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Military Family Halloween Parties

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Military Family Halloween Parties

The Ranger, NW Airlifter and JBLM Living newspapers, along with USAA, are sponsoring free Halloween parties for all military October 27 in Bremerton and October 28 in Lacey. These events are in support of our troops and their families and include trick or treating indoors from one sponsor to the other. 

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Laugh your ash off

The parade of princess shows continues in the South Sound. Tacoma Little Theatre, as you know, is finishing its run of “Sleeping Beauty” this weekend just as Federal Way’s Centerstage Theatre is staging “Cinderella.” This version of the show comes to the South Sound in the tradition of the English pantomime

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Restaurant biz is tough

What makes a restaurant succeed? This is a question that has many complicated answers. If the answers were easy, people would be opening dining establishments right and left. Smart folk don’t open restaurants. Crazy people do. To put it more politely, people that like to live on the edge open

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Holiday spirit

Taste the Holiday Spirit The holidays. Love ’em or loathe ’em, they’re here, complete with fudge, stuffed mushrooms, plump guys in red suits and parties! Pot luck, probably. Bobble Tiki already juggles a stack of invites and might even volunteer (or, more likely, be volunteered) to throw a bash too. And

TRICARE changes coming

Military Life

TRICARE changes coming

In the coming months, the Defense Health Agency will implement significant changes to the TRICARE health benefit which will affect many of its 9.4 million patients worldwide. A sizable number of these TRICARE patients -- more than 281,000 -- live in the Puget Sound area. Beginning Nov. 12, TRICARE patients may choose

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Delivering the goods

ANNOUNCER: “Gimme a pig foot and a bottle of gin,” sang Bessie Smith in 1933. “Move me, ‘cause I’m in my sin.” Well, the boys weren’t gnawing on a pork stump, but they were sinning, all right, during the last visit to Cicada Restaurant & Lounge. Cicada’s long list of

Cascadia Grill

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Cascadia Grill

ANNOUNCER: Craving classic, comfort dishes with a twist and a little Pacific Northwest kitsch, Jackie and Dutch settle into Olympia's Cascadia Grill this week. DUTCH: The Cascadia Grill is one of my favorite things about Olympia! The eclectic scene and friendly service simply add to the quality and creativity offered

Three Easy Pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three Easy Pieces

It's the spookiest month, and thus the spookiest Three Easy Pieces, where I examine a corner of pop culture from its birth to today. I'm thinking, now, of horror movies. While horror has classically been shrugged off by the snooty gatekeepers of fine cinema, there's one subgenre that's even more

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LACEY: Cantergrove at Long Lake opens waterfront park, dock and walking trails

TACOMA, WA, October 4, 2018 – Century Communities, recently named the fastest growing public builder by Builder magazine, announced today that it has opened a private waterfront park, dock and walking trails to Cantergrove at Long Lake adding more lifestyle amenities to this popular community in Lacey. Located

Explore Puget Sound with JBLM Scuba

Outdoors

Explore Puget Sound with JBLM Scuba

Is it any surprise to learn that, according to Army Times, Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the most requested duty station in the U.S.? Mount Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, and hundreds of miles of Puget Sound shoreline are only a short drive away. MWR recognizes that Washington state is a dream

Kaley Rhoden and Hanna Smelser

Military Life

Kaley Rhoden and Hanna Smelser

Making new friends isn't just a concern for kids moving to a new place, it plagues adults, too. Most of us hit our social peak at 5 years old, when running up to the first kid you could find, grabbing their hand and proclaiming them your best friend forever was

LCSC Cooking Club learns traditional French food

Military Life

LCSC Cooking Club learns traditional French food

The Lewis Community Spouses Club (LCSC) Cooking Sub-Club kicked off the year with some great French cooking. Chef Jan Parker and Angie Melnyk head the club this year. The two will rotate each month. Parker will focus on meals and cooking techniques while Melnyk will share her pastry chef skills.

Lo-fi hero

Music

Lo-fi hero

Early in the lives of many a burgeoning music nerd, there occurs a watershed moment where you're exposed to a band that unites your current passion for discovery with your love for novelty songs instilled in you in early childhood. These bands are a little funnier, a little weirder, a

The good, the bad, and the what-the-heck

Arts

The good, the bad, and the what-the-heck

I've said this before, and I'll say it again: juried exhibitions are always a mixed bag of the good, the bad, and the what-the-heck. Given that, the annual juried exhibition at the gallery at Tacoma Community College weighs much more heavily toward the good, with a few pieces that could

Don't panic!

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Don't panic!

Eighty years ago, this month, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players took to the radio to broadcast a live adaptation of HG Wells' classic tale of an alien invasion, The War of the Worlds. What followed, as legend has it, was widespread panic from listeners who believed they were actually

Can't-miss Tacoma Film Festival offerings

South Sound Cinema

Can't-miss Tacoma Film Festival offerings

While our usual advice, when confronted with an overwhelming festival, of any sort, is to take your chances on any random entertainment you may not have heard of, throwing a dart at a board isn't always enough. After all, we're also opinionated film nerds, and we can't pass over the

Tacoma Film Festival

South Sound Cinema

Tacoma Film Festival

We've been covering the Tacoma Film Festival for a number of years, at this point, and one of the pleasures of doing so has been in charting its steady rise to becoming one of the Pacific Northwest's preeminent annual cinematic events. Since its humble beginnings at the Grand Cinema, 13

WADS airmen win silver at powerlifting competition

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WADS airmen win silver at powerlifting competition

Two WADS airmen assigned to the 225th Support Squadron won silver medals at the Northwest Regional USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Competition in July and are headed to Nationals next week. Competitors travelled from all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana to compete at the regional competition in Tacoma in order to qualifying

McChord represents USAF in Ample Strike, NATO Days

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McChord represents USAF in Ample Strike, NATO Days

Exercise Ample Strike and NATO Days Air Show in the Czech Republic from Sept. 8 to 18 offered an opportunity for 62nd Airlift Wing airmen from the 4th Airlift Squadron to integrate with NATO forces during a multinational exercise and outreach effort. This combined exercise directly supports 2018 National Defense

McChord aircrew help save lives in Antarctica

News Front

McChord aircrew help save lives in Antarctica

Just after completing the final flight of the Southern Hemisphere winter Antarctic season, the 304th Expeditionary Air Squadron was alerted there was a medical emergency at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station Aug. 25. In the face of rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, the 304th EAS was able to redirect a mission

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