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6 Football fun’s just getting started Grab your friends and head over to watch football with food and drink specials at your hangouts on base.

fun 8 September’s packed with parties From jazz and wine to our annual Oktoberfest, you’ll find a celebration to liven up your week.


adventures 12 Create a unique adventure of a lifetime Design any outdoor adventure trip you’d like with the pros who keep your budget in mind.



sports, fitness & aquatics 16 Get in on fun runs & sports Register now for the Salmon Run and Zombie Apocalypse; enter Commander’s Cup swim and race.



18 Find your new community Come visit free child-and-parent play centers and you’ll see the magic of connecting.

youth 20 Join CYS for fun & friendships New friendships grow while youth enjoy sports, dance, acting, gymnastics and more.

military & Family readiness 26 Find positive change Discover ample resources and classes to help you thrive; how to make the big decisions; understanding radical acceptance.

12 Photos: Sam Adams staff (8), Kaweka Stoney (12), Tiffany Jones (18), Scott Hansen (20)

libraries 34 Book clubs are fun! Join the conversation at new book clubs for every age group; enjoy After Hours Live event with Arsena at Grandstaff Library.

FROM THE COVER A new season begins With the new school year comes a new routine — and brand-new fun! This issue’s “chalked” full of fun for all ages, from Oktoberfest and After Hours Live with Arsena at Grandstaff Library to fun runs, fall sports and auditions for the “Nutcracker.”


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School & football kick off the new season of fun with Family & MWR


Many of us are heading back to the classroom or sending our children back to school. Turn to page 30 for resources to help transition into a new routine. If you have preschoolers, check out page 18 for information on free parent-and-child play centers where you can make new friends. The wait is over for football fans! Whether you’re a Seahawks fan or bring your loyalty for your home team with you, catch all the pigskin action live on the big screens at Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM and the Warrior Zone. Page 6 lets you in on the details — also visit and for the latest information. September’s stuffed with celebrations! Attend After Hours Live with Athena with a special Wine and Canvas Tuesday, Sept. 5, Oktoberfest and the Fall Flea Market Saturday, Sept. 16 and the all-new Wine and Jazz Festival Saturday, Sept. 30. Details are on pages 8–9. The Pacific Northwest offers spectacular outdoor trips in the fall. Pages 12–15 tell you how to find memorable adventures through the outdoor recreation program. If you’re new to JBLM, we welcome you! Come visit our facilities and find the resources and connections you need to help you feel at home in your new community.

William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

Director, Family & MWR William E. Harvey Marketing director

Kimberly Rowe

Editor/writer/graphic designer

Patti Jeffrey

Layout & design Toby Bartley, Emiliano Hernandez Contributors Jackie Kelly, Gesele Thomas Contributing photographers Scott Hansen, Emiliano Hernandez, Patti Jeffrey, Lolita Estrada, Tiffany Jones, Kaweka Stoney, JBLM PAO, Sam Adams 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 Lewis-McChord or any U.S. government entity. The use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a commercial sponsor or other organization does not constitute U.S. government endorsement. Visit us at or

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Find new fun at MWR hangouts

Patti Jeffrey


e love our hangouts, and we know the food and activities change with the seasons to keep you coming back.

centers are inviting for hungry diners

special events.

looking for good food at a great price.

The Warrior Zone is also gearing up

There’s still time to sign up for a

for the football season with ready-made

bowling league at either Bowl Arena

parties, food and drink specials and NFL

Lanes or Sounders Lanes. Also try fun

Sunday Ticket on big screens. Also watch

bowling specials, such as all-you-can-eat

Your MWR eateries are constantly

pay-per-view boxing events throughout

pizza and bowling at Bowl Arena Lanes

improving on your experiences based

the season, including Saturday, Sept. 16.

Wednesdays and cosmic blacklight bowl-

on what you love and expect, including menus and parties. For instance, Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM is changing over to the new

Other events include pool and gaming tourneys and themed parties, all with food and drink specials. Habañero Mexican Grill at Whisper-

ing Saturdays at Sounders Lanes. If you haven’t been to one of your MWR eateries for a while, check out fun fall events and menu specials and

football season hours with brand-new

ing Firs is undergoing improvements to

upcoming events to go along with the

better serve you the fantastic made-to-

Visit for information on

NFL Sunday Ticket, Monday and Thurs-

order Mexican food you love. You can

all these hangouts and more (such as the

day night football on big screens. Also

still order from a limited menu and dine

McChord Pub, McChord Grill and Battle

watch ESPNU for Saturday college games.

on the spacious patio or deck.

Bean coffee shops at Lewis Main and

You’ll always find 16 brews on tap and


food and drink specials to go along with

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Like JBLM golf courses, your bowling

discover new places to dine!

McChord Field).

Book holiday parties early at JBLM


on’t wait — now’s the time to book your holiday party at one of our JBLM locations that cater to you. We offer professional staff, gourmet chefs and incredible sites at American Lake Conference Center, Eagles Pride Golf Course, Whispering Firs Golf Course and the Club at McChord Field. Each venue offers a unique experience, from intimate settings to large gatherings and everything in between. American Lake Conference Center specializes in larger galas and events but also offers smaller settings — all with a stunning view of American Lake and the

gardens leading to the dock right outside. To see the variety of room options, menus, pricing and photo gallery, visit Eagles Pride is open to the public and can accommodate up to 160 guests for parties overlooking the golf course. Whispering Firs books parties in a Northwest-themed setting that can seat 40–100 people in a private setting. The Club at McChord Field loves hosting big parties and events with a dedicated full-service staff. The Club’s also great for cozy fireside reunions or private conferences. Club members receive special discounts. Find room and pricing details at

Want help planning your party? Ask about menus, availability and pricing at: • American Lake Conference Center at 8085 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North; 253-964-1209/966-3988. • Eagles Pride Golf Course off I-5 Exit 116 (open to the public); 253-967-6522. • Whispering Firs Golf Course at McChord Field, 895 Lincoln Blvd.; 253-982-2124. • The Club at McChord Field, located at 700 Barnes Blvd.; 253-982-5581/8175. For other venues, such as the MWR Fest Tent, the Warrior Zone’s heated covered patio, Bowl Arena Lanes, Sounders Lanes or park pavilions, visit JBLMmwr. com under Food and Entertainment.


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Double your fun at combined events

Attend events that celebrate the best of early autumn

All that jazz, art, wine & song

class at the Wine and Jazz Festival

baked French baguette, assorted crackers,

at the Club at McChord Field Saturday,

cheeses, salami, smoked salmon, dried

Sept. 30. The special cost is $30 per

dates, fresh berries and dark chocolate.

Join the fun with wine and canvas

person, which includes admission to the

For $75, you’ll get the picnic basket, VIP

Get in on the fun everyone’s having

main event. Call 253-982-6726/6718 for

wine glasses, a bottle of wine and a spe-

at Wine and Canvas events each month.

more information.

cial seating area.

Make it a date with your best friends or

Attend Wine & Jazz Festival

spouse, even if you’re a beginner! Art supplies, light appetizers and your first glass of wine are included in the cost. You’ll get instruction, plus samples of completed paintings for inspiration. Seating is limited and you must be age

Come enjoy the evening at the first annual Wine & Jazz Festival Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Club at McChord Field. Make a date with your best friends for live jazz, wine tasting and more from 2–8 p.m. (the McChord Pub is also open

21 or older to attend; please arrive early.

with football action for those who would

Register at

rather drink beer!). The McChord Grill is

Sign up now for a special Wine and Canvas at the After Hours Live event Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Grandstaff Library.


Take part in the Wine and Canvas

offering a special wine-tasting appetizer platter and a special panini. For an extra-special date, preorder

basket costs $50 and includes a freshly

Order your baskets in advance by calling 253-982-5581. General admission is $12 per person at the door (for ages 21 and older only) and includes wine tasting and wine glass.

Bavarian hamlet comes to life Oktoberfest & Flea Market Immerse yourself in German culture at Oktoberfest Saturday, Sept. 16! Taste

The cost is $17; see the Libraries section

a picnic basket option to enjoy while

and experience authentic food, brew and

for event details (page 35).

you’re listening to jazz. The standard

live entertainment in the MWR Fest Tent

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this month!

Members Keep the Club legacy alive


o you enjoy food and entertainment at a discount or even for free? Take advantage of the Club at McChord Field’s membership rewards program! As a Club member, you’ll get reduced-price and free perks throughout MWR (prepay for a year and get your first two months’ dues free!). Here’s what you get when you show your new Club membership: • Receive $1 off lunch and $2 off dinner at the McChord Grill. • Enjoy a free member appreciation luncheon or dinner each month. • Book a free party room rental. • Save with member discounts at Club events and holiday buffets. • Try to win the jackpot at free Club member bingo every Friday night. • With every food purchase of $7 or more, get $1 off from the Strike Zones at Sounders Lanes and Bowl Arena Lanes. Also get $1 shoe rental when you bowl. • Receive $1 off every food purchase of $7 or more at Habañero Mexican Grill (Whispering Firs Golf Course) and Samuel Adams at Eagles Pride Golf Course. Also receive a free small bucket of range balls each time you golf. • Get 10 percent off all outdoor recreation equipment rentals at the Northwest Adventure Center and Adventures Unlimited. Also receive $1 off shooting at the Rifle and Pistol Range 15 and the Skeet and Trap Range. • At the Warrior Zone, buy one pizza and get your second pizza half off. • At your Arts & Crafts Center, receive 10 percent off custom framing materials. • Get $2 off a $20 or more food purchase at Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM at Lewis Main. at Lewis Main. The good old-fashioned Family fun lasts from 2–10 p.m. and includes a lineup of German-style bands, games, prizes, pony rides and a costume contest for Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest and Ms. and Jr. Oktoberfest. German brews will be available for ages 21 and older with valid IDs. Other entertainment includes foam sword fights, wagon rides, a climbing wall, Kinder Corner stein races and much more. Adult-only fun features a keg toss competition, Hammer Schlaugen competition and a stein hoist. Start out the day at 11 a.m. with a visit to the fall flea market and vendors outside the fest tent. The market is full of gently used treasures, crafts and homemade goodies. Watch for more details at

• At your Auto Centers (McChord Field and Lewis Main), receive $1 off your bay or lift fee. Doesn’t it make sense to join the club? Call 253-982-5581 for more details or drop buy the Club office at 700 Barnes Blvd.

It’s easy to join the Club at McChord Field! You can choose to pay your dues with any credit, debit or ATM card, or by direct withdrawal. Manage your membership online at account/usaf. Once you’re a member, you’ll receive notices of Club events, meal specials and programs automatically. Download the free MemberPlanet app from the App Store or Google Play to get notices on your smartphone or tablet.


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Sam Adams makes evenings fun Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM has tons of fun this month: • Yappy Hour on the patio, 6–8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Yes, this really is for the dogs — bring your dog on a leash for treats, dog-oriented games and prizes. Also treat yourself to drink and appetizer specials. • Trivia Night with prizes from 7–9 Fridays, Sept. 8 and 22. • UFC 215, Johnson vs. Borg, 6–10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 ($5 cover). • “Wheat” Wednesdays Sept. 13 and 27. Buy Cherry Wheat Sam Adams brew and get $2 off your appetizer. • Heads-or-Tails Tuesdays, 4–10 p.m. Guess correctly on a coin toss to win

$1 off your first drink.

on hole 14, you win the jackpot (a gift

Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and

certificate equal to the amount of the

Division at Lewis Main. Questions? Call 253-964-2012.

Compete in golf tourneys Improve your competitive play with fun tourneys at JBLM golf courses. Both Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs have tourneys and events lined up for you: • Get in on Eagles Pride’s two-person scramble Glowball Tournament Friday, Sept. 15 with a barbecue at 6 p.m. and shotgun start at 8. The cost is $50 per player, which includes a glowball, dinner and prizes. • The same day you golf, enter the

fund). • For a fun evening at Whispering Firs, enter the Nine, Wine & Dine event Friday, Sept. 15. for $90 per couple. You’ll get a barbecue dinner and wine sampling on the patio along with your green fees, cart and nine-hole golfing. For entry details on any tournament, call Whispering Firs (McChord Field) at 253-982-2124 or Eagles Pride (I-5 Exit 116) at 253-967-6522.

Enjoy Family Golf The joy of golf lasts a lifetime! Introduce your kids ages 15 and younger to

“Hole-in-Fun” contest for $1 at either

our new Family Golf program at Eagles

golf course. If you make a hole-in-one

Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses.

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Liven up your play with September specials Saturday and Sunday after 2 p.m., a

18 holes at etiher golf course.

Family of four can golf nine holes for

• The weekday walking rate is $20 for

$30 (includes cart, rental clubs, range

green fees from golf course open-

balls and hot dog with soda meals). Find current information at: • • Questions? Call Eagles Pride (I-5 Exit 116) at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs (895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field) at 253-982-2124.

Take advantage of golf specials Get in on September golf specials at both Eagles Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses: • After noon on Labor Day, Monday,

ing–7:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • Senior green fees are now available weekdays; call the pro shop for prices. • Grab a bargain at JBLM golf courses with the golf combo (green fee, a shared cart and a $6 food voucher). Prices vary according to days and ranks; call the pro shop for details. Specials cannot be combined with other specials or used for tournaments or outings. For more details, call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 (I-5 Exit 116) or Whisper-

Sept. 4, all green fees are at the twi-

ing Firs (895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord

light rate and carts are $10 per seat for

Field) at 253-982-2124.

Life’s more creative at Arts & Crafts Center


our Arts & Crafts Center is here for you! Create special gifts, decor and memorabilia with help with the experts. Here are some ideas: • Need some back-to-school stress relief? Preregister for the Friday, Sept. 22 free Kids’ Craft Class and let your kid’s creativity loose for a few hours! This month, we’re working on a creative cardboard painting — peel back the layers and reassmeble for a multilevel apple tree. Space is limited; call today. • Take a sculpting class and get free instruction when you clip and pres-

ent this month’s coupon! Learn basic sculpting techniques to create a cool or creepy skull in time for Halloween. • Use our new 3D printing service! Bring in your own 3D Photoshop file on a CD, work with our staff to scan an item or let us help you create a concept from scratch, and we’ll print it out on our 3D printer. Call us for more information. • Football season is back — check out the “team colors” mat board selection in the frame shop and get your team memorabilia custom framed! Call 253-982-6723/6718 for more information, or visit 1121 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

Arts & Crafts Center Clip ‘n Save Coupons Free Specialty Mat Cut

(does not apply to materials & labor) Limit one coupon per customer per class. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Sept. 1–30, 2017.

Free Sculpting 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 Sept. 1–30, 2017.

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


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Design your adventure by Patti Jeffrey


ow would you like to get away for the day with a few friends where you can sit back and enjoy the ride? You’d get to design any trip you’d like with professionals who keep your preferences and budget in mind. Where would you go? A lot of groups have already enjoyed getting away with the personalized “Design-aTrip” service at the Northwest Adventure Center at JBLM. The folks with the Outdoor Recreation program love taking both small and large groups on custom trips. “We meet with designated group leaders to get to know them and design a trip with their wants and needs in mind. Personalized trips create strong group cohesion and everyone’s really excited about going,” says Brad Hinton, recreation program specialist. In fact, Hinton says that many groups come back for more trips — from spouses’ retreats and private club outings to military unit fun days. “Personalized trips Professional guides can plan your trip to any create strong group destination you can imagine with day trips or overnight stays. Take a daylong tour of Olymcohesion and every- pic Peninsula wineries, an overnight ski trip to one’s really excited Oregon’s Mount Bachelor or a horseback ride in the wilderness outside of Mount Rainier National about going.” Park — the choices are as many as your wishes. — Brad Hinton, recreation program The staff provides comfortable transportation specialist for you so you can relax and enjoy the journey along the way. Trips depart from the NAC or any location at JBLM. If you have a departure point outside of JBLM, the staff can also accommodate you. Expert guides will assist you with your itinerary options, including departure and arrival times, rest stops, stops at multiple locations and meal options while traveling. You’ll get help creating a budget that includes transportation fees, group event and venue discount tickets, parking fees, ferry and bridge tolls and other travel costs. Some destinations offer special midweek discounts and can be less congested for your group, allowing for more personal tours. Popular outdoor activities include mountain biking, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, showshoeing, cross-country skiing and snow camping. Popular destinations include Seattle tourist favorites, such as the aquarium, zoo, Pike Place Market, Space Needle, lake and harbor cruises, Pioneer Square and more. Other destinations include Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Leavenworth, Victoria, B.C., Crystal Mountain with its scenic gondola, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass and other places around the Northwest. Active duty personnel, retirees, DOD civilians, your Families and non-military guests are welcome to plan a private trip; email with your phone number and a trip planner will follow up with you.


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Kaweka Stoney

& we’ll take you there!

The 7th Division Chaplain’s Retreat group exploring the Ape Caves was one of many trips ODR helps plan for JBLM units and groups.


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Explore your world outdoors Enjoy Fun shoots at JBLM Try your hand at skeet shooting The Western Washington Traveling Skeet League invites shooters with all levels of experience to twice-monthly shooting events, no membership required. The events alternate between the McChord Sportsman’s Club and JBLM’s Skeet & Trap Range at Lewis Main through November. The next dates are Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 23. Each event costs $16, which includes targets and lunch. Ages 17 or younger must have parent or guardian approval before registering. For an entry form, email or call the JBLM Skeet & Trap Range at 253-967-7056.

Have fun with sporting clays Come out to JBLM’s Skeet & Trap Range for the monthly 100-target sporting clays shoot the first Saturday of the month (the next shoots are Sept. 2 and Oct. 7). The cost is $35. Register 10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.; shooting starts at 10:30. Park inside Scouts Out Gate and walk out to the range. For more information and directions, call 253-967-7056.

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



Mother-daughter paddleboard adventure

Friday, Sept. 1


Back-to-school mama’s bike ride

Sunday, Sept. 3


GoPro video editing

Sunday, Sept. 3


Alpine Club meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 6


Mastering Photoshop

Saturday, Sept. 9


Composition for photography

Sunday, Sept. 10


North Cascade photography

Sept. 16–17


Kayak skills class

Tuesday, Sept. 19


Intro to rock climbing

Sept. 22–24


Wilderness First Aid

Sept. 23–24


Sea kayak Hope Island

Saturday, Sept. 23


Bike the Snoqualmie Tunnel

Saturday, Sept. 23


Bungee/zipline adventure

Sunday, Sept. 24


Sunset photography

Saturday, Sept. 30


Ama Dablam Himalayal Nepal

Oct. 1–30


Waterfall tour

Sunday, Oct. 1


The NAC is having a Grand Reopening!

Look for details at fm/SeeYouOutsideJBLM


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Keep on playing for fun and competition Salmon bake and fun run’s still open Register online through Wednesday, Sept. 6

Find a schedule of free aerobics classes at

Commander’s Cup sports need you Enter Commander’s Cup Triumph Series 5K Championship Compete in the Commander’s Cup Triumph Series 5K Championship Friday, Oct. 20 at the MWR Fest Tent (located at 2200 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main). Register on-site starting at 5:30 a.m.; the race begins at 6. Open to active duty Service members at JBLM only. Questions? Call 253-967-4768 or visit

You still have time to register for the 6th Annual 12K and 5K Fun Run with a 1K Smolt Run for the kids Saturday, Sept. 9 at McChord Field’s Heritage Hill. Race heats begin at 10:45 a.m. with a free salmon bake for participants at 12:30 p.m. Find prices and race information at

prepare for the next zombie attack Dare to enter the annual JBLM zombie run Register now for the annual JBLM Zombie Apocalypse 5K Walk/Run and 1K youth Monster Dash Saturday, Oct. 14 and try to survive what awaits you! The youth run is at 8 p.m. at the Lewis North Athletic Complex and zombie run heats are at 8:30 and 9:30. Race bib pick-up is from 5:30-8 p.m. Racers will wear flags and try to keep zombies from taking them during the run. All paid participants will receive custom finisher medals and free tickets to the annual Walk in the Dark at Shoreline Park theatrical nightmare! Tickets are for Thursdays, Oct. 19 or 26 only. Find online registration details at or contact the Intramural Sports Office at 253-967-4768. Registration & Pricing (add $3.25 fee for joining)

LATE REGISTRATION Through Oct. 11 at 11:59PM (No T-shirt guarantee)


Sign up for Commander’s Cup swim meet

EARLY REGISTRATION Through Oct. 2 at 11:59PM (T-shirt size guarantee)

Military Affiliated – All DOD ID Card Holders

$25 5K $10 1K Monster Dash

$30 5K $15 1K Monster Dash

$35 5K $20 1K Monster Dash

The JBLM’s Commander’s Cup swim meet is Nov. 7–9 at Soldiers Field House Pool at 6 a.m. each day; competition starts at 6:30. Events include a 200-meter medley relay, 100- and 200-meter individual medley relay, 200-meter freestyle relay, and individual backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle in 50- and 100-meter distances. The sign-up meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center. Active duty Service members at JBLM are welcome to apply. For more details, visit intramural or call the Intramural Sports Office at 253-967-4768. Nelson Rec is located at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main.

No Military Affiliation

$30 5K $15 1K Monster Dash

$35 5K $20 1K Monster Dash

$40 5K $25 1K Monster Dash

Public must have valid ID in accordance with the Real ID Act.



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12K/5K/1K Salmon Run Saturday, Sept. 9


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by Patti Jeffrey


ant to find a place where something magical seems to happen? Once the doors open at our parent-and-child play centers, the rooms come alive with greetings and giggles, dress-up and block-building, and quiet conversations among parents in happily relaxed settings. The two free centers at JBLM help strengthen your bond with your youngsters up to age 5 and help you discover new connections and friendships. Both centers are safe, clean, healthy environments that focus on parents and children engaging actively in play without distractions.

Raindrops & Rainbows at Lewis North At Raindrops & Rainbows, parents find play activities centered on various themes and age groups in every part of the building, such as science, puppetry, construction, animal kingdom, library and computer learning games, water and sand tubs, art, exercise and specialized classes, such as infant massage and music with dance. Outside, a fenced-in playground and garden area captures youngsters’ interest, such as watching vegetables grow that they can harvest and eat in the summer months. “This place helps infuse literacy and social skills into children’s lives,” says Lolita Estrada, site lead. “New parents —especially those from other cultures — are happy to find others like themselves here at JBLM, and they form new friendTiffany Jones


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ships that help them feel connected.

drawing, fun with rhythms and sounds,

We’re very inclusive of new Families and

moon sand play and more.

help them get the support they need to thrive.” CYS registration is encouraged but not required at Raindrops & Rainbows. Raindrops & Rainbows is open week-

From the McChord Main gate, turn

Large playrooms accommodate a

straight as you cross Lincoln Boulevard

at junior-size tables. Down the hall is a

until the road ends at the building.

spacious tumble room for youngsters to stretch, jump, run, exercise and crawl with soft toys while music plays in the

an hour break at noon.


at 8197 American Lake Blvd at Lewis North. Call 253-966-4802 for more information.

Escape Zone at McChord Field “Escape Zone is a great place to build friendships, especially when you’re new

right onto Fairway Road and keep

number of activities in every corner or

days from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., except for Raindrops & Rainbows is located

and is located at 841 Fairway Rd.

Outside in the spacious courtyard, a huge playground awaits. The entire area is padded with a soft fall zone and partially covered for outdoor play even on rainy days. “Friendships seem to come naturally here — there’s some kind of chemistry

For more details, call 253-982-8590.

Wider connections are made Military & Family Life Counselors visit both play centers to let Family members know that they can come talk with a counselor free of charge. The New Parent Support Program and FOCUS Project offer special activities, such as infant massage, infant play groups, activity book, listening skills and more. Both centers refer parents to many

here,” recreation assistant Madeline

of connectedness,” says Madeline. “It’s

more connections and resources, such

Moody says. “Families meet and set up

something that parents bring in, and the

as Spouses Out on the Town, in order to

play dates, their children enjoy making

activities that everyone gathers around

help them get involved in a larger sup-

new friends, and some Families even

are a great ice breaker. Conversations

port system and feel more at home while

plan get-togethers in a group setting

spark naturally and many parents rec-

they’re at JBLM.

here because it’s relaxing, bright and

ognize each other from other places and



Planned daily activities include coloring, finger painting, play dough, stencil

Come visit these unique child-andparent play centers and you’ll also

Escape Zone at McChord Field is open weekday mornings from 9 a.m.–noon

become a believer in the magic of connectedness.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma visits the Escape Zone Wednesdays from 10–11:30 a.m. and Raindrops & Rainbows from 1:30–3 p.m. with its free Play to Learn program. Play to Learn is wildly popular with JBLM Families and involves individual play, fun group activities, songs and a whole-group circle time to enjoy together. No registration is needed — just drop in!

Find current information, photos and more resources at

Raindrops and Rainbows is provided by the JBLM Parent Support Program, Child & Youth Services, Armed Force Community Service, Military Family Life Consultants, FOCUS and Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

Lolita Estrada


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The Snowflakes performed a dance from the “Kingdom of Snow” scene in a SKIESUnlimited production of “The Nutcracker” at Evergreen Theater at Lewis Main last December.

Scott Hansen/NW Guardian

Join CYS for fun, learning, friendships & more Attend Nutcracker auditions Your child can shine onstage

If your kiddos love the limelight, bring them to audition for the beloved holiday

Enter youth sports for fall

Have fun with Special Olympics bowling Register through Friday, Sept. 8 for

Sept. 14–Oct. 19. Lil’ Drivers is open to ages 5–6 at Eagles Pride Thursdays from Sept. 14–Oct. 19. The cost is $40 for The First Tee Golf camps and $25 for Lil’ Drivers. All camps meet after school starting at 4 p.m. for eight weeks each.

classic, “The Nutcracker” Sept. 4–7 from

Special Olympics bowling, open to

6–7:30 p.m. at SKIESUnlimited. Children

everyone. The participation fee is $50 for

will be placed in appropriate roles for

youth ages 8–18. The parents’ meeting is

their ages in this diverse and inclusive

Tuesday, Sept. 5; the season ends Sunday,

cast. All abilities and levels of experience

Oct. 29.

in October for basketball, Lil’ Dribblers

Register youth for golf

ber, registration will begin for Special

in dance, acting, gymnastics and acting are encouraged to audition. Make this a memorable and amazing


days at Whispering Firs Golf Course

Register your CYS-enrolled youth for

Plan for upcoming sports Looking ahead, registration will open basketball and cheerleading. In NovemOlympics basketball, Special Olympics

event for your Family! Stop by to pick up

golf camps this fall! The First Tee Golf

cheerleading, Start Smart camp, volley-

an audition packet to learn more about

Camp No. 1 is open to ages 7–18 at

ball camp and flag football camp. Soccer

the process at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis

Eagles Pride Golf Course Tuesdays

and Bumblebee soccer will be open for

Main. For more details, email TheStudio-

Sept. 12–Oct. 17. The First Tee Golf

registration in December.

Camp No. 2 is open to ages 7–18 Thurs-

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Look for the youth sports fall calendar

at the youth sports office or online at

SKIESUnlimited is at 6398 Garcia Blvd. Youth must be registered

at Lewis Main. For more information,

with CYS and have a current sports

call 253-966-3539.

All classes are required for FCC Certification. The FCC Office is at 2013B 3rd St. (at

physical on file to enroll in sports at

Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main. Ques-

tions? Call 253-967-3039.

For additional information, call 253-967-2405.

Skill-building fun’s at SKIES

Start the school year with a little extra fun This school year, take your skills and new friendships to a new level with SKIESUnlimited classes! Located at Hillside youth center, SKIES offers art, boxing, dance, gymnastics, karate, yoga, relaxation, music and theater for all ages. Want to learn more about the pro-

Work from home for us

Earn money at home as a Family Child Care provider Looking for a fun and rewarding home business? If you live on base at JBLM,

Check us out at:


become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of


military children and their families. FCC providers earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies, and receive free resources for your business. Learn about FCC at the Tuesday, Sept. 12 orientation from 6–8 p.m. at the FCC office (no children at the orienta-

gram? Drop by for a SKIES open house

tion due to space/discussion topics).

Friday, Sept. 8 from 4–6 p.m. to meet

Full-day training classes meet weekdays

instructors, check out the facility and

from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sept. 25, 26, 28,

have your questions answered.

29 and Oct. 2.

Seeking volunteer coaches! We need your enthusiasm for youth sports

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


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Enrolling in child care at JBLM... As easy as Register with Register from anywhere in the world at MilitaryChildCare. com to request care at a CYS center at JBLM and get placed on the waitlist. • Once registered, the site provides an anticipated placement time based on

1–2–3 Family priority, spaces available for specific age groups and requested location. This is only an estimate — placement times can fluctuate both down and up. • Parents are responsible to manage the waitlist and

are required to reconfirm request every 30 days. • generates all notifications — placement offers and reminders — via email. • Once offer is extended by the site via email, parent

must contact Parent Central Services by phone or in person within two business days to make an appointment to complete enrollment requirements. • It’s important to remember that

is a waiting list management data system that allows you to manage your own wait list. It does not enroll you at JBLM CYS. You’ll need to go to Parent Central to register (step 2).

Register your children with JBLM CYS at Parent Central Services. As soon as possible, Families should register their children at Parent Central Services. Patrons will need the following documents in order to complete the registration process to use care: • DOD ID card.

• Contact information for home and work. • Two local emergency contacts. • Official shot record from your physician or medical facility. • Full month of most recent LES or paystubs or proof of fulltime student.

To expedite registration, go to and click on the “Start New Registration” button. • All paperwork must be completed prior to the child’s enrollment. • Registration appointments are

recommended by not • If you’re enrolled at Parent required. Central prior to being offered • Public computers are a child care space, you can available at Parent Central start care right away once Services and staff is available you’re offered a space from to assist with * registration and WebTrac preregistration.

If you only want to register for Hourly Care, SKIES or Youth Sports, start here. • Do NOT register at • Families should register after arriving at JBLM with the following documents: • DOD ID card. • Contact information for

home and work. • Two local emergency contacts. • Official shot record from your physician or medical facility.

Once registered with JBLM Child & Youth Services, Families may request hourly care and/or sign up for SKIES and sports online using WebTrac at

Parent Central Services is located at 2295 Bitar Ave. at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-966-2977. *Prior to starting care, you must attend CYS orientation at your child/school age care program. This will be explained more during your Parent Central appointment.

New to JBLM? Join CYS! Registration is easy

It’s easy to register your Family in CYS to access before- and after-school programs, child care, youth sports, SKIESUnlimited classes & more. Once you arrive at JBLM, you should register your children as soon as possible with CYS to take advantage of all the programs offered during the school year and beyond. Find a registration checklist at and call Parent Central Services at 253-966-2977 for an appointment. If you need child care after registering with CYS, place your Family members on the waiting list at You’ll manage the wait list by checking in once a month to reconfirm your request. You’ll receive reminder and placement offer emails to help you see where you are from month to month. If you only want to register for hourly care, SKIESUnlimited classes or Youth Sports, you won’t need to register at Parent Central Services is located at 2295 Bitar Ave. at Lewis Main. At McChord Field, the office is at 578 Lincoln Blvd.


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focus | military & Family readiness

Find positive change WITH ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY SERVICE You can have a positive impact on the quality of life at JBLM with your input & participation


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus September 2017

improve the military quality of life Join the Armed Forces Family Action Plan

Join us for our AFCS Armed Forces Family Action Plan Town Hall at JBLMafcs Wednesday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m.– 11 p.m. AFFAP is your platform to voice quality-of-life issues, feedback, ideas and suggestions. It’s the best way to let senior leadership know about what works, what doesn’t and how you think problems can be resolved. Questions? Call 253-9673689. For years, the Department of the Army sponsored an Army Family Action Plan Conference for Service members, Family members, veterans, retirees, survivors and civilian employees to identify issues impacting their overall military quality of life. Starting this year, we’re conducting focus groups instead. Register at JBLM-afcs-affap-events-2017. for an upcoming Focus Group. Join us for our AFFAP Focus Group Friday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, located at Lewis Main, 4274 Idaho Ave. We also invite JBLM teens for our Youth Focus Group Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Hillside Teen Zone, 6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main.

Strengths & Themes Assessment Survey We want to hear from you!

Service members, Family members, DOD employees and retirees! What is important to our installation? What is the quality of life at JBLM and how can we improve community health, wellness, readiness and resiliency? Please take some time to complete this 36-question survey to address these concerns at mil/Survey/se.ashx?s=2511374532F1E48F. Survey closes Friday, Sept. 15.

FRG Symposium

One Team, One Goal — together we can make a difference! Armed Forces Community Service, in conjunction with Team JBLM, is hosting the third FRG Symposium Tuesday, Sept. 26 at American Lake Conference Center at Lewis North from 8 a.m.– noon. The event is open to all FRG Advisors, Family Readiness Liaisons and FRG Leaders/Co-Leaders. Company Commanders and First Sergeants are invited to attend as their schedule permits. The Symposium includes a light breakfast and free childcare. Children must be registered with JBLM CYS, and parents must supply food/formula and diapers. Food items containing nuts or peanut butter are not allowed. Register online at For more details, call 253-967-3397/8430.

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Find positive change

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prepare for the big decisions ahead

Learn how everyday choices make a difference Every October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, JBLM AFCS Family Advocacy Program hosts a Domestic Violence Awareness event. AFCS FAP brings a special workshop called “Choose Your Own Adulthood” to McChord Theater

anced and complicated than that. More importantly, these choices and decisions are significant in unlearning negative behaviors, such as those in unhealthy relationships and ultimately domestic violence. At this workshop, Hal will explain 16 of these more-or-less choices to help young adults in our military community — as tomorrow’s leaders — transition their brains from the adolescent think-

Friday, Oct. 20. The workshop, as seen

ing of their past into the adult brain

on ABC’S Today Show, is by Hal Runkel,

they need most for all those big, life-

founder of ScreamFree Institute.

altering decisions ahead.

“Choose Your Own Adulthood” is

Registration is Sept. 1–Oct. 13 at JBLM-

Gold Star Mother’s Day

A recognition event is Saturday, Sept. 30 Monday, Sept. 25 is nationally recognized as Gold Star Mother’s Day, when the fallen are honored and their Families are shown our appreciation for their sacrifices. The JBLM Gold Star Mother's Day recognition event is Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at the Lewis Army Museum, 4320 Main St. and Constitution Dr. at Lewis Main.

about making choices, not necessarily A free

Directly after the tour, we’ll meet for

the big ones young adults face (college,

copy of the best-selling “Choose Your

lunch at Farrelli’s Pizza (1590 Wilming-

job, enlisting, relationships, job), but

Own Adulthood” book will be available

ton Dr. in DuPont) at noon.

rather the smaller, everyday decisions

for first 100 attendees to arrive at the

Join us to honor our fallen; RSVP at

that actually make a bigger difference in

event. Light refreshments and a book


life. These choices are not the right-or-

signing follow the event; registration is

com. Call 253-966-5047 or 253-967-3672

wrong kinds of decisions the adolescent

limited (see the book at

for more information about this event,

brain tends to see; they are more nu-


program or resources.

Providing dental care for military members, their families and retirees of all ages!



A full-service dental office with convenient locations in


Graham 253-875-6599 Lakewood 253-584-2250 Olympia/Lacey 360-459-1333

Understand Your Survivor Benefits

Enroll in Milestone Benefits Class Survivor Outreach Services’ Financial Counselor wants to invite survivors for a Milestone Benefit Class. Are you wondering if certain benefits will continue once your child turns 18? Do you have questions about your Tricare benefits? Certain milestones may affect your benefits and it’s important to plan ahead. Come meet the experts Thursday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.–noon at the AFCS Family Resource Center, 4274 Idaho Ave. at Lewis Main. Reserve your slot for the class by Thursday, Sep. 14 by registering at If you need assistance, contact Tina Mann, Survivor Outreach Services Financial Counselor, at or 253-967-3672.

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What’s driving your auto-financing choices? By Gesele Thomas, MBA, AFC ®, Personal Financial Readiness Specialist

Need to finance a car? Where do you start? These are legitimate questions that will affect your monthly payments, interest rate and the ability to pay the loan off more quickly. Here are some tips to help you make your decision: • Start with credit unions for your auto-financing needs — they generally offer competitive rates and are nonprofit, though membership and good credit are a requirement. • Banks are your next best option, and provide similar services to credit unions, however they are for-profit institutions. Although membership is not required, good credit is. • If you choose to finance your purchase through an auto dealership, your payments will most likely be to a finance company instead of the dealer. Dealerships usually have relationships with finance companies, because they don’t have the cash on hand required to finance your purchase. Commissions paid to dealers for that relationship are passed on to you, the consumer, resulting in an increase in the normal cost to finance that loan. • Finance companies can charge very high rates and often cater to consumers who are considered a credit risk. • Financing can be obtained through websites, but you should exercise caution as these online companies may not be legitimate. Interest rates tend to increase as you work your way down this list. If you’re considered a credit risk and are forced to obtain financing at a high interest rate, we recommend requesting a small loan to which you could apply larger payments, reducing the amount of interest paid over the lifetime of the loan. As an example, a vehicle purchased for $5,000 and financed at 18 percent interest for 36 months would have a monthly payment of $180.76. Total interest paid in 36 months would be $1,507.45. By increasing your auto loan payment by $100 per month, you not only shorten your auto loan repayment by a 15 months, but you’ll also save $646.55 in interest. Resource: Financial counselors at AFCS are available to assist you with navigating those choices. Visit or call 253-967-1453 to schedule an appointment today!


focus | military & Family readiness

EAP Tip of the Month: Radical Acceptance Get out of your head

The concept of Radical Acceptance by Marsha Linehan suggests accepting life on its own terms and not resisting what cannot change. The purpose of this type of acceptance is to stay in the present, say “yes” to life and be aware of limitations outside our control. For example, you may have been working diligently in the identification,

The EAP Team can help — stop by to see


us at Lewis Main. We’re located at

Accepting reality can be difficult,

2008B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue)

painful, disappointing and sad. It can

in Room 114. For more information, call

tamper your ability to enjoy happiness.


The concept of accepting is not equal to agreeing — a person can accept situations and do the best to overcome the negative emotions more effectively. Here are some radical acceptance tips: • Do not overthink or attach assumptions to the situation. • Prepare yourself to manage situations

resiliency tip of the month

Get help planning a new schoolyear routine Is your Family trying to get into a new

design and proposal of an important

without increasing your levels of suf-

school year routine for bedtimes, home-

protocol that efficiently enhances your

fering or emotional pain that may

work and Family meals? Transitioning

workplace. However, you find upper

cloud your ability to be more effective

from summer to school can be difficult

management decides to go another

and satisfied.

for everyone. If you need help or ideas


• Practice deep breathing. Breathe

on coming up with a plan, FOCUS is

through the difficult situation, remind

here for you. We teach transition skills

als may feel frustration, rejection and

yourself that this moment is not

to parents and Families just like yours!

anger, creating some level of pain that

forever and devise an accepting state-

Don’t just get by, get stronger! Call the

will mask or cover their suffering. Pain

ment, such as “let it go,” “It is what it

FOCUS program to learn more.

is part of living, and learning how to

is,” or “Today I am here, doing the best

embrace and cope with pain reduces suf-

I can.”

(at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. For

Avoiding pain is not an option while

more information, call 253-966-6390 or

What do you do? Most individu-

fering. In Radical Acceptance, suffering


“Denial is a beautiful thing…until it’s

FOCUS is located at 2013B N. 3rd St.

is optional, pain is not. It’s difficult to

we’re alive; it’s what we choose to do and

email Plus, you

accept what you don’t want to be true,

how to react to the pain that prepares us

may also visit or

as stated in the movie American Beauty,

to be more resilient, balanced and aware.


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Select AFCS Events



Concept Block: Building Your Dream Team (Day 2)

Tuesday, Sept. 19


FRG 101 for Commanders & First Sergeants

Tuesday, Sept. 19


Resiliency & Hope Academy

Sept. 19–21


Concept Block: Career Development (Day 2)

Wednesday, Sept. 20


Financially Fit

Wednesday, Sept. 20


Pre-Deployment Workshops

Wednesday, Sept. 20



Wednesday, Sept. 20


AFFAP Steering Committee

Thursday, Sept. 21


Volunteer Recognition/Social

Thursday, Sept. 21


The Complete Federal Resume

Thursday, Sept. 21


Treasurer Training (day)

Thursday, Sept. 21


Care Team Training (evening)

Thursday, Sept. 21


Transition Overview & MOS Crosswalk

Thursday, Sept. 21


You've Got Personality

Monday, Sept. 25


EAP Supervisor Training

Tuesday, Sept. 26


Key Caller Training (evening)

Tuesday, Sept. 26


Defense Installation Messaging System (DIMS) Tng

Tuesday, Sept. 26

(253) 982-2695

Supervisor Training

Tuesday, Sept. 26


Concept Block: Did you Hear What I Think I Said?

Wednesday, Sept. 27


Thrift Savings Plan

Wednesday, Sept. 27


Smooth Move Workshop

Wednesday, Sept. 27

(253) 982-2695

Overseas Briefing - Smooth Move Workshop - Overseas

Thursday, Sept. 28


Company Command Team Spouse Seminar

Sept. 28 & 29


SHARP FY-17 Annual Training - Face to Face (Policy and Procedures)


(253) 967-2072

Unit INTRO Managers' Training

Tuesday, Oct. 3

(253) 982-2695

Concept Block: Don’t Forget About You

Tuesday, Oct. 3


JBLM Community Update

Wednesday, Oct. 4


Financially Fit

Wednesday, Oct. 4


Understanding AER Policies and Procedures

Wednesday, Oct. 4


Concept Block: Change can be Good…Time to Destress

Wednesday, Oct. 4


Financial Life Cycles

Thursday, Oct. 5


Volunteer Orientation & VMIS Organization Point of Contact Training

Thursday, Oct. 5


Reintegration (Reunion) for Family members

Thursday, Oct. 5


Transition Overview & MOS Crosswalk

Thursday, Oct. 5


24/7 Dad

Oct. 10 & 17


Key Caller Training (day)

Tuesday, Oct. 10


Concept Block: To Be…Or Not to Be…a Great Leader

Wednesday, Oct. 11


Basics of Investing

Thursday, Oct. 12


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Workshop

Thursday, Oct. 12

253-967-3633, 253-982-2695

Military Knowledge Class

Thursday, Oct. 12


FRG Leadership Training (evenings)

Oct. 12, 19 & 26


AFFAP Youth Focus Group

Saturday, Oct. 14


Teen Financial Cents

Saturday, Oct. 14


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



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Catch all the NFL action at Sam Adams & the Warrior Zone

16 brews on tap: micro, handcrafted & seasonal Sam Adams

Food & drink specials

Food & drink specials

Big screens anywhere you sit

2400 Bitar Ave. & Division Lews Main • 253-964-2012

11592 17th & D St. Lews North • 253-477-5756

Beer pitchers

Sell your home & yard items or set up your home business

2017 Fall Flea Market at Oktoberfest

•Must be an authorized ID cardholder to sell. •Email for reservations or download an application from under Special Events.

MWR Fest Tent Saturday, Sept. 16 2200 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sponsorship does not imply federal endorsement


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Have fun with creative play Girls’ Club is seriously fun Girls ages 7­­–15 can “Come Craft, Create & Conversate” at Book Patch Library — no registration required! This month, Fall in Love With Art Friday, Sept. 15 from 6–7:30 p.m.

New Teen Book Club’s just for you Teens, you’re invited to a new book club created just for you! Maximize your

Get your art published with bookmark contest

reading experience by talking about

Book Patch and McChord libraries are holding a bookmark contest for children through age 11 and teens ages 12-17. Half Price Books staff will vote on their favorite bookmarks, and the winning bookmarks will be printed and given away at the libraries. The deadline to complete your bookmarks is Friday, Sept. 22 by 5 p.m. You may enter as many designs as you like. Contest forms are available at Book Patch and McChord libraries.

current teen novels with others your age.

Dress up for Star Wars Day Calling all Padawans and Jedi Knights! The Empire is invading McChord Library and you’re invited! Participate in a Star Wars-themed costume parade and enjoy free food, crafts, story time, special guest appearances and more from your favorite galaxy. This all-ages special event is Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1-2:30 p.m. at McChord Library.

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, Sept. 29 for the Oct. 6 club. Space is limited; register on the library’s Calendar of Events at or call 253-982-3454.


Talk about what you’ve read

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus September 2017

The Teen Book Club will meet the first Wednesday of each month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at McChord Library. At the first meeting Sept. 6, we’ll talk about how to use the library, register everyone for library cards (be sure to bring your military ID), discuss all the awesome online resources, provide a copy for check-out of our first title we’ll discuss Oct. 4 and tour the newly renovated teen area at McChord Library. 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.

required in person. A limited number of copies are available at the circulation desk (851 Lincoln Blvd, ground floor, JBLM-McChord Field). Questions? Call 253-982-3454.

Don’t pass up free offers! Sign up for a library account, get your own free book September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Everyone who signs up for a new library account at Grandstaff, Book Patch or McChord libraries during September receives a free book, courtesy of Half Price Books (while supplies last).

Enroll in Microsoft Military Program Kids also get new Book Club Kids in grades 3, 4 and 5 are invited

Staff from the Pierce County Library will be at McChord Library every

to join McChord Library’s new monthly

Thursday offering the Microsoft Military

Kids’ Book Club. Read fun books, meet

Program. Once you enroll in this free

fun people! Parents, bring your children

program, you can take the Microsoft

by the McChord Library beginning

certification tests for Microsoft Office

Wednesday, Sept. 6 to register and get a

Specialist and Microsoft Technical Assis-

copy of this month’s book, “City of Em-

tant. All tests are free and study materi-

ber” by Jeanne DuPrau. The new Kids’

als are available. For more information,

Book Club will meet the third Wednesday


of the month at 4 p.m. starting Sept. 20.

Army Entertainment and JBLM libraries are proud to present After Hours Live Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at Grandstaff Library! The $2 cover gives you access to the concert of our featured musical guest Arsena! Enjoy demonstrations, story time, food and beverages for purchase, door prizes and more for all ages.

Join 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 next meeting is Sept. 13 to discuss “Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral” by Kris Radish. Registration is

Those ages 21 and older can also sign up for the 5 p.m. discounted Wine & Canvas event! Only $17 includes admission to the After Hours Live event, as well as all the art supplies and your first glass of wine. Sign up and prepay at JBLMmwrRegistration. com under Special Events.


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.


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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus September 2017

September 2017 JBLM MWR Focus  

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

September 2017 JBLM MWR Focus  

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