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Cobalt Storage in Milton and Hunt’s Services in Tacoma, in conjunction with Operation Clean City, Green City in Milton, are co-sponsoring a “Harvest of Hope” Thanksgiving food drive to help feed those in need. Non-perishable items are needed by Saturday, Nov. 18 to be dropped off at Cobalt Storage, 8025 Pacific Hwy. E. in Milton.

The food shopping list includes canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned yams, canned/bottled gravy, dried or canned beans, rice, pasta and spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese mix, stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, corn muffin mix, Jell-O and pudding mix, canned pie filling, flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, pepper, spices, canned ham and meats (please check expiration date on all donated items).

Your kind assistance in this food drive is deeply appreciated.


Tacoma Historical Society will present its annual Veterans Day observance on Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to noon at Tacoma’s War Memorial Park, 624 N. Meyers St., Tacoma.

The featured guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Mike Ake, executive officer at the 56th Theater Information Operations Group with the Washington Army National Guard.  A brass quartet from Camp Murray will provide music.


Please note the anticipated event-related road closures expected around Tacoma through Sunday, Nov. 26:

On Friday, Nov. 17, the Whitman Elementary Turkey Trot event will close South 39th Street between South L and South J streets, South J Street between South 39th and South 40th streets, and South 40th Street between South L and South J streets from 9:15-11:15 a.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 23, the Tacoma City Turkey Trot event will close various streets on North 26th, North 25th, North 15th, North 12th, North 9th, North Adams, and North Washington streets as well as the southbound lane of North Union Avenue between North 26th and 9th streets from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 23, the Metro Parks Norpoint Turkey Trot event will close Nassau Avenue Northeast, Northshore Parkway, Ridge Drive Northeast, and Browns Point Boulevard Northeast from 8-11 a.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, the Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting event will close Broadway between South 9th Street and the surface parking lot to the south of 914 Broadway from 2:30-7 p.m.

Ongoing: The Proctor Farmers Market closes North 27th from North Proctor to North Madison streets every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closures may change as a result of weather, event alterations and other unexpected circumstances.

To get event-related road closure updates, go to the cityoftacoma.org/EventRoadClosures event road closures web page and use the “Click to subscribe” link. To access a map of City construction projects with potential traffic impacts visit GovMe.com and click on “Large Impact Construction Projects.”


Recognizing and encouraging excellence in community service activities, the City Events and Recognition Committee is now accepting nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award. The committee is particularly interested in receiving nominations highlighting youth, or individuals, organizations or groups serving youth.

Nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 to be considered by the committee. Nominations can be submitted by email at MLK@cityoftacoma.org, fax at (253) 591-5232, or mail at City of Tacoma, Attention: City Events and Recognitions Committee, 747 Market St., Room 900, Tacoma WA 98402.

Questions or requests for hard copy nomination forms can be directed to MLK@cityoftacoma.org, 311 within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else, or the Customer Support Center in the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St., 2nd Floor) during regular business hours.

The award winner will be selected by the committee and recognized at the City of Tacoma’s 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Jan. 15, 2018. More information about the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is available at cityoftacoma.org/MLK. ​



Tacoma City Council seeks to fill six positions on the Citizen Police Advisory Committee – one at-large position, one youth position, and one position each for residents of City Council Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5.
The Citizen Police Advisory Committee is an advisory panel to the City Council as it pertains to Tacoma Police Department policy. Committee members are responsible for conducting policy review; reviewing trends in complaint investigation and statistical reports; and engaging in community outreach. Members of the committee are recommended by the Community Vitality and Safety Committee and appointed by the City Council.

The committee is comprised of 11 members – one member from each City Council District, five members from the general community, one youth member, and at least 40 percent of its members representing traditionally underrepresented communities.
Qualified applicants must be residents of Tacoma, not hold any other elected public office, not currently serve as a member of the Tacoma Police Department, or be an immediate family member of a department employee. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color and immigrants are encouraged to apply.
Additional information on the Citizen Police Advisory Committee is available at cityoftacoma.org/government/citizen_police_advisory_committee or through Chris Bell, City Manager’s Office, at (253) 591-7925.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, Nov. 20. Interested individuals can apply at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or by contacting Sola Wingenbach at (253) 591-5178, servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.



The Tacoma City Council seeks to fill two three-year terms on the Foss Waterway Development Authority (FWDA) Board of Directors.

The role of the FWDA is to implement the Master Plan for the Foss Waterway, including the sale, lease, development and management of public properties in and along the waterway.

The FWDA Board of Directors is comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Economic Development Committee and confirmed by the Council. Each board member serves a minimum three-year term and the time commitment is approximately two to six hours a month, plus six hours for an annual retreat. Members shall be civic or business leaders with experience in such fields as finance, real estate development, law or construction management and, to the extent possible, a majority of the membership shall be residents of Pierce County. Citizens who have an ownership interest in real property located within or along the Foss Waterway, employees of the City of Tacoma or Metro Park District, and members of other City of Tacoma Boards and Commissions are not eligible to serve.

For additional information on the FWDA, please visit www.cityoftacoma.org/government/committees_boards_commissions/foss_waterway_development_authority or contact Louise Dreyer at (253) 597-8122.Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20. Interested individuals can apply by visiting cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or by contacting Sola Wingenbach at (253) 591-5178, City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.



CHI Franciscan Health is recognizing Lung Cancer Awareness Month, part of its NW Healthy initiative focused on health and wellness. CHI Franciscan is educating the public about lung cancer, its risk factors and prevention methods, and highlighting recommended screenings to diagnose the disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Washington state, and the second most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the state. CHI Franciscan has a nationally recognized and comprehensive lung cancer program that includes screening and prevention, as well as lung cancer experts who specialize in diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.

“With more than 220,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year in the U.S., we must do more to combat this deadly disease,” said Dr. Baiya Krishnadasan, medical director, cardiothoracic surgery with CHI Franciscan Health. “Throughout the month of November, CHI Franciscan Health will continue to engage patients and families on what they need to know about lung cancer and provide support to those living with the disease.”

On Nov. 1, St. Joseph Medical Center, the flagship hospital of CHI Franciscan Health, hosted an Evening of Hope, an event that brought together lung cancer survivors, families, providers and staff for an evening of information, inspiration and remembrance. Lung cancer specialists answered questions and provided information about treatment options and clinical trials. CHI Franciscan Health is also supporting the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out on Nov. 16.

“Lung cancer is often diagnosed in a late stage, at which point it is difficult to treat,” added Dr. Krishnadasan. “CHI Franciscan hospitals offer a low-dose CT screening for lung cancer for high risk patients. We recommend these screening for men and women, ages 55 to 75, who are current or former smokers with a smoking history of 30 pack-years. By diagnosing and treating lung cancer in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood of cure.”

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. and the top risk factor for lung cancer. CHI Franciscan hospitals throughout the South Sound offer Freedom From Tobacco – free weekly support groups to help area residents who want to quit tobacco, newly quit, struggling with relapse, or helping a friend quit.

CHI Franciscan provides world-class cancer care that utilizes a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that focuses on treating the whole person. For more information about CHI Franciscan’s lung cancer program and treatment locations, please visit: www.chifranciscan.org/health-care-services/cancer-center/cancer-types/lung-cancer.html

Lung Cancer in Washington State:

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Washington state.

It is the second most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in Washington.

In 2017, there will be an estimated 4,390 new cases and 3,100 deaths from lung cancer in Washington.

According to the American Cancer society:

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer). About 14 percent of all new cancers are lung cancers.

There are about 220,000 new cases of lung cancer annually in the United States and about 160,000 people die annually from the disease.

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women; about one out of four cancer deaths are from lung cancer.

Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About two out of three people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older, while less than 2 percent are younger than 45. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 70.

Smoking is not the only cause of lung cancer:

Exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Other risk factors for lung cancer include secondhand smoke, air pollution, asbestos, and genetic factors.

People who have never smoked account for between 20,000 and 30,000 lung cancer diagnoses every year.



Over the last 30 years advances in molecular biology have led to groundbreaking discoveries that are transforming everything from industrial manufacturing to medical care. The information revolution has accelerated our knowledge about the diversity of microbes (bacteria, fungi, yeast, viruses) in our environment and the novel biological systems they possess to enhance our daily lives. From manufacturing sustainable concrete using bacteria to curing genetic diseases, the biological revolution is upon us and this lecture will elaborate on some of the new technologies that will significantly impact our society in the future.

Dr. Stanley Langevin is a research scientist in Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in comparative pathology at the University of California Davis evaluating West Nile virus pathogenesis and transmission dynamics in animal models. Dr. Langevin developed several innovative protocols to characterize microbial pathogens (bacteria and viruses) in various sample types while training at the Centers for Disease Control, Harvard School of Public Health, and Sandia National Laboratories. His research interests focus on defining microbiota community structures in different microenvironments and their impact on the agriculture, wildlife, and human health. Dr. Langevin has published over 40 journal articles related to infectious diseases and he has received multiple patents based on nucleic acid enrichment and prognostic microbial biomarkers.

Join the discussion on the SOS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/SuperheroesOfScience.

The Superheroes of Science lecture series will be held at RAIN (The Readiness Acceleration & Innovation Network) on Monday, Nov. 13 from 6-9 p.m., 2304 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma. RAIN is a nonprofit biotech innovation hub growing companies, talent, and jobs with a base of operations and headquarters in downtown Tacoma in its facility called “The Wedge.” RAIN works to facilitate and accelerate the development of small biotech companies which will result in local and regional job growth and talent development.

Free local street parking is available a few blocks around the Wedge. Additional parking is available on the University of Washington Tacoma campus, however, these spots generally cost a few dollars.

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