Urban search and rescue dogs face final test

Canine heroes-in-waiting from around the nation will converge this weekend on a Puyallup gravel pit for their final trial. For those that pass the test, they’ll receive coveted certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue program.

Dogs like these spent weeks sniffing through the rubble of the World Trade Center looking first for survivors, then for human remains. More recently, FEMA-certified dogs and their handlers who have been through the rigorous US&R Canine Search Specialist Certification program were deployed to the devastating SR530 Landslide in Snohomish County. [Read more…]

Edible Gardens workshop series teaches gardening from seed to table


Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food during the 2015 Edible Gardens workshop series, which runs from February through November. The free series of monthly workshops, which are sponsored by Pierce County and the Pierce Conservation District, teach beginning gardeners how to plan a garden, prepare the soil, plant seeds, and harvest the food they’ve grown. [Read more…]

Beekeeping classes start Jan. 5

  • WHAT: Beginner Beekeeping Classes
  • WHEN: The first Monday of each month, January–June, 2015, 6:15 pm–7:15 PM
  • WHERE: WSU Puyallup Campus Research and Extension Center
  • Allmendinger Center, 2606 West Pioneer (formerly 7612 Pioneer Way, E)
  • Just west of downtown Puyallup
  • COST: $35 (covers cost of textbook and apprentice beekeeper patch and required annual membership in Pierce County Beekeepers Association)
  • WHO: Anyone age 6 or over
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South Hill Church reaches out to community

Holy Disciples Catholic Church, located on Puyallup’s South Hill, is a vibrant community of faith, dedicated to the gospel, centered in the eucharist and fulfilling our baptismal call with the consistent sharing of prayer, worship and reconciliation, welcoming all through education/faith formation, hospitality, community building, outreach, stewardship and evangelization. [Read more…]

Remodeled South Hill Library opened Dec. 1

New carpets and restrooms, better access to books and materials, expanded seating and more.

Celebrate new spaces and features at South Hill Pierce County Library. The library, closed the month of November for remodeling, opened on Dec. 1 with raffle prizes, free refreshments, and coffee courtesy of the Starbucks on 132nd and Meridian. [Read more…]

Pierce College choirs spread holiday cheer

DSC_6537The sounds of the season will be echoing throughout Pierce College in early December when Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom choirs take the stage to perform a variety of holiday favorites. Pierce College Puyallup choirs will perform on Dec. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m., and Fort Steilacoom choirs will perform their own holiday favorites on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Each concert will take place in the Arts and Allied Health Theater on the Puyallup campus.
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