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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 15, 2014

Charter Review

The first item on this week's City Council study session agenda is a discussion of the progress of Tacoma's Charter Review Committee so far. With over 50 meetings between the committee and its subcommittees, and a couple of public hearings, recommendations are taking shape, and

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Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

A group of Chinese investors wants to build a hotel and mixed-use project on a two-acre City-owned site next to the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in downtown Tacoma.

According to a staff memo to Tacoma City Council, Yareton Investment & Management WA LLC of Seattle, a subsidiary of

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Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once… Going Twice…

After receiving only one bid for the work to prop up a 110-year-old totem pole, this week the City of Tacoma re-released the bid opportunity.

Last year we found out that the Tacoma Totem Pole standing in Fireman's Park was structurally unsound. There was some debate over what could be done for the

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Tacoma 2013 Year In Review

There's a new "microsite" online with a 2013 Year in Review for the City of Tacoma. At annualreport.cityoftacoma.org visitors can peruse some of the accomplishments of the City from 2013. A letter from the City Manager introduces the site:

The City of Tacoma is emerging from a difficult period in

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Aviateur Opens in Old Zara, Sea Grill Space on Pacific Ave

A new restaurant opens today in the space that previously was Zara Mediterranean restaurant, and before that Sea Grill.

Aviateur will offer what sounds like a fairly traditional French menu - something lacking in Tacoma's current culinary line-up. The News Tribune writes that Aviateur is owned and

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Recognition Breakfast - Emergency Food Network

Star Center April 16, 2014 at 7:30 am

Please join us in honoring individuals and businesses for their dedication to helping hungry children, adults and seniors in Pierce County.

This year’s Silver Spoon Award recipients include:

  • Franciscan Foundation
  • LaborWorksPierce County Library System
  • Rogers High School Key Club
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Introduction to Search Engines

Main Library - Computer Classroom April 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Explore search engines and directories in more depth and discover how to apply specific strategies to locate information more efficiently. Requires ability to use a mouse. Advance registration required - register online or call Telephone Reference at (253) 292-2001.

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Walk Tacoma - Museum Walk

Children's Museum of Tacoma April 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Join us for a walking tour of Tacoma’s Museums!
Start: Children’s Museum of Tacoma at 15th & Pacific Ave.
Walk with: Pat McCarthy, Pierce County Executive

Thanks to our sponsor, Twokoi Japanese Cuisine!
Join us for a social following the walk at Anthem Coffee & Tea.

Join 50-100 other people

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Jack W. Plunckett, author of The Next Boom: What You Absolutely, Positively Have to Know about the W

Main Library April 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

A Sweeping and Authoritative Look at the Changes that will Ignite the Economies of America and its Trading Partners-Bring on the Next Boom!
In The Next Boom, Jack Plunkett, a widely followed analyst of global trends, persuasively demonstrates that we are on the verge of a period of major economic

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Introduction to Library Catalog

Main Library - Computer Classroom April 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Explore the catalog to find out if the library has purchased the works of a favorite author, a recent movie, or a popular compact disc. This class covers the basic skills needed to use the catalog either from home or in your local library. Requires ability to use a mouse. Advance registration

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Retirement Planning

Swasey Library April 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Join a financial advisor from TAPCO Credit Union to learn about:
*different concepts and methods of retirement planning
*different types of retirement accounts and how they work
*benefits of retirement planning

Free and open to the public. Registration requested.

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Thursday Beer Run - Rock the Dock

Rock the Dock Pub & Grill April 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Join the Tacoma Runners every week at a different bar or restaurant in Tacoma for an easy 3 mile run followed by fun back at the bar.

Check back here or at the Tacoma Runners Facebook page for details.

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Downloading/eReader Clinic

Main Library - Computer Classroom April 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Introducing a new way to learn more about your Nook, Kindle or other downloading device! Sign up for a slot in this eReader clinic devoted to Nooks, Kindles and more. Bring your ereader with you and meet with a library staff member for a short one-on-one session. You’ll become familiar with

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Oreos, radio, and saving the cat: an interview with Ira Glass

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We're huge This American Life fans. And we're not the only ones. Rachel Ervin over at Post Defiance shares her recent experience interviewing TAL producer Ira Glass, who she describes as having "profound impact" on her life. 

Every week on NPR Ira Glass tells a story through interviews with other people. It's not every week that a Tacoma writer gets to tell the story of interviewing Ira Glass. We're glad she did.

There's a lot about Glass' perspective on the radio and interviewing business, but some of our favorite bits come when he talks about his sense of place - like this bit about New York:

New York is fine. But it’s harder to do a ‘man on the street’ interview with someone with it sounding like New York City... I don’t feel like I live in America anymore now that I live in New York. Like, I don’t drive a car. Not driving a car makes you not an American. 

Oh, and the part where he asks if we'll be offended if he talks about Seattle when he visits Tacoma for his May 4th Broadway Center show...

You know, like will people beat me up if I try to play clips of Dan Savage? 

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Which State Has the Most Justin Bieber Fever and Fans?

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Hint: it's not Washington.

In fact, Washington has the fewest Bieber Fever sufferers in North America, based on one extremely scientific survey. Estately has a detailed breakdown of exactly where the Bieb is the most popular (and where he's definitely not), but we like the summary that credits the teen pop-star's "stolen" laptop stunt right here in Tacoma for his lack of popularity in our little corner of the nation.

Whatever the reason, we're proud to be in the lowest percentile on this one.

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11 Best Hot Dogs on the Planet

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A long-established and widely-read publication has named The Red Hot to a "best on the planet" list. We love seeing our favorite places appearing on "best of ..." lists, and "best on the planet" is quite the honor.

Whether or not you've ever actually picked up a copy of High Times (we're not sure we ever have), you can probably take a guess at the subject matter...

But hey, it's legal now... and besides, we can safely assume they've eaten their fair share of hot dogs, so who better to judge the best in the world?

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Tacoma Report - March 29, 2014

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The latest edition of Tacoma Report is online now from the City of Tacoma. It's 20 minutes of Tacoma-specific information that you might find useful. Watch online anytime.

This month you can learn about community cleanups, the completion of the first Depave project in Washington State right here in Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project, Talk the Walk, camping at Tacoma Power properties, youth summer employment program, work on the Prairie Line Trail, the Daffodil Festival, TPU's home weatherization program, and more...

Read more at City of Tacoma

New Tacoma mountain bike trail marks start of city’s official system

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It may have been rainy and muddy for the official opening of Tacoma's new Swan Creek Park mountain bike trails, but they've still gotten quite a lot of attention from mountain bike enthusiasts. They've also gone a ways toward reclaiming that corner of Tacoma for active recreation and good clean (muddy) fun.

One of the trails, nicknamed "Braking Bad," references both mountain bike fun and the park's less than sunny history. The trails came from a collaborative effort between Metro Parks, and community groups, including Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, which has worked hard on this and other trails.

And they hope this is just the beginning for the Swan Creek trail system. 

Read more at The Oregonian

Oregon Preservationists Vow to Save Endangered Parking Lots

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Empty lots are disappearing from Oregon downtowns at an alarming rate. Fortunately a preservation group has stepped in to stand up for the endangered asphalt.

“For too long we have considered these vacant lots ‘interlopers’ or ‘missing teeth’ in our historic downtowns but it is time for their historic significance and aesthetic merits to be recognized and celebrated. ... Asphalt pavements have played an important role in changing the landscape and the history of the U.S. since the late 19th century.”

The nonprofit National Asphalt Pavement Association and preservationists are both behind the effort to preserve Oregon's historic paved spaces. 

Read more at Restore Oregon

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

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Tacoma Housing Authority's McCarver Special Housing Program has made significant strides in improving outcomes for the students and families who participate in it.

The program is unique in the country, and the innovative approach is getting attention from outside our area for its success rates.

Read more at Jefferson Public Radio

If we want people to drive less, we have to end sexism

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More women than men ride public transportation. Yet many, if not most women, have felt unsafe when riding public transit.

Sexual harassment, or outright assault are not uncommon experiences, a fact which causes many women who can afford to avoid public transit to do so.

This article makes the argument (based on a longer Atlantic Cities article) that if cities and transit advocates want to get serious about encouraging ridership, they've also got to get serious about discouraging sexual harassment.

What have you experienced (or witnessed others experience) on transit in Tacoma and beyond?

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Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Citizen-Airman of the Year Award Goes to Master Sgt. Lance Nelson

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Citizen-Airman of the Year Award Goes to Master Sgt. Lance Nelson, 446th AW at JBLM-McChord Field

TACOMA, Wash. –  It is the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s honor to

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YES! Parks & Zoo Campaign Announces Unprecedented Tacoma-wide Coalition

As ballots for the April 22nd election arrived this week, the Neighbors for Parks campaign announced an unprecedented community coalition of more than 50 Tacoma civic organizations representing

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Gary Stroutsos performance at the History Museum

International World Flute Master and Cultural Storyteller to Perform at the Washington State History Museum 

Tacoma, April 11, 2014 – The Washington State History Museum welcomes Gary Stroutsos,

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Constellation - An Overture to the Zodiac

"The Enlightenment Cabinet" is a wandering art exhibition curated by artist Yvette Endrijautzki. With its current presentation "CONSTELLATION- an Overture to the Zodiac", over forty local, national

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Wild, Wacky World of Percussion concludes Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s Mini Maestros Family Series

TACOMA, WA - In its second season, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra's Mini Maestros family concert series is set to present its final concert "The Wild, Wacky World of Percussion" on Sunday, April 27th at

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