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Armed Forces Vacation Club

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Armed Forces Vacation Club

The Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) offers space-available vacations to members of the U.S. military in time-shares around the world for a fixed price of just $349 per week. That works out to less than $50 a night. These units are much bigger than hotel rooms and often have a

Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship

Military Life

Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship

The 2018 Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship application window is now open. Application packets are available online and the deadline is March 23. The Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship Fund goal is to support soldiers by providing college education grants to their spouses and children. The scholarship program relies

Yoga trapeze

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Yoga trapeze

It seems like every time you turn around there is a new type of yoga. Recent versions are goat yoga and stand-up paddleboard yoga. One of the latest to hit this area is yoga trapeze. Lori Capra, owner of Gravity Yoga, LLC, brought the practice to Olympia and is among

Do you have what it takes to escape?

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Do you have what it takes to escape?

The door closes behind you. Suddenly, you leave Gig Harbor and enter into a dimly lit Mayan ruin. There is a sense of impending doom as you begin discovering the clues that will help you escape. Escape rooms -- live-action games in which participants have the opportunity to discover clues,

A Roaring Good Time

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A Roaring Good Time

Friday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m., the Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) will host their annual charity event (A.C.E.), A Roaring Good Time, at the American Lake Conference Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the club.  Auction Chair Julia Bowers and

Hiring Our Heroes hosts military spouse hiring event

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Hiring Our Heroes hosts military spouse hiring event

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, through its Hiring Our Heroes initiative, is hosting a two-day Military Spouse Hiring Event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Feb. 21-22. The nationwide initiative's mission is to help veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. The event provides a helpful break for

LinkedIn for Veterans

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LinkedIn for Veterans

LinkedIn is like Facebook for professionals. It is a social media platform, which connects job seekers with employers and is the largest online professional networking site. The company is proud to support those who have served by offering eligible military and veteran members one year of free access to LinkedIn

Military spouse and artist Jax Cutsforth

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Military spouse and artist Jax Cutsforth

Jax Cutsforth grew up in Arizona near Fort Huachuca and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Although she doesn't have very many years under her belt as a military spouse, she has always loved military equipment and incorporated it into her art.  "My excitement for the military began at an early age. I

Is HGTV Dream Home your forever home?

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Is HGTV Dream Home your forever home?

With move after move, and trying out so many different homes, military families often dream of their forever home. It is that final home after leaving military service where they can finally put down roots. For many, that home is going to be located in the Pacific Northwest -- after

Do you know a dedicated military spouse?

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Do you know a dedicated military spouse?

Military Spouse magazine is seeking nominations for the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY) award. The magazine founded the award in 2008 to honor the selfless service of military spouses. The honor recognizes the important contributions military spouses make to their communities and their country. For 2015

Winter in Missoula, Montana

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Winter in Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana, turns into a winter wonderland during the colder months of the year. About an eight-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it makes a great base for winter fun. For some, snow means skiing and snowboarding, and just a short 12-mile drive northwest of Missoula is the Montana Snowbowl. The

A family of student leaders

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A family of student leaders

Jennifer, age 17; Jessica, age 16; and Jason Niemi, age 13, all attend Harrison Preparatory School in Lakewood. The three find that Harrison Prep is extremely dedicated to their students. The principal and teachers exhibit a sincere devotion toward not only educating their students, but also helping them become the

Winter storm watching

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Winter storm watching

Storm watching by its very nature involves bad weather, and the more dramatic the storm the better. When choosing a place to stay, a full-service resort makes the most sense because while you may want to watch the storm, you don't want to drive in it. The Semiahmoo Resort fits

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

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Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Do you have champagne wishes and caviar dreams, as Robin Leach used to say at the end of his Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous TV show? Whistler, British Columbia, is one of the top ski resorts in North America -- and has the price tag to go with it.

Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club

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Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club

Since the Hurricane Ridge ski area opened in 1958, the words, "I have skied in the Olympics" have been printed on Hurricane Ridge lift tickets. The ski area is located in Olympic National Park on Hurricane Ridge. It is the furthest west ski area in the contiguous United States. It

Mount Baker: A snowboarder's paradise

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Mount Baker: A snowboarder's paradise

If you are looking for epic snow for snowboarding and skiing, then Mount Baker should be your destination. Mount Baker holds the world record for the most snowfall in a season at an unbelievable 1,140 inches during the 1998-99 season -- that's 95 feet of snow!  Mount Baker is consistently

The volunteer superstar

Military Life

The volunteer superstar

Kelbie Pogoncheff is not your typical 17-year-old military kid. The Lakes High School senior goes the extra mile to give back to her community by volunteering with Special Olympics Washington (SOWA). She became involved with the program when her brother AJ, now 11 years old, began participating. "One day at

Exploring the Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway

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Exploring the Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway

The Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway stretches from I-5 exit 231 at Burlington to Bellingham's Fairhaven Historic District, a total of 21 miles. Traveling through scenic farmlands until reaching the coast and hugging the shoreline, the drive offers artisan crafts and foods, challenging hikes, great views and a rich history. The first

A Selfie Tour of Olympia

Military Life

A Selfie Tour of Olympia

A selfie tour is an enjoyable way to see an area, hit all the highlights and have a fun road trip with friends. For my tour, I invited two fellow military spouses: Jennifer Bowen, a photographer, and Gwyn Nielsen, a lifestyle blogger (sparklingcharm.com) and photographer, who both provided great tips

Museum shops offer unique holiday gifts

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Museum shops offer unique holiday gifts

Tired of the same old gifts? Having trouble being creative with your presents? Museum shops are filled with distinctive items at all price points that you won't find anywhere else. Rather than spend a whole day shopping, enjoy an afternoon at a local museum and finish up your shopping on

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