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1 Week Old Triplet Baby Clouded Leopard Cubs Are Pretty Cute

Three clouded leopard cubs were born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium eight days ago. They're still under a pound each, and they're being tended to by zookeepers. It's too early to tell their genders at this point, but be looking for an announcement of that, as well as a date for their official

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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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The Latona Family Band

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub February 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Come join us at The Swiss in Tacoma for a good time! Tasty food, beer and jams. What’s not to like? Can’t wait to see you there.The Latona Family Band is a Seattle-based Americana group that got its start singing around fires and at Seattle farmer’s markets.

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Michael Feinstein

The Pantages Theater February 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Michael Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades, bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world as a singer-pianist. Feinstein has established himself as a peerless vocalist considered one of the greatest crooners New York has ever produced. Feinstein’s

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Thurgood

Theater on the Square February 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm

George Stevens Jr.’s award winning, one-man play tells the amazing true story of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Told in the first person, the play revisits flashpoints in Marshall’s life: from his childhood in Baltimore, to law school, his rise to the Supreme Court, and his

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The Hipsters Rock The Swiss!

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub February 23, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Going south the the best rock room in the northwest, The Swiss! Fantastic sound, lights, fog and a true old school rock vibe. Make your plans now and we will see you there!

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Drive the Blues Away

LeMay - America's Car Museum February 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Join us at America’s Car Museum for a night of live music, gourmet light bites and tastings from local craft distilleries, breweries and wineries, in addition to full Museum access.

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Tacoma Concert Band Presents “Winter Celebration”

Pantages Theater February 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm

“Winter Celebration”will feature guest pianist Duane Hulbert performing George Gershwin’s ever-popular
“Rhapsody in Blue.” The February 24 concert
will also present the winner of the Tacoma Concert Band’s 2018 Student Soloist
Competition, and everyone 18 and under
will be admitted

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80s Invasion

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub February 24, 2018 at 9:00 pm

80s Invasion takes the music of the ‘80s very seriously. This is the music we listened to on our original Sony Walkmen, the bands whose names we stenciled on our pee-chees, jeans, Nikes, and in some cases, all over town. When MTV first came around, these were the bands whose videos we watched all

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5th Annual Destiny City Film Festival

Blue Mouse Theatre February 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

The Destiny City Film Festival is Tacoma’s foremost celebration of cinematic storytelling dedicated to building an engaged community through shared experience. DCFF is a homegrown, true-Tacoma event, inspired by our city’s nickname – The City of Destiny – and is built to showcase the best

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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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