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Monkeyshines 2017 - The Year of the Rooster

I know that we've been quiet for a while. This week seems like a good time to step outside for a moment and say something ...

With Chinese New Year fast approaching, the twitchiness and paranoia that is Monkeyshines begin to fill the air. We search trees and parks. We open every newspaper box and look in every potted plant. We discover every single tossed tallboy in every bush. We walk through the city at night hoping to catch a glimpse of our first glass ball of the year. Are you ready for for the Year of the Rooster? 

Ms. Monkey and her team, cloaked in anonymity, have created and carefully hidden hundreds (thousands) of handblown glass balls every Chinese New Year since 2003. The balls and medallions are each stamped with a symbol for the new year's animal. They appear in neighborhoods throughout the city. Beautiful Angle posters usually go up that night as well. The even more mysterious Marbleman has been thrilling hunters with his handmade glass marbles the last couple of years. Others have joined in and treasures are now appearing from all over the community. The art is intended to be discovered. It is intended to surprise and be a gift.

The thrill of the hunt has created an extraordinarily devoted and loyal group of followers. The moment a ball or medallion is found, the social interwebs light up with the news. Streets throughout the Tacoma then fill with people looking for their own prized piece of art. 

Chinese New Year is Saturday, January 28. Will it happen that night? Maybe some other night?

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Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

I moved to Tacoma around 2003 and I stayed until I moved to Seattle in 2010.  I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was into the idea of being a poet and I was making ends meet by sewing old sweaters together into hoodies and calling it a fashion label. But, at the bottom of my heart, I knew I was an artist.  And an artist needs space. An artist needs room to grow, experiment, fail, and borrow money from older more established artists that take pity on a path unpaved ...

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Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Bill Virgin’s recent article (“Is Tacoma taking Seattle-like growth tactics too far?”, June 4, 2016) in the Tacoma News Tribune represents the latest chapter in the ongoing community dialogue about the character of development patterns emerging during the economic recovery. Finally, after over a decade of planning for growth and development in the city’s neighborhood business districts, Tacoma is finally seeing new density in areas designated for the centralization of growth, which has been the centerpiece of the city’s growth strategy for years ...

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Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

We had the pleasure last of night of joining a few friends for dinner at Cooks Tavern. The restaurant, located at North 26th and Alder, is the first Tacoma presence for Seattle-based Chow Foods. Their neighborhood restaurants include places like The Hi-Life in Ballard, 5 Spot on Queen Anne, and Endolyne Joe's in West Seattle. After a year of hard work on the building ...

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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 Concert Band Summer Concert

Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Center Lawn August 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Tacoma Concert Band Summer Concert
Free concert on the lawn.

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Sweet Sixx and The Wild Pack

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub August 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

SWISS SIXX AND THE WILD PACK is as the name implies, WILD. It is a blues rock band made up of a forever changing cast of musicians, with Sixx and Rachel as the founding members and the only two consistent members. Sixx on guitars and vocals and Rachel on bass and vocals. Free cover!

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All Aboard The Mothership w/DJ Tacoma Diaz

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub August 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm

TACOMA DIAZ spinning vinyl classics sure to funk you up. 80’s R&B and HipHop faves, $5 Cover. Don’t miss it!

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Tacoma Concert Band Summer Concert

Anderson Island Historical Society and Johnson Farm Museum August 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Tacoma Concert Band Summer Concert
Free concert on the lawn.

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Dance Factory: Disco Dress-Up Night

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub August 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Disco, Funk, Dance with a touch of rock for good measure - what’s not to love? Come on down to the Swiss as Dance Factory returns and dance the night away to your favorite songs spanning the best decades. Get those polyester clothes out of the closet (you know you want to…) and come out and get

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Meditation 101

Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center August 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

Meditation enables us to reduce feelings of stress and unhappiness while increasing our natural sense of well-being. In this half-day course, Gen Kelsang Wangpo will give teachings and easy to follow meditation practices to help us to develop a meditative practice in a busy, modern world filled

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Tacoma Concert Band Summer Concert

Ft Steilacoom Park August 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Tacoma Concert Band Summer Concert
Free concert on the lawn.

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Puget Sound Music For Youth Association

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub August 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

The Puget Sound Music for Youth Association (PSMFYA) is a Washington State non-profit business, located in Spanaway, Washington. The association was started in June 2009 by Paul Manuel, a local businessman and a musician for over 35 years playing Blues and Rock Flute, along with some parents

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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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Shoot the T: A Photo Competition to Highlight Tacoma

TACOMA, WA – Shoot The T is a photo contest created to showcase the beauty of Tacoma as well as promote art and creativity in the City of Destiny. The winning contestant is destined for a grand

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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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