Fri., Feb. 21
Author Marissa Meyer
ETC – Marissa Meyer, author of “Cinder,” will be at King’s Books at 6 p.m. She will celebrate the release of her new book, “Scarlet.” Books are available for purchase at King’s Books. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Proctor Art Gallery reception
ART - Proctor Art Gallery is hosting a special reception in honor of featured artists. Watercolorists Bonnie Cargol and Andrea Newell Greenfield will be in attendance. Enjoy refreshments, speak with the artists about their work, and enjoy good conversation. Info: http://www.proctorartgallery.com.
Sat., Feb. 23
Give a Heart a Home Gala
HAPPENINGS – The fifth annual Give a Heart a Home Gala will be an amazing night at the beautiful Chambers Bay. Enjoy a full dinner, open bar and dancing while raising funds to support low-income homeowners stay safe in their homes. Admission is $125, with all proceeds benefiting Rebuilding Together South Sound. The gala’s auction items include Seattle Mariners tickets, admission to the University of Washington football home opener and tickets to each ZooTunes concert held at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo. For more information or to purchase tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon., Feb. 25
Capes and Cowls Book Club
ETC – Join this book club adapted to mutants, aliens, techno geeks and puny humans who like to read superhero comics. February’s book is “X-Force: Sex and Violence” by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost, books available 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 the club. Info: http://www.kingsbookstore.com.
Sat., March 2
Intuitive and Healing Arts Fair
ETC – In addition to the intuitive readers, psychics, and healing arts practitioners regularly scheduled at Crystal Voyage, new guest readers, practitioners, and vendors will make an appearance on the third floor of the Crystal Voyage building. Have an angel card, aura, palm, face, tarot, tea leaf, numerology or past life reading, or have your astrological birth chart done and discover how the sun, moon and planetary forces are affecting your life. Energetically connect and communicate with your pet. Balance your chakras. Find out how to improve your life with a mini Feng Shui consultation. Experience hands on healing with Reiki or Theta Healing, or enjoy a relaxing massage. Try something new. Come and meet one of the many talented intuitive readers, psychics, and healing practitioners. Come in curious and leave feeling renewed and excited about your life. If you have been wondering what the universe has in store for you, stop in and find out. Intuitive reader charges vary. Admission is free.
Thurs., March 7
Tacoma Green Drinks
ETC – Tacoma Green Drinks provides a social and networking opportunity for Tacoma-Pierce County residents interested in sustainability, conservation and environmental issues. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month at a location selected by that month's sponsor. This March, grab a beer with the Community Gardens of the Pierce Conservation District at Top of Tacoma (3529 McKinley Ave. E.). The Pierce County region has embraced community gardening whole-heartedly over the past several years. More than 54 community gardens currently exist in Pierce County, up from 26 two years ago, with an additional six in development. Community gardens are a unique form of ‘community-managed open space’ that can have a wide range of positive benefits. It is far more than simply growing food in urban areas; community gardening is an activity that has far-reaching consequences for the health and safety of our communities. Info: http://www.piercecd.org/communitygardens.
HAPPENINGS – One of the greatest operas of all time is coming to Tacoma March 15 and 17. Based on a semi-autobiographical novella by Alexandre Dumas, the opera tells the story of Violetta Valery, a beautiful and charming young courtesan who falls in love with an ardent young gentleman from a reputable family, only to be haunted by her socially questionable past. Verdi’s masterwork will move the audience to tears and touch many hearts. Purchase tickets soon for “La Traviata” which takes place at the Pantages March 15 at 8 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets: http://www.tacomaopera.com.
RAGS Wearable Art
HAPPENINGS – The 19th annual RAGS wearable art sale and gallery competition will take place March 7-10 at the Larson’s Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma in Fife. In the last 18 years RAGS has raised $1,085,000 for the YWCA Pierce County’s domestic violence prevention programs. In the face of mounting state and federal budget cuts, the YWCA’s need for increased private funding sources has reached a new level which RAGS hopes to help meet with this annual event. Info: http://www.ragswearableart.org.
Princesses in Puyallup
ETC – Princesses of the Daffodil Festival will participate in South Hill Mall Days on Feb. 23-24. Special sales at the mall will be available for those who purchase a $5 wristband to support the royalty. There will be activities and story reading for children and the unveiling of posters of the girls. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shopping center is located at 3500 S. Meridian Ave. in Puyallup.
Value Village Donation Drive
HAPPENINGS – Visit the University Place Value Village (6802 19th St. W.) and proceeds from all donations of quality, reusable clothing will benefit The Arc of Washington. The organization helps to empower individuals with disabilities. There will be a drawing for a $50 gift certificate, as well. Info: http://www.valuevillage.com.
‘The Woman in Black’
THEATER – The Lakewood Playhouse is presents the fourth of its 74th season of plays. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s terrifying ghost story “The Woman in Black” is the second-longest running show in London’s West End behind Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.” The play will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Performances will be Feb. 22 to March 17, with special showings at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 (Pay What You Can Night) and 8 p.m. on March 7 (Pay What You Can Actor’s Benefit). General admission tickets are $24, $21 (senior/military) and $18 (students/educators). This is a ghost story that will have you checking the shadows when you return home and a chilling tale that will have you telling yourself over and over: It is only a play…it is only a play. Info: http://www.lakewoodplayhouse.org.
Spiritual Climate Change
ETC – Associated Ministries’ second annual conference, Spiritual Climate Change: Toward a Future for Faith, takes place Feb. 22-23 at Pacific Lutheran University. The keynote speaker is Diana Butler Bass, the author of eight books. The conference invites dialog and conversation among people who are interested in exploring how spirituality is being revealed and expressed. Visit http://www.associatedministries.org to register.
Bill Colby exhibit
ART – New work, and a few favorites, by Tacoma artist Bill Colby is on exhibit in the Handforth Gallery in the main branch of Tacoma Public Library. He works in the medium of woodcut prints. The art will be on display through Feb. 28. Info: http://www.tacomapubliclibrary.org.
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 http://www.tbmoutreach.org.
‘Memories and Meditations’
ART – “Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective on Michael Kenna’s Photography” 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.
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.
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.