Sat., Feb. 2
Children’s Dental Health Day
HAPPENINGS – The Pierce County Dental Society is sponsoring 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.
Audubon Membership Banquet
ETC – Award-winning author, lepidopterist and naturalist Robert Michael Pyle will be the keynote speaker at Tahoma Audubon Society’s annual Membership Banquet, taking place at the Temple Theater at 5:30 p.m. This year marks the 44th year of Audubon's local conservation and environmental education in Pierce County. Tickets to the event are on sale now and will not be sold at the door. Purchase them through Tahoma Audubon Society's website at http://www.tahomaaudubon.org. Tickets: $50.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is to an early spring!
Thurs., Feb. 7
Join author Jennie Grant at King’s Books at 7 p.m. as she talks about her book “City Goats: The Goat Justice League’s Guide to Backyard Goat Keeping.” The book covers everything from the benefits of keeping goats (fresh milk! well-kept yards!) to tips and techniques (what breed? what feed? what shed?) to the steps needed to legalize goats in, say, Tacoma. Co-sponsored with Sustainable Tacoma/Pierce County. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Fri., Feb. 8
Distinguished Writer Series
HAPPENINGS – This monthly event features a distinguished writer followed by an open mic. This month features poet Kelli Russell Agodon, the author of “Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room,” winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize and ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Prize in Poetry, and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She is also the author of “Small Knots” (2004) and “Geography” (2003), and currently works as the editor of Seattle’s Crab Creek Review. She is the co-founder of Two Sylvias Press. Following her discussion is an open mic, open to all poets. Sign-up is at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free, and the event begins at 7 p.m. The event occurs the second Friday of every month at King’s Books. Sponsored by Puget Sound Poetry Connection and Tacoma Arts Commission.
Mon., Feb. 11
Graphic Novel Book Club
ETC – Join this book club, designed for people just starting to read graphic novels or confirmed geeks. February's book is “MW” by Osamu Tezuka. Books are available for purchase at King’s Books. The group meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at 1022 South, Hilltop’s book-themed cocktail lounge. Note: must be 21 to enter 1022 South. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
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 Washington Native Plant Society South Sound. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Tacoma Nature Center, located at 1919 S. Tyler St.
Classics Book Club
ETC – The Classics Book Club has been meeting in Tacoma since 1994. The group reads a variety of classic works, from the ancient to modern. February’s discussion is on “Snow White” by Donald Barthelme. Books are available for purchase at King’s Books. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month at King’s Books at 7 p.m. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Fri., Feb. 15
Broad Horizons Book Club
ETC – Join this futuristic book club reading feminist speculative fiction. February’s selection is “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer. Books are available for purchase at King’s Books. On Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at King’s Books will celebrate the release of her next book “Scarlet.” Broad Horizons meets the third Friday of every month at King’s Books at 7 p.m. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Tues., Feb. 19
Banned Book Club
ETC – Join this degrading book club and discuss books that have been banned or challenged. February’s selection is “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by James Baldwin. Books are available for purchase at King’s Books. The group meets at King’s Books at 7 p.m. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Mon., Feb. 25
Capes and Cowls Book Club
ETC – Join this book club adapted to mutants, aliens, technogeeks and puny humans who like to read superhero comics. Februar’'s book is “X-Force: Sex and Violence” by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. Books are available for purchase at King’s Books. The group meets the fourth Monday of every month at King’s Books. Note: The bookstore will be closed from 7-7:45 p.m. and will re-open for Book Club. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Artist Craft Fair
HAPPENINGS – Tacoma Is For Lovers and King’s Books present a special two-day Valentine-themed Artist Craft Fair Feb. 9-10, with different artists featured each day. A multitude of artists will have tables featuring arts, crafts, jewelry, caramels, letterpress prints and more. Your purchases help support artists in Tacoma. New artists will be added as they are confirmed. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
‘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 8:45-9:30 a.m. at Ted Brown Music, located at 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd. For more info visit http://www.tbmoutreach.org.
‘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: http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
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.
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 http://www.tedbrownmusic.com.
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: http://www.tacomabootcamps.com.
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: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.
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.
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 http://www.tedbrownmusic.com.