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2018 Holiday Guide #3

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2018 Holiday Guide #3

A guide on local holiday shopping, events and more! Come back each week for more holiday ideas. Click here to view our interactive 2018 Holiday Guide #3.

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JBLM Ranger killed by friendly fire, reports indicate

An Army Ranger killed in action in Afghanistan during the weekend likely shot by Afghan troops accidentally, the military coalition in Kabul said Tuesday. Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, was shot while American troops and Afghan forces were assaulting “one of multiple barricaded al-Qaida shooters” in Nimruz

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JBLM Ranger killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Department of Defense officials say a 25-year-old soldier from Leavenworth, Washington, was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan. Army Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso died Saturday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said Sunday that Jasso was

Go ahead and jump

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Go ahead and jump

Rather than categorizing Frogz, the show hopping into Tacoma Arts Live's newly refurbished Pantages Theater this Saturday, it might be easier to say what it isn't. It isn't, for example, Aristophanes' classic comedy The Frogs (Bátrachoi), which mocked peacenik progressives and won Athens' Lenaia Festival for Dionysus in 405 B.C.

In the Shadow of the Master

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In the Shadow of the Master

Learning art by copying the masters is as old as art itself. Artists of the Italian Renaissance traditionally did it, and even today, European artists continue to copy paintings in the Louvre. Peter Paul Rubens, as a prime example, painted a version of Titian's "Venus at the Mirror." Both artists'

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'Speak" and 'Sound'

‘Speak’ Though the Weekly Volcano is certainly a city kid at heart, we like to let the wild things in every once in awhile. And what better way than listening to animals speak? Ice Box Contemporary Art is doing just that. “Speak,” an installation by Joseph Miller, is a conversation between

Fun and free holiday events for the family

Military Life

Fun and free holiday events for the family

It's a fine balance this time of year enjoying time with your family while also being mindful of your budget. Between gifts, traveling, and entertaining the spending can quickly get out of hand, but it doesn't have to. There is plenty of holiday fun for the whole family around the

Unique baby shoes

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Unique baby shoes

Searching for that perfect Christmas gift for the tiniest people on your list? Tacoma Tot may have exactly what you're looking for. Started in winter of 2017 by mother of two, Alicia Blakefield, Tacoma Tot offers beautiful, handcrafted, soft, comfortable shoes for the ankle-biter set. Blakefield, who is the wife of

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

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The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

If you love movies and you love karaoke, then you will love The Greatest Showman Sing-Along Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Washington Center in Olympia. This fun event is reminiscent of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume, so wear your best circus, animal or

Let there be lights!

Outdoors

Let there be lights!

The holiday season is filled with social engagements and established traditions. From cookie baking to Hallmark movies, to ugly sweaters and mystery gift-giving exchanges, the wonders of wintery goodness make for a delightful time of year. Amongst the whirlwinds of candy canes and Christmas carols, consider incorporating a trip to

The Social Bar and Grill

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The Social Bar and Grill

ANNOUNCER: Though the summer months have come and gone, Dutch and Jackie longed for sweeping views of Foss Waterway and peeks of The Museum of Glass. Naturally, they jetted down Dock Street to indulge in The Social Bar and Grill. JACKIE: I've been a fan of The Social from day

Shopping in Port Orchard

Travel

Shopping in Port Orchard

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the rush of shopping and gift giving is nearly upon us. Embrace this wonderful time of year by seeking out and enjoying all the holiday merry making. There are many beautiful towns and shops close by that deck the halls and hang the mistletoe

A college’s buddy system

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A college’s buddy system

The Student Veterans Organization -- or SVO -- at Pierce College, provides veterans with a range of support programs to help them realize their educational goals. The SVO is a part of the college's larger Veterans Resource Center (VRC). The center has revamped over the past seven to eight months in

Soldier for life

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Soldier for life

Only about 15 percent of soldiers in the Army stay to serve 20 years, the numbers gets even smaller for those who stay past 20 years. It's something not many soldiers accomplish. Command Sgt. Maj. Pamela K. Williams is one of those soldiers whose dedication and commitment to her soldiers, sustained

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Dickens Festival, glass sale and more

THE FILM I’ll hang her up! The Associated Ministries hosts a screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre to benefit the Family Emergency Fund. Yeah! Wonderful, yes, but remember that Frank Capra’s postwar holiday classic is about a guy who, for much of the film, is on a

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Sparkles style

You’ve seen him around, without a doubt — spinning every Thursday night at The Monsoon Room, or maybe behind the drum kit at The Scuzztones show, or possibly at The Spar in Old Town Tacoma — looking all Keith Moon-ish. He’s DJ Jimmy Sparkles, and he’s one cool cat. The

JBLM tree lights up Gig Harbor

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JBLM tree lights up Gig Harbor

For nearly two decades, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) has gifted the city of Gig Harbor with a Christmas tree. Each year, Gig Harbor works with its partner unit, the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, to select and cut a Douglas fir to take center stage for its holiday festivities. This collaborative

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Juniper Drive

Born and bred in Tacoma, Lindsay Hartwell of Juniper Drive has been creating jewelry and other designs on and off for 14 years. “I don’t know if I have one style,” explains Hartwell. “It’s eclectic or artsy — definitely folk art. Each piece is a unique style in and of

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The Buzz and the Bazaar

The Buzz While the Internet is a fantastic way to try out new music, I still relish getting in my car and driving to a real store where I interact with live people. I’ve been listening to My Chemical Romance songs, both old and new, on the band’s Web site for

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

The 1954 film White Christmas occupies an odd little corner of the holiday entertainment pantheon. While it's certainly a favorite for some families, it doesn't frequently get mentioned alongside established classics like It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Story, despite starring old Hollywood stars like

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