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From the water to the sky

Outdoors

From the water to the sky

The four-cylinder, direct drive, horizontally opposed, air-cooled, piston driven Lycoming O-360 engine in the Cessna 172, coughed into action. As the engine evened off and took on a steady hum, an attendant pushed the aircraft away from the dock, and the aircraft began to taxi out into the open waters of

Operation Deploy Your Dress

Military Life

Operation Deploy Your Dress

The Lewis Community Spouses Club (LCSC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) has recently been selected to become part of Operation Deploy Your Dress (ODYD).  Based out of Fort Bliss, Texas, ODYD was founded in December 2015 with a mission to work with generous people around the country to provide free

Party like it's 2017

Stage

Party like it's 2017

We gather to belt "Auld Lang Syne" each New Year's Eve, most of us with only the sketchiest sense of what it means. Robbie Burns' poem, set to the tune of a traditional favorite, extols the comforting value of "old long since," meaning "days gone by," the nostalgia we share

New Year's Eve fun for kids

Military Life

New Year's Eve fun for kids

It is almost hard to believe that the end of the year is upon us already. While we are wrapped up in prepping for the December holidays, some of us may momentarily forget that New Year's Eve is right around the corner. It seems as though we were anxiously waiting

'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Stage

'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's TMP Honor Camp presents the fourth annual A Charlie Brown Christmas, adapted for the stage from the popular television show based on the "Peanuts" comic strips by Charles Schultz. It is directed and choreographed by Deanna Martinez. Honor Camp is a program open to any Camp TMP performer who

Mixing it up at Pal Do

Reviews

Mixing it up at Pal Do

ANNOUNCER: If you haven't discovered Pal Do in Lakewood, then you are missing out on Asian ingredients you can't find anywhere else in the South Sound area. This grocery store is packed with anything you can desire when it comes to re-creating dishes from China, Japan, Korea and others.  But

'Ghost Ship'

Arts

'Ghost Ship'

A multi-media art installation by painter Matthew Olds at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum takes a contemporary look at the ages-old fascination with wrecks at sea. "When thinking about maritime history, the very real threat of losing a vessel one way or another may tip the balance between triumph and defeat,"

Gray pop

Music

Gray pop

Music is not always used to soothe or excite; some of the best bands and artists have chosen to allow the listener to wallow in sadness and heartache. Humans' capacity for commiseration is one of our greatest gifts, letting us come together and bond over pain. This can come in

Walking back home

Military Life

Walking back home

Songwriter and singer Billy Joel once opined that music is an explosive expression of humanity. For Beth Whitney-Teeple and the other singers comprising the South Sound Threshold Singers Chapter, his thought on the power of music is very real. "We're all just walking each other back home," she quoted Ram Dass, an

'Show Us Your 22' to end veteran suicide

News

'Show Us Your 22' to end veteran suicide

The National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide (NA2EVS) has established the "Show Us Your 22" campaign. Twenty-two veterans per day take their own lives. The concept of the campaign is to increase awareness of this issue. NA2EVS requests that everyone in the community join the campaign.  According to Rod Wittmier, NA2EVS

Spouse expeditions

Military Life

Spouse expeditions

The Pacific Northwest Explorers are an active group of military spouses who enjoy learning and exploring the local communities and sites surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This month's adventure focused on a day in downtown Puyallup. The group started their adventure with breakfast and coffee at the Rose Restaurant. This homey, local

A ride into history

Military Life

A ride into history

History is best learned when all who helped make it are remembered.   The spirit of remembrance led to creation of the 9th and 10th Buffalo Soldiers (Horse) Museum. But first, some history. After the Civil War, Congress authorized the creation of the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 38th through the 41st

Good riddance, 2016

Music

Good riddance, 2016

It seems a relative certainty that you'd be hard-pressed to find a single person who wouldn't join you in a rousing refrain of "f*&@# 2016!" Judging by any metric, this has been a notably lousy year, plagued with celebrity deaths, ugly politics, and Jared Leto. I've railed against New Year's

Woody and the divas

Stage

Woody and the divas

Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way has reached out to Seattle, and even as far away as New York, in order to start the new year with great musical entertainment, starting with Hard Travelin' with Woody, a glimpse into the life and music of Woody Guthrie, written and performed by New

Family-friendly fun in the mountains

Outdoors

Family-friendly fun in the mountains

White Pass Ski Area is locally known as the place to ski with families. A two-and-a-half hour drive from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area; it is an easy day trip. Before your first visit, take the time to view the White Pass website, especially for beginners.  There is a section on

'Coast to Cascades'

Arts

'Coast to Cascades'

Considered one of the Pacific Northwest's greatest impressionist painters, C.C. McKim was an east coast transplant who moved to Portland from the east coast around 1910, and turned out a large body of glowing, Oregon landscape paintings from then until the early 1930s. American Impressionism was more realistic, more precisely detailed,

Crowd-pleasers

Music

Crowd-pleasers

There's a number of iconic scenes in American Psycho where Patrick Bateman - the power broker/serial killer with an immaculately polished veneer, played by Christian Bale, who wisely modeled his performance after Tom Cruise - delivers impassioned monologues about middle-of-the-road pop stars. Bateman extolls the artistry of Huey Lewis, Whitney

Top Pot Doughnuts comes home

Military Life

Top Pot Doughnuts comes home

Military "Brats", Mark and Michael Klebeck, cofounders of Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts and Coffee, will soon be opening two new locations of their very successful cafés in the Tacoma area. The first Top Pot opened in Seattle in 2002, has a rabid fan base, and is a successful family-founded business. The

Year-long celebration in the works

Attractions

Year-long celebration in the works

With Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 100th anniversary approaching, many businesses and beloved establishments on the base will be holding events in honor of this tremendous milestone. Specifically, The Lewis Museum will be celebrating the landmark occasion throughout the whole year, giving military personnel, veterans and their families a chance to experience

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