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Local artists wanted for Foss concert art booths

Friends of the Foss are looking for various local artists wanting to purchase a spot at their concert on the Thea Foss Waterfront Series and Diversity of Tacoma Chalk Art Contest happening Aug 19 and Sept. 16. They prefer no food items unless you have a food-vending permit and it is pre-packaged. Booths that provide a type of interactive art are welcomed and encouraged. Local artists with crafts are welcomed and encouraged, organizations that work with youth through art and would like to set up an informational booth are also welcome and encouraged. All vendors must have their own vending permit and either be willing to sign a waiver or carry their own insurance. Spot fee is $25 and organizers encourage vendors to donate 10 percent of profits to Friends of the Foss so they can continue to provide such an awesome annual concert series, but the only actual required cost is the space rental, which is $25. The concerts run from 12:30-4 p.m. and set up is available as early as 10 a.m.

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Exhibitors wanted for Pierce County Library System’s MakerFest 2018

Calling all DIYers, makers and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) enthusiasts with skills and knowledge to share. Pierce County Library System is looking for children and adults to share their interests and talents with more than 1,500 people of all ages through hands-on and interactive activities at Pierce County Library’s free MakerFest.

Anyone at any age may apply to be a MakerFest exhibitor. Complete the application at by Sept. 15 to share passions, talents and skills with the community. The application and exhibitor space is free. Priority deadline is Aug. 15.

MakerFest wants anyone at any age and any skill level who is excited to share their maker or DIY knowledge and skills. Project examples: 3-D printing, coding, comics, cooking, cosplay, custom bicycles, DIY electronics, fabric arts, gardening, green living, hardware hacks, jewelry making, Legos, robotics, woodworking and more.

MakerFest is a free, all-ages event where people explore building, creating, crafting and coding through displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities. It will take place Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington State Fair Event Center, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup, AgriPlex building, green gate. Parking is free.

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Find treasures past and present at Harbor History Museum Vintage Fair

Gig Harbor’s Harbor History Museum hosts its Vintage Fair Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Treasures past and present, booths of vintage wares, antique appraisal opportunities, demos, reclaimed items and nautical novelties are just some of the exciting aspects of the inaugural HHM Vintage Fair. Booths of vintage wares are open all day. Delicious food from Chef Sunshine Catering will be available all day as well.

Have your art, antiques, coins, medals and Native collectibles appraised. Similar to PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” the HHM Vintage Fair will feature appraisal opportunities for those in the community who would like to know more about their personal treasures. From noon until 3 p.m., experts in antiques, art, coins, medals and native collectibles will be on hand. For $5 an item, attendees can have their piece appraised.

C.E. Shaw’s Rooster Races — which became famous in the 1930s — will be making a comeback: this time as a fun game for kids, not the racing of actual roosters. Split into three different age groups (4-6, 7-9, and 10-12), kids will don rooster masks and compete in a “red light, green light” style game to see who will take home the coveted Rooster Race Championship. Sign-ups for the Rooster Race will begin at 10 a.m. and close just prior to the start of the race at 1 p.m. Entry into the race is $2 and comes with a paper rooster mask to race in. The Rooster Race will be held from 1-3 p.m. in various heats.

Live music by Ranger and the Rearrangers takes place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., at which point the winners of the Round Rock Contest will be announced. Museum gallery tours will run from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m., running the top of the hour, every hour. At 40 past each hour (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,) guests will also have the opportunity to experience school life at the turn of the century with scheduled classes in the Midway Schoolhouse, taught by in-character school marms. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can also tour the 1925 Skansie-built purse seiner Shenandoah, and have all your questions answered by the Shenandoah crew.

Vintage Fest admission: $7 Harbor History Museum members and children 12 and under are free.

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