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ashington State First Lady Trudi Inslee visited DeLong Elementary School on Oct. 8 to take part in a major announcement with United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation — 24 grants totaling $48,000 to Washington schools to develop or expand existing vegetable gardens or beehives, and provide educational resources about agriculture, caring for the environment and maintaining healthy lifestyles. In addition to DeLong Elementary, in Tacoma Bryant Montessori and Families Inspiring Leaders Academy are also grant recipients. Joining Inslee to make the announcement were Whole Kids Foundation President and Executive Director Nona Evans, and UnitedHealthcare Pacific Northwest States CEO Claire Verity. DeLong staff and volunteers joined in the event, including Principal Eric Konishi. “The garden has a lot of benefits for many, many students,” Konishi said. “It provides them with the opportunity to literally get their hands dirty and learn about the importance of growing plants and how living healthy can benefit them later on in life.” The announcement event also included DeLong students, as it was the fifth grade class that designed the garden, working on different layouts to create the one that fit best. After a vote among third, fourth and fifth graders, and Principal Konishi, the perfect layout was chosen to include eight garden beds in a 216 square-foot space with walkways and “room to grow,” so to speak. In the springtime for the past couple of years, students were invited to spend their recess time taking part in a recess garden club, and the children said that they even enjoy pulling weeds because it helps the plants to grow. Little student Isabel handed out “ground cherries” that sprang up, much to the students’ surprise, so that everyone present could see what they taste like. “Some people think they’re delicious, and some people think they’re disgusting,” she said as the grown-ups chuckled. “We all know from listening to these students how important gardening is to having healthy nutrition and developing great habits,” Inslee told the crowd. “The stu-


DeLong Elementary Principal Eric Konishi and Washington First Lady Trudi Inslee  meet with DeLong Elementary Garden Club students to learn more about the students’ work in building their garden and what they are learning. dents told me they’ve made things like fresh salsa and zucchini bread — and I liked that little ground cherry!” Inslee said that “it’s common sense” to teach children where food comes from. “It’s a great partnership with these organizations that are willing to give grants to help schools fill in for funds where they wouldn’t have them otherwise.” Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, the non-profit United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the

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(Left to Right) Nona Evans, president and executive director of Whole Kids Foundation; Washington State Representative Laurie Jinkins; Washington First Lady Trudi Inslee; and Claire Verity, CEO, UnitedHealthcare in the Pacific Northwest, all took part in the announcement and roundtable discussion.

Paraeducators receive 19 percent pay bump as district deficit grows BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER

The paraeducators and food servers of Tacoma Public Schools approved a new wage schedule that means a 19 percent pay bump that is retroactive to the start of the school year. The raises come at a time when the district is preparing to make staff and program cuts to cover a growing deficit. Paraeducators and food servers voted almost unanimously last Friday to accept

the school district’s offer of an average wage hike of 19 percent by a vote of 319 to five. The contract runs through 2020. The contract covers about 600 employees and also shifts all of the Family and Medical Leave Act onto the district, an $80 a year expense that had been shared among the workers. “Granted it is not a lot, but if prices keep going up that will be a good deal,” said President of Tacoma Federation of Para-Educators, AFT 461 Barb Randall-Saleh.

The union’s effort now shifts toward adding hours to the schedule since many paraeducators only officially work four to six hours a day. That leads to them routinely volunteering to work off the clock to support student learning on top of having one or two other jobs to make ends meet. The union also pledges to support the district’s efforts to convince lawmakers that the state’s new formula for funding public schools is unfair to urban districts, particularly because it caps the

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amount school districts can collect in voter-approved levies. Tacoma voters, for example, approved $72 million in program and technology levies but the state rules only allow the district to collect $40 million of that. Tacoma Public Schools is projected to get $389 less per student from the state under a formula that was supposed to increase public school funding. “We are going to do our part to help the district,” said Randall-Saleh. u See PARAEDUCATORS / page 11


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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@

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency released a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) regarding the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant that Puget Sound Energy is building on the Tacoma Tideflats. The SEIS included the contracted consultant’s recommendation that the final permit for the project include a requirement that the plant only use natural gas from British Columbia. That is, the report stated, the only way that the plant could avoid adding greenhouse gas emissions. Critics question the report’s numbers and assumptions. The report, presented by Ecology and Environmental Inc., stated that while natural gas emits lower amounts of greenhouse gases than other fuels used in the maritime industry, there would be no reduction of overall gas emissions unless the natural gas were piped 145 miles from British Columbia because of Canada’s regulations regarding emission controls. “The analysis supports the recommendation that the facility’s air permit include the condition regarding the sole source of natural gas from British Columbia as a requirement so the analysis and this conclusion is consistent with the proponent’s project description,” the report stated, noting that the review is an informational and evaluative tool and “does not

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An environmental review of the 8 million gallon liquefied natural gas plant under construction on the Tacoma Tideflats would generate less fossil fuel emissions only if the natural gas were collected in British Columbia, but critics say the study is based on assumptions. mandate approval or disapproval of the (project’s) potential impacts related to emissions…” The draft SEIS is available through the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which is collecting public comments about it through Nov. 21. Those comments will be added to the final supplemental study that is expected after the new year. A public hearing on the u See LNG / page 9 6. Tacoma needs tenant protections 7. Team Backpack puts out call to help students in need 8. No closure for brother of Tacoma hit and run victim 9. Pierce Transit proposing new local-only bus pass 10. Tenant relocation assistance draws emotional testimony

BURGLARY & FRAUD Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies need your help to identify the suspects responsible for a burglary and credit card fraud. Sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday September 16, 2018, unidentified suspect(s) burglarized a house on 14th Ave. E. in the Midland area. The suspect(s) ransacked the victims’ house and stole several pieces of jewelry as well as two credit cards. At 12:40 p.m. the same day, the two pictured suspects used the victims’ stolen credit cards at a Fred Meyer store located on River Rd. in Puyallup. The unidentified male suspects were seen carrying motorcycle helmets and wearing riding gear; neighbors had also reported seeing a motorcycle in front of the victims’ home at the time of the burglary. Fridays at 10:30pm on



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BULLETIN BOARD I-5/S. 38TH ST. INTERCHANGE WORK MOVED TO 2019 The contractor building high occupancy vehicle  (HOV) connections between State Route 16 and Interstate 5 has postponed a 30-day closure of the eastbound South 38th Street loop ramp in Tacoma due to scheduling conflicts.  In addition, both the 30-day closure of the South Sprague on-ramp to southbound I-5 and the temporary traffic shift for eastbound SR 16 drivers to southbound I-5 have been postponed.  The closures had been slated to start this month. Contractor Skanska, working as both designer and builder of the project, now expects to do the traffic shift and modify the interchange starting in early 2019. The modification will allow motorists from SR 16 and southbound I-5 to make right and left turns at the top of the loop ramp to South 38th Street. The work will resume after the holiday shopping season, but an exact date has not yet been set.  The Washington State Department of Transportation will announce the new dates of the temporary traffic shift and ramp closures once they become available. Visit the  web page for updated HOV construction information. Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app (www. and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed ( wsdot_tacoma). SOUTH SOUND 911 PARTNERS WITH JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Public safety collaboration and interoperability in Pierce County will get the “win” when Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) begins dispatching emergency services using South Sound 911’s regional computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system. The partnership will unite South Sound 911’s 41 local police and fire agencies with the military installation in an effort to provide a more regionalized emergency response system for the community and provide more efficiency for JBLM dispatchers and responders. “It’s a win-win for the responders and community,” South Sound 911 Executive Director Andrew Neiditz said.  “Our community as a whole experienced several major multi-jurisdictional events in the last year alone – including those which involved JBLM – where we’ve seen the benefits of interoperability, improved communications, and shared information,” Neiditz said, referencing the Dec. 18 Amtrak train derailment. “When we agree to partner and work together, we can – and will – do better.”  The train derailment occurred near DuPont and the mutual aid response involved responders from JBLM, the Washington State Patrol, and local responders from both Pierce and Thurston Counties.  JBLM Fire & Emergency Services Fire Chief Ken Rhault agrees there will be benefits from the partnership.  “This intergovernmental service agreement will

finally bridge the gap for full interoperability with our community partners, thus providing for the best in emergency response to our communities,” Rhault said. The service  agreement  calls for South Sound 911 to provide JBLM with access, licensing, maintenance, and support for its Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure CAD system and its accompanying Mobile for Public Safety (MPS) application. The agency officially launched the unified CAD system in October 2015 during a multi-year, phased implementation. South Sound 911 estimates JBLM’s CAD system will be ready for use by late 2019. LOCAL HISTORY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TO RECEIVE FUNDING The  Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) announced that it is recommending 36 history-building projects across the state for funding through the agency’s Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) program. Locally, these include the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory rehabilitation, the Balfour Dock building at Foss Waterway Seaport (expansion, enclosure and enhancement of Heritage Wooden Boat Shop) and the Curran House History Museum (phase one) in University Place. These local community projects were vetted through a competitive application process at a public meeting in Spokane on Aug. 15. WSHS’s capital budget request includes a total of $10 million to provide matching grant funds for the 36 projects through the HCP program. The funding request will go to Governor Inslee and the Legislature for consideration for inclusion in the state’s 2019-2021 biennium capital budget. “The recommended projects on the list have passed a high threshold of eligibility and good history practices, as verified by a panel of experts,” said Lissa Kramer, Heritage Capital Projects program manager at WSHS. To qualify for a grant through the HCP program, projects must be for facilities or historic landscapes that support history preservation and education. Projects may include improvements of existing structures, preservation, restoration, or new construction.  Most often, people think of old buildings that need restoration, but not all HCP projects fall into that category. Would you like to know if the new HCP list includes a project in your community? You can see the full list and project ranking at If there is a project in your community you may have already heard about it through your local organization’s fundraising efforts.  Positive Community Impact “This year’s list of recommended projects totals about $10 million,” said Kramer, “so with the matching, if the list gets funded, it means that $30 million will be spent in towns all over Washington.” To see a range of projects funded in part through

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On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Dian Rose Campbell Gimse, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away peacefully at the age of 78. Dian was born on May 6, 1940, in Mandan, ND to Thomas and Rose Campbell. When she was four years old, the family moved to Tacoma, WA. She attended Fern Hill Elementary, Stewart Junior High, and Lincoln High School. She was proud to be a Tacoma girl. She graduated from Bates in the nursing program with her daughter, Kerrie, where they finished together at the top of their class. She had a photographic memory and an outstanding work ethic, even to her final day. Dian loved to travel and saw much of the United States, including one of her true loves: Hawaii. She had a gift for singing road songs, no matter where the truck and camper were rolling. She was always up for an adventure, whether it was clam digging in a torrential rainstorm or winning another jackpot at the casino. Dian was a writer, poet, and painter--a true Renaissance

woman. She was a master in the kitchen, whether whipping up a pan of hoffle-poffle or serving up a slice of her famous gooey butter cake. She loved to dance and kick up her heels. Music brought her joy like few other things, and her stereo speakers could often be heard from the street. She had the ability to turn anything around with her positive attitude and was always eager for a good laugh. She was a counselor and mentor to friends and family alike. Dian had a knack for getting to the root of a problem and finding a way through or around it. She was caring, kind, and always witty. Most important to Dian was her love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was her close companion through the good times and the bad. She was a prayer warrior of the highest order. Dian also had an undying love and tremendous pride for her family and heritage. She was greeted at the Pearly Gates by her beloved siblings, Thomas, Louise, Irene, Laverne, and Donald. She had been married to Arnold S. Gimse for nearly 47 years when she passed. She is survived by her children, Kerrie, Justin, and Brian, as well as her grandchildren, Hannah, Tyler, and Danica, and two great-grandchildren. Dian and Arnold were faithful donors to the Tacoma Rescue Mission each and every month for decades. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a small donation in her name to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. P.O. Box 1912, Tacoma WA 98401-1912 or online at

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Consider it the flush heard around the world when the Tacoma Dome reopens for a concert by Drake on Nov. 1. Sure, the main floor will be filled with trailers, recreational vehicles and campers this weekend for the Fall RV Show, but the true test of the renovated facility comes when people try to use the restrooms during intermissions. The renovations converted former storage space on the main floor into bathrooms, the lack of which was a complaint visitors had of the 35-yearold facility. The Dome’s main floor, which has a capacity of about 3,500 people, goes from 14 to 52 stalls in the female bathrooms and from five to 18 stalls for men on top of the 30 additional urinals. Other improvements to the 23,000-capacity facility include all new seating – actual seats rather than steel benches. The main floor level seating areas also telescope out from the walls for easier storage and transition between events. One person can now set up an entire section of seats in a matter of minutes rather than using forklifts to install long sections of benches only to then be stored in a back parking lot when not in use, a common practice before the renovations. The new seating system not only quickens show preparation time to about a day; it also adds parking spaces that were otherwise taken up with the old sections of seats. “All the seats are new from top to bottom,” said Director of Tacoma Venues and Events Kim Bedier. “I am so excited about the new seats. The comfort level is exponentially better.” Not only are the seats actual seats

instead of benches, but the rows offer more leg room even for taller Tacomans in the audience. Other changes include new concession areas and upgrades to the heating and sound systems. But don’t be shocked if you aren’t overwhelmed by the changes. Much of the work focused on ways to operate more efficiently to add dates to the Dome’s events calendar, such as the addition of loading docks in the back lot to speed up staging shows. The newly renovated Tacoma Dome is still the Tacoma Dome and $30 million doesn’t buy what it used to in 1983 when it opened with a David Bowie concert. “It was definitely time for her to get some love,” Bedier said. More changes will come in future years, namely a new roof. The 530-foot diameter wooden Dome works fine now, but it is aging and should be replaced in the next five or 10 years, she said. That work could include the installation of Andy Warhol’s iconic “Flower” for the Dome, which was submitted when the Dome was being built


The $30 million renovation of the Tacoma Dome is finishing up and set to reopen next month. The renovations added telescoping seats, rather than the old steel benches, and more bathrooms. and received new interest in recent years. That effort would cost about $4 million for the installation and ongoing cleaning, all money that would have to come from private donations.

Once that money is raised, more detailed discussions on installing it could begin. “It’s still something out there,” Bedier said.

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Tacoma needs tenant protections BY DONNA SEAY, TACOMA TENANTS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND MOLLY NICHOLS, FUTUREWISE The Tiki Apartments, and now Merkle Hotel, tenants have become the face of the housing crisis in Tacoma. These residents have been forced out of the homes they’ve lived in for decades. Eighteen households at the Tiki apartments had to leave Tacoma, and at least four Merkle tenants face homelessness because landlords won’t accept them based on income. Displacement for redevelopment is just part of the crisis. Some tenants are being given 20-day notices to leave their apartments because they have asked their landlords for repairs; landlords also terminate tenancies so they can raise the rent for higher income earners. Finding housing within 20 days is close to impossible, and if tenants do find a place, the cost to move is often prohibitive. The result? People move in with family, leave Tacoma, find a shelter (though most are full), live in their cars, or end up on the streets. More than 50 percent of Tacoma pays rent, and many of us are just one unforeseen circumstance away from a total crisis. Fortunately, brave and committed tenants have come together to

advocate for protections that benefit the entire city. On Sept. 27, the Community Vitality and Safety Committee voted to send the revised Rental Housing Code to full council, and we expect a vote in the next month. These protections are going to make an immediate difference in promoting housing stability and preventing homelessness. And while we certainly still need just cause protections, tenants are supportive of this proposed code and want to highlight some key items from it: The notice to vacate requirements help mitigate the ever-growing crisis tenants are facing when their homes are sold, renovated, or demolished. A notice of four months provides time for these tenants to find alternative housing. The proposed code includes a 60-day notice for other terminations of tenancy, and while Just Cause protections are preferred, this additional time will make a difference for tenants facing no-cause eviction. The $2,000 relocation assistance funds made available to low-income tenants being displaced eases the burden of moving into a new home after being evicted. Notice of enforcement activity will

give tenants the opportunity to know whether or not a potential landlord has an open enforcement action for violating City code. The 60-day notice to increase rent requirements gives tenants more time to make arrangements before rent is increased. The distribution of tenant rights and responsibilities by the landlord helps ensure that tenants are aware of their rights. Retaliation is prohibited means that landlords cannot take adverse action in response to tenants exercising their rights.

Installment payments permitted requires landlords to agree to receive upfront move-in costs over an extended period of time. This will ease the process of moving and help prevent homelessness. There is a strong enforcement mechanism for this code, including significant fines per day per unit. This helps to ensure landlords follow the laws. A movement of tenants is growing, and we are at a significant turning point in Tacoma to address this housing crisis. Let’s take these immediate steps for housing justice by passing these protections.

WHAT’S HAPPENED TO THE BIG WAGE INCREASES PROMISED BY REPUBLICANS? BY LAWRENCE WITTNER The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases. In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining.  When justifying the Republicans’ December 2017 $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed that it would result, in 2018, in wage gains for American workers ranging from $4,000 to $9,000 each. But, in reality, nothing like that has materialized. Instead, as the U.S. Labor Department reported, between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018, the real wages of American workers actually declined. Indeed, the second quarter of 2018 was the third straight quarter – all during the Trump administration – when inflation outpaced wage growth. The last time wages grew substantially above inflation was in 2016, during the Obama administration. Consequently, by August 2018, as the Pew Research Center reported, the purchasing power of American workers’ wages was at the same level as in 1978.  Why did the Republican promises go unfulfilled? A key reason for stagnating wages lies in the fact that U.S. corporations used their windfall derived from the slashing of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent

under the 2017 GOP tax legislation to engage in stock buybacks (thereby raising their stock prices) and to increase dividends to share-holders. This practice produced substantial gains for big corporate investors but did nothing for workers. Although it appears that some workers (a reported 4 percent) did receive pay raises thanks to the tax cuts, it’s estimated that corporations spent 88 times more on stock buybacks than on pay increases for workers.  Another important long-term factor that has depressed workers’ wages is the dwindling membership and  declining power of America’s labor unions.  Once a force that created a more level playing field between workers and their bosses, unions have been badly weakened in recent years by Republican-sponsored anti-union measures, such as so-called “right-to-work” laws and the subversion of the  National Labor Relations Board.  The Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage has also undermined wage levels. In the past,  numerous Republican presidents backed legislation that increased the minimum wage. But that position has radically changed as the Republican Party has turned sharply to the right. Although  the federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 for more than nine years, Trump and Congressional Republicans have blocked legislative efforts to raise this pathetically low wage floor, contending that they saw no need for a federal minimum wage. Moreover, Republicans have used their control of state governments, as in Missouri

and Iowa, to block cities and counties from raising local wage levels through legislation. By contrast, Republican policies have done wonders for the wealthy and their corporations. By the fall of 2018, the stock market had reached new heights and the fortunes of the wealthiest Americans had grown remarkably. According to Forbes, the wealth of the 400 richest Americans averaged $7.2 billion each – a hefty increase over the previous year, when they averaged $6.7 billion. Moreover, the 10 richest Americans possessed $730 billion among them – an increase in their wealth of nearly 20 percent over the past year. And the very wealthiest American, Jeff Bezos, nearly doubled his wealth during this time – to $160 billion. From the Republican standpoint, their programs have been a great success. Accordingly, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted in late September to make its steep tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy permanent. So let’s stop saying that Republican rule in the United States – from the White House, to the Congress, to the Supreme Court, and to the states – has been dysfunctional. It’s been very functional – not for American workers, of course, but certainly for those people Bernie Sanders has referred to as “the billionaire class.”   Dr. Lawrence Wittner, syndicated by  PeaceVoice, is professor of history emeritus at SUNY/Albany. His latest book is a satirical novel about university corporatization and rebellion, “What’s Going On at UAardvark?”

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Heritage Capital Projects grants, see the interactive map on WSHS’s website at hcp. If you know of a public history, preservation or heritage project and want to apply for a grant or learn more about program requirements, please contact program staff at  heritage.capitalprojects@wshs.   INPUT NEEDED FOR RUSTON WAY Few places in Tacoma are more popular than the Ruston Way waterfront. The recreation magnet attracts runners, walkers, bicyclists, scuba divers, fishing enthusiasts, picnickers, restaurant diners and people who just want to enjoy the view. The waterfront is so captivating that it’s easy to overlook signs indicating possible threats to its future as a welcome place for everyone.  Envision Our Waterfront, a joint effort of Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma, seeks to bring attention to those indicators at two gatherings at Court House Square, 1102 A St., Tacoma. The first, from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 29, is a visioning workshop to solicit ideas. The second, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, is a drop-in open house that will showcase the results of the initial gathering.  Everyone is invited to participate in both or either of the two sessions. The workshop session also will feature hands-on art projects for children.  “The Ruston Way waterfront is a gem, but we have a lot of work to do to preserve it, and to make it even more accessible to everyone,” said Andrea Smith, president of the Board of Park Commissioners. “It’s vitally important that we hear from people throughout the city, even if they don’t visit Ruston Way very often.” 

The goal is to develop a shared vision for the Ruston Way waterfront that will guide future activities, improvements, development and land use in a way that protects the shoreline and ensures public access. The two sessions will bring potential problems to the forefront and encourage residents to share what they think about possible solutions. Many Ruston Way visitors are happy with the waterfront as it is. However, the roadway, sea walls, bulkheads, trails and sidewalks are deteriorating. This is partly due to age, but also because of erosion brought on by winter storms. Scientists studying the future effects of climate change already have predicted sea level increases of between one to three feet within the next hundred years. That, combined with more frequent and intense storms, poses a risk of damage along Ruston Way.  In addition, the waterfront area is hard to reach without a car, making it difficult for some residents to enjoy, and also resulting in frequent traffic jams.  “Besides climate change, Envision Our Waterfront is putting a spotlight on equity and transportation issues related to Ruston Way’s future,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “These community conversations will help us prioritize how to improve this area for future generations.”  If you would like to contribute to the process and are unable to attend the workshop or open house, please contact Envision Our Waterfront project manager Andrew Austin at (253) 305-1021 or andrewa@ For more information, go to FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE OPPOSES I-940 The  Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) respectfully disagrees with I-940 as it is currently written and urges voters to reject the initiative at the

ballot. I-940 is a complex proposal that could compromise public safety. WAFOP believes that I-940 as it is currently written is bad policy, costly and fails to provide the funding mechanism or resources for its mandated training improvements. WAFOP believes there is better policy to be implemented that meets the goals of community leaders and law enforcement. During the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session representatives from the state’s major law enforcement groups worked with leaders of De-Escalate Washington (I-940 sponsor) to create a more comprehensive and collaborative policy that is good for public safety. The result of which was HB 3003, which represented reform that both peace officers and community members agreed upon. That policy has received support and input from both sides of the issue, including the sponsor of I-940. Unfortunately the legislative process that created HB 3003 was deemed unconstitutional, but the policy was not. While not the outcome that either side hoped for the state Supreme Court’s ruling has not changed law enforcement’s commitment to coming together with the initiative’s sponsor to achieve the goals of HB 3003. Regardless of what happens at the ballot WAFOP and De-Escalate Washington have publicly committed to returning to the table to see the policies created in HB 3003 enacted in the 2019 legislature. We are committed to respectfully oppose I-940, and want the relationship and trust built with De-Escalate and other community leaders to stay on track. A vote against I-940 allows the legislative process to work and re-enact the improved total package of reforms including funding community input and legislative review. This achieves the goals of reforming the law and building bridges between law enforcement and SEE MORE BULLETIN BOARD ITEMS ON PAGE 8

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Tacoma City Council officially announced its support for ballot measures regarding arts funding and climate change on Oct. 9. Both measures are on the ballot in the general election on Nov. 6. The first is on the ballot for Tacoma voters. The Council passed a resolution in support of passage of Proposition 1. It would create a funding method for Tacoma Creates. This would provide financial support for arts, culture, science and heritage programs around the city. Money raised would come from a sales tax increase of one-tenth of one percent. If approved by voters, it goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019 and

would last for seven years. Councilmember Ryan Mello said prior investments in the arts have gone into buildings, while this would “be an investment in people.” Councilmember Catherine Ushka noted the measure would address inequity in funding arts in urban areas. “Stand with me on this moment in history,” she declared. The other measure will appear on the statewide ballot, Initiative 1631. The council passed a resolution in support of what was listed as the “Clean Air, Clean Energy” initiative. It would charge pollution fees on sources of greenhouse gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy and address climate impacts. It would impose a

fee that would start at $15 per ton on carbon emissions starting in 2020. The initiative calls for investing 70 percent of funds raised on clean energy. Another 25 percent would go to improving streams and forests, with the rest going to communities impacted by climate change or a shift in using fossil fuels. It is estimated to raise about $2.2 billion in its first five years. One aspect of the measure that has drawn criticism is that it exempts some large industrial operations. One is the state’s only coal-fired energy plant. The Trans-Alta facility near Centralia is exempt, although a prior agreement with the state has it scheduled to close by 2025. Councilmember Lillian Hunter said the Trans-Alta exemption is one prob-

lem she has with the initiative. The cost of gasoline is expected to rise 13 to 14 cents per gallon. She expressed concern for the impact this would have on consumers and local truck drivers who move freight. Hunter said she supports Initiative 1631, with reservations. Mello noted the broad range of support for the measure. “This is the most diverse coalition supporting an initiative in state history.” Councilmember Justin Camarata said society has been kicking this problem down the road for too long. With more severe impacts of climate change expected to arrive within 20 years, we no longer have the option of ignoring it, he observed. “We have to create a better future now. We have to tax carbon now.”


Efforts to improve streets for cars, busses and pedestrians were among the topics discussed during the Oct. 9 Tacoma City Council study session. This was the second in a series on the proposed 2019-20 budget. Public Works Director Kurtis Kingsolver discussed efforts to switch to light emitting diode streetlights. He said this would save $1 million in electricity costs over two years. The time it takes to replace burned-out lights can be from eight to 10 weeks. A goal in the next biennium is to reduce this to one to two weeks. Improving access for pedestrians and bicyclists is a city priority. One goal is to reduce the number of

children on foot or bicycles who are hit by cars. The Safe Routes to School program aims to reduce this number by 30 percent by 2025. The budget calls for 23 crossing beacons near nine schools, at a cost of $1 million. Public Works is working with Pierce Transit to synchronize traffic signals along two of its busiest routes. Route 1, which runs from Tacoma Community College down 6th Avenue to downtown, then Pacific Avenue south to Spanaway, would receive $1.3 million. Route 2, which goes from downtown along South 19th Street to TCC then south on Bridgeport Way to Lakewood, would receive $250,000. Councilmember Ryan Mello said Pierce Transit wants to improve its on-time performance. Synchronizing lights will help with that,

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he noted. Councilmember Chris Beale mentioned the yard signs placed around areas where streets have been repaired, letting residents know the work was funded by the streets initiative passed by voters several years ago. “It has been beyond a major success.” Kingsolver said this has helped cover the cost of hiring more workers to fix streets. “We are heavily reliant on the streets initiative.” City hall is in line for $2.1 million in tenant improvements in the budget. Kingsolver noted some systems in the Municipal Building have not been upgraded since the city purchased it in the late 1970s. “We have an amazing old building but we need to maintain it,” he observed.

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Sustainability Summit for South Sound Women in Business Old Post Office, 1102 A St., Tacoma At this one-of-a-kind summit on sustainability and women in business, topics explored will include environmental justice, greening your supply chain, communicating about sustainability and more. There will be a breakfast and lunch, keynote speeches and breakout sessions. This is a great opportunity to network. Breakout session topics: “Finding Agency and Pathways to Change,” Kaitlyn Daniels of Learning to Lead; “Local Business as Sustainable Business,” Gwen Kohl of Spaceworks; “Valuing Vulnerability in Alliance Building,” Maria Palamar of Resolve Conservation; “Self Care as Sustainability,” Casey Hubbell of Yoga Wild; “Reducing Waste from Your Business,” Britt McGrath; “If Customers Can’t Park, They Can’t Shop!” Kristina Walker of Downtown on the Go.  INFO: events/537213976748705 TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 5 P.M.

Comment on Interim Regulations for the Port of Tacoma Tacoma Council Chambers, 747 Market St., Tacoma Plan to attend and give public comment on interim regulations in the Port of Tacoma. 350 Tacoma is asking Tacoma City Council to renew the interim regulations that pause new and expanded heavy industrial uses citywide. It’s clear that the Port of Tacoma is dragging their feet on the subarea planning process which, one year later, has still not made any progress. Make the interim regulations stronger by pausing any new or expanded use of fossil fuels in the port, and include fire-prone scrap metal yards back to the category of heavy industrial uses. Background: On Nov. 21, 2017, the Tacoma City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28470, which established interim regulations in the Port of Tacoma while the subarea planning process is underway. These interim regulations ( established a moratorium on new heavy industrial uses citywide, including a pause on fossil fuel terminals, storage, processing and refining. These interim regulations were initially in place for 12 months, but now come up for renewal every six months while the subarea planning process is in progress.  INFO: events/1557220717713435 SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2-4 P.M.

Salishan Harvest Festival & Cultural Celebration Salishan Family Investment Center, 1724 E. 44th St., Tacoma The opening ceremony in the “R” Street Garden will showcase the transformation of the garden and how people can get involved next spring. There will be demonstrations of how the harvest is celebrated by many different cultures with art, food, stories, dance/music performances and more. The event will feature the harvesting of sunflowers, pumpkins, and zucchinis.  INFO: events/291633221653962

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the community. The collaborative success that I-940 sponsors and law enforcement had should be celebrated. If I-940 is defeated Washington would have the opportunity to take center stage on this ground-breaking law that develops trust between citizens and law enforcement. TACOMA VENUES DIRECTOR NAMED VENUE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR The International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) has announced the recipients for its 2018 Industry Awards at the annual Honors & Awards Ceremony including selecting Kim Bedier as Venue Executive of the Year. IEBA is a not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, founded in 1970. Bedier is director for Tacoma Venues & Events at the City of Tacoma. “This industry and the people I work with every day inspire me. It is a privilege to be part of an amazing team committed to delivering superlative service and making memorable experiences for all of our guests at the Tacoma Dome,” stated Bedier. “It is particularly exciting to receive recognition - for all of us – as we embark on the most exciting time as we debut the newly refreshed Dome.” The Tacoma Dome is completing a four-month revitalization that includes all-new seating, concessions, additional restrooms, backstage artist quarters, loading docks and more. The Dome will re-open in October with annual consumer shows like the RV Show and Holiday Food & Gift and host eight concerts in November. Bedier is responsible for the Tacoma Dome, Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Pantages and Rialto Theater, Theater on the Square, and Cheney Stadium. She serves as a board member for Travel Tacoma and Tacoma South Sound Sports. An industry leader, Bedier has successfully opened three new arena construction projects, including the XFINITY Arena in Everett, which received the venue industry’s top award in 2010 for Arena Excellence. Bedier served over a decade on the Board of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), including as chair of the Board of Directors and Board of Regents and currently serves as an instructor at the IAVM Venue Management School and Graduate Institute, in both the United States and Australia. Bedier serves on the board for Enduris Washington, is a member of Rotary 8 of Tacoma; and is a past board member of Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Rotary Club of Everett, and the YMCA of Snohomish County. GIVE HOPE, GIVE BLOOD WITH THE RED CROSS October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the perfect time to give blood to support cancer patients and others. Anna Gwinnup, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in September 2017. Within weeks, it advanced to stage 2, forcing her to undergo a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, which required blood products. Though she was a blood donor prior to her diagnosis, Gwinnup now has a new passion for the cause. “I want to raise awareness about the need for blood to treat cancer,” she said. Cancer patients may need red blood cell or platelet transfusions during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations last month. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1 (800) RED CROSS 1 (800) 733-2767. As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets in October will automatically be entered to

win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants. Learn more at Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 1631 in Pierce County: • Oct. 18, 1-6 p.m., Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St. • Oct. 22, 1-6 p.m., American Red Cross Tacoma, 1235 South Tacoma Way • Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ServiceMaster of Tacoma, 5111 S. Burlington Way Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1 (800) RED CROSS 1 (800) 733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App. LOCAL RESTAURANTS PARTNER TO CELEBRATE NW FURNITURE BANK Stanley and Seafort’s and Pizzeria Fondi have joined forces to help the NW Furniture Bank celebrate with a luncheon for the caseworkers and organizational partners that help to provide services to families throughout the community. The Oct. 1 event honored caseworkers across multiple NW Furniture Bank partnerships that service homeless and low-income communities, as well as domestic violence survivors. “On behalf of both Pizzeria Fondi and Stanley and Seafort’s we are incredibly excited and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing event,” said Christopher Olsen, general manager of Pizzeria Fondi. “The Restaurants Unlimited family is proud of our involvement in the South Sound community and with NW Furniture Bank. The work they are doing in the community is so important and we are glad to have the opportunity to contribute in the way we know best.”  Together, Stanley and Seafort’s and Pizzeria Fondi have proudly served the South Sound community for almost 50 years as the go-to places for any dining occasion. In addition to serving up local favorites, these restaurants are proud of their involvement in the community across many local organizations. “NW Furniture Bank is incredibly proud of our partnerships with each of the agencies we are fortunate enough to work with in the community,” said Jeremy Simler, director of development of NW Furniture Bank. “Thanks to our restaurant partners, we are able to show our gratitude for all of their hard work on the front line every day, helping people who are in need of support and kindness.” Founded in 2006, NW Furniture Bank provides furniture and household goods to more than 140 families in Pierce and South King County each month. With the help of more than 500 volunteers and 200 partner organizations, NW Furniture Bank is able to service the community through three different programs: the furniture bank, Spring Back Mattress Recycling, and Hope Furnishings. In 2018, NW Furniture Bank was able to provide services to more than 1,400 families. The Spring Back Mattress Recycling program provides employment opportunities, as well as recycling more than 5,000 mattresses and providing 300 reusable mattresses for NW Furniture Bank monthly. Hope Furnishings is a retail store that is open to the public, which sells gently used and vintage furniture with all proceeds benefiting NW Furniture Bank. The mission of NW Furniture Banks is to “help restore hope, dignity and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture to people in need.”


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t LNG From page 2 212-page report, its conclusions and recommendations is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. and 6:30-10 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Rialto Theater. The 8 million gallon facility has been the center of controversy for years. It will produce about 250,000 to 500,000 gallons of liquefied natural gas each day as a cleaner-burning fuel for cargo ships, particularly TOTE ships between Tacoma and Alaska. It would also serve as storage to use during cold snaps and fuel for long-haul trucks. Critics have long questioned the financing plan of the project that has PSE utility customers pay for a portion of the facility that is going to be profitable for its wholly owned subsidiary. Critics are also concerned about the construction of yet another fossil fuel facility so close to urbanized areas and the safety of liquefied natural gas itself. The latest review didn’t calm their worries. “It was easy to tell that the company that wrote it was extremely biased for PSE and the LNG plant,” said Steven Storms, a retired chemical engineer and outspoken critic of the project. “They took every assumption that had any impact and picked the best possible to prove their case.” His examples include the fact that the report claims the plant would not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions if the natural gas came by pipeline from British Columbia, but it isn’t a major producer of natural gas. Gas facilities in the Rockies were mentioned as alternative gas sources in an earlier report but not addressed in the new environmental review. “By choosing B.C., they get the best possible results,” Storms said. The recent review also claims that the plant would reduce carbon emissions in the region when ships other than TOTE convert to LNG, but the initial environmental review of the project states that TOTE would be its only maritime customer. “The city says that another permit would be re-


quired (to add more maritime customers) but still, the new SEIS takes credit for burning fuel in ships,” Storms said. The original environmental report also estimated that only two LNG trucks a day would fill up at the facility, but the new review mentions that more trucks would be used without further explanation. Tarika Powell, a policy analyst at Sightline, a non-profit environmental think tank, had similar thoughts about the recent environmental review. She critiqued the report almost line by line on Twitter. “1.1 Purpose and Need uses the term ‘cleaner fuel’ four times without having established as fact that LNG is a cleaner fuel,” she tweeted. “The conclusion that (the plant) will decrease emissions is seriously based on the premise that PSE will completely change their gas supply portfolio.” But she does give the report some credit. “Despite the complaints I have, so far the #Ta-

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t Gardening From page 1 wellbeing of local communities. To date, United Health Foundation has committed $430 million to programs and communities around the world. “This (the grants) has been a work in progress over the past 12 months and I’m really proud to see it come to fruition here at DeLong Elementary School,” said Verity. “It’s nice to see the bountiful results of great gardening.” The non-profit Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation based in Austin, works to empower schools and inspire families to help children reach optimal health through the strength of a healthy body fueled by nutritious food. “The kind of gardens like DeLong has really can change the trajectory of childhood health for the next generation,” said Evans. “When kids have a garden, they’re more willing to try a whole range of new foods, and that affects their healthy habits for a lifetime.” After the grant announcement, Inslee joined education and health care leaders, including Washington State Representative Laurie Jinkins, for a roundtable discussion about health challenges facing Washington communities, including food insecurity, obesity and other social determinants of health, and possible local solutions to address these challenges. Studies show that school gardening, combined with a healthy lunch program or nutrition education, encourage healthier food choices. Children are also more likely to eat fruits and vegetables they have


Students in the DeLong Garden Club are excited to put the grant money to good use. grown themselves. According to America’s Health Rankings, Washington youth rank seventh out of 50 states with more than 30 percent of children ages 10-17 overweight or obese. “Food insecurity, including food deserts, obesity and diabetes are serious health concerns that can be alleviated through better awareness and familiarity with growing and preparing healthy meals,” said Verity. “On behalf of United Health Foundation, we are grateful for the opportunity to support these organizations instilling healthy habits and setting students on the path to success.”

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t Paraeducators From page 1 Tacoma teachers made a similar pledge after its seven-day strike that ended with a 14 percent wage hike for them. Local lawmakers have also voiced support for changes to the formula, but success in gaining any changes is far from certain once the legislative effort starts after the new year. What is known is that the district’s $466 million budget for this school year grew with the wage increase. The district’s shortfall is $23.4 million, or about 5 percent. “And that doesn’t take into account next school year’s deficit,” district spokesman Dan Voelpel said. That’s another $38 million. The school board and administration are now developing scenarios to cover those deficits, including legislative fixes to the state’s funding formula to cuts in staff and programs.

“Programs and staffing are currently being evaluated,” according to a district statement. “If we do not get a legislative fix before the end of November, we will face the cuts.”  The budget picture was already gloomy when a seven-day teachers strike ended in late September with the signing of a new contract that gave teachers a 14 percent increase, and a bump of 19 percent for office staff, which make them competitive for the region. Teachers in nearby districts have received similar wage hikes, courtesy of the state’s response to the Supreme Court ruling on the McCleary decision that the state was underfunding education, particularly wages for public educators. District administrators will brief the school board on the budget and possible solutions to the shortfall at the regular study session at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Central Administration Building, 601 S. 8th St. “We have to share the details with the board first before we share them


Tacoma Public Schools signed a contract revision with its paraeducators and food servers that averaged 19 percent wage increases, which add to the district’s deficit for this school year. The district’s deficit is now $23.4 million. with anyone else, so that study session next week will be the first public discussion we’re able to have with the board,”

Voelpel stated. “At this point, I wouldn’t want to characterize the number before we can talk with the school board.”

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When former Seattle Supersonic Kevin Durant came out wearing a Shawn Kemp jersey during starting line-up announcements, the Key Arena crowd nearly lost its collective mind. Durant won the NBA Rookie of the Year award in his only season with the Sonics, before the Puget Sound’s beloved team was ripped away from us and sent packing to Oklahoma City. It was apparent that Durant still holds a lot of love for his original fans.



n April 13, 2008, the Seattle Supersonics defeated the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 99-95 at Seattle’s Key Arena. For the die-hard Sonics fans in attendance, it would prove to be the final home game for the NBA franchise in the Emerald City. The game went down on a Sunday, but it might as well have been Friday the 13th. It was easily the darkest day in Puget Sound sports history, and the pain has lingered for the Sonics faithful for 10 and a half years now. When the Golden State Warriors announced that they would be bringing one of their pre-season games to Seattle, it had a two-fold response. On one hand, fans were rightly excited to see an NBA game tip-off in our neighborhood once again. On the other hand, it cast a spotlight on just how fresh and deep the wounds still are for area basketball fans. My knee-jerk reaction was to scoff at the announcement. I was (and am) still furious with the NBA, and throwing us a little bone up here felt like more of an insult than any sort of gift. However, as the date approached, my hard feelings began to soften and my interest in the game began to grow. I went from a downright boycott to figuring out how I was going to get myself and Tacoma Weekly photographer Rocky Ross into this game on Friday, Oct. 5. By game day, I was just about as excited as I could be for an NBA game between two teams that I don’t really care for. The fact that Kevin Durant would be making his

return to Seattle was the cherry on top of this sundae. He played his final home game as a rookie for the Sonics on that fateful day in 2008, and had never returned. Now we were going to have him all to ourselves for one night. I was hoping for a little magic from the game. Instead, it was an emotional roller coaster that left me nearly exhausted and wanting more. The event was a who’s who of Seattle sports royalty. A host of former Sonics were in attendance, as well as players from the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm and Seattle Reign. I didn’t catch any Seattle Mariners in attendance, but considering their heartbreaking, second-half slide out of the playoffs, the fans probably didn’t need that sort of reminder on this momentous occasion. When the starting line-ups were announced for the “visiting” Sacramento Kings, the crowd was polite, but a collective yawn was on the tip of their lips. Things began to get a little more exciting when the “home team” Golden State Warriors were announced. Former Washington State Cougar Klay Thompson received a huge pop from the Key Arena crowd. However, all eyes were focused on the end of the Warriors’ bench. The last Seattle Sonic left playing in the NBA didn’t let the fans down. Durant strode out onto the floor when his name was announced, wearing a Shawn Kemp jersey. You could barely hear yourself think in the arena. It was deafening. I wasn’t prepared for the emotions that hit me. My eyes teared up and all I could do was smile and shake my head. The all-star then took to the microphone and let the crowd know how he felt about them, and that they

deserved to have a team return to Seattle. The “Super… Sonics” chants throughout the arena sent chills down my spine. It was a feeling I hadn’t experienced in well over a decade. I forgot how much I missed it. Wearing green and gold sneakers, Durant had a slow start in the game. It wasn’t until the second quarter when he really started to heat up, on his way to finishing with 26 points for the game. Thompson, on the other hand, came out swinging from the opening tip, dropping a bevy of three-pointers from a variety of points beyond the arc. With each swish, the crowd got louder and louder. The former Cougar finished with a gamehigh 30 points, as the Warriors rolled to a 122-94 victory. On a night where it felt a bit like the old days, it was the old timers that ended up scoring the final big cheer of the night. During a break in play in the third quarter, three finely dressed gentlemen strolled out to the center of the court. One of them was carrying an NBA championship trophy that looked an awful lot like something our Sonics won back in 1979. In fact, it was former head coach Lenny Wilkens carrying the trophy, and he was joined by none other than “Downtown” Freddie Brown and big man Jack Sikma. The Key Arena crowd just about lost it at this point. Frankly, I just about lost it as well. This was the sort of reminder of just how awesome our team was, and just how awesome it was to be a Seattle Supersonics fan. With a new Key Arena remodel on the way, I’m fairly certain that it’s more of a matter of when, and not if, the Sonics will be returning to the Emerald City. It’s high time that we put this Puget Sound tragedy six feet under and bring our Sonics back.


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SPORTSWATCH LOGGERS ERASE 20-POINT DEFICIT TO IMPROVE TO 4-1 ON SEASON A game between the Northwest Conference’s top two offenses was decided by the Puget Sound defense. The Loggers forced six turnovers to erase a 20-point deficit and stun Lewis & Clark, 34-22, in Portland on Saturday, Oct. 6. Matt Ahnin had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, Brody Pearman picked off a pass, and  Zackary Teats  intercepted two passes, including a huge pick-six, during Puget Sound’s remarkable comeback victory. The Loggers improved their overall record to 4-1 for the first time since the 2000 season.  Entering Saturday’s game, the Pioneers (2-2, 1-1 NWC) ranked second in the NWC for both total offense and points per game. Puget Sound (4-1, 2-0 NWC)  ranked first in both categories, but it was all Lewis & Clark at the start of Saturday’s contest as the Pioneers claimed a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter. Pearman’s interception at the Lewis & Clark 44-yard line gave Puget Sound a short field midway through the second quarter. The Loggers capitalized when Murdock Rutledge completed a 21yard touchdown pass to AJ Johnson. The Pioneers’ next possession ended with a punt, and Puget Sound needed just one play to reach the end zone again. Rutledge hit Johnson for a 48-yard strike to cut the deficit to 20-14, and the score remained true heading into halftime. After exchanging punts to start the third quarter, Teats intercepted the Pioneers and returned it 36 yards for the touchdown, giving the Loggers’ their first lead of the game, 21-20. A special teams miscue by the Loggers led to a safety that gave the Pioneers a brief 22-21 lead, but those two points were the only points Lewis & Clark could muster in the entire second half.  The Loggers got the lead back early in the fourth quarter when Rutledge hit Collin Heimbach for an 11-yard touchdown. Later in the quarter, it was Heimbach throwing the ball, as the wide receiver completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Marcus McGuinn. Johnson led the Loggers in receiving with 114 yards on seven receptions. Heimbach finished with 60 receiving yards on six receptions. The running back duo of Duncan Varela  and  Vance Wood  had its best game of the season. Varela ran for 60 yards on 13 carries, and Wood amassed 59 yards on seven carries. Combined, Varela and Wood averaged 5.95 yards per carry. In addition to the secondary,  Todd Blakely  was a monster in Puget Sound’s defensive efforts. He totaled three sacks and four tackles for a loss.  Noah Cohen and Peter Ciari each recorded a sack for the Loggers. Puget Sound returns home to Baker Stadium to host Pacific on Saturday, Oct. 13, for a 1 p.m. kickoff. UPS WOMEN TOP CROSSTOWN RIVAL PLU AND THEN TIE LINFIELD Lura Morton  scored the game’s only goal in the 84th minute as the Puget Sound women’s soccer team beat Pacific Lutheran, 1-0, in Baker Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 4.  Gabbie Berg  launched a long pass from midfield to a streaking Morton, and Morton beat her defender and the keeper for the game-winning goal. Morton leads Puget Sound (6-4-1, 5-1-1) in scoring this season with four goals. Pacific Lutheran (6-3-2, 5-2-0) put 11 shots on goal, but Jamie Lange made each stop for her third shutout of the season.

The following Sunday, Puget Sound found itself evenly matched against Linfield for a 0-0 tie at Baker Stadium. The Loggers reached overtime for the sixth time this year, and they have a 2-2-2 record in extra periods. Linfield (6-3-3, 3-2-3 NWC) put nine shots on goal during regulation, all which were saved by Jamie Lange. Lange finished with 11 saves in all, blanking the opposition for the fourth time in the last five games. The Loggers (6-4-2, 5-1-2 NWC) totaled 14 shots through the 110 minutes, including six on goal. In the last six minutes of the second overtime, Tayla MacPherson found Gabbie Berg  up the middle of the field with a long pass. Berg took the opportunity to put a shot on goal, however, it was saved by the goalie. MacPherson led the Loggers in shots on goal with three. Puget Sound will travel to Walla Walla on Saturday, Oct. 13, to take on Whitman (3-8-1, 2-5-0 NWC) at 12 p.m. The Loggers will return home on Saturday, Oct. 20, to host Willamette at 12 p.m LUTES GET BACK TO .500 WITH HOME WIN OVER PACIFIC The Pacific Lutheran University football team erased an 11-point deficit on Saturday, Oct. 6, rallying for a 30-23 victory over Northwest Conference rival Pacific University to remain undefeated at Sparks Stadium. “I’m extremely proud of our guys for elevating our resilience in another tough game,” said PLU head coach Brant McAdams. “The guys were locked in and we did a better job of stepping up when opportunity knocked.” The Lutes (2-2, 1-1 NWC) opened up the scoring, recovering a Boxer fumble and marching 62 yards down the field with  Ethan McElderry  capping off the drive with a 25-yard touchdown run. A special teams gamble set up the eventual McElderry touchdown run with  Anthony Louthan  rushing 31 yards on a fake punt on fourth and four. Pacific (2-3, 1-1 NWC) countered in the second quarter, hitting a 30-yard field goal early in the quarter before scoring two touchdowns in a 68-second stretch to build a 17-6 advantage. Pacific Lutheran closed the gap just before halftime with backup quarterback  Nolan Hoover  hitting  Alex Rendon for a seven-yard touchdown, capping off an eight-play, 75-yard drive. Louthan again proved a key component of the drive, hauling in a 41-yard reception to put the Lutes in the red zone. PLU reclaimed the lead early in the second half with  Hajriz Aliu  picking off a pass and running it back to stake a 20-17 lead. TJ Morris ran from five yards out to mushroom the Lute lead to 27-17 before a Boxer touchdown early in the fourth quarter closed the gap to 27-23. The Lutes used another big special teams play to extend their drive late in the fourth quarter with Hoover scampering six yards on a fake field goal to keep the drive alive. Alex Brost eventually hit a 21-yarder as the Lutes took over seven minutes off the clock, leaving Pacific with just over a minute left to work with. PLU’s defense held strong down the stretch as the Lutes held on to remain undefeated at home. “Tip of the hat to coach Judd Keim and our special teams preparation,” McAdams said. “Excellent scouting, which makes it easier on me to make the call to fake. Props to our special teams units for converting when their number was called.” Hoover finished with 148 yards passing and a touchdown with  Wesley Nix-

on catching seven balls for 105 yards. Louthan led the ground game with 63 yards rushing while defensively  Hunter Briggs  had 10 tackles and  Matt Anthony had nine, including two tackles for loss. “Win, lose, or draw, we head back to the meeting room and practice field to lock in on how to improve,” McAdams said. The Lutes return home to host Willamette on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. FIERCE COMEBACK NETS PLU MEN VICTORY OVER RIVAL LOGGERS The Pacific Lutheran University men’s soccer team scored three goals in 15 minutes, erasing a two-goal deficit and emerging from Baker Stadium with a 4-3 victory over host University of Puget Sound in the Battle of the South Sound on Friday, Oct. 5. The Lutes (9-4, 5-2 Northwest Conference) got off to a rocky start with the Loggers (4-5-2, 2-3-2 NWC) scoring a goal just 34 seconds into the game and adding another in the fourth minute.  Ola Kvindesland got the Lutes on the board in the 22nd  minute but homestanding  Puget Sound quickly countered with a score in the 27th minute and took a 3-1 advantage into the halftime intermission. Holton Halfaker  got things rolling for the Lutes in the second half, scoring in the 52nd minute off an assist from  Matt Koczan  before  Joe Sammartino  provided the equalizer just three minutes later on a penalty kick.  Mason Joe  closed out PLU’s  second half scoring binge, netting the eventual game-winner in the 67th minute off a feed from Ryan Griffith for his first collegiate goal. “UPS is a very hard place to win at and UPS is a strong, disciplined team,” said head coach John Yorke. “Being down 2-0 three minutes into it was not an ideal situation but I was really proud of our guys for just staying focused and playing the game one moment at a time. We had a really good second half led by our senior class stepping up and not letting us lose.”  RJ Noll and Cole Weaver combined for six saves on the day with Weaver tending goal in the second half and collecting the win for the Lutes, while their counterpart, Wren Norwood, stopped five shots and yielded four goals.  It was a fairly even game statistically with Puget Sound holding a slim 14-13 edge in shots with both teams ripping off nine on goal. “We’re pretty excited to go back to Parkland after this game with the second half of the season still in front of us and still in the mix for the conference title,” Yorke said.  PLU’s men return home on Saturday, Oct. 20, to host Whitworth at 2:30 p.m. LUTES CONTINUE TO MOVE UP IN VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS The 14th-ranked Pacific Lutheran University volleyball squad made quick work of Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, Oct. 6, rolling the Pioneers 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-13) inside Olson Gymnasium. The opening set was deadlocked at 15 before the defending Northwest Conference champion Lutes (14-2, 7-1 NWC) took control, scoring 10 of the final 13 points, including the last three to secure the 25-18 set win. PLU scored the first four points and led wire-to-wire in the second set, securing the 25-14 win before doing the same in the third to secure the threeset sweep. The Lutes tallied the opening four points and nine of the first 10 in the 25-13 third set win. “It was a great team win and it was awesome to see everyone make a contribution,” said PLU head coach Kevin Aoki. PLU returns home to host Willamette on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.

Tacoma’s Hot Tickets FALL'S BEST FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – FOOTBALL Mt. Tahoma vs. Lincoln Lincoln Bowl – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – FOOTBALL Bonney Lake vs. Wilson Stadium Bowl – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – FOOTBALL Spanaway Lake vs. Lakes Harry Lang Stadium – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – FOOTBALL Stadium vs. Bethel Art Crate Stadium – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – FOOTBALL Bellarmine vs. Rogers Sparks Stadium – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – FOOTBALL Emerald Ridge vs. Sumner Sunset Stadium – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – FOOTBALL Graham Kapowsin vs. Curtis Curtis Viking Stadium – 7 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 13 – FOOTBALL Vashon vs. Cascade Christian Sunset Stadium – 7 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 16 – VOLLEYBALL Graham Kapowsin vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine HS – 7:15 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 16 – VOLLEYBALL South Kitsap vs. Curtis Curtis HS – 7:15 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 18 – SOCCER Girls – Lakes vs. Lincoln Lincoln Bowl – 7 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 18 – SOCCER Girls – Stadium vs. Wilson Wilson HS – 7 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 18 – FOOTBALL Rogers vs. Graham Kapowsin Art Crate Stadium – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 19 – FOOTBALL Lakes vs. Lincoln Lincoln Bowl – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 19 – FOOTBALL Mt. Tahoma vs. Stadium Stadium Bowl – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 19 – FOOTBALL Wilson vs. Spanaway Lake Art Crate Stadium – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 19 – FOOTBALL Bethel vs. Bonney Lake Sunset Stadium – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 19 – FOOTBALL Sumner vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine Memorial Field – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 19 – FOOTBALL Curtis vs. Puyallup Sparks Stadium – 7 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 20 – FOOTBALL Heritage vs. Emerald Ridge Sparks Stadium – 7 p.m. MONDAY, OCT. 22 – VOLLEYBALL Bellarmine vs. Curtis Curtis HS – 7:15 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 23 – SOCCER Girls – Bonney Lake vs. Stadium Stadium Bowl – 7 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 23 – SOCCER Girls – Wilson vs. Lakes Harry Lang Stadium – 7 p.m.

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The Stadium Tigers entered their 3A Pierce County League match on Monday, Oct. 8, with the Lakes Lancers looking for a little payback. After falling to the Lancers in Lakewood on Thursday, Sept. 13, by a tight score of 3-2, the Tigers needed a victory to maintain their third-place position in the league standings. A victory would also keep the Tigers within striking distance of the league lead. A rowdy crowd showed up at the Stadium gymnasium to cheer the Tigers on to a three-game sweep of the Lancers (25-17, 26-24, 25-17). Stadium improved their league mark to 7-2, and trail Spanaway Lake (7-1) and Wilson (9-0) with five regular season matches remaining.


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BEATLES VS STONES Tribute show to settle an old score in Tacoma


he debate between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been going on ever since they first crossed paths on the charts 54 years ago. The argument at the time, and one that still persists, was that the Beatles were a pop group and the Stones were a rock band: the boys next door vs. the bad boys of rock. So, who’s better? These two legendary bands will engage in an on-stage, throw down - a musical "showdown" if you will - on Oct. 27 at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. courtesy of tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction The International Rolling Stones Show. Taking the side of the Beatles is Abbey Road, one of the county’s top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles’ career. They face off against renowned Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show, who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British invasion. Where did the idea for the show come from? “Music fans never had a chance to see the Beatles and the Rolling Stones perform on the same marquee,” said Chris Legrand, who plays “Mick Jagger” in the show. “Now, music aficionados can watch this debate play out on stage.” The Tacoma show is part of a 125-stop tour of the U.S., Australia and Canada and has been touring since 2011. The show also performs long term residencies for a number of the Harrah’s Casino properties. The production includes some of the more popular songs from the two rock pioneers and covers the scope of their musical careers, although the set list for Satisfaction usually includes Rolling Stones songs up to the 1980s. “They certainly have more pop songs but we’re a really great live show. The fans are in for an incredible night of music!” says Legrand. During the two-hour show, the bands perform three sets each, trading places in quick set changes and ending the night with an allout encore involving both bands. The band members have their outfits custom-made, since avid fans know exactly what the Beatles and Stones wore onstage during different time periods in their careers. There’s a lot of good-natured jabbing between the bands as well. “Without Beatlemania, the Stones might still be a cover band in London,” said Chris Overall, who plays “Paul”. “There’s no question that the Beatles set the standard.”

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A pair of tribute bands playing the parts of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will duke it out on stage (musically speaking) at Tacoma's Broadway Center for the Performing Arts at an Oct. 27 spectacular event.


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Incredible art from SAMI students!

A bird’s eye view from Truman Middle School!

The following art assignment was to illustrate clouds with chalk pastels, studying the interplay of warm and cool colors. The challenge was to show depth and a sense of 3 dimensional form. Mary Mann is the outstanding art teacher at the Science & Math Institute (SAMI).

Ms. Haddigan’s Truman Middle School students came up with some wonderful creations as they practiced 2 point perspective with birdhouses, in June of 2018.

Maia Kang, grade 11

Daria Sahan, grade 10

Tomika Williams, 8th grade

Sherman Elementary Superstars! u Mrs. Reed, a fabulous teacher of 4th graders at Sherman Elementary, had her students creating self portraits that included several important values that they each hold. The students and their work are amazing! Sophia Vogel, 6th grade

Pearl Henson

Pia D’Andrea

Jack Phillips, 6th grade

Goofy by Opal, 4th grade, Teacher: Mrs. Zachmeier

Joy Ann

Treya Jedidiah Llenado, 6th grade

q Mrs. Williams had her students fill out an application for 3rd grade this year, asking them questions such as: Do you like reading? Do you like writing? Do you like Math? And, do you like recess? All 3 students replied “Yes!” to all of these questions, then added some other information. Davis especially loves recess, and is looking forward to learning higher math skills this year!

The Camping Room One day I was camping. We went on a bike ride. We stopped, and we saw a hole, and we went in it, and we saw a room with beds. My Dad looked at the room. My Mom got in the bed to go to sleep. I looked at the room with my friends, and my Dad. At night we went to sleep, then we got up and we went outside. After that we went back in to have breakfast. It was the best breakfast in the world! Finally we went back outside to go.

Keegan’s favorite class at school is P.E., and she wants to learn art this year!

Alaric wants to study engineering this year, and to learn everything!

Asher, grade 2, Teacher: Mr. Mac Hutchin

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NORTH PEARL WINE WALK SHOWCASES 18 WASHINGTON STATE WINES Lively North Tacoma event with live music, local artists and raffle prizes

Warm up this fall at the North Pearl Wine Walk, a wine tasting event on the North End of Tacoma on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2-6 p.m. Ten businesses in the Ruston-Pt. Defiance neighborhood are opening their doors to host nine Washington wineries sampling 18 different wines. They’ll be joined by 10 local artists, live music and offer thousands of dollars of raffle prizes. Wineries include Three of Cups from Woodinville showcasing their 2016 Malbec, which won gold at the 2018 Northwest Wine Summit; Eleven Winery from Bainbridge Island with their 2016 Lemberger, which won gold at the 2018 Washington State Wine Competition; and Stina Cellars from Lakewood, with their 2008 Montage, which won Silver at the World Wine Championships. Also participating are two Tacoma favorites: Vino Aquino from 6th Avenue and Reeds Sweet Wines, regularly found at the Pt. Ruston Farmers Market. Along with 10 tasting tickets to try the wines, wine walk participants also receive five raffle tickets to enter the raffles

of their choice. Raffle prizes are donated by the participating businesses and artists, and include an $800 gift certificate from Laser Lounge Med Spa, and a natural wellness package worth $630 from Ruston Family Chiropractic and sculpture artist Heather Cornelius. “The District is really excited to participate in Tacoma Arts Month by pairing local artists and our businesses,” said Juel Lugo, vice-president of the Ruston-Pt. Defiance Business District, the main sponsor of the event. Other participating artists also include Maria Jost (who just unveiled her new

mural at the new Pacific Seas Aquarium at the Pt. Defiance Zoo), photographer Andrew Larson, jewelry designer Caitlin Keller of Marie-Lieb Design and plein air painter Mark Webster, who will be bringing some of his popular oil paintings of Tacoma buildings. Two jazz and blues bands, the Mike Nelson Trio and Rain Delay, will be performing at the event. Event check-in is at the long-standing Tacoma favorite, the Antique Sandwich Company, just south of the entry to the Pt. Defiance Zoo and the Vashon Island ferry, and as well as on a main artery to the Pt. Ruston waterfront. This event is a

community partnership co-sponsored by the City of Ruston and LILT Design. Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door, but only a limited number of tickets are available for this event. To buy tickets or to view the full list of participating wineries and artists, interested participants can go to Interested participants can follow the North Pearl Wine Walk on Facebook at for a rollout of all the raffle prizes. Event is ages 21 and over. Washington is the nation’s second largest wine producer, with a focus on premium, internationally-ranked wines thanks to the ideal geography and growing conditions provided to the Columbia River Basin by the Cascade Range in particular. Prepare to discover and taste some of the best wines the state has to offer as we transition from the crisp white wines of summer to the medium and full-bodied reds of fall and winter in one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in town at the Oct. 20 North Pearl Wine Walk.

DINE OUT FOR DISABILITIES IN LAKEWOOD AND UNIVERSITY PLACE Dine Out for Disabilities is a monthlong series of events that bring together local residents and the nonprofit Centerforce in a spirit of inclusion and support. By dining or shopping at a participating restaurant or store on certain days throughout October, 5-20 percent or more of your bill will go to Centerforce of Lakewood. Celebrating its 50th year of service

this year, Centerforce is a private, not-forprofit 501 (c)(3), social service organization that provides employment training and assistance to more than 300 individuals (adults and students) with developmental disabilities in the greater Puget Sound area. The individuals served have a wide range of disabilities and a number of barriers to traditional employment. The following local businesses are

participants in Dine Out for Disabilities during the remainder of this month: THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 8 A.M. TO 10 P.M. Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay, 3515 Bridgeport Way W., University Place When you shop on this day, 5 percent of the store’s net sales will be donated to Centerforce of Lakewood.

THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 4-9 P.M. Carr’s Restaurant 11006 Bridgeport Way S.W., Lakewood Dine out this day and 10 percent of the restaurant’s sales will be donated to Centerforce of Lakewood. For information, visit support-centerforce/dine-out-for-disabilities-2.


The Things We Like UPCOMING EVENTS: MONDAY, OCT. 15, 7 P.M.

Plant Nite at The Forum The Forum, 815 Pacific Ave., Tacoma Plant Nite is invading bars and restaurants near you with everything you need to create a gorgeous terrarium. The organizers will guide you and your crew through two lively hours of creativity, drinking and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. Just remember: This isn’t your grandmother’s garden. Join Plant Nite at The Forum and enjoy the great food and atmosphere while creating your custom terrarium.

 INFO: events/1995370824087007 THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 7 P.M.

100th Monkey Gathering 1122 Market St., Tacoma 100th Monkey is an artistic exploration into the questions of how we (as individuals within a whole) feel about our current environment. Come experience visual art, audio performances, spoken word, drinks, thought and action.

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Friends of Lakewood Library Used Book Sale Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. SW, Lakewood Come choose from among cheaply priced literature and other media. More than 35,000 shelved and categorized books, music, DVDs and more.

 INFO: friends-library.htm SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 6 P.M.

Capriccio, Tacoma Opera’s Auction Gala Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma Enjoy an evening of great food, great wine, a live auction and — new this year— an Opera Cabaret you don’t want to miss. Wear cocktail attire.

 INFO: FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 6 P.M.

Harvest Fest Two locations: People’s Center, 1602 Martin Luther King Jr. Way; STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma Celebrate fall at Metro Parks Harvest Fests throughout Tacoma. Admission is free.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018 • • TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS

Poet Michael Magee to read from new book at Conservatory BY DAVE DAVISON

Tacoma poet Michael Magee has just launched a new volume of his poems called “How We Move Toward Light” (MoonPath Press, Tillamook, Ore.). Magee will be reading from the collection at a book release to be held at Wright Park’s W.W. Seymour Conservatory (316 S. G St., Tacoma) on Thursday, Oct. 18, 6-7 p.m. After the reading, Magee will engage in a question and answer session and a book signing. The Seymour Conservatory is the perfect venue for the book launch, since many of the poems – including the title poem – are set Wright Park. In many of these, Magee imagines poets like Marcel Proust and Walt Whitman in the precincts of Tacoma’s genteel, urban park with its wildlife and its population of venerable trees of variable species. Other facets and features of Tacoma are strewn throughout the collection. There are, for example, references to the Murray Morgan Bridge, Delong Park, the Tacoma Mall and the Tacoma Art Museum. The book is divided into three parts: “The New Odysseus,” “Poetic Landscapes” and “Personaes.” “New Odysseus” imagines the epic warrior-trickster of Greek mythology passing through our contemporary landscape. There are poems with titles like “Odysseus in a Land of Pogo Sticks,” “Odysseus in a Land of Toaster Ovens” and “Odysseus at the Mall.” The latter is based on an excursion to the Tacoma Mall, an odd place indeed. Many of the poems in the “Poetic Landscapes” portion are derived from experiences in front of landscape paintings, thus blending the art of painting with that of poetry. Several poems, like “Hudson River School Landscape Painters,” are the result of viewing exhibits at the Tacoma Art Museum. In “Hudson River School,” Magee takes the reader on an impressionistic tour of some of the paintings in the museum before moving on to a view of the amazing scene that is visible from the upper floor of the art museum: a vista of Mount Rainier, the Tacoma Dome, the cone of the Museum of Glass, the 21st Street suspension bridge and the dome of Union Station. There are also poems like “On the Road to Steilacoom” that are literary landscapes of local places. In his introduction to the collection, former University of Washington poetry professor Ben Drake says that Magee’s poetry is evocative of “a strange world, steeped in art, populated by the active ghosts of Proust, Whitman, Roethke, Chagall, O’Keeffe, Yeats, Cather and others.” In Magee’s spare style, ordinary places and things – urbanized trees, sidewalks, birds, cars and boats – intersect with memory, emotion and intellectual musings


Tacoma Poet Michael Magee will be reading from his collection of poems “How We Move Toward Light” at the W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park on Oct. 18. A $3 donation is requested. to become delicate, softly colored scenes of rumination and self-reflection. Magee delights in the names of things like species of trees, specific types of birds and the names of places both familiar and exotic. Here and there, words with pizazz add a bit of literary glitter. It is not often that I have a chance to break out my Collins English Gem Dictionary – a little volume that could easily be mistaken for a Gideon’s’ New Testament, which I carry religiously in my satchel – but I had to bust it out a couple of times during my reading of Magee’s poems to look up sparklers like “plangent” and “chicane.” In addition to being a poet, Magee is also a playwright. His plays and poetry have been produced in the United States, England and Greece. He has lived in Tacoma, Seattle, San Francisco, London and Nottingham, England. Many of the poems in “How We Move” have appeared in other publications and periodicals. The book is dedicated to Magee’s wife, Jean Musser, a fellow poet who died earlier this year. It is always nice to encounter a local artist grounded in a sense of place. Outsiders will read such work and feel the universal appeal. For we insiders, however, the poetry has a deeper resonance, as it serves to enrichen our experience of this place where we lead our day to day existence. For more on Magee, visit For information on the poetry reading at the Wright Park Conservatory, visit



Kian Russell (left) played Louie G’s on Friday, Oct. 5. Russell is a 15 year old, hot new talent on the local scene. Special guest Ayron Jones (center) joined him on stage. Tacoma Weekly’s Bill Bungard was on hand to catch the action.


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‘Sun, Shadows, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier’ Dramatic images of catastrophic geological events highlight Tacoma Art Museum’s new exhibition

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“Owyhee River from the N. End of the Tongue, Malheur Co., Oregon,” 1999. Gelatin silver print 14 1/4 × 17 1/8 inches. Estate of Terry Toedtemeier, Collection of Prudence F. Roberts.


Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) opens its fall exhibition “Sun, Shadows, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier,” on Saturday Oct. 20, which focuses on Toedtemeier’s critically acclaimed, haunting photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon coastline and arid terrain of southeastern Oregon. “These remarkable photographs of the Northwest landscape by the late Terry Toedtemeier, who was deeply influenced by the great 19th-century photographers, are a reflection of the region’s art and artists,” stated TAM Executive Director David F. Setford. “I believe that after seeing this exhibition, we will all have a greater understanding and appreciation of the breathtaking landscape of our Northwestern home.” Artist and curator Toedtemeier (1947–2008) was a self-taught photographer who began his extensive photographic experiments capturing his close circle of friends and colleagues in the 1970s. He began to attract wider critical attention with landscape images. Initial snapshots he took from his moving car gave way to exquisite compositions influenced by his deep understanding of both the photography traditions of the American West and its underlying geology. Toedtemeier often sought to capture dramatic images of places that have been shaped first by catastrophic geological events then by the imprint of humans. “We are honored to be entrusted with organizing the first full retrospective of Terry Toedtemeier’s career,” shared TAM’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator Rock Hushka. “His images serve to remind us not only of the physical contours of [the Northwest], but also the multiple decades-long search for ways to photograph it. He would have encouraged us to step into the spectacular places he photographed.” “Sun, Shadows, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier” is a part of the Northwest Perspective Series. This exhibition series reflects TAM’s ongoing commitment to highlight the art and artists of the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition is accompanied by a major catalogue with extensive new scholarship on

Toedtemeier’s career and influences. The exhibit runs through Feb. 17, 2019. This exhibition’s member celebration event is Saturday, Nov. 17 from 7-9 p.m. The event will include remarks from four catalogue contributors: Sandra Phillips, Toby Jurovics, Julia Dolan, and Prudence Roberts. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. On Sunday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. there will be a panel discussion with the catalogue contributors along with a catalogue signing with the authors and curators. For up to date information, visit bit. ly/SunShadowStone.

Tacoma Art Museum Celebrating more than 80 years, Tacoma Art Museum is an anchor in Tacoma’s downtown with a mission of connecting people through art. TAM’s collection contains more than 5,000 works, with an emphasis on the art and artists of the Northwest and broader Western region, 25 percent which consists of studio glass. The collection includes the largest retrospective museum collection of glass art by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly on permanent view; the most significant collection of studio art jewelry by Northwest artists; key holdings in 19th century European and 20th century American art; and one of the finest collections of Japanese woodblock prints on the West Coast. In 2012, TAM received a gift of more than 300 works of western American art from the Haub Family Collection, one of the premier such collections in the nation and the first major western American art museum collection in the Northwest. The Haub family also contributed $20 million for an endowment and expansion completed in 2014. TAM is located in the heart of Tacoma’s vibrant Museum District which consists of six museums including the Museum of Glass, a frequent collaborator. HOURS: Tues.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free Neighborhood Nights every Thursday 5-8 p.m. ADMISSION: $15 adult, $13 student/senior (65+), $40 family (two adults and up to four children under 18), children 5 and under free, children 18 and under free on Saturdays. TAM members, active duty military, reservists, veterans, and their families are always free. LOCATION: 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma INFO:

October is Filipino American History Month (FAHM), and Oct. 18 marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first Filipinos to America. Since then, Filipino Americans have contributed and become a large part of the American fabric. Come support fellow Filipino Americans who will be selling a range of various goods. There will be art, apothecary, baked goods, jewelry and more. The event is free and family friendly, with music by DJ Phenohype. The Filipino American National Historical Society established FAHM in 1988 in California and Hawaii, where a large number of Filipino Americans reside. Since then, the celebration has come to be observed more widely. October was chosen as the celebratory month to commemorate the arrival of the first Filipinos who landed in what is now Morro Bay, Calif. on Oct. 18, 1587. During the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade era, says a historic marker at Morro Bay, Spanish galleons crossed the Pacific between the Philippines and Mexico. On Oct. 18, 1587, the Manila galleon, Nuestra Senora de Esperanza commanded by Pedro de Unamuno, entered Morro Bay. A landing party was sent to shore that included “Luzon Indios,” marking the first landing of Filipinos in the continental United States. The landing party took official possession of the area for Spain by putting up a cross made of branches. The group was attacked by Native Indians two days later and one of the Filipinos was killed. There is a paid parking lot at TAM, along with street parking along Pacific Avenue. You can also park for free at the Tacoma Dome station and take the Link, which drops you off in front of University of Washington-Tacoma. For more information, visit *In Philippine languages, “kababayan” means “fellow Filipino, countryman or town-mate.” It is used throughout the Philippines and throughout the various Philippine languages.

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ART BRIEFS CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING OF EASTSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER We imagined it. Now let’s celebrate it! The Eastside Community Center is opening and Metro Parks Tacoma is throwing a giant party on Saturday, Oct. 20 starting at 10 a.m. The Eastside Families Parade will be followed at 10:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and opening ceremony. Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. After the ribbon cutting there will be performances by Obe Quarless, Panchanga Alert! and DJ Don Gee, hands-on beat mixing and audio recording – plus food (including cake), swimming, art experiences, fun fitness demos, a time capsule dedication and more. At 11:45 a.m. a three-point contest and free throw contest on the basketball court begin. (Free, but pre-registration is required. Go to website below to sign up.) Guests are welcome to stay and play into the early evening. From 6-8 p.m. there will be a showing of a free movie: “Howl’s Moving Castle” (rated PG) and open gym. The Eastside Community Center is intended as a safe, healthy place for youth, adults and families to play, learn and grow. Eastside Community Center is a multi-purpose community center located on Tacoma’s Eastside at 1721 E. 56th St., on the campus of First Creek Middle School. The center is equipped with a variety of amenities including a new pool, featuring swimming lessons, lap lanes, deep water, diving board and spray features.

There is also a rock WHAT: Celebrate Eastside: wall, zip line and more. the opening of Eastside The center will Community Center provide services to all youth in the area, WHERE: Eastside Commuincluding more than nity Center, 1721 E. 56th double the number St., on the campus of First currently served by Creek Middle School Boys & Girls Clubs’ WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, youth development 10:30 a.m. programming. There are weight COST: Free and cardio rooms, and INFO: www.metroparks fitness classes will be made available. ?id=10486 Other features: adaptive recreational facilities for those with physical disabilities; basketball, volleyball and other sports in the multi-use gymnasium; creative space for music, theater, dance and visual arts and even a sound-recording studio; cooking classes for healthy living and sharing ethnic cultures through food; nature walks, environmental education and mountain biking by taking advantage of the connection to Swan Creek Park; adults and senior programming, trips and events; event rental space for weddings, parties, corporate and community events; and library services in collaboration with First Creek Middle School. This project was made possible by a partnership between Metro Parks Tacoma, the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Housing Authority, the

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, the Greater Metro Parks Foundation and the Billy Ray Shirley III Foundation.

amine the locks left there by others, and add their own love locks, thus expanding the piece in the most personal of ways. Tacoma Creates is a critical initiative to establish new and additional resources for neighborhood and youth education programs that will increase access to our cultural arts organizations for everyone, regardless of age or income. The talk will be presented by Courtenay Chamberlin. Cost: $2 donation. For more on the Tripod Slide Shows, visit TripodSlideshows (note: this page is not updated to reflect upcoming shows, but will give a sense of what the events are like).


TRIPOD SLIDE SHOW FEATURES SAND SCULPTING, PUBLIC ART AND ARTS EDUCATION The October edition of Tacoma’s famous Tripod Slide Shows takes place Oct. 19, 7 p.m. at The Center for Spiritual Living, 206 N. J St., Tacoma (at the corner of Division Street). Organizers recommend that you come a little early, as parking may be tight. At each Tripod Slide Show, three presenters show images and give a talk. The Oct. 19 show will feature a show and discussion by three artists on the topics of sand sculpture, public art and Tacoma Creates. Jeff Strong will share his gravity-defying sand sculptures, and the techniques and physics involved in creating them. Diane Hansen will discuss moving from studio to public art. Her installation, “Lock-On Tacoma,” is located near a Sound Transit stop, where most pedestrians are focused solely on reaching their destination. The giant padlocks turn up the visual volume, inviting passersby to pause in their busy days, ex-


Rare opportunity to see internationally renowned painter Jacob Lawrence’s ‘George Bush Series’ at Washington State History Museum On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Washington State History Museum opens the exhibition “Collections Selections: Jacob Lawrence.” The centerpiece of the exhibition is a five-panel work by Lawrence in his recognizable style, painted in crisp shapes and bright hues with browns and deeper tones. The five paintings convey the story of George Bush, the first African American pioneer to settle in what is now Washington. In addition to the paintings, the exhibition includes items from the late 1800s and early 1900s that belonged to the Bush family, photographs and negatives showing Bush family members, and the letter from Lawrence accepting the commission for the paintings. “Collections Selections: Jacob Lawrence” will be on view for 14 weeks, through

Vashon Center for the Arts and Open Space for Arts and Community continue their collaboration, with the production of “14/48 Vashon: The World’s Quickest Island Theater Festival” slated for the weekend of Oct. 19-20, at VCA’s Katherine L. White Hall. This will be the third incarnation of this community-building, chops-busting, art-generating adventure. What is it? During the festival weekend, a never-before-assembled ensemble of island artists will collaborate to produce 14 world premiere short plays in 48 hours. Written, directed, scored and presented over one rotation of the earth, each day sees seven plays spring up overnight, like mushrooms. United by a randomly generated theme, each group offers a unique spectrum of viewpoints on our contemporary condition. Seven writers, seven directors, musicians, designers, and dozens of actors test their craft and their courage as they race the clock to bring Vashon audiences the freshest plays of the day.

Jan. 20, 2019. One of America’s most renowned artists, Lawrence moved from New York to Seattle in 1970, where he worked as an art professor at University of Washington. In 1972, Lawrence was invited by the state to paint a historical narrative about Bush, who co-founded the state’s first permanent settlement in Tumwater. Lawrence was one of the first black visual artists to focus on African American history as the subject matter of his art. He completed the series in 1973. The paintings now stand as a testament to the significance and power of his art, and pay tribute to the contributions that Bush made to Washington in its early years as a territory and state. The five paintings in this series are a personal interpretation of the journey of George Bush and the Simmons-Bush party from Missouri to Washington. Bush chose to settle in Tumwater due to black exclusion laws that, at the time, were enforced in the southern Oregon territory.

WHEN: • Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.: Performances of the first seven plays • Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.: Performances of the second set of seven plays WHERE: All shows at Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon COST: $10-$18 for the 7 p.m. shows. A suggested donation of $12 for the 9 p.m. shows

In making the paintings, Lawrence conducted extensive research, consulting the archives of the Washington State Historical Society, the Oregon Pioneer Association, and several historic newspapers from Oregon and Washington. He approached the series methodically and with a prescribed process, completing pencil drawings in sequence. Rather than completing each one separately, the artist mixed a color, then applied that color to each work in the locations where it would appear to create visual consistency throughout the series. At the time that Lawrence painted this series, Bush was popularly known as “George Washington Bush.” In recent years, historian Jewell Dunn and others have concluded, based on available source evidence, that “Washington” was not likely to have been his middle name. It may have been added due to conflation between George Bush and George Washington, the African American settler who founded the town of Centrau See ART BRIEFS / page 24


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PROPHETS OF ADDICTION RELEASE STELLAR CD WITH ‘NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH’ Record release party, live performances Oct. 27 at Stonegate Pizza and Rum Bar

Night Life TW PICK OF THE WEEK: Los Flacos' "On the Road" Come to the Karshner Center (309 4th St. NE, Puyallup) Thursday, Oct. 18, 6-7:10 p.m. for a free community concert by Los Flacos. Broadway Center On the Road brings talented local artists PHOTO COURTESY OF LOS FLACOS into the community by touring venues across Pierce County. Los Flacos performs a blend of the spiciest traditional sounds of Mexico, South America and the Caribbean. Using a variety of instruments, some indigenous to the Americas and others of European and African origin, they create their own renditions of the songs of Latin America. Since their formation in 2002, Los Flacos continues to entertain audiences throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region. For information, visit


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Cover art for “Nothing but the Truth.”


There’s a special kind of magic that happens when musicians loved for their heavy rock sound take things down a notch, unplug and present their songs in a whole new way. For those who dig that unplugged sound, a must-hear is the brand new Prophets of Addiction release “Nothing but the Truth,” due for release Oct. 26 on HighVolMusic. Band founder and frontman Lesli Sanders has really outdone himself on this recording, his genuine talent for lyrics and melody showcased in each and every song. To celebrate the release of “Nothing but the Truth,” Stonegate Pizza and Rum Bar will host a Halloween party and live show on Saturday, Oct. 27 featuring Prophets of Addiction going on around 10 p.m., The Jet City Fix, Drunk as Usual, and the return of Ravages of Time. Door opens at 8 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m. Come dressed for the costume contest and win prizes – 5412 South Tacoma Way. Entry is $10. There is some electric guitar and keyboards on this album, but incorporated into the overall sound such that it all blends and flows beautifully. It’s the acoustic instruments that stand out most, and this is how Sanders and guitarist Glenn “G.G.” Gilbert perform the songs live. Prophets fans will be familiar

with most of the songs on “Nothing but the Truth,” as certain songs have been included on past POA albums, and there are three new ones to enjoy – “Talkin’” and “American Dream,” with Sanders having written “Hollywood” many years ago in an electric style but never released. Videos for “American Dream” and “Hollywood” can be viewed on YouTube. The “Nothing but the Truth” track listing in order: • “American Dream” • “Altar of Altercation” and “Babylon Boulevard” (from 2014’s “Babylon Boulevard”) • “Talkin’” • “Last of the Words” and “Spare the Bullets” (from 2016’s “Reunite the Sinners”) • “Hollywood” • “Atmosphere” (from Sanders’ 2017 solo album “My Eyes are Greener on the Other Side”) • “Heart of Mine” (from “Reunite the Sinners”) • “Return the Smile” (from Sanders’ 2014 solo album “The Haunting Truth of My Self Portrait”) Joining Sanders – lead vocals, backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, keyboards and percussion – are Gilbert on lead guitar, acoustic and u See PROPHETS / page 24

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AIRPORT TAVERN: Ethan Tucker, Ayron Jones (rock) 9 p.m. ALMA MATER: Robbie Walden Band, Country Lips, Son of the Velvet Rat (country, folk) 8:30 p.m. BLEU NOTE LOUNGE: Norma Owens (jazz vocalist) 7 p.m. JAZZBONES: For Peace Band (rock, roots, reggae) 9 p.m. ODD OTTER BREWING: Tara Tinsley (singer/ songwriter) 8 p.m. THE PLAID PIG: Stoned Evergreen Travelers, Truck Bed Boys, Golden Pig, Carrion Crows (“hellbilly” rock) 9 p.m. REAL ART TACOMA: Strangers, 156 Silence, No Home, Cut Both Ways, Autumnus (metal) 8 p.m. RIALTO THEATER: We Banjo 3 (Celtic bluegrass) 7:30 p.m. SHAKABRAH JAVA: Open mic (free-for-all) 8 p.m. STINK CHEESE AND MEAT: Kevin Moe (classical guitar) 7 p.m. THE SWISS: Afrodisiacs (70s funk) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Dan Cummins (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. THE VALLEY: Jason Achilles (rock) 8 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Destination Space Revelation (rap) 7 p.m., NC

Saturday, Oct. 13

BLEU NOTE LOUNGE: Arietta “Ms Etta” Ward (singer/songwriter, R&B, funk) 7:30 p.m. DOYLES PUBLIC HOUSE: Stephanie Anne Johnson, Steve Stefanowicz (soul, funk, pop) 9 p.m. JAZZBONES: Marshall Law Band (funk-hop) 8 p.m. LOUIE G’S: Janis Lives, Southern Smoke ( Janis Joplin tribute) 8 p.m. PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, LAGERQUIST HALL: Jason Gilliam (classical euphonium) 8 p.m. THE PLAID PIG: Baby and the Nobodies, Dedset, RAW (rock) 9 p.m. RIALTO THEATER: Tacoma Concert Band (classical) 7:30 p.m. ROCK THE DOCK: Not My Tempo (rock) 8 p.m. THE SWISS: Spazmatics (80s new wave) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Dan Cummins (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Mojo Madness (rock) 7 p.m., NC THE VALLEY: Ten Pole Drunk, Dead End Drive, As We Are, Deathbreaker, Phantom Racer (rock) 8 p.m. VINO AQUINO: Maddy Dullum (piano singer/ songwriter) 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 14

MARINE VIEW CHURCH: Chieli Munucci (jazz guitar) 5 p.m. ODD OTTER: Stephanie (singer/songwriter) 6 p.m. DAWSON'S: Tim Hall Jam (blues) 8 p.m. PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, LAGERQUIST HALL: University Wind Ensemble (classical) 3 p.m. SEYMOUR CONSERVATORY: The Happy Sinners (jazzy pop) 1 p.m. STONEGATE: Country Music Jam (jam) 8:30 p.m. THE SWISS: Blues Jam (blues) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Timesuck Podcast (comedy) 7:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Final Notice with Bob Evans (country, rock, bluegrass) 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 15

UNCLE SAM’S: CBC Band (jam) 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

METRONOME: Open Mic (open mic) 7 p.m. PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, LAGERQUIST CONCERT HALL: Choral Concert (classical) 8 p.m. STONEGATE: Blues Jam with Roger Williamson (blues) 8 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY: New Talent Tuesday (comedy) 7:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: SOB Band (jam) 7 p.m., NC THE VALLEY: Rock n’ Roll Magic (rock) 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, LAGERQUIST CONCERT HALL: Choral Concert (classical) 8 p.m. STONEGATE: The Blu Tonez (blues) 8 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Open Mic (comedy) 7:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Subvinyl Jukebox, DBC Rock Jam (jam) 7 p.m., NC

Thursday, Oct. 18

KARSHNER CENTER: Los Flacos (Latin) 6 p.m. PLAID PIG: Cloneapalooza (rock) 8 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: Geoff Keith (comedy) 7:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Jerry Miller (rock, blues) 7 p.m. UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND, MCINTYRE HALL, RAUSCH AUDITORIUM: Rajeev Taranath and Ashiman Kaushal (Indian music) 7:30 p.m

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Answering your questions on mental health, relationships and life issues

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Dear Barb, I have been struggling with depression for a while and I have lost my job and frankly don’t even care. My wife is getting frustrated with me because our bills are piling up. My kids look at me differently. I loathe looking for work, but I know I need to financially support my family. How can I get past this roadblock that has kept me stagnant for so many months? — Signed, Feeling Guilty Dear Guilty, Getting past this roadblock and looking for a new job or career takes self-discipline; the good news is you can develop a strong sense of discipline with practice. This is what our parents were designed and responsible to teach their children early on. Unfortunately, when each generation possesses less then less is taught, and it becomes more of an accepted weakness. Lack of self-discipline can actually make you feel blue and depressed. Stephen R. Covey once wrote, “The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.” And in the longer term, the undisciplined lack the freedom that comes with possessing particular skills and abilities and hinders any success – e.g. to play a musical instrument or speak a foreign language, learn a new trade or change a behavior. For many people, discipline is a dirty word. It feels too constrained with no feeling of freedom, but actually the opposite becomes true when we muster any type of discipline. A clear illustration of the importance of self-discipline or delayed gratification can be understood by watching children take the “Marshmallow Test” on Studies followed the children who took the test years later and found those with self-restraint and saying “no” to themselves more frequently were more successful, had less depression and were able to make overall better decisions in life. Depression or a mental illness can be a contributing factor but it could also be a method of avoidance of what we must do and often it can be merely a disguise for an untapped effort that goes against what we want to do. Self-discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment. Often it involves sacrificing the pleasure and thrill of the moment for what matters most in life later. A simple example: You think the lawn looks long and it needs to be mowed, but you don’t feel like mowing it. Self-discipline is what drives you to: • Mow the lawn when you don’t feel like it • Work on any idea or project after the initial rush of enthusiasm has faded away • Go to the gym even when all you want to do is lie on the couch and watch TV • Wake up early to work on yourself (attire, hair, exercise) • Say “no” when tempted to break your diet • Only check your email a few of times per day at particular times The activity addiction of this age, doing what you want to do instead of what you need to do, will be easier in the moment, but the reward of peace later and avoiding the subsequent consequences makes telling yourself what to do or not do is worth it. Your guilt you feel, in my view, is likely your anger at yourself. You have disappointed yourself as a man. Your innate nature is to provide and protect and you know you have not been able to do this, even if the job loss is of no fault of your own. Get back in the game and propel yourself forward with a goal everyday that you can meet. Choose a direction and move around obstacles as they come. Adopt this unpretentious motto: Would of, should of, I did! 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

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t Tribute From page 1 The audience naturally enjoys top shelf tributes to two legendary bands in the same evening. Like the Idaho Statesman said: “If you see only one tribute show, see this and loads of fun.” “It’s just a fun time and a cool back-and-forth nonstop show,” Overall said. “We’re going to bring it all. It’s going to be an eve-

ning of high-energy music,” said Legrand. “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” returns to the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, $45 and $65 and may be purchased online at by phone at (253) 591-5894 or at the Theatre Box Office Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours before performances. The show is appropriate for all ages. The Broadway Center is located at 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402. For more information, visit www.broadwaycenter. org.

Jacob Lawrence, No. 3. The hardest part of the journey is yet to come — the Continental Divide, stunned by the magnitude of roaring rivers, 1973, casein tempera and gouache, 31½ × 39½ inches, series piece. Collection of Washington State Historical Society.

t Art Briefs From page 22 lia, Washington in the 1870s. At the age of 23, Lawrence had painted his famous “Migration” Series, a 60-panel set of paintings portraying the Great Migration of African Americans from the southern U.S. to the northern U.S. following World War I. His first major solo exhibition was held in 1940 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, heralding Lawrence as one of the most significant painters in the

t Prophets From page 23 electric guitar and backing vocals; Phil Soussan on backing vocals on “Talkin’,” Sean Curkendall on piano for “American Dream,” “Last of the Words” and “Return the Smile,” and Lee Taylor adding additional backing vocals on “American Dream.” Gilbert grew up in Houston playing many different styles, focusing heavily on UK glam and New York punk with some favorite bands being Hanoi Rocks and Dogs d’Amour. “I met Lesli when my band opened for The Prophets of Addiction in Houston in September 2015,” Gilbert said. “In 2016, we went out for three months together for 72 shows. It was great to finally be in a band where obscure glam mentions were completely understood and no one had any reservations about wearing makeup.” After that tour, Sanders and Gilbert started putting together an “unplugged” act, which is a style

country. Upon his death in 2000, he was described in The New York Times as “among the most impassioned visual chroniclers of the African-American experience.” The “George Washington Bush Series” is part of the Washington State Historical Society’s permanent collection. Works on paper are among the more challenging media to conserve, and the series is on view for limited durations for the purposes of preservation. Take advantage of this opportunity to see these works at the Washington State History Museum between now and early 2019. For information, visit

that Gilbert has always been into playing. “When we started putting the record together, the Dogs d’Amour album ‘Graveyard of Empty Bottles’ was a definite reference point. I’m really proud of the record’s songs and guitar work. Of course, it is fun to rock but there is something thrilling about playing acoustic with none of your usual safety nets.” Every tune on “Nothing but the Truth” stands on its own and draws listeners in with intimacy and unadorned realness…nothing but the truth. There is a recurring theme on this album, one of looking back on life and all the raw emotions that entails – joy and sorrow, satisfaction and regret, happiness and anger – but there’s never a loss of hope or settled-in darkness. This makes for a wonderful reflection on Sanders’ life in music that has its roots in an era gone now but never forgotten. Back in the day, Sanders practically lived on the Hollywood Sunset Strip on stage and in the crowds at places like Whisky a Go Go, The Rainbow and The Roxy

with legendary bands like LA Guns, Poison, Warrant, Pretty Boy Floyd… all the greats. When the drugs, sex and rock-n-roll got a little too heavy after a while, Sanders returned to the Tacoma area to chill out and redirect his path. The music never left his soul, and soon he was back writing and playing again. Since then, Sanders pretty much has never stopped, writing new music and playing hundreds of gigs across the country solo and with POA. He is the real deal for sure, and someone to look up to since he lived to tell when, tragically, so many musicians of his era either didn’t make it out alive or faded away from the music scene. Sanders never did – and for that we can be truly grateful. There’s a lot to look forward to with POA – a new rock record coming soon on HighVolMusic and maybe more. One can only hope. Pre-order your copy of “Nothing but the Truth” now at


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Oct. 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 28, 12-5 p.m. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma Iittala’s “Birds by Toikka” return to Museum of Glass for the 16th consecutive year. The internationally renowned glass creations from Finland’s glass giant Iittala are the focus of Bird Lovers’ Weekend, which will feature several opportunities to celebrate wild birds. In addition to having Finnish master glassblowers Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko creating glass birds in the Hot Shop, there will be more than 30 glass birds displayed in the Grand Hall, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will be bringing birds for visitors to study and interact with. Tahoma Audubon Society will also be on hand to discuss ways birds connect to nature. Info:

‘WAR OF THE WORLDS’ Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14, 2 p.m. Lakewood Playhouse at Lakewood Towne Center, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood Lakewood Playhouse’s hugely popular, live radio show returns for the 11th year. This year celebrates the radio program that terrified America. The entire show will be presented as if it were  live from a radio studio straight out of the ‘40s, complete with  live sound effects. Since it is Halloween season, costumes are most welcomed but not required. Ages: All ages. Price: Tickets  $25 per person, and includes a glass of wine and complimentary hors d’oeuvres (additional glasses $5 per glass). Info: (253) 588-0042; TEEN BACKPACK PROJECT Sat., Oct. 13, 5 p.m. I.L.W.U. Local 23 Longshore Union Hall, 1306 Alexander Ave. E., Fife The community is cordially invited to Team Backpack’s seventh annual Homeless Teen’s Backpack Project. The 2018 goal is to build 1,500 backpacks to be distributed to homeless high school students in Tacoma and greater Pierce County area public schools.  Join this family friendly fundraiser, silent and live auction, 50/50 raffle, wildcard drawing, music, light hors d’oeuvres and no host bar compliments of Rock the Dock Pub & Grill  (21+, I.D. required). Doors opens at 5 p.m., auction registration opens at  5:15 p.m., silent auction opens at  5:30 p.m., live auction begins at  8 p.m. Price: Entry $15 per adult, $10 per student and includes  one entry per person, one Team Backpack memorial bracelet, light hors d’oeuvres, and one complimentary drink from R.T.D. (21+). Purchase presale tickets at event/show/7th-annual-homeless-teens-backpack-project. Info: (253) 678-3474 or ORTING PUMPKIN FEST Sat., Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the heart of town at Orting City Park Come celebrate, promote, and enhance community spirit and pride with an affordable, fun, and family-oriented festival. The fest features items prepared with pumpkin as a main ingredient, with eight food booths run by professional vendors and local not-for-profit groups working to raise funds for community projects. Besides lots of good food, the event will include live entertainment on two stages, 50 arts and crafts booths, commercial booths, local farmers market, rod and custom car show, games, bounce houses, activities for children, Point Defiance Pirates and the Little Pumpkin Pals

Parade at noon. Visit farms and more at the Orting Station building including local wine, honey, produce, locally roasted coffee, plants, and more. Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info: www. WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP PANEL Tues., Oct. 16, 5:50-8:30 p.m. University of Puget Sound Rotunda, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma Junior League of Tacoma hosts their annual Women in Leadership Forum. The event will honor local Pierce County women leaders with an awards ceremony to recognize their achievements. The recipients will then respond to questions regarding their path to leadership including challenges, sacrifices and successes. Honorees are: Vicki Gilies Fabre, executive vice president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association; Mary Lou Mulfur, head coach of the University of Washington’s golf team and 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Coach of the Year; Hannah Hanley, chief marketing and strategy officer of Heritage Distilling Company; and Deborah Tuggle, president of Bite Me. Price: Free, includes appetizers and no host bar. Register in advance at MyEvents/WomenInLeadership2018/ tabid/992093/Default.aspx. HISTORY OF THE TACOMA BUDDHIST TEMPLE Thurs., Oct. 18, 6-9 p.m. Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma Coming this fall to three of Tacoma’s iconic historic buildings, a team of writers will present stories they have gathered about Pierce County history as part of HistoryLink’s Pierce County: Writing Our History project. With funding from the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, HistoryLink has brought together a group of Pierce County writers and advisors to build the Pierce County-related content on Tamiko Nimura and Justin Wadland will present, “Stories of Resilience, Sangha, & Kendo: A Brief History of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple.” Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info:; (253) 627-1417 WE ARE: BRIGHT, SHINING STARS Fri., Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m. Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center, 714 S. 27th St., Tacoma October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, so save the date for Goodwill’s WE ARE: Bright Shining Stars event. The event will highlight the work of Goodwill’s Disability Services team and the people they serve and include: • 3 p.m. – Event begins in the Bistro, art viewing, WE ARE viewing, live music • 3:05 p.m. – Welcome  • 3:30 p.m. – First presentation/ experiences from employers and employees about importance of employment

• 4 p.m. – Cake and wish list – how you can help • 4:30 p.m. – Second presentation/ discussion of the employment landscape from the self-advocacy and legislative community • 5 p.m. – Mingle Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info/ RSVP: Disability Services Program Manager Jamie Stout at (253) 5736629 or ‘YOHEN’ Oct. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28; Nov. 2, 3, 4, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. Dukesbay Theater, 508 Sixth Ave. #10, Tacoma Dukesbay Productions presents Philip Kan Gotanda’s “Yohen.” A marriage that is falling apart between James, an African American man, and Sumi, a Japanese national who met her husband while he served in postwar Japan. After James’ retirement from the Army, the cracks in the pottery of their 37-year marriage begin to crumble. When James is told to leave their house, Sumi asks that they start over from the beginning. Date again. See each other through new eyes. Can a new life routine (which includes James volunteering at a local community center and Sumi studying the art of pottery) help them repair what is broken and save what is worth keeping? Yohen is a Japanese pottery term that refers to an “accident in the kiln firing that results in transformation of the pot.” Philip Kan Gotanda’s story uses this term as a metaphor for James’ and Sumi’s marriage, as they struggle to find permanence amidst change. Yohen is a bittersweet story that is an exploration of love, marriage, cultural/racial differences and the beauty that comes from creating your own art and your own life. All proceeds benefit Tacoma’s future Bryant Neighborhood Center, which will begin building in spring 2019. Price: $15 general admission; $25 benefactor admission. Admission includes coffee, tea and cookies. Info: http:// dukesbayyohen.brownpapertickets. com, (253) 350-7680 DOWNTON ABBEY TEA Fri., Oct. 19, 1-3 p.m. Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup Come dressed in your “Downton Abbey” themed attire and enjoy a Victorian tea and tour. Prizes will be given for the best themed dress or hat. Bring your camera to take pictures of special guests. Price: Reservations required, $18 per person. Info:; (253) 848-1770 ZOMBIE PROM CABARET Sat., Oct. 20 Doors 8 p.m.; show 8:30-10:30 p.m.; dance party 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fabulous 50s Dance Hall, 455 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma Come for a night of circus, drag and zombies. We will be bringing

back all of our fun characters with some amazing special guests and a live band. Hang out with us after and finish partying the night away with our live band Bobby Torso and the Limbs. Each show ticket comes with a free ticket to the dance party afterward. Announcer: Brix Malone, pole performances by BettyXO, Ali Jean, Brianna, and Sara, lyra and chains b Todd Rogers and Victoria Vulpe, special guests: drag performer The Larger Than Life Roxy Renee Ross and Jane Air, two-time pole art national champion, BioQueen Sally Cannoli, Drag King Justin Hollywood and the vocal stylings of Lauren VonDeadly.

ARTISAN MARKET AT POINT RUSTON Thurs., 5-9 p.m., through Oct. 18 Point Ruston Pavilion, 5105 Main St., Ruston Twinkling lights, the sounds of the sea, summer breezes, and a canopy of stars… La Paloma’s signature Waterfront Night Market evokes the feel of a romantic European bazaar. Spend the evening listening to strolling musicians while shopping for the loveliest wares from local artisans. Come every Thursday evening for a truly magical experience, completely unique to the Point Ruston community. The perfect place to buy or sell your best treasures, La Paloma Market is your destination for vintage, antique, and artisan wares. Casual and eclectic, this market is a patchwork of goods, exhibitors, and artists. Stop by for a one of a kind, local shopping experience. Ages: All ages. Info: SEE MORE COMING EVENTS AT TACOMAWEEKLY.COM

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