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

22 July 2015

Hilltop Santa faces uncertain future

For the past five years, Tom Reynolds, a.k.a. the Hilltop Santa, has made Christmas bright for children who otherwise may have little to nothing at this special time of year. Starting at least 10 months before Christmas, Reynolds secures donations of toys and candy and reaches out to business owners and the like to host him.…

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14 July 2015

‘Together We Are Fife’

In 1916, Fife High School held a graduating ceremony for two young women who had the honor of being the high school’s very first grads, thus launching a legacy of excellence that continues to this day. Fife High School will reach its 100-year anniversary in 2016, and plans are underway now to honor and commemorate this…

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24 June 2015

Oasis of Hope programs seek growth in the coming months

Hilltop’s Oasis of Hope Center is looking to be even more of a life-giving source for those in need as ideas for new and improved programs take root. Under the guidance of District Elder Prentis V. Johnson Sr., pastor of Greater Christ Temple Church at 1926 S. G St., great things are on the horizon for Oasis of Hope Center…

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23 June 2015

Survivor aims to help others heal from childhood abuse

Christy Lynn Abram endured years of childhood abuse, but she is not letting that experience ruin her adulthood. She’s turning it into something beautiful to help others on their path to healing. On July 2, this Tacoma author, expressive writing coach and speaker will be at King’s Books, 7 p.m., for a book release party…

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17 June 2015

Community garden awaits urban gardeners to dig in

A new community garden has been established in Fife at Levee Pond Park. Now, all that’s needed is for people to come and claim their plot, or plots, and get plants in the ground.

A total of 54 plots have been staked on the strip of land, each of which measures 10-feet by 10-feet. Only 16 plots have been claimed…

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11 June 2015

‘You Matter’

Author and motivational speaker Jamicka Jones is on a mission – a blessed mission to impress on practically everyone she meets that “You Matter.” In fact, she’s written a book titled exactly that and she’s backing it up with regular visits to area high schools and meetings of Toastmasters, Rotary, Kiwanis clubs…

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20 May 2015

Native American seniors celebrated at Mt. Tahoma High School

Thirty-six senior Native American students from six Tacoma high schools were celebrated at Mt. Tahoma High School on May 19. All graduates of Tacoma Public Schools Title VII Indian Education Program, this class of 2015 was blessed beautifully as each graduate steps out into a new stage of life.

David Syth (Crow Nation),…

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12 May 2015

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?

Family and friends of local man Ernie Elving are desperately trying to find him as he has been missing since April 26. He was last seen at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Tacoma location (2024 E. 29th St.). Elving suffers from grand mal seizures and may be disoriented.

He was released from Tacoma General Hospital on…

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5 May 2015

Make a Scene: Grieve the Astronaut

Maurice the Fish Records CEO, music producer and singer/songwriter Ray Hayden is involved in an exciting new project with several area musicians that promises to offer something new and different to the listening masses.

The newly-formed Grieve the Astronaut consists of Hayden on lead vocals and keyboards, Chris Tussing…

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21 April 2015

Graduating seniors honored at TCC powwow

The sweet sounds of Native American drumming, singing and dancing rang out at Tacoma Community College (TCC) on April 18 in celebration of TCC’s student and community powwow. This ninth annual collaboration between TCC and Tacoma Public Schools (Indian Education Program and Indian Education Parent Committee) included the…

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21 April 2015

Diamond Green celebrates its budding business

Gathering on a warm and sunny afternoon on April 17, a festive crowd turned out for the official ribbon cutting for Diamond Green recreational cannabis shop at 4002 S. 12th St. Joining owner Malkit Singh were members of his family (Singh’s dad had the honor of cutting the ribbon) along with loyal customers, a live DJ spinning…

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14 April 2015

Nonprofit launches fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million by August

For 80 years the Van Lierop Bulb Farm in east Puyallup fostered beauty and celebrated the renewal of springtime with its more than 150 varieties of crocuses, daffodils, irises, tulips and hyacinths that countless generations of families came out to enjoy year after year. The family business ended in 2013 but the nurturing…

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9 April 2015

SALISH INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY CANCER CENTER

Federal, regional, state and local leaders gathered with the Puyallup Tribal Council on April 7 to officially cut the ribbon on the tribe’s new state-of-the-art Salish Integrative Oncology Cancer Center (SIOCC). The center, located in the tribal-owned Trans Pacific building in Fife, will start receiving patients on April…

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1 April 2015

Sterino Farms Produce Market is now open for business

One of the most wonderful signs of springtime is the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that begin appearing on store shelves. Those looking for the freshest locally grown selection must check out Sterino Farms Produce Market and plant nursery at 6006 52nd St. E. in Puyallup.

Having just re-opened for their third…

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1 April 2015

Make a Scene: The Prophets of Addiction party down south for CD release

Prophets of Addiction fans, your wait is over. On April 11, band mates Lesli Sanders (lead vocals and bass), Jimmy Mess (drums), McKenna “Sweep” Gates (guitar) and Lee Taylor (guitar) will be onstage live for the official release of the band’s new “Reunite the Sinners” CD. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. at Louie…

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24 March 2015

Westgate merchants invite families to Easter egg hunt

The community minded merchants at the Westgate Shopping Center on North Pearl Street have come together with Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers to sponsor a big Easter egg hunt in the parking lot on April 4 at 10 a.m. Families are warmly invited to come and take part in this fun event and take advantage of specials many…

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24 March 2015

Nearsighted Narwhal celebrates move with music

Sixth Avenue’s hip, funky and educational zine shop The Nearsighted Narwhal, is moving just one storefront down on April 1, then on April 2, owners Christina Wheeler and Ossain Cardenas will be throwing a big party there with a very special guest – singer, songwriter and storyteller Forest Beutel.  

Beutel, who…

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24 March 2015

Springtime means time to visit Chirp & Company

Now that the first official day of spring has come and gone, thoughts are turning to the great outdoors and our own backyards. It’s time to start getting out there to spruce things up, and there’s no better place to begin than at Chirp & Company in Proctor District. In business for nearly two decades at the same location,…

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18 March 2015

Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is preparing to open a new, state-of-the-art cancer care clinic in Fife. Named the Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center (SIOCC), it will be housed in the first floor of the Trans Pacific building that the Tribe has purchased, located at the Interstate 5/Port of Tacoma exit. An opening ceremony…

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3 March 2015

Big plans in the works for Tacoma Culture Center

The Tacoma Culture Center in Freighthouse Square has been open only since November, but already it is proving to fill a big need for local Native American communities. Owned by the non-profit Consultants for Indian Progress in Tacoma and operated by Toby Joseph (Apache, Navajo, Seneca and Ute), his wife Shannon (Cowichan)…

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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.

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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

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30 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Ruston police seek identity of car prowl suspects

Ruston Police are asking for help identifying a woman using Samantha Logar’s stolen credit cards. Officers say she tried using them at Walgreens at 6th and Stevens after they were stolen along with two backpacks in a car prowl on June 6 at the Fred Meyer on South 19th in Tacoma.
"It's really disturbing to know…

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30 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 30 – JULY 31

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas 51s vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 1 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas 51s vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 2 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas 51s…

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30 June 2016

Metro Parks to break ground on new Baja Bay exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo

New aquatic species like scalloped hammerhead sharks, green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays are just two years away for Tacoma and Puget Sound residents who have been dreaming for years of a new aquarium. Just imagine these animals - and others - swimming gracefully in a 250,000-gallon aquarium exhibit with an expansive…

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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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30 June 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.
Everyday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: FortNisqually.org

Fort Nisqually is a living history museum where volunteers and staff, in period clothing,…

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30 June 2016

Make a Scene: Mark Bittler releases solo album

After a decade manning the keys for the South Sound's premier funk n' soul act, Bump Kitchen, Mark Bittler has gone solo; and recently we caught up to talk about his solo debut, “My Name is Mark,” released by Tacoma's Maurice the Fish Records. 
Tacoma Weekly: Most important question first: Do you still rock…

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30 June 2016

Bulletin Board

SUMMER JOBS 253 GROWS TO 200 STUDENTS

The Summer Jobs 253 program kicked off on July 1, with 200 students attending a week of employment training before starting their summer internships on July 5.
Launched in 2013, the program partners with Tacoma and surrounding area employers to place incoming…

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30 June 2016

Mark your calendars: Capitol Hill Block Party

The Capitol Hill Block Party will take over Seattle's most hipster-saturated neighborhood from July 22 to 24 with a lineup that includes main stage headliners Washed Out (July 22), Odesza (July 23) and Chvrches (July 24). The Vera Project, Neumos, Barboza and the Cha Cha lounge will also host smaller stages featuring performances…

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30 June 2016

Imagination and bubbles lead to UP author’s first children’s book

A bubble wand transformed by a little girl’s imagination has resulted in a new children’s book by University Place author Lori Forrest.
“The Castle in the Bubble” is the first in a series focusing on a strong young heroine who goes off on adventures into imaginary worlds that suddenly appear within bubbles in…

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30 June 2016

Nightlife

Friday, July 1

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CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart with Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Notorious 253 (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES:

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30 June 2016

NSA Archery Development League participates in First Grand Tournament

Exciting finishes, sportsmanship and fun competition in the first league championship was just what the founders of Next Step Archery Youth Development League had hoped for. It was the brainchild of four coaches from four different archery programs in the Central Puget sound region: Brad Owen from the Puyallup Tribe’s Little…

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30 June 2016

U.P. non-profit brings supplies to those in need

In 2014, a group of University Place residents decided that their holiday season would be spent giving back to those in need in Tacoma. On New Years Eve, they drove into Tacoma and delivered more than 60 sandwiches and various coats and socks to people who were homeless in the city, and a brand new non-profit organization,…

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30 June 2016

The Things We Like

TATTOO FEST

Learn about islander culture and the art of Samoan tattooing at the Northwest Polynesian Tattoo Festival which will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, July 2 and 3, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway. The event will also feature a car show and…

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30 June 2016

Community mourns passing of Carson Styron

Residents of the Milton, Edgewood and Fife communities continue to mourn 13-year-old Carson Styron, a local student who passed away in an ATV accident on June 5. Styron was attending a barbeque when the accident occurred, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Styron was an energetic young man who was heavily…

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30 June 2016

Man sentenced to 8.5 years in stabbing death of his daughter

Milton Cletus Fabre, 81, pled guilty on July 24 to manslaughter in the first degree for the stabbing death of his adult daughter, Tamara Fabre, on New Year’s Eve 2015. He was sentenced to 102 months in prison.
“Stopping domestic violence requires us all to work together and speak out,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.…

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23 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Pierce County detectives seek bike-riding credit card crooks

Pierce County detectives are trying to identify two young men who tried to use credit cards at Walmart stolen during a burglary in Puyallup. The thieves broke into an attached garage and stole a wallet, keys and other valuables while a family with five children were asleep in the home.
With her hands full with five…

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23 June 2016

Kitsap Bank names 2016 scholarship recipients

Kitsap Bank has presented eight scholarships to the graduating children of Kitsap Bank employees. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are Bellarmine Preparatory School graduate Alexis Bryson, daughter of Mary Kay Bryson; Olympic High School graduate MacKenzie Benson, daughter of Kimberley Webster; South Kitsap High…

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23 June 2016

Be well - Inside & out

At Lifetime Massage Therapy, founder Grace Oswald takes great pride in mak­ing sure that when you walk in the door there is someone to take good care of you. In business for over 25 years, Lifetime Massage Therapy opened in 1992, with Katie Underwood join­ing the team in 2001. Together, they and Lifetime’s four additional…

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23 June 2016

The Things We Like

KUNG FU ACTION

The Grand Cinema will be showing “Dragon Inn” this weekend as part of its Weird Elephant series, which celebrates cult horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. “Dragon Inn,” released in 1967 and directed by King Hu, is widely consider one of the most influential wuxia films, martial…

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23 June 2016

Nightlife

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TACOMA COMEDY: Brad Upton (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $16-$22, 18+ early show
B SHARP COFFEE: King Kom Beaux (blues) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick…

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23 June 2016

Mark your calendars: Kanye West

Rapper, producer and reality TV star Kanye West recently released dates for his 32-stop “Saint Pablo Tour,” which will kick off on Aug. 29 in Indianapolis and include an Oct. 19 stop at Seattle's KeyArena. West is among America's most divisive pop stars, celebrated for “Through the Wire,” “Jesus Walk,” “Gold…

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23 June 2016

Study shows Sheriff’s Department seriously understaffed

Representatives from Public Safety Strategies Group (PSSG) have presented a study to the Pierce County Council that shows the Sheriff’s Department is seriously understaffed. PSSG recommends the Sheriff’s Department hire between 72 and 82 employees in order to improve service delivery, increase community engagement and…

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23 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 25 – JULY

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – SCOT GAMES
Tacoma Highland Games
Froniter Park, Graham – 8 a.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – FOOTBALL
Puget Sound vs. Puyallup Nation Kings
Chief Leschi Stadium – 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – FOOTBALL
Cowlitz…

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23 June 2016

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA RAINIERS ANNOUNCE OPEN AUDITIONS FOR NEW RHUBARBS

Have you ever dreamt about becoming a part of one of the best minor league baseball organizations in the United States? If so, this just might be your summer. The Tacoma Rainiers are looking for Grit City’s wildest, craziest party animal. The…

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23 June 2016

Jury finds caregiver guilty of murder for death of man in his care

A jury found Larry Lee, 51, guilty of murder in the second degree on June 15 for the death of Philip Carter, 59. The jury also found Lee guilty of manslaughter in the first degree and returned a special verdict finding that the victim was particularly vulnerable. The jury delivered their verdicts following a 6-day trial.…

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23 June 2016

Montgomery, Old Foals and more headed to MAWP festival

Organizers have released the lineup for this year's Music and Art in Wright Park, the local punk and indie-rock festival that will take over Wright Park - 501 S. I St. - on Aug. 13.
“We've still got a couple of spaces left, but I'm waiting on a couple of exciting call backs,” said Jayme Fisher, who booked the bands…

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23 June 2016

High priority offender arraigned for burglary ending with crashed U-Haul

High priority offender Jeremy Russell Nichols, 32, was arraigned on June 21 on charges of residential burglary, theft in the first degree, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and malicious mischief in the first degree. Bail was set at $50,000.
“The goal of the High Priority Offender Program is to make our…

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23 June 2016

Bulletin Board

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR LINCOLN DISTRICT PROJECTS

The Tacoma Arts Commission is offering a workshop and $500-$5,000 grants for creative community projects in the Lincoln District. The workshop will be held Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln District Project Office (750 S. 38th St.…

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23 June 2016

Weekly Rewind

"With our recurring Weekly Rewind feature, Bill Bungard and other staff photographers capture some of the biggest community happenings that you may have missed. Here is our latest batch of photos."

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22 June 2016

League rules may harm South Sound FC

Under normal circumstances, a weekend that includes a win and a tie in two soccer matches would be considered a positive outcome for most teams. When the weekend’s battles were over for the South Sound FC women’s team, the very same outcome may have proven to be a deathblow for the Shock’s championship hopes in the…

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20 June 2016

Jury finds caregiver guilty of murder for death of man in his care

A jury found Larry Lee, 51, guilty of murder in the second degree on June 15 for the death of Philip Carter, 59. The jury also found Lee guilty of manslaughter in the first degree and returned a special verdict finding that the victim was particularly vulnerable. The jury delivered their verdicts following a 6-day trial. Read More

16 June 2016

Tacoma Rainiers come home clinging to first place

The month of June hasn’t exactly been a delight for the Tacoma Rainiers’ record, but with all of the other great things going on around the organization, the current 6-7 mark by the ball club doesn’t really look so bad overall. With a team still sitting in first place in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern…

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16 June 2016

Local Restaurants

{body_image_1} Since first being established in August 2011 by Charles and Rebecca Marbas, Northwest Lumpia has been serving Tacoma locals this unique and appetizing delicacy. If you are not familiar with this choice food called lumpia, it is a Filipino cuisine stemming from the Filipino word “Lumpiang Prito,” which translates…

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16 June 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.
Everyday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: FortNisqually.org

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration…

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16 June 2016

Bulletin Board

FREEDOM FAIR AND AIR SHOW WILL GO ON

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Tacoma’s 4th of July extravaganza will be back to thrill the masses again this year. The volunteers who are part of the non-profit organization that presents the annual Freedom Fair that features the air show and fireworks over Commencement…

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16 June 2016

Hiking 101: Take a hike This summer

Summer’s almost here. Time to dust off those old hiking boots, whip up a batch of homemade trail mix and head for the back country. If you’re a nature lover or just someone who appreciates clean air and wide open space, this time of year can only mean one thing: it’s hiking season.
If you’re trying to get fit,…

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16 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS June 17 – July 3

FRIDAY, JUNE 17 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17 – SOCCER
Kitsap Pumas vs. Sounders U23
Sunset Stadium, Sumner – 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma…

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16 June 2016

253 Draft Punk festival this Saturday.

The Swiss Tavern's 253 Draft Punk festival will be back for another round on Saturday, June 18.
From 2 p.m. until the pub closes, the event will again showcase tasty concoctions that local brew masters have been whipping up this spring while some of the region's hardest rocking bands provide the soundtrack.
Granted,…

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16 June 2016

Prosecutors present on elder abuse to seven groups

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sven Nelson presented on the subject of elder abuse to seven different ethnic groups over the past five days. The presentations focused on how members of the community can identify and protect against elder abuse.
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16 June 2016

Mark your calendars: X Ambassadors with Rachel Platten

New York's X Ambassadors are headed to the Puyallup. The band – known for hits “Unconsolable,” “Jungle” and “Renegades” – will headline the Washington State Fair Event Center's 11,000-seat grandstand on Sept. 15 with support from singer-songwriter Rachel Platten.

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16 June 2016

Nightlife

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Friday, June 17

THE SWISS: The Hipsters (rock covers) 9 p.m., $5-$10 
B SHARP COFFEE: The Frank Kohl Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $10, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ)…

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15 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Detectives try to identify mom using stolen credit card

Pierce County detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman using a stolen credit card at the South Hill Walmart on May 12 while she pushed her child in the shopping basket.
“In the video you can clearly see that she’s using the credit card, doing a self-checkout with the groceries,” says Pierce…

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9 June 2016

More state championships for Tacoma’s preps

It was an exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking year in sports for Tacoma high school athletes, and when it came down to the final weekend of the year, several of our cities finest saved their best for last. After a thrilling weekend of state track and field performances, including an historic 3A team title by the Lincoln…

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9 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Parkland homicide suspect on the run

Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives need your help to find homicide suspect James Mapp. A felony warrant has been issued for Mapp’s arrest for murder in the first degree. Detectives say he and six other teens shot and killed Lorenzo Parks on May 18 during an attempted armed robbery in the 12700 block of Pacific Avenue…

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9 June 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museums of the Week:

Collins Memorial Library
1500 N. Warner St. #1021
Mon. and Thur., 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Sun.
Info: tinyurl.com/zqsbjxt

This week at Collins…

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9 June 2016

MultiCare, CHI Franciscan unite for behavioral health hospital

A $42 million project is underway to bring an acute psychiatric care hospital to Tacoma. Being planned to serve Pierce County and South King County, the 120-bed behavioral health hospital is a joint venture between MultiCare Health System and CHI Franciscan Health, which have joined forces to form The Alliance for South Sound…

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9 June 2016

Eyes turn to Tacoma for development, business relocation

Investors, developers and business boosters saw a snapshot last week of things to come in Tacoma at a city-sponsored showcase that highlighted the $1 billion worth of construction projects in the works around the city.
The “Downtown Tacoma Economic Development Showcase” at LeMay: America’s Car Museum drew about…

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9 June 2016

Nightlife

Friday, June 10

B SHARP COFFEE: Squirrel Butter and special guests (country, blues, jug band) 8 p.m., $5, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Paul Green with Mark Riley (blues) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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9 June 2016

Make a Scene: Meeker Days to usher in summer in Puyallup

Tacoma's biggest festivals – Freedom Fair, Taste of Tacoma, Art on the Ave – are still weeks away. Right now, all eyes are turned towards Puyallup in search of a little fun in the sun.
Next week, Meeker Days will take over several blocks of the city's downtown – a section bordered on two sides by Main Street and…

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9 June 2016

SPORTSWATCH

4A NARROWS ALL-LEAGUE BASEBALL

Most valuable player: Mike Toglia, Gig Harbor, sr. Pitcher of the year: Austin Whalen, Timberline, sr. Coach of the year: Pete Jansen, Gig Harbor

FIRST TEAM

Pitchers: Lucas Reid, Timberline,…

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9 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 9 – JULY 3

THURSDAY, JUNE 9 – BASEBALL
Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10 – BASEBALL
Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10 – SOCCER
Crossfire vs. Sounders U23
Sunset…

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9 June 2016

Man sentenced to 47 years for Lincoln District murder

Vernon Curry, Jr., 34, was sentenced June 3 to more than 47 years in prison for the murder of Michael Ward in the Lincoln District of Tacoma in September of 2014. Following a three weeklong trial in May, a jury convicted Vernon Curry, Jr. of first degree murder. The judge heard statements in court by the family of Michael…

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9 June 2016

Bulletin Board

CITY OF TACOMA SURVEYING 9,200 LOCAL BUSINESSES

In support of the City Council’s continued efforts to help Tacoma’s businesses succeed, the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department is conducting an online survey of all local businesses to learn what's working, what isn't,…

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9 June 2016

Slipknot delays local appearance

Medical issues have caused alt-metal band Slipknot to postpone its scheduled June 11 appearance at Auburn's White River Amphitheatre. The band announced that leader Corey Taylor had recently undergone “unplanned spinal surgery” leading to the delay in launching their tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice and Men.   Read More

9 June 2016

Mark your calendars: Prophets of Rage

Prophets of Rage will stir things up in Auburn this summer. The new super-group – which features members of Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill – was unveiled last month, and Monday the band announced it's first headlining tour which will include a Sept. 10 stop at White River Amphitheatre.
It…

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2 June 2016

Lincoln Abes capture state track title

It’s been a rough school year for Tacoma public schools on the fields, courts and diamonds. While Tacoma rightfully boasts some of the finest athletes in the state of Washington, the winning combination hasn’t been coming together for Grit City’s best when it comes to getting their hands on a state championship trophy. Read More

2 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Deputies searching for convicted rapist in Pierce County

Pierce County deputies are asking for the public's help to find convicted rapist Marvin Lee Easley. The Level III sex offender has a warrant for his arrest for failure to register as a sex offender. The 53-year-old was convicted for rape in the third degree in King County in 2011. Court documents show…

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2 June 2016

Bulletin Board

FOUR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATES TO SPEAK

There are four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor in Washington State, and they will be together and speaking about their campaigns at the next regular meeting of the 28th District Republican Club, which will be held at the Cloverleaf at 11 a.m.…

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2 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS June 2 – June 26

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 – BASEBALL
Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 – BASEBALL
Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 – SOCCER
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2 June 2016

The Things We Like

PRE-TALKIES TACOMA

Catch a screening of the formerly lost silent film, “Eyes of the Totem,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Washington State History Museum downtown. The movie was filmed in Tacoma in 1926 by H.C. Weaver Studios, a production company that was located on Titlow Beach; but it was…

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2 June 2016

Nightlife

Friday, June 3

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JAZZBONES: Too Slim & The Taildraggers CD release (blues, rock) 8 p.m., $18
B SHARP COFFEE: Ted Dortch Quartet (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S:

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2 June 2016

Mark your calendars: Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony – the chart-topping girl group behind “Sledgehammer,” “Worth It” and “Work From Home” – is headed to Auburn. The quintet – featuring Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Camilla Cabello and Dinah Jane – will bring its 7/27 tour to the White River Amphitheatre on Sept. 13. The show…

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2 June 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
407 S. G St.
Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Weekends, Mondays and Holidays
Info: www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html

The Karpeles Library is the world's…

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2 June 2016

$5 million lawsuit against county dismissed

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office secured a major victory May 31 when a $5 million lawsuit claiming false arrest and malicious prosecution was dismissed.
The lawsuit was filed by Lynn Dalsing, a woman previously charged with sexual crimes against children. The Prosecutor’s Office and Pierce County stood by their…

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2 June 2016

WCTNW - Theater experience off the beaten path - ‘The Sluts of Sutton Drive’

If you’re looking for something completely different from the usual category of community theater fare, then the Working Class Theatre Northwest (WCTNW) might just have what you’re looking for. This gritty, energetic, local theatrical troupe is currently running a production of a play called “The Sluts of Sutton Drive,”…

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2 June 2016

19 arrested in undercover prostitution sting

An undercover prostitution sting conducted last night in Pierce County led to the arrests of 6 men and 13 women. In this multi-agency operation, led by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, undercover officers posed as “johns,” and set up “dates” with prostitutes through multiple websites.
“In operations…

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2 June 2016

Summertime – and the livin’ is easy

If your kids get bored this summer – or if you parents need to get out of the house for a while – there’s plenty to do in T-Town. Below we’ve compiled a list of activities for you to choose from and a lot of them are free. Mark you calendars, slip on those flip-flops and don’t miss out on the lazy, hazy, crazy days…

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2 June 2016

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA STARS GEAR UP FOR YOUTH ACADEMY CAMP AT SERA

School's out soon and it's time to start planning a great summer for the children. The Tacoma Stars Youth Academy has partnered with Metro Parks Tacoma to deliver a series of summer camps for young Stars fans at the South End Recreation Area (SERA).…

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26 May 2016

CORRECTION

(Re: “Community gets first look at future Eastside rec hub,” TW May 20) This story included erroneous speculation about the center’s future name. A Metro Parks Tacoma spokesperson said the process for naming the center has not begun. Tacoma Weekly apologizes for the error.

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26 May 2016

Be Well - Inside and out

Since establishing Breo International LLC in October of 2015, Yevgeny Gil, CEO and founder, has worked tirelessly to develop a skin care product that will outshine all others like it on the market today. Next week Breo International LLC will launch its first product, Vivacity Calendula Foaming Facial Wash with Ginkgo Biloba.…

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26 May 2016

Bulletin Board

ECONOMIC SHOWCASE EXPECTS BIG DRAW

Highlighting recent and planned developments, as well as opportunities for developers and investors, the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department will host an Economic Showcase on June 1, from 8-11 a.m. at LeMay: America’s Car Museum (2702…

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26 May 2016

Nightlife

Friday, May 27

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B SHARP COFFEE: 322 Jazz Collective (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye (blues) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite…

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26 May 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 26 – JUNE 12

THURSDAY, MAY 26 - TRACK & FIELD
State 2A, 3A & 4A Track & Field Meet
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 3:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 27 – TRACK & FIELD
State 2A, 3A & 4A Track & Field Meet
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 11 a.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 28…

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26 May 2016

‘Buckle Up! Your Family is Waiting for You!’

What would you do if you knew that some of your friends were carelessly putting themselves at the risk of dying?
When Stanzi Hay, a senior at Asotin High School, conducted an observational survey, she found that nearly nine out of every ten students and adults arrived at school buckled up; but she was concerned about…

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26 May 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Cultural Life of Tacoma

Gallery of the Week:

B2 Fine Art Gallery
711 St Helens Ave, Ste 100
Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: (253) 238-5065 or www.B2FineArts.com

Current Exhibit:

Symbiosis in Black & White
Work by master artist…

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26 May 2016

Mark your calendars: Florida Georgia Line

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard – a.k.a. popular country duo Florida Georgia Line – is headed for Tacoma. Fans can expect to hear “This is How We Roll,” “Round Here,” “Cruise” and other hits when they take over the Tacoma Dome on Nov. 11. The show will kick off at 7 p.m., with Granger Smith and Chris Lane adding…

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26 May 2016

Make a Scene: Track 01 to showcase new videos, future multi-use arts space

A new event, called Track 01, will showcase music videos created by some of the area's hottest bands and filmmakers on June 1 and 2 at the Grand Cinema. Then afterward, a related concert will give many their first glimpse at the soon-to-be-renovated Carpenters Building before it officially opens as a multiple-use arts space…

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26 May 2016

Business Spotlight: Emerald Leaves

With the passing of Initiative I-502 in 2012, many medical marijuana shop owners decided to close their doors and try their hand at the new recreational business. One of these early adopters was Thomas Kaapana, general manager of Emerald Leaves, a recreational marijuana shop located at 2702 6th Ave.

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26 May 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PACIFIC LUTHERAN’S WILD RIDE ENDS IN WEST REGION FINALS

The 2016 Pacific Lutheran baseball season has come to a close, but not after the Lutes advanced to the NCAA Division III West Regional championship game. The Lutes finished the season 29-19 after dropping the regional final game to Trinity University…

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26 May 2016

The Things We Like

ARSENIO DATE MOVED

The date for Arsenio Hall's upcoming appearance at the Pantages Theatre has been moved. Organizers at Broadway Center say the original June 4 date had to be rescheduled to accommodate Hall's duties as co-host of ABC-TV's “Greatest Hits” with Kelsea Ballerini. The show has been…

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24 May 2016

Burglars rob the home of ‘Sonics Guy’

Kris Brannon, otherwise known as the "Sonics Guy," said he confronted a burglar at his home Monday who got away with priceless collectibles and one item he can never replace. The burglary happened in the central Tacoma neighborhood on Monday morning.
Brannon gold Q13 News Reporter Steve Kiggins that…

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19 May 2016

Prosecutor finds officer’s use of deadly force lawful

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office announced that Tacoma Police officers Scott Campbell and Aaron Joseph were justified in the shooting death of Puyallup Tribal member Jacqueline Salyers.
According to a news release issued today by the county Prosecutor’s Office, independent and concurrent investigations were…

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19 May 2016

Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival Canceled

This year's Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival has been canceled. Organizer Rich Wetzel issued a press release over the weekend outlining a drop in sponsorship for the event, which was scheduled to take place on July 30 in South Tacoma.
“Based on the sponsorship minimum it takes to produce the festival, sadly I have…

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19 May 2016

Can’t make the trek to Sasquatch Festival?

253 Draft Punk Fest
2 p.m, June 18
The Swiss Tavern, 1904 Jefferson Ave.

The concept is pretty straightforward. “It's kind of a showcase of music and 253 breweries,” Swiss owner Jack McQuade explained before the events's inaugural run last year. “We're gonna close off the…

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19 May 2016

Make a Scene: Comedian Holcomb talks ‘Black Jesus,’

Women of Tacoma, consider this your “trigger warning” for Corey Holcomb’s upcoming shows at Tacoma Comedy Club, six sets scheduled for May 27 to 29; www.tacomacomedyclub.com for details. The 47-year-old comedian revels in stirring up the battle of the sexes, whether he’s…

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19 May 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 19 - 28

THURSDAY, MAY 19 – TRACK & FIELD
3A & 4A District Meet
French Field, Kent – 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 19 – BASEBALL
Iowa vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 20 – TENNIS
Girls’ 3A District…

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19 May 2016

University Place celebrates Duck Daze on June 4

University Place residents can get ready to welcome the summer with the annual Duck Daze celebration on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. The classic community event rolls in with a parade, a car show and a fire station 31 open house.
“What the Duck Daze and specifically the Duck Parade has always provided, is a family-gathering…

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19 May 2016

Fitness Column

I love to exercise. I don’t feel right if I don’t get out for my daily run, preferably in the woods or on the track. I also do daily pushups and a whole regimen of dynamic stretches. Lifting weights? Sure. I’ll even exercise on a stationary cycle if you put a TV in front of me. When I’m feeling cheeky, I’ll join…

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19 May 2016

The Things We Like

DOES SIZE MATTER?

Tacoma Little Theatre will present Neil LaBute's “Fat Pig” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26. In this funny yet poignant play directed by Ellen Peters, LaBute continues his exploration of body consciousness in contemporary America. Handsome Tom falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy…

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19 May 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.
Everyday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: FortNisqually.org

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration…

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19 May 2016

Bulletin Board

CELEBRATE BIKE TO WORK DAY

Half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace. We want to celebrate Tacomans who are choosing to commute those miles by bike! As a part of Bike Month, Downtown On the Go is hosting Bike to Work Day. Stop by Cosmonaut Coffee or True North Coffee House…

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19 May 2016

Defending champion Kings stop Bengals in opener

he Puyallup Nation Kings and their rival Pierce County Bengals of the Western Washington Football Alliance opened their season at Chief Leschi Stadium on Saturday, May 14, in a matchup of the previous two WWFA champs, the Kings being the defending champs and the Bengals having won in 2014.
The Kings didn’t wait long…

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19 May 2016

‘Buckle Up! Your Family is Waiting for You!’

What would you do if you knew that some of your friends were carelessly putting themselves at the risk of dying?
When Stanzi Hay, a senior at Asotin High School, conducted an observational survey, she found that nearly nine out of every ten students and adults arrived at school buckled up; but she was concerned about…

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19 May 2016

Munn feels the burn during fundraising roast

That smell of smoke wafting through Lakewood and University Place last Saturday wasn’t a community picnic or forest fire. It was Lakewood Playhouse’s Managing Artistic Director John Munn in the hot seat during a celebrity roast to mark the 50th birthday of the theater’s building and raise money for youth theater programs. Read More

19 May 2016

Nightlife

Friday, May 20

B SHARP COFFEE: David Deacon-Joyner Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Kareem Kandi (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Harmonious Funk (dance) 9 p.m.,…

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19 May 2016

WSU seniors envision healthier future for Puyallup River watershed

If you want a diverse education in ecology, psychology, history, art, design, computer graphics, problem solving and policy, not to mention public speaking, a degree in landscape architecture from the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University is just the ticket.
Four WSU landscape architecture…

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19 May 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PACIFIC LUTHERAN BASEBALL BEGINS POSTSEASON JOURNEY IN SPOKANE

It has been three weeks since the Pacific Lutheran baseball team captured the Northwest Conference Tournament and earned their second consecutive bid to the NCAA Regionals. Late Sunday, May 15, the team learned they will travel to Spokane…

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12 May 2016

Prosecutor to request higher bail for convicted child molester

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist plans to request a higher bail amount for convicted child rapist Theodore Burnett who was caught thanks to tips from “Washington's Most Wanted” viewers.
Burnett was released from jail on $10,000 bond early Saturday morning after being arrested last Thursday. He pled…

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12 May 2016

Search for lead in water continues, spread to other areas

The trickle down effects of Tacoma Water finding lead in its water system in April that then prompted Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks Tacoma to test their facilities has rippled to surrounding school districts.
Tests of water at park water fountains and facilities have so far shown no lead contamination. Suburban…

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12 May 2016

Bulletin Board

WARM WEATHER PROMPTS OPENING OF SPRAYGROUNDS

Metro Parks staff usually use the month of May to prepare spraygrounds for summer, with normal operation only on weekends. This year, the parks maintenance team stepped up its testing in the hope of providing more service on hot days. Their work paid off…

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