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If you only do eight things the week of Dec. 12-18

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If you only do eight things the week of Dec. 12-18

>>> CELEBRATE   Jigs, Clogs and Hootenannys   OK, while the winter solstice technically is the shortest day of the year, and nighttime falls at a ridiculously early hour, for some, the solstice means getting their party on and celebrating. In the Appalachia region, winter solstice means breaking out the instruments, sweet treats and

3 Cheers: Gingerbread Town

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3 Cheers: Gingerbread Town

Oh Gingerbread Man with your gumdrop buttons and frosting smile, how you tempt me. But let's face it, you're pretty much asking to be ingested when you run around taunting, "Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!" It's like you're challenging me.

A Stan Kenton Big Band Christmas in Tacoma

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A Stan Kenton Big Band Christmas in Tacoma

If all you want for Christmas is a great live concert, the Groovin' Higher Orchestra is the answer and they'd prefer not to be wrapped. "I started the band in 2000, and before that I had been on the road playing various types of music, from rock to Motown," said local

Do Some Good: TACID

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Do Some Good: TACID

When the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (TACID) was founded over three decades ago, the intent was to represent area residents who were dealing with disabilities to include multiple sclerosis, deaf and hard of hearing, blind and low vision and mental health. Since the TACID Center opened its

Duck The Malls

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Duck The Malls

Now in its 11th year, Duck The Malls has become an Olympia tradition. From favorites such as custom lamps to unique woodworking, the high-quality craft fair is always a treat to visit. Browse through nearly 60 vendor offerings, including Christmas ornaments to poke, pretty fabrics to rub, delicious things to

What to buy him and her

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What to buy him and her

This is a tricky category: What to buy your significant other for the holidays. Yes, you know your lovely's nuances and his or her favorite shows and books. You may know what kind of jeans and shoes he prefers, or that she's had her eye on an electronics upgrade. Yes,

Shopping in Gig Harbor

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Shopping in Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor is a town in transition. What was once a sleepy little maritime town with naught but a few residents is being developed. Yep, it's getting all trendy. It's even getting good enough that non-residents may wish to venture over the bridge and enjoy a day of Christmas shopping

Kim Archer and Ivan Pla bring cool to kids

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Kim Archer and Ivan Pla bring cool to kids

Nature versus nurture, either way the woman can sing. "I was exposed to a lot of different styles of music by my mom and dad - he's still a musician - and I really grew up with music always playing in the house," said local legend Kim Archer. Archer has been singing

The sketetal sound of Modern Kin

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The sketetal sound of Modern Kin

Working my way through Modern Kin's self-titled debut, the word that kept swimming around in my head was "skeletal." Though the songs are adorned with expansive reverb, what you really pick out and identify are the three people behind the songs: Drew Grow, Kris Doty and Jeremiah Hayden. Even though

Music Critics' Picks: The Spider Ferns, Olympia rap, Purr Gato, Resident Kings

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Music Critics' Picks: The Spider Ferns, Olympia rap, Purr Gato, Resident Kings

[TRIP ROCK] + FRI, DEC. 13 The Spider Ferns are a duo that aim to hypnotize. Made up largely of just electric guitar and bass, with no drums, there is very little to prevent you from getting lulled into their bubbling tones. Without percussion, the sounds tend to just wash over

Visual Edge: "Dennis DeHart's Confluences"

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Visual Edge: "Dennis DeHart's Confluences"

You are invited to travel through the byways of Eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho with photographer Dennis DeHart at Galerie Fotoland at The Evergreen State College. DeHart, a TESC graduate who teaches photography at Washington State University, has trained his lens on many of the out-of-the-way places in the Northwest

The Best New Year's Eve in Tacoma and Olympia

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The Best New Year's Eve in Tacoma and Olympia

Ugh, remember last December, when you and your besties suddenly realized you had no plans the night of the 31st, it was too late to book anything extraordinary and the one place you were able to get into was about as exciting as an Amish church picnic? Weak! Don't let

New Year's Resolutions: Eating healthy at Vic's Pizzeria

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New Year's Resolutions: Eating healthy at Vic's Pizzeria

Each week until the new year, I will examine common New Year's resolutions by testing them at South Sound businesses. And since I don't feel like quitting drinking like I tried last year, I figured I'd focus on more attainable goals: eating healthy, exercising and saving money. First on the checklist

Christmas means tamales in Olympia

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Christmas means tamales in Olympia

Tamales, leaf-wrapped bundles of corn masa with hearty fillings, are a Christmas tradition in their native Mexico, where families gather to make the labor-intensive dish. For Melanie Gary and Devon McCabe, owners of Olympia's Tamale Fusion, tamales are a new tradition. And it's a tradition they can share with their families, thanks

Holiday doubleshot

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Holiday doubleshot

The holidays bring out the best in most. Of course, one must look beyond the wretched behavior of friends, family and those who feel entitled - at least from time to time. And when the going gets rough, with regards to coping, there is always booze, the great equalizer, the

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Urban Spelunker: Lakewood Towne Center

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Urban Spelunker: Lakewood Towne Center

Once upon a time, Lakewood had a traditional mall with department stores galore surrounded by strip malls to boot. Perhaps it was the collapse of the economy, but one day it was no more, save for the strip malls in the surrounding area. Now, however, the Lakewood Towne Center, which

3-1 Special Forces Group honored at JBLM

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3-1 Special Forces Group honored at JBLM

Thirteen soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) were honored for their bravery during a Valor Award Ceremony at French Theater on Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord today. "What has become clear to me is how these men talk quietly about their uncommon valor and acts of selflessness," Rear Adm.

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