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Pacific Northwest Explorers

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Pacific Northwest Explorers

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Explorers is a subclub of the Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Subclubs are a membership perk of joining LCSC. The PNW Explorers typically meet on the third Thursday of the month to get out and explore the local area. The group schedules

Out-of-the-box gifts

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Out-of-the-box gifts

The holiday season will soon be here, and gift giving (which can be a source of stress to many) is a big part of it. This year, consider the gift of experiences. It is a fun way to give something new. Rather than a fruit or dessert-of-the-month club, purchase a Tacoma

Forks, a Twilight experience

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Forks, a Twilight experience

The Twilight Saga of books and movies captivated the world especially teenage girls. Its setting is the town of Forks on the Olympic Peninsula. Author Stephanie Meyers googled the rainiest place in the United States and the Olympic Peninsula was the winner. She then searched for a small town that

Visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

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Visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Northwest Trek makes a great day trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Located near Eatonville, the park is nestled in a natural setting with a tree-lined drive that makes you feel like you are out in the woods exploring. The park is easy to navigate, and the large paved trails wind

The Stonehenge Memorial and Klickitat County Veterans Memorial

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The Stonehenge Memorial and Klickitat County Veterans Memorial

One of the most unique war memorials in the United States is the Stonehenge Memorial in Goldendale, Washington. This full-scale replica of the ancient Neolithic structure in Wiltshire County, England, honors 13 young Klickitat County men who lost their lives in World War I. Samuel Hill, a Quaker pacifist and patron

Largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi

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Largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi

On Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the unmistakable roar of more than 400 motorcycles will mark the start of the 2017 Albany (Oregon) Veterans Day Parade. The traditional motorcycle start will be eagerly anticipated by the more than 45,000 spectators expected to turn out this year to watch the

From vine to glass

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From vine to glass

The Applegate Valley in southern Oregon is a special place. Highway 238 is a scenic two-lane country road that follows the curves of the Applegate River. It winds up and down forested hillsides and past rows of trellised grape vines. Small family farms with fields of fresh produce and herds

LCSC Annual Holiday Market

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LCSC Annual Holiday Market

The Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) is hosting its annual Holiday Market at Lakes High School* Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get an early start on your holiday shopping with handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list. This year, the event will be held off base.   "Our

New crew in Tacoma

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New crew in Tacoma

A group of military and civilian families has come together to establish a new Venturing Crew in Tacoma. Venturing is a program under the auspices of the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) and is for youth ages 14 to 21 years old. Venturing Crew 216 falls under the Pacific Harbor Council,

Day trip to Vancouver, Washington

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Day trip to Vancouver, Washington

In the drive south on Interstate 5, Vancouver is often overlooked, since people visit its more famous sister city, Portland, just across the Columbia River. However, Vancouver is a vibrant city with lots to see and do, particularly if you like history. First stop is the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Jaw-dropping views

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Jaw-dropping views

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area makes a great vacation destination, especially when you make Stevenson, Washington, and the Skamania Lodge your base for your time in the Gorge. There are so many activities, adventures and places to eat within 10-15 minutes of the lodge that you can easily

Military spouse finds success in retail

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Military spouse finds success in retail

Carmen Flores, a military spouse and owner of Bow and Arrow Children's Boutique in the Capital Mall in Olympia, has come a long way from making and selling bows she made at home. Her mall business is a bright and cheerful boutique specializing in unique toys and clothing items for

It's salmon time

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It's salmon time

Beginning in September and lasting through December, salmon run in our area. The fish return from the Pacific Ocean into the Puget Sound and then travel back to the streams and rivers of their birth to spawn the next generation. It is an epic tale of survival: A female salmon

Called back to action

Military Life

Called back to action

Denise Dhane is long retired from her role as vice president of the DuPont subchapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), where she ran the Single Soldier Program.  But when she received a plea from Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Goodman that his soldiers needed help, she jumped right in

"JBLM in 10"

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"JBLM in 10"

"Welcome to ‘JBLM in 10,' The Ranger, NW Airlifter and JBLM Living newspapers' video channel connecting you to the greater JBLM area," says Christina Butcher, executive producer of video production and on-camera host, in the introduction to "JBLM in 10" videos. The videos can be found on the new YouTube

Work of Honor

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Work of Honor

On Oct. 4, Work of Honor will host a Veteran & Military Spouse Network/Hiring Event at the Dystopian State Brewing Company in Tacoma. The event will allow veterans, military spouses and those transitioning from the military to meet and network in a relaxed environment with business professionals and company representatives

Harmon's weeklong Oktoberfest party

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Harmon's weeklong Oktoberfest party

Harmon Brewing and Restaurant Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary during its annual weeklong Oktoberfest. The highlight of the week is a German-themed Brew Master Dinner Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. (reservations required). Owner Pat Nagle invested in the future of Tacoma 20 years ago. "Reflecting back on twenty years

JBLM spouse performs at 2017 Invictus Games

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JBLM spouse performs at 2017 Invictus Games

Julie St-Louis, a Canadian and military spouse whose husband is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), recently traveled to Toronto to join with her peers in the Valcartier Canadian Military Wives Choir. They were united with nine other Canadian Wives Choirs for a total of 191 military spouses and servicemembers

Where to find fall fun?

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Where to find fall fun?

Fall is a great time for harvests, festivals, haunted houses and train rides. The areas surrounding Olympia and Tacoma have many entertaining activities lined up for the next two months. Here are a few highlights. OLYMPIA AND THURSTON COUNTY Rutledge Corn Maze featuring The Bountiful Byway, through Oct. 31 Rutledge Farms' corn maze includes

Stewart's Meat Market

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Stewart's Meat Market

As a member of a military family, you always hope to discover the places where the locals shop when you move to a new location. The mom-and-pop businesses that people have been going to for years, and in some cases generations, go a long way in making you feel like

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