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Get Out of the Rain & Enjoy Some Great Cinema With the Tacoma Film Festival

We're looking out the window right now, and thinking, "this is perfect weather to go see a movie!" And we're in luck, because the Tacoma Film Festival kicks off tomorrow evening, and runs all through the weekend and into next week - as does the drizzly, gray, fall forecast.

The annual Tacoma Film

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 6, 2015



Resolution No. 39275 A resolution accepting $736,350 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2015 Port Security grant program; depositing said sum into the Fire Miscellaneous Special Revenue Fund, approving the required match of $245,450; and authorizing the

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Pacific Brewing Announces Plans to Acquire American Brewing

Here's an interesting bit of local beer news: Tacoma's own Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. just announed a deal to acquire Edmonds-based American Brewing Company.

blog post from Pacific Brewing announces the pending deal, and shares some of the possibilities they see in the merger, both in terms

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 6, 2015

If this week's Tacoma City Council meeting agenda had a theme, it might be public health and safety. There are quite a few items up for council consideration that fall under that heading, along with a few other topics as well. Other topics, like one of our old favorites - billboards...

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County Nixes Second Chambers Bay Golf Course

Following this summer's US Open experience, Pierce County officials are having second thoughts about a project that would have brought a second golf course to the Chambers Bay property.

In early 2014 we heard about a proposal to build a Chambers Bay resort, complete with 250-room hotel; event,

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This Weekend: 5 Fun Things

It's Friday, and we know we're not alone in keeping an eye on the clock, waiting for the work day to tick away. As we wait, we've got one eye on the clock, and the other on our events calendar - and we're seeing the return of a few annual favorites, along with a couple new ones... 

Tacoma Arts Month Kick-Off - During the month of October Tacoma celebrates its arts community, with special events, studio tours, performances, participatory workshops and more. It all gets going this Friday, October 2, with a big kick-off event at the ...

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EB-5 Investor Visa Program Up for Review, Facing Challenges

The EB-5 program, which funds developments like Tacoma's pending Convention Center Hotel project in the works from Yareton Investments, was created to attract foreign investment dollars to projects that will create jobs in high unemployment areas.

The program has been really popular with foreign,

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Basic Mediation Training

Center for Dialog & Resolution October 9, 2015 at 8:30 am

Would you like formal training in facilitating parties to work to resolve conflicts? The Center for Dialog & Resolution (also known as Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution) is offering a Washington Mediation Association approved 40-hour course teaching the process of mediation, communication

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Green Tacoma Day

First Creek October 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

Join us for our annual fall celebration and kick off to the planting season! We will be planting trees in 10 parks across Tacoma and having a family friendly event at Wright Park complete with educational activities and tree climbing. Restore one of your favorite neighborhood parks or check out one

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Bakery Pedal

Corina Bakery October 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

We’ll start at Corina Bakery at 10 a.m. and do a loop through the north end to Legendary Doughnuts and then head to El Zocola Tortas (weather-depending), ending back at Corina Bakery.

This is a social ride (1 out of 3 bikes), no more than 10 miles, slow and steady.

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Jewelry Making: Hoop Earrings for Beginners Workshop

Tacoma Metal Arts Center October 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

In this class Peggy will show many methods for making different styles of hoop earrings. From large showy dramatic earrings to tiny accent pieces. How do you make a curved tube? Peggy will show you how you can perfectly curve a piece of tubing without distorting, crimping or crushing it, then make

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Vashon CiderFest Cider Tasting

Seattle Distilling October 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Bring the family and come taste ciders from Vashon and beyond, including Irvine’s Vintage Cider, Dragon’s Head Cider, Nashi Orchards, Whitewood Cider, Alpenfire Cider and cocktails featuring cider and Seattle Distilling’s handmade spirits. Enjoy music with Fendershine and The Rumble Strips and

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Rialto Theater October 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm

TACOMA CONCERT BAND kicks off its 35th anniversary season on October 10 with “FANTASIA”! The Tacoma Concert Band, conducted by its Founder and Music Director Robert Musser, presents the first concert of its 2015-16, 35th Anniversary Season with “FANTASIA,” an exciting program that

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Conservatory Second Sunday Music

W.W. Seymour Conservatory October 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

​Every Second Sunday of the month, the Conservatory hosts local musicians . In October, we welcome Michael Coucoules, Markal Harris, and Brian Swindler, their combined talents include an electric violin, congas and guitar.

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CPR Sunday

Foss High School October 11, 2015 at 8:00 am

Free CPR Education for Our Community

CPR Sunday is an annual community event offered free-of-charge to anyone interested in learning the basic life-saving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). On the second Sunday in October each year, students are taught the fundamentals of CPR and then

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Tacoma Soul and The Right Drink: Uncle Thurm’s and Booze Affinity

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Back in March we read a review of the craft beer scene in Tacoma from a Seattle PI columnist going by the handle of "The Pour Fool." The Fool's review of Tacoma did not exactly endear him to Tacomans. To be fair, his review of beers brewed at Tacoma's E-9 was enthusiastically favorable. His description of Tacoma, on the other hand, was distinctly less so.

Now The Pour Fool has posted a new review of a Tacoma establishment, and it's one that may redeem him a bit. While he doesn't say much about Tacoma as a city, he does write glowingly about a long-time Tacoma establishment, Uncle Thurm's. 

In the context of answering the question of what beverage goes with Southern Food, the Fool (a transplanted southerner) is absolutely effusive about Thurm's: "Thurm’s is simply a near-perfect snapshot of what’s really great about Southern food. EVERY single item on our two plates was the best of its type I’ve found in 23 years." And his answer to the question of what to pair with that perfect plate of Southern food fits in well with what we know many a Tacoma beer drinker would instinctively reach for: a big, herbal IPA. 

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The Cities with the Highest (and Lowest) Real Minimum Wage

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A recent piece on the Huffington Post Business Blog takes a look at some research that tries to get at how the real value of a minimum wage varies from city to city.

The report adjusts the minimum wage in each city according to the cost of living in each location, generating a number they call the "real minimum wage" in relation to the national average. They give the example of Seattle, where the current minimum wage for large employers is $11 an hour, and the cost of living is 20% above the national average. The "real" minimum wage they find for Seattle comes out at $8.38 per hour, making it the 37th highest of the 241 largest US cities studied.

Tacoma is another one of the cities analyzed. The current state minimum wage of $9.47 an hour, in the context of Tacoma's cost of living at 3% higher than national average, comes out of their equation as $9.17 an hour in terms of what the wage will buy you here. That puts Tacoma's current "real" minimum wage at 10th highest on their list. That's before any proposed increase kicks in. If the proposed increase to $15 an hour goes through, the Post piece predicts "Tacoma would likely have the highest cost-of-living-adjusted minimum wage in the U.S."

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Fed up with Seattle? Here are 9 other cities you’ll love

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A piece on Crosscut today pitches Tacoma as one possible next big thing for Seattlites fed up with Seattle. 

Writer Mark Hinshaw describes a "wonderfully gritty Tacoma" coming to life after a long spell in the doldrums. Museums and galleries downtown, pleasant neighborhoods and shopping districts, "26th and Proctor is like a diminutive Capitol Hill..." Hey, this sounds like a place a Seattleite might actually enjoy... or at least enjoy making their own...

"Yes, the Seattle that existed when you first arrived here ... is indeed dead. And it’s not coming back. But hey, if you can’t deal with it, there is something you can do. You can reinvent your own place elsewhere."

Elsewhere - like Tacoma. Hinshaw has a message for Seattleites that could just as easily apply to Tacoma: "Listen up, now. Cities. Change. Constantly." If Tacoma continues to see an influx of King County refugees, it could change us too. Like the varied responses from different EU countries to those fleeing Syrians, how we deal with it will define us.

So, do we welcome downtrodden Seattle migrants with open arms, or encourage them to continue their search for new homes in other places like Puyallup, Bremerton, or Anacortes?

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Apartments serving homeless veterans proposed for East Side Tacoma transit center

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A new project proposed by a regional nonprofit would bring together services and housing for veterans in a transit-oriented development on Tacoma's Eastside.

Last week Pierce Transit announced that it had received the unsolicited proposal for its transit center at 72nd and M from Multi-Service Center, a nonprofit that provides services to address poverty and homelessness. This week the Daily Index has more detail on the proposed project, which would provide 52 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units of affordable rental housing to homeless veterans and their families, alongside other support services, and would include a kiosk serving coffee and light food. 

According to the Index, if the proposal is accepted by the transit agency, construction on the L-shaped development could begin next fall, and be ready for occupancy by the end of 2017. 

Sounds like an interesting proposal. Now, how about something for that property next to the Tacoma Dome transit hub?

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Applicants Sought for the Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the following positions on the Tacoma Arts Commission:

  • Working Professional Artist
  • Cross District Association/Community Council
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Tell Your Children, a Poetry Shorts Project, now in pre-production

A series of short films based on poems. Inspired by legend & loss. Rooted in magic, strength & the stories we tell our children.

North West Renaissance Poets is partnering with Tacoma poet and

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National Exposure for Meadow Park Golf Course

FootGolf has become a national sensation and Tacoma's own Meadow Park Golf Course was recently featured in both the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. 

Wall Street Journal:
It Only Took 600

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Artwork by Tacoma Artist Ed Kroupa to be Dedicated Oct. 15 Along Thea Foss Esplanade

“Floating Life Forms” - new artwork by Tacoma artist Ed Kroupa – will be dedicated on Oct. 15, from 5-6 p.m., on the Thea Foss Esplanade (1515 Dock St. behind the Esplanade Condos). 

The artwork, a

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Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on Pierce County roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves.

“With wet fall weather

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