Coming Events

  • TW PICK: Celebrate Tacoma’s Native American heritage and experience the arts and culture of the Puyallup Tribe and other Coastal Salish tribes at Tacoma Art Museum. On Jan. 27, it will host its annual Northwest Native Community Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will be bustling with cultural performances and hands-on art activities for all ages, giving participants the chance to watch, listen and engage. At noon an opening blessing will take place, followed by music and dance performances by local groups such as Sacred Water Canoe Family, Native B.R.I.D.G.E., and Chief Leschi School. Admission to the museum will be free all day.

Fri., Jan. 25

Zoe Keating and Portland Cello Project

MUSIC – One-woman-orchestra, Zoe Keating, will join Portland Cello Project to blur musical perception. Keating uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating a lush, beautiful and otherworldly music. No two shows are alike when Portland Cello Project takes the stage, with a repertoire of more than 800 pieces of music you would not normally hear coming out of a cello. The performance takes place at the Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$39.

Sat., Jan. 26

Buffalo Soldiers Museum open house

HAPPENINGS – The Buffalo Soldiers Museum is holding its first-ever open house from 12-4 p.m. Local poet Elijah Muied will perform an original work inspired by the 150th year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation declaration. Light refreshments will be served, and casual tours of the museum’s artifacts and literature will also be offered. The event is free. The Buffalo Soldiers Museum is located at 1940 S. Wilkeson St.

Tues., Jan. 29

Author book reading

ETC – Author/climber Nicholas O’Connell will speak at Tacoma's Main Library at 7 p.m., about his latest adventure novel. In “The Storms of Denali,” a novel of adventure, adversity and ambition by this renowned mountaineer and writer, four men set out to conquer Denali’s peak. Among the sharply drawn team members is narrator John Walker, a family man trying to choose between domestic stability and mountaineering’s uncertain glory. In the course of their ascent the group battles avalanches, fierce winds and mind-numbing cold before it splinters, leading inexorably to tragedy. O’Connell, an avid climber, will be at Tacoma’s downtown Main Library, located at 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., for a free book talk and signing at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing. More information is available at

Sat., Feb. 2

Children’s Dental Health Day

HAPPENINGS – The Pierce County Dental Society is proud to sponsor its 22nd annual children’s dental health day to celebrate national Dental Health Month. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the JC Penney court in Tacoma Mall, located at 4502 S. Steele St. All children are welcome, from infants to 18 years old, and each will receive free dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications, mouth guards, free gifts and more. Info: (253) 274-9722.

Groundhog Day breakfast

ETC – A Groundhog Day all you can eat breakfast is taking place from 8-11 a.m. at Orting United Methodist Church, located at 109 Train St. S.E. in Orting. Sponsored by the Opportunity Center of Orting, meal served by the Espresso Drama Youth Theatre. Cost is by donation only. The meal consists of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, coffee, juice, and of course groundhog (either road kill or hibernating)! Info: (360) 893-2740 or Here is to an early spring!

Wed., Feb. 13

Puyallup River watershed cleanup efforts

ETC – University of Washington-Tacoma Assistant Professor Jim Gawel will introduce his documentary film “Water Undone: The Effort to Save the Puyallup River Watershed” and be available for questions following the screening. Presented by the Washington Native Plant Society South Sound. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Nature Center, located at 1919 S. Tyler St.


‘The Children’s Hour’

THEATER – The Lakewood Playhouse presents “The Children’s Hour,” the third show of its 74th season of plays. Lillian Hellman’s riveting, controversial drama addresses current events in ways that are even more relevant today than when it was first presented to protesting crowds in 1934. The play will take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $24. The play runs through Feb. 3.

Teddie Bear Music

MUSIC – Teddie Bear Music is a child and parent musical adventure. Join instructor Janice Berntsen as she shows students how to share the gift of music and movement with their children, ages 1-4. Sessions are held Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at Ted Brown Music, located at 6228 Tacoma Mall Boulevard. For more info visit

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 is 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:


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 through January.

‘Memories and Meditations’

ART – “Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective on Michael Kenna’s Photography” exhibit is on view at Tacoma Art Museum through March 24. Kenna has been capturing the ethereal essence of locations across the globe for more than 30 years. His unique point of view evokes a sense of calm that enhances the intimate connections of history and geography. This is the first United States retrospective of this internationally acclaimed photographer’s work in nearly 20 years. The exhibition explores Kenna’s ongoing investigations of everything from the natural beauty of an island among eastern countries to the haunting shadows of abandoned buildings in the Midwest of the United States. Kenna is known to frequently return to certain locales in order to record them over the course of several years to capture the brilliance of time passing and memory. His wonder at the alchemy of printmaking translates into a wonderland of visual poetry. 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.

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 morning at 8:15 a.m., benefiting Campfire USA. These drop-in classes are $10 apiece, with all proceeds going to charity. 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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