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The State of Washington and the City of Tacoma are feeling optimistic about development in Hilltop. Together they have issued a request for proposals to develop the site at the corner of 11th and MLK in the next couple years.
The site is owned by the state since it took the vacant lots back fromRead more
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
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
Volunteers needed to assist with this annual event, which promises to be fun for all involved, Local boat owners take groups of specialized recreation participants around the waterway; everyone lands at the Working Waterfront Museum for food and dancing.
No experience is required. Volunteers mayRead more
Christmas and chocolate come together in a delicious way this year at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s Nineteenth Century Christmas. Theo Chocolate of Seattle will be offering chocolate samples and hot chocolate to museum visitors.
Visitors can also join dozens of the Fort’s re-enactorsRead more
The City of Tacoma, Downtown Merchants Group and Downtown Business Improvement Area are inviting the community to view the Pacific Avenue Streetscape improvements and celebrate the completion of the project at “Pac the Ave” on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. Pacific Avenue will come alive atRead more
Steven Zopfi, conductor, Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Tickets: $8.50 general; $4.50 senior citizens, students, military, Puget Sound faculty/staff/students, available at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879-6013, online at tickets.pugetosund.edu,remaining tickets at the door.Read more
Save the date! Beautiful Angle annual holiday party and benefit poster sale. December 7 at
B Sharp Coffee House - 706 Opera Alley Court C. More details to come.
Big news! New location. Band announcement. And charity announcement.
We’re excited to announce that Tacoma’s own The OwlRead more
Caring Santa is a special event dedicated to families that have children with special needs, providing a subdued environment to visit the Simon Santa Photo Experience. Please register at www.CaringSanta.com. The event is held at the Tacoma Mall Santa Photo Set, in JCPenney Court.Read more
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
Give the environment a holiday gift; recycle your lights.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is teaming up with Girl Scouts of Western Washington again this year on a holiday lights recycling program.Read more
Metro Parks was recently selected as one of only 15 program providers across the country to receive a grant from the National League of Cities (NLC) and Food Research and Action Center.
This grantRead more
The City Clerk’s Office is now accepting applications to fill the Tacoma City Council's District 1 position. District 1 generally represents the north and west ends of Tacoma. Qualified applicantsRead more
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