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Top 10 Fourth of July events in the South Sound

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Top 10 Fourth of July events in the South Sound

With many eyes on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Tacoma's Fourth of July festivals, you may think that is the beginning and end of it. Here are the Top 10 in the area we'd suggest:TACOMA AREA1. Freedom Fest:Let's start with Freedom Fest at JBLM, the annual celebration that invites the public

JBLM Freedom Fest

Outdoors

JBLM Freedom Fest

Red, white, blue and camouflage will be the thematic colors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for its Freedom Fest celebration, which begins at noon on Independence Day. Civilians will get the chance to celebrate the holiday with members of the Armed Forces. The free event, now in its 20th year, will

Navy's 4th celebration

Outdoors

Navy's 4th celebration

With summer in full swing, many people are already thinking about how they will spend their 4th of July. It is the holiday that brings everyone together to celebrate the very freedoms that we enjoy each and every day. Whether you choose to stay at home to celebrate or travel

Top 10 hot dogs in the South Sound area

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Top 10 hot dogs in the South Sound area

The days are long, the grill is fired up, and baseball is in full-swing. And to complement those hallmarks of summer, especially the Fourth of July weekend, we can't forget the all-American hot dog. In the Puget Sound, we're not immediately known for hot dogs (more really for our coffee), and

Freedom of a great burger

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Freedom of a great burger

Summer weather screams for a backyard BBQ, sprinklers in the yard, and the sound of the ice cream truck roaming the neighborhood.  But sometimes you just need to put the pot-luck burger aside and head out for a burger made by people who make them for a living.  There are

'Special Ops Super Car' will be at Tacoma's Freedom Fair

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'Special Ops Super Car' will be at Tacoma's Freedom Fair

This 4th of July, Tacoma will get a visit from the U.S. Air Force's "Special Ops Super Car," better known as Vapor. The car will be at the Camp Patriot location (Marine Park) of the Tacoma Freedom Fair, which is produced by the La Stella Foundation as part of the

Parrot Heads with Purpose

Music

Parrot Heads with Purpose

The term "Parrot Head" was coined in 1985 at a Jimmy Buffett concert in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the show, Jimmy commented about everyone wearing Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats and how they kept coming back to see his shows, just like Grateful Dead followers, Deadheads. Thus, the term "Parrot Head"

JBLM Youth Football Camp

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JBLM Youth Football Camp

A hot summer workout with ever-changing athletic drills is something that not only servicemembers are used to, but also current and former Seattle Seahawks players Derrick Coleman Jr., Marcus Trufant and Jermaine Kearse. Surprisingly, none of these NFL greats were the focus of the spotlight this past weekend on Joint Base

Triple unity

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Triple unity

Sports are a unifying concept. Just ask the cities of Lacey and Lakewood and their big neighbor Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Beginning with this past weekend's Black Hills Triathlon in Lacey, competitors from around the Puget Sound area competed in the first leg of a triple triathlon threat. Let's set the table about triathlons. For

Visit Port Townsend

Travel

Visit Port Townsend

Do you dream of warm, sunny days on a sandy beach? Then you won't want to miss out on Port Townsend. A short road trip away, this vibrant beach community is less than a two-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. One of only three Victorian waterfronts in the U.S., Port

Spouse Magazine July 2015

Spouse magazine

Spouse Magazine July 2015

SPOUSE magazine is a free, online magazine that addresses the unique needs and interests of military spouses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Base

Important facts to know about braces for your child

Military Life

Important facts to know about braces for your child

For many children, braces are an integral part of childhood. A rite of passage, if you will - from crooked, crowded, poorly aligned teeth to a healthy, picture-perfect smile. But the subject of braces can be confusing - and even a little bit intimidating - for parents. When should I have

Jesus was an airborne Ranger

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Jesus was an airborne Ranger

A curious visitor dropped in on his local church to hear a Sunday sermon.  Later, a friend asked him how it had gone.  The visitor's reply:  "A preacher is a mild-mannered man, standing up in front of mild-mannered men, telling them they gotta be more mild-mannered."   A preacher like that

A wonky summertime concert preview

Music

A wonky summertime concert preview

It is hot as hell in the Pacific Northwest, right about now. Still, something that always sits right with hot weather is music, and summer tends to burst with concerts and events to take your mind off the encroaching sun and its dastardly ways. In addition to the many events

Hometown Dogs

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Hometown Dogs

Not satisfied with the sub-par Chicago dog offerings in the Puget Sound, Debby Graham decided that with her close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, she most likely wasn't alone in her frustration.  And rather than settle for less, she did something about it.  She started her own business - Hometown

Spanish sojourn

Music

Spanish sojourn

For some readers, the phrase "concert band" conjures vivid memories. One strain of a Sousa march may be enough to remind us of strutting around in fuzzy hats playing "Baby Elephant Walk" for unimpressed football fanatics. Out here in the real world, concert band encompasses a variety of genres and

Raising the Deadbeat

Music

Raising the Deadbeat

An unfortunate thing that music fans in the South Sound have come to expect is for fun, new venues to bite the dust. Noise ordinances, safe-guards (damn those necessary sprinklers!), and generally obscene costs of upkeep tend to get the majority of new venues to bite the dust. This is

Pop art packs a punch

Arts

Pop art packs a punch

The Roger Shimomura painting exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum mines the tradition of pop art and the history of Japanese-American relations to skewer prejudice and stereotype with painfully satirical paintings. Shimomura, an American artist living in Seattle, was born to a Japanese family shortly before the outbreak of World War II.

Book shares stories from the Fisher House

Military Life

Book shares stories from the Fisher House

In 1990, through input from Pauline Trost, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Carlisle Trost, Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher became aware of the need for safe, comfortable places for families to stay while they visited and waited for their loved ones undergoing treatment at military medical facilities across the

Summertime fun

Outdoors

Summertime fun

Summer in Washington means warm weather and clear skies.  This is the perfect time of year to get out and explore the beautiful scenery of the nearby lakes and inlets of the South Sound. Whether you want to sit down and kayak or stand up and paddleboard, there are several

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