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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 Exit 133 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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Wishing the Parkway Tavern the Happiest of 80th Birthdays

In case you hadn't picked up on it, we here at Exit133 love the Parkway Tavern. So we're thrilled to wish them the happiest of 80th birthdays this weekend. They'll be celebrating in style with a special outdoor beer garden, giant connect four (you know you want to try it!), music, magic, and new

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The Cloves & Beautiful Angle: Making Magic in Tacoma

Here's something fun to be on the lookout for around Tacoma this weekend...

Local band, The Cloves, and local guerrilla art creator, Beautiful Angle, have teamed up to do something special in Tacoma. A limited amount of letter-pressed posters featuring lyrics from the title track of The Cloves'

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Bike to a Business: Dorky’s Arcade

Dorky's Arcade July 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

​Ride your bike to Dorky’s Bar Arcade this July and receive a free soft drink with the purchase of any menu item! Dorky’s has an array of arcade and pinball games, as well as an extensive food menu and beer selection. The arcade is All Ages until 9pm. There’s a bike rack located on the sidewalk

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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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Tacoma Musical Playhouse Food Truck Festival

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

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 – 8:00 PM and will utilize the parking lot behind the Tacoma Musical

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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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Bon Odori Festival

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

Come enjoy a Japanese Folk Dance Festival! There will be Japanese food, traditional dance, taiko drumming,a beer garden, a candlelight memorial service and activities for kids. Everyone Welcome!
Dance lessons in Temple social hall July 14 - 16 at 7:30pm to 9pm.

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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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Tacoma Bon Odori Festival

Tacoma Buddhist Temple August 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Japanese folk dancing, drumming and food in the evening twilight! This popular community festival features dancers, wearing colorful cotton yukata and other traditional garb, performing under hanging lanterns. Everyone is welcome to join. Drum groups Fuji Taiko of Tacoma and Matsuri Taiko of

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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 ...


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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“Hate Won’t Win” Launches in Tacoma August 2

The national “Hate Won’t Win” movement, proclaimed by the family of slain Charleston murder victim Daniel L. Simmons, Sr., will officially launch in Tacoma/Pierce County at the Bethlehem Baptist

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