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DoD grant will fund rigorous national Stem program

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DoD grant will fund rigorous national Stem program

Last week at Graham-Kapowsin High School, leadership from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the Bethel School District announced a new partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The initiative is an evidence-based, rigorous national STEM program which was made possible by a $727,500 grant from the U.S. Department

Holiday magic at Enchant in T-Mobile Park

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Holiday magic at Enchant in T-Mobile Park

Enchant Christmas returns to Seattle's T-Mobile Park for an extravagant Christmas experience. This year, the world's largest Christmas light maze, Mischievous, will delight children of all ages as they search for Santa's missing gifts in time to save Christmas. During the event, the stadium is packed with fun things to do.

Shopping Puyallup’s Main Street district

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Shopping Puyallup’s Main Street district

Puyallup's quaint downtown isn't far from the historic Meeker Mansion, and unique antique shops, cafés and pubs abound in this easily walkable district. Start your day early with breakfast at the Rose Restaurant. This cute, vintage café is where the locals eat. It's nothing fancy, but the food is good and

Holiday shopping  in Portland

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Holiday shopping in Portland

Portland is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and you can make it a day trip for holiday shopping or extend as an overnight trip to enjoy some of the city's sights, as well. The big advantage is the tax-free shopping, which saves you almost 10 percent compared to

Cutting down your own Christmas tree

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Cutting down your own Christmas tree

Did you know that Christmas trees are an agricultural crop that provides another income stream for local farms? Once a tree is cut, another is planted to take its place. Tree farms are a busy social hub during the weeks following Thanksgiving, with cut-your-own tree opportunities and seasonal fun like

A visit to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula

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A visit to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula

Heading out to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery is a doable day trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but it is a long one at almost four hours each way. Spending the night on the Olympic Peninsula when it isn't daylight savings time is advisable, as it gets dark so early now.

GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise money for local soldier

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GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise money for local soldier

On Oct. 6, Staff Sgt. Ian Ives was critically injured by an IED explosion while deployed to Afghanistan. The Puyallup resident is currently at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he is undergoing treatment to include multiple surgeries for his extensive injuries.  AD: Couple counseling on JBLM

Veterans Day freebies

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Veterans Day freebies

In honor of Veterans Day, many local restaurants, businesses and attractions are offering free admission, a meal, or discounts for Veterans Day. In order to receive a discount, you must show proof of military service such as a VA Universal Access Card, military ID, DD-214 (discharge papers), Veterans Service Organization

Step up your care package game with Creative & Co.

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Step up your care package game with Creative & Co.

Many of us are veterans of multiple deployments, and our care package game may be getting a little stale. Join military spouse Mailani Cappaert, owner of Creative & Co., for a workshop on stepping up your care package game. What makes the best care package? Find out Nov. 9 from 11

Enjoy a late fall getaway to Canada’s Okanagan region

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Enjoy a late fall getaway to Canada’s Okanagan region

Kelowna, British Columbia, is considered the gateway to the Okanagan Valley. The city sits on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, surrounded by vineyards and wineries, orchards, mountains and many provincial parks (the Canadian equivalent to U.S. state or national parks). Situated in an area packed with things to do, Kelowna

South Hill - a popular neighborhood with JBLM families

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South Hill - a popular neighborhood with JBLM families

The South Hill community is located above the south side of the Puyallup River Valley in Pierce County. It has become increasingly popular with military families stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) because of its proximity to the base and a good school system. Steve Gilpartick, Community Sales Manager for Lungren

Real estate is a flexible career for military spouses

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Real estate is a flexible career for military spouses

For many military spouses, the constant moves and fluctuations of the military life can wreak havoc on their career goals, and military spouse April Johns is all too familiar with that scenario. "Being a military spouse for the last 13 years, we have moved to four different duty stations. I have

Historic Fort Steilacoom predates JBLM

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Historic Fort Steilacoom predates JBLM

You may have noticed the older buildings on the grounds of Western State Hospital in Lakewood. They are what remains of what was Fort Steilacoom, a military base which predates the Civil War, and four buildings from the original fort are open to the public the first Sunday of the

West Yellowstone, Montana, Adventure Gateway

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West Yellowstone, Montana, Adventure Gateway

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited in the United States, with the number of visitors peaking in the summer months. In October, those numbers slow down before the park roads close in early November. This makes fall a perfect time of year to visit, and the town

JBLM soccer team brings home 2nd place trophy

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JBLM soccer team brings home 2nd place trophy

On Labor Day weekend, 14 Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) soldiers and two airmen competed in the Military Defender's Cup Soccer tournament in San Antonio, Texas. "The Defender's Cup tournament is open to all branches of the DoD," said Capt. Micheal Awoyomi, Plans Officer, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion, who serves as head

Exploring Mount St. Helens up close inspires awe

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Exploring Mount St. Helens up close inspires awe

There are a couple of different ways to explore Mount St. Helens, and this trip focuses on where to get the best views of the eruption site. About a two-hour drive at its furthest point on the Spirit Lake Highway, which dead ends at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, the drive from

Exploring Frank Herbert Trail and the Dune Peninsula

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Exploring Frank Herbert Trail and the Dune Peninsula

Metro Parks Tacoma's newest park quietly opened this summer transforming the ASARCO Superfund site into a lovely park with waterfront views for miles. Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park is 11 acres situated on the breakwater peninsula which surrounds the Tacoma Yacht Club boat basin. The paved trail winding through

Local church supports military families

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Local church supports military families

The Capital Christian Center has a mission to "care for those who protect us." According to Pastor Tim Minter, "Capital Christian Center started supporting military families over 15 years ago. We conducted an event, A Tribute to Those Who Serve, at the Capitol Building in Olympia. Since that event, we've created ministries

Second annual Women, Wellness, Wisdom  Conference at JBLM

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Second annual Women, Wellness, Wisdom Conference at JBLM

The second Annual Women, Wellness, Wisdom Conference takes places at the American Lake Conference Center Oct. 3, and the event's top sponsors include USAA and Amazon Military. The event is the brainchild of Pamela Dawne Bolado, Founder & CEO, Le Pamier Skincare Co. "We will have over 400 military spouses, active-duty military

Military sexual violence addressed internationally

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Military sexual violence addressed internationally

For Stephanie E. Wilson, Ms. Washington 2019, participation in the pageant has provided a spotlight for MilitarySexualViolence.org. The nonprofit she founded provides no-fee therapeutic support to any and all survivors of military sexual violence. These services are provided by a volunteer network of peer counselors, prior JAG prosecutors and behavioral

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