Tacoma Bon Odori Japanese folk dance festival Aug. 2

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TACOMA, WASH. – Enjoy Japanese folk dancing and drumming in the evening twilight at the Tacoma Bon Odori street festival on Saturday, Aug. 2.

The annual celebration features dancers wearing colorful cotton yukata and other traditional garb performing under hanging lanterns outside the Tacoma Buddhist Temple. Everyone is encouraged to join the easy-to-follow dances. [Read more...]

Plant Corner at Lakewold Gardens: Angel’s Trumpets, Brugmansia

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On a warm summer evening, as the air current circulates on your deck a sweet fragrance is wafting in the air. Your evening guests ask, “What is that wonderful fragrant smell?”

Brugmansia, a member of the Solanaceae family is one of seven species that flower. The flowers are large, tubular, fringed on the end, attractive and fragrant. A mature plant could be mistaken for a small tree when in reality it is a flowering shrub. If you let the plant mature to full size the shrub could reach twenty feet.

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Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro on ‘Washington’s Most Wanted’

This week, Lakewood residents might see a familiar face on the show, “Washington’s Most Wanted.”

Mike Zaro, Assistant Police Chief of the Lakewood Police Department, recently conducted an interview regarding a 2012 drug-related homicide at an apartment complex on San Francisco Avenue Southwest. Authorities already have six people in custody (including the alleged shooter), but one person remains on the run. [Read more...]

Beware of Charity Rip-Offs Following Wildfires

DUPONT – With relief efforts underway in Washington’s Carlton Complex fire, Better Business Bureau along with Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman urge consumers to be on the lookout for bogus charities and scammers trying to capitalize on a natural disaster.

Officials warn of slick con artists who pose as agents for official-sounding charities and target well-intentioned donors who want only to help the victims of the fires.

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Purple Reigns at Cheney Stadium

TACOMA — On August 9, 2014, Husky fans and University of Washington Tacoma supporters will descend upon Cheney Stadium, decked out in school colors, for the annual Paint the Park Purple scholarship fundraiser baseball game.

The Tacoma Rainiers, playing against the Fresno Grizzlies, will be wearing special purple jerseys. At the end of the game, those jerseys will be auctioned off, with proceeds supporting scholarships for UW Tacoma students.

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Sun Fest in University Place is this Saturday, Aug. 2

Come out for the big event this summer, University Place Sun Fest (formerly University Place Festival), this Saturday, Aug. 2. A one-day fun-filled event, Sun Fest is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., ending with a movie in the park – “The Lego Movie” – at dusk. The event takes place at Cirque Park, 7250 Cirque Drive West. Free shuttles will run from overflow parking at the Civic Building garage, 3609 Market Place West, to Cirque Park.

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Workshop offers tips for scam prevention

Seniors are the target of choice for scammers and other crooks. Financial scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they’re devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. And it’s not just wealthy seniors who are targeted. “Scams, Schemes & Swindles: Surviving the Onslaught of Crooks” is an interactive presentation to help consumers be alert and aware of the most successful techniques that the scammers use and the risks of falling victim. The event will be held four times in August: [Read more...]