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Camping on the Olympic Peninsula

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Camping on the Olympic Peninsula

If you're new to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), it probably hasn't taken you long to realize that when the skies finally clear up, the views are absolutely stunning. As you gaze over the sparkling Puget Sound, you can see clear out to the Olympic Mountain Range. While they seem to

Nora Helmer’s world

Stage

Nora Helmer’s world

Henrik Ibsen's controversial classic A Doll's House as presented at Harlequin Productions, is stunning. And as relevant now as it was when it shocked theater-goers in 1879. Director Aaron Lamb has updated it with modern sets, costumes, music, and a highly stylized opening and closing that are breathtaking. For the first

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Tacoma's roots are deeply steeped in all things hops. As a city bestowed with the moniker "Grit City" and a self-professed blue-collar vibe, a history of breweries comes naturally. There's no shortage of locally crafted brews and Tacoma is nowhere near peak saturation of suds with a plethora of well-established

Animarum

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Animarum

ANNOUNCER: There is no shortage of fine dining in the South Sound area considering the accessibility to fresh Pacific seafood. However, in search of an opportunity for an upscale meal with a European flair, Dutch and Jackie find themselves in Gig Harbor at Animarum on Harborview Drive. DUTCH: Sandwiched between an

The Bremerton to Seattle Ferry

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The Bremerton to Seattle Ferry

The Washington State Ferry System is a vital transit system for many who work in the Seattle area or live on the many local islands in the Puget Sound. In off-peak times, and on weekends, a ferry trip can be a great discount harbor cruise. One of my favorites is

The teachers show their stuff

Arts

The teachers show their stuff

Today and tomorrow (May 2-3) are the last two days of the art faculty exhibit at Tacoma Community College. A college faculty art exhibit is where the teachers get to put their art where their mouths are -- to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Kyle Dillehay and Marit

An epic tale of the South

Stage

An epic tale of the South

Now playing at Olympia Little Theatre is the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry. Recent conflagrations over the treatment of race relations on stage and screen in BlacKkKlansman and The Green Book cast doubts on the treatment of race in the Oscar-winning film version of

Odd Fella’s Pub & Eatery

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Odd Fella’s Pub & Eatery

ANNOUNCER: As Tacoma's Westgate Shopping Center continues to expand, Dutch and Jackie are lured over to sample the strip mall offerings. This week, they pop into Odd Fella's Pub & Eatery. JACKIE: Don't let the "pub" moniker scare you, Odd Fella's has family-friendly dining on one half and a lounge on

Three Easy Pieces

Music

Three Easy Pieces

Is it time, once again, for Three Easy Pieces? You bet it is. And what is Three Easy Pieces? Well, it's the column where I dissect a segment of pop culture, from its inception, to how it looks today. In the month of May, I'm thinking about movie soundtracks that

Leaping at windmills

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Leaping at windmills

In early 17th-century Spain, on the plains of La Mancha near the town of El Toboso, a brave hidalgo (minor nobleman) and self-declared knight-errant mounts his timeworn steed to square off against dozens of titanic foes. "Fly not, cowards and vile beings," cries the hero born Alonso Quixano, "for a

JBLM spring-summer golf

Outdoors

JBLM spring-summer golf

Spring is here. Summer is around the corner. What complements the beautiful weather better than a round of Pacific Northwest golf? For Joint Base Lewis-McChord residents and families, three courses are accessible in the area -- including two located on-base. Whispering Firs Golf Course -- located on McChord Field -- is an

International Military Band Concert in Olympia

Music

International Military Band Concert in Olympia

The International Military Band Concert will take place Saturday, May 18, in Olympia. Musicians from both Canadian and U.S. bands will be performing. The host band is the 133d Washington Army National Guard Band. Also, from the U.S., are the United States Navy Band Northwest from Bremerton and the United

Old-fashioned lake vacation

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Old-fashioned lake vacation

Many of us have fond memories of lake vacations with boating, fishing and lots of swimming. The towns of Chelan and Manson are perfect destinations for a lakeside vacation. Lake Chelan's crystal clear waters fed by melting snow from nearby hills and mountains just beckons on hot summer days. Just

Now is the time to take an Alaskan cruise

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Now is the time to take an Alaskan cruise

If you have ever wanted to take an Alaskan cruise, now is the time. Multiple cruise lines depart each week from the Port of Seattle to head north to Alaska. In previous seasons, older ships were typically what you would see, but in 2018, Norwegian Cruise Lines launched the brand-new

Top 10 outings under $50

Outdoors

Top 10 outings under $50

Nothing is more disheartening than arriving at a new duty station, seeing all the new things to do and explore, and realizing it will be months before you can afford to go anywhere because you're broke from the move. There certainly are plenty of worthwhile activities in the area that

Amusement parks  near JBLM

Attractions

Amusement parks near JBLM

Some military installations around the world seem to luck out with their proximity to awesome amusement parks. If you're lucky enough, you may end up within a short drive from Six Flags, Seaworld, Busch Gardens, or even a Disney Park. Here in Washington state, the national parks and forests are

Top five milkshakes around the South Sound

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Top five milkshakes around the South Sound

More than any other warm-weather, childhood treat, milkshakes seem to stay with us as we grow up. Many adults who have long outgrown Popsicles and ice cream cones don't have to think twice about ordering a thick, creamy, cooling shake on a hot summer day. As an ageless indulgence, shakes

Outdoors with outdoor rec

Outdoors

Outdoors with outdoor rec

The greatest perk of being stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is its ideal proximity to, well, everything. With the Pacific Ocean to the West, and the Cascade Mountains to the East, and loads of forest and beaches in between, it's easy to connect with nature every day. Northwest Adventure

Hit the trails

Outdoors

Hit the trails

If you're still sitting on the couch thinking about hiking as the rain patters outside your window this weekend, you're not taking advantage of living in the Pacific Northwest. Serious hikers across the region are already shaking the melancholy from their bones, readying themselves to hit the trails, and we

Outside eats

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Outside eats

Get out your shades and SPF 50, tis the season when we all feel obligated to worship that fiery orb in the sky, while spending time frolicking in grassy fields and exploring all that the PNW has to offer. You already know all the waterfront locales will be bursting at

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