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Road trip!

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Road trip!

Talk about a great road trip! A red, white and blue American flag-wrapped Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS) mobility equipped 2015 Ford F-150 stopped by the Lakewood Ford dealership last Thursday to spread the word that "Mobility is Freedom." The WWFS is not affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project. "This sixth annual tour

Dew the Waves

Outdoors

Dew the Waves

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year for any theme park. That's especially true if the holiday's unseasonably hot or lands on a Saturday. Imagine the mayhem if a park boasts, not only roller coasters and thrill rides, but also a full-size water park.

Military Pride Party

News Front

Military Pride Party

Pierce County Aids Foundation and Tacoma Pride have teamed up to sponsor a Military Appreciation Party at The Mix, with drink specials and karaoke, Wednesday, July 15 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., after the Grand Cinema film series. Although this is a first for PCAF and Pride, it is not

August Strindberg's Miss Julie

Stage

August Strindberg's Miss Julie

Strindberg's classic play Miss Julie was extremely controversial when first produced in France at the end of the 19th century. This newly adapted version by Niclas Olson's New Muses Theatre Company and performed in Tacoma's Dukesbay Theater in the Merlino Arts Center building, is dark and slightly confusing, but definitely

Five places to tour water vessels

Attractions

Five places to tour water vessels

The Puget Sound is a maritime region. Even if you're not a boater, you can still delve into the local maritime heritage in plenty of ways - some of the best of which are festivals, museums and actual water vessels. Get up close and personal with submarines, Navy destroyers or

Electric avenue

Music

Electric avenue

We're entering the portion of summer where things really begin to pay off. I mean, some of you weirdos have been enjoying this hellscape we call Washington under the thumb of climate change, but we reasonable people have been locking ourselves indoors. But now, the truly exciting parts of summer

Art on the Ave eats

Features

Art on the Ave eats

One of my favorite things to do is to walk the different events and festivals and partake in all the different tasty offerings. Each event always has a little different feel and taste appeal to it, and Art on the Ave this Sunday on Tacoma's 6th Ave is no different.

Sailing with the 2/75th

News Front

Sailing with the 2/75th

The Pointe du Hoc Foundation plans on tacking hard into the wind, putting as much canvas into the wind as it sails on Puget Sound. You are invited. The foundation invites all interested parties and individuals to join it on Aug. 27 as it hosts the "Ranger Regatta" on Puget Sound at

Not your grandma's library

Military Life

Not your grandma's library

During the summer, people often dream of going on an exotic vacation somewhere to get away from it all. While this is not always feasible, the dream is always there. The good thing is, there is a place to escape and perhaps even get a little lost right here near

Capital Lakefair - 5 days of fun

Military Life

Capital Lakefair - 5 days of fun

An Olympia tradition for more than 50 years, Lakefair is five days of can't-miss summer fun!  Held every year during the third week of July, this free fair is packed with activities. This year, opening day is July 15 at noon, and the fun continues until July 19, when the

Unique museums

Attractions

Unique museums

You know those road movies where the characters stop to see some colorful attraction - something like the world's largest ball of string or maybe Graceland? While such scenes typically seem to be set in the South (Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, for instance) or perhaps

Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College

Arts

Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College

The Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College is better than your average juried exhibition. It's such a stellar collection of regional artists that I should be able to list the names and leave it at that, and readers would rush to see it. There are a lot

Military retirement

Benefits & Deals

Military retirement

When Jim Mapes joined the U.S. Army, he said he possessed a naiveté about his future, and planning for retirement wasn't in his thoughts. "It was just a job then," Mapes said. But at some point in his military career, Mapes said he went through a "professional puberty," and, to his benefit,

Food Truck Fest

Features

Food Truck Fest

Some of the area's best food is no longer in brick and mortar buildings, but instead congregate on wheels at festival spaces around the country.  The South Sound is no exception - there are a few food truck fests planned, including this weekend at Wright Park in Tacoma. Metro Parks Tacoma

Anthony's at Pt. Defiance

Reviews

Anthony's at Pt. Defiance

There is no shortage of good seafood in the South Sound, but finding quality, fresh seafood at an affordable price is another story altogether.  Anthony's at Pt. Defiance in Tacoma offers a casual atmosphere with great seafood options next door to the ferry terminal and popular Owen's beach.  Complete with

Rhubarb Days in Sumner

Outdoors

Rhubarb Days in Sumner

Summer in the Northwest is all about festivals that take advantage of the long, warm days. Some are large and some are smaller, but all are a great way to get in touch with the region and enjoy some time outside. A great family festival taking place this weekend is

Maritime Fest in Tacoma

Outdoors

Maritime Fest in Tacoma

Long before Tacoma was a trendy art hub known for its downtown museums and culture, it was a port town bustling with incoming ships and trains the western terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad. Maritime Fest, which will be held this weekend, July 18 and 19, started as a way to

Let them eat cake

Attractions

Let them eat cake

Sometime in the late 70s, my friend's mom took us to this cool new animal park that wasn't like the zoos we were accustomed to. Gone were the metal and concrete enclosures containing uncomfortable animals shipped in from completely different climates; instead, native animals roamed freely in what felt to

Love and music

Music

Love and music

There are few things more intimately connected in this world than love and music. The feeling you get when you fall in love, the songs that take on unreasonable importance over the course of relationships, the musical salve you apply to your wounds when you're going through a breakup -

Outdoor swimming pools

Military Life

Outdoor swimming pools

The weather forecast for the foreseeable future is going to be HOT! With high temperatures forecasted to be in the upper 80's and 90's, the mission for the day becomes: STAY COOL!And what better way to accomplish that mission than to head for the pure refreshment of an outdoor pool.

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