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Breakfast

AFFAIRS CAFE & BAKERY Affairs Café & Bakery is a comfy place to catch up with a friend over gourmet breakfast and strawberry mimosa.  Also, their chocolates are as close to a vice as you can get without actually sinning.  2811 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.565.8604. BABBLIN’ BABS BISTRO Chef William Mueller

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Blueberry season is finally upon us

  Blueberry cobbler, blueberry pie, blueberry crisp - oh my! That's right, it's time to start baking everything blueberry, because it's officially blueberry season in Washington state. Of course before the baking can begin, the blueberries need to be picked, or picked up from a farm stand whichever you prefer. Here

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$100 million for base housing

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Many on-base residents will begin to see major updates, to include air conditioning, luxury vinyl plank flooring and an open-concept floor plan, to their homes and neighborhoods in the next few years on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. DEPRESSED? TMS services in Lakewood and Lacey

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Free education for military

  One of the largest benefits of military service for active duty, reserves and family members are the savings available for higher education.  From a certificate to medical school, you can save a bundle as you prepare for a satisfying career. These options are discussed in great detail Saturday during a morning

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Keep trim at local restaurants

The New Year is here and yet we are still stuck with the same bodies we had last year. There is this dire need to renew and refresh. Eat healthy, workout, drink less, get more sleep, and it MUST begin January 1. But in reality, you were most likely hung

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I just can't commit

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a complete commitment phob and that even applies to my skin. I have to let you cutting-edge readers down by saying that there’s not one tattoo that graces my entire body. That’s not because I frown upon tattoos. Oh no, I actually find them to

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Can you strut your stuff in fur?

If you love baseball, look good in antlers and think you have what it takes to be the next Rhubarb the Reindeer, the Tacoma Rainiers is hosting mascot tryouts Jan. 12. Only a handful of people have signed up, so your chances are better than you might think. The Weekly

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Time warp

As juried art shows go, the Third Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibit at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Art Center, South Puget Sound Community College, is not bad. There are some old friends as well as some excellent artists I’ve never before seen. There are a couple of sappy landscapes, a

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Colin A Go Go Birthday Bash

When someone yells, “Birthday!” the League of Liberal Libations members answer that primal call to go out and get over served — no matter who it is, what else may be going on, and if it’s a Sunday. Tacoma karaoke legend Colin celebrated his birthday Sunday at Jazzbones. The League

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Cases accelerate on JBLM

  In July, Joint Base Lewis-McChord has recorded more cases of COVID 19 in a single month even though we are only at this month’s half point, and that spread will likely accelerate in the coming weeks, according to Lt. Col. Luke Mease from Madigan speaking Tuesday during a bi-weekly Facebook

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January jollies

“urinetown” Time to go with the flow. Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s production of “Urinetown” is a cross between “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” “Logan’s Run” and a yeast infection. The play follows the tale of a town that quite literally can’t pee without padding a corporate pocket. [Narrows Theater,

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Beyond the headlines

I had a bit of time on my hands over the holidays, so I found myself cruising through television station after station in search of something remotely interesting to watch. I often failed. But one time when I didn’t fail I had clicked over to expanded cable to see the

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Drinking liberally, stress free drawing and more

THE MAN Tacoma companion The fans of Garrison Keillor are a fierce bunch whose radios have for years been tuned religiously on Saturday nights to public radio’s resurrected “A Prairie Home Companion.” And it’s no wonder: A deadpan exemplar of the word “wry,” Keillor has a singular way with the tall tale

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Explore Washington State Beaches

As the days heat up, so does the longing to pile the family in the car and head to the beach. Afterall, sandcastles don’t build themselves and kites were meant to be flown in the salty sea air, so let’s hop in the car and explore the beaches of Washington. Located

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Must Visit Wa Waterfalls

Who said you shouldn’t chase waterfalls? Washington has tons of well worth waterfalls for you to fall in love with all summer long! We begin the chase with one of Washington’s most visited and notable falls, Snoqualmie Falls.  Located 55 miles from JBLM visiting this waterfall is an easy day trip.

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Very personal orchestra

Andrew Buelow was happy living in Michigan, where he was the head honcho at the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. His family had a summer home in Traverse when he was growing up in Wisconsin, so he jumped at the chance to move there when the director position opened up at the

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Poppy Seed Café

Poppy Seed Café, has been a tasty start to Fircrest’s day for almost two years. Owners and chef Darin Adams and wife, Shelly, load their menu with breakfast staples and a little something extra. Just thinking the words chorizo, apple smoked sausage and homemade country gravy start the mouth watering. Scrambles

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Wine tasting with Vino Aquino

Friday, Jan. 11: Wine tasting with Vino Aquino, 6-9 p.m., Affairs Café & Bakery, 2811 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.565.8604. Fridays: Wine tastings, 6-8 p.m., Mandolin Cafe, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, 253.761.3482. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 1-6 p.m., Wildside Wine, 608A S. Oxford St., Tacoma, 253.565.0811. Mondays: $5 Wine Mondays, 11:30 a.m.

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Masks required on base, inside or out

  Masks are now required on Joint Base Lewis-McChord regardless if inside or outside for those that cannot maintain six feet of distance said Lt. Gen. Randy George, commander of I Corps and JBLM during a townhall meeting Tuesday. George said cases have risen on base over the past couple weeks.  He

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Dynamite Jacks' The I Hate Jill

After a year-and-a-half of commanding a corner of downtown DuPont as the Harbor Rock Bar & Grill, the owners decided to scrap the semi-successful venture, remodel it with mining items bought off eBay, and reopened two weeks ago as Dynamite Jacks. I dashed in from the rain last Friday night and

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