Coming Events

Fri., Nov. 16


ART – This event is an evening featuring local artists, wine and hors d’oeuvres at Vessels 3D Juried Art Show and Silent Auction. All proceeds from the auction of juried pieces benefit Emergency Food Network “…so that no person goes hungry.” The event is located at Charles Wright Academy at the Language and Performing Arts Center, located at 7723 Chambers Creek Rd. W. in University Place. Info:

Sat., Nov. 17

Meeker Holiday Bazaar

ETC – Visit Meeker Middle School for its annual holiday bazaar, featuring an array of year-round gifts and holiday decorations created by many unique crafters and artisans. Find a fabulous selection of crafts, jewelry, holiday decorations and much more. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, located at 4402 Nassau Ave. N.E. in Browns Point.

Holly Day Bazaar

ETC – St. Joseph-St. John Episcopal Church, Lakewood, holds its annual Holly Day Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come shop for gift baskets, hand-made crafts, ornaments, home-baked items and much, much more. This year there will be warm pie and ice cream for sale in addition to many vendors that will also be on hand. The church is located at 11111 Military Rd. S.W. (corner of Military Road S.W., FarWest Drive S.W. and 112th St. S.W., near Pierce College). Call (253) 584-6143 or send email to for more information and driving directions.

Sun., Nov. 18

Fantasy Lights preview

HAPPENINGS – The one time only, sneak preview, walk through Fantasy Lights will be held on Nov. 18 between 5-7 p.m. at Spanaway Park, starting and finishing at the Sprinker Recreation Center parking lot, 14824 S. ‘C’ St. in Parkland. The fee for the walk is $4 per person or $12 for a family of 4 – ages 3 and younger are free. This is the only time to walk, prior to the start of the drive through event that begins on Thanksgiving. Info:

Sat., Nov. 24

Christmas Tree Lighting in Tacoma

HAPPENINGS – The holidays are the perfect time to join together in song. See the original 1965 movie, “The Sound of Music” on the big screen and sing to your heart’s delight with the Von Trapp family. Every ticket purchase includes a complimentary participation pack. Costumes are encouraged, but not required! Costume contestants will be guided across the stage by the show host while the audience votes for the winners. Special prizes will be awarded to the winners. Tickets: $24. The film starts at 2 p.m., and the 67th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting (free to the public) takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Pantages Theater Lobby.

Sat., Dec. 1

DASH Center Fundraiser

HAPPENINGS – For all who desire to help DASH Center grow and continue serving youth in the Tacoma/Pierce County community, mark your calendars and get your tickets to attend the “Dreamgirls Gala and Fundraiser” show at 8 p.m. Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. During the catered reception, you will be entertained by some fine talent from the Tacoma area, enjoy a meet and greet with the cast, participate in a silent auction, and take home a gala gift bag. Tickets for this event are $40 and proceeds go directly to the Inspiring Artists Scholarship fund and the DASH Center Theatre Capital Fund. Info:

Sat., Dec. 8

Winter Faire

ETC – Come enjoy a family day of fun at Tacoma Waldorf School. Puppet play, face painting, Snow Angel Cafe, holiday crafts, live music and local vendors. Free and open to the community; some activities cost $1-$4. Canned food donations for FISH Food Bank welcome. Tacoma Waldorf School is located at 2710 N. Madison St. in Tacoma.


Flowers for Tacoma

ART – “Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma” explores the context and development of flower imagery in Warhol’s career, focusing on his 1982 proposal for Tacoma Dome. Warhol’s extensive use of flowers throughout his career will be represented by early illustrations from the 1950s, series of flower prints, and numerous photographs made by Warhol and his circle that illustrate the artist’s fascination with the fragility and beauty of flowers. The exhibit runs through Feb. 10. Info:

Franciscan Polar Plaza

HAPPENINGS – Visit downtown Tacoma for art, ice, and everything nice this winter when the Franciscan Polar Plaza returns for its second year of holiday ice skating. Polar Plaza is a special place for the community to come together and make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy music, special events, and more in partnership with Tacoma Art Museum. Nov. 23 to Jan. 6.

Fair Trade Holiday Market

HAPPENINGS – St. Leo Parish and Urban Grace will hold their annual Fair Trade Holiday Market on the weekend of Nov. 16-18 in the Great Room at Catholic Community Services, located at 1323 S. Yakima Ave. in Tacoma. The market hours are Nov. 16 from 4-7 p.m.; Nov. 17 from 2-7 p.m.; and Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will feature Fair Trade and locally sourced items. Vendors include Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Winds, Theo Chocolate, Mad Hat Tea Co., Laughing Lotus, King’s Books, L’Arche and more. Do your holiday shopping in a way that promotes justice for people locally and globally.


THEATER – “Dreamgirls,” the latest incarnation of the 1981 Tony award-winning musical turned 2006 award-winning film, will be the opening production of DASH Center’s 2012-13 season. “Dreamgirls” tells the story of up-and-coming 1960’s girls singing group “The Dreams” and their exciting journey through the music industry, complete with trials and tribulations. DASH Center’s production of “Dreamgirls”, directed and choreographed by Jimmy Shields with assistance from Isiah Anderson Jr, features an amazing cast of phenomenal singers, dancers, actors, and actresses. It will be staged at Charles Wright Academy’s LAPAC Theatre, 7723 Chambers Creek Rd. W. on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 if purchased online before Nov. 17, $20/adults, $15/under 21 if purchased after Nov. 17 or at the door day of show. Info:


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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

The Valley Chorale

ETC – The Valley Chorale, a soprano-alto-tenor-bass singing group, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Christ the King, located at 1710 E. 85th St. in Tacoma. 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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