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No coming home

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No coming home

Since seeing Dukesbay Theater's production of A Piece of My Heart, I've struggled with sorting my feelings about what, I would argue, is a play with its roots firmly entrenched in emotional manipulation. From a purely objective standpoint, an emotionally manipulative piece of art isn't fundamentally a bad thing, depending

'Four by Four' at Art House Designs

Arts

'Four by Four' at Art House Designs

Art House Designs owner Susie Engelstad challenged three other artists and herself to come up with four paintings measuring four feet by four feet for a show to be called, naturally, "Four by Four". Three of the women, Rose Nicholas, Susan Ujcid and Engelstad herself, rose to the challenge. The

Analog comfort

Music

Analog comfort

The Beatles were fond of saying that their favorite contemporary American musician was Harry Nilsson, and it's not hard to see why. With the voice of an angel, capable of operatic bravado ("Without You"), surging rock wails ("Jump Into the Fire"), and impish character work ("Coconut"), Nilsson was an almost

Rush In Dumplings

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Rush In Dumplings

Announcer: Dining in the Northwest you are exposed to a plethora of international flavors, but those are mostly from the Pacific Rim. We don't get a lot of European and Caribbean foods. In Olympia, however, is a tiny eatery serving Eastern European dumplings ... and darn they are good.Jason: The

Travel

Get away for winter break

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Leisure Travel Services staff members want to help you plan your escape during winter block leave with tips and discounts available on places around the state, country and the world. The travel service has two locations on JBLM and provides service members and their

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DENTAC, Red Cross train dental assistants

Service members and family members are learning to do medical charting, conduct dental exams and help with fillings and sealants thanks to a dental assistant training program here. Ten students are studying to be dental assistants in the second class of the American Red Cross Dental Assistant

People Rule

JBLM soldier leads Army women to gold

When running in a race with more than 19,000 in Washington, D.C., finishing in the top 30 would usually be a great accomplishment. Captain Nicole Solana, flight surgeon with the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, was disappointed in her time of 3:13:58 — good for the 30th

Adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star Family for the holidays

Military Life

Adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star Family for the holidays

The leaves are now turning stunning shades of orange and red before they fall to the ground. The next few weeks will undoubtedly fly by, as they always seem to do this time of the year. The winter will creep up and hints of snow and frost will be in

Back in the Saddle

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Back in the Saddle

AT&T, an international corporation providing Internet connection, mobile phone service and pay TV world wide, affirmed their support for veterans and active-duty military by announcing a $30,000 donation to Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors and the Back in the Saddle Warriors program at Healing Hearts Ranch, Nov. 10. According to Marianne Bichsel,

Rotary Club #8 honors veterans at luncheon

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Rotary Club #8 honors veterans at luncheon

To say the military influenced the South Sound's growth is like saying Gen. Grant influenced the outcome of the Civil War. Joint Base Lewis-McChord has served as the major military hub in our area since the waning days of World War I. Collaborating with Seattle, our shipyards built over 100

Usher in the holiday season with Polar Plaza

Outdoors

Usher in the holiday season with Polar Plaza

It's that time of year again! Time to strap on your ice skates and head to downtown Tacoma to show off your best moves. CHI Franciscan Polar Plaza is back again and is quite possibly the perfect complement for your downtown holiday experience. Now in its sixth year, this temporary

A food court for foodies

Features

A food court for foodies

Despite being a state capital noted for artisanal spirit and cultural diversity, Olympia struggles to birth and maintain what food connoisseurs refer to as "destination dining." Indisputably great restaurants, meaning eateries capable of drawing gastronomes away from Seattle, Portland or even Tacoma, are few and far between. That's why it

Holiday on stage

Stage

Holiday on stage

With lots of schmaltz and lots of good cheer, live theater in the South Sound is gearing up for holiday shows.Lakewood Playhouse. The most touching, feel-good holiday show of all time is coming to Lakewood Playhouse this season. You've seen it in countless reruns on TV and probably shed a

'Adventures Through the Anthropocene'

Arts

'Adventures Through the Anthropocene'

Jason Sobottka is a fascinating painter. It's tempting to label his paintings fantasy art, but that would be too easy. There are fantasy elements aplenty, but there is much more to it than that. He paints fantasy creatures and mythological creatures, and he paints common animals such as dogs, rabbits

Humbug for the holidays!

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Humbug for the holidays!

Everyone is familiar with the Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. The story has inspired countless versions and renditions for decades, ranging from storybook retellings to Hollywood blockbusters starring beloved favorites like Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman. This holiday season, the renowned favorite can be viewed on stage at

Holiday getaways

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Holiday getaways

Ah, Christmas! The season of shopping and traffic and shopping and cooking and shopping and wrapping and on and on and on. If the Christmas craziness is getting to you, maybe it's time to put everything on hold for a day or two and get away from it all. Starting Dec.

Gift cards for the holidays

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Gift cards for the holidays

Every year, people sit down and write out their holiday wish lists. They ask for all sorts of things, even the most absurd things. But people may not think of asking for simple yet practical gifts like gift cards. These types of gifts come in handy for students, friends and

An evergreen tradition

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An evergreen tradition

Nothing brings a family closer than a tradition, and the cutting of the annual Christmas tree is one such custom. "The cutting of a real Christmas tree is a real tradition," said David Armstrong, owner of the 12-acre Glenwood Christmas Tree Farm, as he stood in a clean and spacious gathering

Shopping downtown Tacoma

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Shopping downtown Tacoma

Now that the holidays are approaching, the pressure is on to find the perfect presents for your friends, work colleagues, family members and yes, even frenemies. Consider experiencing downtown Tacoma for your shopping options. Tacoma's downtown offers an eclectic smattering of small businesses, museums, restaurants and the UW-Tacoma campus. Here

Santa Claus is coming to town - and he is taking the train

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Santa Claus is coming to town - and he is taking the train

After 2,000-plus Christmases, the reindeer need a break, so Santa's scuttling his sleigh for the South Sound leg of his trip this holiday season in favor of something a bit more high-tech: the railroad. Passengers aboard the 47th Annual "Santa Train" at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie will get to

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