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The Steamboat Stringband Jamboree has Americana covered

Music

The Steamboat Stringband Jamboree has Americana covered

For as much as can be said about how loudly and resoundingly garage rock and grunge have dominated the music landscape of the Pacific Northwest, there's always been the existence of stringbands, plucking away on the edges. It's worth remembering, after all, that the official Washington state dance is the

Military Appreciation Day

Military Life

Military Appreciation Day

The City of Lakewood and the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) will host a "Military Appreciation Day" at Fort Steilacoom Park, May 15. The event honors members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord-based 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division  (2-2 SBCT). According to a release from the City of

Swap talk

News Front

Swap talk

The talk about a land swap between the City of Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord to move businesses out of McChord Field's dangerous clear zone is still just that. Talk. "The land swap is still in its conceptual stages; it is by no means a done deal," wrote John Caulfield, Lakewood's City

Are military kids okay?

Military Life

Are military kids okay?

They're strong and they're resilient. They're adaptable. They're well-travelled and fiercely patriotic. They're bright, inquisitive and eager to help out, whether that's at home or in their communities. They have advantages many kids don't: parents with jobs and steady incomes, healthcare, safe housing, good education systems and access to early

Pierce College presents 2015 Employment and Education Fair

Jobs & Education

Pierce College presents 2015 Employment and Education Fair

The Job Connections offices at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Pierce College Puyallup present their 2015 Employment and Education Fairs May 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Fort Steilacoom) and May 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Puyallup). The job fair at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom will be located

CalPortland wins major AUSA award

News Front

CalPortland wins major AUSA award

The word "contact" is both a noun and a verb.   It means that thought can become an action, like reaching out to soldiers when they've come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. "It does feel good to make contact with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community and thank them for all they do,"

Beer across the bridge

Bars & Clubs

Beer across the bridge

In the Northwest, beer and coffee are staples of the average diet. If you're looking for a well-sized, yet still approachable beer fest, look no further than the 4th Annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival. Each year, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival grows a bit. In its first year, only 11 brewers

253-Second Short Film Festival

South Sound Cinema

253-Second Short Film Festival

Over the past weekend, some 30 groups of ambitious filmmakers took to the streets to frantically craft short films for The Grand Cinema, all in service of the 253-Second Short Film Festival. Formerly known as the 72-Hour Film Festival, the event got rebranded this year to help further distinguish itself

Take a taste of the Mediterranean

Features

Take a taste of the Mediterranean

Nestled just minutes from downtown Tacoma, and on the edge of the historical Stadium District; The Hub restaurant and Harmon Taproom have become a Tacoma favorite. Though part of the Harmon Brewing Company, The Hub has its own unique atmosphere and neighborhood feel to it. Its bicycle-themed pub-style restaurant setting

Nothing to misunderstand

Music

Nothing to misunderstand

You might say that the release of Ethan Tucker's new album Misunderstood is a triumph, the overcoming of the Record Business' particularly harsh version of Murphy's Law. At first glance, it would seem that in the two years since he signed a contract with Capitol Records, everything that could have gone

Counting up

Music

Counting up

Limitations are part of what makes the greatest music so effective: pairing down what it's possible to do with the medium allows you to explore what's best to do. There's a reason why there are so few truly great double and triple albums. Bands like Queen and Joe Jackson have

Love and war

Stage

Love and war

Centerstage's For All That is a phenomenal show. I left the theater wondering how I could possibly review it when it left me speechless. In many ways, this performance is the best thing I've seen on stage in years, and the marvel of it is that it was written by

Art Chantry Speaks

Arts

Art Chantry Speaks

Art Chantry is Tacoma's most famous graphic designer, known worldwide, or at least USA-wide, for his rock concert posters and album covers. He's done work for Nirvana and Hole, and his art has been shown in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum,

Rock on with bouldering

Outdoors

Rock on with bouldering

Dirt bag. Rock fiend. Send master. Also known as rock climbers. Around here they are dedicated, motivated and officially insane. They live for this stuff. Especially boulderers. Bouldering outside is its own adrenalin rush. You haul in crash pads (large portable mats that offer some protection for a hard landing)

Military wives continue education through beauty school

Military Life

Military wives continue education through beauty school

Crystal Wilkerson enjoys the creative freedom she gets to practice at beauty school. The Tacoma 28-year-old mother of three is getting ready to complete a program at the Tacoma campus of BJ's Beauty & Barber College to become a stylist.   "You can change anybody's look to anything they want," Wilkerson

Six questions for your AFA president

Military Life

Six questions for your AFA president

Amy Tiemeyer is in the middle of her presidency of the Air Force Association at McChord Field as she also prepares to become president of the Capt. Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army next month. She is military liaison for America's Credit Union, and an

JBLM SPOUSE Magazine May 2015

Spouse magazine

JBLM SPOUSE Magazine May 2015

SPOUSE magazine is a free, online magazine that addresses the unique needs and interests of military spouses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. SPOUSE speaks to our reader's values and

Fast food discounts

Military Life

Fast food discounts

When I was in high school, our Spanish class traveled to Mexico to absorb the culture. One night, we were sitting around in the lobby of the hotel deciding what to do about dinner when one of my classmates came screaming into the room. "GUYS!" he yelled. "I FOUND A

Where to find moving boxes

Military Life

Where to find moving boxes

Rarely does an individual or family stay in one residence for a lifetime. On average, Americans are destined to move at least 12 times, and each year, especially during the summer months, some 43 million people will pack up their possessions and relocate. Most agree that moving can be a very

Asian and Jamaican to your door

Military Life

Asian and Jamaican to your door

Who doesn't love pizza? But, as a go-to week after week, even this favorite dining pastime gets old. So who does a JBLM-ite turn to when getting in the car and getting it yourself won't work? Three area restaurants deliver to the base.How fortunate The Fortune Cookie in downtown DuPont will

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