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Tacoma Cabana

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Tacoma Cabana

Tacoma Cabana refers to its style as vacation fusion, and though located in downtown Tacoma right on Pacific Avenue, it makes you feel as if you truly are on vacation.  From the menu, the dark interior and bamboo everything, to the vacation-styled drink menu, it is an in-town escape from

Through the night

Music

Through the night

Sometimes I think about the two trips I made several years ago to New York City and regret the fact that I never made it to the mythical birthplace of punk known as CBGB. I was taken by the grittiness that still existed in the city, to some degree, and

The Aloha Club Collection

Arts

The Aloha Club Collection

Selections from the Aloha Club Collection now showing at the Tacoma Art Museum includes 21 diverse works in painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and textiles by well-known regional artists described in the press release as "emerging artists in new media" and "historically important yet overlooked Northwest artists." The Aloha Club is

Dock fishing derby

Outdoors

Dock fishing derby

The coastal waters of Puget Sound boast a bounty of fish and other water species, and near shore fishing is a great way to take advantage of it. Dock fishing is a popular activity in our area, and Saturday, Aug. 22 you can join The Dock Fishing Community for their

The military salutes back

News Front

The military salutes back

A late morning breeze last Thursday tugged at the balloons as the sun shone brightly. Nearby, children played on the large grassy area comprising Puyallup's Pioneer Park as vendors set up their tents and arranged their materials in front of the pavilion. In the parking lot to the west, next to the

Washington military battling wildfires

News Front

Washington military battling wildfires

With temperatures at a record-setting high this year, it was only a matter of time until wildfires started to blaze over large portions of Central Washington. Thankfully, the Washington National Guard currently has forces on the ground and in the air to help the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WaDNR).

Sand in the City Gala

Outdoors

Sand in the City Gala

This weekend, the Hands On Children's Museum (HOCM) will once again hold the largest free festival in the South Sound. Along the Olympia waterfront, preparations are being completed for the 15th annual Sand in the City festival. Last year, more than 30,000 families enjoyed a weekend of art, hands-on learning

Keep the beaches open

South Sound Cinema

Keep the beaches open

Have you ever been said to have eyes like a doll's eye? Then you might be a Jaws. Has the star of All That Jazz ever told you to smile, you son of a bitch? You might be a Jaws. Has a crusty old shark hunter raked his fingernails across

Go Canada!

Travel

Go Canada!

For some of our readers, international travel may seem cost-prohibitive. A car trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, however, is well within most budgets, assuming you know a few economizing tips. Tip #1If you drive your own car, Vancouver's just shy of three hours north of Lakewood. You'll need a passport

Hanks Bar and Grill

Reviews

Hanks Bar and Grill

Located on the corner of North 6th and K streets, Hanks Bar and Grill (formerly The Corner Bar) serves up some of the best pizza, beers and appetizers in Tacoma.  What once was simply a neighborhood dive bar for the North Slope residents, is quickly becoming one of the best

War drums

Music

War drums

The practice of writing about music can get needlessly cerebral (at least when I'm doing it), so the aspect of the visceral gut-punch that music can provide tends to get lost in the mix. At its purest, music has a primal quality that is hard to find elsewhere. It's so

The life and death of King John

Stage

The life and death of King John

This summer's Shakespeare in the Park by Animal Fire Theatre tackles one of the bard's lesser known plays, King John. It is a difficult play to follow, primarily perhaps, because it is little known. Since plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet are so celebrated, it is much easier to

Birds of a feather

Arts

Birds of a feather

The line between art and craft is blurred, beautifully blurred, by Chris Maynard's feather designs, a dozen of which can now be seen at Childhood's End Gallery. To my way of thinking, they are craft - beautiful, sensitive, delicate and exquisitely crafted.  Maynard collects bird feathers from aviaries, cuts them into

Senior trip to Vietnam

Travel

Senior trip to Vietnam

Local high school graduate Cody Anderson decided that the best place for a senior trip was Vietnam. He had been there twice before, and both his grandfathers fought in the Vietnam War. Several other seniors on the trip had military connections. Jake March had a grandfather and uncle who served

JBLM couple heads Olympia PFLAG group

Military Life

JBLM couple heads Olympia PFLAG group

Dana McCormick is president of PFLAG-Olympia, an organization for the parents and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. The retired Army sergeant is married to Sgt. Jason McCormick. They have a gay son, Robert Kowalski, a recent graduate of North Thurston High School in Lacey. In October 2011,

Improving student behavior

News Front

Improving student behavior

Clover Park School District has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to improve students' sense of community, personal responsibility, and well-being through further development of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs at elementary schools with a high military-connected student

Top 10 restaurants near JBLM

Features

Top 10 restaurants near JBLM

Sometimes we all need a break from the routine. Lunch or dinner at a nearby restaurant can be just what's required for a fresh perspective. Listed here are the top 10 Yelp reviewed restaurants located less than five miles from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord main gate. Whether you're craving a

Sending in the troops

News Front

Sending in the troops

Eastern Washington is burning. Wildfires have gripped the western United States on a scale not seen for some time. Thousands of emergency personnel are working around the clock to staunch the flames. Among them are members of the U.S. Army. The Washington National Guard has played an important role providing air

In reel time

South Sound Cinema

In reel time

I was always a fan of movies. My dad, as I reminded him just recently, showed me The Rocky Horror Picture Show when I was just 12 (his response: "Shut up."), and while that isn't cinema at its finest, it did open my eyes to a whole world of the

Speakers' Corner

Music

Speakers' Corner

I've spoken before about the archetype in music known as the manic preacher. These are the wild people who command an audience with an avalanche of words and wide-eyed ideas. Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Jim Carroll, Isaac Brock, Patrick Stickles - these are people linked not quite by ideology or

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