Pix: Kalakala not going down without a fight

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Lakewood’s Paul Wulfestieg was in the Port of Tacoma on Friday and happened upon the shipyard where the Kalakala is being dismantled. He snapped the following pictures. The News Tribune’s Adam Lynn reports in The News Tribune that demolition is about one-third complete but quotes Rhine Demolition spokesman Mike Lano Sr., as saying, “the work is rough on the equipment.” [Read more…]

‘Year of the Bike’ kickoff, Feb. 12

TACOMA – Explore the social change, events and people that led to Portland’s bike-friendly city through an interactive free screening of AfterMass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland, a documentary by Joe Biel, Jeff Hayes, Alice Isley and Rev. Phil Sano. The event, on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Grand Cinema kicks off Downtown On the Go’s “Year of the Bike.” [Read more…]

APCC presents its 17th Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration, Feb. 14

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By Jasmine Argel

Tacoma, WA – on February 14, Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) will host the 17th Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration, honoring and celebrating the vibrant cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Thousands of people from the Greater Puget Sound and beyond will come together for this FREE family-friendly event.

This time it will be held on February 14, 2015, at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall from 11:00am-6:00pm (doors open at 10:30am). Every year is a different host country, and for 2015 the host is Pakistan, a country filled with beautiful people and a proud heritage. [Read more…]

Bates student to receive Transforming Lives award

The Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC) honored Raymond Power, Bates Technical College (along with four others) as a 2015 Transforming Lives award winner at Wednesday’s ceremony. The annual award recognizes current students and alumni who overcome barriers to their academic goals.

The boards of trustees for each of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges nominated a student or alumnus to be considered for the Transforming Lives awards. [Read more…]

Hospital workers ratify new contract

Hospital workers union SEIU Healthcare 1199NW has issued the following statement regarding ratification of a new contract with CHI Franciscan Health:

When patients, community members, and workers come together and stand up for quality healthcare, they can make a difference. After months of calling for CHI Franciscan to invest in Tacoma patients and a public hearing, an informational picket, and a one-day strike, workers at St. Joseph and St. Clare hospitals ratified their new contract at 8pm yesterday that includes a voice for improved staffing and wage and benefit improvements that will together translate to better front-line care. [Read more…]

International Guitar Night: February 27 at Tacoma’s Historic Rialto Theater

Tacoma – Four acoustic guitar masters hailing from Iran to Brazil will unite for International Guitar Night at Tacoma’s historic Rialto Theater on February 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $32 and are on sale now.

Founder of International Guitar Night Brian Gore will be joined onstage by classical innovator and fellow Californian Andrew York, Brazilian jazz master Diego Figuierido, and Iranian acoustic guitarist and composer Maneli Jamal. [Read more…]

An evening of baroque music and song, Feb. 6

TACOMA, Wash. – Music faculty members and students at University of Puget Sound will perform works from some of history’s most influential baroque composers at a public concert in February.

From a Bach work centered on the biblical story of Cain and Abel, to a Nicola Porpora piece written for the convent choirs at Venice orphanages, the concert will provide a rich night of vocal and instrumental music. [Read more…]