. A full calendar and more information:



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Family & the homefront

Building a healthy, happy relationship A stronger relationship means a stronger family. The Family Advocacy Program is here to help you strengthen yours. By Jeanne Morrow, Family Advocacy Program

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ow many months did you spend planning your wedding? Six is typical, but people can spend up to two years planning for the big event. How much money did you spend on your wedding? It’s likely that you spent thousands of dollars. And yet, how much time or money did you spend preparing for all of the days that come after the wedding day? After all, there are a lot more of those days than there are wedding days. At our wedding, we have a script.

“I promise to love, honor, cherish.” Someone is there to prompt us so that you say the right thing at the right time. You certainly don’t want to make the mistake of 18

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saying the wrong thing on our wedding day.

Now let’s look down the road at a day that takes place long after the wedding day: One day, after you’ve had a hard, miserable day at work, you return home to find your spouse at the door to meet you. The house is a mess and the baby is screaming. Your wife appears furious and points her finger at you and says, “You never help out around here!” Do you have a script on that day so you won’t say the wrong thing? Nope. And so you respond instinctively. You may yell. You may not fight fairly. As your voices amplify, the quality of the comments and statements that you make to each other becomes worse and more personal, more insulting and further and further away from the hope of

any kind of resolution. Does any of this sound familiar? In an exchange between two stressedout spouses, the three danger signs in marital communication are all present: escalation, invalidation and withdrawal. Chances are that an hour after this argument, both partners are experiencing many negative emotions, including regret, anger, hurt and resentment. Having some simple steps to follow in such instances (we’ll call it a “script”) can save you from the repercussions of such a negative exchange. To prevent this situation, first be aware of your own “triggers.” What makes you really mad? Are you vulnerable to anger when you’ve had a hard day at work or spent a lot of time in traffic? What about when you get an overdraft notice from your bank? When faced with one of these situations, acknowledge that it’s a time

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Quick tips to strengthen your relationship Make your spouse feel loved. Whether it’s complimenting your partner on the dinner she made or surprising her with flowers ... or bragging about your man’s parenting skills, make a conscious effort to let your spouse know he’s appreciated and loved. Talk and listen. Ask questions about your spouse’s day, and tell her about yours. Talk openly and honestly. Say I love you. Go on dates — revisit your courtship and fall in love all over again with a game of mini golf, a dinner at your favorite restaurant or a cup of coffee. Need a sitter? Check into hourly care with CYS Services, one of the many child care options available. Call 253-966-CYSS or visit for more information.

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when you’re vulnerable to stress. If you recognize that your spouse is also responding to a “trigger,” this isn’t going to be the time to have a successful discussion about anything. Be honest about it and have a plan to take a “time out.” It doesn’t mean you’re avoiding the problem or sweeping it under the rug; it means that you and your spouse will each take some time (1–2 hours) to calm down and think of what you really want to say and how you want to say it. If you take a brief break to think about what you want to say, you’re far more likely to make progress in your disagreement. And you’re less likely to make invalidating remarks to your part-

ner. Statements like: “You’re so lazy.” “You never do it right.” “Why should I listen to you?” Statements intending to minimize the worth of your partner. It happens without much forethought but the damages are far-reaching. We tend to remember statements made to attack our self-esteem — especially when they came from our marriage partner. The last danger sign is withdrawal. Leaving the argument unresolved and ignoring the problem in the hopes it will go away on its own. It won’t. As mentioned above, it’s often a good idea to take a time out when arguments are escalating, (for safety reasons) but with

a time out, there’s a mutual agreement to return to the issue at a later time. The way you communicate with your partner has a huge impact of marital satisfaction and overall chances for long-term success in your marriage. Not to mention that you will be modeling good skills for your children. There are some basic rules for having a successful conversation with your partner: • Stick to one issue (don’t rehash past mistakes or other issues). • Use good eye contact and an accepting posture. • Use “I” statements instead of “you” statements, which may sound accusatory. • Be specific; don’t generalize, i.e.: “You are always late!” For more information about improving communication in your relationship and to sign up for a seminar with the Family Advocacy Program — they’re free! — call 253-967-5901.

New enrollment number for Family Advocacy Courses! In an effort to better serve customers, Family Advocacy has created a central enrollment line for service members and Families. Simply call 253-967-5901 to enroll in any FAP course — parenting courses such as Active Parenting of Teens and Impact on Children Seminar; New Parent Support classes, such as 1-2-3 Magic and Common Sense Parenting; as well as anger and stress management! The FAP enrollment line will be staffed during normal business hours. This line is for enrollment only — if you’re an adult needing advocacy services for domestic violence or sexual assault, call the 24/7 Safeline at 253-966-SAFE.

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good times See wild animals, visit corn mazes and pumpkin patches and the highest bungee bridge in the U.S.


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hether you get excited to dress up in costume each year on Halloween or prefer to celebrate fall’s chill in the air, the Outdoor Recreation Program has a calendar full of great seasonal adventures. Get lost in a maze of corn and choose the perfect pumpkin in the patch or hit the trails on a mountain bike or by foot. You’ll find a day of fun no matter which trips you choose!

pumpkin patch If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, come to the Rutledge Corn Maze Sunday, Oct. 23! Navigate through more than three miles of an aMAZEing Twilight Breaking Dawn design. Enjoy horse-drawn hay rides to the pumpkin patch, where you can pick out your perfect pumpkin. ($30; ages 4–12: $15; 3 and younger: $5. Trip cost doesn’t include the price of pumpkins.)

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joy the rare opportunity to see Northwest Trek at night — bring the entire family to the Hoot ‘n Howl! See the animals’ nocturnal behavior, and have lots of fun Saturday, Oct. 22. Enter the stroller decorating contest, and try your hand at the wheel of fortune, wobbling for apples or the owl toss games. Costumes are encouraged! All ages are welcome; this is not a scary event. ($22; ages 4–12: $19; 3 and younger: $5)

thing chasing you, gaining on you? You sense danger ahead as well but you don’t know which direction to turn! A low growl comes from behind and you swear you can feel the hot breath of something fierce at your heels. Something quickly speeds by in front of you.

Will you ever find your way out? Join us for this excited nighttime event as you navigate the haunted corn maze by headlamp Saturday, Oct. 29. Trip includes transportation, admission and headlamps. ($35) 4 Costume bungee jumping Dress

up in your favorite Halloween costume and hurl your scary self off of a 200foot high bridge — that’s nearly 20 stories! Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country Sunday, Oct. 30! If adrenaline is what you crave, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to dress up — best costume wins a prize! Trip fee includes transportation, two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt. Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($125)

Photo 1: Northwest Trek; photo 2: Kimberly Rowe

1 Howwwl! Visit Northwest Trek in the dark. 2 Have an aMAZEing time with family

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3 Can you find your way out? 4 Get decked out in costume and dare to make the (bungee) jump.




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Climb to the top of a rock wall or through meadows at Mount Rainier Check out these other great trips!

After-work climb Head to Edgeworks Gym for an evening of indoor rock climbing Wednesday, Oct. 26. Climbing gear, admission and transportation are included. No experience is required. All ages welcome. ($15)

After-work mountain biking trip Enjoy an evening of mountain biking through trails at Lewis North Wednesdays, Oct. 19 or Nov. 16. Fee includes equipment and guided ride. ($20)

After-work paddle Enjoy an evening after work out on the water Wednesday, Nov. 2. Go on a kayak paddle through calm waters close to home. This trip is great for beginners as well as more experienced paddlers. The fee includes all equipment and guide. ($20)

Crabbing at Westport Join us for a day of fun at Westport Sunday, Oct. 16. Outdoor Recreation staffers will teach you how to catch, identify and cook crabs. Gear, transportation, and bait included. You will need to purchase a fishing license. ($30; 12 and younger: $15)

Explore Friday Harbor Recharge and reconnect in the peaceful, historic seaport of Friday Harbor. This bustling harbor is the largest town in the San Juan Islands and one of the most popular destinations, but it’s hardly a metropolis. Friday Harbor, Wash., boasts a multitude of restaurants offering the finest in dining, from lovely open-air bistros to delicious ice 22

cream parlors. Stroll through art galleries, clothing and gift shops, antique and collectible stores Saturday, Nov. 5. Time on island: 4.5 hours. ($60; ages 12 and younger: $30)

Geocaching adventure Geocaching is often described as a game of hightech hide and seek where you use a GPS to find caches that somebody hid. In this seminar you will learn how to use a GPS to navigate your way to the caches. The first couple of hours are spent at Lewis North learning the basics, and the rest of the day will be spent finding local caches. Adventures are scheduled for Sundays, Oct. 16 or Nov. 13. Fee includes instruction, equipment and transportation. ($30; ages 12 and younger: $15)

Grand Prix racing You’re invited to a fast time on the track at the Grand Prix Raceway in Tacoma. Work up an appetite on more than 4 miles of thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing Wednesday, Nov. 9. Fee includes transportation, lap fee, kart, helmet, head sock and basic driver instruction. Minimum age: 16; minimum height: 5 feet. ($40)

Hike Mount Rainier This amazing nature hike boasts spectacular views of White River, as well as rugged glaciers and lush meadows. Bring your cameras and smiles Saturday, Oct. 22. We’ll

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take our time and enjoy the nature that surrounds us. Minimum age: 7 ($35; ages 7–12: $15)

Hike Mystery Waterfall Explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest on a hike that will take you to one of the most spectacular waterfall views that Washington has to offer. All ages and abilities are welcome Sunday, Nov. 6. Rain or shine. Bring your lunch, plenty of water, and dress for the weather. ($30; ages 12 and younger: $15)

Horseback riding Head to Elbe, a town located on the outskirts of Mount Rainier National Park, for a two-hour guided afternoon horseback ride Saturday, Nov. 12. No experience is necessary for you to participate in this trip. Bring the entire family along for a great day; all children ages 7 and older are welcome. ($80)

Kayak Cutts Island Don’t miss this South Sound classic! Begin in Horsehead Bay and paddle North in Carr Inlet to Cutts Island. This small island has a steep rock face on the south end, and there are many birds that make this island their home. Stop to enjoy your lunch and explore the island Saturday, Nov. 12. Minimum age: 12. ($40)

Kayak Hope Island Travel from Arcadia in the Totten Inlet around Steamboat Island to Hope Island where we’ll eat

lunch in the backyard of an old homestead, orchard and former vineyard Sunday, Oct. 23. Deer and other wildlife can be seen on the island, and seals

have been spotted resting in various areas of the channel. ($40) More adventures, next page

Outdoor adventure trip




Crabbing at Westport

Sunday, Oct. 16


Ages 12 and younger: $15

Geocaching adventure

Sunday, Oct. 16


Ages 12 and younger: $15

After-work mountain bike

Wednesday, Oct. 19


Hike Mount Rainier

Saturday, Oct. 22


Minimum age: 7; Ages 7–12: $15

Hoot ‘n Howl at Northwest Trek

Saturday, Oct. 22


Ages ages 4–12: $19; 3 and younger: $5

Family corn maze/pumpkin patch

Sunday, Oct. 23


Ages 4–12: $15, ages 3 & younger: $5

Sea kayak Hope Island

Sunday, Oct. 23


After-work climb

Wednesday, Oct. 26


Haunted corn maze

Saturday, Oct. 29


Mountain bike Tiger Mountain

Saturday, Oct. 29


Minimum age: 16

Costumed bungee jumping

Sunday, Oct. 30


Minimum weight: 90 lbs.

Visit Seattle outlets & Tulalip Casino

Sunday, Oct. 30


Ages 12 and younger: $15

After-work paddle

Wednesday, Nov. 2


Explore Friday Harbor

Saturday, Nov. 5


Ages 12 and younger: $30

Mountain bike Tayuha Ramble

Saturday, Nov. 5


Minimum age: 16

Hike Mystery Waterfall

Sunday, Nov. 6


Ages 12 and younger: $15

Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market

Sunday, Nov. 6


Ages 4–12: $25; 3 and younger: $5

Grand Prix racing

Wednesday, Nov. 9


Minimum age: 16; minimum height: 5 feet

Horseback riding

Saturday, Nov. 12


Minimum age: 7

Kayak Cutts Island

Saturday, Nov. 12


Minimum age: 12

Visit Seattle outlets & Tulalip Casino

Sunday, Nov. 13


Ages 12 and younger: $15

Geocaching adventure

Sunday, Nov. 13


Ages 12 and younger: $15

After-work mountain bike

Wednesday, Nov. 16


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. 253-967-6263 •

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Mountain bike Tayuha Ramble Ride a maze of twisting single-track trails through mud, water, sand and more Saturday, Nov. 5. Perfect for beginners who want something a little challenging, come ready to get wet and dirty by the end of the ride. Bike, gloves, helmet, transportation and guide provided. Distance: 14.3 miles; time: 3 hours; difficulty: beginner/moderate; elevation gain: 50 feet. Minimum age: 16 ($35)

Mountain bike Tiger Mountain Gain

Outdoor fun galore at the Northwest Adventure Center Get equipped for your own outdoor adventures, sign up for group trips and classes and much, much more at the Northwest Adventure Center! This state-of-the-art facility is located in Building 8050 on NCO Beach Road at Lewis North (253-967-8282/7744). The outdoor equipment rental program includes boats, camping equipment and more. Sporting goods, firearms and ammunition and camping and fishing equipment, as well as whitewater and sea kayaks are available for purchase at the sales shop at the NAC. Sign up for classes and clinics on many of the

outdoor pursuits Washington and the Pacific Northwest have to offer. The NAC is also the headquarters for hunting and scuba. Hunting on base requires a safety briefing and is controlled by the NAC. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most colorful underwater spots you’ll find, so get certified in open water scuba — the NAC boasts a PADI five-star program (visit for details). The facility also houses the Outdoor Recreation offices, and is your one-stop information source for information about lakeside cabins and RV and tent sites.

Visit the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth and other destinations Leavenworth, located in the heart of Washington, is a city at the base of the Cascade Mountains with a distinctive European appeal. Make the trip with the Family Resource Center Monday, Oct. 10. The trip leaves from the FRC at Lewis Main at 6:30 a.m. and is open to all ID cardholders. To register, call 253-967-9496. Want to see more sights in Washington or add stamps to your passport? Leisure Travel Services can help plan your trips. Call 253-967-3085 or stop by the AFC Arena at Lewis Main to speak with a travel professional. 24

experience and push your limits Saturday, Oct. 29. Test your skills on this 12.5-mile round trip ride as we work our way over logs, tree roots and rocks to get up and down Tiger Mountain. Distance: 12.5 miles; time: 5.5 hours; difficulty: advanced (distance and elevation gain). Minimum age: 16. ($35)

Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market Visit the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market Sunday, Nov. 6. The aquarium is filled with local exhibits, a visiting Harbor Seal and many amazing things to see and touch. Pike Place Market has an assortment of unique food and shops for you to try, so join us. As always, we’ll provide the transportation; you just need to enjoy the ride! Cost includes parking, admission to the aquarium and fuel charge. ($35; ages 4–12: $25; 3 and younger: $5)

Visit Seattle outlets and Tulalip Casino For the serious bargain hunters, spend a full day of shopping at the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall in Marysville. Stores include Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach and Chico’s. If you get tired of shopping, a short walk will bring you to Tulalip Resort Casino. Make the trip north Sundays, Oct. 30 or Nov. 13. Trip fee includes round-trip transportation. ($35; ages 12 and younger: $15)

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Feelin’ good

Getting fit and healthy at JBLM


he Passport to Wellness program will have you traveling

the road to fitness. Your souvenir: great prizes (and improved overall health)!

This health promotion and wellness event ties together the five pillars of wellness — physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family. The Wellness Services at JBLM have joined together with Family and MWR to provide all ID card holders with an opportunity to increase awareness of programs, classes, agencies and activities at the installation. To begin your journey, stop by the Health Promotion and Wellness Centers to register and pick up your Passport to Wellness. Passports are available at the following locations: • McChord Field HAWC, Building 726

(Fitness Center Annex) • Health Promotion and Wellness Service, Wilson Sports and Fitness Center, Building 11596 (The Health Promotion and Wellness Service will return to Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center, Building 2022 at Lewis Main, in December; check JBLMmwr. com for details). Each agency will stamp your passport after you participate in their activity. After you receive stamps, you’ll be eligible for various prizes. For example, 10 visits/participation in 10 events nets you 10 stamps and makes you eligible for bronze-level prizes. Double your visits/participation to 20, and you’re eligible for silver-level prizes. Just 40 visits/participation puts you at the highest level of eligibility — gold-level prizes.

Passports can be redeemed for prizes at participating wellness centers. If you fill your passport with 40 stamps, you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of the great grand prizes — one night at Whistler, B.C., one night at Vancouver, B.C., passes to the “Hands on Children’s Museum” in Olympia, free triathlon registrations, weekend cabin on American Lake, event entries and more! For more information on the Passport to Wellness program, visit

With the Civilian Fitness Program, civilian employees — with supervisor approval — receive three hours of administrative leave weekly to get in shape at a JBLM gym. The next assessment is Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 a.m. at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center, Lewis North. Register and download a program packet online at For more information, call 253-967-5122.

Dive into fun, swim laps at Lewis Main Swimming services at Lewis Main will relocate from Kimbro Pool to Keeler Pool beginning Oct. 31. Kimbro Pool’s renovation will begin then and updates will be available here and online at A swimming schedule for Keeler Pool, Building 9993 in the Old Madigan area, will be posted online.


When the renovation is complete, the Kimbro Pool complex will include a zero-depth pool, waterslide (not pictured) and lap pool. Ceramic swordfish, turtles and other aquatic creatures will be tiled on the pool deck.

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The JBLM Half-Marathon honored fallen Warriors from Joint Base Lewis-McChord with American flags and nameplates along the race route. Runners of all ages raced Saturday, Sept. 17 in three distances — half-marathon, 5K and 1K. Pictured above: Aaron Catlin, the overall men’s winner.

Winners of the JBLM Half-Marathon! More than 450 runners participated in the JBLM Half-Marathon event Saturday, Sept. 17. Congratulations to all who crossed the finish line! The overall winners of the half-marathon are: Males Females • Aaron Catlin, 1:17:55 • Tana Kornachuk, 1:27:15 • Jeremy Rene, 1:19:31 • Sabine Pullins, 1:30:12 • Christopher Strickland, 1:23:15 • Jill Hasselbach, 1:31:50 • Kyle McCoy, 1:23:24 • Sommer Reynolds, 1:32:02 • Andrew Fetherston, 1:24:50 • Jennifer Muldoon, 1:33:34 The overall winners of the 5K are: Males • Joe Borg, 17:25 • Steven Hanson, 19:03 • Douglas Brown, 19:34 • Timothy Weldon, 21:11 • Ray Smittle, 21:55

Females • Shamai Sullivan, 20:22 • Mary Zastrow, 20:37 • Nicole Eldredge, 20:50 • Marisa Gossweiler, 21:33 • Chelsey Freeman, 23:07

Runners in the youth 1K ranged in age from 3–9. The overall winners are: Males Females • Kolton Gustin, 7:34 • Maya Hoiden, 8:39 • Bryton Gustin, 7:35 • Olivia Hynden, 8:45 • Luke Collings, 7:51 • Aria Wilhelm, 9:36 Complete results online at Want to run next year’s half-marathon or in an upcoming fun run at JBLM? You can get in tip-top race shape at an installation gym. Turn to page 31 for locations, and visit for details about fitness trainers, instructional classes — both free! — and more. Register for the Saturday, Nov. 19 Turkey Trot 10K Run and 5K Walk and other upcoming events online.

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Cozy up with a good book Book Patch is a great place to get out of the wind and rain that comes with autumn. The children’s library has lots of new books — easy reads, mysteries, historical fiction and nonfiction. Come in from the rain and read with us today! Parents, for a list of hot titles coming soon to JBLM libraries, see right page. You can also check out bestsellers at each JBLM location.

Enjoy crafts, songs and stories Story time at JBLM delivers lots of good stories, songs, fun and a craft. Come to Book Patch every Wednesday morning at 10:30 for family story time. Additionally, McChord Field Library hosts story time Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Start snapping pictures

Reading is fun in winter

Show off your photography skills at the McChord Library’s Aw, Snap! contest. You can submit one photograph per category — animal kingdom, nature and haunting scenes. The contest is open to teens ages 13–18; submit photos Oct. 1–16. Library patrons will vote on their favorites Oct. 18–20, and the winner will be announced Oct. 21 at the “Teen Minute to Win it Challenge.”

It seems like summer just ended, but the Winter Reading Program is just around the corner! It’ll keep you reading over the school holiday break and having fun at JBLM libraries. Watch for details coming soon. For more information, call 253-967-5533.

You’ve got just a ‘minute to win it!’ Teens, what are you doing Friday, Oct. 21? How about 60-second challenges and enjoying food, drinks and cool prizes?! The fun-filled night is at the McChord Library, 6–8 p.m. Registration required; this event is open to ages 13–18. For more information, call 253-982-3454.



Check out gaming and giveaways


The theme for Teen Read Week this year is “Picture It @ Your Library!” Stop by the library any time during the week of Oct. 16 for gaming and giveaways. Don’t miss your opportunity to see what’s happening at the library!

Test your observation skills at McChord and Grandstaff libraries. Pictures of JBLM will be on display throughout October. Guess where the pictures are taken — get the most right and you could win a prize.

Take the secret picture challenge

Come to ghostly gatherings Boo! The McChord Library is hosting a ghost-hunting workshop Saturday, Oct. 15 and a Ghoulish Fun Fright Night for Kids Friday, Oct. 28. Turn back to page 12 for details on these spooky seasonal events. FOR EVERYONE AT JBLM

Educational tools at your fingertips You already know a JBLM library card gets you access to books, research materials and computers. What you may not know is that with your card you can access the information highway from your home computer, too! Visit, and you’ll have access to the online catalog, research databases, a 10,000-title e-book collection and online tutoring sessions.

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Get lost in a book — new titles for fall

libraries! Stop by a library today for additional information (for library locations, see page 31).

The latest novels to hit bookstore shelves also hit the shelves at JBLM libraries. Whether you like suspense, historical fiction or opt for reads on The New York Times bestseller list, the title you’re looking for is bound to be here. Books arrive weekly — check out one (or two or more) today!

Ready for checkout Shelter by Harlan Coben New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb Son of Stone by Stuart Woods Lethal by Sandra Brown The Affair by Lee Child

Coming this month The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks Bonnie by Iris Johansen The Litigators by John Grisham

Coming next month Zero Day by David Baldacci Kill Shot by Vince Flynn Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton

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Resist the impulse Don’t bust your budget with spur-of-themoment buys — here’s how. By Ryki Carlson, JBLM Financial Counselor


uring these current economic times, many people are working to control their spending. However, living within a budget is more difficult than people believe. Reducing or eliminating impulse purchases can significantly help. Impulse buying is influenced by emotions and the desire for instant gratification, and they can kill your monthly budget. Changing your shopping habits can help. Here are some tools to help.

Picture this: You went shopping for a pair of shoes and came home with a lot more ... If this sounds familiar, check out the Financial Readiness Program’s tips to help you stick to your budget.



• Create a shopping list and stick to it. Having a list keeps you focused on your objective and finances. Although lists take time and thought to prepare, this effort is what makes a list so effective in avoiding impulse purchases.

• Establish a waiting period. If you still want to make the purchase a couple of days or even a week after seeing the item, find a way to work it into your budget, or put it on your wish list. • Make a “What was I thinking?” list. Start a running list of items you bought on impulse and later regretted. Keep a copy with you when you shop. A reminder of the money wasted is an effective tool in money management. • Rediscover layaway. For a small deposit, stores set aside your items, providing you an opportunity to save the funds to pay for it. Take the time to find out why you impulse shop. Understanding the reason can help you avoid future urges. Army Community Service offers a variety of financial education classes to help you achieve financial success. For a schedule, call 253-967-7166 or visit

Q: I disputed an item on my Equifax credit report and they

removed it. Is it erased from the other credit reports as well?


All three credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Trans Union and Experian — are supposed to communicate when there is a dispute. However that communication can take some time. To ensure it happens quickly, file a dispute with each credit bureau. First, pull a free credit report from so you have a reference number for each bureau. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the credit bureaus have a responsibility to correct inaccurate information on your report. You can either dispute the items online or send them a letter by certified mail. It usually takes 30 days for the dispute to be investigated. The bureaus may request supporting documentation. Ensure you keep a copy of everything you send to the credit bureaus.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus • Focus October 2011 Joint Base Lewis-McChord June 2010

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR phone guide food & fun adventures

Adventures Unlimited Bldg. 739 M Evergreen Inn Bldg. 1147 M Leisure Travel Services AFC Arena, Bldg. 2275 Lodging/Rainier Inn Bldg. 2111 Northwest Adventure Center Bldg. 8050 NCO Beach Rd. N Equipment rental & sales M Holiday Park Outdoor adventures Scuba diving center Travel camp, cabin rental, storage lot reservations Paintball reservations Rifle & Pistol Range Range 15 Russell Landing Marina American Lake Rd. N Shoreline Park Beach Road N Skeet & Trap Range Bldg. 3969 2nd Div. Range Rd.

253-982-2206 253-982-5613 253-967-3085 253-967-2815 253-967-8282 253-967-8282 253-982-5488 253-967-6263 253-967-3405 253-967-7744 253-912-8000 253-967-9803 253-967-2510 253-967-2510 253-967-7056

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Sports Admin. Office Bldg. 3236 2nd Div & Handrich Cowan & Memorial stadiums Bldg. 2170 Bitar Ave. & 12th St. Intramural sports Bldg. 2170 Bitar Ave. & 12th St. Bldg. 2022 Liggett Ave. & Div. Jensen Family Health & Fitness Keeler Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 9993 Garfield St. Keeler Sports & Fitness Center Keeler Pool Bldg. 729 M McChord Fitness Center McChord Fitness Ctr Annex Bldg. 726 M Bldg. 736 M McChord Pool McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 2160 Liggett Ave. McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center Kimbro Pool Sheridan Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 3759 Stryker Ave. Bldg. 3236 2nd Div. & Handrich Soldiers Field House Soldiers Field House Pool Soldiers Field House Bldg. 11596, D St. & 41st Div. N Wilson child care Wilson Sports & Fitness Center Bldg. 11596, D St. & 41st Div. N

253-967-2604 253-967-2912 253-967-4768

Facilities are on Lewis Main unless otherwise indicated.

MWR facility

Phone number

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 N 253-282-5522 Lewis North Trailer 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

N Lewis North

family & the homefront


American Lake Community Center Bldg.8085 American Lake Ave. N

Closed for renovations Closed for renovations

253-967-6652 253-982-6707 253-982-6700/2393 253-982-2807 253-967-5869 253-967-5026 253-967-7311 253-967-4771 253-967-5390 253-967-1254 253-967-7471 M McChord Field

Call for hours and details. For more information and up-to-date listings, visit

learning earning &

MWR facility


Phone number

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 Hillside Child Dev. Ctr Bldg. 6396 Garcia Blvd. 253-477-3125 Immigration & Naturalization Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-966-6338 Information & Referral Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-6399 Loan Closet Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-3635 Madigan Child Dev. Center Bldg. 6995 Jackson Ave. Closed for renovations Madigan Infant/Toddler Center Bldg. 6993 Jackson Ave. 253-968-7924 Main PostYouth Ctr Teen Zone Bldg. 2295 12th & Bitar 253-967-4441 253-982-4901/4166 McChord Field Child Dev. Center Bldg. 578, 580 M M 253-982-2203 McChord Field Youth Center Bldg. 3032 Bldg. 3032 M 253-982-2203 McChord Field SAS 253-495-8425 Military Family Life Consultants Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. 253-967-9916 Mobilization & Deployment Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. 253-967-7409 New Parent Support Prgm Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. North Fort Child Dev. Center Bldg.8589American LakeAve. N 253-966-8901 North Fort Part-Day Programs Bldg.8587American LakeAve. N 253-966-9715 North Fort Youth Center SAS Bldg.8584American LakeAve. N 253-966-7166 Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-968-7199 Outreach Program Bldg.8197 American Lake Dr. N 253-966-4802 Raindrops & Rainbows 253-967-3628 Relocation Readiness Prgm Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall 253-967-7195 School Liaison Office 253-967-3583 Sexual Assault Prevention/Response Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. 253-966-3539 SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy Bldg. 6398 Garcia Blvd. 253-966-2564/3747 Soldier & Family Asst. Center Bldg. 2021C Liggett Ave. 253-967-7501 Survivor Outreach Services Bldg. 4274 Idaho St. Bldg. 9037 Gardner Loop 253-968-5656 Warrior Child Dev. Center Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. 253-966-4956 WIC Bldg. 2295 12th & Bitar 253-967-2405 Youth sports Book Patch Library Bldg. 2109 N. 10th St. 253-967-5533 Crittenberger Library Bldg. 3271 2nd Div. Dr 253-967-2824 253-967-3525 Financial Readiness Bldg. 2140 Waller Hall Grandstaff Library Bldg. 2109 N. 10th St. 253-967-5889 M McChord Field Library Bldg. 851 253-982-3454 30 31

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