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Garden tours

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Garden tours

Pacific Northwest gardening is different than a lot of places in the country. Here, we are a lot about temperate plants, moss, lichens and woodland plants - but in a good way. Our gardening here features the color green, as in conifers and native plants that provide a carpet of

Tour the rural

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Tour the rural

Some South Sound farms are open to the public during the spring months. That's great because spring is the perfect time to visit a farm. Barns are filled with the sounds of baby of animals of all sorts; fields are verdant with the spring green of newly emerged shoots; and

Day trips with friends

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Day trips with friends

I recently polled some of my military spouse friends and asked, "Where do you like to go to spend a day with a friend?" I was not surprised when I received three different answers. Sumner: Laura Williams, a retired military spouse, recommends Sumner. "There is so much to do," she said. "The Buttered

Walk close to home

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Walk close to home

This time of year in Washington is like magic. The rain is maybe coming to a stop, and the skies are hopefully more clear and sunny. Lucky for us, we don't have to travel far to experience the beauty in our backyard. There are several great, easy hikes within a

Get in touch with your adrenaline

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Get in touch with your adrenaline

Never let it be said that the Pacific Northwest isn't filled with adventurous pursuits. From watersports to amazing aerial adventures, get out of the city, and you'll find high adventure around every bend. Skydiving If high adventure is what you seek, jumping out of a plane to catch sight of Northwest scenery

Kitsap County: RX for city doldrums

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Kitsap County: RX for city doldrums

Eighteenth century writer Samuel Johnson once drolly observed that "when a man was tired of London, he was tired of life." Johnson's remark definitely isn't applicable to Pacific Northwesterners. Their cure-all? Venturing off to greener pastures (hey! This is the Evergreen State, right?) such as can be found in Kitsap County,

Swim with sharks

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Swim with sharks

The shadow a shark casts on the ground as it passes above you is much bigger than the shark itself, but just as terrifying as it is in the movies. In fact, it almost feels cinematic to watch the shadow's tail twitch as it suddenly changes direction under your feet,

Triple-A ball in T-Town

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Triple-A ball in T-Town

Are you and the family looking for all of the excitement of a professional baseball game but in an intimate environment at a more affordable price? Then get your family, significant other and/or friends together and take them out to the ballgame to see the AAA team of the Seattle Mariners

Experience tranquility

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Experience tranquility

Daily, hidden stressors take many forms to wreak havoc on sanity in ways that impact performance at work and at home. Thankfully, there are local businesses that help individuals unwind, re-center and take a breather from the nonsense that can throw them out of balance. Founded in 1975, Radiance Herbs and

Washington state spring fair

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Washington state spring fair

It's tempting to say that state fairs are as American as apple pie, but they're already a cliché for something so homespun and wholesome that it'd be gilding the lily to compare it to anything else. The Sandlot - a fundamental document, like A Christmas Story, of simple American living

Top 5 non mall places to shop

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Top 5 non mall places to shop

The default shopping destination in the Tacoma area is usually the Tacoma Mall, which is a fine choice, especially on rainy days since the mall is fully enclosed. However, non-mall shopping destinations offer an alternative - something more local and often more unique. Whether you're shopping for jewelry, clothing, food,

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Where to see color in the NW

Recent rains have primed the ground, and the warmth of spring is setting flowers to budding. If you’re ready to feast your eyes on tulips or dally among the daffodils, there are a plethora of pretty posies highlighted in upcoming Pacific Northwest parades and fancy floral

2017 Best of Olympia

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2017 Best of Olympia

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Winter Guide   Holiday Guide #5   Holiday Guide #4   Holiday Guide #3   Holiday Guide #2   Holiday Guide #1   Veterans Day   Fall Guide   Fall Welcome Guide   Best of Tacoma 3D   Mobility Guardian   Freedom Fest   Freedom Fair   Memorial Day   Armed Forces Day   Summer Guide   Homes & Living Guide   Spring Career Guide   Spring Welcome Guide   Best of Olympia    

Viva Mexico!

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Viva Mexico!

I've seen at least eight Cirque du Soleil productions, most recently the Avatar-themed Toruk in Portland, Oregon. It played like an ultra-high-tech riff on Walking With Dinosaurs, so it wasn't what I've come to adore about Cirque du Soleil - I like my Cirque mostly human-powered. Minutes into Luzia, however,

Cheers to beers

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Cheers to beers

Passion: Strong and barely controllable emotion, or an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Something just popped in your head, didn't it? It was something that defined this word for you. Maybe it was that ‘72 Chevelle SS that's sitting in your garage waiting for that 454 motor. It might

Post-Wobegon days

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Post-Wobegon days

"Well, it's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota ..." With those familiar words, listeners to A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio have delighted for decades to the small-town shenanigans related by master writer and storyteller Gary "Garrison" Keillor. Keillor hosted the show from 1974, when it

The Red Hot

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The Red Hot

ANNOUNCER:  With Jason off on vacation, he has left Jake all on his own for the next few weeks. It's no surprise that Jake went where there was beer and cheap eats; in this case, The Red Hot on 6th Ave in Tacoma for those 21 and over. JAKE:  There's absolutely

Best kept secret

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Best kept secret

Randy Clark, co-founder of Dukesbay Theater and director of the French farce The Waltz of the Toreadors, said he saw this play years ago at The Seattle Repertory Theatre and loved it, and that he has never seen it performed anywhere since. He said he does not understand why it

"Behind the Pines"

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"Behind the Pines"

All the way from Berlin, Germany, comes multi-dimensional artist Isabelle Gresser with a multi-media installation on the theme of pine trees, humanity, and international cultures. There are multiple videos with found footage and brilliant editing, drawings, photographs, and one wall featuring student work from a project called "Nocturn Encounters: Utopian

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