Wednesday, October 07, 2015 This Week's Paper
Wednesday, Oct. 7
Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402
COME BE A PART OF SOMETHING BIG! Our annual Better Futures Luncheon is an opportunity for you to be a force for positive change. Come hear students share how Hilltop Artists has impacted their lives and learn how your support makes a difference. Thanks to dedicated community members like you, we offer tuition-free, experiential arts learning in two dedicated hot shops to create powerful change and long term outcomes in the lives of our youth and their families. Through our programs, partnerships and youth advocacy, Hilltop Artists works with students to address barriers they face in achieving social and academic success. Please RSVP by purchasing your tickets by September 25, 2015. Info:
White River Valley Museum, 918 H St SE, Auburn, WA
SERVICE INK, Veterans’ Tattoos and Their Stories opens at the White River Valley Museum on June 24 and runs through November 15, continuing their tradition of unique and engaging exhibits. SERVICE INK is comprised of photographs and stories about 40 individuals’ military inspired tattoos acquired through a community call. It honors veterans, provides a setting for appreciation and discussion, and celebrates the vigor and storytelling inherent in the art of tattoo. Some of the tattoos were selected and acquired to help cope with PTSD – often by honoring a spiritual connection to nature, peace and beauty. Many show pride and some patriotism. This exhibit debunks the stereotype of military tattoos as intoxicated rites of passage and reveals a culture of deep symbolism steeped with personal growth and healing. Some of the stories may break your heart. “He signed up for the toughest service, the Marines, the toughest job, Marine Corps Infantry, in the most dangerous places in the world, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008 he deployed with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines to Afghanistan and was killed along with three other Marines when his Humvee struck an IED,” recounts proud father Michael Washington of his son Michael T. Washington. While some of the entries are humorous and engaging. “My buddy had his tattoo gun and supplies sent to him and when we weren’t kicking in doors or grabbing up terrorist leaders we were getting ink” notes exhibit participant Joshua Apel SFC. SERVICE INK is on display through November 15 and was made possible by 4Culture, Auburn VFW Post 1741 and Renton VFW Post 1263. It is worth the drive to Auburn. Info:
White River Valley Museum, 918 H St SE, Auburn, WA
SERVICE INK: Veterans’ Tattoos and Their Stories will honor veterans, provide a setting for appreciation and discussion, and celebrate the vigor and storytelling inherent in the art of tattooing. Images will be displayed in notebooks or on gallery walls June 24 through Nov. 15 and will coincide with Auburn’s 50th Anniversary Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 7. The White River Valley Museum creates an exciting and educational experience for visitors through a series of award-winning exhibits and programs on regional cultures, arts and history. The Museum’s artifact collections focus on Puget Sound history, Northwest Native culture, Japanese immigration and the Northern Pacific Railway. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. On the first Thursday of each month the hours are extended from 6 to 8 p.m. Info: or 253-288-7433
Ukulele Circle - 6:30 pm
Ted Brown Music, 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma
Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages ukulele circle every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. Join us for a FREE ukulele jam session. Bring your ukulele and get ready to meet and connect w/ other uke players, and have lots of fun too! Everybody is welcome, from uke pros to beginners. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit
Lakewood Elks Lodge Upstairs, 6313 75th St W, Lakewood, WA 98499 (Look for sign near stair)
Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace. Free. Info: or (253) 460-4862
St. Theresa Parish Hall, 3939 SW 331st Street, Federal Way
Following the Pope’s visit to the US, this series will begin with a talk by Seattle University professor and author, Fr Patrick Howell, S.J. who recently published an article in the Jesuit magazine, America, “Pope Francis Meets the American Catholic Church.” In the article he outlines why the Pope is receiving “multiple reactions” from the 270 American bishops. Among the reasons why are: He has changed the style and the very nature of papal authority, putting an end to the monarchical style. He has begun a shift away from increasing centralization and has started to devolve authority and decision-making to local bishops. He has significantly shifted the focus of pastoral concern away from hot-button topics such as abortion, birth control, marriage between only a man and a woman, and the ordination of women to the abundant compassion and mercy of God, with a special regard for the poor. He has brought hope to those who had given up, he has revived interfaith and ecumenical interests, and he portrays the beaming face of Christ, the God of mercy and compassion. Info: