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A very loud weekend

Music

A very loud weekend

I think it's safe to say that I'm a wimp. Let me count the ways: I have a bad hip at age 28; I sometimes listen to Iron & Wine before falling to sleep, Sam Beam's hushed voice spiriting me away to a dream land where I almost always miss

Papercuts, pastels and prints

Arts

Papercuts, pastels and prints

I have been following Sherry Buckner's art, mostly in shows at Childhood's End, for well over 20 years. Her latest serigraphs and pastels might be her best yet. There are two groups of these works in the current show. On the first group of panels as you enter the gallery

Alice in Wonderland at Olympia Family Theater

Stage

Alice in Wonderland at Olympia Family Theater

Come out of the rain to kick off spring with Olympia Family Theater's production of Alice in Wonderland - a lot of fun for kids from 3 to 73. Adapted from the book by Lewis Carroll by the multi-talented writer/director/actor Kate Ayers and directed by OFT co-founder and artistic director

Finely crafted

Reviews

Finely crafted

ANNOUNCER: Olympia is not brimming with four-star restaurants. There are some, and they are still around because they have passed the test of time, consistently putting out great food. Gardner's Seafood and Pasta is one of the success stories. JASON: I love this space.  From the outside, tucked near the farmers

Fast fingers

Stage

Fast fingers

When Symphony Tacoma presents works by Beethoven and Mozart this Saturday - Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19 and Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201, respectively - the concert will add extra treats for classical music lovers. For one thing, there'll be two bonus selections:

Jonathan Kite

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Jonathan Kite

In the dark days before I started writing for this fine rag, I was hired on at an ice cream shop for a very silly reason. It was during a group interview and, when asked if I had any special talents, I offered that I could do an impression. Rather

Drop your kids off!

Arts

Drop your kids off!

If you have ever planned anything: weddings, birthday parties, 50th anniversaries, what ever it may have been, during this process you probably asked yourself a few qualifying questions. "When? Where? How? And Why?" Depending on the answer or dependent on how you carried on with your planning, if it was

Chow down, Olympia

Features

Chow down, Olympia

The Capital Food & Wine Festival is an annual 501(c)(3) fundraiser for Saint Martin's University in Lacey. Al Eckroth, director of the first and second installments, describes it as "a huge annual block party, where neighbors and friends unite in a spirit of community." The festival "began in 1989 as a

Between us and Venus

News

Between us and Venus

A nice planet is hard to find. That's why local author David Zink spent most of his life cherishing our little corner of the cosmos and working diligently to protect its environment for future generations. Zink's eco-friendliness owes in part to a childhood on his family's fishing resort in northern Minnesota. While

Teeing up history

Online Newspapers

Teeing up history

Joseph Caster thought whacking a little ball with a big club provided good physical training for his soldiers. Brig. Gen. Caster assumed command of Fort Lewis in 1929, during a period in which a great deal of construction occurred. Soon after taking command, he made it clear that he would leave

Put a little sparkle in your life

Military Life

Put a little sparkle in your life

Whenever I am in a bad mood or the 100th day without sun is starting to get to me, I love to go to my favorite blog, SparklingCharm.com.  The brainchild of Joint Base Lewis-McChord military spouse, Gwyn Nielsen, Sparkling Charm is an online space literally designed to make you happy. Nielsen

Choir goes to Carnegie

Military Life

Choir goes to Carnegie

Photo caption: The Chamber Choir is made up of seniors Abby Kelley, Sierra Flake, Claire Enfield, Marisa Cantu, Jaein Cho, Frank Kaufmann, David Denizard-Cruz, Ryan Marchant, Nate Lazarte, Dallin Skinner, junior Angely Tagomata, Hope Stowers, Austin Cortez and sophomores Helaina Kaufmann, Josiah Hampton and Declan Winegar. Choir director, Kasey Eck,

Wellness alive on base

Military Life

Wellness alive on base

When one has health, that person has everything. It is good to keep this "everything." To that end, the performance triad of optimal exercise, good nutrition and enough sleep are the components of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. "This three-level approach to health is empowerment, and there is demonstrable evidence that shows this makes

Military powerlifters gather in Tacoma

Military Life

Military powerlifters gather in Tacoma

From regular Atlas to Charles Atlas, the classic image of a powerlifter that endures in the public consciousness - the gigantic, muscular meathead - shares more in common with turn-of-the-century circus strongmen than it does with present-day reality. With all due respect to Atlas and his literal "world record", almost

Military Life

DIY car repairs on JBLM

Whether you’re a car expert or novice, the JBLM Auto Centers on Lewis Main and McChord Field provide visitors with a chance to work on their vehicles in a professional setting with assistance nearby for those who need it. Both centers provide people with valid military IDs

Military family feels call to foster

Military Life

Military family feels call to foster

Air Force veteran and military spouse Virginia "Ginny" Krause keeps her hands full as a foster parent while raising three children. Since arriving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord three years ago, the Krauses have fostered two long-term children and one emergency placement and provided respite care for other foster parents. "My wife

Military Care Package Supply Drive

Military Life

Military Care Package Supply Drive

Two years ago, Maggie Connors, Army wife and Edward Jones financial advisor, decided that she wanted to find a way to give back to the military community. After she bounced ideas back and forth with her husband, she settled on sending deployed Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers care packages. Connor's idea

Health

Good posture key to healthy running form

The age-old saying, “no pain, no gain” used by athletic coaches in the weight room is a lie. The real way to improve health and fitness should not involve any pain, according to Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella — an Air Force Reservist and professor at West Virginia

Health

Surgery gives JBLM spouse new lease on life

More than anything, wanting to give her daughter another sibling is what led Tessa Fautherree to her doctor’s exam room to talk to him about surgery. Living with polycystic ovary syndrome required that Fautherree seek out an infertility clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center if she wanted

Every Day is Veterans Day

News Front

Every Day is Veterans Day

Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient Justin Constantine designed and created a desktop calendar to honor servicemembers and veterans. "There's no desktop calendar specifically honoring veterans and servicemembers," he said.  "This is a great way to show our greater military community how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice." The Every

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