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Three easy pieces

Music

Three easy pieces

Three Easy Pieces is a monthly column where I guide you through a specific pocket of pop culture, showing you how it evolved from its inception to how it exists today. This month, I'm talking about supergroups. Yes, the notion of several famous musicians from other bands forming their own

Swim, slide, splash

Attractions

Swim, slide, splash

Just 45 minutes south of JBLM, Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound is home to a family-friendly indoor water park. Whatever your thrill tolerance, you'll find it here -- from waves and water cannons to a take-your-breath-away plunge into a giant funnel. While Great Wolf Lodge is a full-service resort, its main

Love to party

Military Life

Love to party

Retired military spouse Susan Krogh turned her love and talent for parties into a successful party planning and catering business, Just Call Susan Party, in 2015, when she found herself an empty nester after her youngest child moved out. "After a few weeks self-pity, I picked myself up and started to

Super volunteer Dean Pace

Military Life

Super volunteer Dean Pace

Walking into the Medical Mall at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) for the first time can be intimidating -- first you must navigate the revolving doors, then maneuver around the crowds at the pharmacy and then wonder "where do I go now?"  Luckily, volunteers like Dean Pace wearing cheerful red

Run your way to St. Patty's

News Front

Run your way to St. Patty's

You may not believe me when I say there are more ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than just by finding a stiff drink -- but trust me, there are. Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Family & Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) is offering an alternative to the standard drinking smorgasbord this

How strange it is

Music

How strange it is

It's the natural state of being to be mystified by the universe -- not in a "the flap of a great bird's wings must be creating this thunder we're hearing!" sort of way, but in an innate curiosity that draws us to explore. Sure enough, the more we explore about

Look closely

Arts

Look closely

Olympia's newest coffee shop art venue is a tiny shop on Franklin Street nestled between Dumpster Values and Old School Pizza. Bar Francis is a place that you could easily walk right past without knowing it is there. But if you walk right past this month you'll miss some fascinating

Dogs know best

Stage

Dogs know best

At long last, the hugely popular The Art of Racing in the Rain has been adapted for the stage and may now be seen in Olympia at Harlequin Productions. As director and Harlequin co-founder Linda Whitney explains it, "The Art of Racing in the Rain was adapted from Garth Stein's

Thurgood

Stage

Thurgood

Thurgood Marshall was a great man, but make no mistake: he was human. This, along with highlighting the many accomplishments of his life, seems to be the central thesis of Thurgood, a one-man show that had a life on Broadway with Laurence Fishburne, and is now being staged at Theatre on

One singular sensation

Stage

One singular sensation

And one and two and ball change, kick. Each year since 2010, dance troupes from all over Western Washington have come together to show off every little step they take on one expansive stage, The Washington Center. Organizing the 2018 Olympia Dance Festival program is Ken Johnson, artistic director for

4th AS welcomes newest 'Pilot for a Day'

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4th AS welcomes newest 'Pilot for a Day'

If the proverb is true that laughter is the best medicine, then perhaps a smile could go a long way for a child with a serious or chronic condition. For McChord's Pilot for a Day program, the hope is to spread a smile across the face of a participating child for

Spring vintage markets

Military Life

Spring vintage markets

Most military homes are a reflection of the many duty stations, both in the U.S. and abroad, where the families have lived. At each new station, we add items to our home to remind us of our time at that location. With winter dragging on, it's time to start thinking

2CR discusses Stryker modification

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2CR discusses Stryker modification

Senior and junior leadership from Field Artillery Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, hosted an equipment modification discussion with Brig. Gen. Michel-Henri St-Louis (Canada), Deputy Commanding General for Operations of I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and representatives from General Dynamics Land Systems Feb. 22 at the FA headquarters. The main topic of

The drive for smiles

Military Life

The drive for smiles

For the third year in a row, the local community is invited to contribute to the Military Care Package Supply Drive. Maggie Connors, a military spouse and financial advisor, is the energy behind the drive; the DuPont office of Edward Jones where she works is the sponsor. "I have to say the

2018 Air Force Wounded Warrior Trials begin

News Front

2018 Air Force Wounded Warrior Trials begin

More than 150 wounded warriors from the Air Force, Army, Great Britain and Australia gathered last week to officially open the fifth annual Air Force Trials at Nellis Air Force Base. The Paralympic-style event features wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery, shooting, track, field, cycling and swimming competitions, where participants vie for

JBLM mom named 2018 Army Spouse of the Year

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JBLM mom named 2018 Army Spouse of the Year

The role of the military spouse is one of selflessness and courage. It's a job that does not pay or come with any awards. It often means early mornings, late nights, and frequently going weeks and months without a partner nearby. It regularly includes playing both mother and father roles,

Travel

Lakewood: A primer for exploration

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Stalwarts of Tacoma

Music

Stalwarts of Tacoma

When I first started attending local music shows, I was intimidated by how chummy and established everyone was. The bands were elevated entities, but also fluidly mingled with the audience in boozy after-parties. Venues would spring up in unexpected places, only to invariably shutter after a little bit -- usually

Margaritas and more

Reviews

Margaritas and more

ANNOUNCER: While Jackie tends to other things this week, Dutch goes solo and takes his cravings for Mexican food south this week. No, not that far south ... just as far as Olympia. Partnering the success of Don Juan's in Tenino, the Olympia location near Mud Bay has proven to

Sculptures lead the way

Arts

Sculptures lead the way

"The 2018 Annual Student Art Show at University of Puget Sound" presents the best work from the last two academic years of UPS art classes as chosen by the juror, Tacoma artist Anida Yoeu Ali. The show includes pieces by everyone from first-year students to seniors. The quality of the

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