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Top four bars with bands

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Top four bars with bands

New Frontier: The New Frontier Lounge has been mentioned in many Weekly Volcano music features as the place that hot Tacoma and touring bands play. The venue is grungy, yet nice. Big enough for solid sound, yet intimate. Good drinks, good service. Yep, New Frontier is a music and alcohol

Meet Bartender Jon Merithew, King Solomon’s Reef

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Meet Bartender Jon Merithew, King Solomon’s Reef

Knowing how much Olympia loves King Solomon's Reef and its kick-ass staff, I decided to play a little Reef Roulette and interview whichever bartender was on shift. So I stroll down on a Friday afternoon, and after my eyes adjust to the dimly lit bar, I realize the bartender is

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Top Meat Markets in Tacoma

To nail down just one place to pick up someone you could potentially "nail down" is difficult and too general.  Each person has a different attraction, so why not categorize rather than generalize your potential hook up?  Unless you're straight up "easy"... then any of these places will work.   Dirty Oscar's

Top specialty drinks in Tacoma

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Top specialty drinks in Tacoma

There's certainly a list containing South Puget Sound's Top 25 specialty drinks, but due to space limitations (Damn editors!), I'll condense it to my top three, in no particular order:   Stonegate Pizza's Rockin' Mai Tai: Developed by Stonegate's very own Jeff Call, this drink has you swimming in multiple exotic rums. 

Five great ways to get tipsy in Tacoma

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Five great ways to get tipsy in Tacoma

I don't want to tell you what to drink, but, well, I'm going to. Or at the very least, guide you toward the best cocktail creations being shaken, poured and blended in Tacoma.   If you want to drink in the morning, the Bacon Bloody Mary at Paddy Coyne's is your answer.

Army wife’s campaign highlights combat stresses

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Army wife’s campaign highlights combat stresses

FROM ARMY TIMES... Ashley Wise was about to do something foolish. Instead, she stripped off her shirt, grabbed her husband's AR15 assault rifle and a bottle of eyeliner and asked her friend for some help. Wise had just told her neighbor and fellow Army wife she was seriously considering

Get involved this summer at theater camp

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Get involved this summer at theater camp

For at least 12 years, Gig Harbor's Paradise Theatre has been molding today's youth into tomorrow's next generation of on stage performers.  From musical theater summer camps to year-round Broadway performances, Paradise Theatre has made its mark on entertainment in the South Puget Sound.   Introduce your child to the art of

Day tripping to Vashon Island

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Day tripping to Vashon Island

Day trips are fun.   One of the places I like to take my family and spend a lazy day is Vashon Island.  I like its quietness, its quaintness.   Our little tip began with a 15-minute ferryboat ride across Dalco Passage in Puget Sound from the Point Defiance terminal to the Tahlequah terminal.   Our

Grab your kilt and bagpipe

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Grab your kilt and bagpipe

The 66th annual Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering is full of music, games and even a good ol' fashion ceilidh - a Gaelic party filled with stomping-good music. The festival takes place on July 28 and 29.   Festivities open on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with the Massing of Pipes

Visiting the town of Snoqualmie, Wa

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Visiting the town of Snoqualmie, Wa

Snoqualmie is about the same distance from Tacoma as Seattle, but with a lot less traffic and better scenery. Snoqualmie is most-known for impressive Snoqualmie Falls and Snoqualmie Casino-and while these two attractions could fill the better part of a day, they are certainly not all there is to do

Unwind or get romantic at beaches throughout Tacoma and Olympia

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Unwind or get romantic at beaches throughout Tacoma and Olympia

Unlike most parts of the world, Pacific Northwest beaches aren't just for sunbathing and splashing in the water. Even in the summer, most of the water is too cold to venture more than ankle deep into. But beaches near Tacoma offer a unique brand of Northwest fun year round-ruggedly beautiful

Pierce County Library System offers summer program for kids

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Pierce County Library System offers summer program for kids

There's one question that's on almost everyone's mind these days, and it's, "How can I entertain my kids this summer without breaking the bank?"   Aside from falling victim to the crazy couponing trend and hitting the streets to collect aluminum cans, one can help save money this summer by borrowing books

JBLM kid to compete in local beauty pageant

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JBLM kid to compete in local beauty pageant

On a whim last fall, 9-year old MacKenzie Booth googled beauty pageants on the Internet and found one in Tacoma.   She entered her name.   "I was so happy when I passed auditions," MacKenzie said, "that I screamed and jumped for joy."   On Aug. 9-12, she will be represent Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the

Shoreline adventures await at Washington coast

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Shoreline adventures await at Washington coast

Summer is a time to slow down a bit, soak up some sun (when it is out!), and perhaps take part in a little adventure seeking. Some fun adventures can be easily found along right here in Washington along the coast. Hop in your car and enjoy the scenic two-hour

County makes sure incarcerated vets don’t fall through cracks

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County makes sure incarcerated vets don’t fall through cracks

Pierce County does everything in its power to make military personnel feel at home when they're stationed at the two bases within its borders - even military personnel who get crosswise with the law. But the services provided by the Pierce County Veterans Bureau aren't available just to the men

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Lady Warrior Project combines storytelling, therapy, resources

Army veteran Nichole Bowen understands that female veterans and Servicemembers have a unique story to tell. And through the Lady Warrior Project, she seeks to combine women's experiences in combat with healing and empowerment. The project, a proposed book sharing many different stories written by female Servicemembers, is coming together as

NCO of the year Sgt. Dariuz Krzywonos is a worthy candidate

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NCO of the year Sgt. Dariuz Krzywonos is a worthy candidate

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Sometimes the race is to the swift - sometimes, to those who just keep running. Once in awhile, however, there happens along that one, who, after years of running, is still swift - and still winning. How does one gain such an edge?   "Above all else,

Taking Stress Out of Reintegration

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Taking Stress Out of Reintegration

The Defense Department is working to "fundamentally transform" the nation's understanding of the invisible wounds of war, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has said, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological and Traumatic Brain Injury.   DCoE is out in front on recognizing psychological

Grants to connect Veterans, Families to Local Transportation

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Grants to connect Veterans, Families to Local Transportation

Veterans and their families will have better access to local bus, vanpool and other transportation options with $29 million in grants, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today. During a conference call with reporters, LaHood said the grants will fund 64 projects in 33 states to help veterans,

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