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Base families awarded in home contest

Two families, the Knoblochs and the Ellisons, were recently presented with the Home Pride Award for fiscal 2016 for their homes on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The recognition is from the Lewis-McChord Communities and came with a weekend getaway to the Alderbrook Resort and Spa, in Union, Wash.,

Learning Center memorial honors fallen veterans

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Learning Center memorial honors fallen veterans

Military service requires sacrifice, and not necessarily the traditional one. It's been said that a veteran is someone who wrote a blank check to the United States for an amount up to and including his or her life, and that "up to" is a caveat loaded with forfeiture, both mental

Tacoma Arts Month

Arts

Tacoma Arts Month

Over the past couple decades, Tacoma has done a fine job of building itself up and turning more and more to local artists to engender what has become a fairly vibrant arts scene. And, October marks the 15th year of Tacoma Arts Month, designed to draw attention to the sort

Spicy!

Stage

Spicy!

Despair is often the engine for creativity. So it was with colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade, which generated dance forms including dabke, salsa, samba and even tap. What we now call tap dancing arose when slaves in America combined beloved West African rhythms with Irish jig. Carol Thuy Bui is

Swollen hearts, obsessive minds

Music

Swollen hearts, obsessive minds

Early on in my exploration of eccentric musicians, I encountered They Might Be Giants. Here was a band, my dad derisively noted, that would write a song about any old nonsense, whether it be a sentient night-light that just wants to do its best ("Birdhouse in Your Soul"), two lovers

Nobody's sidekick

Music

Nobody's sidekick

Let's not insult Art Garfunkel by pretending he needs any introduction. We know him, of course, as the sensitive actor who debuted in Mike Nichols' Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge. That latter role earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Then came an over-40-year acting career, with roles in Laverne & Shirley,

'Resonating objects'

Arts

'Resonating objects'

South Puget Sound Community College gallery director Nathan Barnes noted that Margaret Noble's exhibition, "Resonating Objects," begs the question "what is art?" Is it just painting and sculpture? What about sound, movement, light? What are the boundaries between visual art and the performing arts? There are no easy answers, but

Great ... minus the weird rules

Reviews

Great ... minus the weird rules

ANNOUNCER: Lovers of u-cook Korean barbecue have a friend in Cham's in Lakewood.  The boys discovered this unique dining experience to deliver the goods once they got past the weird rules. JASON: The first time I stopped in was a Tuesday at 1 p.m.  The place was empty.  But, standing at

The Underpants

Stage

The Underpants

In Dusseldorf, Germany, the year 1910, a young married woman experiences a wardrobe malfunction while watching a royal procession pass by. So begins The Underpants, a Steve Martin-penned adaptation of a century-old Carl Sternheim play being put up by Tacoma Little Theatre. As the play opens, the inciting incident is

Recreation

Service members run in honor of JBLM POW/MIAs

It was a long day and night for everyone at the POW/MIA 24-hour Memorial Run at McChord Field Track Sept. 14, but it was burden everyone relished as a chance to pay their respects to heroic service members. “It’s a great opportunity to bring light to folks that

Recreation

After action: Youth Pheasant Hunt on JBLM

Josef Utkin, 12, thought it was going to be easy when he participated in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Youth Pheasant Hunt early Saturday morning at Training Area 12 on Lewis Main. When the pheasant he was tracking flew up to a tree, he was able to

Recreation

Get outdoors this Fall

Fall officially kicks off Thursday, and while it may be sad to say goodbye to summer, there are still countless outdoor adventures to enjoy around Joint Base Lewis-McChord once the leaves start to change colors. If getting outdoors to enjoy the brisk fall weather is what you’re looking

SPOUSE magazine - September 2016

Spouse magazine

SPOUSE magazine - September 2016

SPOUSE magazine is a free, online magazine that addresses the unique needs and interests of military spouses at Joint

Soldiers to compete in world championships

News Front

Soldiers to compete in world championships

For Capt. Jason Cumiford and Sgt. Laree Callihan, this is their payoff, their reward for years of training and hard work. They're headed to Belarus. But not to vacation. They'll be grappling, competing in the United World Wrestling Grappling Championships in late September in Minsk, Belarus, which borders Russia and Poland. "I

Homeless vet starts charity

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Homeless vet starts charity

Veterans Christian Charity (VCC) is a local organization with a mission to eradicate homeless veterans from the streets of Thurston County. The man behind the cause, Jack Potter, began his journey Jan. 14, 2016, but it wasn't until April 13 that he found himself homeless. It was then that the

Reduce back-to-school stress for you and your kids

Military Life

Reduce back-to-school stress for you and your kids

Transitioning from free-range summer fun into the back-to-school routine can make September a stressful time for even the most experienced families.  We sat down with Dr. Sadia Ali, a mother and family medicine practitioner at Pacific Medical Center in Puyallup, for her tips on improving sleep schedules, making healthy lunches

Fall dreaming

Travel

Fall dreaming

Oh Pacific Northwest, why do you make me love you so? Everyone always talks about how our summers are the best kept secret, and don’t tell anyone how fantastic they are because more of those dang Californians will move up here (hint: they don’t usually last through the winter), but

Fire lookout tower escapes for the outdoor lover

Outdoors

Fire lookout tower escapes for the outdoor lover

For lovers of Oregon's outdoors, no job is more romantic than that of a fire lookout. To live atop a mountain, surveying hundreds of miles of forest and peaks from a cozy glass hut is simplicity itself. The problem is that most of us don't have months to devote to searching

Hunting for nature in the South Sound

Outdoors

Hunting for nature in the South Sound

The outdoors are an essential piece of the South Sound puzzle. Without our luscious green forests, rocky beaches, and unique plant life, we'd just be a horrendously boring wasteland - no offense, Eastern Washington. All jokes about Spokane aside, there really are many opportunities to explore the Tacoma/Olympia region, particularly

Clipper Vacations

Outdoors

Clipper Vacations

Based in Seattle, Clipper Vacations is perhaps most well-known for its ferry service to Victoria, British Columbia, but the company goes so many more places than Victoria. "Clipper Vacations was originally known for the Victoria Clipper, which is the high-speed catamaran service between downtown Seattle and downtown Victoria, British Columbia," said

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