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A fond farewell

Music

A fond farewell

The Weekly Volcano was pleased to speak with Robert Musser, founder and conductor of Tacoma Concert Band, in advance of a concert celebrating his impending retirement. First, however, a simple question: What's the difference between a concert band and an orchestra? "It's just a different sound," Musser explained. "The orchestra is

2018 Olympia's Arts Walk

Arts

2018 Olympia's Arts Walk

Seattle metal sculptor and blacksmith Lisa Geertsen will be the featured artist at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts during Olympia's Arts Walk Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. Her show will continue until June 22. She will be showing about 40 pieces from the "Show of Hearts." The works are

An opportunity for multilingual airmen

News Front

An opportunity for multilingual airmen

Do you know one or more foreign languages? You may be eligible for the Language Enabled Airman Program. The Air Force Culture and Language Center is forming a corps of multilingual airmen to take on missions around the world, and recently released a memorandum detailing the 2018 LEAP recruitment process. This year's

Trained and ready to go

News Front

Trained and ready to go

A C-17 landed smoothly at McChord Field last Sunday morning. Lt. Col. Mike Haedt and Capt. Kyle McElheran, both Reservists assigned to the 446th Airlift "Rainier" Wing, made it seem easy. The wing provides 1,900 combat-ready Reserve citizen airmen to support worldwide airlift and military operations. Haedt and McElheran taxied the aircraft to

Explore the natural side of Ocean Shores

Travel

Explore the natural side of Ocean Shores

The south shore of Ocean Shores is a natural undiscovered treasure just waiting to be explored. Visit the Oyhut Wildlife Recreation area, which is a birdwatcher's paradise. Hop in an electric boat or on a stand-up paddleboard and discover 23 miles of freshwater lakes and interconnected canals. Or visit Damon

Welcome AlixaRx

News Front

Welcome AlixaRx

A new prescription medication dispensing system is being implemented in four Washington State Veterans Homes, and the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) expects to save time and money by advancing their pharmacy through technology. The new system is called AlixaRx, and it provides veterans with quick, on-site access to more

Bounce around for free every Sunday

Military Life

Bounce around for free every Sunday

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your family than by enjoying bounce castles, foam pits, trampoline floors, ropes, balance beams, gymnastics mats and more for free?  Black Hills Gymnastics is offering active-duty, veterans, Guard and Reservists and their family members two hours of free play every Sunday. “The military

Sixteen and killin' it ...

Military Life

Sixteen and killin' it ...

For some, the appeal of participating in the arts is the ability to breathe life into imaginary worlds -- to take an idea and shape it into artwork you can see, touch, hear or feel. For Syierra Elise Smiley, a screenwriter and high school senior at Tacoma's School of the

Guardian Response 18

News Front

Guardian Response 18

Soldiers from 3rd platoon, 22nd Engineer Clearance Company, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, performed technical search and rescue during Guardian Response 18 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center April 22. “It usually takes them about 30 to 90 minutes to setup,” said George Nieves, an observer/controller from Fox Division Civil Support Training Facility, U.S.

The Pillowman

Stage

The Pillowman

Before you've even begun to formally experience the performance of Tacoma Little Theatre's production of The Pillowman, you must first find your seat. As you do, you will notice a man onstage, sitting in a drab cell, with a black hood over his head. The sensation of the audience finding their

Breathing new life into an old building

News Front

Breathing new life into an old building

Exterior repairs are underway on the old Evergreen Elementary School near Madigan Gate. The former school, replaced with a new building across the street in January 2017, is getting a second lease on life. The 112,000-square-foot structure, built in 1991, is slated to be the new home for the Enterprise Multimedia

2018 Summer Guide

Online Interactive Guides

2018 Summer Guide

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Get APP-Y

Military Life

Get APP-Y

Are you "SNAP HAPPY?" Is your phone filled with hundreds of photos?  Do you intend to go through them and get organized, edit them, and share them but can never find the time? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, it is time to get "APP-Y" and

Speaking well for six decades

News Front

Speaking well for six decades

Public speaking is not easy. "I'd rather be fighting the Taliban than doing public speaking," a soldier told John Dawson, a noted public speaker trainer. The soldier's comment is indicative of what many may think when they must speak publically. But if they must, then Toastmasters International is an organization worth considering. The

Simulation stimulation

Military Life

Simulation stimulation

No doubt the servitude of servicemen and women is well worth recognition; the responsibilities of the job are demanding and hectic, albeit ultimately rewarding. Sometimes, however, it is the families of soldiers - who live a life of support and sacrifice unique to spouses and children of military personnel --

Featured Events

Military Family Fun Fair in Bremerton

Northwestmilitary.com and Navy Families Kitsap, along with our event sponsor USAA and Olympic College, want to honor your family for the sacrifices you make by attending the free Military Family Fun Fair in Bremerton June 2 at Olympic College (click below for address).  As a family, you

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

It's officially spring! In nature that means the bees are buzzing, the animals are all getting a little twitterpated and the flowers are blossoming. It's the season of renewal and new beginnings. The restaurant industry seems to be mirroring this sentiment with grand openings, menu updates and reinvented spaces. Here

El Rey Burro

Reviews

El Rey Burro

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie head south this week to check out Yelm's fascination with a gas station that boasts the best Mexican food in town. Rarely without a line at the counter, this little gem may be hidden in the back of a service station, but the food takes a

Kalispell, Montana

Travel

Kalispell, Montana

On the lookout for clean, crisp air? A sky that stretches beyond your field of vision? Very little traffic and friendly, welcoming residents? Then take a trip to Kalispell, Montana. Whether you drive (eight-and-a-half hours from Joint Base Lewis-McChord) or fly (a 90-minute flight), you'll notice the difference between the

What effortless pop

Music

What effortless pop

It will never stop fascinating me to track how music fans' perceptions and preconceived notions change over time - with accepted truths contradicting each other with as little as a decade of time separating them. For instance, in the 2000 film American Psycho, when Patrick Bateman delivered a monologue about how

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