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.
Sat., Sept. 22
South Sound AIDS Walk
HAPPENINGS – Lace up your walking shoes and take part in Pierce County AIDS Foundation’s annual AIDS Walk to benefit people with HIV/AIDS in Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Walk’s brand new venue Cheney Stadium. Info: http://www.piercecountyaids.org.
Sat., Oct. 6
Responsible Dog Owner Day
HAPPENINGS – The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound and All Terrier Club of Western Washington hosts the sixth annual Responsible Dog Owner Day from noon to 4 p.m. at Paws Abilities Total Dog Center in Fife. The clubs will be offering fun activities for dogs and lots of information for dog owners. Advice and education on pet care, training and your dog's health will be available. Don't have a dog or not sure what type of dog to get? Check out the many breed information booths or adopt a new best friend from one of the local rescues. Need the perfect gift for a dog lover? Come shop the vendors. AKC Canine Good Citizen testing ($25), you-wash dog area ($10), and swim sessions ($15) will be available plus, goodies and giveaways for everyone. For directions visit http://www.everydoghas.com./.
Wed., Oct. 10
KWA Benefit Luncheon
HAPPENINGS – The Korean Women’s Association will celebrate 40 years of service with a benefit luncheon at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon will welcome KING 5 investigator Jesse Jones as the keynote speaker, cultural food and entertainment, influential speakers and the company of great friends. This benefit will support programs providing homes for the homeless, meals for senior citizens, Alzheimer’s and dementia senior day care, citizenship and legal services to immigrants, support for victims of domestic violence, basic food assistance, breast cancer navigation and home care. Tickets are on sale for $50 at: http://www.kwahandinhand.com.
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.
HAPPENINGS – 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. This 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.
HAPPENINGS – Metro Parks is holding a series of events to celebrate Fall, with Harvest Festivals taking place Oct. 5 at STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St.), Oct. 12 at Portland Ave. Community Center (3513 Portland Ave.), Oct. 19 at Center at Norpoint (4818 Nassau Ave. N.E.) and Oct. 26 at People’s Community Center (1602 S. MLK Jr. Way). The festival will feature bounce houses, arts and crafts activities, movies nights, family friendly games and more. Games and activities will take place from 5-7 p.m., and the movie will begin at 7 p.m. Info: http://www.metroparkstacoma.org.
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 – Fall Free for All is a community arts festival that offers more than 75 music, dance, drama, film and children’s events and activities 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: 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://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.