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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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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 14, 2014


October 16, 2014 was proclaimed as Conflict Resolution Day. The Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution has been mediating and settling a wide range of disputes for 20 years now. The Center has an 80% settlement rate, with a 90%

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Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

A new restaurant is in the works for Ruston. The corner unit at North 51st and Pearl, across from the Antique Sandwich Company, has sat empty for quite a while now, but soon its doors will open as a new Northwest-focused Point Defiance Tap and Grill.

Owner Bill Bonnie has been operating Stadium

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 14, 2014

Utility & Environmental Services Budgets

This Tuesday the Tacoma City Council and Tacoma Public Utility Board will hold a joint study session at which TPU will present its preliminary 2015/2016 budget. Immediately following the joint session, the City Council will hold a work session on another

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Hoptoberfest 2014

Bates Technical College Downtown Campus Auditorium October 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Love beer? Love food? Then this is the perfect event for you! Bates Technical College has partnered with Diamond Knot Craft Brewing for a fun evening of local craft beer and mouthwatering cuisine at this year’s Hoptoberfest. All proceeds go toward helping our students succeed.


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Community Budget Input Meeting

Wheelock Public Library October 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The Proposed 2015 – 2016 Biennial Budget has been transmitted to the City Council, and members of the community are invited to participate in budget input meetings now through Oct. 30.

6 – 8 p.m.

Detailed information is available at budget.cityoftacoma.org.

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Food Justice Book Club

King's Books October 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

This club is organized by the Pierce County Gleaning Project and reads fiction, nonfiction, and memoir around the topics of food justice, gleaning, and food security.


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CLAW Pumpkin Carving Contest

King's Books October 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

It’s BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) to the Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians’ second annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Bring your pumpkins and carving implements to King’s Books. Be it a traditional jack-o-lantern, painted, carved, or prop-encrusted, there is only one rule: It has

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Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art October 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio Come join a vibrant group of artists as we draw from a live model in a series of short poses!

Short Pose from the Nude - A 3-hour session consisting of 5, 10, and 20 minute poses, ending with a 1 hour pose. Cost for Wednesday Short Pose is $15

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The New Frontier Open Mic Sessions

The New Frontier October 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Bring your music to the stage at our weekly open mic.


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Pacific Lutheran University Music Department Fall Choral Concerts

Pacific Lutheran University October 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Pacific Lutheran University Music Department Fall Choral Concerts Features four PLU ensembles: Choir of the West, University Chorale, University Singers, and Men’s Chorus.

$8 general, $5 senior/alumni, free PLU community/students/youth 18 and under.

Call 253.535.7411 for tickets

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“Eureka!” Breakfast

William Philip Hall, UWT Campus October 23, 2014 at 7:30 am

“Any city should be thrilled to have a founding father that’s a cross between Johnny Appleseed and Yoda.” ~~Michael Sullivan, UWT History ProfessorJoin Job Carr Cabin Museum as we kick off a year-long celebration of Job Carr’s arrival on Puget Sound. Professor Sullivan looks forward to sharing his

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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...

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Report: Postal Service leaves areas in the dark on changes to 95 facilities

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Tacoma's US Post Office mail processing center over by the Mall is one of 80 the USPS would like to close beginning early next year. Operations of the Tacoma location would be consolidated with the Seattle processing center

The closures will increase delivery times overall, and eliminate overnight delivery for most mail. That being said, USPS doesn't know exactly what those changes will look like for the communities affected by the consolidations, because they haven't yet completed impact studies.

A couple years ago Tacoma's station was listed for closure, and a letter writing campaign was organized. We hadn't heard an update in a while, but it looks like Tacoma is still on the chopping block.

Is it time to let the Tacoma ... close? Or is it worth fighting to keep it open?

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eTc Tacoma Presents the Photo Exhibit “QUIET” by LA Photographer David Rivera

QUIET: A photo exhibit by David Rivera

TACOMA, WA – On Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7PM, eTc Tacoma presents “QUIET” the first photo show by Los Angeles, CA photographer and graphic designer David

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Please join us for Happy Thanks for Giving Hour Nov. 15 at Heritage Distilling Co.

Join us Nov. 15 for a special happy hour and support our efforts to get a new bloodmobile! We will sample cocktail and food pairings featuring Heritage Distilling Co. spirits!

Register now! 

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Spaceworks Announces Call for Creative Enterprise Applications

Deadline to Apply: November 24, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. – Spaceworks Tacoma is seeking applications from individuals or groups who have a plan for a long-term creative/innovative business (for-profit or

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Cirque Zuma Zuma at University of Puget Sound 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28

Cirque Zuma Zuma, a world music and dance show seen by millions on "America's Got Talent", will bring spectacular African performers to Schneebeck Concert Hall at University of Puget Sound, on

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Request for no-bail hold extension on Lakewood shooting suspect

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will request that a judge order an extension of a no-bail hold for Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, while the investigation into the death of

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