Join Sound Transit and the City of Tacoma for the dedication of Diane Hansen’s new public art piece, Lock-On Tacoma at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at A Street Passageway between South 25th Street and 26th Street in Tacoma’s Dome District.
Lock-On Tacoma (referred to as The Locks) is a site-specific sculpture by artist Diane Hansen that surrounds the support column for the Sound Transit commuter rail tracks overhead at the ‘A’ Street pedestrian passageway. The Locks is intended as an inclusive communal gathering space in the Dome District. It invites people to bring and leave a lock dedicated to love: love of a special someone, place or memory.
The artwork is part of Sound Transit’s D-M Street rail improvements project, which is part of the Sounder commuter rail Lakewood Extension. Hansen is one of five artists creating public art for the project. Enlarged padlock and skeleton key sculptures, painted in auto enamel candy colors, encircle the top portion of the rail support. Hansen worked with youth from Hilltop Artists to cast glass ornaments for The Locks.
The columns are wrapped in metal mesh to create a screen where visitors can attach their own love locks. Bring a lock to decorate, and attach it with a wish, to the interactive artwork.
Hansen is a Tacoma sculptor and glass artist who works in many mediums and scales.
The Tacoma Police Department recently attended a Commission Hearing regarding its reaccreditation and the Board unanimously voted that the Tacoma Police Department receive full reaccreditation,only 2 percent of agencies are accredited nationally.
The Tacoma Police Department attained national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2010, the first time in the department’s history. To obtain CALEA Accreditation, the Tacoma Police Department must comply with law enforcement standards covering every facet of the administration and operation of the department and demonstrate compliance to a team of assessors.
CALEA accreditation means an agency participates in a system that relies on assessments every three years, with a self-reporting period between assessments. This is a system where the department is required to take the necessary steps to maintain compliance and self-report issues affecting our accreditation status.
On Friday, Nov.22, 30 officers from the Pierce County region, including Mount Rainier and members of the Military Police, and Pierce County Prosecutor Tim Jones, will be recognized for their efforts in DUI and Impaired Driving Enforcement.
The annual event is hosted by the City of Fife and the Tacoma Pierce County DUI Victims Impact Panel.
The awards ceremony is held at the Columbia Jr. High, located at 2901 54th Avenue East in Fife and starts at 7 pm.
Keith Eldridge from KOMOTV is the MC for the event and Pierce County Council Chair Joyce McDonald will be speaking.
The Pierce Metro Honor Guard will be performing as well as the bell ringing for each of the Pierce County DUI victims.
Runners and walkers will descend upon Northeast Tacoma this Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, for the 19th annual Norpoint Turkey Trot. The event is stuffed with holiday activities and features a 5k chip-timed run, a 2-mile non-timed run/walk and a Kids' Trot for ages 3 to 10. The race has been bringing families together on Thanksgiving morning since 1995 and for many it has become as much a part of the holiday tradition as pumpkin pie and football.
Both the 5k and 2 mile routes begin at 9 am at the Center at Norpoint and wind through the streets of Northeast Tacoma, providing mountain and Puget Sound views for participants. The Kids' Trot remains on the Center at Norpoint campus. Participants in the Kids' Trot are invited to join Norpoint staff for crafts and games in the gym while parents run/walk in the 5k or 2-mile events.
A shoe certificate from South Sound Running will be awarded to the overall male and female winners of the 5k. All participants are eligible for random prizes given out during the awards ceremony and there is a costume contest for the best turkey costumes. Trotters signed up by November 22 receive a Turkey Trot t-shirt.
The entry fee for both distances is $25 through November 22, $35 November 23-24 and $45 on the morning of the race. The Kids’ Trot is $10 if pre-registered and $20 on the day of the event.
At South Sound Running stores in Tacoma and Puyallup participants can register in person at the low price of $25 through November 25. Visit MetroParksTacoma.org/Trot to sign up, view course maps, and get more information.