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The 1969 Class of Woodrow Wilson High School is having a reunion Aug. 16-18 in Tacoma. It includes a Golf Scramble at Meadow Park Golf Course, Wilson High School tour, picnic, and a reunion of the Wilson Class of 1969 at the Tacoma Yacht Club on Saturday, Aug. 17. If you were a classmate in 1969, please contact the reunion committee at wilsonclassof1969tacoma50th@gmail.com or find us on our Facebook page: Wilson Class of 1969-Tacoma-50th Reunion. Call (253) 303-0362 if computers aren’t your thing and you want to connect.

We had 700 people in our class, and 100 of our classmates will be represented on our memorial board, and we have no contact information for about 100 of our classmates. Even if you aren’t attending, please let us know where you are for possible further reunions.




Bring your basket and hop on over to Chambers Creek Regional Park on Saturday, April 20 for the second annual Spring Egg Hunt. This free event from 9-11 a.m. will feature three egg hunts for ages one to 11.

The egg hunt is broken into several hunts by age: 9:30 a.m.: 1-3 years old; 9:45 a.m.: 4-7 years old; 10 a.m.: 8-11 years old. Remind your young egg hunters to keep a look out for golden eggs, which can be turned in for special prizes.

In addition to egg hunting, there will be a bounce house, Easter Bunny ready for selfies, face painting, and a variety of vendor booths onsite. This event is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Parking is limited, so come early to ensure a parking spot so you won’t miss your time to egg hunt. Parking will be available at the Central Meadows of Chambers Creek Regional Park, as well as up the hill at the Environmental Service Building.

The event will commence rain or shine. Chambers Creek Regional Park’s Central Meadow is located at 6320 Grandview Dr. W. in University Place.

This event is made possible through the sponsorship of University Place Modern Dentistry, University Place Recycle and Refuse, and Chambers Creek Foundation.

To learn more about the event, visit www.piercecountywa.gov/egghunt or follow the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/413406159430078.




People who drive, take transit, walk and roll are invited to get an in-person look at plans to reduce congestion and increase mobility for the Tacoma Mall area.

The Washington State Department of Transportation in partnership with the city of Tacoma will hold an open house about the I-5/Tacoma Mall Boulevard Access Study in April. Community members are invited to share comments about the proposed strategies, which are focused on enhancing regional mobility and travel time reliability.

The April 25 open house is an opportunity to speak with agency staff and provide input on the study. Attendees are free to come at their convenience anytime during each two-hour event. There will be a short presentation at 6 p.m. It takes place at Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma.

WSDOT will also share this information and take feedback during an upcoming online open house going on now through Thursday, May 2.

This study follows an in-depth look at the city of Tacoma’s Tacoma Mall Subarea Plan: www.tacomamallneighborhood.com.




Each May, the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages local communities to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month. The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office, along with local partners, have planned a full roster of events around this year’s theme of “Broadening Horizons” and diversity in Tacoma’s history. These activities will celebrate opportunities for the future that Tacoma’s historic resources have to offer.


2019 Historic Preservation Month Calendar

All event details can be found on the Historic Preservation Month website: hpmonthtacoma.com. Some key programs include:

  • Historic Preservation Month Kickoff: Hilltop Walking Tour: Tuesday, May 7, from 3:30-5 p.m., starting at the Johnson Candy Company (924MLK Jr. Way)
  • Historic Preservation Month Proclamation: Tuesday, May 7, 5 p.m., at Tacoma Municipal Building in Council Chambers (747 Market St., first floor)
  • Arrested: Escape Fort Nisqually:May 9-11, at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (5400 N. Pearl St.)
  • Reimagining Historic Landmarks: Youth Art Contest:Wednesday, May 15, from 6-8 p.m., Honey Coffee + Kitchen (1322 Fawcett Ave.)
  • Arrested: Escape Fort Nisqually:May 23-25, at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (5400 N. Pearl St.)
  • Historic Preservation Month Reception and Awards:Friday, May 24, from 6-8 p.m., at Courthouse Square (1102 A St. #438.)
  • Northeast Tacoma History Bike Tour:Friday, May 31, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., starting at Browns Point Elementary School (1526 51st N.E.) and ending at Browns Point Diner (6620 East Side Dr. N.E.)

“This year we’re celebrating Tacoma’s diverse history in partnership with our city’s cultural and heritage organizations,” said Assistant Historic Preservation Officer Lauren Hoogkamer. “Our programing seeks to engage the public with historical narratives from a wide array of perspectives.”

The month’s programming will showcase exciting new twists on Tacoma’s history. The kickoff event, a historical walking tour, will lead participants through the Hilltop neighborhood and conclude at the Tacoma Municipal Building for the City Council Historic Preservation Month proclamation.

The Northeast Tacoma History Bike Tour, which is a partnership with Tacoma/Pierce County Bike Month and Pretty Gritty Tours, will tour Northeast Tacoma, with sites including Lighthouse Park and Dash Point Beach.

For more information on Historic Preservation Month activities, visit hpmonthtacoma.com or contact Hoogkamer at LHoogkamer@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5254.




This May, celebrate the 12thannual Bike Month in Tacoma and Pierce County, where many bicycle-related activities and events are planned to engage the community with bicycling resources. The programming is geared toward community members of all ages and skill levels, and is presented by the City of Tacoma, in collaboration with Pierce County, Pierce Transit and other partners.

Bike Month kicks off with the 11thannual Tacoma Bike Swap at University of Puget Sound (North Union Avenue and North 14thStreet) on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is the place to buy, sell and trade new and used bicycles, along with accessories like helmets, trailers and riding gear. Local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and bicycling experts will be on hand to answer questions about bike maintenance, where to ride, and how to connect with other riders.


Bike Month Events

  • Bike to Market Day: Thursday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Broadway Farmers Market (Broadway between South 9th and South 11th Streets)
  • Bike Month Proclamation: Tuesday, May 7, at 5 p.m., at the Tacoma Municipal Building in Council Chambers (747 Market St., first floor)
  • National Bike to School Day: On Wednesday, May 8, thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials around the country will celebrate the benefits of biking and walking to school during this all day event.
  • Bike to Work Day: Friday, May 17, from 6:30-9:30 a.m. at Honey at Alma Mater (1322 S. Fawcett Ave.)
  • Kidical Mass Family Ride: Sunday, May 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ride starts and ends at the Eastside Community Center (1721 E. 56th)
  • Northeast Tacoma History Bike Tour: Friday, May 31, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., starting at Browns Point Elementary School (1526 51stSt N.E.) and ending at Browns Point Diner (6620 East Side Dr. N.E.)

The Bike Everywhere Challenge is back again in 2019. During the month of May, ride a bike on a trip to the park, library, grocery store or other destination and log these trips for a chance to win a number of exciting prizes. Visit PierceTrips.com to learn more. For a full listing of events or to learn more about Bike Month programming and how to get involved, visit bike253.com.




Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound rank fifth and sixth respectively on Peace Corps’ recently published list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. There are 14 Lutes and 13 Loggers currently volunteering with Peace Corps in countries around the world.

The PLU and Puget Sound faculty members who lead the two institutions’ Peace Corps prep programs both credit the two institutions’ commitment to global studies and public service for their high numbers of recent Peace Corps volunteers.

“It demonstrates how our students are interested in the Peace Corps and how deeply committed they are to service,” says PLU anthropology professor Katherine Wiley. “While the ranking focuses on Peace Corps, it also suggests how in general so many of our students choose to pursue service after graduation in other organizations similar to Peace Corps and in a variety of kinds of work.”

Matt Warning, an economics professor at Puget Sound, agrees. “We take great pride in our students’ ambitions to work in the service of others and to immerse themselves in international studies and in communities outside of the U.S.,” he says. “We encourage our students to engage with a wide range of cultures and ideas, both on campus and around the world, and to boldly pursue opportunities to put their education and their convictions into action.”

PLU and Puget Sound are both on the 2019 top producer list (https://files.peacecorps.gov/university-rankings/2019/topschools2019.pdf) for small (less than 5,000 undergraduates) colleges and universities. Peace Corps also published lists for large, medium, and graduate institutions. Tacoma, Washington, D.C. and St. Paul, Minn. are the only cities in the country to have more than one university ranked in the four top 10 lists.

“We have seen, time and again, that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”




Since last spring, your options to safely and securely get rid of unwanted medications in Pierce County have expanded. You can use more than 40 drop-box kiosks across the county or postage-paid mailers. The group that oversees the program wants to make changes. We want to hear from you first.

MED-Project – the stewardship group drug companies formed to develop the program – proposes changes that include:

  • new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and State Board of Pharmacy guidance;
  • collection of previously excluded items at kiosks like inhalers and thyroid medications with iodine;
  • postage-paid mailers for hard-to-manage drugs like inhalers and EpiPens;and
  • flexible collection services to pharmacy and law enforcement locations.

You have until April 26 to comment on the proposed changes. Send your comments in one of 3 ways:

  • Email: securemedreturn@tpchd.org
  • Online: tpchd.org/medicine-return
  • Regular mail: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Attn: Secure Medicine Disposal, 3629 S. D St., MS 1045, Tacoma, WA 98418.

In December 2016, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health passed the Secure Medicine Return Regulation to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs like painkillers – which fuel the opioid epidemic – reduce accidental poisoning among children, and prevent harm to the environment when people flush medicines down the toilet or throw them into the garbage.

The regulation required pharmaceutical producers to fund and operate the take-back program, provide drop-off kiosks at hospital, pharmacy, and law enforcement sites, offer postage-paid envelopes to mail in medicines and coordinate collection events.

Find kiosk locations, postage-paid mail back instructions, and read more about the regulation at www.tpchd.org/medicine-return.



Tacoma City Council is looking to fill one position on the Public Utility Board. The Public Utility Board is comprised of five members who are nominated by the Government Performance and Finance Committee and appointed by a majority vote of the City Council. The membership term is five years.

The Public Utility Board acts as the governing body for Tacoma Public Utilities and oversees the management and operation of Tacoma Public Utilities, which includes Tacoma Power, Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail.

For additional information on the Public Utility Board, please visit www.cityoftacoma.org/government/committees_boards_commissions/Public_Utility_Board or contact Charleen Jacobs at cjacobs@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 502-8205.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, April 25. Applications can be submitted at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication. Questions, or requests for information and/or the application in alternate formats, can be directed to Jessica Jenkins 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.




Registration for PGA Jr. League golf is now open at facilities throughout the Tacoma market. This is a great spring and summer option for kids interested in learning to play golf. Many local courses open their leagues to the public, meaning parents do not have to be members at a local club in order for their kids to participate.

Visit PGAJrLeague.com to find all local teams by zip code or facility and register online.

PGA Jr. League is a game-changing program that brings family and friends together around fun, team golf experiences with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Boys and girls of all backgrounds and skill levels wear numbered jerseys and play on co-ed teams with their friends, competing in a two-person scramble format that builds confidence and encourages sportsmanship.

While many Tacoma-area courses are offering PGA Jr. League in 2019, the facilities listed here provide golfers and parents the unique convenience of hosting all practices and all league matches with limited travel throughout the season: The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie Valley, Chambers Bay, High Cedars Golf Club, North Shore Golf Course, Gold Mountain Golf Club, Meridian Valley Country Club, Wing Point Golf & Country Club, Auburn Golf Course, McCormick Woods Golf Course, Kitsap Golf & Country Club, Allenmore Public Golf Course and The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie.

For a full list of all facilities offering PGA Jr. League, searchable by zip code, visit PGAJrLeague.com.

Last year, PGA Jr. League reported record-setting numbers, with more than 50,000 boys and girls playing on 4,200 teams nationwide. Of those players, 80 percent were beginner or recreational golfers, demonstrating the developmental nature of the program and its inclusivity to youth of all skill levels.

Age divisions for PGA Jr. League are 13U and 17U, though not all facilities offer both age groups.




Coldwell Banker Bain, a leading provider of real estate brokerage services throughout the Pacific Northwest and a market leader in home sales in 2018, is pleased to announce that Tacoma broker Michelle McLean has been recognized with national and local awards for her charitable work in the South Sound region.

McLean was recently awarded the Coldwell Banker Hero of the Year award at Coldwell Banker’s annual Gen Blue conference in recognition of her long-time commitment to the South Sound community. It is only one of three national awards bestowed by the Coldwell Banker network, and is awarded to an individual, office, or company who takes great pride in giving back and ensuring that those in need have a trusted advocate for a brighter future.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors recognized McLean on March 27 with its REALTOR Community Service award, recognizing a realtor who has provided outstanding contributions to the local community as well as being an active professional member of the Association. Nominees must be a REALTOR and selection is based on the accomplishments of the individual that affected the most people and for which the nominee received no money for the work done.

McLean will also be formally recognized in June with the City of Tacoma City of Destiny’s Adult Leadership award, where the city honors outstanding local volunteers. The City of Destiny Awards program is spearheaded by a city council appointed City Events and Recognitions Committee comprised of local community leaders from a broad array of backgrounds and areas of expertise. This committee develops the City of Destiny Awards nomination tools and selection criteria, selects the City of Destiny Awards winners and plans the annual City of Destiny Awards event.

Before McLean began her career in real estate, she ran Peace Out, a local nonprofit in Tacoma that taught teens the importance of philanthropy and connected individuals with community causes that ignited their passions. Michelle has also donated a portion of her commissions to and in some cases volunteered with the Billy Ray Shirley Foundation, My Purple Umbrella, Tacoma Narrows Rotary and Northwest Furniture Bank. But her work didn’t stop there. When she met a family of two grandparents and seven grandchildren in need of massive home repairs, McLean mobilized more than 500 people to completely remodel the home and help the family achieve their dream home. Her coordination and compassion inspired her colleagues, has resulted in the development of a more formal Community Home Makeover program and she truly serves as a hero in her community.




Alexander Sobel, DO, FAACS, of Bellevue is pleased to announce that the second annual WISE (Women in STEM Excel) Scholarship is now accepting applications. Created in 2017, the WISE Scholarship was designed to support women who live in Washington as they pursue a degree in a STEM-related field.

“It’s no secret that men have long dominated STEM industries, and I truly believe that reversing the underrepresentation of women in these fields is essential for accelerating the sciences,” Sobel explains. “It is my hope that this scholarship can afford these students greater opportunity to take their rightful seat at the table.”

In previous years, the WISE Scholarship has awarded $1,500 individually to engineering student Angela Flores-Marcus, who attends Seattle University and hopes to become an Electrical and Computer Engineer, and Simran Handa, a student of biochemistry and molecular biology at Lewis & Clark College.

“We’ve had the opportunity to meet and support such incredible young women who will no doubt take their respective fields by storm,” states Sobel. “The future of STEM shines brightly with these Washingtonian women at the helm.”

All female students living in Washington State who plan to pursue a STEM-related degree are encouraged to apply for the $1,500 scholarship via a downloadable application at http://www.andersonsobelcosmetic.com/wise-scholarship-application. The awarded scholarship funds can be used at any college or university to offset the cost of tuition and educational expenses, including things like supplies and textbooks, required technology, transportation costs, and on-campus expenses.

Applications will be accepted through June 28. Submitted applications will be reviewed and vetted by the WISE Scholarship Committee, who will choose an award recipient based on the quality of the application and adherence to the scholarship requirements. The chosen recipient will be notified upon selection, and the award will be disbursed via a cash prize.

“I have no doubt the third iteration of this scholarship will introduce us to another incredible, diverse group of women with a passion for the sciences,” says Sobel. “I wish all of our applicants the very best of luck!”

Sobel is a triple board certified surgeon based in Bellevue. Both in and out of his practice, Sobel is well-known and respected for his kindness, generosity, and commitment to providing patients with access to safe, quality treatment. His practice is located at 1632 116thAve. N.E., Suite A, Bellevue. For more information, call (425) 453-9060 or visit www.andersonsobelcosmetic.com.




In fall 2020, Mann and Woodbrook middle schools will close and students will attend a new middle school currently under construction on the Mann Middle School campus. The New Middle School Naming Committee, consisting of representatives from both school communities, community members and district staff, is working this spring to develop a recommendation of three to five potential names for school board consideration.

The committee will follow school board Policy 6970 and Procedure 6970P in developing its recommendation, which requires new district buildings and/or existing facilities sections of a facility, or a field, to be named after:

  • persons who have attained national or local prominence in the fields of education, arts and sciences, politics, military achievements and statesmanship,
  • past U.S. presidents or Washington national senators or representatives, or
  • the geographic characteristics of the area in which the facility is located.

Name submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, April 26. Follow two easy steps, in order: 1.) Learn about Mann and Woodbrook middle schools and their names, review district school names and their meanings, and review Lakewood and school district history; 2.) then complete the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DMVVMH8.

The committee will review and consider the input received as it develops its final recommendation, which is expected to be submitted to the school board by the end of May. Paper forms are also available from the Student Services Center, 10903 Gravelly Lake Dr. S.W., Lakewood, WA 98499. Please contact community relations at (253) 583-5040 if you need additional information or assistance.


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