Tips and tricks for science fair projects at University Place Library, Jan. 26

Gather tips and tricks for making a top-notch science fair project, check out library resources, and see some experiments at work before starting your own projects. Science Fair Success will held at the University Place Pierce County Library (3609 Market Place W., Suite 100) on Monday, Jan. 26, 7-8 p.m. and is open to all ages. This free event sponsored by Friends of the University Place Library.

Weekend events offer free help for health insurance enrollment

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is co-hosting two free events this weekend to help uninsured county residents enroll in health insurance plans.The first event is Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Macy’s Court at Tacoma Mall, 4502 S Steele Street. As part of a statewide effort using the online Washington Healthplanfinder tool, trained enrollment experts will be on hand to help people without health insurance understand the health plans and financial help that are now available. In fact, eighty-five percent of people who have enrolled through Washington Healthplanfinder received financial assistance. [Read more…]

Edible Gardens workshop series teaches gardening from seed to table


Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food during the 2015 Edible Gardens workshop series, which runs from February through November. The free series of monthly workshops, which are sponsored by Pierce County and the Pierce Conservation District, teach beginning gardeners how to plan a garden, prepare the soil, plant seeds, and harvest the food they’ve grown. [Read more…]

Youth directors will produce more teen late nights in 2015

Youth directors from the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, City of Lakewood, and the Pierce County Library System have set up a new collaboration to create free”floating” teen after-hours programs in Lakewood. The collaboration will provide a floating staff that works at the late nights – wherever they are being held.

January’s event will be at the Lakewood Library, Saturday, January 24, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Teens (ages 13+) will have the library to themselves for games, activities and just hanging out with friends. Adults and youth group leaders are always needed to join the collaboration or act as informal mentors at these monthly events. Contact Kurt Sample, Lakewood’s Promise Coordinator if interested.

TV travel host Rick Steves to speak at UPS, Jan. 27


TACOMA, Wash. – Rick Steves, the travel television host and book author, will give a talk at University of Puget Sound about his travels in Israel and Palestine, and his impressions of the lives of ordinary citizens there today.

The free talk, Israelis and Palestinians Today, will be held 7–8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. [Read more…]

Get out with the kids for PC Parks’ Friday Family Indoor Movie Night

Families looking for something to do with the kids during January and February can grab their blankets and kick back for an evening of fun at the movies, courtesy of Pierce County Parks and Recreation.The first Friday Family Indoor Movie Night will take place Jan. 23 at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place. Pre-movie activities include free building workshops with Bricks 4 Kidz using LEGO bricks and motors as well as raffle drawings where viewers can win a DVD of the movie shown. [Read more…]

Photo tour of England at University Place Library, Jan. 22

Please join us for a visual tour of England. Enjoy a photo journal created by a University Place librarian who has spent many years traveling the English countryside. This trip includes walking the Lake District in the north as well as Cornwall, Devon, the New Forest and Dorset in the south. The tour takes place at the University Place Pierce County Library (3609 Market Place W., Suite 100) on Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Free event sponsored by Friends of the University Place Library.

Actor Danny Glover at ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ event at Pantages Theater, Jan. 25

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Acclaimed Hollywood actor Danny Glover will be the featured speaker at the January 25 tribute to the famous “Buffalo Soldiers” who served on the American frontier in the late 1800’s.

Glover has starred in dozens of films over a three decade career to include all four “Lethal Weapon” movies, “Grand Canyon”, “Color Purple”, “Witness”, “Bat 21″ and many more. Glover also produced and starred in the acclaimed cavalry epic “Buffalo Soldiers”.

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TCC to host party for ‘The Open Door’ ebook release

Join the TCC community as they kick-off TCC’s 50th anniversary year with an eBook Release Party (January 22 – 12:30 pm in the Building 11, Senate Room on TCC Campus), featuring author Dale Coleman. Dale will be reading excerpts from his just-completed history of the college, which covers TCC’s 50-year history, as well as the preceding four-year grassroots effort to win funding and approval for the college. [Read more…]