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acoma City Council welcomed members of the Puyallup Tribal Council on Tuesday, July 17, to present a City Council resolution in support of the Power Paddle to Puyallup canoe journey happening in Tacoma from July 28 to Aug. 4. Puyallup Canoe Family Captain and Culture Director Connie McCloud and Puyallup tribal member/environmental activist Dakota Case were also present for the occasion. In addition to making a $25,000 canoe journey donation from the City Council Contingency Fund, the Council will fly the Puyallup Nation flag at the Tacoma municipal complex throughout the duration of the canoe journey event, and afterward permanently display the flag in City Council chambers. This marks a major step forward in government-to-government relations between the city and the tribe, and is reflective of the healing medicine that is at the heart of this historic canoe journey themed “Honoring Our Medicine.” “I was in tears last night,” Puyallup Tribal Councilmember Annette Bryan said the day after the meeting. “This event is significant in that the City of Tacoma agreed to fly the Puyallup Tribe of Indians flag in their

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Tacoma City Council will keep the Puyallup Tribe of Indians flag hung in council chambers after the canoe journey ends. Presenting the flag to council (in background) and Mayor Victoria Woodards (middle, behind flag) are (from left) Puyallup Tribe Director of Planning and Land Use Andrew Strobel, Puyallup Tribal Councilmembers Tim Reynon and Annette Bryan, and Puyallup tribal member Dakota Case.


As rents spiral upwards in the city, Tacoma City Council is considering a tenants bill of rights. The topic was discussed during the Council’s Community Vitality and Safety Committee meeting on June 28. Earlier this year all residents of the Tiki Apartments received eviction notices after a new owner purchased the complex. He plans to renovate the units, increase rent and lease them. Some tenants had less than a month to find new housing. In response, the council passed a temporary law requiring landlords to provide 90-days notice for such situations. This law expires in September. Staff recommends making it permanent. For other reasons for eviction, staff recommends requiring 60 days notice. One proposal would require landlords to provide 60 days notice on rent increases of more than 10 percent

over the course of 12 months. Another would require landlords to provide new tenants with paperwork explaining their rights. Seattle has such a requirement. Also, the bill of rights would prohibit landlords from retaliating against tenants, such as evicting someone who complains about a maintenance issue. Landlords would have to notify new and existing tenants of any currently open code enforcement actions against the property. Many people struggle to cover moving expenses. The bill of rights would address this by allowing tenants to make installment payments for the last month’s rent and security deposit. Most landlords demand all this money up front. A final recommendation would affect the city’s human rights code. It would prohibit discrimination based on source of income. For example, a landlord would have to accept a housing voucher from a state or federal agency.

ChiQuata Elder, the city’s landlord/tenant coordinator, said another item that was considered was allowing current tenants the first right of refusal if the property is put up for sale. She said a court decision has ruled this unconstitutional in this state. There are challenges to that ruling, but she said it would be difficult for a city to enact such a requirement at this time. Elder said tenant laws in several cities around the state were examined. Input came from Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) and several organizations that represent rental property owners and managers. The 90-days notice usually has another 10 days or so to meet notification requirements. Elder said many landlords would prefer to make this an even 120 days Current state law requires 20 days notice of eviction. THA and non-profit landlords generally agree with raising this to 60, while some for-profit landlords object. Elder said they want language allowing them

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This week, Carter the Crater Gator found another impressive road divot to stretch out in. To be honest, we’ve had a difficult time with this critter. He can’t get over the fact that he’ll always be second-fiddle when compared to Percival, and frankly, he’s been getting a little snarky. While we’ve let him know that his replacement could waddle through the front door of the Tacoma Weekly office at any moment, the toothy sourpuss has countered with his own threat of “pulling a Percival” and disappearing. With this in mind, we are still in the process of trying out new pothole seeking varmints. If you’ve got any ideas, please send them to jgimse@

CHARGES AMENDED TO MURDER Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has amended charges against Mark Anthony Brown, Jr., 26, from assault of a child in the first degree to murder in the second degree after 3-year-old J.H. died from injuries prosecutors believe Brown caused last month. J.H. was Brown’s girlfriend’s child. J.H. was developmentally delayed and needed assistance with things like getting dressed. He was also nonverbal. On June 26, Tacoma Police Officer Williams responded to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital regarding a possible assault of a child. Hospital staff advised Williams that 3-year-old J.H. had been admitted overnight with brain bleeds and brain damage consistent with lack of oxygen to the brain. Williams spoke with Dr. Whitt, who stated that J.H.’s prognosis was likely death or significant permanent brain damage. Dr. Whitt stated

that J.H. had some bleeding on the brain that could have been caused by “shaken baby syndrome,” and the lack of oxygen could have been caused by the bleeding, brain swelling, or because J.H. likely stopped breathing at some point due to his brain injuries. The child’s mother, Ebony Horton, told investigators Brown picked up J.H. and a sibling from her, as she had to go to work that evening. She said both children were fine when Brown picked them up. Horton says that when she got home from work at about 1 a.m., she gave J.H. a kiss goodnight and sensed something was wrong. She noticed that J.H.’s body was “off.” Horton said his body was stiff and he started to shake. They rushed him to the hospital. Brown told officers that he picked up the children from their mother and both children appeared

to be fine. He denied injuring J.H. Officers also spoke to the sibling, 4-year-old D.H., who said J.H. vomited while at their father’s house and there was a “big mess.” D.H. said Brown "spanked J.H.'s butt because he throwed up" but then said that Brown didn't spank him but said that he had picked him up and was holding him. D.H. also described J.H. as "shaking," that J.H. was "shaking his body." Dr. Elizabeth Woods with the Child Abuse Intervention Department at Mary Bridge Hospital was consulted, and in her medical opinion, J.H.’s brain injury was caused by non-accidental, abusive head trauma and his injuries were consistent with violent shaking or hitting a surface. Brown’s bail is set at $1,000,000. Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Pride Festival marks achievements, recommits to resilience BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

Thousands of people roamed through the Tacoma Pride Festival downtown last weekend to celebrate love and life in all of their forms at a time in the nation’s history that has seen setbacks on the march for equality and acceptance. “We must remain diligent, but there is still so much we should celebrate,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, while wearing a rainbow pride sash at a ceremony last Friday to mark the official opening of Pride Week with the annual raising of a rainbow flag over City Hall. The mayor of Boston had given Woodards the sash during a mayoral conference in the city earlier this year that occurred during that city’s Pride Week celebrations. Woodards then walked alongside mayors from around the nation in Boston’s pride parade, something Tacoma lacks. But that will likely change by next summer, following a mayoral directive for funding to help the effort to be added to the upcoming budget discussions. “I think we need a parade,” she said. “I think we need that type of celebration.” A round of applause by the 100 or so who attended the ceremony then “volunteered” Woodards to help organize the pride parade effort. Not only


Tacoma's Pride Festival downtown last Saturday drew people of all ages and orientations to celebrate love in all of its forms. would a parade allow people to celebrate love and diversity, but it would also serve as a symbol of solidarity Tacomans can make in the face of hate and intolerance, she said, noting the recent posting of racist and anti-immigrant flyers on utility poles around the city. “In Tacoma, we will not tolerate that kind of behavior,” Woodards said. The ceremony ended with the

honoring of people and groups who positively affected the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied community around Pierce County. The 12th annual award winners were: Karen Fierro Ruiz, who received the Sapphire Award given to a youth organizer for service to the gay and bisexual youth community of Pierce County;

Miriam Barnett, who received the Ruby Award given to an individual who is not part of the LGBTQ population but whose actions directly benefited the community; The Oasis Youth Center, which received the Emerald Award given to an organization for service to the LGBTQ community of Pierce County; Jo Bauer, who received the Pearl Award given to an individual who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer for his or her service to the LGBTQ community; Craig Sailor, who received the Diamond Hall of Fame Award for his exemplary service to the LGBTQ community of Pierce County over years of reporting on gay and lesbian issues in Tacoma. Rainbow Center Executive Director Manny Santiago said the awards and the Pride Festival come at a time when marginalized communities – from gay, lesbian and transgender people to immigrants and ethnic minorities – are finding themselves threatened by non-inclusive federal regulations and policies, a looming conservative swing in the works on the Supreme Court and a rash of hate crimes in the city such as the anti-immigration posters popping up overnight. The festival shows that people are ready to rise in the face of intolerance. “There is no space for hate in Tacoma,” he said.

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Prosecutor presents innovative response to domestic violence In Nov. 2017, a 38-year-old Pierce County man violently struck his wife above her eye with a broken table leg and punched her in the face, arms, and back, causing visible injury and bruising. The assault was witnessed by the couple’s two minor children, a nine-year-old boy and a 13-yearold girl. The man told the young girl, “I have to do this to make her stay away from me forever.” The girl called 911. When the man learned police were on their way, he became enraged. He also stated to his family, “It’s time for you guys to die.” The man was arrested, charged and found guilty by a jury. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison. This is just one example of the emotionally charged, sometimes dangerous, domestic violence cases seen daily by prosecutors. The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office is continually looking for ways to make our community safer for everyone. In 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office

consolidated its felony and misdemeanor domestic violence prosecutors and victim advocates in one central location. This consolidated unit is the first of its kind in Washington and is housed inside the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center (CJFJC), which partners with law enforcement and other community advocates. “Working together we can better protect and support victims,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “By providing resources and services to victims of domestic violence and their children in one safe location, the result is an effective, coordinated response to prevent domestic violence from escalating.” Domestic violence crimes happen within families, marriages, dating relationships and households. Crimes include assault, violation of protection orders, harassment, and property damage. The one thing these crimes have in common is they evoke fear and anxiety

in victims, especially children. The CJFJC is a one-stop-shop approach to expedite justice and ease fears. At the CJFJC, victims can meet with prosecutors, victim advocates, and law enforcement officers. Even in non-criminal matters, victims can meet with community victim advocates and receive the individual assistance they need to develop a safety plan, get protection orders, housing, and legal and mental health counselling. By offering these services in a single, safe location, the CJFJC reduces the barriers that, historically, have kept victims from getting help. Together, prosecutors, victim advocates and other CJFJC partners employ a “coordinated community response” to domestic violence and thereby help them lead safer lives. If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is, help is available. The CJFJC Domestic Violence Helpline is (253) 798-4166.

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BULLETIN BOARD LIBRARY BOARD ASKS VOTERS TO RESTORE LEVY The Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees is asking voters to restore its levy. At the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, July 11, the Board passed a resolution that would put the restored levy on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The restored levy, also known as a levy lid lift, would maintain services including convenient open hours at 20 locations and online library resources; 1.5 million books, e-books, movies and other materials; staff to support growth and learning with thousands of classes and events; computers, Wi-Fi and technology offerings; as well as community connector services such as public meeting rooms and community events and forums. Without the restored levy, the Library System would need to further eliminate and reduce services including the hours libraries are open; the number of books, movies and other materials; and close two to three of its 18 full-service libraries. Since 2009 to manage its budget, the Library System has eliminated, reduced, streamlined or did not offer needed services and deferred maintenance totaling $20 million. The restored levy is needed primarily because costs to operate and maintain library services and libraries are increasing at a faster and higher rate than revenues. By state law, local governments, including Pierce County Library, are limited to no more than an increase of 1 percent in property taxes plus property taxes from new construction each year. The only other time the Library asked voters to restore its levy funding was in 2006. Voters approved that levy, which the Library System projected would meet service needs for up to six years. The Library has stretched that funding for 12 years now. Since then, the population in the Library’s service area has grown by 16 percent, and at the same time the number of people with Pierce County Library cards grew by 63 percent. At the June Board meeting a Community Advisory Committee that had analyzed the Library’s funding and input from the public, recommended that the Board ask voters to restore the Library’s funding to its full authorized amount of 50 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Without a levy lid lift, the Library’s 2019 levy is projected to be 41.5 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Please contact Pierce County Library System to be part of a “for” or “against” Committee for the Library System’s restoration levy. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office requires jurisdictions with a measure in the local voters’ pamphlet to seek and appoint members to “for” and “against” committees. Contact Petra McBride at if you

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are interested in participating on either committee, by Friday, July 27, 5 p.m. Provide your name, e-mail address and phone number. LICENSE SUSPENSION ISSUED FOR REFINED CANNABINOIDS The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has issued an emergency marijuana producer license suspension for Refined Cannabinoids, located at 3303 S. 35th Street in Tacoma. The suspension is effective for 180 days beginning July 13, 2018 until Jan. 9, 2019. During that time the WSLCB will seek permanent revocation of the license. This is the first time an emergency suspension has been served on a marijuana licensee. Acting on a complaint, WSLCB enforcement conducted a premise check at the licensed location and observed numerous and substantial violations including full rooms of untagged plants, clones and finished product. Traceability tags allow officers to track marijuana throughout the system. They also assist in monitoring for things like tax compliance, diversion and product recalls. During the course of the inspection officers discovered and seized 2,569 marijuana plants, 1,216 marijuana plant clones, 375.8 lbs. of frozen marijuana flower stored in 11 freezer chests, 3,423 0.5-gram marijuana cigarettes, and 97.5 lbs. of bulk marijuana flower without the requisite traceability identifiers. In addition to the untracked product officers also uncovered evidence that the licensee had been diverting product from the licensed business. Due to the severity of these violations and the high risk of diversion should the business remain open the Board issued the emergency suspension. Officers seized all remaining product at the location. Seized wet marijuana material, including plants, clones, trimmings, and flower will be destroyed. All shelf-stable, non-perishable marijuana material, product and derivatives seized will be held pending revocation of license, after which it will also be destroyed. “Traceability is a core component of Washington’s system and essential for licensee compliance,” said Justin Nordhorn, WSLCB chief of enforcement. “If our licensees fail to track their product they put their license in jeopardy.” Emergency suspensions represent an extraordinary exercise of the state’s power and the WSLCB is mandated to ensure that an emergency suspension is reasonable, justifiable and legal in every way. The WSLCB issued one emergency suspension in 2017 and two in 2018. SEE MORE BULLETIN BOARD ITEMS ON PAGE 8

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Tree Hugger’s Corner A guide for those who want to get out there and take action on behalf of the environment and social justice.


Tacoma Giants Part 1: Intro to the Trees of Point Defiance Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma Meet Mik Miazio and the Beanstalk. Miazio is a certified arborist happy to share his knowledge of the trees of Point Defiance with you; and the Beanstalk is a 186-foot Pseudotsuga menziesii, a.k.a. Douglas fir, located a stone's throw away from Fort Nisqually. This nature talk is ideal for kids, older folks and people with mobility issues. The event will include activities around the Fort Nisqually picnic shelter and the Beanstalk nearby. Cost is $4 per person.  INFO: php?cid=9286 SATURDAY, JULY 28, 9 A.M.

Paws in the Park Dog-A-Thon Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave. SW, Lakewood Join thousands of animal advocates and their furry friends for the Humane Society's 28th annual Paws in the Park featuring the Dog-A-Thon. Held at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, this fun, family event has something for everyone: lakeside and scenic trails; dozens of pet-related booths; demonstrations; contests; food vendors and much more. Best of all, the walk benefits pets in need at the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County. Last year, the event raised more than $300,000, and we need your help to raise $325,000 in 2018.  INFO: THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 6 P.M.

August Green Drinks with Sound Transit Broken Spoke, 1014 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma Green Drinks is a great way to get in the know about all things sustainability in Tacoma, and do it in a way that lets you kick back with a beverage at the same time. Tacoma Green Drinks is an easy and fun environmental networking organization dedicated to unifying the sustainable community.  INFO:


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Event to be held Aug. 2 at the new Spanaway Elementary, 215 S. 166th St. in Spanaway Community events aren’t always fun for everyone, especially for kiddos with special needs or disabilities. Parents of children with sensory sensitivity often avoid regular events such as family outings to parks and birthday parties because these events upset their children who may react to noise, busy environments and unpredictability. For 10 years, A Step Ahead in Pierce County has offered a community event and on Aug. 2 will be hosting a free carnival for infants and toddlers with special needs who are currently enrolled or graduated families. Just as no two children are the same, developmental delays often manifest in various ways: a delay may be identified at birth by a genetic or chromosomal difference (such as Down syndrome); an unexpected delay may appear as the child grows and milestones fall short; or an unfortunate traumatic event, such as an accident or prenatal drug exposure, may result in a temporary or permanent delay. For 17 years, A Step Ahead has been guiding a multi-disciplinary team comprised of early childhood special educators, pediatric therapists and infant mental health specialists, who provide early intervention services to infants and toddlers in Pierce County who are not developing on target. Come and join us for the party of the year! The carnival first began to help families enjoy a fun outing in a safe and supportive environment. The free event welcomes siblings and family members. A feeling of acceptance, tolerance and inclusion supports playful interactions throughout the event. Parents can connect with other parents as well as enjoy watching happy children play and enjoy unique experiences such as riding a pony (donated by Graham’s Four Star Farm), playing musical squares, creating art or exploring a variety of textures in sensory pool and tubs. Many of our families are facing social and economic stressors not to mention the high cost of childcare, which is based on the individual child’s needs. Families are frequently responsible for co-pays, deductibles and the cost of services. To help with all these unrecovered costs, the CARES Fund was established and supports uncompensated care and wraparound services so that each child and family may receive the services needed to develop to their full potential regardless of ability to pay. CARES encompasses wraparound services such as financial aid, infant mental health services, community-based field trips and play groups, and BOOST, a program which offers home visiting services to infants and toddlers in foster care. BOOST supports the child’s difficult transition out of traumatic abuse and into safety and is the only program of its kind serving the Puget Sound region. Thanks to the Dimmer Family Foundation for their


Parents can connect with other parents as well as enjoy watching happy children play and enjoy unique experiences such as riding a pony (donated by Graham’s Four Star Farm), playing musical squares, creating art or exploring a variety of textures in sensory pool and tubs. financial contribution and other generous donations, the 2018 carnival is offered to these families free of charge. Get ready to be amazed, the 2018 Carnival Extravaganza will be the biggest one of them all. A Step Ahead will have a plethora of activities for infants and toddlers ages birth to 3 years of age and their siblings to enjoy. Marti Cates, who has organized the carnival event for the past 10 years said, “This is a happy event that everyone involved enjoys.” You don’t want to miss this one! Please bring sunscreen and dress accordingly for warm weather; it’s usually quite warm and sunny – perfect for a carnival. There will be a water feature this year so come prepared to get a little wet too. The free 2018 carnival event will be held at the new Spanaway Elementary located at 215 S. 166th St. in Spanaway. Look for the A Step Ahead signs welcoming guests. For more information call (253) 471-2727, visit A Step Ahead on Facebook site or website at

City manager receives pay raise BY JOHN LARSON

City Manager Elizabeth Pauli has received a pay increase, as well as a vote of confidence, from Tacoma City Council. On July 17 the council approved a resolution to ratify the annual performance review of the manager, as required by Tacoma City Charter. Pauli has worked at city hall for 20 years, mostly in the City Attorney’s Office. She became city attorney in 2004. After the last city manager resigned to take a position in Texas, the council had a search firm look for a replacement. It came up with a list of four finalists. Ultimately, the council opted to offer the job to Pauli, who had been serving on an interim basis.

Her contract is from May 2017 to May 2019. The Council’s City Manager Performance Review Committee met twice in June to review Pauli’s performance. The full Council then met two more times in executive sessions. The Council has moved her salary to step 5A on the new schedule. Her pay goes up to $235,745 a year, an increase of $16,397 above her current salary. The increase is retroactive to May 16. Salary schedules for all non-represented city employees were increased by three percent in January. Pauli’s salary did not increase until after the performance review. “I think Elizabeth is worth all of this and a whole lot more,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. The

mayor said she hears much praise of Pauli from people she encounters, and she exceeds the Council’s expectations. “As a city we are lucky to have her leadership.” Councilmember Chris Beale, who took office at the beginning of the year, said he and other new members have received valuable training about their duties from Pauli and her staff. “Getting us up to speed makes us better leaders faster.” He noted that Pauli does not play political games. Councilmember Anders Ibsen said many city employees urged the Council to hire Pauli for this position. Pauli told the Council she is surrounded by a great staff. “I look forward to the hard work we have before us.”

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Commuters who drive between Tacoma and Fife won’t see relief anytime soon. The reopening of the Puyallup River Bridge in early 2019 isn’t likely to help much since the bridge will still need more work. That likely means dots and dashes of closures to piece together the remaining repairs through grants that all have tight deadlines to complete the work or the grant money will have to be given back. “That’s the frustration when you have projects this massive,” Tacoma Public Works Director Kurtis Kingsolver said. “It is almost painful, to be honest with you.” Tacoma closed the Puyallup River Bridge in May to replace spans of the bridge directly off the city’s Puyallup Avenue. The city had to do the current work now rather than finish cobbling the funding for the full $150 million replacement of the 950-foot bridge system all at once because the deadline to start work had already been extended once. “It was in jeopardy,” Kingsolver said about the plea to the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Puget Sound Regional Council to extend the grant timeline. “To be honest, I thought we had lost it and we would have to start all over. That is not something that is easy to assemble. There is no large amount of money for projects like this.” Asking for another extension was not an option, so the city moved ahead with repairs that it could fund as it continued to seek grants and funding partners for the rest of the work – knowing that decision means future closures at a time when state crews will continue to work on Interstate 5 just a few hundred yards away. “It’s still going to be years and years of work on I-5, but now my bridge is in that (construction) window,” Kingsolver said. The 91-year-old bridge system has to be replaced, regardless of how or when it gets done, however. Built in 1927, the steel-truss spans were part of Pacific Highway and later known as a section of Highway 99 in the decades before I-5 opened in 1960, according to city reports. It remained an important commercial arterial, linking Fife to Tacoma’s industrial and maritime areas as well as a detour away from I-5 congestion. But the city also has other bridges in need


The Puyallup River Bridge has been closed since May to allow crews to replace three sections of the six-segment bridge. More closures will come only after Tacoma secures funding for the $150 million price tag to replace the remaining sections. of repairs. More than a dozen of the city’s 43 bridges are either “functionally obsolete” or “structurally deficient.” That means that they either don’t meet current design standards or were not designed for their load-bearing features that are showing signs of age. The East 11th Street bridge on the Tideflats, for example, was found to be in such bad shape during a structural review in 2014 that it was closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. “That one is not in good shape,” Kingsolver said. The city can’t just use money from the two voter-approved street initiatives to replace it for several reasons. Voters approved the tax increases for pothole repairs and traffic improvements, not large projects like building bridges, but also the city’s residential streets need work too. “People are just now starting to see a difference,” Kingsolver said of the road repair taxes Tacomans approve two years ago. In other local bridge news, Washington State Department of Transportation is searching for potential new owners of a bridge that once crossed a section of the Puyallup River. The person or entity

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selected to take ownership of the bridge will receive up to $1 million to relocate and reuse the bridge, either as a footbridge or historic attraction of some sort. This bridge, which spanned the river at Meridian Street, was built in 1925 but decommissioned in 2015 to make way for a new bridge. The 371-foot, steel truss bridge was relocated onto state right of way in Puyallup until a new owner can be found. The bridge will otherwise be scrapped if a new owner can’t be found later this summer. No one responded to a similar call for new owners of the bridge in 2017. Proposals are due Aug. 9 and must include plans to maintain historically significant features of the bridge as well as assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the structure since it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The new owners must also remove it from its current site by next

summer. The Meridian Street Bridge was the longest riveted steel Warren throughtruss span built prior to 1940 remaining on the Washington state highway system. The design of the Meridian Street Bridge was not only innovative, but was unique among bridges in North America because it combined elements of at least two existing truss-span designs, one very common and one very rare, but differed in varying degrees from both. It was designed by Maury M. Caldwell, an engineer who designed other significant bridges in Washington, including the 1,410-foot Pasco-Kennewick bridge. While about the same age, Tacoma’s Puyallup River Bridge won’t face the same future. It was never designated as a historic site and is just too big to move. “I just can’t see that as being a real option,” Kingsolver said.

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Mariachi Lucero De Tacoma from Lincoln High School performed outside the Northwest Detention Center as part of a protest at the for-profit immigrant detention facility to raise awareness of national immigration policy and concerns about the facility specifically.

Protesters continue rallies at detention center, pressure city BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

Protests outside the Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tideflats show little signs of fading, with nightly noisemaking or candlelight vigils and larger gatherings during the weekend. Two mariachi bands, Mariachi Lucero De Tacoma from Lincoln High School and Bahia Azul from Bellingham, for example, played sets for a few hundred protesters last Saturday to help raise awareness of the federal government’s aggressive immigration policies, the yet-resolved separation of families who entered the country seeking asylum and concerns about the living conditions inside the for-profit detention center specifically. The Northwest Detention Center is a 1,500-bed facility owned by GEO Group that operates through a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A protest organizing group, NWDC Resistance, also reported that some 170 detainees at the facility staged a hunger strike through the weekend to protest the continued separation of families under the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Shacorrie Tunkara’s husband Saja has been detained at NWDC since Jan-

uary. She has been given little news about how long his case will linger in the review system. All she knows is that his health is failing. The immigrant from Sierra Leone developed a tumor on his neck. It was only partially removed in April because the tumor was reportedly too close a vital nerve. Tunkara said doctors had recommended physical therapy twice a week, but her husband has only had two appointments since the surgery and his requests for an extra pillow to keep his neck straight while he sleeps have been denied, adding to his pain. “I’m not going to let my husband come out in a body bag,” she said. “That is not going to happen.” Stories of similar cases aren’t hard to find, prompting protests inside and outside the center. Protesters flooded the City Council’s Citizens Forum the previous week, for example, to call for the city to do more in support of immigrants. Tacoma is already a “Welcoming City,” which means the city doesn’t ask a person’s resident status to conduct city business. That is seen as a toothless statement that could be sharpened by declaring “Sanctuary City” status, but that puts the city at risk for cuts in federal funding from the Department of Justice. The city provided seed money

to establish a legal fund to help residents facing immigration reviews and possible deportation. The city also faces a lawsuit filed by GEO for changing the zoning for the facility that limits any future expansion over its stance on federal immigration policy rather than land-use issues. The center is located on industrial land that otherwise forbids residential developments. Tacoma also formed a Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs to develop other ways the city could engage and assist immigrant-support efforts. “We are going to follow that lead wherever that takes us,” Councilmember Anders Ibsen said following the Citizen’s Forum. A chain-link fence has also been installed to separate the city’s right of way from the railroad tracks alongside a collection of metal signs that state the city’s policy against blocking the sidewalk with tents and structures. The city is also looking into the police response to a protest on June 26 that resulted in the arrest of 10 people, when eight of them were later released without charges. “I'm still traumatized, and I wasn't beaten to the ground,” said retired attorney and protester Carol Kindt. “That was police-instigated violence.” She wants to city to revoke GEO

Group’s business license because of the alleged abuses, reported poor living conditions and health concerns raised about the center, which most recently had an outbreak of chicken pox. “That has been proven, this is on conjecture,” she said. For its part, the city researched ways to increase city oversight of the detention center, following similar raised eyebrows last year, and will continue to seek ways to ensure local laws and policies are followed there. Councilmember Ryan Mello, for example, directed the city attorney to draft a legal brief in support of the State Attorney General’s lawsuit against GEO over the detention center’s policy of paying detainees $1 a day for labor around the center. That policy follows federal rules but is not exempt from the state’s minimum wage law since the center is privately operated. Mayor Victoria Woodards fought back tears after the parade of protesters at the Citizen’s Forum finished blasting the city for not doing more. “We really want the same thing you do,” she said, noting that immigration is a federal issue that has long been an item on the city’s legislative agenda to bring up with the state’s federal delegation. “This is a federal issue.”


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VICTIM STATUS AND THE POLITICAL RIGHT BY LAURA FINLEY In all honesty, there is a lot I do not understand about the right. Although the left is far from flawless, it strikes me that the right is full of hypocrisy. They don’t want big government to tell me what to do and not do with my vagina – until they do want exactly that. They want the free market to be uninhibited yet take all manner of funding from interest groups and allot record levels of corporate welfare – and impose anti-free trade tariffs. They don’t want undocumented immigrants until they do want them as laborers. And on, and on… These hypocrisies are pernicious, but one that really boils my blood is the calling out of the left as “snowflakes” who simply want to maintain victim status while at the same time fully embracing victimhood. While this is true of many on the right, no one embodies that hypocrisy better than Donald Trump. Calling out the left is part of the broader attack waged by the right, and by Trump himself, against so-called political correctness. Labeling the left as politically correct or as snowflakes merely serves to shut down conversation and dismiss important ideas. As Dana Schwartz wrote in a February 2017 article for GQ, however, “There is not a single political point a liberal can make on the Internet for which ‘You triggered, snowflake?’ cannot be the comeback. Its purpose is dismissing liberalism as something effeminate, and also infantile, an outgrowth of the lessons you were taught in kindergarten. ‘Sharing is caring’? Communism. ‘Feelings are good’? Facts over feelings. ‘Everyone is special and unique’? ‘Shut up, snowflake.’” The derogatory use of the term snowflake comes, in

large part, from the film “Fight Club,” an adaptation of the 1996 Chuck Pahluniak novel of the same name. In it, the narrator joins an underground men’s fighting club, where members repeat the mantra, “You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.” Men’s rights activists, bodybuilding forums, and the political right have picked up on this mantra, which many have called the “manosphere.” In reality, the roots are far deeper, emanating from the Right’s need to reject the threat of communism by labeling it “red” or “pink,” hence “wussified” or feminine. Republicans, then, use the rhetoric of “men” while Democrats are “women.” But, in reality, those slinging the snowflake allegations, as Amanda Hess wrote in June 2017 in New York Times magazine, “tend to seem pretty aggrieved themselves – hypersensitive to dissent or complication and nursing a healthy appetite for feeling oppressed.” What makes one a snowflake, supposedly? An inflated sense of self-importance, an inability to handle criticism, demand for respect, and a sense of victimhood supposedly disproportionate to reality. Sound familiar? That is Donald Trump embodied. When he’s insulted, he melts down on Twitter, berating people in a fashion not dissimilar to a middle-schooler. He is, supposedly, a victim of various attacks by individuals and institutions, most often the press, of course, but also Hollywood celebrities, Broadway stars, even a Gold Star mother. He is the victim of a “witch hunt” regarding collusion with the Russians in the 2016 election. Could any words better describe victim status than “witch hunt?” Trump won the election by owning and encouraging victim status. His squad was all too quick to buy the

WOMP, WOMP: RACISM IN A CAGE BY ROBERT C. KOEHLER “We offer your love to all of our children…,” the Episcopal priest said, her eyes closed in prayer. Some 170 people were gathered around her, as she stood in a gazebo in a park in Huntsville, Ala. This was one of the 700plus protests across the country the weekend of June 30, as Americans gathered in unity and outrage over Donald Trump’s cruel treatment of immigrants and their children at the southern border. “Womp, womp!” Even before the guy pulled the Glock from his waistband, wow, this was the American recipe: sarcasm and hate and racism stirred into our prayers and deepest values, into the best of who we are. When we describe the United States in the abstract, the best of who we are prevails. Our ideals loom like mountain peaks on a picture postcard: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...” But the real America has always been parsimonious in its allotment of freedom and respect. “Scratch the surface of the current immigration debate and beneath the posturing lies a dirty secret. Anti-immigrant sentiment is older than America itself. Born before the nation, this abiding fear of the ‘huddled masses’ emerged in the early republic and gathered steam into the 19th and 20th centuries, when nativist political parties, exclusionary laws and the Ku Klux Klan swept the land.” So Kenneth C. Davis wrote in a New York Times op-ed more than a decade ago, pointing out, among much else, Benjamin Franklin’s contempt for the newly arrived Germans in colonial Pennsylvania in the 1750s. Their children don’t even bother to learn English! Name an ethnic or (non-Protestant) religious group and an obscene name for it probably lurks in the shadows nearby. And this doesn’t even count the horrors committed in the creation of America: theft of land, genocide, cultural devastation of Native Americans; the importation of “human property.” Womp, womp! “Disdain for what is foreign,” Davis wrote, “is, sad to say, as American as apple pie, slavery and lynching.” At the Huntsville rally, compellingly described by Avi Selk in the Washington Post, Kerry Holder-Joffrion, the priest, stood with her eyes closed, praying for the immigrants and their missing children as a lone counter-protester circled the gazebo holding a sign with the words “ICE ICE Baby” on it and quoting Corey Lewandowski at regular intervals: You know, “womp, womp.” Lewandowski had hit that note of snarky sarcasm about 10 days earlier on Fox News, in response to a Democrat’s story about a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who had

been taken from her mother at the border. Wow. These nonsense words toss acid on all the idealism and fill the air with outrage, bringing out everyone’s worst. They have the efficiency of bullets. The womp guy was confronted and challenged. He shoved, someone shoved back, he fell down – and then he pulled the concealed Glock from his waistband and, oh Lord, pointed it at the crowd. Was another NRA-blessed act of mass insanity about to occur? People took cover. The priest continued to pray. And no, he didn’t fire. He walked away and was arrested at the edge of the park. Womp, womp. The quiet message in these words is that dehumanization can be fun. It’s necessary, of course. The border hawks are full of stories about the horrendous behavior of the illegals, and America has no choice but to minimize the flow of Irish…I mean Italians…uh, wait, I mean Jews…Muslims…into the country, just to maintain a state of English-speaking normalcy. And keeping them out requires toughness. But when liberals cringe at the enforcement of the law – for everyone’s good, including theirs – you can have a little fun putting them in their place. No harm in that. This, I believe, is the gift that Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, has given to the president’s supporters: a fun way to denounce idealism without getting all tangled up in issues and such. All of which demands emotional as well as political clarity from those on the other side of the womp divide. Those who put children in cages, or who support the practice of doing so, are themselves in a cage. For instance, when the Huntsville counter-protester was asked, “Where are your ancestors from?” he answered: “Alabama!” He probably knew his ancestry transcends the state’s borders, but entering that paradoxical wilderness is too scary. Better to limit your awareness to the colors red, white and blue and know only that you come from good stock, period. End of awareness. As we demand border sanity and compassion for asylum seekers and their children – as we reach beyond the borders of our own thinking and envision a different sort of country, with no need for ICE or a private prison industry – somehow we have to maintain the painful awareness that hatred is easy and blaming the enemy solves all our problems. When they cry “womp, womp,” we need to keep praying. Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.

rhetoric that their jobs have been lost or are at risk to immigrants, that people from certain countries threaten our safety, that women levy false accusations to destroy men, and that rights for LGBT individuals threatens the sanctity of the “American family,” among other things. Even “Make America Great Again” presumes some great travesty befell the poor nation. Victims must be returned to a state of prominence! Likewise, the notion that the left is too soft to handle certain conversations and the minimizing of people feeling “triggered” is also in the right’s playbook, albeit using different language and tactics. The continued efforts to criminalize nonviolent protest, for example, show that the right is all too happy to shut down dialogue. I believe that there is something to be said about overdoing victim status. That is a worthwhile conversation. But when the very real picture of the U.S. is one that is still tremendously racist, sexist, militaristic and unequal, it is deeply infuriating that negative labels prohibit real discussion and actual action. Laura Finley, Ph.D., syndicated by PeaceVoice, teaches in the Barry University Department of Sociology & Criminology.

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. This matters deeply to the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 110,000 in Washington where it is the third leading cause of death. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2018, caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will cost $277 billion – including $186 billion in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid. One in every five Medicare dollars is spent on someone with Alzheimer's. I am grateful that Congress in the last three years has tripled Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health. This effort has been led by Washington’s own Senator Patty Murray in her role on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Most recently, she got the committee to approve a 21 percent increase in 2019 funding. I serve as an Alzheimer’s volunteer advocate to raise awareness of the cost savings of early diagnosis, the benefits of palliative care, hospice education and for research, to find a treatment to slow and stop this public health epidemic. Please join me in thanking Senator Murray for being a champion in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. I hope Senator Maria Cantwell and Congressman Denny Heck will continue to follow her lead. Patricia Le Roy Lacey, WA Dear Editor, (Re: “Hundreds gather against immigration policies” by Steve Dunkelberger, Tacoma Weekly, July 6, 2018) Caring Americans were out all over the country to protest the separation of children from their families. Protest is step one. Thanks to Congressman Kilmer for joining the group in Tacoma. He is definitely a Congressman we can count on. After protest, the next step is to speak to our representatives (like Mr. Kilmer) and ask them to take action. This is how the Reach Every Mother and Child Act to end millions of preventable deaths in our world got co-sponsorship from more than one-third of the members of Congress from both parties, including Reps. Kilmer, Heck, Smith, Jayapal, Larsen, DelBene, and McMorris Rodgers (Congressman Reichert introduced the bill). Next step for the Reach Act is to call, write, and/or visit our representatives asking them to get it out of committee and passed. This is how democracy works. It depends on citizens just like us. So use your voice and in the coming months remember to vote. This is how we make a positive difference in our country and our world. Willie Dickerson Snohomish, WA

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PUGET SOUND TO ESTABLISH CENTER FOR SPEECH AND EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY The University of Puget Sound will soon establish the Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy. Supported by a $250,000 grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the center will provide a wide variety of opportunities for Puget Sound students and faculty members to gain greater confidence and experience in oral argumentation, advocacy, and persuasion. “Our times demand strong abilities to communicate effectively across differences of belief and to teach argumentation skills courageously,” said Puget Sound Provost Kristine Bartanen. “We thank The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for the financial support that will make the center possible.” The new center will serve both curricular and cocurricular needs and provide a collaboration space for a wide variety of campus classes and groups whose work requires compelling public speaking and communication. “This center will help our faculty teach argumentation, public advocacy, and persuasion, and to make sure that all students who graduate from Puget Sound have those skills,” said communication studies professor Susan Owen. “The idea is that the center will become something that is always tied to public engagement, the public political sphere, and thoughtful, deliberative advocacy,” continued Owen. Similar to the university’s Center for Writing,

Learning, and Teaching, which utilizes a crew of student writing advisors and subject tutors, a core element of the Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy will be a team of student mentors who will help their peers write and rehearse speeches. A central focus of the center will be helping students learn to translate written content and academic or professional jargon into language better suited for oral delivery. “For example, students in health sciences could consider their roles as communicators with patients,” explained Bianca Wolf, associate professor of communication studies. “They need to understand that role and be aware of the need to translate technical information into understandable language that will help patients better understand their situation and their options.” The Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy will complement the work of Puget Sound’s first-year seminars in scholarly inquiry, writing center, and other academic programs and initiatives that support students in expanding their ability to organize and communicate information and ideas. Among the center’s other likely campus partners will be the university’s experiential learning department, as well as its three major civic engagement projects – the Race and Pedagogy Institute, Sound Policy Institute, and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound. “Puget Sound students engage with the world from a place of justice and advocacy,” said Renee Houston, professor of communication studies and associate dean for experiential learning and civic scholarship. “By connecting with faculty members in meaningful, community-based partnerships, and with effective

advocacy skills offered through the new center, Puget Sound students will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and become effective and responsible change agents in a dynamic world.” The Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy will begin serving the campus community by spring 2019. COUNTY COUNCIL PASSES FAMILYWAGE JOBS CREDIT PROGRAM The Pierce County Council voted unanimously to pass the Family-Wage Jobs Credit Program Ordinance 2018-51s, which aims to increase the number of higher paying jobs in unincorporated Pierce County, attract new businesses, enhance economic activity and expand the county tax base. Employers making payments for construction fees and permits, who demonstrate they have created five or more new permanent family-wage jobs with a salary of $52,197 or more, will receive a one-time rebate of $275 per job created. “Pierce County continues to be an outstanding place to start and grow a business,” said Vice-Chair Dan Roach. “With this ordinance in place, we can highlight and incentivize all that our county continues to offer businesses.” The program will take effect Jan. 1, 2019 and sunsets on Dec. 31, 2025. For more information on the budget please visit



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Fire crews kept busy during Independence Day week BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

Tacoma Fire Department crews responded to 30 fireworks-related fires during the week that was anchored by the July 4 Independence Day celebration. Those fires included three blazes in trash bins, 23 brush fires, two house fires and two other fires that totaled $119,660 in damages, according to the Tacoma Fire Department’s after-action report to the City Council. Most of that fire damage, at an estimated loss of $97,550, occurred at a house on Yakima Avenue that displaced two families on July 2, including Edward Loftin and his son that prompted a community fundraising effort to buy tools so Loftin could return to work as a landscaper and general handyman. Everyone inside the two-floor house along the 1900 block of South Yakima Avenue escaped the fire without injury. The house and the Loftins’ belongings were destroyed as well. Renter’s insurance, thankfully, will cover some of costs of the personal belongings lost in the blaze. The insurance policy also doesn’t cover the replacement of yard tools Edward Loftin needs to trim branches, cut grass and clear bush so he can earn the money he needs to rebuild his life. Donations from around the community


Fireworks gutted a house along Yakima Avenue this year, displacing two families who lived there and prompting a community effort to raise money for one of the residents, Edward Loftin, to buy tools so he could go back to work as a maintenance man and landscaper. are helping fill that gap. The GoFundMe page is about halfway to its $20,000 goal. Donations are still being accepted at The final tally of damage linked

to fireworks in the city between June 26 and July 6 is well below the cost of firework fires last year. But that was an unusual year. Damaged caused by fireworks during Independence Day celebrations in 2017 hit a five-year peak with an estimated $650,000 in fire damages, largely from a fire at the West Ridge apartment complex. This year, however, was almost three times the “usual” level of fireworks activity, which averages about $50,000 in firework-related damage between the few days before and the few days after July 4. Two people were treated by fire crews before being transported to area hospitals for burns and injuries tied to fireworks, despite Tacoma having a ban

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on all fireworks for decades. “It doesn’t seem to be a lack of knowledge,” Fire Department spokesman Joe Meinecke said. “People are just disregarding it.” The department had already spent much of spring and early summer distributing fliers to public school students, community meetings and festivals about the ban on fireworks as well as handing out fireworks “safety awareness” letters for people to share in neighborhoods where fireworks violations occurred. Reader boards and social media posts also reminded Tacomans that the possession and discharge of fireworks are illegal in the city. Despite those efforts, the number of fireworks incidents has increased during the last three years. “We are kind of staircasing up if you will,” Meinecke said. The department recorded 17 fireworks incidents in 2016, 22 reports last year and 30 incidents this year. More people are setting off fireworks, and those fireworks are starting more fires because the weather has been getting warmer and drier during the peak fireworks season in early July. “This is the new normal,” Meinecke said. Alongside the fires caused by fireworks, Tacoma Police patrols responded to 575 calls for service into the dispatch center, down from 635 last year, according to the department’s after-action summary. Those responses led to the confiscation of 85 pounds of explosives and 12 citations for the possession of fireworks. The civil infraction for fireworks is $257. Standout firework incidences, other than the fires, included a mortar firework breaking through a window and a “sparkler bomb” that was recovered by the police department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Response team.




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t Bill of Rights From page 1 to evict nuisance tenants in less than 60 days. Elder said her research shows most rent increases are three to six percent a year. From July 2016 to May 2018, the city received 50 calls about rent increases. The largest was 100 percent, with the next highest being 87.5 percent. Many were more than 10 percent. In some cases of tenants reporting maintenance problems, landlords will issue a 20-days notice to vacate. This is why protection against retaliation is being considered. “We see that a lot when a tenant calls code enforcement,” Elder remarked. Seattle has a law allowing tenants to make installment payments on security deposits and last month’s rent. The Rental Housing Association of Washington has sued the city over this. Elder said landlords fear they would not be able to collect all money owed to

t Proclamation From page 1 council chambers as an acknowledgement that they are visitors on our land. The Puyallup Tribe is very grateful for the city’s contribution to the 2018 Power Paddle to Puyallup, and I am honored to play a part in this historic event on behalf of our members.” More than 125 canoes will arrive in Tacoma on July 28, bringing upward of 15,000 people to the Puyallup tribal lands. Arrivals take place at the former Ole & Charlie’s Marina (4224 Marine View Dr., Tacoma, WA 98422) beginning at 11 a.m. As parking will be extremely limited, shuttles will be running from 2102 Alexander Ave. where the tribe’s riverboat casino is moored. Throughout the week, visiting tribes from as far away as New Zealand and Alaska and from all across the country will showcase their songs, dances and cultural traditions at Chief Leschi

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registration information provided to tenants. He also wants to protect prospective tenants who have a felony conviction for a non-violent offense. Dale Tichgelaar is someone who might benefit from some of the proposed tenant rights. Since 2006 he has lived in a complex near Orchard Street with about 100 units. He is retired and living on a fixed income, as is his disabled roommate. New management took over at the first of the year. They raised rent by $100 a month. Rent on his two-bedroom unit was $680 when he moved in. It later rose to $750. The latest increase puts it at $850. Tichgelaar said they want to increase it by another $85. He provided a list of maintenance needs to management. His dishwasher does not work and there is damage to a ceiling. A pipe in the bathroom was replaced, but the wall was not repainted. “The building is rotting away,” Tichgelaar said. “They keep raising the rent and they do not do anything.” The committee is scheduled to revisit the topic on July 26.

nity to educate not only the youth who are part of the Puyallup Nation, but to also educate the entire Tacoma community about the sacrifices that have been made on behalf of our local tribe, about all the contributions that the Puyallup Tribe makes every day right here in the city of Tacoma, and to understand the struggles – what the canoe journey means to our entire city,” she said, making a special point to encourage Tacoma residents to come out and take part in the cultural festivities. “I hope that as they (canoes) come into Tacoma and land on tribal property on Marine View Drive, that they will be welcomed by residents of the city of Tacoma. I invite us all to come out and be in support and partnership with the Puyallup Tribe for this very special occasion. I hope this is just the beginning of the partnerships and the friendships and the work that we will do together in the future.” City Councilmember Justin Camarata agreed. “First, I’d like to acknowledge that we are on Puyallup tribal land. I know that’s important and frankly, the relationships between our various agencies and governments has not been what it should be. I’m hopeful that this is the start of more dialog and relationships and working together,” he said. Deputy Mayor Anders Ibsen also acknowledged the “strained relations” in the past, and said the city must own that and see this year’s canoe journey as “the very beginning of starting the healing process. We can do better and we

will do better. We have to recognize that as the city of Tacoma, we’re not simply your partner, we are your guests as we are on tribal land. I see this as the beginning of a renewal and rebirth of a potentially much better relationship as we move forward.” Puyallup Tribal Councilmember Bryan echoed these thoughts when she spoke to the Council. “It is really important that we continue to work together and learn about each other, that we continue to partner on common problems that we have in the city and the tribe. “I do hope that these relationships we’re establishing will help us when we have to have conversations where we don’t agree on things. It’s an honor to stand here today and look forward to strengthening this relationship that we’ve started building.” Puyallup Tribal Councilmember Tim Reynon noted how canoe journey medicine has the power to bring healing in ways that carry forth through generations. “We are grateful to have this opportunity for you to participate with us in the year’s canoe journey, the theme of which is ‘Honoring Our Medicine,”’ he said. “We hope that as you and the citizens of Tacoma participate, and all of our tribal members participate, that you feel of the medicine that we have to share with you – that it can heal our communities and strengthen us and lift us up.” Learn more about Power Paddle to Puyallup at

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Tacoma Rainiers left fielder Ian Miller smacks a double against the Fresno Grizzlies on Sunday, July 15, at Cheney Stadium. Miller has been having a solid season for the Rainiers batting .274, with nine doubles, three triples, 32 runs batted in, 32 walks and 21 stolen bases.



ummer has been flying by for the boys of summer, and the Tacoma Rainiers have been doing their best to remain in the playoff picture. Despite another bevy of player transactions this season, the Rainiers have been able to stay focused and the ball club has been playing above .500 now for more than a month. However, the Rainiers (51-45) haven’t been able to get closer than 2.5 games behind the first-place Fresno Grizzlies (55-40). When Fresno paid a recent visit to Cheney Stadium for a four-game series, the Rainiers began the set of games trailing the Grizzlies by 4.5 games. After a couple of victories, Tacoma had closed the gap to just 2.5 games back. However, the Grizzlies rebounded with a couple of wins and the Rainiers would hit the road right where they started four games prior. As of this article, the Rainiers have just 43 games left on the regular season schedule. Where has the time gone? Of those 43 games, there are only 21 games remaining at Cheney Stadium, unless the Rainiers can catch a little more fire and finally catch Fresno in the home stretch. This sounds like a great time to snag some tickets for what looks to be an exciting month and a half

of baseball on Tyler Street. Prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Seattle Mariners’ pitching staff began showing some tire wear. Starting pitchers James Paxton and Felix Hernandez each sustained injuries that required several call-ups from the Tacoma Rainiers’ roster. Luckily, they were short-lived transactions and the team appears to be nearly at full strength. Second baseman Gordon Beckham and pitchers Nick Rumbelow, Christian Bergman, Casey Lawrence and Mike Morin have all been recently called up by the Mariners. Since these call-ups, only Lawrence currently remains on the Mariners’ active roster. In addition, outfielder Cameron Perkins is spending his second stint on the disabled list in less than a month, while stud starting pitcher Rob Whalen was activated from the disabled list on Monday, July 16. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (53-41) are currently leading the PCL American Northern Division by one game ahead of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (51-41). The Memphis Redbirds (61-35) are running away with the PCL American Southern Division, leading the second-place Nashville Sounds (46-48) by a whopping 14 games. The best race in the league is taking place in the PCL Pacific Southern Division with the El Paso Chihuahuas (52-44) maintaining a slim two-game lead over the Salt Lake Bees (50-46). The Albuquerque

Isotopes (45-50) and the Las Vegas 51s (45-51) are also within striking distance, trailing by just 6.5 and seven games, respectively. Let’s take a look at the past week of Rainiers’ baseball. On Thursday, July 12, Tacoma welcomed Fresno to town and a great crowd of 5,559 sun-drenched fans helped the Rainiers perform a little home cooking. Despite connecting for just five hits in the ball game, Tacoma was able to make the small output count in the 4-3 victory. Second baseman Adam Law had slapped a double, and that would be the extent of Tacoma’s extra-base hits. Starting pitcher Bryan Evans earned the win going six innings, while giving up just two earned runs. Ryan Cook earned his third save of the season. The following night, a crowd of 7,096 passed through the Cheney gates under sunny skies, with temperatures hovering in the 80s. The Tacoma bats came alive with 12 hits, and they would need them all to secure an 8-7 victory over the Grizzlies. Law was sensational at the plate, racking up three doubles on the night, with three runs batted in and two runs scored. Center fielder Andrew Aplin also added a double. Reliever Dario Alvarez would earn the win in just 1.1 innings of work, while Shawn Armstrong picked up his eighth save of the season. u See RAINIERS / page 15


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With Angus MacDuff looking on in the background, duffers take to the ninth green during the Tacoma Athletic Commission Celebrity Golf Classic. MacDuff used to be a 60-foot cedar tree that caused golfers nothing but headaches on the ninth tee box. Golf at Highlands appears to be saved now with the pending purchase by Tacoma Athletic Commission member Jack Connelly.


Coming from a family that absolutely loves the game of golf, I was introduced to the magic of the game well before my 10th birthday. Like any sport, I had to learn to walk before I started running. Frankly, handing a little kid a golf club and having them just begin swinging away is a recipe for broken windows, lamps, furniture and even noses. Without the basics of the game, a kid isn’t going to have much fun on the golf course, and then it often leads to disenchantment and ultimately in quitting. My Dad wasn’t going to let that happen to his young whippersnapper. Instead of introducing me to the big golf courses in the area, he knew there were a few spots that were better suited for teaching a kid the fundamentals of the game. While I never was able to shake the urge to swing too hard, even though I must have heard it from my Dad a thousand times, the small courses he started me out on not only prepared me for the big ones, but it also helped grow my love of the sport. Growing up in Tacoma, there were three small courses to take a kid out to. There was the Williams Nine (or Executive Nine) at Meadow Park Golf Course,

Golf Land over by the Tacoma landfill and the hidden gem up in the North End known then as Highland Hills Golf Course (now Highlands Golf Course). I was heart broken when Golf Land was sold and turned into an Eagle Hardware (now Lowe’s). The short “pitch and putt” course was perfect for honing the short game and you could plow through nine holes easily in under an hour. It’s just a sweet memory now. The Williams Nine is still out at Meadow Park, and it’s probably the sort of course that you bring a kid out to after he’s worked up his or her skills just a bit more. With room to really swing away, the Williams is the sort of course that has helped golfers learn to play within their own abilities and not get too crazy with their swing. The original golf course at Highlands was built in 1931. That’s some serious Tacoma history right there. It was the site of my first-ever eagle (hole one), and the memories of golfing with my Dad, Uncle Palmer and Aunt Agnes are still fresh today. As a matter of fact, my Uncle Ray Gimse happens to be the “Hole in One King” at Highlands. You won’t believe how many hole in ones he’s had there, so I won’t even bother putting it out there. Let’s just say that when you live on the course, you tend to play quite a bit of golf. It’s been 37 years since a group of 20 local investors

came together to save Highlands from extinction. Now, after nearly four decades, the group of owners decided that it was time to put Highlands up for sale. When I heard about this, it felt as though my blood was running cold. Say goodbye to another great golf course, and say hello to another few dozen homes where they’re not needed (or wanted). It was announced that the group was searching for a buyer who intended to keep Highlands a functioning golf course. While this seemed to cool my jets a little, I still had a sinking feeling that it would be just too tasty of a property purchase for an investor not to ultimately turn it into another housing development. On Monday, July 16, my fears were cast away. It was announced at the annual Tacoma Athletic Commission Celebrity Golf Classic that not only had a buyer been found, but he also just so happened to be a member of the Tacoma Athletic Commission. Outgoing Tacoma Athletic Commission secretary, and former president, Doug McArthur couldn’t have been more pleased to announce local attorney Jack Connelly as the future owner of Highlands Golf Course. While the sale is pending with some final survey work to be completed, McArthur is satisfied that it u See HIGHLANDS / page 15


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(Left to right) Eddie Omnes, Kanoa Guillermo, Karla Santos, Kinai Guillermo, Zoee Martinson, Master Ramirez (center), Maddie Rakow, Jaylin Jose, Cayla Kim, Caleb Walker, Marvin Cardona, Joey Krevitz. TACOMA ATHLETES SHINE AT THE USA TAEKWONDO NATIONALS Ten Tacoma taekwondo athletes from Twin Tigers Taekwondo School competed in the U.S.A. Taekwondo National Taekwondo Championship in Salt Lake City between July 2-9. The 10 range from age 11 to 33. The tournament had approximately 5,500 competitors from across the United States. Bringing gold medals back to Tacoma were Zoee Martinson (11), Marvin Cardona (15), and Eddie Omnes (33). Karla Santos (13) brought home a silver medal. Bronze medalists were Kiani Guillermo (11), Jaylin Jose (13), Joey Krevitz (17), as well as Santos. Falling shy of the medal round but still placing in the top-six positions in the country were 13-year old Kayla Kim (5th place) and 14-year old Kanoa Guillermo (5th place). The athletes are trained by Master Daniel Ramirez, a retired US Army Veteran who owns and operates Twin Tigers Taekwondo School in Tacoma. UPS’ HERMAN NAMED ROWING ALL-AMERICAN Lilly Herman ‘18 has been named a Pocock Division-III All-American by the College Rowing Coaches Association. Herman adds a Second Team All-American nod to her outstanding senior season, during which she also received All-Norhtwest Conference honors. Herman was in the stroke seat of Puget Sound’s women’s varsity-eight during the 2018 season. She helped lead the Loggers to a new course record on American Lake during the Lamberth Cup, crossing the finish line in 6:51.7. A captain each of the past two years, Herman earned a spot in the Puget Sound crew program her freshman year. Her positive attitude and inspiring effort won over both coaches and teammates. “Lilly brings it every day, and she inspires and compels her teammates to do likewise,” said Puget Sound women’s crew head coach Aaron Benson. “Lilly is the best individual rower on the team this year, and this is also the best team we’ve had in a decade.” Herman is aiming to return with the Loggers in the 201819 season as an assistant coach. UPS’ GOTT NOMINATED FOR NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR Jessica Gott ’18 has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. For 28 years, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award “has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.” Gott, a four-year letter winner for Puget Sound softball, finished her collegiate career with several honors. She was named to the Academic All-American Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and she earned All-Northwest honors in each of the past two seasons. Gott was an All-NWC Honorable Mention in 2017, and she rose to the Second Team in 2018. She led the 2018 Loggers in hitting with a .330 batting average, and her .425 on-base percentage was also a team-high. In the circle, Gott led the Loggers with 112.1 innings pitched. The Lynnwood native graduated with a 3.99 GPA after majoring in psychology with a minor in business. She also represented the Loggers annually in volunteering initiatives such as the Trick-or-Can food drive, Special Olympics Field Day, and Adopt-A-Family gift-giving during the holiday seasons. SOUNDERS U23 FINISH SECOND IN TOUGH PDL NORTHWEST DIVISION The Sounders U23 team made a late season run and came

up just short of the 2018 PDL playoffs. After a slow start, the team rattled off four straight wins and a chance at the playoffs going into the final game of the season. A 2-0 loss at Calgary Foothills on Saturday, July 14, ended the Sounders U23 season and sent Calgary off to the Western Conference Finals from the PDL Northwest Division. The game in Calgary started well with the Sounders U23 team taking shots off the long grass field but not finding the back of the net. The teams went into half time knotted at 0-0 and the Sounders U23 still had a chance at post-season play. At the start of the second half, an errant pass off a pot hole in the bumpy field led to a bouncing pass back to goalkeeper Akili Kasim. The clearance from Kasim took an awkward bounce and ended up at the feet of Calgary’s Moses Danto. Danto danced around Kasim and shot on target. Sounders U23 central defender, Nathan Aune, used his hands to stop the ball from going into the net and was sent off in the 50th minute. Kasim saved the ensuing penalty kick but the Sounders U23 were now down to 10 men. The 0-0 score line continued with the Sounders U23 battling but eventually, Danto scored off a corner kick and the hosts went up 1-0. Pressing late in the game, Philip Lund was sent off from Sounders U23 after a hard tackle at midfield. Now at two men down, the Sounders U23 still pressed for opportunities with Moustafa Khattab, Niklas Brodacki, and Eddie Na running at goal. The Sounders U23 could not find a tying goal and gave up a 92nd minute stoppage goal to end the game 0-2. The 2018 Sounders U23 season had many bright spots with Santiago Patino scoring 10 goals for the men in rave green and with a late season run that was nearly rewarded with an opportunity to chase their third PDL Western Conference Championship. The Sounders U23 can look at the season with a positive take. Kendall Burks started the final four games as an 18-year old just out of high school and Kasim took over the starting goalkeeper spot at 19 years old. “We got started a little slowly this year but what a great run of form late in the season. Each year, we restart with new players and we work hard to help them gain pieces as they chase the dream of professional soccer. This crop of guys were great workers and we will see some of them on television next year. We always want to win trophies but moving guys on is the key and I know we did that again this summer,” said Darren Sawatzky, Sounders U23 head coach and general manager. Stay tuned for off-season news as Sounders U23 go on break and the players head back to college programs. Thank you to all the Sounders U23 supporters. TACOMA/PIERCE COUNTY VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS NEEDED The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college, and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. Line judges are also needed for local high school matches. A comprehensive training program scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21, Sunday, Aug. 26 and Monday, Aug. 27, is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive. For students, retirees or former athletes looking to re-connect with a sport, officiating high school and middle school sports is also an excellent way to earn some extra income and provide a great service to the teams. Registration is due no later than Thursday, Aug. 9, so please contact us immediately. For additional information on becoming a volleyball official, please visit our website and contact Marc Blau at (253) 677-2872 or

FRIDAY, JULY 20 - BASEBALL Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 21 - JIU JITSU Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pacific Lutheran - 10 a.m. SATURDAY, JULY 21, MMA CageSport 52 Emerald Queen Casino - 7 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 21 - BASEBALL Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 22 - BASEBALL Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 1:35 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 22 – SOCCER Bellingham UTD vs. Washington Premier EPLWA Semifinals Washington Premier Complex – 6:30 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 26 - USL SOCCER Las Vegas vs. Sounders S2 Cheney Stadium - 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1 - BASEBALL Oklahoma City vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 2 - BASEBALL Oklahoma City vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, AUG. 3 - BASEBALL Oklahoma City vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 4 - BASEBALL Col. Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, AUG. 5 - BASEBALL Col. Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 1:35 p.m. MONDAY, AUG. 6 - BASEBALL Col. Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 7 - BASEBALL Col. Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 11:35 a.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 11 - USL SOCCER San Antonio FC vs. Sounders S2 Cheney Stadium - 7 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPT. 2 - USL SOCCER Orange County SC vs. Sounders S2 Cheney Stadium - 1:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5 - USL SOCCER Tulsa Roughnecks vs. Sounders S2 Cheney Stadium - 7 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 - USL SOCCER Phoenix Rising FC vs. Sounders S2 Cheney Stadium - 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3 - USL SOCCER LA Galaxy II vs. Sounders S2 Cheney Stadium - 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10 - USL SOCCER Colorado Springs FC vs. Sounders S2 Cheney Stadium - 7 p.m.


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(Left) Henry Foss guard Micah Pollard could help ease the transition for new Falcons' coach Josh Barsh. Pollard, a 2018 Tacoma Weekly All-City Team selection, averaged more than 20 points a game last season, and is arguably the top returning guard in the city. (Middle) In 2017, Life Christian guard Omari Maulana made a huge splash on the Tacoma hoops scene as a freshman, earning 2B Pacific League co-MVP honors. Along with 6-5 Keegan Bitow-Woods, Maulani brings a big game for incoming head coach Charles Simmons. (Right) As a freshman, Lincoln's Julien Simon turned heads on the football field nationally and became an impact player on the court for the Abes.

BY CARLI RICKER Tacoma Weekly Correspondent

In the past several months the landscape of Tacoma high school boys basketball has seen major changes in the coaching of some of the school’s best programs. In this offseason three head coaches; Aubrey Shelton of Lincoln High School, Mike Cocke’ of Foss High School and Mark Lovelady of Life Christian Academy, all stepped down from their

longstanding coaching positions. Taking over as the new head coaches for these schools are Ryan Rogers for Lincoln, Josh Barsh for Foss and Charles Simmons for Life Christian Academy. Ryan Rogers has strong ties to Lincoln having been an Abe himself and playing on the basketball team under Shelton for one season. After high school, Rogers went on to play basketball for the University of Puget Sound, where Shelton has recently been named

the men's basketball head coach. Rogers brings not only the understanding of a Lincoln player but coach as well since he has worked as an assistant varsity coach under Shelton and was the head coach of the junior varsity. Shelton showed his approval and enthusiasm for his successor in a tweet saying he’s, “Very proud of and excited for Ryan Rogers being named the new head boys basketball coach at Lincoln!!! He is an Abe and a Logger who I had the privilege to

coach his senior year, tough as nails, intelligent, and a true Abe, he is going to do great things!!!” Josh Barsh comes to Foss High School with years of experience on a variety of levels both as a player and coach. Barsh is honored and excited to be taking on the challenge of head coach and is eager to continue the program’s culture of discipline and winning. When asked what he’s looking forward u See BASKETBALL / page 15



After two, hard-fought victories, the Sounders Women will be heading to Oklahoma for a chance to win the Women's Premier Soccer League's national championship trophy. On Saturday, July 14, the Sounders Women hosted La Villa Fc at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. The teams were knotted at 1-1 at halftime and the second half was just as tight, with the Sounders Women holding on for a 4-3 victory and a ticket to the WPSL Western Conference title game the following day. After a 4-2 victory over FC Tucson, the Sounders Women will now face the defending WPSL champions, Fire and Ice SC on Saturday, July 20, at Gordon Drummond Field in Norman, Oklahoma. The winner advances to the championship the following day against either the Chicago Red Stars Reserves or Pensacola FC.

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From page 14 to most as head coach, Barsh answered as many coaches do: the relationships. “I am really looking forward to building lasting relationships with the young men in the program,” said Barsh. “Helping them succeed on the court and also giving them the tools to be successful in life as men of our community.” While Barsh acknowledges that they will eventually run into some obstacles this season he certainly doesn’t see it as one where the Falcons will drop off or slip into a rebuild. “I expect us to compete at a very high level,” said Barsh. “And to continue to build on the championship mentality… I see nothing but championships, scholarships and trophies for the Foss Falcon student-athletes.” While searching for a coach to take over for Mark Lovelady after 25 years was no easy task, Life Christian is excited about their choice of Charles Simmons. A selfstyled “student of the game,” Simmons has played for years and has had the opportunity to shadow coaches at the collegiate and professional level. “I feel blessed and honored to be the new head coach at Life Christian,” said Simmons. “I’m eager to lead this group of studentathletes and followers of God.” He also plans to continue Lovelady’s work in building the Life Christian basketball program. “I always respected how Lovelady was able to get the best out of kids and remain positive,” said Simmons. “We plan to build on what Lovelady started and take it higher...” Simmons is also the founder of Top Scholar Elite Basketball Club, a program which uses the platform of basketball to further improve a player’s game and teach them life skills such as hard work and respect. As players continue to grind away at workouts and summer league games, coaches will also be hard at work preparing game plans and practices. While the work and competitive coaching of Shelton, Cocke’ (now at Wilson High School), and Lovelady will be missed, fans should be eager to see the town’s newest coaches at work and the continuation of Tacoma basketball excellence.

From page 12 will be just a matter of days before the whole transaction is finalized. “We couldn’t have asked for a better new owner after 37 years of keeping the course operating for the thousands of Tacomans who are golfers,” said McArthur. “Particularly the seniors, women and children who have found our par three ‘track’ the perfect golf experience, with a hole in one opportunity on every hole. Jack Connelly will be an outstanding owner and he purchased it for one reason - to save it and maintain it as a golf course - rather than another

t Rainiers From page 11 On Saturday, July 14, Fresno exacted a bit of revenge in front of a crowd of 6,843 fans at Cheney. The Grizzlies muffled the Rainiers, holding Tacoma to just five hits en route to a 7-1 victory. Law continued his hot streak at the plate with a home run in the second inning, while Aplin added another double. Starting pitcher Williams Perez was tagged with the loss after giving up four earned runs in his four innings of work. Perez has since been sent back down to Double-A Arkansas. Tacoma was hoping for a series win on Sunday, July 15, but the bats remained dormant in a 5-3 loss to Fresno. Left-fielder Ian Miller and designated hitter John Andreoli had a double each. Starting pitcher Darren McCaughan was saddled with the loss, giving up four earned runs in four innings of work. McCaughan has since been sent back down to Single-A Modesto. After splitting the home series with Fresno, the Rainiers headed south for a four-game set against the Reno Aces. Tacoma’s bats exploded for 15 hits and 10 runs to take a 10-6 victory in game one. Beckham

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SPORTS | 15 housing development in our city. “He has been involved in our community as a TAC member, part of the ownership group of the Tacoma Rainiers and numerous other civic organizations. A graduate of Lakes High and Stanford, he was a championship swimmer at both, and he has been one of Washington’s most respected attorneys for the past 35-plus years.” I may not pull the golf clubs out as often as I used to, but as a Tacoma duffer, I am relieved and thankful to see part of our local history saved. I’m fairly certain that legendary Pacific Lutheran football coach Frosty Westering would approve an “Attaway” for Connelly, the Tacoma Athletic Commission, as well as the group of owners who saved the course so long ago.

returned to the Tacoma line-up to slap a couple of doubles, with shortstop Nick Vincej adding his own two-bagger. Alvarez would garner the win, despite pitching just 0.2 innings. Armstrong earned his ninth save of the season. On Tuesday, July 17, the teams put together a slug fest in 95-degree heat. The Rainiers would fall 10-9 after giving up four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Aplin, Law and Beckham kept the Rainiers in it with home runs, while Law also added another two doubles. Designated hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis, catcher Cameron Rupp and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach also smacked doubles. Reliever Daniel Schlereth took the loss, giving up three earned runs, while walking two batters. Law has been on fire since moving up from Double-A Arkansas. Through 27 games, the 28-year old is currently batting .359, with 10 doubles, three home runs, 15 runs batted in, 37 hits and 20 runs scored. Tacoma returns home for a three-game series against the Salt Lake Bees on Friday, July 20, at 7:05 p.m. After a seven-game road trip to Round Rock in Texas and then New Orleans, Tacoma will return home for a huge seven-game set against Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs beginning on Wednesday, August 1, at 7:05 p.m.


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The Puyallup Tribe of Indians invites the public to come and witness this historic event. Celebrate with singing, dancing, stories and sharing food for the Tribal Journeys of 2018 to the Puyallup Territory of the Medicine Creek Nation. Approximately 15,000 people representing coastal tribes from all over the Pacific Northwest are expected to participate. Canoes start landing on Saturday, July 28 at the former Ole & Charlie’s Marina, 4224 Marine View Dr., Tacoma, WA 98422 For more information, visit SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Saturday, 7/28 - Canoe Journey Landing *note: vendors will be onsite for art, gifts and food for purchase. • 8am – Shuttles from Parking to Canoe Landing •

Shuttle location - 2102 Alexander Ave., Tacoma, WA

Because of limited parking we urge all guests to use shuttle

• 11am – Ceremony and Canoe Protocol •

Color Guard, Prayer, and Tribal Leadership: Hear from the Puyallup hosts, Tribal Chairman Bill Sterud, Council members and other dignitaries.

Canoe Protocol Welcome: Puyallup leadership will welcome over 120 Canoes

• 6pm – Welcome Dinner •

Location: Chief Leschi School, 5625 52nd St. E., Puyallup, WA

Free parking on-site

Dinner will be provided

Vendors on-site

“Open the floor” for Canoe families

Sunday, 7/29 – Saturday, 8/4 - Paddle to Puyallup *note: vendors will be onsite for art, gifts and food for purchase. • Location: Chief Leschi School, 5625 52nd St. E, Puyallup, WA • Free parking on-site • Daily events: •

6am – 8am Breakfast

9am Protocol

6pm – 8pm Dinner

8pm Protocol

Saturday 8/4 - Closing Ceremonies • Location: Chief Leschi School, 5625 52nd St. E, Puyallup, WA • Free parking on-site • Protocol TBD

Mon., July 30 – Fri., Aug. 3


• Location: Puyallup Tribe Youth & Community Center, 5803 N. Levee Rd. E., Tacoma, WA 98424 • 1-5 p.m. each day: Outdoor activities and basketball in the gym • Family movie nights at dusk, with free popcorn and drinks Sun., July 29, 4-8 p.m. - Puyallup Tribe Youth & Community Center 5 Year Anniversary • Location: 5803 N. Levee Rd. E., Tacoma, WA 98424 • Live music from VisionSeekerz: Native American Band with a mix of Tribes from the Northwest playing rock, blues, classic rock, alternative, grunge, country and Native fusion. Will also play Chief Leschi Schools on July 30. • Music by community drummers and singers like Sonny Eaglespeaker, who has performed at the Gathering of Nations powwow, among many other venues. • Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, baked beans, popcorn, cotton candy, face painters, balloon artists, dunk tank, game truck, bouncy houses in the gym.



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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CIRCUS Meet some of the stars of Venardos

BY BLAKE KREMER Special to Tacoma Weekly

“It’s a circus around here,” sighed Kevin Venardos. It was a Wednesday afternoon and Venardos was stretched out in a seat under his self-named circus’ big top, a huge red and white striped tent on the grounds of Tacoma’s Star Center. All around him was the activity of his circus performers and crew, making final preparations before their first show of 11 days of performances in Tacoma. A juggler expertly kept five rings flying in the air. The crew busily stocked the concessions with cotton candy and glowing wands. A rigger sat attentively at the end of a rope while two young aerialists defied gravity, swinging gracefully over the stage. Venardos’ circus begins and ends with large musical performances that link together the many different acts. The circus performance lasts an hour and a half with a short intermission. The big top opens an hour before show time, allowing the audience to meet performers and participate in pre-show activities and take selfies. Following the show there are additional opportunities to meet and pose with the performers. “This is the little circus that could,” says Venardos. His circus has been defying the odds, surviving in an era when travelling circuses, most notably the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, have closed. At a time when the movie “The Greatest Showman” has fueled interest in the circus art form, Venardos’ circus offers a rare type of entertainment both to families hoping to be dazzled and to adults looking for a pleasant date night. Venardos is dedicated to keeping this alive. “We don’t have to listen to the bullies’ voices,” he said, “voices that say you cannot do it, you don’t have the money for it, it won’t work.” Venardos watches as aerialists PJ Perry and Laura Gwendolyn Birch practice over the stage. Birch is a


(Top photo) Members of Venardos Circus gather to greet spectators to the traveling circus that ends its run at Tacoma’s STAR Center this weekend. (Below) Laura Gwendolyn Birch is one of the local acrobats that Venardo’s Circus has engaged for the Northwest leg of the circus’ travels. Texan who travelled to Bellingham, where she learned her craft. Birch says that Bellingham has become a focal point in the circus world, with many students and performers gathered in that community where they occasionally get to meet producers like Venardos. Before

Venardos hired Birch, he saw her perform in Vaudevillingham, the Bellingham Circus Guild’s monthly variety show and fundraiser. Birch hangs over the stage from scarfs, whirling and twisting with fine control. Birch talks about how the five minutes in her performance took three years to create. “I can spend four days working on 20 seconds of choreography.” Birch started her career as a performer when she was 26; almost 10 years later she cannot imagine doing anything else. Birch is older than typical aerialists. “There is a timeline for me,” says Birch. “Fifteen years from now I may be in a producer role.” Birch is philosophical about her role. “I don’t have a typical body shape for an aerialist,” she said. “I’m almost six feet tall, but I am very fast. I want to inspire people who have different body shapes, and are different ages.” Perry takes the practice stage after Birch. While Birch works with scarves, Perry dangles and spins from ropes. Similarly, her performance is distinguished by fine muscle control and fluid dazzling moves far above the stage. In 2008 Perry saw a circus in Bellingham and decided that she could be an aerialist like the ones she saw. Nine months later she was giving performances. Like several other performers here, this is her first tent circus. A product of the Bellingham Circus Guild, Perry has performed internationally in Germany and Australia, as well as nationally, recently in Dallas. “In a tent circus,” said Perry, “you are roughing it. You don’t have the typical accommodations that come with some of the tours I have been on. The people here — they are here because they love it. Here everyone is excited. The performers love to be here.” Perry talks about her goal of connecting with the circus’ audience, which she describes as difficult when ae-

u See CIRCUS / page 26


Friday, July 20, 2018 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

2018 TACOMA MARITIME FEST HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Launched in the early 90s, the 25th Maritime Fest, celebrating Tacoma’s historic waterfront, is set for July 28 and 29. Come to the Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock St.) for this all-ages event and be part of this valued maritime tradition that honors Tacoma’s rich maritime history, the trades that defined its past, and the activities and industry that shape it now. Celebrating the City of Destiny’s 46 miles of waterfront and rich history, Maritime Fest brings together an array of waterfront organizations: industrial, environmental, recreational, and nonprofit. Tacoma Maritime Fest is a tradition that nearly a quarter-million people have enjoyed during the past two decades. It is the only community event that celebrates Tacoma’s most important asset: its waterfront. On the docks, you will encounter the Tacoma Youth Maritime Foundation Sea Scouts and various heritage boats and schooners including the Odyssey, the Curtis and the Vérité. There will be live music both days of Maritime Fest. There will also be roving pirates, a bounce pirate ship, face painting, shanty singers (because who doesn’t appreciate a good shanty?), skilled craftspeople showing off their boat building and model boat building talents, hands-on model toy boat building for festivalgoers and food trucks. Admission to the Maritime Fest and the Foss Waterway Seaport is free thanks to support from KeyBank. MARITIME FEST SCHEDULE: Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission • Dock side tours of vessels

A Maritime Garage Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in partnership with Foss Harbor Marina Paddleboard activities from the docks adjacent to the Seaport. Purchase tickets for 10 a.m. Paddle Board Yoga on the Foss at paddle-board-yoga-on-the-foss-tickets-45821101147. Purchase tickets for 12:30 p.m. Introduction to Paddle Board on the Foss at www.eventbrite. com/e/intro-to-paddle-board-on-thefoss-tickets-45821148288. Sunday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission • Dock side tours of vessels Glass Fest Northwest at the Museum of Glass with a boat shuttle between the Seaport and the Museum of Glass Port of Tacoma boat tours leaving from the north end of docks. To reserve a free seat go to www.eventbrite. com/e/2018-port-of-tacomas-centennial-boat-tours-tickets-33720352482 Limited free parking is available along Dock Street. The organizers highly encourage visitors to look at using public transit options, riding a bike, or even walking down to Dock Street from the downtown core via the 11th Street/Murray Morgan Bridge. A water shuttle will run between the Museum of Glass and the Foss Waterway Seaport. The distance between the Museum of Glass and the Foss Waterway Seaport is one mile with large portions walkable via the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade. For more information on Maritime Fest, visit www.fosswaterwayseaport. org/maritimefest.


Cruise down to the Foss Waterway Seaport July 28 and 29 to celebrate Tacoma’s maritime history and culture at the 25th annual Maritime Fest. There will be harbor tours, events, exhibits and entertainment — all free all weekend.


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TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Friday, July 20, 2018

Demos, food, music and more at Glass Fest Northwest

The Things We Like UPCOMING EVENTS: JULY 20 AND 21 AT 7:30 P.M., JULY 22 AT 2 P.M.

“Mulan, Jr." Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma Relive the classic Disney movie as TLT presents Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.” Tacoma Little Theatre Summer Camp is pleased to present their performance of the Disney classic, “Mulan, J.” directed by Dylan Twiner. Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the emperor. This show is recommended for all ages. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased online at, or by calling the Box Office at (253) 272-2281. FRIDAY, JULY 27, 6 P.M.



Glass Fest Northwest takes place at the Museum of Glass Plaza July 29. Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to support local artist and craftspeople at the free festival. Glass Fest Northwest is returning to the Museum of Glass Plaza July 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Glass Fest Northwest, a celebration of glass and the artists of the Pacific Northwest, will take place in collaboration with Tacoma Art Museum and the Foss Waterway Seaport (which is celebrating the Tacoma Maritime Fest and will run water taxis up and down the waterway all day). This all-day event puts glass art center stage by bringing together more than 25 local artists and artisans, live glassmaking demonstrations, food, drinks, music, and hands-on activities.

Visitors will also find jewelry artisans, printmakers, wood workers, potters and more. The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will host a kids zone for visitors ages 1-10. The Ram Brewery Beer Garden will have Conehead Kölsch on tap. This is a free event with the goal of supporting local artists. Each visitor who provides a receipt for a purchase made with one of the vendors receives free admission to MOG. Participating artists: Alexis Devine; Anita Schuller; Anthony Gaudino; Barbara Matteson; Bob

Jewell and Carrie Foster; Brian Owen Brenno; Carrie Grula; Central Glass; Conor McClellan; David Rios; Downing Pottery; Evan Gutierrez; Gina Karaba; Glassy Baby; Gretchen McAllister; Heather Cornelius; Hilltop Artists; James Downey; Joe and Laura Cattuti; Leah Morgan; Levi Belber; Maan Suola; MOG Store; No Man’s Land; Nori Kimura; Patty Herman and Merv Frye; Phi Le; Pierce County Master Gardeners; Sarah Meranda; School of the Arts and Trent Quiocho For information, visit

Ethnic Fest returns to Wright Park Since 1986 Ethnic Fest has grown to become the largest celebration of culture and community in Tacoma. On July 28 and 29, Wright Park will be the scene of two days of music and a celebration of the many diverse communities and people from a wide array of ethnicities that are woven together to make up the fabric of Tacoma. The diversity of our city makes our City of Destiny a vibrant place to live. This year Ethnic Fest takes place Saturday, July 28 - Sunday, July 29 from noon to 7 p.m. at historic Wright Park at 501 S. I St. in Tacoma. This family-friendly, free festival has grown in size and hosts kids zones, hands-on cultural activities and experiences, performer stage, as well as numerous specialty arts and crafts, food and information vendor booths. Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the world. Ethnic Fest hosts more than 50 community information booths. Get to know the organizations in your community. They’re doing amazing things here in Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. Make sure to pick up their goodies. The kids zone brings entertainment specially designed for kids all weekend. Bring the kids to participate in arts and crafts, games, music and more. Ac-

Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma Amp up your fourth Fridays and experience the unexpected at Tacoma Art Museum. Music, meetups, drinks, and more. 21+ only. Meet local artist Michelle Lassaline as she performs in character and creates portraits ( Explore the galleries with an Instagram scavenger hunt (#TAMunframed). Mix it up with DJ Silon Chhun ( Collaborate on an EPIC collage inspired by Dustin Yellin’s Migration in Four Parts (now on view in Immigrant Artists and the American West: Try new skills in TAM Studio. Enjoy happy hour bites from TAM Café. Cash bar available. Cost is $10 ($5 members/ students with ID). Tickets available online ( or at the door.  INFO: 862931440572813 SATURDAY, JULY 28, 8 P.M.

Flashlight Tour of the Pythian Temple Tacoma Pythian Temple, 1126 Commerce St, Tacoma Join Pretty Gritty Tours for a special “Boos and Booze” experience. Participants will meet at the Dunagan Brewery before moving through the historic Opera Alley to get to one of Tacoma’s most mysterious buildings, the Pythian Temple. Tacoma’s Pythian Lodge was built in 1907. The Knights of Pythias was a relatively new fraternal order at the time, having been founded in 1864 by Justus Rathbone to promote “friendship, charity and benevolence” in the waning days of the Civil War. You’ll have a unique opportunity to see this secret building at night and explore the rooms by flashlight. Hear the history and discover if the echo of the past still lingers in the halls.  INFO: SATURDAY, JULY 28, 8 P.M.

Bob's Java Jive 63rd Anniversary Bob’s Java Jive, 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma Come celebrate the 63rd anniversary of The Jive. Dress up in your favorite era’s attire from the 1950s until now, sing karaoke, dance, drink some beers and have a blast. Doors open at 8 p.m. No cover charge.  INFO: SATURDAY, JULY 28, 7:30 P.M.

Finley Mimbles' Backyard Theater


On July 28 and 29, our City of Destiny celebrates its diverse and dynamic population at the annual Ethnic Fest, which will be held at Wright Park. tivities are designed with a younger crowd in mind. At dusk on Saturday, July 28, you can watch the Ethnic Fest outdoor movie: “Moana” (rated PG.) Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for the free outdoor movie. Seating is on the lawn, so attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs. (View Metro Parks’ entire summer outdoor movie line-up at  See ETHNIC FEST / page 26

7307 82nd St. Ct. SW, Lakewood, Finley Mimbles presents the second ever Backyard Theater Event. Festivities start at 7:30 p.m., movies start at 9 p.m. The Backyard Theater is a seasonal screening of completely new and original content, never before seen by human eyes. It’s a collaborative and competitive festival where Finley Mimbles Productions and friends make a smorgasbord of films, each varying in genre, story and style. Bring your own drinks, blankets and chairs. The movies won’t start until the sun starts setting, but there’ll be food, music, games and captivating conversations beforehand. The event is free but donations are accepted. Parking is limited so please RSVP and carpool if you can. Warning: Some films may have traumatizing effects on small humans.  INFO:


Friday, July 20, 2018 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

Reggae on the Way

Tacoma’s sole reggae festival returns bigger and better The popular music festival Reggae On The Way returns on Saturday, July 28, bringing both local and internationally-acclaimed musicians to the heart of South Tacoma Way, between 54th and 56th Streets. This year’s headliners include reggae singer J Boog, Hawaiian sixpiece The Green and surf-rockers The Expendables. “After last year’s success, we’re excited to grow and continue to fuel Tacoma’s insatiable appetite for good reggae music,” said Dan Rankin, owner of Danno Presents and creator of Reggae On The Way. The sold-out inaugural festival, held in July 2017, saw thousands of attendees dancing to buoyant island grooves across two city blocks. “This year, organizers are working around the clock to not only double the number of attendees, but enhance the overall festival experience,” said Rankin. Festivalgoers this year can expect

a longer day packed with more artists, a more streamlined layout to improve foot traffic and a higher number of food trucks and dining options, highlighting Tacoma’s rapidly evolving restaurant scene. The event is now also free to children age 10 and under, attending with a paying adult, creating a true family-friendly experience. “We’re thrilled to support not only the international reggae scene, but our talented local musicians as well,” said Rankin. “After last year, it’s clear the Tacoma community cares about music and deserves a festival of this scale.” Tickets for Reggae On The Way are available now for $55. Four-pack bundles at a discounted rate of $200 are also available. Physical tickets can be purchased at Airport Tavern, 5406 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Lineup: J Boog; The Green; The Expendables; Leilani Wolfgramm; Dubtonic Kru; Jah Sun; Tatanka; Power Laces;

Mighty High; Dub Lounge International; High Ceiling; P.O. Boxx. Reggae On The Way is Tacoma’s newest summer tradition, bringing island vibes to the Pacific Northwest in the form of talented local and national performers. Created by Dan Rankin of Dan-

no Presents in 2017, the adult-oriented yet family-friendly music festival brings thousands of attendees to South Tacoma Way, reviving the city’s old-school entertainment district. For more information, visit www.

Living History Cemetery Tour celebrates rich variety of Tacoma’s performing arts This year’s Living History Cemetery Tour is coming up on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. Have you ever stood in an old cemetery and thought, “How I wish these stones could talk?” Well, here’s your chance! Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma Historical Society and the Northwest Room of the Tacoma Public Libraries invite you to experience Tacoma’s history as it comes to life in a unique, fascinating way at the 10th annual Living History Cemetery Tour. This year’s theme “Showtime in Tacoma” celebrates the rich variety of Tacoma’s performing arts. Tours start every 20 minutes, from 6-7:40 p.m. on Friday, July 20 and from 5:40-7:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Tickets are $15. Advanced reservations are required and will be available at the Tacoma Historical Society Museum at 919 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, or contact (253) 472-3738 or info@tacomahistory.

org. Museum hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As the cemetery ground is often uneven, comfortable walking shoes are encouraged. This year’s theme is “Showtime in Tacoma,” featuring: Charlotte Bergoust (1897-1962): cellist and librarian; Oscar Brown (1868-1946): lighthouse keeper, musician and music teacher; Ted W. Brown (1901-1971): founder of a Tacoma institution Ted Brown Music; Olof Bull (1852-1933): violinist, professor, and mountain climber; William Fife, Sr. (1833-1905): businessman, gold miner and founder of Tacoma’s Olympic Theater; Ophelia Baker Opie (1858-1929): pianist, musician and socialite; Sally Chandler Sloan (1861-1937): brought motion pictures to Tacoma; Chester Thorne (1864-1946): business tycoon and supporter of performing arts. For information visit, 189481878532774.

Murder at Wapato Hills

The brew crew from the Swiss Restaraunt and Pub won bragging rights over the booze slingers from The Eleven Eleven Bar following an eight to four victory in the crosstown bar kickball match at Wapato Hills Park on Sunday. The battle of the Titans started fast with sandwich jockeys from Eleven Eleven Bar scoring the first runs of the seven-inning matchup. But the Swiss' tap monkeys then proved that apparently, practices pay off and bunts are key parts of any adult kickball game to round out the afternoon with a tick in the win column. A barbeque with a heavy dollop of trash talking ensued.



TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Friday, July 20, 2018

‘In Our Backyard’ uses art to explore issues of homelessness

Culture Corner A guide to cultural organizations of Tacoma


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“In Our Backyard” is a series of arts events that will be held around Tacoma to shed light, through art, on issues of homelessness. Do you believe in art as a vehicle for social change? Are you invested in your 253 community? Mark your calendars for In Our Backyard, a series of traveling community events in Tacoma that brings people together for a conversation about homelessness, its causes, challenges, and possible approaches. Each event features a participatory performance created and performed by individuals experiencing homelessness in Tacoma, as well as a video art installation presenting conversations between housed and homeless residents, filmed in each other’s backyards. The project brings the experience of homelessness to the forefront, with the goal of sparking conversation and public awareness around the challenges of homelessness and the social responsibility of the community at large towards its homeless residents. The project runs from July 26 through Aug. 16 and is funded by the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department, in partnership with the Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality. EVENT LOCATION AND DATES: Dome District • Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.

Tacoma Rescue Mission cafeteria, 425 South Tacoma Way South End • Saturday, Aug. 4, 3 p.m. Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, 7402 E. D St. West End • Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m. Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th St. Eastside • Sunday Aug. 12, 1 p.m. Portland Avenue Community Center, 3513 Portland Ave. E. Downtown • Thursday Aug. 16 (as part of Tacoma’s Third Thursday Art Walk) • 5:30 p.m. performance at Tollefson Plaza, 17th and Pacific Ave. • 6:30 p.m. artist talk at Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave. • 9 p.m. video projection on exterior of Tacoma Art Museum, facing Pacific Avenue Learn more at and events/1699534013433783.

Peninsula Art League presents 34th annual Summer Art Peninsula Art League will host its annual summer art festival July 21 and 22 in Gig Harbor’s historic downtown waterfront district, where 127 artists from as far away as New York, Arizona and Texas will show and sell work that ranges from decorative birdhouses and ceramic buttons, to fiber and glass arts to paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery and wood items. Artists are selected by a jury and all the work is hand-crafted by the artists. In addition to the visual artists, more than a dozen local authors and book illustrators will be on hand to discuss their books, their creative processes and the challenges of getting published. An exhibit of recent artwork by PAL artists will take place in the nearby 7 Seas Brewery, during the festival and

food vendors will offer a variety of festival-type food. Live music will be provided by local musicians, including a special Sunday performance by students from Gig Harbor’s Allstar Guitar Academy. Children can celebrate their creative spirits at a kids zone with free art-making activities. Festival hours are Saturday July 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the festival is free. Avoid the parking hassles of downtown Gig Harbor and take the free shuttle. Free shuttle service will run all weekend from the medical center parking lot on Kimball Drive (across from the Pierce Transit park ‘n’ ride). For information, visit

Brewer’s Row, 3205 N. 26th St., Tacoma Do you want to meet Point Defiance zookeepers, enjoy refreshing beverages and just relax with friends, all in the name of conservation? Then all you have to do is come to this conservation event and say hi. PDZA zookeepers are dedicated to conservation even outside of their jobs at the zoo. The Point Defiance chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) is a group of PDZA staff and volunteers who fundraise for conservation and professional development in their free time. One of the exciting and active AAZK committees organizes monthly conservation social events. Tacoma venues partner with them to host gatherings such as Wild for Wolves, Sippin’ for Salmon or Ale for Albatross. The venue donates a portion of an evening’s proceeds to the chosen endangered species, so all the participants have to do is show up and have a good time. Since the committee’s inception in 2011, these conservation social events have generated more then $25,000, all of which has been donated directly to conservation efforts.  INFO: JULY 28, 9:30 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

WORLD TIGER DAY Point Defiance Zoo, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma Pounce over to the zoo for this celebration that is “purrfect” for the entire family. Talk with tiger keepers, watch tigers enjoy special treats and more. Keeper talks are at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. There is also a touch station with tiger fur and skull all day in Asian Forest Sanctuary and other hands-on activities. What’s World Tiger Day? Also called International Tiger Day, it’s a worldwide celebration of tigers and call to action for their conservation. According to the World Wildlife Federation, there are only 3,900 wild tigers left in the world. The Sumatran tiger — the species of PDZA’s five tigers — is even more in danger, with only a few hundred left in the wild in Sumatra and Indonesia. Their biggest threats are poaching and habitat loss. Paws for the Cause: Did you know that palm oil is a form of vegetable oil that you likely eat or use every day? Most commercial palm oil is produced in Southeast Asia, the home of many wild cats and other species. Some companies farm palm oil in ways that are deforestation-free. Learn more about responsible palm oil at pawsforthecause.  INFO:


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Tacoma Weekly news reporter Steve Dunkelberger led a dozen or so people through a "Drunk History: Tacoma Edition" pub crawl around downtown on Saturday to share the City of Destiny's past in a social and adventurous way. A future pub crawl is being planned for later this summer.


Friday, July 20, 2018 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS


Tacoma Concert Band wins big while touring Scotland and Ireland Earlier this month, the Tacoma Concert Band took their show on the road. During a tour of Scotland and Ireland, the band put on performances at a number of locations like Scotland’s Stirling Castle, the Dublin National Concert Hall and Limerick, Ireland. On July 7, TCB participated in the 39th annual South of Ireland Band Championships in Clonakilty, Ireland. There, TCB took the first-place trophy for Best Band. The group also won the award for Best Performance of an Original Composition for its performance of Alfred Reed’s "Punchinello." Further, TCB won an award for Best Brass Section in the competition. The tour marks the end of the line for TCB founder and longtime conductor Robert Musser, who now goes into retirement. Beginning next season, Gerard Morris will take over the helm and lead TCB into the future. Morris joined University of Puget Sound School of Music faculty in fall 2009, and currently serves as interim director, director of bands, and department chair for winds and percussion. In 2016 he became an associate professor and was honored as the recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Morris earned a bachelor of arts degree in music from Western Michigan University, a master of music education degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a doctor of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University. Morris’s conducting and teaching are informed by years of professional per-


Retiring founder and longtime conductor of the Tacoma Concert Band, Robert Musser, shows off the trophy and plaque that the band won in Ireland earlier this month. TCB won Best Band and Best Brass Section at the 39th annual South of Ireland Band Championships.

forming experience as principal euphonium with Boulder Brass and United States Marine Corps Band, Hawai’i. With these organizations, he toured the United States, Australia, and Costa Rica as both

an ensemble member and soloist. For more information, visit or

Tacoma AF Concert Series The Tacoma AF Music Series features some of the best local bands, solo performers and poets getting together to support Write253. The series consists of a total of four concerts, one per month in June, July, August, and September. All proceeds from each event will be donated to Write253, an organization dedicated to developing writing skills with Tacoma youth. Each concert will feature excellent music as well a select writer from Write253. The organizers are asking for a $10 donation at the door of each event. If you can’t afford $10 you won’t be turned away. REMAINING CONCERTS: • July 26, 8 p.m. The Valley, 1206 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma • Mirrorgloss, The Rusty Cleavers

• Poet: Christina Butcher • Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Airport Tavern, 5406 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma • Stephanie Anne Johnson, Stingy Brim Blues Project • Poet: Michael Haeflinger • Sept. 21, 7 p.m. Tacoma Brewing, 1116 Court E., Tacoma • Carrie Akre, Mr. Blackwatch • Poet TBA Tacoma AF is sponsored by All donations and money from ticket sales goes directly to Write253. For more information, visit the-tacoma-af-music-series.

DTNW brings Teddy Bears’ Picnic to Curran Orchard If you go down to the Curran Apple Orchard Park on Sunday July 22, 1-4 p.m., you’re in for a big surprise! “For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain because, that is the day the teddy bears’ have their picnic.” They are part of the fifth annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic, a free, fun, family community event in University Place. The event is now produced by Dance Theatre Northwest with lots of local area sponsors and community volunteers. Bring a picnic lunch, a blanket, and your favorite teddy bear (or another favorite animal) to the orchard. Pay tribute to our military families, listen to music by the Harrison Street Band, watch the teddy bears dance, have your face painted and get a free balloon. Make sure your teddy bear visits the teddy bear health and dental

clinics, listens to teddy bear stories and plays teddy bear games, does yoga, and while you’re there, check out the teddy bear adoption booth for your free souvenir bear. Later in the day you can join the Parade of Bears as they wind their way around and through the orchard. Free red and white checked tablecloths and bottled water are provided at check in. You won’t want to miss this family friendly, free event. It is rated: bear-y fun and approved for all ages. Curran orchard is located at 3920 Grandview Dr. in University Place. In inclement weather, the event will be moved to the cafeteria at Curtis High School at 8425 40th St. W. For more information, call (253) 778-6534 or visit


TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Friday, July 20, 2018

MOBY MELDS WITH MOBERLY Moby Grape’s Jerry Miller and Jim Basnight of the Moberlys take the stage at the Swiss July 27


Jerry Miller of Moby Grape and Jim Basnight of the Moberlys will join forces at a show, dubbed "Moberly Grape," at the Swiss on July 27.


A reunion show at the Swiss will bring two legendary bands of separate decades together on the same stage. Jerry Miller of the 60s band Moby Grape will perform in cahoots with Jim Basnight of the 80s punk pop group the Moberlys. The show is dubbed “Moberly Grape,” and it takes place July 27 at 9 p.m. The idea for the show title comes from David Fricke’s 1983 “Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records.” In the book, Fricke said of the Moberly’s self-titled, full length album that “the right producer could have made them a real Moberly Grape.” Fricke went on to become senior editor of Rolling Stone magazine. It was Tacoma drummer Glenn Hummel, who currently plays in both the Jim Basnight Band and the Jerry Miller Band, that brought the two musicians together for this show. Basnight’s bassist Kurt Jensen and Miller’s bass man Kim Workman will take turns as Basnight and Miller will wind through Moberlys and Moby Grape tunes together, some blues and early rock they both love and then open and close the show with separate sets from their respective bands. Basnight (jimbasnightmusic. com) currently performs with his four-piece band and solo, or duo with multi-instrumentalist Mikel Rollins (sax/flute/harmonica/percussion) all around the country. Basnight has been performing between 150-200 dates per year since 1997. Prior to that he fronted and composed with the Meyce (197577), the Moberlys (1978-89), various bands and recording projects (198993) and the Rockinghams (1993-97). Basnight has released seven fulllength unique CDs, primarily comprised of his compositions (go to jim- for more info) and is currently working on a new album for release in summer 2018. Basnight has composed music for films, TV and the acclaimed “Little Rock,” a full-scale rock musical production (originally produced in Seattle, with productions in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Little Rock, Ark. among others), based on the integration of Little Rock Central High in 1957-58. Basnight has been hard at work since 2011 co-researching a biography and co-producing a documentary film, tribute show, museum exhibit and screen play, all based on the life story and musical legacy of blues master “Sonny Boy" Williamson (Alex “Rice” Miller 1913-65). Subjects interviewed for that project include Buddy Guy, BB King, Robert Plant, Marshall Chess and Charlie Musselwhite. His music spans blues, country, soul, punk, pop, folk and all styles of rock and roll. Moby Grape is a rock group from the 1960s, known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting, which collectively merged elements of folk music, blues, country, and jazz with rock and psychedelic music. They were one of the few groups of which all members were lead vocalists. Miller, the band’s guitar wizard, was one of the founding members of Moby Grape. He just celebrated his 75th birthday earlier this month. He is a songwriter and vocalist as well as an instrumentalist. Miller performs as a solo artist and as a member of the Jerry Miller Band. Rolling Stone named Miller number 68 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time and Moby Grape’s album ‘Moby Grape’ was ranked 124th of the 500 greatest albums of all time. For more on the Mobery Grape show at the Swiss, visit

Night Life TW PICK OF THE WEEK: Blueberries and Blues A Sweet Summer Celebration takes place Sunday, July 29 beginning at 3 p.m. Charlotte’s Blueberry Park is located at 7402 E. D St., Tacoma. Harvest Pierce County and Metro Parks Tacoma, and Charlotte’s Blueberry Park Action Group are hosting the third annual Blueberries and Blues celebration. There will be games and a lawn concert with live music — and Celebrity Cake Studio’s Cake Mobile Food Truck will be back with delicious blueberry-themed treats for sale. You get extra points if you wear blue to show your love for Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, and all things blue. This year, there is an amazing lineup of local musical talent. First on the list is Kim Archer. Known for her raw, powerhouse performances and personable interaction with her audiences, Archer has attracted a large and loyal following of fans in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. Jordani is also performing. Jordani is the solo project of songwriter, producer, and musician, Jordani Sarreal. Most known for her work with Jordani & The Sun Kings, Jordani has traveled the world playing stages large and small bringing her pop sensitivities to the sounds of soul, R&B, and jazz. More artists will be announced as they are confirmed. For information visit events/174778969903166/


Friday, July 20

AIRPORT TAVERN: Sunny Ledfurd (rock) 9 p.m. ALMA MATER, HONEY: Alyssa Yeoman, Andrew Murphy, Andy Iwancio, Rachel Laurendeau (comedy) 9 p.m. BLEU NOTE LOUNGE: Norma Owens (jazz) 7 p.m. DAWSON’S: The High Rollers Band (rock) 9:30 p.m. EMERALD QUEEN BRIDGE NIGHTCLUB: Notorious 253 (dance tunes) 9 p.m. JAZZBONES: Katchafire, E.N Young and Imperial Sound, Sons of Zion (reggae) 9 p.m. O’MALLEYS PUB: Clothing Optional, Dobak, Ryan Anthony Brooks and the Dreamers (garage rock) 8 p.m. THE PLAID PIG: The Center Cannot Hold, Eljun, Western Spyders (rock, punk, experimental) 9 p.m. THE SWISS: Ralph Porter, D1 Experience, Tiffany Wilson, Lacario, Jamelia Boney, Medarius Dixson, Caution (comedy, singer/ songwriter) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Rich Vos (comedy) 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Raucous (rock) 7 p.m. THE VALLEY: The Shaken Growlers (garage rock) 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 21

AIRPORT TAVERN: The Weirdos, Egrets on Ergot, The F***ing Eagles (rock) 8 p.m. ALMA MATER: Will Jordan, Keilani Afalava (The Night Show live variety) 8 p.m. DOYLE’S: The Cold 102’s (rock) 9 p.m. EMERALD QUEEN BRIDGE NIGHTCLUB: Notorious 253 (dance tunes) 9 p.m. PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY: Voices Incorporated (choral) 6:30 p.m. THE PLAID PIG: Infernal Legion, Blood and Thunder, Kommand (metal) 9 p.m. POINT RUSTON: Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek, Mark Riley (blues) 5 p.m. ROCK THE DOCK: Whoopi Cat (rock) 8 p.m. THE SAFE HOUSE: Better Daze Idaho, Outlet Burdend, Watch Rome Burn (punk) 6 p.m. STINK CHEESE AND MEAT: The Kareem Kandi Band (jazz) 7 p.m. STONEGATE: Sleep Censors, R Relson, Quiet (indie) 9 p.m. THE SWISS: Kryboys (rock) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Rich Vos (comedy) 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Hell's Belles (rock) 7 p.m. THE VALLEY: Rum Rebellion, Generations Decline, The Disorderlies, Ain't Got Time to Bleed (Celtic punk) 9 p.m. VINO AQUINO: Kristen Marlo (singer/ songwriter) 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 22

MANIC MERMAID: Jeniffer Peeples (rock) 2 p.m. STONEGATE: Country Music Jam (jam) 5 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Dustin Nickerson (comedy) 8 p.m. TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH: Midsummer Concert (classical) 7 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Final Notice with Bob Evans (country, rock, bluegrass) 7 p.m. THE VALLEY: Haggus, Sarin Attack, Botched Anastomosis J Pouch, Goon, Pustulous (death grind) 8 p.m.

Monday, July 23

REAL ART TACOMA: Darkness Stole the Sky, Expain, Without Chemicals He Points (metal) 6:30 p.m. THE SWISS: Open Mic Night (open mic) 7 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Lolo and Friends (jam) 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24

JAZZBONES: Bob Wayne, Danny Cash and the Gallows (outlaw country) 9 p.m. METRONOME: Open Mic (open mic) 7 p.m. STONEGATE: Blues Jam with Roger Williamson (blues) 8 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: New Talent Tuesday (comedy) 8 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: SOB Band (jam) 7 p.m., NC

Wednesday, July 25

AIRPORT TAVERN: First or Last, Sid Broderious, The Emergency Exit (punk, rock) 7 p.m. STONEGATE: Open Mic with Justin McDonald (open mic) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Open Mic (comedy) 8 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Subvinyl Jukebox (jam) 7 p.m., NC UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND, KILWORTH MEMORIAL CHAPEL: Saxophone Quartet (classical, popular) 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 26

BLEU NOTE LOUNGE: Michael Hershman (jazz) 6 p.m. LOUIE G’S: Loveangelists, The Lost and Found, Leify Green (folk pop) 7 p.m. PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, MUSIC CENTER AMPHITHEATER: LsVon Hardison (jazz) 7 p.m. ROCK THE DOCK: Open Mic with Dustin (rock) 8 p.m. STONEGATE: Power Rock Jam (rock jam) 8 p.m., NC TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Aries Spears (comedy) 7:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Jerry Miller (rock, blues) 7 p.m.


Bring it to Barb BY BARB ROCK

Answering your questions on mental health, relationships and life issues

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Dear Barb, I am having difficulty with getting things done or done in a timely manner in my daily life. If I get a coupon that is an item or a discount I want to redeem I will set it aside and make a note of it on my phone or mentally. Next thing I know the date has expired or I didn’t have it with me or forgot to give it to the clerk. Every little bit of savings helps so could you suggest some tricks to remember or does everybody suffer from this problem? Signed, Memory Challenged Dear Memory Challenged, This is perfectly normal and, yes, everybody suffers in some degree from forgetfulness. The motto here to remember for most everything is “you pay attention to what you care about, and what you care about you pay attention.” So, if the store were giving you $10 of free groceries if you shopped between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on a certain day, you would likely remember that. You would probably set your alarm to make sure because it is very worthy of your attention. As humans, we prioritize by worthiness essentially. My rule of thumb is a two-week timeframe to accomplish that “right now” important thing. For example, the hose adapter becomes very important when it breaks and sprays water all over your face and your nice shoes, so you naturally add the hose adapter to your list for the hardware store. But how easy it is to forget that incident and postpone the purchase when you’re on a time crunch to pick up the kids or get home to make dinner opting to buy the hose adapter at the hardware store another future day. Putting things off for a two-week period of time gives you permission to reprioritize the order of things. Not that it isn’t necessary or important; it’s just been recategorized in your brain. If two weeks pass, you will lose most of the desire to pursue the item or discount anyway. The exception would be it is extremely important such as new brakes and using a discounted coupon. I use an app for notes to categorize my shopping needs — grocery, hardware, to-do, remember etc. A list you read is beneficial when you enter a store to eliminate feeling overwhelmed with choices of things as you walk down each aisle. This saves you time walking down every aisle expecting it will jog your memory. What a waste of precious time. Ultimately you will spend much more money because you will risk seeing something that you may want, but not actually need. There is an app for Safeway/Albertsons that allows you to touch on your phone for instant savings. Your phone is your friend while you are in the checkout lane and here is why. Almost every store will have a coupon to save on at least one item 20-50 percent if you search for a coupon to the store name. They scan it from your phone. This is much easier than keeping track of little pieces of paper too! We all have the same 24 hours; it’s how we use it that is individual rendering its worthiness and importance. Barb Rock is a mental health counselor for the House of Matthew Homeward Bound program 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

Friday, July 20, 2018 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

Hotrods 4 Hearts

Tacoma man organizes car show to honor father The fifth annual Hotrods 4 Hearts car show, designed as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will take place Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Griot’s Garage, 3333 S. 38th St., Tacoma. Hotrods 4 Hearts was started by Tacoma’s Scott Britz. His father passed away in 1998 from a heart attack, and he had a nephew pass with a hole in his heart in 2002. That sparked Britz to take the initiative to start a car show to benefit the American Heart Association. Britz and his father were incredibly

interested in cars, his father having taught him how to work on cars. The hobby had always been something special that they spent time doing together. A car show felt like the most fitting way to give back in

t Circus From page 19 rialists are far over the heads of the observers. “I hope everyone really feels invited in. I don’t want to just be a spectacle in the air; I want the performance to be something the audience is a part of. It’s not just about pretty costumes, but being drawn in to a story.” Circus clown Kirk Marsh has been on and off with Circus Venardos for two years. Like many others at Venardos, Marsh shares a strong connection to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. As a child, he attended one of the Barnum and Bailey performances and knew he wanted to be a clown. Years later he returned home after falling out of love with college. He found in his room his old program from when he saw Barnum and Bailey as a child. In the back of the program was an advertisement inviting people to attend clown college. Marsh wrote a letter to the college, and of 3,000 applicants he was one of 30 invited to attend. Marsh described the college as harsh, exciting, grueling, and enlightening. “I learned that clowns have the power to change people’s day and life, by making them laugh when they may not be able to. I have had people come to me after shows, saying they have had many hard months, and this show was the first time they could laugh.” As the practicing continues, other performers are taking breaks. Behind the tent, sitting in front of one of several campers, is the Harden family. Nick and Wendy Harden sit under an awning of their trailer playing with their 1-year old son Felix, all three enjoying the afternoon sun gracing STAR Center’s field. The Hardens are veterans of the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) in Seattle. A playpen sits under the big top to the right of the stage. Felix stays close to his parents during practices and performances, and may even make stage appearances. The Hardens are a duo unicycle and comedy act. Their juggling and gymnastic skills are also featured. The connections between Venardos Circus and Ringling Brothers are evident in many members of the 17-person crew. Alex Petrov is tent master, directing the raising of the tent, constantly ensuring the safety of the facility. He was with Ringling Brothers for 28 years. The Venardos circus crew respects and relies on Petrov, not just to keep the aerialists safe, but to draw from his decades of circus experience to improvise and construct everything and anything the performers need, occasionally in dawn hours with little notice. “He never sleeps,” says Marsh. “He is McGyver.” Venardos, the youngest ringmaster in the history of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Cir-

t Ethnic Fest From page 21 The Wright Park Spray Park will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The weather is going to be in the 90s that weekend so be prepared to stay cool in the Spray Park. On Saturday, July 28, at the

his father’s memory. Hotrods 4 Hearts is family friendly, free to attend (unless registering a car, which costs $15), with lots of fun raffles, activities for kids, food and entertainment. It is designed for a full day of fun for families without breaking the bank. Also, 100 percent of proceeds go to the American Heart Association. There are goody bags for the first 100 cars that register. All cars, trucks and bikes welcomes. For more information, visit

cus, started Circus Venardos five years ago. His time with Ringling Brothers gave Venardos a special understanding of circus life and circus performers. Venardos lived on the Ringling Brothers train during his five years with the circus. One of the families he travelled with was the Zsilak family. Richard Zsilak is now traveling with the Venardos circus. Zsilak immigrated from Budapest with his mother when he was an infant; his mother came to America to work for Ringling Brothers. Zsilak travelled with that circus for 18 years. “I loved the diversity of cultures and arts like gymnastics. I loved being close to the animals – the tigers and elephants,” said Zsilak. He started performing when he was 13, doing a pre-show juggling act with his mother. Now Zsilak is working as a rigger for the Venardos circus. “I am learning the safe way of preparing the tent and the ropes. The routine is important.” This is the first tent circus Zsilak has worked on. “I love seeing the excitement in the community when we raise the tent,” he said. Venardos has been busy since arriving in Tacoma. He took several performers to DeLong Elementary to visit with members of the Young Ambassadors program. Also planned are visits with members of Emerald City Trapeze and SANCA – both in Seattle. Four days later, the circus is in full swing. On Sunday afternoon Birch is on stilts, Marsh is with her, and Perry is joining them in greeting visitors outside the big top. They pose for photos with families and answer questions about circus life. Birch talks about how pleasantly surprising it is that the community has embraced the circus, and most shows have been sold out. “We gave four performances yesterday!” Inside the tent, before show time, an artist with a basketball is challenging audience members to steal a basketball from him. Children line up excitedly for the challenge. The artist dribbles wildly, passing the ball between his legs, between the legs of the children trying to grab the ball. The basketball seems to disappear as the confused children look about, only to reappear from behind the artist’s head. One of the children grabbing for the basketball is Violet Wells. She is 7 and goes to St. Nicholas. She has come to the show with her sister Ruby and mother Paige Wells. Paige remembers going to see Barnum and Bailey when she was a child. This is the first time she has seen a tent circus since then, and it is the first for her children. “My husband got us tickets to this because our daughters are super obsessed with ‘The Greatest Showman.’” Ruby points to the hoops excitedly. “They both want to be aerialists,” says Paige. Venardos Circus offers performances through July 22. Find the big top next to STAR Center’s splash park. For more information or tickets, visit:

Metro Arts Crafts (sponsored by Key Bank Foundation,) children will be invited to create their very own maracas. They will be able to decorate it however they like and then listen to its sweet sounds the rest of the day. Even use it at the family play/sing along on Sunday. There will also be opportunities to color world flags and learn about where the

flags come from. On Sunday, July 29, visitors can continue the journey of musical instruments by exploring Chinese rattle drums. These awesome instruments will be made of household items so kids can teach their families. For more about Ethnic Fest visit


TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Friday, July 20, 2018

Coming Events

Promote your community event, class, meeting, concert, art exhibit or theater production by e-mailing or calling (253) 922-5317. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Communion service, all are welcome, with brief spiritual reflection on faith and daily living, about 1/2 hour. Price: Free. Info: (253) 5644402;

A CONVERSATION WITH SIDNEY RITTENBERG Thurs., July 26, 4-6 p.m. North End Home (address given after tickets purchased) The World Affairs Council Tacoma hosts “A Conversation with Sidney Rittenberg.” The talk takes place in the garden of a North End home. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Come hear this remarkable author, linguist, academic and advisor to business and governments. Space is limited and RSVP required. Rittenberg is an American journalist, scholar, and Chinese linguist who lived in China from 1944 to 1980. He worked closely with Mao Zedong, Zhu De, Zhou Enlai, and other leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the war, and was with these central Communist leaders at Yan’an. He witnessed first-hand much of what occurred at upper levels of the CCP and knew many of its leaders personally. Later, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement, twice, for a total of 16 years. He was the first American citizen to join the CCP. Cost: WAC Tacoma members $40, non-members $50.

STEILACOOM FARMERS MARKET Wed., July 25, 3-7 p.m. LaFayette and Wilkes St., Steilacoom Fresh produce, meat, cheese, flowers, and a variety of specialty foods and crafts will be offered as well as prepared foods, perfect for picking up on the way to the concerts in the park. Price: Free. Info: (253) 983-2018


‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ Fri., July 20, 7:30 p.m. Sat., July 21, 7:30 p.m. Sun., July 22, 2 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Plays through July 29. Price: Adults $31; senior (60+), military, students $29; children (12 and younger) $22; groups of 10 or more $27. All seating is reserved. Info: (253) 565-6867; BLUE STAR MUSEUMS Fri., July 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children's Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave. Whether you want to blast off at a science museum, take a walk through nature, encounter animals at the aquarium or meet your heroes at a historic site, Blue Star Museums can help you create memories. Ages: Birth to 12 years old. Price: Pay as you will. Info: (253) 627-6031; www. FRIDAY AT THE FORT Fri., July 20, 6-9:30 p.m. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St. Don’t miss the best party in Puget Sound, Friday at the Fort. Do you love a great party in a unique setting? We do too. This is the Fort Nisqually Foundation’s ninth year presenting Friday at the Fort. Ages: 21+. Price: $20 pre-order, $25 at the gate. Info: (253) 404-3940; LADIES NIGHT OUT Fri., July 20, 6-9:05 p.m. Throwing Mud Gallery, 2210-2212 N. 30th St. Everyone needs a little break once in a while. Here’s an opportunity to relax with your friends and spend some creative time that’s good for your soul. Ages: 18 and

older. Price: $15 plus the price of the pottery you paint that evening. Info: (253) 254-7961; special-events EDIBLE GARDENS Sat., July 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Metro Parks Tacoma, 4702 S. 19th St. Explore the basics of successful vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest, from seed to table. Register at ediblegardens or (253) 798-4133. Ages: All ages. May not be suitable for very young children. Price: Free – registration required. Info: (253) 798-4133; www.piercecountywa. org/ediblegardens WALKING CLUB Sat., July 21, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South Join us every Saturday, through Aug. 11, when we head out for a 30-40 minute morning walk around Wright Park or downtown Tacoma. No registration required. Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info: (253) 292-2001 SUMMER FRIGHTS! Sat., July 21, 7-11 p.m. Freighthouse Station Marketplace, 2501 East G St. A haunted house in July? Yes! Come enjoy spine-tingling shrieks at Frighthouse Station, Tacoma's ultimate haunted attraction. Ages: Rated PG-13. Price: $10. Info: ARGENTINE TANGO ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS CLASS Sun., July 22, 12-1 p.m. Backstreet Tango, 3505 S. 14th St. Join this group for an absolute beginner level class. The studio was built with the sole purpose of teaching only authentic social Argentine tango. Ages: 16 years of age and older with guardian. Price: $40 for your first eight classes, first class is complimentary. Info: (253) 3048296; WORSHIP AND COMMUNION Sun., July 22, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Spiritually uplifting communion services. Traditional, user-friendly Episcopal worship. Focus on daily living and life's challenges. Nursery and Children's Sunday School at 10 a.m. Price: Free. Info: (253) 564-4402; MIDSUMMER CONCERT AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL Sun., July 22, 7 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S. In recital, Anikka Abbott, soprano. The concert repertoire — a mix of opera arias and musical theatre songs. This is a concert you won’t

want to miss. Ages: All ages. Price: Free-will donation. Info: (253) 5370201; DROP-IN HELP WITH WORKSOURCE Mon., July 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 2-4 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. WorkSource employment experts help you with your specific questions about all things employment-related-resumes, unemployment claims, job coaching and interview prep. Price: Free. Info: (253) 548-3304; BRAIN BOOSTING SUMMER CAMPS Mon., July 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. Do you have kiddos who need enriching summer activities? Take a look at the History Museum’s exciting week-long summer camps, scheduled during July. Avoid the summer brain-drain and have fun both inside and outside of the museum. Ages: 8-11. Price: $265 per-week for members; $295 per week for non-members. Info: (253) 272-3500; ELEMENTS OF GROWTH: A SIXWEEK YOGA SERIES Mon., July 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St. Everything in nature is made up of five basic elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Understanding these elements and their effects on your body can lead to balance, connection, and growth. Ages: 18 and up. Price: $60 supporter, $50 sustainer, $40 community. Info: (253) 501-6780; BUBBLE MADNESS Tues., July 24, 6-7 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. Play, paint and experiment with bubbles. Ages: 4 and up. Price: Free. Info: (253) 548-3304; LAKEWOOD FARMERS MARKET Tues., July 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St., Lakewood Featuring fresh food, organic produce, arts, gluten-free items, sweet treats, crafts, live entertainment and music, chef demonstrations and a master gardener speaker series. Price: Free. Info: (253) 983-7887 EMILY’S PAPER CRAFTS: FAMILY NOISEMAKERS Tues., July 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library,

THE MEMORY (ALZHEIMER'S) CAFE Wed., July 25, 3-4:30 p.m. Elmer's Restaurant, 7427 S. Hosmer St. With Linda McCone, join a regular gathering of individuals with memory loss and their caregivers for a meal, conversation and entertainment. Price: Free. Info: (253) 7225691

13718 Pacific Ave. S. Learn about different sounds all around us, from rain drops to trains to goldfish. Children with an accompanying adult will construct their own musical clacker through a series of shapes and folds. Price: Free. Info: (253) 548-3304; readthissummer.



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ABANDONED VEHICLE SALE Fife Towing, Fife Recovery Service & NW Towing, at 1313 34th Ave E, Fife on 7/26/2018. In compliance with the RCW46.55.130 at 11:00 a.m. Viewing of cars from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Registered Tow Numbers 5009, 5421, 5588. Cash Auction Only

Notice and Summons by Publication (Dependency) (SMPB) (Optional Use) Dependency of: TARYN LEE D.O.B.: 02/03/2004 To: ANGELINA LEE, Mother A Dependency Petition was filed on March 12, 2018; A Fact Finding hearing will be held on this matter on: June 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court, 2801 32nd Avenue SW, Tumwater, Washington 98501. You should be present at this hearing. The hearing will determine if your child is dependent as defined in RCW 13.34.050(5). This begins a judicial process which could result in permanent loss of your parental rights. If you do not appear at the hearing, the court may enter a dependency order in your absence. To request a copy of the Notice, Summons, and Dependency Petition, call DSHS at 360-725-6700 or 1-888-822-3541. To view information about your rights, including right to a lawyer, go to HYPERLINK “http://www.atg.” Dated: __________________, by Linda Myhre Enlow, Thurston County Clerk.

TO: Cindy Barrett Case Style: Re: R.,J

TO: Shellyne Squally

Case Number: PUY-PC-CV-2017-0115

Case Name: S J, L

Nature of Case: Per Capita

Case Number: PUY-G-JV 2018-0015

YOU ARE HEREBY summoned to appear and respond to the Civil Complaint/Petition filed by the above named Petitioner in the Court of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians on the Puyallup Indian Reservation, located at 1451 E 31st Street Tacoma, Washington 98404. A(n) Initial Hearing is scheduled at the abovenamed Court on August 21th, 2018, at 9:00 AM You must respond in writing to the civil complaint/ petition within twenty (20) days after the date of the first publication of this summons. You must serve a copy of your written answer on the Petitioner and file with this Court an affidavit of service. Failure to file a written response may result in a default judgment entered against you. The parties have the right to legal representation at their own expense and effort. This Court has a list of attorneys and spokespersons who are admitted to practice in this Court. Copies of the Civil Complaint/Petition and this Summons are available at the Court Clerk’s Office located at 1451 E. 31st St., Tacoma, WA 98404. If you have any questions, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at (253) 680-5585.

TO: Liza Keating Case Style: K.,K & K.,G Case Number: PUY-CV-CUST-2018-0019 Nature of Case: Custody YOU ARE HEREBY summoned to appear and respond to the Civil Complaint/Petition filed by the above named Petitioner in the Court of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians on the Puyallup Indian Reservation, located at 1451 E 31st Street Tacoma, Washington 98404. A(n) Initial Hearing is scheduled at the abovenamed Court on August 21st , 2018, at 9:30 AM.

Nature of Case: Guardianship of a Minor Child SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a petition has been filed asking the Court to appoint the above-named Petitioner(s) to be guardian(s) for S J, L, a minor child under PTC 7.12 (Guardianship of Minors Code). YOU ARE SUMMONED to appear at a guardianship hearing in this Court on the Puyallup Indian Reservation at: DAY: Monday TIME: 10:30 AM

DATE: August 13th 2018

LOCATION: 14451 EAST 31st ST., TACOMA, WA 98404 The guardianship hearing is private and closed. Only those persons the Court finds to have a legitimate interest in the proceedings may attend. The Court will hear testimony to determine whether guardianship is in the best interest of the child and the Tribal community. The Court will consider all guardianship reports submitted for review. All parties shall be given the opportunity to contest the factual contents and conclusions of the guardianship reports. Any party may file recommendations regarding the guardianship with the Court at least 10 calendar days before the hearing. You also have the following rights before the Court: The right to be present before the Court; The right to present written and oral testimony; The right to subpoena witnesses; The right to submit relevant evidence to the Court for consideration; The right to counsel at your own expense and effort: the Court has a list of attorneys who are admitted to practice before the Puyallup Tribe; and The right to appeal a final decision in this matter. If you do not appear at the hearing or file a written response to the petition within 20 days from the date of this notice, the Court may enter an order in your absence.

You must respond in writing to the civil complaint/petition within twenty (20) days after the date of the first publication of this summons. You must serve a copy of your written answer on the Petitioner and file with this Court an affidavit of service. Failure to file a written response may result in a default judgment entered against you. The parties have the right to legal representation at their own expense and effort. This Court has a list of attorneys and spokespersons who are admitted to practice in this Court. Copies of the Civil Complaint/Petition and this Summons are available at the Court Clerk’s Office located at 1451 E. 31st St., Tacoma, WA 98404.


If you have any questions, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at (253) 680-5585.

If you have any questions, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at (253) 680-5585.


Notices Superior Court of Washington County of Pierce In re: Marriage | domestic partnership Petitioner EDWARD HINDS NO: 18-3-01349-5 Summons Served by Publication And Respondent YOLANDA RAYNETTE HINDS Summons Served by Publication To Yolanda Raynette Hinds- the other party has asked the Court to End your Marriage or domestic partnership. Name Change Change the name of the Respondent You must respond in writing if you want the court to consider your side Deadline! Your Response must be filed and served within 60 days of the date this summons is published. If you do not file and serve your Response or a Notice of Appearance by the Deadline: *No one has to notify you about other hearings in this case, and * The court may approve the request in the Petition without hearing your side (called a default judgment). Follow these steps: Read the Petition and any other documents that were filed at court with this summons. Those documents explain what the other party is asking for. Fill out a Response on this form FL Divorce 211, Response to Petition about a Marriage. Serve (give) a copy of your Response to the person who filed this Summons at the address below, and to any other parties. You use certified mail with return receipt requested. For more information on how to serve, read Superior Court Civil Rule 5. File your original Response with the court clerk at this address: Superior Court Clerk, Pierce County 930 Tacoma Ave S. Tacoma WA 98402 Lawyer not required: It is a good idea to talk to a lawyer, but you may file and serve your Response without one. Person filing this summons or his/her lawyer fills out below EDWARD HINDS April 5, 2018 The following address 34414 28th Place SW Federal Way WA 98023 Superior Court of Washington, County of Pierce


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