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

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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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Children build imagination at Pierce County Library System

Creative construction activities will help children will develop imagination and skills during free events at five Pierce County Libraries, from January to May.

Young builders will use the library’s Legos, straws and connectors, blocks and more to construct fabulous contraptions. Duplos and other blocks will be available for the little ones.

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Breakfast With Blade & Ice Skating

By Cara Cross

On Saturday, Dec 7 have a pancake breakfast with Blade, Sprinker Recreation Center’s very own mascot.  Also included in the day is pictures with Blade, and finish off the morning with ice skating.  The event runs 10:00am to 1:00pm for a participation fee of $20 per youth ages 3-12.  Pre-register at Sprinker, 14824 S C St in Parkland, or call Sprinker at 253-798-400.   For more information call 253-798-4104 or on line at www.piercecountywa.org/parks

Lowe’s provides $10,000 grant to Rebuilding Together South Sound

TACOMA – Rebuilding Together South Sound in Tacoma received a $10,000 grant from Lowe’s to complete critical repairs and weatherization and energy-efficiency upgrades for local homeowners this fall. Rebuilding Together South Sound will work with 20 volunteers to make a wide range of modifications and repairs including: repairing/replacing a roof, installing a new faucet, installing new window glass and/or door installation, caulking, sealing existing windows and doors, installing an energy efficient furnace, and performing other home repairs to increase warmth and help reduce overall utility costs in time for winter.

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Fantasy Lights kicks off Nov. 28

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By Cara Cross

The 19th annual Fantasy Lights display will again dazzle viewers with new themes and yearly additions to the largest drive-through display of lights in the Northwest.  Fantasy Lights operates for 35 nights, November 28-January 1, 2014, nightly from5:30-9:00pm.  The beautiful two and a quarter mile drive takes place in Spanaway County Park, 14905 Gus G Bresemann Blvd., just west of 152nd/Military Road and SR 7 (Pacific  Ave) in Spanaway, WA.  The fee per car is $13 and $45 per bus (25+ passengers).  For more information and driving directions call 253-798-3330, or www.piercecountywa.org/parks