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Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

Pierce Transit, Downtown On the Go, the City of Tacoma and the state Department of Transportation have teamed up to provide a secure bike storage area at the Tacoma Dome Station (TDS). The facility, which will open to the public on Thursday, May 26 at 7 a.m., will offer a mix of vertical, horizontal, and oversized bike racks, a bike repair station, lockers and a bench.

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Tacoma City Council Meeting for May 17, 2016

This week we had a relatively short meeting with a minimalist council at the dais. Absent were Blocker, McCarty, Thoms, and Woodards. 

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution No. 39443 A resolution accepting $400,000 from the Washington State Historical Society and transferring $40,000 from the Open Space Fund;

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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of May 17, 2016

There's not a whole lot of business expected for this week, with a cancelled study session, and a brief regular council meeting agenda, but there are a few items of interest.

Prairie Line Trail 

A consent agenda resolution on this week's agenda accepts a $400,000 grant from the Washington State

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Help Pierce Transit Design a New Route System

Pierce Transit is in the process of updating its route system - and they want your help.

HELP US DESIGN OUR ROUTE SYSTEM!

Pierce Transit is in a time of transition from a route system designed four decades ago to one that better meets the traveling needs of the region today and into the future.

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - May 10, 2016

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39439 A resolution setting Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program amended for the years 2015-2016 and 2017-2022.

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Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Eastside leaders, Metro Parks, and the Boys and Girls Club are asking the public to join them in envisioning a new community center for the currently underserved part of Tacoma.

Imagine a place where youth and families can safely gather to play, learn and grow. #ImagineEastside

The vision is

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UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

A new mixed-use development is in the works to bring retail and residential space to the Stadium district. 

The planned 220,000 square foot market rate apartment project would replace the (currently completely under-utilized) surface parking lot at 102 North G Street. That's across the street from Stadium Thriftway and the old Titus Will space that is on its way to becoming ...

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Free Ride on Tacoma Link Continues

In case you missed it last week, here's some good news for downtown Tacoma: It will continue to be free to ride the Tacoma Link light rail for at least another six years.

Last week the Sound Transit Board of Directors voted to put off its plans to charge a fare until the yet-to-be-built Link

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Bike Everywhere Challenge - Ride and Win!

Tacoma-Pierce County May 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

During the entire month of May, participate in the Bike Everywhere Challenge and be entered to win great prizes - all you have to do is ride your bike!BIKE EVERYWHERE! Ride to the park, to the museum, to the grocery store, to work, to any of your destinations! Take your kids, your grandparents,

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Small Business Roundtable

Quality Inn & Suites June 1, 2016 at 7:30 am

Small Business Roundtable(1st Wednesday of the Month) Every business has had to start at the bottom at some point and we all know that the climb to the top is not an easy one. Small Business Roundtable is a forum where small business can gather to discuss marketing issues, share solutions, and

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Growing Awareness – Garden Seminar

Watson's June 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Event Date: 6/2/2016
Location: Watson’s, 6211 Pioneer Way E, Puyallup, WA 98372
Hours: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Description:
Join gardening expert, Marianne Binetti for a “How to Be a Lazy Gardener” seminar. Marianne Binetti‘s columns are featured in the Tacoma News Tribune and the Daily Olympian

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Growing Awareness – Private Shopping and Chef Demonstration

Watson's June 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Event Date: 6/2/2016Location: Watson’s, 6211 Pioneer Way E, Puyallup, WA 98372Hours: 6:00 – 9:00pmDescription:Gather your friends for a fun evening of private shopping, hors devours and a chef demonstration all to benefit hunger relief in Pierce County! Watson’s will be open to ticketed

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Wheels & Heels Annual Gala

LeMay - America's Car Museum June 4, 2016 at 6:30 pm

The Wheels & Heels Annual Gala is a celebration of the anniversary of LeMay – America’s Car Museum. Set in the stunning Titus-Will Gallery, this is the Museum’s largest fundraiser in support of its commitment to celebrating America’s love affair with the automobile, our focus on education

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Rainier to Ruston 50 Mile Relay & Ultra

Carbonado to Tacoma June 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

An event in your backyard! This 50 mile relay or solo ultra is a Northwest Icon. Run from Mount Rainier to the waterfront of Taoma, Washington with your friends or take on the solo challenge. Proceeds go towards the purchase and maintenece of the trails! Run with a purpose!!!

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The Grand Cinema Free Member Movie Day

The Grand Cinema June 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm

The Grand Cinema is saying “thank you” to our members with a day of free movies!Active members can join us to see any film for free, or make the day into a movie marathon catching as many free films back to back as you can handle.
Advance reservations for films are not available before June 6, so

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Speak Up for Biking, Walking, and Transit

Downtown: On the Go June 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Ever thought about speaking at City Council but not sure where to start? Or have something to say but not sure which elected body to say it to?

Join us for a casual conversation about the basics! We’ll share stories, hear tips & tricks, and then be joined by Councilmember Mello for the second

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Tacoma History

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We like Tacoma, and we like stories about its history - the quirkier, the better - so a newly revamped Tacoma History website is a great place for us to spend some time when current events get to be just a bit too much.

Posted by local historian Michael Sullivan, each story features some episode of Tacoma's past - big and small - told in word and picture.

Sullivan recounts public episodes like the story behind the 40-foot red neon pegasus (complete with animated gold lightning bolts) that once graced the top of Tacoma's tallest building. He also tells more personal stories, like the one of an Oregon woman who followed her Army boyfriend to Tacoma, where she robbed a theater for the money to follow him on to Alaska. and of course, we get the history of that long-gone theater, too.

It's fun to dip into a story or two, and get a snapshot of moments in Tacoma's history - 

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Council Member Blocker’s March 2016 Newsletter

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Tacoma City Council Member Keith Blocker took his place representing the people of Tacoma's Ditrict 3 in January.

To communicate with members of his district and others, Council Member Blocker will be publishing a regular e-newsletter focusing on issues relevant to his constituents. This month's edition includes a look at the Safe Routes to School program, as well as a feature on a "youth of the month," and tidbits on a short list of "District 3's Top 3" individuals and organizations. And there's a good list of ways for Tacoma residents to get involved with their city.

If you're a resident of District 3, or if you just like to keep an eye on what's going on, it's worth a read. If you want to keep up with the newsletter, you can sign up to receive it in your inbox, or just read it online.

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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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Museum of Glass Celebrates Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission

Museum of Glass to Join Association of Art Museum Directors’ Seventh Annual Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission

Tacoma, Wash. — Museum of Glass (MOG) will offer

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Tacoma Selected to Receive $200,000 in Environmental Protection Agency Grant Dollars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that the City of Tacoma has been selected to receive $200,000 in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant

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Celebrate Bike to Work Day!

Tacoma, Wash. – Half of the U.S. population live within 5 miles of their workplace. We want to celebrate Tacomans who are choosing to commute those miles by bike! As a part of Bike Month, Downtown On

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Drinking water at Metro Parks passes tests

Metro Parks officials on Friday reported that more than 60 drinking water sources throughout the park district recorded either no lead or minute levels well below public health limits.

Staff members

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Crews building HOV lanes Tacoma requires lane, ramp closures

Lane closures 

Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21 
From 1 a.m. to 4 a.m., all lanes of southbound I-5 will be routed onto I-705 and back to southbound I-5. 

Saturday, May 21 
From 1 a.m. to 4

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