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New Pacific Seas Aquarium

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New Pacific Seas Aquarium

Last September, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium debuted their beautiful new 35,000-square-foot Pacific Seas Aquarium -- home to green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, a giant Pacific octopus and so much more. Since opening last fall, there have been dozens of new animals added, and now for the entire month of

Tacoma Restaurant Week is back

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Tacoma Restaurant Week is back

One of the favorite parts of my job here at the Weekly Volcano is being challenged to dine out at establishments that aren't necessarily on my radar or among those I tend to have in my boring routine. We all do it; we know what we like; how we like

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

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Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

The Museum of Flight welcomes Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. The exhibition is from the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and is the final stop on a two-year tour to four museums. The showcase of the exhibit is the Apollo 11 command

Weekend getaway to Cannon Beach

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Weekend getaway to Cannon Beach

In early spring before the summer crowds, Cannon Beach has a sleepy small-town vibe which makes it a very relaxing place to get away. You know when a town has beach in its name there will be an exceptional one. The iconic Haystack Rock dominates the beach and serves as

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Another edition of Three Easy Pieces, another time for me to tell you about a corner of pop culture, from how it started, to how it looks today. This month: comedy podcasts. Podcasts have only existed for about 15 years, but in that time, have not only grown in popularity,

Spring Fair is in the air

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Spring Fair is in the air

The Washington State Spring Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds is a great time to shake off the rainy grey of winter as the lightness and color of spring approaches. "Family is truly what Spring Fair is all about, from the types of programming to the duck mascot named Quigley," said Stacy

Mi Casa Mexican Food

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Mi Casa Mexican Food

ANNOUNCER: Heading to where the food is in Lakewood, Dutch and Jackie find themselves on South Tacoma Way. And surprisingly the cuisine of choice is not Asian influenced, but rather a small but authentic Mexican spot -- Mi Casa. JACKIE: If South Tacoma Way can boast of anything, it would be

Charlie Brown is  still a good man

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Charlie Brown is still a good man

That's the way to do it, Centerstage. This is the way "Peanuts" should be produced on stage. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is based on the comics by Charles M. Schulz, adapted for the stage with book and music by Clark Gesner, and directed at Centerstage by Tyler Harr.

Mountains, thickets and tangles

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Mountains, thickets and tangles

A warm and welcoming glow washes over you as you step into the gallery at Childhood's End. It's not just that the art on display is good, which it is. It's the spacing of the art and the dominant colors that flow wavelike from painting to painting from the warm

Synthpop two ways

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Synthpop two ways

There's something kind of admirable and romantic about the advent, and continued popularity, and synth music. Synthesizers were created, in part, to provide a more precise engine for creating music, cutting out the middle man that would otherwise be fumbling around with analog instruments like guitars, drums, and bass. Eliminating

Restaurants on JBLM

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Restaurants on JBLM

Covering over 640 square miles, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) doesn't disappoint when it comes to food options. Whether you work on Lewis North, live on McChord, or only come on base to shop at the PX, you won't be leaving hungry. JBLM-Lewis Main Battle Bean Coffee -- Counter service of house brand

Top 10 must-see places to visit

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Top 10 must-see places to visit

The natural areas surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) are stunningly beautiful. There are three National Parks, rocky beaches, rushing waterfalls, historic towns and even a foreign country all within a short drive from the base. This list is compiled from an informal survey of military families and are the places

Top 10 places to take kids in the South Sound

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Top 10 places to take kids in the South Sound

Whether you want to hit the beach, take a hike or explore a museum, there's much to see and do in the South South. These uniquely Pacific Northwest experiences are sure to entertain kids of all ages -- and parents, too.  1. Hands On Children's Museum For hours of creative play, head

Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

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Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

I'm a firm believer in living life to the fullest -- at least when it comes to sweets. "Life is short, eat dessert first" is my motto. With that said, is there any better way to start the day than with a sweet breakfast? Pancakes, waffles, French toast, or even

A banquet on the boards

Stage

A banquet on the boards

"All the world's a stage," the Bard famously said, "tho' only certain parts deserve to charge admission." Or perhaps we're misremembering. In any case, the South Sound is resplendent with theatrical talent, from amateur, outdoor Elizabethans to union actors beautified by state-of-the-art lighting. Here's a quick survey of regional venues,

A night out at the ballpark

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A night out at the ballpark

Congratulations, baseball fans. After a frigid winter and a snowstorm for the ages, warm nights at the ballpark have returned. And for those new to the South Sound -- you're in luck; the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, play at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma and open their

Five local museums you may not have heard about

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Five local museums you may not have heard about

Tacoma has a well renowned museum district, but these five local gems are spread throughout Pierce County. Each has its own charm and captures the joy of collecting something you are passionate about. Tacoma Telephone Pioneer Museum Now that most people use cellphones, many children have never even seen a telephone. This

Spring and summer events near JBLM

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Spring and summer events near JBLM

You don't have to travel far to experience some of Washington's best and most famous fairs, parades and festivals. April Kid's FestApril 4, 1-4:30 p.m. Kick off the Month of the Military Child with a "Barnyard Play" theme, including activities, exhibits, displays, crafts, games, farm animals, rock-wall climbing, free bowling, static displays and

Golf courses and  facilities on JBLM

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Golf courses and facilities on JBLM

They may not realize it when they are headed for a station at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but military members fond of the links now have easy access to world-class golf as part of their privileges. Of course, the Pacific Northwest made golf news when Chambers Bay in University Place hosted

JBLM fun in the sun

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JBLM fun in the sun

For most of us, it feels like winter has overstayed its welcome. The snow-covered ground was beautiful for a minute, but we are eagerly awaiting the warmer days of spring and summer. It is so close we can practically taste it. We know that the spring and summer months bring

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