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Odd Otter Opening

It looks like Odd Otter Brewing is finally opening. After a series of delays, they plan to open their doors to the public this weekend, according to an announcement on their Facebook page this week.

Tacoma, Washington, beer lovers, world: We. Have. Done it. And we couldn't have done it without

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Laureate Listening Project

Do you have a poem that reflects some aspect of the essence of Tacoma? Poets, from professionals to amateurs (maybe even especially amateurs) are invited to share their work with the Laureate Listening Project.

Lucas Smiraldo, the City Of Tacoma Poet Laureate has launched a program to record

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of November 25, 2014

It's a short Council meeting agenda for this short work week, but there are still a couple of important items here.

Budgets & Public Hearings

With work continuing on a final 2015-2016 biennial budget, the Council will hear another set of presentations at this week's study session/budget work

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Shop Locally, Act Globally, Get Some Good Stuff

We're still a week out from Black Friday, and all the craziness that day entails. Before we get to that, this weekend brings several chances to get an early, and ethical start to your holiday shopping.

Annual Holiday Fair Trade Market

This will be the fifth year of this collaboration between St

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WildFin American Grill to Open at Point Ruston

There's a new restaurant coming to Point Ruston: today the mixed-use center developers announced that WildFin American Grill will open its third location in one of a waterfront Point Ruston waterfront spaces restaurant space.

Tacoma, Wash. - November 20, 2014 - Point Ruston (PointRuston.com), the

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - November 18, 2014


December 2, 2014 was proclaimed as #GivingTuesday in recognition of the national day of philanthropy falling on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. In Tacoma New Phoebe House will be using their #GivingTuesday to invite supporters to help them

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City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

Last night the Tacoma City Council signed off on a development agreement for the construction of an $85 million hotel, with a possible second residential phase that could bring the project total to $150 million.

In April the City began official negotiations with Yareton Investment & Management LLC

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New & Improved UWT Book Store: More Comfortable, More to Offer, & Open to the Public

The UWT book store has always been open to the public, but it's always felt a little... like a school book store. That changes with the remodel of the space, wrapping up this week.

With the grand reopening, visitors will find a new "bookstore/coffee house" vibe that may remind you more of a Barnes & Noble ...

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Honey, The Parkway Ruined Thanksgiving Once Again!

The Parkway November 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

You all know what season it is and this year will be no different than last year. Its that time for (DRUMROLL, PLEASE) “Honey, The Parkway Ruined Thanksgiving Once Again!”

A good ole’ Turkey dinner and time with family is nice, but what’s better is having all of the beers the day before

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Let it Snow!

WW Seymour Conservatory November 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Create holiday memories and revel in the winter magic of the Seymour Conservatory as the interior is transformed into a glittering snowglobe.

Fairy lights will twinkle and snow will fall as guests enjoy our grand floral exhibit and hot cocoa.

$3 admission, 11 and under free

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Bike to a Business: Tinkertopia

Tinkertopia November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Tinkertopia is a creative reuse center in DowntownTacoma. They remove items from the waste stream and let customers repurpose them as creative arts and crafts supplies. Ride your bike to Tinkertopia on Saturdays in November and receive buy-one-get-one-free Tinker Time. Either bring a friend and get

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Free Saturday 5k for November 29, 2014

Point Defiance Park November 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

Start your Saturday off right - with a 5k with Tacoma Runners!

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/register, complete your profile, print

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Indies First with Creative Colloquy

King's Bookstore November 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Our friends at Creative Colloquy join us to celebrate Indies First with some of our favorite local authors! Indies First, started by Sherman Alexie last year, calls on authors around the country to take a turn as a bookseller at an independent bookstore as part of Small Business Saturday. Our

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The Laureate Listening Project

Tacoma Main Library November 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Laureate Listening Project is an audio anthology that captures the voices of ordinary TACOMA residents who have created poetry that reflects the spirit of place in their city. We invite you to come with the poem that reflects a place or memory in the city of Tacoma that is presented as a poem.

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3rd Annual Small Business Saturday Celebration

Tacoma's Antique Row November 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

Mark your calendars! Tacoma small business owners spend every day bringing out the best in your neighborhoods.

Come on out the Saturday after Thanksgiving and celebrate with them between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Gingerbread Jamboree

Hotel Murano November 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Have a sticky and sweet time at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s annual Gingerbread Jamboree at the Hotel Murano’s Bicentennial Pavilion.

The annual Gingerbread Jamboree features candy buffets and lots of frosting! Build a house as a family or individually. This event is an essential holiday

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Dangerous Domains: A conversation with Tacoma building inspector Dan McConaughy

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Dangerous buildings are structures in the City that go beyond "derelict" buildings in terms of owner neglect. These boarded up buildings with the "Do Not Occupy" signs are more than just eyesores. 

They're often vandalized, occupied by squatters, and stripped of any copper by metal thieves. Due to property owner neglect and poor building condition, they've been deemed dangerous to the public health, and slated for demolition by the City.

If you've ever wondered about the City of Tacoma's process for dealing with these buildings, The Daily Index has a look at some of the process.

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Parking could be an issue when Amtrak moves to Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square

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When the Tacoma Amtrak station moves to Freighthouse Square, it will lose the ample free parking available at its current location further down Puyallup Avenue.

With the move, the new Amtrak station location joins the cluster that already includes the Sounder station, the terminus of the Tacoma Link, and the Tacoma Dome bus transit hub. The free Pierce Transit parking garage is frequently full to capacity, many nearby lots are already allocated to other uses, and the construction of the new station will mean the loss of some on-street angle parking.

There are concerns that the loss of the free (or affordable) adjacent long-term parking could be problematic for Amtrak ridership. Some Dome District business owners are also concerned about the impact of increased parking demands on their neighborhood, and are calling for Pierce Transit to start charging for parking at its garage.

We haven't seen a parking study for the area, but is anyone really trusting enough to leave their car parked at the Amtrak station for the weekend anyway?

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Tacoma police change how they seek permission to use cellphone tracker

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Tacoma police have been using a controversial cell phone tracking devices, or "cell site simulator," to find criminals. Now judges in Pierce County are requiring higher standards for their use.

TPD was getting warrants to use the cell site simulators... well, kind of. They had warrants signed by judges, but the judges didn't know they were signing off on the tracking devices, which not only collect data on a suspect, but on all the phones around them as well. The police made a distinction between telling the judge what information they were seeking, and sharing the tactics they would use to get it.

After learning that police were using the technology, Pierce County judges saw it differently. Now they've asked the police making warrant requests to specify if they plan on using the devices. Pierce County agencies using the devices also have to swear that they will not store data from anyone other than the subject of the warrant.

Jurisdictions all over the country are facing this issue, but apparently Pierce County is ahead of the curve in imposing higher standards.

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Get Inspired

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Possibilities abound at Earthwise Salvage. New and vintage doors, windows, appliances, lighting, hardware, and lumber fill the warehouses at both the Tacoma and Seattle locations, along with an impressive and diverse assortment of architectural antiques. 

If all that possibility leaves you excited for a new project, but not sure where to start, the Earthwise "Get Inspired" page has some great ideas for both commercial and residential projects. The examples they share are taken from customers who have repurposed their Earthwise finds into unique features of their own homes and businesses. For further inspiration, you can also follow Earthwise on Pinterest.

So take a look, get inspired, and head out to Earthwise to see what treasures are waiting to go home with you this weekend. We should warn you, though, these projects can become habit forming...

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Post your #unselfie and donate to Hilltop Artists!

Take a picture of yourself to let people know you are donating to Hilltop Artists for Giving Tuesday, December 2nd. Be goofy, creative, serious, or funny!

Here's where it gets interesting. Hilltop

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Seeking Vendors for our Holiday Sale / Artist Market

December 13th & 14th from 10 am to 4 pm Fulcrum Gallery will open its doors to an exquisite collection of local crafters and artisans.

If you are a maker of goods and interested in participating

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Scuba-diving arrives at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in preparation for Zoolights

Santa arrived at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this morning to squeals of delight from children. But this wasn’t an ordinary arrival. This Santa showed up in scuba-diving gear. Oh, and by the way, he

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Metro Parks Board Update

Park Board Meeting Update - Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 

Thanks to everyone in Tacoma’s skateboard community who turned out for Monday night’s Board meeting. Your commitment to the park district and city

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Free Uber ride home avoids a DUI in Tacoma on Black Friday

Avoid a DUI in Tacoma this Black Friday with the simple tap of an app.

To kick-off its holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force is

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