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PLU has what sounds like a pretty intense debate planned for this evening:
Tacoma, Wash.- According to Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, drone strikes kill 50 civilians per every one terrorist. Drone policy has become a hot button issue in the public sphere and the T.O.H Karl
Metro Parks and the Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show are looking for volunteers to plan and execute a new event to benefit the Japanese Garden around the newly re-opened Pagoda at Point Defiance.
A Garden Festival Weekend, September 26-27, 2014, celebrates local, sustainable gardening with a
Tacoma's Sun King is returning. What, you didn't know that Tacoma had a Sun King? That's okay, you're not alone.
The Sun King is the name of the large bronze sculpture that once stood in front of what is now the Murano, but was then the Sheraton. Created in 1976, the sculpture stood in front ofRead more
Work on Phase 2 of the improvements to the reopened Sprague Avenue entrance to Tacoma will begin next February.
Phase 2 will include landscaping improvements to the west side of the Sprague exit. The residential side of Sprague will be repaved with pervious pavement and a bioswale to improveRead more
If you've recovered from Thanksgiving feasting enough to start thinking about food again, you might be interested to learn that Gordon Naccarato of Pacific Grill has plans for a new restaurant project in Tacoma, set to open sometime early next year.
The News Tribune reports that Naccarato plans to open Smoke + Cedar in the new Elks Lodge space ...Read more
Join us for an informative panel discussion with four international trade experts from the membership of the World Trade Centers in Seattle and Tacoma followed by a Q&A.Read more
This time, we’ll meet at Engine House No. 9 in the upstairs banquet room for ‘Tis the Season: Holiday Shopping and the American ConsumerRead more
Join the new Food Justice Book Club organized by the Pierce County Gleaning Project! We read fiction, nonfiction, and memoir around the topics of food justice, gleaning, and food security. December’s book is Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman. The Food Justice Book Club meets on the fourthRead more
If you live downtown, or are thinking about making the move, come by for a chance to meet other downtown residents in a fun & festiveRead more
We are celebration the season with an evening of incredible local musical talent!
- Allen AME Gospel Choir
- Stadium High School Madrigal Singers
- Marine View Ringers Handbell Choir
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Visit our website for the link to purchase tickets. www.cityclubtacoma.orgRead more
Join the Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians for their Fifth Annual White Elephant Gift Exchange, The public at large is invited to attend and participate. Please see the website link for more information.Read more
Start the holiday season with this gathering at Job Carr Cabin Museum to welcome Santa to Old Town Tacoma, WA.Photos with Santa, cookies and hot chocolate are free while supplies last (First-Come, First-Served). In the spirit of the holidays, we will be accepting donations of non-perishable foodsRead more
Don’t miss the last Fair Tradin’ barter event of 2013.
GIFTS & DEMOS
Bring your best items of the year to this gift-themed barter. See what unique homemade you can pick up for holiday presents for cherished friends and family members. We will also feature brief demonstrations during the set-up
Some of us ride the bus more than others. Some ride by choice, some out of necessity. Patricia Sully shares her thoughts on why she chooses to ride the bus - the environment, the time to relax or do other things while someone else drives, cost savings...
"Those are not, however, the reasons I remain a bus commuter. I’m a public transportation junkie not because it makes pragmatic sense so much as because it helps me act a little bit less like a jerk. And it gives me a lot of good stories. But mostly the being-less-of-a-jerk thing."
As we enter the season when we're supposed to be thinking about what we're thankful for, and about what we can do for others, Sully's meditations on why she chooses public transportation - and on what she gets from spending time around other people on the bus - seem well-timed.Read more at
Beer and Tacoma seem to be popping up together in headlines a lot lately - or maybe we're just thirsty. Either way, a big congratulations to Tacoma's Harmon Brewery, for bringing home yet another award.
This time it's first place in the Beveridge Place Pub (blog sponsor) Pro-Am Iron Brewers Competition. The Harmon won the bracket-style blind-tasting with their Steep and Deep Winter Ale, spiced up with seasonal ingredients (Iron Chef-style): yams and rosemary.
Congrats to the brewers and team from the Harmon. Speaking of which, is it lunch time yet?Read more at Washington Beer Blog
As we begin to think about the next round of budgeting for Tacoma, a recent Pew Charitable Trust American Cities Project report shows the budget realities for America's 30 largest metropolitan areas - and it doesn't look all that good.
Like Tacoma, 29 of the 30 dipped into reserve funds, and most made cuts to spending, including on parks and public safety.
Still, only nine of the cities studied saw revenues rebound to pre-2007 levels by 2011. The report looks at factors that have contributed to the tough situation, and the fact that many "solutions" to budget shortfalls are only stop-gap measures for the short-term.
Can we learn any lessons from this report as Tacoma turns to its next biennial budget?Read more at The Atlantic Cities
In Tacoma we get to hear the phrase "complete streets" a lot these days - in the context of the Stadium Way project, Pacific Avenue streetscaping, and other projects.
But it hasn't always been around. The complete streets movement began in the 1990s with the simple idea that streets should safely accomodate all modes of transportation.
It's not just a design philosophy, it's a community organizing movement. A new book, Completing Our Streets from Barbara McCann one of the originators of the movement discusses some of the philosophies, principles, and tactics that have made the movement such a success.
Given the ubiquity of 'complete streets' in Tacoma planning documents it's nice to see a little context - and Tacoma even shows up in one of the images in this review from The Atlantic Cities.Read more at The Atlantic Cities
Pastor Ron Vignec passed away Sunday at age 70. Pastor Ron's contributions to Tacoma are too numerous to count, and he will be missed by the hundreds whose lives he touched.
Pastor Ron's primary work was on the Eastside where his ministry was, but all of Tacoma is a better place for having him as an advocate and community leader.
The TNT has a remembrance of Pastor Ron's life that's worth a read for those who knew him, as well as for those who never got the chance.
UPDATE: A memorial service will be held at Urban Grace church, 902 Market Street, Tacoma, on Thursday, November 21 at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Holden Village, or the Salishan/Eastside Lutheran Mission fund for First Creek Middle School students, or Northwest Leadership Foundation.Read more at The News Tribune
It's always good to see a Tacoma business doing well and expanding, so we were glad to read that Tacoma's Poppy & Co will be expanding to Seattle.
Post Defiance has a behind-the-scenes on the downtown Tacoma business that got some help from Spaceworks before expanding to a second location in downtown Seattle.
Poppy & Co consists of four different refurbished furniture brands: The Modern Cottage Company, Nest, Vintage Hart, and Bride on a Bike. Between the four there are come interesting pieces - especially as we start thinking about shopping for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season...Read more at Post Defiance
We like pretty pictures of Tacoma, and this city guide from local photographers Jaquilyn and Travis Shumate and Jeff Marsh has some awfully pretty images of a handful of Tacoma attractions.
We could be cynical and call it the "Hipsters' Guide to Tacoma," but we're not feeling particularly cynical today, and the love for Tacoma seems pretty clear.
Happy Friday everyone; enjoy the pretty pictures.Read more at Visual Supply Co
Somehow we managed to overlook the ground-breaking for the new McDonald's in the Walmart parking lot in Tacoma. Our bad.
The new McDonald's franchise expects to employ 80 people, and will feature double drive-through lanes. Opening is scheduled for sometime around the new year.
We've heard that a Starbucks drive-through may be in plans for the adjacent property as well.Read more at The News Tribune
Engage in mindful giving this holiday season. You can feel good about giving gifts that reflect your environmental values, while providing opportunities to DO stuff rather than GET stuff.
The peopleRead more
Kick off the new year with a cool tradition—a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound!
Jump into the water with other jubilant merrymakers at the Polar Bear Plunge on January 1 at PointRead more
Love Point Defiance Park? Learn how you can help Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show’s Board of Directors in hosting an exciting new event to benefit the restoration of the Japanese Gardens.
Turns out “love at first sight” is a not an occurrence that just us humans get to experience…
Recently, a six year old cat named Little One came to our shelter scared and timid after her ownerRead more
Tacoma, Wash. -- Next fall, when businesses in Tacoma want to get a local business license or pay their local business and occupation taxes, they’ll be able to do it at FileLocal.org. File Local isRead more