Newly created Community Services Advisory Board has vacancies

The City of Lakewood is accepting applications to fill  four (4) members on the newly created Community Services Advisory Board.

DESCRIPTION:  The Community Services Advisory Board  advises the City Council on matters related to Human Services, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) programs which may include: [Read more…]

The Case of the Mysterious Parking Lot Lake

Before "virtual lake" pumping

By Ken Upton

Anyone traveling past the parking lot on which sits the new Hobby Lobby and Big Lots stores has no doubt noticed the growing “virtual lake” surrounding the four U.S. Postal drop boxes standing alone under a large evergreen tree north of 100th St. SW. For at least the past two years this “lake” has emerged during the rainy seasons and in the past month it had grown considerably larger. After the recent below freezing temps, the “lake” turned into a convenient ice skating pond and made it risky for anyone traversing that portion of the parking lot on foot.

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Help hard-working families as a volunteer tax preparer

By Amy Allison

Help hard-working families by volunteering with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). Provide free income tax preparation to low and moderate income households. Locations throughout Pierce County.

Day, evening and weekend hours available (February to April 2015). Volunteers can serve as tax preparers, quality reviewers, greeters, or interpreters (for non-English speaking or hearing-impaired tax payers). Free training provided. Learn more and apply online at

Four vacancies on the Lakewood Arts Commission

The City of Lakewood is accepting applications to fill four (4) vacancies on the Lakewood Arts Commission.

DESCRIPTION: The role of the Lakewood Arts commission is to assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. The Lakewood Arts Commission will do the following: [Read more…]

Letter: Help FISH Food Banks win $20,000


By Emily Happy, Director of Development & Communication

Give FISH Food Banks an incredible holiday gift… vote every day through this Friday and help us be one of 75 organizations to win $20,000 from Walmart.

Voting for Walmart’s Food Pantry Holiday Makeover Campaign ends Friday. Search for a food pantry by entering the state of its location in the search engine. Through a public online voting process, FISH is competing with more than 150 food pantries across the nation to win a share of $1.5 million from Walmart. The 75 food pantries with the most votes at the end of the voting period will receive a $20,000 grant to improve their infrastructures or purchase new equipment to better serve the people in their local communities. [Read more…]

South Hill Church reaches out to community

Holy Disciples Catholic Church, located on Puyallup’s South Hill, is a vibrant community of faith, dedicated to the gospel, centered in the eucharist and fulfilling our baptismal call with the consistent sharing of prayer, worship and reconciliation, welcoming all through education/faith formation, hospitality, community building, outreach, stewardship and evangelization. [Read more…]

Don’t forget the Caring for Kids color book and crayon drive!

Caring for Kids is working to provide color books and crayons for kids who come to five Lakewood food banks, WIC and LASA during the holidays.

Please encourage your groups, organizations, churches, family and friends to get involved in our color book drive. You can drop off your donations at Heritage Bank on Gravelly Lake Drive, Clover Park School District main administration building on Gravelly Lake Drive or Sound Credit Union on Bridgeport Way by December 23rd . You can purchase color books for as little as a dollar at Dollar Tree and Michaels. Our goal is 3,000 or more books!

Please help us show these kids that we care. Questions: or phone 279-9777. Caring for Kids is an all-volunteer organization helping kids in need in our community. Facebook: caringforkidsWA Website: