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2017 Best of Olympia: Three Magnets Brewing Company

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2017 Best of Olympia: Three Magnets Brewing Company

Downtown Olympia is a special place. A haven for everyone, it screams of diversity and has established itself as a hub of the vibrant, eclectic and unique. Three Magnets Brewing Company on Franklin Street has also ingrained itself in this sense - rooting itself as a hub within a hub,

2017 Best of Olympia: Obsidian

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2017 Best of Olympia: Obsidian

It takes a hell of a lot of work to keep a music venue going strong, especially one that incorporates all-ages shows and makes risky booking decisions. Even a city as vibrant and artistically-minded as Olympia can fall victim to lackluster attendance, acts of God, and financially ruinous emergencies that

2017 Best of Olympia: Burial Grounds

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2017 Best of Olympia: Burial Grounds

Don't let the black exterior and the ravens migrating through it bother you. Rather, think of the visual as an entry into a unique experience. With this expectation, it is easy to see that Burial Grounds, a coffee shop located in Olympia since 2010, is the polar opposite of a Starbucks

2017 Best of Olympia: Seven Ways to Get There

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2017 Best of Olympia: Seven Ways to Get There

Olympia has fantastic theater. Picking the best is nearly impossible, but after much deliberation, I landed on playwright Bryan Willis' riveting play, Seven Ways to Get There, as performed by Theater Artists Olympia (TAO). My reasons are many. First, to acknowledge Willis, a home-grown playwriting genius who is the founder and

2017 Best of Olympia: Linnea's

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2017 Best of Olympia: Linnea's

When looking for the gift shop voted, "Best in Olympia," I didn't expect to find it in the lobby of the Capital Medical Center. With visions of shopworn teddy bears and tired floral arrangements in my head, Linnea's was a pleasant surprise.  The boutique is brightly colored and filled with

2017 Best of Olympia: Salon Refu

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2017 Best of Olympia: Salon Refu

If I could choose two galleries, I would start with Childhood's End because they have consistently shown top-notch local and regional artists since 1971. Many of the best local artists got their first major exposure at Childhood's End, and the gallery continues to show works by such stellar artists as

2017 Best of Olympia: Moss Wall Orthodontics

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2017 Best of Olympia: Moss Wall Orthodontics

They'll leave you smiling for many reasons. First off, the dental care at Moss Wall Orthodontics will give you a lasting smile because of what they can do to correct crooked teeth problems. For over 26 years, Dr. Kevin Moss has been creating beautiful smiles, treating adults and children. His associate, Dr.

2017 Best of Olympia: Olympia Farmers Market

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2017 Best of Olympia: Olympia Farmers Market

For the past 42 years, the Olympia Farmers Market has been the traditional place for families to get their fresh, local food. It is also the go-to place for beautifully crafted artisan crafts. With over a hundred vendors from three-and-a-half surrounding counties, the Market boasts of an over five million

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Youth flying club visits McChord

On a Saturday where the sun broke through the typical layer of clouds that are a trademark of the Pacific Northwest, a bus transported students and their parents to an ordinary looking building on a corner of McChord Field Feb. 11. It was a drill weekend for the

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JBLM provides support for Mongolia’s Gobi Wolf 2017

Contract support by the Mission and Installation Contracting Command’s 615th Contracting Team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is serving to enhance Mongolian disaster preparedness and response by multinational civil and military authorities. Gobi Wolf is a reoccurring disaster response exercise and exchange mission in Mongolia to enhance

Film Awards Party

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Film Awards Party

As we approach this Sunday's Academy Awards, it's valuable to look past the pageantry and consider the story that the Oscars tell about the lives we've lived for the past year. Regardless of the value that you place on the ceremony, the Oscars have a funny way of taking a

USONW honors airmen with "No Dough Dinner"

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USONW honors airmen with "No Dough Dinner"

Learning how to budget for the last days before a payday can be a complicated mission, thankfully a program is combatting these financial hiccups with complimentary meals like prime rib. The United Service Organization Northwest (USONW) celebrated their 50th "No Dough Dinners" for airmen of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Feb. 21

Celebrating patriotism

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Celebrating patriotism

In his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy called out, "Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country." Each year, the Puget Sound Chapter of Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) hosts a Massing of the Colors event to celebrate active-duty

The Betties are back!

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The Betties are back!

A blend of beautiful aggression, punk-rock-inspired attire, and sinuous athleticism, women's roller derby embodies a fun and feisty sport that is enjoyed by participants and spectators alike. Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Bettie Brigade offers all of these things and more, and luckily are returning for another entertaining and successful season. Come watch

Volunteers needed

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Volunteers needed

wear blue: run to remember needs active-duty servicemembers to volunteer for its Gold Star Youth Program.  The nine-week pilot program kicks off in April and pairs active-duty servicemembers with a Gold Star child for a series of weekly training runs culminating in special Memorial Day weekend events. Volunteers can sign up

History in a dry dock

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History in a dry dock

Sitting on large wooden blocks at the Lake Union Dry Dock Company, the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) looked large and naked. Lifts, generators and other tools surrounded the ship's hull. The gritty remains of sanded-off paint and water converged and covered the bottom of the dock. Once a new coat of high-quality

A green and white house of history

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A green and white house of history

In 1917 there were almost 2,000 buildings on Camp Lewis, and all of them wore nothing but the splinters of the wood they were made of. There was one exception, though. The Camp Lewis House - sometimes referred to as the Hostess House - wore a coat of white paint with green

A day in Port Townsend

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A day in Port Townsend

Port Townsend is a Victorian seaport with a rich maritime history located on the Olympic Peninsula. On a sunny day, panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca compete with those of the Olympic mountain range.  It is no surprise, with the natural and historic beauty surrounding Port Townsend,

Pacific Northwest Explorers discover local products

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Pacific Northwest Explorers discover local products

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Explorers' February adventure focused on two local products, Johnny's Seasoning Salt and Almond Roca. "It is always an adventure with the PNW Explorers and sharing the comradery with military spouses.  Who would have thought my daughter's favorite candy is made in our own backyard of Tacoma,"

Canada clobbers U.S. at 23rd annual game

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Canada clobbers U.S. at 23rd annual game

I've said before that we only sleep soundly at night because of "rough men (and women)" who watch over us, and the servicemembers of the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) based out of Joint-Base Lewis-McChord are a prime example of these brave people doing what they do best. WADS is the

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