Clare Jensen

is home-grown Tacoman who started her journalism career as an intern for the Tacoma Weekly in 2007. Since then, she has consistently covered Tacoma schools, and news for the Puyallup Tribe, but her true love of writing centers around local music, businesses and the people and events that make Tacoma unique.

Email: cjensen@tacomaweekly.com

14 July 2011

Take a hike, write some poems, go back to work

Instead of Facebook-ing your lunch break away, ditch the cubicle and get those creative juices flowing at Downtown: On the Go!’s Walk Tacoma lunch event July 22.

As part of Downtown: On the Go!’s mission to get downtown Tacomans moving more and driving less, a series of Walk Tacoma routes have been organized for…

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7 July 2011

Much more than coffee

One year ago, the founders of Caffe Dei opened the doors to what they hoped would become a destination for specialty coffee in Tacoma.

The café’s passionate coffee professionals Shuanna Holt and Shane Siegfried would pull high-quality espresso into artisan cups of pure, decant brews worthy of being named after the…

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6 July 2011

Art on the Ave is back and bigger than ever

In its 13th year filling 6th Avenue with all sorts of art, culture and music, Art on the Ave is back – and it is bigger than ever.

On July 10, one of Tacoma’s most popular annual festivals will return to 6th Avenue (between State and Cedar streets) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day…

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30 June 2011

It’s garage rock, not rocket science

For The Dignitaries, there was nothing hard about starting a garage rock band.

They were old friends who liked to jam. And growing up in the Tacoma rock scene pretty much ensures an influence by the simple raucous sounds from the likes of garage rock greats of yesteryear.

Brothers Reylan and Lino Fernandez,…

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30 June 2011

Got pets?

The world’s largest pet expo is making its way to the Puyallup Fairgrounds this year, the first time the Southern-California-centric event will be held in Washington.

From July 8-10, locals will be able to tour the American Family Pet Expo, getting acquainted with domesticated pets from furry to feathered, as well…

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30 June 2011

Shakin’ it up for a good cause!

The ladies of Figures fitness center in Fircrest are getting ready to move it and shake it in a Zumbathon to benefit Emergency Food Network.

From 10 a.m. to noon on July 9, more than 100 willing supporters will dance their morning away with Zumba: a popular, high intensity Latin-dance infused exercise program.

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23 June 2011

Jarvis to retire

After four years on the job, Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent Art Jarvis has announced he is calling it quits after next school year, tallying up 47 years as an educator in Washington state, 27 of them as a superintendent.

At 67 years old, Jarvis says he has considered retiring from time to time, and after doing…

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22 June 2011

Go Skate, Tacoma! Tollefson Plaza - June 21, 2011

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16 June 2011

Do the chicken coop loop!

The popularity of personal chickening is growing in Tacoma. To the tune of hundreds of residents in the North End alone raising their own chickens, and fresh eggs, literally right in their own backyard.

This growing trend has taken off in other urban areas, like Seattle and Bellevue, and in the last three years has…

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16 June 2011

Go Skate, Tacoma!

Tacoma skaters unite – and rejoice – for an upcoming skate-centric celebration that not only lets boarders do their thing  (legally) downtown, but also marks the start of a new era of skater-friendliness in Tacoma.

As part of the official worldwide “Go Skateboarding Day” Tacoma skaters and non-skaters…

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16 June 2011

Tacompilation to benefit legit all ages music place

All ages music has taken a hard hit in recent years in Tacoma.
With the switch from Hell’s Kitchen to a strict 21-and-over venue, and the closure of exclusive all-ages spots like the Viaduct, there is now a gaping hole in the local music scene.

Enter: the Tacoma All Ages Music Project (TAAMP).

The newly…

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16 June 2011

JACKPOT!

June 6 started out like any other night in the life of Tacoma painter Frank Baxter. He and his buddy Mike Sherman decided to hang out and try their luck at the casino.

Baxter pulled up a seat at BJ’s Bingo Hall in Fife, a place he said he goes to regularly. He sat down at a penny gaming machine, “Burnin’ Up,”…

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9 June 2011

Dillon, Edwards take Puyallup Tribal Council seats

Puyallup tribal membership elected Herman Dillon, Sr. and Marguerite “Maggie” Edwards June 4 during the 2011 general election.

Dillon received the most votes for what will likely be the last term of his more than 30-year career on council, with 426 votes.

Edwards, a past council member and code writer for…

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9 June 2011

The hidden face of homelessness

Juan Amezcua is homeless.

But you wouldn’t know it by looking at him.

He doesn’t push a shopping cart, nor does he hold up a sign asking for change on the street corner.

In fact, Juan, his wife Melissa, and their three children used to be proud homeowners until the economy went south and left them…

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2 June 2011

Northeast Tacoma welcomes its own signature park

For years Norpoint Park was more or less a large swath of open space. Now, it has crossed the finish line in its transformation as the Northeast Tacoma’s first signature park.
“The park used to be pretty much a big open field back behind the Center at Norpoint. Today it is an accessible playground complimented by…

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2 June 2011

The Big Wheel keeps on turnin’

As one of Tacoma’s hardest working original live bands, The Big Wheel Stunt Show can only get bigger.

And the three-piece ensemble of rocking, rootsy, funkified bluesmen couldn’t be more excited about starting their third year of taking live audiences by storm.

Since enthusiastically jumping into the local…

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31 May 2011

Tacoma supports basic ed lawsuit

Tacoma School District has officially declared the state’s Legislature unconstitutional.

At a May 26 School Board meeting, the district formally approved endorsement and support of the McCleary v. State lawsuit, which claims the state government is failing in its paramount duty to fully fund basic education.

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26 May 2011

Word on the St. Helens’ Stink

After a month of stinking up Tacoma’s St. Helen’s neighborhood, the owners of Stink Cheese and Meat have fared well in their attempt to be a destination for local cheeseballs and meatheads.

Kris Blondin and Jack Nobel, co-owners of the new “uber-deli” at 628 St. Helens Ave., have created a space for people…

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19 May 2011

Party time at the Children’s Museum

Every month through October the Children’s Museum will be pulling out all the stops for a full-fledged birthday celebration – and everyone’s invited.

In honor of its 25th anniversary and final year in its longtime location at 936 Broadway, the museum is offering 25-cent admission on the 25th of every month for…

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17 May 2011

T-Town Lowdown

So Sixth Avenue has officially lost one more of its many, many coffee shops.

While I never like to see the demise of a small, local business, I think Tacoma might benefit from what’s to fill the void left by the closure of the quaint Beyond the Bridge Café.

What’s next is simply called Marrow: an adventurous…

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The Daily MashUp

11 April 2012

Chief Leschi Daffodil Princess Alexandria Cole found dead

Chief Leschi senior and 2012 Daffodil Festival Royalty Alexandria Cole has been…Read More

5 April 2012

LeMay announces opening night festivities

LeMay Car Museum will open its doors in a big way June 1, with three different,…Read More

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17 May 2011

Marrow to land a spot in the heart of Tacoma

It’s the essence. The core. The nitty gritty.

In short, it’s Marrow: a new fine-dining experience that will make exotic foods accessible to the general public.

And it’s the first of its kind for Tacoma.

Top of Tacoma founders Jaime Kay and Jason Jones have teamed up with local chef Kyle Wnuk to…

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7 July 2011

Much more than coffee

One year ago, the founders of Caffe Dei opened the doors to what they hoped would become a destination for specialty coffee in Tacoma.

The café’s passionate coffee professionals Shuanna Holt and Shane Siegfried would pull high-quality espresso into artisan cups of pure, decant brews worthy of being named after the…

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3 March 2011

The Middle Years

More than half of Tacoma’s middle schools are failing.

It is no secret. It’s also nothing new.

Last spring, four Tacoma middle schools were identified among schools in the state performing in the lowest 5 percent. This status qualified each these four schools for a federal School Improvement Grant…

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9 June 2011

The hidden face of homelessness

Juan Amezcua is homeless.

But you wouldn’t know it by looking at him.

He doesn’t push a shopping cart, nor does he hold up a sign asking for change on the street corner.

In fact, Juan, his wife Melissa, and their three children used to be proud homeowners until the economy went south and left them…

Read More