Matt Nagle

was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark. and moved to the Pacific Northwest upon graduating from college 25 years ago. He has been a community journalist his entire adult life, starting out as a cub reporter in his youth and working his way up to editorship at various Seattle-area publications. He loves his job because he can use his talents to help bring people and communities together.

Email: mnagle@tacomaweekly.com

27 April 2017

Four emerge from Puyallup Tribal Council primaries

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians held its primary elections on April 22 for two open seats on the Puyallup Tribal Council. From a field of 14 candidates, four emerged to move on to the general election on June 10. With 923 tribal members casting their votes, this was a record turnout for a Puyallup Tribal Council primary. Read More

30 March 2017

‘Our Future Working Together’

On March 23, personnel from the Puyallup Tribe’s Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) and the Juarez Group, LLC hosted the fourth annual “Our Future Working Together” conference at the Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom and Convention Center. Attracting a variety of small business contractors and sub-contractors looking…

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14 March 2017

Lesli Sanders gifts music lovers with second solo acoustic CD

Back in the 1980s when Lesli Sanders was a wild child from Tacoma living in Southern California, a music revolution was underway that shaped him as a musician and performer. “Hair metal,” among its monikers, attracted hordes of youth to L.A. and Hollywood where they unleashed their punk creativity and partied like there…

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9 March 2017

Much was learned at Tribe’s first cannabis symposium

By all counts, the first Puyallup Tribal Medical Marijuana Symposium was a great success. Attracting a nice-sized crowd to the EQC Showroom that Saturday morning, March 4, attendees learned about the healing powers of cannabis and how tribal members can use this plant as medicine to alleviate a host of illnesses.
The…

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4 August 2016

Lushootseed Language Institute officially begins at UWT

Under the guidance of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the University of Washington-Tacoma has launched the Lushootseed Language Institute, a two-week immersion program to help revitalize the Lushootseed native language spoken by several indigenous Coast Salish tribes including the Puyallup. The first day of class on Aug. 1…

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28 July 2016

Biotech accelerator consortium tours Salish Cancer Center

The Puyallup Tribe’s Salish Cancer Center and Puyallup Tribal Chairman Bill Sterud hosted a group tour of the center on July 22 with representatives from the City of Tacoma, University of Washington-Tacoma, MultiCare and Madigan Army Medical Center. The group is part of a consortium that has come together to grow the biotech…

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30 June 2016

UWT graduate heads for Oxford

 It may be unusual for a 13-year-old to discover her calling in life, but it happened for Bronwyn Clarke. Now all grown up and focusing on her vocation, this fall she will be heading to Oxford University to continue pursuing her dreams of working in the world of politics.
“Knowing what I wanted to do at an early…

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The Daily MashUp

30 December 2015

Tacoma Singing Society holds auditions

Tacoma Singing Society, with the emphasis on society, is an auditioned choir…Read More

4 August 2015

Pink Lung Brigade hosts Awareness Wednesday at Health Dept.

Once a month, the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health allows concerned citizens…Read More

Favorite Articles

4 August 2011

The Art of Hip Hop

With the fourth annual Hip Hop in the Park just a week away – Aug. 13 starting at noon in People’s Park – the young students in Darren “Scooter” Spencer’s The Art of Hip Hop course at D.A.S.H. Center for the Performing Arts are busy pulling together last minute details before the big day. This is their event –…

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14 July 2011

History is made as pride flag flies over city hall

With a jubilant crowd surrounding them on a sunny July 7 afternoon, Mayor Marilyn Strickland and City Councilmember Ryan Mello led the countdown for the first-ever raising of the pride flag over city hall. The event marked the kick-off Tacoma’s LGBT pride festivities, which were extended to 10 days this year.

One…

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11 May 2010

Puyallup Tribe mourns the passing of Lena Landry

May 4, 2010, was a sad day for the Puyallup Indian Tribe, as beloved elder and former tribal leader Lena (Davis) Landry passed away quietly with her family by her side. Even though she lived a full life until age 91, her death was still a blow to people inside and outside the tribe. After more than 60 years working for the…

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18 August 2011

Student travels from Pakistan to study journalism at Pierce College

Note: You can find Ismail's articles in the Tacoma Weekly on these pages:

27 April 2017

Tacoma Opera Presents Offenbach Classic

Tacoma Opera will celebrate the opening of its 49th season this weekend with a production of Jacques Offenbach's “La Périchole” at Broadway Center's Rialto Theater.
Offenbach wrote this three-act opéra bouffe-style work, with its libretto produced by Henri Melhac and Ludovic Halévy. “La  Périchole”…

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27 April 2017

Nightlife

Friday, April 28

URBAN ELK: Karrie O'Neill Muzic (rock, pop, Americana) 7 p.m., NC
B SHARP COFFEE: Squirrel Butter (roots, Americana) 8 p.m., $5, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Nancy Zahn (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite…

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27 April 2017

Make a Scene: TLT’s ‘Exit Laughing’ tickles and tantalizes

Judging by the frequent bursts of enthusiastic laughter, the Tacoma Little Theatre’s penultimate show of this season, a comedy called “Exit Laughing,” is an audience hit. The laughs begin early and continue through both acts of this swift play that is directed by Rick Horner.
The play is set in the suburban, middle…

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27 April 2017

12 men arrested and charged during online child sex sting

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged 12 men on April 24 with charges arising from an online child sex sting operation. The charges include attempted child rape, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, and commercial sexual abuse of a minor. 
“Protecting the vulnerable, especially children,…

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27 April 2017

Bulletin Board

STEPPING IT UP IN PIERCE COUNTY

Creating safer routes to school and transit, improving our sidewalks and streets for all users, and connecting our cross-community trail system. This is just a taste of what our regional Pierce County team is working on as a part of a recent call to action to Step It…

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27 April 2017

Be Well - Inside & Out

The folks at Classy Cuts really know what they’re doing. With more than 10 years of doing business in Tacoma’s 72nd Street neighborhood (and five years at their Bonney Lake location), owner Tina Dao and team have created a full service salon that caters to the entire family and focuses on customer retention and service.

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27 April 2017

Local Restaurants

The best sorts of hidden gems are the neighborhood bars. The classic “everyone knows your name” dynamic with ice-cold brews and hearty bites waiting for you as you ante up to the rail. Sometimes you need a destination where you can throw on your favorite T-shirt and jeans and enjoy the company of your friends and neighbors.…

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27 April 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 27 – MAY 14

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – FASTPITCH
Lincoln vs. Stadium
Peck Fields – 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – SOCCER
Stadium vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – BASEBALL
Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers Read More

27 April 2017

Four emerge from Puyallup Tribal Council primaries

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians held its primary elections on April 22 for two open seats on the Puyallup Tribal Council. From a field of 14 candidates, four emerged to move on to the general election on June 10. With 923 tribal members casting their votes, this was a record turnout for a Puyallup Tribal Council primary. Read More

27 April 2017

SR 167 timeline, details taking shape

Plans are moving forward for the extension of State Route 167 as a way to better connect the warehouse and distribution hub of the Kent Valley to the Tacoma Tideflats and ease traffic through the region.
Washington State Department of Transportation staffers held a series of public meetings about the state of the plans…

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27 April 2017

Weekly Rewind

"With our recurring Weekly Rewind feature, our staff photographers capture some of the biggest community happenings that you may have missed. Click on this week's gallery to relive the fun.”

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27 April 2017

Mark your calendars: Kendrick Lamar

Hip-hop maverick Kendrick Lamar recently dropped “Damn,” among the most heavily anticipated albums of 2017; and Monday he announced dates for his forthcoming tour, which includes an Aug. 1 stop at the Tacoma Dome.
Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. will provide support with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Tickets will go on sale…

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27 April 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations of Tacoma

Goings on this Week in Tacoma:

“Mrs. Smith goes to Washington”
April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N I St, Tacoma

Tacoma Little Theatre presents Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington by Linda Britt. This production will be directed by Ellen Peters and stars Kathi Aleman. Read More

20 April 2017

Tacoma Police warn of ‘skimmers’ on 7-Eleven ATMs

Tacoma Police are warning people to look closely at the ATM before you withdraw cash at a 7-Eleven store​. Thieves are using “skimming machines” to steal bank account information off the magnetic strip and then cash out of accounts.
"A 'skimmer' was detected and removed from an ATM by a customer…

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20 April 2017

Make a Scene: Guitar Fest comes to Tacoma Dome April 29-30

Whether you're looking for a rare Epiphone guitar or you want to offload a few instruments that have been gathering dust in the attic, the Tacoma Guitar Festival is the place to be next weekend.
Its third, annual installment is expected to draw 1,500 guitar aficionados to the Tacoma Dome on April 29 and 30. The event…

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20 April 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 20 - 30

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 – FASTPITCH
Wilson vs. Lincoln
SERA Complex – 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 – SOCCER
Mt. Tahoma vs. Wilson
Stadium Bowl – 7:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 – BASEBALL
Central Kitsap vs. Bellarmine
Cheney…

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20 April 2017

Camp scholarships available for young eco‐adventurers

For the past five years, Pierce County Parks and Recreation in partnership with Pierce County Planning and Public Works Department have organized the Eco Explorers Adventure Camp for kids at Chambers Creek Regional Park. Through exploration, adventure and creative play, each day offers exciting new experiences that will challenge…

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20 April 2017

Bulletin Board

NORTHBOUND EXIT 133 CLOSES FOR SEVERAL MONTHS

Drivers who use the northbound Interstate 5 exit to I-705 and State Route 7 will need to take a detour for the next several months.
As of Friday, April 14, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation closed the Tacoma…

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20 April 2017

Home & Garden: Engage kids’ love of nature through bird feeding

Is it difficult to pry your kids away from their electronic devices to get them outdoors? From tots to teens, today's kids love their electronics. After all, where could you find anything to compete with the bright sights and sounds of their favorite video game? The answer may be no farther than your backyard and the brightly…

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20 April 2017

The Things We Like

SQUEAK & SQUAWK FUNDRAISER

Organizers of the forthcoming Squeak & Squawk Festival will host a fund-raising concert at Lift Bridge Coffee – located at 1102 A St. - at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21. The lineup includes local indie-rock and power-pop favorites Pig Snout, Trees and Timber (shown),…

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20 April 2017

Prosecutor’s Office wins two awards

The National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS) of Pierce County presented two awards to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. The first was the award for Outstanding Community Service, 2017. 
“Community service and community safety are among our main duties,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “We appreciate…

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20 April 2017

Mark your calendars: Gorillaz

The world's most popular virtual band, Gorillaz, has announced new tour dates which include a Sept. 30 stop at Seattle's KeyArena.
The cartoon version of band – the brainchild of Blur's Damon Albarn and “Tank Girl” cartoonist Jamie Hewlett – consists of Murdoc Niccals, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. The real collective…

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20 April 2017

Getting to the bottom of colonoscopies: five myths debunked

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States and the second leading cause in men, but it doesn't need to be. In fact, it's one of the few cancers that can be prevented by appropriate screening.
“Colonoscopies are life-saving, preventive tests,” says Kevin…

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20 April 2017

Small, shy and senior off-leash dog area coming to Chambers Creek Park

An expanded off-leash area including a separate area for small, shy and senior dogs is coming soon to Pierce County’s Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.  
Since its inception in 2007, the nonprofit SUNDogs group has lobbied for a larger off-leash area for dogs and their owners. Although the…

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20 April 2017

Nightlife

Friday, April 21

REAL ART TACOMA: Cheap Sweat, Stamps, Sprism, Mop (alternative) 8 p.m., $7, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (story telling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Bill & Denny's Little Big Band (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m.,…

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20 April 2017

Home & Garden: Willow Tree Gardens and Interiors

Located at 7216 27th St. W. in University Place, this full-service nursery is truly a one-stop shop. Everything in house has been optimized for our Pacific Northwest weather, and the horticultural techniques critical for maintaining them. Just flag anyone on staff for any questions, no matter how specific they may be, and…

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20 April 2017

CORRECTION

The photos in the April 14 story “PLU MediaLab holds free screening of environmental film” were incorrectly credited. They were taken by Kelly Lavelle. Tacoma Weekly apologizes for the error.

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20 April 2017

City of Tacoma ‘Bike month’ schedule of events

Designated “Bike Month” by the City of Tacoma, the month of May will be packed with bike-related events and activities. Below are just a handful of the many events planned throughout the month:

May 1-31: Bike everywhere challenge. Ditch your car and use your bike to commute to work, the park, the…

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19 April 2017

Second defendant arraigned for April 2016 stabbing death

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Cesar Chicas-Carballo, 30, on April 14. The Prosecutor’s Office charged Chicas-Carballo with first-degree murder on March 2 for the stabbing of Samuel Crces Vasquez in April of last year. Chicas-Carballo was arrested on April 13.
“Our gang unit has successfully reduced…

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13 April 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 13 - 30

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 – SOCCER
Bethel vs. Lincoln
Lincoln Bowl – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 - BASEBALL
El Paso vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 - BASEBALL
California Lutheran vs. PLU
Pacific…

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13 April 2017

Goats at the Elks Lodge

ECO-FRIENDLY. A crew of 41 goats are work- ing at clearing brush and blackberry bushes next to the former Elks Lodge in downtown Tacoma this week. The buffet of vegetation will be gone by Friday, when the goats are expected to have gnawed, chewed and swal- lowed the last of the greenery from the half- acre site. They will…

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13 April 2017

Bulletin Board

GOODWILL EXTENDS TAX SEASON TO OCT. 10

If you qualified for Earned Income (EITC) or child tax credits this year and have not claimed these credits in the past, you could be eligible for up to two additional years’ worth of refunds. This and a number of other taxpayer needs are prompting Goodwill,…

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13 April 2017

The Things We Like

BEST DOCUMENTARY

“Changing Currents: Protecting North American's Rivers” - a documentary created by Pacific Lutheran University's MediaLab – was recognized as best video documentary at the 2017 National Broadcasting Society Electronic Media Competition Awards Ceremony, held in New York on March…

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13 April 2017

Power rates increase under hybrid plan

Tacoma City Council has approved electricity rate hikes for the next two years after rejecting an earlier proposal that some members worried would not promote conservation. It was the first power rate increase since 2005.
The earlier plan put the entire rate increases of $5.75 in 2017 and 2018 onto the current $10.50…

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13 April 2017

PLU MediaLab holds free screening of environmental film

Kelly Lavelle, an art and graphic design major at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), has grown up in the Pacific Northwest, learning to appreciate the region’s beauty and abundant natural resources.
It was this love for the environment that Lavelle, 21, said prompted her and four other PLU students to begin researching…

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13 April 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations of Tacoma

Sewing to Sowing
April 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Crowd favorite Blackberry Patch Farm will be on hand again this year with baby lambs. Folks can check out the new poultry house and visit with chicks. Families can get their…

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13 April 2017

TCC exhibits work by arts faculty

The Art Gallery at Tacoma Community College just unveiled a new exhibit highlighting work by members of TCC’s arts faculty. It is a tour de force of work by a talented group of practitioners of all the artistic media.
Well represented is work by the dynamic duo that runs the school’s well-regarded ceramics program:…

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13 April 2017

Nightlife

Friday, April 14

CULTURA: Latin Fridays with DJ Mauro and DJ Leo (DJ, Latin) 10 p.m., $10-$240
EMERALD QUEEN: Brian McKnight (R&B, pop) 8:30 p.m., $40-$90
G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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11 April 2017

Two bank robbers hit the same Tacoma branch

Tacoma Police are trying to identify two bank robbers who hit the same branch of the Columbia Bank in the 200 block of South 84th Street. The first was on Tuesday, March 28 at 1:15 p.m. The suspect is described as white, in his late 50’s, approximately 6-feet tall with a medium build and gray hair. “He had a…

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6 April 2017

CALLING ALL YOUNG ADULTS

Washington state’s largest young adult career fair is about to get bigger. With increased floor space to accommodate more employers, plus a booming regional economy, students and young adults have a prime opportunity to find paid work at JobFest 2017.
Students and young adults aged 16-24 are invited to engage with…

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6 April 2017

Tiara Headache and Slipper Blisters

It’s pretty easy to spot a Daffodil Princess, especially when the Royal Court is out and about in full force: those bright yellow ball gowns, glittering tiaras, dainty white gloves, and effortless smiles are always on display, making them pretty easy to see!
Little did you know that those picture-perfect Princesses…

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6 April 2017

‘09 Princess Gerianne Perez Makes Broadway Debut

Daffodil Princesses have long been known throughout Pierce County for their passion for education, love of their community, and a penchant for big thinking, too: it seems like every Royal Court is full of Princess bios that profess dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers, and more. Still, when it comes to career ambitions,…

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6 April 2017

It’s Spring All Over:

The yellow dresses of the Daffodil Princesses are an annual sign that Spring has finally arrived in Pierce County, but did you know that you can meet this year’s Royal Court at more appearances than just the Grand Floral Parade? Here are just a few locations you can spot Daffodil Royalty this festival season.
For…

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6 April 2017

Bulletin Board

CITY, PORT PARTNER ON TIDEFLATS SUBAREA PLAN

Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Port of Tacoma Commission President Dick Marzano have agreed to begin negotiation for an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) to develop a Tacoma Tideflats subarea plan. The ILA will outline roles and responsibilities for the project including…

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6 April 2017

How It All Began

From simple garden party to multi-city parade and festival, honoring the mighty daffodil has a rich history in Pierce County.

With the Daffodil Festival approaching its 84th year, one has to wonder how a gathering of this magnitude remains such an integral part of Pierce County’s, particularly the city of…

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6 April 2017

Mark your calendars: Brad Paisley

Country guitar hero Brad Paisley will return to Puget Sound this summer. This time, he'll headline Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on June 3 with support from rising stars Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. The show will start at 7 p.m.
Paisley – who headlined the Tacoma Dome last year on Feb. 13 – will…

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6 April 2017

Blues festival to relocate to Gig Harbor

The Old Town Blues Festival will pull up anchor and head to Gig Harbor this summer, following a 25-year run in Tacoma. The event has been renamed Gig Harbor's Rockin' Rhythm & Blues Festival and will next be held on Aug. 12 at the Sportsman's Club, according to founder Mike Mitchell.
“We'd kind of outgrown the…

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6 April 2017

Let’s Go to the Library

Though the Daffodil Festival has formed many local partnerships over the years, with organizations ranging from the Boys and Girls Clubs, to the Tacoma Yacht Club, perhaps the most meaningful annual tradition to arise from such partnership has been the Princess visits to Pierce County Libraries every year.
The library…

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6 April 2017

Nightlife

Friday, April 7

G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart & Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Chapter 5 (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Xperience, Cally Reed, Trism, DJ Reign, DJ Meds (hip-hop) 9 p.m., $5-$10
KEYS…

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6 April 2017

The Things We Like

‘SURFIN' USA’

Legendary surf-pop band, The Beach Boys, are the latest additions announced for the Washington State Fair concert series. The band – known for “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin' USA,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn't It Be Nice” and a ton of other hits – will headline at…

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5 April 2017

Spaceworks exhibit examines Cambodian genocide and refugee experience

April 17 marks the anniversary of the 1975 Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia. The regime ushered in an apocalyptic nightmare of executions, torture, mass labor camps, starvation and disease that claimed the lives of one of every four Cambodians. Those lucky enough to escape the country swelled the size of massive refugee camps.…

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30 March 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MARCH 30 - APRIL 30

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 - FASTPITCH
Pacific vs. PLU
Pacific Lutheran University - 2 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 – SOCCER
Bonney Lake vs. Lincoln
Lincoln Bowl – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31 – SOCCER
Mt. Tahoma vs. Stadium
Stadium Bowl…

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30 March 2017

Bulletin Board

NEW EXHIBIT FEATUERS NORTHEAST TACOMA
 
Tacoma Historical Society is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit “Northeast Tacoma: Two Points of View,” presented in partnership with Points Northeast Historical Society. The exhibit is open and continues through Saturday, June 3, 2017. Museum…

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30 March 2017

Make a Scene: Fiery ember of inspiration champions empowerment

Cecily Croskey claims that she was timid in her youth and willing to resign to mediocrity, but you wouldn’t know it if you encountered her today. She’s a fiery ember of inspiration and the founder of Girls Hearts on Fire, a local organization with a vision to help guide young ladies to hold the reins of their own hearts…

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30 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 31

JAZZBONES: Jeff Angel's Staticland with Jason Kertson, China Davis, Dedset (alternative) 9 p.m., $12-$15
B SHARP COFFEE: Ian Crocker Quartet (jazz) 8 p.m., $5, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Eugenie Jones (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT…

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30 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Modest Mouse

Northwest indie-rock favorites Modest Mouse and Built to Spill are headed to Puyallup's Washington State Fair. The former will headline the 11,000-seat grandstand on Sept. 21, performing songs from 2015's “Strangers to Ourselves” and, presumably, a new album that's expected to see light of day this year.
Boise's…

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30 March 2017

Olds installation examines populations in flux

Around these parts, Tacoma artist Matthew Olds has been making a name for himself by creating meditatively poetic installations that bring together his penetrating insight, his excellence as a painter and his highly skilled craftsmanship. His recent “Shipwreck” installation at the Foss Waterway Seaport was centered around…

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30 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

April 2, 2 p.m.
"Back to the Fur Trade"
DuPont Presbyterian Church, 502 Barksdale Ave., DuPont

"Back to the Fur Trade," an interactive storytelling session with Karen Haas, is an event for all ages, from elementary-aged students to adults. Dressed…

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30 March 2017

High priority offender charged with ID theft and forgery

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Kelsea Christine Bernhardt, 37, on March 27. Bernhardt faces three cases and 14 counts including Identity theft, theft and forgery. She is a high priority offender. Bernhardt is accused of stealing and then forging stolen checks into her own name. Bail is set at $260,000. Read More

30 March 2017

‘Our Future Working Together’

On March 23, personnel from the Puyallup Tribe’s Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) and the Juarez Group, LLC hosted the fourth annual “Our Future Working Together” conference at the Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom and Convention Center. Attracting a variety of small business contractors and sub-contractors looking…

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30 March 2017

TACOMA PREP DIAMOND SCHEDULES

While there’s been no escaping the seemingly constant rain and nastiness around Tacoma, the high school spring athletic season continues to chug along. While the wet stuff can postpone a baseball, fastpitch or tennis event, it’s not going to put an end to soccer, track and field, or several other outdoor sports. The odds…

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29 March 2017

$10,000 reward offered in Tacoma double murder

Friends and family of Terry Northcutt have been out in Tacoma posting Crime Stoppers flyers offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in his murder. Tacoma Police need your help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for killing Northcutt and Voravangso “Two” Phanmama on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.…

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28 March 2017

Police apprehend identity thief

The Washington State Patrol arrested Kelsea Bernhardt Friday night, March 24 in Tacoma. Troopers say she was a passenger in a car when they attempted to make a traffic stop on I-5 and 56th. It quickly became a pursuit. According to the driver, she told him to run because she saw herself on “Washington's Most Wanted.”…

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27 March 2017

Puyallup Restorative Correctional Facility

Programs seek funding to continue changing tribal members’ lives

When the Puyallup Tribe opened its Restorative Correctional Facility three years ago, the plan was to make it not just a place for incarceration but also a bridge to help guide inmates on a path to creating better lives for themselves. The…

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23 March 2017

Sons following in Father’s footsteps

When Ty Satiacum originally brought his son Ty Satiacum Jr. out to a children’s wrestling practice last year, the number of kids in attendance overwhelmed his son and it wasn’t happening for him. After hearing about Coach Ben Hawk and a wrestling program with fewer kids per coaches, they tried it again and the younger…

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23 March 2017

Curtis baseball to bring talent to diamond

As we have somehow survived one of the wettest winters in Puget Sound history, sooner or later something has got to give. The clouds will part, the sun will remind us all of how wonderful it is to live here next to the water, and the baseball will begin flying through the air with more regularity.
Though the Mariners…

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23 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Hank Williams, Jr.

Country and southern-rock legend Hank Williams, Jr. is the latest superstar to be announced for the Washington State Fair concert series. Williams – known for “Born to Boogie,” “Young Country,” “Family Tradition” and a slew of other hits - will headline the Fair's 11,000-seat grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept.…

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23 March 2017

Whole Foods Market helps children grow community gardens

Whole Foods Market has a reputation for providing an elevated grocery shopping experience that highlights fresh, organic produce and artisan goods. Their tidily lined shelves feature familiar and funky products that make eating healthy, and often even locally sourced, easy but what many don’t know is that their vision of…

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23 March 2017

Developer to begin ramp construction for new convention center hotel

Work to construct a ramp from Commerce Street into the parking garage under the Greater Tacoma Convention Center – as well as additional dock space adjacent to the existing ones on Market Street – is now scheduled to begin on March 27. 
Sidewalks in the vicinity of the new Convention Center A garage entrance…

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23 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

After so long, we have to assume that Percival our beloved Pothole Pig has simply vanished. However, there are still potholes in the city that need attention, so we simply – and sadly – must hire someone to handle his workload.
The list of candidates continues to change, with Carter the Crater Gator, Charles the…

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23 March 2017

Selling Cookies to make a difference to their community

Just as the sun began to poke its head out of some rather tenacious rainclouds Saturday afternoon, Girl Scout Troop #43242 set up shop at the Westgate Safeway on North Pearl Street. Girl Scout Cookie season was almost over.
This was to be their last, final push.
It was cold and blustery, but the girls were bright,…

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23 March 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA GOLF LEGEND KEN STILL PASSES AWAY AT 82

The Tacoma and South Sound sporting world is mourning the passing of one of our own this week. Kenneth Allan Still (February 12, 1935 – March 19, 2017) has passed away at the age of 82 and the world is a little lesser because of it. However, the impact…

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23 March 2017

Local Restaurants: Keeping up with Jonz Catering is easy on the palate

Since Feb. 28, 2007, Jonz Catering (pronounced Jones) has happily served South Sound catering and event needs. Elegant and locally sourced menu options may flawlessly be presented to you and your corporate staff at an upcoming luncheon, or you may be feeling more free – maybe an outdoor gathering is more your style? Either…

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23 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 24

B SHARP COFFEE: Brett Benton (blues, country) 8 p.m., $7, AA
EMERALD QUEEN: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (R&B, pop) 8:30 p.m., sold out
G. DONNALSON'S: Cara Francis (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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23 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

University of Puget Sound Dept. of Music Events of the Week:

March 24, 7:30 p.m.
"No Passport Required"
Schneebeck Concert Hall

This Woodwind Quintet plays as part of the Jacobsen Series. Performers: Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Karla Flygare, flute; Shannon Spicciati,…

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23 March 2017

Rock and Walk with The Tears Foundation

The Tears Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately assist bereaved parents with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their precious baby who has died. Many of the founders and volunteers at The Tears Foundation have experienced the loss of their own baby, and want…

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23 March 2017

Bulletin Board

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TO HOST SYMPOSIUM ON YOUNGEST CITIZENS

On Tuesday, March 28 at 8 a.m. the Children’s Museum of Tacoma will present the Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens at the Pantages Theater. This third annual event asks the 300 participants in attendance to honor children and champion play…

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23 March 2017

TMP’s ‘Spamalot’ hits the spot

And now for something completely different…
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, now deep into its current season of main stage shows, has raised the bar for itself with a dazzling, comedic romp: “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Written by Eric Idle (one of the original Pythons) with music by Idle and John Du Prez, “Spamalot”…

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23 March 2017

Make a Scene: ‘The Waltz of the Toreadors’

Housed in Merlinos Art Center snug above Tacoma’s beloved Grand Cinema is an intimate, independent theatre company called Dukesbay Productions. Dukesbay produces a variety of stage shows that highlight the diversity of our local theatrical community by ensuring that actors with a variety of religious, ethnic, generational…

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23 March 2017

AAA Cleaning Services leaves sparkling surfaces and smiling faces

AAA Cleaning Services is a Tacoma-based business with professional and personal accoutrements to suit a wide variety of needs. Located at 3800 Bridgeport Way W., owner Artis Oliver is one proud woman these days, stating that in the past several months of operation, “We have received a very warm welcome from the community.”…

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23 March 2017

Puyallup Restorative Correctional Facility

Programs seek funding to continue changing tribal members’ lives

When the Puyallup Tribe opened its Restorative Correctional Facility three years ago, the plan was to make it not just a place for incarceration but also a bridge to help guide inmates on a path to creating better lives for themselves. The…

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23 March 2017

Slavonian Hall to host Daffodil Dinner and pastry sale

On Sunday, April 2, members of the Slavonian Lodge will host a special Daffodil Dinner and Croatian pastry sale. A tradition for the past 30-plus years, the dinner is the main annual fundraiser to keep the Croatian Lodge/Slavonian Hall at 2306 N. 30th St. well maintained, as it is listed with the Washington Preservation Society.…

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23 March 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MARCH 23 - APRIL 4

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 – BASEBALL
Sequim vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt. Tahoma HS – 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 – SOCCER
Wilson vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 – SOCCER
Lakes vs. Lincoln
Lincoln Bowl…

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23 March 2017

Clover Creek Elementary stomps out tobacco

The children running around the cafeteria at Clover Creek Elementary were seemingly happy with how their lunch breaks were going, when suddenly a loud stomp was heard through the constant murmur of noise. Silence rolled through the cafeteria, followed by several more stomps, then a clap or two, followed briefly by evolving…

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16 March 2017

SPORTSWATCH

4A SPSL Boys All-League Basketball
MVP - John Moore, Sr. Curtis.
Def. MVP - Sindou Diallo, Sr. Curtis.
Coach - Tim Kelly, Curtis.
1st Team All-League - Joey Bodoia, Sr. Bellarmine Prep; Sindou Diallo, Sr. Curtis; Jason Cassens, Sr. Emerald Ridge; Landen Neff, Jr. Puyallup; Daniel Gregory,…

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16 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Ed Sheeran

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently announced dates for his U.S. Tour which includes a July 29 stop at the Tacoma Dome. The flame-haired singer – known for “Thinking Out Loud,” “Shape of You” and other hits – is touring in support of his newest disc, “%.”
The show will start at 7:30 p.m., and…

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16 March 2017

Muslim Community Appreciation Day

On Saturday, March 11, community members of many religions, races and beliefs congregated at the Islamic Center of Tacoma for a day consisting of appreciation and education. The gathering at the local University Place mosque was equipped with a plethora of familiar, state fair-esque activities aimed at engaging the youth…

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16 March 2017

Bulletin Board

COUNTY ROADSIDE HERBICIDE APPLICATIONS START MARCH 28

Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer.
An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 28, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control…

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16 March 2017

PLU puts on rousing rendition of ‘Godspell’

Last weekend, Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication opened a production of “Godspell,” a combination of music, dance and performance art based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The show has been a staple of musical theater since its 1971 Off-Broadway beginnings. It has experienced a number…

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16 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Goings on this Week in Tacoma:

Creative Colloquy Three Year Anniversary Celebration
March 20, 7 p.m.
B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley, Tacoma, WA 98402

Join Creative Colloquy in celebrating its three-year anniversary and the return of Spring at a special monthly reading and…

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16 March 2017

Man sentenced in undercover sex sting

Anthony Ray Blankenship, 33, was sentenced on March 14 to 24 months in prison and 36 months of community custody. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 8 to three counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
“We are committed to protecting children and other vulnerable members of our community,” said Prosecutor…

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16 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 17

TACOMA DOME: Chris Botti with Symphony Tacoma (jazz) 8 p.m., $26-$87, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA
DOYLE'S: Ockham's Razor, The Rusty Cleavers (Celtic rock, bluegrass) 6 p.m., $10 Read More

16 March 2017

Make a Scene: ‘Gypsy’ comes to Tacoma stage

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of one of America’s musical greats has all the glamour of a hoodie and loafers, or maybe a straightjacket and slippers. But that’s the point.
“Gypsy,” directed by Chris Serface with choreography by Lexi Barnett and musical direction by Debra Leach, isn’t as much a play…

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16 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

We appreciate that so many people are concerned about Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long. We know he does as well. But time moves on.
There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial.
We posted an advertisement on Craigslist…

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16 March 2017

Union teams with community group to benefit Edgewood families

EDGEWOOD — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are once again teaming with community activists to bring help to low-income families and families in crisis in Edgewood and around Puget Sound.
District 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program is partnering with the group Many Communities…

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16 March 2017

Doyle’s Public House set to celebrate St Patricks Day

Everyone's wearing green, Guinness and Jameson is flying off the shelves, and the muzak at your neighborhood grocery store is set to “Pogues.” Say, it must be St. Patrick's Day.
Expect Doyle's Public House to again be one of the hottest spots in town this weekend since organizers have erected a 4,000-square-foot…

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16 March 2017

Low tech fitness options abound

Fitness gadgets abound these days: mileage trackers, smart watches, wireless headphones. There’s no end to the wave of hi-tech tools flooding today’s fitness market. But what if you’re an avowed luddite? Or broke? Or both? What if you’ve already filled your basement with treadmills, stationary bikes and other workout…

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14 March 2017

Lesli Sanders gifts music lovers with second solo acoustic CD

Back in the 1980s when Lesli Sanders was a wild child from Tacoma living in Southern California, a music revolution was underway that shaped him as a musician and performer. “Hair metal,” among its monikers, attracted hordes of youth to L.A. and Hollywood where they unleashed their punk creativity and partied like there…

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9 March 2017

Warriors get a taste of Spokane

It’s never easy to wrap up a season short of reaching a team’s goals. However, when looking back at the Chief Leschi boys’ basketball season, one can’t help but thinking of this group of Warriors as both winners and an inspiration. Finishing the season with a 20-7 record is a testament to the talent, grit and determination…

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9 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of te week

We appreciate that so many people are concerned about Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long. We know he does as well. But time moves on.
There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial.
We posted an advertisement on Craigslist…

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