After much anticipation, Metro Parks’ new STAR Center will have its grand opening May 19. One and all are invited to this community celebration that kicks off at 9 a.m. with a 2-mile family adventure run, then comes a ceremonial flag raising, autographs with Olympic gold medalist J.R. Celski, music by Tacoma’s own banjo band, 3-on-3 basketball, complimentary afternoon refreshments and more. 3873 S. 66th St. Visit www.metroparkstacoma.org.
It has now been more than a decade since Gaelic Storm’s career lifted off with their appearance in the blockbuster film “Titanic.” As a one-time pub band, they are now a title champion in Celtic/World Music genre. The band’s compelling originals and fresh arrangements are steeped in traditional melody, and continue to broaden the musical horizons of the Celtic music by creating new standards for generations to come. Gaelic Storm will make an appearance at the Pantages Theater May 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$49.
There’s no need to travel to South America for Carnaval — head to the Pantages Theater May 20 at 3 p.m. and enjoy this colorful celebration in your own backyard. The Pachamama, or “Mother Earth,” brings you the ultimate pan-Latin experience complete with a samba troupe, Flamenco dancers and circus acrobats featuring the sounds and colors of the Andes, Brazil, Cuba and Spain. A free, pre-show lecture will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$29.
Join Tacoma Philharmonic, the bride, and Broadway Center, the groom, on May 18 at Fircrest Golf Club for a special event starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be a night of fun to celebrate the past, toast new beginnings, and raise a little bit of support to sustain the future. It will have an auction and dinner. Guardians of the couple will be Dr. and Mrs. Richard Moe. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will be the officiant. Ring bearer will be LeRoy Jewelers. Tickets are $75. If you are unable to attend, please consider helping to increase the dowry by sending a gift directly to the registry: Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment Fund, Attn: Broadway Center, 901 Broadway, Suite 700, Tacoma, WA 98402.
Down on the corner, out in the street and onto the Emerald Queen Casino I-5 Showroom, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will play all their classics and more May 25 at 8:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.emeraldqueen.com or call (253) 594-7777.