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Asia Pacific Cultural Center is hosting their 15th annual New Year celebration on Feb. 9 at Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. Under the theme “ho ta lah” (meaning cheers and good health), this year the festivities feature the color and beauty of Taiwan, along with other Asian cultures. With its many cultural activities, fantastic entertainment, lots of delicious foods and vendors galore, this event is always a hit. Opening ceremony is at 11 a.m. and Taiwan program is at noon. Admission is free.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park. There will be champagne, wine and non-alcoholic refreshments, French Hen Bistro’s chocolate covered strawberries and handmade chocolates, hammered dulcimer music by Andy Carlson a drawing for a glass art piece by Hilltop Artists and an early glimpse of the conservatory’s spring floral display. 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets $20, available at the conservatory.


Tacoma Mob Riders will rule the streets again this weekend! T-town's most enthusiastic pack of pedal-powered pub crawlers will meet up at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9, at Broken Spoke, 1014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, for the launch of their latest monthly “booze cruise.” If you have got a bike, like beer and are at least 21, you can follow ringleaders Kris and Ranell Nystrom to pubs unknown, usually four or five stops each pub crawl. Follow Tacoma Mob Riders on Facebook for updated info. 


On Feb. 16 at the Rialto Theater, Northwest Sinfonietta will give the United States premiere of a newly discovered string orchestra version of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 4” with German pianist Andreas Klein as soloist, 7:30 p.m. For tickets visit or call 1 (800) 291-7593. Student rush tickets will be made available 90-minutes prior to each concert. Student may purchase $10 rush tickets with student identification.


The Urban Lecture Series, Walter Lowrie Speaker Series and University of Puget Sound will present Miroslav Volf speaking from his book “A Public Faith: How Followers Should Serve the Common Good” on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. ‘J’ St. Admission is free and no RSVP is required. Book signing and reception will follow.


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