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How to avoid the Open

Outdoors

How to avoid the Open

If your plan is to stay as far away from the U.S. Open in University Place as you can, but staying home isn't what you want to do either, allow us to suggest a few alternatives: Cars There are a few car-related diversions to grab your fancy between June 15 and June

Keeping it off kilter

Music

Keeping it off kilter

"Clap Your Hands," the first song on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's self-titled debut, was met with a lot of resistance by music critics. The lo-fi, circus-y feel of the song, was interpreted as the band being needlessly difficult, especially as the entree to an album full of buzzing, synth-y,

Playful Lakewood

Arts

Playful Lakewood

Lakewood is regarded by most as a working-class town. Its own website calls it a "host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord." All well and good, but nothing about that identity screams "playground," though that is the theme for a new exhibit opening there. It may surprise you, then, to learn

Intriguing installations

Arts

Intriguing installations

I search my mind and my memory banks for clues as to the meanings of Nathan Orosco's installation, "Take It to the Bridge" and Sarah Casto's "We Part to Meet Again," but I can't imagine what must have been going through the artists' minds - what message, if any, they

Women and men

Stage

Women and men

Look. Women and men? They be different. Driving, shopping, asking for directions, watching sports, cooking their own food, planning weddings, being prone to or shunning commitment, knowing how to set the time on your VCR, etc. These are struggles we deal with every day of our lives! Luckily, there is

Getting fit with the kid

Military Life

Getting fit with the kid

Motherhood is a huge adjustment. For many women, especially new moms who stay home with their babies or work from home, it can be an isolating and difficult time. However, a program in DuPont and Lacey helps bring moms and their kids together for fun, fitness and friendship. Fit4Mom is one

Vacation Bible schools near JBLM

Military Life

Vacation Bible schools near JBLM

I have great memories of Vacation Bible School (VBS) from when I was young. I loved singing songs, doing crafts and making new friends.  Vacation Bible Schools have come a long way since then. Now there are fun themes, fancy snacks and planned activities (some even have T-shirts and awesome

Treating acne the Eastern way

Military Life

Treating acne the Eastern way

According to the website of the American Academy of Dermatology, up to 85 percent of young men and women between the ages of 12 and 24 suffer from some degree of acne. For those who are afflicted, acne is no laughing matter. It can lead to scarring, anxiety and even

Floating away PTSD

Military Life

Floating away PTSD

I was sitting in the waiting room at Northwest Float Center in Tacoma, reading the beginner's guide to floating, and feeling a bit of uncertainty. While deep meditation sounded amazing, I wasn't sure if being in a water pod for 75 minutes did. Floating is where a participant steps into a

Wear Combat Flip Flops

News

Wear Combat Flip Flops

Combat Flip Flops, the brainchild of former Army Rangers Matthew "Griff" Griffin and Donald Lee, is looking to partner with entrepreneurial veterans to help grow their company. The company manufactures clothing and apparel in countries impacted by conflict. By doing so, it hopes to provide employment to people, give them an

Markets abound near JBLM

Outdoors

Markets abound near JBLM

Farmers market season is upon us. Get ready for sunny days, warm weather and fresh, local fruits and vegetables. We're incredibly lucky to live in such a fertile area and have access to so many local farms and markets.  What better way to buy local and support small businesses than

McChord Chaplain Corps recognized

News Front

McChord Chaplain Corps recognized

At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, there are more than 2,100 airmen across 18 units in the Air Force Reserve Command's 446th Airlift Wing. All come from different walks of life and have the inalienable right to religious freedom while serving on the homeland and overseas. Charged with ensuring that freedom and providing

Hilltop Kitchen

Reviews

Hilltop Kitchen

There's a lot to be said about finding your favorite foods and eating them over and over again. After all, that is why these dishes have become our favorites. However, sometimes we just need to escape from our own comfort zone and try something new and unique in the hopes

WIN RAINIERS TICKETS

Online Contests

WIN RAINIERS TICKETS

Military families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Base Kitsap can enter to win a ton of tickets to see the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma courtesy of The Ranger, NW Airlifter, Northwest Military and Stars and Stripes newspapers.  We also will award some Summit Club seats as

Best places to watch the U.S. Open

Travel

Best places to watch the U.S. Open

If you're expecting the typical sports bars and restaurants to make up my list of best places to view the U.S. Open, you would be mistaken. This article is for the viewer who wants to view the most exciting event to be hosted by the Northwest since, well, last December's

Top five golf courses in the South Sound

Travel

Top five golf courses in the South Sound

Although I am not usually a writer, everyone on our staff suggested I write this story when we discussed featuring the top golf courses in the South Sound. Looks like my occasional runny nose, cough and low-grade fever on warm Friday afternoons aren't fooling anyone. In order to bring some

Take a hike

Travel

Take a hike

Currently, Grandview, the road in front of the U.S. Open is closed until after the tournament, more than a week later. Your opportunity to has come to an end. But, once the hoopla is over, you may return, and the best way to check out the enhancements and changes is on

Dining at the course

Travel

Dining at the course

The U.S. Open has us thinking a lot about golf, but also a little about food. And while it is near impossible at this point to get tickets to the big show, you can hang out on some other courses in the area to at least get close to the

Footgolf

Travel

Footgolf

When I am dead and gone, I hope to be incinerated and have my ashes scattered in a greenside bunker on whatever my favorite golf course is at the time. Then, whenever someone's ball lands in the bunker and he or she has to blast out of it, it's possible

Mind the windmill

Travel

Mind the windmill

He leans over his favorite putter, sweat and concentration marking his face. The stakes have never been higher. He's dominated this course for years, even as duffers like me dogged his heels and threatened his supremacy. He draws back, then taps the ball with laser precision. Spectators gasp as the

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