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|Protest Song Of The Week: 'Tacoma Center 1600' By Nana Grizol - Shadowproof (blog)Google News / 5 h. 47 min. ago more|
Shadowproof (blog)Protest Song Of The Week: 'Tacoma Center 1600' By Nana GrizolShadowproof (blog)Every sweetly sung Nana Grizol song plays out like a diary entry or a letter written directly to a friend, which make the band's meandering personal-political poetry all the more impactful. The didactic nature of the music makes the stories more potent ...
|TLT Presents the Sisters Rosenswieg - An Off The Shelf ReadingTacoma News / 6 h. 58 min. ago more|
Tacoma Little Theatre presents Wendy Wasserstein 's, The Sisters Rosensweig, directed by Victoria Webb. This production will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:30pm.
|Apartment project meant to help people might be cancelled if state budget doesn't pass - The News TribuneGoogle News / 8 h. 29 min. ago more|
The News TribuneApartment project meant to help people might be cancelled if state budget doesn't passThe News TribuneThe state budget includes federal money for construction projects such as the YWCA's Tacoma apartments and affordable housing for veterans in South King County. In all, funding for projects across the state — primarily for homeless families — could ...
|US moving to deport outspoken Tacoma immigration activist - The OlympianGoogle News / 10 h. 16 min. ago more|
The OlympianUS moving to deport outspoken Tacoma immigration activistThe OlympianSome immigrants living in the United States illegally keep their heads down, careful not to attract attention that might get them noticed by federal officers. Not Maru Mora-Villalpando. The Mexican native has been an outspoken activist for years. She ...ICE moves to deport well-known NW activistKUOW News and Information“I Am Not Going to Stop,” Pledges Local Immigration Activist Targeted by ICETheStranger.comSeattle-area immigrant activist says she faces deportationThe News Tribuneall 8 news articles »
|Love waffles? You need to try new restaurant offering Tacoma's largest selection - The News TribuneGoogle News / 11 h. 10 min. ago more|
The News TribuneLove waffles? You need to try new restaurant offering Tacoma's largest selectionThe News TribuneHis menu includes a Nashville hot chicken, waffle sandwich which is a riff on the famous Tennessee dish but with a hot sauce that's tempered for a Tacoma palate. It's built with the savory cornmeal waffle, plus coleslaw, pickles and the signature spicy ...
|2019 Ford Ranger vs. Tacoma, Colorado, and Frontier: What we know (or at least can guess) - Autoblog (blog)Google News / 12 h. 9 min. ago more|
Autoblog (blog)2019 Ford Ranger vs. Tacoma, Colorado, and Frontier: What we know (or at least can guess)Autoblog (blog)One of the stars of the Detroit Auto Show is the Ford Ranger. It's been eagerly anticipated, and fans of the global version weren't let down. Ford shared several key details, and while it didn't go into specifics on many topics, we think we know enough ...Ford Ranger Can Forget About Challenging Chevrolet Colorado!NSEAVoice.comall 4 news articles »
|Harry Potter fans set to gather in Tacoma for special weekend of wizardry - KING5.comGoogle News / 14 h. 5 min. ago more|
KING5.comHarry Potter fans set to gather in Tacoma for special weekend of wizardryKING5.comHarry Potter fans set to gather in Tacoma for special weekend of wizardry. Wizards, witches, and muggles alike will flock to Tacoma in December for a fun, four-day event paying tribute to all things Harry Potter. Author: Su Ring. Published: 1:02 PM PST ...
|Grubhub Now Delivers for More Restaurants in Tacoma - PR Newswire (press release)Google News / 16 h. 12 min. ago more|
Grubhub Now Delivers for More Restaurants in TacomaPR Newswire (press release)Grubhub has been connecting diners with Tacoma restaurants that supply their own drivers since 2011. With this expansion, all of Tacoma's booming food scene has the opportunity to leverage Grubhub's large and growing network of drivers, expand their ...and more »
|Caitlyn Smith Premieres Video For "Tacoma" « American Songwriter - American SongwriterGoogle News / 1 d. 19 h. 16 min. ago more|
American SongwriterCaitlyn Smith Premieres Video For "Tacoma" « American SongwriterAmerican SongwriterFor years, Caitlyn Smith was one of Nashville's best-kept secrets. Starting off behind the scenes, Smith first made a name for herself around town penning hits for others, including Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, and Dolly Parton. The Minnesota native ...and more »
|Head-on crash injures Olympia man Saturday nightTacoma News / 2 d. 10 h. 9 min. ago more|
A 28-year-old Olympia man and Washington State Patrol trooper was hospitalized Saturday night after his vehicle was struck head-on in Pierce County, according to the Washington State Patrol. The man was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, while the other driver, a 56-year-old Tacoma man, was not injured.
|Date night for hundreds of military couples in Tacoma - KING5.comGoogle News / 2 d. 11 h. 47 min. ago more|
KING5.comDate night for hundreds of military couples in TacomaKING5.comTACOMA. Date night for hundreds of military couples in Tacoma. Northwest Military held its annual "Military Couples Night" at the Washington History Museum in Tacoma. Author: KING. Published: 1:27 PM PST January 14, 2018. More than a thousand military ...and more »
|2017 was a complicated year for catastrophesTacoma News / 2 d. 19 h. 1 min. ago more|
Tragedy struck in nearly two dozen places, often overlapping with other disasters. They included deadly hurricanes and wildfires, mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas and a train derailment south of Tacoma.
|Spin Control: First week of the session featured tarpees and tourniquets - Sun, 14 Jan 2018 PSTTacoma News / 2 d. 23 h. 39 min. ago more|
Environmental protesters set up "tarpees" on the lawn between the domed Legislative Building and the Temple of Justice during the first week of the session. The first week of the session opened with ersatz teepees on the lawn between the domed Legislative Building and the Supreme Court building.
|Lawsuit filed over alleged norovirus at Tacoma restaurantTacoma News / 3 d. 17 h. 15 min. ago more|
TV reported Friday that Erika Cecchi of Tacoma ate at El Toro on Jan. 2 and became ill the following day, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Pierce County Superior Court. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department briefly closed the El Toro Restaurants in Tacoma and University Place after people who ate there complained of becoming ill.
|Manuel Perez Survives Knockdown, Decisions John JacksonTacoma News / 3 d. 21 h. 47 min. ago more|
Manuel Perez overcame a second-round knockdown to defeat John Jackson by unanimous decision in the main event of Battle at the Boat 114 Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. Perez appeared as the overwhelming 99-92, 97-92, 96-93 winner on the scorecards in the 10-round welterweight bout to improve his record to 29-12-1 with 7 KOs.
|Photo Flash: Tacoma Little Theatre presents Children of a Lesser GodTacoma News / 4 d. 4 h. 20 min. ago more|
After three years in the Peace Corps, James, a young speech therapist, joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he is to teach lip-reading. He meets Sarah, a school dropout, totally deaf from birth, and estranged both from the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world.
|At least 400 sickened in norovirus outbreak at Tacoma-area restaurants - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 4 d. 8 h. 14 min. ago more|
Seattle TimesAt least 400 sickened in norovirus outbreak at Tacoma-area restaurantsSeattle TimesAt least 400 people are sick after a confirmed norovirus outbreak at a Mexican restaurant in Tacoma, and another 10 to 15 people are possibly sick after eating at the chain's restaurant in a nearby suburb, health officials said. The number of sick ...Seattle law firm sues El Toro following Tacoma-area norovirus outbreakThe News TribuneFirst lawsuit filed in Tacoma El Toro Norovirus outbreakKING5.comHundreds sickened in norovirus outbreak linked to restaurant chain in TacomaPuget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)all 9 news articles »
|Washington could end net pens for fish by 2024 - Fri, 12 Jan 2018 PSTTacoma News / 4 d. 22 h. 44 min. ago more|
In this Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 photo, Riley Starks of Lummi Island Wild shows three of the farm raised Atlantic salmon that were caught alongside four healthy Kings in Point Williams, Wash. A marine net pen holding 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed recently, releasing thousands of fish into Puget Sound and renewing concerns that a new proposed salmon farm could harm wild salmon stock and cause other environmental damage.
|State Farm leaving Tacoma by year-endTacoma News / 5 d. 7 h. 57 min. ago more|
Downtown Tacoma will suffer another blow when State Farm moves out 1,400 jobs by year-end. One of downtown Tacoma's major employers, State Farm, will close its 1,400-person offices and shift about 600 jobs northward to DuPont, where it already has about 1,000 workers.
|2 charged in death of Pierce County deputyTacoma News / 5 d. 7 h. 57 min. ago more|
Officers and medical staff take part in a procession for officer Daniel McCartney, of Yelm, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The department said McCartney was responding to a home invasion in the Frederickson area, late Sunday night when he was shot during a foot chase.
|Can that time-turner take us ahead 11 months to the Weekend of Wizardry in Tacoma?Tacoma News / 5 d. 15 h. 14 min. ago more|
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry will apparate in Tacoma this coming December, when would-be witches and wizards as well as Muggles are invited to attend the Weekend of Wizardry. The Harry Potter fan convention, to be held at the Hotel Murano, aims to create an interactive and immersive experience for fans of J.K. Rowling's books and the Warner Bros.
|CommentsTacoma News / 6 d. 0 h. 50 min. ago more|
Communities across Washington will get a boost to health and economic well-being this month when the new paid sick and safe leave law goes into effect. Employees who previously had to go to work with the flu or when a child is sick will be able to take time off to prioritize health and pay their bills in the new year, without losing pay or risking their jobs.
|Lawsuit settled over detention of immigrant by policeTacoma News / 6 d. 5 h. 24 min. ago more|
The city of Spokane has agreed to change its policies to make clear that police officers will not question or detain people to enforce federal immigration laws. That's part of a final settlement the city reached Tuesday in federal court with the ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
|Second Tacoma-area restaurant closed for suspected norovirus outbreakTacoma News / 6 d. 10 h. 2 min. ago more|
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has closed a second El Toro Mexican Restaurant because of a suspected norovirus outbreak. The University Place restaurant at 3820 Bridgeport Way W. will be closed for at least 24 hours while the health department investigates the illness reports and the restaurant can sanitize.
|Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution!South Sound Magazine / 7 d. 15 h. 14 min. ago more|
When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, many celebrate the opportunity to start fresh. Each ending year seems to bring disappointment of milestones that didn’t happen, and we’re ready to start anew. Cue the New Year’s resolution. According to Wallet Hub, 67 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution — mainly about losing weight, being more fiscally responsible, dialing in on education or career goals, or quitting a bad habit — but only 8 percent succeed. This is normally the part where we would swoop in and give you some iron-clad advice to beat the odds and achieve your goals, but we’re not going to do that. Here’s why we think you should ditch your New Year’s resolution and just enjoy your life. 1. The Crown season two is on Netflix. Enough said. 2. You’ll start eating healthier next month, the kids still have leftover Halloween treats and candy canes. 3. Cauliflower-crust pizza will never be the same. 4. A trip to Vegas with your friends is calling your name, and your bank account. 5. You don’t feel like paying gym-membership sign-up fees … again. 6. You think you’ll only let the kids have an hour of screen time each day until you realize that you actually have to entertain them yourself for the other 23 hours. 7. You’ll resolve to save money by not eating out for lunch, until you forget your lunch at home. Every. Single. Day. 8. Half-priced chocolate rains down on us after Valentine’s Day and Easter, both around the corner. 9. The couch-to-5K program seems easy until you actually have to do it. We prefer couch to kitchen. 10. You aren’t defined by your weight, bank account, job, education level, or even those pesky bad habits. But Jim: Stop biting your fingernails, seriously. The post Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution! appeared first on South Sound Magazine.
|Owner of Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant Launches Premium Orange LiqueurSouth Sound Magazine / 11 d. 13 h. 39 min. ago more|
Photos by Jeff Hobson President and owner of Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Bernie Garcia came up with the idea to feature upside-down sidecar bottles that hang from the rim of a margarita glass. When its popularity took off at the restaurants, he decided to create the naturally-flavored Grandeza orange liqueur to go with it. The sidecar bottle was an innovative way to control the flow of liqueur, but also elevated the experience of Moctezuma’s margarita. It took a year for the patent to be approved, and then Garcia rolled out 15,000 clear, plastic bottles that clipped onto the glasses. Customers had the choice of orange, raspberry, blueberry or blackberry liqueur, and the initial restaurant testing revealed orange was the most-requested flavor, but Garcia wasn’t satisfied with any orange liqueurs currently on the market. Moctezuma had previously been using Grand Marnier, a cognac-based orange liqueur, in its margaritas. But the cognac dominated the flavor profile, drowning out the tequila. Garcia set out to create a naturally-flavored orange liqueur that perfectly married with a margarita or mai tai. After testing out 20 to 25 different variations, the final product has a profile of bitter orange peels, sweetened with agave nectar from Mexico, and a hint of vanilla. Moctezuma went from selling 1,000 of its top-tier margaritas to 3,000 per month with the sidecar and newly-branded Grandeza liqueur. After a nearly four-year process from inception to reality, Garcia said it’s exciting to see the reaction its getting from customers and on social media. Grandeza liqueur is launching with the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits distributor, the largest liqueur distributor in the country. The liqueur will be available in more Mexican restaurants over the next few weeks, and in commercial liquor stores over the next few months, Garcia said. Two other flavors — raspberry and jalapeno lime — are also in the works, and will likely be launched in the next year or two. Garcia said aside from the orange, raspberry was the next top-selling flavor, and they’re in the midst of developing a jalapeno lime. “The jalapeno, that one has been trickier, because we have to get the right spice,” Garcia said. “The flavor, it has that super fresh jalapeno flavor, that if someone else tries it in our restaurant, they think it’s made with infused jalapenos. We don’t want it to be too spicy. Some would say it’s not spicy enough. You can’t please everyone. Getting that right balance has been tricky.” The post Owner of Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant Launches Premium Orange Liqueur appeared first on South Sound Magazine.
|Publisher of South Sound Adds Media Company to PortfolioSouth Sound Magazine / 12 d. 14 h. 16 min. ago more|
Premier Media Group acquires Business Examiner Media In a significant business move for two local media companies with long area connections, Premier Media Group — publisher of South Sound magazine — announced Thursday it has purchased Business Examiner Media, publisher of South Sound Biz magazine. “The South Sound business community continues to grow, and we are excited to add a business publication — and the additional assets that accompany it — so we can continue to serve our community the news it desires,” said Premier Media Group president Josh Dunn who founded the company with his wife, Michelle. Business Examiner Media was founded in 1985 by husband-and-wife business partners Jeff and Jill Rounce. Jeff was completing a business graduate degree program at Pacific Lutheran University and working in the TV news department at KSTW-TV when he and Jill, parents of three young children, decided to launch the Business Examiner, a bi-weekly tabloid newsprint publication initially focused on the business communities in Tacoma and Pierce County. “Local business icons like George Russell, George Weyerhaeuser, Paul Titus, Don Rhodes, and dozens more were active in their enterprises and the whole community in the mid-80s. Not only those individuals, but many of their local organizations have evolved or are gone now,” recalled Jeff Rounce, who also noted that container ships plying the waters of Commencement Bay was a fairly new business trend. The Business Examiner later expanded to include much of Thurston, Lewis, Mason, and south King counties. Business Examiner Media launched a live event series (Financial Executives of the Year, 40 Under Forty, Top Places to Work, and Women of Influence) that celebrated the local business community, as well as the Daily Biz Briefs e-newsletter. Between 2004 and 2013, Business Examiner Media partnered with KSTW-TV to co-produce The South Sound Business Report television show. In 2016, the Business Examiner became South Sound BIZ, a monthly magazine. In total, Business Examiner Media produced roughly 850 issues of both publications combined. “Our plans are to continue, and build upon, the tremendous legacy the Rounces have established with their company over the years,” said Dunn. Premier Media Group was founded in 2001 and produces three publications: 425, a monthly magazine focused on Eastside lifestyle and entertainment; 425 Business, a monthly magazine focused on Eastside business; and South Sound, a bi-monthly magazine focused on South Sound lifestyle and entertainment. The company, which employs 35 people and is headquartered in Tacoma’s Old Town neighborhood, also produces a live event series (30 Under 30, IDEA Awards, Best of 425, Best of the South Sound, Women to Watch, and Northwest Idea House) that celebrates the Eastside and South Sound communities. “We are excited to start a new chapter in the South Sound with a business publication and give South Sound Biz a breath of fresh air similar to our other publications,” added Dunn. The post Publisher of South Sound Adds Media Company to Portfolio appeared first on South Sound Magazine.
|New Year, New YouSouth Sound Magazine / 13 d. 15 h. 14 min. ago more|
OK; it’s true. We tell ourselves every January that this will be the year we follow through on that New Year’s resolution to get fit. With so many exercise options at your fingertips, though, it can be overwhelming to decide where you should even start. That’s why we’ve done some homework to help you find classes you’ll love so that this year, you can stick with that resolution and have fun while you’re at it. Uplift Yoga Take your yoga practice to the next level at Uplift Yoga & Healing Arts Studio on Broadway in Tacoma, where owner Anna Noel has combined alternative yoga and healing experiences to create Tacoma’s most unique yoga studio. Curious to try AntiGravity Aerial yoga, which incorporates aerial fabrics into an hour-long flow, I took a class to learn about how this practice differs from a more traditional yoga experience. First things first: You spend a lot of time swinging, stretching, and hanging upside down. Intimidated? Don’t be! I am a beginner in every sense of the word, and I found the class very accessible — not to mention fun! Benefits of the practice include improved flexibility, strength, and balance; additionally, it’s zero-impact and — I can attest — a great ab workout. After spending so much time engaging my core while upside down, my favorite part of the class was the final floating shavasana. For this pose, Noel had me hang in the fabric hammock (which felt like being in a cocoon) while she played crystal and Tibetan bowls. Total relaxation! I left the studio feeling refreshed, cleansed, and proud of myself. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or an uncoordinated beginner like me, I recommend that you try out AntiGravity Aerial yoga for a new, fresh workout. upliftyoga.com Vie Athletics Vie Athletics offers a safe space for women to be empowered through exercise. Incorporating a mixture of weight-lifting and cardio exercises, this just-for-her gym will make you fall in love with all parts of fitness, from the sore muscles to a community of workout friends. The new Tacoma location on Pearl Street offers complementary yoga classes with each strength session to ensure that your care for your body is as holistic and healthy as possible. vieathletics.com The Handlebar Cycling Studio If you’re looking to torch calories in an intimate group setting, then this Tacoma indoor cycling studio is the place to do it. Not only is the workout extremely effective (you’ll know this from the amount you’re sweating by the end), but it is also taught by enthusiastic instructors and set to catchy, motivational music. This exercise option is great for all fitness levels as well as those recovering from injury — so you really have no excuse! handlebarcyclingstudio.com Jazzercise There’s a reason why moms everywhere have raved about Jazzercise for decades — it works, and it’s fun. And now it is attracting more than moms. Daughters, grandmas, and men attend classes, too. They even have a kids’ program. While you feel like you’re at a big dance party grooving to your favorite top hits, instructors are sneaking in elements of resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and modern dance to deliver a highly effective — and always entertaining — workout. With 12 different class formats, Jazzercise offers something for everyone. There are Jazzercise classes offered all over the South Sound. Find a class at jazzercise.com Leading Edge Kickboxing Always wanted to get into kickboxing? Us too! Not only does kickboxing help burn fat and build muscle, but it’s also a great way to learn self-defense skills (and healthily expel frustration, of course!). Leading Edge Kickboxing in Tacoma offers a Kickboxing 101 class for beginners in which you receive individualized instruction that allows you to confidently take part in the routines. Don’t be intimidated: The studio emphasizes that anyone can participate, no matter his or her experience or fitness level. leadingedgekickboxing.com Figures Figures is a women’s 24-hour health and fitness center in Fircrest that is one of the largest of its kind in the area. It also offers more than 60 group classes each week, personal shower rooms, personal training, and strength and nutrition classes. Everything from Zumba to TRX and barre classes is available to members. There’s even a Figures 24/7 app. figures247.com The post New Year, New You appeared first on South Sound Magazine.
|A Family of FiveSouth Sound Magazine / 13 d. 15 h. 23 min. ago more|
An unplanned guinea pig pregnancy became the comedic focal point of my holiday season. A young romance was brewing in my Olympia apartment, and I was none the wiser. I was convinced that my guinea pig, Wally, had been dismissed as unworthy by our newly acquired female guinea pig, Spindle. He followed her around like a lovesick teenager, but she seemed to thwart his every advance with an insulted squeal and sassy buck. After we adopted Spindle, my stepsister’s tri-colored guinea pig, Wally was instantly smitten. I had asked my sister to keep Spindle, dreading the thought of separating them, and decided it was worth the risk of her potentially getting pregnant. But I really wasn’t that concerned. A month or two went by and it felt official that Spindle just wasn’t that into him. Hindsight, though, is 20-20 and I know how completely idiotic it was to think that wouldn’t happen. The look on my veterinarian’s face confirmed my stupidity when I took the ever-widening Spindle into the vet for a pregnancy test. Spindle’s x-ray revealed she was about 40 days pregnant with four piglets. Its difficult to see them, but you can barely make out the curve of their spines. The vet turned off the lights in our exam room and pulled up X-rays of her swelling belly. Four curving spines — no larger than elbow pasta — were muddled and barely visible in the black and white image. In about two weeks’ time, this furry family of two would become a family of six. Comically, this was also where the evolving drama of my guinea pig’s pregnancy began. Apparently, according several veterinarians I talked to, after six months of age, a female pig’s pelvis begins to close, making it difficult for “older” guinea pigs to give birth naturally. If complications occur, she would need a C-section. What kind of evolutionary joke is that, right? Guinea pigs can live up to 10 years, but their ideal birth window is from four to six months old? At 1 ½ years old we had a high-risk, pregnant pig on our hands. Mother Nature has a funny way of curbing populations. In a half-panic, I went home and made a dozen phone calls to vet clinics asking: Can anyone on your staff perform a C-section on a guinea pig? The utter confusion of nearly every veterinarian was palpable through the immediate silence on the other end of the phone line. Some hesitantly said they could, in an emergency, but a couple responded with a kind of confidence that put me at ease: “Yes, we can.” The only problem was that they were two hours away, north of Seattle. I started to think about how I was going to drive a laboring guinea pig through Seattle rush-hour traffic to have an emergency C-section. Maybe I could get a police escort? Like a dutiful spouse, I was ready to leave at any moment’s notice with a little packed bag and plaid carrier situated near the front door, in case she started to have complications. One vet told me I could schedule a C-section, but it was at the risk of her piglets, and they likely wouldn’t survive if they weren’t fully developed. At a meager 59-73-day gestation period, every day mattered for her babies. So, I waited, in angst, worried to leave her alone, worried to go to work, or to sleep. Thankfully my sister who’s a nearby stay-at home mom, offered to take in my mommy-to-be and watch over her. Spindle gave birth to three healthy piglet We waited as the days ticked by and her birth window came and went without a peep. I started to worry, and started thinking, “Do guinea pigs ever need to be induced? You know, like human mothers?” And then it happened! At 8:55 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, my sister called me, her voice slightly elevated, “She’s giving birth!” My husband and I leaped out of bed (yes, we go to bed embarrassingly early even on Fridays), threw on our jackets, and drove a little too fast up I-5 to my sister’s house. By the time we got there, two little piglets were cozied up to Spindle as her back heaved through her third delivery. The three of us surrounded her on my sister’s bed and stroked her face and back, cooing words of encouragement to keep pushing. She was struggling. The first two came out in seconds, but she labored on for about 10 minutes with the third. He didn’t make it. Our shoulders sank a little as we watched her clean him off. But only minutes later she was seized by the fourth delivery. Determined to help the last baby live, we helped break the sack away from its tiny face as soon as he started to peek out. His body finally came out and my sister sprung to action, rubbing his body to help him breathe. By 9:50 p.m. Spindle had three healthy babies who were already hopping around. Her multi-colored beauties are an adorable blend of her and Wally. I brought Spindle and her babies into our South Sound Magazine office to bribe my co-workers to adopt them. I brought Spindle and her babies into our South Sound magazine office before the holidays because this drama had become an everyday talking point, hoping to guilt my co-workers into adopting them. Spindle and Wally are now strictly just friends in neighboring but separate living quarters, despite his protest. They each run around the apartment separately, but visit each other like Romeo and Juliet through the narrow wires of each other’s homes. They touch noses through the bars, and Wally dutifully sprawls next to Spindle and the babies. I know what’s really on his mind, but it’s still sweet to watch. It’s been a couple weeks since the birth, and our rambunctious little family is the highlight of our evenings. As I’m writing this, the babies are snuggled up in a pig pile next to their loving mamma. My husband and I are keeping one of the males, so Wally has a friend, and unfortunately, Spindle is going back to my stepsister with her female baby. We’re looking for a loving home for the last baby. Ahem, South Sound staff. But I can now add guinea pig birthing coach and caretaker to my list of expert skills, and if you’re ever in my situation, I can certainly dole out some advice. The post A Family of Five appeared first on South Sound Magazine.
|Local Professor Earns Community Service AwardSouth Sound Magazine / 14 d. 13 h. 50 min. ago more|
Author, professor, and community advocate for social change, Dexter Gordon, was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award by the City of Tacoma’s Events and Recognition Committee. Dexter Gordon. Photo Courtesy of University of Puget Sound. Gordon works as a professor of communication and African American studies at the University of Puget Sound and is a proponent of social change in the community. Through the Race & Pedagogy Institute, which he co-founded more than ten years ago and still helps operate, Gordon and his cohorts said they envision “a society where the systemic causes of racism have been uprooted and in which we are energized to reimagine a world oriented toward the shared experience of liberation,” and work tirelessly to inspire students and the community at large. Events and Recognition Committee chair Erin Lee said she and the committee are thrilled to present Gordon with award. “A former student of his said that taking his class was a life-changing experience,” Lee said. “That testimonial and all of the other community comments about Dr. Gordon convinced us he truly embodies this year’s theme, ‘Be the Change.’” The award is presented annually at the city’s MLK Birthday Celebration at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. This year’s celebration will begin at 11 a.m., Jan. 15. Though not mandatory, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the MLK Food Drive if possible. Visit the Race and Pedagogy Institute online for more information about community events, like the Community Partners Forum and its annual Race & Pedagogy National Conference in September. The post Local Professor Earns Community Service Award appeared first on South Sound Magazine.
|When a Health Crisis Inspires a Brighter FutureSouth Sound Magazine / 14 d. 16 h. 26 min. ago more|
A Tacoma woman without health insurance faced a difficult heart surgery, but the support of her care team and a local organization influenced her to attend nursing school. Elizabeth had been avoiding doctors for years after one cardiologist told her she would die from her heart condition. She sat in his office, unable to say a word because she was still learning English after immigrating to the United States from Mexico. She came to the Pacific Northwest with her uncle at 14 years old, tearfully leaving her parents behind and starting a new life. Stunned by the experience, it wasn’t until November 2015 when she decided to go to a small clinic near her Tacoma-area home because she was stricken by spells of dizziness and breathlessness. That visit turned into an appointment with St. Joseph Medical Center heart surgeon Dr. Craig Hampton, who gave her hope for her future. “By the end of January, I had all the information, and he told me, ‘You’re not going to die. We can fix that problem, but the only thing is we have to do a surgery,’” Elizabeth said. “Then we started planning that.” Elizabeth, now 32 — whose last name is being omitted to protect her privacy — knew she had a heart murmur, but she had no idea how serious it would become until she was an adult. The mother of two was drudging school through Tacoma Community College where she learned English, took her GED, and was going for an associate degree, though she wasn’t sure what she’d get her degree in. Fear and anxiety cascaded through her as Dr. Hampton and her nurse, Karen, told her she’d have to take six weeks off for her surgery, one that she had no idea how she’d pay for without medical insurance. Not long into the process, Elizabeth was connected to Pierce County Project Access, one of the few remaining nonprofits in the state that offers sponsored medical insurance and access to pro bono health care through its network of physicians that have donated about $7 million in care this year, and about $41 million since its inception in 2009. Executive Director Leanne Noren estimates about 50,000 people in Pierce County are without health insurance. Noren said by the time the PCPA sees some of its clients, they haven’t been to the doctor in 10-plus years, and, generally, there’s some kind of health issue brewing. “Maybe a patient just felt bad and didn’t know why, and maybe they managed it through a free clinic,” she said. “Those are the folks that are getting referred to us, and generally they are in pretty stressful or tense situations and are in need of immediate attention.” The enrollment process can be completed in a couple days, Noren said. After that, PCPA schedules a patient’s appointments and the care is free for qualifying, low-income county residents. Most of the organizations shuttered their doors after the Affordable Care Act intended for all citizens to have health insurance. Not knowing how it would play out, Noren said the PCPA stayed open. Referrals dropped at first, but with the rising cost of premiums, the PCPA is experiencing a rise in program enrollment. “They paid for my heart surgery,” Elizabeth said. “It was really easy. The difficult part was having someone who could drive me, but I’m really grateful to have the (PCPA) by my side. … I worked mostly with Vanessa, and she explained everything. It was so comfortable to work with her. You can feel that compassion.” Elizabeth had her heart surgery in March 2016, after delaying it slightly so she could go to school. Her parents, stayed with her and her fiancé to ease the process. But the surgery was more difficult than doctors anticipated, and Elizabeth was kept in the hospital a few extra days. Her nurse, Karen, always came to her room with a warm smile and an explanation about her status. The painful recovery process dragged on for six months. Unable to drive, she was trapped at home with few people who could take her places, but her care team continued to be a flicker of encouragement. During the worst days, when the stress and pain felt unending, Dr. Hampton and her nurses told her, “’We promise you’ll be fine. You have to go through this, but you’ll be fine.’ Not every doctor or nurse cares like that,” she said. Elizabeth said she’s in good health now. Her heart murmur is still present, but it doesn’t bother her anymore. “I can walk and have a conversation with my daughters without suffering dizziness, which happened every hour,” she said. “Now I can have a normal life.” Though the experience is one of the most difficult she’s faced, it also inspired her to become a nurse. She’s currently attending classes at Tacoma Community College and hopes to continue through school to achieve her newfound dream of helping others the way her care team helped her. “Don’t stop dreaming,” she said. “When I noticed all my problems and what happened, I had option A and option B. I started thinking, maybe it’s time to stop dreaming and be awake all the time — to be honest (with myself) about what’s going on. But that’s not true. Even in that situation, you can inspire others and be a nurse in the future.” The post When a Health Crisis Inspires a Brighter Future appeared first on South Sound Magazine.
|Holiday Activities at America’s Car MuseumSouth Sound Magazine / 25 d. 15 h. 48 min. ago more|
Let’s face it. Some people are just difficult to shop for. If you have a car lover on your list, then LeMay America’s Car Museum may have a quick and sweet solution. Lots of last minute gift items can be found in their Tacoma shop. During the next couple of weeks, a lot of fun events also are planned including: The White Glove VIP Tour: The White Glove Tour is a premium tour experience allowing you to open the doors of some of the cars and really get a good look — bumper to bumper. Hoods Up for the Holidays: The hoods will be up on dozens the cars and there will be other activities to keep car enthusiasts of all ages intrigued. Just ask for a guide at guest services — you can even win prizes. Buy a Membership: Memberships start at $50 and include several perks in addition to Santa’s Castle Toy Drive: Drop off a toy at the museum lobby from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. before Christmas to help military families in need. New, unwrapped board games, toys, and books are needed. Receive a $2 off admission with your donation. americascarmuseum.org The post Holiday Activities at America’s Car Museum appeared first on South Sound Magazine.
|Pimienta Bistro & BarSouth Sound Magazine / 25 d. 16 h. 14 min. ago more|
Despite the city’s lack of fine dining restaurants, Seattle-based chef Blanca Rodriguez chose to open Pimienta Bistro and Bar in a small strip mall next to the Brown Bear car wash and gas station. “I just couldn’t afford the rents in Seattle … so I had to come all the way here,” explains Rodriguez. “I did a little research on the area, and I noticed it didn’t have anything unique — a lot of chain restaurants but nothing (like a) little bistro that I wanted to have. It was a risk.” But the risk paid off as word eventually spread about her artfully plated dishes filled with exciting flavors. Spanish for peppercorn, Pimienta opened its doors in 2010. The menu showcases a fusion of Rodriguez’s roots in Latin America along with her lifelong admiration for European cuisine. Growing up in a family of chefs in Guadalajara, Mexico, every meal was a grand affair. “(My mother) never knew how to cook small,” says Rodriguez. And it’s clear that Rodriguez follows after her — the full plates at Pimienta are the proof. At the age of 15, Rodriguez moved to Seattle and eventually went to work for Nordstrom as a line cook — the beginning of a 12-year restaurant career, which shaped her high standards as a chef. Her responsibilities expanded, and she eventually oversaw restaurant operations in five states and also wrote two cookbooks. After more than a decade at Nordstrom, Rodriguez took a trip to Europe that changed her culinary outlook and inspired the opening of Pimienta. “Being in Europe kind of gave me this idea that I need to be cooking what I really want to cook.” Rodriguez had always been fascinated by Mediterranean cuisine, particularly French cuisine. During her trip, she found herself captivated by the food in Paris, asking chefs if she could observe them in their kitchens — some were accommodating. Returning to the United States with new knowledge and inspiration, Rodriguez decided to fully realize her own style of cooking with a restaurant of her own. Stepping inside Pimienta, you’re effortlessly transported away from traffic and the hustle and bustle of life. Warm terra-cotta painted walls serve as a backdrop to global artwork, and weathered wood panels decorate the walls and cozy bar area, reclaimed from a 100-year-old barn. While the tables may be covered in white linen and set with wine glasses, the atmosphere at Pimienta remains unassuming, and the menu approachable. Rodriguez stresses the importance of local, quality ingredients, so several items change with the season. The paella Valenciana has been a staple since the bistro’s beginnings and remains one of the most popular dishes. It arrives in a skillet, overflowing with seafood and bursting with color. Plump rice is cooked in a tomato base with saffron and chorizo before being adorned with a bountiful array of fresh seafood — giant mussels, prawns, scallops, and seasonal fish. While lamb boulettes appear on the menu as an “aperitivo” (Italian for appetizer), they’re large enough to be a main dish. They resemble meatballs, and three boulettes arrive atop a fire-roasted tomato sauce along with a vibrant green chimichurri sauce. The acidity of the tomatoes and herbs in the chimichurri balance out the richness of the meat. Pork loin chop is served with Parmesan polenta and kale along with an ancho chile butter sauce. It’s the type of food Rodriguez would cook for her friends and family, and everyone who eats at Pimienta joins that community. Rodriguez aptly calls her take on happy hour, “Social Hour.” The intimate dining space makes it easy for conversations to start between tables as neighbors catch up over drinks and hearty bites. It’s not uncommon for conversations to start across tables after a few sweet yet refreshing basil martinis. Rodriguez can often be found out of the kitchen, still wearing her formal chef’s coat, but chatting with regulars and new patrons. “I do whatever needs to be done,” says Rodriguez. She likes to keep a watchful eye on her guests and their dining experiences; she still does much of her own shopping for the bistro. Never one to boast, Rodriguez praises sous chef Dennis Espinoza, with whom she shares a culinary connection that verges on telekinetic. Since opening Pimienta, Rodriguez has opened Greenbridge Cafe in Seattle, located in the burgeoning Greenbridge neighborhood. Her wife and sister primarily operate the cafe, but the food philosophy and commitment to fresh, local food remain the same. As chain restaurants threaten to overtake Federal Way, Pimienta provides a welcome escape from stale strip malls and monotonous franchises. The bistro’s unusual location has made it a local secret, but more people are taking notice. According to Rodriguez, business is better than ever, so grab a group of friends, or just bring yourself to Social Hour. Either way, Rodriguez will make you feel at home, and you’ll leave with a new perspective on strip-mall dining. When You Go: Address: 34029 Hoyt Road S.W., Suite C, Federal Way Hours: Open from 4-9 p.m. Tues.-Thur., 3-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., and 5-9 p.m. Sundays For reservations: Call 253.838.2398 pimientabistro.com The post Pimienta Bistro & Bar appeared first on South Sound Magazine.
|Breast Cancer’s GripSouth Sound Magazine / 25 d. 16 h. 14 min. ago more|
A little over a year ago, my mom called to tell me she had been diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. The steadiness in her voice and the positive outlook she inhabited set the tone for her year of treatment, which was consumed with doctor’s appointments and weeks of feeling miserable. She told me, “I don’t think you ever totally understand how much your body can fail you until you go through something like this.” In this last year, we became closer, and we’re thankful she’s now cancer-free. The following stories encapsulate her journey, from her perspective and mine. Part One: A Pink Rose: Breast Cancer’s Grip Part Two: My Mom’s Journey Through Breast Cancer Part Three: Cancer Research Saved My Mom’s Life Part Four: After Treatment Ends, Life Goes On The post Breast Cancer’s Grip appeared first on South Sound Magazine.