SQUEAK & SQUAWK FUNDRAISER
Organizers of the forthcoming Squeak & Squawk Festival will host a fund-raising concert at Lift Bridge Coffee – located at 1102 A St. - at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21. The lineup includes local indie-rock and power-pop favorites Pig Snout, Trees and Timber (shown), Coma Figura and Scorn Dog. For updates, visit Facebook and pull up the event “SQSQ Fundraiser #2.”
EAT YOUR VEGGIES
The Vegan Book Club – coordinated by the South Sound Vegan Meetup Group – will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at King's Bookstore to discuss this month's selection, “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang (Hogarth Press, $14.19.) “Kang viscerally explores the limits of what a human brain and body can endure, and the strange beauty that can be found in even the most extreme forms of reunciation,” according to Entertainment Weekly. The Vegan Book Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at King's, which is located at 218 St. Helens Ave. The event is free and open to the general public. Visit www.kingsbookstore.com for further details.
Art lovers can learn how Tacoma Art Museum cares for and conserves prints, drawings and photographs during the event “Behind the Scenes: Art Conservation” which will be held at TAM from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22. Conservator Lisa Duncan will cover topics ranging from stabilizing fragile papers to removing stains and discoloration. The event is free. TAM is located at 1701 Pacific Ave.; www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
THE COOL CAR BLUES
On Friday, April 21, LeMay America's Car Museum – located at 2702 E. D St. - will host “Drive the Blues Away,” a night of live music, gourmet bites and tastings from regional distilleries, wineries and breweries. The event also serves as the kickoff to “Summer Drive Series: Convertibles in Route 66.” Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $30 to $65; www.americascarmuseum.org.
Metro Parks Tacoma is celebrating Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) with its annual Park Appreciation Day. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., community volunteers will be out in force picking up litter and otherwise helping beautify their neighborhood parks. Those interested should bring comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing; tools such as pruners, rakes and shovels. To register and find a list of parks in need of volunteers, visit www.metroparkstacoma.org/parks-appreciation-day-chip-in.