Free opera preview of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ at Pierce County Libraries

Mariusz Kwiecien (center) in the title role of Mozart's "Don Giovanni."  
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
Taken during the rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera on October 3, 2011.

Seattle’s opera expert Norm Hollingshead shares an entertaining and enthusiastic free preview of the Seattle Opera production.

Man, myth or monster? Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera’s ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust. Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, “the Don” stands apart as Mozart’s boldest masterpiece. [Read more...]

17th annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, Sept. 27-28

Tacoma, WA - Members of the Master Builders Association Pierce County Remodelors™ Council are showcasing their work in the 17th annual Tour of Remodeled Homes. Ten private homes throughout Pierce County will open up to the public for viewing September 27-28, displaying innovative craftsmanship, creative ideas and sophisticated designs from some of the top remodelers in the area. [Read more...]

Councilmember Ladenburg calls for cleaner fuels

Pierce County Council Member Connie Ladenburg has joined over 60 municipal leaders, including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, in calling on Washington’s governor to soon implement a clean fuels standard. In an open letter sent to Governor Inslee, the elected leaders cited job creation, small business growth and providing consumers more choice at the pump among the benefits of increasing production of clean, low-carbon fuels in Washington. [Read more...]

Pierce County residents invited to informational U.S. Open meetings

Citizens who live in northwestern Pierce County will have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about the expected benefits and get an update on planning for next year’s U.S. Open golf tournament. The county will hold two meetings – one in Tacoma and another in Gig Harbor – in September and October, and is inviting all county residents to attend. [Read more...]

New Loan Model to Support Women Entrepreneurs

Helping banks get to “yes” on small business loans for women entrepreneurs has never been more important to America’s economic health then it is right now.  That’s because smaller firms have driven our recovery, both nationally and locally. Small businesses are creating nearly 2 out of every 3 private-sector jobs. And, to accomplish all of this, they need capital. Capital to invest in new equipment, new buildings and to meet a growing payroll.

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