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End of Summer Blast

Sat., Aug. 31. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Join polar bears, red wolves, tigers and more in an all-weekend celebration jam-packed with cool activities – literally! Watch our animals play with icy treats and summery enrichments, and enjoy some of your own at the Kids’ Zone or café. Then wander round to discover animals up close through animal encounters, keeper talks and the action-packed Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater show. End of Summer Blast gives you three days of non-stop summery fun.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free with Zoo admission or membership.
Info/schedule: www.pdza.org/event/summer-blast

Curran Orchard Apple Squeeze

Sun., Aug. 25, 12-4 p.m.
Curran Orchard
3920 Grandview Dr. W. in University Place. 

Enjoy delicious cider, apple pie, ice cream, the Big Apple, Johnny Appleseed, master gardeners and entertainment by the Sunset Bible Church Band. The public may pick from unmarked trees starting at noon. Apples and jugs also available for purchase. Get in squeeze line by 2 p.m. Limit two crates per family. No store bought or home grown apples.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free. Info: www.curranappleorchard.com; (253) 565-8466

‘The Seagull’

Sun., Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Dukesbay Theater
508 6th Ave., Tacoma

New Muses Theatre Company presents Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” When aging actress Irina brings the popular writer Trigorin to her brother’s country estate, it sets off a chain of events that will affect everyone’s lives forever. Love blossoms, old stories become new again, and tragedy unfolds on the shores of an idyllic Russian lake as Chekhov’s first masterpiece finally comes to the New Muses stage in a beautiful new production.

Price: $15.
Info: www.NewMuses.com; (253) 254-5530

Cure Dog Anxiety

Mon., Aug. 26, 10:30-11 a.m. (held the last Monday of each month)
Tillicum Library
14916 Washington Ave. SW, Lakewood

At least 46% of all dogs suffer from some type of anxiety. There are many different types of anxiety that dogs can suffer from including separation anxiety, noise anxiety and age related anxiety. Our free seminar will teach different methods to treat your dog’s anxiety.

Ages: 18+
Price: Free.
Info: chilledk9.com; (800) 269-8001

Baby Care Class

Wed., Aug. 28, 4:30-6 p.m.
Anna Lemon Wheelock Library
3722 N. 26th St., Tacoma

This class, taught by a professional psychologist, teaches parents the basics of proper parenting and child development.

Ages: 16-plus
Price: Free. Info: bestbabykit.com; (253) 241-9122

Thirsty Summer Nights 5k

Wed., Aug. 28, 6 p.m.
Titlow Park
8425 6th Ave., Tacoma

Come for an evening 5k at Titlow Park. After the race enjoy root beer and Orange Crush ice cream floats. Check-in begins at 6 p.m.; race begins at 7 p.m. All participants receive a finisher medal. Dogs on leash welcome.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org/event/thirsty-summer-nights-5k

Concert, Picnic, Market in the Park

Thurs., Aug. 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Fircrest Park
555 Contra Costa Ave., Fircrest

Fircrest Parks and Recreation and Team Insurance present this family friendly, community event featuring live entertainment, a farmers market and food trucks. The Fabulous Murphtones will be performing from 6:30-8 p.m. Food Trucks will include BMK (Boss Mama’s Kitchen), Ruca, Ruca 2 and Bliss Ice Cream.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info: www.cityoffircrest.net/event/concert-picnic-market-park-2; (253) 564-8177

Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

Fri., Aug. 30, 10 a.m.
Titlow Park & Lodge
8425 6th Ave., Tacoma

Bring your family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have lots of fun during some of the lowest tides of the year. A naturalist will guide low-tide beach exploration. Meet at Titlow Beach. Wear shoes to protect from the rocky beach and bring plenty of water and sunscreen. For more information contact Tacoma Nature Center. Titlow Beach is located at the west end of 6th Avenue in Tacoma, near Steamers Cafe.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org/event/tiptoe-through-the-tidepools-3

Feeding Frenzy

Sat., Aug. 31, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville

What’s your favorite food? For our golden eagles, it’s meatballs. For our wolves, it’s steak. And for our barn owl, it’s mice. Join us on Feeding Frenzy weekend and watch our animals devour their favorite foods.

Ages: All ages.
Price/info: www.metroparkstacoma.org/event/feeding-frenzy/2019-08-30

Bloom with Yoga

Sat., Aug. 31, 9 a.m.
W.W. Seymour Conservatory
316 S. G St., Tacoma

Practicing yoga and meditation in the conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leafy plants have been linked to enhanced creative thinking and a boost in happiness. Enjoy a moderately paced yoga class with a focus on conscious breathing and healthy alignment while gaining strength, flexibility and focus. Limited space, registration required.

Presented by CHI Franciscan.

Price: $15 suggested donation.
Info/registration: www.metroparkstacoma.org/event/bloom-with-yoga-meditation-7

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FARMERS MARKETS

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 https://cityoflakewood.us/lakewood-farmers-market.

Info: (253) 983-7887

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