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CITY TO NEGOTIATE WITH DEVELOPER ON OLD CITY HALL

After reviewing proposals from five development groups with ideas for the future of Old City Hall, the City of Tacoma will now move forward on negotiations with one. On Sept. 18, City Manager Elizabeth Pauli informed Tacoma City Council of the selection from Surge Tacoma. The group proposes a mixed-use project with a restaurant and bar on Pacific Avenue, nearly 20,000 square feet of retail space, more than 20,000 square feet of office and shared working space for a technology center and micro apartments on the fifth floor. Pauli said the number of housing units would be between 20 and 30. The rooftop would house restaurants and event space. Eli Moreno is the managing member of Surge Tacoma. The other developers will be notified of this decision. Pauli said the plan is for negotiations to be completed in January.

 

RIALTO THEATER CONTRACT INCREASED

Tacoma City Council has approved an increase in a contract with Korsmo Construction in the amount of $1.25 million for renovations to Rialto Theater and the adjoining Jones Building. This will pay for seating, an orchestral shell, production equipment, donor signage, lobby paint and lobby roof replacement. The contract total is $5.09 million. The money comes from the Performing Arts Fund.

 

HEARING SET ON TENANT RELOCATION ASSISTANCE

A public hearing on the Tenants Rights Code will take place at the Oct. 2 Tacoma City Council meeting. The hearing will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. Discussions have been underway on a relocation assistance fund for low-income tenants forced to move in certain situations. Owners of the property being vacated would provide the funding. Assistance could go to the costs of moving, first and last month’s rent, damage deposits, utility deposits and connection fees and additional rent and utility costs in the new residence for up to one year.

 

NEW PROGRAM OFFERS DISCOUNTS ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities have partnered together to launch the Electric Vehicle Discount Program. Participants could receive a discount of up to $3,000 on the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle at participating dealerships, going on now through the end of November 2018, or while supplies last. Vehicle models included in the program are the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid models, MINI Cooper Countryman plug-in hybrid, Prius Prime, Ford Fusion Energi, and Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid.

This is a pre-negotiated pricing program with local dealerships and vendors to offer discounts on electric vehicles as well as home charging equipment, and electric bicycles. To participate, visit cityoftacoma.org/electricvehiclediscount and sign up for the program using the online form. Once signed up, there is no obligation to participate.

Community members interested in learning the basics can attend a free Electric Vehicle 101 workshop running September through November. The workshops, offered in partnership with the Tacoma Public Library, will help attendees understand how EVs fit their lifestyle and budget, their impact on the environment, the experience of driving and charging an EV, and incentive and financing options. For a full list of workshop dates, visit MyTPU.org.

To view a full list of dealership discount details and to sign up for the program, visit the Electric Vehicle Discount Program page or contact the City’s Sustainability Office at electricvehicles@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5571.

 

COUNTY EXECUTIVE PRESENTS 2019 BUDGET TO COUNCIL

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier presented his proposed 2019 budget to the County Council on Sept. 18. Noting that household income is up, housing starts are up and Pierce County achieved the nation’s largest year-over-year percentage increase in jobs over the last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Executive Dammeier declared that Pierce County “is on the move!”

The 2019 proposed budget includes and extends many of the successful initiatives launched over the last 18 months. Those successes include the nuisance property and code enforcement project that has reduced the time needed to identify problem properties from three months to less than two days.

Dammeier also mentioned the mobile unit that brings behavioral healthcare directly to those that need it. The mobile team has provided 2,400 hours of direct care over the first eight months of this year, allowing first responders and law enforcement to respond to where they are needed most.

An initiative called Open Pierce County provides unprecedented access and transparency to residents about County operations, budgets and results. “Today, the County reports more than 80 different measurable goals to the people who employ us – the residents of Pierce County,” said Dammeier. He noted that over the last six weeks since the Open Pierce County dashboards were launched, the pages have been viewed nearly 6,000 times.

The budget proposed for 2019 aligns with the County’s strategies to create an entrepreneurial climate, foster vibrant communities and operate an effective and efficient government.

As in previous years, public safety is a top priority in 2019 – for both County residents and the law enforcement team that serves and protects them. The budget includes funding for technology such as laser-guided equipment for the SWAT team. The budget also includes funds for school resource officers in partnership with three local school districts.

Dammeier acknowledged the ongoing housing affordability challenges facing County residents. The budget includes funding to increase the supply of affordable housing, taking advantage of the fee waivers under the current code for those at or below 80 percent of median income.

Noting that part of what makes a community vibrant and healthy are great places to play and get exercise, Dammeier discussed upcoming Parks and Recreation projects, including the construction of Cross Park, development of Chambers Creek Canyon Trail and potential ice bumper cars at Sprinker Recreation Center.

Pierce County intends to complete the sale of several surplus County-owned properties in 2019. Selling off real estate no longer needed by the County provides many benefits: new properties are introduced into the economy; construction jobs – and then permanent jobs – are created; the properties begin to generate taxes; and the County can reinvest the revenue from the sales into the buildings the County occupies to do badly needed deferred maintenance.

The challenge of creating the proposed budget, Dammeier noted, is to continue to fuel economic growth while being thoughtful and deliberate to avoid overcommitting the County to unsustainable obligations in future years.

Noting that the County is already starting to see signs of a slowdown in home prices, Dammeier said the County is prudently planning today for the eventual downturn to come at some point. “We are going to do our job well and take care of our taxpayers and our community.”

Dammeier concluded by stating that while strong progress has been made in key areas, there is still much to do. “The 2019 budget as proposed allows the County to make meaningful, sustainable progress for the region’s residents,” he said.

 

PLU TO HOST U.S. SENATE DEBATE

Pacific Lutheran University has been selected to host a 2018 U.S. Senate Debate on Oct. 6 by the Washington State Debate Coalition. PLU was picked as a host site by the Governance Committee from a pool of 19 applicant organizations from around the state, and is working with community partners Bethel School District, Eatonville School District, Franklin Pierce School District and Tacoma Public Schools to host the debate in October.

“Pacific Lutheran University is honored to host a U.S. Senate debate, providing Puget Sound residents an important opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about how they will represent our state’s diverse regions,” said PLU acting president Allan Belton.

Invitations to participate in the debate were sent to Sen. Maria Cantwell and challenger Susan Hutchison at the conclusion of the primaries. Confirmation has been received from Hutchison. The debate, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Karen Hille Phillips Center. Tickets will be distributed in limited numbers to PLU’s student body and community partners, and the remainder will be available to the public on a first-come-first-served basis via the event page at www.eventbrite.com/e/us-senate-debate-at-plu-tickets-49620545387.

Advocates for PLU being considered as a host site included campus figures like Director of Forensics Justin Eckstein, Associate Professor and Chair of Communication and Theatre Amy Young, Associate Vice President of Campus Life Tom Huelsbeck and Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications Lace Smith – people who believe the university has a civic obligation to bring events like this to Parkland and Pierce County.

“Bringing our U.S. senatorial representative to campus is a really good opportunity for PLU and the local community,” Eckstein said. “This part of Pierce County is something of a civics desert, and that lack of access leads to low voter turnout. Community members don’t really have any opportunity to meet with the leadership that represents them.”

The Washington State Debate Coalition, founded by Seattle CityClub in 2016 to bolster the number of high-quality, nonpartisan debates available to the public, echoes that sentiment. With 1,800 debate attendees and more than 1 million television and streaming viewers in its first year, the Coalition has succeeded in making political candidates for public office more accessible to voters.

“When neighborhoods are underrepresented, they lose their voice,” Eckstein said. “By bringing this debate to the area, we’re working to enhance our community.”

 

ROAD CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR SOUTH UNION AVENUE

Starting Sunday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 28, the City of Tacoma’s Street Operations Division will perform nighttime street repairs on South Union Avenue from South 19th Street to the off- and on-ramps north of State Route 16. South Union Avenue will be closed each night from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Detour routes will be in place with local and emergency access allowed.

The repairs will involve grinding and replacing the asphalt on the inside driving lanes in both the north and southbound directions, resulting in a smoother ride and preserved street surface.

All repairs are weather dependent and rescheduling may be required. Notice boards will be on location to notify drivers of the project and will also reflect any necessary changes.

Those with questions or concerns may contact Project Supervisor Rich Barber at rbarber@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5497.

PARENTS INVITED TO FIREARM SAFETY WORKSHOP

A child discharges an unsecured gun, accidentally harming or killing someone every 34 hours in the United States, while 1.7 million children in America live in homes where there are loaded, unsecured firearms. There are more than 500 gun suicides by children in our country each year. Such statistics are a parent’s worst nightmare. How can we keep our kids safe?

Please join us at Saltar’s Point Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in the library for a firearm safety workshop. Co-sponsored by the Steilacoom Historical School District, and Town of Steilacoom Public Safety, this workshop will be led by Chief T.J. Rodriguez, who will focus on preventing the tragedies that occur when unsupervised children gain access to unsecured guns.

Saltar’s Point Elementary School is located at 908 Third St. in Steilacoom.

 

BATES OFFERS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, COLLEGE DEGREE TUITION FREE

With the high school graduation rate hovering at 79 percent in Washington State, there is understandable fear that a segment of our population is at risk of being left behind. In response, Bates Technical High School is offering an innovative program that enables students to earn their high school diploma and a college associate’s degree concurrently and tuition free.
“Traditional high school isn’t the right fit for everyone,” said Peter Hauschka, dean of general education and high school principal at Bates Technical College. “Bates Technical High School is an excellent alternative, an opportunity for self-motivated, hands-on learners who are seeking direct entry into the workforce and those considering technical training as a transfer bridge to a four-year degree.”
Students in the Bates Technical High School program can earn their diploma through several pathways. They can take only college classes that pertain to their desired associate’s degree. Once they complete their associate’s degree, students are also issued a high school diploma. Or, they can take a mixture of college and high school classes from Bates and earn their high school diploma by meeting a traditional credit-based graduation requirement.
To be eligible for the Technical High School program, students must be between 16 and 21 years of age; have earned at least 10 high school credits; meet specific career program entry requirements; and, have a high degree of interest, motivation and dedication to complete the program.
To learn more, visit www.startatbates.me/TechHigh or call (253) 680-7004.

 

NEW PARTNERSHIP MEANS BETTER HEALTHCARE

A new partnership between Pierce County Project Access (PCPA) and Kaiser Permanente means more patients in our county can get the health care they need. Kaiser Permanente granted PCPA $99,500 over two years to support access to healthcare for uninsured and low-income Pierce County residents. PCPA will use these funds for care coordination staff and patient support services such as transportation, prescriptions, and interpreter services. Kaiser Permanente’s support will give many Pierce County residents better access and more affordable care and helps PCPA grow by finding and reaching out to the uninsured who may be unaware of services.
PCPA Director of Development Timm Dowling cultivated this new partnership as part of an increased focus on mobilizing organizations with similar missions to support this important work. Kaiser Permanente is committed to investing in everybody’s health and supporting thriving communities.
The Project Access model was started in the mid-1990s in Asheville, North Carolina by physicians who wanted to address the issue of access to specialty care for the uninsured. PCPA opened in 2009 through the leadership of the Pierce County Medical Society and the support of local hospital and health care systems. To date, there are nearly 700 physicians who participate in the Donated Care network equating to over 3,000 people served and nearly $40 million in care provided. Patients must be a Pierce County resident for at least three months and have income at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. PCPA boasts a less than 1 percent no-show rate for referred patients and an average reduction of emergency room usage by 49 percent. To learn more, visit www.pcprojectaccess.org.

 

PURCHASING FORUM HELPS BUSINESSES WORK WITH GOVERNMENT

Businesses looking to win government contracts have that opportunity at the annual Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum. This free event takes place Thursday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center located on the campus of Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Building 23, in Lakewood.

Participants can learn first-hand how to register and compete for contracts with federal, state, and local government agencies, meet one-on-one with purchasing agents and network with other Pierce County business owners and managers.

Participating agencies include Pierce County, City of Tacoma, Port of Tacoma, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Native PTAC, NAVSUP Fleet Logics Center-Puget Sound, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Naval Facilities Engineering Command NW, Tacoma Public Schools, Pierce Transit, City of Lakewood, Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, Minority Business Development Center-Tacoma Business Center, City of Tacoma Small Business Enterprise Program and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Register online at www.piercecountywa.gov/FormCenter/Economic-Development-9/Greater-Pierce-County-Purchasing-Forum-2-604.

 

LEARN ABOUT TAI CHI AT THE FAIR

Has your doctor suggested that Tai Chi would improve your balance, flexibility, and disposition? Maybe you’ve read that 250 million Americans now practice Tai Chi and find it helpful for controlling stress, anxiety, fatigue, or anger and even migraine headaches. No matter the reason, if you’ve been wondering how to get started with Tai Chi, there’s a great chance to learn about this ancient personal development form and martial art at the Washington State Fair. On Sept. 22, members of the Empty Step Tai Chi Association will demonstrate various aspects of the art, including the Yang Family Form, the Sword Form and Chi Gong, giving audience members a chance to see and try for themselves. Simultaneously, Empty Step members will demonstrate stress-free cooking – easy dishes that are good enough to serve company from ingredients most of us always have on hand.

Tai Chi instructor, Jim Gutterman, whose Bachelor’s Chicken was a hit last year returns with “The Bachelor Wings It” as he demonstrates preparation of party wings. Jim will also lead practitioners and audience members in Sword Form Tai Chi. Empty Step co-founder Steve Allen will be on hand for instruction, to answer questions, and perhaps prepare a surprisingly easy breakfast omelet. KaCe Whitacre will demonstrate easy Tailgate Sandwiches and there are even some retro recipes, like Dump Cake, which was very popular during WWII. It will be demonstrated by a diminutive Tai Chi student who goes by the single name Sachi. She is a clothing designer who, by the way, is 88 years old. Tai Chi is good for everyone. A second dish that was popular in the 40’s and 50’s will be Sunburst Fruit Salad, demonstrated by student Marti Lambert, and instructor Larry Francis will demonstrate a vegetarian entrée, Gobble Good Casserole. There will be tasting samples of all dishes. Newspaper columnist and speaker Dorothy Wilhelm will emcee (she’s not cooking this year). There will be live music by Jazz stylist Cara Francis and Gospel musician John Reed. Not at the same time. All of this is breathtakingly crammed into the two hours between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Home Arts Pavilion. Free with admission to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup.
For more information, call 1 (800) 548-9264 or Tai Chi at the Fair@myemptystep or mail to www.facebook.com/myemptystep.

 

EXPAND YOUR MIND WITH STEM ACTIVITIES AT THE LIBRARY

Learning is more fun when it includes Lego bricks, motors, circuitry, robots and microscopes. Join in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fun at a STEM session at the Pierce County Library System.

Families can build with Lego bricks and motors, engineer marble race tracks with straws and connectors, use microscopes to discover tiny items on slides, teach robots to follow a map, and create circuits without wires.

Upcoming events include:

  • Microsoft Certification Practice Tests and Exams – Take a practice test, have questions answered in person or take the final exam required for Microsoft certification. Practice Test:Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Administrative Center & Library, 3005 112th St. E., Tacoma. Exam: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Administrative Center & Library, 3005 112th St. E., Tacoma.
  • Explore Your World: Copper Chemistry – Learn all about chemical reactions using vinegar to make a tarnished penny bright and shiny again. Best for elementary and middle-schoolers. Ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 3:30 p.m.at Eatonville Pierce County Library, 205 Center St. W.
  • The Curiosity Machine AI Family Challenge: Build a No Wire Circuit – Learn about artificial intelligence (AI) technology and apply AI tools to solve problems. The Curiosity Machine Al Family Challenge invites families to learn about AI technology, and apply Al tools to solve problems in their communities. The Curiosity Machine runs the AI Family Challenge, a program of the STEM education nonprofit Iridescent. Registration required atpiercecountylibrary.org/events. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30-8 p.m. at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma.
  • Marble Run – Learn STEM skills while having fun with a customizable marble run. Explore the concepts of gravity and momentum in custom designs or try to assemble one of the challenge courses. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m.at Buckley Pierce County Library, 123 S. River Ave.
  • Explore Your World: Microscopes – Get a peek of the microscopic world using scopes and slides. Best for elementary and middle-schoolers. Ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m.at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E.
  • Robots forKids! – Play with Ozobots and Bee-Bots, robots designed for kids. Draw a map and find out if the robots can follow it. Recommended for ages 4 to 8; under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m. at DuPont Pierce County Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr.
  • Bricks 4 Kidz: Gadget & Gizmos using Lego Bricks and Motors – Build and experiment with fun motorized inventions using specialized Lego bricks and motors. Ages 6-12. Register online atpiercecountylibrary.org/events. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. at Tillicum Pierce County Library, 14916 Washington Ave. S.W., Lakewood.

Find more information about these and other STEM events at https://calendar.piercecountylibrary.org/events?t=STEM.

 

MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES ACCESS TO IMPROVE IN TACOMA

Humana Medicare Advantage beneficiaries have additional access to two Iora Primary Care practices providing high-impact, relationship based primary care.

Iora Health and Humana’s (NYSE: HUM) value-based relationship is already delivering on the promise to provide a high quality of care and service to older adults in Arizona, Colorado and Washington. This is the fifth consecutive year that Iora Health and Humana have expanded their relationship in Washington.

The new practices mean that Humana Medicare Advantage members in Washington have access to Iora’s six primary care practices. The new and existing practices, operated by Iora Health, will accept all Humana Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (available for people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid) offered in Washington, as well as Original Medicare.

The new practices are located at:

For a list of all Iora Primary Care locations, visit: ioraprimarycare.com.

The new practices provide patients with Humana Medicare Advantage in Washington access to Iora’s model of care that changes the way primary care is delivered. By investing more in preventive care, building robust care teams, focusing on health outcomes, increasing customer service and incorporating proprietary technology built to support this unique care, Iora is leading the charge to transform the industry. Iora Primary Care patients experience:

  • care built on respect and relationships with longer appointments and a team that listens;
  • above average customer service and high levels of satisfaction (in one study, Iora patients reported a Net Promoter Score of86, compared to industry averages of 3). Net Promoter Score measures a person’s willingness to recommend a company (or organization) to others, based on the person’s overall satisfaction with the company or organization;
  • the benefits of an integrated care team including doctors, nurse practitioners, health coaches and behavioral health specialists, among others, who guide patients’ care through the complex health system;
  • convenience, including 24/7 access to health care professionals by phone for urgent needs, same/next day appointments for acute appointments and onsite labs;
  • Iora’s proprietary collaborative care platform, Chirp, is designed so patients can schedule appointments, access their records and communicate directly with their care team electronically; and
  • ease of collaboration with Humana’s deep array of in-network specialists so patients have a coordinated care plan that addresses their needs.

“In the four years that Iora Primary Care has been caring for patients in Washington, we have seen that by investing in relationships with people, you can help them live happier and healthier. Our patients get a team that respects and listens to them, and the investment in relationships has paid off; patients have seen a 50 percent decrease in hospitalizations and a 20 percent decrease in ER visits,” said Carroll Haymon, MD, Washington Medical Director at Iora Primary Care. “We are thrilled to be able to care for more older adults in Washington as a result of our long-lasting partnership with Humana.”

For more information, visit humana.com/provider/support/vbc.

 

FOREST SERVICE HIRING IN WASHINGTON STATE

The USDA Forest Service will be accepting applications for more than 1,000 seasonal spring and summer jobs in Oregon and Washington from now through Oct. 12. Positions are available in multiple fields, including fire, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services, and archaeology.

“Seasonal employment with the Forest Service is a great way to help protect public lands, support local communities, and learn new skills,” said Acting Regional Forester Dianne Guidry. “If you’re interested in working with a dedicated team of people who take pride in managing our national forests, we encourage you to consider joining the Forest Service.”

Applications must be submitted on www.USAJOBS.gov by Oct. 12. Interested applicants are encouraged to create a profile on USAJOBS now to save time once the hiring process begins.

Individuals interested in finding more information about a specific position should contact the National Forest at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/about-region/offices/?cid=stelprdb5341313 where the position is hosted. Most current and upcoming Forest Service job opportunities across the nation can be found online at https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach.

More information about seasonal employment in the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Region can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/jobs.

The Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer. The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

The Pacific Northwest Region consists of 16 national forests, 59 district offices, a national scenic area, and a national grassland comprising 24.7 million acres in Oregon and Washington and employing approximately 3,550 people. To learn more about the Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/r6.

 

NEED HELP CHOOSING THE RIGHT PATH AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?

Thinking about what to do after graduation can be overwhelming. Some will go to college, while others choose to find a job and start exploring careers. Students can explore which path is right for them with the Pierce County Library System’s Life After High School Program (http://jbc.mypcls.org/lifeafterhighschool).

The program helps participants set professional goals, complete career assessments, and prepare for testing and college applications.

“Young adults are asked to make a life-defining choice once they graduate,” said Kayce Austin, a customer experience manager with the Pierce County Library. “Giving them the chance to explore a variety of options takes some of the stress out of the decision, and gives students the guidance to make thoughtful choices for their future.”

Upcoming workshops include:

Plan for Your Educational Future: Meet with Tacoma Community College representatives, no appointment necessary.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 16, 30, Nov. 13, 27, 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 17, 31; Nov. 14, 28, 4-6 p.m.at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 23, 6, 20, Dec. 4, 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 24, Nov. 7, 21, 5, 19, 2-4 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100

FAFSA Workshop: Local financial aid advisors will help attendees navigate the financial aid process and walk through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

ACT/SAT Practice Test: Take a free practice test and receive customized study plans using library resources.

  • Monday, Sept. 24, 4-7 p.m.at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup
  • Practice tests may also be taken online usingHelpNow by BrainFuse and the Testing and Reference Center available for free with a Pierce County Library card.

Application Essay Writing: Bring questions, ideas, notes or a first draft essay. Learn about tips, tricks and library resources available to make essays stand out.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 3-4:30 p.m.at Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6-7:30 p.m.at Buckley Pierce County Library, 123 S. River Ave.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.
  • Monday, Dec. 3, 4-5:30 p.m.at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup

Find out more about Life After High School tools and classes at lahs.pcls.us.

 

ALZHEIMER’S CONFERENCE OFFERS HOPE, SUPPORT

Alzheimer’s disease was discovered in 1901 by a German psychiatrist and has grown to affect 5.7 million Americans, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. There are no answers to the cause and no effective long-term treatments are available. It kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Alzheimer’s has affected 44 million people worldwide and statistics show one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

The 2018 Pierce County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference is provided for caregivers, family members and friends of individuals who experience Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The event will offer practical information, tools and support to aid in their care of a loved one.

Dr. Mimi Pattison, MD, will be the keynote speaker and present “Recognizing Your Strengths While Making Hard Decisions.” Dr. Pattison, an engaging and inspiring speaker, is the Regional Medical Director for CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in Tacoma. Her keynote presentation will include practical tips for all caregivers.

In addition to the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of breakout sessions with topics such as managing challenging behaviors, physical movement and balance, interactive activities and legal issues. A special interactive forum will end the day as individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers share their experiences and engage in discussion with the audience.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that varies in those afflicted, yet there is still no cure. Most researchers now believe the disease begins as much as 20 years before symptoms appear. Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from Alzheimer’s increased by 123 percent and the numbers are still rising.

The Alzheimer’s Association has identified 10 warning signs including memory loss, confusion with time or place, problems with words in speaking and writing, misplacing things, poor judgment and others. Many families delay contacting their physician because the symptoms may not be recognized or understood as potential symptoms.

The conference is sponsored by Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources in collaboration with the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at Rainier View Christian Church, located at 12305 Spanaway Loop Rd. S., Tacoma. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved online at www.eventbrite.com/e/alzheimers-caregiver-conference-recognizing-your-strengths-when-making-hard-decisions-with-dr-mimi-tickets-47566255952 or by calling (253) 798-8787.

 

STEILACOOM SCHOOLS SCREEN ANXIETY AWARENESS DOCUMENTARY

IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its non-profit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation, is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.” On Oct. 1 and 2, Steilacoom Historical School District will hold a special screening of the documentary at Pioneer Middle School and Steilacoom High School, respectively, to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 47-minute film.

Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition.

Find out more information about Steilacoom’s special screening of Angst and RSVP for either screening at http://bit.ly/SteillySEL_Angst.

 

REGISTER FOR STEIN DASH 5K AND KIDS ROOT BEER RUN

5Ks are fun. Beer is fun. Even Root Beer can be fun if you’re under 21. On Sunday, Oct. 7, the Oktoberfest Northwest’s Stein Dash 5K and the Half-Mile Kids Root Beer Run, will take place at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

The Stein Dash, produced by Fizz Events and sponsored by MOViN 92.5, is the “Ultimate Beer Run” with three beer stops along the way (that’s one for every mile). While 3.1 miles is no marathon, it still requires a pit stop (or three). So in the Oktoberfest spirit, with stein in hand, runners (or shufflers) will stop at each pit stop, fill their stein with a different beer at each stop: chug, sip, sample, taste – it’s all about style – just drink the beer and get back on the course because the clock still keeps ticking. Runners do not have to stop at the beer stops. The Stein Dash 5K is an all ages event, however 21 + only permitted to drink beer. Water will be available.

The finish line will take runners right into the amazing Munich-style Festhalle at Oktoberfest Northwest, where the first refreshing free beer will be awarded. Drink tickets can also be used for wine or cider inside the Munich Festhalle and the new Bavarian Festhalle. Those 21 and under, or those that do not drink, can get root beer instead at the Root Bier Garden. The rest of the day is then to be enjoyed at Oktoberfest Northwest, since entry to the event is included in race registration.

 

Kids Root Beer Run

Kids 10 and under can register now for the Root Beer Run, a Half-Mile Kids Run with the same premise as the Stein Dash: Run, Chug, Run! At the quarter mark, kids will be greeted with a five-ounce root beer to chug in the root beer garden before racing to the finish line. All registered kids will receive an awesome running cape and gift at the finish line.

On-site registration, and race packet pick-up starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the start line. This is where the official commemorative tasting stein will be presented, along with the race packet including a bib number for the adults and a ‘racing cape’ for the kids! The Stein Dash kicks off 10:30 a.m. and the Half-Mile Kids Root Beer Run starts at noon. 

Sign up for the Stein Dash by registering for $42. Pre-race packet pick-up at Road Runner Sports in Kent on Saturday, Oct. 6 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and on race day from 9 a.m. Use Code OKTOBERFEST to receive a $5 race entry discount at steindash5k.com.
Aside from the race, Sunday, Oct. 7 at Oktoberfest Northwest will be jam-packed with additional activities including authentic German bier, food, free activities for kids and entertainment throughout the entire weekend.

 

Family Fun Zone at Oktoberfest NW

What’s Oktoberfest NW without a little kinderfest for the children? Stop by the Root Bier Garden in the Munich Festhalle, a family fun zone dedicated to the “kinder” with free airbrush tattoos and face painting on Saturday and Sunday, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, a kids Hammerschlagen, and of course, delicious Root Bier Floats.

Plus, on Sunday, Oct. 7, it’s Family Day with all-ages general admission at half price at $7.50; children 12 and under are free all weekend. As a special entertainment treat for the kids, Manuela Horn’s famous “Kinderfest Show” is back. This fun, interactive polka dance show and sing-along for all ages will have children smiling from ear-to-ear. Manuela will host her Kinderfest Show from 2:20-3:15 p.m. from the Munich Festhalle Stage, sponsored by Xfinity.

Plus, the 11th Annual Wiener Dog Races will also be taking place. The races, produced by NW Wiener Races and sponsored by 100.7 The Wolf, run from noon until 4 p.m. and also include several costume contests. Guests can sign up their dashing dachshunds online at oktoberfestnw.com or on the day of the race, between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. The Sports Haus will be playing sports all day.

For more information about all of the activities at Oktoberfest Northwest, including the all-new VIP Lounge Experience, and to purchase advance tickets, go to oktoberfestnw.com.

 

STATE’S CHILD SUPPORT SCHEDULE NEEDS PARENT INPUT

The Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Child Support is looking for input from parents who pay or receive child support.

DSHS is recruiting parents to serve on a workgroup that will deliver a report and recommendations on the Washington State Child Support Schedule. The schedule is use to determine each parents contribution to raising a child and helping them reach their full potential

The workgroup, formed every four years, includes legislators, law professionals, economists and parents who receive or pay support. Governor Jay Inslee appoints all members except for legislators.

DSHS is seeking the following for the workgroup:

  • Three noncustodial parents, each of whom may be a representative of an advocacy group, an attorney, or an individual, with at least one representing the interest of low-income noncustodial parents.
  • Three custodial parents, each of whom may be a representative of an advocacy group, an attorney, or an individual, with at least one representing the interest of low-income custodial parents.

To apply, please submit an application for Gubernatorial Appointment for Board or Commission available on the governor’s website at www.governor.wa.gov/boards-commissions/boards-commissions/apply-serve-board-or-commission. Applications are due by Monday, Sept. 30. Learn more about the workgroup by visiting the Child Support Schedule Workgroup page at www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/division-child-support/2015-child-support-schedule-workgroup.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Koptur with the Division of Child Support at (360) 664-5065.

 

RAIN LECTURE SERIES WELCOMES DR. MALIN YOUNG

Dr. Malin Young, deputy director for science and technology at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will be the next featured speaker at the Readiness Acceleration and Innovation Network (RAIN) “Superheroes of Science” lecture series. The event will be held on Monday, Oct. 8, from 6-9 p.m. at RAIN, 2304 Jefferson Ave.,Tacoma, WA 98402.

The National Laboratories may be America’s best-kept secret. For more than 80 years, the National Lab system has spawned industries, saved lives, generated new products, revealed the secrets of the universe, and has changed and improved the lives of millions of people. In this talk, Young will share 10 of the most impactful scientific discoveries made by the National Labs and talk about how the Labs are driving America’s leadership in science and technology.

Young serves as the deputy director for science and technology at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is responsible for integrating PNNL’s science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment, and national security. She also manages PNNL’s research partnerships, institutional science and technology investments, business capture and proposal management, and technology commercialization; as well as the Office of Research Integrity.

Prior to joining PNNL, Young served as director of the Biological and Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. In that role, she was responsible for leading the performance of exploratory science and the development of technology to address pressing national needs in energy security, homeland security, and national defense.

Young earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Genetics from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco.

 

LIBRARY’S TOOLS EQUIP STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS

Can’t recall how to do that Algebra equation? Don’t know where to begin on that research paper? Need an idea for the science fair? The Pierce County Library System can help with Tools for Students. Find books, electronic resources or talk real-time with an online tutor and make this school year a success.

Homework databases to give students credible resources and confident studies:

  • HelpNow:Speak with professional online tutors that give expert help on essays to calculus.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library:Access hundreds of full-text electronic books covering a wide range of subjects from biography and business to law and literature.
  • Gale Biography in Context:Review brief biographies with links to articles in newspapers, magazines and websites.
  • Culture Grams:Explore the cultures of hundreds of countries, provinces and states, including famous people and recipes.
  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context:Compare opinions, articles and reference materials about controversial  The content is ripe for budding debaters and curious students.
  • Science Online from Infobase:Discover experiments, videos, biographies and science research.
  • Pronunciator:Learn nearly 90 languages.
  • SIRS Discoverer:Study and learn from articles from more than 1,400 publications and selected topic websites, geared for elementary and middle school students.

Parents and educators can also find booklists for every grade and accelerated reader lists to help improve student reading levels at piercecountylibrary.org/books-materials/Default.htm.

For more information about Tools for Studentspiercecountylibrary.org/kids-teens/tools-students/Default.htm.

 

CHENEY STADIUM HOSTS SOUTH SOUND HEART AND STROKE WALK

In the eyes of the American Heart Association (AHA), they are all heroes – men, women and children with a passion for fighting heart disease and stroke. More than 3,000 of these lifesaving heroes are expected at the annual Heart and Stroke Walk, Saturday, Sept. 22 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. The South Sound Heart and Stroke Walk is sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health, Columbia Bank, and MultiCare Health System.
Many walkers are survivors that have personally faced a heart attack, congenital heart defects, heart failure, stroke or some other form of cardiovascular disease (CVD.) Others walk for loved ones. “I walk because several of my family members have been impacted by heart disease and required medical and surgical care,” said Nancy Nichols, Director of Critical Care, CHI Franciscan Health. “The knowledge and support from AHA-funded research continues to make heart health easier to manage and the benefits will make a difference for my grandchildren’s future.”
The Heart and Stroke Walk is the premier event for the American Heart Association to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise funds that will prevent many more lives from being lost to heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death in the United States. A good portion of the donations will be invested as research grants. The AHA’s research programs have contributed to many important scientific advances, such as the first artificial heart valve, implantable pacemakers, cholesterol inhibitors, and standards for CPR. Currently the AHA is funding more than $4.3 million in research projects in the Puget Sound region.
To register, visit SouthSoundHeartWalk.org and simply make a donation.

Event Schedule and Walk Route
7:30 a.m. – Festival opens
8:30 a.m. – Opening ceremonies
9 a.m. – 5K walk/run and 1-mile Warrior Walk for survivors
Event hashtag: #HeartStrokeWalk
Route: Start in the stadium and enter Clay Huntington Way toward South 19th Street. 5K walkers will continue west onto South 19th toward Scott Pierson Trail. Continue on Scott Pierson Trail to South Tyler Street, then onto South 19th Street and back onto Clay Huntington Way, finishing back at the stadium. Warrior Walkers will loop at the top of Clay Huntington Way and continue back to the stadium.

Heart and Stroke Walk Highlights

  • Survivors will wear honorary red baseball caps. Hero capes will be available for child survivors.
  • Control Your Cholesterol – CHI Franciscan Health and the American Heart Association make cholesterol education fun with prizes and information on how to keep cholesterol levels in a healthy range.
  • Healthy For Good Today & Tomorrow– Columbia Bank and the American Heart Association encourage adults to make a healthy pledge. Participants who join will get health tips periodically to help them achieve their health goal.
  • A.S.T. Room – This national traveling exhibit will stop in Tacoma during the walk. Get inside to experience F.A.S.T., the acronym for most common signs of stroke, through interactive simulations.
  • Kids Zone – Children participating in a healthy activity passport program will have the chance to win a prize.

 

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