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Rumbletowne Records

When the Weekly Volcano hears the words “record label” and “Olympia” in the same sentence, we tend to get a little giddy. We recently received word that Rumbletowne Records, named after a soon-to-be extinct Olympia house party venue (like the famed Red House), will officially launch in February with a

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One helluva cup of coffee

The comforting smell of coffee welcomes those who walk into the Java Flow in Tillicum. The hardwood floors shine. On the wall to the right is a framed movie poster promoting “We Were Soldiers Once,” starring Mel Gibson.  To the left of the poster — on the other side of a

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Bayou cooking class

Bayou Billy When Chef Billy Robertson talks about food and cooking, his smile gets as wide as the muddy Mississippi. Given what went down in his home state of Louisiana — it’s a wonder he’s able to smile at all. I smile every time I visit his Olympia restaurant Cicada. His inventive

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Wines to Keep You Warm

Thursday, Jan. 24: Red Wines to Keep You Warm, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Fridays: Wine tastings, 6-8 p.m., Mandolin Cafe, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, 253.761.3482. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th St. W., University Place, 253.564.1101. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 11 a.m.

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Polynesian Grill,

First place winner for best entrée at the Taste of Tacoma in 2004, Chico and Annie Mageo’s Polynesian Grill restaurant offers laid back dining and the chance to experience East Asian, Hawaiian, Filipino and other Pacific Rim tastes blended to create unique dishes. As obvious first-timers, we were warmly greeted

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Ask Amy Alkon

Apocalypse eventually My girlfriend of four years is sweet, smart and sexy, in a vanilla kind of way, but I’ve never felt passionate about her. We’re both grad students and we were getting sick of our respective roommates. My girlfriend wanted to move our relationship forward, and found us a great

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High waist

Victory is mine! I’ve waited years, and although it’s been a snaillike process, the thong baring, low riding pants have finally gone back to buttcrack hell where they belong. A few years ago the high waist reemerged, but it’s taken designers awhile to get it just right. For 2008, designers

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House Blend Thursdays

Bobble Tiki is a tiki about town. Of course, he’s also a social anxiety ridden hermit at times, but that’s the nice thing about Bobble Tiki. He mixes it up. He’s a little like everyone and a lot like no one. Being a sometimes socialite, Bobble Tiki truly enjoys the resurgence

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Ghosts and Liars, Charlotte Thistle and others

Thursday, Jan. 24 FOLK charlotte thistle I’ve always been a sucker for women songwriters. Maybe it’s because they give me insight on how to deal with the opposite sex. But folk singer Charlotte Thistle refuses to give me any tips on how to do this as she pens tunes that speak directly

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The Devil Wears Prada

Make it stop. I clicked on The Devil Wears Prada’s MySpace page and was assaulted with a wash volume that shoved me back in my chair. The Devil Wears Prada — no, not the movie or the book, the metal band — defines hardcore. With machine gun drums, nasty guitar

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Frankie Gage Potis benefit

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Doxology will play Jazzbones in Tacoma. First and foremost, the show is a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Though Doxology has gained a reputation for being one of the brightest soul/groove/rock bands around, even prompting Pappi Swarner to swoon “Imagine the music of Maroon

Freelance and small biz for spouses

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Freelance and small biz for spouses

Ready to strike out as a business owner? Whether it is a store, online business, or freelance gig, you will want to get the banking element of your new career set up right from the start, said Craig Doty, Business Money Management Coach with Harborstone Credit Union. Doty says there are

TARP on JBLM

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TARP on JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD - Advisors from 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade took part in an intensive test of their physical fitness and tactical expertise in the inaugural Tactical Advisor Readiness Program assessment at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Jan. 21, 2021. SFAB teams are designed to be highly-modular and independently deployable

Member Money Map on McChord

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Member Money Map on McChord

A financial plan is just a fancy way of saying you know what your financial goals are and have a plan that will help you achieve them to ensure your long-term security and well-being. Harborstone Credit Union has Money Management Coaches on and off McChord ready to be with you

Newest Apache lands here

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Newest Apache lands here

Redstone Arsenal, Ala - Following the conclusion of a three-day journey Jan 14 originating from the manufacturing facilities in Mesa, Ariz. the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), becomes the first operational unit to receive the AH-64E version six (V6) Apache helicopter. The V6 is equipped with an

Marshall Islands to headline APCC’s 23rd Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration

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Marshall Islands to headline APCC’s 23rd Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration

When Asia Pacific Cultural Center was founded over two decades ago, one of its first major events was created to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Now in its 23rd year, this Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration, usually held at the Tacoma Dome with as many as 10,000 attendees, is

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I'm too sexy for my space suit

Wondering how to beat the post-holiday blues? Have the nerve to stand out from the crowd? Then consider treating some of the Tacoma area’s upcoming afternoon and evening winter season events as excuses to play dress-up. All you need is a little imagination and a cooperative costuming consultant. I found my

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Mojito Bay

ANNOUNCER: The boys have a dream of traveling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs to eat pterodactyl eggs and brontosaurus steaks. They know this will never happen because not only has no one invented a working time machine yet, but if the boys ever did get their

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King Solomon's Reef

I immediately want to compare this quaint diner to Tacoma’s very own Harvester. Add a bit more history, a cozy feel, and you have King Solomon’s Reef. One of the biggest comparisons is the hidden hole behind the dining area that houses one of Olympia’s best dive bars: The Reef. Past

Get a letter from the 19th century

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Get a letter from the 19th century

Here's a new way to enjoy the past: Get a letter from a 19th century soldier. The re-enactors at Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, will be offering hand-written letters in their historical personas of soldiers who were actually stationed at the first fort in Washington Territory. If you make a donation through

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