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Sprinker snowman contest

Before there were cities, governments or tacos, ancient people endeavored to sculpt natural substances into meaningful forms — monoliths to honor the seasons, shaped mounds of earth to celebrate ancient gods. Since then, environmental sculpture has become an ever-mutating pursuit, employing a vast, varied and growing variety of media —

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Winter warmth

Saturday morning I waited outside of One Heart Café with a bunch of artists from the gallery formerly known as a.o.c., hoping someone would come and let us in. There was supposed to be a meeting over coffee of these artists who are taking over the management of the gallery.

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First Night

Monday night I properly said good riddance to 2007 at First Night and in style. Apparently all the other Weekly Volcano scribes had plans already, so I was asked to emcee. That’s right, baby, Vee-Eye-Pee (VIP). To me, this was an honor. Not only did I get to represent this

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A Pack of Wolves

You hear it all the time: “There’s strength in numbers.” Or “the more the merrier.” Usually I agree. But in the case of A Pack of Wolves — who will play Le Voyeur in Olympia Saturday, Jan. 5 — the adages don’t hold up. Emanating from Northern California, A Pack of Wolves,

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Ding thong grandma's panties are dead

It’s official. It’s winter, which means five months of trying to make your fave hooded sweatshirt look fashionable. But who’s to say you can’t wear something irresistibly saucy underneath? I mean, what do the panties you’re wearing right now say about you? Emotionally unavailable? Unable to separate whites from colors?

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El Toro's Toro Bravos

What I observed New Year’s Eve at the packed El Toro in downtown Tacoma was that drinking in a group can be a highly dangerous undertaking. First, as each member of the League of Liberal Libations arrived, there was an evaluation process of his or her appearance. People typically want

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Cooking timesavers

Happy New Year to all! Of course I am assuming it will be. I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve while out of town and probably the only person in Tacoma not going to First Night. Large groups of non-drinking people scare me, so I avoid them by hiding in

Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon

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Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon

ANNOUNCER: Sometimes a craving consumes you. You know, when you get an idea in your head and it won't go away? That's what happened this week to Dutch, he was hankering for some good ole' barbeque and Jim Bob's Chuck Wagon in Lacey seemed like just the place to fulfill

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

My head is constantly spinning from the plethora of holidays that circulate around food and drink. Obviously, dining with loved ones is the ultimate way to celebrate so it's only natural that it's always some sort of season: barbeque season, the holiday season, Independence Day is loaded with loaded hot

March into theater

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March into theater

Local theaters offer up a smorgasbord in March, from world-class musicals and dramas to fairy tales and more, starting with Tacoma Arts Live's Disenchanted, a fairytale for the 21st century playing one night only, March 14 at the Pantages Theater. Snow White, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and other popular

Spark Tank 2020 voting continues this week

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Spark Tank 2020 voting continues this week

(Photo: Senior Airman Brandon Dinh, 446th Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental technician, demonstrates how to operate a battery cell extracting device to Maj. Gen. Randall Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in October. The innovative battery cell extractor, designed by members of the 446th MXS, is a

Skillbridge helps with life after military

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Skillbridge helps with life after military

Skillbridge helps make the future less uncertain for service members separating from the military. The program is an opportunity for service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, on-the-job training or internships during the last 180 days of service. Skillbridge connects service members with industry partners in

Becoming better

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Becoming better

Now that we've officially bid adieu to the holiday season and all of the glorious indulgences that accompany it, many may be looking for ways to reset with a sense of healthy, lasting purpose. For some, incorporating new wellness habits may seem a daunting task at first. Thankfully, Pacific Medical

Best Sapper competition to include all-female team

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Best Sapper competition to include all-female team

(Photo: Competitors in the 2019 Best Sapper Competition jump in the lake at Fort Leonard Wood’s Training Area 250 and swim across. Fifty teams are slated to compete in the 14th Best Sapper Competition to be held March 30 through April 1 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.) Fifty teams are slated

Auto Shop 101 helps spouses learn about repairs

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Auto Shop 101 helps spouses learn about repairs

Just popping the hood on a vehicle can be intimidating these days, even for those with a basic knowledge of mechanics. A small group of military spouses gathered Feb. 20 at Bryan's Automotive in Olympia to learn how to navigate the vehicle repair process and answer some key questions. Brittany Yamaguchi was

Washington State Patriotic Day

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Washington State Patriotic Day

(Photo: The 2020 Washington State Patriotic Day & Massing of the Colors was held in Tacoma at Stadium High School Saturday, Feb. 22.  This event provides an opportunity for community members, military members and more to show off their patriotism and to become better educated on the importance of the

Future soldiers may get improved helmet padding

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Future soldiers may get improved helmet padding

Army researchers and industry partners recently published a study showing how they developed new materials and manufacturing methods to create higher performing helmet padding that reduces the likelihood of head injury in combat and recreational helmets. A team from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and its

From military service to a civilian career

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From military service to a civilian career

Last year, the Army's Career Skills Programs helped 4,782 soldiers transition from military service into a civilian career, according to Installation Management Command officials. Army's CSP had a 96 percent employment placement rate in 2019, and has given troops a chance to master various skills needed for the civilian workforce since

It’s scholarship application time

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It’s scholarship application time

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for its 2020 scholarships. The fund, established in 1989, is open to both children and spouses of active-duty and retired service members and Gold Star families. The completed forms are due by March 16.  The purpose of the fund is

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Daft Punk

Electronic music has gone through a major revival in 2007. Artists like Justice, MSTRKRFT, Digitalism, Boys Noize, and Crystal Castles have made electronic mainstream again with crossover hits and remixes. However, as new and fresh as these groups sound, they are almost all paying homage to Daft Punk. It’s fitting

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