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FREE s Friday, June 28, 2013 TACOMA RAINIERS A8 GARDEN CHALLENGE A4 A PLAYGROUND IN THE TREES B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE Tacoma Celebrates Future looks brighter, if not altogether certain, for Freedom Fair FLOWERS FOR the SOLDIERS Community asked to help make yellow flowers for RAIDERS RETURN Welcome Home Event PHOTO BY MATT NAGLE FLOWER POWER. Community artist Lynn Di Nino (right) shows Tacoma philanthropist and patron of the arts Babe Lehrer how to make tissue paper flowers at Di Nino’s most recent workshop. DI NINO’S NEXT FLOWER MAKING WORKSHOP JULY 22 6-9 P.M. For location, e-mail her at or call 3960774. Leaders of community organizations are welcome. PHOTOS COURTESY OF FREEDOM FAIR FABULOUS FOURTH. People come from miles around to watch Freedom Fair’s fabulous fireworks show (top), some choosing to enjoy the full day out on the water (above left). Before the rockets’ red glare lights up the night sky, the daytime air show (above, right) will soar over Commencement Bay featuring some of the best aviation acts in the country. By Ernest A. Jasmin F ederal budget cuts kept the Blue Angels from appearing at Seattle’s Seafair last weekend. But rest assured: There will be planes roaring across the sky at Freedom Fair this Fourth of July. They just may not rattle as many windowpanes as they did last year. “The air show itself is still going to be a spectacular show. The one thing that’s going to be missing is the military support – the big, thunderous jets that they usually bring,” said Gary Grape, director of events for Tacoma Events Commission, the mostly volunteer group that runs Freedom Fair. Tacoma’s big Independence Day celebration is expected to draw more than 100,000 revelers to Tacoma’s Ruston Way Waterfront on July 4 for the air show, music, food, libations and, of course, fireworks. “We’re one of the few areas that still has an air show and a fireworks display of this magnitude,” said Lori Linenko, who took over as the commission’s chairwoman and president after longtime director Doug Miller stepped down last fall. Government cutbacks and sagging donations have presented challenges for many summer festivals. But organizers say Freedom Fair has bounced back, if only slightly, after an uncertain 2012. Freedom Fair costs about $900,000 to produce each year, according to Grape. Toward that end, Tacoma Events Commission – a non-profit 501(c)3 hired by City of Tacoma to run the event – receives lots of “in kind donations,” pledges of free advertising and services provided by Tacoma Police, Tacoma Public Works and other agenX See FREEDOM / page A12 Biker art A2 ON STAGE: Entertainment schedule for Taste of Tacoma. PAGE B4 EV ENTS SC HEDU LE A partial schedule of Freedom Fair events, which will take place July 4 along Ruston Way Waterfront except where indicated: Tacoma Air Show (1:30-3:30 p.m.): This year’s flight demos will include appearances by the Ace Maker T-33 Shooting Star, the P-51 “Speedball Alice” and other classic aircraft. Freedom Fair Fireworks Extravaganza (10:10 p.m.): “Bombs” will burst in air, flags will still be there and the fireworks soundtrack will be broadcast from Les Davis Pier, audible on Click-FM (98.9) and KLAY-AM (1180) for those watching from a distance. X FOR MORE EVENTS / See page A12 Hoops camp A8 Pothole Pigs..............A2 City Briefs ...............A3 Wilde in Lakewood B3 Sports ......................A6 A&E ....................... ..B1 By Matt Nagle Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino is leading the charge in a community art project for the City of Lakewood’s first-ever event Sept. 15 to welcome troops home from Afghanistan. The goal – for people across the South Sound, or anywhere for that matter, to help make approximately 4,000 (or more) yellow flowers to decorate an arch for the front of the main stage. To get the project going, Di Nino has held four public workshops to demonstrate how to make the flowers. “The workshops are mostly to show people how to do it so they can go back and show their own groups,” Di Nino said. (Also, this YouTube video explains the very easy process: watch?v=aK6QBG6IhX0.) She is looking for individuals, families and members of organizations who can enlist others to help. Di Nino’s next flower making workshop will be held on July 22 from 6-9 p.m. For location, e-mail her at or call (253) 396 -0774. Leaders of community organizations are welcome. X See FLOWERS / page A11 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:ÁLFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Make A Scene ........ B5 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages

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