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The Tacoma Nature Center (1919 S. Tyler St.) is holding its Fall Native Plant Sale on Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Landscape your yard with plants that are native to our area. Planting native plants ensures the conservation of our precious water resources and provides habitat for local birds, mammals and insects. Native plants require less water and care than other plants. A list of available plants will be posted on the website. Come early for best selection. Info: (253) 591-6439 or

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Not everyone likes to eat mushrooms, but who can resist Undead Mushrooms? Learn to paint one at this workshop at the Dazed and Reused Studio (740 Broadway St.) Oct. 7 from 3-5:30 p.m. Join artist Christopher Franklin as he guides you through the fun art of Zombie Mushrooms. This workshop costs $20 per person and will include instruction and all the supplies necessary to create your very own Undead Fungus 10×10 canvas art. As with every art class at Dazed and Reused, fresh hot coffee and tea will be served. Each workshop consists of instruction during the first half and open art during the second half. There is plenty of room for creativity, connection and conversation. Dazed and Reused encourages each participant to do art his or her own way. RSVP at (click on “events”). Guests 16 and younger must be accompanied by a guardian.



From Oct. 6-8, the Washington State Fairgrounds will host an extravaganza of western art. Meet more than 70 of the country’s top western artists. See more than 20,000 square feet of art displays. Free show, free parking, free auctions, free receptions and free peanuts. There will also be quick draws, live auction pieces, silent auctions and free wine and cheese. The show includes paintings, photography, carvings, bronzes and jewelry. Besides wildlife, the show will feature western scenes, Victorian scenes, historical scenes, landscapes, florals, portraits and marine life. For a full schedule of events, visit



Classes are soon to begin at STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St.) for adults (18+) wishing to learn ballet. Courses include ballet barre work on fundamental levels to gain dancer’s body placement. Work is also focused on strength and flexibility. There will be center floor technique for beginner adult dancers who love the art of ballet. Classes begin Oct. 12, 6:45-8 p.m. Cost: $50 per month (four classes) or $15 drop-in fee. Info at (253) 305-1022 or

green tacoma


Want to kick off the fall and winter tree planting season with a true spectacle? Join forces with other Green Tacoma Day volunteers who want to plant as many as 27 trees on more than six acres in three hours. That’s what’s planned for Metro Parks Tacoma’s Verlo Playfield, a popular summer hangout at 4321 McKinley Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. The playfield is just one of 14 locations where volunteers may sign up to take care of green spaces. For more locations and information visit

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