Auditions add members to Dance Theatre Northwest

DTNW Jr Dance Ensemble as of Oct 2014 photo by MAKS ZAKHAROV

Auditions were recently held at Dance Theatre Northwest for DTNW’s Junior and Advanced Junior Dance Ensemble. Congratulations to our newest members Emma Young, Nadia Niva, and Fancy Williamson. With auditions consisting of classical ballet barre, center and Pointe work, dancers who auditioned won roles in upcoming holiday and 2014-2015 season community outreach performances. [Read more...]

Local history author signs books at University Place Library


At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, meet author Justin Wadland at University Place Pierce County Library. Wadland shares the background and writing of his new book, Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound.

Trying Home traces the history of Home, Washington, from its 1896 founding to its 1921 dissolution amid bitter infighting. The book reveals stories of iconoclastic individuals and weaves in the author’s reflections on the concept of home.
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University Place Mayor receives award

Denise McCluskey, the Mayor of University Place, was one of seven local area women honored at the “2014 Women of Influence” event held on Wednesday, October 15 near downtown Tacoma.

The distinction of being a part of this select group was special for the Mayor: “I was humbled to be part of the class of 2014 honorees; these are amazing people who enrich the lives of everyone around them.” [Read more...]

Meet teens launching their own business

Teens Fiona and Semira share their experience winning Startup Weekend at University of Washington and working with a team of professionals to launch their business, Generation Code. Come to the University Place Pierce County Library (3609 Market Place W., Suite 100) on Monday, October 20 (4-5 pm). Free event sponsored by Friends of the University Place Library.

TNT: Police force staffing tied to University Place vote on utility taxes

“University Place voters will decide next month whether to pay more taxes to keep the city’s police force from cutting staff.

“If voters approve the increase Nov. 4, utility taxes in the city will go from the current rate of 6 percent to 9.5 percent. That will allow the department to maintain staffing levels and eventually grow by three deputies and one patrol sergeant, officials say.”

Read the rest of Brynn Grimley’s story in The News Tribune.

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Dance Theatre Northwest at Tacoma Narrows Rotary meeting, Oct. 14

Dance Theatre Northwest’s Melanie Kirk-Stauffer will discuss “Community Service and Arts Education Outreach programs through Dance Theatre Northwest” at the October 14 meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma Narrows.

The Rotary Club of Tacoma Narrows meets weekly at Tower Lanes, 6323 6th Avenue, Tacoma, on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. for fellowship, breakfast, and an informative and interesting presentation from a guest speaker. [Read more...]