Come spend an evening with old friends at LP

While Neil Simon was busy writing for Sid Caesar’s TV show, “Your Show of Shows,” he took out a bit of time to bring forth his first hit play, “Come Blow Your Horn.”

Luckily for the playwright and the world’s theatre-going population, the show proved a great success, as did his second venture, “Barefoot in the Park.”

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Lakewood Artists to Display Paintings at ArtsFest

Artist and historian Alan Archambault's color illustration pays tribute to the long and proud history of the American military in the Puget Sound area.

Several award winning Lakewood artists will be participating in the Sister Cities – ArtsFest Celebration this coming weekend at Pierce College’s Steilacoom Campus.

ArtsFest will open at 6 p.m. Friday, April 25 with a free, meet the artists reception and continue through 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27.  Over forty Pierce County artists will be presenting their  work to the public.

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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.

National Congressional Art Competition Seeks Entries from South Sound Students

The office of Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) is looking for the 10thDistrict’s most promising young artists to submit entries for the U.S. House of Representatives’ annual Congressional Art Competition. The winning entry from a member of the 10th District will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

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Lakewood author launches his book on


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,

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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


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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