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El Pulgarcito

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El Pulgarcito

Like most towns in the South Sound, Lakewood is filled with chain restaurants that you can find just about anywhere. However, like every town as well, it has a hidden local favorite that generally only the neighborhood knows about.  Lakewood has a handful of these. El Pulgarcito on South Tacoma

A Few Good Men

Stage

A Few Good Men

Lakewood Playhouse kicks off its 77th season with Aaron Sorkin's breathtaking courtroom drama A Few Good Men. As with most of Sorkin's creations, such as the television dramas, The West Wing and The Newsroom, this play is rife with high ideals, compelling clashes of culture and beliefs, larger-than-life but flawed

Art and death

Music

Art and death

When I was working as a volunteer at The Grand Cinema in 2005, I was given headphones by a girl and told to listen to this new band called Arcade Fire. I listened in, and what I heard was the sound of a scrappy group of Canadians making lo-fi versions

45th Annual National Guard Militia Ball

News Front

45th Annual National Guard Militia Ball

As the Washington National Guard celebrated the 45th Annual Adjutant General's Militia Ball, hearts and minds were with hundreds of guardsmen battling wildfires across the state. "In fact, this is the first militia ball that I've ever been to where we still have more than five hundred of our fellow guardsmen

Harvest festivals, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, oh my!

Outdoors

Harvest festivals, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, oh my!

Looking for a fun way to welcome Fall? Harvest festivals throughout the Puget Sound area can turn any Oct. weekend into a celebration.PIERCE COUNTY Metro Parks Tacoma (www.metroparkstacoma.org/harvestfest) is sponsoring four separate harvest festivals this year featuring arts and crafts, carnival games, live entertainment and more. They are: Harvest Fest at Norpoint,

Hunting in western Washington

Outdoors

Hunting in western Washington

The fall hunting season is upon us. The Pacific Northwest is famous for its green forests and the wide variety of animals that inhabit them - many of them legal game for hunters. Washington state is home to several varieties of deer, as well as elk, pheasants, grouse, waterfowl, wild

Snowy adventures in the Northwest

Outdoors

Snowy adventures in the Northwest

The Northwest is an outdoorsy playground all year round - punctuated by mountain ranges that bisect Washington and Oregon and continue on up into British Columbia. As the seasons change and the inevitable autumn rain kicks off, there's a positive flip side to all the sprinkles - snow in the

Local fall walks

Outdoors

Local fall walks

Who says you have to travel to the northeastern United States to see the turning of the autumn leaves? The South Puget Sound region has its own riot of fall color right here. There are some terrific urban and regional walks that depict nature's colorful glory in the autumn months. So

Hot springs getaways

Outdoors

Hot springs getaways

Widely sought after as a relaxing getaway as well as for possible healing properties, natural hot springs are popular vacation destinations worldwide. Hot springs are a natural phenomenon beginning deep underground as fresh water seeps past the heated rocks of the Earth's mantle. When the heated water breaks the surface

Tacoma area breakfast joints

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Tacoma area breakfast joints

I 'm a self-proclaimed "omelet girl," and I like it. Just thinking about fluffy and tender eggs the color of warm sunshine, stuffed to the gills with all kinds of deliciousness, makes my mouth water. My personal favorite omelet is the kind that oozes gooey and rich cheeses that overflow onto

Fall fun runs to plan for

Outdoors

Fall fun runs to plan for

Think just because summer is coming to a close in the South Puget Sound that it's time to hang up those running shoes and retreat to the inside of a gym? Think again. The great running tradition is alive and well in our region, even as the days grow shorter and the

Great new cocktails to try

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Great new cocktails to try

Cooler temperatures invite a new season of cocktails, featuring richer flavors to entertain yourself and guests. To achieve this, Port offers a versatile and refreshing element, says Andy Seymour, beverage educator and owner of Liquid Productions, a cocktail consulting company. "Working with Port provides many fantastic options to create new cocktails

Tour Olympia by phone

Travel

Tour Olympia by phone

The city of Olympia has found a new way to attract tourists as well as provide historic enlightenment to its citizens. The new app known as STQRY (pronounced story), which was first released in July 2015, has made learning about and connecting with the city far easier for visitors and

Discover the Olympics

Outdoors

Discover the Olympics

Consider the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Where else in the world can you find pristine ocean beaches, lush rainforests, majestic mountains, and winding rivers feeding lakes that literally take your breath away with their beauty? And where in the world can you find all of these things in one

Touring Compass Rose

Military Life

Touring Compass Rose

On a recent Friday morning in the Proctor district, a girlfriend and I headed into Compass Rose on 26th Ave. Next to an art gallery and Italian restaurant, the window displays caught my eye - a giant ice cream sandwich floatie, and a selection of cool back-to-school gear. As I imagined

Discover new restaurants

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Discover new restaurants

It's time to get out of your dining rut and discover new South Sound restaurants. And to help you, we have a few suggestions, at places you should definitely try. Paesan Kitchen and BarThe Foss Waterway in Tacoma is quickly becoming a destination spot for walking, socializing, and anyone looking for

USO at front and center

News Front

USO at front and center

Steadfastness and adaptability characterize the mission of the USO Northwest. The United Service Organizations is a private, nonprofit enterprise that supports servicemembers and their families through the Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC. Supporting America's troops is the USO's primary mission.  Over the past 49 years, the organization has evolved, developing new programs

Helping the homeless; feeding the hungry

Military Life

Helping the homeless; feeding the hungry

The overriding question at Catholic Community Services (CCS) is, "How can we help?" "We provide opportunity as the answer to that question," said Mike Curry, acting agency director. "We fill in what is needed in the lives of our clients." At the core of CCS existence are the values of compassion, diversity,

An ark for community

Military Life

An ark for community

An ark is a symbol of protection and safety to meet the needs of a community. The MultiCare Health Foundation understands the connection between caring for those in need and being in the community is which providers serve. "We are all about caring on all levels," Mary Ann Bastin, director of pediatric

Exponentially good

Military Life

Exponentially good

Leslie Burger said he has a big soapbox from which to speak. I believe him. "There is an incredible need to support servicemembers and their families, active and retired, with health-related needs," the retired Army doctor, past Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) commander, general officer, and past president of the Madigan

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