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A glass menagerie

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A glass menagerie

Seattle-based artists Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace have been working collaboratively for almost 40 years, and in that time they have compiled a major body of work that can be seen for the first time in a career-spanning exhibition.  Their collaboration started at Pilchuck Glass School in 1979. Their first

How toot sweet

Stage

How toot sweet

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Tacoma Musical Playhouse is cute and lighthearted musical comedy. Written by Jeremy Sams and Ray Roderick, with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, it is based on the movie starring Dick Van Dyke as the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts (played

Light up the season by experiencing local light displays

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Light up the season by experiencing local light displays

Nothing quite warms up a chilly December evening like a Christmas light display. Stroll or drive through the lights, admire the setups, which usually include some animated displays (a surefire hit with the kiddies) and sip on some hot chocolate as you go. If the weather is clear, head for

Holiday show central in downtown Tacoma

Music

Holiday show central in downtown Tacoma

In December, virtually all entertainment revolves around the winter holidays. Sure, life as usual goes on, but you'd never know it by listening to the radio, where carols and the unfortunate "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" take over many stations. Or by watching TV, where special holiday episodes give way

Star Wars today

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Star Wars today

At the interstellar intersection of numerous Star Wars movies and national defense is an array of new weaponry and progress. Welcome to today's "galaxy far, far away." Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in a several days in theaters around the world.  The seventh installment in the Star Wars film series, this

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AUSA meets with new command teams

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is well known in the military community for their unwavering support and appreciation for servicemembers of every branch of the Armed Forces. While many of the events hosted by local chapters of the AUSA are well known and publicized, some of what

Chemically induced training

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Chemically induced training

An explosion at a chemical weapons site wounded three soldiers and killed another. Moments later, a seven-soldier chemical reconnaissance and decontamination team arrived in full chemical warfare gear, entered the blast area, and began to assess the threat and the casualties. Satisfied with the results, first aid and decontamination procedures began. "We're in

Riding the rails with Santa and friends

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Riding the rails with Santa and friends

Santa spends most of his time at the North Pole, where he's not easily accessible to anyone who doesn't have magic reindeer. Perhaps he's shy. After all, he visits in the dead of night, when everyone is asleep. And if you're awake at that time, he's probably not going to bring

Celebrate the season at W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

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Celebrate the season at W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

The Christmas season is upon us - that joyful season of light in the darkest part of winter. To help celebrate, the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, located in Wright Park on South G Street in Tacoma, presents some great opportunities for celebration and merry making with two very special events: 

Holiday shopping in downtown Sumner

Military Life

Holiday shopping in downtown Sumner

The Christmas holiday is almost upon us, which means if you haven't already done your holiday shopping, now is the time to get cracking. One of the best places to bring in the holidays is downtown Sumner. With its string of quaint shops lining Main Street - offering everything from clothing

Holiday shopping in Poulsbo

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Holiday shopping in Poulsbo

Shopping is an intrinsic part of the holiday season - long lines at big box stores, boughs of plastic holly decking out the malls, and - if you're lucky - punching someone out so you get that last 60-inch LCD Samsung big screen. At least, that is if you go

Gift cards from local businesses ensure a Merry Christmas for all

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Gift cards from local businesses ensure a Merry Christmas for all

Christmas can be the most frustrating holiday of all. You want to give thoughtful, memorable gifts to everyone on your list, but as the holiday draws closer, you begin to realize that you have no idea what to get for your dad, or your Auntie Anne, or your Cousin Timmy,

Flying fun for your young rocket scientist

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Flying fun for your young rocket scientist

Flying things is fun. If your children already enjoy paper airplanes, rubber band gliders, and flying discs and rings of all kinds, this may be the year to try out a model rocket. First stop, your local hobby shop for a look at rockets with such names as Rocket-Star, Show Stopper,

Sleigh bells sing

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Sleigh bells sing

Listening to Christmas music during the holiday season is one way festivities are celebrated this time of the year. The 133D Army National Guard Band celebrated this revered tradition by putting on a free concert that combined classic Christmas melodies with American patriotism for their annual Red, White and Blue

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Santa's Castle has a new facility, leader

Sometimes a family may have a death in the family where they need to travel home and cannot afford to do so, which causes additional expenses to cover in connection with the funeral. Sometimes families have spouses, children or even servicemembers that may have special needs, such as educational or medical

Walking in a Christmas Wonderland ... in Shelton

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Walking in a Christmas Wonderland ... in Shelton

Nestled somewhat off the beaten track in Shelton, a town just west of Olympia, sits a glowing Christmas surprise. Homeowner Stephen Spring, the one-man operation that is the Christmas Wonderland, has been cultivating this attraction for 15 years, though in its current form it has been in operation for only

The power of song

Music

The power of song

It's all about the power of a song. That's what singer-songwriter Thom Shepherd learned when a song changed the course of his life. He'd moved to Nashville after college with the idea of making it as a touring performer, but after a few years without any breakthrough successes as a staff

Slacking towards progression

Music

Slacking towards progression

After so many years of writing about music, the one thing that still fascinates me is the myriad ways in which bands have found to combine genres and era into a bizarre soup. As far as pop music is concerned, there has always been a bungee chord effect that finds

Local author to discuss third voyage of James Cook

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Local author to discuss third voyage of James Cook

Here's a question for you: What can one possibly learn about climate change from the records of an 18th century expeditionary voyage to the Arctic? At noon, Thursday, Dec. 17, the former director of the Washington State Historical Society, David Nicandri, will explore this question and other interesting revelations from his

The Mandolin Sushi and Steak House

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The Mandolin Sushi and Steak House

South 12th in Tacoma is very much a collection of houses and assorted businesses, so to succeed, the business really needs to be of great quality.  The Mandolin, located near Proctor and S. 12th has divided the building into an impressive balance of both the Japanese art of sushi and

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