Letter: U.P. Community Thanksgiving dinner set for Nov. 27

By Roger Gruener

As previously reported, Mr. Ric’s Catering was unable to help with the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner this year. Thank you Mr. Ric for all those years. We are happy to announce that Derek Bray, Chef at Grassi’s Ristorante and former Chef at Tacoma Rescue Mission, has agreed to step up. Thank you Derek.

Soooo….Thanksgiving dinner will be served as in previous years at University Place Primary from noon-2pm in the cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th. All are welcome. Volunteers are needed starting at 6am and until 3pm. Please contact the University Place Volunteer Center if you are interested in helping: 253-691-3029 or visit www.my-volunteercenter.org.

Local artist designs mermaid labels for Narrows Brewing Co.


By Jen Smith

Local Gig Harbor charcoal artist Lita Dawn never imagined she would be designing beer labels, but this summer that changed. She was approached by Narrows Brewing Co. in Tacoma to help them create a series of mermaid-inspired labels for a seasonal beer rotation in stores. “They provided me with some elements that were important for the first siren of the series; a moonbeam, pearls, red hair–then I had to work around the space limitations of the label itself based on the brewery name and logo. It turned out to be a lot more challenging to achieve the effect we were after than I thought it would be,” said Lita Dawn.

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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.