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Fall Garden Festival to Celebrate Local, Sustainable Gardening

A new garden event is coming to Tacoma this fall from Metro Parks. In the tradition of the Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show, the new Fall Garden Festival will celebrate and inspire local farmers, gardeners, and anyone who's thinking about getting in to gardening.

The Fall Garden Festival at

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Peoples Community Center Pool is Getting a Makeover

Peoples Pool in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood is getting a makeover. Makeover might actually not be a strong enough word for the improvements coming to the Metro Parks facility at 9th and MLK.

The Peoples Community Center was known as Malcolm X Center until it got a name change in 1978 ...

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Mayor & Others Ask Public to Lobby Against JBLM Cuts

Mayor Strickland, Councilmember Thoms, and other public figures are asking the public to help lobby to keep reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to a minimum in upcoming military cuts. Last week the Mayor issued a request for public involvement, which Thoms echoed at last night's City Council

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 19, 2014



Resolution No. 38987 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma to clarify the rights and responsibilities of the City and the Port relating to jointly-owned real property commonly referred to as Julia’s Gulch located in

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MDC Celebrates Opening of Randall Townsend Apartments

For too long the old Baywatch apartments sat empty at the corner of 7th and Fawcett. But soon the nearly 100 year-old apartment building will again be home to residents.

MDC, a long-time Tacoma nonprofit focused on addressing root causes of poverty, has spent the last year, and $4.1

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Rags & Ribbons in the Hot Shop

Museum of Glass August 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Experience the Arts of Music and Glass Coming Together

Join Us for an Evening of Live Music and Glassblowing Featuring Music From Rags & Ribbons

Museum of Glass is hosting Portland-based melodic rock band Rags & Ribbons for a live concert in the Hot Shop on Friday, August 22 from 6:30 –

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Free Saturday 5k for August 23, 2014

Point Defiance Park August 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join us for a beautiful August run in Tacoma’s spectacular Point Defiance Park.

This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k.

Are you new to Tacoma Runners?

Register at TacomaRunners.com/register, complete your

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Family Workshop - Summer Solar Explorations

LeMay - America's Car Museum August 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

Build, tinker, and learn together as you explore the world of cars. Every fourth Saturday, you and your child, grandchild, or family will spend quality time together designing, creating, or exploring cool car concepts.

When: Fourth Saturday of the month from 11:00am -12:00pm

Ages: Geared to

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Ride to Proctor Farmers’ Market

Meet at First Presbyterian Church, ride together to Proctor August 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

See for yourself how easy it is to ride from the Stadium Neighborhood to the Proctor Farmer’s Market!

Join Stadium In Motion Staff at 10:00 AM to get your bike tuned by Defiance Bicycles. The leisure-paced ride will leave at 11:00 AM from the First Presbyterian Church Parking lot and follow the

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Tacoma Rail Open House 2014

August 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

Celebrate With Us

Tacoma Rail will host its annual Open House on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a special year because we’re also celebrating our 100-year anniversary. Come help us celebrate!

This is a great way to see Tacoma’s railroad up close, and it’s great fun for

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Stadium Fare

Stadium District August 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

Tacoma’s specialty food and fine arts market. The Fare offers great local food, vintage and artistic wares, and entertainment.

The Fare will be held the last two Saturdays of July, August, and September in 2014.

Find some fun with our scavenger hunt on August 23rd.

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Family Golf Day

Meadow Park Golf Course August 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Bring the whole family and a friend or two on selected Saturdays from April to August to enjoy nine holes of golf on the Williams Nine.

Kids 18 and under play for FREE with a full-paying adult. Kids also receive a free sno-cone from 12-4 p.m. for all kids 18 and under.

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Hilltop Street Fair

Hilltop August 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

Ten hours of fun, food, performance and spectacle!

*People’s Park Stage (Program forthcoming)*

*Eleven Eleven Stage (Program forthcoming)*

  • Broken Spoke Ramp Demo
  • 2nd Cycle Social Bike Ride
  • Hilltop’s Vintage Car Show
  • Tacoma Celebrity Dunk Tank
  • Giant Puppet Theater:
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What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

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Conversations about so-called "smart cities" focus on the potential for technology to revolutionize life in our urban centers, but often ignore questions of equity and access.

A recent piece from a British author asks another question, though; what if we reframe the idea of "smart" cities to think about how we can ask smarter questions about our cities, rather than just looking for the next smart technology? 

... the smart question about leadership is how to make it more inclusive and participatory, more open and responsive. Social media is one way of opening up such conversations. But if the conversation doesn’t shift the boundaries of who has access to land, property, influence and money, the benefit of the technology is marginal.

As Tacoma develops more apps and more online access, are we opening up government to more people, or are we simply putting more layers between the City and some of its citizens?

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Tickets about gone for U.S. Open

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A little less than a year out, and the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay is already starting to sell out.

Individual tickets for Saturday and Sunday - the final competition days of the big event - are sold out. Apparently that's an earlier date than usual for the US Open. 

There are still a few ways to find tickets for days of the week-long event, but it sounds like they're going fast.

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Tasting Tacoma: Seattle’s charming older sister to the south

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Hey Tacoma, if your ears were burning, it's because someone was talking about you. But don't worry, it was all nice things.

A first time visit to Tacoma led to a glowing review that covers a lot of Tacoma favorites from 6th Ave to Boathouse 19, and over to the Eastside, too. The author concludes that Tacoma has a lot going for it, and maybe that self-deprecating jokes aren't necessary...

I suppose that Tacoma remains something of a working-class version of Seattle, but that is, finally, its great charm. 

So, Tacoma, do you feel like someone finally gets you?

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Chick-Fil-A Coming to Puget Sound—Do They Know How Gay It Is Here?

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So it's not exactly news that Chick-Fil-A is coming to Tacoma, but the title of this Seattle Weekly article made us chuckle a little.

Also, how have we missed the "Chow Down at Chick Fil A (even if you're gay)" drag queen video?

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Get Involved in Park(ing) Day!

Have you ever wished for more parks in downtown.  This is your chance to make it happen.  Friday, September 19 is Park(ing) day, a global day in which parking spots temporarily become public parks.

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Endangered Sumatran tiger Jaya pregnant with at least two cubs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Ultrasounds verify 11-year-old Jaya is pregnant with at least two cubs

Tacoma, Wash. – There is both art and science to establishing the fact of pregnancy in an endangered Sumatran tiger. And there

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Mayor Marilyn Strickland Urges Public to Comment on Possible Job Reductions at JBLM

Tacoma, Wash. -- Mayor Marilyn Strickland urges Tacoma residents and business owners to participate in the U.S. Army’s public comment period on potential job reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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Garden Festival Returns to Point Defiance Park

September 27 event features Ed Hume, free admission

The Fall Garden Festival at Point Defiance Park is a celebration of local, sustainable, earth-friendly gardening and creative ways to grow your

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Pet of the Week: Taffy

If you’re looking to add a pint-sized companion to your family, Taffy may be the dog for you. This 5 year old tan Chihuahua arrived at the shelter last month as a stray and is ready to go home with

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