MEET THE AUTHOR
On Sept. 24 at Destiny City Comics (218 St Helens Ave.), meet up at the comic shop after hours to discuss Marvel’s hilarious new hit “Gwenpool” by Christopher Hastings (the Adventures of Dr. McNinja) and Gurihiru (Avatar the Last Airbender). At 7:30 p.m., comic book fans will be joined by the author via Skype. He will answer questions about the book. For information visit the Destiny City Comics Facebook page and click “events.” The book is available at a discounted book club selection price.
VAL KILMER AS MARK TWAIN
Val Kilmer will appear in person to introduce the screening of his one-man play about Mark Twain. “Citizen Twain” has sold out venues throughout Los Angeles. Val Kilmer will be at Tacoma Comedy Club on Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. to present a special film screening of the play, as well as a Q&A afterward, for one night only. Visit tacomacomedyclub.com for details and tickets.
The 9th Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count is open for volunteer registration. Join residents across Tacoma to count people using active modes of transportation. Data collected by volunteers helps local agencies estimate demand and benefits of bicycle and pedestrian investments, and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. Previous years’ count data can be found on the Washington State Department of Transportation data portal. This year’s count will take place on Sept. 26, 27 and/or 28. Volunteers can choose a two-hour morning shift (7-9 a.m.) or an evening shift (4-6 p.m.). There are plenty of volunteer opportunities in the Tacoma area. To sign up, go to wsdot.wa.gov/bike/count.
PERSHING’S LAST PATRIOT
Hear the incredible true story of Frank Buckles, the very last American witness to WWI. Frank Woodruff Buckles was a farm boy, hero of two wars, lifelong advocate for a National World War I Memorial and last surviving U.S. veteran of the Great War. He passed away at age 110 in 2011. A free showing of a documentary on Buckles, “Pershing’s Last Patriot,” will take place at Lakewood Pierce County Library Meeting Room from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 26. The discussion following movie will be led by Alan Archambault, military historian. Info: lakewoodhistorical.org.
In this Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. watercolor session with Chandler Woodfin, you will learn how to work abstractly from the real objects that inspire you. Study color theory, learn how to mix paint correctly, understand paint application techniques, and practice loosening up. This class is for painters of all levels who wish to try their hand at a more expressive technique. Working abstractly considers the same principles as working realistically – color, shape composition, intention, form. It just takes away the representational elements. Come to Minka Tacoma (821 Pacific Ave.) ready to experiment. Cost: $30. Contact Woodfin at firstname.lastname@example.org.