Lakewood author launches his book on Kickstarter.com

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Pulling together his photography, writing, illustration and design experiences, Ed Kane, retired army media content producer of Lakewood, has put the final touches on a retirement book project decades in the making.

Kane’s book, Roads to Ruins, is a pictorial essay and history of the castles and other primarily defensive structures of Germany’s Middle Ages. Producing the material for his “retirement” project took six trips to Germany over 30 years. He has produced the entire book – photography, design illustrations and writing – himself as his legacy project. Now ready for printing, he has opted to raise the funding for the printing phase by appealing to the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter.com.

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TMP announces ‘Theatre for Young Audiences’

The new musical version of Mark Twain’s beloved story of adventure and misadventure, “The Prince and the Pauper,” makes its west coast premier at Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s Theatre for Young Audiences.

This is a fanciful tale of Prince Edward, King Henry VIII’s son and heir, meeting with street urchin Tom Canty.  The two find that they are identical in appearance, decide to exchange clothing on a lark, which turns into dangerous and adventurous repercussions for each of the youngsters.

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Professor Andrew Rex Publishes New Book: Commonly Asked Questions in Physics

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TACOMA, Wash. – Andrew Rex, professor of physics at University of Puget Sound, has published a new book Commonly Asked Questions in Physics (CRC Press, 2014).

The highly-accessible book requires no prior background in physics or mathematics, and is part of the CRC Press “Commonly Asked Questions” series. It is intended for students of physics and scientists, as well as for anyone with an interest in some of the basic principles that rule our universe.

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Tillicum Elementary Students Help Girl Scouts Build a Library

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By Bettye Craft

The five members of Girl Scout Troop 40332 will be graduating this year and as their final community service project they decided to partner with the African Library Project. The Troop will be collecting 1000 books and $500 that will be used to furnish a library in Chawe Primary School in Malawi.

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Lakewood Sister Cities Festival, ArtsFest Celebration, April 25-27

Lakewood Sister Cities Festival and Lakewood ArtsFest Committee will host a three day celebration of art and entertainment on April 25, 26, 27 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Community College.  This fun filled, family friendly event is FREE to all attendees.  Daily activities are as follows:

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TCC Faculty Art Show Opens March 31

You’re invited to stop by The Gallery this spring (March 31-April 25) for a show celebrating work by TCC’s talented art faculty.

This year’s exhibit includes experimental art by TCC art instructors Marit Berg and Rick Mahaffey, who wanted a new way to print images on clay. Their solution is on display, along with a description of the process used.

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Celebrate Spring Break with discount to Hands On Children’s Museum

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UNIVERSITY PLACE – Spring Break is upon us and Charles Wright Academy and the Hands On Children’s Museum want to share a special $5 discount coupon. It is valid until May 1 and is worth nearly 50% off the price of admission.

Charles Wright worked with Hands On Children’s Museum on some fun Spring Break activities. These special activities kick off this weekend and include:

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Insect Safari

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Learn about the science of bugs from all over the world. Get up close and hold live insects. View a vast collection of preserved specimens. Get buggy with insect scientist Don Ehlen at the Lakewood Pierce County Library (6300 Wildaire Road S.W. 98499 • 253-548-3302). Kids ages 5 and up should show up Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m. Free event sponsored by FRIENDS of Lakewood Library.