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Free school supplies for military

Military Life

Free school supplies for military

Operation Homefront is once again donating FREE school supplies to DEERS registered military families, E-1 to E-6, or post 9/11 wounded, ill or injured in all ranks across the country.  They plan to be in Silverdale near Naval Base Kitsap August 12 and in Lakewood near Joint Base Lewis-McChord August

Host families needed

News Front

Host families needed

Summer is winding down, but for some students, their big summer adventure is only about to begin. Twenty-four Japanese students from various schools in Okinawa will arrive in the Puget Sound area this week as guests of Cultural Homestay International, a nonprofit organization, and organized by a spouse from Joint

Inside the Reserve FRG

Military Life

Inside the Reserve FRG

Family Readiness Groups, known to many military families simply as the "FRG" is what holds the families together during times of deployment and trainings. FRGs are equipped sometimes with staff, but mostly with volunteers to provide family events, seminars and more to keep the morale of families up. Active branches are

Twisting the throttle

Attractions

Twisting the throttle

There is nothing that starts the heart beating quite like the sound of a vintage motorcycle when the throttle is opened up.   For those who love pre-1991 motorcycles and scooters, LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM) is hosting its fifth annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival Saturday, July 30,  from 10 a.m.

Beer week

Bars & Clubs

Beer week

Tacoma Beer Week takes place Aug. 1-6, highlighting Tacoma breweries and their many world-class beers. Meet local brewers, learn about the making of craft beer, and help support local businesses that are dedicated to our community. The week will feature events at a variety of venues around Tacoma with tickets available

Looks are deceiving

Reviews

Looks are deceiving

Announcer: Arcoiris Mexican Restaurant looks like someone took a yellow highlighter to the building. Frankly, the boys were skeptical to give this place a try because from the outside, there isn't much appealing about the joint.  The parking lot has weeds; there are too many makeshift signs in the window,

Asian Film Fest

South Sound Cinema

Asian Film Fest

For as large an Asian-American population as the South Sound has, it's notable that there aren't more festivals that celebrate that heritage. Fortunately, the Lakewood Asian Film Festival, now entering its fourth year, is working to remedy that. This year, the festival will be screening five movies over the course

Oh the horror!

Music

Oh the horror!

My dad sat me down and showed me The Rocky Horror Picture Show on an old VHS tape when I was 12 years old. This is a fact that I love to throw in his face every time he questions any odd behavior. Still, as much as I lovingly tease

Top 7 places to see Chihuly in Tacoma

Arts

Top 7 places to see Chihuly in Tacoma

Tacoma has become increasingly artsy over the past 15 or 20 years, but long before T-Town was known for its museums and galleries galore, it was an industrial city that also happened to be the hometown to world-class glass artist, Dale Chihuly. Chihuly lived his young years in Tacoma and

Colored pencil art

Arts

Colored pencil art

The "Colored Pencil Society of America's 24 International Exhibition" at American Art Company is surprising on many levels. For starters, the 119 works of art that crowd the gallery walls are really paintings, not drawings, by almost any criteria, despite being done with pencils. Second, the detailed technical expertise and

Best of Tacoma 2016: Wingman Brewers

Bars & Clubs

Best of Tacoma 2016: Wingman Brewers

Microbreweries are really having a moment, aren't they? Twenty-five years ago, the average American was likely not even aware that there was beer outside of Budweiser, Coors, Miller, and maybe one or two local favorites, perhaps Rainier and/or Red Hook in the Puget Sound's case. But today? Seemingly everyone and

Best of Tacoma 2016: Tacoma Boys

Bars & Clubs

Best of Tacoma 2016: Tacoma Boys

Tacoma Boys has been a South Sound staple since 1985, known for their fresh produce, wide organic selection and quirky atmosphere. Essentially, they were Trader Joe's before Trader Joe's came, and the fact that they're still thriving despite TJ and Whole Foods' arrival is a testament to their quality and

Best of Tacoma 2016: Hello Cupcake

Features

Best of Tacoma 2016: Hello Cupcake

Cupcakes, a treat once reserved for elementary-school birthday parties, have undergone a bit of a renaissance as of late. All of a sudden, the small pastries are on nearly equal footing with ice cream in the dessert field, and in Tacoma, one reason for this surge might be Hello Cupcake. Hello

Best of Tacoma 2016: Legendary Doughnuts

Features

Best of Tacoma 2016: Legendary Doughnuts

Walking into Legendary Doughnuts' main store on 6th Avenue, you really don't notice anything too unique at first. It appears no different than any other millennial-baiting hipster donut store, with its "wacky" offerings and retro-cool design. Don't be fooled, Legendary is the real deal, and unlike the other trendy donut

Best of Tacoma 2016: Marzano

Features

Best of Tacoma 2016: Marzano

It can be hard to find great Italian food in the Northwest. Compared to Italian-American meccas like New York and New Jersey, the Puget Sound's dominant cuisine focuses more on smoked salmon and hot dogs with cream cheese than boscaiola or picatta. And no, Olive Garden doesn't count. Still, there

Best of Tacoma 2016: Centerforce

Online Interactive Guides

Best of Tacoma 2016: Centerforce

One of the more marginalized groups today are individuals with disabilities, both physical and mental. Luckily, despite the fact that people keep pushing them to the margins, there are many groups around the country that help those who are disabled obtain jobs and contribute to society. In fact, one of

Best of Tacoma 2016: Lakewood Playhouse

Stage

Best of Tacoma 2016: Lakewood Playhouse

A balanced mixture of comedy, drama, musicals, old favorites, modern classics and cutting-edge new theater - truly everything a theater can possibly pack into a single season - makes Lakewood Playhouse's 2015-16 season a natural choice for our readers' pick for Best Local Theater Group. "We are so honored to have

Best of Tacoma 2016: Old Cannery

Online Interactive Guides

Best of Tacoma 2016: Old Cannery

Ask any local about Old Cannery, and you're bound to get a flurry of fond praise. Not only is the Old Cannery known for its outstanding selection of home furnishings, but its layout and presentation turns furniture shopping into a truly unique experience. Given its distinguished reputation, it is only

Best of Tacoma 2016: Cushman Trail

Outdoors

Best of Tacoma 2016: Cushman Trail

Cushman runs for over six miles through Gig Harbor, from the very south end by the Narrows Bridge, all the way up to the north point of Gig Harbor on Borgen Boulevard. Unlike many "trails," Cushman is completely paved, and even has a dividing line, making it essentially a regular

Best of Tacoma 2016: Ice Cream Social

Features

Best of Tacoma 2016: Ice Cream Social

If you've ever been to a Disney theme park, then you know what Heaven smells like. That was no accident. Disney's Imagineers invented a device called the Smellitzer, which pumps the scent of vanilla from the ice cream shop onto guests stampeding up Main Street, U.S.A. Not only does that

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