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Music festivals for summer 2017

Music makes the world go ‘round, and here in the Pacific Northwest it’s a vital part of the summer festivities. Whether you enjoy tapping your toes, clapping your hands, busting a move or singing along, summer music festivals in the Puget Sound area offer opportunities to enjoy a


Daytripping by ferry

Whether you are wanting to see the majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains on a sunny day or spend some time bicycling or driving around on Vashon Island, the Washington State Ferry System offers ways to see and enjoy much of the region’s natural and community beauty. Much of

Summer festival time


Summer festival time

Several summer festivals are scheduled in coming weeks around the Sound and South Sound, including: JBLM’s Freedom Fest. This year will include two days of fun — July 3 from noon to 7 p.m. for military ID card holders only and July 4 from 11 a.m. to


Base libraries launch summer reading programs

Joint Base Lewis-McChord children and adults can have fun reading and winning prizes through summer reading programs at the McChord Field Library and the Lewis Main Book Patch Library. This year’s program, the 2017 Summer Reading Program: Reading By Design! kicked off Monday and includes prizes for


JBLM girl wins national essay contest

Yariana Calo, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord youth, is a national winner in the Army’s “Young Lives, Big Stories Contest” in the fourth and fifth grade category. The Army announced the winners in the annual competition earlier this month. The contest was part of the 2017 Month of


Story time on JBLM to delight

Take a flight with the fanciful “Peter Pan” or sail the seas with the outrageous “Pippi Longstocking.” A wealth of those and other literary characters are at the tip of your fingers as you turn the pages of classic and contemporary books for children. Children’s literature and


Lanza’s cedar planted on JBLM

The classic poem, “Trees,” by Joyce Kilmer honors the beauty, endurance and life of a tree. Here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, trees have for more than half a century been a way to honor and preserve the dignity and memory of the installation’s highest military leaders as they


Farmer's markets around the area

It’s that time again — flowers are blooming, trees starting to bud out and folks are seeing more and more of that brilliant orb in the sky. Springtime not only means more time for outdoor gardening and recreational activities in the Pacific Northwest, it’s also the time


Ghost tours in Tacoma

TACOMA — If you’ve ever wanted to know some local history or enjoy a hauntingly-fun time when it’s not even Halloween, a local family offers Tacoma Ghost Tours, a 90-minute tour of downtown Tacoma’s creepiest buildings and establishments. Two additional tours also are offered on request, one


Where to see color in the NW

Recent rains have primed the ground, and the warmth of spring is setting flowers to budding. If you’re ready to feast your eyes on tulips or dally among the daffodils, there are a plethora of pretty posies highlighted in upcoming Pacific Northwest parades and fancy floral

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DuPont to host traveling Vietnam memorial

One doesn’t have to travel to Washington, D.C., to experience a powerful, emotionally-charged viewing of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The city of DuPont will be host to the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial, and the memorial wall will grace Powderworks Park, 1775 Bobs Hollow Lane, in

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JBLM soldier honored for saving man’s life

Imagine you’re driving on a winding rural Thurston County road. It’s raining Jan. 16, 2016, and about 9 p.m. The driver in front of you is driving fast and loses control of his vehicle. He flips over four or five times before the car comes to a rest

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JBLM volunteers honored

Volunteers are “Unforgettable” and a big blessing, according to singer Daisy Ashford, who sang to volunteers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at the Club at McChord Field May 11. JBLM’s many volunteers were honored with Ashford’s unique stylings of the Nat King

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What to do with mom this weekend

If You Go Five fun ideas for Mother’s Day: • Northwest Adventure Center’s Mother’s Day Rafting Trip in Wenatchee. Begins at Leavenworth Saturday. No rafting experience necessary, must be 12 years old or older. Cost is $65 each with $20 extra for steak dinner. For information, call 253-967-7744. • Pike Place Market

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Deploy Your Dress a success

It was a fun cruise through the closet for Sgt. Vanessa Fields and Sgt. Kayla Birch, both of 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, as the two friends browsed the bevvy of dresses at the Lewis Community Spouses’ Club’s office on Lewis Main

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JBLM Easter Weekend Events

The joint will be hopping at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this weekend as children and adults celebrate Easter with bunnies, eggs, church services and more. The free annual children’s Aquatic Egg Hunt at Kimbro Indoor Pool on Lewis Main is set to take place Saturday from 10 a.m.

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KidsFest is Thursday on JBLM

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is kicking off the Month of the Military Child with its annual Kids’ Fest at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent and Bowl Arena Lanes, 2200 Liggett Ave., on Lewis Main Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s free

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8-1 Cav. Soldier helps rescue injured skier

For most of the day Feb. 18, skiing Crystal Mountain was a blast, according to 63-year-old veteran skier, Pat Baxter of Gig Harbor. But that was up until she almost died on the slopes. She credits a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier for helping to save her life — she

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Military Saves Week starts today on JBLM

The importance of financial and mission preparedness: “Mission Readiness plus Financial Readiness equals Service and Family Member Success,” is the theme of the 2017 Military Saves Week, which kicked off Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and at other military installations across the country. Military Saves is part

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Event helps women tranisition into job market

Transitioning women have an opportunity to look at opportunities available beyond their military career at an upcoming two-day Redefining Your Future Symposium. The event is planned for transitioning female service members, as well as women veterans and military spouses and is coordinated through a partnership of Redefining

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