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CONNECTION. This image depicts how a

completed State Route 167 would connect with State Route 509 in Tacoma.

Supporters of the effort to complete State Route 167 are making a full-court press to secure funding for the project. There are various concepts for the design and length, but the full-scale concept favored by local leaders would have a price tag in the range of $1.5 billion. After years of discussion, they are confident that 2013 will be the year that the money will be lined up.

“We need to have a good game plan.” – Pat McCarthy, Pierce County Executive Local business, political and labor leaders gathered at Fabulich Center on Jan. 28 to discuss strategy. U.S. Representative Denny Heck, who was elected last fall in Washington’s new 10th Congressional District, began the meeting

with a message of optimism. He has met with about 20 members of the state House of Representatives and Senate. “There is very significant support in this area,” he said of members of the Pierce County X See SR-167 / page A10


Working smarter for the data to fight homelessness


HOMELESS. PATH team members John

Eckstrom and Jerry Burtts confer with Metropolitan Development Council counselor Lisa Thomas about care for a man who stumbled into the clinic.

By Kathleen Merryman



he high hopes of landing a corporate tenant for the former Russell Investment Group headquarters as a way to boost Tacoma’s downtown retail marketplace might be more wishful thinking than actual impact. But it is a start. “There’s not a lot of tenants looking around,” said Kidder Mathews Associate Vice President of Business Services Dominic Accetturo. “The deals that are being done are for lower rates.” The recent economic downturn hurt retailers everywhere, including those in downtown Tacoma. The loss of the Russell Investment workers two years ago further cut into the customer pool for downtown shops and restaurants. Filling the downtown office space would certainly help, but might not be the savior that many hope. “It would be a pretty big impact,” Accetturo said. “But what would really help retailers is more people living downtown. I think that is the key. It’s really hard to make enough between 11 and two, Monday through Friday.” But retailers and city boosters will take what they can get because occupied

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CITY ART: New additions to Municipal Art Collection. PAGE B2


VACANCY. The former Russell Investment Group headquarters building in downtown Tacoma is under the microscope with talk of State Farm officials visiting the building in their search for office space.

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Jerry Burtts has an eye for encampments. He knows where most of them are in Tacoma and parts of Pierce County. He knows who lives in them, and why. He knows who is sick, who is addicted, wants safe shelter and who is not ready to try to get better. He, John Eckstrom and Jack Stillmaker make up Comprehensive Life Resources’ PATH Team, which gets – or tries to get – people who are homeless and have a mental illness to accept and stick to services. “We are the extreme outreach team,” said Eckstrom, the team’s supervisor. “Most people who are out there do have mental health issues.” But on Jan. 24 and 25, the extreme outreach team took its work indoors for Pierce County’s annual Homeless Survey, which the federal government requires if it is to send money to fight homelessness here. On those two days Eckstrom, Burtts and some 50 other canvassers gathered data that will determine which programs get funding, and how much. They wanted to work, and Thursday was a happy coincidence at Metropolitan Development Council’s health clinic at 2342 Tacoma Ave. S. “This is mental health day,” Eckstrom said Thursday. This was the day, and the MDC clinic was the place, where they were most likely to find their people and collect the data to help them. That small, savvy shift was an example of how the people conducting the survey work a little smarter every year. Since the survey began in 1996, the people who manage shelters, meal sites, clinics, libraries and schools have collaborated to find people who fit the federal definition of homelessness. Last week, they brought out the questionnaires. “Where did you or your household stay the night of Thursday, January 24, 2013?” they asked. Were they on the street, camping, in a car, a vacant building, jail, a shelter, transitional

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Bags of marijuana were dropped in a Lincoln District parking lot when a robbery interrupted an attempted drug deal. The incident occurred on Jan. 22 in the 1300 block of South 38th Street. A man with a box of marijuana in bags was waiting to meet another individual outside of a grocery store. A man approached the man with the box, pointed a gun at him, grabbed the box and fled the scene. Several bags fell out as he ran away. A friend of the man who was robbed fired a gun at the robber, hitting two cars. No one was arrested. Police briefly detained the man who fired the gun, which was confiscated by officers.


A man was arrested after leading Tacoma and Lakewood officers on a chase on Jan. 22. The incident began in the 960 block of South Sheridan Avenue. The man was driving recklessly and officers tried to pull him over. The man kept driving, running several red lights. Tacoma officers ended their pursuit when Lakewood officers took over at the city line. A few minutes later Lakewood officers stopped chasing the car. The license plate number was checked and officers learned the car was registered to a man who had been convicted of felony assault. They went to his home and arrested him on suspicion of eluding and reckless driving.


A 15-year-old boy has been charged with seconddegree unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle. The charges stem from what is believed to be a gang-related shooting at a McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Parkland on Jan. 21. According to information from Pierce County Prosecuting Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, the respondent was with a group of friends at the fast-food restaurant when they were confronted by another group of teens. Members of the confronting group lifted their shirts to reveal firearms. Both groups went outside. The respondent is accused of firing a shot from a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle. One other suspect fired several shots from a handgun. The youths fled the scene. Witnesses described a panicked scene after about 10 shots were fired. A 14-year-old boy, a friend of the respondent, was shot in the hand. He was transported to a hospital. Two bullets hit a nearby car dealership. One shattered a window. A receptionist at the dealership was hit by flying glass and the bullet lodged in the wall of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play area. Officers from several law enforcement agencies responded. They found a trail of shell casings leading away from McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. They found the respondent, who had several .22 caliber bullets in his pockets. He told police where the rifle was. He had a warrant out for his arrest. The boy has prior convictions for second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.


A small bomb made of sparklers exploded outside a Department of Corrections office on Jan. 17. The incident occurred at the intersection of Center and South â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; streets. No one was injured and no property was damaged.

The Tacoma/Pierce County Chamber of Commerceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Directors has voted to support the Tacoma Public Schools Proposition 1 for Neighborhood School Improvements and Safety Upgrades. The chamber has long supported investments on the betterment of the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality of life, including improvements to resident familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; learning environments. In the most recent issue survey of its membership, respondents ranked K-12 education as the number one issue that government should address. The chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Government Affairs Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (GAC) examination of details of the financing and the increased demand for quality space due to rising student enrollment necessitated the expenditures. Board members concluded from GACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation that there were compelling safety concerns and financial benefits to warrant the support of Proposition 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The improvement to our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school facilities is important,â&#x20AC;? said chamber President and CEO Tom Pierson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to provide a safe and welcoming environment where our children can focus on learning.â&#x20AC;?


Pierce Transit will provide several opportunities for people to share their views on proposed changes to bus service. An open house will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Sheridan Elementary School, located at 5317 McKinley Ave. Another will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Centro Latino, located at 1208 S. 10th St. Pierce Transitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the topic at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11. It will be held at the Pierce Transit Training Center, located at 3720 96th St. S.W. in Lakewood.

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In partnership with local businesses, Tacoma City Ballet (TCB) is sponsoring a scavenger hunt throughout the city. Each month, TCB will publish clues leading to a different business. Simply figure out the clue and head to the business to claim your prize. The catch? A limited number of prizes will be available at each location, so speed counts. The January clue will be published this week on Tacoma City Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website and Facebook page. Why hide nuts throughout the city, you ask? It is all part of the prequel to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? TCB will premier Dec. 7, 2013. This new act involves a beautiful princess cursed into ugliness by the evil Mouse Queen. To break the curse, Christian Elias Drosselmeyer (the magician known so well from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;?) has to find the magical Golden Krakatuk Nut and the young man who is fated to crack it. Artistic Director Erin M. Ceragioli thought it would be fun to get in the spirit Class times and locations will vary: s 7EDNESDAY &EB    PM /RIentation and Basic Tree Biology, taught by Kristine Dillinger, at Ruston Senior Center, 4716 N. Baltimore St. s 3ATURDAY &EB   AM TO  p.m. Winter Pruning, Plant Health Care and Young Tree Training, taught by Robert Sweet, at McCarver Elementary School, 2111 S. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; St. s 7EDNESDAY -ARCH    PM Fruit Tree Varieties and Grafting, taught by Bob Hartman. Location to be determined. s 3ATURDAY !PRIL   AM TO  p.m. Spring Pest and Disease Control, taught by Bill Horn. Tentative location is Hilltop House Orchard, South 19th Street and Yakima Avenue. s 3ATURDAY -AY   AM TO  p.m. Permaculture for Fruit Trees, taught by Kelda Miller at Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arche Farm & Garden, 11716 Vickery Ave. E. s 3ATURDAY *UNE   AM TO  p.m. Summer Pruning & Thinning. Taught by Pamela Drape. Location to be determined.

and help Drosselmeyer to find the Krakatuk Nut before he needs it this December. She is hand-painting a limited number of Krakatuk Nuts and hand-decorating small jewel boxes to hold each prize. Each of these limited-run cases will contain a scroll with details on additional prizes. Prizes may include gift certificates, merchandise, or tickets to Tacoma City Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? in December. Be on the lookout this week for clues leading to the first location! TCB is focused on creating opportunities for people to access various performing and visual arts by holding classes and hosting high-caliber events in TCBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facility in downtown Tacoma at 508 6th Ave. For further information, contact Melissa Lovejoy Goldman at (253) 272-4219 or visit

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Income-qualified individuals and families can receive free tax help at Super Refund Saturday, a program co-sponsored by Goodwill and KeyBank for more than 10 years. Tax preparers will be there to get to know their clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unique needs and utilize tools that will maximize their tax return, specifically 2(;/3,,5*(:7,9>05: .63+,5(773,(>(9+ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) Highly Last year, the Super Refund Saturday event at Tacoma Goodwill completed 74 Capable teacher Kathleen Casper won a tax returns with total refunds surpassing 2012 KCTS 9 Golden Apple Award for $163,000. The EITC credits alone were more Excellence in Education. She is the latest TPS employee or program to win this than $90,000. Super Refund Saturday happens Feb. 9 at award. KCTS 9, which sponsors the annual Goodwillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Milgard Work Opportunity Center, 714 27th St. in Tacoma, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. award program, will host an awards cerRSVP is preferred to Kim Houg at (253) 573- emony in Seattle on Feb. 1 for the winning 6698 or Light individuals, programs and schools that are refreshments will be served and childcare making a positive difference in education (ages 2-8) is available. Visit http://tacoma- in Washington. KCTS will feature the for ners in a TV special that will air on public television stations across the state. more information. Casper, a licensed attorney, teaches What to bring: W-2 forms, Social Security card for each child and/or dependent, 1099 nearly 100 Highly Capable students in third forms (interest, earnings as an independent through fifth grade. She is a foster parent contractor), unemployment form, proof of and an active community volunteer. The childcare payments, state-issued photo iden- Business Examiner Media Group honored tification, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax return (if available), Casper through its â&#x20AC;&#x153;40 Under Fortyâ&#x20AC;? probank account and routing number for direct gram this past year. deposit (if applicable). For more information 469,*0;@)90,-:(;;(*64(>,,23@*64 on what to bring, visit


The Tacoma/Pierce County Community Garden Program has fruit on the agenda. It is offering its first Fruit Tree Steward Program, focused on organic fruit tree care and designed for beginners. In six classes from February through June, participants will become competent in fruit tree care, meet like-minded people and help enhance the health of urban orchards. The fee for the course is $75, with full and partial scholarships available. All students follow it up with 30 hours of volunteer service within the year to put their new skills into practice. The registration deadline is Feb. 6. To apply, contact the Pierce County Gleaning Project at (253) 584-1040 or e-mail emily@


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The 1926 Marmon D-74 is a twoseat roadster with a 136-inch wheelbase and 20-inch wheels. Its aluminum body dates back to 1924, while the model number refers to its engine, which offered 74-horsepower. The vehicle was produced by the Nordyke and Marmon Co. Founded in 1851 by Daniel Marmon and Addison Nordyke, the company rose to prominence in the 1870s as a worldclass producer of milling machinery. By that time the company had moved from its original location in Richmond, Ind. to Indianapolis. Arthur Marmon, an engineer and son of founder Daniel Marmon, designed and constructed Nordyke and Marmon’s first motorcar in 1902. Soon the company’s cars were praised as fast, stylish and reliable. In 1911, the company produced the Wasp, which was the first winner of the Indianapolis 500 and featured the world’s first rear-view mirror. The name of the company was changed to the Marmon Motor Car Co. in 1926. But the name


did not last long. In 1933 Marmon Motor Cars was gone, a victim of the Great Depression. Nearly 4,500 Marmon D-74s were sold in 1926. They were expensive, with each selling for a minimum of about $3,000. Some special models, like the one in the LeMay collection, featured wire – instead of wooden – wheels and additional front brakes. Though the roadster body

style had been discontinued and was not offered in the 1926 Marmon catalog, a few bodies were available upon special order. Marmon Motor Cars made about 250,000 cars during its 30-year existence. Fewer than 350 exist today. Consequentially, prices are high. A restored 1925 D-74 approaches $80,000 when it finds its way up for auction.

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ith Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, we promoters of all things lovey dovey in the 253 would like to celebrate all things cute with a cutest couple contest. E-mail a photo of you and your love muffin to stevedunkel@tacomaweekly. com by Feb. 1. The collection of photos will be posted at and on Facebook on Feb. 4. Voting will run from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11. Simply either comment on the photo with your vote or “like” it. The winner will be announced Feb. 12. The couple with the most votes will receive a bouquet of roses from Fife Flowers and dinner for two at Fife Bar and Grill.

10th and A Court Tacoma has a tremendous pothole problem, and the city knows it. During the past couple of years, the city has acknowledged this issue by spending millions of dollars in major arterial repairs with the council’s “pothole initiative,” and in 2010, routine maintenance by Tacoma’s Grounds and Maintenance Division completed street repairs on 229,638 square feet of road. In 2011, the city repaired about 150,000 more square feet of road riddled with holiness, and continued those efforts in 2012. And while that may sound like a lot of ground, new holes pop up – or return – each and every day, which means a pothole-free road might never exist in Tacoma. Tacoma Weekly’s Pothole Pig “Perceval” gained his name after one of King Arthur’s legendary Knights of the Round Table. Perceval is the earliest recorded account of what has gone down in legend as the “Quest for the Holy Grail,” a mythical golden chalice used by Jesus during the Last Supper that is believed to have special powers. Our Perceval Pig, however, is on an endless quest for the “perfect pothole” and runs into many along his adventures through Tacoma. With the help of our readers and our dedicated Pothole Pig, we will continue to showcase some of the city’s biggest and best potholes through our weekly homage to one of T-Town’s most unnerving attributes. Help the Pothole Pig by e-mailing your worst pothole suggestions to Potholes in need of repair can be reported to the City of Tacoma by calling (253) 591-5495.


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Community Service 56)3--;;;(.96:,(:65(7796(*/,: Let the rain abate and the rejoicing commence. It is almost TAGRO Time. It is nearing the day when our gardens invite us out to work in them, and we accept that invitation instead of sneaking back inside to watch â&#x20AC;&#x153;Choppedâ&#x20AC;? reruns. When that happy day arrives, we will pull on our bad boots (shaking for spiders first) and put plastic tubs and tarps in our vehicles. We will head for the Happiest Place in Tacoma, the source of the finest do-it-yourself soil amendment in the West. We will drive to 2201 E. Portland Ave., follow the TAGRO signs and start shoveling. Alas, that day is not yet at hand. But the next best event is. Saturday, Feb. 2, Green Tacoma Partnership will host a free workshop, Using TAGRO Products, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the plant Visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Center at Gate 6. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn all about what is in, and what is not in the magnificent bio-solids. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn how much is enough, how much is too hot and how often to refresh beds and lawns. To register, click onto For information contact City of Tacoma urban forester Ramie Pierce at rpierce2@ci.tacoma. 7:::::;;/,:5(2,:(>(0; For those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get our hands in the soil, Snake Lake is calling. Friday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, its stalwart stewards will gather at Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St. for upland habitat restoration. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll yank broom and blackberries and replant native species. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll dress for dirt and bring their own gloves and tools, and they welcome our help. For information contact Cyndy Dillon at or call (253) 591-6439.

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Phoenix Housing Network has found a new home for itself, and has invited us to help get the new place into shape. In 2011, St. Ann Catholic Parish, which had provided a perfect home for Phoenix for 12 years, asked it, in the nicest way, to leave. The church was growing and needed the space that Phoenix had filled with successful programs. Phoenix agreed to be out by last November. It is still there. No one anticipated how long and wearying the search for a suitable spot would be. To Phoenix Housing Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit, its respect for the community turned out to be a complicating factor in finding a site. To St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit, it has borne the inconvenience of the over-long search with patience. Both parties have made the best of making do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the kind of true Tacoma trademark behavior that has guided them from their beginnings. Intercommunity Family Shelter Network was a bright and simple idea in the 1990s. Because Pierce County did not have enough shelters for families with children, churches would host them for a week at a time. Volunteers would deliver cots and bedding. Members of the host congregation would cook and serve dinner to the families. In the morning, the kids would go to school and the parents would go to work, school or to programs aimed at helping them become independent. In 1996, Catholic Community Services took on the program and renamed it Phoenix Housing Network. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were in an old house in Hilltop. That was



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parish needs more space for them. That is why, in 2011, the parish asked Phoenix to find a new home. All involved thought it might take 10 months. Wrong. There are plenty of empty spaces in Tacoma, but Phoenix has unique needs and puts special pressures on a neighborhood. It needed a building of between 10,000 to 12,000 square feet on a bus route, with enough parking for families, staff and volunteers. It must have zoning that allows the program. Those are the basics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the most likely paces are former schools and nursing homes, but there are zoning issues,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. Zoning, poor condition and size took former public elementary and high schools out of the running. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One place we got really excited about was a remodeled nursing home,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. It was in good shape, and the interior was a great fit. But Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team considered how Phoenix might fit into the neighborhood. The site would have needed a re-zone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to respect the neighborhood we move into,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. Though Phoenix is not an overnight shelter, Brown respects neighbors leery of services for homeless people in a residential area. Parking was a problem, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough, which could have an impact on the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? he said. If only all social services providers brought that kind of sensibility to their site planning. Now Phoenix has found the right spot, a broad two-story brick building at 5050 South Tacoma Way. Once they finalize the sale, they will bring the three storefronts back to life in a rebounding neighborhood long on history, working-class pride and change. They will build bathrooms, showers, a laundry room and kitchen. They will frame in offices, a day room and space for Suited for Success. They will install an elevator to meet accessibility requirements. This is where our invitation kicks in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need support, both monetarily and in getting that building ready, knocking out walls, painting, installing the kitchen and showers,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. Tacomans, we know the drill: If you can help remodel, if you can write a check, contact Brown at



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Downtown project another example of misplaced priorities By Robert Cole I am a small business owner with an office in downtown Tacoma. Since the parking on South 10th Street and Pacific Avenue was reconfigured and caused parking and traffic mayhem in the intersection in December, I have been increasingly irked by the procedures taking place as part of the Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project as well as the fundamental problems that surround the project. The Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project has already made it more difficult for my companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day-to-day business operations and the project has only just begun. There are far more urgent and badly needed repairs throughout the city that should have been given priority over giving downtown a $10.2 million facelift. I find it absolutely appalling that our city can somehow obtain funds to revamp the storm drains and façade of Pacific Avenue, which appear to be the best functioning storm drains in Tacoma, yet cannot provide routine maintenance or storm drains for its taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; residences. Tacoma is increasingly becoming a more and more difficult place to do business, and the Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project is no exception.

Since the conversion to paid parking, not only has foot traffic-driven business in the area dropped, it has also been more and more difficult to hire and keep employees that now either have to pay for parking or plan for extra time to make a commute from a surrounding parking location or public transit. My clients and employees at one point in time appreciated our downtown location for ease of access to us and surrounding businesses, but this is no longer the case. Parking is a nightmare, and even getting to or from downtown is a mess thanks to surrounding construction. In addition, the sales tax rate has increased and the economy continues to get worse, yet somehow the city can find money to spend in a way that will make it even more difficult for its businesses to survive. The lack of storm drains and sidewalks throughout Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential neighborhoods cause significant flooding and life safety issues and are in far worse condition than the storm drains and sidewalks on Pacific Avenue. For several months, I have personally been trying to get the street I live on (the 3700 block of North 18th Street) resurfaced, or at least repaired, because of the danger it

causes to pedestrians (most of whom are children) and get nothing but the run around and false promises. Like many of the surrounding streets, the 3700 block of North 18th Street does not even have a curb or gutter connection to the storm drain system, but instead has nothing but crumbling and archaic storm ditches that flood even during light rains. My daily commute down Union Avenue is riddled by potholes that nearly run drivers off the road and cause unneeded wear and tear and damage to vehicles. In order to upgrade the blockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stormwater system, I as well as all of my surrounding neighbors would personally have to take a loan from the city or otherwise fund the improvement, yet somehow the city can find millions of dollars to spend on unneeded repairs that only further cripple its local small businesses. I have been speaking with several other small business owners who operate in downtown and are equally displeased with the condition of Tacoma and the impact of poorly prioritized decisions. What can I do to get attention brought to this issue? Robert Cole is a Tacoma resident.

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, Filing your taxes may seem like a headache. Yet plenty of hardworking families see tax filing as a chance to catch up on bills and pay for their most basic needs. That is because of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is connected with greater employment, better health for families and improved education for kids. Families must be working in order to qualify, and already pay a significant portion of their incomes in federal, state and local taxes. Last year, workers in Washington received an average of $2,047 from the EITC. Unfortunately, one in five eligible workers do not claim this credit. Do not add to that one in five! To find out if you qualify for the EITC, visit You can also receive in-person assistance at one of Pierce Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22 free income tax preparation sites. These sites serve low and moderateincome individuals, families and seniors. To find a free tax site near you, please visit Amy L. Allison Director, Pierce County Asset Building Coalition Dear Editor, As we mark the 40th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we must recommit to defending womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reproductive health. While we have had many major victories over the past 40 years to reaffirm this decision, there is no denying there are those who are committed to turning the clock back on women and families in America and their access to the health care services and choices they deserve. We all want to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, but as a senator â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and as a mother and grandmother â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I am deeply concerned about the attempts around our country to slash health care and education options that will only produce the opposite effect. Women in this country must remain the primary decision makers when it comes to private choices about their bodies and we all must continue the fight to protect this right for the next 40 years and beyond. U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D) Washington Dear Editor, As we move into the New Year we are grateful to the many people who donated to us during the holiday season. All of the gifts, from checks with many zeros to the $100 donated to our Backpack Program by five third graders, were deeply appreciated because they will continue to help us to fight hunger in Pierce County. 2012 was another year of growth for the Food Connection and 2013 will likely continue that trend as we are already expanding our Backpack Program and beginning an after-school snacks program. Thank you one and all for making all of this possible. Here are some 2012 statistics: St. Leo Food Bank â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 127,557 client visits (up 3 percent); Springbrook Mobile Food Bank â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22,077 client visits (no change); Backpack

Program â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 99,834 meals provided (up 18 percent); summer meals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 33,806 lunches (85 percent more than 2011); 30,179 snacks (99 percent more than 2011). If you would like to make an online donation for general operations or to support St. Leoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Backpack Program specifically, visit the new revamped website at Kevin Glackin-Coley Director, St. Leo Food Connection Tacoma Dear Editor, As we begin a new year, FISH Food Banks would like to extend a huge thank you to all the generous donors and volunteers who made it possible for us to feed more hungry families last year than ever before. Most organizations would be delighted to report a 24 percent increase in their business over a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time. But when our food banks report such growth, it means that more and more of our neighbors are in need. In 2012, our seven fixed locations and our mobile food bank served an astonishing 555,000+ individuals, of whom 215,000 were under age 19. We provided enough food to make more than 5 million meals. We could not have done it without the overwhelming generosity of the Pierce County residents who gave us so much in donations of food, funds and volunteer hours. We would like to give a special thanks to Emergency Food Network and Northwest Harvest, who provided more than half of our donated food. At FISH Food Banks, we provide each client with enough nutritious food to make three meals a day for three days. Our goal is to ensure that no one in need is ever turned away. We are deeply grateful to be a part of this supportive community that makes it possible to achieve that goal. Beth Elliott FISH Food Banks Tacoma Dear Editor, America is facing an epidemic of gun violence. We need to find a comprehensive approach that improves access to mental health services, closes loopholes in background check requirements and bans military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. On Jan. 16 the president offered an initial plan to reduce and prevent gun violence through executive actions. It is now Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; turn to act to create lasting reforms that keep our communities safe. As part of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I will work with my colleagues to review the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan, as well as other proposals, to put policies in place that protect our children and communities while maintaining the rights granted by the Second Amendment. U.S. Representative Adam Smith Bellevue

The First Amendment is intended to protect speech and actions that are unpopular, controversial or even in poor taste. In our current times, the Internet allows people to write words and display photographs and video that are perfectly legal, but often cross lines of decency and decorum. At Tacoma Weekly, our staff considers the appropriateness of many things we publish, including political cartoons, letters to the editor, photographs and news articles. As newspapers embraced the Internet, many provided forums for readers to post comments to go with articles. Tacoma Weekly covered a recent ceremony held where the body of Tacoma resident Tyliah Young was found. A woman who knew the victim voiced displeasure about comments posted on another media outletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website regarding Young. A review of these showed a number of positive comments offering thoughts and prayers to the family of Young, a young woman who left behind two little daughters. One was rather insensitive, offering speculation about the woman and the decisions she may have made that could have played a role in her death. There were several postings from a woman who made comments regarding alleged abuse at the hands of a person with whom she had a relationship. It made reference to the David Brame scandal and a phone call made to Law Enforcement Support Agency. How any of this could have any connection with Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death is a mystery to us. What contribution to intelligent public discourse is achieved by providing a platform to such a person? At least on talk radio, program hosts sometimes hang up on callers whose statements veer too far into the absurd. The woman at the ceremony also voiced concern about a video of the crime scene that was posted on YouTube. She was particularly upset that it showed the deceased Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face. The footage was taken while police officers were still processing the crime scene. The video is presented as if part of some television news operation. Reputable television news crews do not air footage of such a nature. That is because real journalists have an understanding of ethics. They also understand that in cases of murder and sexual assault, there are real victims who generally have friends and relatives with real, strong feelings about what has transpired. In the new digital age, the pseudo-journalists are not beholden to such values. The woman said she asked the individual who put it on YouTube to remove it. He declined, citing his freedom of speech. We pay attention to the letters and phone calls we get from readers, as well as the comments they post on our Internet sites. We are proud that our readers who post comments have positive, appropriate things to say. The media survived the sordid excesses of the yellow journalism that reared its ugly head in the 1890s. Legitimate media outlets of today should be careful of how closely associated they wish to become with those who make a mockery of the profession.

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rying to execute an offense against the Curtis Vikings this season is a difficult task. Just ask Emerald Ridge, who committed 26 turnovers and allowed 19 steals as the Vikings rolled to a 62-38 win on Jan. 25 to secure the SPSL South 4A title. “We’ve been working on that all the time at practice,” said senior guard Dominic Robinson, who led Curtis with 16 points while adding a team-high four steals. “Today it showed.” Robinson nailed an early three-pointer and scored nine points in the first quarter to help the Vikings to a 15-8 lead. The defense then took over in the second quarter. Garrett Matz’s steal led to Jayson Williams’ breakaway layup to make it 24-11 with just under five minutes left in the half, and Williams had his own steal and layup a minute later. That was in the midst of a 12-0 run that helped the Vikings take a commanding 30-15 lead at the break. “In the last month or so, they’re kind of seeing the result of their work,” said Vikings head coach Tim Kelly. “It’s hard to go out there and play defense…It’s work but it’s fun, too, when you’re turning people over and getting layups and everybody is involved.” Robinson continued the defensive show late in the third, when he lunged forward to steal a pass and tossed it forward to Williams, who quickly returned it to Robinson for the easy layup to make it 38-24. Curtis led 42-26 heading into the fourth quarter, and used another dominant defensive stretch – with Robinson, Matz and Andre Lewis all getting easy layups after steals midway through the period – to put the game away. Matz, Lewis and Isom Brown all tallied three steals for the Vikings, while Williams and Dominique Jordan had two steals apiece. Tory Causey added nine points for the Vikings, while Williams had eight points and Matz and Brown had seven points apiece. X See BASKETBALL / page A8


ON A ROLL. (Top) Curtis senior Andre Lewis (15) goes up for a

layup in the Vikings’ win over Emerald Ridge to clinch the league championship. (Bottom) The Vikings’ Dominic Robinson (2) had a team-high 16 points and four steals in the victory.

scorched the nets in the loss to Lower Columbia, putting up a game-high 29 points and adding 12 rebounds for the Titans. By Jeremy Helling

For 30 minutes against Lower Columbia, it looked as if the Tacoma Community College women’s basketball team would breeze to a victory as they held a 14-point lead. But all of a sudden the shots stopped falling, and the Red Devils clawed back for a 59-58 win on Natasha Marith’s layup with 11 seconds remaining in the game on Jan. 23. “We got stops (down the stretch), we just couldn’t produce anything offensively,” said Lady Titans head coach Heidi Collier. “I don’t know what we (shot from the field) the last five or six minutes of the game, but it wasn’t a good stretch for us offensively. “Defensively, I’m pretty proud of their effort. I thought they did well. They played hard. They played for 40 minutes.” Angie Sanchez continued her dominant season, scoring 21 of her game-high 29 points in the first half, while adding 12 rebounds for the Titans. Sanchez scored 11 points in the first six minutes, as the Titans trailed 16-15 after her three-pointer at the 13:52 mark. They finally got their first lead at 23-22 after Alexus Grant tossed a long pass to Sanchez for a breakaway layup with 7:17 left. “Angela’s a pretty special player,” Collier said. “She’s a fun kid to be around, and she wants to win. Tonight, she came with the mentality that she wanted to win. She put up big numbers for us, and she kind of just does it offensively and defensively.” The Titans went on a 22-4 run in just under seven minutes in the first half, culminated by Diana Ramirez’s layup to make it 37-24 with 2:32 left. They continued to cruise early in the second half, as Grant’s layup with 9:48 left in the game gave TCC its largest lead at 56-42. But the Titans were then held scoreless for more than six minutes as Lower Columbia clawed back into the game. Haley Hibbs and Arneshia Smith hit three-pointers during the run, and Smith added a three-point play with three minutes to go to cut it to 58-55. After Marith gave the Red Devils the lead on their final possession, the Titans frantically tried to get the ball to Sanchez for a final shot, but she was tightly guarded and they lost possession of the ball. Patrice Polk had nine points, four rebounds and five assists for the Titans, while Marith led Lower Columbia with 17 points. The Titans rebounded with a 63-45 win at Green River on Jan. 26, as Sanchez again led the way with 22 points – going 5-for-5 from the three-point line – while Polk had 14 points and Grant added 11 points. TCC sits in fourth place in their division, with a 5-3 record and an upcoming game at Pierce on Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.


It seemed as if nothing would fall for the Tacoma Community College men in the second half. After X See TCC / page A8


SPORTSWATCH LOCAL SWIMMERS HEAD TO DISTRICTS Local schools will be well represented at the upcoming 3A and 4A district swim meets, as the Narrows League Championships took place at Mount Tahoma on Jan. 25. Stadium placed third in the 4A meet, as senior Logan Rysemus again swam state-qualifying times in winning the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle. Fellow senior Andrew Lackman won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.13 seconds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the second fastest time in the state this year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and placed second in the 100-yard freestyle with another state time. Rysemus, Lackman, Josh Maclurg and Kyle Marr put up a state time in placing second in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and Maclurg won the 100-yard breaststroke. Wilson placed second in the 3A meet, led by Kevin Freyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win over teammate Jesse Gayvoronski in the 200-yard freestyle and Cody Dodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win in the 200-yard individual medley. Dodge also took second in the 100-yard breaststroke, Gayvoronski took second and Conner Schell placed third in the 500-yard freestyle and Tyler Brubaker took second in the 100yard butterfly, with all notching district-qualifying times. Foss placed fifth at the meet, paced by Vitor Rossinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win in the 100-yard freestyle. Kees McGahan swam district times in the 100yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, Mitch Greer notched a district time in the 500-yard freestyle and Rossin, McGahan, Riley Bushnell and Ben Sipes got a district time in the 200-yard medley relay. Lincoln took fifth place in the meet, as Vlad Somoilov swam district times in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke and Justin Webster notched district times in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke. Bradley Milton added a district time in the 50-yard freestyle, and the Abesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays also got district times. Ian Pallisigui led Mount Tahomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort with a second-place finish and state time in the 50-yard freestyle, and came up just shy of a state time in winning the 100yard backstroke. He also helped the Thunderbirds to district times in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. The 4A district meet takes place on Feb. 1-2 at Curtis High School, beginning at 4:30 p.m. each day. The 3A district meet takes place at Hazen High School on Feb. 8-9, starting at 4:30 p.m. Planning a Getaway? Let your pets stay home.


,(93@047(*; Stadium freshman swimmer Josh Maclurg won the 100-yard breaststroke at the Narrows League

Championships on Jan. 25, while also swimming a leg of the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. on Feb. 8 and 5 p.m. on Feb. 9.

CURTIS GIRLS BOWL TO DISTRICT TITLE The Curtis girls highlighted the local group of competitors at the District Bowling Tournament on Jan. 26 at Pacific Lanes, winning the 4A title with a total score of 3,355 pins â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 238 more than second-place Puyallup. The Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Molly Lorfeld took the individual title with 619 pins, as she was nearly perfect in bowling a 299 in her first of three games. Teammate Sheri Hill bowled a 213 in her first game and added a 208 in her third game to place fourth individually, while the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Autumn Reid placed 10th with 531 total pins. Stadiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nicole VanOrden also qualified for the 4A state tournament after bowling a 203 in her second game and totaled 501 pins to place sixth among the individual qualifiers. Wilson, meanwhile, placed third at the 3A tournament with 3,072 total pins to qualify for the state meet as a team. Junior Austynn Knoll led the Rams with a total of 510 pins, bowling a team-high 211 in her third game. Senior Sam Dusek bowled a 193 in her first game and tallied 501 total pins, while fellow senior Kayla Verone added a total score of 480. Sophomore Hunter Freuhling-

Thomas tallied 477 total pins for the Rams, while junior Brianna Osborn added a score of 465. Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miriam Cabrera qualified as an individual alternate for state, bowling a 181 in her first game and totaling 494 pins â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just two pins short of an automatic berth at the state tournament. Mount Tahoma placed eighth as a team at districts, totaling 2,507 pins. The 2A/3A and 4A state bowling tournaments take place on Feb. 1-2 at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place, with the individual competition beginning on Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. and the Baker Games for the team competition on Feb. 2 at 8 a.m.

LOGGER SQUADS ROLL OVER LUTES The Puget Sound menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball teams both cruised over Pacific Lutheran in the second matchup of the crosstown rivals this season on Jan. 29. The Lady Loggers won 70-54 to break a five-game losing streak, as Amanda Forshay had a gamehigh 20 points. Kelsey McKinnis added 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for the Loggers. After trailing 22-19 midway through the first half, the Loggers went on a 31-8 run that extended until early in the second half to put the game away. Samantha Potter had 12




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style, 200-yard freestyle and 500yard freestyle. Toni Castillo won the 50-yard freestyle and 100yard freestyle for the Lutes, while Kina Ackerman won the 400-yard freestyle for PLU. Ackerman, Castillo, Melissa Dean and Natasha Sioda had gotten the Lutes off to a great start with a win in the 400-yard medley relay. Auri Clark won the 200-yard butterfly for the Loggers, while Sam Anders took the 200-yard backstroke and Tracy Wormwood won the 200yard breaststroke. The PLU men topped UPS 11392, as Brian Ruggles led the way with victories in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke while also swimming a leg of the Lutesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; win in the 400-yard medley relay. Justin Murrell won the 500yard freestyle for the Lutes, and Phil Rempe, Dan Simons, Joseph Parker and Tyler Meade also took the 400-yard freestyle relay for PLU. Derek Frenzel was impressive in defeat for UPS, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard butterfly. Aleksandar Jeremikj won the 100- and 200-yard freestyles, and Keven Henley won the 200yard backstroke for the Loggers. Both squads now prepare for the Northwest Conference Championships, scheduled for Feb. 8-10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


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From page A6 taking a three-point lead into the break, the Titans shot just over 20 percent in the final 20 minutes to watch Lower Columbia pull away for a 61-47 win on Jan. 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a lot of shots in the paint that normally go in that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go in, and then we got impatient,â&#x20AC;? said Titans head coach Carl Howell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one of those things. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crazy.â&#x20AC;? The Titans started quickly, as Josh Lord hit two early baskets and Julian Vaughnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rebound and put-back made it 8-0 at the 16:32 mark. The Red Devils punched right back to take an 11-10 lead on Nate Trotterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s putback with 11:07 left, but Jibreel Stevens later nailed a trey to boost the Titans back to a 16-11 lead just over halfway through the opening period. But they could not pull away from the Red Devils, as TCC held a 32-29 lead at the half after Ryan Rogersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; three-pointer with 25 seconds left. The Red Devils took their first lead at 36-35 on Rogersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; free throw four minutes into the second half, and they would never trail again. They went on a 14-6 run in the first 10 minutes of the half, and limited the Titans to just 6-for-29 shooting from the field in the period to hand TCC its first home defeat this season. Darnell Williams led TCC with 11 points, while Lord added 10 points and Vaughn had nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Howell noted that the loss to the Red Devils â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who sat at 7-9 overall after the win â&#x20AC;&#x201C; continues a trend of inconsistency within divisional play so far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our two league losses are against teams that have losing overall records, and yet weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve beaten teams with the best record in our league handily,â&#x20AC;? Howell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mystery to me.â&#x20AC;? The Titans won 67-56 at Green River on Jan. 26, as Williams led the way with 17 points, Vaughn had 13 points and Demetrius Smith added 12 points. Sitting in a second-place tie with a 6-2 record, the Titans were set for a showdown at first-place Pierce â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who they beat in their first matchup â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.

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:*6905.;/9,(;: Wilson leading scorer Bethany Montgomery (left) was held scoreless in the first half

but finished with eight points, while fellow guard Justina Laney (right) led the Rams with 17 points in the runaway win over Timberline.


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The win put the Vikings at 18-1 overall, with a 14-1 league record that was two games better than second-place Federal Way with just one league game remaining. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the goals you have to start the season,â&#x20AC;? said Kelly of the title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To see it through tonight, and do it at home on senior night, is pretty cool. As we talked about, there are other things down the road that you build on from this.â&#x20AC;? The Vikings certainly hope that the stingy defense â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which allows just 46 points per game â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will help a postseason run to Tacoma Dome after they were eliminated in the state regionals by Union last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That hurt me really bad,â&#x20AC;? said Robinson, the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; leading scorer at 14 points per game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to feel that ever again.â&#x20AC;? By Jeremy Helling


The Wilson Lady Rams have had a relatively easy time throughout their Narrows 3A schedule this season. But they were coming off of a loss to highly ranked Cleveland in the Martin Luther King Holiday tournament at Seattle Pacific and they were in need of some justification against Timberline, the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-place squad. It proved to be the perfect remedy, as the Lady Rams cruised to an easy 72-26 win on Jan. 25 to inch closer to a second straight league title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were fatigued from finals, but we found a way to overcome our slow start,â&#x20AC;? said Wilson head coach Michelle

Birge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a much-needed win.â&#x20AC;? The Lady Rams were led by center Tia Briggs, who finished with a game-high 24 points and dominated at will in the paint as Timberline had no answer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really needed this game after the loss to Cleveland, and our familiarity with Timberline helped a lot,â&#x20AC;? Briggs said. Wilson was dominant all game long, even as leading scorer Bethany Montgomery had been held scoreless in the first half, going 0-for-4 from the three-point line. She would finish with eight points on the night. A new scoring threat has emerged for Wilson this year in point guard Justina Laney, who finished with 17 points on the night, going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. Carsen Stanley would add another offensive threat for the Lady Rams by scoring 10 points on the night. The Lady Rams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with their suffocating pressure defense â&#x20AC;&#x201C; shut down the Blazersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offense at every turn, with no Blazer scoring in double figures and Timberline combining to shoot just 9-for-38 from the field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been many times this year that we had a serious lack of focus going into a game, but today was not one of those games,â&#x20AC;? said Birge. When the subject turned to Laney, there was no shortage of words from Birge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Justina has been great for us in her new role, and once she gets her looks from (threepoint) land, she can be deadly,â&#x20AC;? Birge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was nice to see us play well from start to finish, even with Bethany having a rare off-night, and that can only help us going forward with big contributions from other players,â&#x20AC;? Briggs said. By Steve Mullen


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office buildings are better than vacant parking lots and closed doors. Russell Investments left its 12-story Tacoma location in 2010 to take over office spaces in Seattle. About 900 employees of the financial giant no longer report for work in Tacoma since the move. The company still pays rent on the office, but that ends this fall. That timeline, and a recent site visit of the building by State Farm officials, has sparked hopes new tenants are on the way. But no one is talking about specifics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, company representatives recently toured the Russell Investments building in Tacoma,â&#x20AC;? State Farm spokesman Brad Hilliard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We continually evaluate all aspects of our operations, including our facilities, as an ongoing part of our business efforts to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of our customers. For business reasons we do not speculate on any rumors.â&#x20AC;? State Farm has been looking for as much as 600,000 square feet of high-end office space, including the Russell site, but other sites are in the mix. That amount of office space would translate to more than 2,000 employees. State Farm already has about 1,000 workers at its DuPont facility. Similar expansions or space shuffles elsewhere, namely Dallas and Atlanta, suggest big changes at the insurance giant are in the works. But no one is talking about those corporate changes or what they would mean for the Pierce County operations. One option that business boosters could take to land a tenant for the 226,000 square-foot Russell building as this issue plays out is to reactivate the Tacoma Partnership effort that was established to keep the financial giant in the first place. That effort totaled $149 million in public and private support through tax breaks, infrastructure upgrades and fee concessions as well as an additional $133 million in potential â&#x20AC;&#x153;operational savingsâ&#x20AC;? over 10 years that would include items such as lower salary rates based on the cost of living differences between Seattle and Tacoma. While no one is talking about pulling together a publicand-private partnership again, it will likely become a topic as talks continue and business boosters like the Economic Development Board of Tacoma/Pierce County and local officials work to show their open arms to a new corporate resident downtown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think re-sparking it is a good start,â&#x20AC;? said Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell, who is also the chair of Tacoma City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Development Committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buildings like Russell are what the EDC is for.â&#x20AC;? New corporate workers, no matter what company, would not only aid downtown but provide a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fresh startâ&#x20AC;? for downtown economics with potential new customers who see Tacoma as a city on the rise, not one burdened with the history of what it was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New employees wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hide inside scared of past experiences during a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bad timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in downtown,â&#x20AC;? Campbell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a couple of years they (Russell workers) had to be escorted to their cars. It was unsafe and dirty, so they just holed up; and once things changed, the habits remained. So yeah, I could see the fresh start analogy.â&#x20AC;? Suffice it to say that there are many parties interested in landing a new tenant for the building. Ilahie Holdings owns the building and would rather get a tenant deal done rather than go without rent payments once Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease expires. Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber officials would like to see a major corporate resident join the fold. Shop owners would like the see more downtown workers to find their way to their storefronts. City officials would like the increased tax revenue and business activity a new tenant would provide. Each group has a role to play to make it all happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to make sure that all the economic development components and partners are working on the same goals,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Marilyn Strickland said. Multi-agency efforts like the Tacoma Partnership that formed to keep Russell might not have worked, but the effort isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dead. The concepts and incentives to land a corporate headquarters or other major downtown business can be retooled to fit the needs of whatever the new tenant might need to make such a deal pencil out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are always really flexible,â&#x20AC;? Strickland said.

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MAJOR PROJECT. The renderings above depict five

interchanges of the proposed extension of State Route 167 along the route from Puyallup through Fife into the Tideflats in Tacoma. The map at right shows the extension of the road in green. Because it would run through the Puyallup Tribal Reservation, federal funds for projects on tribal lands could be used on the extension. Business leaders and elected officials in Pierce County have established a group to lobby for funding for the project from the state and federal governments.


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delegation. Heck pointed out that new Governor Jay Inslee told him he would do anything possible to move the project forward. “I passionately believe this can be a transformative project for the Puget Sound region and the entire state,” Heck declared. Local leaders have formed the SR-167 Completion Coalition to lobby for state and federal funding to construct the final section of the road from Puyallup to the Tideflats. A federal program can provide loan guarantees and lines of credit for projects of regional significance. Up to $1 billion is authorized for a project. Another potential source of money is the Tribal Transportation Program, offered through the Federal Highway Administration. The agency coordinates with tribal and state governments and Bureau of Indian Affairs on road projects that are on tribal land. The final section of SR-167 would run through the Puyallup Tribal Reservation. Bill Sterud, vice chair of Puyallup Tribal Council, is a member of the SR-167 Completion Coalition. Chad Wright is director of Marine View Ventures, the tribe’s economic development department. He attended the meeting and noted completion of the highway would open new doors for

the tribe’s business activities. “This project is of critical importance to the tribe,” he said. “We are very supportive of this.” At the state level, local leaders hope the Legislature will include SR-167 in a larger transportation funding package. Representative Judy Clibborn, chair of the State House Transportation Committee, has announced her support of including SR-167 in such a package. She intends to introduce a plan for a statewide transportation package in February. But the Legislature has other expensive matters to attend to. Last year the State Supreme Court, in its McCleary decision, stated that lawmakers are not adequately meeting the requirement in the state Constitution to fund public education. And as happens each session, various interest groups pressure lawmakers to boost funding for various services and programs. Tim Thompson, a political consultant on the executive committee, wants to hold an event in Olympia in the near future where local leaders can meet with legislators to have a meal and discuss SR-167. He wants people representing environmental groups, labor unions and the private sector to attend. He also wants more involvement in the effort from people who work for warehouses, banks and in fields related to construction, such as engineers, architects and contractors. “We need to have a good game plan,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, another member of the executive committee.




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housing? Were they couch surfing? Were their friends or family about to kick them out? “Select all situations that caused household’s homelessness,” they asked, and ticked through domestic violence, a felony record, aging out of foster care, eviction, job loss, poor job skills, family breakup, disability, poor credit, medical issues and bills, substance abuse and mental illness. It is never just one thing. That is why the survey has been so useful. Providers and government use the information to put our tax dollars where they are needed, and to sift out waste, exploitation and gaps in service. Last year, 1,997 people agreed to answer the survey. Of them, 687 people were single, mostly living outside or in shelters. The remaining 1,310 were members of families with children. The figures are always lower than the reality. Teens who do not have a steady home try to hide it. Families double up with relatives until their welcome wears out. Some people are too proud to call themselves homeless. Some people just will not answer the questions. Still, the data have reshaped services in Pierce County. Agencies like Lakewood Shelter Association, Tacoma Rescue Mission and Helping Hand House have developed housing services and resources for families and have learned from their mistakes. They know from additional research that they must give families the tools to stay stable, employed and educated. They know that some families will always need social services. That understanding saves families from relapses, and taxpayers and donors from the high cost of failure. The same strategies are working for people who live on the streets with mental illness, addictions and criminal histories. Pierce County agencies followed federal urging and developed Housing First programs that have brought long-term street people into housing that is safe for them, and for their landlords and neighbors. MDC, for example, is redeveloping the old Bay Watch Apartments into 38 units of secure-entrance housing. Residents will have services on site and will cease to be a burden on police, fire, court and hospital systems. Studies, experience and the survey show such programs are saving Pierce County taxpayers millions of dollars in emergency, legal and medical costs. Catholic Community Services is raising money now for a similar project, which will combine a men’s and women’s shelter, 50 apartments, a meal site and day center and counseling services. The data from the survey will aid in that. Eckstrom knows of people who are ready to come in from encampments, especially now that it is cold. He knows 49 people are on the waiting list for a bed at Tacoma Avenue Shelter. He and Burtts know the survey gives each of those people a voice in the struggle for resources. That, they said, is why they, and all their social services colleagues, are committed to working smarter with every Homeless Survey.



Dead, damaged, diseased or unsightly trees can cause problems or diminish the value of your property. Trees growing too close to structures, blocking desired sunlight or causing a lot of mess may also be reasons to consider removal. We will safely and professionally remove and clean up undesired trees and bushes without damaging property or landscaping.


Our machine is self propelled and will fit though a 36” gate, so we can get to most stumps even in difficult spots. We can grind stumps 12-14” below the surface so that you can plant another tree, bush, or grass.


We can enhance the aesthetic value of your property by trimming or pruning trees, bushes, fruit trees, etc. Limbs or foliage over houses, other structures, or wires can be removed or cut back to protect your roof, utility lines, or to allow more light in the yard.

Topping can be a viable option when windsail reduction is not desired or a view is in jeopardy. The fact remains that topped trees do not blow over (at least until large new tops grow up—generally 1520 years), unless there is a systemic problem (root rot, disease, etc). Topping, however, will promote rot at the top of the tree over a period of time, can reduce the life span of a tree, cause the limbs to grow oversized, and upper limbs may grow upward to form new tops which will not be well attached. This process takes a long time and the trees will be safe for at least 15-20 years. They can be trimmed back or re-topped when they become a problem. We are not rabid “anti-toppers” as some are—but we will give you honest advice if we feel another option may be better.


When disaster strikes we will be there to remove trees from houses or clean up from storm damage. We do not believe in bilking customers or insurance companies just because they are in a bind, we want you to be happy and call us back if you are ever in need of other services.

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Thinning will enhance the health and beauty of your trees. Often when trees become too thick, foliage in the middle dies off or limbs become too heavy and crowded. Dead, damaged, crowded, and inverted limbs are removed to allow wind to pass through and to allow more light on the remaining foliage.

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Tacoma Weekly gives its picks for best places to eat, drink and be merry PHOTO BY ERNEST JASMIN

FACE OFF. Diehard 49ers fan Marisa Johnson and Tim

Hoban, a local performer who impersonates Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe, stare each other down at O’Malley’s Irish Pub, which is sure to be a hot spot on Super Bowl Sunday.


ure, there will be an undercurrent of melancholy this weekend given the horrific events that unfolded in Atlanta recently. (Stupid Falcons kicker.) But still, there is not a much bigger day for partying than Super Bowl Sunday. While it is technically not a holiday, the Super Bowl is our annual excuse for drinking beer all afternoon, scarfing down mountains of Buffalo wings and paying way too much attention to TV commercials that we normally fast forward through. Hey, look! It’s that talking investment baby again! The big game, pitting the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers,


(116 West Main Ave., Puyallup): If bigger is better when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday, then Puyallup’s Liberty Theater has the competition beat. The 20-by-40-foot movie screen will serve as a projection backdrop for the game. The historic theater will be offering prize drawings and other entertainment throughout the day. Premium seating is available at $250 per table, with each table seating eight. Tables will include two pounds of hot wings, bottomless soda glasses and coffee cups, hummus and veggies and three all-youcan-eat buffet stations with prawns, salads, tacos and ingredients for building your own hot dogs. More info: (253) 845-5105 or


(3001 Ruston Way in Tacoma or 10019 59th Ave., Lakewood): Known as a sports bar through the entire season, the waterfront Ram International will have specials on its Imperial pints, Jack Daniels and Bacardi shots, margaritas and its signature drink-as-a-meal Proud Bloody Mary concoction. The main sports screen in the bar spans 10 feet for easy viewing. More info: (253) 756-7886 in Tacoma, (253) 584-3191 in Lakewood or – Steve Dunkelberger


(2611 Pacific Ave., Tacoma): There is not a bad seat in the house at Cheers, with plenty of TVs, booths, tables and – best of all – arcade-style games to fill the time in between multi-million dollar commercials. Arrive early to stake out a table, and all through the game the bar will offer $8.50 Bud Light pitchers. The bar’s huge food menu includes everything from MacN-Jack-battered fish and chips to a decent selection of

kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, preceded by inevitable hours of coverage that CBS will give us on the battle of the Harbaugh brothers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s tats. You can catch all that anywhere there is a working TV set, but your game day experience will be greatly enhanced by the right setting. With that in mind, we surveyed the Tacoma Weekly staff on some of the hottest places to catch the game, assuming you are not throwing your own Super Bowl party. Here is what we came up with:

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(6108 6th Ave., Tacoma, and 715 River Rd., Puyallup): Now with options: one in Tacoma (6108 6th Ave.) and the newly opened Puyallup Pit Stop (715 River Rd.). For those of us who really could not care less about a Super Bowl played by any team but the Seahawks, Loose Wheel offers more than 60 pull-tab games, pool tables and plenty of arcade games, in addition to the 42 HD TVs. And with 23 beers on draft and a huge menu, Loose Wheel is a great option. Sunday specials include happy hour prices from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and chicken and jojos for $8.95. And they will have $2.50 pints on game day. More info: (253) 301-1647 in Tacoma, (253) 848-4444 in Puyallup or – Kate Burrows


(204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma): The Tap Room was already a trendy destination for fans of the Harmon’s tasty craft brews. But it may also have one of the best-kept secrets not being exploited by local sports fans. The venue boasts a 12-foot projection screen in the back showroom, which was nearly empty for most of the 49ers-Falcons game the weekend before last. On game day, the venue will have happy hour prices all day, discounted pints, wells, mimosas and Bloody Marys and giveaways for hoodies, growlers and other swag at the end of each quarter. More info: (253) 212-2725 or


(2403 6th Ave., Tacoma): The stiff drinks contribute to a rowdy

game-day atmosphere at one of Tacoma’s most beloved dives. And local celeb Kris “Save Our Sonics” Brannon has been known to show up when the ‘Hawks are on the tube, though he will likely lack his usual arsenal of flags, poppers and air horns this weekend given the tragedy that took place in Atlanta recently. On game day load up on $3 cheeseburgers, two for $2 tacos and a host of adult bevvies that will be on sale for $2 to $3. More info: (253) 627-9403. - Ernest Jasmin


(2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma): The EQC will have a big place to watch the big game in their I-5 showroom at the Tacoma location. The television set is quite big as well – a 40-foot, high definition screen. There will also be a big-time buffet, sports boards and cash prizes given out for each quarter of the game. Dave “Softy” Mahler from KJR AM 950 will be on hand with prizes to give away. Must be 21 and older to attend. More info: (253) 594-7777 or www.


(6409 6th Ave.): Known as a rock music nightclub, the Backstage is a good place to watch a sporting event. The spacious venue has several televisions in various places, creating good viewing angles throughout the club. Owner Joy Hutt is a 49ers fan and the food and drink specials reflect this with all prices ending in 49 cents. During the game well drinks will be $2.49. Food specials include corn dogs for $1.49 and baskets of chicken strips and fries for $4.49. Prizes will be given out during the game, with a number of glasses and other objects with a sports theme. More info: (253) 564-0149. – John Larson


“Visions of Nature” through March 29. All paintings are for sale. Pacific Gallery Artists consists of local artists working in several mediums. Artist reception and awards are on Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m. Come meet these creative souls and share in some refreshments. 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For further info: http://





Sponsored jointly by Foss Waterway Seaport and Metro Parks, these popular programs are a great way to see the sea life in your area. Bring the family for an aquatic nighttime adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists. See and touch creatures brought up from the deep by local divers. Afterward, go inside to warm up, drink hot cocoa and talk about what was seen. Dress for the weather – the docks can be wet – and bring your own flashlights. Life jackets will be provided as well as scoops to catch sea creatures. It takes place on Feb. 2. Pre-register to reserve your spot at www.

Tacoma garage-rock legends the Sonics have played a local show about once every two years since they emerged from a 40-year hiatus in 2007. But thankfully, they’re not making us wait that long this time, following their homecoming show last July at the Pantages Theatre. On Feb. 2 they’ll team up with grunge godfathers Mudhoney to rock Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., in Seattle. Doors open at 7 p.m., and you’ve gotta be 21 or older to attend. Few if any tickets remain, but the day of show list price is $30. Call 1 (888) 929-7849 or visit www.showboxonline. com for further details.

THREE Commune with nature through meditation and gentle yoga in the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. Yoga instructor Megan Zaback will be your guide for eight 90-minute sessions, 5:30-7 p.m.: Feb. 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, April 14 and 21. No experience necessary, and accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes! Suggested donation $10. Call (253) 591-5330 to reserve your spot.

TWO VISIONS OF NATURE Tacoma Nature Center is featuring paintings by the Pacific Gallery Artists entitled

SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS This two-character comedy opens as an aging (but still formidable) woman hires an acerbic dance instructor to give her lessons in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla. Antagonism between a flamboyant man and the wife of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to profound compatibility as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot and cha-cha while sharing the greatest gifts of loyalty and compassion. Stars Sharry O’Hare and Micheal O’Hara. Rated ‘R’ for adult language and situations. Plays through Feb. 10 at Tacoma Little Theatre. Visit or call (253) 272-2281.





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This is the fourth in a series spotlighting portable artworks recently acquired by the City of Tacoma for the Municipal Art Collection. A diverse selection of two-dimensional and threedimensional works by 15 regional artists was selected for purchase through 1 percent for art funds. Have you ever wondered how the city assembles its art collection? Who curates it? Who pays for it? Where can the art be seen on exhibit? This is the last in a series of posts highlighting portable artworks recently purchased by the City of Tacoma for the Municipal Art Collection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first time in more than 20 years that we have purchased any portable artwork for the collection,â&#x20AC;? says Naomi Strom-Avila, cultural arts specialist for the City of Tacoma. Funds for the acquisition of public art for the Municipal Art Collection come from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1 percent for public art fund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That means that 1 percent of construction costs for capital construction projects goes toward the construction or acquisition of public art,â&#x20AC;? she explains. In the case of site-specific public art opportunities, the artists are chosen through a juried process in which a call to artists is issued, followed by a panel review of the applications. The panel may include Tacoma Arts Commission members,

community representatives, site users and others. The jurors narrow down the field to three to five finalists, interview those finalists and select the artist for the project. However, in the case of the Portable Works collection, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the panel started with images of 566 pieces of artwork and narrowed that down to 78 pieces for a second review. Those 78 pieces were brought in for the panel to see in person. Then the panel narrowed those pieces down to the final 20 pieces selected for purchase.â&#x20AC;? After the selection the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts program staff goes to work to determine where to site the pieces; assessing what locations currently do not have artwork; or which could use an updated piece. All of the work goes into city buildings, and all of the pieces are sited in publicly accessible areas. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Journey,â&#x20AC;? Olympia artist MalPina Chan presents a chapter of family history upon a fiery background design derived from an imperial robe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This print features an image of my father and his health certificate, issued before he set sail for America to a new life.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chambers Bay Ruins,â&#x20AC;? a photograph by Michael Jardeen, transforms modern concrete â&#x20AC;&#x153;ruinsâ&#x20AC;? into a visual feast in golden-hued sepia. Photographer Victoria Bjorklund covered the night beat in Tacoma in a series of images entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Midnight.â&#x20AC;? The artist said she was â&#x20AC;&#x153;inspired by film noirâ&#x20AC;? as she photographed the


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Your workplace does not have to be a dictatorship. In fact, it could be run more sustainably as a democracy. That is the main takeaway from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shift Change,â&#x20AC;? a new documentary that focuses on worker-owned cooperatives directed by Whidbey Island-based filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., in Tacoma. And Young will be on hand to lead a discussion on worker co-ops following the earlier screening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a long history of working on topics of social justice and the environment,â&#x20AC;? said Young, probably best known for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Food,â&#x20AC;? the 2008 documentary on sustainable agriculture she made with Dworkin, her husband. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So it was not an unusual topic for us,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really, I think this film is about economic democracy (and having) more of a voice in the workplace.â&#x20AC;? Worker co-ops got some mainstream treatment in Michael Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capitalism: A Love Storyâ&#x20AC;? in scenes depicting Isthmus Engineering, San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alvarado Street Bakery and the Union Cab company of Madison, Wis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cooperative means the workers own the means of production,â&#x20AC;? Rebecca Kemble, a worker-owner of Union Cab, says in an outtake from Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do really, really well. And part of it may be that we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working to pay the CEO a six-figure salary. Our mission is to create jobs at a living wage.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shift Changeâ&#x20AC;? gives the topic more substantial treatment, focusing on worker cooperatives all across the United States and abroad. Initially, Young and Dworkin focused on one of the older and larger network of worker co-ops in Europe, in Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basque Country. There are about 84,000 workers employed by 120 different co-ops, according to Young. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a lot of people (in the United States) itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of unfamiliar, although some of the co-ops we visited and filmed within this country are 30 years old,â&#x20AC;? Young said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we found almost uniformly is that the spirit of people working in these places is just so much better because they really are able to have a say in how the business is run. And if the business does well they benefit directly, rather than having outside investors be the people who are carrying off the profits, which has been the form that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re much more familiar with.â&#x20AC;? Young said her film does not present worker co-ops as a catch-all solution to our ailing economy. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a different mentality,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made me feel hopeful about building an economy that is responsive to the needs of the vast majority of us here. Here is one type of business, or one approach to doing business, that can make a difference.â&#x20AC;? Tickets to the Tacoma screenings are $9 general admission, $7 for students, seniors and members of the armed services; (253) 5934474 or for further details. Those interested can learn more about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shift Changeâ&#x20AC;? and see footage at www.ShiftChange. org.

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The opening of new museums and businesses has encouraged grand visions of downtown Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renaissance. Local figures anticipate a cultural and economic flowering that will place the city among the greatest of the West Coast. But this surge of vitality need not come at the expense of history. The new Tacoma will not be a gaudy, temporary city. It will not be an outdated embarrassment in a decadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time. Its institutions should honor the beauty and worth of the past while planning the future. Feather & Oar embodies such useful retrospection. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing store came to Tacoma in November 2012 with the goal of bringing timetested fashion to the modern age. The shop offers clothing from the 1940s to the early 1960s, eschewing fleeting trends and embracing classic, modestly priced styles. The clothing collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aesthetic can be summarized as â&#x20AC;&#x153;East Coast Ivy League meets Pacific Northwest fashion,â&#x20AC;? said J.D. Elquist, 25, who owns Feather & Oar along with Drew Collier and Travis Pranger. Smart blazers share racks with sturdy wool jackets; patterned ties face a line of stylish-but-tough shoes. Every piece echoes Elquistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theory of fashion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clothing should be two things: beautiful and functional.â&#x20AC;? The three owners often advise customers before purchases, ensuring that the clothing is proper for the intended wearer. They make recommendations based on vocation, supplying outdoorsmen with light,

breathable shirts and office workers with reinforced elbows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to find whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for the customer, whether heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fashion-pro or a novice,â&#x20AC;? said Elquist. Commitment to customers extends beyond the shop windows. Elquist wanted to know more about how to approach retail in Tacoma, so he met with Griselda â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babeâ&#x20AC;? Lehrer, the founder of Lyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apparel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is so much to be learned from someone who went from nothing to 15 stores,â&#x20AC;? Elquist noted. Lehrer touted community outreach as vital to a businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; survival. Taking her advice, Elquist brings Feather & Oar to as many events as possible. He is currently seeking a stand at Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farmers Market. Feather & Oar displays only part of its collection. Pieces are sold according to the season, so the current dearth of lighter wear will vanish in March as spring/summer clothes claim the racks. A staircase along one wall descends into storage space, where the complete inventory rests. Elquist assures that the store possesses a large number of items, and more will be seen in the coming months. Though Feather & Oar previously rented space from Tacoma Spaceworks, the trio of owners opened a new Market Street location on Jan. 22. The space is as much a tribute to local history as is the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Featherâ&#x20AC;? honors Native Americans; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oarâ&#x20AC;? a nod to European settlers.) The shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 759 Market St. location used to house Scottfree Bail Bonds. The previous dĂŠcor could not have been more different from the current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It had a four-foot lower ceiling,â&#x20AC;?

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Wilson High School has gone back to the fabulous â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s, as the newly formed Ram Actors Guild puts the finishing touches on its production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grease,â&#x20AC;? opening Feb. 1 in the Woodrow Wilson Performing Arts Center on campus. This is an auspicious occasion for the high school in numerous ways. The staging of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greaseâ&#x20AC;? will officially christen the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fully renovated performance facility, and this is also Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first time to stage such a grand production. Wilson English teacher Brent Chandler is the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s associate producer. With his background in school plays back when he was a Wilson student, and the minor in theater he earned at Pacific Lutheran University, he has taken a lead in bringing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greaseâ&#x20AC;? to life at the high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always done stage productions, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a quick oneact or smaller plays,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never taken a show from Broadway and brought it here to the high school, so this is our first big-time, fully-licensed Broadway show.â&#x20AC;? Another highlight is that Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class of 1959, the high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first graduating class, will be celebrated as well at the show. Chandler said many of these alumni will be in attendance and that some of them have donated props and items from the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s era to help with the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ironic that the play is based in 1959 as well, so it made for a nice tie-in to celebrate our first graduating class,â&#x20AC;? he said. Projections on two tall side screens onstage will feature images of real seniors from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;59 Wilson High yearbook. Since early October the student actors have been rehearsing heavily under the direction of retired Wilson teacher Sue Beer, who has returned to the high school to teach drama for the next couple years. The show includes a live, seven-piece band with musical direction by Wendy Shepard and Michael Herb, full costum-


SUMMER NIGHTS. Leader of the Rydell High T-Birds Danny Zuko (center) sings about his summer nights with prim and proper Sandy in one of the shows best known numbers.

ing, songs, dances and lots of laughs as well. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greaseâ&#x20AC;? is primarily based around the popular Broadway show, but anyone who has seen the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will know the story very well. Given that the movie, and its soundtrack, were so popular at the time and continue to attract new fans, several of those songs were incorporated into Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greaseâ&#x20AC;? soundtrack was the secondbest selling album of 1978 behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Feverâ&#x20AC;?). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have received license for, and included, three songs that are part of the movie and not the Broadway version,â&#x20AC;? Chandler said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and mainly because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re songs that are very known.â&#x20AC;? For example, the play opens with the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grease,â&#x20AC;? sung originally for the soundtrack album by Frankie Valli and then became a numberone hit single. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted people to have that connection since most of them associate â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Greaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with the movie.â&#x20AC;? The two main characters, Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko, are played by a real-life couple â&#x20AC;&#x201C; junior Emily Tharp and senior Dakota Logar. This adds a nice element to the play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have some fun chemistry onstage and you can see it,â&#x20AC;? Chandler said.

Tharp laughed about how she and Logar are required to interact as the play focuses on Sandy and Dannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love life. She said expressing emotions at Logar onstage proved somewhat challenging, especially during scenes of conflict. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going back and forth hating him one minute and liking him the next, then falling for himâ&#x20AC;Ś It was just hard for me to be mean to him and push him and stuff like that,â&#x20AC;? she said. Logar said he is just proud to be part of the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time commitment. The time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve dedicated to this has consumed the rest of our lives. As high school students, we love our social life and our friends, and it can be hard to give that up and focus on something else.â&#x20AC;? Both young actors said above all else, it is fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning and working with Ms. Beer has been the best,â&#x20AC;? Tharp said. Chandler said all the students deserve a standing ovation for their work on making â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greaseâ&#x20AC;? the best it can be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve donated a huge amount of their social lives to this, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a true testament to them and how successful they want to make it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking a lot of pride in this show.â&#x20AC;? Presented in Woodrow Wilson Performing Arts Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with all new (and very comfortable) seats, wider aisles, new carpeting, new lighting and a new sound system â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greaseâ&#x20AC;? promises to be a must-see event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greaseâ&#x20AC;? continues Feb. 2, 8 and 9. Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for students with ASB card. Prior to each performance, tickets go on sale at 6 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. and curtain goes up at 7 p.m.


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It had been a long time; they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have left us. But now the Sonics and Soundgarden â&#x20AC;&#x201C; two Northwest rock legends known for going A.W.O.L. for decades at a time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are back in high-decibel action. Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage-rock heroes, the Sonics, went missing for four decades. Soundgarden â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the band behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Hole Sun,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spoonmanâ&#x20AC;? and other grunge era hits â&#x20AC;&#x201C; took a mere 14 years off. But in the next few days theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remind us why we missed them so: the Sonics with a headlining date at Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Showbox at the Market on Feb. 2 and Soundgarden with a two-night stand at Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paramount Theatre on Feb. 7 and 8. The Sonicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; classic lineup featured Jerry Roslie on lead vocals and keys, Rob Lind on sax, Bob Bennett on drums and twin brothers Larry and Andy Parypa on guitar and bass. They rocked regional venues â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tacoma Armory, the Red Carpet Inn â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderella,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Witchâ&#x20AC;? and other tectonic cuts that influenced generations of garage and punk bands that followed. Their sound is PG by todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards. But local radio programmers were slow to play their music, deeming lyrics about witches and sipping strychnine too dark for the airwaves. And they failed to score a national hit before the classic lineup broke up in late 1966 and early 1967. Andy Parypa sold the rights to the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name and an unrelated act called Jim Brady & the Sonics kept going until 1980. Meanwhile, the real Sonics spent the next four decades working day jobs, largely oblivious that their sound had gone on to inspire bands worldwide, everyone from protogrunge band Mudhoney, which will open for them on Saturday, to Swedish ZERO DARK THIRTY (157 MIN R) Fri 2/1-Thu 2/7: 2:00, 5:10, 8:15 SILVER LINING PLAYBOOK (122 MIN, R) Fri 2/1: 3:20, 6:15, 8:50 Sat 2/2-Sun 2/3: 12:45, 3:20, 6:15, 8:50 Mon 2/4-Thu 2/7: 3:20, 6:15, 8:50

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FRIDAY, FEB. 1 EMERALD QUEEN: Social Network (Top 40) 9 p.m.

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rockers the Hives. Of course, they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remain totally oblivious to the attention their rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; remake of Richard Berryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doo-wop single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have Love, Will Travelâ&#x20AC;? was getting. The Sonics recorded it as an afterthought and rarely played it live, according to Lind. But Land Rover recognized its brilliance and dusted it off to push jeeps in a 2005 TV spot. Ohio blues-rock duo the Black Keys are fans, too, basing their own version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have Love,â&#x20AC;? included on 2003â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thickfreaknessâ&#x20AC;? album, on the Sonics. Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach even gave his idols a shout out when the Keys headlined KeyArena last spring, citing the Sonicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shot Downâ&#x20AC;? as source material for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girl On My Mind.â&#x20AC;? So the rock world was primed for a Sonics comeback by the time they came out of hiding at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cavestomp festival in November 2007. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve toured Europe, Australia and Japan since then, but have only played three local dates: at the Paramount Theatre on Halloween 2008, at Olympiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capitol Theater on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve 2010 and at Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantages Theater last July, their first hometown show since the Johnson Administration. Roslie, Lind and Larry Parypa remain from the Sonicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heyday. The new rhythm section features drummer Ricky Lynn Johnson and bassist Freddie Dennis. The latter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a veteran of Freddie & the Screamers, the Liverpool

5 and the Kingsmen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; also shares lead vocal duties with Roslie. In 2010, that lineup recorded a new EP, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;8,â&#x20AC;? with Seattle superproducer Jack Endino. It featured four new cuts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vampireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kiss,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheap Shades,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bad Attitudeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Back Downâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and live versions of four classics. Meanwhile, many thought theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard the last of Soundgarden in the late â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s; that is, until the band roared unexpectedly back to life with a surprise performance as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nudedragonsâ&#x20AC;? at Showbox at the Market in 2010. The following year, Soundgarden hit the road with fellow hard rockers Queens of the Stone Age and Mastodon, a tour that included a July stop at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Grant County. Leading up to the show, frontman Chris Cornell sounded refreshed and optimistic about the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Truthfully, if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been able to sort of look at the crystal ball, it would have been smarter to just say, yeah, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking a hiatus,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what this really feels like to me. It feels like we had a nice, long break, and it was the right thing to do. Everybody feels refreshed. Everybody is reinvigorated to be in the band. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like the amount of time that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually been.â&#x20AC;? The current tour is in support of November release â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Animal,â&#x20AC;? Soundgardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first studio album in 16 years.

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BACKSTAGE: Common Ground (Rock covers) 9 p.m. C.I. SHENANIGANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Collaborative Works Jazz, 8 p.m. DAWSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Roll Magic (Classic rock) 9 p.m., NC GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Gold Digger (Top 40) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: T-Town Aces (Blues) 8 p.m., $5 LOUIE Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Ranchero, Cody Foster Army, Curse of the North (Rock) 8 p.m., $5, AA MAXWELLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Lance Buller Trio (Jazz) 7 p.m., NC PARADISE BOWL: Just Dirt (Rock) 9 p.m. STONEGATE: John Leonard (Classic rock/blues) 6:30 p.m. STONEGATE: Subvinyl Jukebox (Rock covers) 9 p.m. SWISS: Afrodisiacs (Disco covers) 9 p.m. UNCLE SAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Fallen Traitors, 9 p.m. UNCLE THURMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Gary Cook (Jazz guitarist) 5:30 p.m. VARSITY GRILL: Rock-Bot live band karaoke, 8 p.m., NC

DAWSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Tim Hall Band (Blues) 9 p.m., NC SWISS: Jho Blenis, Shelly Ely (Blues) 9 p.m. UNCLE SAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Bill Pease, Paul Buck, Chris Gartland (Blues) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 5 STONEGATE: Leanne Trevalyan (Acoustic open mic) 8 p.m.


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SWISS: Spazmatics (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s covers) 9 p.m.

ANTIQUE SANDWICH SHOP: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., $3 DAWSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Jho Blenis, Shelly Ely (Blues jam) 8 p.m. LOUIE Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: (Acoustic open mic) 6 p.m.


BACKSTAGE: (Rock jam) 9 p.m. DAVEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S OF MILTON: Rubber Band (Jam session) 8 p.m. DAWSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Crazy Texas Gypsies (Jam session) 8 p.m. GIBSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S (STADIUM DISTRICT): Ephraim Richardson (Open mic) 7 p.m. STONEGATE: N.M.W.P. (Rock jam) 8:30 p.m., NC UNCLE SAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Skinny White Samoans, 9 p.m. VARSITY GRILL: Rock-Bot live band karaoke, 8 p.m., NC


DAVEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S OF MILTON: Powercell (Jam session) 8 p.m.


DAWSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Billy Shew Band (Jam session) 8 p.m., NC

ANTHEM: Taxi Driver (Jazz) 7 p.m. DAWSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: Tim Hall Band (Blues jam) 8 p.m., NC JOHNNYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DOCK: Steve Cooley & the Dangerfields (Blues) 5 p.m.

NEW FRONTIER: (Bluegrass jam) 3 p.m. STONEGATE: Triggerhand, 8 p.m.

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SAT., FEB. 2 CHILDRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DENTAL HEALTH DAY HAPPENINGS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Pierce County Dental Society is sponsoring its 22nd annual childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dental health day to celebrate national Dental Health Month. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the JC Penney court in Tacoma Mall, located at 4502 S. Steele St. All children are welcome, from infants to 18 years old, and each will receive free dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications, mouth guards, free gifts and more. Info: (253) 274-9722.

THURS., FEB. 7 Join author Jennie Grant at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books at 7 p.m. as she talks about her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Goats: The Goat Justice Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Backyard Goat Keeping.â&#x20AC;? The book covers everything from the benefits of keeping goats (fresh milk! wellkept yards!) to tips and techniques (what breed? what feed? what shed?) to the steps needed to legalize goats in, say, Tacoma. Cosponsored with Sustainable Tacoma/Pierce County. Info:

FRI., FEB. 8 DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES HAPPENINGS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; This monthly event features a distinguished writer followed by an open mic. This month features poet Kelli Russell Agodon, the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room,â&#x20AC;? winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize and ForeWord Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book of the Year Prize in Poetry, and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She is also the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Knotsâ&#x20AC;? (2004) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geographyâ&#x20AC;? (2003), and currently works as the editor of Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crab Creek Review. She is the co-founder of Two Sylvias Press. Following her discussion is an open mic, open to all poets. Signup is at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free, and the event begins at 7 p.m. The event occurs the second Friday of every month at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books. Sponsored by Puget Sound Poetry Connection and Tacoma Arts Commission.

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the Pacific islands, hot hula fitness incorporates easy-toperform dance moves set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout. Hot hula fitness is a fun, new and exciting dance workout that isolates your larger muscle groups, quads and arms, providing a total body workout in 60 minutes. All ages and fitness levels will enjoy hot hula fitness. Admission: $6 (discount with APCC membership). APCC is located at 4851 South Tacoma Way. DRUM CIRCLE MUSIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages drum circle every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. You do not need to have a drum to participate. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit

AUDUBON MEMBERSHIP BANQUET ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Award-winning author, lepidopterist and naturalist Robert Michael Pyle will be the keynote speaker at Tahoma Audubon Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Membership Banquet, taking place at the Temple Theater at 5:30 p.m. This year marks the 44th year of Audubonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local conservation and environmental education in Pierce County. Tickets to the event are on sale now and will not be sold at the door. Purchase them through Tahoma Audubon Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at Tickets: $50. GROUNDHOG DAY BREAKFAST ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Groundhog Day all-you-can-eat breakfast is taking place from 8-11 a.m. at Orting United Methodist Church, located at 109 Train St. S.E. in Orting. Sponsored by the Opportunity Center of Orting, meal served by the Espresso Drama Youth Theatre. Cost is by donation only. The meal consists of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, coffee, juice, and of course groundhog (either roadkill or hibernating)! Info: (360) 8932740 or espressodrama@ Here is to an early spring!

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MON., FEB. 11 GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Join this book club, designed for people just starting to read graphic novels or confirmed geeks. Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book is â&#x20AC;&#x153;MWâ&#x20AC;? by Osamu Tezuka. Books are available for purchase at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books. The group meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at 1022 South, Hilltopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book-themed cocktail lounge. Note: must be 21 to enter 1022 South. Info: www.

WED., FEB. 13 PUYALLUP RIVER WATERSHED CLEANUP EFFORTS ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; University of Washington-Tacoma Assistant Professor Jim Gawel will introduce his documentary film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Undone: The Effort to Save the Puyallup River Watershedâ&#x20AC;? and be available for questions following the screening. Presented by Washington Native Plant Society South Sound. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Tacoma Nature Center, located at 1919 S. Tyler St. CLASSICS BOOK CLUB ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Classics Book Club has been meeting in Tacoma since 1994. The group reads a variety of classic works, from the ancient to modern. Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion is on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow Whiteâ&#x20AC;? by Donald Barthelme. Books are available for purchase at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books at 7 p.m. Info:

TUES., FEB. 19 BANNED BOOK CLUB ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Join this book club and discuss books that have been banned or challenged. Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Tell It on the Mountainâ&#x20AC;? by James Baldwin. Books are available for purchase at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books. The group meets at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books at 7 p.m. Info: www.

MON., FEB. 25 CAPES AND COWLS BOOK CLUB ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Join this book club adapted for mutants, aliens, technogeeks and puny humans who like to read superhero comics. Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book is â&#x20AC;&#x153;X-Force: Sex and Violenceâ&#x20AC;? by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. Books are available for purchase at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books. The group meets the fourth Monday of every month at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books. Note: The bookstore will be closed from 7-7:45 p.m. and will re-open for Book Club. Info:


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ARTIST CRAFT FAIR HAPPENINGS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tacoma Is For Lovers and Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books present a special two-day Valentine-themed Artist Craft Fair Feb. 9-10, with different artists featured each day. A multitude of artists will have tables featuring arts, crafts, jewelry, caramels, letterpress prints and more. Your purchases help support artists in Tacoma. New artists will be added as they are confirmed. Info: www.kingsbookstore. com.

BROAD HORIZONS BOOK CLUB ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Join this futuristic book club reading feminist speculative fiction. Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderâ&#x20AC;? by Marissa Meyer. Books are available for purchase at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books. On Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books she will celebrate the release of her next book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scarlet.â&#x20AC;? Broad Horizons meets the third Friday of every month at Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books at 7 p.m. Info: www.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;THE CHILDRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOURâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; THEATER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Lakewood Playhouse presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hour,â&#x20AC;? the third show of its 74th season of plays. Lillian Hellmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s riveting, controversial drama addresses current events in ways that are even more relevant today than when it was first presented to protesting crowds in 1934. The play will take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays

at 2 p.m. Tickets: $24. The play runs through Feb. 3. TEDDIE BEAR MUSIC MUSIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Teddie Bear Music is a child and parent musical adventure. Join instructor Janice Berntsen as she shows students how to share the gift of music and movement with their children, ages 1-4. Sessions are held Thursdays at 8:45-9:30 a.m. at Ted Brown Music, located at 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd. For more info visit â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;MEMORIES AND MEDITATIONSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ART â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective on Michael Kennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Photographyâ&#x20AC;? exhibit is on view at Tacoma Art Museum through March 24. Kenna has been capturing the ethereal essence of locations across the globe for more than 30 years. His unique point of view evokes a sense of calm that enhances the intimate connections of history and geography. This is the first United States retrospective of this internationally acclaimed photographerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work in nearly 20 years. The exhibition explores Kennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing investigations of everything from the natural beauty of an island among eastern countries to the haunting shadows of abandoned buildings in the Midwest of the United States. Kenna is known to frequently return to certain locales in order to record them over the course of several years to capture the brilliance of time passing and memory. His wonder at the alchemy of printmaking translates into a wonderland of visual poetry. Info: www. NORTHWEST ART ART â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collectionâ&#x20AC;? is on display at Tacoma Art Museum. The works on view are some of the best from its collection of paintings by Northwest artists. It runs until March. HOT HULA FITNESS ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Every Monday through Wednesday, Asia Pacific Cultural Center hosts hot hula fitness classes from 7-8 p.m. Inspired by the dances of

SUPPORT GROUP ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue? Attend this support group, which meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities building, located at 6315 S. 19th St. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to improve the morale of people coping with these challenges. Its activities include face-to-face encouragement, networking, sharing of resources as well as individual discoveries. CHARITY BOOT CAMP ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jeff Jowers, owner and founder of Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ultimate Fitness Boot Camps, is hosting charity fitness boot camps every Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m., benefiting Campfire USA. These drop-in classes are $10 apiece, with all proceeds going to charity. Info: www.tacomabootcamps. com. FREE FIRST WEEKENDS ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bank of America bankcard holders and employees receive free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum the first weekend of every month as part of Bank of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national Museums on Us program. Info: THE VALLEY CHORALE ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Valley Chorale, a soprano-alto-tenor-bass singing group, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Christ the King, located at 1710 E. 85th St. in Tacoma. If you like singing, contact Joy Heidal at (253) 848-1134 or Dixie Byrne at (253) 677-5291 for more information and a personal invitation to join the group. MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT ETC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with dementia. A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia will be held the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Contact group facilitator Chuck Benefiel at (253) 584-3267. UKULELE CIRCLE MUSIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages ukulele circle every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit

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VOLUNTEERS South Sound Outreach is offering free tax preparation for those who make $50,000 or less. To schedule an appointment call 253.593.2111 or visit our website at www. Project Homeless Connect is an annual event where homeless individuals can receive free services. The next event will be held at Spanaway Elementary on Friday, January 26th. For more information visit www. or call 253.593.2111. Help lift people out of poverty by volunteering with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)! Provide free income tax preparation to low and moderate income households. Locations throughout Pierce County. Day, evening and weekend hours available. Volunteers can serve as tax preparers, quality reviewers, greeters, or interpreters (for non-English speaking or hearing-impaired tax payers). Free training provided. Contact Amy Allison,, or apply online at www.

Get involved with Metro Parks Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Citizen Advisory Councils! The Business & Responsive Agency Council helps district leadership with business planning, Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO VXVWDLQDELOLW\ decisions, revenue development and quality assurance. Monthly meetings focus on issues that affect the future of our park system. Visit to learn more or call Brett Freshwaters, &KLHI )LQDQFLDO 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU DW 253.305.1081. Brettf@ Metro Parks Tacoma Special events bring the community together and provide families with affordable fun. Metro Parks Tacoma needs volunteers to help produce memorable events. Visit www. volunteer and signup WR EH QRWLĂ&#x20AC;HG RI VSHFLDO event service opportunities. To learn more, contact Roxanne Miles, Volunteer Manager, at 253.305.1068.

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VOLUNTEERS Sports Alliance is looking for coaches for our developmental youth sports program. Sports vary by season. Coaches are provided general training and go through a national background check clearance process. For more information, visit or contact Roy Fletcher, Youth Sports Coordinator, royf@ or 253.305.1025. Help a Child Improve Reading One-on-one support makes a huge difference in an elementary studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to overcome reading challenges. The Tacoma School District and the Tacoma Community House are partners in this endeavor, and we are on the lookout for committed tutors for grades 1-3. As a Read2Me Tutor, you can be that person who makes a difference. Currently we have sessions at Roosevelt and McCarver Elementary Schools and will soon start sessions at Mann and Manitou Park. Call Mark Rud at (253) 3833951 for more information. Literacy Tutor Tacoma Community House is looking for volunteers to help adults improve their reading, writing, and basic math skills. Training is provided. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Karen Thomas at (253) 383-3951 or at

Join us in changing lives! Changing Rein Equine Assisted Activities and TherDSLHV D QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W RIIHUV equine assisted services to differently-abled individuals. Currently the program offers several volunteer opportunities. Our primary need at present is for program volunteers who work with our horses and support our riders in therapeutic and adaptive lessons. Other volunteer opportunities include: grounds maintenance and administrative/clerical work. Must be at least 14 years old to participate. Horse experience helpful, but not necessary. Training provided. For more information contact: Jacki Berreth at 253-9617277 or The Tacoma Maritime Institute meets every 4th Monday at the Midland Community Center 1614 99th Street East Tacoma WA Potluck at 6:00, all are welcome. Meeting Starts at 7:00 CONVERSATION PARTNERS NEEDED Help adults learn to speak English! Mornings, no experience or foreign language skills needed. South Tacoma. Contact Lee Sledd, Madison Family Literacy, 253-5711887. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED If you enjoy helping toddlers learn, you can help us! Seeking retired or experienced volunteers to assist in expand-

ing our capacity and provide quality learning for busy little people. (No diaper changing!) Background check required. Contact Lee Sledd, Madison Family Literacy 253571-1887

Meals on Wheels at Federal Way Senior Center seeks morning volunteers: One Co-coordinator, Friday and Monday; two Callers, Monday; three Packers, Wednesday; two Drivers, Thursday. To learn more, call 206-727-6250. Be a Big Brother! Becoming a Big is a fun and easy way to volunteer in your community and make a BIG difference in the life of a child. There are several program RSWLRQV WR Ă&#x20AC;W \RXU VFKHGXOH and interests, such as meeting your Little at school, going on an outing or attending an agency-planned activity. For more information, visit or call 253.396.9630. INTERVIEWEES FOR A NON-PROFIT PROJECT â&#x20AC;&#x153;MEMORY COMMUNITYâ&#x20AC;? What It Is: We are Memory Community (a nonSURĂ&#x20AC;W FRUSRUDWLRQ  7KH Memory Community Project is a creative service to seniors. Our Goals & Objectives: To create an acFHVVLEOH UHVRXUFH WKDW Â&#x2021; helps our senior citizens WHOOWKHLUVWRULHVÂ&#x2021;FRQQHFWV WKH\RXQJDQGWKHROGÂ&#x2021;LQcreases our understanding of those before us who help us be who we DUH Â&#x2021; KRQRUV WKH JHQHUDtions before us and show our appreciation by preVHUYLQJ WKHLU PHPRULHV Â&#x2021; All seniors are welcome WR YROXQWHHU IRU Ă&#x20AC;OPLQJ WKHLU VWRU\ Â&#x2021;$W PRVW WZR days of work during daytime â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Day 1: pre-production meeting, and Release )RUPVLJQLQJ'D\Ă&#x20AC;OPing, ideally wrapped within half a day What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like you to talk about in the Ă&#x20AC;OP8VHPLQXWHVRUVR to tell the most memorable story from your life, the lessons that were learned, and the wise words you want to pass along to your children/grandchildren. Compensation: a DVD in which you are the leading character, and a free upload to our website http://memorycommunity. org/ Contact: send your emails to Or call Deyung at 253-858-2445 for scheduling a meetLQJ 7KH Ă&#x20AC;OPLQJ LV IUHH but donations are appreciated to help the project continue.* Donate time and receive free groceries. Volunteers needed with skills in management, organization, clerical, food handling, warehousing, maintenance etc. and receive free grocerLHV IURP D 1RQ3URĂ&#x20AC;W )RRG Distribution Program. Older teens are welcomed to volunteer and gain valuable work experience. Contact Ms. Lee at (253) 677-7740 for further information. Knitters and Crocheters &RPH -RLQ 8V /RYLQJ

VOLUNTEERS Hearts is a group of volunteers who crochet or knit: hats for chemo, baby items, and blankets for GLIIHUHQW QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W RUganizations with in the community. We meet twice a month. Once on the second Tuesday, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and again on the fourth Thursday, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Please join us at the WayPoint Church, 12719 134th Ave KP N, Gig Harbor. We are also in need of donations of yarn. For more information please email: or call Virginia at 253-884â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9619 Loving Hearts also meets 1pm to 3pm 3rd Thur. at Clubhouse Mobile Park Ardena Gale 4821 70th Ave. E., Fife 98424

Donate Your Car, RV or Boat. Tax Reduction. All Proceeds Go to Locale Food %DQN)UHH3LFN8S&DOO Ted (253) 475-5774 The Backpack Program of the St. Leo Food Connection is looking for a volunteer to pick up backpacks full of food for the weekend for students at McKinley Elementary and Sheridan Elementary from the Food Connection and deliver them to both schools the 2nd and 4th Thursday or Friday of each month for the duration of the school year. Volunteers must have their own vehicle and be able to commit to volunteering for the rest of the school year. This is a low time commitment way to make a big difference to kids! If interested, please contact Britani Hollis: Hospice is seeking compassionate, caring individuals to volunteer up to 4 hrs. per week with terminally ill patients. Comprehensive training and education provided. We support your service goals and your spirit to give. Training Jan. 2010 call today! 253.301.6464 Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care-Life giving and Life changing If you have a few hours per week to sew, hold hands, listen to life stories, make phone calls, play cards or work puzzles, we have a need for your compassionate presence. Support patients/families in the home, nursing home, or Hospice House. Daytime volunteers especially needed.Comprehensive training and on-going support are provided. Call 253-5347050 or log onto www. to learn more Brighten the day of a senior with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s! Volunteer an hour or two visiting with a resident at HearthVLGH 0DQRU LQ 8QLYHUVLW\ Place. Please contact Tashia

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EDGEWOOD COMMUNITY FOOD BANK Seeking volunteers to staff Thursdays from 3:30pm 6:30pm and/or Saturdays from 11am-2pm . Those interested contact Community Coordinator, Kate Wright at 253-826-4654 Address: 3505 122nd Ave E Edgewood Tacoma/Pierce County Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to help with special mailings. Call Janice Hutchins at 6272175. The Greater Federal Way Orchid Society invites you anyone who is interested in learning about growing orchids - to attend their monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month except July, August & December. We gather at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7:00pm and ends before 9:00pm. Held at Kloshe Illahee Lodge at 2500 S. 370th. This is East of Enchanted Parkway in Federal Way, South of 348th. For more information call 253-946-2300. Tacoma Bible College Requests anyone interested in making friends with international students to call S. Robinson at (253)-396-0467 Literacy Tutor Tacoma Community House is looking for volunteers to help adults improve their reading, writing and basic math skills. Training is provided. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Karen Thomas at (253) 3833951 The Tacoma Food Co-op is growing and looking to bolster its outreach committee. There is need for people to be present at community events and meetings, as well as farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s markets. Please contact John Toler if you are interested in joining the committee jtoler@ Coalition: HUMANE, a spay and neuter clinic, seeks volunteers. For details visit: or call 253.627.SPAY

VOLUNTEERS HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT/HOST FAMILIES NEEDED Make international friendships and create memories to last a lifetime. Host a high school foreign exchange student with EF Foundation, a nonSURĂ&#x20AC;W RUJDQL]DWLRQ  6WXGHQWV are fully insured and bring their own spending money: host families (single, married, retired, etc.) provide room, board, and a caring environment. For more information call: PAT HALCEY 253-3350446 or toll-free: 1-800-446+$5( () )281'$7,21 )25)25(,*1678'<ZZZ Meal site volunteers: Assist in the kitchen, be a host or hostess, set tables, be a

server or help us clean up. Opportunities available in Fife, Puyallup, Parkland and Tillicum lunch sites. Times and days DUHĂ H[LEOH0HDOVLWHVRSHUDWH 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Fife meal site: Volunteers needed to Ă&#x20AC;OOWKHIROORZLQJSRVLWLRQV.LWFKen prep and cleanup: Mon. and Fri., 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; front desk: Mon.-Fri. Puyallup meal site: Volunteers needed for kitchen prep, Monday, ThursFri., 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; table setter, Mon., Thurs. and Fri., 9-10 a.m.; cleanup, Tues., 12:30-1:30 p.m. Parkland meal site: volunteers needed for front desk, Tues., Thurs. and ÂŹFriday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; kitchen assistant, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost of food handlers card is reimbursable. Call 474-1200.


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Big Brothers/Big Sisters: Make a difference in the life of a child. Offer one hour a week to be a mentor with an elementary school aged student during the school day at various schools in Tacoma and local area. Training provided. Call 253-3969630. Mentor a prisonerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s child )XQ Ă H[LEOH OLIH FKDQJLQJ volunteer opportunity. 6hr/mo for one year must be 18yr+, pass a background check, and have a car. See www. http://www. for more info or call Amber at 253-2736282.

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