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From Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, to an 8.1 magnitude earthquake off Mexico’s south coast, and wildfires burning across the Northwest, these recent disasters serve as a reminder of the necessity of emergency preparedness. And scientists expect the entire Puget Sound region to be hit with a significant earthquake without warning, which could make the Nisqually quake look like a minor trembler.

Pierce County’s Department of Emergency Management, and Aging and Disability Resources, in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, is hosting a free Getting Real About Earthquakes workshop on Oct. 11, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Evergreen State College – Tacoma campus, 1210 6th Ave. in Tacoma. No RSVP is required.

“The recent disasters in Houston and the entire state of Florida are wakeup calls to us all,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Even with advance warning, residents were overwhelmed with the consequences. We live on the edge. Earthquakes don’t give any warning. We have to be prepared at all times.”

Keynote speaker is Bill Steele from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington. Steele has been recently touring the region introducing the ShakeAlert, West Coast Earthquake Early Warning Project (EEW) to businesses, utilities and public agencies. He is also seeking to document how EEW can be used to reduce injuries and economic losses during an earthquake and speed recovery.

In addition to the keynote, a panel discussion will focus on impacts and preparation steps for families, older adults and individuals with disabilities. School staff will also discuss how elementary and secondary schools have prepared for the eventuality of a future earthquake.

For more information call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or 1 (800) 562-0332.


Indigenous People’s Day – Honoring Our Indigenous Women will be held on Monday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. We will begin with honoring and listening to our women speak at the state capital. We will then gather our various Indigenous dancers for our grand entry to Heritage Park. Heritage Park will have an Indigenous art exhibit, family activities, and your choice of Indigenous food vendors.

“I am trying to redefine Indigenous as recognizing all Indigenous people,” said Earth-Feather, Matriarchal Indigenous Sisters and Two-spirit Society (M.I.S.T.S) Sovereign Matriarch. “We all have Indigenous roots somewhere. In reconnecting with our Indigenous roots, we are able to find healing within ourselves and come closer to the earth. Please help and show your support.”

The first proposal to observe Columbus Day as an International Day of Solidarity with the Indigenous People of the Americas was Sept. 20-23, 1977. The very first U.N. Conference with Indigenous Delegates represented more than 60 Indigenous nations from 15 American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, the United States, and Venezuela. The International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas was held at the United Nations office in Geneva.

The local movement to officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Olympia began during the Oct. 14, 2014, City Council meeting. On Aug. 15, 2015, City Council approved the resolution. On Aug. 17, Mayor (Pro Tem) Nathaniel Jones presented the City’s proclamation to a crowd of supporters at an Indigenous Day rally. Olympia joined a growing number of cities in the country to declare the second Monday of October, which is typically observed as Columbus Day, as Indigenous Peoples Day.

This event is still in the planning stages. If you would like to help or support, please contact the Matriarchal Indigenous Sisters and Two-spirit Society (M.I.S.T.S.) at earthfeathersovereign@gmail.com or Noel Parrish at nparrish@live.com. Also visit GoFundMe: gofundme.com/47fdwrc.



To preserve the legacy of renowned Western artist Fred Oldfield, the “Oldfield Show” is hosting its annual art show to benefit the children’s art program. The show will be held Oct. 6, 7 and 8 at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center in the Expo Hall on the Puyallup Fairgrounds. The show features more than 70 of the country’s top artists from the western half of the United States. It’s rare to find such amazing talent under one roof – the artists bring their paintings, carvings, bronze sculptures, stained glass and jewelry to this wonderful family event. This will be the only time this year that the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center will be selling Fred Oldfield originals. Meet the artists, bid in live and silent auctions, enjoy evening receptions. There will be something for everyone. Admission and parking are free. Learn more by calling (253) 752-9708, e-mail foldfield@comcast.net and visit www.fredoldfieldcenter.org.



The Pierce County Council voted unanimously to establish an Outdoor Sports and Recreation Council at the District 2 in-district meeting, chaired by Councilmember Pam Roach.

“Every family likes the outdoors,” said Roach. “And, we will put a special emphasis on those with disabilities to help them enjoy the natural and beautiful surroundings Pierce County has to offer.”

Outdoor recreation supports more than 200,000 jobs in Washington and contributes $1.1 billion annually from bait-to-boat from the recreational fishing industry to our state economy.

The Outdoor Sports and Recreation Council will advise the Pierce County Council as they assure to make it more enjoyable and accessible to the public, and will be comprised of the following organizations and have one designee on the council:

  • Coastal Conservation Association (Fishing)
  • Trout Unlimited (Fishing)
  • Puget Sound Anglers (Fishing)
  • Backcountry Horsemen of Washington (Off-Road Sports)
  • Evergreen Mountain Biking Alliance (Off-Road Sports)
  • Washington ATV Association (Off-Road Sports)
  • Tacoma Sportsmen’s Club (Outdoor Shooting Sports)
  • Washington Waterfowl Association (Outdoor Shooting Sports)
  • Safari Club International (Outdoor Shooting Sports)
  • Mountaineers (Hiking)
  • Washington Trails Association (Hiking)
  • Pacific Northwest Ski Association (Snow Sports)
  • One citizen or association representative of paddlesports

For more information about the Outdoor Sports and Recreation Council please contact Councilmember Pam Roach at (253) 798-2222 or pam.roach@co.pierce.wa.us.

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