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Cut your own Christmas tree this season

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Cut your own Christmas tree this season

Create a new tradition this season at one of the local Christmas tree farms. Bundle up the family, take an old-fashioned wagon ride and wander down rows of perfectly shaped evergreens to pick the ideal tree for your home. If this sounds good ... you live in the right place. According to

Roasted with honor

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Roasted with honor

Editor's Note:  For security reasons, only the first name of the interviewee is used. The roasting of coffee beans is for one Special Forces veteran a blend of art and science situated in history and lived with remembrance and honor. "From the Devil's Brigade and other guerilla units in World War II

"The Nutcracker" comes to JBLM

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"The Nutcracker" comes to JBLM

Share a cherished holiday tradition with your family this year at SKIESUnlimited's second annual performance of The Nutcracker. This beloved ballet captures the magic of the season with beautiful music, dancing, scenery and costumes. Performances will be held Dec. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

"Start Your Giving Early"

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"Start Your Giving Early"

Here's a heartbreaking figure: 200 veterans seek shelter each night in Pierce County. That figure included people who slept in emergency shelters, transitional housing, on the street, cars, abandoned buildings or places not meant for human habitation. We have our work cut out for us. The American Lake VA Hospital can't

Artisan markets

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Artisan markets

Let's face it, once the ghoulish shenanigans come to a close on Halloween, Christmas lights begin to line windowsills around town. Out with the pumpkin spice and in with the gingerbread, Santa is making a list and checking it twice because it's time to get prepared for the gift-giving season.

The conqueror nerd

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The conqueror nerd

One would be hard-pressed to name a guy who looks more like what he is than Brian Posehn. If you live in the Venn-diagram intersection space where folks who love both standup comedy and genre-geek culture reside, then you know the stereotypical appearance of your tribe. Balding on top but

Goodbye Teddy

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Goodbye Teddy

As we make our way through our lives, a little bit of anxiety works its way into the back of our minds, a question that goes something like, "Will we be missed when we're gone? Will we be remembered when we've left this mortal coil?" In most people's small orbit

Savor Creperie

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Savor Creperie

ANNOUNCER: Jackie and Dutch find themselves in downtown Tacoma this week at Savor Creperie. Though one might expect a fancy set up with crepes on the menu, the atmosphere is more like a fast-food joint where you order and pay at the counter and then find a seat to wait

Holiday happenings on-stage

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Holiday happenings on-stage

Never does a Christmas season come and go without some local theater doing a version of A Christmas Carol. Doing the honors this year is Lakewood Playhouse with an adaptation written by Playhouse stalwart James Venturini. Popular local actors to inhabit the Dickensian world this holiday season include Joseph Grant

"Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting"

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"Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting"

Two galleries in the Tacoma Art Museum are filled with 60 paintings from 200 years of American still life painting from the Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection. Included are works by such masters as James Peale, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth and Wayne Thiebaud, plus many lesser-known artists. The paintings are

Forks, a Twilight experience

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Forks, a Twilight experience

The Twilight Saga of books and movies captivated the world especially teenage girls. Its setting is the town of Forks on the Olympic Peninsula. Author Stephanie Meyers googled the rainiest place in the United States and the Olympic Peninsula was the winner. She then searched for a small town that

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2017 Holiday Guide #2

A guide on local holiday shopping, events and more! Come back each week for more holiday ideas. Click here to view our interactive 2017 Holiday Guide #2.

Out-of-the-box gifts

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Out-of-the-box gifts

The holiday season will soon be here, and gift giving (which can be a source of stress to many) is a big part of it. This year, consider the gift of experiences. It is a fun way to give something new. Rather than a fruit or dessert-of-the-month club, purchase a Tacoma

Victorian Country Christmas Festival to celebrate 30th anniversary

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Victorian Country Christmas Festival to celebrate 30th anniversary

Christmas is the season for family traditions. Everything -- from food to decorations and holiday outings -- reflects the way things have always been done, sometimes for generations. For more than a generation now, many residents of the South Sound region have included the Victorian Country Christmas Festival among their

An advent calendar for grown-ups

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An advent calendar for grown-ups

While enjoying an adult beverage on a trip to China a few years ago, Jennifer Steifel, president of Gig Harbor's Heritage Distilling Company (HDC), and Hannah Hanley, HDC's director of strategic communications, came up with a brilliant idea: an advent calendar for grown-ups. A calendar where each traditionally numbered flap

All aboard the Polar Express!

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All aboard the Polar Express!

Few literary works from 1985 can be justifiably dubbed modern classics, but The Polar Express may be an exception to that principle. We know parents who read it to their families every Christmas Eve, reminding them that even kids who've begun to doubt the existence and demi-divine powers of jolly

Madigan's history

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Madigan's history

Army Medicine was at Camp Lewis from the very beginning in 1917. Renamed Fort Lewis in 1927, the Station Hospital had several "dispensaries" located around the fort. Construction of the original Madigan General Hospital began in July 1943 during the height of World War II as a semi-permanent emergency hospital plan

Explore beyond Deception Pass

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Explore beyond Deception Pass

Fall is a busy time for most families, with soccer games, school activities, meetings and military field exercises with long hours. Whidbey Island is a great destination to reconnect for a retro family weekend. The Fort Casey Inn will be your base for the weekend.  This circa 1909 inn is the

The horned king

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The horned king

He didn't know it yet, but young Kenneth Gorelick was destined for greatness and international fame. He was born in 1956 in Seward Park, a largely Jewish community in Seattle. As a child, he took up golf and the alto saxophone but seemed more gifted at the former than the

Yen Ching

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Yen Ching

ANNOUNCER: Jackie and Dutch head to Lakewood's International District to visit a longtime local favorite, Yen Ching. This little oasis off of South Tacoma Way has presented Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine for decades now. JACKIE: When you think to yourself that you're hankering for Chinese food, Yen Ching is the

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