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October 17

Commencement Bay Haiku Meeting

Oct. 17, 6 p.m.
King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave., Tacoma

Join Commencement Bay Haiku at this monthly meeting open to the public. We ask participants to bring a page of 3-5 haiku or one page of haibun (prose with haiku) to read as we give constructive suggestions to each other. Website: kingsbookstore.com

Create a Junk Journal

Oct. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Artful Dreamers Studio 2926 S Steele St, Tacoma

Let’s create a Junk Journal, transforming, or up-cycling, an old book into an art journal that is very beautiful and fun to make! Supply List: Old Book – sewn pages are the best or any older book. Any size you want for your Junk Journal.(Goodwill is a good source) ***Bring 2 – you can work on one while the other dries. Please bring special papers or mementos, trinkets you love or use our supplies! artfuldreamers.com

Banned Book Club

Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave., Tacoma

Join this offensive book club reading books that have been banned or challenged. October’s selection is Drama by Raina Telgemeier. We meet at Doyle’s, books available at King’s Books. Website: kingsbookstore.com

October 19

Concert Series at Peace Presents “An Evening with Our New Piano”

Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 2106 S. Cushman Ave., Tacoma

Jimothy Rogers performs classical music, hymn arrangements, improvisation, and special music. Donation $10. Reception to follow.

Third Thursday Fall Festival

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m.
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St, Tacoma

Museum of Glass will be hosting a festive fall Third Thursday, filled with activities for the whole family to enjoy! Experience the skill of the Hot Shop Team as they partner up with Hilltop Artists and Tacoma Glassblowing Studio to bring ghouls and goblins to life during our Great Ghost Blow. In our Education Studio, join Slater Museum of Natural History from the University of Puget Sound in sketching spooky animals. Take a stroll through our pumpkin patch, full of unique glass gourds courtesy of Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, for a festive addition to your home. Throughout the evening we will also have live jazz music performed by Kareem Kandi Jazz Band and students from Tacoma School of Arts in the Grand Hall. Admission is free from 5-8pm. Contact Museum of Glass at 253.284.4719 for additional details.

Scholarly Selections: Leadership Courage

Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., Free
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA

How can ordinary individuals exemplify courageous leadership personally, professionally, and even on a global scale? Explore this topic with University of Washington Tacoma lecturer and organization development professional Joe Macias, Jr. Speaking to historical case studies, Macias will delve into his framework for how to step up and lead when the path forward is uncertain.

October 20

Let’s Paint Freedom

Oct. 20, 6:30-9:15 p.m.
Artful Dreamers Studio 2926 S. Steele St., Tacoma

If you could really immerse yourself in the energy of pure potentiality, what would that feel like for you? Your soul is your guide. And your soul is FREE! Let’s paint the energy of FREEDOM! “I am coyote. I am free. I am everything unexpected. I am independent. I am unlimited potential. I am capable of anything and everything. I am a power outside of convention. I am the energy of newness. I am in defiance of limitations. I am the sole creator of my reality.” Whitney Freya. $40 – All Supplies Included. artfuldreamers.com

Mala Workshop

Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m.
Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1501 Pacific Ave S., Suite #301, Tacoma

Mala is the Sanskrit word for what we in the west would call a rosary, a string of beads used to count prayers or mantra recitations. You will have a special opportunity to learn how to make Malas, according to traditional Buddhist techniques, from our resident teacher Gen Kelsang Wangpo. We will get a chance to enjoy crafting some of these holy objects while enjoying the company of each other. You can also bring Malas to repair. The workshop is $10 or $15 if you wish to keep your Mala. Everyone is welcome.

October 21

Fall Foliage Festival and Plant Sale

Saturday, Oct. 21-28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily
The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way, WA

Celebrate the fall season with free admission to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden during the week-long Foliage Festival and Plant Sale! The Festival features unique speakers, demonstrations, and special tours of both the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden’s and Pacific Bonsai Museum’s fall color. Visitors will also find excellent deals on outstanding species rhododendrons, companion plants and ferns, with one free “Garden Pass” admission for every $50 purchase of RSBG plants. For more information, please contact our Visitor Center at 253-838-4646 x 100.

6th Annual Homeless Teen’s Backpack Project

Saturday, Oct. 21, 5-9 p.m.
ILWU Local 23 Longshoreman’s Union Hall, 1306 Alexander Ave. E., Fife WA

Join us for this family friendly fundraiser. Silent and Live Auction, 50/50 Raffle, Light Hors D’ Oeuvres & No host bar, compliments of Rock the Dock Pub & Grill. 21+ ID REQUIRED! Doors open at 5 p.m. – Auction registration opens at 5:15 p.m., silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Cash/Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover accepted. Checks accepted for donations only but not for entry, auction or raffle. Presale tickets available on our website events page, www.TEAMBACKPACK253.org. $15.00 adults – $10.00 students. For more information on how you can help please contact Nicole Ward 253.278.2892 or teambackpack2012@yahoo. Find us on Facebook @ Team Backpack of Tacoma. Our mission for this project is offering hope and faith to homeless high school students in Tacoma and extend to the Greater Pierce County area by raising community awareness, generating community support, providing basic supplies for life and learning, and enabling job readiness and self-sufficiency. With the help of donors in the community, it provides backpack and shoulder bags filled with clothing, personal hygiene supplies, gift cards to food establishments, coats, blankets and gift-items for the long holiday break and into the rest of the academic year.

Healthy House Plants: Choices and Care

Sat, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
City of Tacoma EnviroHouse, 3510 S. Mullen St., Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (former Landfill)

You, too, can have a green thumb! Brighten your home and improve indoor air quality with a variety of healthy house plants. Learn about:

  • Plant species, benefits and growth habits
  • Plants to improve air quality
  • Plant care: watering, feeding, repotting
  • Plants that are pet friendly – or Not!

Event is free but due to space limitations, registration is required. Visit www.eventbrite.com to reserve your space.

Tacoma Art Museum Oktoberfest

Sat., Oct. 21, 12-4 p.m.
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

Break out your lederhosen and dirndl — it’s Oktoberfest at TAM! Come for an afternoon of beer tasting, trivia, food, board games, and more! As a special treat, TAM members can enjoy EXCLUSIVE access to a whiskey tasting room. Prost! All beers are from local breweries. Beer tastes can be purchased on site for $2 each. This event is 21+. Free for Members. $15 Non-members ($13 through 10/7). Includes museum admission. Purchase tickets at the door or online at bit.ly/TAMoktoberfesttix

Victorian Tea

Oct. 21, 1 p.m.
Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring Street, Puyallup, WA

Come dressed in your “Downton Abbey Themed” attire. Enjoy a Victorian tea and tour. Prizes will be given for the Best Themed Dress or Hat. Reservations are required ($18.00 per person), and bring your camera to take pictures of special guests. For information, call 253-848-1770.

Lutefisk Dinner and Bazaar

Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.to 4 p.m.
Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma

Norden Lodge 2-002 in Tacoma presents its annual Lutefisk Dinner and Bazaar. Dinner includes Lutefisk, meatballs, lefse and all the trimmings. Open seating with tickets at the door, reservations not required. Adults: $20.00, Ages 6-12: $10.00, 5 & under are free. Also visit our bazaar with bake sale, Scandinavian gifts, and lefse sales.

Common Garden Problems and Solutions

Sat, Oct. 21, 1:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
City of Tacoma EnviroHouse, 3510 S. Mullen St., Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (former Landfill)

This workshop will include an interactive sharing of garden problems, successes and solutions. Join GardenSphere professionals to learn more:

  • Get an overview of common plant issues seen in local gardens
  • Evaluate environmental impacts such as light, shade, water, wind
  • Assess how problems occur, how to solve, and possible avoidance
  • Share photos, plant samples, descriptions of problems and solutions

This event is free, but due to space limitations, registration is required. Visit www.eventbrite.com to save your spot.

October 22

Peaceful Mind in Difficult Times

Oct. 22, $25
Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1501 Pacific Ave S, Suite #301, Tacoma

Can a 2,500 year old spiritual path be modern? Yes, because it is scientific, presenting methods for improving. our happiness and good qualities that we can verify through our own experience. In fact, as the pace of life quickens these methods, including meditation and training the mind in daily life, become ever more relevant. In this teaching, Gen Kelsang Wangpo will introduce modern Buddhist practices for improving our happiness, relationships, and ability to transform problems into opportunities. He will show how we can begin to relate the pure nature of our mind and begin to actualize its extraordinary potential for lasting happiness and even enlightenment through the joyful and heart-opening path of compassion and wisdom. Class fee is $25. Reduced pricing for members, seniors, unemployed and students. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit meditateinolympia.org.

October 23

Dave Bloomfield a.k.a STARHEADBOY

Monday, Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m.
Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, 401 Fawcett Ave., Ste. 100, Downtown Tacoma

You are Invited! Please join Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital as we celebrate and support local talent, Dave Bloomfield a.k.a STARHEADBOY! Meet the Artist and enjoy light bites and beverages. This is a free and family-friendly event. Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital is excited to combine several of our passions: the Arts, community, and youth development. Since Dr. Natalie Warren opened the doors of Met Vet, she has demonstrated her commitment to the local Arts community through thoughtfully curated shows.

About STARHEADBOY:

“I am a self taught visual artist living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. My style is split in two, half is expressive animals and a little realism. The other side is bold line drawings that are more along the lines of comic and graphic design style. Imagination is my fuel, the ideas drive me.”

View his portfolio at starheadboy.com. For more information about this event, visit www.metvetpets.com.

October 24

“Where Have All the Prairies Gone?”

Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m.
Lakewood Historical Society, Best Western Motor Inn Meeting Room, 6125 Motor Ave SW, Lakewood

The Lakewood Historical Society’s monthly program for October. Andy Fritz, instructor of Environmental Sciences at Clover Park Technical College will tell through words and slides how various organizations are restoring the prairie and oak savannahs that once proliferated throughout the South Puget Sound region. FREE and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

October 25

Clay Hearts and Pendants Class w/ Jess Smiley

Oct. 25, 6:30-9 p.m., $25
Artful Dreamers Studio 2926 S Steele St, Tacoma

Explore the wonders of polymer clay (aka Fimo, Sculpey) at this Clay Heart and Pendant Class with Jess Smiley. Jess has been in love with polymer clay for 25 years and will teach you to create 3D designs with this easy-to-use clay. We will create our hearts in this class! We will work from the inside out to create each heart, embedding into this heart everything we need for JOY and LOVE. Join us for a magical evening and create your own Clay Heart and Pendant. The hearts can be made into a pendant as well. artfuldreamers.com

October 26

UFO Night

October 26, 7-10 p.m., Pre-registration $15, $20 at the door, 21+
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

Mark the 70th anniversary of the first UFO sightings in Washington State with a night full of film, activities, and specialty brew! See a screening and meet the filmmakers of The Maury Island Incident, an award-winning independent film. Grab an extra special beer from local Three Magnets Brewing. Make your own “flying strawcer” with our friends from the Museum of Flight. It’s a night you won’t soon forget, regardless of what the men in black try to tell you. Get your tickets here.

October 27

Creative Circle of Women

Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $15
Artful Dreamers Studio 2926 S. Steele St., Tacoma

Calling ALL Women … Take time for FUN with your CREATIVITY and nourish YOUR SpiRit through ART with the Creative Circle of Women! Can you IMAGINE a place that you can use your Intuition, Imagination & Creativity? Relax and explore your inner spirit through artistic expression in a warm loving circle.  NO Art Experience needed! LAST FRIDAY of every month: 6:30-8:30pm *Circles have been used throughout centuries to represent limitless possibilities. Love with no beginning & no end. A symbol of power, strength, hope, dreams, honor, & community. Circles are alive – ever expanding & contracting, blending and balancing, inviting & loving. It is through Circles that you can give and receive, interact & witness, engage & inspire. artfuldreamers.com

Trunk or Treat

Friday, Oct. 27
Two Locations:
6 p.m., Life Center Central Campus, 1717 S. Union Ave., Tacoma
6:30 p.m., Life Center Rainier Campus, 17708 28th Ave. E., Tacoma

Kids of All Ages are Invited to Trunk or Treat 2017. Life Center will host its annual Trunk or Treat celebration at their Central and Rainier campuses. This free community event provides kids and families with a safe alternative to trick-or-treating while offering fun activities, a photo booth, carnival games, a talent show, prizes, and so much more! Kids are invited to come dressed in their costumes as they fill their bags with candy and other goodies from community volunteer trunks. Please be advised that children should be accompanied by a parent or adult during the event. Last year, over 30 trunks provided candy and goodies to over 5000 attendees. For more information about Trunk or Treat, please visit lifecentercentral.com.

October 28

Game of Crones Mystery Theater

October 28, 7 p.m.
Tacoma Friends Meeting, 2508 S 39th St, Tacoma

Mystery theater comedy loosely based on the Salem witch trials. Benefit for Radio Tacoma KTAH-LP 101.9 FM Complimentary dessert Suggested donation $25, with a costume-$15 At the door. Call (253) 590-6543 for more information.

Hulaween Bash T-Town

Saturday, Oct 28

A night of exotica, tiki, lounge, 60’s pop and garage with 3 great bands at 2 cool locations! 1st Stop: The Tikigraphs at Tacoma Cabana and Rum Bar, 728 Pacific Ave., 6-7:30 p.m., $5 cover. More info at facebook.com or tacomacabana.com. 2nd Stop: Bob’s Java Jive, 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Bands include The Ukadelics at 8:30 p.m. followed by Lushy at 10:30 p.m., $5 cover. http://lushy.com, theukadelics.com

Calling All Warrior Goddess Creatives

Saturday, Oct. 28, 12:45-4 p.m., $40
Artful Dreamers Studio 2926 S Steele St, Tacoma

Paint YOUR Warrior Woman Self, painting the fiery wild-free part of YOU! Would you like to access the vulnerable, creative and passionate sides too? In a step by step layering technique that is simple and fun YOU will begin painting your Warrior Goddess. “Embracing ALL of yourself, in all your glory (and imperfections), is not only the greatest gift you can give yourself, but the best gift you can give to your family and the world.” (Heather Ash Amara) Let’s move and meditate. How about a sound bath? Join me for a painting session using acrylic paints, canvas, stencils, corks and awaken your inner creative self… Come paint YOUR Warrior Woman Self! Play with color, use sacred symbols, write a message under your painting. Touch in with YOUR fabulous creative self. artfuldreamers.com

Eastside Community Nature Walk

Saturday, Oct. 28, 1-3:30 p.m.
Swan Creek Park, E. 42nd and Roosevelt

We will provide a picnic*, activities, and a guided walk. And pumpkins, there will be pumpkins! You bring a reusable water bottle, raincoat/hat, walking shoes, and a desire to explore nature and get to know other people in our community. Directions – From Portland Ave., turn on East 44th St. into the entrance of the Salishan community. Drive east to East Roosevelt, turn left at the T, drive 2 blocks and turn right on East 42nd into the parking lot. *while supplies last. For more info, visit facebook.com/events

Puget Sound Revels

Oct. 28, 6-6:30 p.m.
Titlow Park, 8425 Sixth Ave., Tacoma

Come join us for a free Titlow Lodge porch concert to celebrate the changing seasons and the magic of music. Dress for the weather, bring a chair (or not), be ready to join in on a refrain or two.

DIY Energy Audits & Simple Solutions

Sat, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
City of Tacoma EnviroHouse, 3510 S. Mullen St., Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (former Landfill)
Registration required.

Join us to learn how to do your own basic energy audit and make simple energy-saving improvements to improve efficiency and comfort: Discover the top five energy efficiency improvements to earn the best return on your investment. :Learn how to:

  • Assess insulation; how to check what you have and what you need
  • Identify window problems and improvement options
  • Find and seal air leaks (weather-stripping and caulking)
  • How duct leaks and other factors affect energy costs
  • Evaluate heating system issues, low-cost energy savers and behavioral changes
  • Services to expect in a professional, private company energy.

October 29

Magick Market

Oct. 29, 1-5 p.m., FREE
Good Karma, 711 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma

We foretell a bewitching event in your future… Good Karma Center for Joy summons you to their spellbinding Magick Market! All mystical creatures are welcome to dress in their bewitching best as they shop our enchanted goods and wellness services! Entry is free and raffle tickets are only $2 to win some mesmerizing prizes from our vendors. All services will be $20 or under!! Vampire (Aerial) Yoga, Enchanted Cauldrons (Singing Bowls), Potions, Massage, Crystal Readings, Tarot, Henna, Belly Dance & Aerial Performance, Magic Charms, and so much more! Vamp yourself up, bring your coven and make it a a day of treats and otherworldly experiences!!! Blessed Be, The Good Karma Coven. For more information, visit goodkarmacenterforjoy.com.

Reformation 500 – A Celebration of Trinity’s Heritage

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Avenue South, Tacoma

Join us for 11:00 a.m. Worship Service with PLU Choir of the West. Followed by a Potluck Lunch and 2:00 p.m. Concert by Evergreen Brass Quintet, Presenting the new composition Luther: Seven Scenes for Brass Quintet by Jerry Kracht. More information at (253) 537-0201; trinitylutheranparkland.org

Triple the Fun Run Series

Oct. 29, Dec. 9, and Jan. 1, 10 a.m. start time
Ft. Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave. SW, Lakewood

Triple the Fun this holiday season and stay in great shape while having a blast. Racers will save money by registering for all three races. By the end you will have a crazy hat, a t-shirt and a scarf, as well as a special medal for those who complete all three! Register at http://regtorace.com/event/299. Keep up to date on these races and all events by liking our Facebook page: facebook.com/lakewoodparks. Triple the Fun Run Early Bird Special: $55 for all three races (on or before 10/16). Triple the Fun Run Regular Fee: $75 for all three races (10/17 to Series Close on 10/29) Or you can register individually for each race.

  • Halloween Crazy Hat 5k and 10k and FREE 1-Mile Run/Walk, Saturday, Oct. 29, $35
    Wear a crazy hat to this upbeat fun run. Don’t have one? All 5k racers will get the coolest funky hat as part of registration (this is instead of a t-shirt). Feel free to walk or run. All ages are welcome in the free 1 mile run/walk. Register at http://regtorace.com/event/294
  • Jingle Bell Rock 5k and FREE 1-Mile Run/Walk, Dec. 9, $15
    Dig out your favorite elf hats, Santa beards, striped stockings, and other holiday-themed costumes. Everyone is welcome, including dogs, so bring the whole family and get your jingle on. Moms and dads with strollers are welcome to join the free 1 mile run/walk that is on paved sidewalks. Warm up around the fire pit at the end and roast s’mores! T-shirts come with the 5k registration. Prizes for best individual adult costume, kid costumes, and best dog costume. Register at http://regtorace.com/event/291
  • New Years Day 5k and FREE 1-Mile Run/Walk, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
    What better way to ring in the new year than with a beautiful run at Fort Steilacoom Park. It will be chilly, but all 5k racers will get a scarf! Bring the kids to join in the free 1 mile run/walk. Register at http://regtorace.com/event/296

November 1

AAA Driver Improvement Program

Wed., Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E., Fife

The AAA Driver Improvement Program is offering its refresher course on defensive driving skills. The course gives practical guidance for traffic accident prevention and enhances driver safety and confidence. Course completion qualifies drivers 55 years of age and over for automobile insurance premium discounts. Operated by American Driving Services. COST: $18.00 per person. Pre-registration is required. For enrollment information, call 206.243.3564.

November 4

Pruning and Care of Fruit Trees

Sat, Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
City of Tacoma EnviroHouse, 3510 S. Mullen St., Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (former Landfill)

Learn how to prune and care for fruit trees to prevent costly pruning errors and produce crops as nature intended.

  • When and why to prune fruit trees
  • Structural pruning on young fruit trees
  • Plant care, health and aesthetics
  • Choose the right tool for the job

Event is free, but due to space limitations, registration is required. Visit www.eventbrite.com to save your spot.

Holiday Sip and Shop

Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Freighthouse Square, Rainier Room, 2501 E D St, Tacoma

Join us for Quota International of Tacoma’s 6th annual Holiday Sip and Shop. Come join us for our annual holiday fundraiser event and kick off your holiday shopping. A variety of products for sale with 20+ vendors. Santa pictures for all ages and for pets. Help raise money to give back to our community. quotasister.wixsite.com

Fruit Trees & Mason Bees: Planning for February

Sat, Nov. 4, 1:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
City of Tacoma EnviroHouse, 3510 S. Mullen St., Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (former Landfill)

Plan now for February planting and pollinating! Fruit tree and berry varieties will be in nurseries in February for late winter planting, as will Mason Bees, primary fruit tree and berry pollinators.

  • How to select, plant and grow fruit trees for our South Sound climate
  • Fruit tree basics, terminology and general care and maintenance
  • Discover how quick, easy and fun it is to add a Mason Bee house
  • Overview of Mason Bee behavior, production and low maintenance care

Event is free, but due to space limitations, registration is required. Visit www.eventbrite.com to save your spot.

Intuitive Painting Magical Weekend Retreat

Nov. 4-5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artful Dreamers Studio 2926 S Steele St, Tacoma

Intuitive Process Painting is a personal exploration between YOU and the images YOU create and no previous painting experience is needed. The painting is about the journey… It is a meditation, an intuitive listening, a deepening into understanding and accepting of one’s self. You are encouraged to listen to what’s happening inside, to let go of the inner critic and paint what needs and wants to be expressed in a very safe, supportive environment. All supplies included *SNACK PROVIDED *Bring YOUR lunch & water bottle *Join us for the weekend or one day. Weekend – $130. One day – $75. artfuldreamers.com

November 10

Gem Faire

November 10-12, Fri: 12-4 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup.

Admission $7 weekend pass. Free parking! Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Over 70 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning while you shop. Free hourly door prizes. For more info, visit www.gemfaire.com or call (503) 252-8300 or email: info@gemfaire.com.

November 11

Veterans Day Celebration!
Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Washington State History, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

Museum One-hundred years ago in 1917, the United States entered The Great War to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington’s home front experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward. Renowned Northwest historian, Lorraine McConaghy, provides an immersive look into this dramatic period of immigration, wartime industrialization, women’s rights, social change, radical labor, epidemic disease, and worldwide turmoil. As a special Veteran’s Day highlight, you can also see Washington State Historical Society’s new pop-up traveling exhibition, Washington’s Great War. Free with Museum admission, or $5 program-only admission. Free for active and retired military and their families.

Painting Made Easy: Buddha

Nov. 11, 12:45-4 p.m., $40
Artful Dreamers Studio 2926 S Steele St, Tacoma

Bring in the energy of BUDDHA into your home through your own painting! Infused with peace and love, together we will paint a BUDDHA, using a simple step by step process intended for the beginner to seasoned painter. Painting is meditation and creates a conversation between you and the canvas. Your life is a blank canvas and you hold the paintbrush! Let’s ignite the creator within which resides in all of us. Creativity is a practice of intuition, courage and love. artfuldreamers.com

November 18

Argentine Tango Dance/Milonga

Nov. 19, 3-5:30 p.m.
3505 S. 14th St. Tacoma

Come Listen to Argentine tango music and meet our Argentine Tango community. We have a very welcoming community where everybody dances with everyone else and nobody is left out. This is a pot luck event. See this dance as it is danced all around the world. Price $5 per person No partner required. This event repeats the third Sunday of every month from 3-5:30 pm. Info (253)-304-8296

December 10

Tacoma Concert Band Holiday Traditions

Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m.
Pantages Theater, Tacoma

The Tacoma Concert Band’s first holiday concert to be performed at the Pantages Theater. To accommodate the entire family, this concert will be a Sunday matinee. Among the holiday treats on the program, the one-and-only Dave Ross will read “The Night Before Christmas,” accompanied by the band, reprising a performance that was wildly popular at our last holiday concert. Also featured will be soprano soloist Erin Guinup. The Concert starts at 2:30 pm. For more information go to: www.tacomaconcertband.org

December 14

Gratitude Gathering: Open House

Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m.
Artful Dreamers Studio 2926 S Steele St, Tacoma

Join me to celebrate the holidays and YOU. Visit between 7-9pm for Holiday Cheer and Nibbles. I really enjoy sharing art with each person that walks through the door @ Artful! You all make that happen and I am very grateful for each and every one of you fabulously fabulous Artful Dreamers. Newcomers welcome. artfuldreamers.com

December 22

22nd Annual Model Train Festival

Friday, Dec. 22 to Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Washington State History Museum

This enchanting event is a winter time favorite at the History Museum in Tacoma. Treat yourself, your family and friends to a journey in miniature as you wander among dozens of tiny trains and intricate model railroad layouts throughout the museum. Learn more about how railroads influenced the growth and development of Washington, and see train-related artifacts from the region’s past. Children can visit the activity room on the second floor to play with toy trains or create and build their own Lego train creations. Visitors can have pictures taken with Santa on Friday, Dec. 22 and Saturday, Dec. 23, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; the free photos will be emailed, compliments of the Washington State Historical Society. Model Train Festival is closed on Sunday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 25. Admission: Regular WSHM admission applies: $14 adults, $11 seniors, military (with ID), and youth/student; ages 0-5 free; $40 family (2 adults and up to 4 children under age 18). Admission for Historical Society members is always FREE • Coupons and discounts (Chinook Book, AAA, etc.) do not apply during Model Train Festival • Washington Quest EBT Card admission is $1/person and $2/family (must show card)

February 17

Pixie & Pirates Father Daughter Dance Date

Saturday, Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m.
McGavick Conference Center of Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood

Music by a professional DJ, snacks, and a “glow” booth with props for fun pictures to remember the dance. Dress for the spirit of the event in your favorite Pixie/Fairy attire for girls and Pirate clothing for Dads. Free parking. Visit www.cityoflakewood.us for more information. $25/couple (one father and one daughter) $10/each additional daughter Day of the event: $30 per couple and $10 for each additional daughter. Contact information: Sally Martinez, smartinez@cityoflakewood.us, 253.983.7758

February 24

Tacoma Concert Band
Winter Celebration

Feb, 24, 7:30 p.m.
Pantages Theater, Tacoma

Tacoma Concert Band’s presentation of “Winter Celebration” will feature guest pianist Duane Hulbert performing George Gershwin’s ever-popular “Rhapsody in Blue.” The February 24 concert will also present the winner of the Tacoma Concert Band’s 2018 Student Soloist Competition, and everyone 18 and under will be admitted FREE! Concert starts at 7:30 pm. For more information go to: www.tacomaconcertband.org

April 28

Tacoma Concert Band: Celebration, A Special Concert Honoring The Retirement Of Robert Musser

Apr. 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Pantages Theater, Tacoma

On April 28, 2018, Tacoma Concert Band proudly present “Celebration, A Special Concert Honoring The Retirement Of Robert Musser”. This concert will feature some of Bob’s favorite works, and the soloists will include long-time Tacoma Concert Band principals Lawrence Bradley, clarinet, and Morris Northcutt, cornet. The band will also present the world premiere of a new work by American composer Joseph Turrin. The concert starts at 7:30 pm. For more information go to: www.tacomaconcertband.org

May 6

Broadway Center presents: Dixie’s Tupperware Party

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm! Join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol’fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. This event will be held at the Pantages Theater (901 Broadway, Tacoma) on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19, $29, $42 and $55. Call the box office at (253) 591-5894 for more information.

May 18

Broadway Center presents: The Weepies — Hideaway 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Friday, May 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Rialto Theater, 310 S 9th St, Tacoma

Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. Their idiosyncratic folk pop style has earned critical acclaim with their mesmerizing layered harmonies and soulful, emotional lyrics. They continue to be prolific – rarely touring but still releasing five records over the last seven years. This event will be held at the Rialto Theater (310 S 9th St, Tacoma) on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29, $39 and $49. Call the box office at (253) 591-5894 for more information.

June 24

Broadway Center presents Seven Things I’ve Learned — An Afternoon with Ira Glass

Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

Ira Glass is the creator, producer & host of This American Life, the iconic weekly public radio program with millions of listeners around the world. Using audio clips, music, and video, Ira Glass delivers a unique talk, sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling. Ira Glass will mix stories live onstage and help his audience better follow the creative process of one of our foremost storytellers. This event will be held at the Pantages Theater (901 Broadway, Tacoma) on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $29, $49, $69 and $85. Call the box office at (253) 591-5894 for more information.