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TW PICK: Paddle & Pints

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

Sat., Sept. 1

Artist Reception

ART – Gail Janes: artist, educator, curator. Celebrate the career work of a multi-faceted Northwest artist at the opening reception from 2-4:30 p.m. Refreshments will abound, as will the dazzling art. The White Dove Gallery is pleased to present Janes’ astonishing range of media in four rooms. Supporting artists, new to the White Dove, are potter Irina Litvinyuk, Tammi Loucks with soy candles in vintage containers, plus a wild bunch of earrings by Roxie Estrada. The show will run through Nov. 9 at White Dove Gallery, located at 5934 88th St. S.W. in Lakewood. Hours are 12-5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday and by request.

Sat., Sept. 8

GLBT Book Club

ETC – Join the GLBT Book Club reading both fiction and nonfiction! The book club is open to everyone. September’s selection is “Landing” by Emma Donoghue. Books are available for purchase at King’s Books. The club meets the second Saturday of every month at Tully’s on Broadway at 2 p.m. Info:

Sun., Sept. 9

Concourse d’Elegance

HAPPENINGS – For the first time, the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance will take place at its new home, LeMay – America’s Car Museum. It happens Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. In attendance will be David Madeira, president and CEO of the museum; Edward Herrmann, actor (of TV’s “Gilmore Girls” and films “The Lost Boys” and “The Aviator”) and Concours emcee; Ken Gross, guest curator for the museum, journalist and honorary judge; junior judges: 12 middle school students will judge the cars and present a trophy to one select vehicle; and classic car owners from around the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Vintage vehicles including American post-war automobiles, British automobiles and motorcycles, “Cars of Nicola Bulgari,” Lamborghini, unlimited hydroplane racing boats, previous Kirkland Concours “Best in Show” winners, Classic Car Club of America vehicles and more will be there as well. Ticket prices (includes admission to museum) are adults $30; military/students/seniors (65+) $25; youth (age 5-12) $15; age 4 and under free. Proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Pens on Fire

HAPPENINGS – Tammy Robacker, 2010-11 Tacoma poet laureate, will lead a series of four poetry writing workshops where participants will learn about and practice a variety of poetic forms and elements. The workshops will take place at write@253, a non-profit community writing center located at 1310 MLK, Jr. Way. The workshop takes place from 2-4 p.m. on four consecutive Sundays starting Sept. 9. Cost is $20 per session or $70 for all four. Scholarships are available for those with financial need. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. For more information or to register, e-mail

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 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:

Tues., Sept. 10

Graphic Novel Book Club

ETC – Join this book club perfect for people just starting to read graphic novels or confirmed geeks. September’s book is “Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot” by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette. Books are available for purchase at King’s Books. The club meets the second Monday of every month at 1022 South, Hilltop’s book-themed cocktail lounge. Note: must be 21 to enter 1022 South.

Wed., Sept. 12

Classics Book Club

ETC – The Classics Book Club has been meeting in Tacoma since 1994. Members read a variety of classic works, from the ancient to modern. September’s

August's discussion is on “The Voyage of the Beagle” by Charles Darwin. Books are available at King’s Books. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at King’s Bookstore, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info:

Thurs., Sept. 13

Ignite-U Hoopla

HAPPENINGS – Ignite-U’s business expo and networking event, Hoopla, is taking place at the Emerald Queen Casino from 3-9:30 p.m. The event will feature live music performed by Folsom Prism, more than $5,000 in appetizers, thousands of dollars in prizes to be given away, more than 100 vendors and an overall fantastic networking opportunity. The Emerald Queen Casino is located at 2024 E. 29th St. in Tacoma.

‘Simply Flora’

HAPPENINGS – This flower show takes place from 1-4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, located at 6730 N. 17 St. It is open to the public and has a complimentary tea. It is sponsored by The Tacoma Garden Club, which was founded in 1925. At 2 p.m. there is a demonstration and lecture by Sybil Hunter on divine flower arranging. There is also an exhibition table of arrangements by Ikebana International. Entries by Tacoma Garden Club members, Capital District and Hill and Dale District of Washington State Federated Garden Clubs.

Fri., Sept. 14

Distinguished Writer Series

ETC – This monthly event features a distinguished writer followed by an open mic. This month features Sharmagne Leland-St. John, a Native American poet, concert performer, lyricist, artist and filmmaker. She is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the editor-in-chief of the poetry e-zine Quill & Parchment. Sharmagne spends time between her home in the Hollywood Hills and her fly fishing lodge on the Stillaguamish River in Arlington, Wash. Following her presentation will be an open mic for all poets. Sign-up is at 6:45 p.m., and admission is free. The event occurs monthly the second Friday of every month at 7 p.m. at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info:

Sat., Sept. 15

3-on-3 Tourney

HAPPENINGS – Star Center is hosting its first three-on-three basketball tournament at Henry Schatz Boys and Girls Club at 9 a.m. All ages are welcome to join and will be divided up to make things fair. Registration ends Sept. 13. Info: (253) 404-3939.

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 event takes place at 11 a.m. at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info:

Tues., Sept. 18

Banned Book Club

ETC – Join this edgy book club reading books that have been banned or challenged. September’s selection is “Montana 1948” by Larry Watson, with books available for purchase at King’s Books. Come join the discussion! The group meets the third Tuesday of every month at Tempest Lounge at 7 p.m. Note: must be 21 to enter Tempest unless accompanied by an adult. The Tempest is located at 913 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Info:

Wed., Sept. 19

Healing Hands

HAPPENINGS – Join Massage Envy as they combine forces with the Arthritis Foundation to host Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one‐day national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On Sept. 19, all 22 Puget Sound-area Massage Envy clinics and spas will donate $10 from every one‐hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Reservations are now being accepted on a first‐come, first‐serve basis. All money donated during Healing Hands for Arthritis will support the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis. Info:

Thurs., Sept. 20

Meet and Greet

HAPPENINGS – Join Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools (PFTPS), a community group dedicated to strengthening our public education system, in meeting Dr. Joshua Garcia, Tacoma School District’s new deputy superintendent. Dr. Garcia began his new assignment July 1 and is looking forward to learning about the school issues that matter most to the Tacoma community. Also on the agenda is a discussion of Initiative 1240, which seeks to establish charter schools in Washington. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens. Info:

Fri., Sept. 21

A Sporting Chance

HAPPENINGS – Cheney Stadium is hosting an evening of good old-fashioned detecting at a murder mystery dinner theater. Enjoy an upscale ballpark dinner while sleuthing with friends and family during an interactive show that will keep you guessing. Doors open at 6 p.m. A $40 ticket includes parking, dinner and the show.


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. A free seminar will take place Sept. 5 from 2-7 p.m. at the Moore Branch Library. Info: (253) 682-1157.

Knitters, crocheters unite!

ETC – Loving Hearts is a charitable knitting and crocheting group comprised of community volunteers. The group makes hats for chemo patients, baby items, and blankets, wheelchair/walker bags, fingerless gloves for veterans, and the group also runs a backpack program for children. Loving Hearts meets in Gig Harbor on Sept. 11 from 1-3 p.m. and again on Sept. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at WayPoint Church, located at 12719 134th Ave KP N. in Gig Harbor. The group will also hold a Fife meeting on Sept. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at Ardena Gale Mobile Park, located at 4821 70th Ave E. Volunteers are always in need of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks and button donations. For more information, e-mail

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:

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:

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, 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:

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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