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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

Southern Oregon wineries

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Southern Oregon wineries

Southern Oregon Wine Country has many wineries that offer generous military discounts. "I'm a proud patriot," said Wayne Parker, owner of Melrose Vineyards, when asked about the large flagpole flying the American flag at the entrance to his property. Parker never served in the military, but he has always had a strong

Exploring region's Vinicultural Areas

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Exploring region's Vinicultural Areas

American Vinicultural Areas (AVAs) are unique geographic locations with the right climate, soil and topography for growing grapes. The Columbia Valley AVA is mostly in Washington, but the small section in Oregon contains some of the oldest vines in both states. The high desert climate allows for slow growth, and

Visit Mount Baker Wilderness

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Visit Mount Baker Wilderness

For the perfect fall getaway head north of Seattle to Bellingham and the Mount Baker Wilderness. Get your fix of apple orchards, farm fresh produce and crisp mountain air. Where to Stay. If you want the cabin in the mountain experience, check out Mount Baker Lodging, which has over 80 properties

Race for a Soldier

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Race for a Soldier

The 2017 Race for a Soldier takes place in Gig Harbor Sunday, Sept. 24. The race includes a half marathon and a 5K. The start, finish and race basecamp is the Tom Taylor Family YMCA. Day of race registration is available at the YMCA. Proceeds from the race benefit the

Tour the WET Science Center

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Tour the WET Science Center

The Water Education and Technology (WET) Science Center is a place to learn all about water. Children will love the interactive games and exhibits while they learn about water conservation, wastewater treatment, reclaimed water use and how to protect the Puget Sound. The center is owned and operated by the

Military spouse named development executive

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Military spouse named development executive

Charlene Miseli was recently named the development executive for Boy Scouts of America, Pacific Harbors Council. Her position will include building community relationships and ensuring that quality programs are available today and for the next generation of scouts. "I am excited to be here in the PNW, and I am

One-day Olympic peninsula

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One-day Olympic peninsula

A drive around the Olympic Peninsula is more than 350 miles, so this is not a trip for the faint of heart. I have done it quite a few times now when family and friends visit and don't have a lot of time. My latest version has been refined, so

The Seattle Official Bad Art Museum of Art

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The Seattle Official Bad Art Museum of Art

The military loves to use acronyms, and the Seattle Official Bad Art Museum of Art (OBAMA) is no different.  Ironically, the acronym predates the 2008 presidential election. The OBAMA room at the Café Racer, which hosts the museum, is homage to bad art and not our former president. Café Racer owner

Where to stay when on-base lodging is full

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Where to stay when on-base lodging is full

Holidays and PCS season often find lodging at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with no room at the inn. Whether you like your lodging brand new or historic, there are options just outside the gates of JBLM. DuPont offers newer lodging and is close to restaurants and shops. Two hotels are located

Is private school a good fit for your family?

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Is private school a good fit for your family?

Frequent moves can be challenging for military children, and some local families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord have chosen the private school option to help mitigate it. Private schools are usually small, with a low student-to-teacher ratio. Many of the local private schools also offer substantial financial aid to military families.

Explore beyond the Narrows Bridge

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Explore beyond the Narrows Bridge

Manchester State Park is a hidden gem on the Kitsap Peninsula. Tucked away on the shores of Rich Passage, the site is filled with military history and fabulous water views. One of the most unique places I've seen to have a picnic is inside Torpedo Warehouse.  It can be reserved for

The Mission Continues

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The Mission Continues

Sept. 8, volunteers from The Mission Continues, the Tacoma 1st Service Platoon, will participate in a National Day of Service at the Washington Soldiers Home and Colony. They will join with the Veteran Conservation Corps and the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs in a project that will turn underutilized land

AUSA Lacey Subchapter hosts field day for troops

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AUSA Lacey Subchapter hosts field day for troops

On Aug. 29, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Lacey Subchapter hosted soldiers and families from the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to a field day at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. The subchapter provided food and family activities along with

The Lewis Army Museum reopens this week

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The Lewis Army Museum reopens this week

After being closed for more than a year to undergo renovations, the Lewis Army Museum will reopen at 10 a.m., Aug. 31, with a grand reopening ceremony. The renovated museum features all-new exhibits and full-scale dioramas with the addition of immersive and interactive features. "We are extremely excited about the reopening

A day on Bainbridge Island

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A day on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island is a fun and easy day trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The walkable town is filled with restaurants, shops, museums and tasting rooms. You can easily fill a day or more with activities. First stop is the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce for visitors' information. It has informative brochures

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is one of those museums that inspires a trip to an area just to see it. Located in The Dalles, Oregon, the museum is right on the banks of the Columbia River and in a very impressive building.  When you step into the

Lewis Community Spouses Club Super Sign-Up

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Lewis Community Spouses Club Super Sign-Up

With the summer winding down and the first day of school right around the corner, thoughts turn to the fall. Whether you are a military spouse new to the area or maybe a retiree spouse looking for some fun activities, the Lewis Community Spouses Club (LCSC) has something for you. Head

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