Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Sunday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TOY AND GEEK FEST
Puyallup Fair Grounds, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup, 98371
The Washington State Toy and Geek Fest is the absolutely can’t miss event of the summer. Take a comic con and add toys, amazing vehicles, and tons of exhibits and fun for the whole family and you have the gist of what this event is all about. The Toy and Geek Fest will be a celebration – a fan fest of all things fun for all ages. It will be an event to bring fans, creators, exhibitors, vendors, celebrities and experts together for two days dedicated to all of the things that make us fun and geeky.
Tuesday, July 3, 11:30 p.m.
BATMAN AND CATWOMAN WEDDING
Destiny City Comics, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 98402
The Batman/Catwoman Wedding midnight release party brings you the wedding you thought you’d never see! The Caped Crusader and Gotham’s most notorious cat burglar say their vows in this momentous new issue by Tom King and an all-star team of artists. Destiny City Comics is releasing all other new comics like the next chapter in Catwoman #1, Ta-Nehesi Coates’ Captain America #1, Paper Girls #22, Cosmic Ghost Rider #1, Prism Stalker #5, Star Wars #50, Amazing Spider-Man #1, and more. Not only that, they’ll have freebies and special sales going on. They’ll be reopening their doors at 11:30 p.m. and will remain open to serve customers at the event. Doyle’s Pub is happy to serve food and drink late at night, just two doors down.
Thursday, July 5, 1:30 p.m.
THE ART OF TRAINING
Education Classroom C, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, 98407
Dr. Susan Friedman will present “Errorless Learning: What it Really Means and Why It’s Good for Animals,” a lecture on animal training. We all know the saying, “We learn from our mistakes.” But, too many mistakes can be punishing for animals and their trainers. Low rates of reinforcement can quickly produce frustration and aggression; and, practicing errors can make correct responding even less likely. This presentation will provide strategies for arranging training sessions up front to reduce errors, getting our learners to reinforcement faster. This will be presented as a Brown Bag at PDZA. All staff and volunteers are welcome to attend. Friends and family are okay to come as long as they pay admission and go through the front gate of the zoo.
Saturday, July 7, 12 p.m.
Freighthouse Station Marketplace, 2501 E. G St., Tacoma, 98421
Want to scare innocent people in the middle of summer, and not get arrested for it? Become a volunteer actor for Frighthouse Square’s two-night summer event. Ages 16+. Experience preferred, but training is provided. Attendance to this training is mandatory to participate for Summer Frights, so don’t miss out.
July 5, 12:30 p.m. and July 14, 5 p.m.
MAGIC WAND WORKSHOP
Dazed and Reused Coffee and Crafts Art Studio, 2607 6th Ave., Tacoma, 98406
Come to the art lounge at Dazed and Reused studio for a magic-filled evening of decorating your very own one-of-a-kind wooden magic wand. You will receive one handmade, wooden wand, made by artist Christopher Franklin, and all the mystical magical art supplies you can fathom to make your wand truly magical. Dazed and Reused will put out a stockpile of supplies for you to create with and to bring out your inner wizard or witch. Join in and go step by step through this fun workshop that you won’t find anywhere else. Cost: $30 per person. Simply RSVP and buy a ticket through the link below to guarantee your seat. Ticket price includes all supplies.