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Pierce College first to be textbook free

Jobs & Education

Pierce College first to be textbook free

When students at Pierce College on Joint Base Lewis-McChord start their fall quarter Sept. 21, many will take courses that are textbook-free - enjoying significant cost savings and experiencing a wholly new way of learning. Pierce College is the third community college in the United States and the first college in

A salute to servicemembers

Attractions

A salute to servicemembers

Active-duty soldiers, Reserve, retired, National Guard, plus their dependents and also disabled veterans, were granted free gate admission to the 2015 Washington State Fair Monday, Sept. 14. The next military appreciation day at the fair will be Monday, Sept. 21. As part of the fair's military appreciation day, patrons Monday were

Celebrating salmon

Outdoors

Celebrating salmon

On Saturday, Gig Harbor celebrates the return of the salmon - a little early. The ninth annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival offers walking tours, boat races, touch tanks, crafts and music but not many salmon, other than dead ones - some that kids will coat with paint to make salmon-printed T-shirts

Native art auction and dinner

Arts

Native art auction and dinner

The Squaxin Island Tribe‘s "Home of Sacred Belongings" Museum Library and Research Center in Shelton will hold its 16th annual Native art auction and dinner, Sept. 19, on site at the museum. Billed as "an experiential evening," the affair will feature Native delicacies, including moss pudding, wild game, carrots or huckleberry

Stadium Art, Wine and Beer Walk

Arts

Stadium Art, Wine and Beer Walk

Close your eyes and visualize an event called an "art and wine walk" (but then open them to read this.) In your visualization, you might have imagined a nattily dressed gentleman with a gal on his arm; she's in a flowing silk dress, and they're jaunting from space to space,

Betty Sapp Ragan

Arts

Betty Sapp Ragan

I regret that I did not get to see more work by Betty Sapp Ragan or get to know her personally before she died in May 2014. I reviewed a couple of group shows she was in, and I had the pleasure of visiting her studio during last year's Tacoma

El Pulgarcito

Reviews

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

Features

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

Features

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

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