LIVE ANIMAL SHOW
May 12 and 13
Point Defiance Zoo, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
Have you ever seen a dog fly? How about an aardvark sticking out its impossibly long tongue? Or a majestic Canada lynx parading past on his “snowshoe” paws? And did we mention chickens? A flock of hilarious chickens running across a stage. Or, how about a red-legged seriema bird bashing a toy frog against a rock as she might in the wild? Throw in a couple of pyrotechnic explosions, and you have a wild west adventure guaranteed to entertain! All of this and more will play out daily on the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater stage beginning with a seasonal grand opening weekend of the live-animal show “The West is Wild” at the Point Defiance Zoo on May 12 and 13. For more information visit www.pdza.org.
BIKE TO A BETTER TACOMA
Wednesday, May 16, 4:30 p.m.
7 Seas Brewing Co., 2101 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma
Ever wondered what bike projects are in the works? Join city staff for an informal conversation about upcoming bike and trail projects in the City. Featured projects: E. 64th Protected Bike Lane; Prairie Line Trail; Safe Routes to School; Stevens/Tyler/66th. Light snacks provided. Info: www.facebook.com/events/643084742749682/
THE MAGIC FLUTE
May 16, 7 p.m., May 18, 7:30 p.m. and May 20, 2:30 p.m.
Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon
True love conquers all in Mozart’s enchanting “The Magic Flute.” It’s a fairytale, but so much more. A handsome prince, Tamino, is tasked with saving a princess while a comical birdman, Papageno, seeks his own spouse. The Queen of the Night asks her daughter, the princess Pamina, to kill her father but in the end love conquers all. Darkness is vanquished and through the trials of virtue and charity the loving couple is united. In a double happy ending Papageno finds his Papagena. This delightful comedy will be sung in English. Mozart’s final opera has everything — heartwarming comedy, gorgeous music, and a spiritually uplifting story where wisdom and virtue triumph in the end. It is an opera that young and old will love. Tickets go for $28-$48. Info: vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Thursday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m.
Tacoma Yacht Club, 5401 Yacht Club Rd., Tacoma
Franke’s Follies is an annual event to raise money for Franke Tobey Jones’ Community Programs; Wellness, Senior University and the Point Defiance Ruston Senior Center, which serves primarily mid to low-income seniors. Dorothy Wilhelm will be getting into the spirit of the event by offering a copy of her new book, “Let The Sunshine In,” which will be available only to attendees of this event. The book is created specifically for this event for donors who give $100 or more. Wilhelm will happily autograph the books and even inscribe distinctive personal messages. For more than three decades, Wilhelm has been acknowledged by her editors, readers, fellow broadcasters and audiences nationwide as an expert on finding humor in unlikely circumstances for people enjoying their second 50 years. Her popular newspaper column has appeared in various papers locally and nationally for more than a quarter of a century. For more information, please call Terri Vickery at Franke Tobey Jones (253) 752-6621 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
TASTE OF KOREA
Sunday May 19, 4:30 p.m.
Star Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma
The Korean Women’s Association (KWA), in partnership with consulate general of the Republic of Korea in Seattle, is pleased to announce this year’s theme for the annual Taste of Korea: nourishing community unity. Speakers and performers for the third annual event include James Beard-nominated Chef Rachel Yang, and dancers from Morning Star Korean Cultural Center. KING-TV’s Michelle Li is set to emcee the event. Taste of Korea includes a traditional Korean buffet dinner. It is free to attend but reservations required. Info: www.facebook.com/events/408277122916802/