Beat That Holiday Stress

So The Phone Rings and Your Adult Kids aren’t going to get home for Christmas. They’re very Sorry But After All It Isn’t Going To Work For Them To Get there For Christmas. But you’ll be ok, won’t you, Mom?

What Do You Do? What Do You Say? Most of all, how do you get through it?

[Read more…]

Pierce County Library System closed Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1

Pierce County Library System will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 to observe Christmas. Also, the Library System will be closed Jan. 1 to observe New Year’s Day. All Pierce County Libraries will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve.

While the library is closed, people may continue to access free services from the online library which offers downloadable e-books, audiobooks, songs, movies and magazines and e-sources with subscription magazines such as Consumer Reports, Morningstar Investment Research Center, car repair manuals and more.

Lakewood Presbyterian is open and affirming

By Barlow Buescher

Lakewood Presbyterian Church is choosing to identify as an open and affirming congregation. We are a faith community that intentionally creates worship and programs to be safe for all people, including people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and their family members and friends who have felt excluded from churches. Lakewood Presbyterian seeks to be a church as generous and just as God’s grace.

Actor Gary Sinise pays visit to RP/6, JBLM, CPTC


Gary Sinise is a Veteran Advocate and Actor. The star of Apollo 13, Forest Gump and many other movies, was in Lakewood to attend Tuesday morning’s quarterly Washington Military Transition Council meeting at Clover Park Technical College.

Sinise is the spokesman for Get Skills to Work. Get Skills to Work connects veterans with training in advanced manufacturing skills and careers in the manufacturing industry. [Read more…]

TCC Students to participate in Gig Harbor Film Festival

2014 Film Showcase Poster

Tacoma Community College students will participate in the December 11 (6 pm) Student Film Showcase at the Galaxy Uptown Theater in Gig Harbor. Cost is $5 which benefits the Bill Harrington Fund for Student Veterans. Presented in collaboration with the Gig Harbor Film Festival, TCC’s Student Film Showcase is back for a second year. Eight student films will be shown, and the students will discuss their filmmaking experiences. [Read more…]

Beat That Holiday Stress

Less than two weeks to Christmas. It could be time to start Christmas shopping. This is the time when we all of a sudden begin to know for sure that there’s no possible way to get everything done, especially with heavy traffic subtracting minutes and hours from the day. Here’s an idea or two for dealing with that holiday Stress: [Read more…]

TLT de-Humbugs ‘Scrooge’

Jeff Kingsbury as Scrooge drinks a cup of human kindness given him by Chris Serface as the Ghost of Christmas Present during the Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of “Scrooge!  The Musical.” Photo by DK Photography.

Charles Dickens wrote the novella “A Christmas Carol” in 1843. Not in his wildest dreams could he have imagined Ebenezer Scrooge – the meanest, most miserly humbug in the world – would one day kick up his heels and sing and dance across the stage to an audience’s delight.

The whole family will fall right into the Christmas spirit when they leave Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of “Scrooge! The Musical,” book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, humming songs like “I Like Life” – one of the most up numbers for one of the most down characters in English literature. [Read more…]

Letter: Snowmen meltdowns

We called him Frosty the Fairytale Facsimile, our token snowman.

No corncob pipe, just a stick. There were no carrots in the vegetable bin, so a stick served for the nose too. No rolling snowballs around in the yard. No snowman bigger and better than the neighbor’s. A scraped and mounded pile of snow served just as well in which to stick the obligatory twigs. No boots, no buttons, no broom. [Read more…]