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Friday, December 6, 2013 -- 9:48 am Rock and Roll Lodge and Steakhouse opening cancelled http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Due to a situation beyond their control, The Prophets of Addiction show with Ravages of Time, Sin Circus and Letzter Geist scheduled to take place Dec. 7 has been cancelled. The Rock and Roll Lodge and Steakhouse won't be opening as planned on that night, and thus the live music won't be happening either.
The Prophets of Addiction's Lesli Sanders issued the following statement to the fans this morning:
THIS SHOW IS CANCELLED (December 7th Rock Lodge Grand Opening with Prophets Of Addiction, Ravages of Time, Sin Circus, Letzter Geist)
We are very sorry to inform everyone of this. We just received the news today. After we and all of the bands have been working their asses off to make this a memorable event for everyone. Including big stories in various publications. Now we must spend more time trying to clean up this mess and let everyone know. The last thing we want is for people to show up to a closed building.
The thing is we are more upset that you the people, that would be so cool to take time out their lives to support the bands as well as a new live music venue are the ones that this affects. We understand people have made arrangements and plans to come to this. We personally know people flying in for this and have hotels reserved. And we cannot express how sorry we are for this.
I want everyone to know this is out of our hands, and this has to do with some unresolved issues between the venue and the City of Tacoma pertaining to permits.
One again we deeply apologize for this and hope to see you soon, thanks for understanding.Read more...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 1:22 pm MxPx comes of age http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - MxPx is finally old enough to drink. Technically, the pop-punk trio is three guys in their 30s - singer-bassist Mike Herrera, guitarist Tom Wisniewski and drummer Yuri Ruley - meaning they've been able to partake of intoxicating spirits for years.
But MxPx will celebrate 21 years together and a legacy as Bremerton's most popular punk export on Dec. 7 at Jazzbones. The show is sold out though some V.I.P. meet-and-greet ticket upgrades remain, with details available at MxPx.com.
Herrera, the band's primary songwriter, checked in to give us an idea of what fans can expect this weekend and when they might hear the follow up to last year's "Plans Within Plans" disc.
Tacoma Weekly: So you've chosen Tacoma to celebrate your 21st anniversary with the band.
Mike Herrera: Yeah, yeah. I was talking to the guys about doing this 21 year show, something that's based a little more around being drinking age, since we are 21 now as a band. I just thought of my buddy Danno (general manager Dan Rankin) at Jazzbones. It's a nice, tight club, something small, something different. I didn't want to do the same venues that we've done a bunch of times.
TW: And you don't have a tour. It looks like this is a one-off deal.
Herrera: Right, we won't be touring again until January of 2014. ... It's cool because a lot of our fan club members are definitely gonna be flying up from California, over from the East Coast, driving up. We've got Broadway Calls on the bill. They're also a band that doesn't tour much anymore. So it'll be something you won't get any other time of the year.
TW: What kind of a set list do you have in store?
Herrera: We're definitely gonna play the favorites, the ones that people all know, like "Responsibility," "Chick Magnet," "Punk Rawk Show," that kind of stuff. From there we fill in a lot of the random songs that will, hopefully, hype up the crowd.
Having a sold-out show with Broadway Calls, with Tom and Yuri, is just gonna be a good time. We're working on some interesting video stuff, possibly, as well.
TW: So you're gonna have cameras there.
Herrera: We're gonna record it. We don't necessarily have plans for releasing something, but if it turns out good then we will. We always try and do that any time there's an event-type show, especially since it's 21 and older only. Some people will miss it, and they'll be able to check it out online at some point.
TW: In the beginning, did you imagine being together this long?
Herrera: Like anything when you're that young, you're not thinking about much. ... You think either we're gonna be selling out arenas in 20 years or we're gonna be dead. You always think in extremes. As we all know, it's usually somewhere in between for most of us.
It really does boggle my mind to think about how far we have come in 21 years. For us, it's just gonna be a chance to enjoy just the legacy we've built, but also the personal relationships we've come across and been able to build along the way.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 12:53 pm Tacoma Weekly seeks freelance sports writers http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Pierce County Community Newspaper Group (PCCNG) is seeking experienced and dependable, community-minded sports freelance writers to write articles for Tacoma Weekly print edition and website. Photography skills are a plus, but not necessary. Must be able to follow through on assigned stories by deadline, and self-generated story ideas/leads will be welcomed as well. May include some evening and weekend work. There may also be writing opportunities for PCCNG's other publications - Fife Free Press, Milton-Edgewood Signal and Puyallup Tribal News.
Payment will be discussed upon interview.
Send cover letter, resume and at least three examples of published work to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to PCCNG, 2588 Pacific Hwy., Fife, WA, 98424. Please, no phone calls or walk-ins.Read more...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 12:50 pm Arts & Entertainment: A Jazzy Holiday http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - This month, for the first time ever, music lovers will be treated with two performances as part of the increasingly popular concert series Jazz Live at Marine View Church. On Sun., Dec. 8 at 5 p.m., Seattle's most beloved jazz vocalist, Greta Matassa, and acclaimed bassist Clipper Anderson will take the stage in a special holiday performance. Matassa has enjoyed a longstanding career as a performer, promoter and educator, and nearly every jazz vocalist in the Northwest calls her their teacher or mentor.
Anderson, a virtuoso bassist, has been a go-to musician for many local jazz artists. "I'm hoping Clipper sings a little," said organizer Jim Foster. "He is an amazing bass player, too."
Also performing this unique night of traditional jazz favorites are esteemed musicians Susan Pascal on vibraphone, Darin Clendenin on piano and Mark Ivester on drums.
Just one short week later, the natural and vibrant contemporary jazz performer Michael Powers will play a special Christmas show for his many fans. "Michael is such a showman," Foster said. "People keep coming back because he puts on such a great show."
Powers has made a name for himself as an all-around talent, with the ability to make his guitar sound like a variety of different instruments. "He is a great blues guitarist, but he can also play pop, rock, jazz, you name it and he can play it," Foster added.
Powers will be joined by Eddy Ferguson on bass and Ronnie Bishop on drums to round out a solid performance of Christmas favorites.
As always, each performance is free, and played in the exceptional Marine View Church, which features unmatched acoustics and, as its name suggests, a beautiful view of the water.
It's best to arrive early to these performances, as some productions garner up to 400 people. Although admission is free, organizers gratefully accept donations to support future productions.
"I'm hoping this series helps to keep jazz alive in Tacoma," Foster added.
Performances take place Dec. 8 and 15 at 5 p.m. Marine View Church is located at 8469 Eastside Dr. NE in Tacoma. Info: http://www.marineviewpc.org.Read more...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 12:44 pm Things to do http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - 'SPARK: A Burning Man Story'
The Grand Cinema will be screening "SPARK: A Burning Man Story" on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Purchase tickets at the Grand Cinema box office or online at http://www.grandcinema.com
Following the 9 p.m. screening there will be a Northwest Burner Social Meet & Greet and film discussion called "SPARK and FIZZLE." Light appetizers and drink will be available. This event is organized by Grand Cinema lead projectionist Lisa Fruichantie. Evening Playa wear is strongly encouraged! Potluck style: Bring a dish or dessert to share! "SPARK: A Burning Man Story" provides an inside look at the incredible Burning Man organization and festival and the challenges it is facing as it grows in global recognition and popularity.
'From Proctor to Prague: An International Christmas'
Tacoma-based Northwest Repertory Singers presents "From Proctor to Prague: An International Christmas" as this year's holiday concert. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
The concert features seasonal songs from a variety of countries and cultures, including Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the American Southwest. The repertoire includes, among others, a Russian song of Mary, a lively French song of shepherds, a humorous Spanish song about a donkey, and two African carols with percussion.
"We have assembled music from several countries that would be well-known to their citizens," said NWRS Artistic Director Paul Schultz. "The carols and familiar melodies will beautifully capture rich traditions from around the globe."
Music for the "Proctor" section of the concert comes from three Tacoma composers - Kyle Haugen, Donna Gartman Schultz, and Erin Guinup. Two of the works will be the world premiere performances.
Paul Schultz will give half-hour pre-concert lectures one hour before each performance.
NWRS, a supporter of the Proctor-area FISH food bank, invites concert guests to bring food donations to the concert.
Concerts will be at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., in Tacoma. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 general admission and $17 for seniors, students and military (children under 12 are free). Advance-purchase tickets are available online at http://www.NWRS.org, or by calling (253) 265-3042 (or toll free (877) 460-5880). Season tickets are also available.
'The Nutcracker Ballet'
Tacoma Performing Dance Company welcomes the young, and the young at heart, to this season's production of "The Nutcracker Ballet." Choreographed and staged by Artistic Director Jo Emery, this traditional holiday ballet is full of sugarplums and dancing delights. It will be performed at the Stadium High School Performing Arts Center located in Tacoma's Historic Stadium District at 111 N. 'E' St. on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the TPDC Ticket Line at (253) 752-8530 or at the door.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 12:30 pm Make a Scene: Ben Union gives free music for the people http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Ben Union is one of Tacoma's busiest acts, a pop-rock outfit that has little trouble filling Jazzbones, the Crocodile Café and Puyallup's spacious Liberty Theatre. You'd think the band would be quick to parlay all those packed venues into big CD sales. But, last summer, singer-guitarist Ben Mira had an epiphany regarding the best way to spread his band's sound.
"By the end of this month we'll be giving away all of our music for free - everything, through our web site," he said in September. "Indefinitely we'll be doing that. I think we're gonna start doing that with all of our releases, just giving everything away for free. Any way we can break down barriers between our band and people is good for us, you know."
Ben Union made the switch in October, and now fans can download the contents of the band's first three CDs, "The Light" and "This Blessed Union" volumes one and two, along with previously unreleased collaborations with the Fame Riot, Tess Henley and more. "If you prefer to pay for it, you can do that through the iTunes or CDBaby links below," reads a message at http://www.BenUnion.com. "Either way, just tell a friend."
The music biz is rapidly evolving, and even the biggest names in the business seem to be abandoning the idea of building their fortunes solely on album sales. Radiohead made headlines a few years back employing a pay-what-you-want strategy for the initial release of the "In Rainbows" album. Seattle label Sub Pop later publicly mused about giving away all its music for free in order to cash in on related memorabilia; at present, the label still charges for all those Beach House and Blitzen Trapper CDs, but also entices fans with loads of free mp3s available through http://www.SubPop.com.
But on the most indie level, it's not just about staying afloat in the age of rampant piracy. It's about exploiting the possibilities of the Internet as part of a solid long game. Local musicians know it pays to put their tunes in as many hands, and ears, as possible, even if it means forgoing payment for a while. The idea is to generate the sort of buzz that leads to paying gigs and exposure through regional blogs and podcasts. And who knows? Maybe they can ride all that Internet buzz to the cover of Spin, à la Vampire Weekend in 2008.
Along those lines, here are just a few regional acts you can support without spending a dime. Just download their tunes and, assuming you like them, help spread the word.
ILLFIGHTYOU: This Tacoma hip-hop trio - comprised of emcees EvergreenOne, Ugly Frank and Khris P - was generating a buzz by leaking material online well before it made its live debut on Seattle's KEXP-FM around this time last year. The band only amplified that buzz by offering its self-titled debut album, gratis, through http://www.illfightyou.com.
City Hall: EvergreenOne's other group, with rapper-producer Todd Sykes, may be the most prolific creators of free content around these parts. Between their various group projects and Read more...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 12:22 pm Festival of Trees brings fun, and millions, for Mary Bridge http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Festival of Trees flips the switch on the Christmas Season this weekend at Greater Tacoma Convention Center, all for the benefit of MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center.
This year, the festival welcomes two special guests.
Santa will be there, of course, waiting for children to remind him of how good they have been all year, and to smile for an ElfCam photo.
On Saturday, Hello Kitty, live and in the fur, will be purring and accepting pats until noon. Look for the ageless feline diva by the Hello Kitty tree, featuring 100 stuffed toys in her image.
That tree will be one of 60 assembled by volunteer designers, all trying to outdo the others with a dazzling combination of gifts and décor. Look for the Great Gatsby tree, complete with an ostrich feather topper and the oceanic tree with two SeaDoos.
Mary Bridge's guild volunteers held the first Festival of Trees here 27 years ago, beginning a tradition that has raised $21 million for pediatric care resources. The festival has helped pay for a mobile intensive care unit, new technology, and services at Tree House, a Place for Families whose children are in the hospital. Organizers hope to top the $1.7 million they raised last year. This year's donations will help support two new inpatient wards, including the pediatric intensive unit.
As it grew beyond the scope of volunteers, Mary Bridge Children's Foundation and Mary Bridge Brigade took over the year-long task of organizing a five-day festival including an employee's night, a ladies' night, plus two auctions and galas.
The festival overwhelms the senses, and in a good way. There's music, and the scent of the noble firs. Kids can make crafts and shop for their friends. Adults can do the shopping, but skip the glue and glitter. And, of course, there are candy canes by the barrel.
See the Trees, Say Hi to Santa
Public days at Festival of Trees are:
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Broadway.
Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for students 13-18 years old, and free for children 12 and under.Read more...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 12:13 pm Sportswatch http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - UPS WOMEN SPLIT AT TOURNEY
The University of Puget Sound women's basketball team split a pair of contests at the Lady Yote Classic on Nov. 29-30 in Caldwell, Idaho to move to 5-2 on the season.
The Loggers fell 78-64 to the College of Idaho on Nov. 29, shooting just 38 percent from the field and going 2-for-15 from three-point range. Emily Sheldon - who sank both the Loggers' three-pointers - finished with a team-high 19 points, while Amanda Forshay was 7-for-12 from the field for 17 points while adding eight rebounds. Erica Martinez had a game-high 26 points for the Coyotes.
But the Loggers responded with an 82-77 win over Eastern Oregon on Nov. 30, as Sheldon went 4-for-5 on three-pointers and finished with a team-high 24 points, with six rebounds and four assists. Five Loggers were in double digits in points, as Forshay finished with 13, Ashley Agcaoili had 11 and Katy Ainslie and Allie Wyszynski had 10 apiece. The Loggers were 9-for-14 from three-point range as a team and finished with 17 assists collectively.
UPS returns to action when it travels to face Evergreen State College on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
TITANS FALL IN FIRST TWO
The Tacoma Community College men's basketball team kicked off its season with a pair of defeats at the Skagit Valley Tournament on Nov. 29-30.
Sporting almost an entirely new squad, the Titans fell 81-67 to Big Bend on Nov. 29, as they couldn't claw back from an 18-point deficit at the half. Marquis Blackwell led the Titans with 20 points on 8-for-17 shooting from the field, and added a team-high eight rebounds. The Titans collectively out-rebounded the Runnin Vikes 34-19, but couldn't contain Big Bend's Brendan Westendorf, who was 13-for-18 from the field for a game-high 33 points. Bellarmine Prep grad Isaiah Flynn added 14 points for the Titans, while Curtis product Andre Lewis had nine points and four rebounds for TCC.
Blackwell added 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 74-52 loss to Clackamas on Nov. 30, as the Titans shot just 27 percent from the field in the game. Flynn had five points, five assists and two steals, while Anthony Harper chipped in with 10 points for the Titans. But TCC committed 15 turnovers that led to 25 points for the Cougars, creating a big difference in the margin.
The Titans were scheduled to travel to Olympic on Dec. 4, and will host Olympic in their home opener on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
LUTES SPLIT AS HOSTS
The Pacific Lutheran men's basketball team sat at 3-3 overall after splitting a pair of games in the PLU Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 29-30.
The Lutes won 68-54 over St. Mary's (Minn.) on Nov. 29, as Arvid Isaksen led four double-digit scorers for PLU by going 7-for-10 from the field for 15 points, while adding eight rebounds. The Lutes shot out to a 33-22 lead at the half after going 16-for-29 from the field in the period. Bryce Miller had 12 points for PLU, while Daniel Landram and Kai Hoyt added 11 apiece.
But the Lutes were topped 90-83 by Denison on Nov. 30, surrendering a Read more...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 12:11 pm 2013 Tacoma Weekly All-City Volleyball Team http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Success was rampant among local volleyball teams again this fall, and we highlight 15 of the top players in the city - in alphabetical order - and give a brief overview of their accomplishments.
Margaux Arntson - SR - Annie Wright
One of two 6-foot-or-taller left-handed imposing middle hitters for the Gators, Arntson smashed 37 kills in the four matches at the state meet. She has committed to play at Division III Claremont McKenna next fall.
Natalie Jensen - JR - Bellarmine Prep
Jensen stepped up nicely as the team's setter, totaling 969 assists for an average of 10 per set. Jensen played in every set this season and was well-rounded, adding 53 aces and a team-high serve percentage of 94.5.
Leaa Jones - FR - Lincoln
Jones burst onto the scene to lead the Abes' defense, as the libero had incredible range and reactions. She tallied 179 digs on the season - an average of 14.6 per match - and added 31 aces and a serve percentage of 96.
Lyric Jones - SR - Lincoln
The go-to hitter for the Abes' offense again this fall, Jones averaged nine kills per match, many coming in clutch situations. Her leadership and positive attitude was infectious, and she contributed 8.8 digs per match.
Claire Martin - JR - Bellarmine Prep
The 6-foot-4 middle blocker stepped up when it mattered most, helping lead a dominant effort up front at the state tournament. Her great timing and anticipation led to 102 blocks on the season, and she added 124 kills.
Johnnise Moore - SR - Life Christian
The Nisqually 1A most valuable player did it all, averaging 16 kills and eight digs per match. Her dominance at the net and imposing height led to 3.2 blocks per match, but more impressive was her overall court awareness and versatility.
McKenna Neufeld - SR - Tacoma Baptist
The senior setter and two-year captain guided the Crusaders' attack to the tune of 543 assists, or nearly 32 per match. But she was also a catalyst at the serving stripe, putting 93 percent of her 342 serves in play and collecting a team-high 50 aces.
Carly Normandeau - SR - Life Christian
The senior captain was a model of leadership and versatility for the Eagles, tallying 31 assists and nine digs per match. But her dominant serving was equally important, as she had a serve percentage of 95 and tallied 3.7 aces per match.
Reghan Pukis - JR - Bellarmine Prep
The enthusiastic outside hitter provided another dominant player for teams to account for, finishing second on the team with 274 kills and 62 aces on the season. She is primed to be the all-around leader next season, as she added 211 digs on the year.
Courtney Schwan - SR - Bellarmine Prep
What more needs to be said about the two-time Narrows 4A MVP. She hits the ball hard. The University of Washington commit averaged five kills per set - 498 total on the year - while adding 284 digs and a team-high 89 aces.
Savana Smith - SR - Wilson
Smith was a model of versatility this season for the Rams, and often came up with momentum-changRead more...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 12:05 pm 2013-2014 High School Girls Basketball Preview http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - The action on the hardwood has begun for several basketball teams, and many are getting a good look at who will replace their graduated stars. We finish our two-part preview by looking at the girls squads within the city limits.
The Abes should be led by sophomore forward Tamia Braggs, who burst onto the scene last year to earn all-league first-team honors with her dominant inside play.
Senior forward Breneya Johnson adds height in the middle, and senior wing Kayla McLean provides good leadership.
"Right now they're becoming a team," said first-year head coach Jamila Jones. "That's probably the biggest thing...having everybody on the same vision."
Jones also expects sophomore point guard Aamira Turner to be solid in helping guide the offense, while guards Joy Failauga and Kairia Thomas should see extensive time as well.
The Abes will look for a return trip to the playoffs after making it to the postseason for the first time in six years last winter.
After advancing to the Tacoma Dome last year, the Rams lost star guards Bethany Montgomery and Kaysha Fox and forward Tia Briggs to graduation.
But junior forward Kapri Morrow returns to give the Rams a strong scoring option in the middle, and sophomore Kiara Knox should solidify the Rams' frontcourt.
The void left by Montgomery and Fox will be tough to fill, but head coach Michelle Birge expects sophomore Alaundra Alford and freshman Josie Matz to step up and take on the challenge.
"Our focus right now is to build the chemistry because it's a whole new team," Birge said.
Seniors Tyra Foster and Jamila Leppard and junior Aujanique Doss all stand 6-foot or taller, and should see significant time.
The Thunderbirds graduated speedy guards Ashley Keys and Tanisha Lopez, while sharpshooter Shakira Ruffin transferred to Franklin Pierce. But Mount Tahoma's fast-paced style shouldn't change, even with four or five freshmen on the varsity roster.
"We're going to push the ball," said head coach Calvin McHenry. "When you have young kids and push the ball, you expect some mistakes...we're going to get a good look at what we're made of."
Senior forward Rejie Wright has a knack for scoring inside and should see a significant amount of opportunities, while senior Jea'Ohnna Lee is the veteran in the backcourt.
The Thunderbirds will hope to challenge for a playoff spot again after a disappointing finish against Kennedy Catholic in districts last year.
The Falcons will be a youthful bunch this year, but one that should have a stronger knowledge of the game.
Leading the way is senior post Gina Leber, while junior guard Marilyn Thai also returns to guide the Falcons' attack.
Head coach Jeffrey Ptolemy noted that with a lack of height, the Falcons must focus on offensive efficiency and gaining points in transition.
"We're really going to try to maintain possession of the ball," he said. "Our goal is to have good possessions on offense and work for the bRead more...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 11:50 am City News http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - 'PAC THE AVE' AND GET YOUR PASSPORT
The City of Tacoma, Business Improvement Area and Downtown Merchants Group are inviting residents, drivers, business staff and all others to celebrate the Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project's substantial completion at "Pac the Ave" on Saturday, Dec. 7.
From 3-5 p.m. Pacific Avenue will come alive at the new 8th Street cobble-style intersection under the new crisscross overhead lights between 7th and 9th streets with free live music, arts performances, hot chocolate, kettle corn and activities. Bring a donation of unwrapped toys, blankets and towels to benefit the Rescue Mission for a free picture with Santa. Or, go for a 4 p.m. historic walk with Downtown on the Go.
Public Works Director Kurtis Kingsolver, who will be speaking at the event at 3:15 p.m. said, "This project had been a very big deal for our community. We're thrilled it's done. We're thrilled it creates such an inviting environment."
The event is designed to kick off the holiday season by introducing residents to the transformed Pacific Avenue with all its new public improvements and businesses. To encourage this, a Pac Ave Passport, available at the event and at participating businesses afterwards, will foster visits to area businesses for the chance to win prizes. That contest continues until Dec. 31.
The project's "green flash" theme will carry into the event with green candy canes and costumes, even two of Downtown's historic stars have been re-strung with green lights in a nod to the project.
The ten-block project included sidewalks, curbs and curb ramps, landscaping, public art, historic streetlights, roadway repaving, overhead catenary lights and 14 rain gardens which treat stormwater prior to entering the Thea Foss Waterway.
A few final project elements will be competed in January 2014 when the holiday shopping and celebrating season is over - road striping and instillation of bike racks, benches and a few remaining sidewalk public art pieces.
Those with event questions may contact Communications Specialist Carrie McCausland at email@example.com or (253) 591-2005. Those with project questions may contact Mark D'Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 591-5518.
CITY LISTS UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURES
The following anticipated event-related road closures are expected around Tacoma through Tuesday, Dec. 31.
On Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 from 7-11 a.m. the Bates Technical College Foundation Holiday Food and Toy Drive will close the northbound lane of Yakima Avenue at South 12th street, also known as Earnest S. Brazill Street.
On Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3-5 p.m. "Pac the Ave" will close Pacific Avenue from South 7th to South 9th streets and South 8th Street from Pacific Avenue to Court A from that morning to evening.
On Saturday, Dec. 14 the Santa Runs 5k will close roads between 9 a.m. and noon on 'A' Street, South 11th Street, and the south-bound lanes of St Paul Avenue, East 15, 'D' and Dock streets.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 11:43 am What's Right With Tacoma: Etta Projects Christmas trees bring water, power to Bolivian town http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - If Etta Turner were assigned a spot on a Christmas tree, it's unlikely she'd be the angel. She'd be the elf climbing around the branches, wreaking sly havoc with sophisticated designs. She was that kind of kid, the teen who harnessed all her friends into volunteering for some great project, then cracked them up until they forgot how hard they were working.
That's part of the legacy her friends and family have built into Etta Projects: You can't go to one of its fund-raisers without getting a good laugh along with the auction, the poker games or the martinis.
This month, it's a tree lot - and a deluxe and elf-friendly one at that, with a brilliant selection of firs and nobles, a covered gazebo, a fireplace, cookies, cider and a shop of Bolivian crafts. Every penny it raises will head straight back to Bolivia to bring water and sanitation projects to the country's poorest and most isolated villages.
Etta would get a grin out of that. Her mom, Pennye Nixon, sure does.
Crocuses bloomed in the North End on the morning of Jan. 25, 1986. Nixon saw them while she was walking through labor with her first-born. On all of MaryEtta Clancy Turner's birthdays, Nixon reminded her that flowers turned out to welcome her.
Like the crocuses, Etta turned out to be a force of nature.
"She was the silliest kid, with a dry sense of humor," Nixon said. "Somebody said she loved to laugh more than anybody they knew. She was thoughtful, too. She would think about what people were experiencing."
She was 6 when the family moved to a mini-farm in Port Orchard.
"She had lots of friends in Tacoma, and she maintained her friendships," her mom said.
Most adults can't manage what Etta determined to do at 6.
But what kid wouldn't want to visit a buddy who could persuade you to take off your clothes and run around in the rain until you had collected as much mud as is humanly possible? Or decide that the best way to eat ice cream is out of the bowl, without a spoon. Etta built a childhood so wild and joyous it often required getting hosed down outside on the way to a bubble bath inside.
She loved her horse, Star, who in turn loved no one but her.
She loved camping with her two younger brothers, Atticus and Will, and her sister Yamini. Together they proved that it is possible to transform the minimalism of a tent into chaos.
"I never knew where they slept, because the tent was such a wreck," Nixon said.
She loved soccer, and played on a select team that won the state championship.
She loved school, amazed and amused her teachers, and accepted everyone as a friend.
She had her own motto: "In a world where you can be anything, be yourself."
She was a student at Cedar Heights Junior High School when Rotarians gave a presentation on the International Rotary Exchange foreign study program.
"She came home that day and said, 'That's what I want to do.' I said fine," Nixon said, and didn't think much about it. Etta did, applying, raising three pigs and doing odd jobs to hRead more...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -- 11:21 am DASH Center finds temporary home http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Ever since DASH Center for the Arts Executive Director Candi Hall received word three months ago that the center's lease would not be renewed at its longtime home at 1504 Martin Luther King Way, she has been searching high and low for a new location to house this important and unique arts organization, the only one of its kind in Tacoma.
It hasn't been easy. For the time being, the center is working from a temporary location inside the downtown post office building on 'A' Street, but securing a permanent place is still the ultimate goal.
For 10 years, DASH - Dancing, Acting and Singing in Harmony - was a vibrant hub of activity in the Hilltop neighborhood, a place on the corner where city kids could go after school and on weekends to improve their lives rather than getting into trouble out on the streets. As long as they keep their grades up in school, the center was then, and remains today, a welcoming place where youth can challenge themselves and come out winners, where they can learn how to flourish in their natural talents and, perhaps most importantly, a place where they can discover their way of making it in the world based on their own gifts. Hall, the center staff and board of directors are all very encouraging of the youth and believe in them, which can make a huge difference in a young person's life.
Hall recently posted this message to youth on the DASH Center Facebook page, and it reveals perfectly the heart that beats at the center's core: "If you come to me brand new, lost or broken, I promise I will build you up and set you on the path to greatness. In return you'll owe me nothing. All I ask is that you remember who you were when you came to me and acknowledge the investment I made within you. Go on grow and go but never forget where you came from."
Hall said it has been challenging finding a new home for DASH. She's been looking throughout the city, from downtown to Hilltop, from the east side to the Dome District, but no luck yet largely due to the monthly rent costs she's encountered that would be exceedingly high for this community-based school of the arts.
"Everywhere I've gone in Tacoma they want easily $3,000 and that's on the cheap side," Hall said. Rent at the former Hilltop location was around $500 a month.
Hall said that ideally she would like DASH Center to move into the vacated Sav-a-Lot/Ride Aid on Hilltop, but she's hesitant to invest in it even though she has met with the building owners/managers about signing a lease. The maximum length of the lease would be eight years, according to Hall, and considering the changes coming to the neighborhood once the new Link light rail extension goes in, she fears that property values will go way up and that the owners could very well decide to sell the building or raise the rent as one would expect. Then there are the interior improvements that would have to be made to transform the grocery store into a full-fledged school with classrooms, offices and rehearsal areas, Read more...