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Beers & Balloons

Thurs., Aug. 22, 6:30-9 p.m.
Peaks and Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Tacoma

You think balloon twisting is just for kid’ ‘parties? This adult only balloon twisting experience with Jami Stavlo will definitely have you rethinking your assumptions about this art form. Jami’s mesmerizing balloon sculpting technique, along with her incredibly engaging storytelling, will have you bent sideways laughing and eager to share your new and impressive twisting skills at your next social gathering. Must register at:

Ages: 21+.
Price: $20, includes one beer or beverage of your choice and all the materials need to twist balloons.
Info:; (646) 541-2659

Summer Storytime at the Cabin

Tues., Aug. 20, 11 a.m. noon
Job Carr Cabin Museum, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma

Stories, games and crafts for kids ages 3-9 and their families. Admission to the Museum and all events are “pay as you can.” Sponsored by Annie Wright Schools.

Price: Pay as you can.
Info:, (253) 627-5405

WorkSource Drop-In Help

Tues, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 2-4 p.m.
Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. SW, Lakewood

WorkSource employment experts help with your specific questions about all things employment related: resumes, LinkedIn, job coaching and interview prep.

Price: Free.
Info:; (253) 548-3302

Listen Live @ Lunch

Wed., Aug. 21, noon-1 p.m.
First Lutheran Church, 524 S. I St., Tacoma

A summer series of 10 classical music concerts every Wednesday at noon (Jun. 26-Aug. 28) featuring musicians from around the region and the world. This concert welcomes Duo Soprello: Allison Pohl, soprano; Alistair MacRae, cello with Ricardo de la Torre, piano. The audience is welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the performance.

Ages: 5 and up.
Price: Free.
Info:; (253) 272-1538

Free Car Wash

Thurs., Aug. 22, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Brown Bear Car Wash (these Tacoma locations):
3002 S. 38th St.;
13204 Pacific Ave. S.;
5950 6th Ave

Brown Bear Car Wash turns “62” and celebrates by offering free “Beary Clean” car washes to customers. Last year’s one-day event added sparkle and shine to a record-setting 32,789 cars and trucks across the Puget Sound area. The Seattle-based, family-owned company has provided more than 400,000 free “Beary Clean” washes over the past 13 years to celebrate its August “birthday” and to honor former and current service members on Veterans Day.

Price: Free.
Info: for additional locations

Military Appreciation Night @ LeMay

Thurs., Aug. 22, 4-7 p.m.
LeMay-America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St., Tacoma

Whip, ride, jalopy, or baby. Whatever you call it, motor over to the Cruise-Ins at ACM! Jingle along with America’s favorite “bowtie,, get groovy with the summer of love, and honor our veterans and military families. Join us on ACM’s Haub Family Field for food, fun, music, and an unbelievable gathering of collector vehicles. Active duty military members can enjoy discounted admission to the museum in addition to food and drinks offered at the Thirst Responder Beer Garden. Military vehicles encouraged, though all makes/models are welcome to attend. No vintage vehicle? No problem! Open to all makes and models of collector cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info:; (253) 683-3962

Meaningful Movies

Fri., Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Center for Spiritual Living, 206 N. J St., Tacoma

A place expecting an influx of refugees has a choice to make: throw up barricades or throw open its arms. A new documentary called “Strangers in Town” shows what happened when Garden City, Kan., chose the latter.

Price: Pay what you can, $5 suggested donation.
Info:; (253) 381-2737

Parkland Pace or Race

Sat., Aug. 24, 8:30-11 a.m.
Washington High School, 12420 Ainsworth Ave. S., Tacoma

Online registration closes on Aug. 23, 11:59 p.m. Registrations also accepted on day of the event for an additional $5. Registration/packet pick up opens 8:30 a.m., closes 9:20 a.m., event starts at 9:30 a.m., awards being at 10:30 a.m. Five-kilometer course is flat and fast. Raffle prizes are given away at awards ceremony. Ribbons are given to top three in each gender and age group. Medals are given to first place overall male and female. All proceeds benefit Washington High School Cross Country. Registration, course map, and results at

Ages: All ages.
Price: $15.
Info: Allen Culp at (253) 219-5252 or;

Community Connection Day Carnival

Sat., Aug. 24, 1-5 p.m.
Speaking Life to the World Developers,
15413 1st Ave., Tacoma (behind Spanaway Albertsons)

Bring the family and enjoy this all-free event. Food, bounce house, fire truck tour, games & prizes, great raffle giveaways, back-to-school supplies, haircuts, new clothing and much more.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.

Community Day @ Lakewold Gardens

Sat., Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lakewold Gardens,
12317 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood

Enjoy one of the Northwest’s great gardens and discover the joys of nature and our connection to community and the earth. It will be a day to meet the people who serve our communities and learn about the programs and resources available in the neighborhood. There will be an abundant amount of fun activities for all ages to participate in.

Ages: All ages.
Price: $5 suggested donation.
Info:; (253) 584-4106


Broadway Farmers Market
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
9th & Broadway

Now in it’s 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
Saturdays, 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.

Point Ruston Farmers Market
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5005 Ruston Way (The Grand Plaza)

You won’t find a more beautiful setting for a farmers market than Point Ruston. Centered in the heart of the Grand Plaza, market vendors are surrounded by the beauty of Commencement Bay, miles of walking trails, and a diversity of shops. You’ll find a variety of fresh produce, flowers, locally processed foods like pickles, pasta, baked goods, sauces and so much more.

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

Eastside Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m.
3500 McKinley Ave. E

In the heart of the historic McKinley District on the east side of Tacoma this vibrant community market offers an abundant selection of the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, processed foods, and baked goods. Enjoy weekly music, and kids’ activities, cooking demos, and so much more.

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

Lakewood Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 4-Sept. 10
Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. S.W., Lakewood

Shop local and support more than 12 local farmers. Every market day enjoy live music, international entertainment and children’s activities. Grab lunch from food trucks and eat outside around the fountain. You will find everything from organic produce to kettle corn, handmade ice cream and crafts. Now selling local wine, and beer. Plenty of free parking. See all vendors and complete schedule of events at

Info: (253) 983-7887

Steilacoom Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m.,
Downtown Steilacoom on the corner of LaFayette & Wilkes St. through Aug. 28

Shop among 65+ vendors selling vegetables, fruit, food, stones and crystals, honey, tea and hand-crafted items like jewelry, soaps, candles, artwork and furniture. Also enjoy a concert in the park (across the street), 6:30-8 p.m.


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