Stump Speech and Bar-B-Cue Pot Luck

On Wednesday July 9th the 2nd & 29th Districts Republican Club will host the “Stump Speech” meeting. This is an opportunity for everyone and anyone to present their candidacy or point of view on any topic or passion they may have. Each person will be given three minutes to make their point which will be accomplished while standing on a real stump.

Supportive materials for your candidacy or subject matter is welcome. A bar-b-cue potluck will also be provided. Hot dogs and buns are being supplied, but any dishes you could bring to be shared will be appreciated (i.e., baked beans, pasta/potato salad, chips, deserts, etc.).

This event, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:00 PM, in the Weeks-Dryers Fellowship Hall, 220 134th St. So., Parkland. For information contact John Seidl, 253-847-3732.

Schwidder Liturgical Art Project


By Laura Stewart

Ernst Schwidder led the art department at Pacific Lutheran University for several decades. His works of art, created to enhance and focus the worship life of congregations from a variety of denominations-primarily Lutheran churches. Ernst’s mahogany carvings, can be found in over 90 worship facilitites around our state, and over 300 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Three retired Lutheran pastors have begun to document the locations of these art pieces. They have dubbed their research The Schwidder Project. Two of these men, Roger Sylwester and Richard Tietjen, will give a talk on this subject, and the public is invited. [Read more...]

St. Clare Hospital to Display New Works by Student Photographers

Eleven students from Lakes High School in Lakewood will have their photography showcased as part of an exhibit at St. Clare Hospital entitled “Contributing Toward Creating a Healthy Community”.  This is the second year that St. Clare Hospital has partnered with Lakes High School to display the student’s work.

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Paranormal author Andrea Speed at Parkland/Spanaway library

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Meet local author Andrea Speed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S.

Speed discusses her popular paranormal fiction series, Infected. She shares what inspired her to become an author, her experiences with the writing and publishing process and her other works of fiction.

Books will be available for checkout, purchase and signing. Free event sponsored by Friends of the Parkland/Spanaway Library.

Fran Postma to speak on “Early Women In Flight”

Jackie Cochran learned to fly in just three short weeks. She set more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other pilot (male or female) in aviation history. Fran Postma, in recognition of Women’s History Month, will tell this fascinating story of the true native-born heroine.

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Undersea Wonders: from Bonaire to the Salish Sea


Master scuba diver, Thomas Nicodemus, will give a presentation of photographs taken while diving in the warm waters of the Caribbean isle of Bonaire, and in the cold waters of the Salish Sea. In addition, Nicodemus will explain the aims of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and his role in their Advanced Assessment Team, working for the health of our marine environment.

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Steilacoom Historical School District Levy Forums

The Steilacoom Historical School District (SHSD) is running an election on February 11th to renew their maintenance and operations levy. This is NOT a new tax but a renewal of the existing levy.

The State only funds about 80% of education so school district must rely on local levies for about 20% of their operating funds. These funds are used for things like textbooks, transportation, special education, arts, athletics, technology, reduced class size and maintenance and operations.

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Children learn with block play at Pierce County Library System

Playing with blocks will help children, ages 3 – 8, develop learning skills during free events, sponsored by Pierce County Library Foundation, at five Pierce County Libraries.

Building with blocks develops a child’s math and science skills, and provides lots of fun! Parents and caregivers are invited to bring children to a block party and build, talk, explore and create together.

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