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

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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22 October 2015

Native American Youth Leadership Academy is back in session

Now that the new school year is fully underway, the Native American Youth Leadership Academy (NAYLA) commenced on Oct. 8 at the Puyallup Tribe’s Youth and Community Center. Meeting every other month through May, this year the academy is enjoying the involvement of 22 area school districts, up from 15 last year, and two…

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8 October 2015

‘A History of Puyallup Tribal Sovereignty: A Puyallup’s Perspective’

On Oct. 15, University of Washington-Tacoma Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies Danica Sterud Miller, a member of the Puyallup Tribe, will give a free presentation on the experiences of the Puyallup people as they have protected their sovereignty beginning from the point of first contact with settlers and continuing…

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24 September 2015

‘Out of the Darkness Community Walk’

In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the Puyallup Tribe’s Kwawachee Counseling Center and the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA) are joining forces to participate in Tacoma’s very first Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Wright Park. This Walk,…

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17 September 2015

Business Spotlight: Bio Green Tacoma

With fall quickly approaching, now is the key time to prepare outdoor areas for springtime, and no one can do it better than Bio Green Tacoma. Utilizing all-natural fertilizer products that are non-toxic and safe for children and pets, Bio Green Tacoma treats lawns, trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and gardens as well…

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17 September 2015

Team walks to honor beloved tribal member

When the Tacoma Free to Breathe 5K and 1-mile run/walk kicks off at Wright Park on Saturday, Sept. 19, one group of walkers will be there in honor of a beloved member of the Puyallup Indian Tribe who passed away from lung cancer in 2013. Judy Wright was a brilliant tribal historian and director of the tribe’s historic preservation…

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1 September 2015

Make a Scene: Discover the musical treasures of Mackintosh Braun

If you have yet to discover the truly beautiful music of Mackintosh Braun, you’ll have the opportunity to do so on Saturday, Sept. 5, when they play a free live show at The Harmon Taproom. While this multi-talented duo, hailing from just miles away in Portland, receives nowhere near the press and accolades they deserve,…

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25 August 2015

Cool cars, great people on tap for Busch’s 64th annual reunion

The public is invited out for a day of family fun and fellowship and to enjoy the finest group of hot-rodders and their families at Busch’s 64th annual reunion, Aug. 30 at Griot’s Garage. Featuring an amazing collection of sweet rides from the fabulous ’50s and car makes and models from later years, this reunion is…

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18 August 2015

Puyallup tribal youth journey to D.C. for first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering

 A group of Puyallup tribal youth had a once in a lifetime experience last month when they attended the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering and the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Council’s National Conference in Washington, D.C., July 7-13. Accompanied by chaperones Sarah Bryant and Puyallup…

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4 August 2015

Local teacher offers solutions for children with dyslexia

For a lot of children, back-to-school is a time for excitement, learning new things and experiencing what it means to succeed. Getting an “A” on a test, a pat on the back from a teacher for a job well done and seeing the pride in their parents’ eyes not only boosts children’s self-confidence but also the feeling within…

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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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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:

20 April 2017

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

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

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20 April 2017

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

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

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20 April 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 20 - 30

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

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

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

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20 April 2017

Camp scholarships available for young eco‐adventurers

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

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20 April 2017

Bulletin Board

NORTHBOUND EXIT 133 CLOSES FOR SEVERAL MONTHS

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

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20 April 2017

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

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

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20 April 2017

The Things We Like

SQUEAK & SQUAWK FUNDRAISER

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

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20 April 2017

Prosecutor’s Office wins two awards

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

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20 April 2017

Mark your calendars: Gorillaz

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

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20 April 2017

Getting to the bottom of colonoscopies: five myths debunked

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

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20 April 2017

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

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

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20 April 2017

Nightlife

Friday, April 21

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

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20 April 2017

Home & Garden: Willow Tree Gardens and Interiors

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

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20 April 2017

CORRECTION

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

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20 April 2017

City of Tacoma ‘Bike month’ schedule of events

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

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

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19 April 2017

Second defendant arraigned for April 2016 stabbing death

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

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13 April 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 13 - 30

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

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

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

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13 April 2017

Goats at the Elks Lodge

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

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13 April 2017

Bulletin Board

GOODWILL EXTENDS TAX SEASON TO OCT. 10

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

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13 April 2017

The Things We Like

BEST DOCUMENTARY

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

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13 April 2017

Power rates increase under hybrid plan

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

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13 April 2017

PLU MediaLab holds free screening of environmental film

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

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13 April 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations of Tacoma

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

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

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13 April 2017

TCC exhibits work by arts faculty

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

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13 April 2017

Nightlife

Friday, April 14

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

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11 April 2017

Two bank robbers hit the same Tacoma branch

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

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6 April 2017

CALLING ALL YOUNG ADULTS

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

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6 April 2017

Tiara Headache and Slipper Blisters

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

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6 April 2017

‘09 Princess Gerianne Perez Makes Broadway Debut

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

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6 April 2017

It’s Spring All Over:

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

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6 April 2017

Bulletin Board

CITY, PORT PARTNER ON TIDEFLATS SUBAREA PLAN

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

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6 April 2017

How It All Began

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

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

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6 April 2017

Mark your calendars: Brad Paisley

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

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6 April 2017

Blues festival to relocate to Gig Harbor

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

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6 April 2017

Let’s Go to the Library

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

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6 April 2017

Nightlife

Friday, April 7

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

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6 April 2017

The Things We Like

‘SURFIN' USA’

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

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5 April 2017

Spaceworks exhibit examines Cambodian genocide and refugee experience

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

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30 March 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MARCH 30 - APRIL 30

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

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

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

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30 March 2017

Bulletin Board

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

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30 March 2017

Make a Scene: Fiery ember of inspiration champions empowerment

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

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30 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 31

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

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30 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Modest Mouse

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

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30 March 2017

Olds installation examines populations in flux

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

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30 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

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

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

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30 March 2017

High priority offender charged with ID theft and forgery

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

30 March 2017

‘Our Future Working Together’

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

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30 March 2017

TACOMA PREP DIAMOND SCHEDULES

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

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29 March 2017

$10,000 reward offered in Tacoma double murder

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

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28 March 2017

Police apprehend identity thief

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

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27 March 2017

Puyallup Restorative Correctional Facility

Programs seek funding to continue changing tribal members’ lives

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

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23 March 2017

Sons following in Father’s footsteps

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

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23 March 2017

Curtis baseball to bring talent to diamond

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

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23 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Hank Williams, Jr.

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

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23 March 2017

Whole Foods Market helps children grow community gardens

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

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23 March 2017

Developer to begin ramp construction for new convention center hotel

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

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23 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

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

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23 March 2017

Selling Cookies to make a difference to their community

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

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23 March 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA GOLF LEGEND KEN STILL PASSES AWAY AT 82

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

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23 March 2017

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

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

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23 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 24

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

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23 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

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

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

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

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23 March 2017

Rock and Walk with The Tears Foundation

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

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23 March 2017

Bulletin Board

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TO HOST SYMPOSIUM ON YOUNGEST CITIZENS

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

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23 March 2017

TMP’s ‘Spamalot’ hits the spot

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

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23 March 2017

Make a Scene: ‘The Waltz of the Toreadors’

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

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23 March 2017

AAA Cleaning Services leaves sparkling surfaces and smiling faces

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

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23 March 2017

Puyallup Restorative Correctional Facility

Programs seek funding to continue changing tribal members’ lives

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

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23 March 2017

Slavonian Hall to host Daffodil Dinner and pastry sale

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

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23 March 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MARCH 23 - APRIL 4

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

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

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

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23 March 2017

Clover Creek Elementary stomps out tobacco

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

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16 March 2017

SPORTSWATCH

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

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16 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Ed Sheeran

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

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16 March 2017

Muslim Community Appreciation Day

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

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16 March 2017

Bulletin Board

COUNTY ROADSIDE HERBICIDE APPLICATIONS START MARCH 28

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

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16 March 2017

PLU puts on rousing rendition of ‘Godspell’

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

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16 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Goings on this Week in Tacoma:

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

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

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16 March 2017

Man sentenced in undercover sex sting

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

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16 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 17

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

16 March 2017

Make a Scene: ‘Gypsy’ comes to Tacoma stage

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

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16 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

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

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16 March 2017

Union teams with community group to benefit Edgewood families

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

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16 March 2017

Doyle’s Public House set to celebrate St Patricks Day

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

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16 March 2017

Low tech fitness options abound

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

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14 March 2017

Lesli Sanders gifts music lovers with second solo acoustic CD

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

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9 March 2017

Warriors get a taste of Spokane

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

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9 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of te week

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

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9 March 2017

Much was learned at Tribe’s first cannabis symposium

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

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9 March 2017

Spanaway man charged with murder

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Billy Gene Williamson, 22, on March 6 with one count of murder in the first degree and five counts of assault in the first degree for the shooting of a 15-year old boy. All charges are firearm enhanced. Two minor teenagers are on a 72-hour hold while charges are considered.  Read More

9 March 2017

Noise study finds mine won’t affect neighbors

A Noise study based on information from the mine operators concludes that the proposed  sand and gravel mining would not violate Tacoma’s noise limits, despite there being a residential area just 450 feet away. Today is the last day to comment on the study. Mining could start as early as this summer if permits…

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9 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Thomas Rhett

The latest addition to the Washington State Fair is Thomas Rhett. The country singer – best known for “It Goes Like This,” “Crash and Burn” and other hits – will headline the 11,000-seat grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $70 to $90; www.thefair.com. Read More

9 March 2017

Mystery seems solved over death of tideflat seagulls

Some details still remain unknown but the cause of a mass kill off of at least 30 seagulls around Commencement Bay a month ago seems to have been botulism, according to final test results received by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The botulism detected was a type C toxin that is not associated with…

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9 March 2017

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.

Info: www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html or (253) 383-2575

The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding…

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9 March 2017

Collaboration forms to help reduce elders from falling

One third of Americans aged 65 and over fall every year. That means every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 19 minutes a fall can result in death making falls the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of non-fatal trauma hospital admissions in senior citizens. These…

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9 March 2017

Kaleidoscope 2017

Last weekend, Tacoma Musical Playhouse hosted the Washington State Community Theater Association’s One Act Play Festival, in which Washington State theatrical groups brought their best work to stage to contest for awards and for the honor of moving up to the next level of competition. For three consecutive nights (March…

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9 March 2017

Chambers Bay Distillery looks to expand as demand grows

Childhood friends Alan Davis and Jeff Robinette grew up in Lakewood and wanted to stay local when they set out to craft spirits that were not only good tasting but created a sense of place.
Chambers Bay Distillery opened in 2012. Bourbon mash was mixed. Alcohol distilled and the poured into oak barrels to age in 2014.…

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9 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 10

COLLECTIVE VISIONS: Pearl Django (gypsy jazz) 7 p.m.,
G. DONNALSON'S: Good Vibes Trio (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: The Rusty Cleavers with Shivering Denizens…

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9 March 2017

UPS’s Kittredge displays video work by Berlin artist

As part of an educational institution, and thus not subject to the fickle whims of the marketplace, the University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery has long filled a vital niche in the artistic landscape of Tacoma. For a number of decades, the Kittredge has been bringing world-class art to Tacoma. It does so without pretension,…

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9 March 2017

Bulletin Board

SR 167 COMPLETION PROJECT UPDATE

In July 2015, the Connecting Washington revenue package was approved by the Washington State Legislature. As part of this package, the Puget Sound Gateway Program, comprised of the SR 167 Completion Project in north Pierce County and the SR 509 Completion Project in…

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2 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 3

LOUIE G'S: John 5 and the Creatures, Mechanism, Blue Helix (metal, hard rock) 8 p.m., $15-$20, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: TCC Jazz Band (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
CULTURA: “Latin Nights” with DJ Maura and DJ Leo (salsa, merengue and reggaeton…

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