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Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to Three Easy Pieces, where I examine a pocket of pop culture, from its birth to today. This month, I'm doing something a little different. Last year, I ran down a selection of movies that take place during heat waves, to help us all prepare for the onslaught of

7th annual FAB Fest

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7th annual FAB Fest

The popular three-day Lakewood Film, Art and Book Fest is set to open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-15. The festival, called FAB for short, is entering its seventh year and will once again feature popular films, original artwork plus lots of regional authors who will be discussing and autographing

Banh Mi Saigon 8

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Banh Mi Saigon 8

ANNOUNCER: With word of a new Vietnamese sandwich shop in Olympia, Dutch and Jackie hurried down I-5 to get their hands around one of ‘em. Located off Martin Way with easy access in and out, Banh Mi Saigon 8 has a great deal of potential to be a hot spot

Tacoma Restaurant Week

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Tacoma Restaurant Week

Tacoma Restaurant Week is back and serving up the best darn dining deal around town! Dates: October 20-24 & 27-31. Local restaurants will be serving three-course dinners for $30 and two-course lunches for $15. Keep checking back as more restaurants and menus are added. And prepare yourself

Ten cheap eats near JBLM

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Ten cheap eats near JBLM

Affordable meals are available across the South Sound if you know where to look. Like most people, I enjoy eating out and avoiding the clean-up of cooking at home. However, I don't like that sometimes it can cost an arm and a leg. Fortunately, the variety of offerings throughout the South

Five iconic local breakfast joints

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Five iconic local breakfast joints

Sometimes only a big, hearty, greasy breakfast will do. With menu items like chicken-fried steak, fluffy pancakes and biscuits dripping with thick sausage gravy, these local restaurants fit the bill and fill your stomach. Galloping Gertie's Bar & Grill -- Simply known as Gertie's, this breakfast favorite has been around for

Wine tasting 101 at Washington’s first winery

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Wine tasting 101 at Washington’s first winery

Washington is second behind California as the state with the most wineries in the United States. With that designation come fancy wine dinners, tasteful tasting rooms and premier wine estate destinations like Woodinville and Walla Walla, equivalent to California's Napa Valley wine region. Wine is a big part of the culture

Tacoma is a beer boomtown once again

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Tacoma is a beer boomtown once again

Recent arrivals to the Tacoma area may not realize that they have landed in a beer-thirsty, beer-crazy town. The number of local breweries, brewpubs, taprooms and bottle shops attests to this bonanza of great beer. Of course, Tacoma and its surrounding communities are just part of the larger craft-beer boom that

Finding your market

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Finding your market

Being a military spouse and an artist comes with its own set of challenges and triumphs. By the time you develop a customer base or artistic reputation in your community, you're packing up for the next duty station and waving goodbye to all that progress. And when you finally arrive

Let the games begin!

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Let the games begin!

It's officially soccer season here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), which means it's time to go into the garage, find your soccer ball and cleats, and head to the nearest park to practice. Soccer season, which takes place every fall from August to October, is an exciting time at JBLM,

Penny pinching 101 for students

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Penny pinching 101 for students

The life of a student encompasses its own unique brand of challenges and perks. More often than not, students can be found suspended in limbo between education and career, scraping together pennies in order to ensure both literal and metaphorical dues have been paid in blood, sweat and countless study

Dental care and a PCS

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Dental care and a PCS

When it's time to make another move there are many things to consider. Dental care is not usually top of mind. For some answers to common PCS dental care questions we tracked down Rebekah Jordon, Manager, Yelm Prairie Dental, a Tricare Dental Program (TDP) network provider. 1. What does a new

Videos and podcasts for military spouses

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Videos and podcasts for military spouses

Northwest Military recently launched a new website with videos and podcasts which cover subjects of interest to Military Spouses. The inaugural lineup includes three shows; "Milcation" with Mandy Kruger about travel, "What's the Meal?" with Missy Bouchat who covers food and issues of interest to military spouses, and Camo Chat

Free events for military and their families

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Free events for military and their families

The cities and neighborhoods surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) are filled with businesses and organizations that appreciate, support and love the military community. In order to show that support and introduce servicemembers and their families to local resources, Northwest Military (publishers of The Ranger and Northwest Airlifter newspapers) has teamed

Clubs at JBLM focus on fun pastimes

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Clubs at JBLM focus on fun pastimes

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) offers a variety of clubs and activities that are a fun way to fill off-duty time. With groups dedicated to everything from scuba diving to books, there is something for everyone. Here are a few you might be interested in. The JBLM SCUBA Club meets the third

Places to go, people to see, things to do

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Places to go, people to see, things to do

As summertime approaches its end, the scope of family-oriented activities is viewed through a new lens, one of autumnal appreciation and holiday cheer. As the leaves and weather change, so does the theme of celebratory happenings in the local area. This year, JBLM's MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) calendar is

2019 Fall Welcome Guide

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2019 Fall Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see. Click the link below and start your journey

Fairly amazing

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Fairly amazing

It's once again time to "do the Puyallup." Put another way, it's time to plan a family trip to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup -- a town regional newcomers should learn is pronounced "Pyoo-AHL-up" in defiance of all phonetic logic. Once that tongue trick's been mastered, a world of

Sexual assault examined

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Sexual assault examined

The hard-hitting two-hander Blackbird by David Harrower at Harlequin Productions is emotionally draining and not for everyone. It begins with shocking fury when Una (Colleen Litchfield), a 27-year-old woman, and Ray (Frank Lawler), a 55-year-old man, storm into a horribly trashed conference room in Ray's business office -- strewn with pizza

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Sandwiched between Tacoma and Olympia beer weeks and the grand brouhaha of brew festivities, Oktoberfest, you have September. The month where the kids go back to school and the autumn season begins to set in. There are extracurricular activities to juggle, homework, and all of life's usual to-dos -- it's

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