The Things We Like

  • Orting Pumpkin Fest

  • Istanbul, John Carlton 2012

  • Fireworks Ensemble


Celebrate the great pumpkin and the salmon homecoming Oct. 13 at Orting City Park, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The whole family can enjoy food and beverage booths with pumpkin specialties, live entertainment for all ages on two stages, rod and custom car show, salmon BBQ, salmon and environmental exhibitors, games, bounce house and amusements for kids, arts and crafts vendors, a miniature horse parade and a Little Pumpkin Pals Parade at noon open to kids in pumpkin-themed costumes. Prizes awarded by age group. Bring a carved or peculiar pumpkin for display. Check in for judging and entries at the information booth by the bell tower. For more information visit


Organized by ultra-talented Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino, Tripod slide shows are held every third Friday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Madera Furniture Company (2210 Court ‘A’). Each show features three guest photographers presenting a 15-minute show within a theme. The idea stems from a wish to involve the Tacoma community by sharing experiences, visions and fun, and to expose each audience to the Madera showroom, where custom furniture and architectural elements are crafted. Entry is by $5 donation. Next up on Oct. 19: “Presenting Turkey, The Country.” Jill Nordfors-Clark shares “A Visit to Turkey,” Rick Mahaffey celebrates “Turkish Ceramics: Old and New” and John Carlton and Claudia Riedener will introduce “Istanbul.”


The ninth annual Metro Parks and USA Dance Tacoma chapter’s grand dance extravaganza happens Oct. 13 at STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St. The day includes 11 ballroom dance workshops from 2-5:45 p.m.; catered dinner (included in all-day registrations) and Metro Arts Youth Entertainment 6–7 p.m.; cha-cha dance lesson with Christine Luders 7–8 p.m.; live music by Cassanova 8–11 p.m.; and social dance, Pacific Ballroom Dance youth performances, competition and fundraiser for Metro Parks youth programs, and dance with a pro and dance mixes.  For rates and further information visit Register by phone at 253-404-3939.


Third Thursday is coming up on Oct. 18, the perfect time to put on your walking shoes, grab a buddy and head out to Tacoma’s many downtown art galleries and museums. Beginning at 5 p.m. and going until 8 p.m., admission is free so that everyone can experience T-Town’s artistic and cultural offerings. Visit


In a uniquely American vision of chamber music, you will hear great works by Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein and others. Fireworks Ensemble has led the charge to bring a fresh perspective on chamber music and is known as “the bridge between the contemporary classical ensemble and the mainstream popular audience.” They will be at Rialto Theater on Oct. 13. Free pre-show lecture at 6:30 p.m. will have a discussion of the historical background, salient stylistic features and cultural context of the different styles that will be performed in the evening’s performance. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $29, $39, $49.


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