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2019 Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show

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2019 Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show

The largest Fourth of July celebration in the South Sound is on Ruston Way. Packed with food, music, an air show and fireworks, this is the place to be for big city action. Click here to view our interactive 2019 Freedom Fair program.

Neighborhood matters

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Neighborhood matters

How do you find and connect with your community? Is it through a physical place, like your neighborhood or city, or perhaps through your connections to people with shared heritage and values? Chances are, it's a combination of both, with other factors peppered in. Reflecting on the importance of community

Wicked Pies Pizzeria

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Wicked Pies Pizzeria

ANNOUNCER: On the hunt for some good, hand-tossed New York-style pizza in the South Sound can be a challenge. But it is a challenge both Dutch and Jackie are willing to take for the masses, and find themselves in Olympia this week at Wicked Pies Pizzeria. JACKIE: Any time I walk

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

One of the neatest events came through our inbox, one for the history nerds and foodie lovers: See, smell and TASTE history at Fort Nisqually's Plough to Plate. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is serving up a unique celebration of 19th-century recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques Saturday, June 15, from 11

Eccentricity is Bliss

Stage

Eccentricity is Bliss

A bit of farce and a bit comedy of manners, Noël Coward's Hay Fever seems as fresh and saucy on stage at Tacoma Little Theatre as it must have when it premiered almost a hundred years ago -- thanks to terrific directing by Rick Hornor and an amazing cast headed

Military comedy show wants you … to laugh

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Military comedy show wants you … to laugh

Some might say that serving in the military is no laughing matter. Jennifer McMillen -- a former seaman in the U.S. Navy and an Army wife -- aims to prove them wrong. McMillen of Yelm is producing Red, White & You, a comedy show by and about people who've lived the

Endless beaches, foodie heaven and eclectic shops

Travel

Endless beaches, foodie heaven and eclectic shops

Sometimes you just need a getaway from your daily routine, and planning a trip with your best gal pals is a perfect break with no one else to worry about or pack for. The Long Beach Peninsula with its miles of beaches and its cute little hamlets is a great

We love you, Conrad

Stage

We love you, Conrad

In 1957, Elvis Presley was drafted into the Army, and millions of teenagers thought the world was coming to an end. This was the inspiration for the early 1960s stage show and movie Bye Bye Birdie starring Dick Van Dyke. Heartthrob Conrad Birdie (Duncan Menzies) -- based on Elvis but named

Moonrise Café

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Moonrise Café

ANNOUNCER: Known mostly for its pies and house-made jam, the Moonrise Café in Lakewood serves up some of the most creative breakfasts in the South Sound. If your diet of choice is carnivorous or vegan, then you are sure to find what you are looking for on the menu. Dutch

Three Easy Pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three Easy Pieces

Here at Three Easy Pieces, I walk you through a pocket of pop culture, from its early days, to its present. This time: cinematic swan songs. I'm talking about the final projects of actors or directors. Good or bad, there's something magnetic about seeing the last film that these artists

Come sail away

Attractions

Come sail away

Born in Aberdeen, Washington, she celebrated her 30th birthday March 7. She stands tall at 89 feet and weighs 99 tons, and boy, is she ever a world-class beauty. Maybe that explains her rapid success in the movie business, starting with her key role in Star Trek: Generations in 1993.

Expression in glass and paint

Arts

Expression in glass and paint

Oliver Dorris is kind of a big deal in Tacoma -- gallery owner, glass artist, popular DJ, and two-time Foundation of Art nominee (one-time winner). A selection of his glass works from two distinct series are now on display at Minka. One series is his popular and quirky baby head

Cactus

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Cactus

ANNOUNCER: As Tacoma's charming Proctor District continues to evolve, Jackie and Dutch are lured once again to dine at a newly opened establishment. Cactus, Seattle-born chain, boast Tex-Mex-styled cuisine. JACKIE: This spot is bustling with activity! Although, due to some creative design choices, even at full capacity Cactus manages to feel

Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

Stage

Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

Niclas Olson is the founder and Artistic Director of New Muses Theatre Company in Tacoma. He adapts the primarily classic plays the company produces, and more often than not directs their productions and performs in the leading role. Plus, he does light design and other technical work for New Muses

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

You sometimes discover good eatin' in the unlikeliest of places. I was cocktailing at the Old Cheers West, circa 2003 or so. The place was cave-like dark and smoke-filled (remember when you could smoke in restaurants still?) with music thumping and average joes and scantily clad 20-somethings bumping and writhing

Fairbanks, Alaska

Travel

Fairbanks, Alaska

The land of the midnight sun is much closer than you might expect. Flights on Alaska Airlines from Seattle are a less than a four-hour nonstop flight. Heading out on an early morning flight can have you exploring by 9:30 a.m., giving you a full day on your trip. Fairbanks

Memorial Day’s Flower

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Memorial Day’s Flower

The red poppy has served as a symbol of remembrance on Memorial Day for almost a century. Millions of the red crepe paper poppies have been distributed in exchange for donations that support the welfare of veterans, active military personnel and their families. The wearing of red poppies on Memorial Day is

The merit of Memorial Day

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The merit of Memorial Day

Mike Brown held out his red cap. The words "Blue Max" bracketed a blue Maltese Cross with gold eagles between the arms. On the body of the cross appear the French words "Pour le Me'rite." They translate as "For Merit," and they characterize some of Brown's life and thinking. "I am an

Planning for respect and dignity

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Planning for respect and dignity

Foresight is the act or power of foreseeing, and it is characterized by prudence and planning. This ability is never clearer -- and more needed -- than for end-of-life planning. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory presents seminars which provide valuable information to veterans and their families to allow them

Cremation grows in popularity

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Cremation grows in popularity

Cremation is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for families and friends to pay their last respects to those who have passed. About half a century ago, nearly all who died in the United States were buried and only about four percent were cremated. Since then, economic, societal and religious perspectives have changed

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