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Local swim teams

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Local swim teams

Youth swimmers stay active year-round and build confidence in and out of the pool. Swimming is a sport that allows for individual achievement and team participation. It builds endurance, strength and self-esteem. If this sounds ideal for your kids, check out these local swim teams. Metro Aquatics Swim Team Run by Metro

Indoor party venues

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Indoor party venues

If your child's birthday falls during the rainy months, the South Sound has you covered. Kids can jump, bowl, paint and skate at a variety of indoor party spots. They'll have a blast, and you won't have to clean up. Auburn Gymnastics Center -- DuPont Gymnasts and non-tumblers alike will love this

The best haunted houses near JBLM

Attractions

The best haunted houses near JBLM

It's that time of year again; pumpkin patches, apple picking, hay rides, and bloody corpses with chainsaws chasing after you through the darkness. That's right, it's haunted house season, and we found the best ones you won't want to miss. Yell Manor Triad Arts Theatre102 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm Oct.

Rutledge Corn Maze

Outdoors

Rutledge Corn Maze

The Rutledge Corn Maze has become a family tradition for many local families and it's easy to see why. With a fall nip in the air, it's time to head out to the farm and see all they have to offer. The corn maze officially opens Sept. 22 and the

Go underground in Portland

Travel

Go underground in Portland

"Shanghaiing," or kidnapping people and forcing them into servitude, is an undeniable part of Portland's past. Between 1850 and 1941, thousands of people were shanghaied while patronizing saloons, brothels and gambling dens along Portland's waterfront district. They were tricked, drugged and imprisoned in underground "shanghai tunnels" until they could be

733 and counting

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733 and counting

Ed Shannon was introduced to the game of golf while growing up in Providence, Rhode Island. "I played a bit as a caddy," he said. Enlisting in the Army in 1963, he went on to serve in aviation logistics to include being an aircraft maintenance officer and test pilot for both

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

I stepped out onto my porch on a grey morning and felt that chill. You know the one, the first of the season that tells you that autumn has finally arrived. I turned quick on my heels and immediately began to snag the scarves and hats that I'll be donning

En Rama

Reviews

En Rama

ANNOUNCER: Hidden in the corner of the Old Post Office building in downtown Tacoma, En Rama serves up creative seasonal cocktails to anyone able to find their way here despite the absence of any signage. With the help of their smartphones, Dutch and Jackie pull up a stool this week

The Foreigner

Stage

The Foreigner

In many ways, Tacoma Little Theatre's production of The Foreigner feels like a more light-hearted version of Martin McDonagh's work. Earlier this year, I reviewed TLT's staging of McDonagh's The Pillowman, and The Foreigner -- penned by Larry Shue -- shares with it a pattern of jarring tonal shifts and an overabundance of ideas.

Set on shuffle

Music

Set on shuffle

I recently stumbled across a baffling playlist on Spotify called "Songs to Sing in the Shower." It seemed like the ideal soundtrack to cruising around on a sunny almost-autumn day, but I was quickly surprised by a series of songs that were either picked by a blindfolded person throwing darts

Time flies

Stage

Time flies

Volta is the Italian word for time; and, in the acrobatic hands of the French-Canadian theatrical franchise Cirque du Soleil, it most certainly flies. The company's 15th production to tour through Seattle draws inspiration from such "extreme" sports as bicycle motocross and bungee jumping. Volta follows a blue-coifed character named

Carol Hannum: Worlds Apart

Arts

Carol Hannum: Worlds Apart

Carol Hannum is an underappreciated local treasure. Her art has been shown in museums and galleries and is in private and public collections worldwide, including many in Lacey and Olympia, and she has taught at South Puget Sound Community College. And yet, a glance at her resumé indicates she has

Tacoma Film Festival needs help

South Sound Cinema

Tacoma Film Festival needs help

For the past 13 years, the Tacoma Film Festival has been one of the bright spots of Tacoma's cultural landscape. Bringing in exciting voices and visions in film from all over the world -- including featuring the best local talents -- TFF has grown into a cinematic behemoth, as essential

Way outside the wire

News Front

Way outside the wire

During Cascade Challenge 2018, Maj. Khristopher Krueger used the term "battlefield airmen" to describe the individuals involved in the competition.   "This is about sharpening the skills these airmen bring to the battlefield," the air liaison and chief plans officer of the 1st Air Support Operations Group (ASOG) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,

Keeping a Career on the Move

News Front

Keeping a Career on the Move

Hiring Our Heroes and the Military Officers Association of America are hosting a full day Keeping a Career on the Move Military Spouse Employment Symposium at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Monday, Sept. 24, at the American Lake Conference Center. The event is free and open to all military, veteran, and

Google IT

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Google IT

Transitioning servicemembers be on the lookout. Google and United Services Organization (USO) are partnering to bring IT training to transitioning servicemembers, veterans and military spouses. As of Oct. 1, transitioning servicemembers can sign up for the Google IT Support Professional Certificate program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the USO Pathfinder

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Operation Homefront accepting 2019 Military Child of the Year® nominations

Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that builds strong, stable, and secure military families, is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Military Child of the Year® Awards, as well as applications for the 2019 Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation.  Military Child of the Year® is the nation's premier celebration

WA guardsmen compete in Best Warrior Competition

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WA guardsmen compete in Best Warrior Competition

Soldiers love competition: the struggle against the obstacles, competing against each other to see the best of the best. That's when you see them push to the end of their physical abilities and do things that they never thought they could. That is what the 2018 Best Warrior Competition was all

4-23 Infantry take on Thunderbird Challenge

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4-23 Infantry take on Thunderbird Challenge

Slated to be an annual event, the inaugural Thunderbird Challenge was hosted by the Boy Scouts of America and pitted five teams of people from local businesses against each other in competition for bragging rights and a plaque. One team was composed of soldiers from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment. The team,

Four JBLM troops make All-Army

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Four JBLM troops make All-Army

The final roster for the All-Army men's softball team has been set, and the players are here practicing as they go for the Army's seventh consecutive title at the Armed Forces Men's Softball Championship, Sept. 18-21, at Pensacola, Florida. Four players from Joint Base Lewis-McChord made the final roster: Sgt. 1st

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