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Get your glow on

With Jack Frost nipping at your nose now is a perfect time to bundle up and head outside to enjoy the frosty weather with family and friends for a special holiday escapade featuring traditional and new Tacoma attractions. First, lace up your skates and glide across the ice at the new Frozen Fountain Ice Skating […]

Tacoma City Ballet Has a New Home

Tacoma City Ballet has officially become the resident dance company of the new Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. The change of venue for the ballet, welcomed by Federal Way, means that The Nutcracker of Tacoma will now be in Federal Way. “I’m happy moving to Federal Way,” Ceragioli said. “The stage is bigger […]

Washington College Savings Plans

Washington parents will have a new way to save for college early next year. The state is opening DreamAhead, a type of 529 plan offered by many other states. 529 college savings plans help families save for future higher education expenses—making college more affordable and thus more accessible. Parents may also pay tuition in advance […]

Creative Forces Celerates 5 years

Promoting and honoring local artists, Creative Forces Gifts & Sundries is celebrating five years in business. Owner Carolyn Osborne believes that people come back to Creative Forces because they enjoy the variety, they know the importance of local and they know that she loves promoting the art of every one of her artists. “They also […]

Never Losing Sight: The Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia

Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia hasn’t lost its focus—the students—since it began 18 years ago. SOGO Executive Director Krina Allison recalls the beginning: “Two young teens, Ted and Jeff, came knocking on our door and wanted to talk to my husband and me about starting a youth orchestra organization where the young musicians had input. […]

YWCA 2017 Women of Achievement

YWCA of Olympia recently celebrated these amazing women in our community as leaders in eliminating racism and empowering women. Karama Blackhorn: Karma’s work centralizes around antioppression education to build community and empower leadership through culturally responsive and celebratory spaces. She believes in the power and wisdom of people to lead and help their own communities […]

Music Spans Generations And Builds Community

Music can evoke powerful emotions. It might make you dance with joy, shed tears of sorrow, feel comforted in difficult times or sing out loud (and maybe off-key). Above all, music can bring people together and can cultivate a sense of connection and community. In Tacoma, the Community Music department at the University of Puget […]

A Passion For The Past And The Future: Olympia Tumwater Foundation

Between scholarships, grants, nature preservations and historical sites, Olympia Tumwater Foundation works to fuel others’ passions along with its own. Founded in 1950 by Peter G. Schmidt Sr., longtime president of the Olympia Brewing Company, the foundation has spread its fortunes in multiple areas of Thurston County. Through a wide range of community projects, it […]

Hands On Summer Splash Gala

Four hundred movers and shakers attended the Hands on Children’s Museum Summer Splash Gala. The event had an expanded footprint this year out to the East Bay Plaza where guests dined streamside and enjoyed foodie stations from restaurants including Anthony’s, Ramblin’ Jack’s, Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel, Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill, Taylor Shellfish Farms, and Little […]

Zoobilee Castaway 2017

This year’s Zoobilee Castaway provided guests the opportunity to be on their own island complete with hula performances, fire dancers, exquisite appetizers and sips from local restaurants and breweries. Over $300,000 was raised in support of the conservation engagement work of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in education and interpretive programs, animal health and welfare, […]

OBEE “Brewpub” Branch in Tenino

The Olympia Brewery may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of banking, but O Bee Credit Union wants to change that. A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, O Bee announced today the opening of their newest branch is a unique blend of brewpub […]

South Sound Fall Arts 2017

With the days shortening and the weather getting cooler, now is the time to plan your fall arts calendar. No matter what you are interested in, you’ll find outstanding performances in the South Sound this autumn. We’ve selected a few standouts that you shouldn’t miss. POWERHOUSE VOCALS Experience a night of electrifying music that traces […]

Gaelic Storm at Washington Center

Since the 1990s, Gaelic Storm has been defining and transcending the Celtic genre. With their latest release, titled Matching Sweaters, the band has planned an extensive tour that will bring them to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Thursday, Oct. 5. The band started in Santa Monica, California, but since then their music has […]

Honoring Excellence, Creativity & Achievements

Washington’s governors began the tradition of honoring artists, arts organizations, arts educators and cultural leaders in 1966 with the Governor’s Arts Awards. Heritage Awards were added in 1989 to honor tradition bearers and heritage organizations. Coordinated by the Washington State Arts Commission, or ArtsWA, the awards are some of the most prestigious bestowed by the […]

Taking The World By Storm

Storm Large has been taking the nation by storm with her singing talent and rock and jazz musical infusions since 1989. Yet most people may not have known about her until 2006 when she was a contestant on the CBS reality television show Rock Star: Supernova. On Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m., she will […]

Wheels & Heels

Honorary chairs Drs. Dale Bloomquist and Heidi Horwitz hosted Fast & Furious, the 2017 Wheels & Heels Annual Gala in celebration of the fifth anniversary of LeMay – America’s Car Museum. Set in the stunning Titus-Will Gallery, this is America’s Automotive Trust’s largest fundraiser in support of its commitment to preserve America’s automotive heritage through […]

Corks & Crush

East Pierce County celebrated with 420 of the region’s community minded movers and shakers. The event was emceed by Chris Egan, sports anchor and reporter for King 5 News, and brother Mike Egan, director at Microsoft. Attendees noshed on delicacies provided by X Group Catering and featured wines from Woodinville, Walla Walla, Oregon and Italy. […]

18th Annual Taste of the Market

A fundraiser centered around local restaurants and chefs is sure to draw a big crowd. The 18th annual Taste of the Market in Olympia is, sure to draw hundreds of people eager to taste all kinds of delicious food. Taste of the Market will take place Tuesday, August 15 at 5:30 pm. The host of […]

IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts

This summer marks the Washington State Historical Society’s 12th annual IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition. The show is displayed at the History Museum in Tacoma. Works on view will include textiles, sculptures, paintings, carvings, and basketry. Materials run the gamut from natural elements—stone, shell, clay, wood, minerals, and grass, for example—to products like […]

Lacey Celebrates 50th years!

Lacey officially became a city December 5, 1966, though it had been a community since the 1850’s and the area was dubbed “Lacey” in 1891 when they needed a name for the post office.  The official date of the city began fifty years ago.  Such a momentous occasion calls for a great celebration! The year […]