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Tall Ships Could Return to Tacoma

Tall ships could once again fill Commencement Bay. A group of interested individuals is floating the idea of bringing the Tall Ships Festival back to Tacoma for a third time.

In 2005 the historic tall ships came from far and wide to sail the waters of Commencement Bay, and offer maritime

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3 Sumatran Tiger Cubs Need Names - You Can Help

The three newest members of the Point Defiance Zoo family passed their well-cub checkups with flying colors this week. Born at between 2.5 and 3 pounds each, the three girl cubs now weigh in at 7.67, 7.80 and 8.31 pounds.

They're three weeks old, and they're ready to be named. The Zoo is asking

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 28, 2014



Resolution No. 39036 A resolution setting Monday, November 17, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner regarding Local Improvement District (LID) 8661 for the placement of new asphalt and other improvements on Proctor Street from North 38th

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Be Heard, Pierce County

A new series of election posters are on the streets now. You may have seen them around town, in coffee shops or on bulletin boards, urging you to vote this November.

The message is the same on all the posters, regardless of language: "You'll never be heard if you don't speak." It's a message meant

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 28, 2014

This week the City Council could ask the state to make bans on fortified beer and wine mandatory for Tacoma's West End Alcohol Impact Area, and the Council will spend some time discussing budgets for some specific City departments. A couple of items on this week's Council meeting agenda could also

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Broadway Center Vision for the Future

The Pantages Theater celebrates its 100th year in 2018. As that centennial approaches, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which operates the theater, is looking ahead to the next 100 years of performing arts programming for Tacoma. They want the next century of the Pantages to start with

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How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

As election season continues to gather momentum, there are a lot of sources out there with opinions about how you should vote. This week we have recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and from the Tacomic.

On Tuesday the Chamber released its recommendations on four of the twelve proposed Tacoma Charter amendments. It's a pretty succinct guide: just ...

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Museum of Glass Visiting Artist Joe Sircoulomb

Museum of Glass October 30, 2014 at 4:30 am

Museum of Glass Visiting Artist Joe Sircoulomb Watch contemporary glass history in the making! Joe’s work is inspired spiritual teachings from ancient cultures, as well as his experiences growing up as a gay teen in the Midwest.

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Joe Sircoulomb has been

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Children’s Museum of Tacoma Wee Ones Weekly

Children's Museum of Tacoma October 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

Drop in and enjoy thematic and musical programs perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups.

Program participation includes 30 minutes of exclusive play in the Museum.

9:30 AM - 11 AM $15 per family of 4, $5 each additional child

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Play to Learn at Peace Community Center

Peace Community Center October 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

Children’s Museum of Tacoma Play to Learn Play to Learn is for parents, grandparents, neighbors, family, and friends who nurture children ages six and under.

Thematic curriculum invites individual play, fun group activities, songs, and a whole group circle time for children and adults to enjoy

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Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art October 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art Figure Drawing Open Studio Come and draw from a live model with a vibrant community of artists.

One pose lasting 3 hours. Easel provided. Bring your own materials. Please contact tim.mansen@gmail.com

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


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Rainbow Center Craft & Cookie Day

Rainbow Center October 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Rainbow Center Craft & Cookie Day Join us, every Thursday from 1 - 5 pm for Craft & Cookie Day at the Rainbow Center! Each week we highlight a new craft and a new treat! All ages welcome! Basic supplies are provided.


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Tricks & Treats at ACM

LeMay - America's Car Museum October 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

Join ACM this Halloween for some delightfully spooky tricks and treats!

Swing by ACM this October for some fun Halloween-related treats, including:

“Tomb for Two” custom by Mike Fobes
Popular 1960s TV show “The Munsters” turns 50 this year, and local automotive customizer Mike Fobes

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Proctor Treats

Proctor District Businesses October 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Safe and sane trick or treating for kids from 4 PM - 6 PM in the Historic Proctor District.

The first Proctor Treats has been recorded to have taken place in 1929 - and is a long-standing tradition!

The event begins promptly at 4:00 and closes equally as promptly at 6:00. Don’t miss out -

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Celebrate Halloween at the Conservatory

W.W. Seymour Conservatory October 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Bring the kids for Halloween fun at the Conservatory including a story time from 4pm-5pm with Bonnie Beaudoin who will read non spooky Halloween books and lead a themed craft. We’ll have games, treats and more from 5pm-7pm

$3, Free for ages 11 and under

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Aaron’s Behavior: Following former Dirty Oscar’s chef Aaron Grissom on “Top Chef”

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Aaron Grissom, former head chef and menu creator for Tacoma's Dirty Oscar's Annex on 6th Avenue (now working in LA), is one of the contenders on the current season of Bravo's Top Chef. 

NW Military is following Grissom's adventures on Top Chef - focused more on the chef's expletive-laced confrontations than his culinary wins. And although the season is only a few shows in, it looks like there will be plenty for them to track.

Despite the the description of Grissom as a "social idiot," the author seems to be a huge Grissom fan. We'll let you come to your own conclusions on that, but the 4-letter words and confrontations with one of the female chefs in particular would make us hesitant to take him home to meet Grandma... unless he promised to cook Thanksgiving dinner for us.

Catch Top Chef on Bravo on Wednesdays. 

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How Tacoma’s Spaceworks Works

Spaceworks Tacoma's Creative Enterprises program is looking for its next round of small businesses and nonprofits to support, promote, and house under its Creative Enterprise program.

Spaceworks supports creative enterprises in three categories - Creative Enterprises for creative and innovative small businesses, Art Residencies for practicing visual and performing artists, and Artscapes for installations of art in publicly visible spaces. The Creative Enterprise program puts new businesses, artists, and nonprofits into vacant retail and office spaces in downtown Tacoma, and provides them with professional development training.

The program currently operates mainly in the downtown core, with a few locations in the Hilltop, but plans for the future widen horizons for Spaceworks, with Ruston Way up next for creative reinvigoration.


Best Hotels in the Pacific Northwest: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014: Hotel Murano

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Tacoma's Hotel Murano has once again made a "best-of" list. This time the Murano shows up in the top 10 of Condé Nast Traveller's Readers' Choice Awards for Best Hotels in the Pacific NW.

Condé Nast readers liked the glass art theme, the contemporary, but cozy and well-appointed rooms, the fresh menu at Bite Restaurant, and of course the friendly staff. In the past the Murano has earned praise from Forbes, CNN Money, and other international media outlets, as well as appearing on a few other Condé Nast lists.

Nicely done, Murano.

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Glass Patches Seed Passion for Local Art

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Every year Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio makes pumpkins. They're pretty little seasonal works of art that will last longer than your jack o'lantern, and no one has to scoop out the guts.

Each year the artists display and sell their pumpkins at half a dozen locations around the Sound, wrapping up this year at the Pioneer Pavillion in Puyallup this Saturday with 6,000 pumpkins in an 8,000 square-foot space. If you miss them there, though, you can always pick up a pumpkin at the studio just off Pacific on 23rd, or order one online. Or you could schedule your own glass blowing session, and see what you can come up with yourself.

It seems like the perfect intersection of pumpkin month and Tacoma Arts Month.

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Pet of the Week: Precious

Precious is a friendly and easygoing girl! She desires lots of love and affection. Precious will gladly relax with you while you work, occasionally reminding you she is there by your side. She will

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Sumatran Tiger Triplets Need Names - And the Public is Invited to Help Choose Them

Voting begins today as the zoo releases first close-up, color photos and video of the three 3-week-old female cubs.

TACOMA, Wash. - Three endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, all females, need their

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New Phoebe House joins #GivingTuesday movement with goal of raising funds for new children’s playset

TACOMA, WA - New Phoebe House Association has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and

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Bike and pedestrian collision risks increase with longer hours of dark

OLYMPIA – The end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 2, signals more than turning back of the clocks; it’s also a time to use extra caution on our state’s roadways. Between October and January

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Festive Fall at Museum of Glass: Calendar Highlights for November 2014

Glass pumpkins, gobblettes, turkey crafts and more! With the holiday season in full swing, Museum of Glass invites you to enjoy a variety of seasonal events and activities this November. Start your

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