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Seattle waterfront

It's your last weekend to drive the Viaduct (and other weekend things to do around the Sound)

As I'm writing this on Friday morning, we're a week and 14 hours away from the permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct along Seattle's waterfront. Sure, it's ugly, and it's going to come crumbling down in a major quake, but you can't beat the views when you're driving on it. So maybe, while...
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Christmas Book

Remember These Classic Christmas Books?

My daughter called the other night and wanted to know if I remembered any of the Christmas books I read to her when she was little. She wants to give a few good ones to a friend whose baby will be celebrating her first Christmas. Of course, the first few we both recalled were The Night Before...
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Holiday lights on a house

Here's where to find the best neighborhood Christmas displays around the Sound

I have a hard time getting like two strings of holiday lights hung on the front of my house, so I have no concept of how committed a person would have to be to do one of those over-the-top 70,000-light extravaganzas.But people do them, and they do them all around the Sound, every holiday season. In...
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Stevie Nicks

How do you feel about #ThisSong ?

Voltaire said, "Anything too stupid to be spoken is sung", which is true of some songs. But one thing that's also true is that every song evokes some sort of emotional response from us. I've always been curious about why we love, hate or are even indifferent to certain songs so I've decided to put...
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Christmas tree

This weekend around the Sound: Christmas lights, music, theater, and food

It's the first weekend of December! No avoiding it now, we're really and truly in the holiday season. Have fun out there -- keep warm and and stay safe! Penn & Teller Friday, 8:00pm, The Paramount. Jim Brickman Saturday, 8:00pm, Benaroya Hall. LeAnn Rimes Saturday, 8:00pm, Emerald Queen Casino...
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How about a family holiday visit to Downtown Seattle? Here's where to go

I know a lot of people who live on the east side or the south Sound or north of Seattle who say they never venture into Downtown Seattle. Too much traffic, too crowded, too much crime, too many homeless people, too expensive, too hard to park . . . . you know the drill. I'm a city dweller, so I...
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Thawed turkey

The best and worst ways to safely thaw a Thanksgiving turkey

I'm posting this on the morning of the day before Thanksgiving. If you're planning on cooking a turkey and it's not thawed yet, you have to GET IT IN GEAR!!!!!! But thawing a big frozen bird is tricky business. Ideally, you have a few days to get this done, but now you don't, so you have to get...
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Turkey

15 mistakes to avoid so you don't screw up the turkey this Thanksgiving

I'm definitely not an accomplished cook. I can handle burgers or salmon on the grill, or make an epic salad, or whip up mac 'n' cheese for my son with my eyes closed. But a Thanksgiving turkey? I'll gladly eat it, and I can even handle a knife well enough to carve it if necessary, but taking full...
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Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac, Football, & a Festival of Trees: This weekend around the Sound

it's the weekend! Some big musical acts are in our neck of the woods, and you know the holidays are upon us when holiday markets and the Nutcracker start showing up on the calendar. Enjoy! Twenty-one Pilots at the Tacoma Dome Friday, 7:00pm Fleetwood Mac at the Tacoma Dome Saturday, 8pm. Blues...
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Chocolate

Around the Sound this weekend: Chocolate, cars, and appreciation for vets

It's Veteran's Day Weekend , so in addition to everything on this list, there are a ton of vets-related things to do and see, and I put that list together here . But look what else is going on! VetsAid Sunday, 6pm. Joe Walsh and Don Henley from the Eagles, James Taylor, Ringo Starr (he used to be a...
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