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Strategic Direction 2015

Every year the Tacoma City Council identifies a strategic direction for the coming year. The council is scheduled to consider a resolution adopting this year's strategic priorities at its regular meeting next Tuesday.

By identifying a strategic direction, and laying out specific priorities and

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The Start of Spring Means the Start of Farmers’ Market Season

The return of the farmers' markets is one of the signs that winter really is over. So along with the blooming buds and chirping birds, this weekend we get to celebrate spring with opening day of the Proctor Farmers' Market.

The tents go up Saturday morning, and local farmers officially open their

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - March 24, 2015



Ordinance No. 28288 An ordinance providing for the formation of Local Improvement District No. 8662, for pervious asphalt concrete paving, concrete banding, and modification of the existing storm drain lines and storm water

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Old City Hall - Sometimes Love Isn’t All You Need

Once again there are concerns about pieces falling off one of Tacoma's historic landmark buildings. Once again there's a Facebook group.

It's not the first time we've heard this bad news for Old City Hall, and in light of the fate of past similarly threatened buildings (ahem, Luzon...), it is

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of March 24, 2015

Puget Sound Clean Air

At this week's city council Study Session Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Executive Director Craig Kenworthy will provide an update on the status of solving the area's fine particle pollution problem. Kenworthy will also share what's next in efforts to protect air quality in

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The Boys in the Boat at the Museum of Glass

If you've been down to the Foss Waterway lately, you may have noticed a new work of art in the long water feature between the Foss and the Museum of Glass. If you haven't, next time you're down that way, stop to check it out.

The long oars, jutting at angles out of the pool, are a piece called

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Tacoma Trestle Comment

Sound Transit is ready for another round of public comment on the Tacoma Trestle project that will replace the existing wooden, single-track train bridge to the east of Freighthouse Square and extend the passenger platform for increased capacity and improved reliability of passenger service.


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Urban Hike: Discovering Dometop on Foot

McKinley Park March 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

Meeting point: McKinley Park (600 Upper Park St)Distance: 2.3 miles Rain or shine
*No hiking boots necessary!
“Urban Hike: Discovering Dometop on Foot” is a walk to explore Tacoma’s Dometop neighborhood. Atop McKinley Hill, this Eastside community is graced with McKinley Park, Rogers Park

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Spring Family Healthy Garden Fest – With Raised Garden Bed And Mason Bee Workshops

McLendon Hardware Tacoma March 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

Spring family healthy garden fest – with raised garden bed and mason bee workshops

Sat., March 28, 11 am-2pm -

FREE: McLendon Hardware Tacoma


Saturday, March 28th - ALL STORES

Backyard Beekeeping
Starting at 11:00am - 1:00pm

Heard the latest buzz around

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University of Puget Sound Adelphian Concert Choir

University of Puget Sound Kilworth Memorial Chapel March 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Bruce Browne, conductor

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Multi Media Art Journaling

Open Arts Studio March 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Whether you are a new or experienced artist, this 4 hour art journaling workshop is a fun and adventurous way to combine art and inspired thoughts together to fully engage your creative self and have an amusing time, relaxing with great company.

Take your creative exploration to the next level and

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Drunken Telegraph

Studio 3 March 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $8
Bringing people together to share stories that build community - or at least make for a damn fine evening.

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Family Jewels 5k

Saint Edward State Park March 28, 2015 at 12:00 am

The Family Jewels 5K (formerly the Jaimeson Jones Memorial
5K) is an annual trail run (or walk) in honor and memory of Bothell XC runner
(and WSU oarsman) Jaimeson Jones, who died on October 7, 2010 at age 20 of a
recurrence of testicular cancer. Saint Edward State Park was his favorite place

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Barley Wine Fest (And Brunch!)

Parkway Tavern March 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

Its that time of year for the annual Barley Wine Fest! Come in and enjoy 32 different barley wines that we have been stock piling FOREVER. That’s right…32 DIFFERENT BARLEY WINES ON TAP.

We also will be having our annual Barley Wine Brunch on Sunday, March 29th. Tickets are on sale at The

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Creative Colloquy One Year Anniversary

B Sharp Coffee House March 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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Weyerhaeuser mansion neighbor loses most arguments in bid for event venue reconsideration

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If you've been following the ongoing fight over the use of the Weyerhaeuser Mansion, here's the latest chapter:

Tacoma Hearing Examiner Phyllis MacLeod has more or less reaffirmed her previous ruling, with only minor modification. This, despite the protests of neighbors to the historic property. Those neighbors had made several requests for reconsideration of the earlier ruling by the Hearing Examiner.

The latest decision does modify the ruling to require that the off-duty police officers required to act as security for the event space would also be required to walk the property boundary. The examiner turned down requests from the neighbors to have their approval for design and placement of a noise-buffering wall between the two properties.

Will this ruling finally settle the matter and allow the sale of the property and the booking of events to move forward? 

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Engine House 9 Tacoma: The Changing Face of Washington Brewing, Part One

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Steve Body, writing as "The Pour Fool" at the SeattlePI.com has some very nice things to say about the beers Shane Johns is producing over at E-9.  Then there's what he says about Tacoma ... 

He calls Tacoma "one of the most unlikely places in the United States" for interesting beers, and goes on to describe Tacoma ("For those who have never been there"). 

"Tacoma, Washington, is a step into a time machine; a slice of 1958 Seattle that broke off, rolled south, and got snagged on a tree root on the shores of Commencement Bay.

... its people are a wild mix of Northwest Gen-Xers, old hippies, the desperately poor, a thin stratum of Old Money, and the largest concentration of rednecks west of Alabama. It is a city that could be (and probably is) accurately pegged as a hotbed of wallet-on-a-chain monster-truck fans whose beer preference stops at whatever is the current outer parameters of Anheuser Busch’s watery lager continuum..."

It goes on. This doesn't sound familiar to us, and the only thing we can figure is that Body has never gone to the trouble of getting off the freeway and spending any time in Tacoma. We've heard a lot of aggressively ignorant stereotypes about Tacoma ...

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Glassblowers versus skaters

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As you may have heard, the BBC is touring Tacoma this month, recording stories via their new BBC Pop Up project

They've talked to and recorded local storytellers, artists, and others for inclusion in a series that will air for viewers back on the other side of the pond and elsewhere around the world. 

Two of the special Tacoma stories they captured during their time here involve the ongoing renaissance of the Hilltop, and a couple programs that work with youth from that neighborhood and elsewhere. We won't see the full videos on air here in the states, but the BBC Pop Up Behind the Scenes blog has some clips for us. 

Hilltop Artists and Alchemy Skateboarding are ideas that have roots firmly planted in gritty Tacoma soil. And now the rest of the world will have a chance to learn about them.

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Total Hvar

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Last week the City Council made Hvar, Croatia Tacoma's 13th Sister City. We wrote about it in our City Council meeting notes, and it looks like someone in Hvar is paying attention too. This week a website on the other side of the relationship posted about it on the blog Total Hvar. Fortunately it's in English, so we can read it too.

If you're interested in knowing more about Tacoma's newest sibling city (or as the Hvar post refers to us, their new "twin town"), this looks like a great place to start. And Hvar looks like it might be a great place for a trip.

The website shows sailing, cycling, rock climbing, dining, wine tasting, beaches, restaurants, and more, along with some blog-style commentary on local goings-on. We're already looking up ticket deals.

Read more at Total Hvar

Vicci Martinez to Premier New Music & New Sound at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater

Internationally acclaimed songwriter and performer Vicci Martinez will premier her highly anticipated collection of new songs on April 18th at Downtown Tacoma's Rialto Theater (ticket link). Martinez

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Apply by April 9th to Join the Human Services Commission

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill five positions on the Human Services Commission. 

The Human Services Commission consists of fifteen members who are interviewed and recommended by the

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Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American Author, Speaks on “Create Dangerously”

8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Schneebeck Concert Hall

TACOMA, Wash. – Celebrated Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat spent most of the first 12 years of her life living with an aunt and uncle under the

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Pet of the Week: Claudette (The Rabbit)

Claudette is a shorthaired sweetheart who has a coat of gray and a curious streak — she’s often up on her hind legs getting a better look at the world. While timid could be used to describe Claudette

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‘City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition’ on May 15

Registration is now open for the “City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Hilltop Edition,” which will take place on Friday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Sure House Church (901 S. 10th St.)as part of Historic

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