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Flying Boots

Bandito Betty and I took a little trip up to the South 38th and Pacific Avenue area last weekend to check out Flaming Dragon Tattoo. Directly across the street I see a neon sign that dons a blinking boot with wings. I can literally hear it screaming at me —

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Freddy Parish is the real deal

Writing about music for the Weekly Volcano, which circulates in both Tacoma and Olympia, presents an interesting predicament. The musical scenes and climates of the two cities are polar opposite. For the most part, things that go over well in Olympia bomb in Tacoma — and vice versa. Have you

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Tacoma gets hammered!

After extensive research, I was able to determine that 9 Pound Hammer is a dive bar in Seattle, Wash., an old folk song, a punkabilly band in Kentucky, a small sledge hammer, and a Southern rock band in Tacoma fronted by Dustin Lafferty. Like the hardware it was named after,

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Eye-popping

It’s a two-cliché show: eye-popping and mind-boggling. It’s “Renoir as Printmaker: The Complete Works, 1876-1912” at Tacoma Art Museum. Some consider Pierre-Auguste Renoir one of the lesser of the great French impressionist painters. Admired for his glowing, rosy colors, he is nevertheless considered far too romantic and too syrupy sweet. His

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Oly Rollers roll on

Smash! Bang! Kapow! Bodies colliding at high speeds. Bruises, bumps, and (occasionally) broken bones. While the above description may evoke thoughts of the NFL playoffs, I’m actually talking about Roller Derby — and specifically the Oly Rollers, who will do battle against Kitsap County’s Slaughter County Roller Vixens Sunday, Jan.

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Kem, Wester Daywick and more

Friday, Jan. 18 R&B kem What happen to classic soul music? Where are the Barry Whites and Teddy Pendergrasses of today? Maybe I’m not paying close enough attention to the R&B charts, but it seems hip-hop is crossing over into that realm and it’s not hitting my soul. When I first heard

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Restrictions on JBLM return

  As COVID-19 proliferates across the South Sound, Lt. Gen. Randy George, commander I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord said the base must return to more stringent restrictions. “Covid has required us to make some adjustments,” George said. “We have stayed in line with the majority of Governor Inslee’s restrictions.” Yesterday, Governor Jay

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As Washington goes ... so does JBLM?

As Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced emergency COVID-19 restrictions Sunday, JBLM officials readied their response as well. Lt. Gen. Randy George, commander I Corps and JBLM has stated numerous times since last spring that the base would mirror the bulk of restrictions imposed by the state. He will update the

From McChord Credit Union to Harborstone

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From McChord Credit Union to Harborstone

Harborstone Credit Union has shown up on McChord Field for 65 Veterans Days and plans to stay there for many years to come. And Harborstone's Training Manager, Kathy Lanning, has personally witnessed 37 years of that time - offering a unique perspective on what began as McChord Credit Union. "I've seen

Steilacoom hero continues to serve

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Steilacoom hero continues to serve

WASHINGTON - For Leroy Petry, clutching a live grenade and attempting to return it was second nature, regardless of the outcome. The Army Ranger wasn't thinking about himself, but just protecting the soldiers by his side, he said. That split-second decision changed the course of his life forever. It's been more than

Women's council launched

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Women's council launched

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Twenty Reserve Citizen Airmen from across the 446th Airlift Wing here attended the inaugural Women's Council virtual meeting held Nov. 8. The goal of the council is to provide a community of support and a forum to discuss women's issues at the 446th AW and across the

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Hip-hop awards

There are plenty of unsung hip-hop heroes in Pierce County. It took the urging of Seattle-based Musica Entertainment to get people out to sing, though. If you love hip-hop, you are invited to lend your voice to the chorus this Friday, Jan. 18, at the Washington State History Museum, when

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Take School on the Road with Experience Olympia

  COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed the way we learn, work and explore. But as we all get better at exploring while also social distancing, Experience Olympia & Beyond has made that even easier with their Taking School on the Road Program: Read. Watch. Go.   This program goes beyond just a different way to

SPOUSE magazine - November 2020

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SPOUSE magazine - November 2020

To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the November 2020 Spouse Magazine, click HERE. In this month's issue: <<< Point Ruston continues to expand <<< Salmon peeping <<< Fall baked goods <<< How to select safe toys for kids this holiday season  

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2020 Veterans Day Deals

  Veterans Day is next week, which means the deals are already beginning or warming up and will continue to through November 11th. Digging online for the best deals can be challenging, so we've done the digging for you. Below are some of the best online Veterans Day deals out there.    Let's

Become a drill Sgt. or college instructor with Reserve job

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Become a drill Sgt. or college instructor with Reserve job

One thing available to active duty soldiers ready for a change of scenery is to find a new life in the reserve forces, either full time, or in a part time roll. And for those looking to teach adults, they might find the 104th Division (Leader Training), headquartered at Joint

Pulling his weight

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Pulling his weight

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Serving in an all-volunteer unit such as the Security Force Assistance Brigade requires maturity and initiative, in fact, these are two of the eleven Advisor Attributes the 5th SFAB expects from all of its Advisors. Resident 5th SFAB bodybuilder Capt. Dan Hughes, an Operations Advisor in 3rd

Free parks for vets, Gold Star families

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Free parks for vets, Gold Star families

Veterans and Gold Star Families will be granted free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day this year and every day onward. "With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star Families free

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Explore Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park

  In case you missed it, a recent announcement stated that starting on Veterans Day, Gold Star Families and veterans will join active-duty service members and their dependents in receiving lifetime free entry into National Parks. With this recent announcement we thought this would be the perfect time to introduce or

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X and more on sale

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Cave Singers, Whalebones, J. Tillman Seattle. Jan. 26 9 pm. $10 (Neumo’s, TW). Jake Shimabukuro Seattle. Feb. 4 7:30 pm. $24.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Vicci Martinez Band, Flowmotion, Handful of Luvin’ Seattle. Feb.

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