The Things We Like

DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA

The 10th Annual Metro Arts Tacoma and USA Dance “Grand Dance Extravaganza” happens Oct. 13, 1-9:30 p.m., at STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St. There will be dance workshops and lessons, a catered dinner and performances by Metro Arts’ Dance Driven youth team, social dance, competitions and fundraisers. Dress dance attire suggested. Get info and tickets at http://www.DanceTacoma.org.

TASTE OF CUBA

The Tacoma-Cienfuegos Sister City invites one and all to the famous yearly Taste of Cuba. The amazing evening provides a full elegant meal (includes a whole pig roasted on the ground), live music with trio Sin Embargo, salsa dancing and instruction and a silent/live auction of interesting items from Cuba. Oct. 12, 5 p.m. at Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way. $30/person. For tickets contact: Marisela Fleites or email: salsaflamencamary@hotmail.com.

TREE FESTIVAL

Kids can climb a tree, create leaf art projects and participate in other activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 in Wright Park. The kids' tree climbing will be supervised by certified arborists who bring ropes, harnesses and helmets. Arborists and Metro Parks Tacoma's Urban Forester will also be on hand to answer tree care questions. Families can stroll the paths, jump in fallen leaves, play on the new playground, relax beside the pond or check out the information and activities provided at vendor and information booths. Visit. http://www.ChipInForParks.com.

BURNING MAN

Tacoma’s own Lynn Di Nino and some of her friends were at Burning Man this year, and the next TRIPOD Show will be all about her trip. Steve LaBerge shares “A Gondola Goes To Burning Man,” Lisa Fruichantie presents “Veteran’s Exposé of Burning Man” and a mystery guest explores “How Burning Man Could Contribute to Local Government.” Friday, Oct. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. at Madera Furniture Company, 2210 Court ‘A’ (right off Pacific Avenue and South 24th in downtown Tacoma, within a couple of blocks from El Gaucho). $5 donation at the door.

FAREWELL, AMOCAT

Seeing Amocat Café close its doors isn’t really a “Thing We Like,” but the good news is that owner Morgan Alexander will be moving on to make beer at Tacoma Brewing Co. He’s holding a Grand Closing Event at the café (625 St. Helens Ave.) on Oct. 11, 5-9 p.m. There will be cheese, crackers and, of course, beer including a special new beer created just for this event called “Backwards Tacoma Ale.”

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