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Fort Lewis tree lighting

The Fort Lewis community is invited to a holiday tree lighting with a visit from Santa on Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m. in front of I Corps headquarters. Santa will be on hand with elves handing out candy canes. There will also be a reception at the Family Resource Center from

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Holiday gift wrapping

Enlisted Spouses Club annual gift wrap at the Fort Lewis Main PX started Tuesday and continues until Dec. 24, daily, except for Thanksgiving Day. Help the ESC by coming out and getting your gifts wrapped, the cost is whatever you choose to donate. The funds raised go back out to

Taking care of Joe

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Taking care of Joe

Sgt. Rachel Strong exemplifies the finest qualities of what a citizen-soldier contributes to society. “She’s an outstanding soldier,” wrote Lt. Keith Kosik, a Guard spokesman, in an e-mail. “She is an outstanding example of the citizen-soldier.” Serving for the past five years with the 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, 96th Troop Command, Washington

WADS airman hits high notes on biggest stages

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WADS airman hits high notes on biggest stages

If you've lived in the Puget Sound area and have attended any kind of sporting event in the last 13 years - from high school up to the professional level - the odds are good you've probably seen Master Sgt. Marvin Shields Jr. sing the national anthem. Shields Jr., a Western

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How to thank a service member this holiday

The idea sounds honorable -- send a Christmas card to a wounded soldier to show your support and appreciation of their service. But ConsumerAffairs.com has learned there's incorrect information in an e-mail now circulating around the Internet that suggests Americans send holiday cards to "A Recovering American Soldier" at the Walter

Battlefield airmen bring air power to ground fight

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Battlefield airmen bring air power to ground fight

Hanging on the wall inside a conference room at the 5th Air Support Operations Squadron's headquarters at Fort Lewis is a giant framed glass case with inscribed plaques neatly aligned in rows. Each of the plaques is inscribed with the name of a 5th ASOS airman who's been awarded a Bronze

FEEDBAG: Steak Night, coffee cupping and more

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FEEDBAG: Steak Night, coffee cupping and more

WINE DINNERThe Dockside Bistro and Wine Bar in Olympia hosts a wine dinner with Washington winery Anelare Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.  Reserve your space at 360.956.1928.STEAK NIGHTPaddy Coyne's in downtown Tacoma serves a $3.99 steak and chips dinner every Monday.ANOTHER BIKINI BARISTA SHACKThe Foxy Lady Café has opened

SIPPING OUT: Holiday is the word

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SIPPING OUT: Holiday is the word

Thursday, Dec. 3 Wine tasting, five pours for $5, Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.8215. Ladies Night featuring half off all wine flights and $5 house pours, Sip, 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W, Gig Harbor, 253.853.3020. Wine tasting, noon to 6 p.m., complimentary, Walter Dacon

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Impromptu Gallery

The latest in cooperative art galleries, Impromptu Gallery next to the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma, had its debut this month with an eye-pleasing multi-artist show. The gallery cooperative is not a new concept — it’s one that allows member artists more control over the space they show in and

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Army letting soldiers go early, Air Force cutting airmen

(Army News Service & AFNS) — Soldiers who don't agree to extend their enlistments in units slated to deploy on or after Jan. 1 may be involuntarily separated up to three months early.  While on the Air Force side,  officials here announced Nov. 16 measures to meet the fiscal 2010

Saturday, Nov. 26: The Dusty 45s

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Saturday, Nov. 26: The Dusty 45s

The moment you tour as the great Wanda Jackson's backing band, as the Dusty 45s recently did, I'd say all bets are off. That's a lifetime of argument-ending, "Oh yeah, well, we were Wanda Jackson's backing band," moments. As a band in their own right, the Dusty 45s produce mostly

Corps soldiers coming home

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Corps soldiers coming home

In November 2008, Brig. Gen. Peter Bayer, Multi-National Corps-Iraq chief of staff, stood before the Corps Analysis and Control Element at Fort Lewis, to wish the soldiers of I Corps' CACE well as they prepared to head to Iraq. On Nov. 20, he stood before the soldiers again — this time

Saturday, Nov. 26: Paris Spleen

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Saturday, Nov. 26: Paris Spleen

For years, Paris Spleen was a fixture in the Tacoma music scene, and its members were part of the local music collective, Team Unicorn. The band's music was dance-punk, with a lyrical flair that tended to bend toward the overtly sexual - They may be the first and last Tacoma

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Air Force unveils new fitness plan

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Maintaining peak combat readiness begins and ends with healthy, motivated and well-trained Airmen. On Nov. 19, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel announced the new Air Force fitness standards will officially begin July 1, 2010. Lt. Gen. Richard Y. Newton III said the service's

Army revamping combatives curriculum

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Army revamping combatives curriculum

FORT BENNING, Ga. (The Bayonet) — The U.S. Army Combatives School has adopted a new teaching plan. The Army is revamping the curriculum to take lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan and build more effective close-quarters fighters, said Matt Larsen, the school's director. The goal is to push advanced techniques down

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Scout Niblett

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Wednesday, Nov. 30: Scout Niblett

Scout Niblett, originally hailing from England, manages to wring more tremulous menace out of her guitar than seems quite possible. A singer/songwriter with a taste for the ominous, Niblett has a way of making songs that straddle the line between intimate and violently standoffish. The moment her vocals lull you

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TASTE THIS: Beer dinner, Best wine tastings, port tasting, plus half-price bottle nights and more ...

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TASTE THIS: Beer dinner, Best wine tastings, port tasting, plus half-price bottle nights and more ...

Friday, Nov. 25 7 Seas Brewery beer pairing dinner, 6 p.m., $60, Brix 25, 7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, 253.858.6626. Wine tastings, 5-7 p.m., complimentary, Olympic Wine Merchants, 101 N. Capitol Way, Suite 106, Olympia, 360.786.9463. Wine tasting, noon to 6 p.m., $1 a taste, Stina's Cellars, 9316 Lakeview Ave. SW, Suite B,

FEEDBAG: Gingerbread Jamboree, 7 Seas Brewery dinner, Torta Cubano class and more ...

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FEEDBAG: Gingerbread Jamboree, 7 Seas Brewery dinner, Torta Cubano class and more ...

30TH ANNIVERSARY Salty's at Redondo Beach celebrates its 30th anniversary with a free slice of its signature white chocolate mousse cake for those who wish them a "happy birthday" through Dec. 2. BEER PAIRING DINNER Brix 25 (7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor) hosts a 7 Seas Brewery four-course beer pairing dinner at 6

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Sister Spit, surfing and more

THE STAGE Last chance This is the last weekend to see Capital Playhouse’s thumping musical “Ain’t Misbehavin.’“ The Tony Award-winning musical chronicles the music, the time and the life of one Mr. Thomas Waller, who would go down in history as Fats. The show has his hit works “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,’”

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