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LOCAL EVENTS TO CLOSE ROADS

Please note the anticipated event-related road closures expected around Tacoma through Sunday, June 24:
On Saturday, June 23, the Matador Hola Summer Block Party will close South 8th Street between Pacific Avenue and Court A from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
On Sunday, June 24, the Tacoma Proctor Criterium Bike Race event will close North 26th and North 27th streets between North Madison, North Proctor, North Adams and North Washington streets from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ongoing:

The Broadway Farmers Market closes Broadway from South 9th to South 11th streets every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Proctor Farmers Market closes North 27th from North Proctor to North Madison streets every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closures may change as a result of weather, event alterations and other unexpected circumstances. For more information on Pierce Transit bus routes affected by event road closures, visit piercetransit.org.
To get event-related road closure updates, visit cityoftacoma.org/EventRoadClosures and use the “Click to subscribe” link. To access a map of City construction projects with potential traffic impacts visit GovMe.com and click on Large Impact Construction Projects. More information about the City’s progress toward its Tacoma2025 goals is available on the Results253 page at data.cityoftacoma.org.

WILDLIFE FEEDING, SPEEDING CARS TO GET RENEWED ATTENTION 

Metro Parks Tacoma has contracted with Tacoma police to boost patrols in Point Defiance Park this summer. More law enforcement means motorists who exceed the 20 mph speed limit within the park will be ticketed.
“We believe this is necessary to ensure the safety of park visitors, particularly along Five Mile Drive,” said Phedra Redifer, Metro Parks regional parks manager. “All too often, accidents occur when drivers attempt to race through this incredible scenic drive.”
Police also will be on the lookout for people who illegally feed wildlife, such as raccoons and waterfowl. Feeding wild animals endangers both the animals and people who encounter them. It can be costly in financial terms, too; a ticket will come with a fine.
Last summer, the additional police presence resulted in 111 citations and 219 warnings for violations involving speeding, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, seatbelts, smoking, bicycling and wildlife feeding.
Park Ranger Mary Krauszer said most of the people feeding raccoons in Point Defiance Park do so without getting out of their vehicles, which makes it difficult for her to intervene.
Initially, the police will issue warnings to people caught feeding wildlife. But after a short grace period, citations will be issued. A similar campaign in 2012 proved successful. But since then, wildlife feeding – especially of raccoons – again has become a big problem, Krauszer said.
“People may mean well, but they probably don’t realize that feeding actually does more harm than good,” Krauszer said. “The animals’ behavior changes. They stay active during the day even though raccoons are nocturnal. They learn to approach humans for food – and they can be aggressive.”
Raccoons frequently bite people who are feeding them. Raccoon bites can cause very serious injury and can lead to medical evaluation for rabies post exposure treatment. Children can pick up roundworms through exposure to raccoon feces; leptospirosis in raccoon urine contaminates water and soil where kids may play.
Add to those risks the dangers of raccoons getting too close to moving cars. Krauszer has observed the results, which often are deadly for raccoons. Krauszer also noted that the food people tend to give them – dog food, cat food and French fries – amounts to raccoon junk food.
“Wild raccoons can easily forage for themselves and stay healthier doing so,” she said. “They are not starving.”
To learn more, visit MetroParksTacoma.org/wildlife.

NORTH SHORE GOLF COURSE UNDERGOES MULTIPHASE RENOVATION

North Shore Golf Course, celebrating more than 55 years in historic northeast Tacoma, is undergoing a multiphase renovation that will further enhance the guest experience and provide additional space for local community events. The renovation will result in a new golf shop, driving range shelter and clubhouse and a large event center which will complement the existing golf course, chipping green and two putting greens. The golf course will remain open throughout the summer, and course and clubhouse operations will not be affected during the process.
The first phase of the project is underway and will be completed in October 2018. During this time, a new and relocated golf shop and covered driving range will be constructed, and the existing structures will be removed. The new, 1,123-square-foot golf shop will provide expanded guest services including a golfer check-in and pro desk, as well as retail merchandise displays and a beverage counter. The shop’s new location will allow for more efficient day-to-day operations and relocated cart paths will create more convenient connections between the golf shop, driving range and No. 1 tee. An additional parking lot and the relocation of the putting green will allow for the course to remain open throughout construction.
The second phase will include the construction of a new 15,046-square-foot clubhouse, boasting beautiful Northwest architectural design elements. The clubhouse will have a grand foyer where guests can admire the expansive views of the golf course, along with a restaurant and lounge with outdoor seating and concrete fire pits for golfers to enjoy before or after a round at the course. A new event center including a ballroom with multiple sections will provide dynamic and multi-use meetings, weddings and private event space that can accommodate groups of up to 300 people. This addition will more than double the amount of meeting and event space currently available and make North Shore Golf Course a premier venue for a variety of gatherings.
“We are looking forward to the robust, exciting changes coming to North Shore Golf Course,” said General Manager David Wetli. “Our expanded golf shop and new clubhouse will greatly enhance our guests’ experiences and provide more opportunities for connection among the golfing community. The event center will allow us to welcome even more new guests to North Shore, expanding our capabilities not only as a fun and challenging golf course, but a new event venue in Pierce County.”
The Tacoma-based team behind this renovation project consists of North Shore Golf Course owners, the Puyallup Tribe and Marine View Ventures; general contractor, Korsmo Construction; and lead architect, Helix Design Group. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2019.

FEAR NOT, GARDENERS – TAGRO WILL RETURN

The city’s TAGRO facility closed for members of the public to pick up loads of the plant-loving material earlier this month because too many people were demanding it.
“Once again, demand surpassed supply,” said Biosolids Supervisor Dan Eberhardt. “We are hoping to have enough on hand to reopen the first part of July. Part of the shortage can be attributed to our record setting weather in May… when the sun shines people love to garden.”
TAGRO, short for “Tacoma Grow,” is the city’s award-winning, environmentally friendly and EPA-approved fertilizer and plant food for landscaping, vegetables and indoor container gardens made from a blend of pasteurized wastewater byproducts and other weed-free gardening components. Specifically, TAGRO is a nutrient-rich and “soil-less” blend of Tacoma biosolids, maple sawdust and aged bark.
Vegetables and flowers grown with virtually odor-free TAGRO have earned more than 120 ribbons at the Puyallup Fair since 1992, while the city’s biosolids program has received national awards, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s first place award for the best biosolids program in the country.

COUNTY OFFERS FREE SOUNDGRO FERTILIZER

For a limited time, Pierce County is offering free one-ton totes of SoundGRO fertilizer while supplies last. Orders must be placed at piercecountywa.gov/SoundGRO and must be picked up at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, 10311 Chambers Creek Rd. W. in University Place. Directions with pick-up instructions are included when an order is confirmed. Summer order pick-up hours are 6:30-11:30 a.m. and noon to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday by appointment only. SoundGRO is sold in full ton increments only with no limit while supplies last.
SoundGRO 5-5-0 fertilizer is a nutrient rich, slow-release, biosolids-based formula that promotes plant growth and enhances soil structure and quality. SoundGRO is well suited to home use in landscaped areas and gardens, and in agricultural and commercial applications. For recommendations on application rates, visit piercecountywa.gov/3134/Home-Users-Guide.
Made at the treatment plant, SoundGRO is an award-winning product that meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rigorous Class A “Exceptional Quality” standards for biosolids safety.
Visit piercecountywa.gov/SoundGRO to learn more about SoundGRO.

BATES STUDENT WINS LEADERSHIP AWARD

Bates Technical College student Sophia Tran received the Dennis Seinfeld Emerging Leader award at a City Club of Tacoma dinner meeting on June 6.
The annual award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the qualities and values of leadership, but is not yet recognized as an established leader in the community. Tran, a student in the college’s computer networking systems technician program, demonstrated her leadership skills as an active member of the community and Associated Student Government.
Manager of Student Activities Juliette Kern wrote in her nomination form that Tran is an “exemplary student, passionate leader, eager to step up for her community, and is not afraid to tell her story. She is highly intelligent, and goes above and beyond in terms of what is expected.”
A single mother and a full-time student, Tran joined a college council in an effort to advocate for her fellow students when she saw a need in her classroom that was affecting her peers. “The council created a taskforce to address the need, and Sophia volunteered to co-lead the taskforce,” said Kern.
In addition to exercising her leadership skills at college, the 4.0 GPA student has a long list of volunteer activities. Tran volunteered at the YMCA; served as president of her high school DECA chapter and of the Bremerton Junior High Multicultural Club; participated in a planning committee for a human rights rally; initiated a community newsletter; and volunteered at the non-profit organization Washington Very Special Arts, which provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities.
Tran will add the City Club of Tacoma award to her collection, which includes the U.S. President’s Education Award for Academic Excellence, the City of Bremerton’s Student of the Month award, and a Project Hope Boys and Girls Club award. She was a nominee for the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Diversity Makes a Difference award.
The Dennis Seinfeld Emerging Leader award originated in memory of the late civic-minded Tacoma attorney, who was a founding City Club of Tacoma member and the club’s second president.
To learn more about City Club of Tacoma, go to cityclubtacoma.org. To learn more about Bates Technical College, go to bates.ctc.edu, or call (253) 680-7000.

LOCAL STUDENTS RANK NATIONALLY IN SPANISH EXAM

Steilacoom High School students ranked nationally in the National Spanish Exam, administered by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Students who ranked nationally were recognized for their Honorable Mention, Bronze, Silver, or Gold performances on this national exam.
The National Spanish Examinations are standards-based assessments that evaluate both content and performance over various levels of secondary instruction.
Steilacoom High Schools students who ranked nationally are:
Honorable Mention recipients in Spanish 2: Franco Begonia, Sean Craine, Lindzie-Noelani Credo, Payson Danielson, Louise Gado, Isabella Harris, Alaina LeCompte, Aaron Mitchell, Joshua Reyes, Rosa Rosales, Connor Shoup; Spanish 3: Connor Beane, Andrew Cherry, Miranda Corey, Ruben Gabriel, Leila-Rizelle Gonzalez, Serenity Hammons, Samuel Klingbeil, Cassandra Locke, Janae Long, Inayah Raheem, and Sydney Sherwood. Spanish 4: Noah Burlingame, Virginia Davidson, Victoria Shepard, Rose Williamson, and Yamile Gonzalez.
Bronze Medal recipients are Spanish 2: Allison Stevens and Spanish 3: Halley Sherwood
Silver Medalists are Spanish 3: Michaela Stabnow and Spanish 4: Olivia Woo
Gold Medalist in Spanish 2: Jace Snedecor
All are students of Loriann Williams.

HOMESPUN HAPPY HOUR TAKES DIY BACK IN TIME

Join Fort Nisqually this summer for three evenings of “make and take” 19th century crafts alongside beer, wine and cocktails.
Homespun Happy Hour – at 6 p.m. on June 29, July 27 and Aug. 24 only – is a chance to try your hand at scrimshaw, candle making, leatherwork, tinsmithing, felting, and more. There will be a cash bar, food truck, and live music to set the mood.
“We wanted to give folks an opportunity to spend time in this unique space and learn our history by doing,” said event coordinator Allison Campbell. “We hope people will bring some friends, enjoy a beverage, explore the museum’s historic buildings, and make something cool to take home.”
Different crafts will be offered at each event, and people are encouraged to attend all three. The cash bar will feature beer by ENine, cider from Nashi Orchards, wine and a cocktail collaboration between Chamber’s Bay Distillery and Bona Fide Potents. All exhibits at the museum will be open, and interpreters in period clothes will be present to answer questions and demonstrate skills like blacksmithing and rope making, and cooks in the fort’s kitchen will offer samples of 19th century goodies baked on an 1850s cast iron stove.
Homespun Happy Hour is sponsored by Columbia Bank. Proceeds from these events support the education mission of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.
The museum is located at 5400 N. Pearl St., inside Point Defiance Park. Admission to Homespun Happy Hour is $20 (includes “make and take” crafts), ages 21+ only. To purchase online, go to eventbrite.com/e/homespun-happy-hour-tickets-45488340852.

HUMANE SOCIETY NAMES NEW CEO

Following an extensive search, the Board of Directors of The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County (THS) is proud to announce Stuart Earley as the new CEO beginning June 18. Earley is an exceptionally talented and renowned animal welfare leader, who is eager to address the extraordinary opportunities and exciting challenges of this 130-year-old organization.
Earley has achieved significant results in rescuing and rehoming animals for more than 20 years and is recognized as a leader/shaper among peer organizations throughout the UK. He has a shining record of advancing animal welfare, which has been documented by major international and established trade media such as BBC News, The Herald, The Independent, and more. “The Board of Directors is excited to partner with Mr. Earley as we articulate and refine our strategic direction for programming and future accomplishments” Amanda Loewen, Board President.
Prior to taking the leadership position with THS, Earley served the (SSPCA) for 13 years, improving operational performance over 150 percent, raising more money than the previous 167 years the charity existed and led 360 staff operating from 14 shelters with a fleet of over 140 animal ambulances.
“Stuart was an exceptional candidate, head and shoulders above the rest. With Stuarts skills and talent in organizational structure, financial sustainability, passion for animals and broad vision, he made our organization a success story,” said SSPCA Board Chairman Alistair Lawrie.

HUMANE SOCIETY HAS TOO MANY KITTIES

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County is celebrating Adopt-A-Cat Month this June.
This month marks the height of “kitten season,” when almost 2,000 young kittens are brought into the Society. This feline population increase has filled the Society with cats and kittens who need a forever home.
In the spirit of Adopt a Cat Month and to make room for these kittens, all adult cats are 50 percent off through Saturday, June 30. You can come in and get your own “fat” cat for half the “pounds!”
The Society is located at 2608 Center St, Tacoma. Call (253) 383-2733.

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