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NEON 2019

Sat., Aug. 17, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma

Are you ready for the art party of the summer? Then come to NEON 2019, a benefit event for Spaceworks Tacoma. Back by popular demand, this fourth annual art party features a pop-up gallery and shop, food and drink, carnival games, live music and performances, and, of course, a DJ dance party to finish the night. Performance schedule: 7:05 p.m. SMAC; 7:30 p.m. Iconic Arts; 7:55 p.m. Baja Boy; 8:20 p.m. Grit City Performers; 8:45 p.m. Tacoma Dance Studio; 9:10 p.m. Glenn; 10 p.m. DJ Dance Party w/DJ Semaj​.

Ages: All ages.
Price: $30 general admission; $50 VIP (includes screen-printed T-shirt and NEON glow surprise); $15 student; free children under 12; $15 Just Dance Party (after 10 p.m.).

How to Screen Print

Mon., Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Fife Library, 6622 20th St. E., Fife

Silvana Dailey teaches how to apply a creative image onto a T-shirt and then make your own. Some shirts will be available but bring your own to ensure the best fit.

Ages: For teens.
Price: Free.
Info:; (253) 548-3323

Gravity Catastrophe!

Tues., Aug. 13, 2 p.m.
Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd., Lakewood

Alex Zerbe, The Zaniac, will captivate you as he uses juggling skills to teach physics. He takes a tornado of juggling, combines it with a whirlwind of knowledge and sends it crashing into your brain.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info:; (253) 548-3302

Kids’ Maker Market

Thurs., Aug. 15
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Free and family friendly event featuring 20+ artists and makers ages 3-18. Tacoma Art Museum will be free from 5-8 p.m. and the market is in the lobby (free entry) from 4-7 p.m. Free snacks and a free kid craft curated by TAM. Bring cash as some vendors won’t take credit cards. We’ll also be running a raffle to benefit TAM’s Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.

Mobile Blood Drive

Thurs., Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
People’s Center, 1602 S. MLK Way, Tacoma

A community partnership with Bloodworks Northwest is making it more convenient for you to give the blood that’s needed at Tacoma-area hospitals. When you donate, you’re saving lives. Reserve your donation time using the Bloodworks app:

Summer Bash at Stewart Heights Park

Fri., Aug. 16, 6 p.m.
Stewart Heights Park, 5715 Reginald Gutierrez Ln., Tacoma

Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family. Summer Bash – featuring Click! Mobile Movies – is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. At dusk, watch the movie “How to Train Your Dragon” (rated PG) on the inflatable screen. Seating is on the lawn, so attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or low-back folding chairs.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.

Mary Poppins, Jr.

Fri., Aug. 16 & Sat., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises, “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Price: $8. Info:; (253) 272-2281

Drop-In Business Coaching

Fri., Aug. 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University Place Library, 3609 Market Pl. W., University Place

Veterans Business Outreach Center Business Counselor Steve Watts-Oelrich is holding walk-in office hours for business counseling at the University Place Library on the third Friday of every month. You do not need an appointment, but if you would like to reserve a certain time or have questions, please contact
Price: Free.
Info:; (206) 324-4330

Dock Fishing Derby

Sat., Aug. 17, 8 a.m.
Point Defiance Marina, 5912 Waterfront Dr., Tacoma

Join us for a day to fish with others who have a passion for dock fishing. Compete to win three winnable categories: flounder, sculpin, and coolest catch. A photographer will be on hand to get pictures of you and your catch. Dock fishing community provides bait, help in baiting, cleaning fish, guidance and education of fishing off the dock.

Ages: All ages.
Price: entry fee $5 per adult angler (youth 14 and under free); 20 participants maximum, first come first served. All Fish and Wildlife rules apply. Only legal fish qualify.
Info: (253) 404-3960

Point Defiance Beach Clean-Up

Sat., Aug. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Owen Beach, 5605 N. Owen Beach Rd., Tacoma

Get hooked on helping at these cleanup events held every third Saturday at the Point Defiance Marina. Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches.

Dress for the weather, whatever that means for you (some people like to wear rain gear and boots, some don’t). If you want warm gloves or work gloves, please bring them. We provide garbage bags, pick up sticks, rubber gloves, coffee and hot cocoa.

Ages: Children welcome with adult supervision.


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

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