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Thursday, July 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

Tacoma Flea Market is a hidden gem with a Parisian flare

Tacoma’s darling little flea market, where no two vendor stalls seem alike, is where all the shopping is arranged in a wandering pattern for the most dawdling kind of interesting meander. Once up the steps, behind the boutique, or out front and down the street, shoppers will be looking at things that inspire a most whimsical quest for finding unique objects of plunder.
Tacoma’s Flea Market happens every second and fourth Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and winds all around Blooming Kids Consignment Boutique, at 3810 N. 27th St.

Beyond the rare, antique and other unusual finds there, the flea market also includes live music and sometimes there is even face painting to indulge in. Talk to any vendor at the Proctor District flea market and quickly learn how readily the vendors are to engage visitors with stories about… Read Full Story


Plan now to unfold your lawn chairs or throw down a blanket to lounge on the grass at Dacca Park each Friday at 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 11. It’s really just the best (family and dog-on-leash friendly) concert happening around. The talent at Fife’s Music In The Park is more than just reputable, as they definitely have inspiring resumes, but the bands change every week. That means there will be enough variety to keep your toes tapping all summer long.
The live concerts are free and you can bring your own food or buy some from Chef Dave and Donna Arnold. They sell their burgers, fries, hot dogs, chicken, water, tea, soda, shakes and short-cake with fruit dessert topping and whipped cream out of their Arnold’s Happy Days food truck.… Read Full Story

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Bring your dog (or cat) for a walk in the park to raise money for pets in need. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is hosting its 27th annual Dog-A-Thon event on July 22 at 9 a.m. in Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom Park. The Dog-A-Thon is a South Sound tradition and is the largest dog walk in Western Washington. More than a thousand animal lovers and their dogs (plus a cat or two) meet up to enjoy a mild summer day stroll around Waughop Lake.  In addition to the walk, attendees can sample delicious eats, enter contests to show off their dog’s talents, see dog agility and herding… Read Full Story

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Lionel Collectors Club of America invites
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

In a time of declining social participation and the rise of the humble telephone as an all-purpose device for the consumption of one’s personal time and focus (fleeting as that may be), it is nice to see that there are still things like clubs devoted to some of the older hobbies that were once wildly…

TAM ceremony symbolically breaks ground on new Benaroya wing
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Last year, Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) announced that Rebecca Benaroya has bequeathed the collection that she and her late husband Jack Benaroya carefully assembled during their 70 years of marriage. The collection of 225 works includes Northwestern and international studio art glass along with important…

Brew Five Three
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts will host the 5th annual Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s summer beer and blues festival. The civic “block party” takes place on Aug. 5. From 1-8 p.m. The action takes place downtown, along Broadway between 9th and 11th Streets. Full admission tickets include…

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Museum of the Week: LeMay America's Car Museum 2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421 Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: America's Car Museum (ACM) spotlights America's love affair with the automobile. Featuring a nine-acre campus – with a four-story museum as the centerpiece – ACM,…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, July 21 REAL ART TACOMA: Ghost Heart, Hallows, New Brighton, Regress (punk, rock, metal) 7:30 p.m., $10, AA CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Dana Robinson, organist (classical) 12:10 p.m. JAZZBONES: Jon Wayne and the Pain, The High Council, NorthShore Band, Haiku (reggae) 8 p.m., $10-$15 G. DONNALSON'S:…

Life in the Past Lane: Summer fun at the Washington State History Museum
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Summer is a great time to bring family and friends to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. With special featured exhibitions and a number of low-cost or free events, you’ll find something fun for everyone. Exhibits: “IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts” – The 12th annual juried…

Canadian Country artist Terri Clark comes to Pantages Theater Aug. 11
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

One of country music’s most beloved female performers, Terri Clark is passionate, spirited and every bit her own woman. Her songs range from humorous anthems to honest expressions of the heart. After years of performing in Nashville honky-tonks, her first single, “Better Things to Do,” broke…

Sobottka opens studio to public during July 20 Art Walk
By Dave R. Davison

Jason Sobottka is one of the more noteworthy artists working in Tacoma today. He is in no way bashful in the use of brash color. His paintings often cross into the florescent range and it is not unusual to come across swaths of glitter or to gaze at his art and have plastic googly eyes gaze back at…

Sun, fun and art in T-Town
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

This year’s Art on the Ave (July 9) continued this much anticipated music and arts festival’s reputation for being the best way to kick off summer in Tacoma. Throughout the day 6th Ave. was bustling with people enjoying a good, old-fashioned grub crawl with $6 treats, more than 150 vendors, a…

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

This week: Family Fun Night July 14, 6-9 p.m. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma Info: Family Fun Night is an evening of 19th century entertainment for kids of all ages. Families can bring a picnic dinner and settle in for games,…