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Base students explore their world

Military Life

Base students explore their world

Children looked on in silence Tuesday as Boris, a working dog at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's K9 unit used his keen senses to seek out an "bomb" - in reality a toy. Boris's trainer, Kennel Master Caleb Christie, had told them to stay as quiet as possible as they watched so

Going Irish in Puyallup

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Going Irish in Puyallup

Announcer: There are plenty of Irish dining options in the South Sound, probably one close to where you live.  For those in Puyallup, the choice is easy - Flanagan's right there on the main street in the valley.  They are the new kids on the block, having just opened this

Food truck festival

Features

Food truck festival

Summer is fast approaching, as you can surely tell from the Washingtonians that spontaneously combusted over the past weekend. With these hot months comes more excuses to go outside, necessitating an influx of festivals and events to take advantage of people heroically deciding to leave their homes. Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Cultivating farmers markets

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Cultivating farmers markets

Farmers markets are great summer fun.  My favorite is the Olympia Farmers Market.  The smells of the different foods, the colors of the fruits and vegetables, and the plethora of jewelry, glassware, meats and bakery items is overwhelming. Located at 700 Capitol Way North in Olympia, the 40-year-old market is open from

Blue felt

Stage

Blue felt

There's always been plenty of room for blue humor and bawdiness in musical theater, even if it can sometimes feel like a more squeaky clean environment. Avenue Q is a musical that plays on misconceptions - pitching itself as a sort of children's puppet show crossed with a riff on

New gifts and purchases at Tacoma Art Museum

Arts

New gifts and purchases at Tacoma Art Museum

As an art critic and lifelong student of art, I must confess that my education is sorely lacking in certain areas - 19th and 20th century Western art being a prime example. I don't mean Western as opposed to Asian or Egyptian or African; I mean American cowboy art and

Fractured soul

Music

Fractured soul

As odd as it seems now, I somehow got through most of my formative years without having really heard the music of Prince. I suppose I knew from places like Saturday Night Live and other cultural pockets about his "Artist Formerly Known As" period, and from Chappelle's Show that he

International departures

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International departures

Travelers can fly directly to places as far away as Beijing, Dubai and Hong Kong from Sea-Tac International Airport, so it only makes sense that exotic fare should be available nearby. Yet most passengers are regrettably unaware of anything more challenging than a 6 a.m. Cinnabon in the Seatac area.

Going underground

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Going underground

Announcer: If you have not taken your stomach for a ride in downtown Olympia, then it is missing a great deal about Northwest cuisine. While there are plenty of places cooking fancy dinners on the waterfront, in Olympia, the mood and scene are often funky at best.  There is no

Top five: Walk in the woods

Outdoors

Top five: Walk in the woods

There are many things the Northwest does well. Coffee. Beer. Scenic water views. We also stand out in terms of our greenery. There's nothing quite like a Northwest forest, from its giant ferns at ground level all the way up to its towering Douglas firs. Northwest forests are pleasantly easy

Betty Ragan

Arts

Betty Ragan

Betty Sapp Ragan passed away a year ago. She was an excellent artist, and she left behind an impressive body of work, a lot of which is now being shown in an exhibition of photo collages and prints at the Mary Bozeman Gallery in the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Curated by

Complete Word of God

Stage

Complete Word of God

If you are easily offended by irreverent humor, steer clear of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) at the Midnight Sun. They don't make them any more irreverent. Produced by Theater Artists Olympia and written by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor for The Reduced Shakespeare Company,

Father's Day ideas

Outdoors

Father's Day ideas

Father's Day always seems so tricky to plan. Mother's Day is usually pretty simple: flowers, chocolate, seeing the extended family, and so on. But unless your dad has a very specific passion, it can be tricky to find a way to give him an awesome day. Well, the Volcano is

Places beyond the stars

Music

Places beyond the stars

Boy, there sure was a time when musicians were totally obsessed with outer space, wasn't there? The obsession roughly began in the ‘60s with the advent of psychedelic music, giving us legit weirdos ? and the Mysterians and Sun Ra - two people who may or may not have actually

Irene and Issac

Military Life

Irene and Issac

A soldier and a female airman met in Korea in 1995. Love brought them together,  and sacrifice kept them together as they grew a family.  Now, one wants to recognize the other for all those years of service and sacrifice.   "Most military families consist of the husband being in the

Ready for big one

News Front

Ready for big one

A disaster can occur at any time, many times without notice. "For some hazards, such as severe winter storms and floods, it is known several days in advance that they are coming," said the Washington Military Department's Communication Team Lead, Mark Stewart.  "For other hazards, such as this Cascadia Rising event,

News Front

How to communicate in a 9.0

"We have close to 20,000 people that are participating," said Digital Media Coordinator for the Washington Military Department and Deputy Chief for the External Affairs Pod for the Cascadia Rising Exercise, Steven Friederich. Essentially, the purpose of last week's Cascadia Rising Exercise was to practice response efforts if a massive, 9.0-earthquake

Honoring the WASP

News

Honoring the WASP

"Book groups are like friendships," James Atlas wrote last year in a New York Times article. "Some coalesce and die out in a few years; others last a lifetime." Founded in 1941, Lakewood's Friday Book Club fits squarely into the latter category. One of the longest continuously running book clubs

A valley of plenty

Travel

A valley of plenty

Washington state is one of the largest producers of fruits and vegetables in the country. And while you may find some of that bounty here on the westside, to fully experience and taste the diversity, you need to drive over the mountains to eastern Washington. Start at the Yakama Nation Fruit

Tasting Tacoma

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Tasting Tacoma

The Taste of Tacoma is an annual tradition for foodies in Pierce County. The large number of vendors, trucks and entertainment at the Point Defiance-located festival has been a kick-off to summer for the past 30 years, and 2016 looks to be no exception. In fact, the Taste is getting

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