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PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR TIDEFLATS INTERIM REGULATIONS

 

The Tacoma City Council will hold a public hearing during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 23 to gather public comments on the proposed six-month extension of the current Tideflats Interim Regulations. This City Council meeting will be held in the Tacoma Municipal Building Council Chambers (747 Market St., 1st Floor) and will begin at 5 p.m. with the public hearing beginning at approximately 5:15 p.m.

The intent of the interim regulations, which were enacted by the City Council in November 2017, is to limit the establishment of certain new industrial uses, limit potential residential encroachment on industrial uses within the Port of Tacoma and Tideflats area, and prevent the conversion of industrial properties to non-industrial uses, until such time as the Tideflats Subarea Plan is completed.

Written comments may also be submitted at the hearing, or beforehand to the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@cityoftacoma.org or 733 Market Street, Room 11, Tacoma, WA 98402, by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

For more information on the Tideflats Interim Regulations, visit cityoftacoma.org/tideflatsinterim, or contact Senior Planner Stephen Atkinson at (253) 591-5531 or satkinson@cityoftacoma.org for more information.

 

PIERCE COUNTY POINT-IN-TIME COUNT RESULTS RELEASED

 

The 2019 Pierce County PIT (Point-in-Time) Count (www.piercecountywa.gov/4719/Point-In-Time-Count-PIT) was conducted on Jan. 25 via a mobile application.

A total of 1,486 people experiencing homelessness were identified during the count, a decrease of 9 percent compared with the 2018 PIT count. Volunteers found 629 persons sleeping unsheltered outdoors, in cars, or in abandoned buildings – a decrease of 16 percent from 2018 – and 857 people were sheltered in emergency shelters or transitional housing units.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Washington State Department of Commerce require communities to conduct a one-night Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness. The PIT Count represents one data source that helps communities better understand why people lose their housing and, in turn, how communities can design responsive programs that ensure homelessness is a rare, brief, and non-recurring phenomenon.

This year, more than 300 volunteers helped County staff conduct surveys and distribute a record number of food, hygiene, and clothing donations. 2019 also marked the first year in which the County organized dedicated outreach teams in Eastern Pierce County and the Key Peninsula. Additionally, a team consisting of young-adult outreach workers with lived experience of homelessness connected with current youth experiencing homelessness.

The PIT Count represents a one-night estimate of the local scope of homelessness. Over the course of the last twelve months however, at least 10,860 people experienced homelessness in Pierce County, according to the County’s Homeless Management Information System data. Over the same period, more than 4,000 people experiencing homelessness secured permanent housing, marking a 163 percent increase over 2013. In 2018, 85% of people who found housing the previous year did not return to homelessness.

To learn more about homelessness and Pierce County’s response, visit the Homeless Programs online dashboardat https://piercecountywa.gov/homelessness.

 

LIGHT ART FESTIVAL LUSIO TO LIGHT UP CONSERVATORY

 

Lusio Lights returns to the W.W. Seymour Conservatory with two nights of lights to help raise funds for the Conservatory’s nonprofit, the W.W. Seymour Conservatory Foundation.
Lusio will weave art exhibits made of light created by local artists throughout the botanical gardens including 4-foot tall glowing mushrooms by Elise Koncsek and live projection video mapping the inside the dome by Joe Griffith.

Friday night, April 12, will be for the adults with an age limit of 21+, drinks, and dancing to DJs Baloogz and KEXP assistant KWEEN KAY$H, 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Conservatory members, $20 for non-members. Saturday night, April 13, all ages are welcome at Family Night. Bring the kids to explore light exhibits and a special live liquid light performance by the Liquid Light Wizard, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Conservatory members, $20 for non-members, free for children under 12 years old.

Lusio Lights is a series of fundraising events that supports nonprofits like the W.W. Seymour Conservatory Foundation in raising money for their educational programming through unique and awe inspiring light art events.

Lusio has helped raise more than $60,000 in the last few years with these events and has supported hundreds of local artists with opportunity to exhibit their work in accessible and beautiful settings. Lusio hosts a annual light art festival on Aug. 3 in Volunteer Park, Seattle, that hosts 35 artists across 20 acres of one of the most stunning parks in Seattle.

More info at www.lusiolight.comandpurchase tickets at www.metroparkstacoma.org/lusio-lights.

 

JOBFEST COMES TO TACOMA DOME

 

Washington’s largest young adult job fair for 16- to 24-year-olds returns to the Tacoma Dome on April 23, 1-4 p.m. As always, it’s free to attend.

Looking for a job? Register for JobFest 2019 at http://tinyurl.com/y3j6nbwj and get ready to meet 100 exhibitors, many of whom will be interviewing applicants on the spot.

Employers on-site will include Horizon/Alaska Air, McDonalds, U.S. Army/Navy/Airforce, Coleman World Wide Moving, Fred Meyer, Wild Waves, YMCA, Chick-Fil-A, UPS, and Goodwill, to name a few.

Register in advance of the event and you’ll receive special information about JobFest VIP sessions right to your inbox. These VIP sessions take place before JobFest and are meant to help with resume crafting and interview skills so you can show up April 23 ready to land a job.

 

COME JOIN IN A LA PUSH CLEAN-UP AND BARBECUE

 

South Sound Surfrider and Washington CoastSavers are taking their monthly beach cleanup to the coast on Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Meet at the Volunteer Fire Station, Volunteer Fire Station (7810 La Push Rd., Forks, WA 98331) across from Three Rivers Resort. The fire station is where the road splits to go either to the town of La Push or to the National Park at Rialto Beach. Look for the blue Surfrider tent and flag. From there, you will check in and then head out to the beach to cleanup marine debris. The cleanup will be followed by a barbecue sponsored by South Sound Surfrider back at the fire station.

Register online at www.coastsavers.org/index.php/wcc-cleanup/.
Rain or shine, dress for the weather. We encourage you to bring your own bucket and gloves for the cleanup, but we will have some spares to share. Please be sure to wear closed-toed shoes or boots and bring your reusable bottle to fill when you get thirsty. Our cleanups are welcome to individuals of all ages, schools clubs, Scouts, friends, family and coworkers.
Beach cleanups are a fun and easy way to volunteer your time by helping to keep our beaches and ocean clean.
See you at the beach!Also visit www.facebook.com/events/258445271704581.

 

GIRLS WHO WANT TO CODE CONTINUES TO GROW

 

RAIN Girls Who Code continues to grow with several new members every week. In March, the club learned how to disassemble and reassemble desktop computers with the help of University of Washington-Tacoma computer engineering students Eric, Bee, and Elle.
The computers were donated by Dan and Joy Taylor of Bellarmine Robotics. The girls split into small groups and learned what the individual component’s functionality is and how the components work together. The girls worked with tools to build the computer themselves and continue to gain confidence in technology.
Want to Join Us? Sixth-grade through 12th-grade girlsare welcome to come to RAIN on Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. No experience needed – we will help you get started and have computers to borrow.

Learn more at www.rainincubator.org/girls-who-code.

 

PLU NAMES ALLAN BELTON AS NEW PRESIDENT

 

Pacific Lutheran University’s Board of Regents has appointed Allan Belton as PLU’s 14thpresident. Belton has served in the role as interim president for the past two years while the board conducted an international presidential search.

“Our board carried out an extensive recruitment process for PLU’s next president. In the end, we feel strongly that the best person for the job was already sitting in the chair,” said Ed Grogan, chair, Board of Regents. “We have watched Allan in action for several years. His accomplishments and selfless leadership in this period speak volumes to his character and readiness for this appointment.”

Belton first came to Pacific Lutheran University four years ago as the senior vice president and chief administrative officer.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the faith the Board of Regents has placed in me to lead PLU for this next chapter.” said Belton. “We have taken some important strides forward these past two years and I am inspired by the passion and pride I see on this campus and within the PLU family.”

Belton identified several top priorities in the coming year.

“We will continue our focus on the success of our students by providing them with the academic programs and support services they need to pursue their education and meet the needs of a dynamic world. In the near term, this includes investment in state-of-the-art facilities for our School of Nursing as well as improvements to our athletic and wellness facilities,” said Belton. “We are close to finalizing our new five-year strategic plan which calls upon our uniqueness as a university guided by the values of Lutheran education and invests in the programmatic and financial sustainability of our school. We have the talent at PLU to transform this campus into a model for other universities, rooted in our calling and highly-engaged in our communities.”

Prior to joining PLU, Belton enjoyed a 25-year career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served most recently as Managing Director in global treasury management for higher education, government and non-profit organizations. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Washington State University.

He is married to Melinda Krotz Belton, PLU Class of 1991. They live in Gig Harbor with their three children.

 

COMMUNITY INVITED TO ATTEND CELEBRATION OF IDEA HIGH SCHOOL EVENT

 

Join the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Schools on Thursday, April 18, from 9:30-11 a.m. at IDEA High School (6701 S. Park Ave.) for the Celebrating Green IDEAs event. This event will showcase the partnership created between the city and IDEA to study the benefits of using permeable pavement as a means to filter out contaminants from stormwater runoff.

Five different permeable pavement compositions are currently being tested by Washington State University Puyallup Extension in IDEA’s parking lot, with water sample test sites installed throughout to measure runoff during the rainy season. Washington Green Schools also worked with IDEA instructors to create a curriculum for a group of 21 students around stormwater systems and environmental engineering.

Attendees will help celebrate the completion of this collaboration and see firsthand how this research could help impact decades of stormwater system technology. The event consists of a short program with remarks from school, city and elected officials, followed by a shovel ceremony and a question-and-answer session with the students.

For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit the IDEA High School Facebook pageat www.facebook.com/events/2687996317883545.

 

UPS PHYSICAL THERAPY PROFESSOR WINS NATIONAL AWARD

 

The American Physical Therapy Association recently announced that University of Puget Sound Professor of Physical Therapy Jennifer Hastings is the winner of the 2019 Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award. Known in the physical therapy field for her pioneering work in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and wheelchair seating and positioning, Hastings has worn many hats throughout her career, including clinician, professor, researcher, author, presenter, and mentor.

“Over my 13 years as a neuro PT in the Seattle region, I have met countless patients and families who said that Dr. Hastings forever changed their lives,” says Elisa Smith, a neurologic clinical specialist and former adjunct faculty member at Puget Sound’s School of Physical Therapy.

Recipients of the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award must meet a number of criteria, including positively and substantially affecting the shape, scope, and quality of physical therapy practice; making an impact on other physical therapists in a manner that has significantly increased their abilities to practice physical therapy; and contributing to the overall and widespread development of physical therapy as a caring profession.

“I can only describe the experience of learning from Dr. Hastings as trying to hang on to the coattails of an electron,” says Nicole Brun-Cottan D.P.T. (class of ’17). “Her presence in a room intimates that there is no time to be wasted. Her lessons come in layers, with blinding speed and power. She blends content and context with grace in both the clinic and the classroom.

“What sets Dr. Hastings apart is how fiercely she embodies the truth that, fundamentally, the way we teach people to care is by caring about them,” continues Brun-Cottan. “That when we do this, we are both providing care and modeling what it looks like to provide care. That through this process of showing up and paying attention, always with an eye toward how we can help, we affect people and, together, we effect change.”

In addition to her clinical practice and research work, Hasting has served for 18 years as a professor of physical therapy at Puget Sound, including six years as the director of the university’s program and three years as the director of clinical education.

“In Dr. Hastings’ office, there is a framed quotation that reads, ‘It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit,’” recalls Smith. “Through her career, this has been her motto. But there comes a time when acknowledgment for a job well done is fitting.

“Dr. Hastings has made a deep and lasting mark in the field of physical therapy and is deserving to be honored with this award.”

 

CAMARATA RUNNING FOR PORT COMMISSION

 

Former Tacoma City Councilmember Justin Camarata has announced he is running for position 3 on Port of Tacoma Commission.

“The maritime business sector is changing rapidly, and we need to change with it,” Camarata said. “The Port of Tacoma should strive to be known regionally and globally as an industry leader and a technology and sustainability innovator. We should be pursuing environmentally and economically equitable projects of the future, and better leveraging our talented local workforce. I want to bring a fresh, forward-looking perspective to the Port Commission: one of an experienced Tacoma City Councilmember with a strong knowledge of the nuances of the Tideflats and a focus on environmental stewardship, robust living wage jobs, and stronger regional partnerships.”

Camarata is currently a software project manager with a long-standing career in the tech sector, working with both startups and Fortune 500 companies. He previously served as an interim member of the Council, representing the district that includes the Tideflats. His experience further includes working with Forterra, the Center for Urban Waters, Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board, the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center Executive Board, and various commissions, committees, and advisory groups. Camarata is a proud University of Washington graduate with a degree in political science and lives in Tacoma with his wife Bess and their two children.

 

SIP, SAMPLE, SAVOR FOR CENTERFORCE

Come try a new drink and support a great cause at the same time as Centerforce hosts its Sip, Sample, Savor: A Just Like You annual event on Thursday, May 2.

Our 21-and-older event pairs beer, wine and spirits from regional distributors 7 Seas Brewing, Stina’s Cellars and Heritage Distilling Co. at 1625 Historic Tacoma Place, 1625 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each and cover admission for four tastings, which include appetizer pairings from Occasions Catering of Olympia. Additional tastings are available for $15. Also, there will be a wine pull, basket raffle (chock-full of goodies from local companies!), 50/50 raffle and a raffle to win 2 tickets from Alaska Airlines for travel valid on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America (excludes Cuba).

Purchase your tickets at centerforce.salsalabs.org/sipsavorandsample2019/index.html.

Centerforce is a local not-for-profit 501 (c)(3), social service organization that provides employment training, volunteer opportunities and assistance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to move toward inclusion in their community. The individuals we serve have a wide range of disabilities and a number of barriers to traditional employment.

Through your generosity, the funds raised from this event will reduce the cost of the uncompensated services provided to Centerforce clients, such as securing housing, transportation, job supplies/training, financial/legal paperwork and more. Unfortunately, these services are not reimbursed by government sources and we need your help to continue to enrich the lives of clients served in our community. Our clients and staff alike will be eternally grateful for your support.

We hope you can join us on May 2 and take a moment to celebrate our 50-plus years in the community for our passion and enthusiasm to improve the lives of the 200 clients and students we serve in Pierce and south King counties.

 

CLOVER PARK FOUNDATION TO HOST SCHOLARSHIP DINNER

 

The Clover Park Technical College Foundation will recognize its 2018-19 scholarship recipients and donors at its annual Scholarship Celebration Dinner.

Scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the McGavick Conference Center at the CPTC Lakewood Campus, the dinner continues an ongoing tradition of scholarship recognition that goes back more than a decade.

“CPTC’s mission is to educate tomorrow’s workforce and provide open access to all students, and scholarships play a vital role in that effort,” CPTC Vice President for Strategic Development and Foundation Executive Director Dr. Tawny Dotson said. “This annual event gives us the opportunity to honor both the students who have earned these scholarships and the donors who have made them possible.”

Sponsored by Harkness Furniture, the event will include a keynote address by Washington State Representative Mari Leavitt from University Place. Leavitt serves as the Vice Chair of the College & Workforce Development Committee, and has expressed a desire to use the role to expand career and technical education. She earned her A.A.S. from Tacoma Community College, has a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership, and spent more than 20 years working as a college administrator.

“Our college fills a need in our community for workforce education that can help anyone achieve the career they want,” Dotson said. “We are very thankful to have Rep. Leavitt helping promote the value and need for these educational opportunities in the Washington State Legislature, and we’re excited to welcome her to campus to share her insight and experience.”

The event will feature a meal prepared by CPTC’s Culinary Arts program, and guests will also hear from a pair of student scholarship recipients. Tickets for the dinner cost $50, and sponsorship opportunities are also available at www.friendsofcloverpark.org/scholarship-dinner.

Proceeds from the event will make it possible for the CPTC Foundation to provide scholarships, emergency assistance, and vital support to the college and its students.

 

PIERCE COLLEGE RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

 

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, a finalist for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, was recognized today by Aspen with a Rising Star award for dramatically improving student outcomes, accompanied by a $100,000 cash award. During an award ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Pierce College was honored for improved student retention and completion over time, a commitment to equitable outcomes for students, service to military students and their families, and a dedicated focus on helping all students overcome obstacles. The school’s completion rate of 59 percent is nearly 20 percentage points above the national average.

Pierce College’s implementation of Guided Pathways is also helping to further its success in improving student retention and completion. This evidence-based approach simplifies choices about college courses, and helps to streamline the process from college entrance to completion.

“Our progress in improving student outcomes would not have been possible without the incredible work from everyone at our college and from our board of trustees,” said Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Interim President Deidre Soileau. “Our employees have been willing to ask hard questions, bring data and evidence to the center of the conversation, and innovatively create new possibilities for our students.”

The $1 million Aspen Prize, awarded every two years since 2011, recognizes outstanding institutions selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide. With a singular focus on student success, the Aspen Prize assesses institutional performance in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, success after graduation in the labor market and transfer to four-year institutions, and equity in access and success for students of color and low-income students.

“At every turn, Pierce College identifies and lifts barriers that stand in students’ way,” said Joshua Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “By enacting comprehensive reforms – and measuring impact every step of the way – Pierce has improved student success at a remarkable rate.”

 

PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY SEEKS TRUSTEE APPLICANTS

 

Want to help guide Pierce County Library System? Apply to be a member of the Library’s Board of Trustees. The Pierce County Library System is seeking a community-focused, engaged leader to be a member of its board of trustees. The successful applicant will help shape and guide library service throughout unincorporated Pierce County and 15 cities and towns annexed to the fourth largest library system in Washington State.

“With voters’ recent approval to restore the Library System’s levy to its authorized rate and maintain services for growing and changing communities now is an opportune time to be a trustee,” said Library Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “The Library is committed to demonstrate and deliver value to every community member and to earn the public’s continued confidence and trust.”

The Board of Trustees oversee the Library System’s commitment to thoughtfully invest the public’s funds in highly valued library services‒services the public selected as their top priorities.

Trustees responsibilities include: advocate for library services, set goals and directions, approve budgets, adopt policies and plan for the future.

Under the library’s strategic framework, a multi-year plan to guide and direct the library’s work, the board of trustees administers the overall direction and fiscal management of the library system. Input from thousands of residents shaped the strategic framework, which resulted in three focus areas for library services: learning, enjoyment and community. Through the framework, the library supports residents’ growth and curiosity, offers excellent reading choices, and connects and strengthens growing and changing communities.

Trustees are non-paid positions and are appointed to a five-year term, and they may serve up to two consecutive terms.

Interested individuals may apply at trustee.pcls.us or at any Pierce County library. Applications must be received by Tuesday, April 30 online or to the Pierce County Library System, Attn.: Executive Director’s Office, 3005 112th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98446.

 

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR EVENTS AND RECOGNITIONS COMMITTEE

Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the District Numbers 2, 4 and 5 positions, and one At-Large position on the City Events and Recognitions Committee (CERC).

The 11-member committee is comprised of Tacoma residents, with representatives from each of Tacoma’s five council districts, which bring a range of perspectives and expertise that focus on the city’s commitment to celebrate civic engagement and special observations, are knowledgeable and passionate about volunteers and their valued contribution to their communities, and love to work with others to recognize those who give back.

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. If your council district is unknown, visit www.govme.org/Common/MyTacoma/MyTacoma.aspx.

To learn more about the work that the CERC does, visit cityoftacoma.org/mlkand cityoftacoma.org/cityofdestiny or contact Kala Dralle, staff liaison, at (253) 573-2523 or kdralle@tacomavenues.org.

Applications, resumes and/or letters of recommendations must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, April 16. Applications may be submitted online at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication. For questions about the application process, or to request the application in alternate formats, contact Jessica Jenkins at (253) 591-5178, servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.

 

KILMER RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL PARK CHAMPION

 

Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) received the 2019 National Park Heritage Award from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a leading voice in protecting and enhancing America’s National Park System for present and future generations. The award recognizes Rep. Kilmer’s leadership on the landmark John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S.47), a bipartisan public lands package that consisted of more than one hundred public lands, natural resources, and water bills.

“I was lucky to grow up with Olympic National Park in my backyard. I’ve seen firsthand how our public lands have captivated both visitors and residents alike and served as key economic drivers for our local communities,” said Rep. Kilmer. “This legislation delivered on our region’s long-standing priorities to protect our environment and support continued access to our public lands for generations to come. From the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, to the creation of Washington’s first two National Heritage Areas, this represents a huge win for our region’s uniqueness, our economy, and our public lands. I want to thank the National Parks Conversation Association for this award and for their tireless advocacy to help ensure Congress passed this critical bill.”

“It’s an honor to recognize Representative Kilmer for championing this historic law that will enhance the National Park System for generations to come,” said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO of National Parks Conservation Association. “Our national parks protect the stories that define and unite us as a nation. Now, thanks to this new law, we have even more places to enjoy the outdoors and learn about our nation’s history. We commend Congressional leaders like Rep. Kilmer, who worked with colleagues across the aisle and across the country in support of our shared national parks and public lands that their constituents, and all Americans, care so deeply about.”

The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to ensure that the program can continue supporting conservation and recreation in communities across the country. Since its creation, LWCF has supported more than 600 projects for parks, trails and other outdoor spaces in Washington, including popular sites like Olympic National Park, Lake Chelan, Gas Works Park, and Riverside State Park. In that time, the LWCF has invested $675 million in Washington’s economy.

The legislation also included a bill led by Rep. Kilmer and Representative Denny Heck (D-WA) to establish a National Maritime Heritage Area in Washington State. The Kilmer-Heck Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 975), which was championed in the Senate by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), designates a majority of Western Washington’s shoreline as a National Heritage Area to help promote maritime-related tourism, economic development, and maritime history as told through Washington state’s museums, historic ships, fishing culture, and other activities. Congress has designated 49 National Heritage Areas nationwide to promote local economic growth and tourism and support sites and landmarks with cultural and historical significance.

Additionally, Rep. Kilmer serves as the lead Democrat sponsor of the bipartisan Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225), which would take existing government revenue and allocate it to the National Park Service (NPS) to address a $12 billion maintenance backlog, which has delayed the upkeep of visitor centers, rest stops, trails, campgrounds and transportation infrastructure operated by NPS in Washington state and across the country.

 

STATE FARM GIFTS ARIVVA CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Arivva Center for Arts and Technology has been deemed a worthwhile endeavor by State Farm, as the company recently pledged a gift of $10,000 to Arivva’s Visual & Digital Art Program. This is the second gift that State Farm has made to Arivva in so many years. Thanks to these recent substantial contributions by State Farm and other organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, MultiCare Health Systems, and the Clay Art Center, Arivva has gained momentum in its efforts to bring hope and opportunity to young adults in Parkland.

Led by Executive Director Dan Bissonnette and Arivva’s Board of community leaders, Arivva has been working with Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) on a major in-kind donation to open a world-class facility at 121stStreet South and Pacific Avenue, which will provide afterschool arts programs for high school students, and career training programs for high school graduates. “The work Arivva will be doing fits right into PLU’s mission of educating students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care – for other people, for their communities and for the Earth,” shared Sue Liden, Director of Risk Services at PLU. State Farm’s support of Arivva’s mission is individual employment-focused according to Community Relations / Public Affairs spokesperson, Ty Cordova. The company’s contribution will directly impact the realization of dreams for those in the Parkland community by supporting Arivva’s current focus of building analysis and design, pre-operations planning, and pilot programs.

Arivva is an affiliate of the National Center for Arts & Technology, joining a network of centers that have adapted the Manchester Bidwell Education Model. This model has, for decades, been used across the United States to address low educational achievement among youth, as well as high unemployment rates among adults in distressed communities. Discussions are currently being held among Pierce County and Washington state legislators regarding allocation of funds that would support the organization on its path to increase high school graduation rates, post-secondary education, and employment rates for high-school students and transitional adults in Parkland, Midland, Spanaway and other unincorporated communities of south Pierce County. Arivva’s mission is to building pathways to achievement and self-sufficiency through arts-based youth development and industry-specific career training in an environment that fosters creativity and individual empowerment. All services are provided at no cost to students.

Arivva is seeking time, talent, and treasure to make its vision a reality. If you are an individual or business that is interested in supporting Arivva’s efforts, for more information or to get involved please email info@arivva.org. Arivva is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Tax ID # 81-4175391. Additional media can be found at www.dotygroupcpas.com/blog/arriva-center-for-arts-and-technology-state-farm-gift.

 

AIKIDO DOJO OPENS IN THE OLD ELLIOTT BUILDING

 

Tacoma Aikikai, a traditional aikido dojo, announced the Grand Opening of Tacoma’s newest martial arts school at 2502 S. 12th St. in the Central District. The dojo brings new life to the old Elliott building, which has sat vacant for the last several years. Woman owned and operated, the new dojo will serve youth and adults with traditional training in aikido, aikido weapons, iaido (Japanese sword), and zazen meditation. Connecting aikido practitioners across the Northwest, the dojo also hosts regional aikido events and community workshops in self-defense and cultural arts. A community open house and celebration, free and open to the public, will be held April 20 from 1-4 pm. Attendees can enjoy foods, games, and demonstrations while learning about the art and culture of aikido.

After two years of training in Urban Grace Church in downtown Tacoma, Tacoma Aikikai found a new home in the red brick Elliott Building at the corner of Sourth 12th Street and Prospect, close to the 6th Avenue business district. The new facility offers 1,400 square feet of padded training area, perfect for the high falls and rolls of aikido practice. A traditional training hall, it also provides a simple setting for meditation and mindfulness practice.

When Chief Instructor Ea Murphy returned from Japan in 2015, she chose Tacoma for a new dojo in large part because of the city’s community-centered values. After opening in 2016, Tacoma Aikikai joined the Spaceworks’ business incubator program, which provided invaluable networking and business development opportunities. Two years later, with help from its members, Tacoma Aikikai has built a new permanent home to offer the benefits of aikido and martial arts training to the Central District neighborhood.

“Aikido practice offers a direct route to personal and community empowerment,” Murphy explains. “Particularly in the face of today’s challenges, a martial art that promotes conflict resolution and personal choice is extremely valuable.” Aikido exercises body and mind, improves flexibility and coordination, and promotes overall well-being. Known as the “way of harmony,” the art also offers practical applications for safe falling, self-defense, and self-control that benefit adults, teens, and kids of any age or ability.

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