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It's a jungle out there

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It's a jungle out there

You probably already know about the zoo in Tacoma, or you have visited the Aquarium in Seattle, but did you know you could pet a baby grizzly bear in Oregon, or touch a shark just over the border in California?  How about driving through not one but two wild animal

Going on a bear hunt

Military Life

Going on a bear hunt

David Williams' epic odyssey to hunt bear in British Columbia hasn't come without its challenges. For starters, there's the Hodgkin's Lymphoma he had to battle into remission first, and the three study groups he voluntarily subjected himself to - but this 18-year-old Navy kid isn't going to let anything stop

Local Eagle Scout soars to new heights

Military Life

Local Eagle Scout soars to new heights

While most seniors fall prey to "senioritis", it seems to have skipped over local Lakes High School senior Kenneth Richards. His hard work paid off as he was named Washington's American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year for 2016. Kenneth first began as a tiger cub in 1st grade and now,

Military Life

More than just babysitting

It was Thanksgiving. The USS Maine was deployed, and several families gathered for dinner in the sanctuary of a small church in Kitsap County. Holidays can be brutal when your sailor is gone, but this one was different. Spouses smiled and laughed. Children ran and played. Several young mommas ate

Let's play!

Military Life

Let's play!

Ask any parent how much time their children spend in front of a screen, and they'll probably all tell you the same thing. Too much. In fact, according to recent studies, many children spend as many as seven hours in front of a television, computer or cell phone screen each

Quoting scripture while on duty

News Front

Quoting scripture while on duty

The Military Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., heard arguments last week in the case of the United States vs. Sterling to decide if the posting of quotations from sacred texts count as the practice of religion for military persons.  To what extent is religious expression in the United States

Military Life

'Fore R Troops' is back

This is one golf tournament where the final score really isn't the focus. The 26th annual "Fore R Troops" Golf Tournament is more about laughing, having a good time and raising money to support the soldiers and their families of Joint Base Lewis McChord. Tee-off is noon, Friday, June 10 at

Exceptional families bond in advocacy

Military Life

Exceptional families bond in advocacy

It's Monday morning.  Angela Fish, who heads up the Exceptional Families Network (EFN) as the nonprofit organization's executive director, has kept her son from school because he's feeling under the weather.  He's here with her at the EFN headquarters in Lakewood in a spacious, welcoming office above a physical therapy

'Exit Wounds'

Arts

'Exit Wounds'

Thanks to crime shows on television, we know that exit wounds are where bullets leave the body, but to Portland-based photographer Jim Lommasson, the term also refers to the wounds soldiers bring with them when they come home from war. Lommasson's series "Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories - Life after Iraq and

Frames per second

South Sound Cinema

Frames per second

It's been about eight years since I last competed in The Grand Cinema's annual test of filmmaking wills, and I still will occasionally wake up with cold sweats and delirious flashbacks to faulty editing equipment and quickly encroaching deadlines. Then called the 72-Hour Film Festival, it was renamed the 253

Not too jazzed about the KPLU sale?

Music

Not too jazzed about the KPLU sale?

Pacific Lutheran University plans to sell its public radio station, 88.5 FM KPLU - a fixture in the South Sound community since 1966 - to the University of Washington. In turn, UW reportedly intends to fold that station into its own radio station, KUOW, effectively shutting down KPLU and leaving

A double dose of Ibsen

Stage

A double dose of Ibsen

New Muses Theatre Company is performing two plays by Henrik Ibsen in repertory: A Doll's House and Ghosts. New Muses Managing Artistic Director Niclas Olson, who directs and performs in both plays, explained why he decided to do the two plays on a rotating schedule: "When Ibsen experienced the backlash

Have chili on it

Reviews

Have chili on it

Announcer: You got to have a lot of respect for a place that loves what they make ... so much so that there are few boundaries when it comes to the dishes they serve.  Take for example the Chili Parlor on South Tacoma Way.  They love Cincinatti-style chili so much

'Symbiosis in black & white'

Arts

'Symbiosis in black & white'

I am continually surprised by the museum-quality art Gary and Deborah Boone bring to B2 Fine Art. Few commercial galleries, especially not in smaller cities such as Tacoma, can mount shows such as B2's recent showing of works by Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson or bring in top-notch artists such

Lonely beats

Music

Lonely beats

Almost six years ago, I wrote in these very pages about a group called Twig Palace. They were a duo, consisting of Evan Hashi and Colleen Johnson, and their music possessed a certain ramshackle charm. Twig Palace embraced a lo-fi aesthetic that put the duo's charm and eclectic tastes into

Military Spouse Party

Featured Events

Military Spouse Party

The Ranger and NW Airlifter, Stars and Stripes, along with USAA, is saluting all military spouses male and female (active, reserve and retired) and female servicemembers Oct 2 at the Capital Mall.  You are invited to a special day packed with free beauty treatments, arts and crafts projects, giveaways, fashion,

Turning heartbreak into a place of healing

Military Life

Turning heartbreak into a place of healing

Betsy Reed Schultz will never forget that day, five years ago in May, when she learned that her son, Capt. Joseph William Schultz, a Green Beret stationed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, had been killed in action when the Humvee he was riding in was hit by an IED. According to those

Free museum admission

Arts

Free museum admission

Tacoma's major museums will offer free admission to military families from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, Sept. 1, as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across

Growing the nation's Armed Forces

News Front

Growing the nation's Armed Forces

Stories about military drawdowns might be popular in many recent news cycles, but the number of youth enlistees continues to grow in the Puget Sound area. Six years ago, John Faust, the then Seattle Army Recruiting Tacoma Company commander, asked four people to join him in creating an event designed to

Spouse Command Cup is on

Military Life

Spouse Command Cup is on

Keeping fit and healthy is a family affair, and this month, spouse fitness is in the spotlight as commands all over Naval Base Kitsap join in the 6th annual Military Spouse Command Cup. Throughout the month of May, the ladies and gents who proudly stand behind our service men and women

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