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Real Art Tacoma: Bringing All-Ages Music to Tacoma

Here's something interesting to keep an eye on in South Tacoma: a group of community members has come together to open an all-ages music venue on South Tacoma Way.

A couple weeks ago a group gathered to discuss ideas for the venue.

Community members ... were invited to share ideas for the future

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Old Spaghetti Factory is Moving

We've been hearing from little birds for a while now that the Old Spaghetti Factory on the UW Tacoma campus would be moving. Now it looks like it's official - the Italian-ish restaurant, which has been the site of family dinners and memories for much of Tacoma and the surrounding area for the last

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What’s Fun in Tacoma This Weekend?

Tacoma Local Events for July 30th – August 2nd

I would like to start off by introducing myself - my name is Alan, and I am the newest member to the Exit133 writing team. I will be providing you with events happening each week in our local community. If you want, you can think of me as your event

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YWCA Associate Board Invites you…

We've been hearing a bit of buzz about something new from the YWCA called the 253 Club. This week we're learning a little more... including an opportunity to be there at the kick-off event for the new program.

The YWCA Pierce County started an Associate Board earlier this year focused on getting

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 28, 2015


One commenter spoke regarding the Citizen Commission on Elected Salaries, commenting that she was saddened by how late in the game the appointments are being made, given her understanding that there is a September 1 deadline. She asked that the council consider extending the

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 28, 2015

When we look at the list of important topics up for discussion on deck at the City this week, it sure doesn't feel like summer vacation - Comprehensive Plan updates, citizen-police relations, transportation funding mechanisms... hardly light summer reading...

2015 Comprehensive Plan Update


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How Cute is This Baby Moose?

No, really, it's pretty darn cute. The baby moose, the first to be born at Metro Parks' Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in 15 years, has all the adorableness of Bambi, with the endearing awkwardness of Bullwinkle. Take a moment, watch the video, share it with your co-workers. Monday win...

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Revitalizing Tacoma

Psst, Tacoma, they're talking about you...

An article on Next City today takes a look at Tacoma - the revitalization of its downtown, and questions around livability for all residents of the city - especially some of those with lower incomes. The title of the article asks a question:

Can Tacoma

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Suggest A Story Upcoming Events

Jewelry Making - Color on Metal: Flame Painting, Patinas and Resins

Tacoma Metal Arts Center August 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

Learn to create stunning patina colors on copper. Mereditih will show how to create flame painted patterns on copper using a torch and how to seal the colors effectively. We will explore how to apply colored patterns with resin which can then be combined with other surface techniques for fabulous

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Weed Dating

Mother Earth Farm August 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Get dirty and meet someone! Mother Earth Farm is hosting our first ever Weed Dating, a chance to help out your community and connect with new friends… or more! The afternoon will start with a tour of the farm and after a brief demo we’ll divide and conquer those pesky weeds, rotating sections

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CANCELLED: Tacoma Musical Playhouse Food Truck Festival

Tacoma Musical Playhouse (also known as the Narrows Theater) August 1, 2015 at 11:00 am

This event has been cancelled for this year - check back next summer!

Join the Tacoma Musical Playhouse, TMP Family Theater and CampTMP for TMP’s first ever Food Truck Festival. TMP will have a variety of food trucks from the Puget Sound region.

The event will take place from 11:00 AM –

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Tacoma’s Annual Bon Odori Festival

Tacoma Buddhist Temple August 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Come and enjoy Japanese dance and foods at the Annual Tacoma Bon Odori outdoor festival on Saturday, August 1.

This free celebration will feature Japanese folk dancing and drumming outside the Tacoma Buddhist Temple. In between dances, there will be taiko drumming performances by Fuji Taiko of

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Rock and Rally for the Troops

Cheney Stadium August 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

On August 1st, 2015 Lyon Pride Music presents the 5th Annual “Rock & Rally for the Troops” – a Fundraising event in Tacoma, WA. The event will benefit wounded service members, their loved ones as well as those that aid in their recovery through the programs of Operation Ward 57, a non-profit

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West Side Story

Tacoma Musical Playhouse July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm

July 10 - August 2, 2015
Fridays & Saturdays, at 8:00 PM and Saturdays & Sundays, at 2:00 PM
The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theater’s finest accomplishments. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New

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Courage Classic Bicycle Tour

Location Name August 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

​Join us for the 24th Courage Classic Bicycle Tour adventure helping to stop the cycle of child abuse and neglect in our community. Choose 1-day or all 3. This challenging ride traverses majestic mountain passes and scenic countryside through the Cascade Mountains. Bring your friends or meet

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American Sign Language for Beginners

BEST Learning Center August 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is pleased to announce that we will be offering American Sign Language (ASL) instruction for beginners at the BEST Learning Center in University Place, Washington . In this dynamic eight week course for adults, participants will be introduced to ASL with a

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Here’s How Much Your City’s Crappy Roads Are Costing You

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According to Wired, of the roads drivers in the San Francisco and Oakland area contend with, 74% are rated "poor," costing them an average of $1,044 per year in additional maintenance and fuel. That's the most of any major metropolitan area in the US, and way above the national average of 28% for major roads. The extra costs come from repairs, increased maintenance and fuel costs, and shortened life-spans for vehicles on these failing roads.

We've read past estimates that the rate of roads in "poor" or "failed" state in Tacoma neighborhoods ranges from 14% in Northeast Tacoma to 55% in the Central and North End neighborhoods. Those numbers are a bit out of date, but the City is in the process of wrapping up a survey of the condition of Tacoma's roads that will give a more current picture. Don't expect it to be any rosier. 

Two propositions that will appear on this November's ballot will give Tacoma voters the chance to decide whether they want to increase utility, property, and sales taxes in the city to pay for improvements to our roads. Estimates are that Tacoma's Prop 3 and Prop 4 would cost the average household under $100 per year. Like so many things, when you compare that to the San Francisco numbers it doesn't sound like so much... maybe?

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Candidates for District 3 council race talk about development in Tacoma

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Lauren Walker, the Tacoma City Councilmember who represents District 3 (central Tacoma), runs into the end of her term limits this year, and will be stepping down from her seat on the council dais.

The race to replace her is one of the more crowded council races we've seen in Tacoma in recent years, with seven names appearing on the primary ballot for District 3 voters to choose from. When the dust settles and the primary votes are counted next month, only two of those names will advance to the November election. The News Tribune's Kate Martin interviewed six of the candidates (Robert Hill, with his multiple convictions and restraining orders, was left out). The question: "How do you think Tacoma should plan for future growth?" 

Whether or not you live in District 3, it's a question worth considering. Martin summarizes the candidate's answers - do you agree with any of them?

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Matt Driscoll: Is fear over a ‘Chamber candidate’ for Tacoma City Council warranted?

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It's not an uncommon sentiment - here in Tacoma, or elsewhere, for that matter - that a politician who makes decisions that please the business community is in their pocket.

It's a simple story to tell - that there are two separate and opposite camps, one pro-business, the other pro-worker, and that politicians and citizens alike can easily be placed on one side or the other of the invisible dividing line.

But are things really that clear-cut? Matt Driscoll asks "Is 'business-owner,' by definition, a partisan position?" And, particularly as we take a probably brief breather from the bruising commentary around the minimum wage, is "business owner" necessarily the opposite of "working people?"

Is it that simple? Does it have to be?

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John Hathaway, Self-Appointed Gadfly of Tacoma, Dead at 69

Gadfly may not be a word we use every day, but it's the most common one we've heard used to describe Tacoma's John Hathaway. Hathaway passed away last week at age 69.

He came onto the public stage around the tragic events surrounding Police Chief David Brame's high-profile shooting of his wife, Crystal, and himself in 2003. Hathaway scooped the story of the couple's divorce, and allegations that the police chief was an abusive husband. 

sIn later years Hathaway continued to challenge local government, fostering lively... discussion via his regular email and later on his blog, The New Takhoman. We sat next to him at ...


Charlotte’s Blueberry Park attracts a multitude of berry-hungry pickers

Ripe fruit free for the picking at this Eastside neighborhood park

The prospect of fresh blueberries that are free for the picking turns Charlotte's Blueberry Park into a summer magnet for all kinds

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Win $500 & a Tacoma Staycation at the Travel Tacoma + Pierce County Scavenger Hunt August 13

July 28, 2015—Tacoma, Washington — Travel Tacoma + Pierce County is hosting a downtown Tacoma scavenger hunt on August 13 to promote local downtown businesses and introduce locals to their Tacoma +

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23 Annie Wright students earn International Baccalaureate Diploma

Tacoma, Wash. — Annie Wright  Schools announced today that 23 out of 26 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates have been awarded the prestigious IB Diploma.

Two students earned

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Pacific Grill Hires Franco D’Amico

Franco D’Amico brings years of hospitality management experience to Pacific Grill as new General Manager.    

Tacoma, Washington, 07/29/2015— Pacific Grill, LLC, part of the Naccarato Restaurant

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New All Ages Music Venue in Tacoma Set to Open This Fall

Real Art Tacoma aims to bring all ages music back to Tacoma.

Tacoma, Washington — On Friday, July 17, more than 35 community members gathered in an empty storefront on South Tacoma Way to discuss

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