Here are a few things that might make your weekend a bit more fun...
Friday, Sept. 30
FREE YA MIND
Free Ya Mind Production and Management invites the public to join in on a community celebration and birthday party honoring founder and host Stella Haioulani, Free Ya Mind patrons, community partners and nearly 10 years of spoken word, poetry and open mic at Tully’s Coffee. A multimedia presentation with food and networking at 6 p.m. A featured artist showcase will take place at 7 p.m., and an open mic will follow at 8 p.m. Tully’s is located at 764 Broadway. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXPLORE GERTRUDE STEIN
Toy Boat Theatre presents “3Swans: A Gertrude Stein Exploration,” featuring short plays by Stein and original work based on her dramatic writings. The event features University of Puget Sound students and faculty, as well as Toy Boat Theatre company members. Festivities start at 7 p.m. Admission is fee free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Info at www.toyboattheatre.com
SAY YES TO THE NO
Local favorites Pioneers West and the The F**king Eagles open up for Canadian prog-punkers NoMeansNo at 9 p.m. Sept. 30. Get in on the rockin good times for just $15 at the door.
Saturday, Oct. 1
The Triangle Business District in downtown Tacoma welcomes the public to the inaugural Oktoberfest Tacoma Oct. 1 from 2-10 p.m. The event will take place in Opera Alley in the Theater District at S. 7th St. and Court C. This nontraditional Oktoberfest will feature creative seasonal and pumpkin beers as well as locally produced ciders; chainsaw pumpkin carving; fresh, hand-made soft pretzels; and a pie-eating contest. Admission is $12 in advance or $18 at the door. Each ticket includes five generous tastings. Additional tasting tokens can be purchased for $1.50. Tickets can be purchased at 99 Bottles and Amocat Café. For more information, visit www.oktoberfesttacoma.com.
DRINK WINE BEFORE NOON!
Proctor Farmers Market is offering wine and food tastings this Saturday, with wines from FairWinds Winery of Port Townsend, accompanied by a fresh, local plate by featured restaurant is Capers Café & Take Home. Proctor Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North 27th and Proctor Streets.
NorthWest Solar Group is organizing a tour of innovative green homes and buildings throughout Pierce County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come learn how to use solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at 3614 N. 30th St. Info: www.brotherselectricsolar.com.
Check out Metro Parks Tacoma and USA Dance’s annual Grand Dance Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at South Park Community Center. The big band-themed event features 20 dance workshops, social dance, competition and fundraiser for MPT Youth, and East Coast swing lessons. The early bird discounted fee is $50, or $45 for USA Dance members, Tacoma residents and students, and each individual dance workshop is $12. Dressy attire is encouraged, but to keep in the spirit of the day, find your best 1940s style and join the fun. South Park Community Center is located at 4851 South Tacoma Way. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org/metroarts.
Sunday, Oct. 2
The 31st annual Pierce County Hunger Walk is happening this weekend at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, with all proceeds to benefit local food banks. Last year’s event raised between $225,000-$250,000, and this year’s goal is to exceed $350,000. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Emergency Food Network, and the other 50 percent will benefit local and international hunger relief agencies designated by each walker. Registration starts at noon, run starts at 1:30 p.m., and a walk starts at 2 p.m. Admission for adults 18 and older is $20, or $10 for children 6-17. Children 5 and under are free. Info at www.pchungerwalk.org.