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Stonegate Pizza and Rum at 5421 South Tacoma Way will be holding a suicide prevention and awareness fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 10 with all proceeds going to Out of the Darkness Walks, an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention project held nationwide (https://afsp.org). Enjoy auctions, speakers including Tacoma Weekly’s own advice columnist Barb Rock, 50/50 raffle and live music from Brand X (1 p.m.), Under Control (2:30 p.m.), Chasing Oz (4 p.m.) and Darby Picnic (5:30 p.m.). To contribute with items for the auction, contact Tenlee at tenleebell@hotmail.com.


Come one, come all to a live talent show at the Puyallup Tribal Youth Center (5803 N. Levee Rd. E., Fife) on Friday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m. The evening will be family friendly and include raffles, giveaways and dinner. Those looking to participate in the talent show are asked to please contact Lisa Earl at (253) 389-1403 or Mercedes Haack at (253) 680-5757.



One of the nation’s leading auto transport and moving companies, A1 Auto Transport Inc., is offering a chance for eligible Tacoma students to enter their scholarship programs. These scholarships come in the sum of $250, $500 or $1,000 per year. All participants must be currently enrolled in college, trade school or an accredited university.

Each student who enters must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If eligible, the student must write an essay of 1,000 words or more on any auto transport industry topic that interests them. For example, motorcycle shipping, long distance moving, classic car shipping, international car shipping, and door-to-door delivery services are all relevant topics that students can write about. All essays must be unique and not published anywhere on the Internet.

The deadline for essays is March 10, 2018. Submit your essay along with your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, school name, and phone number to scholarships@a1autotransport.com. A-1’s Scholarship Committee will review all essays and post the ones chosen as winners on their website at the end of March 2018. Winners of the scholarship program are announced on A-1’s website and also notified by e-mail.

To learn more about this amazing opportunity, please check out www.a1autotransport.com/a-1-auto-transport-scholarship.


While many seniors enjoy being able to live independently, the holidays can be a difficult time for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones. In fact, isolated seniors are at greater risk for loneliness, anxiety and depression.

This is why the local Home Instead Senior Care office serving Pierce and South King counties is inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior program.

“Research suggests that feelings of loneliness can have a real effect on both mental and physical health. The holidays are a prime time for many people to feel lonely, and that may be especially true for seniors who cannot travel from their homes or have lost their support network,” said Lois Etienne of the Tacoma Home Instead Senior Care office. “With Be a Santa to a Senior, we are able to bring them some comfort through a nice dinner and thoughtful gift that they might not otherwise receive, but, more importantly, by delivering them with a warm friendly face and kind words reminding them that their community cares about them.”

Providing gifts and companionship at a time when seniors may need it most, the program is made possible through the generous support of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community.

This year, the Tacoma Home Instead Senior Care office has adopted a low-income senior housing community in Puyallup. On Dec. 12, Home Instead will host its Be a Santa to a Senior event, giving residents a festive dinner with music and door prizes. Community members are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by contacting the Tacoma Home Instead Senior Care Office.

“We’re excited to see the program turn into meaningful interactions that can make a real impact on seniors’ quality of life this holiday season,” said Etienne. “We know there are a variety of gift initiatives out there, and are so grateful to have our community come together to support this important cause that will bring some much-needed holiday spirit to many of our senior neighbors.”

For more information about the program, visit www.BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call (253) 231-7391.


Northwest steakhouse El Gaucho has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit targeting violations of employee wage and hour laws, according to lead attorney Darrell Cochran, of Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala.

“We are pleased that El Gaucho acknowledged and agreed to address the problems identified in the lawsuit, so that its employees are being fairly compensated,” Cochran said.

The lawsuit was brought by a former server against El Gaucho and its management group MacKay Restaurant Management Group to correct unlawful wage practices in its Tacoma, Seattle and Bellevue restaurants that are believed to be common in the food industry.
“These employees took a lot of pride in their jobs and in being a part of El Gaucho,” Cochran said. “But the company wasn’t paying overtime correctly.” The lawsuit also alleged that El Gaucho was withholding tips and gave gift cards in lieu of pay.

“At the end of the day, employees were bringing home less money, and, in some cases, workers were making less than minimum wage,” Cochran said.

A Pierce County court granted preliminary approval of the class action settlement. Now, notification will go out to the estimated 400 current and former employees involved in the suit. The settlement covers compensation to the affected employees for the wage and hour violations, unpaid rest and meal breaks, improper tip pool distributions and violations of Washington’s automatic service charge requirements.

“Hardworking employees rely on tips and overtime to make ends meet,” Cochran said. “We are proud that we were able to deliver a settlement that corrects these practices and puts money back in employees’ pockets.”


First Night is Tacoma’s New Year’s Eve festival, an all-ages family-friendly celebration held in downtown Tacoma’s Theater District. The affordable admission price ($10-$15) includes museums, music, art, drama, dance and a whole day and night of activities.

As a volunteer you receive a free button to access the Tacoma Art Museum. Glass Museum, the Children’s Museum, and all the events on First Night.

To make this event possible and successful we need the help of generous volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the event, go to www.firstnighttacoma.org/volunteer to fill out a short form.

Below are the volunteer roles to be filled:

  • Morning set up
  • Will call
  • Button checkers
  • Puppeteers
  • Artist check-in‎
  • Volunteer check-in
  • Iditarace (dog race!!!)
  • Stage management
  • Following morning take-down

The benefits of volunteering include free access to all events on Dec. 31 for yourself and your family, free parking in downtown Tacoma, meeting other like-minded, active people in your community, VIP access to the Green Room for people volunteering day of, and the opportunity to celebrate at the fantastic volunteer-only party in the spring.


Pierce County residents will soon have more safe and convenient ways to clean out their medicine cabinets. The public can comment on the medicine take-back plan until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. The plan is part of the Secure Medicine Return regulation, which aims to address the opioid epidemic, accidental poisonings, and harm to the environment.

Three ways to comment:

  • E-mail securemedreturn@tpchd.org.
  • Online at www.tpchd.org/medicine-return.
  • Regular mail: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Attn: Secure Medicine Disposal, 3629 S. D St., MS 1045, Tacoma, WA 98418.

After the comment period ends, the Health Department will compile a summary of feedback and post it on our website. The Department will consider comments before giving final plan approval. MED-Project—which represents pharmaceutical producers and operates take-back efforts in King and Snohomish counties—will implement the plan within 90 days after approval. The public should expect to see more drop boxes and other convenient ways to dispose of unwanted medicines in spring of 2018. Read the plan at www.tpchd.org/medicine-return.

“We look forward to implementing safe and convenient medicine return for our residents,” said Andy Comstock, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department environmental health program manager. “This comprehensive solution will protect people’s health and the environment,” he said.

In December 2016, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health passed the Secure Medicine Return Regulation to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs like painkillers – which fuel the opioid epidemic – reduce accidental poisoning among children, and prevent harm to the environment when people flush medicines down the toilet or throw them into the garbage. The regulation:

  • requires pharmaceutical producers to fund and operate the take-back plan;
  • drop-off kiosks at hospital, pharmacy, and law enforcement sites;
  • postage-paid envelopes to mail in medicines; and
  • potential collection events.
  • Read more about the regulation at www.tpchd.org/medicine-return.


Monkeyshines began in 2003 when a group of anonymous artists in Tacoma banded together to produce 200 glass balls and medallions emblazoned with the Year of the Monkey stamp. On Chinese New Year 2004, those pieces of artwork were hidden throughout the city to encourage our community members to get out and explore. The artists have been creating glass gifts for 15 years now, and this year, the Year of the Dog, marks the third year of the 12-year Chinese New Year calendar.

Let’s keep Monkeyshines going! With your help, the artists would like to fill Tacoma with glass gifts and be able to hire local artists to produce more than 1,000 pieces of glass.

For every donation of $100 or more, Monkeyshines will thank you with an exclusive 2018 Year of the Dog candle cup. Go to https://tinyurl.com/y73grywh to make a $100 donation to Monkeyshines and receive the cup. The cups are available now for pick-up at Creative Forces in the Hotel Murano Tacoma. Or, you can donate at any level at https://tinyurl.com/y7bmgd9p. Any amount helps these artists create more gifts for the community.

Questions? Contact Ms_Monkey@hotmail.com.

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