Community Kids Day at Lakewold Gardens

Lakewold Garden's Community Kids Day

LAKEWOOD, WA – On September 20th, Lakewold Gardens will welcome children and their families for a special day devoted to inspiring and teaching kids about gardens, nature and the community in which we live, work and play. We bring back this popular event as part of Lakewold’s 25th Anniversary celebration. Admission is just $1 per person or donation of a non-perishable food item, to benefit the Emergency Food Network which serves Pierce County families in need, distributing food and other essentials to 60 local food banks, shelters and hot meal sites.

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State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive to encourage safe teen driving

Teens who commit to safe driving have the chance to bring award winning superstar sibling sensation The Band Perry to their hometown for a private concert this coming school year.

As part of the State Farm Celebrate My Drive program, the company is teaming up with The Band Perry to encourage safe driving in high schools across the U.S. and Canada. Last year more than 6.3 million safe driving commitments were made through this program. Celebrate My Drive promotes responsible driving practices like 2N2®: 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel.

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Narrows Brewing to celebrate Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest and Marzen beer. That can only mean fall is approaching and Narrows Brewing Company (9007 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98466) is celebrating. Join Narrows Brewing Saturday, September 20th from 6:00 – 11:00 for a party out on the deck with head brewer Joe Walts and his newly released Oktoberfest Beer. Music and food vendors will be on hand to round out the evening and there is no cover charge.

Their Oktoberfest beer is inspired by German Marzenbier and is a showpiece for the bready flavors of Munich and Vienna malts. This year’s batch will have an abv of 5.7% and will have been lagered for 8 weeks by the time it is tapped on September 20.

4th annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 20

Everyone in Pierce County is invited to watch approximately 75 immigrants become American citizens during a ceremony on Sept. 20 in Tacoma. The naturalization ceremony – the final step to attain citizenship – begins promptly at 11 a.m. at the Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th Street. The ceremony, conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is free and open to the public. [Read more...]

Youth Summit at Univ. of Puget Sound race & education conference


TACOMA, Wash. – The 2014 Youth Summit at University of Puget Sound will offer something unusual to the young people of Pierce County this time around—the minds and ears of local “elders.”

In the day-long whirl of educational youth activities—that are part of the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference—hundreds of high school students will share experiences with Tacoma community leaders who were “in the trenches” during some of America’s most racially divided times. [Read more...]

Legendary Locals of Lakewood

The most recent book written by Steve Dunkelberger and Walter Neary, will be the topic of discussion at the Lakewood Historical Society’s next program on Tuesday, Sept 16 be held in the Parish Hall at St Mary’s Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, next to the Lakewood Library. Their first book published by Arcadia Publishing in 2005 concentrated on historic sites. This book showcases the people who have made Lakewood the city it is today. [Read more...]

Free opera preview of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ at Pierce County Libraries

Mariusz Kwiecien (center) in the title role of Mozart's "Don Giovanni."  
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
Taken during the rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera on October 3, 2011.

Seattle’s opera expert Norm Hollingshead shares an entertaining and enthusiastic free preview of the Seattle Opera production.

Man, myth or monster? Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera’s ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust. Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, “the Don” stands apart as Mozart’s boldest masterpiece. [Read more...]