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Weekend getaway aboard the Amtrak Cascades

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Weekend getaway aboard the Amtrak Cascades

It's a crisp, Saturday morning in Steilacoom. The sun is already shining, and you're sipping a hot coffee as you flip through the local newspaper sitting on your lap. From your window seat aboard the Amtrak Cascades train, you watch the water ripple along the beach. The train rumbles to

Yakima Training Center

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Yakima Training Center

Note to reader:  The term "Yakama" is used in the Native American context; the term "Yakima" is used in the English context. Separated by the Cascade Mountains and 165 miles, the Yakima Training Center is connected to Joint Base Lewis-McChord's century of history. The connection begins in October 1805 when Cpt. Meriwether

Supercarrier launch has local connection

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Supercarrier launch has local connection

The recent launching of the $12 billion supercarrier USS Gerald R. Ford in Norfolk, Virginia, had a local touch. The commemorative coins made for the commission of the Navy's newest and most capable ship were made by COINFORCE, a company in Olympia owned by Jordan and Donna Haines. "I've got to tell

Systems navigators to the rescue

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Systems navigators to the rescue

Feeling isolated is common after moving to a new duty station, especially for military families in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). EFMP families are acutely aware of what it feels like to have to build a support network back up from zero in a new, unfamiliar place. But at

Concert for Edmond Lapine

Music

Concert for Edmond Lapine

At its best, music possesses this uncanny ability to unite people. Whether it's in the unconscious desire to move, or in a coordinated effort to affect change, or in the riling up of people with designs on blowing off steam, music works its magic to imbue our bones with action.

Crowded exhibit

Arts

Crowded exhibit

Art galleries by the dozens have come and gone while Childhood's End Gallery in Olympia just keeps rolling along. This venerable queen of South Sound art galleries has shown quality art since 1971 and shows no signs of growing weary. They have introduced many of the region's best artists to

Alegre Bakery and Gelato

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Alegre Bakery and Gelato

ANNOUNCER: Tacoma's charming Proctor District is booming with new retail and dining spaces opening their doors nearly every month. This week, Dutch and Jackie hit the area's newest café, Alegre Bakery and Gelato. Boasting house-made baked goods, handmade gelato, roasted bean concoctions and a hearty wine and brew selection, Alegre

An eclectic selection

Stage

An eclectic selection

The summer months may be good for many things -- 90-degree weather notwithstanding -- but what they tend to find lacking is the general abundance of local theater that we enjoy in the South Sound the rest of the year. While this is most certainly a bummer, that radio silence

High on cinema

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High on cinema

Do you love movies? Do you love trivia? Do you love perma-stoned standup comedians? Then do we have a comedy extravaganza for you. Doug Benson might just be the hardest-working slacker in modern entertainment. Born in San Diego, Benson is 55 but looks a decade younger, two if his audience members'

Nocturnal: Vol. 1

South Sound Cinema

Nocturnal: Vol. 1

As the daytime heat transitions from enjoyable to unbearable, people may be tempted to return indoors and seek refuge in fans and air-conditioned establishments. Thankfully, the up-and-coming Tacoma Artists Collective (TAC) is bringing nighttime summer entertainment to the community with its immersive event Nocturnal: Vol. 1. Evident by its name, Nocturnal:

Happy birthday OHOD!

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Happy birthday OHOD!

"Hole in the wall businesses" are the best in my opinion. They are usually the businesses that natives swear by as the best in the community, and the first place I take out-of-town family or friends when they come to visit. In Lakewood there is a good example. The Original House

Put on your skates -- it's battle time

Military Life

Put on your skates -- it's battle time

Roller derby isn't dead. In fact, it's more alive than ever as the competitors of the Dockyard Derby Dames prepare to open the 2017-2018 roller derby season Aug. 19. As Tacoma's original, all-women roller derby league, the Dockyard Derby Dames (DyDD) will host their opening roller derby bouts on home

A day of transition for the Washington National Guard

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A day of transition for the Washington National Guard

Sunday, Aug. 13, was a day of transition for the Washington National Guard. Events included the Air National Guard Change of Command, two Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility ceremonies and the retirement ceremony for Brig. Gen. John S. Tuohy. Brig. Gen. John Tuohy relinquished command of the Washington Air National

Saluting the troops, mingling in the park

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Saluting the troops, mingling in the park

Most city parks cannot hold a thousand people, let alone leave them with enough room to enjoy the experience. Yet somehow, the Puyallup-Sumner Subchapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) managed not only to draw in approximately 1,000 people to its 7th annual Salute to the Troops

Change at the 7th

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Change at the 7th

"Let's go." With those words, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, commanding general, I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, began the 7th Infantry Division's change of command ceremony last Friday morning on Watkins Field. Maj. Gen. Thomas James relinquished command of the division to Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson. Attending the transfer of command were numerous

Best thing about Tacoma: Metro Parks

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Best thing about Tacoma: Metro Parks

What's not to love about Metro Parks Tacoma? The expansive system offers amenities you usually see only in larger cities, including zoos, an aquarium, a nature center, a fort, beaches, hiking, a cabin and a conservatory. It also has a system of parks throughout the city with nice playgrounds and

Best music scenester: Evan Main

Music

Best music scenester: Evan Main

A music scene is only as good as the people that engage with it. Great bands can perform to nobody, or to disinterested people who take smoke breaks during the acts they don't know. Having interested, devoted people hanging around the music scene is never a bad thing, and some

Best accessible highbrow culture: Tacoma Opera

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Best accessible highbrow culture: Tacoma Opera

"Our 50th-anniversary season -- That's amazing!" crows Noel Karan, general director of Tacoma Opera. "It's very unusual for an opera company to last this long. I think we've done a pretty good job." Not only was Tacoma Opera incorporated half a century ago, it's presented a full season each year

Best event with words: Creative Colloquy

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Best event with words: Creative Colloquy

Since it first appeared on the Web in February 2014, and most especially since its first public event at B Sharp Coffee House the following month, Creative Colloquy (CC) has taken Tacoma and the South Sound's literary community by storm. Readers and writers from Olympia and Puyallup, and all around

Best coffee house: Anthem Coffee

Features

Best coffee house: Anthem Coffee

Coffee is never hard to find in the Pacific Northwest, and Tacoma is no exception. A quick cup of Joe can be found on nearly every street corner.  Sometimes, however, we need a little more.  Sure, we need a good cup of coffee -- but we also need friendly service,

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