Coming Events

  • TW PICK: RADICAL EXPERIMENTATION IN GLASS “The Marioni Family: Radical Experimentation in Glass and Jewelry” celebrates the work of Paul Marioni and his children Dante and Marina. The exhibition showcases how the artists engage with form, materiality and tradition, each in their own thought-provoking and individual styles. It is on display at Tacoma Art Museum through Sept. 23.

Sat., Aug. 18

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 group meets at 11 a.m. at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info:

Tues., Aug. 21

Banned Book Club

ETC – Join this book club reading books that have been banned or challenged. August’s selection is “The Color of Earth” by Kim Dong Hwa, books available for purchase at King’s Books. Come join the discussion! The club meets the third Tuesday of every month at Tempest Lounge at 7 p.m. Note: Must be 21 to go to Tempest or accompanied by an adult. Tempest Lounge is located at 913 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Info:

Wed., Aug. 22

Project:U Fundraiser

HAPPENINGS – Join Project:U and Cascade Eye & Skin Centers at a fundraiser benefiting an annual gala event. Attendance offers you extensive discounts on services and products with Cascade as well as your choice of one area of Dysport (similar to Botox) or a SkinMedica product package. Both are valued at $350. A $75 reservation fee is required for all new cosmetic patients, or a $125 reservation fee for all existing cosmetic patients. Existing patients can also bring a new patient for only $25. Space is limited, and advance purchase required. RSVP at (253) 435-5320 or (253) 841-7930.

Sat., Aug. 25

Peg Kehret Book Launch

ETC – Join award-winning children’s author Peg Kehret as she celebrates the release of her new memoir, “Animals Welcome: A Life of Reading, Writing and Rescue.” The book is a chronicle of life in a log house on a 10-acre wildlife sanctuary near Mount Rainier and her work in animal rescue. The royalties of the book go to the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project. The event takes place at 2 p.m. at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info:

Spanish Language Book Club

ETC – Join the Spanish Language Book Club. The featured book, plus most of the discussion, will be in Spanish. The book for August is “Aura” by Carlos Fuentes. Books are available at King’s Books. The group meets the last Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. at the bookstore, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info:

Mon., Aug. 27

Open House at Met Vet

HAPPENINGS – Visit Met Vet from 5-7 p.m. for an artist open house featuring the work of Kim Wake of Black Mutt Studio. Wake creates personalized portraits of your pet, available in rich, beautiful oil pastel or vividly detailed pencil. Light refreshments will be served. Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital is located at 401 Fawcett Ave, suite 100 in downtown Tacoma. Info:

Capes and Cowls Book Club

ETC – Join this book club adapted to mutants, aliens, technogeeks and puny humans who like to read superhero comics. August’s book is “Wonder Woman, Volume I: Blood” by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. Books are available at King’s Books. The club meets the fourth Monday of every month at King’s Books at 8 p.m. Note: The bookstore will be closed from 7-7:45 and will re-open for Book Club. King’s Books is located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info:

Tues., Aug. 28

Vegan Book Club

ETC – Join our Vegan Book Club, coordinated by The South Sound Vegan Meetup Group. The book club is open to anyone interested in a vegan diet, vegans and vegan-curious alike. The book for August is “Dominion” by Matthew Scully. Books are available at King’s Books. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every other month at the bookstore, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info:

Sat., Sept. 1

Paddle & Pints

HAPPENINGS – Paddle & Pints provides perfect pairing of boats and brews.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. with an easy paddle on Thea Foss Waterway and continues afterwards with local craft beer, food and entertainment at the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival. For the boat and brew enthusiast, this combination is the recipe for a perfect Saturday outing! This guided trip departs at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1 from the Thea Foss boat launch and provides participants with a view of the city skyline while kayaking past Museum of Glass and the marinas. Near the end of the waterway the Tideflats come into view along with Mt. Rainier on a clear day. Paddle & Pints is for adults ages 21 and over, and beginners are welcome. All instruction and equipment is provided. Pre-registration is required, call (253) 305-1022 or visit Cost is $50 for those in need of equipment and $30 for participants who bring their own. Trip price includes admission into the festival. Info: or

Sun., Sept. 9

Comedy Hypnosis Show

HAPPENINGS – Jim Kellner has entertained audiences for more than 15 years and has helped countless individuals lose weight, quit smoking and change their lives for good using the power of their own minds with the power of hypnosis. Fascinated with hypnosis since his teens he once tried to hypnotize his little sister with a library book. Unfortunately his room remained uncleaned. Will you be the star of the show? Your friend? Your family member? And most importantly... will Jim Kellner’s room ever get cleaned? Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Comedy Club, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tacoma Comedy Club is located at 933 Market St. Info:


Wednesdays at Lakewold Gardens

ETC – The Pacific Northwest has the most beautiful long summer evenings, creating a wonderful ambiance at the gardens. Lakewold Gardens wants to share the summer night experience with its visitors, which is why it is extending its hours every Wednesday in August. Come to the gardens to escape the heat, or to relax after a long day – either way a summer night at Lakewold is unlike any other. Standard admission fees apply. Lakewold Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each Wednesday in August. It is located at 12317 Gravelly Lake Dr. S.W. in Lakewood.

Homebuyers Workshops

ETC – The Washington Homebuyers Association is a non-profit organization that is committed to educating people who are interested in buying their first home. The following seminars are free: Aug. 14 from 2-7 p.m. at the Moore Branch Library (215 S. 56th Ave.); Aug. 22 at Lakewood City Hall from 12:15-5:15 p.m., room 1D (6000 Main St. S.W.); Aug. 27-30 from 6-7:20 p.m. at the Coldwell Banker Bain office building (3560 Bridgeport Way in University Place); and Sept. 5 from 2-7 p.m. at the Moore Branch Library. Info: (253) 682-1157.

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, and visitors can pick them up the weekend of the event.

Retail Therapy

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:

Watt’s Vision

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.

The Gallery at TCC

ART – An exhibition of paintings and prints by Alain Clerc and David J. Roholt is on display in The Gallery at Tacoma Community College through August. Admission is free. Gallery hours during summer quarter are Mon.-Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery is located on TCC’s Tacoma campus. To access, use the entrance just off South 12th Street between Pearl and Mildred streets. Info:

Steinbeck Exhibit

ETC – In 1940 novelist John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts chartered the boat Western Flyer for a journey to the Gulf of California in Mexico. Their six-week voyage formed the basis of their book “Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research.” The 76-foot purse seiner was built in Tacoma by Western Boatbuilding Company. The book and the boat are examined in the exhibit “Voyage of Tacoma’s Western Flyer: John Steinbeck in the Sea of Cortez,” on display at the main branch of Tacoma Public Library. The exhibit, organized by Foss Waterway Seaport, provides unique insights into the two men’s personal experiences during their expedition on board the Western Flyer, an introduction to their crew and a brief history of Tacoma’s boatbuilding industry. The exhibit runs through Aug. 25.

Northwest Art

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.

Listen Live at Lunch

ETC – This First Lutheran Church free concert series is in its fourth season, with performances taking place every Wednesday at noon. The church will open its doors to people who want to eat their lunch in the sanctuary and listen to live music, ranging from classical to jazz. First Lutheran Church is located at 524 S. ‘I’ St. Info:


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:

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.


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.

‘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 most complete visual records of the Great Depression. The exhibit runs through Nov. 4. Info:

Hot Hula Fitness

ETC – Every Monday through Wednesday, Asian 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.

Steilacoom Farmers Market

ETC – The Steilacoom Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. The Steilacoom Summer Concert series offers a free concert across the street from the market each week at 6:30 p.m. Shop in an open-air market overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. For weekly fresh finds at the market updates, follow the market on Facebook or join the mailing list at

‘In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts’

ART – The seventh annual “In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts” exhibit is at the Washington State History Museum. The exhibit displays artwork from more than two-dozen Native American tribes and runs through Aug. 26. The exhibit is curated and juried through a partnership with The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education & Cultural Center, and celebrates the cultural traditions and modern expression of Native artists throughout the Pacific Northwest. General admission: $9.50 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, children 5 and under admitted free. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info:

Knitters, Crocheters Unite!

ETC – Loving Hearts is a charitable knitting and crocheting group comprised of volunteers. The group makes hats for chemotherapy patients, baby items, blankets, wheelchair and walker bags, fingerless gloves for veterans and also organizes a backpack program for children. The group meets Aug. 14 from 1-3 p.m. and Aug. 22 from 7-9 p.m. at WayPoint Church, located at 12719 134th Ave. Kp N. in Gig Harbor. The group is also in need of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks and button donations. Info:

Drum Circle

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

Support Group

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:

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:

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.

Ukulele Circle

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


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