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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

A day of transition for the Washington National Guard

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A day of transition for the Washington National Guard

Sunday, Aug. 13, was a day of transition for the Washington National Guard. Events included the Air National Guard Change of Command, two Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility ceremonies and the retirement ceremony for Brig. Gen. John S. Tuohy. Brig. Gen. John Tuohy relinquished command of the Washington Air National

Best thing about Tacoma: Metro Parks

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Best thing about Tacoma: Metro Parks

What's not to love about Metro Parks Tacoma? The expansive system offers amenities you usually see only in larger cities, including zoos, an aquarium, a nature center, a fort, beaches, hiking, a cabin and a conservatory. It also has a system of parks throughout the city with nice playgrounds and

Cultural Resources Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Cultural Resources Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has more than 350 historic sites and 431 recorded archeological sites, which the Cultural Resources Program has a federal mandate to protect. "The cultural resources program on JBLM has two main responsibilities that are tied directly to supporting the military training missions of the garrison," said Donna Turnipseed,

Surviving WWI buildings on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Surviving WWI buildings on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

"JBLM leads the nation in the number of surviving World War I wood-frame buildings and has restored them to provide functional office space and other effective uses," said Duane Denfeld, Ph.D., JBLM architectural historian. There are eight surviving WWI structures remaining at JBLM: the Family Resource Center (former Red Cross Hostess

Best military supporter: Odd Otter Brewing Company

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Best military supporter: Odd Otter Brewing Company

The Odd Otter Brewing Company is voted Best Military Supporter in Tacoma. With three of the five initial owners having a military background it is no surprise they are so supportive of veteran and military organizations. From their early days when they launched a Kickstarter campaign, charity has been a

There is this place where the sky is big (part two)

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There is this place where the sky is big (part two)

Our family trip was nonstop fun, and a week is not enough time to see and do all Missoula has to offer. Plan to spend lots of time outdoors, so pack the sunscreen and drink tons of water. The National Bison Range (NBR) is one of the oldest refuges in the

Annual Ranger Regatta

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Annual Ranger Regatta

The Pointe du Hoc Foundation (PDHF) will host its largest fundraiser of the year, the Ranger Regatta, Aug. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Tacoma Yacht Club. "The Ranger Regatta is the PDHF's annual fundraiser. This event sets the conditions for our nonprofit support of 2nd Battalion (75th Ranger Regiment) and

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