Northwest Trek’s ‘Get Out of the Rut’ brings end-of-summer fun

Charging elk

Eatonville, Wash. – Nature’s calling. And before backpacks are loaded with supplies, before lunches are made, before school bells ring, there’s a glorious end-of-summer celebration at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

Get Out of the Rut is a Labor Day Weekend celebration of elk, bison, deer and bighorn sheep and the rutting, or mating, season. [Read more...]

Pierce College to offer new course in social media for business

LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Starting fall quarter, Pierce College is proud to offer a brand new course designed to introduce students to social media best practices for business.  Introduction to Social Media Marketing (Business 134) will be taught completely online, and will give students hands on experience using social media, creating blogs, and exploring other emerging technologies.

Students can expect to spend at least 10 hours per week on the class, and will walk away from the course with practical experience and an online portfolio showcasing their abilities. [Read more...]

Library board convenes special session on Aug. 26

The Pierce County Library System Board of Trustees will convene a special session, then recess to executive session to evaluate the qualifications of final applicants for the position of executive director at 5 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma. After discussion, trustees will reconvene the special session and could possibly extend an offer for the position. The special session, other than the executive session, is open to the public. Download agenda.

Pierce College Foundation scholarships available for application Aug. 28

LAKEWOOD – In the past academic year alone, the Pierce College Foundation has distributed more than $160,000 in scholarships to students who need it most, and a new round of awards will be available soon. Starting Aug. 28, students can begin applying for scholarship funds by completing a profile on theWashBoard.org. [Read more...]

Pierce County Auditor’s Office recognized for ballot drop-box program

Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, Elections Supervisor Shannon Cortez, and Elections Specialist Dave Heinemann accepted a national award in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 21, for their office’s work on the highly-successful ballot drop-box program. The Guardian Award, given by the National Association of Election Officials, recognizes a practice that exemplifies the organization’s principles and standards of conduct.

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CoderDojo: Fall Coding Camps at Pierce County Library

coder dojo

CoderDojo: Fall Coding Camps

Ages 8 – 18

Parents and families welcome

CoderDojo is a global movement to provide free coding education to young people!

Tinker, play, and work with mentors to learn how to code, show off your programming skills, and develop your own websites, apps, and games.

Bring a laptop if you have access to one. The library will provide a limited number of laptops for program use. [Read more...]