Pierce College Puyallup hosts event on human rights in North Korea

Photo Scholte_Suzanne-on-whitePierce College is hosting an event featuring one of the world’s leading activists in the North Korean human rights movement on Feb. 25. Suzanne K. Scholte is an internationally recognized, award-winning human rights activist, and has worked for more than 18 years to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people. She will speak during a special event at Pierce College Puyallup on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. in the Arts and Allied Health Building Theater. [Read more…]

Teen draws County Council support for awareness of heart defects

Zoe Cardwell was born with five severe heart defects, but the 16-year-old Puyallup resident considers herself one of the lucky ones. “Congenital heart defects are all around us. You hear it in the stories of student athletes who have died with an undiscovered heart problem,” the Puyallup High School junior said. “This is why pulse oximetry tests are critical. It has the ability to save lives, yet ‘pulse ox’ is not a required test for newborns in the state of Washington. This needs to change.” [Read more…]

Pierce College Puyallup announces new faculty art exhibit

Flower Picture[1]Pierce College Puyallup unveiled its latest Fine Arts Gallery exhibit Feb. 2, featuring a collection of work created by art faculty from both campuses. The work of art instructors Scott Aigner, Peter Temple-Thurston, Sharon Hartley Iverson, David Roholt, Danella Sydow, Mark Dungan and art gallery Curator Elizabeth Sorensen.

The exhibit runs through March 20, with an artist reception and lecture taking place Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Arts and Allied Health building lobby. This is the first exhibit in four years featuring the work of Pierce College faculty. [Read more…]

Pierce College introduces the community’s newest children’s choir

CHOIRSWhen Pierce College Puyallup Choir Director Ken Owen began searching for a children’s choir in the area for his son, he had a much more difficult time than he ever expected. The nearest youth choirs were located in Tacoma, Auburn and beyond, and the time commitment to drive to rehearsals was simply too much. “There are wonderful children’s choirs out there, but they were too far away and also very expensive,” Owen said.

He noticed a need in the community, and made it his own personal mission to develop a youth choir right here at Pierce College Puyallup. The need and demand in the community was certainly there and, in its first quarter last fall, the Canto Children’s Choir had 22 young singers involved, ages 5 to 12. [Read more…]

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

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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

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  • 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…]