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Anderson Island Film Festival

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Anderson Island Film Festival

In an age where streaming services have done their part in solving the problem of everyone having access to an abundance of films, another problem has presented itself: there's an overabundance of selection and a lack of concern about the level of quality of these films. Imagine the time you

Just a pop song

Music

Just a pop song

Stiff Records mainstay Wreckless Eric, after the success of his indelible "Whole Wide World," wrote "A Popsong," all about the fear and anxiety of being asked by his label to come up with a hit; as Wreckless Eric says, it's "just a pop song," so why is it so hard

‘To Sing of Beauty’

Arts

‘To Sing of Beauty’

In case you haven't noticed, Tacoma's art scene is no longer provincial. The City of Destiny is now a center of grown-up art, art that is socially and politically hip, that comments on current issues that can dare to be innovative and risky. Part of it might be an influx

Give in to the wanderlust

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Give in to the wanderlust

Some of us are always on the hunt for adventure. We crave travel, yearn for exploration, and wile away the hours by staring wistfully into the distance. We've got wanderlust -- a strong desire to travel -- and sometimes there's nothing to be done about it except to give in

eSports champion

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eSports champion

SSgt. Eric Mack, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, won last weekend's PAX West Street Fighter V eSports championship. Spc. Mikaul McDermid, Sgt. Kalyntae Williams, and 2Lt. Ryan Deopante took second, third and fourth place, respectively. Mack's victory earned him a two-night stay at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas along with

The Yakima Cherry Man

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The Yakima Cherry Man

Marine Corps veteran Steve Byerly is on a mission -- a mission to bring fresh farm-to-market produce to the South Sound. All summer long, from the beginning of July until around the end of September, Byerly makes the trip twice a week from Yakima to University Place and back again

Betsy Ross Hall provides a home for women veterans

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Betsy Ross Hall provides a home for women veterans

We all agree that one homeless veteran, or working veteran who is unable to achieve housing security, is one too many. With the scarcity of affordable independent housing or supportive transitional housing, it has become important to explore options for putting vacant rooms and buildings to use to serve veterans. That is

Tiny home dedication

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Tiny home dedication

In a small and informal gathering, members of a volunteer work crew placed a plaque on the tiny home they created for a local veteran. "We know some people transition from the Army and have a hard time. They fall on really, really hard times and become homeless. This may be

Madigan opens new school-based health center for Bethel schools

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Madigan opens new school-based health center for Bethel schools

Military beneficiary students at Bethel High School and Bethel Middle School can now access healthcare on campus. Madigan Army Medical Center's new school-based health center in Bethel is a comprehensive, primary care center staffed with pediatricians, nurses and administrative staff who specialize in taking care of teenagers. "This program will bring support

62nd APS airman awarded Bronze Star

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62nd APS airman awarded Bronze Star

Master Sgt. Derek J. Thompson from the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron was presented a Bronze Star award Aug. 28 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Thompson distinguished himself by meritorious achievement as Aerial Port Superintendent, 443rd Air Expeditionary Squadron, 332nd Expeditionary Mission Support Group, while deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, from

Boosting soldiers’ performance

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Boosting soldiers’ performance

Optimizing bone health and preventing musculoskeletal injuries in servicemembers is a complex science. The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine consistently takes on that challenge. USARIEM is a U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command laboratory based in Natick, Massachusetts, the home of the Soldier Systems Center -- the only

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Army secretary releases reduction requirement memos to improve readiness

Consistent with the new Army Vision, the Secretary of the Army has signed memorandums that modify or eliminate certain training requirements to improve the warfighting readiness and lethality of our Army. These memorandums will be captured in an Army directive that will be published this summer. This directive will ensure

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South Sound moms stretch household budget with Rhea Lana’s of Tacoma Children’s Consignment

Rhea Lana’s of Tacoma pop-up children’s consignment event will take place Sept. 16-20 at 2310 84th St. S., Lakewood, WA. The highly organized, retail-like setting offers families who live and work in Tacoma and the South Sound area the opportunity to purchase name-brand fall and winter merchandise at substantial savings (60-90%

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

The restaurant industry is a lot like life. We celebrate small victories, birthdays and gatherings and mourn the loss of loved ones. If you love to eat out like me, it can be an emotional rollercoaster. Especially lately, it feels as though we are in the midst of a movement.

Hop Jack’s

Reviews

Hop Jack’s

ANNOUNCER: With already five locations throughout the Puget Sound, Hop Jack's opened a sixth location in Lakewood this summer. Advertised as the neighborhood gathering place, Dutch and Jackie head out to see why everyone is gathering here.DUTCH: Walking into Hop Jack's, you're hit with the buzzing of conversations, TVs with

OFT receives Award of Excellence

Stage

OFT receives Award of Excellence

At the Washington Center for the Performing Arts' third annual Center Stage Awards & Gala in July, 232 guests cheered as Olympia Family Theater was presented with an Award of Excellence for "achievement in the arts." "This was an extraordinary evening of generosity and love for the arts," said Washington Center

“Make/Do” at History Museum

Arts

“Make/Do” at History Museum

"Make/Do" at the Washington State History Museum is an exhibition of fine and utilitarian art made with found and previously used items from the 1700s to contemporary works by local and regional artists including Marita Dingus, Pat Tassoni and Jean Mandeberg. There are 180 items on display from children's toys made

Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

Travel

Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor, "the maritime city" is a quaint waterfront city located nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). This beautiful town makes for a perfect weekend getaway or even a short daytrip. Getting There Gig Harbor is a quick and beautiful drive within half an hour from JBLM. Take I-5 north and take exit

Gig Harbor Gondola

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Gig Harbor Gondola

The Puget Sound is filled with opportunities to go on sailboats, cruises, ferries, kayaks and all kinds of other watercraft, but there is only one Venetian gondola plying the waters of the Sound -- and it's docked on the shores of Gig Harbor. Headed up by John "Cinque" Synco, Gig Harbor

Choosing a daycare

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Choosing a daycare

Parents these days have to make a lot of choices. OB/GYN or midwife? Hospital or home birth? Natural childbirth or medically assisted? And this is all before the kid is even born! One of the most important and life-impacting choices working parents face once that little bundle of joy arrives is

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