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Fall fun in the South Sound

Fall is in the air, and the crisp, sweet aroma of apples, apple cider, pumpkins, fresh donuts and apple fritters permeate the air at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm, in Olympia — one of a handful of local farms dedicated to providing harvest and Halloween

Kids

Fall classes begin at SKIESUnlimited

September is the start of fall scheduling at SKIES Unlimited, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s studio for the performing arts. A wealth of new courses are offered for budding artistic young people, as well as auditions Tuesday to Thursday for this year’s full-length production of the classic ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Numerous

Heroes & Awards

Retiree helps 6 different organizations

Retiring from the military doesn’t always mean one sees less of their fellow service members. At least that’s so for retired Army Lt. Col. Omar Thondique, an active volunteer with six different organizations and community groups on and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Thondique is JBLM’s August Volunteer

People Rule

Meet Col. Nicole Lucas

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s new garrison commander feels much like many who’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest during their formative years. Colonel Nicole Lucas said she’s glad to come home to the area after a lengthy separation — during which she grew up, finished her education, entered the

Travel

Discovering Northwest Trek

Looking for a closeup with black bears, bison, big cats and bighorn sheep? It’s baby season at Northwest Trek, and a variety of animals from fawns to fowl are visible up close on the 723-acre wildlife park. One of the best ways to see the animals is aboard

Family

Young actors stage ‘Treasure Island’ at theater camp

It started with an opportunity to audition, and less than one-week later ended with a full-on musical performance with the renowned Missoula Children’s Theatre. Nearly three dozen Joint Base Lewis-McChord youths auditioned for roles in the musical, which was produced over the course of five days at

Travel

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Time to drag out your Elizabethan, fairy or pirate costume and get ready to feast on juicy turkey legs, tart pickles and filling meat pies. The Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire opens this weekend and stays the next three weekends at the Kelley Farm’s Village of Merriwick in

Focus

National Night Out on JBLM

Back to school and community safety will combine for a night of fun and free stuff at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s annual National Night Out and Lewis-McChord Communities Resident Picnic and Back to School event at the Greenwood Community Center, 5517 N. Fourth St., Lewis Main, Tuesday

Jobs & Education

Employment programs open for spouses

If you’re new to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and are a military spouse, looking for a job on or around the installation might be a lot simpler than you think. With the help of JBLM’s Civilian Personnel Advisory Center and the Employment Readiness Program, priority placement is possible

Music

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

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Santa Says

Local light displays a must see

A sure sign of the Christmas season around the South Sound and beyond is the addition of holiday lights to neighborhoods and tourist attractions. Among the brightest display favorites over the past several decades are Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma and Fantasy Lights

Army West Blog

POW recalls Fort Lewis

Former German prisoner of war Günter Gräwe was 18 years old in August 1944 during what he calls the luckiest time of his life. That was shortly after he, as a new recruit in the German Army, was injured in the foot by a grenade in Normandy, France, and captured in

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McChord residents treated to free food, games

Free food, games, raffles and fellowship were the theme of the day Saturday as a few hundred service members and their families enjoyed the second annual McChord Field Housing Block Party at Carter Lake Elementary School. Many parents and children walked, rode bicycles, skateboarded or pushed strollers

Army West Blog

Flea Market and Oktoberfest Saturday on base

Two popular Joint Base Lewis-McChord events are combining this year for a day of fun and all things recycled — or German. The installation’s successful Fall Flea Market and Oktoberfest joins at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent on Lewis Main Sept. 16 for what’s expected

McChord Flightline Chatter

Get ready to boogie down at McChord Block Party

School may be starting, but there’s still time to party in the ’hood. Enhanced family readiness, spiritual resiliency and community bonding are the goals for the McChord Field Housing Block Party scheduled at Carter Lake Elementary School, 3415 Lincoln Ave., on McChord Field, Sept. 9 from 11

Army West Blog

JBLM event to highlight women’s equality

It’s been 100 years since women won the right to vote in this country, with some states allowing voting a few years earlier and others nearly a decade later. Here in the state of Washington, women’s voting rights passed in 1910, and the voting results were ratified 10 years

Army West Blog

Career fair coming to JBLM’s American Lake in August

If you’re starting to look for a new career upon transitioning out of the military, the Warriors to the Workforce, Hire G.I. Veteran Career Fair is scheduled at American Lake Conference Center, 8085 NCO Beach Road, on Lewis North, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The

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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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