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Fall Garden Festival to Celebrate Local, Sustainable Gardening

A new garden event is coming to Tacoma this fall from Metro Parks. In the tradition of the Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show, the new Fall Garden Festival will celebrate and inspire local farmers, gardeners, and anyone who's thinking about getting in to gardening.

The Fall Garden Festival at

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Peoples Community Center Pool is Getting a Makeover

Peoples Pool in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood is getting a makeover. Makeover might actually not be a strong enough word for the improvements coming to the Metro Parks facility at 9th and MLK.

The Peoples Community Center was known as Malcolm X Center until it got a name change in 1978 ...

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Mayor & Others Ask Public to Lobby Against JBLM Cuts

Mayor Strickland, Councilmember Thoms, and other public figures are asking the public to help lobby to keep reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to a minimum in upcoming military cuts. Last week the Mayor issued a request for public involvement, which Thoms echoed at last night's City Council

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 19, 2014



Resolution No. 38987 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma to clarify the rights and responsibilities of the City and the Port relating to jointly-owned real property commonly referred to as Julia’s Gulch located in

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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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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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Free Saturday 5k for August 23, 2014

Point Defiance Park August 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join us for a beautiful August run in Tacoma’s spectacular Point Defiance Park.

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

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What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

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Conversations about so-called "smart cities" focus on the potential for technology to revolutionize life in our urban centers, but often ignore questions of equity and access.

A recent piece from a British author asks another question, though; what if we reframe the idea of "smart" cities to think about how we can ask smarter questions about our cities, rather than just looking for the next smart technology? 

... the smart question about leadership is how to make it more inclusive and participatory, more open and responsive. Social media is one way of opening up such conversations. But if the conversation doesn’t shift the boundaries of who has access to land, property, influence and money, the benefit of the technology is marginal.

As Tacoma develops more apps and more online access, are we opening up government to more people, or are we simply putting more layers between the City and some of its citizens?

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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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Get Involved in Park(ing) Day!

Have you ever wished for more parks in downtown.  This is your chance to make it happen.  Friday, September 19 is Park(ing) day, a global day in which parking spots temporarily become public parks.

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Endangered Sumatran tiger Jaya pregnant with at least two cubs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Ultrasounds verify 11-year-old Jaya is pregnant with at least two cubs

Tacoma, Wash. – There is both art and science to establishing the fact of pregnancy in an endangered Sumatran tiger. And there

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Mayor Marilyn Strickland Urges Public to Comment on Possible Job Reductions at JBLM

Tacoma, Wash. -- Mayor Marilyn Strickland urges Tacoma residents and business owners to participate in the U.S. Army’s public comment period on potential job reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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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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