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Great date spots for Cinco de Mayo

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Great date spots for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year. While you may not want to go out and party hardy with the margaritas, there's nothing wrong with skipping home cooking that night and heading out for a little Mexican food! But that's no reason to head to Taco Bell either.

Memorial Day picnics

Outdoors

Memorial Day picnics

While Memorial Day gets buzz as a day of sales and public pool openings, the reality is the holiday is a day of remembrance. Memorial Day stands to remember those who have fallen while serving in the country's armed forces. Visiting one of the area's many memorials is the perfect way

Where to take the kids on sunny days

Outdoors

Where to take the kids on sunny days

The sun is out, the kids are restless and the last thing you want to do is watch another episode of Dora the Explorer. What to do? Go outside! Tacoma and surrounding cities and towns have so many fabulous green spaces to offer. Chances are there's a park with a great

Thurston Bountiful Byways

Outdoors

Thurston Bountiful Byways

Farm-to-bottle tastes at a family run distillery, Icelandic lamb and u-pick blueberries available for purchase, hiking through mysterious Mima Mounds or a beautiful sculpture park. These are just a few of the stops along a 60-mile stretch of road, one that lives up to its name - Thurston Bountiful Byway.  Dotted

Summer camp roundup

Military Life

Summer camp roundup

Quick story: I went to a summer camp called CYO (the Catholic Youth Organization) for reasons that are unexplainable. I didn't grow up religious, but this was a necessity for some reason. There was a steep, dangerous hill, adorned with gnarled roots, that kids could climb up and then slide

Tacoma to receive Royal visit

News Front

Tacoma to receive Royal visit

As Pacific Lutheran University prepares for a commencement that marks their 125th anniversary; they choose to celebrate the graduating class with the acknowledgement of the university's rich Norwegian Heritage. PLU has a long history of seeking out Norwegian exchange students to bring to the United States, as well as sending

Remembering those who gave their lives

News Front

Remembering those who gave their lives

Formerly known as Decoration Day, the last Monday in May has come to be known as Memorial Day, a day for remembering those who have died, specifically those who have died in the service of their nation. It is a time for our nation to remember, reflect and heal. For decades,

Hunt in the Harbor

Outdoors

Hunt in the Harbor

Are you looking for a fun Memorial Day Activity? Would you like to explore the lovely little town of Gig Harbor? Tom Taylor Family YMCA, in partnership with MultiCare Gig Harbor Medical Park, Olympic Property Group, Columbia Bank, and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, presents the Gig Harbor Street Scramble, Saturday,

Shrimpfest time

Features

Shrimpfest time

Benjamin Buford Blue, otherwise known as Bubba to Forrest Gump fans, was right: "Shrimp is the fruit of the sea." And Phil Thenstedt, organizer of ShrimpFest, says Bubba would love the festival this weekend in Brinnon. The Hood Canal's famous spot shrimp will be star of the festival, which runs from 10

Waves of chocolate

Features

Waves of chocolate

Whether it's a date night or girls night out that you seek, you can hardly go wrong with wine and chocolate - the pillars of any evening on the town worth its salt. Fortunately for all, Waves of Perfection is here to turn the afternoon of May 23 into an

Italian around the corner

Reviews

Italian around the corner

Italian food sometimes appears to be around just about every corner, but knowing which corner to turn is the tricky part. Do I want it fast? Do I want it authentic? Do I want it cheap? Finding all of these in one place would be molto bello! And Pellegrino's in

Living A Life in the Theatre

Stage

Living A Life in the Theatre

Sitting in the corner of my room, in a box I've yet to unpack in my relatively new place, is a copy of the scripts for two David Mamet plays: Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Duck Variations. I picked the copy up at a used book store over a

Grey matter

Music

Grey matter

As I've said before, my taste in music, like most people's, was vastly shaped by my parents. When they couldn't decide between exposing me to Bread and Carole King (my mom's soft-rock preference) or Gentle Giant and King Crimson (my dad's proggy wheelhouse), they settled on oldies, which is where

"Boycott" opens in Olympia

Arts

"Boycott" opens in Olympia

The featured art exhibition at Obsidian Café in Olympia is "Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism," a traveling poster exhibit of 58 posters highlighting diverse historical boycott movements from Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott that fired up the civil rights movement in the 1950s to today's Palestinian call

Go to Manufacturing school

Jobs & Education

Go to Manufacturing school

Fundamentals shape destinies. For many members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community transitioning from active-duty to civilian duty, understanding the basics of the career they want to pursue is vital. "The program we're in here at Clover Park Technical College is about fundamentals, the basics," explained Spc. Jeff Rosser, 2nd Battalion, 1st

Offering counsel, support to families

News

Offering counsel, support to families

In times of horrific tragedy and grief, volunteer chaplains assigned to police and fire departments are often called to counsel families in their most trying moments. Where many would rather turn away, chaplains are tasked to offer pastoral support and aid in extreme crisis calls. Since 2003, the DuPont Police Department has

“The American Soldier” comes to Washington State History Museum

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“The American Soldier” comes to Washington State History Museum

The rise in popularity of photography as both an art form and as a means of reporting on and archiving historical events coincided with the American Civil War, the first major war to be extensively photographed. Photographers such as Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan brought the gritty reality of

New club in Town

Music

New club in Town

With pro lighting, sound and fog machine, professional musicians and amateur singers forged together on stage to create renditions of everything from Tool to country and R&B, and even Disney's Frozen anthem, "Let it Go." This was the scene on a recent Wednesday at The Town, Tacoma's newest venue. The 7,000-square-foot space,

Mr. McChord retires

News Front

Mr. McChord retires

Everyone knows Jonathan Harris. Case in point.  Lt. Col. Anna Sullivan, public affairs officer at McChord's 446th Airlift Wing, sat on a deserted South Pacific island several years ago when a man approached from down the beach.  Too awkward not to say something, seeing the two of them were the only

Toast the troops

Bars & Clubs

Toast the troops

It can be fun, but drinking beer isn't usually considered a way to help others. It can be, though, if the brew you choose is Homefront IPA. All proceeds from the India pale ale, brewed by Fremont Brewing Co. and nine other breweries around the country, go to nonprofit organizations that

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