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2020 Summer Guide

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2020 Summer Guide

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Four farmers markets to visit this summer

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Four farmers markets to visit this summer

Tis the season for farmers markets. That's right, as the clouds begin to part more permanently and the feeling of sunshine returns, so does the abundance of fresh produce, flowers and other products from local makers.  In anticipation, we have compiled below some of the various different farmers markets in the

Decidedly different burgers

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Decidedly different burgers

Summer is the season for burgers! Whether you're enjoying a cookout with friends and family or dining out at your favorite neighborhood spot, we all get a craving for burgers and fries. Luckily, the Olympia region is home to a unique collection of burger joints, all serving up decidedly different

Take a virtual vacation

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Take a virtual vacation

While most of the world has gone indoors, that doesn't mean you can't explore the globe from the comfort of your own home. If you're looking to rekindle your inner explorer or just longing for a trip to the beach, read on to see some amazing ways to take a

Base monuments mark history on JBLM

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Base monuments mark history on JBLM

With a century of history behind it, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) offers families living on post a number of historical markers to visit. Make an afternoon of it. Combine history with a school-like field trip. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. The Meriwether Lewis Monument Just inside JBLM's Liberty Gate stands an

Tips for the perfect BBQ

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Tips for the perfect BBQ

There is nothing more nostalgic than a good old fashioned backyard summer BBQ. Every year, millions purchase that new grill or smoker to create these memories. However, many of these BBQ feasts end up only featuring Grandma's potato salad and yesterday's casserole after common BBQ mistakes are made. Those new grills

Backyard campouts

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Backyard campouts

There is something nostalgic about pitching a tent right in your backyard. Dragging the sleeping bags from the hall closet and frantically searching for a flashlight to be used to tell ghost stories long after you should be asleep. This is the year to bring that nostalgia back for the

Take a walk by the water

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Take a walk by the water

From the local waters of Puget Sound, to the many hidden inlets, rivers and lakes, the South Puget Sound region is a waterfront paradise. Boardwalks and trails are boundless here and make you feel (almost) like walking on water. Places that you can see for miles with magnificent views and

Ice cream season

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Ice cream season

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! With days beginning to warm up, so is the intense craving for a delicious, cool, sweet treat. Let's be honest, we're always craving ice cream, but the craving always intensifies in the summer months. So we've set out to find the

Welcome to summer in the NW … come what may

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Welcome to summer in the NW … come what may

Once again, we provide our annual Summer Guide of the great Northwest -- a compilation of ideas to help you engage directly with all that the region offers. Of course, things are a little different this year than in the past. Just how does a media company present ideas for the

The 5th Avenue Theatre announces new season

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The 5th Avenue Theatre announces new season

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced a spectacular and dynamic six-show line-up for its 2020/21 season, which includes the postponed production of Evita; the beloved fantasy adventure Shrek The Musical; the world premiere new chapter in the Griswold family adventures, Broadway Vacation, The Musical; the world premiere of Chilifinger! The

2020 Spring Welcome Guide

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2020 Spring Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see. Click the link below and start

Craft beer and spirits in the South Sound

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Craft beer and spirits in the South Sound

It is no surprise that the South Sound, which was home to much of the micro-brew craze of the 1990s, continues to be a center for the craft beers of today. From Tacoma's historic brewery neighborhood to the community vibe of Olympia, you are sure to find a brew that

New In-N-Out Burger in Oregon is the closest location to JBLM

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New In-N-Out Burger in Oregon is the closest location to JBLM

Cult food followings are no stranger to the Seattle/Tacoma areas. In fact, most regions have some sort of fan base circulating around a local cuisine or restaurant. Ask any local what you absolutely have to try and you may hear anything from the Seattle Dog (a hot dog served with

Paintball: fun for everyone

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Paintball: fun for everyone

Paintball is FUN! "This is exactly what we promote and provide," began Nick Goobin, who with his wife Denize has owned and operated Paintball, Inc. at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for two decades. "We are an entertainment industry and there is a lot of competition for this, and to ensure our continuing success

Depression doesn’t require meds

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Depression doesn’t require meds

(Photo: Dr. Jonathan Downar works with a local patient). Depression isn't your fault. It is a medical condition -- an inhibition of sorts in your brain. And like any physical problem, there are medical solutions. But that doesn't mean you have to take a regimen of pharmaceuticals, some which cause side-effects. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation,

It takes a village to run a golf course

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It takes a village to run a golf course

When you step inside the $1.4 million Rehabilitation Learning Center that serves as the club house for the American Lake Veterans Golf Course (ALVGC), the atmosphere is bustling with activity. Much like any other golf club there is a sense of camaraderie, but this golf course is the only Americans

JBLM Auto Skills Centers

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JBLM Auto Skills Centers

If a person takes care of their automobile, it stands to reason that their four-wheeled investment will take care of them when on the road. One way to accomplish this is to visit one of the two Auto Skills Centers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), which are located at 4043 West

Historic forts -- a taste of regional history

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Historic forts -- a taste of regional history

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest, an area famed for its scenery, diversity and history. Speaking of history, some of the area's history is to be found in the Northwest's historic military forts. Below is a partial list of old outposts that invite visitors to explore some of the region's past. Washington Historic Fort

Owning a pet at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Owning a pet at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Like most families, there comes a time in a military family's life when they decide to adopt a new pet. For the most part, planning for a new pet is the same for everyone. Considering what type of pet is best for their family dynamic, how to care for the

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