Northwest Guardian

Passengers aboard both the Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry and Seattle to Bremerton ferry have a view of the Olympic Mountains during their commute.

Day Trips by Ferry

Northwest Guardian

Leave your worries behind with a ride on the water, courtesy of Washington State Ferries or Seattle’s King County Water Taxi.

Summer Festivals

Published: 04:37PM June 22nd, 2017

Several upcoming regional festivals offer a way to enjoy summer in the Pacific Northwest.

Father’s Day Events

Published: 12:35PM June 8th, 2017

Father’s Day is a chance to have some fun and relaxation from the workweek. At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, fathers can spend time with their daughters with a Father-Daughter Dance June 16 at The Club at McChord Field and then on a Father’s Day rafting trip on the Skykomish River June 18.

AUSA Zombie Apocalypse 5K

Published: 01:07PM June 1st, 2017

It’s time to sign up for AUSA’s annual Zombie Apocalypse 5K Run at Fort Steilacoom Park June 17.

Local Memorial Day Events

Published: 01:39PM May 25th, 2017

Memorial Day is Monday, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be hosting the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Camp Lewis Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Additional events will take place throughout the weekend outside of the installation, including a Memorial Day run by wear blue: run to remember Monday at Powderworks Park in DuPont.

JBLM Armed Forces Day Celebration

Published: 01:34PM May 18th, 2017

A variety of activities, games and displays will be available at Armed Forces Day at both Cowan and Memorial Stadiums Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open to the public, the event includes military static displays, historical re-enactments and an abundance of games and carnival rides.

Mother’s Day Events

Published: 03:06PM May 11th, 2017

There are several ways around the South Sound to celebrate and honor loved ones this Mother’s Day.

Local Farmers Markets

Published: 12:55PM May 4th, 2017

Spring sunshine and local flowers, veggies and fruit seem to suggest it’s time for the opening of several local farmers markets.

Tacoma Ghost Tours

Published: 02:12PM April 27th, 2017

A local family offers three hauntingly fun tours in Tacoma’s ghostly old areas.

JBLM Spring Flea Market

Published: 02:09PM April 20th, 2017

It’s time to unclutter your home or add some great bargains. The JBLM Spring Flea Market is at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent, 2200 Liggett Ave., next to Bowl Arena Lanes, Lewis Main, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

JBLM Easter Weekend Events

Published: 11:06AM April 14th, 2017

No matter how you choose to celebrate Easter, several options are available on and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

15th annual Salute to Armed Force Night

Published: 12:15PM April 7th, 2017

Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners will host their 15th annual Salute to Armed Forces Game April 15 at Safeco Field when they host the Texas Rangers. Service members from all branches, including those at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will participate in pregame festivities. Tickets are on sale with military discount until April 14.

Daffodil Festival and Parade

Published: 02:42PM March 30th, 2017

Spring is in the air, and its time to gear up for all the spring festivals and events happening in the Pacific Northwest.

JBLM Auto Centers

Published: 12:36PM March 23rd, 2017

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Auto Centers at Lewis Main and McChord Field allow you to work on your car in a professional setting.

Outdoor Recreation

Published: 11:04AM March 20th, 2017

Enjoy military discounts at local winter hot spots before ski season ends.

Health & Fitness

Published: 02:05PM March 10th, 2017

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord race calendar kicks off with the annual Shamrock ‘n Run Saturday at 11 a.m. just outside Family and MWR’s Festival Tent on Lewis Main. In addition to the 5K and kids’ 1K, there will also be a beer garden for ages 21 and older, root beer and snacks for kids and bounce houses.

JBLM Operation Baby Shower

Published: 01:53PM March 2nd, 2017

Expectant moms will gather at American Lake Conference Center Saturday for goodies and information to make for some extra blessings connected to their upcoming bundles of joy.

Published: 11:26AM January 7th, 2016

After the holidays, there are plenty of wallet-friendly activities to do in or around Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Published: 09:44AM December 17th, 2015

Wondering what to do while the weather outside is frightful?

Published: 01:27PM December 10th, 2015

Various winter-themed activities are ongoing in December and January through Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Northwest Adventure Center: snowshoeing, skiing, snow tubing and more.

Published: 11:50AM December 3rd, 2015

The Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Romp Dec. 12 will allow runners from the JBLM community to take a December Saturday morning trek through Eagles Pride Golf Course on Lewis Main.


Published: 10:21AM November 25th, 2015

Thanksgiving is a time for thanks, a time for family and of course, a time for food.


Published: 09:20AM June 23rd, 2015

There are numerous museums on and off JBLM for families to visit. The Tacoma Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 1940 S. Wilkeson St., is just one facility chronicling military history.

Published: 02:07PM May 8th, 2014

Mother’s Day events are happening at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, whether you plan to stay on base or explore the surrounding community. If you’re looking to stay close to home, JBLM starts the celebration with its annual Mother-Son Dance at the McChord Club and Community Center today. The dance welcomes sons of all ages to bring their mothers to dance, but Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials said the event is geared toward children.

Published: 11:18AM May 1st, 2014

At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, patrons at the Bistro at Russell Landing on Lewis North will have a chance to enjoy Mexican food, drink and live music for Cinco de Mayo, 3:30 to 7 p.m., as a way to kick off summer .

Published: 03:11PM March 6th, 2014

JBLM Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual event combines a fun run with a post-race party to celebrate the Irish. The JBLM ShamROCK 'n' Run is March 15 at the FMWR Fest Tent at 11 a.m.

Published: 11:41AM January 9th, 2014

Finances take a hit during the holidays. As your budget recovers from Christmas shopping, you still can enjoy outings in and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord with free and inexpensive indoor and outdoor activities.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 01:40PM August 8th, 2013

There’s something for you at the farmers market.