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MDC Celebrates Opening of Randall Townsend Apartments

For too long the old Baywatch apartments sat empty at the corner of 7th and Fawcett. But soon the nearly 100 year-old apartment building will again be home to residents.

MDC, a long-time Tacoma nonprofit focused on addressing root causes of poverty, has spent the last year, and $4.1

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SWAT Presence at McKinley Hill Street Fair Draws Mixed Reactions

Over the weekend the McKinley neighborhood held its first street fair in several years. There was a great turnout, with perfect street fair weather and lots of family fun. 

We also heard that Tacoma's SWAT team turned out - mostly via several lively conversations on various social networks. To say

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of August 19, 2014

Envisioning Tacoma

At this week's study session the City Council will be updated on Tacoma's citywide strategic visioning process. The citywide outreach effort included the July 30 Tacoma 2025 visioning workshop, which saw hundreds of attendees, as well as ongoing opportunities to comment online

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Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

The developers of Point Ruston are suing the City of Ruston. For a lot of money.

The News Tribune reported on Friday that Point Ruston LLC has given the small town warning that it intends to sue for what it calls "environmental malfeasance," and will be seeking damages totalling more than $150

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More Change Coming to the Stadium District

More change is on the way for the Stadium District, and it comes with some tantalizing images of what could be.

The latest is the move of Premiere Collision out of the prominent space at the west end of the building housing Stadium Thriftway. According to The News Tribune, the owners of that auto

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Summer Storytime at the Cabin

Job Carr Cabin Museum August 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

The Job Carr Cabin Museum invites children ages 3 to 8 and their families to attend Summer Storytime! Every Wednesday during the summer from 1 to 2 PM, we will have a storyteller followed by an activity. It is completely free, but a $1 donation is suggested to help make our Cabin even better! We

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City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Library Employment Workshop

Main Library August 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

The City of Tacoma HR and Tacoma Public Library team up to share resources every job seeker should be aware of as they navigate the employment process.

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Tacoma Historical Society Neighborhood Walk

Tacoma History Museum August 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Join us at Tacoma History Museum, 919 Pacific Avenue, for free events connected with our newest exhibit – “Be Our Guest: Tacoma Hotel 1884-1935.”

(Third) Thursday, August 21st, 6:15 pm: Tacoma Historical Society’‘s Neighborhood Walk. Meet at the Tacoma History Museum in the historic

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Kye Alfred Hillig & Barleywine Revue LIVE at Curran Apple Orchard Park

The Curran Apple Orchard Park August 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

The Curran Concert Series presents Kye Alfred Hillig and Barleywine Revue in a free, all-ages event set amidst the trees of a historic working farm. Enjoy a memorable summer evening of live music performances in an orchard setting. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics (no alcohol allowed), or buy

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Run Run Run from Shake Shake Shake

Shake Shake Shake August 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Join us Aug. 21 as we head back to the Stadium District for our first-ever run from Shake Shake Shake. We will spend our time at the burger and shake joint in the restaurant’s outdoor dining area, where we can order adult beverages along with our burgers and fries following the run. To speed

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99 Pieces of Art

August 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm
99 Pieces of Art is a one night pop up gallery featuring 99pieces of art from many local artists. The event will take place August 21, 2014 6:00 – 9:00pm, at 919 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma, WA. All individual pieces of art are reasonably priced at $99.

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Get Rowdy for Rhinos

Parkway Tavern August 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

50¢ of EVERY beer/cider/wine purchased between 6 and 10 pm will go to help Rhino conservation!

In order for your purchases to count, tabs need to be closed by 10 pm but you can always re-open your tab and continue enjoying your evening!

For everyone 21 years and older, we’ll see you there!

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Rags & Ribbons in the Hot Shop

Museum of Glass August 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Experience the Arts of Music and Glass Coming Together

Join Us for an Evening of Live Music and Glassblowing Featuring Music From Rags & Ribbons

Museum of Glass is hosting Portland-based melodic rock band Rags & Ribbons for a live concert in the Hot Shop on Friday, August 22 from 6:30 –

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Tickets about gone for U.S. Open

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A little less than a year out, and the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay is already starting to sell out.

Individual tickets for Saturday and Sunday - the final competition days of the big event - are sold out. Apparently that's an earlier date than usual for the US Open. 

There are still a few ways to find tickets for days of the week-long event, but it sounds like they're going fast.

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Tasting Tacoma: Seattle’s charming older sister to the south

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Hey Tacoma, if your ears were burning, it's because someone was talking about you. But don't worry, it was all nice things.

A first time visit to Tacoma led to a glowing review that covers a lot of Tacoma favorites from 6th Ave to Boathouse 19, and over to the Eastside, too. The author concludes that Tacoma has a lot going for it, and maybe that self-deprecating jokes aren't necessary...

I suppose that Tacoma remains something of a working-class version of Seattle, but that is, finally, its great charm. 

So, Tacoma, do you feel like someone finally gets you?

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Chick-Fil-A Coming to Puget Sound—Do They Know How Gay It Is Here?

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So it's not exactly news that Chick-Fil-A is coming to Tacoma, but the title of this Seattle Weekly article made us chuckle a little.

Also, how have we missed the "Chow Down at Chick Fil A (even if you're gay)" drag queen video?

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Bees keep Minneapolis City Hall buzzing

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Minneapolis City Hall is home to bee hives brought in with an eye toward conservation, and demonstrating that bees can be kept in very urban spaces. 

Bees, which are good for the health and productivity of plants, are increasingly threatened by pesticides and other dangers. Urban hives are good for local gardens, and of course, for producing tasty honey.

The original Minneapolis City Hall hive and bees were donated last year, and they've already split into a second hive, which volunteer bee keepers expect to get up to 150 pounds of honey out of this fall. 

So, who wants to see honey bees at the Tacoma Municipal Building?

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Garden Festival Returns to Point Defiance Park

September 27 event features Ed Hume, free admission

The Fall Garden Festival at Point Defiance Park is a celebration of local, sustainable, earth-friendly gardening and creative ways to grow your

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Pet of the Week: Taffy

If you’re looking to add a pint-sized companion to your family, Taffy may be the dog for you. This 5 year old tan Chihuahua arrived at the shelter last month as a stray and is ready to go home with

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72-hour hold on Spanaway double-homicide suspect

72-hour hold on Spanaway double-homicide suspect

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist requested a 72-hour hold on Richard Atkisson, 40, who was arrested by Pierce County

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Call for volunteers: Help tally Washington’s cyclists and walkers this fall

Preparations underway for 2014 bicycle, pedestrian count Sept. 30–Oct. 2

OLYMPIA – During a three-day survey last year, volunteers counted nearly 66,000 bicyclists and pedestrians across Washington.

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Major milestone for Nalley Valley viaduct: New Sprague Avenue ramps open to traffic

TACOMA – The I-5/State Route 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley projectreached its last major milestone shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, when the Washington State Department of Transportation opened two

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