The Things We Like

  • Hilltop Santa

  • Apollo 13: Mission Control

  • Music Benefit


Gather up the kids and head out to Sam & Terry’s Barbershop (1110 S. 11th St.) on Dec. 22 for a visit with Santa Claus, noon to 4 p.m. Bring a camera and take free photos of the little ones as they sit on Santa’s lap. Every child will receive a new, wrapped toy, candy cane and memories to last a lifetime. The first 40 people in line will get a free chicken teriyaki dinner courtesy of Happy Teriyaki, and there will be other surprises as well.


Get tickets now for the biggest monster jam show in Tacoma – “Rock The Dome” – Jan. 4, 5 and 6 at Tacoma Dome. This year’s event will be the largest monster truck event to date in the Puget Sound area with 16 trucks competing (up from 12 trucks at the 2012 events); highlighted by two trucks appearing in Tacoma for the first time ever – Monster Mutt Dalmatian and Captain America. The “Party in the Pits” pre-show experience on Saturday gives fans unparalleled views of the trucks up close and a chance to meet the drivers. Info:


“Walking with Dinosaurs – The Live Experience” creator Bruce Mactaggart returns to his beloved Tacoma with a new production which will recreate one of America’s, and indeed, history’s greatest survival stories. “Apollo 13: Mission Control” will transform Tacoma Dome’s Exhibition Hall into a replica of NASA’s 1970 Mission Control Room where an interactive feast for the senses will ensue, and the fate of the three Apollo 13 Astronauts will be in the hands of the audience. Runs Dec. 21-30. Get tickets at or call (800) 745-3000. Details at


Source Yoga will be celebrating the end of the year and the start of another with a practice including yoga, meditation and music at their University Studio on Dec. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The theme is “Turning the Page and Lifting the Veil” and will be led by their own teachers Bryan Michel and Angi Donovan. This event is back by popular demand from last year. The cost is $25 (10 percent off for members). Info:


Tacoma musician Doug Skoog’s daughter, Nicole, is in need of surgery, and his friends at Maurice the Fish Records are helping out by holding a benefit show Dec. 23, 4-9 p.m., at The Swiss. On the bill: Blues Redemption, Rafael Tranquilino, Rod Cook, Paul Green, Dean Reichert Band, Jim King and the Southsiders and Crazy Texas Gypsies. Nicole Skoog has been suffering from a debilitating condition called occipital neuralgia. Savings accounts have been drained and insurance depleted, so The Fish and friends are praying that they can raise $5,000 to pay for the neuro-surgery to release her from her chronic migraines that she has been experiencing for the past year. A $10 suggested donation will be taken at the door, with special treats for those who give $250 or $500. If you can’t attend, donate through Paypal at or at any U.S. Bank location under “Nicole Skoog Medical Foundation #2511.”


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