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Celebrate sustainability in the South Sound

The 13th Annual South Sound Sustainability Expo is taking place on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the fifth floor of the Greater Tacoma Convention Center (1500 Commerce St.). 

This event is free, open to the public, and connects attendees with services, products, companies, and agencies that address sustainability needs in the South Sound. Participants can explore a variety of sustainable living topics, participate in activities, and browse through a mini farmers market. 

The event will also feature workshops on electric vehicles, growing tree canopy, as well as plastic-free, low-waste, or zero-waste living. Families will enjoy arts and crafts in the Kids’ Corner, an interactive scavenger hunt, and vendors with information and activities for all ages.  

New this year is the sustainable fashion show followed by a panel of local leaders in the sustainable fashion movement. The fashion show will feature creations from community members who were challenged to design wearable art from thrifted and upcycled materials. After the show, participants can learn simple, budget-friendly ways to make their closet more sustainable. 

In addition, participants can bring a T-shirt, shopping bag, or other fabric items to adorn with a screen print. Attendees are also encouraged to bring textile or clothing items in need of repair to be mended for free at the mini Fix-it-Fair. 

For event information, visit SouthSoundSustainabilityExpo. org or call (253) 591-5172.

CANCELLED: Event focuses on resisting military occupation

Last week, the Palestinian Authority quarantined Bethlehem and the entire West Bank due to the Coronavirus. In light of this, Palestinian Ghandian Abdelfattah Abusrour will be unable to attend the “Beautiful Resistance” event previously scheduled for March 31 at Fircrest United Methodist Church with the Tacoma Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and the Rachel Corrie Foundation. The event is therefore cancelled.

Learn more at 

www.facebook.com/ Tacoma.JVP and https:// rachelcorriefoundation.org.  

MultiCare’s Pulse Heart Institute named in top 50 

MultiCare’s Pulse Heart Institute at Tacoma General Hospital has been named as one of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S. by IBM Watson Health. IBM Watson Health conducts an annual study to identify top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services based on a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics. The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study has been conducted since 1998. This is the first time MultiCare’s Pulse Heart Institute has been recognized with this honor.

Pulse’s Chief Medical Officer Needham Ward, MD, explained, “This honor has been accomplished due to the dedication and hard work of our teams, who believe in the Pulse mission and put the patient first. None of this is possible without the concept of team, which includes collaborating with all of our partners.”

This year’s study included 989 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines. To compile the list of top hospitals, IBM Watson Health researchers analyzed federal data from Medicare cost reports, Hospital Compare and the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review from 2015 to2018. Hospitals were scored on numerous performance measures, such as risk-adjusted mortality and 30-day readmission rates. Hospitals named to this year’s list saw higher inpatient survival rates, fewer complications, lower costs per case and lower readmission rates.

Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals in the study, the winners delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost. 

Upcoming events to close local roads


Please note the anticipated event-related road closures expected around Tacoma through Sunday, March 15:

On Saturday, March 14, the St. Paddy’s Day Run Tacoma event will close Pacific Avenue between South 8th and South 4th streets, Schuster Parkway between South 4th Street and Ruston Way, and Ruston Way between Schuster Parkway and Yacht Club Road from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Saturday, March 14, the Proctor Farmers Market – Winter Market will close North 27th from North Proctor to North Madison streets from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closures may change as a result of weather, event alterations and other unexpected circumstances. For more information on Pierce Transit bus routes affected by event road closures, visit piercetransit.org.

To get event-related road closure updates, visit cityoftacoma.org/ EventRoadClosures and use the “Click to subscribe” link.  More information about the City’s progress toward its Tacoma2025 goals is available on the Results253 page at data.cityoftacoma.org.

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