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Giving pets as presents

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Giving pets as presents

A few years ago, pictures of adorable bunnies, cuddly kittens and cute puppies in overcrowded animal shelters flitted across social media as a warning against giving pets as Christmas presents. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was just one of several organizations against the idea. However,

SPOUSE magazine - December 2015

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SPOUSE magazine - December 2015

SPOUSE magazine is a free, online magazine that addresses the unique needs and interests of military spouses at Joint Base

Santa, the elves and Madigan

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Santa, the elves and Madigan

For the eighth year running, soldiers assigned to the Madigan Army Medical Center's Troop Battalion and their family readiness group, or FRG, have made Christmas a bit more special for deployed hospital staff. Operation Santa Claus, an operation that would make the jolly guy himself proud, ended successfully. Over the past several

American Legion honcho to walk in DuPont

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American Legion honcho to walk in DuPont

American Legion's national commander Dale Barnett is coming to DuPont to take part in a Walk for Veterans event Dec. 20. It's part of veteran's awareness. "I'm hoping for a couple hundred," said Bob Schwartz, adjutant of the American Legion Post in DuPont. "If we get overwhelmed. Oh darn." The two-mile walk, which

Engineers clear the way

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Engineers clear the way

Staff Sgt. Jason Grieco bent over in the cold, driving rain as he struggled to start a Homelite Pro. The chainsaw refused to start. "You try it," he gasped to his battle buddy, Sgt. Elvis Linares. Linares leaned over and pulled and pulled and pulled on the starter cord. The saw remained

A different kind of holiday concert

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A different kind of holiday concert

Holiday happenings are part of what make the holiday season go ‘round. Whether you're heading out for a very rainy Christmas light adventure or a sing-a-long, chances are there's at least one holiday event in your future. And yet not all shows are created equal. Sure, you could go with

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Olympia Family Theater's A Charlie Brown Christmas is the same show that's been running on television as an animated story every Christmas season since 1965. I would venture to guess that at least 90 percent of the adults who bring their children to see this show have already seen it,

Bonsai Solstice

Arts

Bonsai Solstice

This season will mark the second annual Bonsai Solstice event at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way. This unique event is centered on the bonsai tree, which many people choose to grow inside their homes as an artistic hobby. The living art known as bonsai is beautifully showcased within

The other Yoda

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The other Yoda

I sometimes cast my mind back to a formative experience when I was around 13 years old. I had attended an old friend's Bat Mitzvah, followed by a reception at a local hotel. I found myself frequently huddled together with my male friend that came with me, avoiding any interactions

Lore of the Kalevala

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Lore of the Kalevala

In the great Finnish song cycle known as the Kalevala, compiled from folk tales by Elias Lönnrot in 1849, heroic first human Väinämöinen fights an epic battle against witch queen Louhi for a magical talisman, the Sampo. (Full marks if you're reminded of J.R.R. Tolkien, who acknowledged the Kalevala as

'Ringside'

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'Ringside'

"Ringside" at B2 Fine Art Gallery is an unusual departure from the regular fare at art galleries. It is an art exhibition about boxing, featuring photographs by veteran sports photographer Chris Farina, paintings by international kickboxer Kevin Brewerton, and paintings by Julie Snyder. Also listed in the show announcement is

Ringing in the new year around the South Sound

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Ringing in the new year around the South Sound

Christmas is almost here, and that means the new year can't be too far away. Looking for something fun to do to welcome in 2016?  Here are a few ideas to get you started: First Night Tacoma, Thursday, Dec. 31, Theater District, Downtown Tacoma, $10, www.firstnighttacoma.com. This annual family-friendly, alcohol-free event begins

Christmas Eve concert and service at Abbey Church

Military Life

Christmas Eve concert and service at Abbey Church

At this time of year, Christmas concerts are almost as ubiquitous as holiday sales and flashing lights. Live Gregorian chants, though, are about as common as sightings of Rudolph with his nose so bright. If you want to hear one of these rare performances, we know of only one place in

Think inside the box

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Think inside the box

For many circles of families and friends, watching holiday and Christmas episodes of their favorite shows is a tradition, often made all the better with a buffet of treats, sweets and holiday-themed drinks. If your repertoire of holiday specials has been the same for years, it may be time to add

Frumpy but festive

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Frumpy but festive

Ugly Christmas sweaters used to make people cringe. Nowadays, the hideous sweaters are a source of fun and pride. The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon has a 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters event every year. Retailers are embracing the frumpy trend, too, selling eye-catching sweaters with larger-than-life holiday prints, designs and

Looking sharp at holiday parties

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Looking sharp at holiday parties

Holiday parties are the perfect excuse to get all dolled up. Luckily, there are plenty of options for both women and men when it comes to choosing the right style for any holiday gathering.The little black dress/staple suit and tie Being comfortable and stylish is everyone's dream. Holiday parties are the

Signature drinks at holiday parties

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Signature drinks at holiday parties

Add some flair to your holiday party bar by giving your cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks creative names tailored to the holidays or the hosts. For example, a classic martini could be called a "Mistletoe Martini," or spiked eggnog could be called "Jim's Knockout Nog." Naming your drinks adds a touch

Something for all in the Proctor District

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Something for all in the Proctor District

Nestled in the center of the Proctor neighborhood sits a shopping district where every sort of item can be found for gifting (and keeping!) Fashionista? Athlete? Kid? Budget-conscious, name-brand shopper? Quirky-kitschy-artsy, tough-to-please? Proctor shopping has something for all, plus more! Fashionistas - or those shopping for them - can find a

Gifts with meaning

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Gifts with meaning

It's never too early to start your holiday shopping. If you love waiting until the last minute because, well, you hate dealing with the crowd, then how about trying a gift that's a little outside the box? We can sometimes end up spending hours debating whether or not we've gotten

Small but mighty

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Small but mighty

Socks, bubble gum and a deck of cards. Cool gifts inside your Christmas stocking or just fillers? That depends on your perspective. But one thing's for sure - a well-stuffed Christmas stocking is a great thing to give, as well as receive. Stuffing stockings is often a balance of budget, practicality

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