POOCH POOL PARTY
Treat your furry friends to a run and/or a swim on Sept. 9. The dog friendly race is two-miles and begins at 8 a.m. Run participants will have their own exclusive Pooch Party before the other Pool Party sessions. Sign up for the run and your dog can go to the less crowded, exclusive, pool party for race participants only. They’ll be the first in the pool at 8:45 a.m. The run is chip-timed. Strollers welcome. Don’t want to run? Bring your dog to one of the later Pooch Pool Party sessions. Four-legged friends can paddle around with other dogs, lunge through the lazy river and splash in the sprayground! Two pool sessions to choose from: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m. The fun takes place at Stewart Heights Pool, 402 E 56th St., Tacoma. Please bring well-socialized dogs only to this event. Visit metroparkstacoma.org for more info and prices.
GLENNA COOK POETRY BOOK RELEASE
MoonPath Press has just published a full-length collection of poetry by Glenna Cook. There will be two book-launch parties in Tacoma. The title of the book is “Thresholds.” Music at the event is provided by Leanne Trevalyan of Junkyard Jane. Readers of the book will experience what Cook calls “the good purpose,” the heartful dissonance of poems meaningfully conflicted between fierce moments and tender moments that compose a life. In all her wisdom and experience, Cook, a Tacoma octogenarian, still struggles to answer questions about love, devotion, loneliness and “this grandeur of the universe.” The launch parties are Sept. 12, 7 p.m. at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (901 N. J St.) and Oct. 1, 2 p.m. at King’s Books (218 St. Helen’s Ave.).
PIONEER DAYS FESTIVAL
Visit Job Carr Cabin Museum Sept. 16 to experience pioneer life with fun activities for children and families. Listen to live folk music and storytelling. Try hands-on demonstrations. Learn about heritage crafts. Compete in old time games and races. Pan for gold. Admission to the museum and all cabin events are “pay as you can.” Info: jobcarrmuseum.org.
FALL FANTASY FAIRE
Crescent Moon Gifts presents the third annual Fall Fantasy Faire from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 16. This is a fantasy-themed festival of art, music, dance, vendors, workshops and entertainment. Dress as your favorite magical or fantasy creature and come for a full day of free, family-friendly fun. This will be an indoor/outdoor block party event that is free to the public. (The organizers would love to keep this event free but welcome donations.) Crescent Moon will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the local food bank, so that all might partake in a happy harvest. Info: fallfantasyfaire.homestead.com.
TACOMA MOON FESTIVAL
On Sept. 16, from 2-7 p.m., Tacoma will celebrate culture and community at the fifth annual Tacoma Moon Festival, held at the Chinese Reconciliation Park in Old Town. The event is free and open to all ages. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Immigrants’ Stories,” and the festival features music, dance, and theatrical performers from a number of heritage communities. Besides performances from East Asian cultures, which traditionally celebrate Moon Festivals in September, there will be a marimba band, a poetry reading and a final performance of Beijing Opera by Seattle’s Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club. Moon cakes will be available for sale along with a variety of teas. A wine and beer garden will be available for adults and there will be hands-on activities for adults and children. As the festival closes, at 7 p.m., a parade of lanterns will be led by the Moon Princess. Info: tacomachinesepark.org/community/events/moon-festival.