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Hilltop Artists in Residence will hold its spring glass sale on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jason Lee Middle, located at 602 N. Sprague Ave. Purchase glass art created by local students. All proceeds are used to fund the program and keep tuition free for all participants. To shorten time waiting in line, arrive at 9 a.m. to pick up a numbered entrance ticket and return at the appointed time. There is no cost to attend. Info: or (253) 571-7670


The convention of The Magic Lantern Society of The United States and Canada is being held this year in Tacoma. Part of the convention includes an authentic 1890s visual extravaganza called “The Magic Lantern Show” given by Terry Borton at the Washington State Historical Museum Auditorium on June 23 at 7:30 p.m. The show incorporates live drama and music led by Borton of The American Magic Lantern Theater, the nation’s only theater company specializing in this popular form of Gay Nineties entertainment. Tickets are $12. For information and reservations, call Larry Cederblom at (253) 952-9370, e-mail or visit and click on the Convention 2012 link.


E.T. arrived at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in 1982 as a 155-pound orphan from Alaska’s North Slope. He now is a 3,450-pound community treasure. His 30th birthday will be celebrated on June 15,16 and 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the aquarium. Each day at 11:30 a.m. E.T. and pool mates Basilla and Joan will enjoy birthday cake. They will be fed fishicles at 3 p.m. Keepers will talk about E.T. at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Paradise Theatre presents a revival version of “Anything Goes.” The age-old tale of boy meets girl and the complications that ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than “Anything Goes.” This is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. Twice as much dance music as the original version, and the orchestration features a shipboard sound derived from the utility band and less-than-ideal acoustics on board. Terrific songs include “It's De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “All Through The Night,” “Anything Goes,” “You're The Top” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow. It runs from June 15 to July 1. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Performances take place at 9911 Burnham Dr. N.W. in Gig Harbor. A 6 p.m. dinner show will take place on June 30. Info: or (253) 851-PLAY.


The Grand Cinema kicks off its 2012 Tacoma Film Festival with an exclusive sneak peek party at the cinema on June 22. This night of socializing and celebration will includes great food, drinks and films to watch from previous Tacoma Film Festivals as well as a sneak peek into the films coming in October. Films will be previewed in The Grand’s newest theater followed by the post-film reception in the lower lobby. Tickets are on sale now (general admission $15, members $10). Call (253) 572-6062 or visit


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