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Food for action

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Food for action

Every year, about 40 percent of the food produced in this country never makes it to a dinner table. Meanwhile, there are millions of Americans who go hungry. Closer to home, one in seven people in Washington state don't always have enough to eat. One in five of them are children. "Hunger

Get outside and play!

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Get outside and play!

Being outdoors is exhilarating and invigorating. "The outdoors is about freedom," Ed Bronsdon, the executive director of Outdoors for All, wrote in a news article. The organization strives to offer quality outdoor recreational opportunities to injured active-duty servicemembers, their families, and veterans. "We believe in the transformative experience that outdoor recreation provides in

The Thurston County Food Bank serves all

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The Thurston County Food Bank serves all

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, better known as Mother Teresa, once said, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." This is the attitude which characterizes the Thurston County Food Bank, which last year provided food to more than 57,000 individuals. "That number is growing," food bank development director Judy

Helping the homeless

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Helping the homeless

From a borrowed soup kettle 87 years ago, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission began feeding and caring for those needing help during the Great Depression. "It is a passionate community of people who follow Jesus in His relentless, redeeming love for all people," said Hillary Dunham, director of marketing. "Our mission is

Combating domestic violence

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Combating domestic violence

In this country today, one in three women and one in four men have been -- or are being -- abused by an intimate partner. The Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN) works to help the survivors of this tragedy. With offices located in Kent, DAWN was formed by two women after helping

Exploring Mount St. Helens up close inspires awe

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Exploring Mount St. Helens up close inspires awe

There are a couple of different ways to explore Mount St. Helens, and this trip focuses on where to get the best views of the eruption site. About a two-hour drive at its furthest point on the Spirit Lake Highway, which dead ends at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, the drive from

Let’s get literary

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Let’s get literary

Humankind has gathered around the fire to narrate and listen to stories since the dawn of time. It's an instinctive desire that more often than not also includes sharing food and drink as well. Even now in a modern age we gather with complete strangers in a dark room, munching

So, this is the Army

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So, this is the Army

Last year, Lakewood Playhouse produced Brighton Beach Memoirs, the first part of Neil Simon's autobiographical "Eugene Trilogy." Now they follow up with the second part of the trilogy, Biloxi Blues, with the same director, John Olive, and the same lead actor/narrator, Drew Bates as Eugene Jerome. In Brighton Beach, Eugene

An American Tavern

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An American Tavern

ANNOUNCER: Just four short months ago, An American Tavern filled the void of what was once Black Kettle Bites and Brew. Boasting a small menu that includes, salads, dogs and tacos -- An American Tavern feels very, well ... American. Dutch and Jackie decided to pop in for a bite

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

There are no shortage of delectable gatherings blipping across the foodie radar. I like to think of it as conditioning, just as a marathon runner trains their body -- I do the same. Except I'm preparing for the gluttony of the holiday season. Here are some of my favorite libation

Six fall dining options

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Six fall dining options

While preparing a pot of coffee the other morning, my vents came to life blowing warmed air into the kitchen. It was the first of the season -- the aroma of the heater turning on for the first time is one I rejoice in. I'm a woman of simple pleasures,

Autumn is coming

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Autumn is coming

As summertime fun-in-the-sun gives way to fall rainy-day-play, feelings of discontentment may arise at the sudden whirlwind of seasonal change. Fear not! Though saying au revoir to sweet sunshine can cause minor heartache, folks can rest easy as the fall festival season emerges -- providing a plethora of opportunities to

Masterful local garden designs elevate natural Northwest beauty

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Masterful local garden designs elevate natural Northwest beauty

Whether you are a green-thumb garden enthusiast, or simply a nature lover who appreciates a leisurely stroll amidst perfectly manicured green scenery, you will be glad to know there is a jewel of landscape architecture and garden design in your back yard. Just around the time Camp Lewis was established by

Fall movie preview

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Fall movie preview

Here's my chronological rundown of 20 films I'm keen to see. And I easily could have added 10 more! Downton Abbey (Sept. 20) -- Just when we thought we'd have to be content with rewatching Julian Fellowes' masterpiece of a historical period piece series, we're getting a feature film. The

Exploring Frank Herbert Trail and the Dune Peninsula

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Exploring Frank Herbert Trail and the Dune Peninsula

Metro Parks Tacoma's newest park quietly opened this summer transforming the ASARCO Superfund site into a lovely park with waterfront views for miles. Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park is 11 acres situated on the breakwater peninsula which surrounds the Tacoma Yacht Club boat basin. The paved trail winding through

Storm watching on the Pacific Coast

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Storm watching on the Pacific Coast

From British Columbia to Northern California, storms bash the Pacific Coast in late fall and winter, which creates the perfect opportunity to take advantage of off-season rates on accommodations while taking in nature at its wild-weather best. If you truly want to be at one with this dynamic waterfront weather, gear

Fall fun for the whole family

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Fall fun for the whole family

Along with cooler temperatures, autumn brings thoughts of family outings. With pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more, many local farms transform into fun fall destinations. Here are a few: Schilter Family Farm Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 28-Oct. 31, 141 Nisqually Cutoff Rd. SE, Olympia, $9 weekdays, $14

Strike a pose

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Strike a pose

Calendar Girls, the opener for Tacoma Little Theatre's 101st season, is powered purely by charm and the winsome performances of its actors. This is effervescent entertainment, imbued with a good amount of pluck and heart, and oddly enough, the only time it slows down is when conflict is introduced. The 2003

Chowtown

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Chowtown

ANNOUNCER: With the rise in popularity of food trucks in the South Sound, it was only a matter of time before Tacoma found a spot for people and trucks to gather on a regular basis. Friends Devon and Kristy secured a spot on Mildred across from Tacoma Community College where

'The Missing Women Series'

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'The Missing Women Series'

Paintings from Lynette Charters' Missing Women Series have been shown in eight different gallery shows in the past year, with more to come, including a one-woman showing in a Los Angeles gallery scheduled for next year. It is tempting to say enough is enough, we get it. The Missing Women

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