Stuff the Bus November 8!

Mark your calendar! Caring for Kids will be holding its annual Stuff the Bus event in front of Clover Park High School November 8th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

We will be collecting new toys and cash which will support our Holiday Fair in December. Last year we helped 2,468 kids in need in our community and we expect that many this year. Luckily we have the support of many of our high school and middle school kids that makes this event a success. Last year we had 75 kids along with the some adults show up to volunteer their time. The kids are amazing, and I am proud that they are a part of our fundraising event!

Caring for Kids is an all-volunteer organization helping kids in need. If you have question contact Diane at or 253-279-9777.

Beachwood, Tillicum, and Oakwood named 2014 Schools of Distinction

LAKEWOOD – Beachwood, Tillicum and Oakwood Elementary Schools were named 2014 Schools of Distinction from The Center for Educational Effectiveness in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State School Directors’ Association and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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Pierce College Puyallup Student Life challenge promotes sustainability

plastic bag storyPierce College Puyallup is ramping up efforts to become even more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable by taking a stand against the use of plastic bags.

Every student who takes a pledge against using plastic shopping bags will be given a free Pierce College reusable shopping bag that reads, “Pierce College: Together Making a Difference.”

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Learn lake science at Waughop Lake, Nov. 1

Join students and faculty from the University of Washington Tacoma for an afternoon of hands-on lake science open to the public on Saturday, November 1 (12:00-3:00 pm) at Waughop Lake. Go for a boat ride on the lake, learn how limnologists (lake scientists) monitor water quality, take plankton samples and measure what is happening in Waughop Lake. The University of Washington Tacoma is starting work on a year-long study of the lake as part of a lake management plan for the City of Lakewood. All ages welcome! Contact Jim Gawel for more information.

Help people with disabilities, get a free Tootsie Roll

By Paul Swortz

Knights of Columbus from St. Frances Cabrini will conduct a “Tootsie Roll Drive” at Fred Meyer’s store at 6305 Bridgeport Way on Friday 10/31 and Saturday 11/1 from 9AM to 5PM. The Knights are urging citizens everywhere to support this important fund raising activity by making a donation. Our donations will go to Special Olympics Washington this year. Knights will be easily visible at the store entrance because of the bright yellow aprons they will be wearing and the Tootsie Rolls they will be giving away. Donations are tax deductible.

Lakes’ Kiyrie Simons Player of the Week


By Jon Esken

Kiyrie, a senior at Lakes High School, was selected to be the Athlete of the Week based on his dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, and athletic performance. Kiyrie holds a 3.988 GPA, ranking sixth in his class of 299 students. He has earned several college credits through the heavy course load of AP and honors courses he has taken. Kiyrie helps younger students succeed both academically and athletically by serving as an Ignite Mentor and a volunteer assistant coach for the Lakewood Lumberjacks youth football team.

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‘Little Women’ at Lakewood Playhouse in November

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the second show of our 76th season: Little Women, by Lousia May Alcott. The play will be performed on Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Performances will be November 7th–November 30th, 2014 with special showings at 8:00pm on Thursday, November 13th (Pay What You Can Night) and 8:00pm on Thursday, November 20th (Pay What You Can Actors’ Benefit). Our ticket prices are $25.00 (General Admission), $22.00 (Military), $21.00 (Seniors) and $19.00 (Students/Educators). [Read more...]