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

28 April 2016

Be Well - Inside and out

Beauregard’s Salon at 4117 Bridgeport Way W. in University Place is unique for numerous reasons but perhaps their most attractive aspect is that each stylist plies her trade in a private studio rather than out on an open floor as is the case with most salons. Offering clients privacy and a more intimate experience with…

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28 April 2016

‘Teepee’ app puts tribes at your fingertips

Puyallup tribal member Miguel Douglas has developed a one-of-a-kind app for use with iPhones and iPads, available now from the Apple Store. Called “Teepee,” the app provides a wealth of information for all 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. With this information at their fingertips, Teepee users can…

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14 April 2016

CLEAN OUR REZ

Anyone who lives on the Puyallup Reservation – and even those who drive through on occasion – has witnessed the sprawling landscape of refuse that has piled up over the years, generated by senseless littering, illegal dumping and homeless encampments. The Puyallup Tribal Council has retaliated by authorizing a massive…

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3 March 2016

Tacoma Fresh Now Open

On March 1, the ribbon was cut and the doors officially opened to Tacoma Fresh at 6210 29th St. NE. This grand opening celebration went on throughout the day, as customers ventured in to taste free samples and see what this new source for healthy living is all about.
Owner and entrepreneur William Manzanares transformed…

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4 February 2016

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes” at Fife High School is less than two weeks away and things are shaping up nicely for this first-time charity basketball game. On the court will be two opposing teams: the Fife Police Department and first responders on one side and Fife School District staff on the other. Doors to the gymnasium open at…

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3 December 2015

Laughs abound in TLT’s ‘A Christmas Story’

With a cherished holiday film like “A Christmas Story” so firmly engrained in the American psyche, it might seem a risk to present the story in a stage play. After all, this film is known about as widely as the lyrics to “Jingle Bells,” and it wasn’t introduced to the world on the stage, but rather on the silver…

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19 November 2015

UWT begins American Indian Studies minor this winter

Starting this winter, University of Washington-Tacoma will officially offer an American Indian Studies minor. Developed by Assistant Professors Michelle Montgomery and Danica Sterud Miller and grounded by a strong commitment to the histories, representations and political struggles of indigenous peoples, the intellectual…

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5 November 2015

Veterans Memorial Wall ready for dedication

 With the final pieces all now in place, the Puyallup Tribe’s Veterans Memorial Wall is set for its dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11. It will take place at the memorial site in front of the Takopid Health Center, 2209 E. 32nd St in Tacoma, at 10 a.m. Afterward, a lunch will be served at the Emerald Queen Casino…

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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:

23 February 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

With Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long and no word of his whereabouts, we at the Tacoma Weekly have made the very difficult decision to start looking for his replacement. There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial.
We posted…

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23 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
Feb. 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m., March 2, 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. (also March 4 matinee at 2 p.m.)
Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound

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23 February 2017

New app turns your phone into easy-to-use Puyallup directory

Puyallup tribal member Miguel Douglas has created a new Puyallup Tribe phone app that is now available from the App Store. Offering full contact information in a complete directory of all Puyallup tribal departments and services, the app is free to download and is small in size so it won’t take up a lot of space on phones.…

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23 February 2017

Is my child too sick to go to school?

When your child wakes up feeling sick, you may be hesitant to have her miss school — but you also don’t want other children getting sick.

How do you know when to keep your child home versus sending her out the door? We talked to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Alex Stillman, RN, BSN, a school nurse…

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23 February 2017

Applications open for summer Youth Heritage Program

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that applications for their sixth annual Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project (YHP) are now available. Applications are due May 31 and may be submitted electronically on the Washington Trust website: Read More

23 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Future

Rapper Future teamed up with Drake last year for a massive, co-headlined tour that dropped by the Tacoma Dome in September. But this year, he'll top the bill all by his lonesome when his “Nobody Safe Tour” drops by Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on June 10. The music will start at 7 p.m. that day with opening sets…

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23 February 2017

Take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

It’s that time of the year to plunge into the frigid winter water to benefit Special Olympics Washington athletes. Hundreds will converge on Owen Beach in Tacoma Saturday morning and we hope you will join us.
“If you come on down to the Polar Plunge, not only will you get a chance to raise money for Special Olympics,…

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23 February 2017

Prosecutor finds deputy’s use of deadly force lawful

Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Tacoma Police Department, and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Bruce Johnson, 38, have been completed. Johnson died Dec. 1, 2016, from a single gunshot…

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23 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 24

B SHARP COFFEE: Hal Merrill (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: “Latin Nights” with DJ Maura and DJ Leo (salsa, merengue and reggaeton DJ) 10 p.m., $10-$240
G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN…

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23 February 2017

Bulletin Board

UBEREATS LAUNCHES IN TACOMA

As of Tuesday, Feb. 21 Tacoma residents and visitors (and those in nearby cities) can order their favorite food from local restaurants and have it delivered by UberEATS seven days a week. At launch, UberEATS is offering delivery of full menus from more than 100 favorite…

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23 February 2017

Fathers of Tacoma

When James Black was growing up in Tacoma, he didn’t see himself making it to his 21st birthday.
“I was in a gang by the time I was in middle school,” he said. “There wasn’t much I didn’t do. My first two years of high school didn’t even count. I missed too much time.
“I was either not showing…

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23 February 2017

Tacocat hoping Tacoma is nicer than Olympia

Surf-punk quartet Tacocat - among the buzziest bands coming out of Seattle at the moment – will make its Tacoma debut at Real Art Tacoma on Wednesday, March 1; see www.realarttacoma.com for show details. In anticipation, we caught up with drummer Lelah Maupin who dished on last year's “Lost Time” album, “mansplaining”…

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23 February 2017

No doubt about it: Lakewood Playhouse’s “Doubt” is a winner

Lakewood Playhouse, that wonderful and venerable ark of culture that sits adrift amid the flotsam of chain stores and franchise restaurants of the Lakewood Towne Center, continues its 78th season with an engaging production of John Patrick Shanley's “Doubt, A Parable.” Set in a Roman Catholic school in the Bronx…

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22 February 2017

The new RPI system has failed Tacoma

There has been some considerable talk recently in the news about computers and robots taking over much of the jobs in our workforce. Well at least we have the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association out there letting us know that computers can still pretty much screw everything up if there isn’t a degree of human…

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22 February 2017

Police search for trio of brazen thieves

Pierce County Sheriff's detectives in the Property Crimes Unit are hoping you can help them identify and locate three robbery suspects. They especially want to know where the suspects may be selling the stolen goods. One of them knocked a Rite Aid worker to the ground after she tried to stop a crew of crooks from stealing…

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16 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 17

UNCLE SAM'S: Hambone Blues Band (blues) 8 p.m.
B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA
DOYLE'S: Cross Rhythm Trio (funk) 8 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: Good Vibes Trio (Latin jazz…

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16 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias is coming back this year. The popular funny man – known for “The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter” and “Magic Mike,” and last seen locally at the Tacoma Dome in 2015 – will headline the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 Showroom at 8:30 p.m. on April 29. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging…

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16 February 2017

South Hill Mall to host Children’s Dental Health Day

Healthy oral hygiene habits are built starting as early as two years of age and can help ensure the development of strong and healthy adult teeth. This is just one of the reasons why the American Dental Association sponsors a National Children’s Dental Health Month each year in February. It may not be as glamorous as National…

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16 February 2017

Be Well - Inside & out: South Hill Mall to host Children’s Dental Health Day

Healthy oral hygiene habits are built starting as early as two years of age and can help ensure the development of strong and healthy adult teeth. This is just one of the reasons why the American Dental Association sponsors a National Children’s Dental Health Month each year in February. It may not be as glamorous as National…

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16 February 2017

Weekly Rewind

Among local bands that Tacoma Weekly photographer Bill Bungard caught this month are (L-R from top) American Wrecking Company on Feb. 11 at Louie G’s Pizza; the Morning After on Feb. 4 at Louie G’s (drummer Anna Seymour shown); Texas guitarist Eric Johnson on Jan. 30 at Seattle’s Jazz Alley; the rest of Morning After;…

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16 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Tacoma Opera's Eugene Onegin
Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
Theater on the Square, 310 S 9th St., Tacoma, WA 98402

www.tacomaopera.com (253) 627-7789

This romantic gem of the Russian operatic repertoire,…

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16 February 2017

Pothole Pig Update

Someone knows something. We were hopeful that recent sightings of Percival, our beloved pothole pig, meant that he was on his way home to his loving family and friends. But those sightings have stopped and all possible clues have led to dead ends. He has not been seen in three weeks after a flurry of sightings. Keep him in…

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16 February 2017

Bulletin Board

TITLOW PARK SHORELINE RESTORATION JUST ABOUT COMPLETE

A $597,000 project to restore the shoreline, improve fish and wildlife habitat and expand the public recreation area at Titlow Park is nearly done and visitors have more room to explore via the adjacent Hidden Beach trail.
The nonprofit South…

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16 February 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA’S OWN ISAIAH THOMAS OPENS AL DAVIES BASKETBALL GYM

Teens’ cheers and smiles erupted when the purple doors opened to the new Boys & Girls Clubs gym—and NBA star Isaiah Thomas was there to greet them.
Thomas, a Tacoma native and alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound,…

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16 February 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 16 – MARCH 4

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Prairie vs. Lincoln
Olympia HS – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Mountain View vs. Wilson
Timberline HS – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Rogers…

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16 February 2017

The prescription for cabin fever: a bit of urban hiking

This has been a long winter, hasn’t it? If, like me, you enjoy exploring the Northwest’s peaks and valleys, but aren’t keen on hiking in snowy conditions, you might be experiencing a bit of cabin fever by now. Since early December, the snowline has been continually dropping. Even relatively low-elevation hikes are buried…

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16 February 2017

Make a Scene: Tacoma band Junkyard Jane celebrates 20th anniversary

One of Tacoma's most popular bands, Junkyard Jane, turns 20 this year; and Immanuel Presbyterian Church, located 901 N. J St., will celebrate with a special anniversary installment of its Blues Vespers series, which will kick off at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.
Primary songwriters “Billy Stoops and Leanne Trevelyan are…

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15 February 2017

Symphony Tacoma’s Sarah Ioannides on “Mountain at Sea,” new work Puyallup native Daniel Ott (audio)

We caught up with Symphony Tacoma Musical Director Sarah Ioannides for the City Life cover story for our Feb. 17 edition, which focuses on award-winning violinist Kristen Lee making her debut with the symphony during its two-day run…

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15 February 2017

PLU’s University Gallery exhibits printmaker Cornwall retrospective

Pacific Lutheran University's Gallery (housed in Ingram Hall – the school's art building) just opened “Impressions,” a retrospective show of work by printmaker Craig Cornwall, a recently retired professor of art. The show covers a multiplicity of printmaking techniques: lithography, screen printing, woodcut – even…

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13 February 2017

Sheriffs on the lookout for sex offender

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies need your help to find sex offender Edward Butler. The 58-year-old has warrants for domestic violence assault in the fourth degree and violation of a domestic violence no contact protection order. Butler is also wanted for failure to register as a Level II sex offender.
Detectives say…

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9 February 2017

Make that 21 straight for Tacoma Baptist

Normally, when you’ve got a few hundred Baptists and Lutherans together in the same place, there’s probably a potluck fellowship about to break out. With all-important seeds to the 1B Tri-Districts on the line, there wasn’t any lineup of casseroles and cold cuts at the Tacoma Baptist gymnasium on Tuesday, Feb. 7. While…

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9 February 2017

Click rate hikes clear council, consultant continues ‘all in’ effort

Tacoma City Council unanimously approved rate increases to the municipally owned Click Cable Network to help offset the rising fees for television programming and higher labor cost. The increases average to about 13 percent, depending on what cable package customers have and are the first increases since 2014, when rates…

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9 February 2017

The Things We Like

CLASSICAL VALENTINE

Old Town Business & Professional Association presents “Canonici: A Consort of Voices & Lute,” a special Valentine's Day show that will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St. Performers will include Holly Boaz singing soprano, Anny Lyman (mezzo…

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9 February 2017

Urbin Attic comes to you to take the clutter away

Many of us find ourselves feeling consumed with our “stuff.” Am I right? As the years go by, gifts, seasonal wardrobe items, holiday trinkets and outdoor gear we only use three months out of the year begin to become hard to cram into our limited closet space. Yard sales can be fun and online sales convenient but for the…

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9 February 2017

Suspects charged with unlawful possession, gun possession

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Javier Gonzalez Lopez, 32, Jose Adelaido Arujo Diaz, 29, and two co-defendants on Feb. 6 with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Ten pounds of crystal methamphetamine was found in a secret compartment inside the vehicle.
Gonzalez Lopez…

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9 February 2017

The life and times of rock legend Buddy Holly brought to life at TMP

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's latest main stage production, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” performs a dual function. Not only is it sheer entertainment, it is also a font of information about the pioneering rock n' roll star Buddy Holly, a skinny, nerdy-looking kid from the Texas panhandle.
For those like me who are…

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9 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Lady Gaga

Fresh off her appearance at Superbowl LI, Lady Gaga – born Stefani Germanotta – has announced dates for her new Joanne World Tour, which will include an Aug. 5 stop at the Tacoma Dome. The pop star – known for “Poker Face,” “Paparazzi” and other hits – brought her Born This Way tour to Tacoma in early 2013.…

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9 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:


Asia Pacific Cultural Center 2017 New Year’s Celebration featuring Guam
Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421
www.asianpacificculturalcenter.org …

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9 February 2017

Bassist Paul Buck to be remembered with Uncle Sam’s jam

A memorial jam will be held in honor of fallen bassist Paul Buck staring at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Uncle Sam's Bar & Grill, 16003 Pacific Ave., in Spanaway. Buck – best known as a member of Sneaky Sam's Lamb in the 1970s and active in the local music scene for decades after – died of cancer on Dec. 10.  Read More

9 February 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 9 – MARCH 4

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Tahoma vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 – BASKETBALL
Girls – TBD vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine HS – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Evergreen vs. Lincoln Read More

9 February 2017

Two charged with first degree murder in shooting death

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Allen Vintora Maae, 31, and Scott Allen Wheeler, 31, on Feb. 6 with first degree murder for the shooting of Jason Emery. The Prosecutor’s office also charged Maae with unlawful possession of a firearm.
On Feb. 4, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department responded to…

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9 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 10

REAL ART TACOMA: Expire, Bent Life, Bib, Lowest Priority, Lower Species (hardcore, punk) 7:30 p.m., $10, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: 322 Jazz Collective (jazz) 8 p.m., $5, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT…

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9 February 2017

Bulletin Board

GOODWILL PARTNERS WITH BOEING FOR VETS

In support of 3,800 service members transitioning to civilian life in the region each year, The Boeing Company presented $95,000 to Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region at the organization’s JBLM Feb. 1 Networking and Hiring Event. Boeing’s support…

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8 February 2017

Deputies search for older truck used in pedestrian hit and run

Traffic investigators with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department are looking for an older model truck missing a side viewer mirror after a pedestrian was hit and critically injured.
Just after 1 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 deputies responded to a report of a customer who had broken a fence and was trying to…

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2 February 2017

Bulletin Board

LOCAL VAPE ACTIVIST SEEKS TO CHANGE REGULATIONS

Kim Thompson, owner of Vaporium locations in Tacoma, Lakewood and Fife, is calling on the Trump administration and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) to intervene and stop the FDA’s excessive regulations on vapor products, which will destroy jobs and small…

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2 February 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA STARS LOOK TO REBOUND AFTER TOUGH MEXICO TRIP

The Tacoma Stars (9-5) dropped their second straight road match, a 6-4 decision against Atletico Baja (8-7), on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Unidad Deportiva in Tijuana, Mexico.

The Stars offense was led by forward Joey Gjertsen, who logged two points…

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2 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Jason Aldean at the Washington State Fair

Country superstar Jason Aldean is headed to Puyallup, the first major announcement for the Washington State Fair's lineup for 2017. Aldean – known for “She's Country,” “Big Green Tractor” and a slew of other hits – will headline the Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. Tickets will go on sale to the general…

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2 February 2017

Pothole Pig

There is hope now that the search party tasked with finding our beloved Percival the Pothole Pig has received  yet another credible sighting. A savvy swine matching Percival’s general discription was seen playing a ukulele for spare change outside of Olympia’s Obsidian Restaurant and Lounge last week. This particular…

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2 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 3

G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart & Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Old School Fellas (funk, hip-hop, R&B) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Afrodisiacs (dance) 8 p.m., $10-$15
KEYS ON MAIN:

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2 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story
Feb. 3-26: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; Saturday Matinees, Feb. 18 & 25, 2 p.m.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma WA 98406

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2 February 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 2 – MARCH 4

THURSDAY, FEB. 2 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Graham Kapowsin vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 2 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Bellarmine vs. Emerald Ridge
Emerald Ridge HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 2 – BASKETBALL
Boys –…

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2 February 2017

Budget Woes for Fife

The City of Fife is spending more money than it is taking in from taxes and fees. The current two-year general fund of $37 million draws about $600,000 from the city’s cash reserves. That account will run out by 2019 if nothing else changes since expenses are growing at a rate of about 3 percent a year while revenues are…

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2 February 2017

Highs and lows of current Woolworth windows installations

December saw the opening of the latest batch of “Artscapes,” artist installations in the windows of the Woolworth Building at South 11th and Broadway, downtown. (There is another installation in the old courthouse on A Street, which is not covered in this review.) The current group of installations will remain on…

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2 February 2017

Make a Scene: Leroy Bell still enjoying another 15 minutes of fame

LeRoy Bell took stardom for granted the first time around. The Tacoma-bred singer-songwriter – the main attraction Feb. 10 at Jazzbones – enjoyed his first big success in 1979 the year Bell & James, his duo with Casey James, broke through with disco hit “Livin' it Up (Friday Night).” (For fans that are only familiar…

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1 February 2017

Parents plead for homicide suspect to turn himself in

On Feb. 27, 2016 Bubba Mathes was one of two victims killed in a horrific car crash in Pierce County. He’d been at a party with friends and after posting a video of his fun night out, 39 minutes later he was riding in Dennis Mouth’s Lexus when Mouth crashed his car trying to exit I-5 to Port of Tacoma.
“When it…

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30 January 2017

Jason Aldean announced for Washington State Fair

Country superstar Jason Aldean is headed to Puyallup, the first major announcement for the Washington State Fair's lineup for 2017. Aldean – known for “She's Country,” “Big Green Tractor” and a slew of other hits – will headline the Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sept.…

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26 January 2017

Kittredge gallery provides glimpse into careers of its former art students

The University of Puget Sound's Kittredge gallery is hosting a fresh exhibit called “What Happened Here: Puget Sound Studio Alumni.” The show is the sequel to last fall's “Past and Present Faculty” exhibition, and now these faculty members were asked to nominate some of their former studio art students from amongst…

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26 January 2017

4 tips to help you avoid the flu during peak flu season

Flu activity is considered widespread and epidemic in Washington state, with 24 lab-confirmed influenza deaths reported statewide, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The best protection against the flu is washing your hands regularly and getting a yearly flu shot. Flu activity typically peaks between…

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26 January 2017

Bulletin Board

MUMPS CASE REPORTED AT JASON LEE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received confirmation on Jan. 24 that a student in Tacoma Public Schools has mumps. The student attends Jason Lee Middle School and returned to class when no longer contagious. 
“The mumps outbreak in…

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26 January 2017

Mark your calendars: Radiohead

British alt-rock heroes Radiohead have announced U.S. Dates for 2017 including a stop at Seattle's KeyArena on April 8. The band will be playing tunes from last year's critically acclaimed “A Moon Shaped Pool” album. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $65.50 to $95.50.  
See www.ticketmaster.com

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26 January 2017

Tacoma Golden Gloves returns for 69th year

The Tacoma Golden Gloves boxing tournament returns for its 69th year and the competition is expected to be as exciting as ever. Not only is the event one of the best of its kind in the entire United States of America, it’s also the crown jewel of events put on by the fabled Tacoma Athletic Commission. Now entering its 75th…

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26 January 2017

Tacoma Little Theatre stages timely production of Steinbeck classic

It is an interesting coincidence that Jan. 20, the inauguration day of the 45th U.S. President, was also the opening date for Tacoma Little Theatre's production of the John Steinbeck classic “Of Mice and Men,” a tale of desperate people caught in desperate times. Set during the Great Depression, the drama depicts the…

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26 January 2017

Carbohydrates, Fat and Heart Disease, the Pot Thickens

About 35 years ago my wife, then an ICU nurse, and I, a surgical resident, were overjoyed to bring our 9-month-old home from the hospital. He had just survived life threatening dehydration, otitis and bronchitis. With newly placed tubes in his ears he avidly drank milk and began to gain weight. At a check-up the doctor asked…

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26 January 2017

Endlich! Stadium Rhein Haus to open in February

For months, Stadium residents have watched the Bavarian-themed restaurant, Rhein Haus, being assembled in the wedge-shaped building that used to house Titus-Will's service center, next to Wright Park at 649 Division Ave.
Recently, got an ETA thanks to the Bavarian Village Band, which took to social media to advertise…

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26 January 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 27

DYSTOPIAN STATE: Dark Lady (Scorpions tribute) 8 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye with Brian Feist (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Mike Masse and Sterling…

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26 January 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Cinderella in Spain
Jan. 28, 1 p.m.
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

www.washingtonhistory.org

The History Museum is teaming up with the Seattle Opera to bring a performance…

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25 January 2017

Pierce County detectives seek justice for Thomas Jefferson

Danielle Jefferson is keeping her late husband close to her heart. Thomas Jefferson, 54, was murdered on Wednesday, Nov. 9 while walking to the store in the 13000 block of Pacific Ave. S. in Parkland.
“My greatest memories were just the time we spent together. Just being together was good for me,”…

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19 January 2017

Mark your calendars: Green Day

The chart-topping trio, Green Day, is headed to Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on Aug. 1. The Bay Area band will be out in support of last year's “Revolution Radio” album, but fans are sure to also hear pop-punk classics like “Brain Stew,” “American Idiot” and “Welcome to Paradise,” too.
Adding support…

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19 January 2017

Spaceworks gallery displays work by Native American artists

Spaceworks Gallery, a relatively new enterprise, is showing an exhibit of work by local Native American artists representing a diversity of tribal affiliations. Entitled “Protect the Sacred: Artists for Standing Rock,” all of the work is in one way or another addressing the attempt to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)…

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19 January 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Of Mice and Men
Jan. 20-Feb. 5, Friday and Saturday showings 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma, WA 98403

tacomalittletheatre.com

Tacoma Little Theatre begins 2017 with John…

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19 January 2017

Click Cable rate increases face council vote

The Tacoma Public Utility Board approved a 12.9 percent rate increase to Click Cable TV bills last week. If approved by the full City Council after flowing through the council’s Government Performance and Finance Committee, the rates would go into effect March 1.
The increase is the first in two years and is smaller…

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19 January 2017

‘The New Yorker’ cartoonist to speak at University of Puget Sound

The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is bringing to Tacoma her love of the absurd, her passion for pictures and words, and her precise sense of the fine line between humor and gravitas.
The acclaimed humorist and best-selling author will appear at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in Schneebeck Concert Hall at…

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19 January 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 20

B SHARP COFFEE: T-Town Blues Revue (blues) 8 p.m., $7, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Ed Taylor (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Notorious 253 (dance) 9 p.m., NC
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC

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19 January 2017

The Things We Like

TOLERANCE TALK

Syndicated columnist and radio host Irene Monroe will speak on “From Stonewall to Pulse: The Intersection of Race, Sexuality and Religion” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the University of Puget Sound's Schneebeck Concert Hall, located on campus near Union Avenue and North 14th Street. During…

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19 January 2017

Bulletin Board

TRAIN TESTING COMING TO TACOMA

Residents living along the Point Defiance Bypass train tracks between Tacoma and DuPont will soon see more – and faster – trains passing as testing of new tracks and signals begins next week.
Trains traveling at various speeds will test the new section that…

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19 January 2017

Playoffs on the horizon for Tacoma hoopsters

As the high school basketball regular season winds down with just a few weeks left, it’s time to take a look at where the Tacoma area schools stack up in the postseason picture. With new leagues and new classifications represented by Tacoma schools, the postseason looks to be busier than ever for teams representing the…

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19 January 2017

Fife settles costly fight over pot ban

The City of Fife has settled its longstanding legal battles with Greybeard Holdings over the city’s moratorium on marijuana businesses. This comes after more than two years of hearings and appeals that have proven costly in attorneys’ fees and the loss of potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue had the…

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19 January 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 20 – FEB. 2

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Puyallup vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine Prep – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL
Boys – South Kitsap vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Bethel vs.…

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18 January 2017

Deputies try to ID trio of women stealing from small businesses

Pierce County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for help identifying three women caught on surveillance video stealing from a bike shop in Puyallup’s South Hill area. Deputies say they may be suspects in other retail thefts as well.
Owner Nier Brittain at Inspired Ride Bicycles at 14712 Meridian Ave. E. says one woman…

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12 January 2017

Search on for accused child rapist Gilbert Greenwood

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies are searching for Gilbert M. Greenwood. The 51-year-old is charged with four counts of rape of a child in the first degree (aggravated) and one count of child molestation in the 1st degree (aggravated). He was arrested on May 17, 2013 and was out on bail when his trial was scheduled for Sept.…

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12 January 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents
The Distinguished Writer Series

Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens
pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org

Featured Reader: Tod Marshall, State…

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12 January 2017

Mark your calendars: DOA and MDC

Legendary hardcore bands DOA (shown) and MDC are headed to Jazzbones on Feb. 25 with their “Fight Back Tour,” for which MDC says its ever-changing acronym now stands for “Millions of Deceived Citizens”. Adding support that night will be locals Ten Pole Drunk, Dreadful Children and Garbage Type Items.
Music starts…

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12 January 2017

Business Spotlight: Vape-O-Rama

University Place residents looking for a one-stop vape shop can visit Vape-O-Rama, located at 7406 27th St. W., which offers a large selection of products for all your vaping needs.
Vape-O-Rama is a shop dedicated to newcomers and veteran vapers alike. Those unfamiliar with vaping can count on the knowledge of a friendly…

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12 January 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TCC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TO HOST FREE MLK HOOPS CLINIC

Back by popular demand, your Tacoma Community College women's basketball team is hosting its second free youth basketball clinic, this time in the newly remodeled TCC gym. Girls and boys in the 2nd through 6th grades are encouraged to attend our…

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12 January 2017

Inmate charged with possession of meth-soaked letters

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Rickey Claude Yandell, 49, on Jan. 6 with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Letters sent to him in the mail had been soaked in methamphetamine.
“This is a new take on an old problem - smuggling drugs into jail,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. Read More

12 January 2017

Prosecutor finds deputies’ use of deadly force lawful

Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Justin Christopher Baker, 36, have been completed. Baker died from multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by Pierce County…

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12 January 2017

LOCAL WRITERS PREPARE TO RESIST

A group of local writers will meet on Sunday, Jan. 15 to discuss ways of combining their art with community activism. Tacoma Writers Resist will hold its first public event at 6:30 p.m. at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., using readings and workshops to spark conversation about community needs and what life may look like…

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12 January 2017

Make a Scene: Get the party started, she will: Saucy Yoda returns next week

Saucy Yoda has turned to the dark side (sort of), which may come as some surprise to local fans that have followed her since she first surfaced in Tacoma at Maltoberfest, an Oktoberfest-spoofing event held at Bob's Java Jive in 2011.
Saucy Yoda being the stage name of Alaska's Melodie Langer who will headline The Valley…

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12 January 2017

Bulletin Board

ANNIE WRIGHT TO OPEN NEW PROGRAM FOR BOYS

Annie Wright Schools plan to launch a new program for high school boys starting in the 2017-18 school year. Complementing Annie Wright’s co-ed lower and middle schools and all-girls’ upper school, this program will extend Annie Wright’s inquiry-based…

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12 January 2017

Process to fill council vacancy exposes ‘erosion of trust’

Tacoma City Council talked at a study session about what qualifications they would like to see in the person the council will later select to fill a vacant seat on the dais.
The council received 55 applications to fill the at-large position vacated by Victoria Woodards, who resigned last month to concentrate on a run…

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12 January 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 13

G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Sonic Funk (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Stoned Evergreen Travelers, Cottonwood Cutups, Danny Cash (bluegrass, country, Americana) 8 p.m., $5-$8
KEYS…

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11 January 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 12 - 17

THURSDAY, JAN 12 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Graham-K vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine Prep – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Rogers vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Mt. Tahoma vs.…

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5 January 2017

Cats and dogs featured in art at TCC

The flyer for the Gallery at Tacoma Community College's newly opened show, “Cat People, Dog People,” makes it sound as if this is an intellectually hefty exhibit. “Artists,” says the flyer, “explore the human/pet relationship, the history of domestication, the representation of dogs and cats through the ages, symbolism,…

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5 January 2017

Bulletin Board

MONEY FOR COLLEGE AVAILABLE – APPLY EARLY

Students who plan to attend Tacoma Community College in Fall 2017 could potentially save thousands of dollars by starting the financial planning process early.     
TCC’s financial aid priority deadline is March 16. Students…

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5 January 2017

Top of Tacoma beer garden is seriously closed

It wasn't quite how Top of Tacoma Bar & Cafe owner Jamiekay Jones envisioned starting 2017. She got a call from one of her employees around 9 a.m. New Year's Day saying a driver had plowed into her popular establishment, located at 3529 McKinley Ave. E.
“It was icy out, and some gal ran off the road and took out…

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5 January 2017

Mark your calendars: Osborne sings Dylan

Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, best known for '90s hit “One of Us,” will headline Broadway Center's Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. on June 3. The focus of her set won't be on her own catalog, though. Instead, she'll be singing classics by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan.
Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging…

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5 January 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 6 – FEB. 2

FRIDAY, JAN. 6 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Emerald Ridge vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine Prep – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Graham-K vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Bethel vs. Lincoln Read More

5 January 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Heritage Skills Workshop: Bread Making
Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to noon
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 400 N. Pearl St. in Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA 98407
FortNisqually.org

In this two-hour workshop participants…

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5 January 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 6

G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart and Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Chapter 5 (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Wild Child (rock) 8 p.m., $12-$15; DJ Semaj (DJ) 10:30 p.m., $5, NC ladies and military Read More

5 January 2017

Tacoma celebrates the Year of the Red Rooster

Business owners and other community leaders in the Lincoln International Business District will host the 2017 Lunar New Year Celebration on Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (convening around Yakima Avenue and South 38th Street in Tacoma). 
"The Lincoln International Business District continues…

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