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Tall Ships Could Return to Tacoma

Tall ships could once again fill Commencement Bay. A group of interested individuals is floating the idea of bringing the Tall Ships Festival back to Tacoma for a third time.

In 2005 the historic tall ships came from far and wide to sail the waters of Commencement Bay, and offer maritime

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3 Sumatran Tiger Cubs Need Names - You Can Help

The three newest members of the Point Defiance Zoo family passed their well-cub checkups with flying colors this week. Born at between 2.5 and 3 pounds each, the three girl cubs now weigh in at 7.67, 7.80 and 8.31 pounds.

They're three weeks old, and they're ready to be named. The Zoo is asking

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 28, 2014



Resolution No. 39036 A resolution setting Monday, November 17, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner regarding Local Improvement District (LID) 8661 for the placement of new asphalt and other improvements on Proctor Street from North 38th

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Be Heard, Pierce County

A new series of election posters are on the streets now. You may have seen them around town, in coffee shops or on bulletin boards, urging you to vote this November.

The message is the same on all the posters, regardless of language: "You'll never be heard if you don't speak." It's a message meant

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 28, 2014

This week the City Council could ask the state to make bans on fortified beer and wine mandatory for Tacoma's West End Alcohol Impact Area, and the Council will spend some time discussing budgets for some specific City departments. A couple of items on this week's Council meeting agenda could also

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Broadway Center Vision for the Future

The Pantages Theater celebrates its 100th year in 2018. As that centennial approaches, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which operates the theater, is looking ahead to the next 100 years of performing arts programming for Tacoma. They want the next century of the Pantages to start with

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How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

As election season continues to gather momentum, there are a lot of sources out there with opinions about how you should vote. This week we have recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and from the Tacomic.

On Tuesday the Chamber released its recommendations on four of the twelve proposed Tacoma Charter amendments. It's a pretty succinct guide: just ...

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Free Saturday 5k for November 1, 2014

Point Defiance Park November 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

What’s your 5k PR? Don’t know? Join Tacoma Runners for the Saturday 5k and see how you do!This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k. Are you new to Tacoma Runners? Register at TacomaRunners.com/runners/register,

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Tea Ceremony - Tonga

November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments; the nobility considered tea consumption a mark of status and the common people simply enjoyed its flavor. Although Tea drinking started in China; Korea, Japan, India, and other Asia Pacific

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Tacoma Metal Arts Center Beginning Jewelry / Metals

Tacoma Metal Arts Center November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

Class 1 of 4: Covers metalsmithing fundamentals including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, and texturing, and that is just the first day! Also covers bezel setting stones, making rings, chain fabrication, and lots of soldering. Students will be guided step-by-step in the use of studio equipment

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Arts of the Fur Trade

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

Experience the arts as an important part of daily life in the mid-1800s at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Interact with the dozens of re-enactors and the Fort’s artisans as they showcase 19th century skills such as spinning, weaving,beading, blacksmithing, woodworking, open-fire cooking,

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Job Carr Day

Job Carr Cabin Museum November 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Recognition is always welcome…even if it is 150 years in the making! We are pleased to share this Mayoral Proclamation, received at last night’s Tacoma City Council meeting. It designates Saturday, November 1 as “Job Carr Day.”

Old Tacoma merchants are getting into the spirit…if you

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Tacoma Brewing Company’s Second Anniversary

Tacoma Brewing November 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Tacoma Brewing will be celebrating its second anniversary, November 1st, from 2-9pm. A full menu of limited beers will be served, including an bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, stouts of various flavors (licorice, vanilla, coffee), IPAs, and Dr. Alexander’s Hard Ginger Ale! There will be hourly

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6th Avenue’s Dia de los Muertos

The old Crescent Moon building November 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm

6th Ave is taking part in the yearly holiday celebrated around the world called Dia de los Muertos. It is a day to remember our loved ones that have passed on to the other side and to celebrate the time we shared with them.

The 6th Ave business district will be commemorating this on Saturday,

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Kidical Mass Tacoma - 2nd Cycle Shop Ride through Hilltop

2nd Cycle November 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

Join us at the brand new 2nd Cycle shop on Sunday November 2nd to celebrate DIY bikes. Meetup at 10:30 to get ready, roll-out at 11am for a loop ride around the Hilltop neighborhood. We’ll return to the shop for snacks and a hands-on tutorial for kids on how to change a flat tire. Let ‘em get their

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Aaron’s Behavior: Following former Dirty Oscar’s chef Aaron Grissom on “Top Chef”

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Aaron Grissom, former head chef and menu creator for Tacoma's Dirty Oscar's Annex on 6th Avenue (now working in LA), is one of the contenders on the current season of Bravo's Top Chef. 

NW Military is following Grissom's adventures on Top Chef - focused more on the chef's expletive-laced confrontations than his culinary wins. And although the season is only a few shows in, it looks like there will be plenty for them to track.

Despite the the description of Grissom as a "social idiot," the author seems to be a huge Grissom fan. We'll let you come to your own conclusions on that, but the 4-letter words and confrontations with one of the female chefs in particular would make us hesitant to take him home to meet Grandma... unless he promised to cook Thanksgiving dinner for us.

Catch Top Chef on Bravo on Wednesdays. 

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How Tacoma’s Spaceworks Works

Spaceworks Tacoma's Creative Enterprises program is looking for its next round of small businesses and nonprofits to support, promote, and house under its Creative Enterprise program.

Spaceworks supports creative enterprises in three categories - Creative Enterprises for creative and innovative small businesses, Art Residencies for practicing visual and performing artists, and Artscapes for installations of art in publicly visible spaces. The Creative Enterprise program puts new businesses, artists, and nonprofits into vacant retail and office spaces in downtown Tacoma, and provides them with professional development training.

The program currently operates mainly in the downtown core, with a few locations in the Hilltop, but plans for the future widen horizons for Spaceworks, with Ruston Way up next for creative reinvigoration.


Best Hotels in the Pacific Northwest: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014: Hotel Murano

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Tacoma's Hotel Murano has once again made a "best-of" list. This time the Murano shows up in the top 10 of Condé Nast Traveller's Readers' Choice Awards for Best Hotels in the Pacific NW.

Condé Nast readers liked the glass art theme, the contemporary, but cozy and well-appointed rooms, the fresh menu at Bite Restaurant, and of course the friendly staff. In the past the Murano has earned praise from Forbes, CNN Money, and other international media outlets, as well as appearing on a few other Condé Nast lists.

Nicely done, Murano.

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Glass Patches Seed Passion for Local Art

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Every year Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio makes pumpkins. They're pretty little seasonal works of art that will last longer than your jack o'lantern, and no one has to scoop out the guts.

Each year the artists display and sell their pumpkins at half a dozen locations around the Sound, wrapping up this year at the Pioneer Pavillion in Puyallup this Saturday with 6,000 pumpkins in an 8,000 square-foot space. If you miss them there, though, you can always pick up a pumpkin at the studio just off Pacific on 23rd, or order one online. Or you could schedule your own glass blowing session, and see what you can come up with yourself.

It seems like the perfect intersection of pumpkin month and Tacoma Arts Month.

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Pet of the Week: Precious

Precious is a friendly and easygoing girl! She desires lots of love and affection. Precious will gladly relax with you while you work, occasionally reminding you she is there by your side. She will

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Sumatran Tiger Triplets Need Names - And the Public is Invited to Help Choose Them

Voting begins today as the zoo releases first close-up, color photos and video of the three 3-week-old female cubs.

TACOMA, Wash. - Three endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, all females, need their

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New Phoebe House joins #GivingTuesday movement with goal of raising funds for new children’s playset

TACOMA, WA - New Phoebe House Association has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and

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Bike and pedestrian collision risks increase with longer hours of dark

OLYMPIA – The end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 2, signals more than turning back of the clocks; it’s also a time to use extra caution on our state’s roadways. Between October and January

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Festive Fall at Museum of Glass: Calendar Highlights for November 2014

Glass pumpkins, gobblettes, turkey crafts and more! With the holiday season in full swing, Museum of Glass invites you to enjoy a variety of seasonal events and activities this November. Start your

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