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DENTISTS TEAM UP FOR ‘A DAY OF SMILES’

Dentists in the Pierce County region are joining together in September to support improved oral health for the South Sound community. The Pierce County Dental Society Foundation is encouraging dentists and other dental professionals to make a donation equal to one day’s worth of dentistry in support of the Pierce County Dental Foundation Endowment. The group’s goal is to raise $1 million that will be used to help bring oral health services to those in need. A Day of Smiles takes place from Sept. 17-21 at dental offices across Pierce County. To learn more, visit www.pcdentists.org.

 

WOMEN AND GIRLS WORKING ON BIKES, BUILDING COMMUNITY

2nd Cycle, 1205 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, is a community bike shop that aims to educate and advocate for all people riding bikes in the Hilltop/Tacoma area through knowledge, shared workspace, literature, repair classes, youth programs, and community events. Every first and third Friday from 5-9 p.m., 2nd Cycle extends its hours of operation for “Ladies Night.” This event aims to provide space exclusive to women and girls who want to work on and learn more about bicycles. Ladies night is a drop-in style event that invites participants to show up whenever they like, and leave whenever they like.
At every ladies night, there is an offered “fix a flat” demonstration along with a more specific rotating demonstration that changes monthly. Topics covered include brake adjustments, gear adjustments, bearing system overhauls, how to clean and care for your bike and more!
On Sept. 21, ladies night will be hosting a special “fall in love with bikes” celebration to welcome in the change of season with all things bicycles. This month the focus will be drivetrain cleaning, wear inspection, maintenance, and replacement. Aiming to keep all the components that help move you and your bike forward in good health. There will be bike swag giveaways (multi-tools, patch kits, clothing, and more) along with healthy snacks offered to the women and girls attending.
All ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend. Bring your bike if you have one, or bring yourself and your curiosity if you don’t.
See more about 2nd Cycle on their Facebook page.

 

TASK FORCE 1 DEPLOYS FOR HAWAII

Washington Task Force 1 (WA-TF1) is deploying to Hawaii in support of Hurricane Olivia. On Sept. 8, 35 members of WA-TF1 departed from Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

WA-TF1 is a specially trained and equipped Urban Search and Rescue Task Force consisting of 26 participating agencies from three primary jurisdictions: Seattle Fire, King County, and Pierce County. Learn more about Task Force by visiting the WA-TF1 website www.piercecountywa.gov/2889/Urban-Search-Rescue.

Pierce County Emergency Management (PCEM) staff facilitated the check-in and deployment processes at the Pierce County Emergency Management/Urban Search & Rescue warehouse in Tacoma.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING TAKES TO THE WATER

The Washington State Parks Boating Program is hosting on-the-water vessel operator training for marine law enforce personnel this month in Tacoma.

From Sept. 24 to 27, in the afternoons, boaters and the public can expect to see up to 15 law enforcement officers in vessels training on Commencement Bay. Training will include practice drills, stops, pursuits and shadowing techniques. The Boating Program requests that other boaters in the area avoid the vessels during these training sessions.

During the 30th annual Enhanced Vessel Operators Course, nearly 30 marine law enforcement officers from all around the state will participate in continuing education and training, share information and learn new technologies to help improve public safety on marine and fresh waters.

State Parks rangers, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police and local law enforcement authorities enforce Washington State’s boating laws. Each year, the Boating Program conducts more than a dozen on-the-water and in-class trainings on topics such as enforcing boating laws and conducting search-and-rescue operation.

For more information about the training course and the activities on the water, contact Hoyle Hodges, Boating Program Marine Law Enforcement Coordinator, (360) 701-3512 (mobile), hoyle.hodges@parks.wa.gov.

 

HAVE YOU TAKEN THE ‘TREE TEST’ YET?

(Hint: It’s not about trees!)

Help test the Metro Parks Tacoma website from the comfort of your easy chair. Metro Parks is working to redesign its website navigation to match user expectations and make it easier to find the content you are looking for. Please take 5 to 10 minutes to help Metro Parks understand where you would expect to find content on the website.

Just go to https://r6g5l3c8.optimalworkshop.com/treejack/n6062ey8 and follow the prompts. You’ll be walked through a series of tasks to test whether Metro Parks’ website navigation leads you to the right information.

 

PUBLIC EVENT UNVEILS THEATER DISTRICT CONCEPTS

After gathering public feedback for the past year, the TRANSFORM plan proposes new development in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. The final design concept was unveiled at a public event on Sept. 13 at Theater Square.

The TRANSFORM project set out to reimagine the public spaces in the Theater District by addressing the needs of residents, transit riders, and seekers of exciting cultural experiences. To engage the community, Spaceworks Tacoma worked in partnership with artists and musicians, circus and drag performers, muralists, writers and community organizers. Together they illustrated future uses of indoor and outdoor spaces in in the district.

TRANSFORM has supported several creative interventions: Tacoma’s Theater District Art Walk (September 2017), Creative Colloquy’s Theater District written Word Event (February 2018), Transform Intermissions and Sidewalk Circus (April 2018), Artistic License DEPT. (April 2018), and the Center for the Lost and Found (June 2018).

These events spurred activity and invited the public to imagine and comment on different possibilities in the district. After a year of collecting community feedback the final concepts will be presented to the public for final comment.

Join the TRANSFORM finale, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m., which will include free entertainment by local jazz band The Happy Sinners and drag queen Delyla Dalyte. “Sister Act” begins at 7 p.m. Tacoma Strong will also provide real-time media support on Facebook Live. RSVP on Spaceworks Tacoma’s event page at www.facebook.com/events/266228557339540.

In 2017, Pierce TransitCity of Tacoma and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts initiated TRANSFORM to revitalize Tacoma’s Theater District. These three project partners are committed to working with the community to explore how they can improve the design, function, and programming of public spaces and streets in the Theater District, the transportation and cultural hub framed by 9th and 11th Streets between Broadway and Pacific Avenue. Learn more about TRANSFORM development process at www.tacomatheaterdistrict.com/transform-project-overview.

 

GOT MEDICARE QUESTIONS? GET ANSWERS AT THE LIBRARY

Medicare’s intricacies can often be overwhelming and confusing. Learn how to maneuver and get the most out of Medicare from the Sound Outreach and the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors at an All Things Medicare program with the Pierce County Library System.

The fall events are an ideal time for those turning 65 or making changes to their plan to learn about the service before Medicare’s open enrollment period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7).

Upcoming events:

Call Sound Outreach at (253) 596-0918 to register; walk-ins also welcome. For more information about these and other events at Pierce County Library System, visit www.piercecountylibrary.org.

 

PARENTS: MAKE MONEY SELLING CHILDRENS’ UNWANTED CLOTHES

What parent wouldn’t want to make $250 or more in just five days? What if they could clear the clutter and stock their children’s closets at a fraction of retail prices? It might sound too good to be true, but it’s not! Would you like to share our unique event with your readers?
Rhea Lana’s of Tacoma children’s consignment is preparing now for its fifth pop-up sale, Sept. 16-20 at 2310 84th St. S., Lakewood.
We’re currently inviting families to sign-up with us to sell their gently used, high quality children’s clothing, toys, books, furniture, baby equipment, maternity items and more. These consignors will earn 70-80 percent in return, the highest payout in the industry. Our average consignor earns more than $250.
Our highly organized, retail-like setting offers shoppers the opportunity to peruse name brand merchandise and find bargain deals that can help stretch their family budgets.

Visit https://tacoma.rhealana.com to learn more.

 

FALLS PREVENTION EVENT HIGHLIGHTS AWARENESS, ACTION

Falls are the scourge of aging. They can result in minor sprains and bruises or cause major bone breaks. They can even result in hospitalization or death. As the number of seniors continues to grow, the number of fall-related injuries continues to increase.

September is National Fall Prevention Month and the Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition is sponsoring an event to raise awareness about fall-related injuries among older adults. The 2018 Pierce County Falls Prevention Day observance will be held Monday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lakewood Family YMCA, located at 9715 Lakewood Dr. SW.

The event will provide practical information about the causes of falls among seniors and how to reduce their risk of injury. Participants will receive fall risk assessments, balance testing and blood pressure checks. The Pacific Lutheran University Department of Kinesiology will be on hand to provide individual fall prevention screenings. Information about vision testing, prescription drug side effects, hearing problems, foot care and how to make your home a safer place will also be available.

“A single fall is not always a sign of a major problem,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Recurrent falls – two or more falls in a six-month period – may have treatable causes. This should be considered a warning that something more significant might be going on and a discussion with a health care provider may be in order. We hope this event will provide an opportunity for seniors to take a good look at their situation before something serious happens and they become a statistic.”

The numbers are staggering. One in three Washington residents over age 65 fall each year. In 2016, 887 seniors died from falls and fall-related injuries, more than double the 393 who died in 2000. Twenty-five percent of all fall-related hospitalizations for people over age 65 have a diagnosis of dementia.

The 2018 Pierce County Fall Prevention Day will discuss tips and tools to help avoid falls and the catastrophic consequences that can be associated with them. Many community centers now offer specialized strength and balance programs such as SAIL – Stay Active and Independent for Life – which help seniors prevent falls.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For more information about fall prevention call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

 

COLLEGE HOUSING PROGRAMS NAMED IN TOP 25

The Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has named Tacoma Housing Authority and Tacoma Community College’s College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) as one of the “Top 25 Innovations in American Government for 2018.”

Started in 2014, the THA-TCC CHAP provides rental assistance for up to 150 TCC students per year who experience homelessness or who are at serious risk of homelessness. Most students in the program are parents. The program supports them with rental assistance for up to three years or until graduation, whichever comes first. To qualify, they must demonstrate adequate progress toward a degree. The joint program accepts applications each year, and when accepted, students receive on-campus support to ensure they successfully find housing and are on track with college. The program also extends to TCC students who begin their studies while in prison, and who come to campus to continue their studies. Most are mothers reuniting with children, and often, face the toughest housing challenges. This partnership supports some of the most vulnerable students in our community, and its results have been positive for the students and the community.

The TCC general student population, in comparison to the student population at other colleges, is older, more likely to be the first in the family to attend college, more likely to be low-income, more likely to be working and more likely to be parents. TCC welcomes these students warmly. A TCC degree is transformational in their lives and is a major milestone to adult prosperity.

Yet a growing number of enrolled TCC students are homeless. In 2014, TCC surveyed its students. At the time, 100 students reported that they were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Students experiencing homelessness are much less likely to finish college.

“A college can offer wonderful programs and support services, but if students don’t have a place to go home to at night, chances are they won’t be finishing their programs,” said TCC Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Chikwinya. “CHAP gives students who are among the most likely to drop out a way to stay and finish.”

That data prompted the TCC and THA partnership. They began with a pilot cohort of 47 homeless TCC students, 76 percent of whom were parents. THA provided them with rental assistance. TCC provided the on-campus support. TCC and THA then tracked metrics for the next two years for the cohort and for another 100 homeless students who applied for assistance but did not fit in the cohort. The results were very encouraging:

  • Retention and Graduation Rates: 60 percentof pilot cohort students graduated or remained enrolled; in comparison only 16 percent of the other homeless or near-homeless students remained enrolled in school.
  • Grade Point Average: The cohort students earned an average05 GPA, higher than the overall TCC GPA of 2.97.

The CHAP is one of 15 initiatives in THA’s Education Project. This project seeks to spend housing dollars, not just to house people, but also to get two other things done: to help them succeed as “parents, students, wage earners and builders of assets”; and to help public schools and colleges, like TCC, educate low-income students.

 

PIERCE TRANSIT UNVEILS ALL-ELECTRIC BUSES

In late 2015, Pierce Transit received a $2.55 million federal “Low-No” grant that allowed the agency to purchase three electric buses and related infrastructure. Those buses are now built and being prepared to run on routes around Pierce County starting in mid-October.

On Sept. 11, the agency held an event for local leaders and transit advocates to unveil the new bus design and explain its features and the agency’s plans to continue building its electric fleet.

Pierce Transit has long been a leader in providing clean, environmentally friendly public transportation. In the 1980s the agency was among the first in the nation to move most of its fleet to running on clean, compressed natural gas. Today 76 percent of Pierce Transit’s bus fleet runs on natural gas, 13 percent are diesel-electric hybrids, 8 percent are diesels and 3 percent run on gas.

The goals of introducing electric buses into Pierce Transit’s fleet are to build on the agency’s commitment to sustainability, and to diversity the fleet in the event of a service disruption related to another bus type. Benefits of all-electric buses include zero emissions, replacing aging diesel buses, meeting “Buy America” standards, 30 percent fewer parts and lower maintenance costs.

 

M/V CHRISTINE ANDERSON DRY DOCK PROJECT BEGINS

The required dry docking of the M/V Christine Anderson, one of Pierce County’s two ferries, will begin Sept. 17and is expected to be complete by Nov. 2. The county’s other ferry, the M/V Steilacoom II, will handle the full schedule.

Puglia Engineering, Inc. is the contractor for the $1.6 million project and will conduct the work at their Bellingham shipyard. The project will include upgrading the navigation equipment, fire sprinkler corrosion prevention and repair, paint touch-up, non-skid surface replacement and passenger door repairs. A full inspection of the vessel will determine other potential work.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requires hull exams twice in a five-year period. Pierce County’s ferries are allowed to conduct one underwater and one dry-dock hull exam every five years. Conducting in-water hull exams reduces costs. The USCG allows underwater exams due to the quality of Pierce County’s maintenance program, vessel build quality, and route on which the ferries operate.

If the M/V Steilacoom II encounters problems while the M/V Christine Anderson is in dry dock, Pierce County has a contingency plan for passenger-only service between Steilacoom and Anderson Island.

Throughout the year, HMS Ferries, Inc., the ferry system’s contracted operator, completes more than 1,100 reoccurring and routine maintenance tasks on each of the ferries.

Visit www.piercecountywa.gov/ferry for more information.

 

VISIT A STATE PARK FOR FREE SEPT. 22

Saturday, Sept. 22, marks the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Washington State Parks invites the public to visit a state park for free on this day. No Discover Pass will be required for day visits. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation.

State Parks free days are in keeping with 2011 legislation that created the Discover Pass, which costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day visit. The pass is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass legislation directed State Parks to designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.

Two more State Parks free days are available in 2018:

  • Sunday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day
  • Friday, Nov. 23: Autumn free day

For more information about NPLD, visit www.neefusa.org/npld. The public is encouraged to follow and participate in the environmental stewardship conversation on social media using the hashtag #NPLD.

 

GAS PRICES INCH UP

Gasoline prices around Tacoma rose half a cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.32 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 271 stations in Tacoma. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.6 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.84 per gallon.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices were 28.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 3.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 2.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 18.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

“Last week saw a brief and fairly tame rise in the national average, brought on mainly by a select few states where gas prices tend to be volatile. Overall, it was a mostly stable week with some up and down movement state-by-state, but now we await the changeover to winter gasoline that happens this Saturday for some relief at the pump,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “While Hurricane Florence may pose fuel-related challenges for areas of the East Coast, there is little to no threat to refineries at this time and is thus unlikely to bring measurable impact to the national average price of gasoline, but could bring supply challenges to several states, depending on levels of evacuations and timing of them. Hurricane season aside, gasoline demand will likely drift lower nearly countrywide, putting some additional downward impact on prices in most communities over the next few weeks.”

 

RELAX, LAUGH AND BE WELL WITH LIBRARY’S COUNTY CONVERSATIONS

Explore the many ways to improve health and wellbeing with the Pierce County Library System’s Pierce County Conversations on self-care. The fall schedule has something for everyone from laughter yoga, meditation, zentangle drawings and bibliotherapy to events just for teens with positive self-care and tools to help de-stress.

With busy, often over-scheduled lives self-care seldom makes it on people’s to do lists. These programs help people find time to laugh, share, and learn new ways to include a little me time to help with their overall lives.

In the fall of 2017, the Pierce County Library launched Pierce County Conversations to spark conversations and engage and empower people in their communities, based upon the public’s request for such a service. These conversations focus on giving people information and a place for discussions with others. The workshops involve hearing from and exchanging with experts on topics, as well as listening and learning with neighbors.

Upcoming events include:

  • Stretch and Sketch: Find focus and creativity by combining yoga and art. Each session starts with yoga led by an instructor, followed by individual and community art-making. Alternating Mondays, 17, Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W. Alternating Wednesdays. Sept. 26, Oct. 10, 24, Nov. 7, 5-6 p.m. at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup.
  • Self-Care for Teens: Bibliotherapy: Find a supportive community by exploring the power of reading, writing and art in a safe space. Wednesday, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 17, 31, 14, 5-6 p.m. at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup. Monday, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.
  • Laughter Yoga: Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders support healing through yogic breath work and childlike play, reducing stress, strengthening the immune system and enhancing creativity. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7-8 p.m.at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place , Suite 100. Friday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-noon at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E., Suite 29. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1-2 p.m. at Summit Pierce County Library, 5107 112th St. E., Tacoma.
  • Tools for Managing Stress: Rebecca DeWaay, PsyD with Mary Bridge Hospital presents healthy ways for teens to manage stress. Monday, Sept. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609Market Place , Suite 100.
  • Author event: Meet author Angela Garbes: Garbes’ book, “Like a Mother: A feminist journey through the science and culture of pregnancy,” speaks about a full-frontal look at everything that happens to a pregnant body. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., Lakewood Pierce County Library,6300 Wildaire Road S.W.

Visit conversations.pcls.us for the full schedule and more information.

 

CANTWELL WORKS TO GIVE TRIBAL LEADERS EQUAL ACCESS TO SOCIAL SECURITY

Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John Thune (R-SD) to correct a long-standing inequity in the Social Security Act that prevents elected tribal leaders from contributing to and accessing Social Security benefits passed the U.S. Senate on Sept. 7 and will head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act would allow tribal governments to “opt-in” to Social Security, pay the related taxes, and receive the retirement program’s benefits.

Tribal populations face significant disadvantages in preparing for retirement. On average, tribal communities earn lower wages and face higher rates of disability than other populations, which limit the future income they can count on from retirement plans.

“Tribal council members in Washington State and throughout the country have dedicated their lives to service and improving their communities,” Senator Cantwell said. “They deserve the same access to Social Security that all other Americans have. I thank my colleagues for working with me to fix this injustice, and I will continue working to achieve retirement security for everyone in Indian Country.”

The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act was also introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Dave Reichert and co-sponsored by Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-1) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6).

The legislation has the support of the National Congress of American Indians, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, the Native American Finance Officers Association, and Washington state tribes.

“No one should be punished by the federal government for serving their community. I have worked on retirement security for a number of years because it is important to encourage our youth to serve our communities. The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act helps to remove barriers to tribal service for our young leaders,” said Muckleshoot Tribal Chair, Virginia Cross. “The Muckleshoot Tribe is grateful to Senator Cantwell, Congressman Reichert, and the entire Washington delegation for championing this bill and helping to resolve a long standing injustice – all Americans should have access to the Social Security system.”

“With this bill, leaders across Indian Country will have long overdue parity with other governmental leaders,” stated Tina Danforth, president of the Native American Finance Officers Association. “Elected tribal leaders will now be able to ‘opt-in’ to the Social Security program, which many Americans rely on for a safety net.”

When the Social Security Act was originally passed in 1935, the program was not made available to state and local officials. Lawmakers assumed that the various state pension systems would address their retirement needs. The law was amended in 1951 to allow states to enter into agreements with the Social Security Administration to allow those state and local employees without coverage to access Social Security, but no provision was made for tribal officials. The IRS later declared that council members’ earnings were ineligible to be contributed to Social Security and thus they would not have access to the program’s benefits.

 

COME ONE, COME ALL TO SALISH SEA DAY OF ACTION

On Saturday, Sept. 15, concerned community members will gather around the region to celebrate our interdependence with the Salish Sea. Currently at profound risk from multiple fossil fuel projects, existing pollution, warming waters, and ocean acidification, the Salish Sea is experiencing plummeting salmon populations and starving orcas – so from Vancouver, B.C. to Olympia WA, 25 communities on both sides of the border are uniting their voices to advocate for protection for the bioregion.

“In the 163 years that settlers have occupied this land, we have seen the nearly complete decimation of land and sea creatures in the Salish Sea bioregion. Those most affected are the killer whales and salmon who are an indicator the health of all the other species. Fossil fuel projects and corporations of all kinds contribute to pollution, to climate change and ocean acidification. Our own sewers empty into the water, along with pesticides and fertilizers. What we do to the water, we do to the land, we do to the people,” says Pamela Bond, who is Snohomish.

“What concerns me about what is going on right now with the Coast Salish Sea is the same thing that has been concerning my people for hundreds of years. It is the disrespect, the utter and complete lack of respect for our brothers and sisters in the sea and for the sea itself. They see it as something disposable,” adds Kayah George, Tsleil-Waututh First Nations member.

Day of Action Sponsors: Protectors of the Salish Sea, Red Line Salish Sea, 350 Seattle, 350 Tacoma, Sierra Club-Cascade Chapter.

Local actions include (on Sept. 15 unless noted otherwise):

Protest Against Cruise Ships and Vigil for Arctic Sea Ice: A family-friendly vigil will be held near the Pier 91 Seattle cruise terminal to highlight how human-caused climate change is impacting the health of the world’s oceans, especially the Arctic – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Kayah George: On Sunday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m., Kayah George shares her teachings during Sunday worship. Woodland Park Presbyterian Church 225 N. 70th St., Seattle WA 98103.

Edmonds Bird Fest: Enjoy a full day of presentations and activities about Northwest birds and their habitat at 180 W. Dayton Street, Edmonds WA 98020, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Pagans, Witches, Earth-Based Ceremony, Salish Sea Day of Action: Dancing, drumming and ceremony to send love to the Salish Sea, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2021 NW 190th St., Shoreline WA 98177.

Tacoma Salish Sea Day of Action: Restore a tidal marsh public space in industrial Port of Tacoma (occupied Puyallup Tribe treaty territory), 2-4 p.m. at 1747 Port of Tacoma Rd., Tacoma WA 98421.

Bellingham Bannering and Teach-In: To raise awareness of the need to protect the Salish Sea from fossil fuel extraction and transport, and call for action in response to missing and murdered indigenous women. Memorial Park (Corner of Connecticut and King) in Bellingham, noon to 3 p.m.

Actions for Orcas: With coastal clean-up and family activities to learn about orca whales. Bayview State Park, Bayview Edison Rd. 10901, Mount Vernon WA 98273, 10:30 a.m.; and

Fay Bainbridge Park, 15466 Sunrise Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, 10:30 a.m.

Rights of Nature for Southern Resident Killer Whales: Gig Harbor residents will show the documentary “Rights of Nature: A Global Movement,” followed by discussion by Legal Rights for the Salish Sea and Earth Law Center about local efforts to obtain rights of nature for SRKW. 10511 Peacock Hill Rd., Gig Harbor, WA 98332, 7 p.m.

Teach-in for Protecting SRKW at Friends of San Juans Annual Meeting: Joined by special guest Senator Kevin Ranker, unite voices to advocate for the SRKW. Shaw Island Community Center, Blind Bay Road, Shaw Island, WA 98286.

North Olympic Peninsula Day of Action: Music with Dana Lyon, speakers and family activities. Pope Marine Park, 1000 Madison St., Port Townsend WA 98368, 2-4 p.m.

Save Our Whales: Experts speak of challenges to archipelago and residents tell stories of arrest while resisting KM pipeline. Pender Island Community Hall, 4418 Bedwell Harbor Rd., Pender Island, BC from 12-2 p.m.

Salt Spring Island Day of Action: Orca pod parade at Fall Festival. In evening, Buckman Coe sings. Centennial Park at 120 Fulford Ganges Rd., Salt Spring Island, BC, 10 a.m.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Awareness: A group of passionate students will inform the community of the irreparable risks of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline extension. Rocky Point Boardwalk, 2800 Block Murray St., Port Moody, BC, 12 p.m.

International Coastal Beach Clean Up: To remove trash from beaches and document the types of debris entering our waterways to inform practical solutions to the global problem of marine trash. All these events are 9:30 a.m. to noon.

 

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