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Point Defiance Zoo Critters Get to Show Off in IBM Commercials

Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium recently partnered with IBM on a series of commercials featuring some of the zoo's more iconic residents. The commercials are a part of a series featuring organizations around the world that use IBM technologies to make smarter choices for their operations.

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 22, 2014



Ordinance No. 28217 (First and Final Reading) An ordinance providing for the formation of Segment 2 of proposed Local Improvement District No. 8660, for the construction of permanent alley pavement, with a structural section and storm drainage on the

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Tacoma’s Charter & City Governance: Passionate Discourse at UWT

As the date approaches when the Charter Review Committee makes its formal recommendations on revisions to the city's Charter, UW Tacoma will be hosting what promises to be a very interesting and lively discussion on Tacoma's Charter.

This decade, discussion is emerging around whether the City

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Historic Dining Car Settles Into New Home

This week Northern Pacific Dining Car #1663 moves to its new home at the LeMay Marymount Collection LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount in Spanaway. It's been a long road for the piece of railroad history, and for David Burns, the man who has made saving it a personal mission.

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Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

In 2012 Tacoma formed a Transportation Benefit District; in 2013 the City passed a $20 car tab fee to be used for maintenance, preservation, and improvements to the City's roads under the TBD.

Last summer the $20 fee went into effect, and began funding work on Tacoma's roads. Included in last

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Congressional Roundtable with Derek Kilmer

Wells Fargo Plaza, Fountain Level April 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

Come join Representative Derek Kilmer and members of the local business community to learn what our state legislature has in store regarding international trade in 2014. This is a great opportunity to get the inside scoop on Congressional developments concerning international trade as well as have

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Free Saturday 5k - April 26, 2014

Point Defiance Park April 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join the Tacoma Runners Free Saturday 5k every Saturday. Fast, slow, or somewhere in between, all are welcome, so bring a friend. This week we are again at our home course in Point Defiance.

Go to tacomarunners.com to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come out and run.

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Understanding Credit Reports

Fern Hill Library April 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Join an educator from BECU to learn about how to obtain free credit reports. Also, learn what’s behind your credit rating, how to correct misinformation, and prevent fraud and identity theft.
Free and open to the public. Registration requested.

Presented as part of “Money Smart Week @ your

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Defending America’s Freedom: It’s Everybody’s Job! Propaganda Posters of World War I

Handforth Gallery - Main Library March 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

Selected from the collection of the Tacoma Public Library
Gallery open: Tuesday - Saturday; 11 am - 6 pm
Gallery talk being held April 5th at 1-3 in the gallery.

The U.S. government, as well as all of the nations participating in the war effort, produced thousands of posters during World War I,

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A Place at the Table Film Screening presented by the Junior League of Tacoma

April 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

Pre Screening Reception 9amFilm 9:30-11 Post Screening Discussion 11-11:30 Please RSVP to Community@jltacoma.org The Junior League of Tacoma is an organization of women who for 93 years have improved the community of Tacoma through the effective action of trained volunteers. 50 million people in

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Parkway Barleywine Fest 2014

Parkway Tavern April 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

It’s that time of year - time for the annual Barley Wine Fest! Come in and enjoy 32 different barley wines that we have been stock piling FOREVER.

Did we mention that there will be music? Barleywine Revue will be gracing the beer garden stage. Check out the link for a little preview:

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Parkway Barleywine Brunch

Parkway Tavern April 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

​It’s that time of year - time for the annual Barley Wine Fest! Come in and enjoy 32 different barley wines that we have been stock piling FOREVER.

Did we mention that there will be music? Barleywine Revue will be gracing the beer garden stage. Check out the link for a little preview:

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Mopars Unlimited Vetereans Poker Run

The Loose Wheel April 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

​Mopars Unlimited of Tacoma will be hosting an ALL MAKE, ALL MODEL poker run that is family friendly. We will meet at the Loose Wheel for registration and set off at 10:00AM. Proceeds will go to help fund the IAFF Local 1488 Veterans Retreat, which helps recovering veterans that are returning

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Can Seattle save itself from a San Francisco-sized tech backlash?

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It's not often that Tacoma gets mentioned as a positive role model for Seattle, so when it does, it catches our attention. This week Crosscut editor Berit Anderson called Tacoma out in a good way.

If we could follow Tacoma's willingness to be both practical and openminded about transit, education and arts innovation...

Once we got over reading that, though, we found some of Anderson's ideas on the subject of encouraging responsible growth intriguing. Tacoma comes up in her suggestion that Seattle work to "master the art of Northwest regionalism." She also mentions an idea borrowed from San Francisco.

... the community benefit agreement: In effect, companies that settle there can receive payroll tax exemptions in exchange for community outreach.

Mastering the art of regionalism? Community benefit agreements? At the very least it's food for thought...

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Urban Green

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It's Earth Day, which seems like an appropriate day to check out the first ever episode of Urban Green, a new show on TV Tacoma from the City of Tacoma's office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability.

Urban Green is a Tacoma and South Sound lifestyle program that explores sustainable living and environmental efforts. 

Information in the first show includes what exactly it means that Tacoma was the first City in the nation to receive STAR Certification. There's also some useful information about Tacoma's recycling center, where you can keep all kinds of things out of the landfill that can't be recycled curbside, including packing materials and those pesky plastic bags.

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Oreos, radio, and saving the cat: an interview with Ira Glass

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We're huge This American Life fans. And we're not the only ones. Rachel Ervin over at Post Defiance shares her recent experience interviewing TAL producer Ira Glass, who she describes as having "profound impact" on her life. 

Every week on NPR Ira Glass tells a story through interviews with other people. It's not every week that a Tacoma writer gets to tell the story of interviewing Ira Glass. We're glad she did.

There's a lot about Glass' perspective on the radio and interviewing business, but some of our favorite bits come when he talks about his sense of place - like this bit about New York:

New York is fine. But it’s harder to do a ‘man on the street’ interview with someone with it sounding like New York City... I don’t feel like I live in America anymore now that I live in New York. Like, I don’t drive a car. Not driving a car makes you not an American. 

Oh, and the part where he asks if we'll be offended if he talks about Seattle when he visits Tacoma for his May 4th Broadway Center show...

You know, like will people beat me up if I try to play clips of Dan Savage? 

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Which State Has the Most Justin Bieber Fever and Fans?

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Hint: it's not Washington.

In fact, Washington has the fewest Bieber Fever sufferers in North America, based on one extremely scientific survey. Estately has a detailed breakdown of exactly where the Bieb is the most popular (and where he's definitely not), but we like the summary that credits the teen pop-star's "stolen" laptop stunt right here in Tacoma for his lack of popularity in our little corner of the nation.

Whatever the reason, we're proud to be in the lowest percentile on this one.

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11 Best Hot Dogs on the Planet

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A long-established and widely-read publication has named The Red Hot to a "best on the planet" list. We love seeing our favorite places appearing on "best of ..." lists, and "best on the planet" is quite the honor.

Whether or not you've ever actually picked up a copy of High Times (we're not sure we ever have), you can probably take a guess at the subject matter...

But hey, it's legal now... and besides, we can safely assume they've eaten their fair share of hot dogs, so who better to judge the best in the world?

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Tacoma Report - March 29, 2014

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The latest edition of Tacoma Report is online now from the City of Tacoma. It's 20 minutes of Tacoma-specific information that you might find useful. Watch online anytime.

This month you can learn about community cleanups, the completion of the first Depave project in Washington State right here in Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project, Talk the Walk, camping at Tacoma Power properties, youth summer employment program, work on the Prairie Line Trail, the Daffodil Festival, TPU's home weatherization program, and more...

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New Tacoma mountain bike trail marks start of city’s official system

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It may have been rainy and muddy for the official opening of Tacoma's new Swan Creek Park mountain bike trails, but they've still gotten quite a lot of attention from mountain bike enthusiasts. They've also gone a ways toward reclaiming that corner of Tacoma for active recreation and good clean (muddy) fun.

One of the trails, nicknamed "Braking Bad," references both mountain bike fun and the park's less than sunny history. The trails came from a collaborative effort between Metro Parks, and community groups, including Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, which has worked hard on this and other trails.

And they hope this is just the beginning for the Swan Creek trail system. 

Read more at The Oregonian

Oregon Preservationists Vow to Save Endangered Parking Lots

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Empty lots are disappearing from Oregon downtowns at an alarming rate. Fortunately a preservation group has stepped in to stand up for the endangered asphalt.

“For too long we have considered these vacant lots ‘interlopers’ or ‘missing teeth’ in our historic downtowns but it is time for their historic significance and aesthetic merits to be recognized and celebrated. ... Asphalt pavements have played an important role in changing the landscape and the history of the U.S. since the late 19th century.”

The nonprofit National Asphalt Pavement Association and preservationists are both behind the effort to preserve Oregon's historic paved spaces. 

Read more at Restore Oregon

Local High School Art Students to Showcase their Talents in Glassorama

Glassorama: Environments for Kids Design Glass - Opening May 7 at Museum of Glass

Tacoma, Wash. — Inspired by the success of the creative Kids Design Glass program, Museum of Glass has collaborated

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Black Soldiers of the Civil War and Their Washington Connection

At the Washington State History Museum 

The story of the Black tradition in military service and its Northwest connections are the focus of a presentation at 12pm on May 21 at the Washington State

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‘artTown’ Earns Telly Awards for the City of Tacoma

-- Show Receives Both Silver and Bronze Telly Awards, Silver Telly is Telly Awards’ Highest Honor --  

Tacoma, Wash. -- “artTown” – a cultural documentary-style TV initiative produced by the City of

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Parks Appreciation Day

Thousands of Volunteers Anticipated on Parks Appreciation Day

Do something good for the earth from 9 am to noon on April 26 at Parks Appreciation Day.

Participants are needed to spruce up local

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UW Tacoma Preps for Peace Corps

TACOMA, WASH. — University of Washington has long been known as one of the top sources of Peace Corps volunteers each year in the U.S. With a new program launching in fall of 2014, UW Tacoma will do

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