Ladies Sing the Blues


The community is invited to hear David Deacon-Joyner, PhD. speak on the unique style and perspective of women who have sung the American musical art form- the Blues. We will hear recordings of these artists from the 1920′s and ’30′s, how they impacted the recording industry, and started the nationwide popularity of female blues singers of African descent, whose appeal crossed the lines of race.

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2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

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A University Place citizen has been awarded the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer of National Service Programs in Washington State.  This award recognizes the outstanding efforts made by volunteers in addressing the needs of their communities.

Rachel DeForrest was nominated by West Pierce Fire & Rescue for her enthusiasm and dedication to the Community Emergency Response Team or (CERT) Program.  She is the CERT team leader for the University Place North Team.  Her team is very organized, she attends all meetings and reaches out to her community to inform them about CERT.

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Jazz guitarist Michael Powers to help Bates fundraiser

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TACOMA –Acclaimed Seattle jazz guitarist Michael Powers will perform once again at Bates Technical College Foundation’s signature fundraiser, Bates Sizzles, Thursday, April 24, 5:30-9 p.m., at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway Street, in Tacoma.

The event features a silent auction with items from the Northwest Float Center, Olive Branch Café, a catered dinner for eight from the college’s Culinary Arts program, and more. You can also pre-bid on a selection of items at, including a package to be a Seattle Mariners Groundskeeper for a Day, which includes assisting with setting up batting practice and pre-game preparation, dragging the infield between 3rd and 6th innings, taking the bases in after the game, and box-seat tickets for you and two friends.

Attendees will enjoy an international menu of hors d’oeuvres created and served by students in our culinary program.

Scholarships play a key role in our students’ higher education endeavors, and the annual Bates Sizzles helps raise funds for student scholarships.  Students are eligible to apply for the foundation’s general scholarships, and others who fit certain criteria can apply for a variety of program-specific scholarships. Scholarship recipients in various career education programs may use their awards, which range from $150-$3,500 per student, to help pay for tuition, books, supplies and child care expenses at the college.

Tickets to Bates Sizzles are $50. Call 253.680.7160 or visit to reserve your tickets, pre-bid on certain items, and learn more about the event.

Little Church on the Prairie Hosts “Make a Difference” Day April 26th

Cemetery Marker Placement

For the second year, Pastor James Kim has asked his congregation at Little Church on the Prairie to participate in “Make a Difference” (MADD) Day.  The first one is scheduled this Saturday, April 26th in conjunction with Pierce County’s Park Appreciation Day.

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Pierce County Library welcomes new managing staff

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Pierce County Library System hired two new directors. Chereé Green is the library’s new staff experience (HR) director. She was most recently the human resources director at Franciscan Medical Group/Franciscan Health System in Tacoma. Linda Farmer, APR, is the library’s new marketing and community relations director. Previously, she was the communications director for the Association of Washington School Principals in Olympia.

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