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Downtown Tacoma social parties begins June 12

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There’s a specific, sweet conversation that I seem to be having over and over these days, and it never manages to bore me:

I LOVE Tacoma, and apparently you do, too.

I wind up with this topic week in and week out with every different kind of person imaginable.

Thousands of you love Tacoma for our arts and culture. Others appreciate T-Town because it’s like Seattle used to be before everyone moved there. Several of you are stoked on the rapid growth and development. Many of you know that rolling up your sleeves can really make a difference here. Of course, there are also a helluva lot of you who just love Tacoma’s dirty, gritty foundation. All of you love Tacoma because it’s where you find your Weekly Volcano.

But the point of the matter is that the majority of you are loving Tacoma independent of one another. What a shame.

I have great news, though: There’s a group that’s formed to unite you little T-Town hustlers.

Love Tacoma (that’s the name, and I doubt we’ll ever wear it out) is a group of volunteers who have come together to create fun social engagements in downtown Tacoma to unite 20-and-30-somethings.

The group formed as a result of a Creative Cities workshop where various community leaders converged to figure out how they could make Tacoma smooth enough to continue to attract and retain creative professionals like you and me.

Love Tacoma has now become an assemblage of smart, fun people from various organizations such as Tacoma School of the Arts, BCRA, the City of Tacoma, and The Emergency Food Network. They also partner with groups such as United Way’s Project: U, and the Young Professionals Network of Tacoma-Pierce County.

They know that the fusion between good times, meeting good people and Tacoma’s backdrop of endless, amazing amenities will continue to compel you to live, work, play and stay here.

Now as for social engagements, you can bet they’ll be cool, because I’m so very honored to tell you that Love Tacoma has asked me to develop the list of things that we’ll be up to. Yahoo!

So bust out your planners and Blackberries and mark dem calendars:

The first-ever Love Tacoma event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on June 12 at the Pacific Grill. We’ll slide in to mingle jingle and experience a signature Love Tacoma cocktail that the PG has been kind enough to create for us. The PG has also extended their happy hour until 7 p.m. for those killer $5 treats. They just might have some other tricks up their sleeve that you’ll have to show up to experience. Sweet!

Trust me: The PG loves Tacoma just as much as we do, and they love you, too.

The best part about Love Tacoma is that everyone is invited to these parties — EVERYONE.

With that, your involvement in Love Tacoma is mandatory and it’s simple: Just show up on June 12 and let’s party on down.

Loving Tacoma never felt so good.

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