AWTR Show 493: The Importance of Self Care

Army Wife Network Core Team Presents: 

“Army Wife Talk Radio”

Army Wife Talk Radio is the leading internet talk radio show for Army wives, by Army wives. AWTR is hosted by the Army Wife Network Core Team – www.ArmyWifeNetwork.com. AWTR guests bring exciting, relevant topics and resources to the attention of our military families. 

Featuring: Barbara McNally, author of Unbridled: A Memoir – proceeds from the book go towards her foundation, which hosts regular spa days for the wives of wounded warriors and she is here to share with us the 5 things she has learned about self-care from those wounded warrior wives.

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AWN Announces Upcoming Field Exercise at Ft. Sill, OK

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Army Wife Network Announces Upcoming Field Exercise™: Battle Buddies Tour, coming to Ft. Sill, OK

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Bartonville, TX – October 18, 2014 – Army Wife Network (AWN), the leading site for Army wives by Army wives, is excited to announce the final stop of its 2014 seminar series Field Exercise™  tour at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma Field Exercise™  is a high energy, interactive, four-hour seminar series designed to empower and inspire military spouses by providing them a time to connect, share support, obtain resources and enjoy camaraderie. Spouses attending the events experience networking opportunities, a meal and interactive discussions related to challenges and opportunities faced by military spouses. 2014 brings a new high-energy installment of this series with a theme of Battle Buddies. AWN began holding the events in 2007, and has organized the Field Exercise™ series (FE™: Priceless Packages and FE™: Love Military Life) at 17 Army posts across the country.

This year Army Wife Network has partnered with Corvias Military Living, a military housing partner at 13 locations across the country. AWN looks forward to hosting Field Exercise™  at Fort Sill, Ok., November 20 and 21.

Field Exercise™: Battle Buddies focuses on relationship building and the importance of friendships. AWN has developed strategies, addressed challenges and plans to offer solutions to encourage making of friends and engaging in meaningful relationships in the military community. AWN Core Team Member and Field Exercise™  co-presenter, Paula Swanson, adds, “We know the importance of having a solid support system, especially living this military spouse life. We have pulled from our own personal experiences, quantified data, fan feedback, and blogger contributions to devise this empowering event that offers tried and true strategies for building strong relationships.”

Online registration is required to attend Field Exercise™: Battle Buddies and opens Monday, November 3rd at 8PM EST during AWN’s Army Wife Talk Radio show. Please watch AWN’s Facebook page for special details. To register, simply visit www.armywifenetwork.com, click on the dropdown menu for Events and click Register for Field Exercise™. Both events are identical, so you only need to register for one.

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Army Wife Network is a core team of new and seasoned Army wives and military community members on a mission to empower the journeys of those who follow. AWN boasts the original internet talk radio show designed specifically for military spouses – Army Wife Talk Radio – in its ninth year of broadcasting, over 84,000 Facebook fans, and one of the longest running military spouse blogs on the internet.

For more information about the conference series, contact Alison Pulcher at Alison@ArmyWifeNetwork.com. Sponsorships are available for the 2015 series. For more information about sponsorship, please contact Tara Crooks at Tara@ArmyWifeNetwork.com

About Corvias Military Living

Corvias is a privately-owned, vertically-integrated real estate solutions group dedicated to building strong communities through partnerships that deliver the highest quality development, construction and management solutions to a range of clients, including the military and higher education. Applying our success as pioneers of real estate development and management for the military, our family of companies, Corvias Military Living and Corvias Campus Living, deliver customer service that exceeds client expectations, and an innovative, comprehensive approach to facility financing, management and construction. We have the ability to forge partnerships that consistently put the interests of our clients first and the flexibility to pursue creative, sustainable long-term solutions to their most difficult challenges. www.corvias.com.

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Take Control of Your Health this October

Happy October everyone!

Take Control of Your Health This OctoberWhile most people look forward to October for Halloween and the changing of seasons, apple picking, fall baking, or what have you, I embrace October as a great and powerful reminder that life is fleeting and meant to be lived to the fullest.

In our house, breast cancer awareness month has always been more of a holiday. When I was small, my maternal grandmother was diagnosed and passed away from a second and very long battle with breast cancer. Years later my paternal grandmother developed and battled breast cancer multiple times, until it finally took her life last year. I have always felt the need to do something more to affect change and further the cause, and as we began to hear of more relatives and friends diagnosed with breast cancer, October started to morph into our annual ritual of fundraising and participating in awareness related events. It’s something I have always looked forward to as much as Christmas, and no matter where I am in the world, I will always come back to do the 5 mile Making Strides walk with my sister near our hometown, bright pink crafted t-shirt and all. Always!

Making Strides WalkerThis October is an even starker reminder of how important this month is as we get ready to bring my mother for her first biopsy due to a very small suspicious mark on her most recent mammogram. It’s a reminder of how necessary these prevention services are, and that we must take advantage of everything science has made available to us so that we can detect even the smallest issues before they become larger ones. It’s a reminder to take control of our bodies and our healthcare as early as possible.

Being part of a military family, and one that recently PCSd at that, means that I cannot always be home for one of my mom’s doctor appointments or consults. It is difficult, and it’s weighing pretty heavily on my conscience, but it makes me so happy to know that she’s been proactive about this situation for years, ahead of the game every step of the way, and confident that she will be able to tackle whatever lies in the near future head on!

So this October, be sure to be strong for your military family and get an annual breast cancer screening. Whether that means going to a dedicated appointment, getting checked during your annual gynecological visit, or at the very least doing a self breast exam.

Here are some tips for making sure you stay in control of your health, this, and EVERY, October*:

  • If you haven’t done so already, perform monthly breast self-exams. Discuss any changes or concerns with your doctor. Here’s a great site on how.
  • Always go for regular screenings and checks, especially if you’re aware of a family member having breast cancer or any other form of cancer.
  • Get a mammogram. A woman should have a mammogram every one to two years after the age of 40 to ensure standing health, and should start earlier if you’re at a higher risk for developing cancer.
  • Get screened for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes to find out your genetic likelihood of developing cancer.
  • Develop and keep healthy habits like not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, and staying at a healthy weight for your body type.
  • But seriously, don’t smoke. Just don’t. There are no health benefits to smoking and it can only increase your risk of breast cancer or other related cancers and diseases.
  • Remember that breast cancer does not only effect women, men can be diagnosed as well, so be sure to get your husbands, significant others, and family members checked just as you are in annual appointments.
  • Contact Tricare, or your other insurance provider, to better understand what preventative care you are entitled to in your benefits package. Take control of your health and stay on top of it!

Breast Cancer Painted Ribbon Breast cancer is beatable! October is a great month to reflect on all the advancements we’ve made, how far we’ve come, and where the future is going to one day strike out breast cancer altogether. And be sure to donate to any of the major research foundations, cancer institutes, and/or societies; they do fabulous work for patients, survivors, and caregivers that is not to be overlooked!

Enjoy the rest of October and remember to take control of your health and be strong for your military family. They count on you!
*I am by no means a doctor and should not be considered an authority on this subject. Information here was provided by the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Army Wife Network’s Fall Activity Guide 2014!

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Happy fall y’all! We here at AWN love everything there is to love about Autumn- especially those great activities all over the country that bring out that cozy warm feeling in all of us! So, we rounded them all up for you! Every CONUS location has something amazing to experience this fall and we hope you’ll go out and explore!

Alabama
Fort Rucker

From an outdoor yard sale to a Clydesdale military salute, MWR has you covered this fall! http://www.ftruckermwr.com/special-events/

Ever been to a Gourd Festival? You could this fall! Check out the many fall festivals and events in the Montgomery area! http://alabama.travel/

Birmingham Mommy has you covered for local and regional fall activities specifically for families! http://www.birminghammommy.com/category/to-do/fall-happenings/

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Alaska
Fort Greely

All Ft. Greely it has to offer this fall! http://www.greely.army.mil/

The entire State of Alaska and all the goings on for the fall and beyond! http://www.alaska.org

JB Elmendorf-Richardson

Fall activities for every taste! A Costume Fun Run, a Zombie Halloween party and more! http://www.elmendorf-richardson.com/

Fort Wainwright

A Bowling Spooktacular and more sponsored by their MWR! http://issuu.com/ftwainwrightfmwr/docs/features_oct14/0

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Arizona
Fort Huachuca

Is a Haunted Hay Ride or a Halloween Trivia up your alley? Check out MWR! http://www.mwrhuachuca.com/specialevents.html

USAREC – Phoenix Battalion

With 71 listed activities, you cannot be bored in or around Phoenix! http://www.azcentral.com/things-to-do/seasonal

Yuma Proving Ground

A Brew Fest? A Halloween softball tourney? What strikes your fancy? http://www.yumaaz.gov/events/

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Arkansas
Pine Bluff Arsenal

Fall on the Arsenal! http://www.pba.army.mil/

Everything Pine Bluff! http://www.pinebluff.com/

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California
Camp Parks

Dublin, CA Fall events and Festivals: http://www.dublin.ca.gov/index.aspx?NID=252

Dublin Activities for children, all year long! http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Kids+Activities&find_loc=Dublin%2C+CA#l=p:CA:Dublin::

Fort Hunter Liggett

Is Octoberfest your thing? What about a Trunk-n-treat? MWR has you covered! http://fhlfmwr.com/
Fort Irwin  http://fortirwinfmwr.com/everythingcalendar/

Mud and Guts Dash? Cosmic Bowling? Fall at Ft. Irwin is fun for all! http://fortirwinfmwr.com/everythingcalendar/

USAREC – Fresno Battalion

Halloween at Crystal Cave? ZooBoo? Check it out! http://playfresno.org/events

USAREC – Los Angeles Battalion

Everything to do in and around Los Angeles this fall! Kid friendly and spookier, if you dare! http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do-in-los-angeles-this-fall

USAREC – Sacramento Battalion

Best fall Festivals in Sacramento! Even California celebrates autumn! http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-fall-festivals-in-sacramento/

USAREC – Southern California Battalion

Corn mazes in SoCal! Kid friendly activities galore! http://www.thefamilytravelfiles.com/ezine/articles/853/southern-california-corn-mazes-fall-festivals-things-to-do-with-kids/

Presidio of Monterey (DLI/FLC)

Presidio has you covered for fall, Cali style! http://www.pom-fmwr.com/fmwr/

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Colorado
Fort Carson

Halloween Glow Party? The Great Pumpkin Shoot Out? All this and more at Ft. Carson MWR! http://www.mwrfortcarson.com/

Colorado Springs is ready for fall! http://events.gazette.com/colorado_springs_co/events/fairs+festivals

USAREC – Denver Battalion

Free! Yes! 50 FREE Fall activities in Denver! http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-holiday-events/50-free-fall-activities/

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District or Columbia (DC)
Pentagon

Best of fall in the DC metro area! http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/tp/FallFestivals.htm

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Florida
USAREC – Jacksonville Battalion

A Night at the Old Jail! Storytelling and a pumpkin patch! All in Jacksonville! http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2009-10-23/story/fall_festivals_and_halloween_calendar

USAREC – Miami Battalion

FREE! Free Fall family activities in Southern Florida! http://miami.cbslocal.com/top-lists/free-fall-activities-for-families-in-south-florida/

USAREC – Tampa Battalion

Oktoberfest’s and Fall Fests abound in Tampa! http://events.tbo.com/tampa-fl/events/fall+festivals

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Georgia
Fort Benning

Bingo Halloween Costume Contest, and Oktoberfest and more! MWR is on it for you! http://www.benningmwr.com/

Georgia corn mazes, pumpkin patches and more! http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/GApumpkins.php
Fort Gordon

Georgia corn mazes, pumpkin patches and more! http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/GApumpkins.php

Fort Gordon MWR is hosting an Octoberfest and a fall flea market! http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/GApumpkins.php
Fort Stewart/ Hunter Army Airfield

Corn mazes, pumpkin patches all over Georgia! http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/GApumpkins.php

Fort Stewart MWR is coordinating Universal Orlando and Halloween Horror Nights trips and even a Toddler Halloween party! Check it all out! http://www.stewartmwr.com/index.php/upcoming_events

USAREC – Atlanta Battalion

Zombie Walk and Boo at the Zoo are just a few of the offerings in Atlanta this fall! http://www.events12.com/atlanta/october/

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Hawaii
Schofield Barracks / Fort Shafter

Zombie Prom and Fun Run? Only the strong survive! MWR is your best survival partner in this great event! http://www.himwr.com/special-events/latest-news-and-special-events

Every Hawaii area Army Halloween activity in one place! http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2011/10/27/halloween-happenings-2/

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Illinois
Rock Island Arsenal

ASC Fall Fest! http://www.army.mil/article/47167/ASC_celebrates_Fall_Fest_at_Rock_Island_Arsenal/

RIA Trick or Treat dates, times and area Halloween festivities! http://qconline.com/getalife/events/cgi/search.php?query=halloween

USAREC – Chicago Battalion

Chicago is full of fall and Halloween fun! http://www.events12.com/chicago/october/

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Indiana
USAREC – Indianapolis Battalion

We went right to the source to find the Fall Festivals in Indy not to be missed! http://www.indystar.com/story/life/2014/08/18/fall-festivals/14157559/

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Kansas
Fort Riley

Zombie Paintball Bash or a Halloween Bowling party? Trunk or Treat? You choose with Ft. Riley MWR! http://rileymwr.com/main/

Junction City Pumpkin Patch! http://www.munsonangusfarms.com/public.html

Manhattan Pumpkin Patch! http://www.brittsfarm.com/Pumpkin_Patch_.html

Fort Leavenworth

Youth Halloween Fun Run and even more through Ft. Leavenworth MWR: https://www.facebook.com/FortLeavenworthFMWR

Every Fall Festival in the Kansas City area that you’d ever want to go to! http://www.kcparent.com/KC-Parent-Blogs/All-About-Kansas-City/Web-Exclusives-2014/Kansas-Citys-Fall-Festivals/

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Kentucky
Fort Campbell

Everything Ft. Campbell MWR has to offer this fall: http://www.fortcampbellmwr.com/events/index.html

Hopkinsville, KY Activities calendar! http://www.visithopkinsville.com/calendar/

Clarksville Pumpkin Patch! http://www.honeysucklehillfarm.com/

Fort Knox

Ft. Knox MWR is hosting a Sinister Tombs Haunt, a Moonlight Golf Scramble and more this fall! http://www.knoxmwr.com/Events/tabid/55/Default.aspx

Elizabethtown Fall fun for the family: http://www.elizabethtownfamily.com/category/events/fall-fun-festivals-more

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Louisiana
Fort Polk

Ft. Polk MWR has the Oktoberfest that is just the ticket for on post fun! http://www.fortpolkmwr.com/

Explore Haunted Louisiana! http://www.louisianatravel.com/attractions/haunted-louisiana

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Maine
USAREC – New England Battalion

Everything fall has to offer in Maine! Kidsfest, Harvestfest, gorgeous leaves and more! http://www.maine.info/events/festivals/october.php

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Maryland

Every fall festival in Maryland is right here waiting for you to explore! http://www.visitmaryland.org/events/pages/fall.aspx

Aberdeen Proving Ground

Check out APG Oktoberfest! http://www.maine.info/events/festivals/october.php

Bel Air Film Festival or Harriet’s Happiest Halloween! Which one strikes your fancy? http://www.harfordmd.com/harford-county-maryland-events
Fort Detrick

Pumpkin painting and carving and trick or treating! Balfour-Beatty is on the case! http://www.ftdetrickhomes.com/media/1399978/2014_october_lifeworks.pdf

Frederick has so many things to do this fall- check it out! http://www.frederick.com/frederick/maryland/Pumpkin_Patch_Corn_Maze_Fall_Activities
Fort Meade

Did someone say Pet costume contest! Corvias Military Living is hosting this great event! http://meade.corviasmilitaryliving.com/residents/calendar

Arundel Mills Boo Bash! http://www.simon.com/mall/arundel-mills/stream/kidgits-boo-bash-1682812

Annapolis and everything Fall! Including Historic Haunting tours! http://www.visitannapolis.org/things-to-do/festival-events/?e_ViewBy=search&e_submit=1&e_sortBy=eventDate&e_pagesize=25&e_catID=0&e_sDate=10-13-2014&e_eDate=10-31-2014&e_keyword=Keyword&e_submitBtn=Search

USAREC – Baltimore Battalion

Check out Ft. Meade’s fall offerings as well as these FREE Fall activities! http://www.freefallbaltimore.org/

Eastern Shore Fall activities! http://ococean.com/events

We didn’t forget about you in West Virginia! Check it out! http://www.wvcommerce.org/travel/thingstodo/history/fairsandfestivals.aspx

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Massachusetts
Fort Devens

Harvard Fall Fest! http://www.harvardfallfestival.com/Events.htm

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Michigan
USAREC – Great Lakes Battalion

Check out the Halloween at the Wigwam or Bay Area Fest! http://www.gogreat.com/cities/bay-city/events/

Everything Halloween, from downtown to the ‘burbs! http://www.mackite.com/news.htm

Detroit Arsenal

We found the best Fall Festivals in the Detroit area just for you! http://detroit.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-fall-festivals-in-the-detroit-area/

The Arsenal MWR has some great things going on this fall! http://www.selfridgemwr.com/

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Minnesota
USAREC – Minneapolis Battalion

An Applefest AND a murder mystery dinner? Happy fall to you! http://www.carloscreekwinery.com/events/

Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more all over Minnesota: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/MNpumpkins.php

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Missouri

Fort Leonard Wood

Quite the lineup for Halloween with MWR: bowling, trick or treating and a BOSS haunted house! http://www.fortleonardwoodmwr.com/calendar.php

Pulaski County has great community fall events! http://visitpulaskicounty.mhsoftware.com/

USAREC – Kansas City Battalion

Kansas City kids fall fun! http://www.kckidsfun.com/outdoor-activities/fallwinter-activities/

Fright Night, festivals and BBQ- lots to do this fall in KC! https://www.visitkc.com/visitors/events

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Nevada
USAREC – 6th Medical Recruiting Battalion

Every festival Nevada has to offer this fall! http://festivalnet.com/state/nevada/nv.html

New Jersey
JB McGuire-Dix-Lakenhurst

MWR is offering on post trick or treating AND a freaky 5K! http://www.jointbasemdl.af.mil/events/index.asp?date=10/25/2014

Southern New Jersey’s complete guide to fall fun! http://courtyb3.hubpages.com/hub/Joint-Base-McGuire-AFB-Fort-Dix-Lakehurst-Naval-Base-New-Jersey-Area-Activities-and-Things-to-Do-Part-3

Picatinny Arsenal

Fall in Picatinny! http://picatinnyhousing.com/template.php?name=pages&title=1081

USAREC – Mid-Atlantic Battalion

Family friendly fall festivals! http://newjersey.mommypoppins.com/kids/fun-fall-harvest-festivals-for-nj-families

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New Mexico
White Sands Missile Range

Dia de los Muertos! http://www.villageprofile.com/newmexico/lascruces/10/topic.html

New Mexico Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more! http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/NMpumpkins.php

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New York
Fort Drum

Halloween activities for all ages on Ft. Drum: http://www.drummwr.com/ClassesandEvents.htm

Fall Festival and Boo at the Zoo in Watertown! http://business.watertownny.com/events/catgid/11
Fort Hamilton

Everything Brooklyn has to offer for fall: http://brooklyn.about.com/od/Brooklyn-in-October/tp/Brooklyn-In-October-Halloween-Harvest-Festivals-Columbus-Day-And-Autumn.htm

Kid focused fall events in the Brooklyn area: http://mommypoppins.com/kids/fall-harvest-festivals-pumpkin-patches-corn-mazes-and-hayrides-right-here-in-new-york-city-2014

USAREC – Albany Battalion

Everything fall in Albany: http://www.albany.com/fall/

USAREC – New York City Battalion

The best things to do in NYC this Fall! http://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/things-to-do-in-new-york-this-fall

USAREC – Syracuse Battalion

Find your favorite fall festivity in Central New York! http://www.syracuse.com/halloween-guide/

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North Carolina
Fort Bragg

Ft. Bragg FMWR is all over fall! http://www.fortbraggmwr.com/event-calendar/

Fall things are happening all over North Carolina! http://www.visitnc.com/fall

USAREC – Raleigh Battalion

Fall in Raleigh! http://www.wral.com/best-fall-festivals-events/13922466/

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Ohio
USAREC – Cleveland Battalion

The fall festivals of Northern Ohio: http://northernohiotourism.com/Ohio_Fall_Events.htm

Cleveland Fall fun: http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/09/cleveland_2014_fall_festival_g.html

USAREC – Columbus Battalion

Central Ohio Fall festivals and activities: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2014/09/25/Wkndr-fall-festivals.html

Fall fun for everyone in Columbus! http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/blog/index.php/2014/08/15/10-fall-festivals-you-have-to-catch-in-columbus/

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Oklahoma
Fort Sill

Fort Sill FMWR has all your spooky activities covered this Halloween! http://www.sillmwr.com/

A Fall Fest, a Balloon Fest and more in the Stillwater area: http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/states/OK/

USAREC – Oklahoma City Battalion

Fall, foliage and festivals in OKC! http://www.visitokc.com/events/

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Oregon
USAREC – Portland Battalion

A Halloween trail, even Halloween on a farm, all in the Portland area: http://www.events12.com/portland/october/

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Pennsylvania
Carlisle Barracks

Fall festivals and fairs in South/Central PA: http://www.pafallfestivals.com/southcentral-pa.php

Tobyhanna Army Depot

Fall in the Poconos! http://www.800poconos.com/things-to-do/family-fun/fairs-festivals/

USAREC – Harrisburg Battalion

Fall and pumpkin patches and fairs all over PA: http://www.festivalsinpa.com/

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South Carolina
Fort Jackson

Ft. Jackson MWR is offering lots of fall fun- a Howling 5K, an Octoberfest and so much more! http://fortjacksonmwr.com/special_events/

Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hay rides all over South Carolina: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/miglpumpkins.php

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Tennessee
USAREC – Nashville Battalion

Corn mazes, pumpkins and more all over Nashville! http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/categories/index/14/1736

More fun fall things to do in and around Nashville: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/fallfun

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Texas
Fort Hood

MWR has everything from a shadow 10-miler, to a murder mystery dinner, check it out! http://hoodmwr.com/events.htm

Fort Bliss

Ft. Bliss MWR has everything from haunted pumpkins patches to Where the Wild Things are! http://www.blissmwr.com
                24 Halloween Activities and Fairs in El Paso! http://www.epparent.com/blog/halloween-activities-and-fairs-in-el-paso.html

JB San Antonio

Pumpkin patches and fall festivals all over San Antonio! http://www.kimberlyhowell.com/san-antonio-events/fall-festivals-and-pumpkin-patches/#axzz3G8nsLkBH

USAREC – 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion

San Antonio and beyond fall activities of all shapes and sizes! http://events.mysanantonio.com/san_antonio_tx/events/fall+events+in+san+antonio

USAREC – Dallas Battalion

30 fall activities in Dallas that you just can’t miss! http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/arts/headlines/20140827-30-can-t-miss-fall-festivals-coming-up-in-dallas-fort-worth.ece

USAREC – Houston Battalion

Have you checked out the Houston Top 10 for fall? http://www.houstonfamilymagazine.com/2013/09/27/top-10-houston-area-fall-festivals/

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Utah
Dugway Proving Grounds

Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more all over Utah! http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/UTpumpkins.php

USAREC – Salt Lake City Battalion

Autumn events in Salt Lake! http://www.slcgov.com/events

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Virginia
Fort Belvoir

Fun from Ft. Belvoir MWR! http://www.belvoirmwr.com/Features/SpecEvents/
                Fall for Fairfax! http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/FallforFairfax.htm

JB Langley-Eustis

Fall in Virginia! http://www.virginia.org/fallfestivals/

Fort Lee

Ft. Lee MWR is offering a spooky story hour, Octoberfest AND a Fall Festival! Check it out! http://www.leemwr.com/upcoming-events

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Washington
Fort Lewis

A walk in the dark? A harvest Fest! JBLM MWR has it all! http://www.jblmmwr.com/

Fall all over Washington! http://gonw.about.com/od/fallfestivalsinwa/

USAREC – Seattle Battalion

50, yes 50 fall activities for families in Seattle! http://redtri.com/seattle/50-things-to-do-with-kids-in-seattle-kids-this-fall/

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West Virginia
USAREC – Beckley Battalion

Pumpkin patches and more all over West Virginia! http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/WVpumpkins.php

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Wisconsin
Fort McCoy

A trickster relay and lots more with MWR! http://mccoymwr.com/home/events-specials.html

Only fall, only festivals. Only Wisconsin! http://www.travelwisconsin.com/article/things-to-do/festivals-only-for-fall

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100 things to love about fall in Milwaukee! http://onmilwaukee.com/living/articles/100thingsfall.html

 

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Hollywood Happenings – Volume 8

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Hello my Hollywood gurus! We have had the exact opposite of last month. This month was busting with some great entertainment stories for me to share with you. In fact, I don’t think I can fit them all, but I will give it my best shot! In this month’s installment you will find news including Kiss, One Republic, Robert Downey Jr., and more, including an update on the Tyler Perry lawsuit we covered in an earlier edition of Hollywood Happenings, so let’s get to it…

KISS Raises One Million for Military Museum

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We all know the band, KISS, are huge supporters of our Armed Forces and were even featured in volume 5 of Hollywood Happenings, when they opened a new restaurant and treated local veterans to a free meal. The band is back at it, raising money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum. The band shed their make-up and played acoustic guitars at the $2,500 per ticket event, which was held at Lake Oswego.  This event was near and dear to lead guitarist, Tommy Thayer, as the museum is named after his father, BG James B. Thayer (93), who liberated a Nazi death camp during WWII. The Museum is located on Camp Withycombe, which is home to the Oregon National Guard. The renovations are expected to cost approximately 15 million dollars and half of that total has been raised.

Got Your 6 Encourages Connections with ‘Take a Veteran to School Day’

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The Got Your 6 organization wants to use Veterans Day to educate young people, so they have joined forces with the History Channel and encouraging schools across the nation to promote the ‘Take a Veteran to School Day’ program on Veterans Day, which is November 11th. This program aims to connect young people with veterans in their local communities. This program launched in 2007 and thousands of schools across the country have participated. Teachers can actually find curriculum ideas and even a “how-to” guide to organizing an event at their school. To find these resources and learn more about this program, you can visit www.history.com/take-a-veteran-to-school/.

Live Nation & US Army Produce New Web Series Featuring 2 Army Reserve Soldiers on Tour with One Republic

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The U.S. Army has teamed up with Live Nation to announce a new web series, “Tour Ops: The Tech Behind Rock on the Road”. The series features two Army Reserve soldiers working on site with One Republic on tour. The series consists of six episodes, featuring U.S. Army CPT, Andrew Freinberg, and U.S. Army CPT, Moises Abraham Cruz. Freinberg and Cruz serve as crew members on an active production setting during the tour.  They demonstrate their STEM training acquired through the Army. “The U.S. Army STEM training provides American soldiers with what is needed to accomplish any task-abroad or back home,” said Jeremy Levine, SVP, digital sales at Live Nation. “We’re honored to create this content series that profiles Army Reserve Soldiers putting their training to work within the world of live music and touring.” The web series premiered on September 19th at www.livenation.com.

Other Stories in Military Entertainment

We had so many great stories this month in the world of entertainment we couldn’t fit them all in this edition of the Hollywood Happenings, but we didn’t want you to miss out so here are some other articles you might find interesting.

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Operation Rising Star Salute ‘Soldier for Life’ All-StarsArmy Entertainment will be celebrating the 10th season of Operation Rising Star with a ‘Soldier for Life’ theme during finals week. You can learn more details about the upcoming season at http://www.armymwr.com/news/news.aspx?nid=790.

 

Army Vet to be Featured on Hunting Reality ShowRetired 1st Sgt. Steve Holden is a contestant on “The Calling”, which premiered on 10/4 on Destination America.  http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/entertainment_columnists/jeanne_jakle/article/Local-Army-vet-stalks-TV-dream-5759191.php

Soldier ShowArmy to Provide Soldier Show to Deployed TroopsSoldiers in the U.S. Army Soldier Show will soon be performing for deployed troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait, for the first time in the show’s 31-year history.  Learn more at http://www.armymwr.com/news/news.aspx?nid=797.

 

STORY UPDATE:

Tyler Perry Escapes Lawsuit Over Studio Thanks to Military Red Tape

perry_aA U.S. District Judge will not allow the lawsuit against Tyler Perry by Ubiquitous Studios to proceed at this time. The judge granted a motion to dismiss saying, “[B]ecause the federal government has not yet approved conveyance of the property to MILRA, a state entity, MILRA cannot close a deal with the Tyler Perry defendants or any other party. Therefore, Fort McPherson is still in the Army’s possession, and no state or private entity has a property interest in it. Tyler Perry and MILRA have not entered into a contract to sell Fort McPherson, so at this point the Court could only issue an impermissible advisory opinion as to the legality of MILRA’s actions. Consequently, this issue is not fit for judicial determination.” Ubiquitous will be allowed to bring a lawsuit only if and when a deal closes, and the transfer of Fort McPherson in Atlanta, to the authority tasked with the redevelopment of the base, is complete. You can read the original story in volume 6 of Hollywood Happenings.

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We have spotted some of our favorite celebrities doing awesome work and showing their support for our men and women in uniform. Check it out!

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal Reads Poetry at Military Veteran BenefitJake Gyllenhaal showed up in New York on October 14th to raise money for military members, by reading poetry.  The dinner raised $400,000 for a charity that supports treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans dealing with PTSD.

 

 

robert-downey-jr-16Robert Downey Jr. Screens New Movie at Ohio Military BaseRobert Downey Jr. surprised 900 members of the military when he brought his new movie, “The Judge”, to a theater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. When asked why he made the surprise visit, Downey said, “it’s just a way of reminding myself that there are people out there who put their lives on the line so I can go out and make movies.”

 

Celebrity Birthdays

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It is time for our celebrity birthdays! Here are some of the celebrities celebrating a birthday in October! Happy Birthday!

October 1stZach Galifianakis

October 3rdGwen Stefani

October 8thBruno Mars & Matt Damon

October 11thMatt Bomer & Luke Perry

October 12thHugh Jackman & Josh Hutcherson

October 14thUsher

October 17thEminem & Alan Jackson

October 18thZac Efron & Jean-Claude Van Damme

October 23rdRyan Reynolds

October 25thKaty Perry

October 28thJulia Roberts & Bill Gates

That is a wrap for this month’s Hollywood Happenings! Be sure to join us next month for more news from the entertainment world!

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