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Groundbreaking launches first free-standing rehab hospital west of the Cascades
New facility hopes to welcome its first patient in spring of 2018
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The Prologis warehouse at Fife’s border with Tacoma along 12th Street has landed an anchor tenant. United Parcel Service plans to lease 770,000 square feet of the 1.3 million square feet under construction at the site and be operational by the fall. UPS also plans to employ between 800 and 1,200 people at the package-processing facility alongside the customer service and processing facilities along 20th Street East.
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Tacoma’s Tideflats soon to flood with jobs
Ketul J. Patel, chief executive officer at CHI Franciscan Health, and the attending Sisters of St. Francis help break ground with their golden-blade shovels. By Tami Jackson email@example.com
n Monday, July 10, Jason Zacharia, president of Kindred Rehabilitation, took the podium in turn with other healthcare leaders inside a white welcome tent. It was
a ground-breaking ceremony for a $25 million investment in Tacoma’s soon-to-be rehabilitation hospital now ready for construction on the same plot where the old Afifi Shriners building once stood at 815 S. Vassault St. According to Zacharia, this ground was soon going to support the first free-standing rehabilitation
hospital west of the Cascades, in both Washington and Oregon, and it would definitely be the first freestanding rehab hospital in the Seattle-to-Tacoma marketplace. The new facility, which hopes to welcome its first patient in the spring of 2018, will have 60 beds with approximately 130 staff members. In See HOSPITAL / page A9
Tribe breaks ground for new elders assisted living facility
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Breaking ground for the facility were (from left) Puyallup Tribal Council Member Sylvia Miller; Planning & Land Use Services Special Project Manager Charlene Matheson; Puyallup Tribal Council Members James Rideout, Annette Bryan and David Bean; Monae Wright; Puyallup Elders Advisory Committee Member Don Finley and Chairman Frank Griese; Puyallup Chairman Bill Sterud; and Puyallup Elder Raymond McCloud. By Matt Nagle firstname.lastname@example.org
After many years of anticipation, the day finally arrived on July 7 for the Puyallup Tribe to break ground on a new elders assisted living facility. Gathering at the site next to the Tribe’s House of Respect Elders Center, Tribal Council, along with those in the Tribe who have long worked on the project, representatives from ARC Architects, and Andersen Construction representa-
tives, all assembled to take part in the blessing ceremony and to see the first shovels of dirt overturned. “This has been a dream for a long, long time,” said Puyallup Chairman Bill Sterud. “There are 16 (Puyallup) tribal elders scattered throughout Tacoma and Pierce County in different assisted living places. They’re all going to come home here. They’re going to be around us. They’re going to have that spirit brought back.” “Like many have said before me, we owe so much to our elders
and ancestors and this is one step in that circle of life,” said Tribal Councilmember David Bean. “It’s an honor to be part of a community that has brought this vision to life. An important lesson we’re taught at Chief Leschi in circle is that we honor our elders for their wisdom. They’re not cast aside but continue to hold a place of honor within our families and community. This facility is a way of honoring those folks who have tread such hard ground See TRIBE / page A9
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Thanks in part to society's insatiable hunger for buying online, and especially to habits of shopping for holiday gifts by e-commerce, the local shipping and distribution industry is growing so fast that it's the next biggest thing since overnight delivery. Rapid growth and holiday shopping is why UPS recently signed a lease for its new location inside the colossal Prologis building that's currently being built on Tacoma's Tideflats, between 8th Street East and 12th Street East and along 54th Avenue East. All said, the UPS venture will use 770,000 square feet of space inside the 1.3 million-square-foot building. Ceilings inside the new UPS high cube warehouse will tower 24 feet above ground and stretch even higher. There will be enough room for miles of conveyor belts, huge lifts, sorting machines and brown truck-loading. "Prologis leased the land from the Port of Tacoma and is bringing new industry and jobs to the tide flats, which is great news for Tacoma," said Ricardo Noguera, director of community and economic development for the City of Tacoma. "This site is right off Highway 509 and therefore presents very good options for UPS. I am sure UPS considered this and the expansion of Highway 167 when opening." "As we ramp up for the 2017 holiday season and expand capacity in the area, new jobs will be made available," said Kim Krebs, media relations manager at UPS. Yet Krebs also said the details are still in the mix and the specific types of jobs that UPS will need to hire for are yet being determined but folks are advised to watch upsjobs.com for current and new jobs to come. "We are always hiring for a variety of positions across our greater Seattle/Tacoma area of operations," Krebs said. There's little doubt as to why UPS chose this area to build. With the combined shipping portals in Seattle and Tacoma, and with all the rail and highway networks also readily available here, Tacoma just makes for a highly dependable and convenient shipping business. In addition to package sorting, the new UPS location will feature customer service offices. The new warehouse is slated to be fully operational come this fall. Estimates suggest that roughly between 800 and 1,200 local jobs will be created months before holiday shoppers can even think about ordering their faux leather winter leggings or warm woolen mittens. The Prologis building is named after its parent company with headquarters in San Francisco. The company Prologis invests in industrial real estate and is the world's largest warehouse owner. According to city records, Tacoma’s new Prologis warehouse is valued at more the $44.8 million, but UPS upgrades to the building could increase its value. FACEBOOK: facebook.com/tacomaweekly TWITTER: @TacomaWeekly
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SEARCH ON FOR SEX OFFENDER WITH HISTORY OF GROPING VICTIMS By David Rose Washington’s Most Wanted - Q13 Fox
52ND AND PACIFIC AVE. After so long, we have to assume that Percival our beloved Pothole Pig has simply vanished. However, there are still potholes in the city that need attention, so we simply – and sadly – must hire someone to handle his workload. We decided to give the candidates a trial run to see how they do in the field. This week Carter the Crater Gator gave it another shot by finding a crater that would make Percival proud. But frankly, Carter might just not have the celebrity power to take on such a high-profile role. What are your thoughts? We have other candidates in the works that we might try out: Charles the Chuckhole Chicken and Blighty the Blight-Seeking Beaver, but several people voiced their opinion that a permanent replacement should be one of Percival’s relatives, namely Peyton, who lives in Portland, and Perry, who lives in Parkland. And now a new candidate has entered the running with a resume from Ruddy the Road Rut Reindeer, who is a brother-inlaw of Tacoma Rainiers mascot Rhubarb. Send your thoughts to stevedunkel@tacomaweekly. com.
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Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a convicted sex offender who has a disturbing history of groping his DAVID ROSE victims and sexually assaulting them. Twonte McMurry is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. The 42-year-old was classified as a Level III sex offender after detectives say he followed two 13-year-old girls off a bus in 1999 and then sexually assaulted one of them. Level III means he has the highest risk to reoffend. “He has an extensive past offense history and we need the public’s help in getting him back into custody,” said Pierce County Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates. “Sex offenders already cause
MAN KILLS STEP UNCLE DURING FIGHT Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Tyler James Thiel, 23, with felony murder for killing Steven Gale, 52, during a Fourth of July assault at his mother’s home in Steilacoom. Gale was the mom’s boyfriend and Thiel’s step-uncle. “If the victim of an assault dies as a result of the assault, it’s felony murder in Washington, even if the defendant didn’t intend to kill the victim,” said Lindquist. On July 4, at about 11:18 p.m., Steilacoom police officers were dispatched to a domestic assault in progress. Mary Sweeney had called 911 to report that she had a physical altercation with her son, Thiel, and that her boyfriend was down and hurt. The officers arrived and walked up to Sweeney, who was on the front porch talking to 911 on her cell phone. She told officers to go to the back yard where Gale was injured. She said she was not sure where Thiel had gone. As the officer walked toward the back of the
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house, he could see Gale lying on the ground, and it did not appear he was breathing. The officer rolled Gale onto his back, moved his bloody hair out of his face, and discovered Gale’s forehead was swollen with a large open wound. Gale’s eyes were also open and fixed. He had no pulse. After repeated attempts to resuscitate, Gale was confirmed dead. Sweeney reported that she had witnessed Gale and the defendant fighting inside the house. During the fight, Thiel struck his mother, continued to beat Gale, then left the scene before officers arrived. The defendant was arrested shortly after in Puyallup. While searching and handcuffing the defendant, officers noticed Thiel had blood on his clothing and dried blood all over his hands. He appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Bail was set at $1,000,000. Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
BOATERS MUST REMEMBER TO SHARE THE WATER By James P. Duggan
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fear and apprehension in the public and when we don’t know where they are, we just don’t want to have another victim out there when we
can get him back in custody.” McMurry is also charged in King County with assault in the fourth degree with sexual motivation. Investigators say he was stroking his hand on a stranger’s neck and then caressing her back onboard a bus. Police arrested him at a bus stop in Federal Way. He claimed he fell asleep on the bus and his hand was just brushing her neck. He didn’t show up for his arraignment in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. McMurry is 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. If you know where deputies can find him, call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS, or use the P3 Tips App on your smart phone to submit your information. It’s anonymous and you’ll get a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip to Crime Stoppers helps lead to his arrest.
While the second Saturday in May officially marks the start of boating season throughout the Northwest, it is the blue skies, warm evenings and calm breezes of July and August that seem to beckon the most recreational boaters to Commencement Bay and the Narrows, especially during weekends. For everyone’s safety on the water, boaters must be well aware of the rules of the road and prohibitions against overloading their watercraft with passengers. Before venturing out, boaters must ensure they have onboard the number and types of life jackets, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment required by the Coast Guard. Annual registration tabs must be current too. Boaters should consider obtaining towing insurance in case of mechanical breakdown. The Coast Guard should be notified and/or 911 called in the event of an emergency that threatens life, limb, property or the environment, such as a fire, serious medical event, people overboard, sinking, or a significant fuel spill. Although the Coast Guard’s safety requirements are covered in boating classes, boaters may not be aware of the local speed restrictions that exist on the waters adjacent to Tacoma’s shoreline. These restrictions are particularly important for boaters to know and observe however, given the popularity of kayaks, paddle boards, rowing shells, and other types of human-powered watercraft, whose operators could unintentionally be put in jeopardy by the dangerous wake from an uninformed boater. Even on the warmest summer days, the water temperature in Commencement Bay and the Narrows stubbornly refuses
to rise above the mid-50 degree range. Hypothermia is a year-round risk. In addition to possibly capsizing or swamping human-powered watercraft, wake can also damage property, including vessels moored at marinas or temporarily tied up to one of the many guest docks in front of businesses or where transient moorage is allowed. Boaters should know that they are responsible for their wake and for any injuries or property damage it may cause. One of the local speed restrictions are the no-wake zones, which include the entire Thea Foss Waterway and also any point on the water within 1,000 feet of a fuel dock, such as the fuel docks at Point Defiance Marina and Narrows Marina. Established by a 2013 Tacoma ordinance that the Fire Department brought forward to the City Council with the encouragement and support of the boating community, nowake zones require boats to travel at minimal speeds, essentially no faster than the speed necessary to maintain steerage. Although steerage speed varies from vessel to vessel, it should not be faster than 5 mph unless necessary to avoid a collision or in an emergency. In those cases, however, boaters remain responsible for their wake. The goal of the no-wake zones is to improve safety of people on floats and on other watercraft, and to reduce the risk of gasoline or diesel spills into Puget Sound resulting from a fueling vessel being unexpectedly rocked by the wake from a passing boat. The other local speed restriction has been in place since at least 1983, but may be less well known because unlike the no-wake zones, there are fewer posted reminders of it. Within 100 yards of the shore-
line, pier, wharf or a divers flag, the speed limit for boats is 5 mph. Note that by definition, the 5 mph zone doesn’t simply parallel the beach, but instead extends further out at places where there are piers, such as Old Town Dock on Ruston Way. Boaters should also know that the 5 mph limit also applies to the entire Hylebos Waterway. The only place that the 100-yard restriction does not apply in the Tacoma harbor is along the undeveloped stretches of shoreline west of Owen Beach. These local speed restrictions are part of the Harbor Code, which is Title IV of the Tacoma Municipal Code. Within the Tacoma Harbor, the Tacoma Fire Department shares jurisdiction with the Tacoma Police Department and other agencies, including the Coast Guard. Summer weather plus the availability of rental kayaks and paddle boards means more people can enjoy being out on the water without the expense of owning, maintaining, mooring or storing a motorized boat. Everyone on the water should be mindful of their wake and keep an eye out for the wake from other vessels, but if all boaters observed the local speed restrictions, the safety and comfort of everyone on the busy Thea Foss or close to the shoreline would benefit. Fire Chief James P. Duggan is responsible for the management, direction, and control of the Tacoma Fire Department and its 389 employees. Before being appointed to fire chief in 2012, Duggan served as an assistant fire chief for more than six years, responsible for the Emergency Medical Services and Information Services divisions. He is a Tacoma native and has been with the Tacoma Fire Department for over 30 years.
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COMMUNITY INVITED TO GRAND OPENING OF OFF-LEASH DOG AREA SUNDAY, JULY 23, 1-3 P.M. How working in a smoke shop could be a smoking hot career move By Sierra Hartman When I first met William Manzanares, we spent a long time talking about employees – not just his employees, but the whole concept of what employees mean to a business. I’ve worked for a few companies that focused primarily on the more tangible aspects of business like sales and expansion while disregarding major issues like poor retention and low morale. In other words, employees were treated more as a means to an end, rather than the core of the company itself. When we started talking about the employees of Smokin’ Willy’s, I couldn’t believe how passionate he was about them. I mean that literally. I could not, at that point, imagine how the owner of a local chain of drive-through smoke shops could genuinely care that much about the staff. It’s not that I assumed a business owner would be indifferent to the happiness of his employees, but that the employees of that type of business would not be invested enough in the company to warrant that much personal attention from the owner. To put it bluntly, it seemed like the type of business where employees were understood to be expendable. I mean, no one says, “When I grow up, I
want to work in a convenience store,” right? True as that may be, plenty of people do grow up and end up saying to themselves, “I want to work someplace where I’m appreciated.” Studies have proven that engaged employees are not only happier and more committed to their work, but are more confident in themselves, more inspired, and thus more productive for the company as a whole. After spending a couple weeks talking to the Smokin’ Willy’s crew, I slowly realized that William’s attitude toward his employees actually has a profound effect on the business as a whole. Across the board, everyone I spoke to who had been there for more than a few weeks talked about the company with a notable sense of pride. They understand that they don’t just work for the company – they are the company. When I asked the employees what kinds of things they had learned while working there, I expected to hear mostly work-related things like product knowledge and customer service. I did hear those things, but I was surprised to find that most of them shared stories of personal growth. People talked about patience, assertiveness, responsibility, acceptance of failure, even becoming a better parent.
I’ve left jobs that paid well but left me feeling hollow and I’ve stayed a long time at jobs that paid next to nothing because I simply loved doing it. Everyone has hopes and dreams of what kind of job they’ll spend the rest of their lives doing and they’re all as different as the people who daydream about them. Regardless of how close we ever come to those goals, I think we can all agree that we mostly just want to be happy doing what we’re doing. When I talked to the general manager at Smokin’ Willy’s, he told me about a number of former employees who had left to pursue other careers only to ask for their jobs back some time later. Over the years some of them even found positions in their dream jobs but soon after found that the quality of work they had grown accustomed to was actually missing there. If the skills and opportunities provided to an employee of Smokin’ Willy’s end up being the stepping stones to their dream job elsewhere, they’ll have no greater supporter than Will. And that’s the point of all of this: A good company doesn’t hold people back; it encourages them to be better. It provides them the opportunity to grow and decide for themselves what kind of career they want to have, not just what kind of job they can get.
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The new area includes space for shy and senior dogs too.
Dog owners and their furry friends will enjoy a new and expanded off-leash dog area at the Chambers Creek Regional Park this month. SUNDogs, a nonprofit volunteer group, recently partnered with Pierce County to expand the existing off-leash area (OLA) near Central Meadow as well as adding a new area for small, shy and senior dogs. The expansion will almost double the existing OLA, located near Central Meadow, to two acres. “After years of hard work, we are delighted that our new County Executive Bruce Dammeier understood the need to provide an enhanced area for people and their pets to socialize, exercise and further enjoy the Chambers Creek Properties,” said SUNDogs President Bill Long. Everyone is invited to the grand opening on Sunday, July 23, from 1-3 p.m. SUNDog members will
be on hand to distribute goody bags for the first 50 dogs. SUNDogs raised the $14,250 to purchase additional fencing and gates to increase the size of the existing OLA along with designating a separate area for small, shy and senior dogs. “Many dog owners with smaller and shy dogs often expressed a desire for a separate area so we are happy to fulfill that need,” Long said. “Although our ultimate goal is to obtain the county’s permission to further expand this site to five to seven acres, this is certainly a step in the right direction.” (A larger off leash area located in the southern portion of the Chambers Creek Properties is included within the Master Site Plan; however, it is likely that this will take numerous years to implement). For more information, please visit www.up-dogpark.org.
MISSING PERSON Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives need your help to locate a missing woman, feared to be the victim of foul play. Joyce Dyer has been missing under suspicious circumstances since April of 2014. The last known sighting of Joyce Dyer occurred on April 4th, 2014. At the time of her disappearance Dyer was renting a room at a house on 40th Ave. E. in Tacoma; a roommate saw Dyer leave the residence with an unidentified male, possibly named “David Lee”. Dyer has not been seen or heard from since, and all of her possessions were left at the residence. Fridays at 10:30pm on
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At the time she went missing Joyce Michelle Dyer was described as a white female, 54 years old, 5’2” tall, 150 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. She wore prescription eyeglasses and had several surgical scars on her left leg and her back. “David Lee” is described as an Asian male, approximately 50 years old, 5’7” tall and 160 lbs., with dark hair. He may have been employed in appliance repair. Detectives are looking for any information regarding Joyce Dyer’s disappearance and/or her whereabouts, including the identity of “David Lee.”
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WHY SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED ABOUT PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S LNG PROJECT?
What is LNG? Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas (predominantly methane, CH4, with some mixture of ethane C2H6) that has been converted to liquid form for ease of storage or transport. It takes up about 1/600th the volume of natural gas in the gaseous state. It is odorless, colorless, non-toxic and non-corrosive. Hazards include flammability after vaporization into a gaseous state, freezing and asphyxia. The liquefaction process involves removal of certain components, such as dust, acid gases, helium, water, and heavy hydrocarbons, which could cause difficulty downstream. The natural gas is then condensed into a liquid at close to atmospheric pressure by cooling it to approximately −162 °C (−260 °F); maximum transport pressure is set at around 25 kPa (4 psi) (from Wikipedia), also known as fracked gas or fracking. Sounds crazy, right? Because it is. A site for LNG is currently in the building stages at 3130 S. 38th St., Tacoma, WA 98409. Easier directions are the corner of 11th and Alexander at the Port of Tacoma next to the Hylebos Bridge. The site is within yards of treaty-protected land, land that is protected by the Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854 and the land claims settlement of 1989. A pipeline of concern in Fife and Tacoma? Yes, a 16-inch natural gas distribution pipeline is being laid as you read this. As many Puyallup members may have noticed driving on Taylor toward Firecracker Alley, work is being done. This pipeline is to run from the LNG site and will connect up to Golden Given in Tacoma. The plan is to be done building by the end of September to early October. Should there be a leak or explosion, the fracked gas will leak into the soil, water and air. Keep in mind that you can prepare your best for a natural disaster but there are no guarantees. The possibilities of the damages to surrounding areas, which includes the Puyallup Tribe’s reservation boundaries, are unknown. With an already depleting salmon run, we cannot afford to have any other contributing factors of pollution to the environment. Members of the Puyallup Nation have banded together with RedLine Tacoma and Tacoma Direct Action activist groups. Together, members of all groups have participated in speaking at Tacoma City Council meetings, Port of Tacoma meetings, peaceful protests near the LNG sites as well as Fife and Tacoma. Social media has played an instrumental role in sharing current events and information. How can you help? Start by getting yourselves informed on what is going on. You will find in your research that Puget Sound Energy is greenwashing their LNG information, making it sound environmentally safe and a better option. This may be true. Yet as The Evergreen State, we should be front-lining renewable energy. Start talking amongst your friends and family. Sharing the
information is the most effective way to get support to those in opposition of this site. You can also find #NoLNG253 on Facebook, where any current or future actions will take place. We are not tree huggers and we are not granola eaters. We are your friends and family. We only have one Mother Earth and she needs our help. Please join in on standing in solidarity against big money corporations. We need your support — as you all know, there is strength in numbers. Make signs, write posts, write your local governments, make calls … BE INFORMED. NO LNG IN THE 253!!!! We look forward to you joining the fight! PROTECTORS OF THE SALISH SEA
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SUMMERTIME EDUCATION AND ACTIVITIES ABOUND FOR YOUTH
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The Childrenâ€™s Museum is a great locale to spend some time summer loving. Geared toward the 3- to 6-year-old age bracket, each course provides an opportunity for your mini to immerse themselves in hands-on activities that will hone their passion as a little scientist, grand adventurer, wee chef and storyteller. By Jackie Fender firstname.lastname@example.org
On the last day of school, kids emerge from the classroom halls wild eyed and ranting â€œschoolâ€™s out for summer,â€? day dreaming about all the adventures they are going to embark upon. Before you know it, they are complaining about how theyâ€™re bored and vegginâ€™ out in front of the ole boob tube. If youâ€™re looking for some fun opportunities for the kiddos to fill their summer with some memories, magic and education, have no fear. There are loads of summer camp styled courses for the littles in your life, from toddler to teen. The Tacoma Art Museum hosts Summer Art Camps for elementary aged to middle school students. There are several classes to choose from. Whether they are exploring the connection of art and the natural world, creating prints powered by the sun or using Chihuly as inspiration as they fuse, paint and blow glass, your kids will leave TAMâ€™s summer art camp feeling inspired. Find class information and register at Tacomaartmuseum.org. Childrenâ€™s Museum of Tacoma is a great locale to spend some time summer loving all on its own, but they also host themed summer camps. Check out classes like Steam Science, Adventure, Cooking and Storytelling all geared toward the 3- to 6-year-old age bracket. Each course provides an opportunity for your mini to immerse themselves in hands on activities that will hone their passion as a little scientist, grand adventurer, wee chef and storyteller. Regis-
ter and check out details at Playtacoma.org. MetroParks hosts summer camps of all sorts all summer, from art, dance and culinary to traditional day camp. Youth can also work with LEGOs, robotics and computer coding at one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) camps or hone their sportsmanship and skill with a number of sports camps available. Learn more at metroparkstacoma.org. The Tacoma Nature Center, also a part of the MetroParks family, has day camps for those of all ages. Eco Explorers, Wildlife Biologists Camp, Gardens Galore and Bugs & Slugs all utilize the 71-acre nature preserve where serene wetlands and forest surround Snake Lake as a classroom. Visit tacomanaturecenter.org for more. The following two are venues you might be visiting already. The Point Defiance Zoo isnâ€™t just a rad locale teeming with fun facts about the animals that call it home; they also host themed camps for the animal lover in your life. Children can explore everything from what foods the critters nosh upon to animal exploration and even photography. See more information and details at pdza.org. The Tacoma and Pierce County Library system has all sorts of fun. You can take the minis to enjoy special storytelling time or take advantage of a variety of programs throughout the year. Check tacomalibrary.org or piercecountylibrary.org to see what a branch near you has to offer.
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Summer Jobs 253 gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to gain credit for graduation and a foot in the door to secure employment. The journey includes 96 hours of paid work experience, up to two academic credits and resume and interview skills that will carry them to the adulthood workforce with more confidence than ever before. Visit Summerjobs253.com. For the thespian and filmmakers in your life there are several options. The Tacoma Youth Theatre host theater camp with real live stage performances serving as the finale. Each production is geared toward an age group from 9 to 16 years old and includes â€œPeter Pan,â€? â€œBeauty and the Beastâ€? and â€œMoby Dick.â€? Register by contacting Performances Artistic Director Maggie Knott at (253) 677-0531. See the schedule at Tacomayouththeatre.org. Tacoma Musical Playhouse hosts Summer Youth Musical Theater Camp, though recommends early registration. These two-week camps include courses for the budding thespian in kindergarten to the more advanced lover of the stage life in high school. tmp.org. And last but not least, Tacomaâ€™s favorite indie movie theater, Grand Cinema, hosts a film camp. The course includes hands-on training: the film experience from start to finish with screenwriting, filming, post production and editing. The beginner courses are already full (registration opened in February) but if your student has attended film camp in the past, the advanced course (open to all ages) still has space. Visit Grandcinema.com for more details.
What can you learn about senior living at our Lunch and Learn? A whole bunch. Ask questions. Take a tour. Ask more questions. Try the food. Ask even more questions. You get the idea. Itâ€™s casual, itâ€™s complimentary and youâ€™re invited. Narrows Glen Senior Living Communityâ€™s next Lunch and Learn is on Thursday, July 20th at 12:30pm. Please call 253.256.1543 to RSVP.
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TAKING STEPS TOWARD GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT OUR HEALTH Pierce County ranks among the bottom for overall health when compared to other counties in the state. In a report released earlier this year, the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department concluded that the county ranks 24 out of 39 counties in the state for long-term health concerns and community health issues such as smoking, obesity, teen births, life expectancy and rates of sexually transmitted diseases. Its standing has largely not changed in recent years, but we have improved in some notable areas. Those improvements should be celebrated while we double down on curbing the trends where we continue to fall behind other areas of the state. The report found that although the county lags behind other parts of Washington in alcohol-related driving deaths, exercise rates and unemployment, the gap is closing. Rates of high school graduation and access to exercise in the county are improving and even better than the state average. That ends the good news. The county is worse than other areas of the state and the state average in premature deaths, preventable hospital stays, diabetes treatments, rates of sexually transmitted diseases, consumption of nutritious foods and rates of violent crime. Those health factors are decidedly solvable as society changes as well as the added use of healthcare programs. Changing these risk factors, and therefore our overall health, isnâ€™t just a matter for government to solve since they involve personal choices, albeit less-than-advisable ones. But just knowing the numbers allows us to craft plans and programs to turn them around. One interesting program has started to help get to the core issue of many of those issues. CHI Franciscan Health has a program that will train 1,000 people by the end of the summer on â€œmental health first aidâ€? not only as a way to help people notice the common warning signs of emerging mental health problems but also to boost our local â€œmental health literacy.â€? Learn more about this at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-acourse/find-a-course. About 4.5 percent of the countyâ€™s population, or 22,790 people, experienced a serious mental health issue during their lifetime while one in five suffers some form of mental health problem at some point, whether depression, addiction or some other mental malaise that can often lead to other health conditions, even homelessness that has also reached emergency status. There is no magic pill to improve our health, but we can â€“ and must â€“ do better.
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By Julie Anderson Pierce County Auditor On June 28, Washingtonâ€™s secretary of state received a letter from President Trumpâ€™s Commission on Election Integrity. The Commission requested, â€œ... the publicly available voter roll data for ANDERSON Washingtonâ€Śâ€? Washingtonians and Pierce County voters can breathe a sigh of relief. This voter information is confidential, exempted from the Public Records Act, and will not be shared:
â€˘ Driverâ€™s license number â€˘ Social Security number (not even the last four digits) â€˘ Phone number â€˘ E-mail address â€˘ Where/how you registered â€˘ Language preference â€˘ Party affiliation (not collected by election administrators) That said, the commissionâ€™s request canâ€™t be entirely ignored. Washington leads the nation with its strong Public Records Act that favors access to government records. The Act compels state and local government to produce any records it prepares, owns, uses, or retains, upon request. Exemptions are very narrow and penalties for failing to comply range from $5 to $100 per day per record. With more than four million voter records statewide, failing to comply could cost state taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Furthermore, state election law (RCW 29A.08.710) specifically directs that this basic voter information be made available:
â€˘ Name â€˘ Address â€˘ District â€˘ Gender â€˘ Date of birth â€˘ Elections voter participated in â€˘ Date of registration
Making this limited information available helps to ensure that people are properly registered and not registered twice. It is also widely used by campaigns and candidates to contact voters. This basic information (name, address, birthday, gender) is accessed hundreds of times every year by news reporters, candidates, and advocacy groups. In other words, your basic information is public and already in use by political entities, including presidential candidates and political action committees. Like anyone else seeking basic voter information, the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has been directed to a link on the Office of Secretary of Stateâ€™s website. And, like everyone else, the commission will complete a request form and then download the basic voter data (name, address, birthday, gender). Sensitive information, such as Social Security and driverâ€™s license numbers, phone and e-mail, is not included in that public data. Basic voter information has little or no value in todayâ€™s information wars. Political parties are now sophisticated corporations that use direct marketing and big data. They covertly launch massive digital campaigns that target consumers (voters) using behavior and profile modeling. At best, campaigns target voters and persuade them to vote for Brand X. At worst, campaigns target likely supporters of Brand Y and discourage them from voting. That is the very definition of voter suppression. If youâ€™re concerned about privacy and voter suppression, focus on the intersection between politics and commercial data brokers such as Experian, LexisNexis, and DataLogix (just to name a few). They accumulate thousands of data points on you, using vast amounts of peripheral data. The information comes from credit card purchase histories, Internet accounts, and each click you make on social media. Politicians and their operatives want to know about your behavior, preferences, and interests, not your basic voter information. To those discouraged voters who want to â€œopt outâ€? of the election process, I beg you instead to opt out of data mining companies, not your voter registration. Visit websites such as StopDataMining.me to learn what kinds of information data brokers have and how to exercise your opt-out choices. And take the time to learn about privacy protection when you use your computer or device. Please stand strong. Be a Pierce County voter and a smart consumer. Together, we can protect your privacy and the integrity of Americaâ€™s elections.
Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Caregiving can be an emotionally, physically and financially draining role. Across Washington there are more than 335,000 people providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimerâ€™s or other dementias. In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 382 million hours of care valued at $4.8 billion. Of caregivers who work full or part time, 57 percent report they must go in late, leave early or take time off because caregiving responsibilities. This has been the experience of myself and my sister as we manage our motherâ€™s issues. I am proud to advocate for the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, now moving through the U.S. Senate as S. 1028. This bipartisan bill would provide much needed support to our nationâ€™s
caregivers. Endorsed by the Alzheimerâ€™s Association, it would facilitate the creation of a national strategy to address the many issues facing caregivers, including education and training, long-term services and supports, and financial stability and security. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act is consistent with the National Plan to Address Alzheimerâ€™s Disease, which seeks to expand and enhance training, education and support for caregivers of people with Alzheimerâ€™s and other dementias. Please join me in thanking Senator Patty Murray for voting for the RAISE Act in committee and in urging Senator Maria Cantwell and Congressman Denny Heck to support this needed legislation in the coming months. Patricia Le Roy Lacey, WA
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THINGS ARE LOOKING UP AT U.P. TOWN CENTER
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As part of its city hall relocation effort, University Place recently contracted with AustinCina Architects to design and plan the interior layout for the upper two floors inside the U.P. Civic and Library Building, also known as Town Center, a.k.a. The Village at Chambers Bay. The interior design work will detail all spaces that will eventually accommodate U.P. City Hall, including City Council chambers. Thatâ€™s according to City Manager Steve Sugg, whose office is inside the current city hall/Windmill Village complex at 3715 Bridgeport Way W. Sugg also said that once the design work for relocation is completed, the City will decide when to start collecting bids for constructing the interior layout according to those plans. Ever since 1999, when the City of University Place adopted the Town Center Plan to redevelop the central business area and relocate its city hall, the changes around downtown seemed to happen slowly, thanks in part to the global economic crisis of 2008. While the police department relocated to the U.P. Civic and Library Building (3609 Market Place W.) three years ago, additional construction is now transpiring there once again. According to Sugg, current construction efforts focus on erecting two new retail buildings with an additional 17,000 square feet, and then thereâ€™s also a new mixed-use building being constructed across the street, which will include 10,000 square feet of retail space as well as 125
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â€œWe expect the new space to be safer as it is in a modern facility, built in accordance with the most current and updated codes,â€? Sugg said. â€œThe footprint of the Civic Building, being a multi-story, is substantially smaller than the three acres upon which the current city hall resides, which will be freed up and sold for private development. â€œThe combination of the regional library and city hall in one centralized, multi-story building was driven by the Cityâ€™s desire to promote business growth through redevelopment of the Cityâ€™s Town Center properties,â€? said Sugg. â€œIt has long been the Cityâ€™s plan to develop additional tax-generating uses within a walkable, urban setting at the center of the city. And that effort is well underway.â€?
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Bulletin Board PILE DRIVING AT TACOMA’S HUSKY TERMINAL RESUMES Pile driving has resumed for improvements to Husky Terminal in the Tacoma Tideflats when the annual February-to-July fish migration season closes. The Pier 4 work is part of $250 million in terminal improvements that began in September 2016 on Tacoma’s General Central Peninsula. Upgrades include strengthening and realigning a berth and adding eight new superpost-Panamax cranes capable of serving two 18,000-TEU container ships at the same time.
The new cranes, to be built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) in China, will be capable of serving ultra-large container vessels with an outreach of 24 containers and a lift height of 165 feet above the pier deck. Pile driving at the northwest end of the Blair Waterway is expected to occur during regular construction hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. The reconstructed berth will also include conduit for future shore power to allow ships to plug into electricity while at dock. Construction and the first four cranes are estimated to be done in 2018. Four additional cranes will arrive in 2019. JBLM OPENS FIRST ON-BASE JOB CENTER FOR TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS The first American Job Center to be located on a military installation has opened at the Bud Hawk Transition Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. After two years of planning between Col. Daniel S. Morgan, JBLM’s garrison commander, the Washington State Military Transition Council, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and others, placing an AJC on a DOD base went from conception to operational reality. American Job Centers provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. Established under the Workforce Investment Act, and reauthorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014, centers offer training, referrals, career counseling, job listings and similar employment-related services. “In an era of fiscal uncertainty and taking care of Service members and Families and our veterans, the best way ahead is to link official federal, state, and local resources
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in a sustainable manner so we have transparency across the spectrum and can measure our success versus a loosely knitted approach that is overwhelming our people,” said Morgan. “The American Job Center provides this transparent, collaborative, and sustainable approach for all stakeholders that can network veterans and the labor force anywhere and anytime.” APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR TRANSPORATION COMMISSION The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill four positions on the Transportation Commission; two at-large positions, as well as District Nos. 4 and 5 positions, each to serve a three-year term. The Transportation Commission advises the City Council on transportation-related matters, such as shortterm and long-range transportation planning, compliance with local, regional and federal transportation regulations, bike, pedestrian and mass transit-related planning initiatives, and parking and capital improvement plans. Commission members are recommended by the Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee and appointed by the City Council. The Commission consists of 11 members – nine voting members appointed by the City Council, with representatives from each of the City’s five Council Districts, who bring a range of perspectives and expertise that focus on the City’s long-term vision for mobility options throughout the city, and two non-voting members appointed by the city manager. It is recommended that the members appointed reflect the following categories of special interest/discipline: professional engineering sector, construction/private business sector, bike and pedestrian/mass transit sector, planning/ urban growth sector, environmental/sustainability sector, ADA community and general community. All members must be Tacoma residents. If your Council District is unknown please, visit govme.org. Commission meetings occur the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. To find out additional information on the Transportation Commission, please visit their website. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, July 21. To apply, visit cityoftacoma.org/ cbcapplication or contact Sola Wingenbach at (253) 5915178, City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402. COUNTY LAUNCHES LOAN PROGRAM FOR SEWER REPAIR Sewer problems are often caused by trouble in side sewer lines. A side sewer line is the sewer pipe on private property between the home and the public sewer line in the street. Failing lines can allow stormwater or groundwater into the public sanitary sewer system, making it less efficient. Failures can also result in wastewater entering the environment and possibly impacting ground and surface water sources and public health. Pierce County has launched a new loan program to help property owners repair or replace private side sewer lines. The program provides financial assistance through low-interest loans with terms up to 10 years to residential property owners for qualifying projects. “We worked on a solution to assist residential property owners with failing side sewers,” said Pierce County Council Chairman Doug Richardson. “We are excited to offer this program which is beneficial to the property owner, the County and public health.” The program provides loans for up to 90 percent of the estimated total cost for the repairs. The maximum loan amount is $10,000. All loans are secured by a lien against the title of the property and subject to the county’s terms and conditions. The program is funded by sewer rates and administered by the Planning and Public Works Department’s Sewer Division. The allocation of funding is approved by the Pierce County Council each year. For more information on this program, visit www. piercecountywa.org/sidesewerloan. COUNTY PARKS NAMES NEW HEAD After a competitive recruitment and selection process, Roxanne E. Miles has been named the new director of Pierce County Parks and Recreation. She will begin her
new role on July 17. Miles joined the County in December 2016 as the business and financial operations manager for the county’s Planning and Public Works Department. She came to Pierce County from Metro Parks Tacoma, where her 15-year career culminated in her role as strategic advancement manager. While at Metro Parks, Miles managed parks and recreation services, and led major planning initiatives, developing business plans for each of the core programs. She was integral to the agency achieving accreditation and a successful bond campaign in 2014. In her new role at Pierce County, Miles will be accountable for the teams that maintain more than 4,200 acres at 50 park sites throughout the County, including three recreation centers, a sports complex, ice rink, skateboard park, two boat launch sites, three golf courses, trail corridors, two disc golf courses and a large number of passive open space sites. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University and an MBA from Corban University in Salem, Ore. Miles’ appointment is subject to confirmation by the Pierce County Council. APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR ADVISORY GROUP The Tacoma city manager is currently seeking one member to serve on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group to serve a three-year term. The group advises the Transportation Commission on active transportation-related matters, such as short-term and long-range bicycle and pedestrian planning, and compliance with local, regional and federal transportation regulations. In addition, the group provides expertise and makes recommendations on the implementation of the Transportation Master Plan including wayfinding, design, connectivity and encouragement for active transportation. The group will also provide guidance on the reprioritization of bicycle and pedestrian projects as new networks are implemented. The group consists of 11 members appointed by the city manager who are Tacoma residents, bringing a range of perspectives and expertise that focus on the City’s long-term vision for bicycle and pedestrian enhancements throughout the city. It is recommended that the members appointed reflect the following categories of special interest/discipline: pedestrian and bicycle sector, youth sector, health sector, metro parks and ADA community. Regularly scheduled meetings are on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building. To find out additional information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group, please visit their website at http://tinyurl.com/ya96se6m. Applications must be submitted by Friday, July 21 to Active Transportation Coordinator Meredith Soniat at MSoniat@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5380 for more information. APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR THE BOARD OF ETHICS The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill one position on the Board of Ethics. The Board of Ethics consists of five regular members, recommended by the Government Performance and Finance Committee and appointed by the City Council. The membership term is three years and is composed of Tacoma residents. The role of the board is to receive, investigate, and make recommendations for disposition of complaints of violation of the Code of Ethics by the city manager, the director of Public Utilities, a member of the Public Utility Board (Utility Board), or a City-elected official. The Board may also render advisory opinions in response to a request by one of the aforementioned officials, and render and publish formal opinions on any matter within the scope of the Board’s authority which it may deem appropriate. To find out additional information on the Board of Ethics, please visit their website or contact Doris Sorum, city clerk, at (253) 591-5361. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, July 24, 2017. To apply, please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Sola Wingenbach at (253) 591-5178, firstname.lastname@example.org, or City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402. SEE MORE BULLETIN BOARD ITEMS AT TACOMAWEEKLY.COM
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addition to doctors, therapists and nursing staff, it will also employ pharmacists, case managers, social workers and dieticians. In terms of facility design, Zacharia said the new hospital will have a dedicated brain injury unit, a dedicated stroke unit and a very large rehabilitation gym with state of the art technology. He said that outside there will be a courtyard dedicated to the sort of lifestyle choices that are preferred by local citizens and it will be designed to help patients move about so they can get better faster and return home. Plans for the hospital evolved thanks to great minds at CHI Franciscan inviting experts from Kindred Healthcare to join in on the planning. That’s what created the joint venture that has grown until this groundbreaking experience became possible. “Pierce County has been at a very critical tipping point for rehab services for a very long period of time,” said Ketul J. Patel, chief executive officer at CHI Franciscan Health. “We have a very prominent trauma program in the region and with that program, which usually lends a tremendous
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– tougher ground than any of us will know – and for that I express gratitude.” Puyallup Culture Director Connie McCloud echoed these words before she gave the opening prayer. “We have said we’re going to do this for a long time. Our ancestors have been waiting for us to put this into action so that when our elders come home, they know that they’re entering their home. They’ll see the symbols of who we are surrounding them. They’ll smell the air and know that they’re home. They will know that they are sacred and well cared for in a place that surrounds them with love and care. It will allow their relatives and friends to come visit and make them happy just by saying good morning.” If plans stay on schedule, construction on the facility is expected to be completed by March 2018, all ready for a springtime opening celebration. The facility will be connected to the Tribe’s existing Elders Center so that the residents can enjoy the center’s dining hall and daily meals if they choose, swimming pool, exercise room, socializing, day trips and more. With 21 studios and one-bedroom units, each will be complete with a full kitchen and bathroom offering easy walk-in access for elders’ special bathing needs. There will also be a spa-like bathroom with a walk-in bathtub available for all residents to use. Ground-floor units will have an outdoor patio and second-floor units will have a small balcony. The facility will be constructed by Andersen Construction and was design by ARC Architects, which has worked with Northwest tribes since the early
amount of need for rehab patients for the entire region – even though we’ve had those level of services at St. Joe's – this is an opportunity for us to really expand our footprint into a freestanding entity here that we are going to see.” According to CHI Franciscan Health, one reality that has fueled more incentive for building the new hospital is that baby boomers around the South Sound are aging and the number of patients seeking rehabilitation services is expected to increase. “We are going to see the complex patients that we have not been able to see, who have been going to Seattle and going to other parts of the country,” Patel said. Later, outside that white welcome tent, the sun illuminated all the smiling faces as the attending Sisters of St. Francis and head officials from Franciscan and Kindred took turns using shovels with golden blades to move earth symbolically. Each lecturer from earlier had celebrated the concept of a new hospital that will offer specialized treatment for neurological conditions such as stroke and brain injury as well as physical trauma, like spinal cord injuries and amputations. Anne McBride, president at Regional Hospital for Respiratory and Complex Care, had delivered the welcoming message and thanked all the leaders in this new project,
including Aldrich + Associates, the general contractor who, McBride said, has worked with Franciscan before. She also said ESa, out of Nashville, is the architect working on this project and said hello to Timothy Duke, construction contract administrator for ESa. McBride also expressed her excitement about how the new hospital will provide a better quality of care to patients. Toward the beginning of the ceremony, Rose Shandrow, division director at Mission & Spiritual care, had provided pertinent meditative thoughts. “This is holy ground,” she said. “It's holy ground because people who will eventually be working in this new field of healing will be angels of hope to people who will be in despair.” While Patel did not name each of the attending nuns during his speech and only mentioned Sister Rose by name, he did thank all of the attending Sisters of St. Francis for having a big hand in developing the reality of this new rehabilitation hospital. Patel said the sisters have helped CHI Franciscan Health enter into new markets, new programs and new services throughout Puget Sound. Patel also spoke about celebrating this new legacy that they were creating by building the hospital as it will extend services for serving the generations to come. Patel also thanked Roy Brooks, chairman of the Fran-
ciscan board, for taking time at every single event to recognize the great work that the leadership team and staff do. Patel also thanked his partners at Kindred Healthcare for being the right partner for believing in the CHI mission. “Several years ago we (at Franciscan) talked about the rehab journey and where we wanted to go and we truly were looking for a partner that would help us extend our footprint but also was really built on high quality and expectations for high quality,” he said. “We reached out to Kindred and really found the right partner.” Finally, CHI - Franciscan Medical Group's Chair of the Joint Venture Board of Managers Anthony Dorsch walked up to the podium. He said the board and folks who supported this vision had been preparing for this event for well over a year and he thanked many more contributors to the joint venture. He expressed gratitude for the partnerships with the city of Tacoma, with Pierce County and with the state of Washington through the certificate of need application process. Looking forward, Dorsch said that most important job now was for leadership to remain focused on creating an operational design that will get the new hospital to the level of quality and patient safety that is expected of Kindred and Franciscan.
1980s on designs that include the Puyallup Tribe’s House of Respect and Wall of Warriors Veterans Memorial, among other projects. Tribal member Dr. Charlene Matheson has been working zealously on the project since 2010, much of it as special projects manager at the Tribe’s Planning and Land Use Services. She noted that the genesis of the elders’ assisted living facility dates back to 1990, as it was part of the settlement package in the Tribe’s Land Claims Settlement of that year. The Tribal community was so dedicated to honoring and protecting the elders that they made sure it was part of the law that Congress enacted as the Puyallup Tribe’s Land Claims Settlement. “The elders who live there will be so much more involved in our community. If I have a loved one up there I’ll visit at lunchtime and see maybe 10 others who wouldn’t have had my company otherwise,” she said looking forward to the facility’s completion. “It’ll be really healing to bring them home and be among us, all of us – the hustle and the bustle and getting to see people that they never get to see when they get too frail to get out.” She mentioned, too, that the care for elders in their sunset years was a beloved dream of the late Puyallup Tribal Historian Judy Wright, who was known and loved by so many people in Native communities and beyond. Chair of the Tribe’s Elders Board, Judy passed away in 2013. Charlene said Judy sent her this message by email a week before she passed urging for completion of an elders assisted living facility: “Charlene, promise me you will get this done. It has to be done. Somebody has to care!” “That’s my persistence,” Charlene said. “Judy said to get it done.” Other Elders Committee members
have also passed away before seeing their dream of an assisted living facility come to fruition: Dave Simchen and Len Ferro. Chairman Sterud expressed much gratitude for them. In addition, he thanked the Elders Advisory Board – Frank Griese (chair), Lorelei Evans (vice chair), Don Finley, and Evelyn Allen, along with previous Board members Linda Hayes and Charlene Matheson; the House of Respect Elders Center staff leadership – Vernetta Miller, Russ Hascom, Bill Eveskcige, Lois Jacobs, Anlot Wright and Huyana Tougaw; and Design and Construction Management project managers Keli Parrett and Debra Sharp. Tribal Councilmember Sylvia Miller looked back on the days when all that the Tribe had for healthcare was a trailer that would park in the tribal cemetery. “I can remember during the Land Claims Settlement, I looked at my uncle to try and get him to tell me if it was a good idea to do the Land Settlement or not. He told me everything that this Tribe has we have had to fight twice as hard for, we’ve got to work twice as hard for, and we worked hard to get to where we are right now,” she said. “All we had before was a trailer in that cemetery for our dental and it was the worst dental I’ve ever had in my life. I’m happy for this day. Now (our
elders) will be able to look out over their home, their own reservation, and that’s important.” Tribal Councilmember Annette Bryan thanked all those who have been involved in this important project. “I want to say that I give my thanks to our ancestors and elders who have gone on before us and also to the Tribal Council that stood here before me and made this possible,” she said. “Our people will now have a place to be, where we can come and visit them and spend time there with elders who need our company, our laughter, our good words, good smiles and good hugs.” As the newest Tribal Council member, elected just last month, James Rideout spoke of the changes he has seen in the Tribe over the years and his gratitude for being elected to a leadership role. “This groundbreaking today to me means so many things in a positive change. I know the sacrifices that our elders have been through and at the end of the day, all the elders want is for their children and grandchildren to be okay. It’s really wonderful for someone to think about (the elders) in such a positive way. I commend everyone for their efforts and contributions to make this happen today. It’s an honor and privilege to be a public servant for our tribal community.”
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(top) Fans flocked to Cheney Stadium and were rewarded with quite a few autographs from a host of Triple-A All-Stars. (middle) Tacoma's Daniel Vogelbach hit the Tacoma Weekly and Pepsi signs surrounding the scoreboard, and sent three fingers off the right-center tower. His bomb completely over the scoreboard may have been the shot of the night. (bottom) Party time at Cheney.
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By Josiah Rutledge Tacoma Weekly Correspondent
n April 16, 1960, Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium played host to its first game, between the Tacoma Giants and the Portland Beavers. Though Tacoma’s new ball club, which had moved from Phoenix over the winter, ultimately fell short in that contest, at least one significant first was recorded for the ballpark. Matty Alou smacked a two-run shot that would go down as the first home run in Cheney’s history. A Dominican who stood just 5’-9” feet tall and weighing just 160 pounds, Alou was never known for his power. He amassed just 31 career homers over 6,220 trips to the plate at the Major League level as one-third of San Francisco’s notorious Alou brothers outfield. Nevertheless, for that brief moment in history, he was the only man to ever send one over the outfield walls at the then brand-new Cheney Stadium. Fifty-seven years later, that feat has now been repeated thousands of times by hundreds of players. But not until Monday had any of them done it as part of the Triple-A Home Run Derby. No, that honor was reserved for six young sluggers from the Pacific Coast and International leagues: Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz, Charlotte’s Danny Hayes, Columbus’ Richie Shaffer, Nashville’s Renato Nunez, Reno’s Christian Walker, along with Tacoma’s own Daniel Vogelbach. The format for the Derby gave each contestant four minutes per round to hit it over the fence as many times as possible, with two hitters being elimu See CHENEY / page A12
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(top-right) Tacoma's Daniel Vogelbach wowed fans with some huge blasts that helped him reach the finals. (second-row) Over 7,000 fans packed Cheney Stadium. (third-row) The six competitors were Charlotte's Danny Hayes, Reno's Christian Walker, Columbus' Richie Shaffer, Nashville's Renato Nunez, Pawtucket's Bryce Brent and Vogelbach. (fourth-row) Former Rainier Edgar Olmos made the most of a day off.
Just when I thought Cheney Stadium couldn’t possibly become any more enchanting, the Rainiers had to go and outdo themselves. Since debuting the new look stadium, after a $30 million renovation following the 2010 season, our little slice of heaven on Tyler Street has become one of the hottest destinations in the South Sound. Throughout the summer months, there really is no topping a good, old-fashioned night at our ball park. Finally earning the honor of hosting the Triple-A All-Star Game, after more than a half-century, the Tacoma Rainiers organization was bound and determined to put on spectacle like no other. While the game itself won’t begin until a few hours after the Tacoma Weekly goes to press with this issue, the Rainiers already knocked it out of the park with their production of the Home Run Derby on Monday, July 10. As a matter of fact, I’m still feeling jazzed from the evening two days later. Let’s be honest, these all-star exhibition games are often absolute yawn fests. The NFL Pro Bowl is a glorified game of twohand touch. The NHL All-Star Game lacks the physical style and monster body checks that make the game so great. Do we even need to mention the defenseless NBA All-Star Game? Even Major League Baseball’s yearly offering is often a challenge for the viewer to remain awake and engaged. That being said, nothing tops the crown jewel of All-Star Game festivities: the Home Run Derby. When they planned Cheney, they plotted it with the southwest winds in mind. The 425foot “Great Wall of Cheney” in center field creates a huge expanse from left-center to right-center. You’ve got to hit it 325 feet down the foul lines to get one out, and from there it just gets deeper and deeper. With that in mind, I was really wondering how these young sluggers were going to manage in our massive ball park. While I probably had lowered my expectations just a bit to be on the safe side, nothing prepared a packed
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Regina Rogers, who finished her basketball career as the 18th-highest scoring player in UW women’s basketball history, has signed on as head coach of the Tacoma Community College Titan women’s basketball team. A graduate of Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle, Rogers played basketball as a freshman at UCLA. She returned to Seattle after the passing of her grandmother in 2007. After sitting out a redshirt year, she began her UW basketball career that would end with Rogers being named an All-Pac-12 First Team player with 1,171 points to her credit. One of the most efficient post players in the Pac-12 Conference, she led her team in field goal percentage in her three seasons at UW. After leaving college, Rogers decided she would rather coach than continue to play. Since then, she has coached at Denny Middle School, Rainier Beach High School and Lindbergh High School. “Regina was a prolific basketball player for the University of Washington,” said TCC Titan Athletic Director Jason Prenovost. “She has the qualities to be a great coach: enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to teaching. These qualities, along with her vast network of players, coaches and mentors will help her to build into a top-level coach. We are excited to welcome Regina Rogers to the Titan family as the next women’s basketball coach of Tacoma Community College.” Rogers begins her career at TCC this month. Last year, the TCC women’s basketball team played in the NWAC finals, and they are ready for another winning season.
FORMER TITAN AND VIKING RETURNS TO HEAD UP TCC VOLLEYBALL
Samantha Hutchinson joins the Tacoma Community College Titan women’s volleyball program from Western Washington University, where she has an outstanding record both as a player and as a coach. The Vikings advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the two years she served as a member of the program’s coaching staff, making a NCAA II Final Four appearance in 2015. A graduate of University Place’s Curtis High School, Hutchinson had a standout career as a player with the Vikings, finishing second among WWU and Great Northwest Athletic Conference career dig leaders with 2,438 digs. Among other honors, Hutchinson was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons (2011 – 14) and was twice named an All-American. Titan Athletic Director Jason Prenovost is confident that Hutchinson is a great choice to lead the Titan women’s volleyball team, a strong program that traditionally finishes near the top of its league. “Samantha is a great hire for TCC,” Prenovost said. “She is local player who went to one of the top college programs in the country and excelled. To excel on defense in any sport requires discipline, work ethic and grit. We value those qualities in our coaches and students at TCC and are excited to welcome Samantha Hutchinson into the Titan family!” Hutchinson says she’s extremely honored to be selected as TCC’s new head volleyball coach. “I look forward to returning home to create a successful, student-centered volleyball program for the Titans,” Hutchinson said. “This is a wonderful opportunity and I am eager to start this new journey and help the TCC volleyball program reach its full potential.
NFL STAR AND TACOMA NATIVE DESMOND TRUFANT TO HOST CAMP
Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl cornerback and Wilson High School legend Desmond Trufant is bringing back his annual camp, giving local youth a fun opportunity to interact with and learn from NFL players. This free camp will be held Saturday, July 15 from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High in Tacoma. Participants will receive a camp T-shirt, complimentary lunch and giveaways. All positions are welcome to come learn in this competitive, yet fun environment. The camp will include individual drills, one-on-one competition and seven-on-seven play. Cleats and gloves will be required for all participants. “Each year the goal is to create a fun environment where the kids can come out and work on their football skills,” said Trufant. “I’m very proud of the work my brothers, Marcus and Isaiah, and the Trufant Family Foundation do in Tacoma and I’m happy to provide an opportunity for the youth in our community.” Confirmed players to attend the third annual Desmond Trufant Competition Camp are: Robert Alford, Atlanta Falcons; Scott Chricton, Minnesota Vikings, Xavier Cooper, Cleveland Browns; Cornelius Edison, Atlanta Falcons; CJ Goodwin, Atlanta Falcons; Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks; Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs; Brian Poole, Atlanta Falcons. Camp registration is already underway, but there are still limited spots left! Parents can submit their child’s form at www.dtcompetitioncamp.com. Registration is based on a first-come first-served basis and will close once full.
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The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college, and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. Line Judges are also needed for local high school matches. A comprehensive training program scheduled for Aug. 23, 22, 28 and 30 is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive.
A mother was brought to tears upon seeing the results of work done by Pacific Lutheran University women’s basketball student-athlete Kristin Sturdivan at Russell’s Ranch in Buckley, Wash. Sturdivan, a junior-to-be who started all 25 games for the Lutes in 2016-2017, is working at becoming a therapeutic riding coach. Children who are nonverbal, or struggle with anxiety, attempt to find peace on the backs of horses. With encouragement from Sturdivan, a reluctant rider found her peace. “She is nonverbal and does not sign regularly,” Sturdivan said. “However, the second time she came out, she rode with me and loved it. Once she was on, you could see her whole body relax. Her mother started crying when her daughter started making eye contact with her as we walked around the arena. Her mom had said she doesn’t make eye contact and that she had never seen her do that before.” Sturdivan is on her way to becoming PATH certified. She’s on step two of a four-step process. She’s already passed three handwritten tests covering the rules of PATH. The test included horse knowledge, disability knowledge and procedural understanding. Step two is completing 25 supervised hours of lessons. Step three and four include a three-day workshop, teaching lessons in front of judges, another written test, and a riding test. Sturdivan’s typical day at the ranch are long. They begin at 5 a.m. when she picks up her horses, Jessie and Colt. The horses take about an hour to eat before they are brushed and saddled for the first rider. Once the horses are ready, the riding area is set up with cones and poles for upcoming lessons. Lessons start at 10:30 a.m. and can go as long as 5:30 p.m. “This is definitely a perfect fit,” Sturdivan said. “It has always been a passion of mine to be around horses. I love the energy they give off, and comfort they offer. The hearts of the children in my program make the early mornings and late nights so worth it. If I could pick the perfect job, I would do this all day long. It’s incredible to see children connect with the horses.” By the end of the summer, Sturdivan will be more than qualified to serve others in life changing ways through therapeutic horse riding. ~ By Christian Bond, PLU Sports
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THURSDAY, JULY 13 – BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 14 – BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 15 – MMA CageSport MMA Emerald Queen Casino – 7 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 15 – BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 16 – BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 1:35 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 21 - BASEBALL Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 22 - BASEBALL Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 23 - BASEBALL Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 1:35 p.m. MONDAY, JULY 24 - BASEBALL Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 11:35 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 29 - SKI RACING World Water Ski Racing Championships Point Ruston - 11:15 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 30 - BASEBALL Oly Town FC vs. SSFC Men Washington Premier Complex - 3:30 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 3 - BASEBALL Memphis vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, AUG. 4 - BASEBALL Memphis vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.
POINT RUSTON TO HOST WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
The world’s fastest water skiers will converge on the Puget Sound this summer for the 20th World Water Ski Racing Championships. It’s all a part of the SunFest Watersports Festival on Saturday, July 29 and Saturday, Aug. 5 at Point Ruston, which is free to attend. The world championships are conducted every two years and was last held in Wellington, New Zealand in 2015. The last time the world championships were conducted in the U.S. was 2003 in Long Beach. This summer, the competition comes to Point Ruston with its panoramic views of the South Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainer. “This international event is taking place on our very own shoreline for everyone to enjoy, regardless if you are a water skiing fan or not,” said Phedra Redifer, regional parks attractions manager for Metro Parks. “This event is just a continuation of our collaborative efforts that help us bring such unique and exciting events to Tacoma.” The World Water Ski Racing Championships will showcase 180 high-performance athletes and powerful boats from Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, and the United States. The competition consists of four races held over a 10-day period. Races are circuits between 30 to 60 minutes long. Points are awarded for each race and the worst score is dropped from the total. This sport combines extreme speed, strength, endurance and determination. Fifty international teams will participate in six different classes – men, women and juniors. Each team consists of a driver, observer and skier behind specialized tow boats capable of speeds of more than 100 miles per hour (thanks to custom engines throwing off 1,600 horsepower). Skiers ride on a large, single water ski with the tow rope wrapped around their backs to stabilize them. Along with the World Water Ski Racing Championship, the SunFest Watersports Festival will include a Hyperlite wakeboarding event, Airchair demonstration, and Skydiving demonstrations from world renowned skydiver, Luke Aikins. There will also be local food, live music, beer gardens, a family fun zone, and areas to meet the teams. The land side portion of the event will be produced by local specialty event planning company, Festivals Inc., which produces large scale events like the Bite of Seattle and the Taste of Tacoma. SunFest will benefit Ben’s Fund, founded by Seahawks General Manager John Schneider and wife Traci, in partnership with Families for Effective Autism Treatment, which provides financial assistance with services specifically related to autism spectrum disorder treatments. For more information on the World Water Ski Racing Championships or the SunFest Watersports Festival, head to www.wwsrc2017.com.
SATURDAY, AUG. 5 - SKI RACING World Water Ski Racing Championships Point Ruston - 11:15 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 5 - BASEBALL Memphis vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, AUG. 6 - BASEBALL Memphis vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 1:35 p.m. MONDAY, AUG. 7 - BASEBALL Nashville vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 8 - BASEBALL Nashville vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 11:35 a.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9 - BASEBALL Nashville vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 10 - BASEBALL Nashville vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, AUG. 11 - BASEBALL Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 12 - BASEBALL Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, AUG. 13 - BASEBALL Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 1:35 p.m. MONDAY, AUG. 14 - BASEBALL Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.
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inated in each of the first two rounds, leaving just two hitters left for the final showdown. Homers hit in round one carried over into round two, but everything reset to zero entering the final round. Surprisingly, Nunez and Walker, who entered the night with the highest homer totals of the contestants at 24 and 22, respectively (the former mark leads all of minor league baseball), were the two to get eliminated first; they hit just five and six homers, respectively. Shaffer belted a solid nine homers in the first round, including a last-second buzzer-beater over the left field seats that might’ve been the longest blast of the night. Shaffer spent a few days as a member of the Mariners’ organization this offseason when he was acquired in the same trade that brought Taylor Motter to Seattle. He was designated for assignment shortly thereafter, however, and eventually landed in the Indians’ organization, where he’s found a home with Columbus. Former Oregon State Beaver Danny Hayes matched Shaffer with nine, advancing to round two. The top performers of round one were Bryce Brentz (who led all Div. I collegiate hitters with 28 homers in 2009), who blasted 15 homers despite not hitting a single one in the first 1:15 of the round, and Vogelbach, who coasted by with 13 homers, including one that smashed against the Tacoma Weekly’s own sign on the right-center field scoreboard, and three shots off the right-field light tower. Hayes’ second round was largely forgettable as he was able to leave the yard just three times, but it was memorable for the peculiar timing of those homers: he hit zero during the first two minutes,
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Bryce Brentz of the Pawtucket PawSox entered the Triple-A Home Run Derby with a respectable 18 round trippers on the season. The muscular right-hander pounded a whopping 38 home runs beyond the Cheney Stadium walls and into the parking lot. After a slow start in the final round, Brentz found his rhythm and claimed the title with 18 dingers in four minutes.
with Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” playing, but hit his three almost immediately after the music switched to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” With just 12 home runs between the two rounds, less than Vogelbach and Brentz had posted in round one, Hayes was the competition’s first casualty – even if Vogelbach and Brentz had hit zero homers in round two, they would’ve had enough to eliminate Hayes. Shaffer was able to make things a bit more interesting, matching his first round total of nine homers, giving him 18 total. Both Vogelbach and Brentz were able to
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Cheney Stadium, or myself, for the home run onslaught that played out in front of our steaming eyes. As baseballs began sailing out of Cheney’s confines, I began asking myself how we had managed to survive all these years without this in our lives. Sure, we get to see a few home runs here and there through the course of the Rainiers’ season, but to get such a concentrated dose all at once may have forever altered my expectations at our ball park. When your Home Run Derby is kicked off with a kids’ Whiffle Ball Derby for all to see on the big screen, you’re off to a good start. Throw in a stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Rich Wetzel and his Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra and things were really beginning to hum. The weather was even holding up for us with blue skies overhead and a healthy breeze blowing toward the fences. Once Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz had hit 16 home runs in the first round, my concerns about the size of Cheney were out the window. Next up, to close out the round, was
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quickly match and exceed that number, however, as both were left with time to spare, which they forewent in order to conserve their energy for the final round. With both hitters’ scores reset to zero, Brentz would swing first in the final round. Brentz hit just one homer in the first 50 seconds, but blasted seven in the second minute and stayed hot through the final two minutes, putting on a show with 18 homers – topping his impressive round one to give him the two highest scoring rounds of the night. Brentz would prove a tough act to
our very own Daniel Vogelbach. Despite being built like a small refrigerator, Vogelbach hasn’t exactly set any home run records around these parts since joining the Seattle Mariners’ organization in the middle of last season. As a matter of fact, he entered the Home Run Derby with just 10 long balls on the season, making him the clear-cut underdog in the competition. As the Tacoma slugger approached home plate to begin his four-minutes of fury, a monstrous airplane flew low over the stadium on its way back to JBLM. I immediately thought it was a good omen for Vogelbach. When a second plane made a pass toward the end of his performance, that feeling was further cemented. Once he was done belting out 13 home runs to advance to the second round, Cheney Stadium was buzzing. We weren’t used to this sort of barrage from the young man, and we were hungry for more. However, first there would be a short break for refreshments and a round of sing along for the fans. The field of six hitters was trimmed by two for the second round and this time there were no jets cruising above us while Vogelbach took his swings. It panned out though, as he would need just five more blasts to advance to the finals, to the delight and surprise of the hometown faithful. Prior to the finals, there was another short intermission for the fans. On the field, a host of mascots took their turns hacking away with their own tee-ball home run derby. Of
follow for Vogelbach. Needing 18 long balls to force a 90-second tiebreaker or 19 to win outright, the stocky slugger stepped up to the plate. He was never quite able to get things going in the final round, finishing with eight, well short of the mark set by Brentz, giving the crown to the Pawtucket slugger. With Brentz’s win, Pawtucket became the first franchise to win the Derby in back-to-back seasons (Chris Marrero brought home the gold for Pawtucket in 2016). Hey now, you're an all-star: In addition to the sluggers present for the Home Run Derby, the All-Star break festivities brought many more of the best young talents in baseball to Tacoma, including 12 of Baseball America’s Midseason Top 100 Prospects: Memphis’ Luke Weaver and Carson Kelly, Oklahoma City’s Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo, Fresno’s Derek Fisher, Las Vegas’ Amed Rosario, Norfolk’s Chance Sisco, Durham’s Willy Adames, Gwinnett’s Ozzie Albies, Lehigh Valley’s Jorge Alfaro and Rhys Hoskins, and Charlotte’s Yoan Moncada, the consensus top prospect in the game. Though both sent two top-100 prospects to the all-star game, Oklahoma City and Lehigh Valley each made probably their biggest contribution to the game by way of the two starting pitchers: Tom Eshelman of Lehigh Valley for the International League, and OKC’s Wilmer Font for the Pacific Coast. Up with the big club: It wasn’t just Triple-A taking it’s all-star break this week, as the MLB also hosted its festivities. The highlight for Mariners fans came when second baseman Robinson Cano gave the American League the title with a game-winning solo home run off Cubs closer Wade Davis in the inning, earning the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award in the process. Cano was joined by teammate Nelson Cruz on the American League roster.
course, it was the ever-loving Rhubarb that came out victorious, and it wasn’t even close. Hot Dog Boy gave it a good go, while Pacific Lutheran’s Lancelute had difficulties swinging the bat without falling down. When the final round began, the clock must have struck midnight somewhere, because the Vogelbach Cinderalla story had just about run its course. After Brentz dazzled the fans with an amazing 18 home runs, it was going to take a minor miracle for Vogelbach to catch him. Unable to get a good groove going at the plate, he could only muster eight home runs and the beautiful Home Run Derby championship belt would be heading back to Rhode Island. The first takeaway from the night was that the 7,000plus in attendance had an amazing time and they were truly loving every minute of it. Secondly, Vogelbach’s shot off of the Tacoma Weekly sign on the top-right end of the scoreboard probably made this writer’s century. His three shots, hitting the tower arms in right-center were awesome. Throughout the contest, the folks roaming about on Tightwad Hill were running down dingers left and right. I still think Vogelbach's shot over the center of the scoreboard was the blast of the night. It would be interesting to see where the ball would have ended up on the big wall. I’m fairly certain it would have been near the top of the wall, perhaps even over it. We’ll never know. Can we please have one of these events every year? Tacoma shouldn’t have to wait another 57 years. Magazines, DVDs, Novelties, Gifts for Lovers
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‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ TAKE A RIDE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA WITH TMP By Dave R. Davison firstname.lastname@example.org
acoma Musical Playhouse brings its 23rd season to a close with a bright and bubbly, beautifully-performed production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Directed and choreographed by Jon Douglas Rake, the TMP production combines superb performances, eye-catching costumes and marvelous stage effects to create a show that is visually dazzling, musically delicious and heartwarming. Say what you will about Disney, the entertainment company knows all about how to impact an audience with just the right mix of humor, suspense and a grand, cathartic crescendo at the end. Unless you’re a barnacle-encrusted cynic or are so sophisticated that you’ve somehow managed to mummify your heart, the Disneycrafted characters, story and music always get through. You can’t help but be moved by the Disney formula. It’s almost a biological reflex — provided that the theatrical troupe performing the musical can pull it off reasonably well. On that score, TMP comes through with flying colors. The performers in this production are so good that they carry the audience into their magical, underwater kingdom with ease. You can lay back on a bubble and let the story wash over you. The costumes and effects are so dazzling, the music so strong and the dance numbers so adroit that the show bobs swiftly along. The audience is left to drift happily along on its magical tide. Starring as Ariel, the Little Mermaid herself, Cherisse Martinelli is flawless, with a vocal delivery that flows like velvety cream. Her interaction with the other characters never falters and she shoots humorous expressions at the audience at just the right moments of the show. Ariel’s love interest, Prince Eric, is played by Colin Briskey, whose rich, mahogany timbres are sure-footed and strong. Nancy Hebert Bach is brassy and electric as the delightfully sinister villain Ursula, the sea witch. Sporting a hairdo piled up like
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The TMP production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is a dynamic and dazzling show marked by strong performances by the stars and the ensemble cast. Here, Sebastian (Isaiah parker) is hoisted on the shoulders of a pair of fishes during a grand dance at the bottom of the sea. ABOVE: Charisse Martinelli stars as Ariel, the titular Little Mermaid in TMP’s production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.”
the Tower of Babel and twirling a skirt of tentacles, she belts out her solos with a sultry swagger. It is a pleasure to simply sit back and enjoy Isaiah Parker’s performance as Sebastian, a crimson crab who is the court composer for King Triton. Done up in 18th century courtly finery — including the gentleman’s wig — Sebastian functions also as Ariel’s overwhelmed tutor and guardian. In addition to Parker’s lively antics, more comedy is provided by Jake Atwood as Scuttle, the gawky seagull whose discombobulations and mash-ups of vocabulary make one nostalgic for the George W. Bush administration. Further laughs are cooked up by the wild and crazy Chef Louis (Erik Furuheim). Furuheim’s highoctane seafood cooking demo is an audience favorite. Another crowd favorite is William Hebert, who plays Flounder, a little fish that is enamored with the lovely Ariel and is always gliding around her when she is under the sea. Ursula’s two henchmen, moray eels Flotsam (Derek Mesford) and Jetsam (Josh Anderman), are fitted with skates so
that they can slink about and do the villain’s bidding. Here, they have the appearance of punk rock, deep-sea lizards that function as an extension of Ursula’s malevolence. John Miller, a prolific local actor, is stalwart in every role he plays. In this case, he is Grimsby, the courtier whose task is to help young Prince Eric select a suitable princess to become queen. Johnny Neidlinger is a great fit for the role of King Triton, Ariel’s father, the powerful, towering ruler of the kingdom of the sea. In addition to governing his expansive realm, he is the father of seven lovely mermaid daughters, the youngest of whom is Ariel, who is infatuated with earthbound humans whom the king blames for the death of his queen. The ensemble cast leavens the whole affair in a multitude of ways. There are the fishy attendants in the underwater realms. There are dancing jellyfish, beautiful mermaids that sing and dance, trusty sailors, zany chefs, fancy courtiers, and even a flock of tap-dancing seagulls. In addition to the cast and the ensemble members, Jocelyne
RELIEF PRINTMAKING INTENSIVE Join Margaret Doty at adult summer art camp for a playful week of self-expression. Explore the richness and graphic qualities of relief block printing. Nurture your creative spirit while you develop techniques from carving the printing block to transferring images to a variety of papers and fabrics. Receive individual attention and instruction with demos. Let your imagination inspire you to make unique art pieces or create papers and textiles to incorporate into m i x e d media and collage. All levels of art experience are welcome. Two locations: Tacoma Community College campus, Gig Harbor: July 17 through 20 and TCC Tacoma campus: July 24 through 27. Info: continuingedtacoma.com
ED’S SUMMER GARDEN FAIR Come enjoy this beautiful Northwest summer with Ed Hume. Enjoy tours of the Ed Hume seed company’s garden and warehouse. There will be a raffle, a book signing, and games and activities for kids. The event takes place July 23 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ed Hume Seeds, 11504 58th Ave. E. Info: www.humeseeds.com
THREE LIVING HISTORY CEMETERY TOUR The Fort Nisqually Time Travelers, a group of living history re-enactors, together with the Tacoma Cemeteries and Tacoma Historical Society invite you to experience Tacoma’s history as it comes to life at the annual Living History Cemetery Tour. Re-enactors will portray people whose lives exemplified “Dream Big!” as they share their life stories from their grave sites. Tours start every
Fowler’s sumptuous, colorful costumes and John Chenault’s lighting effects make for any number of dazzling visual tableaux and musical highs. There is a haunting quartet in which Ariel is in bed, Prince Eric is on a seaside rock, Sebastian is on the beach and Triton is in the sea, and each expresses his/her thoughts and concerns in a beautifully interwoven sonic tapestry. It would not be a Disney product without the triumph of the good, the resolution of all conflicts and a giant, glamorous, glittering tidal wave of cathartic emotionalism at the end. While the audience witnessed the royal wedding ceremony, little girls in the crowd, many wearing the plastic tiaras on sale in the lobby (as part of a fundraiser) turned to their parents with joy-lit faces as the musical play reached its happy conclusion. I know of at least one adult who wiped a tear from his eye as well. While the Disney telling of the Hans Christian Anderson story is true to the original in a number of respects, it is nevertheless much changed. The Disney version makes the story into something of a middle American coming-of-age tale
20 minutes, from 6-7:40 p.m. on July 14 and from 5:40-7:40 p.m. on July 15 at Tacoma C e m e t e r y, 4801 South Tacoma Way. $10 advanced tickets are required and will be available starting at the Cemetery, or contact (253) 472-3369 or chris@newtacoma. com. Cemetery office hours: Tues-Sat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FOUR ZEN DOODLE WORKSHOP Need a break from ordinary life? Come doodle on July 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library (7001 6th Ave.). Doodle art is much more than just drawing on a piece of paper during a dull meeting. It’s a meditative art form through which individuals can express themselves. Using lines, shading and geometric figures, this relaxing art form is
with conflict between a willful teenager and her parent. In the Anderson version, the mermaid heroine had to make considerably more of a sacrifice to obtain legs and feet to walk on land. Every step that she took caused pain — as if her feet were being cut with knives. Further, she did not temporarily lose her voice, but instead had her tongue cut off permanently. Anderson’s version of a “happy ending” was somewhat more nuanced than the Disney version as well, but you’ll have to research that for yourselves. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is light-hearted, pretty and well-calibrated to elicit an emotional response. It makes for a fun, safe evening of live theatre that the entire family can enjoy to the fullest. It is a great ending to the TMP season of main stage shows. It’s a razzledazzle, magical plunge down into a fantasy kingdom under the sea. It hums on cylinders: the music is rich, the actors are on key, the costumes provide continual visual stimulation and the story is enchanting. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” runs through July 30. For further information visit tmp.org.
fun for all skill levels. All materials will be provided. Registration required. Sign up at tacoma.bibliocommons.com/events or call (253) 292-2001.
FIVE POINT RUSTON SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Come soak up some sun and music at the weekly concerts on the steps of Point Ruston’s grand plaza from some of the area’s best musicians. Point Ruston hosts their live music summer concert series on every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. The family-friendly series features various genres of music and is offered free to the public. On July 15, Sweetkiss Momma will bring their American roots music to the stage. The group skillfully blends gritty its Northwest origins with county, blues, and gospel to craft strikingly soulful rock-n-roll with a subtle Southern bend. Visit www.pointruston.com/event for more information.
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PUYALLUP TRIBAL IMPACT Supporting the Economic Growth of Our Community
PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER
Federal, regional, state and local leaders gathered with the Puyallup Tribal Council to officially cut the ribbon on the Tribe’s new state-of-the-art Salish Cancer Center (SCC) in the spring of 2015. Joining in on the event were (back row from left): former Fife Mayor Tim Curtis; former Congressman Norm Dicks and Puyallup Tribal Council Vice-Chairman Larry LaPointe; (front row from left) Puyallup Tribal Council Members Marguerite Edwards and Sylvia Miller; Puyallup Vice-Chairwoman Roleen Hargrove; Senator Maria Cantwell; Puyallup Chairman Bill Sterud; Gov. Jay Inslee; then Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen; Congressman Denny Heck; and Puyallup Tribal Council Members David Bean and Tim Reynon.
The most urban of Native American tribes, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians continues to be a critical component of the South Sound economy. As Pierce County’s sixth largest employer, a donor to a broad range of charitable organizations, and a major funder of housing, roads, education and environmental projects, the Puyallup Tribe stands as a model for taking care of not only its
own membership, but sharing its wealth among the broader community as well. The Puyallup Tribe is one of the largest employers in Pierce County. With a payroll of more than 3,100 people that work in the Tribe’s businesses, government, economic development corporation, school, and health and housing authorities – approximately 70 percent of whom are non-Native –
employees enjoy competitive wages and benefits. In 2015 the Tribe spent over $491 million. This spending supports communities by providing good wages and generous benefits to individuals, and through purchases of goods and services from local suppliers, vendors, contractors, construction companies and more.
From sponsoring local charities, non-profit organizations, social welfare projects and events that may otherwise suffer or cease to exist, to protecting the environment, funding crime prevention, city improvement projects and healthcare, the Tribe maintains its commitment to honoring its destiny as “the generous people,” the meaning of the Tribe’s very name “Puyallup.”
TRIBE HONORS ALL VETERANS WITH MEMORIAL WALL Under a beautiful, sunny sky on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015, the Puyallup Tribe held the formal dedication ceremony for its new Veterans Memorial Wall. Gathering outside of Takopid Health Center with men and women in dress uniforms representing many branches of military service, tribal members mixed with friends and family, visitors and honored guests for this important occasion. A number of honored guests were present for the dedication, including U.S. Senator Patty Murray; U.S. Representative Denny Heck; Jim Baumgart, policy advisor on behalf of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee; and Steven J. Gill, tribal liaison and administrator for the Veterans Services Division of the Washington State Dept. of Veterans Affairs. “Every time I come here, I always see something new and exciting happening in your community,” Murray said. “Many people may not realize that nationwide, Native Americans have one of the highest representations in the military, so the memorial is well deserved to say the least, and it’s wonderful to see one that so beautifully reflects the Tribe’s connection to our natural environment.” The memorial features benches to sit on, new landscaping to admire including young evergreen trees and eight bronze medallions, 36-inches in diameter and representing the eight branches of service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, National Guard and Air National Guard. Six flag poles line the outer rim of the memorial to fly the American flag, Puyallup Tribe of Indians flag, Canadian flag, Washington State
Six flags were raised for the first time on the day of the dedication ceremony.
flag, Tribal Veterans flag and the POW/MIA flag. Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud gave the opening remarks before inviting the rest of the Tribal Council up to the podium. “Today, here, we have a place of peace – a place to think of our veterans in a good way, a place of honor for a special group of men and women, a place to give special recognition for without our veterans and their sacrifices, what would our world be?“ he said. “I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this Veterans Day celebration and the dedication of this amazing Veterans Memorial Wall.”
Puyallup Vice-Chairwoman Roleen Hargrove described the memorial as “a sacred circle filled with a lot of blood, sweat and tears that was constructed with love, with gratitude and most of all with honor.” “When you come, we invite you – our veterans invite you – to come within this circle and pray, recognize and most of all honor all of our veterans, all of our ancestors, for the fight that they have gone through to get us to where we are today,” she said. “Please, whenever you come don’t just pass by – enter and remember those that fight for our freedom, Native and non-Native alike.”
STEWARDS OF THE LAND AND WATERS Puyallup Tribe dedicates resources to protecting steelhead Caring for the environment and all living creatures has always been a way of life for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Going back untold centuries before the first settlers arrived and up to the present day, the Tribe has never faltered in being caretakers of the natural world, and this is shown admirably in the Tribe’s efforts to protect our waterways and the varieties of fish that live there. Most recently, one of the Tribe’s two fisheries has taken proactive measures to save a disappearing run of wild steelhead by installing an acclimation pond on the White River, one of six acclimation ponds installed and operated by the Tribe’s Fisheries Department. With wild steelhead stocks thorughouth the Northwest showing less than stellar survival, this new and different approach will hopefully improve return rates of wild steelhead. The acclimation pond was added in 2016 and is the only one dedicated to bringing steelhead out of the hatchery and into the wild in order to boost their numbers and bring more adults back. “Twenty years ago, we had strong numbers with upward of 2,000 adults returning to the White River alone,” said the Tribe’s Resource Protection Manager Russ Ladley, “and now their numbers have averaged around 300 over
When filled with water, this acclimation pond can hold between 25,000 and 50,000 juvenile steelhead and should produce between 200-300 adults.
the past decade. That’s when we decided we’ve got to do something.” One of the proven methods of improving survival is to take fish away from a totally artificial environment and put them in a more natural environment during the early
imprinting stage of their rearing. This is what an acclimation pond achieves, and in this case the new acclimation pond moves juvenile steelhead up to the headwaters in a more natural water temperature regime. This removes the young fish from the water provided from ground water wells at the hatchery and places them in a “real world environment,” as fish behavior is greatly influenced by water temperature. “In this case, we typically move the fish in January or February and rear them in those ponds for about four to five months and then cut them loose,” Ladley said. “They’re allowed to volitionally move out so you basically open up a screen where they can move out into the creeks which then go to the mainstem White River and then into the Puyallup on their way to Commencemnt Bay.” The pond can hold between 25,000 and 50,000 juvenile steelhead and should produce between 200-300 adults back to this operation. It will take three years to determine returning numbers. As Ladley explained it, “You get the water’s natural chemistry going to the fish, the fish imprint on that as their home and two to three years from now will hopefully head back there to spawn.”
For more information about the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, visit www.puyallup-tribe.com.
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A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS OF TACOMA Goings on this week in Tacoma: Family Fun Night
July 14, 6-9 p.m. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, Info: FortNisqually.org
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JASON SOBOTTKA
“Elephant Mobility,” 2016 by Jason Sobottka. Acrylic, oil and glitter on panel. 24” X 36”
SOBOTTKA OPENS STUDIO TO PUBLIC DURING JULY 20 ART WALK By Dave R. Davison email@example.com
Jason Sobottka is one of the more noteworthy artists working in Tacoma today. He is in no way bashful in the use of brash color. His paintings often cross into the florescent range and it is not unusual to come across swaths of glitter or to gaze at his art and have plastic googly eyes gaze back at you. Animals have long been a theme of his, and Sobottka is able to depict them with the hand of a skilled draftsman and the keen eye of a wildlife biologist. Many of his compositions draw inspiration from his excursions into life drawing of the human figure — an enthusiasm that he picked up from observing work by his students at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, where he teaches art. Sometimes animal heads will end up on human bodies, resulting in beings that seem to have stepped out of a cryptic and idiosyncratic mythological realm that Sobottka unlocks by the power of his own imagination. Sobottka is an alchemist, combining the fruits of a visually verdant muse with consummate craftsmanship to make treasures of art that are as complex with layers of symbolism and metaphor as they are flashy. Currently in the midst of downsizing, Sobottka recently moved his art operation into a space in the 1120 Creative House — an open space on the second floor of the building at 1120 Pacific Ave. The floor is divided into spaces for artists and arts entrepreneurs, operating under the aegis of the Spaceworks program, Tacoma Art Commission’s wise program to foster and promote the arts for the purpose of the enrichment of our civic life. During the July 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, Sobottka is hosting a studio open house at which visitors have a rare opportunity to obtain work by this important artist. Work from his earlier “Topography” series are being made available at considerable discount. These assemblage works combine found wood and other materials
with paintings of animal skulls, bones and shadowy outlines. “It’s time to let go of some of the older stuff,” said Sobottka. “You don’t really want to give stuff away for free, but I’m willing to consider any offer on a piece, if someone really likes it.” Sobottka said that he thinks of the problem in terms of “adoption.” It is easier to part with a treasured piece knowing that it will go to a good home where it will be appreciated. Visitors will also be able to view newer works. One in progress is a mottled, green rhinoceros wearing a collar studded with elephant tusks. A guntoting figure stands guard. In the background yellow checkered mountains stand against a yellow sky. This is part of the ongoing “Adventures Through the Anthropocene” series in which Sobottka captures the desperation of endangerment. Magnificent creatures are balanced on a knife’s edge existence between survival and extinction, and it is all done in eye-catching color amid a dazzling dance of design. Other new works are series of lasercut wood block prints of Tacoma landmarks like the Murray Morgan Bridge. Some of the other artists of 1120 Creative House will be lending their talents to the evening. Destiny City Music Collective, for example, will be doing a performance of avant-garde music, creating new sounds by blending traditional music with digital technology. Ken Jacobsen will play electric cello, guitar and electronics, Jeffry Steele plays classical guitar with electronic enhancements and Nate Dybevik will tickle the ivories on the piano keyboard. Visual elements will be provided by the dynamic Kris Crews. Other 1120 Creative House artists will also be on hand. If you’re visiting the museums July 20, take some time to travel up the street a few blocks and check out the art and happenings at 1120 Pacific Ave. For information on Sobottka and his work visit jasonsobottka.com. For information on 1120 Creative House visit www.facebook.com/1120creativehouse.
A work in progress, this Sobottka painting shows an endangered rhinoceros clad in a collar bristling with elephant tusks.
Family Fun Night is an evening of 19th century entertainment for kids of all ages. Families can bring a picnic dinner and settle in for games, music and the firing of the candy cannon. Visitors can earn prizes for competing in classic competitions like a plate and cup race, sack race and three legged race. Think you know the fort? Fort staff have devised a challenge in which participants accomplish tasks around the site to win a special reward. Music was a big part of life at Fort Nisqually in 1855. Kids will have a chance to hear instruments common to the period, learn a song on the penny whistle and pluck a mandolin and dulcimer. The highlight of the evening comes with the firing of saltwater taffy from the candy cannon. Scramble across the meadow and collect as much candy as you can hold. Ice cream and lemonade will be served, while supplies last. Event admission is $8-$10, and children 3 and younger get in free.
Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed
Exhibit runs through Aug. 17. Gallery hours: Mon. through Fri. 1-5 p.m.; Third Thurs. 1-9 p.m. Opening Reception July 20, 6-9 p.m. Closing Reception Aug. 17, 6-9 p.m. 950 Pacific Ave., Suite #205, Tacoma Info: www.spaceworkstacoma.com/gallery “Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed” is a multimedia exhibition about immigration and detention. Curated by art critic Susan N. Platt and mural artist David Long, the exhibit addresses the urgent issue of immigration from multiple perspectives. It features work by undocumented immigrants, former detainees, current detainees, DACAs (Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals), college students, grass roots activists, self-taught artists and professional artists. The exhibit includes painting, sculpture, collage, glass art, film, photography, and video. At the opening, July 20, and the closing, Aug. 17, there will be music, poetry, and performances, as well as immigrant rights leaders speaking about the essential contributions of immigrant workers and the oppressive conditions in the Northwest Detention Center. The purpose is to open up the conversation about immigration and to embrace the many ways in which immigrants are the essential fabric of our society. Included in the exhibit is the “Migration Now!” portfolio of prints dealing with immigration issues. Also featured is the “Art & Global Justice Poster Project” coordinated by University of Washington-Tacoma students and instructors. Instructor Beverly Naidus — artist, writer, activist and associate professor of interdisciplinary arts — teams up with participating students. Cost: Free. This exhibit is supported in part by the Washington State Arts Commission, Allied Arts, and Humanities Washington.
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND KOPLIN DEL RIO GALLERY, SEATTLE
Still shot from Zhi Lin’s video installation “Chinaman’s Chance on Promontory Summit: Golden Spike Celebration.”
TAM EXHIBIT EXPOSES EXCLUSION AND EXPULSION OF CHINESE-BORN POPULATION By Dave R. Davison
in a glass case and at the back are a series of watercolor paintings (all done in shades of gray). One of the major milestones in the The video, almost 11 minutes long, is opening of the American wilderness to called “’Chinaman’s Chance’ on Promoncommerce and settlement was the completory Summit: Golden Spike Celebration, tion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The 12:30 pm, 10th May 1869.” It shows the feat was accomplished in 1869 in Utah annual reenactment of the meeting of the when railroad crews moving from the east two railroads and the ceremonial driving and the west linked the Central Pacific and of the golden spike that celebrated the Union Pacific railroads. A large portion of union of the eastern and western halves that achievement was due of the United States. Zhi to the efforts of Chinese Lin points out that the men PUBLIC PROGRAMS laborers. of the Chinese labor force RELATED TO “IN SEARCH Lured to the West Coast are nowhere to be seen in OF THE LOST HISTORY OF CHINESE MIGRANTS” of the United States by the historic photographs of discovery of gold in Cali- • July 29, 7-10 p.m. Members’ the original ceremony. The fornia, thousands of Chivideo is shot from the vanExhibition Celebration nese men were among those • Aug. 2, noon to 1 p.m. Lunch tage point of the railroad drawn by the prospect of workers — out of range of and learn with author and striking it rich. The rug, the cameras. Shooting from University of Washington however, was pulled out behind the celebration, the professor, Shawn Wong from under them when they • Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m. Q & A and artist suggests that the domwere barred from obtaining inant narrative has alternaart-making demonstration prospecting rights. tive points of view. At the with Zhi LIN Lacking in alternatives, • Feb. 15, 2018, 5-8 p.m. base of this wall is a shoal many of these men joined of crushed rock. Many of Community panel on the crews of laborers that the stones are painted with immigration and exclusion were needed to drive railthe names of those Chinese road lined through the rusworkers that the artist has tic Western landscape. They had to conbeen able to identify via his research, only tend not only with the daunting mountain 905 names from among the thousands that ranges, but also with extremes of weather, were employed by the railroad companies. with wildlife and with the animosity of the (These will be relocated to Chinese Reconsurrounding population. ciliation Park located along the waterfront Whether by negligence or deliberate after the art show ends.) action, the role played by these migrant The long, abstract paintings along the workers was, for a time, erased from hissides consist of mingled colors that are tory. What could not be erased was the marked with lines and gestural strokes. indelible mark that these men made upon They are meant to be evocative of locathe land. Their labors, on an epic scale, levtions and atmospheric conditions that the eled uneven land, tunneled through mounrailroad laborers would have experienced tains and bridged chasms. They prepared as they toiled in the vastness of the West. the way and made it straight for the spread One depicts starry constellations in the of civilization. night sky, another conjures the experience University of Washington art professor of winter in the mountains. Another capand artist Zhi Lin, originally from China, tures the hot, limestone surfaces of sheer has long been working to shed light on rock faces. the Chinese people who spent so much of The watercolors are perhaps the most their vitality in the forging of American haunting parts of the show. Zhi has visited civilization. He has done much to reverse many of the key sites related to the buildthe attempt to eradicate an entire ethnic ing of the railroad and painted them as they population from a crucial epoch of Ameriappear today. At the bottom of each scene, can history. he writes of the events that happened at The Tacoma Art Museum recently the location. There is a scene of a modern unveiled Zhi Lin’s “In Search of the Lost intersection with lamp posts and traffic History of Chinese Migrants and the Translights. Called “The Intersection before the continental Railroads.” The exhibit will be Bridge Crossing Bitter Creek,” the image on view through Feb. 18 of next year. The was done in Rock Springs, Wyoming, artist managed to transform the museum where, in 1885, a mob of hundreds of space into something like a chapel or white miners, armed with guns, hatchets, cathedral with a huge video projection on clubs and knives crossed Bitter Creek to one wall and long, horizontal paintings Chinatown and killed 28 Chinese workers running like stained glass windows along and burned homes in an event now known the sides. Down the center is a long scroll as the Rock Springs massacre. Later that same year, 1885, one of the dark episodes in Tacoma’s history took place. ChineseAmerican families were rounded up and driven firstname.lastname@example.org
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(Top photo): “On the Edge of the City,” 2017. Chinese ink on paper. The image is from Pacific Avenue and South 32nd Street in Tacoma where, in 1885, a column of Chinese were driven south by armed men on horseback. (Bottom photo): “Chinese Reconciliation Park,” 2017. Chinese ink on paper.
out of Tacoma by armed men on horseback. A major component of this show deals with this expulsion. The long scroll running down the middle of the space shows the present-day buildings and traffic features of Pacific Avenue. The viewer is given a birds-eye view. The mounted, rifle-toting men are shown at their work of driving Chinese-born residents along Pacific Avenue. The Chinese are shown only as empty costumes. There are no bodies under the garments. They have literally been erased. The scroll is punctuated by little pictures of birds, dogs and cats involved in their doings, unaware of the human drama unfolding. Some of these side vignettes echo the overall theme, such as the scene of a hawk catching a smaller bird in its talons. One series of watercolors depict some of Tacoma’s landmarks and locations that
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CURTAIN OPENS ON HISTORY OF TACOMAâ€™S THEATER DISTRICT EXHIBIT
TW PICK OF THE WEEK: â€œANNE FENNEYâ€™S SUMMER OR RESISTANCE TOUR.â€? A FRONT-LINE AGITATOR FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS, ANNE FENNEY HAS PUT HER POWERFUL VOICE AND WICKED SENSE OF HUMOR IN THE SERVICE OF TRADE UNIONISTS, FEMINISTS, ENVIRONMENTALISTS, ANTI-RACISM ACTIVISTS AND MEDIA ACTIVISTS. FEENEY WILL BE PERFORMING SONGS OF LABOR AND PROTEST AS A FUNDRAISER TO HELP GET RADIO TACOMA UP AND ON THE AIR. THE SHOW WILL BE AT 734 PACIFIC AVE. ON JULY 15 AT 7 P.M. SUGGESTED DONATION: $15 TO $25. INFO: ANNEFEENEY.COM/CALENDAR
PHOTOS CREDIT: STEVE DUNKELBERGER
The nationally released â€œTugboat Annie Sails Againâ€? premiered in 1940 in Tacoma with a plaque being laid into the sidewalk along Broadway and a ceremony with star and future President of the United States Ronald Reagan.Â
PHOTO BY JULIE LEONARDSSON
FRIDAY, JULY 14
UNCLE SAMâ€™S: Circus Freakshow and Music Festival (rock) 12 p.m.
JAZZBONES: Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band (reggae) 8 p.m., $10-$15 G. DONNALSONâ€™S: Paul Green Jazz/Blues Duo (jazz/blues) 7:30 p.m., NC KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC LOUIE Gâ€™S: Backyard Festival. Outdoor Stage: Sin Circus, Katum, Violet Hallucinations, Jericho Hill, Stoic FB, Sirenâ€™s Rain, When it Rains, Toarn, Better Half Now, Medussas Maidens. Indoor Stage: Massacre at the Opera, Noctium, Heart Avail, Locomotive, Prelude to a Pistol, Pagan County Rebels, Silent Theory, Strawberry Rocket, The Sinbound. (rock) 1 p.m., $10-$25, AA REAL ART TACOMA: Above Rattle Snakes, Tidelines, Voyagers, Norah (punk, rock, metal) 7 p.m., $10, AA ROCK THE DOCK: Zero Down Blues (rock) 8 p.m. STONEGATE: Soul Stripper (rock) 9 p.m.Â THE SWISS: The Fun Police, Planet of Giants (rock) 9 p.m., $7Â TACOMA COMEDY: Nate Bargatze (comedy) 7:30, 10:30 p.m., $18-$26, 21+ early show UNCLE SAMâ€™S: Under Sin, Mystery Achievement (rock) 8 p.m. THE VALLEY: Nothing Sounds Good, Shades of Memories, Crossing Crusades (rock) 8 p.m., donation
PHOTOS CREDIT: STEVE DUNKELBERGER
Arts promoter turned newspaper columnist Bernice Newell ran the Artistsâ€™ Corner of Concerts for 24 years, bringing world-known artists to Tacoma, tops among them was composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. By Steve Dunkelberger email@example.com
Tacoma Historical Societyâ€™s summer exhibit dives into the heritage and history of the Theater District with â€œShowtime in Tacoma: Theaters and Performers.â€? Developed by curators Deb Freedman and Brendan Balaam and designed by Chris Fiala Erlich, the exhibit runs through Sept. 9. The anchor feature of the exhibit is a wall display of autographed photographs of 35 world-class artists who performed in Tacoma from 1904 through 1927, including Rachmaninoff, Kreisler, Sousa, Nijinsky, and the Ballet Russe, as collected by impresario Bernice E. Newell, who ran the Artists Course of Concerts from 1904 until 1927. Newell was the center of Tacomaâ€™s high-art scene by bringing world-class performers to the city and promoting the shows in her arts column in the Tacoma Daily Ledger to ensure the shows were well attended, often pleading to readers to support the arts. Displays of Tacomaâ€™s iconic theaters, namely the Pantages, The Showbox, the Blue Mouse, The Rialto, THE BIG SICK (120 MIN, R) including the movies and act they hosted over the years, Fri 7/14-Thu 7/20: 1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00 round out the museum space. But thereâ€™s more. AlongTHE WEDDING PLAN (110 MIN, PG) side the exhibits of all things high-brow, the societyâ€™s Fri 7/14-Sun 7/16: 1:30, 6:00 Mon 7/17: 1:30 summer is also marking the publications of two books on Tue 7/18-Wed 7/19: 1:30, 6:00 the history, â€œShowtime in Tacoma,â€? by Blaine Johnson Thu 7/20: 1:30 and Brian Kamens that includes essays by the late-great THE BEGUILED (93 MIN, R) Fri 7/14: 2:00, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Historian Murray Morgan, and â€œIn Search of Alexander Sat 7/15-Sun 7/16: 11:45 AM, 2:00, Pantages, Head of the Vaudeville Circuit,â€? by the late 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Mon 7/17: 2:00, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Griselda â€œBabeâ€? Lehrer. Tue 7/18: 4:15, 8:45 â€œShowtime in Tacomaâ€? covers the theaters, venues, Wed 7/19: 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Thu 7/20: 2:00, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 performances and events that have attracted audiences to more than a centuryâ€™s worth of memorable experiences at THE HERO (93 MIN, R) Fri 7/14: 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 more than 150 theater names have operated through the Sat 7/15-Sun 7/16: 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, years, and chronicled by Morgan before his death. 6:50, 9:10 Mon 7/17-Tue 7/18: 2:15, 4:30, 6:50, â€œWeâ€™re deeply indebted to Lane Morgan, daughter 9:10 of Murray and Rosa,â€? said author Blaine Johnson, â€œfor Wed 7/19: 2:15, 4:30, 9:10 Thu 7/20: 2:15, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 generously making available boxes of materials from BEATRIZ AT DINNER (83 MIN, R) Murrayâ€™s unfinished work. It is particularly satisfying Fri 7/14: 4:00, 8:30 that Murrayâ€™s rich storytelling about Tacomaâ€™s hisSat 7/15-Sun 7/16: 11:30 AM, 4:00, toric theaters now becomes available to a new audience 8:30 Mon 7/17-Thu 7/20: 4:00, 8:30 through these essays.â€? THE IRON GIANT (86 MIN, PG) â€œIn Search of Alexander Pantages, Head of the Sat 7/15: 10:00 AM Vaudeville Circuitâ€? relates the saga of the theater mogul PINK FLOYD: THE WALL (95 MIN, R) Alex Pantages â€” his personal life, his national theater Sat 7/15: 11:00 empire and the cast of characters who shared his life SACRED (87 MIN, NR) and performed on his stages. The Lehrer Family Trust Tue 7/18: 2:00, 6:30 has finished the manuscript and research that was nearly THE WIZARD OF OZ (102 MIN, NR) Wed 7/19: 1:45, 6:45 completed by Lehrer, a well-known Tacoma businesswoman and philanthropist. The museum is located in the historic Provident Building, at 919 Pacific Ave. and open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. &AWCETT 4ACOMA 7! Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Visit s GRANDCINEMACOM tacomahistory.org for more information.
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SATURDAY, JULY 15
JAZZBONES: Windowpane, Momâ€™s Rocket, Antihero, Voodoo Death Gun (rock) 9 p.m., $10-$15 G. DONNALSONâ€™S: Paul Green Jazz/Blues Duo (jazz/blues) 7:30 p.m., NC KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC LOUIE Gâ€™S: Backyard Festival. Outdoor Stage: Jesus Wears Armani, After the Fallout, Anthrocene, Mandamus, Children of Atom, Catalyst, Emanon, Eyes of Luna, The War Within, Bella Anima. Indoor Stage: Chamber 6, Method 13, Out the Hate, What Thou Wilt, Ironwood, Thunderknife, Voodoo Death Gun, Vesuvian, Post Rapture Party. (rock) 1 p.m., $10-$25, AA REAL ART TACOMA: Wrecked Em, Visuaelz, 8-8it, Scooby, Ceny (punk, rock, metal) 7 p.m., $10, AA ROCK THE DOCK: Not My Tempo (rock) 8 p.m. THE SPAR: Mike Jaap Funk Shop (funk) 7 p.m., NC THE SWISS: 80s Invasion (rock) 9 p.m. STONEGATE: Sub-Vinyl Jukebox (classic rock) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY: Nate Bargatze (comedy) 7:30, 10:30 p.m., $18-$26, 21+ early show UNCLE SAMâ€™S: Harrison St Band (rock) 8 p.m. THE VALLEY: Granite Waves, KLAW, Sun Crow (rock) 8 p.m., donation
SUNDAY, JULY 16
REAL ART TACOMA: S***lips, Qry, Billâ€™s Accountant, Odio// Sui, Goatman (punk, rock, metal) 7 p.m., NC, AA DAWSONâ€™S: Tim Hall Band (open jam) 8 p.m., NC G. DONNALSONâ€™S: Jazz and blues open mic, 5 p.m., NC, AA NEW FRONTIER: Bluegrass jam, 4 p.m., NC THE SPAR: Patti Allen (blues) 7 p.m., NC TACOMA COMEDY: The Dope Show (comedy) 8 p.m., $14.20$24.20, 18+
MONDAY, JULY 17
THE VALLEY: Slow Season, Teacher (rock) 8 p.m., donation G. DONNALSONâ€™S: Jim Meck (piano jazz and blues) 7 p.m., NC, AA JAZZBONES: Rockaraoke (live band karaoke) 7 p.m., NC REAL ART TACOMA: For the Likes of You, Dead Crown, Avoid, Follow The Lights, Vultures Above Us, As Pillars Fall (punk, rock, metal) 6 p.m., $10, AA THE SWISS: Chuck Gay (open mic) 7 p.m., NC
TUESDAY, JULY 18
THE VALLEY: Darci Carlson, Barnyard Stompers (country) 8 p.m., donation ANTIQUE SANDWICH CO.: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., $3, AA DAVEâ€™S OF MILTON: Jerry Miller (blues, rock) 7 p.m., NC DAWSONâ€™S: Billy Stoops (acoustic jam) 8 p.m., NC G. DONNALSONâ€™S: James Haye (blues) 7 p.m., NC, AA JAZZBONES: Wounded Giant, Sower, Raptor Tractor, Toecutter (metal) 8:30 p.m., NCÂ ROCK THE DOCK: Rock Paper Scissors (rock) 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
REAL ART TACOMA: SLOG, Goop, Call The Cops, Healthscare, Jasey F**king Kay (punk, rock, metal) 6 p.m., $7, AA DAWSONâ€™S: James Haye (R&B, blues, jazz) 8 p.m., NC G. DONNALSONâ€™S: James Haye (blues) 7 p.m., NC, AA JAZZBONES: Live It Out Loud (rock) 6:30 p.m., NCÂ NEW FRONTIER: Open mic, 8 p.m., NC STONEGATE: Leify Green (open mic) 8 p.m., NC TACOMA COMEDY: Comedy open mic, 8 p.m., NC, 18+
THURSDAY, JULY 20
EMERALD QUEEN CASINO: Lynyrd Skynyrd (classic rock), 8 p.m., $75-$250, 21+ G. DONNALSONâ€™S: Rod Cook (blues) 7 p.m. DAWSONâ€™S: John â€œHound Dogâ€? Maxwell (blues) 8 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Ladies Night with DJ Semaj (DJ) 10 p.m., $5 KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC REAL ART TACOMA: Slam! Let The Poets Be Poets! (poetry open mic), 6:30 p.m., $5, AA STONEGATE: Comfort and Call (rock jam) 8 p.m., NC THE SWISS: Heritage (reggae/rock/beach) 9 p.m., NC TACOMA COMEDY: Ian Bagg (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $12$18, 18+ early show UNCLE SAMâ€™S: Jerry Miller (rock, blues) 7 p.m.
GUIDE: NC = No cover, AA = All ages, 18+ = 18 and older
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Coming Events TOP PICK: FOURTH ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR PICNIC Sun., July 16, 1-4 p.m. Curran Apple Orchard Park, 3920 Grandview Dr. W, University Place Come and join in the fun for the 4th annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and your favorite teddy bear (or other favorite animal) to the orchard. Pay tribute to our military families, listen to music by the Harrison Street Band, watch the teddy bears frolic, and get your face painted. After your teddy bear visits the teddy bear health and dental clinics, listens to teddy bear stories and plays teddy bear games, visits the gym and does yoga, you can join in on the Parade of Bears as they romp and play then march their way around and through the orchard. Price: Free. Ages: Bear-y fun for all ages. This event is produced by Dance Theatre Northwest and sponsored by many of our local citizens, businesses and organizations. ‘DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID MUSICAL’ Fri., July 14, 8 p.m. OPENING NIGHT Sat., July 15, 8 p.m. Sun., July 16, 2 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma TMP presents a beautiful story about a mermaid named Ariel who lives in an enchanted undersea country. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. With music by eighttime Academy Award-winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Plays through July 30. Ages: All ages. Price: Adults $31; senior, military, students $29; children (12 & under) $22; groups of 10 or more $27. All seating is reserved. Info: (253) 5656867, www.tmp.org. PROTEST ART EXHIBIT Fri., July 14, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. American Art Company, 1126 Broadway These courageous artists invite us to be part of history, get involved and take part in our democracy. Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info: (253) 272-4327; www. americanartco.com CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF TACOMA: DAILY ACTIVITIES Fri., July 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave. Children of all ages and abilities will be able to explore these science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities led by a play-guide. Ages: Birth to age 10 years. Price: Pay as you will admissions. Info: (253) 627-6031; www.playtacoma.org/calendar CHOIR OF CHRIST’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY Fri., July 14, 7-8 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S. The Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge University returns to Trinity Lutheran Church to perform at the church’s annual Midsummer Summer Concert. Price: Freewill donation.
Info: (253) 537-0201; trinitylutheranparkland.org JOB CLUB Fri., July 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. This casual-yet-informative group meets to share employment tips. Receive support in your job search and learn from other job seekers. Coffee provided. Ages: Adults. Price: Free. Info: (253) 548-3303; www.piercecountylibrary.org/ calendar BILINGUAL BLOCK PLAY Sat., July 15, 10-11:30 a.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. Build with blocks and enjoy stories in English and Spanish or Mandarin. Ages: 3-8. Price: Free. Info: (253) 5483304; www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS Sat., July 15, 8-9:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S. Through shared experience and mutual support, we help each other to recover from the disease of food addiction. Price: Free. Info: (253) 3108177; www.foodaddicts.org ROBERTO THE MAGNIFICENT Sat., July 15, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South When Roberto the Magnificent explodes onto the stage be ready for an actionpacked performance. Ages: Grades K-5. Price: Free. Info: (253) 292-2001; www. tacomalibrary.org ARGENTINE TANGO ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS CLASS Sun., July 16, 12-1 p.m. Backstreet Tango, 3505 S. 14th St. Join this group for an absolute beginner level class. The studio was built with the sole purpose of teaching only authentic social Argentine tango. Ages: 16 (with guardian) and up. Price: $10 per class, 8 classes for $40, 10 classes for $70. Info: (253) 304-8296; backstreettango.com SEDUCTIVE SUPERCARS AT ACM Sun., July 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. LeMay – America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St. Seductive Supercars will focus on the crème de la crème of exotic cars that embody the world’s best designs, technology and performance. Ages: All ages. Price: $10-$18; children 12 and under free. Info: (253) 779-8490; www. americas carmuseum.org MEDITATION & MODERN BUDDHISM Sun., July 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1501 Pacific Ave. S. With the hectic pace and
demands of modern life, many of us feel stressed and over-worked. In this course, we will learn Buddhist methods to face difficulties with a new attitude. Ages: All ages. Price: $20. Info: (360) 7547787; www.meditateinolympia.org/tacoma NORTH PEARL FARMERS MARKET Sun., July 16, 1-4 p.m. Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 N. Pearl St. We offer fresh produce, flowers, plants, artisan crafts and delicious locally made to-go items from now until Aug. 27 from 1-4 p.m. Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info: (253) 209-5112; www.explorenorth pearl.com AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR WENDY WAHMAN Mon., July 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. Join us for an interactive talk with the author and illustrator of “Don’t Lick the Dog,” and “A Cat Like That.” Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info: (253) 548-3304; www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar BINGO AT TACOMA ELKS #174 Mon., July 17, 7 p.m. Tacoma Elks 174, 2013 S. Cedar St. Bingo every Monday night at the Tacoma Elks #174 Lodge Room. Proceeds to benefit the charities supported by the Elks. Price: Free. Info: (253) 272-1117 DROP-IN HELP WITH WORKSOURCE Mon., July 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 2-4 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. WorkSource employment experts help you with your specific questions about all things employment-related-resumes, unemployment claims, job coaching and interview prep. Ages: Adults. Price: Free. Info: (253) 548-3304; www.piercecounty library.org/calendar SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM Mon., July 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. Free lunch at the Parkland/ Spanaway Library Monday through Friday. Sponsored by Franklin Pierce Schools, Bethel School District and OSPI. Ages: Up to age 18. Price: Free. Info: (253) 5483304; www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar EARTH HEROES AT SUMMIT LIBRARY Tues., July 18, 10:3011:30 a.m. Summit Library, 5107 112th St. E. Adventure through an obstacle course that will give kids the power to reuse, save energy
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and water, and help the earth. Ages: Ages 5 and up. Price: Free. Info: (253) 548-3321; www.piercecountylibrary.org/ calendar
and mushrooms. Price: Free. Ages: All ages. Info: (253) 272-7077; www.tacomafarmersmarket.com MAD SCIENCE Wed., July 19, 3-4 p.m. Tacoma Public Library – South Tacoma, 3411 S. 56th St. Mad Scientist will bedazzle with impressive science demonstrations in this spectacular show. Ages: Grades K-5. Price: Free. Info: (253) 6177809; www.tacomalibrary.org
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Tues., July 18, 9-11:30 a.m. Grace Baptist Church, 2507 N. Vassault St. Join us for vacation Bible school through July 21, mornings 9-11:30 a.m., with a free lunch following. Ages: 4 years to 5th grade. Price: Free. Info: (253) 752-6643; 2017.cokesburyvbs. com/gracebaptisttacoma
MIKE’S MOVIE RIFF-OFF Wed., July 19, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Acme Tavern, 1310 Tacoma Ave. S. Galaxy of terror, a movie night where you berate, mock and interject on the classiest trash cinema has to offer. All you need is a phone capable of texting, your wit and your comments will appear live on the movie. Ages: 21+. Price: No cover. Info: (253) 503-6712
POTTERY CLASSES AT THROWING MUD GALLERY Tues., July 18, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Throwing Mud Gallery, 2210-2212 N. 30th St. Learn the art of creating pottery on the potter’s wheel, hand building techniques and decorative and functional pottery in our clean and spacious studio. Ages: 16+. Price: $210 + price of tool kit. Info: (253) 254-7961; throwingmudgallery.com/pottery-classes/
OLD TOWN HISTORY WALK - THE NATURE OF THINGS, TACOMA Wed., July 19, 5-6 p.m. Job Carr Cabin Museum, 2350 N. 30th St. The nature of things, new this year, this tour will explore the geography and plant life of Old Town – foundational influences to our regional history. Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info: (253) 627-5405; www.jobcarrmuseum.org
TACOMA TOTEMAIRES BARBERSHOP CHORUS Tues., July 18, 7-9 p.m. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 3315 S. 19th St. Come sing some Barbershop tunes with the Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus. Founded in 1946, the TotemAires Chorus is the longest-running barbershop chorus in Washington. Price: Free. Info: (253) 237-7464; www. totemaires.com
BOXING 101 CLASS Thurs., July 20, 7-7:45 p.m. Lean Body Lifestyles, 711 St Helens Ave, Suite 201 Boxing 101 is a great introduction to the fundamentals of boxing workouts. You’ll learn simple, challenging and fun movements that will improve your physical fitness, clear your mind and release stress. Price: $20 drop-in rate; $60 for a monthly pass. Info: (253) 678-5403; www.leanbodylifestyles.com/events.html
EASTSIDE FARMERS MARKET Wed., July 19, 3-6 p.m. Salishan Family Investment Center, 1724 E. 44th St. Discover this little gem of a market in the heart of East Tacoma’s Salishan community. You will find an abundant selection of local fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey
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