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A park, a picnic and a pooch

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A park, a picnic and a pooch

With the sun finally out, now is a great time to soak up some vitamin D by enjoying outdoor time with your favorite pooch. Washington state parks are very pet-friendly and most allow pets on leashes to enjoy the trails alongside you. Who wants to eat inside when it is

Astoria, Oregon (part two)

Travel

Astoria, Oregon (part two)

There is so much to see and do in Astoria, Oregon, and being so close to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it's a quick and easy weekend getaway.   The Astoria Column is an extraordinary attraction. It is located on Coxcomb Hill high above the downtown area. The column is the centerpiece of

Get pickin’

Military Life

Get pickin’

Pacific Northwest summers bring sunshine and delicious, locally-grown berries. Local farmers sell berries at farm stands and farmers markets, and many offer u-pick strawberries and blueberries. Due to the thorny nature of blackberry bushes, you'll have to buy those or brave the thorns on wild thickets.  For a fun, family adventure

Fueling soldier lethality

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Fueling soldier lethality

The pizza MRE is finally coming to soldiers in the field and the chocolate Performance Readiness Bar will now be available to all basic combat trainees. In addition, New York cheesecake along with vacuum-packed fruits, vegetables and Monterey Jack cheese are among items in the new Close Combat Assault Ration currently

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

Yup, it's more foodie news coming your way. Add the following to your already too full calendar. You're going to need to fuel your adventures and productivity, after all.  It looks as though former casino turned Mitchell's Café is undergoing yet another transition. Though the building went vacant for what felt

Little Shop of Horrors

Stage

Little Shop of Horrors

For a certain generation of people, seeing the 1986, Frank Oz-directed Little Shop of Horrors was likely their first exposure to the magic that a musical can possess. Starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene, along with oddball supporting turns from Steve Martin and Bill Murray, Little Shop of Horrors took a mostly forgettable B

This is “Brave”

South Sound Cinema

This is “Brave”

When it comes to filmmakers and actors taking chances, we have a tendency to serve up the superlative "brave" in an almost cavalier fashion at times. "It's so brave for that comic to take on a dramatic role." "How brave of that actress who isn't a supermodel to do a nude scene." "What

“Tacoma Ocean Fest”

Outdoors

“Tacoma Ocean Fest”

Former Tacoma News Tribune art writer Rosemary Ponnekanti, with the help of curator Lisa Kinoshita, has pulled together an amazing arts festival to take place Sunday, June 10, at the Foss Waterway Seaport. The event called "Tacoma Ocean Fest" will feature photography, eco-sculpture, film, dance, music, an aerial circus, painting,

Shakabrah

Reviews

Shakabrah

ANNOUNCER: A staple in North Tacoma, Shakabrah serves up hearty egg and griddle breakfasts for the hungry masses. Under new ownership this past year, many of the favorites are still on the menu, but now with a liquor license, breakfast as well as nightlife has a new feel on 6th

Political Thriller at Tacoma Little Theatre

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Political Thriller at Tacoma Little Theatre

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan's timely political thriller Building the Wall comes to Tacoma Little Theatre for a one-night-only staged reading directed by Randy Clark, founder of Dukesbay Theatre, and starring Scott C. Brown and Iesha McIntyre. Called a "must-see show" by The New York Times, and "a

Resistance Rock

Music

Resistance Rock

We're living in times of absolute insanity, as I'm pretty sure most people are aware. For a while, waking up every day to check the news seemed to carry with it the same feeling of panic and dread that action heroes probably face when they're trying to decide whether to

Go Graphic this Weekend

Arts

Go Graphic this Weekend

Every year since 2001, the Olympia Comics Festival has played host to renowned graphic authors and artists alongside homegrown beginners. Casey Bruce and Frank Hussey, owners and operators of Oly comics shop Danger Room, pride themselves on running the oldest alternative-comics event of its kind in the Northwest.  "It really started

JBLM volleyball player leads Air Force to title

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JBLM volleyball player leads Air Force to title

Establishing dominance by the end of the second day of the three-day tournament, the Air Force men's and women's teams were on the path to gold early at the 2018 Armed Forces Volleyball Championship at Hurlburt Field, Florida, May 7-11. Felicia Clement, a second lieutenant with the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Travis supports Kilauea volcano relief efforts

News Front

Travis supports Kilauea volcano relief efforts

A C-5M Super Galaxy from Travis Air Force Base, California, departed May 15 to deliver a double recirculating cement mixer trailer to the island of Hawaii. The trailer will be used in support of Kilauea volcano relief efforts. Getting the trailer to Hawaii quickly is critical because volcanic activity is disturbing

NASCAR driver to honor fallen airman

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NASCAR driver to honor fallen airman

It has been more than 15 years since U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott Sather died in combat in Iraq. But on Sunday, May 27, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray will carry Sather's name on his windshield around the track as part of a Memorial Day weekend tribute

Astoria, Oregon

Travel

Astoria, Oregon

Astoria is a magical town. It's everything a historic port city should be: hills filled with Victorian homes, a historic downtown, eclectic shopping and delectable dining. The town has such a good mix of things to do that it is equally perfect for a family getaway or a couple's retreat.

Get to gardening!

Military Life

Get to gardening!

There's something intensely satisfying about toiling in the garden on a cool summer morning. Whether it's the feel of damp soil clinging to the underside of your nails or the plucking of sun-ripened vegetables from the vine -- the act of gardening can bring you a sense of "Zen" that

Taking the fight underground

News Front

Taking the fight underground

Lancers of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, with the assistance of the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence completed a five-day exercise focused on subterranean operations at a remote underground facility in Washington state, May 14-18. The subterranean operational environment, which dates as far back as the Civil War

The return of Blue Star Museums

Military Life

The return of Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums 2018 kicks off Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and a variety of museums in all 50 states. Since 2010, the Blue Star Museums program has offered free

Memorial Day commemoration in Tumwater

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Memorial Day commemoration in Tumwater

Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Tumwater will host its 37th Annual Memorial Day Commemoration Monday, May 28, at 2 p.m. This event will be held in conjunction with American Legion Post 100. A few days prior to the event, Mills & Mills will have placed flags

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