Old walls will be talking


Old walls will be talking

Tacoma Historical Society’s annual Historic Homes of Tacoma tour, with stately abodes dating to the 1800s, is scheduled for May 3-4.
In addition to homes in the Stadium-Seminary district of Tacoma, the tour will include Central Lutheran Church and the Historical Society’s new center. Tickets ($20) are on sale in advance at several locations or can be ordered at hometour@tacomahistory.org. They also can be purchased on tour days at Central Lutheran at 409 Tacoma Ave. N.
Among the featured homes on the tour are the Branscheid House and the Love House.
William H. and Hattie Branscheid built their five-bedroom, 4,824-square-foot, Queen Anne-style home in 1889 at a cost of $6,000.

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100 happy years for Jane Allen 100 happy years for Jane Allen

Jane Allen celebrated her 100th birthday in March in probably the same community-loving way she’s led her life. She was born on March 12, 1914 in Tacoma. She was an only child. She graduated from Stadium High school and still recites the school’s “Fight Song.” She worked as a ticket taker at Liberty Theater. A

The who and what of living wills

“Five Wishes: Your Practical Guide for End of Life Care” is the title of a workshop that Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will host May 3 in Tacoma. The session is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Soundview Building, 3602 Pacific Ave.. Because seating is limited, RSVPs are requested at 253-798-8787. Officials Aging

One place you don’t have to worry about fraud

If you fall victim to fraud, it can really stress you out, not to mention damage your credit score and wallet.  We encourage you to be cautious of suspicious email, letters, and phone calls or any time someone asks for your personal information. Generally, Social Security will not call or e-mail you and ask for

Free Metro shuttles in Auburn Free Metro shuttles in Auburn

King County Metro Transit and Senior Services’ transportation program have  expanded the free Hyde Shuttle community van service to Auburn. The shuttles, which are lift-equipped, serve seniors who are 55 or older and people with disabilities. Rides are provided between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to Auburn Senior Center, grocery stores, libraries, banks, cultura


Puyallup Elks: Alive and well Puyallup Elks: Alive and well

Volunteers are doing everything they can to keep Puyallup Elks Lodge 1450 up and running, and their efforts are starting to pay off. Member and volunteer Chuck Tibbs said the Elks are a patriotic, charitable organization, and as such, give a lot back to the community. One of their programs involves visiting veterans at the

Senior Eats

Hamburger heaven and more at Flying Tomato

I am on the hunt for a superior burger. One that is on a higher level than the usual frozen patty and grocery store bun that is offered at local eateries. And I found a really good burger on the lunch menu at the Flying Tomato in Graham. The regular menu at this establishment is

Senior Adventures

Ships, springs and shows get you out and about Ships, springs and shows get you out and about

Are you anxiously waiting to hear all about the cruise to Belize, Honduras and Cozumel? Well, as I write this, I am packed and ready to go. You will just have to wait another month to hear all about it.  Here, it has been rain, rain, and more rain. There, we will have sun, sun,


County, providers discuss extended care

A free, information-only presentation about extended healthcare for older adults and people with disabilities will be held May 20 under the sponsorship of Pierce County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center and Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Library Administrative Center, 3005 112th St.

Product Showcase

Like a surgical mask for toothbrushes Like a surgical mask for toothbrushes

The Intellident Toothbrush Shield protects toothbrushes — and the mouths they go into — from germs and bacteria. The cover, available at Walgreens and other major pharmacy retailers, works like a surgical mask. It can replace caps and holders that trap bacteria, is effective for seven days and is easily disposable, according to its manufacturer.