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Holidays on the wild side

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Holidays on the wild side

Maybe you're the kind of person who spends half of Thanksgiving Day watching animal videos on YouTube. Perhaps your family needs additions to its regimen of well-loved but timeworn holiday activities. Either way, there's an animal park nearby to spice up your holiday fun with something wild. Cougar Mountain Zoo Our first

Holiday shopping in eclectic downtown Olympia

Military Life

Holiday shopping in eclectic downtown Olympia

As magical as gathering ‘round the tree on Christmas morning is, the weeks spent shopping beforehand can be somewhat daunting and stressful. Thankfully, venturing to downtown Olympia for this year's holiday shopping is sure to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Located on lively 5th Avenue,

NW breweries offer holiday cheer

Bars & Clubs

NW breweries offer holiday cheer

When it comes to craft breweries, the Puget Sound Region revels in an embarrassment of riches. From Olympia to Bellingham, from Gig Harbor to Kingston, dozens of boutique breweries dot the landscape. While all have their own unique signature offerings year-round, come Christmas, some brew up something special to celebrate

Go local with gift-giving at the Pacific NW Shop

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Go local with gift-giving at the Pacific NW Shop

Tacoma and wider western Washington have a bevy of local shopping options. We have a booming Small Business Saturday scene and local shops out the wazoo. There are stores to serve every shopping need, from antiques and jewelry to running gear and beyond. But one of our greatest treasures is

Droning on Christmas

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Droning on Christmas

The holiday season kicks all of that wanting into overdrive. Drones are trending as the latest gadget du jour. They're everywhere these days. Amazon.com wants to deliver packages with them. Paparazzi are using them to get celebrity photos. And odds are that your kid wants one, too. But what are

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition invites you to sing your heart out

Music

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition invites you to sing your heart out

With the holiday season now upon us, what better way to get into the festive spirit than to pull out those traditional carols and sing. And if you've ever wanted to take it a step further and sing Christmas carols for a good cause, then the Pike Market Senior Center &

Port Orchard celebrates the holidays with local favorites

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Port Orchard celebrates the holidays with local favorites

What started as a celebration of the completion of the new City Hall in Port Orchard 17 years ago, has turned into a beloved annual tradition. The building featured new chimes in its clock tower, and during the unveiling, the chimes were rung to celebrate the city's efforts to build

Where to lunch while shopping

Features

Where to lunch while shopping

The holiday season is here, and with it comes festivities all around - indeed, there's no need to limit the festivities to the weekends and evenings. The holidays are a great time to get out of the office with your co-workers of choice (and maybe a few that aren't of

Small space, big cheer

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Small space, big cheer

You don't need a mansion to celebrate the holidays in style. Whether you're at home or on the road, your small space can be big on holiday cheer. While traveling last year during the holidays, photographer Sarah Sloboda wanted to decorate the apartment where she was staying. "I got inspiration on Instagram

Something for everyone at Gig Harbor shops

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Something for everyone at Gig Harbor shops

Once upon a time, shopping in Gig Harbor was primarily a thing for Ladies Who Lunched. The quaint town had antique shops, art galleries, clothing boutiques and novelties one would fully expect from a picturesque postcard town. But as the town has grown, so have the shopping opportunities. Of course,

A holiday shopping paradise

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A holiday shopping paradise

Bainbridge Island is well known for summer tourism and activities. What it is not known for, and probably should be, is the historical and holiday fun it brings to the Northwest. Downtown Bainbridge is one of only 12 locations recognized by Washington's Trust for Historic Preservation. This distinction not only brings

Mud Bay has gifts for nice pets (and naughty ones, too)

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Mud Bay has gifts for nice pets (and naughty ones, too)

Is there a "Fido" or a "Fluffy" on your Christmas gift list this year? Or are you planning to give a loved one the gift of feline or canine companionship? Whether there are four-legged family members on your list or in your future, Mud Bay offers the best in all-natural

Luckiest veteran alive

News

Luckiest veteran alive

Monday marks the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.  Harold Johnson was there - literally fighting for his life.  Harold Johnson is pretty low-key for a gentleman who has survived some of the most illustrious battles in maritime history. He talks about his World War II adventures

Thanksgiving feast creates connection

News Front

Thanksgiving feast creates connection

It was a different kind of Thanksgiving feast for 70 or so soldiers Wednesday, Nov. 25.  The setting was Anderson Hall, at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).  The catered meal was served on white tablecloths.  The caterers themselves had stayed hours after the other employees of the University were home with

Christmas trees delivered to troops at JBLM

News Front

Christmas trees delivered to troops at JBLM

A Christmas tree certainly brightens the holiday season. "It has been a joy to deliver these trees to the soldiers and their families," commented Steve Hank, FedEx's local area manager, as soldiers unloaded trees from one of two trailers. "It is an honor to be able to do and to spread the

Support a real-life superhero

News Front

Support a real-life superhero

The statistics are sobering. It is estimated that over 145,000 people in Washington state are living with brain injury-related disabilities; this number is based on hospitalizations. That is not the full story, though. The numbers increase for those people who are not hospitalized or who are not initially diagnosed with brain injury. Clearly, there

Christmas on the water

Outdoors

Christmas on the water

There are many beloved traditions within the community this time of year. Families are often busy decking their halls, trimming the tree, and decorating their house in the spirit of the season. While many Christmas traditions include family gatherings inside the home or visiting with Santa at special events, some

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Bytes and bites

Technology is everywhere. Small devices no larger than a deck of cards can monitor heart rates, take vivid pictures, and navigate us to any destination of our choosing. Every task or chore on our to-do list can be completed with the socially recognized phrase "there's an app for that." For those

Christmas tree-palooza

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Christmas tree-palooza

What says "Merry Christmas!" better than a perfectly decorated Christmas tree? How about 60 beautifully decorated Christmas trees? Even better: how about all those Christmas trees in one warm, dry place? Once again this year, the Mary Bridge Brigade is proud to present its annual Festival of Trees. This year, the

A four-alarm eatery

Reviews

A four-alarm eatery

Engine House #9, E9 as it is most often called, has been a Tacoma landmark for decades, and continues to be a destination for the thirsty and hungry because of two reasons: great food and a huge selection of beer and spirits. The iconic firehouse and commitment to its history

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