Scavenger Hunt and Edible Tour at Organic Farm for Youth Volunteer Event

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LAKEWOOD — Does getting kids to have fun eating vegetables and pulling weeds sound like a cruel joke to you? Not to Emergency Food Network­, which will host Youth Days at its Mother Earth Farm Aug. 16. Participants will take an edible tour, participate in a farm scavenger hunt and volunteer weeding project for the second and final event of the summer.

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Congressman Denny Heck Applauds Confirmation of VA Secretary

Today Congressman Denny Heck, D-Wash., applauded the vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Robert McDonald as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the bipartisan agreement reached for final passage of the Veterans Access to Care Act.

“With his mix of private sector and military experience, I’m encouraged that Secretary McDonald will be the change agent the system needs moving forward,” Heck said. “I hope we can now better prepare for and react swiftly to the changing needs of our veterans.” [Read more...]

Chris Kimball receives 2014 Eagles Club Award

Local, Certified Financial Planner®, Christopher Kimball, recently attended the Money Concepts Financial Planning Congress in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference took place from Monday July 14th through Thursday the 17h and was held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, where Chris received the 2014 Eagles Club award. The conference featured well-known speakers, authors and investment professionals, as well as training opportunities for the attendees. [Read more...]

Letter: Money Made from Smoke and Mirrors

Lakewood is compensated up to $24,875 for its smoke detectors, aka the Lakewood Police Department Community Service Officers (CSO) and one Code Enforcement Officer.

According to a Public Disclosure Requested (PDR) document – the September 27, 2012 contractual agreement between the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) and the City of Lakewood – the City is reimbursed nearly $25,000 for the five members of Lakewood’s Burn Ban Patrol to observe, photograph, document and report those caught violating the air with smoke from chimneys, outdoor fires and even BBQ’s during burn bans. [Read more...]

Breaking Hunger Trap Shooting Tournament Targets Food Insecurity

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LAKEWOOD — Finding fun, fresh, innovative ways to combine people’s passions with their giving is tough in a landscape of golf tournaments and auctions. To accommodate the increase in demand for food at the 60 food banks, meal sites, and shelters that Emergency Food Network (EFN) serves, Board Member Darren Schuldheiss took aim at combining two of his passions: fighting hunger and shooting clay pigeons out of the air.

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What would Rembrandt say? Acclaimed documentary The New Rijksmuseum

TACOMA, WA – The name Oeke Hoogendijk doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue here in Tacoma, but don’t let that deter you from seeing the Dutch director’s acclaimed 2013 documentary The New Rijksmuseum, screening at 2 pm on August 10 at The Grand Cinema at 606 S Fawcett Avenue. This epic tale is a treat for anyone with an interest in art, architecture, film or history. The Grand Cinema has smartly connected the film to local revitalization, introducing the film with a 20-minute presentation by Stephanie A. Stebich, Director of Tacoma Art Museum and Kirsten R. Murray, Principal and Owner at Olson Kundig Architects, about Tacoma Art Museum’s expansion project. Fans will want to plan ahead for the one and only Tacoma showing of this film.

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Family Heritage: Answers to questions you didn’t know you had

By Dee Haviland Fournier, Instructor, Heritage Quest Research Library and Dorothy Wilhelm, Humorist, Confused about her family

Join Dee and Dorothy for “From Hudson’s Bay to Downton Abbey and Beyond” – Dupont August 16. Register below.

Dorothy: Dee, here’s a question a lot of people have asked. Why are you giving this workshop and what’s your experience?

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