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New 21+ Pinball Lounge Coming to 6th Ave

We're not going to name any names, but we know a couple adults who will be more than a little excited by the news that a grown-up pinball joint is coming to Tacoma.

The 8-Bit Arcade Bar Facebook page posted an announcement of the new Tacoma venue yesterday:

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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of April 5, 2016

Tacoma Town Center

Last fall we wrote about the latest proposal to build a mixed-use development on the 6 acres of City-owned property at South 21st and Fawcett in downtown Tacoma. Last week we saw a sign that that proposal may be moving ahead. The proposed project would include office and retail space, including a grocery store, and ...

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The 2016 Farmers’ Market Season Begins…

Spring has sprung. We know this because of the families picnicking in Wright Park, the sidewalk tables downtown with people at them, and the amount of pollen in the air. We also know it because last weekend the Proctor Farmers' Market kicked off its regular weekly market season last Saturday. 

The

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Police Body Cams Coming to Tacoma

Here's a bit of news our friends over at the Tacoma Daily Index shared this week: The City of Tacoma plans to pilot a police body cam program starting in the coming months. From the Index:

The City has issued a Request For Information (RFI) from contractors regarding a 30-day pilot project to test five cameras to be worn by Tacoma police officers, according to

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - March 29, 2016

This week's council meeting was short and sweet. The main highlight was the presentation of the 2016 Daffodil Princesses.

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39408 A resolution setting Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council

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UW Tacoma Continues Work to Clean Up Historic Groundwater Contaminants

A new phase of contamination assessment and clean up is about to begin in downtown Tacoma.

In 1995 construction began that would preserve and revitalize Tacoma's historic warehouse district, turning vacant and underutilized historic buildings into the new campus of the University of Washington

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Rent a Bike (Or Something Even More Fun) On Ruston Way

Here's something fun to do with your next free weekend: rent some wheels down at Point Ruston, and cruise the waterfront. 

This week the Point Ruston blog announced the grand opening of Wheel Fun Rentals just below WildFin American Grill, on the Point Ruston Waterwalk.

... Wheel Fun Rentals

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EXPLORE THE SHORE! Half-day MINI-CAMPS (Age 10-13)

Foss Waterway Seaport August 24, 2017 at 9:00 am

The summer is coming to a close, everyone is looking for things to do. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a FUN and EDUCATIONAL way that the kids could spend part of the day? Foss Waterway Seaport Museum is offering four mini-camps during August! Four hours each day (9am to 1pm) for only $20.

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Summer 2017 Pop-up Traffic Garden (Pt. 1)

Swan Creek Park (entrance near Lister Elementary) August 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

A Traffic Garden is a playground where children of all ages can practice walking, bicycling, and skating while learning how to safely navigate local streets. This fun back-to-school events is part of a two-event series and will feature a temporary Traffic Garden, free helmets and fittings, a

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Harmonious Funk

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub August 25, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Harmonious Funk Band is one of the Northwest Premier show Bands that have been captivating audiences, and keeping people dancing as soon as they hit Stage. Playing a set list that includes Top 40s hits, 80s, 90s, early 2000s and current tunes, this is a band you won’t want to miss! Cheers! $8 cover

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Summer 2017 Pop-up Traffic Garden (Pt. 2)

Swan Creek Park (entrance near Lister Elementary) August 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

A Traffic Garden is a playground where children of all ages can practice walking, bicycling, and skating while learning how to safely navigate local streets. This fun back-to-school events is part of a two-event series and will feature a temporary Traffic Garden, free helmets and fittings, a

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Prom Date Mixtape

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub August 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm

After nearly 10 years fronting other tribute bands, Patrick and Daniel have created “Prom Date Mixtape” to bring their unique talents and love of New Wave, Synth-pop and all things 80s to new and existing fans everywhere! With an ALL-STAR line up and a meticulous sound that recreates all the

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Kareem Kandi Band

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub August 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.Kareem is a versatile musician with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, and Funk, and has been performing on the scene for years,

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Mary Bridge Children’s Courage

Pack Forest August 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

Mary Bridge Children’s Courage is a weekend cycling adventure benefiting patients and families served by Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Network. From newcomers to veteran cyclists, Courage has rides for everyone. Join us for the one-day, 5-mile Rainier Family Ride; one-day, 30-mile

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Real Estate Career Information Session

Keller Williams Realty, Puyallup August 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Come for a behind the scenes tour of the #1 Real Estate Company in Pierce County! Have you ever wondered how to become a Realtor; how to choose which brokerage to join; or simply, whether a real estate career is right for you? If so, join us for this FREE event. Hosted by Rebecca Del Pozo, Managing

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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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