Here's another clip from MxPx's 21st anniversary set Saturday night at Jazzbones. In this one, they romp through "Aces Up" and "Screw Loose," two cuts from last year's "Plans Within Plans" album. Check it out, then read our show preview to learn how Mike Herrera talks about his plans to follow up "Plans."
One of the hottest tickets in T-town over the weekend was MxPx's anniversary bash Saturday night at Jazzbones, a sweaty, sold-out set that featured highlights from the band's first 21 years. Here's some of the action from the early set.
On Friday, Dec. 6, Tacoma shoppers can support one of Tacoma’s two public Montessori schools, view Geiger Montessori’s beautiful new building, and take part in fun, family friendly winter crafts at Geiger Montessori’s annual Winterfest.
Each year, Winterfest features a bazaar of holiday vendors, affordable refreshments, and a selection of crafts created by students. This year, Winterfest moves to a new, Friday evening time and offers new booth sizing and pricing options for vendors. Once again, vendor space is sold out, and organizers are expecting another successful event with plenty of variety for shoppers. Vendors will offer jewelry, ceramics, holiday décor, cleaning products, children’s clothing, cosmetics, handbags, handmade items, and more.
“Winterfest is our annual chance to open our doors to the community, engage local businesses, and offer a fun experience for local families,” says Geiger principal Paula Bond.
Winterfest will take from 4-8 p.m. at Geiger Montessori School, 7401 S. 8th St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact PTSA Winterfest committee chair Gwen Noble at email@example.com.
LeMay-America's Car Museum will launch a new kid-friendly learning hub, dubbed the Family Zone, on Dec. 14. The Zone will feature five stations that will allow young car enthusiasts to race pinewood cars, learn how automobiles work, take driving simulations, race pinewood cars and more.
“The Family Zone is specially designed to provide the younger generation of car enthusiasts a means to experience the joys of the road in both fun and educational ways,” LeMay president and CEO David Madeira said in a statement issued this week. “The new space also invites multiple generations to share with one another their treasured memories on the road, even as they foster the next generation of car lovers in their families.”
The Family Zone will open to the public at 10 a.m. On Dec. 14. On that day and Dec. 15, 21 and 21, Zone visitors will also have a chance take photos with Santa in a 1906 Cadillac as part of the museum's “12 Days of Christmas” celebration. Learn more at LeMayMuseum.org.
Next fall, when businesses in Tacoma want to get a local business license or pay their local business and occupation taxes, they’ll be able to do it at FileLocal.org. File Local is an online multi-city business license and tax portal that was created through a cooperative effort by the cities of Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue and Everett. File Local will offer businesses an easier way to pay taxes and get business licenses.
“File Local will streamline processes for businesses significantly, making things more intuitive and more efficient for them,” said Finance Director Andrew Cherullo. “We look forward to its implementation.”
When implemented, the service will benefit about 200,000 businesses. These businesses together comprise roughly 90 percent of businesses statewide that pay local business and occupation taxes.
Nearly 30,000 companies operating in more than one of the four cities would only need to enter their profile information once. Then, for each reporting period, they would add in their sales data. Using city-specific rates and special incentives to compute the total due of the company across all of the cities in which it does business, File Local’s computer system would then ask the company to enter payment information – via electronic transfer or credit card – so it can distribute the funds to meet the amounts due in each of the cities.
Officials in Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue and Everett have been working on developing the concept behind this service since 2010. This summer, the group hired a Louisiana-based technology firm, e-Gov Systems, to build and test the site.