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Mining Memories for Stories Workshop
Sun., Oct. 20
2-4 p.m.
King’s Books
218 St. Helen’s Ave., Tacoma

Tacoma author/illustrator Wendy Wahman leads this presentation and workshop designed to tap childhood memories for stories, or for whatever reason you may wish. Wahman received a 2019-20 TAIP grant from the City of Tacoma for her graphic memoir, “Progress.” She is the author/illustrator of “Don’t Lick the Dog,” “Pony in the City,” “Nanny Paws” and other fine books for children.

Price: Free.
Info:; (253) 272-8801.

Craft Saturday
Sat., Oct. 12
1-4 p.m.
Job Carr Cabin Museum
2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma

Drop by Job Carr Cabin Museum for monthly Craft Saturday event. Clebrate Tacoma Arts Month and #TheBigDraw with a fun afternoon of drawing activities. We’ll provide a variety of art materials; just bring your creative imagination.

Ages: Activities designed for children ages 3-9 and their families.
Price: Pay as you can.
Info:; (253) 627-5405

Defiance 50k
Sat., Oct. 12
8 a.m.
Owen Beach
5605 N. Owen Beach Rd., Tacoma (in Point Defiance Park)

The Defiance 50k/30k/15k is a scenic race that takes runners through the beautiful trails of Point Defiance, with over 700 acres of old growth forests and panoramic views of the Puget Sound.

Ages: All ages.
Info:; (253) 682-7535

Festival of Choirs
Sat., Oct. 12
4:30 p.m.
University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall
1567-1625 N. Union Ave., Tacoma

University of Puget Sound’s annual choral concert featuring the Adelphian Concert Choir, Voci d’Amici, Chorale, and Dorian Singers. Steven Zopfi, J. Edmund Hughes, and Kathryn Lehmann, conductors.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info: (253) 879-3741

Blast into the Past
Sat., Oct. 12
1-3 p.m.
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Celebrate Washington’s role in the space race with these drop-in, family-friendly activities. Build and test your own spacecraft. Pretend you’re stranded on the moon. Learn about Washington’s many strange connections to space exploration. Then explore the new exhibit A New Moon Rises, featuring dramatic photographs of the moon’s surface. Family Saturdays are scheduled from 1:00-3:00 PM on the second Saturday of each month and feature hands-on activities inspired by local history.

Ages: Activities are designed for children ages 4-12 but all ages are welcome. Price: $11-14; kids 5 and under free.
Info:; (253) 272-3500

Madams of the Northwest Drag Brunch Show
Sun., Oct. 13
11 a.m.
Pacific Grill Events Center
1530 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Come out, eat, drink and be entertained by the cast of Madams of the Northwest. This female illusion show brings back the good old days of how entertainment in saloons used to be. Featuring some of the most talented drag queens from all over the Pacific Northwest, each performer will seduce you with their own unique personalities.

Ages: 21+
Price: Open seating $50 plus tax and fee per ticket which includes the brunch buffet. VIP reserved seating $75 plus tax and fee per ticket which includes a brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas, a picture with the cast and seats reserved closer to the stage. 

Art Supplies Sale
Tues., Oct. 15
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma

The Pacific Gallery Artists is having a sale of art supplies. There will be both new and gently used items covering a range of mediums. We accept debit and credit cards, checks and cash. In addition to art supplies for sale, there will also be a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds go to help support the Pacific Gallery Artists. Convenient parking. Come join the fun!

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free admission.

Healthcare In Retirement
Tues., Oct. 15
6-7 p.m.
Sound Credit Union
3633 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

This complimentary workshop gives an overview of Mediare and Medicare Supplements. Sound Credit Union members and community members are invited to attend the seminar and learn more.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info: (800) 562-8130

Movie Night: ‘Godzilla – King of the Monsters’
Tues., Oct. 15
6-8:30 p.m.
Parkland/Spanaway Library
13718 Pacific Ave., S., Tacoma

Come enjoy free popcorn and a free screening of this PG-13-rated film.

Info:; (253) 548-3304

‘In My Father’s Wakes’
Wed., Oct. 16
7-9 p.m.
PLU Scandinavian Cultural Center
12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma

Marine biologist Thor Heyerdahl Jr. will speak about life with his father, the Norwegian explorer, archaeologist, writer and environmentalist Thor Heyerdahl of “Kon-Tiki” fame.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info: Event Info:; (253) 535-7322

World Affairs Council Reception
Wed., Oct. 16
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Join in honoring the state’s consular officials and celebrate the global connections that tie us together. Hosted since 1989, the Consular Association Reception celebrates the relationships that position Washington as a leading state in economic, trade and cultural exchange. The CAR honors the ties that bind us and the individuals dedicated to this work. This year the 30th annual CAR will be held among the exhibit “Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest,” which will be available for attendees to view.

Price: $50 general admission; $40 WAC Tacoma members; $25 students and elected officials.
Info:; (253) 251-2750

Community Mental Health Forum
Sat., Oct. 19
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bethlehem Baptist Church
4818 Portland Ave., Tacoma.

Learn how to recognize mental health issues and increase your awareness of available treatment and support. Presented by the Tacoma chapter of The Links, Incorporated, an international, not-for-profit corporation established in 1946. The membership consists of 16,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and London, England. The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders who have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists, educators, and volunteers. The Tacoma (WA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered in 1966, and the chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 19, 2016.

Price: Free.

Celtic Faire
Sat., Oct. 19
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
7410 S. 12th St., Tacoma

Celtic dancers and music on two stages, crafts and gifts, high tea, bake shoppe, lunch items for sale, children’s activities, and the ever-popular 2nd Time Around Jewelry Shoppe.

Price: Free admission.
Info:; (253) 564-4402

Lutefisk Dinner & Bazaar
Sat., Oct. 19
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Normanna Hall
1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma

Norden #2 presents this annual event. Dinner includes all you can eat lutefisk, meatballs, lefse and all the trimmings. Also visit the bazaar with lefse making demonstrations, Scandinavian cookies, pastry and gifts.

Price: Adults $25; ages 6-12: $12.50; 5 & under free.
Info: (253) 627-9012

Fall Foliage Festival & Plant Sale
Sat., Oct. 19 & Sun., Oct. 20
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way

Fantastic fall foliage is just minutes away at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. Celebrate autumn with this free festival that features plant sales, tours, plant talks, food and coffee trucks, a fall photo backdrop, and activities for kids and families – including painting your own mini pot, science station, and more. Purchases of $50 or more in the Visitor Center or nursery will receive a garden pass for use on a future visit.

Price: Free admission.
Ages: All ages.
Info:;  (253) 838-4646


Broadway Farmers Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 25
9th & Broadway

Now in its 29th year, this vibrant downtown marketplace hosts more than 80 vendors who provide the highest quality fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, honey, specialty foods and artisan crafts. Located in the shadow of the historic Pantages Theater, the market also offers a wide selection of hot food vendors and café seating. You’ll find something for everyone, from farm fresh produce, to kid’s activities, chef’s demos, gardening advice and more.

This market proudly accepts EBT, WIC/SFMNP and offers the Fresh Bucks EBT matching and Apple-a-Day programs.

Proctor Farmers Market
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
N. 27th St. & N. Proctor St.

This year, the Proctor Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 25th year. This vibrant market features local produce, tree and stone fruits, foraged and cultivated mushrooms, cheeses, pasture raised meats, wild caught fish, artisan foods, jams, jellies honey, herbs, cut flowers, fresh baked breads & baked goods, wine, cider, craft distilleries, hot and ready-to-eat foods, live entertainment and so much more.

Inquire at the Market Info Booth on how to double your EBT dollars with Fresh Bucks and WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers are gladly accepted.

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