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Goings on this week in Tacoma:

Popup at MINKA with Lisa Erickson

Sept. 30, 3-5 p.m.

MINKA, 821 Pacific Ave.

MINKA introduces Seattle designer Lisa Erickson and her line of hammered jewelry and leather handbags. Erickson’s jewelry has an industrial feel, a cool mix of yellow and white metals, and you’ve-got-to-be-kidding affordability. Her handbags are simple, as in having no excess details, with clean lines and solid hardware. Come meet Erickson on Saturday, Sept. 30, and swing into great fall style.


Willo Storytelling Festival

Oct. 1, 12:30-3 p.m.

Theater On the Square – Broadway Center for Performance Arts

Celebrate the stories of four exceptional women and a “feminist father” living among us in our community. This is a free event, but please register in advance at Storytellers: Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor Diane Clarkson, Pierce County YWCA CEO Miriam Barnett, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Washington Dept. of Veterans Affairs Director Alfie Alvarado-Ramos and Consultant, organizer and storyteller Tad Monroe.

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Fort Nisqually Candlelight Tours

Oct. 6 & 7, 7-9 p.m.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Experience a magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Candles and campfires light your way as the people of 1855 come to life. Candlelight Tour takes place, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7 from 7-9 p.m.

Advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets can be purchased on-line at or at the Fort Nisqually visitor center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 4-12.

In candle-lit scenarios throughout the Fort, visitors will encounter Hudson’s Bay Company managers and their wives, American settlers, fur trappers, Scottish and French-Canadian laborers, young people at a dance, blacksmiths working at the forge, clerks in the sale shop and cooks in the kitchen.

More than a hundred characters will interact with each other, but won’t be aware of their 21st century visitors. For them, it is October of 1855. The Fort’s residents will discuss the impending promotion of Dr. Tolmie to Chief Factor, the recent fur brigade, and rising tensions between the Americans and local native groups.

“How often do you get to eavesdrop on the past?” said event coordinator, Allison Campbell. “This is a unique opportunity to time travel and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of life in early Washington Territory.”

Walking tours are approximately an hour in length and begin every 15 minutes. A shuttle bus transports visitors to Fort Nisqually from the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium parking lot. For questions about accessibility requirements or for more information, call (253) 591-5339.

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Visitors travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma.

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