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TACOMAWEEKLY 24 YE A R S O F SE R V I C E BE C A U S E CO M M U N I T Y MAT T E R S PUYALLUP RIVER

FLOOD DISTRICT BEGINS FORMATION

PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

RIVER. Pierce County’s Flood

Control District is taking shape with the focus of improving levees to protect Interstate 5 from flooding if the Puyallup River crests its banks. By Steve Dunkelberger stevedunkel@tacomaweekly.com

PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

REPAIR. 2nd Cycle volunteer Adam Barnes helps a patron fix bike gears at the Martin Luther King Jr. Way shop.

MAY IS NATIONAL

BIKE MONTH Sunny weather, gas prices keep local bicycle nonprofit spinning By Steve Dunkelberger stevedunkel@tacomaweekly.com

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heels never seem to stop spinning at 2nd Cycle, an all-volunteer bike shop in

Hilltop. The community bicycle project provides low-cost bicycles, bike parts and free classes about bike repairs and safety as a way to help people opt out of their cars and onto a set of pedals. The 4-yearold nonprofit supports itself through donations and the sale of refurbished bikes and parts. 2nd Cycle formed in mid-2008, when four friends gathered their thoughts to create a community bicycle shop. The effort started simply as a portable bike stand,

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“Many people can’t afford a regular bike shop, so what we try to do is to get people to work on their own bikes. We are not a repair shop. They do all the work.”

With the recent Pierce County Council’s passage of the creation of a countywide Flood Control Zone, the rules and policies to fund levee work and waterretention projects around the county are being drafted. The mission of the flood control district is to generate tax dollars that would be used to protect lives, homes and businesses around the county from catastrophic losses caused by flooding, particularly if the Puyallup River overruns its banks and shuts down Interstate 5 the way waters did in Lewis County three years ago. The economic impact of that flooding exceeded $10 million per day. The Flood Control Zone became official in April, but the County Council is now developing ways the district will operate and how the district will determine the tax rate that property owners will pay to fund projects. “The flood hazards in the county are real,” said Brian Ziegler, director of Pierce County Public Works and Utilities. Not only are there direct threats to life and property if the aging levees and current

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– Travis Martin, 2nd Cycle some discarded parts and a small set of tools that volunteers could use to refurbish old bikes for resale to low-income people who could not otherwise afford new bicycles. The organization is part of a growing trend around America to bring b i c y c l e s back to urban roadways. “There are do-ityourself community bike projects in Seattle, Olympia, Portland and most major and minor cities of America,” the nonprofit’s website states. “These projects have many different forms and faces. They differ from small operations like our own to large projects that send containers full of bikes to developing countries. We are not unique. We are but a pebble in an avalanche of change toward a more sustainable way of living. Tacoma is not what we would call a bike friendly city. The only way that more infrastructure will be provided is if there are a warrant-able amount of riders on the street. We aim to get as many people riding bikes as we can.”

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The Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, prepared in 2010 by the Cascade Bicycle Club, found that Tacoma saw a 25 percent increase in bike ridership from 2009 to 2010. But it still has a long way to go since Tacoma is Washington’s thirdlargest city, but 10th in the number of bike riders. Tacoma has been named a Bicycle

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BIKING EVENTS BIKE MONTH COMMUTER CHALLENGE

The month-long Bike Commuter Challenge is gathering information on people who log at least five trips during May to promote bike ridership as well as to hand out prizes, including a $200 REI gift certificate, bike tune-ups, light sets and team pizza parties. A $100 REI gift certificate will be awarded to the man, woman and college student who logged the most cycling miles in May. See EVENTS/ page A4

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BIG RIG. Tacoma may change

garbage collection to every other week, following the success of a pilot program. By John Larson jlarson@tacomaweekly.com

By early next year all of Tacoma could be having garbage collected every other week, as opposed to weekly as is done now. City staff estimates making this switch could save the city between $900,000 and $1.3 million per year. Tacoma City Council heard a presentation on the topic during its May 8 study session. Mike Slevin, an assistant director in the Public Works Department, discussed an ambitious goal of the city – to have 70 percent of trash diverted to recycling by 2030. Currently about 30

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Section A • Page 2 • tacomaweekly.com • Friday, May 18, 2012

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POTHOLE OF THE WEEK

Do-it-yourself dog wash makes this chore a joy

PHOTOS BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

TUB TIME. It’s easy for customers to use the dog washing system, and dogs, like Siddalee the German Shepherd pictured here, love the warm water shower they get. William Manzanares IV keeps his selfserve dog washing business stocked with everything needed for a squeaky clean pet. By Matt Nagle matt@tacomaweekly.com

S 21st and G Street Tacoma has a tremendous pothole problem, and the city knows it. During the past couple of years, the city has acknowledged this issue by spending millions of dollars in major arterial repairs with the council’s “pothole initiative,� and in 2010, routine maintenance by Tacoma’s Grounds and Maintenance Division completed street repairs on 229,638 square feet of road. In 2011, the city repaired about 150,000 more square feet of road riddled with holiness, and is continuing those efforts well in to 2012. And while that may sound like a lot of ground, new holes pop up – or return – each and every day, which means a pothole-free road might never exist in Tacoma. With the help of our readers and our dedicated Pothole Pig, we will continue to showcase some of the city’s biggest and best potholes through our weekly homage to one of T-Town’s most unnerving attributes. Help the Pothole Pig by e-mailing your worst pothole suggestions to SaveOurStreets@tacomaweekly.com. Potholes in need of repair can be reported to the City of Tacoma by calling (253) 591-5495.

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Puyallup Tribal member William Manzanares â…Ł has set up a most convenient, inexpensive and effective self-serve dog washing system next door to his Northpoint Smoke Shop on River Road. Housed in its own neat

and tidy little building, it’s open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week and works like a do-it-yourself car wash but for dogs of any and all sizes. Being self-service, customers can drive up and get right to work on scrubbing their pooch without having to make an appointment and without

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having to hand Fido over to be handled by a stranger. Cost is $10 for ten minutes, and you can use cash, credit/debit cards or purchase tokens from inside the smoke shop. Everything is right there in one compact, coin-operated unit called the K9000, made in the USA and recognized as the top of the line selfserve dog wash system currently on the market. It’s also the safest and easiest to use. The “tub� side of the K9000 is waist-high to humans, with a side door that makes it simple to walk your dog into the tub rather than having to lift him/her up and in. On the right are two hand-held hoses – one that sprays heat-controlled water through a variety of nozzle settings and another that blows warm air for blow-drying. A control panel allows users to dial a selection of choices – shampoo, flea shampoo, rinse, conditioner, blow dry and to disinfect the tub afterward, which all users are kindly asked to do as a courtesy for the next customer. “Everyone who uses it loves it,� Manzanares said, noting that in the wintertime customers appreciate

the heated room when it’s too cold to wash the dog outside. He said he got the idea to open the dog wash after seeing the K9000 unit on the “Modern Marvels� show on the History Channel. A former pit bull owner, Manzanares said he knows first-hand that it can be difficult to find a groomer that fits your dog, and also that it’s oftentimes difficult to keep your dog clean without making a huge, watery mess in the bathroom. “I knew there had to be other dog owners out there who couldn’t wash their dog outside or their dog just isn’t right for a groomer.� This led him to purchase the first K9000 in the state of Washington, and he’s been impressed with its performance and reliability. His set-up is perfect for all kinds of occasions, such as when coming home with a wet and muddy dog from a day at the lake, for when company is coming and the four-footed family member needs a cleanup, or for simply keeping your dog fresh and clean throughout the year. Northpoint Smoke Shop is located at 6408 River Rd. E. Parking is free and always available.

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Friday, May 18, 2012 • tacomaweekly.com • Section A • Page 3

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Police Blotter FATAL STABBING IN HILLTOP A man was found stabbed to death in an alley near the intersection of South 19th and South ‘M’ streets on May 9. Officers responding to a 911 call found the body of Stanley Howard. He and a man he knew got into an argument earlier in the evening, during which time Howard threatened the other man. They went their separate ways. Some time later Howard went to the other man’s home, knocked on the door and asked him to step outside. Both men had knives. Howard tried to attack and the other man stabbed him. Howard apparently collapsed while walking home. When the other man learned police were in the area, he went to the scene, told detectives what happened and was arrested. He was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder. Prosecutors determined he acted in selfdefense and did not file charges. MAN SHOT ON EAST SIDE A man was shot in the chest during an argument inside a home on May 9. The incident began in a woman’s home in the 1400 block of East 63rd Street. She and the victim were arguing when the suspect shot the victim. The woman told officers she did not know who the suspect was. SHOTS FIRED IN HILLTOP Shots were fired in the 2300 block of South ‘M’ Street on May 7. Witnesses told police a black sport utility vehicle left the area. Officers spotted a similar vehicle going fast near the intersection of South 19th Street and Union Avenue. It was found soon after abandoned in the 1400 block of South Washington Street. Officers found a man believed to have been in the vehicle in the area. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant and suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. MAN MUGGED DOWNTOWN A man assaulted and robbed another man on May 3. The victim told police he was walking in the 700 block of Market Street. The suspect hit him, knocking him to the ground. The suspect grabbed the victim’s wallet and cell phones and fled in a vehicle. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of facial injuries.

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CINCO DE MAYO ARRESTS TOP 180 Cinco de Mayo celebrations ended in 187 driving under the influence arrests in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties where police had stepped up special Target Zero patrols Friday and Saturday nights. More than 70 officers, deputies and troopers from 33 law enforcement agencies focused solely on areas where a high number of impaired fatalities and serious injuries have occurred in recent years. These included targeted streets in Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Renton, Lynnwood, Marysville and Everett where officers intercepted a driver going the wrong way on Highway 99. The driver was taken to the hospital where he was assessed for alcohol poisoning and a heart syndrome caused by excessive alcohol consumption. The holiday, which fell on a weekend for the first time in five years, included visits to bars by two mothers of victims of impaired driving crashes, police, and the Washington State Liquor Control Board. The team passed out Clickit 2 Ride cards which, when scanned with a cell phone, put callers directly in contact with local taxi companies. TACOMA NARROWS TOLL RATES TO BE SET Those interested in toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will have one more opportunity to voice their opinions during a final hearing on May 21 in Gig Harbor. The Washington State Transportation Commission will hold the final rate hearing starting at 6 p.m. at Gig Harbor City Hall, 3510 Grandview St., and will take action immediately afterward to adopt new toll rates for the bridge. The commission has proposed the following toll rates to take effect July 1, 2012: $4 Good to Go!, $5 cash and $7 pay by mail. The commission is required by law to set toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in an amount that is sufficient to pay debt payments, maintenance, preservation and operations of the bridge. Because the bridge was financed with an escalating debt structure to minimize the initial impact on bridge users, debt payments rise over time and require additional toll revenue. In the 2007-09 biennium the state paid $41 million in debt payments, but in the current 2011-2013 biennium debt payments for the bridge reach nearly $90 million.

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and sewage. Tours will depart from the main office at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call (253) 7983013 to reserve your spot, as there is space for 25 people during each time slot. Wear closed toed shoes, long pants and a jacket. The plant has uneven terrain. The tour is not recommended for children under 8. Ferry photo contest: Amateur photographers are invited to submit photos related to the Pierce County Ferry System for the 2012 ferry photo contest. The system provides service between the town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island. To participate, “like� the Public Works and Utilities’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ PierceCountyPWU, and upload your favorite photo by 11 p.m. on May 24. Winners will be announced during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Steilacoom Terminal renovation project at 3 p.m. on May 30 at the terminal. Contest details are available at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry. Visit www.piercecountywa.org/pwu for more information about Pierce County Public Works and Utilities. SEE MORE CITY BRIEFS AT TACOMAWEEKLY.COM

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Monthly swap meets planned for Cheney Stadium parking lot By John Larson jlarson@tacomaweekly.com

Ted Cooper has an idea that he feels will close a gap in the region’s swap meet scene. Cooper, long-time operator of Estate Sales and Consulting, is organizing a new monthly event at Cheney Stadium. For one weekend a month he will set up shop and rent out space to other vendors in the parking lot of the ballpark for Swap and Flea at Cheney Stadium. Cooper feels that this site is perfect for a swap meet/flea market because of the size of the parking lot, the stadium’s proximity to major freeways and the large population base that exists around Cheney and beyond.

Cooper said the local swap meet market has a big gap to close that’s been in place since 2005 when the Midway Drive-in Swap Meet ended after the site was cleared for construction of a Lowe’s store. “Midway was huge,� Cooper remarked. “They filled it up every weekend. Thousands would attend. The market is there for it.� He has done estate sales in homes and businesses. He is eager to organize an event that will be family friendly, he noted. He plans to hold one swap meet/flea market a month between now and October, based around when the stadium’s tenant, the Tacoma Rainiers, is on the road. The first one is planned for May 19-20.

Cooper said swap meets are fun for vendors and shoppers. They are places where artisans, craftspeople and antique dealers are in the same spot as somebody who just wanted to clear out their garage. Shoppers can pick up great deals on items ranging from clothing to a kitchen sink. And he noted they are a great way to reduce one’s carbon footprint by recycling and re-using items. Cost for a booth is $18 or less, depending on whether it is rented for one or both days. Cooper said two spaces for two days would cost $50. He said the parking lot can hold up to 200 vendors, and he would like to bring in some antique dealers. Anyone interested in renting space can call Cooper at (206) 790-2505.

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SALESMAN. Ted Cooper plans to hold swap meets one weekend a month at Cheney Stadium.

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Friendly Community and certified at a Bronze Level by the League of American Bicyclists. Tacoma is recognized for improving the conditions and opportunities for bicycling and is one of 214 cities named as Bicycle Friendly Communities in 47 states. 2nd Cycle’s move from a back alley earlier this year to a storefront along Martin Luther King Jr. Way brought a spike of walk-in customers that has grown steadily as the weather turns warmer and gas prices continue their climb upward. “Since the move, we have been incredibly busy,� Adam Barnes said, noting that between 20 and 30 people stop by the storefront to either look for an inexpensive bike or to get their current ride up and running following a winter in storage. “I think gas prices have a lot to do with it.� People venture into 2nd Cycle to pick up a bike that has been donated to the cause, stripped down and rebuilt by volunteers to be resold for “garage sale� prices of as little as $15, or to rummage through the bins of parts to repair their bikes at a fraction of the cost they would have paid at a conventional bike shop. “Everyone here is a volunteer, so we aren’t looking at making money,� Travis Martin said. “Tacoma is a very lowincome place. Many people can’t afford a regular bike shop, so what we try to do is to get people to work on their own bikes. We are not a repair shop. They do all the work.� Volunteers, however, are on hand to

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OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES: BEGINNING MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE

Everyone has heard the stories and seen the movies about mountain biking, and now they can live the ride on this excursion for women cyclists new to mountain biking. Anyone interested can meet at Tacoma Bike-Proctor to carpool to Banner Forest for a combination of rural-urban riding that is perfect for learning to bunny hop. The ride is scheduled for May 20. Pre-register at Playback Sports, 2621 N. Proctor St. or by calling (253) 627-4938. PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

MONEY SAVER. 2nd Cycle patrons can pull used chains, gears, pedals and handle bars from bins to repair their bicycles for a fraction of the price found at traditional bike shops.

advise people through the process as a way to empower people who otherwise might feel lost in the mound of gears and chains dotted along the wall. Several people, for example, have walked into the shop with little knowledge of bicycles only to spend an afternoon building one from spare parts. They now help others maintain their two-wheelers. One woman wheeled in an old Raleigh bike with no experience with repairing it before she swapped out all the gears and cables in a matter of hours. She rode off with a durable and inexpensive ride as well as a new sense of pride in herself. The parts totaled less than $50, but what she got was much more valuable.

“It’s hard to put a price tag on that type of education,� volunteer Matt Newport said. “She did all the dirty work herself.� Learn more about 2nd Cycle at www.2ndcycle.org.

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More information on all things bicycle is available at: Bicycle Alliance of Washington: www.bicyclealliance.org Cascade Bicycle Club: www.cascade.org Tacoma Wheelmen’s Club: www.twbc.org

BIKE TO A BETTER TACOMA

Join fellow bicyclists and city staff members to talk about hopes, visions and plans for a more bike-able Tacoma at a forum at 4:30 p.m. on May 24 at The Hub, 203 Tacoma Ave. S. Attendees can meet members of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Committee and get updates on implementation of the Mobility Master Plan.

SMART COMMUTING WORKSHOP

Commuting by bike is unlike any other commute. An event at 6 p.m. on May 28 at Tacoma Bike-Proctor, 3816 N. 26th St., will include a workshop to learn how to be smart about it. Pre-register at Playback Sports, 2621 N. Proctor St. or by calling (253) 627-4938.

Seattle Optometrist Helps Legally Blind to See Again

Dr. Ross Cusic, member of the IALVS, helps those with vision loss to keep reading, writing and driving. Dr. Ross Cusic is using miniaturized binoculars or telescopes to help people who have lost vision from macular degeneration or other eye conditions. “Some of my patients consider me the last stop for people who have vision loss,� said Dr. Cusic, a low vision Optometrist. “People don’t know that there are doctors who are very experienced in low vision care.� Macular degeneration is the most common eye disease amongst the senior population. As many as 25% of those over

65 have some degree of degeneration. Macular degeneration leaves a blind spot right in the center of vision making it impossible to recognize faces, read a book, or pass the driver’s vision test. The experts do not know what causes macular degeneration. But it is known that UV light from the sun is a major contributing factor. Other factors are smoking, aging of course, and improper nutrition. 15% to 20% of the time it is genetic. New research suggests vitamins can help. The British medical journal BMC Oph-

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Friday, May 18, 2012 • tacomaweekly.com • Section A • Page 5

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Think F.A.S.T. and help save lives from stroke By Karen Dionne The City of Tacoma has proclaimed May as Stroke Awareness Month. As a stroke survivor and volunteer for the American Heart Association/ DIONNE American Stroke Association, I had a chance to address Tacoma City Council on May 1 about the devastating effects of stroke and to thank them for encouraging the public to learn the stroke warning signs in order to help save lives. In 2007 when I was 37, I envisioned my whole life ahead of me as I was planning my wedding to Michael, the man of my dreams. I had a successful career and was in good health. I never suspected that my life would change in an instant. I had a hemorrhagic stroke – bleeding in the brain – which caused paralysis on my left side. On that quiet morning, I left my old life as I knew it and began a new life journey as a stroke survivor. Thankfully my fiancé recognized that I was having a stroke and thanks to him, I got medical help quickly. Warning sign #1. As I sat on the couch,

I felt an extreme headache. Warning sign #2. As I got up, I described to Michael that I was looking down at my left foot but I could not feel it. The sensation quickly traveled up the left side of my body. It was like it went to sleep without the pins and needles feeling. Warning sign #3. “Help me!” I exclaimed. He looked at me and asked me to smile. He could see that the left side of my face was not equal to my right side. Warning sign #4. He said to me, “Karen, everything you are telling me says you are having a stroke!” All of this took less than five minutes. The stroke affected my vision, took my feeling on my entire left side and spasticity in my left hand. I had no fine motor skills and had to learn to walk again so I have a slight limp. With hard work, determination and complete love and support from Michael, I was able to walk down the aisle four months later on our wedding day. Every 40 seconds, someone in America experiences a stroke, which cuts off blood supply to the brain, causing brain cells to die. It is a medical emergency, so it is very important to recognize the warning signs. Think F.A.S.T.: Face. Ask the person to smile. Does the face look uneven? Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down or is it unable to

move? Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does their speech sound strange? Strange speech could be slurred, the wrong words may come out, or the person is unable to speak. Time to call 911. Many people in Washington die or are disabled from stroke because they do not get the appropriate medical treatment within the recommended time window, which is three hours for the most common type of stroke. Washington’s new Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System helps save lives by taking patients to the right hospital for the right treatment quickly. But to activate the system, you must be able to recognize a stroke and call 911 promptly. As an American Heart Association volunteer, I am an advocate for the 7 million stroke survivors in the country to raise awareness about stroke. Please, make it your mission to educate yourself on the warning signs of stroke so you can be there for the ones you love. And make it your mission to educate the ones you love so they can be there for you. May is American Stroke Month. Learn the warning signs and learn more about Washington’s Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System at www.heart.org/call911. Karen Dionne is a Graham resident.

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, As of May 4 the property of the Tacoma Elks building was officially sold to the developers of the Wal-Mart on South 23rd Street and Union Avenue. With that, and the permits for the building issued by the City of Tacoma, the Wal-Mart store is inevitable. I am confident the Central Neighborhood Council along with its neighbors did the best we could with the resources we had available to us, it just was not enough to fight back the world’s largest corporation. Wal-Mart has endless money and power in America and frankly the world, and we are just a tiny little neighborhood council. I personally, and I know my fellow Neighborhood Council members do too, appreciate those who have come to protest, volunteer, donate and lend their voice to the cause. Our actions prove that we not only know what our values are but also will not accept a plan that goes directly against those values. I encourage you to personally protest this Wal-Mart by vowing to never shop there; I for one have already done so. Instead, take your money and Go Local; for a better, stronger and more vibrant Tacoma we will be. Justin D. Leighton Chair, Central Neighborhood Council Dear Editor, I saw the Pothole Pig on Pine Street recently, getting its fine picture taken between North 8th and 9th streets. I just wanted to let you know that a few weeks ago, the city pothole fixers were at the same location, filling holes. You know, a couple of shovelfuls of material, a couple of whacks with the shovel to tamp it in the hole, and away they go.... It obviously does not work well, and instead of taxes for repairs, I am voting for the pig instead! Chris Phippen Tacoma Dear Editor, I am pleased my colleagues were able to reach an agreement to reauthorize and raise the lending limits for the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Ex-Im provides critical financing to promote American exports and keeps them competitive within the global marketplace. Providing American manufacturers the resources they need to meet demand for United States exports is one of our top priorities for putting our economy back on track – nearly 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. Extending support to the Ex-Im Bank is critical to maintaining and creating jobs in Washington state and around the country. Ex-Im lending supports exporters in aerospace, clean technology, global health, wine and other agricultural industries. Over the past three years, the Ex-Im Bank has provid-

ed more than $30 billion in disbursements to Washington state and more than $11 billion in capital to businesses in the 9th District. And the majority of companies receiving loans were small businesses. These loans have supported more than $68 billion in export sales in our state and have helped our local businesses complete transactions, create and sustain jobs that are vital to the health of our local and national economies. U.S. Representative Adam Smith Tacoma Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the vandalism and terrorism done by the so-called “anarchists” in Seattle on May 1. Why do we call them anarchists when actually they are terrorists? All they are doing is terrorizing and destroying the property and people there. They should be treated just like any other terrorists and get the same treatment and punishment as other criminal gangs. The authorities should be allowed to use all appropriate action to quell the unlawful mob no matter what it takes. Those terrorists know they are illegal when they are so cowardly they have to cover their faces. I am all for doing whatever it would take to stop them from destroying personal property and terrorizing the citizens. Just like they vandalized the mayor’s home while he, his wife and children were sleeping. Now that sure takes a brave person. They call themselves anarchists. I call them terrorists. They are doing the same thing foreign terrorists would do if they came to our country. They are destroying the area. Treat them like all other terrorists, whatever it takes. If the penalty were harsh enough, maybe it would discourage them the next time. One media report stated that Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Department did a superb job of handling them. Well, they did all they could do. They are limited to what they can do. I want to turn them loose to do what they have to do, not what they can legally do. They might have to do a little illegal activity to keep up with these illegal terrorists. Unfortunately, the good guys’ hands are tied too much while the terrorists are destroying personal and public property. Treat them like the criminal terrorists they are. Let’s not be too kind to these terrorists. If it takes a change in our laws so we can use more means of curtailing this activity, let’s do it. We have waited too long already. We have had too much of this type of activity in the past and we have not been able to manhandle them or punish them enough to discourage this type of terrorist activity. We must do something before some innocent people get maimed or killed. Richard Susan Tacoma

Tacoma’s history is disappearing from the landscape slowly but steadily. The Luzon, First United Methodist, the Heidelberg Brewery… all remain only in photos and postcards and fading memories. Another icon of Tacoma architecture could soon have a date with a wrecking ball. The congregation at First Congregational Church has announced its house of worship will be put up for sale soon and that it might be demolished. This church, like a few others recently, faces the struggles of being home to a dwindling congregation housed in a large building that is expensive to maintain. It has seating capacity for 500 but only about 40 followers now attend Sunday morning services. The structure, located near Wright Park, has existed for 104 years. It was designed in the Gothic style, with a sandstone and brick sanctuary. It stands as a landmark of what Tacoma was, or hoped to be, during its early days of operation. The city grew up around it, casting it aside with progress. First United Methodist Church, which used to be two blocks away, faced a similar dilemma. Members of that congregation opted to sell to next-door neighbor MultiCare Health System, which then tore it down and expanded an emergency room onto the site. Many Tacomans complained about the demolition of that 90-year-old church. But the congregation was in a bind. Selling the property allowed it to purchase and renovate a smaller building suited for its more modern needs and tighter budget. First Congregation would likely do the same with proceeds from a sale. In an ideal situation, some private investor with deep pockets would be willing to purchase the sanctuary and transform it for a new use. Perhaps a movie theater or restaurant. The old 6th Avenue Baptist Church, rather than being demolished, is available to rent for weddings and other special events. Regardless of one’s views on religion or history, the grand old churches and other structures of Tacoma add much character to our city. We hope this one can be saved. The adage “They don’t make them like that anymore!” holds so very true for churches because what often replaces the brick and marble houses of God that were built to last hundreds of years are wood-framed, modular structures meant to last just decades. Efficiency wins out over longevity every time. Imagine Tacoma’s “modern landmarks” for a minute. What will the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center or the soon-to-open LeMay: America’s Car Museum look like on their 100th birthday? While Tacoma laments the potential loss of Old City Hall as it searches for new life in the modern age, no one thinks about the legacy opportunities lost with the here-today, gone-later-today construction practices that made it a dinosaur. Maybe that is why the rotting, rusting hulk of a former gem better known as the Kalakala remains in such trouble. It has a grand history and is a part of Washington’s maritime history that will never return. It was among the most recognized icons of the state when it was operational. Imagine what an attraction and community asset it would have been if it had been honored as a landmark when it retired from its decades of shuttling workers and tourists around Puget Sound instead of being shuttled to Alaska to serve a career as a manual laborer of sorts for the fishing industry. But the ferry’s past did not have forward thinkers when those decisions were made. The Kalakala served its purpose and was discarded. It is too far gone now to resurrect. But maybe there is a visionary out there to see the potential of a century-old church.

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Port plans for Grand Alliance truck traffic By John Larson jlarson@tacomaweekly.com

Port of Tacoma is preparing for the arrival of three new shipping lines this summer and the impact they will have on traffic on roads on the Tideflats. Port of Tacoma Commission recently approved a contract to pave a new truck queue area near Washington United Terminal, where ships from the Grand Alliance will call. The three lines recently announced they would shift their business from Seattle to Tacoma. The parcel along Marshall Avenue will keep trucks from clogging up Port of Tacoma Road as they wait to enter the container terminal. The port leases it to Hyundai Merchant Marine, which uses it for its own ships. This road also leads to other terminals. Thus if Grand Alliance trucks had to wait on this road, traffic to other terminals would be impeded. Curt Stoner, the port’s senior manager of container terminal business, gave a brief presentation to the commission. He said the first phase of the project will be completed by mid-June. Port officials expect as many as 1,750 additional trucks a day will use the terminal once the three new lines begin operations here. Commissioner Don Meyer expressed concern about this many trucks in this area. The area that will be paved is sometimes used to store imported cars. It needs reinforcement to handle the heavier loads from trucks. Stoner noted that port staff would meet with representatives of Auto Warehousing to discuss any concerns they would have about this project. The second phase will install new gate equipment, including optical character readers and identification badge readers.

â–ź Flooding From page A1

projects fail to keep the waters within the riverbanks, but there is a growing threat to business, the environment, transportation and tourism dollars if the area floods. An analysis released in October 2010 concluded the county could face economic losses of more than $725 million. The county estimates that some 21,000 people would be directly affected by a massive flood, while some 17,000 jobs would be lost or stalled. Some 9,300 homes in the county would face significant damage. But to some degree, everyone in the county would be touched by the rising waters through impacts on work or travel or by the environmental damage flood waters would bring. Some 216,000 people, for example, would be affected by the loss of sewer treatment services if the three sewer treatment plants located within local flood plains have to shut down as water rises around them. That could lead to untreated sewage flowing into local waterways. “People don’t stop flushing because of a flood,� Ziegler said. “The rivers will always be our sewer system whether we treat what goes into the rivers or not.� Faced with rising urbanization of the county, a flood control system that dates backs to the 1920s that does not meet current standards and is reaching the end of useful life, the district was needed to fill the gap between the current flow of just $2 million a year in flood-control dollars into a system that already needs more than $300 million in repairs and upgrades. The district’s funding is expected to come from a levy of 10 cents per $1,000 assessed value, which amounts to $20 a

year on a $200,000 home. The money cannot be used for anything other than floodrelated actions. That tax rate will generate about $8 million that will be matched with federal funds to chip away at the backlog of repairs. The 10-cent rate is what has been recommended by the County Council as the district was forming. State law allows for five times that rate. A decision of what rate taxpayers will actually pay will rest with the Flood Control District’s Board of Supervisors. That board is made up of County Council members, meaning the members will largely be advising themselves. “It is kind of a quirk in state law,� Ziegler said. That district will have an advisory board of city officials collected from around Pierce County, although the specifics are being worked out now. More details will come later this summer. While the district takes official form, research on flood control methods continues. County, municipal and Corps of Engineers officials are two years into a six-year flood-control study that will target what projects will be most beneficial in controlling floods as well as put the levees and retention projects into a pool of projects around the country that would then compete for federal funding. Fife sits at the lowest point in Pierce County, making it the most likely to be flooded by rainwater and melting snow from the far reaches of the area. While the Flood Control District was generally welcoming news to the Fife City Council during a recent briefing on the issue, support was less than unquestioning. “I support it but also am troubled by it,� Councilmember Richard Godwin said. The idea of studying flood-control projects does not seem to have progressed much

in recent years. “You would be better off taking all the studies and make a levee out of them because nothing physical has happened with those folks,� he said of the Army Corps of Engineers. “I don’t know how much more you can study it. Something has to happen here. The river isn’t going to wait on your studies.� Mayor Pro Tem Glenn Hull questioned why the proposed advisory board only lists Puyallup Tribe as a rotating member, noting that not only does much of the Puyallup River sit within the reservation, the tribe is such an active member in what happens along the waterway. “They play such an important role,� he said. The advisory board to the Flood Control Board of Supervisors would help determine which cities and towns within the county would receive local grant dollars for smaller flood-control projects in their areas. The “opportunity fund� system was a concession for cities like Gig Harbor, DuPont, Steilacoom, University Place and Milton that do not see direct impacts of seasonal flooding the way Fife and low-land areas do. While much less significant in terms of potential flooding impacts, Pierce County has 11 significant flood plains along the Puyallup, White, Carbon, Nisqually, Greenwater and Mashel rivers, and South Prairie Creek. The flood plains range from the very urban nine miles along the lower Puyallup River to the rural Nisqually River between Elbe and Ashford. Many of the levees along these rivers were built more than 80 years ago by farmers to protect their fields. Now, these aging levees protect major business centers, residences and critical public facilities such as roads, bridges and sewer treatment plants that need to be upgraded.

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In the current economic climate, saving your pennies is something everyone is doing, especially when you go to the gas pump and pay $4 a gallon. With people’s pocketbooks shut tight, when it comes to giving money away for just about anything it can take pulling an arm and a leg. Learning to give is as important as learning to receive, especially at an early age when receiving may seem more practical. When it comes to teaching young people the importance of being a philanthropist, local nonprofit Peace Out is leading the way by example. Peace Out is an after-school program established to teach youth the importance of civic engagement and social responsibility. Founded by Executive Director Michelle McLean and her daughters Amber and Danielle, Peace Out is an eight-week course that encompasses an education-based curriculum that directly focuses on fundraising, business, marketing, teamwork and philanthropic giving. “We have teenagers coming from all different schools around here for a common goal, and that is helping people out in their community,� said Michelle McLean. “The kids can come here and just relax and let the worries of school and home fade away and put their time and focus into a cause that they really care about. When they come here we love mixing the kids up with other kids they might not know; it really helps them come out of themselves and be a team player.� In Pierce County the need for Peace Out and its mission is important, especially with school budgets causing cuts in programs. Peace Out opens up an avenue for expression through art, music and physical education. Just like her mother, Student Director Amber McLean shows up every day with the mission to help teenagers change their lives and the community they live in. “My job and my passion is to recruit kids from schools all over the area to be part of this life-changing program. Many of the kids have shared with me that Peace Out has not only made them feel good about giving, but also has improved

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their grades at school,� she said. “It would be great to have all the schools step up and have us in their school; in effect it would help the community.� Peace Out, in the first full year of operations with 160 motivated teens, raised more than $4,500 for 14 Pierce County non-profits. The recipients of some of the money were homeless families, victims of domestic violence and military families. Peace Out has changed many lives and given opportunities for students to reach their goals. Advanced Peace Out student Yuri Brizuela, 17, found his way to Peace Out so that he could work on his senior project; now he is doing so much more. “Being an advanced student I am now connecting civic leaders in the community and working on getting other teens involved in community service,� he said. “I have a passion to give. I just feel great when you can make a difference in someone else’s life; knowing I am part of helping my community is a great feeling. I really want to encourage young people to get involved. There are many rewards in this program, and Peace Out also looks really great on your college application – it shows a lot about who you are.� Every student arrives at Peace Out differently. For 19-year-old Peace Out alum Austin Starr, he thought he would just show up and get his community

hours for graduation then be on his way. However, Starr was dealing with depression and found that Peace Out was not only a place to get his time in, but also to help himself mentally and emotionally. “The first time I went through the process I needed the volunteer hours, but the second I really just felt good giving and helping our community. These programs helped me to be a better person, and also helped with depression,� said Starr. “With depression you feel like you have no one, but with Peace Out there are just always people there to help you out. Peace Out helps you do a whole lot of something and there are no pressures and you will have no regrets.� Earlier this month Peace Out stepped up to the plate by raising $125 through various fundraising activities. The money raised will go to the Boys and Girls Club of America. “Even though it’s only $125, this check means a lot to this community and the organization that really needs it. That’s what we do here at Peace Out – we try to make a difference no matter how big or small,� said Brizuela. To get involved in Peace Out go to www.mypeaceout.org or call (253) 6913029. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/myPeaceOut. Visit www.TacomaWeekly.com and click on the “Eye on Tacoma� icon to see David Hardt’s video story.

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â&#x2013;ź Garbage From page A1

percent of recyclable material has been diverted from the garbage. He explained that collecting garbage every other week can help the department save money on fuel and vehicle maintenance and make the overall system more efficient. Residents will not see their rates reduced, but by making the system more efficient, they could limit price increases in the future. A council member asked Slevin why people will not see their rates cut. He said the public should view this as making the system more efficient as opposed to offering less service. Customers can request garbage cans twice as large as their current ones and still

pay the same monthly rate. Last July two neighborhoods were chosen for a pilot program on every other week garbage collection. One is in South Tacoma, the other in the North End. Through February, city staff closely monitored what was disposed of and how much recyclable material was not thrown in the recycling containers. Data collected showed that in these neighborhoods the diversion rate was 58 percent. In the rest of the city it is 48 percent. This was partly a result of residents of these areas placing food scraps in the brown yard waste bins, an effort that just recently expanded citywide. And fuel cost per route per day decreased by 42 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We felt this is a good measure of what is going on out there,â&#x20AC;? said Gary Kato of the Solid Waste Management Division. He said there is nothing else the department

can do to achieve the level of savings as shifting to every other week garbage pickup. Slevin said the hope is that customers will opt for smaller cans as a result of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outreach efforts to promote placing food scraps in the brown recycling bins. Slevin said the city may do more advertising to promote such activities. Councilmember Joe Lonergan expressed concern that shifting to smaller containers takes away too much profit for the city and thus is bad fiscal sense. He also expressed concern that lower rates for smaller cans favors single people or couples without children while putting a burden on larger families. Councilmember Fey noted the cost of hauling garbage. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landfill will close next year. The other major landfill in the area is in Graham. A major driver of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recycling efforts

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SECTION B, PAGE 1

LIONS CLAIM NARROWS TITLE

Bellarmine tops CK late in final

PHOTO BY ROCKY ROSS

GAME BREAKER. Bellarmine

shortstop Alexa Ostrander lines a single to right to give the Lions a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning of the Narrows 4A Championship on May 11. By Jeremy Helling jeremy@tacomaweekly.com

BELLARMINE CRUISES OVER ROGERS FOR STATE BERTH Stadium, Foss, Wilson all fall in districts By Jeremy Helling jeremy@tacomaweekly.com

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ll season long, Michael Rector’s speed has been as big of a factor for Bellarmine Prep’s soccer team as it was for their football team and track squads in years past. The Lions forward showed it again on May 12, scoring two goals in the game’s first 15 minutes to help Bellarmine cruise to a 5-0 win over Rogers in the district playoffs at Mount Tahoma, earning the Lions a trip to state. Rector got the Lions started in the 12th minute when a Rogers defender mishandled a ball near midfield, and the senior forward snagged it and raced downfield, slamming it in the right netting. “I saw him take a bad touch, I took one touch forward and saw the rest of the half wide open,” Rector said. “I took a big touch, used my speed and was able to get there and put it in the goal.” Rector struck again two minutes later, stealing another ball in front of the Rams’ goal and driving it in again. Kurtis Pederson then essentially put the game away five minutes later, taking a through ball, avoiding a slide tackle and driving a ball over Rogers keeper Jake Fredrickson for a 3-0 lead. “Our guys did a terrific job today,” said Bellarmine head coach Joe Waters. “Everyone that was out there did a fine job of taking care of business, taking care of the ball.” The Lions added on in the 51st minute when Ryan Quinn sent a cross to the far post to Joe Lovejoy, who drove it in. Pederson punctuated the effort with a steal of his own in the 64th minute, slamming it in the top left for his second goal. The Lions were scheduled to play at Snohomish High School on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of state.

JAGUARS BLANK STADIUM

Emerald Ridge gained early momentum with two first-half goals, and Stadium struggled to mount threats as the Jaguars claimed a 2-0 win over the Tigers at Mount Tahoma on May 12. “We didn’t bury our chances we had,” said Stadium head coach Mike Caldwell.

PHOTOS BY ROCKY ROSS

HIGH FIVE. (Top) Bellarmine’s Michael Rector (3) scores the first of his two goals as Rogers’ Nate McDaneld (5) looks on during the Lions’ 5-0 win on May 12. (Bottom) Bellarmine keeper Eric Bottjer leaps for a save over a group of players, including Lion defender Patrick Barr (9).

“We scouted these guys before and we had to test their keeper, and we didn’t test their keeper. We had shots, but not quality shots.” Tyler Himmelberger got Emerald Ridge on the board in the 14th minute, as he broke

away on the left side and drove a ball off keeper Nick Rosato and in. The Jaguars added on in the 22nd minute when a low corner kick found the foot of Justin Burgher, who slotted it in the lower left of the See SOCCER / page B4

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While it was not in the stunning fashion of the night before, Bellarmine used another late comeback to claim the Narrows 4A softball tournament title on May 11, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 6-3 win over Central Kitsap at the South End Recreation Area. “I can’t say enough about the heart of these girls. There’s never a lead or a situation they can’t overcome,” said Bellarmine head coach Craig Coovert. “There’s not one girl or two girls carrying this team, it’s every one of them – different girls stepping up on every day.” With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Alexa Ostrander gave the Lions the lead by lacing a two-out single to right to score Alexis Mendez, who led off the inning with a single. Alex DeStephano followed three batters later by driving a double just inside the chalk of the third base line to score Ostrander and Haley Dusek, making it 6-3. “We obviously want to win every game, and if we’re not doing it then we’ve got to make it happen,” DeStephano said. “Sometimes it comes down to the last inning, but we seem to pull through every time.” The Cougars jumped on Bellarmine starter Courtney Schwan early, as Central Kitsap pitcher Caylee Coulter hit a run-scoring triple and scored on Tristine Vandeman’s single for a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Schwan singled to score Kelly McLaughlin in the bottom of the first, but the Cougars added another run on Kari Fetters’ single in the second to make it 3-1. But Schwan then settled down, holding Central Kitsap to just four hits in the final five innings. “We changed the locations of the pitches, they seemed to be hitting the outside really well,” Schwan said. “We switched it up to the inside and they seemed to roll over the ball a lot more.” The Cougars loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but Schwan snagged a sharp grounder to retire Fetters and end the threat. The Lions then launched the comeback with two outs in the bottom of the inning when Dusek and Schwan singled, DeStephano walked and Sarah Sorenson hit an infield single to plate two runs and tie the score. “We left some runners on early,” Coovert said. “I always felt like we were going to be able to come through, and then we got a couple clutch hits to tie it. And then obviously a couple really clutch hits there in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead. It’s a fun group to watch, and hopefully we can keep it rolling into districts.” The win came 24 hours after the Lions scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 9-8 win over South Kitsap. The Lions won their first ever Narrows Tournament title after claiming their first ever regular season league championship this year, and have won 13 straight games. “It’s a big deal for us,” DeStephano said. “We’re really close, we’re a family, and I think that’s really helped us. There’s never been a tighter-knit team than this one. We work really well together, and that really wins games when it comes down to it.”


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SPORTSWATCH LUTES WIN REGIONAL The Pacific Lutheran softball team swept its four games at its regional tournament in Tyler, Texas on May 11-14, earning a trip to the Division III Softball World Series and setting a school record for wins in a season in the process. The Lutes began with a dominant 8-0 win over Huntingdon in five innings on May 11, as starter Stacey Hagensen threw a complete game one-hitter, with no walks and six strikeouts. Kaaren Hatlen hit a two-run homer in the second and was 2-for-2 with three runs batted in, and Glenelle Nittaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth enforced the eight-run rule. The Lutes edged Redlands 2-1 on May 12 on Amanda Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walk-off single to score Montessa Califano in the bottom of the eighth. Redlands took a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh off Hagensen, but Katie Lowery singled and came around to score on an error in the bottom of the inning to send it to extra innings. The Lutes notched a 5-1 win over Claremont-Mudd Scripps on May 13, with Hagensen leading the way on the mound again, pitching seven innings and allowing one run on three hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. Hall was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and the Lutes put the game away with three runs in the seventh. Hagensen finished her

five hits, while Potter and D.J. Gee had three hits for Pierce, and Phillips was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Pierce finished off the sweep with a 6-0 win in the finale, as three pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout. Des Santos was 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Pierce, while Seth Heck and Marcus Hinkle collected the only hits for the Titans. TCC now travels to second-place Lower Columbia in the West Region Playoff on May 19-20, with the winner getting the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second seed to the NWAACC Championships. The teams play a doubleheader on May 19 at 1 p.m. and a single game on May 20 at 1 p.m.

dominant weekend â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in which she was named tournament MVP â&#x20AC;&#x201C; by pitching seven shutout innings in a 4-0 win over Texas-Tyler, allowing four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. Hall, Nitta and Amanda Goings all collected RBIs at the plate. The wins pushed the Lutesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; record to 41-11, surpassing the mark for wins in a season set by the 1990 team, which was 40-8. PLU will open their College World Series play against Luther (Iowa), the Pella Tournament winner, on May 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Moyer Complex in Salem, Va.

NACCARATO BREAKS RECORD Local former professional bowler Jeanne Naccarato broke the record in the All Events Scratch category at the WSUSBC Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Tournament in Coeur dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alene, Idaho on May 6. Naccarato had a score of 2,231 total in the team, doubles and singles events to sit in first place. In the team event, Naccarato had a score of 793 over three rounds, including a 300 in the third â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the 28th time she has shot a 300. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my team event I threw 21 strikes in a row,â&#x20AC;? said Naccarato, wife of local sports legend Stan Naccarato. Jeanne Naccarato, has been bowling for 49 years, including 23 years professionally on the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour. She recently made the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Star Team for the South Sound

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MOVING ON. Stacey Hagensen was named MVP of the regional tournament

in Tyler, Texas, after leading the Lutes to four wins. Bowling Club, which was set to host Seattle in All-Star clashes on May 17 at Tower Lanes. The WSUSBC Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Tournament was set to conclude on May 20 in Coeur dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alene.

UPS CREW EARNS BID The Puget Sound womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crew team earned a selection to the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships for a 10th consecutive year on May 14. The Loggers varsity eight boat received an at-large bid into the regatta for the second straight year. The NCAA Division III Rowing Championships consist of only varsity eight boats with six team bids and

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on May 11, as Matt Bell allowed two unearned runs in seven innings but the Raiders scored three runs in the 11th off reliever Ross Skoubo. The Raiders used late magic again in game two, scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth to take a 4-3 win over TCC. Garrett DeGallierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo homer in the fifth put the Titans up 3-2, but Josh Potter walked in the eighth to score Jacob Phillips, handing the win to Pierce. The Raiders jumped on starter Garrett Picha in a 7-1 win in the opener on May 12, scoring single runs in every inning but the first. The Titans were held to just

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Following the 12-4 win over Emerald Ridge in their district opener, Stadium was eliminated from the 4A baseball playoffs with a 7-2 loss to Skyview on May 9, as the Tigers fell a win short of the state playoffs. In the 1A Tri-District tournament, Charles Wright advanced to state as the second seed after beating Overlake 8-6 on May 9 and winning 2-0 over Meridian on May 12 before falling 1-0 to defending state champion Chimacum in the district finals later in the day. The Terriers will travel to take on Hoquiam in the first round of state at Castle Rock High School on May 19 at 1 p.m. Tacoma Baptist, meanwhile, was eliminated in the 2B Bi-District playoffs after an 8-7 loss to Concrete in the semifinals and a 7-2 loss to La Conner on May 12 in a battle for the third seed to state.

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PHOTOS BY JEREMY HELLING

GROUP FINISH. (Left) Tacoma Baptistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rebecca McDonald (left) wins the 100-meter dash while McKenna Neufeld (right) finished second. (Right) The Crusadersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ryan Lutterloh (left) breezed to a victory in the 800-meter dash while Trevor Talen (right) took second.

Crusaders athletes cruise to league titles Tacoma Baptist heads to districts with great depth By Jeremy Helling jeremy@tacomaweekly.com

For a high school of 165 students, Tacoma Baptist has a wealth of track and field athletes. That depth was on display again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as it has been all season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at the Sea-Tac League Championships on May 10 at West Seattle Stadium, as the Crusaders convincingly won both the boys and girls titles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty strong track tradition at (Tacoma Baptist),â&#x20AC;? said Jim Robinson, in his first year as the Crusadersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; head coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really happy with today. Every one of them I was hoping would move through has moved through (to districts).â&#x20AC;? The Crusader girls started the day with a noteworthy performance, as Ellie Spiro, Paige Narayan, Rebecca McDonald and

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meter relay title, while Spiro, Narayan, Kaylee Hughey and Taylor Talen combined for a victory in the 4X400-meter relay. Talen headlined the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; effort in the field events, winning the shot put with a throw of 28 feet and 10 inches, placing second in the discus throw and taking the javelin throw title with a toss of 81 feet and eight inches. Hughey, meanwhile, won the triple jump and scored a narrow victory in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 19.14 seconds. Amos Jackson scored an early victory for the boys in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.13

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seconds, and the team of Brandon Hughey, Trevor Talen, Austin Lutterloh and Keaton Cruver won the 4X100-meter relay in 45.59 seconds soon after. Cruver also brought home the 200-meter dash title and cruised to a win by nearly four seconds in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 51.42 seconds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It felt good,â&#x20AC;? Cruver said of the effort in the 400, adding that he could do better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt strong coming around the curve, but when I hit that wind it was holding me back.â&#x20AC;? Cruver, Talen, Austin Lutterloh and Ryan Lutterloh took the 4X400-meter relay to complete the relay

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goal for a 2-0 lead. “That’s probably been our Achilles heel this whole season is set pieces,” Caldwell said. “It came back to bite us again.” The Tigers had a good look in the 56th minute when Jacob Beardemphl’s corner eventuallly dropped to the foot of Max Harvey, but his shot went into the outside of the side netting. “It’s been a while since we’ve been out of (the state tournament),” Caldwell said. “Hopefully it’s a learning experience and we’ll see what happens next year.”

LATE GOAL STINGS FOSS

Having come back for a clutch equalizer in its first ever district playoff appearance, Foss suffered heartbreak when Igor Shapoval

scored in the 78th minute – his second goal of the match – to give Prairie a 2-1 win over the Falcons on May 12 at Auburn Memorial Field. “They came together, they’re playing like they’re supposed to,” said Foss head coach Mark Kramer of his squad. “The breaks didn’t fall our way.” Jesus Perez almost got the Falcons on the board in the 26th minute off a high cross, but his acrobatic bicycle kick was deflected out by keeper Brendan Shaw. Foss’ Zach Medina had a breakaway on the right side two minutes later, but Shaw again deflected the shot out of bounds. Shapoval got Prairie on the board in the 47th minute, taking a pass from Blake Default, crossing up the defense and driving it into the right post past keeper Cody Stephenson. But the Falcons equalized 10 minutes later, as Perez took con-

trol of a long throw-in and drove in a low shot. “He’s the leader for the future – that’s the way I look at him,” Kramer said of Perez, a freshman. The Falcons defense stayed strong against several attacks, but Shapoval delivered the late dagger after stealing a ball in front of goal and driving it into the left netting. “We got here and we thought ‘hey this is just another game,’” Kramer said of his team’s first playoff appearance. “They came out hard and wanted to win. They didn’t let up, they didn’t quit, so that’s what I like.”

Madden put Peninsula on the board by outracing the Rams’ defense in the 19th minute and chipping a goal over keeper Mason Portalski. The Seahawks defense then stood firm, thwarting most of Wilson’s attacks in the first half. “I definitely think the slow start affected us,” said Wilson head coach Jason Gjertsen. “I think if we

played with the urgency and intensity we played with the second half, it would have been a good game.” Peterson almost found goal in the 69th minute, as his free kick just outside the box hit the crossbar and bounced straight down, but it was grabbed by Seahawks keeper Jason Bauknecht. The Rams had one last chance with three seconds remain-

ing, but Alex Eiffert’s header off a cross was brilliantly tipped over with one hand by Bauknecht. “We created a few chances in the second half, but credit their defense for making it hard on us,” Gjertsen said. “Other than that free kick we really didn’t create that many good chances… that’s a credit to their defense and their game plan.”

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A high-scoring Wilson squad was unable to strike against Peninsula, and Cole Madden’s first-half goal held up in the Seahawks 1-0 win over the Rams on May 12 at Auburn Memorial Stadium.

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Captain Adventure thwarts Dr. Do-Nothing’s evil plans in new zoo show PHOTOS BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

UP AND AWAY. Dr. Do-Nothing (played by Ryan Clifton) is the villain of the new show. He strives to keep children lazy in their homes instead of playing outside. Wonder Dog (above) was adopted from the Pierce County Humane Society and now finds himself in a cape. By Steve Dunkelberger stevedunkel@tacomaweekly.com

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onder Dog might need a refresher course of following the script, but children do not seem to care. A dog wearing a cape that flies over the stage wins over their affections every time. Comic book heroes jump from the page to the stage at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s latest show, “Captain Adventure vs. Dr. DoNothing: The Quest to Get Outside!” The fast-paced production has all the makings of a must-see kiddo show, namely a super heroine, a super dog, a dastardly villain with a maniacal laugh and more than a dozen furry, feathered or feisty animals... and capes, lots of capes. The story unfolds as the mad scientist Dr. Do-Nothing sets out to make sure that children become couch potatoes by doing nothing but

watch television all day, every day. His theme song, after all, is “Staying Inside” set to the Bee Gees disco tune “Staying Alive.” Stepping in to thwart those plans are Maureen, a field biologist, and Captain Adventure, who find clues hidden in habitats around the world. Each rain forest, desert and rocky hillside brings one more clue and one more animal to the stage. The show includes appearances by a Canada lynx, a tortoise, a bald eagle, a sloth, an iguana, a barn owl, a rope-climbing parrot and an aardvark. But while the animal parade causes children to oooh and aaaah, Harold steals the show. The mild-mannered beagle adopted from the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is a super dog in disguise that swoops in to save the day. And yes, he swoops. An overhead pulley system sends him and his dog house over the audience in a stunt made famous by Snoopy during his battle with the Red Baron during the Peanuts comic strip from days gone by. Toss in a soaring vulture and a barn owl and audiences are

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THE THINGS WE LIKE ONE STAR CENTER GRAND OPENING After much anticipation, Metro Parks’ new STAR Center will have its grand opening May 19. One and all are invited to this community celebration that kicks off at 9 a.m. with a two-mile family adventure run, then comes a ceremonial flag raising, autographs with Olympic gold medalist J.R. Celski, music by Tacoma’s own banjo band, 3-on-3 basketball, complimentary afternoon refreshments and more. 3873 S. 66th St. Visit www.metroparkstacoma.org.

TWO GAELIC STORM

It has now been more than a decade since Gaelic Storm’s career lifted off with their appearance in the blockbuster film “Titanic.” As a one-time pub band, they are now a title champion in Celtic/world music genre. The band’s compelling originals and fresh arrangements are steeped in traditional melody, and continue to broaden the musical horizons of Celtic music by creating new standards for generations to come. Gaelic Storm will make an appearance at the Pantages Theater May 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$49.

THREE PACHAMAMA CARNAVAL

There’s no need to travel to South America for Carnaval — head to the Pantages Theater May 20 at 3 p.m. and enjoy this colorful celebration in your own backyard. The Pachamama, or “Mother Earth,” brings you the ultimate pan-Latin experience complete with a samba troupe, Flamenco dancers and circus acrobats featuring the sounds and colors of the Andes, Brazil, Cuba and Spain. A free, pre-show lecture will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$29.

FOUR A WEDDING CEREMONY Join Tacoma Philharmonic (the bride) and Broadway Center (the groom) on May 18 at Fircrest Golf Club for a special event starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be a night of fun to celebrate the past, toast new beginnings, and raise a little bit of support to sustain the future. It will have an auction and dinner. Guardians of the couple will be Dr. and Mrs. Richard Moe. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will be the officiant. Ring bearer will be LeRoy Jewelers. Tickets are $75. If you are unable to attend, please con-

sider helping to increase the dowry by sending a gift directly to the registry: Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment Fund, Attn: Broadway Center, 901 B r o a d w a y, Suite 700, Tacoma, WA 98402.

FIVE CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED Down on the corner, out in the street and onto the Emerald Queen Casino I-5 Showroom stage, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will play all their classics and more May 25 at 8:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.emeraldqueen.com or call 1888-831-7655.


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The down and dirty of D.O.A.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring menu By Kate Burrows kburrows@tacomaweekly.com

It may not be easy to beat standout hits such as the Dead Elvis Burger (candied peppered bacon, fried banana, sunnyside up egg, peanut butter and mayo on a brioche bun), but after launching Dirty Oscarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring menu, Executive Chef Aaron Grissom is determined to up the ante yet again. The latest menu launched in early May, featuring his signature emphasis on local ingredients, out-of-the-box concoctions and reasonable pricing. Although D.O.A.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dirty Burger, Fried Chicken and Waffle, Elk Sliders â&#x20AC;&#x201C; remain on the new menu, newcomers such as the Porketta Panino and Citrus Salmon Sope are sure to become hits. The Citrus Salmon Sope ($13) features orange flower honey and citrus cured Pacific salmon over fry bread, with pickled radish and sweet apple salad, topped with cilantro oil and roasted green chili crema. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am really excited about the Salmon Sopa, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing everything ourselves,â&#x20AC;? Grissom said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to stay true to that goal as much as possible.â&#x20AC;? Items on the menu feature local ingredients, but at a price point of $14 or less, this goal was not easy to achieve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do pay more to use local vendors, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to us to know where our food comes from,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work closely with local farmers, and I know many of them by name.â&#x20AC;? The menu features a number of new small plates, such as Zucchini Cups (Panko crusted zucchini stuffed with lemon zest marscapone and fried basil, $7), Prosciutto Rolls (prosciutto baked crisp, stuffed with basil, chevre, sweet apple and red cherry balsamic, $9) and bacon candy (Hickory smoked, thick-cut candied peppered bacon, $6). Gourmet salad options also range from the traditional (Caesar, $8) to exotic (Petite Eruca, $8, with arugula and basil leaf, Washington blueberries in grilled citrus vinaigrette with chevre, cherry tomatoes, charred spring onion). The Minneola ($9) is no ordinary salad either, featuring tangerine suprems, marcona almond dust, man-

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quick to see that just as much action happens overhead as on stage. There will never be a shortage of waving hands when Captain Adventure calls for volunteers from the audience, either. Animals, capes and action: the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many â&#x20AC;&#x153;wow momentsâ&#x20AC;? create a vortex of cuteness. It also brings home a message. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These guys wrote the script themselves,â&#x20AC;? Point Defiance Zoo spokesperson Kris Sherman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole idea of the show is to get people outside and involved.â&#x20AC;? Zoo staff spent months drafting, writing and rehearsing the script to entertain but also support the idea that people should spend more time outside and that they can help the environment by making bird houses and monitoring nature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Captain Adventure shares the wonderful experiences that families can have discovering nature and the role they can play in helping to share their findings with scientists,â&#x20AC;? said John Garner, conservation and education manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amateur naturalists are becoming increasingly important in helping biologists understand more about our plant and animal communities.â&#x20AC;? The Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater program runs at noon on weekdays and at noon and 3:30 p.m. on weekends. The new show will run for two years or so, when it will then be replaced with another adventure.

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chego cheese, arugula and butter leaf in mint vinaigrette, orange chips and shaved baguette. The restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first true dessert item is featured on the spring menu as well, in the form of dark chocolate cheesecake ($7). But like rest of the menu, Grissom puts his own signature spin on this dessert, offering handrolled truffle-style cheesecake balls over orange infused white chocolate cream, topped off with spun sugar. Overall, Grissomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to create traditional dishes with a unique twist has been well received in Tacoma, and D.O.A.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular following more than demonstrates his success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably quadrupled our food sales just this year alone,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wondering when it will begin to plateau, but we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen any signs of that happening yet.â&#x20AC;? D.O.A. is also hosting its first beer dinner June 21, featuring a minimum five-course meal paired with Silver City Beer. For more information, visit www.dirtyoscarsannex.com.

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Jazz LIVE at Marine View welcomes Danny Quintero One listen and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll swear Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Blue Eyes is back By Matt Nagle matt@tacomaweekly.com

If you close your eyes and listen to the rich tenor voice of singer Danny Quintero, you just might think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hearing a young Frank Sinatra. With uncanny resemblance to Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Blue Eyes, Quinteroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smooth and deep delivery has that definite â&#x20AC;&#x153;wow factorâ&#x20AC;? to induce a swoon that rivals any brought on by the Rat Pack that Quintero pays tribute to through his music. What sets Quintero apart is that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not putting on an act when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crooning the works of Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and others of that era and beyond. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not doing an impression or trying to put on anything â&#x20AC;&#x201C; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real and true singer who puts his own magic touch in the classic songs of the Great American Songbook. On May 20 at Jazz LIVE at Marine View, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be singing selections from this tome of classics as well as a few more from the 50s, 60s and 70s as sung by an assortment of greats â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from Elvis to Frankie Valli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a crazy falsetto that allows me to do songs like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sherry Baby,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Quintero said. At just 23 years old, the man is making waves on the stages of Seattle jazz clubs and among his peers. He was a nominee for the 2011 Earshot Jazz Northwest Vocalist of the Year. He has performed at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Blue Eyes: The Music of Frank Sinatraâ&#x20AC;? and with the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble both in Seattle and on a tour of Italy. This award-winning high school jazz ensembleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director Clarence Acox, a Seattle jazz legend in his own right, said of Quintero: â&#x20AC;&#x153;His sense of phrasing and attention to detail and pitch are impeccableâ&#x20AC;Ś He studies the music of the greats that have come before him and understands the lineage, beauty and importance of the Great American Songbook.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It truly is the soundtrack of my life,â&#x20AC;? Quintero said of the enduring songs that make up his repertoire. He was introduced to these songs from Broadway theater and Hollywood musicals when he was a boy and his neighbor/babysitter played this music. In high school, his mom gave him a computer, and Quintero was able to download all kinds of music that appealed to him. He found himself drawn to the Rat Pack in particular. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a blood I share with these men,â&#x20AC;? Quintero said. His CD â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Taste of Vegasâ&#x20AC;? showcases this connection, and those who attend his concerts can purchase one while there. It features Sinatra hits like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luck Be a Lady,â&#x20AC;?

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NICE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; EASY. Onstage he looks likes heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been doing it for decades, but Sinatra aficionado Danny Quintero is just 23 years old. He has an â&#x20AC;&#x153;old soulâ&#x20AC;? and a seasoned voice to match, as his rendition of Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest hits and those of other greats like Tony Bennett can charm the socks right off of you.

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Engage with Irish glass at Traver Gallery By Dave R. Davison dave@tacomaweekly.com

Time is running out to see Traver Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest extravaganza: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Engaging with Glass: A Survey of Contemporary Irish Glass Art.â&#x20AC;? The show of work by almost 40 different Irish artists working in glass runs through May 27. Originally shown at the Solstice Arts Center in Meath, Ireland, the show features the work of Irish artists working at home or abroad as well as foreign artists living and working in Ireland. On first glance it is difficult to find anything distinctly Irish about the show. The limited range of glass working technique and the global traffic of digitized images means that artists everywhere are speaking an international language of design and image that makes national boundaries somewhat irrelevant. One can well imagine that a similar show would result by picking artists from any geographically defined region (provided that said region is rich enough to produce artists that have access to the infrastructure for making glass). Exceptions prove the rule. The two most overtly Irish (maybe self-consciously so) artists are Eimear Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Conner who makes potatoes, the Irish blessing and the Irish curse, out of pure, clear crystal and Eoin Breadon who is like the Irish Preston Singletary. Breadon harvests designs and forms

from the Celtic past and casts them in glass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanctuary,â&#x20AC;? for example, is a majestic stagâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head graced with Celtic knots. In the blue antlers is a drum with the emblem of a wild boar. The animal spirits of the pagan Celts are alive and well in Breadonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. As noted, there is no obvious Irish content in the work of artists like Sarah McEvoy, who creates square and rectangular panels of matte finished glass. Bands of creamy color cover portions of the surface. McEvoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns are entirely abstract. She explores notions such as similarity, proximity and continuity. Paula Stokesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Belly Bottlesâ&#x20AC;? are plump and jolly tear drops of pure color that could have been produced anywhere in the world. Stokes, who is affiliated with the Museum of Glass, was instrumental in bringing the show to Tacoma. Catherine Keenanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vivid, colorful â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eye Candyâ&#x20AC;? vessels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; consisting of stacks of organic orbs marked with banded polka dots â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are hard to forget. They draw the eye and then make themselves at home in the viewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storehouse of sweet memories. While there is little in the show that shouts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is Irish art,â&#x20AC;? a closer inspection reveals a number of themes that are Irish (though not necessarily uniquely so). Many artists of the Emerald Isle, for example, are inspired by nature and by the sea that surrounds them. Pia Raeymaekers, for instance,

creates dense, polished glass forms that are reminiscent of sea creatures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phase 1â&#x20AC;? is based on the formation of a sea anemone but its size and shape also call to mind the nose and mouth of a shark. Alva Gallagherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banded green glass forms (fused, slumped and hand polished) are inspired by the waves of the sea. Michael Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visually delicious and delightful â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diatomsâ&#x20AC;? are dish-like vessels of amorphous form covered in colorful dots similar to those of Keenanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eye Candyâ&#x20AC;? vessels. Other nature-themed works are Eva Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chestnut Seed Case,â&#x20AC;? which is a gem, and Eva Walshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luminous Shadow.â&#x20AC;? The latter is a series of moose antlers made of uranium glass that casts an otherworldly, green glow. Other artists in the show are working in a centuriesold continuum of metallurgy and craftsmanship inherited from the Irish past. Karl Harrow combines glass and fine silver to create big, thick bowls whose etched and crackled surfaces have an elemental essence. Roisin de Buitlearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge, acorn-shaped glass orb, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tambourâ&#x20AC;? (from the Limerick lace series), is covered in a delicate yet intricate lace design. Since their green isle is the repository of artifacts produced by millennia of Celtic civilization, another major concern of Irish artists is memory. Peadar Lambâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painted, stained glass â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cre na Cille (Soil of the Grave) #2â&#x20AC;? seems to reference artifacts in an ancient tomb. Alison Lowryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack Fell Downâ&#x20AC;? is a set of teeth and a cream colored, glass dome that resembles a skull fragment unearthed from an archeological dig. Keith Seybert creates crystal skulls that are set on pillows made of wrinkled sheets of lead. Charlene MacFarlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combination of blown glass elements combined with old car parts and Louise Riceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retro vanity case filled with blown glass tear drops carry a nostalgia for objects prized by a previous, but not too far removed, generation. Aoife Soden, on the other hand, conveys a longing for oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own childhood with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost Treasures.â&#x20AC;? A Pez candy dispenser cast in crystal is set

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ANIMAL SPIRITS. Eoin Breadonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanctuaryâ&#x20AC;? is a colorful examle of Irish glass making in a show of almost 40 Irish glass artists on display at Traver Gallery through May 27.

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also have an architectural feel to them. Geometrically sculpted concrete â&#x20AC;&#x153;buildingsâ&#x20AC;? have channels that are filled with a solid core of cast glass. A peek into this â&#x20AC;&#x153;windowâ&#x20AC;? yields a peculiar optical effect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Engaging with Glassâ&#x20AC;? has much to offer. Do not wander through the gallery while talking to your banker, as some poor benighted souls are wont to do. Instead go and savor the colors, textures and visual flavors that the artists of the fabled Emerald Isle have brought to our town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Engaging with Glassâ&#x20AC;? runs through May 27. For further information visit www.travergallery.com or call (253) 383-3685.


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Live Music TW PICK OF THE WEEK: HELP NEW FRONTIER LOUNGE RAISE MONEY FOR THE TACOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ART DEPARTMENT MAY 18 AND ENJOY LIVE MUSIC BY OH DEAR! N. DYBEVIK AND FRIENDS AND SMILE FOR SKY. THE EVENING ALSO FEATURES DRINK SPECIALS, RAFFLES AND MORE.

New band debuts their ‘living room’ jams at the Tempest By Matt Nagle matt@tacomaweekly.com

Having already made a name for herself playing solo acoustic gigs at area coffeehouses and taverns, as well as through her impressive first CD “hi. i’m.heidi” (2010), Maurice the Fish recording artist Heidi Vladyka has put together a four-piece band that will make its debut with her on May 18 at The Tempest Lounge. Collectively known as the.north.oakes.project (after the street Vladyka’s house/practice pad is on), these five friends and multi-talented musicians will bring their own brand of pure and natural acoustic music to the Tempest stage and no doubt to many more to come as word spreads of the considerable talent and heart of this fresh, new performance group. The musicians who make up the.north.oakes. project are: Vladyka on vocals, banjo, guitar and whistles; Jordon Fletcher (also of the band Stripe Valley Sway) on accordion, banjo, harmonica, squeeze box and flute-whistle (and more); Chris Pancho on lead guitar, and background harmonies; Justin Crandall on acoustic resonator bass, guitar and foot taps; and Colin Willard on percussion of any variety, hand-bells and background harmonies. This is just a sampling of each of these players’ personal musical repertoire, and it is their individual experiences and abilities that make the rich north.oakes.project vibe all about bringing people together through music. The band mates generally use one word to describe their sound: “raw.” Raw as in unadulterated and in the moment. “The raw sound comes out of your heart and soul,” Vladyka said. “When a group of people get together and just play, it creates this feeling and a story. ‘Raw’ is the only way I can describe what we play.” “We don’t want to do a lot of editing; we want to keep that raw sound

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and everything acoustic,” Fletcher said. “When you play acoustic music, the ‘flaws’ come out in the music too, and that’s part of it. For me, I enjoy having that real aspect.” Perhaps it’s because not all the band members are professionally trained that their sound comes from the heart rather than from notes on sheet music. the. north.oakes.project sound is at once new and yet familiar, rooted in the tapestry of the American music genre where sometimes technical proficiency takes a back seat to refreshing expression and feeling. For example, to record their first song “The Doodle Dig,” the band set a microphone in the middle of Vladyka’s living room and gathered around it to play the song in one take. Given today’s era of studio tricks, computer generated sounds and autotune, the. north.oakes.project stands out for keeping the human touch in music alive and well. Vladyka said that during their live shows, the band is excited to establish an atmosphere of family and friends gathered around a camp fire or at home jamming together and having fun with it – singing songs that are alive and organic, not played to be a perfect reproduction every time but rather a living and growing thing that has a life force of its own. The band will even hand out small maracalike shakers to bring the audience in even more. “For me, if you think back to your favorite times playing music – the best time you’ve had sitting around with your friends and everyone’s just playing and singing – that’s what I want it to feel like when we perform. That’s why we made the maracas for everyone because we want

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them to feel like they’re a part of it,” Vladyka said. Playing music in one form or another around Tacoma for about 18 years, as the band’s drummer Willard said, he sees his role as “the bread and condiments of a delicious sandwich. The beat holds the song together and all the other bells and whistles (sometimes literally) are the spices and flavors that enhance the meat of the song. It’s my job to seek out those sounds that enhance the heart of our music. “Music to me is a gateway into one’s thoughts, soul and emotions. I love being on the giving and receiving end of the process.” Add in Pancho and Crandall, and the magic happens. “It’s so rare to find that real musical chemistry,” Fletcher said. “You all have to be on the same page. We’re really appreciative of that.” There is no designated songwriter or “star” of the band – everyone contributes. “Our band couldn’t function without all of us. Every song we play is a collaboration of all of us,” Vladyka said. “If someone was missing, we couldn’t do it.” the.north.oakes.project takes the stage for the first time at 7:30 p.m. May 18 at the Tempest (913 Martin Luther King Jr. Way). Also performing will be Stripe Valley Sway, singer/songwriter Travis Barker (back from SXSW) and The Vaudeville Gallows. the. north.oakes.project plays again June 1 at The Mandolin Café (3923 S. 12th St.). To keep up with the band and hear their music, “like” them on Facebook. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” 124 min., PG-13

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C.I. SHENANIGAN’S: Collaborative Works Jazz (Jazz) 8 p.m. DAWSONS: Steve Cooley and the Dangerfields (Rock) 9 p.m. EMERALD QUEEN: Nite Crew (Rock) 9 p.m., NC GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: 4More (Rock) 9 p.m., NC HELL’S KITCHEN: Reverend Horton Heat and guests (Rock) 9 p.m., $25 JAZZBONES: Ben Union (Rock) 8 p.m., $10 JAZZY’S: Live music, 7 p.m., NC MANDOLIN CAFÉ: Ian Jones (Rock) 7 p.m. MAXWELL’S: Lance Buller Trio (Jazz) 7 p.m., NC NATIVE QUEST: Open mic night, 5 p.m., NC NEW FRONTIER LOUNGE: Oh Dear! N. Dybevik and Friends, Smile for the Sky (Rock) 9 p.m. STONEGATE: Jerry Miller (Rock) 9 p.m., NC SWISS: Kry (Rock) 9 p.m., $8 UNCLE THURM’S: Hip Bone (Jazz) 8 p.m., NC VARSITY GRILL: Rock-Bot live band karaoke, 8 p.m., NC

SATURDAY, MAY 19 GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: 4More (Rock) 9 p.m., NC BACKSTAGE: Maiden Northwest (Iron Maiden tribute) 9 p.m. C.I. SHENANIGAN’S: Collaborative Works Jazz (Jazz) 8 p.m. EMERALD QUEEN: Nite Crew (Rock) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Afrodisiacs, Mr. Pink (Disco) 9 p.m., $10 MANDOLIN CAFÉ: Northern Lights (Rock) 7 p.m. NEW FRONTIER LOUNGE: Legend of Bigfoot, Sweetkiss Momma, The Hardcount (Rock) 8 p.m., $5 ROCK THE DOCK: Three-year anniversary party with live music, 9 p.m. SPAR: Jim Basnight (Rock) 8 p.m., NC STONEGATE: Ghost 211 (Rock) 8:30 p.m. SWISS: Kry (Rock) 9 p.m., $8 UNCLE SAM’S: Klondike Kate, Far from the Genuine, Snare and the Idiots, Toxic Kid (Rock) 9 p.m. VARSITY GRILL: Rock-Bot live band karaoke, 8 p.m., NC

JAZZBONES: Rockaraoke, 9 p.m. NEW FRONTIER LOUNGE: Metal Mondays, 9 p.m. STONEGATE: Acoustic couch jam, 8:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Billy Pease & Friends (Blues) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 STONEGATE: Rafael Tranquilino Band (Rock) 9 p.m., NC

ANTIQUE SANDWICH SHOP: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., $3 DAWSON’S: Jho Blenis & Shelly Ely jam session, 8 p.m. LOUIE G’S: Acoustic open mic, 6 p.m. MANDOLIN CAFÉ: Cyber Camel (Rock) 7 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Subvinyl Jukebox (Rock) 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 TAP ROOM: Kim Archer (Rock) 7 p.m.

MANDOLIN CAFÉ: Peter Adams (Rock) 7 p.m. NORTHERN PACIFIC COFFEE CO. (Parkland): Open mic night, 8 p.m. STONEGATE: Tatoosh (Rock) 8:30 p.m., NC SWISS: Karaoke, 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 UNCLE SAM’S: Jerry Miller (Blues) 7 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 DAWSONS: Tim Hall Band (Rock) 8 p.m., NC

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FRI., MAY 18 PLAY IN PEACE DAY HAPPENINGS – Last year, more than 3,000 children, families and neighbors celebrated not just the grand openings of Wright Park’s spray and playground and McCarver Park, but also honored Zina Linnik, a 12-year-old Hilltop citizen who was tragically killed in 2007. Come join the fun from 1-5 p.m., by enjoying games and activities, listen to music, poems and proclamations from McCarver Peacemakers and more. McCarver Park is located at 2301 S. ‘J’ St. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org.

COMING EVENTS

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TW PICK: ‘FOOTLOOSE’

THEATER – BASED ON KEVIN BACON’S 1984 HIT MOVIE, WHICH CAPTURED THE HEART OF AMERICA, THIS MUSICAL BURSTS ONTO THE STAGE WITH A YOUTHFUL SPIRIT, DAZZLING DANCE SCENES AND ELECTRIFYING MUSIC. REN, A TEEN FROM CHICAGO, IS FORCED TO MOVE WITH HIS MOTHER TO A PURITANICAL SMALL TOWN IN TEXAS AFTER HIS FATHER ABANDONS THE FAMILY. TO HIS SHOCK, DANCING AND ROCK ‘N ROLL ARE FORBIDDEN! HE AND HIS CLASSMATES WANT A SENIOR PROM. IT DOES NOT TAKE REN LONG TO SHAKE UP THE STATUS QUO AND SOON THE WHOLE CLASS IS ON THEIR FEET SENDING THE TOWN INTO A FRENZY. THIS TACOMA LITTLE THEATRE SHOW WILL HAVE EVERYONE READY TO JOIN IN AS THE CAST DANCES ACROSS THE STAGE! THE SHOW RUNS THROUGH MAY 20. TICKETS: $17-$27. INFO: WWW.TACOMALITTLETHEATRE.ORG.

through 9) Senior Division (grades 10 through 12) and Young Artist (up to age 24). The Beatrice Herrmann Young Artists Competition, now in its fifth year, promotes excellence in musical performance, encourages young musicians in their pursuit of high artistic standards, and fosters a love for the performing arts in the community and throughout the Puget Sound region. Named to honor the memory of Beatrice Herrmann, a long-time supporter of the Tacoma Philharmonic. This pay-what-you-can event has a $10 suggested donation. Info: www.broadwaycenter.org.

FRI., MAY 25 BROTHER NOLAND

“A WEDDING CEREMONY”

Join the Tacoma Philharmonic and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in a night of fun to celebrate the past, toast to a new beginning, and raise money to sustain the organizations in the future. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Fircrest Golf Club. Tickets: $75. HAPPENINGS –

Brother Noland has shaped contemporary music in Hawaii with his innovative songwriting and performance style. His back to basics approach on his latest album, “Hawaiian Man,” is truly a departure from the contemporary style he’s developed. His most critically acclaimed songs have launched new genres. “Coconut Girl” gave Noland the title, “Father of Hawaiian Music.” His performances and songwriting are an integral part of his creative journey. The performance takes place at the Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. MUSIC –

SAT., MAY 19 STAR CENTER GRAND OPENING

SAT., MAY 26 PARTY AT WINGMAN BREWERS It’s time for the whole community to celebrate the opening of this new facility. Browse Facebook while you get fit. Experience the rhythms of Zumba, or the tranquility of yoga. Discover how you can turn clay, food or even your body’s movements into works of art. You’ll find all this and more at the new STAR Center in South Tacoma. Grand opening activities including a family-friendly, two-mile adventure run at 9 a.m., a salute to veterans in an action-packed celebration starting at 10 a.m., and much more. STAR Center is located at 3873 S. 66th St. Info: www.starcentertacoma.org. HAPPENINGS –

MATHNASIUM OPEN HOUSE

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to use as a potential ice-breaker to start talking about women’s rights, gender roles and media literacy with their students and children. 2 p.m. at the downtown Tacoma Main Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S. FREE FAMILY MOVIE HAPPENINGS – Don’t miss a special, free screening of “The Princess Bride” at the Grand Cinema at 10 a.m. The film is completely free for everyone, so hurry and get your seat. Upcoming free family films include “Dr. Suess’s 5000 Fingers of Dr. T” (June 16); “Nanny McPhee” (July 21); and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (Aug. 18). Info: grandcinema.com.

into a stylish three-bedroom residence took vision and patience. Join Historic Tacoma for a special tour of this amazing project and learn more about its history. The tour takes place from 4-6 p.m. at Historic Firehouse 8 in the Whitman neighborhood, 4301 S. ‘L’ St. Info: www. historictacoma.org. GAELIC STORM

ZUMBATHON! It has now been over a decade since Gaelic Storm’s career lifted off with their appearance in the blockbuster film, “Titanic.” As a one-time pub band, they are now a title champion in Celtic/world music genre. Their compelling originals and fresh arrangements are steeped in traditional melody, and continue to broaden the musical horizons of the Celtic music by creating new standards for generations to come. They rock. The concert takes place at the Pantages Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$49. Info: www.broadwaycenter.org. MUSIC –

Mathnasium of Tacoma will be hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to introduce its summer camps and programs. Stop by and get a discount on enrollment and avoid the summer slump. Info: www. mathnasium.com. ETC –

‘MISS REPRESENTATION’

HAPPENINGS – The

public is invited to attend this special screening of a compelling new film that exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Stay after the film for a panel discussion on the images of women in the media: how it currently stands and how to change it. All ages are welcome. The middle-school version of this film will be screened, which is 40 minutes in length. After the movie, Seabury Middle School students will facilitate a panel discussion moderated by KOMO TV anchor Lindsay Cohen. This is a great opportunity for teachers and parents

HAPPENINGS – Join this free Zum-

bathon with the purpose of raising $10,000 to dig wells at villages in central India, where water shortages during the summer months require women and girls to walk miles each day to haul water. Admission is free, and a donation of $25 will enter you in a prize drawing to win a three-day Carnival cruise for two people (Baja or Bahamas), a Viking Professional range, stand mixer and hand mixer; and a beer tasting for six people at Wingman Brewers’ new tap room in Tacoma. Need not be present to win. The event is located at CenterPoint Christian Fellowship, 2041 S. 66th St. WHITMAN FIREHOUSE TOUR ETC – On the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, this structure was built in 1909 and served as a fire station until decommissioned in 2003. In 2005, the structure was remodeled to provide warehouse space for With Love Chocolates and living space for the company’s owners on the second floor. While using the former fire truck parking pads for storage is an easily imagined accommodation, turning the upstairs

SUN., MAY 20 JAZZ LIVE!

A nominee for the 2011 Earshot Jazz Northwest Vocalist of the Year, Danny Quintero has already drawn the attention of many musicians, vocalists, producers and critics in the region.Two quotes best describe Quintero -- Clarence Acox, the head of the award-winning Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble and Seattle MUSIC –

jazz legend himself, says “his sense of phrasing and attention to detail and pitch are impeccable...he studies the music of the greats that have come before him and understands the lineage, beauty and importance of the Great American Songbook.” John Hanford of the Fabulous Wailers writes “that Danny possesses a great set of pipes is obvious; what strikes one on first hearing is the sheer quality of the voice mature and burnished sonority that belies his age. There is also the confident sense of swing, and the evident ear of the subtle nuances of the Sinatra school of ‘bel canto’ singing articulation, phrasing, dynamics, breath control, the works.” Quintero is headlining the popular Jazz LIVE at Marine View Church concert series at 5 p.m. Marine View Church is located at 8469 Eastside Dr. N.E. PACHAMAMA CARNAVAL

HAPPENINGS – Wingman

Brewers is hosting an event bringing together the best of the best in Tacoma’s food and beverage world. The event will take place at the new Wingman Tap Room (509 ½ Puyallup Ave.), featuring Madrona Coffee, 21Cellars, Backcountry Creamery and Barrel 51 BBQ. Don’t miss a chance to try barbecue from Barrel 51 using Wingman beer and Backcountry Creamery cheeses – along with 21Cellars wines, and beer infused with wine. Wingman will also be offering P-51 Porter infused with Madrona coffee. This is the perfect event for people who like beer, wine, cheese, barbecue or coffee. Info: www.wingmanbrewers.com.

SAT., JUNE 2 LEMAY – AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM GRAND OPENING

HAPPENINGS – There’s

no need to travel to South America for Carnaval — The Pantages Theater will bring it to you in a colorful celebration. The Pachamama, or “Mother Earth,” brings you the ultimate pan-Latin experience complete with a samba troupe, Flamenco dancers and circus acrobats featuring the sounds and colors of the Andes, Brazil, Cuba and Spain. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. at the Pantages. A free pre-show lecture will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$29. Info: www. broadwaycenter.org. BEATRICE HERRMANN WINNERS RECITAL HAPPENINGS – The Tacoma Philharmonic will be honoring the winners of the fifth annual Beatrice Herrmann Young Artist Competition with a recital at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Concert Hall at 7 p.m. The winners represent three divisions: Junior Division (grades 7

The long-awaited grand opening of the museum will be filled with more fun and festivities for all. The day starts with a free outdoor car show at 9 a.m., which will fill the Haub Family Field with hot cars and cool rides. At 10 a.m. will be the official grand opening ceremonies, also on the Haub Family Field. At 11 a.m., the museum doors will open to the public for the first time. From 1-2:30 p.m., retired Seattle Mariners Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez will make an appearance in the State Farm space in the banquet hall. At 5 p.m., a free concert will take place by nine-time Grammy Award winners Asleep at the Wheel, performing on the Miller Family Stage, along with other local music celebrities. Come HAPPENINGS –


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enjoy Texas swing and celebrate the start of something big. Info: www. lemaymuseum.org.

BULLETIN BOARD ‘HAPPY DAYS’

CURATOR TALK

in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom. This Lakewood Playhouse production runs June 15 to July 8. Tickets: $23-$28. Info: www. lakewoodplayhouse.org. SWAP AND FLEA AT CHENEY

ma for Kirtan, an ancient form of meditation that uses simple, repetitive songs and chants that carry practitioners effortlessly into a place of quiet stillness. Organizers ask for a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds will go to the Source Yoga Scholarship Fund, providing yoga to those who could not otherwise afford it. No singing experience is necessary. To register, call (253) 756-8066.

the first weekend of every month as part of Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. Info: museums.bankofamerica.com. ORGANIZING FOR AMERICA

DRUM CIRCLE

David C. Ward, co-curator of “HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” provides a historical art overview of the works in the exhibition and his curatorial perspective and thoughts in a lecture beginning at 2 p.m. A book signing of the exhibition catalogue will follow. Cost: $15 for non-members, $10 for members and $5 for students. The event takes place at Tacoma Art Museum. Info: www.tacomaartmuseum.org. ART –

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Come enjoy a day of bargain hunting May 20 at 9 a.m. at this monthly event at Cheney Stadium. Vendors will be selling everything from antiques and collectables (some may say junk,) to clothing and everyday household items – who knows what you may find there? Vendors may reserve a space by calling (206) 790-2505. HAPPENINGS –

POTTERY CLASSES

Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages drum circle every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. You do not need to have a drum to participate. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit www.tedbrownmusic.com. MUSIC –

ETC – The Valley

Join Throwing Mud Gallery for a six-week pottery class for adults now until June 16. If you are a beginner or experienced, want to work on the wheel or hand build, instruction is provided for your level. All adult classes are taught by Mark Hudak, who has been a full-time studio potter for almost 30 years. Your $160 registration fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing, plus additional open studio time to practice and work on your projects. A basic pottery toolkit is required and available for purchase. Classes take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tues., Thurs. or Sat.; or 6-8:30 p.m. on Mon., Tues. or Thurs. Info: www.throwingmudgallery.com. ETC –

Northwest Sinfonietta presents its final concert, marking the conducting debut of Maestro Gerard Schwarz with the Northwest Sinfonietta. The first half of this concert delivers powerful Eastern European music rarely heard in performance. The featured solo cellist Julian Schwarz (son of Gerard Schwarz) will astonish you as one of the finest talents of his generation. Concluding the concert and season will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. When his first symphony was finally composed and delivered, he stunned the world with his complete originality and fearless daring. The performance takes place at the Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$49. Info: www.broadwaycenter.org.

SUN., JUNE 10 HOME AND GARDEN TOUR

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people – all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again and again. This Lakewood Playhouse production contains some adult situations plus murder and mayhem in the style of films and plays in the 1940s – some of it in undergarments. The show runs through May 20. Tickets: $17-$23. Info: www.lakewoodplayhouse.org. THEATER –

‘STORYBOOK BALLET THEATRE’

This University Place Home and Garden tour showcases two mid-century modern homes/gardens in original condition, a home and garden reminiscent of the city’s early history as a center for agriculture, an urban garden featuring espaliered apple trees and a mini horse farm that takes you back in time before the urban sprawl. Highlighting this tour is the Curran House, which recently was put on the State and National Historic Registries. Purchase tickets at Grassi’s Flowers and Gifts at 1702 Pacific Ave. or 3602 Center St. in Tacoma; or University Place locations such as Massimo’s Italian Bar and Grill (4020 Bridgeport Way), Westside Community Bank (4922 Bridgeport Way) or Willow Tree Gardens (7216 27th St. W.). Proceeds benefit UPHS. ETC –

SAT., JUNE 16 “DANCES WITH DANCERS”

Tacoma City Ballet (TCB) will host the first production of Storybook Ballet Theatre: Bringing Fairytales to Life. Due to popular demand for more family friendly, budget-conscious performances, TCB has created Storybook Ballet Theatre, with a new production that will delight audiences with short ballets based on fairy tales, nursery rhymes, proverbs, limericks and fables. The Storybook Ballet Theatre will be performed in Tacoma City Ballet’s spacious Jan Collum Ballroom May 19 at 1, 3 and 5 p.m., and May 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $5, available by calling (253) 2724219. The theater is located at 508 6th Ave. THEATER –

“A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM”

“Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life’s troubles. “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from timetested, 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT

WEDNESDAY NIGHT KNITTING

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Each Wednesday night from 5-8 p.m., Tacoma Art Place hosts a knitting/tile painting/crochet circle for those ages 17 and up. Group knitting is always free for members and those with a day pass, which can be purchased for $10. Bring your challenging projects, as those more experienced can help pick up dropped stitches and learn advanced techniques. Reserve your space at rsvp@ TacomaArtPlace.org. ETC –

The Tahoma Audubon Society is holding its annual Birdathon for expert birders and novices alike. Sign up as an individual, family or team, and ask friends to sponsor the group at a set dollar amount or amount per bird species that you identify. Pick a day, get outside and do your birdathon by keeping a list of all the species you see in one 24-hour period. Report back to your sponsors and collect their pledges by June 30. Exciting prizes will be awarded for the most money raised, most species seen, the most sponsors and best junior birder. Info: www. tahomaaudubon.org. HAPPENINGS –

BEAT THE HEAT

BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS

Coalition Humane, in partnership with the Seattle Animal Shelter, is offering $20 spay procedures for a limited time. Spay your female cat now before she goes into heat and has a litter. Limited availability – call (253) 627-7729. ETC –

ory loss? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with dementia. A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia will be held the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Contact group facilitator Chuck Benefiel at (253) 584-3267.

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CHARITY BOOT CAMP Every Tuesday there is ballroom dancing at the Tacoma Elks with the Casanova duo providing live music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The cover charge is $5 for Elks members and non-members alike. Bring a dance partner and dance the night away. Info: www.dancetacoma.org. ETC –

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Don’t miss this annual student performance, featuring Tacoma Performing Dance Company and students from all levels in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz dance and ballroom. The children’s performance takes place at 1 p.m., and the teen and adult performance takes place at 3 p.m. Both events take place at Theatre on the Square. Tickets: adults, $18; children and seniors, $15.

ETC – Suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue? Attend this support group, which meets every Wednesday from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities building, located at 6315 S. 19th St. The group’s mission is to improve the morale of people coping with these challenges. Its activities include face-to-face encouragement, networking, sharing of resources as well as individual discoveries.

Chorale, a sopranoalto-tenor-bass singing group, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Aylen Junior High School, located at 101 15th St. S.W. in Puyallup. If you like singing, contact Joy Heidal at (253) 848-1134 or Dixie Byrne at (253) 677-5291 for more information and a personal invitation to join the group.

BIRDATHON IS ON!

TACOMA KIRTAN

HAPPENINGS –

THE VALLEY CHORALE

SUPPORT GROUP

‘THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940’

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Organizing For America is a grassroots movement with the goal of re-electing President Barack Obama in 2012. It is an organization of volunteers hoping to educate, recruit and build a strong network all across the United States. The group welcomes all interested parties to attend their monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at King’s Books, located at 218 St. Helens Ave. Info: www.kingsbookstore.com. ETC –

Every second Friday of the month, join Source Yoga North TacoETC –

ETC – Jeff Jowers, owner and founder

of Tacoma’s Ultimate Fitness Boot Camps, is hosting charity fitness boot camps every Saturday benefiting Mary Bridge Tree House. People who sign up for Ultimate Fitness Boot Camp can now donate pieces of clothing, which earns them a spot in a fast-paced, interval-style class free of charge. Info: www.tacomabootcamps. com. FREE FIRST WEEKENDS ETC – Bank of America bankcard holders and employees receive free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum

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Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable king of cool, Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures television series, Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s “Happy Days: A New Musical” reintroduces one of America’s best loved families, the Cunninghams – yes, Howard, Marion and Joanie are here too – to a whole new generation of kids and parents. The famed drive-in malt shop and number one hangout, Arnold’s, is in danger of demolition. The gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. Even Pinky Tuscadero, Fonzie’s childhood sweetheart, returns to help. The show runs May 4-27. Tickets: $20-$27. THEATER –


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