The Things We Like

  • Free Plant Exchange

  • Goodwill

  • Sherman Alexie

  • Balto


Immanuel Presbyterian Church hosts its 9th Annual Free Plant Exchange on May 4, 9 a.m. to noon. Instead of throwing away the old or extra plants, bulbs, seeds, starts and shrubs in your yard, bring them to the church parking lot to share with other gardeners. Participants are invited to “bring an item and take an item.” If you want to participate but do not have anything from the garden, simply bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank. Pots, tools, and garden art are always very welcome too! 901 N. ‘J’ St. Info: (253) 627-8371.


Tacoma Goodwill will open its newest outlet store on May 2 at 3120 S. Pine St. The new, 12,000-square-foot Nalley Valley facility replaces the store located at 714 S. 27th St., adjacent to the Milgard Work Opportunity Center. Customers can enter a drawing for a new flatscreen TV and grocery store gift cards from May 2-5.


Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., welcomes celebrated poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie for a free talk and book signing on April 30, 7 p.m. Of the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Alexie’s stories, poetry and novels have earned him a huge following and many awards and accolades. His newest book is “Blasphemy,” a collection of 30 short tales of contemporary American Indian life laced with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor and biting wit. Presented by Tacoma Public Library.


“Rainmaker” at Lakewood Playhouse runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays through May 12, with special showings at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 and May 2. Tickets are $24 with student and military discounts. The theatre is located within the Lakewood Towne Center, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. Contact (253) 588-0042 or A review of the play can be found at


Indie folk rock band BALTO performs at University of Puget Sound on April 27. Their latest EP “Monuments” is generating a lot of good buzz, and their stage show is propelled by the charismatic and lively multi-instrumentalist Dan Sheron, creator of the band. Often compared to Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Okkervil River and Dawes, Sheron says of BALTO: “A lot of the uniqueness of our sound comes from the rhythmic choices we make… and the way the different instrumental layers and melodies interact. Within the genre, I think we’re closer to rock ’n’ roll than traditional folk – less beauty, more grit – never for the sake of the aesthetic, but rather the expression of whatever emotion we’re trying to achieve.”


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