The Things We Like – Aug. 4-10


Aug. 5, 4 p.m. at Tacoma Cabana (728 Pacific Ave.), Tim “Swanky” Glazner, author of “Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant,” will be giving a multi-media presentation on the Mai-Kai restaurant and bar, a tiki bar in Fort Lauderdale that became a playground of celebrities and playboys. Glazner’s presentation includes rare video, interviews and images from his archives. He will tell the story of the creation of the Mai-Kai’s whimsical “Mystery Drink” ceremony, the amazing women who performed it and the celebrities who enjoyed it. There will be a book signing afterward.

night circusTHE NIGHT CIRCUS
Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white and accented in hints of red, The Night Circus delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers, bearded ladies and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some concoctions and some future revelations. The Night Circus will open its gates at 9 p.m. on Aug. 5. For reservations go to Admission is 21+ only. All attendees are encouraged to dress in a black and white themed costume with a splash of red, or semiformal character attire.

On Aug. 6 from 4-7 p.m., Harvest Pierce County, Metro Parks Tacoma and Charlotte’s Blueberry Park Action Group will host the second annual Blueberries & Blues celebration. Extra points if you wear blue to show your love for Charlotte’s Blueberry Park. There will be games and a lawn concert with live music. Celebrity Cake Studio’s Cake Mobile food truck will have blueberry vanilla cupcakes free for the first 150 visitors. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to hear musician and Tacoma local Stephanie Anne Johnson, who will be playing two sets, one around 4 p.m. and one around 6 p.m. on the Blueberry Park lawn. For information, visit

Cruise into LeMay – American’s Car Museum — the second Thursday of each month through August. Cruise-Ins at ACM are free and family-friendly. Enjoy music by DJ Fred, Gravediggers BBQ, Thirst Responder beer garden, Queen of Pop, complimentary coffee and donuts, enter to win prizes and vote on people’s choice awards. No vintage vehicle? No problem. All are welcome to come check out the vehicles in attendance at Cruise-Ins. ACM is open until 8 p.m. on Cruise-In nights. The next Cruise-In is Aug. 10.

Join Historic and Cultural Resource Manager Melissa McGinnis Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a tour of the structures and sites still remaining from the early days of Point Defiance Park. Approximately 0.75 mile of walking is required. Meet at the Visitors Center. The program is free; reserve your spot online at

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