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Holidays on the wild side

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Holidays on the wild side

Maybe you're the kind of person who spends half of Thanksgiving Day watching animal videos on YouTube. Perhaps your family needs additions to its regimen of well-loved but timeworn holiday activities. Either way, there's an animal park nearby to spice up your holiday fun with something wild. Cougar Mountain Zoo Our first

NW breweries offer holiday cheer

Bars & Clubs

NW breweries offer holiday cheer

When it comes to craft breweries, the Puget Sound Region revels in an embarrassment of riches. From Olympia to Bellingham, from Gig Harbor to Kingston, dozens of boutique breweries dot the landscape. While all have their own unique signature offerings year-round, come Christmas, some brew up something special to celebrate

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition invites you to sing your heart out

Music

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition invites you to sing your heart out

With the holiday season now upon us, what better way to get into the festive spirit than to pull out those traditional carols and sing. And if you've ever wanted to take it a step further and sing Christmas carols for a good cause, then the Pike Market Senior Center &

Port Orchard celebrates the holidays with local favorites

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Port Orchard celebrates the holidays with local favorites

What started as a celebration of the completion of the new City Hall in Port Orchard 17 years ago, has turned into a beloved annual tradition. The building featured new chimes in its clock tower, and during the unveiling, the chimes were rung to celebrate the city's efforts to build

Where to lunch while shopping

Features

Where to lunch while shopping

The holiday season is here, and with it comes festivities all around - indeed, there's no need to limit the festivities to the weekends and evenings. The holidays are a great time to get out of the office with your co-workers of choice (and maybe a few that aren't of

Christmas on the water

Outdoors

Christmas on the water

There are many beloved traditions within the community this time of year. Families are often busy decking their halls, trimming the tree, and decorating their house in the spirit of the season. While many Christmas traditions include family gatherings inside the home or visiting with Santa at special events, some

Christmas tree-palooza

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Christmas tree-palooza

What says "Merry Christmas!" better than a perfectly decorated Christmas tree? How about 60 beautifully decorated Christmas trees? Even better: how about all those Christmas trees in one warm, dry place? Once again this year, the Mary Bridge Brigade is proud to present its annual Festival of Trees. This year, the

A four-alarm eatery

Reviews

A four-alarm eatery

Engine House #9, E9 as it is most often called, has been a Tacoma landmark for decades, and continues to be a destination for the thirsty and hungry because of two reasons: great food and a huge selection of beer and spirits. The iconic firehouse and commitment to its history

Lips like sugar

Music

Lips like sugar

I think it's safe to say that the majority of the films of John Hughes found their success and their long-lasting nostalgic value through their impeccable usage of music. Movies like Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club are passably surface-examining studies of teenage life, more comfortable dealing

A glass menagerie

Arts

A glass menagerie

Seattle-based artists Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace have been working collaboratively for almost 40 years, and in that time they have compiled a major body of work that can be seen for the first time in a career-spanning exhibition.  Their collaboration started at Pilchuck Glass School in 1979. Their first

How toot sweet

Stage

How toot sweet

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Tacoma Musical Playhouse is cute and lighthearted musical comedy. Written by Jeremy Sams and Ray Roderick, with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, it is based on the movie starring Dick Van Dyke as the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts (played

Light up the season by experiencing local light displays

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Light up the season by experiencing local light displays

Nothing quite warms up a chilly December evening like a Christmas light display. Stroll or drive through the lights, admire the setups, which usually include some animated displays (a surefire hit with the kiddies) and sip on some hot chocolate as you go. If the weather is clear, head for

Holiday show central in downtown Tacoma

Music

Holiday show central in downtown Tacoma

In December, virtually all entertainment revolves around the winter holidays. Sure, life as usual goes on, but you'd never know it by listening to the radio, where carols and the unfortunate "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" take over many stations. Or by watching TV, where special holiday episodes give way

Riding the rails with Santa and friends

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Riding the rails with Santa and friends

Santa spends most of his time at the North Pole, where he's not easily accessible to anyone who doesn't have magic reindeer. Perhaps he's shy. After all, he visits in the dead of night, when everyone is asleep. And if you're awake at that time, he's probably not going to bring

Celebrate the season at W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

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Celebrate the season at W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

The Christmas season is upon us - that joyful season of light in the darkest part of winter. To help celebrate, the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, located in Wright Park on South G Street in Tacoma, presents some great opportunities for celebration and merry making with two very special events: 

Walking in a Christmas Wonderland ... in Shelton

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Walking in a Christmas Wonderland ... in Shelton

Nestled somewhat off the beaten track in Shelton, a town just west of Olympia, sits a glowing Christmas surprise. Homeowner Stephen Spring, the one-man operation that is the Christmas Wonderland, has been cultivating this attraction for 15 years, though in its current form it has been in operation for only

The power of song

Music

The power of song

It's all about the power of a song. That's what singer-songwriter Thom Shepherd learned when a song changed the course of his life. He'd moved to Nashville after college with the idea of making it as a touring performer, but after a few years without any breakthrough successes as a staff

Slacking towards progression

Music

Slacking towards progression

After so many years of writing about music, the one thing that still fascinates me is the myriad ways in which bands have found to combine genres and era into a bizarre soup. As far as pop music is concerned, there has always been a bungee chord effect that finds

Local author to discuss third voyage of James Cook

Arts

Local author to discuss third voyage of James Cook

Here's a question for you: What can one possibly learn about climate change from the records of an 18th century expeditionary voyage to the Arctic? At noon, Thursday, Dec. 17, the former director of the Washington State Historical Society, David Nicandri, will explore this question and other interesting revelations from his

The Mandolin Sushi and Steak House

Reviews

The Mandolin Sushi and Steak House

South 12th in Tacoma is very much a collection of houses and assorted businesses, so to succeed, the business really needs to be of great quality.  The Mandolin, located near Proctor and S. 12th has divided the building into an impressive balance of both the Japanese art of sushi and

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