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Tacoma Weekly
Wednesday, Jan. 1
9:00 am
Steilacoom High School, 54 Sentinel Dr, Steilacoom, WA 98388
JANUARY 1st - 5 MILES OR 5K, JANUARY 25th - 10 MILES OR 10K, FEBRUARY 22nd - 15 MILES OR 15K, MARCH 22nd - 20 MILES or 20K. (Please no walkers on 15 or 20 miles.) Info: http://www.runfsrc.com
9:30 am
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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville, WA 98328
The annual Winter Break is a holiday for the Northwest Trek animals, who get to unwrap gifts, strip branches off Christmas trees and enjoy special treats provided by keepers. And when the animals are having so much fun, it’s a guaranteed good time for people, too. This year’s Winter Wildland is scheduled for Dec. 26-Jan. 1 from 9:30 am-3 pm. It’s a bit too early to say exactly what enrichments keepers will present to the animals, but examples from last year include a large Christmas tree for the grizzly bears, a “candy cane” full of goodies for the fisher, gaily wrapped treats for the porcupine and tree branches for the busy beaver to strip clean. And, there will be special activities for kids. Winter Wildland is the perfect post-holiday gift for family and out-of town friends and relatives. They can unwind amid tall evergreens, the beauty of Horseshoe Lake, the merriment of animals receiving special treats and the wonder of nature all around. Info: http://nwtrek.org
10:00 am
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street Tacoma, WA 98402
Created almost 40 years ago, the legendary Irish Cylinders by Dale Chihuly will be on exhibition beginning October 26. Museum of Glass presents Irish Cylinders by Dale Chihuly From the George R. Stroemple Collection opening October 26, 2013 and on view until September 2014. Among the earliest series of Chihuly's oeuvre are the little-known, legendary Irish Cylinders, created in 1975 at the Rhode Island School of Design, begun on St. Patrick's Day and completed over Thanksgiving weekend. The 44 vessels, loosely categorized as St. Patrick's Day Cylinders, Irish Cylinders and the Ulysses Cylinders, which were inspired by James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Minty and milky, the Irish Cylinders feature glass-drawing pick-up techniques similar to Chihuly's more abstract Blanket Cylinders. The series was briefly exhibited at the Benson Gallery in Bridehampton, New York in the summer of 1976, but then placed in storage. The complete series of Irish Cylinders has been previously exhibited at the Portland Art Museum in 1997. The Stromple Collection now numbers more than five hundred objects and is the largest single holding of Chihuly’s work. Info: http://www.museumofglass.org
10:00 am
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Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
The 18th Annual Model Train Festival runs from December 21-January 1, though we are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The museum fills with model train displays, including the largest permanent train layout in the state. Santa will be here for family pictures, and the kids can enjoy interactive activities as well as all the intricate model trains. Please contact Washington State History Museum for official start time of this event. Info: http://www.washingtonhistory.org/visit/wshm/eventsprograms/festivals/
11:30 am
Point Defiance Marina, 5912 N. Waterfront Drive, Tacoma WA
Kick off the new year with a cool tradition—a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound! Jump into the water with other jubilant merrymakers at the Polar Bear Plunge on January 1 at Point Defiance Marina. Trade your winter coat for a swimsuit and go knee high, waist deep or take the full plunge! The Cub Plunge, for youth under 10 years of age, begins at 11:30 am, followed by an Adult/Family Plunge at noon. Costumes are welcome but not required. The event is free and takes place rain or shine at the Point Defiance boat launch, located at 5912 N. Waterfront Drive in Point Defiance Park. Daring folks who jump in can warm up afterwards in front of heaters while sipping free hot drinks. Info: http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/news/?y=2013&m=12&id=407
5:00 pm
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Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights! Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, including our brand new 3-D displays of a swooping bald eagle, a regal polar bear family, and a Sumatran tiger head. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. There's so much to see and do--make the most of your Zoolights experience with our list of the Zoolights Top 10 Fun Activities! Zoolights Dates: Nov. 29 - Jan. 5. Zoolights Hours: 5 pm - 9 pm. (Closed Dec. 24 & Open Dec. 25 & Jan. 1) Info: http://www.pdza.org/zoolights/
5:30 pm
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Spanaway County Park, Military Rd S, Spanaway, WA 98447
Nov. 28, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014. The 19th annual Fantasy Lights display has dazzled viewers with new themes and yearly additions to the largest drive-through display of lights in the Northwest. Fantasy Lights operates for 35 nights, November 28-January 1, 2014, nightly from 5:30-9:00pm. The beautiful two and a quarter mile drive takes place in Spanaway County Park. Info: http://www.piercecountywa.org/index.aspx?NID=1253
6:30 pm
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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 http://www.tedbrownmusic.com.