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Interesting facts and trivia about Armed Forces Day

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Interesting facts and trivia about Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16, 2020, is upon us. But what exactly is Armed Forces Day? It is a day to celebrate and honor the men and women who are currently serving in the United States Armed Services. Here are some interesting tidbits and facts about this annual holiday

It takes a village to run a golf course

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It takes a village to run a golf course

When you step inside the $1.4 million Rehabilitation Learning Center that serves as the club house for the American Lake Veterans Golf Course (ALVGC), the atmosphere is bustling with activity. Much like any other golf club there is a sense of camaraderie, but this golf course is the only Americans

Conquering addiction

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Conquering addiction

Like many veterans, Adam Sawyer's addiction began with a simple prescription for Percocet. Now an outdoors and travel writer, photographer, author and public speaker, his habit developed into a problem when working in the medical field, which gave him easy access to the drugs. "I developed a very severe addiction to

Save money on home furnishings at local Exchange

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Save money on home furnishings at local Exchange

You've finally purchased your dream home or recently PCS'd and are finding out you need some new furniture to fill out the space in your new house. Well, look no further than your local base Exchange for some great options. If you can't find anything you like in-store, visit: ShopMyExchange.com, where

It’s scholarship application time

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It’s scholarship application time

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for its 2020 scholarships. The fund, established in 1989, is open to both children and spouses of active-duty and retired service members and Gold Star families. The completed forms are due by March 16.  The purpose of the fund is

Best of Olympia 2020: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor

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Best of Olympia 2020: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor

(Photo: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor has some unique specialty pizzas. This is the Chicken Divan Pizza: a creamy garlic ranch sauce topped with chicken, fresh broccoli, red onion and tomato, then topped with cheddar cheese, all on their famous thin and crispy crust.) Well after lunch time on a Sunday, Dirty

Best of Olympia 2020: Hands On Children’s Museum

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Best of Olympia 2020: Hands On Children’s Museum

(Photo: The Megan D vintage schooner is a new exhibit that opened in August at the Hands On Children’s Museum. Kids can explore the real wooden vessel, climb up a six-foot rope wall, investigate the crow’s nest, walk the rickety bridge, even captain the ship.) The Hands On Children's Museum in

Top Gun Bar and Grill

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Top Gun Bar and Grill

Located at the Pierce County Airport -- Thun Field, Top Gun Bar and Grill has one of the best views of Mount Rainier in the South Sound. On a clear day, you can watch planes take off and land from the airport while the iconic mountain looms in the background.

A couples’ getaway close to home

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A couples’ getaway close to home

Kirkland is the perfect destination for a one-night mini-vacation away from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), and a well-planned Saturday night stay maximizes your time and minimizes traffic. The cute, downtown area of Kirkland is just east of Seattle and is located on the shores of Lake Washington, about an hour drive

What is Orangetheory?

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What is Orangetheory?

You may have seen the commercials for Orangetheory or started hearing friends talk about the Orange Zone and Splat points. So just what is Orangetheory? It is a 60-minute, high-intensity class which uses technology to monitor your performance using a heart rate monitor. The goal is to get your heart rate

AAFES brings wellness services to installations

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AAFES brings wellness services to installations

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is making it easier for service members and their families to take a holistic approach to their health by bringing wellness services to military installations. Through the Exchange's BE FIT program, you will begin to see expanded services such as durable medical

Virtual-reality experience now open at Point Defiance

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Virtual-reality experience now open at Point Defiance

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium's new, state-of-the-art Ocean Explorer Virtual Reality experience is now open. Located within the zoo's Pacific Seas Aquarium, near the exit from the Baja Bay habitat, this hi-tech adventure provides an exhilarating experience with which to enhance learning about the ocean. The journey begins by sitting down

Japanese-style pod hotel is a value stay in Canada

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Japanese-style pod hotel is a value stay in Canada

It is peak season in Whistler, British Columbia, one of the top North American ski resorts. While its upscale village can lead to some pretty pricey accommodations, Pangea Pod Hotel aims to provide a more affordable option. Here, you'll stay in a boutique hotel, but only pay for the part you

Arizona is a warm-weather paradise during the winter

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Arizona is a warm-weather paradise during the winter

The greater Phoenix area offers days of sunny, mild weather during the winter and spring months. For example, Scottsdale is a luxurious enclave with upscale resorts, while Mesa is a vibrant town with more economical options. Phoenix itself falls somewhere in between. Phoenix also makes a great base for your vacation, and

Learn about the history and wildlife of the Willapa Bay

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Learn about the history and wildlife of the Willapa Bay

December is the perfect month for day trips to the areas surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Willapa Bay, famed for its oysters, is a pristine body of water around an hour and a half drive from JBLM. We'll start the day with a unique hike at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge,

Check the Northern Lights off your bucket list

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Check the Northern Lights off your bucket list

Now that you are living in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska is a surprisingly easy destination to get to. One of the big-bucket list items is a trip to see the Northern Lights, and a great location to experience this natural phenomenon is in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is an easy, nonstop flight

Fun outdoor winter activities in the area

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Fun outdoor winter activities in the area

Snowfall is massive in the Cascade and Olympic mountains and the foothills surrounding them. Fun activities to do in the snow include winter hiking, sledding, snow shoeing, and riding snow machines. With the proper equipment and warm clothes, this area becomes a winter playground. Although snowfall is limited on Joint

A taste of the Ukraine near Mount Rainier

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A taste of the Ukraine near Mount Rainier

Anatoliy Zaika, owner of the Paradise Village Lodge near Mount Rainier, is a man with a dream. A huge fan of the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, he purchased the lodge as a family business, and to bring a bit of his homeland -- the Ukraine -- to America. He

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.

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