TW PICK: MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EXPIDITION
Foss Waterway Seaport’s fun, educational Marine and Environmental Science Expedition takes place Sept. 20 from 5-8 p.m. This three-hour Seaport "Science on the Sea" Education Program on board the M/V My Girl provides hands-on learning activities that bring our regional waterfront history and watershed stewardship alive. Depart from/return to Foss Waterway Seaport’s docks in downtown Tacoma. RSVP to reserve your spot by emailing vickie.gl
Fri., Sept. 14
Distinguished Writer Series
ETC – This monthly event features a distinguished writer followed by an open mic. This month features Sharmagne Leland-St. John, a Native American poet, concert performer, lyricist, artist and filmmaker. She is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the editor-in-chief of the poetry e-zine Quill & Parchment. Sharmagne spends time between her home in the Hollywood Hills and her fly fishing lodge on the Stillaguamish River in Arlington, Wash. Following her presentation will be an open mic for all poets. Sign-up is at 6:45 p.m., and admission is free. The event occurs monthly the second Friday of every month at 7 p.m. at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Sat., Sept. 15 Las Memorias 2012
ETC– Las Memorias, 2012 is a college readiness program that uses theater, performance and writing to help prepare high school students from Warden, Mabton, and Pateros, Wash. Las Memorias uses the real life stories of Latino and other first-generation students from Central Washington in a professional theater production. The students perform the roles they wrote. Admission is free, and the performance takes place at 2 p.m. at Theatre on the Square. Info: http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
Garden Harvest Tours
ETC – Celebrate the harvest and the ever-growing number of community gardens in Tacoma and Pierce County by taking part in the 2012 free Community Garden Harvest Tour. The bus tour leaves at 10:30 a.m. from McCarver Elementary School, South 23rd and South ‘J’ streets; will return by 1:30 p.m. Tacoma ART BUS will be organizing the tour and providing the tour bus. Tour is free, but seats are limited. Pre-registration is required. Call TAGRO at (253) 502-2150 or go online to http://www.growlocaltacomapierce.com.
CLASS Inc. open house
HAPPENINGS – Class Inc. (Communication Language and Speech Services) is holding an open house at its new Tacoma location, at 535 Dock St., Suite 104, from 10 a.m. to noon. Class, Inc. is a welcoming, upbeat clinic with a nationally recognized track record of success in treating speech, language, learning, motor and social communication delays and disorders for kids, teens and adults. Each room at the clinic will be based around a theme and have fun and engaging activities. The organization will have an augmentative and alternative communication room that will include many communication devices one can try, information from the various vendors and technology toys. Guests will enjoy a water play and bubble room, a pretend play room that will contain many different toys and a sensory room allowing individuals to experience different sensations through touch. There will also be a quiet room for those who need a break from all the excitement. All staff members will be present to answer questions. Info: http://www.classinc.com.
HAPPENINGS – STAR Center is hosting its first three-on-three basketball tournament at Henry Schatz Boys and Girls Club at 9 a.m. All ages are welcome to join and will be divided up to make things fair. Registration ends Sept. 13. Info: (253) 404-3939.
Nonfiction Writers Group
ETC – Join this nonfiction writers group coordinated by the Pacific Northwest chapter of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. Writers are invited to bring two pages of double-spaced copy to read, or you can listen and be part of the critique process. Nonfiction writers of history, politics, economics, biography or family history are especially encouraged to attend, but all are welcome. The event takes place at 11 a.m. at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Sun., Sept. 16
Win a Wedding!
HAPPENINGS – Enter the “Create a Photobooth” contest and compete for your chance to win a $20,000 wedding at Tacoma Art Museum. Create your most creative photo backdrop at the museum on Sept. 16 with the materials provided on that day. The winner will receive a wedding and reception to be held at the museum on Sept. 30, 2012. A local wedding planner will help the lucky couple get everything in place before the big day. The free wedding, valued at $20,000, includes a wedding dress, invitations, to a photographer, food and everything in between. Entry fee for the contest is $10 per person and $15 per couple, and includes admission to Bridal Bash on Sept. 30.
Tues., Sept. 18
Banned Book Club
ETC – Join this edgy book club reading books that have been banned or challenged. September’s selection is “Montana 1948” by Larry Watson, with books available for purchase at King’s Books. Come join the discussion! The group meets the third Tuesday of every month at Tempest Lounge at 7 p.m. Note: must be 21 to enter Tempest unless accompanied by an adult. The Tempest is located at 913 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
ART – A special reception for artists Helen Hein and Anne Doumit Sparks will be held at Proctor Art Gallery from 5-8 p.m. The gallery is located at 3811 N. 26th Street. Come meet the artists and see their beautiful fiber arts creations. They have gone beyond traditional quilting to create works of art, carefully choosing colors, textures and patterns and stitching exquisite compositions. Refreshments will be served. Info: (253) 759-4238 or visit http://www.proctorartgallery.com.
Wed., Sept. 19
HAPPENINGS – Join Massage Envy as they combine forces with the Arthritis Foundation to host Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one‐day national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On Sept. 19, all 22 Puget Sound-area Massage Envy clinics and spas will donate $10 from every one‐hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Reservations are now being accepted on a first‐come, first‐serve basis. All money donated during Healing Hands for Arthritis will support the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis. Info: http://www.massageenvy.com.
VERB: A Visual Arts Lecture Series
ETC – This discussion, entitled “Zen, Movement and Tradition: The Contribution of Asian Art in the Development of American Modernism,” will take place at 8 p.m. at Theatre on the Square. This free lecture series is dedicated to the visual arts, presenting events with leading local, national and international figures in the world of art and ideas. Info: http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
Thurs., Sept. 20
Meet and Greet
HAPPENINGS – Join Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools, a group dedicated to strengthening our public education system, in meeting Dr. Joshua Garcia, Tacoma School District’s new deputy superintendent. Dr. Garcia began his new assignment July 1 and is looking forward to learning about the school issues that matter most to the Tacoma community. Also on the agenda is a discussion of Initiative 1240, which seeks to establish charter schools in Washington. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Fri., Sept. 21
A Sporting Chance
HAPPENINGS – Cheney Stadium is hosting an evening of good old-fashioned detecting at a murder mystery dinner theater. Enjoy an upscale ballpark dinner while sleuthing with friends and family during an interactive show that will keep you guessing. Doors open at 6 p.m. A $40 ticket includes parking, dinner and the show.
Sun., Sept. 23
Chihuly in the Hot Shop
HAPPENINGS – In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Museum of Glass and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, the Museum of Glass welcome artist http://museumofglass.org/page.redir?target=http://museumofglass.org/special-events/chihuly-in-the-hot-shop&srcid=3954&srctid=1&erid=747199&trid=ad124c3a-d270-457a-b192-e6a8596dcf75 Dale Chihuly back to the Hot Shop for a special one-day appearance. Tickets include museum admission and a timed ticket for one demonstration. Tickets are limited. General admission: $17, or $5 for members. Info: http://www.museumofglass.org.
Fri., Oct. 11
Wayne Brady appearance
HAPPENINGS – One of the more all-around-talented performers in show biz! See the star of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and Emmy Award-winning talk show host live at the Pantages Theater during an evening of comic relief. See Brady do what he does best – make $#!% up off the top of his head – with a funny and sometimes sweet edginess. Note: The material in this show is not suitable for children or those offended by harsh language and adult situations. Tickets: $38-$82. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Info: http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
Sun., Oct. 13
HAPPENINGS – This is the only Nordic/Scandinavian festival this fall in the South Sound. It will have many vendors of traditional Nordic arts, crafts, baked goods, music, antiques and artifacts. Meatball dinners/pea soup/breads/cookies/beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $1, and includes one drawing ticket for items donated by vendors. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edgemont Junior High, located at 2300 110th Ave. E. in Edgewood.
Sun., Oct. 14
ETC – The Knights of Columbus Tacoma Council 809 will be serving German sausage, schnitzel, rot kraut, German potato salad, bread, apple strudel and beverages at St. Patrick’s Church Hall. The church is located at North 11th and ‘I’ streets. Pre-sale price is $11.50, or $15 at the door.
Oktoberfest is more than just drinking beer, eating pretzels and pondering creative ways to invade Poland. All things German will be on display at the eighth annual Oktoberfest Northwest, presented by Emerald Queen Casino, set to take over the Puyallup Fair and Events Center Oct. 5-7. Oktoberfest Northwest is known throughout the region for providing authentic German entertainment, and this year’s event will feature an outstanding lineup of performers. Oktoberfest Northwest is an all-ages event until 7 p.m. each evening (and all day Sunday!). After 7 p.m., guests must be 21 years of age or older. Admission is free before 3 p.m. on Friday and $10 for Friday night or all day Saturday. Tickets are half price on Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. For general festival information, go to http://www.oktoberfestnw.com.
ART – Venetian artists Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana have joined forces to create “Scapes,” a dynamic and entirely new body of work at Museum of Glass. The exhibition comprises four rooms based on the Hindu belief that the universe is divided into separate spheres of existence: Earth, Space, Sun, and Moon and Constellations. The de Santillanas have interpreted elements of the Hindu cosmology in glass, creating spaces in which forms and colors correspond to physical phenomena, or the visible universe, and evoke an atmosphere of cosmic vibration. Each installation is composed of a limited, but strikingly vibrant, color palette. The exhibit runs until January.
Fall Free for All
HAPPENINGS – The Fall Free for All is a community arts festival that offers more than 75 music, dance, drama, film and children’s events and activities Saturday and Sunday, and all for free. Come enjoy the theaters, support regional artists, dine out and shop in Tacoma’s vibrant Theater District. Note: No events will be held during dinner hours so visitors can enjoy the great restaurants in downtown Tacoma. Fall Free for All takes place at a variety of Broadway Center venues, from noon to 11 p.m. on Sept. 22, and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 23. The event is free, but requires a wristband. Register for yours at http://www.broadwaycenter.org, and visitors can pick them up the weekend of the event.
Knitters, crocheters unite!
** ETC** – Loving Hearts is a charitable knitting and crocheting group comprised of volunteers. The group makes hats for chemo patients, baby items, blankets, wheelchair/walker bags, fingerless gloves for veterans and also runs a backpack program for children. Loving Hearts meets in Gig Harbor on Sept. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at WayPoint Church, located at 12719 134th Ave KP N. in Gig Harbor. The group will also hold a Fife meeting on Sept. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at Ardena Gale Mobile Park, located at 4821 70th Ave. E. Volunteers are always in need of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks and button donations. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
HAPPENINGS – Grab a group of girlfriends and get on board the party bus for a Tacoma day trip and shopping spree. Your $75 ticket includes continental breakfast, a boxed lunch and a wonderful “swag bag” with sweet deals and surprises. Proceeds will benefit the Broadway Center’s accessibility programs, particularly Fall Free For All. The event takes place Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: http://www.broadwaycenter.org.
ART – “Marie Watt: Lodge” is a mid-career retrospective of this Portland artist at Tacoma Art Museum. The title of the exhibition refers to space of welcome; at its center is a hearth, a place where stories are shared. It is on display through Oct. 7.
ART – “Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection” is on display at Tacoma Art Museum. The works on view are some of the best from its collection of paintings by Northwest artists. It runs until March.
ART – “Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly” runs through Oct. 21 at the Museum of Glass. The exhibit showcases works made by Chihuly in his early career, from 1968 through the 1980s. The artwork displayed includes 30 transitional pieces from prominent local collections and the museum’s permanent collection, along with historic exhibit posters from the Mary Hale Cockran Library. Collectively, the works chronicle Chihuly’s influence as an artist, a visionary and a pioneer of the American studio glass movement. Info: http://www.museumofglass.org.
Glass Art Master
ART – Museum of Glass is showcasing items created by a glass art master over the past 10 years in “Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra.” The Italian artist has invented numerous techniques and designs that are technically flawless and visually breathtaking, yet filled with complexity and difficulty. He is recognized around the world as the maestro of contemporary glass. The exhibition shows his evolution to larger works, bolder colors and patterns over his nearly 50 years as an artist. It runs through Jan. 6, 2013.
‘Hope in Hard Times’
ART – Washington State History Museum’s “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit showcases the 1929 Wall Street collapse as it plunged Americans into a period of great uncertainty as unemployment skyrocketed, banks failed and housing foreclosures hit record highs. President Herbert Hoover put it succinctly: “About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.” “Hope in Hard Times” shares how ordinary people worked for change in their communities, pulling together to find ways to deal with the crisis. A billy club used during the 1934 “Battle of Smith Cove,” Works Progress Administration artifacts and everyday items are among some of the objects showcased in this exhibition. The paintings and sketches of Ronald Debs Ginther, also featured in the exhibition, comprise one of the more complete visual records of the Great Depression. The exhibit runs through Nov. 4. Info: http://www.washingtonhistory.org.
Hot Hula Fitness
ETC – Every Monday through Wednesday, Asia Pacific Cultural Center hosts hot hula fitness classes from 7-8 p.m. Inspired by the dances of the Pacific islands, hot hula fitness incorporates easy to perform dance moves set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout. Hot hula fitness is a fun, new and exciting dance workout that isolates your larger muscle groups, quads and arms, providing a total body workout in 60 minutes. All ages and fitness levels will enjoy hot hula fitness. Admission: $6 (discount with APCC membership). APCC is located at 4851 South Tacoma Way.
MUSIC – Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages drum circle every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. You do not need to have a drum to participate. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit http://www.tedbrownmusic.com.
ETC – Suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue? Attend this support group, which meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities building, located at 6315 S. 19th St. The group’s mission is to improve the morale of people coping with these challenges. Its activities include face-to-face encouragement, networking, sharing of resources as well as individual discoveries.
Charity Boot Camp
ETC – Jeff Jowers, owner and founder of Tacoma’s Ultimate Fitness Boot Camps, is hosting charity fitness boot camps every Saturday benefiting Mary Bridge Tree House. People who sign up for Ultimate Fitness Boot Camp can now donate pieces of clothing, which earns them a spot in a fast-paced, interval-style class free of charge. Info: http://www.tacomabootcamps.com.
Free First Weekends
ETC – Bank of America bankcard holders and employees receive free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum the first weekend of every month as part of Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. Info: http://www.museums.bankofamerica.com/.
Organizing for America
ETC – Organizing For America is a grassroots movement with the goal of re-electing President Barack Obama in 2012. It is an organization of volunteers hoping to educate, recruit and build a strong network all across the United States. The group welcomes all interested parties to attend their monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at Native Quest, located at 2354 Jefferson Ave. in Tacoma.
The Valley Chorale
ETC – The Valley Chorale, a soprano-alto-tenor-bass singing group, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Aylen Junior High School, located at 101 15th St. S.W. in Puyallup. If you like singing, contact Joy Heidal at (253) 848-1134 or Dixie Byrne at (253) 677-5291 for more information and a personal invitation to join the group.
Memory loss support
ETC – Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with dementia. A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia will be held the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Contact group facilitator Chuck Benefiel at (253) 584-3267.
MUSIC – Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages ukulele circle every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit http://www.tedbrownmusic.com.