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Thou tellest

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Thou tellest

"Comfort ye, my people,' saith your God." And with that, one of humanity's crowning achievements in inspirational music gets underway. Who among us doesn't appreciate comfort as we approach the winter solstice? Maybe that's why Messiah, first written for Easter and performed in April, is so inseparably associated with Christmas.

No consensus on Roadrunner

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No consensus on Roadrunner

ANNOUNCER: Tucked off the main drag on South Hill in Puyallup, the Roadrunner Bourbon and Burger House is all dark and rich inside with a menu not seen elsewhere in Puyallup. The boys returned from their investigation not agreeing once again on what they found. JASON: I am once again going

Tasmanian undertow

Music

Tasmanian undertow

I've always been attracted to bands with big, full sounds. Maybe it's because I grew up listening to music from the ‘50s and ‘early ‘60s, which frequently reveled in lush productions and sweeping, romantic compositions. This was music that intended to use every inch and power of the recording studio

Janet Marcavage prints at Tacoma Library

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Janet Marcavage prints at Tacoma Library

Janet Marcavage's latest prints at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library are intelligent and aesthetically pleasing - intelligent because the combinations of colors and patterns are clearly well thought out, and pleasing to the eye because they are bright and engaging. I am not one to go around looking for real-world

Local spirits of Christmas presents

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Local spirits of Christmas presents

Looking for something unique to put under the tree? Local craft distilleries offer options for even those hard-to-buy-for friends and family.Heritage Distilling Company The Heritage Distilling Company, located in Gig Harbor, has a unique way to count down the days to Christmas: Its 2016 Spirits Advent Calendar was recently released to

Can't-miss holiday brunches

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Can't-miss holiday brunches

The Lobster Shop The Lobster Shop in Tacoma is taking its already world-class weekend brunch to a whole new level for the holidays. Its decadent, live-action station features mouthwatering prime rib and a lip-smacking bourbon-glaze ham. These pieces of meat will pair up nicely with all your breakfast favorites like made-to-order

South Sound's finest wrapping paper stores

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South Sound's finest wrapping paper stores

Christmas morning can conjure lots of images: warm mugs of coffee, the tree decked out in sparkling ornaments and, of course, opening presents. One of the greatest joys of Christmas, which rarely seems to be acknowledged, is the rush of adrenaline one gets while tearing off  wrapping paper like a

One-stop shopping for your four-legged family members

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One-stop shopping for your four-legged family members

Any pet owner in the South Sound knows Mud Bay. Since 1988, the Olympia-based company has provided food, toys, treats and other supplies for cats and dogs, and its annual - and currently ongoing - Tons of Love campaign provides thousands of dollars in donations and supplies to animal shelters each

Largest bead store is here

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Largest bead store is here

Good things are oftentimes disguised as small things. Beads come to mind. "We put some cobalt blue beads up on the wall, and people came in and bought them," related a jolly Douglas "Buck" Boling. As to those beads, they're blue like Santa's eyes. The general manager of Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, Boling's comment

Ordering specialty meats for the holidays

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Ordering specialty meats for the holidays

Thanksgiving tends to be an easy holiday meal to plan. A majority of families cook the same classic meal consisting of turkey and all the fixings. When it comes to the December holidays, families really mix it up a bit. Holiday meals will be different from home to home but

Hidden Heroes revealed

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Hidden Heroes revealed

The quarter-page ad featured a picture of Oscar-winning big screen actor Tom Hanks with the eye-catching words, "Heroes Hidden In Plain Sight." Hanks recently joined former Senator Elizabeth Dole and other high profile individuals in Washington, D.C. to launch Hidden Heroes, a campaign created by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Based on a

'A Night to Remember' at the Spouses' Club

Military Life

'A Night to Remember' at the Spouses' Club

The Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) hosts their annual fundraiser, "A Night to Remember - Celebrating 100 Years of Camp Lewis" at the American Lake Conference Center, March 17, 2017.  Proceeds from this event help LCSC continue their history of giving away an average of over $20,000 a year to

Healing Hearts in Granite Falls

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Healing Hearts in Granite Falls

Teresa "Flying Eagle" Baird knows what it is to lose someone to post-traumatic stress disorder. In 1987, her husband William Baird, a veteran of the Vietnam War, took his own life after struggling with PTSD.   But Baird was determined not to let this tragedy be the end of the story.

Olympia dancers square off

Music

Olympia dancers square off

Square dancing's been around since the 1600s. It's a quintessential piece of Americana. You need only turn on a Hee-Haw! rerun to learn everything you need to know, but I'll explain it anyway: A group of people ranging younger than 10 to over 90 gather together in a dance hall

Down a rope

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Down a rope

Today marks the end of a small but significant chapter in Army history. The 201st Expeditionary Intelligence Brigade's C/52 Long Range Surveillance Company will be inactivated. "We're the last to inactivate," commented Capt. Daniel Baker, as he and some soldiers attached to the company's mountain platoon rappelled off a 40-foot tower. "What we're

AT&T commits to hiring vets

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AT&T commits to hiring vets

In 2013, AT&T made the commitment to hire 10,000 veterans "into career opportunities" over the next five years. By 2015, the company had exceeded its goal, hiring more than 11,500 vets during that two-year period. But rather than resting on its laurels, AT&T, in conjunction with Joining Forces - "a

Keeping boom from happening

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Keeping boom from happening

There are individuals who have the talent to understand a concept and then improve it. What's more, some of these people use their innovation in a way to help others do their jobs. These few folks are leaders, and one such individual is Scott Plocar, recently named Air Force Reserve Command's Outstanding

Heroes & Zeroes

Sports at JBLM: A Year in Review

Service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have a competitive spirit. It can be seen when they represent their unit in multiple sports and races under the various JBLM Intramural Sports’ Commander’s Cup leagues. Or when they represent their branch at Armed Forces Championships. 2016 was a very

'The Physician in Spite of Himself'

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'The Physician in Spite of Himself'

Once again, Theater Artists Olympia has taken a classic and updated to make it, if not better than the original, then at least more enjoyable and laughable for contemporary audiences. Philip Wickstrom and Pug Bujeaud with the TAO collective have updated Molière's 17th-century farce The Physician in Spite of Himself, setting

Galleries of a different sort

Arts

Galleries of a different sort

Wikipedia defines a salon as "a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation." The Free Dictionary says it is a "gathering of people of social or intellectual distinction."

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