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MONTHLY DRUM CIRCLE

Come, drum and have some fun! Visit Crescent Moon Gifts (2502 6th Ave., Tacoma) on Friday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for the monthly drum circle. No experience necessary. Bring a drum or noisemaker with you. There are a limited number of extras available to borrow. Info: www.facebook.com/CrescentMoonGifts

ELEPHANT AND PIGGIES

Elephant & Piggies’ “We are in a Play!” begins at Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s Family Theater (7116 6th Ave., Tacoma) on Saturday, Jan. 13. Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is perky, smiley and full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends. The production runs through Jan. 21 with performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Info: tmp.org

MONSTER JAM

The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series returns to the Tacoma Dome (2727 E. D St., Tacoma). Monster Jam is the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks including Grave Digger, Max-D, Monster Mutt, El Toro Loco, Captain’s Curse and Blue Thunder. The noise begins Jan. 12 and runs through Jan. 14. For times and tickets, visit www.MonsterJam.com.

SNOWMAN BUILDING CONTEST

So, you want to build a snowman? It doesn’t have to be a snowman! Get creative and have some fun. Sprinker Recreation Center (14824 C St. S., Spanaway) is saving the zamboni snow and will dump it in the ice arena for some frozen fun! Gather your team and props for this one of a kind opportunity on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The contest is $20 per team (up to 10 people). You’ll have 45 minutes to bring your vision alive. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest. Everyone receives a free skating pass for participation. Pre-registration required, limited to the first 20 teams. To register, call (253) 798-4000 or go to apm.activecommunities.com/piercecoparksrecsvc/Activity_Search/src-snowman-building-contest/11436

JANUARY CREATIVE COLLOQUY

On Monday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m., the next Creative Colloquy will take place at Black Kettle Bites and Brew (744 Market St., Tacoma). Creative Colloquy fosters the writing community in the South Sound through unique literary events and publications. Reading events occur the third Monday of every month. These readings feature authors published on the website followed by an open mic and occasional live music intermissions. These gatherings aim to lure writers out from the solitary activity of writing itself to connect with like minds and fuel inspiration and love of their craft. For more info, visit creativecolloquy.com.

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