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FINAL LISTENING SESSION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING JUNE 7

The City of Tacoma has been working with its community partners to create a comprehensive action strategy on affordable housing. To help inform this process, the City and its community partners have organized a series of Community Listening Sessions to understand community members’ experiences surrounding this issue.

In partnership with the South Tacoma Neighborhood Council and the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, the City invites community members to attend its final Community Listening Session on Thursday, June 7, 6-8 p.m. at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way.

Questions or requests for special accommodations relating to this event may be directed to Carol Wolfe at cwolfe@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5384.
More information regarding the City’s efforts to develop a comprehensive action strategy on affordable housing, as well as an online community survey, is available at cityoftacoma.org/affordablehousingstrategy. More information about the City’s progress toward its Tacoma2025 goals is available on the Results253 page at data.cityoftacoma.org.

TWO MAGELLANIC PENGUIN CHICKS HATCH AT ZOO

“Pink” and “Red” now have two hungry mouths to feed.

The Magellanic penguin parents, known by the colors of the bands on their wings, welcomed two chicks in their burrow at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium earlier this week.

Zookeepers and a veterinarian gave them their well-chick examinations. Zoo head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf carefully examined each chick for overall body condition and energy and hydration levels to assess their health. 

“They look healthy and in good condition and were very active during their physical examinations,” said Wolf.

The chick hatched on May 21 weighed 5.4 ounces, and the chick hatched on May 22 weighed 4.3 ounces, Wolf said.

“Pink and Red are very attentive parents,” said staff biologist Amanda Shaffer. The parents take turns brooding the chicks, keeping them warm with a special patch on their abdomen that allows the chicks contact with their skin, Shaffer said.

The new little family of four is on exhibit in the Penguin Point habitat at the zoo, but spotting the chicks will take patience. They’re safely hidden under one of the parents while they’re being kept warm during the day, coming out occasionally for feeding. The parents feed the chicks a slurry of regurgitated fish after the adults have eaten herring and capelin.

Parents incubate the eggs in shifts. They generally hatch between 38 and 42 days after they’re laid.
The hatchings are a result of a breeding recommendation through the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Magellanic penguins.

Four of the nine penguins at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium were rescued after washing ashore in South America, nursed back to health at a rehabilitation facility and found a home in Tacoma. Four penguins were hatched here and one was hatched at Blank Park Zoo in Iowa.

The medium-sized penguins, native to the South American shores of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil, are listed as near-threatened on the IUCN Red List, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature compiles to indicate the status of various species whose numbers are drastically dwindling in the wild

Penguins are threatened in the wild by a number of factors, including the proliferation of plastics in the ocean, spills of oil and other hazardous materials, and overfishing.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information about the zoo, go to www.pdza.org.

LIBRARY HOSTS COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Tacoma Public Library is hosting the first of several conversations with people from our community. Each one is a chance for us to better understand people’s aspirations for our community, the concerns you have and what you believe might make a difference in strengthening the community. We’ll take what we learn from these conversations and use it to help make our work in the community more effective.

We can’t promise the conversation will lead to a new program or policy. We pledge to get back to you with what we learned and let you know how we’ll use what we heard.

Come and be involved in your community’s conversation at one of these dates/times/locations (more to be scheduled throughout the summer and fall):

  • 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 – Bates Central Campus – 2320 S. 19th St. – (free parking in visitor or student spaces for this event.)
  • 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 27 – Associated Ministries – 901 S. 13th St.

Heavy appetizers will be served at each event. Thank you to our community partners Bates Technical College and Associated Ministries for providing the meeting space.

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