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Monkeyshines 2016 - The Year of the Monkey

Before we get started - This is NOT an announcement that Monkeyshines has officially started. This is not an announcement that it hasn't either ... 

That said, we know that a lot of people are looking and a several friends of the monkeys are already hiding little treasures. If you're looking, have stories to tell, or have questions, post them in the comments. If you have photos you'd like to share, please email them to us at tips @ exit133.com. We'll add them to your comment. Do you need some inspiration? Here are a few things to read while we all wait ...

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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of February 9, 2016

Tax Man

At Tuesday's city council study session, Washington State Treasurer James Mcintire will share his tax plan proposal for education funding reform, including lowering property, sales and B&O taxes, creating a 5% flat state income tax, and a constitutional requirement for a super-majority

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Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Plan Enters New Phase

The City of Tacoma is in the process of developing a plan for the future of the area around the Tacoma Mall. Much of the second half of last year was spent gathering input from stakeholders and the general public on the project, which is now ready to move to a new phase - with a new round of public

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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of February 2, 2016

We're looking at a streets and driving-themed agenda for this first week of City business in February. Items up for discussion this week include a few business items related to the passage of Prop A and Prop 3 last fall, as well as one related to improving how DUIs are dealt with.



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Are You Prepared to Pay to Park at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center?

Free parking at the Tacoma Dome is great. We can drive down there and catch the bus to Seattle for the day. Visitors to Tacoma can park there and take the Link into the heart of downtown without the hassle of looking for on-street parking. Downtown employees and students can park and not worry

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What Makes a Place Livable?

Defining "livability" may be a bit like defining pornography: " I know it when I see it." Despite that lack of a consistent agreement on a definition (or maybe because of it?), it is worth examining our understanding of the concept of livability. 

If you know it when you see it, who gets to do the

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 26, 2016



Resolution No. 39363 A resolution setting Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on the request to vacate the unimproved alley lying east and abutting Norpoint Way Northeast, and lying between 28th and 29th Streets

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Race Night at ACM

LeMay - America's Car Museum February 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Put your racing skills to the test every second Thursday of the month in the Speed Zone at ACM!Our CXC racing simulators are linked together to provide a realistic racing experience against other drivers. Compete on famous tracks such as: Darlington, Daytona, Dover and more!Race Nights are open to

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Plan for the future of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Metro Parks Tacoma headquarters board room February 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm

You’re invited to view and comment on proposals for programs and long-range capital construction projects for Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Point Defiance Park. This is the second in a series of three public meetings to gather public input on a proposed 20-year plan. Tentative plans call

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Wine and Chocolate

W.W. Seymour Conservatory February 12, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Stroll through a romantically lit conservatory, sip on wine or champagne, nibble on decadent truffles and savory treats.

Enjoy live music, beautiful floral and art displays.

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Freedom Train

Tacoma Musical Playhouse February 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Show Times are 2:00pm & 4:30pm
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She let hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad. An amazing musical using dance, dialogue, and music of the

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A Valentine’s Square Dance

Post Hall Ballroom February 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Invite your favorite dance partner or find one there! Put on swishy skirts and tall hats, and come dance with The Lucky Shots Stringband. Charmaine Slaven (of Squirrel Butter, The Tallboys, and A Prairie Home Companion fame) will teach and call the dancing as the band provides an evening of great

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Tacoma Opera Presents Die Fledermaus

The Rialto Theater February 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm

​Enjoy the Party this Valentine’s Day with Tacoma Opera’s Die Fledermaus at the Rialto Theater. Friday February 12, 7:30 pm or Sunday, February 14, 2:00pm. Visit www.TacomaOperaTix.com for more information and tickets.OverviewConductor: Bernard KwiramStage Director: Christopher NardineEccentric

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Valentine’s Day show! L.A. Theater Works’ Bram Stokers’ Dracula

Pantages Theater February 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Treat your Valentine to a live radio play where “love sucks!” In Charles Morey’s acclaimed adaptation, Count Dracula slips quietly into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil, necessary for rest between his victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power,

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Tacoma Opera Presents Die Fledermaus Valentine’s Day

The Rialto Theater February 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

​Enjoy the Party this Valentine’s Day with Tacoma Opera’s Die Fledermaus at the Rialto Theater. Friday February 12, 7:30 pm or Sunday, February 14, 2:00pm. Visit www.TacomaOperaTix.com for more information and tickets.OverviewConductor: Bernard KwiramStage Director: Christopher

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Steve Prefontaine left mark on Tacoma running scene before his death

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Today we find ourselves thinking about the legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who should have turned 65 this week, and enjoying re-reading a 2015 TNT article about Tacoma's (multiple) Prefontaine connections. 

You may know that the 1997 movie about his life was filmed, in part, here in Tacoma, on the track and around the campus at UPS. Fewer people know that Pre visited Tacoma back in 1974, just months before the car crash that cut his life short at age 24. While here, he ran with the locals, visited a few (pretty divey sounding) bars, and said of Point Defiance, "This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever run. You don’t know what you have here.”

Tacoma today has a pretty special running community. We'd like to think that if Pre was around, he would still enjoy running here.

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Pierce County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet

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We're down to the wire, and it's time to cast those votes! If you haven't done so already, grab your ballot, your pen, and your voters' pamphlet, and get to work.

What's that you say? Your dog ate your voters' guide? Or maybe it disappeared into the pile of political mailers and other junk mail? That's not going to get you off the hook - the Pierce County Auditor has you covered with an online version.

So make your choices, and get that ballot in the mail on November 2, or to a ballot dropbox no later than November 3. Find locations for those on the Auditor's website as well.

Happy voting!

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Ranking the Best (and Worst) Colleges for Low Income Students

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We knew UW Tacoma has made a huge difference in the fabric of life in downtown Tacoma, and in the lives of the thousands of students who have earned their diplomas there.

Now a new study shows the Tacoma campus of the University of Washington is doing particularly good things for low-income students. Priceonomics ran the numbers on schools that are accessible to low income students in terms of admission rates and cost, while also producing good outcomes in terms of graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and future earnings. UW Tacoma ranks second best on that list, with only Texas A&M ranking better.

This means that Tacoma's UW campus is a particularly good deal in terms of bang for the buck and what really matters to students in the long run - life after college. Way to go UWT.

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Tacoma voters to weigh rival minimum-wage initiatives

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If you're a Tacoma voter, you have one week to decide how to vote on the minimum wage issue on the ballot this year. $15 now? $12 over a couple years? Neither?

While you ponder that, you may also be pondering how to navigate the ballot to make sure you cast the vote you actually mean to. Regardless of your choice, be sure to vote on both parts of the ballot item: Should either of these be enacted? (yes or no) AND if the yes votes prevail, which should it be? ($12 or $15). Even if you vote no on the first question, your choice on the second could still be relevant if most voters vote yes.

An article in The Seattle Times this week takes an outsider's look at the Tacoma minimum wage debate from a city that has already made its own $15 decision, giving some context to the question now before voters in Tacoma.

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The Grand Cinema Presents The Annual Film Awards Party

Sponsored by Europa Bistro, Bruce Titus Lee Automotive Group, Stella Artois, and Sudar Appraisals

As the South Sound’s home of independent film, The Grand Cinema proudly invites movie lovers to

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Tacoma Murals Project Offers Community Groups Creative Way to Beautify Neighborhoods

-- Submissions Deadline is March 14 --

In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project is seeking applications from

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Show Your Love for Historic Preservation with #IHeartTacoma2016

This February the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office is inviting residents to show their love for Historic Preservation by competing in the #IHeartTacoma2016 Design Contest.   


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Man charged in murder at Tacoma convenience store

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Robert Deshawn Grott, 29, with murder in the first degree for the shooting death of Julian Jemar Thomas, 23, at a Tacoma convenience

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Applicants Sought for the City Events and Recognitions Committee

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the District 4 position, and two At-Large positions, on the City Events and Recognitions Committee (CERC). 

The nine-member committee

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