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 demonstrations and visit pet-related vendors and sponsors. Visit support.thehumanesociety.org/dogathon for more information.
CRAFTS OF THE PAST: BANJOS AND BANJO MAKING
Visit Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (in Point Defiance Park) on July 22 and 23 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn all about banjos and banjo making from John Salicco. “The banjo in particular is an inextricable part of American folk music. The roots of this music are legion, yet the synthesis of cultural disparities in this art form is typical of how the ‘melting pot’ transforms disparate cultures into something uniquely American,” says Salicco. Each weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day a different artist will be “in-residence” at the Fort with demonstrations and displays of their work. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org.
The classic story of a tortured scientist and his creation springs to life in a new production from New Muses Theatre Company. Returning to the roots of Mary Shelley’s story, the New Muses production is a taught psychological drama following the dual stories of a brilliant young man, and a monster. But who is the monster and who is the man?
Adapted and directed by Niclas Olson. Starring Niclas Olson as Frankenstein, Nick Clawson as Robert Walton, Jenna McRill as Margaret Saville and Ben Stahl as the Creature. The play runs Aug. 4-20, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave. Visit www.newmuses.com for information.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to Wright Park for a free outdoor production of Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Shakespeare’s screwball comedy features the bantering of two of his cleverest characters. For Beatrice and Benedick, love is a game of wits played with guarded hearts. Yet everyone can see they’re meant for each other. Newly engaged Hero and Claudio conspire to trick the pair into admitting their affections and falling for each other. But schemes are afoot to ruin everyone’s happiness through dire accusations. Will love win out in the end? This free play will take place Aug. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. in Wright Park. Look for the event near South I and South 4th streets, directly to the left (north) of the restrooms. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org/calendar.
WALK TACOMA SCAVENGER HUNT
If you love healthy competition, the chance to win cool prizes, and exploring downtown Tacoma, the Downtown On the Go Scavenger Hunt is for you. Taking place on Aug. 2, the free hunt will send you on a walking and busing journey through downtown as you decode clues. All ages are welcome and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma will be providing activities for the kids. Scavenger hunters can work individually or create a team to win prizes. Registration will be between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. at Tollefson Plaza (S. 17th & Pacific) and participants must return to Tollefson by 7 p.m. in order to win. At the plaza, participants will enjoy live music by Rod Koon & Friends. Bring your digital camera or phone camera and save time by registering online or register at the event. Info: www.downtownonthego.com/about/walk-tacoma-scavenger-hunt-2017.