PUBLIC INVITED TO LINCOLN DISTRICT RIBBON CUTTING
The public is warmly invited to come out and join the gathering at South 38th Street and Yakima Avenue to celebrate the Lincoln District revitalization on Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be directly followed by Dragon Dancers and a guided walk through the district by lead project artist Horatio Law. Enjoy several Lincoln-centric art activities by local artists including a film screening, video installation, sidewalk poetry, and opportunity to screen-print Lincoln images on a tote bag or T-shirt (bring your own, or use one of ours!). Free and family-friendly.
- 10 a.m.: Ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Victoria Woodards, Dragon Dancers (38th & Yakima)
- Public art walk led by lead artist Horatio Law (leave from S. 38th & Yakima)
- 12 p.m.: “Our Tacoma – The Lincoln District” film screening (All Star Vintage, 766 S. 38th)
- Ongoing: Screen-print Lincoln images on a T-shirt or bag, created by Terry Wilmer (S. 38th & Yakima)
- Explore sidewalk poems by Lincoln High School students, produced by Write 253 (S. 38th & Yakima)
- View Terese Cuff’s video installation about the Lincoln District (750 S. 38th)
DISCOVER HISTORY’S IMPACT AT STEILACOOM SPEAKER SERIES
Many believe history shapes the people of today, culture of the future. Learn more about cultural theories with local speakers at Steilacoom Pierce County Library’s Explorations Speaker Series, in partnership with Humanities Washington.
The free events will discuss cultural origins and how they define generations.
- What it Means to be Human – Friday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. Humanities Washington speaker Llyn De Danaan, author and cultural anthropologist, explores cultural origins and how they help define what it means to be human. She examines recent finds that have altered understandings of the past and considers what it will mean to be human in the future as new technologies challenge intelligence and hard-won skills.
- The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese-Americans in Washington – Friday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Humanities Washington speaker Mayumi Tsutakawa, an independent writer and curator, reveals her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of World War II and Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry throughout the West Coast.
Both events will be held at Steilacoom High School Library, 54 Sentinel Dr. Friends of the Steilacoom Library sponsor these events in partnership with the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. Find out more about these and other programs available at the Pierce County Library System at www.piercecountylibrary.org.
GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
Kick off the holiday season with fun, free activities for all ages at the Pierce County Library System. Build gingerbread houses, decorate cookies, make holiday cards and ornaments, explore holiday traditions, enjoy holiday music, and drink a lot of cocoa. Events at the Library give families the chance to enjoy the holidays and come together with others in the community.
Thanksgiving Crafts: Make thank you cards, centerpieces and appreciation activities. Fall craft supplies will be available to help make Thanksgiving Day feel special. All ages.
- Wednesday, Nov. 21, 10-11:30 a.m.at Sumner Pierce County Library, 1116 Fryar Ave.
- Wednesday, Nov. 21, 3-4:30 p.m.at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E., Suite 29
Gingerbread Houses: Make and decorate gingerbread houses. All supplies provided while they last. All ages; under 6 with an adult. Registration required at some locations.
- Saturday, Dec. 1 – 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.at Summit Pierce County Library, 5107 112th St. E., Tacoma. Tickets will be distributed Friday, Nov. 30, starting at 10 a.m.; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W. (registration required); 11 a.m. and noon at Anderson Island Pierce County Library, 11319 Yoman Rd. Registration required in library or by phone at (253) 548-3536.
- Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3-5 p.m.at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E., Suite 29.
- Saturday, Dec. 8 – 10 a.m. to noonat DuPont Pierce County Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr.; 10 a.m. to noon at Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100 (registration required; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Key Center Pierce County Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N.W., Lakebay (registration required.); 1-3 p.m. at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buckley Pierce County Library, 123 S. River Ave.; 2-3:30 p.m. at Tillicum Pierce County Library, 14916 Washington Ave. S.W., Lakewood. Registration required in library or by phone at (253) 548-3314.
- Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3-5 p.m.at Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd. (registration required);
- Thursday, Dec. 13, 2-6 p.m.at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E. (registration required).; 3:30-5 p.m. at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
- Saturday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.at Sumner Pierce County Library, 1116 Fryar Ave.
A Pioneer Christmas: Traditions across America: Explore the Christmas traditions the pioneers brought with them during the time of the great westward expansion. All ages.
- Saturday, Dec. 1, 2-3:30 p.m.at Key Center Pierce County Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N.W., Lakebay
- Saturday, Dec. 15, 1-2:30 p.m.at Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E., Suite 29
Holiday Harpist Susan W. Haas: Susan Haas performs harp music for the holidays. All ages.
- Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m.at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E.
- Saturday, Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m.at Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd.
- Monday, Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m.at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.
- Thursday, Dec. 13, 4-6 p.m.at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place , Suite 100
Holiday Ornaments: Make an ornament for the library tree and one to take home or to give as a gift. Enjoy a festive story while crafting. All ages; under 6 with an adult.
- Tuesday, Dec. 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.at DuPont Pierce County Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr.
- Friday, Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m.at Orting Pierce County Library, 202 Washington Ave. S.
Find more information about these and other holiday events at https://calendar.piercecountylibrary.org/events.
SHOEBOX PACKERS JOIN GLOBAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT TO SEND JOY TO CHILDREN OVERSEAS
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, University Place families are expressing their gratitude by giving back. Residents are filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.
During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week Nov. 12-19, local residents will collect shoebox gifts at drop-off locations serving University Place participants. The Samaritan’s Purse project, partnering with churches worldwide, will deliver these gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. The Tacoma Area Team volunteers hope to collect more than 14,000 gifts during the week.
“We believe these simple gifts have the ability to send a tangible message of hope to children facing difficult circumstances,” said Regional Director Nathan Jansen. “It is exciting to see the University Place community come together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls around the world.”
University Place residents are not alone in their effort to help children around the world. More than 150,000 U.S. volunteers including families, churches and other groups are joining forces to contribute to the largest Christmas project of its kind. In 2018, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to collect enough Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to reach 11 million children.
|For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (253) 572-1155, or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR
Did you know that 28 percent of people 65 or older live alone, according to AARP? Each year, these seniors have fewer family members and friends to provide company and care to them, which often leads to social isolation. The holidays can be especially hard for those who are living independently and may feel lonely.
That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care Office Pierce and South King Counties is inviting the community to come together to provide support and holiday cheer to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family this holiday season through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. Over the past eight years, we have raised more than $41,000 and gifted every penny to more than 570 low-income seniors in our local community.
“Be a Santa to a Senior helps bring comfort and a smile to many seniors. It shows them that people care about them and see them as an important part of the community,” said Lois Etienne, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Tacoma. “Social isolation is a concern among seniors and the holidays often intensify feelings of distance and loneliness. When we deliver the gifts and spend some time with them, it makes a big difference.”
This year our local Home Instead Senior Care office has adopted the Alberta J. Canada Apartments. They have selected this apartment building to help 47 deserving residents. There, they will be giving away gift certificates to Fred Meyer as well as providing dinner with dessert, music, games and door prizes to help bring holiday cheer.
It’s easy to help out. We fundraise year-round by something as simple as folks giving $1 a paycheck. But you can donate directly also. Some residents who Home Instead assists live on less than $400 a month. Any amount donated is divided among the residents. Call Etienne directly if you are interested in helping us out.
“We’re always excited to see how much Be a Santa to a Senior boosts seniors’ spirits during the holiday season,” said Etienne. “And we are grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to make this happen.”
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call the office at (253) 943-1603 or Etienne directly at (425) 359-7137.
For more information about how you can help seniors in isolation in your community, visit imreadytocare.com.
JOIN THE CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION WITH PIERCE COUNTY CONVERSATIONS
Scientists say climate change is real and all around us. Explore the topics of climate change from the impacts of plastic on the environment to the changes affecting plant and animal life through the Pierce County Library System’s Pierce County Conversations. Learn about upcycling and what people can do to lower their impact on the environment in this series of free events.
“From the wildfires to the decrease in the salmon population, signs of the changing climate are evident,” said the Library System’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “These community conversations focus us on how the changing climate impacts our world and what we can do to shift the change in a positive direction. We developed Pierce County Conversations in response to people wanting a forum to discuss and connect as a community around issues important to them.”
Our Changing Climate: Talk with City of Tacoma staff about the causes and impacts of climate change on the Puget Sound region.
- Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6-7:30 p.m.at Fife Pierce County Library, 6622 20th St. E.
- Thursday, Nov. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100
Zero Waste, Plastic and Climate Change: Join Zero Waste Washington and learn how to help to make trash obsolete.
- Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
Caterpillars, Cubs, a Changing Climate and You: Join the Tacoma Nature Center and learn how global climate change affects plants and animals in Pierce County. All ages, under 6 with an adult.
- Tuesday, Nov. 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.at DuPont Pierce County Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr.
- Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100
- Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m.at Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd.
- Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m.at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
Upcycled Crafts: Making with Recycled Materials: Discover with the Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region how to give new purpose to old things. Teens and adults.
- Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-2 p.m.at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup
- Saturday, Dec. 29, 2-3 p.m.at Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W.
Polar Bears and Climate Change: Find out with Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium how the changing environments affect polar bears. School-age children.
- Saturday, Dec. 8, 2-3 p.m.at Bonney Lake Pierce County Library, 18501 90th St. E.
- Saturday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m.at Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W.
Stop by the Gig Harbor Pierce County Library in November and the University Place Pierce County Library in December to view a five-panel exhibition of conservation cartoons by Pulitzer Prize Winner Herblock (Herbert Block).
Booklists for students and adults who want to learn more about climate change are available at conversations.pcls.us.
Find out more about these and others events available at Pierce County Library at www.piercecountylibrary.org.