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Massing of the Colors ceremony honors many

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Massing of the Colors ceremony honors many

Massing of the Colors is a patriotic ceremony honoring those who have served in the United States of America, as well as honoring and encouraging the youth of today to continue the patriotic tradition. This annual event that honors and brings awareness to military tradition, will take place Feb. 21 in

AUSA continues support of 2-2 Stryker Brigade

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AUSA continues support of 2-2 Stryker Brigade

Local Association of the United States Army (AUSA) held a casino night and Texas Hold ‘Em tournament Friday, Feb. 5. While tournament entry fees were set at $25 per player, all proceeds from the event were to be earmarked for the use of the soldiers of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade

Mix and mingle with microbrewers

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Mix and mingle with microbrewers

The Pacific Northwest is home to a large number of microbrewers and likely an even larger number of individual homebrewers. Many of these homebrewers are also airmen and soldiers based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and on Friday, Feb. 26, they will have an opportunity to network and try different beers at

Smack talk begins for Hoops for Heroes

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Smack talk begins for Hoops for Heroes

There are those who make sacrifices for their country; we call them soldiers. Then there are those who sacrifice for their communities; we call them police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Most of the time these two work in support of each other. But there's an undercurrent of something

Avengers assemble!

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Avengers assemble!

It's not often we get to break such stories, but a Norse demigod, Thor, has demolished and scattered the fragments of a Cosmic Cube in order to keep it away from his adoptive brother, the trickster deity Loki. The Cube is a battery fashioned by the Beyonders, a higher-dimensional species,

Breaking up

Music

Breaking up

Every great band deserves a killer breakup album. Beck had his with the lush Sea Change, Chris Isaak had the stone-cold classic Forever Blue, Kanye West had the claustrophobic oversharing of 808s & Heartbreak, and Bob Dylan gave us the anger and sense of betrayal on Blood on the Tracks.

Filipino food at Nisqually Hill

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Filipino food at Nisqually Hill

Announcer: One of the benefits of living on the Pacific Rim is the access to amazing foods on both sides of the world's biggest ocean. We are blessed with Asian and Island specialties prepared by those with ties to the regions they present. Cebu, a mainstay at the top of

Aaron Badham and Rita Robillard at UPS

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Aaron Badham and Rita Robillard at UPS

Aaron Badham's playful and inventive sculptures can be seen in the main gallery space in Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, while Rita Robillard's restful and hotly colorful Pacific Northwest landscapes grace the smaller back gallery. I was pleasantly surprised by Badham's sculpture after having seen photographs. They are not as

On the Verge

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On the Verge

Eric Overmyer's strange and marvelous comedy, On the Verge, is like a marriage of Tom Stoppard and Monty Python. As presented by Theater Artists Olympia, it is a technical marvel. With little but a few wrapped boxes, some beautiful video projections and a plethora of props, TAO has turned the

Navy Band Northwest to perform at state capitol

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Navy Band Northwest to perform at state capitol

For the third year in a row, the Navy Band Northwest will perform at the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia. The performance, which is open to the public and free of charge,  will take place Thursday, Feb. 25, at noon. The band will perform contemporary classic pieces as well as

Raising the mainsail

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Raising the mainsail

Roger Shaffer thinks sailing Boru, his 34-foot yacht, is akin to flying an airplane. "Sailing is simply flying with a vertical wing," explained the retired Navy and airline pilot. "Navigating a sailboat is also like navigating a plane.  It's challenging but fun." Come this Saturday morning, he and approximately 75 to 85 other

F.U.B.A.R.

Military Life

F.U.B.A.R.

A night of drinks with friends and playing Cards Against Humanity was all it took to come up with a new business idea that has swept Kickstarter by storm. "We were chatting and some asked why there wasn't a military version of the card game. Nobody was doing it so we

2016 Best of Olympia: Capitol Theater

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2016 Best of Olympia: Capitol Theater

The Capitol Theater, home of Olympia Film Society (OFS) and your choice for Best Movie Theater, Best Sign and Best All-Ages Venue, is a place where miracles happen. In just the last two weeks, Dan Rather relived his downfall at CBS News, a second-generation clone met her genetic ancestor, and

2016 Best of Olympia: The Westside

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2016 Best of Olympia: The Westside

Nestled along the western shore of Budd Inlet is Olympia's Westside neighborhood. A short drive from the capitol and only a few blocks from Olympia's trendy downtown area, this historic community boasts an active real estate market with affordable, classic homes, mostly built between 1940 and 1960.  The Westside neighborhood

2016 Best of Olympia: Dillingers Cocktails & Kitchen

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2016 Best of Olympia: Dillingers Cocktails & Kitchen

At Dillingers Cocktails & Kitchen - winner of both Best Creative Cocktails and Best Manhattan - everything old is new again. "Sherilyn (Lightner), who did most of our menus, really stuck to the classics from the twenties and thirties," said Lela Cross, co-founder of Dillingers. "There's a history behind that, and

2016 Best of Olympia: Jamie Lee & Company

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2016 Best of Olympia: Jamie Lee & Company

For the past 20 years (or 20 and a half, to be exact), Olympia has had one of the snazziest and most unique hair salons around - Jamie Lee & Company. "We have wonderful people who work here who are very talented at a variety of different styles, everything from classic

2016 Best of Olympia: TUSH! Burlesque

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2016 Best of Olympia: TUSH! Burlesque

Oly readers, your choice for Best Synergy, Best Dance Company and Best Thing to Happen in 2015 is spot on this year, as the women of TUSH! Burlesque are all about synergy with you. From their first gig, the "Peekaboo Revue," held in September of 2009 at 4th Ave. Tavern,

2016 Best of Olympia: Furniture Works

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2016 Best of Olympia: Furniture Works

When you set out to buy a couch or kitchen table or other home furnishing, most likely you will look to a big-box store. But why go big box when you can go local? Olympia's Furniture Works, winners of the Best of Olympia 2016 Best Furniture store, is all local,

2016 Best of Olympia: Harlequin Productions

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2016 Best of Olympia: Harlequin Productions

Scot and Linda Whitney have worked wonders with their professional theater company Harlequin Productions, producing top-flight theater consistently since 1991 with many of the best actors from Seattle to Olympia. Olympia and Tacoma-based actors have told me that Harlequin is the best company in the area to work for, which

2016 Best of Olympia: Three Magnets Brewing Company

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2016 Best of Olympia: Three Magnets Brewing Company

There's more than just highly drinkable craft beers brewing at the Three Magnets Brewing Co. Owners Nathan (Nate) and Sara Reilly have recently moved their other Olympia enterprise, Darby's, into part of the all-ages side of the huge space, which led to a menu shift on the pub side of

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