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Arts Month Studio Tour
Sat., Oct. 12 & Sun., Oct. 13
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
56 locations around Tacoma

You are invited inside the working studios of 96 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. Once you’ve collected at least seven stamps, send in the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be picked up at all studio locations during the tour or print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport at https://tinyurl.com/yxg8wqmt

Price: Free.
Ages: This is a free, family friendly, self-guided tour. 
Info: Check out the Tacoma Studio Tour webpage at www.TacomaArtsMonth.com for all the details including an interactive map so you can plot your custom tour course.

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town
Tues., Oct. 8,
7 p.m.
Slavonian Hall
2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma

The Beltane Boys add their soulful blend of male vocal harmonies to songs from all around the British Isles and Ireland. It wouldn’t be a céilidh without some instrumental dance music, and the Beltane Boys’ fiery jigs and reels will be sure to get your toes tapping. So come enjoy a lively evening of song, story, laughter, and tunes that will have you humming all the way home.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info: classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

Get Smart: Tech Help
Wed., Oct. 9
4-6 p.m.
Parkland/Spanaway Library
13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma

Technology got you down? Frustrated? We’re here to help. Bring your questions and devices, and dedicated staff will help you with your tech-related problems.

Price: Free.
Info: www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar; (253) 548-3304


Jewels in the Forest
Wed., Oct. 9
7 p.m.
Tacoma Nature Center
1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma

Ellen King-Rice presents “Jewels in the Forest: Fungi, Lichens and Mosses,” part of the South Sound Speaker Series. King-Rice’s presentation is a colorful introduction to lichens, mushrooms and mosses of the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of “Undergrowth and The EvoAngel” and is a former wildlife biologist and a sub-cellular fungal fanatic. Come and enjoy this different world.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info: www.southsoundchapterwnps.org

Pre-school Story Time
Wed., Oct. 9
10:30 a.m.
Lakewood Library
6300 Wildaire Rd. SW., Lakewood

Stories, rhymes, singing and fingerplays for children and caregivers. Occurs every Wednesday, same time.

Price: Free.
Info: www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar; (253) 548-3302

Washington in Spaaaace!
Thur., Oct. 10
7-10 p.m.
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Explore the exhibition “A New Moon Rises” and learn about Washington’s role in the space race. See the musuem’s collection of retro-futuristic space-age artifacts too. You’ll enjoy space related activities and crafts as well as the usual games and hijinks. Sip some out-of-this-world beverages from Three Magnets Brewing and Chateau Ste. Michelle while you have fun with friends and meet new history-lovers. Experience the History Museum after-hours.

Ages: 21+ only.
Price: $15 members, $20 advance tickets for non-members, $25 at the door. Tickets include two complimentary beverages, access to the exhibition “A New Moon Rises” and all the other fun crafts and activities.
Info: www.washingtonhistory.org/events; (253) 272-3500

Chowtown
Fri., Oct. 11
12-8 p.m.
1602 S. Mildred St.

Come enjoy food trucks and outdoor games in the beer garden. Covered outdoor seating, live music, outdoor movies and quiz nights.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free entrance.
Info: Check out www.chowtowntacoma.com for current lineup of food and entertainment!

Organ at Noon
Fri., Oct. 11
12 p.m.
University of Puget Sound Kilworth Memorial Chapel
1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma

Wyatt Smith, American concert organist presents “A Leipzig Sound Bite – Music by Schein, Kuhnau, Telemann, Bach, and Mendelssohn.”

Ages: All ages.
Info: (253) 879-3741

The Great Pumpkin Bazaar
Sat., Oct. 12
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First Christian Church of Tacoma
602 N. Orchard St., Tacoma

B&G Sponsored Events presents this annual favorite, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling goods ranging from arts and crafts, clothing, books, and jewelry, to keepsakes, foods, home décor and much more. Bring the kids to meet special guests Sally and Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” fame. Get started early on your Christmas shopping!

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free admission.
Info: bokworm234@aol.com; (253) 831-7894

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: www.jobcarrmuseum.org; (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: www.defiance50k.com; (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: www.washingtonhistory.org/events; (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. 
Info: MadamsNW.com.

Community Mental Health Forum
Thurs., 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.
Info: www.linksinc.org.

FARMERS MARKETS

Broadway Farmers Market
Thursdays
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
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.

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