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SURVEY OF TACOMA MUNICIPAL COMPLEX WILL USE DRONES

The City of Tacoma’s Public Works Department isworking with a consultant to perform a digital survey of the exterior facades of the Tacoma Municipal Complex (747 Market St.). This survey will utilize drone technology and the results will be used to develop options for cleaning as well as identify any necessary refurbishments to the building.

The project is anticipated to take four weeks and will be performed during the day on weekends and weekdays. Work is weather dependent and rescheduling may be required. During this time, portions of the sidewalk around the building will be closed to pedestrian traffic and will be marked accordingly with detours in place.

Those with questions or concerns may contact Project Supervisor Stephen Kruger at (253) 591-5297 or skruger@cityoftacoma.org.

CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR 7th ANNUAL DESTINY CITY FILM FESTIVAL, SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Announcing the 7th annual Destiny City Film Festival, scheduled to take place Feb. 28–March 1, 2020 at the historic Blue Mouse Theater. DCFF is a homegrown, true-Tacoma community event, inspired by our city’s nickname – The City of Destiny – built to showcase the best independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. DCFF is Tacoma’s foremost celebration of cinematic storytelling dedicated to building an engaged community through shared experience. DCFF alumni films have gone on to distribution deals, Academy Award nominations, enormous success at festivals around the world, and awards in a variety of categories.

This three-day fest is organized by people who believe at the heart of every great movie is a great story, one that is destined to invigorate an audience through the art of film. Building off the undeniable success of its first six years, we can’t wait to share even more top-quality film programming, panel discussions, and a celebration of cinematic storytelling through Tacoma’s only short screenplay competition. DCFF was created to enhance support for local independent filmmakers and to showcase the thriving talent of the Northwest cinema landscape. Our mission is to use the power of vibrant cinematic storytelling to curate an engaged community audience for independent film. When we share our stories with one another, we understand each other more and develop a more connected, powerful and thoughtful community. DCFF is proud to be a part of this process.

Our call for submissions is now open and we’re staying true to our roots and passion for great stories by inviting Pierce County filmmakers and screenwriters, along with DCFF alumni to submit short screenplays and films for free. Plus, we’re offering discounts for Film School students and Washington state residents.

Visit DestinyCityFilmFestival.com to submit your film or screenplay, and to learn more about the festival. Connect with us at Facebook.com/DestinyCityFF and on Twitter @DestinyCityFF.

CENTRAL CO-OP ANNOUNCES OPENING DATE

Central Co-op has announced that its Tacoma store will officially open on Saturday, June 15, bringing a grocery store back to Tacoma’s West End Neighborhood at North Pearl and 46th Street.

Central Co-op will be celebrating the opening throughout the week with festivities including a parking lot celebration on the first day of the opening and discounts throughout the week in its Tacoma and Seattle stores. Since the closure of the previous Tacoma store in 2016, the Co-op has been working hard to build a space to serve the needs of Tacoma members and community and ensure that the Co-op can build a long-term Tacoma presence.

“Our new Tacoma store was built with a focus on community and we’re so excited to open the doors to everyone,” said Central Co-op CEO Catherine Willis Cleveland. “As part of our commitment to strengthening the Washington economy, our buyers work for the Tacoma store specifically, and have stocked our shelves with many local favorites. We believe that growing these local relationships ensure that exciting and relevant products are available to our shoppers, and help us support a robust economy of small businesses.”

Local producers featured in the Tacoma store will include: Wild Hare Organic Farm, Rainbow Cloud Kombucha, Ice Cream Social, and more.

The Pearl Street store will emphasize fresh foods with a large produce department, featuring organic and spray-free produce and offerings from area farms. The deli will feature items made in-house including a taqueria, grab-and-go meals, and a hot bar. The new store will also have a fresh meat and seafood department. Another emphasis of the store, and the historical cornerstone of the Co-op’s offering, is a complete bulk department that will offer a wide variety of products like grains, spices, coffee, oils and honey, and fresh-ground nut butters.

In addition to these offerings and a normal selection of grocery items, members and customers will also find an extensive health and wellness section, deli seating, and a wrap-around porch. The building on North Pearl Street was originally home to a grocery store but has been a thrift store for many years. The opening of the Co-op in this spot returns a full-service grocery store to the neighborhood.

“One of the things that has been especially exciting for our team has been hearing personal stories from people in the neighborhood about how much having a grocery store on this corner again will mean to them,” said Tacoma store director Victor Fontaine. Fontaine worked at the 6th Avenue store before its closure. “I always dreamed of a store where we could have the resources to have an even bigger impact in our community. I’m excited to be a part of the team bringing all these ideas to life.”

To receive updates about the Tacoma store opening events visit www.centralcoop.coop/tacoma-store.

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR EVENTS AND RECOGNITIONS COMMITTEE

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the District 2 and District 5 positions on the City Events and Recognitions Committee (CERC).

The 11-member CERC is comprised of Tacoma residents, with representatives from each of Tacoma’s five Council districts. They bring a range of perspectives and expertise that focus on the City’s commitment to celebrate civic engagement and special observations, and are knowledgeable and passionate about volunteers and their valued contributions to their communities.

The CERC serves as an advisory and action committee on matters pertaining to City-hosted events and special recognition programs. The committee is responsible for planning, reviewing, and evaluating events, engaging the community in its fundraising efforts, and soliciting corporate and private sponsorships to leverage funds for City-hosted events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and the City of Destiny Awards. All members must be Tacoma residents.

More information on the work that the CERC does is available at cityoftacoma.org/mlk and cityoftacoma.org/cityofdestiny or by contacting Kala Dralle, staff liaison, at (253) 573-2523 or kdralle@tacomavenues.org. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, June 3. Applications can be submitted at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or by contacting Jessica Jenkins at (253) 591-5178,servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.

UPS TRUSTEES AFFIRM COMMITMENT TO REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL

At its May annual meeting, University of Puget Sound’s board of trustees voted to affirm its commitment to reducing fossil fuel investments in the university’s endowment, and expressed its aspiration to work toward an endowment that is entirely fossil-fuel free.
The endowment is currently invested in a general portfolio with declining exposure to hydrocarbons and a completely fossil-fuel free portfolio. The endowment’s overall exposure to hydrocarbons (11.5 percent of the pooled endowment at June 30, 2018) has declined since 2016 and will continue to decrease over time. The board’s commitment:

  • prohibits direct investments in publicly-traded companies that own fossil fuel reserves, as defined by the MSCI Fossil Fuel Reserves list;
  • prohibits new commitments to commingled private funds where the primary strategy is to make investments focused on hydrocarbon extraction, processing and/or transportation;
  • provides a fossil fuel-free endowment option for donors (established in 2017) who want their gifts invested in a portfolio free of companies that own fossil fuel reserves; and
  • is expected to reduce hydrocarbon exposure in commingled private funds by an estimated 40 percent by 2023, 55 percent by 2028, and by additional amounts as illiquid long-term private investments continue to mature.

Puget Sound has long demonstrated its commitment to principles of sustainability through its curriculum, faculty and student research, green building standards, campus operations, and community collaborations. The university introduced its environmental studies program in 1997 and has since incorporated sustainability throughout the curriculum. The university’s wide-ranging actions earned Puget Sound a Gold Rating in the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) developed by the Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

“The university’s Board of Trustees recognizes that climate change is global in its reach and existential in its threat,” said trustee Mitzi Carletti, a Puget Sound graduate and Seattle-based investment advisory and research analyst who serves as chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee’s Investment Subcommittee. “We take seriously our fiduciary responsibility to honor donor intent and maximize investment returns to support the campus and our students. Our commitment to divestment is informed by best practices in investment management, and we will continue to monitor and report annually on hydrocarbon exposure in the endowment.”

In addition to annual reporting, the trustees will formally review the divestment commitment every three years. A full copy of the statement can be found at pugetsound.edu/divestment.

 

ENROLLMENT ENDS MAY 31 FOR PREPAID COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN

The GET program’s 2018-2019 enrollment period comes to a close on May 31. Washington families still have time to start saving for future college costs with the state’s 529 prepaid tuition program.

The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program opened in 1998, and since then, thousands of Washington families have saved billions of dollars to go towards their students’ future higher education expenses. To date, GET has distributed over $1 billion to more than 50,000 students who have used their GET accounts to attend college in all 50 states and 15 foreign countries.

As a 529 prepaid tuition program, the State of Washington guarantees that a family’s GET savings will keep pace with in-state tuition and state-mandated fees. While GET account values keep pace with in-state tuition, beneficiaries have the freedom to follow their ambitions wherever they choose, as GET can be used at nearly any public or private university, community college, or technical school in the country.

The GET program is one of two college savings options offered by Washington College Savings Plans (WA529). The DreamAhead College Investment Plan was launched in 2018 to create additional flexibility for families as they plan for the costs of college.

“The best approach is to start early and save what you can, when you can,” says Washington College Savings Plans director, Luke Minor. “Set realistic goals and get the whole family involved.”

GET’s website (get.wa.gov) offers details, charts, planning tools and answers to questions that families may have about the program. Accounts can be opened online, and the GET Contact Center staff is ready to help at (800) 955-2318 or GETInfo@wsac.wa.gov.

HOST A SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT FROM GERMANY
ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now seeking American families to host high school students from Germany. All these exceptional students have received a scholarship through The Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX), a U.S. State Department sponsored programs. The CBYX scholarship provides a unique opportunity for 250 young Americans to spend a year in Germany, while at the same time, giving 300 young Germans the change to live a year in the United States! All the students live as members of caring host families and enjoy a variety of program activities, in addition to learning life in a new country. By improving not only their language skills, but also increasing their intercultural awareness, these students form a bridge of understanding between Germany and the United States and continue to strengthen ties between their two countries. This historic US State Department program seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy. Your support of these students and programs like this reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world.

Become an ASSE host family for one of these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from Germany. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, these scholarship students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at www.ASSEhosts.com or email asseusawest@asse.com.

 

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