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Poulsbo celebrates Viking Fest

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Poulsbo celebrates Viking Fest

Jorgen Eliason, an immigrant from Norway, settled along the lush, green area of the Kitsap Peninsula that is now known as Poulsbo along with his family. Historians say their settlement along Liberty Bay (formerly Dog Fish Bay) opened the door to hundreds of Norwegian and Scandanavian immigrants in the late

JBLM Babywearers

Military Life

JBLM Babywearers

Starting a new phase of life with a new baby isn't always easy. Even something as simple as how to carry your little one might be trickier than you anticipated. That's where groups like JBLM Babywearers come in. Babywearing is just what it sounds like - a method of keeping your

Free CDL training

Jobs & Education

Free CDL training

Veterans leaving the military looking for a new career are eligible to take a free training course to earn their Commercial Driver's License (CDL), saving them at least $3,000. Puget Sound Educational Service District is offering the free training, which requires 260 hours of volunteer driving with the Road to Independence

Are military kids OK? part 2

Military Life

Are military kids OK? part 2

Many military children are doing well, as reported in last week's Ranger newspaper. But, a smaller percentage of these kids struggle with military life. This is the second half of that report. Many of the issues practitioners see in military kids - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, mood disorders and personality

Luxx hairstyle tips for your next military ball

Military Life

Luxx hairstyle tips for your next military ball

There's a lot of preparation that goes into any formal event, and military balls are no exception. While selecting just the right dress and shoes may or may not be challenging, often one of the trickiest parts of getting ready is what to do with your hair. Never fear! Help is

Promoting holistic medicine

News Front

Promoting holistic medicine

Tai Chi, breathing techniques and mindful eating are among exercises that medical professionals will take part in during a 2.5-day class scheduled for Army clinics across the country. A team, from Army Medical Command, is going on the road to show doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners the value of holistic

Tis the season

Military Life

Tis the season

Summer is right around the corner, and above-ground wood-burning fire pits are just the ticket for outdoor entertaining on balmy evenings. Since they're generally allowed in most neighborhoods, even folks living on base can use them on their own property as long as they are commercially purchased and placed at

Busy JBLM mom helps where and when she can

Military Life

Busy JBLM mom helps where and when she can

As a stay-at-home mom and mother of two young children, Jenessa Boothby's life is already busy, filled with chores and clean-ups. But Jenessa, whose husband, Kevin Boothby is assigned with the 52nd Medical Brigade at JBLM, still finds the time to help when she can. Last summer, Jenessa and her husband took

Foraging for morel mushrooms on base

Features

Foraging for morel mushrooms on base

It's morel mushroom season in the Pacific Northwest, and sources tell us the edible fungus can be found at Joint Base-Lewis McChord near the cemetery. We talked to Alex Anton, the executive chef at the Smoke + Cedar about how to choose good mushrooms, how to prepare them and what you

Summer theater classes

Stage

Summer theater classes

For children bitten by the acting bug there are opportunities galore in the South Puget Sound region to learn and to perform with summer theater camps and classes. Starting with Olympia Family Theater in Olympia, a relative newcomer among area theaters that produces fantastic theater geared toward children and performed by

Celebrating with pride

Arts

Celebrating with pride

June is Pride month throughout the land. Except for Tacoma, where Pride blossoms a month later in July. Pride month means more than parades and festivals. It means businesses and community organizations celebrating and affirming all during the month. Rainbow flags and banners fly from downtown buildings long before the actual

South Sound festivals in May

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South Sound festivals in May

May is the start of festival season in the South Sound - the weather warms up, the sun comes out most days (at least, let's hope it does) and events galore take to local parks, green spaces and venues. Almost all South Sound festivals make great family events, and a

Blue Star Museum

Arts

Blue Star Museum

Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico" is a major coup for Tacoma Art Museum. This major national touring exhibition featuring 22 of O'Keeffe's paintings and 42 paintings by her contemporaries who lived and worked in New Mexico for a while. Over a period of approximately 30

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

Marriage enricher

Military Life

Marriage enricher

Marriage is not always easy. Even the best of relationships are tested from time to time, from newlyweds to those who have reached their Golden Anniversary. For married couples, singles contemplating marriage or newly engaged couples, Spoken Word Ministries in Spanaway is hosting a two-part event Saturday, May 23 that seeks

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

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