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Airshow preview

News Front

Airshow preview

Ready to go to the 2016 JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28? The weather should be fine; the visitors' count for the event may approach 300,000; and the static displays and aerial demonstrations will amaze. "After a four-year hiatus, we're pleased to bring this event back

Beachwood Elementary gets recognition as sustainable school

News Front

Beachwood Elementary gets recognition as sustainable school

In 2014, construction began on what would become the all new Beachwood Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. With the school's completion in September 2015, it marked the completion of five of the six schools on JBLM. Evergreen Elementary is slated to open its doors in January 2017. Extensive thought

Far-flung and local

South Sound Cinema

Far-flung and local

If there is a good and decent force in this universe, the hot months of 2016 should be on their way out. While my desire for fall to get here already is mostly a selfish one, there are perks for the lot of you, as well; chiefly, we are approaching

Blurring the lines between fiction and reality

Stage

Blurring the lines between fiction and reality

New Muses Theatre Company is among a handful of lesser-known companies that produces excellent theater for mostly sparse audiences. By my count, there were only 10 people in the audience opening night of Luigi Pirandello's absurdist play Six Characters in Search of an Author. The actors outnumbered the audience by

Tacoma's Swan Creek Food Forest

Arts

Tacoma's Swan Creek Food Forest

On Tacoma's eastside, Swan Creek Park is a somewhat hidden and undiscovered-to-some 373-acre oasis with an active salmon stream, a vast network of pedestrian trails and a 50-acre mountain bike trail system. It's also home to a food forest, which is a one-acre plot permaculture garden utilizing the natural processes

Elise Richman's 'Spectral'

Arts

Elise Richman's 'Spectral'

Elise Richman's unique installation, "Spectral," may be difficult for many to grasp, but should be worth the effort to really look and contemplate deeply. Call it a wall hanging, a painting or assemblage with plastics, this piece explores properties of light and color and was inspired, according to a statement from

Love the '90s?

Music

Love the '90s?

Where were you on April 28, 1994? That's the day All-4-One's cover of "I Swear," originally a chart-topping country track from John Michael Montgomery, was released to the public. That crooned rendition also hit #1 and stayed there for 11 weeks. If you're a member of Generation X, there's a

Coming together

Music

Coming together

Even in a town as small as Tacoma sometimes feels, it's still fairly easy to lose touch with those around you, to retreat underground for long periods at a time, only to emerge, squinting at the sun and seeing your friends once again. This is not even taking into consideration

2016 Summer Welcome Guide

Online Interactive Guides

2016 Summer Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see.  Click the link below and start your journey today. Click here to view our interactive 2016 Summer

In search of top happy hours

Features

In search of top happy hours

There are a lot of things that make a bar successful, and without question, a good happy hour is one of them.  Nearly every, pub, bar, tavern, restaurant in town has a signature twist intended to bring us in to partake.  And with so many to choose from, how do

Real-life sea monsters in the Puget Sound

Outdoors

Real-life sea monsters in the Puget Sound

It's one of the oldest nautical legends in the book: The giant sea creature with unending tentacles that destroys ships and devours sailors. Whatever you want to call it - the Kraken, the Hydra, Jerry - tales of sea monsters have been around for as long as people have traveled

Hidden gems: Fort Steilacoom Park

Outdoors

Hidden gems: Fort Steilacoom Park

To be honest, if you're looking for a perfect, multi-faceted park, visit Point Defiance. However, this is supposed to be about hidden gems, right? If you're constantly being named one of the best city parks and running trail destinations in the country, you forfeit being underrated. You know what is

Hidden gems: the B&I

Attractions

Hidden gems: the B&I

Most shopping malls really aren't that different from each other. Sure, you can visit the Tacoma Mall and feed your Cinnabon addiction, but the mall doesn't do a whole lot to differentiate itself from any other successful, middle-class mall around the country. If you want a true, 100 percent Tacoma

Hidden gems: the world's documents are inside

Attractions

Hidden gems: the world's documents are inside

Many of history's most important moments required documents of some sort. When Einstein discovered the theory of relativity, he had to write it down somewhere. If someone wrote a book or a play or an opera, there was always a first draft. Generals didn't have Microsoft Word to type out

Biking Pierce County

Outdoors

Biking Pierce County

Ready to join the growing peloton and pedal around Pierce County? For those who like to ride their bicycles, the county has just published its seventh version of the Pierce County Bike Map. The free map focuses on the on-road bikeways, such as roads with wide lanes, paved shoulders, and designated bicycle

Day trips for bargains

Travel

Day trips for bargains

Outlet malls are well worth the time to visit. As I walked around the mall in North Bend, I marveled at the variety of products offered by such stores as Banana Republic and Lane Bryant to Kitchen Collection and Pendleton. Outlet malls feature scores of stores offering well-known consumer product brands, with

Soundbuilt Homes brings quality to Puget Sound

Military Life

Soundbuilt Homes brings quality to Puget Sound

Once a military family receives orders to PCS, one of the very first things they discuss is housing options. Will they live on post or off post? Will they rent or buy? No matter where a military family finds themselves, there are lots of options on where to live. If

South Sound burger rankings

Features

South Sound burger rankings

I've grown up and spent 90 percent of my life in Tacoma, and like any good son of Grit City, the candy-cane-colored Frisko Freeze sign is seared into my brain forever. Frisko has always been a favorite of mine, and it's one of the first places I take Tacoma newbies.

Hidden gems: Blue Mouse Theatre

South Sound Cinema

Hidden gems: Blue Mouse Theatre

Going to the movies in 2016 is sort of a depressing experience. You plunk down $12-15 just to get in, then $10 or more for popcorn, soda, candy, and whatever else you like to munch on. The days of sneaking in food are long past us. Then you sit down

Top 5 karaoke spots

Music

Top 5 karaoke spots

Karaoke can be a divisive thing: it's implicitly designed to let the singer let off a little bit of steam, to picture themselves fronting a band, to get their moment in the spotlight without anyone judging them. Karaoke is a place for amateurs to imagine being professionals, and I believe

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