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JBLM tree lights up Gig Harbor

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JBLM tree lights up Gig Harbor

For nearly two decades, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) has gifted the city of Gig Harbor with a Christmas tree. Each year, Gig Harbor works with its partner unit, the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, to select and cut a Douglas fir to take center stage for its holiday festivities. This collaborative

Local swim teams

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Local swim teams

Youth swimmers stay active year-round and build confidence in and out of the pool. Swimming is a sport that allows for individual achievement and team participation. It builds endurance, strength and self-esteem. If this sounds ideal for your kids, check out these local swim teams. Metro Aquatics Swim Team Run by Metro

Indoor party venues

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Indoor party venues

If your child's birthday falls during the rainy months, the South Sound has you covered. Kids can jump, bowl, paint and skate at a variety of indoor party spots. They'll have a blast, and you won't have to clean up. Auburn Gymnastics Center -- DuPont Gymnasts and non-tumblers alike will love this

Scouting opportunities on JBLM

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Scouting opportunities on JBLM

Whether you just moved to the area and need a new troop or want to get your kids involved for the first time, you'll find a vibrant scouting community on and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). GIRL SCOUTS Now is a great time to get involved in a local Girl Scout Troop.

Lakewood's 2018 SummerFEST

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Lakewood's 2018 SummerFEST

Lakewood's annual SummerFEST will be held Saturday, July 14, at Fort Steilacoom Park. The whole family will enjoy this free event that's packed with entertainment, sports, food and fun. SummerFEST kicks off with a sprint triathlon at 9 a.m. followed by a Run Forrest Run 5k and 10k race at 11 a.m. Participants

JBLM Lakefront cabins

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JBLM Lakefront cabins

Escape the business of everyday life with a relaxing getaway on the shores of American Lake. Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Northwest Adventure Center has 10 log cabins available for rent year-round -- all with unobstructed views of the lake. Studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom cabins are available from $85 to $160 a night. The

Low tide walks

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Low tide walks

When the waters of Puget Sound retreat, the shoreline reveals a world of fascinating sea creatures. Exploring the beaches at low tide is a fun activity for the whole family. You're likely to spot crabs crawling on the rocks and sea stars clinging to a pier. If you're lucky, you'll see

Armed Forces Day deals

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Armed Forces Day deals

May is Military Appreciation Month. It's a time to honor the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. Many national and local businesses show their appreciation this month and year-round with military discounts and special offers. Check out just a few of the many deals available.  ARMED FORCES

Local farmers markets

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Local farmers markets

Summer brings a bounty of fresh produce and farmers market fun. Area farmers markets offer locally-grown produce, specialty foods, handmade crafts and live entertainment. Visiting these markets is a great way to eat healthy, find one-of-kind products, and support local farmers and artisans. Olympia Farmers Market Open year-round, the Olympia

Move the party outside

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Move the party outside

Take advantage of the gorgeous Pacific Northwest summers and host your next get-together at one of the South Sound's many outdoor venues. If your child has a summer birthday, check out the party packages at these Tacoma wild spots. Tacoma Nature Center At this nature-themed park, kids can climb in a

Local swim spots

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Local swim spots

Swimsuits, flip flops and sunglasses ... hello old friends. It's that time of year. The sun is starting to shine and the pools will soon be open. Luckily, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and its surrounding communities have many fun spots to swim and splash. SWIMMING POOLS JBLM has two pools for recreational swimming.

West Olympia

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West Olympia

As part of Washington's capital city, West Olympia sits on the west side of Budd Bay and Capitol Lake. It includes the South Westside and Northwest Olympia neighborhoods and is home to plenty of green space including family parks and waterfront trails.  How to get there This pocket of Thurston County is primarily accessible

Anderson Island

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Anderson Island

Anderson Island's unspoiled beauty is just a 20-minute ferry ride away. As Puget Sound's southernmost island, Anderson Island is refreshingly undeveloped. There are no crowds, no traffic -- not even a stoplight. What you will find are pristine beaches, natural lakes and beautiful parks. It's a great place to hike,

Seattle with kids

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Seattle with kids

One of the benefits of living in the South Sound is that you can enjoy Seattle like a local. Pop up for a few hours to visit a museum or explore a neighborhood. Seattle offers plenty of family fun -- start with these introductory itineraries and keep going back for

Quick nature escapes

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Quick nature escapes

The South Sound may be congested, but it's amazing how quickly you can escape the gridlock and hit the beach. Whether you need a refreshing lunch break or have all day to hang out, check out these local parks and trails. Sequalitchew Creek Trail, DuPont This three-mile round-trip trail winds through a

Yelm

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Yelm

Yelm is a small town in Thurston County known for its rural setting and stunning views of Mount Rainier. Referred to as the Pride of the Prairie, it's home to many independently-owned shops and restaurants. Natural beauty is abundant in Yelm, from farmlands and forests to the Nisqually River, which

Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon

Portland is a fun weekend getaway two hours south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Oregon's largest city, it sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers and is known for its parks, bridges and museums. The centrally located Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Portland is a good choice for families traveling with children.

Paint & Go Studio opens on JBLM

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Paint & Go Studio opens on JBLM

Military families can now paint their own pottery at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Arts and Crafts Center on McChord Field. All ages and abilities can tap into their inner artist to create one-of-a-kind pieces. "Ceramics is a fun and familiar pastime for a lot of families," said Arts and Crafts Center

Swim, slide, splash

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Swim, slide, splash

Just 45 minutes south of JBLM, Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound is home to a family-friendly indoor water park. Whatever your thrill tolerance, you'll find it here -- from waves and water cannons to a take-your-breath-away plunge into a giant funnel. While Great Wolf Lodge is a full-service resort, its main

Pierce County's love locks bridge

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Pierce County's love locks bridge

You don't have to travel all the way to Paris or Prague to declare your love with a padlock. Pierce County has its very own love locks bridge at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place. Built in 2010, the pedestrian bridge curves over the railroad tracks providing safe passage to

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