New Neighbors Guide for Living in Pierce County

Warm-Weather Wellness Tips for Seniors

Warmer weather often awakens a desire to get outside and be active. But seniors who have a higher sensitivity to heat need to use caution when making plans in the sun. Put on Your Walking Shoes Walking is an excellent physical activity. And doing so in a park or forest is a great way to […]

Tacoma Nature Center: Celebrating 40 Years

For 40 years, the Tacoma Nature Center has been a vital part of the South Sound community. To commemorate this milestone, the center has planned special anniversary celebration events and programs all year long. Today the Tacoma Nature Center is a 71-acre nature preserve encompassing Snake Lake and the surrounding wetlands and forest. For many […]

Service and Convenience at Light Dental

We can all agree on the qualities for the ideal dental provider: round-the-clock service, free consultations, same-day appointments, entire-family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find a full combination of such attributes. But then there’s Light Dental Studios. The dentist-owned company—with 16 locations in the South Puget Sound—has customer service at […]

Molen Ortho Changes Lives 1 Smile at a Time

Braces are a rite of passage that preteens and adolescents have endured for decades. Many of us have vivid memories of painful extractions, wires poking our inner cheeks and headgear worn in unflattering photos. Those traumas are a thing of the past for patients at Molen Orthodontics. The family business has created confident smiles in […]

Northwest Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

During the winter months, slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses, especially for seniors. The following tips will help prevent common cold-weather dangers faced by the elderly population. Avoid slipping on ice. Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. These falls often cause […]

Off-Leash Dog Park Pleases People and Pooches

This is dog nirvana—otherwise known as Fort Steilacoom Off-Leash Dog Park. Multi-height water bowls, wide-open spaces, and plenty of shade for belly rubs are a few of the reasons this place won Best Dog Park in Western Washington in Evening’s yearly viewers poll. “They can run and play and do what they want to do. […]

Bumper Jacksons

Bumper Jacksons brings everyone into the party with its wide range of early American music—from bluegrass to country swing to old-time blues. The band started as a duo, a citymeets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley. They hopped on bicycles, touring the country with instruments on their backs, seeking to reimagine roots […]

Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s Celebration

Every year the Asia Pacific Cultural Center presents a free New Year Celebration! In 2019 the 21st annual event will take place on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. Thousands of people are drawn to this culturally significant one-day event. Forty-seven countries and their cultures are represented, […]

Asian-Inspired Food, Beautiful Ambiance

From the moment you enter Indochine, you feel as though you have been transported to an exotic locale. The indoor water feature fills an unassuming fish pond surrounded by rich wooden tables and benches. Warm lighting and Asian-inspired décor help set the mood. And an open floor plan invites guests to interact with one another. […]

Health Starts Where We Live, Work and Play

Healthy choices should be convenient choices for everyone in Western Washington. That’s why Pierce County medical providers are helping families live healthier lives, through programs and services in medical clinics and hospitals throughout our communities. Tacoma health care quality comes down to access, affordability and outcomes. Out of 39 counties in Washington, Pierce County ranks […]

Healthy Feet Are A Foundation For A Healthy Life

Experiencing recurring pain in your feet or suffering with an injury can significantly reduce your mobility, affect your overall wellness, and leave you feeling off balance. To get you back to your daily routine and the activities you enjoy, the team at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates can provide a diagnosis and begin a treatment […]

Making Health Your First Resolution

Why are annual physical and wellness exams important? For some patients, going in for an annual exam provides reassurance that they are healthy inside and out. For others, it’s a tool to manage health problems before they get out of control. The exam is your chance to meet your provider when you are well and […]

Cheers to 30 Years – South Hill Mall Marks a Milestone

In the fall of 1988, the Puyallup area was treated to a new hub for shopping when South Hill Mall opened its doors. No longer was it necessary to make the trek to Tacoma to find department store favorites of the time, like Mervyn’s, Lamonts and Target, along with numerous smaller retailers and popular restaurants. […]

Getting Settled Into A New Home

After the last box is moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part of moving is over. And you’re right, but there are still things to take care of before you can relax completely.  Get Your Utilities Set Up You don’t want to arrive at your new place, late at night, and […]

Olympic Landscape: Heart For Community

Olympic Landscape has been designing, building and servicing outdoor residential and commercial spaces in the South Sound for more than 40 years. As an expert landscape contractor, the company creates beautiful outdoor living spaces, unique gathering spaces and specially-themed gardens for homes and businesses. The owner and CEO, Joe Areyano, plans to continue that legacy. […]

Making Your House A Home

Tips to transform a house into a home with decor and furniture from the heart Your entry is the initial introduction to your home and sets the stage for you and your guests. Place a cozy rug or floor mat inside the door to define the entry and give an immediate sense of personality. A […]

Community Spotlight: South Sound Success Story

Anthem Coffee: Community-centric, thankful and ‘loud’ We all have a favorite coffee shop. For some, it’s a place that offers a quiet ambiance. For others, their favorite is a matter of convenience: A quick fix from the drive-thru before the morning commute. And then there is Anthem Coffee, delivering exceptional service, an energetic atmosphere and […]

Giving Back in the 253

In any community, a sense of “community” is built on the connections made through unique groups of people that support one another. When I moved to Tacoma five years ago, I was wanting to know my neighbors, to feel that my community supported one another, and to find ways to give back. Quickly, I learned […]

Changing Schools After Moving to Pierce County

While there’s a lot to be said for neighborhood public schools—no tuition or complicated application requirements, a sense of community, and that oldfashioned walk to school—parents in Tacoma and Pierce County have an array of enrollment options for educating their kids: 19 school districts with 279 public schools serving 132,018 students, and 62 private schools […]

The Legacy of Lucky LeMay

Driving around Tacoma you may notice more than the usual number of classic cars. The love of the automobile runs deep here. Tacoma is home to two museums devoted to the automobile and multiple car shows throughout the year. These are due, in large part, to the LeMay family. Harold “Lucky” LeMay, who was voted […]