Freelance Fandango is a gathering of creative professionals that meets weekly to work on their projects in the company of others. There is gossip, tips sharing and good natured ribbing. Attendance is free. No dues. No structure. Just a weekly thing. The group meets every Monday 11 a.m. to noon at Red Elm Cafe, 1114 MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma. The next meeting is Jan. 29. Info: www.facebook.com/groups/482369871914165/about/
WASTE NOT WANT NOT
“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” will be shown on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at STAR Center’s Discover Room, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma. This free community screening of Anthony Bourdain’s shocking and inspirational new film that explores our shared issues and opportunities around food waste runs 90 minutes. “Wasted!” exposes the criminality of food waste and shows us how each of us can make small changes to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st century. Arrive early to enjoy refreshments and secure a good seat. A brief discussion will follow the film for those who wish to stay. Please note: This film contains some mature language. Info: www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/one.aspx?objectId=98252
19TH CENTURY CLOTHING CONSTRUCTION
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum at Point Defiance Park is hosting a Heritage Skills Workshop Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This hands-on workshop is perfect for anyone interested in creating their own period clothes. Spend the morning learning about popular fabrics and styles of mid-19th century Pacific Northwest and the afternoon learning the basics needed to sew a simple work dress. Participants will get started on a project that they can finish at home. Bring your own sack lunch. The price includes all materials. Ages 16+, pre-registration required. Cost: $50. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum
Come to Point Defiance Park on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. and learn to slow down and experience the forest in a new way. Led by certified forest therapist Julie Hepp, this program is designed to take participants slowly and intentionally through nature. Participants interact in 20-30 minute periods of reflective and imaginative interaction. Gain a deeper appreciation of the many living and non-living things in Point Defiance through moving slowly, and mindfully along the trails. Participants should dress for the weather, and bring snacks and water for this outdoor program. Ages 10 and older. Meet at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion. Fee: $20 per person. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1787354911566703
Drawing is the foundation of all other visual arts, and anyone can learn. This class introduces students to the fundamental drawing techniques and vocabulary such as: value, line, form, dimension, etc. It also introduces ways in which you can use drawing to support your own creative ideas. Everyone is welcome. The $60 course takes place Feb. 10 and 11, from 4-7 p.m. each day, at Feast Arts Center, 1402 S. 11th St., Tacoma. For information, visit www.feastarts.com/classes.