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Do Something healthy

This year’s 9th annual Do Something Healthy event enters the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center Jan. 24 with special celebrity guest speaker Jillian Michaels, the uber tough trainer from NBC’s TV show “The Biggest Loser.” Michaels’ style of training focuses on achieving a maintainable weight through healthy lifestyle changes,

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Capricorns, Croatians and the Cloverleaf

Whoooo-wee! After all of that party time during the holidays, everyone’s favorite floozy Carmen got wicked sick, and it knocked me out for the count two weeks ago. I was quarantined in my home (it’s a good thing I love my house) from Friday until Wednesday, and I gotta tell ya,

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Fall is for baked goods

While fall brings an onslaught of everything pumpkin, apple and maple, for us it also brings on the desire to consume all the baked goods. And yes, we will consume baked goods in the flavors of pumpkin, apple and maple - we're certainly not picky. So if you too are

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Trick or treating on JBLM

Ready for a spooktacular Halloween? JBLM will host trick or treating with COVID-19 precautions Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please stay safe and abide by the following guidelines: Depression treatments without meds in Lakewood and Lacey ... Tricare covered!!!  Start HERE - Parents, please accompany young children and use caution

Helping those who need it most

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Helping those who need it most

Seattle Union Gospel Mission has been serving those in need for 88 years with their services dating back to the Great Depression. From a kettle borrowed from a local candy store, they opened their doors and began serving soup to those in need. Today they continue to serve the members of

Helping the community

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Helping the community

St. Vincent De Paul of Tacoma-Pierce County is a non-profit, Catholic lay, serving the community since 1926. While they're an organization rooted in Catholicism, they welcome everyone regardless of race, religion or orientation. Many people know them for their thrift stores, and while those stores are an important element in

Protect your security clearance

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Protect your security clearance

"Credit scores are important," said Denise Jones, Money Management Coach at Harborstone Credit Union. For military and DoD civilian personnel, that is especially true because security clearances often determine jobs, and bad credit can impact that employment. These have been challenging times in many ways for individuals and families. Many are facing

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Family: That's Italian

 / by Natasha As I was sitting in a divine Tacoma restaurant recently, I realized that I’ve been a complete jerk and haven’t addressed a core entity within the Weekly Volcano’s target demographic. I always jibber-jab about what it’s like to be single in the South Sound, and I never consider all

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Anime, burping, video games

Teenagers lined the wall in the meeting room at the Lakewood Pierce County Library on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Why? might you ask. No, they weren’t in trouble. They were watching “Black Cat.” You’re probably wondering what the heck is “Black Cat.” If you’re not an anime fan, you wouldn’t

Suits for Service Members

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Suits for Service Members

As our country continues battling the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded that our transitioning service members are being hit from all sides. Fortunately, the Association of the US Army (AUSA) and America's Credit Union (ACU) have stepped up once again to offer help. In August, the Suits for Service Members program

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COVID and depression

I came from one of these small Northwest logging towns where there's not a whole lot known about mental health. I actually went to medical school to become an emergency room physician because I like variability. On my psychiatric rotation, I was actually on the adolescent unit, and was amazed

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Ipads for vets

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new collaboration with Apple to increase veterans' access to virtual care benefits. VA's iPad program provides qualifying veterans with cellular-enabled iPads to access telehealth services and currently helps more than 50,000 veterans across the country connect to VA health

JBLM unit fights ticks and COVID

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JBLM unit fights ticks and COVID

TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, HONOLULU - For Public Health Command-Pacific Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) personnel keeping others safe from disease is a top priority. Located at Camp Zama, Japan, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the EMBLs' mission is to protect the health of the force from vector borne diseases found

JBLM soldiers in CA fighting fires

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JBLM soldiers in CA fighting fires

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, California - In the midst of the California wildfires, more than 200 U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) soldiers are supporting wildland fire ground response operations in the August Complex, located in the densely forested northern part of the state. "We are proud to support the U.S. Department of

How would you spend an $81,000 re-enlistment bonus?

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How would you spend an $81,000 re-enlistment bonus?

  The latest re-enlistment bonus list released by the DoD stated incentives to stay in the military are running as high as $81,000 for select MOSs – a reason some might change their MOS to reap these larger payouts, or stay in the service longer to get the signing cash. But what

More opening on base

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More opening on base

  All indoor church services will begin this weekend, and two gyms will begin weekend openings in October, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) commanders said during a Townhall on Facebook, Tuesday. Major General Stephen Smith, deputy commander I Corps and JBLM said 14 days have passed since Labor Day and despite a

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Bad boys

I’ve been in a really bad mood all week. I should find some local art to review, but the way I’ve been feeling lately I’ll probably hate anything I see. Here’s the thing: I go to see local art exhibits, and what I see is stuff that’s been around half

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Needle Damage

Between flashing multi-colored lights, multiple Ocean Grooves DJs, the packed dance floor, and the beating throb of the house and mash-up music pouring out of the speakers, one might assume that they have wandered headlong into a giant dance club. Nope, just the Swiss. The popular downtown Tacoma watering hole opened its

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More openings on base

  All indoor church services will begin this weekend, and two gyms will begin weekend openings in October, Joint Base Lewis McChord commanders said during a Townhall on Facebook, Tuesday. Major General Stephen Smith, deputy commander I Corps and JBLM said 14 days have passed since Labor Day and despite a small

Fall Family Field Trip

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Fall Family Field Trip

For families looking for something to do this fall that is both educational and fun, the reopening of Tacoma's museum district is good news. The museums of the Tacoma Museum District - Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, LeMay - America's Car Museum, Foss Waterway Seaport,

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