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he Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America will welcome girls into its scouting activities starting on Feb. 1. The move comes under the national group’s push to allow girls into the organization now that it has rebranded itself as more gender-neutral Scouts BSA. Girls between the ages of 11 and 17 will be allowed to join all-girl troops and work to become Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in the organization. Younger girls have been allowed to join co-ed Cub Scouts packs starting in 2018. An adult scoutmaster of the troops can be male or female, but a certified and trained female leader must be present at all times if the group includes girls. Girl and boy troops can be linked – same meeting space, troop numbers and outdoor activities – but will largely operate separately on their merit badges when they break down into their smaller unit and patrol groups. There won’t simply be co-ed troops. “That is still a big misconception,” Pacific Harbors Council’s Commissioner for Family Scouting Amanda Lafferty said, noting that the shift is more about giving girls the opportunities to learn the lessons and values of scouting in a more family-focused way of inclusion rather than just going co-ed. “We were only servicing 50 percent of our youth. That was crazy.” Allowing girls to participate also acknowledges a wide-spread practice in scouting of allowing siblings of scouts – regardless of gender – to participate in camping and skills activities as a way to accommodate busy families that can be

torn between scout meetings for one child and the need for activities for another. “That is a big part of why scouting has to evolve. That was happening all over the nation,” Lafferty said. “It was one of the things that national finally recognized. Families are looking for this. The curriculum is really relevant for both genders.” The change is meant to help make scouting an activity for whole families, rather than just the boys. The move to allow middle and high school girls into the scouts was announced in late 2017. The national organization will continue with the corporate name Boy Scouts, while local units are being rebranded as Scouts BSA troops. Pacific Harbors Council, which spans Puget Sound, has about 9,000 scouts involved in environmental projects, building playgrounds and parks, collecting food for local food banks and serving their communities through its programs of developing future leaders, promoting civic engagement and environmental stewardship through its activities. The national decision to allow girls to form troops of their own came at a time when the organization is hemorrhaging money and losing members, most notably caused by a split between the 108-yearold organization and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints over BSA’s decision to allow LGBT scout leaders to run troops. The church is establishing its own child-development program rather than comply with BSA’s decision. The 425,000 Mormon scouts made up a large percentage of scouting’s national membership of 2.3 million and will formally separate from scouting in 2020. u See SCOUTS / page 7


Girls have been allowed to join Cub Scout packs for a year, and now the Boy Scouts of America is allowing older girls to form all-female troops.

MAIMOUNA YOUSSEF (AKA MUMU FRESH) TO KEYNOTE MLK DAY CELEBRATION Grammy-nominated musician and activist Maimouna Youssef (aka Mumu Fresh) will deliver a creative keynote at University of Puget Sound’s 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 24. Free and open to the public, the event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in Wheelock Student Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a reception follows the event. Vivie Nguyen, director of Puget Sound’s Office of Intercultural Engagement, says the event aims to draw connections between the civil rights movement and ongoing anti-racism movements. “My hope for this celebration is to bring the greater campus and Tacoma communities together to honor the progress and

efforts of the past and to acknowledge that there is ongoing work to be done regarding civil rights: within ourselves, on our campus, in our community and country,” said Nguyen. Youssef is an Afro-Native singer, songwriter, emcee, activist, and educator. She has performed all over the world with artists such as Common, The Roots, Sting, Erykah Badu, Ed Sheeran, and Nas. The songstress has released six independent projects including a 2017 album titled “Vintage Babies.” In 2018, her performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series received critical acclaim and viral viewership. Youssef became a musical ambassador for the

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United States in 2017 and traveled throughout Central America performing and facilitating workshops. She is committed to what she describes as “art activism,” and has performed numerous times in U.S. prisons. She works with a wide variety of organizations, including the Congressional Black Caucus and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to bring awareness to important social issues. “Maimouna’s voice, being, background and delivery all encompass the very things we seek this celebration to be,” said Nguyen. “She is extremely multifaceted and talented, accessible and powerful, speaking to u See MLK / page 5


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It was a wet day for good old Perceval, but he got it done. He always gets it done.

Tacoma’s maritime community suffered a big loss with the recent death of local historian Dr. Ron Magden. He was 92. Magden was a longtime friend of the Tacoma longshore, the Port of Tacoma and the working waterfront. He knew that by learning lessons from the past, we could help shape the future. Magden was a labor historian and history professor at Tacoma Community College for many years. In 1982, he co-authored the book “The Working Waterfront: The Story of Tacoma’s Ships and Men.” Phil Lelli, a longtime Tacoma longshore worker and leader, had the original idea for the book. Pacific Lutheran University professor A.D. Martinson was the book’s co-author. Magden later updated and expanded that book and published “The Working Longshoreman” in 1991. The Port of Tacoma purchased many copies of both books and Port staff still use them as important reference sources today. Over the years, Magden also wrote many articles for the Port’s Pacific Gateway magazine. His knowledge, interest and passion for the Port’s historical development and the people behind those developments was unsurpassed. Over the years, we interviewed Magden many times to help the Port tell various stories and gain insights into the people, companies and developments that have helped shape our working waterfront. Magden is featured in a video that highlights the history of the Kaiser aluminum plant in Tacoma. He is part of the award-winning “Proud Past, Promising Future” video that was produced during the Port’s 75th anniversary celebration in 1993 and in the Port’s centennial video that debuted at Tacoma Historical Society’s Destiny Dinner in October 2018. Magden was a former president of the society and


Dr. Ron Magden gave the keynote address in 2011 at the 125th anniversary celebration of the founding of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), chronicling the key events and figures in the local’s 125-year history. contributed his expertise to the organization as a speaker, author, member of the collections committee and donor of artifacts. The relationship Magden had with the Tacoma longshore and with the Port was personal and very cooperative. He knew that great things could always happen – on Tacoma’s waterfront and elsewhere – when people worked together towards a common goal. Perhaps he sums it up best in “The Working Longshoreman” book when he states, “Union longshoremen and the Port of Tacoma share the common goals of developing their magnificent harbor and maintaining an efficient and stable work force. Working together, they benefit not only waterfront workers and the shipping industry, but the entire community they serve.”



Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives need your help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of 49-year-old Tracy Sehmel of Roy. At approximately noon on Wednesday January 3rd, 2018, a silver Saturn sedan was towed from outside a residence in the area of 97th St. and Sheridan Ave. in the City of Tacoma. The following afternoon employees at the tow yard discovered the body of the owner of the vehicle – later identified as Tracy Sehmel – inside the trunk of the car. Detectives have learned Tracy Fridays at 10:30pm on

Sehmel was last seen alive on January 1st, 2018, when he dropped off his son at a relative’s house in the city of Auburn. The victim was reported missing by his family after they failed to hear from him for several days and he did not show up for work. Detectives are looking for any information on the whereabouts of Tracy Sehmel and/or his vehicle from January 1st until January 3rd, 2018, including information on any suspicious persons seen with Sehmel or his vehicle around the time he went missing.



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During its Jan. 8 meeting, Tacoma City Council’s Economic Development Committee took a look at recent efforts to boost the local economy and plans for more in the future. The meeting began with a presentation by Betty Capestany, director of Pierce County Economic Development Department. The department has collaborations with numerous cities, business groups and institutions of higher education. “We know how to partner and collaborate,” she remarked. Capestany said the county has land that could be utilized for manufacturing. She would like to see more corporations set up regional headquarters here. Focus areas for the organization in 2019 include growing technology sector jobs, creating more class A office space, the Tideflats sub-area plan and the next commercial airliner for Boeing. Next up was Tom Pierson, president and CEO of Tacoma/Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. He noted that his organization was the first chamber in the nation to support an increase in the minimum wage, which Tacoma voters approved several years ago. He said that efforts to improve the economy must take into account the environment, job creation and social equity. “They all have to work together,” Pierson observed. Bruce Kendall, president and CEO of the Economic Development Board of Tacoma/Pierce County, covered some recent success stories. One is Tool Gauge, a Tacoma company that manufactures parts for Boeing airliners. The business is undergoing a $22 million expansion of its facility in Nalley Valley. Tool Gauge has

about 135 employees now and plans to add another 100. Another is New Cold, a Dutch company that built a cold storage facility that stores frozen fish and potato products. Another is Infoblox, a network control and security company based in Silicon Valley that established a branch office in Tacoma. The company setting up shop here “is a seal of approval from Silicon Valley,” Kendall said. Pierson said Infoblox is committed to looking for talented workers here. The improvement in the graduation rate of Tacoma Public Schools makes this a more appealing location for such businesses because their employees want strong schools for their children. “That is a huge mindset shift.” He also reminded the council of the importance of the Port of Tacoma, which he described as “a gateway to the world.” Kendall said all businesses on the Tideflats have a strong commitment to the environment, in part because customers demand it. Councilmember Conor McCarthy said there are many buildings with class B and C office spaces in need of seismic upgrades. He thinks the Legislature should provide some funding for this. Kendall said companies appreciate the presence of Joint Base Lewis-McChord because of the pool of spouses and retirees as job candidates. “This is a huge recruitment asset for us.” Councilmember Robert Thoms said that 600 to 700 people leave active duty at JBLM each month. He would like to see more of an effort made to recruit them for post-military careers. He noted that many would be ideal candidates for openings with Tacoma Police Department.

City responds to white nationalist flyers Flyers promoting a white nationalist group have drawn strong condemnation from city hall. The messages appeared in Tacoma on the morning of Jan. 6. Dozens of flyers were placed inside sealed plastic bags weighted down with rocks. They depict an arrow going through a hammer and sickle, with the phrase “Better dead than red.” They contained the website for an organization called Patriot Front. The same flyers were distributed in neighborhoods in Seattle and Olympia as well. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Patriot Front was founded by a Texas man in 2017 after breaking away from Vanguard America after the protests in Charlottesville, VA, in which a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19. During the Jan. 8 City Council meeting, Mayor Victoria Woodards read a statement affirming the city’s commitment to diversity. She described it as an opportunity to stand up for the values of a diverse community. Councilmember Chris Beale thanked the city staff for writing the statement. He said the message on the flyers goes against Tacoma’s shared values and moral compass. “This is a big step forward in starting a community of healing.”

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RESCUED SEA OTTER MAKES NEW HOME AT POINT DEFIANCE ZOO & AQUARIUM Moea joins Libby and Sekiu on exhibit in the zoo’s Rocky Shores habitat

A 10-year-old Southern sea otter who was rescued and rehabilitated at Monterey Bay Aquarium has joined the “raft” of sea otters at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Moea (pronounced Mia) brings the number of sea otters who call the zoo’s Rocky Shores habitat home to three. She is getting along swimmingly with Northern sea otter Sekiu, 6, and Southern sea otter Libby, 7. Moea made her official public debut with them on Jan. 5. Staff at Monterey Bay Aquarium originally rescued Moea as a stranded otter tainted with oil from a spill, rehabilitated her and returned her to the wild. But the little otter seemed to prefer the company of humans and returned. Her affinity for people and penchant for seeking them out could pose a danger to her in the wild. As a result, she will remain in human care and is non-releasable. “We are thrilled that Moea is now a part of our Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium family,” said Malia Somerville, curator of marine mammals and birds. “Providing a second chance for rescued animals is one way zoos and aquariums can help save species.” The zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan for sea otters. Keepers describe Moea as calm, confident – and say she loves her breakfast. Following some time behind-thescenes and a wellness exam by Associate Veterinarian Dr. Kadie Anderson, keepers worked to gradually introduce Moea to Libby and Sekiu, and get all three otters comfortable with each other. Now, Moea’s fully settled into her new home. “She’s a pretty easy-going and calm otter, confident around her caregivers and curious to explore her habitat,” Somerville said. “She enjoys her food


Southern sea otter Moea snacks on crab in the Rocky Shores habitat at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. and enrichment.” And her favorite food? “Right now it’s mussels, with crab as a close second,” said Staff Biologist Caryn Carter. Libby also is a rescued otter. She came to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium from Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2011 when she was only a few months old. She was just 24 hours old when found abandoned. Sekiu, who will be 7 on Jan. 14, was born at Seattle Aquarium in 2012 to mother Aniak, who also was born there, and father Adaa, a rescued sea otter. None of the three otters at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is releasable to the wild. Sea otters rely on their thick fur to

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ests completely. Sea otters are very social creatures, living in groups of up to 100 in the wild. The otters at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium are no exception: Libby and Sekiu love to play, swim and cuddle with each other. In a happy coincidence, veterinary technician Lauren Miele, who assisted at Moea’s wellness exam, worked with the otter at Monterey Bay. “She’s so lovely!” Miele said while cleaning Moea’s teeth during the exam. “Whenever I walked past her habitat she was always the one lifting up her head to say hi! I’m so excited we’re together again.” For more information, go to www.




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Whenever Tacoma’s North End is mentioned, thoughts often turn to Proctor District, a gem among the city’s bustling neighborhoods. With its easy pace and numerous charms, Proctor has a vibe all its own thanks to the friendly people who live and work there and the variety of things to do for people of all ages and tastes. From the old school Chalet Bowl and unique gifts from “our corner of the world” at Pacific Northwest Shop, to Proctor’s bountiful farmers market, boutique shopping, fine and casual dining options, Proctor District makes T-Town a destination to experience. Proctor District is also one of the few places to host a year-round farmers market. Not only is the market a beloved place for residents of the district to shop for nutritious foods; it attracts shoppers from far and wide with live music, cooking demonstrations and events. Located at North 27th Street and North Proctor Street, the market is open for business in winter on the second Saturday of each month from

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (remaining dates are Feb. 9 and March 9). The regular season starts March 23 and runs every Saturday through Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Proctor District is also a place that offers many conveniences to help get all of your errands done in one place – including a full-service U.S. Post Office on North 27th Street and UPS Store at 2522 N. Proctor. There are numerous banking institutions throughout the district, schools, University of Puget Sound, the Anna Lemon Wheelock branch of the Tacoma Public Library, auto repair services and, of course, plenty of options to grab a bite to eat. Get groceries at Safeway and Metropolitan Market or perhaps visit the widely popular Knapp’s family style restaurant or enjoy Italian favorites at Pomodoro. These are just a few of the choices that the district offers. With springtime on the way and another beautiful Northwest summer quickly to follow, make a point to explore Proctor District by foot. You’ll discover all sorts of fun things by strolling the sidewalks, including Mason Plaza at the corner of North 26th Street and

Adams Street with its 100-year-old oak tree. At Mason Plaza, visitors can learn about Allen C. Mason, who is said to have coined the phrase “City of Destiny.” As noted on the Proctor District webpage, this Tacoma pioneer was the principal developer of Tacoma’s North End. He donated the city’s first public library, developed several major buildings, including the first Elks lodge, and built the first street car line from downtown, through the Proctor District on

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t Scouts From page 1 BSA is also teetering under its own financial debt, caused by dropping enrollment and lawsuits regarding sexual abuse allegations made by former Boy Scouts about their Scout leaders, some dating back decades, that prompted a storm of media speculation that the national organization is pondering bankruptcy protection. “We have an important duty, and an incredible opportunity, to focus as an organization on keeping children safe, supported and protected, and preparing youth for their futures through our nation’s foremost program of character development and values-based leadership training,” wrote BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh in an open letter to the organization last month. “To do so in perpetuity, we are working with experts to explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted. We have a social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, and we also have an obligation to carry out our mission to serve

Sunday, January 13, 2019 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS youth, families and local communities through our programs.” Locally, enrollment slides and mounting debt has caused Pacific Harbors to shed four of its campgrounds in recent years, leaving only Camp Thunderbird, located outside of Olympia, as its only campground to serve scouts in its region from Federal Way to Chehalis. It is unclear how the admission of girls into the BSA will affect membership of the Girl Scouts, which is a separate non-profit organization from the Boy Scouts. It is locally represented by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, which has 25,000 members in the 17 counties in the state that it represents. The Girl Scouts operates a regional office in DuPont. The national Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts last fall, arguing that the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow girls to join infringes on its on Girl Scouts’ copyright and causes confusion in the marketplace for youth activities. Girl Scouts currently only allows girls to formally participate in its programs. “The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves,” the national organization stated.

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Mayor appointed co-chair of National League of Cities Council Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards has been appointed co-chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Council on Youth, Education, and Families. She has served for the past eight months as vice chair of the council, which guides and oversees the work of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. The council also fosters peer-learning and networking opportunities for elected municipal leaders; stimulates effective leadership on behalf of children, youth and families; and elevates the voices of city and youth leaders in broader discussions of the needs of youth, children and families. “I am honored to take a new leadership role on this hardworking national council, as we continue to support tomorrow’s leaders and the future of our communities,” said Woodards. “I am looking forward to the insights I will gain working with the Council on Youth, Education, and Families as I seek new ways to elevate youth perspectives in civic conversations and community decision making.” Woodards recently announced the formation of a Youth Engagement Task Force, which will help the City of Tacoma establish its first Youth Commission and improve upon existing youth-focused programs. “During her tenure on the Tacoma City Council, Mayor Woodards has emerged as a strong voice for city leadership on issues of equity and opportunity through her engagement with NLC,” said Clifford M. Johnson, executive director of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families. “We look forward to continuing to support her in the work she is doing locally, while benefitting from her knowledge and experience in this NLC leadership role focusing on children, youth and families.”  Woodards’ past work with the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families includes represent-

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The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County has adjusted their hours of operation to be open seven days a week, with new hours to take effect Saturday, Jan. 12. Hours of operation are now 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. This change will enable the Humane Society to rehome more animals to new forever homes and create consistency with open hours running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Humane Society CEO Stuart Earley noted that putting the animals first is a key priority and opening seven days a week will provide more opportunities for pets to find their loving new families faster. “Sunday is the one day of the week when many families can come together to choose a pet, and over the last six months, I have encountered many people who can’t visit the shelter on a weekday or even on a Saturday. It is important that we provide customer-friendly service to ensure more pets find their forever homes,” he said. The hours of operation for the Humane Society’s phone system will also be extended to seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to improve customer service. Adoption hours will continue to end one half-hour before the end of the public hours each day. The Humane Society encourages guests to plan their visit in advance by visiting the website at

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LINK EXTENSION WORK BEGINS IN STADIUM DISTRICT The new year means new construction projects in Stadium District, as crews go to work on the first phases of the 2.4-mile extension of the Link rail line from the Theater District through Stadium and up to Hilltop. On Jan. 7, Sound Transit’s contractor began underground utility work on North 1st Street between North Tacoma Avenue and Division Avenue in the Stadium District. The work will consist of digging deep trenches in the street to move or replace existing sewer, stormwater and water lines. This includes new or upgraded water and sewer services to properties and is anticipated to take approximately four months, perhaps longer if underground obstructions are discovered. “We don’t anticipate any disruptions to business’ or residents’ sewer or water services,” said Sound Transit Public Information Officer Scott Thompson. “After the utility work is completed, Tacoma Public Utilities will make final connections to all the utilities and TPU will coordinate any utility disruptions with their customers.” During this time, there will be no street parking on either side of North 1st Street, as crews work on a deep sewer line. The

street will be open to one lane of traffic during construction, with the northeast lane on North 1st Street closed in between G Street and North Tacoma Ave. Southbound on Stadium Way continues to be closed to traffic from Broadway to South 4th Street. Please follow the detours on St. Helens Avenue, Broadway and Tacoma Avenue. One-way traffic going north on Stadium Way is open. The pedestrian refuge islands on Stadium Way were removed as part of the project and to better shift traffic during construction. For safety, some sidewalks on the east side of Stadium Way may be closed during construction. The contractor is working on both water and storm drainage systems. Traffic south of South 4th Street on Stadium Way is being detoured onto I-705. To avoid travelling on I-705, follow the detours on St. Helens Avenue, Broadway and Tacoma Avenue. Access to Commerce Street from the 705/Stadium Way exit is closed. Detours are in place. One-way traffic northbound on Commerce Street will be maintained from South 9th to I-705. The contractor is installing a new sewer. Once the underground utility work is complete, work crews will continue to


Work is well underway along North 1st St. do utility work along the Hilltop Tacoma Link route. “We anticipate the next area of work will be along Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Division to 6th Avenue, which is in front of Tacoma General Hospital,” Thompson said. “We are working closely with MultiCare and staff at Taco-

ma General on the impacts of this work. We don’t have a firm start date yet, but we will certainly notify everyone affected by this work when it will start and what the impacts of the work will be.” Information provided by Sound Transit

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Tacoma Stars' opponents had better take notice. It's beginning to look like Mike Ramos is finding his scoring groove. On the recent two-game trip into Texas, Ramos put three balls into the back of the net and also added two assists to the mix. Tacoma will host Monterrey on Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:05 p.m. and rival Ontario on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:35 p.m. The Stars have nine home matches remaining at the Accesso ShoWarw Center in Kent.



ust when everything looked like it was going to turn up rainbows and pots of gold for the Tacoma Stars, the difficulties of the road slapped the club with a big reality check. After two sensational upset road wins against rivals San Diego and Ontario, the team headed back out the next weekend for a double dip in the state of Texas. Entering the match at the El Paso County Coliseum on Friday, Jan. 4, the Stars would face a Coyotes squad that was still looking for their first win of the season with a record of 0-3. This would turn out to be a group of players hell-bent upon sinking their teeth into the Stars and exacting a solid pound of flesh. The match went back and forth through much of the first three quarters, with the teams deadlocked at 5-5 going into the final stanza. For a full five minutes, neither team gave ground to the other. For a moment it felt as though this contest was going to go into overtime, or someone would slip and the winner would leave the building with a 6-5 victory. Instead, the teams exploded for six goals over the final 10 minutes of play. The big problem with the scoring onslaught was that it went 4-2 in favor of the Coyotes. A power play goal Tacoma’s Philip Lund pulled the Stars within one goal with four minutes remaining. As time ticked away, the Stars rolled out the sixth attacker to ramp up the offensive bite. It wasn’t going to work for Tacoma, as El Paso turned away every scoring opportunity. In the end, the Coyotes were even able to tack on one more goal to send their sparse home crowd into the night with a 9-7 victory. Now the Stars were going to have to kick it up a notch for the following game against Rio Grande Valley on Sunday, Jan. 6. The Coyotes were supposed to be the lighter task on this road trip, now the

Stars would face a Barracudas club that came into the match with a misleading 1-3 record. With two of their losses coming in overtime against powerhouses such as Monterrey and San Diego, it was clear that Rio Grande Valley was going to be everything that the Stars could handle. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first quarter, and the second quarter saw no scoring at all. It wasn’t until the third quarter where the Barracudas began sinking their teeth into the Tacoma defense. When the smoke and dust cleared on the third quarter, the Barracudas had sent four more balls into the back of the Tacoma net and the home team was rolling with a comfortable 5-1 advantage going into the final 15 minutes of action. Goals by Tacoma’s Nick Perera, Pablo Da Silva and Mike Ramos were negated by three goals by the Barracudas. Not only did Rio Grande Valley tack on an empty-net goal shortly before the end of regulation, but even goalkeeper Diego Angel Arriaga got into the act with a solo blast from nearly three-quarters down the field. The ball sailed, and just as it entered the box, a Barracuda attacker flashed in front of Tacoma goalkeeper Danny Waltman. In the blink of an eye, the ball was in the left corner of the goal and it was hard to believe for the Tacoma side in the 8-4 loss. There is quite a bit of good news for the Stars and their fans though. Tacoma now owns a 4-3 record with a full 17 games left on their Major Arena Soccer League schedule. The San Diego Sockers now lead the MASL Pacific Division with a 6-1 mark, followed by the Ontario Fury with a record of 6-3. Tacoma will have something to say about the standings almost immediately, as two out of their next three home matches involve the Sockers and the Fury. Tacoma will host the MASL Western Conference champions from Monterrey (3-1) on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. First kick is set for 7:35 p.m. The following night, things don’t get any easier as Ontario pays a vis-

it to the Puget Sound. Both contests are sure to be played out with a playoff atmosphere, as the teams involved are doing whatever they can to either stay at the top of their division standings, or at least stay within striking distance. On Friday, Jan. 18, the San Diego Sockers will pay a visit to the Stars. It’s safe to say that San Diego will be looking for a little payback, following their recent home upset by the Stars. Tacoma snapped the Sockers’ 16-game home winning streak, and there’s no way that they’ve forgotten about it already. Be prepared for possibly the match of the year so far with this one. Tacoma will be fighting like mad to stay in the MASL Pacific Division race, while the Sockers will be looking to begin pulling away from the rest of the pack. Indoor soccer fans are in for a real treat on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the ShoWare Center. Not only will the Fury and Stars do battle at 7:05 p.m., but there will be a Western Indoor Soccer League showdown kicking off at 3:45 p.m. under the lights in Kent. The Tacoma Stars Reserves will take on the newly-formed Tacoma Narrows FC in a match-up that already has a rivalry feel. The players all know each other, and they want nothing more than to hang a big loss on their brothers from Grit City. The Stars Reserves are currently undefeated with a 6-0-0 record. They have scored 56 goals, while giving up just 14 against. Playing on smaller fields in the WISL, the goals tend to come hot and fast. The fact that the Reserves have given up just 14 so far this season is quite remarkable. After winning the inaugural WISL championship, the Stars Reserves have witnessed Bellingham United hoist the big trophy for three seasons now. Their foes from the north are now 5-1-0, with their only loss coming in a 3-2 battle in Tacoma against the Reserves. It looks as though these two clubs are on another collision course to meet up for the WISL championship. For tickets and more information, visit

FRIDAY, JAN. 11 – BASKETBALL Girls – Puyallup vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine HS – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 11 – MASL SOCCER Monterrey Flash vs. Tacoma Stars Accesso ShoWare Center – 7:35 p.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 11 – BASKETBALL Men – Willamette vs. UPS Puget Sound Fieldhouse – 8 p.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 11 – BASKETBALL Men – Lewis & Clark vs. PLU Pacific Lutheran – 8 p.m. SATURDAY, JAN. 12 – WISL SOCCER Tacoma Narrows FC vs. Stars Reserves Accesso ShoWare Center – 3:45 p.m. SATURDAY, JAN. 12 – BASKETBALL Women – Lewis & Clark vs. UPS Puget Sound Fieldhouse – 4 p.m. SATURDAY, JAN. 12 – BASKETBALL Men – Pacific vs. PLU Pacific Lutheran – 4 p.m. SATURDAY, JAN. 12 – BASKETBALL Men – Lewis & Clark vs. UPS Puget Sound Fieldhouse – 6 p.m. SATURDAY, JAN. 12 – BASKETBALL Men – Pacific vs. PLU Pacific Lutheran – 6 p.m. SATURDAY, JAN. 12 – MASL SOCCER Ontario Fury vs. Tacoma Stars Accesso ShoWare Center – 7:05 p.m. TUESDAY, JAN. 15 – BASKETBALL Girls – Bellevue Chr. vs. Annie Wright Annie Wright HS – 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16 – BASKETBALL Boys – Wilson vs. Stadium Stadium HS – 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16 – BASKETBALL Girls – Stadium vs. Wilson Wilson HS – 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16 – BASKETBALL Boys – Spanaway Lake vs. Lincoln Lincoln HS – 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16 – BASKETBALL Girls – Bethel vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma HS – 7 p.m. THURSDAY, JAN. 17 – BASKETBALL Girls – Seattle Chr. vs. Annie Wright Annie Wright HS – 7 p.m. SATURDAY, JAN. 19 – BOXING 71st Tacoma Golden Gloves UPS Field House – 7 p.m. MONDAY, JAN. 21 – BASKETBALL Boys – Eastlake vs. Lincoln Accesso ShoWare Center – 8:30 p.m. THURSDAY, JAN. 24 – BASKETBALL Boys – Raymond vs. Life Christian Life Christian HS – 7 p.m.


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Travel Tacoma + Pierce County and Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission have merged under a yet-to-be-renamed nonprofit. South Sound Sports Commission President and CEO Dean Burke has been chosen to also serve as the new organization’s president and CEO. “The connections Dean has built and the respect he has garnered throughout the community will be an asset as he leads Travel Tacoma + Pierce County into this exciting new phase,” said Evan Marques, chair of Travel Tacoma + Pierce County’s board of directors in the merger announcement. “The board and I have seen first-hand his talent as an executive and as an advocate of this destination, and we have full confidence that he is the right person to guide the organization into a new era of destination marketing in the South Puget Sound.” Travel Tacoma and the commission had been separate economic-development organizations that promoted Pierce County as a destination, with one concentrating on tourism and events while the other focused on sports activities and tournaments. Their merger now allows the two organizations to improve effi-

ciency by sharing operating expenses as well as jointly marketing Pierce County as a growing destination for leisure tourism, meetings and sporting events. Tourism in all of its forms is a major economic engine in Pierce County, bringing in some $1.2 billion a year to the local economy. Talks about a potential merger started informally about six months ago, Burke said, when former Travel Tacoma CEO Bennish Brown announced in an e-mail that he was leaving for a tourism post in Georgia. “It had been off and on in my head for years,” Burke said. “When I finished that e-mail, the campaigning began.” Burke has headed the Sports Commission for the last seven years and helped develop a regional vision for a collective sporting-event strategy. Its efforts naturally dovetail into Travel Tacoma’s mission of tourism boosterism. “We were not strangers by any means,” Burke said. “For us, it is the right time.” The two organizations already occupied shared offices in the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The merger calls for both organizations to operate under both names through 2019 to avoid confusion on projects and contracts already in place, and then operate under a new name in 2020.

“We have to rebrand and rename, and we have a new story to tell,” Burke said. “This isn’t just a wordsmithing campaign. This is of equal benefit to both sides of the house.” One effort that could benefit from sports and tourism promotions operating under one umbrella organization is the planning and execution of a signature event in the region – one that could only happen in Pierce County. “The state fair is cool,” Burke said, “but everyone has a state fair.” The county has a lot of attractions, from hiking to sailing to visiting worldclass museums that range from classic cars at America’s Car Museum or art exhibits at Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass and viewing performances at local theaters. What is unique to Pierce is that the attractions range within a short drive from each other, if not right next door or down the street. “When we talk about Tacoma and Pierce County, we’re talking about a region made up of mountain, city and sea,” Burke said in the merger announcement. “From the summit of Mount Rainier to the Foss Waterway, in a straight line it’s only 42 miles. From alpine glacier to salt water, that is a lot of diversity in such a short distance. And we have such a ro-


South Sound Sports Commission President and CEO Dean Burke bust social setting that fills in the space between such wild geographic density. When you look across the United States, a place like this stands out among the rest. The very platform we were built on is truly unique, and that is what excites me … Through leisure, sports, events, festivals, conventions, meetings and more, Pierce County is a special place like no other.”

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very generation, it seems, has to join the struggle for human progress. Some generations break new ground, while others are called to consolidate and shore up hard-won gains, standing guard against forces that would work to reverse the tide of progress. In our own time, the hard-fought victories for the expansion of voting rights to more and more Americans are being undermined by things like the judicial roll back of the Voting Rights Act and by efforts to restrict access of portions of the citizenry from the ballot box. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, officially observed on the third Monday of each January, is a good time not only to celebrate our national civil rights hero, but to renew our resolve to devote our good will and our votes toward a nation in which all of its citizens are afforded equality of opportunity and equal justice under the law. Nothing more, and nothing less. Here in Tacoma, there are a number of opportunities for us to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His life and his legacy can be memorialized by attending gatherings in which music, art and inspiring rhetoric are the order of the day. Participation in activities that do service in the community is another popular way of observing Dr. King’s legacy. All of it is geared to energizing us with the resolve to further the work that he started and to keep his dream alive. Following is a listing of the many King Day events that area residents can attend to celebrate one of our national heroes: CITY OF LAKEWOOD DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Harrison Prep Academy, 8800 121st St. S.W., Lakewood

Join the City of Lakewood to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at its 16th annual ceremony. Note this year’s location change: Harrison Preparatory School. Like years past, the 2019 event will celebrate Dr. King

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Events in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will unfold throughout the greater Tacoma area next week. and those in our community who exemplify his work. There will be live performances by Clover Park School District students, a tribute to local civil rights advocates JoEthel Smith – founder of the city’s MLK Celebration – and the late Claudia Thomas. Charles L. Carson will give the keynote address. Info: events/370621733508503 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. REDEEMING THE PROPHETIC VISION Sunday, Jan. 20, 2:30-4 p.m. Urban Grace, The Downtown Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma

Martin Luther King, Jr., Redeeming the Prophetic Vision is an annual, all volunteer-organized, interfaith community event. It seeks to honor Dr. King’s radical call for peace and justice for all people by helping our community to shine the light of his vision on our current local, national, and global situation; re-imagine

The annual MLK Unity Breakfast will be held to recognize and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his historic civic leadership that inspired a nation to strive for equality. This gathering honors the message of Dr. King and the progress he continues to inspire. The keynote speaker is Dr. Boyce Watkins, one of the world’s leading financial scholars and social commentators. The Unity Breakfast was established by the Black Student Union to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and inspire members of the campus community to continue to work to make his vision of an equitable society a reality. The program recognizes students, faculty and community members for outstanding service to the community through the Dream Awards, which are presented during the program. This year’s Unity Breakfast is co-presented by the Black Student Union and UW-Tacoma. Info: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF CARING: WHITTIER PARK Monday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Whittier Park, 921 Contra Costa Ave., Tacoma

Do you ever think about how you are connected to your local parks and the critters in it? Pierce Conservation District does! That’s why they’re inviting you to help make Whittier Park a better place for nature and people in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up, the PDC has been thinking about what he said about our interconnectedness. u See MLK / page 15

TACOMA ART MUSEUM’S NEW BENAROYA WING TO HOST OPENING CELEBRATION JAN. 19 The newest addition to flank the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) is the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing, a 6,595-squarefoot expansion to showcase the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection gift. The wing opens to the public on Jan. 19. Led by Design Principal Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, and Principal Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, the design of the Benaroya Wing balances opacity and transparency providing symmetry with the recent TAM addition of the Haub Family Galleries, also designed by Olson Kundig. The addition strengthens the visual connection between TAM and the city by activating the north end of the museum and offering a new platform for visitors to observe the urban context from the galleries. “With the new Benaroya Wing, I’m most excited about the opportunity to break down traditional thresholds between the museum and the public. The new vista gallery is designed to entice

people inside to view the Benaroya Collection by offering a peek-a-boo or a look into what’s happening inside the museum,” says Kundig. The addition includes 4,800 square feet of new gallery space, which will contain works from TAM’s permanent collection, including the Benaroya Collection. Because the Benaroya Collection was originally a privately held collection, Olson Kundig and TAM identified key design strategies around a sensitivity to scale, lighting and protection of the art. The resulting design translates this private collection to a civic-scaled public exhibition forum. The galleries include exquisitely designed modular casework and moveable temporary walls that allow curators to present the collection in multiple ways. In addition to an expanded collection, the Benaroya Wing allows TAM to offer more visibility to the community. At u See TAM / page 15


Tacoma Art Museum’s Benaroya vista gallery, along with the new Benaroya Gallery, will be unveiled to the public Jan. 19. The vista gallery will become TAM’s interface with Tacoma’s urban landscape.


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JAN. 25-FEB. 10, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS AT 7:30 P.M., SUNDAYS AT 2 P.M. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma Tacoma Little Theatre begins 2019 with Henrik Ibsen’s classic “A Doll’s House” as part of its 100th anniversary season. This production is directed by Marilyn Bennett, with a new adaptation by Marilyn Bennett and Lydia Valentine. A story so controversial in its time that party guests were asked not to discuss it for fear of starting a fight, and lauded by playwright George Bernard Shaw for challenging societal norms, Henrik Ibsen’s play features Nora Helmer: a woman in the role of a typical housewife, treated like a doll, harboring a secret debt for saving her husband’s life. Her debtor, now an employee to her husband, threatens to reveal her secret to her husband in order to save his own job. Nora finds herself faced with a difficult moral dilemma between the sacred values of her marriage and family versus her independence. Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of “A Doll’s House” features: Annie Katica Green (Nora), Sean Neely (Torvald), Kristen Moriarty (Christine), Jason Sharp (Krogstad), Mark Peterson (Dr. Rank), Robin McGee (AnneMarie), Marleyne Hernandez (Helene), Patrick Gow (Ivar), Nigel Kelley (Bob) and Jean Littrell (Emmy). “A Doll’s House” is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets: $25 adults; $23 seniors (60+), students, military; and $20 children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (253) 272-228. Group rates are available for 10 or more, and special flex passes for six are only $135. There will be a special “pay what you can” performance on Thursday, Feb. 7. Tickets for that performance will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 30 in person or over the phone. INFO:


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(Clockwise from top left) “Bear-Jaguar,” by Gustavo Martinez; “Harmon Brewery,” a microbrew assemblage by Bobbie Stretton Ritter; “Coyotes” by Lavonne Hoivik; and “Iron Horse,” another microbrew assemblage by Bobbie Stretton Ritter.


As part of its annual cycle of shows, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College includes a themed exhibit in which local artists are asked to contribute work related to a given theme. Group shows are always a hodgepodge affair, but some of these exhibits have resulted in interesting collections of work that, in total, manage to poke, prod and examine the given theme from a multitude of angles and perspectives. 2016’s “Sugar and Spice” show is an example of a successful and exciting themed exhibition. Sometimes, however, the theme is so broad that the resulting show is confused and unwieldy. Such is the case with this year’s theme of “culture.” The term is so expansive that the show, entitled “Culture,” is broken up and falls into confusion. Some of the artists look at “culture” in the National Geographic magazine sense, as a look at the exotic ways of other peoples. Thus, there is everything from Rick Mahaffey’s Japanese tea ceremony paraphernalia to Lavonne Hoivik’s characteristically gawky, longlegged ceramic coyotes decorated with designs copied from Native American petroglyphs. In a similar vein, we find Marilyn Mahoney’s bronze miniatures of figures from a New Orleans street band – done in a naive style that brings to mind rustic metal sculptures of the 1970s. Other displays of culture as something foreign is Mahoney’s bronze “Whirling Dervish” and Karen Benveniste’s amateur painting of a “Moroccan Man.” Even painter Frank Dippolito harkens to exotic others in “Welcome to Missouri” in which he marvels at the pe-

culiar juxtaposition of religious and pornographic images experienced on a road trip through the American Deep South. David Keyes’ “King Leopold II’s Legacy” is a huge rusty and rustic thing featuring castings of hands in light cages. In the commentary, Keyes conjures up the gruesome history of amputations that have erupted in Central Africa at least since colonial times. Other artists, regarding themselves as being outside the mainstream – and hence, as members of sub-cultures – use “culture” as a thing of personal identity. “Culture” becomes merged with issues or race and ethnicity. Aligned with this understanding of “culture” are works like Patsy Surh O’ Connell’s “Immigrant, the New Arrival,” a painting that symbolically represents Asian migration to America. Beverly Naidus’ “Other: Breaking Out of the Box” consisting of pages from a digital art book and gives glimpses into moments of misunderstanding and resentment surrounding Jewishness in relation to the mainstream. Gustavo Martinez, meanwhile, has contributed one of his powerful ceramic creatures, “Bear-Jaguar,” which seems to have arisen from the pre-Columbian past – personal encounter with the type of powerful and fascinating forces encountered and personified in the dream state. Yet other artists take culture in its refined sense, as a thing cultivated through education and appreciation of the fine arts. Marit Berg’s photo collage of a Pablo Picasso painting, an African carving and a rococo table (called “The Art Market”), pokes fun at this meaning of the term. Dippolito’s painting “Antique Room (What was Matisse u See TCC / page 13


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t TCC From page 12 Thinking?)” refers the viewer to Henri Matisse’s many paintings of the interiors of his various art studios. Mary Beth Hynes’ porcelain sculptures of female nudes, meanwhile, hearken to the high culture of the renaissance and of classical Greece and Rome. There are artists in the show that equate culture with humanity and simply depict the human being as the embodiment of culture. Relevant to this category are the watercolors of gatherings of people by Barbara Patterson and a large painting of a man merged with a formation of rocks by Hart James. Christine Parent’s “One Voice” is a collection of bun-like human heads, of various hue, set on a disk painted with a map of the world. They are supposed to be singing in harmony, but they could as easily be heads on a platter à la King Herod and Salome. There are artists for whom “culture” means contemporary life. Anthony Culanag’s photograph “Scene” is a brilliant snatching of a visual moment. A Sikh bus driver in a turban is navigating a Sound Transit double decker bus. George Hoivik, on the other hand, presents contemporary culture as the force that leads to destruction. His bronze sculpture “Global Warming: Sun, Moon and Earth” is an awkward take on the “Dancing Shiva” statue of ancient India. Just as Shiva dances the world into destruction, so Hoivik’s rather comical bronze man is the one who brings about global warming in an act

of self-destruction. Much of the work in the show is less easily categorized as belonging to one or another definition of “culture.” There are political protest works like Irene Osborn’s ceramic sculpture of an immigrant mother clutching her baby and screaming. And there is a pair of Lynette Charters’ feminist works from her missing women series in which antique paintings of women subjects are recreated on wood panels. The women are left out of the picture, leaving only the good grains and the knots of the raw surface to stand in for them. Bobbie Stretton Ritter’s series of colorful and delightful assemblages, each featuring a bottle from one of the local microbreweries, can be said to be an examination of the micro culture of Tacoma’s microbrew industry. But they might also be about yeast culture as about anything human. In a group show, there are always plenty of interesting things to see (and read – I particularly enjoyed reading Martinez’s story about Bear-Jaguar. Reading the story was the single most striking experience that I had in my viewing of the show). Overall, however, the exhibit is very uneven in regard to the quality of the work. The show also has a disjointed, disorienting feel that makes it easy to forget that there is any theme at all. The formal artists’ reception takes place Jan. 17, 4-6 p.m. “Culture” runs through March 15, with artists’ talks scheduled to take place throughout the run of the show. For more information, visit


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Sunday, January 13, 2019 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

‘Across the Great Divide’


Kinski is coming to Alma Mater Friday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle. The band follows their instincts to explore pathways from visceral guitar rock, to sonic and heady avant-psych rock, and sparse, atmosphere-bending instrumentals. Kinski has been described as: “Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge.” Comprised of guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz (he also plays keyboards and flute), bassist Lucy Atkinson, and drummer Barrett Wilke, Kinski has toured with Mission of Burma, Comets on Fire, OneiPHOTO COURTESY OF KINSKI da, Mono, Black Mountain, Acid Mothers Temple, and opened a month of dates for Tool on their spring ’07 tour. At the Alma Mater show, there will be performances by the Low Hums and The Diminished Men. Alma Mater Tacoma can be found at 1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. For information visit


Friday, Jan. 11

CRESCENT MOON GIFTS: Monthly Drum Circle (percussion) 6:30 p.m. JAZZBONES: Cody Ray and the New Favorites, Jordani and the Sun Kings, The Salmonberries (R&B, soul) 8 p.m. O’MALLEY’S: Cloneapalooza (rock) 8 p.m. PLAID PIG: The Whole Bolivian Army, Martin Reed, Kristen Marlo, Debi and Steve (indie) 9 p.m. STONEGATE: Roni Lee, Darby Picnic (rock) 8 p.m. THE SWISS: Hands of Deliverance, Deadbeat Blackout, Vipers Among Us (metal) 8 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Ian Bagg (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. THE VALLEY: SuperGenova, The Black Chevys, Leify Green (rock) 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12

DUNAGAN’S BREWING: Katie Jane Band (Hot Celtic fiddle) 7 p.m. DUNAGAN’S BREWING: Stout Pounders (Celtic) 9 p.m. EL TUFO: Josh Williams (jazz guitar) 7 p.m. JAZZBONES: Radolescents, The Hajj, Dust Mob, Millhous (punk) 9 p.m. LOUIE G'S: Beale Street Bound Benefit (blues) 1 p.m. LOUIE G'S: American Wrecking Company, Bleed the Stone, Method13, The Face of Loki (rock) 8 p.m. PANTAGES THEATER: Lewis Black (comedy) 8 p.m. PLAID PIG: Goon, Tax Evader, Bummer, Effluvia, Theiries, Smoker’s Cpugh, Noisgasm, Valtiel (rock) 6:30 p.m. RIALTO THEATER:  Portland Cello Project THE SPAR: Raucous (classic rock)  THE SWISS: Spazmatics (spaz rock) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Ian Bagg (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. URBAN ELK: Julia Francis and the Secrets of Soul (rock) 8 p.m. THE VALLEY: Deathbed Confessions, Armed For Apocalypse, Ancestors of God, Gold Sweats (metal) 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 13

DAWSON’S: Tim Hall Band (blues) 8 p.m. MARINE VIEW CHURCH: Tribute to Jobim (Brazilian jazz) 5 p.m. ODD OTTER: Open Mic Sunday with Stephanie (open mic) 7 p.m. STONEGATE: Country Music Jam (jam) 8:30 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: The Dope Show (comedy) 7:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Final Notice with Bob Evans (country, rock, bluegrass) 7 p.m. UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND, SCHNEEBECK HALL: Symphony Tacoma’s Mini Maestros (classical) 2:30 p.m. WILLIAM BICHSEL SOCIAL HALL (BEHIND ST. LEO’S): Irish Festival (Celtic) noon

Monday, Jan. 14

THE SWISS: Open Mic (open mic) 7 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: CBC Band (jam) 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

AIRPORT TAVERN: Party Face, Sickle, Highdrops, Fresh Socks (electronic) 9 p.m.

Hot Club of Cowtown and Dustbowl Revival bring their brand of Americana to Rialto, pay tribute to The Band


ANTHEM COFFEE: Open Mic 6 p.m. PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, LAGERQUIST HALL: Smith and Steighner Duo (classical sax) 8 p.m. PLAID PIG: Animal Inside, Erina, Verbal Tip, Trick Candles, Beatrix Sky (synthpop, darkwave) 7 p.m. REAL ART TACOMA: Tigerblood, Rampage, Crooked, Cut Both Ways, Trapped By Lies (hardcore) 7:30 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: The Comedy Voice (comedy) 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

JAZZBONES: Live It OutLoud Jam (jam session) 6 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Open Mic (comedy) 7:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Subvinyl Jukebox, DBC Rock Jam (jam) 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17

ALMA MATER: Constant Lovers (rock) 8 p.m. PLAID PIG: Cloneapalooze (rock) 8 p.m. ROCK THE DOCK: Open Mic with Dustin (rock) 8 p.m. SHAKABRAH JAVA: Kareem Kandi Band (jazz) 8 p.m. STONEGATE: Power Rock Jam (rock jam) 8 p.m., NC TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Nikki Glaser (comedy) 7:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Jerry Miller (rock, blues) 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18

56th STREET LIQUOR SALOON: Tremor Cats (rock) 8 p.m. ALMA MATER: Kinski, Low Hums, Diminished Men (electronic) 7 p.m. EMERALD QUEEN: REO Speedwagon (rock) 8:30 p.m. JAZZBONES: The D1 Experience (rock) 9 p.m. SHAKABRAH JAVA: Comedy Open Mic 8 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Nikki Glaser (comedy) 7:30 p.m.,10 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19

BLEU NOTE LOUNGE: Triple Threat Band (jazz) 9 p.m. DAWSON’S: Joe Blue and the Roofshakers (blues, rock) 9 p.m. DOYLE’S: The Cold 102s (rock) 9 p.m. DUNAGAN’S BREWING: Beltaine (Celtic) 7:30 p.m. GOOD KARMA CENTER FOR JOY: Matt Kocel (throat singer) 1 p.m. THE HARMON BREWERY: Candy Shoppe (dance band) 9:30 p.m. JANKULAND: The Wimps, Retrospecter (rock) 7 p.m. O’MALLEY’S: Cloneapalooza (rock) 8 p.m. PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, LAGERQUIST HALL: PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings (classical) 5 p.m. PLAID PIG: Soft Kamikaze, Fynnie’s Basement, Tremor Cats (rock) 7 p.m. ROCK THE DOCK: Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek (rock) 9 p.m. STONEGATE: Felix (rock) 9 p.m. THE SWISS: Hair Nation (80s hair rock) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Doug Loves Movies (comedy) 4:20 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Nikki Glaser (comedy) 7:30 p.m.,10 p.m.

Hot Club of Cowtown, along with Dustbowl Revival, will hit T-town Jan. 20 when their “Across the Great Divide” tour lands at the Rialto. The two high-energy Americana fusion groups will pay tribute to early music from The Band in addition to performing their own original music. Hot Club of Cowtown and Dustbowl Revival are taking a fresh approach to paying tribute to their heroes on a joint tour this winter. To salute the hugely influential first two albums by The Band, these two groups – each highly-regarded in its own right – will be playing select songs from “Music from Big Pink” and “The Band,” while mixing in some of their own material as well. As Hot Club of Cowtown’s Elana James explains: “This isn’t strictly a ‘tribute’ show. It’s more a testament to the timelessness and broad influence of The Band’s songs. It’s a way to weave our own material through them and let that resonate.” Dustbowl Revival’s founder Z. Lupetin adds that their own songs will be linked “rhythmically or spiritually” with The Band tunes that they’ll cover. Each group will perform individually and together, and, as a result, the show winds up being a different and distinct performance each night. The show comes to Tacoma’s Rialto Theater Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. The “Across the Great Divide” tour’s free-flowing intermingling of music is a perfect way to honor The Band’s musical gumbo of roots styles, accurately reflecting the Hot Club of Cowtown and Dustbowl Revival’s own enthusiasm for drawing from iconic musical influences to create their own unique sounds. Hot Club’s deft melding of European hot jazz and Western swing demonstrates how Texas dancehalls and Parisian cafés may be kissing cousins after all. Dustbowl Revival, meanwhile, mines Memphis soul, contemporary folk, Dixieland jazz, and pre-war blues to construct their genre-hopping, time-bending party music. Their self-titled album is a brilliant sonic gem. Dustbowl Revival’s dynamic brass section creates a perfect vehicle to match vocalist Liz Beebe’s lyrics. Beebe exhibits a spiritual kinship to Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks with her edgy, bronzy delivery. When it comes to explaining The Band’s appeal for these artists, both Lupetin and James point to the alchemy that is both so funky and so soulful, while the songwriting tells stories that are deeply spiritual but cloaked in the grittiness of everyday images. Lupetin, whose love for The Band began as a kid when he would listen to his dad’s albums, says that The Band’s influence is essentially a “subconscious godfather band to Dustbowl.” He

also notes that both Dustbowl and Hot Club not only have deep appreciation for The Band, but that their own songs resonate with The Band songs that are featured, lending an adventurous, unique quality to the performances. James, to be clear, wants faithful Hot Club fans to know that these shows won’t be their normal fare; however, she says, learning these tunes by The Band has made Hot Club stretch and grow, along with acknowledging some of the more modern influences on American roots music. Hot Club of Cowtown reached a milestone in 2018, as the band marked its 20th anniversary. Elana James, Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have accomplished a lot over the past two decades, having released 10 studio albums and garnered fistfuls of accolades, including being among the youngest members inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. The Austin-based trio is an official Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist for the 2018-2020 season, and has toured as a musical ambassador for the U.S. State Department over the past several years, visiting nations as diverse as Azerbaijan, Algeria, Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, and the Sultanate of Oman. For Dustbowl Revival, 2018 represented the 10-year anniversary of their first release, “The Atomic Mushroom Cloud of Love.” Their 2017 self-titled release was produced by Grammy-winning producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show). The album charted on both Billboard’s Americana-Folk and Heatseekers charts and reached #1 on Amazon’s Americana/ Alt Country chart. Coming out of the Southern California bohemian enclave of Venice Beach, Dustbowl Revival quickly became known for their exuberant live performances. They are an eclectic octet fronted by Lupetin and fellow vocalist Liz Beebe as well as Josh Heffernan on drums, Daniel Mark on mandolin, Connor Vance on fiddle, Ulf Bjorlin on trombone and Matt Rubin on trumpet. Together, they create a sound that is truly a fantastic sonic and visual experience. Dustbowl Revival also has toured China as a guest artist of the State Department as well as performed at prominent festivals in the U.S. and Europe. Tickets to the Jan. 20 show are $29 and $49. For more information visit


TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Sunday, January 13, 2019


CITY OF TACOMA ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Monday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St., Tacoma

From page 11 “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.” – M.L.K. Jr In that spirit, let’s strengthen that “network of mutuality” this MLK Day and improve this hidden nature oasis so that it can be a getaway from urban sprawl for the people and the critters we love. Activities include: trail building; adding a layer of wood chips to help sustain the plants through the winter and into the summer; and removal of harmful plants. The PDC will provide all the training you’ll need. Bring water, warm clothes that can get dirty, and your friends and family. Info: 4RD ANNUAL FOOD SOVEREIGNTY DAY OF ACTION Monday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. Brotherhood Empowering People in Community, 2136 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma

Hilltop Urban Gardens (HUG) will honor MLK’s vision of a beloved community. “The core value of the quest for Dr. King’s Beloved Community was agape love... love seeking to preserve and create community.” Building on MLK’s vision of nonviolent actions for radical change, HUG focuses the day’s work on connecting with neighbors by doing a variety of activities: building new accessible raised bed gardens, starting seeds for HUG and local farmers, transplanting strawberries, spreading wood chips, and more. This year HUG will also be showing clips from the new documentary “Since I’ve Been Down.” This is a multi-generational event and very family friendly. There will be indoor activities in case of stormy weather. Mobilizing the support offered to HUG each year, this will be a great day of action honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and helping HUG grow for our communities. Accessibility, other questions, or more information: or (253) 642-7336. Meet at Brotherhood EPIC to view the documentary and hear from a panel of former and current Hilltop residents, and then split into work teams for the Day of Action. Indoor activities, pastries, coffee, tea and lunch will be at this location. Sign in starts at 9 a.m. Schedule of the day is TBD based on participation. This is an awesome day for team building. Groups are encouraged. Info: 4TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY MARCH FOR MLK Monday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. Bates Technical College, 11th St. and Yakima Ave., Tacoma

MLK’s legacy of service lives on in Bates College’s annual March for MLK. Join college employees, students and countless community members to march to the City of Tacoma’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Marchers meet at 9 a.m. for refreshments at the college’s downtown campus cafeteria. At 10 a.m., the group begins marching to the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. A shuttle will be available to return marchers to the downtown campus before the city’s celebration at 11 a.m. and after the city’s celebration at 1 p.m. Schedule: refreshments in the cafeteria at 9 a.m.; march begins at 10 a.m.; community celebration at the convention center at 11 a.m. Info: (253) 6807178;; 276173426425830

t TAM From page 11 the far end of the new wing is the vista gallery, which contains a 46-footwide window wall projecting six feet out from the building’s face. “The Benaroya Wing is an evolution of the original museum design – it is intended to be an extension of the larger museum building, but add a new level of transparency and viewability to continue the Tacoma Art Museum’s longstanding goal of deepening their engagement with the city,” stated Murray. This window wall overlooks the

The 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) birthday celebration in Tacoma will once again bring the community together to celebrate Monday, Jan. 21, as a day on, not a day off. This year’s theme is “We’re Better Together.” The doors open at 10 a.m. The free event kicks off with a community outreach fair from 10-11 a.m. and the main MLK Celebration event will start at 11 a.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The celebration will be televised on TV Tacoma. During the celebration, City of Tacoma will announce and honor the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award winners. There is free holiday on-street parking and free parking at Freighthouse Square (2501 E. D St.). Freighthouse Square is easily accessible via the LINK Light Rail and stops at the Convention Center. There will also be signage directing event attendees to designated complimentary parking stalls that will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Info: WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY MUSEUM DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CELEBRATION Monday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

The museum is free and open to the pubic all day in honor of Dr. King. See a small panel exhibition detailing Dr. King’s visit to Washington state in the 1960s. Join WSHM in the auditorium at 2 p.m. when their partners from Tacoma Arts Live will celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with a performance of “Ruby Bridges.” As part of Tacoma Arts Live’s Civil Rights Legacy Tour, “Ruby Bridges” is educational, family-friendly, and full of song and dance. Info:

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY FACTS n President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, but it was not observed until 1986. Some states resisted observing the holiday, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. n It was not until 1991 that every U.S. state chose to observe the holiday at the state level. In that year, the New Hampshire legislature created “Civil Rights Day.” Utah became the last state to have a holiday named after King when “Human Rights Day” was officially changed to “Martin Luther King Jr. Day.” n In 2000, South Carolina was the last state to recognize the day as a paid holiday for all state employees. Dr. Martin King Jr., Day was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. n Some states have chosen to combine commemorations of Dr. King’s birthday with other observances: Alabama: “Robert E. Lee/Martin Luther King Birthday” Arizona: “Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day” Idaho: “Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day” Mississippi: “Martin Luther King’s and Robert E. Lee’s Birthdays” New Hampshire: “Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day” In Virginia, the day was known as Lee-Jackson-King Day, combining King’s birthday with the established Lee-Jackson Day. In 2000, however, Lee-Jackson Day was moved to the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday in its own right. In Arkansas, the day was known as “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday and Robert E. Lee’s Birthday” from 1985 to 2017. Legislation in March 2017 changed the name of the state holiday to “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday” and moved the commemoration of Lee to October.

Prairie Line Trail’s urban context of the city and beyond, including public art, pedestrian walkways, and bike paths. “As we work to make TAM more inviting to all our communities, this new wing is a visual expression of our philosophy of inviting everybody into the museum,” says TAM Executive Director David F. Setford. “It is an incredibly beautiful and adaptable space which will allow us full reign to showcase glass to the very highest standards.” A new illuminated beacon for the museum, the Benaroya Wing draws the eye and creates a new point of connection between TAM, its collections and the community of Tacoma it serves.

Saturday Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the grand opening of the new Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing marked with dance performances by Kate O’Day, opportunities to experiment with fused glass and printmaking processes led by Hilltop Artists, listen to original poetry readings and jazz music by genre-bending band 322, artist talk by award-winning curator, historian, appraiser and editor of Glass Magazine William Warmus, who will speak about the history of glass. All activities of the day are inspired by the works of art in the opening exhibitions. For in-depth information on the new wing and related programming, visit

Bring it to Barb BY BARB ROCK

Answering your questions on mental health, relationships and life issues

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Dear Barb, During the hard wintertime I think about the birds and how they manage to survive the winter. Do you have any tips that are inexpensive for food for the birds? What is the actual mortality rate for birds? Signed, Loyal to My Feathered Friends Dear Loyal, Each year when December and January roll around, thoughts of the challenges to outside creatures come to mind. When you see rain, wind and snow, you wonder how they manage to endure conditions until spring. There are many inexpensive ways that we, their human friends, can do a great deal to help them cope. Bird feeders are the obvious, but one trick is to use left-over hanging baskets to instantly become feeders. Take the bottom saucer and simply put it on top of the planter and fill it with seed (black oil sunflower seed is a perennial favorite). One couple creatively took fallen tree limbs and a large, old branch that had fallen from one of their backyard trees and set up a metal fence post next to it, attaching the branch to the post with sturdy wire so that it appeared to stand upright on its own. They then added peanut butter in several holes that the branch already had and on other branches they hung a few different style feeders. It instantly became a popular feeder tree with birds feeding by the dozens. This would be a fun family project bringing delight to young children to participate and enjoy watching. And you’re also gathering and cleaning up branches, which helps make it more fun. Water is another commodity that is precious in the winter to our feathered friends. Place a birdbath by your dryer vent, above so warm air keeps it from freezing. Another idea is to place the water bath just outside a window to easily retrieve and replenish it when frozen. No bundling up to go outside! My favorite way to feed them in the winter is with suet squares. They are like energy bars in a metal frame and aren’t too messy, plus they last a long time. The mortality rate is staggering for birds. The leading, most significant cause of bird deaths is habitat destruction! Due to cities and towns and homeowners removing trees and shrubs where wildlife used to find food and shelter, these changes have made survival more difficult for birds in the U.S. and Canada. The second is window strikes! They are estimated to kill 976 million birds per year. A bird will see the natural habitat mirrored in the glass and fly directly into the window, causing injury and, in 50 percent or more of the cases, death. Approximately 24 birds are expected to die annually at a single skyscraper. There are simple steps you can take to reduce the number of birds striking windows in your home. Decals that stick to the glass are not very effective, but decorative features like stained glass designs or window dividers can achieve the same result. Outside screens are very effective both to reduce the reflection and to cushion the impact. In short, anything that reduces or breaks up the window’s reflection will reduce bird strikes. One tip would be to place any feeders next to the window no more than two feet away (so birds don’t get up to flight speed before hitting the window) or at least 30 feet away (having time to get up to speed). A bird feeding program at home, school, a hospital, or a retirement home can add so much personal enjoyment and a sense of well-being. Appreciation for nature and paying attention to anything other than ourselves is very healthy. Hang up your birdfeeders and put out your water baths today and it might be contagious to others who will follow your leadership. Barb Rock is a mental health counselor and author in Tacoma, and the published author of “Run Your Own Race: Happiness after 50.” Send any questions related to mental health, relationships or life issues to her at BarbRockrocks@


Sunday, January 13, 2019 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

Coming Events

Promote your community event, class, meeting, concert, art exhibit or theater production by e-mailing or calling (253) 922-5317.


Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m. Second Use Building Materials, 2328 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma The January Fix-it Fair brings a trifecta of local organizations working together to reduce waste. Ring in the New Year with Second Use Building Materials, Chayah Boutique (brought to you by The Chayah Movement) and the Tacoma Tool Library at the newly opened part of the Second Use Tacoma store. Chayah and Big Brother Big Sister will be here to take donations of clothing, appliances and unwanted items. Browse the Second Use store and get your items fixed for free. This is a working re-use store, the temperature in the space will be a balmy 58 degrees (bring layers, we will have hot beverages on hand) and the nature of the space may not be suitable for our littlest community members. Send a message to let the organizers know what you plan to bring. Fix-it Fairs are free, community-based events where you can get items repaired for free. Fix-it Fairs are three-hour events held at various sites throughout Tacoma, with the intention of making them accessible to all. Price: Free. Info:

‘FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS’ Fri., Jan. 11, 8 p.m. OPENING NIGHT Sat., Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13, 2 p.m. Lakewood Playhouse @ Lakewood Towne Center, 5729  Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood “Chicago,” “Annie,” “Spamalot,” “Hello Dolly,” “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Rent,” “Cats,” “Hairspray,” “A Chorus Line,” “Mama Mia,” Fiddler on the Roof,” “Wicked”…they’re all here! The satirical style of “Weird Al” Yankovic meets Broadway in this long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue. Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters. “Pay what you can night” Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. and “pay what you can actors’ benefit” Jan. 24, 8 p.m. Plays through Feb. 3. Price: $30 general admission, $28 military/seniors, $25 students/educators. Info: ‘STINKY KIDS: THE MUSICAL’ Sat., Jan. 12, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13, 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma When Britt wakes up with a massive wad of gum in her hair, she knows she’s in trouble. She enlists the help of her friends to get her out of a very sticky situation. Mayhem ensues as these friends learn from their mistakes and discover the true value of friendship. A TMP Family Theater production. Price: $15 adults; $13 students/seniors/military; $12 children 10 and under; $10 groups of 10 or more. Info: www. ‘WIZARD OF OZ’ Tues., Jan 15, 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time twists its way into Tacoma. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, this production will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage. Price: $55, $75, $99, $139. Info:

‘A DANCE WITH DEATH’ Thurs., Jan. 17, 7-9:30 p.m. Old Spaghetti Factory, 1250 Pacific Ave., Tacoma The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Tacoma and surrounding areas throughout Washington. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller! First course: crisp garden salad; main course: spaghetti with mushroom sauce, spaghetti Vesuvius, or spinach tortellini; third course: spumoni. Price: $60. Register/choose entrée: www.grimprov. com/public-shows/washington/tacoma-the_old_spaghetti_factory.php. AN EVENING WITH DAN RATHER Sat., Jan. 19, 7:30-9 p.m. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma It is no exaggeration to call Dan Rather the voice of a generation – and in this special evening, he shares a wealth of anecdotes and insightful commentary that is unrivalled in the world of journalism. There is arguably no better placed authority to contextualize the current events of today. Rather is best known as the anchor of CBS Evening News from 1981-2005. He has contributed to the award-winning news program 60 Minutes, and is the author of several notable books, including recent New York Times bestseller “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.” He currently hosts a weekly show on The Young Turks YouTube channel. Price: $49, $69, $99, $150. Info: NO SUN FUN RUN Sat., Jan. 19 Registration 7:30 a.m., run starts 10 a.m. Heritage Recreation Center, 9010 128th St. E., Puyallup Rain, hail, sleet or snow, the No Sun Fun Run takes place no matter the weather. The beautifully forested 5K Fun Run starts and finishes at Heritage Recreation Center ball fields, located off 128th Street and 94th Avenue. The route takes runners along the scenic Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail, through South Hill Park, and then back to the finish line. The 5K course is very flat and stroller friendly, while the 1-mile course is perfect for younger children and runners/walkers who are new to the fun run circuit. This run is non-competitive and is chip timed. All ages and abilities are welcome. Price: $30 day of race. Info: www.piercecountywa. gov/1256/No-Sun-Fun-Run. REDEEMING THE PROPHETIC VISION Sun., Jan. 20, 2:30-4 p.m. Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma Come join this interfaith service that has become an annual event

for Tacoma, highlighting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s progressive and prophetic oratory. The event complements other traditional events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the city. The focal point of this service will be oratory addressing elements of King’s prophetic vision complemented with the arts: music, drama, dance and other forms of creative presentations – all highlighting the issues of peace, justice and opportunity for all…the prophetic vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Varied faith traditions will be represented. Throughout the event, local performances will be featured.  Following the activities in the parish, social justice organizations will be providing information and sharing ideas from tables in the lower level of the church.  Free food will be served. The event is presented by The Conversation, a grassroots group of Tacoma and South Sound residents committed to building a diverse, critically engaged, social justice community. Info: RUBY BRIDGES: A CIVIL RIGHTS JOURNEY Sun., Jan. 20, 3-5 p.m. Theater on the Square, 917 Broadway, Tacoma Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to integrate into a white Southern elementary school in 1960. This play explores the first days that Ruby might have experienced in a classroom where she was the only student because parents wouldn’t let their children attend class with her. Take a close-up look at the first steps of desegregation, from the experience of Ruby, to Rosa Parks, and lunch counter sit-ins. This is a free event with registration at TACOMA CREATES CONVERSATION Wed., Jan 23, 6-8 p.m. Tacoma Arts Live, 901 Broadway, Tacoma Calling all Tacomans who participate in making Tacoma a rich, diverse, and innovative community. We want to talk. Let’s have a conversation about how to shape the future together. Let’s talk about nurturing an authentic and vibrant community. Let’s hear from the diverse voices and talents throughout our city. The passage of Tacoma Creates has earned us an opportunity to impact our city through arts, science, heritage, and culture. What will that look like? How will we ensure access? How will we measure success and be accountable to you, our citizens? Help us learn more about who you are and your aspirations for Tacoma and your neighborhood. We want to understand your neighborhood needs and desires. And we depend on your unique insights into how we can continue to advance Tacoma.

The contributions of every sector, neighborhood, age, ethnicity, and ability are necessary for our success. Supervised children are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Info: events/960305317494861 CURRAN APPLE ORCHARD EVENTS Thurs., Jan. 24, 7-9 p.m. United Church in University Place, 3912 Grandview Dr. W. Learn a new skill and help take care of a unique apple orchard park in University Place. Join a free night pruning class taught by mas-

ter gardener/arborist Robert Sweet. Interested people can then practice their skills at upcoming free pruning parties at the Curran Orchard, 3920 Grandview Dr. W. on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 27. Price: Free. Info: www. or e-mail MLK DAY CELEBRATION Thurs., Jan. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. University of Puget Sound, Upper Marshall Hall, Wheelock Student Center, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma Afro-Native singer, songwriter, emcee, activist and educator Maimouna Youssef will deliver the keynote address at this 33rd annual celebration. Come hear messages from various Puget Sound community members, live music and more, then stay for the reception afterward. All are welcome. Price: Free. Info: www. martin-luther-king-jr-celebration, (253) 879-2751.


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NEGATIVE IMPACT! CASINO = BAD TRAFFIC The people of Tacoma were promised a luxury resort with water features, bowling alley and more. Instead we have a casino warehouse atop a parking garage. What’s the impact to our community?

AT WHAT PRICE? At what price did it cost the taxpayer for lengthy and costly negotiations with the Puyallup Tribe for the expansion of I-5 and the addition of an alternate fuel source at the Port of Tacoma – LNG. The Tribe has three times unsuccessfully sued, delaying projects even further at what cost to the taxpayer?

EMPTY PROMISES The Puyallup Tribe opened a cancer clinic with promises for the cure for cancer with cannabis and indigenous medicines. We see no progress in this area and a very empty clinic. The deep water port never happened. The Tribe signed an agreement with SSA Marine many years back, failing to ever open a port. This valuable land sits vacant while others grow and prosper around it. What happened?



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Volunteers Volunteer to help an Isolated Elder Make a difference in someone’s life! Senior Companions and Senior Friends are volunteers whose friendship helps seniors maintain their independence through regular visits and assistance with errands. Senior Companion volunteers must be 55+, low-income and serve 15 hrs/week to receive a tax free stipend. Senior Friend volunteers must be 18+ and serve 2 hrs/month – no stipend. Eligible volunteers will pass a background check and attend training before being matched with an elder needing your help. Call Sarah (253722-5686) or Linda (253-722-5691) at Lutheran Community Services for more information & an application VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES NEEDED FOR RESIDENTS IN LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES The Pierce County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for people who are empathetic, diplomatic, assertive, and skilled communicators to be volunteer ombudsman. As a LTC Ombudsman, you will visit an assisted living community or a skilled nursing community, working to ensure that resident rights are being protected and helping residents resolve problems they are unable to solve on their own. Volunteer ombudsman are trained and certified and dedicate 4 hours a week or 16 hours a month. Ongoing support, case staffing, team-meetings, and trainings are provided each month. For more information please call 253 798-3789 or Email Or visit www.

City of Fife Needs You! We are looking for passionate applicants for open positions on our volunteer Boards and Commissions. Openings are on the Arts Commission, Parks Board, Tree Board and Youth Commission. Applications are accepted year round. Online Application: VOLUNTEER MORE, TWEET LESS CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care has some great ways for you to serve the community and make meaningful connections. Those near the end of life need help with living. If you have 1-4 hours a week to read to someone, listen to their stories, run errands, make phone calls, or welcome people to our hospice facility, then we have several opportunities for you. Join us in the new year for trainings scheduled in January and March. Log onto and click “hospice and palliative care” in the “our services” tab to learn more. Or call James Bentley at 253538-4649 #PROJECTFEEDTACOMA There are about 2,000 homeless in Tacoma and about 1.000 beds. Many are families with children. Please help #PROJECTFEEDTACOMA to provide some basic necessities. All items donated will go directly to people on the street. PROJECT FEED TACOMA is 100% volunteer. This is a true grass roots organization and they really need your help. For more information and to find more go to Can you help with some urgent needs as winter approaches? Here are some suggestions and a huge THANK YOU! Needed: Warm Socks for Men, Women and Children; Warm Hats; Gloves; Peanut Butter and Jam/ Jelly; Crackers, Chips and non-perishable snacks; Individually wrapped granola bars or protein bars; cookies; lotion; lip balm; tampons and sanitary napkins; wipes; soap, shampoo and conditioner; gallon sized freezer bags. A BIG THANKS TO THE COPPER DOOR FOR ALLOWING PROJECT FEED TACOMA TO COLLECT DONATIONS THERE.

Help hard-working families by volunteering with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)! Provide free income tax preparation to low and moderate income households. Locations throughout Pierce County. Day, evening and weekend hours available (February to April 2017). Volunteers can serve as tax preparers, quality reviewers, greeters, or interpreters (for non-English speaking or hearing-impaired tax payers). Free training provided. Learn more and apply online at

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JANUARY 19, 2019 PRELIMS: January 18, 7 p.m.

Edison Annex 3109 South 60th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409 Tickets available at the door.

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