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Northwest Guardian

Families search for eggs in 2013 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Northwest Guardian

Hop on out of your winter coat and into spring to celebrate Easter with exciting events this weekend.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 03:26PM April 10th, 2014

A large number of service members and their families are expected to turn out for the 25th annual Washington State Spring Fair at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 03:28PM April 3rd, 2014

While April showers typically bring May flowers, that’s not the case in the Skagit Valley.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 12:47PM March 27th, 2014

Rachel Wyrick started to skate for a local roller derby team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s AFC Arena in December 2011, a few months after her husband was killed while deployed in Afghanistan.

Published: 11:35AM March 20th, 2014

Occasional sunshine. Days of grey. Squalls and storms. Repeat. That’s springtime in the Northwest, and the chance to get out and enjoy is each weekend through the Northwest Adventure Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Published: 11:46AM March 13th, 2014

For military mothers, unique factors affect planning their baby showers. Whether active duty, reservist, Guard member or civilian spouse, military moms balance deployments with schools, training, TDYs and frequent PCS moves.

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.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 02:25PM February 27th, 2014

Winter’s last hurrah is just three weeks away, but the Northwest Adventure Center has your snow needs covered.

Chili cookoff

Published: 02:29PM February 27th, 2014

When Sgt. Steve Sersha heard the 555th Engineer Brigade’s third annual Chili Cook-Off Feb. 19 requested participants to “bring the heat,” he took that as a personal challenge.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 11:29AM February 20th, 2014

There are those who enjoy cold beer from the store; others prefer one or two at their favorite taverns or pubs. A smaller group of aficionados insist on brewing their own.

Published: 01:17PM February 13th, 2014

For service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, there are only so many opportunities to enjoy special nights out with their significant others.

Published: 02:02PM February 6th, 2014

As many as 600 spouses are expected to attend this year’s Operation Care Fair according to the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and recreation.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 12:48PM January 30th, 2014

There is plenty of excitement for this year’s NFL Championship as the local team, the Seattle Seahawks, will play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Published: 11:50AM January 23rd, 2014

Two of the best attractions in Seattle are yours to visit, thanks to the Northwest Adventure Center. The NAC is playing host to a trip to the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market Jan. 26. Cost is $35 for adults, $25 for ages 4 to 12, and $5 for ages 0 to 3.

Published: 10:37AM January 16th, 2014

If you ever put bungee jumping on your bucket list, you aren’t alone. In fact, you’re next chance to cross off that item off is Sunday.

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.

Ring in the New Year

Published: 01:30PM December 19th, 2013

To celebrate the achievements of 2013 and the hopes for what’s to come in 2014, there is no shortage of New Year’s parties throughout the Puget Sound, from Seattle to Olympia.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 01:23PM December 12th, 2013

Looking to dust off your ski and snowboard gear? With winter comes snowfall in the mountains and area resorts are up and running for the season.

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Published: 01:28PM December 5th, 2013


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Published: 01:04PM November 26th, 2013

The Lewis Community Spouses Club at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is holding its Holiday Tour of Historic Homes Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Cover Story

Published: 03:17PM November 21st, 2013

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community will have a variety of venues to enjoy a complete turkey day dinner.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 12:35PM November 14th, 2013

There are plenty of couples at Joint Base Lewis-McChord who enjoy the arts, as well as a date night away from the installation.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 02:15PM November 7th, 2013

With the large active duty, veteran and military retiree community centered on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, communities in Pierce and Thurston counties have chosen to honor their residents’ military service with several memorial parks and monuments.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 02:42PM October 31st, 2013

Veterans from different wars have shared demons, many of which are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 01:00PM October 24th, 2013

Every October, the Halloween haunts on Joint Base Lewis-McChord never fail to provide entertainment with a scare. But for those who prefer to find their fright off-base, neighboring communities also offer spooky and festive activities for all ages during this time of year.

Halloween Havens

Published: 12:37PM October 17th, 2013

One minute you’re in a graveyard surrounded by zombies. Soon you find a house occupied by Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Jason from “Friday the 13th” appears from the docks near the beach of Shoreline Park on Lewis North as Michael Myers from “Halloween” comes down a nearby hill with a chainsaw.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 01:59PM October 10th, 2013

After a long work week, it’s nice to relax and go somewhere to get a few laughs. If you choose an on-base venue in October, you’ll be in the hands of comedy experts with impressive resumes.


Published: 01:56PM October 3rd, 2013

It’s time for lederhosen, schnitzel and bier, all of which can be found at the Oktoberfest celebration Saturday at the FMWR Fest Tent on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 02:44PM September 26th, 2013

Elbe, Wash. — A bit of railroad nostalgia still resides in the town of Elbe, about 50 miles south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Highway 7.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 12:56PM September 19th, 2013

“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,” advises Kenny Rogers in “The Gambler.”