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Archives: June 2011


Weekend Navigator: Fireworks and festivals mark Independence Day

South Sound will have a blast this weekend with a wide variety of community festival and events celebrating the Independence Day. Here’s some of the big events leading up to the Fourth. For other weekend happenings, check out our Go & Do Calendar.

Military Aviation Night at Cheney Stadium featuring military activities, a special Naval centennial tribute and fireworks, 7:05 p.m., Friday, Cheney Stadium, 2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma.

Freedom Fair Wings and Wheels an aviation event with a car and motorcycle show. Featuring live entertainment, amusements for kids, race cars, World War

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Original songs and duets close out “The Voice”

Vicci Martinez performs Tuesday night on "The Voice" — Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC

The final performance show of “The Voice” is history. Though, it’s still 20 minutes before air time in our time zone. Once again, Vicci Martinez closed the show and hit it out of the ballpark.

If you can’t wait for the show you can read this roundup.

“The Voice” finale and results at 8 p.m., Wednesday, NBC, channel 5.

Here’s how you can vote for Vicci Martinez. Each method has a limit of 10 votes. Voting is open from 7:55 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday.
1. Phone: 1-855-864-2302 (toll free)
2. Web-The Voice:
3. Web-NBC Live:
4. Download “Afraid to Sleep” on iTunes.

Click “more” photos from tonight’s show.
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Sanjaya is back and he’s at Jazzbones

All this excitement over Vicci Martinez reminds me (tangentially) of another local turned TV talent show star: Federal Way’s Sanjaya Malakar.

Fanjayas, you have something to celebrate: the “American Idol” alum will be playing Jazzbones Sunday in a 7 p.m. show. It’s a stop on his State of Independence tour.

I’ve seen some recent videos of Sanjaya and I’d say both his voice and his appearance have matured but whether it’s in a good way…well, I’ll leave that to the fanjayas.

Sanjaya is sharing the bill with Brave Chandeliers and Chris Blair in the all ages

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Watch (and vote for) Vicci tonight on “The Voice”

Tonight’s the night for Tacoma’s Vicci Martinez. She delivers her final competitive performance on the NBC talent show, “The Voice.”

Read my Monday interview with Martinez here.

The show starts at 9 p.m. on channel 5. It’s tape delayed from its live east coast broadcast. We’ll be posting a recap from the show later tonight.


Weekend Navigator: Taste, Hempfest, Highland Games

Be warned: Hempfest takes over Wright Park Saturday

Top Picks: South Sound’s marquee event this weekend is Taste of Tacoma in Point Defiance Park. Check out the excellent coverage over on TNT Diner for the scoop. If you’re at the park, you may want to stop by Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where the new clouded leopard cubs are going on display starting Saturday. For something completely different, Wright Park is playing host to Hempfest2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Traffic watch: The good news: The long-awaited Sprague Avenue exit in the Nalley Valley reopens overnight Saturday. The bad news: If you are headed south on Interstate 5 through Lakewood, well, you may want to change plans or find another route. Extensive backups are expected when crews close southbound I-5 near Bridgeport Way to continue repairs on Clover Creek Bridge. Read details here.

Weather check: A typical late June mix of clouds, clearing and the odd shower through the weekend. Check our weather page for details.

If you want to avoid the crowds at Point D (or the second-hand smoke at Wright Park) here are some of the other options listed in our Go&Do calendar.
Fairs & Festivals

The Tacoma Highland Games Explore the culture, heritage and traditions of Scotland with bagpipes, traditional Highland athletes and dancers. 8 a.m. Saturday, Frontier Park, 21800 Meridian Ave. E, Graham. $8 student, senior or active military, $10 general. 360-264-2156, website.

Northwest Paddling Festival northwest paddlesports community is converging on the shores of West Seattle for two days of demos, instruction, and play time. 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jack Block Park, 2130 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle.

Slug Fest Celebrate all that is silly and slimy about the Pacific Northwest’s most valuable and misunderstood mollusk, the yellow-greenish banana slug. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr. E, Eatonville. 253-847-1901, website.

Lakewood Summerfest featuring sports clinic, entertainment, fitness expo, car show, kidz zone, and more. 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave. SW, Lakewood. Website.

Yelm Prairie Days and Parade 10 a.m. Saturday, Yelm City Park, Yelm.

16th Annual International Festival will offer a skateboard competition, a Cultural Village, performance from a variety of ethnic and cultural bands from around the Pacific Northwest, craft and food vendors, a play area for children and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., Seatac. Free. 206-973-4680, website.
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Your list of things to do today

Kid’s activities:

Summer Reading – Just Say Yes to Drums Listen, learn and play drums from all corners of the world with Simone LaDrumma. Ages 6 and older, 10 a.m. today, DuPont Pierce County Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr., Dupont. Free,
Nancy Stewart Children’s Musician 12:30 p.m. today, Fern Hill Public Library, 765 S. 84th St., Tacoma and 3:30 p.m. today, Tacoma Public Library-South Tacoma Branch, 3411 S. 56th St. free.

Get the basics:

Computer Class for Beginners Cover basic computer skills and concepts, including identifying the parts of a computer, understanding basic computer terminology and navigating a window

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Vicci Martinez feels the love…and vindication

I just got off the phone with Tacoma’s own Vicci Martinez. She literally had just come off the stage at “The Voice” but had a few seconds to tell me what it felt like to advance to the top eight.

Martinez was justifiably excited by her win but she also felt a feeling of vindication.

“It was just pretty unreal. In the past I’ve been told I’m just not right (by industry types). I need to be this and be that…To have America vote for me…(I can say) You guys are wrong.”

Martinez closed the show tonight with a performance

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