COUNTY COUNCIL TO MEET IN UNIVERSITY PLACE
Pierce County Council will hold a meeting in Council District 4 on April 16 at 6 p.m. It will be at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building, located at 9850 64th St. West in University Place.
LEARN ABOUT PROPOSED UPDATES TO FOUR COMMUNITY PLANS AT OPEN HOUSE
Pierce County residents are invited to learn about and provide feedback on proposed updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill Community Plans at an April 13 open house.
Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will be handled. The plans address topics such as zoning, transportation, the look and feel of the community, and access to services and amenities.
Using community feedback gathered over the last few years, Pierce County and the Land Use Advisory Commissions for the four areas have drafted proposed updates to the plans and development regulations.
“Central Pierce County continues to grow,” said Dennis Hanberg, Pierce County Planning and Public Works director. “The community must plan for this growth to maintain a livable community that reflects the values of its residents. Involvement from community members is crucial to ensure the final plans reflect the character, vision and goals of each community.”
The open house will be held at the Pierce County Skills Center, 16117 Canyon Rd. E. in Puyallup. The community can stop by any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to view displays and talk to staff. Short presentations will be made at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. An online version of the open house is available at www.piercecountywa.gov/cpupdate.
Significant proposed changes
The proposed changes include focusing growth along several major transportation corridors: Pacific Avenue/State Route 7, Meridian/State Route 161, 176th Street East, 112th Street East and Canyon Road East.
These areas would be zoned as a Center or Corridor. Centers are central gathering places for the community where people can live, work and access services, while Corridors would be areas for residential, commercial and employment uses designed to connect people to Centers.
Zoning changes are also proposed for significant portions of the community plan areas. About 22,000 property owners have been notified of a potential zoning change on or within 300 feet of their property.
Zoning guides what can be built on a property, property size and building placement, and what types of uses are allowed in the area. Property owners can visit www.piercecountywa.gov/cpupdate and click on “Interactive Map of Changes” to see if there is a proposed zone change for their property.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement available soon
Pierce County will issue a Draft Environmental Impact Statement the second week of April for the draft community plans. Environmental Impact Statements evaluate the impacts of changes to plans and zoning and provide ways to reduce any identified impacts.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement will have an extended 45-day comment period. Visit www.piercecountywa.gov/cpupdate the second week of April for a link to the document and information on how to provide comments. A Final Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared to provide additional information in response to comments received.
Residents will have several opportunities throughout 2019 to weigh in on the proposed changes.
The four Land Use Advisory Commissions are expected to hold public meetings this spring to gather feedback. After considering public testimony, each commission will make a final recommendation on their plan.
Next, the Planning Commission is expected to hold public hearings in late spring or early summer and send its final recommendation to the Pierce County Council. The council is then expected to hold hearings, determine whether to adopt changes, and set an effective date.
Check the meeting calendar at www.piercecountywa.gov/cpupdate for meeting information.
To learn more about the proposed updates, community members can call the Community Plans Hotline at (253) 798-2799, email CommunityPlans@piercecountywa.gov, or send a letter to Pierce County Planning and Public Works, Attn: Long Range Planning, 2401 S. 35thSt., Suite 2, Tacoma, WA 98409.
DOCENTS NEEDED FOR HISTORIC HOMES TOUR
The Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour, a grand Tacoma tradition, is coming up the first weekend of May, and Tacoma Historical Society needs volunteer docents in each home on the tour to facilitate the smooth operation of the event.
Would you like the opportunity to learn more about one of Tacoma’s historic homes and share that knowledge with tour attendees, all while helping Tacoma Historical Society with this important fundraiser? In case you need another incentive, docents receive a 50 percent discount on Home Tour tickets.
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ONLINE OPEN HOUSE BEGINS FOR FEDERAL WAY TO TACOMA DOME RAIL EXTENSION
Sound Transit is seeking additional public feedback on route alternatives and station locations for extending regional light rail from Federal Way to Tacoma. Public input during this public comment or “scoping” period will help the Sound Transit Board and the Federal Transit Administration determine which alternatives to study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
An online open house is available now through May 1 at https://tdlink.participate.online/. Comments may also be submitted via email at TDLEScoping@soundtransit.org or by mail at: Sound Transit, Elma Borbe, 401 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104. You can also leave a voicemail comment at (206) 903-7118.
In-person open houses are taking place in April at the following locations:
- Fife: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at Fife Community Center, 2111 54th ST. E.
- Tacoma: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St.
- Federal Way: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Performing Arts and Events Center, 31510 Pete Von Reichbauer Way S.
Following the scoping period, which ends May 1, the Sound Transit Board will consider comments received and other information to identify a preferred alternative for routes and stations, as well as other alternatives, to evaluate in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The final EIS will respond to comments received on the Draft EIS. The EIS process will document the Tacoma Dome Link Extension’s potential impacts on the natural and built environment and will take about three years to complete.
The regional light rail extension from Federal Way to the Tacoma Dome will be 9.7-miles of elevated and at-grade light rail from the Federal Way Transit Center to the Tacoma Dome with a new bridge crossing the Puyallup River. It includes four new stations located in south Federal Way, Fife, east Tacoma and the Tacoma Dome. The new regional light rail line is schedule to open in 2030. More information on the project and public involvement process is available at www.soundtransit.org/tdlink.
In addition to the Tacoma Dome Link Extension, Sound Transit is simultaneously working to extend regional light rail north, south and east, opening new stations every few years to form a 116-mile regional system by 2041. The agency is on track to open extensions to Seattle’s University District, Roosevelt and Northgate neighborhoods in 2021, followed by service to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond’s Overlake area in 2023. Additional extensions to Kent/Des Moines, Federal Way, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Downtown Redmond are planned to open in 2024. Further regional light rail extensions are scheduled to reach West Seattle in 2030; Seattle Center, South Lake Union and Ballard in 2035; Paine Field and Everett in 2036; and South Kirkland and Issaquah in 2041.
MBDA CENTER EARNS REGIONAL RECOGNITION
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Tacoma Business Center recently earned regional recognition from the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) for its continued excellence in advocating, including, promoting, and contracting with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).
MBDA Tacoma Business Center Program Director Linda Lee Womack accepted Northwest Mountain MSDC’s Special Recognition Award for her team’s collaboration on Amazon Business’ year-long Global eCommerce Platform pilot project for MBEs. This project also involved establishing a working partnership with MBDA’s office in Washington D.C.
“Fifty-five MBEs have been selected to participate in Amazon Business’ pilot project, effectively introducing them to hundreds of government and public agencies across the country,” said Womack, who also received a Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award nomination on behalf of the MBDA Tacoma Business Center from the Northwest Mountain MSDC. The Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award is presented to individuals employed by a Northwest Mountain MSDC government agency member who exemplify commitment and dedication to creating business opportunities and advancing minority business successes through the Northwest Mountain MSDC and the community.
More information about the MBDA Tacoma Business Center is available at mbda-tacoma.com.
TCRA BOARD SEEKS MEMBERS
The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill three positions on the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) Board; one position with experience in banking or financing; one position with experience in construction or development of affordable housing or mixed use projects; and one position with at least three years of experience as a licensed real estate broker.
The TCRA Board, among other things, administers loans to a variety of populations including low-income Tacoma families who need help buying or repairing their homes, developers that provide multi-family housing to low-income families, businesses that create jobs or rehabilitate blighted commercial spaces, and non-profit organizations that provide housing assistance and economic development services to the Tacoma community. TCRA Board members serve two-year terms. To the extent possible, the board shall be comprised of two members with experience as attorneys, two members with experience in banking or financing, two members with experience in the construction or development industry, two members with experience as certified public accountants, and two members with three or more years of experience as licensed commercial or residential real estate brokers or agents.
For additional information on the TCRA, please contact Carol Hassard at (253) 591-5645 or CHassard@cityoftacoma.org.
Applications, resumes and/or letters of recommendations must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, April 11. Applications may be submitted online at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication. For questions about the application process, or to request the application in alternate formats, contact Jessica Jenkins at (253) 591-5178, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.
FIRST ALL-GIRL TROOPS PROVE THEY’RE JUST AS GOOD AS THE BOYS AT SCOUTS BSA
Thousands of young women have taken advantage of changes in Scouts BSA by signing up for membership in local Scouting troops and showing that the girls are just as good as the boys. Their first major public event will be at the annual Scout-O-Rama where Scouting organizations will be demonstrating skills, projects and leadership training all-day on May 11 on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University, Olson Auditorium.
It is also a chance for girls to tell about their adventures as part of the new Scouts BSA which includes first-aid training, outdoor navigation, survival training, camp fire construction, fire safety, environmental conservation, caving, knot-tying, face painting, outdoor cooking, rock wall climbing, outdoor safety, monkey bridge technique and skills such as disaster planning and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.
The Reptile Man will also be at Scout-O-Rama with an alligator, snakes, lizards and a Gila Monster! Scouts will be racing cars along the largest Pinewood Derby track in the Western Washington. Klondike Derby gear will be on display. Rhubarb the Reindeer from the Tacoma Rainiers will be there, as well as the Berenstain Bears! It will be a day of family fun that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Presented by the Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Scout-O-Rama is designed to take the “Scouting Story” to the youth and families in our communities who are not yet a part of the Scouting experience. Scouts BSA is the best-kept 108 year old secret in America.
Nationally, thousands of girls have joined Scouting in the first 30 days of open membership enrollment. Across Western Washington dozens of new all-girl Scouting troops have been formed adding to the more than 9,000 Scouts and 4,000 adult volunteers in the Pacific Harbors Council.
The Boy Scouts of America recently amended their membership policies to welcome girls as full members of Cub Scouts in 2018, and as of Feb. 1, girls in “Scouts BSA,” the formerly all-boy program for 11 to 17 year olds. This reflects a new emphasis on Family Scouting, involving all family members. Pacific Harbors Council was among the first in the nation in 2018 to become early adopters” of the new Girl Cub program and conducted one of the first all-girl scout boot camps in Washington state. Interest is strong among young families looking for activities that the entire family can do together.
Scout-O-Rama includes a presentation and an information booth dedicated Family Scouting, where interested girls can find out more about joining a Cub Scout Pack or Scouts BSA all-girl Troop. Other Scouting units attending this event include Cub Scouts, Venture Scouts, Explorers and Sea Scouts.
SPEAKER TO EXPLORE CAMBODIAN GENOCIDE, TIES TO U.S. WHITE NATIONALISM
Forty years after the end of the Cambodian Genocide, Rutgers University’s Dr. Alexander Hinton will explore the Khmer Rouge and the motivations behind the genocide before discussing the connections between them and modern white nationalism in the United States that has lead to events like Charlottesville.
Hinton will be visiting Pacific Lutheran University’s campus on April 11 as the keynote speaker at PLU’s second annual Natalie Mayer Holocaust and Genocide Studies Lecture. He’s perhaps the premier expert on the Cambodian Genocide, having written multiple books on the subject and been called upon as an expert witness at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, where Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were tried and eventually convicted in late 2018.
His lecture, entitled “What Makes a Man Start Fires?” draws its name from a question posted by New York Times reporter Richard Faussett in November 2017 in regard to Tony Hovater – a white nationalist, Nazi sympathizer from Ohio who had participated in Charlottesville. Faussett was attempting to discover an explanation for Hovater’s extremism, something that people working in genocide studies and related fields have long grappled with.
Dr. Hinton hopes that the lecture will detail the contextual differences between the Khmer Rouge and contemporary U.S. white nationalism while also using the past to better understand the present – and perhaps an answer to Faussett’s question about what ignites the fires of hate in the U.S. today.
The event is free and open to the public, and takes place at 7 p.m. on April 11 in the Anderson University Center’s Scandinavian Cultural Center at PLU.
CAREGIVING FILM EXPLORES DIFFICULT CHOICES FOR ILL FAMILY MEMBERS
Families always want the best for their loved ones. When it comes to caregiving, most decisions are made out of love, concern and the desire to respect the wishes of the partner. Occasionally, that sense of commitment and devotion can cloud judgment on what may be best in the long run.
Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources is offering another film in our caregiving series.
“What they Had” will show on Saturday, April 13, at the Grand Cinema, located at 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the film begins at 10:45 a.m. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. The film is free, but tickets must be obtained in advance online or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at (253) 798-4600.
“Most caregivers are incredibly dedicated,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “But that dedication can sometimes cloud good judgement. Over time things change and different levels of care are needed. It can be challenging to see those changes and adjust expectations and assurances that were made earlier.”
“What They Had,” starring Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster, is about a family in crisis as progression of a disease and the need for care reach a tipping point. It is rated R for language, including a brief sexual reference. This film explores the crisis that can happen when family members find themselves caught between the bonds of love, promises for care and new the realities of declining health.
Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources offers this film as part of our Family Caregiver Support Program. The program helps unpaid family caregivers with a variety of supports including education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework and errands services and respite care. People can learn more about the program by calling the ADRC at (253) 798-4600.
LAKEWOOD PLAYHOUSE NAMES NEW PRODUCTION MANAGER
The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to announce the addition of Heather Hines to the Administrative Staff of the Theatre in the position of production manager for its organization as continues its 80th Season and prepares for its upcoming 81st year in 2019-2020.
Heather Hinds is no stranger to the Lakewood Playhouse having served as Stage Manager for numerous productions including “Oliver,” “Spamalot” and this year’s season-ender – Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” She brings with her years of experience in coordinating complex productions while bringing a sense of inclusion, as well as family, to every show. Her attention to detail, and commitment to professionalism, are just a few of her outstanding attributes.
She is excited to be building upon the outstanding work of outgoing production manager Melissa Avril Harris, who is moving on from the Playhouse to take an amazing opportunity outside of our theatre.
“I cannot begin to tell you how lucky we are that Heather has accepted the position of production manager at the Playhouse,” said Lakewood Playhouse Managing Artistic Director John Munn. “She has so many plans that will enhance our existing production levels while bringing so many of her own through outstanding leadership, organization, sense of care and attention to detail for both the individual as well as all of the entire production teams.”
The administration of the Lakewood Playhouse feels that Heather Hinds is yet another outstanding addition to their theatre team and that she will bring even more insight, and professionalism, to Lakewood Playhouse and the many theaters throughout Pierce County and beyond.
ESCAPE LIFE’S PRESSURS WITH A YEAR OF READING AUTHOR EVENTS
Get lost in a devilish page-turner from J.A. Jance or explore the coast with author-illustrator Chandler O’Leary in the latest free author events from the Pierce County Library System’s A Year of Reading.
“Pierce County is a community that loves to read,” said Pierce County Library System’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “Giving people the opportunity to meet and hear from authors continues to build on that love of reading and provides enjoyment.”
Based in Seattle, Jance is The New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady series, as well as five interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Jance began writing nearly 40 years ago and has more than 50 books to her credit. She will present at the University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., on Wednesday, April 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
O’Leary will share the stories and process behind her new book, “The Best Coast: A Road Trip Atlas: Illustrated Adventures along the West Coast’s Historic Highways.” Based on a decade of sketching up and down the West Coast, she will share a behind-the-scenes look at creating an entirely illustrated travel guide. She is the author and artist of the illustrated travel blog Drawn the Road Again, and the co-author of “Dead Feminists,” a winner of a 2018 Pacific Northwest Book Award. “The Best Coast” is her second book. On Wednesday, May 1, 7-8:30 p.m., she will speak about her work at the University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W.
In addition to books to checkout and return to the Pierce County Library System, the authors will have books available for purchase.
A Year of Reading also includes personal reading shoppers in libraries and online through the Library’s My Next Read service, e-newsletters with reading recommendations, Read to a Dog to build children’s reading skills, and other ways to engage and connect people with reading.
Find more ways to offset the pressures of daily life and relax at www.piercecountylibrary.org.
REP. KILMER RECOGNIZED BY REGIONAL LABOR UNION
Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) was recognized by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) with the 2019 “Friend of SPEEA” award at this year’s Northwest Regional banquet. The award recognizes local elected officials for their advocacy on behalf aerospace professionals and labor advocates.
“It’s a real honor to be recognized by the folks at SPEEA,” said Kilmer. “I work every day to create more economic opportunity and make life better for the people I represent, including my neighbors and friends who are engineers, pilots, technical workers and aerospace professionals. I want to thank SPEEA for the award and for their tireless work on behalf of the hardworking men and women in our community. I will continue to ensure I am doing all I can to support American workers so that they can compete in an ever-evolving economy.”
“Representative Derek Kilmer has been an outspoken supporter of worker issues, SPEEA members and a supporter of IFPTE members – including our brothers and sisters in the federal arena – for his entire career,” said Jimmie Mathis, vice-chair of Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs and SPEEA Executive Board officer. “He has always listened carefully to his constituents and their employers to find what is working for our region and what improvements are needed. Where possible, he reaches across the aisle to seek bipartisan solutions. We are grateful for his support and proud to present 6thDistrict Congressman Derek Kilmer with our 2019 ‘Friend of SPEEA’ award.”
Earlier this year, Rep. Kilmer introduced the bipartisan Skills Investment Act of 2019, which would expand Coverdell Education Savings Accounts – tax advantaged savings accounts for educational expenses – so American workers could use the accounts to pay for skills training, apprenticeships, and professional development. Rep. Kilmer has worked with IFPTE and others representing those working at Naval Base Kitsap to address issues related to overtime pay and travel reimbursements. Additionally, Rep. Kilmer has fought tirelessly to protect Davis-Bacon prevailing wage laws which support the middle class, the backbone of the American economy.
IVAR’S CALLS FOR BEST TEACHER NOMINATIONS
It’s that time of year again to honor the most admirable educators of the classroom. Ivar’s and Kidd Valley are calling on all kindergarten through eighth grade students to nominate their favorite, deserving teacher for a chance to take home the 2019 Teacher of the Year honors.
Two well-deserving educators will be selected as grand prize recipients to win a $500 gift card good for classroom supplies, a commemorative plaque and the official title of either Ivar’s Teacher of the Year or Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. Plus, the nominating students of the grand prizewinners will receive either an Ivar’s Kids Meal – including a visit by Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam – or a Kidd Valley Kids Meal for every student in their class.
To nominate a teacher, students 14 years old or younger may visit select Puget Sound area Ivar’s or Kidd Valley locations (excluding stadiums and Eastern Washington restaurants). While there is no Kidd Valley in Tacoma, there are two Ivar’s locations: 1820 S. Mildred St. and 10114 South Tacoma Way.
To complete an official entry form, go online to www.Ivars.com/teacher or www.kiddvalley.com. All entries must be received by May 20. The official Teacher of the Year rules can be found on the back of store entry forms or through the Ivar’s and Kidd Valley websites.
The contest will also award four teachers a first-place prize of a $150 gift card for classroom supplies, and 30 teachers will receive a second-place prize of a $25 Ivar’s or Kidd Valley gift card.
Ivar’s and Kidd Valley encourages students to recognize and praise educators who have positively impacted them, and to share inspirational stories with other students and teachers. The annual Teacher of the Year contest, now in its 16th year, is one of the longest-running teacher appreciation programs in the state and provides students with the opportunity to honor those teachers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to teach, mentor and support them.
The 2018 Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year grand prize winners were HaLee Webster of Crestwood Elementary in Kent and Tamara Zulauf and Christine Bruil of Lake Tapps Elementary in Lake Tapps.
EASTER BUNNY HOPS TO TACOMA MALL TO DELIGHT FAMILIES
Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment, and mixed-use destinations, is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities at Tacoma Mall offering families the chance to participate in traditional and unique seasonal events.
The Bunny Photo Experience begins at 10 a.m. and runs now through April 20 until 9 p.m. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion. Save time and avoid the line with the Bunny’s FastPass. Reserve your magical moment with Bunny online at simonbunny.com.
“We love to hold family-friendly events and always look forward to watching children have fun with the Bunny at Easter,” said Rachel Stewart at Tacoma Mall.
Tacoma Mall also provides an opportunity for people with all spectrums of special needs and their families to enjoy this time-honored holiday tradition through a sensory-friendly Caring Bunny in association with Autism Speaks. Caring Bunny will occur on April 7 at 9 a.m. prior to mall opening. Guests can register in advance at simon.com/caringbunny. Tacoma Mall Bunny Photo Experience will also share the heart of the Easter Bunny by collecting donations for Autism Speaks throughout the season.
Many steps will be taken at Caring Bunny to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):
- turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event;
- eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called; and
- special activities geared toward the needs of guests during the “wait” period.
The popular Pet Photo Night returns to the Easter Bunny Photo Experience at Tacoma Mall on April 14 from 7-8 p.m. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.
On Saturday, April 6, Tacoma Mall will host their annual Easter Eggstravaganza. From 1-2:30 p.m. families are welcome to join in on fun Easter-themed activities including arts and crafts, face painting, an egg hunt, a visit with the Easter Bunny and more.
COUNTY LIBRARIES HOLD WORKSHOPS FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Design, run and succeed in small business with helpful workshops from the Pierce County Library System. Learn about funding, where to start, how to develop a business model, and more through a series of free classes, in partnership with Business Impact Northwest.
Pierce County is a community where small businesses thrive. This type of small business class creates opportunities for people to pursue their passions and learn the skills they need to be successful.
- Entrepreneurs: Start Smart – Thought about starting a new business or buying an existing business or franchise and don’t know where to start? Gain insights from an experienced professional and walk away with resources to turn any idea into reality. Registration required. Tuesday, April 9, 6-8 p.m. at Parkland Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma.
- Entrepreneurs: Funding a Vet-Owned Venture – Learn what is real and what is myth when it comes to finding money to start or grow a veteran-owned business. Discuss preparing for different types of financing and where to search for debt, equity and rewards-based financing. Registration required. Monday, May 6 and July 22, 6-8 p.m. at Lakewood Pierce County Library,6300 Wildaire Rd. S.W.
- Entrepreneurs: Square One – Whether in the idea phase, already in business, or looking to apply for a business loan, learn the first steps to start a business. Explore the planning process, local programs and services, and specific information about lending processes at Business Impact NW. Registration required. Tuesday, May 7, 6-8 p.m. at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup; and Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.
at Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W.
- Entrepreneurs: Hashtag Toolkit – Learn to use social media to benefit the small business entrepreneur. Explore the most popular social media sites and how to navigate them as a first-time user for business. This class is aimed toward individuals who are new to using social media platforms. Registration required. Thursday, June 6, 6-8 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Pl. W., Suite 100.
- Entrepreneurs: Planning Toolkit – The Business Model Canvas is a strategic, visual, organizational tool that can be used to develop a new business model or document an existing one. Its innovative, visual approach gives business executives the ability to see the relationship among the different segments of their business and identify otherwise hidden opportunities or risks. Learn more about the Business Model Canvas, including the nine essential building blocks, its relationship to the formal business plan, and its effectiveness throughout the life of a business. Bring business ideas and be ready for an engaging, hands on class. Registration required. Tuesday, June 25, 6-8 p.m. at Parkland Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma.
Visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar to learn more about these events or to register.