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                          Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Cascade
                          BOSS Valentine’s Day deliveries
                                     Texas Hold ‘em
                                     German Buffet
                                     Operation Care Fair
                                                   Sports & Fitness race schedule
                                                   How to cope with stress
                                                   and more

             www.FortLewisMWR.com - Your online community connection.     February 2009
                                          Valentine’s Lunch
                                                   A Day Early!
                                           Friday, February 13, 2009
                                               11 A.M. – 1 P.M.
                                           Cascade Community Center
                                                  Menu Choices
                                               Honey Glazed Baked Ham
                                            Chicken Cordon Bleu in a Creamy
                                             Hollandaise Sauce Served With
                                                  Fresh Hot Vegetables,
                                           Choice of Potato or Rice, and a Roll
                                            Includes Choice of soup or small
                                            a serving of Valentines Cake and
Reservations not required.                        soft served ice cream
                                          a complimentary Rose for the Ladies

 Cascade Community Center: 253-964-0331             fortlewismwr.com
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              entertainment areas & playgrounds to host your
              next family gathering

...and those you love.

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   Fort Lewis, WA 98433                     McChord AFB, WA 98438               Thu: 8:00 - 3:00
             Call 253.912.2150 for more information                             Sat-Sun: Closed

 FOCUS                                                          A word from the director
Fort Lewis

 Fort Lewis Family and Morale,
 Welfare and Recreation
                                                                F Fort Lewis Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
                                                                invites you to visit our facilities and attend our upcoming
                                                                special events. Need an hour to yourself? Find out more
                                                                about Operation Care Fair. Looking for a place to watch
 William E. Harvey                                              the big game on the big screen? We have three options!
 Acting Marketing Director                                      Want to give your special someone a Valentine’s Day
 Johanna Krause                                                 surprise? The Fort Lewis BOSS Team can help. Turn the
                                                                page to read about all of this (and more).
 Kimberly Rowe
                                                                  Whether you are in need of fun, child care, food or
                                                                more, Family and MWR can help. Check out the follow-
 Senior writer/copy editor                                      ing pages for information on our facilities and upcoming
 Kate Mullinax                                                  events. If you have questions, visit us online at
 Contributers                                                   www.FortLewisMWR.com for additional information.
 Curtis Atkinson                                                At our Web site, you will also find hours of operation,
 Toby Bartley                                                   phone listings, maps and more.
 Georgia Cartner
                                                                  Your feedback is important to us, and we strive to make your experience with Family
 Angel Hogan
 Glo Mercer                                                     and MWR facilities a pleasant one. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts
                                                                with us at https://ice.disa.mil.
 Contributing photographers                                       We appreciate your support and interest in Family and MWR. We are here to sup-
 Angelica Hogan
                                                                port you, the Fort Lewis community.
 Minerva Hohaia

                                                                                                      “                                                                  ”
 Song Jordan                                                      Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                          President’s Day is Monday, Feb. 16.
 Carly Jackson at 253.966.2256 or                                                                           The price of freedom is eternal vigiliance.
 253.203.8088; carly.jackson@us.army.mil                          William E. Harvey                                                                 – Thomas Jefferson
 Tracey Wilkinson at 253.966.2256;

 Disclaimers:                                                   Disney Parks give military personnel a reason to celebrate
 The Fort Lewis “FOCUS” is a monthly community
 information source published by FMWR in addi-                     With the “Disney’s Armed Forces Salute” offer,     and Water Park Fun & more options. This ticket is
 tion to the Northwest Guardian, a newspaper for                active and retired U.S. military personnel, includ-   valid for five days of admission into the four Walt
 command-sponsored and leisure-time activities.                 ing active and retired members of the United          Disney World theme parks, plus a total of five
                                                                States Coast Guard and activated members              visits to a choice of a Disney water park, Disney-
 Although the information in the issue is current at time       of the National Guard or Reservists, can enjoy        Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park or certain
 of publication, activities and events are subject to change.   complimentary, multi-day admission into Disney’s      other attractions. During this offer period, active
 Please contact the activity for confirmation. Facilities and
                                                                U.S. theme parks.                                     or retired U.S. military personnel may also make
 events publicized in this publication are open to autho-
 rized patrons and, where applicable, guests.                   At the Disneyland Resort in Southern                  a one-time purchase of up to a maximum of five
                                                                California: Through June 12, 2009, each active        five-day “Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Compan-
 Opinions are those of the authors and do not                   or retired member of the U.S. military can receive    ion” tickets (one theme park per day) for $99
 speak for FMWR or Fort Lewis. Our hope is that                 one complimentary three-day “Disney’s Armed           per ticket, plus tax, for family members (including
 the Fort Lewis community will be motivated to                  Forces Salute” Park Hopper ticket valid for admis-    spouse) or friends.
 participate in the FMWR activities on the following            sion to both Disneyland and Disney’s California           Contact the Fort Lewis Information, Tickets and
 pages; FMWR Fort Lewis strives to improve the                                                                               Tours Office at 253-967-3085 for additional
                                                                Adventure parks. During the offer period, active
 quality of life of our Soldiers and their Families. The
                                                                or retired U.S. military personnel also may make                              information. Restrictions and
 use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a
 commercial sponsor or other organization does not              a one-time purchase of an adult or child three-                                                 rules apply.
 constitute a U.S. government endorsement.                      day “Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Companion”
                                                                Park Hopper ticket for up to five Family mem-
 Submissions are welcome but will be edited for accu-           bers (including spouse) or friends for the
 racy, clarity and style. Please submit by the first Friday     price of an adult one-day Park Hopper
 of each month, one month prior to publication online           ticket.
 at www.FortLewisMWR.com. FMWR Marketing
 is located at Building 2013B, N. 3rd St., Fort Lewis,
                                                                At Walt Disney World
 Wash. Our mailing address is Box 339500 MS 20,                 Resort in Florida:
 Fort Lewis, WA 98433-9500. Phone: 253-967-5200/                Through Dec.
 DSN 357-5200; Fax: 253-967-4992/DSN 357-4992.                  23, 2009, each
 Visit us online at www.FortLewisMWR.com.                       active or retired
                                                                member of the
                                                                U.S. military
                                                                may obtain one
                                                                five-day “Disney’s
                                                                Armed Forces Salute”
                                                                ticket with Park Hopper

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                                                                                                                     We ask, you answer.
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                                                                                     Toby Bartley / FMWR Marketing
 in on the Feb. 1 action. Doors open         toss and munch on free snacks

                                                                                                                     “I am spending Valen-
 at noon, and kick-off is at 3 p.m.          (while they last).

                                                                                                                                                                      R Marketing
                                                                                                                     tine’s Day with my
 Stop by for the chance to win one                                                                                   wife.”
                                             Heroes Sports Lounge
 of many great prizes – two 7-inch             Located in the Cascade Community                                      Sgt. First Class Louis
 Asus Eee PC laptops, two Nikon              Center (Bldg. 2400), Heroes Sports                                      Vendrell, 5-2 SBCT
 Cool Pix, two Apple iPod shuffles           Lounge offers multiple screens, free
                                              Wilson and a cozy atmosphere for
                                             snacksRec Center
                                             your viewing entertainment. Enjoy a
                                             half-time buffet of pizza, spaghetti and                                “My fiancé is just get-
                                             salad, which will be available for $5.95.                               ting back from Iraq,
                                             Club North                                                              so I will be spending
                                                Another option for game day is                                       Valentine’s Day with
                                             Club North, Bldg. 3-A-3 on North                                        him.”
                                             Fort. Enjoy free snacks (while they                                     Megan Rorabaugh,
                                             last), big-screen viewing and a half-                                   civilian employee
                                             time buffet of pizza, spaghetti and
                                             salad (for $5.95). Bring your friends
                                             and neighbors!
                                                                                                                     “I think that I am
                                               For additional information on the                                     going to DisneyLand
                                             Feb. 1 viewing events, visit us online at                               with my new bride.”
                                             www.FortLewisMWR.com. Brought                                           Capt. (CH) Adam
                                             to you by AAMCO Tranmissions,                                           Tippery, 502d MI Bn.
                                             COSTCO Lacey, Fort Lewis Ranger,
                                             USAA and Pioneer Services; no en-
                                             dorsement implied.

                                                Also, you can catch the entertain-                                   “This Valentine’s
                                             ment and action from the pre-game                                       Day my Soldier is
                                                                                                                     deployed, so I will
                                             show to post-game recap at Wilson                                       be sitting at home
                                             Recreation Center. With a 72-inch                                       doing laundry or
                                             screen, you won’t miss a play. Enjoy                                    something.”
                                             billiards, computer gaming and more
                                                                                                                     Hope Topps, Family
                                             in the adjacent game and computer
                                             rooms. Bldg. 11586 on North Fort

 BOSS’s Valentine’s Day gift ideas                                                Texas Hold ‘em tournament
                                                                                     Club North is hosting a Texas Hold ‘em tourney each Thursday
   Don’t let Valentine’s Day fly under the radar. Show that special               at 6:30 p.m. through March 19. Weekly entry fee is $6, and the
 someone how much you love them with roses, balloons and a                        weekly prize is a $50 gift card. The finals are March 25, and the
 teddy bear! Let BOSS play cupid by making these special deliver-                 grand prize is a trip to Las Vegas ($800 value). Players must be at
                                                                                  least 18. More information is online at www.FortLewisMWR.com.
 ies convenient and affordable for you.
    BOSS will take orders through Friday, Feb. 6 for the annual Valen-
 tine’s Day deliveries. This year deliveries will be made on the 13th             Operation Care Fair
 and 14th to accommodate anyone wishing to have a delivery made to                   Join us for a free day of wellness and pampering with Opera-
 an office on Friday the 13th. We will make house deliveries on both              tion Care Fair at the American Lake Community Center Saturday,
 days as well. Our volunteers will be dressed to impress as they deliver          Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get a massage, eat some tasty food
 beautiful roses or a gift (see gift ideas and pricing on page 2) of your         and treats, get a mini-makeover, talk to healthcare professionals
     choosing to the ones you love. Don’t hesitate on this special day;           and fitness experts and much more for FREE! The stage is going
4 let BOSS make it simple for you.                                                to be alive with salsa dancing, live music, a fashion show, demon-
                                                                                                                    Opportunities available at
                                                                                                                    Stone Education Center
strations and an educational session about Feng Shui!       more space or floor space for large items. This             The Annual Fort Lewis College
Check out the Escape Zone if you are not into all           event is for garage sale items only; no commer-         Graduation Ceremony is Friday, Feb.
of the pampering. There will be tons of great door          cial resale please. Proudly sponsored by Crescent       6. If you graduated in 2008 and did not
prizes and fun freebies (while supplies last).              Realty, America’s Credit Union and the Fort             have the opportunity to participate in
   This event is for men and women; mature children         Lewis Ranger. No endorsement implied.                   your college’s ceremony, call 253-964-
are welcome. Please take advantage of the free child-                                                               9914 to find out how you can join this
                                                                                                                    celebration. If you attend one of the
care that will be available at the event. Call or e-mail    Passport to Travel                                      on-post colleges and universities, be sure
for a two-hour time slot reservation (space is limited).                                                            to apply for graduation with your school.
                                                               Plan your next vacation at the American Lake
When registering, please provide your requested time                                                                On Friday, Feb. 6, counseling will be avail-
                                                            Community Center Wednesday, March 11. Join
slot, your name, your children’s names and ages, your                                                               able from 8 to 9 a.m.
                                                            Information, Tickets and Tours and more than
CYS Services card number and your phone number.
                                                            40 travel-related vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.           Education Counseling is avail-
For more information about the fun and excitement
                                                            Call 253-967-3085 for additional information.           able at Stone Army Education Center
and/or to register for childcare, please call the Special                                                           (253-967-7174) Monday through
Events Office at 253-967-6744 or e-mail elizabeth.                                                                  Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to
thunstedt@us.army.mil. Proudly sponsored by Pacific         Tax preparation                                         5 p.m. and Madigan (253-968-2707),
Medical Centers, TriWest, Joint Base Financial Alliance       The Fort Lewis Tax Center is open to Soldiers,        Room # G-94-6 (ground floor/Reenlist-
and USAA; no endorsement implied.                           Families and retirees in Bldg. T6069 (across from       ment Office) every Tuesday from 8 to
                                                            the PX) through April 15. Hours are Tuesday             11:30 a.m. and Thursday from 1 to
                                                                                                                    4:30 p.m. On-site education counseling
2009 Women’s Conference                                     through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.
                                                                                                                    includes GoArmyEd, MGIB informa-
                                                            to 5 p.m. For more info, call 253-967-1040.
   Register through Friday, Feb. 20 for the “Stay                                                                   tion, scholarships/financial aid, tuition
Strong, Aim High” Women’s Conference, and join                                                                      assistance, college information, chapter
keynote speaker and certified financial planner June        Recycle electronics at Fort Lewis                       counseling and other education mat-
                                                                                                                    ters. No appointment necessary.
Walbert, Friday, March 13 at the Stone Education            Recycle Center
Center. Registration is mandatory, and the cost is             Recycle your electronics – TVs, computer
                                                                                                                       At the Technical and Academic
$20. Registration booklets are available at vari-                                                                   Resource Center, you may access
                                                            monitors, laptops, VCRs, hard drives, DVD play-         the Internet, pursue distance learning
ous post locations and may also be downloaded at            ers and stereos – at the Fort Lewis Recycle
www.lewisfamilyfocus.com. This event is open                                                                        programs, type term papers and prepare
                                                            Center. Please first consider donating working          assignments, scan pictures/documents,
to all ID cardholders, and affordable childcare and         items to the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop. The Fort           produce slide shows for briefings/classes,
financial assistance grants are available. For more         Lewis Recycle Center, located on Nevada Street          setup/access free e-mail accounts, per-
information, e-mail LewisWomensConference@                  between 41st Division and N. 12th St. (across           form research from our CD ROM library,
yahoo.com or call 253-507-4071.                             from the Commissary) is open Monday through             study from our educational CD-ROM col-
                                                            Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.                       lection (English and mathematics), make
Monthly spouse trip                                            Stay tuned to www.FortLewisMWR.com and www.          photocopies and print (please provide
                                                                                                                    your own paper). Hours of operation are
   Enjoy a day of shopping at the Seattle Premium           lewis.army.mil for information on Public Works’ Earth
                                                                                                                    Monday through Thursday 8:15 a.m. to
Outlets Wednesday, Feb. 25. Transportation leaves           Day Poster Contest 2009 (open to Fort Lewis community
                                                                                                                    10:30 p.m., Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
from the Family Resource Center at 8 a.m. and               5th-graders).
                                                                                                                    Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday
returns at 6 p.m. Free child care may be available                                                                  10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (closed on all federal
with prior reservations by calling 253-966-2490. To         Unit pride mock dining-in                               holidays). For more information, please
register for the trip, call the FRC at 253-967-9496            All spouses are invited to join us Tuesday, Feb.     call 253-967-2171.
beginning Wednesday, Feb. 11.                               17 at 6 p.m. at the American Lake Community                 As the nationwide leader in technol-
                                                            Center. Win prizes for best costumes, most unit         ogy training, Giant Campus offers
Team Lewis Night                                            participation, best unit-inspired table decorations     free on-site and at-home courses to the
                                                                                                                    Fort Lewis community. These courses
   The New Year’s Resolution Check-up party is              and most items donated to the Fisher House. The
                                                                                                                    that typically cost as much as $699
Friday, Feb. 27 at the Cascade Community Center             cost is $20 per person, which includes dinner and
                                                                                                                    are offered exclusively to Soldiers, Fam-
from 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy free food (while it lasts), fun      festivities. Tickets are pre-sold by Monday, Feb.       ily members, USAR Soldiers, retirees
games and great prizes. You must be at least 18 to          9 by either mailing to OSC Reservations, Box            and DoD civilians. For more informa-
attend and at least 21 to purchase/consume alcohol.         340, DuPont, Wash. 98327 or in person at the            tion and class listings, please log on to
For more information, call the BOSS Team at 253-            OSC Cottage (Bldg. 4201 at the corner of West           http://fortlewis.giantcampus.com.
967-5636. Sponsored by FMWR, BOSS and the Joint             Way, Pendleton Ave. and Lewis Dr.) on Monday,             Troops to Teachers briefing is
Financial Military Alliance. No endorsement implied.        Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The       Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at Stone
                                                            CDC will have extended hours for childcare that         Ed Center.
                                                            evening. For more info, e-mail secondvicepres@
Spring cleaning?                                            fortlewisosc.org or visit www.fortlewisosc.org.
                                                                                                                       ROTC Green to Gold briefing is at
   Recycle your unwanted items at                                                                                   Stone Ed Center Thursday, Feb. 19 at
                                                                                                                    1:30 p.m.
the Spring Flea Market Saturday,
March 7 from 10 a.m. to 4                                                                                              Spouses of active duty Soldiers
p.m. at the American Lake                                                                                           assigned to Fort Lewis are eligible to
Community Center. Booth                                                                                             participate in the Military Spouse
                                                                                                                    Career Advancement Account
space is available for all
                                                                                                                    when seeking short-term training in cer-
ID card holders: $10 for                                                                                            tain fields. Attend an orientation at 10
one six-foot table and                                                                                              a.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-
two folding chairs. Call                                                                                            days in February at the Ed Center. For
the Special Events Office                                                                                           more information, call 253-967-7174
at 253-967-5776 if you need                                                                                         or visit www.caa.milspouse.org. 5
Child, Youth and School Services

 Fort Lewis Child, Youth and School Services                                                                                        AAU basketball league

                                                                                                                                       Attention all 7th-graders
    Child, Youth and School Services is a network of sys-                2 p.m. at Central Enrollment, Bldg. 2295                 who might be interested in a
 tems and programs through which Fort Lewis provides                   • Come Scrap with Us Wednesday, Feb.                       competitive boys AAU basketball
 quality child and youth development options including                   11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the CYSS                    league. CYS Services Sports and
                                                                         Training Room in Bldg. 2013, Rm 230. Bring               Fitness is holding open gym/skills
 full-day, part-day and hourly child care programs; before-                                                                       assessment on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
 and after-school care programs; middle and teen pro-                    any scrapbooking materials you may have and
                                                                                                                                  in the Teen Zone, Bldg. 2295. For
 grams; Family child care; team sports and outreach sports               pictures you want to put in the scrap books.             information, call 253-967-2405.
                                                                         Instructors will provide additional materials.
 programs; and resource and referral for on and off post.
    CYSS programs are designed to foster and develop                   • Using Literature to Explore Science                      Family Child Care
 children’s physical, intellectual and socio-emotional capa-             Concepts Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in                  Army spouses living in Fort

                                                                         the CYSS Training Room in Bldg. 2013, Rm                 Lewis quarters interested in
                                                                                     230. Presented by Ft Lewis Par-              providing child care in their homes

                                                                                        ent to Parent.                            should contact the Family Child
      We have joined together to bring Army par-                                                                                  Care Office at 253-967-7364.
      ents quality, affordable Army-sponsored child                                    • Temperament, You’re Born
                                                                                                                                  FCC provides spouses both an
      care in their neighborhoods beyond the gates.                                     With It! Wednesday, Feb. 18               opportunity to work and stay at
                                                                                        at 6:30 p.m. in the CYSS                  home with their own children.
                                                                                        Training Room in Bldg. 2013,              Stop by and pick up an application
                                                                                         Rm 230                                   at Bldg 2013.Those interested in
 bilities regardless of the setting or length of time in care.                                                                    obtaining Family child care, should
 Contact the CYSS Registration and Information Office at            Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood                          call CYS Services Central Registra-
 253-967-2494 (Bldg. 2295 Corner of 12th and Bitar) for                The Army is experiencing dramatic changes                  tion at 253-967-2494.
 admission criteria and registration requirements, includ-          as rebasing and transformation decisions are
 ing children’s health requirements.                                made. Relocating Army Families often live off-                Hourly care options
                                                                    post and need quality, affordable child care op-                 CYS Services offers hourly child
 Youth Sports and Fitness                                                                                                         care in two locations: the North
                                                                    tions where they reside. The Army Child Care
    The Sports and Fitness Program’s mission is to provide                                                                        Fort Youth Center and Clarkmoor
                                                                    in Your Neighborhood program provides Army-
 programs that foster the development of leadership, sports-                                                                      Hourly Care Center. For all CYSS
                                                                    sponsored off-post care as a supplement, not
 manship, teamwork skills and self-confidence. This program                                                                       information and packet pickup,
                                                                    a substitute, to Army-operated on-post care.
 provides a variety of opportunities for parental and command                                                                     call 253-967-2494 or visit the
                                                                    ACCYN is a joint adventure between Army
 involvement, and most sports programs are also offered as                                                                        Central Registration & Informa-
                                                                    CYS Services and the National Association of                  tion Office in Bldg. 2295.
 part of the Washington State Special Olympics. For additional
                                                                    Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
 information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2494.
                                                                    We have joined together to bring Army parents
 SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy                                       quality, affordable Army-sponsored child care
    Providing ground-breaking instructional programs that pro-      in their neighborhoods beyond the gates. ACCYN
 mote exciting and unlimited learning possibilities, SKIESUn-       care options provide the same quality care and peace
 limited offers courses for Army children and youth of all ages.    of mind as on-post child development centers and
 Fort Lewis SKIESUnlimited has instructional classes in the         Family Child Care homes. Participating civilian child
 schools of sports, arts, life skills and academics. For additional development centers and Family Child Care homes
 information, call 253-967-4694.                                    must meet standards comparable to those required
 Raindrops and Rainbows Parent & Child Play Center                  in the Army CYS Services system. Like new centers
    The R & R Center offers Army Families a place to play,          and homes on-post, these off-post centers and homes
 learn and network. Parents and their children, birth to 5 year     will receive ongoing training and oversight as staff work
 of age, may drop in and take part in a variety of fun activities.  to achieve national accreditation and earn credentials.
                                                                    Families will pay reduced fees, comparable to those
    • Make playdough
                                                                    charged on-post. Fees are based on total Family
    • Work on school readiness or creative art skills               income, with discounts generally given for multiple
    • Infant massage techniques, baby signs and songs               children. For more information, visit www.cityofta-
    • Meet other parents and children                               coma.org/childcare or call 253-967-2494.
    A CYSS early childhood professional will be on-site to          All CYS Services are available to Family members of military
 conduct activities or to assist you in activities of your choice.  personnel, retired military personnel and Fort Lewis civilian
 Parents must stay at the center with their children and par-       employees.
 ticipate in activities. Call 253-967-2600/3056 for information.
 Parent training opportunities
   Ever wonder why your child/youth did not come with a
 handbook, or why you don’t get parenting updates as they
 grow? CYSS will provide insight on a variety of parenting
 topics. Watch our Web site, http://fortlewismwr.com/
 CYS.htm, for quarterly updates. Free child care will be
 provided at Clarkmoor Hourly Center (253-966-2491) for
 the parent education opportunities.
6      • Baby Sign Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 1 to
                                                                                                                      Fort Lewis Libraries

What’s new at your Fort Lewis libraries                                                                             Come in and check
The latest titles now available                                                                                     out Book Patch
The Associate by John Grisham                                                                                       Library
Black Ops by W.E.B. Griffin                                                                                         Magazines
Bodies Left Behind by Jeffrey Deaver                                                                                   Mailbox will help parents,
Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry                                                                                  homeschoolers and child care
                                                                                                                    providers with great ideas for les-
Cross Country by James Patterson                                                                                    sons and activities. Nick Jr. has
The Gate House by Nelson DeMille                                                                                    fun articles, games and activities,
Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich                                                                                      and, back by popular demand,
The Private Patient by P.D. James                                                                                   Zoobooks has informative and fun
                                                                                                                    articles about animals.
Run For Your Life by James Patterson
Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell                                                                                      Books
Seen It All and Done the Rest by Pearl Cleage                                                                          We have new books for the
                                                                                                                    entire Family to enjoy as well as
Song Yet Sung by James McBride                                                                                      old favorites to share again and
The Twilight series – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and                                                              again!
Breaking Dawn – by Stephenie Meyer is also available.                                                               New picture books:
                                                                                                                    • Off to First Grade by Louise
New title in Grandstaff Library’s military sci-                                                                       Borden
ence collection                                                                                                     • My Own Big Bed by Anna
   The Culture of War by Martin Van Creveld is avail-                                                                 Grossnickle Hines
able at Grandstaff and Crittenberger libraries. Van                                                                 • Norman the Doorman by Don
Creveld, probably the best and most important             to promote peace one school at a time.                      Freeman
military historian writing today, brings his insight         Pierce County READS is a community involve-            New chapter books:
into exploring the many issues of war. Creveld            ment program where everybody in one place, at             • Emmy and the Incredible Shrink-
                                                          one time, reads, talks about, shares and enjoys the         ing Rat by Lynne Jonell
argues against the notion that wars are fought only
                                                          same book. The goal is to have thousands of people        • What the Dickens by Gregory
for political ends. War is also an end to itself and                                                                  Maguire
exercises a powerful fascination in its own right.        participating and coming together as a commu-
                                                                                                                    • Upchuck and Rotten Willy by Bill
The culture of war is, for better or worse, part of       nity, during the three-month program, which runs
the human condition, he writes. He makes his case         through March 28.
                                                                                                                    • The Maze of Bones by Rick
powerfully and convincingly with a rich mixture of           As a community partner, all Fort Lewis Library
historical and contemporary examples. Citizens and        System customers are encouraged to participate
Soldiers alike will find this book novel, informative     in Pierce County READS. We welcome your                   Live Homework Help ™
                                                          comments, suggestions and ideas concerning this              Don’t miss out on an awesome
and thought-provoking.
                                                          program. This concept is an excellent avenue for us       new service the library is offering!
                                                          to share and express our commitment to literacy,          Whether you are at home or in a
Federal tax forms at your libraries                       education and the pure joy of reading. During the
                                                                                                                    Fort Lewis library, you can access
   For your convenience Grandstaff and Crittenberg-                                                                 help with your studies by signing
                                                          program, Pierce County libraries and some commu-          on to www.lewis.army.mil/
er libraries have 2008 federal tax forms, instructions    nity partners will offer more than 40 free programs
and some publications. Most 1040 forms are available                                                                DPCA/library from 2 to 9 p.m.
                                                          and events for you to attend on topics including          every day. This service is com-
and are free. Reproducible federal forms dating back      literacy, mountaineer search and rescue, mountain         pletely free as a Fort Lewis Library
to 2003 are also available.                               climbing and volunteerism.                                customer!
   You may print up to 10 pages from previous years          Pierce County READS will conclude with David           • Connect one-to-one with real
at no cost. Grandstaff and Crittenberger have public      Oliver Relin giving a free presentation and book            tutors
copiers should you need more than 10 pages. Single-       signing at Clover Park Technical College (Sharon          • Grades K-12, intro to college and
sided copies are 10 cents, and double sided copies        McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd.           adult learners
are 20 cents. Additionally, public computers for          S.W., Lakewood, Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m.)             • Math, science, English, social
Internet use are available to access the entire IRS li-      For additional information about Pierce County           studies and a writing center
brary of forms and publications. Your print limit from    READS call 253-967-5889 or visit us at www.lewis.         Don’t forget Story Time
our public Internet computers is eight pages per day.     army.mil/dpca/library.                                    at Book Patch Library!
For additional information call 253-967-5889.
                                                                                                                        Snuggle-up Storytime is held
                                                          Library Lovers’ Month                                     on the second Tuesday of each
Fort Lewis Library System participates                       February brings a month-long celebration of            month from 7 to7:30 p.m. Family
in Pierce County READS                                    school, public and private libraries of all types. This   Storytime is held Wednesdays from
  Read the book everyone in the county is reading         is a time for everyone, especially library support        10:30 to 11 a.m. No registration is
during Pierce County READS 2009! This year’s title,       groups, to recognize the value of libraries and           required for these story sessions.
selected by the Pierce County Library System, is the      to work to ensure that the nation’s libraries will        For additional information, call
best-selling “Three Cups of Tea” by nationally known,     continue to serve. For additional information on this     Book Patch Library 253-967-5533.
award-winning authors Greg Mortenson and David            Library Lovers’ Month, go online to                              – Georgia Cartner, Children’s
Oliver Relin. This is the story of one man’s mission      www.librarysupport.net/librarylovers/.                          Specialist, Book Patch Library
Outdoor Recreation

                                                                                  OR        Outdoor Recreation
                                                                                               Explore the great outdoors with the Northwest Adven-
                                                                                            ture Center’s top-rate outdoor program. This month’s
                                                                                            trips include ski-n-snowboard, go-kart racing and more.
                                                                                            Call 253-967-6263 to sign up for your adventure.

1, 22 FEBRUARY: TUBING AT THE SUMMIT                your hands on the riggings and try sailing, you      Central Oregon. As one of the largest resorts
– $31 We will travel to the tubing hill at the      can do that too! Bring your lunch or snacks,         in North America, Mount Bachelor offers skiers,
Summit at Snoqualmie for a great day in the         and layer your clothes. Be prepared for all          snowboarders and Nordic skiers great condi-
snow. $28 for youth 6-12; $16 for children          kinds of weather. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m.          tions, plenty of snow, big terrain and short lift
5 and younger. Dress warmly, and get ready                                                               lines. Minutes from Bend, Ore., Mount Bachelor
                                                    8 FEBRUARY: CROSS-COUNTRY SKI LAKE
to go for a wild ride! Tubing is a blast for all                                                         offers nearly 3,700 acres of varied terrain and
                                                    EASTON – $30 Combine short trails, rolling
ages. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m.                                                                          is known for dry snow and the best skiing and
                                                    hills, groomed trails and beautiful views, and you
1 FEBRUARY: SNOWSHOE GOLD CREEK                                                                          riding in the Northwest. It also features four
                                                    have a great day of cross-country skiing at Lake
POND – $30 Enjoy the beauty of winter as                                                                 different terrain parks and an Olympic-size
                                                    Easton. Gear, transportation and instruction are
we head to Snoqualmie Pass for some hiking in                                                            super-pipe. Mount Bachelor even offers tubing,
                                                    provided. You will be fitted for your equipment
snow. Come along as we explore the mountain                                                              snowshoeing and dog sledding for other winter
                                                    when you sign up for the trip. Difficulty: Moder-
in this unique fashion. Gear, guide, instruction,                                                        activities. Trip includes three nights lodging at
                                                    ate. Time: 3 hours. Distance 5 miles. Minimum
transportation and hot chocolate provided.                                                               the Fairfield Inn, transportation and gear. Lift
                                                    age: 12. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m.
Minimum age: 12. Meet at the NAC at 8 a.m.                                                               tickets are not included but can be purchased
                                                    8 FEBRUARY: SKI-N-SNOWBOARD THE SUM-                 at the resort. Price is based on double occu-
4 FEBRUARY: INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING                    MIT AT SNOQUALMIE – $32 Transportation               pancy of room. Prices are $428 for single, $300
– $16 Join us as we head down to the Ware-          only is $16. Join us for a fun day of skiing or      for double, $258 for triple and $236 for quad.
house Rock Gym in Olympia. Climbing gear            snowboarding at The Summit. Transportation           Meet at the NAC Friday at 8 a.m.
and transportation included. No experience          and gear are provided. You will be fitted for your
                                                                                                         14 FEBRUARY: VALENTINE’S DAY MOON-
necessary. Meet at the NAC at 5:30 p.m.             gear when you register for the trip. Lift tickets
                                                                                                         LIGHT SNOWSHOE GOLD CREEK POND
                                                    are not provided but may be purchased at the
7 FEBRUARY: MILITARY APPRECIATION                                                                        – $30 Looking for something unique to do
                                                    mountain or at www.FortLewisMWR.com.
DAY AT THE SUMMIT – $32 Don’t miss the                                                                   for Valentine’s Day? Join us as we enjoy the
                                                    Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m.
chance to ski or ride Snoqualmie for half                                                                beauty of winter in a new light. Come along
price! Transportation and gear are provided.        11 FEBRUARY: MILITARY APPRECIATION                   for a trek through the forest by the light of
You will be fitted for your gear when you sign      DAY AT CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – $32 Don’t                  the moon! Make sure to dress warmly. Gear,
up for the trip. Lift tickets are not provided      miss the chance to ski or ride Crystal for           transportation, headlamps, guide, instruction
but may be purchased at the mountain. Have          half price! Transportation and gear are pro-         and hot chocolate provided. Minimum age:
your own gear? Then just pay $16 for trans-         vided. You will be fitted for your gear when         12. Meet at the NAC at 5:30 p.m.
portation. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m.                you sign up for the trip. Life tickets are not
                                                                                                         14, 22 FEBRUARY: KEEPER STURGEON
                                                    provided but may be purchased at the moun-
7 FEBRUARY: SAILING IN SEATTLE – $15                                                                     FISHING CHARTER – $180 Join us on an
                                                    tain. Have your own gear? Then just pay $16
Have you ever seen Seattle by sail? Now is                                                               amazing charter in the Portland area, where
                                                    for transportation. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m.
your chance! Sail around Lake Union or Lake                                                              you will be hunting for keeper sturgeon,
Washington driven by the wind. See the city         13-16 FEBRUARY: MOUNT BACHELOR SKI-                  which are 42-60 inches long! You will be
lights and enjoy Seattle from this peaceful         N-SNOWBOARD TRIP – $300 Join us for                  using light tackle, so be prepared for a battle.
8 setting. If you have ever wanted to get           President’s Day weekend to Mount Bachelor in         Your guide is an entertaining host who will
                                                                                                                                  Outdoor Recreation

                                                                                         majestic bald      for you to warm up in the snow! Minimum
                                                                                          eagle in its      age: 12. Meet at the NAC at 8 a.m.
                                                                                           natural          22 FEBRUARY: CROSS-COUNTRY SKI
                                                                                           habitat.         KEECHELUS LAKE – $30 This will be a
                                                                                           We could         great day in the snow-filled Cascades spent
                                                                                           view up to       skiing along Keechelus Lake near Snoqualmie
                                                                                          200 on this       Pass! This area has groomed trails, making
                                                                                         one trip. Join     it an excellent place for skiers of all abilities.
                                                                                      us as we float        Gear, transportation and instruction are pro-
do everything he can to make sure you catch                                       down the docile           vided. You will be fitted for your gear when
a fish, have fun and be safe. He will fillet your    Skagit River in a large stable raft among one          you register for the trip. Minimum age: 12.
fish, and if you limit early, you can keep fishing   of the largest concentration of bald eagles in         Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m.
catch-and-release! Bring your lunch, water           the continental United States! Dress warmly,
and gear for the weather. We fish rain or            bring rain gear and don’t forget your camera!          28 FEBRUARY: SKI-N-SNOWBOARD CRYS-
shine as the deck can be covered and heated.         No paddling needed; let us do the work as you          TAL MOUNTAIN – $32 Transportation
Transportation, bait and tackle provided. De-        view these majestic animals. Meet at the NAC           only is $16. Join us for a fun day of skiing or
parture time TBA according to location.              at 7 a.m. Children 16 and younger are $25.             snowboarding at Crystal Mountain. Trans-
                                                     Minimum age is 5.                                      portation and gear are provided. You will
15 FEBRUARY: SNOWMOBILE SNO CONE                                                                            be fitted for your gear when you register
MOUNTAIN IN LEAVENWORTH – $175 Fun,                  21 FEBRUARY: BELLA DONNA SNOW-                         for the trip. Lift tickets are not provided but
action, beauty and excitement! For those seek-       SHOE COMMONWEALTH BASIN – $30                          may be purchased at the mountain or online
ing the most fun-filled winter excitement, check     The Bella Donna series of trips are for wom-           at www.FortLewisMWR.com. Meet at the
out this snowmobiling trip though the Cascade        en and led by women. Join us as we head                NAC at 7 a.m.
Mountains! We’ll take a guided snowmobile            to Snoqualmie Pass to explore the Com-
tour up Sno Cone Mountain in Leavenworth             monwealth Basin. This is a chance to learn
                                                     or practice your snowshoeing skills in a safe          • If you have your own group and would like to schedule a
for a three-hour excursion. Ideal for the novice                                                              private trip, call us! We do customized trips!
and expert alike! Everything is provided: snow-      environment free of competition or judg-               • Location of trips subject to change.
mobiles, guide, outer suit and insulated boots.      ment. Bond with other women while having               • Participants 17 and under must be accompanied by a
                                                     fun and getting out into the amazing Pacific             parent or guardian. Check with program staff for specific
Price includes transportation and snowmobile                                                                  age requirements for each trip.
tour. Dress in layers. Ski wear, boots, goggles,     Northwest. This trip is open to ladies of all          • Register at the Northwest Adventure Center in advance
gloves, hat and sunglasses are ideal. Pricing is     experience levels. Gear, guide, instruction              on North Fort seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
based on a single rider. Have someone who            and transportation are provided. Your guide              Pre-registration is required for all trips.
                                                     will also have hot chocolate and tea available         • For more information, call 253-967-6263 or send e-mail to
wants to go but doesn’t want to drive? Doubles                                                                lewisodrec@conus.army.mil.
are $105 per person. Kids 12 and above are
welcome, but drivers must be 16 years or older.
Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m.
15 FEBRUARY: HORSEBACK RIDING – $70                                                                   2009 Sports & Fitness
We will be heading to Elbe, a town in the
outskirts of Mount Rainier National Park for                                                         Special Event Schedule
a two-hour guided afternoon horseback ride.                                                               March 14 – St. Patty’s Day 5K & 10 K Run
No experience is necessary for you to par-
ticipate in this trip. Bring the entire Family                                                        March 28 – Extreme Mountain Bike Race #1
along for a great day; all children ages 7 and                                                            April 3 – Army vs. Air Force Basketball Game
up are welcome. Space is limited, so sign up
quickly! Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m.                                                                       April 25 - Family Airfield 4.3 Challenge
16 FEBRUARY: INDOOR GO-KART RAC-                                                                              May 9 – Body Building Competition
ING – $50 Join us for some fast-paced                                                                      May 16 – Down & Dirty 5K Mud Run #1
wheel-to-wheel kart racing at the Grand
Prix Raceway. Check out your lap times on                                                                         June 13 – Sound to Narrows
their computerized timing system at the                                                                    June 20 – Triple Threat Triathlon Series #1
end of each race. The price includes three
20-lap races and transportation to the track.
                                                                                                            July 4 – Down & Dirty 7K Mud Run #2
Limited food is available for purchase at the                                                              July 18 – Triple Threat Triathlon Series #2
track. Meet at the NAC at 11 a.m.
                                                                                                           Aug. 22 – Triple Threat Triathlon Series #3
                                                                                                                Sept. 12 – Army Half-Marathon
REC CENTER – $15 Join us for a fun Family
trip to the indoor ice area at Sprinker Rec                                                                Oct. 3 – Extreme Mountain Bike Race #2
Center. This trip includes transportation and                                                                    Nov. 21 – Turkey Trot 10K Run
skate rental. All ages are welcome. Meet at
the NAC at 10 a.m.                                                                                        Dec. 4 – Army vs. Navy Flag Football Game
21 FEBRUARY: BALD EAGLE FLOAT TRIP –                                                                      Dec. 12 – Santa Shuffle and Reindeer Dash
$50 Many people will never get to see the                                                           More information: www.FortLewisMWR.com or 253-967-2604
Food and fun with Family & MWR clubs

  Coffee fanatics, golfers, sports fans and        favorites each Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.    UFC Fights If you like mixed martial arts
those with appetites may all find what             Old Skool Fridays, with a casual atmosphere,     and combatives, FMWR has an event for you!
you’re looking for with Fort Lewis Family          appetizers and music courtesy of Lady Scorpio,   UFC fights are available on the big screen at
                                                   has relocated to Club North.                     Club North and Heroes Sports Lounge. Or-
& MWR’s hot spots. Grab your co-workers            253-964-0144                                     der a cold beverage, and watch the undercard
for lunch and your friends for a night of                                                           fights before the big match-up. Visit us online
                                                   American Lake Community Center is home
fun and check out all of our locations!                                                             at www.FortLewisMWR.com for details.
                                                   to Five Star Catering, where you can turn if
Madigan Café, Bldg. 9903                           you have a special event that needs catering.    Russell Landing Café, Bldg. 8981
Dance the night away to Latin music every Friday   Office hours are Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.   Russell Landing will undergo renovations. Visit
from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Latin Sensations.         to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.       www.FortLewisMWR.com for closure info.
253-964-4054 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or 253-964-1209    You are invited to join us Thursday, Feb. 19     253-966-0400
Heroes Sports Lounge, Bldg. 2400                   from 5 to 8 p.m. for the famous German
With the NFL Sunday Ticket, you can watch          Buffet. The cost for adults is $14.95; chil-
                                                   dren 4-10 eat for $6.95 and children 3 and          From the manager’s desk
all the play-off games on the big screen with
your friends. The bar opens at 3 p.m. and          under eat free. Please call for reservations,       Bowl Arena renovations update
closes only when the action ends. Happy hour       which are highly recommended.                           Things are coming along well with the Bowl
specials start at 3:30 p.m.                        253-964-1209/2769                                   Arena renovations. As you can expect with
253-964-0331                                                                                           the weather, there have been a few delays;
                                                   Eagles Pride Golf Course is operating under         however, Centennial Contractors has been
Especially Espresso Shops                          Winter hours and open-play golf.                    doing a great job of catching up. As of right
Stop by one of our three locations for a va-       253-967-6522                                        now, we plan to be open in February. And yes,
riety of hot and cold drinks to include Battle     The Cascade Community Center invites                that is February 2009. I cannot give an exact
Bean coffee. Food items also available.            Families of deployed Soldiers to enjoy din-
                                                                                                       date, but the updates will be posted online at
253-964-8838, Bldg. 2166 across from Waller Hall                                                       http://fortlewismwr.com/bowlarena.htm.
                                                   ner, free games and fun activities with the         If you have any questions, please feel free to
253-964-8837, Bldg. 11589 on North Fort Lewis      monthly Family Night. For future dates,
253-964-8152, Stone Education Center                                                                   e-mail me at janet.foster@us.army.mil Hope
                                                   times and additional information, visit www.        to see everyone soon!
Club North, Bldg. 3-A-3 (North Fort)               FortLewisMWR.com. Make reservations by                          – Janet Foster, Bowl Arena manager
Listen to R&B music Friday nights and country      calling 253-967-4986.
                                                                                                          Outside the gates

                                                                ranges from $22 to $70 a         FEBRUARY 14-16: Kids ‘n Critters
                                                                  ticket.                        Naturefest
                                                                    Marion Oliver McCaw          Fun activities and park trams run
                                                                     Hall; 206-441-9411          throughout the day. Buy one regu-
  In addition to the special                                                                     larly priced adult ticket and get up
events Fort Lewis Family &             daughters in a                 FEBRUARY 8: Romantic
                                                                      Passion                    to four kids’ admission tickets free.
MWR offers, local communities          night of magic.
                                                                     Lend your ears to the       Northwest Trek, open at 9:30 a.m.;
host events you are welcome            The cost for the
                                                                   luxurious sounds of the       360-832-6117; nwtrek.org
to attend. Visit us at www.For-        dance is $20 per
tLewisMWR.com and check the            couple and includes       Olympia Symphony. The           FEBRUARY 19: Dr. MLK: From Slav-
events listed below for ideas.         refreshments and        romantic music will wisk you      ery 2 Dreams 2 Presidency
                                       dancing. Pre-             away to a peaceful place        Stroll through some of Ameri-
ALL MONTH:The Lion King
                                       registration is              where love flows freely.     can history’s biggest milestones.
This full-length play is complete
                                       required.                     Performance begins at       Washington State History Museum;
with costumes and lights.
                                       Puyallup’s                    7 p.m.                      1-888-238-4373
Paramount Theatre; schedule and
                                       Pioneer Park;                 Washington Center           FEBRUARY 19-22: Winter Bluegrass
prices: 206-467-5510
                                       253-841-5457                 for the Performing Arts;     Music Festival
ALL MONTH: Pike Place Market                                       tickets: 360-753-8586;
                                       FEBRUARY 7-8:                                             Enjoy music, dance and workshops
Food Tour                                                        olympiasymphony.com
                                       Pinocchio                                                 located throughout various hotels in
Visit one of the best open-air mar-
                                       This delightful story   FEBRUARY 14: Sweetheart           downtown Tacoma.
kets in Washington, and enjoy some
                                       of a young pup-           Dinner                          Hotel Murano; 253-428-8056;
delicious food with Savor Seattle’s
                                       pet learning to             Show your significant         wintergrass.com
guided walking tour.
                                       become a real                other some love with a                – Compiled by Angel Hogan
Pike Place Market; more info and                                     fabulous meal this Valen-
                                       boy comes
tickets: 1-800-838-3006;                                             tine’s Day.                 The appearance of these events does not
                                       alive through
savorseattletours.com                                               Northwest Trek Wildlife
                                                                                                 constitute an endorsement of any business,
                                       the music and                                             organization or event by the U.S. Army, Fort
FEBRUARY 7: Daddy/Daughter             ballet of the               Park; Reservations and        Lewis or FMWR. Events subject to change
Sweetheart Dance                       Northwest Ballet           prices: 360-832-7166;          without notice. Call number listed for entry
Fathers are invited to indulge their   Company. The cost        nwtrek.org                       fee and details.
 Army Community Service

 Parenting advice, playgroup with New Parent Support Program

A  Are you a first-time parent expecting
 a baby? Are you the parent of a tod-
 dler whose terrible two’s are trying your
 patience? Do you have more questions
                                               Common Sense Parenting
                                                  One of the classes offered by the NPSP is
                                               Common Sense Parenting. Here are some
                                               questions concerning common scenarios
                                               that provide insight to the parenting skills
                                                                                                        a positive and healthy environment in which
                                                                                                        both children and parents can thrive.
                                                                                                           “Parents express gratitude to have learned
                                                                                                        simple and clear parenting techniques in a
                                                                                                        seven-week period, and parents with new-
 than answers? If so, the New Parent           taught in this class.                                    borns express a desire to return to the class
 Support Program is a place where you          • Are you tired of having to ask your child              when their child becomes a toddler,” says
 can turn for help.                            three times to do something?                             Tricia Vail, Lead Home Visitor of the NPSP.
    The New Parent Support Program is a free                                                               New mom Kaitlin Staidle signed up for
                                               • Have you ever asked your child not to do
 home-based parenting education program. A                                                              Common Sense Parenting and has great
                                               something, and then he went ahead and did
 professional team of licensed clinical social                                                          things to say about her experience.
                                               it anyway?
 workers and registered nurses provide edu-                                                                “I loved the Common Sense Parenting
 cational and supportive services to expect-   • Has your child ever made you so upset                  class. As a new mother I felt that this class
 ant parents, new parents and Families with    that you forgot what you really wanted to                was very helpful in giving me a better under-
 children 0-5 years of age. All services are   talk about?                                              standing of the workings of my little one’s
 confidential. NPSP is located in Bldg. 2013-B • Does your children’s whining, arguing or               mind and ways to help him thrive.
 in Room 334 on the third floor. Office hours  refusing to cooperate wear you out?                         “I was a little worried that the class
 are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to      • Do you wish you could learn how to                     would not be very practical or would try to
 4:30 p.m., and the phone number is 253-967-   praise your child more?                                  sway parents away from discipline, but it was
 7409. You may pick up a request for services     In just a few short sessions, parents can             quite the opposite,” explains Staidle.
 form from the office or go online to          come to feel they are in charge of their                    “They really bridged the gap and gave light

 www.fortlewismwr.com/npsp.htm.                                                   Families in a         to understanding appropriate behavior and
                                                                                  positive way.         appropriate discipline for pre-toddler and

     This class was very helpful in giving me a                                   By building on        toddler-age children.
                                                                                  existing par-            “There was not just one instructor, but
     better understanding of the workings of my
                                                                                  enting skills or      three, and they all gave different ideas and
     little one’s mind and ways to help him thrive.                                                     sometimes different opinions, which was very
                                                                                  learning new
                                                                                  ways to deal          helpful, as well as an open discussion for all
                                                                                  with children’s       the parents to talk about what they were do-
                                                              problem behaviors, Common                 ing or their ideas on the subject at hand.
                                                               Sense Parenting helps Fami-              Play Mornings
                                                                 lies work and stay together               The New Parent Support Program also
                                                                  to become a strong and                hosts Play Mornings. Bring your young children
                                                                   healthy Family. The classes          ages 0-5 years, to play and meet other Fort
                                                                    are free and are led by             Lewis moms and dads. The NPSP provides
                                                                     trained facilitators com-          therapeutic play activities and toys. Play Morn-
                                                                      mitted to helping parents         ings are FREE and are held at Summit Arena
                                                                                         create         Skating Rink (Bldg. 2275) on Liggett Avenue
                                                                                                         on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 253-
                                                                                                                      967-7409 for more information.
                                                                                                                                  – Kate Mullinax, FMWR

                                                                                                     Army Family Team Building is looking for volunteers in-
                                                                                                     terested in becoming instructors and volunteer program
                                                                                                     managers.The next Instructor Training Class is April 13-
                                                                                                     16. Levels I, II and III must be completed prior to the IT
                                                                                                     training and can be taken in any order.
                                                                                                     • Level I is scheduled for Feb. 4-5, March 4-5 and April 1-2
                                                                                                     • Level II is offered March 17-19
                                                                                                     • Level III is set for Feb. 18-20
                                                                                                     Classes are conducted in the ACS Annex classroom,
                                                                                                     Bldg. 2166. f you are already an AFTB instructor or
                                                                                                     Master Trainer, we’d love to have you join us. Call 253-
                                                                                                     967-2382 for information.
                                                                          Have your voice heard with

Get acquainted with military life and lingo. Army Family Team   Help us improve our customer
Building: 253-967-2382/7166
                                                                service and facilities

Customer Management Services Program customer
                                                                   The Interactive Customer Evaluation              We value your
feedback mechanism for on-post programs and services. Info:
                                                                system is a major component in pro-
253-967-0052 or curtis.f.atkinson@us.army.mil.                                                                         feedback.
                                                                viding individual feedback as part of
                                                                the Customer Management Services
                                                                                                                    Please submit
Army Emergency Relief is the financial and educational as-                                                         your comments
                                                                program. It provides direct feedback
sistance program. Call 253-967-9852/7166 (emergency cases                                                           to ice.disa.mil.
                                                                of services received by individuals and
during evenings/weekends: 1-877-272-7337), www.aerhq.org
                                                                promotes rapid interaction between
                                                                service providers and the customer.
Support services and classes with the Financial Readiness          It is time to thank all of those who have
Program: 253-967-3525/7166.                                     used the ICE system here at Fort Lewis, for taking
                                                                the time to submit an ICE comment after receiving service from
Employment Readiness Service enhances career opportuni-         one of our many service providers. Every comment that is received
ties: 253-967-3538/7166.                                        is reviewed, and, as appropriate, a service is improved based upon the
                                                                comment. Comment cards can also allow an individual to receive recog-
Assistance with PCSing from the Relocation Readiness            nition for his or her outstanding customer service, and best practices
Program. Attend monthly Newcomers Orientation at Ameri-         are developed and shared with all service providers on Fort Lewis.
can Lake Community Center (usually the last Tuesday of each        As mentioned last month, the overall satisfaction rate is improving.
month). Info: 253-967-3628/7166.                                For the period of October through December 2008, the satisfac-
                                                                tion rating was 86.7 percent. This was the first three-month period
PCSing? Kitchenware, futons and more from the Loan Closet:      where each month’s satisfaction rating exceeded 85 percent.
253-967-3635/7166.                                                 Now let’s ensure that we improve the services even more. Every
                                                                service provider comment card has six standard questions that need
Personal/Family readiness training and assistance available     to be answered – four of them being extremely important to deter-
through the Mobilization & Deployment Readiness Office:         mining the satisfaction rate and providing information to improve
253-967-9916/7166.                                              services. These are the questions that really need to be answered in
                                                                addition to providing helpful comments and suggestions. They rank
Make a difference. Volunteer. Applications taken online         in the following order:
through www.myarmylifetoo.com. Army Volunteer Corps:               • Were you satisfied with your experience at this office/
253-967-2324.                                                        facility? This is the number one question that needs to be an-
                                                                     swered. It is the starting point for determining if there were any
                                                                     problems or concerns.
Prevention and education concerning
                                                                   • Did the product or service meet your needs? Again the “yes”
domestic violence, child abuse and
                                                                     or “no” is important to understanding your other answers and
sexual assault offered by the
                                                                     comments. It answers the question of “Did we do our job?”
Family Advocacy Program.
                                                                   • Employee/Staff Attitude. This helps us manage our overall
Includes New Parent Support
                                                                     customer service training and employee development.
Program & Victim Advocate Pro-
                                                                   • Timeliness of Service. Your time is important to us. We
gram: 253-967-5940/5901.
                                                                     do not need to waste your time, and we need to maximize the
                                                                     number of individuals we can serve during the limited time we
Support and assistance to all                                        have. With the population of Fort Lewis growing, the number of
Soldiers and Family members with                                     individual and Families using the services increases daily without
special needs through the Excep-                                     any increase in our capabilities. Time is important.
tional Family Member Program:                                      The hours of operation are often driven by the number of indi-
253-967-9704/9705/3451/3520.                                    viduals assigned to a service and also the work that is done behind
                                                                the scenes. Let us know if you believe they do not meet your needs.
Confidential assistance with                                    We are constantly reviewing them with you in mind.
deployment/reintegration, mar-                                     Also, as Fort Lewis grows, we may not have any control over the
riage/relationships, parenting,                                 facilities we have. Please continue to let us know how they assist
stress, anxiety, grief, loss and daily                          in providing your service. We use the information to improve and
life issues through the Military                                build new facilities.
and Family Life Consultants:                                       As always, ICE is accessible online through various Fort Lewis Web
253-495-8425.                                                   sites. From the Fort Lewis home page, www.lewis.army.mil, customers
                                                                may click on the ICE logo to be forwarded directly to the Fort Lewis
Soldiers and their Families stay                                ICE site. Customers may also go directly there with the following link:
connected with the help of                                      http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=348 to go there direct-
an online forum, multimedia                                     ly. The ICE system is monitored daily to ensure customers requesting a
resource facilities and video                                   response receive their response within three working days.
messengers at the Center of                                        And again please answer all the questions; they help us in pro-
Excellence: 253-967-3314.
                                                                viding you the best service possible.
                      Swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic
                  dancing, walking or any of dozens of other
                  activities can help your heart. They all cause
                  you to feel warm, perspire and breathe heavily
                  without being out of breath and without feeling
                  any burning sensation in your muscles. Whether
                  it is a structured exercise program or just part
                  of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a
                  healthier heart.
                  Here are some tips for exercise success:
                  • If you’ve been sedentary for a long time, are over
                    weight or have a high risk of coronary heart
                    disease or other chronic health problem, see your
                    doctor for a medical evaluation before beginning a
                    physical activity program.
                  • Choose activities that are fun, not exhausting. Add
                    variety. Develop a repertoire of several activities
                    that you can enjoy. That way, exercise will never
                    seem boring or routine.
                  • Wear comfortable, properly fitted footwear and
                    comfortable, loose-fitting clothing appropriate for
                    the weather and the activity.
                  • Find a convenient time and place for activities.
                    Try to make it a habit, but be flexible. If you miss
                    an exercise opportunity, work activity into your
                    day another way.
                  • Use music to keep you entertained.
                  • Surround yourself with supportive people. Decide
                    what kind of support you need.
                      Do you want them to remind you to exercise and to
                      ask about your progress?
                      Should they participate with you or allow you time
                      to exercise by yourself?
                      Do you want them to be understanding when you
                      get up early to exercise?
                      Would you like them to spend time with the children
                      while you exercise?
                  Share your activity time with others. Make a date
                  with a family member, friend or co-worker. Be an
                  active role model for your children.
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                  • Don’t overdo it. Do low- to moderate-level
                    activities, especially at first. You can slowly increase
                    the duration and intensity of your activities as you
                    become more fit. Over time, work up to exercis-
                    ing on most days of the week for 30-60 minutes.
                  • Keep a record of your activities, and reward
                    yourself at special milestones. Nothing motivates
                    like success!
                                            – American Heart Association
                                                 I Corps Readiness Outcomes & Wellness Service
Healthy snacking ideas
                                                  How to: cope with stress
   Snacking isn’t necessarily bad if you do
it in moderation and make healthy choices.           Stress is a fact of life, but it need not be a way of life. There are many things in
Healthy, good-for-you snacks can be a part of     life that you can’t control but very few that you can’t learn to manage, including
a healthy dietary pattern, which is what you      the negative aspects of stress.
need to truly live fat-sensibly. To snack the        The positive aspect of stress is that it can help you concentrate, focus and
sensible way, choose nutrient-rich snacks like    reach peak performance. Many people do their best work when under moderate
those listed below.                               pressure. Then, when the challenge has been met, they take time to relax and
Crunchy snacks                                    enjoy their achievement. This relaxation response enables them to build up the
• Apples and breadsticks                          physical and emotional reserves to meet the next challenge.
• Carrot, celery and green pepper sticks             Stress
• Zucchini circles
                                                  negative                   Are you stressed? Do you know what to
• Radishes                                        when you                   do if you are? Stress management classes
• Broccoli spears and cauliflower                 stay uptight               are available through the Fort Lewis Fam-
• Unsalted rice cakes                             and don’t
                                                                             ily Advocacy Program. Call 253-967-5901/5940
                                                  – or can’t –
Thirst quenchers
                                                  relax after                for assistance with managing your stress.
• Fat-free milk
                                                  meeting the
• Unsweetened juices                              challenge.
• Low-sodium tomato or mixed vegetable juice      Too much stress can leave you tired, irritable, angry, tense, anxious, frustrated and
• Water                                           depressed. Chronic, ongoing stress can lead to emotional problems and physical
Munchy snacks                                        The first step to managing stress is to become aware of the things that cause
• Unsalted sunflower seeds                        your stress. Once you realize what causes your stress, try to focus on how your
• Whole-grain breads or toast                     body feels under stress. Listen to your body for signs such as irritability, head-
• Cherry or grape tomatoes                        aches, a knot in your stomach, tensed muscles, clenched teeth, cold or clammy
• Low-fat or fat-free cheese                      hands or other symptoms that tell you are under stress. There are many poten-
                                                  tial causes of stress both at home and in the workplace and many different bodily
• Plain, low-fat or fat-free yogurt
                                                  reactions to stress.
• Bagels
                                                  The many potential solutions include:
• Unsalted almonds, walnuts and other nuts
                                                  • Recognize when your body is telling you it’s time to take a break.
Sweet snacks
                                                  • Learn any of the wide variety of relaxation techniques such as deep breathing,
• Fresh fruit and un-
                                                    stretching, meditation, clearing your mind, progressive muscular relaxation,
  sweetened canned
                                                    visualization, etc.
• Thin slice of                                   • Improve work habits, such as learning how to manage your time better.
  angel food cake                                 • Avoid the circumstances that create stress.
• Baked apple                                     • Adjust your priorities, and decide what is most important in your life.
• Raisins                                         • Adopt more realistic career goals.
• Dried fruit gela-
                                                  • Resolve not to let yourself be provoked or upset by others’ behavior.
  tin gems
• Frozen bananas                                  • Talk out problems with a friend or supervisor.
  and grapes                                      • Go out of your way to improve relationships with Family, friends, co-workers
• Low-fat or fat-                                   and supervisors.
  free unsweet-                                   • Develop a healthier or more positive lifestyle with good nutrition and appropri-
  ened fruit                                        ate exercise.
                                                  • Seek professional help. A mental health counselor can help you find and imple-
Hot snacks                                          ment the right solution for your particular problem. If the cause of your stress is
• Clear soups,                                      not easily recognized or manageable, you may feel overwhelmed, depressed or help-
  such as home-                                     less as if there is no way out. If this describes your situation, you may need medical
  made or low-                                      assistance to help you cope with these feelings. Your security office is concerned
  sodium canned                                     about stress in the workplace, because too much stress or chronic stress can lead
  vegetable or                                      to poor judgment. No employee ever exploded in violence, committed suicide,
  tomato soup                                       stole government property, became a spy or engaged in any other destructive or
• Cocoa made                                        self-destructive behavior because they were happy and relaxed. They were stressed
  with nonfat                                       out and desperate. A safe and secure office environment is one in which employees
  milk                                              know how to recognize and manage the negative aspects of stress.
    – American Heart                                 Additional information is available from your doctor or local counseling service.
            Association                                                                                                        – USDA 15

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