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Monkeyshines 2017 - The Year of the Rooster

I know that we've been quiet for a while. This week seems like a good time to step outside for a moment and say something ...

With Chinese New Year fast approaching, the twitchiness and paranoia that is Monkeyshines begin to fill the air. We search trees and parks. We open every newspaper box and look in every potted plant. We discover every single tossed tallboy in every bush. We walk through the city at night hoping to catch a glimpse of our first glass ball of the year. Are you ready for for the Year of the Rooster? 

Ms. Monkey and her team, cloaked in anonymity, have created and carefully hidden hundreds (thousands) of handblown glass balls every Chinese New Year since 2003. The balls and medallions are each stamped with a symbol for the new year's animal. They appear in neighborhoods throughout the city. Beautiful Angle posters usually go up that night as well. The even more mysterious Marbleman has been thrilling hunters with his handmade glass marbles the last couple of years. Others have joined in and treasures are now appearing from all over the community. The art is intended to be discovered. It is intended to surprise and be a gift.

The thrill of the hunt has created an extraordinarily devoted and loyal group of followers. The moment a ball or medallion is found, the social interwebs light up with the news. Streets throughout the Tacoma then fill with people looking for their own prized piece of art. 

Chinese New Year is Saturday, January 28. Will it happen that night? Maybe some other night?

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Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

I moved to Tacoma around 2003 and I stayed until I moved to Seattle in 2010.  I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was into the idea of being a poet and I was making ends meet by sewing old sweaters together into hoodies and calling it a fashion label. But, at the bottom of my heart, I knew I was an artist.  And an artist needs space. An artist needs room to grow, experiment, fail, and borrow money from older more established artists that take pity on a path unpaved ...

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Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Bill Virgin’s recent article (“Is Tacoma taking Seattle-like growth tactics too far?”, June 4, 2016) in the Tacoma News Tribune represents the latest chapter in the ongoing community dialogue about the character of development patterns emerging during the economic recovery. Finally, after over a decade of planning for growth and development in the city’s neighborhood business districts, Tacoma is finally seeing new density in areas designated for the centralization of growth, which has been the centerpiece of the city’s growth strategy for years ...

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Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

We had the pleasure last of night of joining a few friends for dinner at Cooks Tavern. The restaurant, located at North 26th and Alder, is the first Tacoma presence for Seattle-based Chow Foods. Their neighborhood restaurants include places like The Hi-Life in Ballard, 5 Spot on Queen Anne, and Endolyne Joe's in West Seattle. After a year of hard work on the building ...

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Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

Pierce Transit, Downtown On the Go, the City of Tacoma and the state Department of Transportation have teamed up to provide a secure bike storage area at the Tacoma Dome Station (TDS). The facility, which will open to the public on Thursday, May 26 at 7 a.m., will offer a mix of vertical, horizontal, and oversized bike racks, a bike repair station, lockers and a bench.

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Tacoma City Council Meeting for May 17, 2016

This week we had a relatively short meeting with a minimalist council at the dais. Absent were Blocker, McCarty, Thoms, and Woodards. 

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution No. 39443 A resolution accepting $400,000 from the Washington State Historical Society and transferring $40,000 from the Open Space Fund;

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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of May 17, 2016

There's not a whole lot of business expected for this week, with a cancelled study session, and a brief regular council meeting agenda, but there are a few items of interest.

Prairie Line Trail 

A consent agenda resolution on this week's agenda accepts a $400,000 grant from the Washington State

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Help Pierce Transit Design a New Route System

Pierce Transit is in the process of updating its route system - and they want your help.

HELP US DESIGN OUR ROUTE SYSTEM!

Pierce Transit is in a time of transition from a route system designed four decades ago to one that better meets the traveling needs of the region today and into the future.

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80’s Invasion

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub April 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm

80s Invasion takes the music of the ‘80s very seriously. This is the music we listened to on our original Sony Walkmen, the bands whose names we stenciled on our pee-chees, jeans, Nikes, and in some cases, all over town. When MTV first came around, these were the bands whose videos we watched all

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Fancy Nancy The Musical

Tacoma Musical Playhouse April 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Dress up in your most glamorous attire, pour a spot of tea, and join us for the most elegant musical ever – Fancy Nancy! Nancy and her pals Wanda, Rhonda, Bree, and Lionel are thrilled to be dancing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive – (that’s fancy for 100%

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MOB Roll Alleycat

2nd Cycle April 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm

MOB Roll will be stopping in Tacoma on April 30th. We will start off with an Alleycat at 4:30pm and Finish with a live show, Show will start at 8PM. There will be local bands as well as MOB Roll performers. Come out to this amazing annual event!Alley cat is all ages but the show will be 21+

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Great Conversations

Charles Wright Academy May 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Great Conversations is an organization that aims to create opportunities for pre-teens and parents, guardians, or trusted adults to receive information about growing up in an “engaging format and relaxed atmosphere, emphasizing family communication and resources to support young people on their

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If Cars Could Talk - RACE ON SUNDAY GREEN ON MONDAY

LeMay Americas Car Museum May 2, 2017 at 11:30 am

There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we never imagined. Each month, our speaker will pick a car and offer a fascinating peek into its history. Join us the first Tuesday of each month, and explore the story of cars with Museum

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Bike Month Proclamation with City Council

Tacoma Municipal Building May 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Join Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the Tacoma City Council for the reading of the Bike Month Proclamation, designating May 2017 as the 10th Annual Bike Month. Come show your love of bicycling in Tacoma, and thank our elected leaders for their support!

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Bike to the Market Day

Broadway Farmers Market May 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

Open up the 2017 Broadway Farmers Market season by using your bipedal strength to arrive on a bicycle! It’s spring time, bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and if we are lucky, the sun could be shining! Help kick off Tacoma’s bike month by enjoying one of Tacoma’s best farmers markets in

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The Royal We

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub May 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Fun, guitar-oriented, Seattle rock and roll cover band. Rocking the 80s with some great songs from the 60s, 70s and 90s. Drawing on unique skills from far and wide (from Maple Valley to Algona), The Royal We is a crack team of rock and roll operatives committed to rocking the greater Seattle area.

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Tacoma History

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We like Tacoma, and we like stories about its history - the quirkier, the better - so a newly revamped Tacoma History website is a great place for us to spend some time when current events get to be just a bit too much.

Posted by local historian Michael Sullivan, each story features some episode of Tacoma's past - big and small - told in word and picture.

Sullivan recounts public episodes like the story behind the 40-foot red neon pegasus (complete with animated gold lightning bolts) that once graced the top of Tacoma's tallest building. He also tells more personal stories, like the one of an Oregon woman who followed her Army boyfriend to Tacoma, where she robbed a theater for the money to follow him on to Alaska. and of course, we get the history of that long-gone theater, too.

It's fun to dip into a story or two, and get a snapshot of moments in Tacoma's history - 

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Council Member Blocker’s March 2016 Newsletter

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Tacoma City Council Member Keith Blocker took his place representing the people of Tacoma's Ditrict 3 in January.

To communicate with members of his district and others, Council Member Blocker will be publishing a regular e-newsletter focusing on issues relevant to his constituents. This month's edition includes a look at the Safe Routes to School program, as well as a feature on a "youth of the month," and tidbits on a short list of "District 3's Top 3" individuals and organizations. And there's a good list of ways for Tacoma residents to get involved with their city.

If you're a resident of District 3, or if you just like to keep an eye on what's going on, it's worth a read. If you want to keep up with the newsletter, you can sign up to receive it in your inbox, or just read it online.

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Steve Prefontaine left mark on Tacoma running scene before his death

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Today we find ourselves thinking about the legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who should have turned 65 this week, and enjoying re-reading a 2015 TNT article about Tacoma's (multiple) Prefontaine connections. 

You may know that the 1997 movie about his life was filmed, in part, here in Tacoma, on the track and around the campus at UPS. Fewer people know that Pre visited Tacoma back in 1974, just months before the car crash that cut his life short at age 24. While here, he ran with the locals, visited a few (pretty divey sounding) bars, and said of Point Defiance, "This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever run. You don’t know what you have here.”

Tacoma today has a pretty special running community. We'd like to think that if Pre was around, he would still enjoy running here.

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Pierce County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet

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We're down to the wire, and it's time to cast those votes! If you haven't done so already, grab your ballot, your pen, and your voters' pamphlet, and get to work.

What's that you say? Your dog ate your voters' guide? Or maybe it disappeared into the pile of political mailers and other junk mail? That's not going to get you off the hook - the Pierce County Auditor has you covered with an online version.

So make your choices, and get that ballot in the mail on November 2, or to a ballot dropbox no later than November 3. Find locations for those on the Auditor's website as well.

Happy voting!

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Shoot the T: A Photo Competition to Highlight Tacoma

TACOMA, WA – Shoot The T is a photo contest created to showcase the beauty of Tacoma as well as promote art and creativity in the City of Destiny. The winning contestant is destined for a grand

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Museum of Glass Celebrates Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission

Museum of Glass to Join Association of Art Museum Directors’ Seventh Annual Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission

Tacoma, Wash. — Museum of Glass (MOG) will offer

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Tacoma Selected to Receive $200,000 in Environmental Protection Agency Grant Dollars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that the City of Tacoma has been selected to receive $200,000 in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant

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Celebrate Bike to Work Day!

Tacoma, Wash. – Half of the U.S. population live within 5 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

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Drinking water at Metro Parks passes tests

Metro Parks officials on Friday reported that more than 60 drinking water sources throughout the park district recorded either no lead or minute levels well below public health limits.

Staff members

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