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CITY BUDGET NOW FACES A VOTE NEXT WEEK By Steve Dunkelberger

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All of the formal workshops and study sessions for the city’s budget that covers the next two years are done. It is now a

matter of a vote set for Dec. 4. Tacoma City Council already approved the creation of a Transportation Benefit District that will now charge $20 for annual car tab renewals to fund $3.4 million in street repairs and the end of an exemp-

tion for non-profit hospitals that will raise another $5.5 million for city services. A saving grace was an actual drop by 5 percent in the health care premiums for city workers that had been projected to rise 12 percent. That shift means a savings of $3.5

million. But staff reductions and cuts are still in the works. Cuts of about 15 percent have been laid out for each department as the city faces down a $63 million projected General X See BUDGET / page A8

WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA

PHOTO BY JOHN LARSON

BUS DISCUSSION. Pierce Transit will

field fewer buses starting in early 2013 as it looks for ways to cut its services by about half, including the end of weekend bus routes and the elimination of several programs.

PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN

UNREELING. Sue Evans shows off the soon-to-be obsolete 35mm film equipment in The Blue Mouse’s projection booth.

The Grand, Blue Mouse leap to digital (whether they like it or not) By Kathleen Merryman Te c h n o l og y is stalking the mouse and the elephant, and it is up to us to save them. The Blue Mouse Theatre and The Grand Cinema, with its elephant logo, are old school Tacoma favorites, down to their homemade, hand-me-down vibe. They, unlike the multiplexes, still show 35mm films on projectors – and that is the problem. Those projectors are about 10 months from obsolescence. Studios already have gone digital, and soon will stop putting their movies on film. If independent movie houses do not upgrade to digital, they will have no movies to show. Those digital systems cost about $75,000 each. That is a big bite for The Blue Mouse, with one screen. The bill for The Grand, with four screens and a more complex set-up, will be $344,000. Now both theaters are depending on fans, patrons and different strategies to raise the money to stay in business. Tacomans have run The Grand and Blue Mouse outside of the corporate realm. That has meant that the nonprofit Grand has brought art-house movies and film festivals to town while the privately owned Blue Mouse is thriving as one of the nation’s oldest neighborhood movie houses. John Hamrick opened The Blue Mouse, named for a club in Paris, in 1923 with “The Green Goddess.” It prospered, changed hands, and prospered a little less as it wore out. It was The Bijou when its previous owner was about to give up on it and sell it for any use at all. A consortium, assembled by Proctor merchant Bill Evans, bought, refurbished and reopened it under its original name in 1994. It is now on the

“It said, ‘if you don’t switch, we won’t even license films to you.’ We don’t have a choice.” – Blue Mouse Manager Sue Evans on a letter the theater received from 20th Century Fox National Register of Historic Places. That consortium has never taken a penny on their investment, said manager Sue Evans (no relation to Bill), and The Blue Mouse is Tacoma’s only neighborhood theater playing secondrun flicks and selling tickets for about half the price as the chains. Every Saturday night it shows “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with performances by The Blue Mouseketeers, Come the holidays, there is the “It’s A Wonderful Life” benefit, with Santa, for the FISH Food Bank. The Blue Mouse is a Proctor neighborhood tradition that brings folks in from all over town. Sue Evans, who moved up from popcorn server in the movie biz, has managed what she calls “The Mouse” for nearly 18 years with impressive frugality. Her husband, Dave, does maintenance jobs for free. Those bright blue seats? She got them from a corporate theater that went out of business, hauled in volunteers to clean them and saved about $40,000. In 18 years, she said, she has saved $100,000 to invest in a new roof, repairs and an accessible bathroom. There is no way, she said, that she can come up with $75,000 by fall. That is why, when she saw the digital switch coming, she hoped it would slow down. “Most of us knew the change was coming, but most of us didn’t think they’d stop making prints,” she said. Then came the letter from 20th

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Century Fox. “It said, if you don’t switch, we won’t even license films to you,” she said. “We don’t have a choice.” Evans opted to raise the $75,000 through Kickstarter, a website that gathers pledges for creative projects. People pledge credit card donations and, if the project reaches its goal by the end of the campaign, those pledges get processed. If the project does not make goal, the pledges are not cashed in. She posted the pitch on the site Nov. 19 and started working the movie crowds and contacts to contribute. By Nov. 27, The Mouse had $26,862 in donations. Evans has sweetened the process with incentives, including free tickets, popcorn and pop, as well as prints of a watercolor of the building. She is optimistic. Over at The Grand, so is manager Philip Cowan. Built in an old Odd Fellows hall, The Grand opened as a for-profit art house in the 1990s, and failed. In 1997 volunteers raised the money to buy it and run it as a non-profit. Fans can buy memberships, which give them free parking and popcorn and the satisfaction of contributing to the theater. Cowan launched a more traditional campaign focusing on that base. He invited them to special showings of films and started each show with a pitch for donations. X See DIGITAL / page A8

Transit failure unlikely to open streetcar discussion By Steve Dunkelberger stevedunkel@tacomaweekly.com

The failure of the Pierce Transit sales tax hike outlined by Proposition 1 by less than a single percentage vote earlier this month means the cash-strapped bus agency is now working on the specifics of how to downsize to meet its projected budget. There is also no plan afoot to place a similar package before the voters anytime soon. “There was no discussion about going to the voters again in 2013,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, chair of the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners. Those discussions could come at the board’s December meeting, but the agency is now working on what bus routes to end or cut back and when to make those changes through a series of cuts starting early next year. It will also look at backing legislative changes that could allow for other revenue models for bus services that could include wider tax authority or state funding at a time when it faces reducing service to levels it had in the 1980s. “This is going to be in phases,” Strickland said. “It is not like we are going to cut services after the first of the year.” Even if another transit package gets discussed, Fife City Councilmember and Commissioner Glenn Hull will not back it. “I can tell you right now that I won’t support it,” he said. “Two times was enough.” What is also in the works are talks between suburban cities about finding ways to fund commuter-only services from their cities to job centers in the region rather than funding a full slate of bus routes during work days that are not generally used by residents of the area because they are at work. Other cities could even see the reduced bus routes and opt out entirely, which could shrink the transit district again. “I fear that there just aren’t going to be enough hours to go around,” Hull said, noting that Fife generates about $4 million a year in sales taxes for the transit agency and only will likely have a single route down Pacific Highway under the reduced schedule. The timeline of cuts is a touchy subject since the federal grants that flow to the agency require public hearings and outreach programs toward low-income and minority groups since those folks are going to be the most affected by the route cuts that will translate to an agency that will provide about half of its current bus services. “Assuming no new funding is secured, Pierce Transit must implement our reductions by spring 2014,” transit spokesman Lars X See TRANSIT / page A8

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74th and L Street Tacoma has a tremendous pothole problem, and the city knows it. During the past couple of years, the city has acknowledged this issue by spending millions of dollars in major arterial repairs with the council’s “pothole initiative,� and in 2010, routine maintenance by Tacoma’s Grounds and Maintenance Division completed street repairs on 229,638 square feet of road. In 2011, the city repaired about 150,000 more square feet of road riddled with holiness, and is continuing those efforts well in to 2012. And while that may sound like a lot of ground, new holes pop up – or return – each and every day, which means a pothole-free road might never exist in Tacoma. Tacoma Weekly’s Pothole Pig “Perceval� gained his name after one of King Arthur’s legendary Knights of the Round Table. Perceval is the earliest recorded account of what has gone down in legend as the “Quest for the Holy Grail,� a mythical golden chalice used by Jesus during Last Supper that is believed to have special powers. Our Perceval Pig, however, is on an endless quest for the “perfect pothole� and runs into many along his adventures through Tacoma. With the help of our readers and our dedicated Pothole Pig, we will continue to showcase some of the city’s biggest and best potholes through our weekly homage to one of T-Town’s most unnerving attributes. Help the Pothole Pig by e-mailing your worst pothole suggestions to SaveOurStreets@tacomaweekly.com. Potholes in need of repair can be reported to the City of Tacoma by calling (253) 591-5495.

The 1960s were a time of change for much of American society. Racing was not spared the winds of change. Innovations, often through simple trial and error, found their way onto race tracks around the country. Such is the case of the 1964 Hurst Floor Shift Special, which has been called the strangest car to ever compete in the Indy 500. Resembling a torpedo with a sidecar, Smokey Yunick’s car was among the first to pay serious attention to aerodynamics. It was powered by the four-cylinder Offenhauser engine, which sat in the center of the fuselage. The driver hung out in his own pod on the left side of the car. After practice laps at more than 150 mph, driver Bobby Johns was taking

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some final qualification runs on what would have been his first Indy 500 when he spun out and hit the retaining wall, which deemed it too unsafe to

drive. It never raced again. It ended up in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and is on loan to LeMay: America’s Car Museum.

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Artists from around the nation are vying for the $185,000 gig to create a “gateway artwork� for the south entry to downtown Tacoma at Pacific Avenue and South 26th Street.

This effort is being done to spruce up the nearby Sound Transit train crossing that was created to extend service to South Tacoma and Lakewood. This site is framed by the Pacific Avenue train bridge and a landscaped berm that elevates to meet

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the rail line overpass. “Because this is a national call, we expect to see well over 100 applications for this opportunity,� Cultural Arts Specialist Naomi Strom-Avila said. “There is no set cap on how many can apply but we’ve seen 100 to 160 applications for other national calls around this budget.� Those artist resumes of previous works will then be reviewed by a panel of residents, community and business folks and artists, who will select between three and five finalists for further review. “Those finalists are then interviewed by the panel and an artist or artist team is selected for the project,� Strom-Avila said. “This is a request for qualifications versus a request for proposals. We set it up this way because we strongly believe that anyone (including our own residents) selected for a public art commission needs to know more about the area, the needs of the

community, details about the site and construction, etc‌ before they can throw down a random idea. This research takes a lot of time but is very important to developing a relevant concept and one that can be embraced by the community because the artist has done his/ her due diligence in working with the community to come up with the proposal.â€? Once an artist is awarded the contract, the process follows several phases that include reviews by Sound Transit, which is the backer of the work under Sound Transit’s Public Art Program. “There is quite a lot of back-and-forth between artist and community representatives to refine concepts/proposals,â€? StromAvila said. The deadline for submitting the applications is Dec. 17. The review will come after the first of the year. Installation will begin in the spring of 2014.

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A Tacoma man was fatally shot as he sat in his pickup truck in the parking lot of a convenience store on Nov. 18. The shooting happened near the intersection of South 56th and Lawrence streets. The victim then drove two blocks away, where his vehicle went into a park. Neighbors found the man and called police. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where he died. Video surveillance shows two young men in the parking lot who ran away.

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A man was arrested on Nov. 18 by officers who responded to a disturbance at a birthday party. The incident happened in the 800 block of South Vassault Street. They found a 14-year-old boy with a cut. He was treated at a hospital and released. A 21-year-old male was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault. Police report he had been fighting two juveniles.

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A man accused of trafficking in underage girls for sexual purposes turned himself in at Pierce County Jail on Nov. 17. Jevante McCray and an acquaintance have been charged with second-degree human trafficking and multiple counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor. They are accused of exploiting girls as young as 13.

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A large group of Somali immigrants tried to prevent police from placing children in protective custody on Nov. 16. The incident began with a child abuse case. That child was removed by Child Protective Services (CPS). In the course of the investigation, it was determined that six other children in the home were in danger. Officers returned to the home and learned the family was visiting relatives and friends in the 5600 block of North 37th Street. Officers went there to pick up the children. They were confronted by many people who became hostile and prevented them from taking the children. The officers called for back-up. One adult and two juveniles were arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing justice. The children are in CPS custody.

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A car chase on Nov. 16 ended with a vehicle plunging into Puget Sound. The incident began in University Place, where police spotted a stolen car. When they tried to pull the car over, the driver sped off. It led officers from University Place and Fircrest west on South 19th Street before going into the water near Narrows Marina. A man and woman in the car swam to shore and were taken into custody.

City Briefs LEMAY EXTENDS FOOD DRIVE

LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) has announced that it will not hit the brakes on its “Drive Down Hunger” initiative this year. Instead, thanks to strong community participation and response, North America’s largest auto museum will continue to offer discounts to visitors who bring two or more non-perishable food items during December. All proceeds go to Northwest Harvest, one of Washington’s leading food bank distributors. “Public response has been tremendous, so we’re extending the campaign through the end of the year,” said David Madeira, ACM president and CEO. “The need for assistance in Tacoma is high, so please join us, spread the word and encourage your friends and family to Drive Down Hunger by bringing food to America’s Car Museum.” People can drop off non-perishable food items in ACM’s lobby between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Participants who donate two or more items will receive $2 off ACM admission, and kids (12 and under) with two or more canned goods will get in free. For more information on ACM’s Drive Down Hunger program, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.

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A Tacoma couple has been charged with one count of felony theft each for collecting workers’ compensation benefits illegally. Jamie S. Beroth, 63, and her husband Lawrence J. Beroth, 67, own Beroth Drywall. Mrs. Beroth collected $100,664 in benefits from March 2009 through July 2011 on a workplace injury claim for a shoulder injury. Mr. Beroth also received $123,094.02 in time-loss benefit payments from August 2009 to October 2011 for an industrial injury. Both claimed they were unable to work during this period. The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) stopped benefit payments after an investigation determined that both Mr. and Mrs. Beroth had been working at their drywall company ever since the alleged injuries occurred. The Beroth’s were arraigned on Nov. 15 in Pierce County Superior Court. They pled not guilty. “We discovered that Mrs. Beroth continued to work at Beroth Drywall after her injury, actually preparing and submitting her husband’s injury paperwork to L&I,” said Greg McPherson, an investigator in L&I’s Fraud Prevention and Compliance Program. “We also took videos of Mr. Beroth working at his drywall business during the time he was receiving benefits and claiming he could not. The video shows him submitting bids, purchasing and hauling supplies, preparing for and working the jobs he received.” Each felony count against the couple carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The total amount of restitution the court could order them to repay is $223,758.31, which is the amount of time-loss benefits that

they collected illegally. Whatever the outcome of the criminal case, the Beroths will not continue receiving benefits and will be asked to make restitution.

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The rainy season began with a deluge, but work continues nonetheless on the I-5/SR 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project. There will be traffic changes over the next few months as work continues First, work is almost completed on the temporary detour for eastbound SR 16 traffic through Nalley Valley. The bridge deck on that structure is now poured and crews are doing final work to ready it for traffic. In December (details to be forthcoming), eastbound SR 16 traffic will be switched from the original eastbound viaduct onto this temporary structure. Immediately after that switch takes place, crews will begin demolishing the original eastbound viaduct. Remember the three-month closure on the northbound I-5 exit to the Tacoma City Center earlier this year? A mirror closure will occur early in 2013 in the southbound direction. That ramp closure is scheduled to begin sometime in February. It will be more noticeable, because the southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will be closed, a main route to the Tacoma Mall, Costco and other businesses in that area. During the closure, traffic will be directed onto the exit at South 56th Street.

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First Night, Tacoma’s ubiquitous New Year’s Eve arts event, is ramping up. Here are two great ways to get involved – sign up to volunteer, or apply to be an artist vendor in an indoor exhibition space at Broadway Plaza in the heart of downtown. On Dec. 31, thousands of people from all around the area fill the streets of the theater district for a rousing evening of arts, music and entertainment. Venues virtually overflow as we start out the New Year as a community. Volunteers make a huge part of the success of this annual event, and First Night would love to have your help for the big night Dec. 31. In appreciation, volunteers and their families will receive free access to all events on Dec. 31, and they will be guests of honor at a volunteeronly party in February. This year, staff will be organized by The Warehouse, a local production company with several years of experience creating cool events throughout Tacoma. Interested in helping out? Fill out the “Volunteers” form at www.firstnighttacoma.org and organizers will keep you in the loop of trainings and upcoming volunteer events. First Night is an awesome showcase for artists and crafters during the holidays. In order to provide indoor vending space to artists, Angela Jossy (she of Art Bus fame) has secured a plum exhibition space at 1127 Broadway (former home of the Seven Muses Gallery) for the First Night Festival. It’s an excellent location with a big glass storefront for great visibility from the street.

Vendors must supply their own tables and chairs. Wall display space will be available upon request. The space is well lit, and there are power outlets in the building for vendors wishing to bring their own lighting. The room can accommodate about 15 vendors, says Jossy (but she is looking into securing other indoor spaces for vendors, too). No tents will be allowed inside the space. For those who want to set up outside, Jossy is working on securing a power supply – stay tuned. These spots are sure to fill up fast so fill out an application (conveniently available in both Word and PDF form) at www.firstnighttacoma.org. Jossy says, “I’m working on several big projects right now, and this is just one of them. So despite my best intentions I might not have time to accommodate last minute requests. And if anyone wants experience in event management and to volunteer to assist me in some of this stuff, please let me know!” For more information contact Angela.jossy@gmail.com.

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Point Defiance Village, an independent senior living community in Tacoma, has issued an invitation to all members of the community, especially seniors, to join in celebrating the holiday season and bringing good cheer to neighbors with events, activities and seminars. Three merry events are on tap: Karaoke and Happy Hour on Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.; Annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.; and Sunday Night at the Movies on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Each event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, or to learn more, call (253) 759-8908. Point Defiance Village is located at 6414 N. Park Way in Tacoma; visit www.pointdefiancevillage.com.

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What are we doing to our children? By Don Brunell The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently reported that, if Congress fails to avert the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiscal cliff â&#x20AC;? by the end of December, six million jobs will disappear over the next two years, sending the unemployment rate soaring to near 12 percent. NAM says companies are bracing now for the fallout by laying off workers, leaving jobs vacant and postponing major purchases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiscal cliff â&#x20AC;? is the popular shorthand term used to describe the conundrum the federal government will face at the end of 2012 when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect. Among the changes triggered at midnight on Dec. 31, 2012 are the end of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temporary payroll tax cuts, resulting in a 2 percent tax increase for workers, the end of certain tax breaks for businesses, shifts in the alternative minimum tax that will mean higher income taxes, the end of the Bush tax cuts from 2001-03, and the implementation of taxes related to President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care law. In addition to those tax increases, we will see an automatic 9.4 percent cut in the defense budget and more than 1,000 other government programs, including Medicare. William H. Gross, founder of the investment firm Pimco, argues that, if Congress does not reach a deal soon to

avert the fiscal cliff, rating services and global creditors may desert the United States in favor of â&#x20AC;&#x153;other nations more focused on breaking our long-term habit of debt addiction.â&#x20AC;? How addicted to debt are we? According to CBS Money Watch, in 1791, our entire national debt was $75 million. Today, we borrow that much every hour. The national debt, which has increased by half in just the last three years, now stands at more than $16 trillion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that is $135,773 per taxpayer. How much is $16 trillion? If you paid out one dollar every second, it would take you 496,000 years to pay off our $16 trillion debt. Our addiction to debt has long-term consequences for our children and grandchildren because they will pay the bill for our generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s irresponsibility. David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States under President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, and head of the Government Accountability Office from 1998 to 2008, compares the present-day United States to the Roman Empire in its decline. Walker says the federal government is on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;burning platformâ&#x20AC;? of fiscal deficits, swelling Medicare and Social Security costs, the enormous expense of a prospective universal health care system and overseas military commitments. On CNN, he said the United States is â&#x20AC;&#x153;underwater to the tune of $50 trillion in long-term obligations.â&#x20AC;?

A key immediate problem is the astronomical costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. The new federal health care reform law will cost $1.7 trillion over 10 years, create approximately 50 new government agencies, offices or commissions and make it more expensive for businesses to employ workers. American health care costs are already ballooning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; outstripping our tax revenues by an ever-increasing amount. When you add the interest payments on our rising federal debt, by 2035, total federal spending, including interest, approaches 35 percent of the United States economy. Premera Blue Cross President and CEO Gubby Barlow believes health care costs no longer threaten just company budgets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they now threaten the entire economy. United States health care spending averages $9,000 for every man, woman and child. By 2020 after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, officials estimate costs will rise to $14,000 per person. Walker hit the nail on the head asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it about time for the president and Congress to be leaders rather than laggards?â&#x20AC;? Somebody must pay for all of this borrowing. That somebody is our children and grandchildren.

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it: Tacoma City Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financials were less than rosy this time last year. And they got worse the more digging officials did. But they kept digging, knowing full well that more troubles came with each shovelful of spread sheets and ledgers that showed widespread cross-departmental loans, money shifts and account juggling that used one-time revenues to pay for ongoing expenses. The practice spanned decades as a way to cover â&#x20AC;&#x153;structural deficitsâ&#x20AC;? in the budget. It worked well when the economy was booming. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t when the markets crashed and the city just kept spending. That shell-game practice, and the failure to make cuts earlier in the downturn, is at the heart of the $63 million projected shortfall heading into budget discussions this year. Rather than continue to live in a fantasy world, the City Council pulled back the curtain, dismantled the parlor trickery and hired a new Wizard of Oz to fix it. The yearling City Manager T.C. Broadnax seems to not only have faced that challenge but has built community support for City Hall in the process. Out went budget briefings about fund transfers and hopeful spending plans based on convoluted economic forecasts. Entering from stage left came community budget forums around the city and department-bydepartment grilling about efficiencies, manager-toworker ratios and job descriptions as each department faced 15 percent cuts to make the biennial budget balance. Toss in City Council members who punched, jabbed and slashed at the spreadsheets like the documents owed them money, and the budget is set for a vote. The status quo of one computer printer to every three workers was over. That ratio is now one to eight. Documents are printed double-sized only if they are printed at all. Council lunches are long gone. Potholes will go unfixed. Cops and firefighters will face tough times. But they will do their duty and keep Tacoma safe to the best of their abilities. The sky will not fall. Sure, the budget isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pretty. No one got what they wanted. A budget isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a budget without everyone crying for more funding. But the numbers are what the numbers are. The day of living within its means is dawning on City Hall. The budget is set to face a vote Dec. 4. But the work has already been done. The ledger lines have been worked and reworked, picked and prodded, sliced and diced as well as plated for the community to digest. While there is little time for milk and cookies to celebrate the end of a difficult process since there is still much more work to do and challenges to face in the coming year, a milestone has been passed. A budget that spends less than it takes in is about to be put to bed. But maybe, just maybe, council members can have a cookie when the budget becomes law. Whether the cookie is a rum raisin, an oatmeal fudge or classic chocolate chip, they deserve it. But they might have to share one rather than buying a plate full. It is budget season after all.

Don Brunell is president of the Association of Washington Business.

Why do Washington voters hate democracy? By Bill Johnston Washington voters moved in some truly progressive historical directions this past election. We voted to let gay citizens of our state live and love as they wish and get married if they want. We voted to legalize marijuana. This drug is far less dangerous than booze and cigarettes but its criminalization has cost our state billions of dollars in law enforcement, lawyers, the courts and prisons and destroyed the lives of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens. Not only will the destructive enforcement stop but now marijuana will be regulated and taxed and badly needed revenues will start coming into our anemic state treasury. Not to mention the many medical uses; the drug has potential to mitigate and provide relief for many illnesses. We voted for President Barack Obama in big numbers and generally voted to reject a political party that has come to reflect greed, racism, sexism, oligarchy and a just plain mean-spirited approach to politics. But Washington voters made two very bad decisions. We voted to approve Initiative 1185, a measure to require a two-thirds vote on any tax increase by the Legislature and Initiative 1240, putting the state on the road to charter schools and turning them into business

ventures for vulture capitalists. Of the two bad decisions Initiative 1185 is by far the worse because it is a knife into the heart of democracy itself. The honest title for this initiative should have been â&#x20AC;&#x153;Initiative to kill democracy in Washington State.â&#x20AC;? Because that is what it is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; period! My dictionary defines democracy as: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows people to participate equally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; either directly or through elected representatives.â&#x20AC;? Under Initiative 1185 one-third of the Legislature will hold the power. Equality? Hardly not. Does this sound like democracy to you? When a minority â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in this case legislators representing only one-third of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population â&#x20AC;&#x201C; control the economic agenda for all of us that is not democracy! Unbelievable as it is to me this antidemocratic farce has been passed now five times! Yet the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progressive community, responsible this year for some of the most liberal legislation passed in the country, has not been able in five elections to explain or defend basic democratic concepts to the voters! At least part of an answer lies in the liberal political establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to â&#x20AC;&#x153;special interestâ&#x20AC;? political issues and organizing around

those issues only. Democracy just has no constituency on the American left. The liberal philosophical commitment to â&#x20AC;&#x153;individual fetishismâ&#x20AC;? factors into this because after all democracy is at its core about â&#x20AC;&#x153;community,â&#x20AC;? which liberals often view as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the mob.â&#x20AC;? But...but... sputter the liberals â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are challenging the two-thirds minority rule in court!â&#x20AC;? And indeed they are... after 12 years with little enthusiasm! As usual the argument against the super majority from the liberals is overly legalistic and confusing to the general public. The battle for democracy in Washington ultimately must be won in the court of public opinion, not with pontification of lawyers. The success of the initiatives on marijuana and gay marriage should make that abundantly clear. Voters must be educated and understand issues they come to support. The case against the super majority must be argued clearly and simply in the public forum. Initiative 1185 is a dirty and under-handed attack by the plutocracy on majority rule â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an attack on equality plus an attack and reputation of democracy in our state. But once again, as we have seen so many times in the past, Washington Democrats, liberals and their progressive allies are bringing a library book to a knife fight! Bill Johnston is a Tacoma resident.

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, I recently have become acquainted with law enforcementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tactics when working with homeless young adults in the transitional housing program that I case manage. I do not appreciate the way homeless youth are treated and continually victimized by the police department. When young adults enter my transitional housing program, they often have negative histories on their criminal record. Some are more serious, including theft and misdemeanors; but others include â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;illegal camping,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; criminal trespassing in state parks and loitering, which are sometimes referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;quality of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; citations. We want these young adults to be productive members

of society, and yet we tack petty criminal charges on their records and state, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, you need to get a job.â&#x20AC;? How do we expect them to get a job with petty criminal charges on their record? Even minor criminal charges deter employers from hiring them. So I ask, why doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t law enforcement stop bullying homeless young adults with charges of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;illegal campingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and start referring them to social service agencies that can help them becomes the â&#x20AC;&#x153;productiveâ&#x20AC;? members of society we want them to be? Is it easier to tack a petty charge on someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record than to make a difference in the life of someone who needs societal inclusion, compassion and empathy? Sara Martell, Tacoma

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Fort Nisqually was the main topic of interest of local residents who attended the Nov. 26 Metro Parks Commission meeting. The commission heard testimony from a number of people during the meeting, the main topic of which was the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $105.3 million budget proposal for 2013/14. Fort Nisqually is a museum where volunteers and staff dress in outfits of the 1850s and demonstrate day-to-day living of the era. Located in Point Defiance Park, it is a recreation of the trading post established by the Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay Company in DuPont. The granary and factorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house from the original location were moved to Point Defiance. John Simpkins said he has volunteered at Fort Nisqually as a blacksmith since 1982. He said the ratio of volunteers to staff at the attraction is the highest in the parks system. Claire Keller-Scholz of South Tacoma said she has volunteered at Fort Nisqually since her childhood. It helped spark her interest in history, a subject in which she recently completed her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. She urged the commissioners to maintain adequate staffing at the facility. Heather Kibbey, a Key Peninsula resident, said she and other volunteers consider their service to be important. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always look forward to coming back,â&#x20AC;? she said. Kibbey brought up two issues she feels hurts attendance. One is ticket prices, which she said have doubled recently. Kibbey said she often sees park visitors enter Fort Nisqually, only to turn around and leave when they find out the cost of admission. Lack of advertising is another concern. She said many area residents are unaware of the events that take place at Fort Nisqually. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is another piece that would draw people to the fort.â&#x20AC;? Lisa Wilson of Puyallup said she meets many people who are unaware that Fort Nisqually exists. She mentioned efforts of the Works Progress Administration to re-create Fort Nisqually during the Great Depression. Wilson said she would not want to see her generation allow it to go into decline. Karen Hass is president of the board of Heritage League of Pierce County. She lamented cuts in staff hours at Fort Nisqually and noted her board submitted a letter to the commission on this subject. Chris Berryman of Lakewood said he opposes cutting staff hours. He said the dedicated employees help the volunteers bring life to the fort. Commissioner Tim Reid said he received 30 e-mails from citizens, all on the topic of Fort Nisqually. He told the audience that the facility is not in danger of closure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be there.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Erik Hanberg mentioned his former job as director of Grand Cinema, which like Fort Nisqually operates with numerous volunteers. He expressed concern about the small size of the staff at Fort Nisqually.

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More than a month has passed since a man forced a gathering of pre-teen girls to the ground with what they thought was a gun. Tacoma Police Department officers, after their brief investigation, concluded the man didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t commit a crime. Other officers said kicking the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaves the following day might have been, however.

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The twisted story started when a handful of children, between the ages of 11 and 15, were playing tag within 50 yards of their homes at the corner of South 16th and Ainsworth Streets at about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. A man living at the opposite corner rushed out of the home with what the children described as a long-barreled rifle. He was holding it with both hands by his hip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get on the f---ing ground, get on the f---ing ground,â&#x20AC;? the children and witnesses said he yelled. Three of the girls dropped to the ground where they stood, which was across the street from the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. Several minutes passed with the children lying face down on the sidewalk at gunpoint while the man cursed at them as his arms shook with his finger on the trigger. He then began backing up while still pointing the gun at the children as they remained on the ground. A flurry of 911 calls then prompted five officers to respond. Emergency dispatchers logged the call at 11:18 p.m. The first car arrived at 11:21 p.m., according to the only known record of the case. Two officers talked to the children and their parents, they then walked over to the suspectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house and were apparently refused entry into the house to question the man. A woman inside the house apparently said the gun the man pulled on the children was â&#x20AC;&#x153;just a bb gunâ&#x20AC;? and refused to answer further questions. The officers returned to the house where the victims were gathered and told the parents that no crime was committed. No arrest. No police report would even be filed. The case was closed. The investigation took 10 minutes, 911 records show. The only official report found in the case was a transcript of officer Steve Storwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notes to dispatchers: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spoke with callers, who stated the male (neighbor) thought they were breaking into his car and presented a pellet gun and told them to get on the ground, when the male discovered that the subjects were teenage girls, he went back in his home. No crime, no assault. Mother of teenagers

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manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house because he threatened them with a gun. Police responded with threats of arresting one of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents for allegedly kicking leaves in the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard. The leaves complaint was documented in a police report, while the gun-point threats were not.

was explained situation. Mother contacted neighbor prior to our arrival.â&#x20AC;?

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The story gets complicated after the children and apparently several neighbors posted handmade signs the following morning on the right-of-way outside the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house in an effort to get the justice they felt was denied them by police. Two officers, identified as Keith Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Rourke and Matt Verkoelen, came knocking that evening and spent twice as long investigating the posting of the signs and alleged kicking of leaves into the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard than the officer who looked into the intimidation with a fire arm the previous night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe how they were treating me,â&#x20AC;? one of parents, Jamey Voorhees Carter Rivera said, noting that the officers told the children to â&#x20AC;&#x153;shut upâ&#x20AC;? and not to interrupt their investigation about the placement of signs on public property. She was apparently threatened with arrest for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;leaves incident,â&#x20AC;? while there is no record of the man facing possible arrest for waving a gun at children. She was given an incident number, 12-302-0856, for the allegations about the leaves and for trespassing on his property. She denies any leaf kicking or trespassing. Tacoma Police Department spokesman Mark Fulgum put in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;chop-chop orderâ&#x20AC;? of clearing a media request to review the incident report, making it available in a matter of hours instead of the 15-day review period. He even hand delivered it. While there is no police report, or

mention of the gun threats from the previous night, there is also no word yet if Rivera will be fined for trespassing or kicking leaves. The investigation into the leaves being kicked took officers 124 minutes to clear, according to the dispatcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s log. The 911 caller, Danielle F. McClenahan, is apparently the woman at the alleged gunmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home who talked to police the previous night. She said that the leaf incident was likely in retaliation, but she called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a stick,â&#x20AC;? instead of a gun, which contradicts her previous statement that the man held a bb gun. McClenahan told officers she â&#x20AC;&#x153;didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;little incidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; would become such a big deal and now she is afraid to contact them to resolve it.â&#x20AC;? She says she also found broken bottles on her doorstep, inferring the children put them there. McClenahan, however, declined to seek criminal charges against Rivera or her 15-year-old daughter, who is listed in the report in â&#x20AC;&#x153;hopes of resolving this issue civilly and without further incident.â&#x20AC;? The three-paragraph incident report, written by Verkoelen and assisted by Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Rourke, stated that they contacted Rivera about not trespassing on McClenahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property or face charges. Rivera was â&#x20AC;&#x153;extremely defensive and argumentative the entire time,â&#x20AC;? Verkoelen wrote, who also noted that Rivera and McClenahan were advised of their rights about seeking anti-harassment orders against each other. Rivera retorts that she believes Verkoelen and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Rourke downplayed the gun threat and focused more of their time X See QUESTIONS / page A8

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around Tacoma to assist him in his work. Tacoma icon Sam Daniels (left) of Sam & Terryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barber Shop is opening up his shop this year for Santa to visit with children. Dawnie Wood (right) is a Tacoma business owner who has, with her own money, purchased 500 new toys and 600 candy canes for Santa to hand out to little ones.

holiday season, starting with letters of invitation to philanthropists, sports figures, celebrities and political leaders locally and across the country â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from President Barack Obama and the First Lady, to Oprah Winfrey, Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Gov. Christine Gregoire, and teams like Seattle Sounders and Seahawks. The goal is to attract attention to the efforts of Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hilltop Santa and hopefully score a visit by some noteworthy people. This year Reynolds received a big surprise when a hand-signed letter arrived to him from First Lady Michelle Obama. While she will not be able to pay a visit this year, she sent him words of encouragement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you so much for the commitment you have shown to your community. Our strength as a country and our ability to responsibly shape our future depends on passionate Americans who dedicate themselves to improving their home communities. Your example of service shows once again that each of us can make a difference for those

around us. Thank you again for all that you do.â&#x20AC;? Another pleasant surprise came when Gregoireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office wrote back saying the governor could not attend, but that her South Puget Sound representative Veronica Marohn will be there on her behalf. Reynolds says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already laying plans for next year, when he will expand his outreach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to, Lord enabling me, to have food boxes for 40-50 families. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have toys too, thanks to Dawnie. Families need this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some dads donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have jobs and some moms donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t either, and kids have to have something to show them, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn around and look behind you; you need to go forward and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever look backwards.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also looking to do a winter coat/hat/gloves drive next year and perhaps find one particularly deserving family to take shopping for winter clothing and such. Those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to help out with donations or any other assistance are invited to tell Santa about it in person at his upcoming appearances.

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Lelan Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father is a pretty smart guy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad says the two ways to be healthy are to keep your head warm and to keep your feet warm,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. Simple as that sounds, poverty complicates the formula. Smith is a student at Oakland High School, where the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives can be complicated indeed. At 17, Smith has PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN a 2-year-old daughter. 7<;(:6*2050; At Oakland allows her Oakland High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to build her schedule clothing bank, Lelan around that responsi- Smith models socks that bility, and her goal of donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in style, getting a diploma, a job she said. and her own place. It does the same for students in equally difficult circumstances. Some work full-time jobs so they can stay housed. Some couch surf. Some have no home or enough food, and not a penny for clothes. For all of them, Christine Lucy of Communities in Schools runs a clothing bank stocked with shoes, jeans, school wear, work clothes and not enough coats, hoodies and socks. On Nov. 26, she had one basket of white cotton socks, some of which came in used. New, warm socks are a rare thrill in the clothing bank. That is a shame, Smith said. About this time of year, when it is raw and wet, some of her friends start to get cold feet, and then they start to get sick. When that happens, they miss school, and their grades, and graduation dates, slip, messing up lives that already are hard enough to manage. Socks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; warm feet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; could prevent some of that, Smith said. But the supply is short and the young people, especially the poorest, are proud. It is a form of selfdefense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you ask for something, people around you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re needy,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want people to know. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want other kids to make fun of them. You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to ask for it if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have shoes or socks.â&#x20AC;? That is the luxury Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sock Drive hopes to meet: To have enough socks on hand that getting a new pair is no big thing. All a teacher, aide or lunch lady would have to do is notice a kid with cold feet. It is not that hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are your socks wet?â&#x20AC;? not, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you need new socks?â&#x20AC;? the staffer could ask. Then, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go to the sock stash and get you a dry pair.â&#x20AC;? With enough socks, we can make warm feet that easy. We can do it by dropping new socks in the bins at Tacoma Municipal Building, all fire stations and all police substations. We can take new socks to any Tacoma Public School and the administration building and see how happy we make the office staff. If you would like to have a poster and collect socks for the drive, please e-mail me at kathleen@tacomaweekly.com.

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For the third year in a row, Santa Claus is making a special visit to Hilltop this holiday season, offering free toys and free photos with the Jolly Old Elf (a welcome option to the pricey photos with Santa at the mall). On Dec. 7 and 8 heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be at the Basket Nook, 1007 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on Dec. 22 heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be at Sam and Terryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barber Shop, 1110 S. 11th St., from noon to 4 p.m. Bring your own camera and take as many photos as you like. Good little boys and girls are invited to sit on Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lap and tell him their Christmas wishes, and in exchange Santa will give each child a brand new wrapped present and a tasty candy cane â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thanks to the generosity of Tacoma businesswoman Dawnie Wood, owner of Dawnie Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Automotive Restoration Parts at 455 St. Helens Ave. (Ste. D). In 2010 longtime Hilltop resident Tom Reynolds was inspired to don a Santa suit to give children and their parents/caregivers Christmas cheer free of charge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a real blessing to families whose funds may be tighter than ever this time of year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will do this for however long the man upstairs lets me,â&#x20AC;? Reynolds said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason for the season. Without God there would be no Christmas. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always feel, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably my calling to do this.â&#x20AC;? With his real whiskers and bright, new Santa outfit he fits the part perfectly. Reynolds said he also wants to assure the children that there are people out in the broader community who love them and want them to have a Merry Christmas. This is why he spends the bulk of the year planning for his December role as Santa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that and for the chance to experience the joy of helping others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the gratification of seeing the smiles on the kids and the parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; thankfulness.â&#x20AC;? Last year, and again this year, Wood stepped forward to help Reynolds with his merry mission by purchasing 500 toys with her own money, then gathering up her friends and family for a wrapping party after Thanksgiving, again at her own expense. She has also donated 600 candy canes and a $100 gift card to Toys R Us that will be raffled. Reynolds said Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirit of giving makes his efforts have far more of an impact on the little ones whose faces light up when they see that Santa has presents for them. Reynolds starts networking and organizing for his Santa appearances about 10 months in advance of the

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Fund shortfall that will mean more than 200 fewer jobs linked to city hall. The City of Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed budget for 2013-14 has 3,545.7 authorized positions in all the funds within the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial structure. That is a drop of 326.3 positions, although only about 200 are paid for through the General Fund. The biggest impacts of those cuts will be felt by the closing or downsizing of fire stations, the shuffling of police duties away from proactive activities to beat patrols and smaller selections at library branches. Oh yeah, and the mushrooming of even more potholes around the city as the Public Works Department will be cut by 45 percent under the proposed budget plan for 2013-14, from $231 million under the current budget to about $104 million. The cuts translate to the loss of about 80 positions from a department that once had a payroll of about 250 people.

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HOLIDAY CHEER. TwoFiveTrees volunteers will

chauffeur customers (and their trees) home for free in shiny new Zipcars on Dec. 1. By Kate Burrows kburrows@tacomaweekly.com

TwoFiveTrees may only be a few years old, but this holiday tradition has quickly become a much-loved addition to downtown Tacoma, transforming the usually deserted Tollefson Plaza into a winter wonderland. This year, organizer Justin Mayfield is raising the bar yet again by partnering with Zipcar Inc. to help shoppers who use public transportation or opt to go carless. On Dec. 1, volunteers will be chauffeuring customers and their trees home for free in one of Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Zipcars if they choose to walk or use public transportation. Mayfield also serves as executive director of Local Life, an organization aimed at promoting walkable, desirable and unique neighborhoods, and sees car sharing as an important aspect of this mission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an opportunity for Tacomans to experiment with car sharing for free,â&#x20AC;? Mayfield said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zipcar provides a great option for people who choose to walk, but use a car only when they really need it. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about insurance, maintenance, or gas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they pay the hourly fee and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done.â&#x20AC;? The Zipcar program landed in Tacoma in September, with six cars parked throughout downtown, and four in other parts of the city. These cars are located in on-street parking spots easily accessible by public transportation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel this program is providing something necessary for a local way of life, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing some great things,â&#x20AC;? Mayfield said. TwoFiveTrees is also partnering with Northwest Leadership Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Proteen initiative, bringing volunteers on board to help out throughout the season. The organization will receive 50 percent of the profits from tree sales throughout the year. The organization works with at-risk teens, providing mentorship, activities and overall guidance to local youth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a great time so far, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve brought a great sense of community to TwoFiveTrees,â&#x20AC;? Mayfield added. For more information about TwoFiveTrees, visit www.locallifetacoma.org.

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The Grand, he said, will have to spend $344,000 to put digital systems into each theater. One will have 3-D, which costs more than the basic $75,000 package. A surprising number of art films, including Werner Herzogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cave of Forgotten Dreams,â&#x20AC;? are coming out in 3-D, he said. Another projection room will retain a functional 33mm projector for

WQuestions talking about the leaves and signs. They did, after all, spend two hours investigating the case, while Storwick only spent 10 minutes looking into the â&#x20AC;&#x153;man with a gunâ&#x20AC;? call the previous night. She complained to TPD brass about how the officers accused her and belittled her daughter. Sgt. Pete Habib told her there apparently would be an investigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That no formal report

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About 71 of those job losses will come in the division tasked directly with maintaining streets. But there will be other cuts. The Tacoma Municipal Court, which handles misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases, however, will see a budget increase of about $100,000 to $9.7 million even as it cuts two positions. The rise comes from an increase in contract services such as technology technicians, attorney fees and jury costs. The court had been paying jurors $12 a day and now will pay $16 since that is the rate Pierce County pays out and passes on to Tacoma when it pulls jurors from the county pool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have no control over those costs,â&#x20AC;? Judge Elizabeth Verhey said. The courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new online payment system will cost more in the short term as well but eventually will free up a processor position to work on the two-month backlog already clogging up the notification system for licensing changes. The court is also looking to begin alternative sentencing options such as home monitoring and litter

crews to avoid jail sentences for nonviolent offenders. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Information Technology Department, which will have its budget cut by 10.9 percent to $55.2 million, is several years into an effort to cut costs through the use of recycled paper, setting the printers to make double-sided documents and mothballing unused printers. Some 26 positions will be cut from the 132-worker department. The city also once had a printer for every three employees and is now down to one for every eight workers through the use of printer-fax-copier equipment. None of these cuts have come without people having their say. The city has had workshops for each department as well as a roster of community forums on the budget in general. City records show that 156 residents attended at least one of the neighborhood forums. Most of the speakers during those forums talked about the need to avoid cuts to police, fire and street repairs while also avoiding higher taxes and fees, which is an impossible task with a shortfall of Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size.

for 71 percent of its operations, so with four years of declining sales tax, Pierce Transit will have to cut service by 53 percent. As Pierce Transit cuts bus routes, others see the ballot defeat as an opportunity to restart public discussions about a streetcar system around Tacoma. One of those streetcar backers is Tacoma attorney Eric Bjornson. He led an effort two years ago to put a streetcar measure to local voters that was turned down because the city did not have a Transportation Benefit District required to fund the project. But now it does. Tacoma City Council is moving forward with a TBD to charge $20 on car tabs as a way to raise $3.4 million every two years to fund road repairs as a way to chip away at its $800 million of needed improvements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now is the opportunity to step back from two back-to-back failures and finally take streetcar extension seriously,â&#x20AC;? Bjornson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sound Transit has been collecting tax from Tacomans since 2008 for matching funds for streetcar/ LINK extension with nothing to show for it. Even after the Pierce Transit mea-

sure failed, twice, even when they were able to literally choose the people who would vote on the matter with 10 times the campaign of the anti folks it still failed. What might pass is a Tacoma measure. However, that would require Pierce Transit to shrink to the size of Tacoma or for Tacoma to pick up the tab and backfill Pierce Transit.â&#x20AC;? Money from Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TBD is already earmarked for street repairs, however, and is far less than what would be needed to fund a streetcar system. Its borders only cover the city of Tacoma, so mingling transit dollars and TBD revenues would be extremely complicated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to blend the conversations,â&#x20AC;? Strickland said, noting that the transit boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts now are focused on ways to cut bus routes and services that balance the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget with the least impact to the thousands of low-income and disabled riders who depend on it for their only way to get to work or medical treatments, while knowing full well those impacts will likely be dramatic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is the heartbreaking part of it.

vintage films, like those in the Grindhouse series. That will be complicated, and raise costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our hope is to get one-third of our overall goal from grants, and the rest coming from donations,â&#x20AC;? Cowan said. It looks good, with about $20,000 in so far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have done a mailing to all our members, and donations are coming in,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also have a trailer, which we are playing in front of all our movies.â&#x20AC;? The Grand has built a reserve fund that supports good programs, like film

festivals, that do not pay for themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we have to dip into our reserves a bit to finish out a screen, we could,â&#x20AC;? Cowan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hate to do that.â&#x20AC;? Still, it is an option that only comes with a history of good management, of listening to the viewers. The Grand and The Blue Mouse operate that way and have become a true gift to Tacoma. It is good to see Tacomans recognizing that, and doing right by them in return. In Tacoma, we can put money down that technology will not kill the mouse and the elephant.

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was filed after the incident on Saturday is to me pure negligence,â&#x20AC;? parent Ashley Rivera wrote to Tacoma Police Department One Sector Commander Lt. LeRoy Standifer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact none exists has allowed (the neighbor) to spin his story, telling anyone who will listen that he was holding nothing but â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a stickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the story that was told to us by Officers Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Rourke and Verkoelen (who incidentally also told us they had â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;read the reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and contrary to his original statement that it was a pellet gun. With no formal record, we are rendered essentially powerless, and are left with the feeling that a Caucasian home owner on Hilltop can point a weapon at whomever he pleases, with no consequence.â&#x20AC;? The girls who were forced to the ground are all mixed race. One is African American and white. One is Southeast Asian, and the third is white and Korean, although the other children playing tag that night were all white. The gunman is white as is McClenahan.

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Jillian Moore, a witness to one of the ongoing incidents since then, also contacted police and got a response, one of only two police records on the case known to exist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone that displays the type of behavior that you described needs immediate contact with the police at a minimum,â&#x20AC;? Standifer wrote her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you witness these types of occurrences,

please dial 911, so that officers can be dispatched to resolve issues. For your personal safety do not make contact or approach individuals acting irrationally to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;look after them.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; If you would like to talk about this issue further do not hesitate to call my office.â&#x20AC;? Follow up e-mails to Standifer went unanswered, however. Attempts to interview Standifer or the other officers involved in the case have not been successful either, even after there have been reported cases of the man showing unusual behavior such as looking into the windows of his victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and yelling obscenities at people from his truck before speeding off. Parents and neighbors arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only one seeking answers. Police Chief Don Ramsdell said the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Systemâ&#x20AC;? of internal affairs is now looking into the situation in hopes of getting some community resolution. The department had first denied there was an internal investigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is obviously a neighborhood dispute here,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to let things fester. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unfortunate situation. We are open and ready to get this resolved.â&#x20AC;? As to the specifics of the lack of a police report for the original â&#x20AC;&#x153;man with a gunâ&#x20AC;? call, Ramsdell said â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what happened. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there. We have to rely on the officers at the scene to make that decision. They have to make that decision with the best information they have at the time.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;leaf kickingâ&#x20AC;? report partnered with the dispatch

log, however, does create a fuller picture of the events during that weekend, he said. Councilmember Marty Campbell, who is the cochair of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee, wants answers as well. He and City Manager T.C. Broadnax will meet to make sure policies and procedures were followed. The WTH moment for Campbell was reading about police officers being turned away at the door because the suspect apparently didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to talk to them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at that point, when I look at it and go, in my mind, there should have been a discussion with the suspect,â&#x20AC;? he said. Several attempts were also made to contact the man, who is relatively well known in Tacoma. Tacoma Weekly is not identifying him because he has not been charged with a crime and is not listed as ever talking to police. However, he is no stranger to the legal system. A background search of public records suggests the 37-year-old man has faced 15 different driving, domestic violence and malicious mischief charges dating back to 2007 and involving incidents in Tacoma, Spokane, Lakewood, Pierce and Whitman counties. The most recent local cases were domestic violence and threatening bodily harm in 2009. Those Tacoma Municipal Court charges were dismissed with prejudice, which means they will not be refiled. A 2012 case involves a failure to file a change of address with the Department of Licensing.


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aving seen a team that ran the veer offense the week prior in Gonzaga Prep, the Bellarmine Prep Lions at least had an idea of what they might see on Nov. 24. The Auburn Trojans also brought a myriad of looks to their offensive approach, which helped them prepare to a degree. Despite giving up 314 yards of offense, the Lions limited Auburn’s number of big plays – while coming up with many of their own – and held on for a 21-19 win in the state 4A semifinals at the Tacoma Dome, as they await defending champ Skyline and quarterback Max Browne on Dec. 1 at the Dome. “Credit the team for believing in each other,” said Lions head coach Tom Larsen. “It was a great win.” The Trojans gave the Lions an early preview of what they were to see for the rest of the night with a 10-play, 64-yard drive for an early 6-0 lead on a one-yard run by Harold Lee. As they have been doing all season long, the Lions responded with a long drive themselves – this one covering 79 yards in nine plays – culminated by a one-yard sneak from Sefo Liufau with 3:20 left in the first quarter for a 7-6 lead. Both defenses took over in the second quarter, but there was one exception – a 66-yard touchdown strike from Liufau to Drew Griffin that gave Bellarmine a 14-6 lead at halftime. “We saw the play opening up and Sefo put it right on me,” said Griffin. It was a breakthrough for the Lions, as their offense had gone three-and-out in four of the previous five possessions. Meanwhile, the Trojans’ offense got back into gear as Jacob Waldo scampered 38 yards into the end zone to cut the Lions’ lead to 14-12 midway through the third quarter. Threatened with surrendering the lead again, Bellarmine responded in the fourth quarter when Liufau hit Garrett McKay for a 21-yard touchdown and a 21-12 lead. But before fans could find their seat again, the Trojans’ Darnell Hagans found a crease and sprinted 70 yards for the score and the deficit was again cut to two with 6:27 left to play. But Liufau led the Lions on a 12-play, 66-yard drive – with Bellarmine converting on three third-down conversions – to run out the clock and send the Lions to their first state championship game since 1928. “It was tough, and we had to stay disciplined against that offense,” said linebacker Jacob Salazar. “I’m so excited and can’t wait for next Saturday night. Let’s get to work.” “This is a testament to the great community we have at Bellarmine Prep, and the excitement is going to be unbelievable on campus all week long,” Larsen added.

By Jeremy Helling jeremy@tacomaweekly.com

After last weekend’s all-city jamboree and the first few non-league games have taken place, local girls basketball squads are beginning to get a look at how their seasons might go, and who will be some of their key players. The beginning of the season is always a time for optimism, and we spoke with local coaches to see how their teams are coming together this year.

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The Rams return four starters off a squad that advanced to the state regional playoffs last year, and will look to build off that success this season. Headlining the group is senior center Tia Briggs, the reigning Narrows 3A MVP, and all-league first-team senior guards Kaysha Fox and Bethany Montgomery. “At least early on, there’s a mature level of responsibility about them,” said head coach Michelle Birge. “The veterans are very strong. They’re very focused and very determined this year.” Senior guard Carsen Stanley adds to the experience in the starting lineup, and Justina Laney and Salina Bradford will contribute as well. The Rams will also feature some talented youth, as Birge noted that sophomore forward Kapri Morrow and freshman guard Kira Knox should force their way into the rotation.

LINCOLN

The Abes return a trio of solid starters, including leading scorer and all-league secondteam wing/post Precious Hunkin, as the senior will be expected to lead the squad again. Joining her will be all-league honorable mention point guard Ki’Renee Armstrong and junior post Breneya Johnson, who will have Lincoln aiming for a postseason spot. Head coach Cal Jean-Lloyd noted there also is a solid group of young players, including freshman post Tamia Braggs, who should contribute quite a bit. Jean-Lloyd also noted that with the leadership of the veteran players, the group has bonded quickly, is very coachable and will focus on the little things to be successful. “If you play tough defense and make the freebee (baskets) and make the layups, you’re going to give yourself a chance in every game,” Jean-Lloyd said. “That’s where I’m going to keep our focus.”

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The Falcons will be relatively small in size and numbers, but do return some experience in senior post Shelondra Harris and senior guard Pawarisa Onmun. Junior post Gina Leber also returns to give the Falcons a solid starting group. “One of their biggest strengths is going to be that they trust each other,” said Falcons head coach Jeff Ptolemy. “The core group here is really on each other’s side. That’s really going to help.” Ptolemy noted the work ethic of the group as a whole is solid, and sophomore Marilyn Thai is a solid ball handler and should be in the mix at point guard.

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who tallied 197 kills on the year and added 327 digs. Teammate Tia Briggs earned a selection after totaling 121 kills and 29 blocks up front, while the Ramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Alexis Slater had 112 kills and a team-high 35 blocks on the year. Mount Tahoma junior Aliyah Charector was a utility player of sorts this season for the Thunderbirds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; totaling 147 assists, 37 blocks and 47 digs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in proving that she can contribute offensively and defensively. Lincoln senior Tita Ah-Hee was a consistent player for the Abes, averaging 3.9 kills and 3.4 digs per set this season while also getting 93 percent of her serves in play. Foss junior libero Kylie Thornton thrived on the defensive end, playing in all but one set this season and averaging 4.4 digs per set. Stadium, meanwhile, was led by outside hitter Tabi Webb, who contributed in every phase for the Tigers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; totaling 71 aces and 21 blocks while averaging four kills and 4.7 digs per set. Annie Wright senior Lani Kalalau earned the Emerald City League MVP this season, leading the Gators to seventh at the 1A state tournament and putting up a team-high 245 kills and 241 digs this season, while adding 51 aces. Life Christian also made noise in reaching the 1A state meet for the second straight year, as the Eagles were led by the

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here was a Tacoma flavor in nearly every volleyball playoff bracket this fall, suggesting that there was not a shortage of local talent. And there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. We present our annual All-City Volleyball Team by highlighting 15 of the top players in the city limits, looking at some of their achievements this season. The group is led by four selections from the 4A state champion Bellarmine Prep Lions, who went an impressive 22-1 on their way to the title. Narrows League MVP Courtney Schwan backed up an incredible season with a dominant postseason, tallying 168 kills and 86 digs in the district and state meets to lead the squad. Senior teammate Katherine Joyce was another force up front, as the first-team all-league outside hitter had 34 kills at the state meet, while senior Kelsie May was a defensive mainstay all season for the Lions and had 38 digs in the four state matches. Setter Katy DeGroot rounds out the Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; honorees, as the senior helped the Lions tally 164 assists at the state meet and was key defensively and at the serving stripe. Wilson made another run to the district playoffs thanks to a trio of dominant players, including junior Sojournah Channel,

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impressive play of junior Johnnise Moore and senior Grace Bouffiou. Tacoma Baptist made a run to the 2B district playoffs this year, as junior Natalie Snyder tallied 153 kills and 45 digs on the season to lead the way.

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to the depth at guard. Junior Rejie Wright brings experience in the post, but the Thunderbirds will be fairly undersized and will look to rely on forcing turnovers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to be a little bit better on the defensive end because we have a height disadvantage against everyone,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Calvin McHenry.

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The Lions graduated some key seniors, but will still have plenty of skill and depth, led by senior allleague second-team guard Sydney Swofford and senior post Ionna Price. Junior point guard Jasmyne Holmes is a solid floor general, and sophomore Claire Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6-foot-3 frame should dominate in the middle. Junior Kelsy McElroy adds to the depth at guard, and multi-sport standout Courtney Schwan returns to the team and adds size in the frontcourt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still going to be an attacking type of team, but I think our strength lies in the half court now,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Kevin Meines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our size is going to cause problems for people.â&#x20AC;? Meines noted that sophomore Shelby Gavigan and freshman Jayana Ervin are youngsters who should contribute as well.

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The Tigers will look for leadership from four-year varsity player Carli Hallis, who is a great rebounder and shot blocker in the post. Senior guard Nerissa Williams also returns, and junior guard Angela Yun will help form a solid backcourt. The Tigers have solid varsity experience, as junior

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guard Amber Longrie, junior guard Jordan Sallee, junior forward Shaya Murray and senior forward Kallie Broughton are a deep supporting cast. Head coach Mark Stewart added that freshman Kristi Williams is making a push to see serious time at guard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping that we are prepared for every defense we could face,â&#x20AC;? said Stewart, adding the key will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting easy baskets and getting the ball inside.â&#x20AC;?

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The Eagles should feature a good blend of experience and youth, as senior Grace Bouffiou will lead the squad from the wing, and junior Johnnise Moore also returns at the post.

But a trio of quickly improving sophomore guards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Taylor Boles, Maddy Long and Katie Anderson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will provide skill and athleticism on the outside as the team looks to build on a district playoff appearance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a more balanced offense,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Robert Normandeau. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much inside play.â&#x20AC;? Normandeau added that a strong summer will hopefully springboard a solid season, and that freshman point guard Carli Ricker and freshman post Courtney Youngblood are quickly getting into the mix as well.

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experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to develop,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Josh Narayan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will take a little bit of time. (But) I think we really will surprise some people in the league. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got smart kids.â&#x20AC;?

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Live spectacular brings over-the-top spectacle of fantasy and high-flying dragons to Tacoma Dome By Matt Nagle matt@tacomaweekly.com

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t’s not often that one gets to see life-sized, fire-breathing dragons soaring overhead, but that’s exactly the type of thrilling sights in store at Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular” coming up Dec. 6-9 at Tacoma Dome. The last time such a reptilian extravaganza thundered through the Dome was at the totally awesome “Walking with Dinosaurs,” the number one grossing world tour of 2010 that immersed audiences into a prehistoric world created through wondrous technology and the dreams of visionary creators made real. “How To Train Your Dragon” was conceived and brought to life by these same storytellers at DreamWorks Animation and Global Creatures, and the production had a stellar reception at its launch in Australia and New Zealand. Just as “Walking with Dinosaurs” received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the same holds true for “How to Train Your Dragon” – it shows every sign of being a visual feast audiences will remember for a long time to come. The show features more than a dozen dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet and all with their own unique personality and charm, even the scary ones – but not so

scary that little ones will be frightened, as the show is perfect for all ages. Some of the dragons weigh more than one and a half tons and take up to three people to operate. An epic adventure full of wonder and laughter, there has never been a production like this on any stage anywhere in history. “‘How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular’ is an extraordinary re-imagining of the story that breaks new ground in visual storytelling,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. “The early reception to the show has been phenomenal.” Whether you’re nine or 90, the technologically advanced artistry showcased in “How to Train Your Dragon” seems to appeal to everyone. Those who have seen the Academy Award nominated movie of the same name will be familiar with the basic storyline. The epic adventure is as engaging as the visual spectacle as it tells the heartwarming tale of a boy named Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. In the far away land of Berk, Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he befriends an injured dragon named Toothless that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view, one in which Vikings and dragons

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STUNNING. (Top) Young Viking Hiccup (seen here played by Rarmian

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THE THINGS WE LIKE ONE ART FOR THE HOLIDAYS Original and locally made art makes a memorable holiday gift. On Dec. 1, Proctor Art Gallery (3811 N. 26th St.) will have its annual Holiday Open House event from 2-6 p.m., featuring refreshments, entertainment along with original miniatures and small paintings under $100 and special holiday card packs by Tacoma artists, with all proceeds going to Northwest FISH Food Bank. Over at Throwing Mud Gallery (2212 N. 30th St.), more than 70 artists have their handcrafted contemporary crafts available for sale – lots of pottery and jewelry, wood bowls, hand painted glassware, candles, soap, Christmas ornaments, Tacoma playing cards and free gift wrapping for most items…and cookies!

TWO WINE & SONG The festive annual Wine & Song benefit event is next on the calendar for Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 in the lounge of the beautifully refurbished Connelly Law Offices in Old Town (2301

N. 30th St.). Two fine musicians are back by popular demand: soprano Christina Kowalski and pianist Denes Van Parys will perform a delightful and stirring set of songs by Romantic Era composer Franz Schubert, the prince of song. The music will be followed by a lavish offering of finger foods – savories and sweets – and tasty wines. Enjoy a convivial evening in Old Town and help support Classical Tuesdays, now in its eighth season! $25 tickets available at Bayview Optical (2217 N. 30th St., #106) and at the door. More info: (253) 752-2135.

THREE FRANCISCAN POLAR PLAZA It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Tacoma with the opening of Franciscan Polar Plaza ice skating rink. Kids of all ages can also take a camel ride

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FOUR VICTORIAN HOLIDAYS W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park presents its annual Victorian Holiday Celebration on Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in beautiful Victorian costumes ready to answer questions, serve refreshments and take donations of socks, mittens and/or cash for YWCA. Santa will be on hand for holiday wishes and photos ($15). Kids can listen to children’s stories frequently throughout the day, take part in a fun craft

‘SOUNDS OF THE SEASON’ Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Music Director Harvey Felder has once again assembled a variety of musical styles and sounds – from carols to popular holiday melodies, from pops to classics – sure to please all ages at “Sounds of the Season” Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. This special performance at the Pantages Theater will include music by the orchestra; songs to spotlight guest soloist Maria Valenzuela; and works showcasing the Tacoma Youth Chorus plus a caroling medley where the audience can sing along. Get tickets at www.tacomasymphony.org.


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CLASSY. Tacoma Goodwill has had a lot of designer-label clothing and apparel coming through its doors so it’s opening a specialty shop. By Kate Burrows kburrows@tacomaweekly.com

After seeing a steady stream of designer-quality labels come through their stores, Goodwill officials were inspired to make a change. Tacoma Goodwill is opening its first upscale boutique, Blue, in the Proctor District featuring designer apparel, shoes and home décor. Revenues from items at Blue will be used to fund Goodwill’s job training and placement services for people with disabilities and disadvantages in the community. Brands such as Coach, Lucky, Ugg, Juicy Couture and more are expected to grace the shelves at Blue. The store officially opens on Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. “This store will have a more upscale, modern flare to it,” said Public Relations and Communications Manager Amanda Bedell. “It’s really chic,

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indie music scene put away their instruments and simply sing for you. Get ready for clear, pure beauty in the warm acoustics and welcoming space of historic Immanuel Presbyterian, a North End church for 124 years. This Mission-style church, laden with stained glass is the (unorthodox!) site of one of Tacoma’s most compelling new music series, Cathedrals: Tacoma. Show is Dec. 7 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. ‘J’ St.. Show is at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 each. Buy them at www.broadwaycenter.org or at the Pantages Box Office, 9th and Broadway. Presented by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Immanuel Presbyterian Church. (Tacoma Arts)

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Big Beer Fest to feature 60 beers that pack a punch By Ernest A. Jasmin ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

The Tacoma Craft Beer Festival has a new, winter counterpart, the Big Beer Festival. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set to take place on Feb. 16 at Petrich Marine Dock (1118 E. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; St.) and tickets will go on sale through Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets. com) on Dec. 1. Organizer Bennett Thurmon says the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name refers to beers that are â&#x20AC;&#x153;big in flavor and big in character.â&#x20AC;? And if your euphemism detector just went off itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about brews that are a minimum of 6 percent alcohol by volume. The event will be divided into two sessions, one from noon to 4 p.m., the second from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thurmon estimated Big Beer Fest

will feature 60 beers from 20 regional vendors, many familiar from the fourth annual Tacoma Craft Beer Festival, which was held on Sept. 1 at Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21st Street Park. The new festival list is still being finalized, but Thurmon said likely participants will include Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harmon Brewing Co. and Engine House No. 9; Bremertonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver City Brewery; Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s M.T. Head Brewing Company; Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Full Sail Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery from Portland. Advance tickets will be $20, which includes a 5.5 oz. commemorative taster glass and six tasting tokens. Additional pours will cost $1.50 each. Admission will go up to $25 the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit YWCA, and you can find updates on the Tacoma Craft Beer Fest website, www.tacomacraftbeerfest.com.

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Ferguson displays versatility of style and subject in new exhibit By John Larson jlarson@tacomaweekly.com

Seattle-area artist Michael Ferguson displays his versatility in his new exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Impressionsâ&#x20AC;? at American Art Company. Many of the paintings are the Northwest nature scenes he is known for, while others show him venturing into urban areas for his inspiration. Ferguson is adept at using acrylic and oil paint. His brush strokes can be light or heavy in either medium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kachess View,â&#x20AC;? which depicts a mountain lake, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seahurst Logs,â&#x20AC;? a beach scene, are both oil paintings on boards. Ferguson uses heavy brush

strokes on both. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cascade Lushâ&#x20AC;? is an acrylic painting on canvas. It depicts a creek with pale blue water. The rocks are purple and pink, while the trees have green branches with hints of purple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Box Blanketâ&#x20AC;? is a departure from the nature scenes that are Fergusonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s typical subject matter. It is a still life work, acrylic on board. Odd-shaped red and green apples rest on a table with flowers behind them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Wavesâ&#x20AC;? is an acrylic on board piece that depicts two waves of green water crashing onto the shore. In the distance is an ominous gray cloud. Brush strokes of orange and blue add color to the

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FRESH FOREST. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Leaves Downâ&#x20AC;? is one of the landscape paintings by Michael Ferguson on view at American Art Company through Jan. 19.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; takes many shapes during the holidays By Steve Dunkelberger

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Few traditions are as solidly placed on holiday calendars for families across America as the seasonal productions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? Local calendars are no different. Local â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? nuts have four options this season to feed their annual habit, ranging from traditional to modern to a blend of both. The story follows Clara, who is guided by a magnificent angel on a journey into a magical dream where anything is possible through the swirling land of snow with its elegant white tutus to the mysterious land of sweets, where she is enchanted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Cavalier and their fascinating guests. Tacoma City Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? which runs Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 8-23 at the Pantages Theater, is the most lavish and traditional of the bunch. TCBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production, in concert with The Northwest Sinfonietta, presents the story of Clara and The Nutcracker in the tradition of the original Peter Tchaikovsky version first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, under the eyes of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The story, scenes and choreography are as classic as the stage allows and is marking its 15th anniversary in Tacoma. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As much choreography as could be determined from historical records was also incorporated into this production,â&#x20AC;? TCBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leah Taff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many Nutcrackers are performed in the tradition of San Francisco Ballet, which was the first company to bring the now-classic production to the United States. Because we were following the intentions of the original creation, all of our costumes were handmade, the scenery was painted to Petipaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specifications and the set pieces and props were re-created from historical documents and Petipaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original notes.â&#x20AC;? Directly behind TCBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production on the traditionalist-omatic scale is Washington Contemporary Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, which takes to the stage at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mount Tahoma High School, while Dance Theatre Northwest takes a different spin on its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We update our show each year to keep it fresh and exciting with some new choreography, costumes and sets,â&#x20AC;? said DTNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Artistic Director Melanie KirkStauffer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The performance is always presented as a bedtime story with a story teller. Our show is also slightly abbreviated â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a little bit shorter than the full length classic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially suitable for children and families. We still have the Party Scene, Growing Christmas Tree, Snow Scene and Land of Sweets with Grand Pas De Deux and Finale.â&#x20AC;? Tacoma Performing Dance Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production features new choreography and staging by Artistic Director Jo Emery, Amity Howell-Sloboda and Jean Milano. Costume design is by Tracy McGowen and Emilie Stevens, sets are designed by Patti Graham.

Tacoma City Ballet performs at 3 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at the Pantages Theater. Tickets are $19-$60 and available through www.TacomaCityBallet.com. Washington Contemporary Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? takes to the stage at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mount Tahoma High School. Visit www.wcbdance.org. Dance Theatre Northwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production runs at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 8, and at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium. Tickets are $11-$26 and available at www.Dancetheatrenorthwest.org. Tacoma Performing Dance Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker Balletâ&#x20AC;? will be performed at the Stadium High School Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets are $18-$22 and available at tacomaperformingdance.org. PHOTO BY CONNIE RIGGIO PHOTOGRAPHY

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NUTCRACKER. Ballet companies stage it every year, with versions from traditional to modern in their retelling of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? (Top) TCBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance of the Flowers.â&#x20AC;? (Above) Katie Neumann and Chhay Mam as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in DTNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nutcracker. (Right) The Cabbage Doll in TCBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? Fun Facts â&#x20AC;˘ The music for the violin solo during the change of scenery in Act I is taken from another of Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ballet scores, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sleeping Beauty.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ The music for the coffee dance is based on the melody of a Georgian lullaby. â&#x20AC;˘ The music of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? debuted long before the ballet. In March 1892, Tchaikovsky conducted â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker Suiteâ&#x20AC;? at the St. Petersburg branch of the Musical Society. This suite became very popular and for a while was more admired than the ballet. The suite features â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? most famous sequences including the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russian Dance,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arabian Danceâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waltz of the Flowers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ The score for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? is not only Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous work but it is one of the more famous pieces in all of western music. Despite its popularity and renown, the score was not one of Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorites. For one, he was given very specific direc-

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unite in a show-stopping battle to save both their worlds. “We are excited to expand the boundaries of public expectation by creating a show that combines dynamic creatures, world class performers and incredible staging to not only thrill and intrigue, but to engage audiences on an emotional level as well,” said Global Creatures Chief Executive Officer Carmen Pavlovic. Young Hollywood actor Riley Miner, who just graduated from high school this year, plays Hiccup. Rarmian Newton shares the role; he won a Helpmann Award for his performance in the Australian production of “Billy Elliot The Musical.” Hiccup’s Viking friend Astrid, both tough and beautiful, is played by Gemma Nguyen, a third degree black belt and six time world champion in tae kwon

do. Sarah McCreanor shares the role, an accomplished actor in her own right who has starred in her own productions and performed in a range of musicals and comedy shows. Michael Cohl is the founder and chairman of S2BN Entertainment, global promoter for “How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular,” and serves as lead producer of the Broadway smash hit “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” “We’re thrilled to be setting a new gold standard for live family entertainment while utilizing the full scope and scale of the arena floor and fly space,” Cohl said. “The show delivers cutting-edge production values that tell an incredible story and create an unforgettable and magical experience. This show will mesmerize children and parents alike.” Go to www.dreamworksdragonslive. com to see amazing video clips and to learn more about the dragons and humans in the show. For ticket information visit www.tacomadome.org.

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Mickey Avalon brings twisted, glam rap to Jazzbones By Ernest A. Jasmin ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

On Mickey Avalon’s longawaited sophomore disc, “Loaded,” you’ll hear hedonistic tales of street life, ingesting copious amounts of drugs and doing the horizontal tango. Standard hip-hop fare, sure. But Avalon – born Yeshe Perl – puts a sleazy, glam twist on tried and true rap formulas, looking like a cross between Iggy Pop and Scott Weiland as he shimmies around the stage, shirtless and sweaty, spitting his salacious rhymes. Witness “the Av” for yourself on Saturday, Dec. 1 when he headlines Tacoma’s Jazzbones, topping a party hearty bill that will also include Pinkbead Federation, the Chicharones and SkyPilot. Recently, we caught up with the Los Angeles-based rapper - known for “Jane Fonda,” “Friends and Lovers” and other cult hits - to talk about his attraction to all things sleazy and why it took him 5 1/2 years to deliver album No. 2. TW: How did you develop your stage personae? Was it a conscious attempt to stand out from hip-hop cliches? Avalon: Yeah, (it’s) probably a little conscious. I grew up on rap music, but I also like rock n’ roll and probably had more of that influence. I just don’t know how to sing, really, so I don’t try to. But I always liked Iggy Pop, Rolling Stones, T. Rex, stuff like that. So I think I could fit that visually, but not really musically. TW: Up until last year you

were on Interscope, right? Avalon: Yeah, ... for most of my career. It was just taking forever to put out my second record. I just couldn’t really wait any longer, so I left. TW: What was happening with them, and how have things changed since you went over to Suburban Noize? Avalon: I was kind of stuck in limbo, and there wasn’t much I could do. If I don’t have anything to put out not only do I not have a record out, but I can’t really tour. And, for the most part, that’s how I make my money. Suburban Noize was great. They were quick and we did what we set out to do. For the third record, I don’t know if it will be on Suburban Noize. I could put it out there, but we might shop to other record labels, also - some hip indie labels or something. TW: What was the jumping off point for the newest album? Avalon: I didn’t want to fix something that wasn’t broken, so I wanted more of the same thing as the first record. ... I think the next record will probably sound more different. The first two are kind of real similar and the third one would be, probably, a little different. Musically, I don’t know, I worked with the same people. TW: I’ve read your bio, and you tell some pretty wild stories in your songs. What percentage of the things that you rap about come straight from real life? Avalon: It all comes from real life. It’s not necessarily my life. The names might not be the same, but someone’s doing

those things. If I haven’t done ‘em I’ve probably seen someone do it. There’s definitely, like, poetic license. This record wasn’t so autobiographical or anything. (But) I think I like to just play with the lowest common denominator type characters - like, the bottom of the barrel. TW: What’s so appealing about that for you? Avalon: I don’t know. I try not to be dramatic. I try to make it funny. A lot of it really isn’t that funny. (I’m) just taking something horrific and making people laugh about it, whereas if they really thought about it they’d go, “OK, that’s not really that funny.” I think most of the characters die by the end of the song and stuff. Even if I was gonna talk about some stock broker or banker or whatever, I’m sure it would still take a turn to where it would be him getting strung out and blowing his brains out. ... Even if I were to talk about normal people it would still be that kind of story. TW: So you’re just drawn to the gritty side. Avalon: Yeah, I guess unfortunately. (Laughs) But I try to live my life as good as I can just because, A, you’ll die if you live too rough. And I have a kid. I don’t know, I want her dad to be around as long as I can be. I don’t think I ever romanticize this stuff. Like I said, most of (my stories) end in tragedy. And then as far as, like, romanticizing drug use or anything like that, same thing. I never say this is something good to

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Trouble The band has two more big shows lined up next month – skins optional. By Ernest A. Jasmin ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

Girl Trouble is a band known for longevity and lasting appeal, having spent close to three decades carrying the torch of the local punk and garage-rock scenes. But with just five albums released in that time, and nearly a decade gone by since the last one, “The Illusion of Excitement” – prolific output, not so much. “We’re horrible, I know,” admits K.P. Kendall, the band’s frequently shirtless, go-go dancing frontman. “But I don’t feel as bad when I hear No Doubt just got their first album in 11 years out.” Well, if procrastination is good enough for Gwen Stefani, we suppose. Besides, there are signs that the quartet – also drummer Bon “Von Wheelie” Henderson, guitarist Bill “Kahuna” Henderson and bassist Dale Phillips – could mend its slackerly ways, even at this far into its career. An unusually busy stretch for Girl Trouble kicked off Thursday “LINCOLN” 155 min., PG-13 11/30: 2:45, 5:55, 9:00 12/1-12/2: 11:35 am, 2:45, 5:55, 9:00 12/3-12/6: 2:45, 5:55, 9:00 “ANNA KARENINA” 130 min., R 11/30: 3:00, 5:45, 8:35 12/1-12/2: 12:05, 3:00, 5:45, 8:35 12/3-12/6: 3:00, 5:45, 8:35 “THE SESSIONS” 95 min., R 11/30: 2:00, 4:15, 6:40, 9:10 12/1-12/2: 11:45 am, 2:00, 4:15, 6:40, 9:10 12/3-12/6: 2:00, 4:15, 6:40, 9:10 “SMASHED” 85 min., R 11/30-12/3: 4:50, 7:00 12/4: 4:50 12/5-12/6: 4:50, 7:00 “THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER” 103 min., PG-13 11/30: 2:30, 9:20 12/1: 11:55 am, 2:30, 9:20 12/2: 11:55 am, 9:20 12/3: 2:30, 9:20 12/4: 9:20 12/5-12/6: 2:30, 9:20 “THE HOUSE I LIVE IN” 108 min., NR 12/4 only: 2:15, 6:55 “UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP” 90 min., NR 12/2 only: 2:00

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night at Tacoma’s Swiss Tavern with an opening gig for surf-guitar legend Dick Dale. The band has two more big shows next month and plans to release not one but two CDs in 2013. (Okay, one is a reissue.) And that’s not to mention “Strictly Sacred,” the Girl Trouble documentary that Tacoma director Isaac Olsen has been raising funds to make; Olsen being the guy who helmed “Quiet Shoes,” the feature-length comedy that starred the band and other local musicians back in 2010. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of what Girl Trouble has coming our way. Hurricane Sandy benefit this weekend Girl Trouble was recently tapped to play a benefit show for New York’s Norton Records that will be held Dec. 2 at the Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W. in Seattle. Like Seattle’s Light in the Attic, Norton specializes in reissuing forgotten or unheralded tunes from yesteryear, which have included material from Tacoma’s own garage gods the Fabulous Wailers and the Sonics. But much of the label’s inventory was damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. “Pretty much anything after ‘66 sucks as far as they’re concerned, unless it’s a throwback band that does garage,” Kendall says. “Me and Bill used to joke about tying (label co-founder Billy Miller) up and making him listen to ‘A Night At the Opera’ by Queen.” Sunday’s benefit will kick off at 6 p.m. with a lineup that also includes Seattle power-pop favorites the Young Fresh Fellows, Tacoma’s F***ing

Countdown to Christmas Call it a tradition in the making. The fourth annual installment of the holiday show Girl Trouble has done these last few Decembers with their garage peers, the Dignitaries, is set for 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the New Frontier Lounge, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma. “We play half of a Girl Trouble set,” Kendall explains. “Then those guys play an instrumental and I go off and get in this really rank, old Santa suit.” The holiday set should include some “Sleigh Bells,” done in the style of the Ventures’ Christmas album, of course. There will be some Elvis tunes, maybe some “Linus & Lucy.” (You know, that Charlie Brown song.) “I’m trying to get Bon to sing again,” Kendall says. “It’s really hard to get her to try and do it, and I love to get back on the drums, too. But I think I may have her talked into it this year to do it again.” Girl Trouble and the Dignitaries will be joined by Tacoma’s Si Si Si; w w w. t h e n ew f r o n t i e rlounge.com for the latest details. New (and old) material on the way And the rumors are true: Girl Trouble is, indeed, working on the longawaited follow up to their “Illusion” album. Kendall reports that his band has finished three-quarters of the project with Sam Olsen of Tacoma band Red Hex at the helm. “I don’t know what we’re gonna do,” he says. “We’re probably gonna end up putting it out ourselves.” A new cut the band has been playing is called “Blood Makes the Grass Grow,” its provocative title coming from a banner that cheerleaders at Washington High School made when Bon attended in the ‘70s. “This song is pretty vague and nondescript, other than that violence ensues,” Kendall says. “I would say it’s more like something that would have been on (Girl Trouble debut album) ‘Hit It Or Quit It.’ A lot of the stuff off of ‘Hit It or Quit It’ is (like) the Cramps and Gun Club (and) this is more back toward the Gun Club style.” “Hit It Or Quit It” was the first album released by Sub Pop Records back in 1989. It was only issued on vinyl and is fairly hard to find today. But Kendall says Olympia’s K Records has agreed to re-release it in CD form.

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Live Music TW PICK OF THE WEEK:

THE FRIENDS OF THE HOLIDAYS BENEFIT, WHICH RAISES FUNDS TO FEED NEEDY FAMILIES AT CHRISTMAS, TAKES PLACE AT THE SWISS ON DEC. 2. MARK RILEY TRIO STARTS THINGS OFF AT 2 P.M., FOLLOWED BY TAHOMA SOULS ALIVE, JUNKYARD JANE, GIN CREEK, T-TOWN ACES, FINGERTIPS AND TUMBLING DICE. THE SHOW ENDS AT 10 P.M. SUGGESTED DONATION IS $10.

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FRIDAY, NOV. 30 UNCLE THURM’S: Kareem Kandi Band (Jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA

BACKSTAGE: 2112 (Rush tribute) 9 p.m. C.I. SHENANIGAN’S: Collaborative Works Jazz (Jazz) 8 p.m. DAWSONS: Rock ‘n Roll Magic (Classic rock) 9 p.m., NC EMERALD QUEEN: Notorious 253 (Top 40) 9 p.m., NC GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Chapter 4 (Top 40) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Sevens Revenge, the Juliettes, 8 p.m., $5-7 LOCHS: Genocide District, Spare Me Poseidon, We The Audience, Ashylus, Among Thieves, Contender, Prepare The Bride, Idols, Prestige, Never A Deadman, A Hope Not Forgotten, Navigator, Numbers, Repave The Skies, 3 p.m., $10 LOUIE G’S: Riot In Rhythm, Jason Kertson & the Immortals, December In Red, Amadon, 8 p.m., $10, AA MAXWELL’S: Lance Buller Trio (Jazz) 7 p.m., NC NEW FRONTIER: Eliot Lipp, Killahs Wit Kindess, 8 p.m., $10 PARADISE BOWL: Just Dirt (Rock covers) 9 p.m. STONEGATE: Three Skinny White Samoans, 9 p.m. SWISS: Chronicle, 9 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Shandee Jam Band, 8 p.m. UNCLE THURM’S: Gary Cook (Jazz guitarist) 5:30 p.m. VARSITY GRILL: Rock-Bot live band karaoke, 8 p.m., NC

ANTHEM: Taxi Driver (Jazz) 7 p.m. DAWSONS: Tim Hall Band (Blues jam) 8 p.m., NC NEW FRONTIER: (Bluegrass jam) 3 p.m. STONEGATE: Bill Pease (Blues jam) 8 p.m., NC SWISS: Mark Riley Trio, Tahoma Souls Alive, Junkyard Jane, Gin Creek, T-Town Aces, Fingertips, Tumbling Dice (Blues/rock) 2 p.m., $10, AA UNCLE SAM’S: Shandee Jam Band, 7 p.m.

MONDAY, DEC. 3 STONEGATE: Rafael Tranquilino Band (Classic rock/blues) 9 p.m., NC

JAZZBONES: Rockaraoke, 9 p.m. OPAL: Tim Hall Band (Blues jam) 8 p.m. STONEGATE: Acoustic couch jam, 8:30 p.m. SWISS: Palmer Junction (Blues) 7 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Billy Pease & Friends (Blues) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, DEC. 4 BACKSTAGE: Rae Solomon (Country) 9 p.m., NC

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 SWISS: Kry (Rock covers) 9 p.m.

C.I. SHENANIGAN’S: Collaborative Works Jazz (Jazz) 8 p.m. DAWSON’S: Rock ‘n Roll Magic (Classic rock) 9 p.m. EMERALD QUEEN: Notorious 253 (Top 40) 9 p.m., NC GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Chapter 5 (Top 40) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Mickey Avalon, Pink Bead Federation, the Chicharones, Sky Pilot, 6 p.m., $20 LOCHS: 3 Inches Of Blood, Huntress, the Hookers, A Lesson In Chaos, Beneath All Kaos, Unhailoed (Metal) 7 p.m., $12-15, AA NEW FRONTIER: Lozen, Hot Victory, Argonaut, Mosquito Hawk, 8 p.m. PARADISE BOWL: Just Dirt (Rock covers) 9 p.m. SPAR: Still Got It, 8 p.m. STONEGATE: Crosswalk (Top 40) 9 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Tyranny Theory, Tut, Devils of Loudin, 8 p.m. VARSITY GRILL: Rock-Bot live band karaoke, 8 p.m., NC

ANTIQUE SANDWICH SHOP: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., $3 DAVE’S OF MILTON: Tim Hall Band (Blues jam) 8 p.m. DAWSONS: Jho Blenis, Shelly Ely (Blues jam) 8 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Subvinyl Jukebox (Rock jam) 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5

DAVE’S OF MILTON: Jerry Miller (Blues jam) 8 p.m. DAWSONS: Crazy Texas Gypsies (Jam session) 8 p.m. GIBSON’S (STADIUM DISTRICT): Ephraim Richardson (Open mic) 7 p.m. STONEGATE: N.M.W.P. (Rock jam) 8:30 p.m., NC

THURSDAY, DEC. 6 STONEGATE: Billy Stoops, 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2 STONEGATE: Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra (Jazz) 5 p.m.

DAWSON’S: Billy Shew Band (Jam session) 8 p.m., NC PARADISE BOWL: Just Dirt (Rock jam) 9 p.m. ROCK THE DOCK: Dustin Lafferty (Acoustic open mic) 8 p.m., NC SWISS: Barley Wine Revue, 9 p.m. UNCLE SAM’S: Jerry Miller (Blues) 7 p.m.

Tacoma Weekly’s Music Calendar is always available online at www.TacomaWeekly.com GUIDE: NC = No cover, AA = All ages, 18+ = 18 and older

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FRI., NOV. 30 ‘JUST ONE ANGEL’ MUSIC – Do not miss the only Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, New Year’s concert event this year! Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Christine Lavin joins Northwest-based folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai – Arni Adler, Patrice O’Neill and Andrew Ratshin – in their new antiholiday holiday concert. With the spotlight on fresh, new holiday-themed songs along with those from their own repertoires, Lavin and Uncle Bonsai deliver an exuberant concert of song you will never hear in an elevator. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre on the Square. Tickets: $42.

COMING EVENTS TW PICK: FRANCISCAN POLAR PLAZA

VISIT DOWNTOWN TACOMA’S FRANCISCAN POLAR PLAZA FOR ART, ICE AND EVERYTHING NICE THIS WINTER AS THE SKATING RINK RETURNS FOR ITS SECOND YEAR OF HOLIDAY MERRY-MAKING. POLAR PLAZA, LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE TACOMA ART MUSEUM, IS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER AND MAKE MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME. ENJOY MUSIC, SPECIAL EVENTS AND MORE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TACOMA ART MUSEUM. FRANCISCAN POLAR PLAZA IS OPEN THROUGH JAN. 6.

SANTA PAWS ETC – Let Fido tell Santa what he really wants for Christmas at Santa Paws pet photos from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by SUNDogs to benefit the offleash dog park in University Place. Photos will be taken at the University Place City Hall Complex, located at 3715 Bridgeport Way W. Photos $10. Pets must be on leash. DASH CENTER FUNDRAISER HAPPENINGS – For all who desire to help DASH Center grow and continue serving youth in Tacoma/Pierce County, mark your calendars and get your tickets to attend the “Dreamgirls Gala and Fundraiser” show at 8 p.m. Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. During the catered reception, you will be entertained by some fine talent from the Tacoma area, enjoy a meet and greet with the cast, participate in a silent auction and take home a gala gift bag. Tickets for this event are $40 and proceeds go directly to the Inspiring Artists Scholarship fund and the DASH Center Theatre Capital Fund. Info: www.thedashcenter.org.

SUN., DEC. 2 ‘SOUNDS OF THE SEASON’ MUSIC – Celebrating its 21st year, the marvelous Tacoma Youth Chorus, consisting of seven auditioned youth choirs ranging from grade school to high school, will return for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s annual collage of seasonal musical delights. Joining them will be vocalist Maria Valenzuela, who last performed with the TSO during its Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration in 2005. She has also appeared with Seattle Bach Choir, Choral Union, Oakland Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, the ChampaignUrbana (Illinois) Symphony, the U.S. Navy and Air Force bands and more, including a special appearance in the Carnegie Hall celebration Merry Christmas NYC in 2007. She most recently appeared as Luisa Contini in “Nine” with Tacoma Musical Playhouse, as “Maria Merelli” in Tacoma Little Theatre’s “Lend Me A Tenor” and as a member of the Seattle Opera Chorus. The performance takes place at the Pantages Theater at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $24-$77.

class, meeting, concert, art exhibit or theater production by e-mailing calendar@tacomaweekly.com or calling (253) 922-5317.

fitness classes from 7-8 p.m. Inspired by the dances of the Pacific islands, hot hula fitness incorporates easy to perform dance moves set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout. Hot hula fitness is a fun, new and exciting dance workout that isolates your larger muscle groups, quads and arms, providing a total body workout in 60 minutes. All ages and fitness levels will enjoy hot hula fitness. Admission: $6 (discount with APCC membership). APCC is located at 4851 South Tacoma Way. DRUM CIRCLE MUSIC – Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages drum circle every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. You do not need to have a drum to participate. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit www.tedbrownmusic.com.

SAT., DEC. 1 ‘AN EARLY AMERICAN CHRISTMAS’ MUSIC – Experience “An Early American Christmas” courtesy of Rose Ensemble and Glory Shone Around – carols, shapenote singing, European influences, lost traditions – by one of the better ancient music troupes in the country. Enjoy vocal and ensemble music that stirs deep emotions and lifts your spirit! Each performance illuminates rarely heard repertoire, bringing forward research from ancient manuscript libraries. The performance takes place at the Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39-$59.

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FRI. & SAT., DEC. 7 & 8 TACOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLAY CLUB SALE ETC – Get your holiday gift shopping done at TCC Clay Club’s pottery sale! Event includes a silent auction of work by master potters as well as student potters. Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Building 11, Senate Room.

FRI., DEC. 7 STREET CORNER CAROLING COMPETITION HAPPENINGS – The biggest single music holiday event of the season and a critical fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, the Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition kicks off the month of December with a singular evening of entertainment enjoyed by more than 9,000 spectators every year. More than 1,000 carolers and dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on downtown Seattle street corners and in and around Westlake Center beginning at 5 p.m. The top caroling teams compete for crowd favor and prizes for the most donations raised, best choral performance, most creative team and people’s choice. Those nominated compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage. A Seattle holiday tradition, the Great Figgy Pudding is a zany, family-friendly and delightful holiday event for everyone. Caroling teams range the gamut from dancing lawyers to costumed co-workers of Seattle landmark businesses to Von Trapp-like families. The event takes place from 5-8:30 p.m. at Westlake Center and Pine Street between 4th and 7th avenues. Cost: $10 suggested donation.

SAT., DEC. 8 WINTER FAIRE ETC – Come enjoy a family day of fun at Tacoma Waldorf School. Puppet play, face painting, Snow Angel Cafe, holiday crafts, live music and local vendors. Free and open to the community; some activities cost $1-$4. Canned food donations for FISH Food Bank welcome. Tacoma Waldorf School is located at 2710 N. Madison St. in Tacoma.

SUN., DEC. 9 LET IT SNOW: FREE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL HAPPENINGS – Start your winter festivities off right with a free community festival at Tacoma Art Museum, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy dance performances by Metro Parks, musical performances from Grant Elementary School, and other great entertainment. Try your hand at print-making and create a holiday card for family and friends. Get some of your holiday shopping done at the Craft Fair or in the Museum Store, take a break with some cocoa in Relish Café, or walk across the street to ice skate at Franciscan Polar Plaza. Sponsored by Columbia Bank. Info: www. tacomaartmuseum.org. ‘HOLIDAY TRADITIONS’ MUSIC – Deck the halls with silver, gold and brass as Tacoma Concert Band presents their first holiday concert in many years. Featuring Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano and voice professor at the University of Puget Sound. The performance takes place at the Rialto Theater at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $16-$34.

BULLETIN BOARD FLOWERS FOR TACOMA ART – “Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma” explores the context and development of flower imagery in Warhol’s career, focusing on his 1982 proposal for Tacoma Dome. Warhol’s extensive use of flowers throughout his career is represented by early illustrations from the 1950s, series of flower prints and numerous photographs made by Warhol and his circle that illustrate the artist’s fascination with the fragility and beauty of flowers. The exhibit runs through Feb. 10. Info: www.tacomaartmuseum.org. ‘DREAMGIRLS’ THEATER – “Dreamgirls,” the latest incarnation of the 1981 Tony Award-winning musical turned 2006 Academy Awardwinning film, is the opening production of DASH Center’s 2012-13 season. “Dreamgirls” tells the story of up-and-coming 1960s girls singing group The Dreams and their exciting journey through the music industry, complete with trials and tribulations. DASH Center’s

production of “Dreamgirls,” directed and choreographed by Jimmy Shields with assistance from Isiah Anderson Jr., features an amazing cast of phenomenal singers, dancers, actors and actresses. It is being staged at Charles Wright Academy’s LAPAC Theatre, 7723 Chambers Creek Road W. on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20/adults, $15/under 21. Info: www.thedashcenter.org. ‘SCAPES’ ART – Venetian artists Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana have joined forces to create “Scapes,” a dynamic and entirely new body of work at Museum of Glass. The exhibition comprises four rooms based on the Hindu belief that the universe is divided into separate spheres of existence: Earth, Space, Sun, and Moon and Constellations. The de Santillanas have interpreted elements of the Hindu cosmology in glass, creating spaces in which forms and colors correspond to physical phenomena, or the visible universe, and evoke an atmosphere of cosmic vibration. Each installation is composed of a limited, but strikingly vibrant, color palette. The exhibit runs until January. NORTHWEST ART ART – “Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection” is on display at Tacoma Art Museum. The works on view are some of the best from its collection of paintings by Northwest artists. It runs until March. GLASS ART MASTER ART – Museum of Glass is showcasing items created by a glass art master over the past 10 years in “Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra.” The Italian artist has invented numerous techniques and designs that are technically flawless and visually breathtaking, yet filled with complexity and difficulty. He is recognized around the world as the maestro of contemporary glass. The exhibition shows his evolution to larger works, bolder colors and patterns over his nearly 50 years as an artist. It runs through Jan. 6, 2013. HOT HULA FITNESS ETC – Every Monday through Wednesday, Asia Pacific Cultural Center hosts hot hula

SUPPORT GROUP ETC – Suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue? Attend this support group, which meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities building, located at 6315 S. 19th St. The group’s mission is to improve the morale of people coping with these challenges. Its activities include face-toface encouragement, networking, sharing of resources as well as individual discoveries. CHARITY BOOT CAMP ETC – Jeff Jowers, owner and founder of Tacoma’s Ultimate Fitness Boot Camps, is hosting charity fitness boot camps every Saturday benefiting Mary Bridge Tree House. People who sign up for Ultimate Fitness Boot Camp can now donate pieces of clothing, which earns them a spot in a fast-paced, interval-style class free of charge. Info: www.tacomabootcamps.com. FREE FIRST WEEKENDS ETC – Bank of America bankcard holders and employees receive free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum the first weekend of every month as part of Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. Info: museums.bankofamerica.com. THE VALLEY CHORALE ETC – The Valley Chorale, a soprano-alto-tenor-bass singing group, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Christ the King, located at 1710 E. 85th St. in Tacoma. If you like singing, contact Joy Heidal at (253) 848-1134 or Dixie Byrne at (253) 6775291 for more information and a personal invitation to join the group. MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT ETC – Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with dementia. A free information and support group for care partners, family members and friends of individuals with dementia will be held the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Contact group facilitator Chuck Benefiel at (253) 584-3267. UKULELE CIRCLE MUSIC – Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages ukulele circle every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit www.tedbrownmusic.com.


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Volunteer needed to get seniors up and walking. We need an avid walker that will get seniors walking for a healthier lifestyle. Tuesday or Thursday 10-11. Volunteers will need to pass background check. Please call Portland Ave Community Center @ 253-591-5391. Ask for Bonnie or leave a message and she will call you back. Join us in changing lives! Changing Rein Equine Assisted Activities and 7KHUDSLHV D QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W RIIHUV equine assisted services to differently-abled individuals. Currently the program offers several volunteer opportunities. Our primary need at present is for program volunteers who work with our horses and support our riders in therapeutic and adaptive lessons. Other volunteer opportunities include: grounds maintenance and administrative/clerical work. Must be at least 14 years old to participate. Horse experience helpful, but not necessary. Training provided. For more information contact: Jacki Berreth at 253-961-7277 or volunteer@changingrein. org. The Tacoma Maritime Institute meets every 4th Monday at the Midland Community Center 1614 99th Street East Tacoma WA Potluck at 6:00, all are welcome. Meeting Starts at 7:00 CONVERSATION PARTNERS NEEDED Help adults learn to speak English! Mornings, no experience or foreign language skills needed. South Tacoma. Contact Lee Sledd, Madison Family Literacy, 253-571-1887. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED If you enjoy helping toddlers learn, you can help us! Seeking retired or experienced volunteers to assist in expanding our capacity and provide quality learning for busy little people. (No diaper changing!) Background check required. Contact Lee Sledd, Madison Family Literacy 253-571-1887

Meals on Wheels at Federal Way Senior Center seeks morning volunteers: One Co-coordinator, Friday and Monday; two Callers, Monday; three Packers, Wednesday; two Drivers, Thursday. To learn more, call 206-727-6250. Be a Big Brother! Becoming a Big is a fun and easy way to volunteer in your community and make a BIG difference in the life of a child. There are several SURJUDP RSWLRQV WR Ă&#x20AC;W \RXU schedule and interests, such as meeting your Little at school, going on an outing or attending an agency-planned activity. For more information, visit www.bbbsps.org or call 253.396.9630.

INTERVIEWEES FOR A NON-PROFIT PROJECT â&#x20AC;&#x153;MEMORY COMMUNITYâ&#x20AC;? What It Is: We are Memory &RPPXQLW\ D QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W corporation). The Memory Community Project is a creative service to seniors. Our Goals & Objectives: To create an accessible resource that: â&#x20AC;˘ helps our senior citizens tell their stories â&#x20AC;˘ connects the young and the old â&#x20AC;˘ increases our understanding of those before us who help us be who we are â&#x20AC;˘ honors the generations before us and show our appreciation by preserving their memories â&#x20AC;˘ All seniors are welcome WR YROXQWHHU IRU Ă&#x20AC;OPLQJ WKHLU story! â&#x20AC;˘ At most two days of work during daytime â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Day 1: pre-production meeting, and Release Form signing Day  Ă&#x20AC;OPLQJ LGHDOO\ ZUDSSHG within half a day What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like you to talk about in the Ă&#x20AC;OP 8VH  PLQXWHV RU VR to tell the most memorable story from your life, the lessons that were learned, and the wise words you want to pass along to your children/grandchildren. Compensation: a DVD in which you are the leading character, and a free upload to our website http://memorycommunity. org/ Contact: send your emails to deyung@ memorycommunity.org Or call Deyung at 253-858-2445 for scheduling a meeting. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;OPLQJ LV IUHH EXW donations are appreciated to help the project continue.*

Donate time and receive free groceries. Volunteers needed with skills in management, organization, clerical, food handling, warehousing, maintenance etc. and receive free JURFHULHV IURP D 1RQ3URĂ&#x20AC;W Food Distribution Program. Older teens are welcomed to volunteer and gain valuable work experience. Contact Ms. Lee at (253) 677-7740 for further information. Knitters and Crocheters &RPH-RLQ8V/RYLQJ+HDUWV is a group of volunteers who crochet or knit: hats for chemo, baby items, and blankets for different QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W RUJDQL]DWLRQV with in the community. We meet twice a month. Once on the second Tuesday, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and again on the fourth Thursday, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Please join us at the WayPoint Church, 12719 134th Ave KP N, Gig Harbor. We are also in need of donations of yarn. For more information please email: lovingheartsonkp@aol. com or call Virginia at 253884â&#x20AC;&#x201D;9619 Loving Hearts also meets 1pm to 3pm 3rd Thur. at Clubhouse Mobile Park Ardena Gale 4821 70th Ave. E., Fife 98424 Donate Your Car, RV or Boat. Tax Reduction. All Proceeds Go to Locale Food Bank. )UHH3LFN8S&DOO7HG   475-5774 The Backpack Program of the St. Leo Food Connection is looking for a volunteer to pick up backpacks full of food for the weekend for students at McKinley Elementary and Sheridan Elementary from the Food Connection and deliver them to both schools the 2nd and 4th Thursday or Friday of each month for the duration of the school year. Volunteers must have their own vehicle and be able to commit to volunteering for the rest of the school year. This is a low time commitment way to make a big difference to kids! If interested, please contact Britani Hollis: jv@ foodconnection.org

PETS Tiny Bird Rescue Sandy 253-770-8552

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