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How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

As election season continues to gather momentum, there are a lot of sources out there with opinions about how you should vote. This week we have recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and from the Tacomic.

On Tuesday the Chamber released its recommendations on four of the twelve proposed Tacoma Charter amendments. It's a pretty succinct guide: just ...

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 21, 2014

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39030 A resolution setting Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the surplus and proposed sale of approximately 867 square feet of land owned by the Department of Public Utilities

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Wanted: Long-Term, Creative, Innovative Business Plans

Spaceworks Tacoma is looking for individuals or groups with long-term, creative/innovative business plans. The projects can be for-profit or non-profit, but they should in some way benefit the Tacoma community.

The Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Program offers operating spaces for local businesses

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Tour Harmon Brewery, Learn About The Not-So-Hidden Benefits of Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings

Adaptive reuse of historic buildings has been a cornerstone of the revitalization of Tacoma's downtown.

There are plenty of examples of adaptive reuse in downtown Tacoma. Pacific Avenue is at its grandest where it passes between examples of historic buildings adapted and preserved for public uses

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 21, 2014

Budget talk continues to be the biggest topic this week, with conversations around the general fund, and funding for the Foss Waterway Development Authority. We'll also get to learn more about the new Seaport Alliance and plans to make the West End Alcohol Impact Area permanent, among other things.

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Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

Our Voters' Pamphlet showed up yesterday, and from what we hear ballots are in the mail headed to mailboxes everywhere. The big items for Tacoma voters on this November's ballot will be the 12 proposed amendments to the City Charter.

Some of the items fall more into the category of "housekeeping"

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Miko the Cat of King’s Books Passes Away

If you've shopped at King's Books, you have probably crossed paths with Miko the cat as he patrolled the stacks, kept an eye on the register, or napped on any available surface. King's is a special bookstore and Miko has been a part of it for a long time. We have some sad news from sweet pea at

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Could the New Seaport Alliance Go Beyond Ports?

At a joint meeting on Tuesday, the ports of Tacoma and Seattle agreed to enter into a partnership in which many operating decisions for shipping traffic will be made jointly. Although both ports will retain their own commissions, the new Seaport Alliance will have them operating as partners - quite

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Ballroom- Weekly Friday Night Lesson & Dance

Metro Parks STAR Center October 24, 2014 at 4:00 am

Learn a new dance style/form each week with a lesson and stay to practice what you learned.

7 PM - 10 PM

$15 STAR Pass, $20 resident, $22 non-resident

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Children’s Museum of Tacoma Wee Ones Weekly

Children's Museum of Tacoma October 24, 2014 at 9:30 am

Drop in and enjoy thematic and musical programs perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups. Program participation includes 30 minutes of exclusive play in the Museum.

9:30 AM - 11 AM

$15 per family of 4, $5 each additional child

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Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art October 24, 2014 at 9:30 am

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio Come and draw from a live model with a vibrant community of artists.

One pose lasting 3 hours. Easel provided. Bring your own materials. Please contact tim.mansen@gmail.com

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

$15

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Adult Painting

Center at Norpoint October 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma Adult Painting Spend the evening with friends or meet new people in a social environment and paint a masterpiece. Bring an appetizer or beverage to share.

6 PM - 8 PM

$16 Center Card, $19 resident, $22 non-resident

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University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble

University of Puget Sound October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

University of Puget Sound, School of Music Wind Ensemble University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble. Gerard Morris, conductor.

Free

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Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, & Bogeymen: Halloween Storytelling

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum October 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Halloween Storytelling A trail of glowing jack o’lanterns lead to a blazing bonfire where storytellers from 1855 tell stories the way they should be told - outside and in the dark!

$5 - $7 in advance, $6 - $8 at the gate

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Play to Learn at Peace Community Center

Peace Community Center October 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Children’s Museum of Tacoma Play to Learn Play to Learn is for parents, grandparents, neighbors, family, and friends who nurture children ages six and under.

Thematic curriculum invites individual play, fun group activities, songs, and a whole group circle time for children and adults to enjoy

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Coco Montoya at Jazzbones

Jazzbones October 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring.

$20

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Glass Patches Seed Passion for Local Art

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Every year Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio makes pumpkins. They're pretty little seasonal works of art that will last longer than your jack o'lantern, and no one has to scoop out the guts.

Each year the artists display and sell their pumpkins at half a dozen locations around the Sound, wrapping up this year at the Pioneer Pavillion in Puyallup this Saturday with 6,000 pumpkins in an 8,000 square-foot space. If you miss them there, though, you can always pick up a pumpkin at the studio just off Pacific on 23rd, or order one online. Or you could schedule your own glass blowing session, and see what you can come up with yourself.

It seems like the perfect intersection of pumpkin month and Tacoma Arts Month.

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Coming soon to downtown Tacoma – Odd Otter Brewing

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Last month Tacoma beer lovers celebrated the opening of Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. Next up is the opening of Odd Otter Brewing, just a few doors down on Pacific. They're hoping to open soon, although it's looking like opening day won't come any sooner than November, according to the brewery's Facebook page.

The doors may not be open yet at 716 Pacific, but the brewers have been busy. Some of their beers made it out to tasting events like Brew53 this summer, but they've got an even more extensive list planned for the tasting room. There's an amber, a strawberry blonde, and a double IPA, alongside some more unusual sounding flavors like the Coconut Chai Porter and Momma Otter's Pancake Porter.

With the imminent opening of Odd Otter and the recently opened Pacific Brewing on Pacific, and just up the hill Tacoma Brewing and the someday plans for McMenamins, are we looking a New Brewery District for Tacoma?

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Infographic: A National-Level Look at FDI in the United States

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Foreign Direct Investment seems to be popping up with increasing frequency in conversations about Tacoma's economic outlook - from the recently-formed Mayor's Commission on International Relations, to the new Tacoma-Seatle Seaport Alliance, to the EB-5 investors interested in develooping a new hotel next to the Convention Center.

In light of increased attention on the importance of international relations for Tacoma, it seems good to know what we're talking about - and where the opportunities and potential benefits lie. Benefits go beyond the jobs directly created when foreign investors come to town.

Subnationally, FDI builds pipelines between US clusters and theiry global counterparts, increasing the flow of economically productive knoledge and forging important trade and investment relationships in the process.

An infographic is a pretty easily digestible way to approach a topic, but it still provides a little food for thought on the possibilities for Tacoma...

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Why the South Sound IPA Festival is important & why you should go

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The question posed by this article seems like a no-brainer, if you ask us, but there may be more to it than we thought.

Tacoma's newest beer festival, the South Sound IPA Festival (not in any way affiliated with the defunct Craft Beer Festival), is put on by the Washington Beer Commission, which hosts large-scale beer events, including the Father's Day Washington Brewers' Festival in Redmond, and Belgianfest in Seattle, to name a couple.

The SS IPA Fest is the WA Beer Commission's first foray into Tacoma. From the sound of it, they're gauging interest in a larger beer festival in Tacoma. They may be interested in a large-scale Tacoma beer festival, but they want to see community support for it.

So, if you care about the Tacoma beer scene, it seems like it might just be your civic duty to drink some IPA this weekend...

Read more at Washington Beer Blog
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Road Closures for Asphalt Repairs on October 27

On Oct. 27, weather permitting, the City of Tacoma’s Street Operations Division will perform asphalt repairs on McMurray Road between Browns Point Boulevard and Marine View Drive. The street will be

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Lakewood man charged with wife’s murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, with murder in the first degree for shooting his wife to death in their Lakewood apartment. He is

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Hoot ‘n’ Howl lights up the night this weekend at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

EATONVILLE, Wash. – It’s a fall carnival. It’s a costume party. It’s a celebration of wildlife and things that go hoot and howl in the night.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s premier fall event, Hoot

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Sparking Imaginations: Exhibit & Opening Lecture

A look back at the dawn of electricity—and ahead to our surging power demand
Free lecture: 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Interactive exhibit: Oct. 27–Jan. 15, Collins Memorial Library 

TACOMA, Wash. – In

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Work Has Begun on‘Talk the Walk’ Pedestrian Crossing Improvements

The City of Tacoma’s Public Works Department completed crosswalk striping at 22 sites (45 crosswalks) across Tacoma on Sunday, Oct.19, as part of “Talk the Walk” pedestrian crossing improvements.

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