Local chapter of Jobs Daughters will take over the Puyallup Buffalo Wild Wings to support the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment, H.I.K.E. Job’s Daughters is a premier organization for young women that provide a wholesome environment based on the foundation of high morals, love of country, love of family and friends and respect for others throughout the world.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord — WWE will be at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Wednesday, Dec. 11, to film its 11th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops holiday celebration in front of thousands of military personnel and their families. WWE Tribute to the Troops will air as a one-hour television special on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 8/7c.
Members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will hold a public hearing and Town Hall Meeting on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington, 12-13 December, 2013.
The Commissioners will hear testimony from witnesses on matters surrounding the programs that compensate the members of our Unformed Services and that therefore support the long-term health of the All-Volunteer Force.
By Kris G. Kauffman, President, Lakewood United
The Lakewood United group meets at 7 AM every Thursday at Burs Restaurant, which is located at 6151 Steilacoom Boulevard SW in Lakewood. The events for the next four weeks are as follows:
- December 12, 2013 – The new Lakewood City Manager: John Caulfield – (Steve Smith – MC) (also Diane Formosa – Caring For Kids )
- December 19, 2013 – A new Western State Hospital CEO: Ron Adler looks ahead – (Herb Stumpf - MC)
- December 26, 2013 – No meeting – Compliments of the Season
- January 2, 2014 - No meeting – Compliments of the Season
By Nancy Covert
Skylar, a 4th grade student from Saltar’s Point Elementary, did the honors on Dec. 6, turning the switch to illuminate the Town’s Christmas Tree. Town Hall was packed with folks who came to listen to the holiday music–courtesy of Steilacoom High School choir, and visit with Santa. The sleigh arrived shortly after the tree was lighted–even Frosty, the Snowman was there (see more photos below).
Come and enjoy the City of University Place Christmas Tree Lighting celebration taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Market Square, 3609 Bridgeport Way West. With fun for the whole family, you’ll want to join in the tradition.
Santa Paws pet photos kick off the day in the Civic Building Atrium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by “Duck the Halls” from 1 to 3 p.m. in Market Square. Local school caroling takes place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and the event culminates with the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Market Square at 6 p.m.
TACOMA – A classic dramatic tale will enthrall music and theater lovers during free opera previews at two Pierce County Libraries in December and January.
Opera expert Norm Hollingshead will share an entertaining and enthusiastic free preview of the Seattle Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Friends of the Libraries sponsor these free events.
By Laurel Bennett
LAKEWOOD – Premiering on Dec. 6, at 8 p.m., narrator Tim Allen takes audiences Back To The Moon For Good at the Pierce College Science Dome on the Fort Steilacoom campus. The film is being shown as part of Pierce’s Comet Day celebration.
Back To The Moon For Good is an exciting, educational, 25-minute full-dome digital film that highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history.
By Laurel Bennett
LAKEWOOD – Comet ISON is “passing through” our earthly neighborhood, and you can learn how to spot it on Friday, Dec. 6, during Comet Day at Pierce College’s Science Dome.
The free event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Fort Steilacoom campus in the Rainier building, second floor. Pierce students will present family-friendly, hands-on science activities and science dome shows for people to learn more about comets — including tips on how to spot comet ISON in the morning sky.
By Debbie Klosowski
Get Fido all cleaned up for the Holidays on Tuesday, December 3, from 4pm to 8pm at Soggy Doggy 7518 49th Street (across from Green Firs). Volunteers will wash your dog for donations for the off leash dog park in UP.
UP Fire Truck visit at 4:30pm. Fort Fido Scrub Team at 6:PM
TACOMA – Bates Technical College employees and students will brave cold temperatures during the morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 to help raise funds for Bates students in need at the 22nd annual Holiday Meal Drive.
By Sgt Mooney Christopher C, Apache Company, 1-23 Inf, 3-2 SBCT, I CORPS, JBLM
The ground is cold, covered in frost. From beneath their masks their breath turns into mist, visible to the spectators in the stands. The metal of their markers biting into their hands from the cold. The only thing you will find under those masks is smiling faces, this is the Ninja Kings paintball tournament and these players of all ages have been waiting for just this moment!
Hosted by Carlos Rodriguez and the Seattle Ninjas professional paintball team this event is part of Washington State’s premier paintball series: Ninjaball. Players have been asking for a winter event and Carlos and his crew have provided just that. On December 7th 2013 teams from all over Washington State will gather at Operation Paintball Field to play in this event.
By Nancy Henderson
STEILACOOM – Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 15, 2013 and attend a free community concert or perhaps take part in it as well. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Steilacoom’s Town Hall, anyone who can sing or play an instrument is invited to join your friends and neighbors for the annual all-comers community Christmas sing and play along. No prior rehearsals are necessary. Just bring your musical instruments, music stands and enthusiasm.
Christ Lutheran Church will present the 20th Messiah Sing-A-Long on Sunday, December 1 (2 pm). The conductor’s baton has been passed. For 19 Messiah Sing-A-Longs Tom Goleeke, Ph.D. conducted Handel’s timeless music. For this 20th performance his baton is passed to John Falskow, Ph.D., musical director at Tacoma Community College.
By Marianne Bull
An historical museum focuses on historic times and three types of calendars to mark time are currently available at the Steilacoom Museum Holiday Store. If you have any time on your hands and wish to take time to check them out, the next two weekends might be the time to do that! Do you note a theme here?
Now is the time for Advent Calendars and the Holiday Store has many beautiful ones. These calendars help note the days from December 1 to Christmas. Traditionally made of paper, they have little doors that open to reveal a picture, culminating on the 24th of December, Christmas Eve. Children since the early 1900’s have loved marking time with these printed calendars by opening one door each day. Prior to that time, they were usually handmade. During WWII, by the way, production of the calendars was discontinued to save paper for the war effort.