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Usher in the holiday season with Polar Plaza

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Usher in the holiday season with Polar Plaza

It's that time of year again! Time to strap on your ice skates and head to downtown Tacoma to show off your best moves. CHI Franciscan Polar Plaza is back again and is quite possibly the perfect complement for your downtown holiday experience. Now in its sixth year, this temporary

A food court for foodies

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A food court for foodies

Despite being a state capital noted for artisanal spirit and cultural diversity, Olympia struggles to birth and maintain what food connoisseurs refer to as "destination dining." Indisputably great restaurants, meaning eateries capable of drawing gastronomes away from Seattle, Portland or even Tacoma, are few and far between. That's why it

Holiday on stage

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Holiday on stage

With lots of schmaltz and lots of good cheer, live theater in the South Sound is gearing up for holiday shows.Lakewood Playhouse. The most touching, feel-good holiday show of all time is coming to Lakewood Playhouse this season. You've seen it in countless reruns on TV and probably shed a

'Adventures Through the Anthropocene'

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'Adventures Through the Anthropocene'

Jason Sobottka is a fascinating painter. It's tempting to label his paintings fantasy art, but that would be too easy. There are fantasy elements aplenty, but there is much more to it than that. He paints fantasy creatures and mythological creatures, and he paints common animals such as dogs, rabbits

Humbug for the holidays!

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Humbug for the holidays!

Everyone is familiar with the Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. The story has inspired countless versions and renditions for decades, ranging from storybook retellings to Hollywood blockbusters starring beloved favorites like Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman. This holiday season, the renowned favorite can be viewed on stage at

Holiday getaways

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Holiday getaways

Ah, Christmas! The season of shopping and traffic and shopping and cooking and shopping and wrapping and on and on and on. If the Christmas craziness is getting to you, maybe it's time to put everything on hold for a day or two and get away from it all. Starting Dec.

Gift cards for the holidays

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Gift cards for the holidays

Every year, people sit down and write out their holiday wish lists. They ask for all sorts of things, even the most absurd things. But people may not think of asking for simple yet practical gifts like gift cards. These types of gifts come in handy for students, friends and

An evergreen tradition

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An evergreen tradition

Nothing brings a family closer than a tradition, and the cutting of the annual Christmas tree is one such custom. "The cutting of a real Christmas tree is a real tradition," said David Armstrong, owner of the 12-acre Glenwood Christmas Tree Farm, as he stood in a clean and spacious gathering

Shopping downtown Tacoma

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Shopping downtown Tacoma

Now that the holidays are approaching, the pressure is on to find the perfect presents for your friends, work colleagues, family members and yes, even frenemies. Consider experiencing downtown Tacoma for your shopping options. Tacoma's downtown offers an eclectic smattering of small businesses, museums, restaurants and the UW-Tacoma campus. Here

Santa Claus is coming to town - and he is taking the train

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Santa Claus is coming to town - and he is taking the train

After 2,000-plus Christmases, the reindeer need a break, so Santa's scuttling his sleigh for the South Sound leg of his trip this holiday season in favor of something a bit more high-tech: the railroad. Passengers aboard the 47th Annual "Santa Train" at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie will get to

Level up

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Level up

I've never been much into video games, but there was a period of a couple years when I found myself compelled toward the comfort of the Nintendo 64. Usually I only played in the context of family get-togethers - the adults would talk in one room while us kids would

Military ice sculptures

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Military ice sculptures

In an unpretentious warehouse tucked away in a cluster of non-descript buildings not far from Madigan Hospital, something unexpected is taking place on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. At any given time, as many as 20 culinary arts specialists, led by Culinary Arts Quality Assurance Evaluator John Osterholm, are creating beautiful sculptures

Festival of the Nativity in Tacoma

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Festival of the Nativity in Tacoma

The holiday season is just kicking off and everywhere you look, Christmas decor is already being displayed. With many children about to be on winter break from school, its time to start planning what to see and do for the holidays. The Festival of the Nativity returns to Tacoma for

'Art Without Borders Part One'

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'Art Without Borders Part One'

The Tacoma design showroom and gallery, Matter:Tacoma made modern, is offering a rare opportunity to see the work of French-Tunisian graffiti artist and TED Fellow, eL Seed. His global initiative to share the message of peace through graffiti art is more urgent now than ever. eL Seed has given permission to

Monty Python's Spamalot at Triad Theater

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Monty Python's Spamalot at Triad Theater

I must confess that I did not have high hopes when I went to The Triad Theater in Yelm to see Standing Room Only's production of Monty Python's Spamalot. My previous experience with small town community theater has never been on a par with Tacoma and Olympia theaters. But the

Sit at this Table

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Sit at this Table

ANNOUNCER: The boys have been trying a number of food for the masses type places that they were excited to put on their fancy pants and get back to a small plate-finely crafted establishment. The Table did not disappoint. JASON: The care and attention that the folks at The Table put

Shows this holiday season

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Shows this holiday season

The holiday season is upon us, that time of tree trimming, menorah lighting, cookie baking, gift buying - and show seeing. No kidding. You might think there'd be enough to do at this time of year, but holiday time is a big time for families to dress up and go out

Jingle Bell fun runs

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Jingle Bell fun runs

When the winter weather outside is frightful and cold, many of us want to curl up by a fire and not go outdoors again until spring. While staying indoors is easy to do, it is even easier to get outside and have some fun - all while getting some exercise.

Puget Sound-area zoos celebrate holiday season

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Puget Sound-area zoos celebrate holiday season

After Thanksgiving is over, it seems like everything is suddenly Christmas-themed. Naturally, the Puget Sound's zoos are joining in on the holiday spirit with some unique activities of their own. Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium For many who have grown up in Tacoma, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's Zoolights extravaganza is a

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JBLM trips into the snow

The Northwest Adventure Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord can help you embrace the cold and break through any misgivings you may have about the winter with a variety of adventures. “You want to make the most of this weather when you can,” said Ronnie Pippen, NAC manager.

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