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Exploring the Olympia Armory

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Exploring the Olympia Armory

Did you know that the Washington Army National Guard has an armory in downtown Olympia? Even if you did, do you know what they do? On a day-to-day basis, the building serves as the headquarters of the 2d Battalion, 146 Field Artillery Regiment, which is part of the 81st Armored Brigade

NCOs participate in Stryker Master Trainer Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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NCOs participate in Stryker Master Trainer Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

They rotated out in groups of four or five Soldiers each. The noncommissioned officers from the 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, focused on the lesson at hand-mounting and dismounting a .50-caliber machine gun on a Stryker vehicle. This block of instruction is part of six-week Stryker Master Trainer

Urban Spelunker: North Proctor District in Tacoma

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Urban Spelunker: North Proctor District in Tacoma

Just a hop away from Tacoma's Ruston Way and downtown areas lies the Proctor District. Within this charming walkable district, the "heart" surrounds North 26th with retail shops, eateries and more lined up nicely in a row. Once you hit North 30th, though it appears a little sleepy and more

"No Way Out": Focusing on military suicides

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"No Way Out": Focusing on military suicides

It is a sad fact that the military is losing servicemembers to suicide at a rate that continues to climb. One former Army officer is poised to explore the problem, identify causes and, hopefully, work toward a solution ... through a film he is crowdfunding through Kickstarter. John Shaff, who described himself

Visual Edge: Figures and abstractions by Michael Kaniecki

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Visual Edge: Figures and abstractions by Michael Kaniecki

Michael Kaniecki draws with authority. Folks like me who have spent a lifetime in and around college art departments might say his figure drawings are like the stuff you see in every figure drawing class, and there's some truth to that; but Kaniecki does it better than most. He has a

Washington National Guardsman headed to West Point Prep

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Washington National Guardsman headed to West Point Prep

Creating an opportunity to excel is hard work. Spc. Christian Ackerman lives and breathes this idea. "He is an outstanding young soldier who has a great plan for his future," wrote Capt. Joseph Siemandel, his company commander. Ackerman's road to creating opportunity for himself - and his country - begins in July at

JBLM veterinary readiness training exercise serves animal needs in Belize

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JBLM veterinary readiness training exercise serves animal needs in Belize

COROZAL, Belize - A U.S. Army veterinary team joined with representatives of the Belize Agricultural Health Authority and Belize Public Health officials April 7-17 with the intent to boost the meat production of livestock, as well as the health of all animals in the Corozal region, Belize. BAHA veterinarian Dr. Joe

Wednesday, April 30: Clarinetist Eddie Daniels

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Wednesday, April 30: Clarinetist Eddie Daniels

Ah, the clarinet. It's the godfather of the woodwinds. You only have, say, a half-inch diameter to blow through. If you don't blow properly, it makes a loud, annoying noise. But if it's blown through properly, it's a beautiful instrument. The sound is so mellow, and soothing, and healing and

Wednesday, April 30, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Ted Brown Music Company Tacoma - South. Uke 'An Jam. All Ages. 6:30-8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Cascade Community Center JBLM-Lewis Main. Bar Bingo in Heroes Lounge. No cash prizes. 7 pm. Pints & Quarts Pub Westside Olympia - Westside. Bingo. Win prizes. 8:30 pm. NC. Tacoma Comedy

Tuesday, April 29: Taco Tuesday with the Don Cohen Jazz Quartet

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Tuesday, April 29: Taco Tuesday with the Don Cohen Jazz Quartet

Not that anyone needs another excuse to eat tacos, but Southbay Dickerson's BBQ in Olympia has declared Tuesday the day of the taco. And while barbecue and tacos may not sound harmonious on the surface, the principle behind "low and slow" cooking crosses any border. These hybrid

Tuesday, April 29, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Acoustic open mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Barstool Bingo. 6:30 pm. White Horse Tavern Yelm. Barstool Bingo. Prizes! 7 pm.

Monday, April 28: Creative Colloquay

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Monday, April 28: Creative Colloquay

Monday, the Weekly Volcano's art critic's prose will be read by the Weekly Volcano's theater critic at Creative Colloquay, which was founded by the Weekly Volcano's food critic. The Volcano's 12 pages can't hold these talented folks. The literary event will also feature storytellers Jack Cameron, Titus Burley, J Anne

Monday, April 28, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Monday, April 28, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Steilacoom Pub and Grill Steilacoom. Monday Music, featuring James Coates. 7 pm. BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday with Black Rose. 7 pm. NC. Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Rafael Tranquilino and Brooke Lizotte Experimental Jam. 8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES The Hub Tacoma -

Sunday, April 27: Bethel Schneebeck Organ Recital

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Sunday, April 27: Bethel Schneebeck Organ Recital

Paul Fritts' organ has a following. In fact, it's so awesome he's being honored for it Sunday. Fritts and his team of artisans in Tacoma craft thousands of wood and steel components into some of the most graceful and inspiring modern pipe organs in the world. One of these artworks

Sunday, April 27, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

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Sunday, April 27, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night. 6-9 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted by Tim Hall. 8 pm. The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Little Bill & The Bluenotes. 7 pm. NC. Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Sunday Blues

Saturday, April 26: Dragon Boat Festival

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Saturday, April 26: Dragon Boat Festival

Legend has it that in the 4th century BCE, Chinese poet and statesmen Qu Yuan, tired of being repeatedly slandered and persecuted by the controlling political regime, threw himself into the Milo River to drown. News quickly spread of this, resulting in local fishermen rushing to save him. Years following

Saturday, April 26, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Saturday, April 26, 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Kendra Shank, John Stowell. All Ages. 8 pm. $10-$15. Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Polecat. 9 pm. NC. BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Hambone Blues Band. 9 pm. NC. Jeremy's Farm To Table -

Friday, April 25: Ben Rice and the Illamatics

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Friday, April 25: Ben Rice and the Illamatics

When 25-year-old Ben Rice opened his mouth to sing, I did not expect to hear the voice of an old soul, belted out in the honey-haggard tone of one who has been singing for a career, but that's exactly what happened. Combine with quick-picking on the guitar (sometimes on a

Friday, April 25-Sunday, April 27: 2014 Lakewood Sister Cities International Festival and ArtsFest Celebration

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Friday, April 25-Sunday, April 27: 2014 Lakewood Sister Cities International Festival and ArtsFest Celebration

Each year, the Lakewood Sister Cities Association holds a three-day festival highlighting the culture of one of its sister cities. This year, the organization is proud to bring the rich culture of Okinawa, Japan to the area with its 2014 International Festival and ArtsFest Celebration. The festival runs April 25 to

Friday, April 25 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

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Friday, April 25 2014: South Puget Sound Live Music, Comedy and DJs Calendar:

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Dub Narcotic Studio Olympia - downtown. Dub Narcotic Studio Open House, plus live performance by Lowest Pair (7 pm). 5:30-8:30 pm. NC. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Olympia Waldorf School Orchestra, Backroads, Quebecois Band. All Ages. 5 pm. NC. BLUES Stonegate Pizza Tacoma -

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