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A new kind of date night

Military Couples Night Out offers a fresh lineup of fun

Military Couples Night Out Saturday at the Washington State History Museum, will feature free food, music and entertainment. Photo credit: Metro Creative

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If your date nights keep falling into the same old "dinner, movie and drinks" rut, it might be time to adopt a new, fresh approach to spending time with your significant other. Military Couples Night Out, a free annual event held exclusively for military couples, might be the perfect opportunity to break free from the standard date-night routine.

"We're thrilled to hold events like this for military couples," said Ken Swarner, one of the event's producers and owner of Northwest Military, publishers of The Ranger and NW Airlifter newspapers. "Military families sacrifice a lot for their country, and couples are constantly tried and tested with deployments, long workdays, and high-stress situations. This event is just a small ‘thank you' to those couples, and hopefully, it's a chance for them to unwind together and have some fun."

This year's Military Couples Night Out will be held at the Washington State History Museum in downtown Tacoma. It will include free food, music and a plethora of entertainment throughout the evening. Couples can take dancing lessons, have their future foretold in psychic readings, or participate in gameshow-style fun. They can also opt for creating art with any of the 12 local art groups at the event. Cocktails will be available for purchase, as well.

"There are a lot of opportunities to step out of the ‘date-night' box at this event," said Swarner. "We try our best to bring couples new experiences each year, and to show them how diverse the arts and entertainment are here in the Puget Sound area."

Military Couples Night Out, which is sponsored by USAA and co-sponsored by Central Texas College, has already drawn in over 1,000 registered servicemembers and their guests from the greater Joint Base Lewis-McChord area. Close to 20 percent of those participants are from Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton.

"We've been holding this event since 2015, and each year we have a great turnout from the military community," said Swarner. "This year is no different."

Active-duty, Guard and Reserve servicemembers are all welcome to attend Military Couples Night Out, although it's important to RSVP, as space is limited.

"We're excited to honor so many of our military couples with a night on the town," said Swarner.

Military Couples Night Out, 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, free, 253.584.1212,

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