Here's a few things to do this weekend...
Friday, Sept. 16
A DAY TO CARE
Bringing people together to build a stronger community, United Way of Pierce County’s annual Day of Caring connects volunteers with local nonprofit organizations to complete projects that may not otherwise get done. Projects range from taking children on a field trip to adding a fresh coat of paint on the walls of a transitional home. Day of Caring also provides an opportunity to develop long-lasting relationships with colleagues and other community members. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., volunteers will be at Point Defiance Park (5400 N. Pearl St.) and Franklin Park (1201 S. Puget Sound Ave.) helping with trail work and natural area restoration. Info: www.uwpc.org.
Hell’s Kitchen hosts Grammy-nominee Nappy Roots, along with Island Trybe and Bo Box Friday at 9 p.m. Get your tickets in advance for $10 at www.hellskitchenonline.com, or at the door for $15.
Saturday Sept. 17
GNAR AT THE BAR
O'Malley’s Irish Pub (2402 6TH Ave.) is holding its second annual “Seshtember” mini-ramp skate competition this weekend starting at noon on Saturday. The competition will have two parts, with the second being a best trick. It is all ages and is free to attend/register so get there by noon to sign up ( under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver). Spectators can drink beer in the outdoor beer garden, and there will be cash and prizes for the winners, and a raffle with hundreds of dollars in prizes. An after party in the bar for those 21+ will start at 8 p.m. featuring Overboard!, City Hall, Revengers and Wheelies.
Lace up your running shoes, don your maroon and white and take to the streets around the University of Puget Sound for the first-ever Homecoming and Family Weekend Logger 5K Fun Run! All alumni, parents, students and members of the community are welcome. Current students can register for $15, alumni and parents register for $20, and members of the general public pay $30. The race kicks off at 8 a.m. For more information or to register, visit www.databarevents.com/loggers.asp.
The Point Defiance Greenhouses will be filled with hardy herbs, garden mums, perennials and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the annual Fall Plant Sale to benefit the W.W. Seymour Conservatory. Point Defiance Greenhouses are located at 5402 N. Shirley St. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org
BACK TO BEALE STREET BLUES
The South Sound Blues Association will host its annual fundraiser Back to Beale Street Blues 2012 on Sept. 18, a concert to help send the Red Hot Blues Sisters, Jumpin’ Josh and Felicia to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this February. The show takes place at Louie G’s, located at 5219 Pacific Highway E. in Fife, 4-10:30 p.m. Info: www.southsoundblues.com.
Legendary Tacoma bluesman Little Bill and the Blue Notes will play a free show at the Spar as part of the weekly Sunday Night Blues showcase. Show starts at 7 p.m. - get there early for a good seat.