Tacoma Art Museum holds ‘Día de los Muertos’ festival, Nov. 2

Tacoma Art Museum announces its 10th annual Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival, taking place Sunday, November 2, 10 am-4 pm. This day-long celebration is TAM’s largest annual free community event, welcoming almost 4,000 visitors. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Activities run all day with events and performances scheduled to begin at noon. [Read more...]

Beachwood, Tillicum, and Oakwood named 2014 Schools of Distinction

LAKEWOOD – Beachwood, Tillicum and Oakwood Elementary Schools were named 2014 Schools of Distinction from The Center for Educational Effectiveness in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State School Directors’ Association and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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Pierce College Puyallup Student Life challenge promotes sustainability

plastic bag storyPierce College Puyallup is ramping up efforts to become even more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable by taking a stand against the use of plastic bags.

Every student who takes a pledge against using plastic shopping bags will be given a free Pierce College reusable shopping bag that reads, “Pierce College: Together Making a Difference.”

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Learn lake science at Waughop Lake, Nov. 1

Join students and faculty from the University of Washington Tacoma for an afternoon of hands-on lake science open to the public on Saturday, November 1 (12:00-3:00 pm) at Waughop Lake. Go for a boat ride on the lake, learn how limnologists (lake scientists) monitor water quality, take plankton samples and measure what is happening in Waughop Lake. The University of Washington Tacoma is starting work on a year-long study of the lake as part of a lake management plan for the City of Lakewood. All ages welcome! Contact Jim Gawel for more information.

Help people with disabilities, get a free Tootsie Roll

By Paul Swortz

Knights of Columbus from St. Frances Cabrini will conduct a “Tootsie Roll Drive” at Fred Meyer’s store at 6305 Bridgeport Way on Friday 10/31 and Saturday 11/1 from 9AM to 5PM. The Knights are urging citizens everywhere to support this important fund raising activity by making a donation. Our donations will go to Special Olympics Washington this year. Knights will be easily visible at the store entrance because of the bright yellow aprons they will be wearing and the Tootsie Rolls they will be giving away. Donations are tax deductible.

Lakes’ Kiyrie Simons Player of the Week


By Jon Esken

Kiyrie, a senior at Lakes High School, was selected to be the Athlete of the Week based on his dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, and athletic performance. Kiyrie holds a 3.988 GPA, ranking sixth in his class of 299 students. He has earned several college credits through the heavy course load of AP and honors courses he has taken. Kiyrie helps younger students succeed both academically and athletically by serving as an Ignite Mentor and a volunteer assistant coach for the Lakewood Lumberjacks youth football team.

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