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COMMUNITY MOURNS THE PASSING OF PETER ROBERT KESLING, M.D. Devoted pediatrician left a legacy of kindness, healing and new life


Pete with his four children: Michael Kesling, Peter John Kesling, Molly Hernandez and Bridget Adams (son-in-law Clark Hernandez) at Louie G’s, owned by Peter John Kesling and one of Dr. Pete’s favorite hangouts.


Tacoma’s healthcare community, and all of humanity for that matter, lost an angel on earth April 29 with the passing of Peter Robert Kesling, M.D. Here

among his loving family and friends for a short 75 years, Dr. Kesling was the type of man who you’d always remember from the very first time you met him. He delivered so many thousands of babies during his 40-plus years in practice that his wife and family told the Tacoma Weekly that

they lost count, sharing a laugh over it in true fashion of anyone who spent time with the fine doctor – humor was his calling card. More laughter came when his daughter Bridget Adams told of how he was like a celebrity when going out to dinner or any public place: “Someone would always come up and say, ‘You delivered my son!’ or ‘You delivered my daughter!’ He was stalked!” And stalked in a good way, because people brought pure joy to Dr. Kesling, as he did for them. An outpouring of heart-felt condolences came immediately at his passing from people from all walks of life – from nurses to parents who hold fond memories of Dr. Kesling in the delivery room or hospital room. More than 170 messages were posted on Adams’ Facebook page, many more through private messages to Adams, and we are sharing just some of them here (see sidebar) to give readers a clear picture of what this blessed man brought to the City of Destiny and the people who live here. Below is Dr. Kesling’s full obituary from his family, which couldn’t be writ-

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Loved ones share fond memories of Dr. Peter Kesling on daughter Bridget Adams Facebook page “I was just getting off a long shift. Peter acknowledged me (I was in my going home clothes). He said, “Oh, nice to see you with clothes on.” You guessed it – it was a rather full elevator of visitors! I didn’t try to explain; we both giggled and he gave me a wink.” – Chris Pennell “He was my Dr. when I was pregnant with my daughter. I am so sorry for what you are going through. I had the shoe that he gives out with your child’s name and date of birth. I loved that. My dad passed of cancer in ’06. I understand what you are going through and my heart is with you.” – Robyn May “I have known Sweet Pete for 17 years now. Not only did he deliver my brother, but my oldest son also. His love for his family and friends and of course Notre Dame is written all over him. Pete’s smile can light up a room. He will truly be missed and of course hearing him say, “Oh baby, oh baby” when he would leave.” – Jessie Marzano 

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ARTS, SCIENCE AND WATER FUN – TACOMA OCEAN FEST RETURNS Celebrate, learn and get inspired to protect the ocean at this free festival at the Foss

Whale ballet. Hands-on ocean science. Kayaks. Giant orca puppets. A massive interactive mural based on Native American stories. A human orca mural on the beach. After a huge success in 2018, Tacoma Ocean Fest returns for the second year with even more arts, science, and water fun to help everyone celebrate the ocean, learn about its threats, and get inspired to protect it. The free festival will open with a blessing from the Puyallup Tribe and Canoe Family. This year the free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9, with returning favorites and brand-new experiences for all ages to celebrate World Oceans Day weekend. Tacoma Ocean Fest is an official Orca Month event. Local and national artists, musicians, dancers, youth poets, and even an aerialist combine with food trucks, face painting and more to highlight the beauty and fragility of the ocean and its creatures. On June 8, a beach

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clean-up will feature a human orca mural created by participants and viewable from the air. Lead artists: Tacoma-based RYAN! Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of the Colville) will create a giant wall mural of “Coyote, Fox and Whale,” with coyote-bone crayons for festival-goers to color in the story. Seattle painter and long-distance swimmer Lauren Boilini will make a series of nine-foot-high panels of humpback whales, immersing viewers in vivid, tumbling blue watercolor. Both art displays will remain up through August. Suspended from the Seaport’s 100-year-old beams will be “Turtle Wave,” a community art project begun by Metro Parks Tacoma and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, made of hundreds of paper turtles “swimming” on cascading blue fabric waves. All artworks are expertly curated by Lisa Kinoshita.

Speakers: The morning will feature three “OceanX” speakers in 10-minute talks: artist Lauren Boilini, ocean plastics activist Ken Campbell of the Ikkatsu Project, and marine biologist/DJ Orian Grant. Youth Story Finalists: In the afternoon, the Ocean Fest Youth Story Contest (sponsored by Tacoma Sunrise Rotary) will culminate with local youth finalists reading or screening their poetry, graph, or film, with $1,000 in cash prizes. Councilmember Ryan Mello will present awards. Performing artists: This year’s line-up includes electric cellist Gretchen Yanover, Gary Stroutsos on world flutes, singer/songwriter Kim Archer, percussion duo Miho & Diego, Illumni Chorale, a reprise of the hugely popular “Whale Song” by Tacoma City Ballet, West African dance by T.U.P.A.C., contemporary dance by Emily u See OCEAN FEST / page 2

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Volunteers assemble more than 1,000 essential care and hygiene kits with Mother 2 Many to support families experiencing homelessness in Pierce County, doubling last year’s efforts. Point Defiance Park benefits from Comcast Cares Day On May 4, more than 300 local Comcast NBCUniversal  employees and their families, friends and community partners made a difference as they volunteered at Point Defiance Park and other local organizations as part of the 18th annual Comcast Cares Day.   For the main project, Comcast volunteers from the Puyallup office partnered with Metro Parks to enhance and maintain Point Defiance Park, a 760-acre park visited by more than 3.1 million people each year. Working alongside Pacific Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America and the Bethel High School National Honor Society, volunteers cleared trails, removed debris and invasive species, repaired fences at Fort Nisqually, beautified key park features and performed other restoration tasks.  In addition, volunteers assembled more than 1,000 essential care and hygiene kits with Mother 2 Many to support families experiencing homelessness in Pierce County, doubling last year’s efforts.  “We are thrilled to have Comcast with us again this year, and we enjoyed a great Comcast Cares Day at Point Defiance Park on May 4,” said Aaron Pointer, president of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners. “The winter weather was hard on the trails and forested areas of the park. After seeing the hard work the Comcast team did last year at Titlow Park, it’s great to know they applied

that enthusiastic spirit to our natural resources at Point Defiance Park.” Prior to Comcast Cares Day, more than 120 additional volunteers partnered with the Sumner Parks Department and Mother 2 Many – a local organization aimed at serving disadvantaged and homeless youth – on April 29. Volunteers assembled and handed out hygiene kits, food and drinks to families in need at the Sumner Skate Park, replicating the work Mother 2 Many does throughout the year, and worked on beautification projects at local parks, such as spreading mulch, painting and planting flowers. Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it is an illustration of the spirit of volunteerism that Comcast employees bring to life each and every day. From using technology to create positive change such as teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, to stocking food banks, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer during this celebration and throughout the year to make a lasting impact. To date, more than 1 million Comcast Cares Day volunteers have contributed more than 6 million service hours to improve local communities at more than 10,000 projects. This year, the company expects more than 100,000 volunteers from Comcast, NBCUniversal, and for the first time Sky, participate in projects across the country and around the world.

t Ocean Fest From page 1 Pinckney and SOTA Dance, and Deanna Riley on aerial and ground hoops. Scuba VR/photo booth: The hugely popular scuba virtual reality is back again this year with two new VR dive experiences from Cascade Game Foundry and headsets courtesy of Oculus. They’ll also bring a PC diving game. Across the main hall will be Whaley& Co, an ocean multimedia company who’ll set up a photo booth with props and backdrops for the ultimate ocean selfie to share. Giant puppets: Roving around the festival will be giant wearable puppets – a 21-foot orca and 14-foot salmon, plus smaller orcas – to raise awareness of the critically endangered southern resident orcas of Puget Sound (and to offer the perfect ocean selfie opportunity). Ocean booths: Along the esplanade, more than 25 eco-booths will feature local and regional non-profits, government agencies, science departments, and individuals who work to protect our waters. All offer the chance to learn about the ocean environment and its threats, such as plastic pollution, threatened orcas, and climate change. Fun hands-on activities like beach-ina-box and looking at plastics through microscopes will echo the environmental message. The Seaport’s own science and history exhibits will also be on view, including a humpback whale skeleton and touch tanks. Water fun: Down on the dock will be paddleboards, kayaks, and even a dragon boat to try out. Food trucks include Plum Bistro, Mobile Social, Sirius Wood Fired Pizza, and Bliss Ice Cream. Beach clean-up and Human Orca Mural: The Ocean Fest weekend will begin with a beach cleanup from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Purdy Sand Spit, co-sponsored by South Sound Surfrider Foundation. After the clean-up, participants will make a giant “human mural” in the shape of an orca, with black umbrellas and white fabric held aloft to create inspiring aerial footage to raise awareness about saving orcas. “Ocean Fest is completely unique

in Tacoma,” says director and founder Rosemary Ponnekanti. “The goal is to make people think differently about the ocean, and to care enough about it to change what they do. It could be as simple as giving up plastic straws, or driving less. The ocean needs our help – and it will take all of us. That’s what Ocean Fest is about – inspiring our imagination through the arts, informing us through science, and showing us how to take action. And just having fun!” Ocean actions: To help festival-goers commit to helping the ocean, they’ll get pledge cards printed with “Ocean Actions” – from cleaning up a beach to choosing clean energy – which are explained at booths and exhibits. Turnedin pledges will go in multiple draws for prizes. Tacoma City Ballet and NC Kayaks are donating a 17-foot kayak as a raffle prize, with $25 tickets and proceeds benefitting TCB and Ocean Fest. Parking is limited on the waterfront, and festival-goers are encouraged to bike, walk, scooter, take transit or paddle into the festival, which saw more than 1,300 attendees last year. Those who do are eligible for giveaways (while supplies last). Ocean Fest is a City of Tacoma Green Event, and aims to create little to zero waste. Please bring a reusable water bottle to fill at the stations. Tacoma Ocean Fest is supported by a City of Tacoma Arts Projects grant and grants from the Bamford Foundation, Arts Washington and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, plus support from Metro Parks Tacoma. The Foss Waterway Seaport is the venue sponsor. Tacoma Sunrise Rotary is the lead sponsor of the Youth Ocean Story Contest, with prizes donated by The Grand Cinema, Round Table Pizza and Tacoma Youth Marine Center, and generous help from Rotary 8, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Public Library, Waka Waka Studios, Oculus, Tacoma Rotary South, Rotary Passport Club of Pierce County and the Washington Environmental Council. Tacoma Ocean Fest is an official Orca Month event.


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CITY COUNCIL REAPPOINTS PAULI AS CITY MANAGER Tacoma City Council has reappointed Elizabeth Pauli to the position of City Manager. Pauli started serving as Tacoma's Interim City Manager in February 2017 until she was appointed to an initial two-year term as City Manager in May 2017. “In her role as City Manager, Elizabeth Pauli has demonstrated a commitment to transparency, equity, and excellence while administering all day-to-day functions at the City,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Her insightful guidance, long-range vision, and continued leadership are essential to making quality decisions that move Tacoma forward.” Pauli oversees a staff of more than 2,200, and a biennial General Government budget of $2.2 billion, of which $515.6 million is allocated to the General Fund. Tacoma has a population of approximately 213,500 and is the third largest city in Washington. Prior to her appointment as City Manager, Pauli served as Tacoma's City Attorney. She first joined the City of Tacoma in May 1998, and served as Chief Assistant City Attorney. She was appointed Acting City Attorney in 2004, and was named City Attorney in 2005. Prior to joining the City of Tacoma, she was a partner at McGavick Graves, a well-established law firm in Tacoma. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, Pauli also has Bachelor of Science degrees in education and social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys.


EVERYONE IS A WINNER AT STEILACOOM DAY OF CHAMPIONS Steilacoom Historical School District is gearing up for the fifth annual Day of Champions, a non-competitive track and field event for student athletes with disabilities. The event will be held Friday, May 24 at the Steilacoom High School Stadium. Preschool to grade-12 students will participate in a variety of events including tossing Frisbees, obstacle course challenges, running, jumping, throwing large and small balls and outdoor bowling. The youngest participate in ring toss, duck pond fishing and bubble blowing. Everyone is a winner! The Steilacoom High School student volunteers, cheerleaders and band members will be assisting with organization and on-site management. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with track and field activities scheduled from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Medal presentation and lunch for all will follow. The district would like to extend a special thanks to this year’s sponsors including Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom, DuPont Lions Club and The GraceWorks Church. Interested sponsors or volunteers please call (253) 983-2338. Steilacoom High School Stadium is located behind the high school at 54 Sentinel Dr., Steilacoom.

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one of the barriers to EV adoption in the city and that is homes lacking driveway or garage space where an EV can be charged. The pilot program will be available for EV charging equipment on residential streets only and is not available on arterial streets. “Cars and trucks are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Tacoma. Making it easier for residents to own and use electric vehicles is a top strategy to addressing this major challenge,” said Council Member Ryan Mello. “Since most people who drive an electric vehicle charge it at night, making charging capability easier is very important. The pilot program is essential to providing this option for homeowners who may not otherwise be able to charge their car at home.” As part of the pilot program, the City has created a tip sheet ( ) to provide a guide for property owners to find out what is required. For full program details and information on getting started, visit or contact Planning and Development Services at or call (253) 591-5030.

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An 8-foot long clay horse greeted the visitors, stretching out his neck, encouraged by a young girl offering him a delectable apple. An inquisitive horse accepting an apple from a young girl greeted visitors at the Firebird Bronze Foundry in Oregon during an UP for Arts trip earlier this year. Noted artist John Jewell joined UP for Arts members along with Universi-

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A group of University Place delegates traveled to the foundry to view progress on “Forever Friends” – Catherine Hagen (seated), sculptor John Jewell, U.P. Mayor Pro Tem Caroline Belleci, Debbie Klosowski, U.P. Councilmember Denise McCluskey, Kathy Admire, Bunny Nance and Andrea Jewell. niversary of the Curran Apple Orchard Park in University Place. An 8-foot long clay horse greeted the visitors, stretching out his neck, encouraged by a young girl offering him a delectable apple. Jewell’s incredible attention to detail was evident in the inquisitive eyes of the horse and detailed anatomy as well as the joy-filled offering of the young girl. Barely choking back tears, Hagen remarked, “it looks just like Brewster.” “Forever Friends” is based upon a real horse named Brewster, who lived in the Curran Apple Orchard. Brewster, a great grandson of racing legend Man o’ War, was raised by Charles Curran, who was interested in racing. Right before his first race, Brewster came down with a serious respiratory virus and wasn’t expected to live. The Currans couldn’t bear to put him down so they brought him home to the orchard and nursed Brewster back to health. Although Brewster’s racing career was over, he lived to be 34 years old and soon became a beloved community member and favorite of people who visited the orchard. UP for Arts commissioned the “Forever Friends” sculpture in honor of the orchard’s 25th anniversary and selected noted local sculptor Jewell to create the artwork. “Brewster is a symbol of our community’s rural, agricultural history,” said UP for Arts member Bunny Nance. “The sculpture symbolizes a connection between our past and our future. The young girl (modeled by Jewell’s granddaughter) personifies the orchard’s role in developing friendships along with strengthening community ties through the various activities that the orchard continues to promote.” To date, UP for Arts has raised more than $64,000 of the $135,600

goal to bring Forever Friends to the Curran Apple Orchard Park. The first down payment resulted in a life-size clay sculpture, which exceeded the group’s expectations. The next step of the process is to dismantle the horse and girl into several pieces to create molds in which the bronze can be poured. However, UP for Arts must raise an additional $69,000 before the foundry process can begin. Additional funds are also needed to cover transportation and installation expenses. Besides submitting numerous grant applications and seeking inkind contributions, UP for Arts is also sponsoring a “Chili Cook Off” between the UP Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue on Thursday, Aug. 22, along with a concert featuring the “Neon Mustangs” at the Curran Orchard. Tickets for the event are available online at or at the event. Other fundraising events include the second  annual Holiday Gala and Auction slated for Friday, Dec. 13, in the UP Civic/Library Atrium. After completion, the “Forever Friends” sculpture will be in a highly visible location within the Curran Apple Orchard Park near Grandview Drive. “This project is going to happen,” said Nance. “Community members have an opportunity to preserve a part of our history. Individual contributions can make a big difference, Nance said. “Every time you go by the orchard or bring family and friends to visit, you can say that you helped to make “Forever Friends” happen.” Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated by sending donations to UP for Arts, PO Box 65145, UP or making donations online at  www.

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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PROCTOR DISTRICT? Tacoman Sarah Hilsendeger profiles John Gardiner Proctor


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The popular Proctor District is known to many Streets were joined during surveying and grading the Proctor married his wife Zellah, or “Nellie,” and Tacoma residents and visitors, but do we really know street system because his house stood on the south had three daughters, Harriet, Margaret, and Zillah. In Proctor? What or who is it named for? Read on to learn end of the street. Considered an “aggressive pioneer” a 1976 Tacoma News Tribune article, his daughter Zilmore, from this profile written by Historic Tacoma volin the field he also served for a period as Washington lah Proctor Stevens recalled: “During hard times in the unteer, Sarah Hilsendeger. state architect. 1890s, there was no building activity so my father built John Gardiner Proctor was born in April 1854 in Proctor died on Feb. 8, 1925, in Puyallup. a house on 40 acres of land on McNeil Island. My sisters Ontario, Canada. According to records, Proctor started Significant buildings designed by John Proctor and I would hobnob with the prisoners, who, I remempracticing in Tacoma in 1885 when he partnered with include: ber, wore black and white striped suits.” Charles N. Daniels. Their office was located on PacifProctor was very well known in the community, Pierce County Courthouse, 1890-92 (demolished) ic Avenue between 13th and 15th streets in the Olds even designing the church that he was a member of, West Coast Grocery Building, 1890-91, and Birblock. They partnered until 1888. the Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church in Tacoma. mingham Hay & Seed Company Building, 1903 Next, Proctor worked with Oliver Perry Dennis Due to his prominence, the city named a telephone Western Washington Industrial Exposition Buildfrom 1888 to 1901. During their partnership, they had exchange after Proctor. The city also honored him by ing, 1890-91 (destroyed by fire in 1898; at the time, it offices in various locations. In 1889, they were locatchoosing the name Proctor when Jefferson and Ester was the largest frame building on the West Coast) ed at 20 Hotel Fife block. In 1890, their Western Washington Hospital for office is listed at 1111 Pacific Ave. (the the Insane, 1886-1916 Barlow Catlin building). Later, in 1892 You can learn more about John they moved to 528 Washington buildProctor at ing. Then, in 1900 Proctor lists his office notable-architects. You can also pick and residence as 920 S. Proctor. He had up a copy of “Tacoma’s Proctor Disacquired two acres to build his home trict” by Caroline Gallacci and Bill Evin 1890 on what was then Ester Street. ans at the Pacific Northwest Shop or at It was during this time that Proctor dethe Tacoma Historical Society Museum signed the neighboring house for Den& Research Center at 919 Pacific Ave. nis at 910 S. Proctor. These were two Historic Tacoma is a local nonprofit of the first homes in the North End of organization focused on the history of Tacoma. Prior to this, the family home Tacoma’s built environment. Its miswas on South G Street. sion is to promote, conserve and enHis last Tacoma partner was Wilhance Tacoma’s architectural character through education, advocacy and presliam Farrell. They partnered in 1901 ervation. Visit their website at  www. and worked at the National Bank of Commerce Building in Tacoma. The last documented project that they deTACOMA PUBLIC LIBRARY NORTHWEST ROOM’S DIGITAL COLLECTION Courtesy of Michael Lafreniere, signed together was at 910 South 8th Western Washington Industrial Exposition Building. Historic Tacoma Street in 1908.


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t Kesling From page 1 ten any more beautifully by any of our reporters. Tacoma Weekly staff sends prayers and good thoughts to the fine doctor’s family, as we also say prayers of thanks to him and for him as he rests in everlasting peace. Peter Robert Kesling was born to Margaret Mary (McIntyre) and Arthur Roy Kesling on Jan. 11, 1944 in Seattle, Wash., and was baptized at St. Peter Catholic Church on Feb. 6, 1944. He returned to God on April 29, 2019. He loved life, and people were his great joy. He graduated as valedictorian from O’Dea High School in 1962, having served as ASB president. During his time at O’Dea, he was active in speech and debate, drama, football, and track. He was also involved with various Catholic Youth Organization activities where he met his future bride, Patricia O’Donnell, at the age of 16. In 1962, he received the National Catholic Youth of the Year Award. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame, where he sang tenor in the Glee Club, prayed at the Grotto every day, assisted at morning masses in the Basilica, and budgeted (and recorded) every dime he spent. Traveling to and from university by train remained a lifelong highlight of his years at Notre Dame. He cheered for Notre Dame football through thick and thin, and a majority of his wardrobe sported the ND monogram. He married Patricia O’Donnell at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle on Aug. 7, 1965. Shortly thereafter, they moved to San Francisco, where he attended medical school at UCSF and she worked as a nurse to pay the bills. While in San Francisco, they welcomed their first two children, Bridget and Molly. After his graduation from medical school, he joined the U.S. Army as an officer and was stationed at Fort Fitzsimmons in Colorado for his internship and residency. His next assignment was at Madigan Army Hospital, back home in Washington; while there, he met many of his future business and boating partners, and he and Patty welcomed their son Peter John. He spent his final year of Army service at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Moving back home to Washington, he settled in Tacoma and opened his first OB/GYN practice in the old St. Joseph Hospital, while consulting on the design of the new hospital. He especially lent his expertise to the design

of the labor and delivery floor. He was the founding physician for the Washington State March for Life, and passionately defended the right to life for every human person, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. He later founded STORKS, which became a baby-delivering headquarters the likes of which Tacoma had never seen. During his years at STORKS, the birth of his youngest son, Michael, brought him incredible joy. His professional conduct was reflective of his easygoing nature, and every patient visit ended with a heartfelt “God bless you.” Over his long career, he delivered thousands of babies and was known for his kind, compassionate, and personal approach to health care and healing – not to mention the outrageous hats he sported in the delivery room! He was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, and later of St. Nicholas Parish. He served his faith communities in many capacities. Living the gospel of life, he and Patty opened their doors, literally, to many: pregnant mothers in crisis, immigrants without housing, foreign exchange students, and simply those who needed to know God’s love and care. Their home was a place of fellowship and fun, a grand central station for holidays, reunions, team banquets, and general fun and frivolity. Family dinners were key, and guests were treated as family. A rousing grace before meals, with all the gathered family and friends holding hands in a circle and singing enthusiastically, became a long-standing tradition: “Thank you God, thank you God, thank you God for everything!” Ski trips in the family motorhome and sailing voyages in the San Juan Islands were times of great joy and, of course, lots of singing. At each and every destination, he made a point of visiting the local hardware store – “No matter what!” – and always made plans in advance to bring his family to Sunday Mass – “No matter what!” He traveled widely and greatly enjoyed meeting people. He and Patty divorced in 2006, and he began searching for new ways to live, love and serve. Many times he sacrificed his personal profit for the sake of keeping the doors to his practice open for his beloved patients. His long career in OB/ GYN medicine came to a close when he retired in 2013. He continued to work part-time as a surgeon assistant at St. Joseph Hospital until a few weeks before he died. A new chapter in his life began when he met his dear Venessa Rasmussen-Furman, whom he married

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Oct. 30, 2016. They shared a life of giving to those in need and reaching out in support to friends and family near and far. Bountiful Christmas stockings for all their family members were legendary gifts, as was the open door to their home, which they nicknamed “the jungle.” Many peaceful evenings were spent on the back deck sharing stories of their lives, their children, and their grandchildren. They took great care of each other, and Venessa’s daughter, Alexis, visited frequently and enjoyed cooking for them. A lively little dog named Lucky kept him on his toes, and could often be found on his lap. He enjoyed taking Venessa on ferry rides and long drives and their mutual love was visible to all. He continued a robust social life, being known as a regular at local trivia nights and karaoke sing-alongs. Nicknamed “Doc Pete” and “Petey,” he remained the life of the party and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His diagnosis and sudden death were a shock to his loved ones and to the community at large. He remained faithful to the end, celebrating the sacraments of reconciliation and the anointing of the sick, and receiving the Apostolic Pardon. Viaticum (Holy Communion) was his last food for his journey to eternity. On Divine Mercy Sunday, the last day of his life, his hospice bed in “the jungle” was surrounded by his loved ones, who prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy together at 3 p.m. Peter was preceded in death by his parents Art and Peg Kesling, his sister Susan Dougherty, and his nephew Kevin Dougherty. He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Bridget and Tim Adams; Molly and Clark Hernandez; Peter and Katherine Kesling; and Michael Kesling and fiancee Danielle Beverly; and their mother Patty O’Donnell. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Zachary, Joseph, Peter, Josephine, and Charlie Jean Adams; Nikolas, Michael, and Kathleen Hernandez; MacKenzie, Brendan, and Jacob Kesling; and Lilliana Kesling. Peter is also survived by his wife Venessa Kesling, and her children: Ray Bowers III and son Burak; Joseph and wife Heather and children Riley and Joey Bowers; and Alexis Sapunto. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews and Godchildren, notably Brett Cummings. Peter’s Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, May 4, 2019 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Tacoma. His funeral was preceded by recitation of the Most Holy Rosary. Burial immediately following at Haven of Rest, Gig

Harbor. Celebration of Life at Gig Harbor Yacht Club directly after funeral and burial. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Maternity Center
P.O. Box 99565, Lakewood, WA 98496, or to Gabriel’s Project c/o St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7112 S. 12th St, Tacoma, WA 98465.

t Memories From page 1 “(Dr. Kesling) is a true inspiration for everyone he has ever come in contact. He has brought happiness to many of families in the greater Tacoma area. He was always the friendliest OB doctor that I have had the pleasure of working with at St. Joe’s. Hugs coming for the strength for this journey in life.” – Karen Spafford “This just breaks my heart. Dr. Peter R Kesling, you have one of the kindest souls of anyone I have ever known! You always have gone above and beyond your title to help those in need. You are so loved by so many and your memory will never be forgotten. You, my friend, have a pair of wings that await you.” – Emily Lovik “My Dr. and friend for so many years! When he sent me into the hospital with pre-eclampsia with my first baby, I was there for about five days and my sisterin-law was getting married on Saturday at noon. Had the baby Friday morning... told to NOT get out of bed, just rest. Pete came in Saturday for rounds and told me to get someone to bring my clothes for the wedding. He came in and picked me up and delivered me to Immanuel Presbyterian for pictures with the family and told me NO reception, just back to the hospital, but I got to be part of the family gathering because of his big heart for families!” – Debbie Billingsley  “Many moons ago Pete dressed up as Santa for our annual Christmas party. Of course, we had to sit on his lap and tell Santa we were good nurses. You made us always laugh! Luv ya, Pete! Big hugs to you!” – Sally Falcone “He had this hat he would wear in the delivery room! He had it turned to the boy side when he delivered our third daughter, already knowing she was a girl ahead of time!” – Hope Heidal Glump

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Sunday, May 19, 2019 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS


INSLEE ATTEMPTS TO BRIDGE THE BLUE/GREEN DIVIDE Last week, Governor Jay Inslee withdrew his support for two natural gas projects in our state – one in Kalama that would convert this fossil fuel into methanol, and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility that Puget Sound Energy wants to construct on the Tideflats in Tacoma. He had previously supported both projects. In his statement, Inslee said that before, he felt that both would reduce greenhouse gases, but has since changed his stance because he is no longer convinced the projects “are sufficient to accomplishing what is necessary.” Inslee also signed a bill banning hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, a technology used in some areas to obtain oil and natural gas. Washington currently has no oil or gas production, so this action is akin to banning the planting of palm trees on the North Slope of Alaska. It is unfortunate that he took this action on projects that would have given our economy a boost, while improving the environment. The LNG plant in Tacoma would provide gas to cargo ships, which currently run on what amounts to dirty bunker fuel. This would provide a safer work environment for longshore workers and others who earn a living on the Tideflats. The project would create about 250 jobs for construction workers, and another 20 once that plant begins operation. The Democratic Party is faced with two of its long-time constituencies – environmentalists and labor unions – splitting into two opposing factions.

Unions want work for their members, in this case those in blue-collar jobs. A good number of environmentalists, on the other hand, tend to be people who work in office jobs, with little understanding or appreciation for those who earn their paychecks getting their hands dirty. The greens seem to care less if union workers have family-wage jobs. They like to drive to protests against the fossil fuel industry in gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles. Remember the kayakers protesting the oil rig that sailed into Puget Sound for repairs? Kayaks are made of plastic, and plastic is derived from oil. They get to go home after they spend every Saturday out protesting something and feel warm and fuzzy because they “did something.” No wonder the blue/green divide is getting wider. The Puyallup Tribe opposes the LNG plant. But all of its adult members receive a monthly per capita check of $2,000. Why should they care if non-Native construction workers earn a family wage? Are they supposed to get jobs bussing tables at a tribal casino? Inslee is now a candidate for president, running on a platform of combating climate change. He has many problems to fix here before he tries to lead our nation. The orca whales and salmon in Puget Sound face man-made problems. Maybe he should focus on our heroin epidemic, which is turning our major cities, and many surrounding suburbs, into unsanitary refugee camps. Ever talk to visitors, or newly arrived residents, from other parts of

the country who seem shocked by how many street people we have? Ever notice the mentally ill, some who are harmless, and some who are violent and need to be placed somewhere to protect society? Inslee needs to deal with Western State Hospital, which is run so poorly that the federal government yanked $53 million a year in funding. How about our escalating cost of living? A decent rental house in a safe neighborhood in Tacoma is going for about $2,000. Many members of the middle class, even those with college degrees and careers, are priced out of home ownership. Or our aging infrastructure. Or funding for our mass transit system in the Puget Sound region, which is way behind what is found in many major metropolitan areas of the United States. Inslee is just another politician, licking his finger and sticking it up, checking which way the wind is blowing. The last politician from here to make a run at the White House was U.S. Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson, a moderate, commonsense Democrat who could appeal to voters across a wide range of the political spectrum. He was a true statesman. Inslee simply follows the game plan of the modern Democratic Party – I play for keeps; I play to win; I will win at all costs. And if any innocent bystanders get hurt in the process…oh well. They were just collateral damage. Too bad. Have fun frolicking in the street fight between the blues and greens in the party, Governor Inslee.


BUILDING TRADES LABOR RESPOND TO INSLEE’S ANNOUNCEMENT AGAINST LNG PROJECTS BY MARK RIKER It is unfortunate that Governor Jay Inslee has chosen to take this stand against two very important projects for the people of Washington state, and our planet. The science and reasoning behind both projects, and the mitigation for the challenges facing the environment, have been substantially improved. In the case of the Tacoma liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant project, the product would be used in part to fuel ships that are currently powered by bunker fuel, a far more noxious and dangerous source of power, not to mention the impact it has on the workers performing their normal tasks loading and off-loading the ships. This plant would help transition away from bunker fuel, while creating approximately 250 middle-class family wage jobs during construction, and nearly 20 full time jobs post construction for operation and maintenance activities. This would improve the environment and the economy all while transitioning from the fuels of today until the technology is ready to be fossil fuel free in the future. In the case of the Kalama meth-

anol project, the new design of the Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) project is a win for the environmental movement and a win for Washington. Climate change is a global phenomenon and we have an opportunity to lead by developing products here in our state that will help reduce carbon emissions for the whole planet. True leadership in the fight to mitigate climate change is found when we can identify projects that benefit our communities while also leading to innovative, clean industrial development that can raise the bar for all businesses. Washington is an innovative and intellectually rich population that could manufacture and produce essential products for the globe in the cleanest manner possible, we would like to see more of a “best in our backyard” mentality, which would be a win for Washington and the planet, rather than a “do it somewhere dirtier” mentality, which is severely detrimental to all. However, there is a new factor to consider at this time. Governor Inslee is now a candidate for president of the United States running purely on a climate change platform, which is a very worthy platform. We understand that continuing to sup-

port these important projects would create political difficulties, regardless of the improvements that science bears to be true. So, in this case it appears that the politics outweigh the science, and unfortunately families, communities, businesses in Washington, and the health of the planet, will suffer the consequences of this conflict. While Governor Inslee clearly states that the agencies regulating the application process will go about their business, when the Governor weighs-in, that carries an immense amount of weight. Throughout his tenure as governor, we have had victories together, and challenges as well. Our members deserve for us to represent them to the best of our ability, and therefore we must express our utmost disappointment in governor Inslee for succumbing to this conflict, and missing the opportunity to support projects that advance the cause of environmental stewardship while also providing great economic benefit for the people of Washington. Mark Riker is the executive secretary of the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear editor, Thanks for following through with a nice article about our historic homes tour (“Historic homes tour celebrates silver anniversary,” TW 5/05) People were purchasing tickets on Saturday and Sunday, so the article helped in this record-setting year. Also, we wish to thank Tacoma Weekly for the advertising support and continuing coverage of the Tacoma Historical Society. You are helping us keep history alive. Bill Baarsma President of the Board of Directors Tacoma Historical Society Dear editor, (Re: “Community members make an impact on hunger during Hunger Awareness Month,” TW, May 5). Thanks for the “expose” on hunger in Pierce County and efforts to stop this tragedy in America.  Thanks to food drives and hunger walks, some difference is made.  Meanwhile, volunteers with RESULTS (results. org) work to end hunger in our country, protecting SNAP (food stamps) and working to end the causes of hunger. With one in five children growing up in poverty and one in seven seniors wondering where their next meal will come from, or choosing between rent and food, there is much to be done. So take the time to participate in these local efforts, and on the national level, call or write those who represent you in Congress and let them know it is time to end poverty and hunger in our country. They can begin by increasing the funding for the Housing Choice Vouchers program (Section 8) since only 25 percent of those who qualify for housing vouchers receive them, and no state has enough affordable housing for those in poverty. Our calls and letters can help turn this around. Willie Dickerson Snohomish, WA Dear editor, It is American Stroke Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month. A stroke occurs every 40 seconds in the United States and hypertension is the single most important risk factor. Please help us raise awareness about stroke warning signs and prevention by visiting This month we are also celebrating the success of the South Sound Heart Ball – more than $386,000 raised! – and looking forward to our Seattle gala, An Evening with Heart, on May 18. Thank you to all of you who support these events. Shelli Kind Executive Director, American Heart Association, Puget Sound Dear editor, Governor Jay Inslee, preventing construction of the largest oil terminal in North America last year was only the beginning. Another fracked gas project is threatening the Interstate 5 corridor.  Northwest Innovation Works would like to build the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, which would stand to become Washington’s largest climate polluter by 2025. It would increase the state’s contribution to global warming by almost 10 percent. This is a huge step backwards in our fight to prevent climate change. The refinery would also put the entire city of Kalama at risk for both environmental and public safety concerns. Were there to be an explosion, the entire town of Kalama would be destroyed. Kalama sits along the Columbia River, meaning 9.4 million gallon tanks of volatile methanol stored on dredged sand - a major disaster if the region experienced an earthquake. Governor Inslee - allowing this refinery to be built would be a devastating blow to those who fight to combat climate change. Please continue to oppose such projects and prevent this Kalama methanol refinery. Christina A. Ramsey Olympia, WA


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Coming off of a successful home stand at Cheney Stadium, the Rainiers travelled to southern Nevada to face the Las Vegas Aviators in a fourgame series with a squad that was missing both J.P. Crawford and Shed Long, who were recently called up to the parent Mariners to fill out their roster that was recently bit by the injury bug when second baseman Dee Gordon and utility man Rob Smith both went on the 10-day disabled list. The team is named after the world-famous recluse and billionaire Howard Hughes. The Howard Hughes Corporation is the majority owner of the team. The Aviators moved into a new stadium this year and have been drawing capacity crowds since the 2019 season began. As the final game of the series got underway, the Rainiers found themselves on the short end of a 6-0 deficit at the end of the first inning. They chipped away at the Vegas lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, with the big blow being a solo home run by recently returned

center fielder Braden Bishop after a short stint in Seattle. Tacoma would draw even in the sixth with a four-run inning to tie the game at six apiece. In the seventh inning, Bishop would strike again with another solo shot to give the Rainiers a 7-6 lead as the Aviator fans sat stunned in the midday Nevada heat. After surrendering a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, Tacoma would apply the final touches on an impressive come from behind win with a two-run home run off the bat of Connor Kopach to give the Rainiers a lead they would not relinquish at 9-7. Matt Festa took over on the mound in the ninth inning and he closed it out. The Rainiers came away with a split in the fourgame series. The team began a five-game series in Reno on May 16. The Aces are currently in last place in the Pacific Southern Division with a record of 14-25. The Rainiers return to town for a four-game series with Fresno on May 21. With the division lead at stake, this will be more than just a crucial series. Pack up the car, bring the kids and we will see you at Cheney Stadium next week.

Sweet 16 on the diamond RONALD RICHARDS

Timberline first baseman Kameron Richards keeps a Wilson baserunner in check during a playoff game on May 4. Timberline won the game 4-0, with Richards hitting a double and driving in a run. Wilson went on to lose to Stadium 5-3 on May 8 to end their season. The 3A field of 16 teams for the state tournament is now set, with games scheduled this weekend at four locations across the state. Timberline will face Mount Spokane on May 18 at County Stadium in Yakima. Peninsula has advanced to the round of 16 and will face Everett in Mount Vernon. There will be four teams competing at the Heidelberg complex in Tacoma. Ingraham will face Shorewood at 10 a.m. Gig Harbor will take on Bishop Blanchet at 1 p.m. The winners of the two games will meet each other on the diamond at 4 p.m.

Several South Sound teams are competing in 4A action on May 18. Federal Way will face Central Valley at 10 a.m. in Everett, followed by Olympia and Skyline at 1 p.m. The winners will meet each other at 4 p.m. Puyallup will take on Eastlake at Heritage Park in Puyallup at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, the Curtis Vikings will invade Richland for a battle against the Bombers at 1 p.m. In 2A action, Fife will face Lynden at 10 a.m. in Anacortes. At the 1B level, Evergreen Lutheran will meet Almira-Coulee-Hartline at 10 a.m. in Walla Walla.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES KICKS OFF AT THE FOSS WATERWAY AMPHITHEATER Experience the music at 1821 Dock St., just south of the Museum of Glass along the Foss waterway

May 19, noon to 4 p.m., kicks off the the first of four free Summer Festival Concerts along the Foss Waterway, sponsored by Charles Schwab local advisor Shane Conway, AAMS. Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards will officiate the opening of this second annual season of concerts on the Foss. Students from Jenni Reed Elementary School will be the opening act following the mayor. Dakota Poorman will be the first featured act from 12:451:45pm. Stafford Elementary school will present at 2 p.m., and the Happy Sinners, a local and favorite band, will be the second featured act at 2:45 p.m. There will be free music, hot dogs, popcorn, and family fun. The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will provide an interactive kids zone with chalk art and face painting. Johnny’s Dock Restaurant & Marina will serve clam chowder. Mario Lorenz will be the host and emcee. This year, more than 20 vendors will be there for this opening event. There will be free hotdogs for kids, free popcorn,

Bliss ice cream, roaming artists and entertainment, and more. Poorman is a singer-songwriter from Maple Valley and has been making his way throughout the country, sharing his music and highenergy style of “red, white and blue collar country.” His original music, combined with his quick wit, humor and high-energy style, will have you dancing and singing along throughout the performance. With new sounds reminiscent of old feelings, The Happy Sinners bring exuberance and positivity to their performances. They play a mix of classic Americana songs, reinterpreted with a modern feel, as well as original compositions reflecting these roots. The Happy Sinners are from the Hilltop District in Tacoma and play frequently at local events and community activities in The Gritty City. Special thanks to sponsors Tacoma Waterfront Association, Foss Harbor Marina, Delin Docks, Dock Street Marina, Foss Waterway Development


Dakota Poorman is a singer-songwriter from Maple Valley and has been making his way throughout the country, sharing his music and high-energy style of “red, white and blue collar country.”

Authority, Esplanade board of directors, Foss Waterfront Owners Association, Tacoma Fire Logs - Fred Tebb and Sons Inc.

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Composer Hannah Lash

Symphony Tacoma closed out its 2018-19 season with a flourish, with a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony “Choral.” But the real highlight was a world premiere of “In Hopes of Finding the Sun.” Composed by Hannah Lash, a rising star in American orchestral music, the piece served as a perfect opening act. Written as response to response to Beethoven’s 9th, particularly “Ode to Joy,” it perfectly complemented the masterpiece by the German composers.

Prior to the performance, Lash spoke to a group of Symphony Tacoma season-ticket holders, board members and other supporters. She discussed her childhood in upstate New York. At the age of 4 she began taking violin lessons under the Suzuki method. Even at that young age, she imagined herself being a composer when she grew up. Her teaching did not include notation at first, as she learned to read music at age 6. She attended the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester,

where she studied harp performance. She later earned a Ph.D. in composition for Harvard University. Lash described her dual goals of playing as well as composing music, which was the focus of her doctoral dissertation. Lash is currently a professor at Yale University, where she teaches composition to graduate students. She discussed how her piece was inspired by Beethoven, and likened her approach to this composition to making a dish with leftovers, including basil as a flavoring agent. “You can taste the basil in my piece.” Lash said many people this work by Beethoven with a feeling of joy, but she interprets as having darker meaning as an exploration of death. The text is her re-imagining of Schiller’s poem, which Beethoven set. Geoffrey Boers, director, noted that Symphony Tacoma began practicing her work a month ago. He described it as a challenging piece of music to learn in such a short time. Sarah Ioannides, music director,

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did a marvelous job conducting the orchestra. At 15 minutes long, “In Hopes of Finding the Sun” was very effective in utilizing a short period of time to make a powerful musical statement. It shifted back and forth from the stringed instruments taking the forefront to them stepping back and the woodwinds moving into the spotlight. The chorus added another layer of complexity to the composition. “In Hopes of Finding the Sun” is an impressive work; we look forward to hearing more great output from Lash in the future.


TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Sunday, May 19, 2019


Students Delight Us at Downing Elementary I Want to Be a…

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Teacher – Bella, Chayce, Rosie, Charlotte Preschool Teacher – Peyton Gymnastics Teacher – Sophia K., Twila Mom and a Teacher – Pepper Mom – Georgia, Emily Fireman – Blayze, Daniel Police Officer – Brayden, Sophia A. Cheerleader – Brylee, D’Aylah Zoo Keeper – Jayden, Cameren, Chloe Football Player – Dylan Car Builder or Football Player – Everett Basketball Player - Hugo Baker – Ivie, Lucas Work at a Horse Ranch – Ava Scientist – Jay, Max Paleontologist – Zach Doctor – Destiny Barber – Marcus In the Military – Justy Vet – Natalie, Bella C. Producer – Madison YMCA Worker – Malorie Taco Bell Worker – George Artist – Aaron, Mehliea TV Football Watcher – Sofia

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These encouraging dreams come from Ms. Tomlinson & Mrs.Dickerson-Leech’s 2nd grade students.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ms. Druzianich’s 3rd & 4th grade class created this giant portrait.

Mrs. McCaffrey-Lent’s 4/5 GATE class did a Story Path Social Studies unit on Native Americans using paint, pen, and poetry.

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Sunday, May 19, 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.

need to be in family groups, not in troops. We have special offerings for scout troops as the limited space on these family walks is reserved for family groups. Price: Free, pre-registration required. Sign-up: (253) 404-3930;

RAIN INCUBATOR’S BENEFIT CONCERT Fri., May 24, 6 p.m. RAIN Incubator, 2304 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma You are invited to the RAIN Incubator benefit concert! Award-winning artists Ricardo and Friends will be performing a jazz/R&B medley sure to make you tap your feet and jump out of your chair. Can’t make it? Consider making a donation to RAIN Incubator to support STEM education and life science job growth in Tacoma. Ricardo (a.k.a. Richard Russell) is a Seattle and Hawaii-based artist and musician whose work brings together an eclectic blend of music al styles and inspirations. His style has evolved from early folk and rhythm-and-blues influences to his recent explorations of instrumental jazz. Ricardo is also an innovative teacher who encourages and supports aspiring musicians, teachers and students through his many years of non-profit work. His recordings, which include the talented contributions of many local musicians, are creative metaphors from his personal journey and reflect his life-long love of music. Price: $20. Info:,

‘THE FULL MONTY’ Now through June 2: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Sat., May 25 and June 1, 2 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma Based on the 1997 hit Academy Award-winning British film, “The Full Monty” musical is about six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers who are out of work and need to find a quick way to make cash in order to save their families, homes and self-respect. Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their “girls night out,” they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. The former steelworkers decide to become male strippers determined to succeed by “taking it all off,” or as the British say revealing “the full monty. ”As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties, they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them. Content advisory: Contains some strong language and male nudity. Discretion is advised. Price: adults $31; senior (60+), military, students $29; children 12 and under $22; groups of 10 or more $27. Reserved seating. Info:;; (253) 565-6867 ‘ART’ Fri., May 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 18, 3 p.m.; Sat., May 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 19, 3 p.m. Theater on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma Imagine making a purchase that brings 20 years of friendship to a comical boiling point and fist fight. “Art”, by Yasmina Reza, was a sensational hit in London and New York when it premiered, running more than 600 performances on Broadway and winning the Tony for Best Play. A breathtakingly funny, brilliantly satiric look at status, power, and the dynamics of friendship, including the difficulty of being truly honest, even between people who love each other. All is well in the life-

long friendship until one of the trio buys an expensive painting setting everything out of balance! This is a local, professional theater production. Price: Regular performances: $19, $29, $42. Info: ‘SOPHIE’ Fri., May 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 18, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 19, 2 p.m. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma From her earliest childhood, Sophie Large would write about things, events and people that interested her. As she became older, she often wrote as well about her own thoughts and feelings. This one-act show takes place at an outdoor railway station, where a young Sophie (age 13) talks with her older self (age 19). At age 19, the talented Sophie was due to direct and produce a play at the Edinburgh Fringe (Scotland) but died before this ambition could be realized. In the ensuing weeks her family decided to found a charity in Sophie’s name to give financial support to needy students of acting and of singing – Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund. The charity published a book of Sophie’s own writings entitled “Sophie’s Log –Thoughts and Feelings in Poetry and Prose.” A few years later, the trustees commissioned a playwright to write a short play based on “Sophie’s Log.” Recommended for all ages. Price: $10 general admission. Info: (253) 272-2281; TCC SPRING CONCERTS Tacoma Community College Building 2 Theater, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma Tacoma Community College presents a series of concerts featuring a variety of different pieces representing different non-Western cultures and languages. Works include pieces in Swahili, Xhosa, Mandarin, Russian, and Latin. Student vocal and percussion soloists will be featured. May 20: TCC music students recital featuring associate of

music program students; May 24: TCC Orchestra concert featuring cello soloist Brian Wharton; May 31: TCC Symphonic Band; June 6: TCC Chamber Choir presents “Full of Noises,” directed by Anne Lyman and accompanied by Susan Kriz; June 7: TCC Jazz Band. Price: Free. Info: programs/music/events_and_ resources. METRO PARKS BLOOD DRIVE Wed., May 22, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Metro Parks Tacoma Main Office, 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma A community partnership with Bloodworks Northwest is making it more convenient for you to give the blood that's needed at Tacoma-area hospitals. When you donate, you're saving lives! See Bloodworks full schedule: SAMI/SOTA: SING AROUND THE WORLD Thurs., May 23, 7 p.m. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 19th St., Tacoma Come enjoy an evening of choral music from around the globe with all eight choirs from the Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) and the Tacoma Science and Math Institute (SAMI). Peace and progress are made possible when we have common experiences, so come join us as we work toward peace with our artistry and our community. Price: $5. Info: UWT THEATER PRESENTS: ‘MOJADA’ Thurs., May 23; Fri., May 24; Sat., May 25; Fri., May 31; Sat., June 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 26, 3 p.m. Broadway Center Studio 3, 9th & Broadway, Tacoma Luis Alfaro's “Mojada” is a modern retelling of Euripides’ ancient tale. Myth and reality intertwined lead us on the search for the American dream and reveal it’s exorbitant price. Price: $5, free for UWT students with valid I.D. Info:

SOTA DANCE MAJORS CONCERT Fri., May 24, 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Theater on the Square Experience creative brilliance from Tacoma School of the Arts dance majors. Price: $5. Info: FAMILY NATURE WALK MCKINLEY PARK Sat., May 25, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Explore Tacoma's parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. Not recommended for strollers or children under 3. Please note that scouts from any organization are welcome on these walks, but they

‘THE ABSTRACTION HAIKU’ Now to June 28: Tuesday– Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free Thursdays 5-8 p.m. Tacoma Art Museum, Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation Education Wing (3rd floor), 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma “The Abstraction Haiku” brings together seven abstract painters from the Tacoma and Seattle area whose works signify important dichotomies inherent to abstraction. The artists’ intention for this exhibit is “to open the door to a fresh look at abstraction and to invite a dynamic discovery of form, shape, and relationship that can lead museum viewers to greater access to the subtleties and rich layers inherent in each painting on view.” The participating artists of the Northwest Abstractionists include: Deanne Belinoff, Dede Falcone, Teresa Getty, Karey Kessler, Anna Macrae, Angela Wales, and Audrey Tulimiero Welch. Info:; (253) 272-4258 SEE MORE COMING EVENTS AT TACOMAWEEKLY.COM


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LEGAL NEWS Tacoma Child support services improved under new law A new law passed by Rep. Christine Kilduff, (D-University Place), brings the state in compliance with federal law, provides better information regarding child support services, and makes the child support system more efficient. “When parents part ways, child support is how the state helps ensure a child’s needs for food, clothing, and shelter are met,” said Kilduff. “This law provides the

necessary information and efficiency to keep our focus on children.” Changes to federal rules necessitated an update for Washington state to consider economic data on the cost of raising children, along with labor market data in state and local job markets, and how policies impact families at 200 percent below the federal poverty level. This update, along with oth-

er changes in HB 1916 that remove some prerequisites for modification of a child support order, increase efficiency and provide additional data to help ensure children are receiving their basic needs.


Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place (right of Inslee), joins Gov. Inslee at the bill signing.

Pierce County Law Library kiosk opens at Lakewood Pierce County Library The community is invited to attend an open house Tuesday, May 28, 4-5:30 p.m., to learn more and see the law kiosk first-hand. “The Library’s partnership with Pierce County Law Library is another example of good government as we collaborate to make information and resources available to more people,” said Pierce

Lakewood residents may now do verified legal research locally thanks to a partnership between the Pierce County Library System and Pierce County Law Library. A law library kiosk located inside Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. S.W., is now open to the public.

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County Library Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “Having this kiosk easily accessible in a public library brings legal resources to more people in a convenient place.” A Pierce County Library card is not required to access the law library collection, which includes free access to electronic and printed resources: • Access to Westlaw, the world’s preferred online legal research service; • Reference collections: Revised Code of Washington, Washington Practice. Assorted Washington Deskbooks; • Self-help guides designed for Washington state; and • Legal forms for the state.

Residents may also book appointments for research assistance with a law librarian. The Lakewood Library is open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. People may access the law library kiosk during the same hours the full library is open. This is the second law library kiosk to open at a Pierce County Library. The first opened last year at Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W. For more information about the Pierce County Law Library at Lakewood Library, call (253) 5483302. For legal research assistance or to book an appointment with a law librarian, call (253) 798-2691.

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