Tree Hugger’s Corner A guide for those who want to get out there and take action on behalf of the environment and social justice.


Thursday, July 12, 6 p.m.
Swan Creek Park Discussion
Salishan Family Investment Center,
1724 E. 44th St., Tacoma
If you like Swan Creek Park, you’re invited to share your ideas to improve it. Join Metro Parks Tacoma for a summer evening tour and public meeting to consider improvements for a portion of the park called the Lister Uplands. To be discussed: dog park, picnic shelter, ropes course, traffic garden for bicycles, additional parking and more. After the meeting, Metro Parks staff will lead a walking tour of the area before the sun goes down.

Deadline: July 15
BLK ICE Submissions
Submit to:
Do you have captivating images that highlight the black form? Do you have essays or short stories that explore various social justice issues that affect black people? Are you interested in sharing your poetry to an audience? BLK ICE (previously known as Black Ice) the University of Puget Sound’s Black Student Union’s literary and arts magazine, is now accepting submission for our fall 2018 issue.
We are looking for work that is innovative and forces the audience to get out of their comfort zone and evaluate their own identity regardless of race, gender, class or religion. We are interested in comics, poems, essays, short stories, photography, artwork of all medium, book/ movie/ music reviews, and everything in between. You do not need to be a student or staff of the UPS to submit your work and you definitely don’t need to be black to talk about race. If you would like to submit and aren’t sure how to contribute or are stuck on ideas, e-mail and one our executive members can help you out.

Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m.
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup
Meet at Point Defiance Marina Complex,
5912 N. Waterfront Dr., Tacoma
Get hooked on helping at this cleanup event held every third Saturday at the Point Defiance Marina. Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches. Dress for the weather, whatever that means for you (some people like to wear rain gear and boots, some don’t). If you want warm gloves or work gloves, please bring them. We provide garbage bags, pick up sticks, rubber gloves and coffee and hot cocoa. Kids are welcome with adult supervision.

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